Body Balm – Vanilla Blue

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Vanilla Blue Body Balm by Jade Shutes   What are body butters and balms? How are they different from salves? Both body butters and balms are made utilizing the base ingredients of butter (there are several kinds of butter: e.g. shea, cocoa, etc) and herbal or vegetable/nut/seed oils. Since body butters and balms (and salves) […]

Aromatic and Herbal Sugar Scrub for the Body

Adding honey (this honey was given to me by a friend who's father is a beekeeper in the Mtns of Asheville NC)

Beautiful day today. I have been meaning to catch up with our personal supply of aromatic products and today presented itself with time to create and play. Creating an aromatic and herbal sugar scrub Goal: to create an aromatic sugar scrub for the body using both plant material and essential oils in the sugar. First, […]

Organic Cacao Body Butter

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What to do when you have very dry (an excess of vata) skin?  Body butters to the rescue. Body butters are not creams or lotions but rather a combination of emollient and nutrient rich ingredients that feed the skin valuable oil and in this case delicious organic cocoa to boot!  There are many ways to […]

Ginger/Lemon Salt scrubs and Spicy Breathing Space Salve

Adding honey to salve mixture

by Jade Shutes These are products I am donating to the Blue Lotus Yoga Studio in Raleigh in hopes of raising some money to donate to local charity.   Ginger Lemon Salt Scrub What you will need to make 4 jars of scrub: 3 cups of sea salt 1 1/2 cups Jojoba oil 30 drops […]

How to make your own Vanilla Extract

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Vanilla Extract Making a fresh batch of vanilla extract can be a wonderful gift for the holidays.   There is so much to love about the orchid Vanilla. In a previous blog I wrote about how to make a vanilla bean jojoba infusion.  Now we turn to an alcohol extract which can be used in baking […]