Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sandalwood Deodorant Powder

1.2 ounces cornstarch
.5 ounces baking soda
1 teaspoon coconut oil refined
20 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
10 drops Vetiver Essential Oil

Combine all ingredients into a mini food processor and process until a fine powder forms. Transfer mixture to a small wide-mouth jar with lid.  Keep tightly closed. To use: Dip a powder brush or powder puff into product and dust under arms. Massage gently into skin.   Apply as needed during the day.  **Careful when wearing black clothing as the white powder may transfer and be noticeable.

You will find many of the necessary ingredients for this recipe over at Mountain Rose Herbs.



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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shelf Life Of Homemade Beauty Recipes

The homespun beauty recipes found on Fresh-Picked Beauty are meant to be enjoyed fresh and in a timely manner. Some recipes last a week in the fridge and others stay fresh for several months.  Many of the recipes call for the addition of one or more natural preservatives such as tee tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, thyme essential oil and D-Alpha Tocopheral Acetate (Vitamin E).  These natural ingredients offer mild protection from spoilage and help keep your beauty product fresh and germ-free.  You can further help extend the shelf life of your products by following a few simple rules:

1. Always start off with sanitized equipment, counters and hands.  Sanitize your heat-proof glass jars, lids and utensils in a water bath.  I normally spritz my utensils down with alcohol or vodka before I begin crafting my products.  A spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol is great to use during the process as you may need to spray a utensil or even your hands.

2.  It is best to store your products in air-tight containers such as pumps or spray bottles if possible.  I also like to use dark or amber colored containers.  Never use your fingers to retrieve the product-this is just a germ-fest waiting to start! Use a cotton bud or clean spoon instead.

3.  Storing your product in the refrigerator will help it last longer.  I realize this is not always possible (who enjoys rubbing ice cold body lotion on themselves during winter..wink wink!). Keep your products in a dark and cool place and out of the warm and steamy bathroom for longer lasting products.

4.  If any of your products start to look, feel or smell strange (i.e mold, pink stuff, purple stuff, or any other "stuff" growing in the product) throw them away. "When in doubt....throw it out"!!

5.  Always apply a label to your product that clearly states what is in the container and when you should use it by.




Friday, August 19, 2011

How to Make Herbal Tinctures


I love to make herbal tinctures! I have a special cabinet designated just for my tinctures and supplies.  I am not shy to admit that I am well known at my liquor store for purchasing several bottles of vodka per month for my tinctures. I like to give bottles of tinctures away as gifts to friends and family!!  One of the best video tutorials for learning how to fashion your very own homespun herbal tinctures is from Mountain Rose Herbs.  You will find dried bulk organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Enjoy making herbal tinctures.



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Precautions:
If you are currently on medication, speak to your healthcare provider before using any herbal tinctures, as potential interactions or side effects may occur. Some herbs should be avoided during pregnancy and nursing, as potential risks are unknown at this time.

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. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ginger-Rose Relaxing Tea Bath


1/2 cup of dried lavender flowers
1/2 cup chamomile tea
10 drops ginger essential oil
10 drops Geranium (Rose) essential oil
mesh fabric or mesh produce bag (see below for info)

Mix the dried lavender and chamomile in a small glass bowl and drizzle the essentials oils over the herbs. Allow oils to absorb in. Place ingredients in a mesh bag and close tightly.  Place in tub with warm water. Light some candles and soak your troubles away!!!


**I use the flip and tumble reusable produce bags for this recipe and you can find them on Amazon.com HERE

You can find the herbs and essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.






Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Natural Bug-Away Spray

My hubby and I are going to spend the weekend camping and I made sure to have a fresh batch of Bug-Away Spray ready.  I found this recipe in the Mountain Rose Herbs catalog and it is truly an effective alternative to the commercial repellents that are fashioned with harmful chemicals. You will want to make a bottle of this spray for your next camping trip to keep the mosquitoes away!!

You will find all the ingredients at Mountain Rose Herbs!!!

Bug-Away Spray 

4 ounces fresh catnip tincture
4 ounces witch hazel extract
80 drops organic citronella essential oil
80 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil
40 drops organic lavender essential oil
20 drops organic rosemary essential oil
10 drops organic lemongrass essential oil
10 drops organic lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients in an 8-ounce spray bottle and shake well before each use.  Re-apply as often as needed. **Be prepared for folks to ask "What is that amazing perfume you are wearing?".....LOL!!!



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Monday, August 8, 2011

Lemon Balm and Green Tea Cooling Mist


I found this refreshing cooling mist from Mountain Rose Herbs.  I fashioned this to sooth my best friend's sunburn.  You can find everything you need for this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Lemon Balm & Green Tea Cooling Mist
(from Mountain Rose Herbs)

Makes 8 ounces

6 ounces water
4 ounces Lemon Balm Hydrosol
2 tablespoons dried Peppermint Leaf
1 teaspoon Green Tea Leaves

Make an infusion by pouring boiling water over the Peppermint and Green tea leaves, cover, and allow to sit for 2 to 4 hours.  Once cool, strain the herbs and pour into a spray bottle, add lemon Balm Hydrosol, and spritz directly on the sunburn as often as desired.  Use within 1 to 2 days or store in the fridge for up to 1 week.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How to Make Herbal Salve


This is a Mountain Rose Herbs You Tube Video that teaches you how to make your own potent herbal salve.  In this video Mountain Rose Herbs uses the infused herbal oil you watched in my last post into a healing salve that you can take with you anywhere.  This is a great lesson on how to make a healing herbal salve. You can use bulk herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs for these remedies. Stop back by and let me know how your batch turned out.