These massage melts melt quickly and moisturize your skin during a massage. They are perfect for Valentine's Day or any day. Valentine's Day is in less than a month, so I'm sharing my massage melts recipe that's perfect for the holiday. They can be used for a couples massage, or you can use them as a solid lotion. How are you celebrating Valentine's Day?To be honest, we really don't celebrate it. Sometimes I'll make some kind of pink or red food for dinner. Or I'll get the kids a little bit of candy to celebrate.But the hubby and I don't go out or do much of anything special. In the past, it was too hard to get a sitter. When you have two kids with autism, sitters are pretty much not an option.But that doesn't mean you can't show each other how much you appreciate each other with a couples massage to help each other relax.These Valentine's Day heart massage melts are perfect for a massage. They melt on contact and soak into your skin quickly, so you won't feel oily after your massage.I tried a few different ratios of oils and beeswax to make these massage melts. I wanted them to not fall apart, but I also wanted them to melt fairly easily. These massage melts melt quickly when they touch skin. The oils soak in quickly, so they won't leave you greasy.I used this cute 8- and 16-bit heart candy mold from Rosanna Pansino (Nerdy Nummies). You can get just the heart mold as an add on item on Amazon, or you can get this mold plus the gemstone mold and candy melts for not much more. MANGO BUTTER I used mango butter for these massage melts because it melts at about 86 degrees. Shea butter melts at about 90 to 100 degrees, so the mango butter melts quicker on your skin. Since the mango butter melts quicker, be aware that these could melt if they are left in a hot area or in the car. This makes a very small batch, which is what I wanted since they will melt quicker than other massage melts. I didn't want to have so many of them that they will last through the summer when they are likely to melt.You can certainly double this recipe to make more if you want.If you're making these to sell and you want to ship them, you might want to swap the mango butter for shea butter or cocoa butter or add more beeswax.Mango butter is high in vitamins A and C for your skin. It also has essential fatty acids to nourish dry skin. APRICOT OIL I chose apricot oil because it's a dry oil, so it's not greasy like other oils. It soaks into the skin quickly, making it perfect for a massage melt.Apricot oil also has vitamins A and E to nourish your skin and essential fatty acids to moisturize your skin. FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL I also used fractionated coconut oil because it's a light, dry oil. It gets absorbed by your skin quickly, so it won't leave you feeling greasy.It's high in antioxidants to protect your skin, too. BEESWAX Beeswax is what makes this a solid bar. Without it, it would just be a massage oil.Beeswax is naturally anti-inflammatory, so it's great for your skin. It forms a light barrier on top of your skin, trapping the oils next to your skin. VERY BERRY COBBLER SCENT I used one of my new natural fragrance blends from Crafty Bubbles called Very Berry Cobbler. It's an amazing berry scent. Normally, I wouldn't go for a bakery scent or a food scent for something like this, but this smells light and fun, perfect for Valentine's Day. They aren't available on Amazon yet, but you can get them from their website. Check out their Facebook page for more information and how to place an order.If you want to use essential oils, try one of these: INGREDIENTS DIRECTIONS STEP #1 Combine the mango butter, apricot oil, fractionated coconut oil, and beeswax in a double boiler or a Pyrex measuring cup.I set the measuring cup on a canning lid to make a double boiler. Heat until it is completely melted. Stir often to help the beeswax melt. I forgot to include the mica in the photo of ingredients. Since this is oil based, you can't use soap colorant or food coloring to color it. Mica is your best choice. I added 1/8 teaspoon, and mine turned out very light when they set up. You could probably add 1/4 teaspoon to get a nice pink color. Use a laser thermometer to make sure it's under 175 degrees and add your fragrance oil or essential oils. Once they are fully set up, carefully unmold them. They will be soft so they will melt when they touch your body. If you want them harder, you can remelt them and add more beeswax. If you're looking for more of a massage bar or a solid lotion, try one of these recipes:
I’m on the outs with biscuits right now. Biscuits are the reason I am burned. Biscuits are the cause of all of my corporeal suffering in these last few days. But, dang, were they good. I was going to take a picture and show you guys the giant burn on my inner forarm from delivering biscuit babies from the hot, hot oven. But I didn’t. Even though I know you’re just dying to see a 6-inch, red, peeling burn … I’m sorry. I trust your disappointment will be allayed when I show you how to make this lovely, softening healing salve for minor scrapes and burns. I called it “Not Your Mother’s Neosporin” up there, but the truth is, it’s not anyone’s Neosporin. It has zero common ingredients – especially none of the ones that lead to Neosporin causing skin irritation. But you can use it in much the same way. (Although I wouldn’t use it on a deep puncture wound, as it may cause the skin to heal over the top of an infection. And, of