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Flowers as Gifts: Going Beyond the Bouquet

Just about everybody loves flowers. Flowers are a beautiful gift from nature that smell great, look great and have come to represent love to most of us. They are the most popular gift in the world, given for the many events in our lives, from Mothers Day to birthdays to weddings and even at our funerals. They seem to be everywhere, popping out of the foilage around us, brightening the world whereever they are. We love to give a bit of that beauty to our loved ones when we can. But did you know that flowers are useful in gifts other than bouquets? That you don’t have to put them in vases to give them and there are a lot of ways you can give flowers as inexpensive gifts, even at Christmas. You don’t even have to know anything about flowers to take advantage.

As fall peeks around the corner, we start to see the summer blooms fading and falling in our yards. The grass is littered with slowly wilting bright colors and the last scent of the blooms lingers in the air. Why not capture this now and make gifts you can give later? Homemade food gifts like pickled flowers, flower honey or flower jellies and jams. Homemade beauty gifts like floral perfumes, toners or cleansing creams. Homemade floral soaps, potpourri or candles. Cards and stationary made with pressed flowers. All personalized and special, made by you. And you don’t have to be some creative genius to do these things because I have the recipes, the plans, the step by step instructions. All you need is to round up the dieing blooms you find in your yard and beyond. So get the basket and go picking!

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Get Beautiful with Baking Soda

I absolutely love baking soda. I used it for everything. I brush my teeth with it (with either peroxide or lemon juice for whitening power!), use it for antacid (works great and saves $$), use it as a mild abrasive household cleaner, use it in the cat boxes to reduce the ammonia stink and I rinse my sinuses with it (you need a neti pot). But it has a large list of other uses, many of which don’t matter to me personally for various reasons but may be of use to you. And this has nothing to do with making biscuits or tortillas (which you may use it for if you like!).

You can buy any brand of baking soda, whatever is cheapest, it’s all the same basic ingredient and just doesn’t vary from brand to brand. If there are additives, avoid it! Pure sodium bicarbonate is all you want or need. You can get a basic version store brand at almost any store, from Dollar General to Walmart. Or you can just go with old fashioned, old faithful, Arm and Hammer. I buy several boxes every couple of weeks and usually get them on a 2-for-1 deal. You just can’t beat the price.

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Organic Beauty Solutions for Pennies

I have been posting an awful lot of stuff about how awful commercial beauty products are and I haven’t even covered all of it yet. But I thought I would take a respite from horrible news and try to offer something useful and wonderful. I have a lot of natural ideas that will help everyone take it down a notch and I thought it was time to share some new ones. I just wasn’t sure what kind of post to create, other than I knew it shouldn’t just be herb based because I’ve already done a lot of that. And that’s when I received a great gift right out of my own TV.

I saw a great local program last month that showed us how to make natural, organic and cheap beauty products from everyday stuff. I laughed at first, watching the women painting their lips with fresh strawberries but then was pleasantly surprised to see that I liked the color and it did not just fade away. In fact, it’s kind of hard to wash off. So it got my interest and I started to think about how you can use fruits, veggies and other natural resources, to make organic beauty treatments that are cheap and safe. The trick is to make sure that the fruits, veggies and herbs you use are truly organic to begin with.

So here are some great, safe beauty product projects that you can get started on right away. Check out the recipes before you go shopping and make a list of the produce you need to get. And remember to make it organic.

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What Price Beauty?

I have done other posts on cosmetics, mostly on how to make your own that will be both non toxic and safe for women with allergies. I have also done a previous post on the toxins in cosmetics. But there is a lot more to be said and I thought it might be a good idea to tell everybody what those toxins are so you can start looking at labels. But, did you know that cosmetics do not require approval from ANYONE before they appear on the shelves in your store? I mean, seriously, the FDA does not regulate cosmetics AT ALL. If you don’t believe me, go to this page on the FDA website. And for those of you who don’t want to just leave this page at the moment, here is the drift of what they state:

“Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, cosmetics and their ingredients are not required to undergo approval before they are sold to the public. … This means that manufacturers may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, to market a product without a government review or approval.”

