Saturday, March 25, 2017

Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil

Use the power of five potent plant oils to nourish and moisturize your dry skin.  My Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil leaves your skin silky and comforted and can be used anytime.  It is especially wonderful when applied immediately after a warm shower.  I used wild chamomile essential oil in my recipe to make it smell amazing! No more dry flaky skin this Winter!!!

I use Mountain Rose Herbs Certified Organic & Kosher Certified & Non-GMO Project Verified Sunflower Oil (Helianthus annuus) from the Netherlands.  Sunflower oil is an oil wealthy in oleic acids with high amounts of vitamins A, D and E.  It also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and fatty acids.  It is deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin, and is highly recommended for natural beauty recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin.  It is easily absorbed when applied, leaving the skin soft and silky.  You can purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs.

I also added in some Kukui Nut oil because it has a high penetrability and is very soothing to chapped skin.  I used olive oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil too because all three of these oils have wonderful conditioning abilities for the skin.  You can buy all of the oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.

I wanted my body oil to smell amazing so I chose to add in Moroccan Chamomile (Ormenis mixta) essential oil.  This particular essential oil gives the body oil a fresh and herbaceous aroma.  You can purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Super Silky Sunflower & Wild Chamomile Body Oil
makes 8 ounces

3 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Sunflower Oil
2 ounces Mountain Rose Herbs Kukui Nut Oil
1 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Olive Oil
1 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Jojoba Oil
1 ounce Mountain Rose Herbs Avocado Oil
1/4 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil (keeps recipe fresher for longer)
1 teaspoon Mountain Rose Herbs Moroccan Chamomile Essential Oil

Simply mix all ingredients in an 8 ounce container.  Apply to the body as needed. Especially nourishing when applied after a hot bath/shower.



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, March 24, 2017

Sage Deodorant


I have a neutralizing all-natural deodorant recipe for you that keeps you smelling fresh and clean while purifying your pits!!!

Made with vodka, Witch Hazel extract, sage tincture, tea tree essential oil and licorice root tincture, this DIY recipe smells amazing, is chemical free and works wonders!

Your body will still sweat, but that is totally normal and supposed to happen.  This great deodorant just keeps your armpits smelling great!!! Apply after your workout or anytime you need a quick refresh for your underarms!

Mountain Rose Herbs has a great Certified Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.  The price is pretty good too!! As of March 24, 2017 you can buy a large 1/2 ounce bottle for just $7.50. Visit Mountain Rose Herbs online HERE.
You can purchase everything except for the vodka from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click HERE to visit them online.

Mountain Rose Herbs offers a wide selection of organic tinctures. Visit them online at www.MountainRoseHerbs.com


Sage Deodorant
makes 4 ounces

2 ounces Vodka
1 ounce Witch Hazel 
1 tablespoon licorice root tincture
1 tablespoon sage tincture
30 drops tea tree essential oil

I like to use a glass spray bottle for this recipe.  Add all ingredients into the bottle and shake well.


As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.
For educational purposes only.  We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Coconut Hi-Gloss Hair Masque


I have a really luxurious and moisturizing hair masque made from coconut oil and coconut water!!! This is perfect for straight, curly, wavy and dry hair types that needs a deep conditioning hair treatment to control frizz!!!

After you wash your hair, give it a quick towel dry and then massage a generous amount throughout your entire hair for up to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and style as desired.

You will need to keep this in the refrigerator because it does not contain a preservative. Use it within two weeks.

Guess what!!! Mountain Rose Herbs is the BEST place to pick up most of the ingredients. Visit them online HERE


Coconut Hi-Gloss Hair Masque
Makes 7 ounces

1/4 cup coconut oil
3 teaspoons emulsifying wax NF
1/2 teaspoon stearic acid
1/2 teaspoon liquid lecithin
1 teaspoon glycerin
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon Frontier Co-Op Coconut Flavor **see info below

In a heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine the coconut oil, emulsifying wax, stearic acid and liquid lecithin.

Place the measuring cup in a pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

In another heat-safe glass measuring cup, combine glycerine and coconut water. Place this measuring cup in another pot containing a few inches of simmering water.

Heat both mixtures to a temperature of 160 degrees F. Carefully remove both measuring cups from the simmering water.

Pour the oil/wax mixture into a mixing bowl and begin mixing with a hand-held mixer set to low. Blend the coconut water into  the oil/wax mixture 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.

Add in the coconut flavor and mix again for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a sanitized container. Store in refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.

You can order this online at Amazon. Link is 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!!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Goldilocks' Herbal Hair Rinse for Blonde Hair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!!!

Shannon




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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar
My wonderful cousin Kait was pregnant with her first baby and she  asked me if I would create something that she can nourish her belly with to keep it supple and help prevent stretch marks.  Of course I could make her something! I created a luxurious recipe that contains moisturizing and protecting oils like hemp seed, macadamia nut, baobab, Argan and pomegranate seed oil.  I also added in a generous amount of cocoa butter and some Vitamin E.  She can rub this powerful balm bar over her belly to keep her skin supple and help restore her skin's elasticity during her pregnancy.  I also made it into an adorable heart shaped bar and put it in a small canning jar just for fun.  By the way, can you say "Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar" three times fast?


Every single ingredient I used for this formula came from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Just about every ingredient I used is Certified Organic too.  I like the wide selection of carrier oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Click HERE to be taken to their website.

I chose oils that are rich in fatty acids and are good at delivering deep hydration to the skin.  The combination of these oils will keep the skin in tip-top shape!!!

There are no essential oils in this recipe.  First of all, the carrier oils in this recipe are all super special and work wonders on their own.  Secondly, many pregnant women should avoid essential oils for safety's sake.  This recipe has a decadent cocoa butter aroma to it and smells amazing!!!

