My Simplistic (yet effective) Morning & Nighttime Skin Care Routine

Visit my IGTV to watch a quick little video on my morning and nighttime skin care!

For my skin care, I utilize a combination of homemade product and Primally Pure.

I use to be one of those people who bought all the trendy skin care products…. so much so in fact that I had a special “status” at Sephora. I spent so much time and resources on empty promises from beauty companies and was always disappointed.

This was until I found holistic skin care. I dropped all the chemicals and started nourishing my face with natural, organic, and gentle ingredients. I started oil cleansing and treating my skin like a friend instead of an enemy to be tamed.

My skin care has and will continue to evolve over the years and in different life stages, but today, my skin care is simplistic yet effective. What do I mean by effective? I mean that my skin feels nourished and healthy. I no longer complain of oily skin, intense redness or my nose peeling from dry skin. (Even though NO ONE has perfect skin! It’s normal and okay to have some blemishes, redness, etc.)

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Morning Routine

  1. Primally Pure Everything Spray

  2. Phyto-seed leave in conditioner for my hair

  3. Mineral Fusion Makeup

    • Olive 2 Powder Foundation

    • Luster Brozer Pallet

    • Crayon Eye Pencil- Touche (for the brows)

    • Volumizing Mascara - Jet

  4. Axiology Lipstick - Reflection

Evening Routine

  1. Cleanse with homemade soap. If you don’t make soap, I recommend this gentle cleansing bar soap.

  2. Reusable cotton rounds and homemade chamomile & rose infused face oil to removed mascara

  3. Oil cleanse with my cleansing oil recipe (herbal infused recipes from The Herbal Academy’s Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book) . Go here to learn about oil cleansing. It has literally changed my life people! If you don’t want to make your own oils, i ADORE Primally Pure’s cleansing oil. Note: they have different formulas for dry, normal and oily skin.

  4. Primally Pure Fancy Face Serum

  5. Primally Pure Beauty Cream

  6. Homemade Salve for my lips and to hydrate my eyelashes! (One of my secrets to keeping them so long!)

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Lavender & Holy Basil Infused Lemonade

Picture this: a beverage that is refreshing, uplifting, floral, cooling and perfectly sweet. It has a perfectly sour tang that quenches your thirst on a hot summer’s day in the backyard. 

Is your mouth watering yet?! It’s time to level up your lemonade, ladies and gents. I’m so happy to be partnering with Mountain Rose Herbs in bringing you this herbal lemonade recipe. I guarantee it will be your new favorite summertime beverage!

Plus, it’s deceptively simply to make. Do not be intimated by the herbal part. Doing this extra step to enhance your classic lemonade is WELL worth it.

Holy Basil is an herb that I have fallen in love with throughout my years as a holistic dietitian and now an aspiring herbalist. It is a foundational herb in Ayurveda and is revered to have many health benefits and applications.

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I get asked often where and how I purchase my herbs? This is a valid question! Herbal procurement is very important. Herbs are used for both culinary and medicinal benefits in our home, and therefore, I want to buy the highest quality I can that align with my values.

Mountain Rose Herbs is a company that I have long revered as pioneers in not only the herbal sector, but the organic agriculture one as well. They truly blow me away with their sustainable and ethical initiatives and standards.

From composting and installing solar panels, to organizing riparian restoration projects and supporting nonprofits, they are accomplishing great things and I am so happy to be partnering with them on this recipe.

With their dedication to environmental stewardship and focus on reduction, reclamation, and recycling, Mountain Rose Herbs was the first company in Oregon to receive TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification Inc. (AMAZING!)

Plus, even with their incredible quality, their herbs are shockingly affordable.

Okay okay enough about them… you get the picture. Let’s get to the recipe!

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Lavender & Holy Basil Infused Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice (don’t thrown away the lemons peels! Compost them or make citrus infused cleaning vinegar)

  • 3 tbsp dried holy basil

  • 3 tbsp dried lavender 

  • 1 cup simple syrup (2 cups water 2 cups sugar- heat water on stove top and dissolve the sugar into it. Store in the fridge and keep on hand for iced teas, cocktails, and lemonade like this! Step it up a level with my Peach Lavender Simple Syrup.)