course, if you have a bad cut or burn, you should seek medical attention immediately. You know this stuff.) While there are tons of options you can use in a healing salve, I’m going to give you the specific recipe I used (to make it easier, and because I’m madly in love with it). It uses coconut oil, grapeseed oil, chamomile and calendula, beeswax, and honey.) All great for your boo-boos, and your skin in general. In fact, if you wanted to use this simply as an exquisitely emollient lotion for your scruffy dry winter skin, you should! Ready for the homemade healing salve recipe? Here you go. Homemade Healing Salve for Minor Scrapes and Burns There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to use the same oils I used. Olive oil – alone – would work just fine. I chose coconut oil, though, because I found a study that showed coconut oil is an effective burn healing agent (and we know it’s antibacterial). And I went with grapeseed oil because the best healing balm I’ve ever used had a grapeseed oil base. Also? Check out my new beeswax beads. They look like snow. The first thing you want to do, after you’ve gathered all of your ingredients so you know you have ’em, is sterilize – with boiling water for at least 5-10 minutes – everything you’ll be using. Pots, containers, etc. Because you’re making something to be used on ouchies, definitely make sure you’re working with the cleanest tools possible. Step 1: Infuse the Oils You can take the long way around this, which might give you more of the herbs’ healing properties, and let the herbs infuse the oil for 2-3 weeks (stored in a jar, in a dark area, shaken daily). That method, though, likely won’t work with solid coconut oil. So, instead, you can use the faster way here. Heat and stir the 1 cup of oil and 1/2 c. herb choice (again, I used calendula and chamomile, but you can use plantain leaves, St. John’s Wort, lavender or comfrey) on a double boiler over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring often. This is a good opportunity to reorganize your spice cabinet. Or drink a glass of wine. Or both. (No one judges here.) After your oil has infused – and mine smelled like sunshiney chamomile – you’ll strain it. Again, make sure the vessel you’re straining it into is clean and sterile. To strain, you can use a cheesecloth, but I pulsed my herbs a couple of times in a spice grinder, just to make them easier to infuse. So I strained with a coffee filter, my second favorite strainer love. After you’ve strained your herbs, you’re ready for step 2 and almost ready to stop crying about your boo-boo. Step 2: Assemble the Salve After you’ve strained your herbs, you’ll want to go back and wipe out the pot you were heating your oils in. Mainly because you’ll still have herbs sticking to the sides and bottoms, and no one wants that. Not even the herbs. Once you have a clean pot again, pour your oil back in (still using the double boiler method) and heat again on low. Then comes the beeswax. Just let that beeswax melt while you stir. Let it melt good, baby. As soon as everything is melted and incorporated and a beautiful clearish yellow color, remove the pot from the heat and get ready to pour it into your chosen healing salve container. Now, you want to work quickly here, as the salve will start to set up within minutes. At this point, you could add a few drops of lavender essential oil and stir it in well (I did this, actually, as an afterthought). Lavender essential oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and healing, but it also comes with one more benefit – it’s slightly analgesic. So not only will it help heal the wound, but it’ll offer you a small bit of pain relief. I needed analgesia. My arm hurts. Ouchie-wawa. Please tell me you say ouchie-wawa, too. Also, before the salve sets up, you’ll add in your amazing, fantabulous, miraculous honey (raw and unfiltered only – and local if you can). You do want to keep stirring this as the salve is setting up, or you might end up with a layer of honey at the bottom, and very little incorporated within your actual healing salve. Also, for quicker set-up, you can pop the salve in the freezer (opening to stir every few minutes). If you do it that way, you’re looking at maybe 10 minutes tops for the salve to be nicely creamy. And then you look at it. And it looks like this: Here’s the entire recipe, printable form, iff’n you like your homemade salve recipes that way: Healing Salve for Minor Scrapes and Burns Infuse the oils and herbs over low heat on a double boiler for 30 minutes, stirring often. Strain the herbs from the oil. Place the oil back into the top of the double boiler and add beeswax, stirring until completely melted. Pour the mixture into a sterile container and add essential oil (if desired), stirring well. Then stir in the honey, and continue to stir the salve mixture every few minutes until it’s set up – making sure the honey is completely incorporated. This should keep in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Apply to minor scrapes and burns a few times a day until healed. And that’s how you do it. Now you’re ready to make biscuits every day. Dadgum biscuits. I hate love hate love them. — Oh. PS. Please make sure you’re not sensitive or allergic to any of your chosen ingredients before you apply this to your skin. Wouldn’t want to add insult to injury. Literally. Double PS. There’s more on natural remedies for scrapes, cuts, and burns over here.
