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Oct
30

White Willow Bark Uses

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white willow barkWhite Willow Bark Uses

Hello all you wonderful people! For all you crafters out there, are you looking for something new and exciting to try? Do you love adding different herbs and ingredients to your bath and body products? Or maybe even trying different ingredients in your soaps? Well, have you ever used white willow bark before? This product is simply amazing, it has so many uses that you’ll be itching to try it as soon as you’re done reading this! White willow bark can be used for so many different industries and products such as hair care, skin care, medicinal uses, bath and body products, and you can even make a white willow bark tea!

There are so many different white willow bark uses. It can be used in many common bath and body products such as facial masks, bath teas and salts, lotions, ointments, creams, bath bombs, scrubs and even soaps. With using these products, there are many skin care and hair care benefits. For the hair, white willow bark helps to moisturize it and the scalp. It also is used to remove dandruff and excess oils. For your skin, the white willow bark will help brighten any dark areas of the skin and give it an even smooth complexion. It is also used to treat black heads, white heads, acne, and even oily or inflamed skin. When you use this product in some herbal concoctions, it is known to help relieve pain.

White willow bark has many medicinal benefits as well. The tea can be used as a foot soak to help with smelly, sweaty, or sore feet and the tea can also be used as a gargle to treat sore throats and tonsillitis. White willow bark contains a compound called salicin that is like aspirin. It is better on the stomach than aspirin and doesn’t irritate the lining. White willow bark also has many different properties like being antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, astringent, and anti-pyretic. It can be used to treat arthritis, gout, diarrhea, gas, fever, headaches, heartburn, joint pains, colds, bursitis, the flu, osteoarthritis, and tendonitis. It also contains natural antioxidants and flavonoids that help to remove harmful chemicals from the body that could later cause cancers. It even can remove warts, stop vomiting and suppress sexual desire. Pregnant women are recommended not to use this product, however it does help to alleviate women’s pain caused from menstrual cramps. It also helps with hot flashes and night sweats brought on from menopause. White willow bark also speeds up any herbal supplements being used to help a person lose weight.

Are you wondering how to find this fantastic product as soon as possible? Well, on our website, just type “white willow” into the search bar. That will take you directly to our cut and sifted white willow bark. But don’t take my blog as medical advice please, always consult with your doctor before using anything in place of medical treatment! Did you know that the wood from the white willow tree is used to make bats for the game cricket? And the wood used to be an important ingredient in the manufacturing of gun powder? Enjoy this awesome product! And be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla! Are you looking for even more fun things to try? Check out all of our awesome free classes and recipes!

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Oct
30

Uses for Borax

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boraxUses for Borax

Hello everyone! For all you crafters out there, do you love to create new things? Or maybe you’re looking for some recipes that can help you to be more eco-friendly? Maybe you’re just wondering what you can make that can just help you save some money? Well have you ever made anything with borax before? Yes, I’m sure you’ve seen it just sitting around your house and you’ve always wondered what you could use it for. It can actually be used for multiple different industries and products! You can use it to make your own laundry and dishwasher detergents, house hold cleaners, medicinal purposes, and it can even be used in bath and body products!

There are many uses for borax around your house. When you use homemade laundry detergent with borax, the borax actually helps to soften the water. It keeps the detergent from sinking straight to the bottom of the machine and actually helps to make it keep moving around so that it cleans your clothes better. Homemade laundry detergent also helps to avoid bad chemicals like sulfates and phenols from being used on your clothes, it is very eco-friendly, and helps to keep stains off of your clothes. Homemade dish detergent with borax helps to get grease and grime off of the dishes easier, and even increases the power of the cycle in the dishwasher. It even helps to keep the dishwasher clean!

Borax can be used to make many house hold cleaners too! It is great for creating an odor eliminating spray that will work anywhere in your house! Borax can even be used to deodorize cat litter. It cleans any kitchen surface by removing grease and stains, cleaning sinks, pots and pans, garbage disposals, and it can be used on any kitchen appliance. You can even use it to steam clean your carpets! It’s a great way to avoid any nasty chemicals being used on the carpets and is also a natural cleanser. It can refresh and brighten worn carpets, and removes any caked in grime or dust. It can even be used as an all-purpose cleaner in the bathroom! It removes grime and rings from around the bathtub, and even brightens tile!

