Monday, December 9, 2013

Ultra Rich Body Cream & Special Savings!!

My Ultra Rich Body Creams that I handcraft in small batches using the most amazing ingredients.


I just introduced those amazing and moisturizing Ultra Rich Body Creams over the weekend.  120 ml glass pots of ultra rich butter cream made with amazing ingredients to moisturize and protect your body, hands and feet. I have them in Lavender, Neroli & Rose, Jasmine & Sandalwood and Rosemary & Mint.  A little goes a long way since they are waterless and highly concentrated.  As a special gift to my blog readers, I am offering a special savings with BUY 2 GET ONE FREE!!! Visit my Etsy Shop at www.Etsy.com/shop/freshpickedbeauty and purchase two body butters and at checkout send me a note letting me know which additional one you want for free and I will include it at no extra charge.  This offer is good until January 1, 2014.  


Rosemary & Mint. Visit my Etsy shop to purchase 


Lavender. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase. 


Jasmine & Sandalwood. Visit my Etsy Shop to Purchase. 



Neroli & Rose. Visit my Etsy Shop to purchase. 

Made with the following skin nourishing ingredients: 
Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Beeswax, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil, GMO Free Vitamin E Oil, and a Blend of Genuine Essential Oils and/or Absolutes. 


Massage a generous amount onto body to quench, soothe and protect. 


Apply this ultra rich body treat as often as needed.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Balsamic & Peppermint Hair Fix

Do you ever feel sorry for your hair? I went to Las Vegas last weekend with my wonderful mom, and when I got back home my hair felt super dry and parched.  I have a feeling it was the hotel shampoo (I forgot to bring my regular stuff from home) that put the hurt on my hair.  I whipped up this easy recipe for a nourishing hair treatment that contains hemp seed oil, balsamic vinegar, peppermint infusion and a whole egg.  The balsamic vinegar is rich in minerals and will help smooth the hair cuticle and gives it a healthy glossy shine when paired with with hemp seed oil and egg.  I like the peppermint infusion as it is invigorating  to the hair and smells lovely too! This makes enough for two treatments. Keep it in the fridge and use within 7 days.  My hair was super smooth and easy to comb out after my first treatment.

Ingredients for Fresh-Picked Beauty's Balsamic & Peppermint Hair Fix
You will need the following ingredients:

1/3 cup boiling water
1 heaping tablespoon dried peppermint leaf
1 tablespoon hemp seed oil
1 teaspoon stearic acid
1 level tablespoon emulsifying wax NF
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 fresh large egg

(You can get the dried peppermint, hemp seed oil, stearic acid and emulsifying wax from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to be taken to their website)

You need to make the peppermint infusion first.  I placed a fine mesh strainer in the boiling water and placed my peppermint leaf to infuse for 20 minutes.  You can strain the liquid from the herb and set aside.

While your peppermint is infusing into the water, you can melt your hemp seed oil, E-wax and stearic acid together by placing all three into a glass measuring cup and placing the cup in a simmering water bath to completely melt.  Once melted, turn off the heat and remove from the water bath.

The photo above shows the peppermint infusion.  Add in the balsamic vinegar and warm the liquid to within 5 degrees of the oil/wax temperature.  Once both ingredients are within 5 degrees of one another, you will be ready to make the emulsion.

Place the warm oil/wax mixture into a mixing container and add in the warm liquid.  Mix with a whisk attachment on medium speed for about three minutes.  Your mixture should be below 100 degrees F and starting to thicken up.

Crack the egg into a small bowl and lightly beat with a fork.  Add about a tablespoon of the emulsion into the beaten egg and mix well to temper the egg.  Pour the mixture into the emulsion and continue to whisk on medium speed for five minutes.

Your hair mask will be rich and thick after it completely cools to room temperature.  Transfer to a sanitized container with a lid and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To use: Shampoo hair and towel dry.  Apply half of the mixture to your damp hair and comb through from roots to ends.  Massage into scalp.  Leave the hair mask on for 20 minutes to 1 hour.  Rinse out with warm water and style as usual.

