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3 Plants to Put in Your Garden That Have Medicinal Uses

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Spring is here -  and it’s time to start thinking about what we will plant in your garden this year. Whether you have a window box, a raised bed, or a large garden at your home, you can enjoy watching a little green sprout in your home and yard too. In this post, we wanted to look at 3 herbs you can plant that have medicinal uses to aid in your natural living.

1) Basil: According to this article from Reader’s Digest, basil has many medicinal uses. It
helps with flatulence, lack of appetite, and can be placed on cuts and scrapes. Basil even
has antibacterial properties and can help prevent infection on a cut. To read more about
the medicinal uses of basil, check out this article from Off the Grid News.

2) Chamomile: You’ve probably heard of chamomile tea, but did you know that you can grow the flowers yourself to help with anxiety, calm digestive issues, and even soothe newborn baby colic? Lots of parents swear by chamomile tea on The Baby Center - as long as the chamomile tea is given at a lukewarm temperature and in small doses.

3) Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is like peppermint and helps with digestion, anxiety, insomnia, and wound care. Lemon balm has been used since the Middle Ages for its medicinal properties. Use it in a tea or in cooking. Read about nine of its health benefits here.

These are just a few plants you can plan to put in your garden to use for daily maladies. For more examples of herbs you can easily grow and use at home, click here. For more about natural living and natural remedies, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Natural Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring is so close we can almost taste it - and that means at this Fort Collins natural skin care
company
, we’ve got the itch for spring cleaning. If you don’t already have a go-to plan for
spring cleaning, we wanted to get you started with four spring cleaning tips so your home feels
fresh and as ready for the new season as you are. When applicable, we have included our
favorite natural cleaners and tools in lieu of chemical cleaners.

*  Clean with Vinegar: If you don’t mind the smell, vinegar can replace many store-bought
cleaners you use in your home. You can mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray
bottle to clean windows, stainless steel, and get buildup off faucets. Check out this
article
from Today to read about 28 uses for vinegar.

*  Clean with Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is another item you probably have
at home that is great for natural cleaning. It is perfect for removing stains from clothes
(especially blood and dark stains from berries). And it is used as a disinfectant (while
vinegar is not a registered disinfectant) so it can clean areas more prone to gathering
bacteria like counter tops and sinks.

*  Refresh Drapes in the Dryer: An article from HGTV recommends refreshing drapes by
throwing them in the dryer with a wet towel on an air-fluff cycle for 15 minutes. The
wet towel will draw away the dust and you will have fresh drapes to hang back up. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a few wool dryer balls to add a refreshing scent!

*  Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fresh Air: For large or bulky items that might not
need to be washed (like pillows and comforters), you can air them off on a clothes line
outside to remove the stale smell on being in a closed-up house all winter.

At SkinDeep Naturals we are always looking for simple ways to make our lives more natural.
What are your favorite natural cleaning tips? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us today for
more information on our natural skin care line.

DIY Herb Garden for Your Kitchen

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Here at SkinDeep Naturals, your go-to for Northern Colorado natural skin care products, we are all about natural living. So today in the blog we wanted to share with you a DIY project to create an herb garden for your kitchen. That way you can grow your own organic herbs for cooking, mixing cocktails, and wellness remedies.

To begin, you must decide if you want to do a DIY project. If not, there is no shame! We found this very cute and functional set up that would be perfect for herbs at Ikea. You can use a FINTORP rail, the FINTORP hooks, and a few FINTORP utensil holders to plant your favorite herbs to get a similar set up to the one we are about to describe.

What You Need:

A wooden board (for the best effect, up-cycle something you’ve found)

Pipe clamps

Nails

Mason jars

Triangle ring hangers

Hanging wire

Chalk paint (optional)

Chalk (optional)

Potting Soil

Herbs (oregano, cilantro, chives, basil, rosemary, etc.)

What to Do:

1) Space the jars out evenly on the board (with the board either vertical or horizontal). Use a pencil to mark where you want the jars.

2) Nail the pipe clamps to the board where you want the jars.

3) On the back of the board, nail in the ring hangers and tie the wire between them.

4) Plant your choice of herbs in the mason jars and place in the pipe clamps.

5) Use a screw driver to tighten down the pipe clamps.

6) If desired, paint sections of chalk paint near each jar and write the names of the herbs with chalk.

7) Hang your crafty herb display in your kitchen, ready to enjoy the next time you cook!

We got our inspiration for this project from Camille Styles but there are many other varieties you can find on Pinterest if you want more detailed descriptions or another look to match your kitchen. To find out more about who we are and what we care about at SkinDeep Naturals, contact us today.

New Year, New Wellness Resolutions

Organic Skin Care, Health & Wellness, Home, FamilyJessica AndersonComment

As we head into 2018, you will probably set about making some New Year’s resolutions. At SkinDeep Naturals we want to encourage you to look at living more cleanly in 2018. This can mean different things for different people.

