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Desiderata

"GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

~ Max Ehrmann





Herbal notes by ANA


For the upcoming holiday season, I want to offer a mocktail recipe


I love a good cocktail, but it doesn’t always love me back.


Mocktails are great because they scratch that itch when you feel like celebrating, but not having a hangover. They can also keep you from feeling FOMO while others are imbibing around you, and they can be nutritious and stimulate well-being!


Here’s a recipe for a beautiful spiced, sparkling mocktail infused with ashwagandha and warmly fragrant with the flavors o cinnamon, allspice, orange and any others you love


It gives you the benefits of holiday spices in a cold beverage.


The abhwagandha I like to use for this beverage is actually from a functional beverage you can buy in a can from a company called Drink Free Rain. They have different flavors with different herbs. The one I recommend for this mocktail is their Ashwagandha with Blood Orange and Ginger


If you want to go all home made, you can infuse your own dried ashwagadha root with ginger and orange peel.


Other Ingredients or spices:

(Make sure they’re all organic)


⁃ Cinnamon sticks

⁃ Cardamom

⁃ All Spice

⁃ Orange Peel

⁃ Touch of black pepper

⁃ Some like to add cloves. Although they’re really healthy, I personally don’t love the flavor of cloves and I feel they’re overpowering, so I keep them out.


Add sweetener of choice to turn spices into syrup— I like organic honey. Maple syrup would also be yummy


Simmer spices with sweetener in water and reduce by half. Whisk together after done simmering and store in the fridge.


To serve, add syrup to a glass with ice and top with Free Rain ashwagandha infused sparkling beverage or your home-made ashwagandha infusion and top with sparkling water.


If you make this, please send it to my instagram at apotheka5 so I can share it in my stories :)


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