Measure the amount of perfume oil into a measuring cup. Add a carrier oil (olive, grapeseed, jojoba oil, etc.) to make 1/2 cup oil total. Now add the oil with the shea butter to a glass or ceramic pot on low heat. Once melted, transfer to a bowl and place in freezer for 30-45 minutes to cool.
When you see that it's started to harden, with some part solid and some part liquid, it's time to incorporate air to make it fluffy and light. Add a few drops of essential oil, if you like, and, using your blender, beat the mixture in the bowl for about 5-7 minutes. When the mixture has turned white and peaks have formed, it's time to transfer the mixture into the jars. Glass is best, as essential oils will break down plastic over time. Put on lids, label, and store in a cool, dry place.
To Use: add a small amount and apply to the body, such as legs, arms, hands and feet. For external use only. Shelf life: 1-2 years. Discontinue use if it smells funky or seems off.
Have you ever made a perfume oil and the scent wasn't to your liking? Or you were given a perfume oil and weren't crazy about the scent? Or you made perfume oil but it's just been sitting there on your shelf?
If so, this is an easy way to make a scented body butter that is still natural, as it will only contain essential oils. Since the scent is only so-so, the good news is that when you heat up the mixture, some of the essential oil will evaporate, so you can now find a scent that you like, and have a body butter too :)
If you don't want to add in additional essential oil, you don't have to. When you take the mixture out of the freezer, give it a sniff. If you like the smell (perhaps unscented or reduced in scent), then go ahead and whip it into a butter. If you'd prefer some scent, add your fave essential oil or a blend. Try 5-10 drops, enough so that it smells nice, but isn't overpowering. Lavender and rose are common ones as they smell nice but are also good for the skin.
When it comes to how many jars you will need, this will depend upon what size you are using (e.g. 2 oz, 4 oz.), so estimate between 6-12 jars. Do note that jars come in different colors, and the blue and green ones make pretty gifts for any occasion. Be mindful that if you use clear jars, the light will affect the body butter and the shelf life won't be as long.
Final note: Feel free to try other butters or a blend, such as mango or cocoa butter, both of which smell great!
Clean-up Tip: Wipe down the blender, bowl, beaters, spoon, etc. with paper towels first until all the butter is gone and the object seems a bit shiny/greasy. Use pure dish soap on the object, add a bit of water, a bit more soap and wash and rinse as usual. If it feels greasy still, add pure white vinegar to a spray bottle and spray the object with the vinegar. Wash with the vinegar, and rinse. Messy part is over, but the end result is worth it, plus there's more than enough to share with a few good friends :)
As always, Enjoy :)
To make a glycerite which you can use for medicine or as a sweetener in small amounts, you'll need fresh herbs, a mason jar, and food grade non-GMO vegetable glycerin.
Layered Method, Essential-Oil Free: Add the dried petals to a crock pot and pour the rose infused oil over the petals. Use a wooden spoon to coat the petals with the oil; then add in 1-2 inches more infused oil, ensuring the petals are submerged under the oil. Turn the heat to low, and let warm 1 1/2-2 hours. Do NOT cook! Turn off heat and let cool enough to handle. Pour oil into a bowl. Place a sieve lined with a coffee filter over a mason jar. Strain oil into the jar.
You will now have a perfume oil that is twice-layered. If you like the scent, you can simply add to glass roll-on bottles. Or, if you'd prefer a richer scent, use this rose oil + more dried rose petals and repeat the process again, up to five (5) times, until you get the scent you desire. If you're fine with rose geranium essential oil, you can add just a few drops to the oil before pouring into the glass bottles. Be sure to label the bottles so you know what's in them :)
Fast Essential Oil Method: Add the rose infused oil into glass roll-on bottles. Add 2-10 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil per bottle. The more drops you use, the stronger the scent. Label, and use on pulse points, such as wrists, elbows, and behind the knees.
Are you one of those sensitive souls skittish when it comes to essential oils, or know someone who is? Essential oils are powerful medicine! A few drops goes a long way, which explains why some people are sensitive and react to them.
The good news is that this recipe allows you to make a lovely perfume oil using a simple layering technique. Do note that if you decide to repeat the recipe several times, the ratio is 1 part flower to 1 part oil, PLUS 1-2 inches more oil.
You have 2 options:
Personal Note: I have done both (as well as the quick and shall we say "dirty," method of just infused oil and essential oil), and of the 3, although somewhat time-consuming, just roses and infused oil (without adding any additional oil) gives the most concentrated rose scent! The caveat, alas, is that a lot of rose petals are needed. But then, when you realize that 1000 roses are required to yield 1 mere drop of essential oil, this technique seems much gentler :)
Try this idea with other dried flowers, such as lavender.
As always, Enjoy :)
Add salve to a glass or ceramic pot on low heat. Let dissolve. Once melted, remove from heat, and add in several drops of helichrysum essential oil. Pour into clean containers. Once hardened, put on lids and label.
Application: Apply a dime size amount to face.
Usage: Helps to protect (and revitalize) skin from damaging environmental stressors, such as wind, rain, sun and cold.
