Coconut-Mango Butter Lip Balm

Coconut Mango Butter Lip Balm

This lip balm is ideal for active people who spend a lot of time outdoors. Mango butter offers a small amount of protection from UV radiation while the jojoba and coconut oils moisturize dry, chapped lips. Calendula is famous for its skin-soothing properties and castor oil tops everything off, lending a soft glossy shine and sealing in all of the healing goodness.   Coconut Mango Butter Lip Balm 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 tablespoon mango … Continue reading

Blue Chamomile Face Cream – Updated Version

Blue chamomile Cream

This rich face cream contains an assortment of flowers and herbs, along with precious blue chamomile essential oil – which contains a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, chamazulene. It’s most suited for dry and/or mature skin types. Before starting, make sure to sterilize all utensils, bowls, beaters, and jars – I use the sanitize cycle on my dishwasher. Because this cream contains herbal teas, the shelf life will be much shorter compared to store-bought creams. If you … Continue reading

Three Nursing Balms for New Mothers

3 Nursing Balms for New Mothers

Several of my friends are having new babies! I’ve made a variety of nursing balms lately for some of them, so thought I’d share a few recipes with you today. I’m trying something different by posting three difficulty levels from super-easy to a bit more involved. That way, there’s something for everyone. I’m not sure that will work for all future recipes, but I like the idea, so will keep trying to implement it. There … Continue reading

Aches & Pains Balm Recipe

Aches & Pains Balm

I designed this Aches & Pains Balm specifically for my dad, who has bursitis and arthritis. My dad is a fabulous man; he has worked hard his whole life – often so much that his hands would crack and bleed. He is unselfish and kind and is one of the most honest and true people you will ever meet. Who you see in public, who you see at church, is who he is at home. … Continue reading

Violet Leaf Balm – For Eczema, Fibrocystic Breasts

How to Make Violet Leaf Balm

Although violet blossoms are long gone from our area, the leaves have persisted in spite of the dry, hot weather and can still be found flourishing in shady spots around my house. I’ve touched on it before, but wanted to highlight today just how beneficial those violet leaves can be. Violet leaf is a wonderful soother of inflamed skin and can help tame rashes, hives & eczema. It can moisturize, tone and heal the skin. My … Continue reading

Rose Glycerite – Emotional Balancer

Rose Glycerite for Calming Nerves

I’ve discussed various ways of preserving and using roses, but for my final post on the topic this season, I want to highlight how to capture the physical and emotional benefits of the rose using the easy-to-take, alcohol-free medium of vegetable glycerine. Rose Glycerite acts as a mild nervine, calming anxiety and jitteryness. Many people find it an uplifting and gentle anti-depressant. It’s also anti-spasmodic so is a useful treatment for stomach or pre-menstrual cramps. … Continue reading