Thursday, July 30, 2009

The wonders of Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed oil is pressed from the seed of the hemp (cannabis) plant irrespective of the strain of cannabis. However there is an extremely low or undetectable level of any psychoactive molecules in hemp seed oil as the seeds themselves do not contain psychoactive molecules. This oil typically contains between 30-35% oil by weight, and is extremely high in essential fatty acids. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color.The oil is of high nutritional value because its 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids, which matches the balance required by the human body.
(thank you wikipedia)

Hemp is a valuable, sustainable eco-friendly resource used widely and generously in many of my products.

How does it benefit your skin?
Skin is our largest organ;the part we know well is called the epidermis(outer layer) it is constantly dying, shedding, and renewing itself. In order for the epidermis to constantly do its job it needs to be protected. The key to protection is moisture! Hemp oil is a natural humectant which actually attracts moisture to the skin with all of it's wonderful efa's (essential fatty acids)This helps to promote healthy, soft and protected skin with Omega's 3,6,9. Not only does it greatly bring to your skin the benefits of protection but it can also be used to improve such skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.

Hemp seed oil can also be eaten and is found to be even more beneficial than Flax seed oil for getting your omega's!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Skin benefits of Tea Tree Oil

There is one product that I absolutely refuse to live without-Australian Tea tree oil. The healing properties of this oil in my personal skin care regimen are endless and necessary. What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil is a clear to very pale golden color essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. The oil has beneficial medical properties (including antiseptic and antifungal, antibacterial action), and is also believed to have beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea tree oil is usually used diluted, as reactions are common with pure tea tree oil, and it can cause irritation in dilution as well.(thanks wikipedia)
Tea tree oil has become a popular natural ingredient in all kinds of shampoos, face soaps and ointments because of its amazing healing powers.

This skin miracle comes from Australia, where over 300 species of tea trees naturally grow.

Aboriginal tribes in Australia have known of the tea tree's healing qualities for thousands of years.

Australian aboriginals have known the secret to healthy glowing skin for centuries. They used tea tree oil to soothe skin and to heal cuts, and now you can use tea tree oil too!

They boiled the leaves of the tea tree to make tea and antiseptic poultices that treated cuts, wounds, and skin infections.

One legend even describes a magical lagoon where native people bathed to heal their burns, cuts, and skin disorders. Tea trees surrounded the pool, and the fallen leaves created a natural healing bath.

Luckily we do not have to travel all the way to Australia! It is now easily available in the form of an essential oil and has many amazing benefits!

According to naturopathic and homeopathic doctor Asa Hershoff, DC, of Los Angeles and San Francisco, tea tree oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties and stimulates the immune system.
Tea tree oil has been used to treat mouth ulcers and abscesses, conjunctivitis, acne, boils, impetigo, psoriasis, dandruff, vaginitis, thrush, septic wounds, cuts and abrasions, carbuncles, pus-filled infections, and ringworm. It is also said to ease the pain of burns and hemorrhoids and help rid the hair and body of lice and ticks.

As with any essential oil, please use properly and sparingly to avoid any irritations or overdoses-and if you are pregnant please be sure to consult your doctor before use!

As a general disinfectant: Soak in a bath once a week with 10 drops for about 20 minutes.

To spot treat acne: dab one drop directly on the blemish at bedtime or morning. It is highly concentrated and one drop is all that is needed. The anti fungal properties will cleanse and help to speed up healing time.

To help a cold, cough , or congestion: add 2-3 drops to boiled water and create a steam remedy by placing your head over the bowl of water. Use a towel over your head to keep steam in. Do this for about 10 min. If symptoms persist for more than 5 days -consult your Dr.

For canker sores and tooth infections:add 3 drops in a cup of warm water and gargle twice a day. Be careful not to swallow this solution. It will not replace the dental care from your dentist but it will help to cleanse until you can see your Doctor.(Extra care should be exercised when Tea Tree Oil is taken internally. Overdosing on Tea Tree Oil can result in diarrhea, vomiting, impaired immune function, excessive drowsiness, sleepiness, confusion, poor coordination, and even coma. If you notice any of these symptoms of overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

To rid hair of Lice or dandruff: You can add 10-15 drops to your daily shampoo or apply directly to hair. Putting it directly on the scalp is not necessary in treatment of lice, put a few drops on a fine tooth comb and work through the hair.

