Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall

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The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there’s so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you’re making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! The kids are in school, the holidays are fast approaching and there's so much planning and shopping still yet to be done. Who can afford to get sick? Whether you're making soothing medicinal teas, immune boosting syrups or something else entirely, these natural ways to fight colds & flu will keep you in shape to do what needs to be done.

After all, we can’t always afford to take time off from work or home life. But it is important that we take time out for self care. This way we can still perform at our best even when we feel bad. And who knows, you may find that you enjoy some of these natural ways to fight colds & flu even when you aren’t sick!

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu

Natural Ways to Fight Colds & Flu This Fall! Learn how to make custom herbal tea blends to fight the cold & flu! Learn how to use herbal ingredients to create your own herbal teas for fighting the cold and flu. For example, peppermint helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Medicinal Tea for Colds & Flu

You need look no further than tea brands like Yogi and Traditional Medicinals to know that tea can help with a variety of ailments from insomnia and constipation to weight loss and energy. But if name brand teas don’t quite cut it, you can create your own custom tea blends to help ease a cold or flu.

Within the article, How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends by Jes of Good 4 You Herbals, you are provided with introductory information on herbal ingredients and tips for mixing these ingredients to create custom herbal teas. For example, peppermint leaf helps to not only cool down the body, but it also soothes irritated lungs and eases colds. Hibiscus flowers, which are naturally rich in Vitamin C, help to “dry” out excess mucus in your lungs. While marshmallow root adds a coat of mucilage that can sooth a dry cough and sore throat.

Cayenne, and this one is often used in cold & flu tea blends, heats up the body and acts as an expectorant if you have a stuffy nose due to a cold or flu. In addition it also has amazing antibacterial properties that help to promote wellness.

You can find Jes’ article on how to customize your own herbal teas here. (Jes also uses her herbal knowledge when developing her own natural plant based makeup. You can purchase her products via her Etsy store here.) Or try this simple and easy cold & flu herbal tea recipe with echinacea, ginger and cayenne to get you started.

If you’re not quite up to the task of customizing and preparing your own medicinal herbal tea remedy, you can purchase pre-blended cold & flu herbal teas from these artisanal sellers based on your symptoms. Or simply gleam ideas for the types of ingredients you’d like to use when making your own teas.

Fight cold & flu naturally with this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. This natural home remedy and herbal tea contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity.

I am particularly partial to this Cold & Flu Loose Herbal Tea from Arogya Tea & Holistic Healing. It contains an immune-boosting and antiseptic blend of herbs to help strengthen and defend your reserves. Ingredients include Elder Flowers, Licorice Root, Fennel and Cinnamon to battle congestion, Calendula to ease fever, Lime Blossoms to calm the stomach and Echinacea to boost immunity. Get it here. Or try Folke Magick’s Cold & Flu Herbal Tea as an alternate version.

Why drink apple cider vinegar during cold & flu season? Drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Immune Boosting Home Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar

Speaking of boosting your immunity, drinking raw apple cider vinegar everyday is a great way to keep your immunity up. Not only can it help to prevent you from getting sick, but it also gives your body a boost to fight a cold or the flu if you do get sick. I have a great recipe for a turmeric ginger apple cider vinegar tonic here. If you already have a cold, adding a dash of cayenne pepper to suit can give this tonic an extra kick to help clear out stuffy nasal passages.

Natural ways to fight colds & flu! Learn how to make elderberry syrup this cold & flu season to help naturally boost your immunity! Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here.

Black Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry syrup is another immunity boosting remedy! Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.

Elderberry syrup is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It’s believed that taken daily, it can help to prevent flu and colds as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu, colds, excessive mucus and even a sore throat. You can learn how to make your own homemade elderberry syrup here. Alternately you can also buy a DIY elderberry kit or premade elderberry syrup. (This stuff is delicious! I highly recommend trying it on pancakes.)

In addition to apple cider vinegar and elderberry syrup, you can also purchase immunity boosting herbal teas. Moose Head Homestead sells an ImmuniTEA-herbal tea blend that combines elderflowers with organic ginger root, calendula, yarrow and peppermint leaf that you take at the first sign of discomfort. Earth Witch Herbals also sells an Immuni-TEA tea blend with a slightly different formula.

