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Herb of the Week: Plantain

PlantagoMajorOne of my favorite herbs for infusing and making salves with is plantain.

The best part?  You can find it in your own backyard! Most people actually consider plantain weed!

Scientific Name: Plantago Major

Part Used: Root, Leaves, Flower Spikes, Seeds

Therapeutic Actions: Refrigerant, diuretic, emollient, antiseptic, anti-venomous, styptic, vermicide, vulnerary

Medicinal Uses: Relieves pain from cuts, scratches, boils, burns and scalds. Helps ease inflammation & eczema. Externally it helps stop bleeding of minor wounds and the itching of poison ivy. Internally it can help with thrush, blood poisoning, bleeding ulcers, diarrhea, bed wetting, syphilis, toothaches, removes parasitic worms such as ringworm.

Recipe: Apply fresh leaves that have been bruised to relieve stings and bites from poisonous insect (think mosquitoes or black flies).  Apply leaves directly to affected area,  cover the leave and keep the area moist with juice of the plantain leaf.  If itching still occurs when the leaf has dried out, repeat procedure.

Adverse Reactions: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, anorexia, bloating, hyper-sensitivity and dermatitis may arise. Life threatening anaphylaxis may occur in more serious cases.

Toxicity: The 70% ethanol extract was found to be toxic to shrimps but P. major possesses a low toxicity in rats after oral and intraperitoneal administration.

Contraindications: Should not be used during pregnancy or if breastfeeding. Should not be used in persons with intestinal obstruction or those who developed hyper sensitivity to plantain.

Drug Interactions: decreased the actions of the drug carbamazepine (treats epilepsy) and enhances the effects of cardiac glycosides  (used in drugs to treat atrial fibrillation, heart failure and congenital heart defects)

Head on over to the SHOP for salves that include plantain.  We have wound care, burn care and insect bite that all contains plantain!

********WARNING: The following information is provided to you for a more natural approach to common, everyday ailments.  This information should not replace your primary care physician and as with starting any new medication regiment, please discuss with your doctor.   It is always safest to perform a skin patch test prior to implementing new remedies to be sure you are not allergic. This information is not imparted  to determine dietary changes, provide course of treatment, prescribe as medication or diagnose any diseases/syndromes/conditions/disorders.  Please carefully research new recipes and ideas before implementing. ********

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Gift Certificates Are Here!


Yay! We’ve finally got gift certificates available online!  They do come in any denomination –

if you don’t see the amount you would like to gift on our site, just email me and we can set something up.

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What is Aromatherapy?



noun \ə-ˌrō-mə-ˈther-ə-pē\

the use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better especially by rubbing the oils into the skin


Personally, I think Jade Shutes sums it up best: “Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process.  As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or disease.

It is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.

Aromas hit the nose, pass through the blood brain barrier and go directly to the parts of the brain that affect our emotion and nervous system before we are even aware we smell them. By using essential oils, herbs and flowers we can affect our moods. Familiar smells such as great Aunt Betty’s lavender sachets, a fresh peeled orange or a peppermint stick can trigger warm, happy thoughts and feelings of contentedness. Heavy disinfectants that are similar to those found in hospitals can bring about feelings of fear or despair.

When your purchasing aromatherapy items it is a buyer beware market. There are many items that claim to be aromatheraputic (cleaning products, soaps, candles, air fresheners, etc.) but instead of natural fragrances they are full of synthetic chemicals that could do more harm than good. Read ingredient labels and use reputable companies that you know use real essential oils and other natural fragrances.

What is your absolute favorite aromatherapy item? Did you ever have a bad experience with aromatherapy? Share your thoughts!

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Gift Certificate



Gift Certificates are now available in any denomination!

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What are Essential Oils?

