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Herbs as Gifts

Friday, January 17th, 2014

herbsHerbs and their meanings

Herbs have many uses.  They can be used for cooking, medicinal purposes, or for aromatic serenity.

For this blog post, we will be focusing on the symbolic meaning of herbs when they are used in the gift giving manner.  Herbs have had symbolic meanings behind them for centuries.  These meanings have been assigned to them through various religious and cultural reasoning.

In order to package these herbs as gifts in a usable manner, Natures Garden suggests making a bath tea for your herbal gift giving.  A bath tea is a tea bag that is stuffed full with various herbs.  These tea bags are then used by placing them into a tub filled with hot water and allowed to steep.  The steeping of the herbs allows the passing of wonderful aromas as well as the medicinal capabilities of the herbs.

When selecting the herbs for gift giving, it is important to know the meaning behind each one.  The herbs listed below offer a generally accepted symbolic meaning.  However, please note: This post is just for fun, there may be varying differences in the meanings due to differences in religion and culture.

If considering making symbolic bath teas for loved ones, it is a good idea to also include small card explaining this symbolism.  This will add a delightful sentimental aspect to your well thought out gift.

Below is a list of some of the more commonly used herbs for bath teas and their symbolic meaning.  This list is by no means a complete herb list.

what can you use lemon peel c/s for Herbs for Cleansing:
Acacia, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Verbana, Peppermint, Turmeric

Herbs for Courage:
Fennel, Mullein, St. John’s Wort, Thyme

what can you use passion flower for Herbs for Friendship:
Lemon, Passion flower

Herbs for Happiness:
Calendula, Catnip, Dandelion, Lavender, Parsley, St. John’s Wort

what can you use nettle for Herbs for Healing:
Aloe, Barley, Basil, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Mullein, Nettle, Olive, Peppermint, Spearmint

Herbs for Love:
Barley, Basil, Beet Powder, Catnip, Clove, Hibiscus, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Mullein, Orange, Papaya, Peppermint, Red Clover, Rose, Rosemary, Spearmint, St. John’s Wort, Yarrow

what can you use lavender for Herbs for Peace:
Lavender, Olive, Passion Flower

Herbs for Safety:
Aloe, Barley, Basil, Blueberry, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Juniper, Mullein, Nettle, Olive, Papaya, Red Clover, St. John’s Wort

what can you use chamomile for Herbs for Sleep:
Chamomile, Passion flower, Peppermint

Herbs for Wealth:
Alfalfa, Chamomile, Clove, Comfrey, Jasmine, Orange, Patchouli, Pomegranate, Red Clover

what can you use sage for Herbs for Wisdom:
Chamomile, Mint, Sage

Now, when making tea bags for gift giving; you may add extra scent to your herbs.  This can be done with the addition of fragrance oils or essential oils.  Just keep in mind of the final blend of aromas (the herbs with the scent oil because many herbs are aromatic in nature).

Place the herbs that you would like to use in a mixing bowl.  Then, using a pipette, add a few drops of the scenting oil (whether it is essential oil or fragrance oil).  Please note:  For best absorption, you will need to have herbs that can soak up the oil.  Then, stir using a mixing spoon.  Finally, spoon the herbs into a tea bag, and tie shut.  Optional:  Then add your card explaining the symbolic meaning of the herbs and a cute ribbon.

Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Jenny1Here at Natures Garden, we are currently having an employee challenge.  For this spotlight challenge, we have asked each staff member to choose one of their favorite Natures Garden’s fragrance oils and create a project pertaining to that fragrance.  

Yet, another week has passed and we all know what that means!  It is time to get super excited to see this week’s Spotlight Creation.  Jenny, who has only worked for Natures Garden a few months, was the lucky Natures Garden employee selected for this week, and her spotlight creation is cleverly called “Berry Bewitching Bath Brew“.

