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Jun
09

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics


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Herbs for Soap and CosmeticsHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics

We at Natures Garden love the benefits of our many Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics. Each cosmetic herb has its own unique set of benefits that enhance the products they are used to create. So, adding cosmetic herbs to recipes can lead to a whole bunch of beneficial properties. Some herbs work well to naturally color your products. Some herbs are wonderful for relaxing and stress relief. Other herb additives will provide benefits to the skin, such as reducing acne or soothing irritation. Plus, there are herbs that contain a variety of healthy minerals and vitamins that are very beneficial. So, you can see why natural additives can be so great for your products and why we use them in our recipes whenever we can!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Activated Charcoal PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Activated Charcoal Powder

Activated Charcoal makes a wonderful addition to cosmetics and soaps, as it has a few different benefits. First, this herb is a perfect natural colorant. The color that it provides is a dark black shade that is bold and true. Since the color is natural you can use this instead of adding soap dye or another colorant. Also, this activated charcoal powder is a natural detoxifier! Not only will activated charcoal attract and adsorb grime as you use your product, but the activated charcoal will provide a deep pore clean. Plus, it is a natural odor absorber as it will cling to and remove odor as well. We have created recipes, such as the Activated Charcoal Mask Recipe and  the Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe, with activated charcoal that you can try out.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Aloe Vera Leaf Powder Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Aloe Vera Leaf Powder 

Next, we have an herb that is very well known for its healing properties. Of course, we are referring to the Aloe Vera Leaf Powder! This healing cosmetic herb is perfect for helping your skin better deal with irritation, sunburn, or inflammation. This herb is soothing and contains antioxidants, vitamin C, and other minerals which allow the skin to heal faster than it normally would. We have tried this herb out by creating the Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe and it worked wonderfully! This creation was perfect for soothing a sunburn disaster! Plus, we added this herb to the Pampered Foot Scrub Recipe to help heal cracked and dry skin on feet, which was a great success. So, this herb is truly a nourishing and helpful herb.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Beet Root PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Beet Root Powder

This next  natural cosmetic additive is a perfect natural colorant! The Beet Root Powder is a lovely herb that is perfect for achieving shades of pinks and light reds. This natural colorant can be used in anything from bath products like our Watermelon Emulsified Sugar Scrub Recipe and our Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe to lip products. like our Natural Beet Root Lip Gloss Recipe. This herb is really the best natural colorant for pink! Plus, it is full of nutrients, such as beta carotene, vitamin B5, vitamin B1, vitamin C, glycine, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, tryptophan, tyrosine, and zinc.  Herbalists recognize beet root powder for its ability to help the liver metabolize fats, its ability to help reduce LDL in the blood, and to reduce blood pressure. So, this is pretty and good for you to use in bath and body products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Orange Peel PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Orange Peel Powder

The Orange Peel Powder is a great herb for your skin care products. This  powdered herb has a lovely citrus scent and is full of great vitamins for your skin! In recipes, this herb is said to have anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. So, this herb would make a great addition to soap recipes! For example, you could create recipes like the Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap Recipe or the Orange Dreamsickle Bath Bomb Recipe.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Burdock Root PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Burdock Root Powder

The Burdock Root Powder is an herb that is known for treating chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, styes, herpes, carbuncles, cankers, and syphilitic sores. SO, this herb would be very beneficial in creating soothing recipes to treat skin issues. For example, you could create a product like the Soothing Facial Mask Recipe to potentially reduce acne or other skin problems.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Pomegranate Fruit PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Pomegranate Fruit Powder

Pomegranate fruit powder is an amazing herb for the skin! This powder has a high level of antioxidants and vitamins, which leads to promoting healthy cell growth by nourishing the skin. Plus, this fruit powder herb has been known to exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. So, this herb is perfect for skin care recipes!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Green Tea PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Green Tea Powder

While this herb is more commonly used in tea form, the Green Tea Powder herb is perfect for bath and body products. This herb has both antioxidant properties and gentle exfoliation abilities that make it nice for softening skin. Plus, this powder will provide a natural green color in cp soap batches.

