Archive for the ‘Natural Body Care’ Category
Posted by|09 December 2013
Making your own gifts this year? Need a little last-minute inspiration?
We’ve collected some of our favorite recipes for all sorts of homemade goodies from sweet treats to natural bodycare formulas and medicinal staples to help you share the herbal love with friends and family. Most of these recipes can be made in just one day and none of them take longer than a week. There’s still time to craft all of these delights!
Did you know that most perfumes are manufactured using synthetic chemicals, even petroleum? Many of these ingredients don’t have to be listed on the labels, but are known allergens, hormone disruptors, and irritants. The majority have never even been studied for cosmetic use! This is pretty scary, but the good news is that we can easily create our own perfumes using natural ingredients. Here are three of our favorites.
This blend truly smells like the forest. Uplifting, grounding, meditative, and comforting.
4 drops Spruce essential oil
2 drops organic Fir Needle essential oil
2 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop organic Vetiver essential oil
1 drop organic Bergamot essential oil
1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil, and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.
Sweet Summer Perfume
A relaxing and warming blend reminiscent of summer, with a lightly floral aroma complemented by hints of spice and cedar. Especially useful during times of stress, anxiety, irritability, or depression. A great lift-me-up during the cold and dark winter months!
10 drops organic Lavender essential oil
5 drops organic Chamomile essential oil
4 drops organic Cardamom essential oil
1 drop organic Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop organic Geranium (Rose) essential oil
1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.
Rejuvenating, uplifting, energizing, and stimulating. This blend is good for mental clarity, lack of focus, and fatigue.
13 drops organic Peppermint essential oil
13 drops organic Rosemary essential oil
5 drops organic Lemon essential oil
5 drops organic Sage essential oil
5 drops organic Juniper Berry essential oil
1 tsp organic Jojoba Oil
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle and roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil and roll again. Add additional essential oils if you desire a stronger perfume.
Cocoa Calm Lip Balm
Taking some cues from aromatherapy for this silky lip balm recipe, we decided to try a relaxing combination of lavender and clary sage. Both of these sweet and floral essential oils are associated with calming properties that also uplift one’s mood. It turned out to be a wonderful blend! Of course, you can always experiment with your favorite essential oils to create a custom fragrance, or leave them out completely and allow the cocoa butter and coconut oil scents to shine through. This is a great basic formula that is easily transformable!
1 Tbsp organic unrefined Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp organic Cocoa Butter or 4 organic Cocoa Butter Wafers
2 Tbsp organic Sunflower Oil
1 Tbsp plus 1 teaspoon grated Beeswax or Beeswax Pastilles
10 drops organic Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops organic Clary Sage Essential Oil
a few drops of Vitamin E Oil (optional, but recommended)
Place chopped beeswax and oils in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax has melted. Once melted, remove from the stove top and stir in the essential oils and Vitamin E oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm containers. Allow your balm to cool completely before capping the containers. Makes enough to fill 10 lip balm tubes or three 1/2 oz tins. Enjoy!
Rose & Geranium Bath Bombs
This is such a fun project! These wonderfully rosy smelling bath bombs are fizzy and all-natural.
Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Slowly drizzle in Olive Oil and essential oil while stirring to prevent fizzing. Slowly spritz with hydrosol while stirring constantly until the mixture begins to clump together. The blend should be just moist enough to hold when pressed together with your hands, be careful not to add too much moisture. Add rose petals, press into molds, and allow to dry 2-3 hours before unmolding. Let bath bombs cure for one week before using them, then store in an airtight container. You can shape your bath bombs by using a melon baller, ice, candy or soap molds, clear plastic two-sided Christmas ornaments, egg cartons, or anything else you have on hand.
Chai Spice Oatmeal Cookies
On the hunt for the perfect seasonal cookie, we spiced up oatmeal cookies with some very special homemade chai powder. These cookies are crunchy, sweet, salty, warming, spicy, aromatic deliciousness. Go ahead and make a double batch if you plan to share these at a gathering – they go fast!
1 cup organic all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
1 3/4 sticks softened organic butter
1 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1 large organic free-range egg
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups organic old-fashioned rolled oats
Powdered Chai Spice Mix
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, powdered spice mix, and sea salt together.
3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy and creamy. Add egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until combined. Scrape bowl with spatula.
4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until it just becomes smooth.
