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 […]

A new Misha Jo Naturals product is coming in the next month.  I will give you a hint…it is going to be a hydrosol, which is another name for a a botanically infused water meant for topical use on the face and body.  Hydrosols have been used throughout history for their skincare benefits.  They are less concentrated than […]

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 […]

Up close with these country kids.  There is a lot of wisdom in their eyes.  Being around animals brings a lot of serenity to my life.  What brings serenity to your life?  Having a serene and peaceful inner state not only uplifts your spirits, but it can also bring tremendous benefits to your body and skin. It helps to reduce […]