Alternately, if sipping on tea isn’t really your thing, Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Immune A.S.A.P Supplement is a wonderful alternative in pill form. (FYI Thrive Market has great prices on the entire Gaia Herb line. I shop with them regularly. It’s kind of like a Costco but for the world’s best healthy food and natural products at wholesale prices.)

Turmeric Golden Milk

Speaking of turmeric, golden milk is another great option for not only boosting your immunity, but it’s also a pretty powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Golden milk, also sometimes called turmeric tea, can help stop a bacterial infection in its tracks as well as soothe a sore throat. It can also help with digestion issues such as with gas, bloating, and digestive comfort as well as ease muscle and joint pain.

An immune boosting turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight blog!

This turmeric golden milk recipe from Wit & Delight is a great option. You can swap out the non-dairy milk for dairy if you prefer or swap the honey with light agave syrup to make it vegan. (Wit & Delight is one of my long time favorite lifestyle blogs covering topics that include beauty, fashion, interior design, health & wellness, parenting and more.)

You can also find a simpler golden milk recipe at It’s a Healthy Lifestyle blog which focuses on nutrition, veganism, health and lifestyle. There’s even a golden milk frozen dog treat recipe for your pup at Dalmatian DIY because, after all, pets are family too.

Or, if there’s a bit too much work involved in the process of making turmeric tea for your hectic schedule, Laird’s Superfood Turmeric Creamer makes a great nutrient rich, vegan alternative for adding turmeric to your diet along with your morning cup of jo. (I also purchased this product from Thrive Market recently.)

Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend is a natural way to help fight colds & flu! The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body's natural immunity. 

Essential Oils

If your preference lies more in the realm of essential oils and aromatherapy then you might want to consider giving Twig + Petals Immunity Boost Organic Essential Oil Blend a try. The natural blend of Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme essential oils can be applied to feet or added to warm bathwater to help support your body’s natural immunity.

Alternately, if you enjoy making your own homemade products, Humblebee & Me has a great recipe for making your own Essential Oil Cold & Flu Aromatherapy Roll On. It contains eucalyptus, peppermint, clove bud, wintergreen, lime, cajeput and tea tree essential oils as well as menthol. If you are allergic or sensitive to eucalyptus and/or clove bud essential oils, cedarwood and cinnamon essential oils make a wonderful substitute.

Now that you’re better armed to take on cold & flu season – and really, basically be Wonder Woman for the entire holiday season – be sure to let me know in the comments what some of your favorite natural ways to fight colds & flu are! And don’t forget to check out my Natural Home Remedies & Herbal Health Care board on Pinterest for more great ideas for taking charge of your health.

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Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe

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Don’t let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which have been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

With incidents of Lyme disease becoming more common, protection against ticks in wooded and rural areas where ticks prosper is super important. The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, causing the spread of the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central United States. The western blacklegged tick spreads the disease on the Pacific Coast. (Find more information on the CDC website here.)

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has been shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites and is a common ingredient in some commercial mosquito repellents. According to WebMD, when applying a specific 30% lemon eucalyptus oil extract called Citriodiol three times daily you can also significantly decrease the number of tick attachments if you live in tick-infested area. (Learn what Citriodiol is here.) This extract is used in commercial products such as Mosi-guard and Repel Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

For my insect repellent body butter recipe, I use lemon eucalyptus essential oil at just under 5% – the maximum for a skin safe application.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.25 oz. emulsifying wax
2 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. camellia (tea seed) oil
.1 oz. 100% neem oil
.1 oz. isopropyl myristate
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil

 Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh the ingredients for my insect repellent body butter recipe. Additionally, substitutions can be made for this recipe. While I have not tested substitutions for this formula, these are my closest approximations that I believe would work.

Babassu oil and camellia oil were chosen not only for their benefits to skin, but also because they don’t feel oily or greasy when used in cosmetic applications. Babassu oil has a slightly higher melt point than regular coconut oil, however refined coconut oil can be substituted if desired. You will need to increase the amount of wax used, however, to compensate for the difference in the melt point. Fractionated coconut oil can be used in place of the camellia oil.

