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May
01

Homemade Herbal Shampoo

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Homemade-Herbal-ShampooHomemade Herbal Shampoo 

You can do a lot of good with DIY home recipes if you know what you’re doing in advance, but it will take a good bit of knowledge and work to make them happen. One such recipe is what we will point out ahead, making a homemade herbal shampoo. Before you begin you will need the following materials:

  • Roughly 2 ounces of unscented castile soap
  • 5 ounces of water infused with your choice of herbs
  • Quarter spoon of carrier oil or more if you have dry hair
  • 20-40 drops of essential oil of your choice

The herbal infusion should be the first step on your list, using a teaspoon or a pinch of each herb you want to place in the shampoo and placing it in a heatproof glass or jar. Pour a cup of simmering hot water over them and cap it off, letting it steep like that for a few hours. You can then strain it and take about 5 ounces of it. You can use the rest for bathwater or you can combine it with vinegar to make a refreshing hair rinse.

Using your castile soap, essential oil and carrier oil, mix them into the water you just set aside. You then need to stir it until they are mixed together. Make sure you avoid making bubbles if possible, as they will only make the job harder. You will then need to pour it all into a container you can use for bathing. An old shampoo bottle will do the trick just fine.

You can work with small batches of this shampoo at a time, storing the rest inside your fridge if you need to. You can have a shelf life of a few weeks at least, but you would still do well to check for problems regardless, since this is a homemade product without the chemicals present in commercial brands. You need to work by swirling or shaking the shampoo before each use, as it will have settled before you take a bath. You may want to follow that up with a bit of water and a bit of vinegar as well.

There can be a combination of fresh and dry herbs used for your purposes, but each and every one of them will be a different scent in the overall combination. Some of them are better for certain types of hair, while others not so much. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Chamomile is often used for lighter hair, while rosemary can be used for darker hair, but you can mix things if you feel like it. You can also make a great floral shampoo by using lavender, violets and roses as well as other flowers that pretty much match the essential oils you plan on using. You can also use thyme, tea tree oil and rosemary to make that happen as well.
  • Calendula and comfrey are also quite useful if you have scalp issues, as well as rosemary. Lavender can help heal a dry and itchy scalp, so it makes a great choice for herbal shampoos.

You should take great care when you work, since you may make a mess that requires careful cleaning. Although this is still soap, you don’t want to have it spill all over. Carpet cleaning, floor cleaning and even more cleaning will be necessary if you make a mess, so try to work in a location that allows you to deal with it without it.

Read more tips at: http://www.cleanerscleaning.org.uk/westminster-carpet-cleaners-W1/clean-carpet-westminster.html

We hope that you enjoy this Homemade Herbal Shampoo.  Please visit our recipe box for even more free recipes!

Feb
23

Tea Tree Oil Uses

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tea-treeTea Tree Oil Uses

Hello all you wonderfully crafty people! Are you looking to get into essential oils? Try out something new? Well, have you ever tried tea tree essential oil? Believe me, if you haven’t, you definitely want to! This is one amazing oil, with so many fantastic benefits! Yes, it is most well-known for its medicinal purposes, but it can be used for many other products and industries as well! Tea tree essential oil can be used for skin care, hair care, soap making, and even in your homemade bath and body products! Did you know that tea tree essential oil can even be used to freshen your carpets?

There are many great medicinal benefits to using tea tree oil. Tea tree essential oil is great for dental health. It can be used in homemade toothpaste recipes, working to treat and cure bad breath, as well as helping to relieve toothaches. Tea tree oil has many antiviral properties that work to treat many conditions such as chicken pox, cold sores, and even measles. Conjunctivitis, or otherwise known as pink eye, can even be treated using tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is native to Australia and has been used there for many years to treat many skin conditions and strengthen the immune system. It also works to treat many respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, and coughing. Tea tree essential oil can be used as treatment for many other conditions as well including sunburns, herpes, persistent body odor, yeast infections, chest congestion, vaginal infections, the flu, pulmonary inflammation, toenail fungus, ear infections, scabies, and many nose and mouth infections.

