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Eyes and Essential Oils

Eyes and Essential Oils 

Normally when  I share with you I like to have used/eaten etc. whatever it is for awhile and tweek to my liking.  On this one I am going to just share.

I have absolutely no experience with eyes and essential oils and I am not going to pretend I do.  I must say though,  I will be making this first serum as soon as I get in the couple of oils I do not already have.

Rebecca at www.campwander.com  has put together a post with very interesting information about the use of essential oils and eye health.  In this post she has three recipes that have really peaked my interest.

This first recipe is said to improve vision.  You use it on the facial bone area.

[quote]Dr. David Hill, a world renowned essential oil expert and others have suggested that they have improved their vision with long term regular use of this blend AKA DIY Immortelle.[/quote]

The oils used in her recipe are ones that I either already have on hand or are right here on my “to buy” list.  I wear readers at the moment. I will be making this one up soon and will let you know.  It would be very nice to either need a less strength or not at all.

Rebecca’s second recipe is for people with Macular Degeneration. This one is actually rubbed into the feet. How exciting to possibly be able to improve these issues without drugs.

The third recipe on the eye and essential oils post at Camp Wander is an eye drop

[quote]According to Modern Essentials, these drops have been used for Glaucoma, cataracts, spots, film and growths of various kinds.[/quote]

She says this one stings, which makes sense as it has Apple Cider vinegar in it. As this one is actually put in the eye, talk to your eye doctor first.

 Rebecca, thank you so much for researching this and sharing.

Disclaimer:  Again, I am not a doctor.  I am sharing because I find this information interesting and possibly very beneficial.  What you do with your own body is your responsibility.  Do your own research. 

Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

-Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean-

Keep front loader washing machine clean

Washing Machine

There are just a few simple steps to remember to keep a front loader washing machine clean.   I will give my mom credit here for teaching me when I was younger, then reminding me years later when I bought my first HE machine.  Thanks mom!  We grew up with my mother always having a front loader, and my mother never completely closed the front door.

Shortly after I got my first Front loader it began to smell musty and it dawned on me why my mother never closed the door.  If the washing machine has the ability to dry out inside it is NOT going to grow mold and it will NOT stink.  So I quickly ran a HOT load through with a cup of bleach (Yes, I still used bleach then) it was good as new and I now leave the door open when I take a load out.

Another problem – In talking to many of my clients (I am a Cosmetologist), I hear complaints about front loaders, such as the clothes don’t come clean.  My mother also told me years ago when I got my HE not to over fill the load.  Most people over fill their front loaders and use TOO MUCH LAUNDRY DETERGENT!!!  Most people over fill their top loaders also, you just get away with it (as far as clean clothes go) because the water will come over the top of the clothes.  But in the top loaders you wear something out.  I don’t remember what it is but I did it.  🙂 

In a Front loading washing machine,  you only need a small amount of laundry soap. You DO NOT need to see a lot of soap suds.  IF you see a lot of soap suds it is VERY likely that you are not getting the soap rinsed out,  (less water used).  This will do two possible things –

1.- Cause your clothes to become dingy.  (You will see it on your white first)

2. – Cause your clothes to start to smell.  (Because in a way, they are still dirty, dirty with soap)

With my homemade laundry soap I use 2 tbls for a large load.  I also started using that amount of the commercial store bought that I used to use.

I must share here, the laundry cleaner that I am using next only uses 1/2 a tsp for a medium load.  You can learn more about  it here.   I ordered mine from Amazon having decided I was going to make that leap. NaturOli EXTREME 18X Soap Nuts / Soap Berry Liquid Organic Laundry Soap, Natural HE Detergent & Green All-purpose Cleaner. SUPER-concentrated, Sulfate-free, Allergy-free, Unscented. (3 Pack)  (Affiliate link)

 

Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

 If you have a front loading washing machine that has grown mold and smells, get out

Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

Baking Soda Paste

your white vinegar and baking soda.  For the gasket around the front edge spray with your vinegar and then sprinkle with baking soda.  Add more vinegar so it is like a paste.  Let it sit for about a half an hour, then go scrub at it with a tooth brush.  Do the same if you have let the detergent compartment get mildewed.   When you have gotten that as clean as you can, I would sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda in the drum, then put 1 cup white vinegar in the detergent compartment and set it to wash a HOT load.  This should get you back to a good starting point.

Keep Front Loader Washing Machine Clean

1. Use less detergent  (play with it, remember you do not need to see soap bubbles).

2. Use vinegar in your softener compartment  (it helps remove excess detergent from clothes and does not build up in your machine) (And works fantastically as a fabric softener)

3. Remember to leave the door on the machine open a crack so it can dry out.  ( I do not have children, if you think one might climb in there then this might not be for you.  You will just need to do the plain vinegar wash more often)

 This is what I have found works for me, I hope it helps you if your are having trouble with how to keep your front loader washing machine clean.

