Books to Buy: Herbs for Natural Beauty

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Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Recipes include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more.

Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar shares 30 of her favorite recipes for holistic beauty and body care in her book, Herbs for Natural Beauty. Beauty recipes that can be found in Herbs for Natural Beauty include her amazing five-step skin care program and all-natural recipes for herbal cleansers, steams, astringents, creams, therapeutic bath blends, massage oils, shampoos, conditioners, and more. You can purchase the kindle version of this book for just $4.61 from Amazon or buy the paperback version for $8.89 from Amazon here. Alternately, during the month of May you can also buy the paperback version from Mountain Rose Herbs for just $7.16 (20% off!).

Other books by within this series by Rosemary Gladstar include Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System. A Storey BASICS® Title, Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care. A Storey BASICS® Title, and Herbs for Long-Lasting Health: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Lifelong Vitality. A Storey BASICS® Title. Or purchase Rosemary Gladstar’s best selling kindle ebook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use for just $2.99! Don’t own a kindle? Download Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App! It works on most devices including tablets, smartphones and desktop computers.

Natural Bug Repellent and Bug Bite Relief Stick Recipes

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DIY Natural Homemade Bug Repellent RecipeSummer is here and that also means fleas, mosquitoes, flies and ticks are looming about. And seeing as how the mosquitoes in my own yard already think I’m dinner, I want to to head to Floyd Fest – for four days and three nights of camping in the woods – completely prepared. One staple that I’ll be including in my backpack along with my natural dry shampoo will be a homemade insect repellent.

Crafting your own homemade bug repellent is rather simple and you don’t really need to follow any one recipe exactly to get the results you want as long you use a combination of essential oils known for their bug repelling properties. This year I tweaked a recipe I found on Live In Art blog, and combined one ounce each of witch hazel and grape seed oil, then added a blend of essential oils. I used equal parts citronella and lemongrass, slightly less of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and geranium essential oils as well as just a touch of clove and patchouli essential oils. It smells heavenly and even my boyfriend let me hit him with an all over test spray. (Just be sure to shake vigorously before each use.)

If you’re looking for something a little more exact, you can follow the recipe at Live In Blog, but don’t be afraid to substitute essential oils that not only do the job but suit your preference. Alternately you can also purchase a natural citronella/lemongrass bug repellent from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s made from water, essential oils and a natural soy emulsifier to keep the ingredients blended.

Natural Bug Bite Relief Stick DIY - This recipe helps to soothe itchy bug bites and is packaged in lip balm tube form for ease of carrying when traveling out in the wildIf you already have bug bites – or know you’re destined to get them regardless of what you try – you can at least help to soothe the itch. Nicole, of Live In Art, offers five natural ways other than anti-histamines or calamine lotion to help soothe your bug bites on her blog. She also serves up a fabulous recipe for crafting a natural bug bite relief stick! You can use this recipe to fill empty lip balm tubes which allows you to easily carry this remedy wherever you go – in your purse or your pocket! It’s made with an herb infused olive oil, beeswax, shea and cocoa butters, as well as a blend of neem oil and other essential oils. Simply visit Live In Art for the recipe.

Recipes for Natural Healing Oils & Salves and Other Fabulous Projects for Summer

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Recipes for Natural Healing Oils & Salves, DIY Herbal Pillows and Designing Your Own SoapsRecipes for natural healing oils and salves, diy herbal dream, pillows and designing your own homemade soaps. These are just a few of the treats you’ll discover inside the special, limited edition Nature Knows Best issue of Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine is now available from Mountain Rose Herbs. This special issue is the product of a collaboration between Mary Jane and the employees at Mountain Rose Herbs that contains diy articles and recipes for Herbal Health & Beauty, Herbal Cleaning, and the Herbal Garden along with tasty herbal ice cream recipes, toxic free mama & baby, quick & healthy breads, and much more. You can purchase this special issue from Mountain Rose Herbs while supplies last. Plus don’t forget to shop Mountain Rose Herbs for all of your organic essential oil and soapmaking needs.