Common bath and body products that can include tea tree essential oil are gels, toners, scrubs, hair products, lotions, creams, body wash, facial wash, foot balms, foot powders, soaps, and even homemade cleaning products. Your hair can greatly benefit from using tea tree oil. It works to prevent lice and hair loss, as well as treating dandruff and dry scalp. Tea tree oil works to nourish the hair roots, unclog hair follicles, and even promote new hair growth. When used for skin care, tea tree oil can be used to cure dry skin and chapped lips, remove any skin tags, reduce rashes and relieve any itchiness, soothe and heal burns, and even bring relief from razor burns. Tea tree oil also works as an antiseptic for small cuts and wounds, and can treat many skin conditions like acne, athlete’s foot, and psoriasis.

Did you know that during World War II, the cutters and producers of the tea tree were actually exempt from military service until enough of the tea tree essential oil had been gathered? It was sent along with soldiers for them to use as treatment for wounds and many tropical infections. Are you still curious about this amazing essential oil? Well then make sure to check out our free Tea Tree Oil Class! We also offer many wonderful free recipes all made with tea tree oil including our Rejuvenating Foot Balm, our Peppermint Cold Process Foot Soap, and our Stinky Feet Foot Powder! However, please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it is for educational purposes only! We sell tea tree essential oil for external use only! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Enjoy these great products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
17

Scentscaping

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scentscapingScentscaping

Hello everyone! I hope this finds you all having an amazing day! Don’t you ever walk into a business and think “Man it smells so good in here, I wonder how they did that!” or maybe you walk into your friends’ house and the little jealousy monster comes around because every room in their house smells so unique and amazing and you just cannot figure out why? I do it all the time, and I’m sure you guys do too! Have you ever heard of scentscaping? Honestly, it’s all the rage right now and so much fun! Scentscaping is actually how they all fill their homes and businesses with those wonderful smells and fragrances! It is the new upcoming trend that you are definitely sure to love!

Scentscaping is actually very easy! It is basically being able to have a specific scent in different rooms of your home! Did you know that each home or business actually has its own specific scent? While I’m sure each one is amazing, why not try filling your house with your very own hand-picked scents? It is said that big businesses actually take part in the scentscaping process. They pick a smell sure to entice customers in, or one that is certain to remind them of just that business. When picking your own fragrance for the scentscaping process, first make sure to decide on what you want that specific room to feel like. It is actually recommended that you choose a scent that will trigger other peoples’ moods and emotions.

Once you have chosen your scent, for example, if you are looking for an energizing scent, you can use our Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil. But no matter what mood you want to attain, we have over 800+ fragrances here at Nature’s Garden! And we definitely have multiple scents to go with every mood! You can also achieve scentscaping using essential oils as well! Once you have chosen your scents, there are many fun and easy ways to achieve scentscaping.  How about trying our Spicy Liquid Potpourri Recipe to create a warm and cozy feeling in your living room.  Perhaps you want your kitchen to smell like you have been baking scrumptious blueberry muffins without all the mess and clean up!  Well then, our Blueberry Muffin Candle Recipe is for you!  How about a strategically placed reed diffuser in the bath room? I highly recommend our Ginger Lime Fragrance Oil for this one!  It gives it a nice fresh and clean scent!  You can also try our Envelope Sachet Recipe which uses our aroma beads to help with your scentscaping.

These free recipes are sure to be amazing scentscapers that you are sure to love! Don’t hesitate to try out this awesome new trend! It is definitely the new upcoming thing and it is so easy! Have fun and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
25

Essential Oils

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essential oils Essential Oils

Hello everyone! Have you figured out all of our features on our new site yet? We think it’s awesome and amazing and we hope you feel the same way! For all you crafters out there, do you like to make products that include essential oils? Here at Nature’s Garden we offer many different products including many pure grade essential oils! Being pure grade, they are not diluted with any solvents or carrier oils. We have over 20+ essential oils available to our customers. If you haven’t worked with them before, maybe they could be a cool new project for you to try? They are great for soap making and cosmetics!

