Saturday, February 6, 2016

Spearmint & Aloe Facial Cleanser

If you are looking for an ultra gentle and mild facial cleanser to clarify your complexion without irritating it, my Spearmint & Aloe Facial Cleanser recipe is exactly what you need! My refreshing recipe uses FRESH aloe vera gel along with spearmint hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It will purify your pores and rejuvenate the look of your complexion. My recipe does not contain any preservatives, so store it in the fridge and use it within 10 days.

If you don't want to harvest fresh aloe gel straight from a living leaf, you can order it from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!

You can order the spearmint hydrosol from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!

Spearmint & Aloe Facial Cleanser
makes 7 ounces

1/4 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Spearmint Hydrosol
1/4 cup Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
1/4 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Vegetable Glycerine
2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract

Combine all of the ingredients in a sanitized bottle. Shake the bottle well to mix the ingredients. Store in the refrigerator for up to ten days. To use: Apply a generous amount of the cleanser to your skin using cotton pads and massage in to purify your pores. Tissue off or rinse away.


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

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)!

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.


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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, January 26, 2016

Relaxing & Soothing Lavender Roll-On

Purchase Fresh-Picked Beauty's Relaxing and Soothing Lavender Roll-On for just  $14. Visit my Etsy Shop HERE. 
Roll on an instant feeling of relaxation and soothe your mind! This 10 ml Relaxing & Soothing Lavender Roll-on is formulated by an Aromatherapist using six varieties of lavender grown in Sequim, Washington. The lavender varieties used in this formula are: Maillette, Royal Velvet, Sachet, Flogate, Grosso and Hidecote.  The concentrated essential oils are blended in a base of pure fractionated coconut oil to moisturize your skin.  The formulator of this aromatherapy blend has visited the lavender farm and personally purchased the lavender essential oils directly from the wonderful grower and distiller. Only the finest ingredients are used in this product! If you LOVE lavender, you will LOVE this lavender roll-on.  Use it as an aromatherapy product or as a natural perfume for your skin. Click HERE to purchase!!!



Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil) and Pure Steam Distilled Lavender Essential Oil (a blend of Lavandula x intermedia "Grosso" and Lavandula angustifolia grown in Washington State).  Nothing Synthetic!!

Packaging: The 10 ml aromatherapy elixir comes in a beautiful amber cylindrical glass roll-on bottle with a white cap. The bottle is nestled in an unbleached 100% cotton 4x6 muslin bag with a drawstring and labels that can be removed so you can reuse the muslin bag for other purposes.

My Blends DO NOT Contain: Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic Fragrances, Phthalates, Synthetic Dyes


How to Apply: Breathe deeply and roll onto your temples (avoid eyes), neck and wrists. Apply as often as needed during the day.

Cautions: Avoid use during pregnancy. Avoid eyes. Not for internal use. Ages 5 and up.  This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Click HERE to Purchase Fresh-Picked Beauty's Relaxing & Soothing Lavender Roll-on

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fresh Honey & Buttermilk Body Mask

This luxurious at-home-spa treatment is best done after you have spent about ten minutes using a body brush to dry brush your skin.  Do you know about the amazing and healthy benefits of dry brushing? Here is an article about it (click HERE). Some of the benefits of dry skin brushing include increased circulation and removal of built-up dead skin cells. Regular dry brushing will keep your skin glowing! I do it several times per week.



You will be covering your entire skin with this mask and relaxing for about 45 minutes before you rinse it away with warm water.  You can choose to sit in an empty bathtub the entire time, or you can spread out a plastic shower curtain on your bed and make the room extra warm by turning the thermostat up a bit. I am way more relaxed lying on my comfy bed for 45 minutes versus sitting in a cold empty bathtub. If you are not worried about getting a blanket messy, wrap yourself up tightly in a warm blanket after you apply the body mask. I need to set my alarm because I usually end up falling asleep! Let this precious alone time be reserved for listening to soothing music, meditating, thinking positive thoughts or pondering about whatever brings you peace and joy.

The best way to apply the Fresh Honey & Buttermilk Body Mask is to use a paint brush to paint a thin even layer all over your skin. Don't be shy to ask your significant other to help apply it to your back.

