Friday, December 18, 2015

Skin Smoothing Kokum Butter Face Cream

I love Kokum Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs! According to Mountain Rose Herbs, Kokum butter is composed of beneficial compounds that help regenerate skin cells.  It's commonly used in skin healing lotions, creams and body butters, as well as soaps.  Highly recommended to those that need a product with skin-healing capabilities.

My recipe for Skin Smoothing Kokum Butter Face Cream will help regenerate tired and worn skin and will support skin elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall.

This is an all-purpose cream that doubles as a body and hand cream too! My recipes makes about four ounces so store it in the fridge and refill a small 1/2-ounce jar to use within a few days. My recipe does not use a preservative.

Kokomo Butter photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs!
Skin Smoothing Kokum Butter Face Cream

2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Kokum Butter (**Regenerates tired and worn skin)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Castor Oil (**Very smoothing to the skin and acts as a barrier agent)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Camelina Oil (**high amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and anti-oxidants)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Avocado Oil (**Promotes natural collagen production)
1/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Stearic Acid
1 1/4 teaspoons Mountain Rose Herbs Emulsifying Wax
1/3 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Helichrysum Hydrosol (**Helps tone the skin and promote healing of damaged tissue)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
2 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil
3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
3 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 drop Rose Absolute
1 drop Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Bring a small pot with a few inches of water to a simmer.  In a glass measuring cup, add in the Kokum Butter, Castor Oil, Camelina Oil, Avocado Oil, Stearic Acid and Emulsifying Wax. Place the measuring cup into the simmering water and heat until all ingredients have melted together.

While the butter, waxes and oils are melting, bring another saucepan with a few inches of water to a simmer.  In another glass measuring cup, add in the Helichrysum hydrosol and place the measuring cup in the simmering water and  heat to about 130 degrees.

Turn off the heat and remove both measuring cups.  Using an immersion blender, start blending the oil/butter/wax mixture. Slowly pour in the heated hydrosol and blend for five minutes to emulsify. Add in the Vitamin E oil and essential oils and blend for another two to three minutes. Transfer to a sanitized glass jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks.

Sample page from my book 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty!!

Want to learn more about Waxes, Thickeners, and Emulsifiers? Purchase a copy of my book, 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural BeautyWith 200 Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Natural Beauty you'll learn all that you need to know to make your own organic beauty products. Create delightful lotions and potions in your own kitchen, using all-natural, holistic ingredients like herbs and flowers. Discover conditioning carrier oils, sumptuous butters, and aromatic floral extracts that will nourish you head to toe. Also, use some of the recipes for your overall health, including curative herbal extracts and therapeutically effective essential oils. With step-by-step photographs, clear instructions, and expert tips, each recipe is easy to follow. Give them as gifts or keep them for yourself. Regardless, you'll never want to buy beauty products from the drug store again! Visit HERE to purchase a signed copy!!!


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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!!!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Cheer Diffuser Oil Blend

Happy Holidays!!! I have been crazy busy teaching classes, serving on a Jury and learning how to play the piano.  It has been a whirl wind of a month! I wanted to share a recipe I made up a few days ago.  I call it "Tis the Season Holiday Diffuser Oil".  I add it to my essential oil diffuser and it makes my house smell like holiday magic. I use vanilla absolute, cinnamon leaf, sweet orange, nutmeg, clove and a few other delicious essential oils.

May I suggest two of may favorite essential oil diffusers.......

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs AromaMist Ultrasonic Diffuser: Create a tranquil fragrant environment in any room with this simple to use ultrasonic diffuser. The AromaMist diffuser uses half a cup of tap or bottled water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to create a continuous fragrant mist for up to three hours. This nearly silent unit has a built-in shut off for when the water level gets low. This pearl white diffuser also has an optional light setting that glows in blue, pink, or a revolving rainbow of colors.

Ultrasonic diffusion creates a fine mist by using ultrasonic vibrations to dispense essential oils into the air using water as a carrier. This mist is created without the use of heat, and helps to add moisture into the air in addition to the aroma-therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Measures: 6 1/2" in diameter by 3 1/4" tall

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs Natura Ultrasonic Diffuser: This stylish diffuser features a natural wood housing which encloses the latest ultrasonic technology providing a steady, strong therapeutic mist. The wood used to enclose the diffuser is created from fallen trees in Thailand, making this a more sustainable option for your diffusing needs. This diffuser has intermittent operation options, and will easily fill a 300 square foot room with aroma-therapeutic goodness.