Foot soak: Due to the anti-fungal properties this oil makes an excellent foot treatment. Add a few drop to olive oil or in a foot spa to relieve sore feet and fungal problems.

You can find Tea Tree Oil at almost all of your local health food stores and many online locations. Make sure you are getting pure oil as some makers will have additives even though it states it may be 100%
These natural remedies are in no way intended to replace the care of your Doctor.

Hyaluronic Acid-what is it?

If you use my soaps, you know I am a big fan of Hyaluronic Acid. I use it in my "Gaaa I'm gettin old" facial bar, "MILF", "Blush" ,and "North Shore" just to name a few. But, what exactly is Hyaluronic Acid? Simply put , it is Sodium Hyaluronate and is
derived from sugar beets and soy; humectant that regulates the level of hydration of skin. It forms a moisturizing, non occlusive layer of moisture on the skin. It is also
an important molecule in connective tissues, especially the skin, where it forms part of the extracellular matrix and helps to maintain dermal volume. It is now the most commonly used material in cosmetic applications as a dermal filler since it is less allergenic than collagen and provides a longer-lasting result. It is known as "Nature's Botox" as it is intensely hydrating it ‘plumps’ the skin with moisture and gives the appearance of smooth, wrinkle-free skin. It helps protect against free radical damage and helps stimulates the skin’s natural regeneration process, to significantly improve its overall appearance.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer projects

Oh boy ! This is a big one! I have decided to remodel my Victorian and I have a clean and ready space. I still need to finish painting the stairs but have found they are not so easy! I was going to hand paint but after taking these 'before' photos I think it will be easier to spray paint. Until taking photos of them , I really had no idea how it looked in all those tight corners! It is pretty neat and actually looks like a real house lol I hope you you have fun watching this work in progress! The outside is staying mint green unless I give in and paint it yellow! That is what I have been telling myself to do with the exterior! Who thinks I should go yellow? Or stay mint? I would love any ideas you want to throw my way for the inside. I love the cottage and shabby styles and all things feminine. My daughter is in Maine for the week and will be gone again in August so I am leaving my self no choice but to start the remodel this week! I will post updates and photos for you all to see!

The front view

storage space under stairs


Family room

The stairs in the hall/ foyer

top floor landing

the lighting is not so good in this photo but I am hoping to make this the kitchen!

the images in this post are of a Victorian Doll House :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009


What girl doesn't love Daisies?

Beach Daisy pendant by JoChris12

Earrings by Ben and Oliver

wristband by AOS Leather

Sunshine and Daisies by SSSJ

Daisy Chain apron by Pam Wares

Spinner Ring by Casual Gal

Upcycled Daisy bracelet at Katherine Cooper

Daisy Fine Art Photograph by Kristy Bee

Half apron by The Hopeless Romantic

Beach Cottage Inspirations

I am still looking for everything beachy for my new house and have come across yet another cool site- Home By the Seashore

Salt and Pepper shakers

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday Hearts

Etsy Artists just never cease to amaze me! Sharing is Caring:) So here ya go...
and Happy Saturday!

Love these earrings by Niu Taller

Vintage Pumps in Salmon! I so heart these at the Allen Company

I just traded a Wake and Bake soap for this completely cute bookmark! It is so delicate and beautifully made at Joyous Treasures

I love this amazing photo by Birds and Cerries

So shabby chic! I really wish I would have caught this one by My Finch

and this one too at Finding Fabulous shop
I have a thing for Retro phones!

I so wish my daughter was young enough for this adorable Mermaid outfit by Boutique NRF NY

Tea Time with Anita7276

If I could afford this I would make my husband play it for me on the Beach! Find it at Crooked Moon Mosaics

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Inspirations for your Beach Cottage

I have recently begun looking for the perfect beach-y house or cottage in New England. Look at the Seaside Cottage inspirations that I have come across at Cottage and Bungalow

Fun little frames!

Shell Platter

Eco-Art Pillows

Seaside Serenity Bedding

Outdoor furniture


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