Jenny is no newbie when it comes to crafting.  She enjoys spending her free time using jewelry crafting as her creative outlet.  Although, she enjoys beaded jewelry; her passion involves making jewelry with glamorous gemstones- adding a little bling to life.Bath-Brew1

When she is not designing beautiful jewelry, Jenny likes to spend time with her family.  Jenny is a newly married wife and also has a daughter.  She and her husband Scott will be celebrating their 1st year anniversary this Sunday.

Jenny, who has the sign Cancer, enjoys being outdoors.  She is a nature lover and animal lover too!

When it comes to leisure time, Jenny enjoys reading.  Her favorite author right now is Dan Brown.  Jenny thinks he is a great author because it’s a combo of “history, mystery, and a little bit of action.  It’s fun.”  Besides Dan Brown books, she has quite a collection of books in her personal library-sci fi, horror, and mystery.  But, she has a special liking for culture, history, and especially genealogy.

Jenny also enjoys listening to cultured music, and is patiently waiting for the new season of The Walking Dead to start.

Jenny loves the color purple and when it comes to Jenny’s life motto she reinvented an age ole adage:  “Knowledge is empowerment!”

For complete instructions for Jenny’s Spotlight Creation, click here or view it under Natures Garden’s free classes and recipes section of the website.

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
facial treatment

Did you know that you can make several facial treatments right at home? Used regularly, these facial treatments will leave you with glowing, soft, healthy skin.

 

Best Homemade Treatments for Oily Skin

Oily facial skin can be quite a feat to battle each day.  Due to the overactive oil glands in the skin, it seems as though your oil supply will never end.  But remember before you go condemning your face.  It is the same oil glands that supply your face with the supple young look that everyone compliments on.

There are countless herbs and home remedies that you can use to help manage your complexion.  Here is a list of some of the herbs that you can use and why they are so awesome for your skin!

First and foremost- Rose Petals:  Spoiler alert- receiving roses from that special someone is great, but using rose petals as an ingredient on your skin is even better for you!  This should come as no surprise; rose petals are in many personal care products, and there is a reason for this!  Products that contain roses (aka rose petals) work as great tonics for the skin.

Since, logically speaking our skin is aging and maturing each day, you can use rose water tonic to help aid your facial skin.  Why you ask?  Well, rose petals contain Vitamin C which is good for the skin.  It also has the wonderful ability of re hydrating your skin, as well as helps to soothe irritated skin.  Ha, look at that… roses literally help irritated wives and irritated skin.  Bonus!

Chamomile:  This amazing herb is completely soothing for all skin types.  Using Chamomile in your facial treatment regime will not only soften the skin, but also helps wrinkles and stretch marks.  The aftereffects of using chamomile will allow your skin to glow with radiance.  You can also use chamomile infused water to make eye compress.   Using this compress will reduce redness and puffiness.

Chamomile contains Bisabolol.  This natural alcohol is the anti “KING” of skin healing; anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, and anti-microbial.

Recipe for Chamomile Apple Facial:  This facial cleanser works great to remove dirt, debris, and dead skin cells.

1.  Cut 1 apple into slices, remove seeds and stem.
2.  Puree apple slices into a liquid like form.  Add ½ ounce chamomile flowers to apple.  Add 1 teaspoon honey and stir all ingredients together.
3.  Sprinkle in small amounts of fine, raw oatmeal.  Stir this together and repeat adding oatmeal until you have a smooth constant consistency.
4.  Avoiding your eyes and mouth, appeal the mixture to your face.  Let the mixture set for 5 minutes.
5.  Rinse facial off with warm water.  Pat face dry.
6.  Optional:  You can complete the facial by using a toner once your face has dried.

Besides facials, people with oily skin can also benefit from steam treatments.  Here is the recipe for an awesome herbal steam treatment.