Disclaimer: All things I post about are from my personal experience and are being shared as such. 

Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade mayonnaise

I have been trying a lot of new things over the past year.  Some relearning as I did them with my mom at home growing up or when I first moved away.  In the quest to be healthier and greener I just have to try more new things.

Homemade Mayonnaise

This was one of the first things I thought about changing in our refrigerator.  Then while relearning and reading about homemade mayonnaise, I was reminded that the shelf life is only a recommended 3-5 days in the refrigerator.  I DO NOT, let me repeat DO NOT have time for that.

If you have been reading many of my posts yet, you should have seen a theme by now.  More is better.  I made two gallons of laundry soap for two people and a couple of loads of salon towels.  When I make pot roast I put two of the hugest I can find in the crock pot.  You get the idea.  So mayonnaise that I have to make every 5 days?  Not going to happen.  So I switched us to the one made with Olive Oil hoping that was my best store bought choice for the moment.

But I have now heard of a “whey” to make it last much longer.  I am very excited.

Very important for any mayo recipe you try, all the ingredients must be room temp.

Ok moving on – Your basic old fashioned mayonnaise recipe, at least the one I  used years ago, comes out of the cook book I bought right before I moved away from home.  “The New  Pillsbury Family Cookbook” (Copy write 1974)

Mayonnaise

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon prepared or dry mustard

Dash pepper

2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar

1 cup oil

In a small bowl, combine egg yolk, salt, sugar, mustard and pepper.  Blend at low speed until thoroughly combined.  Add lemon juice and blend well. Gradually add oil, a tablespoon at a time, beating constantly; continue beating until all oil has been added and mayonnaise is thick and smooth.  Store covered in refrigerator.

An interesting tip this recipe gives is:  If mayonnaise separates, gradually add mayonnaise to another egg yolk, beating constantly until thoroughly combine.

No matter what recipe you are going to try you have to decide how you are going to mix it.  Some people whisk it by hand, others use their beaters/mixer, others use a blender.  I plan to use my hand held emulsion blender. 
This the one I bought from Amazon.  (affiliate link).

What I like about most of the newer recipes I have seen is they are using all of the egg.  Great idea, I don’t have to take that precious time to separate it or wonder what to do with some egg white.

Here is a more current mayo recipe that uses the whole egg.  You can cut this recipe in half to try for the first time.  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/whole-egg-mayonnaise/

Here is a fat free recipe made with yogurt by  chef Rocco DiSpirito.

This recipe by Homesteading Survival is the one that I am going to try. I just happen to have grape seed oil on hand.

And her wonderful tip using Whey to make it last longer.

Do you have a favorite mayonnaise recipe?  Have you found a great way to make it last months in your refrigerator?  Share your ideas with us.

I Love To Take Pictures

I Love To Take Pictures

I Love To Take Pictures

A Sunset Fall of 2013

I was sitting today thinking about how horrible I am at coming up with ideas on what to blog about.  Most important, I want my blog posts enjoyable for my readers. “I thought” I wanted everything to be informative in some way and  helpful to people.

I get so bogged down in trying to figure out the “what”.  Or –  I realize I just spent a day doing projects others might be interested in and I forgot to take pictures.  I have now wasted hours of good blogging time.

Today it hit me.  I Love To Take Pictures. I am not yet sure of the format or how I am going to do this, so if you have suggestions I would appreciate it.  I am going to start sharing some of the pictures I have taken, recently and over the past years. 

I hope you enjoy!!!!

Please to not copy without my permission.

I Love to take pictures

Ebby

I Love To Take Pictures !!!!

  Watch for information on one of those products I am referring to.  I have now made my first batch of sauerkraut.  It tastes wonderful!

 

Rose Infused Witch Hazel

Rose Infused Witch Hazel

I wanted the smell of roses in the toner I was going to make so I decided that I would infuse the Witch Hazel I bought with some of my Organic Rose Petals.   It is very very simple.

Ok, please come back later as I need to finish this post.

 

Rpse Toner with Ingredients

Rose Facial Toner

Rose Facial Toner

In my quest to make my own healthy, homemade, skin care, I decided I wanted to make a toner; a Rose Facial Toner.  I tried to make this feel like the Organic Toner I had been using.  I don’t know how close I really came, but so far I am liking the way it feels.  And the pores in my face that had just started to change (bigger) are looking more normal to me (smaller).  