Enjoy!!!

Shannon


Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve

My batches of Olive Oil Hand Salve for gift giving
I CREATED THIS POST IN 2012 AND DECIDED TO REPOST IT. If you are thinking about handcrafting your holiday gifts, this recipe is a great idea.  Enjoy!!! -Shannon

Every year I craft a handmade beauty product for my family and friends.  Last year I made Calendula Healing Salve and my friends and family truly loved it.  This year I made a bigger jar of my Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve.  I also bought some professional water & smear proof durable vinyl labels from Moo.com to apply to my four-ounce amber jars.  I ended up making a total of 20 four-ounce jars, but I think I might need more!! I am sharing the recipe with you, and due to popular demand, I have created the recipe using common U.S measurements instead of metric.  My recipe makes enough salve to fill 3 four-ounce amber jars. If you need more, you simply multiple the recipe.



The base of this salve uses three Organic oils.  I chose organic extra virgin olive oil, organic sweet almond oil and organic sunflower oil.  The best price I have found on the olive oil is at Costco. I got the sweet almond oil from Mountain Rose Herbs and the sunflower oil from Whole Foods. 

I thickened the salve with beeswax pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can order it HERE.

To help keep the oils fresh and avoid them turning rancid, I enlisted the herbal power of Rosemary Leaf Extract and Vitamin E Oil

I chose to lightly scent the salve with lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils.  For some reason, I just feel these three blend so well with the olive oil.

Organic Olive Oil Hand Salve
(makes enough to fill three 4-ounce jars)

4 ounces Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 ounces Organic Sweet Almond Oil
2 ounce Organic Sunflower Seed Oil
3 ounces Beeswax Pastilles
80 drops Lavender Essential Oil
30 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
40 drops Rosemary Leaf Extract (antioxidant)
40 drops Vitamin E Oil (7500IU)

Combine the olive, almond and sunflower oils along with the beeswax in a large glass measuring cup that has been placed in a simmering water bath.  Heat until the wax and oils melt. Remove from heat and stir in the remainder of the ingredients. Carefully pour into the heat-safe glass jars. Cap and cool completely.

Here is the oils and wax in the simmering water bath.

Carefully pour the hot mixture into the glass pots. I use an oven mitt when pouring the hot salve.

Notice the cracked middle? This is totally fine and happened to about 1/3 of my pots after they cool.  It does not affect the product at all. I am not for sure why this happens, but if it happens to you, don't worry about it at all!!!

I designed these vinyl product labels which fit perfectly on the four-ounce jars. I bought them from Moo.com. I really like that these labels will not smudge and are water proof.

I found some pretty green fabric and did a quick-sew little reusable gift bag and attached my personalized tag with draw string.


All snug in the gift bags and ready to be passed out to my family and friends for the holidays.


There is nothing that I enjoy more than sharing my herbal knowledge and handcrafted gifts with my family and friends!! I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful gifts from Mother Nature!! Green Blessings & Happy Holidays!!!

-Shannon

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Candy Cane Essence Roll-On

I love peppermint candy canes! I love the scents of the holidays! Here is a recipe called Candy Cane Essence Roll-On that smells like December.  It has peppermint, sweet orange, spearmint, wintergreen and vanilla bourbon CO2 extract in a base of pure sweet almond oil.  Roll it on your pulse points and breathe in the sweet aroma.

Candy Cane Essence Roll-On

10 ml sweet almond oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops spearmint essential oil
2 drops wintergreen essential oil
18 drops 30% vanilla bourbon CO2 extract in oil

Mix all the ingredients in a small 10 ml glass roller ball, shake well.  Apply to pulse points.


 Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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!!!



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What Thyme Is It?