In addition, the shea butter can be subbed with sal butter or mango butter and the cocoa butter with another hard butter like kokum butter. The isopropyl myristate can be substituted with Cyclomethicone. Both of these products keep the end product from feeling greasy. Alternately, it can be omitted entirely.

This is a soft butter and may not remain in solid form in hot areas or outside of a temperature controlled environment. In this case I recommend increasing the emulsifying wax as needed – I chose to use emulsifying wax as it also keeps the insect repellent body butter from feeling greasy on skin as well – or substitute it with beeswax for an end product closer to a salve. You can also try 1/2 the amount of wax called for in the recipe with carnauba wax, which is vegan. In addition you can also keep my insect repellent body butter recipe as is and try adding .05 oz. of arrowroot powder.

To make this insect repellent body butter, begin by weighing out the emulsifying wax, babassu oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. Heat in the microwave at 40-50% power until melted or melt in a double boiler.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Weigh out the carrier oils and stir into the melted wax and butters.

Next weigh out the isopropyl myristate and stir into the insect repellent body butter mixture.

Now weigh out the lemon eucalyptus essential oil and mix into your melted product. Using a dropper, follow with the remaining essential oils. Mix well.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Evenly pour the body butter into two 2.3 oz. clear glass thick wall cosmetic jars with black lined caps. (I got my jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

Allow to cool completely, then screw on the lids. You can place your insect repellent body butter in the fridge to speed up the cooling process. As this recipe yields a soft, velvety butter it may take 24-48 hours to fully solidify and reach its final consistency.

To use apply the insect repellent body butter to exposed areas of skin and massage in. This body butter smells really strong at first, but the scent will mellow after about 5-10 minutes. Reapply every few hours as needed to aid in repelling biting insects.

Love your locks with these leave in coffee hair conditioner & shine spray recipes! Formulated especially for dry or damaged hair, these recipes both utilize the power of camellia seed oil and babassu oil. Both of these oils have similar properties in hair and skincare as coconut oil making them especially suited for those sensitive to or allergic to coconut oil.

To learn more about babassu oil and camellia oil and for more recipes you can use these ingredients in, be sure to check out my Leave In Coffee Hair Conditioner & Shine Spray Recipes. You can also follow my boards on Pinterest for even more great skincare recipes and beauty DIY’s.

Organic lemongrass citronella insect repellent spray from Pure Palette. This natural insect and mosquito repellent spray contains a blend of lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, citronella, patchouli and catnip essential oils. It is 100% natural, hand blended in a small batches, DEET Free and has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. It repels mosquitoes and many other bugs including No See Um.

If you’re looking to buy a natural insect repellent you may like this organic lemongrass citronella insect repellent spray from Pure Palette. This natural insect and mosquito repellent spray contains a blend of lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, citronella, patchouli and catnip essential oils. It is 100% natural, hand blended in a small batches, DEET Free and has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. It repels mosquitoes and many other bugs including No See Um. You can buy it online here.

Pure Palette also sells hand poured citronella outdoor candles to help deter biting insects when you’re enjoying time outdoors on your patio or deck. I just bought three of these for an upcoming cookout I’m hosting in May. You can purchase them here.

You may also be interested in the organic insect repellent stick with lemon eucalyptus essential oil from SunnyBrae Buzz. It’s formulated with essential oils that are known to repel mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, and flies and also comes in three formulations – for babies 6 months to 23 months, for kids 2 years to 15 years and for ages 16 to adult. You can buy it online here.

Additionally, Turtle Moon Health also sells a non-greasy, natural insect repellent spray with lemon eucalyptus essential oil called Nature’s Cloak Mosquite & Tick Repellent. It’s non-staining and kid friendly! You can buy it online here.

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Create Your Own Custom DIY Salves the Easy Way!

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Spark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

About Spark Naturals Essential Oils.

I recently discovered the company, Spark NaturalsSpark Naturals sells 100% pure essential oils, essential oil blends and related natural aromatherapy products. Their goal is to to help people bring balance into people’s lives through the use of essential oil extracts and other high quality health related products that combat the world’s cocoon of toxins, pollutants, and hazardous chemicals.

Unlike some essential oils companies, Spark Naturals is not an MLM company. However, they do offer the same products along with better pricing and availability as other similar essential oil companies.

