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Lavender Body Scrub Recipe

13 Aug

This is a quick and easy recipe for a lavender body scrub. This one follows the same recipe as the Peppermint Body Scrub . In this one, you switch out the peppermint castile soap for lavender castile soap.

What You Need:

  • Sea Salt- choose the grain size that works best for your skin. The one you see in this photo is fine grain. I also made one that was medium. The smaller the size, the gentler the scrub will be.
  • Lavender Liquid Castile Soap
  • Oil of your choice
  • Clean jar or container

What to Do:

I mixed the castile soap and the salts together first. Then I added the oil. I used jojoba, but you can use a different type. I didn’t measure. I just poured it in small amounts until it was the texture that I wanted. It only took a few minutes to make.

Give this a try. You can always use different types of castile soap to get a different scent.  This scrub will leave your skin hydrated and soft. It’s a great way to treat yourself without spending a lot of money.

Bentonite Clay Hair Cleanser Recipe

5 Jul

Laura shares her recipe for a bentonite clay hair cleanser. She also uses this recipe as a face mask.

What You Need:

1 part Bentonite Clay

1 part Water

1 part Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix together well and use.

If you have a recipe you’d like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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Homemade Sugar Scrub and Salt Scrub Tutorial

30 Jun

Sheealyoung shows how to make two different homemade body scrubs. The first is a sugar/coffee scrub. The second is a salt scrub. Give them a try.

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Whipped Hair & Body Butter Tutorial

20 May

Sheenalyoung shows how to make a whipped hair and body butter with her guest Hank Chen. Check out the other videos on her channel.

If you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com

Saved from the Funk Hydrosol Recipe

21 Apr

This recipe was submitted by LaVida of LaVida Given by Nature

 Saved from the Funk (Hydrosol)

It’s Wednesday afternoon. 80 degrees with 61% humidity…..I have less than 10 minutes to spare, to run down the hill 3 blocks and through the state capitol bldg to catch a shuttle back to my building.
10 minutes before:
Do I choose a graphite pencil, medium, soft or hard charcoal w/ peel away sharpening, or a plain charcoal pencil… ooh, look at these… what is this? What is graphite anyway? “Writes like a pencil but dark like chacoal….” I mulled over several erasers as well….. OMG…I snatch a medium charcoalpeel pencil and a gray kneading eraser….. it’s 12:46!!!
I have 9 minutes….. I run ( which wouldn’t be described assuch) down the way. I pass a few carefree citizens who have formed a horizontal line across the side walk. UGH! When you’re in a rush, no one else is. I am in no shape or form or prepared to even remotely run down the 3 blocks, but I put my best foot forward – which is my left. .. and glide around the barricade of people enjoying the nice weather.
Upon block three, at the last moment I decide to vacate all plans to run through the “basement” (concourse) of the Plaza and take a sharp left down a steep hill, turn into a bend, which is the mouth of the bus turn-around, and through a tunnel where a state trooper happens to be waiting. I ignored the fact that I possibly could get a pedestrian ticket for going through this tunnel. I perspire more but, I make my shuttle!! I can relax…… or can’t I? I made it, but has my deodorant? I am perspiring like crazy and I’m not feeling so fresh…..The light bulb went off. When I am back at my cubicle I reach into my tote for my homemade body elixer! My trusty, loyal hydrosol blend!
 
What are Hydrosols?
Hydrosols are the distillate product left over during the process of producing steam distilled Essential Oils.
 
What are the benefits of Hydrosol?
Hydrosols are non-abrasive and not irritating to the skin. Although hydrosols are not as concentrated as essential oils they still hold the essential oils therapeutic properties.How can I use hydrosol?
Many artisans use hydrosols in water-based cosmetic products and for non-toxic linen sprays. My favorite ways of using them are for an after work-out body refresher (when a shower isn’t nearby), hair moisturizing mist or a scent mist to keep on my desk at work.
 
How do I make hydrosols? Where can they be purchased?
In order to make potent safe hydrosols you would need special steam distilling equipment and be knowledgeable in Herbology. I for one do not make my own hydrosols nor essential oils. One place I do recommend, although it can be a bit costly is Fromnaturewithlove.com. Try searching the net for hydrosols and I’m sure you will stumble upon several others as well.
 
Could you please share a recipe?
Absolutely!
AFTER WORK-OUT REFRESHER
1 Part Rose Hydrosol
1 Part Lavender
3 Parts Witch Hazel Hydrosol
1 part distilled water
A splash of Isopropyl Alcohol (optional – mixture should be refridgerated)
tsp jojoba
6 – 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (excluding citrus’ & almond eo’s- can cause skin damage due to photosensitivity. Mints should not be used on the face.)
 
Do You have another recipe?
Why not. We all as woman have gone a bit too far and shaves a bit too much and a bit too low. When it grows back! YOUCH!
BIKINI AREA PAIN EASE
3 Parts Witch Hazel Hydrosol
1 Part chamomile
1 Part Floral Hydrosol (rose, lavender or something else)
1 part distilled water
A splash of Isopropyl Alcohol (optional – mixture should be refridgerated)
tsp jojoba
3 drops patchouli
2 – 3 drops tea trea oil

Shake and pour liquid onto a cotton ball or what I like to use, dry cotton pads.

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Peppermint Body Scrub Recipe

14 Dec

This is a quick and easy recipe for a peppermint body scrub. Scrubs are great for exfoliating the skin and helping it to be smoother. The best thing about this recipe is that there are only three ingredients. All of these are ingredients that you can use in many other mixes so they won’t go to waste.

What You Need:

  • Sea Salt- choose the grain size that works best for your skin. The one you see in this photo is fine grain. I also made one that was medium. The smaller the size, the gentler the scrub will be.
  • Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap
  • Oil of your choice
  • Clean jar or container

What to Do:

I mixed the castile soap and the salts together first. Then I added the oil. I used jojoba, but you can use a different type. I didn’t measure. I just poured it in small amounts until it was the texture that I wanted. It only took a few minutes to make.

Give this a try. You can always use different types of castile soap to get a different scent. I’ve also made a lavender body scrub using this same method. This scrub will leave your skin hydrated and soft. It’s a great way to treat yourself without spending a lot of money.

Aromatherapy Blend for Menstrual Cramps

8 Nov

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce carrier oil such as sweet almond (or oil of your choice)
  • 15 drops Peppermint
  • 10 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Lavender

Directions: Mix oils well in a clean, dark-colored glass container. Gently message a small amount into the abdominal area.

Source: Aromaweb.com

Coffee Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe

18 Sep

Another great video from sheenalyoung on YouTube. Take a look at the rest of her videos also.

Whipped Shea/Cocoa Hair and Body Butter Video

17 Sep

Check out this video from sheenalyoung on YouTube.  She has a lot of other great videos, so be sure to take a look at those too.

Homemade Toothpaste

9 Jul

WHAT YOU NEED:

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange, clove, or cinnamon bark essential oil
A few drops tap water

Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix them thoroughly with a toothbrush, your finger, or a small spoon until a smooth, thick paste forms. The paste shouldn’t be too runny; it has to stay on your toothbrush.

Dip your toothbrush into the paste and use as you would regular commercial toothpaste.

Source: Care2Green Living Blog