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Dec
19

Uses for Cocoa Powder

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Uses-for-Cocoa-PowderUses for Cocoa Powder

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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rosemary usesRosemary Uses

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
13

Red Moroccan Clay Uses

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red moroccan clayRed Moroccan Clay Uses

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Have you used any clays in your products recently? Any cosmetic clays? Red Moroccan clay to be specific? Red Moroccan clay would be the perfect product to use to impress your customers and friends with a new twist on your projects! Or maybe you’re just looking for something new and exciting to try for your own homemade bath and body products? Red Moroccan clay people! I’m telling you, this is one product you just have to try! So let me tell you just a little bit more about it, because I am sure you will absolutely love it! It can be used in so many different industries and products too!

Did you know that Red Moroccan clay was once reserved only for the use of royalty in ancient Egypt? Red Moroccan clay actually originated and was first found in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. It is actually one of the most rare and most pure clays on this whole Earth! One of its many uses is for preparing body for Turkish baths. Red Moroccan clay actually contains many nutrients that are very important to the body. It contains potassium, silica, iron, magnesium, and sodium.

There are so many wonderful red Moroccan clay uses. It can be used in many different industries and products, and especially in bath and body products. Common bath and body products that include red Moroccan clay are face masks, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, shampoos and conditioners, soaps, bath bombs, mineral baths, and even deodorizing feet treatments. When used in all of these products, red Moroccan clay has many amazing benefits. It can benefits your skin by shrinking pores, adding moisture, and improving texture and elasticity. It also helps to remove impurities and toxins from the skin, stimulate circulation, draw out excess oils, and it even cleanses, nourishes, and exfoliates your skin. Your hair can benefit from this cosmetic clay as well! It helps to cleanse the hair and scalp as well as enhancing the hair.

There are even some medicinal benefits to red Moroccan clay uses as well. It helps to treat poison ivy, poison oak, and many other rashes as well. Are you wondering what to use this awesome product in? Well, don’t worry because here at Nature’s Garden we offer many wonderful free recipes and classes and our Mechanics Soap and our Firming Facial Mask both just happen to be made with red Moroccan clay. When you type either “red mo clay” or just “red clay” into the search bar on our website, it will take you directly to our Red Moroccan Clay Powder page. When you get to that page, on the top of the clay picture, there will be a little green box labeled “Recipe.” If you click on that, it will show you the names and pictures of our Mechanic Soap and Firming Facial Mask. When you click on either of those, they are actually direct links straight to those amazing recipes! Make sure to try them out as soon as possible! Enjoy this great product and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
05

Uses for Anise

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Uses for AniseUses for Anise

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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Nov
05

Uses for Sage

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Hello everyone! Are you into crafting or making new projects? Are you just looking for something new to try or maybe a new product to intrigue your customers with? Have you ever used sage in any of your products? If you haven’t, you need to get on that! Sage is such an awesome product, and there are so many different species and uses for sage! Sage can be used for so many different products and industries like soaping, bath and body products, skin care, hair, cosmetics, medicinal purposes, and even foods and beverages! White sage was even used by the Native Americans for smudging ceremonies to cleanse people of negative energies, relax the body and clear the mind!

There are so many different uses for sage. It can be used in many different bath and body products such as lotions, creams, ointments, eye pillows, bath bombs, scrubs, bath teas, facial masks, incense, and shampoos and conditioners. When used in these products, it bring many skin care benefits like making the skin look lighter and younger, treating cold sores, stimulating new cell growth, improving blood circulation, reducing redness and treating signs of aging. It is also great for hair care because it stops hair loss, stops premature graying, and it bring better blood flow to the scalp. When used for soaping, sage relieves itchy skin and works as an astringent. Sage is also a natural disinfectant and deodorizer. It helps to eliminate body odor and dry up perspiration. It also helps to reduce overproduction of saliva.

When used for all of its medicinal purposes, the many species of sage have many different benefits. Lyreleaf sage for example is used to treat colds, coughs, and diarrhea while scarlet sage is used to treat diabetes. Hummingbird sage is used as a sedative and baby sage can treat fevers. Pineapple sage has been used as an antidepressant, has anti anxiety properties, and helps to lower blood pressure. Common sage, or otherwise known as kitchen sage is great for women. It helps to treat the pain caused by menstrual cramps, regulate blood flow, and reduce menopausal hot flashes. However pregnant women should avoid it as it stimulates the muscles of the uterus and could cause a miscarriage.