This is a simple recipe idea that helps to protect and re-vitalize skin during the cold days of fall, winter, and early spring. If you're someone who loves outdoor running or does outdoors sports such as skating, snowshoeing, or skiing, then you may appreciate this salve which protects against the elements.
About the salve: If you have an unscented salve already made, then this recipe is a snap to put together. If you have an infused oil you made with healing herbs like comfrey, rose petal, plantain, etc., then all you will need to do is to add this oil to a pot with beeswax or candelilla wax. If you don't have any infused oil or salve, you can make one easily using just oil and beeswax. Inexpensive oils for dry skin are walnut, sweet almond, coconut, olive and grapeseed. More expensive ones are jojoba, rosehip seed, argan and macadamia. You can find out how to make a salve HERE.
Important: the texture of the salve should be medium hard to slightly soft. If it's too hard, you'll have a tough time getting it out of the container, let alone smearing it on your face.
About Helicyrhum/Immortelle: it's the key ingredient in this salve, and while on the pricey side, it has been shown to repair all kinds of skin ailments (wrinkles, age spots, scars) as it helps with cell turnover.
Personal Note: I find beeswax to be an excellent defense against the elements, and to help hold in whatever "layers" you've applied to your skin. I usually do a serum, followed by a pure oil, followed by a moisturizer, and then apply a thin layer of serum on top. For makeup, you can use a tinted SPF moisturizer, or apply your foundation after your moisturizer. Let it set, then gently pat the salve as the top layer (warming it up in your hands can help). I do find that this salve offers extra hydration, especially during the colder months when skin needs some TLC, however if you find the Immortelle to be irritating, try using a plain/unscented salve and see if that works better.
As always, Enjoy :)
These make pretty gifts during the colder winter months for those bath aficionadas.
* See HERE How-to
Add baking soda, epsom salt and citric acid to a bowl and stir. Drizzle oil and then the essential oil over the dry mixture. Use a glove and mix with your hand. Spritz 1-2 times with the spray bottle on the top of the mixture and mix again. You want the "dough" to be just wet enough so that it sticks together. Spritz again, going 1 spritz at a time and then testing to see if the "dough" sticks.
To test: squeeze some of the dough in your hand. It should be slightly damp, slightly crumbly and definitely hold its shape, NOT wet. Although it can be a bit tricky to get the "dough" at the perfect holding state, go by the rule that it's better to have the "dough" drier than wetter.
Now take some of this mixture and press it into one of the holes of the mini muffin tin. Use a cookie press disc and press down to compact the mixture, as well as to press a pretty design into the bath bomb.
Line a cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Overturn the muffin tin and gently tap the bottom of the tin to release the bath bomb onto the cookie sheet. Repeat with rest of ingredients. Note that if you see any hairline cracks in any bath bomb, take it up, add it back to the "dough" and add a spritz or two of water.
Let bath bombs air dry 1-2 days. Overturn them gingerly, and gently blow or remove any bits of crumbly dough, if any. Gently place your bath bombs in a box or tin.
To Use: simply pop 1 or 2 into a bath tub filled with warm water. It will fizz for a bit because of the citric acid (or cream of tartar), then dissolve, releasing its beautiful fragrance. Dim or turn off the lights, add some candles, and soft music, and sink into relaxation :)
Bath bombs are so-called because when you add them to water, they have a fizzy reaction. This is because of the citric acid (or cream of tartar). You can replace the citric acid with baking soda instead and just make a bath puck. You can't call it a bath bomb anymore, because there won't be any fizz :)
The oil is used to give a moisturizing effect to the bath while the essential oils give scent, hence you could use any oil you like (or none) and experiment with other essential oils.
For troubleshooting the "dough:" as mentioned in the directions of the recipe, it's better to have the mixture be drier rather than too wet. If you do add too much water, the mixture may start to react and you'll have to add in more dry ingredients to tamp down on it. Use 2 parts baking soda to 1 part citric acid. e.g. 2 TBSP baking soda to 1 TBSP citric acid.
Do note that different manufacturers make different sized muffin tins. You could use any other solid mold (not soft like silicone), such as a mold for making candles or for chocolate.
Also note that if you don't have own any cookie discs, you can simply use a spoon or your fingers to press the dough into the tin. The key is to compress the dough together so that it sticks, and then let it air dry so that the shape is retained.
As always, Enjoy :)
Add a ribbon or bow for a homemade gift sure to please for ANY occasion!
Pour grapeseed oil into bottle about 3/4th of the way full. Add 10-30 drops of essential oil (EO). Cap, shake gently, and smell. Add more EO if desired for a stronger scent. You can use right away, although the two oils will be more blended in about 2 weeks time. Be sure to label the bottle so you know what it is :)
To Use: Shake gently and apply to neck, wrists, ankles, elbows and knees.
This is a dirt cheap and easy-peasy way to make your own perfume! All you need is grapeseed oil and essential oil (EO). Grapeseed oil is cheap and has a neutral scent, but you can also use other inexpensive cold-pressed oils such as p;ive and sunflower. Other common but more costly oils that you can use are sweet almond, jojoba and apricot kernel.
