Marshmallow Root and 15 other botanicals that can detoxify and rejuvenate the skin!
Nature designed nutrient rich botanicals for healthy, glowing skin. They offer a complete health and beauty package. Whole plants are powerful with full spectrum nutrition, and result in radiant, hydrated, illuminated, renewed, brighter, balanced, and nourished skin.
Our skin is the largest organ of assimilation and elimination, therefore what we put on our face & body is essential to our well-being.
As Seasons change, so does our skin and hair. Leaving Winter behind from exposure to indoor heaters, changing humidity and wind that can actually make our skin chapped, cracked and flaky, it is the perfect time to transition our skincare routine for Spring. Spring is a time to detoxify, rehydrate, exfoliate, and fortify, with greater attention to our body-mind-spirit through self-care both inside & out.
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Spring Detoxification – Cleansing and Exfoliation. Stimulating the Lymphatic System
Burdock Root Milky Oats, Comfrey
Begin and end each day by cleansing, which is essential to healthy skin. Start with Calendula Crème Cleanser, Chamomile Facial Gel Cleanser, or Lavandin Cleansing Milk, with Burdock Root, Milky Oats, and Comfrey. Massage gently in small circular motions, then rinse your face while going back and forth between cold and warm water as this will moisturize, hydrate and stimulate blood flow(lymph).
Rose, Rose Geranium
Follow with a Hydrosol Toner to lock in moisture. Rose, Rose Geranium, or Rosemary Hydrosol & Toner provide unique hydrating benefits while balancing pH, and quenching the skin, leaving it nourished and rejuvenated.
Marshmallow Root, Rosehips
While your face and neck are still damp from the Hydrosol Toner, apply Azulene Reparative Eye Crème, Cellular Renewal Complex for extra hydration, and finish with a luxurious crème, consisting of either Althea Rejuvenating Moisture Crème with Marshmallow Root, or Rosehips Ultra C Moisture Crème, with Rosehips which has the highest source of whole Vitamin C.
Once or twice a week, gently exfoliate with Illuminating Facial Polish which stimulates the lymphatics and improves the skin while bringing it back into balance whether you or dry or congested. (1/3 of our lymphatics exist in the face and neck).
For a deeper exfoliating treatment, you can use Advanced Alpha Hydroxy Gel Mask, which is abundant in fruit acids, and nourishing botanicals such as Licorice Root and Turmeric which will gently stimulate collagen production for silky smooth skin and a healthy glow.
To add to your nighttime regime, and aid your skin in rejuvenating while you sleep, apply Midnight Bloom (Golden Jojoba) which is full of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that stimulate cell regeneration.
Hands & Feet
Massage the reflexes on your hands with Protective Hand Creme and your feet with Peppermint Foot Scrub and Peppermint Foot Lotion. While massaging your hands and feet, you will be opening up congested centers that have been stagnant and this will restore health & vitality.
In the shower, exfoliate your body with a gentle but invigorating creamy Rose Geranium Body Polish with a Shea Butter base and pumice polish. This stimulates blood flow and lymphatics while smoothing the skin. You can use either a washcloth or loofah sponge, or apply directly to your body by massaging in.
To remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation and lymph flow, you may dry brush before showering or bathing, which produces an invigorating effect in the morning and increases relaxation at night. In conjunction with a sauna or steam, dry brushing promotes even more thorough cleansing through the skin. You can add one to two drops of Rosemary Verbenone Essential Oil or Lavender Essential Oil to the palm of your hand and glide the dry brush over the palm to saturate the bristles before dry brushing.
To dry brush, use gentle, light strokes, starting at the soles of your feet and move upwards. Brush towards the heart, upwards on the limbs, and downwards on the chest and upper back. Brush clockwise around your belly and spend extra time on any stagnant areas such as your inner thighs or underarms. The whole process should take about two to five minutes. The exfoliating effects of dry brushing allow botanical body lotions and seed and nut (Kukui) oils to penetrate the skin more effectively, while hydrating and supporting circulation.
Contribution by Kim Manley
Kim Manley’s enthusiasm for formulating personal care products developed while awaiting the arrival of her beloved daughter, Bonnie Rose. Concerned about the harsh chemicals used in mainstream baby care products, she instead created her own collection of gentle and soothing formulas, planting the seed from which her business has since thrived. Always at work expanding the scope of KM Herbals through channels of production and education, Kim continues to commit herself to providing luxury products crafted with intention, wisdom, and passion.
15 Rejuvenating Botanicals
Botanicals can be used by all skin types for all conditions, and as Spring represents renewal, fresh air, bounty, and openness, why not nourish and rejuvenate with your favorite botanicals!
1. Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) Blood purifier, antifungal, lymphatic, anti-inflammatory, nutritive, acne, cysts, and heated skin.
2. Calendula Blossoms (Calendula officinalis) cooling, antimicrobial (both antiviral and antibacterial), anti-inflammatory and antifungal. Clinical trials have shown that calendula increases cell proliferation and encourages the granulation process of wound healing, and is considered specific for the treatment of sebaceous cysts and acne. It is considered specific when there are swollen lymph nodes and is used to promote lymphatic circulation and drainage.
3. Comfrey Leaf & Root (Symphytum officinalis) Nature’s Allantoin, cell regenerator, emollient, mucilaginous.
4. Hydrosols are the aromatic waters that occur as a co-product of Essential Oil distillation. The condensed cellular water of the plant – known as the hydrosol – contains many components and includes the water-soluble (hydrophilic) micro-molecules of some of the components found in the Essential Oil of the plant. They are gentle, balance pH, nourish, and hydrate.
5. Kukui Nut Oil (Aleurites moluccana) thin, light oil, provides the right amount of lubrication while absorbing quickly. Native to Hawaii, high in linoleic and linolenic acids, and skin conditioning, and is ideal for dryness, psoriasis, and eczema.
6. Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) from the Latin lavare (meaning “to wash”) relaxing, calming, anxiety, headaches, antifungal, antibacterial, cell regenerator, scarring, stretch marks, sunburn, burns, balances chakras.
7. Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) lightens, brightens, balances, and protects.
8. Marshmallow Root (Althea officinalis) emollient, nourishing, mucilaginous, anti-inflammatory.
9. Milky Oats (Avena sativa) nourishing, soothing, tonifying, rejuvenating, mucilaginous, and nervine.
10. Rose (Rosa damascena) all skin types, balances, nourishes, cell regenerator, soothes burns or rashes, and opens the heart chakra, grief or loss, and anxiety.
11. Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) hormone balancer, regulates blood pressure, treats PMS, menopause, fluid retention, anti-inflammatory, cell regenerator, acne, stretch marks, scarring, and mature skin.
12. Rosehips (Rosa canina mosqueta) highest source of Nature’s whole plant vitamin C. will not oxidize like vitamin C powders.
13. Rosemary (Rosmarinus verbenone) invigorating, for dull, dry skin, mature skin, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, cellulite, varicose veins, inflammation, and repairs scar tissue.
14. Turmeric rhizomes (Curcuma longa) antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, cooling.
15. Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa) moisturizing and emollient. Rich in vitamins and fatty acids.
16. Golden Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) cold pressed from the seed of the desert shrub. It is a wax, not an oil. Will not go rancid, replicates the sebum of the skin, moisturizes, and absorbs quickly.