Archive for the ‘Natural Body Care’ Category
Posted by|22 July 2014
Feeling burned-out or lacking energy from all your fun summer adventures? Well, it isn’t over yet!
The last push of summer is coming, and with it opportunities to seek out long lost friends and enjoy every bit of the sun as it fades into fall and loved ones go into hibernation. Maybe you need something just a little extra sweet to keep you going? Thankfully, pure plant aromatics are here to lift us up.
Just like stopping to smell the flowers, wearing fragrances you love can help boost your mood and keep energy up. Here’s a wonderful solid perfume recipe to excite the senses and stabilize your exhausted emotions. Simply apply a bit on the neck and pulse points to enjoy. Super easy to make and totally customizable, this harmonizing solid aroma balm is perfect for your summer fun. Feel free to formulate your own scent combination and check out some of our past posts for inspiration!
Revitalizing Solid Perfume
Balm Base Recipe
1 ½ cup organic Almond oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
½ cup beeswax pastilles
Revitalizing Solid Perfume Aroma Blend
60 drops organic Lemon essential oil
25 drops organic Eucalyptus essential oil
22 drops organic Cinnamon Leaf essential oil
22 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
*Cinnamon Bark essential oil is very strong and may cause irritation if using on the skin. I went with Cinnamon Leaf essential oil to avoid potential irritation. All essential oils are highly concentrated, so please use and craft with care!
- In a double boiler (Pyrex is easiest), melt the beeswax pastilles into your carrier oil mix.
- Once completely melted, remove from heat and add Essential Oils and Vitamin E Oil
- Stir and pour into 1 oz containers. You can also find beautiful lockets at thrift stores to use instead of tins. These make sweet gifts and are fun to wear!
- Allow to cool on a safe shelf, away from pets and children.
Cinnamon: The smell of cinnamon invigorates the senses, relaxes tension, and calms nerves. For this recipe, using Cinnamon leaf oil is important, as cinnamon bark oil can cause irritation to the skin.
Eucalyptus: Known for increasing energy and balancing emotions, good for soothing away stress.
Lemon: An uplifting citrus scent! Lemon is balancing and is helpful for making clear decisions and for emotional purging.
Rosemary: Stimulates memory, confidence, perception, and creativity. Helpful for balancing mind and body. Uplifts the mood and helps you remember good dreams!
Posted by|30 June 2014
We’ve all witnessed the deodorant revolution happen over the past few years. From over-the-top chemical infused sticks to ruin-your-blouse white stuff, finding a healthy and practical alternative can be a challenge. I’ve tried them all and even gone without for many years. Most of the time I don’t need it, but occasionally I like to go on multiple day hiking trips or enjoy the local music scene in small, warm venues. So, I experimented with lots of other recipes to create a formula that works perfectly for my needs.
This isn’t the normal wipe it on deodorant! The ingredients in this recipe, such as the cocoa butter and shea butter, will melt easily with body temperature, while maintaining a solid form in the tin throughout the day. I push a little pea sized chunk off with my finger and rub it into my underarm just like I would body lotion. Once you see how easy it is to make, you might just go a little deodorant wild like me, mixing in your favorite essential oils for a personalized scent treat!
All-Natural Homemade Deodorant Recipe
Makes two 2oz tins
Organic Essential Oils
25-40 drops total
1. In a pyrex measuring glass, combine Cocoa Butter and Shea butter.
2. Using a double boiler, heat over low-medium until butters are melted.
3. Remove from heat and stir in Arrowroot Powder and Baking Soda.
4. Stir in Vitamin E Oil and your desired essential oil blend.
5. Carefully pour into 2 oz tins, filling to the top, but making sure not to spill over.
6. Place lids on containers without pressing down to lock. Just let them sort of sit on top to help prevent dust from settling in your deodorant while it sets.
7. Allow to completely cool and solidify, this can take 6+ hours. I usually let them sit overnight.
Enjoy! And remember, deodorant works best if applied before you are active!
Posted by|17 June 2014
If you love the sun as much as I do, you’ve probably been scouring the natural foods stores for the best natural sun protection out there. I worked at a grocery co-op for a while and even though we had the best products on the market for happy healthy skin with minimal additives, I’ve still always wanted to go a little further.
I’ve spent the last couple of months perfecting a sunscreen recipe, and have finally created one that I’m happy to share with friends and family. For this recipe I combined all of my favorite skin-loving ingredients and combined it with the known protection of a small amount of zinc oxide (non-nano) for a super protective and perfectly nourishing sun screen.