5. Gradually add oats and mix until well combined.
6. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into balls with your hands. Place on parchment lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart. Gently press down each ball to about 3/4-inch thickness using fingertips.
7. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool. Makes 22-24 amazingly delicious chai cookies!
Making mustard from scratch is so easy! It’s also wonderfully versatile since you can spice it up, experiment with different vinegars, or mix it into all sorts of other recipes. They look lovely as a set in glass jars with pretty labels and twine.
Brandied Honey Mustard Recipe
Combine mustard seeds, 1/3 cup water, brandy, and vinegar in a bowl and stir well to completely submerge the seeds. Cover and allow to soak at room temperature for 3 days. I like to swirl the bowl around a little each day to see the transformation. After 3 days, pour the mixture into a blender, add honey and salt, and blend until smooth. Store in a sealed jar and refrigerate. I recommend using a plastic lid or using some kind of barrier to keep the vinegar from corroding the metal.
For variations, follow these tips:
- Add 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of aromatic seeds during the soaking process.
- Dried fruit should be added during the soaking process.
- Add dried herbs, seasoning powders, or fresh fruit just before blending.
- For less sweet mustards, cut the sweetener by half.
Hoppy Ginger Brew
This homemade sparkling soda is a delightful non-alcoholic option for hop lovers! Refreshingly gingery and floral, this pop makes a wonderful treat when served ice cold. Feel free to experiment with this concoction as a mixer for cocktails too. It goes beautifully with bourbon or rum. The recipe below makes one 16oz bottle of soda, but you can quadruple it (at least) to make a larger batch. You can also swap out the hops for another herb that you enjoy or even chai!
1 ounce fresh organic ginger juice
2 ounces fresh organic lemon juice, finely strained
1.5 ounces organic hop flower simple syrup
1.5 ounces unflavored simple syrup
10 ounces warm water
25 granules of dry champagne yeast
You can use bottled ginger juice or grate and squeeze the juice from fresh ginger root pulp using cheesecloth. I always fresh squeeze my ginger and the result is definitely worth the extra labor. Pour the ingredients into a 16oz bottle, cap tightly, and shake well to mix. Store the mixture in a warm, dark place for exactly 48 hours. After 48 hours, refrigerate immediately to stop the fermentation process and enjoy chilled.
To make Hop Simple Syrup, bring 1 cup of organic white sugar, 2 cups water, and 2 cups of dried organic hops just to a boil and stir. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain into a jar and store in the refrigerator. To make unflavored simple syrup, follow the same directions but leave out the hops.
Berry Rooty Syrup
Keep your loved ones well this year! Our good old friend elderberry syrup is a definite go-to when we feel our immune systems weaken, but with the addition of adaptogenic schisandra berries and eleuthero root, along with more immune support from echinacea, this formula packs a big punch. You can also modify the recipe a bit by leaving out the echinacea for a delicious pancake, waffle, ice cream drizzling syrup!
3 cups cold water
¾ cup organic elderberries
¼ cup organic schisandra berries
¼ cup organic eleuthero root
¼ cup organic echinacea root
1 organic cinnamon stick
¾ to 1 cup raw local honey
1.5 ounces brandy (optional)
1 tsp fresh grated ginger root (optional)
Combine herbs with cold water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow herbs to simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat and mash the berries in the liquid mixture. Strain the herbs through cheesecloth and squeeze out the juice. Measure the liquid and add an equal amount of honey. Gently heat the honey and juice for a few minutes until well combined. Do not boil! Stir in brandy and bottle in sterilized glass. Label and keep refrigerated for up to 6 months.
Mama and Baby’s Massage Oil
Any new mamas or babies in your life? Selecting the best products and ingredients for skincare can be daunting, and baby’s skin is even more delicate and sensitive. Many commercial baby care products even include toxic ingredients that have been linked to allergies, cancer, developmental problems, and organ dysfunction, in addition to many other harmful side effects. No thanks! This soothing and gentle massage oil is perfect for nurturing mama’s and baby’s sensitive skin. Apply after bathing for massages, cradle cap, or anytime that skin feels dry. You can also pour a small amount into bathwater for a luxurious pampering bath.
