Home » BLogggggrrr » Archives for fallenraven

Author: fallenraven

4 ways to create instant calm

4 ways to create instant calm, and why anxiety might just be your new best friend.

Anxiety!

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 Refresher here.

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!

 

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!!!

 

Herbal Salve

Herbal Salve, heal, sooth, revitilize burns, chapped skin, cuts, bug bites and more!

Herbal salve!

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!

Herbal Salve

Items;

3 oz Plantain oil strained

Herbal Salve

1 oz beeswax

Herbal Salve

Containers for storing

Heatproof container

Pot to make double boiler

Process;

Pour plantain oil and beeswax into heat proof container.

Herbal Salve

Create double boiler by adding about half an inch of water, set over medium heat and put heatproof container into pot

Herbal Salve

Stir mixture until melted.

Herbal Salve

Pour into containers,

Herbal Salve

let cool, cap and label. Use as needed.

 

plantain, herbal oil

Plantain, herbal oil.

Plantain and how to create an herbal oil.

plantain, herbal oil

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.

plantain, herbal oil

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, herbal oil

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 with  plantain follwed by a skin healing balm, to make with your oil, on next weeks blog.

plantain, herbal oil

Ingredients;

1 cup mason jar with lid

label

scissors

1 cup organic sunflower oil

Plantain leaf, to fill your jar

Process;

You can use freshly harvested plantain

plantain, herbal oil

or hang it out to dry for a few days to reduce the water content.

plantain, herbal oil

Drying your herb will leave less room for bacterial growth.

plantain, herbal oil

Cut up your herb,

plantain, herbal oil

put into mason jar,

plantain, herbal oil

fill with oil just

plantain, herbal oil
plantain, herbal oil

to about 1/2 inches below the top,

plantain, herbal oil

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.

Next week… how to use your oil in a healing balm.

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe, exfoliate, reduce cellulite, nourish with nature

Coffee sugar scrub recipe

Bathing suit season is rapidly approaching, so I’ve created a serious cellulite removing exfoliator.

Cellulite can be a pocket of toxins or fats, that when stimulated can actually be moved back into the lymphatic system and expelled by the body.

Stimulating coffee and spices can aid in enhancing the circulatory and toxin moving properties of an exfoliating substance.

I’ve created the perfect pre-summer-bathing companion all wrapped up in one awesome moisturizing sugar scrub that will leave you glowing gently moisturized and smooth!

If you want to purchase this instead of making it go here.

To make your Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe you will need the following;

Jars, lids and labels

120 grams sugar

7 grams coffee ground for espresso

20 grams grapeseed oil (or whatever you prefer)

5 grams castille soap

Pinch of each of the following spices (optional)

cinnamon

ginger

nutmeg

clove

cardamom

Blend dry ingredients together,

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

add wet ingredients and blend well,

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

scoop into jars,

Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe
Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

label, share or use all for your beautiful self!!

natural perfume making

Natural perfume making

Natural perfume making

natural perfume making

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.

Recipe;

natural perfume making
natural perfume making

Base

10 drops Vetiver

10 drops Labdanum

10 drops Sandalwood

5 drops Cedarwood Virginia

Heart

10 drops Rose

15 drops Jasmine

5 drops Ylang ylang

Head

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.

Instructions;

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.

ecoprinting fabric

Ecoprinting fabric, dyeing with plants, creating botanical imprints

Ecoprinting fabric.

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.

ecoprinting fabric
ecoprinting fabric

I mordanted fabric with iron.

ecoprinting fabric

Then added plants to fabric.

ecoprinting fabric

I put down a layer of plastic wrap so each petal or leaf would leave its own separate imprint.

ecoprinting fabric

Then I rolled the fabric up.

 

ecoprinting fabric

ecoprinting fabric

And tyed it tightly,

ecoprinting fabric

Then I added the fabrics to iron water to simmer for an hour,

ecoprinting fabric

Here are my results

Linen here and silk here

ecoprinting fabric

ecoprinted linen

ecoprinting fabric

geranium leaf on silk

ecoprinting fabric

maple leaf on silk

ecoprinting fabric

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

Natural Incense Making

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.

Natural Incense

Supplies needed:

– 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.

Natural Incense

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.

To start;

BE happy, and joyful, this will make a massive difference in the over all product outcome.

Gather supplies.

