Thursday, November 3, 2016

Flowers for fall

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the flowers! Here are some of our seasonal favorites.



Spider Lily


Giving thanks everyday

Whether thankful for family and loved ones, or thankful for food and shelter, we place a great deal of emphasis on giving thanks during the holiday season.

But why doesn’t that thought cross our minds more often?

While the holidays are a time to see loved ones and family members, these people are still present in our lives when the holiday season is over. While it’s not always an extravagant turkey dinner, there’s still dinner on our tables every night.

So, let’s think about how we give thanks. Consider making—and keeping-- a promise to give thanks every day for all our blessings, instead of limiting our gratitude to the holidays.

Want to try it with us? Keep a notebook on your bedside table and, every morning or night, write down three things you’re grateful for.  Getting into this habit will remind us of how grateful we are for people, places or things, every day.

Preparing for the holidays

The holidays are coming up quickly, and we want them to be easy, enjoyable and stress-free.  The best way to achieve this is by thinking ahead and planning and preparing in advance.  Some suggestions:

Stock up
Holiday get-togethers are often spontaneous. Stock up on toiletries for unexpected guests and store plenty of food in the freezer for a last-minute meal. Don’t forget a freezer-ready dessert to really impress your guests!

With children and grandchildren growing older, families are growing larger. It’s understandable to forget a stocking-stuffer for a remote cousin or a rarely seen great aunt! So, stock up on affordable unisex gifts, just in case there’s a last minute visitor-- and while you’re at it pick up a few extra gift bags.

There are few worse combinations than unexpected guests and a messy house. Try keeping things reasonably clean throughout the holidays. Check the house daily for clutter, laundry, random objects on the floor and dishes in the sink. Keeping things tidy will help tremendously when that knock comes on your door.

These basic tips will help you to relax and enjoy the season!

Younger-looking hands

Eye cream, night cream, anti-aging serum…we’ve used them all!  Often we are so focused on fighting facial wrinkles that we’ve neglected our hands!

 Try these tips to help you have younger-looking hands!

1.Use an all-natural hand soap

Frequent hand cleansing is important, but let’s take care of our hands while washing them! Replace generic hand soap with an all-natural, chemical-free product.

2. Care of nails and cuticles

Taking supplements like biotin can promote nail health and strength. Try using an essential oil or balm to limit hangnails and dry skin around the nail area.

3.Keep your hands moisturized!

Using a nourishing lotion, or cream, to keep hands moisturized can help fight wrinkles and keep hands looking smooth and soft. Our Herbacin Hand and Nail Balm locks in moisture, and protects skin on hands and around nails.

Cranberries: Not just for Thanksgiving

Cranberries, a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner, also provide a variety of health benefits.

Urinary Tract Infections

Anyone who’s had a UTI knows that doctors often recommend drinking unsweetened cranberry juice to fight off bacteria. Cranberries contain a high level of proanthocyanidins, which helps reduce adhesion of certain bacteria to the urinary tract walls, thus preventing infection.

Skin and Hair

Cranberries contain Vitamins A and C, deterrents to premature aging and beneficial for your skin and hair. Look for facial products, shampoos and conditioners, containing cranberry extracts.
Heart Disease

Cranberries have also been known to lower bad cholesterol levels, helping to prevent artery blockage and lowering your risk of heart disease. Besides consuming cranberries as food, you can take cranberry supplements that work just as effectively.

Cranberry juice, anyone?