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Celebrating the Summer Solstice

Vanessa Siravo

Summer Solstice is the midpoint of the year; a time that we acknowledge and celebrate the longest hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere and the longest hours of darkness in the southern hemisphere. This is a symbolic time of contrast between the light and dark, the ebb and flow and everything in between.

The Solstice is celebrated globally in many different ways including:

  • Solstice Fires in Tyrol, Austria. This is an Alpine tradition where mountain fires were ignited to worship the earth. This tradition dates back to medieval times.
  • Solstice Salutations in Times Square. This is a day-long devotion to yoga practice which is open to every level.
  • Mount Olympus Trek in Greece.  According to some versions of the Greek Calendar, the Summer Solstice marks the first day of the year. To date, thousands of locals trek up Mount Olympus. This has been  a 2500 year old tradition.
  • Stonehenge, England.  On the dawn of the Solstice, the sun rises directly above the Heel Stone of Stonehenge. Nearly 40,000 spectators gather to dance, drum and celebrate this day.

The Summer Solstice is a powerful time for reflection and vision setting. We are all familiar with the end of year reflection and new year resolutions/soulutions.

What about creating a midyear practice as well? So much living, lessons and blessings transpire over the course of six months…

What was happening in your life during January?

What has presented itself to you since then?

What has seen its time and fallen away?

It’s not always pleasant and it’s not always pretty to reflect. Beauty, I can promise you it is powerful and empowering. Reflection creates a sense of illuminated resilience that can transform into powerful creation.

After you spend some reflecting on the previous six months, now it’s time to begin calling forth a clearer vision for your second half of the year.

What do you want to invite into your life before the end of the year?

How do you want to feel at the end of the year?

What is your spirit calling to bring to life?

Now, close your eyes and take a deep breathe in and exhale. Feel it, see it, embrace it. Trust in the timing and trust in your worth of receiving all that you need and deserve.

I want to share some tools to enhance your Summer Solstice experience:

  • Sip a cup of chamomile tea. Chamomile soothes the spirit and invites prosperity and love into your realm.
  • Place an orange or tangerine outside to soak up the sun’s energy during the day, then enjoy eating it during your ritual
  • Buy yourself a bouquet of yellow or orange flowers to connect with your solar plexus ‘center of empowerment’
  • Immerse yourself in water.  Soak, swim, float.
  • Ignite your inner fire. Light a candle and gaze at the flame. Infuse the flame with your intentions.

Cheers to celebrating and honoring all of who you are!

Summer Glow: A Woman’s Personal Care Guide to Inner and Outer Radiance

Vanessa Siravo

Summer is finally upon us! I was beginning to think that I was living back in Seattle with all the rain we’ve experienced here in NJ!

While we are ready to shed layers of clothing to soak up the long-awaited vitamin D, I wanted to share a few of my favorite personal care products with you. These products support whole body health both internally and externally.

Cheers to a summer filled with vitality!


V-Magic: The perfect antidote to long days spent wearing bathing suits.

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This an all-natural vulva and intimate skin cream that soothes, protects and calms. This nourishing cream provides immediate relief for dryness, redness, itching, burning and general discomfort. Vaginal tissue is vulnerable to temperature change and dampness. This is a proprietary blend of antimicrobial and antibacterial ingredients that can counter the irritated tissues.

This is an everyday cream that can be used both day and night.


Good Clean Love Balance: pH balanced personal wash

Vaginal pH is prone to disruption with the warm temperature and swimsuit fabrics.  The soothing botanical ingredients of aloe, Oregon grape root, goldenseal, lavender and calendula  help to restore vaginal flora and soothe irritated tissue. This is wash is 100% vegan, petroleum-free and paraben-free.


ISUN Antioxidant Sun Butter

A soothing, moisturizing aromatic mix of organic and natural seed butters that protects against harmful UV rays. This butter is rich in antioxidants such as buriti fruit oil from the Amazon rain forest.

I love this sun protection as it is so nourishing and has an incredibly delicious aroma!


Adaptogenic 7 Mushrooms & Cacao Powder

Tis the season for loving up those adrenals (as they should be loved up every season)!

The adrenals help to maintain stable energy along with healthy cortisol levels and hormone levels in the body. But they are compromised due to high stress, lack of sufficient sleep, exposure to environmental toxins, poor mineral/vitamin intake and lack of movement.

Anima Mundi Herbals Adaptogenic Powder supports healing, rejuvenating and revitalizing the body on a cellular level. The cacao adds a boost of magnesium to the body which supports the nervous system and reproductive health.

This tasty superfoods powder can be mixed into tea, coffee or a smoothie.


