If you are thinking of starting a little herb garden lemon balm is one to include.  It’s truly a healing herb.  It’s most commonly found in herbal bedtime/calming teas, but it can also be applied to the skin.  As it is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it is great for cleansing pores and alleviating redness of the skin.  Lemon balm grows […]

Facial steams are a great way to cleanse and soften the skin.  You can customize the steam to whatever skin type you have or whatever skin imbalance you are experiencing.  All you need are some skin-friendly botanicals of your choosing, a large bowl, some warm water and a towel.   First, place warm water (the warmer the better) […]

I often get asked when the best time is to harvest lavender.  The answer really depends on what you want to use it for.  Right now, in the southwest the buds should be about 25%-40% open by now.  Just depending on the variety.  I grow English lavender and the buds are about 35% open right now as a whole.  If […]

Sometimes when I am feeling overwhelmed and need to relax, I like to make bath teas. Bath teas are essentially a mix of flowers, herbs and sometimes sea salt that are placed in a cotton bag, cheesecloth, organza bag, nylon sock or strainer.  I like to tie the bag onto the nozzle of the bathtub so […]

One of my favorite things to do when I’m by the ocean is to gather up sea water, boil it down to the sea salt and use it in homemade salt scrubs.  Sea salt has so many skin-friendly minerals, including calcium, magnesium and potassium.  These minerals work to speed up healing and combat bacterial and skin infections.  If […]

Yarrow has been used for thousands of years for skin healing.  Interestingly, these plants have been used on battle-fields since the time of Achilles through the Civil War to stop bleeding in wounds.  In modern times, herbalists continue to use yarrow for healing treatments, due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and pain relieving properties.  Yarrow contains silica, which helps […]

It’s been quite awhile since I have done a post. Life has been busy, but I’m committed to doing at least one post a week now.  As life has been so hectic, I have been relying on my meditation and yoga practice a lot more to bring balance and grounding to my life. An early morning meditation […]

This time of year, I like to make a potpourri and give it out as gifts so they can be enjoyed during Thanksgiving through the New Year.  I generally use ingredients that can be found at the grocery store, but sometimes I like to make a few unique additions.  Here is how you make it: Ingredients: Oranges […]

Sunflower seed oil is such an amazing oil for the skin.  We use it in two of our products—our Mint Balm for Lips and our Rose Peppermint Lip & Cheek Tint.  It is truly a magical oil.  It is incredibly moisturizing and it has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, as well.  One of its most powerful attributes is that […]

Delphinium are one of my favorite flowers.  Their history is just as rich as their beauty.  It’s rounding off the season for them so I thought I’d do a little post about them.  They are native to Europe and North America and their blue blossoms were used by the Native Americans and settlers alike to create blue dye […]