DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap Recipe

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DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap - Made with two popular home remedy ingredients black tea and aloe!

If you’ve ever had a really bad sunburn you know just how much even a warm shower can hurt damaged skin. But showers don’t have to be something you dread. My homemade Sunburn Relief Rescue Cold Process Soap Recipe is formulated exactly for those days you’ve spent a bit much time unprotected outdoors in the sun. So be sure to keep a bar of this Monoi de Tahiti scented soap handy all summer long to give sun parched skin the extra love it needs.

Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe - DIY Sunburn Relief Rescue Soap Recipe made with REAL black tea and aloe vera gel! (Two of nature's natural home remedies for sunburns.)

This handmade soap recipe combines two natural sunburn home remedy ingredients – strong brewed black tea and aloe vera gel – believed to help ease sunburns. And to keep skin from becoming over dry, it’s also crafted with luxury oils and butters praised for their skin conditioning and moisturizing properties including cocoa butter, shea butter, babassu oil, hemp seed oil, and apricot kernel oil. A Monoi de Tahiti fragrance oils pulls it all together for a relaxing spa experience whenever you want.

You’ll find this palm free handmade soap recipe for my new Sunburn Relief Soap in the new May 2014 issue of Wholesale Supplies Plus’ eHandmade Magazine on page 23.

Interested in other handmade cold process soap recipes I’ve created for past issues of eHandmade Magazine? Here’s a list of past submissions I’ve contributed: Homemade Honeysuckle & Rose Soap Recipe for Mother’s Day (April 2014), Spring Inspired Bamboo Scented Soap Recipe (March 2014), Deodorizing Cedarwood & Baking Soda Soap Recipe for Men (February 2014), Silk & Rose Clay Heart Shaped Soap Recipe (January 2014), Handmade Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Soap Recipe for Men (December 2013), and my Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap Recipe (November 2013.)

Or click here for more of my homemade palm free soap recipes.

For more homemade soap recipes as well as other bath, body and beauty DIY’s, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest! And for homemade Mother’s Day gift ideas, check out my Homemade Mother’s Day Gift Ideas board. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin‘, FacebookTwitterTumblrGoogle + and Instagram!

Homemade Tea Gifts for the Holidays with Printable Chalkboard Labels

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Make simple homemade tea gifts for Christmas with this easy, homemade holiday tea gift idea. All you need are a few metal tins, some tea and the free printable labels. These are perfect for last minute gifts as well as an element in homemade tea gift baskets!

Homemade Tea Gifts for the Holidays with Printable Chalkboard Labels. Make simple homemade tea gifts for DIY Christmas gifts for the holidays with this easy, homemade holiday tea gift idea. All you need are a few metal tins, some tea and the free printable labels. These are perfect for last minute handmade gifts as well as an element in homemade tea gift baskets!

Homemade Tea Gifts

Looking for a simple homemade Christmas gifts for tea lovers? Then this simple tea gift idea is a must. These lovely DIY tea tins make wonderful homemade tea gifts. They are perfect solo or in gift baskets, and also make lovely holiday party favors or office gifts. They are super easy to make, too. You only need three components – tins, tea and a blank sticker label sheet!

Easy Homemade Stocking Stuffer Gift Idea - Tea Tins with Printable Chalkboard Labels

Easy DIY Tea Tins with Labels

© Rebecca D. Dillon


Adagio Earl Grey Lavender Pyramid Tea Bags and/or Adagio Christmas Tea
Deep Round 6 oz. Metal Tins with Lids
Blank White Full Size 8.5″ x 11″ Label Sheet(s)
Printable Chalkboard Tea Labels


DIY Chalkboard Tea Tins for Stocking Stuffers and Wedding or Holiday Party Favors

Place 3-6 pyramid tea bags inside each of the tins.

Printable Chalkboard Tea Labels for DIY Tea Tin Stocking Stuffers

Now download the printable PDF file with the tea tin chalkboard labels. There are three designs to choose from. (These labels incorporate free rustic graphics and a chalkboard background from We Lived Happily Ever After.)

Homemade Christmas Gift and Stocking Stuffer Idea - Easy DIY Holiday Tea Tins with Chalkboard Labels

Then choose the page of labels you want to print and print that page only onto a full page white sticker sheet. (No color ink required!) And voila! Simply cut out the labels and adhere them to the tops of each of the tea gifts.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - Easy DIY Tea Tin with Printable Chalkboard Labels

Now simply seal the tea tins shut with a piece of washi tape or some ribbon. Then gift to your favorite tea drinkers!