Right now is also the perfect time of year to utilize the powerful sun for infusing oils. This is a great way to add the healing properties of herbs to a body care recipe. I like to keep a bottle of calendula infused olive oil and lavender infused olive oil around, because I know I use them in SO many recipes. For this one, I used half calendula infused olive oil and half lavender infused olive oil. If you want a shortcut, you can purchase calendula infused oil here and use it alone for the recipe.
Herbs for Healthy Skin
Known for its anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. Slightly astringent and antiseptic.
Lavender is a calming and relaxing herb. It is antispasmodic, antiseptic, and used to relieve sunburns, insect bites, cuts, blemishes, and muscular aches. A classic healing herb for skin – especially minor burns.
Aloe helps to both moisturize the skin while being mildly astringent to draw out heat. It is soothing and helps relieve irritation from sunburn, minor skin burns, rashes, and insect bites.
Neem oil is a rich and thick (you may need to heat it in warm water to use it) golden brown base oil with a strong and nutty aroma. Neem oil is derived from pressed neem tree nuts and has antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Neem also has a low natural SPF which will help protect your skin!
Sesame oil comes from pressed sesame seeds. Sesame oil is an antioxidant base oil and is a source of vitamins A and E and protein. Sesame oil has a long shelf life and also has a low natural SPF.
Coconut oil is a great ingredient for lip balms, lotions, deodorants, and is known as the ultimate skin softener. Makes a great after-sun treatment.
Derived from the first pressing of ripe olives with beneficial vitamins and minerals. It is a great oil for infusing herbs, although in body care it is best used lightly unless you enjoy the aroma. In this recipe, you won’t be able to smell it in the end.
Beeswax is used as a thickener in recipes for creams, lotion, salves, butters and balms. It also adds a lightly protective barrier to the skin. If you desire a vegan recipe, you could replace it with carnauba wax.
Cocoa butter smells heavenly! Cocoa butter is hard at room temperature but easily melts at body temperature. This will help keep your final product solid until you rub it on. Great before, during, and after sun!
Derived from pressed shea nuts, this butter is a cream-colored soft substance with a strong nutty fragrance. Shea butter is a highly emollient, skin softening additive that’s great for lotions and creams, as well as body balms and nail care.
Lavender Essential Oil contains all of the amazing healing power of lavender flowers, but concentrated into a highly aromatic and therapeutic oil. A few drops go a long way, so I use this oil both as a soothing agent and for fragrance since it blends deliciously with the scent of the cacao and shea butter.
DIY Herbal Sunscreen Recipe
1/8 cup organic Calendula or organic Lavender infused oil (Jojoba, Grapeseed, or Olive Oil)
1/8 cup Aloe Vera Gel
1/8 cup organic Neem Oil
1/8 cup organic Sesame Oil
1/8 cup organic Coconut Oil
1/8 cup Beeswax Pastilles
1/8 cup organic Cocoa Butter or 10 wafers
1/8 cup organic Shea Butter
40 drops organic Lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
2 Tbsp Zinc Oxide (non-micro) – I found mine online.
If you don’t want to add Zinc Oxide, that’s totally fine. Simply omit it and you will have a lovely lotion great for the skin with a low natural protection around 5 SPF. If you go this route, it will be important to test out how the protection works for you with short exposures. Use multiple applications!
These tins work perfectly to store your natural sun block. I used one 4 oz tin and two small 1 oz tins.
When making body care products that include oils and butters and other ingredients, I always melt my butters first. You can do this using a double boiler over medium heat.
1. In a Pyrex bowl, melt together coconut oil, beeswax, cacao butter, and shea butter over gently simmering water.
2. Once melted, add in your oils and your aloe vera gel.
3. Once everything is adequately mixed together, remove from heat and then stir in the zinc oxide if using. Be careful while doing this step, zinc can be irritating if it comes into contact with mucous membranes, especially in this powder form. Wear cloth around your nose and mouth and goggles. It is important to agitate as much as possible at this stage. Use a whisk to mix thoroughly.
4. Lastly, add in your essential oils and Vitamin E Oil. Stir until well distributed.
5. Pour into containers and let cool until solid before closing with a lid.
And now you’ve made your own sunscreen! Time to soak up the sun safe and luxuriously! The sunscreen will be usable in about an hour, but will harden more overnight. Apply a thin layer when out and about in the sun, every hour for optimal nourishment. You’ll notice in the photo that the sunscreen you just made will go on silky smooth and won’t leave behind a white residue.
