How to make holistic and Herbal Remedies, with full Recipes
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How to make holistic and Herbal Remedies, with full Recipes

Home Remedies, Herbalism, Natural Skincare & Homemade soap
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What you'll learn
  • You will be a pro at making and designing cold process soap, serums, lotions, whipped butters, sunscreen, bug repellant, ect made for individual skin types!
  • What to purchase organic and toxic free ingredients.
  • Be able to make your own recipes and understand how to customize those recipes.
  • Understand the benefits of oils, the use of botanicals for nourishment of the skin.
  • Understand how to keep your skincare products fresh and safe.
  • Understanding of benefits of essential oils & their skin
  • Knowledge of how to use herbal plants in your creations.
  • Have some amazing recipes you can customize as you need.
  • Learn the reality of your skin and not your perceptions or limiting beliefs of your skin.
  • Understand your skin's needs at different stages of aging and how to get the skin you always wanted.
  • Infusion, Tinctures, Salve making
Requirements
  • Desire to learn to make all natural skincare and soap! the easy way, even for beginners!
  • Want to make toxic free skincare easily at home.
  • Willing to Learn to treat skin conditions at home with toxic free ingredients for the whole family.
  • Willing to Learn to make cost effective skincare at home with ease.
  • Clean up & Design your skincare routine with pure, organic, wildcrafted skin care.
  • Have an interest or desire to have glowing youthful and radiant skin at any age.
Description

You will Learn & understand the benefits of using skin loving oils in recipes to nourish and heal your skin ar home, along with step by step video to assist you.

I will provide you with Easy step-by-step instructions to formulate products for mature, sensitive or dry skin types using natural carrier oils, herbal infusions, essential oils and other plant based ingredients. 

We will use Essential oils, premium organic oils & butters, with the use of herbal infusions to make cost effective skincare at home.

I will guide you through the skin types and show you how to customize your creations based on your skin type, as your skin can change for various reasons in your lifetime.

You will learn to treat your skin with soaps, creams, salves, and serums for daily personal care and general health for the whole family, including pets and children. 

With my experience and knowledge you will be a pro in no time!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone that wants the easiest soap making video & strategy!
  • Anyone looking to make all natural easy skin care creams, lotions, whipped butters, serums, and soap and more with recipes!
  • If you are looking to start making your own skincare, first aid treatments, herbal medicines.
  • For those who want further understanding of their skin at each stage in life.
  • If you are frustrated with store bought products and getting no results.
  • Those who "believe" the perceptions of aging rather than the reality of aging
  • If you want or need more confidence in your skin and how to care for it.
  • Anyone struggling with their skin
  • If you want to help family, friends or clients with their skin care regime.
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 02:08:24
+ Introduction
4 lectures 47:49

Skinsationalathome  by Tanya Johnson


I have attached a short video clip that I did a while ago, it was just to make my clients aware of some of the ingredients & processes into my products. This video talks about Doterra Essential oils, but want to point out, I use many brands of essential oils that I have researched and trust. Doterra is one of those brands, so do not feel that I am saying you must use those.


 If you’re serious about getting results for your skin, recipes without product knowledge are just not going to get

the job done--AND they might even put your skin at risk.


The reason for this is 

• They don’t take into account the fact that not all ingredients are

appropriate for all skin types

• Most of the recipes are too basic and generic. They won’t be effective

unless your skin is basic and generic.

• On the flip side, free formulas found on professional sites are far too

complex and technique sensitive for beginners to create without

frustrating trial and error

• Or they’re made with easily perishable kitchen ingredients and must be

refrigerated and used right away. Who wants to use cold products all

the time? Or make products every day? Not me, that’s for sure.

My products have been used by my clients and come with 5 star reviews! And here, I am offering them to you!

 IT’s actually the only place I have shared my recipes. 

Overall, there are many oils, butters, and additives to customize your products, but first you need to understand what and why you would want to add or use them.


As we progress, I will share with you many ingredients, and alternatives to make your own skincare from basic to advanced.

To start you will need:

Clean mixing bowl, or beaker

Scale

Alcohol

Good flexible spatula,

Some hard oils like coconut oil, shea butter,  cocoa butter,

Liquid oils like, apricot seed oil, Sunflower oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, ect

Emulsifier( there are many but you will want a complete emulsifier,- more on this later

Beeswax- there is white and yellow

Roller Balls with metal balls

Glass jars- do not want leaching from plastic jars

Metal tins

Zinc oxide

Titanium Dioxide

Lye

Some herbal flowers or plants, like chamomile, calendula, lavender ect!

This will get us started!

Have fun and look your best at the same time!

Tanya xx

Overview of what you will need
01:40

You will learn to take care of your skin therapeutically , but your skincare should not only be motivated by vanity. When you treat your skin with essential oils you will have impact on your whole body.

Skin care is a complementary approach to healthy living, and it allows you to establish a connection between inner being and external beauty!

Understanding your skin

Normal skin is smooth in its texture and it has a healthy rosy glow to it. Its
surface is clear with fine pores. A person with a normal skin type does not
have any visible skin blemishes, flaky areas or greasy patches. The skin’s
moisture content, sebum production, desquamation, and keratinisation
are all well-balanced resulting in healthy looking skin. Normal skin types
are more commonly found in younger people.

Keratinocytes are the key cells that make up the epidermis. These cells are created by a complex cell
division at the base of the epidermis. New cells are continuously being made and pushed up towards the
surface of the epidermis. As these cells move upwards to the outer layer, they slowly die and become
flattened.
Corneocytes are the dead keratinocytes that have been flattened. Corneocytes are what make the outer
most layer of the skin. This layer of the epidermis is called stratum corneum or in simpler terms the horny
layer. This layer acts as a protective layer to the body and it is continuously shedding, making way for a
new layer.
Stratum corneum is the outermost area of the epidermis. It is waterproof and when there is no damage
to it, it has the ability to prevent the majority of viruses, bacteria, and other potentially harmful foreign
substances entering the body.
Melanocytes are not only the producers of our skin’s pigmentation they are also responsible for protecting
the skin and body against harmful UV radiation. The melanin is what causes your body to tan after
spending some time in the sun. Even though your body’s melanin is powerful, it cannot shield the body
by itself, which is why you always need to wear protection in the sun to prevent painful sunburn and the
development of skin cancer.

A lack of moisture in the skin’s corneous layer is one of the main
characteristics of dry skin. This results in the tightening and flaking of the
skin. When a person has dry skin it looks dull, especially around the cheek
and eye areas which should usually have more of a natural glow. Dry skin
can also be caused by a lack of elasticity in the skin, which causes
premature wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth. When a person’s skin is really dry, it is not uncommon for them to experience itchy or a burning sensation of the skin.
Age spots or liver spots are simply a sign of getting older.
The word age spot is a misnomer. The brown freckled discolourations of the skin are not a sign that you
are getting older; they are related to external factors related to
your lifestyle choice such as smoking or too much sun exposure over the years.

People grow out of their acne.
Not every person has acne when they are a teenager will outgrow it and if you were blessed with clear
skin when you were younger, there is still no guarantee that you
will suffer from acne later on in life. Women have fluctuating hormones throughout their lives, which is
why it is also common for women to break out more when they
have their menstrual cycle.


**Mineral oil is the most dangerous ingredient in skincare products.**
It is true that mineral oil is sourced from crude oil, but it is also as natural as any other substance derived
from the earth. There are a number of common products that
come from worrying sounding sources, but are still safe. An example of this would be salt. Your normal
table salt that you have in the house is sodium chloride, but this
does not mean that salt has the very same caustic properties like chloride does.
A person gets blackheads because of a hormone imbalance and result in
the body producing an unnecessary amount of sebum oil. When this oil is
secreted, your dead skin cells can often get in the way, which causes the
skins’ pores to become impaired, and as a result the natural passage for
the oil is blocked. As this blockage comes closer to the surface of your
skin, the mixture of cellular debris and the oil oxidizes and turns black.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol is one of the most well-known
vitamins when it comes to the health of the skin. Ever since the 80’s,
doctors have been effectively using synthetic retinoids to treat serious
skin conditions such as psoriasis or severe cases of acne. The
physiology of the skin is greatly influenced by Vitamin A. It helps to
promote the epidermal differentiation, it rejuvenates and promotes skin
grown and reduces over-productive sebaceous glands. When Vitamin A
helps promote cell turnover and the rejuvenation of the skin, it also helps
to prevent the development of comedones, which is one of the main
things responsible for severe acne breakouts.
When your body lacks in Vitamin A, it becomes keratinized or in other
words scaly and as a result the body’s mucus secretion is hindered.
Rough or dry skin is a common symptom of a vitamin A deficiency.
A person might have rough looking raised bumps or spots on the
backs of their arms.
The scientific name for a vitamin A deficiency is hyperkeratosis
pillaris, and about 40% of all adults suffer from it.
Synthetic retinoids are prescribed by physicians to treat skin conditions
such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, wounds, cold sores, and sunburn.
Vitamin A rich foods include liver, kidney, cod liver oil, and egg yolks.
Doctors often recommend a person suffering from stubborn acne
consumes liver 1-2 times per week to help control or eliminate it.
Vitamin A is found in over the counter lotions, such as night creams.
Vitamin A is found in prescription products to treat skin disorders such
as acne. Retinoids in vitamin A help to reduce wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing. 

Retinoids assist in fading liver spots, Retinoins found in vitamin A help improve the skin’s roughness.

When it comes to your skin’s health, zinc is considered to be an
essential mineral. Zinc helps with many of the body’s physiological
functions, including building the immune system, protein synthesis,
DNA synthesis, wound healing, and cell division. Zinc also has a lot of
anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for the skin and it also
helps protect a person from harmful UV radiation.
A lot of scientific research has been carried regarding zinc’s effect on
the skin. It has been proved to be just as beneficial as antibiotics and
steroids that are used to treat serious cases of acne. Zinc works well in
combination with vitamin A. It interacts with the retinol-binding
proteins, which helps transport the vitamin A throughout the blood. When you consume more zinc or
take zinc supplements, it increases
the levels of vitamin A in your blood.

When the body does not have enough zinc, your skin is affected as is
your overall health. It takes wounds and abrasions to the skin longer to
heal longer, and there is more of a chance that you will develop acne
or skin lesions. Other symptoms of a zinc deficiency in the body
include weight loss, hair loss, eye problems, lethargy, and skin rashes.
The only way you can help your body get an adequate amount of zinc
is by eating a well-balanced varied diet. However, you need to take
care as an over-consumption of zinc can have some unpleasant side
effects such as upset stomachs, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The body best absorbs zinc through animal products such as kidney,
liver, beef, lamb, oysters, and scallops.
Helps repair damaged tissues.
Speeds up the healing process of wounds.
Can be used in topical applications to treat acne.
Assists in regeneration of skin cells.
Helps to reduce inflammation of the skin and scarring.
Protects skin from UV light.
Other than red meat products, you can get zinc through eggs, dairy
products, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and fortified cereals.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps produce collagen which makes the skin more
stable. Additionally, it also helps promote cell and skin rejuvenation.
In the past many people suffered from the illness scurvy, which was
mainly caused by poor diets. When your body has a vitamin C
deficiency, there are more chances you could develop scurvy. One
of the main symptoms of scurvy is very rough dry skin. Additionally,
a Vitamin C deficiency is also known to cause hyperkeratosis
pillaris due to collagen formation impairment.
If you increase the amount of vitamin C in your diet, you can help improve
your skin’s overall health and also promote faster healing.
Promotes collagen growth.
Helps heal scarring.
Reduces the risk of scurvy.
Reduces the effects of UV light.
Promotes smoother brighter looking skin.
Food that is packed with vitamin C includes bell peppers, dark leafygreens, Brussels sprouts, kiwi fruit, guava, broccoli, citrus fruits,coriander, chives, basil, and parsley. Vitamin C is sensitive to heat, so with food rich in vitamin C, you shouldonly lightly cook it or eat them raw to maximize its health benefits.


Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is excellent for your skin.
Vitamin E helps neutralize the body’s free radicals that are
responsible for damaging your skin’s collagen and drying out your
skin. Although vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant your body
cannot produce it alone, which means that to ensure your body gets
its intake of vitamin E, you need to include enough of it in your daily
food intake. Vitamin E can assist in preventing premature ageing
and damage to your DNA.
Additionally, scientific research has proved that getting enough
Vitamin E over a long period of time can reduce sunburn to your
skin from exposure to harmful UVB radiation.
The average adult requires 15mg of vitamin E each day.

Glutamine is a favourite nutrient to help slow down a person’s
ageing process.
When a person consumes too many toxic products with a high acid
content such as coffee or excessive red meat consumption, you can
suffer from hyperacidity and when there is less of a balance in your
body’s acids, the skin’s cells and tissues are destroyed. A way of
preventing hyperacidity is to neutralise the acids.
Firms skin.
Assists in slowing down ageing.
Assists in the rejuvenation of the skin post trauma.

Body produces its own glutamine, but sometimes this is not
enough.
Foods rich in glutamine are chicken, beef, pork, turkey, ricotta,
cottage cheese, milk, raw spinach, and fresh parsley.

Selenium
This trace mineral has many health benefits. It is usually known for
its ability to fight against heart disease and certain cancers, but it
also has a great impact on your skin’s overall health and
appearance.
Due to oxidation, selenium is considered to be one of the better
antioxidants to reduce the ageing process. Additionally, doctors
often suggest their patients suffering from burn injuries and other
conditions of the skin up their daily dose of selenium.
Works best in combination with vitamin E.
Purifies the body and helps get rid of harmful toxins
and free radicals destroying the skin.
Helps unblock pores and reduce the effects of severe acne.
Acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
Is known to help cure chronic skin conditions

Reduce Puffy Eyes
Puffy eyes or under-the-eye bags make you look drawn, tired and ill.
These dark circles can last a day or even weeks at a time
depending on your health. A way to help reduce unsightly puffiness
is to remove all excess salt from your daily diet. Fluid retention is
common in the belly area, but it also affects the face, both of which
can sometimes be caused by too much sodium in the diet.
The excess of salt in the body draws water from the body’s cells into the tissues surrounding them, leaving us more dehydrated and bloated looking. Other than reducing the salt you put in your food, it is also a good idea to avoid fast-food and processed foods which have  high salt levels. Another way to cancel out the levels of sodium in the body is by upping your intake of potassium, which turns the sodium into excess waste.

The daily recommended intake for potassium is approximately 3.5g.
Natural high potassium foods include beans, potatoes, dark leafy
greens, yogurt, squash, avocados, fish, bananas, and mushrooms.

It is true that high-glycemic food can trigger greater oil production of the skin, which in turns clogs the
pores. Reducing your intake of refined sugars and carbohydrates
will improve the quality of the skin overall.
Which mineral reduces red blotchy acne breakouts?
Acne is caused by inflammation and bacteria, and eating zinc will help you overcome both. Foods that are
rich in zinc include red meat, lentils, kidney beans, and
pumpkin seeds.

A Poor Diet causes Acne
You suffer from skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema, before trying potent steroids, you
should try changing your diet.
Consuming too many dairy products is linked to acne. Dairy products contain growth hormones and
saturated fats, which have negative impacts on
your health.
Milk chocolate is known to increase a person’s acne due to the increased inflammation; however dark
chocolate does the exact opposite.
Eating too much sugar raises a person’s insulin levels, thus promoting the increased production of
testosterone and inflammation, both of which
cause acne.

Traditional indigenous cultures usually have little to no acne; however, as soon as they make the switch
and adopt a more Western diet, they too see
increased levels of acne.
When a person is deficient in omega-3 fats and zinc, they have fewer anti-inflammatory properties and as
a result a person is more prone to acne.
A number of foods have been linked to helping improve the underlying causes of acne. If you suffer from
acne try and consume more turmeric, fish
oil, ginger, nuts, green tea, dark leafy greens, eggs, and red and dark purple foods.

Every skin type is different and therefore has different needs. There are a number of things that you need
to know when caring about your skin. What applies to one
skin type does not necessarily apply to others. In this module you will learn how to care for different skin
types from the things to avoid, the daily cleansing routine and
to the make-up choices a person with this skin type should be making. This course consists of the following
items:
Dry Skin
Oily Skin
Skin with Acne
Normal Skin
Combination Skin
Sensitive Skin
Mature Skin

What to Look for in a Moisturiser for Dry Skin
You do not have to go out and spend a fortune on a moisturiser for it to work. But what you do need to
do is to read its label well and understand which
ingredients it contains. Moisturising ingredients that will benefit your dry skin include:
Ceramides assist in helping your skin to retain water. Additionally, they help soothe dry skin which can
often become flaky and itchy.
Glycerin and dimethicone help draw water to your skin and keep it there.
Hyaluronic acid helps your skin retain water.

Mineral oil, petroleum jelly, and lanolin assist in retaining water in your skin that was absorbed during
bathing.

Beauty Regime for Dry Skin
1. Exfoliate your skin using a gentle scrub. Massage your scrub into your skin using circular motions.
Concentrate on the T-zone more to clean the
debris buildup. It is possible that some scrubs can dry out your skin even more, so make sure you rinse
your face well.
2. Cleanse your skin using a milk-based cleanser. Instead of wiping it away using a tissue, use cotton wool
as it is less absorbent. Make sure you use
a mild cleanser and rinse using lukewarm water. Gel-based cleansers have the tendency to leave your skin
dry. If you want to make a homemade
cleanser, mix raw milk with a small amount of flour and cleanse.
3. Hydrating masks are perfect for dry skin. Look for face masks containing humectants or emollient as
these are strong hydrating properties. Making
a homemade hydrating mask using half an avocado and one quarter cup of honey left on the face for 5-
10 minutes works well. Both avocados and
honey are rich when it comes to moisturising properties.
4. Moisturise your skin frequently using a heavy moisturiser. After showering, pat your skin dry and apply
your cream immediately.
5. Massage your skin gently using warm facial oil one to two times a week to keep your skin nice and soft.
A great natural oil to use on your face is
avocado oil. Because it contains sterolins, the skin is left feeling soft and nourished. If you suffer from
itchy skin due to its dryness, try including a few
drops of olive oil in your lukewarm bath water.
6. Sun cream needs to be applied to your skin on a daily basis. It does not matter whether there is sun or
not, there are always UV rays. Look for sun
creams that have moisturising properties such as coconut butter or Aloe Vera.
7. Anti-ageing products are a must for all women with dry skin. Women with drier skin tend to age quicker.
At night moisturise your face with a cream
that contains vitamin E. Vitamin E replenishes and hydrates the skin at the same time.
Choosing the Right Make-up for Dry Skin

Because your skin is dry already avoid all matte make-up. Instead opt for products that are creamy and
rich in oils.
After finishing your daily skincare cleaning routine, apply your moisturiser and leave it to absorb for a
couple of minutes. Applying foundation directly onto dry skin will cause your make-up to flake off. Moisturiser will help you in applying your base make-up and getting an even blend. Look for moisturisers with SPF properties so you do not have to apply two creams.

Like with your foundation, you need to choose creamy eye shadows to apply to your eyes.

Oily skin is caused when your skin secretes too much sebum oil. People with oily skin often can be more
prone to pimples, dark skin spots, and
blackheads due to the skin’s pores becoming clogged with debris.
There are two types of ways to describe oily skin:
Somewhat oily
Very oily
Somewhat Oily Skin Type
When your skin is somewhat oily it feels and appears normal without having to wear a moisturiser,
especially in the summer months. It will
occasionally suffer from acne breakouts and it is not uncommon for your skin to flake due to varying
hydration issues.
Very Oily Skin Type
Very oily skin never dries. It is oily all year round and it may feel like you would never have to wear a
moisturiser. Very oily skin typically appears very
shiny with enlargened pores. Very oily skin is prone to acne breakouts.
Solutions for Oily Skin
1. Drink a lot of water. When you have oily skin, you need to consume at least 10 glasses of water a day
to help flush out all of the toxins.
2. Make a natural juice cleanser consisting of 4 tomatoes, 4 peppercorns, and a teaspoon of honey. Drink
this first thing before eating and the
antioxidants of your natural juice will cleanse your body.
Keep your Oily Skin Clean

It may be tempting to buy the most potent beauty products promising oil-free skin to wash away the oil,
but this is not going to help.
The key to looking after your oily skin is to try and reduce its oil production which can be done by making
sure your pores remain clean to avoid
oxidation. The best kind of cleanser that works for oily skin is a light foamy one, which has the power to
break through all of your skin’s oil and grime
without causing any irritation. Here are a few other tips to bear in mind regarding your oily skin:
Do not over scrub your skin as this will just inflame your skin and stimulate oil production.
Do not use harsh abrasive cleansers as these will also irritate and inflame.
Only wash your face well twice daily in the morning and before sleeping. Avoid washing it more than twice
otherwise you will end up stripping your
skin of all its essential natural oils.
Use your toner sparingly. Only ever use your toner in the oilier areas such as your T-zone. If you apply
toner onto the areas that are not oily, it will
result in dry patches.
If you experience an excessive oil buildup between the times that you wash, it is advisable to use either
blotting paper or medicinal cleansing pads
to remove all the excess oil.
There is a misconception that oily skin does not need to be moisturized; this is not true. You do, however,
have to be careful when choosing the right
moisturiser for your oily skin. Opt for moisturisers which are either oil-free moisturisers or water based
ones.
When choosing a cleanser for your oily skin, look for cleansers and products with the following
ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic
acid, and/or beta-hydroxy acid.
Exfoliate only once a week. This will help to free and remove debris such as dirt, oil, and dead skin from
your pores. Exfoliating more than this will
increase oil production and possibly cause red blotches.
If your pores are clogged more than usual and you notice the first signs of acne reemerging, try steaming
your face to open your pores.
When you have very oily skin, it is necessary to give your face a deep cleanse with a face mask. When
choosing your mask for oily skin, opt for a
mud or clay-based mask. Such masks will open your pores up while cleansing and tightening your skin.

Choosing the Right Make-up for Oily Skin
1. After following your daily cleansing and moisturising routine apply a matte face primer. This will help
apply your foundation evenly without sliding off.
2. Instead of rubbing in your foundation with your fingers, dab it with a sponge to make sure you
completely cover and blend your make-up.
3. If there are any inflamed pimples visible, dab a little bit of green concealer onto a brush and apply
gently. The green tinge will take away any
redness in the skin. If there are no red spots, use a normal coloured concealer one shade lighter than your
foundation.
4. After applying your foundation and concealer, dust the face and neck area with an oil-control compact.
This will help keep your make-up in place
and allow it to last longer.
5. Apply the rest of your make-up which should be oil-free.
6. If you wear a lot of make-up, it is a good idea to invest in a decent deep pore cleanser to ensure that
every trace of make-up is removed afterwards.

It does not matter when you started suffering from acne; it could have begun in your teens or it could
have been later on in your adult years. Either way,
when you suffer from serious acne problems it can get annoying and embarrassing. Many people who
suffer from severe cases of acne are said to
suffer from depression due to their condition.
Caring for your acne affected skin is similar to caring for oily skin, however, more care needs to be taken
so there is no disturbance of the acne. When
disturbed or broken, foreign matter can enter causing your skin to become infected.
Cleanse and moisturise twice daily.
When cleansing your skin use a clean cloth that is wet with warm water.
Avoid using harsh soap products to cleanse the skin as this inflames the skin and causes it to become even
more irritated.
After cleansing your skin, use a toner to remove the finer traces of dirt, oil, and make up that were missed.
Avoid excessive scrubbing of the skin.
Wheing your skin, always use a dry clean towel to avoid bacteria and debris re-entering the pores.
When using a moisturiser, look at the labels carefully. Many specialised acne beauty products contain a
variety of ingredients that dry out the skin,

So, you need to look for hydrating ingredients.
When using over-the-counter topical products for your acne, check whether it contains salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid not only exfoliates the skin, but it
also helps to reduce and get rid of bacteria. This ingredient is essential if you are looking to minimise the
risks of infection and inflammation.
When you are suffering from acne flare-ups, avoid wearing heavy makeup that clogs the skin’s pores such
as foundation, blusher, or powder. If you
need to wear makeup, opt for oil-free cosmetics and make sure you go through the list of ingredients on
its label before buying.
What products you put in your hair can also affect and aggravate your skin. Avoid using oils, chemicals,
and fragrances on your hair when you are
suffering from a breakout. It is highly possible that these ingredients could drip onto places where there
is acne.
Use mild shampoos and conditioners on your hair to avoid further irritation.
If you are prone to oily hair as well as oily skin with acne, you need to take extra precaution. Oily hair will
only add more oil to your face, so it is
necessary to wash it more and keep your hair pulled back away from your face.

Normal skin types can suffer from minor breakouts due to hormone imbalances or stress. People with
normal skin types usually start to show signs of
aging sooner than other skin types. Drink a lot of pure filtered water, exercise, eat the right food and
always use sun cream to prevent any signs of
premature ageing.
It is important to wash your face twice daily. Use a good cleanser and make sure you remove any traces of make-up before sleeping. Leaving make- up on your face will block your pores causing an acne breakout.

When you have normal skin, cleanse, tone, and nourish your skin on a regular basis.
Always use light make-up to allow your skin to breathe.
Moisturise your skin day and night to prevent your skin from drying out and to avoid premature ageing.
Exfoliate your normal skin to remove all the dead skin cells; this helps promote new healthy skin cells to
grow.
Wear at least an SPF 15 sun cream (mineral based!) every day in conjunction with your regular moisutriser.
Things to avoid if you have Normal Skin 

Do not tan your body or allow yourself to be over exposed to the sun. Sun exposure causes premature ageing and encourages the free radicals in the body which destroys the skin’s cells.

Avoid smoking and excessive drinking. Such actions destroy the body’s immune system and create a buildup of toxins in the body. Avoid washing your face with harsh soaps and opt for mild cleanser instead. Hasher products will strip your skin of its natural oils resulting in dry skin. Do not change products once you discover they are good for your skin type. Experimenting with different products will wreck havoc with your skin and there is always a risk that you might react negatively to them.

Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, it needs more attention due to its blend of dry and oily patches. When you
have a combination of oily and dry skin on
your face, you will have to take a dual approach to your skincare regime; this means that you will have to
deal with each area of the skin individually.
Dos and Don’ts When you Have Combination Skin
1. Use moisturisers that are oil-free.
2. If you use acne treatment products, only apply them to the acne-prone areas (T-zone).
3. Wear sun cream with at least an SPF 26.
4. Do not use two different moisturisers or cleansers on your face. Opt for mild products that suit all skin
types.
5. When you have combination skin, avoid using any kind of bar cleanser or soap. Such products tend to
dry out the skin. The best kind of cleanser
that works well with combination skin is a mild gel-based cleanser.
6. If you opt to use a toner, use one that has glycerin as it is less likely to strip your skin.
7. It is necessary to exfoliate combination skin. Do not opt for a deep skin exfoliator, instead find one a
beta hydroxyl acid product as this will only
gently exfoliate the surface of your skin.

8. Avoid eye creams. Instead if you want to keep the area around your eyes looking smooth and wrinkle
free, use evening primrose.
9. Avoid using any kind of leave-in conditioner. These clog the forehead’s pores and as a result the area
becomes even oilier.

Sensitive Skin
Because sensitive skin is usually irritated easily by products, you need to look out for products that will
help soothe your skin. Those with sensitive skin
types are more prone to skin allergies and redness and it is not uncommon for fine broken veins to appear
in the nose and cheeks areas. There are different degrees in skin sensitivity with some people having such sensitive skin they cannot use any store-bought cleansing products. In such a case cleanse your face using whole milk and afterwards using a solution of glycerin and rosewater to moisturise your skin gently.

The Dos and Don’ts if you have Sensitive Skin
1. Refrain from using normal soaps as these can dry out sensitive skin. Look for soaps that have
moisturising properties or opt to cleanse your face
using mild baby soap.
2. Always wear gloves to protect your hands’ skin when washing or cleaning to avoid your exposure to
chemicals that might irritate your skin.
3. Do not have long steaming hot baths or showers. Keep them shorter using lukewarm water to avoid
stripping your skin from its natural oils.
4. Immediately after you have finished bathing, moisturise to help lock the moisture in.
5. Always test your make-up and perfume before buying it. Dab a little bit on the inside of your wrist
where it is also sensitive to see if your skin is
affected.
6. Avoid all alcohol-based products.
7. Avoid using skin fresheners as they usually contain some ingredients that will make sensitive skin more
vulnerable to the elements.
Caring for your Sensitive Skin
If you use many different products in your daily skincare regime, you need to eliminate the unnecessary
ones. 

The average woman over the age of 25 uses approximately 5-6 different skincare products daily, exposing the skin to well over 100 different chemicals a day. If you have sensitive skin, the chances are your skin is affected by some of these chemicals. When you have sensitive skin, all you need is a good skin cleanser, a homemade or mineral based SPF moisturizer, and eye cream.

There are a number of ingredients that are very likely to cause sensitivity to those with sensitive skin. Such
ingredients usually include colours and
preservatives (especially formaldehyde) and fragrances. Natural ingredients with calming and soothing
properties to look out for are chamomile, milk,
cornflower, and liquorices.
1. Facial wipes are a good way for those with sensitive skin to cleanse their face without having too much
contact to many chemicals. If you do not use
wipes, make sure you use a light cleanser with minimal ingredients.
2. Drying your face also needs special care when you have sensitive skin. Always pat your face dry with a
soft clean towel. Any rubbing of the skin
might cause sensitive skin to react.
3. Moisturize twice daily focusing on the areas that are drier. Use light unscented moisturizers with natural
ingredients.

So, I have provided a problem-solution sheet for you to figure out what your skin problem and some option for  a solution!


Your skin and it’s needs at different stages of your life.
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Carrier oils are also referred to as vegetable oils and base oils. They are extensively used in Aromatherapy as they 'carry' essential oils in dilution for therapeutic applications. They are also used in the manufacturing of soaps and fine creams, lotions, cosmetics and conditioning treatments, as well as for massage.

Some of my absolute favorite carrier oils are here, but I attached a far more complete list as an attachment. 

Coconut oil-By far coconut oil is one of the most popular carrier oils used to dilute essential oils and for good reason. Coconut oil, derived from the fruit of the coconut tree, is a super-oil full of naturally present antioxidants and is an excellent antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is exceptional for nourishing the hair, nails and skin. Its almost 50% content of lauric acid means that coconut oil can retain a long shelf life and improve good cholesterol (HDL). It is also great for dry skin and treating skin conditions as it has natural deep moisturizing properties.

Shea Butter-Shea butter is a seed fat that comes from the shea tree. The shea tree is found in East and West tropical Africa. The shea butter comes from two oily kernels within the shea tree seed. After the kernel is removed from the seed, it is ground into a powder and boiled in water. The butter then rises to the top of the water and becomes solid. Shea butter works like an emollient. It might help soften or smooth dry skin. Shea butter also contains substances that can reduce skin swelling. This might help treat conditions associated with skin swelling such as eczema.

Cocoa Butter-Cocoa butter, also called theobroma oil, is a pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cocoa bean. It is used to make chocolate, as well as some ointments, toiletries, and pharmaceuticals. Cocoa butter has a cocoa flavor and aroma
Cocoa butter is a wonderful, natural moisturizer that melts just above room temperature. It is high in fatty acids which penetrates the skin for deep hydration. One of the best ways to enjoy the creaminess of cocoa butter is to make your own whipped body butter. Here is a simple, yet effective recipe that your skin will love.

