A fun time was had by all at the "Delight in Life & Food Fair" sponsored by Whole Foods Market on Saturday, July 8th. We were happy to have served 100 customers with 60 signing up for the COMPLIMENTARY online class offered this month! We also gave away 50 goodie bags to the first 50 attendees. If you did not have the opportunity to attend the event, you can still register for the free class when you subscribe. Your course an login information will be emailed to you. Thanks to Whole Food Market River Forest for hosting such a wonderful event. For future events, please visit our Events page.
On Saturday, June 17th, Regina Dillard, founder of Inner Sanctum Wellness, led an exciting Living Foods Workshop at Think-Do House on Perry Ave Commons.
During the hour and a half workshop, Ms. Dillard prepared select, raw Vegan dishes to introduce attendees to the benefits of Living Foods and the transformative power they can have on one’s health. Using only a food processor, she combined fresh ingredients, which included fresh collard greens, mango, and mint from the Perry Ave Community Farm, to make three healthy and nutritious dishes: an Asian-inspired collard wrap, “salmon”-Pate, and mango sorbet.
To learn more about living foods and the recipes shared at the workshop, subscribe to Regina’s YouTube channel, or visit her website to find out about upcoming workshops and holistic living products by Inner Sanctum Wellness.
Just like many parents who have converted to a holistic lifestyle, I struggled with feeding the rest of the family. At the time, I had recently divorced with my youngest child, a 6-year old boy, now 17, at home. While I fully embraced a raw/vegan lifestyle, my kids, for the most part, did not. Nevertheless, I wanted to find ways in slowly and painlessly integrate whole foods into their diet. It was a bit easier for my youngest child since he was born slightly before my transition. He was nursed as an infant and during is toddler years, I often made his food, as opposed to buying it pre-made. His lips has ever touched cow's milk, to the displeasure of his pediatrician, but I'll save that for another post. As he moved into pre-school, I became concerned about the types of foods being introduced to his diet at school. So, I decided to start packing my son's lunch and include the foods I felt would best serve his growing body.
Most recently, I commented on a post which drew support and criticism alike. However, I wanted to created the video below to address a few concerns with regard to healthy meal planning for their school-aged children. This information contained in the video should be construed as medical advice, but only to share information which has helped me and my family. Be sure to seek advice from your professional wellness practitioner before placing your child on any new meal or wellness program.
Proud to be a sponsor of the The Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation's "2017 Butterfly Stroll" happening THIS weekend. We created this special edition PeppyMint "Butterfly" Lip Balm to commemorate the event.
About: The Tatisa C. Joiner foundation is a non profit organization designed to bring awareness to the ongoing plight of breast cancer and its survivors. Mission: To create a network that can pair survivors with newly diagnosed & ongoing breast cancer patients to help them face the challenges of surviving. Love is greater than the damage caused by cancer.
For more information about the Butterfly Stroll, visit their website.
Have you heard? Inner Sanctum Wellness is now available at Sugar Beet Co-op...YAY! We are so appreciative of them extending this opportunity to offer our products to their customers. Sugar Beet Food Co-op has been in the works by owners of the community since the beginning of 2012. A group of folks from northeast Oak Park came together and decided that Oak Park and surrounding communities needed something new: a full-service, co-op grocery store that would provide a neighborhood source for local, sustainable, healthy foods and a way of connecting farmers and producers to their customers. Inner Sanctum Wellness is excited to have partnered with this amazing organization. Our in-store products includes Sea Salt Body Polisher and Skin Softening Silken Milk Bath, both available in Ritual and Lavender scents. Subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming in-store product demonstrations.
Unlike many people I've come across, I have always had a love for beets...be it shaved or julienned in a salad, pickled or thrown in a blood-cleansing juice. I am certainly in the minority. Over the years I have scoured many living food recipe books and blogs to find a beet salad my students would enjoy. It wasn't until recently that I came across the recipe below, courtesy of Alissa Cohen, that I thought I'd play around with it, making slight modifications. After about an hour of testing flavors and a great complementary dressing, I had something I was very happy with. It's still the Pear, Beet & Jicama Salad, just my own variation.
Just a little background on the main attraction...Beets.
The health benefits of beets include the treatment of anemia, indigestion, constipation, piles, kidney disorders, dandruff, gall bladder disorders, cancer, and heart disease. It also helps to prevent macular degeneration, improve blood circulation, aid in skin care, prevent cataracts and mediate respiratory problems. These health benefits of beet roots can be attributed to their richness in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Beets are good for heart health, reduces birth defects, good for liver health, prevents respiratory problems, prevent cataracts, boosts energy levels, serves as a natural aphrodisiac and much more.
ome of the health benefits of jicama include its ability to help you manage your weight, optimize your digestion, boost your immune system, prevent various types of cancer, increase your energy levels, help manage diabetes, build strong bones, increase circulation, lowers blood pressure, and boosts brain function.
Jicama is a root vegetable that is native to central and South America, and has been used for thousands of years as a dietary element and a medicinally beneficial substance. The name “jicama” is also thename of the vine of this vegetable, although the tuberous root is the most commonly eaten part. Some other names for jicama include the Mexican yam, or the Mexican turnip.
