Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Getting Ready to Play Outdoors!

We are less than a month away from Spring! I noticed my Hyacinth flowers are in their early bud stage.  This is a big deal for me! When I see the Hyacinth and Daffodils starting to wake up, my mind quickly starts daydreaming about my upcoming herbal wildcrafting trips, spending time at my lake house, camping and gorging on all the delicious goodies at the many Farmers' Markets near my house.  I certainly hope you enjoy the outdoors as much as I do.  I have created a collection of Outdoor Essentials that you can craft and carry with you while you enjoy playing outside.


Part of my first aid kit for Summer is a batch of my handcrafted Camper's Salve.  This salve contains organic extra virgin olive oil that has been infused with Burdock Root, Calendula Flowers, Chamomile, Chickweed, Goldenseal, Nettle, Oregon Grape Root, Plantain, Thyme and Yarrow.  I then thicken it with a bit of beeswax and add in Lavender, Tea Tree and Myrrh essential oils.  My family and I love to camp in the Olympic Peninsula and we usually get some type of bump, bite or boo-boo. A little bit of this soothing salve helps immediately!!  I don't leave home without this salve! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do. Click Here to be taken to my recipe!


Last Summer I  tweaked the formula for my All-Natural Bug Repellent based on the research I did on the formulas of a few other all-natural brands.  This new formula works just as well and I made eight bottles for my family and friends.  The main part of the formula that changed is the essential oil blend.  I looked at what a few companies added to their formulas and decided to base my recipe on theirs.  I ended up with 6.5% Citronella, 1.7% Peppermint, 1.5% Cedarwood Virginia, 1% Eucalyptus, 1% Litsea Cubeba, 1% Lemongrass and 0.2% Geranium. Last year I tested it out and the mosquitoes would buzz close to me, but did not land on me.  I did not get one single bite that night. Start this recipe early so you can make the catnip tincture in time for Summer! Click HERE to be taken to my recipe!



Kloss's Liniment
I go through a lot of this liniment that I learned how to make from Rosemary Gladstar's book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.  According to Rosemary, This is a very old, very strong recipe, and it's one of the finest disinfectant remedies you'll ever have on hand. First concocted by that famous old herbalist Dr. Jethro Kloss, this liniment is useful for reducing inflammation of the muscles, cleansing wounds, and soothing insect bites.  I am going to show you how to make this recipe using herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Get all the powdered herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs
 Kloss's Liniment
1 ounce echinacea powder
1/4 ounce organically grown goldenseal powder
3/4 ounce Oregon grape root powder
1 ounce myrrh powder
1/4 ounce cayenne powder
1 pint rubbing alcohol

The original recipe calls for 1 ounce of goldenseal powder, but you should be aware that goldenseal is in serious danger due to overharvesting.  Wild goldenseal is now so rare that the herb is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Goldenseal is one of the most overharvested herbs. More than 60 million goldenseal plants are picked each year without being replaced.  This is why I choose to only add in 1/4 ounce of goldenseal and add in 3/4 ounce of Oregon grape root which is another berberine-containing plant and is a useful and viable alternative to goldenseal.



Add all the powdered herbs into a glass jar and cover with 1 pint of rubbing alcohol. Stir well to moisten the herbs with alcohol and remove any air bubbles. Since this recipe uses rubbing alcohol, you will need to clearly label this for EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid and let it sit for 4 weeks (shake it daily).  After 4 weeks, strain and rebottle.


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. Click HERE to be taken to my recipe!!

Goddess Garden Sunscreen from Mountain Rose Herbs
Now made with 92% organic ingredients! This SPF 30 all natural sunscreen is sheer, non-greasy, and easy to apply so you can use it every day. The non-whitening water resistant formula protects and nourishes your skin without any harsh chemicals. Gentle enough to use on kids yet effective enough to protect the whole family providing UVA and UVB coverage. Make sure your skin is protected from the sun no matter where you go! You can order this from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE!

Have a ton of fun this Spring and Summer!!

-Shannon

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.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Organic Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil Giveaway

I have a special surprise for my wonderful Readers.....I am giving away a 1/8oz Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil worth $118.00.  It took almost 80 pounds of rose petals to make this one little bottle of pure steam distilled Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil.  If you are a regular reader of Fresh-Picked Beauty, you already know how much I adore this essential oil. Here is a bit more information from Mountain Rose Herbs.......

