Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gentle Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends


Do you have an essential oil diffuser? One of the most common mistakes that essential oil loving folks make is to use an extravagant amount of expensive and potent essential oil in the diffuser and cycle it for too long of time. Did you know that your diffuser should only be on for a maximum of twenty minutes at a time and then it should be turned off for at least an hour?  Did you know that the therapeutic purpose of an essential oil diffuser is NOT to eliminate odors from your home? A diffuser is NOT the same as air freshener!!! Although it will impart a pleasant aromatic atmosphere to the room, the aroma from the essential oils being diffused is not intended to be so strong and overwhelming that you undoubtedly detect a demanding aroma in the air.  Did you know that you should only add enough essential oil so that the volatile aromatic molecules are just barely detectable by your nose?

Special care must be taken when you are enjoying an essential oil diffuser in a situation such as schools, daycares and nursing homes.  Children and elderly are specifically sensitive to essential oils and the affects they bring about.

There is a way to use an essential oil diffuser in a very mild and soothing manner while still having all the amazing therapeutic benefits of essential oils.

Allow me to acquaint with you to the “little sister” of essential oil, her name is Hydrosol.
photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs

According to Mountain Rose Herbs, "Hydrosols, also known as floral waters, hydroflorates, flower waters or distillates are products from steam distilling plant materials. Hydrosols are like essential oils but in far less of a concentration. When a distiller brews plant material with water in a large cooker the steam fills the pot and, as it rises, it causes the glands of the plants to burst and release the oils and essence of the plant into the steam. The oil rises through a condenser and collects in a separate vessel. This is what we know as essential oil, but what about all that fragrant water that was steamed with the original plant material? That is our hydrosol, or floral water. Hydrosols are usually the result of essential oil production as a by-product but the highest quality hydrosols come from the devoted distillers who, with artist like precision steam the floral and plant material strictly to product a hydrosol." 

All the Hydrosols offered by Mountain Rose Herbs are produced in this fashion and are of the highest quality. Click HERE to learn more. 


Hydrosols are produced during the steam distillation of plant material for essential oils


 Mountain Rose Herbs currently offers twenty-six beautiful and aromatic hydrosols. 



Bay Laurel: Has a bright, slightly medicinal, spicy green aroma, reminiscent of freshly crushed bay leaves. 

Blood Orange: A refreshing hydrosol that is sweet sunshine in a bottle. A sweet citrus aroma. 

Calendula: Refreshing, soothing, sweet, and floral. 

Chamomile: A light fruity floral aroma. Very calming and gentle. 

Clary Sage: Very gentle and calming with a pleasantly herbaceous and bittersweet floral aroma. Much like the essential oil, but much softer. 

Cucumber: Refreshing, cooling, crisp aroma that is perfect for Summer. Smells like a fresh cucumber. 

Douglas Fir: Soft forest-like aroma that is green and slightly balsamic. Transport yourself to a mossy forest. Perfect for gender neutral aroma blends. 

Eucalyptus: Very delightful! Softly camphoraceous and cooling with green undertones. 

Helichrysum: Smells like a diluted version of the essential oil. Dry-green floral with earthy tea-like back notes. 

Lavender: Subtle, relaxing, balancing aroma with sweet floral top notes much like the essential oil but  much more grassier and delicious. 

Lemon Balm: Very calming aroma! 

Lemon Verbena: Uplifting aroma which is perfect for hot cloudy days when you need a little emotional pick-me-up. 

Lime: Crisp, refreshing, invigorating with subtle citrus notes. 

Neroli: Delightful, uplifting, bitter-sweet citrusy floral aroma that is very delicious and complex. 

Peppermint: Minty, fresh, revitalizing, well rounded and robust. Great for misting on the feet and scalp. 

Rose Geranium:Very exotic and floral. One of my favorite bases for the body splash recipes. 

Rose: The QUEEN of the hydrosols. Smells like a rose with complex floral notes. Very sensual!

Rosemary: Energizing and stimulating! Smells very lovely like fresh rosemary. 

Spearmint: Sweet, minty, reminiscent of an infusion of the fresh leaves. Calming and refreshing aroma. 

Tulsi (Holy Basil): Divine! Warm, soothing and slightly spicy aroma. 

Ylang Ylang: Smells exactly like a very subdued version of the essential oil. Sweet, intoxicating and floral. 



If your diffuser requires water (not all do...check your instruction manual), you may find that using hydrosol in place of tap or distilled water and skipping the essential oils is a very appropriate, gentle and therapeutic aromatherapy experience.

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
I have the above pictured SpaRoom Ultrasonic Diffuser that I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs. I highly recommend this particular model and you can order it HERE.