Natural Incense

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.

Natural Incense

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.

Natural Incense

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.

Natural Incense

Mix until you have a play dough type consistency.

Beautiful!

Natural Incense

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.

Enjoy and Have the Best day EVER!!!!

Natural Incense
Natural Incense Ingredients
Naturally repel mosquitos

Naturally repel mosquitos (and ticks) without repelling everyone around you.

How to repel Mosquitos (and ticks) effectively, without repelling everyone around you.

I can’t stand mosquitos, that awful buzzing the horrid itching that comes after having its proboscis inject its wicked venom under your skin, and ticks, they freak me out, I know far too many people who have been afflicted by lymes disease for the rest of their mortal lives thanks to one tiny little bitty super scary tick bite.

But lets be honest, Mosquito repellent either smells of citronella, (which is hands down one of my least favorite scents ever) or mosquito repellents contain DEET, or some other nasty smell or chemical.

And do mosquito repellents really repel ticks anyhow?

Is that even possible?

So first lets address a variety of essences citronella, lemongrass, geranium, eucalyptus, and peppermint, all nice in the proper usage, but not really something I want to smell like, (except for my breath, I like that minty fresh) Just because scents can be effectively blended to repel things does not mean they should go together.

Did you know that the lovely woodsy musky scented vetiver is far more effective than citronella at repelling mosquitos, ticks, and fleas?

If we look back at lets say the bubonic plague of the 14th century that wiped out 1/2 of the European population. It was found that alchemists (perfumists) and people of the church, were not generally effected by the plague, turns out it was a direct result of the plant essences that were used in these peoples daily lives. The plant essences repelled the bugs! Out of this situation the pomander became a huge success (a ball of scent that was worn either as jewelry or hung on a sash around ones waist.)

So really all essential oils ought to work to repel insects in one form or another, some have just been clinically proven to be more effective.

Another thing to keep in mind when creating mosquito repellent is not to use too many sweet flowers because they attract insects.

Also most citrus will cause photosensitivity, which obviously isn’t a problem if you only wear your blend at night, but lets be real, mosquitos and ticks don’t care what time it is, they will attack day or night.

So lets talk about effective plants that make a lovely effective blend.

Patchouli though at times overwhelming scent, when used in moderation can act like salt in a recipe bringing out all the other scents and rounding things together beautifully, It is phenomenally great at repelling insects.

Cedarwood, this stuff rocks! It comes in a huge variety, some smells like a cedar chest, others smell like pee, but others smell like a dreg of an ancient forest. Cedarwood is ridiculously effective at repelling all things creepy crawly and winged.

The same goes for pines and juniper, all conifers really, spruce, firs, cypress, you get the idea.

Rose wood smells amazing and repels insects, it can create a really lovely heart note in a blend, along with clary sage.

I used Bergaptene free Bergamot in the top to give a nice beautiful perfume scented repellent  with the base, heart and top notes. This type of bergamot will not cause photosensitivity and is lovely effective at repelling insects.

Heres a little list of a few more that are fun and different and incredible insect repellents

Lavender

wormwood

oakwood

siam

frankincense

myrrh

cinnamon

palo santo

cardamom

clove

absinthe

lemon

orange

geranium rose

Another thing to keep in mind when creating mosquito repellent is not to use too many flowers because they attract bees.

So here is a little recipe if you would care to try your hand at home crafted natural mosquito and tick repellent

Or purchase some here

Your will need some variety of the following

4 drops vetiver

2 drops spruce absolute

1 drops patchouli

2 drops oak moss absolute

10 drops Virginia cedar wood

5 drops clary sage

4 drops lavender

2 drops rosewood

20 drops bergamot

Blend this into 2 oz of Organic Witch Hazel in a spritzer bottle.

LABEL so you and everyone else knows what is in the bottle.

Shake it with love and pure joy, use as needed.

KEEP OUT OF EYES.

This recipe is a 2 percent dilution of essential oils to base, you may choose to use more or less.

Also this may smell witch hazely when you first spray it, but it will diffuse quickly and you will be left smelling nice to humans but repelling to insects.

P.S.

Although you can certainly use this blend right away, and it will smell lovely and be awesomely effective at repelling ticks, mosquitos, and fleas without repelling everyone around you, the longer it sits, the better it will smell. 

Enjoy!!