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Know Your Ingredients

Botanical Steam Ingredient - Heartsease

Using heartsease in your steam blend can evoke love, passion, romance, and maybe even mend the broken heart. Heartsease is a pansy with a connection to love charms, and Shakespeare even gives this little flower an aphrodisiac nod in a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Herbalists have turned to heartsease for centuries for treating a litany of ailments, including skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and impetigo. Its uses cover ailments of the lungs and heart as well, making this a very useful engine in the herbal world. This flower, with its pretty little face, hangs its head at night and even looks...

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Botanical Steam Ingredient - Mistletoe

There’s nothing relaxing about finding yourself under the mistletoe with *shudder* Doug, the guy in the next cubicle that you know has at least one picture of you up in his basement apartment. Say no to mistletoe in doorways, but yes to mistletoe in your steam! Unlike in the previous scenario, mistletoe in your steam is incredible relaxing. European mistletoe functions not only as a calmative, but also can be soothing for coughs and colds. Winter is a great time to fix your face over a nice steamy bowl of cheer, but you mistletoe can certainly be enjoyed year round....

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DIY Face Mask Ingredient - Matcha

I can hear Jan now, “All I hear about is how great Matcha is at everything. It’s always Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!” Wait, am I remembering that correctly? Anyway, it’s true. Let’s talk about what matcha is and why Jan is so envious of it. Matcha has been around for centuries, beginning in China and then taking Japan by storm. Read more about its journey here. Because it is shade grown for the last three weeks before harvest, the amount of chlorophyll in its leaves is supercharged. This method of growing also stimulates the production of amino acids, such as theanine,...

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DIY Face Mask Ingredient - Hemp

If there was a Greek god of protein, it would have been Hempulous. He would have been a total babe, completely eco-conscious and awesome, but smell a little weird. Let’s talk about why hemp is so fabulous… Hemp is a source of all nine essential amino acids and has loads of minerals and essential fatty acids. It’s arguably the cleanest, most sustainable source of protein as well, but why should you put it on your face? Most studies on hemp protein peptides focus on ingesting, so it’s difficult to know if all the wonderful benefits and collagen boosting powers will...

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