Why We Love Rosemary: Health, Cooking & Landscaping Benefits

As a beekeeper, cook and skincare formulist, one of my favorite herbs is rosemary, due to its versatile properties. I think we’ve all used rosemary in a recipe or two at some point, but I came to love it even more after moving to California’s Central Coast. (Our office and warehouse is based in Atascadero). There is *so* much rosemary in our landscape. The entire entrance to our new home was surrounded by hedges of rosemary and lavender, as were the properties of our neighbors. When we asked our real estate agent why this was, he advised us that deer dislike both of these herbs, so they wouldn’t eat it.  Sure enough, they’ve pretty much mowed down everything else we’ve tried to grow, but rosemary and lavender continue to flourish. Who would have thought?! It wasn’t long thereafter I’d grab our sheers and start cutting both the rosemary and lavender to add their amazing herbaceous and floral scents to flower arrangements and recipes. Not only is rosemary a recognizable scent, it also has a beautiful purple flower that our bees love. It brings us such happiness to watch them buzzing around the rosemary hedge when it’s in full bloom – you can literally hear them singing with joy as they fill their pollen pockets after rolling around on the flower (the pollen adds a touch of rosemary flavor to the honey, which is so yummy). Aside from being bee food, a cooking staple and a landscape saver, rosemary also has a history of medicinal and skincare properties. It’s been said that rosemary offered protection from the bubonic plague. It’s also known to help oily skin without drying and clogging pores. This incredible herb also helps soothe muscle aches and pains. And it makes a great addition to an end-of-day cocktail – our favorite is this Pear Rosemary Cocktail.   We use rosemary in our Healing Honey Body Scrub for its delicious scent, antioxidant properties and as a natural preservative.  And, you can expect to see more of this versatile essential oil in our future products!

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Why We Love Rosemary: Health, Cooking & Landscaping Benefits

As a beekeeper, cook and skincare formulist, one of my favorite herbs is rosemary, due to its ve...

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23 Liquid Castile Soap Uses

Liquid castile soap is the queen of versatility. You can use it to wash your clothes, car and children. It’s an essential for both traveling the world and making a house a home. Because it’s biodegradable, you can take it backpacking, bikepacking and road tripping.  For being so utilitarian, the origins of castile soap are quite romantic. Castile soap – meaning soap created with vegetable oils – was first developed in the Mediterranean countries of Spain and Italy. Here at Life Elements, we recently introduced a castile soap that we call the Daily Liquid Soap. Much like the merchants of yore, we also use olive oil as the base of our liquid castile soap. Now on to the list of 23 uses for liquid castile soap ... Make it your daily showering soap Hand wash your clothes with it Use it on dishes Suds up your pets to get rid of mud (or worse ... pets get into the darndest things) Clean your car with it Keep a bottle by your bathroom sink for hand washing Let the gentle formula remove oil and dirt from your facial pores Use it to make your bike (mountain, road, gravel or cross) sparkle and shine ... and run smooth Safely wash babies and young children (it’s made with all natural ingredients!) Use it for shaving ... legs or beards! Take the 2 ounce bottle of our Daily Liquid Soap backpacking or bikepacking ... to wash yourself, your dishes and your clothes (it’s biodegradable!) Take this multi-purpose soap with you to music festivals Live in a van or tiny home? This is your all-in-one, space-saving soap. Traveling the world on a few bucks of day? Use it to clean your clothes in the hostel’s utility sink. Dilute it with water to wash your fruits and vegetables Mop your floors with it Clean your kitchen counters with it Give your bathroom a once over with it Freshen up after yoga, a gym workout or lunchtime run with a splash of cold water and a few drops of this soap Keep our 2 ounce bottle of the Daily Liquid Soap in your purse or glove compartment for unexpected messes (talking to all you parents out there!) Use it as a stocking stuffer Give it out as a bridal or bridesmaid gift (along with our Healing Honey Body Scrub and Healing Honey Body Oil) Slip it in the desk drawer of your smelly co-worker ... ya know, as a subtle hint

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23 Liquid Castile Soap Uses

Liquid castile soap is the queen of versatility. You can use it to wash your clothes, car and chi...

