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September is the Thyme for Rosemary and Grandparents

Rosemary“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love,
remember. And there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.”
-William Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 5)

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.

Add honey:
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

Rosemary Tea
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.

More Uses
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.

Save 10% in September on our Rosemary line of products, just click on the link. Natural Rosemary Products


Re-hydrating Olive Oil Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin

Rehydrating-Olive-Oil-CleanserRe-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.

To order Re-hydrating Olive Oil Cleanser just follow the link!

New Skin

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 On Skin Care

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.

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