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Hydrate and Heal Skin from Within

Hydrate and Heal Skin from Within

No matter what your skin type, area of concern, or goals for your skin may be, topical products are only going to get you so far. Yes, a few gentle yet potent, good natural skin care products can help protect and repair the skin’s barrier, manage minor fluctuations, keep the skin hydrated, and offer some benefits from the surface! Yet, major shifts in the health of our skin come from within. The skin is the largest organ in the body and it both protects the rest of our body from the outside world, and expresses what’s going on inside. In...

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Happiness Herbs: 5 Plants to Boost Your Mood

Happiness Herbs: 5 Plants to Boost Your Mood

Whether we're dealing with a case of the winter blues, going through heartbreak or grief, or just feeling a bit low, plants can offer gentle support to buoy our hearts and ease our experience of life’s undulations. Some of the best herbs for mood support are also used for stress relief, associated with the heart, or help clear brain fog. Here are a few of our favorite herbal mood enhancers. Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) Mimosa is often used for grief, mood elevation, and regulation of the HPA axis (our stress response). Called "the happiness tree" in China, this herb is described as uplifting, or...

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Herbs for Stress

Herbs for Stress

Nervines, adaptogens, and nootropics: tools to repair, enrich and build resilience through the ups and downs of life A nourished nervous system and a balanced stress response can go a long way in this crazy world. Of course, herbs are never a substitute for good rest, nutritious food, movement, pleasure, laughter and supportive relationships - but they can build our resilience and be a balm for the times we just can’t help but be stretched a little thin.  NERVINES Nervine herbs support the nervous system. There are a range of nervines that serve different purposes, like herbs for relaxation and...

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Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

Maypop (Passiflora incarnata), also known as passionflower, is a vining plant native to the southeastern US. Today, we largely use the flowering passionflower vine for its soothing, calming and relaxing effect on the nervous system and body, and is one of the primary herbs for sleep support. Passionflower tincture is especially lovely for circular thinking and it’s the first one we think of when someone complains of middle-of-the-night wakefulness and an agitated mind that won’t turn off. Maypop offers the feeling of easing into soothing, cool water - there is something very fluid about it that can be freeing if someone struggles with the feeling of being stuck. One can also use this plant by making passionflower tea, however we find that tincture made from the fresh plant material is more effective.

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What are Hydrosols? Benefits and Uses

Skincare

What are Hydrosols? Benefits and Uses

Also known as hydrolats or floral waters, hydrosols are pure water-based aromatic
extracts made through the process of hydro-distillation. Hydrosols can be used for aromatherapy but we especially love using hydrosol for skin care, as a botanical toner and hydrating facial mist. Beyond the benefits specific to each plant, hydrosols are naturally pH acidic, which balances the barrier function of the skin, or the "acid mantle". A true floral water offers the skin barrier repair and enriched hydration, which is key to support healthy, elastic, and plump skin naturally.

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