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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.

aloe vera

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

hyssop

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

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

saffron

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

frankincense

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

cinnamon

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

anise star

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

rosemary

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

lavender

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

ladys bedstraw

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

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Oct
23

Black Code Type Scent

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Black Code Type scent is delightfully. It has sinfully tempting qualities, that will draw immediate attention to whatever candle, soap, or craft it is included in. It is completely irresistible. If you are looking for a tantalizing scent that is sure to keep your friends and family and even your customers interested, then Black Code Type is definitely for you. Or maybe you’re just looking for the perfect scent to use in a project for that special man in your life. Black Code Type is perfect for any and all occasions.

What Does Black Code Type Smell Like?

Black Code Type Fragrance Oil by Nature’s Garden is an alluring masculine aroma that is also oriental. It has base notes of Guiac wood and Tonka bean which lead to another base note of olive flower. The olive flower leads to the top citrus notes of fresh lemon and bergamot.

How Do Our Customers Use Black Code Type Fragrance Oil?

If you are looking for a sinfully irresistibly scent, then Back Code Type is absolutely perfect for you. Black Code Type is nice and strong in soy wax and is wonderful for wow wax and joy wax as well. Black Code Type even has a 50% usage rate if you would like to use it for incense or potpourri!  This scent is fantastic to use in aroma beads that will fill your house with this tantalizing scent.

For bath and body products, our Black Code Type Fragrance Oil has a usage rate of 5%. This tempting fragrance can be used to make many different personal care items such as lotions, soaps, bath oils, bath gels, and perfumes. For all the CP soapers out there, this scent is great for you as well.  Our CP findings are: no separation, and a nice strong scent. However you should be ready to move quickly as it does have some acceleration. In Black Code Type, there is a .12% vanillin content, meaning that it can discolor your soaps and bath and body products. Any scent with vanillin, should always be tested thoroughly first. For the CP soapers, the final discoloration is just to a cream color!

 

Now come on, doesn’t Black Code Type just sound delightfully sinful? It will surely be a scent that you and everyone you know are sure to remember and want to use over and over again. Here at Nature’s Garden, we also happen to offer many great free recipes like our Cold Process Shaving Soap recipe that is actually made with Back Code Type fragrance! All those men out there are sure to love that amazing recipe! Are you sitting there wondering what the fastest way is that you can get this scent? Well, the easiest way to find it on our site is just by typing “black code” into our search bar. That will take you directly to our Black Code Type Fragrance Oil page. And on the fragrance picture, there is a little green box that says “Recipe.” That link will show you the name and a picture of our Cold Process Shaving Cream, and by clicking that, it will take you right to the recipe! Enjoy this fantastic scent! And watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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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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Sep
24

Ghost Soap

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ghost soapGhost Soap

 

        Alright everybody, how much do you love to celebrate Halloween? Are you looking for new and exciting ways to spook up your house? Here at Nature’s Garden we have plenty of products that are sure to fill your house with Halloween spirit! With fall now upon us, we have been coming up with all kinds of new and scary ideas for you! Have you made our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly or our Monster Snot Soap Jelly? You haven’t? Well get on that! But before you try those fun creations, here’s another Halloween treat for you! We would like to introduce our new Ghost Soap! Ghouls and goblins of all ages will love Ghost Soap! It sure to be a new favorite Halloween treat!

Ingredients for base:

200 grams of SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap

10 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil

1 gram of Fun Soap Colorant Black Oxide

Mold Market Molds for Cupcakes

 

Ingredients for frosting:

77 grams of Whipped Soap Base

9 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

77 grams of Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap

7 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil

 

Equipment and Other Ingredients:

8oz. Clear Bullet Bottle

24/410 Black Fine Mist Sprayer

Disposable Pipette

Hand Mixer

Mixing Spoon

Rubbing Alcohol

Deep Mixing Bowl

Scale

 

Directions:

  1. Weigh out and melt down 200 grams of SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap in a clean bowl in the microwave. This should take about 30 seconds, however if it is still not melted you can put it back into the microwave for another 30 seconds.

