When you want to incorporate dried flowers or any botanical in skincare products, it’s essential that they be dried sufficiently to eliminate water content so as to prevent any fungus or bacteria from growing in your skincare creation.  This specifically applies in regards to recipes where there is an oil content.  Oil and water generally do not […]

One of my favorite past-times is finding unique books about plants and flowers.  Here are some of my latest finds: “Weeds and Wildflowers”, which is a compilation of poems by Alice Oswald and botanical etchings by Jessica Greenman.  This book is beautifully bound and filled with lovely poems about some enchanting botanicals. “In Pursuit of Plants” by […]

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 […]

Claude Monet once said, “I must have flowers always and always”. The flower was his muse for his greatest works and unsurprisingly so.  Flowers have the power to make our days a little brighter, and a little more beautiful.  They give you a greater appreciation for the beauty of life and nature.  I know that when I have flowers […]

I think that one of the most lovely things about summer is gathering flowers and herbs in June and July, drying them out, and by August incorporating them into a Summertime Potpourri that you can enjoy in your home for up to four months. This is one of my favorite potpourri recipes. You, of course, […]

Although October is my favorite month, spring is my favorite season. In spring, our sense of smell begins to heighten and our bodies begin to reawaken from the dull winter months. Spring is a time for getting outside, planning a garden and possibly shedding a few pounds.  It’s definitely a season of new beginnings.  I recently ordered some seeds […]

Baths are one of the most amazing things on earth.  I cannot live without a bathtub.  The bath is a safe haven where you can just turn your mind off and relax.  I really love using soaking salts in the bath, particularly when I’m sick.  They help to make the water softer as it wraps […]

Steaming is an underused skincare regimen that has some amazing benefits.  This technique is known to help improve circulation within the skin, clear pores, and softens the skin, which all contribute to a more glowing complexion.  The four ingredients that I like to use in facial steam are chamomile, lavender, rose and mint.  Chamomile is […]