Friday, July 29, 2011

How to Make Herbal Infused Oils


This is a Mountain Rose Herbs You Tube Video that teaches you how to make herbal infused oils that you can use for herbal salve, lip balm recipes, or by itself as an herb oil.  In this video Mountain Rose Herbs makes calendula oil by using calendula with sweet almond oil and comfrey oil by infusing comfrey in olive oil.  You can use bulk herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs for these remedies.


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Monday, July 25, 2011

Borage Seed Oil

You can find Borage Seed Oil and other carrier oils at Mountain Rose Herbs

Borage Seed Oil Profile (from Mountain Rose Herbs)

Botanical Name- Borago officinalis
Origin- China
Extraction- Cold Pressed/Unrefined
Shelf life- 3-6 months
Kosher Certified- Yes
Notes- This particular oil should be kept refrigerated and away from natural and artificial lighting. No additives, preservatives, antioxidants, or other foreign agents have been used or included in the manufacturing of this oil. Suitable for food and cosmetic use. Certified organic by
OTCO.

Fatty Acids
Docosenoic- 2.2%
Icosenoic- 3.8%
Gamma Linolenic- 20.1%
Linoleic- 38.8%
Oleic- 17.9%
Palmitic- 10%
Stearic- 3.6%

An Introduction
Pressed from the seeds of the beautiful Borage plant (Borago officinalis), Borage Seed Oil is known to be beneficial for both topical and internal applications.  Borage Seed Oil has the highest concentration of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) naturally found, higher than in any other plant source!  GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid, an essential fatty acid.  Omega-6 fatty acids cannot be produced in our bodies, but must be obtained from food sources.  Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for brain function, regulation of metabolism, and for the growth and health of bones, hair, and skin.

Medicinal Uses
Because of its extremely high levels of gamma linolenic acid, Borage Seed Oil has many potential uses.  It has been widely studied for its ability to calm and reduce inflammation, and has been used successfully to alleviate the pain, swelling, and joint stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis.  Borage Seed Oil has also been used with positive results for many different skin disorders, such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea, and prematurely matured skin.  Furthermore, studies have begun to show that it may be able to be beneficial for treating and preventing a malady of conditions including:

Menstrual cycles:  breast inflammation and cramping
Nails, scalp, and hair:  growth, nourishment, dry conditions
Osteoporosis:  calcium deposits and absorption, bone strength and growth
Menopausal symptoms:  hot flashes
Weight loss:  metabolism regulation
Respiratory conditions, sore throat, cough:  expectorant, mucilage
Nerve disorders for those with Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis:  assists with nerve function
Dry-eye conditions and pressure in the eye
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
High blood pressure and heart disease
Ulcers:  anti-inflammatory
Lupus:  anti-inflammatory
Impotence:  promotes blood flow
Reduction of abnormal blood clotting:  promotes blood flow
Alzheimer's:  assists with nerve impulses

Since Borage Seed Oil is such an important source of gamma linolenic acid, it may prove to be invaluable for many different ailments and conditions.  Nonetheless, it is undeniably beneficial for the entire body's health and well-being.


To use Borage Seed Oil in your food preparations, mix it into the meal just before serving.  This oil should not be heated, and must be used cold to take full advantage of its health benefits. For cosmetic applications, either apply directly, or add to your recipe after all heating has taken place. 

Precautions:
If you are currently on medication, speak to your healthcare provider before using Borage Seed Oil, as potential interactions or side effects may occur. Borage Seed Oil should be avoided during pregnancy and nursing, as potential risks are unknown at this time. Borage Seed Oil should not be used in high doses or over a longer period of time without prior approval by a healthcare provider. This oil may cause loose stools, and possibly minor stomach complaints.

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. 



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Dry Hair "Shampoo"

Clean your hair without water! This natural "shampoo" powder absorbs oils in your hair and lets you go longer between washings. 