SLS Free GLycerin M&P Soap for ghost soap

  1. Once your melt and pour is completely melted down, you can add in 10 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil.

alien type fragrance for ghost soap

  1. Next, add 1 gram of Black Oxide Fun Soap Colorant and mix it all together very thoroughly.

black oxide dye for ghost soap

  1. After you have mixed everything together, carefully pour your mixture into the base portion of the cupcake molds and then spray them with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any air bubbles.

cupcake mold for ghost soap

 

rubbing alcohol for ghost soap

 

5.  Then let your bases sit or they can also be refrigerated until they harden.

bases of ghost soap

 

  1. With any leftover mixture you may have, use a pipette or a spoon to carefully drop it onto the wax paper to make eyes and a mouth for your ghosts. Once your faces harden, peel them off of the wax paper.

faces for ghost soap

  1. Once your cupcakes are solid, you can start on the frosting. Weigh out 77 grams of Whipped Soap Base.

whipped base for ghost soap

  1. Add 9 grams of Vegetable Glycerin to your whipped topping.

veggie glycerin for ghost soap

  1. Next, weigh out and melt down 77 grams of Soya Milk Melt and Pour Soap.

soya milk M&P for ghost soap

10.  Mix your Soya Milk with the whipped base and add in 7 grams of Alien Type Fragrance Oil.

mixing for ghost soap top

alien fragrance for ghost top

11. Quickly but carefully frost your cupcake bases with your mixture and shape it into a ghost.

adding ghosts to bases

12. Quickly add your eyes and mouth to your frosting before it sets.

faces for ghost soap

13.  After adding your face, let them set for a little while and then voila! Your ghost soap is finished! Have fun with your new and spooky friends!

 

I hope you have enjoyed creating our new Ghost Soaps! They are sure to be a fun Halloween treat! Your family, friends, and customers will have a blast with your new friends! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any problems or questions! Be sure to try out all of our other great Halloween recipes and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
19

Nature’s Garden Wishlist

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Wishlist iconNature’s Garden Wishlist

Hello all you wonderful people! We hope you’ve gotten used to our new site. We love it and are sure you will too! Hopefully you are all registered with us to purchase our awesome wholesale products! We have a great feature on our website called a Wishlist. It is a way to put orders in your account to save them for a later visit. Maybe you are in love with a certain fragrance but don’t want to purchase it today. Or maybe you want to purchase one of our great starter kits for something new but you want to finish the project you’re working on now. Create a Wishlist and save it all right there onto your account! You could also use your Wishlists to save a product you want to purchase for a loved one, but their birthday or the holiday is a ways away. Put it in a Wishlist to purchase later!

Alright everyone, it’s time to create your Nature’s Garden Wishlist! Here are the directions:

  • After you have logged into your account, on the top right corner of our homepage, above our shopping bag, it says WISHLIST. Click on that.
  • That will take you to your Wishlists page, although it will say that you have no Wishlists created. To the right, click the button that says CREATE WISHLIST.

wishlists page on NG site

  • That will take you to our WISHLIST ADD page. All you are required to do there is title your list. The Event Description box is only optional. After you fill that out, hit SAVE. (Unsure what to name your Wishlist? I suggest something fun, but something easy for you to remember! Take mine for example, I just named my first Wishlist “Layla’s Lovely Wishes!”)

wishlist add page on NG site

  • Now that you’ve created a list, go and explore our products! Once you’ve chosen a product, make sure to add the quantity and/or size of the items you want.
  • To the right of the picture of the product, click on the option Add To Wishlist. There is a blue heart in front of it.quantity options for NG products
  • A little window will pop up asking if you want to add the product to your Wishlist. If you have created multiple Wishlists, make sure to select the right one you want to add it to from the drop down box. Make sure to hit ADD. Have fun going through all of our products and add whatever your heart desires to your lists!

wishlist pop up box on NG site

  • On future visits, after you have logged into your account and want to retrieve your Wishlists, on our homepage click on WISHLIST above the shopping bag like you did to create them.
  • That will take you right to your list of Wishlists. Click on the name of the Wishlist you want and it will take you right to your list of products that are saved to it!

