Since January, I've been attending classes taught by Herbalist Nicole Telkes in Austin. Each weekend I've attended these classes in Austin, Blanco or other sites offering a variety of native and naturalized plants that have been studied and used in health and wellness. It's been a fantastic journey. On Sunday, we had our final class where we received our certificates and are now considered certified herbalists.
I presented my project I've been working on for the last six months - a product line that is toxin-free and nutritive for our bodies and skin. I am determined to develop a line that is readily absorbed by our dermal layers promoting skin wellness and vitality. This line will include under eye intesive creams, facial moisturizers and cleansers, body lotion and wash, and lip treatment intensives.
When I get tired or think I've taken on too much with work and herbs, I watch the "10 humans" study conducted by the Environmental Working Group. If you haven't already seen this presentation discussing findings from a research study involving 10 newborn babies in the US - please do!
You can find this by going to www.ewg.org and clicking on the "10 humans" study. While you're there, check out the site. It is a wealth of information. You can also check out their database "Skin Deep", where you can find your cosmetic products you use and see their ingredients and see how it measures up. You'll be surprised how toxic many of our favorite products we grew up using really are.
In honor of the blooming herbs here in the Hill Country garden I dedicate this post to the topical uses of Borage, Yarrow, Vitex, Calendula...
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I am a Texas native, an artist, a foodie, and an herbalist. I studied under Nicole Telkes Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin. I mostly focus on developing and producing body care products using plants I grow or purchase organically.
I’m a nutritionist to dear friends and family, I understand food sensitivities and intolerances and how foods can affect cognitive and physical health. I once suffered from GI illness and through studying alternative means of healing and applying discipline to my wellness plan have overcome chronic inflammation and pain. I was fortunate to heal myself outside of the typical medical model of prescriptions and think many of us can, too. I believe we have the power to heal our bodies. We are all introduced to a myriad of pollutants each day. We are eating, applying them, or inhaling them with little thought. I aim too reduce this minefield by producing toxin free products that are beneficial, nutritive, and easily absorbed through the skin. We all need a little help navigating through today’s exposures. My mission is to help reduce pollution in people, one product at a time. Thank you for joining me in my herbal adventures!
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we all grow up
Verbena (Vervain) Loving Spring
Cactus in Bloom
Spring in the Hill Country 2010
Flowers for Mum
reaching towards the sun
Briar and Basil in the Greenhouse
Pets love to garden too!
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