Organic Sunflower or Sweet Almond Oil
2 parts Organic Lavender flowers
2 parts Organic Calendula flowers
1 part Organic Rose petals or buds
1 part Organic Chamomile flowers
1 part Organic Comfrey leaf
Vitamin E Oil
Fill a glass jar ¼ – ½ full with the herb mixture, then fill to the top with Sunflower or Sweet Almond oil. Pour into a crock-pot, double boiler, or electric yogurt maker, and make sure there is at least an inch or two of oil above the herbs. Gently heat the herbs over very low heat (preferably between 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for 1-5 hours until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herbs. Some texts recommend heating the oil 48-72 hours at a controlled temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn off heat and allow to cool. Once the oil is ready, strain using cheesecloth, and bottle into dry and sterilized amber bottles for storage. Store in a dark and cool place. Vitamin E Oil may also be added to prolong the shelf life.
Happy Holiday Crafting!
Posted by|02 December 2013
The holiday season can be a hectic time with feasts and gatherings and traveling, but it also offers a special opportunity to reflect on all of the precious things that bring joy and comfort to our lives. A hot cup of tea, a spoonful of elderberry syrup, a bowl of delicious curried soup, or a dab of homemade perfume on the wrist are all small reminders of how herbs enhance our everyday experiences.
In celebration of all that we’re thankful for, we decided to give away tokens of our gratitude. For the next 10 weekdays, we will be offering up our favorite herbal goodies to help support your health and wellbeing - because what we are most grateful for is you! We are so thankful for this passionate, creative, and conscientious community of people who truly care about protecting our natural treasures and sharing the tradition of herbal healing. You all inspire hope in the world. Thank you!
Today is Day 1 and we’re giving away one of our Classic Essential Oil Samplers!
Posted by|29 November 2013
The holidays are here again and what a truly wonderful year it has been! To help you along with your holiday gift planning, here’s a little list featuring some of our favorite herbal goodies. From the DIY enthusiast to the last minute shopper, we have a wonderful selection of botanical gifts for you to share with the ones you love. What could be better than the gift of health and healing?
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For Tea Lovers
This BPA-free Tea Glass Infuser is the perfect way to take loose leaf tea on the go! Featuring the Mountain Rose Herbs logo, and easy to use, this 12.85 oz (1.5 cup) travel infuser keeps your hands cool and your tea hot. Each glass has a durable poly exterior, glass interior, and comes with a leak proof removable stainless steel screw-on tea strainer and water tight screw-on lid. Complete with brewing instructions, care, and safety guidelines. Watch our video here!
From our delicious herbal blends to classic caffeinated favorites, you can find the perfect tea for anyone in your circle. For those who need a little kick, we have an extensive selection of Black, Green and White loose-leaf teas, with our newest additions including Mint Chocolate Mate, Green Sunrise, and Vanilla Black.
We also have a large selection of caffeine-free Organic Herbal Loose-Leaf Teas that are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality, flavor, and freshness. Some of our favorites include Hibiscus High, Firefly Chai, and Winter Spice. The little ones in your life may enjoy a nice cup of Quiet Child, Fairytale, or Lemon Tea.
Watching these gorgeous hand-sewn tea buds blossom into delicious works of art is a true wonder to behold. Crafted in remote gardens of China’s Yunnan province, young certified organic tea leaves are picked in early morning, flattened, and sewn with cotton thread into bundles with fragrant flowers. Best enjoyed in one of our Glass Tea Pots, so you can watch this unique gift unfurl.
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These sampler kits contain some of our favorite and most popular oils for blending and diffusing. Packaged in beautiful 100% post-consumer waste gift boxes, these kits are an economical way to explore a variety of oils without the commitment of a larger size. Choose from: Chakra Blends, Favorites, Classic, Lovers, and Rose.
Diffusers are a practical, effective, and convenient way to enjoy essential oils in your home or office. Our Ceramic and Soapstone Diffusers utilize the heat from a tea light candle to fill a room with enticing aromas and a warming glow. Terra Cotta Pendent Diffusers are a wonderful way to scent you car or a small area naturally (they also fit well in a stocking). Our newer Ultrasonic Diffuser utilizes a ceramic plate to create a steady, silky plume of essential oil into the air.
These handcrafted oil blends and sprays make wonderful natural perfumes and body fragrances. Blended in small batches here at Mountain Rose, these enticing scents are hard to resist. The aroma oils are made with pure plant resins and essential oils in an organic jojoba oil base and the sprays are formulated with high quality flower waters, witch hazel extract, and pure essential oils – nothing synthetic!