Fresh Honey & Buttermilk Body Mask
makes one application

1 cup pure honey
2/3 cup fresh buttermilk
1/4 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Rhassoul Clay (plus more to thicken the recipe if desired)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well to form a thin paste. If you need to add more clay to thicken it up, use teaspoon increments until the desired texture is achieved. Spread a thin even layer over your entire skin (avoiding sensitive areas and eyes of course!). Rinse away with warm water after 45 minutes. Your skin will be super supple and moisturized.  Do this treatment at least twice a month!



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Friday, January 15, 2016

Quick DIY Herbal Salve Recipe

Herbal salves are like magic, they are protective to the skin and help promote natural healing.  The magic part of the salve is from the herbal infused oil used to make them.  Some of my favorite medicinal herbs to use for salves include calendula, mullein, plantain, rosemary, St. John's Wort and Comfrey.  At any given time, my herb closet is chock full of large glass jars containing olive oil and medicinal herbs just waiting for their chance to become a salve.  It takes several weeks to make a good herbal infused oil and not everyone has the patience to wait that long.  There is a "quick" method that takes just a day or two but requires heat which can sometimes be detrimental to the herbs and cause the oil to break down and go rancid faster. You need to keep the heat at a constant 120 degrees for about 24 to 48 hours.   However, the quickest way to make a salve is to purchase the ready-made herbal oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.  

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a variety of herbal infused oils such as Calendula Herbal Oil, Comfrey Herbal Oil, Arnica Herbal Oil, Mullein Herbal Oil, Plantain Herbal Oil, Poke Root Herbal Oil, Rosemary Herbal Oil, and St. John's Herbal Oil.  They are highly concentrated and therapeutic for a wide range of skin issues.  You can purchase small, two-ounce bottles to keep in your herb pantry for salve making and other body care recipes. Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs to buy some today!!! Be sure to order some beeswax for your salve, it is what thickens up the recipe and makes it a salve! 

My recipe uses the following herbal infused oils from Mountain Rose Herbs:

A beautiful photo of the Calendula Flower (Calendula officinalis)

Calendula Herbal Oil: It is a very gentle and cooling oil that is soothing to dry and damaged skin. 

Photo of fresh Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Comfrey Herbal Oil: Contains the leaves and roots and is great for healing wounds and for promoting skin cell proliferation. Don't apply comfrey herbal oil to open wounds, wait until a scab has formed. 

Plantain in the Summer. (Plantago major)

Plantain Herbal Oil: Is very soothing to the outer skin tissue and can help speed the skin's natural recovery process from wounds and irritations. 

Rosemary. (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary Herbal Oil: Excellent oil for dry skin and promotes healing. 

A beautiful photo of St. John's Wort flower (Hypericum perforatum). I can't believe it is considered a weed! If you find a spot to wildcraft them, don't tell anyone else....keep the spot a secret!! 

St. John's Wort Herbal Oil: Speeds the body's natural wound healing abilities and is soothing to mild skin irritations. 

I don't use any essential oils in this recipe! The herbs used in the herbal oils are Super Heroes and don't require the assistance of any Side Kick essential oil.  Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil such as lavender, helichrysum, German chamomile or black pepper if you prefer. 

Quick DIY Herbal Salve Recipe
makes about 9.25 ounces

1.25 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax (Vegans may use one ounce of Carnauba wax instead)

Place the beeswax in a double boiler and melt completely. Add in the herbal oils and stir until the wax remelts completely into the herbal oils. Quickly and carefully pour the liquid salve into glass or tin containers and allow to cool completely.  I keep my recipe in a large canning jar and scoop out small amounts into a small metal tin to carry in my purse.  


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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. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

D.I.Y Beard Oil Tutorial

Beard Oil is used to soften the hair of your beard and help it smell incredible! You should choose  carrier oils that absorb in quickly to leave your beard silky but not oily or slippery.

Beard oil is best applied straight after showering while your beard is still a tad bit damp.  You don’t need to use very much oil, depending on the length and density of your beard, a 1/4 teaspoon should be more than enough. 

Simply massage the beard oil into the palm of your hands and massage it into the skin and base of your beard.  You can use a beard comb to distribute the oil evenly through your beard and moisturize your skin.


You can add a wonderful aroma to your handcrafted beard oil by using a small amount of essential oils.  I have suggested some aroma profiles that you will find smell amazing!

