Walking through the crowded streets of Hong Kong, you can’t help but notice the herbal medicine shops when you pass by.  Why?  Because they smell.  A really strong, herbal smell wafting into the streets mixed with intense heat, cooking pork, a slightly damp lush green smell from the humidity and of course millions of very

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Let me tell you a story about a sunny afternoon walk… that turned into a major research project. Oh what a sunny, gorgeous day in early March.  Dragging myself away from the computer, I headed outside, only to stumble across what can only be described as a carpet of violets in the grass.  Immediately inspired, I thought

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Simple truth: beeswax rocks. How do you transform an oil into a lip balm, salve or ointment?  Beeswax. How do you thicken an emulsion of water and oil to make a luxurious face or body cream?  Beeswax. How do you make those fantastically curly and elaborate moustaches sported by gentlemen of yore (and some hipsters…)?

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“She was one of those languid women, made of dark honey, smooth and sweet, and terribly sticky, who take control of a room with a syrupy gesture, a toss of the hair, a single slow whiplash of the eyes — and all the while remain as still as the centre of a hurricane, apparently unaware

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Salt.  It’s everywhere – on every restaurant table, in every kitchen cupboard, in every grocery store worldwide.  It’s easy to take such a simple ingredient for granted. But dig below the surface, and salt is so much more than just salt.  Yes there’s the ‘pouring’ kind supplemented with iodine – a kind of everyman’s salt –

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My natural deodorant must be working too well, because on my recent trip to Thailand I was just irresistible to mosquitos.* And when I say ‘mosquitos’, I mean flying tigers with giant syringe-like mouths that arrive silently, drink their fill, and leave me with a huge itchy welt. Seriously, Thai mosquitos are another species entirely! *Before I

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Sometimes product ideas can sit with you for months – years even – before you get around to making them.  You need a little push.  At least, I do. Recently I spent a day in Paris with Kimberly Wilson doing a natural perfumery workshop.  Giving a workshop while travelling is always a challenge – what ingredients

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I’ve been studying herbal medicine for almost 5 years now. About 2 years into my studying, I thought “wow, I know a lot!” … and now I’ve hit a point 5 years in, where I feel like I don’t know anything at all. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? In the beginning of learning anything,

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We’re in the depths of winter.  And it’s cold. (Not nearly as cold here in London as it is in the States this year!  But still.  I feel the cold!) Who doesn’t like a cup of tea to warm them up on a cold morning?  And with a little insight into traditional herbal remedies, you

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I love the internet.  Especially Pinterest (you too?  Follow me here.) The internet is amazing for ideas, inspiration and learning.  And in the early days, when I didn’t know anyone else in this natural beauty world, it helped me feel connected to a community. But there are two main problems with learning from the internet:

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