Baby Bump Belly Balm Bar (by Fresh-Picked Beauty)
makes about 2/3 cup

2 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Beeswax
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Carnauba Wax
5 tablespoons Mountain Rose Herbs Cocoa Butter
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Hemp Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Macadamia Nut Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Baobab Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Meadowfoam Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil
1 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Pomegranate Seed Oil
1/2 tablespoon Mountain Rose Herbs Vitamin E Oil

In a large glass measuring cup, add in the beeswax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, macadamia nut oil, baobab oil and meadowfoam seed oil.  Place the measuring cup into a pan with a few inches of simmering water.  Occasionally stir the ingredients until fully melted.  Add in the Argan oil, Pomegranate seed oil and Vitamin E oil.  Stir to melt all ingredients.  Remove from heat.


I decided to make my bars into fun heart shaped ones.  I used two heart shaped ice molds that hold about 1/3 cup of liquid each.


You can use any mold you like for this recipe. I like the silicone molds as the bars are super easy to remove.

Make sure the ingredients are nice and melted.

I used a frosting tip as a small funnel to make it easy to pour my melted liquid into the heart shaped mold.  I filled them to the very top of the mold and allowed them to cool at room temperature until fully hardened.

I slipped the top off and I had a perfect heart shaped baby bump belly balm bar just waiting for me.

My bar developed a tiny hairline crack while it cooled.  It is still super perfect and I can't wait to present this to my cousin.  Remember I said I made two bars.....well one is for me.  No, I am not pregnant, but I do like to keep my skin super soft and moisturized.  This recipe would also make a wonderful hostess gift for a baby shower! You can also make mini heart shaped bars and present every guest at a baby shower their very own.  This also makes a wonderful lip balm recipe when used to fill up lip balm tubes.

Enjoy & Green Blessings!!

Shannon



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

All-Natural Raspberry Cheek Stain

I have a wonderful and easy recipe for an all-natural raspberry cheek stain that is made with freeze-dried raspberries.  You are going to love, love, love this recipe!!! It gives your cheeks a beautiful rosy glow and smells like fresh picked roses with the addition of some Bularian Rose essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Start out with 1 heaping tablespoon of organic freeze-dried raspberries. Place them into a mortar and pestle.

Grind the raspberries into a fine powder.

You will have some raspberry seeds mixed in with the fine powder that you will want to sift out.

I used a tea strainer to separate the powder from the seeds. Discard or compost the seeds.

You will have a heaping teaspoon of the ground raspberry powder.

Add the raspberry powder into a small shot glass.


Add one tablespoon of 151 proof grain alcohol to the raspberry powder. Mix well.

Drizzle in 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil.  This will help to prevent the alcohol from drying out your skin when applied. Plus, it imparts a subtle rosy glow to your cheeks. Stir well and cover the shot glass with a coaster to prevent the alcohol from evaporating. Let it sit for at least an hour.  Strain the liquid through a small coffee filter or muslin cloth into another clean shot glass.


Add in one drop of Bulgarian Rose essential oil. You can order it from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Transfer the raspberry cheek stain into a small glass roller bottle.

Here is my arm before I applied the cheek stain...........

You can apply as little or as much as you like. It will dry very quickly due to the high alcohol content.

As you can see in the photo above, the cheek stain dries to a very beautiful pink hue.  I am very excited about his recipe.  It was super easy to wash off with my mild face wash.

Some of you may be wondering if you could use this as a lip stain, and my answer is YES....but you need to make one  change to the recipe.  Instead of using 1/4 teaspoon of castor oil, use 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond or sunflower oil.  You will need to shake the container well before you apply the product to your lips.  Due to the high alcohol content, you may experience dry lips if you use it too often, so discontinue using if it becomes bothersome.

Enjoy!!!

Shannon

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all herbs,  Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children.  I am an affiliate with Mountain Rose Herbs,please review my disclosure page for details.. Avoid use  unless discussed with your physician. This information is for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Green Blessings!!!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Triple Lavender Bath Bomb Hearts



You are going to have so much fun making this recipe for heart shaped bath bombs that uses dried lavender buds, lavender hydrosol and lavender essential oil.

The ingredients you need are:

1 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs baking soda
1/2 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs citric acid
1/4 cup of Mountain Rose Herbs Dead Sea salt
1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (or other lightweight carrier oil)
6 teaspoons of Mountain Rose Herbs Dried Lavender buds
50 drops of lavender essential oil
Lavender hydrosol in a spray bottle (start with one tablespoon and have more if needed)

I used a heart shaped silicon baking mold and added a teaspoon of dried lavender buds to each cavity of the mold.

Add your baking soda, citric acid and sea salt to a sifter and sift into a bowl.  Make sure all the clumps are out.


Add the lavender essential oil into the fractioned coconut oil, mix well.

Drizzle the essential oil and oil over the dry ingredients and whisk well to combine.

Lightly spray the dry mixture with a small amount of lavender hydrosol and whisk well to combine.  Spray again and repeat whisking until the mixture is just moist (NOT WET) enough to clump together.


Go slowly with the lavender hydrosol.  You just want to add enough to get it to clump together. Too much hydrosol will activate the ingredients and you will have one not-so-fun fizzy mess to clean up.

Press the mixture into the cavities of the silicone baking mold and allow to harden and dry at room temp for several hours. Once hardened, remove the bath bombs from the mold and store in an air-tight container.  To use: drop one or two into a warm bath and enjoy the relaxing and aromatic lavender aroma. Be careful when getting into and out of the bathtub as the surface may be slippery.

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!!!