Category Archives: herbs

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.

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.

Feb
01

Shea Melt and Pour Soap

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shea butter melt and pour soap It is really easy to make Shea melt and pour soap!

Melt and Pour Soap is one of the easiest and most fun ways to make a homemade product.  This type of soap making is an ideal venture for many reasons.

Melt and Pour soap projects are a great family activity to do with children; creating an enjoyable family time crafting together.
These soaps are a remarkable and memorable treat to give out as party favors, or gifts for loved ones and friends.
And, the fact that melt and pour soap is so easy to work with; no matter what your skill level you can create extraordinary works of art that are fun to wash with too.

So, regardless of the reason for making Melt and Pour Soap, one thing is for sure; you will love how the finished product leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and supple.

Shea melt and pour soap differs from store bought brands in that it is not drying or harsh on your skin.  This soap base is detergent free, SLS free, and gluten free.  The Shea Butter melt and pour soap base is filled with superb skin loving agents like:

  • Shea butter which is ultra conditioning and nourishing.
  • Coconut oil which provides a wonderful bubble filled lather.
  • Sunflower oil, which acts as an amazing moisturizing agent for your skin.  In fact, sunflower oil also adds an even bigger element of a rich, creamy, and bubbly lather.
  • Glycerin, which works as an astonishing cleansing emulsifier.  It helps to lift dirt, oil, and impurities up and away from your skin.  This allows the everyday dirt and grime to easily be whisked away.  Plus, glycerin is also a humectant.  This means that it can actually drawl moisture from the air and pull it to the skin.

Besides all of the healthy and nourishing aspects to Shea melt and pour soap; there is also a beautiful artistic side to it too.  The adventure as to where you take your soaps is defined only by you; the crafter.  Shea melt and pour soap is fool proof.  It can be heated time and time again, without losing its integrity.

You can cater your soap to your specific like through shape, color, and scent.  You can even take your soap making skill to the next level by the addition of other skin loving attributes or additives.  Natures Garden carries all of the ingredients you need to add luxurious elements like rich cocoa butter or antioxidant packed vitamin E.  Through the addition of herbs like oatmeal, calendula flowers, rose petals, lavender flowers, paprika powder, or poppy seed, you can provide natural exfoliation.  Not only will your soap bar benefits exceed expectations, but you will also be adding a unique look, feel, and dimension to your soaps.

If we have you super excited about the possibility of making Shea soap or possibly other body products; but you still have unanswered questions, Natures Garden is here to help.  You can visit our website for free creative recipes and tips that have been tried and tested.  We also have in depth classes with step by step instruction for beginner soap makers.  And, you can always contact us via email, or connect with us on Facebook.

Jan
17

Hippie Hair Conditioner

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happy hippie hair conditionerThe hippies may have stumbled upon something with their love of patchouli.  This natural herb does wonders for your body.  Not only is it amazing for your skin, promoting a lustrous glow, but it also has many antiseptic properties.  Besides the skin benefits, patchouli can also help in the hair department.  Patchouli can actually be used in the fighting of dandruff.

In order to best harness the anti-dandruff powers of patchouli, we decided that a patchouli oil infusion was in order.  This would then allow all of the medicinal anti fungal benefits of patchouli to be transferred through infusion into an oil.  Now, this oil, as opposed to the herb, was something that we could easily work with for a hair conditioner recipe.  Sometimes, as awesome as an herb is, the form that it is widely available in does not always suite it in the means of bath and body products.  For these types of situations; where an herb is needed, but not physcially desired in its form, the solution is an herbal oil infusion.

There are various ways to make an herbal infusion.  To see these different ways, please click here.

Please Note:  For this Hippie Hair Conditioner Recipe, you will need to make your patchouli oil infusion 4 weeks prior to making the hair conditioner.  Allowing the patchouli to steep for 4 weeks will permit the strongest oil infusion possible.  With oil infusions, the longer the herb is allowed to steep, the stronger the oil infusion will become.

To view all of the steps to make your very own homemade patchouli oil infusion, please click here.

Now, once you have your patchouli infused oil, you are now ready to make your very own Hippie Hair Conditioner.

Here are the ingredients you will need:
20 grams of your Patchouli Infused Oil
25 grams of  VEGETABLE GLYCERIN
25 grams of BTMS 25 Emulsifier
5 grams of OPTIPHEN – Preservative
5 grams of VITAMIN E OIL (Tocopherol T-50) Natural

For this recipe, temperature will be very important.  This is especially true for the step that includes adding the optiphen.  To best monitor this, we suggest using a THERMOMETER.

For an amazing natural scent, we will be using both Patchouli Essential Oil, and Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil.  You will need 5 grams of Patchouli Essential Oil and 10 grams of Lavandin Grosso Pure Essential Oil for this recipe.

For packaging once the hippie hair conditioner is made, we suggest:  8 oz. Clear Boston Round Bottles with Black Lotion Pumps 24/410 for easy use of your product.  This recipe will make a total of (2) 8oz. bottles of hippie hair conditioner.

Other equipment that you will need for this recipe:
425 grams of Distilled Water
Scale- to weigh out your ingredients
Stove- for heating purposes
(2) Small Pots
Large Pot- for double boiler method
Large Mixing Bowl
Stick Blender- highly recommended for best emulsion.
Spatula

And now, the steps:

As when making any formulation for bath and body products, it is very important to have a clean and sanitized work area.  You also want to have all of your equipment out and ready for when you need it.