Create your own custom DIY salves the easy way with Spark Naturals' base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. This salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own oils!

Easily create custom DIY salves with Spark Naturals!

I was especially excited by Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve. This salve is fantastic for those of us who want to create our own custom DIY salves, but prefer not to have to start out by buying a ton of ingredients in bulk. Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is a great way to make and mix your own products. All you need to do is heat the base and then add your own essential oils!

To get you started, I recommend 12 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of base. You can try ginger essential oil with this base for a warming sore muscle salve! Or mix 12 drops of ginger essential oil with 1 oz. of one of their carrier oils for a simple sore muscle massage oil.

And Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve is 100% natural. It’s made from 100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil and Vitamin E. That’s it! You can buy Spark Naturals’ base Foundation Salve online here. Or shop from their full line of pre-made salves here.

Sparks Naturals sells essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

In addition to the salves offered at Spark Naturals, they also sell essential oil kits for making your own DIY cleaning products, cold & flu relief products and more!

And, they also make it easy to get started with aromatherapy! Start shopping now and save up to 20% off their current sale products. You can also use coupon code: share15 for 15% off.

If you’re interested in homemade salve recipes that are a little more complex, you can find all of my salve recipes here. Make your own from scratch or use them as a springboard for inspiration for making your own custom DIY salves.

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Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with Jojoba Oil

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This Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with jojoba oil is made with a combination of jojoba and other oils to keep both your hair and scalp moisturized. This hair oil treatment DIY is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is also great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter.

I’m so excited to share this natural hair oil treatment DIY with jojoba oil with all of you. It’s not my own but rather a contributed recipe from, Melissa, of NightBlooming. Melissa sells a variety of wonderful herbal alchemy, hair accessories, and other creations in her Etsy shop. After purchasing and trying out several of Melissa’s signature oil blends as well as her luxurious henna gloss bar I was hooked. I so very much wanted to share Melissa’s creations with you and asked if she’d be willing to create a hair oil treatment DIY  to share with my readers. Melissa graciously agreed.

For this post, Melissa is sharing the recipe for her signature beauty oil blend for January. It’s called Ullassa. Keep reading to learn more about this product as well as how to make it yourself!

Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with Jojoba Oil

Ullassa is one of the many amazing words that has no direct English translation; it means “feelings of pleasantness associated with natural beauty.” Ullassa is this month’s Signature Oil from Melissa of NightBlooming, and she’s happily shared the recipe. It focuses on using essential oils, four penetrating oils, and one sealing oil, jojoba, to lock the moisturizing goodness into both hair and scalp.

This Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with jojoba oil is made with a combination of jojoba and other oils to keep both your hair and scalp moisturized. This hair oil treatment DIY is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is also great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter.

Ullassa is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter. You can purchase it pre-made here, as well as custom oil blends if one or two of the ingredients don’t suit you.

Why this blend of penetrative oils + jojoba for sealing?

Natural, penetrative, oils have a high amount of fatty acids such as lauric, capric, oleic, linoleic, myristic, palmitic and caprylic acids. Their small (in a molecular sense) structure allows them to easily penetrate the scalp and hair, feeding them with vital nutrients needed for healthy hair.

The sealing oil, jojoba, is considered to be the closest to the sebum naturally produced by the scalp. This makes it an effective conditioner, moisturizer, and softener for both skin and hair and a great choice for this hair oil treatment DIY.

This Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with jojoba oil is made with a combination of jojoba and other oils to keep both your hair and scalp moisturized. This hair oil treatment DIY is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is also great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter.

Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY

© NightBlooming

Preparation:

Be sure to either work on an oil / essential oil safe surface, or protect the surface with a silicone mat or similar.

Ingredients:

This hair oil treatment DIY makes ½ ounce of finished oil in an amber dropper bottle.

This Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with jojoba oil is made with a combination of jojoba and other oils to keep both your hair and scalp moisturized. This hair oil treatment DIY is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is also great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter.

2 tsp Jojoba Oil
½ tsp Sunflower Oil
½ tsp Avocado Oil
½ tsp Rosehip Oil
½ tsp Hemp Seed Oil

This Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with jojoba oil is made with a combination of jojoba and other oils to keep both your hair and scalp moisturized. This hair oil treatment DIY is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is also great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter.