 

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Calendula Flowers Whole Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Calendula Flowers Whole

The whole Calendula Flowers herb is a lovely flower that some wonderful properties for the skin. We have previously used this cosmetic herb in our Natural Facial Night Cream Recipe and our Calendula Bath Melts Recipe due to these wonderful properties. The Calendula Flowers are believed to reduce inflammation, reduce acne, and promote healthy skin and hair, which means that this herb is perfect for bath teas, soaps, lip balms, ointments, lotions, face toners, after shave formulas, scrubs, massage oils and some bath bombs. Further, this herb for bath and body products is great for helping acne issues, burns, rashes, bruised or inflamed skin. Also, this herb has been know to help to reduce varicose veins after a few weeks use.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Hibiscus Flowers PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Hibiscus Flowers Powder

You ready for a cosmetic herb that is both pretty and powerful? Check out our Hibiscus Flowers Powder because it is just that! First of all, this powder is a gorgeous colorant! This floral powder provides a pretty pink color that is vibrant and beautiful. Second, this herb has some pretty amazing natural properties. Hibiscus flowers are high in antioxidants and amino acids, and also contain oligopeptides that have been shown to have wrinkle-smoothing properties. We have seen with our Foaming Hibiscus Scrub Recipe that this natural cosmetic additive is perfect for wrinkle reducing! This herb has been referred to as a natural Botox and we can definitely see why! This stuff is amazing!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Carrot PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Carrot Powder

Carrot powder is a perfect herb for skin care recipes! This powder has been know to repair and tone the skin, reduce wrinkles and scars, and increase elasticity. These benefits come from the the abundance of vitamins and minerals that this powdered herb possesses. Plus, this herb can be used to provide a natural orange color in products. So, this would be perfect for creating scrubs or lotion products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flower PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flower Powder

Also, we have a wonderful herb that is fragrant with many beneficial properties. The Lavender Flower Powder is has a lovely and strong scent that is loved by many. These flowers have been used for everything from perfumes, bathing, wound healing, to use as a natural insect repellent. Plus, this herb has some great uses in bath and body products. For example, this herb is perfect for skin care products as it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, toning, and healing properties. The lavender flower powder works to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and oily skin. We have used this fabulous powder in our own Lavender Sage Bath Bomb Recipe to create a bath bomb that cares for the skin and smells lovely. So, this truly is a perfect herb for bath and body products!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flowers WholeHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Lavender Flowers Whole

Further, you can try out a similar herb to our lavender flowers powder, which is the Lavender Flowers Whole. This herb has all the same wonderful properties with the same beautiful aroma, but this herb maintains the pretty flowers! So, this herb would work wonderfully in a recipe with the lavender powder. So, you can have the benefits of this plant all the way through your product as well as have some pretty flowers sprinkled in. We have used these flowers in a few different recipes, such as  the Lemon Lavender Bath Melts Recipe and the Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe, to add another gorgeous element to the recipe. While these products would’ve been fairly pretty on their own, adding flowers on top made the product truly desirable.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Oat Straw Green PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Oat Straw Green Powder

Next, we have an herb that is great for cosmetic creations. The Oat Straw Green Powder has some lovely skin care properties that will leave your body feeling soft and rejuvenated. This cosmetic herb has long been used in skin, hair, and nail care recipes for its rejuvenating and softening qualities. So, adding this herb to your own products can only benefit your recipe. We have used this herb in our own recipes, such as the Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe and the Burgundy Rose Bath Milk Soak Recipe. This made our bath and body recipes much more softening and caring for the skin.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Cornsilk PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Cornsilk Powder

You can use cornsilk powder to naturally enhance your bath and body products. This herb is known to reduce inflammation and soften the skin. So, this would be great for skin care. Plus, this herb is perfect for hair care, too! Cor nsilk powder will leave hair smooth and soft!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Camu Camu Fruit PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Camu Camu Fruit Powder

Another wonderful herb for products is the Camu Camu Fruit Powder. This cosmetic ingredient has  vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B3, beta-carotene, amino acids, phytochemicals, bioflavanoids, phosphorus, potassium, iron, antioxidants, and calcium, which are wonderful for the body. Plus, this cosmetic ingredient is wonderful for the skin. Due to the high levels of antioxidants in camu camu, it is used in cosmetic products to reduce free radical attacks; protecting the skin from premature aging. Plus, camu camu has been said to help whiten dark patches on the skin when used in skincare products. We have used this powdered herb in Acai Berry Smoothie Sugar Scrub Recipe and in the Blueberry Bath Bomb Recipe. These recipes are great for the skin and are very nourishing!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Comfrey Root Powder Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Comfrey Root Powder 

Another great addition to a bath and body product would be the Comfrey Root Powder. This herb has quite a few beneficial properties for the skin. Comfrey root has been known to help expedite the healing process of wounds, stop bleeding, relieve pain, and help prevent infection. Plus, this herbal powder can be added to lotions and creams to help reduce the pain associated with arthritis, sunburn, or other skin irritations. Further, creams containing comfrey root are also recommended for diabetic sores to promote healing. So, this is a great herb for healing cuts, burns, or irritations.We utilized this healing herb to create a Soothing Facial Mask Recipe. While this mask would be perfect for those with sunburns or skin irritations, it is also great as a face mask on a typical day to leave your skin feeling refreshed and happy.

