Thursday, February 16, 2017

Triple Lavender Bath Bomb Hearts



You are going to have so much fun making this recipe for heart shaped bath bombs that uses dried lavender buds, lavender hydrosol and lavender essential oil.

The ingredients you need are:

1 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs baking soda
1/2 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs citric acid
1/4 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs Dead Sea salt
1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (or other lightweight carrier oil)
6 teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Dried Lavender buds
50 drops of lavender essential oil
Lavender hydrosol in a spray bottle (start with one tablespoon and have more if needed)

I used a heart shaped silicon baking mold and added a teaspoon of dried lavender buds to each cavity of the mold.

Add your baking soda, citric acid and sea salt to a sifter and sift into a bowl.  Make sure all the clumps are out.


Add the lavender essential oil into the fractioned coconut oil, mix well.

Drizzle the essential oil and oil over the dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.

Lightly spray the dry mixture with a small amount of lavender hydrosol and whisk well to combine.  Spray again and repeat whisking until the mixture is just moist (NOT WET) enough to clump together.


Go slowly with the lavender hydrosol.  You just want to add enough to get it to clump together. Too much hydrosol will activate the ingredients and you will have one not-so-fun fizzy mess to clean up.

Press the mixture into the cavities of the silicone baking mold and allow to harden and dry at room temp for several hours. Once hardened, remove the bath bombs from the mold and store in an air-tight container.  To use: drop one or two into a warm bath and enjoy the relaxing and aromatic lavender aroma. Be careful when getting into and out of the bathtub as the surface may be slippery.

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, February 14, 2017

True Love Rosy Bath Crystals


I love making handcrafted gifts for friends! This year I formulated and  crafted True Love Rosy Bath Crystals using all-natural ingredients for Valentine's Day.  These beautiful bath crystals are a combination of Epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt, powdered milk, rose buds, rose petals and an essential oil blend of Moroccan Chamomile and Geranium.  This blend looks amazing, smells amazing and is an amazing bath tub treatment that will soothe your senses and your body while gently moisturizing your skin.  You can find all of the ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs.

You need 1/3 cup of Himalayan Pink Salt.  This delectable salt has beautifully formed crystals which range in color from off-white to lustrous pink.  This salt is often used to stimulate circulation and relax the body.  It can be purchased in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.

You need 1 1/2 cups of Epsom Salt.  It is used in the bath to soothe, relax and relieve sore muscles.  You can purchase it in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Combine both salts into a small mixing bowl.  When both salts are mixed together, they look really pretty!

You need 1 cup of powdered dry milk.  Mix it into the bowl with the salt. Powdered milk is a great way to moisturize your skin and also helps disperse the essential oils into the water.


You need 1 cup of dried red rose petals (Rosa gallica).  Not only do these dried roses look super beautiful, they are therapeutic in the bath and are a favorite bath herb around the world. You can buy Certified Organic ones from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Stir the red roses into the bowl with the salts and powdered milk.  Pretty!!


You need 1/2 cup of dried whole rose buds (Rosa damascena).  These are another favorite bath herb that make a lovely rose infusion in the warm bath water.  You can find them at Mountain Rose Herbs. 

Gently mix in the rose buds with the other ingredients.

You need 20 drops of both Geranium essential oil and Moroccan Chamomile essential oil.  Mix the essential oils into the salt mixture. I LOVE the way these both smell when combined together.  It is an amazing fresh, herbaceous and sweet floral aroma.  You can find both of these at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Store your True Love Rosy Bath Crystals in a glass container with a tight fitting lid.  It makes enough for 6 baths.  You only need about a cup of the bath crystals per bath.

An easy way to use the bath crystals in the bathtub is to put one cup into a 4"x6" cotton muslin bag with a drawstring.  You can buy these from Mountain Rose Herbs. They are inexpensive and can be used over and over again.  I like to use the bags so that the rose petals will infuse the water but I don't have to worry about the messy clean up after the water has been drained.  The salts and the powdered milk will melt into the warm water.

This is also a beautiful way to present these as gifts to a friend.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and would LOVE to hear from you when you make it.

Cheers!
Shannon


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!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Coconut Rose Body Butter

Coconut oil is wonderful for general moisturizing and using for a protective layer to help your skin retain its natural moisture.  Most folks with sensitive skin enjoy the moisturizing benefits of coconut oil.  I used refined coconut oil in this recipe since it does not have the penetrating and deep scent of coconut like the virgin unrefined does.  Feel free to use unrefined if you like as it would pair very well with a citrus essential oil such as tangerine or lime.

