Thursday, June 30, 2011

Geranium (Rose) Essential Oil

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Geranium (Rose) Essential Oil


Botanical Name: Pelargonium graveolens

Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Flowers and leaves

Note Classification: Middle

Aroma: Heavy, sweet, floral

Largest Producing Countries: Egypt, Spain, France, and Italy

Traditional Use: Throughout history geranium has been known as a powerful wound healer. It has been utilized medicinally and in the fragrance industry.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrizant, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, insecticide, regenerative, rubefacient, sedative, styptic, tonic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge, vulnerary

Benefits: Acne, anxiety, broken capillaries, bruises, burns, circulatory disorders, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, diabetes, diarrhea, eczema, fluid retention, hemorrhoids, herpes, insect bites, lymphatic congestion, menopause, neuralgia, ringworm, shingles, sore throats, stabilize emotions, tonsillitis, ulcers, wounds. The antidepressant and emotional stabilizing effects of this oil can be used in many ways. Diffuse into the air, or make a room spray that you can spray as needed. You can also add the oil to a full, hand, or foot bath.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Of Interest: Geranium leaves can be used in jams and jellies. The oil can be used in baking. A couple of drops may be added while making sugar cookies. The aroma fills the house while you are baking and adds flavor to the cookies.

Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.


Disclaimer:
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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential 

This valuable information is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Visit them today to learn more and to order. 
 

Geranium & Clary Sage Cleansing Cream

20 grams Jojoba Oil
140 grams Aloe Vera Gel
50 grams of Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castile Soap
6 grams Stearic Acid
20 grams Emulsifying Wax NF
30 drops Geranium Essential Oil
20 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
2 teaspoons Grapefruit Seed Extract (preservative)

Heat the Jojoba Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, and Castile Soap in a double boiler to 160 degrees and hold for 10 minutes.  Add in the Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax, stir until melted and well blended.  Cool cream to 110 degrees and stir in the essential oils and Grapefruit Seed Extract. Transfer to a sterile container with a lid.

To use: Simply massage over face and rinse with warm water. Use within 30 days.
You will find almost everything you need for this recipe over at Mountain Rose Herbs!!!



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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Neroli (Orange flower) Essential Oil

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Neroli (Orange flower) Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowers
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Light, sweet-floral fragrance, with a terpeny top note
Largest Producing Countries: Morocco, USA, Italy, and France

Traditional Use: In perfumery neroli is used as both a base note and a top note depending on the oils that it is blended with. It is also known for its calming effects.

Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, fungicidal, sedative, tonic

Benefits: Anxiety, colds, colic, depression, flatulence, flu, general skin care, headache, insomnia, oily and dry skin, poor circulation, scars, sensitive skin, shock, slow digestion, stretch marks, wrinkles. The sedative effects of this oil make it a good addition to a bath for all ages.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Of Interest: It takes approximately 100 lbs of blossoms to produce 1 lb of neroli essential oil.

Safety Data: Generally considered safe.

Order:  You will find this at Mountain Rose Herbs





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Disclaimer:
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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential 

This valuable information is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Visit them today to learn more and to order. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fresh Oat & Banana Face Mask

{Fresh Oat & Banana Face Mask}

Fresh Oat & Banana Face Mask
1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
1/4 cup ground almond meal
1 medium banana, peeled
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
20 drops calendula oil
20 drops vanilla essential oil
10 drops Vitamin E oil

Add the oatmeal to a small food processor and process until fine.  Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until a smooth and creamy paste forms.  Apply desired amount to clean skin (avoid eye area).  Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Store product in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

You can find most of the ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs!!!


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Super Sexy Bath Oil

1- 8 ounce glass container
4 ounces Jojoba Oil
3 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
10 drops Vitamin E Oil
70 drops Rose Essential Oil 
40 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
20 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil

Add all the ingredients to the glass container and shake well.  Fill your bath with warm water and pour in desired amount of bath oil. **Use caution when adding any type of oil to a bath or shower as the surfaces can become extremely slippery. Use within 60 days.

You can purchase all the ingredients for this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs!!!

Disclaimer:
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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Manuka Sesame Body Polish

1/2 cup sesame seeds

2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons Manuka Honey
20 drops Manuka Essential Oil
10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil

Place the sesame seeds in a food processor and process just until smooth (don't turn into sesame butter). Transfer to a small glass bowl and mix in the sweet almond oil, Manuka Honey, Manuka Essential Oil and Bergamot Essential Oil. Stir everything together until smooth.

