Edelweiss– The Beauty Flower

EdelweissMost of us know the  edelweiss  flower   from  a Sound of Music song but in real life it  is a powerful mountain flower and  has been part of alpine home remedies for centuries.  Teas and salves  compounded with  edelweiss have been used to relieve chest pains, arthritis, digestive problems, bronchitis and even cancer. Eueopean mountain villagers  knew that edelweiss  based care   just worked.  In recent years researchers have demonstrated that this yellow and white flower works because it  contains  anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant chemicals.

Edelweiss 101

This daisy like flower grows in montain regions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It blooms only in August and September and has  become so popular that in 2004 Switzerland created plantations of edelweiss to meet the demand.  A few years later  it was declared a protected species.

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Its Fashion Flash Today!

fashion flash logoThis week Marylou of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion FLash.  When we were young our dreams  were  well defined.  We had mental check lists– love, marriage, children, a great job– we ticked these off as years went by.  But  what we never saw coming was the lack of a map for the second half of  our lives– when our children were grown, when grandchildren moved away, when  our jobs ended.    Enter Second Lives Club, an incredible site to help make the second half of our lives as rich and meaningful as the first half. This site profiles  women who have made  a successful transition  and these stories are always inspiring.

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It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

fashion flash logoThis week Inka of Glamour Granny Travels is hosting Fashion Flash.  Most travel sites are are aimed at families or millenials.  They offer solid advice, but not  for us. Glamour Granny Travels  has the adventure and style that a woman of a certain age  dream about  when they plan a trip.

Fashion FLash Book Review: Pretty SickFashion Flash Book Review:  Pretty Sick by Caitlin Kiernan

In the past five years eight close  friends  were diagnosed with cancer.  Because I write a beauty blog, they would often ask  me for advice dealing with their skin and hair issues.   I asked my dermatologist experts, researched products and generally tried  just to be … Continue Reading…

It’s Fashion FLash Monday

fashion flash logoThis week the incredible Barbara Hannah Grufferman of Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash.  She is an inspiration to women over 50,  demonstrating  how to make the second half of her life  even better than the first  half.  She searches out the best in health  fashion fitness and beauty for  women who looking  to redefine  aging. Need proof?  This weekend, she  is running in her fifth NYC Marathon.  Lets all wish  her a great run!

Fashion Flash Book ReviewFashion Flash Book Review:  Fictionally Fabulous by Anne K. Higgins

Who are your favorite style icons?  For me it is definately the styles I see on film. I often try … Continue Reading…

The Truth About Tumeric

tumeric for healthy and beautyTumeric is a vivid yellow root that has been use dfor centuries to season food  and heal the body.  Popular in South Asian cuisone, tumeric has been part of medica care since 600 BC. It is a multi-talented spice that valued  valued for its ability to reduce inflammation warts and acne.  It even was  a standard care for wound healing after battles.

Modern research has shown that this spice is an effective antioxidant, anti bacterial and even has  anti-cancer fighting abilities. It is used to treat burns, insect bites, eczema psoriasis and skin ulcers.  That’s a pretty impresive list– and if something is that good there is usually a downside– and its true with tumeric.

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Fashion Flash Today!

fashion flash logoThis week, Erika of Notes From My Dressing Table is hosting Fashion Flash. Erika loves all things beauty and I am especially impressed with her evaluations  of scents and fragrances.  Having a “skilled nose”  is a rare talent  and Erika is one of those rare people who can  beautifully analyze the properties of a perfume.  It seems to me that I can almost  smell the fragrance from her descriptions.  Perfume is a highly personal purchse and Erika’s reviews   have always  helped me buy the right one   for myself and for gifts.  Be certain to subscribe to her wonderful site!

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Thyme for Beauty and Health

Thyme for Health and BeautyThyme  is an herb that we eat  every week in pizza and salad.  In addition to adding delicious flavor, thyme  has been used for health and beauty for centuries. You can find three  types of  thyme in grocery and health food stores.  Fresh  and dried versions of the herb will be found in the produce section and spice aisle.  Fragrant and concentrated, oilof thyme  is available in  local health food stores.

The Power of Thyme

This  widespread  herb  can offer  five valuable benefits:

 Suscreen– If you want to protect your skin from UV rays, but don’t like chemicals, I have an alternative. Turns out that thyme  can protect the skin from the suns rays without irritating chemcials. Thyme oil has shown to ffer serious antibacterial  activity against bacteria.  And  not … Continue Reading…