To keep things simple, you can use one EO such as Jasmine, Rose Geranium, Vanilla or Lavender. Alternatively, you can use a synergy blend, which is a combination of EOs that smell great together, perfect if you don't know much about aromatherapy or don't have the time to experiment with layering different scents. Some of the blends have inspiring names such as Peace, Grounding, Happy and Thankful, which you can also use to name your perfume.
You can buy clear glass roll on bottles cheaply from Amazon and dollar, discount or craft stores. Other bottles you can use are clear glass bottles with cork stoppers (the ones in the picture were purchased from a dollar store). Other options are to use amber and blue colored glass bottles with a dispenser, often used for tinctures (pictured on the left behind the nail polish bottles in the photo). Do note that glass bottles are preferred over plastic as the EOs will break down the plastic over time.
As always, Enjoy :)
Fill jar about 3/4 of the way with sugar. Add about 1/4-1/3 of the oil and start mixing. You want to coat all the sugar with just enough oil to achieve a thick texture. Add more oil and the essential oil, continuing to coat all the sugar. Press down on the top of the sugar scrub and even out. Take a paper towel and wipe any excess on the outside of the jar. Put on the lid, label and add a ribbon, if desired.
To Use: scoop a bit of the scrub using your hand or a spoon. Wet the area, and work the scrub into the skin in circular motions. The sugar will gently exfoliate and dissolve, leaving the oil to moisturize the skin. Rinse off and pat dry. Use 1-2x a week.
Save yourself the hassle of buying overpriced sugar scrubs with this 3-ingredient DIY recipe. Sugar and olive oil are cheap items you probably have in your pantry, and when paired together they make an easy way to exfoliate your hands, feet, face and body.
When it comes to essential oils, tailor the scent according to the body part/issue or to have a desired effect (e.g. relaxing, uplifting, etc.) For example, antibacterial scents such as peppermint, spearmint, fir balsam and eucalyptus work well for stinky or sore feet. Lemon, lime and orange are uplifting and can be used for the whole body, while rose and lavender are classic relaxing scents. For a facial scrub or for sensitive skin, you can choose to omit the essential oil entirely.
For a bit of color, add a bit of powdered color to the oil before adding to the sugar scrub. Some options include yellow turmeric, burgundy beet powder, powdered blue blueberries, and green spirulina and chlorella. You can also look for natural food coloring online or in health food stores. You can also try adding in a few drops of liquid food coloring, but be aware that the scrub may clump.
For the oil, you can use a lighter oil for those with acne prone skin such as grapeseed and avocado, or a thicker oil such as sweet almond and walnut for those with dry skin.
Final tip: if you plan on using this in the shower, you might want to place your scrub in a plastic container. Be mindful that your tub will be slippery afterwards, so do it on a day when the tub is due for a scrubbing as well!
As always, Enjoy :)
Fresh Petals Method: Place the fresh rose petals in the mason jar. Add half the oil and use a wooden spoon or bamboo skewer to ensure all the petals are coated. Add more oil to the very top of the jar, ensuring all petals are submerged under the oil. Place on the lid and screw cap and lit sit 6 weeks in the cupboard. Strain the oil into a clean bowl using a sieve lined with a coffee filter. Now pour the oil into clean dark amber bottles. Label and keep refrigerated. Shelf life: 6 months.
Note: Petals should be collected once it hasn't rained for 2 days. Petals should be dry, fresh-looking (not old or wilted) and bug free.
Dried Petals Method: Place the dried rose petals in a crock pot. Cover with the oil and ensure all petals are submerged under the oil (you will need a bit more oil, around 1/2-1 cup). Turn the heat to low and let gently heat for 1 1/2-2 hours. DO NOT cook! Turn off the heat and let the oil cool. Pour the oil into a bowl. Place a sieve lined with a coffee filter over the top of a mason jar. Strain the oil into the jar. Transfer the oil into clean dark amber bottles. Label and keep refrigerated. Shelf life: 6 months.
Note: To dry fresh rose petals: collect the petals once it hasn't rained for at least 2 days. Spread the petals on a table laden with newspaper or on mesh screens in a dehydrator. You can turn on the dehydrator on the lowest setting 95F or simply let them air dry. Store dried petals in a paper bag. Will keep viable 1-2 years. You can also use organic, chemical-free store bought rose petals or buds instead. Do ensure they have NOT been sprayed with fertilizers or pesticides.
Rose is known for its emollient and soothing properties and is excellent to help with dry skin, fine lines, scars and dry cracked heels. You can use this oil:
You can add Vitamin E oil (1 TSP or several opened capsules-- use a sharp knife and squeeze out the oil) and Rosemary essential oil to act as natural preservatives (10-30 drops), but bear in mind that they won't necessarily protect against fungi, mold or yeast. Since this is an oil, you technically don't have to store it in the fridge, however, to extend shelf life and prevent it from going rancid, refrigeration is recommended.
