5 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors for Fall

As summer slowly fades, the abundance of many fruits and vegetables have come to an end. Thankfully, we can still enjoy many herbs well into fall and winter. Even if you live in an apartment or condo without any outdoor space, you can grow herbs indoors.  Here are 5 herbs that are easy to grow and perfect for culinary and medicinal uses.

ROSEMARY

The health benefits of rosemary are so broad making this herb one of my favorites to grow. Rosemary can be used medicinally to enhance memory or the oil can be used for cosmetic purposes. It is a bountiful culinary herb that pairs with potatoes and meats. Rosemary requires tons of sun. You should water sparingly and be sure that it well drained.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

PARSLEY

Parsley is a workhouse plant. It is unbelievably easy to grow indoors. Place indoor parsley pots in the brightest light possible. It is another herb with great health benefits. Being that it is edible, you can use it as garnish or with a seasonal herbal blend.

THYME

Thyme is a hardy herb that likes to be watered sparingly, bright light, and good drainage as well. It goes well with most baked meals and canned preserves. It particularly love using thyme as a steam in the fall for sinus and allergies. Thyme can be grown with rosemary and lavender.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

BASIL

Fresh basil compliments your favorite Italian dishes so well and is very rewarding to grow. It lets you know how well its growing. It will wilt when it’s thirsty and be luxuriant when happy. It’s a great teaching herb. You can dry basil, use it for ear infections, or as a topping on pizza, or your favorite pesto recipe.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

MINT

Mint comes in many varieties that you can as a culinary herb, garnish for a cocktail, or for great smells around the home. It’s fast growing and spreads pretty fast so sharing a pot with another herb is not ideal. It requires as much as natural light as possible, weekly watering, and good drainage.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger and Memphis Wellness Blogger shares 5 herbs you can grow indoors

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS

To grow well indoors, herbs need as much natural light as possible. Place them in a sunny spot near a window that faces south and receives at least 6 hours of sun daily. Some herbs that require less light, like mint, parsley, and thyme, can also grow well in west-facing windows. Indoor herbs prefer the same temperatures that most people do—around 65 to 70 degrees F—so if you’re comfortable, they probably are.

Healthy Hair Journey | September Check In

Hi guys! I’m checking in on the healthy hair care journey as promised. As fall is approaching and we are almost near the end of summer, my hair routine always changes. For the most part, summer is the opportunity for my curls to hang free. Wash n go’s become my staple look. After long runs in Memphis heat, there is nothing more refreshing than a soothing shampoo and sitting outside to allow my curls to dry. The colder temperatures that come with fall and winter call for a different hair regimen. I tend to normally lean towards straight hair or blow dried waves during colder months. It is a bit more low maintenance but requires a bit of preparation work to maintain its health.

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CURRENT HAIR REGIMEN & MAINTENANCE

Currently, I am following our healthy hair care journey regimen . I wore my hair in a high bun for an entire week due to a busy schedule this week. I have to be very mindful of maintaining and combing my hair while in a ponytail. I followed the regimen very closely but noticed more shedding than normal. It was due to note running a comb through my hair. As I get ready to apply more heat than normal, I have to be extremely mindful of protecting it from heat and deep conditioning. It is very easy to have breakage and lose length retention. Oh and I must get my ends clipped very soon. I last had a trim in May. I rarely go that long without a trim. Since having the baby, I haven’t been able to get to a salon. This week, I plan to go through my hair section by section and trim off dead ends so that I don’t incur any breakage. As far as styling, I plan on doing roller sets for the next couple of weeks to reduce the amount of heat used.

