Though I grew up in Fairfield County, CT, I had no idea about the abundance of Ruby-throated hummingbirds that venture up this way for the summer. This changed when my younger brother, Charlie Plimpton, completely opened my eyes to an incredible world that exists right in our backyard. Charlie, who is completing his bachelor’s degree in wildlife and conservation biology at the University of Rhode Island this winter, has loved hummingbirds since he was a boy. Initially, he began hanging sugar-water feeders around the yard for these magnificent little creatures. A few years ago, he began cultivating a passion for gardening, which led him to create an ever-expanding oasis of hummingbird friendly flowering plants.Read More›
For most of us, the mind can be a difficult thing to focus when we meditate, especially if you’re newer to a practice. Here’s a technique that can help rein that wandering mind in: the use of japa mala beads.Read More›
First, what is a mantra?
The word mantra, which literally means “instrument of thought” in Sanskrit, originally described sacred and vibrational sounds or Sanskrit words or phonemes repeated as an offering or to deepen one’s meditative state. As the world has grown smaller and more interconnected, the definition of mantra has expanded to mean a phrase, in any language, repeated with regularity.Read More›
Summer is around the corner. The other day I was speaking with Laura Wittmer, who is a teacher at a Waldorf School, an educational system that aims to inspire creative thinking and a holistic passion for learning. We were discussing the importance of not over scheduling children’s summer vacations.Read More›
Looking to get even more healing benefits from your organic Arogya tea?
Try using our green or chamomile teas to make soothing tea eye compresses. Resting with chilled tea bags over the eyes for 10 to 20 minutes can help reduce and prevent puffiness and nourish your skin. It’s also a wonderful way to unwind anytime of day.Read More›
A couple years ago, my beloved brother-in-law Tim and I discovered that we had a mutual interest in the teachings of Zen Buddhist master. Soon after, Tim gave me a book by this great teacher called Peace is Every Breath, which presents inspiring and accessible ways to cultivate greater mindfulness in everyday life. One practice in this book that really spoke to me is the expression of gathas.Read More›
After seeing so many Arogya patients dealing with Lyme disease over the past 18 years, I admit I get stressed when I visit the woods, even though it should be a calming and relaxing experience. It’s terrifying how real the threat of tick exposure is- just last year, we pulled them off our daughter Rose’s skin 3 times. As a result, ticks have become evil in my mind and I’m always researching ways to repel them.
This led me to create a very simple, chemical free repellent using apple cider vinegar, almond oil, rose geranium, and distilled water.Read More›
About 10 years ago, I started making my own skincare products. My inspiration was a friend named Carol, who’s an artisan skincare producer based in New Mexico. She taught me that simple kitchen ingredients can be turned into nourishing food for your skin.
I’d love share with you one of my favorite skincare recipes: a simple sugar scrub cleanser.Read More›