the Artist’s Garden

Some formerly sold as my Canterbury Shaker Remedies line and my original artist’s product, these are such winners that I cannot bear to part with them. I will continue to make and eventually sell these at janebalshaw.com.

Artist’s Cure Creme: A dense and soothing creme that heals and protects skin against chaffing, callousing, cracking, and scarring due to sun exposure, winter weather, diaper rash, general handiwork, and radiation treatment (doctor recommended!) Also ideal for cracked feet and cuticles, and as a pre-gardening treatment to prevent skin fissures.  Designed originally as protection for my hands while painting!

Rose Geranium Foaming Wash: Inspired by 18th century Canterbury Shaker herbal remedies, this is a very gentle, all-purpose cleanser suitable for the face, body, and hair. Highly concentrated and self-foaming, this formula features rose geranium extract taken from my organic Canterbury gardens, known for its soothing and regenerative qualities. Ideal for all skin types.

  • Directions: Pour from refill bottle into a self-foaming bottle. Pump into hand to dispense the foam. Massage onto skin. Rinse.
  • Key ingredients: Rose Geranium Extract (organic, home-grown), Glycerine, Water, Polyglucose
  • 8oz. concentrate refill bottle; recyclable glass and aluminum $30
  • Self-Foaming bottles featuring my artwork $3.50

Herb and Mineral Masque: A DIY botanical powder that can be mixed with your own liquids from your cupboard to create a medicinal paste. Concentrated herbs and clays promote healing of cuts, rashes, bug bites, poison ivy, and acne.

To dry out and heal acne, poison ivy or bug bites: Mix one teaspoon of powder with 1/2 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide.  Smooth mixture onto skin avoiding eye area and let dry.  Splash off with warm water.

To sooth and heal rashes & irritations anywhere: Mix one teaspoon powder with 1/2 teaspoon of omega rich oil such as argan, avocado, olive or kukui, smooth onto skin and leave in place up to 30 minutes.  Splash off with warm water without washing to leave the protection of the oil in place. Pat dry.

To exfoliate, deeply cleanse and renew facial skin: Mix one teaspoon powder with 1/2 teaspoon hot water.  Let cool slightly. Smooth mixture onto skin avoiding eye area and let dry.  Splash off with warm water.  Follow with moisturizer.

  • Key ingredients: French Green Clay, Bentonite, Arrowroot, Colloidal Oatmeal, Southernwood and Comfrey Leaf (organic, home-grown)
  • 1/4lb. packaged in bio-degradable waxed paper $18

COMPLETE INGREDIENTS:

ROSE GERANIUM FOAMING WASH: Distilled water, tincture of rose geranium leaves from my organic Canterbury gardens (deep cleansing, brightening & purifying properties), kosher vegetable glycerin, polyglucose, sulfosuccinate, alpha olefin sulfonate, cocomidopropylamine, citric acid, gluconolactone, sodium Benzoate.

HERB AND MINERAL MASQUE: French green clay, arrowroot, colloidal oatmeal, bentonite, allantoin, southernwood & comfrey leaf from my organic Canterbury gardens, chlorella algae. 

INGREDIENTS ARTISTS CURE CREME: Water – what cells need to stay plump, Shea butter – the anti-oxidant butter extracted from the fruit of the Karite tree; helps to smooth the skin & protect it from free-radical damage, Organic vegetable glycerin – skin softening sugar extract from vegetable oil, poly-sorbate 20 – a sugar fraction derived from plant material that helps bind oil and water together, beeswax – naturally skin softening & protective wax from honey combs, calendula – the essential oil extracted from the calendula flower that has a soothing and anti-inflamatory effect on the skin, cyclo-dimethicone – a synthesized inert silicone that soothes and forms a barrier on the skin to protect against chaffing, glyconolactone & sodium benzoate – food grades preservatives.

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Summer recipe for your skin

I am writing mid-way through summer when the heat is peaking and here in the New England humidity we perspire just by blinking.  Most of us know that when our body dehydrates we need to replenish lost minerals and salts—think Gatorade™ and the plethora of sports drinks on the market.  But what we often fail to understand is that our skin also looses vital elements when we sweat and only 15% of what we put on our mouth ever directly makes it to the surface of our skin.

Demineralized skin develops lines more easily, is prone to rashes & irritations and tends to flatten.  Besides the use of good quality moisturizers that help restock these losses (like my Glow serum), here is a simple recipe you can make at home that will replenish some of the lost elements while reducing irritation and cooling the skin down to prevent capillary damage.

In a 2 cup measuring cup place:

  • one silver dime, washed
  • one copper penny, washed
  • one chamomile tea bag
  • one peppermint tea bag

Pour over this 2 cups of boiling water.  When water is cool, remove bags and coins and stir in:

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp oat flour or colloidal oatmeal

Refrigerate this and use as a cold compress saturating a cotton wash cloth when skin is overheated.  Keeps up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

NOTE: Trace amounts of copper and silver from the coins are released in the boiling water. Both of these elements are noted for their ability to heal & stimulate tissue regeneration, are anti-bacterial and therefore anti-aging.

 

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