Skin Saviors

Eminence Organic Skincare Wildflower Collection. Nourish. Infuse. Transform. Inspired by Hungarian heritage, the new Wildflower Collection Cleansing Balm & Ultralight Oil are great multi-functional products that will transform your skin’s radiance. A combination of European wildflowers and conditioning therapeutic botanical oils not only nourish the skin but provide a gentle scent that evokes the feeling of Summer. Containing Poppy, Cornflower, Echinacea, Evening Primrose and Linden Flower Extracts. The collection blends flowers that are grown on the award-winning Eminence Certified Organic Farm, which promise to relax and restore your mind, body and soul.

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 + an ELLE International Beauty Awards 2018 winner.

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.

Flower Power

Lotuswei Flowerlounge NYC February 13th 2018

Fall in love with the world through poetry, movement, meditation + love elixirs. Dive deep into your own beauty, wisdom + big-hearted love in all its forms. It’s time to bloom! Join Katie Hess, Flower Alchemist of Lotuswei & Author of Flowerevolution, for a flower-filled gathering, a powerful distillation of good vibes featuring mandalas, meditations, elixirs & flower readings with special guests: Poet + Story Whisperer Morgan Farley; Movement Magician Lynda Sing; and Luminary Intuitive Robin Sandomirsky, for Flowerlounge’s one and only East Coast event of the year. Tap into the power of the last days of the Fire Phoenix Year + an imminent New Moon Solar Eclipse with this one-of-a-kind, transformative evening. For rapid growth, accelerated transformation & energetic wow! Tickets here.

Acquainting oneself with Hess’s new book & accompanying card deck “Flowerevolution” + appreciating the Lotuswei range of magical elixirs = great prerequisites for the event.

Flowerevolution: Blooming into Your Full Potential with the Magic of Flowers, by Katie Hess (Author) & Louie Schwartzberg (Photographer), 2016.

 In Flowerevolution, Flower Alchemist Katie Hess & photographer Louie Schwartzberg invite us to venture into the vast and beautiful world of flowers, and learn how they can be used to give us a fuller experience of our everyday lives. This flower-filled guidebook is rich with information, stories, images, and rituals that demonstrate the largely untapped power of flowers. Most people are unaware that quiet, unassuming flowers can amplify our positive qualities and awaken new joy in everyday life, but in fact, flowers are ready to spark us to reach our greatest potential -one that is likely bigger than we can even imagine!

Flowerevolution is designed to open you up to a fresh new world of magic and possibility. In it, you choose the flowers you’re most attracted to from the 48 different profiles, and discover what your favorite flowers reveal about you. You’ll find out how flowers can be used for a variety of conditions, including pregnancy and postpartum, travel and jet lag, and addiction; and learn the answers to the 10 most commonly asked questions about flower elixirs. The book also features ancient and modern methods for harnessing flowers’ unique qualities, including flower baths, elixirs, mandalas, body oils, desserts & more!

Winter Beauty

Elevate your mood health well-being & aesthetic Winter into Spring with these Wonder. Wisdom. Words. fabulous finds from near and afar. Who couldn’t use a beneficial beauty and beyond boost this time of year? The idea of deep rest, to replenish and renew the body mind spirit & recharge during this at-times-sluggish season is appealing, as is enhancing your beauty routine with nourishing & aromatically rich products, while adding a few essential seasonal pieces to your environment & wardrobe to refresh and organize, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. style. Comfort calm citrine calendula cream chakra curios country couture candles & more.

Magic Organic Apothecary Green Bath Potion & Balm

Fall in love with award-winning, artful artisan Magic Organic Apothecary, skincare products made in England, inspired by old herbal folklore with a sprinkling of magic! Therapeutic green bottled beauties that combine organic Yarrow with other herbal extracts & botanical oils to help nourish & invigorate the body mind spirit to improve well-being. Cult-classics include a multi-purpose beauty balm: The Green Balm, a decadent daily cleansing ritual, and some might say a miracle with all its weird & wonderful uses + healing powers. And a Green Bath Potion with refreshing Peppermint, detoxifying Fennel, relaxing Fir Needle & Birch to ease achy muscles & soften the skin. MOA spell for feeling balanced: Pour capful into the bath. Immerse in water, breathe in & let the natural essential oils clear the mind & lift your mood = magic!

