Calendula brings the Glow

Calendula brings the Glow

Cold, grey, and rainy today. I’m thinking about cozying up with one of my favorite plants, a golden beauty long associated with fire and the Sun, Calendula. Calendula officinalis is her botanical name, but she has been known by many different names including Pot Marigold,…

Let’s Bee the Balm

Borrowing from Caroline Casey, host-creator and weaver of context for “The Visionary Activist Show” on Pacifica radio station KPFA, “The world is on fire, so let’s bee the balm!”. The idea of bee-ing the balm is why I started gardening with medicinal herbs. Besides being medicine for me,…

Shades of Green

Gathering together some of the herbs used in my salve and balm (pictured left to right: Lemongrass, Green Tea, Chickweed). Aren’t they beautiful? I love all the different shades of green. The aroma is pretty plantastic too! Seems obvious, doesn’t it, that Paradise would be plant-based…

So down on plastic

Hype. Spin. Noise! How nutty it is that in this age of information, we can’t tell what’s real. My remedy has been plugging in to the garden. The natural world is the really real world, and spending time there puts the made-up, plastic world around us into sharp focus,…

Signs of Spring

We have a big patch of green in the middle of the foot of snow in the backyard- a bumper crop of chickweed growing in our cold frame with the spinach I planted last Fall. Hawkeye still kindof thinks of chickweed as a nuisance, but for me, it’s a favorite!…

Shiitake Soap Surprise

Unveiling my first-ever batch of Shiitake hand-milled soap. These cocoa butter soaps are palm oil-free, made with our farm-grown Shiitake, and naturally scented with Bay, Amyris, Ravensara, and Lemon essential oils*. (*I think this blend was inspired by some recent island hopping in the West Indies- It occurred…

Good Soap.

  When I’m not in the garden, I’m in the studio crafting vegan bodycare with herbs and veggies. Here’s my latest: ‘Lettuce & Lavender’ cocoa butter soap with poppy seeds for a little scrub and lavender, fennel, and marjoram essential oils for an intriguingly herbal…

Hand-Milled Soaps Returning

  Now that the weather’s turning colder and the farm is slowing down, I’m able to get back to work in the bodycare studio… Our hand-milled soaps are returning, with new ‘flavors’ and a new blend of oils that will stand up to your shower (I LOVE my old…

Digging in, Sprouting up

Digging in, Sprouting up

The bulk of our planting is done and everyone is digging in and sprouting up. It looks like a garden out there again! I’ve started harvesting heirloom roses, but don’t have a plan for them yet. Maybe a glycerite? A perfume? Definitely some infused oil!…

Read any good labels lately?

Read any good labels lately?

If you’re a compulsive label-reader like me, you know a good label is hard to find! Even natural brands succumb to the necessity of synthetic preservatives to protect their water-based products from contamination. Most annoying though is when ingredients aren’t fully disclosed. (Hiding preservatives under the…