Sunday, June 25, 2017

How to make calendula salve

Calendula is starting to pop up and bloom in my garden!

Calendula is a cheerful annual flower known for its beauty and medicinal qualities. I use it in my garden, for medicine and soap making. 

Cheesemakers and cooks used to add the petals to butter, cheese and custards to make them look more golden. 

Either grow the plants from seed and collect the petals yourself, or buy dried flower petals. (Rose Mountain Herbs sells dried calendula in bulk online).

If you grow your own plants, make sure you purchase the correct seeds. You want Calendula Officinalis, not other kinds of cultivated marigolds. 

I seeded half a flower bed years ago, and it faithfully comes back every year - voluntarily spreading cheer in other places, too. It wanders and spreads because its seeds are prolific.

Why is calendula so famous? It has been used for eons to heal wounds and irritated skin, and is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and an immunostimulant. Since the properties in calendula stimulate the production of collagen, this plant helps to minimize scarring and wounds, and also helps with stretch marks, sunburn, diaper rash and dry skin.

My favorite way to use calendula is to infuse it in olive oil, which I then make into goat milk soaps.  I wrote a tutorial on how to do this here.

Another favorite is to make salve with it. Let me show you how.

How to make calendula salve:

This is super easy, very quick and saves you money! 

You need

  • 4 ounces calendula-infused olive oil (see above)
  • 1/2 ounce grated beeswax (about 2 tablespoons packed down)
  • optional: about 20 drops of essential oil (I love lavender)

Put a stainless steel bowl inside a pot of boiling water. This creates a double boiler effect.  

Melt the beeswax inside the stainless steel bowl, and once it's liquid, add the calendula oil.  

Keep this in the double boiler and warm it up for about a minute, and then stir it together so it's all mixed and blended well.  

Add essential oil if desired.  

Pour this into a small container and let it cool.  

You can buy little tins for this, or just use what you have in your house.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our lives will be forever changed. This is a very personal post, and scary.

I don't know how to say this.  I've been struggling with it, wrestling with it in my own mind and heart, and wondering how to break this news to you.

I wrote about it in my other blog the other day, because there's where my deep stuff goes, and I want to share it with you now.

Sorry if I sound melodramatic.  What I really would love are kind words of encouragement from you when you are done reading it.  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day, an interview with our local radio station, more mountain biking and the garden

Before I forget to tell you: Marblemount Homestead got interviewed by our local radio station KSVU 90.1 a couple of weeks ago.  The lovely Erma Baude interviewed my entire family: the head honcho (namely me), Steve, Kai, Luke and Eva.  

I think it's a great interview and really shows our personalities, so if you want to learn more about us, listen to the audio hereor click on the vimeo link.

KSVU Radio Interview with Marblemount Homestead from Corina Sahlin on Vimeo.

So remember to click on the interview above after you are done reading this post, which you should, because I'm writing about my lovely husband Steve, father to our three children, and our biggest supporter, cheerleader, and steady rock of the family.

I'm writing about Steve because it's Father's Day, and I want to celebrate the fact that he's the best Daddy and guy I've ever met.  Hands down.  

The man has the patience of a saint, unconditional love of Jesus or Buddha, adventure spirit of the first guy ever to climb Mount Everest, nurturing side of Mother Theresa, strength of Arnold Schwarzenegger (we used to call him our mule when he had to carry our children up and down mountains), and all-around number one guy.  Plus, he's hot, so there.

The photos above were taken on one of our adventures last week, mountain biking and camping in the Methow Valley for my birthday, and fishing here on the West side.

I love the fact that Steve is as much an outdoor adventure person as I am.  He keeps up with me, if I not with him, but he's nice about it and won't rub it in.

Here are some more pictures, taken at Rasar State Park closeby where we live.

And here are photos of our adventure in the Methow Valley.  Camping, camp-firing, biking, hiking, kayaking.  The dogs came, too, and were great sports about everything.  

My little guy even sat in the Kayak with me and paddled in several lakes with me.  Although he looks like a disgruntled teddy bear in all pictures, he adores hanging out close by my side.  Honestly, I don't know if this dog can even swim.  Maybe I should get a life vest for him?

I can't tell you how much fun I'm having mountain biking with my sons.  It's great exercise, of course, but apart from all the endorphins, it also produces lots of oxytocin (the bonding hormone).  The kinds of talks we have, when we actually have breath left to talk, the laughs, the cheering each other on... it's precious.

I will leave you with pictures of some of the beauty in our garden.

If you are a Dad, I wish you a Happy Father's Day.  May you be adored by your kids, and may you realize that being a father is much, much more important than your job, you know the one you bring the bacon home with.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mountain biking and other summer adventures (namely: here's Mama getting her ass kicked)

I will be 45 years old in a few days. I'm heading towards 50, which is half a frigging century old. I got the grey hairs to prove it, and the wrinkles... but to look at the positive side, more wisdom as well.

What I really want to celebrate is the fact that I can keep up with my teenage boys when we go on one of our crazy adventures. 

 Okay, I'm lying. 

I can hang with them, because they wait for me. We went mountain biking in the Methow Valley last week, and we did some pretty gnarly single track biking.

It was heaven. It was sweaty, endorphin-pumping, calorie-consuming, heart-pumping, teeth-clattering fun.

My husband came, too, and we kept high-fiving each other on being able to keep up with the young-uns. Sort of.

You guys, our two day camping and biking trip was so much fun, so gorgeous, so bonding, so lactic-acid producing, so delicious.  You can't believe the amount you food you get to consume when you burn ten thousand calories a day.

I absolutely love the Methow Valley, especially early on in the season when it's not too hot yet, and when the tourists haven't over run it yet.