Anima Mundi Herbals Euphoria Elixir

An elixir known to awaken loving awareness within the body. 

The summer is a lush season known for celebrating the divine feminine and creative energy. It’s the season for reaping the efforts and intentions cultivated over the first part of the year.

This exilir is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and promotes nourishment to the reproductive organs and enhanced blood flow throughout the body.


Farmhouse Culture Gut Shots

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Gut health = overall health. A happy belly supports immune function, stable moods, overall mental health, hormone balance, ability to eliminate toxins as well as supports skin health.

Gut Shots are a simple blend of fermented cabbage, caraway seeds and sea salt. This tasty drink can support keeping the bloat at bay.

How to Become Clear on Setting Intentions and Manifesting What You Truly Desire in Life

katie strakosch

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As we flow from day to day, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind. We wear many hats during the day, and we can lose sight of our deep desires and dreams as we stay focused on what is directly in front of us. 

Are you ready to discover the ways to create the life of your dreams? Now is the time! You deserve it! 

In order to start creating this new reality, it is important to become clear on what you want in life. How do you want to feel? What do you want to experience on a daily basis?

Begin by exploring a writing exercise with these questions. Let the answers flow with no judgement attached!

  • What do you dream of being, doing, and having more in your life?

  • Where do you feel stuck or burnt out lately?

  • Are you looking for new direction in your life? What is calling to you?

  • Do you long to start something new but aren’t sure what?

  • What do you desire to experience with more satisfying relationships with others AND yourself?

What's your Word?

katie strakosch

Labor Day Weekend is upon us. I feel like we were just celebrating Memorial Day Weekend! Woo, what a summer! It was filled with adventure and a full sensory experience for me... I will share my adventures with you soon:)

When I think of a word that describes my summer, it's 'Juiciness'... This word invokes a sensation of bright colors and deliciousness in every sense... Lushness in experience, food, drinks, people and places.. It was a summer filled with planes, ferries, shuttles, taxis, wooden carts (yep), treehouses, mountain villages, European sea towns, beaches and much more to be revealed later...

As I pour myself a cucumber mint mocktail, I toast to the Summer of 2016 with a bow of gratitude for awakening my senses and being open to magic and adventure. Thank you!

What's your word for this summer?

What is a Yoni Steam?

katie strakosch

You may have come across the lingo through Gwyneth Paltrow or Tia and Tamera’s blogs…forget about the Hollywood buzz. The art of vaginal steaming dates back thousands of years through indigenous African, Mayan, Native American, Caribbean, and Asian cultures. It is mentioned in early chronicles of Spanish friars.

A yoni steam is a warm steam bath for the vagina. It combines a customized blend of herbs and warm steam generated from a pot beneath a seat.

Yoni translates to ‘sacred seat' all encompassing of the reproductive system: physically, emotionally and spiritually. 


Why would I do such a thing?

A yoni steam is a gentle way to bring warm steam and heat to the pelvis and to the womb, increasing circulation and energy flow. The moist heat opens up the pores of the tissues and the herbal infusion offers the medicinal benefits of the plants. The vaginal tissue is one of the most porous and absorbent of the entire female body. As a result, the steam is supportive for women’s reproductive, urinary and digestive health.

The customized blend of herbs is crafted together based on a client’s intake of her health concerns, symptoms and focus points.

A yoni steam is a very gentle process that does not involve any sort of high-pressure application of hot water or steam. The steam does not enter through the vagina itself, but rather the porous exterior tissues.


How long do I steam for?

The herbal infusion is placed into a pot beneath a yoni seat. During the session, a woman will sit comfortable on the seat. She is dressed comfortably and wrapped in a blanket to keep the body temperature warm. The steam session will last anywhere from 20-45 minutes. This time is devoted to breathing, meditating, reading, journaling and moving into a place of self-care.


What are the benefits that can be gained from a yoni steam?

  • Steams can support reducing the pain, bloating and body fatigue that is associated with menstruation.
  • Support reducing the stagnant blood flow that appears as brown or purple in the beginning or end of menstrual flow
  • Can support toning and healing the vaginal tissues after birth
  • Can enhance and increase fertility
  • Can reduce the symptoms of menopause including vaginal dryness and discomfort
  • Support natural detoxification processes in the body
  • Can offer anti-microbial properties to the body
  • Can support releasing stored emotions and trauma in the sacral chakra
  • Invites a new connection with the female body and recognizing the sacred place of creativity and flow

Benefits vary from woman to woman


What are contraindications of doing a steam?