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Pamper with Natural Bath and Body Care
Our handcrafted Facial Washes are certified as made with organic aloe vera and organic extracts, and the castille soap that we use is certified as made with organic oils. These all natural botanical facial washes are mild enough for any skin type and lightly aromatic for a refreshingly clean experience. They make a wonderful body wash too! Our facial wash contains no synthetic ingredients, perfume oils, preservatives, or harmful chemicals, and we make them in small batches to ensure the highest quality for bathing bliss. Choose from Lemon Facial Wash or Rose Facial Wash.
These luscious body butters are crafted by our friends at Wild Carrot Herbals, and make a decadent gift for yourself or a loved one. Choose from Citrus Sunrise or a warming Ginger. Each comes packaged in a reusable glass jar with two-piece lid.
From Fawn Lily Botanica, comes these artisan bars of soap. These cold processed soaps are cleansing, yet gentle, soothing, nourishing, and moisturizing. At a generous 5 oz, these bars make a long lasting gift with 5 amazing botanical combinations to choose from: Chai Spice, Ginger Honey, Lemongrass and Matcha, Soothing Herbal, and Woodland.
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Let your loved ones choose their own botanical treats with a Gift Certificate! The recipient of your gift card can choose freely from all the lovely items available at Mountain Rose Herbs. Each gift certificate comes with a complimentary card, which we will fill out and include with the order if you’d like. Available in $25, $50, and $100 quantities.
Wishing You Happy Holidays!
Posted by|01 November 2013
We’re excited to bring you Soap Crafting, a new book from The Soap Queen, Anne-Marie Faiola!
Throughout Soap Crafting, Anne Marie shows you how to make perfect cold-process soap – which is sooo much nicer than what you can buy at the store! Simple instructions and great photography walk you through every step of the process.
With 31 fantastic recipes, it’s easy to master the techniques you need to produce the soaps you want. You’ll find chapters on colors (neon, oxides, mica), molds (milk jugs, yogurt containers, pipes), food ingredients (pumpkin, oatmeal, coffee, beer, avocado), and building techniques (embedding soap in soap, funnel pour, swirling). This colorful book offers everything you need to make your own soap safely. Such a fun, creative, and satisfying project, especially with the holidays approaching!
Herbal Soap Recipe
Now is the perfect time to start making soaps for gift baskets, so here’s a little recipe from the book. You can find lots of the ingredients needed on our website:
(Click on the page images below to enlarge for easy reading.)
Posted by|07 October 2013
Selecting the best products and ingredients for skincare can be daunting, and baby’s skin is even more delicate and sensitive than our own. The lists of ingredients on baby care products are often a mile-long and contain hard-to-read and unrecognizable ingredient names. Many commercial baby care products even include toxic ingredients that have been linked to allergies, cancer, developmental problems, and organ dysfunction, in addition to many other harmful side effects. No thanks!
This soothing and gentle massage oil is perfect for nurturing mama’s and baby’s sensitive skin. Apply after bathing for massages, cradle cap, or anytime that skin feels dry. You can also pour a small amount into bathwater for a luxurious pampering bath.
- Organic Sunflower or Sweet Almond Oil
- 2 parts Organic Lavender flowers
- 2 parts Organic Calendula flowers
- 1 part Organic Rose petals or buds
- 1 part Organic Chamomile flowers
- 1 part Organic Comfrey leaf
- Vitamin E Oil
Fill a glass jar ¼ – ½ full with herbs, then fill to the top with Sunflower or Sweet Almond oil. Screw a tight-fitting lid onto the jar, shake well, and place in a warm windowsill to infuse. Shake the jar daily or as often as you remember. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth or muslin. Add Vitamin E Oil to the infusion, then pour into glass jars.
Posted by|25 September 2013
In my old understanding of myself, I am a perky, pleasant and mellow sort who took a long time to anger or irritate. My current reality, however, is one of a bit more emotional buoyancy. I have surprised myself with a newly-shortened temper, a wide range of energy levels (from bursts of incredible creativity to unexplained exhaustion), and perplexing tears in the midst of a sunny, cheery day. I joked with one of my friends that it is a bit like being a teenager, only now I have the experience, vocabulary, and bank account to really shake things up!