Not that you meet too many people in these alpine huts you can only get to with some serious sweat equity.

One of the reasons I've been feeling so emotional about this trip is because I don't know how much longer our teenagers want to hang out with us, their parents.  Soon, there will be girlfriends, and peers, and other things to do.

There are some huge changes on our horizon, and I'll let you know about them some other day.

It has been feeling pretty summery here in the Pacific Northwest.  

Of course, as I'm writing this, a rain front is hitting us, but still... We've had some nice hot weather, conducive to swimming and kayaking at Baker Lake.

Another plus of the heat is being able to dry the laundry on the line.  It's nice when the kids help with it.

The roses have been going nuts with all this heat.  I get drunk sniffing them whenever I walk by.

Other flowers in our garden are equally spectacular.  I'm a serious beauty-lover, so our homestead is overflowing with it.  Overflowing with flowers and free-range chicken poop.  The paradox of country living, man.

I will leave you with images of all the track meets we've been cheering at.  The boys and Eva are starting to specialize in the 800 meter race, getting ribbons for second and third place for their age groups.

It was so sweet to watch the brothers coach their little sister, who never ran on a track before.  They ran with her on the grass, to tell her to slow down or pick it up.  

My voice gets sore on the last 100 meter stretch, when all of them give it their best and kick in for a sprint.  Yes, I am competitive.  (Did you know that I was the 100 meter unbeat sprinting champion in my school in Germany as a teenager? Yup. I beat the boys in my class every single time. I told you I'm competitive).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Magical May - Homesteading in Paradise May Highlights

May was magical.  Spring kicking in, moving into summer weather, things hopping on the homestead, a thriving garden, amazing bike rides, great bonding with the kids and friends, the first trip over the mountain pass...

Hope you are having a wonderful start to your summer as well!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Time urgent!

Since you are reading my blog, I assume you know that I’m a life coach. I don’t like the word “life coach” though. The word “coach” conjures images of someone with a whistle in their mouth, yelling and jumping up and down.

I see myself more as a midwife helping people birth their highest potentials. Yes, that’s a mouthful and sounds kind of lofty, doesn’t it?

Truth is: as a life coach (or mentor, or midwife for highest potential), I help to change people’s lives, often dramatically. 

My clients come to me with a problem and unrealized potentials, and I help them make conscious not only why these problems or barriers to flourishing exist in the first place, but more importantly transform and evolve them. 

During and after our work together, my clients learn to show up in new and different ways, apply the tools I teach them, and get lasting results.

Since my clients get such great results, and since I’m getting busier with my life coaching practice, I want to tell you about a few things:

  • I’m raising my prices at the middle of June to reflect my value and all the expenses of my continued education to make me into a world-class coach. Prices will go up from $70 per session to $97 per session. Instead of my $500 coaching package for 8 weeks, it will cost $697.

  • If you contact me for a free session by the end of May, I can grandfather you into my old pricing structure, meaning you get my services for 38% less than new clients.

Click here and fill out the red form on your right to book a free discovery session.

I will accept a total of five new clients for the next 3 months. So if you schedule your free session now, and we both decide this is a fit for us, you will be able to get started with improving your life right away instead of having to wait til new spots open up.

Here are some of the many testimonials from my clients:
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So please contact me for a free discovery session to explore how we can catalyze your deepest flourishing and thriving! 

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

I made a terrible mistake

When you are a parent, you need to be careful.  

Especially when you have two boys less than two years apart in age, who are competitive with each other.

I made a mistake when, a few months ago, I showed you guys a movie my younger son Luke made, and it got several hundred views.

Why a mistake?  Because his older brother Kai made a movie as well, and I never put it on the blog.  How mean of me.

So here I go, showing you Kai's movie, which is actually really funny.  He filmed it all by himself, and it's a spoof about reality wilderness survival shows.  How he knows how to nail the Australian accent, I don't know.

So without further ado, here is Kai's movie.  Please watch it.  It has to get as many (or more) views as his brother's, otherwise I'm screwed.

Click here to watch Kai's movie on my Youtube channel.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer, and why I love living here

I'm writing this post in my backyard, with birds thrilling, bees humming and temperatures soaring to 80 degrees.  The chickens are walking by giving me dirty looks while they are panting through their beaks to cool off.  The goats can spy me through the fence and are yelling for me to give them more water.  


We've taken full advantage of this weather the past few days.  On the weekend, a bunch of us wild women descended onto Whidbey Island for our friend's bacherolette party.

I love that we only have to drive about an hour West to get to Puget Sound and find spots like these:

And then, when we drive one hour East, we get to places like this:

Our boys went biking in Oregon with friends, so only Steve, Eva and I were home.  A few days ago, we grabbed her best friend and headed over the mountains.  On top of Washington Pass, we found a good amount of snow and took full advantage of it.

Snowballs might have been thrown.  Feet might have gotten wet in melting tarns.  Dogs might have been cuddled in front of a crazy-beautiful-Sound-of -Music-esque backdrop.

We had such a lovely day on the East side.  Getting treats at the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery, walking along raging creeks, playing on playgrounds, drinking cider at the Cider House, picking wildflowers, eating a picnic by the river, watching the two girlies frolic in nature...

I'm so happy that Eva has a best friend like that.  Although our daughter is homeschooled and her friend isn't, they still get to spend as much time as they can together.  

Back home, things are blooming and growing and producing.  This week, a couple of film makers will visit our homestead.  They used to make movies for National Geographic, so they know their stuff.  I'll keep you posted on their project - it sounds like a great one!

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer as much as we are!

Back to the patio I go.  Flowers are waiting to be smelled after all.

Oh, and I have to plant beans and cucumbers in the garden.