Archive | July 2012

Bug Rub

Bug Rub report: Yesterday I went outside for two minutes in shorts. In that time, I got 12 bites. Today, I put the rub all over and I went out for an evening walk, in a short summer dress, in my forested neighborhood, past the reservoir and all around, for an hour and a half. The first hour I got one bite, on the front of my ankle- an awkward place that I may not have even covered. The last fifteen minutes of the walk, however, I suddenly got 3 bites on my bare leg. My walking partner (who was also rubbed, and in shorts) got one bite the entire time, on the top of his foot, which he also didn’t cover. So, I am going to add more essential oils and see if that improves it, make sure I get everything covered, and reapply after an hour. [Update: Went out again this evening (next day), 45 min hike, haven’t added any more essential oils yet- NO bites. Wow!] If you decide to test it out yourself, please, give feedback! No bug repellent is 100% effective, and of course, the chemicals “work” the best (but also may give you cancer and poison you and the environment). I feel that the minor effort of reapplying after an hour and suffering the occasional hungry mosquito that gets through is well worth it for the health of myself and the environment! Good luck!

Keep those skeeters off your skin!

Ingredients:
Coconut Oil
Beeswax
Apple Cider Vinegar
Plantain
Jewelweed
Mint
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Rosemary
Thyme
Sage
Vodka
Oregano
Marjoram
Basil
Lavender

Rub into skin before exposing yourself to them buggers!

Already have bites? Try my Faery Fire or Jewelweed Ointment to help that itching stop!

 

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Organic Lavender Shea Soap

This is my favorite and the highest quality of any soap I’ve made or used! Oh it smells divine! It’s not the most beautiful of soaps, as it’s glopped into a pan to harden then cut into bars to cure- but so good and natural. I think you’ll agree when you see my ingredients!

Olive Oil
Coconut Oil (Organic)
Castor Oil
Palm Oil (Sustainably Harvested Organic)
Shea Butter (Organic Raw Fair Trade)
Lye (completely saponified to 7% superfatting w/retained glycerin)
Mountain Well Water
Oats (Organic)
Lavender (Organic)
Essential Oils of:
Cedarwood
Lavender
Fir Needle

This soap is 7% superfatted. That means that 7% of the oils in the soap are left unreacted with the lye, and all the lye has been reacted and turned into soap. This makes for a softer, richer, and luxurious bar that lathers nicely. This is my favorite of all the soaps I make!

As with any true soap, it is best to keep it in a soap dish so it can dry out in between uses. If you use a soap dish your soap will stay harder and last longer.
$5 ea.

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Also currently available: Calendula & Clay Facial Soap

Pink Lemonade, the Natural Way!

Here is a delightful recipe for iced pink lemonade tea. You can change it around and add other herbs for your own benefit, too!

Ingredients:

Pure Water
Hibiscus Flowers
Lemongrass
Mint (just a little!)
Lemon Juice
Honey
Ice Cubes (made with hibiscus tea and/or fresh edible flowers adds a special touch!)

Pour your honey into a pitcher. Make your tea with the herbs. After it’s steeped and still warm, pour it into the pitcher and stir, dissolving the honey. Add cool water, lemon juice and lots of ice cubes. Drink to your health and wellness!

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Happy Face Moisturizer

This is a wonderful moisturizer I make and use for my face. A little goes a long way. You only need a tiny dab, spread it evenly over your skin, rub it in well, and let it soak in. It has an earthy and slightly floral scent. The essential oils used have all been recommended for acne-sensitive skin. Avoid eyes and lips. This jar typically lasts me 2+ months, used twice daily.

1.5 ounce jar $8.
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Ingredients:

Essential Oils:
Lavender
Eucalyptus
Rose Geranium
Lemongrass
Patchouli
Cedarwood

Grapeseed Oil, infused with Bladderwrack
Aloe Vera, infused with Calendula Petals, St John’s Wort, and Green Tea Leaves
Vitamin E Oil
Vegetable Glycerin
Almond oil, infused with Calendula Petals
Corn Starch
Sunflower Oil, infused with Comfrey Leaves
Safflower Oil
Castor oil
Beeswax
Shea Butter

Shea Butter Cream

This is the dry skin cream that I make. My general recipe is below for you DIYers, and if you’d like to buy some from my kitchen, it’s $15 for a 4 oz glass jar, or $6 for a 1.5 oz. Inquire for current offerings. Customized available for larger orders (8 oz or more).
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Ingredients (Organic is always best!)