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Organic Cocoa PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Organic Cocoa Powder

Not only is this cocoa powder rich in many vitamins and minerals, but this cosmetic herb smells fantastic! Our Organic Cocoa Powder is a lovely herb that is perfect for any kind of bath and body product. First of all, cacao beans are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid. Plus, they are rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium.  Furthermore, this herb contains caffeine, which is actually beneficial to the skin.

So, cocoa powder is already winning on its beneficial vitamins and minerals for your skin, but you must remember that this is basically powdered chocolate! How does chocolate lip balm sound to you? Chocolate facial masks? Yummy!  I mean, we used this powder in Hot Fudge Brownies Cold Process Soap Recipe,  in our Chocolate Sugar Scrub Recipe, and in our Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe. All of these turned out perfectly and were great for skin!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Vanilla PowderHerbs for Soap and Cosmetics Vanilla Powder

The Vanilla Powder is a unique ingredient for cosmetics with a scent that is absolutely mouth watering. This white colored herb won’t alter the color of your product, but it will add a strong dose of sweet vanilla goodness. The scent is so strong and smells exactly how you would expect vanilla to smell. Thus this scent is strong, true, natural, and perfect for bath and body products. We have used this fantastic bath and body additive in the  Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes Recipe, the Natural Vanilla Body Powder Recipe, and a few other recipes. All of them had that amazing vanilla scent mixed in with their fragrance oils that added to the existing scent to create something even better!

Herbs for Soap and Cosmetics Interested in More Herbs

We hope that you enjoyed this list of some of our favorite herbs to use in our own creations. These are some of the herbs that we carry and have found to be exceptional in some way. However, there are many, many more herbs that you can use to create products that are absolutely amazing and all natural. There are some that we have not yet used in our own recipes, that could still help you create lovely and beneficial products. While we have yet to use some of these herbs ourselves, we have researched each and everyone to understand exactly how the herbs will enhance your products. So, you will be able to create a recipe that is perfectly fit to your needs. If you are interested in looking through all the herbs that we carry, then check out the Herbs and Spices Page on the Natures Garden website.

Jun
27

Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe


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DSC_0002Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

Deborah has been dealing with a lot of pain lately and has decided to look towards natural remedies to reduce some of this pain she has been experiencing. Her largest problems have been the inflammation in her joints and back that has been barely tolerable for her. This smoothie has been a perfect remedy for her and is what she has decided to drink once everyday to deal with these lingering issues.

Ingredients for the Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

2 Green Apples

1 1/2 cups prune juice or 7 pitted prunes with 1 1/2 cups of water

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 inch peeled ginger root

1 whole squeezed lemon

1 tablespoon Maca Root Powder

1/8 Teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil

 How to Create the Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

DSC_0030Simply combine the apples, turmeric, ginger root, lemon juice, maca powder, black powder, and coconut oil with either prune juice or seven prunes and water. Add all of these measured ingredients into a blender. Then, blend everything until it appears to be the constancy of a smoothie and enjoy all of your health benefits!

How Does our Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe Work?

DSC_0010First of all, turmeric is a strong, natural anti-inflammatory with a plethora of health benefits. Due to the active ingredient Curcumin, this bright yellow herb has pain relieving properties and tons of benefits. Some of these benefits include easing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, or other issues caused by inflammation.

DSC_0023DSC_0027Both black pepper and coconut oil are elements that will help your body absorb turmeric into your system to gain the maximum benefits from this herb. First, black pepper has a component called piperine that increases turmeric absorption by over 100%. Second, coconut oil is needed for turmeric to dissolve. Since turmeric is oil soluble, a natural fat is necessary for the herb to fully dissolve.

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Ginger root was included in this recipe as a second anti-inflammatory agent and an aspirin mimicking herb. Similarly to turmeric, ginger has quite a bit of pain relieving benefits. The reason ginger root was included in this smoothie was because it is a natural suppressant of toxins in the body that have been known to cause inflammation and damage in joints.

