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Essential oil of rosemary

Rosemary, grown in Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey, is the symbol of eternity. Thus it was often planted near tombs. Rosemary is frequently associated with enhancing memories, as in Shakespeare’s Hamlet when Ophelia says, “There is rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” The name of rosemary derives from the Latin ros marinus, meaning sea dew. Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, [...]

By |2019-06-14T14:35:13-06:00May 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Essential oil of peppermint

Peppermint oil is probably the most popular essential oil in the world. Its high content of menthol makes it both very soothing and cooling. It is an anti-depressant, stimulates the mind, and yet helps calm an overactive mind. Tisserand says, “If you think too much, or have a hot head, it will cool you down.” [...]

By |2019-05-29T23:15:23-06:00May 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Homemade recipes

To soften, cleanse, and refresh skin, make a mixture of two tablespoons honey with one-half teaspoon organic vinegar and one-half teaspoon lemon juice. Mix well and apply to the face. Leave on for one-half hour. Do this daily to restore a youthful appearance. It aids in cleansing, protecting, and drawing moisture to your skin. Honey [...]

By |2019-05-29T23:09:05-06:00May 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is oil distilled from the lavender flower. Today, the largest percentage of the blooms goes into perfume products. One acre of lavender yields 15 to 20 pounds of oil. It is very popular and enjoyable to put a few drops in a bath or to simply enjoy as a perfume. For more [...]

By |2019-05-29T23:04:58-06:00May 7th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Making a cosmetic vinegar

Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to one cup of rose water. This can be used to tone oily skin, as well as after shampooing to restore the hair’s acid balance. Rose Vinegar: 1 cup vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh or dried rose flowers 1 cup purified water Heat the rose flowers with the vinegar [...]

By |2019-05-03T15:25:31-06:00April 24th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments


It appears that what accounts most for successful aging is simply a good attitude, a lust for living, resilience, an optimistic outlook, and an active lifestyle. I have been lucky to have some really good role models in this area. My mother paid so little attention to how old she was that when she was [...]

By |2019-04-19T09:09:33-06:00April 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Dry Skin

Good news/bad news The good news is that people with dry skin seldom have to suffer from acne when they are young. The bad news is they may pay a price as they get older. Dry skin can be especially difficult to deal with in cold and dry climates such as Colorado’s. Most people here [...]

By |2019-04-19T09:01:07-06:00April 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Essential oil of camphor

Camphor is anti-inflammatory, helps stimulate the skin, reduces pain, and acts as a sedative. A gum, it is a very soothing ingredient at low levels in skin care products. It makes a nice addition to many perfumes and calms the mind. It is used to reduce tired and sore muscles. It is excellent in cleansers [...]

By |2019-04-19T08:49:52-06:00April 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Bee Propolis

The word propolis, meaning “defenses before a town,” comes from the Greek. It is one of the bee’s building materials. The bees use this sticky substance in making and repairing their hives. The raw material is a resinous substance exuded by the leaf buds of trees such as the horse chestnut and poplar, and is [...]

By |2019-04-01T14:28:51-06:00March 26th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

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