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Dec
28

Apple Pie Spice Uses


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Apple Pie Spice UsesApple Pie Spice Uses

There are many Apple Pie Spice uses that you can use to benefit your body. All you have to do is add this herbal ingredient in your various recipes. First of all, you can use this blend of spices to create scrumptious homemade apple pies. Also, this herbal spice would provide your body with some wonderful benefits. Additionally, you can use this Natures Garden blend with your cosmetic making supplies or soap-making supplies to create some amazing products for your body. In fact, many of these herbs are beneficial for the skin. Plus, this blend of herbs and spices have a delicious and strong aroma. So, using this cosmetic ingredient will provide your products with some fantastic qualities. Let’s get into all the benefits that this herb has for your whole body!

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Growing ConditionsApple Pie Spice Uses: Growing Conditions

Since this spice is a blend of various herbs, there are many plants that were needed to create this herb wholesale. The essential herbs and spices that are used to create Apple Pie Spice are cinnamon, lemon peel, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. A few of these ingredients can be grown in an herb garden, but many of the spices will become trees. So, most of these spices require more space and effort than other types of herbs. But, we can still discuss how they are grown and harvested.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Where Do Spices Come From?

First, we have the cinnamon herb, which comes from the bark of the laurel tree. This process is a bit complicated, but it begins by growing the tree for two years. After, the tree is cut down and the following year little shoots will appear. These shoots will have a thin layer of bark on the inside. This bark is collected, dried, and used as the spice we all know and love.

Second, we have lemon peel powder. These lemons grow on trees in warm, full sun conditions. Once the tree is about three years old, it will begin to produce fruit. These fruits are harvested once they are yellow and firm with a slightly glossy appearance. Then, the skin of these fruits will be dried and ground to be used for lemon peel powder.

Next, ginger is a root that can be grown using roots that have visible green “eyes”. These “eyes” will sprout long stems and below the dirt, the root will grow larger. This plant prefers nutrient rich soil that can hold moisture. However, the set up needs to be free draining to prevent over saturating the plant. About eight months after planting, you can dig up the ginger root.

Additionally, cloves are dried flowers that grow on clove trees. These trees prefer a wet, tropical climate and can’t survive below fifty-nine degrees Fahrenheit. These flowers are picked before they have the chance to open. Then, they are sun dried for about five days.

Finally, nutmeg is produced from a nutmeg tree, which creates yellow fruits that are similar to apricots. Inside the fruit are purple/brown seeds that are covered in a red skin. The skin, which is used to make mace, is removed and the seed can be ground into nutmeg.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Industrial Uses

There are so many ways that you can use this aromatic blend of spices to create some wonderful products. Each of the ingredients in Apple Pie Spice can be useful for promoting health. Further, these various botanical herbs and spices can be used to benefit the skin and hair. Plus, this amazing blend of spices is perfect for making all kinds of delicious food! So, let’s look at some of the many benefits that these different ingredients have for different products.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Medicinal UsesApple Pie Spice Uses: Medicinal Uses

While this blend of spices was created to enhance the qualities of a delicious dessert, there are many more reasons than the taste for enjoying these spices. Amazingly, each of these individual herbs still have some beneficial properties for the body. Each of these spices have some benefits that they can provide for the body. So, let’s look at some of the various benefits that these herbs can provide for our bodies.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Medicinal Benefits

First, cinnamon has many benefits for the body. There are those that have found that cinnamon can be useful for decreasing blood sugar. Also, it has been found that cinnamon can help to reduce blood clots and reduce bad cholesterol levels. Additionally, this spice has been known to boost brain function and calms the mind. Further, some find that the cinnamaldehyde in this spice can reduce the risk of cancer

Second, lemon peel has been thought to provide health benefits. The herb has shown to relax your blood vessels and reduce blood pressure. Also, this herb has been known to promote healthy eyes and strong bones.

Third, ginger has some beneficial properties, too. The anti-inflammatory properties are thought to help with arthritis, muscle pain, and other inflammatory issues. Plus, this herb has been known to help lower blood pressure and reduce symptoms of indigestion.

