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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.



-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


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.


Let me know what you think!

How’d it go for you?

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



red and black raspberry



evening primrose


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)

double boiler

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.

natural sunscreen recipe
natural sunscreen recipe

mix well,

natural sunscreen recipe

pour into jars or bottles,

natural sunscreen recipe


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


3 oz Plantain oil strained

Herbal Salve

1 oz beeswax

Herbal Salve

Containers for storing

Heatproof container

Pot to make double boiler


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


1 cup mason jar with lid



1 cup organic sunflower oil

Plantain leaf, to fill your jar


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)






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 incense crafting

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.

If you’d like to purchase an easy to use kit go here.

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.



– 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.


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
Rose and sea salt love scrub

Rose and sea salt love scrub Recipe

Rose and sea salt love scrub

 Rose and sea salt love scrub Recipe.

A delightfully nourishing rose and sea salt love scrub for freshly exfoliated deeply moisturized skin, to leave you marveling in your divine beauty. This rose and sea salt scrub recipe is a fine balance of sea salt, oils, cocoa butter, and just enough castile soap to be moisturizing and exfoliating without being greasy.

This recipe makes about 10 -12 ounces total scrub.

Ingredients and tools;

11 oz sea salt fine

1/2 oz cocoa butter

2 oz oil (I used a blend of organic sunflower, rose hip, red raspberry seed and coconut oil, but you can use what you have on hand.)

1/2 oz castille soap

I add a lovely uplifting and healing blend of essential oils, but you can omit these or substitute as desired.

Scent blend

3 drops Benzoin absolute

5 drop rose de mai absolute

20 drops rosewood essential oil

20 drops ruby red grapefruit essential oil

Pyrex glass jar for melting oils,

bowl for mixing spoon,

one pot to use as a double boiler

Jars with lids


Rose petals to embelish the top with, if desired

Rose and sea salt love scrub

Begin with measuring sea salt into mixing bowl,

set aside. Weigh out oils, cocoa butter and castile soap into pyrex cup,

Rose and sea salt love scrub

set this into double boiler pan, fill with enough water to come to the same level as the oils and butters in your pyrex cup, put on stove on medium heat,

Stir until oils and butter are melted.

Rose and sea salt love scrub

Remove from heat and add essential oils as desired.  Rose and sea salt love scrub

Pour the oil blend into the salt and

Rose and sea salt love scrub

stir until mixed well,

Rose and sea salt love scrub

spoon into jars,

Rose and sea salt love scrub

sprinkle rose petals on top if desired, cap, label and enjoy all for your beautiful self or share the love.

Rose and sea salt love scrub

Purchase some Moon Magic Rose and Sea Salt Love Scrub Here.