Coconut oil is very easy to whip into a delicate airy mousse, however it will melt at 76 degrees and turn back into a liquid.  This recipe is best made in the cooler months of the year if you plan to store it at room temperature.  I make this in the warmer months and store it in my fridge.  It feels really good massaged into the skin after spending time in the hot sun or swimming.

Since I chose to use  rose essential oil (I like the Rosa damascena variety), I thought it would be fun to add just a slight tint of pink color using some Alkanet infused oil I crafted a while back.  (Click here to learn how to make Alkanet infused oil).  I also added in a little bit of corn starch to help negate the slight oily feel when applying it to the skin.  Rounding out the recipe is a small amount of Jojoba oil which is easily absorbed into the skin. 



Coconut Rose Body Butter

60 grams refined Coconut oil
10 grams Jojoba oil
1 ml Alkanet infused oil
3 grams cornstarch
10 drops Rose essential oil

 Place the coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Alkanet infused oil and cornstarch in a glass bowl.  Heat mixture over a pan of simmering water until coconut oil is melted. Whisk to mix all ingredients.  Allow to cool to room temp.


Once mixture is cooled to room temp, add in your essential oil and whisk until fluffy and the mixture resembles frosting. 

Pipe or spoon it into a small jar.  Keep below 70 degrees for best results.



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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Steamy & Dreamy Toner Tabs


It is time for another Do-It-Yourself recipe!!! I have a recipe that was influenced by  a popular facial steam tab that is sold by one of my favorite handmade skincare stores in the mall.  The store sells its facial steam tabs for almost $3.00 each and the ingredients are pretty basic. Their listed ingredients include; baking soda, citric acid, lavender essential oil, rose absolute, German chamomile essential oil, and tea tree essential oil.  Basically, this is a mini bath fizzy for the face.  You are supposed to drop one toner tab into a bowl of steaming hot water, place your face about 10 inches above the bowl and place a towel over your head to catch the steam to open up your pores and steam your face. It takes about 5 minutes for the steam to work its wonders.  You then transfer the toner water into a spray bottle and use it over the next two days to tone your skin.

I have to say, this was a pretty easy recipe to create for my own version.  I used all the same ingredients, but I added in a tiny bit of Polysorbate 20 so that the essential oils would disperse into the water better.  You do not have to add the Polysorbate 20 in if you are not familar with it. The recipe is perfect with or without Polysorbate 20.

I wanted to make my version in a similar shape as the store's version so I used this small silicone ice cube tray I had in my pantry.  It worked out perfectly!!! When the toner tabs are set up and hardened, you simply press the back of the mold and they pop out.

Here are some rose petals that I dried a few months ago.  Just like the store's version, I wanted a few pretty petals on the top of each toner tab so I added them into the mold. If you don't have your own dried rose petals, you can pick them up from Mountain Rose Herbs.

First step is to measure out 8 tablespoons of baking soda and 4 tablespoons of citric acid into a sifter and sift into a bowl.  You need to sift the two ingredients in order to get all the lumps out.

The photo on the bottom right is the essential oils dropped into the Polysorbate 20.  
If you choose to use the Polysorbate 20, add a 1/4 teaspoon of it into a small bowl.  Add the following essential oils into the Polysorbate 20:

10 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops Rose absolute
4 drops German Chamomile essential oil
3 drops Tea Tree essential oil

You can get the essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Stir the Polysorbate 20 & Essential Oil blend into the baking soda/citric acid mix.  I ended up putting the the mixture back though the sifter in order to fully combine the essential oils into the dry mix.


I like to use 190 proof grain alcohol to moisten my fizzy tabs.  I know this strength of vodka can be hard to come by depending on which state you live in, so you can use regular vodka or Witch Hazel extract if you need to.  Place about 1 tablespoon of the vodka into a small spray bottle.


Mist the vodka over the dry mixture, stirring frequently until very lightly moistened.  You will know it is moistened enough when you can squeeze a handful of it and it stays held together.  


Working quickly, you want to place the entire amount into the mold and press down to tightly pack the mixture tightly into each well of the mold.  


You want to pack the mixture into each mold as tightly as you can.  Place a towel over the top of the mold and allow the toner tabs to harden for at least 8 hours.  Once hardened, you pop them out and keep them in an air-tight container.

