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Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Beauty, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Make a Gentle Healing Salve

How to Make a Gentle Healing Salve

Remember when I made my plantain infused oil (and dandelion infused oil, calendula infused oil, and comfrey infused oil) in the spring, and I promised to come back in fall/winter with some awesome DIY projects for you to make with your new oils? Well, I did not forget that promise.  Partly because I’m looking at these beautiful jars of super amazing infused oils and I just HAVE to use them in somehow. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The problem was that I didn’t know which type of DIY project to make first. Talk about being overwhelmed. Do I make a beauty cream? Some homemade lotion? A neosporin-type all purpose salve? Ahh…I want to make them all, but there is so little free time these days.  Fortunately, my beautiful cousin (and friend!) is pregnant and due to have her baby any minute now. I am determined to put together a lovely basket of healthy supplies (both homemade and bought) to help her out during those first weeks of new baby-hood. These are supplies to...

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Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Beauty, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Natural Skincare Butters 101

Natural Skincare Butters 101

Cool Weather = DIY project time!! Now that my fall garden, cover crops, and garlic are all planted, these chilly afternoons have less and less garden chores for me to do. Sure, I can sip some tasty spiced hot cocoa on my back porch and relax (well deserved after my summer of hard work!), but I have been getting a bit restless and I have started researching everything I need to know about DIY beauty and skincare so that I can start making my own homemade and nourishing items. I’ve already started making my own body scrubs, deodorant, and hair rinses, but I’m thinking about making herbal salves, lotion/body butters, and chapstick soon.  In order to delve properly into the world of DIY nourishing salves/lotions/skincare/etc., I started researching the top butters that are used for these projects (stay tuned for a post on carrier oils!). Butters are the ingredients of DIY skincare products that give a creamy and solid texture to your items. They help moisturize the skin as well...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Beauty, Essential Oils, Household Recipe, Uncategorized | 2 comments

DIY Lavender Mint Body Scrub

DIY Lavender Mint Body Scrub

Make Your Own Lavender Mint Body Scrub Lavender is one of the MOST popular smells for cosmetic and household purposes. Both women and men seem to love this stuff. I even read once that many men prefer the smell of lavender to that of chocolate chip cookies! Lavender is full of powerful medicinal qualities, the most important medicinal benefit being that it is great for helping you relax. Click here to learn more about the medicinal benefits of Lavender. I made this lavender mint body scrub for a friend who is obsessed with lavender. Lavender is great for your skin and I added some mint because I adore the tingling sensation it adds to my body scrubs. She loved it, and if you love lavender, you will love this too! While you CAN buy body scrubs at the store, who knows what extra chemical junk is in them, and itโ€™s also super cheap to make them at home! This recipe uses essential oils (learn more about essential oils here),...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Beauty, Essential Oils, Household Recipe, Uncategorized | 8 comments

DIY Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub

DIY Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub

 Make Your Own Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub As promised (here), I have a recipe for a delightful body scrub that does NOT need essential oils. I  know how it goes: you scroll through countless DIY Beauty recipes and the darn things all use essential oils. You don’t own them (yet) and you want to make a DIY Beauty recipe NOW with what you already have in your home. For you non-essential oil users, this Body scrub is for you. For you essential oil users (learn more about essential oils here by the way), you can make this body scrub AND add essential oils to it. I added those with the  ‘optional’ section.  This DIY Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub would make a wonderful gift for loved ones OR a wonderful scrub for yourself. It’s got ‘warm and cozy’ written all over it. It’s so deliciously spice-scented that you might be tempted to eat it. My husband used it on his dry hands and asked me “can I just lick this off my...

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Beauty, Essential Oils, Household Recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

DIY Lemon Mint Body Scrub

DIY Lemon Mint Body Scrub

Make Your Own Lemon Mint Body Scrub As a tomboy with no sisters, I have almost zero understanding of beauty products. For the past year or so, I kept seeing all these pretty looking DIY “sugar scrubs” “salt scrubs” and “body scrubs” on Pinterest, and I had no clue what they were for or how to use them. So please forgive me if my recipe and/or instructions seem super simple… While you CAN buy body scrubs at the store, who knows what extra chemical junk is in them, and it’s also super cheap to make them at home! This recipe uses essential oils (learn more about essential oils here), but I promise you, I will be posting a non-essential oil body scrub recipe soon as well. (Updated: Click here for my Cinnamon Vanilla Body Scrub recipe that does NOT require essential oils!)That way, no matter what supplies you have at home, you should be able to make your own body scrub with some basic kitchen ingredients.  I love trying...

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