Rose Hip Seed Oil

Autumn is here and with it my love of rose hip seed oil.  Fall is full of rich colors and air that is charged with change.  It also comes with drier skin as we adjust to the changes in temps and moisture.

Which leads my mind to rose hips and rose hip seed oil. The rose hips are are in all their glory in autumn. They are turning a brilliant red and coming into their own sort of sweetness as the cooling temps cause them to ripen up.

Rose hips are nothing short of an amazing fruit that can be used in a variety of ways;

Wines

Jams

Jellies

Syrups

Teas

Pies

And Organic Skin Care!!!

Rose hips contain;

Carotenoids beta-carotene

Lutein

Zeaxanthin

Lycopene

Vitamin C

Being one of the richest plant sources of Vitamin C this is a favorite to use in formulas for green beauty skin care recipes. The oil pressed from the seeds of rose hips makes a healing oil with antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. It is highly moisturizing and an excellent oil on its own or in formula with other powerhouse oils. It is also an oil that is beneficial to all skin types.

Rose hip seed oil is an oil that has been turned to for centuries for its green beauty properties.  With its high vitamin C content rose hip seed oil is food for your skin and your skin will thank you.

Rose Hip Seed Oil Serum Recipe

2oz Rose Hip Seed Oil

5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Chamomile Essential Oil

2 drops Carrot Seed Oil

Anti-aging, restorative, hydrating, and calming.

Combine all ingredients in a 2oz amber serum pump bottle. Use at night after cleansing and using a toner. Leave a small amount of moisture on your face and gently massage a pea sized squirt of serum over your face. The serum will help lock in the moisture from the water and nurture your face with the vitamins from the Rose Hip Seed Oil over night.

Enjoy and please leave comments about the recipes that you love!

 

Luscious Lemon Lip Scrub

This Luscious Lemon Lip Scrub brings your lips back to their soft moist natural state when they have become dry and flaky after.

When you lips have become chapped to the point where they have little flakes of skin peeling off them it doesn’t matter how much lip balm you put on, you will still be dealing with those chapped little annoying flakes of dead skin.

This scrub gently takes off the dead skin and the flaky skin so that when you do apply your balm it can protect and moisturize your lips, instead of just sitting on top of already dead skin that needs exfoliated.

This lip scrub recipe also smells incredible. You could also add your own scent, as long as the essential oil is one that can be used safely internally, just incase some accidentally gets in your mouth.

Luscios Lemon Lip Scrub

1 part Sugar

1 part sunflower oil

1 part honey

A drop or two of Lemon Essential Oil

1. Mix all ingredients together and store in sealable jar or container.

That’s it.

Direction for use;

Simply rub onto your lips. I like to let it set there for a minute and then massage it around my lips. Follow with a rinse and some lip balm.

A lip scrub is a nice thing to have around during the dry summer months or the winter when cold followed by indoor heat confuse our lips.

It’s also great to have on hand when you know you will be spending a lot of time outside doing extreme activities like climbing in the sun or stand up paddle board at the sunny beach.

Wild women love to play. And they love to nurture themselves.

Enjoy!

My Path from Herbs to Green Beauty

I have always been some what of wild woman, in the sense that I love being in nature, getting dirty in the garden, I feel better when I am barefoot, and dancing free comes easily for me but finding my way to green beauty was a bit more elusive. I have had to come around to the idea of honoring that part of my wild woman that has to do with beauty and nurturing.

It was a combination of things that kept me from honoring my own beauty. Partly I think I did not feel beautiful. Partly I felt like physical adornment was an ego trap. Really the ego trap was me feeling like I was too holy spiritual to get caught in something like caring for this transient physical body. I was still acting out of my ego until I saw the irony it my ways and then I began to care and honor this vessel even though I knew it would one day be gone.

But still I resisted much of the modern day beauty world, because I knew they were chock full of chemicals and toxins.

I did not really want to be part of the green beauty movement until I worked in holistic spa as a massage therapist.

In the spa I met these wonderful naturally oriented estheticians. They were earthy and natural and beautiful. And women would come to see them for this essence of beauty that they carried with them, and these women would leave glowing. It was here for the first time that I was bitten by the natural green beauty bug, which lead me to getting my eyelashes tinted with a natural dye, and I felt glorious. It was in that glory that everything shifted.

I understood that to adorn my body, my face, my skin, did not mean I was hiding from the world or pretending to be something I was not. In a sense it meant the opposite. It meant that I was ready to be seen. It meant I was grateful for this physical body, and that I was putting that appreciation into action by nurturing my skin and adding to its natural beauty with clean and natural beauty products.

I was honoring myself and my beauty, in my own natural way…..

This is probably something a lot women figure out early on but I needed to understand the spiritual foundation behind it first.  I also needed to find some beauty products that I felt comfortable using, something that was alive, something that was like food for the skin, not chemicals for the skin.

Herbs!! Plants!! Botanicals!!

I had been trained as an herbalist and had been using herbs for healing and this rich world of herbs is the foundation of green beauty. I fell in love with plant science all over again. I saw herbs and botanicals in a whole new way. They could be used for beauty, for healing the skin, for nurturing the skin with vitamins, minerals, and herbal properties.

I had fallen in love with plant science all over again.

And this is the journey of ancient herbal wisdom blended with plant science by women who are connected and in tune or intuitive.