Dry Hair "Shampoo" 
1 cup finely ground oatmeal
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup corn starch

Mix together all ingredients and transfer to a powdered sugar shaker (or container of choice). Simply sprinkle a small amount onto hair and gently rub into the roots to absorb oils.  Leave on hair for 5 minutes and then comb hair with a fine bristle brush or fine tooth comb to remove product. Can be used daily.  **Works best on lighter hair colors, additional brushing may be necessary when used on dark colored hair.

I use the following Wilton Sugar Shaker which can be purchased from Amazon.com HERE 
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Best Oils for Beauty Recipes


I use a lot of healthful oils made from nuts, fruits, veggies and seeds when I fashion my homespun beauty recipes.  Here is a handy guide from Mountain Rose Herbs


The best oils for aromatherapy recipes: 
Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Soybean, Hazelnut, Jojoba, Jukui Nut, Olive, Safflower, Soybean and Sunflower. 

The best oils for cosmetic and skincare recipes:
Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Borage, Camelina, Castor, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Grapeseed, Hazelnut, Hemp Seed, Jojoba, Jukui Nut, Macadamia Nut, Meadowfoam, Neem, Olive, Palm Fruit, Palm Kernel, Pomegranate Seed, Pumpkin Seed, Rosehip, Safflower, Sea Buckthorn, Sesame, Shea Nut, Soybean, Sunflower, Tamanu, and Wheat Germ. 

You will find all of the oils listed above for purchase at Mountain Rose Herbs

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dark Ale Hair Massage Elixir


8 ounces  Dark Ale Beer

Add all ingredients into a container and shake well to blend.  Pour over shampooed hair and massage into hair and scalp. Allow elixir to remain on scalp until hair has dried.  You can either style as usual or shampoo if desired.

Evening Primrose Oil

{You can find Evening Primrose Oil at Mountain Rose Herbs}

Organic Evening Primrose Oil Profile

Botanical Name- Oenothera biennis
Extraction- Cold Pressed/Partially refined
Shelf life- 6 months

Notes- This particular oil should be kept refrigerated to help prolong shelf life.
No additives, preservatives, antioxidants, or other foreign agents have been used or included in the manufacturing of this oil. A true cold pressed oil from certified organically grown Evening Primrose seeds. Suitable for food and cosmetic use, however bloating or abdominal upset may occur from the excessive use of Evening Primrose Seed Oil internally.

An Introduction
Evening Primrose Seed Oil is pressed the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant, Oenothera biennis . The yellow flowers only open in the evening, hence their common name. Evening Primrose is a common wildflower found in North America, Europe, and parts of Asia . This plant was used by Native Americans and early settlers as a nutritional support and to treat against conditions such as sore throats, stomachaches, hemorrhoids, and bruises. Evening Primrose has also been used medicinally in Europe since the seventeenth century. Over the last 20 years, this oil has once again become popular for its medicinal properties, and is now a common dietary supplement. 

Medicinal Use
With the popularity of anti-fat diets and trends, many people are under the incorrect impression that all fats are bad, and that they should be avoided. However, this is a falsehood, and the truth is that some fats are necessary and vital for our health. Essential Fatty Acids support our physiological functions, and are essential for the health of our organs and overall health. Essential Fatty Acids cannot be produced by our own bodies, and instead must be obtained from dietary sources. Evening Primrose Seed Oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid that is needed for our cardiovascular, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems, and to maintain healthy cells and body functions. In addition, Evening Primrose Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. Specifically, Evening Primrose Seed Oil has been shown to be effective for the following conditions:  
•  Premenstrual symptoms: menstrual cramps and breast tenderness.
•  Acne
•  Rosacea
•  Signs of ageing
•  Diabetes associated nerve damage
•  Eczema
•  Nourishes the scalp, hair, and nails
•  Altheimer's related memory deficiencies
•  Damage from Multiple Sclerosis
•  Rheumatoid arthritis
•  Inflammation from Lupus
•  Numbness or tingling in hands, feet, or legs.
•  Alcohol withdrawal symptoms
•  Impotence and female infertility
•  Raynaud's disease symptoms
•  High cholesterol levels
•  Fibrocystic breast disease
•  Osteoporosis
•  Skin ulcers
•  Attention Deficit Disorder
•  Irritable Bowel Syndrome
•  Weight loss
•  High blood pressure 

 For cosmetic use, simply add it once that the product no longer needs to be heated. Evening Primrose Seed Oil should not be heated. 