4 drops Jasmine Absolute
2 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
4 drops Petitgrain Essential Oil
2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil
4 drops Vanilla Bourbon C02 extract

Instructions:

To create this hair oil treatment DIY, add the essential oils to an amber glass bottle first, followed by the penetrating oils. Then top with the jojoba oil. Be sure to leave enough headspace for shaking! Shake well. Store upright, as the rubber bulb will degrade faster if the bottle is stored on its side.

This Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with jojoba oil is made with a combination of jojoba and other oils to keep both your hair and scalp moisturized. This hair oil treatment DIY is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is also great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter.

Detailed Ingredient Information for this Hair Oil Treatment DIY:

All carrier oils should be organic, cold-pressed and hexane-free when possible.

Jojoba Oil – Jojoba Oil is found to be an ideal moisturizer and conditioner which is derived from a natural plant. Jojoba oil is produced from a desert plant called Simmondsia Chinensis whose oil is highly regarded as an effective conditioner, moisturizer, cleanser and softener for the skin and hair.

Sunflower Oil Organic Cold–Pressed Unrefined – An oil wealthy in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, also has beneficial amounts of lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin and hair it is a natural emollient (meaning it corrects scaling and dryness), by helping upraised skin and hair cells lay flat, helping to increase shine and keep in moisture. Cold-pressed oil, also called cold-drawn, or virgin, oil, is purer than oil expressed with the aid of heat and retains more of its natural benefits.

Avocado Oil – This deep golden oil is an edible oil pressed from the fruit of the Persea americana (avocado). It is used for lubrication and in cosmetics where it is valued for its regenerative and moisturizing properties. Rich in nutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids, this nutritional oil is excellent for enhancing hair health. It supplies vitamins A, B, D, and E to nourish both hair follicles and the scalp. Vitamin E also acts as a protective antioxidant. It has natural humectant properties, adding and locking in moisture. The monounsaturated fatty acids will give hair a glossy shine and silky texture. The amino acids will promote the growth of new hair cells.

Rose Hip Oil – is extracted from the seeds contained in the intensely red berry-like fruits -or hips- of a wild rose-bush that grows in the cool, lush mountain rainy valleys of the southern Andes, in Chile. It is a superb hydrator with a high absorbing level, penetrating dry skin and hair almost instantly to restore a much needed moisture balance frequently lost by climatic and environmental conditions such as dryness and air toxicity.

Hemp seed Oil – Hemp seed oil is made up of 80% essential fatty acid, the highest amount of any other plant. Hemp seed oil prevents moisture loss on a physiological level; it does just not merely “coat” the skin or hair as do other oils. Hemp so closely matches our own skins lipids it is able to penetrate inside our cells and lubricate the surface between. Not only does Hemp seed oil contribute greatly to the barrier function and appearance it also has other skin benefits such as offering relief to acne, minor abrasions, psoriasis and eczema. Hemp is also the only plant oil containing Vitamin D, which is necessary for Calcium absorption, especially useful to vegans. Using Hemp seed oil is a great way to achieve soft, smooth and hydrated skin.

Jasmine Essential Oil – This oil helps to bust stress- which can drain nutrients from the body. Using jasmine oil along with coconut oil has Shown to encourage hair growth. Along with adding to the volume and length, it gives dry hair a radiant lustre.

Ylang–Ylang Essential Oil – The extract of lilies, this oil is a scalp soother and follicle stimulator. Indonesians spread the luxuriant flowers on the marriage bed of the newly weeded couples. Ylang means “flowers of flowers,” sometimes called “the perfume tree.”

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) – Made from the leaves and twigs of this amazing tree, it is antiseptic, antispasmodic, a natural deodorant, and nervine. Use in a hair oil will leave hair and scalp fragrant (petitgrain has woody, citrus and floral notes all in one!), while soothing and preventing bacterial and fungal growth. Blends well with lavender, rose, and sandlawood.

Vetiver Essential Oil – An oil with a sweet, heavy, earthy and woody aroma, it is a cicatrisant which speeds up new tissue growth and can speed up the disappearance of scars or other marks from the skin. An anti-inflammatory, vulenerary, and antiseptic, it promotes scalp health. Is aroma has long been lauded for being relaxing and soothing.

