Since it has been a real cold winter and it is just not getting any warmer I indulged in quite a few hot baths these last couple months. Therapeutic baths are a real pleasure and provide magical cleaning and protection, soothe tired muscles and joints or can be invigorating. I made an energizing Breton Grey Sea Salt Soak with Orange and Grapefruit essential oil, a relaxing Bokek Dead Sea Salt Bath with Lavender and a detoxifying Epsom Salt bath with baking soda, Lavender essential oil and Lavender blossoms and Rose petals which I harvested and dried last summer. The baths smell heavenly. The most health benefits from a salt soak you get by keeping the bath water a little above 100 degree Fahrenheit. This temperature encourages optimal skin absorption of the minerals in the salt. For detox purpose or illness prevention the bath water should be a little hotter to encourage the body to release toxins. The salts used in the baths are rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and trace elements such as zinc, iron, manganese and iodine. These days the vegetables we consume are often grown in mineral depleted soil and do not provide as much nourishment as we would like to. So it is nice to absorb these minerals through the skin while having the pleasure of a hot bath. To buy these bath salts click on the store tab.
I went in the garden today looking for signs of spring. In the melting snow I discovered the first snow bells. A happy moment and feeling of gratitude for no matter what, nature takes its course. Panta rhei- everything flows (Heraclitus). Change is the only constant in life.
I fell in love with Lavender while traveling through the south of France and walking through vast fields of Lavender. The silvery leaves, purple blossoms and scent are stunning. Ever since Lavender has a spot in my garden. There are more than 50 varieties of Lavender, I grow the french one for its fragrance. New England has a lot of moisture in the air, so if you want to grow it, plant it in full sun and not too close so the air flows easily through the bushes. Every year I eagerly anticipate the Lavender harvest. Baskets are filled with the fragrant blossoms on stems, bundles are made and hung up all around the house. The house smells heavenly.
When the blossoms are completely dry I store them in glass jars away from light. I use my Lavender in many ways. To start with, Lavender always makes a good cup of tea. I like to mix it with mint, cat mint, lemon balm or chamomile. It puts you in a very relaxed state of mind. You can put blossoms in sugar cookies which not only taste good but the blossoms make them visually look nice. Just not to often. I want to stay away from sugar. In the summer I make a strong Lavender brew and put it in a spray bottle to use after the beach. It soothes the skin. I put Lavender in my shampoo mix to promote hair growth and I sew sachets and fill them with the dried blossoms. The sachets are very versatile. You can put them in your pillow case for a more relaxing sleep, you can scent your drawers, shoe and linen closet or throw them in the dryer to make your laundry smell nice. If you have a headache you sniff on a sachet and it does wonders. My favorite is my Lavender soap. I grind the blossoms and add them to my soap recipe. The blossoms retain the scent of the Lavender essential oil very well. Lavender is antiseptic, anti inflammatory and healing. It is perfect in soap. I also add lavender essential oil to my handmade soy wax candles. Please check them out in the store. What about some Lavender for your Valentine?
Calendula is one of my favorite herbs. The cheerful orange and yellow blossoms look gorgeous in the garden and have incredible healing properties. It is an herb which is perfect for the skin. It is known to be disinfecting, antibacterial, to stimulate the production of collagen, to brighten the skin and to protect it from blemishes. Every summer I grow a big patch in my garden from seeds and sun infuse the blossoms
during the summer in first cold pressed organic olive oil so the healing resin from the plant is extracted into the oil. Then I work this oil into soaps, balms or facial creams.
Calendula facial cream ingredients: sun infused Calendula organic Olive Oil, Jojoba oil, magnetized Rose Water, organic Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, organic Coconut Oil, Beeswax, essential oil of Rose
Just made cream for myself and a few extras. Please contact me if you have interest.