Monthly Archives: March 2012

Lemongrass Lavender Lotion Bar

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I made a new lotion bar today. Lemongrass lavender. I am really happy with the results. The combination of the oils makes this a wonderful citrusy scent and it feels fabulous on my skin. I think I prefer it slightly over my lavender bar! This will be great to use in the warmer months as lemongrass repels insects. I continue to use emu oil and calendula to my lotion bars – to add more wonderful benefits. I can’t wait til others try it and give me feedback!

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Rootbeer Float Lip Butter

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I added to my recipe collection for Lip Butter.  I’m trying to come up with some summer time flavors.  I looked at my Stevia collection and I saw root beer and vanilla.  Makes me want to drink it.  I put sunscreen in this batch since most will probably be using it in the spring and summer and it is one that kids would most likely love. I found some boxes to put them in and decided to add a little paper to the header so they wouldn’t be so boring.  Fun project and so good on the lips!

Rootbeer lip butter

Rootbeer Lip Butter with SPF

Creamsicle Lip Butter

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Creamsicle Lip Butter

I had a request for my lip butter with sunscreen.  Although a lot of oils that I use have some sunscreen properties to them, I understand the importance of protecting your skin to a further degree.  I’ve had my share of blisters from sunburns and I don’t care to go there again.  I wanted to come up with a recipe that would be summery and when I ran across the idea of a Creamsicle flavor, I just had to try it.  It actually turned out great.  Adding the liquid Vanilla Creme Stevia did the trick with Sweet Orange Essential Oil.  It was my first batch with Titanium Dioxide (sunscreen protectant).  I was very pleased with the results.  I designed a label that happened to have colors that matched my lip tube exactly.  So much fun!  I’m already brainstorming ideas for my next batch, but this one is definitely a keeper.

Macadamia Oil, Baobab Oil and Rosehip Oil – My latest purchases

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Macadamia Oil, Baobab Oil and Rosehip Oil – My latest purchases

I am intrigued by the exoticness of different oils I am finding.  Some I have heard of for many years and others I am running across by chance while looking for recipes.  I am more interested in what they can do for the skin and experiencing the results on myself explains why.  I try different combinations to see what they are doing for my skin.  I can’t tell you how much they have benefited me, especially compared to commercial products that I was using before.  Last night I used a drop of Macadamia Nut Oil, Baobab Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil mixed with Jojoba and Argan Oil on my skin.  It was nothing short of amazing, already. Here is some information that I gathered on the web about the products.

Macadamia Nut Oil:  It’s nutritious and contains the highest amount of palmitoleic acid (an Omega 7 fatty acid) of any plant. As we age, palmitoleic acid decreases in our body.  It is believed to help mature skin stay supple and younger looking. Macadamia oil reduces wrinkles and dryness. It is a natural moisturizer and emollient.  I like it’s light, non-greasy properties which make it absorb easily into the skin and hair, like Argan Oil.  It mimics our own sebum that we produce and is great to use on scars, sunburn, wounds and irritations.

Baobab Oil: Contains Omegas 3, 6 & 9 plus lots of vitamins – loaded with powerful antioxidant properties. It’s known for softening and resconstucting the skin, improving the elasticity, also great for hair.  It has great anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties and like Macadamia Nut Oil, it is light and non-greasy.   It rehydrates the skin to combat wrinkles and has amazing soothing properties which is very helpful for dermatitis, scaly skin disorders, eczema and psoriasis treatments. This oil is very effective when used on sunspots, stretch marks and scarring.

Rosehip Seed Oil: Believed to be the best oil for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging.  Known to reduce scars and wrinkles. Studies have been done on people who had sun damaged skin, sun spots and wrinkles.  In 4 months, their sun spots and wrinkles had almost completely disappeared. It’s a gentle, dry oil and can help skin, hair and brittle nails.

I think I found my facial skin treatment to use.  My bags under my eyes have never looked better and I am noticing a difference on my overall skin with the oils vs. commercial moisturizers.  It’s taking some experimenting.  Once I get my skin routine down, I am going to concentrate on hair remedies.

Mini Business Cards

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I thought it would be best to have some cards made up that I could give people who try my homemade products that I’m tinkering around with.  I helps to be able to do my own.  I use OverNightPrints.com and they have been doing a great job for all my needs.  The offer mini business cards.  I chose those for fun.  They will be only 1″ wide.  I chose rounded corners just for fun.  So they stand out, I am punching a tiny hole in the upper right hand corner and tying a cute cotton string through them.  That way if people want to put them in their wallets, the string will hang out for easy access.  Kind of a fun idea.  I’ll upload a picture when I get them!

Soothing Help for Migraines: Lavender-Chamomile Tea & Lavender-Peppermint Essential Oils

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Soothing Help for Migraines: Lavender-Chamomile Tea & Lavender-Peppermint Essential Oils

I’ve been battling a migraine for a couple of days.  I know there are different kinds of migraines and the particular one I had was a tension migraine that started at the base of my head on the left side extending itself into the temple area.  With past experiences, I have had to go to the doctor for a prescription med after suffering with it for days.  I decided to find an alternative solution that would be holistic and healthier.  I decided to start with herbal tea.  I bought some Lavender and Chamomile buds in bulk at a tea store.  I LOVE lavender.  There are sooooo many uses for it.

I also bought some do-it-yourself tea bags in a 2 cup size and mixed the Lavender and Chamomile in equal portions.  I added liquid Stevia to my hot water (yep, I have a sweet tooth) and steeped my tea for 5 minutes.  It came out lovely!  So calming to drink.  So calming to your body.

To help with the headache, I mixed a few drops of Jojoba Oil with a drop of Peppermint EO and a drop of Lavender EO.  I massaged it on my scalp at the base of my head (right beneath the occipital) and in the temple area on both sides of my face.  It took about and hour for my headache to slowly unwind.  I had a small remainder of it the next day and repeated the same routine.  Within 2o minutes I was feeling pretty good.  Oh by the way, buying your own tea is really inexpensive compared to the grocery store and you can get what you like in it!  I put a small mixture in a jelly jar to keep handing for spooning out.

Lavender-Chamomile Tea

Lavender-Chamomile Buds for Tea