When it comes to choice of oil, this is based on usage and skin type. Olive, Sunflower and Grapeseed oil are fine to use for a perfume or massage oil, and to use in salad dressings. They also make a light facial oil suitable for normal/combination skin. Avocado, Walnut and Jojoba oil are better suited for nourishing dry, sensitive and mature skin.
As always, Enjoy :)
Melt the Shea butter and wax on Low heat. Meanwhile, measure out the water and aloe vera in a bowl and mix together.
Add the Rose Hip oil and Vitamin E oil into a high speed blender. Now add in the melted waxes. Put on the lid and turn on the blender to high speed. SLOWLY pour in the water/aloe vera mixture so that the oil and water can emulsify together. Add in the Rosemary Essential Oil, if using. Pour into clean containers and let cool. Cap and store in a cool dry place. Share with a few friends, as this will be good for a few days up to 1 week. Can also store in fridge (it will harden in texture) and use within 1 week.
Shelf life: 1 week. This recipe does NOT contain any preservatives. To extend the shelf life of this product (usually up to 6 months), you will have to use a preservative.
Before you start making the face cream, a good idea is to line up the containers you'll be using with the lids off, as the mixture hardens very quickly.
You can opt to not use the aloe vera gel and replace it with 1 cup of water, however the added benefit of using store-bought aloe vera gel is that it contains citric acid, which works as a natural preservative and will help to preserve your cream longer.
If you'd like to store the cream in the fridge in order to extend its shelf life you can, but note that the texture of the cream will harden (it'll still be just as effective though).
If you're looking for a less greasy formula or you made this recipe but found it greasy, use exactly 1/4 cup MELTED shea butter and 1 oz MELTED wax. Add these directly to the blender with the rose hip oil and vitamin E oil.
Variation: Instead of using the Rose Hip infused oil, you can substitute in any other oil, such as olive, walnut, avocado, or even another infused oil (e.g. Marigold).
Cleaning Tip: To help with clean up, be sure to use paper towels (or old rags) to first wipe away as much of the cream from the blender and kitchen tools you used, then pour on dish liquid with a touch of water to remove the rest. Adding a bit of vinegar can also be helpful at this point. Finally, wash the blender and tools as you normally would with dish soap and water.
Final note: keep your cream away from areas with high humidity, such as the bathroom. If your cream smells funky or seems off, discontinue use. While the Vitamin E, citric acid and Rosemary oil will help to preserve your cream, you should add a preservative to extend the shelf life up to 6 months (e.g. Leucidal Liquid is an example, however there are others which are ecocertified- do you research first :)). You can also purchase microbial kits for cosmetics to ensure the safety of your creation.
As always, Enjoy :)
Make the White Clover Infused Oil: Add the flowers into the mason jar, slightly packed. Pour oil to cover the flowers, ensuring all flowers get coated with oil. Add oil to the top of the jar, and put on the lid and screw cap. Let sit in the cupboard for 6 weeks. Place the coffee filter into the funnel and place the funnel into the top of the amber bottle. Strain the oil through, pressing and squeezing the flowers to ensure all the oil is extracted.
Make the Perfume: Use a ratio of roughly 4 parts White Clover oil to 1 part Vanilla Essence. In other words, fill a bottle about 3/4 of the way with oil, then add about 1/4 of the bottle with Vanilla. Make sure you leave a bit of room to add in the Sandalwood essential oil. Place on lid and gently shake to combine. You can use whatever size bottles you wish, however those with a dropper or roll-on bottles are ideal. Be sure to label the bottles so you know what's in them :)
To Use: Apple on pulse points, such as elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and on the neck.
If you have the opportunity, try making a double oil infusion to heighten the scent. Once the clover oil has infused for 4-6 weeks, take this strained clover oil and use it to now cover more fresh white clover blossoms. Place on lid and screw cap and let sit for another 4-6 weeks. Alternatively, you could use a clover oil you've made from a previous year and pour it over the blossoms from this year. Just make sure your oil from a previous year is still good (i.e., no bacteria). Yet one more idea to obtain a richer scent is to use a layering technique with dried clover flowers (see HERE how-to).
You can make also make this perfume without using the clover oil. Simply use a carrier oil such as grapeseed, sweet almond, olive, sunflower or jojoba instead.
For a vanilla that is highly fragrant, try using vanilla absolute essential oil.
If you are offering this as a gift, do note that the oils will "blend" together after sitting for about 2 weeks, so you may want to plan accordingly.
As always, Enjoy :)
This simple perfume oil makes a great gift for those interested in focus, mental clarity, and relaxation.
Add the grapeseed oil into the dark amber bottle. Add in the essential oil, counting the drops as you add them. Use a closure of your choice: spray, reducer or dropper. You can use the perfume right away, although it will "mature" (the oils will blend) in 1-2 weeks.
To Use: apply a drop of perfume to pulse points, such as wrists, elbows, behind the knees, ankles and the neck. Rub in gently and enjoy the calming and healing benefits of Sandalwood (perfect to use before meditation to help with the inner journey).
This recipe was born at the request of a friend, and now all can benefit :)
Sandalwood is a woodsy scent used as a base note in aromatherapy, and is used to relax, focus, and provide mental clarity. It's commonly used in spiritual rituals and for meditation. High quality Sandalwood comes from India (pricey) but also Australia and Hawaii.
