Thursday, May 31, 2012

Unscented Honey & Clay Facial Cleanser


I wanted to create a cleanser that was unscented, conditioning, mildly exfoliating and able to remove makeup.  I wanted to combine the best of oil cleansing and traditional soap cleansing.  I wanted my face to feel conditioned and smooth but not oily after I rinsed with warm water.  I tried several times to get this formula just right and I really enjoy the final formula.  I chose Castor oil and sweet almond oil since both are very soothing and help to dissolve make up.  I added in honey for its skin conditioning properties.  I added in unscented liquid Castille soap since it is an extra mild and gentle liquid soap with no harsh chemicals, additives, colorants or residue leaving ingredients.  I added in some Fuller's Earth clay to help gently exfoliate the skin and draw out impurities.  You simply massage a bit of this gentle cleanser into your dry skin and then rinse with a wash cloth and warm water.  Pretty amazing!

This recipe is very simple. All the ingredients go into a single glass measuring cup and placed into a simmering water bath.

You stir the mixture until it reaches 120 degrees and the emulsifying wax is fully melted.


Place the warm mixture into your desired container and allow to cool and thicken.

I rubbed red lipstick on my hand, added a bit of the honey clay cleanser and gently massaged it in. Rinsed with warm water and my hand was spotless. 

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Unscented Honey & Clay Facial Cleanser

10 grams Castor Oil
5 grams Sweet Almond Oil
10 grams local honey
15 grams Liquid Castille Soap
5 grams Shea Butter
5 grams Fuller's Earth Clay
3 grams Emulsifying Wax NF
2 grams Stearic Acid

Place all the ingredients into a glass measuring cup. Place cup in a simmering water bath. Stir ingredients gently until mixture reaches 120 degrees and the wax is fully melted and incorporated.  Transfer warm mixture to desired container and allow to cool to room temp.  To use: Massage about 2 teaspoons into skin (avoiding eye area).  Add a bit of warm water and continue to massage then rinse with warm water. 


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. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Toner for Acne-Prone Skin (Formula #1)

I find that this toner helps promote natural healing and reduces inflammation of my daughter's acne-prone skin.  My teenager has seen positive results and enjoys the wonderful aroma from the essential oils. This is called "Formula #1" since I am always tinkering around with and tweaking my formulas. I like the essential oil blend in this toner as they are all good for acne and are anti-inflammatory and very soothing with healing promoting qualities.   I will post "Formula #2" as soon as I formulate it.  Green Blessings!!!

 Fresh-Picked Beauty's Toner for Acne-Prone Skin (Formula #1)


30 grams Lavender Hydrosol
30 grams Rose Geranium Hydrosol
30 grams Witch Hazel Extract
15 grams Aloe Vera Gel
10 grams Calendula Tincture
15 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
15 drops Carrot Essential Oil
10 drops Rose Essential Oil
10 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
10 drops German Chamomile Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients into a dark amber-colored bottle.  Apply to clean skin. Do not rinse. Avoid eye, mouth and nose area.

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. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Honeybees & I need your help!!!

The following information is from the Mountain Rose Herbs Blog.

Mountain Rose Herbs has gotten together with their long term partner Beyond Toxics on their most recent project called 1000 Friends of Bees Campaign. As most of your know, a large percentage of our honeybee colonies are being threatened by habitat loss, introduced diseases, the spread of parasites, and worst of all, the widespread use of pesticides. Many biologists agree that without the simple honey bee, our entire food system would collapse as would other essential plant systems.

The problem is that pesticides poison the bees by direct contact with the plants and flowers they pollinate and from here the compound chemicals eventually contaminate the honey, pollen, and entire hive. Entire bee colonies have been collapsing at an alarming rate and the latest research points to pesticides as being the biggest culprit of these declines.

But don’t let this shocking news get you down! Mountain Rose Herbs and Beyond Toxics are addressing the impacts that pesticides cause to honeybee populations and we need your support! 1000 Friends of Bees Campaign is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood and city-by-city project dedicated to the preservation of the honeybee. The goal of 1000 Friends of Bees Campaign is to create pesticide-free zones in communities throughout the Pacific Northwest so that we can live together with our pollinators in a healthy and safe environment free of harmful chemicals.

There are numerous ways that you can help us spread the message and it will only take you a mere 2-3 minutes of your time.

Mountain Rose Herbs goal is to have 1000 new friends of bees and you can do this 2 ways….

I Need Your Help!!!

