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Jun
27

Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

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DSC_0002Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

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

Ingredients for the Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

2 Green Apples

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

1 tablespoon turmeric

1 inch peeled ginger root

1 whole squeezed lemon

1 tablespoon Maca Root Powder

1/8 Teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil

 How to Create the Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

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

How Does our Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe Work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan
04

Blue Sugar Type Fragrance

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Blue Sugar Type FragranceBlue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Spotlight

Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden is a must have fragrance.  This exotic fragrance oil has me intrigued as some have described it as being the perfect scent for men, while others are in agreement that it does definitely work as unisex fragrance.  Overall, this fragrance is a scent that can be enjoyed by women and men of all ages.  A direct quote from one of our customers, “This fragrance oil is wonderful, and does work as a unisex scent, but the bath gel scent on a man is quite an enticing scent.  My husband knows first hand.”

What Does Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

The fresh citrus aroma creates a shimmering lift for this sensual vanilla based scent.  It’s a romantic floral bouquet with the heart of the fragrance intertwining with fresh green tones and rich patchouli.  The vanilla signature at the base of the scent is balanced with soft musk and warmed by exotic woody tones for lingering sensuality.  Compare this fragrance oil by Natures Garden to the popular Aquolina Blue Sugar.  We are in no way affiliated with Aquolina.

How Do Our Customers Use Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil? 

Let’s start with our candle crafters and home scenters!  For homemade candles, the maximum usage is 10% for this unisex fragrance oil.  The maximum use for home scents such as reed diffusers, potpourri, and incense is 50%, and for cleaning products the maximum usage 5%.   In candles, Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax.  For room scenting, this exotic scent is nice and strong in aroma beads as well.  Color suggestions for your beautiful homemade candles are to use 2 drops of blue liquid candle dye per 4 pounds of wax or shred a small amount of blue color block into your melted wax.  As a friendly reminder, never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.

And for our homemade soapers, the maximum usage is 5% and that goes for your bath and body products such as bath oils, bath gels, lotions, and perfumes.  The cold process soap testing results shows no ricing, acceleration, or separation.  It discolors to a brown with very strong scent retention.  The vanillin content of Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil is 7%.  Vanilla White Color stabilizer may help prevent discoloration due to vanilla.  However, there are more than 40 ingredients used in fragrance manufacturing that may contribute to discoloration of products. The color suggestion for your homemade soap is to use as much blue soap colorant until you are satisfied.  Never use candle dye in any body products.  In other homemade bath and body products, it performed well and in perfumes it performs perfectly.

If you’re ready to get started with Blue Sugar Type Fragrance Oil, which is sure to be a big hit with both men and women, please type in “blue sugar fragrance oil” into Natures Garden’s search bar and place your order today!

Are you interested in a unique, but yet fun Natures Garden recipe using this enticing scent, please try our Scented Markers Recipe.

Nov
30

Blackberry Sage Fragrance

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Blackberry Sage Fragrance OilBlackberry Sage Fragrance – Fragrance Spotlight

Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil by Natures Garden has a spectacular scent.  It has been described by our customers as a sweet, fruity blend that brings the country smell to you. It is a fabulous fruity fragrance for both soaps and candles.  It has been described as both a clean and fresh scent, with a  very earthy sage base.  Not too sweet and not too tart, its alluring aroma is pleasurable to both females and males.  Many customers have originally purchased this fragrance oil thinking it would a great as a “seasonal” fragrance, but most have decided very quickly that it is definitely an “all year round” scent, which could be why this is one of Natures Garden’s Best Sellers!

What Does Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil has strong top notes of tart blackberries, mulberries, and orange zests; middle notes of nutmeg, rose petals; bottom notes of fresh green sage leaves, red clover, and a dry down of vanilla.

Top Notes:  blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, orange zest, mulberry
Mid Notes:  plum, white sage, violet, jasmine, rose petals, nutmeg
Base Notes:  French vanilla, green sage leaves, red clover, allspice

How Do Our Customers Use Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil?

Coloring Suggestions:   Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil

Candle crafters, we have a couple of different coloring suggestions for homemade candles which are as follows; 5 drops of purple liquid candle dye or shred an ample amount of purple color block into the melted wax.  And please remember to never use crayons to color your candles as they will clog your wick.  For bath and body products, try purple soap colorant in an amount that satisfies you.  Never use candle dye in any bath and body products.

Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil may remind you of your blackberry sage tea.  For homemade candles, this fragrance performs perfectly in joy wax, wow wax, and is nice and strong in soy wax and has a 10% usage rate.  It’s also nice and strong in aroma beads and can be used to create one of a kind, homemade candle wax tarts using our pillar of bliss wax.  The maximum use of 50% room scenting purposes such as potpourri and incense.

For homemade soaps, bath oils, bath gels, lotions and perfumes, the maximum usage rate is 4%.  Our Cold process soap testing results show that this fragrance oil pours perfectly with no acceleration, no ricing, and no separation.  The vanillin content is 0%.  This blackberry fragrance oil will discolor your soap to a dark cream while maintaining a strong scent retention.

And lastly, this aromatic scent can be used for cleaning purposes by whipping up a batch of Vacuum Air Freshener Beads.  The maximum usage rate is 4%.

To quickly find this fragrance, type in “Blackberry Sage” in our search bar and that will take you directly to our Blackberry Sage Fragrance Oil page so that you can order today!  While your viewing this page, please check out the Blackberry Sage Soap recipe by clicking on the recipe tab above the picture.