Lemongrass (astringent) with Lavender (soothing, antiseptic and normalizes):

Using a homemade herbal steam facial once or twice a week can help you balance and tone your facial skin.  The dirt and excess oil of your facial skin can be released from your pores by using the steam from an herbal stream treatment. What is great about the addition of herbs is the balancing and toning properties, as well as cleansing.  Since when you use a steam treatment, your pores are temporarily opened, these properties are quickly absorbed into the skin.

Recipe for Herbal Steam Facial:

1.  Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 Tablespoons of dried lavender and 2 Tablespoons Lemongrass on the stove top.
2.  Next, pour the water and herbs into a large glass bowl.
3.  Place a towel over your head and put your face into the steam coming off of the bowl.  Stay over the stream with your eyes closed.  Do this for about 10 minutes.
4.  When 10 minutes has expired, rinse your face with cool water.  Let your face air dry.

Rosemary:  A natural astringent that aids in toning oily skin, this is a key herb to use.  By infusing this ingredient into hot water, you can make a facial toner that will leave your face feeling clean.  Store any leftover rosemary toner in the fridge.

Other great herbs to use for treating oily skin are:

Comfrey:  Comfrey contains allantoin.  This protein quickens cell renewal.

Elderflower:  This herb is great for smoothing out wrinkles, soothing sunburn, and can even fade freckles and mother’s masks.

If you would like the benefits of any combination of these herbs without necessarily wanting to make a facial product, you have the option of a “facial free for all”.  In a teabag, using any, all, or some of the herbs, place several tablespoons of the herb/herb mixture into the teabag and tie shut.  Then, next time you shower, place one or two of the filled tea bags in the bottom of the shower.  The hot water from the shower will soak the herbs; and the steam of the shower will cleanse your skin.  And, since the average shower takes 10-15 minutes, it is the perfect time allotment and your skin will never feel better.

If oily skin is not your facial skin type, be on the lookout.  In a future blog post, we will be featuring Best Homemade Treatments for Dry Skin.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

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Using Beets in Cosmetics

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

beet root powderObviously, beets have been around since the beginning of time.  But did you know that their history does not just take place on the dinner plate?  Beets are everywhere; even places you won’t expect!  Spoiler alert- beets are priceless, especially when it comes to health and natural cosmetics.

Originally, beets evolved from the wild sea beet, which has the native lands of Europe, Northern Africa, and Southern Asia.  Sea beets are considered to be the granddad of all beets.  The closest common vegetable in resemblance to the sea beet would be that of the carrot.  This is due to the elongated fat root, which ironically, was rarely consumed in early days.

Beets go by many names.  Their official classification name is Beta Vulgaris.  They however, are abundant in names such as beets, beetroots, garden beet, chard, Swiss chard, sugar beet, red beet, Blood Turnip. This list is endless.

 

Beets in History:

The first civilization to actually grow and harvest the beet was the Ancient Romans.  The Ancient Romans actually used the beets for two reasons.  This first was medical.  Hippocrates promoted the use of the beet leaves as bandages for injuries.  The second use of beets was for food.  The leaves were often used as the green of salads.  The beet leaf salad was then dressed with olive oil, vinegar and mustard.  During the Ancient Roman times, the beet root itself crossed both the medical and nutrient lines and was used by the Romans as a medicinal broth for ailments including fever and constipation.

From there, the beet truly spread through northern Europe from believe or not, the tribes that invaded Rome.  They are the ones who embraced the beet for a brand new purpose- domesticated livestock feed.  But, it did not take long before more cultures started to consume the beet again for both nutrients and medicinal reasons.  Beets were commonly used in both the Renaissance and Medieval periods.

By the early 1700’s, beetroots once again were all the buzz because they were found to be a very concentrated source of sugar.  As a matter of fact, beets actually contain the highest sugar content out of all the vegetables.  However, it was not until the year 1747 that a process was invented to extract the sugar out.  Even longer yet, it was not until about 100 years later that commercially speaking beet sugar was produced.

