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May
01

Homemade Herbal Shampoo


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Homemade-Herbal-ShampooHomemade Herbal Shampoo 

You can do a lot of good with DIY home recipes if you know what you’re doing in advance, but it will take a good bit of knowledge and work to make them happen. One such recipe is what we will point out ahead, making a homemade herbal shampoo. Before you begin you will need the following materials:

  • Roughly 2 ounces of unscented castile soap
  • 5 ounces of water infused with your choice of herbs
  • Quarter spoon of carrier oil or more if you have dry hair
  • 20-40 drops of essential oil of your choice

The herbal infusion should be the first step on your list, using a teaspoon or a pinch of each herb you want to place in the shampoo and placing it in a heatproof glass or jar. Pour a cup of simmering hot water over them and cap it off, letting it steep like that for a few hours. You can then strain it and take about 5 ounces of it. You can use the rest for bathwater or you can combine it with vinegar to make a refreshing hair rinse.

Using your castile soap, essential oil and carrier oil, mix them into the water you just set aside. You then need to stir it until they are mixed together. Make sure you avoid making bubbles if possible, as they will only make the job harder. You will then need to pour it all into a container you can use for bathing. An old shampoo bottle will do the trick just fine.

You can work with small batches of this shampoo at a time, storing the rest inside your fridge if you need to. You can have a shelf life of a few weeks at least, but you would still do well to check for problems regardless, since this is a homemade product without the chemicals present in commercial brands. You need to work by swirling or shaking the shampoo before each use, as it will have settled before you take a bath. You may want to follow that up with a bit of water and a bit of vinegar as well.

There can be a combination of fresh and dry herbs used for your purposes, but each and every one of them will be a different scent in the overall combination. Some of them are better for certain types of hair, while others not so much. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Chamomile is often used for lighter hair, while rosemary can be used for darker hair, but you can mix things if you feel like it. You can also make a great floral shampoo by using lavender, violets and roses as well as other flowers that pretty much match the essential oils you plan on using. You can also use thyme, tea tree oil and rosemary to make that happen as well.
  • Calendula and comfrey are also quite useful if you have scalp issues, as well as rosemary. Lavender can help heal a dry and itchy scalp, so it makes a great choice for herbal shampoos.

You should take great care when you work, since you may make a mess that requires careful cleaning. Although this is still soap, you don’t want to have it spill all over. Carpet cleaning, floor cleaning and even more cleaning will be necessary if you make a mess, so try to work in a location that allows you to deal with it without it.

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We hope that you enjoy this Homemade Herbal Shampoo.  Please visit our recipe box for even more free recipes!

Feb
12

Uses of Fennel


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fennelUses of Fennel

Hi everyone! Let’s talk about one of my favorite snacks for a second! Fennel! And yes, I mean that plant you see in the grocery stores that kind of looks like an onion, but you’re never really sure what it is. Well, that’s fennel! It’s extremely delicious, and tastes just candy! The taste of licorice to be specific. But did you know that uses of fennel are endless? While it’s most commonly known for its yummy flavor and many uses in food, fennel can also be used in bath and body products, for skin and hair care benefits, in soap and candle making, and even for medicinal purposes!

Fennel does contain many vitamins and minerals that are essential to the body. Some of these include vitamins A, C, and E, as well as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium. When used for its medicinal purposes, fennel can treat many conditions such as bronchitis, coughing, diarrhea, cholera, loss of appetite, bloating, flatulence, backaches, and even bed wetting. Specifically for women, fennel works to treat the pain of and regulate menstrual cycles, it increase breast milk production in nursing mothers, and also helps to reduce all the effects of PMS. Ancient Romans actually thought of fennel as the “herb of sight.” Fennel can be used to treat glaucoma and reduce eye disorders like macular degeneration. Fennel also works to maintain heart rate and blood pressure, helps to increase oxygen flow to the brain, and can even protect from and treat cancer!

Some common bath and body products that can include fennel are facial masks, body powders, lotions, perfumes, scrubs, and even eye pillows. When used for soap making, fennel works as a natural decorative element and also exfoliates the skin. There are many other skin care benefits to fennel as well. It reduces mild skin irritations, protects from and treats inflammation, it cleanses, exfoliates, and tones the skin, fights the signs of aging, and even prevents acne and cell damage. Your hair can greatly benefit from fennel as well. Fennel treats any bumps of the scalp as well as any itchiness. It also treats dandruff and helps to prevent the hairs from breaking. You can even fill your home with the scent of delicious licorice by using fennel seeds in potpourri. Its aroma is also wonderful for eye pillow recipes.

Did you know that ancient Greeks believed that a stalk of fennel carried a coal that would bring the knowledge of the gods down to man? I’m sure you’re wondering how to get your hands on this wonderful product as soon as possible! But please don’t take this blog as medical advice, it’s meant for educational purposes only! And here at Nature’s Garden, we specifically sell fennel for external use only! So please don’t eat it! Just type “fennel” into the search bar on our site and it will take to a page offering our Fennel Seeds and our Sweet Fennel Essential Oil! While you’re there, make sure to check out all of our awesome free Fennel Class for even more uses of fennel! Enjoy this amazing product and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Feb
10

Blue Vervain Uses


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blue vervainBlue Vervain Uses

Hello all you amazing crafty people out there! Today we are going to talk about blue vervain. This beautiful flower has a variety of uses, it can actually do so much more than just look pretty! This amazing herb can be used for a multitude of things, and it even used to be used for Pagan love potions! Now while I’m sure you don’t intend to make any love potions any time soon, blue vervain can also be used for culinary purposes, skin care, soaping, medicinal purposes, and even your homemade bath and body products!

