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Teas, Tinctures, Tonics, Confusing?

Teas, Tinctures, Tonics, Confusing?

Teas, Tinctures, Tonics, Confusing? 

 

Do you find remembering the difference between Teas, Tinctures, Tonics, confusing? I have been personally using and selling encapsulated herbs for over thirty years.  I still have a lot to learn.  Last year when I started this web site I began to make my own skin care. I love my Oil Face Cleanser and my moisturizer.  (Links to recipes soon.)

This year I am venturing out quite a bit more with essential oils. In all of these topics you come across the terms Teas, Tinctures, Tonics, infusions and more.  I am always having to look them up because I can never remember what is what.

Teas, Tinctures, Tonics, Confusing?

Today I came across this post by Faith at Nourishing Herbalist and she has taken the time to write it all down in one place.  She also has included a wonderful picture chart that she gives permission to print and share. Thank you Faith.

 

Teas, Tinctures, Tonics, Confusing?

Photo from http://www.nourishingherbalist.com/

Do you make Tinctures, Tonics or infusions?  What do you use them for.  I would love to have you share.

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. 

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.

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.

 

Spicy Aromas

Spicy Aromas

 

What are your favorite smells of Fall?   Pumpkin spice2

What are your favorite smells of Fall?  Crisp clean air, the smell of the woodstove burning and Pumpkin pie cooking.

Well, here in Northern California we are having the crisp clean air.  It is still a little too warm in the afternoons to be lighting the stove in the mornings.  Yesterday it got over 90 degrees in the middle of October.  I am NOT complaining, don’t get me wrong.  But it got me started thinking about the pumpkin pie.  The spicy aromas of pumpkin pie cooking.

So I dug through my cupboard of essential oils and I do not have exactly what I need there.

I went to my kitchen cupboard and found some powdered cooking spices.  I had both “Pumpkin Pie” spice blend and one called “Allspice”.  I love the smell of that one too.  So I mixed 1 tablespoon of each of those in 1 oz of Almond oil.  Of all the oils I have on hand that one had the least amount of its own aroma.

Then I poured a small amount into the top of my ceramic scent warmer and have lit the tea candle. As I am finishing up this typing I am beginning to smell it.  Yum!!!

I am going to order the oils I do not have to make the recipe below, I think it will be that much better as it will be more concentrated.

The Mountain Rose Herb site has a wonderful sounding  recipe using these oils.

Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend

20 drops organic Cinnamon essential oil

20 drops organic Ginger essential oil

20 drops organic Nutmeg essential oil

15 drops organic Clove Bud essential oil

5 drops organic Cardamom essential oil –

 See the full article, recipe and directions here at Mountain Rose.  You can buy the oils and wonderful warmers also.

Use Oil of Oregano to Beat a Cold

 

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Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano is a wonderful stimulating and warming Essential Oil

Fall is here and I already had a summer cold so I do plan to pick up some Oil of Oregano to add to my herbal arsenal.

While doing some research this morning I ran across a blog post by Lindsay, AKA The Delighted Momma.  This is a little of what she has to say.

 

[quote style=”boxed”] This magical little herb has recently helped ward off several colds that I had
coming on in the past few months.  And when I say ward off I mean I wake up with
a cold or a sore throat, I take a few drops and by the next morning any sign of
a cold is gone.[/quote]

You can buy Oil of Oregano from Nature’s Sunshine here.

Or you can pick it up from Amazon here.  

 

Then pop on over to Delightedmomma.com and see how Lindsay uses Oil of Oregano to beat a cold.

How to Beat a Cold with Oil of Oregano 

 Have you ever used Oil of Oregano?

What do you use to keep a cold away or make it go away faster?

Another product I use a lot, when I feel I have a Virus, is Nature’s Sunshine combination VSC.  Learn more about that here.

 

Gelatin Face Mask

Gelatin Face Mask

In doing my research to share information about the wonderful benefits of Gelatin,  (Affiliate Link) I ran across some recipes for DIY Face Masks.

This is what I decided to try.

DIY Gelatin Face Mask

  • 1 tablespoon Powdered Gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Milk   (Amendment: Next time I will try 1 tbl. of milk if I use lemon juice.)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Optional: A couple drops of your favorite Essential Oil in stead of Lemon Juice.

You want your liquids to be room temperature to a little warmer for the Gelatin to mix nicely.

Gelatin Mask

Gelatin Mask

I found an unused small paint brush in my drawer so that is what I used to apply.  It felt very nice going on.  I took a picture, it’s pretty scary.  🙂

Mask dried

Mask dried

This made quite a bit more mask than I needed and since I have an aging neck as well I painted it all over my face and all the way down my neck.  I have now been sitting here with it on for 20 minutes and it is not quite dry enough to peel off.

Do Not – get this mask on your hair line, your eyebrows or any hair you want to keep.  If you do make sure you wash it off from there and not peel it off.

So I  have to share this experience as I have not used this type of mask in years.  I put this mask solution right up to about a 1/4″ from my eyes (to help that saggy skin, I hope) and right down to my lip line.  As this is drying my face is getting harder and harder to move.  I am writing this and drinking coffee,  with my own flavor mix added, and my lips are almost not listening to me.

I want the full amount of skin tightening benefit that I might get from this is why I am letting it dry completely.

Ok, so I think it must be time for the peel off,  back in a minute to let you know how that goes.

Mask peel

Mask peel

DONE – Let me tell you taking it off my neck was no big deal, just peeled it off.  I felt it but no big deal.  Now as I got to my face it was a little more intense.  I did about half my face by just peeling it off, then decided to wet a wash cloth with warm water, lay it on the rest of my face to soften the peel up a bit.  That was much better.

Sorry that picture is blurry.  I’ll take another one when I do it next week.

Result? – My face feels very nice and soft!!!

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil

                The Wonders of Peppermint Oil!!

Peppermint EO

Peppermint Essential OIl

Peppermint oil has many wonderful uses!  If you are hot you can put a couple of drops right on your temples or the back of your neck and it helps you cool down.  This works even for hot flashes!!

The smell of peppermint can clear your head, help with your mental clearness and  help you to be more alert.  Peppermint can sharpen your awareness and be very refreshing.

I have also found that Peppermint Oil can help as a pain reliever.  Headaches, sinus pain, joint pain.  Think about it, it is one of the smells in a lot of the over the counter, full of chemical pain rubs.

Now you can learn more about it and purchase it here.

Massage Oil

Massage Oil

You can add it to a simple massage oil as a carrier, or combine it in your favorite body lotion recipe.

I have finally after months come up with one I will share soon.

 

Another idea is to put it in a roll on bottle and carry it in your purse or send it to school with your children when they are feeling sluggish and need to think clearer.  Remember this is diluted Peppermint oil.  Sounds good to me.

Full strength could be too strong for some peoples and children’s skin.

Also, I believe pregnant mama’s aren’t supposed to use Peppermint oil.

 

Disclaimer:

As with all things that we do for ourselves remember to check with a professional if you have questions or concerns.  These are just my ideas and things I have done or have had people share with me.