They are really adorable when you pop them out.  I really enjoyed making this recipe!!!

I tried them out and they were even better than the ones the store sells!!!  I made 12 toner tabs for under $10.  Remember, the store sells ONE toner tab for almost $3.00 each.

A few tips:
1. Do not attempt to make this recipe if you have a lot of humidity. The humidity in the air may set off the toner tabs.
3. There is a fine line between perfectly moistened and too wet when you are misting the vodka over the dry mixture.  If the mixture starts to fizz, you have gone too far with the vodka and might have to start over.
4. Pack the mixture into the molds very tightly!


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 25, 2017

Gentle Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends


Do you have an essential oil diffuser? One of the most common mistakes that essential oil loving folks make is to use an extravagant amount of expensive and potent essential oil in the diffuser and cycle it for too long of time. Did you know that your diffuser should only be on for a maximum of twenty minutes at a time and then it should be turned off for at least an hour?  Did you know that the therapeutic purpose of an essential oil diffuser is NOT to eliminate odors from your home? A diffuser is NOT the same as air freshener!!! Although it will impart a pleasant aromatic atmosphere to the room, the aroma from the essential oils being diffused is not intended to be so strong and overwhelming that you undoubtedly detect a demanding aroma in the air.  Did you know that you should only add enough essential oil so that the volatile aromatic molecules are just barely detectable by your nose?

Special care must be taken when you are enjoying an essential oil diffuser in a situation such as schools, daycares and nursing homes.  Children and elderly are specifically sensitive to essential oils and the affects they bring about.

There is a way to use an essential oil diffuser in a very mild and soothing manner while still having all the amazing therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Allow me to acquaint with you to the “little sister” of essential oil, her name is Hydrosol.
photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs

According to Mountain Rose Herbs, "Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. When a distiller brews plant material with water in a large cooker the steam fills the pot and, as it rises, it causes the glands of the plants to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. The oil rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel. This is what we know as essential oil, but what about all that fragrant water that was steamed with the original plant material? That is our hydrosol, or floral water. Hydrosols are usually the result of essential oil production as a by-product but the highest quality hydrosols come from the devoted distillers who, with artist like precision steam the floral and plant material strictly to product a hydrosol." 

All the Hydrosols offered by Mountain Rose Herbs are produced in this fashion and are of the highest quality. Click HERE to learn more. 


Hydrosols are produced during the steam distillation of plant material for essential oils


 Mountain Rose Herbs currently offers twenty-six beautiful and aromatic hydrosols. 



Bay Laurel: Has a bright, slightly medicinal, spicy green aroma, reminiscent of freshly crushed bay leaves. 

Blood Orange: A refreshing hydrosol that is sweet sunshine in a bottle. A sweet citrus aroma. 

Calendula: Refreshing, soothing, sweet, and floral. 

Chamomile: A light fruity floral aroma. Very calming and gentle. 

Clary Sage: Very gentle and calming with a pleasantly herbaceous and bittersweet floral aroma. Much like the essential oil, but much softer. 

Cucumber: Refreshing, cooling, crisp aroma that is perfect for Summer. Smells like a fresh cucumber. 

Douglas Fir: Soft forest-like aroma that is green and slightly balsamic. Transport yourself to a mossy forest. Perfect for gender neutral aroma blends. 

Eucalyptus: Very delightful! Softly camphoraceous and cooling with green undertones. 

Helichrysum: Smells like a diluted version of the essential oil. Dry-green floral with earthy tea-like back notes. 

Lavender: Subtle, relaxing, balancing aroma with sweet floral top notes much like the essential oil but  much more grassier and delicious. 

Lemon Balm: Very calming aroma! 

Lemon Verbena: Uplifting aroma which is perfect for hot cloudy days when you need a little emotional pick-me-up. 

Lime: Crisp, refreshing, invigorating with subtle citrus notes. 

Neroli: Delightful, uplifting, bitter-sweet citrusy floral aroma that is very delicious and complex. 

Peppermint: Minty, fresh, revitalizing, well rounded and robust. Great for misting on the feet and scalp. 

Rose Geranium:Very exotic and floral. One of my favorite bases for the body splash recipes. 

Rose: The QUEEN of the hydrosols. Smells like a rose with complex floral notes. Very sensual!

Rosemary: Energizing and stimulating! Smells very lovely like fresh rosemary. 

Spearmint: Sweet, minty, reminiscent of an infusion of the fresh leaves. Calming and refreshing aroma. 