It can be used for many bath and body products like lotions, creams, shampoos, bath salts, bath bombs, and gels. When used in lotions and creams, borax acts as an emulsifier so that the oil and water do not separate. It also makes the skin softer, cleaner, and healthier. These creams and lotions can also help to remove cosmetics from the skin. When borax is used in shampoos, it helps to stop the scalp from itching and flaking, and removes sweat from the hair.

Are you wondering how you can find this awesome product on our site? Just type “borax” into the search bar and it will take you right to a page that offers our borax, and also borax in bulk. Are you looking for even more fun besides this great product? Then check out all of our awesome free classes and recipes! And be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
24

Epsom Salt

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epsom saltEpsom Salt

Hey everyone! Are you adventurous? Do you love to experiment with different ingredients for your products? Or are you an experienced crafter? Have you used Epsom salts? Do you like to? Epsom salt has many many benefits for many different products and industries! It is great for bath and body products, hair care, skin care, gardening, and cleaning products. It also has many medicinal purposes! This awesome product is something you just have to try! Fun fact! Did you know that besides all of those wonderful purposes, it can also even be used in processing beer? It promotes a desired flavor profile by adjusting the ion content of the brewing water and enhancing the enzyme action!

Epsom salt, or also known as magnesium sulfate or epsomite, is a naturally occurring mineral made of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. While it is naturally occurring, it can also be made by neutralizing sulfuric acid with oxide or magnesium carbonate. Epsom salt can be used for many cleaning purposes. It can be mixed with liquid dish detergent and used to clean bathroom tiles. When sprinkled near entry ways, it helps to prevent slugs and burned food can be removed from pots and pans when they are scrubbed with Epsom salt. It also helps to break up detergent build up in washing machines when mixed with water.

There are many bath and body products that can use Epsom salts as well. As a bath salt, it helps to soothe muscles and relieve stress. Do you suffer from dry lips? Epsom salt can help by removing the dead and dry skin and making the lips look healthier and fuller. It has many anti-inflammatory problems as well. Athletes use it in ice baths to help with inflammation. Epsom salt has many skin benefits as well. It is a great exfoliator, helps to smooth rough patches, and it prevents wrinkles. It is also a great treatment for sun burns, acne, and blackheads. It also can give the hair more volume!

Ready for many of the fantastic medicinal benefits? Epsom salt is very rich in magnesium which regulates enzymes, boosts moods, controls energy production, and it eliminates toxins from the body. It is also rich in sulfates which help to form joint proteins, brain tissue, and proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Epsom salt can help to protect the heart by lowering blood pressure, preventing arteries from hardening, reducing blood clots, improving circulation, and reducing irregular heartbeats. Splinters can even be removed from the body using Epsom salt! For pregnant women, it helps to treat preterm labor, edema, and pre-eclampsia. Celebrity trainers even recommend it for celebrities to lose weight faster! But please don’t take this blog as medical advice, we only sell epsom salt for external purposes! Always check with a doctor before using anything in place of medical treatment!

These are just a few of the many ways to use Epsom salt! Check out our free Epsom salt class to learn about many more! The easiest way to find this awesome product on our site is by typing “Epsom salt” into the search bar. That will take you directly to a page that offers our Epsom salt, bulk Epsom salt, and the free class! We also offer some great free recipes made with Epsom salt like our Refreshing Foot Soak, our Monster Bath Cookies, or even our Snake in the Grass bath fizzie! Please contact us with any concerns or questions you have, and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
21

Baking Soda

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baking sodaBaking Soda

Hello everyone! How often do you use baking soda in your every day life? Or maybe it’s something that you always have around the house but you really have no idea what it is ever used for? Well, I’m here to tell you all about it! You will definitely be amazed at all the different uses you didn’t know it had! After reading this, I’m sure you’ll be intrigued enough to try out some of these awesome ideas with baking soda for yourself!

I’m sure we all know and think of baking soda just as a part of the bread making process. Or maybe if you’ve worked in restaurants like I have, you associate it as almost a fire extinguisher. Like if something catches fire on the stove or grill, if you pour baking soda on it, puts the fire out. Or even the toothpaste commercials when people talk about that they or their loved ones used baking soda for toothpaste. But that’s not all this wonderful product can do! Did you know baking soda can be used in bath and body products as well? It can be used in bath bombs recipes and when used as a hair rinse, it will make your hair soft and silky. And it gets even better! When you use baking soda to add a little something extra to your bath time, it helps to soften the skin and give it a lovely silky feeling! Even the cosmetic industry uses baking soda! Cleaning formulas and cosmetic formulations use it to help lift dirt and remove oils.