Spa scene with natural cosmetics


es·sen·tial oil
noun: essential oil; plural noun: essential oils

a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

Essential oils have been around for ages, almost 6,000 years to be exact! The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used essential oils as medicinal treatments, in cosmetics and for perfumes. They were often used therapeutically, spiritually and held great reverence in rituals. Over the centuries essential oils were placed on the back burners and almost completely forgotten about until World War I, when a French chemist started studying lavender essential oil after he applied it to a burn he suffered from a laboratory explosion. It was then field tested on soldiers and the studies commenced. By the 1950’s, essential oils started to come back into play being used by massage therapists, homeopathic medical practitioners, beauticians and other health care providers. But it wasn’t until the 1980’s that essential oils started to become popular in the United States

Essential oils are super, duper concentrated extracts taken from all parts of the plants; roots, leaves, seeds, blossoms and bark. Each essential oil is 100% unique and has it’s own set of healing properties, better known as therapeutic actions.  The therapeutic action comes from the chemical compounds that are found in the plant. Due to the process of extracting the essential oil from the plant, only some of the chemical compounds are found in essential oils, making the whole herb a better choice for healing purposes.  That is not to say that essential oils are not highly prized for their healing abilities though!

Used properly, essential oils are a benefit to anyone’s life, but you need to use extreme caution when working with them. NEVER, and I do mean NEVER, take an essential oil by mouth and NEVER use undiluted essential oils on the skin unless you are under the care of a trained professional.  One drop of essential oil is the equivalent to about 30 cups of medicinal tea or 10 teaspoons of tincture and overdosing on essential oils is a real danger.

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils? Have you used them before? What’s your favorite oil and how do you use it?

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The Study of Herbalism



The study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants, now especially as a form of alternative medicine.



Put simply, herbalism utilizes plants and their parts for healing, promoting wellness and to help maintain good health. Every part of the plant can be used in herbal remedies: root, stems, leaves, flowers, berries, bark and seeds. Herbalism is the oldest known medical practice, dating all the way back to the very beginning of recorded history – that’s thousands of years!!!!    An herbalist is a practitioner of herbalism. Someone who calls themselves a herbalist could practice in a variety of fields such as; practitioners, herb grower, wildcrafter, medicine maker or a teacher.  Whichever road a herbalist takes, they all believe that plants have to power to heal and maintain a healthy life,  have a great love of nature and the environment.  Typically herbalists take a holistic approach to medicine, meaning that they focus on comprehensive health care that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and economic needs of the patient.

Many herbs and herbal products interact with medicines, dietary supplements (such as vitamins and minerals), and even with certain foods, so it is important that any herbal products you do use is under the guidance of a trained professional.  Some plants also have toxic components – check out a small list here – making a trained herbalist’s knowledge invaluable.

In addition to herbs and supplements, herbalists also incorporate other natural methods to promote wellness that includes detoxification practices, healthy eating, exercise, sunshine and fresh air, hydration, massage and other lifestyle changes (think less stress).



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Facial Kit

Nothing says Pamper Me like a facial

Our all natural facial kit is the perfect way to relax and unwind.

Made with organic herbs, 100% pure essential oils and the best clays and minerals money can buy you won’t find any chemicals or additives  in our ingredient list.




Step 1.facial steam tea

The Facial Steam

ingredients: organic comfrey, chamomile, rose & calendula herbs with sweet orange essential oil





Fill a bowl (or sink) up with HOT, HOT water and place your tea bag in the water.  Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl.  Stay with your head covered over the bowl for 10 minutes. RESERVE THE WATER! The steam will open your pores and the herbs will help nourish your skin.





clarifying scrub

Step 2.

The Clarifying Mask

ingredients: organic oat bran, white kaolin clay, organic almond meal, organic rose petals & essential oil blend






Pour about a tablespoon of scrub onto your hand or in a bowl, add just enough water to make a paste. Splash some of the leftover tea water onto your face.  Using small, circular motions, rub the clarifying scrub onto your face and down onto your neck. Leave the scrub on until it hardens, about 15 minutes. Rinse with the tea water. This helps exfoliates dead skin and clears pores.