This recipe uses a carrier oil to "hold" in the scent of the Sandalwood, but you could use alcohol instead. Just remember that if you do, alcohol will evaporate and the scent will not last as long as with oil.
When it comes to carrier oils, common ones are jojoba and sweet almond, although sunflower and olive can also be used. Grapeseed oil has a neutral smell, which is why it was chosen for this particular recipe.
If you'd prefer a lighter scent, feel free to use less drops. Also remember that essential oils marry the carrier oil with time (in other words, mature), so you could add less essential oil, let the perfume sit for 1-2 weeks, give it a sniff, then add more as you prefer.
This recipe makes a good amount, but do feel free to use a 1.7ml or 3ml glass roll-on perfume vial to make a small quantity. The ratio used in this recipe is 1:8, 1 part essential oil to 8 parts carrier oil.
Last tip: As with all perfumes, remember that if you are giving this as a gift, scents react with the natural scent of the person. Indeed, the friend in question and I tried the perfume at the same time. His smelled quite masculine, as if the Sandalwood had faded into his skin, whereas you could smell the Sandalwood quite strongly on me. An excellent idea: use this oil and apply it with a dropper to lava bead bracelets and necklaces.
As always, Enjoy :)
Mix everything together in a bowl. Store in dark amber or blue glass jars (like the ones below) .
To Use: simply take a dime size amount and smear onto each pit.
Makes two (2) 8-ounce jars.
This is my go-to deodorant recipe. It's natural, cheap and effective :)
It's simple and easy to make and uses just a few ingredients from your pantry. Add in some essential oils (EOs) to help fight bacteria and done! --- More on that below.
The not-so-secret ingredient in this recipe is the baking soda. It's really what helps with body odor and keeps you dry. Some recipes call for just baking soda, but if you have sensitive pits (like I do), using arrowroot starch with baking soda is a much gentler alternative. I have tried using only arrowroot starch, but found it left me feeling less than fresh. Feel free to try using only arrowroot powder and see if it works for you (just replace the baking soda with arrowroot in the recipe).
Glycerin is a known humectant, and you want to add this to help soften the baking soda's abrasive nature. Also, you'll want to be wary of the amount of EOs and the types you are using. Some can be antibacterial (like thyme) and some nice-smelling (like clove) but they may leave you with burning pits- not so good :((
There are many different EO recipe blends you can find online.
I always include a few EOs that have antibacterial properties for body odor and then add a few EOs for their scent.
Some antibacterial EOs are Rosemary, Sage, and Juniper. Eucalyptus, Pine and Tea Tree are also antibacterial, but some find them strong and "outdoorsy." Ones that smell nice and are also antibacterial are citrus ones such as Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime; Mints like Wintergreen, Spearmint and Peppermint; and Lavender.
Here are a few combinations you can try:
Clean: 10-20 drops each Lemon, Lavender & Rosemary
Fresh: 10-20 drops each Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint
Outdoorsy: 10-20 drops each Wintergreen, Cypress & Fir Balsam
Bacteria Away!: 5-10 drops each Lemongrass, Lemon, Thyme, Tea Tree, Rosemary & Eucalyptus
Do have fun experimenting with the amount of drops you use or using top, middle and lower notes to layer scents, as aromatherapists do :)
Final tidbit: inspiration for the name of this recipe:
While this deodorant probably won't excite any passion, it certainly won't get in the way of any (what with you smelling so nice and all)!
(Waving) Happy clean armpit trails!
As always, Enjoy :)
To turn medium-dark brown hair to an auburn color, you'll need:
Add alcohol and essential oils (EOs) to spray bottle. Shake well so that EOs are dispersed in the alcohol. Add in water and a few drops of low-sudsing castille soap.
To Use: Lift toilet seat. Shake bottle well. Spritz surface of water 5-6 times. Lower seat. Do remain seated for the entire performance. IMPORTANT: Please flush!
Eureka, eureka! It works, it works! After tinkering around with different percentages of water, alcohol and essential oils (and failed smelly attempts), I came up with this successful idea inspired by the product, "own the throne" with Poo-Pourri. It's a hoot to visit their site and appreciate a little toilet humor :)
This DIY recipe is super cheap to make in comparison. And, it works.
One of the caveats about room spray is that when you enter a bathroom, you get a whiff of both scents: that pleasant, clean smell of the room spray AND that smelly bacteria that's still lingering around. With this toilet spray, there's NO smell.
How does it work?
The essential oils and castille soap create a film over the top of the water. When the stool then propels with force into the bowl, it briefly penetrates the surface of the water before sinking to the bottom. The particles of oil and soap quickly snap back together on the surface of the water, preventing any bacteria from reacting with oxygen and creating a stench.
While plastic is OK to use, you should be aware that EOs do break down the plastic over time, so ideally a glass bottle is preferable.
As for EOs, there are many blends that you could use that work synergistically to kill bacteria. You can also try this other toilet spray recipe called Clean 'n' Fresh which uses a blend of Lemon, Lavender & Spearmint.
