In this episode, we visit Justine Kahn at her home and micro-farm in Sausalito. Justine is a slow beauty expert and the founder of Botnia, a plant-based skincare line (think whole-food diet for the skin). She’s also the owner of Skin Remedy in San Francisco.
A Visit With Justine Kahn At Her Home And Mini-Farm
Justine and I begin our conversation in the garden tour where we taka a tour of her mini-farm and hear about some of the many plants she uses in skin remedies, lotions, and hydrosols or flower waters. (Wait! A hydrosol? What’s that? Learn more about them by listening to the podcast.) These are plants that and are often both medicinal and fragrant, plus they make great kitchen and flower garden companions. Chamomile, roses, scented geranium, and calendula are front and center in our conversation, but there are many more.
I recorded my conversation with Justine at her home and mini-farm in the heart of Sausalito, California where we took a tour of her garden and made a simple calendula healing oil.
In the process of learning about Justine’s garden, we also hear about Justine’s unexpected journey into what has become her life’s work: Botnia!
It’s important to note that Justine didn’t plan to grow a mini-farm in the heart of Sausalito. She also didn’t set out to create a plant-based skincare line. These things grew from a nagging question: how to help people understand that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our bodies.
Let’s hear how her story evolved. Plus, don’t miss the how-to for the calendula healing oil (recipe below).
Episode 4 With Justine Kahn
Justine and I recorded our conversation during a June heatwave. Temperatures soared well above 100 F! (Unusual for what is typically foggy Sausalito.) We also spent much of our time outside enjoying the many flowers in her garden. Because of this, you’ll hear all sorts of sounds humming along in the background: beetles buzzing, birds singing, cars passing, and more.
The Making of Justine’s Calendula Healing Oil
Calendula Healing Oil Recipe
- Gently press or grind dried calendula flowers in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.
- Sterilize a clear glass jar with rubbing alcohol.
- Fill your jar with flowers.
- Next, pour jojoba oil over the flowers and fill up to the rim.
- Tighten down the lid and cover the outside of the jar in aluminum foil to protect it from the sun and place the filled jar in a sunny, warm window.
- Shake once or twice a day.
- Strain off the flowers with cheesecloth or a similar loose weaved fabric and use the oil directly on your skin or add it to other recipes.
- *Optional, place a small square of wax paper between the metal lid and the flower and oil mixture before tightening down the lid.
Some Of The Many, Medicinal Plants Growing In Justine’s Mini-Farm
More Photos From Our Day
Follow Justine on Instagram @botniaskincare.
Find Skin Remedy here.
Special Thanks to Gilmour Garden & Watering
This episode was made possible thanks to the support of Gilmour Garden and Watering. Thank you, Gilmour, for your sponsorship! Don’t miss the promo code in the sidebar for a 20% discount on your next purchase.
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