Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blemish-Busting Back Mask

This is a mask to help soothe blemish-prone skin on your back and body.  It is not recommended for the face as it contains freshly-juiced turmeric which may stain the skin a yellow color (temporarily of course). This mask is packed with many blemish-blasting ingredients and helps promote clear healthy skin.  You simply cleanse your back with a mild cleanser and apply a thick layer of this mask to your back.  Cover your skin with moistened muslin cloth and allow the mask to work its magic for one hour. After an hour, simply wipe as much of the mask off your back with tissue and then rinse your back with warm water.  Use this mask two times per week to help keep your skin clear and blemish-free.  Discontinue if irritation occurs.  **Store the mask in the refrigerator and use within 10 days.

Blemish-Busting Back Mask

1 cup Mountain Rose Herbs Fullers Earth Clay (*plus more if you need to thicken the mixture)
1 tablespoon activated charcoal powder
1 tablespoon Manuka Honey
2 tablespoons freshly-juiced turmeric root
6 cloves garlic, freshly-juiced along with the turmeric root
2 tablespoons Thyme Tincture
40 drops Mountain Rose Herbs Tea Tree Essential Oil

Mix all the ingredients into a small bowl.  Stir to mix well.



I normally juice a whole bunch of fresh turmeric and freeze the juice in ice cube trays for blending it into smoothies.  I encourage you to look into the many benefits that turmeric offers.

I use the activated charcoal that comes in capsules and will open them and sprinkle the powder into a tablespoon until I fill it up.  You may be able to find it as a loose powder too.



Making your own Thyme Extract (Tincture) is super easy and inexpensive.  Visit my tutorial on how to make your own tinctures 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




Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3-Ingredient Dry Skin Cream

There is a rich body cream on the market that is made by a really awesome natural skin care company that costs a whopping $32 for a small 3 ounce jar.  This particular cream is made with just three simple ingredients.  The ingredients are Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil.  I was able to sample the cream at the store and was impressed with how thick and rich it was and how super moisturizing and soothing it was to my parched skin. Here is the recipe for my version of the cream.  I call this the 3-Ingredient Dry Skin Cream. It takes about 10 minutes to make a batch.  A little goes a really long way.  You only need a teaspoon to moisturize your entire body (a pea sized amount was enough to do an entire leg).

3-Ingredient Dry Skin Cream
(makes 3 ounces)

1 1/2  ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Shea Butter
1 1/4 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Unrefined Coconut Oil
1/4 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Olive Oil

Place ingredients into a double boiler and stir until just melted.  Carefully pour into a small glass jar and allow to cool to room temperature.  You can purchase all the ingredients over at Mountain Rose Herbs.  Click HERE to shop!!

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.. 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, June 2, 2015

The Complete Essential Oil Blending Guide

Have you ever wondered which essential oils blend well together? Here is a blending guide I put together to help you when creating aromatic formulas, perfumes and aromatherapy blends.  



Allspice Essential Oil: (Pimenta officinalisBlends Well With: Bay, black pepper, cistus, coriander, geranium, ginger, lavender, neroli, opopanax, patchouli, ylang ylang

Amyris Essential Oil: (Amyris balsamiferaBlends Well With:Cedarwood, citronella, ginger, ho wood, lavender, oakmoss, peru balsam, ylang ylang

Angelica Root Essential Oil: (Angelica archangelicaBlends Well With: Citrus oils, clary sage, oakmoss, opopanax, patchouli, vetiver

Anise Seed Essential Oil: (Pimpinella anisumBlends Well With:Bay, black pepper, ginger, lavender, orange, pine, rose

Balsam Peru Essential Oil: (Myroxylon balsamumBlends Well With:Black pepper, ginger, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Basil Essential Oil: (Ocimum basilicumBlends Well With: Bergamot, citronella, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, opopanax, rosemary

Bay Laurel Essential Oil: (Laurus nobilisBlends Well With:Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, juniper, lavender, orange, patchouli, pine, rosemary, ylang ylang

Bay, West Indies Essential Oil: (Pimenta racemosaBlends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, nutmeg, orange, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Benzoin Resin Oil: (Styrax tonkinesisBlends Well With: Black pepper, copaiba balsam, coriander, cypress, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, rose, sandalwood

Bergamot Essential Oil: (Citrus bergamiaBlends Well With:Chamomile, citrus oils, coriander, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, neroli, nutmeg, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, violet, ylang ylang

Bergamot Mint Essential Oil: (Mentha citrataBlends Well With:Basil, citrus oils, geranium, lavender, rose, ylang ylang