If you’re delving into learning how to make homemade soap the old fashioned way with lye (alkali) and natural butters and oils (fats,) be sure to visit my DIY Cold Process Soapmaking Tutorial. I also have recently created a tutorial for making your own handmade wood loaf soap molds where I also give you the skinny on where to purchase lye!

Handmade Under Eye Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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Natural Handmade Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye Cream with Pure Rosewood Essential Oil

I am so excited to get started on formulating my new all natural anti-wrinkle under eye cream. As I’m getting older – I turn the big 3-8 this June – not only are the wrinkles around my eyes becoming more pronounced, but I have been getting dry patches under my eyes as well. Because of this it’s really sunk in that if I want to keep looking young, then I need to start working at it. Maturing skin really does need extra love to stay looking its best. So based on some various natural ingredients I’ve been experimenting with, I am finally ready to craft my own natural under eye anti-wrinkle cream. After all, our eyes are one the first places you start to notice the effects of aging. I’m also quite keen to minimize the scar under my right eye from a dog bite and hopefully minimize some of the under eye puffiness that afflicts me during allergy season and on those nights I just don’t sleep well. In addition I really want a super concentrated cream, rather than a cream with unnecessary fillers like water, and one that was free of chemicals and preservatives.

My handmade under eye cream will include a mixture of moisture rich oils, butters and botanicals prized for their skin conditioning, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Just a few of the ingredients that will be incorporated into my new recipe include calendula flower extract, evening primrose oil, olive squalane, grape seed oil, argan oil, hemp seed oil, calmelina oil, kokum butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E and rosewood essential oil.

Once I get a recipe together, I have some very willing co-workers of all age ranges and skin types – including extremely sensitive skin – on stand by to help me test it out over a period of several weeks.

Curious about some of the ingredients I’ll be working with? Here’s some information on a some of the less common ingredients I’ll be using in my natural anti-aging skin care recipe.

Rosewood Essential Oil has a lovely light fragrance thought to ease stress and headaches – not to mention it doesn’t irritate my allergies – and is great for treating dry, dull skin, stretch marks and scars.

Calendula Flower Extract is praised for helping to heal chapped and irritated skin. It aids in skin regeneration, eases eczema and also has anti-inflammatory properties which really comes in handy for those puffy eyes in the morning.

Evening Primrose Oil is praised for it’s moisturizing and skin softening effects. It also helps to relieve eczema, redness and inflammation and aid in healing wounds.

Kokum Butter is prized for its essential fatty acids. When applied to skin it provides emollient and regenerative properties making it a wonderful choice for treating damaged skin as well as inflammation.

Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E and is highly valued for its healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties.

Camelina Oil is naturally high in Omega-3 and contains over 50% polyunsaturated fats. It nourishes skin and helps to heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as improve the elasticity of skin.

Olive Squalane Oil helps to boost your skin’s ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, oxygenate and protect itself. It is often used to help with skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and cracked skin. Additionally it can help to prevent the formation of brown age spots as well as add some protection for skin against UV radiation of the sun.

Grape Seed Oil is believed to help preserve moisture in aging skin and help to repair damaged skin, wrinkles around the eyes, and stretch marks.

Hemp Seed Oil is one of my newest favorite oils as it works so well to fight against dry and damaged skin as well as the effects of aging. It is known to help heal skin lesions, balance dry skin and combat skin inflammation. Much like jojoba oil, hemp oil is non-greasy, emollient and moisturizing.

Do you use an under-eye or anti-aging cream now? What’s your most favorite and least favorite thing about it?

DIY Handmade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

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DIY Handmade Natural Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Recipe - How to Make Solid Lotion Bars
Today I’ve brought my love of coffee and chocolate ice cream together with my fondess for crafting bath and body products! Hop on over to Kanelstrand blog to check out my DIY Natural Handmade Lemon Basil Scented Solid Lotion Bars. These all natural solid lotion bars are simple to make but make a big difference in your skin care routine and they’re scented with only natural, organic essential oils. Plus you don’t need to buy a mold to make them! Learn how to make your own handmade solid lotion bars and grab my customizable handmade solid lotion bar recipe at Kanelstrand here! (Psst. You can also tweak this handmade lotion bar recipe to craft an herbal vapor rub salve for chest congestion and coughs!)