You can even make your very own baking soda laundry detergents and dish soaps when you combine it with citric acid and soap! There are many other cleaning products that use baking soda as well. Cloth diapers can be cleaned with a mixture of baking soda and water. It can remove grease stains and oils, clean cars, corroded batteries, ovens, microwaves, vinyl shower curtains, and it can even remove marks on walls. Baking soda also has deodorizing qualities! It can be used as a replacement for deodorant, deodorize pet bedding, cars, closets, refrigerators, shoes, cutting boards, dishwashers, garbage disposals, trash cans and even stuffed animals just to name a few.

There are many medicinal benefits to baking soda as well! It can help slow kidney failure and there is a theory that it can be used to fight cancer. It is also used to treat indigestion and heartburn, it can also be used when removing splinters and for allergic reactions to poison ivy, sumac, and oak. For oral health, baking soda is used as an ingredient in toothpastes to help remove plaque from the teeth. Soaking your feet in baking soda can treat foot fungus and odors. Athletes also can use baking soda to keep them from getting tired during a game and it helps to enhance their performance.

Those are just a few of the many ways to use baking soda! Aren’t you just dying to try some of them out now? One of my favorite and most interesting uses to me though, is a recipe we came across on Pinterest. For getting scuff marks off of vinyl and suede shoes. Using baking soda in the recipe! Did you know that baking soda can also be used to help keep septic systems clean? Hold on though, if you are need of the actual product itself, we have it right here at Nature’s Garden! Just type “baking soda” into the search bar on our site and it will take you right to it! These ideas are something you just can’t pass up! Check out some of our free recipes and classes too and our baking soda class! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
18

Rose Hips

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rose hips Rose Hips

For all the crafters out there, do you like to experiment with different flowers and herbs? Have you ever tried rose hips? If you haven’t, you should definitely get on that! Rose hips can be used for many different products and many different industries as well! There are many foods and even some beverages that include rose hips, and other industries it can be used in are hair care, skin care, soaps, bath and body products and even medicinal. This plant is something you should put on your list of projects to try, because once you finish reading this blog I’m sure you won’t be able to resist!

Rose hips, which is also known as rose hep or rose haw, is the fruit that grows on rose plants. It is in the family Rosaceae, and is a part of the Rosa genus. It is native to Europe, North Africa, North America, and certain parts of Asia. The rose is actually America’s National Floral Emblem, as well as the state flower of Iowa, Georgia, New York, North Dakota and the District of Columbia. There are over 100 species of rose plants, and each species has a different look. Some can grow up to 20 feet, while some only grow up to 3 feet high. George Washington, America’s first president, was actually a rose breeder!

There are many medicinal benefits to using rose hips. It contains many antioxidants like flavinoids, catechins, carotenoids, leucoanthocyanins, and polyphenols that help to prevent heart disease and even cancer. Rose hips can also help to fight off infections in the body and strengthen the immune system as well as treating many different skin problems such as burns and acne. Other skin ailments include helping wounds to heal faster, regenerating skin cells, slowing the aging process, giving the skin a beautiful healthy glow, and keeping the skin moist and hydrated. Rose hips also contain Vitamin C which is a necessity for pregnant women to help them build collagen for themselves and their baby. Even an itching powder can be made from this wonderful fruit! But please don’t take this blog as medical advice! Always consult a doctor before using any product in place of medical treatment!

Many bath and body products can be made with this amazing ingredient as well! If you’re a soap maker, ground up rose hips powder is an awesome addition to your soaps and even bath teas. Do you have brittle nails? Try rose hips oil! Rubbing it on your nails actually helps to hydrate and nourish them! Are you looking to add more bounce to your hair? Adding rose hips to your hair care will help to add the bounciness and even make your hair silkier! Are you officially intrigued with this fantastic product? Wondering how to get your hands on some as soon as possible? Have no fear, we have Rose Hips Powder! And it gets even better! We also offer many free recipes, including our Herbal Infused Shea Lotion! However, we sell rose hips for external use only!

The easiest way to find both of these products on our site is just by typing “rose hips” into the search bar. That will take your directly to our “Rose Hips Powder” page. On the top of the picture, there is a little green link that says “Recipe.” Just click that and it will take you right to a picture and link for our herbal infused lotion recipe. Be sure to try out some rose hips as soon as possible! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

rose hips pageNote: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell them as food items. (The information we provide is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration). Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Special care should be taken by pregnant and/or lactating women when handling herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products you make with our herbs. All testing is the responsibility of the customer.

