Usually this week is the coldest one
of the winter.
But, Mother Nature is still showing us all over the country
how fickle she can be. We've had soaking rains that have
melted most of the snowpack. Skin care in the Maine winter
is a challenge. Cold air takes moisture out of your skin,
but so does your home heat and the car defroster. Being
pro-active with added hydration and moisture can really make a big
Snow-covered gazing ball in the garden.
In 400 B.C., Hippocrates said "The way to health is to
have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day". Can
you imagine the world today if we all did that? There are
few things I enjoy as much as a long hot bath, especially with
Dead Sea Salts (about 1 cup added). I'm fortunate to own an
old claw foot tub that allows me to soak up to the earlobes!
However revitalizing the bath is, salt and hot water dry the skin.
I always shower off afterward and while still wet apply Calendula
oil with a few drops of Rose Attar added. It's important to
apply while wet for two reasons. The oil will lock the water
into your skin and the water will help spread the oil in a nice
light layer and it absorbs quickly. Bath oils usually float
on top of the water, so applying afterwards is the key. I no
longer get dry flaky legs and elbows or cracked heels.
Try a few drops (10 or 12) of Lavender Essential Oil
added to the bath for an attitude adjustment. Lock the door
and take at least twenty minutes for yourself. Years ago
when I took my first herb bath, I felt like I was floating.
My husband said I had the most angelic look on my face. I
was euphoric. Try experimenting with Peppermint when you
need to get energy, Roses for romance or Ginger for sore or
chilled muscles. Use about 1/2 cup of loose Peppermint,
dried Roses or ground Ginger right from your spice rack.
Place in a washcloth, secure with a rubber band. How easy is
that? And easy cleanup, too. Toss into the tub at the
start. After your bath, remove the elastic and discard after one
use. Don't forget to use oil after your bath.
A humidifier will help not only your skin but your
upper respiratory tract, too. Try one in your home.
Drink the recommended 8 8oz glasses of water daily.
I spritz my face often to add water to my skin. I
use an Essential Oil floral water including Lavender, Peppermint
and Sweet Orange. It's refreshing, a great skin toner and
will chill out a hot flash. Just spray where needed over
face, throat and upper chest. It's always in my carry-on bag
for the extremely drying effects of flight or in my beach bag, gym
bag. My girlfriends at the gym often ask for a mist when I
use it. Floral waters are terrific if you work in a dry
office environment and spraying Lavender is a great way to dispel
airborne bacteria. You can use a Lavender spray as an
all-natural room freshener or in the room of someone who is ill.
I know some teachers who use it to cool and calm their young
students after recess. Excellent for long car trips.
This is truly a multi-tasking personal care product must.
The sleeping winter garden.
Chapped Skin Care
I once met a lady at a craft show whose fingertips
cracked until they bled. I met a guy who used super glue to
close split fingertips. He said his wife's lotion stung
(most contain alcohol and chemical fragrance which are drying
agents) plus, the guys at work kidded him about the scent.
Did you know it's a myth that using lip balm creates a need to use
more? Actually it's licking your lips and dry air and wind
that does it. Prevention comes with using natural products
and don't forget to wear your gloves.
For healing dry, chapped skin, I developed a salve made
with Calendula, Comfrey, and Plantain which are grown in my
organic garden. I dry them and infuse olive oil with the
plants, then add Maine beeswax. This combination is
excellent to soothe inflammation and regenerate cell growth.
My clients report great results for lips, elbows, cracked
fingertips and heels, diaper rash, nursing nipples and even
eczema. Gardener's love it, too. There are no other
ingredients added, no colorants, fragrances or preservatives.
I've used this for about 30 years on everyone in my family.
It's safe for babies and the elderly. I use it daily from
the neck down and occasionally on my face for times I'm going to
be out all day in wind or super cold.
For my face moisturizer, I use a blend of seven
Essential Oils in a Jojoba oil base.
First I wash my face with a clean washcloth every time.
If I use soap, it's got to be goat's milk. Pure and natural
goat's milk soap has a ph level closer to your own so it is quite
safe, even for sensitive skin. Sometimes I'll just wipe my
face clean or use an oatmeal and herb scrub.
Next, I hydrate my face with a floral water spritz.
The Essential Oils are great skin toners and I want a wet face for
applying my moisturizer massage 5 drops of my oil into my face
while still wet. Occasionally I repeat at bedtime. It
contains Rose Attar, Lavender, Neroli, Carrot Seed, Evening
Primrose, Myrrh, and Palmarosa Essential Oils. I find this
combination in Jojoba oil really nourishes my skin and seems to be
slowing the aging process. My husband thinks the scent is an
aphrodisiac and that I should put that on my label. Well,
Rose is the flower of love so that's just a sweet bonus.
I am proud to list ingredients on my labels. You, too,
can find out what's in your personal care products. The
Environmental Working Group has established a database to provide
information for consumers who want shopping lists of products free
of fragrances or carcinogens. The database is called "SkinDeep"
and is available at
The FDA is allowing the industry to set the standards
and most products are not tested. Most adults are exposed to
over 100 chemicals in personal care items every day. See the
article about synthetic ingredients on this website.
Skin care in winter is part of overall self-care. It can be so
cozy on the couch. To deter winter depression, try to get
outdoors on sunny days. I was blessed seeing this eagle
recently on a walk. Fresh air is wonderful. Walks can
invigorate and focus.
was blessed seeing this eagle recently on a walk.
Even if you live in a city, get outdoors and find a way
to connect with nature in winter. It can make winter more
Gazing Ball - Sleeping Garden - Eagle - Mountain Mama of Maine
of Janet Edwards
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