There are even uses for sage for culinary purposes! Sage tea is great for relieving the itching caused by poison ivy and sage is also used in pork casserole, Derby cheese, and Lincolnshire sausages! Are you wondering how to get this awesome product? Well just type “sage” into the search bar on our site and it will show you many different options including our Sage Smudge Incense Wand, our Cut and Sifted Sage Leaves, and our Whole Leaves of White Sage. It will also show you some of our great free recipes like our Lavender Sage Bath Bombs or our Blackberry Sage Soap recipe! Make sure to try out all of these amazing products! Did you know you can even freeze sage and use it in ice cubes? How much more amazing can this product get? Make sure to try it as soon as you can! Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any thoughts or questions you may have, and make sure to watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
17

Black Walnut Hulls

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Black Walnut HullsBlack Walnut Hulls

Hello everyone! Are you adventurous? Are you a crafter? Do you like to try new and exciting things with your crafts? Have you ever used black walnut hulls in your crafts? If you haven’t yet, get on that! Black walnut hulls are amazing! They can be used in a variety of different ways in many different industries! They can be used for medicinal purposes, skin care, cosmetics, bath and body products, and even food and wood working! They are such versatile ingredients that after reading this, you won’t be able to resist trying them!

Black walnut hulls, or otherwise known as Juglans Nigra, are actually the outside shells or coverings of black walnuts. They are a species of the walnut family Juglandaceae and native to North America and some parts of Canada. They are found in Texas, Florida, Georgia, South Dakota and Ontario, Canada. During the 17th century, black walnut was used for many hard wood products like flooring, gunstock, building furniture, and even making coffins. They were used for these purposes because of their great grain and luster and its dark-red-brown color. Romans actually called black walnut the “imperial nut”!

There are many medicinal benefits to using black walnut hulls as well! It can treat many skin conditions like eczema, acne, warts, psoriasis, cold sores, herpes, athlete’s foot, and even inflamed tissues. When used as a cosmetics ingredient, it treats all of those things as well as yeast infections and even ringworm. One thing contained in black walnut hulls is called tannin. Tannin helps to reduce excessive sweating and shrink the sweat glands. Many other ailment can be treated with black walnut hulls as well such as balancing blood sugar, lowering serum cholesterol, getting oxygen into the blood, lowering blood pressure, helping to detoxify the body, and it has been said that they can even help to “kill” cancer cells! For women, they help to regulate the amount of blood loss during periods. However, pregnant women are recommended not to use black walnut hulls because they could possibly cause the child birth defects or even cause the mother to have a miscarriage. Please do not take my blogs as medical advice though! Always consult your doctor before using anything as replacement for medical treatment!

Bath and body products can include black walnut hulls as well! When used in a face mask, they help to soothe the skin. They can also be added to bath bomb recipes and massage oils. When used for soap making, black walnut hulls are used to color the soap a natural dark brown color. They can also be added to primary colored soap to bring the color down to a more natural, muted level. Wondering how to find this great product on our site? Just type “black walnut” or “black walnut hulls” into the search bar and it will take you directly to our Black Walnut Hulls Powder! Did you know that black walnut trees are also used as timber trees? And they can be added to a variety of foods! Also, black walnuts used to be used as hair dye because of its rich dark brown-black color! Make sure to try out this awesome product as soon as possible! And keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla! Looking for new things to try? Check out all of our free classes and recipes including our Black Walnut Hulls Class!

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Sep
30

Cocoa Butter

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For all you crafters out there, do you like to use cocoa butter in your products? Well guess what? We offer cocoa butter here at Nature’s Garden! Awesome right? We offer natural cocoa butter, (not deodorized so that it still smells faintly of chocolate) and we also have deodorized cocoa butter. But hold on, it gets even better! We also offer Cocoa Butter Melt and Pour Soap for all of you soap makers out there!

Cocoa butter is considered a luxury butter that is actually a saturated, very hard fat. It can be used be in very many products. The obvious, chocolate, is just pure delicious. I couldn’t help but mention it, what girl doesn’t love chocolate! Now that I got my chocolate thoughts out, it can also be used in very many of our products here at Nature’s Garden. Cocoa butter can be used in bath and body products such as lip balms, lotions, soaps, scrubs, massage bars, and lip gloss.