 

 

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Oct
17

Black Walnut Hulls

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Black Walnut HullsBlack Walnut Hulls

Hello everyone! Are you adventurous? Are you a crafter? Do you like to try new and exciting things with your crafts? Have you ever used black walnut hulls in your crafts? If you haven’t yet, get on that! Black walnut hulls are amazing! They can be used in a variety of different ways in many different industries! They can be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, cosmetics, bath and body products, and even food and wood working! They are such versatile ingredients that after reading this, you won’t be able to resist trying them!

Black walnut hulls, or otherwise known as Juglans Nigra, are actually the outside shells or coverings of black walnuts. They are a species of the walnut family Juglandaceae and native to North America and some parts of Canada. They are found in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Dakota and Ontario, Canada. During the 17th century, black walnut was used for many hard wood products like flooring, gunstock, building furniture, and even making coffins. They were used for these purposes because of their great grain and luster and its dark-red-brown color. Romans actually called black walnut the “imperial nut”!

There are many medicinal benefits to using black walnut hulls as well! It can treat many skin conditions like eczema, acne, warts, psoriasis, cold sores, herpes, athlete’s foot, and even inflamed tissues. When used as a cosmetics ingredient, it treats all of those things as well as yeast infections and even ringworm. One thing contained in black walnut hulls is called tannin. Tannin helps to reduce excessive sweating and shrink the sweat glands. Many other ailment can be treated with black walnut hulls as well such as balancing blood sugar, lowering serum cholesterol, getting oxygen into the blood, lowering blood pressure, helping to detoxify the body, and it has been said that they can even help to “kill” cancer cells! For women, they help to regulate the amount of blood loss during periods. However, pregnant women are recommended not to use black walnut hulls because they could possibly cause the child birth defects or even cause the mother to have a miscarriage. Please do not take my blogs as medical advice though! Always consult your doctor before using anything as replacement for medical treatment!

Bath and body products can include black walnut hulls as well! When used in a face mask, they help to soothe the skin. They can also be added to bath bomb recipes and massage oils. When used for soap making, black walnut hulls are used to color the soap a natural dark brown color. They can also be added to primary colored soap to bring the color down to a more natural, muted level. Wondering how to find this great product on our site? Just type “black walnut” or “black walnut hulls” into the search bar and it will take you directly to our Black Walnut Hulls Powder! Did you know that black walnut trees are also used as timber trees? And they can be added to a variety of foods! Also, black walnuts used to be used as hair dye because of its rich dark brown-black color! Make sure to try out this awesome product as soon as possible! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla! Looking for new things to try? Check out all of our free classes and recipes including our Black Walnut Hulls Class!

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Oct
16

Flax Seed

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flax seed Flax Seed

For all the crafters out there, do you like to experiment with different flowers, plants, or herbs? Have you ever tried anything with flax seed before? Flax seed is a fantastic ingredient! It is very versatile and can be used in many different industries! Did you know that in the old original tellings of Sleeping Beauty, she actually pricks her finger on a sliver of flax and not on a spindle? Cool right? Flax seed can be used for soaping, bath and body products, skin care and even hair care!

Flax seed is a very beautiful flower, otherwise known as common flax or linseed. It can be either annual or perennial and is part of the Linum genus. In Northern Ireland flax is used as the emblem and in Belarus common flax is the national flower. There are two basic varieties of flax seed, brown or yellow gold. However the flower is a bright pale blue color. In a cave in the country of Georgia, evidence was found that dates flax seed back 30,000 years! Isn’t that awesome? Even in ancient Egypt, there were paintings of flax inside temples and priests only wore linens made with flax because it was considered a symbol of purity. Mummies were even entombed with the flax linens!

This flower can be used for so many different industries. Soaping, skin care, hair care, and bath and body just to name a few. Do you suffer from migraines or horrible headaches? Flax is a main ingredient in eye pillows to help with the pain! We even have an awesome free recipe for Relaxing Eye Pillows here at Nature’s Garden. It is used as a beautiful natural decoration for soaps, and it contains antioxidants that are great for protecting you from heart disease and your skin from skin cancer. Flax seed also helps with many other skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids that are great for helping cuts to heal faster and keep your skin smooth and hydrated. For hair care, flax seed helps to prevent hair loss, makes hair easier to manage and provides it with many essential nutrients.

