Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Anti-Blemish Mask with Chamomile, Honey and Tea Tree

One of the latest and greatest beauty trends is the one-time-use treatment infused cloth facial masks that are popping up with all the major beauty brands.  They are worn on the face for about 20 to 30 minutes and can help rejuvenate, hydrate, soothe and soften your skin.  They can also be pretty expensive! I have seen some of them go for as much as $20 each. I was at the mall a few weeks ago and was talking with a sales associate at a particular beauty counter and  she offered me a free sample of their super expensive cloth facial mask.

These instructions will give you two re-usable cloth face masks.

Here is the deal, I was only interested in using it as a template to build my own re-usable cloth face mask.  The particular product I received was chock full of questionable ingredients that I would never put on my skin.  I gently washed it to remove the infused serum and hung it up to air dry.

An organic cotton produce bag usually costs less than $4.00
I use organic cotton produce bags to store my fruits and veggies and decided that I could part with one of them in order to fashion my re-usable face masks.  I made two sets of the face masks out of one bag.

The washed and dried cloth face mask that I received as a sample from a beauty counter at the mall
The photo above shows the free cloth face mask that I received from the beauty counter. I think it is made from rayon or something synthetic.

I pinned the synthetic one-time-use mask onto my produce bag
I simply pinned it onto my cotton produce bag. This way I was able to get two sets out of it.

So simple!!
I cut around the pattern. Pretty easy!!!

Two re-usable organic cotton cloth face masks. Yeah!!!
Yeah!! Two sets of re-usable organic cotton cloth face masks. Now I am ready to mix up a treatment formula to infuse the mask with.  I decided to create an anti-blemish treatment serum.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers the best Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera Gel. Just saying!!
Start out with adding 2 tablespoons of Witch Hazel Extract and 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel into a mixing cup.  Add in 1 tablespoon of glycerine. Mix well

You can either make your own tinctures, buy them from Mountain Rose Herbs, Gaia Herbs or Herb Pharm.
Pull out your tinctures and add 1/4 teaspoon of calendula extract, 1/4 teaspoon echinacea extract, 1/4 teaspoon green tea leaf extract, 1/2 teaspoon chamomile extract, 1/2 teaspoon lavender extract and 1/2 teaspoon thyme extract to your measuring cup. Mix well. All of these tinctures are wonderful for blemish-prone skin.

Make sure to buy Bio-Active Healing Honey.  It is expensive, but is pretty good stuff!!!
Stir in 1 tablespoon of organic manuka honey. Mix well.

Xanthan gum can be found in the baking section.  It is a great thickener and can turn liquids into gels.
Thicken up the mixture by adding in 1/8 teaspoon of Xanthan gum to the mixture.

This stick blender will help disperse the xanthan gum evenly.
Use a stick blender and blend on high until the mixture is a gel-like consistency.

Mix in 2 teaspoons of Jojoba oil and 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil. Stir well.

Place your cloth face mask into the mixture and allow it to become fully saturated.  This recipe makes enough for three facials.

Boo!
Smooth the treatment infused face mask over your face and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.  Remove the cloth mask.  Do not rinse your skin, simply massage in any remaining treatment serum.  My face felt so refreshed after this treatment!!

Gently rinse out your cloth mask in warm soapy water and rinse well.  Air dry and use again and again and again.  This recipe will give you enough treatment gel for three facials.

Enjoy!! Stay tuned for more recipes to use with your cloth masks.

Cheers!

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!!!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Customizable DIY Hair Mask

I have the PERFECT recipe for a conditioning hair mask that you can customize to suit your specific hair type and concern. This recipe makes 5 1/2 ounces and is enough for 3 to 4 applications.

Depending on your hair type and concern, you can choose a specific carrier oil to use in the recipe.  I like to get my carrier oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. They really do have the largest organic carrier oil selection I know of.  You can visit them HERE.


Do you have normal hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Apricot, Argan, Baobab, Borage Seed, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Sweet Almond.



Do you have oily hair and scalp? You should choose from the following list of oils: Apricot, Argan, Hazelnut, Jojoba, Neem, Sesame, Shea Nut, Sunflower.



Do you have Dry hair and scalp? You should choose from the following list of oils:  Almond, Argan, Avocado, Baobab, Castor, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Macadamia Nut, Meadowfoam Seed, Neem, Olive, Rosehip Seed, Soybean, Tamanu, Wheat Germ Oil.



Do you have Processed & Damaged hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Argan, Avocado, Baobab, Borage, Camelina, Castor, Evening Primrose, Hemp Seed, Macadamia Nut, Olive, Pomegranate, Rosehip, Sesame, Soybean & Vitamin E.


Do you have Coarse & Ethnic hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Argan, Avocado, Castor, Coconut, Hemp Seed, Macadamia Nut, Olive, Ghee, Pomegranate Seed, Rosehip, Shea Butter, Vitamin E.

