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Sep
12

My First Attempt at Soapmaking

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Enji Natures GardenHi, I’m Katie from Nature’s Garden. (That’s me and Enji!) We’ve got a great team here, and my role largely involves writing fragrance blogs and rendering videos. I’ve been working here for a little over two months, and I’ve watched Bailey make a LOT of soap (you can, too, if you click that link)! Until I started working here, I had very little knowledge of soapmaking (and I still have a LOT to learn), but you bet your bippy I like crafts of all kinds, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on some soap. This past weekend, a friend asked me to house-sit and I had a rare opportunity: an entire kitchen at my disposal. (I live with my folks, two teenage siblings, and a large puppy [keep reading for pic], so the kitchen can be a little crowded.) On Friday, I frantically purchased soapmaking supplies from our store, and soon after started my first foray into melt-and-pour.

Katie’s Impulsive Orange Soap

Truthfully, I don’t trust myself with anything too potentially hazardous. While I’ve read all about lye safety and its proper handling, I still don’t trust my clumsy self. Melt and pour seemed to be the way to go. We use mango butter in our cold process soap-testing recipe because of its moisturizing properties, so I decided to buy some Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap.

Natures Garden Reed Diffuser KitOn a separate note, I am absolutely obsessed with Blood Orange Essential Oil. Pictured to the right is the reed diffuser that sits in my office, filled with blood orange essential oil (and reed diffuser baseReed diffuser kits come plain- I just painted mine to match the workplace). It smells insanely amazing and its considered aromatherapy benefits are as a stimulant and an anti-depressant (an aphrodisiac, too, but that’s not important at work). IMPORTANT NOTE ON USING CITRUS ESSENTIAL OILS IN BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS: Citrus fruits contain compounds designed to help them absorb sunlight to ripen. Citrus essential oils are likely to increase the photosensitivity- or sensitivity to sunlight- of your skin. I’m already as white as ghost, so I need to be especially careful not to use this soap on body parts that will see a lot of sun. I already get sunburnt pretty easily, and overuse of citrus essential oil on sun-exposed skin can lead to a type of super-sunburn. No thank you.

My idea quickly became centered around making an energizing soap with mango butter melt and pour and blood orange essential oil- but what else? I looked up natural soap colorantsOrange Peel Powder, rich with vitamins and a citrus aroma, seemed like an obvious addition, and for extra orange color, I included skin-nourishing Carrot Powder and cleansing Red Moroccan Clay Powder. Let me remind you again that I pretty much have no idea what I’m doing. –Since I was a kid, I’ve loved making my own recipes. Even if they were terrible. I once put cinnamon squares cereal in a bowl with ripped up bread and orange soda pop. I have no idea why. I can’t imagine anyone ate it. (I’m not sure how those fragrances would smell together, either.)– But no one’s going to eat this soap, so I figured I couldn’t go too terribly wrong, right?

To recap, here’s my recipe (and a picture of me and my dog for fun):

Mango Butter Melt and Pour Soap – 1lb
Blood Orange Essential Oil – ~32 drops
Orange Peel Powder – 2 tbsp
Carrot Powder – 1 tbsp
Red Moroccan Clay Powder – 1 tbsp

Other Supplies:

Knife
Cutting board
Scale
Stove
Small sauce pan
Glass 2-cup Measuring Container with spout
Water
Tbsp measuring spoon
Small bowl
Whisk
Stainless steel spoon
Disposable pipettes
Bite-sized daisies mold

Making it:

First, gotta cut up those lil melt and pour squares. I cut my soap along the lines laid out and then I cut those pieces into halves or even quarters for faster melting. You can use a microwave, but I wanted more time to add my herbs and oil so I used the double boiler method to melt my mango butter base (or something very similar- I just googled “double boiler method” and that’s not exactly what I did. Oops.) In the little bowl I mixed 1 tbsp of each of my powders with the whisk, being sure to break up carrot powder clumps. Once my soap base was good and melt-y, I stirred in my powders and began mixing with a whisk. Shortly thereafter I used a pipette to add my blood orange essential oil. I didn’t measure this one out exactly, but a friend suggested I use no more than a few drops of essential oil per ounce of base, so initially I went with about 1 drop/oz. It didn’t smell orange-y enough to me,Impulsive-Orange-Two so I added an extra tbsp of orange peel powder and upped my essential oil to 2 drops/oz base. Once I got my batter thoroughly mixed, I poured it into that *cute little flower mold,* very messily, I might add, and very carefully laid the filled molds on paper towels on a flat shelf in the fridge. I waited a while for them to set up, at least a half hour, and then popped them out and put them in a zip-seal bag. THEY SMELL GREAT. I cannot get over how much I love this soap. I have never smelled anything like it before- it’s orange-y and herbal-y and the soap turned out to be a tan-orange color- and I LOVE IT.

But melt and pour comes in two pound slabs.. so what did I do with the other pound?

Bacon-SoapBACON SOAP

This one was more simple and scientific. One pound = 16 oz.  and (16 x 0.05 = 0.8). I measured out 0.8 oz Bacon Fragrance Oil and.. I’m not sure sure how much Red Moroccan Clay Powder I used.. maybe 3 or 4 tbsp? But I used the same melt and pour method described above and ended up with a pound of bacon soap! Woohoo! Be sure to keep this soap away from your puppy- he might mistake them for treats- they are bite-sized and they smell like bacon. Though honestly, my goofy dog will try to eat anything.

