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Apr 20, 2020

In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I chat with Barbara Bitondo about herbalism, making your own beauty products, the benefits of herbs over essential oils, and favorite resources.

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Barbara Bitondo reigns at Aphrodite in the Kitchen, her Apothecary Studio in Washington, DC. Barbara is an urban herbalist, and a simpler, who directs her attention to topical herbal applications using easy-to-grow, bioregional plants and flowers for wellness, beauty and sensual delight. She grows, wild-crafts, guerrilla harvests, and trades for the plants she uses. Barbara teaches workshops on making essential-oil-free bath and beauty products, designs pop-up herbal spas at events and for special occasions, and offers an exclusive quarterly “Spa-in-a-Jar” subscription service.

Barbara twines Wild Wise Woman Ways with Second-Life and Zero-Waste practices making each step in her Walk in Beauty, both a ceremony and a revolutionary act.

You can find Barbara at the Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference that she has been involved in for almost a decade, and closer to home, at Rooting DC.

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Linda Conroy (Moonwise Herbs), Isla Burges (Vereditas in NZ), STEPHANIE GERBER (Hello Glow) and Marie Rayma (Humblebee and Me)

Rosa Rugosa Salve (for use on lips, cuticles, to soften hands, event to fix my hair after yoga)

Vegan Bath Fizzies (because as you say, “bathes are balm for the soul”)

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