 

Nov
09

Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs

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Pumpkin Spice ScrubsWhat a fun time I had with the Pumpkin Sugar Scrubs Recipe as my first solo attempt at melt and pour homemade soap making.  We have a wide variety of pumpkin products such as molds, pumpkin fragrance oils, pumpkin powders, and even pumpkin recipes to satisfy your craving for this seasonal scent.  For now, I’m all about making melt and pour soaps and learning all I can about the different products here at Natures Garden, learning the techniques, and trying out the fabulous recipes.  I decided that making small, solid pumpkin sugar scrubs as my first official project was appropriate for this time of year.

I am brand-spanking-new to the wonderful world of soap making and part of the fun is figuring it out! I did some research on Pinterest and looked over a couple of our solid sugar scrubs recipes before coming up with this ridiculously fun recipe:

Ingredients used:                                                                                            

 

Tools needed:Silicone Soap Mold - 24 Mini Pumpkins

I included turmeric and carrot powder in the recipe both for their coloring properties and skin-loving benefits.  As this was my first attempt to make this recipe, I carefully prepped my work area and laid out all of the ingredients and tools I would need for this recipe.   Below is the step-by-step instructions that I followed:

Step 11. Place the silicone pumpkin soap mold off to the side.
2. Measure out your powders! I did this by placing one of my glass measuring containers on the scale, taring it to 0, then adding my powders one at a time (tare in between the powders if you’d prefer not to do any math).
3. Add 30g vegetable glycerin to your small glass bowl with your powders and stir until it is thoroughly mixed and you have created a paste free of lumps.  Place to the side.
4. Measure out your sugar and place to the side.
5. Measure out your oils.
6. Cut 175g of your melt and pour base and place in you microwavable bowl.
7. Microwave your soap in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, making sure it is melted. If you have a more powerful microwave, you can do it for shorter bursts of time.
8. Once that soap is completely melted, add your Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti Fragrance oil and your sweet almond and pumpkin seed oil; stir thoroughly.
9. Then pour your powder paste and add your 20 drops of orange oxide into the bowl all while its wet.Step 4
10. Then add the sugar and stir, stir, stir.
11. Once you’ve completely mixed your soap, oils, and sugar pour mixture into the mold and allow the little pumpkin bars (this recipe makes about 24) to set up for 4 hours. Ta-da!

Things got a little weird for me around step 11.   As I was mixing the mixture, it began to harden.  As you will see in the picture, I attempted to pack the mold versus pouring.  I decided to go ahead and re-heat it in the microwave for another 30 seconds.  When I took it out, it was a thick liquid that I stirred with the spatula (just to remix) and then began to poor into the mold.  It poured beautifully into each mold.  As excited as I was that this project seemed to turn out just right , I immediately decided it was time to put them to the true test.  I used a couple of these and they worked really well!  The bar held its shape despite the fact that anytime you add water to sugar, it breaks it down.  I hope you have as much fun as I did using this recipe.

Mar
02

New Body Butter Recipe

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Trying the homemade conditioner recipe 2 weeks ago has kick started my crafting gears into full force.  I had so much fun making my own hair conditioner from scratch that I decided that I was going to ride this wave for awhile.  I mean, making your hair smell like Monkey Farts, now that is a conversation piece.

Made from scratch, there is something about that statement that just makes me feel proud.  To create something from scratch and have it actually work is such an amazing feeling.  Items that are created this way almost take on a life of their own.  In fact, I am nearly tempted to slap a huge giant sticker on my containers screaming… “Yes, I made this from scratch.  I know, sometimes I don’t believe it myself but it is so true!”  I do realize that this is a lot to have on a sticker, but I want to shout it from the roof tops anyway.

Seeking bragging rights over my sisters, I shared my new homemade recipe delight with my mother.  She was very pleased and quite impressed.   To let you in on a little secret, I must admit that I haven’t even made dinner from scratch in 2 years.  The last recipe I tried was a homemade chicken paprikash that did not really turn out.  It was more of a chicken cream soup with dumpling like foam.  And, in case you are wondering, being members of the clean plate club, I did make my family eat it anyway.

Well, this week I wanted to give a from scratch body butter a try.  I turned to the bath and body recipe link on the Natures Garden’s Homepage to find something that was not too daunting, yet still contained elements of a challenge.    The Depth of Winter Body Butter caught my eye.  To give you a little background on why, my skin lately has been very dry even though I lotion constantly.  I have struggled to find a good quality body butter that will quench my skin’s thirst.  I was hoping that this recipe would solve my skin’s issue.

Spoiler Alert…Oh yes, I am in love again!  Hey, what can I say, the heart (skin) wants what it wants.

The recipe has a total of 4 ingredients and of course the plastic containers.  As a side note, I would suggest the low profile jars for these body butters.  They are the perfect purse size, and they just look so adorable on the bathroom counter.  I even hot glued a fake flower to the top of the straight smooth lid for an added touch of cuteness; showboating my anticipation for the spring season, HOLLAR!

The overall ease of the recipe, I would have to say, is simple.  The hardest part of the whole recipe is to watch the clock and remember to whip the butter every 20 minutes.  Staying true to form, I found the perfect song to listen/dance/sing while you prepare this body butter; the 1980 hit Whip It, by Devo.  It will have you rocking your new body butter all day.

Now, I realize that this is a Depth of Winter Body Butter, so I playfully renamed mine “Spring Fling Body Butter”.  My intention is to prep my skin to seeing the sun again.  I know that they have missed each other profusely.  Feel free to use the name too!

I used Smiley Face fragrance oil in my body butter.  However, you may use any of Natures Garden body safe fragrance oils, but get a fragrance that you know that you love, because once you start putting this butter on your body, it is going to quickly become a ritual.

On a final note, my favorite aspect of the body butter is how quickly it absorbs into my skin, and how smooth and gorgeous I look after applying it.  This is one 5 star recipe that you are not going to want to miss out on.

If you are interested in other fun recipes, check out the recipe box on Natures Garden Homepage.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com