Archive | June 2012

Make Your Own Toothpaste!

Making your own mouth care products is healthy and economical. The toothpaste I made today is not a neon blue, green, or pink. It’s gray- not the prettiest color- but oh so much better your teeth! I used bentonite clay, which is why it’s gray, but there are other kinds of clay you can use if you can’t handle the gray- white kaolin clay, for example. What’s wrong with commercial toothpaste? Flouride. Research it. It’s gross. And also, of course, artificial flavors and colorings (ew!), and chemicals that strip your teeth in ways that may claim to whiten but are truly unhealthy for them in the long run. I’ll give you my recipe for natural tooth-and-mouth loving paste below, but as long as you understand the basics of what’s important to include, you have a lot of flexibility in making your own.

Ingredients:
Clay
Baking Soda
Filtered Water
Xylitol
Clove Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Optional ideas to add:
Calcium Carbonate (can be used instead of clay; so can charcoal)
Other food-grade essential oils of your choosing
Coconut oil

Equipment:
Jar
Stirring utensil

First of all, I suggest starting out by making a small batch, like maybe in a 4 oz jar. Halfway fill the jar with xylitol. Dissolve the xylitol crystals in a little (just enough to cover) boiling water. Xylitol has been shown to have numerous dental benefits for humans! It is a sugar alcohol (but doesn’t act like a normal sugar) found in the fibrous parts of some plants- mine came from birch trees. It helps keep a neutral ph in your mouth and keeps bacteria from growing. Then you need some sort of clay. It acts as a gentle abrasive and contains calcium and other minerals that are good for your teeth. I used bentonite, but there are many types of beneficial clay you could use. Mix the clay with a little bit of baking soda. Don’t use too much BS in the ratio, or your toothpaste will taste yucky! Baking soda helps clean, polish, and whiten the teeth without scratching off the healthy layer of enamel. Slowly add the clay-soda mix while stirring, until it is pretty thick and paste-like. I add peppermint and clove essential oil, for the antimicrobial properties, and you could also add fennel or a tiny drop of cinnamon, depending on the flavor you’d like. Scoop it into a jar and voila! Teeth are very happy, healthy and clean when you brush!

There are so many possible variations on this recipe! I’d love to hear about it if you give it a try, if you have any questions, and what your teeth think!

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In Search of Witch Hazel

I went looking for witch hazel today all around my neighborhood. I want to try using it in the face moisturizer I make, and I want to try creating a new mouthwash recipe with it. I could just walk down to the drugstore and buy it cheaply, instead of going to the trouble of making it myself, however, distilled witch hazel is nearly always sold with 14% alcohol, and I don’t want any alcohol in what I’m making- it’s drying to the skin and not good for teeth. My plan was to walk down to the river, looking for it on the way along the creek, because witch hazel loves water and can often be found nearby. No doubt you’ve seen it yourself, growing prolifically along waterways. But did I find any today? No. But what I did find was two cubs and a momma black bear! I saw the cubs first, adorably making little noises and climbing the tree trunks, some feet from me. I froze, and pointed them out to my partner walking with me. Momma must be close, and it’s not a good idea to get near her babies! Indeed, there she was, even closer to the right! She looked curiously at the two humans but seemed to evaluate our danger as if we were butterflies. We carefully continued along our path, giving as much space as we could. It wasn’t the witch hazel adventure I was expecting, but it was most certainly eventful!

Witch Hazel

Shaped Soaps!

New soap molds!

Small Soap Shapes ~ $3:
Flower, Butterfly, Whirligig, Basic Circular or Rectangle.

Large Soap Shapes ~ $5:
Celestial Moon with Stars, Dragonfly with Cattails, Hummingbird with Flowers, Basic Rectangle, Egyptian Eye of Horus.

Soaps: Choose from Shea Butter, Honey, Aloe Vera, Hempseed Oil, Goat’s Milk, or Pure bases with essential oils of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rose Geranium, Spearmint, Fir Needle, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Orange, Cedarwood, Sweet Fennel, Clove, and Cinnamon. Yellow, True Burgundy, Pinkish Burgundy, Light and Dark Greens, White, Light and Dark Blues, Teal, Lavender, Violet Purple, Brick, Brown, and Uncolored.
Add Oatmeal, Calendula petals, Rosemary leaves, Mint leaves, or Lavender flowers and/or leaves for $0.75.

Shaving Bar (uncolored round) ~ $4.50:
Pure (no essential oils added), Lavender, Sweet Fennel, Clove, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Orange, Geranium.

Celestial Moon with Stars

Hummingbird with Lilies

Butterfly

Dragonfly with Cattails

Flower

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Hot process soaps are here.