New customers and returning, we thank you so very much for your business and loyalty to our company! We are honored to have you as part of our Nature’s Garden family. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions you have! For all of our customers looking for classes to learn how to make your projects. Check out our free classes and recipes! Make sure to look out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
10

Nature’s Garden Store

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Nature’s Garden Store

 

Welcome to our new site everyone! I hope you love it as much as we do! Anyways, I’ve got a couple of questions for you. Are you looking for a new and exciting place to adventure off to? Maybe a cool place to take your friends? Or maybe you’re just itching for a different store to quench your crafting thirst? If any of those sound like you, which I’m positive at least one or more does, you need to grab your purse, jump in the car, and head on down to the Nature’s Garden store! Did you think we were just online? Oh my goodness, then I must have just made your day!! Come on down to Wellington, Ohio and look around! We have awesome employees you can meet who will do whatever they can to help you out!

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At Nature’s Garden it’s fragrance and fun for everyone! We are located at 42109 St Route 18 Wellington, Ohio, 44090. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. We are closed on weekends and all major holidays. (If you have any questions or concerns , please call at 440-647-0100 from 9am-4pm est or leave us a message or contact us through our social media and we will get back to you as soon as possible when we return!) We have all of our products that we have online available in our store, at the same wholesale prices!Natures Garden Store

 

Our store also includes our free recipes for you to try and some wonderful samples of what you can create with our products. We even have our glitter fragranced shoes out on display that were created by Melissa, one of our amazing employees! No ladies, I’m not kidding! She actually created glitter scented shoes! I know you must be almost drooling at the idea because I was! And believe me, they are as awesome as they sound! Just come to the store and see and then use our recipe to create some of your own!

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Here at Nature’s Garden we have over 800 fragrances. At our store, we have walls devoted just to our fragrances. We offer the chance for you to be able to smell all 800+ of them if you want! Take your time to pick your exact favorites! Our shelves are also stocked full with candle making supplies, soap making supplies, essential oils, herbs and our cosmetic supplies! Let me give even more incentive to come and visit us. When you come to check out our store, you will leave with a free sample of something we have created using our fragrance oils. How cool is that?!

Nature's Garden Store, fragrance oils, candle making supplies, soap making supplies

We are blessed to have wonderful employees working at our store who are sure to give you an awesome experience during your visit. Any questions you have while you are there, they will be happy to help! We are even more blessed to have all of our amazing customers as part of our Nature’s Garden family. We want to do whatever we can to help you achieve success! So come on down and visit our neck of the woods for an exciting new experience! Have fun exploring our new site and be sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Sep
03

Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly

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halloween-scrubPumpkin Puke Soap Jelly

 

Getting ready for Halloween? Need a fun way to bring the fall season into your home? Try our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly! This soap jelly was created with the thoughts of jack-o-lanterns and the smells of pumpkin pie. This Nature’s Garden creation will definitely bring back all kinds of fall memories for you with its tantalizing pumpkin scent. Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly is a great reminder of the traits of the fall season; the tempting smell of a pumpkin pie in the oven, or carving your first pumpkin. Pumpkin Puke will also bring back fond memories of your first trip to a pumpkin patch to pick out your first pumpkin for Halloween and the scents of delicious pumpkin rolls. This will definitely be another Halloween favorite that you will want to make again and again!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

100 grams of SLS Glycerin FREE Melt and Pour Soap

153 grams of warm distilled water

4 grams of Optiphen

12 grams of Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil

12 drops of Yellow Da Bomb FD&C Soap

3 drops of Red Da Bomb FD&C Soap Dye

8 oz Clear Bullet Bottle

One 24/410 Black Fine Mist Sprayer

8oz Clear PET Jars

Black Dome Lid 70/400

One thermometer

Rubbing Alcohol

Black Foam with Sticky Backing

Directions:

  1. Weigh out and melt down 100 grams of the SLS Free Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap in a clean bowl in the microwave. This will take about 30 seconds. If your soap is not completely melted, you can put it back in for another 15 seconds. Then measure out and add in 153 grams of warm distilled water.
  2. Next, you will add 12 drops of Yellow Da Bomb Soap Dye and 3 drops of Red Da Bomb Soap Dye.
  3. Using your thermometer, make sure that your mixture is between 120 and 140 degrees. If it is at the correct temperature, add in the 4 grams of Optiphen and then mix it thoroughly.
  4. After the Optiphen is added to your mixture, carefully add in 12 grams of our Pumpkin Roll Fragrance Oil.
  5. Using a clean spoon or utensil, mix thoroughly until you have achieved a bright orange color.
  6. Next, spray your puke with rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of any air bubbles that have occurred.
  7. Let your puke cool for a few hours in the refrigerator to set up, or you can just leave it out overnight, until it has become a gooey, almost jelly-like texture.
  8. If you would like to have even more fun, use your foam to make a jack-o-lantern face or add another spooky decoration to your jar to bring even more Halloween spirit to your project!
  9. Your soap jelly is now ready for you to use! Have a relaxing time with your new pal!

 

We hope you enjoyed making our Pumpkin Puke Soap Jelly! The smells of a hot delicious pumpkin roll will surely get you excited for the upcoming fall season and the frights of Halloween! It is sure to be a fun project for the kids or a spooky reminder of Halloweens past! Are you ready for some more fragrance fun? Visit our free recipe box for many more fun and creative ideas!

Dec
31

White Sage Uses

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white sageWhite Sage was considered a Holy herb by the American Indians who used it for smudging ceremonies, for bathing, for deodorant, and for medicinal purposes.  Natures Garden sells our white sage for external applications only, but in the following article, we will discuss how this wonderful herb has been used throughout history.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice; consult your doctor before using any herbs for treatment purposes. We provide this data for educational purposes only.    

White Sage (Salvia apiana) is an evergreen shrub that grows to 4-5 feet in height.  White sage grows well in climates that provide lots of sunlight, well-drained soil, mild winters, and little water.  Over-watering white sage can kill the plant. The leaves of white sage contain essential oils and resins that provide a wonderful aroma when rubbed together.  White sage’s scientific name is salvia apiana (apiana refers to the fact that bees are attracted to this plant); salvia means salvation.

The American Indians referred to white sage as the king of all sages, and frequently used this herb for medicinal and ceremonial purposes.  In fact, it is believed that the term “Holy Smoke” originated from the American Indians “smudging” white sage to rid people and places of unwanted evil spirits, and to protect themselves from those spirits.  In addition, they believe that the smoke of sage attaches itself to negative energy found within a person, and removes it from their body.   

White sage is still used today for smudging purposes.  The smudging process involves lighting the tips of dried sage leaves, blowing them out, and allowing the smoke to escape into the air.  Smudging is typically done using a sage wand (smudge stick), but loose white sage leaves can be used instead.  Sage wands are sage leaves wrapped tightly together.  To burn a smudge stick, light the tip of a few leaves and blow it out.  You can either wave the stick in air or place stick in a fire-safe container that contains salt or sand. The salt or sand will allow the smudge stick to stand erect while burning. To extinguish the smudge stick, place smoking end of the stick into the salt or sand and smolder. The smoke created from burning sage produces a calming effect on those who inhale it.  (Always use caution when burning sage, as anything that is on fire can potentially catch other things on fire.  Also, keep anything that is burning away from children and pets).

In addition to smudging, white sage may be used for topical applications by preparing teas, poultices, and/or oil infusions.  White sage is used in these applications because it has anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, calming, deodorizing, and healing properties.  White sage contains diterpenoids, which are compounds which have been shown to fight bacterial infections, and reduce allergy symptoms.  It also contains cineole, which acts as an anti-inflammatory/anti-bacterial agent.  Tannic acid content provides anti-fungal properties.  Sage is also used as an antipyretic; used as a sweat bath to reduce fever. White sage has a calming effect on the body and soul.  This is likely due to its miltirone content (a compound which performs similar to valium to reduce anxiety).  Finally, white sage contains phytoestrogens, which are compounds very similar to the female hormone estrogen.  Herbalists have used white sage to help treat the hot flashes that accompany menopause.

