June 30, 2012


This flower is the Skin's herb.     That's the least you need to know!

 The flower petals are the part that to use, has iodine, magnese and carotene which all promote the regeneration of skin cells.   You can put it in salads, tea, or salves/balms.
I make a calendula salve which a lot of people are really enjoying, including myself!

Here we go:
its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, lymphatic, astringent, vulnerary, emmenagogue, antimicrobial, cholagogue, antifungal and detoxifying. 
In simpler terms, she is used to treat varicose veins, rashes, sores, cuts, scrapes, burns and bruising of the skin, measles, chickenpox, diaper rash, cradle cap, skin irritation, bee/ wasp stings, insect bites, chapped lips, dry skin, acne, fevers, ulcers, cramps and bronchitis. 
There have been some eczema sufferers who found some relief with the salve.  

I really like the salve, use it on everything.  Mostly just as a moisturizer - even on my face!  every day on my pregnant belly...  great for after sun and after gardening!   Smells lovely too.

After learning about how the skin soaks up anything that  you put on it immediately and how toxic all the mainstream lotions are, I am very glad to be using something that is actually GOOD for my skin.

Here's some more info and a downloadable toxin list for your wallet. 
Upon looking into it, you will fast realize that non-toxic skin products can not be found in major pharmacies where EVERYone gets their moisturizers!  crazy. .
you have to do your research and go to the health food store. Or find someone who makes their own...
or MAKE your own!!  Its just another recipe!!

after planting calendula last year, I had a bunch of volunteer plants this year!  
They are not perennial but very self seedy.

Isn't she pretty!

Here is my blog entry about making calendula infused oil

June 3, 2012

squash quinoa soup!

Quinoa is one power food.  Here's a great way to eat it often besides as a side!
In SOUP!  yumm.
It provides a nice nutty crunch to a pureed soup.

Curried Butternut Squash Quinoa Soup
1 butternut squash
1- 2 cups of vegetable or chicken stock
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/2 cup cream or coconut milk
salt + pepper
1 tbsp garam masala  or curry powder
cayanne pepper (to heaten it as much as you like)

Cut Squash in half and roast in the oven till soft.   Peel, cut up and blend, adding water as needed.  Place in a soup pot with the rest of the ingredients.  Bring to a quick boil, then simmer until the quinoa is cooked (about 20 minutes).
You can add a little yogurt, cream or coconut milk just before eating!

Options instead of butternut Squash:
-Sweet Potato
-Tomato- very good also!!

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