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  • DIY: After Sun Spray

DIY: After Sun Spray

Our summer here in the Pacific Northwest is turning out to be an early scorcher. With outdoor parties, festivals, and camping trips on the calendar, and temperatures already nearing 100 degrees, now is a good time to take extra precautions for your skin. Drinking lots of water and mucilaginous teas like this Hibiscus Berry Chia Tea to stay hydrated, slathering on some homemade sun cream, and using a restorative skin serum to moisturize will help you keep a healthy glow. Of course, hats are helpful too!  However, when the power of the sun stings your skin, you'll want to reach for cooling astringents first. The herbs in this recipe are great at drawing out the heat before using an oil or cream. Since oil acts as a protective barrier on the surface of your skin, it can actually hold in the heat that you want to cool. This is why using tannic astringents is an important first step! This recipe […]

  • Natural Cleaning: DIY Toilet Bombs

Natural Cleaning: DIY Toilet Bombs

While many of us may be trying to cut out toxic chemicals from our cleaning regime, there are a few areas where it can be tough to feel confident in cleanliness with homemade cleaning options. The bathroom is a prime example of a room where we’ve been conditioned to think in terms of strong bacteria-killing, disinfecting chemicals. These toilet bombs may look cute and adorable, but they are also packed full of strong cleaning power. The Baking Soda, Borax, and Citric Acid all serve well as cleaning agents and the essential oils add more beneficial cleansing properties, as well as a wonderful clean scent! To use, drop one bomb into the toilet bowl and allow to fizz and dissolve. Scrub and flush. You do not have to restrict their use to just the toilet, either! You can drop one in a bucket of cleaning water and use as a surface cleaner, use one […]

  • How to Make Medicinal Syrups

How to Make Herbal Syrups

Herbal syrups are a great way to administer not so pleasant tasting herbs to young ones and bothered adults alike, or a great way to let your favorite herbs come to life in beverages and food dishes. Finding a nice combination of herbs can leave you with a tasty concoction perfect for many occasions and recipes! Herbal syrups make great additions to teas, desserts, bubbly beverages and cocktails, or all on their own by the spoonful. Syrups can be prepared with sugar or honey. If prepared with honey, my preferred method, herbal syrup can be soothing and coating to the digestive tract membranes it comes into contact with, such as the throat. Besides being absolutely great for you, who doesn’t love a good honey coat when it’s cold outside? For proper preservation and a shelf stable syrup, it is recommended to use a ratio of 1:1 (tea to honey). However, you can cut […]

  • Moisturizing Serum Mountain Rose Herbs

DIY Beauty: Moisturizing Skin Serum

Growing up, I was fed the beauty myth that oily skin is bad. The cosmetics industry pushes the use of harsh, drying soaps and products that strip natural oils to help you get rid of shine. However, those natural oils actually help moisturize your skin. Washing them away can result in overly dry skin, rather than soft and supple skin. Really what you want is skin-loving oils like the serum recipe below paired with a nice, gentle astringent like Wild Rose Facial Toner or Rose Hydrosol for a balanced regimen. Using natural plant oils is a wonderful way to help nourish and refresh dry skin. Some of my favorites are organic rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and tamanu oil. I love how quickly they absorb into the skin, leaving my face soft, but not greasy. Organic plant oils like these are used in the base of most homemade lotion recipes. Lotions often include butters or waxes to […]

Make Your Own Natural Suncream!

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 an awesome grocery co-op, and even though we had the best products on the market with minimal additives, I still always had my eye out for a homemade solution. I've spent the last couple of months perfecting a suncream 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 protection of a small amount of zinc oxide (non-nano) for a perfectly nourishing suncream. It's a great time of year to utilize the powerful sun for infusing oils. This preparation is a nice way to add herbal properties to your body care recipes. I like to keep a bottle of calendula infused olive oil and lavender infused olive oil around, because I use […]