Also available:
Hand-milled Soap Paste ~ 4 oz jars ~ $7

Salves & Balms

Comfrey-Arnica Salve

Comfrey contains allantoin and is a powerful healer. It regenerates tissues and encourages new cell growth. It has historically been used for healing broken bones as well as many other ailments. This salve has a Comfrey leaf base as an infused oil, and also contains Comfrey in tincture form. It also has Arnica tincture, for pain and inflammation. I added Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Rosemary essential oils for pain relief, joint issues, calming muscular cramps, muscular stiffness, muscle tone, circulation improvement, inflammation, and overall soreness. Since this salve contains Arnica, it is not for use on broken skin. For open wounds, try my Herbal Antiseptic Ointment, and/or Pure Comfrey Salve (below).

Arnica Balm

This balm comes out lighter, because it is made with a base of Arnica flower oil, which, along with the beeswax, gives it a golden hue from the yellow flower petals. Arnica is fantastic for pain and a great anti-inflammatory to boot. This blend also contains tinctures of St John’s Wort, Comfrey, Lavender, and Solomon’s Seal Rhizome, and Rosemary Essential Oil and Eucalyptus Essential Oil.
I use it in the morning, before and during exercise, at bedtime, and any time I have an achy or injured muscle (which, when you’re a dancer, is always). Injuries are less and healing time is improved, as well as helping with pain without completely masking it, should it need to not be pushed too far. The first cream I made for myself, and started sharing and selling to my fellow ballet company members- it essentially started Forest Faerie Herbals for me!

Lemongrass Salve

The Lemongrass Salve is especially directed at regenerating tissue after injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissues. It contains many of the ingredients I use in my other salves and balms, such as comfrey leaf, arnica flower, and lavender, which contain anti-inflammatory, healing especially to muscle, tendon, and bone, pain relieving, and muscle soothing properties, st. john’s wort for nerves and tendons, and of course, lots of lemongrass essential oil for those connective tissues in particular! Add in a little solomon’s seal rhizome to get those synovial fluids healthy, clove and cayenne for their healing, blood moving benefits, and it’s quite the mix of goodness. It comes out an herbal green and has a strong, lemony scent.

Pure Comfrey Salve
This contains only comfrey oil for healing, beeswax, and lavender essential oil. Since comfrey heals wounds so quickly, it is important that the wound be very clean, and is best to use an antiseptic (like my Herbal Antiseptic Ointment) first, and then put this over it.

All ingredients I use are certified organic, non-certified but organically grown from my garden, ethically wildcrafted, or naturally grown and non-irradiated.
.5 oz tin~ $4
1.5 oz jar~ $7
4 oz jar~ $15

Ask for pricing if you would like a bigger jar, I am happy to make a batch especially for you!

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Faery Fire

I make this with organic, nourishing ingredients that are naturally powerful pain relievers. Contrary to most pain balms, it contains NO petroleum or chemicals and fillers, and is completely naturally good for you! The list of ingredients is a fantastic blend of nature’s pain relieving helpers! Comfrey infused oil, coconut oil, beeswax, camphor, menthol, tinctures of arnica and white willow bark, essential oils of cassia, clove, and eucalyptus… no other ingredients! Except of course, a bit of Faery Magick!

Not for open wounds- do not apply to broken skin! It will burn!

Pricing:
.5 oz tin~ $6
1.5 oz~ $13
4 oz ~ $25 (that’s more than seven times as much fire as a jar of tiger balm! If you bought this much tiger balm, it would be over $60.).

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New Healing Balm Blend!

Today I finished cooking up my new healing balm blend, especially directed at regenerating tissue after injury to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and connective tissues. It contains many of the ingredients I use in my muscle salve, such as comfrey leaf, arnica flower, and lavender, which contain anti-inflammatory, healing especially to muscle, tendon, and bone, pain relieving, and muscle soothing properties, but also has st. john’s wort for nerves and tendons, and of course, lots of lemongrass essential oil for those connective tissues in particular! Add in a little solomon’s seal rhizome to get those synovial fluids healthy, clove and cayenne for their healing, blood moving benefits, and it’s quite the mix of goodness. It comes out an herbal green and has a strong, lemony scent.

All ingredients I use are certified organic, non-certified but organically grown from my garden, ethically wildcrafted, or naturally grown and non-irradiated. 1.5 oz~ $7. 4 oz jar~ $15. Comes in wide-mouthed jars. Thank you!

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lemongrass love

Well I am settling into my new Eden here in Asheville, NC. Finally things are starting to look somewhat organized and unpacked, though there is still a ways to go. But now that I have the kitchen and my herbs and supplies set up, I can’t resist brewing up some new concoctions! Right now I’m working on coming up with a special blend for someone who suffered two broken wrists in April and is still in a lot of pain. Amidst my research, I’m discovering new uses for the wonderful essential oil of Lemongrass. Lemongrass has always seemed so clean, uplifting, and spiritual to me, and I have it for those intuitive reasons, but now I am finding out more about the amazing good work it can do. Who knew it had such powerful properties to regenerate connective tissue and bring healing to muscles, ligaments, and tendons? I’ll be including it in my next batch of Injury Healing Cream for sure! I’m also going to plant some Lemongrass in the back yard if I can- it’s a great herb to have around! It makes an especially delicious and tummy-calming tea, that I like to mix with ginger, hibiscus, honey and lemon.