This valuable information is from the Mountain Rose Herbs website.  



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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hair Repair Oil (Formula 1)


4 ounces Jojoba Oil

Mix all ingredients in a glass bottle.  Apply about 1 tablespoon (or more depending on hair length) to dry hair and massage through to evenly distribute through hair and scalp.  Brush the hair gently and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.  Shampoo hair well and follow with conditioner. 

You will find all the ingredients for this hair care recipe over at Mountain Rose Herbs!!

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Apricot Kernel Oil

{You can find Apricot Kernel Oil at Mountain Rose Herbs}

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil Profile

Botanical Name- Prunus armeniaca
Origin- Kenya
Extraction- Cold Pressed/Unrefined
Shelf life- 12 months

Notes- Stores well under any condition but extreme heat will lessen the shelf life. Because of the cold pressed and unrefined variety that we offer, this organic Apricot kernel oil is considerably darker in color and richer in scent when compared to what is currently being offered on the market. Recommended for cosmetic use only.

Superb! Softens and protects skin without leaving an oily residue.  Key ingredient in massage oils, soaps and body care recipes.

You can find this and other fine carrier oils at 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).

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Greek Yogurt and Brewer's Yeast Mask

1 tablespoon edible brewer's yeast flakes
2 teaspoons plain Greek yogurt
10 drops Palmarosa essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and apply evenly to face and throat. Allow to dry for about 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and apply moisturizer. Makes a single treatment which must be used the same day it is made.

You can find Palmarosa essential oil at Mountain Rose Herbs

Argan Oil

{You will find Argan Oil at Mountain Rose Herbs}

Organic Argan Oil Profile

Botanical Name- Argania spinosa

Origin- Morocco

Extraction- Expeller pressed/Unrefined

Shelf life- 1 year

Notes- Keeps well when stored properly (in a cool place (under 77 degrees F) and away from sunlight). The type of Argan oil carried by Mountain Rose Herbs is recommended for cosmetic use only. Wonderful for use in lotion and cream formulations, or used alone.

This rare and exquisite oil is meticulously expeller pressed from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. Argan oil is rich in natural tocopherols (vitamin E) and phenols, carotenes, squalene and fatty acids, making it a truly luxurious oil. Argan oil absorbs quickly and is often used in skin, nail and hair treatments to deliver deep hydration, strengthen brittle hair and nails, and prevent/reduce stretch marks

You can find Organic Argan Oil at 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).


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Friday, July 1, 2011

Sanitzing


Sanitizing!
It is super imperative to make sure that all of the surfaces in your kitchen are spotless and sanitized before you begin crafting beauty products.  You need to carefully clean counters, utensils, pans, containers, lids, hands-just about the whole kit and caboodle.  If you don’t do a decent job at making sure everything is hygienic, you run a very high risk that destructive germs, bacteria and mold will start to grow in your finished product.  You don’t want to get a skin infection from a contaminated product. 
Here is what I do when I sanitize my workspace: 

1.       I soak all my utensils and containers for 30 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach and 1 gallon of fresh water.  I allow them to air dry on a clean dish towel. 

2.       I have a spray bottle filled with regular alcohol that I use to mist down my countertops and other surfaces. I keep the spray bottle nearby during the crafting process to spray my hands, utensils, and other things I touch. 

3.       Before I begin, I always wash my hands with a tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract infused hand soap and use a nail brush to scrub under my nails. Clean hands are super important!