Pears are valuable fruits that have been widely used and savored for their delicious flavor since ancient times. Apart from being a tasty addition to the diet, pears are also packed with nutrients and nutritional value. Some of the health benefits of pears include their ability to aid in weight loss, improve digestion, improve heart health, regulate the body’s fluid levels, reduce blood pressure, increase cognitive ability, prevent cancer, promote wound healing and tissue repair, defend against birth defects, boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, increase the metabolism, improve circulation, protect against osteoporosis, while guaranteeing healthier skin, eyes, and hair. -Source: OrganicFacts.net
So, as you see, this salad is filled with a great number nutrients, but it really tastes good too! I'm eating this salad (and typing) as we speak. :)
I hope you try this recipe. I think you will enjoy it. I also show students how to prepare this salad in my Salad TossUp! and Level I Raw Food Certification Class. Word of caution: the juice beet juice can be very messy and may stain fabrics and counter tops. So, a 50/50 mix of water and peroxide can decrease the chances of staining. Bleach, while a much harsher chemical, works just as well.
PEAR, BEET & JICAMA SALAD
3 medium beets, grated
1 cup jicama, peeled and cubed
1 T. lemon juice
2 medium Bartlett pears, ripened and cubed
1/2 c. raisins
3 cups collard greens, stems removed, chiffonade
1/2 cup walnuts
Place jicama and pears in a bowl with the lemon juice for 30 minutes.
Add the beets to the bowl of jicama and pears and mix.P
Place collards in a large bowl. Place the pear, jicama and beet mixture on top of greens. Mix well.
Juice of 1 Navel orange
1 T. Raw Honey
1/4 cup olive oil
pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Pour on top of salad. Mix salad thoroughly.
Our customers talked and we listened. Back by popular demand...Lotion Bars! Yes, our widely popular lotion bars are returning for a limited time only. A lightly scented moisturizing lotion bar blended with coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, bees wax. The product is just like your favorite body lotion, except in a bar! Individually wrapped in a kraft pillow box with a clear bar saver dish. Available in three scents - Lavender & Vanilla, Citrus & Cedarwood and Frankincense & Myrrh.
Retails $7 ea (3.4 oz) or 4/$21. Click here to visit our online store
It's that time of year again where we celebrate family, friends and the spirit of the holiday season. At Inner Sanctum Wellness we are very grateful for all of our loyal customers and followers. It has been one calendar year since our launch and we are truly happy that you have joined us on this wondeful journey. In the video below, we have captured some of our most popular wellness items which I believe will make great gifts for this holiday season, starting at $3.
Be sure to visit our online STORE and and let us know how we can assist you. If you're in the Chicago area, please visit our Retail Partners for select items.
There's nothing more distressing to a parent than a baby with a dry, sensitive and irritated bum. I recall my daughter, Gabbie, now 26 years old, suffered from a severe case of eczema as a 4 months old baby. I quickly went to my essential oils "bible" and started creating various recipes to combat her skin affliction. After a little independent research and development, I found some of the same ingredients, in different combinations, made an excellent diaper rash cream. I had already discovered the usefulness and ease of lotion bars, so I decided to make one for babies...thus "Baby Bum Bum Bar" was born! I'll share some of the ingredients here:
Mango Butter is virtually odorless, with a nice sweet smell, which blends nicely with my essential oil-ased products. I really wanted to love Shea Butter, but it leaves a very "nutty" scent in my finished product, which many of customers did not seem care for. Mango butter is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and E.Mango butter is a versatile and commonly used in soap making, skin care, and hair care products. Mango butter is quite similar to shea and cocoa butters in consistency but differs in fatty acid content. Mango butter is a sweet smelling soft butter extracted from kernels of the mango. The mango originates from southern Asia and can be found in warmer tropical climates such as Burma and India. Indigenous people of the rain forest have been reaping the hair and skin care benefits of this magnificent fruit for many centuries. Mango butter has good emollient properties and lends protection against the sun. It is said to prevent drying of the skin and formation of wrinkles. Mango butter also reduces degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity. Mango butter’s hardness makes it a great butter for stick formulations such as lip balm and lotion bars. It can be used “as is” to provide relief from the dryness of eczema and psoriasis.
Sweet Almond Oil
Almond oil is a mild, hypoallergenic oil that can be safely used even on baby skin. In fact, it is the best massage oil for infants. When gently rubbed into the skin, it gets fully absorbed, making it suitable for after bath application. To enhance absorption, warm the oil to body temperature before application. This natural oil has a slightly nutty smell, which most people find pleasant, but you can mix in a few drops of lavender oil, or any other fragrant essential oil of your choice, to personalize it.
Lavender Essential Oil
The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma.
Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful inaromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.
Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood, pine, clary sage, geranium, andnutmeg. Today, lavender essential oil is frequently used in various forms including aromatherapy oil, gels, infusion, lotion, and soaps.
It has tonic, sudorific, emmenagogic, and antispasmodic properties, but it is mainly used for skin care and treatment. It has great anti-inflammatory and vulnerary action, making it helpful with stubborn wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, eczema, and related conditions. It helps soothe sore, inflamed, and itchy skin conditions.
Roman chamomile essential oil can be used to treat skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis. Can also be diluted with coconut oil and apply liberally after a warm bath. It helps the skin retain moisture and prevents skin dryness and scaling. Spot treatment for acne and skin boils involves using full-strength chamomile oil. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties prevent secondary infections that result in scarring. In fact, it is used as a cicatrisant in cosmetic products on account of its ability to make scars fade.
NOTE: As with any treatment, seek the advice of a medical professional before using it, especially where skin sensitivities to certain weeds and flowers are concerned.
Baby Bum Bum Bar is available is now available in our online STORE and select RETAIL LOCATIONS. Try it...and if you like it, please share your CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS.
Cheers to your wellness!
Regina Thomas Dillard is Owner & Founder of Inner + Sanctum Wellness, a business dedicated to assist other on their holistic journey. All products are handmade and sourced from reputable organic and natural ingredients purveyors.