Thursday, April 26, 2007

Balms, Salves & more Balms

Herbal balms are probably one of my favorite things to make.. I really enjoy harvesting the new spring botanicals and making my own herbal infusions to be used in my soaps & skin care items.
Harvesting spring comfrey, chickweed, horsetail, goldenseal, violets, burdock, & plantain are among my favorites. After weeks of infusing they are then incorporated into my healing salves and hand balms.
Hundreds of tins of Old Goat Muscle Rub, Gardener's Hand Balm, Herbal Healing Salve, Calendula Baby Balm, Herbal Lip Saver & Bug Off! will then be prepared and readied for our customers and summer shows.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Soaping Tidbit ~ Hemp


How do you feel about hemp? I've grown quite fon dof it as of late and have begun formulating it into my new soap line, specialty creams & toiletries.

After much research I found out that Hemp is quite simply, nature's best beauty secret - and the secret is in the seed. Hemp seed oil and extract offer many benefits useful in personal care products. The reason hemp is so effective is largely because of the essential fatty acids (EFAs) it contains. More than 75% of the EFAs in hemp seed oil are poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.Hemp seed oil contains what is considered to be an ideal ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids - 3:1, perfectly matching the needs of the human body.

And while the benefits of hemp in beauty products seem magical, hemp contains no THC, the drug that gives marijuana its mood-altering properties. Hemp can not affect you in any possible way other than to give you soft, smooth, supple skin! How can you not love this precious oil?