CURRENT LENGTH

Before trimming, my current length is 12 inches. I will probably cut off about half an inch to be sure I take care of any damaged and split ends. I’m not too worried about losing too much length right now. My hair growth oil and conditioning it will help grow it another inch or so within the next month. My goal is to be an inch or two below bra length by Christmas.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares healthy hair journey September Check in

My daughter Amira is joining in on the healthy hair care journey as well. I’m elated to have her along this journey. It’s so important to begin a healthy perspective of her hair now at a young age. I remember being 10 years old not fully embracing the texture of my hair. Thankfully, it is the total opposite for Amira. She loves her natural curls. And, actually prefers wearing her hair curly over straight. Our goal with Amira’s hair is growing. She wants a huge curly afro and waist length hair. i really want to help her with that. I firmly believe black women and little girls can actually have long beautiful luxurious hair. And, I also let her know it is ok to desire beautiful long hair. What we have to keep reiterating is that she must learn to take care of her hair. Her hair is a beautiful adornment that she must embrace and love on. It is her crown.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares healthy hair care journey

CURRENT HAIR REGIMEN & MAINTENANCE

Amira’s regimen is very simple. We follow the healthy hair care journey with her as well. I make sure to always do a pre-poo treatment before shampooing. Amira’s curls soak up any moisture almost immediately. So, it’s important to to do a hot oil treatment to retain moisture. Lately, I’ve been doing very low maintenance styles on her hair. Mainly, we do a few mohawk buns or a high bun due to ballet practice. Here’s where we have disagreements in styling. I would love to keep her hair braided (no extensions) . It would help timing in the mornings but also keep from having to manipulate her hair during the week. She on the other hand hates braids unless she has extensions. Prayerfully, we come to a happy medium on a style that’s easy and growth inducing. It’s my goal to only style her hair on once a week, Sunday’s, maximum would be two to three times a week.

CURRENT LENGTH

Amira’s length is 11.5 inches long. I have to admit something about her length. Last summer, she had braids and while taking them down I cut a huge amount of her hair. I underestimated her length and chopped a good portion off. To add to that, her front sides are much shorter than her back. We are working hard to recover much of what I cut off. We both Cosme to an agreement that we wouldn’t cut it to even it out. However, we do trims very often to catch the back up.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares healthy hair care journey

Interested in joining us? To participate in the challenge, please list your starting length and your goal length [in the comment section]. I will start product recommendations, regimens, tips and advice for each growing healthy hair.

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Why Do We Keep Our Lives So Hectic?

One thing I’ve learned about maintaining a complicated life is that it’s one of the best ways we have to avoid looking at some of the larger questions. It may not apply to everyone, but I believe it explains a lot about why we’ve been moving so fast. The idea of getting to know ourselves or becoming reacquainted can be intimidating.

As long as we convince ourselves that we’re so busy and our work is more important and that we can’t afford to slow down, then we don’t have to look at our own lives and the personal issues that are so difficult to address . It could be— a marriage that isn’t working, a career that’s draining, friendships that no longer serve us, the creativity we are afraid to explore, childhood traumas that have been crippling us.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares an article of why we keep living hectic lives

As you start to slow down, to cut back your work hours, free yourself from all of the things you said yes to, you’re going to have some time on your hands. You may begin to feel the need to start nourishing your body, catching up on sleep, eat cleanier, spend time in nature, exercise and learn how to enjoy yourself again. Then, you will reach a point where there is nothing left to do but deal with some of your inner issues. Creating the inner strength to move through them will lighten you up.

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares article of why do we keep our lives so hectic

An amazing thing happens when we slow down. We start to get flashes of inspiration. We reach a new level of understanding and wisdom. In a quiet moment we can get a insight that can change our entire life and the lives of the people around us in incredible ways.

Living more simply will make it possible to create those quiet moments. Out of those quiet moments miracles happen. Be open to them.

Two Baths to Nourish and Detox Your Body

Taking time to give ourselves a little self care and self love is so important this time of year. Because many of us are ambitious little overachievers, our days are filled with daunting tasks day in and day out and we  tend to forget to slow down and relax.  At the end of your evening, set up a relaxing home spa and treat yourself to a warm and soothing bath. A bath isn't just an act of cleansing the body. A warm tub full of water can also rid you of bad energies and boost your thoughts and emotions. Detox your body of toxins and bad energy with this purifying ginger, epsom salt, and apple cider vinegar bath or nourish yourself and your energy field with an oatmeal and essential oil or herbs bath. 

