What was life like before pharmacies and grocery stores in every town?  So many simple things we take for granted – like handsoap.  Or bandaids.  Or ibuprofen.  Or even shampoo! For most of human history, you just couldn’t go buy this stuff.  It didn’t exist.  There was nowhere to buy it.  And once there were

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I smiled at the woman sweeping the sidewalk.  What WAS that yellow stuff on her face?  Trying not to stare, and unable to communicate, but also ridiculously curious, I pointed at my cheeks and gave a questioning shrug. She pointed at her yellow-swirled cheeks and then pointed at the sun.  Aha!  Sun protection?  From beautiful

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Sometimes, what you’re meant to do just finds you. It turns out that I’m The Beauty Forager.  Who knew? I never intended that to happen.  In fact, when I first moved to England 6 years ago, my experience with foraging was limited to some wild strawberries and blueberries in our backyard.  I remember my mother telling me to chew red clover

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“Is it supposed to tingle quite this much?” I remember asking the esthetician. Reclining in the treatment chair for my supposedly relaxing pre-flight facial, I wasn’t feeling very relaxed.  As the ‘tingling’ sensation got even stronger, I debated about whether I should ‘tough it out’ and risk a red-face for the next few days, or ask her

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I’m going gray. Ok, maybe that’s not worthy of a headline.  It happens to all of us at some point (if you’re lucky enough to keep your hair!) Although only in my early 30s, I’ve been coloring my hair to hide these ‘natural highlights’ since my mid-20s.  And just recently I stopped. I can’t say

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Are you an herbal infusion convert yet? I write about herbal infusions (wrongly called “herbal tea” … but there’s no tea in these caffeine-free brews!) a lot because I love them! Herbal infusions are a simple, gentle, inexpensive and effective way to get more herbal goodness into your daily life. Even the busy mother or office

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Sometimes I forget that not everyone has been on my natural health beauty journey for the last 4 years. Because how is it that I’ve gone 4 years without talking about the Oil Cleansing Method? This little gem (and internet cult sensation) is the cornerstone of my natural beauty routine.  But I’ve recently learned that

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It’s something we all know deep down inside. But still we hope. Maybe I just don’t know enough.  If I kept up with the trends, I’m sure that new breakthrough technology would help me retain my youthful glow. Maybe I’m just too cheap – if I spent more money on that fancy cream, it would

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Have you made Coconut Lime Deodorant yet? It’s 4 ingredients. It’s all natural.  It takes less than 5 minutes to make.  And it really works! (For real, it keeps you fresh smelling on hot, humid days.  Even men use it.) I love giving in person workshops.  But I realize it’s just not possible for everyone

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I was always envious of those girls with luminous, smooth, glowing skin. Skin that looked refined and buffed.  Grandma might have called it ‘porcelain’ or ‘peaches-and-cream’.  That was never me.  I tend towards oily skin and big pores.  Glowing skin?  Yes, I glow.  But more from the greasies than some ethereal internal luminescence. So making my own skincare has

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