Store your beard oil in a 1-ounce glass amber bottle with a dropper insert for best results.  You can purchase  a few from Mountain Rose Herbs. 

Click HERE to shop at Mountain Rose Herbs
Choose your carrier oil.........

You need a total of two tablespoons of any or all of the following carrier oils. You can get as creative as you want and blend a variety of them together  or you can keep it simple and just choose Jojoba or Grapeseed oil for example. 

The Best Oil Choices Include:

Sweet Almond Oil: Great for softening and conditioning the skin and hair. 

Apricot Kernel Oil: Great for sensitive skin. Easily absorbed into the skin and hair. Good choice for skin that is inflamed, irritated and/or dry. 

Argan Oil: Contains skin-loving nutrients! Super light and easily absorbed into the skin and hair. Delivers deep hydration and can strengthen brittle hair.  

Baobab Oil: Rich in vitamins A, E and F and sterols. Quickly absorbs into hair and skin.  Great for use in dry skin/hair formulas. Will moisturize coarse dry beards! 

Camelina Oil: Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E. and lots of anti-oxidants. Great for all hair types. 

Grapeseed Oil: Best choice when you need a fast absorbing oil for sensitive skin types. 

Hazelnut Oil: Best choice for those with oily skin and hair. 

Jojoba Oil: Good for all skin types and hair types. Super easily absorbed into the skin and hair because it is so similar to our skins own sebum.  

Kukui Nut Oil: Contains high levels of the essential fatty acids linoleum and alpha-linolenic.  Readily absorbed into hair and skin. Soothes chapped  and dry skin and damaged hair. Has high penetrability and is good for fine hair. 

Macadamia Nut Oil: One of the best regenerative oils available. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, and closely resembles sebum.  High absorption rate and is great at healing scars and skin irritations. 

Pomegranate Seed Oil: A very luxurious and deeply penetrating oil. Remarkable for skin and hair. Helps nourish hair and promote skin cell regeneration. 

Sesame Oil: Great for dry skin and hair. Blends well with other oils. 

Shea Nut Oil: Leaves a smooth and healthy feel to the skin and hair. Great for skin that has dermatitis, eczema, or general cutaneous dryness. Soothing to irritated dry skin and hair. Great choice during colder months of the year when you need a protective agent against harsh weather. 

Sunflower Seed Oil: Deeply nourishing and conditioning to the skin and hair. Helps with dry and damaged hair. Easily absorbed into skin and hair. 


Add in some Vitamin E........

Once you have added the selected carrier oils into your glass bottle, add in 1/4 teaspoon of Vitamin E.  It serves as an anti-oxidant for your carrier oils and will help prevent rancidity. 

Add in some Essential Oils...........

You won't need very much essential oil to make your beard oil smell amazing.  I suggest ten drops total of essential oil (about 2%).  If you have sensitive skin, use just five drops of essential oils. 



Suggested Essential Oil Blends:

Citrus Aroma: 4 drops sweet orange essential oil, 4 drops lemon essential oil and 4 drops of bergamot essential oil. **Avoid direct sunlight when using this formula. 


Peppermint Vanilla: 6 drops Vanilla Bean Absolute, 3 drops Peppermint essential oil

Fancy Pants: 3 drops Oud essential oil, 4 drops Sandalwood essential oil, 3 drops Vanilla Bean Absolute 


Tender Hearted: 1 drop Rose absolute, 2 drops Patchouli essential oil, 1 drop Jasmine absolute, 1 drop Ylang Ylang

Coffee & Chocolate: 4 drops Cocoa absolute, 2 drops Vanilla Bean absolute, 2 drops Coffee essential oil

Calm & Peace: 2 drops Tangerine essential oil, 2 drops Sweet Orange essential oil, 1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil, 1 drop Blue Tansy essential oil, 2 drops Patchouli essential oil

Earl Grey: 4 drops Bergamot essential oil, 2 drops Cardamom essential oil

Focus Blend: 2 drops Lemon essential oil, 2 drops Balsam Fir essential oil, 1 drop Cardamom essential oil, 1 drop Sweet Basil essential oil, 1 drop Rosemary essential oil, 1 drop Peppermint essential oil

Sample Blends created by Fresh-Picked Beauty........