Maybe you have never been very conscious of the food you buy, the products you put on your skin, or the clothes you wear. Maybe you are very conscious of some of these things but not others. Or perhaps you are very aware of each of these things. Regardless, we want to give you some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that will lead to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.

Food: You may not be able to shop all organic, non-GMO, and free range. But looking at your labels and making some conscious decisions about the food you eat is a great place to start. Consider joining a produce co-op like Bountiful Baskets if there is one near you. If you eat meat, buying a half or quarter of a cow is a great way to make sure you are eating meat all year that you know came from a good source at a reasonable price too.

Cosmetics/ Skin Care: If you are shopping at SkinDeep Naturals, you are probably already someone who is conscious about using natural skin care products. When you get your products from us, you know they are free from harmful parabens, fragrances, and coloring. But if you are shopping for items at the drug store, check your labels. Choose options that say “paraben free”, “fragrance free” and so on.

Clothing: Clothing is a tough one for many people because of the expense. But adding more organic cotton clothing to your wardrobe is always a good idea. If you want to learn more about organic cotton, check out this article. Another more affordable option to reduce your environmental footprint (although it doesn’t address allergy issues) is shopping at consignment shops.

We understand that we can’t each do all of these things overnight. But consider taking a few small steps towards some of these cleaner ways of living as you plot out your resolutions this year. For more information on Northern Colorado natural skin care, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Treat Yourself—How Using a Cleansing Mask Beautifies Skin

Family, Health & Wellness, Home, Organic Skin CareJessica AndersonComment

Perhaps you have memories of doing masks at sleepovers in high school or smearing mashed up avocado on your face in college. But masks aren’t just for sleepovers or from scenes in chick flicks. Masks are an important part of a healthy skin care regimen. At SkinDeep Naturals, a Fort Collins and Loveland natural skin care provider, we create a wonderful cleansing clay mask. And we have even shared some of our favorite DIY masks to make at home in a previous blog post.

Why use a mask, and how it is different than a daily cleanser?

A daily cleanser is meant to remove  make up and oils from the day, provide light exfoliation, and leave your skin feeling clean and fresh. A mask is used less frequently and works deeper to unclog pores, drawing out impurities, and decreasing the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles. With our Cleansing Clay Mask, we recommend using it one to three times a week to prevent breakouts and leave your skin glowing.

Cleansing Clay Mask—Purify and Detoxify

The ingredients we use in our mask are especially picked to help you have the healthiest skin. The clay has a high mineral content that stimulates blood circulation and exfoliates. Vegetable glycerin locks healthy moisture into the skin while helping clear our impurities. Our mask restores your skin with Omega 3,6,7, and 9 in the sea buckthorn oil. Plantain leaves speed up the recovery of damaged skin.

Use this mask by mixing a teaspoon of the mask with ½ teaspoon of water, mixing into a paste in the palm of your hand, and rubbing the paste on your face, neck, chest, or back. Steam from a warm bath while you allow the mask to sit on your skin will only increase the benefits by opening your pores. After five to ten minutes use a warm cloth to remove the mask. You can mist before, during, and after this process with our Hydrating Cucumber Mist as well.

We hope you take a few moments soon to treat yourself with a mask. And for more information about masks or natural skin care in general, contact us today at SkinDeep Naturals.

Northern Colorado Holiday Shopping Guide from SkinDeep Naturals

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It’s hard to believe but we are already getting close to Christmas and the holidays. Now is the time to start considering what you will get for people on your list. At SkinDeep Naturals, we want to give you a start on your Christmas shopping, highlighting some of our products and other local favorites.

For Teachers, Child Care Workers, Babysitters, Etc.

Want to give something small to people you appreciate? Since we are a Northern Colorado natural skin care company, we love other Colorado businesses that share our vision. A thoughtful and less pricey Colorado gift is a box of Celestial Seasonings tea and maybe a holiday mug like this mug designed after the holiday flavor—Candy Cane Lane. Celestial Seasonings has an organic line of teas as well.

For Mom, Sisters, or Best Friends

Give the luxurious gift of Ginger + Citrus Pure Moisture Body Lotion to the women (or men!) you love. This lotion is full of vitamins and fatty acids our skin loves. Plus, it is scented with organic essential oils for a refreshing boost.

Stocking Stuffers

Looking for stocking stuffers or a little way to say “thank you and happy holidays” to co-workers and friends? SkinDeep Naturals Spearmint Stick Lip Butter leaves lips feeling moisturized and protected and they are only $5!

For Dad, Brother, Husband, Etc.

If you’ve ever been to Northern Colorado, you know we are all about our breweries. New Belgium is perhaps one of the most well-known Northern Colorado breweries and if you have people in your life who love craft beer, New Belgium has lots of great gifts. From men’s workshirts to Frisbees, they have something you can get for the men or beer lovers on your list. Plus, we love New Belgium because they care about sustainability and giving back to the local community.

Hopefully this Northern Colorado shopping guide gives you some ideas for the loved ones on your gift list. For more information about natural skin care products from SkinDeep Naturals, contact us today.