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Living in Full Bloom with Healing Gardens T

hroughout history, gardens have been an important treatment to help aid in the healing

process,” say landscape architect, Susan Combs Bauer. “From the Gardens of Babylon to Japanese Zen Gardens, these types of historic landscapes are the modern day prescription for healthcare.” According to Bauer, healing gardens are

making a comeback and may be experienced at many healthcare facilities, corporate employee spaces, and residential back yards. “A healing

garden for the home brings joy, peace, balance and wholeness to our being, as well as a sense of passion or ‘living in full bloom’ as we take care and nurture our gardens,” she says.

When designing a healing garden, the process is different than your typical

garden. The surroundings, sensory elements, and plant selection all play an im- portant role. Bauer suggests six simple steps to consider for your backyard healing garden. “Select an area that has both sun and shade; incorporate a walking path; create a quiet area for contemplation; add a sculpture, artwork or water feature; select low maintenance plants, including native and medicinal plants or edible herbs; and add plants that entice your senses, such as delightful scents, colors and textures,” she explains.

Susan Combs Bauer is president of BauerCombs & Associates, Inc. a landscape archi- tecture firm specializing in healing gardens and outdoor spaces. For more informa- tion, call 505-216-0775, visit or learn about seminars at BigDog See calendar page 28. See Community Resource Guide page 31.

Healthy Aging Wisdom Circle O

n the second and fourth Thursday of each month, join a supportive community at the Healthy Ag-

ing Wisdom Circle, facilitated by Leslie Martin, certi- fied holistic health coach, to share your healthy aging secrets and to learn from others. “The aging process is something that everyone must go through; but at what speed and intensity?” asks Martin. “It is different for everyone. Genetics is a factor; however, there are other key components that can be utilized to ensure a longer life with better quality. What should people be concerned about and how can they address these issues?”

According to Martin, as people age, they should be cognizant of disease influ-

ences such as inflammation, stress, weight gain, hormonal imbalances and mental clarity. “Prevention is the key,” she says. Dr. Ronald Katz, co-founder of the Ameri- can Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine says, “Anti-aging or preventive medicine is not about stretching out the last years of life. It’s about stretching out the middle years of life…and actually compressing those last few years of life so that diseases of aging happen very, very late in the life cycle, just before death, or don’t happen at all.” We want to live long, die short. “Diet and exercise are always at the forefront of every health concern, of

course, however, there are other areas to look at,” says Martin. “Relationships, careers, and spirituality are primary aspects of a person’s life, and thus, a person’s health.”

Location: 5924 Anaheim NE, Suite A. For more information and to RSVP, call 575- 770-4467. See calendar page 29. See Community Resource Guide page 31.

8 Northern & Central New Mexico

Soap for Sensitive Skin


arthGift Herbals is a perfect example of how a personal crisis gave birth to a premium handmade product; in this case, an organic skin-softening spa soap that the most sensitive skin will welcome and appreciate for its rich emollient and gentle cleansing qualities. The

company started in 1995 in Santa Fe by Asaera Patricia Coté. A jewelry designer at the time, she became seriously ill from working around heavy metals. A subsequent bacterial infection required three courses of the strongest possible antibiotics for her to survive it. While Asaera eventually recovered, her im- mune system and her skin did not fare so well.

Her skin became overwhelmingly

sensitive to almost every commercially made product. That began a study of herbs, herbal remedies and ultimately soap-making. Unable to find anything in the marketplace that wasn’t an ir- ritant, Asaera applied her business skills and created her own products and a company, EarthGift Herbals. EarthGift›s artisan soap-crafting team uses a proprietary process without palm oil derivatives - the hardening (and drying) ingredient found in most other soaps. Small batches allow for careful quality control. Production operates at least two months ahead to satisfy demand and to accommodate for environmental conditions. “Every effort is given to create the purest products,” says Asaera, “beautiful, sustainable, low-impact, cruelty-free and earth (and skin) friendly.”

EarthGift›s «petite retail» space

opens April 18 and luxury soap is avail- able anytime by appointment.

Location: 3620 Wyoming NE in Profes- sional Bldg., Suite 119, Albuquerque. For more information call 505-281- 8588 or visit See ad on page 14.

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