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

Elevate your Winter skincare game with Ursa Major’s Super Natural hydration boost plus fast-absorbing Golden Hour Recovery Cream. A Wonder. Wisdom. Words. absolute favorite for its unisex qualities, healing Sunflower, Calendula & Sea Buckhorn properties + aromatics of Neroli, Sandalwood & a touch of sour Rose anchored with fresh-soaked Earth. Crafted by a great Green & grounded grooming line free of synthetic chemicals and toxins out of Vermont, with a brand ethos that comes from a desire to live a healthy, active, stress-free natural life close to the land. A stand out cream and brand in an increasingly crowded field for its philosophy, simplicity, efficacy, clean packaging & quality.

Sundari Neem Hand & Chamomile Eye Oil

Ayurveda teaches that the balancing of mind, body and spirit will ultimately lead to peace, harmony and lasting beauty, as will picking up Sundari’s stellar new floral citrus Neem Hand Oil & best-selling Chamomile Eye Oil. Positively potent travel-friendly essential oil aromatic botanical treats to quench thirsty skin. Skin is instantly relieved upon contact while the essential oils soak deep into the dermis to boost natural repair and defense processes. Sundari encompasses a complete line of Ayurvedic luxury spa treatments with worldwide distribution, that will help you discover truly healthy skin & encourage you to find your own sense of well-being.

Gülsha Rose Perfecting & Regenerative Elixirs

Discover distinctly divine & luxurious Rosa Damascena flower oil potions that are highly effective skin-enhancing elixirs for day & night. Formulated by French skincare experts & made in the Isparta region of Turkey famous for its Roses, using traditional techniques handed down through generations, with only a limited number of bottles being produced each year. It takes approximately 4000 kilograms of Roses, hand-picked before the sunrise, to produce just one kilo of pure Rose oil in an incredibly labor-intensive process. Gülsha perfectly distills this fragrant skin-loving essence & combines it with other powerfully healing & protective seed oils to nourish dehydrated skin with vital nutrients to restore radiance.

L.L. Bean Upworthy Down Jacket & Hunter Boots

Stay warm dry & stylishly seasonal in these Loden Green rural landscape classic wares. Wisdom. Wonder. Words. favorites for Gray Green rugged riding style perfection. L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes & gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe & warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. At some point the typical New Englander stops letting the weather ruin another pair of boots and picks up a pair of Hunter boots. Then wonders how they ever did without them! Founded in 1856, Hunter is a British heritage brand renowned for its iconic original boot, and Royal Appointment to HM The Queen & HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The brand has a rich history of innovation and continues to forge designs that shield pioneers from the elements and bleakest of landscapes.

Dooney & Bourke Florentine Collection 

Dooney & Burke = vintage vibes Florentine gift to self or other that will stand the test of time. Inspired by America’s rich history in leather goods, ranging from mail pouches to saddle bags & early military gear, Dooney & Bourke known for its New England roots and heritage, designs & crafts instant classics with the perfect union of timeless American style, the highest regard for the finest raw materials & time-honored techniques of old world craftsman. The Florentine Collection with Vacchetta leather, matte Gold hardware & micro-suede detailing, has the look & feel of fine saddlery leather, and develops an even richer patina with time and use. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite pieces rich with enduring style, timeless versatility & effortless functionality.

Satya Jewelry Chakra Collection

Satya means “truth” in Sanskrit, and that sentiment beautifully inspires the New York-based designer yogini jewelry line of the same name, handcrafted for the modern & fearless woman in mind. Offering necklaces, bracelets, malas and earrings with symbols & semi-precious gemstones within specialty collections such as: Mandala -that embodies the divine spirit of this age-old art form, and Chakra -that delivers powerful messaging, mantras & inspiration to tap into empowerment. This year Wonder. Wisdom. Words. chose Citrine & Yellow Jade as its empowering crystal allies for 2018. Both Solar Plexus Chakra stones -or Manipura, which governs health, self-worth & energy. The solar plexus chakra is located right above the naval, and honors the life force, self-esteem & confidence. Manipura infuses the body with energy, balance & strength. In wearing these stones, you are supported to blossom in your growing spirituality, with inner peace, joy & happiness.

Farmhouse Pottery Candles & Match Striker

Farmhouse Pottery, Vermont based artisanal potters offering unique one-of-a-kind handmade pottery, décor & gifts. With original shapes brought back from another time when storage was done with handcrafted vessels. Rooted in traditional American pottery styling, basic in design, with many purposes for the home and entertaining, Farmhouse Pottery vessels are household essentials, that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Nothing celebrates seasonal nostalgia & the Winter Solstice –Wonder. Wisdom. Words. second favorite season, with simple sophistication better than Farmhouse’s carefully crafted candles. With woodsy notes of Balsam Fir, Cedar & Sandalwood oils inspired by Vermont’s rural landscape, preserved natural beauty & seasonal change.

