For crafting DIY skin care there are many sources of materials, just keep in mind you will always get what you pay for, do a little research, because not all companies are mindful of the effects of their sourcing. Sustainability and fair trade being big factors in where I purchase from. Almost all the time these go hand in hand with quality of supplies.
My all time favorite supplier being Mountain Rose Herbs. These folks only sustainably source, are mindful of the effects of farming practices on environment, always give fair pricing to their suppliers, and have won multiple awards for their green practices. Their stuff is always top notch, including customer service.
Just the word increases my heart rate and shortens my breaths.
Oftentimes anxiety is generated from an excess of stress and unpredictable circumstances. We like to know what we are doing and where we are going and how it will turn out. The familiar is comfortable, but often times is not the best option.
Surprise! Anxiety may be your new best friend! A true best friend knows when to keep in close touch and when to allow space. They know just the right way to be brutally honest and aren’t afraid to give it to you straight. Because they love you, they want you to live your absolute best life ever! To the fullest of each and every one of your potentials. They will urge you out of comfortable mundane life to stretch your horizons, that you may never become stagnant. I like to imagine this is what anxiety is, my best friend pulling me out of delusions of dullness, igniting the fire under my ass to get me going. It is never a comfortable thing, if it were we can be certain we are doing it wrong.
The difference between a friend and anxiety is that you can communicate with your friend and they will know when to be soft and gentle and loving, whereas anxiety is full force ahead and may slam you into the wall of panic attack.
I have found 4 ways to create instant calm that I’ve found work best in taming anxiety so that it may be utilized in my favor,
Through the breath, through the feet, under the tongue and through the nose…
Calm Through the breath; I utilize the wonderful Calm Aura Refresher and deep breaths to bring a sense of instant calm and well being, each works fine alone, but phenomenal together. Check out the Calm Aura Refresherhere.
Through the feet; an often times over looked yet incredibly simple method of taming anxiety. When we are anxious all our energy is in our head, we loose our footing, our foundation starts to crumble if we cannot find solid ground. Take off your shoes and socks, go find a soft patch of earth and feel the dirt under your feet. Kiss the earth with your toes, feel connected, feel whole again, take some deep breaths here and imagine all that energy in your head flowing down and out through your feet, into the earth. Feel solid again. Take a walk barefoot if you have the opportunity.
Under the tongue; This quote came from one of my favorite humans right as the wind was fully being swallowed from my sails,
“We are all faced with a series of opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.” -John W. Gardner
This quote says everything I needed to hear. Everything I needed to remember.
I made a tincture to go with it. It works perfectly.
It uplifts your mindset, balances hormones, relieves depression, creates calm, alleviates PMS.
Its a lovely blend of organic Kava kava, Damiana, Lemon balm and love. To use; drop it under the tongue and swallow. Try this anti-anxiety tincture found here.
Creat instant calm Through the nose; Our sense of smell is a wonderful way to create an emotional response. Try utilizing plant aromas on pulse points so they can be breathed in all day long. A wonderful blend can be found here, full of all the balancing goodness needed to sooth your soul and mind through out the day.
I hope one of the 4 ways to create instant calm work for you, if not all. May you find some balance admist the caucophony of daily life, and may you learn to mildy embrace the messenger in anxiety. Let me know if you try any of these methods and how they work for you. Tell me what your favorite way to relieve anxiety is, I’d love to hear from you!
This is the stuff the gods use for immortality skin care.
It retains youth. Restorative through rejuvenating cellular stability on all levels.
It’s a well known fact that naiads will seduce you into the water and drown you, but did you know they craft one of the purest skin nourishing mysts available, in this universe, for after water and sun care?
This naiad myst recipe is taken directly from a well hidden secret Naiad recipe. I took the liberty to substitute a few of the items that are unattainable in our world, at this time, but work just as efficiently.
Spritz this mist on liberally after sun and or water play to sooth dryness, moisturize, rehydrate and minimize damage while decreasing healing time.
To get your own go here, to make your own continue reading…
Naiad myst makings..
Bottles with spritzer tops for ease of application.
8 grams Honey (or glycerine if your vegan or perfer that route, or sea kelp bio ferment works great too)
2 oz Rose hydrosol
2 oz lavender hydrosol
3 drops Chamomile essential oil
3 drops Imortelle (helichrysum) essential oil
love and pure joy!
To make simply put ingredients all together, mix well and bottle, use liberally as often as needed to aquire and maintain your best skin ever.
This beauty is super simple to create with profound results!
Restorative to skin in phenomenal ways.
I actually use it on my face daily for a youthful glow
Your sunscreen may be doing your skin more harm than good, and a great natural sunscreen recipe alternative!
It’s that time of year when most folks in the northern hemisphere get plenty of sun. With this comes the need for excellent skin care, as we will be living with this body for an entire lifetime. Wonderful skin nourishment is a must, including sunscreen. But did you know most commercial sunscreens contain highly toxic chemicals which can cause cancer, allergies, skin irritation, aging, and hormone imbalances to name a few, doing more harm to your skin than the sun.