Fourth, cloves have beneficial properties that can be useful for the body. This spice has been found to be useful for boosting the immune system and reducing blood sugar. Additionally, the antioxidants in this spice have been shown to protect organs, especially the liver, from free radicals that can cause damage. Also, some have found that cloves are beneficial for oral health, as it reduces pain for teeth and gums. Plus, it is believed that this spice would reduce the occurrence of mouth ulcers, like cold sores.

Lastly, nutmeg can be used to provide benefits to your body. One benefit that this spice has been found to help detoxify your liver and kidneys. Also, some people have found that this spice can be used to reduce congestion caused by a cold. Additionally, many have found that this spice can be useful for reducing pain due to sore muscles, joint pain, and other issues due to inflammation.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Bath and Body ProductsApple Pie Spice Uses: Bath and Body Products

Not only are these herbs great for promoting health inside the body, but this herbal blend has plenty of benefits for the outside, too. In fact, these herbal spices are wonderful for the skin and hair. You can perfectly include cosmetic ingredients wholesale, like this herbal spice, in your soap and lotion making supplies to create some fantastic bath and body recipes. So, let’s talk about some of the benefits that these powdered herbs can provide for your body.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Bath and Body Product Benefits

One great way to use this spice blend is to create an acne fighting recipe. Some have found that cinnamon and clove can both be used to help reduce acne and acne scars. Also, nutmeg has been known to reduce blackheads and reduce signs of acne scars. Plus, the lemon peel is known to have astringent and antimicrobial properties that are great for battling acne. Also, nutmeg has been found to be amazing for those suffering from hormonal or cystic acne due to its astringent properties. So, this spice may be useful for anti-acne formulations.

Further, this spice can be useful for moisturizing and exfoliating your skin. Also, nutmeg has been shown to help reduce signs of aging, as it reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. So, this may be a great addition for wholesale face masks add to your homemade soap and lotion supplies.

Also, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon all have been known to have anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for reducing muscle pain, arthritis, eczema, and much more. So, this would be a great cosmetic ingredient for creating wholesale bath and body products. Plus, clove has been known to be used to reduce various skin issues, like scabies, rashes, bug bites/stings, and fungal infections. So, you can soak in these wonderful properties to reduce pain and other inflammatory issues.

Plus, adding cinnamon to hair care products can help cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish the scalp. Also, ginger has been shown to promote healthy hair growth, as it stimulates circulation to your scalp and promotes healthy growth. Further, ginger can be used moisturize the hair and help control dead ends.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Natures Garden Bath and Body RecipesApple Pie Spice Uses: Natures Garden Bath and Body Recipes

The Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Recipe was created by Natures Garden to care for the body. The various butters and oils will nourish the skin as the sugar exfoliates dead skin. Plus, the spices and herbs in Apple Pie Spice pamper and provide even more benefits for the skin. Further, the scent of this delicious spice blends perfectly with the aroma of our Vanilla Silk Fragrance Oil and our Cinnabun Type Fragrance Oil.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Food and BeveragesApple Pie Spice Uses: Food and Beverages

Obviously, the recipe for Apple Pie Spice was created with the intention to make the perfect apple pie. However, there are even more wonderful ways to bake with this spice. When the leaves start to turn colors and the autumn arrives, this is a perfect spice to break out.  You can use it to create all kinds of foods with more warmth and depth. This spice is perfect for all kinds of recipes from apple spice muffins to Lifting Revolution’s Better Than Grandma’s Apple Pie Shake. There are just so many ways to use this spice to enhance your favorite recipes!

Apple Pie Spice Uses: OtherApple Pie Spice Uses: Other

Not only are there benefits for the body, but there are many uses around the house for this wonderful blend. First, you can use this herbal blend to repel various insects. Not only do people find that cinnamon repels moths, but roaches, fleas, and ants are all thought to be repelled by lemon peels. Additionally, this spice blend can be used as a natural cleaner. The cloves in this herb have been found to combat mold due to its antiseptic properties.

 

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Making Apple Pie Spice for Baking

Although our blend of spices and herbs is only meant for bath and body recipes, you can mix up your own version of this spice for the kitchen. While this recipe isn’t exactly like ours and doesn’t have as many benefits for your skin, it is close enough to make your recipes taste delicious! So, you can blend these spices and begin creating some fantastic recipes. If you want to create your own apple pie spice blend for your homemade apple pies, then check out Homemade Apple Pie Spice Blend Recipe by Delicious Obsessions.

