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Nov
18

Herbs in the Bible

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herbs in the bibleHerbs in the Bible

With Christmas right around the corner, there is so much to do to get ready for it! Decorating, presents, making Christmas cookies, and the list goes on! Are you working on any new and exciting holiday projects? Or maybe you’re looking for a new unique gift to give to your loved ones for the holidays that is a way to remind them of what the Christmas season is really all about? Well, maybe you could try something with herbs! It just so happens that there are many herbs that have been used since Biblical times and are referenced in the Bible!

 

Aloe Vera- Aloe has been used since Biblical times to treat many wounds, burns, skin irritations and even constipation. It was also used as a perfume, and used to embalm the dead. Now a days, when used in soaping and cosmetics, aloe vera can be used to treat sunburns, acne, skin aging, and stretch marks. It is also used as a moisturizer, and has over 75 different nutrients such as enzymes and amino acids that help to keep you healthy.

aloe vera

Hyssop- Hyssop was used in the Old and New Testaments as a cleansing agent. It was used in Israelite ceremonial rituals as an inner cleanser. Now hyssop can be used to treat bronchitis, bruises, and coughing. It also helps to inhibit sweating, increase or induce menstrual flow, and has anti-fungal and anti-spasmodic properties.

hyssop

Myrrh- In the Bible, myrrh is one of the gifts the three wise men brought for the baby Jesus. It was also used as a salve to purify the dead and as an ingredient for anointing oil in the Tabernacle. Myrrh has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties. It can be used in cosmetics and bath and body products to preserve the complexion, reduce swelling, skin rejuvenation, reduce wrinkles and to treat canker sores, bad breath, blisters, gum disease, sore throats and even bad breath.

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Saffron- In ancient times, saffron was coveted for its’ distinct yellow color. It was used as a dye and for food flavoring. It was also used medicinally to treat bubonic plague, upset stomach, and smallpox. Today, saffron can be used in cosmetics to help to smooth and brighten skin, cure acne, stop hair loss and promote new hair growth. It can also be used medicinally to treat depression, allergies, cancer, and help dieters to feel full.

saffron

Frankincense- This herb, along with myrrh, was one of the gifts for baby Jesus from the three wise men. It was used during ceremonial offerings in biblical times, as a way to fumigate peoples’ homes, and it was considered an article of luxury. In candles and cosmetics, frankincense is used to reduce lung and sinus congestion, treat wounds, rejuvenate skin, fight bacterial and fungal infections, and to treat acne. It can also reduce wrinkles and repair scarring.

frankincense

Cinnamon- Cinnamon was once considered more valuable than gold. It was used for perfumes and was an ingredient in anointing oils. Now cinnamon can be used in cosmetics to inhibit the growth of fungi, treat acne and eczema, plump the skin, promote hair growth, and it can be used to relieve an itchy scalp.

cinnamon

Anise- All parts of this plant were used in biblical times. It was considered so valuable that it was even used as currency. It was also used for tithes and offerings. Anise was also used as a medicine for flatulence and to avoid indigestion. In soaps, anise can be used for exfoliation and to bring some natural color. In cosmetics it is used to treat oily skin, coughing, body odor, and it is used as a natural antacid.

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Rosemary- Rosemary signifies love, remembrance, and friendship. It was used in ancient times to cleanse altars and placed underneath beds or in love satchets as protection from harm. One story tells that all of the rosemary flowers turned from white to blue when Mary was fleeing from Herod’s soldiers with the baby Jesus. It can be used as a natural decoration for candles. It has antioxidant and antiseptic properties so when used in cosmetics, it reduces wrinkles and removes dead skin. It also treats bruising and relieves arthritis pain.

rosemary

Lavender- When referenced in the Bible, lavender is actually called spikenard.  Mary used it to anoint the feet of Jesus and it was regarded as a way to protect people from evil. It can be used is cosmetics and soap for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial properties. It is used to treat eczema, acne, psoriasis, and oily skin. In bath teas and facial masks it is used as a relaxant and to soothe skin.

lavender

Lady’s Bedstraw- otherwise known as Madara or galium verum. It is said that Mary actually prepared the manger for the Christ child using this herb. It is rich in antioxidants that slow down skin aging and it also helps to reduce wrinkles. It has many skin rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.

ladys bedstraw

All of these herbs in the Bible were used for specific and unique reasons! They are perfect to use for any holiday gift or project!  Enjoy them all and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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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
22

Basil

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basil Basil

Hi everyone! Are you looking for new crafts? Maybe a new herb to use in your bath and body products? Or maybe it’s your first time making soaps or bath and body products and you’re looking for a good herb to use? Well here it is! How about basil? Basil is a wonderful herb that can be used in a variety of ways in many different products and industries! It is most well known for being used in foods and for culinary purposes, but it can also be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, hair care, bath and body products and even soaping!