Posted by|05 June 2014
We are in downtown Eugene setting up for our first ever Pop-Up Shop!
Come out and see us this weekend to experience our organic herbal goodies in-person. Enjoy free organic tea while you stock up on gourmet salts & spices, handcrafted bodycare products, plant medicines, organic tea, herbal books, and much more! Spend $25 or more and receive a free organic cotton “I Dig Herbs” tote bag while they last. There will also be AMAZING door prizes!
Friday, June 6th from 4 pm – 9 pm
during the First Friday Art Walk
Saturday, June 7th from 9 am – 5 pm
during the Saturday Market
Broadway Commerce Center
50 W. Broadway in Downtown Eugene, Oregon
Posted by|02 June 2014
The third Sunday in June is an opportunity to celebrate fathers, dads, grandfathers, and the influence of those strong, encouraging, male figures in our lives. While it may not seem like it to look through the card aisle at at any department store, our dads are as different, varied, and individual as flowers in a field! When you’ve exhausted the traditional tie and tool combo, maybe it’s time to ponder how to truly honor the unique spirit of the guiding men in your life. We’ve compiled a gift guide for all the fathers out there – nourishment for the soul, the heart, and the creative man that may be on your list…
Medicinals for Men
Whether you want to encourage and support an active lifestyle or an active mind, natural and organic botanicals can be a wonderful way to show you care. Herbal extracts are nice additions to Dad’s health care routine and the right tea or tonic is a tasty way to introduce adaptogens into the daily grind:
Spa Day for Dad
Who doesn’t need a little time out to relax, rejuvenate and tend to self care? We’ve long felt that the men in our lives deserve all the organic herbal goodness we have to offer. Perhaps a basket full of some of these goodies would make the perfect gift? And, if dad needs a little inspiration, we have this wonderful video featuring one of our favorite dads-on-staff, Mason, demonstrating our Herbal Facial Kit!
And, why not add a little aromatherapy to boost the spirit and calm the soul? Our Aroma Oils work so nicely as colognes or to transform an ordinary bath into a soothing treat. Favorite organic essential oils like Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Fir Needle, Rosemary, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Vetiver work well in an electric diffuser to scent the air and change the mood in any room!
A New Take on Tools
Whether you want to honor the herbalist or the cook, gifting useful and beautiful kitchen tools is a great way to show your support (and you might even be one of the first to receive a delightful herbal concoction!)
For grinding spices, making rubs, or making powders and other herbal mixes, a well-made mortar & pestle is a must! We have them in both marble and porcelain, and in the classic size and style to suit any kitchen. Add a spice and/or nutmeg grater for grating those hard-to-crush seeds and pods (like cinnamon sticks and nutmeg) or for a quick mince of fresh garlic.
Our Mezzaluna choppers are such handy tools, Dad will wonder how he ever lived without it! Perfect for quickly chopping fresh or dried herbs and spices, and good for nuts, vegetables and more!
Funnels are one of the most useful kitchen tools around for straining, mixing, and draining. We find them especially good for straining tinctures, infused oils and infused vinegars. Since one size does not always suit every project, we think a nice collection of large and small makes the most sense!
A Cup of Tea and the Perfect Book
Settling down with a good book and a hot cup of delicious tea is a gift that can be experienced again and again. We also believe that our organic teas can be good for you as well as tasty to drink. Brewed from water heated in a lead-free cast iron pot, Dad can lose himself in an afternoon of herbal pleasures:
Dad’s bookshelf just wouldn’t be complete without some of these fine titles: Foraging & Feasting by Dina Falconi, Wild Roots by Douglas Elliott, and Medicinal Mushrooms by Christopher Hobbs. These are all great volumes for the man interested in learning more about the foods and medicinal plants available in the wild world around us. If dad is interested in learning more about herbs and herbalism, both The Male Herbal and The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook by James Green are great guides.
If you’re looking for more ideas for recipes to make, products to craft, or other herbal treats to give as Father’s Day gifts, we have another post of Herbal Gifts for Dad!
Happy Father’s Day!
Posted by|19 May 2014
Let’s take a closer look at the Carrot Family!
