Green Witch

The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to The Natural Magic Of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils & More, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock, 2017.

At her core, the Green witch is a naturalist, an herbalist, a wise woman, and a healer. She embraces the power of nature; she draws energy from the Earth and the Universe; she relies on natural objects like stones and gems to commune with the land she lives off of; she uses plants, flowers, oils, and herbs for healing; she calls on nature for guidance; and she respects every living being no matter how small.

In The Green Witch, you will learn the way of the Green witch, from how to use herbs, plants, and flowers to make potions and oils for everyday healing as well as how crystals, gems, stones, and even twigs can help you find balance within. You’ll discover how to find harmony in Earth’s great elements and connect your soul to every living creature. This guide also contains directions for herbal blends and potions, ritual suggestions, recipes for sacred foods & information on how to listen to and commune with nature. Embrace the world of the Green witch & discover what the power of nature has in store for you. Equal parts informational and inspired. Green Goddess Gratitude Great & Small Goodread!

Winter Beauty

Elevate your mood health well-being & aesthetic Winter into Spring with these Artful Blog fabulous finds from near and afar. Who couldn’t use a beneficial beauty and beyond boost this time of year? The idea of deep rest, to replenish and renew the body mind spirit & recharge during this at-times-sluggish season is appealing, as is enhancing your beauty routine with nourishing & aromatically rich products, while adding a few essential seasonal pieces to your environment & wardrobe to refresh and organize, Artful Blog style. Comfort calm citrine calendula cream chakra curios country couture candles & more.

Magic Organic Apothecary Green Bath Potion & Balm

Fall in love with award-winning, artful artisan Magic Organic Apothecary, skincare products made in England, inspired by old herbal folklore with a sprinkling of magic! Therapeutic green bottled beauties that combine organic Yarrow with other herbal extracts & botanical oils to help nourish & invigorate the body mind spirit to improve well-being. Cult-classics include a multi-purpose beauty balm: The Green Balm, a decadent daily cleansing ritual, and some might say a miracle with all its weird & wonderful uses + healing powers. And a Green Bath Potion with refreshing Peppermint, detoxifying Fennel, relaxing Fir Needle & Birch to ease achy muscles & soften the skin. MOA spell for feeling balanced: Pour capful into the bath. Immerse in water, breathe in & let the natural essential oils clear the mind & lift your mood = magic!

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

Elevate your Winter skincare game with Ursa Major’s Super Natural hydration boost plus fast-absorbing Golden Hour Recovery Cream. An Artful Blog absolute favorite for its unisex qualities, healing Sunflower, Calendula & Sea Buckhorn properties + aromatics of Neroli, Sandalwood & a touch of sour Rose anchored with fresh-soaked Earth. Crafted by a great Green & grounded grooming line free of synthetic chemicals and toxins out of Vermont, with a brand ethos that comes from a desire to live a healthy, active, stress-free natural life close to the land. A stand out cream and brand in an increasingly crowded field for its philosophy, simplicity, efficacy, clean packaging & quality.

Sundari Neem Hand & Chamomile Eye Oil

Ayurveda teaches that the balancing of mind, body and spirit will ultimately lead to peace, harmony and lasting beauty, as will picking up Sundari’s stellar new floral citrus Neem Hand Oil & best-selling Chamomile Eye Oil. Positively potent travel-friendly essential oil aromatic botanical treats to quench thirsty skin. Skin is instantly relieved upon contact while the essential oils soak deep into the dermis to boost natural repair and defense processes. Sundari encompasses a complete line of Ayurvedic luxury spa treatments with worldwide distribution, that will help you discover truly healthy skin & encourage you to find your own sense of well-being.

Gülsha Rose Perfecting & Regenerative Elixirs

Discover distinctly divine & luxurious Rosa Damascena flower oil potions that are highly effective skin-enhancing elixirs for day & night. Formulated by French skincare experts & made in the Isparta region of Turkey famous for its Roses, using traditional techniques handed down through generations, with only a limited number of bottles being produced each year. It takes approximately 4000 kilograms of Roses, hand-picked before the sunrise, to produce just one kilo of pure Rose oil in an incredibly labor-intensive process. Gülsha perfectly distills this fragrant skin-loving essence & combines it with other powerfully healing & protective seed oils to nourish dehydrated skin with vital nutrients to restore radiance.

