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The Pure Life: Our Simple Guide to Essential Oils

February 27, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Smell is one of our most powerful and underrated senses. It can trigger emotions, memories and feelings of attraction. Not to mention their natural healing benefits. To help you get in the best state of mind and body, here’s our guide to essential oils and their uses:

Lavender

  • Add a few drops to a warm bath for ultimate relaxation
  • Help aid with sleep by dabbing some oil in your wrists and temples
  • Stop the itching from an insect bite or discomfort of a bee sting
  • Benefits: Calming, relaxation, uplifting to your mood

Lemon

  • Use to clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Improve circulation by rubbing on skin
  • Brighten up the flavor of your water or desserts
  • Benefits: Detoxifying, rejuvenating, cleansing

Peppermint

  • Use with your humidifier to soothe coughs and congestion
  • Add to hot water and make an upset tummy taming tea
  • Apply sparingly (this stuff is very concentrated!) to back of neck to increase energy
  • Benefits: Cooling, antibacterial, energizing

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5 Reasons Why You Should Juice

September 23, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Juicing. It’s everywhere. Being seen with a fresh juice in hand has never been more trendy. Instagram feeds are blowing up with images of people posing with their juices. Even better, it’s not a bad fad to follow at all. Juicing has endless benefits to it, not even including the cool Iinstagram posts you’ll get from it.

Here are 5 reasons why you should start juicing: 

1.Since juicing removes the indigestible fiber found in the outside of fruits and vegetables, nutrients are available in much higher quantities than if one just ate the fruit or vegetable whole. Juicing therefore allows us to better absorb all the nutrients in these drinks and get more bang for our buck.

2. Many people struggle with getting the correct amount of vegetable servings each day. 5 to 8 servings of vegetables are suggested, but that is nearly impossible to get every day. Juicing can contain all of these servings all wrapped up into one delicious, hip, and nutritional drink.

3. A diet high in fruits and vegetables can help cure or prevent thousands of illnesses even. Green vegetables, for example, contain phytochemicals that can offer protection against cancer causing substances. Citrus fruits also help fight cancer causing substances through making it easier for your body to remove carcinogens.

4. Of course, by juicing we also get the traditional nutrients offered by these foods such as vitamin C (mango, grapefruit, kiwi), vitamin A (kale, broccoli, beets), and vitamin E (avocado, blueberries, blackberries). Fruit juices are also a good source of essential minerals like copper, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and iron.

5. It looks awesome. The colors that turn out from juicing various fruits and vegetables are ridiculous. Add some beets to your juice, the color will be the most vibrant pink, add carrots, it’ll turn out an amazing orange color. It’s fun to mix up your own combos too. A great combination to try out is carrot, apples, lemon, orange, and ginger. With all the nutrients from these various fruits and vegetables, this is not only a delicious, amazingly colored drink but also a boost to your immunity.

There’s no reason not to try juicing. Just from looking at all the health benefits from having a juice, one can see how nutritional it really is. And if that doesn’t convince you, at least think about how cool your Instagram feed is going to look.

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What does Pura Vida Mean?

September 22, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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A phrase that you will hear and see everywhere in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida”. The term “Pura Vida” has been present in Costa Rica’s vocabulary for over 50 years. It’s English translation means “pure life”  or “simple life”, however its more then just a phrase- it is a way of life.
Where did this phrase originally come from? People believe that the term “Pura Vida” came around in 1956 after a Mexican movie entitled “Pura Vida!” was released. In the movie, the main character uses the phrase throughout the movie to stay optimistic, happy, and full of life, despite all the negative circumstances around him. Thanks to this movie, the phrase “Pura Vida” is the unofficial motto to one of the happiest countries on Earth.
Pura Vida is so much more then just a phrase, it is their culture and way of life. Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this term to say hello, goodbye, or even to let people know everything’s good! Costa Ricans don’t just let the term bring them a good life, it’s the way they use it in their everyday attitude to make them happy. “Pura Vida” means that people need to be grateful for the things they do have in life, instead of dwelling on the negative things that they don’t. The phrase shows that no matter how bad you may think you have it, life for someone else can be far more less fortunate then your own. Life is too short to be worried and upset, everyone needed to make the most of life! All in all, the locals strive to live a stress free, laid-back life and they believe that their motto “Pura Vida” perfectly exemplifies how the locals live. Costa Ricans feel that if more “foreigners” grasped this concept, the world would be a lot happier.
“Pura Vida” is the back bone to this company. We believe in a pure and happy life, and that our company and products can bring that to many people around the world. Our products can make a big impact in customers lives, whether its helping their favorite charity, or creating their own bracelet and being a voice behind our brand. Pura Vida can help you find your pure life. ¡Pura Vida!

Lifestyle

Live Free With Pura Vida

April 29, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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Live free with Pura Vida!  What makes you happy?  Happiness is key to living a healthy lifestyle.  Here are 5 ways to live free and happy this summer-

1. Enjoy the outdoors- Get out and get moving!  Try taking an early morning stroll along the beach.  Or explore your local farmers market.  Anything to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

2. Eat healthy- Eating healthy can be both fun and rewarding.  Fruit is the perfect snack for those hot summer days.  Slice up a watermelon and bring it along on the go.

3. Be creative- Do something creative!!  Try a new DIY project.  Pinterest is a great source and is home to thousands of DIY projects.  Painting is also a great creative outlet.  Try breaking out those watercolors you’ve had stashed away.

4. Become one with your surroundings- Slow down your pace and enjoy the flowers you pass by everyday.  It’s amazing what we miss while in a hurry.

5. Good company- Spend your time in good company.  What’s better then having your good friends by your side?

Happiness is contagious and happy people radiate.  Show us what makes you happy and tag us on Instagram #puravidabracelets