Apiaceae – The Carrot Family
Be humble with the umbel! This family includes delicious food plants, wonderful medicines, as well as deadly poisons – and many look very much alike, especially in leaf and flower! Never use a wild Apiaceae plant without 100% positive identification.
If you are interested in learning more about plants in this family that grow near you, I highly recommend finding a good botanical key for your region and practicing without picking, or consult a local botanist whenever possible, until you become experienced at keying out plants. It’s really fun to identify these herbs, but takes careful study.
Inflorescence - Small flowers in umbels or compound umbels. Umbels are inflorescences with the pedicels (individual flower stalks) arising at a common point, like an umbrella. Compound umbels have secondary umbellets arising from the the primary rays.
Leaves - Often dissected to compound
Flowers - Generally, five petals and five stamens
Fruits – Mature fruit is a schizocarp that splits into two one-seeded mericarps. Each species differs in texture and can be ribbed and/or winged, and have stylopodiums of varying sizes to obsolete or nearly so.
Food and Medicine
Medicinally, many of the plants in this family are prized for their warming aromatic properties, especially the seeds and roots. These aromatics are most often used to stimulate the digestive system (fennel, cumin, caraway), reproductive system (angelica), and the respiratory tract (osha).
As food, the leaves (parsley, dill, cilantro), roots (parsnip, carrot, celeriac), seeds (coriander, anise, fennel, cumin, caraway), and other vegetative parts (celery and fennel) are used. Although, again, some plants in this family are very poisonous!
Topically, organic carrot seed essential oil from the seeds of the Daucus carota, also known as Queen Anne’s lace or wild carrot, is used in facial serums and creams created for dry or mature skin.
For more in the Basic Botany Series see:
Posted by|13 May 2014
The first time I ever created a lotion or cream, I was dazzled by how incredibly easy it was. As an avid cook, I quickly realized it was quite similar to making mayonnaise or a sauce or dressing – and the results are nutrition for the skin! High quality and luxurious skin lotions can be incredibly expensive and we may not know if all the ingredients are safe and non-toxic. Fortunately, since it is so easy to make our own, we can choose the best ingredients for a fraction of the price and concoct soothing masterpieces!
I created this rose-infused lotion from ingredients I love and that work well with my skin: Grapeseed oil because I love the silky texture and it works well with other oils to help the skin absorb, Coconut oil because it helps to retain moisture and won’t irritate, Cocoa butter because of the creaminess and the deep cocoa aroma, and the Rosehip Seed and Vitamin E oils because my skin (like me) is a little, uh, seasoned and these oils add extra nourishment.
Aloe Vera gel is a so good for those of us who spend a fair amount of time in the outdoors. Since I garden so much, I believe it helps heal scratches and scrapes, as well as soothe after a bit too much sun.
This particular recipe is all about the skin rejuvenating properties of rose – utilizing our wonderfully floral Rose Hydrosol and Aphrodite aroma oil for an intoxicating and spirit-lifting aromatherapy, but you could easily try different scents like lavender or citrus or even a woodsy aroma might be more your style! This particular lotion works quite nicely as a face and body lotion since it absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves a soft, silky sensation.
Feel free to use this recipe as a guide and experiment or make substitutions to create a face and body lotion to suit your preferences and needs, or make it as-is for a silky, luxurious face and body lotion…
Silky Rose Face and Body Lotion
½ cup Grapeseed oil
½ cup organic Coconut oil, refined or unrefined
1 Tablespoon organic Rosehip Seed oil
1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil
¼ cup Aloe Vera gel
¼ cup organic Rose Hydrosol
1-2 teaspoons Aphrodite aroma oil
10 drops Peru Balsam essential oil
In a glass Pyrex bowl or large glass Pyrex measuring cup (at least 4 cup size), combine the Grapeseed oil, Coconut oil, Cocoa Butter wafers, Rosehip Seed oil, Vitamin E oil, and Beeswax pastilles. Heat over boiling water until melted and mixed together. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about a half hour. You may be able to speed up the cooling process by setting the bowl in the fridge or freezer for several minutes.
Meanwhile, measure the Aloe Vera gel and Rose Hydrosol and combine. Now that the oils have cooled a bit, it is time to mix! I have tried this using a hand mixer, an immersion blender, and a traditional blender and they all work just fine. It really depends on your preference and what you have. If you are using a traditional blender, pour the melted oils and beeswax into the blender pitcher and turn on medium, gradually add the Aloe Vera/Rose Hydrosol mix in a slow steady stream. If you are using a hand mixer or hand immersion blender, you will do the same thing only hold the mixer/blender with one hand and do the pouring with your other hand.
