This year I challenge you to pick one plant you really want to grow. It can be a flower, a fruit, a vegetable, a shrub, an herb.
Whatever that one thing is, learn as much as you can about that one plant. What conditions does it grow best in, are there benefits, can you cook with it, what pests does it attract, what are its strengths or weaknesses?
What if, every year instead of trying to learn as much as we can about everything and feeling far behind, we learned a ton about one thing. If you become an expert on one plant a year, think about how much garden knowledge you will have. Think about all the wonderful things you will grow perfectly!
Who's to say by year two or three you won't have the capacity in that old brain to become an expert on two plants.
If you do try to master more than one plant per year, make sure you have the time to devote to both. There is nothing sadder than dead plants in the garden.
Let me know what you plan on becoming an expert on this year, and I would love to see pictures of your success!
Photo Credits: Joe Baladez(also the one who maintains MB's garden:)
Winter, or dry skin season as I like to call it, is upon us. It’s inevitable that the cold air, the significant differences in temperature between inside and out, and if you have wood heat, that your skin will be dragonesqe at some point this season. Here are some winter skin hacks to help you avoid the scales.
Moisturize after your shower
Adding a moisturizer to your skin right after a shower is the most productive time. Your pores are warm and open and ready to accept moisture. You can use any moisturizer, but I’ve found that body oils work best for me. They go on smoother than lotion, and the good ones don’t get on your clothes.
Lip balm is your friend
There is nothing worse than smiling and having your lip crack open because it’s so dry. Be kind to your lips, and keep lip balm applied. The extra barrier between the fragile skin of your lips and the harsh winter air is a good thing.
Moisturize your hair
Believe it or not, your hair can feel the effects of winter just as your skin does. There are so many great ways to hydrate dry brittle hair. You can run your hands through your hair after applying lotion (be careful some creams can make the hair look very greasy), you can add a coconut oil mask before a shower, even a leave-in moisture spray applied after you wash your hair.
Hydrate from within
The best method to dealing with dry skin is to prevent getting it in the first place, and the best way to do that is to make sure you are always adequately hydrated. Don’t skimp on your daily water intake just because it isn’t hot outside. A hydrated inside is a hydrated outside.
Be gentler with your skin during the winter months. By scrubbing your skin too hard, you can remove the top layer of skin, which exposes the next more sensitive layer to dirt and dryness. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing and reduce your sugar scrub use to once a week during the winter.
I hope you can thwart the dreaded winter skin this year with the help of these tips.
MB Botanicals has a new product, and I think you are going to love it.
Now you can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy wherever you are. Just add your favorite essential oils.
If you are stuck in traffic on your daily commutes, try adding lavender to a pendant and hanging it in your car.
Lavender will also work wonders hung near your bed at night to help ease you into sleep. This works exceptionally well if you are staying in a hotel or anywhere that is not your bed.
Need some energy and focus while at work? Add peppermint and rosemary oil to a pendant hung near your desk.
Are you trying to quit tobacco products? Add some drops of black pepper essential oil and wear the pendant to reduce cravings.
Go ahead and get creative with the pendants. Add your own oil blends, and have fun with it. Place the pendants wherever they will be beneficial to you.
How are you using your pendants? Send me pictures and comments here on the blog or my Instagram or Facebook pages.