Shaker Remedies

Herbs, line drawing collageIt’s a gift to be simple*.  

All-in-one skin care remedies inspired by the Shaker herbal traditions.

The Shakers, or Shaking Quakers, were the most successful utopian society in American history.  In 1792 their 7th community was formed in Canterbury, NH where they were entrepreneurial herbalists and practiced botanical medicine.  Their site is an active museum today and is a source of inspiration for many naturalists, including myself.

These hand crafted formulas use local ingredients and herbs harvested from my organic gardens.  Packaging is historically correct including the border artwork that was scanned from an original Canterbury Shaker product.

Rose Geranium Foaming Wash: Inspired by Shaker 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, known for its soothing and regenerative qualities. Ideal for all skin types.

  • Directions: Pump into hand to dispense the foam. Massage onto skin. Rinse.
  • Key ingredients: Rose Geranium Extract (organic, home-grown), Glycerine, Water, Polyglucose
  • 5oz. concentrate $24

Quince and Cranberry Hydration Lotion: Inspired by Shaker remedies, this is a simple, all-purpose lotion that soothes & deeply hydrates the face, hands & body. Suitable for most skin types as an everyday formula.

  • Directions: Apply to face, neck, and chest as needed
  • Key ingredients: Quince Seed Extract, Cranberry Oil, Oat Oil, Sweet Almond Oil
  • 4oz. $30

Pumpkin Seed and Orange Lip Balm: A penetrating, non-waxy, and long lasting balm that soothes the skin and has the delightful, natural taste of orange.

  • Directions: Apply as needed to dry lips.
  • Key ingredients: Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Orange Peel Wax, Oils of Pumpkin Seed, Kukui Nut, and Vegetable
  • .5oz. $10

Lavender and Bilberry Bath Fizz: A delightful powder that fizzes when dumped into water to relieve aching muscles and bones, and to soothe skin.

  • Directions: Dump 2-4 T. into a full tub of warm water and soak body or feet.
  • Key ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Oatmeal, Epsom Salt, Arrowroot, Lavender, Bilberry, Beet Root
  • 1/3lb.  $24

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

  • Directions: Mix with various liquids and oils from your cupboards to make a soothing poultice.
  • Key ingredients: French Green Clay, Bentonite, Arrowroot, Colloidal Oatmeal, Southernwood and Comfrey Leaf (home-grown)
  • 1/4lb. $24

*“It’s a gift to be simple”; lyrics taken from an 1848 Shaker song.


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.

QUINCE AND CRANBERRY HYDRATION LOTION: mucilage from quince fruit seeds (soothing and hydrating properties similar to aloe), sweet almond oil, olive oil fractions (cetearyl olivate/sorbitan olivate), ECOCERT glyceryl stearate/cetearyl alcohol/ sodium stearyl lactylate, cranberry seed oil, (anti-oxidant, anti-aging), oat oil (soothing), gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate.

PUMPKIN SEED AND ORANGE LIP BALM: shea butter, vitamin E, oils of pumpkin seed, kukui nut and vegetable, orange peel wax, beeswax, sweet orange E.O.

LAVENDER AND BILBERRY BATH FIZZ:  Sodium bicarbonate, colloidal oatmeal, citric acid, epsom salt, arrowroot, bilberry & beet root, & french lavender essential oil (healing & soothing.

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

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Aromatherapy 101

Aromatherapy” is such a buzz word these days.  The current popularity seems to be part of the throw back movement to the patchouli scented 1970s when we all tried to be “natural”.  But the fact that for ten bucks you can add-on some fake “aromatherapy” to a massage or pedicure tells us that main stream doesn’t really know what they are doing and is using the trend for the mass market. We need to educate ourselves.

Aromatherapy is the ancient art and science of healing through the use of essential oils, which are delicate plant extracts considered to be the ‘blood’ or ‘essential’ life-force of plants. As such, essential oils are abundantly rich in complex nutrients much like human blood. Each essential oil carries its own unique botanical profile of healing nutrients, providing a host of therapeutic possibilities to the aromatherapy practitioner.

Although essential oils may vary greatly in their nutrient profiles and specific usage, one quality they all have in common is their cytophylactic nature. Cytophylaxis is a biological mechanism in which cellular activity increases to prevent cells from being damaged. This mechanism, in part, is due to the inherent oxygen carrying capacity within the oils. Like human blood, essential oils transport oxygen and key nutrients to tissues for health and healing.  Cellular oxygenation is touted amongst many scientists as the premise of age and disease-reversal, more commonly known as The Fountain of Youth. It is interesting to observe that essential oils, when handled and stored properly, have extraordinarily long shelf lives, as their regenerative qualities are also naturally self-regenerative!

Due to the remarkable cytophylactic nature of essential oils, seemingly intractable health conditions can be addressed with great success. In Europe, where aromatherapy is commonly employed by physicians, essential oils are used with superlative effects in treating serious conditions such as 2nd and 3rd degree burns, infectious diseases, organ and gland malfunction, psychological conditions, as well as many other issues.

Perhaps the most common method of use with essential oils is in topical skincare. Here, severely damaged skin can heal through the potent regenerative qualities of this liquid phytonutrition. Burns, growths, wrinkles, cysts, pimples, age spots, skin discoloration and rough texture all respond to essential oils, which are safely and easily absorbed through the skin.  While some oils help skin regenerate by stimulating its natural sloughing and rebuilding process, other oils may slow this process to allow for healing from wounds. Each oil heals damaged skin tissue in its own way and offers additional unique qualities that are selected for a specific condition by the practitioner.

When practicing or utilizing aromatherapy, choosing high quality essential oils is of top priority. Due to their highly concentrated nature, it is critical to use oils that are organic or wildcrafted, minimally processed and properly stored. If a plant is treated with exogenous harmful chemicals, those chemicals get concentrated into the plant blood (essential oils), which then transport into the extraction process and into bottles! This chemical transfer process is the same with human consumption of harmful chemicals in food, which get stored in the fatty tissues and blood once they are ingested.

Understanding the complex nature of essential oils and the processing of them will guide a person to a reputable dealer and/or practitioner that can help them choose what is best for their particular skins needs.  

I use various essential oils in my skincare products and also offer certain blends that compliment our daily lives.  See more here…

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