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Earth Day: Green Behind the Scenes

Started in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated WORLDWIDE (193 countries!) each April 22nd, to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness for our environment on both a global and a local scale; proof of this can be seen in the beautifully crafted green space atop center-city Charlotte’s very own Ritz-Carlton hotel. This rooftop space houses more than just vibrant spring flowers and garden veggies, its home to more than 100,000 Cloister honey bees! It’s no secret that Cloister Honey takes pride in the local environment, by first and foremost saving the buzz!

It was 6 years ago on this day that Cloister Honey installed the first 2 beehives atop the Ritz Carlton in celebration of Earth Day.  Since then, these bees have helped this rooftop garden double in size. The fruits, veggies, and herbs grown here are used by the hotel chef and sold in their Lobby Farmers Market and Community Garden. Even the honey these hives produce is used in the Ritz’s kitchen, at Bar Cocoa, in cocktails at The Punch Room, and in detox treatment at the hotel spa!

Interested in seeing this great space for yourself? The Ritz offers free “Green Behind the Scenes” tours! Head to their website to learn more!

So on this day, you may be wondering how YOU can get involved. Don’t worry, we got you! The Cloister Honey team has come up 10 fun and simple ways to give back to Mother Earth on her special day ....

  • Plant a tree, variety of flowers, or herb garden.
  • Use public transportation, ride a bike, or walk instead of driving today.  Make yourself an easy goal to do it once a month.
  • Recycle all possible products and volunteer to pick up trash in your local area. 
  • Add décor to your kitchen and cut down on paper towels by bringing dishtowels and dishrags back into fashion.
  • Bring reusable bags to grocery store and use produce bags as small trashcan liners
  • Be sure to use a reusable water bottle
  • Shorten shower and turn off water when brushing teeth
  • Turn off lights and unplug appliances when not using.  We unplug our office printer when we leave for the weekend!
  • Install a programmable thermostat to turn off/or down when you’re not home and change your air filters often.
  • Lastly - Shop Local and enjoy being outdoors!

When Life Gives You Lemons… Squeeze Them!

It was only recently while studying for my Yoga Teacher Training License in Costa Rica, that I learned lemons are more than just added flavor and bright garnish to the common glass of water. The juice of one full lemon, when added to a warm 8oz glass of water, holds quite the nutritional benefit! This top-of-the-morning drink wouldn’t be complete however without some added sweetness and local love courtesy of our very own wildflower honey ($10/lb)! J

The benefits of consuming warm lemon water first thing in the morning have been discussed in many health books and blogs. As an avid yogi and forever student to the many facets of wellness, it is one of the most commonly practiced Ayurvedic morning rituals, among many others (some of which include waking 20-30 minutes before sunrise, morning and evening tongue scraping, and essential oil self-messaging). According to the Yoga Journal, this warm lemon water ritual activates and detoxes your entire digestive system. Other benefits to this morning routine include: combating bad breath, reducing phlegm, easing constipation, boosting Vitamin C levels, increasing liver function, and of course, added hydration. Recently, it has been popularly noted that lemon water also helps with weight loss. While this may be the case for some, there is no scientific proof behind this, though it has been noted that lemon enzymes ignite ones’ metabolism. While there is clearly much to be said about the nutritional benefits to lemon water, there is also something to be said for routine.

Believe it or not, we are creatures of habit, both good and bad. I will be the first to admit that I have a number of bad habits myself; but with that said, I also have some good! It is something as simple as this morning glass that brings warmth, structure and wellness into my life, even if it lasts for just a few moments. So whether it’s a 10 minute meditation each morning before taking on the day or reading uplifting blurbs from your favorite wellness book, find a morning routine that works for you, and squeeze it tight!


We’ll see you back here next week with more from The Latest Buzz.




For information about the topics discussed in this blog, please visit the Yoga Journal online (“9 Ayurvedic Morning Rituals”), abcnews online (“The Truth About Lemon Water”), and the Huffington Post Living (“Lemon Water Can Really Improve Your Morning – and Day”)





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