Method:

  1. Heat 2 cups of the water in a small saucepan on medium.

  2. Once the water is heated, add the lavender and holy basil.

  3. Allow the herbs to steep in the water as it cools for 20 minutes.

  4. In a large picture, stir together lemon juice, simple syrup, and the remaining 4 cups of water.

  5. Strain the herbal infusion into the pitcher and stir. Serve over ice.

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Sustainably Supported by Mountain Rose Herbs. As always, all opinions are mine & these are products I truly love!  #sponsored

Peach Lavender Simple Syrup

I’m a sucker for a food flavored simply syrup to add flair and fun to the most average of drinks. Iced tea, cocktails, club soda- you name it! This has got to be one of my most favorite simple syrups I’ve made yet! And with it being peach season here in North Carolina, I have plenty of peaches on my hands.

Peach Lavender Simple Syrup with Hibiscus Tea

Peach Lavender Simple Syrup with Hibiscus Tea

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 cups white organic sugar

  • 1 large peach- cubed

  • 2 tbsp dried lavender

Method

  1. Boil 2 cups water.

  2. Add sugar, peaches, and lavender and turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. Crush the peaches when they get soft. Stir occasionally.

  3. Strain the syrup. Store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

I hope you love it! If you try it, let me know in the comments below!

Digestive Tincture Recipe - bitters & carminatives and what they are

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Isn’t it amazing how our bodies are supported so beautifully by ingredients found in nature? Humans have used herbals since the beginning of time to heal and support their bodies in countless conditions and in all life phases.

One of my favorite ways to naturally support my body is through tinctures of digestive bitters and carminatives. Digestive tinctures are traditional, medicinal preparations of bitter plants used to treat digestive ailments like gas, bloating, cramps, heart burn, and to support overall digestive health.

Bitter herbs support your body’s own ability to release digestive enzymes, HCL, and bile and therefore, help you to digest and absorb your food properly.

You may be familiar of bitters as an addition to certain cocktails like old fashioneds! Not only do bitters provide another flavor element, but they also help to aid in digestion! Examples of bitters include dandelion root, burdock root, ginger root, orange peel, and many more.

When it comes to digestive support, bitter herbs work especially well in combination with a class of herbs that we call “carminatives”. While the bitters help to stimulate gut motility and digestive secretions, carminatives address gas/bloating as they reduce the formation of gas in the digestive tract! They are also often antispasmodic and so help to relieve digestive cramps.

You can find some high quality and effective bitter blends online, but you can also have fun making your own!

This digestive tincture recipe is my own and is made of fresh & dried foods/herbs to promote good digestion and get your digestive fire revved up!

Application: I recommend a few drop in your mouth pre meal. You can also mix it in a little tea or water and throw it back or use a little spray bottle and spray it into your mouth.

Each ingredient here has a specific digestion promoting role. For example, chamomile is a carminative. It is antispasmodic- meaning it soothes muscles throughout the body- this Includes the digestive tract. Dandelion root is a bitter which helps to stimulate the release of digestive enzymes.

As far as sourcing goes, I always like to purchase from organic sources- my preference being Mountain Rose Herbs!

Comment below with your favorite digestive support herbs/spices!

Digestive Tincture Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dried dandelion root

  • 1/2 cup chamomile

  • 1/2 cup fennel

  • peel from a fresh orange

  • 4 in knob fresh ginger, chopped

  • 1 cup fresh mint, chopped

  • Two pint size wide mouth mason jars

  • vodka (40 or 50-proof)

  • wax paper

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Method:

  1. In jar #1: Add equal parts chamomile, fennel, and dandelion root. Fill jar to the 1/2 mark.

  2. Fill to the top with vodka. Take care to cover the plants completely.

  3. In jar #2: Add enough mint, ginger, and orange peel to fill jar 3/4th full. Fill to the top with vodka. Cover plants completely.

  4. Cap both jars with parchment paper and add the outer part of the lid mason jar lid. (as seen in the photo) If you are not using mason jars, simply apply a rubber band to secure parchment paper.

  5. Shake several times a week and check the alcohol levels. If the herbs are not fully submerged, top off with more alcohol. Allow to sit in a dark place for 6-8 weeks.

  6. Once the wait time is over, line a wire mesh strainer with a cheese cloth. Strain the jars one at a time.

  7. Once you’ve strained them, combine the tinctures into one large jar. Fill up little droppers or spray bottles with the tincture for your use!

  8. Don’t forget to label your tincture with function, ingredients, and date.

I hope you all enjoy! Let me know know you’re digestive tinctures turn out and how you like them!

xo,

meg

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.