Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jasmine & Sandalwood Hair Balm

Got frizz? Got split ends? You need to make this moisturizing and smoothing balm for hair that is scented with the intoxicating aromas of Jasmine and Sandalwood.  This easy to craft all-natural hair treat will smooth your hair and cuticle, add deep shine and fortify your lovely locks. This recipe is packed with nourishing oils.  There is Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil and Vitamin E.  Most of you know that I love multi-use products, so don't be shy to smooth this beauty product on your hands, cuticles, heels and elbows.  When using on your hair, a little goes a loooooog way.  You simply apply a tiny bit to the palm of your hand and then rub your hands together and massage through your hair or just focus on the frizzy parts. Enjoy and Green Blessings!!!

You can buy almost everything you need from Mountain Rose Herbs
Jasmine & Sandalwood Hair Balm
10 grams Beeswax
20 grams Coconut Oil
10 grams Shea Butter
10 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams Wheat Germ Oil (I like to use the capsules)
1 ml Vitamin E Oil
1 ml Rosemary Extract
50 drops of Aura Cacia Love Potion Blend Essential Oil (or your favorite blend)

Place the beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil and wheat germ oil in a small glass measuring cup and place in a simmering pot of water. Allow to melt over low heat.  Remove from heat and stir in the Vitamin E Oil and Rosemary Extract.

Add in the essential oil and transfer to hot mixture to a heat safe container.  Make sure to label your hair balm.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Camelina Oil (Camelina sativa)

The following information is from Mountain Rose Herbs
Considered by many in the US as a weed, it was known as the "gold of pleasure" to Europeans not to long ago, and still sold and marketed under this name in some parts of the world. Camelina is a small annual shrub with small pale yellow or greenish yellow flowers. It is also known as Camelina sativa, Gold of Pleasure, False flax, wild flax oil, Leindotter, Siberian Oilseed, linseed dodder.  It was originally thought to be first cultivated in Neolithic times, and by the Iron Age it was used as an oil producing plant. It was grown for oil in the Mediterranean at least 2000 years ago, as well as in parts of Southeastern Russia.

Nowadays, it is grown in Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as in the flax growing regions of the upper-Midwest United States. It is referred to as false flax because it is often found growing in flax fields. Traditionally it was used for oil in lamps, and as feed for livestock. Recently, it has been looked at for its viability as a bio fuel alternative to corn and as a nutritional supplement for farm and domesticated animals.

The parts used are typically the seeds which are pressed into the oil.  The rest can be used as feed for livestock.  It is often used as an ingredient in body care recipes.  Rich in natural antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, tocopherols, and high in vitamin E content; Camelina oil is truly under appreciated. Due to a high content of essential fatty acids, it is wonderful for all types of skin, acting as an anti-aging and emollient agent to improve the skins elasticity and suppleness. Camelina oil also has incredibly high in both alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid contents, and proportions this large are more typically found in linseed oil and fish oil. Camelina oil is reputed to have wonderful benefits for dogs, promoting healthy skin and a glossy coat.

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 As of 9/24/12, Mountain Rose Herbs sells a huge 8 ounce bottle of Camelina Oil for only $6.50. 

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Camelina Seed oil is very similar to Flax in appearance and properties but it has a much more stable shelf life and is not prone to rancidity.

Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs if you would like to order this or any other carrier oil.  
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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!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Handcrafted Beauty Labels (Set 1)

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Here are a few "Handcrafted" labels you can use when making labels for your homemade beauty recipes.  I use Vintage Mortised Cuts with are Royalty-Free Images and add various font styles.  I hope you enjoy these and check back often as I will be adding more as I make them.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Flower Power Face Mask

I created this beauty recipe to be both a deep cleanser and a gentle exfoliating mask.  The key ingredients include Rhassoul clay that helps draw out impurities and remove dead cells, whole grain oat flour that helps brighten the complexion, powdered milk which is high in lactic acid, and a combination of flower powders  Rose, Calendula and Lavender.  I also added in pure Lavender essential oil to help purify and calm the skin.

I use this a few times a week by adding a tablespoon amount to the palm of my hand and adding in a bit of warm water or hydrosol and blend into a thick smooth paste.  I mist my face with my favorite hydrosol or warm water and massage the product all over my face for about 30 seconds.  I relax for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off the mask with warm water while gently buffing with a wash cloth.  My face feels so amazing and soft.

