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Lavender

lavender at Crystal Hills Organics

  Lavender is well known as a traditional cottage-garden flowering plant, with its violet buds held high on spikes above the gray-green foliage. This beautiful, fragrant herb has been used since the middle ages for a variety of purposes including culinary, medicinal, and cosmetics. This aromatic herb offers a floral and elegant flavor to baked goods, desserts, salads, soups and a variety of dishes. Flowers can be candied and are sometimes used as decorations on cookies and cake, or infused into sugar to impart a subtle flavor. In the summertime here in Kelowna, the Okanagan Lavender Farm offers delicious scones, jellies, cookies, and more in their cute café. Medicinally, lavender can help soothe nerves and is known to ease mild depression and possess mood-elevating effects….

Allantoin

allantoin

  Allantoin is an ingredient useful in products such as cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, lipsticks, lotions, and pharmaceuticals. In cosmetics its use is mostly as a moisturizer and to assist in removing upper layers of dead skin cells. This leads to smoother skin and provides a soothing effect. History Allantoin is a minor ingredient found in the comfrey plant. The plant and its root have been used in the past to cure ailments related to skin and bone problems (the plant has common names such as boneset, bruise wort, and healing herb, an attestation to its use). Greek doctors used it stop bleeding, in wound healing, and in helping to mend broken bones. Current uses Allantoin can be extracted from the comfrey plant or synthesized. It…

Immune Boosting Herbs

Immune Boosting Herbs

  Immune Boosting Herbs It’s that time of year again when the cold season emerges. Sometimes we are lucky and our immune systems are strong enough to allow us to stay in that perfect state of health. However there are those times when life keeps us a little too busy, gives us a bit too much stress and our immune system lowers its guard. It might start with a sniffle, a scratchy throat and then it is full out body aches, sore throat, fever and even a sore tummy. For those with little ones, it’s even harder when everyone catches a cold or the flu at the same time. Being an herbalist, I usually make my own little herbal blends and make infusions depending on…

Regaining my Inner Balance

Regaining my inner balance

  Regaining My Inner Balance Like most busy moms, I am constantly on the go. It takes a lot of work to pack up the kids and all their supplies for the day. However, I consider myself to be lucky as I can usually fit in some kind of “me” time on most days, such as gym time, tennis, lunch or coffee with a friend, or some quick shopping. Since the mornings are so busy, most days I am lucky to get a five-minute shower and quickly put on mascara and lip gloss before heading out the door. A typical day for me means that I can have either good hair, good makeup, or a good outfit: two out of three means I am meeting…

Spring: A time for renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation

Nicole lachance

There is perhaps something symbolic about spring, a time when the snow starts to melt, when we can start to feel our better selves emerging after a bone chilling, soul crushing length of winter. Spring is a time for renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation. Although the roads are a mess and the walking trails are muddy, I can sense a freshness in the air and finally, finally, I feel the familiar uplifting feeling of hope: Hope that this year, I will make smarter choices, be healthier, be more patient with the people around me, and just generally “be” better. Yet how can a busy parent achieve this? So many times, I have sat down to write a new blog post, only to become paralyzed by the…

30 Days of Love

Love at Crystal Hills

The 30 Days of Love Challenge Well we are 30 days away from Saint Valentine’s Day. Although it is primarily a celebration of romance and romantic love, I think it’s the perfect time to celebrate all aspects of love. Many of us are in such different stages in life, may it be happily married or trying to feel love again for their partner, a new parent overflowing with love, a teenager experiencing their first love, devastated after a breakup and trying to feel self-love or a new relationship that is in the initial stages of bliss. All of these situations present the opportunity to celebrate love. It is said that the frequency of love vibrates at 528 Hertz, which is higher than the frequency of…

Goddess Spotlight – Kari Tribble

Kari Tribble Goddess Spotlight

Goddess Spotlight I wanted to create the Goddess Spotlight so that it could serve to inspire women to awaken their inner goddess and let their inner light shine. I would love it if we all could feel like we were in a state of enchantment that allowed us to feel beautiful, sensual, confident, passionate and empowered. Where we all felt valued, cherished and loved while truly expressing our inner truth. Our Goddess this season is Kari Tribble. I have followed her on Instagram the last few years and truly adore her as I find her to be inspirational and very knowledgeable about energy. She has written some pretty amazing blog articles, of which my favorite was Recycling Negative Energy with The New Moon | A…

Benefits of using a Sugar Scrub

Crystal Love Sugar Scrub

Benefits of using a Sugar Scrub Take a second to think about all the products you have used in your shower over the years. There have likely been items such as fragrant hair products, silky body washes, and even foamy shaving cream. But have you ever incorporated a fabulous sugar scrub into your weekly repertoire? A regular sugar scrub is an absolute must for silky smooth, luminous skin. Our face is not the only place that can benefit from regular exfoliation Sugar scrubs are more than a sumptuous treat for the skin and can actually improve the health of your skin. As we age, our skin cell’s turnover rate slows down causing it to look dull and feel slightly rough. A sugar scrub is a…

New Beginnings This Spring

new beginnings this spring at Crystal Hills Organics

  Forgive the cliché, but every year when the snow melts and the Earth shows us little hints of green, I cannot help but look forward to new beginnings, new life, and a fresh start. For the purposes of this blog, we will say that for us, from a beauty perspective, a fresh start means sloughing off the old, sad, dull winter complexion and revealing fresh, firm, rosy skin from head to toe. I plan to invigorate every inch of my delicious body with products from the Crystal Hills Organics line. Additionally, I am going to experiment with natural beauty recipes for the face and body and share these recipes and the results with my readers. I am hopeful that you will have some fun…

The Rose in Crystal Love

  One of my favourite scents is that of the rose. To me, its scent is intoxicating and alluring. Just conjuring the image of a rose in my mind leads way to thoughts of romance, love, freshness, and exquisite beauty. I knew I had to formulate a product line that featured the aromatic virtues of the beautiful rose. Crystal Love is a feminine scent that signifies the very essence of romantic love. Sixty thousand petals are needed to make one ounce of Rose Absolute. This pure, opulent essential oil goes into each product in the Crystal Love line. The essential oil of rose helps one to express their femininity and passion. The enchanting scent also stimulates desire and can inspire confidence of a sensuous nature. This essential oil is also…

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