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In Japanese culture, many everyday activities—arranging flowers, preparing the dinner plate, pouring tea—are practice with a mindfulness that elevates them to artistry. So it is not surprising that the most intimate contact between human and water—the act of bathing—has also become a cherished tradition in Japan, with its own lovely ritual. Although most Japanese homes […]Read more »
The voluptuous violet of spring is such a welcome sight not just in the forest but it is popping up everywhere! For example in mythology, one of the earliest tales of the Greeks told how Ajax slew himself over a cowardly act and where he died leaving drops of blood, violets are said to […]Read more »
Nettles are wonderful for stimulating the hair follicles, resulting in more (and healthier) growth. Apple cider vinegar is invaluable for your hair and scalp. It balances the pH, removes product buildup, eases dandruff, combats hair loss by strengthening the follicle and stimulating growth, detangles, adds shine, reduces frizz, and prevents split ends. Plus, it’s cheap. […]Read more »
Comfrey (Symphytum officianale) is an attractive and useful plant, with large, hairy leaves and bell shaped, purplish flowers. Native to Europe and temperate parts of Asia, it is in the same family as borage and forget me not. Comfrey can be grown almost anywhere and in most types of soil, but is happiest with some […]Read more »
Hello, fellow lovers of everything natural! Have you ever taken the time to read the ingredient label on your personal care products? That alone was the biggest reason why I made the switch to a more natural lifestyle. It never ceases to amaze me how the popular mall bath and body care store can seemingly advertise […]Read more »
Creating DIY floral or herbal waters is a fun way to fashion a perfect beginning to any season. Depending on the ingredients you select you can make a relaxing, sporty, or even invigorating scent that can pamper your skin and elevate your mood. Blends can be a medium to bring us back to ourselves; mind, […]Read more »
This toner helps restore acidity to the skin, keeping it toned, healthy and resistant to infection. All skin types benefit from using vinegar. It helps control blackheads in oily skin and cures flakiness in very dry skin. The fresh mint leaves a cooling sensation on your skin. • 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (or 1 tablespoon […]Read more »
This slightly acidic bath helps rinse away soap residue on your skin and reinstates your own natural acid balance. For women, it is also a good way to counteract yeast infections because the acidic environment will kill harmful bacteria. The combination of herbs gives your bath an uplifting scent that helps reduce stress. • 1 […]Read more »
By Gina DeBacker Caring for our hair can become somewhat of an obsession, but using conventional beauty products doesn’t always seem like enough. That’s when we start to seek products that will give our tresses that extra-needed boost. Supplement your hair care with these nutrient-rich herbs. Homemade hair rinses and shampoos infused with the following […]Read more »
There are many natural ingredients that you can combine with your favorite cleanser to help exfoliate while you cleanse. But this scrub doesn’t need cleanser added, because oatmeal is a good alternative to soap for sensitive skin. Mint is naturally cleansing, antiseptic and energizing. • 1⁄2 cup oatmeal • 1 tablespoon raw, unsalted sunflower seeds […]Read more »