Rose Essential Oil (Bulgarian)

Botanical Name: Rosa damascena
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flower petals
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Very rich, deep, sweet-floral, slightly spicy
Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, Turkey, and France
Traditional Use: Mainly used in the fragrance industry. The distilled oil is also known for its sedative and aphrodisiac effects.
Properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antifingal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogue, deodorant, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, hepatic, sedative, stomachic, tonic
Benefits: Abrasions, broken capillaries, coughs, dry skin, emotional crisis, fever, headache, lack of concentration, liver congestion, low libido, migraine, nausea, nervous tension and stress-related complaints, poor circulation, poor memory, scarring, skin problems, slow circulation, wrinkles. A couple drops of rose oil is an easy addition to most skin and hair care products.
Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, fennel, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, ylang ylang, vetiver
Of Interest: It takes around 10,000 lbs of rose petals to distill one pound of oil.
Safety Data: None known

Here is how to enter the giveaway.......... 

1. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs by clicking HERE to be taken to their website. 

2. Once you are at the Mountain Rose Herbs Website, take a look around and find a few things you like

3. Email me at freshpickedbeauty@ymail.com with the words "Bulgarian Rose" in the subject line and tell me what you found that you like most.  Leave me your name and email address too.  

The giveaway ends on April 2, 2013 at 8:00 am PST.  I will randomly pick a winner and notify them via email.  No purchase is necessary and you must live in the United States to win. Only one entry per person is allowed.   Good Luck.  


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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!!!

 


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sensitive Skin Facial Toning Mist

A good friend asked me to formulate a facial toner spray that she could use on her sensitive skin.  I pulled out all my herb and aromatherapy books and formulated the following recipe. I used five different hydosols (floral waters) and five different essential oils.  I kept the essentials oils to right around 1% of the formula and chose ones that were soothing and beneficial to sensitive skin types.  My friend tried it for one whole week and was so happy with how soothing and calming the toner was on her skin. I am very happy she is enjoying this and I hope you will too! It smells heavenly and feels very comforting on the skin. 

I used rosewater, orange blossom water, chamomile hydrosol, calendula hydrosol and lavender hydrosol.  I get the rosewater and orange blossom water from my local Persian grocery store. You can purchase the hydrosols from Mountain Rose Herbs or if you live near the Eastside in Washington, you can visit Herban Wellness. I know that not everyone has five different flower waters in their pantry, so even if you have one or two of the ones listed below, go with those and your recipe will still be wonderful and soothing.

Neroli essential oil is very expensive, but a little goes a long way. great for toning the skin and helping to reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes. Plus this essential oil is great to calm anxiety and put you in a great mood.
Rose Essential Oil has always been prized as a skin aid for dry and sensitive skin types. 
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil is wonderful for soothing irritated and sensitive skin.
Helichrysum is one of my favorite essential oils for skin conditions.
Rosewood is another one of my favorite essential oils for dry skin.
Sensitive Skin Facial Toning Mist
60 ml Rosewater
30 ml Calendula hydrosol
15 ml Orange blossom water
15 ml Chamomile hydrosol
15 ml Lavender hydrosol
15 drops Rosewood essential oil
3 drops Rose essential oil
3 drops Neroli essential oil
2 drops Helichrysum essential oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle.  Shake very well before each use.

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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!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Four Fresh-Picked Beauty Lotion Recipes

My Light & Easy Lotion Formula No. 1
I have received bunches and bunches of emails asking for lotion recipes.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes you will enjoy.


The first recipe is for Light & Easy Lotion Formula No. 1.  It is super easy to make and is easily absorbed.  Click HERE to be taken to the recipe.

This is my Double Calendula Hand & Body Cream

I made a recipe for Double Calendula Hand & Body Cream. It contains both a calendula infused water phase and calendula infused oil.  Great for dry skin. Click HERE to be taken to the recipe.

My recipe for Wild Chamomile Body Cream

My recipe for Wild Chamomile Body Cream is rich, creamy and smells of delicious Wild Chamomile! Click HERE to be taken to the recipe.

