In the Barnyard: Who are Bohemian Farmgirls?

Bohemian Farmgirl is something that has evolved over years of trying to figure out how to weave all of the meaningful parts of my life together. This is what it means to me, and if it touches part of your soul then my guess is that you are a Bohemian Farmgirl too.

1. Growing a Family--First and foremost, comes family. This may be your biological or chosen family, but whomever your family includes, it's roots dig deep and provide grounding for growth above the surface of the soil.

2. Planting a Farm--Modern homesteading is a way of life for a Bohemian Farmgirl. This may include anything from a windowsill garden to acres of land, buying local and supporting small farms to growing and raising all of your food yourself, and cultivating dreams of homesteading no matter if you live in the city or country.

3. Nurturing a Creative Life--This is the heart of a Bohemian Farmgirl and what brings us all together creating a community of ideas and inspiration. Living a creative life is the wellspring of joy that provides energy to make our dreams reality, no matter what the circumstances. And we all help each other along the way.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Natural Bath & Body Care Recipes

Alongside my Green Housekeeping recipes, I would like to share some skin care recipes as well.  Of course they are au natural, and use simple ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.  This one is one of my favorites!

Gentle Facial Scrub & Cleanser

1 cup oat bran
1 cup of clay (see below)
1 tablespoon of almond meal (to make almond meal, grind some raw almonds in a coffee grinder)
2 tablespoons dried crushed herb blend of equal parts lavender, calendula, comfrey, and chamomile (throw these dried herbs in your coffee grinder too)

Mix all ingredients well.  Store dry in an airtight container.  To use: mix 1 tbsp of scrub with enough water to make a paste.  Gently scrub skin with the paste.  Rinse well with warm water.  Best to use it in the shower to minimize mess.

Types of clay:
For dry or sensitive skin use french green clay
For oily skin use red clay
White clay (kaolin) can be used on all skin types and is particularly mild. 

My favorite place to buy organic herbs and clays is (They also sell the essential oils needed for my Green Housekeeping recipes).  Oat bran is available to buy by the scoop at your local health food store. 


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