Month: October 2012

Herbal Lore: Calendula

Herbal Lore: Calendula

To say this cheerful, daisy-like flower is one of the most important plants in the herb garden is really not an exaggeration. Calendula has a long history of use as medicine, food, cosmetics, and fabric dye. It’s also a valuable companion plant in the garden, but…

Making a White Rose Hydrosol

Making a White Rose Hydrosol

Herbalist and herb farmer Mary Pat Palmer shows all the steps of making a hydrosol- starting with gathering roses in her garden- while explaining how she uses hydrosols therapeutically. Also known as ‘herbal distillates’, hydrosols are a concentrated plant extract. They’re considered about 30 times stronger…

Mother Nature versus petrochemicals?

Mother Nature versus petrochemicals?

“Fats and oils in cosmetics – Mother Nature versus petrochemicals?” (Kosmetische Medizin, 2008) This interesting (technical) article by Dr. Hans Lautenschläger compares the skin repair benefits (or not) of oils and waxes of petrochemical origin to natural fats and oils. The take-away: “Mineral oils will not help to…