Category Archives: Experiments

Calendula salve…

Calendula pedals being infused in cold pressed olive oil

I finally got around to making my calendula salve. Great for dry skin, minor cuts/burns, and rashes. My daughter has been itching the side of her head so I wanted to find something as natural as possible to apply there since she likes to put her hands in her mouth at all times. I found this recipe at Delightful homemaking blog online. What I liked about it was that it had simple ingredients, smooth consistency, and smelled good. 

Calendula  pedals infused in cold pressed olive oil for 2 weeks out in the sun, beeswax, lavender essential oil.  

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Beeswax lotion…

One thing that my skin absolutely needs is lotion especially now that the dryer weather is coming. When I look for lotions I want to be able to pronounce the ingredients, know what they are, and have it be something that’s going to make my skin feel good.  After several months of deciding when to make lotion, I decided that it was time to finally make a batch. I wanted something that didn’t have a lot of steps and required ingredients that I already had.  With those ideas in mind I came across a beeswax lotion recipe from

A Sonoma Garden blog page:

http://asonomagarden.wordpress.com

The only thing I did differently was substituting olive oil for apricot oil and enhanced the smell with lavender oil. The end product was a little greasy, but once absorbed left my skin feeling very soft.

 I remained in a state of peacefulness the whole time minus spraying oil all over me and making a mess of myself, but that’s part of the fun with experimenting.   Grating beeswax, breathing in the scent of each ingredient, and watching the process come together, it really brings you to another level.

Mixing the ingredients together

Once cooled, the lotion

After heating the ingredients


Coconut milk….

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The process: Cracking open the coconut

 Purchase a fresh coconut!

1.  Drain the coconut. (This makes less of a mess when you crack open the coconut) There are three holes on one side of the coconut. Find the softest hole and insert a nail. Tap on the head of the nail until it goes straight through. If it’s hard to tap into then you haven’t found the softest hole. Once you’re tapped in, set the coconut on a glass to drain. 

2.  Cutting open the coconut…we tried two different methods:

Method 1: Look for the seem that runs between the eyes, follow that seem to the equator of the coconut. Using a hammer tap firmly around the equator line until the coconut splits.

Method 2:  Holding the coconut firmly in the palm of your hand, lunge the coconut into a hard sharp corner (we used concrete steps)

After both attempts, nothing. We decided to go back to method one and after numerous times it finally cracked open. yeah!

It cracked open beautifully and ready to be turned into coconut milk

Making fresh coconut milk

1. Remove the outer brown shell from the coconut using a knife or chisel/hammer. Break the coconut into small pieces and grate on a metal grater until you get 1 cup of shredded coconut. 

2. Add the 1 cup of shredded coconut to a blender along with 1 cup of hot water. Blend for 2-3 minutes.

3. Position a metal mesh strainer over a large cup ( I like to use a glass liquid measuring cup and my mini strainer (purchased at Target) sits right on top) 

4. Pour the blended coconut/water mixture into the strainer until full. Using a spoon, push down the mixture so the juice is running out from the bottom. After a while you’ll notice the mixture in the strainer becomes dry. 

5. At this point you’ll want to take the dry mixture and put it back into the blender to be mixed again. This time add 1/2 cup of hot water and blend for 1 minute. Repeat straining process. 

*Now you are ready to enjoy a warm cup of fresh coconut milk, if you don’t like it warm add an ice cube and enjoy! 🙂

The final product. Fresh warm coconut milk.


Grapefruit Sugar Scrub and Coconut Body Oil

There’s one thing I love and that’s sugar scrubs! I love the texture and the little mini massage you get while rubbling your hands together. I am very guilty of neglecting my hands and feet while not giving them the attention that they deserve.  Spring is just around the corner and I can’t wait to ditch the socks and shoes! This is an excellent exfoliator and really easy to make. The best part, you can snack while you’re making it too because it’s food.

Ingredients:

1/8 cup grapefruit pieces (removed from peel and coarsely chopped)

(As for the Grapefruit that you didn’t use- Drizzle with Agave Sweetener and enjoy)

1/2 – 1 cup Cold-pressed Exra-Virgin Olive Oil

1/16 – 1/8 cup Organic cane sugar or whatever you have

*Combine sugar and grapefruit together until well mixed.  (I usually play around with the measurements adding a little bit at time until I get a mixture that I like. Sometimes I don’t use all of it.) Then add olive oil until you get the consistency that you like. Rub on hands and rinse with warm water.

*If you want to keep the scrub for later uses,  just keep it in a jar with a tight fitting lid. ( I like to use mason jars) Make sure you label what it is and the date you made it*

After scrub care:

Apply your favorite lotion or oil to moisturize the skin

I found a recipe online for a Coconut Body oil. I still need to experiment with it to give it a different smell, but so far it has really evened out the color of my skin. It has also been an excellent moisturizer to my dry skin. I put it on after I get out of the shower.

Coconut Body Oil

Organic unrefined Coconut oil, Jojoba Oil, Grape seed oil, Peppermint Oil



Homemade Deodorant

Ingredients:Shea butter, Beeswax, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Vitamin E Oil, Essential oils. ( I used Tea Tree & Lavender)

After years of switching back and forth with deodorants and never having good results- my pit problem has finally been resolved!  I figured the only way I was going to get something I liked and worked for me, was if I made it myself. So far the results have been great.

One would say the downfall with natural deodorants is that you sweat more and why would you want to walk around with sweaty pit rings the size of tennis balls? I don’t really want to, but if you think about it, sweating is the natural process we go through in order to cool our bodies down at certain moments. So why would I want to stop my body from doing something natural?  Sweating is healthy for your body. It helps clean out your pores and controls your body temperature.

On the other hand, wearing Conventional Deodorants  don’t really make you sweat, but what you don’t know is that there are artificial chemicals clogging your pores restricting your body from what it’s naturally suppose to do. Those deodorants contain toxic materials and can lead to serious health problems. One website I looked at talked about Aluminum, (which is a common ingredient in deodorant and antiperspirants) it linked the continual use to Alzheimer’s and brain disorders and a possible risk factor in breast cancer.

Just remember:

If you don’t know what the ingredients are or you can’t pronounce them, they probably aren’t good for you. When you use something natural, your body knows what it is and how to use it correctly. When you use something foreign, your body doesn’t know what to do with it and in turn that’s when you develop problems.



Natural Products

Many of my days have been spent researching how to make my own natural products. With having sensitive skin and it being winter, my body isn’t quite happy. What I’m looking for is products that don’t contain any harsh chemicals/preservatives that will irritate my skin. I want ingredients that I know, understand, and can pronounce. So far the google search has been a success, now as for the products themselves that I have made- here and there. That’s trial and error right? After experimenting and knowing what I know so far about natural ingredients, I am very happy and on my way.


Steeping Chamomile flowers in Hot water and filtering them through a clean tea bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peppermint Lip Balm