As always, Enjoy :)
*EO= Essential Oil
Add alcohol and essential oils to the spray bottle. Shake well to disperse the EOs in the alcohol. Add in the water, then add in a few drops of castille soap. That's it! :)
To Use (you may want to make a small note beside the bottle): Lift lid. Shake bottle well. Spray surface of water 5-6 times. Put lid down. Please remain seated for the entire performance. Flushing is mandatory!
As with this Happy Citrus Toilet Spray recipe, this is a bathroom spray that you spray IN the toilet, on the surface of the water, BEFORE you go.
How It Works: the essential oils and soap create a film over the top of the water. When the stool then propels with force into the bowl, it briefly penetrates the surface of the water before sinking to the bottom. The particles of oil and soap quickly snap back together on the surface of the water, preventing pooey bacteria from reacting with oxygen and creating a stench.
Does it really work?
It sure does!
You could use vodka instead of the rubbing alcohol, if you like, and feel free to experiment with other essential oils. You could also halve the recipe if you only have a small bottle, and doubling the recipe is also easy. The ratio of alcohol to water is 1:1.
A glass spray bottle is preferable to use, FYI, as EOs will break down plastic over time, but use what you have :)
To delightfully fragrant days ahead!
As always, Enjoy :)
Add all herbs to a crock pot. Cover the herbs with olive oil, mix to coat, then add in 1-2 inches more oil. Put on Low and let warm 1-2 hours. DO NOT cook the oil. Meanwhile, line up the containers you will use, taking off the lids. The mixture starts to harden quickly once poured, so this step is highly recommended. Let cool enough to handle, then strain out the oil using a nut milk bag or a sieve (you can line the sieve with an unbleached coffee filter if you like).
Add the oil to a pot with the wax. Many use the ratio 1 cup oil to 1 ounce shaved wax. Melt on Low heat, then do the freezer test: scoop a bit of salve onto a spoon and place the spoon onto a plate. Put in the freezer, wait 5 minutes and then see if the consistency is to your liking. Salves are usually somewhat hard in texture, like a lip balm you'd buy at the store. Pour the salve into clean glass jars (plastic is OK too) or metal tins. Let cool, put on the lids, label, and store in a cool place. Shelf life is 1-2 years.
Usage: Suitable to aid in healing on wounds, cuts and burns. Helps to relieve dry, chapped skin and protect skin from the elements. To Use: simply apply to the affected area. Since this salve is unscented and contains no essential oils, it is suitable for use externally on any part of the body (including face, lips, feet, and tender areas such as the inner labia or anus).
What's great about this recipe is that you can make this salve in one day (unlike other recipes, where you have to wait 6 weeks for the oil to infuse). The herbs are also easy to find online or in health food stores, unless you happen to have some stored from your foraging jaunts :)
It's a simple salve recipe using just 3 ingredients, yet all these herbs have vulnerary properties. Yarrow makes this salve have an anti-itch, styptic quality while Rose lends her emollient ways. Calendula, of course, is just a top of the line known vulnerary for all kinds of wounds, cuts and burns.
If you like, you could also add 1/2-1 TSP Vitamin E oil for every 1 cup salve. Vitamin E helps to increase the shelf life of the salve, as well as to repair the skin. Use a sharp knife to prick open the capsules, and add to the mixture once you've done the freezer test and the consistency is to your liking.
Similarly, if you'd like to add in some scent, you could add in essential oils. It might be a good idea to keep some unscented and some scented, but this is up to you. Essential oils that would pair nicely here include Rose Geranium, Lavender, German Chamomile and Helichrysum. Once you've added the salve into the containers, add the essential oils with a bamboo stick. Let harden, put on lids, and label. Tip: decide on what essential oils you will use in advance, as the mixture hardens quickly once poured.
Lastly, here are a few concrete uses for this unscented salve: chapped lips, smeared on the face before going out in cold weather for a run, on the hands before doing dishes, on rough elbows and knees, to lube the anus before doing an enema, and smeared on the feet at bedtime for smooth skin (adding some peppermint oil to one of the containers would be great to help with foot odor).
As always, Enjoy :)
Make An Oil Infusion With The Herbs First: Chop herbs with scissors and place herbs slightly packed in a mason jar. How much herb you have will determine what size you use. Pour olive oil to cover herb, stirring to coat with a non-metallic spoon (like a bamboo or chop stick). Add more oil, right to the top of the jar. Place on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks. Strain out herbs using a nut milk bag or fine mesh sieve (you can also line the sieve with an unbleached coffee filter if you like).
Make The Salve: Add the infused oil to a pot and add in beeswax/candelilla wax. These come in pellets, pastilles or a large block. If you have a solid block, grate it first. Remember: 1 oz per cup oil. Put the heat on Low so that the the wax can dissolve.
Once liquefied, do the freezer test: scoop some of the mixture onto a spoon, and place the spoon onto a plate. Now place in the freezer, wait 5 minutes, and then see if the consistency is to your liking. It should be solid, like the consistency of a lip balm you'd buy at the store. Add in more infused oil if it's too hard and more wax if it's too runny. Finally, pour into clean glass (or plastic) jars or metal tins. Let cool completely, put on lids, label, and store in a cool place.