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People don’t say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” for no reason. Apples have a lot of amazing health benefits! Whether you want to reduce your risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and hemorrhoids or want to reduce cholesterol and detox your liver, apples seem to have your back. These under appreciated little wonders are the perfect addition for this health smoothie.

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The prunes were included to this smoothie to increase the overall benefits. First, prunes are high in fiber, which assists with digestion. Second, this fruit has a lot of natural sugars. While this fruit does provide energy and have sugars, the high fiber prevents the a high blood sugar increase. Lastly, this component is great for iron intake for red blood cells and boron for strong muscles and bones.

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The lemon in this recipe was added for its health benefits as well. This simple citrus fruit has a wide variety of helpful components for your body. Most obviously, they contain Vitamin C to boost the immune system. Also, they contain Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6 that are vitamins the body needs but can’t produce on its own. Further, lemons detoxify your liver and balance your internal pH levels.

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This powder was added as an amazing supplement for women health, especially those with menstrual issues or menopause. Further, this herb is another good source of iron. This has been a good supplement for energy and stamina, too. Additionally, maca contains vitamins C, B3, and B6 as well as calcium and potassium.

Feel free to replace or add elements of this smoothie to create a drink that is best for your health needs. Also, make sure to check that these herbs won’t interfere with your current medicines or conditions. This is simply the recipe Deborah has found to work for her pain and hopes it will help some of you as well!

This smoothie recipe is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.  We provide this data for educational purposes only. Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using these products or any of this information for treatment purposes.

Jun
13

Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe


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Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe doneSunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe

Are you burnt to a crisp and looking for something to ease the burn? Then you may want to try out Natures Garden’s sunburn relief bath tea recipe! This simple to create homemade bath tea includes a variety of soothing and relaxing herbs that you’ll soak in to reduce some of the ache and burn. The end result of this recipe will be two eight ounce plastic jars full of pure sunburn pain relief! Simply follow the instructions, fill a bathtub, and soak all your summer pains away.

Ingredients Needed for the Sunburn Relief Bath Tea Recipe

1/2 cup Chamomile Flowers German Whole

1/2 cup Oats

6 tablespoons Green Tea Leaves Cut & Sifted

6 tablespoons Lavender Flowers Whole Select

6 tablespoons Peppermint Leaf Cut & Sifted

4 tablespoons Baking Soda

2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Leaf Powder

2 teaspoon Calendula Flowers Powder

4 grams Vitamin E Oil

10 drops Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil

Other Possible Necessities

Fillable Tea Bags

8 ounce Clear PET Jars

70/400 White Dome LIds

Bathtub

Measuring Utensils

While the recipe will create two eight ounce jars, I chose to do one jar at a time. Also, you can either add the ingredients to a zip lock bag directly or add the ingredients to the jar depending on how you wish to use your sunburn relief product.

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I decided to add the ingredients to the jar. Initially, I added one teaspoon of Calendula Flowers Powder to each of my two jars. Subsequently, I added one tablespoon of Aloe Vera Leaf Powder to each jar. Next, I added two tablespoons of baking soda, three tablespoons of Peppermint Leaf Cut & Sifted, and three tablespoons of Green Tea Leaves Cut & Sifted.

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Then, I added three tablespoons of Lavender Flowers Whole Select to each jar. Next, I put in the 1/4 cup of oats. I finished off the layering with 1/4 cup of Chamomile Flowers German Whole. While the container looks very full, it should be easy to push down into the jar. Also, mixing the concoction later on will make it easier for the product to fit.

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As a final touch we added the two grams of Vitamin E Oil and the five drops Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil per jar to the mixed ingredients. We chose to add all of our ingredients to a zip lock bag to achieve a thorough mix. Then we scooped the sunburn relief mix into a fillable tea bag. Although we added the vitamin E and essential oil to our entire product, you could wait until you use your bath tea to maintain an aesthetically appealing jar. Just make sure to scoop all of your layers and add a drop of vitamin E and essential oil before using.

We all know that this is the time of year for sunburns and those out enjoying the sun are bound to get one or two this year. While this is painful and uncomfortable, we at Natures Garden are hoping to make your sunburn experience a bit more tolerable. We hope that you enjoy this soothing bath tea and heal soon!

