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 […]

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 […]

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 face mask is particularly nourishing during autumn. As the weather cools off and our skin gets a little drier, it’s important to apply a skincare regimen that is extra moisturizing.  This face mask fits well into that regimen.  Pumpkin contains zinc, beta carotene and fatty acids, which are all incredibly beneficial for the maintenance of a clear, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making herbal or floral infused oils is a fun and rewarding process.  This time of year is the best time to get picking your flowers and herbs for drying.  So once you pick them (one of my favorite flowers to pick and dry is chamomile and calendula) then lay them out on a clean surface covered with […]

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, […]

Yarrow is one of my favorite little herbs because it has so many healing properties.  It is so beneficial in treating minor cuts, burns, and rashes.  Some people have skin reactions to yarrow so its best to ensure that your skin doesn’t react negatively to it prior to use.  I love to leave this healing salve handy in […]

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 […]

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 […]

With the warm weather coming its so important to ensure that your skin and body are getting full hydration. This can be particularly challenging when you live in a super dry climate like Southern Utah and the other southwestern states.  The first tip, albeit obvious, is to make sure you are getting enough water each day. I try […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]