Alicia Adams Alpaca Baby Alpaca Throw

A 100% Baby Alpaca Handmade Throw that is softer than cashmere is just sublime. Alpaca is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, cherished the world over, not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes, its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic & lightweight qualities. Adams’s gorgeous accessories suit any season, a swoon-worthy collection of hand-spun sweaters, blankets, robes & accessories perfect for stepping up your Winter wardrobe or gift-giving. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. finds the throws especially comforting, perfect for Winter into Spring evenings by the fire. Alicia Adams Alpaca raises & manages its own herd of over 200 Suri Alpacas at Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Autumn Aura

 Maple Leaf Graham Cookies. The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and festive, and cozy country kitchen aromas are emanating from every open window -it’s an Autumn afternoon in New England! From apple-cinnamon to mulled-cider and woodsy-pine to pumpkin-spice and everything nice, this is the most aromatic and flavorful time of the year. Sweet & spicy seasonal treats & tea + scents = Recipe For Fall!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp pure maple extract
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil

Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite wellness teas company with roots that go back to a third generation herbalist named Rosemary Gladstar, has a stellar new tea offering: Organic Turmeric with Meadowsweet & Ginger. Traditional Medicinals artfully blends turmeric, a root praised by healers around the world, with the power of meadowsweet & ginger’s warming properties for an herbal trifecta of ancient wisdom and soothing relief. Perfect Autumn afternoon tea time treat with Maple Leaf Grahams.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Place all your dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer & combine. Add all of the wet ingredients & mix until everything comes together. Add about 1-2 tablespoons of water if needed -depending on dough consistency.
  • Divide the dough in half and roll half out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use Fall inspired cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Transfer the cookies on a parchment-paper-lined cookie sheet, poke them with a fork few times, and bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges just slightly darken. They will harden as they cool. Store in an air tight container.
  • While cookies are baking brew Traditional Medicinals Stress Ease Cinnamon Tea. Serve. Savor!

DIY Autumn Essential Oil Diffuser Blends. No worries if you’re not culinary inclined, you can still let the scents of golden Fall fill your senses and home with these warm earthy & aromatic body mind soul diffuser blends -Pumpkin Spice Latte, Mulled Cider, Autumn Afternoon, Fireside and Walk in the Woods. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create sublime year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands at various price points recommended by Wonder. Wisdom. Words. to consider when crafting your blends: Young Living Essential Oils, Aura Cacia, dōTERRA, Edens GardenFloracopeia, & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

Golden Petals

Garden Harvest Calendula Officinalis 

Calendula Officinalis is a beautiful golden hued flower with an earthy aromatic that is well-known throughout the world as a powerful healing plant. Its benefits have been used for thousands of years for myriad medicinal applications. It grows easily in most climates and generously blooms brightly Spring to Autumn often reseeding itself, returning again every year. Besides offering beauty wherever it grows, Calendula is multi-use must-have plant most herbalists would recommend growing yourself. This year Wonder. Wisdom. Words. planted a ‘Organic Mix Calendula Seed’ from the Hudson Valley Seed Company with a wide range of colors, from almost Cream to Bright Yellow to a Cool Peach color to the classic Vibrant Orange.

 

Homegrown & Handcrafted Calendula Mist Plant Milk

Because Calendula is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, it is often grown to make healing and skin soothing salves. According to Witchipedia Calendula symbolizes love and constancy and is great for wedding bouquets and decorations. It is the traditional “he loves me, he loves me not” flower and is useful for love potions, making wreaths to keep evil and negativity away, and the flower’s petals are also a good addition when creating dream pillows. This season, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. decided to craft a batch of Plant Milk with these healing flowers. This Do-It-Yourself mist with anti-inflammatory Calendula and oats, leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated and calm. Great for skin in times of stress and transition. Making a botanical salve or mist is a wonderful way to take the herbaceous flowers that you can grow in your backyard and easily turn them into something beneficial to use year round. Now that’s sustainable!

Ingredients:

1 ounce dried calendula flowers
½ cup oats
8 ounce distilled water
4 ounce bottle with spray atomizer

Directions:

Combine the Calendula and Oats in a French press. In a small pan, bring distilled water to boil and pour distilled water over Calendula Flowers and Oats. Let steep for 10 minutes, plunge and let cool. Pour into a bottle and cap with spray atomizer. Spritz face liberally. Keep in refrigerator for added soothing benefits. Enjoy your handcrafted home-spa remedy!

