Homemade Rosewater

 

It’s been awhile since I posted anything DIY… It’s been a full few weeks but I’m happy to be back sharing this one with you.  Homemade Rosewater, I’m a little obsessed.  I haven’t used Rosewater much in the past, but now that I have discovered it I am using it all the time! It really is amazing.  I use it in my hair and on my skin throughout the day, everyday.  It’s benefits are endless so I’m just going to share a few, here goes…

Rosewater has anti-inflammatory properties. It balances, rejuvenates, softens and tones mature skin.  It reduces eye puffiness for my mama bags and  increases blood flow and circulation. It also helps to treat acne. It adds shine to your hair and encourages new hair growth while helping to treat dandruff and other scalp issues.  It brightens up your face, I spray it on before and after my make up. Rosewater can be used as a makeup remover or toner.  It’s also 100% all natural and from the earth.  Making it is surprisingly easy if you (or a friend or neighbor) have a rose bush and some time to spare.

What you need-

1 cup fresh rose petals
distilled water
spray bottle

First off,  You don’t want to use store bought or roses from a florist for this. Those roses have usually be sprayed with some type of pesticide and you don’t what that on your skin.

Ok, so put 1 cup rose petals in a large pot. Pour distilled water in, just enough so the petals are covered. Too much water will be too diluted, and you don’t want that. Put the pot over low heat but don’t boil, that will take the lovely smell right out. Watch the pot until the rose petals lose their color. You will see Rose oil start skimming over the surface of the water. It will take about 45mins to 1 hour. Allow the water to cool, then strain water and pour the pure rose water into a spray bottle.

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If you are using red roses your Rosewater will have red color to it, just fyi.  If you’d like a a colorless spray go for light pink, white or yellow roses.   I’ve read a lot of people add alcohol to preserver their Rosewater longer, but I personally don’t like using alcohol on my face.  You can keep it in the fridge which works just as well and adds a refreshing coolness to it.  I highly recommend trying this. This stuff has totally changed up my whole skin regiment.

Or I’ve added my own Rosewater Tonic to my shop if you aren’t up for making it yourself.

Good luck! xo

Fire Cider

 

I tried my hand at Fire Cider this past week.  I’ve had this brand of Fire Cider before and thought it was amazing.  After reviewing the ingredients I realized it’s something I could easily make with a little bit of chopping and a lot of patience.

Here’s what you need-

canning jars
½ cup peeled and diced ginger root
½ cup peeled and diced horseradish root
½ cup  turmeric
a few sprigs of fresh organic rosemary
½ cup chopped organic white onion
¼ cup crushed organic garlic cloves
2 organic chopped jalapeño peppers
Zest and juice from 2 organic lemons
Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, organic honey to taste

It’s really pretty simple, chop everything up and load up your jars.
Pour the apple cider vinegar over the roots and herbs till completely covered. Screw on tops and shake. If using metal tops I recommend putting a piece of wax paper under the top before screwing them on.  Place the jars on a pantry shelf and shake it up once a day, or as often as you remember to.

Let it sit for a good 3-4 weeks before opening them up to use them. Once they are ready strain through a nut bag or a cheese cloth. This is when you add the honey. Add to taste, as much or as little as you need. Take the liquid as a wellness shot, whenever you are feeling a cold coming on, or just as an immunity boost.

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Once you”ve opened them up to use them be sure to store in the fridge.
Try this one out, it lasts a long time and really helps when you are feeling crappy.

All Natural Flea Spray for your pets

 

We have had some warm days here in the bay, and warmer weather means fleas for any of you pet owners. Fleas are gross, and not something you want in your home or on your children. I’ve been using this all natural, chemical free flea spray on Bandini and have been very pleased with the results. I wanted to share so all of you with furry buddies can try it. I have a hard time with products like Frontline and Advantage. Yes, you see the results, but those are some major chemicals that sink into your pets skin and body and have been linked to cancer in some animals. This spray is super easy and harm free for everyone.

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Heres what you need-
4 lemons
salt
water

Citrus is a natural flea deterrent and also conditions your pet’s skin. To make this spray combine 4 sliced lemons, 1 tablespoons of salt, and 6 cups of water in a pot. Bring to a boil for two minutes, then turn off and let steep 24 hours. Let cool and add to a spray bottle.
I spray Bandini about twice a day with this, sometimes only once depending on how much he’s been outside. This can also be used as a wash if your pet needs a flea bath.

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Hope you give this one a try, it smells good too!

Oat and Clay soothing Cleanser

 

I’m really into natural beauty care. I make night cream, day cream, body lotion, body washes, diaper cream for Uzi, hand soap, scrubs, toothpaste, shampoo for the kids and of course all the things I sell in my shop. I feel good knowing EXACTLY what is going on my children’s skin and I’ve come to really enjoy it. It’s also nice for me to get alone while working. I rehash things in my head, go over what needs to get done and listen to good music.

I haven’t made too many facial cleansers because I’ve been doing the oil cleansing method, but I had to share this Oat and French Clay one I started to make just last week. Only 3 ingredients! My skin feels soft and fresh after using it, and I think you should give it a try. French clay for detoxifying, Chamomile and Oats to soften and sooth.

