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a spiral of oats surrounded by three bananas with curves of hibiscus intermitent, like a pinwheel, by Moon Magic

3 signs face wash isn’t for you, and what to do about it.

Face wash may not be for you if you clean your face regularly yet still break out, have oily or dry patches, inflammations and irritations.

Maybe face wash isn’t for you.

Let’s face the facts, many commercial face washes contain pH high detergents, harsh chemicals and yucky preservatives, this is simply no good for perfect skin or any skin, ever.

Your skin just might need a different balance of gentle daily exfoliation, pore tightening, and nutrient dosing.

Cleansing grains do just that, and you probably have half the ingredients in your kitchen already!

If you’d rather get some already made go HERE.

If you want to make your own, read on!

First the ingredients

BANANAS,

This tropical fruit just might be your new skins best friend. Full of

Potassium, vitamin A, C, E and more.

In your body potassium helps maintain moisture and is necessary for creating new cells. Without this hydrating nutrient your cells die, your skin and arteries become hard, the heart has trouble moving fluids and toxins build up.

Vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen, reduces redness, and blemishes.

Vitamin E is moisturizing as well as wrinkle, fine line and scar reducing.

Bananas help balance skin tone and oil production.

NETTLES are one of my favorite herbs to use because of their versatility and safety

Nettles are a wonderful antihistamine and on the skin can alleviate rashes, redness, itchy, dry skin, they are packed full of nutrients and vitamins such as vitamin C, iron magnesium, chlorophyll.

HIBISCUS is packed with phytonutrients, antioxidants, and alpha hyrdroxy acids to help with skin elasticity.

OATS, help hydrate and moisturize, calm inflammation and irritation, and just all around good to have for breakfast, even on your face.

Kaolin clay, this gentle clay is a wonderful exfoliator, shrinks pores while pulling out excess oil.

Thats it, plain and simple ingredients for a killer face wash.

Lets get started;

You will need;

1/2 cup banana flour

1/2 cup oat flour

1/4 cup kaolin clay

1/4 cup ground nettle

1 Tablespoon ground hibiscus

Pure Joy

Yeilds; One and a half cups.

To make;

Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend well.

That’s it!

If you like to put into little jars, do so now, or store in a airtight jar, label, enjoy!

To use; pour about a teaspoon of cleansing grains directly into your hand or use a small bowl if you prefer, add enough water to get a liquid paint-like consistency, rub into face in circular motions, wash off, follow with moisturizer. Feel the joy!

 

hibiscus in a mortar with pestle

Fountain of youth found in this one remarkable plant!

Did you guess it’s Hibiscus?!

This beautiful flowering plant is part of the mallow family.

Full of minerals and vitamins, humans have been using the calyces, flowers, leaves shoots and seeds for roughly 6000 yrs for food and medicine.

Hibiscus is muciligenic in nature hibiscus and is used effectively as a demulcent, full of antioxidant and phytonutrients protocatechuic acid, anthocyanins, flavonoids, phenolic acid.

Hibiscus has been used to effectively treat gout (7),

reduce blood pressure (1),

reverse cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol (2)

Reduce Urease causing bacteria (3)

Anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic (4)

Balances blood sugar levels (5)

Used for chronic cough, kidney stones (3), hemerrhoids, and as a diuretic.

In skin care Hibiscus is used to calm inflammations, clear up acne, reduce  fine lines and wrinkles due to its highly concentrated amount of antioxidants. Hibiscus is Full of Alpha Hydroxy acids (AHA) for plumping the skin, aiding in healthy cellular turnover, increased collagen production, for smooth youthful skin, increasing elasticity and strength,

Hibiscus has naturally occurring saponins which will bind with oil and dirt to cleanse the skin.

Internally Hibiscus has a tart flavor due to its high vitamin C content.

It’s generally used ground up, or in tea form, I like to use it powdered in skin care applications. 

Hibiscus has been show to effectively reduce the effects of oxidative stress. (9)

It’s safe to say it would a great idea to start using Hibiscus internally as well as externally.

Click HERE for a Fun recipe to get you started using hibiscus in your daily skin care, while you drink  hibiscus tea!

 

 

 

Reference;

(7) Science Direct

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/hibiscus

(8) herbal gram

http://cms.herbalgram.org/commissione/Monographs/Monograph0199.html

(9)

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321750253_EFFECT_OF_DIFFERENT_HIBISCUS_SABDARIFFA_EXTRACTS_ON_GLUTATHIONE_AND_ITS_RELATED_ENZYMES_IN_MAMMALIAN_LUNG_TISSUE_AND_CULTURE_CELLS_UNDER_INDUCED_OXIDATIVE_STRESS

Oats by Moon Magic

3 Helpful Reasons to Start Using Oats On Your Skin Regularly

Oats (Avena Sativa) are one of the most easily accessible ingredients for dietary health and skin care and have some of the most profound benefits found in natural foods.