Never used essential oils before? Are you worried that you may not know how to use them correctly but really want to try them? Have no fear! We offer a free class! On our homepage, on the left in the Free Recipes and Classes Box, if you click on Soap Making Classes that will take you to our Soap Classes page which offers every soap making class we have. Our Essentials Oils Class is right in the top row! You can also get to the class by clicking on our Free Recipes and Classes box right on the top of our page. Once that takes you to our Free Recipes and Classes page, click on Herb Classes and our Essential Oils Class is available there also.

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free classes and recipes page

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Are you an experienced essential oils user? Haven’t used ours before? You should definitely try them out! We offer 20+ of them! To get to our essential oils, go to our Fragrance Oils option at the top of our site. A drop box will appear and Essential Oils is right on top in the second column. If you click on that, it will take you right to our Essential Oils page with all of our options available right there. We have everything from a Cassia Essential Oil to Sweet Fennel! Many many different and great options! We have also included a Natural Vanilla Infusion with our essential oils section. We even have our top sellers listed at the bottom of the page.

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We have also included the IFRA Certificate (International Fragrance Association) for each and every essential oil we have. Once you’ve chosen a specific oil, underneath the picture click on the little link that says IFRA Certificate. The certificates also show a little chart that states the maximum use for that oil in different categories. Each category is listed underneath the chart. For example, Category 2 is deoderants and antiperspirants, Category 8 is make up removers, hair dyes, and nail care, etc etc. Be sure to check the certificate for the maximum usage amounts for each essential oil before using them in your products!

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IFRA certificate

Essential oils are wonderful to use in your soaps and cosmetics. Don’t hesitate to try ours! We offer 20+ pure grade oils here at Nature’s Garden so I’m positive you will find some that you’ll love! Have fun! Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have! We are here to help you succeed! Be sure to keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Aug
07

Stinky Feet Powder Recipe

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stinky feet powderStinky Feet Powder Recipe

Athletes and people who have strenuous jobs may develop “stinky feet” from time to time.  So, we at Natures Garden set out to create a foot powder especially for people who suffer from “stinky feet”.   Our Stinky Feet Foot Powder is naturally formulated to neutralize these strong odors; leaving your feet dry and refreshed.

Ingredients:

121 grams Kaolin White Clay Powder

202 grams Baking Soda

10 grams Lavender Flowers Powder

10 grams Calendula Flowers Powder

15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops Lime Distilled Essential Oil

8 oz powder bottles (2)

 

Directions:

1. Weigh out and mix 121 grams of Kaolin White Clay Powder, 202 grams of Baking Soda, 10 grams of Lavender Flowers Powder, and 10 grams Calendula Flowers Powder.

2. Incorporate in 15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil and 10 drops Lime Distilled Essential Oil; making sure you mix the oils in with your hands to break up any unnecessary lumps.

3. Dispense the mixture into the two 8 oz powder bottle and press the lids on top until you hear them pop shut.

 

We hope that you enjoy our “stinky feet” foot powder recipe! This recipe will leave your feet smelling great, while making them dry and refreshed.

Apr
18

Why Rebatch

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rebatch soapRebatching your soap can literally be a “saving redo” for your soap recipe.

Sometimes your homemade soap bars are cracked, brittle, or just not performing like what you were hoping for. 

These are all perfect examples as to why you would rebatch your recipe.  But, it just doesn’t stop there. 

Soapers rebatch a soap recipe for a variety of reasons.  Below is a list of the benefits and key points you should know about rebatching a soap recipe.  Rebatching soap is essentially making the soap twice.  The first time you are completing the saponification process.  (Or, you may be using soap that has already been through the saponification process.)  Then, the second time you grate down the soap and melt it (for the reason you are rebatching). 

Benefits of a Rebatch
Rebatching a soap recipe for the addition of heat sensitive ingredients: 

Sometimes with homemade soap crafting, there are certain fragrances or essential oils that you really want to scent your soap bars; but worry that the scents cannot handle the high heat due to the saponification process.  Many times with low flash point fragrances or essential oils, there is scent burn off.  What results in your finished bars is soap that has little or no scent.  Rebatching soap will not only safely allow you to add these heat sensitive scents, but allow them to stay true to their scent (less burn off). 