Mar
04

St. John’s Wort Uses


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st-johns-wortSt. John’s Wort Uses

St. John’s Wort is a wonderful herb, one that I’m sure you’ve all heard of before! But do you know about all of its many amazing benefits? This herb can actually be used for a wide variety of uses, in many different products and industries! While most well-known for its medicinal uses, St. John’s Wort can also be used for skin care, hair care, bath and body products, and even for a few culinary purposes! There are so many fantastic St. John’s Wort uses, this is one herb you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

There are quite a few common bath and body products that can include St. John’s Wort, including facial toners, creams, soaps, lotions, ointments, facial masks, shampoos and conditioners, scrubs, bath teas, bath bombs, and massage oils. One of the many benefits of St. John’s Wort is when it is used in homemade bath tea recipes. This great herb works to bring you relaxation, as well as many anti-inflammatory properties. When used in homemade shampoo and conditioner recipes, St. John’s Wort can help to repair scalp damage, however long term use may cause possible hair loss. There are many fantastic skin care benefits to St. John’s Wort as well. It works to treat many minors burns and wounds, as well as working to minimize the forming and appearance of any scars. It can also be used as treatment for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

This herb is best known for its many medicinal benefits, specifically for its effectiveness in working to treat people who are suffering from mild to moderate depression. It is especially effective for children and adolescents, working to treat the many conditions associated with depression such as tiredness, anxiety, trouble sleeping and even loss of appetite. For people suffering from anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), St. John’s Wort is effective at working to treat those conditions as well. For women, this herb works to treat a wide variety of symptoms of menopause including moodiness and hot flashes. It also treats irritability, cramps, and even breast tenderness, while also working to reduce any food cravings. There are many other conditions that can be treated using St. John’s Wort as well including diarrhea, dysentery, nerve pains, muscle pains, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, lung conditions, jaundice, bladder issues, incontinence in children, exhaustion, irritable bowel syndrome, and even chronic cough.

Did you know that St. John’s Wort was believed to ward off evil in the past? It was considered a holy herb and was even believed to protect people from lightning!

Be sure to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Here at Nature’s Garden, we sell St. John’s Wort Herb Powder for external purposes only. Please do not take this blog as medical advice, it is just for educational purposes! There are so many fantastic St. John’s Wort uses, this is one herb you need to try as soon as possible! Enjoy this great product and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
26

Uses for Horsetail


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horsetailUses for Horsetail

Have you ever used horsetail in any of your projects? This wonderful herb is one you should definitely take advantage of if you haven’t yet! While it is most well-known for its many medicinal purposes, there are so many other uses for horsetail in different products and industries! Horsetail can bring many skin care and hair care benefits when used in bath and body products, and it can even be used for culinary purposes! Did you know that the stems of the horsetail plant can even be used to shape the reeds of many instruments like the saxophone or clarinet?

Common bath and body products that can include horsetail are shampoos and conditioners, soaps, massage oils, lotions, bath bombs, creams, ointments, facial toners, bath teas, lip balms, aftershaves, scrubs, and natural nail care products. There are many wonderful hair care benefits to using horsetail. This great herb works to treat frizzy or dry hair, as well as helping to make the hair silky and soft. Horsetail even fights dandruff and split, promotes new hair growth, reduces hair loss, treats itchy scalp, and works to cure baldness! When used for skin care, horsetail helps to treat acne and the signs of aging, heals any cuts or wounds, treats any rashes that were caused from allergies, and works to tighten and tone the skin. Horsetail also helps to form new skin collagen and treat burns and skin lesions!

There are many amazing medicinal benefits to using horsetail. In South America, it is used to reduce any swelling from excess fluid retention and to treat kidney and bladder disorders as well as urinary tract infections. Some Indian tribes have used a drink made from horsetail to treat venereal diseases. For women, horsetail can help to treat any hormonal or metabolic edemas caused by menopause as well as working to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. Ancient Romans and Greeks even used horsetail to stop any bleeding and to heal any wounds or ulcers. They also used this herb as treatment for tuberculosis and kidney ailments. Horsetail can be used to treat a variety of other conditions as well including diarrhea, dysentery, fever, bronchitis, brittle fingernails, joint diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, eyelid swelling, dyspepsia, cardiovascular diseases, malaria, muscle cramps, prostate problems, tumors, cysts, carbuncles, boils, herpes, hemorrhoids, gout, jaundice, hepatitis, incontinence, frost bite, ulcers, fistulas, prostate problems, and even chilblains and athlete’s foot.

