Gummy bears are perhaps my favorite candy. There’s something about those sweet little teddy bears that makes me want to kick back and relax or just slow down for a bit. And when you add weed to these gummies -- well, let’s just say that’s one great way to make a favorite treat even better. But there’s a lot more to love about marijuana-infused gummy bears than a little stoner nostalgia; cannabis gummies are a great way to medicate. Here’s why: Reasons to Love Cannabis Gummies Store bought gummy bears are chalk-full of artificial sugars, flavors and additives that aren’t necessarily healthy. But homemade gummy snacks can be an excellent way get the health benefits of fresh fruit alongside the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. Infused gummies are a great way to enjoy cannabis effectively. photo credit Easy storage is another great reason to learn to make your own weed gummies. Just toss them in a bit of sugar when done to keep them from sticking together then store them in the fridge until ready to consume. Medicated gummies also make dosing more manageable as a single gummy or two should be a sufficient amount (though you’ll only know for sure through experimentation). But perhaps the best reason to love marijuana gummies is because they’re a more efficient way to consume cannabis, especially when absorbed sublingually. By sucking on a gummy candy and allowing it to melt away slowly, cannabinoids can absorb directly into the bloodstream through mucosal membranes which are exceptionally dense under the tongue or between the cheek and gum. Rather than forcing cannabinoids to metabolize (which takes longer to take effect and burns up more cannabinoids in the process), cannabinoids can get right to work in a matter of minutes through sublingual absorption. Preparing Marijuana for Home-Made Gummies Before starting your marijuana gummies, you’ll have to prepare your cannabis (otherwise, you won’t get high!). To make sure your cannabis is psychoactive, you have to remove a carboxyl atom from the chemical, THCa – a process known as decarboxylation. This process happens naturally over time or with the use of heat, but can be easily expedited with the use of an oven. Check out the video below to learn how to properly decarboxylate your cannabis! After decarboxylating your cannabis, it’s time to infuse it into a tincture. You can do this by soaking marijuana in a high proof food-grade alcohol like Everclear for a few minutes to a few weeks. If only absorbing for a few minutes (to reduce the flavor of marijuana), shake the mixture vigorously the whole time to encourage the cannabinoids to absorb into the alcohol (otherwise, a few quick shakes every day should work). To learn how to make cannabis tinctures step-by-step, click here! For a more concentrated tincture (and a more potent end product), strain out all plant matter then allow some of the liquid to evaporate for a few days to create a syrup-like solution. DIY Weed Gummy Recipe Now that you’ve prepared your cannabis tinctures, it’s time to make your gummies! Begin by gathering the following supplies: What You'll Need 2/3 Cup Fruit Puree, Thawed 1/3 Cup Water 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice 3 Tablespoons Gelatin 2-3 Teaspoons Cannabis Tincture (depending on desired potency) Granulated Sugar Medicine Dropper/Condiment Bottle, Cleaned Silicon Molds/Baking Dish, Sprayed w/ Cooking Spray Instructions In a medium saucepan, add the fruit puree, water and lemon juice and cook on medium-low heat until thoroughly incorporated After thoroughly combined, add 2-3 teaspoons of your cannabis tincture, whisk well Slowly add three tablespoons of gelatin, continually whisking until smooth Remove from heat then use a medicine dropper or clean condiment bottle to add the mixture to silicon molds or baking dish Place filled molds/dish in the refrigerator to chill for about 15 minutes Remove gummies from molds or cut into bite-sized pieces Toss gummies in granulated sugar to keep them from sticking together (add a little citric acid to your sugar at this point if you want sour gummies) Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dark location for up to 2-3 weeks. Dosing Your Cannabis Gummies When dosing, remember that decarboxylated cannabis makes a more potent product and that sublingual application will increase its potency and speed onset time. Though you can always take more, you can’t take less, and the come-down can be lengthy so pace yourself and remember to practice safe dosing. Should a case of overconsumption occur, stay calm and make a note of your experience/dose for the next time. You can also check out our article on what to do if you get too high! Cannabis-infused gummy snacks are a great way to medicate quickly, accurately and discretely. Since they can be made right at home using a few simple ingredients, there’s no excuse not to whip up a batch and enjoy – just remember to save some for your friends! Do you have a favorite cannabis gummy recipe? Share it with our readers below.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin. The opinions and text are all mine.As someone who suffers from perpetually dry skin, it comes as no surprise that I’m always looking for ways to soothe my skin and lock in a little extra moisture. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the cold winter months that wreak havoc on skin. Summer can be equally drying and irritating, especially after spending countless hours at the pool or beach soaking up the sun. As I get older, I find that it gets harder and harder to keep dry skin at bay, and it appears that I’m hardly alone. According to data from a 2015 national online survey of over one thousand U.S. women over the age of 18, nearly two-thirds report that the older they get, the more difficult it is to keep skin moisturized. And as if that isn’t enough, women feel an average of six years older when their skin is dry and dull. Sound familiar? That’s where an awesome body scrub combined with a therapeutic moisturizer come in. These DIY body scrub cubes are loaded with skin-soothing ingredients like coconut oil, green tea and ginger to help cleanse and rejuvenate your skin soaking in so much summer sun. And because they’re stored in the freezer, they pack a little extra cooling action to calm your tired skin and encourage healing. They also make use of freshly ground coffee to exfoliate without the harshness of sugar, which can sometimes make redness and irritation worse. To lock in extra moisture, follow up your scrub with AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, which is perfect for severely, persistently dry skin areas. Or give your feet a little TLC with AmLactin Alpha Hydroxy Therapy Foot Cream, which is formulated with a special blend of emollient and humectant ingredients that help heal dry, callused feet. Unlike other lotions, AmLactin is chock full of alpha-hydroxy acids which help dissolve the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, making them easier to remove and leaving you with clean, healthy looking skin. In this video I’ll show you how to get rid of dry skin for good with these green tea body scrub cubes and AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream. [embedded content] Body Scrub Cubes with Green Tea and Ginger ½ cup coconut oil 2 tablespoons loose green tea ½ cup fresh (un-brewed) coffee grounds 2 teaspoons ground ginger Combine the melted coconut oil with the green tea in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the tea leaves from the oil and discard them. Combine the oil with the coffee grounds and ginger. Mix well. Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze for 15 minutes or until solid. To make these as mess-free as possible, I recommend using them in the shower and rinsing thoroughly. The oil shouldn’t harm your shower drain as long as you’re using warm/hot water. Note: To ensure your scrub cubes hold their shape, store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer. They should keep for several months. 63 Share This:
If I’m being completely honest with you guys, winter isn’t my favorite season. Between the icy cold weather and the dry, itchy skin, I’m usually begging for warm weather come February. So to make the winter months a little more bearable, at least as far as my skin is concerned, I have recently started making my own moisturizing body products. It all started with this rich honey hand balm and these relaxing herbal mini soaps, but with temperatures continuing to plummet, I have been left looking for more soothing options.This green tea body wash fits the bill perfectly. It’s thick and creamy enough to lock in moisture while the green tea heals chapped skin and packs an antioxidant punch to calm inflammation and give you some relief until spring arrives. Super Moisturizing Green Tea Body Wash Since green tea is chock full of healing antioxidants, flavonoids and catechins, it can help skin look smoother and counteract the effects of free radical damage from sun exposure and environmental toxins. Studies even show that green tea may help soothe inflammation and protect skin from cancer caused by sunlight. When combined with extra moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil and honey, this body wash sinks into parched skin and creates a protective barrier against the elements. And because it uses castile soap as its base, it lathers like a dream without stripping skin of its natural oils–thus leaving your skin even softer than before. For even more healing power, try adding some essential oils. I used a mixture of lemongrass and eucalyptus oils because they smell fantastic and they’re nourishing for dry skin, but feel free to use whatever oils you like. Just a word of warning–citrus oils like orange and grapefruit have a phototoxic effect, meaning they can make skin more sensitive to the sun. So while they smell fantastic, you might want to avoid putting them in your body wash if you plan on spending any time outdoors. Even though castile soap is oil-based, you might notice your body wash starting to separate after sitting for a few hours. Simply give it a good shake to mix everything together and get a good soap-to-oil ratio before using. And rest assured that even if you don’t shake it every time, you can still use it, you may just see less suds than you’re used to. Super Moisturizing Green Tea Body Wash Heal that dry, itchy winter skin with this moisturizing green tea body wash. Coconut oil and shea butter soothe your skin, while green tea helps repair it. Prep Time5 mins Active Time5 mins Total Time10 mins Course: Body Wash Author: Stephanie Pollard Equipment Liquid pump dispenser Instructions In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and stir in the tea leaves. Let simmer on low for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the shea butter and stir until just melted. Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. When the mixture has cooled slightly, add in the remaining ingredients and whisk everything together. Pour into a soap dispenser or lidded jar. Shake before each use. 84 Share This:
Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a chemical compound found in the resin glands (trichomes) of raw cannabis plants. In this case, raw means unheated and uncured. Basically, raw cannabis is fresh flower and leaves trimmed directly from the plant. CBDA is the precursor to the more widely known molecule, CBDA is the precursor to the more widely known molecule, cannabidiol (CBD). In fresh cannabis, it is estimated that 95 percent of the cannabinoid exists as THCA and only 5 percent as CBD. When CBDA is aged and heated, it breaks down from its acid form and into CBD. The process of converting CBDA to CBD is called decarboxylation or decarbing. With heat and time, the acid group of the molecule degrades and what is left is what many refer to as “activated” CBD. CBDA is most abundant in specific types of cannabis plants. The largest quantities of CBDA are found in high-CBD strains. Unlike cannabis that causes a psychoactive high, which contains high levels of another cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), strains high in CBD can be difficult to come by. Fortunately, most major seed breeders and many cannabis access points now offer at least one or two CBD varieties. When kept raw, these plants will be brimming with CBDA. CBDA can also be extracted from certain varieties of cannabis that are classified as hemp. Neither CBD nor CBDA causes a psychoactive high. Little is known about CBDA, but it is known that CBD works its magic by relieving body pain, easing anxiety, and promoting a positive mood. In general, CBD is considered the In general, CBD is considered the active compound and CBDA is thought to be inactive. However, research conducted in the past five years suggests that CBDA might not be as useless as was expected.
Creating your own herbal formulas can be an intimidating process. Formulation is admittedly not a clear-cut process and it seems that many herbalists create their formulas with a combination of knowledge and intuition. That’s tough to teach!What makes things even more complicated is that Western herbalism doesn’t have a strong tradition in herbal formulas. While a few classic formulas exist, we don’t have anything like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has thousands of formulas that have been perfected over hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of years. One of the biggest hurdles people have when starting out in making herbal formulas is the concern about safety. A question I often get is, “Can you ever combine herbs in an unsafe way?” or “Does combining two or more herbs ever end up with a toxic result?” The answer is a definite no. As long as the herbs you are using are generally regarded as safe and are given in safe doses, then the end result will be safe. But this isn’t to say that all herbal combinations are a great idea. Creating herbal formulas is a bit like combining food: sure, you could add ketchup to your coffee – it wouldn’t hurt you – but it also doesn’t make sense and the end result would be nasty. “Double shot Americano with two pumps of ketchup, please” – probably not! You can see that artful herbal formulation is an important skill to develop. It enables you to carefully choose herbs that fit the individual and the circumstances. If you know the reasoning behind an herb in a formula, it also can help you to choose substitutes if necessary. You can also create formulas out of plants that you grew or foraged. In this article I am going to show you one way to create an herbal formula using a sore throat spray as an example. Please keep in mind that there’s no one way to create an herbal formula. By showing you both my method and reasoning, I hope that it deepens your understanding of herbal combinations so that you can feel more confident about creating your own. Step #1: The Big Picture Our first step is to figure out why we want this herbal formula in the first place. In our example, we want to create a sore throat spray formula, but we need to take a closer look at the situation. We may ask… What exactly do we want to we want to accomplish? What herbal actions are we looking for? If we looked up “sore throat herbs” in a reference we’d likely find a long list, but what exactly are those herbs doing? Here are some generally helpful actions herbs can have on a sore throat. Anodyne: Relieve pain Astringent: Tighten swollen tissues (this can relieve pain and inhibit further infection) Lymphatic: Address swollen lymph glands Antimicrobial: Combat infection (antiviral herbs are especially helpful with sore throats) Demulcent: Coat and soothe irritated or inflamed tissues Immune Stimulant: Sore throats are often the first sign of a cold or influenza, making it the perfect time to boost the immune system in the hopes of avoiding illness or shortening the duration. Step #2: The Formula Structure Before we choose the herbs for our sore throat spray blend, let’s take a look at the structure of an herbal formula. I first learned herbal formulation when I was studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at the East West School of Planetary Herbology. Over the years I’ve adapted my own language and nuances, but I am undoubtedly still influenced by those early studies. When I create an herbal formula, I break it into three parts: Main Roles Supporting Roles Catalyst and Corrigent Roles The main roles are the starring herbs. These are often are used in the largest amounts in the formula and are the herbs with the main actions and effects that we are looking for. Herbs in supporting roles boost the efficacy of the main herbs and they can