Maybe you’ve heard of cannabidiol (CBD)… …but it could be that you don’t know much about it? Or perhaps you have no idea what I’m talking about. Either way, CBD is beginning to create a real buzz in the world of natural health — especially as more and more people turn to nature searching for the answers to what ails them. The Science Behind Cannabis + CBD Although much of what is being learned about cannabis is in a renegade + resurgence phase. So much of the research has been focused on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)…two of the most common cannabinoids (medicinal compounds) — out of the more than 100 cannabinoids — present in the chemical make up of the cannabis plant. To put it simply, CBD is defined by Michael Backes in his book Cannabis Pharmacy as a “non-psychoactive cannabinoid with broad medical applications; the second most common cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant.” Here’s the best answer to the question “What is CBD?” that I’ve found :: Cannabidiol — CBD— is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria. Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere. Extensive preclinical research – much of it sponsored by the U.S. government – indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-depressant effect, as well. A preclinical study by Dr. Sean McAllister and his colleagues at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reports on how CBD kills breast cancer by down-regulating a gene called ID-1, which is implicated in several types of aggressive cancer. Silencing the ID-1 gene is thus is an excellent strategy for a cancer treatment. And clinical studies conducted outside the United States have shown that CBD is an effective painkiller – particularly for peripheral neuropathy associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and other neurodegenerative conditions. –What is CBD? by www.projectcbd.org I mean wow!!! What an amazing blessing from nature! It never ceases to amaze me that all of our needs have the ability to be met within all that has been provided for us by the Earth. Likewise, it never ceases to amaze me humanity’s ability to control + regulate + withhold these gifts from us…all in the name of greed. Nevertheless, the tide is turning. And I’m super thankful, because there is some question among researchers as to the efficacy of isolated CBD. You see, the issue is, CBD seems to work best (in synergy) with THC and all of the other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant — imagine that…just as nature designed it! Yet, it’s all so early in the discovery phase and there’s so much to learn and there’s still so much that is misunderstood. Thankfully for those of us who live in states with medicinal marijuana laws in place, there is greater freedom. Freedom to explore, test, and discover. For the population at large…there are more and more ways developing to utilize the medicinal benefits of hemp + CBD without the need for marijuana. Isolated CBD is legal in all 50 states of the U.S. And the best way that I have found to harness the medicinal power of CBD-rich plant material is through topical use. In addition to sourcing newer CBD-rich cannabis strains, I have been able to source organic hemp CBD buds, leaves, and seeds from a reputable company online (click here to purchase). This product is a great universal legal choice and it’s THC-free. And today I want to share with you my process for making CBD-rich herbal oil. I use this oil topically in a variety of handcrafted recipes for salves, body butters, and creams — those that relieve pain, reduce inflammation + muscle spasms, and function as a sleep aid. The results have been nothing short of incredible! In the coming days I will share my recipes for the CBD-rich topicals I am enjoying…but for now, let’s start with the oil. Homemade CBD-Rich Herbal Oil Ingredients*It is important to choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe. Method Crumble, cut up, or grind the buds, leaves, and stems of the plant material. Put the herb into a small (8 oz.) glass canning jar + cover with the oil of your choosing + screw on the lid. Using a pot, made with some sort of non-reactive material, make a water bath by placing a small piece of cheescloth or a piece of scrap cloth on the bottom of the pan, then place the glass jar full of herb + oil on top. Fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water. Note :: Do not cover the jar with water. Slowly + gently bring the water in the pot to just below boiling. Note :: 98 degrees Celsius or just below 212 degree Fahrenheit is perfect. Allow the jar to bathe in this water temperature for 2-3 hours. Be sure to shake the jar periodically throughout the process. Turn off the heat, cover with a cloth, and let it all sit for 1-3 hours. Then repeat the warming process. Let it all sit, covered, overnight. Each day, repeat the gentle warming, shaking, and steeping — ideally for 3 days, but if you’re in a hurry you can make this oil in one day, however it only gets better the longer and gently it is prepared. Note :: My process includes a 9 day journey. On this journey, the herb + oil + I experience three 3-day cycles. After the first and second cycle, the herb is strained and new plant material is replaced. I find this process produces the most magical + potent herbal oil EVER. Use whatever method makes sense to you, your time, and your budget. Strain off the herb with the help of a strainer + cheesecloth. Now squeeze hard…extracting all of the goodness of the plant! Be sure to return the plant material to the Earth (or save it for use in other recipes). Bottle the oil. Note :: I know some people (historically myself included) use a crockpot to make herb-infused oils. I no longer recommend this method of extraction. The more I learn about the toxins produced by slow cookers…I’m doing my best to stay away. I prefer not to infuse electricity into my food and especially not into my medicine…if and when I have a choice. With that said, it is an option you may choose if you wish. Note :: Yuppers…this is the same method I use to create my cannabis-infused oil. The science behind using heat to create cannabis + CBD-rich medicinal oil.Why I use the above method for extraction.(below is an excerpt from a research study produced by the Department of Pharmacy, University of Siena, Italy…read the complete study here) “Preheating of cannabis samples has been recommended as a way to potentiate the final extract, i.e. to decarboxylate the acidic cannabinoids naturally present in cannabis plant material, such as THCA and CBDA, and turn them into their more potent counterparts such as THC and CBD. Therefore, we tested two decarboxylation methods by heating cannabis plant material”…read more. To Use I have used this oil to create the most amazingly effective topical remedies! They’re honestly nothing like anything I’ve created before. They are powerfully treating symptoms associated with: muscle soreness after physical activity fibromyalgia insomnia arthritis peripheral neuropathy muscle spasms chronic back pain ezcema + psoriasis burns from radiation …and this is all just the beginning! So much more is yet to come!