The country was Poland.  The problem was the British.  They had barred all access to sugar cane, which was the main source to sugar for everyone.  What then ensued was Napoleon’s quest to use sugar beet as a replacement for sugar cane.  The United States was also on the hunt for a sugar source and had already started eyeing up beet sugar as well.  By the year 1880, sugar beet plants were already being cultivated in several states.  The problem was well into the resolution stage.

However, due to the new increase of popularity in sugar beet, the areas exporting sugar cane, which were located in the tropics, were in desperate need of demand.  This set the stage for the same political altercations that are still occurring today.

Beets In Ancient Mythology:

Long said “to be worth their weight in silver”, beets were often offered to the gods of Mythology.   Specifically there are two Greek gods that thoroughly enjoyed and loved beets.

Let’s start with the goddess Aphrodite, the exciting and beautiful goddess of love and beauty.  She accredited her powers of beauty and love to the beetroot.  Because of her love affair with beets, it was believed in early history that consuming beets could enhance your beauty and your sexual power.  It was also believed that eating and sharing a single beetroot with your lover would forever bond you in love.  In fact, during this era, beetroot was eaten as well as often used as rouge and lipstick, not only adding color to a woman’s face, but also tapping into the sexual aura of the beet.

Next, is the god Apollo.  Apollo was the most famously worshipped among all of the deities.  The Greek god Apollo is the god of sun, light, music, medicine and healing.  To Apollo and his followers, the much sought after beetroot juice was considered an aphrodisiac.

Beetroot also has a significant worth with the Talmud.  They used this vegetable mainly in two ways.  The first was to ward off any diseases.  The second was as homage to God.  It has long been stated by rabbis to live a long and healthy life, one must be “eating beet root, drinking mead, and bathing in Euphrates”.

Besides eating and drinking beets in favor of the gods, some cultures even used beets to color hard boiled eggs before consuming.  This was thought to have been eaten by people to please the Sun god, who then in return would reward them with prosperity and good health.

Finally, another god that was partial to beets was KVASIR.  He was the Norse god of Inspiration.  Slav and Nordic people drank Kvas in his honor.  This was a staple drink which was made using fermented beet juice.

Beets in Health:

Beets are fabulous for everyone.  No matter if you are a man, woman, pregnant woman, or child, beets love to help everyone.  There are over 80 different nutrients in beets that our bodies just love.  They are a healthy source of Vitamin B folate, B1, B2, B6, B12, and Vitamin C.  Beets also offer a wide variety of nutrients such as: niacin, flavonoids, amino acids, iodine, iron, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, magnesium, copper, mineral boron, and phosphorus.  They are also rich in antioxidants.  The beet leaves when consumed also offer Vitamin A, Vitamin C, protein, iron, fiber, calcium, and beta carotene.

Now, let’s get into a beet health breakdown.  Beets have been known to correct the body’s ph balance, and they even help the body to access an additional uptake of oxygen.  Beets have been linked to have medical benefits for certain illness too.

Cancer- Because beetroot contains the pigment betacyaninis.  This is a cancer counter agent.  Beets have the power to inhibit the cancer (cell mutation).  Consecutively, beet juice has also been linked to inhibit the development of tumors as well.  Beets have the capability to repair chromosomes in the body on the cellular level.  Red Beets are the most capable of all foods to repairing DNA of the human body.  In fact, in Germany, beetroot juice rated one of the most popular alternative cancer treatment among patients with cancer.

Blood Pressure- Drinking beet juice has been shown to decrease levels of high blood pressure.  This is because ingesting beets helps to lower the amount of triglycerides and LDL in the blood.

Cardiovascular- Beets contain a very healthy amount of betaine.  This compound has the capabilities of lowering plasma homocysteine.  This is a naturally occurring amino acid in blood plasma.  Although not directly linked yet, plasma homocysteine is considered to be a risk factor for Cardiovascular Disease.  Links of plasma homocysteine have also been tied to Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Liver- Betaine, a compound present in beets, also multitasks as amazing for the liver too.  Beets are considered a liver cleanser.  When a person has a protein deficient diet, has diabetes, or has an alcohol abuse problem, their body produces a buildup of fatty deposits.  This is called steatosis, and it occurs in the liver.  Betaine helps to promote a healthier liver function which in turn helps the body break down these fats.  Additional bonuses to having a healthy liver function are weight loss and energy.

