A Holistic Approach to the Treatment of Lyme’s Disease

A Holistic Approach to the Treatment of Lyme’s Disease

If you follow me, you know my passion for herbal medicine, especially in treating aging and problem skin conditions. But, you probably don’t know how a little-known herb helped heal my husband of a debilitating case of Lyme disease. Dr. Philip Fritchey, my...
The Skin Whisperer’s “Farmacy”

The Skin Whisperer’s “Farmacy”

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year!! Bright sunny days, cool temperatures (and no humidity!!), and the sounds of falling leaves crunching under your feet. Chilly evenings and a warm fire give us time to get cozy and prepare for the holidays ahead. This...
Skin Care Designed for Cancer Patients

Skin Care Designed for Cancer Patients

Cancer is a scary word. And it comes with other scary words: chemotherapy, radiation, oncology… these words are clinical, scientific, and loaded. A cancer diagnosis is often the worst moment of someone’s life. There’s the fear of an uncertain prognosis, the...
Back to School Skincare Guide for Busy Students

Back to School Skincare Guide for Busy Students

Pens, notebooks, schedules, apps, even the perfect first day of school outfit, and you probably think you’re all set for classes, but when it comes to how you look, sometimes that can be a different story…  Transitioning from summer jobs and outdoor activities...
Summer Skin Survival Tips

Summer Skin Survival Tips

Summer skin survival tips ~ who doesn’t want to go make-up-free in the summer? Intense heat, high humidity, or desert dryness can do a real number on your skin, and the last thing you want to do is cake on makeup, right? Sweat means increased oil production...
Summer Fun, Don’t Forget Your Skin!

Summer Fun, Don’t Forget Your Skin!

Summer Fun, Don’t Forget Your Skin! Summer is here and in full swing! Fun in the sun, a day at the pool, cookouts, and outdoor activities are once again part of our lives (YAY!), and a return to active lifestyles is BACK!!! It’s easy to fall out your daily...
Aging Skin: From Stressed to Obsessed!

Aging Skin: From Stressed to Obsessed!

From Stressed to Obsessed… Fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dryness, and lack of a healthy “glow” are everyday things that happen to our skin as we age. How much (or how little) you have cared for your skin over the years determines the degree of how...
Summer Means Travel!

Summer Means Travel!

…and What That Means for Your Skin! If you are anything like me, summer means travel and you are super excited to be able to travel again and get out and hit the road! Whatever part of the country you are in, road trips and summer fun create wonderful memories....
Celebrating Memorial Day – American Made Beauty Style!

Celebrating Memorial Day – American Made Beauty Style!

As our nation comes together to observe Memorial Day, our nation comes together to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service of our country and commemorate those who sacrificed themselves to protect our nation. It also marks the start of the summer...
Summer Sun Protection – The Straight Facts From  A-to-Z

Summer Sun Protection – The Straight Facts From A-to-Z

Since May is National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month, it’s important to remember how much your daily summer activities affect you and especially your skin, and what precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family. Since skin cancer is predominantly...
Why Vitamin C Is So Important to Your Skin

Why Vitamin C Is So Important to Your Skin

It’s been said that I can’t leave well enough alone, and that is a true statement about many things! I am always fine-tuning and tweaking my products to make the best even better because of my love of the skin and creating powerful and positive changes for...
When You’re Green Inside – You’re Clean Inside

When You’re Green Inside – You’re Clean Inside

When your green inside – your clean inside! Chlorophyll has numerous advantages for your skin health and wellness. Would certainly you think if we told you that this is true? Some experts even state that consuming liquid chlorophyll can help you do away with...
Healthy Alternative to Botox, Fillers and Cosmetic Surgery

Healthy Alternative to Botox, Fillers and Cosmetic Surgery

Plasma Skin Tightening… Could this be the next big thing in rejuvenating skin treatments? As the search for more holistic approaches to correcting sagging skin, lines, wrinkles, and droopy eyes intensifies, exciting alternative treatments are emerging, and plasma skin...
The Benefits of an Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

The Benefits of an Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

How to Improve Your Health Using Apple Cider Vinegar For thousands of years, vinegar for medical purposes. The ancient Greeks used it to treat wounds. Much more recently, medical testing for apple cider variety for its ability to support weight loss, skin health,...
Volatile Season Changes – and Your Skin

Volatile Season Changes – and Your Skin

(Beware the Ides of March!) What do the numbers 81, 62, 73, 54, and 48 sound like to you? A winning number for a power ball lottery ticket?? Well, maybe. But those numbers are the changing daily temperatures from the past two weeks in Atlanta. As I traveled to Dallas,...
CBD and Your Skin

CBD and Your Skin

Effective Treatment for Extremely Dry, Sensitive, and Compromised Skin Conditions: CBD to the rescue CBD and Your Skin ~ Are you experiencing dull, dry, flaking … the frustrating symptoms of skin – sensitivity and redness – cracks in your hands,...
Vitamin C Serum – Beyond the Hype

Vitamin C Serum – Beyond the Hype

Vitamin C Serum – Beyond the Hype, Vitamin C has been a “must-have” 5-star ingredient in skin care products and anti-aging treatments for quite some time because of its wide variety of skin-perfecting functions. From brightening the skin to creating healthy new...
To Slug or Not to Slug??

