Tuesday, October 23, 2012

We Love Herbs

We are trying hard to extend the growing season for some of our herbs. Although it doesn't look like it's working well, we are eternal optimists. We are passionate about using herbs in our skin care products.

Besides supporting small farms why do we use herbs in cosmetics?

1. We believe using herbs contributes to a healthier more sustainable lifestyle.
2. Herbs are rich in a variety of nutrients such as carotenoids that provide skin benefits.
3. Herbs are rich in antioxidants that help repair skin damage. 
Some of our favorites are calendula, lemon balm, lavender, raspberry leaf, chamomile and hops.

Friday, October 12, 2012


I am trying to learn more about the native herbs that grow in Colorado so I can rely less on the European herbs that were transplanted here. Did you know that the common yarrow which is native to Colorado has been called ‘field hops’ because it can be used in making beer? It’s young leaves are also edible and can be used dried or fresh in soups and stews. Medicinally, yarrow is an antiinflammatory herb and contains a high amount of saponins which are cleansing, or sudsing agents. Yarrow is also useful for calming irritated and inflammed skin which makes it great for use in skin care products.  Some herbalists use it for cuts as well as bruises and even as a tea to help with colds and flu.

Here is a great blog I came across about the lore of yarrow. http://blog.whitelotusaromatics.com/2011/10/plant-lore-yarrowmilfoil_02.html 

Do you have a favorite native herb that you use. 


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