L.L. Bean Upworthy Down Jacket & Hunter Boots

Stay warm dry & stylishly seasonal in these Loden Green rural landscape classic wares. Artful Blog favorites for Gray Green rugged riding style perfection. L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes & gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe & warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. At some point the typical New Englander stops letting the weather ruin another pair of boots and picks up a pair of Hunter boots. Then wonders how they ever did without them! Founded in 1856, Hunter is a British heritage brand renowned for its iconic original boot, and Royal Appointment to HM The Queen & HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The brand has a rich history of innovation and continues to forge designs that shield pioneers from the elements and bleakest of landscapes.

Dooney & Bourke Florentine Collection 

Dooney & Burke = vintage vibes Florentine gift to self or other that will stand the test of time. Inspired by America’s rich history in leather goods, ranging from mail pouches to saddle bags & early military gear, Dooney & Bourke known for its New England roots and heritage, designs & crafts instant classics with the perfect union of timeless American style, the highest regard for the finest raw materials & time-honored techniques of old world craftsman. The Florentine Collection with Vacchetta leather, matte Gold hardware & micro-suede detailing, has the look & feel of fine saddlery leather, and develops an even richer patina with time and use. The Artful Blog’s favorite pieces rich with enduring style, timeless versatility & effortless functionality.

Satya Jewelry Chakra Collection

Satya means “truth” in Sanskrit, and that sentiment beautifully inspires the New York-based designer yogini jewelry line of the same name, handcrafted for the modern & fearless woman in mind. Offering necklaces, bracelets, malas and earrings with symbols & semi-precious gemstones within specialty collections such as: Mandala -that embodies the divine spirit of this age-old art form, and Chakra -that delivers powerful messaging, mantras & inspiration to tap into empowerment. This year The Artful Blog choose Citrine & Yellow Jade as its empowering crystal allies for 2018. Both Solar Plexus Chakra stones -or Manipura, which governs health, self-worth & energy. Located in the seat of digestive fire, Manipura infuses the body with energy, balance & strength. In wearing these stones, you are supported to blossom in your growing spirituality, with inner peace, joy & happiness.

Farmhouse Pottery Candles & Match Striker

Farmhouse Pottery, Vermont based artisanal potters offering unique one-of-a-kind handmade pottery, décor & gifts. With original shapes brought back from another time when storage was done with handcrafted vessels. Rooted in traditional American pottery styling, basic in design, with many purposes for the home and entertaining, Farmhouse Pottery vessels are household essentials, that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Nothing celebrates seasonal nostalgia & the Winter Solstice –The Artful Blog’s second favorite season, with simple sophistication better than Farmhouse’s carefully crafted candles. With woodsy notes of Balsam Fir, Cedar & Sandalwood oils inspired by Vermont’s rural landscape, preserved natural beauty & seasonal change.

Edens Garden Single & Synergy Blend Essential Oils

While there are a lot of essential oil companies these days, only a few brands manage to get the real seal of approval when it comes to being utterly trustworthy & favored by their customers. Known for having an amazing variety of therapeutic-grade essential oils as well as beautiful gift sets & beneficial carrier oils, it comes as no surprise that Edens Garden is considered one of the best in terms of quality, price-point, selection & service. The expert aromatherapist crafted & curated collection of synergy blends are particularly noteworthy remedies, also included are 18 thoughtful OK For Kids blends, prompting everything from calm to sleep to joy. Edens Garden seasonal diffuser blend recipe: 4 Drops of Cedarwood + 4 Drops of Pine. The Artful Blog loves to drop this blend atop the woodstove this time of year for scentsational seasonal ambiance!

