Nature provides for us, we just have to look for it.†This year (as you likely know) has been a superb year for mushrooms. It has also been wonderful for rosehips and other edible treats that grow here in British Columbia.†
Skin care needs to be good enough to eat, but you know that by now. Billy Feistmantl owns Green Sisters and spends much of her time outside in the beautiful countryside around 100 Mile House, gathering ideas and ingredients for her natural skin care range.
Feistmantl is passionate about great quality and locally sourced skin care. She lives in an area that naturally has the makings for some of her organic beauty products.
The magic eye serum contains rosehip oil, carrot seed oil and rose oil, amongst other ingredients. The magic eye serum is ideal for use on laughter lines or a dab around the eyes and lips. I have used it on my cuticles if I have any little residue left on my hands.†Waste not, want not.
The chickweed cream is her best-selling product and can be used for almost all skin issues; rashes, bruises, hives, eczema and diaper rash. The cream is made from locally gathered chickweed, combined with organic and raw shea butter, jojoba oil and rosehip seed oil. Chickweed (or starweed as some call it) is Stellaria media and it is thought to assist skin conditions, joint pain and inflammation.†
My second-favourite Green Sisters product is a relatively simple Organic Soft Body Butter. This is made from organic jojoba oil, organic rosehip oil and organic shea butter. There is no scent to this cream and I like that. Remember, when looking for skin care products donít confuse no scent naturally with 'unscented' products that can simply have a masking scent in them.†Check the label, youíll likely see it there.
Jojoba is one of my Ďgo to oilsí ó it is the closest to the skinís natural sebum as any of the oils. Rosehip oil is wonderfully rejuvenating for the skin and rich in Vitamin C. I have a tub of the Organic Soft Body Butter on my desk; I rub it into my hands and nails to keep the cuticles from getting dry in the autumn weather.
The biting wind isnít our skinís friend so adequately protecting the skin with shea butter or jojoba oil is a natural alternative to highly scented products with synthetic chemical ingredients. A wooly pair of gloves is a good idea too.
My favourite Green Sisters product is the lip balm, the anise essential oil one in particular. I had to buy a new one recently as after dropping it down the side of the seat in the car and no amount of twisting myself into a pretzel could extract the lip balm. Fortunately Quantum Vitamins stock all the Green Sistersí products, which is handy as before winterís out Iíll likely need another one.
Joanna writes for www.actualorganics.com and will be promoting her new book The Radiant Womanís Handbook on the radio and breakfast television this week.†