I write about all aspects of my creations; foraging the wild mountains collecting the plants I infused into them, nourishing skin care traditions, ingredients, and wild crafted musing about life on the hunt.
I am very fortunate to live in a place I can harvest FRESH plant material from pristine wilderness for my creations. Few people have year round access to such a place. I have been exploring and learning these mountains for 27 years I have memorized dozens of secret spots, deep in the wilderness where I wander silently through the forest soaking in the peaceful quietude of this magical place and filling my basket with wild plants.
Strong, resilient skin, able to perform it's vital functions from the beginning to the end of life, requires us to carefully consider our diets. In order for our largest organ to develop properly so it can perform it's critical functions we must supply our bodies with optimal nutrition.
Yet, we are not born knowing what this even means or how to achieve it. It is knowledge we have to acquire. Today we are often unaware, or grossly misinformed, of what a nutrient dense diet really means, or it's far reaching consequences.
You know I love nourishing traditions! So when I spritz my face with a Hydrosol water I know I'm not just nourishing my skin with pure, plant quintessence, I'm participating in an ancient healing ritual. The use of hydrosol waters predate essential oils by hundreds if not thousands of years! In fact, there is evidence of the making of hydrosol waters by the distillation of medicinal plants as long as 5000 years ago. I just want to give you a quick and VERY brief overview of just a tiny fraction of the properties of hydrosol waters and how you could use them to nourish, condition and beautify your skin. I am just scratching the surface here to say the least!
I am absolutely thrilled when I speak to someone who has been using coconut with good results! Organic virgin coconut oil is a healthy tradition oil and so many people all having an out love affair with it! But honestly, I get more reports from people that they are not getting good results. Take a look around the internet and you will read so much anecdotal evidence indicating real problems with it, that more controlled studies are surely warranted. Here I discuss some of the reasons you might not be getting the results you had hoped for when you ditched your chemical ladened moisturizers and creams for all natural coconut oil ...
The coniferous denizens of the Northern Forest possess powerful healing properties. I am enthralled by these evergreen sentinels of my alpine world and the more I learn about them, the deeper in love I fall. Oils infuse with spring Evergreen needles, resin, bark, and cones are featured in many of my oil blends and salves. Not only do these creations smell like heaven, they are imbued with the power of these mighty trees .... which studies show might compare to that of the well known cancer killer Frankincense.
The lovely Salix plants ... hugging the banks of the rivers and climbing the slopes of the mountains. If you are interested in natural skincare, you are probably familiar with White Willow. White Willow Bark is part of the Salix family of plants, which all contain Salicin in their leaves, bark and buds. Salicin (the precursor of Salicylic Acid) is a natural compound reknown for it's ability to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation. White Willow bark is the most common Salicin source found in natural skincare formulas and the herb most easily acquired, but it is not the only one. And this where Cottonwood Buds fit in ....
Spring has arrived ... But here in the high country of Colorado, at 9'000' above sea level, you have to look closely for the signs. The obvious ones, the new green growth pushing up through the ground and the tops of tulips and crocus peeking through the damp earth are hidden beneath the snow as it slowly melts under the sun's strengthening rays.
Many of us are tuned into the health benefits of Epsom Salt and Dead Sea Salts for bringing relief from a wide range of skin problems, as well as the health benefits of consuming mineral rich sea salts but most don't realize that sea salt dissolved in water and applied to the skin surface works to support healthy skin function and a strong skin barrier from the outside.. In fact, few know that earth minerals are unique in their ability to mitigate the impact of environmental stress & pollution, sun damage and cellular aging when allowed to remain on our skin, working to keep it plump & healthy, free of pathogenic bacteria and yeast, controlling outbreaks and acne, enhancing cellular communication and increasing hydration, that's right SALT = HYDRATION!
Just say the word "Preservative" and many people interested in natural skincare back away shaking their heads! Many of us have a deep aversion to these ingredients but at the same time we want super fresh products with a shelf life, and we don't seem keen on the inconvenience of storing our skincare in the refrigerator much at all. Some products just must include a preservatives – otherwise bacteria, mold, and fungus will be swarming in your lovely creams and lotions in not time and you won't even know it! OMG yuck. So please don't just run screaming when you see a preservative listed on a label! Take a moment to learn when they are needed and read here about the new generation of safe preservatives derived from natural sources.
With the regular use of the Oil Cleansing Method followed by the proper application of the right treatment oils many of us with dry skin can fight back! In dry climates such as ours wind, sun, and blasts of cold snow to the face when skiing on a deep powder day can make you swear that every last drop of moisture is being sucked from your precious skin! We can help it cope externally by correctly applying the right oil blend the correct way.
Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. You heard that right - using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt, grime, sunscreen, makeup - even bacteria and virus - naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty stuff with beneficial stuff extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruits which can help heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM works to heal the skin ... from the outside in.
We have so many fruit and seed oils to choose from to create oil blends for our 2 different purposes, cleansing and nourishing. This article will help you understand which oils to choose for your needs and how to apply them for the best results
Many centuries ago, long before people discovered how to make “soap”, the people of the Mediterranean used oil, mostly olive fruit oil, to cleanse their skin .... oh how I love nourishing traditions! Cleansing ourselves with oils is a beautiful one to rediscover. I made the switch. I'm happy I did.