Apple Pie Spice Uses: Ask Us Any QuestionsApple Pie Spice Uses: Ask Us Any Questions

We hope that you have enjoyed this herbal blog on our Apple Pie Spice. If you have any questions about this herb or any other herbs and spices, then feel free to reach out to us. You can ask us your questions in the store, on the phone, or online. If you want to reach out to us online, then check out one of our social media pages. You can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use our handle @ngscents to find us on both Instagram and Twitter. Have fun making your homemade products and we hope to hear from you soon!

Apple Pie Spice Uses: A Note About Our Herbs

Note: We at Natures Garden sell our Apple Pie Spice Blend for external use only. We do not sell any of our herbs as food items. The information that we provide on our herbs is for educational purposes only. We do not intend for this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the information we have provided. Make sure that you keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets. Also, pregnant and/or lactating women should take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any products that you make with our herbs. Further, all testing is the responsibility of the customer.

Sep
27

Natural Soap Colorants: Katie Makes Soap Part 2


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Natural Soap ColorantsHi, there! It’s me, Katie, again. I’ve already told you about my first attempt at soapmaking. and guess what? I made more soap! Or at least tried to. This time I decided to experiment with natural soap colorants in melt and pour soap. (Different soap processes can affect natural colorants differently, but you’re generally OK with melt and pour- read the pages on the colorants for more information.) I wanted to make a color gradient with natural soap colorants, and I had the following powders: Red Moroccan Clay Powder, Orange Peel Powder, Carrot Powder, Rose Clay Powder, and Lemon Peel Powder. I used red clay, orange peel, and carrot in my first soap, and I got rose clay and lemon peel for a pink lemonade soap idea that I had (didn’t work out, going to try again- that blog will be coming soon!).

So, when you want to disperse a powder evenly in soap for coloring purposes, you want to ‘wet’ it with vegetable glycerin. Soap loves glycerin. I got a two pound slab of Shea Butter Melt and Pour, and first cut it in half because I was using a 1lb loaf mold. Then- lucky me- that slab was divided evenly into 20 squares- five rows of four- and I had five powders- so I separated my melt and pour base into five cups of four squares each. Then I measured out 0.1 oz of each powder into separate lil glass bowls. (One tenth of an ounce is the smallest amount [in ounces] that my scale would register.) I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to each of my fruit and veggie powders, but the lemon peel powder was not mixing well- so I added more! I used 0.2 oz veggie glycerin for my fruit and veggie powders. I had to beat out the lumps of the carrot powder but with the extra veggie glycerin, it ended up being a very thin liquid. The others were more like pastes. I added 0.1 oz of veggie glycerin to my clay powders and that was enough to turn them into a workable texture. Woohoo! Here are my powders lined up:Powders

Out of habit, I had originally thought the lemon peel mixture would be the lightest- yellow, right? But it was actually a light brown. Hmm. Well. My eyes didn’t lie. So I lined the powders up this way since it seemed to be the most aesthetically pleasing- looked like a gradient and that’s what I was going for.

This time, I used the microwave for my melting and wow, that was so much faster and easier than trying to use the stove. I still wasn’t 100% sure on my carrot, orange, and lemon powders being in the correct order for a proper gradient (lemon = yellow, right, brain?) so I put my four squares each of melt and pour (cut up, of course, for easier melting) into three glass containers with spouts and thoroughly stirred in my powder-glycerin mixtures.

Natural Soap Colorants

Lemon was clearly the darkest of the three. It was a close call between carrot and orange, but orange was definitely closer to the color of the lemon powder soap. Well, alright. I had to melt them again because melt and pour isn’t really designed for stopping and taking photos and then I began pouring them into the mold one layer at a time. I poured my carrot layer first and sprayed the top with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles. I let that sit for.. I’m not sure exactly- about half an hour? It was only 1/5 of a pound so it didn’t take too terribly long to set up. Then I sprayed the top of that layer with rubbing alcohol (it evaporates out- so no worries there) and poured the next layer, sprayed it with rubbing alcohol, and let it set up. I repeated these steps for all five layers.