Now, to be fair, they do ban a few substances. I mean, they aren’t allowed to load up on Mercury or Chloroform, both known to be dangerous, but they are still allowed to load up on a lot of crap that is gonna make you sick when you read this. Especially when you realize that these same toxins are banned in many other industries and that most of them are banned on the European market. And here I was foolish enough to think that we had the most sophisticated system in the world. I guess I got fooled by the constant refrain I keep hearing about how rich and powerful we are. Not quite the same thing.

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Making Herbal Soaps

Herbs have a long tradition in the making of soaps and tonics as people were always trying to find ways to eliminate body odors and clean the skin of dirt. You cannot imagine the incredible time and effort it took to clean, fluff and maintain the huge layered and ruffled dresses, the large pontoon pants and balloon sleeved shirts. In may Castles throughout Europe it took a legion of handmaidens to wash, iron, repair and “fluff” the clothing of the period. Herbs were used for almost everything, much as they are today. They just didn’t come in a colored box with a brand name and lot of extra chemicals to extend shelf life.

If you are interested in making soaps, including Herbal soaps, I have some recipes here that will help you do that rather simply. I will give you a standard method of making basic soap and then toss in a few Herbal soap recipes for fun. Some of the more successful Herbal Soap manufacturers started as a cottage industry in someone’s kitchen. Perhaps you could do the same.

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Making Herbal Skin Cleansers

More Recipes for Herbal Skin Cleansers

I won’t bore you with any more history and lore about herbs. If you have read anything else on this blog, then you know that herbs have a long and varied history with positive results and most cherished recipes are handed down from generation to generation like a heirloom. At one time in our history, herbs were like heirlooms, priceless and necessary. Some of the first methods of employing herbs successfully was in the personal care of the body and hair. Clean water was hard to find and bathing was a luxury for many centuries, something enjoyed by only the rich and powerful. Caesar bathed in herbal waters but the people of Rome were dirty and smelly. Much time and effort was expended to create luxurious cosmetics, cremes, waters, scents, powders and other delicious indulgences to keep the Pharaohs and their concubines clean and comfy. And many of the fantastic herbal recipes for rich and luxurious cosmetics come from this period in our history.

Today I want to cut to the chase and just give you the projects without too much fanfare. For women who are allergic to dyes and chemicals or sensitive to processed perfumes and animal products like Civet Cat musk and animal fats, these herbal recipes will provide joyous relief for reasonable cost. These recipes also put the wheel back in your hands… they allow you to pick and choose, to make changes where you wish, and actually create a cosmetic or other beauty product that suits you perfectly! With practice, not only will you have some of the finest and most luxurious cosmetics and skin care products you will ever find, anywhere, at any price but you can create your own designs and give them as gifts or even start a cottage industry! Imagine making cosmetics in your own kitchen and selling them for a premium! This is possible.

Today I want to tackle skin cleansers exclusively. If you are like me, you are crazy to find a cleanser that works for you. I have dry skin which is desperate for something like Shea Butter or mineral oil but I am also allergic to perfumes and sensitive to chemicals. So I scratch no matter what… either my skin is still dry or more dry after washing or I am suffering with a rash. So my solution is simple: I made a luxurious homemade cleanser with no chemicals or added perfumes that is rich in oils and emollients.

Here are the recipes I have gathered for you today, easy to follow and cheap to diy:

Elderflower Cleansing Lotion

Ingredients:
2 1/4 fluid oz Distilled Elderflower Water
1 tsp grated unscented Soap
6 fl oz Sesame-Seed Oil
3 tbsp Cocoa Butter
1 1/2 tbsp melted Beeswax

Method:
Soften the soap in the top of a double boiler. Then mix in the Oil, Cocoa Butter and Beeswax and allow the mix to warm. Warm the Elderflower water in a separate pan and then beat it gradually into the oil mixture. Pour into a bottle or jar and allow to cool. Cover tightly and store for future use. Remember to label!!

Chamomile Cleansing Milk

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Chamomile Flowers, fresh or dried
1/2 cup Cream

Method:
Heat Milk and Flowers together in a double boiler for 30 minutes. Do not let the Milk boil or form a layer of skin.
Cool and leave to infuse for another 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain out the flowers. Bottle the Milk and keep refrigerated until use. Use within 1 week.
Apply to the face with cotton wool and remove excess with tissues.