Kidney and Gall Bladder- Because beets contain potassium, they are the perfect answer to feeding your kidney just the right nutrients to take on its daily functions.  The chlorine present in beets also helps to naturally cleanse the kidneys.

Human sex hormones- Beets are hands down super rich in a mineral called boron.  This nutrient plays a vital role in the production of sex hormones in humans.

Healthy bones, skin, nails, and hair- Beets have a high content of silica which is perfect for our bodies to use to strengthen these components of our human bodies.  As well, beets also contain high amounts of magnesium… which all ladies should love because this helps to prevent osteoporosis.

Cataracts and Macular Degeneration- Since beets contain Beta-carotene (the same nutrient in carrots); beets are able to help prevent both cataracts and Macular Degeneration.

Capillaries- Since beets also contain flavonoids and Vitamin C, they are able to help strengthen and keep the structure of capillaries from becoming frail.

Birth Defeats- If you are pregnant, beets should be your new best friend.  Beets contain Vitamin B folate which in turn aids in the development of the baby’s spinal column, DNA, and RNA.  Vitamin B folate is also extremely vital to all normal tissue growth.  One cup of beets contains 136 grams of folate, and amazingly only 75 calories; now that is a whole lot of healthy going on!  A little tid bit of gossip:  After both of her pregnancies, actress Catherine Zeta Jones became addicted to beets and all of their health benefits.

Respiratory Issues- Beets have been linked to help prevent asthma symptoms.

Jaundice, Nausea and Vomiting:  Consuming beets is nothing but a positive for your digestive functions especially when it comes to dysentery or diarrhea.

Immunity:  Beetroot has the capability to help renew damaged cells in the immune system.  Additionally, they can be used to help purify and improve blood circulation in the body.  The American Heart Association claims that beets can also help fight anemia.

Menstruation:  Hey, all your ladies out there… consuming beets on a regular basis helps to regulate your menstruation flow.

When supplementing your diet with beets, you need to be aware that an excessive consumption of beets can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia, which can reduce the oxygen carrying capacity of blood cells.  In addition, eating large amounts of beets is not recommended for individuals with kidney problems due to the high oxalate content.

Beets A Cultural Staple:

Although beets have not always received the greatest reviews from consumption, some cultures use beets as a beloved staple of their diets.  For example Eastern Europe makes a traditional beet soap called borscht.  It is one of their most cherished dishes and it comes served with sour cream.

In Australia, beetroot is a common ingredient for hamburgers.  It is added in slices, much like we Americans do with lettuce and tomato.  It is also common for fast food chains like McDonalds to include beetroot on their burgers for Australian consumers.  These are considered Oz-style burgers!

And to whom do we owe gratitude of thanks for introducing beets to common cuisine… the French.  French culinary totally knocked beets out of this world in the early 1900’s.  They were able to fascinate, intrigue, and dominate our taste buds as well as increase our bodies health, all with the assistance of one vegetable!

Today, beetroot in the kitchen is one of the most versatile ingredients we can get our hands on.  Beets can truly be used from start to finish.  No matter is it is appetizers, soups, main courses, desserts, or even beverages, beetroots are quite the all purpose go to.  They help the flavor, texture, and the addition of color!

Beets in Science:

Alright, this one is going to blow your mind.  You can actually use beetroot juice to measure the acidity of a substance.  When beetroot juice is added to a substance that is acidic, it turns the solution pink.  If beetroot juice is added to a substance that is alkali, it will turn the substance yellow.  Now, that is one cool fact!