There are many benefits to your skin when using cocoa butter in your bath and body products. Cocoa butter is very high in antioxidants which helps fight signs of aging and many skin stressers. Come on ladies, who doesn’t want to look younger? It helps fight signs of aging, how awesome is that? Many people also use cocoa butter to help reduce their stretch marks, however there are no guarantees that it actually helps. Cocoa butter also helps to keep your skin hydrated and some people also use to help with skin irritations like dermatitis and eczema. See why so many bath and body products contain cocoa butter? It’s just amazing!

Our cocoa butter at Nature’s Garden is consisted of many essential fatty acids: palmitic (28%), stearic (33%), linoleic (3%) and oleic (35%). For all the soap makers, when using cocoa butter in your products, make sure to use the right amount. If too much is used, it can result in a very hard and dry soap. Use it in conjunction with unsaturated oils like castor oil or olive oil or with sticky ingredients like lanolin or shea butter. The easiest way to get to our cocoa butter on our website, is to type “cocoa butter” into our search bar at the top of our site. It will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for “Cocoa Butter.”” That page shows all of the cocoa butter products we offer. You can choose from our Golden Natural Cocoa Butter or our Deoderized Cocoa Butter. Our cocoa butter melt and pour is also available on that page as well.

Cocoa butter is awesome to use in your bath and body products! It is a fat actually taken from cocoa beans! Come on ladies, if you don’t already use it, I’m sure you’re dying to now! It actually helps signs of aging and I know you just can’t get the thought of that out of your head! This is a great product to try in your next projects, and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla! Please Don’t hesitate to contact us with any thoughts, questions, or concerns you may have! Looking for more fun projects? Try one of our free classes or recipes!

Note: Natures Garden sells our butters 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 butters out of reach of children and pets. 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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Jul
15

Where Can I Buy Cosmetic Supplies

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Cosmetic Kit

Natures Garden offers several different cosmetic kits ranging from body butters, to conditioners, to lip balms. Each kit provides all of the ingredients and items you need to make you own cosmetics!

Where Can I Buy Cosmetic Supplies

As the natural market continues to grow, there are also more and more people out there who are opting to “make their own” household products and natural cosmetics.  While natural cosmetic companies continue to promote the idea of “natural” to their customers, some companies have finally picked up on the fact that most of these handcrafted, natural cosmetics actually benefit the skin much better than their store bought counterparts.  In fact, I am willing to place a bet that our natural hair conditioner recipe, and emulsified sugar scrub recipes will out perform any similar store bought versions.  My point is:  If you are not making your own cosmetics, or buying handcrafted cosmetics, you skin is really missing out on the fabulous benefits of these products.

When we use the term Cosmetics Supplies, we are referring to all of the ingredients needed to create cosmetics as defined according to the FDA (Federal Food & Drug Administration).  The FDA defines cosmetics according to the cosmetics intended use.  The term cosmetics refers to items that can be put on the body in various applications to promote attractiveness (example lotions), clean or cleanse (examples bath gel, shampoos, conditioners), and alter appearance (example make-up, ).  So, as you can see, contrary to common belief, cosmetic items contain quite an array of products.

Natures Garden Candle and Soap Supply carries a nice variety of ingredients to get you started in making your own homemade cosmetics.  We have cosmetic supplies including fragrance oils, emulsifying waxes, natural butters, cosmetic clays, herbs and spices, cosmetic colorants, and even preservatives to ensure your cosmetics will stay bacteria free.  Natures Garden even has unscented bases where you can use the base as is or scent and color it to you liking, adding your own personal touch.

Providing cosmetic making supplies to everyone; we have a vast array of customers including hobbyists and small business owners.  But, if you are still undecided and looking for a place to start, check out Natures Garden Cosmetic Kits.  These kits provide everything that you will need to create the cosmetic, and they make perfect gifts too.  However, if you already are into cosmetic making, Natures Garden has free cosmetic recipes and classes.  There you will find recipes to make cosmetics and great information in the classes.  One of our favorites recipes involves using herbs to color your cosmetics naturally.

If you are in the market for high quality cosmetic making supplies, Natures Garden is your go to wholesale priced supplier.