My recipe for Vanilla Kissed Hand Cream
This wonderful Vanilla Kissed Hand Cream uses fresh vanilla bean pods and vanilla extract. Click HERE to be taken to the Recipe.

I hope you enjoy these lotion recipes and stay tuned for some upcoming recipes I will be posting in the near future.

-Shannon 


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Parfum de Immortel

I was looking through my Mountain Rose Herbs catalog (Autumn 2012-Winter 2013) and on page 61, there is a beautiful recipe for Parfum de Immortel.

"Give the gift of pure aromatic bliss-without the toxic synthetics! This perfume recipe is a favourite of our certified aromatherapist, Christine. With dry floral notes and a smooth finish, this well-balanced fragrance isn't too sweet or overpowering. An economical and environmentally friendly alternative to expensive commercial perfumes" (from the Mountain Rose Herbs Catalog)

Parfum de Immortel
(from Mountain Rose Herbs)
20 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
10 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Vanilla or Benzoin Absolute Oil

Mix all oils together in a glass bottle and let sit for at least 2 days.  Vanilla absolute may be warmed in the palm of your hand for ease of use.  Open the bottle and smell to adjust for personal preference.  Add 4 ounces of vodka and shake well.  Allow to cure for 1 month before use.  Spray on neck and wrists as desired.

You can purchase all the necessary oil at Mountain Rose Herbs.  



 

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Monday, February 4, 2013

French Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Balm

I am in love with this French Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Balm I created.  It gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells with French Grey Sea Salt and deeply moisturizes your skin with sweet almond oil, pure olive oil and glycerine.  I added in an essential oil blend of lavender, rose geranium and basil.  I wish I could let you smell how beautiful this is through the computer!!! The lavender and rose geranium essential oils impart a sweet-fresh-floral character which is balanced by the spicy-warm notes from the basil essential oil.   You have to make this!! If you have dry flaky skin, this will take care of it after one or two uses. You will be left with smooth and glowing skin that smells amazing!!! 

Lets get started gathering the necessary ingredients.......

French Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Balm
42 grams Olive Oil
30 grams Sweet Almond Oil
30 grams Vegetable Glycerine
15 grams Beeswax
90 grams French Sea Salt, divided use
30 drops Lavender Essential Oil
20 drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
10 drops Basil Essential Oil

Add the olive oil, sweet almond oil, glycerine and beeswax into a glass measuring cup. Place it in a simmering water bath and allow the beeswax to fully melt into the oils. Remove from the heat.

Allow the mixture to cool to 100 degrees.

Add in the essential oils and gently stir to combine.


Add half of the French Sea Salt into the container you plan to store the product in and pour the oil/wax mixture over the salt.  Gently stir for several minutes to fully incorporate the ingredients.

Once the mixture starts to firm up it is time to add in the remainder of the French Sea Salt.


Continue to gently stir until all the ingredients are combined.  Transfer to the refrigerator for one hour.

I added some twine around the lid and body of my canning jar to make it look a "bit fancy".

I then applied a cute little label I printed to the jar.  I made this exfoliating body balm for myself, but I think I might make another one for a friend since this is so darn' tootin' adorable and will make a wonderful gift!!! The labels I used are #16915 from Momenta (www.momenta.com).

 To Use: Massage a generous amount into dry skin for about 5 minutes, focusing on extra dry areas.  Carefully rinse off in a warm shower.  CAUTION: This contains oil which can leave your shower or bathtub very slippery, you have to be very careful not to slip!!! You can use this once or twice per week. 

I hope you enjoy making this and thanks for reading my blog!!! Cheers & Green Blessings!!

-Shannon 

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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!!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

40% Off Rose Essential Oil (Bulgarian)

photo from Mountain Rose Herbs
OMG! (Oh My Goddess!).  I just found out today that Mountain Rose Herbs is offering their 1/8oz Rose Essential Oil (Bulgarian) at 40% off.  Normally the price is $118.75, but during the month of February 2013, you can buy it for only $71.25.  I just placed an order for one!!!  If you have wanted to purchase Rose Essential Oil, NOW is the time to get it!! 

You can click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs Essential Oil Page on their website. 

Here are a few ideas on how to use your Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil after you get it!! 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!!!