If you like this DIY Christmas gift idea, then also be sure to check out my giftable recipes for making a DIY vanilla chai tea mix and hand blended loose leaf masala chai.

For more handmade Christmas gift ideas, be sure to follow both my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board and my DIY Stocking Stuffers board on Pinterest. You can also follow my Pretty Packaging board for lots of creative ways to gift wrap your presents this holiday season.

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How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends

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Learn how to make custom herbal tea blends as natural home remedies for common ailments with this herbal tea tutorial. Get the skinny on basic tea making, explore various herbs to use as a base for your teas, plus learn how to customize your own unique tea blends for medicinal teas. Keep reading to learn now!

DIY Basic Tea Making - How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends and Medicinal Home Remedy TeasI have longed love purchasing handmade products from other artisans like myself. Plant Makeup (formally Good 4 You Herbals on Etsy) is one such company that is always a joy to buy from. Not only does Jes use herbs and plants she’s wild harvested from her home state of Massachusetts, but she’s also lent her inspiration through her own hand drawn labels and use of organic ingredients.

She even bikes her orders to her local post office. While I won’t be biking orders any time soon, I was able to get Jes to contribute a DIY for you all. I hope you enjoy her how to on making your own custom herbal tea blends and home remedies below.

How to Make Custom Herbal Tea Blends and DIY Natural Home Remedies

BASIC TEA MAKING . secrets to my custom herbal tea blends .

by Jes of Plant Makeup

It’s easy to make tea, even simply from anything you can find in your kitchen spice cabinet.

Here are some herbs and how they can help you during the winter or when you or a friend are in need.

1. BASIC TEA BASE: (2 parts)

Peppermint– great for cooling the body, for irritated lungs or to ease colds, awesome stomach calmer.

Ginger– for recipes that require more heat in the body, “to remove the cold”

Yerba Mate– caffeinated, “the green tea of South America”, great for the mind, circulation, contains medicinal properties.

(use can also use green tea, black tea, white tea, roobios, spearmint, chamomile, jasmine flowers)

2. ADD MEDICINE: (1 part total- choose one or a combo)

Orange Peels or Lemon Peels– heating, rich in vitamin C.

Hibiscus Flowers– heating, rich in vitamin C, turns the tea purple, helps “dry” the lungs of too much mucus.

Marshmallow root– cooling, “wet”, adds a coat of mucilage if you have a dry cold, cough, throat.

Gingko Leaves– heating, “the great circulator”, helps to move blood flow in the body.

Eucalyptus– heating, soothing vapors!

Back yard Medicine:

The following herbs I have used for helping colds and sore throats that can easily grow in a summer garden. It’s amazing medicine containing antibacterials, antimicrobials, etc: thyme, lemon balm, mints, hyssop, feverfew (a great cold fighter, use very little amounts), dandelion leaves (great cleanser, lots of vitamins and minerals), sage and catnip.

Kitchen Cabinet Medicine:

Any spice used can greatly help a cold, move menstruation, and help digestion of course!

I used a blend of rosemary leaves, lemon balm, cayenne to help someone with cramps and it worked!

Cayenne– heating, great expectorant if you have a stuffy nose, also an amazing antibacterial so it can purify the body when you have a cold or sore throat.

Any of these spices if just a touch added can help move a cold out of the body: cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, fennel, etc.

3. ADD ROOTS: (½ to 1 part) roots are great for strength, help you cleanse, and or adjust to stress.

Eleuthero Root– (Siberian ginseng) great strength builder, helps adjust you to winter conditions and stress, was used in Japan after atomic bombings to help people recover.

Echinacea Root– great to help boost immunity right before you think you’re getting a cold.

Dandelion Root– a great overall cleanse for the kidneys and liver. I think for the entire body!

4. ADD SWEETNESS (optional): (a pinch)

Stevia Leaf– natural sweetener, 400 times sweeter than sugar, use only a half centimeter of leaf per cup, experiment and have fun, stevia is known to balance blood sugar levels and help diabetes.

Licorice Root– yummy sweetener, adds mucilage if you have dry conditions. Don’t use too much of this one either.

Or add Raw Honey!

BREWING: Boil fresh water, remove water from heat, pour into cup of herbs (I use a heaping teaspoon per serving), steep with cup covered for about 10 minutes, about 4 with the green tea family.

