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!!!