When ready to use, apply desired amount to skin and rub in circular motions to exfoliate. Rinse with warm water.  Use within 30 days.



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Disclaimer:
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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

Avocado Oil

{You can order Avocado Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs}

Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Avocado Oil Profile

Botanical Name- Persea Americana
Origin- Kenya
Extraction- Expeller Pressed/Unrefined
Shelf life- 1 year
Kosher Certified- No
Notes- This particular variety of Avocado oil has a relatively high viscosity and is a marketed as high-oleic. Because of the relatively unstable nature of this oil it is recommended that you use the material as soon as you receive it, and store away from heat and light. Refrigeration is recommended but not required.
The Avocado oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is unrefined and is very dark in color and is suitable for food and cosmetic use.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Peppermint Kissed Lip Tint

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Peppermint Kissed Lip Tint
Peppermint Kissed Lip Tint
makes 4 tubes of lip tint

6 grams Shea Butter
9 grams Coconut Oil
8 grams Beeswax (grated fine)
small piece of your favorite all-natural lip stick (I used about 1/8 teaspoon)
2 400 I.U. Vitamin E caps squeezed
10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Add the Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Beeswax into a metal or glass jar set in a double boiler. Heat the ingredients to 150 degress (beeswax will be fully melted). Hold for five minutes. Remove from heat, melt and blend in the piece of lipstick. Squeeze in the Vitamin E and add in the Peppermint Essential Oil.  Pour into 1/4 ounce lip balm tubes and allow to cool. Keep the finished product under 75 degrees and use within 3 months.

You will find the ingredients over at Mountain Rose Herbs.



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Peppermint Essential Oil

You can order this from Mountain Rose Herbs


Peppermint Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Mentha piperita
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering plant
Note Classification: Top
Aroma: Fresh, very minty, hot, herbaceous, with a vegetative back note
Largest Producing Countries: Hungary, USA, and Egypt

Traditional Use: Has many culinary and pharmaceutical uses. It is also used for its soothing qualities on the digestive system.

Properties: Analgesic, anesthetic (topical), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, cordial, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge

Benefits: Acne, asthma, bronchitis, cholera, colds, cough, cramps, dermatitis, diarrhea, exhaustion, fainting, fever, flatulence, flu, gaseous indigestion and irritated colon, halitosis, headache, hysteria, indigestion, insect bites, kidney stones and gallstones, mental fatigue, migraine, motion sickness, mouth or gum infections, muscular pain, nausea, nerve pain, nervous disorders, neuralgia, palpitations, poor circulation, respiratory disorders, sinusitis, toothache, travel sickness, vertigo, vomiting. Diffusing peppermint into the air may help with many ailments, from headaches to an upset stomach. 

Blends Well With: Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree

Of Interest: Mild climate stress in the growing conditions of the plant increases the oil content and sesquiterpene levels in the oil.

Safety Data: Avoid in epilepsy and while pregnant. May cause skin irritation. Avoid with homeopathics.

Disclaimer:
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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential 

This valuable information is from Mountain Rose Herbs. Visit them today to learn more and to order.  







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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tea Tree Oil Face Cream

Update: This has been one of my most popular posts and I have received a ton of email from folks about it.  The majority of the emails were from those that wanted to use this on oily and blemish-prone skin but found that the rich Shea butter, sesame oil and cocoa butter were way too rich for their skin.  I also received a fair share of emails asking that I reduce the number of ingredients and also convert the measurements to teaspoons and tablespoons instead of grams.  I am sure you will enjoy this NEW & Improved simple and effective skin care recipe. 

Tea Tree Oil Face Cream
Makes 2 ounces 
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract
1 tablespoon Rosewater
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Jojoba Oil
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Hazelnut Oil
3/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Stearic Acid
2  teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Emulsifying Wax-NF
40 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

I like getting the Witch Hazel Extract from Mountain Rose Herbs
I got both of these oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and they are both great for oily and blemish-prone skin types. 

My favorite place for Emulsifying Wax is Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs has Stearic Acid

Measure out the ingredients into three separate containers.  The Witch Hazel and Rosewater in one container, the Jojoba and Hazelnut oils into another and the Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax into another.

Bring a pot with about 3 inches of water to a simmer.  In a glass measuring cup, pour in all the ingredients.  Place the measuring cup into the simmering water and allow the waxes to melt into the other ingredients.

As the wax melts, it will start to emulsify the ingredients together.