Basil, or otherwise known as ocimum basilicum, is an herb in the family Lamiaceae that is mainly used for culinary purposes. It is native to India, New Guinea, Southeast Asia, and China. It was first domesticated in India and has been cultivated for over 5,000 years there. The word basil comes from the Greek word βασιλεύ, meaning “king.” In India, it is believed that placing basil in the mouths of the dying ensures that they will reach God. Ancient Egyptians believed that basil would open the gates of heaven for their loved ones and in Europe, basil is placed in the hands of the dead to ensure a safe journey.

There are many medicinal benefits to using basil as well. There are anti-septic properties in the leaves that help treat wounds, ulcers, and cuts. It is also rich in vitamin A which helps to treat many eye problems such as sore eyes and blindness. Basil also helps to prevent glaucoma, cataracts, and degeneration of the eyes. Basil tea is said to help promote milk production in nursing mothers and it is said that mothers should take basil right before or after birth to promote blood circulation. The leaves are rich in phytonutrients and healing oils that treat malarial and dengue fevers. The leaves also help the body to form new blood cells and renew energy levels that can help stop weight gain. Basil can also be used to treat colds, sore throats, throat and mouth infections, headaches and migraines, restlessness and the pain caused from chicken pox, measles and small pox. It also helps to sharpen the mind and is a great stress reliever.

Many bath and body can contain basil as well. Many common products are lotions, ointments, creams, massage oils, bath teas, bath bombs, bath teas, facials tonics and masks, and shampoos and conditioners. Basil is a great exfoliant for the skin, and also helps to treat acne and prevent blackheads, and treats many skin infections and even ringworm. It can prevent gray hair and hair loss and also gives hair a better luster when used as an infusion in shampoos and conditioners. Basil also helps to strengthen the hair and rejuvenate the hair follicles. When basil is used for soap making, it gives the soap a wonderful aroma, is a gentle skin exfoliant and treats acne problems.

Wondering how to find this awesome product on our site? Just type “basil” in the search bar! That will take you directly to a page titled “Search Results for “Basil.”” It shows our ground basil leaf, and all of our wonderful basil fragrances! Our basil class is also available right there! Enjoy! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla! Looking for new recipes? Check out all of our free classes and recipes!

basil results 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
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
09

Hibiscus

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hibiscus Hibiscus

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.”

hibiscus page

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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Oct
07

Calendula

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calendula Calendula

Hello everybody! Are you getting ready for Halloween? Have your own little ghosts and goblins chosen their costumes yet? I can’t believe Halloween is only weeks away! Well, for all you crafters out there, are you looking for a good natural herb to include in your soaps or bath melts? Have you tried calendula? Calendula is a great herb that is more commonly known as the marigold flower. It can be used in many different industries such as cosmetics and soaping. So get ready, calendula is pretty awesome and would be a great addition to future projects!

Calendula is a very well known therapeutic herb. The word is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae which means “little calendar” or “little clock.” The flower goes along with its name because it usually blooms every month or every full moon. Another name for it is “Mary’s Gold,” referring to the Virgin Mary. Some Catholic ceremonies use the flower as a way to honor her. The flower is typically bright yellow, orange or gold. In existence, there are over 100 varieties of calendula. Egyptians considered it to have rejuvenating powers. It possesses anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and is a big help with keeping skin smooth and healthy. Calendula is used in many industries such as bath and body products. It is great for people who suffer from varicose veins. After applying calendula to the affected areas for a few weeks, the veins have been known to shrink down. It also helps with dermatitis and acne problems. It also helps to heal minor cuts and bruising as well as some bug bites and stings and even burns. Here’s a cool use, if you use calendula as a hair product, it helps to improve your hair’s shine and makes it softer. It also will bring out blonde or brunette highlights!

This herb is a great ingredient for cold process soap. In fact, we have a recipe here at Nature’s Garden for Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap. Not only can it be used in soaps, calendula can also be used a decorative element for soaps. We also have a great recipe for Calendula Bath Melts. We also sell Calendula Flowers Powder and even whole Calendula Flowers. On our homepage, if you just type Calendula into our search bar it will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for Calendula.” All of our recipes and products with calendula are right there available for purchase. Did you know that in the 18th and 19th centuries calendula was used to color cheese? Neither did I! Neat though, right? However, here at Nature’s Garden we only sell calendula for external purposes only, not for food. And please do not take my blog as medical advice! Always make sure to ask your doctor before using anything as a substitute for medical treatment!

calendula products

Have I convinced you that calendula is just pure awesome! There are so many different uses for it, even in food! Did you know that marigold leaves are completely edible? Some people use them on a salad as garnish to spruce up the color! It was even once used as a dye for fabrics! Now come on, this product is purely awesome, make sure to add it to your future projects and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Jun
20

Hair Gel Recipe

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hair gel recipe Hair Gel Recipe Using Flax Seed

Making homemade hair gel has been on the creative teams list for some time now.  However, now knowing how easy this recipe is to make, we are overcome with all of the possibilities that this simple hair gel recipe provides.  In fact, one of the best aspects of this natural hair gel recipe is that it can be customized specifically for your hair type.

The basic recipe has 4 ingredients.  They are flax seed, distilled water, optiphen, and fragrance.  That is it!  Although as mentioned earlier other additives can be introduced.   Some of these examples would include:

Epsom Salt can be added to your recipe to intensify curls
Honey can be added to increase your hair gels hold
Jojoba Oil or Shea Butter are two great ingredients to provide moisturizing elements to your gel
Slippery Elm Bark can be added to increase your gels slip

Through our research, we have found that there are 2 options when it comes to creating your very own hair gel.  What it breaks down to basically is soaking overnight vs. boil time.  By soaking your flax seed the night before you decrease the amount of cooking time the hair gel is on the stove top.  Soaking will also boost your gel output.

This hair gel recipe is perfect for wavy or curly hair.  Not only will this gel moisturize and help define the curls, but it will not leave your curls stiff or crunchy.

There are currently 3 different versions of the hair gel recipe available on Natures Gardens website.  They are Silky Hair Gel Recipe, Curl Pop Hair Gel Recipe, and Shea Butter Hair Gel Recipe.  Each one is very easy to make and the recipes do vary slightly.  Although each one of these recipes do call for a recommended fragrance oil for scent, you can use any body safe fragrance oil that Natures Garden carries.  Just check out the Recommended Fragrance Usage for Bath Oils, Soaps, and Bath Gels (IFRA category 4) for the percentage rate of usage (located under the fragrance oil description area).

So, if you are ready to give this really easy to make recipe a try, let’s get started!  Today we will be making 8 ounces of Curl Pop Hair Gel.

Here is the list of ingredients and supplies you will need:
Scale
Distilled Water
Flax Seed Whole
Glass Bowl
Mixing Spoon
Pot
Spatula
Epsom Salt
Knee High Pantyhose (brand new)
Thermometer
NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil
OPTIPHEN – Preservative
Whisk
Funnel
8oz. Purple PET Bullet Bottle
Black Lotion Pumps 24/410

soaking the flax seed overnight
Step 1:
 Place your glass bowl onto your scale and tare out the weight.  Then, carefully weight out 43 grams of flax seed and tare out the weight again.  Next, to the bowl add 440 grams of distilled water.  Using your mixing spoon, give these two ingredients a quick stir.  Finally, cover the bowl and place it into the refrigerator overnight.

adding epsom salt to the flax seed mixture
Step 2:
 After your flax seed has soaked overnight, take the bowl out of the fridge.  Remove the cover.  Using your spatula, scrap all of the mixture into your pot.  Now, to the mixture weight out and add 3 grams of Epsom Salt.  Once added, place the pot on the stove top and set the heat to high.  Generously stir the mixture as it is heating.

heating up the flax seed gel

Step 3:  Once the mixture is at a consistent boil, reduce the heat to a medium setting.  Keep stirring the mixture.

