Featured in Well+Good: 3 Plants That Can Give Your Skin A Boost When Fall Hits

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You know winter usually wreaks havoc on your skin (hello, majorly dry air), but as your face faces the impending cold front, is there anything you can actually do to prep your complexion in advance?

According to Rachelle Robinett, holistic health practitioner and founder of Supernatural, there is—it just requires hoarding some proverbial acorns (ahem, plant-rich skin-care essentials).

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Lavender

Lavender isn’t just for your diffuser. The purple flower is a key ingredient for fall skin care, according to Robinett.

“Amid the busyness of fall, if there’s one herb to keep on-hand, this may be it,” Robinett says. “It’s a calm-creating plant, known for giving us a sense of wellbeing without being too uplifting nor sedating. Think of it as peace in plant form.”

“Amid the busyness of fall, if there’s one herb to keep on-hand, [lavender] may be it.”

Play up that soothing effect with Weleda’s Lavender Creamy Body wash. The gentle formula adds extra hydration with sesame oil for another nourishment boost, too. Turn on a steamy shower, lather up, and feel the tranquil vibes.

Rosemary

Robinett cites literature to talk about rosemary’s reported mindfulness powers. “In Hamlet, Ophelia says to her brother Laertes, ‘There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance,'” Robinett says. That’s why she likes to have rosemary on hand for a mid-day pick-me-up.

“I use rosemary in essential oil form…essentially as a caffeine replacement,” she says. “[I] warm it between my palms and then inhale deeply from them. It’s such an enlivening and also calming experience.”

The rosemary leaf extract in Weleda’s Skin Food can help give tired skin (sound like winter skin to anyone?) a dose of glow. The ultra-rich moisturizer is a universal salve for rough elbows and hands, and acts like a layer of deep hydration for your face, too.

Wild Rose

“Fall (and winter) can be ideal times to recover from sun damage that may have been done in the summer,” Robinett says. “It’s still important to protect against the sun all year long, but when there’s less of it, we can go a little deeper with brightening, exfoliating, or corrective actions.”

Her pick for a skin-boosting plant is wild rose, which she praises as a full-spectrum herbal remedy. “Vitamin C, which rose is high in, is commonly relied on for making skin feel smooth,” she explains. “This is one ingredient I’d seek out in serums, moisturizers, and masks, especially.”

Snag a moisturizing body oil that owes its silky smoothness to a bouquet of wild rose oils (plus hydrating sweet almond and jojoba oils in Weleda’s Pampering Body & Beauty Oil), and head into fall with your best, most moisturized face forward.

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This post originally appeared on Well+Good, here.

Quoted in mindbodygreen: Black Cohosh: The Plant That Herbalists Call On For Treating Period Cramps, Sleep Issues & More

“The deeper you dive into the world of herbalism, the more you come to realize that nature has already come up a cure for almost every ailment out there—from headaches to fatigue and beyond. One natural remedy that many herbalists have turned to for centuries is a medicinal plant known as black cohosh. While it hasn't quite gone mainstream in the wellness world, black cohosh has shown potential to help women during their cycle and through menopause and also offer some relief to those struggling with PCOS. Here's everything you need to know about adding it to your plant-powered health arsenal.

What is black cohosh?

“Native to North America, black cohosh (actaea racemosa or cimicufuga racemosa) is also known as bugbane, rattleroot, and black snakeroot. The medicinal plant grows in the Eastern deciduous forest and is wild harvested in the Appalachian and the Ozarks, and its power is packed in its roots and underground stems.

“Black cohosh has been used across the world as a natural remedy for centuries. Algonquins took the herb internally to remedy kidney programs, while the Iroquois used it topically for achy joints to ease pain. In the case of the Cherokees, it was used as a diuretic and treatment for tuberculous and fatigue.”

Read the full story on mindbodygreen.

“And remember that pairing black cohosh with other healthy lifestyle changes will always yield the best results. "Black cohosh can be really helpful for some menopausal symptoms, as well as protecting bones. I'd first suggest a very high-quality (nutrient-dense) plant-based diet for either state, and then consider including black cohosh additionally," shared Rachelle Robinett, holistic health practitioner and founder of Supernatural. Herbs are a powerful tool that can be a part of your overall health journey.”

How to Make a DIY Botanical Spirit (featured in Well+Good)

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Photo: Getty Images/Mint Images

If you’re interested in experimenting with the botanical trend on your own, Robinett says herbal tinctures are a great place to start. You can mix them with your alcohol of choice or just a bit of low-sugar sparkling water. “Lemon balm is one that can give you a happy feeling,” she says. “It’s like your rosé!” On a date? Add a few drops of damiana, which she says is considered a euphoria-inducing plant, relaxant, and an aphrodisiac.

If you’re looking to relax, one of her all-time faves is skullcap, which she says is a nervine, meaning it works with the nervous system. “Rose is a relaxant too, but that more relaxes the muscles, not the mind,” she explains. You also shouldn’t underestimate the relaxing effects of lavender and chamomile. “They tend to get dismissed as basic because they’re many people’s first teas or essential oils, but they are both really powerful plants,” Robinett says. As you can see, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

Besides making cocktail time feel slightly healthier, the popularity of botanicals is making the flavors in your glass a lot more exciting. As Brandon says, “There are 50,000 edible plants in the world, which is a hell of a lot of choice.” Better get sipping.

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This excerpt from a piece that is available in full from Well+Good, here.