Hydrosol Blending Ideas.........


  • 3 parts Rosemary Hydrosol plus 1 part Spearmint Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Cucumber Hydrosol plus 1 part Lime Hydrosol plus 1 part Lemon Verbena Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Neroli Hydrosol plus 1 part Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 part Rose Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Douglas Fir Hydrosol plus 1 part Lime Hydrosol plus 1 part Spearmint Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Peppermint Hydrosol plus 1 part Eucalyptus Hydrosol plus 1 part Bay Laurel Hydrosol


  • 3 parts Lavender Hydrosol plus 1 part Calendula Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Rose Geranium Hydrosol plus 1 part Ylang Ylang Hydrosol plus 1 part Chamomile


  • 1 part Calendula Hydrosol plus 1 part Neroli hydrosol plus 2 parts Lavender Hydrosol


  • 2 parts Bay Laurel Hydrosol plus 1 part Clary Sage Hydrosol plus 1 part Douglas Fir Hydrosol


  • 3 part Tulsi Hydrosol plus 1 part Rose Hydrosol


photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs (Click Here)
One of my most favorite hydrosols is Mountain Rose Herbs Lemon Thyme!!! 


"This is a bright hydrosol with an herbaceous citrusy scent and a dry thyme-like undertone. Lemon Thyme hydrosol makes an excellent single ingredient spray, and can also be incorporated into your favorite skin care recipes. It is often used as a base for botanical perfumes and will add a fresh scent to your homemade cleaning products. This hydrosol blends well with bay laurel, calendula, and Douglas fir hydrosols.
 
Used as a general toner, lemon thyme hydrosol can help stimulate skin circulation and can be applied directly to occasional epidermal blemishes. In aroma sprays and perfume blends, lemon thyme provides a grounded, calming note." -from the Mountain Rose Herbs website (HERE)


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!!!

Lavender & Calendula Lotion Bars

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Lavender & Calendula Lotion Bars
I created this recipe a few months ago using my handcrafted calendula oil, beeswax, mango butter, cocoa butter and pure lavender essential oil.  I used a lavender bar shaped soap mold and the bars turned out so adorable and just the right size.

Calendula oil is super easy to make and is good for a lot of different natural beauty products. Click HERE to be taken to a tutorial on how to make it.

You can find these soap molds online and at a few stores that sell soap making supplies.  I love the lavender bar mold so much.  I have a bumble bee mold as well. They cost around $8 each and you can use them over and over!

I buy my beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs in convenient pastilles that makes measuring out the beeswax super easy. You can find beeswax in pastilles and small bars HERE.  You can purchase lavender essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs too. Heck, while you there, pick up some cocoa butter wafers and mango butter (wink wink)!

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs
 Head over to Mountain Rose Herbs (Click HERE) for the finest Certified Organic Mango Butter!!! 

"Now certified organic! Expeller pressed and refined from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango butter has a composition resembling Shea and Cocoa, with a slightly different fatty acid content. Mango butter smells slightly sweet and fatty in its natural form; the refined butter that we offer smells very mild, lending itself well to incorporation within cosmetic and body care creations.

It generally has a rich creamy color and is hard at room temperature. Mango butter has natural emollient properties; it has traditionally been used in the rain forest and tropics for its moisturizing and smoothing properties. Mango butter is a great source of essential fatty acids, and has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin." -From the Mountain Rose Herbs website

Lavender & Calendula Lotion Bars

5 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax Pastilles
3 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Cocoa Butter Wafers
3 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Mango Butter
5 ounces Calendula infused carrier oil (**or any regular carrier oil of your choice)
75 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Lavender Essential Oil

Add the beeswax pastilles, cocoa butter wafers, mango butter and calendula infused carrier oil into  a glass measuring cup, placed in a simmering water bath. Occasionally stir ingredients until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oil. Carefully pour the hot mixture into the cavities of your silicone or soap mold. Allow to harden to room temperature. Pop out the lotion bars and store in tin, metal, or glass containers at room temperature.



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, January 23, 2017

Sake Treatment Toner with Green Tea and Chamomile


I usually indulge in a premium sake when I am eating sushi and was surprised to discover that women are applying it to their skin to tone and refresh their complexions. When I researched the topical uses of Japanese Sake, I found information about its ability to minimize shine, visibly shrink pore size, freshen skin and tone the complexion. There are a few very expensive sake-infused treatment waters on the market that contain sake and are meant to prep the skin before applying serums and moisturizers.

I decided to formulate my own DIY sake facial toner and included a premium Japanese sake, green tea leaf tincture, chamomile tincture, Chinese ginseng tincture, witch hazel extract and a small amount of vegetable glycerine.