Wellness Benefits Of Calendula’s Medicinal Properties 

You can purchase dried Calendula flowers from American herbal distribution retailer Mountain Rose Herbs if you don’t have any to dry yourself, and depending on where you live and shop, you might find them in the bulk section of your local natural grocery store. If you’d like to learn more about herbs and the healing power of plants, highly recommend taking a course from the New England-based Herbal Academy -the best in online herbal education.

On Yoga

YOGA The Secret of Life by Francesco Mastalia, Cloth Hardcover, 224 Pages, Published by powerHouse Books, Worldwide release October 2017.

YOGA The Secret of Life is a photo-documentary about the spiritual and physical journey of yoga. Through photographs and text this fine art book explores the personal experiences of 108 of today’s leading practitioners and how this ancient practice has transformed their mind, body, and spirit.

The photographs for the project are taken on glass plates using the wet collodion process, a photographic technique dating back to the 1850’s. With the use of a large format wooden camera and antique brass lens, glass plates are hand-coated to produce one-of-a-kind ‘ambrotype’ images. The collodion process transports us to another place and time. When the light-sensitive chemicals absorb the sun’s ultraviolet rays, we enter a mysterious world where art and alchemy embrace. The photographs take on another dimension with the words that accompany them. The text provides an intimate and enlightening account of each yogi’s personal journey.

Elena Brower from YOGA The Secret Life by Francesco Mastalia.

Beyond the physical postures, YOGA The Secret of Life delves deep into the purpose of our existence and how to live a happy and fulfilled life. It explores understanding who we truly are, why we are here, and what our ultimate purpose is on this planet. Included are world-renowned yogis Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon, Davide Life, Gurmukh Kaur Khasla, Sri Dharma Mittra, Yogi Amrit Desai, Yogiraj Alan Finger, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Dana Flynn, Elena Brower, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and more.

About

Italian-born Hudson Valley New York-based Francesco Mastalia is a documentary photographer and author that has traveled the world photographing tribal, religious, spiritual, and indigenous people. His first book Dreads, published by Workman Artisan is a photo documentary on the history of dreadlocks, which includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. His recent book Organic: Farmers & Chefs of the Hudson Valley published by powerHouse Books is a photo-documentary of the Hudson Valley’s organic sustainable food movement. The portraits of the farmers and chefs therein were also photographed using the wet plate collodion photographic process resulting in a beautifully evocative narrative with a nostalgic feel.

On Mantra

Mantra and its practice are part of ancient Vedic tradition first developed by wise spiritualists who connected the sounds of the natural world around them to a greater universal energy. They saw sound and its vibrational quality as the audible manifestation of the energy to which we are all connected. They recognized that no matter who or where in the world a person is, if one sit’s quietly long enough, one can hear those connective sounds, and not only that, but can achieve peace through the concentrated practice of listening and repeating them. The sages began to mimic such sound patterns that they heard as a form of meditation, achieving a greater sense of clarity, awareness, and transcendent peace. This same concept, thousands of years later, can be appropriated to bring us closer to our highest self and to achieving what we most desire.

Traditional Mantra Meditation uses existing Sanskrit hymns and chants that have been shared and practiced apart of Vedic tradition. These mantras are typically vocations towards certain deities for blessings specific to them. The sounds of these prayers said in repetition are meant to induce a deeper meditative state, such as when a lullaby soothes a child to sleep. The linguistic nature of traditional mantra and the quality of their sounds works to quiet mental chatter and fosters a peaceful environment for the body and mind to exist. Examples of traditional mantras are: Om (ohm): The simplest to repeat, yet a powerful acknowledgement of connection between all beings. Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu (lo-kah sah-mah-stah sue-kee-no bah-vain-to): Asking for peace and contentment for all living things. Om namah shivaya (Ohm nah-mah she-vah-yah): An acknowledgement of the power, beauty, and unique perfection of another being.

Personal or Unique Mantra is another way of approaching the practice and benefiting from it. Just as is true of thoughts, there are no right or wrong mantras. Rather, your mantra is based on personal experience, and holds power as an individual and unique expression of what you most desire. Whether it be aimed at manifesting security, deep connection, pervasive self-confidence, or release from suffering, the only requirement of mantra is that it is authentic.