Alicia Adams Alpaca Baby Alpaca Throw

A 100% Baby Alpaca Handmade Throw that is softer than cashmere is just sublime. Alpaca is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, cherished the world over, not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes, its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic & lightweight qualities. Adams’s gorgeous accessories suit any season, a swoon-worthy collection of hand-spun sweaters, blankets, robes & accessories perfect for stepping up your Winter wardrobe or gift-giving. The Artful Blog finds the throws especially comforting, perfect for Winter into Spring evenings by the fire. Alicia Adams Alpaca raises & manages its own herd of over 200 Suri Alpacas at The Artful Blog’s favorite family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Pema Chödrön 2018 Engagement Calendar

Get organized 2018 old school style with the Pema Chödrön: Awakening The Heart Weekly Engagement Calendar. A perennial Artful Blog essential that features quotes from Chödrön’s Book: Living Beautifully With Uncertainty & Change. Designed to help us cultivate compassion, courage & awareness within the challenges of daily life through mindfulness & eastern philosophy. Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun & mother, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example & message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. Purchase of this beautiful engagement calendar each year supports The Pema Chodron Foundation which is dedicated to preserving & sharing Pema’s inspiration & teachings in order that they might help us all awaken wisdom & compassion in ourselves & the world around us.

Flower Power

Lotuswei Flowerlounge NYC February 13th 2018

Fall in love with the world through poetry, movement, meditation + love elixirs. Dive deep into your own beauty, wisdom + big-hearted love in all its forms. It’s time to bloom! Join Katie Hess, Flower Alchemist of Lotuswei & Author of Flowerevolution, for a flower-filled gathering, a powerful distillation of good vibes featuring mandalas, meditations, elixirs & flower readings with special guests: Poet + Story Whisperer Morgan Farley; Movement Magician Lynda Sing; and Luminary Intuitive Robin Sandomirsky, for Flowerlounge’s one and only East Coast event of the year. Tap into the power of the last days of the Fire Phoenix Year + an imminent New Moon Solar Eclipse with this one-of-a-kind, transformative evening. For rapid growth, accelerated transformation & energetic wow! Tickets here.

Acquainting oneself with Hess’s new book & accompanying card deck “Flowerevolution” + appreciating the Lotuswei range of magical elixirs = great prerequisites for the event.

Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers, by Katie Hess (Author) & Louie Schwartzberg (Photographer), 2016.

 In Flowerevolution, Flower Alchemist Katie Hess & photographer Louie Schwartzberg invite us to venture into the vast and beautiful world of flowers, and learn how they can be used to give us a fuller experience of our everyday lives. This flower-filled guidebook is rich with information, stories, images, and rituals that demonstrate the largely untapped power of flowers. Most people are unaware that quiet, unassuming flowers can amplify our positive qualities and awaken new joy in everyday life, but in fact, flowers are ready to spark us to reach our greatest potential -one that is likely bigger than we can even imagine!

Flowerevolution is designed to open you up to a fresh new world of magic and possibility. In it, you choose the flowers you’re most attracted to from the 48 different profiles, and discover what your favorite flowers reveal about you. You’ll find out how flowers can be used for a variety of conditions, including pregnancy and postpartum, travel and jet lag, and addiction; and learn the answers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about flower elixirs. The book also features ancient and modern methods for harnessing flowers’ unique qualities, including flower baths, elixirs, mandalas, body oils, desserts & more!

Best In Balms

Enjoy the feeling of having nourished your body, mind, and spirit and carry that with you throughout your day with these extraordinary wellness beauty balms from founder-driven indie beauty brands that lean clean and embody integrity, passion and spirit. Companies that tell a story, and care about ingredients, product purity, efficacy, and artisanship. Balms made with love and plant powered ingredients used for physical and psychological wellbeing since the beginning of time, recommended by The Artful Blog to incorporate into your daily self-care rituals. For seasonal support, healthy skin, peace of mind, and scentsational aromatherapy head to toe. Miracle worker balms = the bomb gift for self, mindful minimalist and health & healing enthusiast on the list!