Ingredients another body butter, all natural & no need for preservative as there is no water content! :)

  • ½ cup shea butter
  • ½ cup cocoa butter
  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in pot, apart from the essential oils
  2. Melt all of the ingredients together over medium heat – stir constantly.
  3. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  4. Add the essential oil.
  5. Place the mixture in the fridge for about one hour to allow it to harden just slightly.
  6. Whip with a hand mixer for about ten minutes or until fluffy.
  7. Return to the fridge for about fifteen minutes.
  8. Store the butter in a glass jar with a lid in a cool location.Cocoa butter is a wonderful, natural moisturizer that melts just above room temperature. It is high in fatty acids which penetrates the skin for deep hydration. One of the best ways to enjoy the creaminess of cocoa butter is to make your own whipped body butter. Here is a simple, yet effective recipe that your skin will love.
  9. Mango Butter  is extracted from the flat core of the fruit which contains the seed (or kernel) by cold pressing. This butter is a real delight to apply to the skin as it brings with it an exotic softness. It nourishes, softens, restores shine and protects the skin from the effects of aging. Mango butter is an ideal emollient for seasonal temperature changes, helping the skin to rehydrate and restore its lipid composition after exposure to external aggressions such as cold, sun and wind. Due to its high content in isostearic acid, it is ideal for damaged, coarse and frizzy hair. Applied in small quantities, mango butter adds shine to hair and prevents split ends.


Olive oil-Extracted from the fruit of the olive tree, olive oil has an incredible number of health benefits and does a lot more than just cook and flavor food! With 75% oleic acid, this popular cooking oil is excellent for your heart and cardiovascular system and can actually lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and increase good (HDL) cholesterol. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce resistane to insulin.Olive oil is a light oil with a fruity aroma that is not overpowering so it works well for blending most essential oils. Being non-greasy you can use it for almost any skin or hair type as it does not clog skin pores or leave hair locks looking greasy. It is excellent for dandruff, frizzy hair and dry skin.

Jojoba Oil-Comprised of over 75% eicosenoic acid, a long omega-9 fatty acid that cannot be digested by humans, but most closely resembles human sebum - jojoba oil is famous for being the carrier oil that is closest to mimicking the natural oil secretions of human skin! This makes it an excellent moisturizer for using on areas like the face and neck that may otherwise look oily with other carrier oils. The oil is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba tree and has a light nutty aroma. Jojoba oil is a natural anti-fungal and works well when combined with essential oils that also have anti-fungal properties and are used for topical fungal infections.

Fractionated coconut oil-is a good choice carrier for essential oil roller blends. We all love the benefits of coconut oil, but virgin coconut oil becomes solid and difficult to use and spread at room temperature—especially in the cold winter months. The process of ‘fractionation’ removes a fraction of the oil, the long-chain-triglycerides. This leaves only the skin-loving medium-chain-triglycerides (MCTs) behind. The result is a clear, liquid form of coconut oil...YES it stays liquid at any temperature!

Sweet Almond Oil- Highly rich in Vitamin E and an excellent natural antioxidant, sweet almond oil is extracted from the dried fruit of the almond tree.  It's high vitamin E content makes it an optimal choice for nourishing the skin, regenerating new skin cells and keeping in moisture, making it a great choice for  those who have dry skin. It's natural antioxidant properties help protect from the damaging effects of the sun, and it's high concentrations of both oleic and linoleic acids help to relieve inflammation and soothe irritated skin.  Being non-greasy and hypoallergenic, it makes an excellent massage oil (especially for infants) and its rich Vitamin E content can actually help repair damage in the collagen layer of the skin, making facial skin smooth and supple and reducing wrinkles. Sweet almond oil makes our list for one of the top oils of choice for nourishing the skin, hair and nails.

Argan Oil- Best known for its anti-aging properties and promoting hair growth and repairing hair damage and split ends,  if you haven't heard of or used argan oil, you're missing out on a carrier oil that is loaded with rich, nourishing properties and healing benefits! No wonder  top-notch cosmetic companies are using it in their high-end formulations. Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the Moroccan argan tree (Argania spinosa). Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and E, and oleic and linoleic fatty acids, argan oil is especially beneficial for healing inflammation and damage caused by UV rays of the sun, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars and promoting healthy cuticles and nails. It is one of the best oils to use for regenerating skin cells, making it an excellent choice for anti-aging salves and lotions. antiaging***Anti-aging Moisturizer: Apply 1 drop of argan oil on your fingertips and tap into the wrinkle-prone areas of your face, such as around the nose and the temple area. Use the same gentle tapping motion and apply a drop under your eye area as well every night before you sleep. The rich Vitamin E and Vitamin A content in argan oil will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and impede premature aging.

Avocado oil-The fruit of the avocado tree is almost one-third oil and is one of the thickest, most luxurious oils on our list! Avocado oil is also a good oil to use for anti-aging as it contains palmitoleic acid, a type of fatty acid that is found naturally in human fatty tissues just under the skin. Since avocado oil mimics this fat, the skin absorbs it in, especially providing excellent nourishment for older, mature skin that has thinned with age. Avocado oil contains high concentrations of oleic and linoleic fatty acids making it a potent anti-inflammatory and along with other naturally present nutrients and antioxidants as well at vitamins A, D & E, this carrier oil is ideal for irritable skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Due to its high viscosity, avocado oil dries slowly making it a good carrier oil for massage. To make it more free flowing it can be blended with another carrier oil such as olive oil or sweet almond oil.

Grapeseed oil- Just like the name suggests, grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes. Grape seeds are loaded with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients, making grapeseed oil high in proteins, minerals, vitamin E and linoleic acid (a natural anti-inflammatory). Grapeseed oil is used for both cooking and cosmetics, but only grapeseed oil labeled as food-grade should be used in culinary applications. Grapeseed oil does not make skin greasy so it is widely used in many manufactured cosmetics and you can find it in sunscreens, creams, lotions and other cosmetic products. It also has antiseptic properties and is a mild astringent, making it a good carrier oil for acne-prone skin or oily skin. Being lighter than coconut oil for example, grapeseed oil moisturizes and nourishes hair without making it greasy and works well to combat dandruff

Apricot Kernal Oil- Obtained from the kernels or seeds of apricots, apricot kernel oil is a gentle, light oil with a slight nutty aroma, and has properties and applications similar to sweet almond oil. Usually used as a massage oil, it makes the skin soft and supple and does not leave any greasy residue behind. The high content of both oleic and linoleic acid make this oil an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. The high antioxidant content in apricot kernel oil make it great for protecting the skin from free radicals. The non-greasy properties of the oil make it a good carrier oil to use for oily facial skin and whole-body massage, as well as dry, irritated or sensitive skin.

Castor Oil- Obtained from the seeds of the castor bean plant, castor oil has been used for centuries to treat constipation, ailments of the skin and improve hair health. However, new research has shown that the benefits of castor oil go far beyond that. Castor oil can increase the count of a type of white blood cell in the body that can help to kill bacteria, viruses, fungus and even cancer cells.****Joint and Muscle Pain Relief: Relieve joint and arthritis pain naturally with castor oil. Massage a few drops of oil to aching muscles and joints. The anti-inflammatory components in the oil work to reduce swelling and inflammation. Repeat twice a week.

Castor oil stands out amongst most of the carrier oils on our list because it contains ricinoleic acid, a rare unsaturated fatty acid that is found in high quality castor oil and provides many healing benefits such as enhancing immunity through improving the lymphatic system, which in turn helps the body to detoxify, positively impacts circulation and supports the digestive system. In fact research shows that castor oil packs used on the abdomen (see procedure below) are great for detoxifying the liver, alleviating ailments of the uterus and ovaries, improving circulation and reducing inflammation. Castor oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which makes it great for healing skin infections, and treating topical fungal infections and sunburns. Ricinoleic acid is excellent for fighting acne as it kills bacteria that clogs pores while also moisturizing the skin at the same time.  Omega-6 fatty acids in castor oil give hair a natural glow, improve circulation in the scalp and accelerate hair growth.

Evening primrose oil comes from the seeds of a wildflower that is native to the central and eastern parts of North America. What makes it special is its high concentration of linoleic and especially gamma-linoleic acid or GLA, which is a potent anti-inflammatory and is highly effective in treating skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and especially eczema.

Neem Oil-Extracted from the seeds of the neem tree native to the Indian subcontinent, neem oil contains over a hundred biologically active compounds including nimbidin & nimbin compounds, omega-6 fatty acids and azadirachtin, a compound that acts as a natural powerful insect repellent. Neem oil is an excellent carrier oil for everything from treating hair and skin conditions, to eliminating parasites and serving as an insecticide, to improving oral health and even treating your pets! Recent research suggests that neem "stimulates collagen production, good for aging skin," and also that the vitamin E content in neem "acts as a free radical scavenger, by hindering the oxidizing processes in the skin. It promotes soft and supple skin, helps in reducing old scars and promotes healing."***Lice Treatment: Lice detest the strong smell of neem oil! Warm 5 tsp. of neem oil and massage into the hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave overnight, then massage with a fine nit comb to eliminate lice eggs and lice. Neem oil is also great for removing dandruff and promoting hair growth

Rose hip oil- Extracted from the seeds of the musk rose or Rosa moschata, rosehip seed oil contains a high concentration of linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid and is extremely high in vitamins A and E making it a highly sought after carrier oil for skin care. In fact rosehip oil is found in many cosmetics, creams and balms for eczema, stretch marks, anti-aging and more. The fatty acids and high concentrations of vitamins in rosehip oil help to restore elasticity to the skin and improve collagen production making it a better, safer choice than chemical-filled face creams and even Botox. When using rosehip seed oil, it's important to note that you should buy cold pressed rosehip oil that has not been tainted by heat and therefore preserves more nutrients                                                                                                  ******Make Your Skin Glow: If you're tired of paying an arm and a leg for costly cosmetic products, try rosehip seed oil! The oil makes skin soft and supple and gives a natural glow to the skin.  

2. Age Spots and Sunburn: Harsh UV rays can cause age spots (discoloration of the skin) to appear on the face. Rosehip oil contains powerful antioxidants that fight sun damage caused by free radicals. Apply rosehip oil directly to age spots. Vitamin A and essential fatty acids present in the oil further help to improve pigmentation, skin tone and skin texture.  To treat inflammation caused by sunburn apply a mix of rosehip oil and coconut oil to the affected areas.

3. Scars and Skin Conditions: Essential fatty acids in rosehip oil help to regenerate the skin and lighten scars, and the Vitamin A in the oil improves skin tone and texture, making the oil highly effective to use for skin conditions like eczema and lessening the appearance of acne scars.

4. Relieve a Dry Scalp: If chemically-ridden store bought shampoos are causing your scalp to be dry and itchy rub rosehip oil into your scalp to nourish your roots. Leave for an at least an hour and rinse off. The fatty acids in the oil help alleviate itching and nourish a dry scalp.

Tamanu oil  Extracted from the nut of the Ati tree, tamanu oil was discovered in the islands of Fiji and is native to southeast Asia. Tamanu oil is best known for its incredible skin rejuvenating and healing properties. Research shows that tamanu oil promotes the process of cicatrization, also known as "wound healing," meaning that it activates the skin to generate new cells and tissue and speeds up the process of skin regeneration.  It contains powerful antioxidants making it amazing for aging skin and reducing the appearance of scars, age spots and stretch marks. Tamanu oil also contains a higher concentration of stearic acid, than most carrier oils making it a good choice for sealing in moisture when used on the skin and hair, so it is highly beneficial to use in dry climates.   Being a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial tamanu oil is excellent for clearing acne naturally.

ok so....Carrier Oils for Beauty  
When you are looking for a carrier oil to use for beauty you may be looking for something to dilute your essential oils with or you might be looking for something more specific like the Oil Cleansing Method or to help support aging (::cough cough:: use ROSEHIPS)

so oil cleansing.....You should look for a coconut oil that is unrefined, 100% coconut oil, and preferably organic.

Remember this stuff will be entering your pores and hydrating your skin-- this is a time to splurge a little! Get the good stuff!

What You Need:

  • Coconut oil (organic is best) 
  • wash cloth
  • Essential oils optional 

Step 1: gently massage the coconut oil to your face (~30 secs)

Step 2: apply warm towel onto your face (to open up the pores)

Step 3: wait 15-30 seconds or so and then lightly remove oil with washcloth-- no scrubbing!

Step 4: if you feel like you need it, splash some warm water to remove excess oil, but your skin should absorb most of it. 


Done! See-- not so hard, right?

The warm cloth will open up your pores and allow the coconut oil to go inside and push out all that dirt and yuck that's inside.

Overtime, coconut oil is supposed to help even skin tone and reduce the size of your pours.

Now pick your Favorite oils for a oil cleansing!


I have attached a couple of different info pages about carrier oil that I had. Enjoy!

Carrier Oils
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Essential Oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

Essential oils are extracted directly from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree, and just one drop can have powerful health benefits. They are typically created through the process of distillation, which separates the oil and water-based compounds of a plant by steaming.

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that have a strong aroma. Sometimes they are called volatile aromatic oils because of their high concentration of the aromatic compounds. 

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. 

But what exactly is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. When you first open a bottle of essential oil, you instantly notice that the aroma is potent and you can smell it typically even from some distance. The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications inclusion in aromatherapy – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers. 

Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits. 

Even with pure essential oils the composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather, making every step of the production process a critical determinant of the overall quality of the essential oil product. 

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. 

There are essential oils for hormones that can help to balance your estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, thyroid and testosterone levels. Some oils, like clary sage, geranium and thyme, help to balance out estrogen and progesterone levels in your body, which can improve conditions like infertility and PCOS, as well as PMS and menopause symptoms. Essential oils are also able to lower cortisol levels, which can help to improve your mood and reduce symptoms of depression, and increase testosterone levels, which can improve a man’s libido. 

**Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties that help to boost your immune system and fight infections. The chemical substances found in essential oils, such as terpenes, esters, phenolics, ethers and ketones, have the potential to fight foreign pathogens that can threaten your health. Some of the best essential oils for your immunity include oregano, myrrh, ginger, lemon, eucalyptus, frankincense, peppermint (or Mentha piperita) and cinnamon.

Another well-researched essential oils benefit is their role in aiding and improving digestion. Some oils help to relieve upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhea, stomach spasms and even conditions of the gastrointestinal system, like IBS. Essential oils can also aid your digestion by helping to stimulate digestive enzymes that make it easier to break down and absorb the nutrients, fats and protein that you need.

Did you know that essential oils can help to boost your energy levels and even improve your athletic performance? Some oils have stimulating effects and can actually increase oxygen to your brain, which will leave you feeling refreshed, focused and energized.

Essential oils have neuroprotective effects and can help to improve cognitive performance. This is one of the most impressive essential oil benefits and it has helped many people who are suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like  Alzheimer's and dementia.

Essential oils have also shown to improve learning, memory and ability to focus. Both stimulating and sedative essential oils can be useful, as oils like peppermint can improve sustained attention over a longer period of time, while oils like lavender can be useful for people going through tough exercises or situations.

Perhaps one of the most well-known essential oils benefits is their ability to reduce stress and anxiety. Some essential oils have sedative properties and induce a calm, peaceful, uplifting and relaxed feeling.

There are many essential oils that can be applied topically or used aromatically to reduce body aches and pains. One study that displays this essential oil benefit evaluated the efficacy of essential oils on neck pain. For the study, the experimental group received a cream that was composed of marjoram, black pepper, lavender and peppermint essential oils, and the control group used an unscented cream.

Using essential oils in your skin, hair and beauty products is a natural and effective way to keep up your personal care regimes without having to use products that are made with chemicals and hydrogenated oils. Essential oils can calm irritated skin, reduce signs of aging, like age spots, improve acne, protect your skin from sun damage and thicken your hair.

Essential oils help to reduce toxicity by promoting the detoxification of your home and body. These days, we are all inhaling and ingesting a number of chemicals and environmental toxins that can be dangerous for our health. Some essential oils work as mild diuretics, thereby increasing urine production and improving detoxification. And some oils aid digestion, which also promotes the detoxification of toxins that buildup in the body. 

Oils that help to promote internal detoxification include lemon, grapefruit, parsley, funnel, lemongrass, peppermint and ginger.

Using detoxifying essential oils can help your body to flush out these toxins and it can clean the air of your home, too. In fact, unlike most home cleaning products that are loaded with chemicals, essential oils can naturally clean your home by destroying harmful pathogens and pollutants.

The best essential oils for reducing toxicity in your home or place of work include grapefruit, orange, lemon, lemongrass, eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint and tea tree.

Some essential oils have sedative properties, which can be helpful for people who are having trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night. 

    BODY/ORAL/HAIR/SKIN CARE 

      face wash by mixing tea tree oil (melaleuca) with raw honey and rub on your face. Then rinse off with water.

  • frankincense essential oil three times daily directly on skin to improve sun spots and age spots.
  • Blistered skin healer: Mix two drops of tea tree oil with two drops of unscented oil and apply to the blistered area up to five times per day.
  • Body butter: Mix coconut oil, shea butter, magnesium oil and essential oils for moisturizing body lotion.
  • Body spray: Add 5–10 drops to four ounces of water and use as a fragrant body spray.
  • Breath freshener: Use a drop of peppermint essential oil (or Mentha piperita) for a natural way to freshen breath.
  • Bruise healer: Use essential oils as a hot compress to treat bruises or other wounds. Add five drops of lavender oil and five drops of frankincense oil to four ounces of hot water and soak. Apply to affected area.
  • Bug bite soother: Use lavender oil for bug bites and stings.
  • Burn healer: Mix lavender essential oil with aloe vera to treat burns.
  • Cellulite reducer: Mix five drops of grapefruit seed essential oil with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and massage into dimpled areas.
  • Dandruff remover: Mix five drops of rosemary and lavender essential oils with three tablespoons of an unscented carrier oil such as jojoba oil. Massage into your scalp and leave on for 10 minutes. Shampoo mixture out.
  • Deodorant for women: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils like cedarwood and clove oil for men and lavender and tea tree oil for women.
  • Deodorant for men: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and your favorite essential oils like cedarwood and clove oil for men and lavender and tea tree oil for women.
  • Detox bath: Mix lavender oil, Epson salts and sea salt to a warm bath to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.
  • Dry, cracked feet soother: Add three drops of lavender oil to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply to the feet at night and put on some socks.
  • Eczema/psoriasis cream: To treat eczema, psoriasis or red dry skin, apply a mixture of lavender essential oil with shea butter.
  • Facial scrub: Mix one-fourth cup yogurt, one-fourth cup cornmeal, and five drops of lavender, grapefruit and patchouli oil. Apply to face and wash off.
  • Facial sugar scrub: Mix a few drops of an essential oil with almond oil and rock salt or sugar to make your own salt or sugar scrub.
  • Foot bath: Add a few drops of lemon or eucalyptus oils to a large bowl of warm water to help soothe the feet.
  • Hair conditioner: Mix 15 drops of rosewood oil with five drops of sandalwood and lavender essential oils into unscented oil. Place mixture in a small plastic bag and dunk into warm water to heat up. Apply to hair and wrap for 20 minutes. Shampoo as usual.
  • Hair thickener: Add rosemary oil to shampoo to naturally thicken hair and increase volume.
  • Itchy scalp helper: Add lavender, cedarwood or basil essential oil to shampoo to reduce itching.
  • Lip balm: Combine coconut oil, beeswax and lavender oil for an amazing healing balm for chapped lips.
  • Nail strengthener: Mix 10 drops of frankincense, myrrh and lemon essential oils into two tablespoons of vitamin E oil, then rub on cuticles.
  • Oily hair reducer: Mix 10 drops each of ylang ylang, lime and rosemary essential oils with two ounces of an unscented carrier oil. Massage it scalp 2–3 times per week. Wash out as usual.
  • Perfume: Use 1–2 drops of jasmine essential oil on your wrist as a fresh natural fragrance. Lavender and vanilla oils also agree with most women, while cypress and clove oils work well for men’s cologne.
  • Sauna therapy: Add two drops of your favorite essential oil into two cups of water in a sauna.
  • Shampoo: To make homemade shampoo, mix lavender oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel and coconut milk. Use as you would regular shampoo. It lasts 2–4 weeks.
  • Skin toner: Mix eight ounces of water with two drops of lavender, geranium and frankincense oils.
  • Sore feet reliever: Add 10 drops of peppermint oil with a tablespoon of Epsom salt and add to a warm-water foot bath.
  • Stretch mark reducer: Mix five drops of frankincense, myrrh and grapefruit essential oils with coconut oil and apply to stretch marks.
  • Sunburn soother: Combine lavender or chamomile oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and apply to the skin with a cotton ball to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Sunscreen: Mix coconut oil, zinc oxide, shea butter, helichrysum oil and lavender essential oil, then store in a squeeze bottle to make homemade toxic free sunscreen
  • Teeth whitener: Combine lemon essential oil, coconut oil and fresh strawberries, then rub on your teeth. Rinse after two minutes.
  • Toothpaste: Combine sea salt, baking soda, coconut oil and xylitol with peppermint essential oil to make homemade toothpaste. Then brush. 
  • Wrinkle reducer: Mix 3–5 drops of sandalwood, geranium, lavender and frankincense essential oils with an unscented lotion and apply to face. Avoid applying to eyes. 
    GENERAL HEALTH
  •  Mix eucalyptus, wintergreen and cypress oils with an unscented lotion or coconut oil and apply to muscles.
  • Allergy fighter: Rub frankincense and lavender essential oils on your palms and inhale deeply to relieve itchy eyes and throat.
  • Anxiety reducer: Diffuse lavender essential oil around your home to reduce feelings of stress and tension.
  • Arthritis reliever: Mix two drops of wintergreen, cypress and lemongrass oils into an unscented lotion. Massage into affected areas.
  • Asthma remedy: Make vapor rub by combining eucalyptus, peppermint and coconut oil. Rub on your chest and neck.
  • Back/neck pain reducer: Combine peppermint, cypress and ginger oils with cayenne pepper and coconut oil for a homemade muscle rub
  • Broken bones helper: To support the healing of broken bones, apply helichrysum, fir and cypress .
  • Circulation improver: Add 8–10 drops of grapefruit essential oil to warm bath water.
  • Cold reliever: Take three drops of oil of oregano and frankincense oils three daily for one week.
  • Concentration helper: Inhale bergamot, peppermint or grapefruit seed essential oils to increase concentration during the day.
  • Cough reducer: Eucalyptus essential oil is known for its powerful ability to fight coughs and open airways. Add a few drops into steaming hot water or diffuser. Inhale to help clear nasal passage.
  • Depression reliever: To boost mood and relieve depression, add rose essential oil to baths, inhalations and diffusers to improve mood.
  • Digestion helper: Take ginger, peppermint and fennel essential oils to support digestion and healing leaky gut.
  • Fever reducer: Add 1–3 drops of eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender essential oils to a cool cloth and sponge the body.
  • Food cravings curber: Inhale peppermint and cinnamon essential oils to reduce your appetite and balance blood sugar.

For the home:

  •  Diffuse cinnamon essential oil in the air and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.
  • Air detoxifier when painting: Add peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint to dispel fumes.
  • All-purpose cleaner: Add three drops each o lemon essential oil and tea tree oil (melaleuca) to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops to naturally disinfect.
  • Bathroom freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in lime or lemon oil behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.
  • Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for a sink or bathtub.
  • Burnt pans cleaner: Use a few drops of lemon oil and some boiling water to help remove burnt food from pots and pans.
  • Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder.
  • Christmas scent: Add a drop of pine, sandalwood or cedarwood essential oil on a fire log about 30 minutes before burning.
  • Dishwasher fluid: Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher before washing for a spot-free rinse.
  • House fragrance: Diffuse clove, rosemary and orange essential oil when guests come over, and they will talk about how amazing your house smells.
  • Kitchen odor eliminator: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.
  • Medicine cabinet: Makeover your medicine cabinet and create a family physician kit with essential oils of lavender, lemon, peppermint, tea tree, oregano and frankincense.


What is the best essential oil?

Choosing the best essential oil will depend on the health concern or condition that you are trying to remedy. Each essential oil is made up of different compounds and possess different properties, so while some oils are great for relaxing your mind, easing muscle tension and promoting restful sleep, other oils are stimulating, energy boosting and support cognitive function. To find out what essential oil is best for you, do some research on your specific health concern.

What are the best essential oils to start with?

The most common essential oils that everyone should have stored in their personal medicine cabinet include the following:

  • Lavender: heals burns, cuts, rashes, stings, reduces anxiety and promotes restful sleep.
  • Peppermint: improves joint and muscle pain, relieves digestive issues, reduces fevers, clears sinuses, improves asthma and bronchitis, and relieves headaches.
  • Frankincense: reduces inflammation, heals bruising, reduces scars, boosts immunity and promotes emotional well-being.
  • Tea tree: has antibacterial and antifungal properties, can be used to prevent and reduce infections, and cleans the air of pathogens and allergens.

How do I know which essential oil to buy?

This is one of the most vital things you must know about essential oils: not all essential oils are created equal. In fact, most of them are worthless to your health and often synthetic. Therefore, when buying essential oils — whether 5ml, 10ml or 15ml bottles be sure they are pure. with no additives like fragrance!


Essential Oils and Anti aging benefits
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+ Dealing with external factors and your skin.
2 lectures 06:31

Stress is a psychological and physiological response to events that upset our personal balance
in some way. When faced with a threat, whether to our physical safety or emotional equilibrium,
the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-orflight”
response. We all know what this stress response feels like, heart pounding in the chest,
muscles tensing up, breath coming faster, and every sense on red alert. 

The “fight-or-flight” stress response involves a cascade of biological changes that prepare us
for emergency action. When danger is sensed, a small part of the brain called the
hypothalamus sets off a chemical alarm. Stress hormone races through the bloodstream,
readying us to either flee the scene or battle it out. 

Heart rate and blood flow to the large muscles increase so we can run faster and fight harder.
Blood vessels under the skin constrict to prevent blood loss in case of injury, pupils dilate so we
can see better, and our blood sugar ramps up, giving us an energy boost and speeding up
reaction time. At the same time, body processes not essential to immediate survival are
suppressed. The digestive and reproductive systems slow down, growth hormones are switched
off, and the immune response is inhibited.

The biological stress response is meant to protect and support us. It’s what helped our
ancestors survive the life-or-death situations they commonly faced. But in the modern world,
most of the stress we feel is in response to psychological rather than physical threats. Whether
we’re stressed over a looming deadline, an argument with a friend, or a mountain of bills, the
warning bells ring. And just like a caveman confronting a sabretooth tiger, we go into automatic
overdrive.
If you have a lot of responsibilities and worries, you may be running on stress a good portion of
the time

Chronic stress wears you down day after day and year after year, with no visible escape. Under
sustained or severe stress, even the most well-adjusted person loses the ability to adapt. When
stress overwhelms our coping resources, our bodies and minds suffer.
Health Effects
Recent research suggests that anywhere from 60 to 90 percent of illness is stress-related. The
physical wear and tear of stress includes damage to the cardiovascular system and immune
system suppression. Stress compromises your ability to fight off disease and infection, throws
your digestive system off balance, and makes it difficult to conceive a baby, and can even stunt
growth in children.


Stress and Your Health
Many medical conditions are caused or exacerbated by stress, including:
• Chronic pain
• Migraines
• Ulcers
• Heartburn
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Asthma
• PMS
• Obesity
• Infertility
• Autoimmune diseases
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Skin problems 

Chronic stress grinds away at your mental health, causing emotional damage in addition to
physical ailments. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to
everyday pressures and less able to cope. Over time, stress can lead to mental health problems
such as:
• anxiety
• depression
• eating disorders, and
• substance abuse. 

Severe stress reactions can result from sudden, catastrophic events or traumatic experiences
such as a natural disaster, sexual assault, life-threatening accident, or participation in combat.
After the initial shock and emotional fallout, many trauma victims gradually begin to recover from
its effects. But for some people, the stress symptoms don't go away, the body doesn’t regain its
equilibrium, and life doesn’t return to normal. This severe and persisting reaction to trauma is
known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Common symptoms of PTSD include:
• Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, or nightmares about the trauma
• Avoidance of places and things associated with the trauma
• Hypervigilance for signs of danger
• Chronic irritability and tension
• Depression.
PTSD is a serious disorder that requires professional intervention

Understanding Stress and it's affects on the skin
02:33

“A toxin is a poisonous substance that is a specific product of the metabolic activities of a living organism and is usually very unstable, notably toxic when introduced into the tissues, and typically capable of inducing antibody formation.”

Simply put, a toxin is harmful matter. The reason for this ambiguous language is due to the many types of toxins, all with different and potentially detrimental effects. For the purpose of clarity and consistency in our detox articles, we break down toxins into three categories: internal toxins, external toxins, and toxic behaviors.

Many store bought products contain so many ingredients, that are not safe, are irritants, ect...

These, usually synthetic ingredients are usually added to either get longer shelf life- like preservatives, or create more bubbles like slsa or sls, You really need to do your own research to see where your comfort levels lay. For others it's about getting clean due to reactions with products, auto immune diseases felt internally, and so many more!

So, we know that Aging occurs when the body undergoes a biological process known as senescence, when healthy cells become damaged and lose their ability to divide. Over time, these damaged cells accumulate in the body, consuming resources and unleashing hormones with inflammatory properties.

The ability of the body to respond to physiologic challenge imposed by potentially toxic substances in the environment is dependent upon the health of the organ systems that eliminate those substances from the body.” (2010, Reviews of environmental contamination and toxicology)

And unfortunately, from the age of 30, a number of your body’s systems begin to decline. Everything from your endocrine system to your gut become more dysfunctional the older you are.

This decline changes both what your body does to the chemical toxins you're exposed to and what the toxins do to your body.

Liver

Your liver size and the blood flowing through it decrease after age 50, Your liver is the main way your body breaks down toxins. A decline in size and blood flow means your aging liver is less able to clear your body of toxins.

Numerous studies have found this to be true for prescription drugs and there is no evidence to suggest that the ability of the body to metabolize and eliminate environmental chemicals would be different than for drugs.

Kidneys

As you age the blood flow and filtration rate in your kidneys decreases, reducing your body’s ability to properly filter your blood and eliminate toxins. This increases the amount of time they spend in your body before they are excreted. 

Brain

Your nervous system performs less efficiently as you get older. For example, changes to your brain like a more permeable blood-brain barrier and weakened detox and repair functions results in a reduced ability to protect your brain from neurotoxins.

This means that exposure to neurotoxins may exacerbate the normal effects of the aging process on the brain. Also, because of the changes in your nervous system as you age your body may be affected by lower levels of toxin exposure than in healthy young adults.

Skin

Your skin is your body’s first line of defense in protecting you against toxins. But as you age the changes in your decrease its effectiveness to function as a barrier. That means toxic chemicals that can enter your body through unbroken skin, like some insecticides and chemicals found in personal care products, may enter aged skin more easily. 

Immune System

As you age your immune system becomes less efficient at protecting you from foreign invaders. Unfortunately, exposure to a variety of metals like mercury, pesticides, benzene and chlorinated organic hydrocarbons can speed up the decline by negatively impact your immune system.

Endocrine System

The hypothalamus, which has direct control of the endocrine system through the pituitary gland becomes increasingly dysfunctional as you age. Plus, your hormone secretion changes and your thyroid gland shrinks. The last thing your aging endocrine system need is to constantly be bombarded with endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA and phthalates.

So, looking at just the changes listed above, you can see just how harmful toxin exposure can be as you age. You’ve got a liver that isn’t breaking down toxins as efficiently and kidneys that aren’t filtering the break down products as well as they used to, which means toxins hang around in your body longer.

Plus, toxins can now enter your brain and your skin more easily and your lack luster endocrine system is taking daily hits from endocrine disrupting chemicals. What this all means is it is very likely that toxin exposure contributes to the diseases that become more common as you age.

There are several important things you can do to protect yourself (besides a healthy diet and exercise). These changes support your body’s ability to deal with toxins by reducing the toxin levels in your body. This can be accomplished through a combination of detoxing, supporting your body's ability to break down and eliminate toxins and reducing your future exposure to toxins through less toxic living.

Detox

The build-up of toxins that are in your body are tough to get rid of. And contrary to all the hype, most detox programs don’t work or only work for a few toxins.  

There are a few ways to eliminate some toxins from your body. The most effective is sweating using sauna therapy or exercise.

Support Your Body

You want to do everything you can to support your body’s ability to break down toxins. And supporting glutathione levels in your body is a great way to do this.


Embrace Less Toxic Living

The second thing you need to do is reduce your future exposure to toxins. The toxins that can age you prematurely are found in the lotions, potions, pesticides and cleaning products you use, the furnishings in your home and the food and water you consume.


Now pick 10 things in your home that you can replace with clean living ingredients!

*hint -Cleaning supplies, try the limonene recipe!

Understanding Toxins and the effects on the body
03:57
+ Recipes for a full skincare regime, a fraction of the cost with high end results
12 lectures 59:57

My favorite cleanser is an oil cleanser;

2oz glass dropper bottle

4Tbsp carrier oils , jojoba is great!

10 drops of Frankincense

5-10 drops Vit E

5 drops of Lavender

5 drops of Chamomile

Combine all the ingredientsin the glass bottle

Label and use as needed by applying 2-3 drops morning and evening


Cleanser #2

Foaming Face Wash

3/4 cup distilled water or hydrosol(I love lavender or chamomile)

3 Tbsp of castille soap( handmade or organic store bought)

1 tsp vitamin E

1/2 tsp Sweet almond oil

5 drop  Frankicense essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

Combine ingredients in a foaming dispenser

Labe and use as needed.


Cleanser #3

100ml Liquid Castille soap( homemade or store bought all natural castile soap

add 2 tbsp of your favorite oil, like tamanu for healing, or rosehip and jojoba for mature skin.

10 drops essential oil of choice

use a small amount to wash your face as normal.


Create a gentle face and body cleanser from scratch and a cheat version!
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This toner is so amazing after a bath, shower or for even a sunburn. This toner is so gentle it can be used on a baby's bum  for diaper rash or as an anti inflammatory spray.

1 oz glycerine

1 oz witch hazel- alcohol free

1 oz Aloe Juice

1 oz lavender hydrosol

1 oz chamomile hydrosol

1 oz rose geranium hydrosol

1/2 oz peppermint hydrosol

5 drops each of Frankicense, helichrysum, roman chamomile, myrrh, & sandalwood 

Just add all the ingredients into the a 120ml bottle and shake before use.



Creating a soothing facial toner gentle enough for baby's bottom- literally!
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Possibilities are Endless when it comes to making soap!

Lye

First don’t be scared! Be careful and mindful and have fun because warning once you start, soap making is addictive.

Fatty Acids and Soap Making

So what’s the deal with fatty acids and how do fatty acids and soap making relate? Well, the fatty acid content of your ingredients will largely determine the characteristics found within your finished product. It’s that important! Whether your bar ends up with a creamy lather or a bubbly lather, turns out hard or soft, has conditioning properties or great cleansing abilities depends largely on what fatty acids make up the ingredients you are using.

Remember that your acids (soap making oils) are made up of a combination of different fatty acids.

Keep in mind that not all soap makers care to learn about this information. In fact, some like to stay far away from any hint of the chemistry side of soap making. If that’s you… it’s OK. Other soap makers love to learn all they can about their art! Although understanding fatty acid values used to be more important for creating successful recipes, with the use of a soap calculator you can now squeak by without this knowledge. So here we are going to skip most of the chemistry of why soap makes soap!

But in order to make soap with your desired results knowing the type of oils and their properties ca be very beneficial in the outcome of your soap. Different oils are made up of different fats which saponify with the lye to make soap!


The fats are:

Lauric Acid will add hardness to your bar, promotes a fluffy lather and cleans very well… almost too well. Large amounts of lauric acid will create an excessively drying product as your natural skin oils will be stripped because of its amazing cleansing abilities. Just try not to go overboard with ingredients like coconut oil, Babassu oil or palm oil that have large amounts of lauric acid in them.

Linoleic Acid will add conditioning and moisturizing properties to your soap bar. Some also report that a silky feel is added to their product when using ingredients high in this acid. The only thing to really watch out for is DOS (dreaded orange spots) as it tends to go rancid more quickly then the other fatty acids. Just be leery of using too much of an ingredient that has a high content of linoleic acid, especially if you want your bar to last a long time. Sunflower oil, sesame and grapeseed oils

Linolenic Acid will add conditioning properties and moisturizing properties to your soap creating a very mild finished product. Rosehip, hemp and sesame oils

Oleic Acid will also add conditioning properties and moisturizing properties to your soap. It will not produce a very good lather though. Some say that oleic acid is what gives your bar that slippery feel. Sweet almond oil, avocado, apricot kernel, marula,  argan

Palmitic Acid will add hardness to your bar and a creamy/stable lather. Careful though… too much can be over drying! Cocoa butter, palm Kernel quite a bit in Almond, sunflower, and grapeseed

Ricinoleic Acid will add conditioning properties, a fluffy lather and some creamy/stable lather! This fatty acid is prominent in castor oil and is great for adding a luxurious lather to the finished product even if only used in small amounts.

Stearic Acid will offer many of the same characteristics as palmitic acid. Once again, you’ll gain hardness to your bar and add a creamy/stable lather. plant butter, cocoa, and shea

Myristic Acid will add hardness to the bar, offer good cleansing properties and adds a nice fluffy lather. Again, because of its cleansing abilities, too much myristic acid will produce somewhat of a drying product. Mostly coconut and Palm kernel oils.

You can have endless fun making soap because the possibilities are endless with colors, additives ect

Additives

LOVE natural botanicals and the beautiful colors that they produce in soap.  That’s right; you can actually combine colorful natural botanical blends in soap making to achieve various hues within your finished product!

These blends include madder root powder and Moroccan red clay, paprika powder and safflower powder and finally, comfrey leaf powder and spirulina powder. possibilities are endless.

attached is the soap calculator and you can play with this to see the results of various recipes. 

you can make castile soap- all olive oil soap

coconut soap- can be drying though, so you could add extra oil that would not sapponify and create more moisture in your soap that way. 


A combination of many oils until you reach your favorite recipe.. usually in trial and error.


Now using the soap calculator, play with the different oils you have on hand and create your own soap!

One of my favorites is so silky and bubbly and clients love it.

50g castor oil

50g sweet almond oil

50g fractionated coconut oil

150g vegetable oil

200g rice bran oil

200g coconut oil

200g lard

50g Mango Butter

Total 1000g

Now add this to the lye calculator to get proper amount of lye and water portions needed!

I add about 60g of Aloe juice to my Water portion, and I add silk protein peptide 1/4 tsp) (powder) to my lye solution, prior to adding to the oils. 

From here I will show you in the video by the heat transfer method to make the easiest soap of your life!









Preview 18:20

This first recipe is one of my favorites for sunscreen, but again you can customize the oils in this recipe as well.

Ingredients- oil based 

1/2 cup sweet almond oil or infused olive, sunflower oil.

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 Tbsp of Shea Butter

1/4 cup beeswax

2-4 Tbsp Zinc oxide

1 tsp of red raspberry seed oil

10-15 drop of carrot seed essential oil

you can add some lavender, chamomile or vanilla essential oil or extract here as well.

For best results you will want to use an immersion blender and blend until completely smooth.

Melt all the hard oils down then add the liquid oils, then put in fridge to cool for 5-10 mins.

Remove from the fridge and add the zinc oxide and essential oils, raspberry seed oil, and blend as described, repeat a few time as it cools.


cheat version- lotion version

You can use the lotion recipe or buy an organic unscented all natural lotion

1 cup all natural lotion, melted down so becomes more runny, but not too hot. You could do in microwave at 10 sec intervals.

2-4 TBSP Zinc oxide and raspberry seed oil, essential oils and blend with immersion blender 

Natural sunscreen- 2 versions
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This is a very easy lotion recipe using beeswax rather than emulsifyers. This will take a bit more mixing as beeswax is not a true emulsifier!

The key to emulsifying water and oil well is to have them at the same temperature when they are
blended. 

For a thicker cream, increase shea butter by 1-2 tablespoons.
1 1/3 cup water, herbal infusion, or decoction
3 tablespoons unrefined shea butter
2 tablespoons grated, tightly packed beeswax
1 cup sweet almond or olive oil
10-30 drops essential oils (optional)


Have a one-quart mason jar and an immersion blender at the ready.
Place liquid in a saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Heat just until it begins to steam, but you
can still hold your pinky finger in it comfortably. If it exceeds this temperature, remove from heat and let
cool to proper temperature.
Meanwhile, melt shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler. Once they're both fully melted, stir in
almond oil and allow hardened oils to melt again. Remove from heat. Place your pinky finger in the oil
mixture as well - when it's warm but you can still hold your pinky in it comfortably and the water and the
oil mixture are about the same temperature, pour both the oil mixture and the water into the mason jar.
Place immersion blender at the bottom of the jar, THEN turn it on. Blend for 15-30 seconds without
moving the blender. Once the liquid at the bottom is emulsified, slowly raise the immersion blender up
through the liquid until you reach the top.
Turn off the blender and set aside nearby. Continue to blend starting at the bottom every 5-7 minutes
until the lotion has cooled to room temperature. Because water, wax, and oils cool at different rates, the
lotion can separate if not mixed periodically while cooling.


Oil-water emulsions present two basic challenges.

#1 is getting the oil and water to hang out peaceably. That's what the emulsifying wax does for us: problem solved. 

Challenge #2 is preventing spoilage. When we introduce water, we create an environment that molds and bacterias don't mind so much. Commercial lotions are loaded with preservatives, but taking a couple precautions and using your lotion within a few months should keep the icky stuff at bay. We are going to use rubbing alcohol to disinfect everything that will touch our lotion, add vitamin E oil, and stuff it into a squeeze tube or pump bottle so we aren't dipping grubby fingers into the pot and introducing hungry little microbes.

Challenge #3- Finding and using the most effective preservative with the least amount of risk or side affects. 


Emulsifying wax can be made from either vegetable wax or petroleum wax mixed with a detergent, so do ensure that you know which you are getting. I always use the vegetable derived one which is what most herbal suppliers will be selling. It comes as a flaky white which melts at fairly low temperatures and helps to thicken and emulsify fats and waters to make a cream. 


Lotions is where you can get super creative! All the herbal infusions we talked about, creating new ones and herbal tinctures which is basically infusing herbal plant into alcohol. You can then use this extract into your recipes for the benefits of that matter.


Ingredients: basic lotion

Waters:
200ml of spring water, floral water or herbal tea.

Oils and Waxes:
20g emulsifying wax
10g beeswax
50ml herbal infused oil or plain base oil

Extras
2.5ml vitamin E
1 ml essential oils
Preservative of choice according to instructions// do not leave this out!!!! 

Method:
First melt the beeswax and emulsifying wax in a double boiler adding the oil and waiting until it is all completely melted. Whilst that is happening place the waters in another pan and heat until fairly hot but not boiling. When both are ready turn the oils off the heat and place the waters in a heat proof jug and begin to pour very slowly into the oil mixture whisking vigorously as you go.


And another recipe without beeswax and herbal infusion added! You could use any liquid oil here.

Handmade Calendula Lotion Recipe

Makes approx two 100ml pots The cups and teaspoons measurements are approximate — it’s advised to use the gram measurements when making this recipe

Oil Phase

  • 35g sweet almond oil  infused with calendula flowers -------It involves seeping dried calendula flowers in a carrier oil
  • 20g  emulsifying wax

Water Phase

  • 140g  Water** infused with oats

Cooling Phase

  • 2g (1/4) tsp Vitamin E
  • 5g (1/2tsp) honey
  • 20 drops of Rose geranium essential oil(optional)
  • Broad spectrum cosmetic preservative such as Liquid germall plus (optional). Read the manufacturer’s instructions.


Heating the Oil Phase

Place your oil and emulsifying wax in a heat proof container and melt them using the double boiler method — a pan set within another pan filled with hot water. When they’re completely melted, take the temperature — you need them melted and at around 150F / 66°C.

While the oil phase is melting, make the oat infused water. Pour one cup scalding water over 1 teaspoon quick oats and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Strain the liquid out and discard the remaining oats. Weigh 140g of the liquid and use it for this recipe. Keep the oat water warm by setting the container it’s in inside another container filled with hot water. You want to keep it at within a few degrees of 150F / 66°C.

Mixing the Phases

When the oils and water are at the right temperature, submerge the milk frother in the water and slowly trickle in the oil. Use the frother to gently stir the ingredients together. Next, turn the frother on and blend the lotion until it begins to thicken slightly — it will take around 30 seconds. While you’re frothing, try to keep the head of the frother completely submerged so as to avoid air bubbles and foam in your lotion. Set your lotion aside to cool.

The cooling phase is the part of the process that heat-sensitive ingredients are added. When the calendula lotion has cooled to about 122˚F (45˚C ), stir in the honey, vitamin e oil, and optional ingredients.- essential oils.

If you’re using a specific preservative, the manufacturer’s directions will tell you at what temperature you can add it. Spoon the cream into an air-tight container and use within a week if you have opted to not use a preservative. A preservative can extend the shelf-life for eighteen months or longer.




The lotion shown in the video is this one!

Ingredients | properties and benefits

 

 Raspberry seed oil


Absorbs UV-B and UV-C so useful as a broad-spectrum sunscreen*.

Anti-aging benefits due to its ellagic acid (an anti-oxidant). Studies show that ellagic acid “reduced the destruction of collagen and inflammatory response, both major causes of wrinkles”. 

Very high levels of phytosterols that can help reduce trans-epidermal water loss thereby helping to keep skin moisturized and repair skin damaged by environmental factors including sun damage.

*Please note, its reported sunscreen-like characteristics need to be further studied and concluded before being relied upon. 

 

Jojoba oil

Balancing, softening, soothing, light and well absorbed, leaves a silky feeling on the skin.

Glycerin

Humectant: draws water into the skin from the atmosphere to increase skin hydration.


Hydrolyzed silk protein

Humectant, emollient and occlusive; draws water into the skin from the atmosphere to increase hydration and softness of skin; smoothes and softens the look of wrinkles/fine lines; provides silky-soft feel.

 Neroli (orange blossom) hydrosol

Healing and regenerating; toning; provides light aromatic scent.

 Panthenol (Provitamin B5)

Humectant; draws water into the skin from the atmosphere to increase hydration level of skin; maintains skin softness and elasticity.

 Coenzyme Q-10

Powerful antioxidant, promotes collagen and elastin synthesis, a great anti-aging ingredient.

 Grapefruit essential oil

Toning, helps to clean and cleanse the skin, unclog pores; sweet, fresh, uplifting scent that is softer than you may think. (Should be used in low dilutions in leave-on products due to its potential to cause phototoxicity.

 Geranium essential oil

Regulates sebum production, tones and firms; heals and encourages cell renewal; provides light floral scent. (Avoid during first trimester of pregnancy and use in low dilutions thereafter. May irritate sensitive skin.)

 


Recipe/formula
 

 

OIL PHASE 

4% emulsifier eg Olivem 1000 (INCI: Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate) 5% raspberry seed oil 5% jojoba oil  

WATER PHASE

2% glycerin 2% hydrolyzed silk protein 15% aloe vera (liquid) 10% neroli hydrosol 49% distilled water



COOLING PHASE
2% panthenol (provitamin B5) 2% coenzyme Q10 0.5% vitamin E 1% preservative* 0.5% grapefruit essential oil 0.5% geranium essential oil

* As this product contains water, a broad-spectrum preservative is necessary (Vitamin E, rosemary extract and grapefruit seed extract are NOT preservatives). Use your preservative according to the manufacturer’s instructions and adjust the recipe accordingly. We like using Preservative Eco (INCI Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Glycerine, Sorbic Acid) from Aromantic (UK) as it is an Ecocert-certified preservative. This is also sold as Geogard™ ECT available from Voyageur Soap and Candle Company (USA) and Plantaserv M available from New Directions (Australia). 

 

Step-by-step instructions

 

Use only clean equipment and tools, and always follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making any skincare products.  

 


Step 1) Measure all of the oil-phase ingredients into a double-boiler or water bath
 (according to the recipe above), and bring the temperature to 70 C.

