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Dec
19

Uses for Cocoa Powder

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Hello all you wonderfully crafty people out there! Are you looking for a new and unique product to add to your projects? Or maybe you’ve been looking for something that is so enticing that your customers just won’t be able to help themselves. Well, what if I told you you could use everyone’s favorite food in the world? Chocolate! I’m not kidding! You can actually use real cocoa powder in your products! It can be used for so many different industries including skin care, hair care, bath and body products, medicinal purposes, soaping, and the most obvious, food and beverages. Some common bath and body products that can include cocoa powder are soaps, shampoos and conditioners, face masks, facial toners, bath bombs, lotions, ointments, creams, lip balms, massage oils, and scrubs.

There are so many amazing uses for cocoa powder. When you use it in your bath and body products, it has many wonderful skin and hair care benefits. In soaps, it gives the soap a beautiful natural brown color. For your skin, cocoa powder helps to renew and firm new skin cells, promote healthy skin tissues, and it also helps promote healthy cell development. Cocoa powder is a powerful antioxidant and helps to repair any damaged skin, absorbs UV light into the skin, improves blood flow, and improves complexion and helps the skin stay hydrated. You hair can benefit from cocoa powder as well. It helps to stop stress-caused hair loss, promotes shinier hair, and also helps to moisturize, soften, and smooth the hair.

Cocoa powder also has many medicinal benefits. Did you know that chocolate could actually help fight cancer? Cocoa actually contains high levels of an antioxidant called polyphenols. When you drink hot chocolate, or other chocolate drinks, the polyphenols actually fight cancer! Even you heart can stay healthier with cocoa powder. It helps to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, as well as protecting you from a stroke and heart disease. For people that suffer from Alzheimer’s, cocoa powder actually helps to increase the amount of oxygen to the brain. Cocoa powder also contains many important minerals for the body such as magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, copper, calcium, and phosphorous. It also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, and pantothenic acid. Cocoa also works as an antidepressant and mood enhancer, increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, essentially making you happier!

So really, chocolate is actually very good for you! I mean it fights cancer and protects you from heart disease! How could you not want to use this in every single product you make from now on? But hold on, because here at Nature’s Garden we actually offer many free classes and recipes, and some of them just happen to be made with our cocoa powder! When you type “cocoa powder” into the search bar on our site, it will take you directly to our Organic Cocoa Powder page. On top of the cocoa powder picture, there is a little green link labeled “Recipe.” That will actually show you all of our fantastic recipes made with cocoa powder like our Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts or our Chocolate Foaming Body Frosting! Make sure to try out every single one of them and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
16

Rosemary Uses

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Hello everybody! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! Let’s talk about a different herb for a minute, shall we? Let’s talk about rosemary. You wouldn’t believe how many different products can include this great herb, and I’m sure it’s probably one of your favorites, just as it is mine! While it is best known for its culinary purposes, it can also be used for skin care, medicinal purposes, hair care, bath and body products, and even for soaping! Common products that can include rosemary are bath teas, potpourri, natural mineral waters, soaps, lotions, creams, ointments, shampoos and conditioners, face masks, scrubs, bath bombs, bath salts, bath teas, and eye pillows.

There are such wonderful benefits to rosemary uses. When you use this herb for bath and body products, it can greatly benefit your skin and especially your hair. When you use rosemary as an ingredient for the soap making process, it gives the soap a wonderful aroma and is also a beautiful decorative element. When you use this amazing product on your skin, it helps to treat acne, dermatitis, oily skin, psoriasis, eczema, burns, and it also reduces swelling and puffiness of the skin. It works to rejuvenate the skin, and reduces any fine lines, wrinkles, or bags.  If you would like to use rosemary on your hair it is awesome with helping to strengthen the follicles and promote thickness and hair growth. Rosemary can even be used as a natural hair dye and makes the hair darker while also treating dandruff, and dry and itchy scalp. It even helps to prevent premature baldness!

There are many wonderful medicinal benefits to rosemary as well! Rosemary actually contains many nutrients important to the body such as manganese, magnesium, vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, iron, and sodium. Rosemary has been used to treat toothaches, muscle pain, high blood pressure, joint pain, headaches, heart burn, flatulence, arthritis, gout, coughing, and even loss of appetite. It is also a mood enhancer and helps to boost the immune system, which helps to treat and combat heart disease and cancer. Pregnant women are recommended to stay away from rosemary as it can cause a miscarriage, however it does help to increase menstrual flow for women. Rosemary contains carnosic acid which actually protects the eyes from many diseases like macular degeneration. Carnosic acid even helps to protect from brain damage.

