Moisturizing Lip Balm

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp beeswax pellets 
  • 1 Tbspsweet almond oil
  • 1 Tbspshea butter
  • 1 Tbspcocoa butter
  • 10 drops Viatmin E oil
  • 10 drops jojoba oil
  • Several drops of an essential oil -- I use wild orange, peppermint or lavender and lemon
  • If you want to add color, use a sliver of lipstick (preferrably from a new tube)

 

Instructions:

  • Melt everything but the essential oil -- I use the "double broiler" method.  Put the ingredients in a glass jar and then the glass jar in a pot of water on the stove)
  • ***melt very SLOWLY at a low temp!!!  This will help prevent the lip balm from becoming graining later on! 
  • Once everything is melted, remove from heat and add essential oil (and, if using, lipstick).
  • Stir well.
  • Pour into lip balm tubes, tins, or jars.  

When I first decided to try making my own lip balm, it seemed like it was so costly to purchase all the ingredients!!!   However, these ingredients last for years!  You will recapture the value in:  health benefits, ultimate cost per unit and pride in a job well-done! :-)   

If you decide to make the face cream, which I also use as hand cream :), or the Arnica salve, you'll be able to use these same ingredients!  Then you'll really see the savings!

Homemade lip balm also makes a great gift!!

Enjoy! :0)

 

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All-Natural Deoderant

I'm happy to share with you a couple of my favorite all-natural, even good-for-you, deoderant recipes!

Many of you are aware of the dangers of antiperspirants.   One of the big ways our body eliminates toxins is through sweating!  If we block the elimination of toxins, then we are storing those toxins in our bodies, and particularly in the lymph nodes around our arm pits.  This is one cause of breast cancer, as well as other cancers.  

In addition, aluminum, the ingredient used to prevent perspiration and the elimination of those nasty toxins, is known to cause Alzheimer's!   Yikes!!  

So here's my favorite!!  It's made only of essential oils and, not only does it make me smell wonderful, hahaha!;0), it is also beneficial as a mood lifter, hormone balancer and cancer and Alzheimer's fighter (thanks to the frankincense). 

Essential Oil Deoderant  

Directions:

  • drop essential oils into 10 ml roller bottle 
  • fill bottle the rest of the way with almond or fractionated coconut oil
  • roll in armpits

**Clary sage can have powerful hormonal effects, like stimulating contractions.  Omit if pregnant

Purchase 10 ml roll-on here

All-Natural Deoderant  

Note:  my arm pits are sensitive, and baking soda can be irritating, so I used 1 1/2  T baking soda and 1 1/2  T of powdered zinc oxide (it's soothing :-))

Directions:

  • Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. -- for a make-shift double boiler, I use a quart size glass mason jar and place it in a small saucepan of water until melted.
  • Remove from heat
  • add baking soda and arrowroot powder
  • Mix well
  • Add essential oils and pour into a container for storage.

I get my ingredients here:

Moisturizing Body Oil

I was in Las Vegas this weekend for my boys' basketball tournament and, boy, was it dry!!    I was so happy to have my body oil!  

The beauty is that it doesn't have any chemicals and, conversely, has beautiful properties to repair and soothe damaged skin!   And with the lavender, you get the added benefits of calming and relaxation,....!

Here's how to make it: 

Ingredients:

Directions: 

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  • Fill a glass jar 3/4 way full with calendula flowers
  • Fill the jar the rest of the way with the oil of your choice
  • then
    • Seal jar tightly, label and set in a warm sunny spot for 4-6 weeks, shaking gently every so often  
  • OR
    • Place jar in a pot of water and gently heat on the stove for about an hour
  • Strain and discard the spent flowers
  • bottle and add lavender essential oil
  • store in a dark cool place 

To Use:

Apply generously all over body!  I especially like to use it after a bath or shower when I am still slightly damp.

If there's any homemade skin care product you should try making yourself, this is it!!!  It's very easy and rewarding!!   

OR

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This is my absolute favorite Lavender Essential Oil 

Order herbs here:

Mountain Rose Herbs

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Face Cream

 

This rich, smooth cream is a treat!  It is great for everyday use, morning and night!   It is healing on baby's fresh skin as well as mature, aging, rough or dry skin.  

It's really not that difficult to make, a few steps are all that's needed.  And, might I say, it's very rewarding when you get to enjoy the final product

Ingredients:  

  • 3/4 cup Calendula Oil (see recipe, below)
  •  2 Tbsp (⅛ cup) cocoa butter
  •  2 Tbsp (⅛ cup) coconut oil
  •  1 tablespoon grated beeswax
  •  ¼ cup commercially prepared aloe vera gel
  •  ¾ cup distilled water
  •  A few drops of lavender essential oil
  • a few drops of rosehip oil
Calendula flowers infusing in grapeseed and apricot kernel oil

Calendula flowers infusing in grapeseed and apricot kernel oil

Calendula Oil

Ingredients

Directions:

Straining the oil

Straining the oil

  1. Fill a glass jar 3/4 full with calendula flowers.
  2. Fill the jar almost to the top with equal parts grape seed  and apricot kernel oil.
  3. Place in a warm, sunny spot, and let the herbs and oil infuse for 3 to 4 weeks.
  4. Strain and discard spent flowers.  
  5. If you want to make your calendula oil extra strong, add a fresh batch of flowers to this oil and let it sit for another 3-4 weeks.  
  6. Strain and re-bottle.  
  7. Store in a cool, dark place -- I keep mine in the the refrigerator.  **The oil will keep for up to a year.