 





Step 2) Measure all of the water-phase ingredients into a double-boiler or water bath
 (according to the recipe above).  Bring the temperature to 70 C.  

 



 

Step 3) Pour the oil phase into the water phase.  Use an electric stick blender to blend at high shear until the cream has emulsified. 

 



Step 4) Allow to cool, blending periodically. 
As the cream cools it will thicken.

 



Step 5) Once the cream is cooled (below 40 C), you may add the cool phase ingredients and mix well.

 

Step 6) Distribute into an air-tight pump or jar.

 

Shelf-life and storage

 

Store the lotion in an airless pump dispenser for easy and clean dispensing.  If preferred, you may use a jar, however, ensure users have clean, dry hands or a spatula to remove the product from the jar.

 

As this lotion contains a broad-spectrum preservative, the shelf-life is approximately 12 months (perhaps less if stored in a jar where exposed to more contaminates).  Label clearly and store in a cool, dry place.




Luxurious lotion for your skin!
06:51

Herbal salves are probably one of the most commonly used herbal preparations on
the market today. Not only are they easy to make, but they store well and can be
used in a variety of ways.
Like ointments, salves are a combination of oil and wax that form a solid
substance. A salves should be firm, but not hard.

Once you understand the basics of making a salve you can customize it to a wrinkle cream to a first aid cream!

You’ll need:
• 1 TBSP each rosehip seed, pumpkin seed, argan, and sweet almond base oils
• 1 TBSP  beeswax
• 1/2 tsp  vitamin e oil (optional)
• 6 drops each neroli (Citrus aurantium), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), and
frankincense (Boswellia carteri) essential oil

To Use:
Dab a small amount to under-eye area nightly, being careful not to get too close to eye.
Use nightly for best results.


Directions:
Melt beeswax over low heat. Once everything is completely melted, turn off heat and stir in
base oils until thoroughly combined. Pour into tin, let slightly cool, add in vitamin e oil
and essential oils, and mix well with a toothpick. Label and store. Tip* add the essential oils to the jar or tin before adding the salve oil base.

You can also use any oil of your choice based on the characteristics of the carrier oil from the attached worksheets. With this knowledge the possibilities are endless!

****To make a larger base of salve ** 

1 cup of liquid oil to 1oz of beeswax- works everytime!

An easy basic salve:

All Purpose Salve:

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Plantain (Plantago major)

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

This is a pretty classic formula used for infused oils and salves for a long time. Can’t beat it

 


First aid salve or pain salve:

Wound Healing: I mentioned this briefly earlier on, but this is Calendula’s primary claim to fame. No other remedy truly surpasses Calendula in it’s ability to effectively keep wounds clean, facilitate healing, and prevent infection. From the run of the day cuts and scrapes and road-rashes, to more intense wounds like lacerations, puncture wounds and traumas, Calendula is your go to topical first aid remedy. Once again, it’s major benefits is that it is not just healing the wound, nor is it “killing the bacteria,” but it is operating on the level beneath the skin and the wound itself, maintaining a healthy flow of lymphatic fluids and thus keeping a consistent supply of immunological components and preventing any infection from spreading. As with all things Calendula related, it is best for wounds which are swollen, puffy, red, inflamed, and filled with pus and fluids. Now you can of course use Calendula in all manner of wounds, but those with a marked dampness are particularly benefited by it.


To make the most amazing all heal salve to use as a base in many recipes use

1/8 cup each of herbal infusions in olive oil or grapeseed oil 

Arnica Infused oil

holy basil Infused oil

calendula Infused oil

chickweed Infused oil

horsetail Infused oil

chamomile Infused oil

st johns wort Infused oil

dandelion Infused oil

plantain Infused oil

comfrey Infused oil

 2 TBSP face serum base

2 TBSP shea butter

1tsp Vita min E

1.75 -2 oz beeswax for desired consistency

Melt all the oils and beewax together and pour into jars and let cool. use as needed! This can be the base of a sleep salve, pain salve, anti inflammatory salve, so much more!


Eczema salve:

1 oz All heal base (above)

10 drops lavender

5 drops carrot seed essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

5 drops vitamin E


Cracked skin

1 oz of all heal base

3 drops Myrrh

3 drops chamomile

3 drops patchouli


foot balm salve 

1 oz all heal base

4 drops eucalyptus

4 drops peppermint

4 drops teatree

4 drops vitamin E

Infused oil/salve: The other primary way in which herbs are extracted is through oils. Again, this is because the resins, volatile oils and triterpenes are insoluble in water, and thus soluble in high alcohol and oils. The freshly dried flowers yield nicely to all manner of carrier oils, such as cold-pressed olive oil. These oils can be used directly on the skin, or prepared into a salve with beeswax, other infused oils, and/or essential oils to create a nice broad spectrum topical medicine.







Salve -under eye wrinkle & first aid salve for the whole family.
04:57

Herbal infusions are powerful additive to your homemade skin care and remedies.\


So, An easy and energy efficient way to make tea.

1 qt. Water
3 T. herb

Fill jar with water, add herb tea, and let it sit out or in the refrigerator overnight. Strain into a clean pitcher.

Infusion: Because the flowers are light and delicate, some herbs are best prepared as an infusion if doing an aqueous extract. But it’s important to remember to cover it with a lid, as the volatile oils and resins will evaporate off with the water and you will loose a portion of the medicine in the steam.


Some common infusions include:

  • Arnica flowers (external use only) 

  • Calendula flowers - whole flower- sunshine herb

  • Cayenne peppers 

  • Cedar leaf 

  • Chickweed 

  • Comfrey root and leaf 

  • Goldenseal leaf 

  • Lemon balm 

  • Mullein flowers 

  • Myrrh gum resin 

  • Oregon grape root 

  • Peppermint leaf 

  • Plantain leaf 

  • Poke root 

  • Rosemary leaf 

  • St. John's Wort 

  • Thyme leaf 

  • Yarrow leaf and flower 



Use the sun to naturally infuse oil with the goodness of herbs!

Directions:

  1. We always recommend using dried herbs. If you desire fresh herbs, wilt them first for 12 hours to remove the moisture (too much water will cause your oil to go rancid), cut into small pieces, and crush with a mortar and pestle before adding to the jar.

  2. Place herbs in a clean, dry quart jar. 

  3. Fill remaining space in jar with oil of choice, making sure to cover herbs by at least 1 inch. If your herbs soak up all of the oil, then pour more oil on top to ensure the herbs are well covered.

  4. Stir well and cap jar tightly.

  5. Place jar in a sunny, warm windowsill and shake once or more per day. You can also cover the jar with a brown paper bag if you prefer that to direct sunlight. 

  6. Use a cheese cloth or a mesh strainer. Make sure and squeeze out every precious drop of oil!

  7. Pour into glass bottles and store in a cool dark place. The oil should keep for at least a year. Vitamin E oilmay also be added to prolong shelf life.




The quick method utilizing heat is sometimes necessary when herbal oils need to be created in a pinch. Much care needs to be taken when crafting herbal oils this way because you don't want to deep-fry your herbs! 

Directions:

  1. Place herbs in crock-pot, double boiler, or electric yogurt maker, and cover with organic extra virgin olive oil(or other carrier oil of choice), leaving at least an inch or two of oil above the herbs. 

  2. Gently heat the herbs over very low heat (preferably between 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for 1-5 hours until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herb. Some texts recommend heating the oil 48-72 hours at a controlled temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. 

  3. Turn off heat and allow to cool.

  4. Once oil is cooled, strain using cheese cloth, and bottle into dry and sterilized amber bottles. 

  5. Store in a cool, dark, dry place. Vitamin E oil  may also be added to prolong shelf life.

You can add these infused oil, tictures in your recipes. Herbal infusions can be used as the oil or water percentage of your recipes depending in whether you did an infusion in oil, water or alcohol.

Also, The Difference Between Tinctures, Infusions & Decoctions. ...

An infusion is really just a very strongly brewed tea. Infusions are made with 1 ounce of dried herb and 1 quart of boiling water that is covered and allowed to steep for at least four hours. ...

A tincture is made by infusing herbs in alcohol. 

Decoction is when you reduce the infusion by approximately half in order to make it even more concentrated. A herbal syrup is a good example of a decoction.


Tinctures are concentrated form of a herb, which are formulated in an alcohol solution and can be applied directly on your skin, mixed with food or beverages, or placed in small amounts under your tongue. Because of their potency, you need to be extra careful with their dosage. You can do this with marijuana as well. BOTTLE THE TINCTURE AND KEEP IT IN A COOL, DARK PLACE.

To get a little bit more specific, every type of plant has different sets of alkaloids and water soluble properties in it. The process of creating a tincture pulls those medicinal properties from the inside of the plant and preserves them in a liquid form that we can easily ingest.

Most of the time a Western Herbalist will give you a tincture made with more than one herb. Each of these herbs is first made into a simple tincture, then added to the formula with a very specific number of milliliters. Each formula is designed to work synergistically to treat your ailment.

POUR YOUR ALCOHOL OVER YOUR HERB SO THAT IT IS COMPLETELY COVERED.

If you’re using arial parts of the plant, they might float. I like to put pretty rocks or crystals on top of the plant material to hold it down.

LET SIT FOR 2-4 WEEKS.

Look at it, talk to it, shake it—make sure you give your medicine attention and love.

STRAIN OUT THE ALCOHOL AND COMPOST THE MARK (THE SPENT PLANT MATERIAL).

The alcohol has the medicinal properties in it, so that’s your tincture!


Calendula is one of my favorites!

•Tincture: 1:5 at 70% alcohol from freshly dried material. Due to the presence of triterpenes, as well as the volatile oils and resins, Calendula best yields to a high percentage alcohol extraction. I use around 70% alcohol and strongly recommend using the freshly dried plant material. While I usually always prefer fresh plants over dried, the fresh flowers of Calendula have a very high water content which tends to dilute the menstruum significantly to a point of either risking the preservation of the extract, or at the very least diluting it to where it will not properly extract the major constituents. A 1:5 (grams:mL) ratio is generally acceptable for Calendula, though I always say if you can make it stronger, why not?


Internal Use

Tinctures are traditionally used as herbal medicines and taken internally. This can be done by adding the tincture to a tea or even taking it straight. The most common way of taking an herbal tincture is to add the proper dose to a glass of water or juice and drink the entire contents.


IMPORTANT: The dose will vary, depending on the tincture!


A very general rule for internal use of tincture is: 14 drops for every 25 kilos (approx 55 pounds) of body weight.


Lets talk about Calendula for Internal Use:

Because I just finished a calendula tincture, I've done a bit of targeted research on this particular plant. Calendula tincture is referred to as 'liquid sun for the woes of winter', helping to stimulate circulation and offering antibacterial help for colds and sore throat.

Living in Canada, the winters here can get pretty dark, wet, cold, so I use in many ways.

Also, Tinctures can also be added to finished products such as a basic cream or lotion to create a targeted use product. Make a skin soothing cream by adding 1-2 ml of lavender or chamomile tincture to 100 ml of a basic, unscented cream.

As with internal use, be mindful of the dosage with external use of tinctures. A general rule is to keep the tincture at 1-2% of a product. Again - it is dependant upon which herb is used and which product the tincture is added to.

Dose:For a tincture made from dry flowers (1:5 with 70% alcohol), herbalist Michael Moore recommends using 5-30 drops of calendula at a maximum of 4 times a day. (find more info about dosages of different tinctures in links below).

Calendula is an astringent/vulnerary which knits tissues together and heals wounds. Most people think of this only as a topical action, but in truth our digestive system is our inner skin- what you use to treat the skin topically can be used to the same end internally for the gut. Think of it, essentially the gut is like a big scrape, a wound, a laceration. So first Calendula goes in there and starts to repair these wounds and thus the leaky gut. Secondly, as a lymphagogue Calendula will facilitate in the digestive bloating by cleansing the lymphatic system and providing the immune system with support. As an inflammation modulator it will also help to damp down and overly reactive inflammatory response and on top of that, the polysaccharides will help to sooth the overly irritated mucosal membrane. That was more like 3 in 1!



A little off topic but worth mentioning-

Calendula is a flower/herb anyone can use!

I've been studying Calendula more in depth and wanted to pass it along.  *evolutionary herbalism

*Food Intolerance, Leaky Gut Syndrome and Antibiotic Trauma:

This is a major subject these days and is typically one of the first things I assess in all of my clients because 95% of everyone has some food they are eating that is giving them some troubles. While I cannot get into all of the details on this subject here, I would like to outline some of the general premises and principles here, because Calendula is my #1 remedy for these types of issues. It is unfortunate that most modern humans living in western culture have had to take antibiotics at some point in their life. Even more unfortunate is the lack of education amongst medical professionals as to the adverse impact they have upon our health and fail to educate their patients on some simple things they can do to mitigate those adverse effects. Antibiotics are like atom bombs- they just go in there a nuke every sign of life, both good and bad. After all, the word “antibiotic” literally means anti-life! So they kill the pathogenic bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria which inhabit our gastrointestinal tract. It is this microbiome of bacterial ecology living in our intestines that are a critical facet of our immune system, nervous system, and of course digestive system. So we get what I call “antibiotic trauma:” impaired digestion, lowered immunity and host resistance, and a heightened sensitivity to everything that comes into contact with the digestive system (IE: almost everything you put into your body). This weakens the gut lining and makes it much more sensitive and prone to an immunological hyper-reactivity to various substances- including those present in food. So what ends up happening when you eat the glutenous breador the proteins found in milk and dairy products , our immune system sees it as a foreign antigen. Meaning, it thinks that it’s a pathogenic bacteria. This sends our immune system into a sort of frenzy, inducing both localized and systemic inflammatory processes, which can lead to a whole slew of symptoms, such as: skin conditions, asthma, all manner of digestive complaints (gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation etc.), musculoskeletal pain, candida, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, depression, ADD, and a lot more. This localized immune and inflammatory reaction in the GI tract further weakens the gut wall, making it more permeable to these food antigens and other larger than normal substances that shouldn’t normally be able to cross the gut wall. This is what we commonly refer to as Leaky Gut Syndrome. As this occurs, the web of lymphatic tissue in the gut (called GALT- Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue) becomes inflamed, congested, and overworked, which leads to the classic “bloated belly” associated with food intolerance and GI inflammation. Ultimately as these substances cross the gut wall, they congest the liver, blood, lymph and other tissues in the body leading to an overall damp/stagnation tissue state which is accompanied by heat and inflammation. Thus you get damp/heat- the classic pattern that calls for our major category of herbal actions: alteratives. This is a common pattern we also see in systemic candidiasis, which is honestly more rare than the alternative health industry would lead you to believe, and most people that think they have candida really have Leaky Gut Syndrome- but they do go hand in hand more often than not. In steps Calendula. I know that was a lot of build up, but take a look at the whole pattern on which this plant operates upon and how it is perfectly suited for this symptomatic picture. First and foremost, Calendula is an astringent/vulnerary which knits tissues together and heals wounds. Most people think of this only as a topical action, but in truth our digestive system is our inner skin- what you use to treat the skin topically can be used to the same end internally for the gut. Think of it, essentially the gut is like a big scrape, a wound, a laceration. So first Calendula goes in there and starts to repair these wounds and thus the leaky gut. Secondly, as a lymphagogue Calendula will facilitate in the digestive bloating by cleansing the lymphatic system and providing the immune system with support. As an inflammation modulator it will also help to damp down and overly reactive inflammatory response and teria Medica Monthly Issue 1- Calendula 11 on top of that, the polysaccharides will help to sooth the overly irritated mucosal membrane. That was more like 3 in 1! Next we see that Calendula as a bitter will just help to overall stimulate digestion, but furthermore it will help to move any stagnancy in the liver which is likely overburdened with cellular debris from the GI, blood and lymph, and is overwhelmed by all the “stuff” that it has to deal with from the digestive system (remember it’s getting more than it’s used to because the “gates” are essentially wide open). In this way it increases portal circulation by clearing out metabolic waste products congesting the blood and liver. Lastly, remember that Calendula is a stimulant, thinning and moving stagnant fluids from the core out the periphery for detoxification. By opening the channels of elimination in the liver, skin, lymph, and digestion, it is helping to prevent stagnation of fluids which then prevents possible bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Thus you can see how Calendula is a specific remedy for this all too common pattern in modern life. I’ll show you how I like to put it together in some formulas later on to modulate and amplify these effects, as well as how you can potentially balance out some of it’s properties to make it more suitable for other constitutions. While we are on this note on the digestive system, another important use of Calendula is in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. An ulcer is essentially a wound in the lining of the stomach (gastric) or the small intestine (duodenal) which is inflamed, potentially bleeding, and often quite painful. Now whenever someone has an ulcer, you have to exercise caution because that ulcer is likely going to be quite sensitive to overstimulation of gastric secretions. Remember, bitters stimulate gastric secretions, so you have to be a bit careful here with your dosage. Now, Calendula isn’t the strongest bitter tonic stimulants in the world, but it does work that way, so exercise a bit of caution. But in short, we see the vulnerary/astringent, inflammation modulating properties, bacteriostatic, and lymphagogue properties all come together nicely here in the treatment of an ulcer in which it will help clear infection, cleanse the fluids, reduce the inflammation, and heal the wound. The mucilage will also beneficially soothe the irritated mucosal membrane as well. It also works in this regard as a mouthwash for mouth ulcers (canker sores).

that was a mouthful :/   

*Immune Deficiency and Lymphatic Swelling: This is probably the main way in which Calendula is used internally in modern herbalism, which is great because it works like a charm! As mentioned previously, this remedy is excellent for dispersing stagnant and congested fluids within the lymphatic system- as commonly seen by swollen nodes. The picture here is someone who is run down, weak, tired, melancholic-depressed, and just can’t get over that cough or cold from a few weeks ago. As Matthew Wood notes, it is specific for “lingering unresolved infections.” This could be a respiratory infection, a fever, or simply the common cold.