Also, some fragrance oils may cause cold process soap to seize (turning your soap into a solid mass with no fluidity).  If you have your heart set on using one of these fragrances in your soap recipe, it can be done through the process of rebatching; without seizing your batch.  Usually fragrance oils that seize  your soap contain DPG.  None of the fragrance oils we carry at Natures Garden contain DPG. 

When it comes to coloring for cold process soap, it is very important to select ones that do not morph.  Through the process of rebatching, you do not need to worry about pH sensitive colorants.  And, sometimes this is just the answer to achieve that certain color.  With rebatch soap, the soap base that you are using has already completed the saponification process; therefore, the colorants that normally would discolor will not.   This is true for herbs that are used as natural soap colorants as well.  Although it should be stated that some herbs naturally discolor due to oxidation. 

Herbs not only offer color, but also wonderful and various benefits to your finished bars of soap.  The only problem is they can directly affect your soaping procedure.  Many herbs can speed up trace.  Even more so, some herbs cannot survive the saponification process and will discolor as a result.  With rebatching, this is not as big of an issue.  Herbs like lavender flowers, for example, can be added without worrying that those beautiful flowers will turn brown. 

Rebatch Opportunity
Rebatching allows for perfection:

Rebatching is also a wonderful method to use to correct a soap recipe.  Things can get a little chaotic when soaping, and it could be possible that you overlooked adding one of your soaping ingredients and did not realize it until after the soap was molded.  This resulted in your finished bars being too lye heavy.  A rebatch allows you the perfect opportunity to add that missing ingredient and balance out your soap.  This opportunity also allows for superfatting a recipe after saponification; or correcting soap bars that are too soft (made with too many fats or soft oils).

It is possible too that while making soap, your batter becomes too thick too quick for the addition of color or scent.  With rebatch, the soap can be scented and colored like you never missed a beat. 

Rebatch can also help correct a false trace recipe.
 
Rebatch, a Second Chance for Soaps
Sometimes, as a soaper, you will have pounds of soap scraps that you have on hand.  Rebatching the soap lets you make loaves (and bars) of them once more.  And will clear out all of that soaping space. 

Points to Know about Rebatch
Some soapers love to rebatch soap, others rebatch only when necessary, and some soapers just do not like to rebatch.  What ever your stance is on rebatch, it is a method that allows for many otherwise missed opportunities.   Here are some key points to know about rebatch. 

When making soap that is a rebatch, it will never completely liquefy.  Even after spending hours in the crock pot, or on the stove top (with the double boiler method), the best you will ever achieve is more of a thick gel like state.  Sometimes the soap may even be globby like.  This does not affect the soap being soap, but it will affect the finished look of your bars. 

When it comes to molding your rebatch soap, it is highly likely to get trapped air bubbles.  This is just the nature of the thick gel like globby beast.  It is extremely important to tap your mold as your fill it to prevent these pesky little buggers from being a problem in your finished soap bars.  You may also notice that it may be slightly more difficult to mold your soap while in this state.  This will be especially true if you are used to pouring it (like cold process soap batter).  With rebatch soap, you will need a ladle and scoop the rebatch soap into your mold. 

For the finished bars of rebatch soap, they will look very similar to hot process soap bars.  They have a very rustic look to them, and will not have the traditional smooth and creamy look that cold process has. 

On a final note, rebatching soap is truly a labor of love.  There will be lots of TLC (because of the time put in) and additional work to do this method.  But, if you are willing to put in the extra effort in (grating the soap), you will be able to rebatch your soap and have the end results that you are looking to achieve. 

Jan
17

Herbs as Gifts

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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.

Jan
15

Herbal Infusion

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Herbal InfusionHerbal Infusion

Many times the herbs that we seek out to use in a bath or body recipe may be a little too coarse for our skin.  This is the point where typically a conundrum lies.  The battle that is at hand is the great skin loving nutrients and benefits that herbs are able to provide versus the rigidity and awkwardness of the herbs physical form.  This is especially true for herbs that are cut and sifted.