 

Running Wild and Beauty Rituals

Running wild outside and following with a beauty ritual tickles that part of us that is both wild child and divine goddess.

It is an epically awesome combination, it is the essence of being a wild women, the balance of being free, rugged, dirty, and downright wild followed by the nurturing of rich healing oils and flower petals.

 

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It leaves you feeling like a divine creature of earth. Which you are. Your body was meant to used, but it was also meant to be loved. I love to get wild outside and then get pampered inside. In that order. There is nothing better than letting your wild child self run free followed by nurturing the body with a beauty ritual.

 

Beauty rituals are grounding. They are powerful moments rooted in time to honor the temple we live in.

 

There is comfort in nurturing yourself, your skin, and your body. It grounds us back into the present moment. When we stop and take time to nurture ourselves it brings our awareness back into our bodies.  Being in nature has the same nurturing and grounding effect. As we move through nature, it too grounds us back into our bodies, back into the present moment, it washes our perspective clean and brings us back to center.

 

The ritual of beauty is something that is cultivated. It is like any act, we can either quickly wash ourselves and slather on some body lotion and consider ourselves clean. Or we can take a pause, a breath, and be in the moment.

 

It doesn’t have to be a shower or a bath to be considered a beauty ritual. It can be any moment you take to give your body, mind, and spirit a much needed breath. It can be long or short. It can involve your whole body or only part of it. It can involve rich smelling luxurious beauty products or maybe it is just some clean pure water, but what it always involves is attention, gratitude, and breath.

 

Whatever it is you do after you have been outside running free, whether it is a shower, a foot soak, a simple mask, or splashing water on your face followed by moisturizer do this;

Pay Attention to Your Body as You Do It

Slow Breaths

Be Grateful

 

Simply doing these three things takes your mind to a single focus and puts you in the meditative space of a beauty ritual. Taking a moment to create a beauty ritual for the skin is a way of saying thank you, of having gratitude for this amazing organ, it is a way of taking a moment to appreciate something miraculous about the human the body while at the same time taking a breath for the spirit. It satisfies that part of our wild women selves that wants to feel gloriously nurtured after being in our natural element.

Beauty Products Can Be High End and Luxurious Without the Cost and Without the Chemicals

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Hey Wild Women, take your power (and your money) back!!

Those high end fancy beauty products can be high end and luxurious without the cost and without the chemicals.

So what is the billion dollar beauty business all about?

Why do women love their beauty products so much?

We as a society of women should not buy into the media that lulls us into a belief of  unattainable perfection or presents to us only a narrow range of sizes. I do not believe we should fall under the spell of the pied piper advertisements convincing us to buy overpriced chemical laden products that promise flawless skin. Nor do I think that aging should be something with the word anti in front of it.

So why do we fall for it?

Is there some kind of internal insecurity in women that gets played upon so that we spend our money on these products. We are sold an idea of how we should look to be successful, accepted, happy and then we are sold products to help us be that image that was presented to us in the first place.

But why do we do this? Why do we buy into the idea that we need to be like the image that they are offering to us and use their products to attain that image? Are we insecure by nature?

No. Women are not by nature insecure. What has happened is the beauty industry (and society, and a whole lot of other stuff) has taken something that is a natural inclination for women and turned it on its head. They have used our natural inclination against us.

What is this natural inclination?

It’s the inclination for adornment, for honoring something sacred through the act of beautification.

There always has been, especially among women, but really among all people of all cultures , the love of self decorating or self adornment. It is a natural inclination. Even children do it when they cover their faces in mud and put flowers in their hair.

The Arapaho Indians of Colorado tattooed themselves with yucca plants and ashes. Certain African tribes elongate their necks. People pierce themselves. At its core these sorts of decorations are often celebrations, rites of passage, and ritualistic in their own right.

A woman’s beauty routine is much the same way.

On a primal level she is honoring that part of herself that is a goddess. She is laying flowers at the feet of the divine feminine when she cleanses her skin at night. When she applies her cream in the morning, it is like anointing a sacred one. Same goes for the makeup.

The beauty routine is often called a beauty ritual, taking the time to honor your skin, your body, your vessel. Taking the time to see through the lens of your face what is your body is needing. More moisture? A lighter diet? Less sun? Excercise? Rest?

That does mean that we want to use products that are full of  toxic chemicals.

This love of nurturing and beauty does not mean that we are willing to buy these chemical laden products in an attempt to look like these photoshopped idols that we have been given as a beauty standard.

We are natural women, we are free women, we are wild women and we are smart women that understand that what we put on our skin needs to be natural, simple, clean, and green.

So we are saying no to the crap in our beauty products. We also saying no to paying high prices for ingredients that are hazardous or  potentially hazardous to our health.

What is the answer?

The answer is we can either make our own products that are just as effective with herbs, organic oils, natural emulsifiers, essential oils, herbal extracts, and food based preservatives. These are clean, better for us, better for the environment, do not cost a lot, and can be tailored to individual needs.

We can also find a green beauty product line that make amazing products that do not contain the toxic chemicals and preservatives. With these do your research, there are some amaziing lines of green skincare products, but some brands may say natural and they really are not. On a label the word natural can mean anything, you really need to read the ingredient list.

Neither one of these options have to be expensive. You can get effective, luxurious green beauty products that are reasonably priced and do not contain the chemicals. Take your power back and nurture your skin without the chemicals and without the cost of high end beauty products.

Join us on our path as we find the things that support our wild women ways!