Calendula and Chamomile: Herbs Worth Knowing

When it comes to herbs most people are familiar with parsley, rosemary, sage, and basil, but the world of herbs is more complex than what is usually found in your  kitchen cabinet.  Two particular herbs have been used for centuries but may go unnoticed in their many ways of use. These flowering plants are Calendula and Chamomile. What is Calendula? Calendula officinalis is a flowering plant in the daisy family, Asteraceae. Common names of this plant include the pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold or Scotch marigold.  We have yet to tap into this amazing sunshine herb's full capabilities, but the proof of its healing ability is slowly coming to realization. The widely known gardening flower is one of the oldest plants known to medicine, and is thought to...

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Exfoliation: The ends, the outs, and the know how

I must say, as a youth, I never paid much attention to my skin and with the lack of attention came the lack of care. However, as I entered into womanhood I soon joined my sisters in the realization that hormones are real and with the fluctuation of these hormones came another realization we all must undoubtedly face; hair is the devil. With my new found friends that proudly made their way through my skin I explored the time old ritual that was birthed in the early 1900s. You guessed it, shaving. I must say shaving was not something I enjoyed but, honestly who does? Yet, with conformity to society's beauty standard this is where we meet and do what...

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Lavender: Uses, Benefits, and Interactions

photo by: shaloaskincare  What exactly is lavender? Lavendula, commonly known as lavender, is a flowering plant native to the Old World, in places such as Africa, Europe, and Asia. It is said to be part of the mint family and is the most widely cultivated species of flowering plants. In ancient times, it was said to be used as a holy herb. Lavender derives its name from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash”. The Romans used Lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. They also discovered its medicinal properties. [1] What are some uses of lavender for the skin? Could Help Treat Skin Blemishes A variety of essential oils are also excellent for dermatology use, including lavender. In...

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