Cucumber and Yarrow Cleanser

Ingredients:
1 tsp Emulsifying Wax

4 tbsp Soy Oil
2 tbsp pureed Cucumber
6 tbsp Yarrow Infusion
5 drops Tincture of Myrrh

Method:
Puree an entire Cucumber in a blender and put several spoonfuls in a strainer. Strain out 2 teaspoonfuls of liquid. Set it aside.
Melt the wax over a low heat. Warm the Soy Oil in a separate pot and then slowly add it to the wax as it melts. Beat this well.
Heat the Cucumber Juice and the Yarrow Infusion in a separate pot. You should make up the Yarrow infusion ahead of time to have it prepared. Blend the Yarrow and Cucumber Juice into the Oil and Wax blend. Stir gently but completely.
Take off the heat and beat thoroughly as the mixture cools. Once cooled, stir in the Tincture of Myrrh. Spoon into jars or bottles and label for future use.

Deep Cleaning Facial Steamer

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried Rosemary
1/2 cup dried Nettle Leaves
Bowl
6 cups Water
Towel

Method:
Boil 6 cups of water in a pot. Put the herbs in the bowl. Pour over with enough hot boiling water to cover. Lean over the bowl, face down towards it and place the towel over your head to make a tent. Don’t get too close and be careful not to get burned. Steam for 1 minute.
This steamer will get the pores clean and will get off layers of dirt and grime. Afterwards, your face will feel squeaky clean and fresh.

Elderflower Milk Cream

Ingredients:
1 large fresh Elderflower heads
1 1/2 cups plain Yogurt
3 tbsp clear Honey

Method:
Pick the flowers from the Elderflower heads and put them in a small pan. Add the Yogurt and stir over low heat. Simmer gently for 30 minutes, then cover and set aside off the heat for 3-4 hours.
After 3-4 hours, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or sieve. Toss out the flowers. Add the mix back to the pan and stir in the Honey. Whisk thoroughly until the mixture thickens. Pour into jars and label. Keep in the refrigerator and use often.

A Deep Cleansing Face Pack

Ingredients:
1 tsp Beeswax
1 tbsp Lanolin
3 tbsp Rosewater
1 tbsp Fullers’ Earth
1 tsp Irish Moss or Flax Seeds

Method:
Melt the wax and the Lanolin together over a gentle heat, stirring continuously. After it is warm and well mixed, remove from heat and add the Rosewater, continuing to stir constantly.
Once the mix has cooled, mix in the Fuller’s Earth and Irish Moss or Flax Seeds. Stir this mix until it forms a smooth paste.
Smear this mixture thickly over the face like a mask. Leave in place for 30 minutes and wash off with a gentle cleanser. This pack will draw impurities from the skin and leave it feeling fresh.

Lemon Cleansing Cream

Ingredients:
1 tbsp Beeswax
1 1/2 tbsp Petroleum Jelly
3 tbsp Mineral Oil
1 tbsp Witch Hazel
1 tbsp Lemon Juice, strained
1/8 tsp Borax
6 drops of Essential Oil of Lemon
2 Small Saucepans
Clean Jar with Stopper or Lid

Method:
Melt the Beeswax and Petroleum Jelly together in a small Saucepan over low heat. In the second Saucepan, warm the Mineral Oil slowly. As it warms, gradually add the Mineral Oil to the Wax mixture in the first Saucepan and beat it briskly with a spoon or wire whisk for 3-5 minutes.
In the second Saucepan, warm the Witch Hazel and Lemon Juice over low heat. As it warms, stir in the Borax and continue warming until completely dissolved. Slowly add this to the Wax mixture in the first Saucepan and beat briskly with a spoon or wire whisk until it is creamy and cool.
Once cook, stir in the Essential Oil of Lemon. Stir in completely and then spoon the Cream into the Clean Jar and stopper. Use as needed.

