The Many Gifts of Lavender

Lavender is grown across the world. It has been used for centuries by those who know its vast range of benefits that come from all parts of the plant, including the flower, bud, leaves, stems and its potent essential oil. As a garden perennial, the sturdy spikes of a lavender bush welcome honey bees and butterflies and it is a … Continue reading

Sweet Maple

sugar maple natural skin care ingredient

During the hot summer months, the leaves on maple trees soak up the sun and turn that energy into sugar that feeds the tree to grow tall and strong. The roots of the maple store the sugar over the winter months. In the spring, when the ground starts to thaw, pressure builds and the sugar rises up the tree from … Continue reading

The Magic of Meadowfoam

meadowfoam, natural skin care ingredient

Those of us who live in the cooler zones of the gardening world cannot imagine a plant being called a “winter annual.” What kind of annual can be purposely planted at the harshest time of the year? Meadowfoam, Limnanthes Alba, can. In fact, it thrives in the cool, wet, rainy Pacific Northwest in shallow soil. Defying the wind, the hardy … Continue reading