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Jan
19

Aloe Vera Uses


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aloe vera usesAloe Vera Uses

Hello all you wonderful people! I hope you’re all having a fantastic day! Are you looking for the perfect new product to add to all of your projects and creations? Have you ever tried aloe vera before? Aloe vera, or otherwise known as True Aloe or even the First Aid Plant, is most commonly known for its amazing skin healing properties. This plant is wonderful for skin care, but did you know it can also be used for hair care purposes? It also has many amazing medicinal benefits and is great for soaping!

The aloe vera uses are endless.  Aloe vera plants can be used in many different industries and products. Common bath and body products it can be used in are foot treatments, bath teas, bath bombs, lotions, creams, ointments, massage oils, face tonics, shampoos and conditioners, body wash, and bath salts. For skin care, aloe vera helps to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, irritated or inflamed skin, burns, and any blemishes. It also is great for moisturizing and softening the skin as well as treating any facial edema, helping wounds heal faster, curing blisters and insect bites, and it reduces stretch marks and any wrinkles and fine lines. For hair care, aloe vera is great for treating itchy and dry scalp, controlling frizz, preventing hair loss and dandruff, and it even works to strengthen and soften the hair. For all the soap makers out there, aloe vera is a wonderful addition to your soaps as it bring its many skin care benefits!

There are many medicinal benefits to using aloe vera as well. It can be used as possible treatment for breast cancer as it works to slow the spread of new cells. It can also be used to treat a variety of different conditions such as heart burn, athlete’s foot, herpes, hepatitis, warts, shingles, fungus, gingivitis, the flu, bronchitis, and even frost bite. Aloe vera is a great treatment for diabetes as it works to control cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and decreases insulin resistance. It also lowers blood sugar levels, keeps the blood rich in oxygen, and works to improve the natural quality of the blood. Aloe vera contains many important nutrients and vitamins, such as zinc, copper, potassium, calcium, and vitamins, A, C, and E.

Did you know that aloe vera use can be traced back over 6,000 years? No I’m not kidding, this great product has been shown in ancient Egyptian carvings. They actually referred to aloe vera as the “plant of immortality,” and gave it to deceased pharaohs as gifts. Now why would you wait to use this amazing plant? Make sure to check out all of our amazing free recipes and classes, our Pampered Foot Scrub and our Calendula Sunshine Soap are actually both made with our Aloe Vera Leaf Powder! Just type “aloe powder” into the search bar on our website and it will take you right to our Aloe Vera Powder page. On top of the picture, you’ll see a little green link labeled “Recipe.” This will show you the names and pictures of our Pampered Foot Scrub and Calendula Sunshine Soap and are direct links right to the recipes! Enjoy these amazing products and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
16

Calendula Swirl Soap


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calendula swirl soapCalendula Swirl Soap

Hey all you cold process soapers out there! Are you looking for a new and exciting soap to make? Do you love to find new recipes to make? Maybe something fall like to go with the holiday season? Do you love calendula? Well here at Nature’s Garden we would like to introduce a brand new recipe for our Calendula Swirl Soap! This cold process soap is sure to be a hit for the fall season! All of your friends, family and customers will love this soap that is perfect for this time of year!

 

Ingredients:

194 grams of Lye

517 grams of distilled water

55 grams of Sodium Lactate

408 grams of Pomace Olive Oil

408 grams of Coconut Oil 76

408 grams of Palm Oil

68 grams of Castor Oil

68 grams of Grapeseed Oil

90 grams of Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil

20 grams of Titanium Dioxide

3 grams Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant

1 gram of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

3 grams of Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant

1 Square Loaf Mold Market Mold

Mixing Bowls

Stick Blender

Calendula Petals

Safety Masks

Safety Gloves

Safety Glasses

Thermometer

 

Directions:

Always make sure to wear your safety gear when working with lye!

1. First, start with 517 grams of distilled water. Add 194 grams of lye to your water. Never add water to lye, always add the lye to water! Mix together and then set aside to let cool until it reaches about 90-100 degrees.

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2. Combine and melt down 408 grams of Pomace Olive Oil, 408 grams of Coconut Oil 76, 408 grams of Palm Oil, 68 grams of Castor Oil and 68 grams of Grapeseed Oil. Make sure your oils are at a temperature within 5-10 degrees of your cooled lye.

