Recipes

Making your own DIY Herbal Soft Scrub Cleaner

This herbalist cleaning recipe will keep your home free from harmful toxins and smelling fresh and clean. 🌱

Homemade Herbal Soft Scrub Cleaner
Ingredients

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Castille soap
15 drops organic rosemary or organic tea tree essential oil
1 tsp. organic vegetable glycerin

Directions

Mix all ingredients in glass pint-sized jar until reaching paste-like consistency.
Add vegetable glycerin to keep blend moist.
Use to scrub tubs, sinks, and tile surfaces.
Rinse away with water or a vinegar solution.
Happy & Safe cleaning!🧽🧼

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How to Make Herbal Dream Pillows

The practice of placing herbs under one’s pillow dates back centuries and was originally thought to protect against evil, bring good dreams, calm bad dreams, foresee the future, or even conjure a lover into one’s life! No matter the reason, herbal pillows are an easy way to help promote peaceful sleep and encourage dreaming. These pillows are simple to prepare and make a wonderful “crafternoon” with your friends or family. The first step is to create your botanical blend from the lists below or craft your own mixture with fragrant herbs that you find pleasant, calming, or relaxing. Be sure to take notes as you build your blend so you’ll be able to make it again!

The key is to fill your pillows with relaxing aromas that stimulate the senses, but don’t overdo it. Stay away from spicy herbs like peppers. Floral aromas are more calming, and less likely to bother the senses throughout your restful slumber. Choose a combination of these brightly scented herbs:

Organic Catnip
Organic Chamomile
Organic Hops
Organic Lavender
Organic Lemon Balm
Organic Rose petals or whole buds
Organic Rosemary
Organic Cloves
Organic Lemon Verbena
Organic Mugwort
Organic Peppermint or Organic Spearmint

You can also mix in essential oils in small doses like:
Essential oils to try:

Organic clove bud
Organic sweet marjoram
Organic lavender
Rose absolute
Organic Peru Balsam
Organic black spruce

How to Make Herbal Pillows:

Mix together your selected herbs in a large bowl.
If you chose to use essential oils, add one drop at a time and mix well with a spoon, fork, or whisk, adding oil drop-by-drop as needed.
Using a spoon, scoop your herbal pillow blend into a large muslin bag.
Secure tightly.
Place underneath, inside, or beside your pillow before bedtime, and rest easy.
These make great homemade aromatherapy gifts or great to place in a guestroom
or bathroom.

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Deep Clean Mattress Recipe

Using essential oils and baking soda to deep clean your mattress.

Sprinkle baking soda. Mix one cup of baking soda with a 4 or 5 drops of lavender essential oil in a bowl, then put the mixture in a strainer. Shake the fragranced baking soda evenly over the entire mattress. Leave the baking soda on the bed until your bedding is finished washing and drying then vaccum up mixture. Or you can use Moist Mattress Refresher.
Use One 16-ounce spray bottle with a trigger. 1 cup of distilled water. 1 cup of white vinegar. 20 drops of essential oils of your choice Suggested oils: 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and 10 drops of lemon or lavender essential oil.

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Homemade Vaseline
In the winter it seems that everything gets chapped and their isn't much we can do about it. Many of us have used Vaseline in the past but feel we want a healthy alternative that does not have petroleum. Lucky for all of us, we have the option of making a homemade, all natural version of homemade Vaseline. It is easy to whip up! Here's all you need:

Homemade Vaseline Recipe

What You Need:

1 ounce or 1/8 cup Beeswax (I use the yellow bees wax pellets)
1/2 c. olive oil

What to Do:

Mix the ingredients together in a saucepan and heat on a very low heat until the beeswax has melted. While it's warm, pour into a jar or another container. Use as you would Vaseline. This recipe made enough to fill a little half pint glass jelly jar.

Extras:
You could add several different essential oils to this mixture for various healing properties. I would definitely consider adding either Lavender Oil for very dry skin and eczema.