I can’t wait to create another soap recipe with herbs and essential oils!

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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Feb
18

Nettle Leaf Uses

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Hey all you crafty people out there! I’ve got the perfect idea for you! Nettle leaf!! This herb is the perfect one to use in all of your new projects! T has so many wonderful uses, being most well-known for its culinary and medicinal purposes, it can also be used for bath and body products, soap making, skin care, and even hair care! Did you know that nettle leaf can even be used to make clothing? During World War II, the Germans actually made their uniforms using nettle leaf. Archaeologists have even found perfectly preserved clothing made with nettle leaves dating back to over 2,000 years ago in China! How cool is that?

Common bath and body products that can include nettle leaf are shampoos and conditioners, lip balms, massage oils, soaps, creams, lotions, ointments, natural foot treatments, face masks, scrubs, bath bombs, facial toners, and bath tea. There are many amazing benefits for your skin when you use nettle leaves! Nettle leaf works to treat any burns you may have, and reduce any scarring from the burns, and it also cleanses oily skin. The leaves can be used to treat many skin conditions like eczema, chicken pox, insect bites, and acne, as well as working to fight the signs of aging. Even your hair can benefit from nettle leaves! They work to make the hair healthy by treating and preventing dandruff and helping to stop hair loss. They not only stop the hair loss, but also work to thicken hair as well as promoting new hair growth.

There are many fantastic medicinal benefits to using nettle leaf as well. It can be used to treat many various conditions including bronchitis, hypertension, colds, osteoarthritis, irritable bladder, diarrhea, dysentery, diabetes, painful or frequent urination, gout, rheumatism, asthma, hay fever, the flu, arthritis, inflammation, congestion, urinary tract infections, and even cancer. Specifically for men, nettle leaves can be used to treat many prostate conditions especially Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate. The leaves work to treat and reduce BPH, as well as stopping cell growth around the area. For women, Native Americans used nettle leaves to aid in pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. Women can also use the leaves to fight anemia and fatigue, and it also works to keep hormone levels balanced. Many internal bleeding problems can be treated using nettle leaves including vaginal bleeding, stomach and lung bleeding, and even nose bleeds.

Did you know that in the UK, there is an annual World Nettle Eating Championship? The competitors in the contest actually compete just to eat as much of the raw plant as possible! Here at Nature’s Garden, we sell nettle leaves and nettle leaf powder for external use only! Please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it is only for educational purposes! But do make sure to try out our wonderful free recipe for our Christmas Wreath Fire Starters, they are actually made with our nettle leaves! Are you still curious about this great herb? Then go check out even more nettle leaf uses in our free Nettle Leaf Class! And while we’re on that subject, go check out all the rest of our great free recipes and classes as well! Enjoy all of these amazing products, and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
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Burdock Root Uses

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Are you in need of something different to use in your new creations? Well, how about burdock root? This herb is most well known for its wide variety of medicinal uses, however it can also be used for skin care, bath and body products, soap making, culinary purposes, and even for hair care! This beautiful plant actually produces those strange burrs that can get stuck on your clothing or even your animals! Did you know that those burrs were actually the inspiration for Velcro? In the 1940s, a Swiss inventor named George de Mestral became intrigued with how the burrs stuck to his dog and his clothing. He put the burrs under a microscope, looking at the hook system. He realized how that hook system could be implemented for other uses and there you go! His studies resulted in Velcro!

There are many wonderful medicinal benefits to using burdock root. Native Americans used burdock root to aid in digestion, and in traditional Chinese medicine burdock root is used to treat tonsillitis, sore throats, measles, colds, and the flu. The practice of holistic medicine uses burdock root to treat cancer. It has some antitumor effects and has many purifying properties. Burdock root is a great herb to protect the heart from many problems. It keeps the blood free of toxins and other free radicals, lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. Pregnant women should avoid burdock root however as it can cause possible damage to the fetus. Did you know that burdock root can increase a persons’ sex drive? Or that it can promote sweating? Other conditions that can be treated using burdock root include fevers, anorexia, joint pain, rheumatism, gout, bladder infections, hepatitis, and it can even be used as a weight loss aid!

Common bath and body products that can include burdock root are soaps, massage oils, bath bombs, body wash, liquid soap, lotions, scrubs, facial masks, ointments, creams, and facial toners. Your skin can greatly benefit from burdock root. Burdock is actually considered one of the most important herbs for treating skin conditions. Some of those include styes, canker sores, syphilis sores, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, skin ulcers, acne, carbuncles, and boils. It is also great for dry skin. Your hair can even benefit from burdock root! It helps to treat and fight dandruff, stop flaky scalp, promote new hair growth, and burdock root is also great for using to condition dry scalp.

Did you know that burdock was considered sacred by the early Celts and Germanic people? It was considered sacred to the heavenly bear, Thor who reigned over summer storms. They placed burdock on gables as protecting from giants and lightning. Are you still curious about this wonderful herb? Well then make sure to check out our free Burdock Root Class which will give you even more information on Burdock Root Uses! While you’re there, check out our Burdock Root Powder as well! This is one herb you just can’t say no to! So go ahead and try it in our Soothing Facial Mask Recipe and let us know what you think! Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any thoughts, concerns, or questions you may have and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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

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