Bitter Orange Essential Oil: (Citrus aurantiumBlends Well With:Bay, black pepper, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, myrrh, neroli, vetiver

Black Pepper Essential Oil: (Piper nigrumBlends Well With:Cardamom, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, lavender, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, orange, nutmeg, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, vetiver, ylang ylang


Cajeput(Melaleuca minor) Blends Well With: Clary sage, geranium, lavender, marjoram, oakmoss, pine, rosemary, spice oils, ylang ylang

Camphor White(Cinnamomum camphora) Blends Well With: Citrus oils, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, spice oils

Caraway(Carum carvi) Blends Well With: Bay, black pepper, cinnamon, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, mandarin

Cardamom(Elettaria cardamomum) Blends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, caraway, cedarwood, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Carrot Seed: (Daucus carota) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, cinnamon, citrus oils, geranium, spice oils

Catnip(Nepeta cataria) Blends Well With: Grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, orange, rosemary, spearmint

Cedarwood, Atlas: (Cedrus atlantica) Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, palmarosa, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Cedarwood, Virginia: (Juniperus virginiana) Blends Well With:Benzoin, cypress, juniper, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver 

Celery Seed(Apium graveolens) Blends Well With: Black pepper, coriander, ginger, lavender, lovage, oakmoss, opopanax, pine, tea tree

Chamomile, Blue(Matricaria recutita) Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, citrus oils, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, rose, rosemary, tea tree, ylang ylang

Chamomile, Moroccan (Ormenis mixta) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, lavender, oakmoss, vetiver

Chamomile, Roman:  (Anthemis nobilis) Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, oakmoss, palmarosa, rose, tea tree

Cilantro(Coriandrum sativum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, ginger, jasmine, neroli, petitgrain, pine, sandalwood, spice oils



Cinnamon Bark(Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, clove, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, vanilla, ylang ylang.

Cinnamon Leaf: (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Blends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, cardamom, clove, frankincense, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, vanilla, ylang ylang

Cistus(Cistus ladaniferus) Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, lavender, juniper, oakmoss, opopanax, patchouli, pine, sandalwood, vetiver

Citronella(Cymbopogon winterianus) Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, geranium, pine, sandalwood.

Clary Sage: (Salvia sclarea) Blends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, lime, mandarin, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, rose, sandalwood, tea tree

Clove Bud: (Syzygium aromaticum) Blends Well With: Allspice, bay, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang ylang

Copaiba Balsam(Copaifera officinalis) Blends Well With:Cedarwood, citrus oils, clary sage, jasmine, rose, vanilla, ylang ylang

Coriander Seed(Coriandrum sativum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, neroli, nutmeg, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Cornmint(Mentha arvensis) Blends Well With: Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, naiouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree

Cypress(Cupressus sempervirens) Blends Well With: Benzoin, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, pine, ylang ylang.

Davana:  (Artemisia pallens) Blends Well With: Amyris, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile, jasmine, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, spikenard, tangerine, tuberose, vanilla, ylang ylang

Dill Seed(Anethum graveolens) Blends Well With: Black pepper, caraway, cinnamon, citrus oils, clove, elemi, nutmeg, peppermint, spearmint

Douglas Fir: (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Blends Well With: Cistus, fir oils, lavender, lemon, marjoram, pine, rosemary

Elemi(Canarium luzonicum) Blends Well With: Cinnamon, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, rosemary, sage, spice oils

Eucalyptus(Eucalyptus globulus) Blends Well With: Cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme

Eucalyptus, Lemon : (Eucalyptus citriodora) Blends Well With:Basil, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, marjoram, orange, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rosemary, sage, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang


Fennel(Foeniculum vulgareBlends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cypress, dill, fir, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, niaouli, orange, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang ylang

Fir Needle: (Abies balsamea) Blends Well With: Benzoin, cistus, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, pine, rosemary

Frankincense(Boswellia carterii) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, camphor, cinnamon, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Galbanum(Ferula galbaniflua) Blends Well With: Benzoin, fir, geranium, ginger, lavender, oakmoss, opopanax, pine

Geranium(Pelargonium graveolens) Blends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Ginger: (Zingiber officinale) Blends Well With: Bergamot, cedarwood, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Grand Fir: (Abies grandis) Blends Well With: Benzoin, cistus, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, marjoram, pine, rosemary

Grapefruit(Citrus paradisi) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang

Helichrysum(Helichrysum italicum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, citrus oils, clary sage, clove, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, oregano, palmarosa, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang

Ho Wood(Cinnamomum camphora) Blends Well With: Basil, cajeput, chamomile, lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Hops: (Humulus lupulusBlends Well With: Citrus oils, copaiba balsam, nutmeg, pine, spice oils


Hyssop(Hyssopus officinalis) Blends Well With: Bay, clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrtle, orange, rosemary, sage

Jasmine: (Jasminum grandiflorum) Blends Well With: Bergamot, clary sage, clove, coriander, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang 

Juniper Berry: (Juniperus communisBlends Well With: Black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, elemi, fir needle, lavender, oakmoss, rosemary  



Lavender: (Lavandula angustifoliaBlends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, marjoram, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rose, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver




Lemon: (Citrus limonBlends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, cistus, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Lemon Balm: (Melissa officinalisBlends Well With: Citrus oils, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, rose

Lemongrass: (Cymbopogon flexuosus) Blends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, coriander, cypress, fennel, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rosemary, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang

Lime Peel: (Citrus aurantifolia) Blends Well With: Citronella, clary sage, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, rosemary, vanilla, ylang ylang

Litsea Cubeba(Litsea cubeba) Blends Well With: Basil, bay, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, marjoram, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang ylang

Lovage Leaf: (Levisticum officinalisBlends Well With: Bay, galbanum, lavender, oakmoss, opopanax, rose, spice oils


Mace: (Myristica fragansBlends Well With: Bay leaf, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, lavender, oakmoss, and neroli

Mandarin: (Citrus reticulateBlends Well With: Basil, black pepper, chamomile roman, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Manuka: (Leptospermum scopariumBlends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, marjoram, orange, patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

Marjoram, Sweet: (Marjorana hortensisBlends Well With: Basil, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, elemi, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, orange, rosewood, tea tree, thyme

Myrrh: (Commiphora myrrhaBlends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clove, cypress, eucalyptus lemon, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, vetiver, ylang ylang

Myrtle: (Myrtus communisBlends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, clove, ginger, hyssop, laurel, lavender, lime, rosemary

Neroli: (Citrus aurantiumBlends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, clary sage, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, orange, palmarosa, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Niaouli: (Melaleuca viridifloraBlends Well With: Bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, tea tree

Nutmeg: (Myristica fragransBlends Well With: Bay, clary sage, coriander, geranium, lavender, lime, mandarin, oakmoss, orange, peru balsam, petitgrain, rosemary

Oak Moss Absolute: (Evernia prunastriBlends Well With: Anise, bay, bergamot, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lime, orange, palmarosa, tea tree, vetiver, ylang ylang

Oakwood absolute: (Quercus roburBlends Well With: Bay, benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, citrus oils, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, ginger, juniper berry, lavender, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, thuja, vanilla, ylang ylang.

Opopanax: (Commiphora holtzianaBlends Well With: Bergamot, cistus, clary sage, coriander, fir, frankincense, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver

Orange, Bitter: (Citrus aurantiumBlends Well With: Bay, black pepper, citrus oils, clary sage, ginger, lavender, myrrh, neroli, vetiver

Orange, Sweet: (Citrus sinensisBlends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, marjoram, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Oregano: (Origanum vulgareBlends Well With: Bay, bergamot, camphor, cedarwood, chamomile, citronella, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, oakmoss, orange, petitgrain, pine, rosemary, tea tree, thyme

Palmarosa: (Cymbopogon martiniBlends Well With: Amyris, bay, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, oakmoss, orange, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Parsley Seed: (Petroselinum sativumBlends Well With: Anise, bay, black pepper, clary sage, coriander, ginger, neroli, oakmoss, rose, tea tree, ylang ylang

Patchouli: (Pogostemon cablinBlends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, rose, sandalwood, vetiver

Peppermint: (Mentha piperitaBlends Well With: Basil, benzoin, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, niaouli, pine, ravensara, rosemary, tea tree

Peru Balsam: (Myroxylon balsamumBlends Well With: Black pepper, ginger, jasmine, lavender, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Petitgrain: (Citrus aurantiumBlends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus lemon, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, oakmoss, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Ravensara: (Agathophyllum aromaticBlends Well With: Bay, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, mandarin, marjoram, palmarosa, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme

Rose absolute: (Rosa damascenaBlends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Rose Otto: (Rosa damascenaBlends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, fennel, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, sandalwood, ylang ylang, vetiver

Rosemary: (Rosmarinus officinalisBlends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, elemi, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, mandarin, marjoram, niaouli, oregano, peppermint, petitgrain, pine, ravensara, tea tree, thyme