Do you know how this plant actually ended up being called “horsetail?” It literally got its name because it literally resembles the tail of a horse! Are you still curious about this fantastic herb? Then make sure to check out our cut and sifted horsetail herb! While you’re there, don’t forget to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! Here at Nature’s Garden, we only sell horsetail for external purposes. We do not sell it as a food item or anything else. Please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it is for educational purposes only! Enjoy this great herb and keep watching for even more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
25

Noni Uses


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Have you ever heard of the noni fruit? It is actually an amazing fruit that can bring you lots of fantastic benefits, one that you should definitely start using! This fruit is actually native to the Polynesian Islands, Southeast Asia, and Australia, having been used for over 2,000 years! It is most well-known for its many medicinal benefits, but there are many other noni uses for many other industries and products as well! It can be used for skin care, hair care, soap making, and even for culinary purposes! Did you know that the noni fruit is used as a dye? The bark of the tree produces a red dye, while a yellow dye is extracted from the roots!

Common bath and body products that can include noni are lotions, ointments, creams, scrubs, soaps, massage oils, bath bombs, face masks, aftershaves, conditioners, facial toners, bath teas, and even natural nail care products. You skin can greatly benefit from using noni fruit. The fruit works to treat many skin conditions including dry or rough skin, acne and even dark spots. It can make your skin feel younger, working to tone and rejuvenate it and smooth out any wrinkles. Noni can even treat any burns and sunburns, preserve skin elasticity, treat any hives or allergic reactions, and fight the signs of aging! There are many hair care benefits to using noni as well. This wonderful fruit works to improve circulation in the scalp, prevents hair loss, and promotes shiny and healthy hair. It has even been recommended for cancer patients to help regrow their hair after chemotherapy!

There are many amazing medicinal benefits to using the noni fruit as well. In traditional Chinese medicine, noni has been used as treatment abdominal pains, many menstrual problems, and even impotence. Besides treating menstrual problems, noni can also help women by working to treat the symptoms of PMS, treating any vaginal discharge during pregnancy, and working as a natural aid during childbirth. Traditional Polynesian healers have used noni for years to treat conditions like aches and pains, arthritis, diabetes, burns, and high blood pressure. Noni can even be used to aid in weight loss! Within the body, it produces a substance called nitric acid. This acid works to metabolize energy within the muscles. This extra energy works to reduce triglycerides in fat cells, which essentially reduces the weight of the fat cells! The noni fruit can be used to treat many other conditions as well including herpes, dysentery, rheumatism, enlarged spleen, muscle aches, senility, ulcers, fever, constipation, smallpox, depression, painful urination, and even liver and kidney diseases.

Did you know that the noni fruit actually has a very distinct smell? It is sometimes called the cheese fruit, because it gives off an almost cheese-like odor. This odor can actually attract fruit bats! These bats help to aid in the dispersal of noni seeds. Here at Nature’s Garden, we only sell noni fruit powder for external purposes! And please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it is just for educational purposes! But there are so many great noni uses, this is one herb you just can’t pass up! Looking for even more fun with our great products? Then check out all of our wonderful free classes and recipes! Have fun and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
24

Camu Camu Uses


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camu-camuCamu Camu Uses

Camu camu is a super fruit that is often used in cosmetic making! This unique herb actually hails from the Amazon, it’s found along its riversides! Camu camu has been used by the people there for its wonderful medicinal uses for centuries, however it wasn’t recognized worldwide until the 1950s! Besides being known for its many medicinal uses, camu camu can also be used for soap making, skin care, hair care, bath and body products and even culinary purposes! Did you know that you can even include this yummy fruit in pies and ice cream?

Camu camu actually has more Vitamin C than any other food source on the planet. Along with its Vitamin C content, it has many great medicinal benefits. Camu camu also contains ellagic acid and many antioxidants. Both of these are used to treat diabetes. This herb can be used to promote eye health as well. It works to treat conditions like cataracts and glaucoma. Camu camu is very effective with treating the herpes virus. It can resolve genital herpes within two days, as well as working to get rid of cold sores within one day. This great herb can be taken on a daily basis to help support the immune systems’ defenses against this horrible virus. For anyone suffering from depression, camu camu works to treat it by balancing moods and brain function. It also can be used to wean people off of dangerous antidepressants, and treat Attention Deficit Disorder. Camu Camu can be used to treat many other conditions as well including asthma, the flu, colds, arthritis, osteoarthritis, mononucleosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammation, hardening of the arteries, gingivitis, cancer, shingles, and headaches.

