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Herbs & Ingredients

Tea, before the cuppa

Have you ever seen Tea (Camellia sinensis) growing? I never realized the Tea plant is an evergreen shrub (to small tree) that can be harvested for 40-100 years, depending on the variety. The young shoots, leaves and buds, are usually picked by hand as machinery […]

The answer? Mango butter.

When you want one effective, natural bodycare ingredient that can be used many different ways, most people think of Shea butter, right? But if you have nut or latex allergies, you probably steer clear as Shea butter has been known to cause reaction. A perfect […]

Immerse Yourself in Plant World

Guess we need reminding, since life can be so distractingly busy: To be healthy, we need to spend time outdoors. Nature is good for you, and many studies have been done to lend scientific proof. This article, “How Nature is good for our health and […]

Surviving the change of season

A belated Happy Autumn to you! And as if I wasn’t already feeling low enough about Summer’s end, the season change has brought me a throat virus. My throat is like my early-warning signal . When I start getting run down, a sore throat is […]

There she goes (reformulating) again

Maybe I make it harder than it has to be. But, you know, I want my skincare creations to be perfect and for me that means ingredients that are organic, fair trade, and from as close to home as possible. Which means I have to […]

Who here loves Weeds?

Weeds = the common plants that grow abundantly with no help at all from the gardener. I adore them! Chickweed (Stellaria media) is one of my all-time favorite plants. It likes cooler temperatures, so it’s one of the first herbs I see pop up in the Spring […]

Got Skin? Get Yarrow.

Yarrow flowers close-up (image courtesy of trakaislapsis/123RF)   Yarrow is a plant many people recognize as it’s commonly seen in gardens and growing wild. It has a pretty flower and is a beneficial companion plant both for vegetables and herbs. It’s the go-to herb to treat […]

Yarrow, January’s Herb of the Month

Each month, I focus on one herb to write about. January’s herb is Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). Though sometimes said to be native to Eurasia, Yarrow is also a North American native. It is believed that the Yarrow now found growing wild here is a hybrid of […]

It’s Winter Solstice- Celebrate with Sage

Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the beginning of Winter. We toast days past and make plans for the year to come… One herb I associate with Winter is Sage. It’s in lots of recipes for cold weather foods, and drinking and […]

How to use Sage Balm

Herbal balms are a simple, natural way to care for your skin. Similar to herbal salves which are made with oil and wax, balms also contain vegetable butter, making them extra rich and moisturizing. Balms can be used for both healing and beauty. I use them […]