Rpse Toner with Ingredients

Rose Toner with Ingredients

 Rose Facial Toner

What I used:

2 oz of *Homemade Rose Infused Witch Hazel

2 oz of **Homemade Rose Water

1 tbl Apricot Kernel Oil

1tbl Rosehip Seed Oil

2 Vit E Capsules

 Mix this Rose Facial Toner all together and put it in a spritzing bottle.  I used the one my old toner came in. I like it because it is glass.  You must shake this well before each use as the liquids will separate from the oils.

*Read how to make Rose Infused Witch Hazel

**Read how to make Rose Water

Below are the products that I bought for this formula.  I looked for a wonderful, glass, spritzer bottle to suggest and I am not completely sold on one yet.  So I hope you also have a glass spritzer bottle you can repurpose for your Rose Facial Toner.

 

 

 

Have you made your own toner?  What formula do you like?  I hope you enjoy.

As with any recipe keep in mind your allergies.  If you are allergic to Roses or Apricots you probably would not want to make this.

Homemade Rose Water

Homemade Rose Water

 Rose Water

When I set out to buy the ingredients to make my first batches of skin care and cleaning products I wanted some Rose Water.  I looked around and chose to buy this one.

Let me tell you, it smells absolutely wonderful. 

Homemade Rose Water

Then I decided I might want to use quite a bit of it and I set out to make my own.  Here is a jar steeping  some Rose Petals from my garden.

Homemade Rose Water

Rose Water Steeping

 

My next thoughts were I do not use Organic Fertilizer on my lawn.  We do on our eating garden, but not the lawn.  Well….. my Rose bushes sit right on the edge of my lawn, so now I do NOT have organic rose petals.  Back to the drawing board, and this is what I ended up with.        

So Now What Do We Do You Ask?

Making your own homemade rose water is very simple.  First decide what jar you are going use.  Mine holds about 18 oz. Glass is best, in my opinion.   Get your Organic Rose Petals, I put 1/2 cup into my jar. Then you should use either purified or distilled water so you aren’t adding other contaminants to your Organic Rose Water.  Warm your water, I don’t bring it to a boil just warm it up. Then pour it over your petals.  Put the lid on and wait.  I let mine sit out on the counter for 24 hours before I put it in the refrigerator.

Homemade Rose Water

Making Rose Water

Homemade Rose Water

Rose Water Done

 

I have not made a dent in my bag of petals.  If you are interested in trying a small portion, contact me and I will figure out a price for you.

Recipes I use my Homemade Rose Water

I use this Rose Water for my Rose Facial Toner and my Keep The Wrinkles Away Cream.

Do you use Rose water?  What do you use it for?

 

  

Keep the Wrinkles Away Cream

Keep The Wrinkles Away Cream

 

Keep The Wrinkles Away Cream

I Love This Moisturizer!!!!!

Today I am going to share the moisturizer I have been using for months.  I have now made my third batch and I love it soooo much, I made a triple recipe.   I have been reading and reading for months, trying to learn all I can about the different oils out there and which will be best for my over 50 skin. I have been using quality Salon skin care for 30+ years.  For the last couple of years I started researching Organic skin care.  I have purchased, I think, from about six different Organic manufacturers’.  The cost for a tiny 1/2 oz of Moisturizer or Serum is pretty pricey. 

With taking the plunge of deciding to have my own Web Page also came deciding I was going to start making my own healthy skin care.  And then to write about it.

All of these recipes will be best if made with cold/expeller pressed, organic ingredients.  I was so overwhelmed when I first started, that I did not always order what I thought I was.  I would get expeller pressed, pure, and then realize I did not get Organic.  So for right now you may see in my pictures that I do not have Organic.  When I use everything up that I have bought I will be more careful.  I do feel that even though I made that mistake, everything that I have made at least does not have added bad chemicals in it. 

I have a recipes for:

Face Cleanser

Moisturizing Rose Toner

Homemade Organic Rose Water

and now this —

Keep The Wrinkles Away Cream   

I use this on my face, neck, décolletage and arms.

1 tbl Apricot Kernel Oil –  Apricot Kernel Oil Organic Pure Cold Pressed

1 tbl  Jojoba Oil – NOW Foods Organic Jojoba Oil,

1 tbl Rosehip Seed Oil – Reviver Rosehip Seed Oil Certified Organic 100% Pure

1 tbl Beeswax Pastilles – Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow,

1/2 tsp Carrot Seed Oil * – 100% PURE Virgin Carrot Seed Oil Cold pressed, Unrefined, Organic

3 tbl Rose Water – room temp –Elma and Sana 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water or make your own

I use my 4 cup glass measuring cup because it fits in one of my pots and works as a perfect double boiler.  Also because it has a handle and my immersion blender fit inside it to blend.