There is however great news to share.  An herbal infusion is the problem solver in this situation.

What is an Herbal Infusion:  The true definition of the action of infusion is a procedure of withdrawing various nutritive compounds of an herb into a solvent, and allowing them to linger in the solvent for a period of time.  Basically, an herbal infusion is the method of extracting the medicinal benefits of herbs and steeping them to allow the transfer of herbal benefits into another medium.

There are different kinds of herbal infusions that can be made.  They all vary according to what medium is used.  The different solvents or mediums that can be used for an herbal infusion are water, oil (such as olive oil, apricot kernel oil, or sweet almond oil), vegetable glycerin, vinegar, propylene glycol, or alcohol.  Typically, herbal infusions made with alcohol or vegetable glycerin are referred to as tinctures or extracts.  The difference between extracts and tinctures is the amount of herb infused in the alcohol or glycerin.  An extract is considered 1 part herb to 1 part alcohol or glycerin.  A tincture is considered 1 part herbs to 3 parts alcohol or glycerin.

Infusions are necessary with some herbs due to their delicate nature.  Typically the fragile parts of the plant are used for infusions; this would be the parts that are above ground.  These parts would include:  leaves, flowers, stems, or aromatic pieces.   It is important to know your herbs and understand their nature before deciding the best infusion route to take.

Hot infusions:
Hot infusions will bring out vitamins, and enzymes.  This type of infusion will also allow the aromatic notes of the herbs out, which are also known as essential oils.  This method works best for the herbs that are a little more reluctant to forgo their medicinal characteristics.  This is generally the herbs in the form of barks and roots; although all portions of the plant can be used.  Herbal tea is the most popular example of a hot herbal infusion.

Cold infusions:
Cold infusions are best for herbs that have a heat sensitive nature.  Using the hot method with these types of herbs may eliminate some of the remedial properties.  This process is best for these types of herbs because through steeping (allowing a plant material to set in a medium undisturbed), they will release their medicinal attributes without being forced to do so with heat.

It is believed that the best types of herbs to use for an infusion are dried ones.  This is because nourishing minerals and phytochemicals that are naturally in herbs are best accessed by the drying out of the herb.  However, fresh herbs may also be used.

Depending on the method of your herbal infusion, it will vary the strength of the infusion itself.  Another deciding factor with infusion is the time that your herbal infusion will take as well as the deadline of your need for the infusion.  There are several different ways varying in strength and steep time that you can infuse herbs.

solar herbal infusionSolar Infusion:  This method involves the placement of your herbs and your solvent into a covered glass jar.  Make sure the cover is on tightly.  Then you allow your jar to set undisturbed in a warm/sunny area of your home-under a skylight or in a window sill. Allow this mixture to set for at least two weeks.  For more potent infusions, allow to set for 4-6 weeks.  After the time has passed, you may strain the herbs out with cheesecloth and use.  To make an even stronger infusion with this method, after straining, add another round of herbs to the same oil and allow it to set and steep again for two additional weeks.  Solar infusions typically use oils as the medium.  NOTE:  While sun tea can be made this way, it is important to understand that water can grow mold and bacteria within days.  Therefore, refrain from allowing sun tea to set in the sun more than a day before using or before refrigerating.

Oven Extraction:  The best method to use if you have selected a heat sensitive oil as your solvent and you are in a time crunch.  This method involves placing your herbs and solvent in a glass jar.  You will also want to make sure that you have it covered with a tight fitting lid.  Once sealed, select a deep cake pan and fill it with water.  The water level should rise to cover about half of your jar.  Then, simply place your deep cake pan into the oven and allow it to heat for several hours.  You want to make sure your oven temperature is on its lowest setting.  Once the time has passed, strain the herb out and allow the infusion to reach room temperature before using.

