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 […]

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 […]

This past weekend, I picked a bunch of tomatillos and husked them. Tomatillos are full of minerals, vitamins and proteins, which are very beneficial for the skin and body.  What’s the best way to use tomatillos you may ask. Well, I love to make a green salsa with them.  It goes perfect with tortilla chips this time of year.  Here […]

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, […]

Can doing yoga benefit the skin?  Yes, indeed!  Practicing yoga postures (asanas) can increase blood circulation and lead to a reduction of toxins in the body.  Poses that increase blood flow and oxygen to the face, such as forward bends and inversions, help to provide you with a gentle radiance, due to the increase in blood circulation to […]

I was recently filling some sachets with lavender from last summer’s lavender crop and I started to think more about the important role of our sense of smell in our daily lives and how different scents can have such an impact on our mood.  Lavender is definitely one of my favorite scents. I really like to […]

I have been wanting to do a yoga post for awhile.  Yoga is so special to me and has really helped to bring a lot of peace and balance into my life.  Mudras are an area of yoga practice that I have been studying and have become a part of my yogic meditation routine.  I […]

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 […]

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 […]