Black Hills Honey Farm Peppermint Lavender & Arnica Bee Balm 

 Black Hills Honey Farm is a fully integrated sustainable Beekeeping operation crafting natural personal care “Products From The Hive” developed to protect, soothe & heal. They seek to define the best practices for natural beekeeping with the secondary focus on the agricultural products of apiculture (honey, pollen & propolis).  All products are 100% natural with no synthetic fragrances, isopropyl alcohol, benzene, mineral oil, sodium lareth sulfate, propylene glycol, or aluminum. The Peppermint & Lavender Temple Rub, a personal favorite, with honey & essential oil blend of Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Sweet Orange, Bergamot & Grapefruit, is a headache sufferer’s must-have for alleviating aroma-therapeutic relief & the warmingly wonderful Arnica & Ginger Arthritus Rub is their best-selling product for good reason. The Bees Knees balms.

Badger Sleep Balm & Sore Joint Rub & Apothecary Badger Artwork

Badger is a small, family-owned, family-run & family-friendly company nestled in the woods of New Hampshire that began making their signature healing balm back in 1995. Now 20+ years later, still going strong, the beloved by New Englanders and beyond brand has blossomed into a full line of 100 high-quality products known for its distinctly artful tins. Badger blends the finest organic ingredients to make safe products to calm, heal, protect & treat your body. They also keep a careful eye on the environment by sourcing only ecologically harvested, wild-crafted & fairly traded ingredients. As a Certified Organic company, most products are clean enough to eat. The entire line is playful, purposeful & powerful. Personal picks: Badger’s Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm & Arnica Blend Sore Joint Rub. Balms for all reasons.

Botanical Therapy Antidepressant & Headache Balm

Botanical Therapy was born from a life-long love and respect for nature. Products are handcrafted by founder Michelle Jefferson, a Native-American Master Clinical Aromatherapist who honors the plants, the customer, and the research & wisdom of those who came before us. Collection includes 36 made-to-order customizable & effective adult through kid-safe personal care medicinal quality synergy balms imbued with healing energy. With care, botanical ingredients, Bergamot, Grapefruit & Lavender historically used for stimulating cheer and contentment are combined with shea butter & beeswax to create an uplifting Antidepressant Balm, and Frankincense, Lavender & Peppermint, used for reducing pain & swelling, soothing nerves, alleviating tension & creating a sedating effect, form a marvelous Headache & Migraine Balm. Excellent carry-with-you for efficacious relief on-the-go balm.

Rain Bee Essential Remedies Balm

Rain is a curated line of responsibly handmade products using natural ingredients with African origins designed to reveal and enhance the true inner beauty of your body, mind, and spirit. Indigenous plants used since antiquity by African healers are the heart and soul of the Rain range. Extracts & oils from Kalahari melons, Mongongo nuts, Marula fruit, Mafura seeds, the pods of the giant Baobab and the delicate fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, all packed with antioxidants, moisturizers & nutrients to protect & replenish your skin. Rain’s Bee Essential Remedies harness the active properties of honey & beeswax in spa style treatments which deliver tangible results. Bee Essential Heel Balm & Sleep Balm slow-beauty remedies are must-haves for carving a few moments out of each day to practice mindful self-care & wellness. Balms created with love & care for craftspeople & the planet.

Rosebud Perfume Co. Rose Mandarin & Brambleberry Balm 

Founded in 1892 the now iconic family-run Rosebud Perfume Company set out with a simple mission: To provide simple, multi-usage products that are both affordable & effective. In addition to the world-famous, cult-favorite Rosebud Salve that boasts to be the cure-all for a wide array of skin ailments, notable are the newest offerings: Rose Mandarin & Brambleberry Rose Balm which can be used as both lip & body balm, or experienced as a sensuous perfume applied to pulse points. Housed in vintage inspired tins, these balms are brimming with a Balsam of fragrant essential oils & botanicals that embraces the skin/lips. Stress-reducing flavors of Mandarin Orange, Vintage Rose, Nostalgic Berry, overtones of honey & vanilla, moisturized with shea butter & vitamin E. Sweet giftable & covetable balm.