flax seed suspended in the gel

Step 4:  Let the mixture cook for 5 minutes on the medium heat setting.  Remember to keep the mixture moving by stirring.  When you see the flax seed staying suspended in the mixture, remove the pot from the heat source and turn it off.

straining out the flax seed

Step 5:  Now, get a container and place your brand new pantyhose over the opening.  Carefully pour the gel into the hosiery.   Once the mixture is all there, immediately rinse out the pot (this will save you scrubbing time later).

natural flax seed hair gel

Step 6:  Caution the mixture is hot!  Now, apply pressure to the pantyhose to strain out as much gel as possible (if you use tongs, just be careful not to put a run in your pantyhose).  You will notice that you really have to apply force to get the gel out among all of the flax seed.  When finished, remove the pantyhose.

monitor your hair gel temperature

Step 7:  To make this step less messy, we transferred the gel back into the mixing bowl.  Temperature is very important to this step, so place your thermometer in your hair gel now.  Once the temperature of the gel reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, quickly add 3 grams of Optiphen and 13 grams of NG Biolage Matrix Type Fragrance Oil.

scenting and preserving your hair gel
Step 8:  Slowly and carefully, use your whisk to incorporate the fragrance oil and Optiphen into the gel.

bottle up the hair gel

Step 9:  Once the hair gel has cooled, place your funnel into your bottle, and fill.   Then,  lid with a pump.

Your Curl Pop hair gel is now ready to use.  Simply pump the gel into the palm of your hand and apply as you normally do.  You are going to love how great your hair smells and looks all day long!

 

Feb
21

Lavender

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lavender in bath productsLavender Flowers

This amazing herb does wonderful things when introduced as a skin care ingredient.  Whether it is used in flower form, powder form, or in the form of an essential oil, lavender can be a go to ingredient for aromatherapy needs, antiseptic benefits, or even relief from pain and discomfort due to skin irritations.  This beautiful herb is also cherished for its decorative nature in both the body care industry as well as food and beverage industries, especially when it comes to the realm of teas and desserts.

The name lavender comes from its scientific name lavandula which is actually derived from the Latin word lavare which means to wash.  In fact, lavender was often heavily used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans for its antiseptic benefits for the skin, healing powers, and as an aromatic perfume.

There are several ways to use the wonderful benefits of lavender in your homemade skin care and body wellness products.  The very aromatic herb lavender is available for purchase in several different mediums at Natures Garden.

Lavender Flower Whole Select-  In this shape, it can be used directly in items like bath teas and soaps.  This form of herb can be steeped to make an oil infusion which then can be used in a plethora of bath and body products like: skin toners, lotions, body creams, perfumes, shampoos, etc.

Lavender Flower Powder-  In powder form, lavender can be used directly in your formulations and this even includes body powders.  The only precaution to remember when using this herb is that as with any powder, it is prone to clumping if not made into a paste first.

As an essential oil, lavender is available as Lavender Essential Oil 40/42 or Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil.  Either of these essential oils can be used to scent your products for aromatherapy needs or to take advantage of all of the skin care benefits lavender provides.

The scent of lavender is one of the most well known aromas worldwide.  No matter where you live, chances are you have smelled this distinctive scent.  Often used in aromatherapy and in body care products as a natural antidepressant; lavender will ease stress and tension by promoting relaxation.  Lavender works as a nervine; calming the nerves and reducing irritability of the mind and body.

As an analgesic, this herb can actually help to reduce pain from skin issues and aliments like acne, boils, eczema, and psoriasis.  This herb is even beneficial for treating burns, sunburns, insect bites and stings.

As a natural air freshener, lavender also works to fight against air borne viruses.  You can achieve this by simply steeping lavender buds in water and letting the aroma fill the air.

Lavender has an array of uses; to read the full class on all of the benefits of lavender, please click on this link.

To view some wonderful bath and body recipes that contain the amazing herb of lavender in flower form or in powder form, please check out the links below:

Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe
Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe
Fizzy Milk Bath Recipe
Sensual Massage Oil Recipe
Lavender Luxury Cold Process Soap Recipe
Relaxing Eye Pillow Recipe
Lavender Apple Sugar Scrub Recipe
Lavender Vanilla Body Powder Recipe

Natures Garden sells our lavender flowers herbs and essential oils for external applications only.  In the above written blog post, we briefly discussed the wonderful benefits of lavender and the some of its uses across various industries.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before using any of this information for treatment purposes.  We provide this data for educational purposes only.

