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Branching Out

Literally and figuratively. My main focus will remain information geared for those who are looking for information on herbs and somewhat herbal remedies.  I think it’ll be fun to grow my own herbs.  I may branch out to more than herbs.  However, I will most definitely take the time to include information of plants I plant as well as plants I have considered planting. Most of my planting will be priority driven.  This means what benefits my daily routines (facial care) will be my planting priority.  Everything else will probably fall in line with what I eat.  I like to eat and cooking is a necessity.   The fresher the herbs and vegetables, the better the dish.  So I’m going to give it a try!  
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Avocado Facial Mask for Supple Skin

Avocado is packed with nutrients and lots of good fat.  I know people say fat and run the opposite direction, but remember everything in moderation isn’t bad necessarily.  Anyways, avocado is not only good for reestablishing elasticity in your hair, but also in your skin.  If you work out on the regular like I do, these mask(s) I’m going to list can be a life saver for your skin.  Even if you don’t work out these mask can help get rid of nasty dry spots that just won’t go away no matter how much moisturizer you slather on them.  Plus it’s winter for some of us right now and we need all the moisture we can get. Mask #1: 1/2 of soft avocado 2 tbs of hot water 1 ts of honey Peal and mash the avocado with a fork or in a mixer or bullet. Dissolve the honey into the water and add it to the mashed avocado. Put it on your face, using your fingers or a paint brush or even a makeup brush. Avoid the area of your eyes and mouth. Keep 10 minutes and wash away. Mask #2: 1/2 of soft avocado 1/2 of banana 1 egg yolk […]
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Rose Facial Mask for Skin Tightening and Lip Balm for Moisture & Protection

There is a previous post on the benefits of rose in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for rose.  From homemade lip balms to skin tightening creams some rose and other ingredients can be used.  Here are a few things you can make with a little bit of rose.   Rose Lip Balm:                 2 teaspoons of grated pure beeswax                 4 teaspoons of almond oil                 1 teaspoon of rose water Take rose petals and steep in hot water for 30 minutes.  While waiting for the rose petals to steep, place a glass jar with beeswax in it in a pot with water at the half way point of the jar, and slowly bring the water to a boil. Stir until the beeswax is completely liquefied then add the almond oil.  Mix until both oils are inseparable.  Once well mixed, lower the fire under the pot to keep the mix warm and liquefied.   Strain the rose petals from the fresh rose water.  Stir the rose water into the glass jar containing the beeswax and almond oil mix.  Once mixed, pour the lip balm into the final container you would like it to be in.  […]
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Herbal Remedies for Acne, Blackheads, and Pimples

There is a previous post on the benefits of yarrow in regards to the hair and scalp.  However, there are other uses for yarrow where skincare is concerned.  Yarrow is known for its ability to regulate the amount of oil a person’s skin produces.  It can also help make your pores smaller, which in turn reduces the amount of acne/pimples/blackheads you may experience.  Though acne can be triggered by many things, such as too much acid in your diet, nobody wants to walk around with a face full of bumps.  Those of you who suffer from frequent acne or blackheads can benefit from a yarrow facial cleansing mask.  It is an herbal infusion that deep cleanses your pores and rejuvenates your skin.   Mask #1: Yarrow & Nettle Cleanser     1 cup of buttermilk     2oz of fresh yarrow & nettle tops (the flower portion)   Simmer the herbs with the buttermilk for 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat, cover, and allow to steep so the herbs can infuse in the buttermilk.  Strain, bottle, and keep refrigerated.  To extend the life of your cleanser place what you won’t immediately use in the freezer.  Do not use this mask every […]
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