New SkinCare Treatment Product Uses the Best the Grape has to Offer

Grapes are popularly called the Queen of Fruits. They can be consumed in many ways, they can be eaten raw or they can be used in making juices, wine, jelly or grape seed oil. although grape are small, they have numerous nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Grapes are considered to be one of the best foods overall in skincare. They are loaded with phytonutrients which have antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Grapes are rich in vitamin C, vital for good skin health….

Anti aging
Free radical are the main cause of premature aging. Pre mature aging is
characterized by the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.
The antioxidant present in grapes, along with the vit c both help in
protecting the skin from harmful effect of free radicals and can also reverse
the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.

Skin softener
Grape seed extract is rich in vit E which retains the moisture in skin.
The seed extract also acts as an exfoliant.

Vitamin C is necessary for production of collagen. Collagen is vital
for the growth of cells, blood vessels, providing strength and firmness to
the skin.

Evens out skin tone.

Lightens scars
Green grapes help in lightening acne scars. Vitamin C in grapes help in the
formation of scar tissues and help to repair the skin.

This Spring we at Blue Heron welcomes the Ilike Grape Stem Cell Solutions to our line. We have just added Grape Stem Cell Polishing Scrub and Grape stem Cell Solutions Gel Mask.

This line is geared to treat conditions like: Anti aging, Fine lines, Wrinkles, Mature skin.

Skin Type:
Dry skin
All Skin type

Provides moisture
Brightens and smooth complexion
Exfoliates dead cells
Protect skin against free radicals
Revitalizes the skin
Prevents visible signs of aging.

Grape seed pulp, skin, seed, stem cells, grape seed oil, Vit A,B,C,E&H

Freida Francis LE

Licensed Esthetician
Blue Heron Wellness

Angela White Opens at the Himmelfarb Gallery

Paintings by Angela White
Opens March 28 at Himmelfarb Gallery, Maryland University of Integrative Health

”At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise
from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer.”
–Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

LAUREL, Md. – “Layers: Water/Paint/Experience,” features Angela White, a Rockville, Maryland artist, and opens Friday, March 28 in the Himmelfarb Gallery at Maryland University of Integrative Health. An artist reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
White presents a range of styles in this exhibit, with a primary focus on seascapes and other paintings of water. The seascapes and landscapes are created using encaustic and water-based oil paints, and are occasionally embedded with gold and silver leaf and covered with iridescent oil paints. She expresses a deep sense of awe and reverence for the beauty and power of nature in all her water and land paintings.
Layers connect the varied themes and processes used in Angela White’s paintings. Layers as seen in translucent water, layers of visual depth from applied paint and encaustic, and layers of meaning she brings from her life experience. White says, “It is through this process of using layers that I record my journeys and turning points, and I return to a new beginning.”
Ms. White is very pleased to be exhibiting in places where there is an understanding of how art contributes to the healing process. She says, “I understand the positive effects visual arts have on an individual, both personally and professionally. As a certified massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, I’ve personally combined the visual arts with the healing arts.” Her meditation practice which is focused on Oneness also influences her paintings.
White says, “While the main principle in my art may be movement, the goal is to show a deeper meaning and universal connections. My intention is to communicate the language of spirit and these universal ideas.”
Artwork from the exhibit will be on sale through the Meeting Point bookstore, which is adjacent to the gallery. Visit the Himmelfarb Gallery online.
What: “Layers: Water/Paint/Experience” Paintings by Angela White
When: March 28 – June 14, 2014
Where: Himmelfarb Gallery, Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel, Md 20723
Artist Reception: Thursday, April 24, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday:
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About Angela White
Angela White is a studio artist and art teacher, as well as a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. She holds two B.A. degrees and a M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a graduate of Potomac Massage Training School. Her thesis show included 30 painting on the subject of water. In 2007 she studied encaustic painting in New York. Her formative years were spent in Europe and the East Coast of the United States. This is where her interest in the natural world began, and watery landscapes continue to inspired and influence her work today. Travel further feeds this interest. Her website:
About Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute)
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) educates and trains practitioners and leaders in health and wellness through transformative and relationship-centered programs that integrate ancient wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH offers graduate degrees and certificates in a wide range of wellness fields, as well as programs for professional and personal development. The on-campus Natural Care Center offers compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, delivering more than 35,000 clinical treatments a year.

