Monday, August 14, 2017

Before You Go Odor Control Toilet Bowl Mist


There is a trendy deodorizer spray that is meant to be sprayed into the toilet bowl before you do your private business and it keeps the bathroom space smelling good.  This unique spray is essentially a thin emulsified lotion that is amply perfumed with essential oils. When you spray the cocktail into the toilet bowl, a thin waxy film forms on the top of the water and liberates the aromatic molecules of the essential oils.  It also works to eliminate the mean-spirited unstable stenches that.....poop emits (yes I said it!!!). If you are quick enough to do your affair and flush, the aroma in the air will be that of lemongrass, sweet orange, bergamot and grapefruit.... as a replacement for of the more sinister or awkward aroma that can occur without the use of this style of toilet spray.  



After appraising the famous brand spray on my hand, I had a reasonably worthy scheme of how to copycat it and got busy formulating my own secret sauce. It is impossible to find a list of exact ingredients that the famous company uses in their formula, however I suppose I did a pretty good job of coming close. Unlike some of the other copycat recipes I found on the internet, my recipe seems to be one of the few that actually uses an emulsifier with an oil/water formula.  It appears to me that you need to have an oil and water emulsification in order to create the thin film on the water to trap the malodourous redolence from arising.

 I asked a few volunteers to try it out and they all gave positive reviews on how well it worked at controlling embarrassing odors.  Success!!! Here is the recipe I created for my "Before You Go Odor Control Toilet Bowl Mist".

You will need the following ingredients. Most of them can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of Fractioned Coconut Oil or another light carrier oil (shop here)
1 teaspoon of Vegetable Glycerine (shop here)
1/4 teaspoon Stearic Acid (shop here)
1 teaspoon Emulsifying Wax (shop here)
1/2 cup of distilled water
1 teaspoon lemongrass essential oil (shop here)
1/2 teaspoon sweet orange essential oil (shop here)
1/2 teaspoon bergamot essential oil (shop here)
1/4 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil (shop here)

Directions:
Place the fractionated coconut oil, vegetable glycerine, stearic acid, emulsifying wax and distilled water in a 4 cup capacity glass measuring cup.  Place the measuring cup in a pot that has several inches of simmering water.  Bring the ingredients up to 160 degrees F and keep at that temperature for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Once the mixture is emulsified, carefully remove the glass measuring cup from the pot of water.  Using a hand mixer with a whisk attachment, whisk the liquid for ten minutes to cool it down.  When the mixture has cooled to below 100 degrees F, add in the essential oils and continue to whisk for another 5 minutes.  You should have a thin liquid. Pour the mixture into a sanitized glass spray bottle.


Here is a little demo of how this spray works.  The photo above shows a bowl filled with plain water.


After spraying the mixture five times onto the top of the water, you will notice a film forms. You will also notice the wonderful aroma that floats up into the air.


It is the magical aromatic film that keeps the bathroom smelling so wonderful.  Avoid spraying the formula on your skin or your eyes.  Avoid spraying on the floor as it may become slippery.

How did we ever get along without such a product? Especially in single bathroom homes!!!

Cheers!
Shannon Buck




Saturday, July 22, 2017

Ten Benefits of Aromatherapy


Benefit #1: 
Help reduce anxiousness and promote a calm state of mind.  Try my Ylang-Ylang & Lavender Relaxing Lotion when you feel stressed during the day or before bed to help you fall asleep fast.  Take four ounces of your favorite unscented natural body lotion (I like this one Click HERE) and add in 30 drops of lavender essential oil (shop here) and 10 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil (shop here). Blend well and store in a clean container. Apply a generous amount to your neck, shoulders and chest when you are feeling stressed. Make sure to take several deep breaths to calm down.


Benefit #2:
Get your romance on with my Sexy Massage Oil.  Add eight ounces of Jojoba oil (shop here) into a glass bottle and add in 2 drops of Bulgarian rose essential oil, 20 drops sandalwood essential oil, 10 drops sweet orange essential oil, 5 drops vanilla absolute, 2 drops patchouli essential oil and 1 drop of ylang-ylang essential oil. Shop for all the essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

Benefit #3: 
Make a headache relief roll-on remedy by adding 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil into a glass roller bottle along with 3 drops of lavender essential oil, 1 drop of peppermint and 2 drops of sweet marjoram essential oil. Roll over your temples (avoiding eye area) and massage in while deep breathing.