Depending on the temperature of your ingredients, the mixing until thick and creamy may take anywhere from a few minutes to 5 or 10 minutes. Don’t get discouraged. The texture will be like a medium thick pudding when it is ready. At the very last, add the Aphrodite aroma oil and the Peru Balsam essential oil. The Peru Balsam serves as a great base note and fixative for the rose scents. It combines well with the other scents and I think it brings out the softness of the rose. It also lends additional anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities to the lotion. You can, however, leave it out or make a substitution (Lavender essential oil would also be nice.)
Pour the finished lotion into containers and allow to cool completely before putting on the lids. This recipe makes enough for about 2-3 cups of lotion (we filled three 4-ounce jars). If kept in a cool place, out of direct sunlight, the lotion should last just fine for several months, although you will likely use it up long before then!
*If you would like to make a thinner lotion, use 1 Tablespoon of beeswax, melted with the oils in the first step.
Posted by|07 May 2014
The garden beckons! Between the planting, the weeding, and the pruning, my pampered winter hands are getting their typical spring hazing of scratches, splinters, and soreness. Part of it is surely my own fault, as I tend to toss the gloves aside so I can feel the warm dirt in my hands and touch the rose bushes, lavender plants, and fruit trees.
Fortunately, I’ve created a soothing salve and I use it liberally to help heal scratches and scrapes, mend bruises, and tackle sore, inflamed joints and muscles. Rubbing it in after a day’s gardening starts the healing process right away. I’ve chosen herbs and oils that are well-suited for treating occasional aches, pains, and injuries: Arnica and Chamomile for their ability to help ease bruises, wounds, and irritated skin, Ginger root for its warming, muscle-soothing qualities, Lavender for its skin-healing properties, and Rosehip Seed and Vitamin E oils for rejuvenation of worn and tired skin.
Feel free to adapt this salve to suit your own needs, choosing oils or essential oils that you love and that work well for you!
Step 1: Create infused oils
I created two infused oils: one with the flowers and one with the ginger root. You could definitely infuse each herb separately, and then combine them into the salve.
In one ½ pint jar, put ½ cup each organic Arnica flowers and Chamomile flowers. Cover completely with organic Olive Oil. Put the lid on and infuse in a sunny spot for 2-4 weeks. You can also find organic arnica oil here.
Step 2: Make the Gardener’s Salve
½ cup organic Ginger root infused oil
1 ounce Beeswax pastilles
1 Tablespoon Rosehip Seed oil
1 Tablespoon Vitamin E oil
2-4 ounce tins, jars, or other containers
Put the infused oils and beeswax pastilles in a Pyrex dish that has been placed over a pot of boiling water (a double boiler). Heat until the beeswax has melted and the mixture is incorporated. Remove from heat and add Rosehip Seed oil, Vitamin E oil and essential oils. Stir quickly with a wooden spoon and pour into prepared and waiting tins. You’ll want to work quickly because once you remove the mixture from the heat, the beeswax will start to solidify again. Allow the salve to cool completely and store with the lid on in a cool, dry place. If stored properly, salves can last for 2-3 years.
If you’re interested in learning more about crafting salves and creating your own infused oils, check out our other blog posts:
Posted by|02 May 2014
Shampoos and Conditioners from Acure Organics are here!
Choose from three amazing shampoo and conditioner combinations, or mix and match as needed.
We love these hair care products because they are 100% biodegradable and contain no synthetic fragrances. They are also vegan, gluten-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free. In addition, Acure Organics donates 10 cents of every shampoo or conditioner purchase to water.org, an organization dedicated to providing clean and safe water to people all over the world.
Lemongrass and Argan
This everyday clarifying shampoo and moisturizing conditioner are refreshing choices for all hair types, and promote shiny, healthy, and clean hair. This shampoo is formulated with organic argan oil and organic avocado oil to help support hair keratin and provide vitamin B12 with every wash, and the conditioner contains moisture rich organic fair trade cocoa butter. These color-safe hair care products have a bright lemongrass aroma.
This triple moisture repairing shampoo and conditioner duo is ideal for those with normal to dry, damaged, or curly hair. These color-safe products have a lovely almond aroma, and provide lasting moisture for dry and damaged hair. Formulated with organic argan oil, sea buckthorn oil, and organic pumpkin seed oil to provide all of the essential omega fatty acids needed to add moisture and shine to your hair.
