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!

DIY Microdermabrasion + Other DIY Beauty Recipes

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A microdermabrasion at home? Why, yes you can. And you don’t have spend a lot of money to get it done!
DIY Beauty - Homemade Microdermabrasion at Home for Healthy Glowing Skin via YBA
Microdermabrasion is really just a fancy term for exfoliating sensitive skin areas – like your face. But you don’t need to spray your face with exfoliating crystals to get the same skin care benefits. Your Beauty Adviser Blog explains three methods for your own diy microdermabrasion at home using ingredients that most everyone already has on hand in their kitchen – ingredients like baking soda and water, lemon and sugar, and sea salt and olive oil. Head on over to YBA for these beauty recipes and then treat yourself once a week for healthy, glowing skin!
Other fabulous diy beauty recipes I’ve discovered lately include how to make your own diy un-petroleum jelly using castor oil, coconut oil, vitamin E and beeswax, an all natural homemade lemon peppermint foot scrub for sandal season, a diy clarifying shampoo recipe, a solid shampoo bar recipe (use Google Translator for this one from French), and an invigorating homemade citrus body wash! You can also enter to win the new diy book, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, through March 24th, 2013 here. To keep up with all of my DIY Bath & Beauty finds be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Board on Pinterest!

Sweet Sunday Finds – A Collection of DIY Ideas for the Holidays

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I’ve stumbled across some amazing holiday themed DIY projects, recipes, printables and books this week to help you plan out your holiday. Here are just a few of those ideas.
Cool DIY Holiday Craft Projects and Seasonal Finds for a Merry Christmas

1. Make your own beautiful, but easy craft DIY Washi Tape Decorative Boxes with the tutorial from Craft and Creativity that brings together paper mache boxes,decorative washi tape and a bead and string for the lid.

2. Claudine Hellmuth’s Printable Christmas Train Set is super cute and perfect if you have kids in the house or even grand kids who will be visiting! This holiday themed printable includes mini favor and treat boxes as well as editable text so you can customize the signs on the train cars!

3. Countdown with your family the days until Christmas with a DIY Advent Calendar from Rust and Sunshine Blog. It includes links to free printable wrapping paper designs and box templates! I also like the DIY Advent Calendar from HGTV that makes use of an empty cork board.

4. Decorate your kitchen with holiday flair by whipping up a DIY Holiday Joy Tea Towel from Skip to My Lou Blog. Not only is it functional for everyday use in your own home, but it can also be gifted with other kitchen items to someone you know who loves to cook.

DIY Holiday Craft Projects - Handmade Christmas Craft Projects for Planning Out the Perfect Christmas

1. Mark your holiday gifts for giving with these Printable Holiday Knit Gift Tags from Eat Drink Chic.

2. Or create a very personalized gift by crafting a DIY Recipe Book filled with all of your family holiday recipes to gift to a younger generation family member. You can find the

3. Keep your home smelling fantastic for visiting family and friends by crafting these nifty DIY Deodorizing Discs that you can scent with your favorite holiday scented fragrance oil using the recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee.

4. Keep hot spiced holiday beverages nice and cozy for guests with DIY Holiday Coffee Sleeves from Better Homes & Gardens. Not only are they cute, but they are a great way to upcycle socks that have holes in the toes or heel!

DIY Christmas Craft Projects, Gift Ideas, Recipes, Books and More

1. Bake up these Pumpkin Spice Chai Cupcakes from Miss Kait made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and buttercream icing with real chai tea! Not only are they delicious, but they are also gluten free!

2. Make trimming the tree truly special with Handmade DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Heart Ornaments. They not only make for fun and fragrant tree trims but they are also cute when tied onto holiday gifts! You’ll find the recipe and instructions at Katie Elliot.

3. Craft your own DIY Homemade Pinecone Firestarters from found pinecones, tea lights and your favorite fragrance. Not only are they a cinch to make, they really do work. You can find the tutorial at Kate’s Creative Space.

4. Enjoy the sweet scent of gingersnaps with this DIY Gingersnap Body Scrub Recipe from The Budget Diet. It’s made with real ginger and cinnamon and nutmeg essential oils as well as sugar, shea butter, sea salt, coconut oil, and a cold pressed oil of your choice. Use it in your own shower to smell like the season and make up extra to gift to friends.

Want more great ideas for the holidays?