To Use: Apply to the affected area and rub in.
About the herbs:
Uses for salves are many. A salve by definition is a healing balm, so this salve can be used to:
As always, Enjoy :)
For The Infused Herbal Creeping Charlie Vinegar:
For The Creeping Charlie All-Purpose Cleanser:
To Make The Vinegar Infusion: Place freshly chopped Creeping Charlie, slightly packed, in a mason jar (size will depend upon how much herb you have). Add the white vinegar to cover the herb, and up to the top of the jar. Place on lid and screw cap and let sit 6 weeks. Strain out the herb from the vinegar using a fine mesh sieve (you can place an unbleached coffee filter in the sieve first, if you like).
To Make the All-Purpose Cleanser: Add 1 part infused Creeping Charlie vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle. Easy calculation: 1/3 vinegar + 2/3 water or 1/4 vinegar + 3/4 water. Add in a few squirts of dish soap and essential oils, if using.
To Use: Spray on counters, sinks, kitchen islands, bath curtains, and wherever else anti-bacterial help is needed.
Use This Cleanser To Clean Windows: Use half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle.
Use This Cleanser To Clean Floors: Add 1/4 of the bucket with vinegar, and fill up the rest of the bucket with water.
Creeping Charlie--- What Creeping Wonders! :)
Creeping Charlie, also known as ground ivy (and a bunch of other names) is a small ground cover plant in the mint family. One of her properties is being astringent, and while you can eat her raw in salads or cooked like spinach, she has a bitter antiseptic taste that is put to good use as a cleanser.
You might find her growing in your own backyard or in fields and disturbed areas. Many find her to be a nuisant weed, but as wise folks know, weeds have many useful purposes!
Gather her leaves and flowers on a dry late morning or afternoon (and no rain the day before either), and simply snip off her flowering tops.
Since many dish soaps are scented, you could opt out of using essential oils (EOs). EOs do tend to break down plastic, so a glass or ceramic spray bottle would be better to use. Use 10-20 drops per cup if using EOs. Sage, Lemon, Lime, Eucalyptus and Rosemary all have anti-bacterial properties. EOs are potent, so let your nose be your guide!
As always, Enjoy :)
*And/or Olive, Sunflower or Grapeseed oil---See Directions
Make The Oil: Place all the dried herbs in a crockpot. Cover herbs with oil, stirring with a non-metallic object to ensure all the herbs are coated with oil. If you have St John's and/or Chickweed infused oils, you can add however much you want to help cover the herbs (e.g., 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, etc). If you only have a little, or none at all, that's fine. You can use Olive, Sunflower or Grapeseed oil, or even a combination of these oils. Once the herbs are coated in oil, add in 1-2 inches more oil. Put the crockpot on Low and let gently warm for 1-2 hours. DO NOT cook or boil!
Let the oil cool, then put a nut milk bag in a bowl and pour the oil into the bag. Put the herbs in the bag and squeeze out as much oil as you can. Compost the spent herbs. Since there may still be herb particles in the oil, you'll want to filter them out. Line a sieve with an unbleached coffee filter, place or hold the sieve onto/over a pot, and pour the oil into the lined sieve so that the oil drips down into the pot.
Make The Salve: Add in grated beeswax (or pastilles) OR candelilla wax to the pot. The usual ratio is 1 part oil to 3-4 parts wax. Put on Low heat to gently dissolve, stirring with a wooden spoon to ensure conformity.
Do the spoon test: scoop up a bit of the mixture with a spoon and place it onto a plate. Put it in the freezer, wait 5 minutes, and then see if the salve is to your liking. Too hard? Add in more oil. Too soft? Add more wax. Then test again.
Once to your liking, you can add in Vitamin E oil and your chosen essential oils (EO), if using, then pour into containers. Another more interesting way is to fill all the containers with the mixture and to each container, add in a different EO (1 type or a blend, as you prefer). Then, to each container, prick 1 capsule of Vitamin E and stir it in. You can leave some jars without EO (recommended for use on sensitive bits). See Cat's Comments for uses.
This is a versatile recipe, but also a cheeky one using 9 different herbs! Comfrey and Calendula are major vulnerary herbs, but so are the others. Each herb has her own specialty that she adds to the mix:
Rose is emollient, vulnerary, astringent
Yarrow is styptic, vulnerary, antimicrobial
Plantain is cooling, vulnerary
Violet is cooling and emollient
Goldenrod is astringent, vulnerary
St John's helps with nerve restoration
Chickweed is cooling and anti-itch
A word of advice: as the mixture will harden quickly once the wax has melted, have your containers lined up and ready from the get-go. If you're using essential oils, have those ready too. Choose EOs that have vulnerary properties, such as Lavender, Rose Geranium or Helichrysum, or ones that are anti-bacterial, such as Mint and Tea Tree. Have the Vitamin E capsules and a sharp knife to prick open the capsules, and several bamboo sticks for stirring (you want to use a different bamboo stick for each EO to avoid "cross-contaminating" the scents).