Pure Mint & Echinacea
This intense volumizing shampoo and conditioner were created for normal to fine or limp hair. With a refreshing mint aroma, these color-safe products gently build volume without stripping the natural oils in your hair. Formulated with quinoa proteins to support keratin, and babassu and organic argan oils to provide a lightweight moisture your hair will enjoy.
We hope you like them as much as we do!
Visit our Natural Hair Care page to see our full line of offerings.
Posted by|29 April 2014
Rosemary joined us in this beautiful garden to share her deep plant love as part of the Free Herbalism Project. In this new video, Rosemary discusses the healing properties and uses for the wonderful duo, but often uncelebrated, Sage and Thyme.
Posted by|21 April 2014
Where would we be without mothers, moms, grandmothers, aunts, and strong feminine mentors?
Whatever the original purpose of Mother’s Day, for me, it is an opportunity to honor and be honored—to extend sweet gestures of appreciation to the women in my life who have guided and inspired. As a mother of adult kids, I cherish not-so-long-ago memories of hand-drawn cards, hand-picked bouquets of sweaty dandelion flowers, and messy homemade breakfasts. Now, my kids get together with some of their friends and partners every year and host a brunch for several of us “moms”—we enjoy sharing the day with others and reminding ourselves that it takes a community of strong female role models to nurture the future.
Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift to honor Mom this May 11th, or you might want to create something truly personal for those you claim as Mother figures in your life? Whoever she may be, we’ve put together an inspiring herbal gift guide to suit every sort of mom…
Our Picks For…
The hiking, gardening, sporty, and rugged mom might be happier with gifts supporting her life-on-the-go than a bouquet of flowers. How about our Tea-to-Go glass tea infuser and some of her favorite nourishing herbal tea?
Our Joint Care extract and Arnica & St. John’s Massage Oil can help soothe tired muscles after a day of strenuous exercise and the Bug Out Repellent and Zinc Sunstick will keep her skin healthy and happy no matter where she might wander.
If she’s up for an herbal adventure, perhaps Foraging and Feasting—a field guide and wild food cookbook by Dina Falconi might inspire her!
The New Mom
New moms need extra pampering and some gentle reminders that self-care is as important as infant care! Our Nurse-Me Rhyme tea is a delicious, caffeine free combination of certified organic herbs to support breastfeeding mothers – and what could be easier than making a cup with one of these quick to clean Celestial Tea Strainers?
Our Green Tara Aroma Spray is an uplifting body mist or room spray created to promote calm, comfort and emotional balance and this delicious lightly-floral scent will surround a new mom with mellow garden aromas. Our gentle Rose and Lemon Facial Washes are another soothing gift—we create them ourselves in our kitchen from organic ingredients. Paired with a soak in a warm bath with Relaxing Bath Salts, the mother of a wee one may just be ready for anything!
Perhaps the new mom on your Mother’s Day list would love some homemade body care creations? Check out all of the adaptable recipes for lip balm, perfume, body scrubs, and more from this sun-inspired blog post. Your special touches are the perfect way to send care and comfort when it may be most needed!
The Mom Who’s Desperately-in-Need-of-a-Spa-Day
While a weekend away at a luxurious spa would be wonderful, it just might not be in the budget (money or time-wise). Fortunately, you can put together a nurturing spa-in-a-basket for the nurturer in your life.
Our organic Cleansing Grains can be used to exfoliate, while the Wild Rose Oil and Wild Rose Facial Toner will leave Mom’s face feeling pampered and restored. After a facial, a soak in the Midsummer Herbal Bath Salts with orange essential oil will add another layer of rejuvenation. This homemade Vanilla Mint Honey Scrub smells amazing and is an all-natural way to polish and moisturize, leaving Mom’s skin soft and happy. Follow the scrub and soak with one of our delectable therapeutic massage oils like Autumn Moon, Goddess Dreams, or Rose Moon for the ultimate regeneration.
Our certified organic Easy Day tea is the perfect hydrating beverage for a home spa day – delicious served up hot or cold – and flavored with sunny hints of berry and mint.
If your mother shines in the kitchen, why not spare her searching for the finest organic and Fair Trade ingredients and put together a collection tailored to the recipes she loves? The Epicurean Organics line of seasoning blends, peppercorns, salts, and culinary oils is created to inspire and satisfy the home cook who wants organic, high quality, and delicious—all at a reasonable price.