The first step in making this recipe is the water phase.  Get your distilled water and weigh it out.  Once you have the correct amount, transfer the water into one of your small pots.  Place the pot onto one of your stove top burners and begin to heat.  You want your water to reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Use your thermometer to monitor this.  Once you reach this temperature, you will want to continue to heat your water for an additional 20 minutes.  This ensures that your distilled water is bacteria free.  When the 20 minutes has expired, turn off the burner, and carefully remove the pot from the heat source.  Set aside.

The next step is what is considered the oil phase.  For this phase, we will be using the double boiler method to heat our ingredients.  Now, get your large pot and place at least 3-4 inches of tap water into it.  Set this pot onto one of your stove top burners.  Turn the heat temperature on a lower setting.  While the tap water is heating up, it is time to weigh out your ingredients.  In the other small pot, weigh out the BTMS, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E oil, and finally the patchouli oil infusion.  Once all of these ingredients are in the small pot, carefully place the small pot into the larger one.  Once all of the ingredients are in a liquid state, once again get your thermometer.  You want the temperature of the ingredients to reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once you have reached this degree, check the distilled water temperature.  You want your distilled water temperature to be around 140 degrees as well.  The two temperatures must be close to one another for the next step to occur.

The next step in this recipe is the Mixing Phase.  Once the degrees of both the ingredients and the water are close to one another, it is safe to mix.  Please note:  You will want to move quickly for this phase.  In your large mixing bowl, place both the ingredients and the water together.  Get your stick blender and start to mix it.  You will want to periodically use your spatula to clean the sides of the bowl.  Continue to stick blend until you notice your mixture is starting to turn white.  This means that the conditioner is starting to emulsify.  It is now time to check the temperature again.

For the final step or cool down phase you are looking for the magical degree of 120F.  This is the safest temperature to add the optiphen.  Once you hit this degree, weigh out and add your optiphen preservative.  Next, add your essential oils.  Mix well with your stick blender, and do not forget to scrap the sides of your bowl with the spatula.  Once the conditioner has been thoroughly blended, allow it to cool at room temperature.

Once the hhippy hair conditionerair conditioner has cooled, it is safe to bottle and lid.

Your Hippie Hair Conditioner is now ready to use.  Enjoy!

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Herbal Infusion Recipe

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herbal oilHerbal Infusion Recipe

This is the basic recipe for making patchouli infused oil to be used in the creation of various bath and body products.  For this recipe we are going to be using the double boiler method.  There are various methods to choose from when making an herbal oil infusion.  To view other processes of infusing herbs for bath and body products please click on this linkPlease note:  Depending on the herb/herbs that you are selecting to infuse, will determine whether you go with a hot method or a cold method route of infusion.  Some herbs are very heat sensitive.  Therefore, if heat is introduced for the infusion, some of the medicinal benefits may be lost.

With oil infusion, a key to remember is the longer that the herbs are allowed to set in the oil, the stronger the herbal infusion will be.  Our herbal infusion sat undisturbed for 4 weeks (after the double boiler method) before we strained the herbs out and introduced the infusion to a recipe.

We selected sweet almond oil because it readily absorbs into the skin and has a non-greasy feel to it.  There are however other oils you can choose from.  For the selection of your solvent (liquid you are infusing the herbs into), you will want to pick an oil that has a low rancidity rate.  Some other great solvents that can be used are: vegetable glycerin, apricot kernel oil, and olive oil.  Each oil has various skin loving attributes to them, so it is very easy to cater the oil infusion you want to make to the specific need you are looking for.

Although there are other herbs you can select for oil infusion; for this recipe, we wanted to make an oil infusion that was great for dry skin and promoted a healthy and radiant glow.  Besides being an astringent, patchouli is also known for its antimicrobial, anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties.  Plus, since Valentine’s Day is coming, and patchouli is known for its possible APHRODISIAC properties, we found patchouli to be a good herb of choice.

For this infusion, you will need:

patchouli oil infusionPatchouli c/s
Sweet Almond Oil
a pint sized canning jar with lid
2 pots (one smaller with lid, and one larger)
Water
Stove top
Scale

Here are the steps for making patchouli infused oil (double boiler method):

Using a scale, weigh out 45 grams of patchouli c/s.  Place the herb into the smaller pot.  Next, weigh out 392 grams of Sweet Almond Oil.  Pour this over the herbs in the smaller pot, set aside.  Next, place some water into the larger pot.  You want to have at least 3-4 inches of water.  Next, place the large pot onto the stove top on the lowest setting of heat possible.

making patchouli oil infusion

Then, place the lid on the smaller pot and then place the smaller pot into the larger one.  Although it is essential to keep the small pot lidded the entire time it is heated, you will want to monitor the oil infusion and stir it occasionally.  You will want to let the oil infusion simmer slowly for 30 minutes to an hour.  Do not allow water to get into your infusion.

double boiler herbal oil infusion

Once this time period has passed, remove the smaller pot from the larger one.  Allow the oil infusion to reach room temperature and then place the oil infusion into a pint sized canning jar and lid.

herb in oil

Although technically, once the herbs have simmered, you may strain them out and use the oil infusion once it reaches room temperature.  We however wanted a very strong patchouli oil infusion so we let the oil infusion set and steep for an additional 4 weeks after double boiling.  While the herbs were steeping, we took advantage of the sun and placed the jar in the window sill during the daytime.

Once four weeks had passed, the patchouli herb was strained out of the oil using cheesecloth.  Please note:  When you are ready to strain out the herbs, do not forget to apply pressure to the drenched herbs to get out as much oil as you can.  Finally, after tons of anticipation our oil infusion was ready to be put to use.

In the End
The patchouli oil infusion smelled amazing!  Not only was this recipe super easy to make, but it was fun too.  The addition of the oil infusion to our formulation allowed our end product that extra boost in the moisturizing category, and our skin was soft and supple after use too.

Happy Homemade!