My philosophy about some of this menopausal upheaval is to not just survive, but to also embrace the lessons and opportunities as I move toward what I trust will be an even more mature version of myself. I’ve decided that self-care is in order: embracing the emotional depths and exploring the creative surges. My strategies include soothing teas, yummy treats, calming herbs, and some exciting new projects:
Oatstraw, Lemon Balm, & Sage Tea with Honey
1 teaspoon organic Oatstraw
1 teaspoon dried organic Lemon Balm or about 4-5 leaves of fresh
1 teaspoon dried organic Sage
Put these herbs into an infuser and pour boiling/hot water over. Let steep for 3-4 minutes (or more) and stir in a teaspoon or so of raw, local honey. Sip. Breathe.
Gooey, Sort-of Healthy, Feel-Good Cookies
These can easily be made as vegan cookies and you could adjust the flour to even make them gluten free! This is the recipe as I like it.
½ cup organic butter
½ cup organic brown sugar
1 cup organic whole wheat pastry flour
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. You’ll need a 13 X 9.5 X 2” baking pan. (I prefer glass for this recipe but you can use what you have!) Mix these three ingredients and then press to cover the bottom of the pan. This can take a little time to get it even (good for working out some stress.) Bake this for about 10 minutes and then remove from oven.
Sweet Coconut Topping
2 organic, free range eggs—well beaten (or an egg substitute)
1 cup organic brown sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons organic, whole wheat pastry flour
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup organic shredded coconut
1 cup nuts of choice, chopped or sliced (optional)
Mix the eggs, sugar, and vanilla, stir in flour baking powder and salt and then add coconut and nuts. Spread this over the “crust” and return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, cool a bit, and cut. These are especially good warm, but they age well too. They are chewy, gooey and great with a glass of tea!
To calm down fast, I rub a little lavender essential oil onto my temples and/or take a few drops of Skullcap Tincture. I find the Skullcap to be useful if I feel a tension headache coming on (something new in my world) or am experiencing that pounding, flushing, anger-rising feeling, where I’m afraid I might say something that will make things worse!
I have heard that the menopausal years can be a time of great change for many women—relationship shifts, children leaving home, going back to school, or changing careers. I definitely feel the pull toward reinvention and exploration. After all, half my life has passed, my kids have all struck out on their own and now is the time for me to do the things I’ve always craved. For me, my new foray into keeping bees seems to be one of the ways to feed my transitional soul. I feel calm and centered when I’m working with the bees. I love the buzzing vibrations stirring when the sun warms the hive and I feel nothing short of wonderment at the feminine focus and the purposeful way the bees move through the tasks and jobs of their short lives with a strong desire to serve the whole. All the work that goes into one drop of honey dazzles me and gives meaningful metaphor to a person’s lifetime of work!
This post comes to us from Kori, our Public and Media Relations Coordinator! A West Coast native, Kori is a seasoned nonprofit activist and community organizer. Having launched six adult kids, she spends her free time in her burgeoning organic and very urban “farm”—taming Heritage chickens, building top-bar beehives from reclaimed materials, baking, brewing, and preserving.
Posted by|20 September 2013
As harvest season is coming to an end, we are receiving freshly distilled hydrosols! Which means that all of your favorites are back in stock or will be soon.
Hydrosols may also be referred to as hydroflorates, flower waters, or distillates. They are produced by steam distilling plant material, which is the same production method used for most essential oils. They have similar therapeutic properties as their accompanying essential oil, but are much less concentrated. These pure hydrosols are not by-products of essential oil production, but come from devoted distillers who steam small batches of plant material strictly to produce these wonderful products.
Hydrosols have mild aromas when directly compared to their matching essential oil, this is because they only contain the water soluble constituents from the botanical material. They still have very beautiful aromas and are a versatile botanical product to have on hand for many preparations. They can be used alone as a facial toner or body spray, combined into an air freshener, or as a luxurious ingredient to substitute water in homemade bodycare formulations.
Posted by|17 September 2013
Our very special catalog for Autumn/Winter 2013 is on the way!
This time around, we’ve packed it full of our favorite recipes and stories to celebrate our 25 years in the herbal community. You’ll also find fun how-tos, exciting new products, gorgeous color photos, and plenty more herbal goodies. We truly hope you’ll enjoy strolling down our little memory lane as much as we did!
As always, we print on post-consumer waste paper with eco-friendly inks so you can recycle the cover and compost the rest, although we hope you’ll keep it around for a while or share it with a friend.
Want a FREE copy all for yourself?
