Happy Grandparent’s Day
Today should be called, Unconditional Love Day, because that’s what I feel Nana & Granddaddy were.
September is the perfect month. I love September. It is my favorite month. I know fall is coming and the hills are going to go wild with color. I get to find all the heavy blankets, locate sweaters, and prepare for coolness, nips, and chill bumps. In September, we set a little moment aside to honor my favorite people in the world, our grandparents. We also get to send their most precious great-grandchildren back to school. Finally, in September, we get that first delicious cup of tea in total domestic tranquility. Oh, Enjoy! The adventures of summer are slowing. Everything is about to change. It’s a new start, September. I always feel that something wonderful is going to happen in September.
I was crazy about my Grandparents. The love they expressed for me is still so very present. I think of them daily and I try to honor them with my words each and every-time I think, or speak of them. They made me who I am today. They gave me my history, a sense of security, and all the confidence possible. Today find a way to connect with your own Nana and Pops. Develop new family ties. Adopt some new grandparents or maybe some grandchildren. That older couple down the street, or that child in the apartment above could be the perfect match for sharing life experiences, or for learning something new from someone who cares.
Memories Made & Memories Kept
In 1599, Shakespeare wrote the oft quoted line in, “Hamlet,” “Rosemary is for remembrance.” I am not sure of just what he knew about Rosemary in the 16th Century, but scientists are discovering a truth beyond this line from Hamlet. Rosemary has miraculously therapeutic health benefits, which can help us retain memory, and cognitive brain function. We allow worry just a bit about memory loss. Isn’t this one of our final fears, the casting of our memories with advancing age? However, advances in science are finding answers in the simple Herb, Rosemary.
There is research on Rosemary that shows promising results. Dr. Mark Moss, has published his and the findings of fellow scientists at the Northumbria University in Newcastle, England. Their field is neuroscience and they are looking into the value of Rosemary and Lavender as memory boosters. They have reported exciting news for improving our mood, memory, mental clarity, and cognitive reasoning skills.
This test was designed to determine what effect the herb, Rosemary had on our performance and attitude. One hundred test subjects were simply exposed to Rosemary, and were asked to take a whiff. Of this scruffy looking herb. This study centered around the human olfactory perception, or our sense of smell.
We say, “an apple a day to keeps the doctor away”, but soon, “a whiff of Rosemary keeps my memory Okay!” The chemicals within Rosemary are also being tested as possible breast cancer, and arthritis treatments.
Grow your Memory
Rosemary is a beautiful plant to grow. Growing Rosemary from scratch is so easy and fun. It is a wonderful project
for grandchildren to share.
Growing a pot or two of Rosemary cuttings will be nearly addictive, because it is so easy. Here is how.
Prepare your pot:
Fill a gardening pot with prepared organic potting material, make several holes for your future rosemary plants. A pencil makes the perfect urban homesteading shovel. Rosemary can be grown from cuttings. So carefully snip off a shoot, or “twenty,” from an organic & healthy Rosemary plant, taking a bit of the, “heel,” as you cut.
Take this freshly snipped stem and dip it into a bit of honey. Yes! Honey! It makes a great rooting gel, while it does not contain plant hormones, it does work nicely as a rooting gel. And it is just the type of thing my grandmother would suggest doing. Besides, I don’t think Nana knew about commercial plant hormones. Honey is easy, available and environmentally friendly. To use, just pour a tablespoon or less of honey into a separate dish and dip your future Rosemary root into the honey making sure to coat the tip.
Put in Place:
Press your little shoots into the prepared holes you have made in your organic soil. Place several cuttings into each pot to get that “bushy effect.”
Keep moist, and in a sunny window.
As they mature, snap a few of those pine needle-like leaves each day and take a whiff. Let your Rosemary enhance your day.
Easy Ways to Add More Rosemary to your Life
Boil Fresh Cold Water, place a sprig of Rosemary, or use Rosemary leaves into Tea Pot,add a pinch or two of mint and two well sized slices of lemon. Steep for intensity of favor. I like tea with a bit of mint, and lemon. Add a bit of honey if you like. Pour tea into cup and share.