What you need-
1/2 cup organic dry rolled oats (uncooked)
8 drops of Roman Chamomile
2 Tbs. French Green Clay
Jar for storing

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Use a food processor to grind the oats into a fine powder. It should be soft and powdery, not gritty. Transfer the oat powder to a bowl.

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Add the essential oil & French clay directly to oat powder.
Stir together the oat powder, chamomile essential oil and French clay. Store in a jar.

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Now, to wash your face with it use about 1/2 teaspoon of the cleanser, add a few drops of warm water, and massage it gently over your face before rinsing it off. Avoid your eyes. This is not a make up remover, you will want your eye makeup off before using it (I use Coconut oil as an eye makeup remover.)

I hope you try this one,  I’ve been loving it. Let me know what you think!

Golden Milk

 

I have been really in to the benefits of Turmeric lately. It’s health properties are countless, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, it boosts immunity, it’s great for your skin,  regulates metabolism, promotes digestive health, liver detoxifier and it helps with memory and brain function. Those are just a few, the list goes on. I use it regularly these days, in our immunity boost syrup (which I swear has helped to keep us heathy this sick season along with our essential oils.) I’ve also been using it in a beauty mask that I will have to share soon as well.   I wanted to post the recipe I’ve been using for the age old elixir, Golden Milk.  It’s pretty much a Tumeric Milk tea, that is yummy and completely beneficial.

What you need-

2 cups coconut milk (almond or hemp milk work too)
1 teaspoon Turmeric Root Powder
1 teaspoon Organic Raw Honey
a pinch of black pepper
a small piece of peeled ginger root
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)

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Heat milk in a sauce pan to desired temperature. I like mine pretty hot, but you don’t want it to boil. Once you have it the right temperature add a tiny bit of hot milk your drinking mug (about 3 tablespoons) and whisk in all other ingredients, it should be paste like. Once well blended top it off with the rest of your coconut milk and give it a few stirs. Drink hot and enjoy.

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I happen to really enjoy the flavor of Turmeric, but if you don’t add a little more honey or maple syrup would work too.  It’s rainy here today in the Bay so this is the perfect immunity boosting, detoxifying, brain boosting drink to keep you going today.

New Items!

 

Two new items posted to the shop today. Shea Orange & Poppyseed Hand and Body Bar and my All Natural Soy wax Candles! Take a look!

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All Natural Mint & Lavender Lip Balm

 

I just added this nourishing, all natural, chemical free Mint & Lavender lip balm to my shop. Take a look! 100% pure and vegan.

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Remember if you are local and would like to pick up from me just type “pickup” in the discount code and you will not be charged for shipping. Shoot me a message and we’ll schedule a time!

Easy Homemade Cashew Milk

 

I’ve posted a recipe for homemade Almond milk and one for Hemp seed milk but lately I’ve been into Cashew Milk so I figured I should post how I make that too. It’s really the same as making Almond milk, but of course with Cashews instead.  It’s a little creamier than Almond milk, so it’d great for baking,  great in coffee & smoothies.

So, here is what you need-

1/2 tsp sea salt
1.5 cups organic whole raw cashews
4 cups filtered water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 tbsp maple syrup or honey
a blender
cheesecloth or nut milk bag

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Start by soaking Cashews over night (4 hours minimum, but 12 hours is best.)
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Once fully soaked drain and rinse off the nuts. Add the Cashews to your blender with the filtered water. Blend on high for about 3 minutes.
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Add maple syrup or honey, Vanilla and sea salt and blend for another minute.
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Over a larger bowl pour mixture into your nut bag or cheese cloth and wring all the liquid (milk) out.
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Transfer milk from bowl to an air tight container and keep in the fridge. It will keep for 5 days.
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I used the Cashew milk to make a Chai tea latte and it was amazing. It’s just a little thicker and a bit  more smooth than Almond Milk, so of course I also love it in my coffee. Give it a try, you can always doctor it up with cinnamon, nutmeg and dates.

So good and of course, dairy free!

Honey & Lavender Sugar Scrub

 

I’ve been using the oil method to clean my face and have been very happy with the results, but I wanted to add a good all natural exfoliant to use a few times a week to my regiment.  I made this Honey & Lavender Sugar scrub and totally love it! Honey is an antiseptic, which means it’s great for acne.  I’ve been using this on my face, but really you could use it as a body scrub as well, just make a bigger batch! Wanna try it?

Here’s what you need-

1/4 cup organic cane sugar (Organic Cane Sugar)
3 Tablespoons Apricot Oil (Aura Cacia Natural Oil)
1 Tablespoons Raw organic honey (Bee Farms Organic Raw Honey )
10 drops lavender essential oil (
doTERRA Lavender)
jar for storage 
(Ball Canning Jar)

Directions-

Mix sugar, apricot oil, and raw honey together.
Add essential oils and stir

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You also could substitute the Apricot oil for Olive oil, I know lots for people like to use Olive Oil on their face as well.

Try this one, smells great and is a great easy DIY gift idea too! I think I’ll be giving some of these out for Christmas.

xo

I have some Bath Bundles for sale online!

 

I have had a few folks ask me about selling my bath products online so I posted some bundles to my online shop. All products are all natural and handmade by me. Take a peek! Perfect holiday gift for anyone, really. Under SHOP in the left menu. Tell your friends!

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xo