Benefit #4: 
Stay focused at work with my Concentration & Clarity Room Mist that can be sprayed in your office or around your work space to improve your mental clarity and ability to focus on your important tasks.  In a spray bottle, add in 8 ounces of rosemary hydrosol (shop here), 60 drops of spearmint essential oil, 70 drops grapefruit essential oil, 20 drops rosemary essential oil. Shop for essential oils HERE.  Shake well before use and mist through the air. Avoid spraying on painted and delicate surfaces and/or fabrics.

Benefit #5: 
Make a blemish-blasting roll-on spot treatment by adding a tablespoon of Witch Hazel into a glass roller-ball along with 5 drops tea tree essential oil, 1 drop thyme essential oil, 1 drop rosemary essential oil and 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Roll on a small amount over a blemish to soothe. 

Benefit #6:
Soothe a painful bee sting with my Calming Chamomile Aloe Gel. In a small squeeze bottle add in two ounces of Mountain Rose Herbs Aloe Vera Gel (shop here) along with 15 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops German chamomile essential oil, 2 drops peppermint essential oil and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil.  Find Certified Organic essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs HERE. Shake well to blend. Apply a small amount to a bee sting or bug bite to soothe.

Benefit #7: 
Did you work out too hard at the gym? Are your muscles sore? I have the perfect recipe for a Post Workout Muscle Balm. Add 2 ounces of shea butter into a small bowl and mix in 25 drops of benzoin essential oil, 1 drop of cinnamon bark essential oil, 1 drop of wintergreen essential oil, 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 5 drops rosemary essential oil, 10 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil (shop for essential oils HERE). Mix well. Massage a small amount of the balm into your sore muscles as needed.

Benefit #8: 
Try adding a few drops of tea tree essential oil and a few drops of rosemary essential oil into shampoo before you wash your hair to help with dandruff.

Benefit #9: 
Bulgarian rose essential oil, clary sage essential oil, lavender essential oil, ylang-ylang essential oil, bergamot essential oil and neroli essential oil are all great choices to use in a diffuser to relieve PMS symptoms. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs for Certified Organic choices. Click HERE. 

Benefit #10: 
For minor cuts and scrapes, apply a few drops of lavender essential oil. 


The best place to purchase essential oils is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to learn more and shop!


Essential oils are very potent and need to be used highly diluted. A patch test should be performed before use. I also need to say..."CAUTION: IF PREGNANT, NURSING, SUFFERING FROM ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, OR TAKING MEDICATION, CONSULT A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE MAKING OR USING THESE RECIPES. AVOID EYES AND MUCOUS MEMBRANES. DILUTE PROPERLY. MAY IRRITATE SKIN. NOT FOR INTERNAL USE. AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN." Please visit my blog post about Essential Oil Safety HERE

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vegan Lip Balm 101

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.”
Paul McCartney

For all my wonderful and amazing vegan and vegetarian friends, this lip balm tutorial is for you!!! 

If you don't like using beeswax in your DIY lip balm recipes, then you can use carnauba wax, or candelilla wax instead in order to make your products vegan-friendly.

Carnauba wax is an extremely hard wax exuded by Brazilian palm tree leaves. This wax is comprised of fatty acids, wax esters and fatty alcohols.  Perfect for making lip balms, salves, stiff creams, and skin barrier products. You can buy it from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE

Candelilla wax is a vegetable wax from the candelilla plant which grows in Mexico.  It has a pale yellow hue with no detectable aroma.

Custom DIY Vegan Lip Balm Recipe
makes enough for one 4-ml lip balm tube or container

3/4 teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil (such as coconut oil, olive oil, mango butter, shea butter...you choose as many or as few as you want just make sure it equals 3/4 teaspoon total)

1/2 teaspoon candelilla or carnauba wax

10 drops Vitamin E Oil

2 drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lavender, sweet orange, peppermint, spearmint, tea tree or lemon)

Measure out the carrier oils and wax into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the wax and oils have melted together. Remove from heat. Add in the vitamin E oil and essential oil. Carefully pour the mixture into a lip balm container. Allow to harden and cool to room temp. Enjoy!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blemish-Blasting Body Wash


This is a wonderful and purifying wash for those with blemishes. Contains the antibacterial power of thyme essential oil and tea tree essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.


One of the best places to buy essential oils is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Visit them HERE to learn more about their wonderful selection of Certified Organic Essential Oils.