Thyme essential oil is one of my favorites! Some of the properties of Thymus vulgaris include antibacterial, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, carminative, expectorant, tonic and may help with infections, oily skin, colds, coughs, and assisting in wound healing.  As you can see, this is a pretty potent essential oil.  I like to use it during the winter time for all sorts of things.  I will diffuse it in the air when we are sick and coughing.  I add it in to my natural cleaner to give it a potent power boost.  I even use it in some skin care formulations to help assist with relief from acne and blemishes.

You can find Thyme essential oil at most health food stores for a reasonable price.  Did you know that some Thymus vulgaris essential oils are safer than others, depending on what you will use them for and on whom you will use them on?  Let me introduce you to the term "Chemotype".  Depending on where the plant is grown and what type of conditions it is grown in, a variation in the plant's chemical composition of the secondary metabolites occurs.  This phenomenon occurs with Rosemary, Basil, Lavandin, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Spike Lavender and Myrtle.    

Thyme essential oil can commonly have the following chemotypes: ct. thymol, ct. geraniol, ct. thujanol, ct. carvacrol and ct. linalool.  The "ct." stands for chemotype.

Most health food stores will either carry what they call "White Thyme" or "Red Thyme".

Both White and Red Thyme essential oils have a high amount of phenols which are a major skin sensitizer and can often create a chemical burn or a horrible rash for a lot of people, especially the young and the elderly.  Pregnant women and those with high blood pressure should leave this chemotype alone, unless they are working with a qualified health professional.  Neither Red Thyme nor White Thyme is the best choice for skin care formulas.  I do use Thymus vulgaris ct. thymol (Phenols containing) when I need to  sanitize surfaces of my house during cold and flu season.  There are even some commercial companies that use thymol as the main ingredient in their natural disinfecting wipes.  It makes me wonder how many people have developed dermal sensitivity after using these without gloves.  If used on the skin for blemishes, it needs to be diluted to 1% or less.

Thyme Essential Oil with the chemotype Thymol
The particular chemotype of Thyme that I like to use most often is ct. Linalool.  This particular chemotype is safer than the other ones when using it on the skin, with children and the elderly.  It is still a very potent antimicrobial but is a lot more safe when diluted and used topically or via inhalation.  I use it in a dilution of 1% up to 2.5% in many skin care applications.  It is great for assisting in acne remedies such as toners, creams and lotions.  I like to include it in my healing salve formulas.  I also tend to diffuse it when my kids have a cough or other lung related problem.

A great place to get Thyme Linalool is from Snowlotus.org.  Peter Holmes, L.Ac., M.H is a medical herbalist and clinical aromatherapist who has his own line of essential oils.  I trust his essential oils 100% as he works closely with the artisan distillers to find the highest quality oils available.  You will pay a little bit more for his oils (versus what you would find at your average health food chain store), but when a therapeutic response is what you desire from an essential oil, then professional oils like Snow Lotus, Jimm Harrison, Simplers and Mountain Rose Herbs are good choices.

I strongly suggest that you check out some aromatherapy books at your local library about the safety of essential oils.  There is so much chemistry and science behind them that it is very important to have at least a basic understanding of what they are, how they work and how to safely use them.

Cheers!

Shannon

 Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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!!!




Monday, November 4, 2013

Balancing & Exfoliating Mask for All Skin Types


My recipe is based on a very popular face mask that is sold in a little black plastic pot at a very popular boutique in the mall that sells fresh face masks (Do you know which place I am talking about?).  This is a very exfoliating formula that breaks up impurities while helping wash away dead skin cells and other pore clogging yuck-ness.  My formula contains chlorophyll, local honey, almond oil, two different types of clay, finely ground almonds and some scrub-a-licious ground apricot kernels.  To top it off, it has some lavender essential oil to help balance oily skin and soothe any sensitive areas. 

I like to use a generous amount on clean dry skin to start off with. After massaging it over my face to exfoliate, I then mist a bit of warm water over my face to form a creamy paste and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. I then simply rinse it off with warm water. Avoid eye area!!!  Store in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.