DETOX BATH

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares two detoxing bath recipes

As many of you know our skin is the largest organ of elimination. Naturally, sweating is the mechanism of getting rid of harmful toxins in our body. The ginger detox bath will be the best way to sweat it all out and simultaneously ease muscle pain, cleanse the colon and increase circulation. 

BE SURE TO... 

+ Run the water as hot as you can possible stand. 

+ Soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes. 

+ Pat dry and wrap yourself with a towel. Be sure to drink water after the bath as you may get a little dehydrated after the sweating. 

NOURISHING BATH 

In Search of Our Garden Memphis Wellness Blogger shares detox bath recipes

Having suffered with eczema since I was 6 weeks old, I have memories of my mother running bath water with oatmeal and milk for as long as I can remember. The oatmeal fights dryness  cleanses and moisturizes, and helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier function. The natural  antioxidants in oats have anti-inflammatory properties. I sometimes alternate between 10-15 drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils in the nourishing bath. Lavender sometimes irritates my skin so I'll substitute it for rosemary. 

BE SURE TO... 

+ Run warm water not too hot.  

+ Either grind the oats into a fine powder or place them in cheesecloth or muslin bag.  

+ Pat dry and wrap yourself with a towel. Be sure to seal the moisture into your skin by rubbing down with olive oil or sesame oil afterwards. 

Hope this helps!!

Healthy Hair Care Journey

I’ve been on a search for luxurious healthy hair with simple and sustainable hair regimens for the past 2 years. Recently, here on the blog, I shared my hair story and why I recommitted to having healthy hair. Embracing my hair as well as passionately expressing myself in a natural and minimalist philosophy and way of life has been quite a journey. A beautiful one I must say. I’ve found inner beauty and abundance in having a simplified and sustainable approach to beauty especially my hair. I’d love to invite you all on this journey with me and the community we’re building.

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To get the best results from this healthy hair journey, you have to first devise an effective plan of action. An effective hair regimen will ensure you prevent setbacks, and also see to it that you reach your goals on time. When choosing a regimen, it is best to take into consideration your schedule, and the amount of time you wish to commit on maintaining your hair on a weekly basis. Being honest with yourself about the amount of time you wish to spend on your hair can help prevent burnout, and resentment [trust, I have experienced this many times throughout the past few years]. It doesn't matter if you have a complicated regimen, or one that is very simple. The key to getting the most out of your healthy hair regimen is consistency.

This framework is geared to those who will be wearing their hair in it's natural state or relaxed state. We will discuss product recommendations, as we move through various regimens this week. For now, I want to get everyone acquainted with the fundamentals of a healthy regimen. These elements should be included in everyone's regimen no matter if you are choosing to go the Ayurvedic, Natural or Traditional route.

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Detangling prior to wetting hair: This is essential in reducing the amount of hair lost, and more importantly increasing the amount of length retained. Detangling prior to wetting the hair is easier on the hair shaft [as hair is in it's most fragile state when wet], which means no more splits, knots and breakage from detangling. Always detangle with a seamless wide-tooth comb.

Pre-Shampoo conditioning treatment: Sulfates in shampoos, and synthetic ingredients found in many hair care products can really take a toll on highly textured hair, leaving it brittle, dry, and lifeless. Pre-conditioning involves conditioning the hair prior to shampooing it. What this does is re-hydrate thirsty hair, helping it to retain more moisture after shampooing, and throughout the styling process.

Shampoo hair in sections: It may take an additional 5-10 minutes, but you will definitely appreciate the benefits. Shampooing hair in sections ensures you get your scalp clean, and keeps your hair neat which prevents knots, matting and excessive tangles.

Deep Condition: Deep conditioning the hair weekly prevents breakage from dryness, corrects issues with elasticity, nourishes the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Keeping highly textured hair moisturized is key for maintaining, thick, healthy hair. - You can choose to deep condition with heat [using one of those inexpensive soft bonnet dryers], or by using your own body heat generated from your scalp [just cover your head with a plastic cap].