Here at Nature’s Garden we actually offer whole flax seeds and even a flax seed class! Just type “flax seed” into the search bar on our site and it will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for Flax Seed” that offers our class and the seeds. We even have more great free recipes with this wonderful ingredient. Try our Curl Pop Hair Gel recipe or our Silky Hair Gel recipe. Both of those are an amazing treat that you and your hair will both love!

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For women, ground flax seed may even help with symptoms of menopause like night sweats and hot flashes. But please don’t take this blog as medical advice! We only sell flax seed for external use. Always make sure to talk to your doctor before using anything in place of medical treatment! Fun fact! Linseed oil is used for linoleum and printing inks for drying oil. Flax seed is such a versatile product that you will most certainly love it in whatever project you use it for! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns and keep watch for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
16

Calendula Swirl Soap

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calendula swirl soapCalendula Swirl Soap

Hey all you cold process soapers out there! Are you looking for a new and exciting soap to make? Do you love to find new recipes to make? Maybe something fall like to go with the holiday season? Do you love calendula? Well here at Nature’s Garden we would like to introduce a brand new recipe for our Calendula Swirl Soap! This cold process soap is sure to be a hit for the fall season! All of your friends, family and customers will love this soap that is perfect for this time of year!

 

Ingredients:

194 grams of Lye

517 grams of distilled water

55 grams of Sodium Lactate

408 grams of Pomace Olive Oil

408 grams of Coconut Oil 76

408 grams of Palm Oil

68 grams of Castor Oil

68 grams of Grapeseed Oil

90 grams of Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil

20 grams of Titanium Dioxide

3 grams Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

1 gram of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

3 grams of Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

1 Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Mixing Bowls

Stick Blender

Calendula Petals

Safety Masks

Safety Gloves

Safety Glasses

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Directions:

Always make sure to wear your safety gear when working with lye!

1. First, start with 517 grams of distilled water. Add 194 grams of lye to your water. Never add water to lye, always add the lye to water! Mix together and then set aside to let cool until it reaches about 90-100 degrees.

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2. Combine and melt down 408 grams of Pomace Olive Oil, 408 grams of Coconut Oil 76, 408 grams of Palm Oil, 68 grams of Castor Oil and 68 grams of Grapeseed Oil. Make sure your oils are at a temperature within 5-10 degrees of your cooled lye.

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3. Once your lye has cooled to the correct temperature, add 55 grams of sodium lactate to your lye water.

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4. Once the temperatures are correct, add the lye to your oil mixture. Using a stick blender, blend it together until the solution is emulsified.

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5. You will need 3 separate soap safe bowls for these next few steps. Pour 500 grams of the solution in one, and 500 grams in the other. Add 40 grams of your Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil and 20 grams of Titanium Dioxide Oil Dispersible to the leftover solution and mix together with the stick blender. Then pour 200 grams of the leftover solution into the third bowl.

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7. In one of the bowls with 500 grams of the solution, add 1 gram of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant, 3 grams of Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant, and 25 grams of fragrance and mix with the stick blender.

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8. In the second bowl with 500 grams, add 3 grams of Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 25 grams of fragrance and mix together.

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9. Next, in a completely separate bowl, add all of the contents of the colored bowls and the contents of the 200 gram bowl, in dollops throughout the whole bowl. Then with a spatula, drag the spatula through the middle of the mixture and then back and forth around the whole bowl. Pour the mixture into your mold.

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10. Let the bowl with the the leftover solution sit until it is about the texture of whipped cream and then pour on top of your mold and shape into whipped cream.

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11. Last, add the calendula petals on top and allow you soap to set for about 24 hours and remove from the mold.  Now slice the soap and allow it to finish curing.  Enjoy your Calendula Swirl soap!

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Calendula Swirl Soap is sure to be a fall season favorite! This is a soap that you should try as soon as possible to go with the autumn season. Please contact us with any questions and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
14

Chamomile

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 chamomile herbChamomile

Hey everybody! How many of you love to experiment with herbs or just different products in general? We sure do! Are you in need of some relaxation? Have you ever tried chamomile? Well for all the newbies out there, chamomile is a flower that is used for many different industries. It is known mainly for helping with insomnia problems, but it has many other uses as well! Chamomile can be for medicinal purposes, skin care, even cosmetic products and hair care! This flower is something you definitely to try if you aren’t hooked already!