Add a three to four inch sprig of Rosemary to your next bottle of balsamic vinegar, add a sprig to your Olive Oil bottle for flavor, add sprigs of Rosemary to your barbecue coals, add Rosemary leaves to your sauces, marinades, and they are wonderful when used atop all things grilled.
This herb enhances all flavors.
Try your roasted potatoes with something more than butter. Try finely ground and tender rosemary leaves, garlic, a bit of minced onion, yogurt, sea salt, pepper and cheese it you must. WOW-tasty!
Top your salads…they always need a few finely pressed & tender leaves of Rosemary. What about a warm rosemary/honey butter topping for your next slice of hot bread.
No matter your current family situation, honor those who go before us, and if possible adopt some new grandparents along the way.
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A natural, simple, and complete holistic skincare kit for sensitive, easily irritated and rosacea skin.
This kit includes:
Olive Oil Cleanser (4oz)
Melissa Rose Toner (4oz)
Green Tea Facial Serum (1oz)
Soothing Calendula Rose Cream (2oz)
Olive Oil Cleanser
A gentle face and body cleanser that leaves skin feeling supple, fresh, and moisturized. Pure organic, virgin olive oil gently deep cleans the pores and moisturizes the skin. Castile soap provides foaming action to wash away the excess oil, leaving your face feeling clean and soft. Very lightly scented with soothing lavender. Best choice for most skin types except oily skin. Highly concentrated; a little dab will do.
Ingredients: Olive Oil*, pure Castille soap*, Distilled water, Extracts of Melissa* and Rosemary Oil, Lavender Essential Oil. *Denotes certified organic.
Melissa Rose Toner
A refreshing astringent lotion formulated to clarify the complexion, tighten pores, and deep clean the skin. The enchanting and delicate scent of rose and lavender makes this toner a pleasure to use. After washing, apply toner to face with a cottonball. Let it dry so that your skin absorbs all of the nutritious compounds supplied by the extraordinary and common plants listed below. Follow with moisturizer for a complete skin care routine. This toner has approximately 8% alcohol from the Witch Hazel. Relative to many other toners, this is a very low alcoholcontent. Excess alcohol in a toner can be damaging, drying, or irritating, especially to sensitive skin.
Ingredients: Melissa leaf*, Rose blossom*, Calendula blossom*, Marshmallow root*, Nettle leaf*, Rosemary leaf*, Comfrey root*, and fresh Parsley leaf* all infused with gentle heat and light from the sun and moon with Distilled Water and Witch Hazel; Aloe Vera gel*, Vegetable Glycerine, wildcrafted Benzoin gum extract*, selected essential oils. *Denotes certified organic.
Green Tea Facial Serum
Green Tea Serum is a light blend of aloe vera, green tea extract and precious plant oils formulated to cool and soothe inflammatory conditions such as Rosacea or irritated skin. It is one of our most popular products and it works well for any skin type, especially for sensitive skin. Use as a light daily moisturizer, or for treatment during flare up. This product absorbs quickly and easily into the skin and can be used during day or night. Can be used alone or with other facial care products.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera gel, Lemon Balm extract, Rosehip, Evening Primrose, and Borage seed oils, Mixed Tocopherols (non-GMO certified Tocobiol Vitamin E oil), Sea Buckthorn oil, Green Tea Extract (90%polyphenols), Specialized blend of organic essential oils.
Soothing Calendula Rose Cream
A rich, luscious, and deeply nourishing cream formulated for sensitive, very dry skin. Gentle enough for the face, rich enough for the body. Made with calendula and rose blossom, enriched with Evening Primrose and Borage Seed oils. Very lightly scented with pure floral essential oils. If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, try applying this cream, right after bathing, each day for one week. You will be amazed at the difference.
Ingredients: Sunflower* and Olive*oils infused with Calendula Blossom*, Distilled water, Calendula extract*, Aloe Vera gel*, Coconut oil,* Cocoa butter*, Beeswax*, Vegetable emulsifying wax, Mixed Tocopherols (non-GMO certified Tocobiol Vitamin E oil), Borage seed oil*, Evening Primrose oil*, selected essential oils. *Denotes certified organic. Use within one year of purchase.