Oats are most commonly used as a breakfast cereal and in baking. I love using oat flour on skin issues as oats are;

Incredibly soothing, softening and moisturizing – perfect for dry, rough, chapped and mature skin issues.

Itch reducing – excellent in poison oak remedies.

Anti-inflammatory, – for issues such as eczema, dermatitis and rashes.

Referred to as colloidal oatmeal in skin care preparations and available in products such as soaps, lotions, shampoos, and shave cream.

Oats are Full of Iron, Zinc, Copper, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, manganese, thiamin(B1), calcium, potassium, pyridoxine (B6) , niacin(B3) pantothenic acid (B5), as well as being a well balanced source of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

Oats contain the polyphenolic antioxidant Avenanthramides, which has been shown to be be anti inflammatory and sooth itching as seen with conditions such as atopic dermatitis and eczema (1)

Oats have been used to lower LDL cholesterol (4), Full of fiber to help balance blood sugar (3) maintain the feeling of fullness, to aid with weight loss (2) and ease constipation.

Click HERE to check out a great recipe to get oats into your daily skincare routine.

 

 

references

1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25607551

(2)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18837470

(3)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16054549

(4)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7956987

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Moon Magic indigo resist

Making an indigo resist.

Creating a natural indigo resist.

I am deeply enamored with anything indigo.

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 is  my method for an easy and washable resist.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Supplies needed to create an indigo resist;

-heavy yupo paper or

cardstock + plastic packing tape

-elmers glue

-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.

-bowl

-water

-indigo vat

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Start with sketching out your design on the cardstock or yupo.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

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.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

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.)

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Place you design onto the fabric where you want the resist to be.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Now add 1/4 water to 3/4 glue to your bowl and mix well.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

This is the resist medium.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

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.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Dip your fabric into water until fully soaked, next dip into indigo and pull out.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Hang your fabric to oxygenate.

How to make a natural dye resist in indigo

Wash as you would normal indigo in a machine on hot.

Dry normal.

indigo resist
indigo resist

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 liz@moonmagic.co

Or tag me @moonmagic.co on Instagram!

To shop Moon Magic indigo resist products go here.

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Vein Balm DIY

Vein Balm

Are unsightly veins causing you to cover up and with self consciousness?

This wonderful herbal blend will leave you full of confidence and proudly wearing shorts again!

Vein balm DIY as requested! (If you prefer to purchase go here)

I’ve been making and selling this stuff for years. It works wonders. I just wish I’d have started using it sooner and more regularly!!

Diminish spider veins, and varicosities… Hemorrhoids too! As they are simply varicose veins in the anus region.

Lets get right to it

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

You will need

10 ml butchers broom herbal oil (if you want to know how to make an herbal oil go here)

17 ml Castor oil

7 grams  Beeswax or wax of your choosing ( sorry vegans, I’ve only ever had failed attempts at alternate waxes so I’m not good with amounts of vegan alternates.. Yet)

4 drops Yarrow essential oil

9 drops Cypress essential oil

Containers for the product.

Pans and pots for double boiler melting

Method

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Measure out oils into a heat proof container

Add measured beeswax

Melt over double boiler on low to medium heat

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

Once melted remove from heat

Add essential oils

Mix thoroughly

Pour into containers

Let harden

cap, label

Use daily

Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic
Vein Balm DIY by Moon Magic

I use this stuff once in the am and once before bed.

Enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

How’d it go for you?

Muladhara chakra, recipe for lovers by moon magic

Muladhara chakra, recipe for lovers

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.

sexy time cocoa by moon magic
sexy time cocoa by moon magic

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

Joy

and love

2 cups milk of your choice

sexy time cocoa by moon magic
sexy time cocoa by moon magic

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.

Ideal for a great night in!

sexy time cocoa by moon magic
sexy time cocoa by moon magic

Natural Soap at Home by Liz McQuerry

Natural Soap at Home

Available now, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound

Description

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.

 

Editorial Reviews

“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

From the Publisher

Naiad myst recipe

Naiad Myst Recipe, secret recipe used by the gods

Naiad myst recipe

This is the stuff the gods use for immortality skin care.

It retains youth. Restorative through rejuvenating cellular stability on all levels.

Naiad Myst

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

natural sunscreen recipe

Natural Sunscreen Recipe, and commercial sunscreen dangers!

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

natural sunscreen recipe
natural sunscreen recipe

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

coconut

almond

red and black raspberry

carrot

borage

evening primrose

pomegranate

sea buckthorn berry

avocado

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)

double boiler

heat proof container and spoon or hand mixer for blending

Process;

measure all ingredients into heat proof container, set over double boiler and stir as ingredients melt.

natural sunscreen recipe
natural sunscreen recipe

mix well,

natural sunscreen recipe

pour into jars or bottles,

natural sunscreen recipe

cap

Natural Sunscreen

and label, enjoy!!!