Ultrasonic diffusion creates a fine mist by using ultrasonic vibrations to dispense essential oils into the air using water as a carrier. This mist is created without the use of heat in order to preserve the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil. Ultrasonic diffusion will also add moisture to the air in addition to the aroma-therapeutic benefits of the essential oil

Measures: 3 1/2” in diameter by 8 1/2” tall.

each photo is credited to Mountain Rose Herbs. 
Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs for the finest quality essential oils available. You will need the following for my recipe.....

Vanilla Absolute, Cinnamon Leaf, Sweet Orange, Nutmeg, Clove, Cedarwood, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. **I used Cinnamon Leaf instead of Cinnamon Bark because the bark is often too potent and irritating when diffused. 

You will also need a 5 ml or 10 ml glass bottle. You can find a wide selection of amber bottles at Mountain Rose Herbs. 


Tis the Season Holiday Diffuser Oil Recipe
makes approx.  5 ml stock bottle

30 drops Vanilla Absolute
20 drops Cinnamon Leaf essential oil (**NOT Bark)
30 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
15 drops Nutmeg essential oil
10 drops Clove essential oil
10 drops Cedarwood essential oil
10 drops Frankincense essential oil
5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

Add all the drops into a glass stock bottle. You will pour the desired amount of drops into your diffuser.  Refer to the specific instructions for your diffuser as to how many drops you may add.  Do not ingest this blend or use it on your skin. Keep out of reach of children.


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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, November 14, 2015

Handcrafted Arnica Massage Oil

About a week ago I did a pretty intense exercise video and after a few hours, I could not walk up my stairs because my legs were so sore!! The next day was even worse! I really overworked my legs by doing too many lunges with weights.  I started massaging my homemade Arnica Massage Oil into my legs and they started feeling better the same day. I learned how to make arnica infused oil in herbalist school and I want to teach you how to make it too.  There are quite a few herbs that work well in carrier oils, Arnica is one of them.

Arnica flowers. Credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
I buy my dried Arnica flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs. The botanical name is Arnica montana and it is from the Asteraceae plant family. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, "Arnica is a graceful woodland plant in the same family as the sunflower, native to Central Europe and the western United States. Its yellow flowers are collected at summer's end and dried for medicinal use. There are many medicinally viable species of arnica flowers found around the globe, some of which are found in North American mountain ranges and woodlands."

"The most commercially available species is Arnica montana, which is the species available for purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs. This species of arnica is native to Europe, with a natural range stretching from the southern Iberian Peninsula to Scandinavia. The plant has large flower heads with brilliant yellow coloration. Flowers begin to appear during mid-summer and continue blooming well into autumn. For best results, they should be harvested early in the blooming season. The dried flowers are fluffy and fibrous, and can be irritating to the nose if handled improperly."

According to The Complete German Commission E Monographs, arnica contains sesquiterpene lactones of the helenanolid type, predominantly ester derivatives of helenalin and 11,13-dihydrohelenalin. Additionally, the herb contains flavonoids (e.g., isoquercitrin, luteolin-7-glucoside, and astragalin), volatile oil (with thymol and its derivatives), phenol carbonic acid (chlorogenic acid, cynarin, caffeic acid), and coumarins (umbelliferone, scopoletin).

Arnica is traditionally used as an external herbal medicine for bruises. It is in fact approved by the German Commission E for topical use when applied for inflammation, bruises and joint pain. According to esteemed herbalist Michael Moore, the herb does not have an immediate effect but instead takes several hours to work in support of strains and bruises. Arnica flower should not be taken internally. Check out this reference for more information: Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore
A few safety precautions to remember when you use Arnica.... Not for internal use. Do not use on open wounds or broken skin. Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should exercise caution.
Arnica infused oil is wonderful for soothing sore overworked muscles. 
How To Make Arnica Infused Oil:

Step 1: You need one sanitized and dried canning jar with a tight fitting lid. 


Step 2: You will need 1 ounce of dried Arnica flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs. I like to buy my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs because they are Certified Organic and Kosher Certified. You can buy them HERE
Step 3: You will need 5 ounces of sunflower seed oil (or another easily absorbed light-weight carrier oil). You can buy sunflower seed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs. If you purchase your sunflower seed oil from Mountain Rose Herbs, you are buying Certified Organic, Non-GMO and Kosher Certified. Visit HERE to buy from Mountain Rose Herbs
Step 4: Add the dried flowers into the canning jar and put the oil over the herb (make sure that you cover the herbs by at least 1-inch of oil). Stir well and cap the jar with the lid. 

Step 5: Place the jar in a sunny window and shake once daily for four to six weeks. 

Step 6: Strain the oil from the herb using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much oil as you can and store in a clean dry amber or dark glass bottle. You can add a few capsules of Vitamin E oil to the infused oil to keep it fresh. 

Add in some essential oils

Get that "One-Two Punch" by adding in some essential oils to your arnica-infused massage oil.  