Formula #1: 
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon apricot oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon kukui nut oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
essential oil blend of choice

Formula #2 for Oily Hair: 
1 tablespoon hazelnut oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
essential oil blend of choice

Formula #3 for Dry Hair: 
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon shea nut oil
1 teaspoon argan oil
1 teaspoon macadamia nut oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
essential oil blend of choice

Formula #4 for Coarse Hair: 
1 tablespoon Baobab Oil
1 tablespoon Shea Nut Oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
essential oil blend of choice


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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, December 18, 2015

Skin Smoothing Kokum Butter Face Cream

I love Kokum Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs! According to Mountain Rose Herbs, Kokum butter is composed of beneficial compounds that help regenerate skin cells.  It's commonly used in skin healing lotions, creams and body butters, as well as soaps.  Highly recommended to those that need a product with skin-healing capabilities.

My recipe for Skin Smoothing Kokum Butter Face Cream will help regenerate tired and worn skin and will support skin elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall.

This is an all-purpose cream that doubles as a body and hand cream too! My recipes makes about four ounces so store it in the fridge and refill a small 1/2-ounce jar to use within a few days. My recipe does not use a preservative.

Kokomo Butter photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs!
Skin Smoothing Kokum Butter Face Cream

2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Kokum Butter (**Regenerates tired and worn skin)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Castor Oil (**Very smoothing to the skin and acts as a barrier agent)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Camelina Oil (**high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and anti-oxidants)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Avocado Oil (**Promotes natural collagen production)
1/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Stearic Acid
1 1/4 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Emulsifying Wax
1/3 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Helichrysum Hydrosol (**Helps tone the skin and promote healing of damaged tissue)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
2 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 drop Rose Absolute
1 drop Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Bring a small pot with a few inches of water to a simmer.  In a glass measuring cup, add in the Kokum Butter, Castor Oil, Camelina Oil, Avocado Oil, Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax. Place the measuring cup into the simmering water and heat until all ingredients have melted together.

While the butter, waxes and oils are melting, bring another saucepan with a few inches of water to a simmer.  In another glass measuring cup, add in the Helichrysum hydrosol and place the measuring cup in the simmering water and  heat to about 130 degrees.

Turn off the heat and remove both measuring cups.  Using an immersion blender, start blending the oil/butter/wax mixture. Slowly pour in the heated hydrosol and blend for five minutes to emulsify. Add in the Vitamin E oil and essential oils and blend for another two to three minutes. Transfer to a sanitized glass jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks.

Sample page from my book 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty!!

Want to learn more about Waxes, Thickeners, and Emulsifiers? Purchase a copy of my book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural BeautyWith 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty you'll learn all that you need to know to make your own organic beauty products. Create delightful lotions and potions in your own kitchen, using all-natural, holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. Discover conditioning carrier oils, sumptuous butters, and aromatic floral extracts that will nourish you head to toe. Also, use some of the recipes for your overall health, including curative herbal extracts and therapeutically effective essential oils. With step-by-step photographs, clear instructions, and expert tips, each recipe is easy to follow. Give them as gifts or keep them for yourself. Regardless, you'll never want to buy beauty products from the drug store again! Visit HERE to purchase a signed copy!!!


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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, December 14, 2015

Holiday Cheer Diffuser Oil Blend

Happy Holidays!!! I have been crazy busy teaching classes, serving on a Jury and learning how to play the piano.  It has been a whirl wind of a month! I wanted to share a recipe I made up a few days ago.  I call it "Tis the Season Holiday Diffuser Oil".  I add it to my essential oil diffuser and it makes my house smell like holiday magic. I use vanilla absolute, cinnamon leaf, sweet orange, nutmeg, clove and a few other delicious essential oils.

May I suggest two of may favorite essential oil diffusers.......

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs AromaMist Ultrasonic Diffuser: Create a tranquil fragrant environment in any room with this simple to use ultrasonic diffuser. The AromaMist diffuser uses half a cup of tap or bottled water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to create a continuous fragrant mist for up to three hours. This nearly silent unit has a built-in shut off for when the water level gets low. This pearl white diffuser also has an optional light setting that glows in blue, pink, or a revolving rainbow of colors.