The mixture will turn a creamy white color and all the wax will be melted.  Remove from the hot water and start to whisk for about 5 minutes.

Add in the essential oil, mix well and pour into a sanitized glass container.

Continue to whisk to cool the cream and thicken it up.  Once it has a rich and thick consistency, place a tight fitting lid on it and store it in the refrigerator for up to 30 days.  This is a great cream for the blemish-prone back and chest too.



You will find most of  the necessary ingredients to make this cream over at 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!!!




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Coconut Oil

You will find Coconut Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Botanical Name- Cocos nucifera
Origin- Philippines
Extraction- Cold Pressed/Unrefined
Shelf life- 2 years
Kosher Certified- Yes
Notes- Will melt at 76 degrees and turn to liquid. This particular oil is raw, virgin and unrefined. Has a pleasant, deep and full bodied coconut aroma. If blended within skin care preparations at a high percentage, it may alter the scent of the final product. Suitable for both food and cosmetic use. Our Coconut oil is 100% certified organic through OTCO

Method Of Extraction  

Fresh, whole coconuts that are sound and ripe are shelled and then pared to remove the brown skin. The white meat is then milled to fine shreds and dried at a temperature of not more than 100 degrees for an average of 2 hours and 30 minutes. This does not create a completely dried and useless meat, but rather helps in the evaporation of excess water which is prevalent in the meat.

After drying, the milled coconut is passed through a customized, cold process oil press where the oil is separated from the coconut at a controlled temperature of less than 100 degrees. The oil is collected in a receiving pan and pumped through a series of filter cloths, which results in a water clear coconut oil, known commercially as Virgin Coconut Oil.The filtered virgin coconut oil is temporarily stored in a tank and made to pass through a final filter to remove any detritus left over before it is packed into its final drum.

You can find this an other carrier oils over at Mountain Rose Herbs!!!



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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sweet Almond Oil

You can purchase this wonderful carrier oil from Mountain Rose Herbs
Method of extraction: Expeller Pressed/Partially Refined

This is one of the most useful, practical, and comonly used oils. It is great for all skin types as an acting emollient and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin. It is truly marvelous as a carrier oil and is equally superb for addition to body care products. Natural expeller pressed oil from raw almond kernels and exceptionally rich in fatty acids.

Easily saponified, producing a desired lather for soap makers.

You can buy this wonderful carrier oil from Mountain Rose Herbs!!!




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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Luscious Orange Dream Cream

Homemade Luscious Orange Dream Cream
250 grams Orange Blossom Water
50 grams coconut oil
60 grams sesame oil
35 grams emulsifying wax NF
8 grams stearic acid
2 grams rosemary extract
3 grams grapefruit seed extract
2 teaspoons orange essential oil

You will find all the ingredients in one place by visiting Mountain Rose Herbs

Add the orange blossom water, coconut oil, sesame oil, emulsifying wax NF and stearic acid into a metal or glass container and set in a double boiler.  Heat all ingredients to 160 degrees. Remove from heat and allow to cool to 100 degrees.  Add in the rosemary extract, grapefruit seed extract and orange essential oil, blend well.  Pour warm liquid into desired containers and allow to completely cool.  Makes about 14 ounces.

You can find all the necessary ingredients over at Mountain Rose Herbs.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Lavender Essential Oil

Information from Mountain Rose Herbs
Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia

Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled

Parts Used: Flowering tops

Note Classification: Middle

Aroma: Sweet, floral, herbaceous

Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, France, and Ukraine


Traditional Use: Lavender oil is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative. The herb has been used for strewing, and the flowers are used as an aromatic.

Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, deodorant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypotensive, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary

Benefits: Acne, allergies, amenorrhea, asthma,  bruises, burns, colic, conjunctivitis, cystitis, dandruff, depression, dermatitis, earache, eczema, flatulence, halitosis, headache, hypertension, indigestion, infection, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insomnia, laryngitis, leucorrhea, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, neuralgia, psoriasis, rashes, rheumatism, scars, slow digestion, sore muscles, sprains, stress, sunburn, teething, toothache, ulcers, wound. Lavender oil is a good addition to most skin care products. For bug bites and burns the oil is generally safe to apply neat to the affected area. A skin patch test should be performed before using any essential oil directly on the skin.

Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver

Of Interest: The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash”.  Known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins), which are applicable to many ailments.  Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

Safety Data: Generally considered safe.

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Disclaimer:
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 essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).