  • Pregnancy
  • IUD present
  • Active Herpes outbreak
  • Severe Infection

Who can benefit?

Any woman from the onset on menses beyond wise woman years, outside of contraindications listed above.


What type of herbs are used?

All the herbs used are food-grade, certified organic herbs.

Disclaimer: The practice of yoni steaming is a sacred wellness practice that is offered with the intention for each woman to devote to divine self-care. This service is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Those seeking treatment for a specific disease should consult a qualified integrated physician, preferably a holistic physician, prior to participating in the service.


What clients are saying

Our wombs hold much wisdom & house our emotions, innocence, intuition & intelligence. Most of us have never been taught how to care for ourselves never mind our womb. In an age where more & more women take a pill to cease menstruation, Kate is on a mission to re-connect the feminine with her radiance once again. I recommend her services to women of all race, gender & age.
I recently had a Womb Wellness session with Kate and felt compelled to share my personal experience in the hopes that more women will utilize Kate’s offerings & empower themselves to let go & surrender to their beauty, grace & inner wisdom.
Kate is one of the most supportive, compassionate & intelligent women I have come to know, appreciate & respect. She soothingly guides you through a meditation as you receive the warmth & comfort of the steaming herbs, inviting you to dive deeper into yourself & gently unearth the shadows shading your light. Upon Kate’s exit, I was able to sip soothing raspberry tea & journal as my experience began to unfold.
The naval candle & castor clay abdominal cleanse was profoundly relaxing & once again Kate’s soothing soft voice navigates you into deep restoration & release. I felt a sudden shift occur here as a lot of stuck energy began to surface & there was a subtle letting go as I relaxed deeper into the nurturance of the treatment.
The session ended with a 25 minute sauna detox which enabled toxins to eliminate through the sweat glands. There is always this feeling of renewal after a sauna session but especially following this particular treatment.
Over the course of 48 hours post session with Kate, I continued to experience a powerful release of emotions & felt more comfortable surrendering to my own vulnerability which is often a challenge for me.
Thank you Kate for your light a beautiful experience!
— K.H.
I have known Kate for years and have been fortunate to watch her evolve as a holistic health practitioner. When I learned about the womb wellness service: yoni steam, castor oil/clay pack and sauna therapy she was offering, I was excited to try these ancient healing practices but a little nervous about the intimate nature of the treatments. However, within minutes of our consult, Kate put me at ease and created a space where I felt safe and allowed me to be receptive to the session. Through each of the various services, Kate was attentive, nurturing and knowledgeable. I felt comfortable which allowed me to transition into a relaxed and meditative state so I could fully embrace the physical, emotional and energetic healing techniques.
I highly recommend the womb wellness treatment with Kate for all women. This is a unique and specialized service that can have a wide range of benefits and support overall wellbeing.
— B.W.

Summer Bliss Smoothie

katie strakosch

Whether you are on the go, heading to the beach for some sacred morning time or you are in need a boost of energy, this simple smoothie will provide you the nourishment you need.

These days, life has been busy, busy and I know that if I don't fuel my body in the morning, I will not have the energy I need to get through the day.. We all know what happens when we go for too long without eating....the hangry goddess makes an appearance..and she is not invited.


Ingredients 

  • 1 Cup of Almond Milk 
  • 1 Tablespoon of Nut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoons of Bee Pollen
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Cacao 
  • 1 Handfull of Spinach
  • 1.5 Frozen Banana 

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into blender
  2. Blend until consistency desired
  3. Enjoy

I've combined some of my favorite ingredients into this smoothie which taste good, support my adrenals and give me the energy I need. Feel free to experiment with flavor combinations that you enjoy!

What is Womb Wellness?

katie strakosch

THE WOMB IS THE SEAT OF A WOMAN'S SOUL.

womb wrap
  • The womb is our connection to the very essence of what makes us women.
  • This space within a woman’s body is the “house” of our Sacred Seat.
  • The Sanskrit name for a woman's womb is known as 'Yoni'.
  • This is all encompassing of the reproductive system: physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Why is Womb Wellness Essential?

Environmental toxins get ingested, inhaled or absorbed through our skin.

Our body is designed to detox naturally; this is a function that it does every single day.

Unfortunately, it can only do so much and sometimes the exposure outweighs the body’s mechanism to flush the toxins out.

Most toxins are fat-soluble, meaning they are stored in the fatty parts of the body.

Two very fatty parts of the body are the brain and the endocrine glands. The major glands of the endocrine system include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid and adrenals.

Toxins not only cause physical symptoms in the body such as weight gain, joint pain, skin irritation, poor digestion, infertility, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, constipation, poor skin tone, weak muscles,

But they manifest in other ways as well such as anxiety, depression, irritability, brain fog, restlessness, poor sleep quality.