Kimzy Nanney on Unsplash I bet you have the main ingredients lying around your house. As a healer, I definitely call upon my plant allies to assist me day to day. Cannabis is one of my favorites but it’s not the only one by a long shot. Here is my recipe for a basic cannabis tincture, yet another way to intake weed without having to smoke it. Basic Cannabis Tincture ~3.5 grams of cannabis ~at least 40-proof alcohol (whiskey, vodka, gin, etc.) ~Jar 1) Preheat oven to 220°F. Grind up cannabis and toast it on a baking sheet for 25 minutes*. *This is the process of decarboxylation, which makes certain cannabinoids bio-available to be absorbed by the body. This step is essential for making homemade edibles and tinctures. 2) Grab your jar, and fill it 1/3rd of the way with plant material, and 2/3rds with alcohol. Stick to a general 1:2 ratio of cannabis to alcohol. 3) Leave jar in a cabinet, out of the sun for 4-6 weeks. Shake it up every once in a while! 4) After minimum 4 weeks, strain it and pour the magic liquid into a tincture bottle with a pipette. Voila! How easy is that? You can also customize this recipe and add other complementary herbs in. I recently made a cannabis tincture and threw in some rose petals, lemon balm, and calendula in with it. And if you want to expand to other plant allies outside of cannabis, you can make a tincture without it as well. Take the opportunity to head to your local apothecary or bulk herb distributor (bring your own jar!), and start on the journey to learn about the beautiful healing plants out there. Stephanie Zhu is a freelance writer covering the sectors of health & wellness, cannabis, and sustainability. She is also a healer, a massage therapist, and Reiki practitioner. Learn more about her at themysticdreamer.com, and on Instagram as @themysticdreamer.
CBD gummies are a flavorful way to get your daily CBD. In this simple guide, we show you how to make your own tasty CBD gummies at home. Like with many vitamins and supplements, gummies are a trending way to add CBD to your system, thanks to their delicious taste and ability to use them without needing a beverage to wash them down. Brands like Dixie Botanicals® offer CBD gummies to customers in a range of flavors, making it easy to use CBD each day. But what if you have dietary restrictions or just want some control over the ingredients of your CBD gummies? With a few easy to follow steps, you can make your own custom CBD gummies at home. First, let’s talk a bit about the advantages of choosing a CBD edible like CBD gummies. Then we will show you how to make your own DIY CBD gummies using Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ products. Benefits of CBD Gummies CBD gummies offer a convenient way to incorporate the balancing benefits of CBD into your day. They are quick, easy, and delicious, so doing something good for yourself is enjoyable. How often do you get to say that? CBD helps the body work at its peak levels. This all natural and non-intoxicating cannabinoid derived from cannabis plants like hemp supports the performance of your endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for keeping your body in balance. Once you eat a CBD gummy, the compound is delivered from the digestive system to the bloodstream, where it can interact with cannabinoid receptors found on cells in the peripheral nervous system, immune system, and the central nervous system. By interacting with these receptors, CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system and supports its efforts to keep the body’s functions running at their best. There are various types of CBD supplements out there, and gummies can be an ideal choice for those looking for a convenient, flavorful, and portable way to get their daily CBD. Keep reading to learn how to make your own CBD gummies with CBD oil or CBD isolate. Making CBD Gummies at Home It takes little time or effort to make your own CBD infused gummies at home. By making your own CBD edibles, you can have total control over the CBD potency of your gummies, as well as the ingredients used to make them. Some recipes for CBD gummies use Jello mix to flavor the gummies. Our recipe uses fresh fruit and fruit juice, because if you are doing something good for yourself, then fresh, natural ingredients are a must. Infusing homemade gummies with CBD is easy thanks to RSHO™ CBD Isolate, a fine white powder containing 99% pure CBD. This pure crystalline CBD has no flavor or odor, so it’s perfect for making great tasting gummies. Our CBD isolate comes in a 1-gram jar, so you have enough to increase the CBD concentration of your gummies. When deciding how much CBD isolate to add into your gummies, keep in mind