Botanical Beauty

Homemade Herbal Facial Steam. As the seasons begin to transition, helping the skin find balance is key. Skin often needs a little damage control. An excellent time to treat yourself to an easy at-home facial to keep skin happy and find balance in such times. Start with a light exfoliating cleanser, followed by a hydrating facial steam made from remedying, astringent herbs. This herbal steam with soothing Chamomile, antibacterial Lavender and healing Rose, will gently purge the pores of toxins, restore vibrancy and soothe the senses.


  • ¼ cup dried lavender flowers
  • ½ cup dried chamomile flowers
  • ¾ cup dried rose petals
  • ½ cup dried comfrey leaves


  • Place all of the herbs in a mixing bowl and toss until you have a uniform blend. Transfer to a jar, label and cap tightly. Store jar in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight -will keep up to two years.
  • Boil four cups of water, then remove from heat. Stir 2 tablespoons of herbs into the water. Cover and let stand for five minutes.
  • Clean your face. Bring the pot to a table, and make a tent over the pot and the back of your head with a towel to create a mini-steam room.
  • Hover over the steaming pot at least eight inches away with your eyes closed. If the steam is too hot, let some of the steam out and move your face a bit farther away from the steam.
  • Breathe deeply, relaxing for five to 15 minutes.

Kiehls Calendula + Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask. The old-world apothecary since 1851’s latest golden beauty mask is formulated with Calendula Flower Petals and Aloe Vera, to deliver an instant refreshing surge of cooling hydration upon application, to soothe skin. With continued use, skin is calm and comfortable, for a healthy-looking complexion. Calendula Extract, Petals, and Aloe Vera, each highly regarded for centuries as medicinal herbs in both Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, widely used for their versatile, healing and hydrating properties. Attains Wisdom. Wonder. Words. Summer skin-loving stamp of approval with an ELLE Beauty Award.

Chamomile Compress Homespun Remedy. Resting with chilled Chamomile tea bags over the eyes for 10 to 20 minutes can help reduce and prevent puffiness and nourish your skin.  It’s also a wonderful way to unwind anytime of day. You can even do this while resting in a restorative yoga pose. 1) Place 2 Chamomile tea bags in small bowl and cover with boiling water. 2) Place in an air tight container & refrigerate to cool. Use within 2 days. 3) Simply remove tea bags and squeeze out excess water, then relax with tea bags over eyes for 10-20 mins. for soothing relief. Note: Not recommended if you have an allergy to plants in the same family, such as Ragweed, Daisies and Marigolds. In such cases, Cucumber slices work well too! One of the most common remedies for eye irritation and inflammation. 1) Cut two slices of Cucumber, submerge in ice-cold water for 10 mins. 2) Then place on closed eyelids for 10 mins.

Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine, is the deep drink your skin is thirsting for. Alchemic essences harmonize your skin and the Sun’s rays with this nourishing serum, perfect for Sun soaking, and for Sun-soaked skin. Everybody Loves the Sunshine lets you relax in luxurious light, aligning your body with the glorious rays of the Sun’s life force. A melody of tropical coconut, sweet flowers, warm spices, and verdant flora = a sensual invitation to languid Summer days. If you could only bring one product to a desert island, this is it! This season, take time to rethink conventional notions of beauty and wellness, abandon elaborate regimes and synthetic products, and reveal your renegade beauty, with beauty philosopher, aromacologist, botanical muse, and creatrix of Living Libations, Nadine Artemis and her new essential guide.

Renegade Beauty: Reveal And Revive Your Natural Radiance by Nadine Artemis, 2017. In this beautiful guide, Artemis introduces readers to the concept of renegade beauty -the art of doing less and allowing the elements and life force of nature to revive the body, skin, and soul so natural radiance can shine through. Anyone stuck in perpetual cycles of new products, spa facials, and dermatologist visits, will find answers as Artemis illustrates the energizing elements of Sun, fresh Air, Water, the Earth, and plants. A comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to simplify their self-care, take their health into their own hands, and discover radiant beauty. More than simply a beauty book, it’s a new paradigm for healthy living lifestyle, including essential myth-busting and evidence-based tips for awakened vitality and self-healing.