The sun produces vitamin D when allowed to openly mingle with our skin. A little time in the sun is really very healthy! Vitamin D in the body is necessary for optimal cellular and immune system functioning, which is one reason why people tend to get sick more often in the winter without vitamin D. However, if you’re going to be in the sun directly for hours on end, finding a great natural sunscreen is a totally doable thing. Just watch out for strange chemicals like oxybenzone, Cinoxate, dioxybenzone, parabens, oxtocrylene, methoxycinnamate, homosalate,para aminobenzoic acid to name a few, basically if it sounds weird and you are unfamiliar with the ingredients chances are it’s not something you want to put on your body.
I created a safe, moisturizing and healing alternative natural sunscreen here, which works sublimely well, I even use it in place of my normal skin cream because it is so awesome.
Each ingredient creates a mineral barrier (straight from nature) against the sun as opposed to a potentially toxic chemical barrier.
Each ingredient contains an SPF between 3-25
For this natural sunscreen recipe you can use any variety of nourishing oils, the following are a blend of what I used and the basic ingredients;
125 ml oils total
red and black raspberry
sea buckthorn berry
1 Tablespoon non-nano zinc
7 grams shea butter
15 grams beeswax
all the love
heaps of pure joy
squeeze bottles or jar for bottling
labels (so you know what the heck you made a month from now)
heat proof container and spoon or hand mixer for blending
measure all ingredients into heat proof container, set over double boiler and stir as ingredients melt.
Last week I shared a blog on creating plantain oil, this week I’ll guide you through the steps to make it into your own healing balm to be super useful this summer season on bug bites, burns, cuts, bruises, chapped skin and more!
3 oz Plantain oil strained
1 oz beeswax
Containers for storing
Pot to make double boiler
Pour plantain oil and beeswax into heat proof container.
Create double boiler by adding about half an inch of water, set over medium heat and put heatproof container into pot
This beautiful herb grows wild around here, it’s all over the fields at the school next door, and the grave yard across the street, in the cracks of the sidewalk in my daily walks.
I choose not to pick those plantain because you never know what is in the soil. Instead I took a hike along our beautiful Yuba River and wild harvested some.
Plantain is a great skin healing herb. It draws out infection and aids in knitting the skin back together quickly. It is a natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial, it’s astringent and aids in drying out, but also a demulcent so it is not overly drying. I like to use it for burns, bug bites, poison oak, sunburn, cuts, scrapes, and acne.
I’m going to share with you how to create an herbal oil withplantain follwed by a skin healing balm, to make with your oil, on next weeks blog.
1 cup mason jar with lid
1 cup organic sunflower oil
Plantain leaf, to fill your jar
You can use freshly harvested plantain
or hang it out to dry for a few days to reduce the water content.
Drying your herb will leave less room for bacterial growth.
Cut up your herb,
put into mason jar,
fill with oil just
to about 1/2 inches below the top,
cap, label and date and shake.
I like to leave this in a sunny window sill for a light solar infusion for 1-4 weeks, shaking once a day. Strain your herb out of your oil and save the oil in a clean, labeled container for future use.
Crafting a perfume with natural ingredients creates so many incredible layers unattainable with artificial ingredients.
This is a very basic coverage of the process, many perfumers study plant aromas and attributes and blending techniques for years. As there is really a lot to learn about each aspect and fixing alcohols etc.
The following can be blended with alcohol or oil, your choice.
To make a perfume you need to have a base, heart, and head.
The base creates stability and staying value. It is generally comprised of roots resin and trees.
The heart ties the whole thing together with flowers and herbs, leaves and greenery.
The head is the welcoming hello in the first whiff and lasts for about 15-30 minutes. Mostly created from citrus. It’s the light quickly evaporating part of a perfume blend.
I like to do roughly equal parts of each. This will give a perfume that lasts 2-5 hours, depending upon what is used.
I always start with blending my base, then add the heart and end with the head.
Normally I will blend each separately and let it sit for 1-6 months, then I mix them and let it sit for 1-6 months again. But I will guide you through a perfume you can wear today, the scent will evolve and mature the more time you give it.
A note on using alcohol, you can use vodka as it contains no scent, I use 150 proof distilled grape alcohol (basically moonshine) and I prefix with resins, or barks for 6-12 months because otherwise sometimes it gets weird when you add the perfume without the prefixing.
Also not all things blend well in alcohol, such as concretes.
The following recipe will give a beautiful basic perfume.
10 drops Vetiver
10 drops Labdanum
10 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Cedarwood Virginia
10 drops Rose
15 drops Jasmine
5 drops Ylang ylang
10 drops Rosewood
15 drops Clementine
20 drops Bergamot
2 oz of oil or alcohol.
If your essential oils do not have orifice reducers you will want pipettes, I use disposable plastic pipettes, a different one for each oil.
