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!)

DIY "Cancer" Teas and Other Exotic Teas You Can Make Yourself

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How I Make My Own Cancer Tea and Other Exotic Teas

By Guest blogger, Cheryl Dolby of Healing Woman Blog
Pineapple Mint and Chocolate Mint-Freshly Harvested
Pineapple Mint and Chocolate Mint-Freshly Harvested
I love making my own teas because it gives me the versatility of creating exotic herbal blends, not found anywhere else. I’ve even gone so far as to create my own teas for particular ailments or diseases. I bought a book years ago that has been my guideline for creating teas to help with cancer, intestinal tract problems, nervous system difficulties and a variety of other health problems. The book is called “Healing Teas from Around the World”by Syliva Schneider.

Of course, I use the book only as a guideline. I prefer to study effects of different teas and create my own elixir.

When my daughter, Kelli, found out she had multiple myeloma cancer 8 years ago, and after the initial shock, we decided to follow conventional therapy as well as look into alternative methods. Kelli is thriving today and I believe that the teas could have played a roll in her recovery.

You may want to check out an earlier post on how I prepare my herbs. The post is titled “Now is the Thyme” found here.

Dried Herbs After Removed From Brown Bags
Dried Herbs After Removed From Brown Bags
Basically, I dry my herbs in brown sandwich bags, place them in my car and wait a few days to remove. They dry quickly and impart a wonderful aroma at the same time.
Tea Being Placed Into Small Tea Bags
Tea Being Placed Into Small Tea Bags
After the herbs have dried, I scrunch up the brown bags until the leaves are thoroughly pulverized. I remove larger stems and then add them to purchased tea bags that can be found online (from Mountain Rose Herbs) or specialty herb shops.

I used spearmint, pineapple mint and peppermint tea leaves for my pictures for the post.

The tea bags are then ironed closed and are ready for brewing. I then place tea bags into zip lock bags with my logo and list ingredients.

The bags Are Sealed Closed by Ironing Them.
The bags Are Sealed Closed by Ironing Them.
Below is a bit about the ingredients and the recipes I used for Kelli’s cancer teas.
Lapacho tea is made by using the bark found on the lapacho tree found in South America. It is reputed to have great results when used for asthma, stomach complaints and cancer and impede the growth of tumors.
Eassiac Tea or Original Indian Essence. This tea was reportedly used by the Indians in southeast Canada and many claims are made touting it as a cure for cancer. The ingredients are, roots of burdock and Turkish rhubarb, sheep sorrel and slippery elm bark. These are herbs that help strengthen the immune system.
Bark and Root Cancer Tea: 
1. 1 t. each of the burdock, Turkish Rhubard, sheep sorrel and slippery elm bark or you could buy a box of Eassiac tea with these ingredients sometimes found in health food stores.
2. 2 t. crushed lapacho bark
Mix together and add to tea bag. I use several of these bags in a pot of hot water-let them steep for about 10 minutes or so. Tea is a bit bitter so honey can be added to your cup if preferred. Alternately, if you want a stronger tea, let herbs steep for about an hour and reheat the tea before drinking.
In a later post on Healing Woman Blog, if there is interest from my readers, I’ll give more information on methods we used to help Kelli keep cancer at bay. She is and has been in guarded remission for several years now but we, and I say we because I am her coach, continue a strict regimen to insure her continued remission and phenomenally good health. Her orthopedic surgeon has told us that he thinks Kelli is a miracle case.
Mint Tea All Ready for the Market
Mint Tea All Ready for the Market
If you’re interested in crafting you’re own herbals teas but don’t have an herb garden, you can purchase dried, certified organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.
About the author: This post is by guest  blogger, Chery Dolby of Healing Woman Blog. Cheryl Dolby, a native of Warren, Ohio, now resides in Roanoke, VA, where after spending 15 years as a stained glass artist, teacher, and shop owner, became interested in clay sculpture. Her interest soon became an obsession and since 1984 she has exhibited her sculpture at shows and galleries throughout the country. Currently, she sculpts, writes and participates in the arts. She has studied her craft in Italy, Greece and France. Be sure to visit Healing Woman Blog to learn more about Cheryl, her work and her journeys.

How to Create and Customize Your Own Herbal Salve Recipe

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Herbal Salves are great products to keep in your medicine chest. Whether you buy them or make them yourself, they work because of the medicinal properties of the herbs and botanicals used to create the product. Salves can be used routinely year round to treat minor skin damage, burns, bruises, rashes, and even sprains. If you’re planning on making your own salves and ointments, I recommend purchasing organic ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Wonder Wonder Blog offers a step by step photo tutorial for making your own diy Herbal Salves. Because of the multi-purpose uses of salves, Hikaru uses her salves in place of creams, eye cream, hand cream, and even lip balms!

Hikaru’s handmade salve recipe calls for a variety of herbal infusions mixed into a base of shea butter, beeswax and a bit of Vitamin E oil. The recipe is construction in order to allow some customization and provides instructions on creating your choice of herbal infusions from herbs such as lavender, rosemary, calendula, chamomile, comfrey and mint. You can customize your salve based on your most common ailments by choosing the proper herbs for your condition. Mountain Rose Herbs is also an excellent resource for researching the properties of any carrier oils and herbs you may consider using. Grab the recipe for making your own herbal salves now at Wonder Wonder.

Looking for a more specific recipe before you start experimenting with your own? Soap Deli News Blog offers a recipe for Calendula Ointment. Calendula is known for it’s skin care properties and is widely used to soothe inflammation, control bleeding and heal damaged skin tissue making it perfect for use in ointments and salves. You’ll find the Calendula Ointment Recipe here.

You can also craft a Skin Nourishing Salve perfect for treating insect bites, minor itching and irritation, and minor cuts. It can also be used as a nipple cream. Made from wild grown plantain and violet leaves that you can find growing in most any lawn, this recipe describes the herbal infusion process and provides an exact recipe for making your salve. Get the details here.

Additionally, you can also check out this salve recipe for a Scrapes and Scratches Healing Balm. It does not call for an herbal infusion, saving you a step, and instead utilizes essential oils including tea tree oil, lavender, tagetes, and rosemary in a beeswax and sweet almond oil base.