Wellness Community Member: Stacy Karen, Holistic Health Practitioner and Natural Skin Care Creator

Stacy Karen back and white headshotLet me introduce myself:
I’m Stacy Karen, a Holistic Health Practitioner, hobby herbalist, and natural skin care creator. Born and raised in Australia, I currently live in the USA with my husband and three kids.
This is what wellness means to me:
To me, wellness is creating space for the mind, body, and spirit to function optimally so we can become the best version of ourselves. It’s not about wanting to live forever or looking healthy on the outside, it takes into account our entire being, encompassing our inner and outer life as well as our living environment. When we live in wellness, we have the wonderful opportunity to develop our full potential and do the things most important to us.
I contribute to the wellness community by:
I strive to help women simplify wellness so they can create a healthy lifestyle without feeling overwhelmed. I do this through my website, courses, and ebooks, as well as hosting classes online and in my local community.
One item I cannot live without is:
I hate to say my phone, but it’s one tool that makes it very easy to stay in touch with my family back home in Australia. Maintaining those relationships is extremely important to me and I am thankful my phone provides a method for me to do that without a lot of complication.
I practice self care by:
Walking outside! It’s so simple, but it works wonders! A walk outside helps lift my spirits, makes my body feel good, and aids me in working through problems or making plans. If I take a friend or family member along, it’s a great opportunity for conversation too.
This is how I keep my wellness simplified:
Once I find something that works well for me and my family, I aim to stick with it and not continue to research endlessly for other options.
I have spent my fair share of time on Dr. Google and it can be a huge rabbit hole full of anxiety and confusion. It’s not that I don’t consider other options when they present themselves, but I am learning to let go and move on in order to release the mental tension and decision fatigue that comes with over-thinking. Embracing good-enough is a healthier way for me to live rather than striving for the perfection I once did.
This is what motivates me:
My kids. I want to be a good example for them and strive to demonstrate how to be a good steward of the health and resources we’ve been given. I also want to stay in optimal health in order to continue to enjoy life alongside them and stay around long enough to see what they decide to do with their own future.
Learn more about me on:
Instagram @NoFussNatural
Facebook @NoFussNatural
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Turn 5 Healing Plants in to the Ultimate Natural Skin Care Remedies

Using plants and flowers topically might seem like the new trend. Companies are including chamomile, lavender, salts and clays in products to 1. bring us back to nature, and 2. create a more healthy product.

In fact, using ingredients from nature goes way back. Think of Cleopatra and her milk and honey baths with a sprinkling of rose petals. Having access to these luxurious ingredients was a sign of wealth. In the ancient Roman baths, prior to the invention of soap, olive oil was used all over the body and scraped off with a rounded metal spoon-spatula to remove dirt from the skin.

These ingredients were used because they were available, yes, but also because they had purpose. Plants contain constituents that soothe, nourish, stimulate and coat. Some plant oils are extracted in the form of essential oils and used in aromatherapy for their healing properties. Some plants are steeped in tea form and ingested or used topically. Either way, our internal and external self can reap the rewards of nature’s gifts.

Here are my 5 top plant picks that work wonders on the skin:

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  1. Oats (Avena sativa): Oats are warming overall. Eating a big bowl of oatmeal soothes the digestive tract, calms the nervous system and topically is a demulcent and emollient. Mix up some ground oats with honey for a weekly face mask, or add oats to your bath to help relieve itching or rashes.
  2. Rose: Roses were grown traditionally for medicinal use but are wonderful in skin care as they are high in vitamin C and aromatic. Rose essential oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it useful in skin toners and cleansers. Try making rose infused face oil or use rose petals in a weekly facial steam.
  3. Aloe Vera:  Internally, aloe juice can aid in digestion with it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Topically, aloe contains constituents that aid in wound healing by  stimulating the growth of skin cells. If you have a live aloe plant, simply break open a leaf and apply to wounded skin. Otherwise, you can purchase aloe juice or gel and use directly on skin. For sunburned skin, keep aloe refrigerated and apply directly as needed.
  4. Calendula (Calendula officinalis): From the pot Marigold flower, Calendula has a purpose in skin care from baby to adult. Topically, it’s major uses are for burns, wounds, skin infections, and reducing inflammation. A cold infusion compress works well on burns and calendula-infused oil is my favourite addition in salves.
  5. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana): A plant with astringent, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. Traditionally, it is used in skin care to tone the skin, tighten pores, reduce inflammation and protect against UV damage, with antioxidant properties. Apply directly onto cleansed skin, or mix with steeped herbal tea as a face toner.

Get back to basics. Try incorporating one or two herbal remedies into your daily routine to help reduce some toxins, and naturally clean and protect your skin. Experiment with infusions, salves, compresses and even try mixing them together for a synergistic effect. You can grow your own and dry the leaves, or purchase organic plants and flowers at organic markets, dispensaries, wellness clinics and DIY soapmaking/beauty suppliers.