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Videos that Pay Homage to Wildlands Firefighters

Wildland fires can dominate the news feed and this summer was no exception, especially here in California where Action Wipes calls home. Those who risk their own wellbeing for the environment and other people’s lives deserve our respect. In a nod of gratitude, we’ve compiled a list of videos that pay homage to the long, hard hours that wildlands firefighters put in and the sacrifices they make. Check out these documentaries, YouTube features and even a Netflix series that give you a behind-the-scenes look at the on-the-ground realities for these men and women. Filson created this video to honor the Forest Service’s stewardship of our 193 million acres of national forests through the “management of fire.” While the news cycles often focus on images of destruction, 98 percent of the 50,000 wildland fires every year are contained within 24 hours of detection. Their beautiful video highlights the dedication it takes to help manage our national forests. Only the Brave | The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots is coming to the big screen this October. It tells the tragic story of an elite crew of firemen who in June of 2013 battled a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona that that claimed the lives of 19 of their members. http://www.onlythebrave-movie.com/site/ Also, check out the video documentary and written account that Outside Magazine put together about the Yarnell Hill Fire.https://www.outsideonline.com/1866211/documentary-granite-mountain-hotshots-and-yarnell-hill-fire https://www.outsideonline.com/1926426/19-true-story-yarnell-hill-fire Netflix just released a series called Fire Chasers, which follows several groups of wildland firefighters across California. Made by the same team that produced Deadliest Catch, this show is worth watching. https://www.netflix.com/title/80117902  Vice tagged along with a squad of wilderness firefighters from the Oregonian boonies as they worked to prevent their hometown from being torched to ashes like the super flammable tinderbox that surrounds them on all sides. We are proud that many fire departments across the country give Action Wipes to their wildlands teams. These men and women use our multi-purpose, natural wipes for carcinogen decontamination and basic hygiene, as they often go days or weeks without a shower. They also come in handy when needing to care for wounds or remove urushiol oils from poison oak and ivy. *If you are a firefighter or in charge of a fire department, be sure to sign up for our special purchase program.

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Videos that Pay Homage to Wildlands Firefighters

Wildland fires can dominate the news feed and this summer was no exception, especially here in Ca...

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10 #VanLife Essentials – Action Wipes makes the list!

The year of 2013 was one of the worst for Jon and Pamela Robichaud. They were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. Then a few months later, Jon got hit by a car while he was riding his bike. That was followed by an unsuccessful round of fertility treatments. We came out of that saying, “OK, we’re not going to be parents. What do we do with our lives?” Van life was born from an appreciation for the crap that can go down in life and being psyched to get through it all, Pamela said when interviewed by Bicycling Magazine. photo by Rebecca Stumpf Last year, Jon and Pamela rented out their home in Boulder, Colorado, and hit the road in a tricked-out Mercedes Sprinter. The “Roaming Robos” drove and rode their way around North America. They visited places like the Lost Coast in northern California, the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and West Virginia, the Beartooth Highway on the Montana-Wyoming line (with 20-foot snow walls in June), and The Top of the World Highway that runs from Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon in Canada – a 100 mile stretch of road all above treeline that was otherworldly because the sun never set. @roamingrobos After 14 months of fabulous adventures and dialing in their daily routine, they put together a list for Bicycling Magazine of 10 #VanLife Essentials. We were absolutely thrilled when we learned that Action Wipes made that list!!! Check the list out below!!!   If you’d like to learn more about the Roaming Robos, head on over to their Q&A with Bicycling Magazine.

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10 #VanLife Essentials – Action Wipes makes the list!

The year of 2013 was one of the worst for Jon and Pamela Robichaud. They were at the finish line ...

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Calendula: uses for skin, inflammation and sleep

My first memory of calendula was not in my grandmother’s garden, but in my mom’s. My brother and I were responsible for maintaining the yard. We would take turns mowing, raking leaves, trimming the edges along the sidewalk and pulling weeds.  It was when I pulled the weeds from the flower bed that I would look at this short, plain orange flower and wonder why my mother would bother with it, so I’d pull it out!  It just wasn’t as pretty as the dahlias (my favorite flower) or roses and it certainly didn’t smell as good as the carnations or tuberose! Of course, my mom would get upset and tell me to leave them alone, she needed them ‘for things.’ It wasn’t until years later, when my face started breaking out in middle school that I found out about the powerful benefits of this small, plain flower. My mom taught me how to dry the petals, steep them in olive oil and use the mixture to relieve the redness of my breakouts and to help dry them faster. After that, I found myself in love with calendula and use it in as many of our products as I can. Calendula is so easy to grow, even in our dry region of California with our clay-like soil. It’s drought tolerant and doesn’t require a lot of care. I pick the flowers when in full bloom and let them dry in the sun. When ready, I pull the petals off and throw the seeds back in the yard to create a new crop. The power of these amazing petals does much more than just soothe acne; calendula also works on rashes and wounds and it helps relieve sore throats, ear aches and inflammation. Plus it makes for a great sleepy-time tea when added to chamomile and honey. You can find calendula in these products:   

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Calendula: uses for skin, inflammation and sleep

My first memory of calendula was not in my grandmother’s garden, but in my mom’s. My brother and ...

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