Rosemary is such a wonderful herb, make sure to tell all your friends about it as well! I’m sure each of them would love to hear all this great information about such an awesome herb. Just type “rose leaf” into the search bar on our website and that will take you directly to our Whole Rosemary Leaves. While you’re browsing the site, make sure to check out all of our awesome free recipes and classes as well, especially our Natural Salve! It is actually made with our Rosemary Mint Type Fragrance Oil!

Nature’s Garden sells rosemary for external use only. We do not sell it as a food item. The information above talks about how rosemary is for many industries, however we only sell them for external use. 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.

Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns about any of our wonderful products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
10

Catnip Uses

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Hello all you amazing people out there! For all you crafters, are you looking for something new and exciting to try in your next project? Maybe you’re looking for something different and unique to wow all of your friends and family? Or maybe you’re just in of something to impress your customers with, something they haven’t thought of before! Well, have you ever tried using catnip in any of your products? Yes, catnip! Like the stuff that will your adorable little kitties go absolutely insane!! There are so many various catnip uses, it can be used for medicinal purposes, foods and beverages, bath and body products, skin care, soap making, and even for hair care!

There are so many wonderful catnip uses, especially in bath and body products! Catnip can be used in many common bath and body product such as face masks, scrubs, lotions, soaps, ointments, creams, shampoos and conditioners, and bath teas. When used during the soap making process, catnip helps to treat many skin conditions, like acne, and it also works to help you relax. Catnip also has many benefits when used for hair care. It helps to smooth, soften, and condition the hair, as well as moisturize it. Catnip also treats dandruff, and if the dandruff is caused by an infected scalp, the catnip can work as a “leave-on serum” to treat the infection. When used for skin care, catnip works as a natural astringent and helps to tighten loose skin and muscles. It is also a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. It even works to delays premature aging, treats acne, and speeds up the healing and repairing process of any wounds.

There are many amazing medicinal benefits to using catnip as well. For women, catnip can be used to treat cramping, the pain and cramps caused from the menstrual process, and it also helps to start the menstrual process for girls that have delayed cycles. It can also be used to treat colds, the flu, swine flu, rheumatism, arthritis, indigestion, worms, insomnia, flatulence, diarrhea, colic, anxiety, fever, hives, the measles, upset stomachs, and hyperactivity. Catnip is also used as treatment for hemorrhoids and can be used in a compress to help relieve any swelling of the body. It also helps to relieve any inflammation and swelling caused by airborne allergies, colds and flu, and even from excessive alcohol intake. Catnip also has many important properties such as being antibiotic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, disinfectant, anti-spasmodic, anti-fungal, anesthetic and sedative. It can even be used to give some relief from many nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s, vertigo, and Parkinson’s disease.

Did you know that catnip can be used as a natural insect, mice, rat, and bug repellent? Or that it has been used as an ingredient in love potions? It is even said that in American folklore, ingesting catnip will turn the nicest person around into the meanest person around! The easiest way to get your hands on this fantastic product is by typing “catnip” into the search bar on our site which will take you directly to our Cut and Sifted Catnip Leaves. But did you know that we also offer a free recipe for our Kittens Mittens Toy that is actually made with catnip? This recipe is one that your furry felines are sure to love! When you get to our catnip page, on top of the picture, there is a little green Recipe box on top of the picture. That will show you a direct link to our Kittens Mittens Toy recipe! Check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
05

Uses for Anise

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Hello everyone! For all you crafty, artsy, creative people out there, are you always looking for new projects to try? Something new to let your imagination run wild? Well, have you ever tried anything with herbs? To be more specific, have you ever tried anything with anise? Anise is actually an amazing flower that can be used for so many different products and industries! While it is most commonly known for its culinary and medicinal purposes, did you know that it can also be used for skin and hair care? And it can be included in many bath and body products!

There is such a variety of uses for anise. When used in bath and body products, anise has so many wonderful hair and skin care benefits. Common products it can be used in are bath teas, bath bombs, bath salts, face tonics, massage oil, lotions, ointments, creams, foot scrubs, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, facial masks and soaps. When used for soap making, anise helps to exfoliate the skin. Anise also helps to keep your skin very soft and smooth and it brings it a beautiful youthful glow. It also helps to treat acne, psoriasis, oily skin, and any damaged or spotted skin. For your hair, there are so many benefits from anise! It helps to stimulate new hair growth, repair damaged hair, and it also brings moisture to dry hair! It can even treat scabies, lice, and other scalp conditions while bringing relief from flakes and dandruff.