Sundãri Makeup Remover Balm & Skinveda Saffron-Dhatelo Balm 

Ayurveda, acknowledged as the oldest medical science in India, is a 5000 year old science of life advocating a methodology that seeks to establish ones holistic balance. Ayurveda teaches that the balancing of mind, body and spirit will ultimately lead to peace, harmony and lasting beauty. Inspired by Ayurvedic wisdom Sundãri & Skinveda skincare lines embody the principles of this Indian philosophy with balanced formulations that utilize the powerful regenerative properties of plants, herbs, roots, essential oils & floral extracts to harmonize and normalize skin conditions & imbalances. Sundãri’s Makeup Remover Balm & Skinveda’s Saffron-Dhatelo Lip Restoring Balm are nourishing & therapeutic precious seed oil drenched Ylang Ylang & Sandalwood scented sublimely divine nighttime skin-loving indulgences. Science meets nature through ancient wisdom balm.

Yoga Balm & Bayan Botanicals Beauty Balm

Ayurveda is based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, fire, water, earth & ether, represented in humans by three “doshas” or energies: Vata, Pitta & Kapha. When any of the doshas accumulate in the body, balance is lost. Health & wellbeing depends on right balance of the three doshas = tridoshas. The term Yoga itself means to unite, combine, harmonize, or integrate. A yogic approach is inherently an integrative approach, harmonizing body, prana, senses, mind & consciousness. Yoga & Ayurveda are two interrelated branches of the same great tree of Vedic knowledge. Support your practice with joyously handcrafted in small batches Yoga Balmfairly traded, sustainable & elevated combination of seven powerful healing oils join to detoxify, promote cell growth, reduce inflammation & improve blood flow with progression toward long-term holistic wellness. Excellent before & after yoga practice & for use with healing arts clients. Also recommended are industry leader Banyan Botanicals 6 Ayurvedic balms. Award-winning Beauty Balm, with Shatavari, Ashwagandha & Rose Geranium is an essential does everything & more scentsationally balm.

Waxing Kara Sweet Lips & Sweet Body Balm

What began as artisan Kara Brook’s quest for beeswax, years later resulted in a small but mighty company Waxing Kara, a multi-dimensional “Honey House” with a full line of charming & elegantly packaged products with a mission to craft beautiful & functional handmade goods in a sustainable way using natural ingredients thanks to bees. Waxing Kara honey products are now sold in over 250 stores across the US, including Anthropologie, West Elm Local & Uncommon Goods. So in love with the conditioning Honey Lip Balm & Sweet Body Balm -right-sized solid balm made from organic ingredients including honey, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter & essential oils to provide a rich beneficial treat for the skin. Find daily peace with this group of finely tuned aromatherapy essential oil blends formulated to recharge your body mind & spirit: Blossoms & Bourbon, Peace of Mind, Good Fortune & Strength. For transformative results, apply liberally to palms, rub hands together & inhale deeply. Bee-inspired balm.

Indigo Elixirs Balms & Prismologie Rose Quartz & Rose Balm

Interested in an exquisitely unique balm that leans toward the miraculous, magical & maybe a little mysterious? Indigo Elixirs & Prismologie have you covered. Crafted by herbalist & natural perfumer Deanna Rose in her Manoa jungle apothecary, Indigo Elixirs are healing medicines for skin & soul. As part of your dream ritual discover Lucid Dream Balm, a hydrating & calming balm to apply specifically to the third eye, temples, under the nose & on your neck, before you go to sleep, that contains occult & medicinal plants like Mugwort, which has an ancient reputation for bringing clarity, lucidity & premonition to our dreams, and Sandalwood to calm the third eye. Also features a center of Neon Green Big-Island grown & distilled Vetiver essential oil, for grounding the entire being. Handcrafted with love & plants mythic medicine balm.

Prismologie, created by a dynamic Kuwaiti mother-daughter team, is an innovative bespoke mood-enhancing multi-sensory gemstones & enriching fragrances body care range that harnesses the transformative power of 6 distinctive colors: White for Clarity, Yellow for Confidence, Pink for Comfort, Green for Serenity, Red for Vigour & Indigo for Stillness. Diamonds, Citrines, Rose Quartz, Jades, Rubies & Sapphires are crushed into the formulas for their wellbeing properties. Used on your declouge –close to the heart chakra, the Rose Quartz & Rose Body Comforting Body Balm, with its cream-to-powder texture, restorative & heavenly Artic Rose scent + subtle shimmer, leaves the skin softly kissed with light & love. Elemental healing balm.