Feeling out of whack:  Beetroot can be used to alkylate the body.  This is all done through the beets super rich source of carotenoids, flavonoids, beyacyanin, folate, silica, and the other various minerals and nutrients that the great beet contains.

Beets- more than just a food:

Beets the hero super food can be eaten of course.  But, beets can also be used to make foods redder.  Items like tomato paste, gravy mixes, sauces, jams, and yes, you’re not going to believe this one ice cream all use the Betanins to deepen the red color too!  In addition to coloring, beets are also used to flavor other certain vegetables juices like carrot and celery.  And as an added treat, beetroot has the same chemical that is present in chocolate.  This feel good chemical is tryptophan.

In the food category, beetroot powder can be eaten directly, mixed in a beverage, or even sprinkled on food like salads or meats.  Even when used in small amounts, for all of the healthy benefits that beets are able to provide, it was not necessarily affect the flavor. When preparing food with beetroot powder, one teaspoon is equivalent to one beet, nutritionally speaking.

Beetroot is also used in the wine industry because the addition of this ingredient makes a wine that tastes very similar to port.  Beetroot can also be used to make homemade wine.  Wine producers use beets because it is so easily distilled.

Besides using beets in food and makeup for coloring purposes, beets can also be used as a natural dye for clothing.  It is believed that beets are a perfect substitute for red dye.  And, unlike the red dye, beets used as coloring will not cause any allergic reactions.  In fact, Victorians used beets to dye their hair.

Beets in Cosmetics:

Beets are an extremely interesting herb to include in your cosmetic recipes.  Besides all of the health benefits that beetroot has to offer, you do not necessarily have to consume the beet in order to get on the healthy track.  By just incorporating the addition of beetroot powder as an ingredient, your skin and body is able to enjoy beetroot benefits.  Are you looking for an additional bonus?  Any time that beetroot powder is used in a cosmetic or body product recipe, beets also double as a natural colorant.

Sugar Scrubs- Beetroot Powder can be used in sugar scrub recipes to allow your skin all of the luxurious benefits that can be had.  For a great sugar scrub recipe that highlights the use of beetroot powder, check out our emulsified beet sugar scrub recipe.  Your skin will be so soft and glowing; this sugar scrub will become part of your daily routine.

Hair- This is one way to add a little color to your hair without using all those chemicals.  Beetroot juice when mixed with regular henna powder can actually be used to add a light chestnut color to your hair.  Look at that, a little color with the bonus of truly healthy, beautiful, not striped hair.

Facial Soaps and Facial Masks- Beetroot works great for skin blemishes and acne.  In fact using a facial mask with the addition of beetroot powder has shown a decrease in mothers mask and blemishes when used on a regular basis.  This is due to your facial pores receiving iron and vitamins from the beetroot.  Besides helping to fade away blemishes and reducing acne, beetroot in a facial mask will leave a healthy pinkish color to your face.  If you are interested an amazing facial recipe click on our beet root facial soap recipe.  Your face will thank you!  Please note, when adding beetroot powder to soap, it will eventually turn yellowish brown in color due to the alkalinity of the soap.  Although beetroot powder does discolor in soap, it still provides nutrition to the skin.

Blush- Are you looking to add a little hue to your checks?  Using beetroot powder as a blush is an amazing natural option to store bought blushes.  And, even better yet is the fact that Natures Garden has a Natural Beet Blush recipe that literally only contains 3 ingredients!  All natural, all healthy, and all beautiful!

Lip Glosses- With a little elbow grease, beetroot powder can be added to your lip gloss recipes as a natural colorant.  With the addition of flavoring, a beetroot lip gloss is just as effective even better then commercial lip glosses.  You can conquer two things: great glossy lips and a healthy pout to boot. For a link to one of the greatest natural lip gloss recipes on the internet check out our Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe.  When making lip gloss colored with beetroot powder, it is important that the beetroot powder is not clumpy when added to the recipe.  We also found that whipping the lip gloss mixture to incorporate the beetroot is necessary to get the beetroot properly suspended in the lip gloss oils/butters.

