Showing posts from 2019

Natural Remedies for Acne

Acne, it rains on our parade. It’s ugly and it sometimes hurts. And too often, it can be disfiguring; leaving scars and unsightly marks. Having to deal with acne most of my life, I have experimented with many products, cleansing techniques and dietary corrections. I hope the below information can help anyone who is struggling with their skin. Luckily there are several options to mitigate acne besides taking the conventional route and spending a ton of money. Here are a few simple and effective tips: 1.Diet. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet, i.e. consuming a lot of vegetables, low-glycemic fruits and adequate amounts of protein from clean sources. Avoid foods that are processed and that contain or convert to a lot of sugar such as grains (did you know that ¼ cup of dry, organic steelcut oatmeal converts to about 30 grams of sugar in the body?!). Too much sugar and carbohydrates will cause large spikes in blood sugar levels which can indirectly create more inflammation and hormone i…

The Days are Getting Longer!

It’s that time of year again-the holidays are over; the days are getting oh so a little longer and I am dreaming of spring. Like a lot of people that live in the northern latitudes, I have been perusing through seed and plant catalogues. The promise of spring is very exciting. Just yesterday I spotted some snowbells coming up in my backyard! Snowbells are perennial bulbs that will grow and bloom in temperatures below freezing. Mine typically bloom in January.

Living in a heavily urbanized area, I am very lucky (and grateful!) to have a small garden. My garden consists of a lot of perennials, herbs, vegetables and fruit. I utilize a lot of the material as food, bouquets and in my body care and medicinal products. Each season I add in new species. I would eventually like to grow all plants that are needed to create my products (as much as the climate I live in will allow of course). This brings me to the topic of plant ethics. I have talked about this before in a previous entry but think …