Feb
19

Firming Facial Mask

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make your own facial maskFirming Facial Mask

Whether you are looking to spend some quality time with the girls, or just wanting to treat yourself; using a homemade facial mask is the route to go.

Not only is making a facial mask super easy, it is also a great way to tone, firm, and even revitalize your face.  There are a variety of herbs and clays that you can use to make your very own facial masks.  Each herb or clay has its very own distinctive skin loving benefits that you can introduce into your facial masks.  The herb and clay that you select is dependent upon what you want the end results of your mask to have.

For this firming facial mask recipe, the herb that was focused on was Hibiscus.  This includes both hibiscus flowers and hibiscus flower powder.

Hibiscus is quite the amazing flower and has even been affectionately named “the botox plant”.  Used in skin and hair care for thousands of years, this amazing herb is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (Vitamin C).  These acids can gently exfoliate your skin while encouraging the replacement of dead and dull cells with new ones.  This herb also has anti aging properties with the capability of soothing, smoothing, and firming the skin.

As for the main ingredient for the firming facial mask, Red Moroccan clay was selected.  This clay is one of the purest forms of cosmetic clays available.  With the ability to draw out toxins and impurities, Red Moroccan clay also acts as a moisturizing agent for your skin.

To help to keep the skin moisturized vegetable glycerin is also used in this recipe.  Vegetable Glycerin  is a humectant.  What this means is that this ingredient will help to draw moisture to your skin and keep it there.

If you want to make this recipe, all ingredients can be found at Natures Garden.

Now, on to the firming facial mask recipe:
This easy homemade recipe will make 2 facial masks.  The total time the masks take to make is about 45 minutes.  Game on wrinkles!

Step 1:  In a pot, weigh out 120 grams of distilled water.  Then, place the water on the stove top and heat it until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once you hit this temperature, allow the water to hold for an additional 20 minutes.

Step 2:  Weigh out 2 grams of Hibiscus flowers.  Place the dried flowers into an empty tea bag and tie it shut.  Place the tea bag into a coffee cup.

Step 3:  When the 20 minutes have elapsed, remove the water from the heat source.  Now, carefully pour the hot water into the coffee over.  Using a spoon, hold the tea bag down into the water until it is completely saturated.  Then allow the tea bag to steep for about 10 minutes or so.  Occassionally while the tea bag is steeping, use a spoon to press the tea bag.  This will ensure you have a nice and strong Hibiscus Tea.

Step 4:  In a small bowl, weigh out 23 grams of Red Moroccan clay and 3 grams of Hibiscus flower powder.  Break up any clumps you may have.  Then, gently stir these two ingredients together.

Step 5:  When your hibiscus tea is finished steeping, in a separate bowl, weigh out 18 grams of the tea.  To this add 6 grams of vegetable glycerin.  Stir.

Step 6:  Now, carefully scoop the clay/flower mixture into the tea/glycerin bowl.  With each scoop that is added, stir well to fully incorporate.  Keep adding the clay/flower mixture until it is all in the tea/glycerin.    Keep stirring this until there is no visible powder left.

Note:  If you plan on selling this mixed facial mask, you will need to add 1% optiphen preservative to the mask at a temperature that is not higher than 140F.  This will help prevent bacterial growth.  If you are making this recipe for self use, but do not plan to use all of it at one time, place the remainder in the refrigerator up to 1 week.  Throw away after 1 week if the mixture is not properly preserved.

Now, to use your firming facial mask:

Once the mixture has cooled, start applying it generously to your face.  Once the mask is completely applied, allow it to fully dry.  This drying process will take about 20 minutes to complete.  As the mask dries, you will notice a color change in the mask itself.  Your face will also begin to feel tighter.

When the mask has dried, wash it off with warm water.  Then, pat your face dry with a towel.

Please Note:  Hibiscus WILL stain your clothes/towels.  It is advisable to wear clothes and use towels that can be stained.  Also, there will be a slight stain left on your face once the mask is removed.  This stain will disappear after an additional wash or two.

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