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    Herbs & Ingredients,  In the Herb Garden,  Natural Skin Care

    Chamomile in the Springtime Garden

    German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is one of the first signs of green in my Springtime garden, and a very welcome sight it is! A member of the Daisy Family, Chamomile contains calcium, potassium, vitamin B2, flavonoids, coumarins, and salicylates. The flowers are used for their antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, sedative, and vulnerary properties. The flavor is described as both sweet and bitter. You’ll notice its appley aroma which is just how it tastes, but if you make the same mistake I did and steep your tea extra long (medicine-making style), it becomes really bitter! Chamomile is used in skin care to soften dry skin, clean pores, clear acne, and reduce puffiness.…

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    Spring Cleaning in the Online Store

    After a long, cold, dark Winter, it always feels so good to throw open the windows, shake off the cobwebs, and do some serious Spring cleaning! I’ve had this “cleaning itch” about my online store too. You may remember that I used to offer different fun things that changed with the season. This dwindled as I moved from craft fairs and farmers markets into selling primarily through retail shops. Having a more limited, “fixed” set of bodycare products made it easier for me to make them in greater numbers (I still do almost everything by hand) while helping trim losses from spoilage (fresh and natural spoils so much quicker). But…

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    Watermelon Seed Oil, wherefore art thou?

    Ever have the experience of discovering something you never knew existed- which you then were dying to possess- only to find you couldn’t find it anywhere? This is me – and this is Watermelon Seed Oil. Aromaweb.com turned me on to Watermelon Seed Oil, which is described there as ” …a very nourishing yet light oil with good absorption. It is a good choice for use with oily skin but can be effective with all skin types.”  Its aroma is “slightly nutty”. I’m crazy for watermelon and always on the lookout for new oils to try, so I began researching…. Commonly known as “Ootanga Oil” and “Kalahari Oil”, Watermelon seed oil is…

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    Florence, Here We Come!

      Did you hear the “WOO-HOO!”? That was me, getting the news that our new vendor application has been accepted at the Florence Farmers Market! Florence is a village of Northampton with a proud and colorful history. Home to a utopian community of Abolitionists in the early 1800’s, it was a stop on the Underground Railroad as well as being former slave, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth‘s hometown from 1843 to 1857. Today, Florence’s old manufacturing mills have been filled with artist studios, yoga/massage/acupuncture centers, day spas, vibrant ‘local food’ cafes (including a vegan cafe!), and it even has its own vineyard and winery. The Florence Civic Center hosts the popular Wednesday…

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    #HandmadeChat: My 15 Minutes of Fame

    On Thursday evenings from 8 to 9pm ET, the Indie Business Network (IBN) hosts #HandmadeChat, a Twitter talk show to help handmade and creative entrepreneurs sell more products, have more fun, and be more successful personally and professionally. While the show is aimed mainly at business owners who make and sell handmade consumer products, the topics and discussions can empower and encourage the growth of any small business. I had the immense pleasure of being interviewed at last night’s chat by the lovely Donna Maria Coles Johnson, IBN’s founder. We talked herbs and micro-farming and how my lifestyle influences my business and the skin care products I make. You can…