I recently wrote an article on my yoga website regarding the Ayurvedic principles of eating in balance with the seasons.  In accordance with Ayurveda, eating seasonal produce, including fruits and vegetables, can have positive impacts on your body, including your skin.  The theory is that the fresher the produce, the easier it is on your body to […]

Exploring the tidepools has always been a favorite activity since I was little. The best is exploring the tidepools with my nieces and nephews. I really cherish those opportunities. In the tidepools on the west coast, there is typically a bunch of kelp that gathers. I was chatting with one of my nephews recently about […]

Lately, I’ve been learning more about Gua Sha, which is a traditional Chinese skin scraping technique to help improve circulation.  It typically involves scraping a flat or round stone over the skin in upward strokes to promote tissue drainage and to relax the muscles.  I was intrigued to practice facial Gua Sha on myself because we often […]

I like to make this recipe right before Autumn begins when the blueberries have come to their peak. This recipe is a nice amalgamation of blueberries and citrus–lemons and oranges. You can substitute the orange for all lemon or keep the oranges in for a more balanced flavor. Blueberries have wonderful benefits for the skin, […]

Bath crystals (salts) are fun and simple to make. Creating them requires minimal ingredients and time. The base ingredient is the salt itself to which you can add other things such as dried flowers/herbs, oatmeal, milk powders, and essential oils. I think the key to making soothing bath salts is the kind of salt that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]