Amazon has lot of cool  ebooks for kindle available for download today. (Don’t own a Kindle? Download the free Kindle App.) Here are some of my top picks for today that are perfect for the diy-er and the impending holidays as well as cleaning up after:

For even more ebooks on every topic imaginable, including fiction and non-fiction, check out Amazon’s Best Sellers List.

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?

DIY Natural Organic Skin Care Recipes – 18 Bath, Body and Beauty Recipes You Can Make at Home for Healthy Skin and Hair

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Experimenting with new DIY natural bath and beauty projects is always fun. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite found the time to create everything I want to make yet. But in case you have a little more free time than I do, here are a few amazing DIY bath and beauty recipes I’ve stumbled across recently. Give them a try and tell me which ones are your favorites!

Natural DIY Bath and Beauty Recipes for Skin, Lips, Hair and Teeth - How to Make Your Own Homemade Bath and Body Products

1. Simple DIY Face Scrub from The Budget Fashionista | 2. How to Make Your Own Moisture Packed Beauty Products (Lip and Nail Butter + Body Butter + Bath Fizz) from Plaid Magazine | 3. Easy Calendula Salve Recipe from Terrallectualism | 4. DIY Toothpaste from Lipstick & Luxury | 5. Homemade Grapefruit Bath Salts from Say Yes To Hoboken | 6. Tea Tree Oil Face Cream from Fresh Picked Beauty

DIY Natural Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes You Can Craft at Home

1. DIY Nourishing Hair Treatment from The Canadian Beauty Blog | 2. Lotion is for Sissies Solid Lotion Bars from Soap Deli News | 3. Birch and Lavender Nourishing Hair Lotion from Kanelstrand | 4. DIY Vitamin C Serum from Delighted Momma | 5. DIY Lavender and Rose Deodorant from Ruby Jean | 6. DIY Cranberry Lip Gloss from Organic Authority

Natural Organic Skin Care Recipes - DIY Homemade Spa and Beauty Recipes

1. DIY Moisturizing Orange Face Mask from Curious Charlie | 2. DIY Peppermint Lip Scrub from Skulls and Ponies | 3. Homemade Honey Shealoe Butter from Natural Review | 4. Top 10 DIY Beauty Recipes from Glamour | 5. DIY Yogurt Beauty Mask Recipe from Petit Elefant | 6. DIY Natural Skin Care (Beer Hair Rinse + Avocado Foot Scrub + Lemon Honey Mask + Coffee Scrub + Chocolate Face Mask + Baking Soda Blackhead Remover) from Expressing Night Out

Want even more great homemade organic and natural skin care recipes? Then follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest! New natural homemade bath, body, and beauty skin care recipes are added regularly so there’s always something new to try! And for certified organic ingredients from a company that cares, be sure to shop Mountain Rose Herbs.

Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe

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This homemade shower cleaner recipe is a snap to make and is super effective at ridding your shower of hard water stains and soap scum with almost no effort on your part!

Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe! This homemade shower cleaner recipe is a snap to make and is super effective at ridding your shower of hard water stains and soap scum with almost no effort on your part! #shower #cleaning #cleaningtips #cleaninghacks #showercleaner #homemade #homemaking #householdtips #lifetips #tips #lifehack #lifehacks #lifestyle #howto

Recently I stumbled across a great blog post on Picklee that highlighted 10 Remarkable DIY Cleaning Solutions. Shortly after pinning these great tips to my DIY Lifestyle Tips Board on Pinterest, my friend Cari of Koti Beth Designs commented on how amazing the super homemade shower cleaner recipe is.

The homemade shower cleaner recipe calls for equal parts of vinegar and Dawn mixed together in a spray bottle. Cari followed the recipe exactly, other than heating the vinegar, sprayed it on, walked away, and then simply rinsed her shower upon returning. The result? A very clean shower.

I decided to improvise a little on this homemade shower cleaner recipe. Instead, I filled my empty bottle of Method Bathroom Cleaner 2/3 full with white vinegar, 1/3 full with regular Dawn.

I then added some essential oils for fragrance and their antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. I used equal parts of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils and a smaller amount of tea tree oil.

It does smell a little medicinal. However, if you want a less medicinal scent try a combo of just lavender and peppermint or eucalyptus and peppermint. You can still use a dash of tea tree oil though it does tend to have a very powerful odor.

I like the tea tree oil though since it has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial  properties. You can adjust the essential oils based on the size of the container you decide to use.

If you’re looking for quality, organic essential oils for household cleaning, bath and body recipes or aromatherapy, be sure to check out the quality selection of essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.