Summer in Florida. It’s crazy. Hot, humid, miserable. This dog’s got the right idea. So the combination of the crazy hot temps along with the “prompting” of our social media guru to post a Live video on FB led to this post and recipe. It’s a quick, easy way to create a natural spray that you can carry with you and use it to cool off during summer or after exercising. It smells wonderful and it really does work! This recipe makes a small 2 oz. bottle. If you want more, you can easily double or triple the recipe. Just don’t use too much Peppermint! It’s a strong essential oil. If you choose to increase the recipe, I would only add a couple more drops of peppermint. Don’t double it like the rest of the ingredients. I found the best way to use this spray is by spraying it on the back of my neck and my feet. And my production manager when she’s getting sleepy . I don’t recommend spraying it on your face. The oils could get into your eyes and you’ll be hating me. If you are looking for a spray that is already done and you CAN spray on your face, our Refreshing Cucumber Mist is wonderful. It not only cools you down, but contains lots of vitamins and minerals to make your skin glow. It’s even in a handy 3 oz, TSA compliant container so you can take it with ya on the place. Sweet! Ingredients to make DIY Cooling Spray for Summer: 2 oz. Distilled Water 2 teaspoons Witch Hazel (make sure it has a small amount of alcohol in it) 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil 2 oz. glass bottle with sprayer (note: NOT plastic! Essential oils can break down plastic and ruin your natural creation!) Directions: Measure out 2 oz of distilled water into glass measuring cup (like pyrex) Add 2 teaspoons of Witch Hazel (this allows the oil and water to mix) Add 5 drops Peppermint EO Stir well Pour into 2 oz. glass bottle & add sprayer Watch our video below for more info on how to make this DIY Cooling Spray: If you are looking for more uses for Peppermint Essential Oils, I love this article by Dr. Axe (who has so much great information on healthy living on his website.)
So I have a confession to make. I have a tea addiction. But it’s not necessarily an addition to drinking tea. I mean I like it, but usually only do a cup or two a day. No. My addiction is to buying tea. I have a ridiculous amount of tea in my kitchen. And laundry room. There’s just something about those pretty, organic looking leaves and flowers that call to me. So it occurred to me one day, I’m never going to drink all of this. So why not create something out of it? Like a bath tea? I mean why not? Teas have herbs and we take herbal baths, so why not put to use some of those teas I “just had to have,” as my husband would say. Steps to Making a Bath Tea 1. Select a Tea Just keep it simple and keep it herbal (i.e. nothing with caffeine unless you want caffeine for some reason). If you have a relaxation tea, chances are it will have chamomile, lavender, St. John’s Wort and more. Nothing wrong with bathing in those. If it’s a energizing tea, it will likely include citrus. Just know that what you put on your skin, you absorb into your body. So if it’s bedtime and you want to take a bath, stay away from energizing herbs or teas with caffeine. If you’re not sure about some ingredients and what they do, just Google it. For example, I have no idea what skullcap leaf is that’s listed here on my Nighttime Tea. Give me a minute and I look it up….ok, I’m back. According to WebMD: Skullcap is used for trouble sleeping (insomnia), anxiety, stroke, and paralysis caused by stroke. It is also used for fever, high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), rabies, epilepsy, nervous tension, allergies, skin infections, inflammation, and spasms. Sounds good to me. 2. Put Tea in Bowl If you are using loose leaf tea, this part is easy. If it’s in a little brewing bag, just cut the tea bag with a pair of scissors and then pour into a bowl. 3. Decide If You Want to Add Anything Else I like to use Epsom Salts a lot. They replace magnesium and help with muscle soreness. You may also want to consider adding baking soda as it helps to remove chlorine from the water and softens skin. If you choose to add anything else to the herbs, pour it into the bowl, but keep the proportions predominately the tea herbs. 4. Mix up your ingredients You know. Just mix them up with your hand. Easy peasy. 5. Put mixture into an organza draw string bag. You can find these at craft stores just about everywhere. Because we are using in a bath, a bigger size is needed. Something like 4 x 6 is good. If you think you’ll be doing herbal baths a lot, you may want to invest in a large mesh tea ball from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s 3 3/4 inches in diameter and you can use it over and over. Click on the banner to your right and it will take to you their website. You might even find some other things you can for better health. They have great herbs and essential oils. 6. Take your bath Fill up the tub with slightly hotter water than you would normally use. Place the tea bag in the water and let it steep for 20 minutes or so. You can hang the bag from the water spout as the tub fills and then place in the tub. When you get in the tub, squeeze the bag to make sure you get out every drop of goodness. Sit back and relax and enjoy your naturally derived tea bath!
It’s that time of year when cranberries are everywhere! It’s also that time of year when we want to look our best for the countless Christmas events and photos. This cranberry face mask provides a natural alpha hydroxy acids from the cranberries and yogurt. AHAs naturally eat up dead skin cells, revealing fresher brighter skin underneath. While a lot of masks are drying, this one includes fatty acids from the olive oil that provides much needed moisture during this drier time of year. Ingredients ½ c. cranberry sauce ½ c. plain yogurt ¼ c. honey 3 tbsp. olive oil 1. Pour cranberry sauce and yogurt into a bowl. Whisk gently. 2. Add honey and olive oil. Whisk again until ingredients are well combined. 3. On a clean face, apply mask generously in a thick, even layer. Leave on for 20 minutes. 4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow with moisturizer, like our Vitamin C Creme.
This sunscreen oil is thick, rich and wonderful for your skin. Most sunscreen oils in the marketplace are made with mineral oil (derived from petroleum), artificial scents and other ingredients harmful to your health. The good new is, there are natural ingredients whose properties are such that they offer natural protection from the sun. Raspberry seed oil contains an estimated 30-50 SPF. Carrot seed oil is estimated to have SPF levels of 30. Wheat germ oil is estimated to possess a natural SPF of 20. If you are looking for something more powerful and effective, try the Sunscreen Balm recipe which uses the natural mineral zinc oxide plus essential oils offer natural sunscreen protection as well. This is a nice oil to use when you’re going to be in the sun and want an oil instead of a balm. You can find these supplies at well-stocked natural food stores or from my friends at From Nature With Love You can delete any ingredients that are difficult to find, but try to stick with the ingredients that offer the most protection. Recipe: ¼ cup Jojoba Oil ¼ cup Wheat Germ Oil 1 tsp Vitamin E (use capsules if desired) 1 ½ tsp Carrot Oil 1 tbsp. Raspberry Seed Oil 2 drops Lavender 1 drop Frankincense 1 drop Myrrh Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl. Store in a glass container for up to 6 months. This recipe makes just over 4 oz.
Fall is the perfect time of year for this DIY facial mask. It may seem strange to slap pumpkin on your face, but it can really freshen up your complexion. The enzymes in pumpkin & lactic acid in the dairy help to get rid of dead skin cells revealing a fresher complexion. The honey helps keep your skin soft and supple. Let me know if you try it!