that each milligram of pure crystalline contains about a milligram of CBD. The recipe below makes about 50 gummy bear sized gummies. That means you can infuse 5 mg CBD into each bear sized gummy by using 250 mg of CBD isolate. You can increase or decrease the amount of CBD isolate to meet your own individual CBD needs without affecting the recipe, so feel free to customize. If you prefer full spectrum CBD gummies, you can replace the CBD isolate with RSHO™ Gold pure hemp oil. Full spectrum hemp oil contains all the same nutrients, terpenes, and cannabinoids that are in the hemp plant. This allows for the entourage effect, a collaboration in the way these compounds interact with the body. Each gram of full spectrum RSHO™ Gold hemp oil contains 240 mg of CBD, about the same as a quarter gram of CBD isolate. When using full spectrum hemp oil to make your CBD gummies, be sure the thick oil is fully mixed with your water and gelatin to ensure even CBD in each gummy. While it is possible to make CBD gummies with MCT or coconut oil based CBD oils, these products will often cause the gummies themselves to taste and feel oily, so it is not recommended. Note: The CBD gummy recipe below makes orange-flavored chews. If you have a favorite fruit flavor you’d like to use instead, you can replace the orange juice and lemon juice below with 1/2-2/3 cup of your favorite fruit pureed and ½ cup water. Here is how to make CBD gummies: Here’s what you’ll need: RSHO™ CBD Isolate or Gold CBD hemp oil 1 cup orange juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons gelatin, unflavored Silicone mold of choice Instructions: Place the silicone mold onto a cookie sheet and set aside. Combine all of the ingredients, minus the gelatin and CBD, into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients together. Slowly and gradually whisk gelatin into the mixture, stirring constantly to avoid clumping. Continue stirring until the gelatin is completely melted and the mixture’s consistency is smooth. Slowly add in the CBD isolate or CBD Gold hemp oil, stirring constantly until combined thoroughly. Turn off the heat. Pour the CBD infused mixture into the silicone mold. Place the cookie sheet and mold into the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Remove the silicone mold from freezer and pop out each of the gummies. Store your CBD infused gummies in an airtight container in a refrigerator. They will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks. If you don’t have a silicone mold for your gummies, you can also pour the CBD infused mixture into a lightly greased baking sheet. Once the mixture hardens, use a knife or cookie cutters to cut out gummies to your desired shape and size. These CBD gummies are gluten free, and by swapping out the gelatin for an animal friendly alternative like agar-agar powder, the recipe can be made vegan as well. So regardless of your diet, this CBD gummies recipe can be made to adapt to it. Now that you know how to make CBD gummies, get the hemp derived CBD you need to make your own CBD infused gummy edibles at home by visiting the Medical Marijuana, Inc. online shop. CBD Gummies from Dixie Botanicals® While making your own DIY CBD gummies gives you control over the process and ingredients (and can be a fun way to spend the afternoon!), we went ahead and did the work for you, just in case. The Dixie Botanicals® brand offers delicious CBD Gummies in a pair of flavors: watermelon and mango. Just like in our recipe above, our CBD Gummies are expertly crafted with hemp derived isolated CBD to provide the natural wellness benefits of CBD while containing no measurable amounts of THC. Each individual gluten free CBD gummy is infused with 10 mg of CBD. Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gummies are available in two packaging sizes: a 10 count pouch and a 30 count jar. Regardless of which you pick, each CBD gummy comes individually wrapped, so it’s easy to toss them in your pocket or bag to use whenever and wherever works best for you. The amount of CBD you use each day will be up to you. Some of our customers take just 1-2 gummies in the morning or evening. Others use CBD gummies periodically throughout the day for a consistent level of CBD in their system. Remember, everyone’s body is different. Find a CBD routine that works best for you. Learn More Want to learn more about topics like the types of CBD products available, the basics of hemp, and what is CBD oil? Visit our CBD oil education page now. You can also shop the Medical Marijuana, Inc. online store to browse the full lineup of top quality CBD products from brands like Real Scientific Hemp Oil™, Dixie Botanicals®, HempMeds®, and more.
