Month: February 2018

Wrinkle Wrecker Face Cream

Some of my clients have been asking for a cream for mature skin. After doing some research on some of the properties of sea buckthorn, I developed this recipe. This is an excellent face cream for dry, aging or damaged skin. Be mindful that…

Say Goodbye to Dry Eyes

Sea Buckthorn makes another appearance!     During a client consultation last weekend, the subject of dry eyes came up. Actually, overall hydration was discussed. Both my husband and I wear contacts and I work long days. This is a recipe for eye disaster! Last…

A Cat in Repose

After quite a few months of grey days, my cat has found a sunny window in a warm room, curled up in a baby pomelo plant. Plants are healing and comforting to more than just humans.

How to Hydrate

Water hydrates dehydrated skin and tissues, oil moistens or lubricates dry skin and tissues. Depending on what your body, skin and tissues need at that time, oil or water could be indicated. Without a protective oil barrier on your skin, dehydration could take place…

Yarrow

 Achillea millefolium Common Name: bloodwort, common yarrow, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milfoil, noble yarrow, old man’s pepper, nosebleed and staunchgrass.   Family: Asteraceae TCM Name: Ya Luo Ayurvedic Name: N/A Parts Used: leaves, flowering tops, roots Native To: Northern Hemisphere Medicinal Notes “Thou pretty herb of Venus Tree Thy…

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense Common Name: Beebread, Cow Clover, Meadow Clover, Miel des Prés, Purple Clover, Trebol Rojo, Wild Clover.   Family: Fabaceae TCM Name: Mu, Hsun Tsao Ayurvedic Name: Tripatra Parts Used: Flowers, leaves Native To:  Native to Europe, Central Asia, North Africa. Medicinal Notes The name “trifolium” derives form the…

Healing Herbal Salve: the miracle

It was the third day of my summer holidays. Teachers look forward to the holidays maybe even more than the students. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I was excited to spend it in my garden. I had no plans other than to…

St John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum Common Name: St John’s Wort, Tipton’s Weed, Chase-Devil, Klamath Weed, Touch and Heal, Goatweed Family: Hypericaceae TCM Name: Guan Ye Lian Qiao Ayurvedic Name: N/A Parts Used: Leaf, Flower Native To: Europe Medicinal Notes According to White Rabbit Institute of Healing: “St John’s…

Comfrey

  Symphytum officinale Common Name: Comfrey, Knitbone, Bruisewort   Family: Boraginaceae TCM Name: N/A Ayurvedic Name: N/A Parts Used: Leaves and roots Native To:  Europe    Medicinal Notes According to The Pharmaceutical Journal: “Dioscorides’s ‘Materia medica’ is the oldest materia medica in Europe. Created at the same time as, but…

The Plantain Primer

Thank you to Ian Opal Kesling at Herbrally for this compendium of Plantain uses: For drawing blisters/pimples to a head, or drawing foreign objects from the skin: plantain leaf and piñon resin warm-infused in oil. For minor cuts/scrapes/burns: plantain leaf, comfrey leaf, and calendula flower infused…

Plantain

Plantago ssp Common Name: plantain, white-man’s footprint, waybread, Englishman’s foot, fleawort, ribwort   Family: Plantageinaceae TCM Name: Che Qian Cao Ayurvedic Name: N/A Parts Used: Leaves and seeds Native To:  Europe and Asia   Medicinal Notes “And you, Waybread, mother of herbs, Open from the east, mighty…

Natural Deodorant

I’m trying to treat my skin well. Not just because I am getting older, although I am…no stopping that process, but to maintain my health from the inside out and outside in. Recently, I have noticed that my typical deodorant bought at the drugstore…