Bathing Products- You can use the addition of beetroot powder in your bath products too!  Whether you are using your beetroot powder to color your soaps or lotions, or including beetroot powder because of its nutrients for the skin, it can be done.  For a super great bath product recipe, look at our Rose Violet Bath Melts recipe.  The rich and vibrant color is achieved using nothing more than beetroot powder.  Just in case you are wondering….NO, this bath melt recipe will not stain your bathtub.

Once we uncovered what a key ingredient beetroot powder can be for bath and body products, the creative wheels just began cranking wildly.  We have been testing beetroot powder in various bath and body recipes for some time now.  Some of the most enlightening facts that we would like to share with you are:

Beetroot Powder has a tendency to clump.  If you are using beetroot powder for a body product, it is vital that you break up any clumps.  In doing so, you will find a nice even distribution of the beetroot powder among your mixture.

When working with beetroot powder and recipes that contain polar (water loving) components, we have found that “wetting” the powder in vegetable glycerin works wonders for incorporation, especially when you are using the beetroot powder as a natural colorant.  Please note:  If you are making a non-polar (oil based) product that does not have any polar (water loving) ingredients, vegetable glycerin should not be used for wetting.  Vegetable glycerin will settle out of recipes that are strictly non-polar. However, this “wetting” procedure works wonders in emulsified scrub recipes that contain an emulsifying wax, and in lotion recipes.

Beetroot Powder used in soaps will oxidize, turning the soap into a tanish brown color.

Obviously because beets can dye, there may be some hesitation when using beets in your cosmetic recipes.  But, have no fear of accidently dying your fingers a pink color.  The color (dye) of beetroot powder is water soluble.  Using lukewarm water and soap avoids any possible stain.  Another tip to remove the pink fingers is to rub lemon juice and salt on your fingers before you wash them with soap and water.  If beetroot has stained a fabric, try using a freshly sliced raw pear, rubbing the stain first before washing.

Beet Storage:
Beets contain a high nutritional value.  It is also these nutrients that are highly sensitive to air and light exposure.  Beet root powder should be stored in an air tight container.  This container should be in a dark, dry, cool place.  Although refrigeration and/or freezing is an option for beet root powder, it is not necessary.

Note: 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.

Organic Products with Essential Oils

Friday, April 19th, 2013

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Caryn Stockwell, Second Star Designs

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have been a professional seamstress and clothing designer for over 20 years, starting and closing a number of companies over the years.  In 2008, at the behest of a local store, I launched Second Star Designs with my line of children’s clothing – providing quality products that my customers could afford; clothing that could be handed down generation after generation instead of ending up in landfills.  In 2011, my skin developed a sensitivity to certain chemicals and fibers.  This led to the creation of clothing produced using only natural fibers and eventually, only organic materials.  This sensitivity increased to a point wherein I even became sensitive to the chemicals found in commercially produced body products. 

In 2012, out of concern for the environment and the toxins used in the majority of the products found on the store shelves, I created an organic healing salve for use in our home.  I shared this new product with friends and family.  Those using this salve responded with excitement over its healing properties, asking where they could purchase it in bulk.  Within a few short months, four stores in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area were carrying my healing salve and requesting additional products along similar lines.  These requests led to my Barista Blend lip balms, Aromatic Tub Teas, and organic MP soap bars, which were released in December 2012.

With the onset of 2013, I was accepted as an Official Designer for Fashion Week San Diego.  The organizers were interested in both my organic, bio-friendly adult clothing line and my small line of organic body products; asking me to bring both product lines to San Diego this coming Fall.  In the meantime, I was receiving requests from stores to add additional products to the body products line.  Always willing to try something new, I created my first loaf of cold process soap toward the end of January.  Much in the same way that one tattoo leads to another, one loaf of soap has led to another and another and another … with people wanting to purchase bars of soap simply from seeing photos posted on my Facebook Fan Page.