As many of you know I am an Affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs. From 5/25/12 to 7/1/12, any commission I make from Mountain Rose Herbs will be directly donated to the 1000 Friends of Healthy Bees.  I already have $32.93 in my commissions account that I will add to the amount raised during 5/25/12 to 7/1/12.  I will earn a commission if you order something from Mountain Rose Herbs when you use my Affiliate Link (Please know that you will be paying the exact same amount that you would normally pay when using my Affiliate Link .  If you need anything from Mountain Rose Herbs, now is the time to order. Please click on the banner below to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website and I will get credit for your order. I thank you very much for helping me with this important cause!!!! Green Blessings!!

Please click on the Mountain Rose Herbs Banner below to be taken to their Website. Please share my Affiliate Link with your friends too. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index.php?AID=121661




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Natural Sunscreens

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I have received several emails in the past few weeks asking for a beauty recipe for a natural sunscreen.  I don't have a recipe and I have never made one, but the folks over at Mountain Rose Herbs just posted the Goddess Garden natural sunscreen line.  This line offers full-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for the whole family without any harsh chemicals. With 30 SPF coverage, these sunscreens are made with organic and natural ingredients, providing a non-greasy formula that protects and nourishes the skin. Easy to apply, they are non-whitening and water resistant.

The active ingredients in the Natural Sunscreen are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. This formula contains 82% organic ingredients. For the more sensitive members of the family they have the Baby Natural Sunscreen. Made with 75% organic ingredients, this formula is fragrance free and only contains Zinc Oxide as an active ingredient.

For those of you who prefer the convenience of  a non-liquid application, Mountain Rose Herbs still offer the Zinc Sunstick in both Coconut and Unscented. Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs (Click HERE) to order.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Oil Absorbing Calendula Face Cream for Oily Skin


I was tinkering around in my beauty lab (a.k.a my kitchen) and formulated this oil absorbing facial cream that whipped up nice and thick and worked very well as a foundation primer.  If you have oily skin, you are going to really like this.

The water phase is a mixture of Calendula Hydrosol and Calendula Tincture (click here to learn how to make tinctures).


The oil absorbing business part of the face cream is from the Kaolin Clay which is a naturally absorbent and very fine white clay.

Oil Absorbing Calendula Face Cream for Oily Skin

20 grams Calendula Hydrosol
10 grams Calendula Tincture/Extract
17 grams Jojoba Oil
6 grams Emulsifying Wax NF
2 grams Stearic Acid
2.5 grams Kaolin Clay
1 gram/20 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 drops Grapefruit Seed Essential Oil

Measure in the hydrosol and tincture in a sterile glass measuring cup.  In another glass measuring cup, measure in the Jojoba oil, Emulsifying Wax, Stearic Acid and Kaolin Clay.  Place both measuring cups into a simmering water bath.  Heat both to about 140 degrees. Remove from heat and pour both into a larger sterile glass measuring cup. Blend with a stick blender or whisk for about 5 minutes or until the mixture is below 100 degrees.  Add in your Grapefruit Seed Extract and essential oils.  Continue to whisk for about 10 to 15 minutes or until your cream is starting to firm up.  Transfer to sterile containers and either keep in the fridge or use within 60 days.

Here the two phases are in the simmering water bath. 

 

 

 Here is a photo showing the warm mixture being whisked to cool it and emulsify it. 


Just keep whisking until the mixture lightens up and firms up. Failure to mix long enough may cause the product to separate. 



Fill up your sterile container with the product and keep a tight lid on it.  Never use your fingers to retrieve the cream. 


For safety's sake, I like to keep the larger container in the fridge in refill a smaller 1/2 ounce container to help it stay fresher.  

Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs for all the ingredients!!  Herbal Blessings!!!

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. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rejuvenating Spirulina & Clay Mask


This rejuvenating and warming facial mask is crafted for normal, combo and oily skin.  I use this a few times per week when I want to deep clean my pores and increase circulation to my face.  I chose Fuller's Earth Clay because it has enormous drawing capabilities and is the number one choice for oily skin and those prone to acne.  It literally draws oil from the pores.  Spirulina offers an impressive array of protective antioxidants and imparts the beautiful green color to the mask.  The warming effect comes from the ground ginger root.  I add in a bit of Matcha tea and tumeric as they are both wonderful anti-oxidants and beneficial to the skin.  I also use Aloe Vera Gel when making the mask, but your favorite hydrosol would be wonderful too.

You can order all the ingredients, including the Fuller's Earth, from Mountain Rose Herbs.