I decided on green tea tincture because it is high in phenolic compounds and antioxidants and is mildly astringent and anti-inflammatory.  I chose chamomile tincture since it is anti-inflammatory and very calming to the skin. I also added in a bit of Chinese ginseng tincture because it is very rejuvenating.

I purchased the witch hazel and the vegetable glycerine from Mountain Rose Herbs. I like witch hazel because it is so good for the skin and it helps to reduce the alcohol ratio from the sake.  Vegetable glycerine is added in a small amount to moisturize the skin.

I like Gaia Herbs and Herb Pharm for tinctures. Mountain Rose Herbs also has a very nice selection of tinctures and extracts.

Sake Treatment Toner with Green Tea and Chamomile
makes 4 ounces

70 ml Premium Japanese Sake
30 ml Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract
1/2 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vegetable Glycerine
1/4 teaspoon Green Tea Leaf Tincture
1/4 teaspoon Chinese Ginseng Tincture
1/4 teaspoon Chamomile Tincture

Place a sanitized funnel into a 4 ounce amber glass bottle. Add all ingredients into the bottle. Cap and shake well.  Apply a generous amount to a cotton pad and massage onto cleansed skin. For external use only. Use toner within six weeks. Store in a cool dark place.


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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, January 18, 2017

Anti-Blemish Mask with Chamomile, Honey and Tea Tree

One of the latest and greatest beauty trends is the one-time-use treatment infused cloth facial masks that are popping up with all the major beauty brands.  They are worn on the face for about 20 to 30 minutes and can help rejuvenate, hydrate, soothe and soften your skin.  They can also be pretty expensive! I have seen some of them go for as much as $20 each. I was at the mall a few weeks ago and was talking with a sales associate at a particular beauty counter and  she offered me a free sample of their super expensive cloth facial mask.

These instructions will give you two re-usable cloth face masks.

Here is the deal, I was only interested in using it as a template to build my own re-usable cloth face mask.  The particular product I received was chock full of questionable ingredients that I would never put on my skin.  I gently washed it to remove the infused serum and hung it up to air dry.

An organic cotton produce bag usually costs less than $4.00
I use organic cotton produce bags to store my fruits and veggies and decided that I could part with one of them in order to fashion my re-usable face masks.  I made two sets of the face masks out of one bag.

The washed and dried cloth face mask that I received as a sample from a beauty counter at the mall
The photo above shows the free cloth face mask that I received from the beauty counter. I think it is made from rayon or something synthetic.

I pinned the synthetic one-time-use mask onto my produce bag
I simply pinned it onto my cotton produce bag. This way I was able to get two sets out of it.

So simple!!
I cut around the pattern. Pretty easy!!!

Two re-usable organic cotton cloth face masks. Yeah!!!
Yeah!! Two sets of re-usable organic cotton cloth face masks. Now I am ready to mix up a treatment formula to infuse the mask with.  I decided to create an anti-blemish treatment serum.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers the best Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera Gel. Just saying!!
Start out with adding 2 tablespoons of Witch Hazel Extract and 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel into a mixing cup.  Add in 1 tablespoon of glycerine. Mix well

You can either make your own tinctures, buy them from Mountain Rose Herbs, Gaia Herbs or Herb Pharm.
Pull out your tinctures and add 1/4 teaspoon of calendula extract, 1/4 teaspoon echinacea extract, 1/4 teaspoon green tea leaf extract, 1/2 teaspoon chamomile extract, 1/2 teaspoon lavender extract and 1/2 teaspoon thyme extract to your measuring cup. Mix well. All of these tinctures are wonderful for blemish-prone skin.

Make sure to buy Bio-Active Healing Honey.  It is expensive, but is pretty good stuff!!!
Stir in 1 tablespoon of organic manuka honey. Mix well.

Xanthan gum can be found in the baking section.  It is a great thickener and can turn liquids into gels.
Thicken up the mixture by adding in 1/8 teaspoon of Xanthan gum to the mixture.

This stick blender will help disperse the xanthan gum evenly.
Use a stick blender and blend on high until the mixture is a gel-like consistency.

Mix in 2 teaspoons of Jojoba oil and 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil. Stir well.

Place your cloth face mask into the mixture and allow it to become fully saturated.  This recipe makes enough for three facials.

Boo!
Smooth the treatment infused face mask over your face and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.  Remove the cloth mask.  Do not rinse your skin, simply massage in any remaining treatment serum.  My face felt so refreshed after this treatment!!

Gently rinse out your cloth mask in warm soapy water and rinse well.  Air dry and use again and again and again.  This recipe will give you enough treatment gel for three facials.

