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Using Pine Therapeutically + a Couple of Recipes (How to Make Pine Pitch Salve + Pine Needle Serum)

When my husband and I first moved to the PNW, we immediately began to explore the vast wilderness areas around us so we could get to know our native plants here. One of the first things we started noticing about the trees in one particular area was that they had been drilled by woodpeckers and …

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Top 11 Herbs and Essential Oils for the Skin

Walking down the skincare aisle at the drugstore is sort of amusing to me. Shelves and shelves of products with pretty packaging, clinical claims, and long lists of synthetic, chemical-laden ingredients…they don’t appeal to me at all anymore, but they do cause me to ponder the reasons our culture tends to so easily buy into …

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Herbal Skincare: Helichrysum Rejuvenating Balm

The moment I saw that my Helichrysum seedlings had emerged from their little soil nursery this spring, I couldn’t stop the smile that spread across my face. There’s just something about actually growing the plants you are using yourself that adds a new layer of depth to your relationship with them. Helichrysum is one of …

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Rose Face and Décolletage Cream

I love wrinkles. I think they’re beautiful. They tell stories. They’re evidence that we’ve felt through the seasons of life. But I also love a good anti-aging cream. Especially for the lines that have been showing up on my neck. (I’m okay with them being there, but… Where did those come from?) After testing a …

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Queen of Hungary’s Facial Mist Recipe

Once the herb bug bites you, it usually isn’t long before you start formulating your own skin care recipes. I think I’ve created at least 3 full skin care ranges for myself within the past couple of years (and, through doing so, have developed a few signature recipes that I make over and over again). …

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