Natural Beauty Recipe: Dry Skin Cleanser

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How to Make a Moisturizing Cleanser:
 
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp jojoba oil
1 tsp glycerin
1/2 tsp grapefruit seed extract
8 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops rosemary essential oil
1 capsule vitamin E 

Shake well, before each use, until blended. Apply with a cotton ball to face and neck. Rinse well with warm water.

Feel Terrific!

Natural Beauty Recipe: Oily Skin Cleanser

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This Oily Skin Cleanser Helps Control Excess Oil 

Here’s how to make it ~

1/4 cup witch hazel
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp glycerin
1/2 tsp grapefruit seed extract
6 drops lemon essential oil
1 capsule vitamin E 

Mix well, until blended. Apply with a cotton ball to face and neck. Rinse well with warm water.

Feel Amazing.

Natural Beauty Recipe: Stimulating Scalp Treatment

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How to Make Stimulating Scalp Treatment:
 
2 ounces jojoba oil
15 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops cedarwood essential oil 

The essential oils in this formula are traditionally used to stimulate hair growth. Apply this treatment to your scalp at least 1 hour before shampooing. 

Combine jojoba oil with rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils in a small dark-glass bottle. Shake well. 

Apply 1/2 teaspoon or more to your scalp, massaging the oil  into your scalp with your fingertips.  After 1 hour or longer (you can leave this scalp treatment on overnight) shampoo your hair as usual.

Feel great.

Natural Beauty Recipe: Aloe Vera & Lavender Facial Mist

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How to Make Aloe-Lavender Facial Mist 

6 ounces aloe vera juice
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil 

Aloe vera, lavender, and frankincense all have cell-renewing properties and make a wonderfully fragrant facial mist.

Combine aloe vera juice with lavender and frankincense essential oils in a 6-ounce glass spray bottle. Shake vigorously. 

Shake well before each use and mist skin as desired.

Feel Beautiful.

Natural Beauty Recipe: Luxurious Body Powder

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How to Make Body Powder  ~

1 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 cup white cosmetic clay
1/2 cup dried rose petals
25 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops sandalwood essential oil
10 drops rose essential oil 

Body dusting powders add a luxurious finishing touch to a bath. They give your skin a silky feel and absorb excess perspiration.  Powder the rose petals in a clean coffee grinder.  Mix the arrowroot, clay, and powdered roses together in a nonporous bowl.  Add lavender, sandalwood, and rose essential oils and thoroughly mix the oil into the powder with your fingertips. 

Store in a covered tin or glass jar to prevent the essential oils from dissipating, and allow the powder to mellow for a couple of days before using.  Apply with a powder puff or large soft brush, or package in a spice jar with a shaker top.

Make Your Own Lovely Lip Balm

Something I’ve wanted to do for a decade now, so with my probably outdated beeswax, I decided to finally do this man!!

After looking at a few lip balm recipes, which always had an ingredient that I didn’t, I kinda saw that the oil to wax ratio was 4 times a much oil, give or take.  So what I did was melt down my hunk of wax so I’d know how much it was (about a third cup) and then I knew how much oil to use.

The oils I used in this batch included coconut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, a bit of castor oil and a vitamin e capsule.

I melted and mixed and then added my essential oil blends (so easy!!)

What did I use you ask?  I will share – one with peppermint and orange – one with orange and clove and one with fennel 🙂  Then I ran out of lip balm containers and still had a lot of balm left to use so I made a perfumed salve with a mix of sandalwood and rosewood – my favorites…. mmmm…. bliss!

My house smelled soooo good and I, with my cranky babe and Dreg’s party hat, was ultra-moisturized from all the testing.  Very proud of me AGAIN this weekend (as if the yogurt making were not enough!) and I’m totally stocked on balms which always makes me feel well taken care of… the same thing with having lots of soap.  Hmmm… I think I know what I will try next!

Goofy Gas

This seems like such a terrible thing to blog about, but the air about this house hasn’t been so fresh. Allow me to be frank and say as delightful as I am, my god, do I stink.  Many many times this week I have ran away from myself wondering what is that? Ugh. What did I eat?

At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it, but after some lingering reflections, I’ve narrowed my guess to the origin of the goofy gas to the large shaker container of garlic powder that’s been going on everything – especially the organic green beans.

We ordered a big 10 pound bag of frozen ones from Frankferd Farms so we can eat them often with olive oil, a lil’ pepper and garlic powder and the kids and I have been loving them… which would explain why the cubs have been letting the wind fly too!

Aside from relief, gas is always good for a giggle around here.  I even laughed a little bit ago when I read this question listed at Yahoo Answers – Why does garlic make me fart smelly farts like crazy?

People fart.  And then people wonder.

If that includes you, then by all means, please enjoy the article Tail Winds listed at the Garlic Seed Foundation to further expand your flatulence knowledge.

No More Cavities

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After a horrible day at the dentist office, it would be great if I never had to say AHHH again.  The older I get, the bigger of a baby I am becoming about going to the dentist.  It’s really starting to stink!

I’ve got dental health on my mind and found an interesting page with natural dental care tips and what dietary adjustments you can make to keep cavities away.

Natural Tooth Cure for Curing Cavities and Preventing Root Canals

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sunburn

Hello Friend!

Summer fun is officially happening for us. I’m happy to report that I’ve done a great job with my Mama duty of keeping our little family sunburn free. There’s way more fun things for you to do than slathering on slimy Aloe Vera!!

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sunburn

Sunburns can happen even if you *try* to follow all the rules:

Minimizing your sun exposure between the times of 10am and 3pm;
Applying sunscreen of 15 SPF or higher (and reapplying); and
Wearing protective clothing and sunglasses.

Perhaps you missed a spot with the sunscreen or just forgot all the rules for the afternoon and now YOUR SKIN IS ON FIRE!!

Try these soothing remedies:

1. To help cool down your skin; try using a compress saturated with cold water or soak in a cool bath.

2. Add a cup of white vinegar to your cool bath.

3. Take a baking soda bath.
Then air dry so the baking soda can dry on your skin.

4. Apply fresh Aloe Vera. Break open a leaf and squeeze the gel out or slice open and rub on skin. Be sure to remove any sharp edges.

5. Make a paste with corn starch and water and apply to sunburn.

6. Apply veggie slices. Raw cucumber or potato will bring relief.

7. Cover your sunburn with plain yogurt. Then take a cool shower.

8. Boil lettuce leaves in water. Strain, then let the liquid cool several hours in the refrigerator. Dip cotton balls into the liquid and gently press or stroke onto irritated skin.

9. Supplement with Vitamins C, E and Selenium.

10. Drink water and lots of it!

Have fun in the sun but remember skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. (So protect yourself!) The damage starts young as most people experience 80% of their lifetime sun exposure by the age of 18!

A Note on Vitamin D

Is sunlight good for us? Yes, it helps us create Vitamin D!

How? Expose your hands, face & arms to direct sunlight for
10-20 minutes, 3 times a week.

Why do we need vitamin D?

* Essential for bone health
* May prevent & inhibit the growth of cancer cells
* Prevents osteoporosis & bone fractures
* Prevents tuberculosis
* Aids in autoimmune disorders (like Rheumatoid arthritis)
* Prevents central nervous system lesions (in Multiple Sclerosis)
* Helps heal psoriasis
* Enhances immune cell function
* Prevents seasonal depression

What foods contain Vitamin D?
Animal products: cod liver oil, cold water fatty fish, fortified milk & fortified soy milk, butter, egg yolks and lard. (yuck!)

tn48.jpg Want to know more about safe sunscreens?

Find out which ones actually provide protection at cosmeticdatabase.com