15 essential herbs for Natural Skin Care Beauty

This article is on DIY skincare products  that use natural herbs and essential oils for health and beauty. Includes: rosemary, chamomile, thyme, rosewater, lavender, neem, comfrey, sage, evening primrose, henna, basil, turmeric, sea weed, aloe vera, geranium and burdock root oil.

Published in: on March 9, 2010 at 5:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Proactively alleviating stress

When stress takes you over and life is unbearably hectic, how do you handle it? Exercise is the primary way stress should be dealt with, but there are some other natural ways to cope.

meridian points in the human torso

Innate Formula – Adrenal Response is an excellent 100% whole-food formula helps the body adapt to stress hormones produced by your adrenal glands through natural herbs like Schizandra Berry, Ashwaganda root,  Holy Basil and Rhodiola extract – all herbs that can also be found in their own tinctures. However these pills really roll all the good stuff into one, and your body absorbs the whole food at a higher rate, even if the minerals themselves are at a lower potency.

Shiatsu Treatment – Feels as good as a massage but is a huge upgrade from the standard generic overpriced swedish massage treatments that flood the market. Shiatsu is a healing art that uses the acupressure points and meridians of your body, but using pressure instead of needles. It goes from head to toe, focusing on any areas that may have blockages. It’s a holistic approach to health so the practitioner will look at your overall health – mental and physical, and come up with a unique treatment. This treatment has been known to mitigate the affects of hundreds of different types of ailments, both physical and emotional.

I’m also a firm believer in aromatherapy. Lavender is usually the tried and true aromatherapy staple, but there are many others. So buy a sprig, light the scented candles and take a bath. It actually works.

Also, you’re gonna wanna cool it on the caffeine and alcohol during this time. It places a huge stress on your body to process and dispose, so just cut it out for the time being. You will also want to cut back on processed foods and sugars. Just drink lots of water, stick to a more macrobiotic diet for the time being.

Published in: on February 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Moon Time

It’s that time of the month again, ladies. The moon time train has come into town and it’s All Aboard. Some of us have a harder time than others during menses, but regardless of what your moon time is like it’s an opportunity to slow down, listen to the body, and take care of yourself.  Here are some recommendations for self-care during that time of the month.

  • Hot water bottle (don’t stay home without it!)
  • Wild yam root cream
  • Herbal formulas (Try Happy Camper for PMS mood symptoms or generally gnarly days)
  • Teas and herbs that promote kidney function (diuretics to deter bloating)
  • Qi gong, yoga and pilates (it’s important to stay active during this time, but pace yourself)
  • Hot Toddies (Gramma’s old-school medicine)

The best online tool for tracking your menstruation is Cycles Page, and it’s completely free. It logs both quantitative and qualitative information on your cycles, and averages them for you to predict your flow.

Published in: on January 15, 2010 at 5:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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Gramma’s Medicine

This is a great drink on a cold winter’s night, if you’re feeling under the weather, or having “women’s problems”

Hot Toddy

2 shots of Brandy (rum or whiskey works too)

1 1/4 cup water (could dip in a black tea bag, if you don’t mind caffeine)

1 tablespoon of honey

Plenty a’ lemon

Heat low on the stove top until good and warm for your belly. Not to hot though! Gramma doesn’t want you to burn the liquor off.

Published in: on January 15, 2010 at 4:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to Folk Barn!

This is the rustic auxiliary blog of A Short Wave. For more information on the Folk Barn Bible project, please see the About page.

Published in: on November 30, 2009 at 8:57 pm  Comments (1)