To Slug or Not to Slug??

Say Whatt?? If you have scrolled social media lately, there is no doubt you have seen all kinds of beauty and skincare videos – especially if you scroll TikTok. If you do, I have no doubt you have come across skin a new skincare trend called...
7 Great Winter Workout Ideas For You

7 Great Winter Workout Ideas For You

TOP AT-HOME WORKOUTS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR WINTER WORKOUT PLAN I have been asked about my winter workouts and how I keep motivated and keep my energy going during cold dark months in the depths of winter, and I must say that nutrition is a huge part of it for me.  I...
The Season – The Virus – and Your Skin

The Season – The Virus – and Your Skin

For the last two years, we have become all too familiar with Covid-19 and how to survive a viral pandemic. The most common symptoms are fever, a dry cough, and losing your sense of taste and smell. Headaches, muscle and joint pain, nasal congestion, and fatigue...
Spider Veins, Skin Tags, and Age Spots – Oh My!

Spider Veins, Skin Tags, and Age Spots – Oh My!

Spider Veins, Skin Tags, and Age Spots – Oh My!  These pesky skin irregularities can show up at any age, and for that matter – anywhere on the body. At some point, many of us will notice a brown spot, spider vein, skin tag, or some other irregularity pop up on...
Renew Your Skin with LED Light Therapy

Renew Your Skin with LED Light Therapy

Renew your skin with LED light therapy, it seems as if every day new, exciting technologies are created to help slow down the aging process. Traditio­nally, medical anti-aging, and wrinkle treatments have been fairly aggressive, and Botox and all sorts of injections...
Getting Your “Glow” Back …

Getting Your “Glow” Back …

Has it Become a Frustrating Obsession???   Is getting your glow back becoming a frustrating obsession?  One of the most common things people come to me to correct in my clinic is super dry skin, and the lines and wrinkles that go with it…getting your”...
Tips for Supporting Someone You Love with Cancer

Tips for Supporting Someone You Love with Cancer

A cancer diagnosis changes life – forever. Here are some of my tips for supporting someone you love with Cancer.  How well do I know? Pancreatic cancer quickly took the life of my husband and partner, Dr. Philip Fritchey was a Master herbalist. Phil’s gift for...
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): Toxic or Terrific? 

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): Toxic or Terrific? 

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl): Toxic or Terrific?  More commonly known by its brand name Benadryl, Diphenhydramine is a household name and a staple of almost every medicine cabinet. Used for everything from colds and flu to hives, Benadryl has a broad application and is...
Elderberry for Immunity Inside and Out

Elderberry for Immunity Inside and Out

Elderberry for immunity inside and out, let me explain. During the weeks of back-to-school time in the late summer and early fall, which coincides conveniently with the beginning of cold and flu season, dark violet-toned elderberries grow plump and ripe on their thick...
Your Backyard Medicine Cabinet

Your Backyard Medicine Cabinet

Your backyard medicine cabinet is our heritage of healing as a civilization stems (pun intended) from humans using the local, regional plants most conveniently located to them for aiding the most common issues that faced them. The medicine people belonging to lineages...
Cloudberry Seed: Toxic or Terrific?

Cloudberry Seed: Toxic or Terrific?

Cloudberry Seed: Toxic or Terrific? It’s easy to conjure up an image of the poetically named Cloudberry (Rubus Chamaemorus) as some sort of heavenly fruit perched loftily in the sky, but what is this ingredient really all about? Is it as innocent as it sounds, or does...
How the Environment Affects Your Skin

How the Environment Affects Your Skin

Whether you’re indoors or out, your skin is affected by the environment. Your skin is bombarded by environmental aggressors daily. Air pollution and blue light from your computer screen and electronic devices produce free radicals that cause daily oxidative...
Forest Bathing: Clean from the Inside Out

Forest Bathing: Clean from the Inside Out

How do you get clean while getting down and dirty on the trail? It may seem counterintuitive at first, but if your equal parts are intrigued and perplexed by what exactly ‘forest bathing’ is, read on What is Forest Bathing? Contrary to its name, forest bathing...
Jewelweed: Toxic or Terrific? 

Jewelweed: Toxic or Terrific? 

Jewelweed: Toxic or Terrific?  Enjoying the great outdoors in the height of summer, but the effects of too much sun and too little moisture got you down? Summertime poses a unique set of challenges to the skin. Beach time causes a sunburn which leaves the skin dry,...
Clinical Skin Care – From a Botanical Perspective

Clinical Skin Care – From a Botanical Perspective

Treating skin discoloration is a big business in spas and skincare clinics and is growing tremendously by the day! The rise in photo-aging is caused by the sun and environmental exposure and the impact of technology and electronic devices and the HEV (high energy...
My Green Kitchen: Totally Decadent Chamomile Cake

My Green Kitchen: Totally Decadent Chamomile Cake

(Summer Never Tasted so Good!) As I enter my “green” kitchen and rummaged through my kitchen cabinets, looking for inspiration for the perfect summer dessert recipe, it occurred to me I had all the ingredients for the PERFECT summer cake recipe. I had been...
The Environment and Your Skin