In a small bowl, add in 5 grams of Fuller's Earth, 1.5 grams of Spirulina Powder, 1.5 grams Matcha Tea, 0.5 grams of Ground Ginger Root, and 0.5 grams of Tumeric.

Stir well to combine all the dry ingredients.

Add in 20 to 25 grams of Aloe Vera Gel and stir into a smooth paste.

I like to apply a thick layer of this mask with a large foundation brush and leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.  You may notice a slight redness to your face which should go away within 1 hour.  Avoid getting this in your eyes or nose as it will sting and irritate your mucous membranes.  I find that this recipe makes enough for two to three masks. Store it in the fridge with a tight lid so it does not dry out. 

Here I am in full green goo-ish glory!Boo!!



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. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Flower & Milk Bath with Wild Chamomile, Bergamot & Cardamom


Here is a bath soak that smells AMAZING and is the perfect easy-to-make gift for someone special. It is also a great way to use up your recycled glass jars too.

In a large glass bowl, add in 10 grams of dried rose petals.

Add in 20 grams of dried Chamomile flowers.

Add in 20 grams of dried lavender buds.

Add in 20 grams of dried Elder flowers.

Stir well to combine all the flowers.

Add in the following essential oils: 30 drops of Wild Chamomile, 20 drops of Cardamom and 15 drops of Bergamot.  Mix well.  *Works best if you gently stir flowers after every 10 drops of essential oil.

Stir in 40 grams of powdered milk.

Transfer to a glass jar of your choice. Make sure to label your jar and keep the lid on at all times to keep the moisture out.

My favorite way to infuse this blend into the bath is with this large mesh infuser sold by Mountain Rose Herbs.  This fantastic stainless steel infuser is perfect for bath herbs! Measures 3 3/4" diameter and 3 3/8" deep. I use about 1/2  cup of bath soak per bath.  You can even compost the wet herbs after your bath.

Here is a label you can print out and attach to your jar of bath soak.  You can find all the ingredients over at Mountain Rose Herbs. Herbal Blessings!!!


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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bacteria Busting Hand Sanitizer


Did you know that making your own hand sanitizer is pretty darn' tootin' easy? The secret is to have at least 60% alcohol.  I like to mix two different proof Vodkas and add in some proven "bacteria busting" essential oils.  Lets make our special Bacteria Busting Blend of essential oils first.

Bacteria Busting Blend 
80 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil
70 drops Lemon Essential Oil
40 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
20 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Mix together in a dark amber colored bottle.  Keeps for at least 2 years.

You need to apply a "caution" label so folks who may come across it know that it needs to be highly diluted before use.  You also need to do your own research and make sure that you are not allergic to any of the oils and that they are safe for you to use.  Essential Oil safety is very important!!!

For my hand sanitizer, I mix equal parts of 105 Proof Vodka and 151 Proof Vodka.  This way I get 64% alcohol content.  You can use rubbing alcohol if you choose and it is a lot cheaper too.  I like to do 60 grams of each for a total of 120 grams of alcohol.  I then add in 10 drops of the Bacteria Busting Blend of Essential oils and store it in an amber colored glass spray bottle.  The secret to sanitizing your hands is to mist enough of the spray on your hands where they dry after at least 15 seconds.  This is of course flammable and needs to be stored away from heat!!!

Thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for their Four Thieves Oil recipe which is where I got the info for my Bacteria Busting Blend.  All of the essential oils in the blend are antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-infectious.  You can purchase the essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs too. 

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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.



Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Butters and Waxes

Thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for the following information!!!!

The following butters and waxes from Mountain Rose Herbs are wonderfully rich and nourishing ingredients for your skincare and beauty recipes.  All of Mountain Rose Herbs butters are free of synthetic ingredients, perfume, preservatives and are never hydrogenated.  They are packaged in durable, white plastic jars.  Visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE

 Cocoa Butter:  An aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations. 

Cocoa Butter Wafers:  These fair trade and organic wafers exhibit the same properties and qualities as Mountain Rose Herbs standard Cocoa Butter but in a much more convenient size which makes melting and blending easier. Each wafer or disc measures about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter. 

Illipe Butter:  Expeller pressed and rendered from whole Illipe nuts (Shorea stenoptera) this exotic butter adds regenerative and moisturizing properties to your handmade creations. Illipe butter is renowned for its incredible moisturizing properties and its ability to restore elasticity to the skin. It is quite comparable to cocoa butter in its constituents, and is beneficial for the treatment of numerous skin and hair disorders. 