Blemish-Busting Body Wash
Makes 7 ounces

3 tablespoons boiling water
2 teaspoons plain table salt
1/2 cup liquid Castile Soap (shop for it here)
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (shop for it here)
60 drops tea tree essential oil (shop for it here)
40 drops thyme essential oil (shop for it here)

Add the boiling water to a small glass measuring cup.  Add the salt and stir to dissolve. Set aside. Add the liquid Castile soap to a sanitized bottle with a lid or pump.  Place a funnel in the bottle and add 2 tablespoons of the salt solution to the liquid Castile soap.  Discard the remaining salt solution. Add the vegetable glycerin and essential oils. Place a lid on the bottle and shake well to thicken. Store in the refrigerator and use within two weeks.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!



Sunday, July 16, 2017

DIY Bath Bomb Tutorial


I love making bath bombs!!! There is just something so fun and creative about making something so aromatic and fizzy that you get to plop into a warm bath.  These also make great gifts and are fairly inexpensive to craft.

The secret ingredients in bath bombs are baking soda and citric acid which, when mixed with water, start to fizz and bubble.  Bath bombs can be customized with moisturizing carrier oils, powdered herbs and flowers, essential oils, and even natural food colors.  To make bath bombs, you will need a selection of dry and wet ingredients, plus suitable molds such as silicone molds, plastic molds, candy molds or even an ice-cube tray to shape your molds.

Choose your ingredients.......I think the best place to purchase your natural and high-quality ingredients is at Mountain Rose Herbs.  You can visit them HERE.

You will need: 

1 cup of Baking Soda

1/2 cup of Citric Acid

1/2 cup of either Fine Epsom Salts, Fine Dead Sea Salts, Fine Himalayan Salt or Fine Gray Sea Salt

1 tablespoon of either powdered rose petals, lavender buds, powdered herbs, or powdered fruit peels

2 teaspoons of either sweet almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil or jojoba oil

2 drops of natural food color (optional)**Whole Foods has a nice selection

30 to 60 drops of essential oils (optional) **I love citrus essential oils, lavender, rose absolute, geranium, vanilla absolute, eucalyptus.

1 tablespoon of your choice of witch hazel, floral water, vanilla extract, vodka, distilled water or herbal extracts to moisten the dry ingredients (have additional amount available in case you need more)


Combine your choice of dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Slowly drizzle in your choice of oil, essential oils, and food coloring (if using), and mix well.


I like to use disposable gloves when making bath bombs as the citric acid and essential oils can be a bit much for my sensitive skin.  You can also wear a dust mask if you want to avoid breathing in the dry ingredients.

Place the moistening ingredient into a spray bottle and slowly spritz it over the dry ingredients, while constantly stirring to stop the ingredients from fizzing.

Once all of the ingredients are moist enough to clump together, firmly press the mixture into the cavities of the molds.


I like to use the plastic bath bomb molds because they are very durable and easy to work with.  You can find them online at places like Etsy.  They are around $7 each.


You can place a few dried rose buds in of of the bath bomb mold halves and fill it up with the moistened mixture for an extra beautiful bath bomb.

Simply brush away any excess and carefully loosen the round bath bomb from the two halves. Allow to dry for 3-4 hours. Place them in an air-tight container or packaging to stop them from being activated by the humidity in the air. Use within 4 months.

HUGE HELP: Do not attempt to make bath bombs when it is rainy or cloudy or otherwise particularly humid outside.....your bath bombs will start to fizz due to the moisture in the air.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Balancing & Exfoliating Mask for All Skin Types


My recipe is based on a very popular face mask that is sold in a little black plastic pot at a very popular boutique in the mall that sells fresh face masks (Do you know which place I am talking about?).  This is a wonderful and gentle exfoliating formula that breaks up impurities while helping wash away dead skin cells and other pore clogging yuck-ness.  My formula contains chlorophyll, local honey, almond oil, two different types of clay, finely ground almonds and some scrub-a-licious ground apricot kernels.  To top it off, it has some lavender essential oil to help balance oily skin and soothe any sensitive areas.

I like to use a generous amount on clean dry skin to start off with. After massaging it over my face to exfoliate, I then mist a bit of warm water over my face to form a creamy paste and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. I then simply rinse it off with warm water. Avoid eye area!!!  Store in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.

Balancing & Exfoliating Mask for All Skin Types
1 1/2 tablespoons distilled water
1/2 tablespoon liquid chlorophyll
1 teaspoon glucomannan (konjac root) powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 tablespoon Kaolin clay (purchase the best brand here)
2 1/2 teaspoons Fuller's Earth clay (purchase the best brand here)
2 1/2 tablespoons finely ground almond flour
3 teaspoons ground apricot kernel meal
30 drops lavender essential oil (purchase the best brand here)

 You can find the glucomannan at the health food store. It helps thicken up the water and chlorophyll.

