Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lip Balm for 50!


I was recently approached by a member of the American Cancer Society seeking a donation for the upcoming Relay For Life event.  She was searching for some all-natural goodies for gift bags she was putting together for cancer survivors.  I was honored that she thought of me and was more than happy to donate 50 lip balms.  

At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer – just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!

 Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. To learn more about this important event, head over to the American Cancer Society's website HERE


I want to share my recipe for Hemp & Coconut lip balm that makes enough for 50 tubes.  This is a really simple and nourishing recipe that is great for fund raisers, baby showers and group gift giving. 

Hemp & Coconut Lip Balm for 50
5 tablespoons Beeswax Pastilles 
5 teaspoons Carnauba Wax
3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
5 tablespoons Hemp Seed Oil
2 teaspoons Vitamin E Oil
15 drops Spearmint essential oil (optional)

For "one stop shopping" head over to the Mountain Rose Herbs website (HERE) and you can get all the ingredients above, plus the lip balm tubes.  Most of the ingredients are even Certified Organic.  


I like using Mountain Rose Herbs Cocoa Butter Wafers when I make recipes.  They are so easy to work with. Have you ever tried to chisel out cocoa butter from the jar it comes in? Wafers are so simple! You can order them from HERE

Recipe Directions: 
Place a large glass measuring cup into a pot with a  few inches of simmering water.  Add in the beeswax and carnauba wax.  Allow to melt completely. Add in the cocoa butter wafers, allow to melt.  Add in the coconut oil and allow to melt.  Add in the olive oil and hemp seed oil.  Stir to completely melt.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vitamin E oil and essential oil.  Carefully pour into the lip balm tubes all the way to the very top.  Allow to cool completely.  


You can find lip balm containers from Mountain Rose Herbs.  As of February 2014, Mountain Rose Herbs is offering a case of 50 for just $12.75 (good deal!). Head over to their website HERE.


I added a small sticker with a purple ribbon on the cap of each lip balm.  The purple ribbon is for cancer awareness.  
I leave you with the following quotes to encourage those who have been or who are currently being affected by cancer! (I found these quotes on the wonderful website http://www.fightingcancerinc.org/id21.html)
Cancer is a word, not a sentence.  ~John Diamond 

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

It's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years.  ~Abraham Lincoln

What does not kill us makes us stronger.Friedrich Nietzsche

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Let food be your medicine, and let medicine be your food.  ~ Hippocrates


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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!!





Saturday, February 22, 2014

Coconut Water & Clay Face Mask

I received an email a few days ago asking if I ever use coconut water in my recipes. I responded that I do use coconut water in some of my recipes and that I had just finished making this clay mask with coconut water and loved that my face felt so soft and smooth after I rinsed it off.  It only has three simple ingredients and my recipe will make enough for two facials. 

Mountain Rose Herbs White Kaolin Cosmetic Clay
I use Mountain Rose Herbs White Kaolin Cosmetic Clay in this recipe.  According to Mountain Rose Herbs, this clay is the most versatile and easily applied clay that is most commonly found in standard skincare preparations and cosmetics.  White cosmetic clay which is also traded as White Kaolin Clay is a very fine and light clay that has natural absorbency properties and is frequently found in powders, body packs, skin care products and deodorants. As of February 2014, Mountain Rose Herbs offers a 1 pound bag of this clay for just $5.00.  Head over to their website to learn more. 

Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic Vegetable Glycerine 
I also add in just a little bit of Certified Organic Vegetable Glycerine. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, this pure, certified organic, soy derived vegetable glycerine (glycerin) is used in cosmetics and body care products to assist in retaining moisture and is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin. Vegetable glycerine is a natural emollient that adds a cooling effect on the skin and has become a predominant ingredient in most skin care products and soaps.


I also use pure coconut water.  Sometimes you can find the fresh baby coconuts from the market that can be cracked open and are full of fresh delicious coconut water.  You can also use the "Never from Concentrate" ones too. 


Place 2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon of clay into a small bowl. 


Drizzle in 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable glycerine over the clay. 


Stir in 1 tablespoon of the coconut water. Mix well with a small whisk until a smooth paste forms. 


Once all the water is absorbed into the clay, you will have a thick and smooth clay treatment that can be applied to clean dry skin.  Allow the clay to remain on for 10 minutes or until dry. Rinse away with warm water.  Store the remaining clay in the refrigerator and use within 7 days. 


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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!!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Goldilocks' Herbal Hair Rinse for Blonde Hair

Made with Oatstraw, Elder Flowers, Lemon Peel, Calendula Flowers & Mullein Leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs
Whether your are a "No Poo" kinda person, or you enjoy sudsing up your lovely locks, you will LOVE this herbal hair rinse for blonde and light colored hair.  Not only is this recipe as easy as brewing a cup of herbal tea, it will leave your hair clean, shiny and revitalized. This recipe makes enough for one to two rinses (depending on your hair length).

I LOVE getting my Certified Organic Herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. 
I am an herbalist and I use  a ton of herbs.  I cook with them, I heal with them, and I use them to make awesome skincare products.  My favorite place to get Certified Organic dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.  They really do have the BEST herbs available.  You can visit them at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com.  All of the herbs in this recipe were purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping tablespoon of dried Calendula Flowers.

Mullein Leaf (Verbascum densiflorum) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping packed tablespoon of Mullein Leaf.

Elder Flowers (Sambucus Canadensis) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping tablespoon of dried Elder Flowers. FYI: These dried flowers smell so wonderful and amazing!!

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You will need one heaping teaspoon of dried oatstraw.

Lemon Peel (Citrus Limon) is available Certified Organic from Mountain Rose Herbs
You need one heaping teaspoon of chopped dried lemon peel.

Place the dried herbs into a large French Press with 2 1/2 cups of boiling water.

Allow the dried herbs to infuse the water for at least 30 minutes up to 1 hour.  Strain the liquid from the herbs.

Look at how beautiful this herbal infusion is!!!! Perfect for blonde hair!!!

The way I like to use this is to add about 1 1/4 cups of the hair rinse to a spray bottle.  After I cleanse and towel dry my hair, I drape my towel over my shoulders and mist the entire bottle of hair rinse through my hair while combing it through.  I pat my hair dry to absorb any extra hair rinse and then allow my hair to naturally air dry.  I get a ton of compliments when I walk in the sunshine.  The other day a kind lady told me my hair is like spun gold.  Store the remaining hair rinse in the fridge and use within three days.  You can also freeze it in ice cube trays and thaw it out when you are ready to use it.

Cheers!!!

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!!!