This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission. Once you start making natural beauty and skin care products, it can be hard to stop! If you've ever wanted to replace all (or most) or your beauty care products with natural versions, I've got just the thing for you. The following could be used as a special treat or spa night, or incorporated into your regular beauty and skin care routine. Make these products for yourself or give as a gift. (This would make a fun gift basket!) We will make: herbal face steam cleansing grains facial toner moisturizing face serum eye serum face mask hair mask hair rinse body scrub hand lotion Most of the recipes have appeared on the blog before, but I have put them in a specific order to make the workflow easier and faster. I took an overhead video while preparing these goodies. It's basically unedited (I've cut out long boring pauses and sped it up so you don't have to sit here for an entire hour! I managed to cut it down to less than 7 minutes! Woo hoo!). If you'd like to see more of these, let me know in the comments. [embedded content] The best thing to do before you begin: set out EVERYTHING you need (come back next week and I will upload a shopping list for you). Ok, ready? If you follow along in the order listed below, you should be able to complete this in about an hour. It took me an hour and I was messing with a camera and answer the front door! First, we get the Hand Lotion started . . . We are making the hand lotion first because it's the only item in this process that will need to be heated and cooled. This is the most involved of everything we are making today. But don't be intimidated, all you have to do is measure, melt, and pour. Ingredients 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (or sunflower, or olive)1/4 cup coconut oil1/4 cup beeswax1 tablespoon shea butterOptional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (will help preserve the lotion)Optional: 20 drops lavender essential oil Method Measure all ingredients into a heavy jar (like a canning jar). Place jar into a saucepan and add enough water to the pan so that the water level comes past the ingredients in the jar (don't put any water inside the jar, just in the pan around the jar). Place the lid on loosely so some air can escape. Heat the water on medium heat and allow the ingredients to melt inside the jar. This can take around 20 minutes. Once melted, you will remove from heat and place jar on a towel (or other heatproof surface), let cool briefly. Add essential oils and stir, then pour into a jar. Since we are making ten items in an hour, you will stay close by while the ingredients melt and keep an eye on it as you put together the rest of your DIY beauty products together. I'll remind you to check on it throughout this tutorial. Next: Herbal Facial Steam This simple herbal steam is so easy. You won't believe it. (Or maybe you will.) Herbal steams are great for opening the pores, but the aroma is also seriously soothing. So, it's a skin care and aromatherapy treatment all in one. Ingredients: 1/2 cup of dried rose petals1/2 cup dried chamomile flowersOptional: 2-3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers Method In a small bowl mix all the herbs. Pour into a clean jar. To use: You will need 3 tablespoons per use Place herbs in a heatproof bowl Pour one pint of boiling water into a heatproof bowl (use pure water, if possible, to avoid breathing in any chemicals from a treated water supply) Place bowl on a sturdy surface (like a table) and lower face over the bowl (it’s usually best to sit in a chair that is pulled up close to a table) Place a towel over your head to create a tent over the bowl (the towel helps the steam stay close to the face and not evaporate into the air so quickly) Stay here for about 15 to 20 minute Cleansing Grains I first learned about cleansing grains in Rosemary Gladstar's book, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, and have been amazed at how well they clean and exfoliate the skin. The wonderful thing about cleansing grains is they are extremely gentle. Much different to regular facial scrubs, cleansing grains can be used on a daily basis (and in place of a facial cleanser). They can also double as a face mask. Just leave on the face for 15 minutes before wiping off with a warm washcloth. Ingredients:1/2 cup Kaolin clay1/4 cup ground oats1/8 cup almond flour4 drops lavender essential oiloptional: ground sunflower seedsoptional: ground lavender and/or chamomile flowers Method: Grind anything that is coarse into a fine powder. Mix all ingredients together in a clean bowl, with non-metallic utensils (a bamboo chopstick or wooden spoon will work). Pour into a jar and close lid. To use: Mix 1 teaspoon of mixture with enough water, cooled herbal tea, or hydrosol to make a paste. Massage into the skin, avoiding eyes. Wash off with warm water. Follow with a facial toner and lotion or moisturizing serum. Facial Toner Use to remove excess makeup and dirt after cleansing. Also helpful in closing pores after a facial steam. Ingredients: 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar3/4 cup distilled water Optional: replace 1 tablespoon of water with chamomile hydrosol or rose hydrosol Method: Pour ingredients into a glass bottle. Close with lid. Shake to blend. To Use: Put a little toner on a cotton ball and gently wipe over the skin, avoiding eyes. Note: In the video I put the toner in a different jar. I later thought better of it and poured it into the bottle above. It works much better! REMINDER: