JBHomemade offers natural, botanical skincare and the gentle hair removal method called sugaring. The use of Nature's Bounty to provide a natural lifestyle, skin care and health has been around for centuries. Our organic gardens thrive with homegrown flowers, herbs and vegetables. In this second chapter of my life, I share a commitment with my family to live a clean, natural,  self-sustaining, homesteading lifestyle here in TN.
The concept of Clean, natural living inspires each of my homemade products.

Why am I obsessed with the secrets of hollyhocks for skin care? 

Skin Benefits of Hollyhock Infusion:

First and foremost, hollyhocks are notorious for their 
moisturizing and hydrating properties. 
Hollyhocks, or Althea rosea, are delicate flowers that blossom flower in mid-summer season.
The word "hollyhock" comes from "alkaia," the Greek word for mallow. 
"Holly" may be the word "holy" corrupted.
Hollyhocks were found in the grave of a Neanderthal man 
from more than 50,000 years ago. 
Tudors used hollyhock dried roots for additions 
to their wine to stave off blood clots and miscarriages. 
The Chinese used it in many of their recipes.
Did you know?

The extract of this plant (which is what the infusion is) 
is known to hydrate the skin, lock in moisture 
and keep the skin supple and soft.
The non-greasy emollient is known for its 
softening and smoothing properties, 
making it a welcome home remedy for dry skin. 
The extract is also known to give 
the skin added pliability and elasticity, 
keeping it young and radiant. 
On top of all that, hollyhocks are known to 
be a natural astringent, thus, 
making the perfect botanical ingredient for a facial toner!
I will be creating organic
sugar scrubs, facial masks 
and facial toners with the
hollyhocks grown in our 
organic garden on the
homestead this year. 
 
The beautiful hollyhocks will
be a great beneficial 
addition to my natural beauty arsenal.
The hollyhock flower has been used in a number 
of ways over the past years. 
It has been esteemed as a colorful cottage plant.
It was used by the ancient Greeks and Chinese for its 
medicinal properties to treat ailments as 
indigestion, earache and toothache. 
The fruit and flowers of the Althaea species were 
used by the ancient Romans in culinary recipes. 
They have also been used for cosmetic purposes.
Watch the next slideshow featuring my hollyhock infusion made from these same hollyhocks pictured above.
Hollyhocks are known to be a natural astringent, thus, making the perfect botanical ingredient for a facial mask! Lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and helps in reducing the swelling and redness. Lavender is credited with being anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, balancing, energizing, soothing, healing, toning and stimulating (Michalun & Michalun, 2010). Pure Aloe balances out the skin’s natural tone, while shrinking large pores and restoring an even texture. Aloe Vera can help to clear up acne, reduce facial scarring, and bring relief to red, irritated skin. I grow my hollyhocks, lavender, and aloe in my organic garden on my 180-acre homestead in Northern TN. We use organic mushroom compost in all of our gardens. The buds, leaves, and roots are all utilized from the botanical and herbal gardens. This organic facial mask draws out skin's impurities and excess oils, leaving it refreshed and purified. https://www.etsy.com/listing/240189264/organic-hollyhock-lavender-aloe-facial