Womb Wellness Services help to support natural detoxification in the body, and support hormonal balance.


RADIANT WOMAN WOMB
WELLNESS IMMERSION PROGRAM


Benefits of Womb Wellness

  • Detoxifies the womb and remove toxins from the body.
  • Regulates irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
  • Significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation.
  • Decreases menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses.
  • Can increase fertility
  • Heals and tones the reproductive system after birth.
  • Treats uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse & endometriosis.
  • Assists with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar.
  • Assists with the healing of hemorrhoids.
  • Treats chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and works to maintain healthy odor.
  • Relieves symptoms of menopause including dryness or pain during intercourse.
  • Release stored emotions


Sunshine Kate's offers Womb Wellness Services in our office and in the comfort of your own home including yoni herbal steams, castor oil/bentonite clay womb wraps and therapeutic yoga and meditation classes

To learn more, please click below:

How to Have Glowing Skin all Summer Long

katie strakosch

PLANT BASED MEALS.

plantbased

Enjoy the plethora of local produce available at farmer's markets this summer. Stock up on these beauties from the Earth. Invoke your creative side in the kitchen as you mix up new flavor combinations for your smoothies, raw soups and salads. Increase your intake of greens for liver lovin' support. Greens also support kidney health which will help reduce excessive swelling in the body.


HYDROTHERAPY.

motherocean

Swim, bathe, float. Get your body in the water! If you live near Mother Ocean, celebrate it and jump in! The salt water is deeply nourishing and purifying. It will also calm and soothe the body. When you are in the shower, finish with a blast of cold water over the whole body to support circulation.


LOVE YOUR LYMPH.

It's no secret that I am a deep lover of supporting the lymphatic system. This system acts like the silent garbage truck traveling through the body, removing waste. When it is blocked, we experience decreased immunity, stagnant blood flow and poor skin tone. Activate and support it by using a dry skin brush every day! This tool not only enhances circulation, it also energizes the body and removes dead skin cells. Spending 2-3 minutes a day will lead to a goddess glow all day long! Interested in learning more about the lymphatic system? Read more here!


SWEAT.

Great your body moving and grooving to increase circulation and sweat. Explore using an infrared sauna for a whole body detox. Spend 20-30 minutes letting your body sweat out all the impurities, while increasing your core body temperature and increasing circulation. This will help that goddess glow shine through your skin!


OIL UP!

Instead of using lotion on your skin, use sesame or coconut oil for your body and face. This will give your skin a replenishing deep drink of essential fatty acids. Both of these oils are great for after-sun care too!

Chamomile

katie strakosch

'Tis the season for slowing down and savoring the warm days that are upon us. We've found ourselves dabbling in early summer weather here on the east coast, and I am loving every minute of it!!

We can witness the transition into the vibrant season with farmer's markets popping up and late spring/early summer produce is abundant.

I was delighted when I was strolling through a GreenMarket in New York City and came upon bunches and bunches and bunches of fresh chamomile.

Can you imagine the aroma these beauties exuded?  The sweet smell can immediately calm a busy mind.

Chamomile is used to support digestive health and soothe the nervous system. It contains anti-inflammatory properties, which support reducing pain due to rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings. 

Chamomile is used as an antispasmodic for menstrual cramps and gas pains.

We use chamomile in our womb wellness services as it is soothing to vaginal tissues.

In herbal folklore and myths, chamomile is believed to attract money and good fortune. 

When a handful of chamomile is added to a bath, it is believed to attract love.

When sprinkled around the house, chamomile repels negative energy, curses and spells, while bringing in good and prosperous fortune to the residents.

Ascetically, the natural chemicals of the blooms combine to bring out blonde undertones in hair and don't cause hair to dry out in the process!

Aside from the many health benefits that chamomile offers, it is quite comforting to sip a cup of chamomile tea (or iced tea during the summer months).


Recipes

I would like to share a few simple recipes on how to enjoy this beauty.

As a soothing tea: 1 cup boiling water add 2 tsp. dried flowers. Steep covered for 10 min.

Add the flowers to a salad! They are edible and quite tasty, as well as beautiful!

For a relaxing bath: Use up to 1 cup fresh or dried herb tied in tea/linen. bag. Place in tub with hot water. Try to avoid adding soap to bath, as it will coat your skin and not allow the benefits of the chamomile to be absorbed. Light a candle on the side of the bath and enjoy!

Cheers to celebrating the richness of Mother Earth's bounty!