 You will need the following ingredients:

20 grams Rhassoul Clay
10 grams Whole Grain Oat Flour
5 grams Powdered Milk
4 grams Rose Flower Powder
4 grams Calendula Flower Powder
4 grams Lavender Flower Powder
30 drops Lavender Essential Oil

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 In a small bowl, add in all the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.

Add in the essential oil and mix well to combine.

Transfer recipe to a small canning jar with a lid.

I crafted this hand-stamped cute little label for the jar.  I hope you enjoy making and using this beauty recipe.  Green Blessings.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sugared Pomegranate Lip Polish

I don't suffer with dry and flaky lips anymore! I also don't spend upwards of $22 for a small 0.6 ounce of some fancy department store brand of lip polish.  For under $1.00 per batch, I make my very own Sugared Pomegranate Lip Polish using natural, good-for-you ingredients.  Have you ever heard of Organic Freeze-Dried Pomegranate Powder? I put this Persian superfood in my morning smoothies because it has beneficial antioxidants, vitamin C and polyphenols.  It also adds a little  natural "magic" to my lip polish.  I hope you enjoy making this beauty recipe for yourself and your friends!! Green Blessings!

Sugared Pomegranate Lip Polish
1/2 teaspoon Beeswax 
2 teaspoons of Sweet Almond Oil
1 teaspoon Shea Butter
1 1/4 teaspoon Freeze-Dried Pomegranate Powder
2 teaspoons Cane Sugar
40 drops Vitamin E Oil

Place the Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter into a small heat-safe glass and place in a pot of simmering water until the wax and oil has melted together.  Remove from the heat.

Add in the Vitamin E Oil.

Add in the pomegranate powder.

Add in the cane sugar.

Transfer the warm mixture to a small container of your choice. You can occasionally stir the mixture to evenly distribute the sugar while it cools and hardens.

Make a cute little label and attach it to the jar.  This is a picture of the back label I made using a cute little "handmade" rubber stamp. 

TO USE THE LIP POLISH: Gently massage over lips for a few minutes.  Leave on for 5 minutes and then gently rinse off with warm water.  Your lips will be super supple and smooth!!  Enjoy!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Double Calendula Hand & Body Cream

I thought I would use some of my calendula infused grapeseed oil and make this nourishing hand and body cream.  I call this "Double Calendula Hand & Body Cream" as it contains both a strong calendula infused water phase and a calendula infused oil phase.  This recipe makes enough to fill two small canning jars...perfect for gift giving!!!

I happened to have this Calendula Flower Powder I got from Mountain Rose Herbs and if you click HERE, I will show you how to make a Calendula Infused Oil.

Start out by adding 7 grams of Calendula Flower Powder to a mug and add 115 ml of boiling water.  Allow the infusion to sit until it cools to room temp and then strain out the herb and you will get about 100 ml of Calendula infusion (the herb will retain a bit of the water).

The calendula infusion will look like a darkly brewed tea.  Just keep it at room temp.

In a medium sized heat-safe glass bowl, add in 80 grams of Calendula infused oil......

Add in 30 grams of Mango Butter (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)...........

Add in 10 grams of Beeswax Pastilles (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs).  Squeeze in two 1200 mg caps of Lecithin and three 1130 mg caps of Wheat Germ Oil. If you are not using capsules, then add in about 1/4 teaspoon of each ingredient.

Place the bowl over a simmering water bath until the beeswax has fully melted.  Remove the bowl from the heat and allow the oils to cool to room temp.  Once mixture is under 100 degrees, add in 40 drops of Vitamin E Oil.

Once the water phase and oil/wax phase have both cooled to room temp, slowly drizzle the water phase into the oil/wax phase while mixing with a hand held mixer set on medium speed.  When I say "slowly" I mean only add in about 3 ml of the water phase at a time, I use a pipette to add in the water.  Once the mixture starts to thicken and all the water has been added in, scrape down the sides of the bowl. This is the time to add in your Essential Oils.

I chose to add in 20 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil, 20 drops of Helichrysum Essential Oil and 10 drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil. You can find all these at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Transfer the lotion to clean and sterile containers. I don't use any preservatives in this recipe so sterile containers are very important.

Type up some cute little labels and add them to your jar.  I like to keep them in the fridge since they lack a preservative.  I never use my fingers to retrieve the cream, I always use a clean spoon.  Use within 60 days.

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