Autumn Aura

 Maple Leaf Graham Cookies. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and festive, and cozy country kitchen aromas are emanating from every open window -it’s an Autumn afternoon in New England! From apple-cinnamon to mulled-cider and woodsy-pine to pumpkin-spice and everything nice, this is the most aromatic and flavorful time of the year. Sweet & spicy seasonal treats & tea + scents = Recipe For Fall!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pure maple extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

The Artful Blog’s favorite wellness teas company with roots that go back to a third generation herbalist named Rosemary Gladstar, has a stellar new tea offering: Organic Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger. Traditional Medicinals artfully blends turmeric, a root praised by healers around the world, with the power of meadowsweet & ginger’s warming properties for an herbal trifecta of ancient wisdom and soothing relief. Perfect Autumn afternoon tea time treat with Maple Leaf Grahams.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Place all your dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer & combine. Add all of the wet ingredients & mix until everything comes together. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed -depending on dough consistency.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll half out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use Fall inspired cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, poke them with a fork few times, and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges just slightly darken. They will harden as they cool. Store in an air tight container.
  • While cookies are baking brew Traditional Medicinals Stress Ease Cinnamon Tea. Serve. Savor!

DIY Autumn Essential Oil Diffuser Blends. No worries if you’re not culinary inclined, you can still let the scents of golden Fall fill your senses and home with these warm earthy & aromatic body mind soul diffuser blends -Pumpkin Spice Latte, Mulled Cider, Autumn Afternoon, Fireside and Walk in the Woods. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create sublime year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands at various price points recommended by The Artful Blog to consider when crafting your blends: Young Living Essential Oils, Aura Cacia, dōTERRA, Edens GardenFloracopeia, & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

For More Naturally Scentsational Autumn Ambiance See Previous Post: Scents & Sensibilities.

Golden Petals

Garden Harvest Calendula Officinalis 

Calendula Officinalis is a beautiful golden hued flower with an earthy aromatic that is well-known throughout the world as a powerful healing plant. Its benefits have been used for thousands of years for myriad medicinal applications. It grows easily in most climates and generously blooms brightly Spring to Autumn often reseeding itself, returning again every year. Besides offering beauty wherever it grows, Calendula is multi-use must-have plant most herbalists would recommend growing yourself. This year The Artful Blog planted a ‘Organic Mix Calendula Seed’ from the Hudson Valley Seed Company with a wide range of colors, from almost Cream to Bright Yellow to a Cool Peach color to the classic Vibrant Orange.

 

Homegrown & Handcrafted Calendula Mist Plant Milk

Because Calendula is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, it is often grown to make healing and skin soothing salves. According to Witchipedia Calendula symbolizes love and constancy and is great for wedding bouquets and decorations. It is the traditional “he loves me, he loves me not” flower and is useful for love potions, making wreaths to keep evil and negativity away, and the flower’s petals are also a good addition when creating dream pillows. This season, The Artful Blog decided to craft a batch of Plant Milk with these healing flowers. This Do-It-Yourself mist with anti-inflammatory Calendula and oats, leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and calm. Great for skin in times of stress and transition. Making a botanical salve or mist is a wonderful way to take the herbaceous flowers that you can grow in your backyard and easily turn them into something beneficial to use year round. Now that’s sustainable!

Ingredients:

1 ounce dried calendula flowers
½ cup oats
8 ounce distilled water
4 ounce bottle with spray atomizer

Directions:

Combine the Calendula and Oats in a French press. In a small pan, bring distilled water to boil and pour distilled water over Calendula Flowers and Oats. Let steep for 10 minutes, plunge and let cool. Pour into a bottle and cap with spray atomizer. Spritz face liberally. Keep in refrigerator for added soothing benefits. Enjoy your handcrafted home-spa remedy!

Wellness Benefits Of Calendula’s Medicinal Properties 

You can purchase dried Calendula flowers from American herbal distribution retailer Mountain Rose Herbs if you don’t have any to dry yourself, and depending on where you live and shop, you might find them in the bulk section of your local natural grocery store. If you’d like to learn more about herbs and the healing power of plants, highly recommend taking a course from the New England-based Herbal Academy -the best in online herbal education.