Labor Day ~ End of Summer ~!

The weekend is winding down .. the weather has truly been glorious.
My garden is wild .. for lack of a better term, and I know soon it will settle down into the ‘Autumn’ look. The colors changing .. this is such a visual season for me ..!!

This week, has been a political bonanza to say the least.
The Democratic nomination of Mr Obama was history in the making.
Then we have the Republican rebuttal with Ms. Palin ..

My dearest and oldest friend Kat and I were on the phone ranting and raving watching history unfold on TV …

Though I know a lot of people are over saturated with all the political hoopla, if you are interested in an honest and refreshing view point, please visit a friend of mine’s blog Ms Sarah Campbell over at the Herbs from the Labyrinth Blog and read:: Two messages from Starhawk at the Republican National Convention.

Then, for this month’s reading from Kat, check out her
Be sure to read her ‘goddess speak’ column on the right hand side of the page,as New Yorkers .. 9/11 has not been forgotten. We have friends and family members that are still healing from that horrific day.

Speaking of which .. I have been watching some movies that really were an eye opener.
‘Stop Loss’ and ‘Kite Runner’ .. two very moving and intense movies. I am not into watching war movies or anything violent. However, these are stories that need to be heard.

For some really beautiful photography of nature .. my friend Sue over at Farm at Coventry Blog is a visual explosion of beauty!

So it’s back to school, vacations are over .. and a new season beginning. After the summer of heat and sun be sure to pamper your skin.

Visit these pages:
Apricot Kernel Meal :: moisturizing and revitalizing raw material, excellent for aged or dry skin. Excellent for facial masks, foot scrubs & soaps. Leaves your skin feeling so soft!

– Ageless Elixir Facial Formula ::
This formula was created for:
* Mature, dry, sensitive or inflamed skin.
* Highest form of Vitamins C, A & E for your skin.
* Non greasy & absorbs easily.
* May help prevent wrinkles

– Professional Formulas ::
To save you time, we have put together these formulas with various types carrier oils, which will give you a wide range of options to choose from. After your shower or bath, while your skin is still damp, is the best time to use this product. Your skin will just drink it in. My favorite is Professional Formula # 4, what is yours?

Back in Stock (this year’s distillation):
Chocolate Peppermint Organic (NOP) – Mentha piperita chocolat Canada
Black Spruce Organic (NOP) – Picea mariana Canada
Peppermint – Mentha piperita USA –

Hydrosol’s: A delicious way to re hydrate your skin.
Please visit our page: SunRose Aromatics Hydrosol.

Hope everyone had a safe and restful summer.
~ til next time,


Summer Solstice ~ This & That

Solstice Moon Illusion ~
June 16 , 2008: Sometimes you just can’t believe your eyes. This week is one of those times.On Wednesday night, June 18th, step outside at sunset and look around. You’ll see a giant form rising in the east. At first glance it looks like the full Moon. It has craters and seas and the face of a man, but this “moon” is strangely inflated. It’s huge!

A shout out to one of our very own locals:
Dr. Mike Shapiro is a long time family friend, and someone that has helped me thru the years. A true healer in his own right, if you are in the area and need a chiropractor, he is the ‘go to’ guy.! To read more about Dr. Mike and what he does, please visit his website:

On the Essential Herbal list that I am on, Sue over at Farm At Coventry, spoke about drying herbs .. with her permission here is the post where she describes the process:

It’s almost too simple …
– Harvest herbs right after dew dries on a sunny day
(with the knowledge that the next few days will be dry and sunny)
– Put small amounts of herbs in paper bags being careful not to load it up to full.
– They have to be able to breathe.
– Keep the doors and windows of the vehicle closed.
– You can either put the bag in the trunk or the back seat.
– Give the bag a shake a few times a day.
– By the third day they should be completely dry.

(I have dried lemon verbena completely in 6-8 hours in a hot car!)
Fleshier leaves will take longer.

We dry all of our calendula flowers, mints and oregano this way.
They dry very crisp and retain the color. Its amazing.

I will never hang bundles again in this humid old PA farmhouse! You’ll? just need to bring them in, strip off the leaves and IMMEDIATELY store them in a dark place in an airtight container.

My best advice for this process is to harvest small amounts at a time.

One time I harvested all my oregano at once and decided to put down the back seat of my SUV , lay down a cloth tablecloth, then all the oregano and cover it all with paper bags. My car smelled like a pizzeria for a week until it was dry! and it took forever to get it stripped off and put away.

Remember:: Only pick what you can comfortably process.

Sue said credit for this information should be given to Jim Long at Long Creek Herbs .

Well, Summer is officially here.! Don’t forget to stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, and protect your skin. And remember that little children and the elderly on really hot days need extra attention.!

Summer veggies, farmers markets, bounty from your garden, fresh cut flowers, the ocean and just relaxing .. the lazy days of summer are here. Be safe and enjoy,!

~ until next time, Rosanne