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Pink Spotted Hawk Moth
Yes, this little guy is an insect, not a hummingbird. I caught this beauty in my front yard feeding on phlox. It was so busy that it didn't seem to mind that I was so close to it. These moths act similar to hummingbirds in regards to their feeding habits. They feed on deep-throated flowers such as morning glories, hastas and phlox, pollinating on the way.
Many of us have grown up using harsh cleansers and
exfoliating products; all in the hopes of attaining clear and healthy skin. Personally
I grew up having acne-prone skin and have combated breakouts most of my life. Speaking
from experience I know that it can be devastating and have detrimental effects
on one’s self-image.
As I became more aware of what I was applying to my skin, I
ditched the Noxzema and blemish remedies that contained benzoyl peroxide. These
items were not only perpetuating my breakouts, but also drying out my skin. I
came to realize that body care products and cosmetics are not regulated by the
FDA therefore companies can add whatever cheap chemicals and heavy metals that
they wish to make certain items more appealing to the consumer. For example, formaldehyde
(embalming fluid) is added to body care items as a preservative, especially if
the item is water based. However, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen
(cancer-causing). Why would anyone want that on their skin?! …
I belong to a group called the Milwaukee River Advocates. We work to protect and restore the natural habitat of the Milwaukee River. The green corridor along the Milwaukee River in the city of Milwaukee is an important gem in a heavily urbanized setting. The corridor provides a home to many different species of animals, birds, reptiles, fish and plants. Recently our group lead a plant hike for the community. One important topic that we discussed was the ethical treatment of plants.
Now that the DIY movement is so popular, many people are making their own herbal goodies that range from teas to tinctures. The method of gathering wild plant material is called wildcrafting. People often go into a "wild" setting (i.e. the forest, fields, etc.) and collect plant material for consumption. And for certain herbs, this may be the only technique to obtain the plants. However it is always good to remember a few things:
1. Be Respectful.
Plants are sensitive, some more than others. Always…
Making your own body care products is an empowering activity. It allows you to be an artist, creating and blending ingredients to make a finished product that is tailored to your own body’s unique needs. I have a lovely recipe that I use to make my own floral waters and have been using it for years. I came across it in one of Rosemary Gladstar’s books. She is one of those people I like to refer to as an “herbal revivalist”. A truly gifted and intellectual herbalist, Rosemary helped bring plant wisdom and herbal awareness to the Western world through education and availability of high quality herbs and related products. Some examples of her contributions are Mountain Rose Herbs, Traditional Medicinals and The California School of Herbal Studies (one of my alma maters).
I will use roses as an example in this recipe, but you can use other plant material such as rose geranium leaves, calendula petals or lavender. My rose bush is in bloom right now. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I d…