Balance Your Body

By Myron Mariano / September 12, 2011

Four Elements Herbals

The brand started when Jane Hawley Stevens established a family farm in order to further her horticultural career. It is within the 130-acre prairie and woodland property that she owns that she created a chakra garden to help visitors find energy and healing.

Finding her desire to specialize in the healing qualities of herbs, she began to harvest and blend them—with women local to her central Wisconsin location—into “simple and pure food for your skin,” as Steven describes.

Four Elements Herbals carries an impressive range of organic bath and body products. For those who yearn for an invigorating soak at the end of a long day, 11 different bath salts are on offer. Want to quench your parched skin? Moisture Creams—all seven of them—double as face and body moisturizers. If you have problem skin, it also carries formulations that can help. “One of the brand’s best-sellers,” notes Stevens, “is the eczema cream and soap.” Her daughter herself uses it. Acne-plagued teenagers (and adults!) will appreciate the witch hazel-spiked toner. Finally, herbal teas round up the package with a finish that’s nothing short of calming. $5 to $20. Available at Call 608-522-4492 for more information.

Energy Muse Jewelry

“[The philosophy behind] Energy Muse is ancient wisdom for modern times,” say the brand’s two co-founders, Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro. They aim to connect the world to the energetic properties of gemstones and crystals. And there’s no better way to do this than with jewelry. Think about it: Every person considers the selection of accessories to be a very personal issue. Think wedding rings and heirloom watches and you get the idea.

“We combine natural occurring gemstones, ancient symbols, color, and design for a very distinctive and stylish necklace or bracelet,” adds Askinosie and Jandro. Besides lending a hip vibe to the wearer, the Chakra Collection of personal jewelry also helps influence a desired outcome. The 5th Chakra bracelet, pictured here, relates to the throat chakra. Worn on your wrist, the bracelet encourages self-expression, creativity, and confidence. This is achieved with the use of turquoise, aquamarine, blue lace agate, fluorite, and azurite all working in tandem to enhance creative expression, calm your mind, and improve self-confidence. From $100. Available at, or call 1-866-674-4367 for store locations.

Aveda Chakra Balancing Body Mist Collection

Based on the 5,000-year-old practice of Ayurveda, a traditional system of healthy living principles in India, Aveda’s seven-piece collection promotes health, balance, and personal growth. Each body mist is made with aromas and essential oils specific to one of the seven chakras, and promotes relaxation and a sense of balance. It also complements your practice of yoga and other meditative arts if it is used before a session. Interesting fact: You don’t just come to the store and walk away with a spray willy-nilly. (Well, you could, but that’s robbing you of the sensory experience that comes with buying a bottle.) An Aveda associate will lay out Chakra Journey Cards and ask you to choose three. Then, she’ll have you sample aromas. The aroma you choose becomes the body mist that will promote your personal well-being for the day. $30 for a 100-ml bottle. Visit for store locations.

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