Though I don't post much, I use herbs all the time. My life is verrrry full of my work, as an energy healing facilitator, natural perfumer, herbalist, aromatherapist, bath & body product maker, writer, meditation recording person, grandma, wife, friend and so many other hats.
BTW,I just joined the Red Hat Society and look forward to making some new friends.
It never ceases to amaze me how many times I reach out for the Gifts of Gaia during the day. These gifts include herbs, aromatherapy, and natural perfumery.
I take a Hawthorn berry capsule with breakfast and supper to ensure my circulation is good, support my cardio-vascular system, and give me a good boost of anti-oxidants first thing. The latter is also why I put a few tsp. of dried Cranberries on my cereal in the morning.
I make a lip balm that is so creamy and soothing that I use it all day long; it's got Peppermint and Lavender essential oils in it.
I make our own deodorant with help from Patchouli, Cypress, Lemongrass, and Geranium essential oils and in the creme carrier I use for this product, I've added Jasmine, Lemon Balm, and Lavender Hydrosol, Calendula/Olive infused oil, Shea and Cocoa butters, and Rosemary extract. If you enjoy Aromatherapy, come visit me at
If one of us gets a bash, burn, bruise, bug bite, I spray on a formula that contains Helichrysum hydrosol, Lavender hydrosol and a few other things so the 'injury' is not even an issue.
Throughout the day, I enjoy homegrown herbal teas such as Five-Mint Tea, Loopy Lemony Tea, Sage Tea, and many others.
I also use my collection of Medicinal Teas when the need arises ie: sinus headache and/or congestion; agitation; flu or cold symptoms; and I make teas for others for an endless number of reasons. It's warming to the spirit as well as full of nutrients, minerals, and all round support - like a cupful of healthiness.
I make salves by gathering the herb, drying it until it crumbles, then soaking it in an appropriate oil until the goodness of the herb is transfered into the oil. Then it can be hardened with a wax such as beeswax. I make Calendula, Arnica, and other types. I do the same thing when I make alcohol or glycerine tinctures. The glycerine ones are called Glycerites; these are non-alcoholic and great for kids and pets.
I wear the perfumes that I, and other Natural Perfumers, have created as there are no harmful synthetic chemicals in them. They smell amazing and I'm always getting great comments from those who smell and buy my perfumes. If this interests you, hop on over to http://www.scentofnature.net/ and have a boo. I also teach others how to make perfume
We love to eat our herbs in our salads and on our meat. At Superstore, we can purchase what is called 'Free From Meat', which is free from steroids, hormones, and anti-biotics. Perhaps there's such a place near you. It's the same price as other meats.
I hope this will give you a few ideas about how you can invite Mother Nature back into your daily life. Fresh good wholesome foods, herbs, teas, and other nutrients will make a huge difference to your health.
"I AM a Soul who has a Spirit. That Spirit is Pure Potential - Energy - which enlivens and animates my body. When my body dies, that Spirit takes all of my life experiences to my Soul. My Soul has had an unknown number of Spirits living physical lives 'down through the ages'. There are many ways to access these experiences for the good of this life." Lyn Ayre, 2009
The purpose of this BLOG is to share information, with like-minded individuals who are interested in Herbalism. None of the information on this blog is intended to be used in place of sound allopathic medical advice. Everybody who visits and reads my posts must take personal responsibility for their own research, and wellbeing. I am simply sharing what has worked for me. Thank you. Be well; be at peace. Warmly, Lyn E. Ayre, Ph.D.
Herbalism is the world of possibilities: to overcome chronic health situations, health maintenance, safe bath & beauty products, clean home environment, and a nutritious way to eat.
I have been using herbs for over 30 years and I have peace of mind, as I know what is in the product and how it will affect my health.
By learning more about herbs, going deeper into the botany, chemistry, wild crafting, and increasing my knowledge and experience of other certified organic herbs that I have not grown myself, I hope to be able to help myself & others even more.
The wild beauty of the southwest corner of BC has consistently captured my heart. I love the plant life around me. I talk and sing to all plants. When I collect herbs, I chant Om to the Mother plant. Gaia is my earth Mother who takes care of every one of my physical needs including my medicine. Source looks after my spiritual and energetic needs.
The direction I’m heading in will allow me to write, teach, and help others via consultations.
To reach me, please email
or call 604-524-8565
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Lyn E. Ayre, Ph.D.; Herbalist
Member: American Herbalist Guild & Herb Society of America