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.
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.
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.
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
Begin with measuring sea salt into mixing bowl,
set aside. Weigh out oils, cocoa butter and castile soap into pyrex cup,
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.
Remove from heat and add essential oils as desired.
Pour the oil blend into the salt and
stir until mixed well,
spoon into jars,
sprinkle rose petals on top if desired, cap, label and enjoy all for your beautiful self or share the love.
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