The Environment and Your Skin

(What you MUST Know About Photoaging) Your skin can change dramatically in different climates, and as seasons begin to change, not to mention how humidity (or lack thereof) and what high altitudes can do to your face…what you don’t know will age you – FAST. For...
Beat the Heat, Chill Your Nerves, Refresh Your Spirit

Beat the Heat, Chill Your Nerves, Refresh Your Spirit

Beat the Heat, Chill Your Nerves, Refresh Your Spirit with this stress-busting Lavender Lemonade. Nothing beats the summer heat like a tall, icy glass of lemonade and nothing refreshes a frazzled nervous system like the chill energy of lovely lavender. Making fragrant...
Aging, Beauty and the Skin: The Pilates Connection

Aging, Beauty and the Skin: The Pilates Connection

Aging, beauty, and the skin…Over the years, I have experienced a pilates connection to all three of these having worked with women and men in my skincare clinic over the last three decades. As an ardent observer of life, people, and the beauty and wellness wonderland...
Self-Care for the Sacred Feminine

Self-Care for the Sacred Feminine

  Self-Care for the Sacred Feminine; self-care might be the wellness buzzword of the times, but it is easier talked about than done. The tools in the self-care toolbox are only growing to meet the pressures of an increasingly demanding world. Putting one’s own...
Wildcrafting vs Organic?

Wildcrafting vs Organic?

What Is “Wildcrafted” Skin Care?  A Deeper Look at Botanicals As consumers become more informed and selective about what they use on their skin, questions arise about which is better when it comes to ingredients and products they should use: Natural or...
Antibacterial Ingredients: Toxic or Terrific?

Antibacterial Ingredients: Toxic or Terrific?

Antibacterial Ingredients: is it Toxic or Terrific?  Over the last year, more focus has been given to cleansing, sanitation, and sterilization of literally everything in our lives, including our own bodies. Killing viruses and bacteria at all costs during this last...
Too Much Fun in the Sun?

Too Much Fun in the Sun?

I am so excited that spring has arrived and beautiful weather is here again and we can all get outside and soak up some much-needed vitamin D! What is too much fun in the sun?  After a year of lockdown, excessive stress, and indoor confinement, our immune systems...
The Holy Trio of Redness-Zapping Herbs

The Holy Trio of Redness-Zapping Herbs

Dealing with rosacea and any other skin condition characterized by stubborn redness and irritation can feel like an uphill battle. Thankfully, there are a number of beneficial botanical allies, which seem like their intention is to tackle this kind of persistent...
Is it Rosacea or Just Redness?

Is it Rosacea or Just Redness?

Getting to the “Roots” of Inflammatory Skin Conditions Rosacea seems to be a catch-all diagnosis for anyone who deals with redness in the skin. What is Rosacea? I hear it from clients all the time, “do I have Rosacea?” and “what is the...
The Spring Equinox: Life Force Energy for Plant Medicine

The Spring Equinox: Life Force Energy for Plant Medicine

How Shifting Earth Energy and the Lunar Calendar Impact Herbal Medicine and Wellness   When the northern hemisphere begins to lean towards the sun, and the sun passes the equator, moving south to north, we get the spring equinox or first official day of spring....
Turmerics Impact on Your Skin Health

Turmerics Impact on Your Skin Health

Turmeric is a “super spice” that provides anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor effects and is used to treat many health problems and digestive and skin issues. Tumeric stimulates new cell growth is rich in antioxidants, thus destroying free radicals and...
In Honor of Women and Herbal Medicine

In Honor of Women and Herbal Medicine

“In honoring the women who came before us, let’s remember Emma Dupree (1897 – 1996), an influential herbalist in Eastern North Carolina. The daughter of freed slaves, she grew up on the Tar River and was known locally as a “granny woman.”...
Rich Traditions in Herbalism: African-American Medicine Ways

Rich Traditions in Herbalism: African-American Medicine Ways

Attuning to and uplifting black people’s voices in herbalism is one way of celebrating and honoring the rich cultural lineages that both American and African herbalism offer. When we can see our own stories reflected along the diverse paths of those who have...
Your Immune System and Your Skin

Your Immune System and Your Skin

Potent Herbal Remedies from The Inside Out Immunity is not just about staving off colds and the flu in the nick of time and bolstering up your internal engines against what’s going around, whether it’s related to the current pandemic or not. Real immunity is about...
Is Your Skin Ready for Winter?

Is Your Skin Ready for Winter?

Although it has been a tough year, as we start the new year, we turn our attention to healthier habits, better nutrition, and the changes we all want to make for the new year ahead.  We move “out with the old & in with the new,” right?,  our internal...
A Beautiful New Light Shines on 2021!

A Beautiful New Light Shines on 2021!

How LED Light Therapy can Transform Aging and Problem Skin It seems as if every day new, exciting technologies are created to help slow down the aging process. Traditio­nally, medical anti-aging, and wrinkle treatments have been fairly aggressive, and Botox and all...