To make the cream:

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  1. Combine the calendula oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in a saucepan;  double broiler; or a glass jar in a pan of water,  over very low heat and warm until everything is melted together.  
  2. Let cool for at least several hours or overnight, until the mixture is somewhat thick and firm. 
  3. Scoop this mixture into a blender
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the aloe vera gel, distilled water, and essential oils.  
  5. Turn the blender on high speed and slowly drizzle the water mixture into the oil, continuing to blend until all the water mixture has been absorbed by the oil. The blender should “choke” as the mixture becomes thick, white and creamy.
  6. Spoon your cream into small jars. Seal and store in a cool dark place.   I keep my extra in the fridge.  It should be good for up to a year.

Use: morning & night!  

Here's what I do:  

Enjoy!!!

If you'd like to try the cream before you jump in and make it yourself, you can ORDER IT HERE.   

Melting the cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax in my calendula oil (this is my "double broiler" -- glass jar or measuring cup in a pot of water on the stove.   Keep the temp low and melt slowly

Melting the cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax in my calendula oil (this is my "double broiler" -- glass jar or measuring cup in a pot of water on the stove.   Keep the temp low and melt slowly

Let cool until firm and thick

Let cool until firm and thick

Water, aloe Vera gel and essential oils

Water, aloe Vera gel and essential oils

Scoop into the blender

Scoop into the blender

With blender on high, gradually add the water/aloe mixture until smooth and creamy 

With blender on high, gradually add the water/aloe mixture until smooth and creamy 

Lavender and rosehip oil

Lavender and rosehip oil

Enjoy!!

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Natural Skin Cleansing

Besides my #1 beauty secret (shhhhh!), "don't look in the mirror very often or for very long...and keep the bathroom lights low☺️!"  My #2 beauty secret is oil-cleansing!!

I've been using this oil cleansing method for about a year. Since I'm lazy when it comes to spending time on my appearance, rather than massaging the oil into my skin, I would just wipe it on and then wipe it off and be done with it!  Oh, and, I'm embarrasses to say, I failed to cleanse my face regularly as well. :-/

Needless to say, I didn't see much of a difference with my skin.  But, as my hormones are changing and I'm starting to have "hot flashes" in my FACE😝 and I'm probably in peri- menopause or something of the kind (oh, and I drool on myself at night -- how embarrassing!), I noticed that my skin wasn't looking like I remembered it used to!  

I decided I would put forth a little more effort!  And, alas!!  My skin looks better!  All I've done is take an extra minute, really, just one extra minute to massage the oil into my face! 

You may be thinking, "what the heck is she talking about?!  Oil?!  On her face?! "  Yep!

Your skin actually needs oil, that's why your skin produces it!  It needs oil to function properly: to heal, protect and moisturize.   

Remember, oil dissolves oil. When our natural oils have absorbed the toxins and bacteria on our face, they harden and clog our pores.   But when we massage the cleansing oil into our skin, it dissolves this hardened oil, leaving our skin smooth and healthy.  Yippee! :)

Besides being great for your skin, it's amazingly inexpensive and, you can tailor make it for your skin type!  

You'll need: 

  • --Castor oil - Dr. McGarey, in his book, "The Oil That Heals," says, "Castor oil will leave the body in better condition than it found it."   It is a fabulously healing oil, but it can be drying to the skin, so you'll only use a little bit. 
  •  --Olive, Almond OR Sunflower seed oil

To prepare:

  • For Oily Skin: Blend 30% Castor Oil to 70% Olive, Almond or Sunflower Seed Oil.
  • For Normal Skin: Blend 20% Castor Oil to 80%  Olive, Almond or Sunflower Seed Oil.
  • For Dry Skin:  Blend 10% Castor Oil to 90% Olive, Almond or Sunflower Seed Oil.

 

Now, as I wrote in a previous post, Calendula flowers are fantastic for the skin! So,...after I mix my oils, I infuse them with calendula flowers (and sometimes lavender flowers)!  See Calendula Oil

To Use:

  1. Massage a quarter-size amount of oil into your skin. Spend about a minute or two massaging it in.
  2. In the mean time, run the water until it's hot.  
  3. Next, wet a wash cloth with hot water and lay it over your face.  Enjoy this feeling!:). Then gently rub the oil off  your face.
  4. Repeat with the washcloth a few times until your skin feels clean and make-up is removed -- yes, I also remove my mascara with this!

**It works great!!!   It's inexpensive!!!     I hope you try it!  

Now, I know some of you might think this is too much work and you'd rather just purchase it.  If that's you, feel free to purchase here:

I purchase my ingredients here: