I’m so happy it’s finally Autumn.  With Autumn comes apple season. yay!  I’m such a huge fan of apples as they taste great and are so beneficial for the body.  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is really a wise saying as apples are full of vitamins and nutrients that can help keep us healthy.  Having a […]

Legs Up the Wall pose or Viparita Karani (pronounced ‘vip-par-ee-tahcar-AHN-ee’) is one of my favorite yoga poses to practice to maintain clear, glowing skin.  Some Hindu scripts say that Viparita Karani reduces wrinkles and delays the aging process.  There definitely was some wisdom in this guidance.   Viparita Karani is a mild inversion that reverses the flow of blood, […]

This summer was my first summer in the last few years where I have not had an outdoor garden. I have just been too busy with work to manage a garden this year. As I live primarily in Las Vegas, due to my attorney work, it is difficult to commute up to Utah every weekend […]

My love for hydrosols first began many years back when I was introduced to rose water and orange blossom water.  Hydrosols are not perfumes, but they really are the ancestors of what are perfumes today.  Hydrosols are botanical waters, often called floral waters, and they are created from steam distilling different flowers and/or herbs.  The hydrosol is the […]

Spending time in salt water can have some amazing benefits for your skin.  Such benefits include reducing inflammation, opening up your pores and fighting off bacteria on the skin.  Salt water contains potassium, magnesium and calcium, which all are great minerals to help assist in skin healing and skin cell regeneration.   What I enjoy most about spending […]

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 […]