Enjoy!! Stay tuned for more recipes to use with your cloth masks.

Cheers!

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!!!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Customizable DIY Hair Mask

I have the PERFECT recipe for a conditioning hair mask that you can customize to suit your specific hair type and concern. This recipe makes 5 1/2 ounces and is enough for 3 to 4 applications.

Depending on your hair type and concern, you can choose a specific carrier oil to use in the recipe.  I like to get my carrier oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. They really do have the largest organic carrier oil selection I know of.  You can visit them HERE.


Do you have normal hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Apricot, Argan, Baobab, Borage Seed, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Sweet Almond.



Do you have oily hair and scalp? You should choose from the following list of oils: Apricot, Argan, Hazelnut, Jojoba, Neem, Sesame, Shea Nut, Sunflower.



Do you have Dry hair and scalp? You should choose from the following list of oils:  Almond, Argan, Avocado, Baobab, Castor, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Macadamia Nut, Meadowfoam Seed, Neem, Olive, Rosehip Seed, Soybean, Tamanu, Wheat Germ Oil.



Do you have Processed & Damaged hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Argan, Avocado, Baobab, Borage, Camelina, Castor, Evening Primrose, Hemp Seed, Macadamia Nut, Olive, Pomegranate, Rosehip, Sesame, Soybean & Vitamin E.


Do you have Coarse & Ethnic hair? You should choose from the following list of oils: Argan, Avocado, Castor, Coconut, Hemp Seed, Macadamia Nut, Olive, Ghee, Pomegranate Seed, Rosehip, Shea Butter, Vitamin E.

Customizable DIY Hair Mask
makes 5 1/2 ounces (**store in the fridge for best results and use within 4 weeks)

2 tablespoons of your choice of carrier oil (*you can choose a mixture of as many as you like as long as they total two tablespoons)

2 teaspoons emulsifying wax NF (Find it HERE)

1/2 teaspoon stearic acid (Find it HERE)

1/2 teaspoon liquid lecithin (Find it HERE)

1/2 cup Aloe Vera Gel (Find it HERE)

30 drops of essential oil (I suggest lavender for normal hair, grapefruit for oily hair, helichrysum for dry hair, carrot seed for processed and damaged hair and tea tree for coarse hair)

Step 1: In a heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine the carrier oil(s), emulsifying wax, stearic acid and liquid lecithin.  Place the measuring cup in a pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Step 2: In another heat-safe glass measuring cup, add in the aloe vera gel.  Place this measuring cup in another pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Step 3: Heat both mixtures to a temperature of 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) until the oil and wax have melted together. Carefully remove both measuring cups from the simmering water.

Step 4: Pour the oil/wax mixture into a mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set to the low speed.  Blend the aloe vera gel into the oil/wax on low for one minute.  Bring the speed up to high and continue mixing for 5 minutes or until the temperature is below 100 degrees F (38 C).

Step 5: Add in the essential oil and mix again on high for a further 5 minutes.  Transfer the mixture to a sanitized container. Store in the refrigerator and use within 4 weeks.

TO USE: After shampooing your hair, apply generously from the roots to the ends and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.

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..  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, January 11, 2017

"What I love Wednesday" January 11th



photo credit: Epicbar.com
I am totally LOVING the Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth from Epicbar.com.  I drink half a bottle every night before bed!!!  I am sure you have heard how nourishing and healthy bone broth is for your body. I used to make my own with a bunch of chicken feet and turkey neck bones but it takes almost two days and my house had a perpetual soup kitchen smell.  It is much easier to just buy the ready-made bone broth.  I like how Epic takes such pride in making their artisan bone broth the old fashioned way to extract the maximum amounts of collagen, minerals and gelatin.  It is almost as good as what I make at home....lol!!!

You can drink it straight from the glass bottle (you get two servings per bottle) or you can add it to soups, rice, mashed potatoes or braise your favorite meat with it.  I have not been paid to talk about this company (heck, I don't think they even know about this blog post!!!). I just really LOVE this company and use a lot of their products!!! You can visit them at www.epicbar.com


Experience the best way to capture the intoxicating aromas of nature in this solid perfume blend. 
Spruce Solid Perfume is a captivating blend of steam-distilled Spruce essential oil, Rosewood essential oil, Frankincense essential oil and rare Blue Tansy essential oil.  

Spruce Solid Perfume is hand-poured into a portable glass jar. Dab fingers into the solid perfume and apply onto your pulse points (sides of neck, wrists, behind your ears). 
 Click HERE to visit Overland Naturals
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Parfum (natural essential oils, absolutes and plant extracts)

0.23 oz/ 7 ml
Made in the USA

photo credit: Mountain Rose Herbs

Mountain Rose Herbs makes a delicious Classic Chai tea blend.