also bring other gifts to a formula that the main herbs don’t possess. Supporting herbs are generally used in smaller amounts than those in the main roles. Catalyst herbs raise the level of action of the formula. Catalyst herbs are often warming and aromatic in nature, helping to stimulate circulation and increase absorption of all the herbs in the formula. Corrigent herbs are added to smooth out a formula by balancing out the warming, cooling, moistening or drying qualities. With this in mind, they can be added as a final touch to a formula to make it more fitting for an individual. They can also be used to improve the flavor of the formula. Catalyst and corrigent herbs are very important for bringing the formula together. These powerful plants are generally used in much smaller amounts than either the main or supporting role herbs. Step #3: Choose Your Herbs Our next step is to combine what we covered in the first two steps to artfully choose our herbs. For this sore throat spray formula, I have decided that the main actions that I want are anodyne, antiviral and immune stimulating, as I want to slow down the infection. As a supporting action, I want an astringent herb to help tighten the throat tissues. In the catalyst and corrigent roles, I want something aromatic to enhance absorption, I want something soothing and moistening to the throat, and I want something sweet to improve the flavor of the formula. Once we have determined the appropriate actions for the situation, we want to choose herbs based on the actions we are looking for as well as the body system we want to address. In this case we can consider herbs that have an affinity for the throat and the mucous membranes. Let’s take the herbal action astringency as an example. Oak bark is a wonderful astringent herb. I have no doubt it could be helpful for a sore throat. However, it is not an herb that has a strong infinity with the throat. Instead, it’s more often used to address the lower digestive tract. Sage (Salvia officinalis) leaf, on the other hand, is a wonderful astringent with an affinity for the throat. A warm sage tea or a sage-and-salt gargle are some of my favorite simple remedies for a sore throat. By this process, we decide which herbs are best for each role. Here’s the formula I came up with for this sore throat spray: Main Roles: Echinacea and elderberry Supporting Roles: sage Catalyst and Corrigent Roles: fresh ginger, licorice root and honey Let’s take a closer look at each of these herbs. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) In modern days, Echinacea is famous for being an immune stimulant and is often recommended at the first sign of an upper respiratory illness. However, it has several other herbal actions that inspired me to give it a starring role. When Echinacea comes into direct contact with mucous membranes, it stimulates secretions and creates a zingy and numbing sensation. It is also one of our best herbs for promoting lymphatic movement, which can be helpful for swollen lymph around the throat. Echinacea is also broadly antimicrobial and has been shown to be effective against a variety of bacteria, viruses and fungi.1 All in all, Echinacea is anodyne, antimicrobial, lymphatic and an immune stimulant. All of these actions combine to make it a fantastic herb for addressing a wide range of symptoms in a sore throat. Important note: Because Echinacea has been tragically overharvested from the wild, please only used cultivated sources. This is a beautiful plant to grow – consider adding it to your garden! Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis, S. cerulea, S. nigra) I often combine elderberry and Echinacea for the first signs of a cold or flu. I also take this combination with me when traveling on airplanes and use it as a preventive remedy. Elderberry is my favorite herb for warding off an upper respiratory infection. It works in many different ways to modulate your immune system, as well as to prevent viral replication.234 While elderberry doesn’t have as many herbal actions that are beneficial for a sore throat as Echinacea, its ability to prevent the illness from progressing earns it a starring role. It also has a good flavor, which is always helpful in a sore throat spray. Sage (Salvia officinalis) As mentioned above, sage has long been used to bring relief to sore throats. Researchers have confirmed this folkloric use in a couple of human clinical trials. In one randomized, double-blind trial, researchers compared the effects of a sage and Echinacea extract on sore throats with the effects of a spray made up of the antiseptic chlorhexidine and the anesthetic lidocaine. For reducing sore throat symptoms, the sage/Echinacea extract showed slightly better results after three days.5 Another study showed that a fluid extract of sage worked better than a placebo in reducing pain due to viral pharyngitis (throat infection).6 Sage is astringent, helping to reduce swelling, which can be a contributing factor to the pain of a sore throat. It’s also antimicrobial. While it could play the main role for a sore throat as a tea, in this sore throat spray formula it’s better suited in a supporting role. Also, a little bit of sage’s strong flavor goes a long way and a lower dosage is best for palatability. Fresh Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Ginger is commonly used as a catalyst or synergist in TCM herbal formulas and it is the perfect catalyst for a sore throat spray formulation. Fresh ginger is wonderfully antimicrobial and somewhat pain relieving. It is also warming in nature, bringing a circulatory stimulating effect to the formula. Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Licorice is another common synergist in herbal formulas, especially in TCM. The root is very sweet and is sometimes called a “peacekeeper” in formulas because it is said to bring all the herbs together. In addition to its sweet taste, I added it to this sore throat spray formula because of its antiviral and demulcent qualities. Licorice, when taken in large amounts, can raise a person’s blood pressure but this generally isn’t a problem when it is used sparingly as a synergist in formulas. However, if you are concerned about your blood pressure, then licorice can be omitted from the formula. Honey While technically not an herb, honey is an important part of our formula. Local and minimally processed honey is immunomodulating and antimicrobial. I like adding honey to a sore throat spray because of its demulcent and soothing qualities, as well as for the wonderful flavor. Step #4: Putting Your Formula Together Now that we have chosen the herbs we want for our sore throat spray, we need to figure out how to use them. Here’s what we need to consider. Which part of the plant is used (e.g., leaves, roots, flowers)? Is it best to use the plant fresh or dried (or either)? How do we best extract the plant (e.g., hot water, cold water, alcohol, vinegar, oil)? What individual dosages should be used for the herbs? If you are new to herbs, then figuring all of this out could seem like a daunting task. But you learn about herbs the same way you learn about anything in life: little by little. Many herbalists recommend studying one herb at a time so that you can really sink into all of that information. To save us both some time, I’m just going to tell you how I would create this formula by giving you the recipe below. Herbal Sore Throat Spray Recipe From a dull ache to a raging inferno, sore throats can be one of the more uncomfortable symptoms of a cold or flu. Sipping hot teas and eating spicy soups both help to mitigate the pain, but there’s only so much liquid you can consume in a day! This herbal sore throat spray can be a convenient way to frequently get the herbs directly on the throat where they are most needed. The following recipe can be made with alcohol (my preference) or a glycerin and water combination. What you’ll need… 35 grams (about 1/3 cup) finely cut and dried cultivated Echinacea angustifolia roots 25 grams (about 1/4 cup) dried elderberries 3 grams (2 firmly packed tablespoons) dried sage leaf 5 grams (about 2 teaspoons) minced fresh ginger root 3 grams dried licorice root 1 tablespoon honey About 1 2/3 cups vodka or brandy OR 1 cup vegetable glycerine and 2/3 cup water Place all the herbs and honey into a pint-sized jar. If using alcohol, add it to the jar, leaving about a 1/4 inch headspace. If using glycerine and water, then first mix together the glycerin and water before pouring into the jar. Stir well. Reserve any leftover liquid (alcohol or glycerine/water). Cover the jar tightly with a lid and label. For the next week, shake the mixture every day. If necessary, as the dried herbs soak up the liquid, add more of either the alcohol or the glycerine/water mixture. Let it steep for a total of 4 weeks. Strain using a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth. Squeeze or press the herbs well to release as much liquid as possible. Compost the herbs. Pour the liquid into containers and attach fingertip misters (spray toppers). Label. To use: spray directly to your throat as needed to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Yield: About 1 1/4 cup Now I’d love to hear from you! What herbs do reach for when you have a sore throat? Do you have any formulating tips to share? Let me know in the comments below.
Whether your joints and muscles ache from the damp and cold, bumps and bruises, or just from a bit of over-exertion, having a trusty and reliable pain relieving rub on hand to help sooth away discomfort is the perfect way to get back in the swing of things. For the past 5 weeks, I’ve been following a 10-week fitness plan to help build muscle and increase strength and let me tell ya, my muscles have been so sore – in a good way. Since using my homemade joint and muscle ointment, I’ve been able to recover more quickly and ease tightness in my lower back allowing me to lift heavier and achieve more muscle growth. It’s been a must have in my gym bag and I want to teach you how to make it. This ointment is warming in nature allowing it to move fluids and stagnation so that your body can heal faster. It relieves pain, reduces swelling, and soothes muscular and joint discomfort like a dream! Here’s what you need to make my soothing joint and muscle ointment: • 2oz tin• 2oz herb infused sweet almond oil (you can also use coconut or olive oil as the carrier oil)• .25oz beeswax (or carnauba wax for vegans)• 20 drops of essential oil (I used 9 drops cayenne (can sub black pepper , camphor, or rosemary), 9 drops peppermint, and 2 drops birch)• 1 large menthol crystal (optional but delightfully cooling) For the herb infused oil: • A pyrex measuring cup• Cheesecloth or a nut milk bag• 1oz each of solomon’s seal, St. John’s Wort, goldenrod, and cotton wood buds if you have them• Enough carrier oil to cover the herbs (at least 1-2 inches of oil above the herbs) Loving Preparation – Herb Infused Carrier Oil 1. Begin by adding the herbs and carrier oil the pyrex measuring cup.2. Next, fill a sauce pan with about an inch of water.3. Place the pyrex measuring cup in the pan and turn on the heat to low.4. Gently heat the herbs and oil for at least one hour, checking the water level frequently to make sure it doesn’t evaporate away otherwise you’ll risk burning the herbs.5. Add more water to the pan as needed.6. Once the oil has taken on the aroma and color of the herbs, strain the infused oil through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into a clean mason jar.7. Store in a cool dry place for future use. Now that you know how to make the infused oil, it time to make the ointment! 