Kokum Butter: A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product. 

Mango Butter: Expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango Butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.

 Shea Butter: This raw unrefined butter is derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, our certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. The shea butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.

Natural source waxes have a plethora of fine uses which include a solidifying medium for salves, an emulsifier for cosmetics, a hardener for polishes and balms and so much more! It is hard to imagine where we would be with our creations if it were not for the substance that wax provides us.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers an exceptional line of waxes for cosmetic and household purposes which may be incorporated seamlessly into most cosmetic preparations and are a standard ingredient for natural body care products.

Beeswax: A wonderful substance secreted by worker honeybees. This line of pure, filtered, cosmetic grade bees wax comes frombeekeepers in the United States that we have a wonderful working relationship with. This beautiful wax is the finest we have ever acquired; producing a very fragrant, clean, and perfectly filtered product without the debris and muddy color found in typical waxes. Use it for cosmetics, salves, body care products, lotions and you can melt it down to make your own aromatic candles. Mountain Rose Herbs offers pure bees wax with no filler, synthetics, debris, or foreign fragrances. 

Beeswax Pastilles: Mountain Rose Herbs beeswax pastilles are produced in the same manner as their traditional bulk beeswax, only in a more convenient size. These pastilles, or sometimes known as pellets have a deep golden color, rich aroma, and the average dimension of each pastille is 3 mm. 

Carnauba Wax:  One of the hardest cosmetic waxes found, this wax is taken from the Brazilian palm tree Copernicia prunifera. A very hard, thick wax with a high melting point around 180-185 degrees. It is mainly used in furniture waxes, lipsticks, and cosmetic recipes, which require a formidable barrier agent. Mountain Rose Herbs Carnauba is certified organic, golden in color, and comes in flake form. 

Emulsifying Wax: A vegetable based emulsifying wax from naturally occurring fats and esters, further processed into a convenient"pastille flake form".
This excellent medium is used to create a bond between water and oil for products which require their binding together. Makes a fluid cream, and lotion without the separation, and complements the finished products end texture.

Purchase all of these ingredients 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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

HerbDay 2012

HerbDay 2012 Set for May 5!

The seventh annual HerbDay will take place Saturday, May 5, 2012. HerbDay is an international celebration of herbs and herbal products that are packed with events aimed at educating and sharing ideas about the many ways herbs bring joy and well-being into our daily lives. We celebrate herbs' use in food, beverages, medicine, beauty products, and crafts, along with the art of growing and gardening with herbs.


HerbDay is a grassroots movement and its events belong to everyone who chooses to participate.
Although May 5 will be the focal point of our celebration, we encourage you to commemorate HerbDay any time, any day, any time of year!

The HerbDay Coalition is comprised of the American Botanical Council, United Plant Savers, the American Herbal Products Association, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, and the American Herbalists Guild.

I just so happen to be a Student member of the American Herbalists Guild and I will be celebrating by making some herbal tinctures and preparing my summer herbal first aid kit.  What will you be doing? Leave me a comment!!

Happy HerbDay 2012!!!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Natural Mosquito Repellent


My big batch of Catnip tincture which is the base of my all-natural mosquito repellent!!

I was sitting outside next to my pond and realized that the pesky mosquitoes were out and about  and swarming all around me.  I headed straight inside and grabbed my all-natural Bug-Away-Spray.  I received this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs and it is a very effective and natural alternative to the potentially unsafe commercial repellents.  The main ingredient is Catnip tincture (cats love it, mosquitoes hate it!).  I started a big batch of it over 6 weeks ago.  If you don't want to make your own Catnip tincture, you can find it at your local health food store or at Mountain Rose Herbs.  I have a great tutorial on how to make your own tinctures HERE.  Another important ingredient in the Bug-Away-Spray is Witch Hazel Extract. 


During the month of May 2012, Mountain Rose Herbs is offering their popular Witch Hazel Extract for 25% off.  Unlike commercial Witch Hazel extracts which contain more alcohol than actual Witch Hazel, and having only been distilled once; the one Mountain Rose Herbs offer leads in both quality and potency. Enjoy this true Witch Hazel extract which has been double distilled in only a 14% alcohol base. Contains 86% Witch Hazel Extract and 14% grain alcohol. Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs and choose from 3 different sizes.  

Bug-Away Spray 
(recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs)

4 ounces 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.



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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 especially if you are pregnant, nursing or suffer from any type of health issue.