Friday, February 18, 2011

White Cosmetic Clay

Baths: Add 2-3 ounces of clay to your bath water, and thoroughly mix in. Soak and enjoy. Feel free to add essential oils or an herbal infusion to enrich the experience.

Body Packs: Add one part clay to three parts water or until the desired consistency is reached. Mix thoroughly to an even paste, and then apply to skin area.

Face Mask: Mix a small amount of clay with water until a smooth paste is obtained. Apply a thin layer of the paste to your face. Leave for 10 - 15 minutes or until dried before rinsing with warm water. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you may rinse the treatment off after 5 minutes, before it is completely dried. All skin types may use an herbal infusion or flower waters instead of water to increase the healing action, or may add a small amount of essential oil to the clay mixture. In addition, those with normal-dry skin may use honey, yogurt, cream, milk, or vegetable glycerin instead of water, or can add pureed avocado, cucumber, or a few drops of a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) to the mixture. Those with oily skin may add witch hazel extract, vinegar, lemon juice, or an egg white to the clay mixture. Those with acne prone skin can add vinegar or lemon juice to the mixture, and 1-2 drops of Tea Tree or Lavender Essential Oil.

First Aid: Mix a small amount of clay with water, aloe vera gel, or flower water, and stir until a smooth paste is achieved. Apply directly to cuts, minor burns, stings, bites, or rashes.

Poultice: Add one part clay to three parts water or until you reach desired consistency, mix thoroughly to an even paste. Spread paste onto a piece of gauze and apply directly to the affected area, securing with a bandage. Leave in place for up to 2 hours but do not allow the paste to dry. Discard the poultice and re-apply a fresh one if needed.


Handmade Lotion

Ingredients

28 grams Stearic Acid
44 grams Emulsifying Wax
18 grams Liquid Glycerin
46 grams Golden Jojoba Oil
49 grams Macadamia Nut Oil
40 grams Avocado Oil
30 grams Grapeseed Oil
20 grams Cocoa Butter
1648 grams distilled water
18 grams Germaben II
9 grams Fragrance Oil

Equipment

measuring cups or glass beakers
transfer pipettes
immersion blender
microwave

Weigh and mix all ingredients but Germaben II and Fragrance. Heat in microwave until melted. Blend. Add Germaben II and Fragrance oil when temperature drops below 175 degrees F. Mix well. Pour into bottles.

Makes about 65 fl oz.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Organic Cilantro Essential Oil


Traditional Use: Cilantro leaves are traditionally used in culinary preparations. It is used as a flavoring agent, and to help digestion or calm upset stomachs.

Properties: Analgesic, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antirheumatic, aperitif, bactericidal, digestive, carminative, fungicidal, revitalizing, stimulant, stomachic

Benefits: Arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, exhaustion, flatulence, flu, infections, migraine, muscular aches and pains, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, stiffness. Cilantro makes a good addition to a digestive blend.

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

Of Interest: Cilantro oil contains a higher percentage of aldehydes then the oil distilled from the seeds of the plant.


Body Salve Recipe

Chapped hands and feet are an unpleasant fact of life for many people. Body salves are great products that help heal and comfort those cracked appendages.

Adding healing herbs to this recipe can help to soothe various skin conditions.

Some excellent herbs to try are Calendula, Comfrey, Plantain, Chamomile, Lavender and St. John's Wort.

1 Tablespoon Beeswax beads (for a vegan version try carnauba or candelilla wax)

4 Tablespoons Shea Butter (or try Mango Butter, Avocado Butter or even Pumpkin Butter...all have great skin care properties)

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil, infused with herbs (or substitute in oils like Camellia, Borage, Rosehip, etc.)

1/8 - 1/4 tsp essential oil

Gently melt all ingredients together on low heat.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Add your essential oils and mix well.

To get the maximum healing effects, try to pick essential oils that will benefit your skins needs. Some good choices are: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Rose, Patchouli, Rose Geranium and Rosewood.

Pour the mixture into a sterilized jar and allow to cool completely. This recipe will make about 1/2 Cup of balm.