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Re-hydrating Olive Oil Cleanser for normal to dry skin is a gentle face and body cleanser that leaves skin feeling supple, fresh, and moisturized. Pure organic, virgin olive oil gently deep cleans the pores and moisturizes the skin. Castile soap provides foaming action to wash away the excess oil, leaving your face feeling clean and soft. This Cleanser is very lightly scented with soothing lavender and is the best choice for most skin types except oily skin.
Highly concentrated; so a little dab will work wonders on dry skin. Massage 1 teaspoon to 1 and 1/2 teaspoon gently but well into your face, neck and décolletage for approximately one minute. Rinse with lukewarm water, follow by patting dry with a clean towel. Repeat this ritual both morning and night. Follow-up with skin toner and appropriate moisturizer, Taking care to never tug at sensitive facial and neck skin tissue.
Our Re-hydrating Olive Oil Cleanser has an EWG Rating of “0” This is a rating system from the Environmental Working Group. A zero rating indicates that this product has no risks associated with its ingredients. Additionally, this product contains no commercial fragrances, and our products have never been tested on Animals.
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Karen’s Botanicals offers a comprehensive line of vegetarian and cruelty-free beauty products that are full of beneficial ingredients aimed at repairing and maintaining skin. Certified by PETA as a “Cruelty Free Company,” Karen’s Botanicals are developed and tested on willing friends and families. Karen asserts that there is simply no need, or place, for animal testing in skin care products, and that wonderful products can be made with materials that have been used for thousands of years.
In fact, Karen points out that their products are so safe that several of them can be used on pets. Their Stimulating Rosemary Cream can be used on cracked footpads, their Deepease Oil can be used on muscular pain, and their Pennyroyal Ginger Oil can be used as part of a flea repellent regimen. Karen also thoroughly inspects their ingredients to ensure that they are safe and healthy. If they are not, Karen will take them right out of the products. For instance, their creams used to include sodium borate, or borax, for emulsifying purposes. After learning that the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database gave a poor rating to borax, Karen promptly replaced it with vegetable emulsifying wax, which is all plant-based.
To ensure that their products have a good shelf life while still being safe, the preservatives that they use are natural and safe. Ingredients such as vitamin E oil, rosemary oleoresin, and other botanical extracts and essential oils are used to keep Karen’s Botanicals lasting longer. All of their essential oils are therapeutic grade and steam-distilled from whole plants, with the only exception being their citrus oils, which are cold pressed
Karen’s Botanicals have just about everything you need for complete skin health and overall well being. With a collection of aromatherapy mists, herbal body oils, cleansers, toners, scrubs, masks and peels, Karen’s Botanicals has a comprehensive collection for just about every need. They even have a line of natural cold remedies. They offer skin care for dry, normal and oily skin types, with olive oil-based cleanser for normal to dry skin, lemon mint cleanser for normal to oily skin and Melissa Rose for normal to dry skin. For very oily skin, they offer a fennel-based toner to help cut oil.
For more information about us, go to http://www.karensbotanicals.com/our-story/
Karen’s Botanicals formulates luxurious and natural skin and body care. Our products are plant based nutrition and therapy for your face and body. Refusing to use synthetic fragrances, petroleum based ingredients, harsh chemicals, or skin irritants, our philosophy emphasizes a gentle approach as the better method for beautiful and healthy skin.
Approximately 90% of our ingredients are certified organic, many are 97% organic. Our goal is to strive daily toward increasing this percentage. Karen’s is focused on a greater commitment to the use and development of organic production. We fulfill this goal as we find new sources which can exchange clean living organically grown substances for the harsh commercial raw materials, which are so often the stuff of cosmetic companies.
Our organic skin care line is handcrafted with attention to detail and quality. Working in small batches, we refuse to stockpile raw ingredients in a warehouse for months past their prime effectiveness. This commitment to starting with fresh raw materials is our standard, and it guarantees each product is a fresh product when mailed to you. Quality products begin with fresh raw materials.
Our Exquisite and effective formulas are fairly priced. We believe that everyone should be able to afford quality, affordable skincare products, which work and are a joy to use.
