Friday Roundup - January 29, 2016

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week.

Love is grand! I created two custom products for a special Valentine's collaboration with one of my favorite jewelry makers, Kyla of IMPRESSED by Nature. She turns real flower petals into unique, delicate pieces of jewelry. Her jewelry joins my goji berry and cocoa butter lip tint (a touch of pink on your pucker comes from real organic beetroot) and BeLoved Balm, a delicate floral balm that's great for massage or moisturizing.

Donkey Imposters: E jiao or donkey-hide gelatin, is a traditional herb used extensively in gynecology. I loved using this herb in for its restorative powers when I was first in practice. It's now very difficult to find a reputable source, and if you do, the price is prohibitive (around $50 a gram). Unsurprisingly, this has led to a growing market in counterfeit donkey hide gelatin. Caveat emptor!

Healing meals: I had the chance to be part of creating a Chinese Medicine healing dinner for a friend's birthday last week - what a treat! I'll be sharing the whole menu in the coming week, but here's a sneak peek - the fragrant braised chicken with chestnuts and shitake mushroom recipe I adapted for the main course.

Have a great weekend!

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