Common bath and body products that can include camu camu are soaps, bath bombs, massage oils, face tonics, body powder, lotions, creams, ointments, facial masks, facial peels, bath teas, scrubs, and shampoos and conditioners. When camu camu is used for skin care, it works to tighten and brighten the skin, whiten any dark patches, protect from premature aging, firm and smooth the skin, improve collagen, remove any oils or dirt from the skin and pores, moisturize the skin, and also helps to minimize sunburns, fine lines, and wrinkles. When used for hair care, camu camu can help to strengthen and detangle the hair, protect it from any damage, help to make it silky and soft, and give the hair extra shine and vitality.

Did you know that camu camu is actually called “nature’s vitamin pill?” Are you still curious about this amazing herb? Then make sure to check out all of our information on camu camu uses in our free Camu Camu Class! Be sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Here at Nature’s Garden, we only sell camu camu for external purposes! Please do not take this blog as medical advice, it is for educational purposes only! Try out this wonderful product by using it in our free recipe for Blueberry Bath Bombs! You can even fill your house with this aroma of this delicious fruit by using our Camu Camu Fragrance Oil! Enjoy these amazing products and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
23

Uses for Elderflowers


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elderflowersUses for Elderflowers

What comes to mind with the word “elderflowers?” Maybe elderberries and some delicious elderberry pie? Or even some beautiful flowers? Well, either answer would be completely correct! Elderflowers are actually the flowers that come from the elder tree, the plant that gives us yummy elderberries! Elderflowers can actually do a lot more than just look pretty, they can be used for culinary purposes, skin care, hair care, bath and body products, soap making, candle making, and they are best known for their many medicinal purposes! Did you know that branches of the elder tree can even be used to make musical instruments?

Common bath and body products that can include elderflowers are bath bombs, facial toners, lotions, ointments, creams, soaps, aftershaves, bath teas, and natural herbal water recipes. Elderflowers can bring many amazing benefits to your hair. When used for hair care, elderflowers work to keep the hair hydrated, detangle the hair, and make it feel smooth and silky. When elderflowers are used for their many skin care benefits they work to lift dirt and oils from your pores, even the skin tone, improve the complexion, heal bruises and burns, balance out any excess oils, and stop break outs. Elderflowers can even be used to reduce inflammation, and it is believed that they can even fade freckles!

There are many amazing medicinal benefits to using elderflowers. In traditional Chinese medicine, they are dissolved in wine and used to treat many traumatic injuries and rheumatism. Elderflowers can be used to strengthen the mucus membrane of the respiratory tract, which helps to reduce symptoms of hay fever and increase allergy resistance. Did you know that elderflowers can even help to prevent cancer? The flowers actually contain many powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants help to protect the body from free radical damage. These radicals can damage cell production, which causes many problems, including increasing the risk of cancer. An elderflower infusion can be used as treatment for the flu, fever, colds, and inflamed and sore eyes, while elderflower tea has been used as a way to help purify the blood. Elderflowers can also be used as a diuretic, working as a powerful laxative and helping to relieve constipation. They even help to increase urine production. There are many other conditions that can be treated using elderflowers as well including diarrhea, diabetes, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, toothaches, asthma, shortness of breath, laryngitis, swine flu, catarrh, stomachaches, reducing blood sugar, and they can even be used to help stop bleeding.

Don’t forget to check out all of our free classes and recipes! Here at Nature’s Garden, we sell elderflowers for external use only! This blog is not medical advice, it is only for educational purposes!! We provide this data for educational purposes only. Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using this product or any of this information for treatment purposes. Fill your home with the scent of delicious elderberries by using our Wild Elderberry Fragrance Oil in all of your new projects and creations! Enjoy these great products and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
20

Uses for Turmeric


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turmeric-blogUses for Turmeric