Customizable DIY Hair Mask
makes 5 1/2 ounces (**store in the fridge for best results and use within 4 weeks)

2 tablespoons of your choice of carrier oil (*you can choose a mixture of as many as you like as long as they total two tablespoons)

2 teaspoons emulsifying wax NF (Find it HERE)

1/2 teaspoon stearic acid (Find it HERE)

1/2 teaspoon liquid lecithin (Find it HERE)

1/2 cup Aloe Vera Gel (Find it HERE)

30 drops of essential oil (I suggest lavender for normal hair, grapefruit for oily hair, helichrysum for dry hair, carrot seed for processed and damaged hair and tea tree for coarse hair)

Step 1: In a heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine the carrier oil(s), emulsifying wax, stearic acid and liquid lecithin.  Place the measuring cup in a pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Step 2: In another heat-safe glass measuring cup, add in the aloe vera gel.  Place this measuring cup in another pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Step 3: Heat both mixtures to a temperature of 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) until the oil and wax have melted together. Carefully remove both measuring cups from the simmering water.

Step 4: Pour the oil/wax mixture into a mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set to the low speed.  Blend the aloe vera gel into the oil/wax on low for one minute.  Bring the speed up to high and continue mixing for 5 minutes or until the temperature is below 100 degrees F (38 C).

Step 5: Add in the essential oil and mix again on high for a further 5 minutes.  Transfer the mixture to a sanitized container. Store in the refrigerator and use within 4 weeks.

TO USE: After shampooing your hair, apply generously from the roots to the ends and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

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..  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, January 11, 2017

"What I love Wednesday" January 11th



photo credit: Epicbar.com
I am totally LOVING the Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth from Epicbar.com.  I drink half a bottle every night before bed!!!  I am sure you have heard how nourishing and healthy bone broth is for your body. I used to make my own with a bunch of chicken feet and turkey neck bones but it takes almost two days and my house had a perpetual soup kitchen smell.  It is much easier to just buy the ready-made bone broth.  I like how Epic takes such pride in making their artisan bone broth the old fashioned way to extract the maximum amounts of collagen, minerals and gelatin.  It is almost as good as what I make at home....lol!!!

You can drink it straight from the glass bottle (you get two servings per bottle) or you can add it to soups, rice, mashed potatoes or braise your favorite meat with it.  I have not been paid to talk about this company (heck, I don't think they even know about this blog post!!!). I just really LOVE this company and use a lot of their products!!! You can visit them at www.epicbar.com


Experience the best way to capture the intoxicating aromas of nature in this solid perfume blend. 
Spruce Solid Perfume is a captivating blend of steam-distilled Spruce essential oil, Rosewood essential oil, Frankincense essential oil and rare Blue Tansy essential oil.  

Spruce Solid Perfume is hand-poured into a portable glass jar. Dab fingers into the solid perfume and apply onto your pulse points (sides of neck, wrists, behind your ears). 
 Click HERE to visit Overland Naturals
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Parfum (natural essential oils, absolutes and plant extracts)

0.23 oz/ 7 ml
Made in the USA

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs makes a delicious Classic Chai tea blend.

  "This warm, piquant, and delightful blend was formally know as Oregon Chai. A great alternative for those who wish to avoid large amounts of caffeine, sugar, and dairy products, which are commonly found in commercial Chai products. An exotic beverage that is sure to tickle your taste buds!" -Mountain Rose Herbs

The taste is a deep, earthy and warming flavor that has a delicious aroma of spices and pure vanilla beans. You can brew it for up to ten minutes for the most beautiful amber color.  It does contain caffeine.  The ingredient list is amazing.....Organic Ginger root, organic Cinnamon bark, organic and fair trade Darjeeling Tea, organic Cardamom, organic and fair trade Cloves, organic and fair trade Nutmeg, and organic Vanilla bean. Leave it to Mountain Rose Herbs to craft the FINEST Chai tea available!!! You can visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

photo credit: MountainRoseHerbs.com
Finally a price saving, aromatic candle blended from the finest pure grade essential oils and made with a vegetable base as the wax.  You will not find any paraffin, synthetic fragrances or petroleum products in these candles.  Just the rich, aromatic experience that you deserve!!!

Each candle comes beautifully packaged in a 3 ounce tin with a natural, lead free wick and has an approx. burn time of up to 25 hours!!!

My favorite of the five scents is the Northern Forest!!! It is scented with essential oils of Spruce, Cedarwood and Fir Needle. 

You can purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs 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!!!




Monday, January 9, 2017

Overland Naturals Barrier Balm


No more skin emergencies on your adventures! Got wind-chaffed cheeks? Got rough hands or feet? Make sure you pack this hydrating and soothing barrier balm on your next trip! Just rub a little of this natural balm into your skin and be on your way! This super rich and protecting formula is made with the most amazing superstar ingredients! Contains a blend of Organic Olive Oil, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Beeswax and a potent blend of steam-distilled essential oils including Lavender, Helichrysum, Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile.

This will be your new favorite skin rescue balm!!!

Directions for use: Rub into hands, elbows, face, lips, feet to prevent dry, chapped areas. Reapply as needed. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children.