Comfrey Cream Cleanser

Ingredients:
1 cup of dried Comfrey Leaves
1 cup Water
Saucepan
1/2 cup Almond or Light Olive Oil
2 tbsp melted Beeswax
2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
1 tsp Borax
2 tsp Honey
Double Boiler

Method:
Make Comfrey Infusion by placing the Comfrey Leaves into a saucepan with the one cup of Water. Bring to a boil over high heat and turn down the heat immediately. Let it simmer on lower heat for another 5 minutes . Remove from heat and allow to cool, infusing for another 10 minutes. Once cool, it is ready to use.
Melt the Oil, Beeswax and Cocoa Butter in the top of the double boiler. Warm 1/2 cup of the Comfrey infusion in the other saucepan and as it warms, add in the Borax and Honey and allow to thoroughly dissolve as it warms. Stir in carefully.
Remove both pans from the heat and gradually combine the two mixtures. Beat the combination steadily with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until the mixture begins to thicken to a creamy consistency as it cools down. Pot this up in a glass jar or container and label.

Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing Milk

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tbsp Fennel Seeds, crushed
Double Boiler
Clean Glass Bottle with stopper
Strainer

Method:
Gently heat the Milk and crushed Seeds together in the Double Boiler for 30 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to stand and infuse for another 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain and bottle, refrigerate and use within one week.

So there you have some great recipes for various cleansing lotions, all made from natural ingredients with fresh herbs. Enjoy!

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Herbal Cosmetics

Easy Project: Cleansing Creams

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From very early civilization, people caught on to making cosmetics and using them to enhance beauty. The Romans tossed herbs and flower petals into water to make bathers smell sweet instead of ripe. The ancient Egyptians used scarab beetles and minerals to make eyeliners, lipsticks and rouge. Who has seen a picture or model of an ancient Egyptian that didn’t have eyeliner? Even the men, the Kings, in fact, wore it with pride. This was made from mineral sources. Lipsticks and rouges were made from insects. Powders were eventually invented to dry out the liquids that were applied to skin. Even then, no one liked a “shiny” look!

Homemade cosmetics are an ancient human tradition and it wasn’t until society became so large and so furious that women began turning to store shelves for their face and body enhancements. This was probably sometime in the 20th century. That wasn’t that long ago so many of the recipes and methods are still available and are even handed down to women by great grandmothers worldwide. But the focus of my blog is basically herbs so the kind of cosmetics I want to discuss are those based in herbs. And today many cosmetic manufacturers are seeking to find more natural ingredients for their products and are now adding herbs back in. It seems that many of us are allergic or adversely affected by chemicals and dyes. Imagine that!

If you are one of those women who always have teary eyes from mascara, itchy blotchy skin from soaps, itchy nose from face powder, etc… then you will appreciate more natural alternatives. Yes, they take some time and effort and might cut into your TV time, but these projects produce some of the most luscious, wonderful cosmetics you will ever enjoy, so they are well worth the sacrifice. Get out the gloves, the tins, the bottles and the spoons, you are getting ready to make some fantastic stuff! Today, we’re making Cleansing Creams.

Recipes:Lemons
Lemon Cleansing Cream

Ingredients:

1 tbsp Beeswax
1 1/2 tbsp Petroleum Jelly
3 tbsp Mineral Oil
1 tbsp Witch Hazel
1 tbsp Lemon Juice, strained
1/8 tsp Borax
6 drops of Essential Oil of Lemon
2 Small Saucepans
Clean Jar with Stopper or Lid

Method:
Melt the Beeswax and Petroleum Jelly together in a small Saucepan over low heat. In the second Saucepan, warm the Mineral Oil slowly. As it warms, gradually add the Mineral Oil to the Wax mixture in the first Saucepan and beat it briskly with a spoon or wire whisk for 3-5 minutes.
In the second Saucepan, warm the Witch Hazel and Lemon Juice over low heat. As it warms, stir in the Borax and continue warming until completely dissolved. Slowly add this to the Wax mixture in the first Saucepan and beat briskly with a spoon or wire whisk until it is creamy and cool.
Once cook, stir in the Essential Oil of Lemon. Stir in completely and then spoon the Cream into the Clean Jar and stopper. Use as needed.
Comfrey

Comfrey Cream Cleanser

Ingredients:
1 cup of dried Comfrey Leaves

1 cup Water
Saucepan
1/2 cup Almond or Light Olive Oil
2 tbsp melted Beeswax
2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
1 tsp Borax
2 tsp Honey
Double Boiler

Method:
Make Comfrey Infusion by placing the Comfrey Leaves into a saucepan with the one cup of Water. Bring to a boil over high heat and turn down the heat immediately. Let it simmer on lower heat for another 5 minutes . Remove from heat and allow to cool, infusing for another 10 minutes. Once cool, it is ready to use.
Melt the Oil, Beeswax and Cocoa Butter in the top of the double boiler. Warm 1/2 cup of the Comfrey infusion in the other saucepan and as it warms, add in the Borax and Honey and allow to thoroughly dissolve as it warms. Stir in carefully.