Karen’s Botanicals has created a whole range of natural personal care products such as facial creams, body lotions, cleansers and toners, aromatherapy mists, massage and body oils, healing salves and balms, natural cough syrup, organic hot sauce, Ester C Rejuvenating Facial Serum and much more.
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New skin can be found, and it is layered just under the skin you now see and feel. Nothing drastic here, but a gentle, natural kind of magic. Most of us can encourage new skin development if you regularly exfoliate the skin.
What is Exfoliation and can everyone exfoliate?
If your general skin health is good, and you suffer from no extreme skin conditions, you might be a candidate for reclaiming a youthful glow.
Exfoliating is the process of removing the very thinnest, top layer of what is already dead, dry skin. Sounds extreme, but having a regular, yet occasional, schedule of gentle dead skin removal is a good thing. This age old, world-wide beauty secret is something most men do to the lower half of their face every morning as they shave. Some use the word, “scrub,” to describe this; however, the word should not be taken literally. A gentle approach is always the best method. A part of your beauty arsenal, this cleansing ritual encourages the production of new dewy skin, as you remove the older layer and revel the hidden glow of fresh, lively skin. Instant youth! While this it might sound a bit harsh, it is actually healthy for skin, if your’s methods and products are gentle.
However, if you suffer from any condition, such as Rosacea, a serious skin disorder, exfoliation should not be attempted causally, and for some… not at all! Never make extreme changes during a flare-up. It is wise to first seek the advice of a medical care giver. Caution should be taken for those suffering from conditions of the skin such as Rosacea. While this practice can be a component of optimum skin health, it is not advisable for Rosacea patients without first consulting a medical doctor. Finding one who has experience with your condition is preferable, and ask for a referral is not. If you have any question about a possible skin disorder, you shouldn’t attempt any solution, without first researching the consequences of each beauty regiment. If medically cleared to proceed, I would also suggest you utilize the training of a professional esthetician. Always ask if this technician has a clear understanding in your underlining problem. A good professional can teach good practices.
When using a dry scrub or cleansing grain, only remove the amount needed for one application. Make sure you keep the remaining jar contents dry for future applications. Once exposed to moisture, spoilage is likely, especially if using an organic. Follow the directions, and avoid using multiple processes if this is the first time you attempt this procedure. Meaning don’t have a mask and a scrub on the same day and give yourself a break by waiting to see if you’ll have a poor reaction to the products you use.
Karen’s Botanicals has a gentle exfoliate in our product line. Made from organic ingredients, it does the job of exfoliation without harsh irritating consequences. A natural product, (we mean: as close to nature as we find from a certified organic garden, and without overly processed extraneous ingredients to preserve and give fragrance), Also, our grains are made from one hundred percent certified organic ingredients to refresh your natural glow.
Karen’s Botanicals Exfoliating Cleansing Grains 2oz Travel Size
Unlike harsh and overly abrasive scrubs, cleansing grains are not irritating. Suitable for all skin types, Exfoliating Cleansing Grains are great for sensitive skin. The Rosebud and Lavender blossoms provide a very light natural scent – never added scents or essential oil Made from ground oats and brown rice, both absorb impurities while gently scrubbing away dead skin. The Oats are a very soothing element while the Lavender is antibacterial and calming. Roses are a famous emollient, and along with ground oats, will make your skin feel soft and smooth.
Ingredients: Organic Ground and Powdered oats, organic brown rice, organic rosebud, organic lavender blossom.
We are giving a 25% off discount until 8/31/2013 on Exfoliates, Scrubs and Peels. Just follow this link to claim your discount http://www.karensbotanicals.com/exfoliates-scrubs-peels/
My philosophy of beauty and skin care is to always start with the freshest ingredients you can find, use certified organic growers, and keep ingredients as natural as possible. Process of these treats from the earth as gently as you can. Provide these at a fair price, while doing no harm to little animals. Be responsible for teaching as much as I can to others about what I have learned, just as someone else was kind and generous enough to teach me.
I believe women are individuals not a herd to be sold to. Finally, when a woman develops the habit of good skin care she guarantees lovely skin well into old age; however, a really beautiful woman is a whole lot more than skin deep, and never found in a jar.
For more information about us and our natural organic herbal skin care products, please visit our main site and read our story.