You might consider adding some organic vanilla beans or make your own vanilla extract by pouring 1 pint of vodka or brandy over 3 chopped vanilla pods in a clean jar, covering, and allow to infuse for several weeks. Shake the mixture daily to help thoroughly infuse the flavors. Our organic Saffron, Nutmeg, and other baking spices would be welcome additions to the foodie basket too.
If you really want to add a homespun spicy touch, why not create custom-made spice jars for your favorite mom—whether tucked into cork-topped glass spice jars or our super convenient stacking spice jars, you can choose the fresh, organic, bulk herbs you know she’ll use and enjoy. Toss in one of our favorite books, The Herbal Kitchen by Kami McBride and you’ve got a gift basket to please the most discernible foodie palate!
What can you do for the mom who never has too many books - just too few book shelves? Add a few new titles to her collection like Homegrown Herbs, 21st Century Herbalists, Herbal Healing for Women, Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers, Naturally Healthy Skin, or Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art.
You can also gift some cozy additions to her reading nook. Pure beeswax candles will produce a warm, comforting glow for hours of toxic-free light. Plus, what’s an afternoon spent enjoying a new book without a cup of tea? One of our favorite teas to read by is our Memory Zest herbal tea – full of delicious “brain” herbs to help with alertness. Tuck all those great reads into one of our Support Organic Agriculture messenger bags and Mom can take her library on the go!
Since our moms, aunts, grandmothers, and wise women mentors have helped shape and guide us, we honor them by celebrating their individuality!
Here are some more Mother’s Day inspirations:
Happy Mother’s Day Planning!
Posted by|15 April 2014
I’ve been making a lot of liquid soap blends for around the house this week, much more than usual because we just moved! With the move came an extra bathroom which meant, yep, I needed more soap. I love using Castille Soap in as many ways as possible, it lasts forever, and is an affordable natural product. I’ve used it on my hair as shampoo, as dish soap, and as a general house cleanser. I learned that diluting it is the best way to go and adding other ingredients like essential oils can create fun scents or extra anti-microbial action.
This week while I was playing with castille soap and my favorite blends from our Spring Aroma Sprays blog, it dawned on me just how wonderful another classic herbal blend would be for hand soap! The lingering warm and spicy blend of cinnamon, cloves, and cleansing lemon and eucalyptus are sure to please guests and help keep my home healthy and happy. This blend is full of powerful herbs that legend tells us held strong even against the plague! That is exactly the sort of force I want in my hand soap — and dish soap too! For this hand soap blend, I also added a tiny bit of vegetable glycerin, feel free to add more if you like your hand soap more moisturizing. I found just 1 Tablespoon in an 8oz container worked wonders! My hands were smooth and soft and smelled amazing!
What you’ll need:
8oz container - or you can reuse an old container!
1oz container (travel size)
2 1/8 cups distilled water
5 Tbsp organic Liquid Castille Soap
2 Tbsp organic Vegetable Glycerine *optional
Pitcher for blending essential oils
This essential oil recipe will bring you to a total of 120 drops, which is enough essential oil blend to make two 8oz bottles of herbal hand soap, plus two travel size herbal hand soaps to store in your purse or in the glove box of your car.
40 drops organic Clove Essential Oil
15 drops organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops organic Rosemary Essential Oil
*If you have Cinnamon Bark at home, that will work fine for non-sensitive skin – however, Cinnamon bark is very strong and may cause irritation if using on the skin, so reduce the amount by half. I went with CInnamon Leaf for a more delicate hand soap.
In a medium pitcher or small bowl mix together distilled water, liquid castille soap, vegetable glycerin if you are using it, and your blend of essential oils. Stir lightly, don’t agitate too much or you could be quickly consumed by bubbles! Using a funnel, fill your two 8oz bottles and lastly your two 1oz travel size bottles!
The castille soap will give you the suds necessary to really scrub off any dirt or grime you may get on your hands this spring season, and the wonderful blend of antiseptic essential oils will leave you feeling that much more refreshed and cleansed.
* Essential oils are highly concentrated, strong, and powerful liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully and properly. This is an especially potent blend of essential oils which could cause irritation when applied to the skin, even in diluted amounts. We advocate caution when using them, and do not recommend using essential oils internally. Please keep essential oils out of reach of children. We do not advocate usage of this recipe on babies, toddlers, or children.