Spend a half hour with your journal, preferably in the morning when your mind is fresh, free-writing about what it is you desire at this moment in time. Without over-analyzation or personal judgement, let it flow freely. Writing it down will help you to gain clarity on what is most pertinent for you in the current moment. Decide which idea, goal, concept, emotion, etc., it is you want to focus on first. Once you have a sense of it in your mind, turn it into a declarative statement. Imagine you already have what you are looking to attract as part of your reality.

The Personal Mantra is an individualized expression. A concentrated effort to help you achieve stillness, and peace and ultimately aids in creating your optimal reality. Whatever that is for you at this moment, is right. As a side note, you can have multiple mantras at the ready, however when meditating with the mantra, it is important to repeat only one at a time in order to focus your energy towards one thing instead of smaller efforts towards multiple goals.

Mantra Recipe

  • 1/2 hour spent alone journaling about what you seek to attain
  • Refinement of what speaks to you as the most pertinent to focus on
  • Written declarative statement
  • 10 minutes daily quiet time sitting or walking slowly to repeat your mantra
  • Try incorporating mantra into your meditation practice and pay attention to what arises

Beyond Words

Tilt your head slightly to one side and lift your eyebrows expectantly. Ask questions. Delve into the subject at hand or let things come randomly. Don’t expect answers. Forget everything you’ve ever done. Make no comparisons. Simply listen. Listen with your eyes, as if the story you are hearing is happening right now. Listen without blinking, as if a move might frighten the truth away forever. Don’t attempt to copy anything down. Don’t bring a camera or a recorder. This is your chance to listen carefully. Your whole life might depend on what you hear.

~Joyce Sutphen

Art Of Harvest

Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants by Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis, Ten Speed Press, 2017. 

A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, beauty products, gifts & more. Every garden can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using surprising and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Early Mid Late Season Index & Plants & Produce Pages From Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn Tumeric Root into a natural dye and Calamintha into lip balm. Make Anise Hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn Apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, Oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible Chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

Oregano Flower Infused Vinegar & Vin d’Orange & Fruit & Herb Wreath Pages From Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants.

Floral Branch Arrangement & Lavender Mint Tea & Rose Water Skin Toner Pages From Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants.

Sage Garland & Calendula Infused Essential Oil & Mid-Season Herb Salad Pages From Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants.

Spring Project Lilac Flower Cream Recipe From Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants.

An ancient French technique, enfleurage is the process of extracting a flower’s perfume into odorless vegetable fat. The process used here is a simple method that will capture the fragrance of Spring in a jar. The cream can be used directly on your skin or to flavor favorite sweet dishes. It is best to use the Lilac’s tiny blooms straight from the shrub, picking them in the morning when they are the most fragrant.

Ingredients & Directions: 

  • 32 ounces extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 10 cups lilac blooms picked from the heads in 2 cup increments as needed
  • Pick 2 cups of lilac blooms. Place the coconut oil in a small saucepan and melt over low heat until it is completely liquefied. Pour the liquid into a 10 by 10-inch casserole dish and allow it to harden. After the oil has hardened, score it with a butter knife. This will help the scent of the flowers penetrate it more deeply. Layer the tiny lilac blooms onto the oil, covering it with 2 inches of blooms. Place a second 10 by 10-inch casserole dish upside down atop of the first one. Use electrical tape to seal the two dish edges tightly, and place the dishes in a dark area.
  • After 48 hours, remove the tape seal and discard the spent blooms. Pick another 2 cups of lilacs, add another 2 inches of flower blooms to the oil, and seal again for another 48 hours. Repeat this process three more times, for a total of five cycles with fresh blooms each time.
  • Scrape up the oil from the casserole dish, place it into two 16-ounce jars, and seal the lids. Store in a cool, dark place; the flower cream will keep for up to 3 years.

Stefani Bittner & Alethea Harampolis Of Homestead Design Collective & Their Previous Books.

About

Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis are the owners of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco landscape design firm focused on creating beautiful gardens that provide harvest. Homestead provides design and full-service organic maintenance, harvesting, bee keeping, floristry & composting services. Stefani is the co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs (Ten Speed Press, 2013) and Alethea is the co-author of the best-selling books, The Flower Recipe Book & The Wreath Recipe Book: Year-Round Wreaths, Swags, and Other Decorations to Make with Seasonal Branches (Artisan 2013 & 2014).  Stefani and Alethea’s work has been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset Magazine, C Magazine, Los Angeles Times, NY Times, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens Gardenista.