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The Skin's Protective Barrier...Our suit of armor and an important part of the body's immune system can be supported and restored by making conscious and holistic choices in skin care.
While ethical, sustainable and organic ingredients are central to holistic skin care formulations, an organic ingredient alone does not guarantee efficacy.
For Evan, knowing how a product functions on the skin is as important as identifying what goes into it.The Skin's Protective Barrier - It's Acid Mantle
By pairing organic ingredients with non-invasive treatment protocols and methods, Evan's holistic approach supports the totality of skin functions, chief among them, the skin's ability to protect and defend. The Skin's Immune System: The acid mantle is a complex mixture of oil (sebum) and water (sweat) manufactured by the skin with the ability to offer significant protection from microbial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infection.
Applied together, our 'wardrobe' of therapeutic Oil Serums, and selection of exceptionally bio-diverse, certified organic Facial Tonic Hydrosols beautifully replicate this critically important complexity of 'oil and water' balance.
The skin breathes, it is alive and dynamic and its protective influence is challenged daily. The skin responds to touch, it regulates body temperature and is often referred to as the "third kidney" because it interacts with other organs of digestion to rid the body of metabolic impurities.
Protect your skin....It relentlessly fights battles that you never even realize are being fought.
How can an aromatic herb farm unlock the secret to sustainable beauty?
How can an aromatic herb farm unlock the secret to sustainable beauty? Family physician Daphne Miller explores this question and more in her new book Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing. Increasingly disillusioned by mainstream medicine's mechanistic approach to healing, Miller left her medical office and traveled to seven innovative family farms around the country—including one of the certified organic farms in Washington that grows and distills evanhealy Facial Tonic hydrosols, such as our Immortelle Facial Tonic HydroSoul a gentle, soothing, dynamic Tonic 'water' for easing the relief of perioral dermatitis ("itis", an inflamed skin condition). Immortelle HydroSoul can be layered and/or alternated with any of our hydrosols to bring immediate relief from heat or any skin irritation. One of our favorites is to alternately spray the Immortelle Facial Tonic and Rose geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul. "The skin is a living ecosystem...and mirrors the soil in structure and function: Both the skin and the soil have three major layers and a top protective layer of dead cells (the humus or the stratum corneum); each harbors microorganisms in the upper layer; each is responsible for exchanging water, vitamins and minerals, and gases with the outside world; and each is constantly producing new structures, whether hair, sebum, or blades of grass...The skin serves as a gauge of our overall health..." Read an excerpt from the book to discover how hydrosols and aromatic farming taught Daphne about sustainable beauty and feeling beautiful at any age. Farmacology is available for purchase online and in bookstores on April 16. To read more about Daphne Miller, visit her website.
An (OM) homage to Tulasi Devi... A rare offering of an artisan distillation of Sacred Tulsi HydroSoul...
Tulsi Facial Tonic Hydrosol – Holy Basil - distilled from certified organic Ocimum sanctum; Sanskrit name: Tulasi or thulasi whose name means “Balanced Balance.” "A Hindu household is considered incomplete if it doesn't have a tulsi plant in an earthen pot the courtyard. Many families have the tulsi planted in a specially built structure, which has images of deities installed on all four sides, and an alcove for a small earthen oil lamp. Some households can even have up to a dozen tulsi plants on the verandah or in the garden forming a "tulsi-van" or "tulsivrindavan" - a miniature basil forest." From cosmic-to-cosmetic - Our Ancient Tulsi Hydrosol, artisan distilled in copper for the hydrosol alone, is an exceptionally active, protective 'water' for cooling and hydrating dry skin. It clears sinus congestion (i've never seen any hydrosol have such a clearing effect), and the fragrance enlivens the emotions, bringing conscious awareness into the mind, in a word: it awakens. In the wisdom of Ayurveda, Tulsi (Ocinum sanctum) exhibits anti-oxidant, purifying, awakening, grounding benefits to skin, respiratory passages and psyche." Tulsi Facial Tonic Hydrosol (offered in our Limited Edition section) is a remarkable offering. A truly artisan distillation project, with a limited amount being produced, it was distilled slowly over many hours and low heat which resulted in a 'water' of incomparable quality, aroma and healing action. The fragrance of our Tulsi Facial Tonic Hydrosol is stimulating and awakening; it is spicy, slightly clove-like (it's the eugenol), and you might notice a very faint, sheer tinge of a pinky-copper color which is from being distilled in copper. This plant is not to be confused with basil linalol, Ocimum basilicum, Tulsi's more sweet-scented healing comrade. Both have superb energizing and healing attributes. Tulsi herb is classified as an adaptogen and restorative, and in hydrosol form, it offers an immediately accessible, easy-to-use, immune-supportive, aromatically adaptive treatment option, acting to support the body's immune system by tipping the scales in the body's favor, aiding the innate ability to self-regulate and heal. Regular misting of the face and chest region with Tulsi Hydrosol bestows a refreshing and purifying action to the respiratory system, lifting the heaviness of fevers, colds and coughs. I love layering our Sacred Tulsi with Rose Petal HydroSoul...Rose + Tulsi, a match made in heaven. Frequent misting of the oily or teen skin conditions has an exceptional antibacterial action, helping to cleanse, detoxify and purify blemished skin, and decongest clogged pores. As an aesthetician, I relied on an array of fresh plant hydrosols, our healing plant allies, to restore skin pH, to add much needed hydration, to balance excess oil, reduce pore size, fight infection and to stimulate, tone and bring a dynamic vitality to all skin conditions. Daily applications clean, clear, refresh and energize your skin and your immediate environment with pure plant aromas. Our hydrosols are distilled slowly under low temperature over a long period of time, they are truly artisanal. The people that plant and harvest the plant also distill it. Farm to Face... Namaste! “Tulasi is auspicious in all respects. Simply by seeing, simply by touching, simply by remembering, simply by praying to, simply by bowing before, simply by hearing about, or simply by sowing the tree, there is always auspiciousness. Anyone who comes in touch with the Tulasi tree in the above mentioned ways lives eternally in the Vaikuntha [spiritual] world." ~ Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindhu / Skanda Purana - 3000 BC