Some common bath and body products that can include blue vervain are lotions, bath teas, bath bombs, ointments, creams, massage oils, face masks, aftershaves, soaps, and facial toners. When it is used in the soap making process, blue vervain actually makes a beautiful natural decorative element, as well as helping to reduce inflammation. Your skin can greatly benefit from the use of blue vervain as well. It has many astringent and anti-inflammatory properties which help it to treat many skin infections like eczema. Blue vervain can be used to treat burns, remove any toxins from the skin that can be left from insect bites, and it works to safe guard any wounds from the possibility of infection. Did you know that blue vervain can even induce sweating? Sweating actually works as a way to remove toxins from your body and keeps your skin looking young and fresh!

There are many amazing medicinal benefits to blue vervain as well. It actually has many astringent, sedative, analgesic, diuretic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antidiarrheal, and even antidepressant properties. Native Americans actually used blue vervain as a way to treat stomach disorders, kidney stones, laryngitis, and they even used it to help clear up cloudy urine. In Iroquois witchcraft medicine, blue vervain was thought to be able to heal anyone affected by medieval plagues and was considered the “cure-all” plant. For breast-feeding mothers, it can actually help to stimulate breast milk production. Blue vervain can be used many other conditions as well such as seizures, exhaustion, fever, hysteria, spasms, gout, bronchitis, jaundice, anemia, itching, rheumatism, bone bruising, headaches, asthma, whooping cough, chest pains, neuralgia, dislocations, urinary tract disorders, kidney and liver diseases and even digestive disorders.

I’m sure you’re just itching to get your hands on this amazing herb as fast as you can! Well, I’ll tell you how! All you have to do is type “blue verain” into the search bar on our website, and it will take you a page showing our Cut and Sifted Blue Vervain, and our Blue Vervain Powder!  It will also bring up our Blue Vervain Class, giving you even more blue verain uses and fun facts! However, please don’t take this blog as medical advice, this information is just for educational purposes! We sell blue vervain for external use only! Make sure to check out all of our other fantastic free classes and recipes as well! Enjoy this great product and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Dec
04

Uses for Cloves


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Uses-for-ClovesUses for Cloves

Hello everyone! For all you crafters out there, are you looking for a new project to try? Maybe something exciting and unique that your customers will love? Or maybe you’re just looking for something different that would be the perfect gift for your loved ones? Have you ever tried anything with herbs before? More specifically, have you ever tried anything with cloves? You would be surprised as to how many different products and industries actually use cloves! They are in so many common products! Common uses for cloves include soaps, candles, lotions, creams, ointments, bath teas, massage oils, bath bombs, scrubs, potpourri, hair conditioner and many other bath and body products! Cloves can even be used for culinary and medicinal purposes! This is one product that you just can’t pass up, it is too perfect to use for all of your upcoming projects!

There are so many wonderful uses for cloves. For all of the many bath and body products it can be used in, it has many amazing benefits. Cloves have many skin benefits such as being able to treat and help heal rashes, cuts, and wounds. Cloves also contain many nutrients that are extremely important to the body such as vitamins A and C, sodium, phosphorous, potassium, and iron. These nutrients help to keep the skin healthy, treat and remove acne, and help to cure any scarring or blemishes. There are also many hair care benefits to using cloves. They help to refresh worn out color, prevent hair loss and thicken the hair. Also, when using cloves in soap making, they work as a gentle exfoliant and provide the soap with an awesome smell!

Cloves also have many fantastic medicinal benefits! They happen to contain many minerals that are essential to the body like manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, and selenium. Cloves also have many anesthetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, rubefacient, and carminative properties. They are used to treat inflammation, constipation, arthritis, sinusitis, coughs, diarrhea, flatulence, athlete’s foot, colds, and indigestion. Cloves also help to control heart rate and blood pressure, relieve nausea, vomiting, and morning sickness, and work as an exhaustion, fatigue and stress reliever. Cloves can even help to protect the body from lung and mouth cancers. Even you teeth can benefit from using cloves! They help to relieve tooth aches and cure bad breath! In Tibetan medicine, cloves and clove oils are used as treatments for multiple sclerosis and hypotonic muscles.

Did you know that cloves can actually be used as a natural insect repellant? Or that in Indonesia, cloves are actually used as spice in a type of cigarette called kretek? Cloves also just happen to be one of the most famous spices in the world, and are used as a flavoring agent in many different cuisines! In Middle Eastern, Asian, and African cuisines, they are used to bring flavor to curries, meats, and marinades. The easiest way to get your hands on this amazing product is just by typing “cloves” into the search bar on our site. That will take you directly our Whole Cloves page! But don’t forget to check out our Clove Bud Essential Oil as well! And be sure to check out all of our free classes and recipes! Enjoy these wonderful products and watch out for more Enlightened by Layla!

 

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Nov
18

Herbs in the Bible


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herbs in the bibleHerbs in the Bible

With Christmas right around the corner, there is so much to do to get ready for it! Decorating, presents, making Christmas cookies, and the list goes on! Are you working on any new and exciting holiday projects? Or maybe you’re looking for a new unique gift to give to your loved ones for the holidays that is a way to remind them of what the Christmas season is really all about? Well, maybe you could try something with herbs! It just so happens that there are many herbs that have been used since Biblical times and are referenced in the Bible!

 

Aloe Vera Aloe has been used since Biblical times to treat many wounds, burns, skin irritations and even constipation. It was also used as a perfume, and used to embalm the dead. Now a days, when used in soaping and cosmetics, aloe vera can be used to treat sunburns, acne, skin aging, and stretch marks. It is also used as a moisturizer, and has over 75 different nutrients such as enzymes and amino acids that help to keep you healthy.

aloe vera

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

hyssop

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

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

saffron

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

frankincense

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

cinnamon

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

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

rosemary

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

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

ladys bedstraw

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

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