Shea Butter (make sure it is Fair Trade! Raw & Organic is the best!)
Grapeseed Oil
Sunflower Seed Oil
Beeswax (unbleached pellets are the easiest to work with)
Pure Aloe Vera Juice
Essential Oil
Vegetable Glycerin

Optional:
Corn starch or citric acid powder (to decrease greasiness)
Vitamin E oil
Infusing the oils with beneficial herbs
Making a tea with herbs for your specific condition and using it in place of the aloe

When you’re ready to begin:

Melt the beeswax and shea butter on low on the stove with the sunflower and grapeseed oils, stirring. Don’t allow it to start boiling- the lowest heat at which it will melt will keep the beneficial properties of the oils more active. When melted, pour into a large glass bowl. Blend with an immersion blender. Continue to blend, slowly adding the aloe vera and just a small amount of glycerin. If you are adding corn starch or citric acid, mix it in some aloe juice to even out the texture before blending it in. Allow it to cool a little, blend again, then add the essential oils and vitamin e oil if using, stirring in gently. Scoop it into a jar and allow it to solidify the rest of the way. When it’s fully cooled it’s ready!


Nourishment for a Happy Face

Recipe to nourish distressed skin (acne, dry/oily, ph out of balance, scars)

Skin Nourish is an herbal oil face wash. Oil is actually good for your skin- just cleanse first with plain soap, then cleanse with the nourishing wash, then moisturize. This contains oils, botanicals, herbs and essential oils that I blended in my herbal kitchen, first for my own troublesome, too-oily then too-dry then breaking out skin, and have since begun including it in my herbal practice with very positive feedback.

This is my personal recipe. Of course, you’re welcome to experiment and find what your skin loves best! You can also buy a 4 oz jar from me for $15, or a 1.5 oz jar for $7. Click Here For Ordering Information

Ingredients:

Calendula Petals
Bladderwrack
Comfrey
Sunflower Oil (or Sweet Almond Oil)
Grapeseed Oil
Shea Butter
Castile Soap (you can make your own, as described in a later post, or buy it)
Beeswax
Pure Aloe Vera Juice
Raspberry Leaf or Witch Hazel
Green Tea Leaves (with Jasmine is ok)
St John’s Wort
Apple Cider Vinegar
Honey
Castor Oil
Essential Oils:
Patchouli
Eucalyptus
Lemongrass
Lavender
Rose Geranium
Tea Tree

Time:
a month or more, or 3-5 days with low heat crockpot, plus 30 minutes or so

The quality of your ingredients do matter! Organic, all natural, non-irradiated= more benefits for your skin!

Ahead of time:
Fill one or two large mason type jars 2/3rds of the way up with comfrey, calendula petals, and bladderwrack. Fill 1/2 way (or completely, if doing two jars) with sunflower oil (or almond), and the rest with grapeseed oil. Seal tightly, label with date and ingredients, and let it sit in a sunny location for a month or more. Shake it frequently to help the herbs infuse into the oils. Alternatively, you could put these ingredients in a slow cooker on low for 3-5 days. I prefer the sun method, because it is more sure not to harm any of the properties of the plants, but the crock pot method works well too when I haven’t planned ahead enough. The oils should change color and get much darker as they infuse. When you are ready to make your concoction, strain out the herbs however you see fit (cheesecloth, metal strainer, etc).

Make a decoction or tea using the aloe vera juice and remaining herbs (not the essential oils). Put them on the stove, covered, and let them simmer on a low heat for 10-15 minutes or so. Strain out the herbs, and add a little apple cider vinegar.

Combine the beeswax (a fair amount if you want it thicker and more emulsified, less if you care less about that) and strained oils in a pot, and put it on a low heat. Also add a small amount of shea butter, honey, and castor oil. Stir and watch it, and only heat gently until the beeswax is completely melted.

Combine the oil-beeswax mixture with the aloe tea in a large glass bowl and blend with an immersion blender until well emulsified. It’s important to do this right away. It won’t get as thick while it’s still warm, but blend it well immediately. Then you can take a break and come back to blend again after it has cooled a few minutes.

Before it has completely cooled, add your essential oils and castile soap. Blend these into the mix on a very low setting, trying not to lather up the soap too much.

Scoop into a jar and allow it to finish cooling and thickening (it should be a thick liquid). You’re done!

To use:

I usually gently cleanse my face first, since this contains oils and has a moisturizing action. Massage well into face with circular motions. I like to let my face soak in it for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water, and maybe the tiniest bit of added mild soap, if needed. I follow with my Blemish Treatment Oil if I have any spots, and then my moisturizer to keep my face well hydrated. It may need a stir or a shake now and then. I use this about 3x a week in the shower for nourishing.  Skin loves it!

Calendula