CHECK ON HAND LOTION Go back to your Hand lotion. If it's melted, take off the heat and let cool briefly before adding essential oils. If not melted yet, leave to continue. Check again after the next product is made. Moisturizing Facial Serum A moisturizing facial serum is often used in place of face lotion. It's the only thing I've used as a facial moisturizer for the past few years. I find the skin soaks it up much better than other lotions and it feels extremely nourishing; like it's feeding my skin lots of good stuff. Which it is. Ingredients:1 tablespoon avocado oil1/2 tablespoon rosehip seed oil2 drops carrot seed essential oil2 drops rose geranium essential oil or lavender essential oilOptional: 1 drop frankincense essential oil 1-ounce glass dropper bottle Method:Drop essential oils directly into glass dropper bottle. Next, pour avocado and rosehip seed oil into bottle. Close with lid. Shake to blend. Add a label. To use:Drop 3 drops into the palm of your hand and use fingertips to gently massage into face. Best used after cleansing and toning the skin. Note: I got a delivery as I was finishing recording; this cool little funnel: Makes pouring the oil into the jar SO MUCH EASIER! Moisturizing Eye Serum Eye serum is made exactly the same way as facial serum, just using slightly different oils. Ingredients:2 teaspoons jojoba oil (where to buy)2 teaspoons avocado oil (where to buy)2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil (where to buy)2 drops carrot seed essential oilA dropper bottle or other small container for storage (these can be found here or here). Method:Measure each oil and pour directly into the dropper bottle.Place lid on bottle and shake to combine.Add a label. To Use: Apply a few drops to fingertips and gently massage into are around the eye. Face Mask Face masks are super simple to make. In fact, you could skip this and just use the cleansing grains as a mask. But if you'd like to change it up and have a different product for face masks, use the following recipe: Ingredients: 1 1/2 tablespoons lavender flower powder3 tablespoons white cosmetic clay (also known as Kaolin clay)Chamomile hydrosol – can be substituted for another liquid, such as rose water or carrier oil (avocado, almond, olive or jojoba oil would all be good choices). Method: Mix the lavender flowers and cosmetic clay in a small bowl. Use non-metallic utensils only. Place into a clean jar and label. Pour the hydrosol (or other liquid ingredient) into a jar and label. Hair Mask A hair mask is a fantastic way to moisturize and nourish dry hair. This mask uses coconut oil, which is extremely emollient. This mask is best reserved for use when you don't need to go out right afterward! Ingredients:10 drops lavender essential oil1/2 cup coconut oil Makes enough for 1-4 uses, depending on hair length. Method:In a small bowl mix the coconut oil and lavender essential oil. To Use:Apply the coconut oil-lavender mixture to dry hair and allow to sit for 15 minutes.Wash out with warm water and a gentle shampoo.If you have any trouble getting the excess oil out of your hair, try using a vinegar hair rinse. Hair Rinse Great for removing residue. A perfect follow up after a hair mask. Substitute rosemary for other herbs, if desired. In the above video, I actually use thyme. Ingredients: Apple cider vinegarFresh rosemary (or rosemary essential oil for a quicker version)Mason jar and non-metallic lid Method: To make your rosemary hair rinse, place enough rosemary in your jar to fill it. Not jam-packed, but nicely full.Pour apple cider vinegar over the rosemary so it is completely covered. Place lid on jar and leave rosemary to sit for about three weeks. If you want something quick (as in, you want to use it right now), brew a strong tea using rosemary or add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil to the vinegar and shake to blend just before use. To Use: For ease of use, pour this mixture into a spray bottle or squeeze bottle and keep it in the shower. Spray hair all over and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing out.Keep away from eyes. Brown Sugar-Vanilla Body Scrub Great for exfoliating the skin. If you don't wish to use as an all-over body treatment, try using body scrub on hands. It's a great way to revitalize tired hands. This recipe is adapted from one in my ebook, The Body Scrub Bible. Ingredients:1 cup brown sugar1/2 oil (I use grapeseed, sunflower, sweet almond, avocado, or light olive oil) I use avocado oil because it's what we are using for most of our other products in this tutorial. It makes things easier and faster! 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Method: Mix the sugar and 1/2 cup of oil. Make sure scrub is thick, but not too runny. Sugar scrub should hold together and not slide right off your hand. If it's too thin, add more sugar, if too thick, add more oil. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Package in a clear jar. Label with ingredients, especially if giving as a gift. To Use: If using as a hand scrub, place a small amount (about 2 teaspoons) into the palm of your hand and gently massage using the fingertips. Rub all over front and back of hands. Finish HAND LOTION Go back to your Hand lotion. Is it should be melted. Remove jar from water VERY CAREFULLY! You will need a kitchen glove or some other protection. Place on a heatproof surface. Let cool a few minutes and add essential oils, if using. Gently stir to combine. Pour into a jar for storage. Will last for up to 6 months. This will make approximately one cup of lotion. A small, wide-mouth canning jar works very well. We did it! If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing on Pinterest. Need Supplies? I get most of my herbs and butters from Mountain Rose Herbs Related Posts Stacy Karen Stacy is a DIY obsessed, healthy living advocate. A preacher's wife and mom of three, she loves to encourage others to live a natural lifestyle. Latest posts by Stacy Karen (see all)
