Creams and Lotions
For the Bath
Soaking in the Bath
Oops! I'm sick!
These recipes are from the internet, self created, or from a book. I have listed the source if known. If you would like to submit a recipe, send it to the comment box. Don't be afraid to experiment, it's fun!
~ Cleansing Grains source: general
Using soap to wash your face can be drying. And most all name brand soaps contain harmful chemicals. Why not use something more nourishing and gentle? You can make your own cleansing grains very easily and it's fun! Much less expensive and you can make it the way YOU want and know what's in it!
Just grind or buy powdered, any of the following ingredients, you don't have to measure, just throw your favorites in a bowl and mix.
To wash your face with the finished product, mix with a little warm to very warm water to make a paste, scub face well, then rinse with cool water. Wow does that feel good! I would not recommend using cleansing grains in the shower or tub for the entire body, as it might not be drain friendly in large quanties.
Perfect for camping, as it is completely bio-degradable and easy to transport. It's best to choose Organic whenever possible You can use to bathe in a river and no pollution. Please never wash in rivers with chemical soaps!
If you are looking for a good company that sells reasonable herbs, go to my links page and see what appeals to you. www.fromnaturewithlove.com has lots of fun powders to experiment with and enjoy the benefits.
You can use Oats or something else to make the base (the greater portion of the whole) then add as desired.
Any of the milk powders make it creamier (oats also) the Almonds make it scrubbier....experiment!
OK get your grinder out (coffee grinder works good for small amts), and go!
any combination of:
Roses (any and all colors)
Almond meal (or ground Almonds) (gives it a scrubby feel)
Aloe Vera powder (great for acne prone skin, any blemishes, sores)
Lavender, rosemary, chamomile powder, many other flowers, too many to list!
Any of the cosmetic clays, green, pink, etc. Each one has different properties.
Dry coconut milk (smells yummy and good for the skin)
Dry yogurt powder
Any dry milk, as long as it is whole milk powder. Buttermilk powder is highly moisturizing if you can stand the smell.
Rosehips Seed powder
anything else that is good for your skin! please make sure it doesn't irritate skin before adding.
This mixture should last a good long time in a covered jar. Use every day, followed with a pure toner (pure hydrosol is super), then moisturizer of choice.
~ Skin Toner source: general
Using a skin toner after cleansing the face can help to tighten the pores and make for better absorption of the moisturizer you apply afterwards. It feels great and helps the moisturizer to go on the skin more evenly and fluidly.
My favorite skin toner is pure Hydrosol. This is the pure water extracted during the process of making essential oils. It has all the properties of the oils, but it is much subtler and can be applied directly to the skin with great benefit. It smells lucious, is nourishing.......feels delicious too!
Most Hydrosols are a little expensive in quantity, if that is an issue for you, you can use a smaller amount, add a little witch hazel, some pure water, and voila! Nice choice for acne or oily skin with the witch hazel. Gives it an astringent kick. Witch Hazel is also cooling, so it is a great additive in the summertime.
You can also put a few drops of essential oil in water and spray it on. You must shake it before each use. This is my least favorite method since the essential oil mixed with the water, well, the smell seems to change after a while. Just my experience. You must use pure and clean water for this method!
Here's another fun method for a toner. Gather some roses (no chemicals sprays on the plant!) and just put them in a spray bottle, and add water. This makes a lovely spray. Of course, since you use fresh petals, it won't last too long, but it is a nice choice and the least expensive. You can also substitute Lavender, Calendula, or other beneficial and/or fragrant flowers and/or leaves. Try fresh Lavender and Chamomile, or Rosemary and Roses, the choices are pretty endless.
Creams and Lotions
~ Easy Schmeasy Lotion
As easy as it gets!
1/4 c. good organic oil or combination of any good oils
1/4 cup water, hydrosol, or Aloe Juice (or gel)
1 Tbs. Beeswax
Heat oils with Beeswax in double boiler, stirring until all wax is melted. Slowly add liquid, beating thoroughly untill completely emulsified. Add essential oils of choice and dispense into clean jar.