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Sore Muscle Massage Oil Recipe: 

3 ounces Arnica-infused carrier oil
10 drops German Chamomile essential oil
10 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
15 drops Helichrysum essential oil
10 drops Wintergreen essential oil
15 drops Eucalpytus essential oil
15 drops Sweet Marjoram essential oil

 Mix all ingredients into a dark amber glass bottle. Massage small amounts into sore muscles. Avoid contact eyes and mouth. External use only!! Avoid if pregnant or if you have any medical condition or allergic to any of the ingredients listed. 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 disease.




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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, November 12, 2015

Omega Lip Treatment Oil

Do you want to nourish your lips? Do you want to improve the texture and softness of your lips? Who doesn't? My new recipe for my Omega Lip Treatment Oil contains an amazing blend of antioxidant oils including organic pumpkin seed oil, organic green tea seed oil, organic coconut oil, black cumin seed oil, black raspberry seed oil, blueberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, lanolin and castor oil.

Now before you start screaming "Shannon....stop making me run all over the place looking for things like green tea seed oil and blueberry seed oil!!!" I have good news for you....you just have to go to your local health food store to get everything....YIPPEE!!!

I would like to introduce you to this amazing product that I have been using for years.  Vega makes a dietary supplement called Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend.

I have been adding this amazing full-spectrum virgin oil blend into my smoothies and just love all the goodness that is in it.  It is loaded with some really amazing cold-pressed pure botanical oils that work wonders for the inside and outside of your body!!!

Where else will you find all these amazing botanical oils in one product? It has hemp seed oil, flax seed oil and the fantastic antioxidant oils I mentioned earlier in this beauty post. Most wells-stocked health food stores carry this supplement. Amazon also has it at a great price.

My Omega Lip Treatment Oil has solid lanolin as well as liquid lanolin to thicken the product as well as to keep your lips hydrated. I like to use lanolin to lightly emulsify my recipe. I also added in a little bit of castor oil. I used an essential oil blend that is soothing and helps keep your skin in tip-top shape during the colder months of the year.

Omega Lip Treatment Oil

Makes 15 ml (1 tablespoon)

1/4 teaspoon solid lanolin
1/2 teaspoon liquid lanolin
1/4 teaspoon castor oil
2 teaspoons Vega Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend
1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop helichrysum essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil
1 drop vanilla absolute oil

Mix all ingredients together.  Add into a glass roller ball. **Use within three months as the shelf-life of the antioxidant oils is short. Store away from direct sunlight and keep this product cool for best results.

I like to use a glass roller ball for easy application of the product.



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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!!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pineapple and Vanilla Sweet Rice Exfoliating Powder

I have created a gentle and highly-effective daily exfoliating powder that uses freeze-dried pineapple, powdered vanilla, finely ground sweet rice flour and white kaolin clay.  It is a water-activated facial exfoliator that polishes your skin and helps banish blemishes and uneven skin tone.

I used organic freeze-dried pineapple and finely-milled sweet rice flour.  Pineapple is loaded with an enzyme called bromelain. I have read that bromelain may be useful when used topically due to it's anti-inflammatory properties.  It may help reduce redness and help your blemishes heal quicker.  It works by gobbling up the dead skin cells on your face. This recipe also deeply exfoliates the skin to reveal a brighter and more even layer of skin.

You will need one ounce of freeze-dried pineapple for this recipe. You will need to grind it up as finely as you can. I used a mortar and pestle to break it down.

After you have ground it up as best you can, run the powder though a fine-mesh strainer.


You don't want any crunchy and jagged bits remaining in your recipe because it will scratch up your face and hurt like heck!

See the large pieces left after I sifted it? Don't toss the pineapple bits out....add it to some tea leaves and brew it for a pineapple kissed tea infusion. Delicious!

See how fine the ground pineapple powder is!


To your powdered pineapple, add in a 1/4 cup of sweet rice flour.  This is what gives this recipe the awesome exfoliating power.  It is gentle, yet highly effective at deeply exfoliating your skin.

Mix it into the freeze dried pineapple.

Now add in a 1/4 cup of white kaolin clay.  I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It is the mildest of all clays and is suitable for people with sensitive skin. It helps stimulate circulation to the skin while gently exfoliating and cleansing it. It does not draw oils from the skin, so it can be used on dry skin types without negative results. 

Give the ingredients a quick stir with a small whisk. 

Sprinkle in a 1/2 tablespoon of Pure Vanilla Powder.  I added this in because it makes the recipe smell so amazing!! Think of it as powdered aromatherapy for your spirit.  There is just something super special about vanilla and the way the aroma makes me feel so calm and relaxed.  Having said that, you can leave it out if you want.  