About the Himmelfarb Gallery
The lobby of MUIH’s main campus building serves as the gallery space and features four exhibits each year that focus on some aspect of healing, wellness or nature. Since opening in April 2003, the gallery has displayed paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, fabrics and artist-made paper.
For more information, please visit

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Caring for Itchy, Dry Winter Skin by Freida

After a long day, I usually get home and unwind by taking a long shower with hot water beating on my body especially my shoulders. The water massages my aching shoulders. After a few weeks of doing this “therapeutic massage,” I found my shoulders burning and my skin all over my body itching. The areas that were affected had an extra layer of dry cells. I was concerned because I always moisturize my skin. What was causing the itching and burning? Why was my skin barrier damaged? I always take long showers so that wasn’t strange. I tried coconut oils which are good and hydrating, but they didn’t work. My skin itched even more. I decided to mix my own body oils to lubricate my drying skin cells. I mixed together almond oil, castor oil, apricot oil and vegetable glycerin – all known oils for moisturizing the skin – and that mixture irritated my already-damaged skin barrier. One morning in my frustration, I grabbed my hydrating moisturizing mask (Skin Fitness Hydrating Mask) and applied it to my damaged areas. And I felt some relief immediately. I used it again for a few days until the skin barrier was repaired and hydrated again.

The cold low temperatures really do affect your skin and cause severe dryness and itching. On a cold night you may be tempted to take a long hot shower or soak in a hot soapy water for long periods. But this pleasure can cause serious dryness to the outermost layer, the epidermis, which is the key to the barrier. Taking long showers and baths can strip the outermost layers of its natural oils and rob the body of very important moisture. The outermost layer is made up of overlapping layers of dry cells. The epidermis plays an important role in keeping vital nutrients in and damaging substances and elements out.

Protecting the epidermis is important all year round, and especially in the winter. Here are several tips for protecting the skin barrier during this winter period:

(1) Shorten the bath time. Make it short and not too hot. Pat off the excess
water and apply moisturizers after.
(2) Hydrate the skin immediately after coming out of the shower. Leave some
water on the skin to block the moisture lost. Badger Balm’s Rose Body Oil (available at Blue Heron)
is great to apply at the end of your shower before you pat dry. It helps to seal in moisture.
(3) Drink lots of water. Although water doesn’t moisturize the skin, it keeps
the insides of our body hydrated.
(4) Use a humidifier.
(5) Use a body scrub one day a week to exfoliate the upper layer and remove the dead cells.
(6) Wear warm clothing when going outside. Avoid irritating wool fabrics.

Freida Frances is an Esthetician at Blue Heron Wellness. Click here to book an appointment with Freida.

Clear Your Mind by Walking

One of the many ways that walking can promote health and wellness is by putting gentle pressure on Yongquan (Bubbling Spring). An acupuncture point on the sole of the foot, this is the starting point of the Kidney meridian. Stimulation of this energizing point can promote clarity of the mind and stabilize emotions, helping you to focus on your goals.

How To Stimulate Yongquan

While Walking:
Let your heel tap the ground gently and feel your weight transfer fully to the ball and toes of your foot. Focus on breathing into your lower abdomen. Keep your shoulders relaxed and allow your arms to swing freely.

By Tapping:
Use your fists to strike your Yongquan about 100 times on each foot.

By Rolling:
Gently roll a tennis ball under your foot while relaxing on the couch.

Protecting Your Eyes From the Aging Effects of Winter

Our eyes are the window to our souls. Its important to take care of this area. Our eyes are surrounded by the most delicate area on the faces. The eyes are the first thing you see when you meet someone. Your eyes can make you seem tired, bored, happy etc. The eyes play a huge part in our body language and they speak a whole language.