~Zen Balm source: Web (Dr Christopher's formula)
What you need:
Cheesecloth (fine mesh)
Strainer or Colander
Quart canning Jars
Large Crock (no lid needed)
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Essential oils of choice, for further healing quailties and/or pleasant scent
A part is whatever you make it, I used one ounce (weighed) per part and it makes quite a large batch.
6 parts White Oak Bark
3 parts Marshmallow Root
3 parts Mullien Herb
2 parts Wormwood
1 part Lobelia
1 part Skullcap
6 parts Comfrey Root
3 parts Walnut Bark
3 parts Gravel Root
-Weigh all herbs and combine in crock pot
-Pour Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil into pot until it covers the herbs. The oil should allow the herbs to move, but not so much as you want the herbal strength in the oil
-Simmer in slow oven (200-250) for several hours until the herbs start to show crispy. Stir every so often.
-To make balm, for every cup of oil, add 1/4 cup of beeswax
Place oil and beeswax in double boiler, on med to low heat, stir constantly until wax melts, remove from heat, add essential oils of choice and pour into clean jars.
~ Spring Liver Flush source: web
8 cloves of organic Garlic
1/8 Lemon (no peels)
2 TB Apple Cide Vinegar
3 TB local Honey
In a blender, combine all ingredients until it becomes a mash like consistency.
Take 1 spoonful (abt. 1/2 TB) in the morning. Do this for three mornings in a row.
The mash goes to the liver and acts as a cleansing screen.
Garlic is a blood thinner, detoxifier, viral inhibitor
Honey is anti-bacterial
Vinegar alkalizes the blood and cleanses
Lemon also alkalizes and cleanses as well as offer vitamin C
Helps bags under eyes, dark circles around eyes, yellow coloring around eyes
~ Fall Detox Kicharee (also called Khichadi) source: LifeSpa
Makes enough for 3-4 meals. You can make the spices any way you want, some prefer the spices doubled - or even tripled.
7-10 cups of water (more water makes it more soup like, less makes it the texture of oatmeal)
1 cup split yellow mung beans (NOT whole mung dal beans)
1/2 cup white bismati rice
1 TB fresh Ginger root
1 tsp. black Mustard seed
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Tumeric powder
1/2 tsp. Coriander powder
1/2 tsp. Fennel
1/2 tsp. Fenugreek seeds
1 pinch of Asafetida (optional)
3 Bay leaves
1/2 tsp. Salt (rock salt is best) OR Braggs liquid Aminos
1 small handful of fresh chopped cilantro leaves
~Wash beans and rice together until water runs clear.
~Heat in large pot on medium heat and then add all the spices (except the Bay leaves) and dry roast for a few minutes.
~Add Dal and rice and stir again
~Add water and Bay leaves and bring to boil
~Boil for 10 minutes
~Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dal and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes)
~The cilantro leaves can be added just before serving
~Add salt or Bragg's to taste
Nettles Infusion Boosts immunity, toning, nourishing
I drink this healthy tonic every day! It helped me so many years ago to overcome cronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It helps with sleep, excellent for the kidneys and liver. It also helps cleanse the colon. Its easy and so worth it! it's the best starting point for any natural healing procedure. it may be all you need!
supplies are available from the supplies links on the links page.
You will need:
One Mason type quart jar
Some dried Nettles
~put one or two handfuls of dried Nettles into jar
~fill with boiling or steaming water
~cover and let sit for 4-8 hours
~strain out herb (give back to the earth please!)
~refrigerate and drink at least a few ounces a day
You must make this every few days, it does go sour.
Work for your body and it will work for you
You should notice something in a few days.
Can drink as much as you want, it's not harmful.
can add peppermint, honey or lemon to suit your taste
INFUSE OTHER HERBS TOO! Just a few are Red Clover, Oat Tops, Oatstraw...and others, each offering their unique healing properties.
Super immune boosting and a must have for cold and flu! Simple to make, delicious, kids love it, and you can use it in place of pancake syrup. one Tablespoon a day will raise and keep your immune system. When you feel the first sign of cold or flu, increase the dosage to one tablespoon every TWO hours (without fail). it will nip it in the bud. If you are already sick, it will take a bit longer, but it will work!
In a large saucepan:
3 cups of water
1 cup dried elderberries
Bring to simmer for 20-40 mins
Add one cup of local honey, stir, refrigerate, and voila!