Start with the first botanical ingredient and add in order, shake. Add oil or alcohol, shake. Label and date.
Try to wait a few days as this will give a more beautiful scent or set aside and shake it daily up to 6 months or until you can’t stand it any longer and must use it.
Smell often and notice the change that time creates.
If you want to purchase this beauty already made go here.
I’ve been searching for an excellent way to create permanent plant impressions onto fabric, but the knowledge appears to be a secret art form passed down from teacher to student. So I’m sharing what I found from my own experiments.
I used organic linen and raw silk.
I collected local plants from a hike along the river.
I mordanted fabric with iron.
Then added plants to fabric.
I put down a layer of plastic wrap so each petal or leaf would leave its own separate imprint.
Then I rolled the fabric up.
And tyed it tightly,
Then I added the fabrics to iron water to simmer for an hour,
Here are my results
Linen here and silk here
geranium leaf on silk
maple leaf on silk
Have you ecoprinted on fabric successfully before? I’d love to hear about your method. If you liked this post and want more on ecoprinting let me know in the comments!
Natural Incense has been used for centuries in many a ceremonial and ritualistic fashion, for clearing out bad energy,be it death, sickness, pain, sadness, or just the foul scent of good old fashioned rot.
What plants are used in natural incense will have specific actions, either in creating healing energy or putting a certain affirmation out into the universe, citrus like scents enhance the mood and are uplifting, rose is for healing the heart, lavender is calming, cedar wood expels fleas, and burning most anything can cleanse the air and environment.
Most incense that is for sale is not plant, I mean it starts off with maybe a real stick of bamboo, but the people that produce incense get these ‘blank’ incense sticks and soak them in some paint thinner and artificial fragrance then hang them out to dry, package it and ship it off to be sold in your local head shop, health food store or what not.Now when you burn something like that it actually toxifies the air you are breathing, sending off heavy metals and potentially cancerous chemicals into your environment.I find that rather ironic as it is the complete opposite of what incense was traditionally made for.
Also a common agent used in incense to keep it burning is saltpeter which has many potential dangerous side effects including and not limited to kidney damage, anemia, headache, and upset stomach. I have found that I have never had trouble keeping my natural incense burning so long as I don’t over do the amount of resin I put in my incense, therefore I would never recommend using saltpeter, which can also cause an unpleasant explosion when used in excess.
I will walk you through my preferred natural incense crafting steps, although there are many other ways to go about crafting incense.
– Guar Gum
– Warm Water
– Herbs and spices that smell good
Flowers, resins, wood, leaves, etc
I do not recommend using citrus as it has a tendency to smell pretty yucky when burned.
You may wish to test your plants before putting much energy into them, as you may dislike the burned smell, do this by sprinkling a small amount on a burning candle and breathing in, I use this technique through out my mixing process and also with single plants as I go along.
Your going to want to have a little more woody plant than resin, if using resins, to create a good clay like consistency.
WORDS OF CAUTION: PLEASE DONT USE POISONOUS PLANTS
THEY WILL HURT OR KILL YOU.
– A burning candle
– A clean flat surface for rolling your own incense
– a mixing cup for making the incense ‘glue’ and a fork for blending this glue
– and either a mortar and pestle or just a bowl and spoon for mixing
Also a mortar and pestle for grinding herbs or a coffee grinder works great for tougher stuff if using your own herbs, if you are using the recommended kit the herbs come pre ground for you.
– wax paper or parchment for drying your incense on.
BE happy, and joyful, this will make a massive difference in the over all product outcome.
Grind up all your herbs either in your mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder, keep these herbs in separate containers as you may find you don’t like a mixture or herb scent as you go along.
Next blend your guar gum with warm water
using one cup of water to one teaspoon of guar gum, if you are only making a small amount of incense, say 10 – 15 sticks, use 1/4 t guar gum
to 1/4 c of water.Set this aside to set up as you mix your plant material.
Light your candle, this will be used to sprinkle pinches of mixtures on as you go along to see if you like the scent or not.Keep in mind a lot of things will not smell as one would perhaps wish when burned, and you may be surprisingly disgusted.
Now mix your happy blend of plants in your mixing vessel of choice.
Sprinkle the final mix on your candle to be certain you are content with the scent.
When you are happy with the scent of your herb mixture start slowly mixing in your water gum ‘glue’ mixture, which ought to have set up by now into a nice thick syrup.
Mix until you have a play dough type consistency.
Now either start rolling into long worms or little cones or stars or whatever you would like, keep in mind that if you craft something too large it will not dry for a looong time. Also if you make your worms too slender they have a tendency to curve slightly as they dry, which may happen regardless and has no effect on how awesome the incense will be when burned.
Rolled worms or sticks rather will dry within 24 hours or so, cones take longer 2-4 days or so.
When you are pleased with your final result, place it on your waxed paper or parchment paper to dry and leave in a good undisturbed place til dry.