Wedding planning, summer school, and working your buns off got you a little stressed out? Tell me about it.
Taking the time to pamper yourself at home is important. Here's an easy, inexpensive, and simply luxurious way to unwind after a long day:
1. Bring a small pot of water to a rolling boil
2. Wash your face
3. Add 1/2 cup of dried lavender buds to water
4. Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to water
5. Drape a small towel over head and hold face over steaming water for a few minutes
6. Rinse face with cold water to close pores
7. (Optional) Finish with a few sprays of Rosewater
8. Feel glorious
If you have air plants in your home, you may notice them blooming like crazy recently! Have you ever smelled their flowers? They're extremely fragrant- even the tiniest little blooms!
Native to Central and South America, Tillandsias (air plants) get their common name from the fact that they do not need soil to survive. However they do need water! They thrive in many environments from extremely high altitudes to the heart of tropical rainforests.
How to care for your air plant:
Spritz plant thoroughly with water or gently run under faucet 2-3 times per week. Always water in the mornings as evening watering disrupts the plant's nighttime respiration. Be sure to keep your air plant where it will receive plenty of filtered light- not direct sunlight! Direct sunlight will quickly burn the plants, causing irreversible damage. Keeping them within 6 ft of a window is ideal.
If kept as houseplants, temperature is not an issue as long as they are never exposed to frost. So, if you don't live in an igloo, air plants will grow just great in your home!
Once a month, spritz your Tillandsias with watered down orchid fertilizer (available at all nurseries).
Here's a quick checklist for Northern California gardeners: