Candlemas is a very old holiday with a Christian-Pagan history. Also known as the festival of the Purification of the Virgin and is the end/culmination of the forty day period after Mary gave birth baby on December 25. It's called Candlemas because this was the day that all the Church's candles for the year were blessed.
Candlemas is the church “adaptation” of a pagan goddess holiday called Imbolc where people light candles to banish dark spooks. It is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. It is held halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The word Imbolc, variously spelled Imbolg, Oimelc and Imelg, means “ewe-milk” because this is the time lambs were born in old England, Ireland and most of Europe thus bringing back the flow of ewe’s milk.
And of course, there's a flower for Candlemass.
For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than a rosy glow to the cheeks. They bring the opportunity to cozy up in a favorite sweater, donning those new socks and settling in front of a toasty fireplace. Even if you don’t have a skin condition like eczema, your skin needs a little more TLC during the winter months.
Here are six simple solutions to add humidity to your home and moisture to your skin.
We are very blessed to be able to do what we love to do. Today we give back to those who have sacraficed so we are free to follow our dreams. We will donate 25% of todays sales to Fisher House Foundation as they continue to help serve our military and Veteran families. The Foundation will match our contribution today!
Fisher House Foundation provides "a home away from home" for military & veterans families while a loved one is in the hospital.
Honey isn’t just for sweetening toast and tea. Honey is one of nature’s true MVPs. Historically, honey has been used to suppress coughs, treat burns, diaper rash, psoriasis, dress wounds and make your face glow! Medicinal honey can moisturize wounds, stimulate tissue growth, collagen synthesis, and blood vessel formation, inhibit microbial infections, and soothe tissue inflammation.
If you're not impressed by the power on honey by now, we'll add one more property in honor of the month of October and Halloween. Creole women in Lousiana use honey to treat skin ailments AND in potions to ward off ghosts.
Skin care and paranormal prevention. Now that’s some serious double duty.
Albert Einstein once said; "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. We couldn't agree more. We understand the link between nature and gentle skincare!
We use premium natural ingredients in the formulation of our natural soap recipe, like Coconut Milk, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Mango Butter, and Premium Fragrance. What you won't find in Island Thyme Soap Company soap:synthetic surfacants, harsh detergents, phthalates, parabens often found in commodity soap and body washes.
We have just what the doctor ordered. A nice warm bath and a Chill Pill Bath Bomb!
Relaxing in a warm bath can provide some significant health benefits, both psychological and physical that a shower just can't provide. So National Relaxation Day is the perfect reason to set aside a little time for yourself this evening for a nice relaxing (and great smelling) pamering bath!
You may not be able to always fly to the Caribbean every time you want to de-stress and relax with some steel drum melodies. That's why we created a soap that will take you away in the bath or shower!
The fragrance from the lather of Island Thyme Soap Company's Carnival Calypso is as lively and vibrant as Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago! A celebration of coconut, pineapple syrup, white flowers and a sensual vanilla background.
Shopping for the best sunscreen can be a challenge. So many new choices! Summer's almost here, so it's a great time to stock up. Even with all the new forms on the market; natural, whipped, tinted, the basics to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays haven't changed. Apply liberally and often!
Remember Two Things is a 1993 album by the Dave Matthews Band. The general consensus among Dave Matthews Band fans is that the two things referred to in the title are "love your mother" and "leave only footprints." We're big fans. Not only of the band, but of the sentiment behind those words.
This weekend as we celebrate Mothers Day, we are reminded there is no greater gift for a mom than to observe how her child is making the world a better place.
Our noses have a way of sniffing out nostalgia. There's nothing quite like the scent of petrichor, that sweet earthy smell that fills the air evoking childhood memories of grabbing our boots to go out to jump in puddles and look for rainbows.
The word "petrichor" comes from the ancient Greek: it's a combination of ichor, the "ethereal essence" the Greeks believed flowed through the veins of their gods, and petros, the stones that form the surface of the Earth.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds! Yet 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and action.
The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk.
For American Heart Month, we're sharing some great tips, recipes, videos and hacks for taking charge of your heart health for good!
When we think of this fragrance three words come to mind:
Bloom. Essence. Vintage.
The classic pink rose carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance. The scent is rich,complex and well-balanced, steeped in nostalgia. It's also sweet and romantic. Sandalwood, one of the oldest incense materials, is an earthy feminine fragrance, linked to an deep spiritual level of relaxation.