How to apply:
When you are finished with your quick bath or shower apply the homemade Vaseline in the palm of your hands and rub together then apply to your damp skin in a downward motion. Do not go up and down. This will seal the moisture into your skin and allow your skin to heal. Within a week you will see a big difference!

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Making your own Elderberry Syrup. This syrup supports immune function throughout cold and flu season.

Recipe
Makes about 2½ cups

IMPORTANT Note: Because this recipe contains honey, it should not be used in children under one.

Ingredients

1/2 cup dried or 1 cup fresh elderberries
2 cups distilled water
1 cup raw organic honey
1 cinnamon stick
Instructions

1. Add water, elderberries and cinnamon to a pot and bring to a boil.

2. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. This should take around 45 minutes.

3. Strain to remove berries. Allow liquid to cool to room temperature, then stir in honey.

4. Transfer elderberry syrup to a jar and store in the fridge.

Dosage: Children over 1 are usually given ½ – 1 teaspoon per day, while adults usually take about 1½ teaspoons – 1 tablespoon. During illness, the frequency of administration increases to every 2-3 hours until the symptoms resolve.

Shelf life: In my house, a batch lasts an entire winter season

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Hydrating Honey & Yogurt Mask

Good morning! I am going to start my day by having a cup of my favorite tea and reading the paper while my face is soaking up my wonderful homemade honey mask. I am attending a wedding today and I want my face to feel clean, fresh and soft. What to join me? The recipe is below:

2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey
2-3 drops of lavender oil
Mix together and apply to face. Leave on face for 15-20 mins then rinse with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer. Enjoy the day.

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Frankincense Oil is one of my favorite oils for the winter. It has immune-boosting and purifying properties which can help to prevent you from getting sick during the winter season. Since this is the prime time to catch the common cold or flu, using frankincense regularly is a good idea so that you can get through the season without getting sick. When combined with frequent hand washing, you will find that your immune system is stronger and that you are more resistant to illness.

When the days start to get shorter during this season, some people find themselves feeling a bit down and their energy is not as high as it is during the summer months. Frankincense helps to improve your mood and alleviate anxiety. It also helps to relax you so that you can sleep.

You can use essential oils alone or along with other remedies to keep yourself and your family healthy during the winter months. During these coming months it can be quite difficult to keep yourself from getting sick, but if you keep these oils handy it will surely help. Just make sure to use the oils properly so that you are getting the best protective results.

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The Magic of Apple Cider Vinegar - It can Sooth a sore throat
If you suffer from chronic sore throats, but don’t want to overdose on cough syrup, turn to apple cider vinegar. Mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon cayenne pepper and three teaspoons clover honey in a glass of warm water for an easy elixir. All three ingredients will work together to help you heal: Apple cider vinegar and honey have antibacterial properties, and the capsaicin in hot peppers helps alleviate pain. If that sore throat is due to allergies, apple cider vinegar packs an extra punch, since it also breaks up mucous and sinus congestion.
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The Magic of Apple Cider Vinegar
So many uses and benefits.
My first healthy habit tip is drinking 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar( i use Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar), 1 tbsp raw organic honey and 8oz water every morning and evening. You can drink old or room temperature. There are so many amazing health benefits to this. Here are a few:
1. It helps lower triglycerides which in return lower the bad cholesterol.

2. It helps your body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. (This is my main reason for taking. I have a lack of energy and get a little of female infections sometimes due to a low pH level. This happens from having too much acid in your body which is my problem.)

3. Overall detoxification. It detoxifies the liver. Helps stimulate cardiovascular circulation.

4.This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

5.This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections. (I have issues with this as well.)

6. Reduces heartburn. It might seem like an oxymoron, but it really does help.

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French Apple Cinnamon Tea. This delicious and simple tea is from Drink to your health by Ann Mclntyre. So good! 

