The process is too beautiful for words and it bring tears of joy and reverence for this incredible plant magic every time I dye in indigo.
This ismy method for an easy and washable resist.
Supplies needed to create an indigo resist;
-heavy yupo paper or
cardstock + plastic packing tape
-pencil or pen for sketching
-natural fabric to create resist, this needs to be light in color if not white. Also no synthetics.
-razor blade for cutting out design
-cheap paint brush, about and inch wide.
Start with sketching out your design on the cardstock or yupo.
Once you have it, if you’re using card stock, tape the whole paper up on both sides like a laminate. If you are using Yupo you can skip this step as yupo is already water repellent.
Next cut out your design with the razor.
Now lay out your fabric on a flat solid table you don’t mind scrubbing glue off. Or lay down freezer paper for easy clean up. (if you are making a shirt resist or something with two sides, place something glue reisitant like freezer paper between the two sides, otherwise the resist will soak to the back side of the shirt as well.)
Place you design onto the fabric where you want the resist to be.
Now add 1/4 water to 3/4 glue to your bowl and mix well.
This is the resist medium.
Use your paint brush to apply glue resist, painting inward strokes so the glue doesn’t bleed under your design.
Make sure the glue soaks through to the backside of the fabric.
When finished, pull off resist stencil and hang your fabric to dry.
After the resist is fully dried, it’s time to dip dye.
Dip your fabric into water until fully soaked, next dip into indigo and pull out.
Hang your fabric to oxygenate.
Wash as you would normal indigo in a machine on hot.
Admire your indigo resist!
Let me know how this went for you in the comments below!
Do you have any tips, things you’d do different?
I’d love to see your work!
Email me photos at email@example.com
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Making time for the one we love with something special!
This heavenly blend of aphrodisiacs is perfect for a pleasant evening with your love.
Utilizing the intoxicating qualities of cocoa and vanilla, a pinch of stimulating cinnamon, energizing maca and sexual organ supporting ashwaghanda and shatavari. This is a nourishing blend to use year round or just for a great date night.
Ingredients; (all herbs in powder form.)
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon maca
1.5 teaspoons ahswaghanda
1 teaspoon shatavari
sprinkling of vanilla
sprinkling of cinnamon
3 Tablespoons sweetener if desired
2 cups milk of your choice
Mix all powder ingredients into a sauce pan, add mix milk put over medium heat warming until just right while stirring to mix and melt everything together
Remove from heat, pour into two cups and enjoy with your beloved.
From the creator of the natural skin care line Moon Magic, Liz McQuerry offers a step-by-step guide, enhanced with excellent photos, for natural cold-process soap crafting. Utilizing mostly kitchen ingredients to create a variety of innovative soap blends–including felted soap, beer soap, and seasonal soaps–McQuerry will put you in touch with your inner alchemist. From body bars to hair care bars, with wonderful tidbits and advice on herbs and essential oil blends, you and your family will enjoy a clean like never before.
Natural Soap at Home provides delightful instructions for:
Skin care bars
Hair care bars
Creative and beautiful bars
An easy make-your-own soap cutter
A wide array of beautifully blended essential oil formulations to scent your soap
A comprehensive table on vegetable oils along with what to use, when, and why
And much more
Glove up and safety-goggle down for a fun, efficient, and easy-to-follow ride through the world of soap crafting.
About the Author
Liz McQuerry is a firm believer in nourishing from nature. She is always trying to find new, fun, and more innovatively beautiful ways to craft and has worked in the allopathic medicine system for years while studying holistic medicine and body therapies in Chinese, ayurvedic, and eclectic medicine. Through her company, Moon Magic (MoonMagic.co), she has been creating and sharing her knowledge for more than ten years. When she is not testing formulas, she spends her time playing with her three children, jogging in the woods, and painting on her porch surrounded by a cacophony of living greenery. She resides in Grass Valley, California.
“A sensible guide to handcrafting soap at home without breaking the bank on specialized tools and materials.” —Anne L. Watson, author of Smart Soapmaking
“This is a solid book on the art and science of how to create handmade soap at home. From the basic science to more advanced techniques and ingredients, this book will teach from the basics to the challenging.” —Anne-Marie Faiola, founder Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions
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.