Keep the Wrinkles Away Cream

Beeswax Pastilles

Melt your Organic Beeswax Pastilles slowly in your double boiler. Remove from heat carefully.  All your other oils will probably be room temperature, and you want your Rose Water to be room temperature.

Add  the oils to your melted Beeswax. 

Keep the Wrinkles Away Cream

Oils in beeswax

Gently mix with your immersion blender. This is the one I bought.
 Next add your room temp Rose water and mix more with the immersion blender.  It will blend up

Keep the Wrinkles Away Cream

Whipped

the texture of whipped cream.  If your Rose water is a little too cool you might need to stick your cup back in the boiling water to warm up a bit.  If you warmed your Rose water up and it is a bit warm, it will just take a bit longer for your moisturizer to cool at bit and whip up beautifully.

This moisturizer has no preservatives in it, but because of the water it can mold. I put a small amount, maybe a couple of weeks worth, in a repurposed container that I put in my bathroom medicine cabinet.  Then I put the rest in a small jar that I leave in the meat keeper drawer of my refrigerator.  That drawer sits at a temperature

Keep the Wrinkles Away Cream

Two Jars

just warmer than freezing.   I then refill my small container as needed.

 

*More Carrot Seed Oil is great.  In my second batch I used 1 1/2 tsp.  I am really having a hard time getting used to its’ scent.  So for this batch I backed it off.  I can now smell my Rose Water again.

 

Face Cleanser

Face Cleanser

Face Cleanser

Face Cleanser ingredients

The Oil Cleansing Way

Along my journeys to improve my skincare products and to make my own, I have started using the Oil Cleansing method.

In short, oil removes oil.

Because I am over 50 🙂 I have chose to use no Castor Oil in my cleanser.  I have read others suggest if you have oily skin you might want to try 2/3 Castor oil to 1/3 carrier oil.  If you have more  normal skin you would probably want to make your cleanser with a mix of 1/2 Castor Oil and 1/2 carrier oil.  If your skin is dry,  try 1/3 of your mixture out of Castor Oil to 2/3 carrier oils. These ratios are completely personal preference.  There is no right or wrong here.  What does your skin like.   So make up a small batch with the above guide and change it up the next time.

The oils you choose are completely up to you. The best will be  cold pressed, pure and organic.

My first batch I used  1 oz Grape seed oil, 1 oz Almond oil and 1 oz Jojoba oil as my carrier oils.  I added drops of Lavender and Geranium Essential oils until I liked it.

It was wonderful.

Just to try something different this time I am using:

Carrier Oils:

1 oz  Grape seed oil – I bought my oil at our nutrition store , here is one Now Foods Grape Seed Oil, 16 Ounce

2 oz Almond Oil – NOW Foods Sweet Almond Oil, Moisturizing Oil, 16 ounce

1 oz  Avocado Oil – Now Foods Avocado Oil, 16 Oz

Essential Oils:

Do not think you have to use essential oils, I like the smell.

10 drops Geranium oil –  buy here or on Amazon doTerra Geranium Essential Oil 15 ml

5 drops Lavender Fine – buy here or on Amazon Lavender Oil 100% Natural Pure

Now, if you are wondering why the gelatin is in the picture I  heated the Grape seed, Almond and Avocado oils and added 3/4 of a tsp to this mix.  I am hoping it will thicken  up the oils so they don’t come out of my repurposed tube as quickly.

Stay tuned, I will let you know.

How do you use this cleanser?

I use this cleanser just like every other cleanser I have ever used.  It is on the shelf in my shower.  I wet my face, I pour a little of the oil in the palm of my hand, rub my hands together then onto my face.  I massage it in, let it sit a minute and then remove it with a warm wet wash cloth.

Using a moisturizer afterwards again is up to you.  I do, again, being over 50 I am trying to keep those wrinkles away!!  I use my wonderful homemade Keep The Wrinkles Away Cream.

Do you use the oil cleansing method?  Do you have any questions or want more information? Drop me a note below.

 

Healthy Fruit Snacks

Healthy Gelatin Fruit Snacks

Gelatin treatsI was looking for a way to get more fruit and healthy gelatin into my daily intake and I decided to try to make my own healthy fruit snacks.  They turned out pretty good.  Mine actually turned out very tart, luckily I like tart.  But next time I will add more banana or some honey.

You can buy Healthy Gelatin here.

Gelatin Fruit Cooking

Gelatin Fruit Cooking

It is very easy to make,  choose your fruit, smash it up. Add some lemon juice and gelatin, warm it up.  Put it in a mold, chill and cut up into pieces.     

Healthy Fruit Snacks

 

Gelatin Fruit Mold

Gelatin Fruit Mold

So get out your fruit and make your own Healthy Fruit Snacks!!! 

 

 

 

  

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