In the last three months, I have discovered a new passion in the creation of organic body products; products that we personally love to use.  In addition to the soaps, healing salve, and tub teas, I have added a number of organic products that consist of 98% to 100% organic ingredients, packaged in recyclable/biodegradable packaging.

3.  What products do you make and sell?   I have a line of clothing for infants and children.  I am designing and manufacturing a line of bio-friendly adult clothing.  Under the raison éthique™ by Second Star Designs label, I have added a line of organic body products to my repertoire:  CP soap, lip balms, tub teas, scented bath salts, chocolate solar salts, healing salve, capsaicin cream, whipped body soufflés, massage oil lotion bars, foaming liquid hand soap, bath truffles, and glycerin soap.  In the next two months, along with creating our own glycerin soap base, we anticipate offering massage oil candles which will be hand-crafted using a proprietary blend of GMO-free, non-soy, vegetable wax.

4.  What are your business goals?   We are hoping to grow both business divisions into self-supporting entities providing wonderful products that our customers’ skin will love to live in.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   I use a number of essential oils from Natures Garden; my favorites being their Natural Vanilla Infusion.  I have also recently discovered that NG carries a number of oils, butters and clays that are difficult to find anywhere else … which I plan on adding to my shopping list.

Your Website:  http://www.secondstardesigns.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/2ndStarDesigns

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/tinksecondstar

Blog:  http://2ndstardesigns.blogspot.com/

Natural Spa Products

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

fragrance-oils61. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Theresa Peoples  – Urban Essence Salon & Spa, LLC

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  We went into business as a result of our own family’s skin issues. We noticed that in commercially produced products the ingredients are often times harmful and contain small amounts of ingredients which are beneficial to your skin. Through intense research we learned that the ingredients such as Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Cocoa Butter are essential to soothing the increasing number of individuals with eczema, psoriasis and many other skin aliments. We have been in business for 10 years.

3. What products do you make and sell?  We make and sell Gourmet Luxury Soap, Whipped Body Butter, Foaming Butter Scrub, Shower Gel, Bath Tea, Bath Bonbons, Bath Salts, Lotion, Massage Oil, Lip Balm, and Sugar Scrubs.

4. What are your business goals?  Our mission and goals are one in the same. We promote awareness of product ingredients and use in order to create educated consumers who can make well-informed decisions regarding their UESS selections and complementary products.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I have to the say that the fragrance oils are my favorite.

Your Website:  www.urban-essence.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/UrbanEssenceSalonSpa

Twitter:  @UESalonSpa

Blog:  http://urbanessencesalonandspa.blogspot.com/

YouTube Channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/urbanessencesalon

Soaps and Soy Wax Candle Making

Monday, April 1st, 2013

sundries1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name?  My name Candi Scaiola and my company name is Soaps and Sundries by Candi

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  For years I made some soaps and gave them as gifts, but I have so much fun and find it so relaxing that I wanted to make more so I tried selling them and when I found people liked them I decided to start this business.  I’m fairly new; I’ve only been in business 3 years.

 3.  What products do you make and sell?  Soaps, Lotions, Dry Body Rubs, Bath Salts, Bath Teas, Foaming Hand Wash, Room Sprays, Candles, Melts, and soon I will be adding Bath Bombs.

4.  What are your business goals?  I do this while working a regular job.  I would like to get to the point where this is my job.  I enjoy it so much it really doesn’t feel like work.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  The majority of my products come from Natures Garden.  The soap I make is melt & pour and I use their SLS free clear glycerin soap base. And the lotion I make using their Yogurt Multi-base Lotion is a best seller for my customers as it does not leave a greasy feel to your skin.  My candles are made using their Soy Wax and I am about to expand to pillars using another of their waxes. Their product is First Class and I have never been disappointed.

Your Website: http://soapguildstores.com/soapsandsundriesbycandi

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soaps-Lotions-and-Sundries-by-Candi/131700566887223