The Starflower Retreat provides a beautiful + nurturing setting for cleansing the body as we re-member and digest events in our lives.
As we release toxins and un-needed baggage, physically it is a natural segue to reflect on life and purify the emotional body. By letting go of old patterns, we discover new realities that are available to us.
Last year Susan Kurz came to Florida and led a biography workshop for a small group of us here. I experienced firsthand the transformative potential that this work holds. Thus the inspiration to invite Susan to the retreat and combine cleansing + remembering in a peaceful, conducive environment where one encourages the other.
22 OctTake a look at two of our best selling products SkinDance and Enerchi, let’s explore the essential fatty acids these products have that will transform your skin and health.Read more »
Proper skin care is just as important for men as it is for women. Whether you’re a man looking to naturally improve your skin or looking for the best skin care products to gift Dad for Father’s Day, you’ve come to the right place!
Spring is a time to renew and restore our bodies, giving our skin a fresh start. Starflower’s Five Essentials to Organic Beauty apply to all skin types including oily and acneic skin. The Five Essentials are the essential steps for effective skin care: daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, along with a twice weekly steam and mask. In this article, you'll learn what Starflower Essentials skin care products are best recommended specifically for acne along with additional tips and hints for healing acneic skin naturally!
The Starflower Retreat is located in Sarasota, Florida. Our good friend Rand Carter is a knowledgeable biodynamic grower and composter who is experienced in the art of composting. In October of 2018, he built our 5 foot by 8 foot, 48 inch tall compost pile. We documented Rand on video describing his process while educating us with an abundance of valuable information as he builds the compost pile. You can see the video down below at the end of this blog post.
What is biodynamics? Biodynamic gardening has been around for nearly a hundred years. This gardening method was invented by scientist-philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who believed that there is more to the health and vitality of a garden than simply the chemical and physical processes we can observe. Dynamic forces involved include metaphysical, etheric, and astral influences. Lunar and astrological cycles also play a key role in the timing of biodynamic practices. It is recognized that subtle celestial forces affect plant
Don't mistake this plant for a weed; it's a powerful medicine and a very versatile herb, with all parts of the plant used for herbal remedies to help prevent and cure various health ailments. It is safe (and healthy) to eat the flowers, leaves, roots and all. It can be consumed raw, boiled or infused into a tea. Dandelion’s nutritional profile is rich in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation properties, vitamins, and minerals.
One cup of dandelion greens:25 calories
42 milligrams of sodium
218 milligrams of potassium
5 grams of carbohydrates
7 percent dietary fiber
535 percent vitamin K
111 percent vitamin A
32 percent vitamin C
5 percent vitamin B6
10 percent calcium
9 percent iron
5 percent magnesium
Dandelion has been considered medicinal in many traditional and natural medicines f
Did you know that 90% of visible skin aging is caused by sun damage? If you want to keep your skin youthful and protected then it would make sense to wear sunscreen, right? Yes, but then studies indicate that sunscreens can be harmful in several ways, from causing harm to our own bodies (for example: endocrine disruption) to harming the wildlife in our oceans. What are we to do with this conflicting information? Read on for SPF education that will help you keep your skin safe in the sun.
There are 2 kinds of light rays from the sun that effect our skin: UVA and UVB rays. What's the difference between them? UVA are long wavelength rays that penetrate the deeper layers of the skin and are the main cause of skin aging. UVB are shorter, mid-range wavelength rays that tan and burn the surface layers of the skin. Think UVA=Aging and UVB=Burning.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number
Microscopic particles of Gold are suspended in water that has been electronically charged so that the mineral won't fall out of suspension. Colloidal Gold is cell regenerative and gives the skin a protective shield that is proven to be effective against premature aging, and used in skin care also as a bactericide and fungicide and has been shown to be effective against as many as 650 pathogens
OxyGold is a reparative, leave-on mask that is left on overnight to rejuvinate and revitalize your skin by penetrating deep into the layers of the skin, infusing fresh oxygen for cellular repair. This mask delivers fresh, easily absorbed nutrients in ionic form while boosting bioavailibility of other nutrients. It is light and water-based, yet it won't inhibit the skin's natural respiration process during the night, leaving the skin
The king and queen of the plant kingdom unite in this divine synergy of Jasmine and Rose! Our brand new face crème delivers the most amazing scent including penetrating moisture protection for your skin. This aromatherapy and herbal-rich moisturizer will feel best for dry and/or mature skin.
The Jasmine Rose Shea Face Crème contains Raw African Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Rose Water, Herbs of Calendula, Elder, Hollyhock, Self-Heal, and Chickweed; Beeswax, Essential Oils of Jasmine Grandiflorum, Jasmine Sambac, and Rose Absolute; Vitamin E, Rosemary and Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Shea Butter is a skin super-food with exceptional healing properties. Naturally rich in vitamins A, E, and K, as well as offering a small amount of UV protection (approximately 6 SPF). It provides the skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients for collagen production. Regular use of this natural cream can treat many s
How Starflower Essentials began...
What started in a biodynamic farming community has become a fully-realized business opportunity through Starflower Essentials, a holistic products company with more than 100 products for the skin, bath and overall wellness. Founder and owner Cherylyn Van Kirk started her Sarasota, FL-based company 23 years ago to offer personal products with the same high quality ingredients you could find in a garden. "Making herbal formulas for the skin became a hobby of mine, and I loved wild crafting and growing herbs in the garden, and making tinctures and extracts for my family's medicine cabinet," Van Kirk said. "I realized that there was a real need in the U.S. for quality herbal based skincare."
That's when she decided to create Starflower Essentials.