Quick Remedy if you don’t have an Apothecary:

Sore Throats or Colds- Chopped fresh ginger root simmered in a pot of water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add a teaspoon of honey, half a lemon, and a pinch of cayenne per serving. You can also just use regular black or green tea instead of ginger.

love, Jes

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Natural Allergy Relief from Stinging Nettles

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Stinging Nettle Leaf Can Help with Allergies and Also Aid In Treating Other Illnesses and Conditions - Natural Herbal Home Remedy for AllergiesAllergy season seems to be especially bad this spring with more and more people suffering from allergies even while on allergy medications that are supposed to block symptoms and offer relief. So I decided to do a little bit of research to find alternative methods that are said to offer relief from seasonal allergies. One particularly interesting home remedy that I discovered and plan to try is stinging nettles. Nettle leaves can be steamed and eaten in salads and pastas or used in teas. Folklore has long praised their healing powers. Due to the natural composition of nettle, drinking stinging nettle tea can actually relieve allergic reactions to common pollen as well as relieve hives caused by allergic reactions to plants. Stinging nettles tea is often used to treat respiratory and urinary problems as well as aid in the recovery of conditions such as eczema, asthma, sinusitis and rhinitis and can help to diminish susceptibility to the common cold.

To create a tea comprised of stinging nettle leaves, prepare as you would any other herbal or loose leaf tea and pour 6-8 oz. of boiling water over one Tablespoon of dried organic nettle leaves. Allow to steep 10-15 minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy. To create an infusion, boil one quart of water and pour over 1oz. of dried nettle leaves allowing to steep four hours to overnight, then strain and consume. Alternately, you can also purchase a natural nettle extract made with a 2:1 ratio from fresh nettle leaves. Or you can buy nettle leaf capsules if you dislike the taste of stinging nettle.

Even more interesting than helping to reduce nasal allergies, is the assumption that nettles can also help to naturally prevent osteoporosis. It’s believed that the silicone naturally present in stinging nettle helps to increase bone density. Crafting a hand blended tea using equal parts horsetail, oat straw, alfalfa and stinging nettle and drinking a cup everyday can offer preventative care. Simply steep one Tablespoon of blended herbs in 6-8 oz. of boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes, strain, sweeten if desired – I love the natural sweetness of the stevia plant – and drink.

Overall however, nettle leaves are rich in nutrients our bodies need and contain many essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle is approved by the German Commission E for internal and external use in the support of inflammation. It is prized for it’s diuretic properties and it’s support of the lower urinary tract and can help to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. However, as with any herb, you should avoid stinging nettles if pregnant. As stinging nettle does act as a diuretic and can lower blood pressure, you should consult a doctor before using stinging nettle if you are taking diuretics or other drugs meant to lower blood pressure.

Also be sure to try my natural home remedy for nasal congestion by crafting your own natural Breathe Easier Salve.

What are some of your favorite natural home remedies for allergies and nasal congestion that you find really do work?

My Memorial Day Weekend

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Scott Watering the GardenScott is watering the garden again today. He’s been faithfully watering the garden by buckets since there’s no hose or outside water faucet on the days the ground gets dry. Luckily we’ve had some good rain so far this spring and it’s supposed to be a rather wet summer since this can get a little tedious and I seem to keep having him add an extra row here and there. Right now we have tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers planted. I also have a row of organic Summer Bibb Lettuce seeds from Cubits planted in the ground and in a large pot along with some Basil and Calendula. Scott still has one more row to sow so I can plant my mix of organic Heirloom carrot seeds from Cubits.

I spent a lot of time outdoors yesterday cleaning up both the front and back yards. We rent and this is only the start of our second year here – and our first with any sort of extra income – so we’re just now getting the yard to our liking. I don’t have hedge trimmers yet – I spent money on a weed eater and an a/c unit – so I trimmed trees with my hands and a pair of craft scissors – which was surprisingly effective. I also spent a lot of time pulling up Virginia creeper out of the ground and off the fence. While it looks a lot better, it did send my allergies into overdrive so I’m nursing a sore throat today.

If you’re allergies are giving you fits as well – even with medication like mine – there are some natural home remedies that can help. One of my favorites since I have a variety of herbs planted out front is to drink peppermint tea. The peppermint oil acts as a natural decongestant. Simply add 1/2 ounce of dried organic peppermint leaves to a one quart jar then fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water. Steep for five minutes, sweeten if desired and enjoy.

And since we’re on the topic of gardens, dirt and mud, I am offering 50% off my new Rose Body & Facial Mud for Memorial Day weekend! Just enter coupon code: FLASHMUD at checkout and receive half off every jar of Rose Body & Facial Mud you purchase from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen through Memorial Day. (Coupon code expires 5/27/13 at 11:59pm EST.)

I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend. Scott and I will be going out to buy a small charcoal grill today so we can enjoy some grilled bratwurst and burgers purchased on the market this weekend from a local farmer.