Belly Beauty

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Pregnancy is a time of celebration, of caring for oneself in a totally new way and for utilizing nourishing vegetable and herbal oils to support the health of the skin and body/mind.  One of the concerns for many women during pregnancy is the potential of developing stretch marks, also known as striae gravidarum (SG). Although not […]

How Vegetable Oils are processed

Concern regarding how Vegetable Oils are processed Use Live Oils! “Live oils are oils which still have their nutritional content, especially Essential fatty acids (EFAs), intact. This means oils which have not been exposed to excessive heat, light, oxygen and reactive metals during processing. This means oils that have not been extracted using chemicals or […]

Homemade Body Lotion Bar

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Here is a beautiful homemade body lotion bar recipe.  Quick and easy to make, your skin will love you! Homemade Body Lotion Bar   Print Prep time 1 hour Cook time 20 mins Total time 1 hour 20 mins   Beautiful body lotion bar with essential oils. This recipe makes 5-6 lotion bars. Author: Jade […]

Make your own protective hand gel

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How to make an Aromatherapy Foaming Cleanser

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Aromatherapy Foaming Cleansers are fun to create and make great holiday gifts as well! To make, you will need the following supplies: Organic Liquid Castile Soap Hydrosol of choice (I used German chamomile as I was out of my first choice, Lavender) Essential oils of choice (I used Palmarosa and Lemon but you could use […]

Make Your Own Body Butter

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Vanilla Infused Shea Coconut Body Butter Interested in making your own Butters, Balms and Salves? Consider our Butters, Balms and Salves online certification program. Ingredients 6.6 ounces shea butter 3.3 ounces coconut 1/4 cup (1.715 oz) vanilla infused jojoba oil (to learn how to make: http://theida.com/essential-oils/vanilla-bean-infusion) 1/4 cup (1.91 oz) avocado oil 1 tsp (.145 […]

Hibiscus Rose Sugar Scrub

Rose petals and Hibiscus flowers

Hibiscus Rose Sugar Scrub by Jade Shutes A great cooling sugar scrub for the summer months!   Ingredients: 1 cup Brown sugar 1/2 cup Cane sugar 1/2 tsp cardamom (finely ground) 1/2 cup Dried Rose petals 1/2 cup Dried Hibiscus petals 1/2 cup Vanilla infused jojoba oil 1/4 cup calendula oil Instructions to make: 1. […]

Cottonwood Herbal Oil

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Cottonwood     Populus balsamifera This is one of my all time favorite resin buds to infuse. The infused oil smells incredible and is highly beneficial in salves, gels, or massage oils for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  Can be used at a 10 – 25% dilution with other carrier oils such as jojoba or other herbal […]

How to make a Salve: Carrot Rosehip Skin Salve

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This winter I have been using a Carrot-Rosehip skin salve on my face and body to prevent and/or ‘treat’ dryness. This has been a really great addition to sugar scrubs. Recipe: Ingredient                              Amt             %tage Herbal/Vegetable oils Calendula herbal oil           61.42g                 47% Carrot infused oil                26.14g                 20%  […]

Make your own lip balm

Add Vanilla infused jojoba and shea butter then just before completely melted add cocoa butter

Vanilla Lip Balm Yummy, delicious, and simple yet incredibly effective! My son, Soren, (like his mother) has a tendency towards vata excess or in non-Ayurvedic terms: dryness, particularly during this time of year when winter sets in and the heating is on and the cold wind is blowing. What we are left to deal with […]