Vanilla Burbon CO2 Extract – Vanilla is not produced as pure essential oil. It is well advised to question the authenticity of Vanilla labeled pure essential oil. This soothing scent is perfect for relaxing and meditation.

This Ullassa Hair Oil Treatment DIY with jojoba oil is made with a combination of jojoba and other oils to keep both your hair and scalp moisturized. This hair oil treatment DIY is perfect for dry or damaged hair that struggles to keep moisturized, but is also great for all hair (and scalp) types that need a little extra love in the driest parts of winter.

Application:

How to oil your hair (excerpted from Rehabilitating Damaged Hair Naturally: A Guide)

The idea of putting oil on your hair might seem strange after years of shampoo commercials pretending that oil is the enemy and must be eradicated at all costs. Some people are adverse to the idea of oiling as they think their hair will appear greasy and dirty. Proper oiling does not make the hair look greasy; instead, it uses only a few drops of oil to keep essential moisture inside of the hair and protect it from day-to-day wear. If you oil your hair and it does appear greasy, use less oil and dry oiling on damp hair rather than dry the next time.

1. Make sure your hair is clean, damp, and tangle-free. Oiling is best done after a shower, where the hair has just been conditioned and is full of moisture.

2. Put 3–5 drops of oil in the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together for a few seconds until the oil is warm, and spread over your palms in a glossy sheen.

3. Pat your hands over your ends to put the most oil there, and then, starting at the ears, smooth your hands down the length of your hair. Do not oil the hair above your ears, as the natural sebum produced by your scalp will be enough.

4. If oiling damp hair, spread the oil through your hair with only your fingers or a wooden or horn comb. If your hair is dry, you can use a boar bristle brush to smooth the oil through the hair and give you lots of shine. If you have curly, kinky, or very damaged hair, use only your hands and fingers, as styling tools will either ruin the curl pattern or be too abrasive on delicate strands.

5. To oil your scalp, put a single drop of oil in your palm and work your fingertips into it, then spread the oil to the fingertips of the other hand. Massage the scalp with your fingertips.

Want to learn more about Melissa from NightBlooming?

Melissa of NightBlooming on EtsyMelissa grew up with a love of fantasy novels, nature, and animals. After her quest for red hair led to disaster, she doubled down on her passion for reading and experimentation, for nature and science, and set out on a journey to heal the damage and get the color she wanted, naturally. Her herbal alchemy did the trick and, once the methods and products had proven successful for others, she launched NightBlooming–a virtual garden in which to grow her brand and share it with the world.

Her husband is her lodestar, and they live together in a sweeping river valley with their mutinous cats and garden dotted with honeybees.

A professional technical writer and interactive learning designer, Melissa’s prose blends clarity and purpose with vivid description honed in her fiction writing. Her nonfiction works include Rehabilitating Damaged Hair Naturally: A Guide and Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & other Herbs: A Guide.

The line of natural hair care products she developed, additional information, and inspiration are available at NightBlooming on Etsy here.

You can follow Melissa on her blog here as well as on instagram, twitter and pinterest.


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How to Make A Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle

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Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? My natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Natural Deodorizing Beeswax Candle Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.75 oz. beeswax
.8 oz. eucalyptus essential oil
.5 oz. tea tree oil

Tools & Materials:

1 12 oz. glass candle jar
large wood candle wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

I used an upcycled 12 oz. candle jar for my tea tree and eucalyptus scented deodorizing beeswax candle. If you don’t have a 12 oz. glass jar, SKS Bottle & Packaging has some really pretty 12.25 oz. glass jars here that would also work beautifully. If you’re using their 12.25 oz. glass jars, you can increase the amount of beeswax to 14 oz.

I used filtered white beeswax pastilles for my homemade candle recipes. However, you can also use traditional unfiltered yellow beeswax.

To make your natural deodorizing beeswax candle you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut two wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the glass candle jar when placed inside with the metal anchors on. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into two metal anchors using one wick for each anchor. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the essential oil and stir it into the melted wax. If necessary, gently heat the wax again.

Now carefully pour the wax into your glass candle jar and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool.)

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

Label your candle jar with the free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

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If you like my natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


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