*Wound Healing: I mentioned this briefly earlier on, but this is Calendula’s primary claim to fame. No other remedy truly surpasses Calendula in it’s ability to effectively keep wounds clean, facilitate healing, and prevent infection. From the run of the day cuts and scrapes and road-rashes, to more intense wounds like lacerations, puncture wounds and traumas, Calendula is your go to topical first aid remedy.

*Liver Detoxification: This was mentioned earlier under the first point in this section of the monograph, but deserves a brief mentioning here again as Calendula is an extremely useful remedy for use in general liver stagnation and detoxification. It has been shown to actually lower liver enzyme levels, which are typically higher in chronic liver disease such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. Obviously these conditions are pretty serious and will likely need much more than just Calendula, but it’s worth being aware of it’s benefit here for the liver and the stagnation that it can experience. In this regard it formulates well with things like Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale), Oregon Grape root (Mahonia aquifolium), Artichoke leaf (Cynara scolymus), and Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus). As the liver is so connected to the digestive system, and so many people have a leaky gut and antibiotic trauma, it is a beneficial remedy to consider- as it’s global action set operates upon the greater axis of liver issues.

*Female reproductive system-This remedy also has applications as a mucosal membrane tonic and soothing agent when the vaginal wall is overly dry and irritated, especially if there is any bleeding. This is especially applicable post childbirth if the vaginal wall tears at all. As an overall lymphagogue and bitter, it can be used for states of vaginal discharge (leucorrhea) which would be another indication of damp/stagnation tissue states. As a remedy with shown anti fungal actions, Calendula becomes an important remedy in the treatment of systemic candidiasis, which commonly goes along with Leaky Gut Syndrome (actually the leaky gut is usually the root cause). So we can see that Calendula’s net global action set addresses this concern on many levels- lymphatic, gut, immune, and now even the female reproductive system.


Here,  I would like to mention steams!

I have relied on this heavily this winter for my asthma and ears bothering me.

Herbal steams are excellent for addressing issues in the lungs and sinuses, the face, and eyes. The evaporating steam carries light chemicals from the herbs, or Edsentisl oils including some with antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, and immune-stimulating effects. These get into direct contact with the respiratory tract and skin, exerting their effects strongly.

Administration and Dosage Guidelines Administer a steam whenever you want to stimulate the surface or respiratory tissues with moist heat. For acute illness, it’s best to steam at least twice a day. For ongoing skin or respiratory support, once a day is sufficient. Shelf Life and Storage Guidelines Steams are made on an as-needed basis; they are not stored. Necessary Tools, Equipment, or Ingredients •Herbs •Water •Gallon-size or larger pot •Towel or blanket Preparing Remedies: Step-by-Step Instructions 1.On the stove, boil ½ to 1 gallon of water in a covered pot. 2.Once at a full boil, remove from the heat and place the pot on a heat-proof surface. 3.Make a tent by draping a blanket or towel over your head. 4.Remove the lid from the pot and add ¼ to ½ cup of your herb mixture to the water. 5.Position your face over the steam and remain there for 5 to 20 minutes, catching the steam with your tent. 6.For respiratory issues, inhale the steam as deeply as you can so the medicated steam gets deep into your lungs. 7.Keep a handkerchief nearby—the steam will clear your sinuses and make your nose run. Pros Delivers the medicine where it’s needed. Particularly for antimicrobial effects, steam is the most direct method for getting the herbs in contact with the respiratory tract tissues. Stimulating but soothing. The warmth and moisture of steams help activate immune function in the mucous membranes and at the same time relieve irritation and calm a cough or ease difficult breathing. Cons Takes time. Between preparation and execution, it can take at least 30 minutes to conduct a good, effective steam. Not portable. Steams require some space and a stove to make effectively, so they’re mostly done at home. Additional Considerations After steaming, you can use the leftover liquid—it’s essentially a hot infusion. Drink it, soak your feet in it, soak a cloth and make a compress, or employ it in some other way so nothing is wasted. If nothing else, let it cool and feed it to your garden or houseplants—plants like tea, too. You can also make a good steam using essential oils. Simply boil water and set up your steaming station as directed, but instead of adding dry herbs, tap in 10 to 30 drops of essential oil. (Do not drink the leftover liquid when done steaming; just pour it down a drain.)

Beautiful herbal Infusion & Tinture.
08:23

This is a very basic body butter, but I will share with you a very decandent version as well!

HOW TO MAKE BODY BUTTER


Other butters and oils may be used, but this basic recipe works well every time.
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup unrefined shea butter
1/4 cup dried herbs or 10-20 drops of essential oils

THE BASICS

If using herbs, melt the coconut oil and shea butter and infuse the herbs into the oils using one of the
heat methods listed in this section on “How to Infuse Oils.” Meanwhile, place the bowl of an electric
mixer in the freezer.
When the infusion is finished, strain the herbs from the oil (if using the oven method and the mixture
solidifies, simply warm it on the stove until it melts again, then strain) and put the infused oil in the
chilled mixer bowl. Put the oil in the fridge just until it begins to firm, but is not solid, 15-60 minutes.
Using the mixer with the whisk attachment, begin to whip the oils and add essential oils, if using. Whip
the oils until the mixture is cool and holds stiff peaks, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of
the bowl. If the oils don’t seem to be firming, place bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, scrape the sides,
then whip again. Repeat as necessary. Scrape into dark containers and store at room temperature for up
to three months

A more therapeutic and healing whipped butter, that can be used on the face is so decadent, you will wonder how you have ever lived without it. This can also be used on dry & sensitive skin as well. 


Shea++ face and body butter

Shea butter 40g

mango butter 20g

coconut oil 20g

cocoa butter 5g

liquid oils 10g - secret here is I use my face serum and herbal infused oils** :) provided as luxury serum recipe.

vitamin E 2.5 g

fragrance or EO 2.5g

I melt all my hard oils together, then add the liquid oils and mix well.

Then add the oil mixture to the fridge or freezer until it starts to solidify and start to whip it. At this point I will add a bit more apricot seed oil while whipping to get my desired consistency like whipped cream! 

Then add 1-2 Tbsp or arrowroot powder to cut the oil when applied to the skin, it will absorb beautifully!

Enjoy!




Decadent Whipped face & body butters
01:40

Facial Skin Serum is taking the your favorite and best oils for your skin type and adding essential oils to put it over the top!

A basic recipe is 

2oz glass bottle

2 tbsp rosehip oil

2 tbsp sweet almond oil

10 drops of cypress

10 drops frankinsence

10 drops of geranium

5 drops of helichrysum



Luxury serum: This is a very intense serum, but modify as you see fit!

1/8 cup Sweet Almond oil

1/4 cup sunflower oil

1/8 cup camellia oil

1/8 cup argan oil

1/4 cup apricot seed oil

1 tsp borage oil

1 tsp tamanu oil

1 tsp glycerine oil

5 drops seabuckthorn oil

1 Tsp of infused calendula oil ( your oil of choice- grapeseed, olive ect)

1 tsp of infused marula oil

1 tsp vitamin E

10 drops of neem oil

10 drops rose hip oil

10 drops carrot seed essential oil

5 drop geranium essential oil

5 drops of lemon essential oil

5 drops of sandalwood essential oil

5 drops Myrrh essential oil

5 drops of rosemary essential oil

5 drops of Frankincense essential oil


Add some saffron in the warm oil!

Premium high end Face Serum for both men and women
10:02
Use the provided problem-Solution sheet and create a serum just for you
Custom create a serum for your skin!
1 question

There are endless options for making a rollerball. 

A rollerball is the easiest  way to use oils and essential oils.. this is especially awesome way to teach your kids how to use oils and essential oils!

For example Rollerball for a teen with Acne:

1- 10 ml rollerball

witch hazel

2 drops of tea tree

1 drop of orange

1 drops of lavender

Directions;

Add the essential oils to the roller ball

fill the rollerball with the witch hazel

add a label and use as needed, and shake prior to using!



Anti-aging Rollerball

1 rolllerball

Rose hip seed oil or jojoba oil

16 drops of helichrysum

16 drops of Frankincense

8 drops of geranium

8 drops of sandalwood

4 drops of myrrh

Directions;

Add the essential oils to the roller ball

fill the rollerball with the desired oil

add a label and use as needed, and shake prior to using!


Rollerballs for wrinkles, pain, and more
06:55

This Flea, Tick and Bug Spray has been tried tested and true, My clients love this and even wrote to tell me how well it worked, even for ticks!

1oz Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

1oz Witch Hazel

1/2 oz glycerine

1/2 oz Pepperming Hydrosol

1/2 oz lavender Hydrosol or rose geranium hydrosol

1 Tbsp Sweet Almond Oil

1 Tbsp Neem oil

1 Tbsp polysorb 80

5 drops of orange essential oil

5 drops of lemon essential oil

4 drops of lemon essential oil

15 drops of geranium essential oil

10 drops of lemon essential oil

4 drops of lavender essential oil

10 drops of citronella essential oil

10 drops of cedarwood essential oil

10 drops of terrashield essential oil

8 drops of peppermint essential oil

8 drops of lemongrass essential oil

8 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

8 drops of tea tree essential oil

8 drops of thyme essential oil

mix all the oils with polysorb then add to the water portion. add to a 120 ml container and shake before use!

Always do a patch test

Ok for dogs and children, avoid eyes.




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Dilute your essential oils prior to use on the skin and use caution with oils that are more likely to cause irritation and sensitization. Remember that even if you've been using one or more essential oils undiluted to date and you haven't had a problem, that doesn't guarantee that you won't develop sensitization with repeated exposure. Proper dilution is always recommended.


Dosage

•Liquid Extract: depends on therapeutic context. Anywhere from low doses (1-3 drops) up to larger doses (1 tsp/5 mL)

•Powder: 3-6 grams

•Infusion: 2-3 heaping tablespoons in 1 cup of water. I prefer a quart mason jar filled 1/2 way and then filled up with boiling water, covered for 20 minutes.

•Salve: ideal for topical applications, use as needed.

Doses, Diluting and Essential oil usage rates
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+ Understanding Herbal Alchemy to treat your skin conditions
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This is such a huge topic, but just want to touch on it to make you aware. When we look to herbs to heal or nourish our skin, it is important to understand that there are many herbs that can" treat" the condition you are trying to cure.

What is important here is you understand what the skin or condition of the skin's constitution is,             is it dry? wet? cold? or hot?  

Then at the same time we decide what herbs  could be used to treat your condition ,     but we have to consider the  energetics of the herbs as well. This is important because you would use the opposite effect of the condition that you are trying to treat. Clear as mud right?

So consider this scenario, If you had a cough.....First we would consider all the herbs good for a cough. 

 If you have a cough and it was a dry cough you would want the herb that is not going to dry it out more, but if someone else has a cough, and it is a wet cough you would want to use the drying herb.. hope this make sense....

A few examples of hot and cold herbs:

Hot herbs
ginger
cayenne
black tea
cinnamon
prickly ash
angelica
osha

Warm herbs
propolis
pine bark
yerba santa
yerba mansa
mugwo

Cool herbs
usnea
feverfew
chamomile
yarrow
echinacea

Cold herbs
golden seal
Oregon grape rt.
false indigo rt.

Generally, hot herbs have constituents that make them stimulating to the blood circulation (resin-containing plants such as ginger) or increase metabolic activity (alkaloid-containing plants such as black tea). Cold herbs have antiinflammatory compounds such as sesquiterpenes (feverfew) or alkaloid-containing antibacterial and antiinflammatory herbs (golden seal).

The various properties and constituents of plant medicine creates a wide range of physiological reactions in the human body. Some examples include:

  • Bitters – trigger a sensory response in the CNS that sends a message to the gut:These are herbs that help stimulate appetite and digestion by encouraging the production of gastric fluids and peristalsis. Just a drop of this often shunned flavor on the tongue is effective in activating the production of beneficial digestive secretions. Helpful for occasional constipation, gas related cramping, sluggish digestive movement, and supporting a healthy appetite.  A few bitter herbs: Dandelion, Gentian, Yellow Dock, Hops, Mugwort, Orange Peel, Skullcap

  • Diaphoretic – opens the pores to make the organism sweat:These herbs help raise your body temperature to make you sweat and stimulate circulation. This action can also cool the body through increased perspiration. Using diaphoretics may be helpful for breaking dry fevers, erupting skin infections, promoting blood flow to cold extremities, and detoxification.
    A few diaphoretic herbs: Ginger, Garlic, Cayenne, Elder, Yarrow

  • Antispasmodic – eases spasms or cramps in the muscles

  • Adaptogen – helps the body adapt and moderate the stress response;A diverse group of herbs that help us face and handle stress as it happens – although the classification is often complicated and the boundaries difficult to define. These herbs restore overall balance and strengthen the functioning of the body as a whole without impacting the balance of an individual organ or body system. Adaptogens facilitate these changes by a wide range of actions and energetics, rather than one specific action. Adaptogens can be stimulating and/or relaxing, many help improve focus, support immune system functioning, or provide some other broad-spectrum normalizing influence on unbalanced physiological processes.
    A few adaptogenic herbs: Eleuthero root, Holy Basil, Schisandra berries, Rhodiola, Ashwagandha

  • Alterative – alters and improves the body’s metabolic processes from nutrition to elimination;Herbs that support your body's own natural defenses in the presence of illness and help restore proper function. 
    A few alterative herbs: Echinacea, Red Root, Oregon Grape, Yellow Dock, Dandelion, Red Clover

  • Anticatarrhal – eliminates excess mucus

  • Anti-Inflammatory – soothes inflammation;Tumeric

  • Antimicrobial – destroys pathogenic organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses

  • Astringent – tightens the tissues;Herbs that are drying, drawing, and constricting help to create a barrier. Look for that "puckered" feeling. Topical astringents can be used to help pull out splinters and tone the skin. Internally, astringents work to help tone mucus membranes and dry up conditions of excess, like occasional diarrhea or too much urine.
    A few astringent herbs: Rose, Blackberry root and leaf, White Oak, Green and Black Tea, Witch Hazel, Willow

  • Carminative – eases discomfort caused by gas;These herbs are often aromatic and help expel gas from the digestive system. This action can help ease bloating and gas related cramping.
    A few carminative herbs: Fennel, Caraway, Peppermint, Chamomile

  • Demulcent – contains mucilaginous properties that soothe inflamed and irritated tissues;Herbs that are mucilaginous and produce a slime that coats, soothes, and protects mucus membranes, as well as eases dry conditions. This slime action triggers a reflex that helps promote natural moistening secretions within the body systems. Best extracted as an infusion in water rather than in alcohol tincture form. Helpful for supporting normal respiratory health and coating otherwise dry internal conditions.
    A few demulcent herbs: Marshmallow Roots, Chia Seed, Mullein (lungs), Violet, Cinnamon, Fenugreek, Plantain, Flax

  • Emmenagogue – stimulates menstrual flow and function

  • Expectorant – stimulates the removal of mucus from the lungs;Herbs that encourage productive coughing by breaking up mucus in the lungs and expelling it more effectively.
    A few expectorant herbs: Elecampane, Mullein, Lobelia, Horehound 

  • Diuretic – aids the body in ridding excess fluids;Herbs that help you urinate. They help promote the elimination of fluid by increasing the amount of urine expelled by the kidneys. This can be helpful for water retention and urinary tract flushing.
    A few diuretic herbs: Dandelion, Juniper, Green Tea, Uva-Ursi, Cleavers

  • Hepatic – supports liver function and increase flow of bile

  • Immunomodulator – modify and regulate the immune system

  • Nervine – eases anxiety, relax and restore the nervous system;Nervines are herbs that specifically support the nervous system, so not all calming herbs are nervines. Calming herbs have a range of actions including tonic nervines to mildly or strongly calming effects. They are used to relieve muscle tension and spasms, some kinds of pain, circular thoughts, sleeplessness, and the occasional worry we all experience from time to time.
    A few calming herbs: Skullcap, Chamomile, Valerian, Hops, Lemon Balm, Catnip, Oat Tops, Passionflower, California Poppy 

Emollients;Similar to demulcents, these herbs are also mucilaginous, but used as topical applications to help soothe, condition, and protect the skin. Aloe Vera, Comfrey, Marshmallow, Violet, Plantain

Tonics:These herbs are nutritive and can be taken regularly to help strengthen a system without harmful side-effects.Skullcap, Oat Tops, Nettle leaf, Dandelion, Milk Thistle Seed 


When we understand the reactions natural remedies can create, we can use them to support the body’s physical needs and start the process of healing.