Posted by|13 September 2013
Our collection of Aroma Oils offers a great way to enjoy natural botanical scents, without the harsh, synthetic chemicals found in many commercial products. Exquisite and alluring, our aroma oils make wonderful body perfumes that last for hours. These beautiful synergistic healing blends are crafted to evoke feelings of passion or relaxation. Each of our aroma oils are created in small batches, right here at Mountain Rose Herbs, and contain a perfect combination of jojoba and grapeseed oils with pure essential oils…
~ Here are 4 of our classic aroma blends! ~
Aphrodite Aroma Oil: This sensuous blend has the perfect mix of spice and floral notes. Contains organic Palmarosa, organic Australian Sandalwood, Rose and organic Patchouli essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
Heart Aroma Oil: A warming and balancing blend crafted to inspire joy. Contains organic Lavender, organic Ylang Ylang, organic Roman Chamomile and organic Sweet Marjoram essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
Sleep Ease Oil: This soothing and relaxing aromatherapy blend has a mellow, mildly warm, and slightly sweet fragrance with pleasant bittersweet undertones. Contains organic Sweet Marjoram, Hops, Valerian, Moroccan Chamomile, organic Roman Chamomile and organic Lavender essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
Spirit Aroma Oil: This grounding oil is based on a very old recipe that promised “visions of fairies”…oooh! Contains organic Australian Sandalwood, organic Lavender, organic Cedarwood, organic Cypress, organic Fir Needle, organic Sweet Marjoram and organic Sage essential oils in a base of organic Jojoba and Grapeseed oils.
See our website here for our complete line of these amazing blends!
Posted by|11 September 2013
This body scrub is so easy to make and smells amazing. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed but not too minty as the soft vanilla bean aroma lightly perfumes your skin. Honey is a luxurious ingredient that helps moisturize, nourish, and protect the skin with its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties. In fact, I love to use honey alone as a face mask several times a month. If you’re collecting recipes for this year’s herbal handmade holiday gifts, this one will be perfect for the vanilla lovers out there!
1 cup fine sea salt or fine organic sugar
1/4 cup raw organic honey
1 organic vanilla bean, split and scraped
10 drops organic peppermint essential oil
1 tsp organic vanilla extract (optional)
Posted by|09 September 2013
Making your own mouthwash is as easy as making tea and allows you to avoid artificial colors, flavors, fluoride, and sweeteners often found in commercial products. Using rose tea offers a wonderful astringent base to help tone your gums and keep them healthy, while the addition of tinctures lets you control and customize the medicinal potency you need depending on your current oral health.
Medicinal Herbal Mouthwash
This mouthwash is perfect during times when your gums need a little extra care. The anti-bacterial and astringent herbs in this recipe help disinfect, soothe inflammation, and tighten tissue. I like to use this one as a medicinal preparation, rather than as a daily rinse.
1 cup organic Rose bud or petal tea, brewed strong and cooled to room temperature
¼ oz Myrrh tincture
Everyday Herbal Mouthwash
This is a great recipe to use each day after you brush your teeth. The calendula, white oak bark, and myrrh are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent to clean and protect.
1 cup organic Rose bud or petal tea, brewed strong and cooled to room temperature
¼ oz Myrrh tincture
Mix all ingredients together in an amber bottle and store in the refrigerator for one to two weeks, unless it starts to get funky sooner. The alcohol and refrigeration should preserve it for quite a while, though I don’t know for sure how long since I use a batch up quickly when needed – usually within a week. If your teeth are sensitive to cold, you can mix it with a little hot water to warm. Swish a mouthful or two each day for 30 seconds and then spit out. For a fresher flavor, add a few drops of peppermint flavoring extract.
Posted by|23 August 2013
After a long day of playing outside, digging in the dirt, and delighting in the mud, the last thing my daughter wants to do is take a bath. I’ve got my list of persuasion techniques, which start with picking fresh lavender or lemon balm from the yard to play with in the bath.
When this doesn’t work…
I ask if she wants to add a Bath Blossom pouch? She gives me an interested look, but really wants to continue playing outside. These Bath Blossoms from Earth Mama Angel Baby are a wonderful addition to any bath. They are soothing for fussy babies (or adults!), and nourish dry skin that has been outside for too long. Contains: organic oatmeal, organic chamomile flowers, organic lavender flowers, organic calendula flowers,organic lemon balm, and organic rose petals.
If this still doesn’t work…
It may take a little while, but eventually she does take a bath, and always has a blast!
Visit our website to see our full line of Baby and Children’s care products.