What can you use this salve for?
As always, Enjoy :)
Mix ingredients together in a glass jar. Put the lid on and store in your bathroom. To use:
To Use: simply dip in your wet toothbrush and get to cleaning those choppers :)
This a simple toothpaste recipe that helps to re-mineralize teeth. The secret ingredient is indeed minerals, in the form of a product called Concentrace, which contains a spectrum of trace elements. We forget that teeth are living cells, just like the bones in our bodies. And many of us are deficient in minerals because the soils our food is grown in is also deficient.
Baking soda is a cheap deodorizer and cleanser, while coconut oil is antimicrobial. The essential oil is there to add a touch of freshness. It makes for a cheap and natural toothpaste that is suitable for sensitive teeth. If you do have sensitive teeth, be sure to use a brush (whether a manual or on an electric toothbrush) that has a soft head made especially for sensitive teeth. If you find that using an electric toothbrush paired with this recipe (or with any toothpaste that has baking soda) is too harsh, try using a manual toothbrush instead. Do be mindful that certain foods can make your teeth more sensitive, such as acidic foods like lemons, limes, oranges, pomegranates, and clementines.
As always, Enjoy :)
This body butter uses Lavender infused oil + Lavender essential oil to create a double layering effect of heavenly scent...ah, Lavender!
For the Lavender Infused Oil
For the Lavender Body Butter
To Make The Infused Lavender Oil: Remove leaves and flowers from stems and place in a mason jar, slightly packed. Add in olive oil to cover. Use a chop stick or the handle of a wooden spoon to stir the oil to completely coat the herb. Add more olive oil to the top of the mason jar, place on lid and screw cap, and lit sit 6 weeks. Strain out the oil using a sieve lined with an unbleached coffee filter. Store into sterilized amber bottles. You can add in 1-2 TSP Vitamin E oil, if you like, to increase the shelf life.
To Make The Lavender Body Butter: Add the lavender oil, coconut oil and butters into a glass or ceramic pot. Gently warm on LOW heat (you can also use a double boiler), until all is dissolved. DO NOT let oil cook; it should always be around finger hot.
Remove pot from the stove and let cool slightly. Cool further by transferring the oil into a glass container and putting in the fridge or freezer for 45 minutes-1 hour. The mixture should now have somewhat hardened, being soft in texture (not liquid and not hard), similar to soft butter.
Add in the lavender essential oil and use a hand held beater to add air into the butter for about 10 minutes (this will be easier with a stand-alone beater, if you own one :)). Beating the butter will give it that lovely whipped consistency. Transfer into sterilized glass containers. Label and use lovingly :)
Lavender! Many enjoy the soothing and relaxing scent of lavender, so this body butter will make an excellent gift for any occasion. You will probably love it for yourself too :)
As for the scent, it will depend on the type of lavender used. It will also depend on the amount of flowers and leaves you used. The flowers are the most potent, but you might be able to get a good scent if you use mostly flowers (say 75%) and a bit (say 25%) of leaves, although you can get good results using 50% each. It will also depend upon what type of butter you use. For example, cocoa butter is rather strong, so you could use half shea and mango butter instead. A final factor is how many drops (and what type) of lavender essential oil you use (if any) ---- and how scent-worthy your nose is!
FYI: If you only have DRIED lavender flowers, you can still make an infused oil. See How-to Make an infused oil using dried herbs HERE.
As always, Enjoy :)
To make an herbal vinegar, you'll need fresh herbs, a mason jar, and some apple cider vinegar with "mother."
Simply fill a sachet with dried* Milkweed, Chrysanthemum or Marigold flowers. Use in your sock, undies, lingerie, etc. drawer, anywhere you want to add a hint of scent and discourage moth and bugs.
*To dry flowers, wait 2 days until the last time it has rained. Pinch off the flowers or use scissors. Lay the flowers on mesh screens in a dehydrator or spread out on newspaper. When dry, store the flowers in paper bags or clean mason jars.
Yes, lavender is commonly used in sachets to add fragrance and to repel moths and insects. But how about these sweetie flowers, which are probably growing in your garden? They do make lovely companion plants for repelling insects, so why not add them to your unmentionables drawer for the same effect, plus add a bit of scent? There are quite the varieties of 'mums, mind you, so some smell nicer than others. Calendula or pot Marigold also has many types, so use what you have or what you prefer.
As for common Milkweed, she's a wild one, often growing in open fields with a bunch of her other Milkweed friends. She has a milky white sap all through her stem, so be sure you pinch the flowers as close to the base as you can. If there's a bit of milky latex, don't worry, it'll dry up.
Milkweed also comes in many varieties, and attracts friendly insects like bees and butterflies, so you might want to consider growing some in your garden.
As always, Enjoy :)
Decoctions are used for hard bits of the plant, such as roots, twigs, branches and barks. In order to extract the medicine in these dried herbs, boiling is required.
To make an herbal infusion, you'll need 3/4-1 cup dried herb, water, and a 1-liter glass mason jar.