There are many medicinal benefits to using anise as well. It will help to control blood pressure and heart beat while working as a natural analgesic and reducing any pressure on the heart. Specifically for women, anise helps to ease the pain of childbirth, stimulate menstruation, relieve the pain caused by menstrual cramps, increase milk flow during nursing, and it also helps to increase a woman’s sex drive. Anise even helps to relieve the symptoms of male menopause. Anise is also used to treat coughs, upset stomachs, runny nose, insomnia, asthma, seizures, nicotine dependence, constipation, and intestinal gas. It can even increase appetite and urine flow. Anise has many important properties such as being antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic, carminative, and it is also a natural sedative. There are dental benefits as well. Anise helps to freshen breath and relieve tooth aches. Also, when used in a compress, it can help to relieve eye pain.

Did you know that anise is poisonous to pigeons? Or that aniseed oil can be used as a flavoring agent to alcohol? How about that anise leaves can be used as a salad ingredient? The easiest way to get your hands on this amazing product as soon as possible is just by typing “anise” into the search bar on our website. That will take you directly to a page that offers our Ground Anise Seed, our Anise Essential Oil, and even our Whole Star Anise Seeds. This is definitely a product that you should try as soon as possible! And while you’re at it, check out all of our awesome free classes and recipes as well! Please contact us with any thoughts or questions and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Dec
04

Uses for Cloves

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Hello everyone! For all you crafters out there, are you looking for a new project to try? Maybe something exciting and unique that your customers will love? Or maybe you’re just looking for something different that would be the perfect gift for your loved ones? Have you ever tried anything with herbs before? More specifically, have you ever tried anything with cloves? You would be surprised as to how many different products and industries actually use cloves! They are in so many common products! Common uses for cloves include soaps, candles, lotions, creams, ointments, bath teas, massage oils, bath bombs, scrubs, potpourri, hair conditioner and many other bath and body products! Cloves can even be used for culinary and medicinal purposes! This is one product that you just can’t pass up, it is too perfect to use for all of your upcoming projects!

There are so many wonderful uses for cloves. For all of the many bath and body products it can be used in, it has many amazing benefits. Cloves have many skin benefits such as being able to treat and help heal rashes, cuts, and wounds. Cloves also contain many nutrients that are extremely important to the body such as vitamins A and C, sodium, phosphorous, potassium, and iron. These nutrients help to keep the skin healthy, treat and remove acne, and help to cure any scarring or blemishes. There are also many hair care benefits to using cloves. They help to refresh worn out color, prevent hair loss and thicken the hair. Also, when using cloves in soap making, they work as a gentle exfoliant and provide the soap with an awesome smell!

Cloves also have many fantastic medicinal benefits! They happen to contain many minerals that are essential to the body like manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, and selenium. Cloves also have many anesthetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, rubefacient, and carminative properties. They are used to treat inflammation, constipation, arthritis, sinusitis, coughs, diarrhea, flatulence, athlete’s foot, colds, and indigestion. Cloves also help to control heart rate and blood pressure, relieve nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness, and work as an exhaustion, fatigue and stress reliever. Cloves can even help to protect the body from lung and mouth cancers. Even you teeth can benefit from using cloves! They help to relieve tooth aches and cure bad breath! In Tibetan medicine, cloves and clove oils are used as treatments for multiple sclerosis and hypotonic muscles.

Did you know that cloves can actually be used as a natural insect repellant? Or that in Indonesia, cloves are actually used as spice in a type of cigarette called kretek? Cloves also just happen to be one of the most famous spices in the world, and are used as a flavoring agent in many different cuisines! In Middle Eastern, Asian, and African cuisines, they are used to bring flavor to curries, meats, and marinades. The easiest way to get your hands on this amazing product is just by typing “cloves” into the search bar on our site. That will take you directly our Whole Cloves page! But don’t forget to check out our Clove Bud Essential Oil as well! And be sure to check out all of our free classes and recipes! Enjoy these wonderful products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Dec
03

Myrrh Uses

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Hi everyone! For all you crafters out there, are you looking for new and exciting projects to try for this upcoming holiday season? Maybe you’re in need of a new unique gift to give to your friends and family for Christmas? Or maybe you’re just looking for something new that is sure to remind you and yours of the Christmas story? Well, do we have the perfect product for you! Have you ever tried anything with myrrh gum powder? Well, myrrh just so happens to be one of the three special gifts brought to the baby Jesus by the three wise men. Using myrrh for the holidays is the perfect way to remind everyone you know of the real meaning of Christmas!