Visit OverlandNaturals.com to shop

0.5 ounce/15 ml. Made in the USA

Ingredients: Organic Olive Fruit Oil (Olea Europaea), Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Organic Palm Fruit Oil (Elaeis Guineensis), Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Organic Lavender Flower Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia), Organic Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Organic Neem Seed Oil (Melia Azadirachta), Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum) Essential Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Essential Oil,  Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil.

Thursday, January 5, 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!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

All-Natural Mango-Pineapple-Kiwi Face & Body Scrub


We all know how delicious and nutritious mango, pineapple and kiwi are! They are just as good for the top of your skin.  Loaded with anti-aging and clarifying magic, these super fruits are antioxidant rich and high in vitamin C.  When used in an exfoliating sugar scrub for your face and body, you will be on your way to glowing and radiant smooth skin.  Make sure you only use superfine or caster sugar.  I chose liquid coconut oil since there was the tropical thing going on with the fruit.  Oh, speaking of the fruit.......I used a 10 gram package of freeze-dried mango, pineapple and kiwi fruit.  Freeze dried fruit has had all the moisture taken out and you don't have to worry about it going bad or melting your sugar like the fresh fruit would. You can choose to use any variety of freeze dried fruit....strawberries, blueberries, mango, you name it!!!




Finely grind the fruit into a powder. 

Sift the powder to remove any stubborn tiny mango pieces that may remain. 

The powder needs to be super fine so it it will not scratch your delicate skin. 

You will need 1/2 cup of superfine sugar which is also known as caster sugar. 


You will need 1/4 cup, plus one tablespoon of coconut oil.  I used liquid coconut oil which is normally crystal clear, but as you can see in the photo above, it was cloudy since it was rather chilly in my house.  You can use regular or liquid coconut oil. 

Combine the freeze-dried fruit powder, sugar and liquid coconut oil into a small bowl and mix well to combine. 


Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil.  

I get my Vitamin E Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It is made from NON-GMO Soy Sources!!! Click here to be taken to Mountain Rose Herbs for a look around. 

To use the scrub: moisten skin and massage a generous amount into the skin using gentle circular motions until the sugar has dissolved.  Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse away with warm water. Avoid eye area. This recipe is enough for at least 5 facial applications or 2 body applications. 

Cheers!!

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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!!!

Green Goddess Comfrey & Plantain Skin Cream



Bless my son's heart (and his super dry hands)!  He ordinarily gets super dry scaly skin around this time of the year and I can help him keep it under control with one of my herbal infused skin salves or creams.  Unfortunately, while he was fishing (without me) he did not apply any hand cream for three days.  His sweet little hands were exposed to cold water and cold temperatures.  I almost cried when he got home and showed me his hands.  They were so dry, inflamed and even cracking.  Last night I stayed up until 11:00 pm making him a skin cream.  I basically just threw this recipe together with what I had on hand and was hoping it would turn out good.  Thankfully, it turned out REALLY good!!! I snuck upstairs and massaged it into his hands while he slept.  I hate eczema and dry skin and decided to call this recipe Green Goddess Comfrey & Plantain Skin Cream since it is a beautiful light green color and just like a Goddess, it is protective and promotes healing.

My recipe does not have any water in it.  No water means you don't need a  preservative, and it is more concentrated without water.  I used plantain, comfrey leaf and comfrey root infused olive oil, Shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter, Vitamin E oil, and a blend of essential oils that are very soothing to dry skin.  My essential oil blend includes Blue Chamomile, Bulgarian Lavender, Rosemary, Cedarwood Atlas, Juniper Berry and Patchouli.  If you need a tutorial on how to infuse herbs into oils, click HERE.

You can order Plantain (Plantago major) from Mountain Rose Herbs.  They carry high quality Certified Organic.  Click HERE to be taken to Mountain Rose Herbs website.  Plantain Leaf has a high amount of skin healing allantion.  Allantion is known to be very soothing for skin with eczema and may help support the body's natural healing of eczema.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers Certified Organic Comfrey Root.

I like to use both Comfrey Root and Comfrey Leaf in my herbal infused oil.  It is one of the best herbs at promoting healthy skin and is well known to support the body's ability to heal wounded skin.  Just like Plantain, Comfrey has a high amount of allantoin.  Comfrey leaf has been used around the world in making dermal applications such as pastes, ointments, poultices and salves.

Green Goddess Comfrey & Plantain Skin Cream

4 tablespoons grated beeswax
2 tablespoons Shea butter
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
10 tablespoons plantain, comfrey leaf, comfrey root infused olive oil
1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
5 drops Blue chamomile essential oil
10 drops Bulgarian lavender essential oil
5 drops Rosemary essential oil
5 drops Cedarwood Atlas essential oil
4 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil

Add the grated beeswax, Shea butter and cocoa butter into a glass measuring cup and place in a pan of simmering water until melted.  Once melted remove from the heat and add in the plantain/comfrey infused oil, vitamin E oil and the essential oils.  Cover and allow to cool and harden.  Once hardened, whip to a creamy consistency with a hand-held mixer.  Transfer to a sanitized container with a lid. Apply as needed. Do not eat!!!


The finished product is light, creamy and absorbs very well into the skin.  Enjoy!


 Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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!!!