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3. Once your lye has cooled to the correct temperature, add 55 grams of sodium lactate to your lye water.

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4. Once the temperatures are correct, add the lye to your oil mixture. Using a stick blender, blend it together until the solution is emulsified.

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5. You will need 3 separate soap safe bowls for these next few steps. Pour 500 grams of the solution in one, and 500 grams in the other. Add 40 grams of your Aromatherapy Energizing Fragrance Oil and 20 grams of Titanium Dioxide Oil Dispersible to the leftover solution and mix together with the stick blender. Then pour 200 grams of the leftover solution into the third bowl.

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7. In one of the bowls with 500 grams of the solution, add 1 gram of Yellow Oxide FUN Soap Colorant, 3 grams of Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant, and 25 grams of fragrance and mix with the stick blender.

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8. In the second bowl with 500 grams, add 3 grams of Orange Oxide FUN Soap Colorant and 25 grams of fragrance and mix together.

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9. Next, in a completely separate bowl, add all of the contents of the colored bowls and the contents of the 200 gram bowl, in dollops throughout the whole bowl. Then with a spatula, drag the spatula through the middle of the mixture and then back and forth around the whole bowl. Pour the mixture into your mold.

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10. Let the bowl with the the leftover solution sit until it is about the texture of whipped cream and then pour on top of your mold and shape into whipped cream.

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11. Last, add the calendula petals on top and allow you soap to set for about 24 hours and remove from the mold.  Now slice the soap and allow it to finish curing.  Enjoy your Calendula Swirl soap!

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Calendula Swirl Soap is sure to be a fall season favorite! This is a soap that you should try as soon as possible to go with the autumn season. Please contact us with any questions and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Oct
07

Calendula


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Hello everybody! Are you getting ready for Halloween? Have your own little ghosts and goblins chosen their costumes yet? I can’t believe Halloween is only weeks away! Well, for all you crafters out there, are you looking for a good natural herb to include in your soaps or bath melts? Have you tried calendula? Calendula is a great herb that is more commonly known as the marigold flower. It can be used in many different industries such as cosmetics and soaping. So get ready, calendula is pretty awesome and would be a great addition to future projects!

Calendula is a very well known therapeutic herb. The word is a modern Latin diminutive of calendae which means “little calendar” or “little clock.” The flower goes along with its name because it usually blooms every month or every full moon. Another name for it is “Mary’s Gold,” referring to the Virgin Mary. Some Catholic ceremonies use the flower as a way to honor her. The flower is typically bright yellow, orange or gold. In existence, there are over 100 varieties of calendula. Egyptians considered it to have rejuvenating powers. It possesses anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties and is a big help with keeping skin smooth and healthy. Calendula is used in many industries such as bath and body products. It is great for people who suffer from varicose veins. After applying calendula to the affected areas for a few weeks, the veins have been known to shrink down. It also helps with dermatitis and acne problems. It also helps to heal minor cuts and bruising as well as some bug bites and stings and even burns. Here’s a cool use, if you use calendula as a hair product, it helps to improve your hair’s shine and makes it softer. It also will bring out blonde or brunette highlights!

This herb is a great ingredient for cold process soap. In fact, we have a recipe here at Nature’s Garden for Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap. Not only can it be used in soaps, calendula can also be used a decorative element for soaps. We also have a great recipe for Calendula Bath Melts. We also sell Calendula Flowers Powder and even whole Calendula Flowers. On our homepage, if you just type Calendula into our search bar it will take you right to a page titled “Search Results for Calendula.” All of our recipes and products with calendula are right there available for purchase. Did you know that in the 18th and 19th centuries calendula was used to color cheese? Neither did I! Neat though, right? However, here at Nature’s Garden we only sell calendula for external purposes only, not for food. And please do not take my blog as medical advice! Always make sure to ask your doctor before using anything as a substitute for medical treatment!

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Have I convinced you that calendula is just pure awesome! There are so many different uses for it, even in food! Did you know that marigold leaves are completely edible? Some people use them on a salad as garnish to spruce up the color! It was even once used as a dye for fabrics! Now come on, this product is purely awesome, make sure to add it to your future projects and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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