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!!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Coconut-Vanilla Moisturizer

One of my favorite flavor combinations is coconut and vanilla.  It reminds me of warmer weather and summer time.  The coconut oil in this recipe is very moisturizing and will make your skin silky and smooth.  I also added in some vanilla absolute oil which smells rich and sweet and vanilla-like. The best time to apply this moisturizer is as soon as you step out of a hot shower.  Massage a little bit of this over your whole body. It absorbs in easily and leaves you smelling delicious.  Enjoy this recipe!!!

Coconut-Vanilla Moisturizer
47 grams coconut oil
22 grams sunflower oil
10 grams castor oil
15 grams beeswax
25 drops vanilla absolute oil

Make a double boiler and melt the beeswax into the coconut oil, sunflower oil and castor oil.  Once melted, remove from heat.

Once your oils and wax have melted and combined, mix in your vanilla absolute oil.


Make sure you use vanilla absolute oil and NOT vanilla extract because ONLY vanilla absolute will mix into the melted oil and wax mixture  You can purchase vanilla absolute oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Carefully pour the warm liquid into a salve pot or another heat-safe container.  Allow to fully cool and solidify.

Where can you use this?.....You can use it on your face, your neck, your body, your hands, your feet, your hair, your lips, your cuticles, just about everywhere that needs a little or a lot of moisturizer!


 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, October 4, 2013

Emu Oil & Beeswax Skin Repair


You know me, when I find a natural product that I like and discover it actually works, I have to figure out a way to make a similar version in my own kitchen.  Well, it happened again! I received a skin repair cream that was formulated to address the symptoms of eczema and super dry skin. This particular product contains pure emu oil, shea butter, organic olive oil, beeswax and some skin soothing essential oils.  I ended up using all of the container and was pleased with the results. It is this time of year when the weather turns colder that my hands really start to suffer.  I get painful cracks around my cuticles and fingertips.  So far this year, I have not experienced it yet.  This product also makes a wonderful lip balm too for parched chapped lips.

I used all the same ingredients that the original product had, except I added in helichrysum for its ability to promote cell regeneration and swapped the lemon for lemongrass.  I like lemongrass because it is an Aldehyde and is anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious. Goddess knows that when you have cracks in your hands you need to protect them!

So lets get started making your own Emu Oil & Beeswax Skin Repair!!!

The star of the show is Emu Oil.  Although very expensive, this all natural anti-inflammatory oil that is rendered from emu skin has proven to aid in the relief of trouble skin.  Some arthritis suffers swear by its ability to reduce stiff joints and pain.  I just know it works on my dry skin!


I also used Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  It has a wonderful conditioning effect on the skin!


Another key player is Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic Blue Chamomile Essential Oil.  This is another expensive oil, but a little goes a long way! This blue essential oil has a high amount of azulene which has anti-inflammatory and super skin healing properties.  It is a must have for those with tricky skin problems. Because of its high levels of sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, it works to calm down the skin which is super important in cases of eczema!


Of course I had to add in some Certified Organic Lavender essential oil too.  The one I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs comes from Bulgaria.  Lavender essential oil is an ester and is wonderful at soothing and calming down irritated skin.  It is also an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic oil too.


My recipes makes 45 grams, or enough to fill up a 1 ounce container and a 1/2 ounce container.  Keep one for yourself and give one to a friend.


Emu Oil & Beeswax Skin Repair
17 grams Emu Oil
12 grams Shea Butter
10 grams Olive Oil
6 grams Beeswax
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
3 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
5 drops German Blue Chamomile Essential Oil

Add the Shea butter, olive oil and beeswax into a small pyrex glass measuring cup.  Place in a simmering pot of water.  Allow the wax and oils to melt completely.  Turn off the heat but keep the measuring cup in the hot water.  Stir in the emu oil and allow it to melt into the oil/wax mixture.  Remove the cup from the hot water.  Stir in the essential oils.


I don't like to heat the emu oil up very high.  I think it is best to add it after the heat has been turned off. You will notice it will start to solidify the mixture, but continue stirring to remelt.


After you have removed the melted wax and oils, add in the essential oils.  The photo above shows me adding in the German Blue Chamomile essential Oil.  The high amount of azulene makes it a beautiful blue.  You can also substitute Tanacetum annuum which is another sesquiterpne hydrocarbon essential oil that is blue and has similar properties to Blue Chamomile.


Pour the warm mixture into your clean containers. Place the lid on and allow to solidify.

Enjoy!!!

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. 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, October 2, 2013

Mountain Rose Herbs October 2013 Specials

Mountain Rose Herbs offers many of their popular products at substantial savings of up to 60% off published prices every month.

Here are a few of the awesome specials they are having during the month of October 2013.  Head over to their website HERE

Apricot Kernel Oil (16 ounces) is normally $14.50 but during the month of October 2013, the sale price is only $12.32 (15% off)

Elder Berry Syrup (4 ounces) is normally $14.50 but during the month of October 2013, the sale price is only $12.32 (15% off).  

ORGANIC Nutmeg Essential Oil (1/2 ounce) is normally $10.25 but during the month of October 2013, the sale price is only $8.20 (20% off).

ORGANIC Juniper Berry Essential Oil (1/2 ounce) is normally $14.50 but during the month of October 2013, the sale price is only $10.87 (25% off). 

There are other sales special too on the following CERTIFIED ORGANIC goodies........






Grab a cup of hot herbal tea and head on over to Mountain Rose Herbs to take advantage of these discounts!!

Green Blessings!

Shannon