There are many different uses for myrrh in many different products and industries. It can be used for bath and body products, cosmetics, foods and beverages, medicinal purposes, and even hair and skin care! When used in cosmetics and bath and body products, myrrh uses have many different benefits. It helps to keep your hair healthy by working as an astringent. It helps to soften and strengthen hair and even prevents hair loss. It also helps to treat dandruff, lice, underactive sebaceous glands, and dry scalp. When you use myrrh for skin care purposes, it helps to maintain a youthful complexion, rejuvenate cell growth, contract and cool the skin, heal blemishes and reduce wrinkles and swelling. Myrrh also helps to repair cracked, damaged, and chapped skin.

Even more benefits of myrrh uses come from its medicinal purposes. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to help treat women for dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, uterine problems, and even menopause. It is also used to treat circulatory, liver, heart, and spleen ailments. Myrrh has even been shown to help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. In Ayurveda and Unani medicine, myrrh is used to help treat kidney dysfunction and stomach pains. Specifically for women, it is also used to help treat excessive uterine bleeding. Myrrh oil works as a booster for the immune system, helping to protect the body from infections. Myrrh is even used to treat many other ailments such as coughing, asthma, joint pain, congestion, lung congestion, ulcers, indigestion, hemorrhoids, athlete’s foot, laryngitis, rheumatism, and bronchitis. Myrrh even helps to inhibit tumor growth and helps the body to fight against and inhibit cancer!

Myrrh can even be added to food and beverages as a flavoring or stabilizing agent. Did you know that ancient Egyptians even used myrrh as an embalming agent for mummies? Are you thinking about how to get your hands on this amazing product as soon as possible? Well, all you have to do is type “myrrh gum” into the search bar on our website. That will take you directly to our actual myrrh gum powder. But just a second, because this product gets even better! We have many wonderful free recipes and classes here at Nature’s Garden, but our Frankincense and Myrrh Soap just happens to be made with actual myrrh gum powder! This fantastic soap would be the perfect gift or project for the holiday season! Go check out this product as soon as possible and make sure to keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Dec
02

Frankincense Uses

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Hello all of you wonderful people out there! Are you looking for new crafting ideas? Maybe something new to use for the holiday season? Or maybe you’re trying to find something that would be a great Christmas gift for your friends and family to remind them of the real meaning of the season? Have you ever tried anything with frankincense? Or frankincense tears? In the Bible, frankincense is one of the gifts brought to the baby Jesus from the three wise men. There are many frankincense uses in different industries and products such as soaping, candles, hair care, skin care, foods and beverages, and medicinal purposes.

It can be used in many common bath and body products such as creams, ointments, lotions, bath teas, emulsifying scrubs, incense, potpourri and perfumes. When used in these products, frankincense has many skin care and hair care benefits. For hair care, frankincense helps to strengthen and make the roots stronger. It helps to keep the hair healthy and shiny, and is also a great cure for dandruff problems. For skin care, frankincense helps to fade many scars. It helps with surgery marks, acne, and stretch marks. It is also used to rejuvenate, smooth, and soften the skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Frankincense also has many wonderful medicinal benefits. It has many great antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, anti-infectious, anti-tumor, and even anti-carcinogenic properties. It can be used to treat many ailments such as back pain, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, asthma, bursitis, sore throats, hay fever, abdominal pain, and tonsillitis. Frankincense can also help to treat pneumonia, warts, jaundice, restlessness, hyperactivity, and even prostate problems. Frankincense helps to improve the immune system and relieves itching and joint inflammation. For women, it can be used to help stimulate menstrual flow. It can even help to improve concentration and to treat and improve many visual problems. Did you know that frankincense can even be used to treat syphilis and fight cancer?

For candle making, frankincense can be used as a beautiful natural decoration. It can even be used in food and beverages! Have you ever had frankincense ice cream? Yes, that actually exists and sounds delicious! It is mainly used as a dessert enhancer and can even be used to make frankincense shortbread cookies! Did you know that some people use frankincense as an ingredient for homemade salad dressing? Its cancer fighting properties are utilized in beverages.

Are you wondering how to get your hands on this amazing product as soon as possible? All you have to do is type “frankin” into the search bar on our website. That will take you right to a page that offers our free Frankincense and Myrrh Soap recipe, our actual Frankincense Tears, our Frankincense Fragrance Oil, and our Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil. If you click on Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil, on the top of the fragrance picture, there is a little green box that says “Recipe.” If you click on that tab, it will show you the name and picture of our Frankincense and Myrrh Soap. That is a link that will also take you to that awesome free recipe! Make sure to try out these amazing products as soon as possible! They are perfect for this holiday season!

Nature’s Garden sells frankincense tears for external use only. We do not sell it as a food item. The information above talks about frankincense in many industries, however we only sell it for external use. We provide this information 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.

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Nov
18

Herbs in the Bible

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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