Apple Stem Cells, what they are and why we use them.

The way Leaf People formulates skincare not only relies on traditional medicinal techniques but also newer scientific findings in botanical medicine. One of these is the use of stem cells derived from apples, an ingredient that has become highly coveted across the globe as its benefits become more and more apparent. The Uttwiler Spatlauber apple […]

A Deeper Look at Rosemary

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. I can never walk by a rosemary plant without running my whole hand through it and breathing in its healing essence. I love it for its stimulating and joy-inducing qualities, and I always have it around the house. It’s an herb I feel is incredibly important to live […]

The Many Things I’ve Learned From Plants

Throughout my lifetime, I’ve learned many lessons from plants. And now, as we navigate through a changing social climate to build a future of true and just freedom, I look to the botanical world for guidance and clarity. Like humans, each plant is remarkably unique and offers a multitude of wisdom. True diversity is essential […]

The Dark Underbelly of WiId Harvesting

Photo: An over harvested arnica plant, found along a hiking trail in the Roaring Fork Valley. Arnica typically produces 2 – 3 flowers per season, this plant has had all 3 flowers taken so it will not be able to reproduce this year. A sad and poignant example of over-harvesting.   With summer’s fast arrival […]

Ashwagandha: a botanical profile

Each season, we’ll be featuring a botanical highlight, which will explore the plants we use in our Leaf People products and explain their specific benefits from an herbalist’s perspective. Over the past decade, many of these botanicals have migrated from fringe culture into mainstream awareness; however, the conversation around them is often vague or over-generalized. […]

Herbs for Allergy Season

Allergy season is upon us… the drippy nose, itchy eyes, constant desire for tissues to be in reach and the ever so faint questioning of our plant friends. In support of these times, I want to share my herbal allergy protocol. Before we get started, I am a big supporter of having a proper allergy […]

Spiritual, Emotional & Mental Wellbeing During SIP

Right now, after a week or two at home we may be looking for new ways to connect with each other and our higher selves. I’ve compiled a small list of live stream events here, including synchronized global mediation, daily meditation practice, yoga, various church services, virtual museum tours and aquatic webcams to spark ideas […]

Simple breathing exercise to strengthen the lungs and calm the mind for cold & flu season

Today I am sharing a breathing exercise with you that helps me stay calm and focused during times of high stress. It’s also a great breathing exercise to strengthen and control the lungs and help oxygen disbursement throughout the body. My favorite thing about this exercise is that you can do it anywhere: in the […]

Newsflash!

Some exciting developments happening at Leaf People. In 2019, we were nominated Best in Show at the Indie Beauty Expo for two of our products – the Radiance Face Cream and Stem Cell Hydrating Serum. Following on the heels of that, we’ve recently been selected as a finalist in the 2020 CertClean Clean Beauty Awards […]

The Intervention: Matilda

Mathilda came to us this past fall feeling lackluster and haggard. Her complexion was caked with foundation and the dregs of fluorescent blush. Too many long days at the office. Too many bottles of wine, too many Lean Cuisines with their evil bechamel sauce bubbling over. As a result, her skin was suffering. “I’m starting […]

How to Choose A Skin Care Company

It’s incredibly difficult and overwhelming to pick between natural skincare options, as the industry has blown up in the past five to ten years. When things come in such beautiful packaging covered in buzzwords, it’s difficult to know what’s what. With the onslaught of holiday advertising coming toward us, we’re leaning heavily on ways to […]

What is Herbal Skin Care?

In herbal medicine, we believe in using the entire plant, as nature created it, so that all of its components are allowed to work synergistically together. Because we as organisms are so tied to the botanical world, our cells most easily recognize plants in their natural state. The more we leave plants in their whole, unadulterated form, the better our bodies can recognize and absorb their benefits.

Founders Series, Part 4

Photo: The beginning,  an early morning at the Aspen Saturday Market,  featured in Aspen Sojourner Magazine During my time in the jungle, I had a strong vision about wanting to share the stories of plants. Having spent the previous 15 years working with clay, this idea first took shape through a series of ceramic vessels called the […]

Founders Series, Part 3

Photo: Walking Palm, Amazonian Rainforest. Who says plants can’t move?   After living in Australia for a year, I ventured to South America, following an unplanned route from Buenos Aires to Bogota over a period of nine months. I settled in Bolivia to study Spanish and learn from local herbalistas who sold medicinal Andean plants […]

Founders Series, Part 2

Photo: Still sisters after 30 years. My host sister and I  in Leuven, Belgium.   Discovering Possibilities. I was fortunate to graduate from high school at 17 which allowed me to join the American Field Service, a foreign exchange program, as a gap year before college. Through AFS, I was stationed in Lummen, Belgium, a […]

Founder Series, Part 1

Photos: my record size king salmon – age 6, being primped for a sister city celebration in Hokkaido, Japan – age 15, photo of Homer – photo credit unknown. In the beginning… The core philosophy behind Leaf People is largely influenced by my childhood in Alaska, with its entrepreneurial and self-sufficient spirit. My family lived […]