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The Magic of Rose Hips

The Magic of Rose Hips

Rosa Canina: Commonly known as "Rose Hip"

 

They are the fruit of the Wild Rose, which is the official flower of Alberta! We have three different types of Rose Hips here:

    1. Prickly wild rose ((Oblong Shape)
    2. Prairie rose (Round Shape)
    3. Arkansas rose  (In-between-the-other-two-shapes)
Some neat facts about the Wild Rose Plant:
  • Rose petals are edible.
  • Buds are edible.
  • Young shoots are edible.
  • Young leaves are edible.
  • Frruit (hip) of the plant is edible.
  • Hips can be eaten fresh or dried for storage.
  • Only the outer shell of the rosehip is edible, discard the mass of hard, hairy seeds.

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What is all the hype about these little beauties?

They are loaded with Vitamin A and C, as well as Beta Carotene. Sounds fancy, and it is.  It means that they help boost immunity and clear out free-radicals from your bod.

Rose hip oil has the ability to help regenerate new skin cells and thus, can be used to treat scars, acne and burns. While it is an astringent, it does not dry out the skin; actually it helps to rehydrate it, keeping the moisture in. Vitamin A is commonly referred to as the "skin vitamin" and helps to keep the skin elastic and nourished. This will not only prevent wrinkles, but can actually help to minimize any that have already appeared. What more can I say? Rose Hip for the win!

The oil from Rose Hips is fantastic, but consuming them is also a great way to feel the benefits for sure! They are an amazing addition to teas and smoothies.  You can also add them to jam and syrups.  LOTS of herbalists and apothecarians swear by their healing powers and all around good juju.  If they are dehydrated, you just need to soak them overnight before adding to a smoothie or jam :)

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There are plenty of interesting facts out there all about Rose Hip, I encourage you to snoop around and see what sparks your curiosity. I always had this weird desire to string fresh ones and then let them dry into a necklace and wear it like beads.  My oldest son thought that was super weird. BUT turns out Folk Lore about rose hips claims stringing them around, or wearing them can be good luck and even summon helpful spirits. I think I will probably get some dreads just so I can weave strung rose hips into them.  Maybe not. We will see how rebellious my teen gets. 

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A note about harvesting:

Although this plant is abundant it should be treated like a rare gift. Best not to get greedy...on a bumper year there are literally thousands of rose hips around...But animals need them too. Rose hips provide nourishment for many creatures all through the fall and winter.  Leave 2/3 of the bush for our furry or feathered friends :)

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Check out the Wild Craft section of our website if you want to snag some ethically harvested Rose Hips or Rose Hip infused organic coconut oil! Our dried Rose Hips are easy to add to your favourite tea or smoothies. OR get busy making some concoctions of your own!

 

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Practice Santosha ~ Wildly

Practice Santosha ~ Wildly

“To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren’t doing them. Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant. I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands. I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living. That would be a pity,for each minute, each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!”

–Thich Nhat Hanh


One of the Niyamas (self-restraints) in the 8 Limbs of Yoga, Santosha is the practice of contentment and non-attachment. Encouraging us to let go go of attachment to materialistic tendencies and outward "images".
 
Sound simple enough. Right? Try it. Ask yourself several times a day if you are content (in any given moment. *please disregard if you have many toddlers or train wild animals.
 
We are all the same, yet we see each other as so different from one another. Plus for some strange reason we feel the need to compare everything all the damn time. Comparing leads to jealousy, which lead to anger, and so on, and so on, and it feels gross. YES ultimately we are coming from different days, situations and energies- but we all want the same thing ~to be loved and to feel comfortable. Its up to us to find this freedom and to feel content.
With the Hipbees WildCraft line I am expressing my "wild side".  A  wild side that is usually "content" doing laundry and feeding small people.  It's hard sometimes to be totally content with daily life, yet we must! And we must find a way to find joy in the small things.  No matter what. Small things like great coffee (OH YES!) and yummy food, and feeling cozy by a fire, and snuggling (oh the snuggling).
 
Here are three ways I am trying to find MORE Santosha (contentment) every darn day:
1. Stop Assuming
   I sometimes assume people's moods/actions are because of something I've done. Even worse, I always assume people are more happy than me because they have figured out something I haven't or are better at things I am clearly not good at. (YIKES)
   Instead of this BS how about not assuming?  At all.  If I need to know I ask, if I don't really need to know ~then I just don't compare, and instead I just LOVE with all my heart and keep doing my own thing!!!
2. Let Go Of the Control
  There is just some stuff you can not change or be in control of (that includes people). Instead of beating my head against a wall or staying in a rotten loop, I just focus on the breath and remember that nothing is permanent, nothing. I focus on getting cozy, and changing up the situation to be a more comfortable one (like going outside, or taking a bath).
3. Look for the Good
   Wanna feel content? Look for things that make you feel good. Sounds simple but no, you need to work at it.  If I read some troubling news? (yeh, like everyday) I temper that with some news of people doing good in the world (yes, there are lots of those people). 
  I also try the compliment sandwich technique on daily life: mmm yummy coffee, then deal with a jerk, then go look at some plants (or motorcycles, or the kids -differs daily).
THE END
Okay, if you made it through reading the ramblings, then you deserve a treat! Tomorrow we are going to have a flash sale 30% off store wide. If you read this blog, you get the code early...LOVE30. Go forth and find some contentment!
Love yourself Always, you must! (That sounded like Yoda, but he was a smart guything)

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What Is Hipbees WILDCRAFT?!