This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission. This recipe for magnesium lotion comes from Healing With God's Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies. Many of us are deficient in magnesium. If you are deficient you may have headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, restless legs, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, depression, high blood sugar, muscle cramps, or vomiting (among other things). One great way to get magnesium is through a magnesium bath, but time for a bath is not always easy to find. So, a magnesium lotion is a great option for supplementing magnesium naturally. It's great for babies and young children as well as adults. Many report better sleep once they begin supplementing with magnesium. Magnesium lotion is also helpful in soothing sore muscles and easing headaches. Making magnesium lotion was much easier than I expected. It took less than 15 minutes! How to Make Magnesium Lotion Here's what you need: You will also need: Instructions Step One: Heat 1/2 cup filtered water to a steam (not boiling). In a heavy duty jar (like a canning jar) add the magnesium flakes. Pour the warm water over the top and stir (or put on the lid and shake) until dissolved. You will not use all of this oil in the recipe, only half of the oil. I have not yet experimented iwth preparing only half the oil, but I can't see why it would not work. However, the extra oil could be poured into a bath for one soaking treatment. Step Two: Add beeswax, shea butter to a saucepan and heat over low heat until melted. Add oil and stir to combine. Step Three:Let cool briefly and pour this melted mixture into a blender. Note: We are about to mix the magnesium oil and beeswax/shea/oil mixture, and it is important that both oils be close to the same temperature in order for them to emulsify properly. Add 1/2 cup of the magnesium oil to the blender. Turn blender to low for a few seconds, then turn up blender until the lotion becomes white/opaque and thick. Pour into jars and allow to cool. Immediately pour hot water and dishsoap into the blender and blend to help clean. I will admit that this recipe is one of the most difficult to clean up! It definitely takes some elbow grease and a good bit of hot water. If you have separate utensils and appliance for making body care products, use those! To use: For small children and babies, use 1/8 teaspoon. For adults, up to 1 teaspoon. Spread in thin-skinned areas. This lotion will last for 3-6 months. Would your rather buy magnesium lotion instead of make it? The best magnesium lotion I've found is this one from the Magnesium Lotion shop. It was created by my friend, Tiffany, to help with her restless legs, It is an excellent, all-natural lotion that doesn't itch or tingle the way some magnesium lotions do. Plus, the ingredients are just like those you'd find in a homemade version (no weird stuff!). This magnesium lotion only has four ingredients: magnesium oil, apricot oil, mango butter and beeswax. And the best part… it's affordable! Click here to learn more. Pin this recipe: Related Posts Stacy Karen Stacy is a DIY obsessed, healthy living advocate. A preacher's wife and mom of three, she loves to encourage others to live a natural lifestyle. Latest posts by Stacy Karen (see all)
Written by Hannah on July 18, 2018 Hannah, blog contributor, is a native of the Pacific Northwest and an outdoor educator. When she isn’t teaching, she can be found exploring the outdoors with her partner, knitting, gardening, and learning about plants.
Here’s a recipe you just have to try for your dog!You may have heard of the benefits of turmeric for your dog. If you haven’t, then here are all the amazing benefits of this colorful spice: It’s a powerful antioxidant It’s a natural and effective anti-inflammatory It can help prevent and even treat cancer It protects the liver from toxins And much more! For more great benefits and the scientific research behind turmeric and curcumin, click here. How To Make Turmeric Golden Paste For Dogs Australian veterinarian Dr Doug English has seen great results with a turmeric recipe he developed called Golden Paste. Here is his recipe: Giving Turmeric Golden Paste To Your Dog You can add the Golden Paste directly to your dog’s meals by mixing it with some water or kefir. Most dogs don’t mind the taste at all! Small dogs should start with about 1/4 teaspoon per day Medium dogs can start with 1/2 teaspoon per day Large dogs can start with 3/4 teaspoon per day Giant dogs can start with 1 teaspoon per day The suggested dosage to work up to is approximately 15 to 20 mg per pound of body weight. An easier way to think about this is 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon per day, for every 10lbs of weight (1/2 – 1 tsp for a 40lbs dog). You can do this over a few weeks. TIP: Turmeric leaves the body quickly, so it’s best to feed smaller amounts a few times a day. So try making some Golden Paste today and drop us a note on the Dogs Naturally Facebook Page with your pictures and success story! Quick Tip: You can also use a Golden Paste product if you don’t feel like making your own.