Cottonwood Buds, White Willow Bark, Salicin and Salicylic Acid

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Cottonwood Buds, White Willow Bark, Salicin and Salicylic Acid

The lovely Salix plants ... hugging the banks of the rivers and climbing the slopes of the mountains.  If you are interested in natural skincare, you are probably familiar with White Willow. White Willow Bark is part of the Salix family of plants, which all contain Salicin in their leaves, bark and buds. Salicin (the precursor of Salicylic Acid) is a natural compound reknown for it's ability to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation. White Willow bark is the most common Salicin source found in natural skincare formulas and the herb most easily acquired, but it is not the only one. And this where Cottonwood Buds fit in ....

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Foraging a Frozen Land

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Foraging a Frozen Land

Spring has arrived ... But here in the high country of Colorado, at 9'000' above sea level, you have to look closely for the signs. The obvious ones, the new green growth pushing up through the ground and the tops of tulips and crocus peeking through the damp earth are hidden beneath the snow as it slowly melts under the sun's strengthening rays.

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Salt Therapy For Your Skin: Mineral Rich Sea Salt Skincare?

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Salt Therapy For Your Skin: Mineral Rich Sea Salt Skincare?

Many of us are tuned into the health benefits of Epsom Salt and Dead Sea Salts for bringing relief from a wide range of skin problems, as well as the health benefits of consuming mineral rich sea salts but most don't realize that sea salt dissolved in water and applied to the skin surface works to support healthy skin function and a strong skin barrier from the outside..  In fact, few know that earth minerals are unique in their ability to mitigate the impact of environmental stress & pollution, sun damage and cellular aging when allowed to remain on our skin, working to keep it plump & healthy, free of pathogenic bacteria and yeast, controlling outbreaks and acne, enhancing cellular communication and increasing hydration, that's right SALT = HYDRATION!

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PRESERVATIVE FREE SKINCARE - what you need to know!

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PRESERVATIVE FREE SKINCARE - what you need to know!

Just say the word "Preservative" and many people interested in natural skincare back away shaking their heads! Many of us have a deep aversion to these ingredients but at the same time we want super fresh products with a shelf life, and we don't seem keen on the inconvenience of storing our skincare in the refrigerator much at all. Some products just must include a preservatives – otherwise bacteria, mold, and fungus will be swarming in your lovely creams and lotions in not time and you won't even know it! OMG yuck. So please don't just run screaming when you see a preservative listed on a label! Take a moment to learn when they are needed and read here about the new generation of safe preservatives derived from natural sources.  

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Nourishing the Skin's Microbiome - The Oil Cleansing Method

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Nourishing the Skin's Microbiome - The Oil Cleansing Method

Instead of "clearcutting" your skin's "forest" by washing away all the diverse creatures living there, learn how to nourish them! These microbes help support, maintain, and nourish strong resilient skin which is better able to withstand the ravages of the environment, air borne toxins, aging, stress, and sun damage, and help it heal from more quickly from injuries. Skin microbes also play a vital role in supporting your immune system.  Your skin loves you .... LOVE IT BACK!

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Fresh Evergreen Infused Cleansing Oils

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Fresh Evergreen Infused Cleansing Oils

Open this little bottle and take a deep breath of the alpine forest!  I am absolutely in LOVE with this cleansing blend! Not only for it's delicious aroma but because fresh evergreen needles are rich in Vitamin C (and other skin loving properties) not commonly found in high amounts in trees.  Fresh spring growth at the tips of the branches are an exception.  The benefits of Vitamin C are many indeed!  It stimulates white blood cells production and has antioxidant qualities. Vitamin C is a crucial component of collagen, which is necessary to create new cells, muscles, tissues, and blood vessels. It is also known to brighten skin tone, assist in the healing process, and has been found to improve break-out prone skin and support cellular functions reducing the signs of aging. 

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OCM - FOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?!  Nutrient rich exfoliating powders + cleansing oil scrub

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OCM - FOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?! Nutrient rich exfoliating powders + cleansing oil scrub

I am all about FEEDING my skin what it needs to be strong and resilient so that it is better able to to withstand intrusion from the the outside world; damaging radiation from the sun, irritating, toxic pollutants, loss of moisture in dry climates, reduced circulation in cold climates, and the inevitable impacts of cellular aging.   In order for our precious skin to be able to achieve this amazing feat we need to focus on feeding it well, inside and out.  

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OCM + FACIAL OILS: Emollient + Humectant + Occlusive

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OCM + FACIAL OILS: Emollient + Humectant + Occlusive

YOUR SKIN LOVES YOU, LOVE IT BACK!

With the regular use of the Oil Cleansing Method followed by the proper application of the right treatment oils many of us with dry skin can fight back! In dry climates such as ours wind, sun, and blasts of cold snow to the face when skiing on a deep powder day can make you swear that every last drop of moisture is being sucked from your precious skin!  We can help it cope externally by correctly applying the right oil blend the correct way.

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OCM - FOCUS ON DEEP CLEANSING OIL BLEND (part of the OCM Complete Kit)

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OCM - FOCUS ON DEEP CLEANSING OIL BLEND (part of the OCM Complete Kit)

Oil dissolves oil. One of the most basic principals of chemistry is that “like dissolves like.” The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum/oil, is by using another non-polar solvent similar in composition: other oils. You heard that right - using the right oils, you can cleanse your pores of dirt, grime, sunscreen, makeup - even bacteria and virus - naturally, gently and effectively, while replacing the dirty stuff with beneficial stuff extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruits which can help heal, protect and nourish your skin. When done properly and consistently, the OCM works to heal the skin ...   from the outside in. 

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Oil Cleansing Method - reviving a nourishing tradition

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Oil Cleansing Method - reviving a nourishing tradition

Many centuries ago, long before people discovered how to make “soap”, the people of the Mediterranean used oil, mostly olive fruit oil, to cleanse their skin .... oh how I love nourishing traditions! Cleansing ourselves with oils is a beautiful one to rediscover.  I made the switch. I'm happy I did. 

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