Moisturize your hair: Replenishing moisture levels throughout the week makes for happy, healthy, soft, touchable, manageable hair throughout the entire week. Often, when hair is stiff, brittle, or excessively dry before weeks end, it is due to the lack of moisture. - Keeping hair moisturized also helps prevent breakage from dryness and keeps your strands lubricated which helps keep the tips of your strands from forming knots/tangles.

Seal in the moisture: Beat moisture loss by sealing in the moisture after hydrating your hair. To lock the moisture in your hair, add a dime size amount of oil to your hands, rub hands together to distribute oil, then apply to the entire length of the hair paying special attention to the tips/ends.

Sleep in a stain bonnet or on a satin pillowcase: Cotton is not your friend. In fact cotton can cause split ends, breakage, and chronic dryness. Avoid setbacks by sleeping in a satin bonnet, or on a satin pillowcase. Your hair will thank you!

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For those that plan on wearing their hair "out" in it's natural state [like twist outs or braid outs], I recommend shampooing and deep conditioning once weekly. Use this sample regimen as a starting point when making your own:

  • Sunday: Detangle hair + Condition hair with a pre-shampoo treatment + Shampoo Hair + Deep Condition + Lightly detangle + Oil & Scalp Massage + Style

  • Monday:

  • Tuesday: Moisturize hair as needed + Seal in the moisture + Oil & Scalp Massage + Re-twist/Re-braid hair or style as needed

  • Wednesday:

  • Thursday: Moisturize hair as needed + Seal in the moisture + Oil & Scalp Massage + Re-twist/Re-braid hair or style as needed

  • Friday:

  • Saturday: Moisturize hair as needed + Seal in the moisture + Re-twist/Re-braid hair or style as needed

The regimen listed is the framework for length retention, thickness, and body. As I discuss various regimens, I will go into depth on scalp treatments, pre shampoo treatments, protein treatments, oils to seal in moisture, etc.

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Edible Flowers and Fruit Ice Cubes

When you have a garden, there are endless possibilities for the use of edible flowers, fruits, and herbs. One of my faves things to do with edible flowers is freeze for parties or just add beautiful details to water or teas. Herbs can be frozen to make decorative ice cubes for party drinks. Here's how to make the easiest detail for your next summer garden party or dinner...

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness  Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes

I gathered my edible flowers and herbs from the garden first. Cucumber flowers make the sweetest and most vibrant edible flowers like ever. I picked cucumber flowers and fresh mint from the garden. I also love the calm fragrance of lavender in vodka cocktails so I pulled a few lavender sprigs as well. Next, I used a store bought berry medley of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to make decorative ice cubes. 

Add the flowers, herbs and fruit to ice cube molds and continue adding water until the mold is filled. Next, place them in the freezer and wait patiently for the ice cubes to freeze. 

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes
In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Wellness Blogger shares how to make edible flowers and fruit ice cubes

Using your beverage of choice, simply place the ice cubes in a glass and pour your beverage and enjoy!!!

Generational Gardens

Yesterday while waiting in the lobby of the doctor’s office, I had an eye opening epiphany. A casual conversation with an older black lady about the wait lead into an oral lesson in herbal medicine and self healing. The remedies used to heal indigestion and breast milk stimulation flowed from her mouth like molasses slow but with ease. “Chlorophyll, getchu some chlorphyll to stimulate your breast milk. It’ll make your milk like sweet milk to that baby. It’ll leave ‘em full and nourished, she said. “

In that moment, I knew this community and space isn’t necessarily lacking but needs to be illuminated. Our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers have held these magical potions of healing and creativity since the beginning of times. Inheriting the creative spirit to heal a nation for generations to generations. They have stories, life lessons, and creative resources to share with us and vice versa. We have stories to tell of love, beauty, perseverance, and legacies that must be passed down.