With herbal remedies, it’s essential to keep in mind that this is gentle medicine with long-term benefits and effects. Gentle does NOT mean ineffective. Gentle simply means that there are little or no toxic side effects. It also means that healing may not happen overnight. It’s vital to practice patience with the human body’s natural healing process, as it receives the deep nutrients it needs.


Take one of your skin issues and work with it, starting with it's constitution and figure out what herbs you should be using! 

This is a huge topic so if you are interested in this, check out some courses, as it is fascinating! The attached sheets can be used to help you along your way!


A little more info on Calendula


•Effects upon Doshas:

•Knowing that Calendula is warming and primarily drying remedy, we see that the primary dosha it is used to treat is kapha, which manifests primarily in the body as coldness, dampness, and heaviness. The kapha constitution typically manifests in people who tend to be larger framed, tending towards weight gain and obesity, fluid and organ stagnations, slow and steady rhythms, and accumulation of waste products. Because it is a primarily warming agent, we want to exercise caution in using Calendula is pitta type constitutions and to also be aware of using it with vata constitutions as it may excessively dry them out. That being said, the warming quality of Calendula would benefit a vata, though oftentimes someone with a predominance of vata will be much less likely to have the lymphatic stagnation that is the typical hallmark for the use of this plant. From an energetic perspective, Calendula is said to stimulate the upana vayu, which is considered the downward baring wind element in Ayurveda. This force is associated with essentially all bodily actions which force things down and out (menstruation, defecation, etc.). This is revealed to us through Calendula’s bitter taste as well as it’s emmenagogue action.


Next we see that Calendula as a bitter will just help to overall stimulate digestion, but furthermore it will help to move any stagnancy in the liver which is likely overburdened with cellular debris from the GI, blood and lymph, and is overwhelmed by all the “stuff” that it has to deal with from the digestive system (remember it’s getting more than it’s used to because the “gates” are essentially wide open). In this way it increases portal circulation by clearing out metabolic waste products congesting the blood and liver. Lastly, remember that Calendula is a stimulant, thinning and moving stagnant fluids from the core out the periphery for detoxification. By opening the channels of elimination in the liver, skin, lymph, and digestion, it is helping to prevent stagnation of fluids which then prevents possible bacterial, viral or fungal infection.

Alchemy
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+ Mindset
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It's interesting how we programme ourselves. We decide our outward appearance fits or misfits a social norm and then proceed to use our imagination to live up to our own belief or decision about how acceptable or unacceptable we therefore are. And other people then respond to us accordingly.

So let's say that at some stage (this often occurs in teenage years) you decide that you are too ugly, skinny, fat, tall, small, broad, narrow, dark, light, or whatever. This might be based on how you compare yourself with air-brushed images in the printed media. Or it might be the result of a few comments from other people. Or you may have decided that your appearance is the reason for his being unpopular (and that this unpopularity had nothing to do with you being an uninteresting, self-absorbed, and withdrawn youngster).

Then you unintentionally set about programming to live up to this image or decision or belief about how you look. Each time you catch sight of yourself in the mirror you silently criticises how you look. Or you wince at your appearance. If you see someone attractive you'd say “They wouldn't be interested in me – they're too attractive for that!” And each time you do you-  get rejected – in love, in friendship, or in his career it's further proof of your flawed appearance.

So this relentless self-programming continues and you develop a personality to match what you think that looks like. And gradually people begin responding to this personality that you portray. You are then caught in a self-built vicious circle.

Happily there are many exceptions to this trend. Most of us come to accept ourselves as we are – and even learn to thrive on being uniquely ourselves. And then along comes age! Just a few short years after getting over the teenage angst about our appearance the wrinkles begin appearing or the grey hairs or the lack of hairs! And the process begins all over again – unless we are careful…

We create our reality

We create our own reality – 

Could it be that the reason people look old on the outside is because they have grown old on the inside? Maybe ageing begins with our attitude towards ourselves and towards life.

There's a saying “Act your age!” which is used in many societies to keep people from being different. It's backed up with other sayings and other subtle social mores about how people at certain stages and of certain ages 'should' behave.

Happily these social control mechanisms have less and less influence thanks to the variety of role models now available for just about anyone with just about any lifestyle. Yet they can still have a quite subtle influence at a subliminal, unconscious level unless we are alert.

The different ‘ages’

For a start you might begin differentiating the different types of age. Why stick to boring old chronological age. Try out a few other age-standards….

What is your Chronological Age – i.e. the number of years since your birth? Now compare yourself with others in terms of a few other ‘ages'…

(1) Take your Physical Age – how fit and supple are you compared with the norm for your (chronological) age?

(2) How about your ‘Health Age' How does physical health compare with the norm for your age?

(3) How about your ‘Emotional Age'? Do you act like a 30 year old or a 50 year old or a 15 year old?

(4) How's your ‘Vitality Age' – have you more or less vitality than others of your age. We've all met 21 year olds who had the vitality of a 60-year olds – and vice versa!

It’s about attitude

So take a no-nonsense business-woman, the charming host or the playful flirt, I just couldn't imagine her slapping on layers of anti-wrinkle creams, or thumbing through cosmetic surgery catalogues, or looking at herself in the mirror and worrying about her chronological age. She seemed much too involved with enjoying and getting the most from each moment...

Age is mainly about attitude. Assuming you look after your physical health, age is very much connected with what you believe about yourself and the degree to which you allow the beliefs that other people have about age to influence you…

Six Steps to a Long and Vital Life: 

You can do this! 

  1. Look at the bright side and have a good sense of humor.

  2. Keep moving but never leave a part of yourself behind.

  3. Stick to who you are and what you want.

  4. Value relationships and learn from different people.

  5. Move towards a positive future.

  6. Sing.

What is important here, is that no one can change you..... you can gain help for some guidance but you must want to change your mindset of the aging process, and well that goes for anything! 

You may have great idea's and dreams in life but you must be mature enough to take responsibility for your life and thoughts and grow to accept your body! This is maturity in accepting you.  This is a huge topic, creating our reality, as we usually believe our perceptions. To further review this concept I have attached an article for you. 

Foundations of Mindfulness-

Non Judging- This is the act of not getting caught up in ideas, thoughts, opinions, and dislikes.

Patience- A form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that some things must unfold in their own time.

Beginners Mind- A mind that is willing to see everything for the first time.

Trust- Developing a basic trust in yourself and your feelings.

Non Striving- The invitation is to simply embrace it and hold onto it in awareness. You do not need to do anything about it.

Acceptance- Seeing things as they are really in the present.

Letting Go- A way of letting things be.


Sit with yourself in a quiet area and, feel the issue at hand and try to put into perspective, in it's real reality, not your beliefs, opinions, and think of the positive's of the situation. Even if it seems there is none. An Example is a funeral, a horrendous event, but you may have family and friends their to support you. That is the positive of an extreme negative event.

Try this each day as you feel overwhelmed, sad, upset in a particular situation.  Write them down! take one negative event a day and write down what's positive about it. This is how we change our perspective, and become mindful. We remain aware but reflect in a different way.





Mindset of Age and Happiness starts with our limited beliefs
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+ And as a bonus some common recipes and tricks to treat your family.
2 lectures 01:16

PLAIN & SIMPLE ELDERBERRY SYRUP for colds and flus
1 cup dried elderberries
2 cups water
1/2 cup raw honey
Place the elderberries and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, then
reduce heat to medium and simmer until the water is reduced by more than half, 20-30 minutes. Strain
well and press on the berries to release their juices. Wipe out the saucepan, return the liquid to the pan
along with the honey, and heat gently over medium-low heat until the honey has melted and you can stir
the mixture together.
Dosage: At the onset of symptoms, give 1-3 teaspoons once every hour until symptoms subside.

ELDERBERRY GINGER SYRUP
2/3 cup dried elderberries
3 1/2 cups water
2 inches fresh ginger, sliced into coins
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 cup raw honey
Add all ingredients except honey to a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Let simmer until reduced by more than half, 3-4 hours,
stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain liquid.
Wipe saucepan clean, then return liquid to pan. Place over low heat, add honey, and whisk until honey
has melted and the mixture is homogenous.
Store in airtight container and refrigerate for up to one month.
Dosage: For cold and flu prevention, take 1/2-1 teaspoon daily for kids and 1/2-1 tablespoon daily for
adults and children over 13. When fighting cold or flu, take the prevention dosage every 2-3 hours.

CALAMINE LOTION
The calcium hydroxide called for in this recipe is often referred to as “cal” and can be found in Latino
grocers.
RECIPE #1
1/4 cup zinc oxide
1/2 teaspoon iron oxide
4 teaspoons bentonite clay
4 teaspoons baking soda or 2 teaspoons
calcium hydroxide
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon glycerin (optional)
3-4 drops lavender, peppermint, camphor, tea
tree, or other antibacterial/antipuretic essential
oil (optional)

RECIPE #2
1/4 cup zinc oxide
4 teaspoons pink Kaolin clay
4 teaspoons baking soda or 2 teaspoons
calcium hydroxide
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon glycerin (optional)
3-4 drops lavender, peppermint, camphor, tea
tree, or other antibacterial/antipuretic essential
oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
If you'd like to store it for longer, store it as a dry powder and wet at the time of use. Whisk together all
powdered dry ingredients and store in a bottle or jar indefinitely. When needed, place only as much as
you need into a bowl and add water, glycerin, and essential oils. This way it's fresh and effective!


BUMPS, BRUISES & SPRAIN CREAM
This recipe calls for the oil to be infused with both arnica and St. John's Wort. You may use all arnica if
you prefer.
Firm Oils & Waxes:
20 grams beeswax
25 grams coconut oil
25 grams shea butter
1/4 teaspoon (about the size of a pea) lanolin
Liquid Oils:
3/4 cup arnica and St. John’s Wort infused oil
Waters & Alcohols:
2/3 cup helichrysum hydrosol OR water
1 tablespoon willow bark extract (preservative)
Essential Oils:
40 drops of lavender essential oil OR 20 drops helichrysum essential oil
Several days or weeks before you make the cream, infuse your oil. Once it is infused, you are ready to
proceed.
When you're ready to make the cream, have the infused oil set aside at room temperature and at the
ready. Next, weigh out each of the firm oils and the beeswax and place them in a double-boiler. Third,
make sure the hydrosol and essential oils are at the ready. Lastly, have a blender or food processor ready.
Heat the firm oils and wax together over low heat until completely melted, stirring frequently. Remove
from the heat and lightly dip your finger in to verify that the mixture is warm but not hot - you should be
able to let your pinky finger sit in the mixture comfortably for at least 10 seconds. If it's too hot, let it sit for
a minute or two to cool. Once it's at temperature, pour in the liquid oil. If some of the firm oils reharden
slightly, simply place the pan back over extremely gentle heat and whisk while it warms.
When all ingredients are liquid, pour the mixture into your mixer. Let stand just until it cools enough to
be clouded and opaque and the top begins to harden, 2-20 minutes depending on the temperature of
the room.
When the mixture has become opaque, place the lid on the mixer and turn the mixer on to high speed.
Slowly drizzle in the hydrosol, then add the essential oils. Blend until a luscious, well-emulsified cream
forms, 1-2 minutes, then scrape into clean jars or tubs and store for up to three months (six months if
stored in the refrigerator). If you do not use the willow bark extract, use within two weeks or watch for
signs of bacterial growth.
Apply only to closed-skin wounds. May be applied multiple times per day.


All natural all purpose cleaner.. you will love this.. this is my daily cleaner!!!

Limonene Oil cleaner- I buy at -New Directions 

1/3 cup vinegar

1/3 cup water

3 TBSP Limonene oil

3 TBSP polysorb 80

i like to add .5 % preservative.. just to be safe, I don't want to take chance of spreading bacteria around my house!

Mix ingredient water ingredients and oil ingredients in a large spray bottle and use to clean everything!

This smells so amazing and fresh.. yummmm

Happy Cleaning!


Updated.. More on Calendula:

Wound Healing : we did tak about this but have more to add :)

Pair Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 50% Plantain (Plantago major) 50% This is an excellent starting point for both topical applications in salves and infused oils, but also works well as a starting point for a gut restoration formula or for ulcers. Let’s take a look at how it can be modulated in different ways for that purpose. You can add a basic digestive carminative herb to enhance it’s digestive affinity and to alleviate the many GI symptoms that are associated, such as Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). If you wanted a stronger bitter component to it, you could add some Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinalis). Say the person has some nervousness and anxiety associated with it, you could add a nervine herb like Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata).


But wouldn’t it make more sense to use a herb that has all of these properties in one? Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) stands proud here as it has all of these actions: it’s a great aromatic carminative remedy, a digestive bitter, and a nervine. So rather than adding some Fennel, Dandelion root, and Passionflower, you could get it all done in one with Chamomile.

That is strategic formulation- getting the most out of each herb selected. But say this person has some pretty intense anxiety and Chamomile just isn’t going to cut it, and you actually do want something that’s a bit stronger on the bitter side and another carminative to round it out better. Well you could select one bitter that is nervine, say Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) or Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca).

Upon further investigation we find out this person feels their anxiety in their heart rather than their head, so in that case Motherwort would be a much better option.

Then you could add some Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), whom is also a nice heart oriented nervine sedative, as well as a nice aromatic carminative.

So now our formula could look something like this:

Gut Restoration Formula :Calendula (Calendula officinalis) 30% Plantain (Plantago major) 30% Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) 20% Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) 10% Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) 10%

That’s a pretty sweet formula. Looking at it, we see there’s a good wound healing pair (Calendula, and Plantain), a bitter triplet (Chamomile, Motherwort, and Calendula), a carminative pair (Lemon Balm and Chamomile), and a nervine triplet (Lemon Balm, Motherwort, and Chamomile). You see the strategy there?

Bonus herbal recipes for the whole Family
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