  "This warm, piquant, and delightful blend was formally know as Oregon Chai. A great alternative for those who wish to avoid large amounts of caffeine, sugar, and dairy products, which are commonly found in commercial Chai products. An exotic beverage that is sure to tickle your taste buds!" -Mountain Rose Herbs

The taste is a deep, earthy and warming flavor that has a delicious aroma of spices and pure vanilla beans. You can brew it for up to ten minutes for the most beautiful amber color.  It does contain caffeine.  The ingredient list is amazing.....Organic Ginger root, organic Cinnamon bark, organic and fair trade Darjeeling Tea, organic Cardamom, organic and fair trade Cloves, organic and fair trade Nutmeg, and organic Vanilla bean. Leave it to Mountain Rose Herbs to craft the FINEST Chai tea available!!! You can visit Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

photo credit: MountainRoseHerbs.com
Finally a price saving, aromatic candle blended from the finest pure grade essential oils and made with a vegetable base as the wax.  You will not find any paraffin, synthetic fragrances or petroleum products in these candles.  Just the rich, aromatic experience that you deserve!!!

Each candle comes beautifully packaged in a 3 ounce tin with a natural, lead free wick and has an approx. burn time of up to 25 hours!!!

My favorite of the five scents is the Northern Forest!!! It is scented with essential oils of Spruce, Cedarwood and Fir Needle. 

You can purchase from Mountain Rose Herbs HERE.

 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, January 9, 2017

Overland Naturals Barrier Balm


No more skin emergencies on your adventures! Got wind-chaffed cheeks? Got rough hands or feet? Make sure you pack this hydrating and soothing barrier balm on your next trip! Just rub a little of this natural balm into your skin and be on your way! This super rich and protecting formula is made with the most amazing superstar ingredients! Contains a blend of Organic Olive Oil, Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Beeswax and a potent blend of steam-distilled essential oils including Lavender, Helichrysum, Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile.

This will be your new favorite skin rescue balm!!!

Directions for use: Rub into hands, elbows, face, lips, feet to prevent dry, chapped areas. Reapply as needed. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Keep out of reach of children.

Visit OverlandNaturals.com to shop

0.5 ounce/15 ml. Made in the USA

Ingredients: Organic Olive Fruit Oil (Olea Europaea), Organic Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Organic Beeswax, Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Organic Palm Fruit Oil (Elaeis Guineensis), Organic Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Organic Lavender Flower Oil (Lavandula Angustifolia), Organic Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina), Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Organic Neem Seed Oil (Melia Azadirachta), Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), Organic Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annuus), Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum) Essential Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Essential Oil,  Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

All-Natural Mango-Pineapple-Kiwi Face & Body Scrub


We all know how delicious and nutritious mango, pineapple and kiwi are! They are just as good for the top of your skin.  Loaded with anti-aging and clarifying magic, these super fruits are antioxidant rich and high in vitamin C.  When used in an exfoliating sugar scrub for your face and body, you will be on your way to glowing and radiant smooth skin.  Make sure you only use superfine or caster sugar.  I chose liquid coconut oil since there was the tropical thing going on with the fruit.  Oh, speaking of the fruit.......I used a 10 gram package of freeze-dried mango, pineapple and kiwi fruit.  Freeze dried fruit has had all the moisture taken out and you don't have to worry about it going bad or melting your sugar like the fresh fruit would. You can choose to use any variety of freeze dried fruit....strawberries, blueberries, mango, you name it!!!




Finely grind the fruit into a powder. 

Sift the powder to remove any stubborn tiny mango pieces that may remain. 

The powder needs to be super fine so it it will not scratch your delicate skin. 

You will need 1/2 cup of superfine sugar which is also known as caster sugar. 


You will need 1/4 cup, plus one tablespoon of coconut oil.  I used liquid coconut oil which is normally crystal clear, but as you can see in the photo above, it was cloudy since it was rather chilly in my house.  You can use regular or liquid coconut oil. 

Combine the freeze-dried fruit powder, sugar and liquid coconut oil into a small bowl and mix well to combine. 


Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil.  

I get my Vitamin E Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.  It is made from NON-GMO Soy Sources!!! Click here to be taken to Mountain Rose Herbs for a look around. 

To use the scrub: moisten skin and massage a generous amount into the skin using gentle circular motions until the sugar has dissolved.  Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse away with warm water. Avoid eye area. This recipe is enough for at least 5 facial applications or 2 body applications. 

Cheers!!

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!!!