In Search of Our Gardens, this community, was birthed to heal and restore the ways of these women before us. Women of color have a duty and a responsibility to “pull out of ourselves, look at and identify with our lives the living creativity some of our great-grandmothers were not allowed to know.” The freedom to be and bask in creativity without burdens or restrictions. We owe ourselves and the women before us a garden overflowing in beauty, substance, and grace that is as expressive as our strides to pass down to our future. We aspire to share the ways of those before us in this space. Cooking, healing, art, living, gardening and all of the magic that makes us unique. In Search of Our Mother’s Garden, we yearn to find our own.

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Do you have any stories that have been passed down from your mothers or grandmothers you’d like to share?

10 Ways to Create a Simple and Natural Home

It is always been said your home is your place of refuge. Our homes should be a place of comfort, rest, and relief from the world. We all want to create a peaceful home and to enjoy people and things that matter. By taking small steps to simplify our home, we can create a more natural home that rewards us with loving environment to thrive.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger shares 10 ways to create a simple and natural home

We all know that going green and minimalism isn’t a trend, it’s what has been done for countless generations. Many women before us lived a simplified life before modern conveniences. It’s incredibly important that we are mindful of our actions as individuals today. Our day to day decisions are incredibly significant, and like many other changes we wish to see in the world, it starts at home. Some changes that can easily be made to live more simply can start with food, cleaning, and beauty.

FOOD

Eat whole unprocessed foods.

By eating whole and unprocessed foods you are not only giving your body the best advantage to stay healthy but helping the environment as well. Cutting down on the energy sources needed to produce processed foods directly benefits the environment.

Purchase food in season.

Seasonal food is better for the climate. When your food travels around the world to get to you, it uses lots of energy. Produce, especially local produce has a significantly lower carbon footprint.

Replace plastic storage ware with glass.

Take a pledge to become less wasteful and start by replacing plastic for glass. Glass jars are almost the symbol of the zero waste movement. Here’s the great thing about glass jar in your home, they can be used over and over.

BEAUTY

Add natural remedies to your medicine cabinet.

Incorporate the healing benefits of plants into your life. There’s nothing more simple than going back to using 100 percent natural remedies and medicines.

Try making your own lotion, soap, deodorant, or toothpaste.

Many beauty products can be made with cleaner and less toxic ingredients right at home. Be more resourceful and use common kitchen ingredients or natural products like essential oils.

Choose non-toxic, natural cosmetics.

The enhancement of beauty should not be a big deal. Our approach is to always be simplified and sustainable. Choose cosmetic brands that are non toxic, free of animal testing and without harsh chemicals.

CLEANING

Make your own cleaning products

There are countless options of home cleaning products that are simple and very effective. Your cupboard has some magical ingredients to clean and deodorize.

Know the recycling rules in your area to ensure proper recycling.

In the days of immense waste, recycling should not be a second thought. Find out what your neighborhood days of recycling are scheduled or recycling centers in your neighborhood.

Run the dishwasher and laundry machine only when they’re full.

Cut back on electricity usage and product waste by only running the dishwasher or laundry machine after you have a full load.

Try a cup of white vinegar instead of heavily fragranced fabric softener to soften clothes.

White vinegar can be used for so many home hacks. One of our favorites hacks is as a fabric softener. You can save money and the environment.

In Search of Our Gardens Memphis Blogger shares 10 Ways to Create A Simple and Natural Home

Creating a natural home takes time—it’s a process that occurs over years of changing your mindset and your lifestyle. By implementing a few of these small steps at a time, you can become a better steward of your family’s health and happiness and decrease your environmental footprint. Let’s all commit to creating the best possible home!

We have many, many, many more ways to create a simple and natural home. Come back for our weekly homemaking series to get updates on more ways to create a simple and natural home.