Measure out the water and chlorophyll into a small bowl.

Sprinkle the glucomannan powder over the top of the liquids and allow to thicken up.


Whisk the honey and the almond oil into the chlorophyll mixture.

You can get the clays at Mountain Rose Herbs.  If you have sensitive skin, you may wish to use all Kaolin Clay. If you have super oily skin, you may wish to use all Fuller's Earth clay.


Add the clay to the mixture in the bowl........


Whisk together on low speed until completely blended.

You can get the ground almonds at Whole Foods or PCC Natural Market.  Ground apricot kernels can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Blend in the ground almonds and apricot kernels.

Mix in 30 drops of Lavender essential oil. You can purchase Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!!


And there you have it!! A beautiful and balancing exfoliating mask made right in your own kitchen!! Enjoy!!!

-Shannon



This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

DIY Chakra Balancing Body Sprays

Namaste! Chakra balancing products are becoming very popular. Body sprays, essential oil roll-ons, perfume mists, bath salts and even healing stone jewelry are being used by a lot of folks in this hectic world we live in to balance their spirits, minds and energy fields.  I would like to contribute my seven recipes for Chakra Balancing Body Sprays. Once you create your base (essentially just distilled water and a dash of vodka) you can add in some specific essential oils to create balancing mists for each of the seven chakras.

Make your body spray base first. 

There are a couple of ways to make the body spray base. You can use simple distilled water with a little bit of vodka or you can use hydrosols.  If you choose hydrosols (aka floral waters) I suggest the following for each chakra.....

Root Chakra: Lemon Balm Hydrosol (buy it here)

Sacral Chakra: Clary Sage Hydrosol (buy it here)

Solar Plexus Chakra: Blood Orange or Neroli Hydrosol (buy it here)

Heart Chakra: Rose or Lemon Verbena Hydrosol (buy it here)

Throat Chakra: Chamomile Hydrosol (buy it here)

Third Eye Chakra: Lavender or Rosemary Hydrosol (buy it here)

Crown Chakra: Neroli or Lavender Hydrosol (buy it here)

You can purchase all these floral waters at Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE

If you choose to use the water/vodka blend, mix three parts distilled water and one part vodka together to make the body spray base. For example, if you want to make a four ounce bottle, use three ounces of distilled water and one ounce of vodka. You will need to shake the bottle very well before each use because the essential oils will float to the top as they are hydrophobic and don't play well with water.

Use before yoga, meditation or anytime you need to bring a sense of balance and peace to your world. 
I recommend that you use glass amber bottles with sprayers. Many of the essential oils used in the recipes can degrade plastic bottles. You can purchase glass bottles at Mountain Rose Herbs. 

When I make body mists I like to keep the essential oil dilution to just around 2% to 3%. These are not perfumes and should only be noticed in a very subtle and gentle manner. You are the only person that needs to know you are wearing them.  This is especially important if you are misting yourself before a group yoga class! If you make a four ounce bottle of product, you only need a total of 60 to 100 drops  of essential oils per bottle. "Your NOSE should be the only one that KNOWS"

There is no official hard science on which oils MUST or SHOULD be used for each specific chakra. However, it sorta makes sense that to balance the root chakra that heavy, earthy essential oils that come from roots, bark and plants that grow close to the ground would be balancing to the spiritual root center. 

For each particular chakra recipe, fill a four ounce bottle with either the hydrosol or the water/vodka mixture. Add in the following essential oils for each specific chakra blend. 


Sacral Chakra: 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil, 15 drops Sweet Orange essential oil, 5 drops Cardamom essential oil, 2 drops Neroli essential oil, 2 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil, 2 drops Patchouli essential oil, 5 drops Cardamom essential oil



Throat Chakra: 30 drops Lemon essential oil, 20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil, 15 drops Vanilla absolute or CO2.




This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Magical Beauty Balm


I have a hydrating all-purpose beauty balm recipe that contains a potent blend of plant oils that will soothe and nourish every inch of you!!!

Use it as a cuticle treatment, lip balm, heel softener, cheek highlighter, elbow moisturizer, beard smoother, or even smooth your split ends.