Ultrasonic diffusion creates a fine mist by using ultrasonic vibrations to dispense essential oils into the air using water as a carrier. This mist is created without the use of heat, and helps to add moisture into the air in addition to the aroma-therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Measures: 6 1/2" in diameter by 3 1/4" tall

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs Natura Ultrasonic Diffuser: This stylish diffuser features a natural wood housing which encloses the latest ultrasonic technology providing a steady, strong therapeutic mist. The wood used to enclose the diffuser is created from fallen trees in Thailand, making this a more sustainable option for your diffusing needs. This diffuser has intermittent operation options, and will easily fill a 300 square foot room with aroma-therapeutic goodness.

Ultrasonic diffusion creates a fine mist by using ultrasonic vibrations to dispense essential oils into the air using water as a carrier. This mist is created without the use of heat in order to preserve the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil. Ultrasonic diffusion will also add moisture to the air in addition to the aroma-therapeutic benefits of the essential oil

Measures: 3 1/2” in diameter by 8 1/2” tall.

each photo is credited to Mountain Rose Herbs. 
Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs for the finest quality essential oils available. You will need the following for my recipe.....

Vanilla Absolute, Cinnamon Leaf, Sweet Orange, Nutmeg, Clove, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. **I used Cinnamon Leaf instead of Cinnamon Bark because the bark is often too potent and irritating when diffused. 

You will also need a 5 ml or 10 ml glass bottle. You can find a wide selection of amber bottles at Mountain Rose Herbs. 


Tis the Season Holiday Diffuser Oil Recipe
makes approx.  5 ml stock bottle

30 drops Vanilla Absolute
20 drops Cinnamon Leaf essential oil (**NOT Bark)
30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
15 drops Nutmeg essential oil
10 drops Clove essential oil
10 drops Cedarwood essential oil
10 drops Frankincense essential oil
5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

Add all the drops into a glass stock bottle. You will pour the desired amount of drops into your diffuser.  Refer to the specific instructions for your diffuser as to how many drops you may add.  Do not ingest this blend or use it on your skin. Keep out of reach of children.


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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, November 20, 2015

Adzuki Buffing Grains for the Face

I found a teeny-tiny bottle of expensive adzuki buffing facial grains at a well-known beauty counter that costs a whopping $44.00 for 0.99 ounce.  This particular brand-name product is meant to be sprinkled over your favorite facial cleanser to create a gentle exfoliator for your skin.  The name-brand's ingredients include mostly hydrogenated jojoba oil, sodium laurel sulfaocetate, hydrogenated soybean oil and very finely ground Adzuki beans.  There is also some polyethylene tossed in for good measure. The true magical scrubbiness is made from the adorable Adzuki beans.

Adzuki beans naturally contain saponin which gently cleanses the skin and increases circulation due to its natural foaming soap-like action. The finely ground bean powder also gently and effectively exfoliates your skin so that fresh skin can grow.

I honestly spent under $2.00 to make an ounce of this awesome handcrafted beauty goodness. Organic Adzuki beans sell for about $6.00 per pound. Add in the glass container that I used to store the product in,  and  the project totaled a whopping $1.98.

Adzuki Beans are easy to grind up in a blender to form a mico-fine powder
Since this recipe only uses Adzuki beans, feel free to use as much or as little as you like. Do a Google search and you will find plenty of Asian recipes that call for this cute little bean.

Simply grind up the Adzuki beans in a blender, coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle (good workout for your arms!!)

After you grind them up, shake them through a fine mesh sieve to separate the larger scratchy bits. Never put large particles of exfoliating stuff on your face because you risk irritation and cuts!!!

You want a super fine powder that is gentle enough to use on your face. Always avoid your delicate eye area with any exfoliating product. You DO NOT need to exfoliate your eye area!!!

You want to store the ground powder in an airtight jar or glass pot with a tight fitting lid. I like to use a bottle so I can simply pour out the amount I need when I wash my face.

I like to moisten my face with warm water, add about a teaspoon of my facial cleanser to the palm of my hand and sprinkle about a 1/2 teaspoon amount of the awesome Adzuki buffing grains to the cleanser.  I massage and cleanse my face for a few minutes and then rinse my face with warm water.  My face always feels smooth and soft.

I love face scrubs!!! I use them several times per week. Stay tuned for more recipes!! Enjoy!! Please drop me a line to tell me how well you like this handcrafted all-natural beauty recipe.


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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!!!