Ingredients

4 sliced apples

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
  • Simmer the apples and water together over low heat until the apples are soft.
  • Pass through a strainer to remove the apples.
  • Add the honey and cinnamon to liquid and stir well.
  • Drink hot!
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Simple Treatments for Boils
Boils can be treated by direct or undiluted application of essential oils to the isolated area of the boil and surrounding tissue.  Apply by dropping directly on area or on a q-tip and rubbing on boil.
Applying the essential oil of Tea tree can prevent the infection from spreading and treat the infection as well.
Another effective way to treat boils it to first boil some water and then pour water into a large bowl. Place a face cloth into the water and then with rubber gloves on, squeeze the water out of the towel.  Check temperature of towel before applying to the skin.  Before applying the hot/warm compress on the boil, place two drops of Roman chamomile and two drops Tea tree directly on boil then place the compress on the boil.  Hold, without pushing, until the towel has cooled to room temperature. Reapply 2-3x.
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Back to school also means back to germs! Try our version of Thieves Oil Hand Sanitizer. Place in your child's backpack or your purse/work bag or take with you when you travel.
Herban Luv Immunity Oil Hand Santizer -
3 tablespoons of 100% aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon of filtered water
1/8 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
5 drops of Herban Luv Immunity oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Transfer to a 2oz squeeze bottle using a funnel. Shake before each use. 
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Natural Dental Care for your Teeth - One of the frequent questions I get asked by my clients what they can use to keep their teeth clean and healthy without using harsh chemicals. The answer is a simple method that I use once or twice a week. Create a paste with baking soda, 1 to 2 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil, a pinch of salt and a few drops of vinegar. The baking soda helps to polish teeth, remove stains and help them appear whiter. It is also beneficial at removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of teeth which will prevent cavities from forming. The essential oils will increase the effectiveness of this method and leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. Baking soda is mildly abrasive, so it is important to avoid excessive brushing with this product which can wear away at tooth enamel. Baking soda also does not kill bacteria, which is why it might be a good idea to add essential oils or vinegar to supplement your body’s natural ability to ward off harmful mouth bacteria. If you looking for an inexpensive way to keep your teeth healthy this is it!
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Homemade Sunscreen -  As of late their seems to be so many discussions and reports on sunscreen. What is safe? What not to use? The worst on the market. So with so much info and debate I find it easier to make my own so I know exactly what is in the bottle. HAPPY SUMMER!
An easy homemade sunscreen recipe:
Homemade Sunblock – Lotion (20 SPF)
2 oz shea butter
2 oz coconut oil
1 oz zinc oxide
8 drops of tea tree oil
1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together. (I put all of the ingredients in a mason jar, and set it in boiling water until melted).
2. Remove from heat and stir in zinc oxide. Pour into container.
3. Let cool completely before use. Store at room temperature.
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For Seasonal Allergy Relief
Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf contains an abundance of natural antihistamines and touts many anti-inflammatory properties as well. Therefore, it is super effective in treating all of the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies — i.e. a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and sneezing. Nettle leaf is also high in essential vitamins and minerals. The best ways to ingest the goodness of this herb are through an herbal tea infusion or tincture.
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Homemade All Natural Baby Wash & Shampoo -This recipe combines the calming effects of chamomile and the gentleness of pure castille soap, making it gentle enough for even newborns.
6 oz Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid castille soap
1 tsp herbal infused oil. I used calendula and chamomile
10 drops of pure chamomile essential oil. This recipe can be use as is, or you can dilute a squirt in a small amount of water in a small bowl with each use. Which is what I used to when my daughter was a small baby.
Most of these items can be found on amazon. Use a clean bottle to store.
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Simple Honey Facial
Is your skin feeling tight and dry lately. Everyone who knows me will tell you that I use honey on almost everything. Honey is healing and very moisturizing for your skin.
What will you need? Raw Honey (use local honey), warm water and a wash cloth.

Directions: Apply honey to your face. Spread and let dry. You will feel the honey pulling and tightening you skin. Leave on for 10 minutes then wet your fingers and rub lightly across your face. Wet your face cloth with warm water and gently wipe your face.
It will leave your skin will feeling smooth, soft and clean. Apply moisturizer if needed. You can also use this on wind or sunburn skin.