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Arnica

Arnica is one of the herbs most recognized for its external use. Beware: Taken internally it can be quite poisonous. The Greeks even used arnica for this purpose. It would be ground into a powder and used to poison enemies. Arnica wine was often made for this reason. The Greek naturalist Theophrastus wrote that when [...]

By |2018-09-06T08:52:42+00:00July 6th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Apples

Apples are my favorite fruit, apple blossoms my favorite flower, and apple trees my favorite tree. Growing up with a beautiful apple orchard, plus my dad’s affection for apple trees, could not but leave me deeply touched by their beauty and basic usefulness. Preference for apples and apple blossoms Apples have always held an unspoken [...]

By |2018-09-06T08:50:42+00:00June 26th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Aloe Vera

There are many early references to aloe vera. The earliest recording of aloe vera appears to be 1500 B.C. in the Papyrus Ebers, the original copies of which are said to be at the University in Leipzig. These papers state the many beneficial uses of aloe vera. Cleopatra and aloe vera History records the all-time [...]

By |2018-09-06T08:47:54+00:00June 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Preparation and Uses of Herbs

There are many ways to prepare medicinal herbs for consumption. Fresh herbs are best, but dried are good, too. Infusion or tea, decoction, tincture, powders, compresses, poultices, capsules, and ointments are various ways to take herbs. Teas or infusions: This is the easiest and one of the most common methods of consuming an herbal remedy. [...]

By |2018-06-06T23:25:03+00:00June 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The Role of Herbs in Skin Care

The Role of Herbs in Skin Care In our daily lives we often take the fundamental role of plants almost completely for granted. Plants and plant products interact directly with our bodies, influencing the whole system with their powers and chemical components. Unappreciated connections As a society, we can be so removed from the natural [...]

By |2018-05-23T23:02:23+00:00June 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Preservatives

The first preservatives were cold temperatures, drying, and salt; the first cosmetic preservative was soap. Preservatives are deadly by definition because they attempt to change and modify the life cycle, which we all know ends in decay and death. Preservatives can be dangerous, too, because they are a part of the synthetic belief system that [...]

By |2018-05-23T23:03:09+00:00May 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Labels, Claims, and Confusion—Now Clarity

  “Cruelty-free” We have to ask ourselves: Is animal testing a valid test for humans? There is a ton of information on the concept of cruelty-free and organizations to work with, so I am not going to say any more about it here. You can make sure the personal care products you buy are cruelty-free [...]

By |2018-05-23T22:56:32+00:00May 15th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The Skin

  As I and many of you know firsthand, our skin can profoundly affect our sense of well-being, who we are, and our confidence. Have you ever considered how important your skin is? Let’s give the subject some thought. A vital organ Your skin, your body’s largest organ, is what separates your internal organs from [...]

By |2018-05-23T22:52:28+00:00May 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Ingredients Are Everything

One truism in the skin care field is this: A product cannot perform better than its ingredients. I’d like to repeat it: A product cannot perform better than its ingredients. If you get nothing else from this book, I’d like you to get this. Checking ingredients There are questions to ask yourself as you try [...]

By |2018-04-24T22:34:39+00:00April 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

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