The eyes play a huge part in our body language and they speak a whole language. They can tell how much sleep you got or didn’t get, how much alcohol you had, how you’re feeling or not feeling. Therefore its important to pay close attention to the area around our eyes and treat it with diligent care. The skin around the eye is very delicate and thin. It has few oil-producing pores and can be very impacted by the environmental effects of winter. It can cause the skin around the eyes to look dull, dry and dark.

The winter sun can also be damaging. Although not as bright as in the summer, it still has harmful UV rays. Especially when it snows, the impact of the UV rays can be as much as doubled as it is reflected by the snow. This can cause sunburn that ultimately ages the delicate skin around our eyes. UV rays are responsible for 90% of aging and can add years to our appearance.

There is a lot that we can do to manage the impact of winter on our eyes – keeping the tender skin supple and fresh:

(1) Keep the eye area moisturized. Skin that is moist may not wrinkle or crease as much. Use a moisturizer specially formulated for the eyes. Try our top selling eye cream, Tone n Tighten by Skin Fitness. It has all the ingredients that will keep the delicate area healthy and moist. It has shea butter that will moisturizer as well as repair and protect, hyaluronic acid which adds even more moisture by drawing water to the top layer making the eye are plumper, olive oil that will smoothen and moisturize etc. A perfect eye cream to fight the dryness during the winter months. Nugget: This cream can also be used on your parched dry lips.

(2) Wear sunglasses. These block the UV rays from your eyes and from the skin around the eyes.

(3) Bundle up. Yes, Mom was right! Wear scarves, large hats and coat with a hood. This will prevent the cold wind from destroying the delicate eye area. Coats with hoods and hat will block the wind from your face. The eye area is 10 times thinner than the rest of the face. So protect, protect.

With these practical measures, you can safely enjoy winter in all its beauty!

Freida Francis LE

Winter Skin Care Does Not End with Your Face! by Freida Francis

The past couple of days have been beastly cold. I have experienced my face becoming numb. All I kept thinking was, I’m glad I’m wearing moisturizer and makeup. At least its protecting my skin. I also thought of all the damage that our skin goes through, especially on our face, hands and neck.

Here are some tips to combat the damaging cold days with their low temperatures:

(1) Cleanse with hydrating cleanser twice daily

(2) Use a mild exfoliator to get rid of dead cells and dry spots that occurred from the dry and low moisture in air. If you like me experience dryness and dehydration on your hands, then use the same exfoliator on your hands. Try our Skin Fitness cranberry scrub on both your face and hands. Or come in and have a facial and request Ilike botanical AHA peel. Peels at this time of year can be very beneficial. This peel would hydrate while it exfoliate. It will relieve the skin of redness and irritation that occurs during the cold winter months. I love this peel. After you take it off your skin feels so smooth and hydrated, leaving your skin brighter and healthier.

(3) The next step would be to Hydratewith a hydrating mask. Yes, even on your hands. You need to put back the moisture that was lost while you were exposed to the low cold temperature. I highly recommend Skin Fitness Hydrant masque. Use it 2-3 times weekly, or as often as you feel you need it.

Cold temps will leave us all shivering but after the warmer weather returns, we will all be ready to shine through!

PS: This is the best time of year for a facial.

In the next blog I’ll talk about how to protect your delicate eyes during the winter.