Tulsi (Holy Basil): Divine! Warm, soothing and slightly spicy aroma. 

Ylang Ylang: Smells exactly like a very subdued version of the essential oil. Sweet, intoxicating and floral. 



If your diffuser requires water (not all do...check your instruction manual), you may find that using hydrosol in place of tap or distilled water and skipping the essential oils is a very appropriate, gentle and therapeutic aromatherapy experience.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
I have the above pictured SpaRoom Ultrasonic Diffuser that I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs. I highly recommend this particular model and you can order it HERE.

Hydrosol Blending Ideas.........


  • 3 parts Rosemary Hydrosol plus 1 part Spearmint Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Cucumber Hydrosol plus 1 part Lime Hydrosol plus 1 part Lemon Verbena Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Neroli Hydrosol plus 1 part Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 part Rose Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Douglas Fir Hydrosol plus 1 part Lime Hydrosol plus 1 part Spearmint Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Peppermint Hydrosol plus 1 part Eucalyptus Hydrosol plus 1 part Bay Laurel Hydrosol


  • 3 parts Lavender Hydrosol plus 1 part Calendula Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Rose Geranium Hydrosol plus 1 part Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 part Chamomile


  • 1 part Calendula Hydrosol plus 1 part Neroli hydrosol plus 2 parts Lavender Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Bay Laurel Hydrosol plus 1 part Clary Sage Hydrosol plus 1 part Douglas Fir Hydrosol


  • 3 part Tulsi Hydrosol plus 1 part Rose Hydrosol


photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs (Click Here)
One of my most favorite hydrosols is Mountain Rose Herbs Lemon Thyme!!! 


"This is a bright hydrosol with an herbaceous citrusy scent and a dry thyme-like undertone. Lemon Thyme hydrosol makes an excellent single ingredient spray, and can also be incorporated into your favorite skin care recipes. It is often used as a base for botanical perfumes and will add a fresh scent to your homemade cleaning products. This hydrosol blends well with bay laurel, calendula, and Douglas fir hydrosols.
 
Used as a general toner, lemon thyme hydrosol can help stimulate skin circulation and can be applied directly to occasional epidermal blemishes. In aroma sprays and perfume blends, lemon thyme provides a grounded, calming note." -from the Mountain Rose Herbs website (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!!!

Lavender & Calendula Lotion Bars

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Lavender & Calendula Lotion Bars
I created this recipe a few months ago using my handcrafted calendula oil, beeswax, mango butter, cocoa butter and pure lavender essential oil.  I used a lavender bar shaped soap mold and the bars turned out so adorable and just the right size.

Calendula oil is super easy to make and is good for a lot of different natural beauty products. Click HERE to be taken to a tutorial on how to make it.

You can find these soap molds online and at a few stores that sell soap making supplies.  I love the lavender bar mold so much.  I have a bumble bee mold as well. They cost around $8 each and you can use them over and over!

I buy my beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs in convenient pastilles that makes measuring out the beeswax super easy. You can find beeswax in pastilles and small bars HERE.  You can purchase lavender essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs too. Heck, while you there, pick up some cocoa butter wafers and mango butter (wink wink)!

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
 Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs (Click HERE) for the finest Certified Organic Mango Butter!!! 

"Now certified organic! Expeller pressed and refined from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango butter has a composition resembling Shea and Cocoa, with a slightly different fatty acid content. Mango butter smells slightly sweet and fatty in its natural form; the refined butter that we offer smells very mild, lending itself well to incorporation within cosmetic and body care creations.

It generally has a rich creamy color and is hard at room temperature. Mango butter has natural emollient properties; it has traditionally been used in the rain forest and tropics for its moisturizing and smoothing properties. Mango butter is a great source of essential fatty acids, and has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin." -From the Mountain Rose Herbs website

Lavender & Calendula Lotion Bars

5 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax Pastilles
3 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Cocoa Butter Wafers
3 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Mango Butter
5 ounces Calendula infused carrier oil (**or any regular carrier oil of your choice)
75 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Lavender Essential Oil

Add the beeswax pastilles, cocoa butter wafers, mango butter and calendula infused carrier oil into  a glass measuring cup, placed in a simmering water bath. Occasionally stir ingredients until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oil. Carefully pour the hot mixture into the cavities of your silicone or soap mold. Allow to harden to room temperature. Pop out the lotion bars and store in tin, metal, or glass containers at room temperature.



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!!!