 

White sage tea is prepared by steeping sage leaves in hot water.  Care is taken not to add white sage leaves to boiling water, as boiling water will destroy some of its medicinal value.  Once this tea is made, it can be used to make natural lotions and creams, soap, and hair care products.  The American Indians used white sage tea as a “soapless” shampoo.  Since white sage has deodorant qualities, sage tea can be used as a fabulous hair rinse that leaves your hair soft and manageable.  Sage tea can be used in place of plain water to make wonderful homemade soaps.  Natural lotions and creams can also be made using white sage tea in place of plain water.  This tea can also be added directly to your bathtub for a relaxing herbal bath.  Due to its tannic acid content (which has anti-fungal properties), white sage tea can be used as a foot bath to treat athlete’s foot.  White sage tea can also be used as a refreshing, natural vaginal deodorant.

White sage can be infused into oils to make fabulous massage oils, ointments, body butters, salves, lip balms, ect.  To prepare a white sage oil infusion, crush 1 cup dried white sage into 16 oz. olive oil (or another light oil such as sweet almond oil or sunflower oil), warm it gently in a double boiler for about 1 hour covered, pour the solution (including the herbs) into a jar and lid.  Allow this to set for 4-6 weeks; strain and use.  Your oil infusion will have a shelf life of about 1 year.  This white sage oil infusion can be used to make soaps, lotions, massage oils, ointments, salves, deodorants, creams, lip balms, scrubs, and other body products.

Finally, it is reported that white sage can be used internally (in small amounts) in the form of a tea for an array of medicinal treatments. Never should sage essential oil be ingested.  Before ingesting any type of herbs, you should consult with your doctor first. Herbalists use white sage as a tea, for soothing sore throats, for relaxation, for hormonal imbalances, for diarrhea, for indigestion, for ulcers, and for treating congestion in the respiratory tract.  Since white sage is a natural deodorant, it can be used to make natural douches.

White sage contains a compound known as thujone. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this compound increases your heart rate and causes mental confusion. It can also lead to vomiting, restlessness and kidney complications when used in excess. Hence, you should exercise caution when using white sage.

A study performed at the University of Arizona in 1991 demonstrated that Salvia apiana has potential antibacterial properties against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Candida brassicae.   It was also published in March 2005 in “Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine” that scientists at the University of Southern California found white sage to contain eucalyptol, or cineole.  This compound is known to kill bacteria and can help clear a sinus infection. 

Jan
25

What is an Emulsifier?

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emulsifier natures gardenIf you have ever seen an unshaken bottle of Italian Salad Dressing, then you have witnessed a product that could definitely use the help of an emulsifier!

In Elementary School, we all learned that oil and water just simply will not combine on their own accord.  They are just not compatible.  It is all about polarity.  Let’s magnify down to the molecular level of things and really get down to the nitty gritty.

Simply put polarity is the nature of a molecule or a compound to either be attracted to or repelled from another molecule.  The attraction or opposition is based on the charge of the nucleus, and the formation of the atoms that have bonded.  Based on this makeup, compounds are either polar or non-polar.

Polar molecules are not balanced in their chemical makeup.  Usually it is because one of the elements is pulling all of the electrons to one side of the atom.  Therefore, polar elements are constantly looking to bond with other polar elements in order to be a balanced compound.  On the flip side, if an atom is completely balanced, and has an equal charge on both sides, then it is classified as non-polar.

Now, when polar and non-polar elements are present in the same mixture what you get is separation.  Whether the mixture is stirred, heated, or shaken; eventually the polar and non-polar elements will isolate themselves from one another.  This is a physical trait, which you can literally see.  What is missing from the equation is an emulsifier.