What Is Hipbees WILDCRAFT?!

We have been posting the rumblings of a new line on instagram for about a month now.  It needs a little explaining and a bit of introducing :)

What is Hipbees all about? Well, we are a small company local to the Edmonton Area that makes simple products designed to soothe "moody" skin. Basically that means you can use it and it won't give you a rash, and it might even help clear up one that you have.

What is a 'Wildcraft'? Wildcraft to me means actually collecting the plants that you will actually use in your craft, be it skin care, art, or whathaveyou. 

"Jill, are you going all 'Witchy' or something?". Nope, not going anything.  We have some neat land west of Edmonton, and for many years lived surrounded by plants I knew nothing about. I am now taking the time to learn about them and craft with them.  I have always howled at the moon, roamed naked around my place in the forest, and done little rituals that mostly no one knows about~ thanks to a collective awakening I am getting less nervous to share about this kind of thing:)

Hipbees Wildcraft is about staying true to what we love and letting that flow through our work.  Herbalism, aromatherapy, plant medicine etc is all very on trend right now, and it brings me great joy to see so many people embracing it!

Hipbees Wildcraft is about blooming exactly where you are planted.  Let's say that a different way.....it means being happy with exactly where you are now and with exactly what you are doing ~ no whatifs, just as it is right now. It's cliche but all we really have is this moment and time. 

For us at Hipbees it is kind of challenging right now to travel places and 'be wild' (money doesn't grow on trees you know lol).  We need to be as wild as possible in our weird little ways right here at home. That means all kinds of forts, milkshakes for supper, bubble baths that smells like the forest, and lotions that smell like a late summer mornings on the river bank. 

Hipbees Wildcraft is for you.  We made it for the beautiful people that like to feel a little wild, but gotta bloom right in the middle of domestic bliss.  We can't zip to the mountains every weekend, but we can put our feet up, snuggle our kids while we look at pictures and dream about it ~ thats for darn sure!

Thank-you for being on this journey with us, we love what we do and we couldn't do it without you.  Check out the new line coming this week, and please let us know what you think! We love hearing from you :)

 

 

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Oil Cleansing Method

 Hipbees did not invent the oil cleansing method, but we sure do love it!  Here at Hipbees we were very skeptical about applying oil to clean our faces! But now we can not get enough! Our good friend Chantal and her husband told us about this awesome skin care regime.  They have gorgeous skin, always look youthful, and never look mad (that is my favorite thing about them).

Maybe you have heart of 'The Secret', or the 'law of attraction'...well The Oil Cleansing Method works in kind of the same way!  The scientific fact that "like dissolves like" makes this unique way of washing your face both FUN and VERY effective.

Briefly...Oil dissolves oil.  When you apply Hipbees Oil Cleansing Method it will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and clogged your tender pores. When you remove the oils with a nice hot cloth the steam allows you to gently and effectively remove make-up and other impurities from your beautiful face.

So how does this work? In the traditional Oil Cleansing Method you would pool a couple of teaspoons of an oil blend in your palms and them massage it into the skin on your face and neck. Well here at Hipbees we kept spilling it all over our favorite jammies SO we added a touch of (you guessed it) BEESWAX.  This makes our product semi-solid at room temperature.

You massage an amount the size of a quarter into your face, let it stay on for a moment while you let your tap water get hot.  Next, saturate a face cloth with water as hot as you can stand, ring it out and apply the cloth to your face.  Allow the cloth to stay on the face until it begins to cool.  Gently wipe away the oils from the skin.  Repeat the same process one more time if you like.  Once you are finished basking in the glory of this mini-spa, you can simply pat dry the face, or add a bit of facial serum.

Simple as that.

Simple, clean, and divine.

You can do it everyday if that works for you, or a few times per week.

To read more about this fantastic way to clean your face check out: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

Thanks for reading! 

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Shipping

Who doesn't want to save on shipping?

Contact us if you would like to PICK YOUR ORDER UP :)

We are happy to drop off orders at One Man's Treasure in Stony Plain.

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Vitamine E

Some well-known substances are going around town causing all sorts of problems, and now they have a bad reputation. Gluten has a pretty bad rap sheet, soy-not much better, and dairy-is-scary (you get the idea). Often people do not question why this stuff is bad, we just trust that it is, and stop eating it. The opposite can be true about substances we think are good! Oatmeal-good, veggies-good, fruit-good, these are all good things for your body. Vitamin E is one of those GOOD things for you, but WHY?

