" Hydrosols contain all of the plant in every drops, just like a hologram." - Suzanne Catty. Hydrosol is an underused natural product. It is gentle yet powerful at the same time, excellent for babies, children, and delicate skin. Hydrosols can be used undiluted. The word “hydrosol” is derived from the Greek hydro, meaning water, and… Continue reading Hydrosols
Vitamin C ( L ascorbic acid) is a powerful antioxidant. Facial serum made with vitamin C not only reduces wrinkles, discoloration, and boosts collagen production, but also works well when you have dry eczema. It gently removes the dead skin cells and allows skin healing nutrients to penetrate the epidermis to reach the dermis, enabling… Continue reading DIY Vitamin C serum
I planted some calendula seeds late last Fall and one of them is blooming! Calendula is not just a pretty flower, but also cold hardy.
This gorgeous little flower, gracing so many home gardens has been used for centuries topically to speed up tissue healing after injuries, bruises, sprains and strains. It is a wonderful remedy for skin issues as well as gastrointestinal inflammation.
Calendula is one of the few plants that is used both in Western herbalism and Aromatherapy.
For this post, we will focus on its skin healing aspect. Calendula is vulnerary and anti-inflammatory, therefore, wonderful in any skin care product. It relieves the dryness, reduces the itchiness and inflammation and it is excellent for eczema and psoriasis.
How do you use Calendula flowers?
- Herbal oil: fill a mason jar with recently dried Calendula flowers, pour enough olive oil to cover the plant material. Mix them well…
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I planted some calendula seeds late last Fall and one of them is blooming! Calendula is not just a pretty flower, but also cold hardy. This gorgeous little flower, gracing so many home gardens has been used for centuries topically to speed up tissue healing after injuries, bruises, sprains and strains. It is a wonderful… Continue reading Calendula (calendula officinalis)
Based on the CDC's lists of fever, cough and shortness of breath as main symptoms of Coronavirus, here are the essential oils and herbs to support yourself and your family. Remember, go to see your doctor in the first place and don't try to self prescribe. All the essential oils and hers recommended here are… Continue reading Essential Oil and Herbal Support for Coronavirus, or any virus
What does Acupuncture have to do with essential oils? Let me explain. Acupuncture points are points along meridians, where acupuncturists insert pain free needles to treat various health conditions. Essential oils, due to their volatile molecules are quickly absorbed through skin and enter blood stream. When they are applied to the acupoints, they travel through… Continue reading Using Essential Oils on Acupuncture Points for Anxiety, Depression & Repressed Emotions
Sweet marjoram ( Origanum majorana ), a popular culinary herb, produces essential oil high in Monoterpenols. Marjoram has a woody and floral aroma and is one of my favorite oils for its calming, comforting and antispasmodic properties. A CNS sedative, it relieves anxiety, stress and insomnia. Blended with Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia ) and Peppermint (… Continue reading Marjoram (Sweet) Origanum majorana
Nettle Urtica dioica is nutritive full of vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, to name a few. It also has amino acids and antioxidants, which may help fight free radicals, according to Dr. Mercola. Called a "spring tonic", it also detoxifies the body of toxins. Nettles are… Continue reading Nettle Shot
According to Dr. Robert Pappas and Aromatic Plant Research Center, 80% of the essential oils on the market are adulterated. Is the number exaggerated? I think not, based on my 14 years of experiences purchasing oils from various companies. So it is very likely that the essential oils you are using are not as pure… Continue reading Are Your Essential Oils Authentic?
Eastern redbud (Cercis Canadensis) is a deciduous tree with showy lavender flowers at the beginning of the Spring and right after the bloom, the heart shaped leaves appear. The fruit/pod is a legume, that can be sautéed as a side dish. The pea-shaped flowers are edible and taste slightly tangy due to its high vitamin C… Continue reading Eastern redbud