1. Begin by adding 4TB(2oz) of the infused oil to a pyrex measuring cup as well as the .25oz of beeswax.2. Melt the two together on gentle heat in a water bath, stirring occasionally to combine.3. Remove from the heat and place on a kitchen towel to cool a bit.4. Next, add the essential oils and stir to combine.5. Pour the mixture into two 1oz tins or a 2oz tin.6. Allow to cool completely, cap closed, and label. You can read this handy post for some great in depth information on making salves. Joint and Muscle Ointment – Why These Ingredients Work Cottonwood Buds These unassuming tree buds are one of my favorite herbs for pain relief, inflammation, and stagnant fluids. It speeds up healing for both short-term and acute injuries making it perfect for post-workout soreness and joint pain. Essential Oils The essential oils I chose to use are all stimulating in nature. They help move stagnant fluid, soothe pain, and help relieve inflammation. Cayenne is especially beneficial for saturating tissues with its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities. Birch bark is another favorite oil that relieves pain better than any other oil I’ve used (however, you can only use VERY small amounts). Goldenrod Goldenrod is an herb I reach for for my knee problems. It works wonder for chronic achiness in the joints, throbbing muscle tears, bruising, and general inflammation. It’s a warming and circulation enhancing in nature making it perfect for joints and muscle aches. Solomon’s Seal Solomon’s seal is one of the best herbs I’ve found for ligament and tendon injuries. Having tendonitis myself, I can tell you with a fact that this herb soothes, lengthens, and softens stiff, painful connective tissues. St. John’s Wort St. John’s Wort is amazing for nerve pain, inflammation, and decreasing healing time. I find it especially helpful for my sciatica and loosening pinched nerves and muscles. What have been your favorite joint and muscle recipes? please share them in the comments below! You may also enjoy: How to Make a SalveHerbal Healing Oil RecipeStress Reducing Kava Kava Massage Oil This post contains affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Read my full disclosure and disclaimer.
2046shares Don’t let sore muscles slow you down during the busy holiday season! Enjoy a nice long soak in these DIY pain relief bath salts instead. (And sneak in some quiet time away from the kids and the hustle and bustle of the holidays.) My natural pain relief bath salts recipe is incredibly easy to make and smells wonderful. Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. A light blend of essential oils also offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. Even better? You can make my pain relief bath salts recipe in about 5 minutes! So not only are these bath salts easy to make when your body needs them most, but you can also whip these up in a jiffy for last minute holiday gifts. Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe © Rebecca Dawn Dillon Ingredients: 17 oz. Epsom salt.7 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil of choice).1 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)1 mL tangerine essential oil1 mL peppermint essential oil1 mL eucalyptus essential oil Instructions: To make these pain relief bath salts, begin by weighing out the Epsom salt into a large glass bowl. Set aside. In a separate container weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and polysorbate 80. Mix well. (Polysorbate 80 is a solubilizer that bonds with oil. It will keep the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil from sitting on top of the water in your tub. While this product is optional, it is recommended especially in the absence of a carrier oil so that your skin isn’t coming into contact with the essential oils undiluted in bath water when adding essential oils to bath salts.) Then using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and add the essential oil. Stir to combine. Now combine the wet ingredients with the Epsom salt and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly throughout the bath salts. Package your pain relief bath salts in your container of choice then label as desired for personal use or gifting. To use your pain relief bath salts, add 1/2 to 1 cup to warm bath water as desired and soak for 20 minutes. If you like my DIY pain relief bath salts, then you may also enjoy my natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe as well as my arnica pain relief salve recipe for muscle pain and inflammation. For more natural remedies be sure to follow my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care Pinterest board. Or follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board for more homemade skin care recipes. You can also find and follow Soap Deli News blog on all of your favorite social media platforms including Pinterest, G+, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Blog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes. 2046shares
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