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Mini Spotlights – Natural Beauty

Oct 31, 2016 10:53AM

Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine

Since 1994, Teresa Boardwine, RH, AHGI, has been on a mission to educate and empower others to heal themselves using herbal medicine—both on the inside and outside—through the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine. Boardwine, the founder of the school and an herbalist for 22 years, she also is registered with the American Herbalist Guild.

Her school is located in a yurt in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of norther, Virginia, as the curriculum is best experienced by the senses and interaction with the plants, people in the class and the elemental beings of the mountains.

She offers a wide array of classes and workshops, teaching her students a wide range of educational opportunities, from the basics of herbalism and instructing them on how to make tinctures, cordials and elixirs. Her gifts as an educator enable her to fulfill her deep passion—to connect people and plants. Beginning in the new year, Boardwine will be offering two new courses; Farmocology and Western Energetics of Herbalism.

To connect her students to the realm of natural beauty and love, Boardwine will again be offering the Botanica Erotica Love Feast on February 4, 2017. As she notes, “Plants play a vital utilitarian role in the rituals and celebrations of love. Aphrodisiac plants can enhance such a ritual of sharing in love and intimacy…Herbs that have aphrodisiac properties potentiate physical passion.” Plants have been used historically in every culture and after taking this class, her students will be well equipped to their own research.

For decades, Boardwine has delighted in offering to her many students and clients her perspective on medicinal plants with healing benefits specific to their needs. Her encouragement to find health and beauty in the world of plants has touched the lives of so many from the greater D.C. metro area.

For more information, contact her at [email protected] or visit

mini-spotlight_nyrNYR Organic with Randi Cohen Coblenz

Neal's Yard Remedies, otherwise known as NYR Organic, is a growing international phenomena, showing to everyone from Europe to Asia and everyone in between that organic skincare that comes from an ethical corporation can be a thriving international business. Locally, Randi Cohen Coblenz has been an extremely successful independent consultant who is growing her team in the northern Virginia area, to provide those interested in purchasing the products or becoming consultants themselves.

NYR Organic started in a small depot in central London and has been driven by the passionate belief that health and beauty should be more natural and less synthetic. Since then, the business has become London's leading beauty and wellness company. With a flagship store in Covent Gardens, it has a presence in Dubai, Japan and across Europe, and now in the United States. The company is dedicated to sustainably harvested ingredients and uses essential oils to make the most wonderful skin care available anywhere. Ethically sourced, NYR Organic is a company unlike any you've seen—dedicated to saving the planet, one blue bottle at a time.

Known for their luxurious skincare products, NYR Organic also offers cosmetics, bath and shower scrubs and soaps, oils and other aromatherapy accessories, as well as lotions for moms and babies and products for men.

The heart of NYR Organic is the good that this thriving company does for the world and supports numerous programs and projects that support people, including the Holistic Mom’s Network, the Rodale Institute; the planet, with Green America; and animals, with PETA and the Humane Society. As a company, they have never engaged in testing their products on animals.

Cohen Coblenz is available for vendor events or health and wellness conferences and can provide individual as well as group consultations. They are offering great holiday and special occasion gift sets are available with convenient online shopping.

For more information or to purchase products, visit

MD, Bonnie Patterino

Vows & Wows Wellness Spa

In 1999, Bonnie Patterino opened up this private home secret treasure, a peaceful space that has beckoned thousands of happy spa clients to enjoy her one-on-one attention. As a licensed esthetician and makeup artist, her primary goal was to offer personalized service, nurturing care and results. Her passion fueled her desire to set herself apart from what was commercially available to the masses.

From the beginning, her focus was on offering the best dermo-corrective skin care treatments and products available on-site, and going on-location to do wedding day makeup with her custom blend mineral makeup. As a color and image consultant, she delighted clients with flattering style tips and brought out their inner goddess and outer beauty.

Over time, Patterino has studied with some of the best mentors in the world to expand her knowledge and offerings. Her experience led to a new focus of emotional and physical health and getting to the root causes of symptoms or discomfort. Since the skin is our largest organ, it shows us signs of poor health and imbalance from stress, poor diet, busy lifestyles and hormonal changes. She emphasizes the many reasons to not feel guilty about focusing on beauty, because beauty truly comes from within.

Now, Patterino focuses on adding holistic care, energy therapies and education to enhance the results of her therapeutic offerings. Her Wellness Spa menu has expanded beyond what most commercial businesses provide because she delivers more than expected. She has become an international best-selling author, speaker and Life Transformation Coach, who adds her energy alignment therapies and GPS Your Path methods to help others. Patterino usually works by referral only, so take this opportunity to call for an appointment.

Location: Germantown, MD. Call 301-515-0470. See both websites at and


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