Balancing & Exfoliating Mask for All Skin Types
1 1/2 tablespoons distilled water
1/2 tablespoon liquid chlorophyll
1 teaspoon glucomannan (konjac root) powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 tablespoon Kaolin clay
2 1/2 teaspoons Fuller's Earth clay
2 1/2 tablespoons finely ground almond flour
3 teaspoons ground apricot kernel meal
30 drops lavender essential oil

 You can find the glucomannan at the health food store. It helps thicken up the water and chlorophyll. 

Measure out the water and chlorophyll into a small bowl.

Sprinkle the glucomannan powder over the top of the liquids and allow to thicken up.


Whisk the honey and the almond oil into the chlorophyll mixture.

You can get the clays at Mountain Rose Herbs.  If you have sensitive skin, you may wish to use all Kaolin Clay. If you have super oily skin, you may wish to use all Fuller's Earth clay.


Add the clay to the mixture in the bowl........


Whisk together on low speed until completely blended.

You can get the ground almonds at Whole Foods or PCC Natural Market.  Ground apricot kernels can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Blend in the ground almonds and apricot kernels.

Mix in 30 drops of Lavender essential oil. You can purchase Certified Organic Lavender Essential Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!!


And there you have it!! A beautiful and balancing exfoliating mask made right in your own kitchen!! Enjoy!!!

-Shannon


 Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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, October 31, 2013

Intense Therapy Lip Butter



This formula is for all skin types, especially for dry and chapped lips. It glides on super smoothly and protects your precious pout from moisture loss and the frigid assault of cold winter air! Turn dry lips into soft, moisturized, velvety smooth lips in one application. This make enough to fill up eight of the 0.15 oz twist-up lip balm containers. **I also made this without using the unpopular metric measurements. I promised some of you that I would try really hard at writing up my recipes without having you worry about what 5 ml's or 6 grams of something is.  While I can't promise that every future recipe will be done this way,  this particular recipe is just good old American teaspoons and tablespoons :)

Intense Therapy Lip Butter

1 tablespoon, plus one teaspoon beeswax
1 tablespoon Shea Butter
1/2 tablespoon Mango Butter
1 tablespoon pure Emu Oil
1/4 teaspoon Abyssinian Oil
1/4 teaspoon Kiwi Seed Oil
1/4 teaspoon Blackberry Seed Oil
1/4 teaspoon Cranberry Seed Oil
1/4 teaspoon Red Raspberry Seed Oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E. Oil
1/4 teaspoon Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil
8 drops Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
3 drops Blue Chamomile Essential Oil


You can find empty lip balm tubes over at Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!!!

I like to buy my precious and expensive oils like Abyssinian Oil, Kiwi Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Blackberry Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil and Cranberry Seed Oil at Lotioncrafter.com


I buy my Mango and Shea Butter at Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE.

I will only buy Emu Oil that is made in the USA!!!!


I like to get my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs, Snow Lotus, Eden Botanicals, and Simplers. If you can find them Certified Organic-even better.  All three of the essential oils above are organic!!!

Measure out your beeswax.......

Measure out your Shea Butter and Mango Butter.......

Place the beeswax and butters into a pyrex measuring cup that is sitting in a simmering water bath....

Allow to heat until melted.

The beautiful red liquid in the center is the Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil.

Measure out the Emu Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Kiwi Seed Oil, Blackberry Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil into a small container.

Turn the heat down to low. Stir in the small container of oils and mix well to melt together.

Remove the pot from the heat. Leave the measuring cup inside the hot water to keep the lip balm melted.

Mix in the essential Oils.

Line up your lip balm tubes with the caps off next to the melted lip balm.

You have to work quickly (and carefully) to fill the lip balm containers up to the very top. I use a plastic pipette to do this. There are lip balm molds you can buy, but I handcraft in super small batches so I don't use them.

Some of yours (like mine) may develop small holes in the center. This is perfectly normal and is fine.

Make your labels and apply to the lip balm tubes after they have cooled down all the way.

Enjoy!!!


 Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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!!!