What Blue Heron Students are Saying About the Program

The Yoga Teacher Training Program at Blue Heron Wellness welcomes students from all backgrounds and practices of yoga. The program instruction includes knowledge from various theories and practices current now and relevant throughout the history of yoga. Read what recent graduates say about the program.
*Do you feel the program was welcoming to all traditions?
“Yes, one of the aspects that appealed to me most was that the program welcomed students from different backgrounds and was taught by very qualified instructors from different Yoga traditions. I felt that the two lead teachers and all of the guest teachers were welcoming to diverse Yoga experiences — and that there was a respectful challenge provided for students to question/open themselves up to diverse perspectives in the Yoga realm”. –Kathleen R. Year 2013
*How do you feel about the range of topics covered in the program?
“I was very pleased with the wide range of topics in the program. It kept things very interesting to cover different topics each weekend, yet consistently focus on the main elements each session – breath, asana and mediation”. –Rachel H. Year 2013
*Do you feel comfortable discussing traditions besides the one you mainly practice?
“Yes, definitely. Now that I am teaching, I find that I am drawn to/comfortable teaching flow classes, alignment-based classes, restorative classes, etc.” –Kathleen R. Year 2013
*Overall, did you enjoy the program?
“Yes. The instructors were very creative in keeping the material interesting and with their wealth of experience made the sessions interesting and fun.” –Frank S. Year 2012

Blue Heron’s yoga community appreciates all perspectives and practices in the studio and thrives on the diversity which accents each class.

Caring for Winter Skin by Freida Francis

Winter skin care takes a little bit of time and attention but the benefits are extraordinary. In a word, care for winter skin requires….HYDRATION. No matter what your skin type, all skin requires hydration especially in the winter. Cold, wind, and indoor heat wicks away moisture from your skin leaving dry skin parched, even flaky, and oily skin even oilier (I will cover caring for oily in a separate post). Your job is to replace that moisture from the inside and the outside.

Hydration starts with water, and plenty of it! Start your day with a full glass of warm – not hot – water before anything else. You can add a touch of lemon if you choose for its cleansing properties. Take your water with you throughout your day and remember to drink it. There are many ways to figure out how much water to drink but strive for at least 4-6 glasses daily.

Hydrate your skin directly twice daily with a proper moisurizer. And, again, this applies to every type of skin – the key is using the correct moisturizer. Oily skin benefits from one formulated for its unique needs. Ilike offers an apple & lemon moisturizer that is wonderful for many oily skin types. Dry skin, depending on condition, needs a bit of a richer blend. Also consider that moisturizers may not be an “all-year round” solution. You may need to use a formulation that responds to winter skin’s demanding challenges. Whatever product you use, make sure its right for your skin, and make sure to apply it morning and night.

Once or twice weekly, use a hydrating mask to ensure that you skin is getting what it needs. This is extremely important if you have truly dry skin or if you managing signs of skin’s aging. Again, the right product is key and you can always bring us your questions at Blue Heron. We would be glad to answer them.

And, of course, using a sunblock remains important in the winter months. The sun still bathes us in its rays and while their warmth feels great, remember moderation and sunblock for safety and to prevent pr-mature aging.

So, caring for your winter skin is not difficult it just requires a bit of your time and attention. I hope to see you at Blue Heron Wellness soon. Bring me your questions. I would love to discuss them with you.

Frieda Frances
Freida is a licenses esthetician and practices at Blue Heron Wellness offering skin care treatment.

Kundalini Yoga Class at Blue Heron ~ Rise ‘n Shine!

Want to wake up the energy within? Kundalini yoga is the practice of using breath and posture in order to move the energy that rests at the base of the spine upward through the chakras. As the movement pushes the energy through the chakras, it channels the energy and amplifies the vibrations created from the body that influence the physical being and the environment. These vibrations, along with the focused breathing, calms the mind while energizing the body as it awakens the key energy channels.

For those who feel constantly tired, worn down, or overwhelmed, this is a wonderful practice. Kundalini yoga is known for its powerful effect on the body. The pranayama (breath work) introduces a focused means for breathing which works to inhibit the habit of taking shallow breaths and promote deep breathing. This breathing not only increases the intake of oxygen, giving the cells means to make energy, but also slows the brain waves creating a relaxed state for the individual which proves its ability to heal the body and mind simultaneously.

Here, at Blue Heron Wellness, we offer an enlivening 6:30am Kundalini practice with teacher Kati Gimes who helps start your day off with the energy needed to get you through the hours. If you have any questions or would like information on signing up for the class, contact us at 301-754-3730 or at