Magical Beauty Balm

1 tablespoon Sunflower Seed Oil (Buy HERE)
1 tablespoon Olive Oil (Buy HERE)
4 tablespoons grated Beeswax (Buy HERE)
1 teaspoon Coconut Oil (Buy HERE)
1 teaspoon Shea Butter (Buy HERE)
1 teaspoon Argan oil (Buy HERE)
1 teaspoon Jojoba oil (Buy HERE)
1 teaspoon Calendula Oil (Buy HERE)
1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (Buy HERE)
15 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (Buy HERE)
15 drops Tamanu seed oil (Buy HERE)

Measure out the sunflower seed oil, olive oil, grated beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, argan oil, jojoba oil, and calendula oil into a small glass measuring cup and place in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water until the butters, oils and beeswax have fully melted. Remove from the heat.

Add in the Vitamin E oil, Roman chamomile oil and Tamanu seed oil. Stir to combine. Carefully pour the mixture into a heat-proof glass or metal container. Allow to harden and cool to room temperature.

Avoid using internally or near eyes.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, . Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Whipped Lavender -Kissed Shea Butter Mousse

Get silky smooth skin with my Whipped Lavender-Kissed Shea Butter Mousse
It is almost the start of "Leg Shaving Season"! If you participate in this event, you surely know how dry and itchy your skin can get if you don't properly moisturize immediately after shaving.  Here is a wonderful recipe for Whipped Lavender-Kissed Shea Butter Mousse that instantly melts into your skin to moisturize and soothe your sexy legs.


Whipped Lavender -Kissed Shea Butter Mousse

1/2 cup Calendula Infused Sweet Almond Oil (See here for tutorial)
1/2 cup Shea Butter
2 tablespoons Argan Oil
2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
60 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1/2 tablespoon Vitamin E Oil

Place the Calendula infused sweet almond oil, Shea butter, and coconut oil into a double boiler and heat until all ingredients are just melted.  Remove from the heat. Stir in the Argan oil. Place the ingredients in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to cool.  Using a hand-held mixer, begin whipping the mixture on medium-high for about 10 minutes or until the consistency of whipped cream forms. Return to the fridge for another 15 minutes if necessary.    Add in the essential oil and vitamin E oil and whip for another few minutes to fully incorporate.  Transfer to an air-tight container or containers such as the ones below from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Store away from heat or the product will melt and you will have to re-whip it!!! *You can order ready-made Calendula infused oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. I like to keep a container in the fridge and massage it all over during the warmer months.  It is so cooling and refreshing after swimming.

Pantry Jars from Mountain Rose Herbs
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs, . Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Camper's Salve


Part of my first aid kit for Summer is a batch of my handcrafted Camper's Salve.  This salve contains organic extra virgin olive oil that has been infused with Burdock Root, Calendula Flowers, Chamomile, Chickweed, Goldenseal, Nettle, Oregon Grape Root, Plantain, Thyme and Yarrow.  I then thicken it with a bit of beeswax and add in Lavender, Tea Tree and Myrrh essential oils.  My family and I love to camp in the Olympic Peninsula and we usually get some type of bump, bite or boo-boo. A little bit of this soothing salve helps immediately!!  I don't leave home without this salve! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do.

I buy all my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can learn more HERE.

Here are the ten herbs we will use to infuse the olive oil. Some of the qualities of these herbs are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-microbial, anti-toxic and general skin relieving and soothing properties.  You will need 1 teaspoon of each.

Grind the herbs in a spice grinder to form a powder.

Pour them into a small glass measuring cup.

Cover with 60 grams of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Stir well to saturate the herbs.


I like to place the cup of oil and herbs on a Mr. Coffee mug warmer and heat the oil to just about 110 degrees for at least 4 to 5 hours.  I sometimes break it into two days of 3 hours each.  Make sure you stir the mixture several times per hour.

Between 100 and 110 degrees is perfect for infusing the medicinal qualities from the herbs into the oil.

After the oil is completely infused, strain the oil from the herb.  You need to put some muscle into this task and get as much oil as possible.

As you can see, I ALMOST squeezed out all 60 grams of oil, but just a little remained in the herb and cloth.  Oh well, you can always top off with a little bit of olive oil.

Heat the herbal oil along with 25 grams of beeswax in a double boil until completely melted. Add in 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and 10 drops of Myrrh essential oil, stir well.  Carefully pour the hot mixture into your chosen container (either tin or amber colored glass is best).  Cap and allow to cool.


 Here is a label you can print out and attach to your jar. 


Are you ready to start making salve? Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs for the dried herbs and the rest of the ingredients.