clay maskStep 3

The Clay Mask

ingredients: french green clay






Pour about a tablespoon of clay mask onto your hand or in a bowl, add just enough water to make a paste. Splash some of the leftover tea water onto your face then apply a smooth, thin layer of the green clay facial mask to your face and neck.  Leave on until it hardens on your face, about 15 minutes.  Remove with a washcloth that has been dampened with your tea water. This helps remove toxins and deep cleans your pores.





toner and facial oilStep 5

The Facial Oil

Step 6

The Facial Toner

ingredients: rose hydrosol, witch hazel extract, aloe vera, vegetable glycerin & lavender essential oil


facial oil directions: Apply a light, thin layer of facial oil to your face and neck.  This locks in the moisture and leaves the face feeling dewy and fresh.

toner directions: mist evenly across your face. Do not pat dry! Wait for it to evaporate.  This step helps tighten pores.


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Shower Steamers

Our Me Line shower steamers envelope you in a aromatherapy haze of scent.
For best results take a hot, shower. Simply gently place your steamer at the back of your shower, out of the direct stream of water. You want the water to gently lap at the steamer.  The steamer will slowly dissolve,  releasing the scent.





destress me steamer


DeStress Me shower steamer

sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, spearmint, peppermint & lavender essential oil,  trace amounts of witch hazel extract

packaged in single tablets






Available but not photographed

Decongest Me shower steamer


Invigorate Me shower steamer



Love Me shower steamer



Relax Me shower steamer



Sleepy Me shower steamer



Spoil Me steamer

Spoil Me shower steamer

sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, rose, orange & jasmine essential oils, trace amounts of witch hazel extract

packaged in single tablets










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Body Scrubs and Butters

Just in time to help combat that wicked winter skin.

Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub spa view

Vanilla Lavender Honey salt scrub

Made with grapeseed oil, this scrub packs an extra heal-your-skin punch.

Grapeseed helps heal wounds (especially helpful with arthritis), strengthens & repairs damaged capillaries which increases circulation.

Sea salt helps bring moisture to the skin & exfoliates dead skin cells

Made with local honey and our own homemade vanilla extract


5.5 ounces

Ingredients: sea salt, grapeseed oil, honey, vanilla bean, lavender essential oil & vanilla extract



Cinnamon Vanilla Oat Sugar Scrub

made with organic oats, organic brown sugar, organic white sugar, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil and our own homemade vanilla

Gentle enough to use everyday.


5.5 ounces



Citrus Salt Scrub

Nothing smells more fresh than a burst of orange and lemon,

Use this delicious scrub to give your spirits a boost and to make your skin glow

dead sea salt, shea butter, grapeseed oil and essential oils


5.5 ounces



Peppermint Foot Scrub

Pamper those feet with an invigorating foot scrub that leaves your feet tingling and gives you a sense of refreshment!

Want the whole foot pampering treatment? Look for our invigorating foot soak, pumice stone, nail brushes and foot butter!

shea butter, dead sea salt and essential oil


5.5 ounces



Happy Butter

nothing screams luxury more than our happy body butter!  Crafted from the finest shea butter, organic grapeseed oil and

our own blend of essential oils, this butter smells divine and leaves your skin baby soft.

ingredients: shea butter, grapeseed oil and essential oils


2 ounces



Peppermint Foot Butter

Make those tired piggies of your dance with happiness!  Our rich foot butter tops of the foot care treatment that will leave you

sighing “Ahhhhhhhhhhh.”

ingredients: shea butter, grapeseed oil and essential oils





2 ounces


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Spa Extras

Perfect additions for our Build Your Own Basket!







Body Massager










Large Hand Held Massager











Hand Massager











Light Massager












Foot Pumice & Nail Brush

$6                                      $3




















herbal eye mask


Herbal Refillable Sleep Mask

ingredients: organic eyebright, organic lavender, organic chamomile, organic flaxseed, organic peppermint, organic rose petals,  organic elderflower, organic lemonbalm, organic bilberry, lavender and fennel essential oil







Available but not photographed

Herbal Eyemask Refills

$4 set of 2

Herbal Neck Wrap


Body Brush







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