Why do skin care practitioners love Vitamin E so much? It is because this little nutrient is a powerhouse for your skin.  Vitamin E has been toted by knowledgeable people as a “powerful antioxidant”. ‘Antioxidant’ sounds good, I am in! If you want to get to know Vitamin E on a more intimate level, read the rest of this blog post…if not, then just make sure sure to: eat sunflower seeds, use Hipbees, and hang out with your friends:)

So how is how does Vitamin E work as an antioxidant? Antioxidants neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals. Free radicals are bad, well when it comes to skin care they are. They are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, and wrinkles. The atoms that make up the cells in our bodies try to maintain an even number of electrons -- this makes the cells happy. If an atom has an uneven number of electrons, it is unhappy. If an atom is unhappy because it has an uneven number of electrons, it will steal an electron from another atom in order to become happy. * Special note: this is not dissimilar to my husband and son during Halloween candy season. 

When our skin cells are exposed to outside factors, such as toxins or the sun's ultraviolet rays, our bodies  produce free radicals. These unhappy “free radical” atoms with an uneven number of electrons, steal electrons from healthy cells like the ones that make up your skin. This causes a damaging chain reaction, and that's where antioxidants like Vitamin E comes.

Vitamin E interrupts the oxidation chain reaction. It can protect against the forming of free radicals, and protect against the havoc they wreak on our bodies. Vitamin E does this because of its molecular structure. Now to understand how this molecule works, I think you should consult a far more scientific blog than mine or even wikipedia. This is where my empirical knowledge meets my own experience, and where I start to trust that Vitamin E is good for your skin.

Vitamin E does NOT work as a sunscreen, but in does protect and heal skin. It is a great moisturizer, and its molecular structure also gives it anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E aids in wound healing, and prevents the signs of premature aging. BUT your body cannot produce it on its own, that is why we need to eat in our food  and apply it to our skin.  

Vitamin E’s molecular structure can also protect the fibroblast in the skin– these are the cells that make collagen, glycosaminoglycans, as well as the elastic fibers and glycoproteins found in the skin. As we age, our collagen levels decrease, this is what causes fine lines and wrinkles. With reduced collagen, skin becomes thinner and looses elasticity. Another good reason to have Vitamin E in your corner!

Hipbees uses Vitamin E in most of our products, because of the aforementioned reasons, AND because it works as a natural preservative. If those reasons are not enough, there is more! We also use Vitamin E because it has properties that enhance, and help with the penetration of other compounds into the skin. Vitamin E is easily absorbed by the skin, and it takes the awesome nutrients of other substances along with it!

The last things I will say about Vitmain E is that it really helps retain moisture content in the skin. If you read the post I wrote about BEESWAX then you know how important it is to help the skin retain moisture. Vitamin E is used in Hipbees products as another way to help prevent water-loss of the skin. We make Hipbees in Alberta, where winters are long, cold, and dry...we need to do what we can to keep moisture locked safely in our skin cells!

Thanks for reading the post! *hug*

Here is picture if what raw Vitamin E looks like before I mix it in!

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One Man's Treasure - Stony Plain, Alberta

There is wonderful a shop in Stony Plain called ‘One Man’s Treasure’.

http://www.onemanstreasure.ca

 Here is an excerpt from their website:

"Our unique Antique Emporium features new and antique furniture, jewelry  clothing, bed & bath products and household items. We also feature collectibles like toys, coins, tins, china, glassware, military items and signs.

One Man’s Treasure hosts over 3500 sq. ft. of shopping space. New treasures are brought in almost daily so its worth checking back often. If you have a special item you’re looking for we can add your request to our wish list. We have over 40 vendors who will keep an eye out for your treasure.

Our mission is to provide a warm and eclectic atmosphere, whether you are just browsing, or searching for that unique item! New, vintage and antique treasures are brought in by over 40 vendors with a variety of tastes. This means that there is treasure to be discovered by everyone!"

This marvelous place is loaded with all sorts of amazing surprises. I have been going there for about ten years, sometimes just to take a trip down memory lane. ‘One Man’s Treasure’ has goodies from most by-gone eras, mixed in with contemporary pieces. There truly is something for everyone that visits the shop!

Hipbees has a little booth at One Man’s Treasure where we sell our wares. Why One Man’s Treasure? Well, we felt it was the perfect fit for us because we have a huge affinity for vintage stuff, AND the ladies that run the store are the nicest people in the land. We thought Hipbees would fit in well because it is a local, hand made product - luckily we were right.

The purpose of this blog post is not only to share the awesomeness that is ‘One Man’s Treasure’, but also to let you know that if you are up for a little drive...you can save on shipping! You can email me to make sure that what you are looking is in stock, or if you are placing a big order, I can drop it off for you there.

So make a day of it with your friends! Drive out to Stony Plain on a Saturday; check out their great Farmer’s market that sells some delicious and raw ‘Love Food’, and stop in at One Man’s Treasure! If Danny is there, tell her Jill sent you!

Thanks for reading my post! *hug*

Here is a picture of our booth in the store:

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