Emulsifiers are most commonly used in the food industry.  They have a great impact on the texture and composition of food.  Another benefit of using emulsifiers in food is the extension of freshness.  Some common foods that use emulsifiers are:  salad dressings, candy, frozen desserts like ice cream and yogurts, cake mixes, and icings.  There are even foods that are natural emulsifiers such as milk, mustard, and eggs.

In the department of bath and body, or any product that is made to be put on the skin, emulsifiers will become your new best friend.  Since, in our industry, most of our scenting is accomplished with oils, it poses a problem when the product that we are creating is water based.  The reasoning- just like the Italian dressing, water and oil will not mix.  The chemistry concept to remember is like dissolves like.  This means that polar will always bind and dissolve in polar, and vice versa with non-polar.

When a mixture is water based; it is termed Aqueous.  This means that in order to mix other elements to this recipe, the additional ingredients need to be hydrophilic, or water loving (polar).  Fragrance and Essential oils are not water loving, therefore they are termed lipophilic (non-polar).

No matter how much you shake, mix, blend, or beat a mixture, if it contains both water and oils, there will be separation that occurs.  The only way to solve this is by adding an emulsifier to your recipe.  An emulsifier is quite an amazing little thing.  Let’s look at the molecular level again.  An emulsifier consists of a hydrophilic (water-loving) head, and a lipophilic (oil-loving) tail.  This is the perfect peace maker between water and oil.  This is because the emulsion allows for the lesser mass element to be “insulated” by the emulsifier to prevent it from joining the other elements with the same polarity.  What this allows for a dispersion of water and oil together and this referred to as a stable emulsion.

When an emulsifier is added to a recipe, it is drawn to the layer where binding is needed.  It is then able to position itself, by lessening the surface tension, between the oil and water.  Emulsifiers, besides being wonderful binders between polar and non-polar elements, also act as aerating agents, starch complexing agents, and even crystallization inhibitors.

Emulsifiers create emulsions.  There are two types of emulsions.  The first is an oil in water emulsion.  This is where the greater mass is water, and there are oil droplets which are dispersed into the water.  This is created by the emulsifier covering the oil particles and allowing the hydrophilic end to bind with the hydrophilic water.  Now, since both are water-loving elements, they will bind together.  The second emulsion is a water in oil emulsion.  This is where the greater mass is oil, and there are water droplets which are dispersed into the oil by the emulsifier covering the water particles.  This then allows for the lipophoic end to bind with the lipophilic oil.  With the addition of an emulsifier, both emulsions are now stable and evenly dispersed without separation.

These two different emulsions are important to know if for example you are trying to make a specific kind of cream or lotion.

In the case of water dispersed in oil, oil will encase the water so therefore the oils in the recipe will touch the skin first.  There will of course be some greasiness in the feel of the lotion when it is applied to the skin.  This is because of the oils, and will be absorbed into the skin.  These recipes are great for adding beneficial aspects of the oils directly to the skin.

In the case of oil dispersed in water, water will encase the oil so therefore the water in this recipe will touch the skin first.  These recipes have a less greasy feel to them.  These are also great emulsion recipes in situations where you are looking for moisture to be one of the benefits of the lotion or cream.

For bath and body crafters, common emulsifiers that are used are:  Borax with Beeswax, Beeswax, BTMS 25%, Carbomer, Cetaryl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax-NF, Lecithin, PEG-20 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Silky Emulsifying Wax, Stearyl Alcohol NF, and Polysorbate 80.

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Aug
14

RECIPE MONDAY!

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It’s Monday! Let’s get the week started with two awesome NEW recipes

Pumpkin Delight Clamshell Tarts

 

 

PUMPKIN DELIGHT CLAMSHELL TARTS

A triple layer of fragrance fun that is super easy to make!

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Monkey Farts Lip Balm

 

 

MONKEY FARTS LIP BALM

With a name like this, who could HELP but try it!!

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HAPPY MONDAY! Smiles!!

– Deborah