When I say turmeric, what do you think of? I’m betting you’re thinking of some delicious spicy foods! Yes, this herb is a wonderful spice, but did you know that it can be used in many other products and industries as well? While most well-known for its culinary uses, turmeric can also be used for bath and body products, hair care, skin care, soap making, and even for many medicinal purposes! Turmeric would be a great addition for all of your upcoming creations! Did you know that turmeric can even be used as a dye for clothing? In India, it is used to color saris and Buddhist monks’ robes!
There are many amazing medicinal benefits to using turmeric. It can be used as treatment for many different conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, depression, diarrhea, worms, ringworm, fever, leprosy, cirrhosis of the liver, water retention, heart burn, jaundice, inflammatory bowels, hepatitis, fibromyalgia, eye infections, and even leech bites. For women, turmeric does work to help with menstrual problems. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used to treat the flu, parasitic infections, strains, bruises, colds, joint pain and inflammation, and even ulcers. Turmeric has many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties actually work to reduce brain inflation, which is believed to be the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease. So turmeric can essentially work to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This wonderful herb can even work to prevent childhood cancers and leukemia!
Common bath and body products that can include turmeric are soaps, hair conditioners, facial masks, scrubs, ointments, lotions, creams, bath teas, face toners, bath bombs, and lip balms. When used for its hair care benefits, turmeric works to treat dandruff, promote new hair growth, and moisturize the hair. It can be used to promote blood circulation in the scalp, prevent hair loss, and treat many scalp conditions like inflammation, flaking, itchiness, and even alopecia. Turmeric can also be used as a natural hair dye, working to brighten the hair. For skin care, turmeric works to treat many skin conditions like eczema, acne, psoriasis, and dry skin. It works to fight the signs of aging, make the skin brighter and give it a healthy glow, and remove any excess oils. Turmeric can also be used to lighten stretch marks, remove dead skin cells and facial hair, soothe any burns, reduce redness and inflammation, and it can also be used to reduce skin pigmentation and tans.
Did you know that in India, turmeric is considered holy? For centuries, it has been used for many Hindu ceremonies, and it still used today for religious ceremonies and in weddings. Here at Nature’s Garden, we only sell turmeric powder for external use. And please don’t take this blog as medical advice! Are you intrigued by this amazing herb? Then, make sure to check out all the rest of our free classes and recipes as well! This wonderful herb is one you have to try out as soon as possible! Enjoy this great product and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
19

Peppermint Uses


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What comes to mind with the word peppermint? Maybe cute little mints, or even Christmas and candy canes? Or maybe you’re like me and instantly think of some delicious peppermint patties! Have you ever tried using peppermint in any of your homemade products? Besides being delicious and used for food purposes, peppermint can also be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, soap making, bath and body products, and even for hair care! Did you know that in Japan, some companies actually pipe peppermint oil into their air conditioning systems to help motive their employees and increase productivity? Peppermint has so many amazing benefits!

Common bath and body products that can include peppermint are face tonics, bath bombs, bath teas, soaps, lotions, ointments, creams, facial masks, scrubs, shampoos and conditioners, bath salts, natural herbal waters, and homemade eye pillows. Your skin can greatly benefit from peppermint. It works to treat acne and exfoliate the skin, tone and brighten the skin, and works to promote healthy skin. Peppermint can even absorb any excess oils. When used for hair care, peppermint works to moisturize and nourish the hair, treat dandruff and rid your hair of grease, and promote new hair growth. It works to soothe and heal dry scalp, stimulates the hair follicles and promotes blood circulation.

There are many medicinal benefits to using peppermint as well. Peppermint oil does contain a phytonutrient called monoterpene which helps to protect your body from skin, lung, and colon cancer, as well as working to treat pancreatic, liver, and mammary tumors. Peppermint helps to soothe coughs and loosen phlegm, as well as helping to relieve the problems caused by irritable bowel syndrome including diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence. There are many other conditions that can be treated using peppermint and peppermint oil as well including bronchitis, asthma, bad breath, headaches, toothaches, nasal congestion, colic, mouth and throat inflammation, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, and stress. Ancient Greeks used to perfume themselves with peppermint to combat bad breath, and it was also used to help whiten their teeth. They even considered peppermint an aphrodisiac! While there are many wonderful medicinal benefits to peppermint, infants and young children should not have peppermint around their faces or chest areas as it can cause induce apnea, bronchial spasms, acute respiratory distress, and even respiratory arrest.

Did you know that peppermint oil can be used for construction and plumbing? It is used for its aroma to test the tightness of pipes and disclose any leaks. Are you still curious by this amazing herb? Well then make sure to check out our free Peppermint Class for even more peppermint uses  and information! Our Peppermint Leaves and Peppermint Leaf Powder would be the perfect additions to all of your new projects, as well as our Peppermint Essential Oil! Make sure to try out our free recipes for Sinus Relief Bath Bombs and our Refreshing Face Mask! Both are made with peppermint and our Chocolate Peppermint Lip Balm and Rejuvenating Foot Balm are both made with our Peppermint Essential Oil! Enjoy these fantastic products, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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