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August 2013

Medicinal Teas for Health and Healing

   Let’s talk about teas. I thought we would start with cosmetic teas since I’m an esthetician. 
     Herbs help to detoxify the body.  Your skin is your largest eliminating organ therefore the effects of herbs and herbal teas on clearing the complexion can be achieved if you drink them frequently. Cleavers tea is said to be good for clearing acne, as is chickweed tea, chicory and Hyssop (1). Green tea has been a known anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor fighter but it also protects us from the sun’s aging rays taken internally and applied externally (2).

Family Adventure in Herbalism


    Last week we went on a fun adventure. My family and I drove over to Eugene Oregon for something called The Free Herbalism Project.http://freeherbalismproject.com/


     This even was hosted by a company called Mountain Rose Herbs (http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/) that has organic herbs, oils, etc. This is an ongoing project and they plan on hosting several of these events throughout the year.

Herb of the Week-Rosmary

   Rosemary Officinalis is the herb for this week. This herb is often used as a spice in cooking Italian dishes or in turkey rubs, and even in our shampoo or conditioners.  We often tend to overlook its numerous medicinal values. This is a  list of the amazing benefits of this herb: it is an antipyretic (a fancy way of saying it reduces fevers) anti-inflammatory, a wound healer, an astringent, an antiseptic, a pain reliever, can help improve memory, has antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds,and is great for growing hair!

Book review:Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson.

   Today I wanted to talk about a book I have been reading. It’s called “Eating on the Wild Side:The Missing Link to Optimum Health” by Jo Robinson. This book has a lot of great information about what we should eat, how we should eat it, and the history of our fruits and vegetables. In my family we eat a lot of vegetables and fruits.  I thought I understood what we should be eating and how we should be eating it. We buy organic as much as possible, and my mother has an amazing green thumb so a lot of our veggies also come from her (organic and GMO free!
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