Hot water herbal infusionHot Water Steep:  This herbal infusion can be done if water is your selected solvent.  To do this method, place your herbs in a glass container.  Then, boil water.  Once your water is at a boil, turn off the stove top and carefully pour the boiling water over the herbs and into the jar.  Once the hot water has been added, quickly lid the jar tightly.  Allow the herbs to steep for 4-10 hours before opening the container to strain the herbs out.  Allow the infusion to reach room temperature before using.  A recipe for this hot water tea infusion:  Place 1 cup of dried herbs into a quart jar.  Pour hot water over the herbs.  Lid.  Set for 4-6 hours.  Strain.

Double Boiler:  This method is done by placing the herbs and oil in a lidded pot with the tightest lid possible.  Herbal Oil Infusion Recipe:  45 grams white sage leaves  + 392 grams of apricot kernel oil.  Next, take a second bigger pot and place water into it. Then, place the bigger pot on the stove top and set it on a lower temperature setting.  Next, place the smaller lidded pot containing your herbs and oil into the bigger one.   Allow this to simmer slowly for 30 minutes to an hour.  Throughout the time, continuously check your oil to make sure it is not overheating, and stir.  After the time has elapsed, strain the herbs out using a cheesecloth.   Allow the infusion to reach room temperature before using.

Tips for Infusions:
You can add extra scent to your infusion by adding fragrance oils or essential oils.

You can place the herbs that you will be infusing into a teabag or cheesecloth to help make the straining process easier.

No matter which method of infusion you are doing, a tight fitting lid is essential to the process.

You can combine herbs to make creative herbal infusions.

Uses for Infusions:
Water infusions can be used as a hair rinse.  This rinse can be left on the hair until the next time you shampoo.

Water infusions can be ingested as a tea (hot or cold) as long as the herb is safe for consumption.  Some herbs cannot be ingested at all, and can be deadly if consumed.   Check with your doctor before ingesting any herbs.  Honey can be added to make the taste of the tea more favorable.  If you have remaining infusion, refrigerate to slow spoilage rate.

Herbal infusions can be applied directly to the skin.  Oil infusions can be used for oil based bath and body products like massaging oils.

Herbal infusions can be inhaled for aromatherapy purposes.

Oil infusions can be bases for salves and balms.

You can use an oil infusion for emulsion products like sugar scrubs, lotions, and soaps.

For all natural herbs that you can use to make your own herbal infusions, shop Natures Garden’s Herbs.

Natures Garden sells our herbs for external applications only.  We are providing this information for herbal infusions for educational purposes only.  Nothing we mention should be construed as medical advice or for medical treatment purposes.   Please consult your doctor before using any herbs for treatment or other medicinal purposes.

Jan
14

Shea Butter Recipes

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Shea butter cold process soap Great Shea Butter Recipes

Shea Butter has amazing benefits for your skin.  The addition of this ingredient in your products will give your merchandise often sought out advantages.  Rich in vitamins a and e, Shea butter is great for reviving and moisturizing skin, hair, and nails.  Plus, Shea butter is readily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy feel behind.  Shea butter also does not clog pores, and is gentle enough to use for skin irritations on babies.

Key Points of Shea Butter

Shea butter can help in the removal of age spots, scars, and stretch marks.  It also helps to invigorate collagen production from our bodies, keeping our skin looking healthy, radiant, and supple; therefore reducing sagging skin.

Shea butter is anti inflammatory.  This makes it a perfect ingredient for body products that help to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, sore and achy muscles, and wind/sun/minor heat burns.

Shea butter is a natural moisturizing agent.  This is a great ingredient to use for people that suffer from skin irritations such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.  However, Shea butter is gentle enough to use on babies for diaper rashes.  Also, Shea butter is a superb additive to combat those rougher areas of your body; such as the heels, knees, and elbows.

For hair products, Shea butter is a winner.  Not only does Shea butter help thinning and damaged hair, but it will also promote growth of hair as well.  A perfect bonus to this butter is that it fights dandruff and can even be used as a natural hair conditioner.

Shea butter will also help cracked cuticles and promote healthy nail beds.

A great massage oil, Shea butter allows for penetrating, deep tissues massages and can be scented for aromatherapy reasons.

Here are some phenomenal Shea butter themed recipes for homemade bath and body products:

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