Sage, Common: (Salvia officinalisBlends Well With: Citrus oils, hyssop, lavender, lemon, rosemary, rosewood

Sandalwood, Australian: (Santalum spicatumBlends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile, cistus, clary sage, clove, geranium, grapefruit, fennel, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, rosewood, tuberose, vetiver, ylang ylang

Spearmint: (Mentha spicataBlends Well With: Basil, benzoin, eucalyptus, jasmine, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rosemary

Spikenard: (Nardostachus jatamansiBlends Well With: Cistus, clary sage, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, neroli, oakmoss, palmarosa, patchouli, pine, rose, vetiver

Spruce: (Tsuga canadensisBlends Well With: Amyris, benzoin, cedarwood, clary sage, galbanum, lavender, oakmoss, pine, rosemary

Tangerine: (Artemisia dracunculusBlends Well With: Basil, black pepper, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lemon, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Tea Tree: (Melaleuca alternifoliaBlends Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, chamomile german, clary sage, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, oakmoss, oregano, peppermint, pine, ravensara, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylang

Vanilla Absolute: (Vanilla planifoliaBlends Well With: Benzoin, bergamot, frankincense, jasmine, lemon, mandarin, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang

Vetiver: (Vetiveria zizanioidesBlends Well With: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, litsea cubeba, mandarin, oakmoss, opopanax, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Yarrow, Blue: (Achillea millefoliumBlends Well With: Bay, black pepper, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, grapefruit, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, pine, valerian, vetiver, ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang: (Cananga odorataBlends Well With: Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus lemon, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, litsea cubeba, mandarin, neroli, opopanax, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, peru balsam, petitgrain, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tuberose, vetiver

When looking for high-quality, True Certified Organic by OTCO, and True Therapeutic Quality Essential Oils, check out Mountain Rose Herbs.   Click HERE to be taken to the Mountain Rose Herbs website


You need to learn about the specific safety data for each oil.  There are maximum dermal usage amounts for each individual oil.


Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals-, 2 editionby Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young was published in November 2013 and is a must have for those interested in essential oils and aromatherapy.  

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Before you use any essential oil, you must review its specific safety data.  If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have kidney disease,  sensitive skin, liver problems, epilepsy, diabetics, taking medication or have any other medical condition, you need to consult with your health care provider before using any essential oil.  Never use essential oils undiluted or internally unless working with a qualified health care professional.  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.  Always perform a patch test on your skin.  Check out my blog post on Essential Oil Safety and Guidelines. Click 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, June 1, 2015

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)

This recipe will make enough to fill eight 4-ounce bottles


I recently tweaked the formula for the 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.  Enjoy!!!


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.  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.


I had this huge batch of handcrafted Catnip tincture sitting in my pantry that I used along with some Witch Hazel Extract. 

I simply blended 225 ml of Catnip Tincture and 175 ml of Witch Hazel Extract in a large glass measuring cup.

Next, I measured out the essential oils into a glass beaker.

I lined up eight sanitized 4-ounce amber bottles and added in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend to each bottle.

I then added 50 ml of the Catnip/Witch Hazel Extract blend to each bottle.

Add the spray attachment to each bottle and you are ready to apply a label.

You can print out these labels or make your own.

Here you have it! Enough bottles to share with family and friends.  Just make sure you shake the bottle very well before applying the repellent and be aware if you spray it on your clothes, they may get stained.

All-Natural Bug Repellent (Formula #2)


225 ml Catnip Tincture (click here to learn how to make tinctures)
175 ml Witch Hazel Extract
30 ml Citronella Essential Oil
8 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
7 ml Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil
5 ml Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 ml Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
5 ml Lemongrass Essential Oil
1 ml Geranium Essential Oil


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Measure out the Catnip Tincture and Witch Hazel Extract in a glass measuring cup.  Blend all the essential oils in another small glass measuring beaker or cup.  In each 4-ounce dark glass bottle, measure in 7.5 ml of the essential oil blend.  Pour 50 ml of the Catnip Tincture/Witch Hazel blend into each bottle.  Place the spray attachment fitting into each bottle and apply a label.  Use within 1 year. No refrigeration is needed.

Want to make a single 4-ounce bottle just for yourself? You will add 28 ml of Catnip Tincture, 22 ml of Witch Hazel Extract, 3.75 ml Citronella Essential Oil, 1 ml Peppermint Essential Oil, 18 drops Cedarwood Virginia Essential Oil, 12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 12 drops Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, 12 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil and 3 drops of Geranium to a 4-ounce bottle.  