The Beauty in Friendsgiving

This past weekend, my soul was nourished over laughs, giggles, conversations and dinner at my first Friendsgiving with some of my closest creative friends. Holidays for me have always been about family and might I add family that I love dearly. So many may not have that same sentiment. Therefore, some people have now openly embraced Friendsgiving as a way to celebrate the holidays with friends that are like family. This Friendsgiving was special to me because it was an opportunity to spend time with friends outside of work and have a cool evening getting to know each other outside of the normal creative conversations.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner

Carmeon, interior designer, welcomed us into her gorgeously decorated home to host an intimate Friendsgiving. My girlfriends Kim who took all of the beautiful photos and Quaneshia joined us aind brought fun, laughter and great stories to bring all the feel goods to life. We sipped rose and indulged in the cutest charcuterie board before starting dinner. There is something so special about letting your hair down, sipping rose and chatting about life with girlfriends over cheese, olives, and wine.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner

I think it’s pretty self explanatory that when you get a group of gorgeous women who are content curators and storytellers in one room, there will be pictures. The beauty of having girlfriends who are creatives is that we all understand the immense value of capturing candid moments but also being present in the moment to actually enjoy each other. We all shared on IG and of course as we should. Because for me, it’s so important to highlight the value in having smart, talented and genuine friends that you can enjoy and nurture relationships with.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner

We shifted into the dining room to move the laughter and conversations about family, love and 90s RB so that we could begin dinner. Carmeon prepared the cutest tablescape with a floral centerpiece by Everbloom Design and a place setting with rosemary adornments. We enjoyed roasted chicken, rosemary and thyme candied carrots with honey, creamy homemade mashed potatoes, and buttery asparagus. Everything complimented each other so well. Carmeon really put a lot of thought in carrying the tastes through out the entire dinner. There wasn’t a detail untouched. The cardamom carrot cake by Sadie’s Cake Co. with pecan pie filling and chunks of raisins and a rich yet light cinnamon butttercream icing was the perfect ending to a beautiful night.

Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner
Andrea Fenise Memphis Lifestyle Blogger and Memphis Simple Living Blogger shares a Friendsgiving Dinner

The beauty I found in this Friendsgiving was sisterhood and passion. Life with a group of friends who are deeply passionate not just about work but about family, love, creativity, food and finding joy is worth celebrating every single day. Joining my friends was both motivational and inspirational. It showed me how important it is to embrace your friends, celebrate with them and find the beauty in what we each give to each other. That’s friendship!!!!

DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Eye Mask

While in my downtime of rediscovering myself, I vowed to make time for self care. Self care was all about baths and skincare and getting rid of these raccoons with luggage. I made myself a DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Eye Mask and I'd love to share it with you. 

In Search of Our Gardens DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Mask for puffy eyes and dark circles

Let's briefly talk about the eyes and the use of cucumbers and rosewater for this mask. The saying is true the "Eyes are the window to the soul" but I think they should have added a few more---signs of aging, lack of sleep, stress and dehydration. The eye area lacks oil glands to help keep the skin looking plump, youthful and fresh. Essentially, oil glands help keep the skin moist and hydrated. It is a bad combo when you already don't get enough sleep and then you are dehydrated. Cucumbers and rosewater however is the perfect natural combination to freshen the eye area up, brighten and moisturize the skin. Cucumbers have numerous skincare benefits mainly reducing inflamed or irritated skin as well as hydration due to the high water content. Rosewater is great for inflammation as well and getting rid of redness in the skin.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

+ half of a cucumber sliced

+ 1 ounce of rosewater

+ cotton rounds

In Search of Our Gardens DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Eye Mask for puffy eyes and dark circles

In a blender, blend the cucumber and rose water until it becomes a liquid blend. Transfer to a bowl, then soak the cotton rounds in the mixture, squeezing out excess and then re-soaking for optimal absorption. Store the extra soaked cotton rounds in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for future use.

Thaw the eye pads for about 10 minutes before you use them. To apply, place the half moon eye pad underneath the eye, making sure to apply close to the bottom lash line. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.

In Search of Our Gardens DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Eye Mask
In Search of Our Gardens DIY Cucumber Rosewater Eye Mask
In Search of Our Gardens DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Eye Mask

So to apply, place the half moon eye pad underneath the eye, making sure to apply close to the bottom lash line. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, paint your nails, read a book or just be.

In Search of Our Gardens DIY Cucumber and Rosewater Eye Mask