learn the flowers
~From For The Children by Gary Snyder
|Papaver somniferum, aka Chinese poppy, blooms in the early spring and is
one of Nature's most effective pain relievers.
|Juliette photographed by me during a recent Sistercation in the Fall of 2012.
Back in the summer of 2000, Juliette befriended two young women who were living in Bisbee for a season to attend the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine founded by herbalist Michael Moore, who is one of my personal heroes. I, on a lark and attempting to escape a troubled relationship, moved to Bisbee in the fall of 1998 after securing a job as a graphic artist with a small local company. The six months that I spent in Bisbee quite possibly helped bring Juliette's already shaky marriage to an end in 1999. Juliette's ex and I just didn't really ever see things eye to eye on most subjects. Like most divorces, it was painful and unsettling. After I had moved back to California, having decided that Bisbee just wasn't the right place for me after all, and after her husband had finally moved out, Juliette unleashed a torrent of poetry that happened to coincide with the annual monsoons of the following year. In the time that followed, Juliette wrote and described the feelings she was experiencing during her transition into her new life. I am including a poem of which I am particularly fond of from that summer. She wrote it in the aftermath of those difficult days, and I find it both poignant and beautiful. In it she expresses her wistfulness and wonder at the beauty and the fleeting nature of youth, while she struggles to regain her balance and reinvent herself anew. Reading this poem never fails to make me get a little misty.
Herb School Girls (for Misha and China)
In the form
Of Herb School
Of our high desert
Like the monsoon
Washing gritty dust
From the heart and eye
A glimpse of youth
Past and present
Muse with almond eyes
And a red vinyl raincoat
Mona Lisa smile
Pulsing on the dance floor
Long after you have gone
With summer storms
That will take us all
Far from this place and time
I will remember
Electronic desert nights
When the antidote for mid-life crisis
Was dispensed in the form of Herb School Girls
© 2000 Juliette Beaumont
|Black elderberries~ Sambucus nigra
|This finch is no fool... elderberries are delicious and antiviral.
|One of my personal heroes: Herbalist Michael Moore ~ January 9, 1941 to February 20, 2009
|Angelica Archangelica has a long history of cultivation for its sweetly scented stems and roots.
|Nopal (cactus) is good eats and also helps balance blood sugar as an added benefit.
|Jerusalem sage is in the Salvia family, and is just plain gorgeous. Salvia (sage)
derives from the Latin word salvere which means "to feel well and healthy".
Linda's Antioxidant Herbal Face and Body Oils
When many people think of herbal medicine, they have the misconception that herbal remedies are a mild and somewhat inferior form of medical treatment. Often they think that the prescription drugs that their doctors give them will work more effectively, even while recognizing that they may have the down side of having harmful side effects. In my experience I have found herbs, in many cases, to work better than drugs and with the up side of supporting the body with no harmful side effects.
|Mark gives the finished oil a try. Men also love these oils.
|My simple recipes begin with excellent quality body and face oil and pure essential oils.
|Getting ready to add the essential oils to the oil bases.
|Adding the Moroccan Blue Chamomile oil will change the color of the oil base (see the first photo).
A word of caution. Essential oils should not be ingested unless prescribed by a Naturopathic Doctor. Some of the oils should not be applied directly to the skin with out a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils. Use care around the sensitive eye area, and do not get them into your eyes. Keep away from children and use only when properly diluted. It is important that you choose good quality essential oil, and I like to buy organic when available. A few companies that I recommend are Simplers Botanicals, Floracopeia, and Oshadi. Do your research. Not all essential oil companies are ethically sourcing their products!
Ingredients for Facial Oil:
1 bottle of Duchess Marden® Anti-Wrinkle Serum
3 drops of Moroccan Blue Chamomile Essential Oil
3 drops of Helichrysum Essential Oil
1-2 drops of Neroli Essential Oil
1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
Add the essential oils to the bottle of Duchess Marden® Anti-Wrinkle Serum. Return dropper cap to bottle and shake a couple of times until the essential oils are incorporated. Store in a dark and cool place. Use a few drops on freshly cleansed skin being careful to not get it into your eyes.
Ingredients for Body Oil:
1 bottle of Badger Damascus Rose Body Oil
5 drops of Moroccan Blue Chamomile Essential Oil
5 drops of Helichrysum Essential Oil
3 drops of Neroli Essential Oil
2 drops of Lavender Oil (optional)
Add the essential oils to the bottle of Badger Damascus Rose oil. Return dropper cap to bottle and shake a couple of times until the essential oils are incorporated. Store in a dark and cool place. Use a few drops on freshly cleansed skin being careful to not get it into your eyes.
A final note. The body oil is more viscous and is stronger in essential oil, but can be used on the face if your skin is not super sensitive and you are looking for a heavier weight oil. For sensitive skin, essential oil amounts can be reduced. The carrier oils and essential oil blends can be reconfigured to suit your personal taste and needs. Have fun experimenting with different oil blends. My mostly unlined 56-year-old face can attest to the fact that essential oils help keep the wrinkles away.
|Me in the fall of 2012 at age 55.
Properties of the Essential Oils (Click on the oil for purchasing information from Simplers Botanicals):
Moroccan Blue Chamomile Essential Oil: Having the most chamazulene of all the blue oils, Moroccan blue chamomile has an intensely sweet scent and deep blue color. Valued for its natural antihistamine effect when dealing with hayfever, asthma and hives. Anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, non-specific red rashes and mild antiseptic. Use for eczema and dry skin.
Helichrysum Essential Oil: Also known as Everlasting or Immortale. Distinctive warm, herbal aroma with pungent undertones. Used for sensitive, inflamed, irritated skin, bruises and sprains. Strong anti-inflammatory, best vulnerary and antirheumatic. Blends well with lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus citriodora, yarrow, chamomiles. David Crow of Floracopiea, who was a teacher of mine, refers to Helichrysum as the world's most healing oil.
Neroli Essential Oil: True orange blossom is a rich yet delicate warm floral with deeply soothing effects. Tonifying for most skin types, but especially mature skin lacking vitality and suppleness. Blends well with many oils, including chamomiles, jasmine, ylang, rose, geranium, woods and citrus.
Lavender Essential Oil: A gentle oil with a soft, floral herbal scent, known for its calming, relaxing & soothing effects. Considered the most universally useful oil, it is excellent for all skin types. A must for every first aid kit, it can be used for burns, sunburns, stings, muscular aches, cuts, blemishes, bruises, headaches, insect bites & menstrual cramps. Promotes deep restful sleep. May be applied neat (undiluted) to the skin. Lavender is used in France as a base or carrier oil for other essential oils to be diluted in.