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. Shannon Buck and Fresh-Picked Beauty strongly recommend that you do not rely solely on the information presented on this website and that you always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming any type product. Anything you find on this website still needs more research to establish the potential effectiveness and safety of any ingredient and/or suggestion.  Before you consider using anything you find on this website, you need to consult with a medical professional to help you weigh the pros and cons of using natural ingredients.  You also need to review all the available safety data for each ingredient before you use it.  Herbs and natural ingredients have been used successfully for many years, but as a precaution, I suggest that you consult a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist, or holistic health practitioner who is qualified to guide you in the safe use of herbs and natural ingredients. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Creamy Coconut & Fig Seed Body Scrub

Super Gentle & Moisturizing!!!
I really enjoy using body scrubs to exfoliate and moisturize my skin and I usually make a salt or sugar scrub. I realize that not everyone can use a truly abrasive scrub as they may have sensitive skin that requires a very gentle and moisturizing treatment.  This recipe is designed for the folks that need a cross between a lotion and a gentle manual exfoliation treatment.  A good ingredient to use is Formulator Sample Shop's Fig Seeds. Fig seeds are gentle yet tough enough to help rid the skin of dead cells and help reveal a glowing healthy complexion.  You can find out more about fig seeds HERE.

You need 3/4 cup distilled water and 2 teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Vegetable Glycerine. You can buy the vegetable glycerine HERE.  These two ingredients will be for the liquid phase.  Vegetable glycerine is helpful in pulling oxygen into the skin and helping it to retain moisture.
You need 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.  I found a really good deal on organic coconut oil from Costco a few weeks ago.  I cook with coconut oil a lot.

You need 1 teaspoon of Mountain Rose Herbs Stearic Acid.  You can buy it HERE.  It is used to help the formula emulsify and remain creamy.

You need 2 heaping teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Emulsifying Wax.  You can buy it HERE.  I like the Mountain Rose Herbs brand because it is vegetable based and is sourced from naturally occurring fats and esters and is ideal for  blending recipes that contain oil and water.

You need 1 teaspoon of Mountain Rose Herbs Liquid Lecithin. You can buy it HERE.  It is used to help thicken and emulsify the recipe.

You need 1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil.  You can buy it HERE.

You will need 1 tablespoon Coconut Extract. I buy mine from Whole Foods. This gives the scrub a delicious coconut aroma and is all natural.

I used 10 grams of Fig Seeds that I received as a sample from the Formulator Sample Shop.  I really like how gentle and effective fig seeds work at exfoliating the skin.  You can order them by visiting them online at www.formulatorsampleshop.com.

Directions:

1. Measure the distilled water and vegetable glycerine into a glass measuring cup and sit this in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water.


2. Measure out the coconut oil, stearic acid, liquid lecithin and emulsifying wax into a glass measuring cup and sit it in a saucepan containing a few inches of simmering water.

3. When both mixtures have reached a temperate 160 degrees F, remove them both from the simmering water.

4. Carefully pour the oil mixture into a heatproof mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set on medium speed.

5. Carefully add the water and glycerin, and continue to mix for 5 minutes.

6. Once it cools to 100 degrees F, add in the Vitamin E and the Coconut Extract, mix well.

7. I added in Leucidal® Liquid SF that I received from the Formulator Sample Shop as a natural anti-microbial to help inhibit the growth of a variety of bacteria and fungi that often like to move into water based recipes.  This particular ingredient is on the Whole Foods Acceptable Premium Preservative List.  I am still going to keep my Creamy Coconut & Fig Seed Body Scrub in the refrigerator and use it within two weeks (and that is all you need to do too!) simply because I won't know 100% sure it is germ-free even with the preservative unless I send it to the lab for testing.  I used the preservative at 4% rate.  You can find out more about this and other natural anti-microbial options by visiting www.formulatorsampleshop.com.

8. Sprinkle in the fig seeds and stir well to combine.

9. Transfer to a sanitized container with a lid and store in the fridge for best results.  I apply a generous amount all over my body and massage in gentle circular motions to exfoliate my skin. I then rinse the scrub away in a warm shower (be careful as your tub or shower may become slippery) and pat dry. My skin is left feeling super smooth and moisturized and smelling like sweet coconut.


I hope you enjoy making and using this recipe. Let me know how much you like it or email me at freshpickedbeauty@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Cheers!!!

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!!! I received some free samples of product to try out by The Formulator Sample Shop but my opinion about them are unbiased.