Remove both pans from the heat and gradually combine the two mixtures. Beat the combination steadily with a wooden spoon or electric mixer until the mixture begins to thicken to a creamy consistancy as it cools down. Pot this up in a glass jar or container and label.
fresh fennel

Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing Milk

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tbsp Fennel Seeds, crushed
Double Boiler
Clean Glass Bottle with stopper
Strainer

Method:
Gently heat the Milk and crushed Seeds together in the Double Boiler for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to stand and infuse for another 2 hours. After 2 hours, strain and bottle, refrigerate and use within one week.
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Orange Flower Cleanser

Ingredients:
2 tbsp Soy Oil
2 tbsp Almond Oil
1 oz Cocoa Butter
1 tbsp Beeswax
2 tbsp Orange Flower Water
1/8 tsp Borax
5 drops of Essential Oil of Neroli
2 Small Saucepans
Glass Bowl
Hand Beater or Wire Whisk
Clean Jar with Lid

Method:
In the first saucepan, mix the Oils and warm them over low heat. In the second Saucepan, melt the Cocoa Butter. Once melted, add the Cocoa Butter to the Oils.
In the second Saucepan, warm the Orange Flower Water over low heat and dissolve the Borax in it. Once dissolved, add this mix to the first Saucepan and beat it in briskly with the wire whisk or hand beater. Leave the mixture to thicken and cool.
As the mixture starts to thicken, stir in the Essential Oils. Once completely cooled, spoon the cream into the clean jar and tightly lid. Use as needed.

Chamomile and Honey Mask
Ingredients:
1 tbsp dried Chamomile Flowers

3/4 cup Boiling Water
2 tbsp Bran
1 tsp clear Honey, warmed
Small Glass Bowl & Strainer

Method:
Put the Chamomile Flowers into the small Glass Bowl. Pour over the boiling water and allow them to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain this infusion and discard the Flowers.
Mix 3 tsp of this liquid with the Bran and Honey in the Glass Bowl. Rub this mixture all over your face. It may be a little stiff at first but will smooth out over your skin as it warms. Leave this on your face for at least 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
You may bottle up Chamomile Water for future use in a Glass or Plastic container with lid. You may add this to the Bran and Honey at the last minute as needed.
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A Deep Pore Cleansing Mask
Ingredients:
1 tsp Beeswax
1 tbsp Lanolin
3 tbsp Rosewater
1 tbsp Fullers Earth
1 tsp Flax Seed
Small Saucepan

Method:
In the Saucepan, melt the Wax and Lanolin together over a gentle heat, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat and add in the Rosewater, stirring still until the mix is cooled.

Once cool, mix in the Fullers Earth and the Flax Seeds until you have a smooth paste. Apply immediately. Do not store for future use because it will harden.
fennel seeds
Fennel Facial Cleanser
Ingredients:
1 tbsp Fennel Seeds
1 cup Boiling Water
1 tsp Honey
2 tbsp Buttermilk
Wooden Spoon or Mortar and Pestle
2 Small Bowls
Clean, Glass Bottle with Stopper

Strainer

Method:
Lightly crush the Fennel Seeds with the wooden spoon or in the Mortar & Pestle. Place the crushed Seeds into the Small Bowl. Pour over the boiling water and allow to infuse for 30 minutes.
Strain the cooled liquid into the second small bowl and add in the Honey and Buttermilk. Stir in carefully until well mixed. Transfer to the clean Glass Bottle and Stopper. Keep this mix in the refrigerator and use as a cleanser for your face.
And that’s about all I have room for today! But I have many many more great recipes for cleansers, creams, moisturizers, bath bags, bath salts, cellulite creams, body washes, etc… Look for my future posts on these recipes and methods.
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