Whisk it up!!!!

Your recipe is finished and ready to be transferred to a container with a tight fitting lid. 

Another optional step you can take with this recipe is by adding in a few moisture absorbing desiccant packs to your jarred powder. This will help keep the exfoliating powder dryer and prevent any mold from growing. I save up all my desiccant packs that come in my vitamins and supplements so I can re-use them in my homemade recipes.  

Make sure you choose a jar that has a very tight fitting lid.  You don't want any moisture to get into your powder.  Use a spoon to measure out the powder for each facial. 

To use: Cleanse face with a mild cleanser and rinse with warm water.  Keep your skin a bit moist and massage in about two teaspoons of the Pineapple and Vanilla Sweet Rice Exfoliating Powder for about one minute. Rinse well with warm water and moisturize as normal.  Your face will feel super polished and refreshed. Avoid eye area. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Lavender Relaxing Body Oil Recipe

My Lavender Relaxing Body Oil is made with sweet almond oil and fast-absorbing sesame oil. I also used some delicious locally-grown and distilled lavender essential oil.  My recipe is soothing and calming.  It can help reduce anxious tension and help you to relax and focus on what matters most.  This body oil is very can help promote restful sleep when massaged into your body before bed.  You can find the carrier oils at Mountain Rose Herbs. Check out Martha Lane Lavender for some of the best lavender essential oil ever made!!!

Visit Martha Lane Lavender HERE to learn about their Award Winning Essential Oils. 


My recipe makes 3 ounces and will last for up to six months.

You will need the following ingredients.........

1 1/2 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Sweet Almond Oil (The organic Sweet Almond oil from Mountain Rose Herbs is a fantastic carrier oil and also makes a superb addition to body care products. When used in soap making, Sweet Almond oil saponifies easily and yields a mild soap with good lather. It contains fatty acids as well as vitamins A and E and penetrates easily into the skin. It is quite an effective emollient for softening and conditioning the skin and hair.)

1 1/2 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Sesame Oil (This unrefined variety of organic sesame oil has a mild, yet pleasant nutty aroma that will not disturb the scent of your cosmetic creations.)

Up to 150 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Lavender oil is known for its skin healing properties and its use as a sedative. The herb has been used for strewing, and the flowers are used as an aromatic.)

Mix all ingredients into a glass bottle with a lid. Shake well and massage a small amount into the skin after a warm bath or shower to help you relax. 

P.S.  Tea is what helps me relax the most.  Visit Mountain Rose Herbs and check out their Dream Tea Blend. "This infusion blend is based on an ancient formula said to evoke powerful and colorful dreams. It is especially blended for the dreamer, stimulating vivid and easily recalled dreams. The light, minty flavor is enjoyable after a rich or large dinner, or a perfect night-cap after a long day. 
Contains: organic Peppermint leaf, organic Chamomile flower, organic Gotu Kola, organic Mugwort, organic Damiana leaf, organic Rosemary, organic Rose petals and organic Stevia."

Photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs "Dream Tea"



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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, September 25, 2015

Peach and Cypress Facial Serum

Another recipe for a simple facial serum.  This recipe has peach kernel oil and Sea Buckthorn oil. I like peach kernel oil because it is a mild, moisturizing oil, and is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving it oily.  I like to use it for skin that is inflamed and both dry and oily at the same time.....a.k.a "combination skin". I used Mountain Rose Herbs Sea Buckthorn oil in this recipe. 

Sea Buckthorn Berries
According to Mountain Rose Herbs, Sea Buckthorn Oil is a  useful, highly prized oil typically used to treat damaged skin. It can be applied directly to the skin or included within skin care preparations that are designed to relieve occasional symptoms of problematic skin conditions. This oil contains essential fatty acids, carotenes, tocopherols, and phytosterols. It is a concentrated oil, and they  suggest to use sparingly. The sea buckthorn oil offered by Mountain Rose Herbs was processed by the cold press method of the entire berry with seeds. 

the bright red liquid in the middle is Sea Buckthorn oil.  It really should be diluted so you won't stain your skin. 
Peach and Cypress Facial Serum

13 ml Peach Kernel Oil (**you can also use Mountain Rose Herbs Apricot Oil if you like)
3 drops Cypress essential oil (midly antiseptic to the skin)
2 drops Pink Grapefruit essential oil (decongests clogged pores)
5 drops Lavender essential oil (soothes dry skin)
3 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil (balances oil production)

Mix all ingredients into a one-ounce amber glass dropper bottle. Shake well.  Store in a cool place. 

To use: Massage a few drops into clean damp skin before you moisturize.  Makes a great cuticle oil as well.  

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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!!!