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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The art of ayurvedic oil massage is called Abhyanga and it is an important daily routine in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian health theory and practice that began thousands of years ago. Ayurveda itself is a health practice that is centered on maintaining a balanced body and mind. In this ancient theory, there are a series […]

I was recently thinking about how the sun and the rain and how symbolic it is to the way we live our lives. Where bright sunshine in the sky and some added warmth to the air can influence our mood in positive ways, a windy or stormy day can make us more introspective and indoors […]

Today, I was thinking about how whenever I spend time outside, I feel more peaceful, centered, and happy.  Our bodies rely on nature not only for our physical health, but our mental well-being, as well.  The sun provides us with our necessary Vitamin D, which our bodies need to survive, and which also helps to […]

The cucumbers in the garden are ready for picking. I am so excited as they are some of my favorite vegetables to grow and to have in the kitchen.  As they have such a high water content, they are wonderful to keep the body and skin hydrated, especially when it is hot outside.  They are […]

One of the things that really helps to calm me when I’m feeling unsettled or when I’m feeling like I need clarity is to spend time outside, in nature. Taking a walk in the neighborhood or in the city is one thing, but taking a walk amongst the trees, separated from the hustle and bustle of […]