Chamomile, or in the British spelling, camomile, is the common name for a daisy-like flower. This flower is a part of the Asteraceae family. It is native to many western and southern European countries. It is derived from the Greek χαμαίμηλον (khamaimēlon), meaning “earth apple.” Did you know that in the story of Peter Rabbit, his mother gives him chamomile tea when he is feeling sick? There are many different species of chamomile, however the two main ones are called the Roman chamomile and the German chamomile. German can grow up to about 3 feet high, while Roman grows only about a foot high, staying closer to the ground. Ancient Egyptians believed in its healing powers and actually dedicated the flower to their gods!

Do you have a bad burn? Or maybe your baby is having a lot of problems while they’re teething? Chamomile can help with both of those problems! This great flower can be used for many industries! Other medicinal ailments it helps are rashes, skin ulcers, sunburns, mouth disease and gum sores. Gum disease and mouth sores can be treated with a mouthwash made with chamomile. It even has been said to be helpful with treating cancer! If used in shampoos and conditioners, chamomile helps hair manageability and makes it shinier. It also can used to enhance blonde hair.

This flower can also be used for many bath and body products as well! For soaping and candle making, it is used as a natural decoration. When used in massage oils, it is great for muscle inflammation and stiffness. In cosmetics, chamomile serves as an emollient and has anti-inflammatory effects. For skin care, it brings relaxation, helps to soften and heal skin, can reduce stretch marks and wrinkles, and even gives the skin a good healthy glow. Wondering how many amazing products we have with this great ingredient? Well you’re in luck! Here at Nature’s Garden, we actually offer Whole German Chamomile Flowers and a German Chamomile Flower Powder! Hold on, it gets even better than that! We also have a free recipe for a Chamomile Light Lotion!

The easiest way to find these products on our website is using our search bar. Just type “chamomile” into the search bar and it will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for Chamomile.” All of our fantastic products are available right there! Want to know another fun fact about chamomile? Ancient Egyptians also used it as a main ingredient for embalming oils for deceased pharaohs! Awesome right? Definitely make sure to try this wonderful product! However, please don’t take my blog as medical advice! Always consult your doctor before using anything in place of medical treatment. We also only sell chamomile for external purposes! Please contact us if you have any problems or questions and look out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
09

Hibiscus

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Hello everyone! Don’t you just love hibiscus Oh yeah, I know the thoughts of the gorgeous flowers just popped into your heads. Did you know that hibiscus actually has many different uses besides making gardens look pretty? Well it does! It can be used in many different industries in fact, like hair care, soaping, and even bath and body products!

Hibiscus is a very well-known flower. It is also lesser known as the rose mallow, a genus of the mallow family, and can be either annual or perennial. The hibiscus flower is actually the state flower of Hawaii and the national flower of Haiti. One species of hibiscus, the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, is the national flower of Malaysia while the Hibiscus syriacus is the national flower of South Korea. Pretty cool right? There are several hundred species of hibiscus flowers known to exist, and countless cross-species. They can vary in color from red to purple, orange to yellow, and even pink or white. In Hindu worship, the red hibiscus flower represents the goddess Kali, and is used as a sacrifice to her as well as to the Lord Ganesha. When depicted in many versions of art, the goddess is seen merging with the flower.

This beautiful flower is used in many industries such as soaping and hair care. When used for hair care, hibiscus has many benefits. It can help prevent dandruff and premature graying, as well as reduce hair loss. It also has been used as dye for natural hair, to help with split ends and thicken hair, and stimulate hair growth. When used in bath and body products, hibiscus is great for softening and smoothing skin and it even has some wrinkle smoothing properties! Some research in Chinese herbology also indicates that extract from hibiscus rosa-sinensis can absorb ultra violet rays by working as an anti-solar agent. As well as providing these amazing skin care properties when used in soaps, hibiscus also is a natural way to color soaps pink or red. We have many awesome products containing hibiscus here at Nature’s Garden. The easiest way to access them is by typing “hibiscus” into our search bar on our website. That will take you directly to a page titled “Search Results for Hibiscus.”

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Are you just jumping with excitement over all the great uses for hibiscus? Then you definitely need to try some of our fantastic recipes like our Firming Facial Mask or Herbal Infused Shea Lotion! They will be some new treats that you will just love! One more fun fact! Did you know that in Hawaii and Tahiti girls wear the hibiscus flower to symbolize their relationship status? If worn on the left ear, she is either in a relationship or married. If she has the flower on her left ear, then she is single. Hibiscus is a product that you definitely should add to your list of projects! Watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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