Natural Soap ColorantsI let the soap sit for a while before I popped it out of the mold to admire it, and then waited even longer before I cut it. I ended up with five ~1″ thick bars. I just cut it on a cutting board with a big knife- nothing fancy, so it’s not exact. And behold these beauties: the dark spots in the middle layers are likely spots where my powder clumped up but the carrot powder also seemed to settle into little specks on the bottom. I like it. It’s super cute. The lemon layer is also the most malleable, the other layers are quite hard and the lemon layer has a small bit of give. This bar smells slightly citrus-y near the lemon and orange layers, but overall, no overwhelming scent – I was more focused on the appearance anyway. It lathers like a dream, though. <3

Natural Soap ColorantsWhat did I learn? Well, the concentration of your powder is very important in determining coloring. That failed soap I mentioned above? I used the same amount of rose clay powder (and veggie glycerin to color an entire pound of it and you can really tell the difference 5x colorant concentration makes. The red clay layer actually looks closer to the solid-colored soap. Interesting. I think if I made another gradient soap, I would pick one colorant and do the different layers in different concentrations. No guess work when it comes to the proper order that way. It’s also been brought to my attention that certain non-clay powders may have the tendency to oxidize and eventually turn brown. I think they worked well in this soap not to mention the added benefits, but I may stick with clay for colorants in the future.

Here’s my first soap side-by-side with my second soap. So cute! Different combinations and different concentrations make different colors. I can’t wait to experiment with this further!

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Mar
12

Herbs in Melt and Pour Soap


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herbs in melt and pour soapHerbs in Melt and Pour Soap

Hello everyone, it’s time for a new creation!! We have created our new Chamomile Clay Soap using dried chamomile flowers & Rhassoul Clay to create a soap that exfoliates your skin while removing toxins! There are many amazing benefits to having herbs in melt and pour soap, especially as they work as an exfoliant for your skin! Chamomile actually helps to make your skin softer, reduce wrinkles and stretch marks, as well as working to heal flaky skin!

 

Ingredients:

Clay Soap Layer: 

120 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

6 grams of Watercress and Aloe Fragrance Oil

7 grams of Rhassoul Clay Powder

11 grams of Vegetable Glycerin

Chamomile Flower Layer:

180 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap

9 grams of Watercress and Aloe Fragrance Oil

10 grams of Whole Chamomile Flowers

Other Ingredients Needed:

Rectangle Dome Top Mold Market Mold

8 oz. Clear Bullet Bottle

White Fine Mist Sprayer 24/410

Rubbing Alcohol

Pam or other cooking spray

Mixing Bowls

Mixing Spoons

Paper Towels

Scale

Directions:

Start by spraying a paper towel with your cooking spray and then gently rubbing your paper towel into your mold. The cooking spray will help to make the soap easier to release from the mold when it is finished. Next, go ahead and weigh out 180 grams of Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap into one bowl, and 120 grams of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap into another. Then into a third bowl, measure out 7 grams of Rhassoul Clay Powder and 11 grams of Vegetable Glycerin. Mix the clay and glycerin together thoroughly to make a paste.

herbs in melt and pour soap

Take the bowl with the Oatmeal Soap and in the microwave, melt down your soap. When it is fully melted, add your clay and vegetable paste mixture to the melted soap, as well as 6 grams of Watercress and Aloe Fragrance Oil. Make sure to mix it all together thoroughly. Once this is fully mixed together, pour your soap equally into 2 cavities of your mold. (Hint: If you pour into the middle, it will spread out more evenly!) Make sure to spray this layer with rubbing alcohol directly after pouring to defeat any air bubbles! Now let your soap sit, giving it enough time to set up and harden. If you pour the next layer too soon, the separate layers may combine with each other, and you may have brown coming into your clear layer.

herbs in melt and pour soap

Once your first layer has set up, go ahead and melt down your Diamond Clear soap in the microwave. When it is fully melted, add 9 grams of our Watercress and Aloe fragrance. Mix them together thoroughly. Before you pour it however, make sure to once again spray your first layer with rubbing alcohol, this will help each layer to adhere to each other. Then, go ahead and pour your clear layer on top of your brown layer. Once that is poured, you will need to work quickly to add your chamomile. Make sure to get your herbs down into the soap as much as you can, but do it quickly to get them in there before your layer hardens. (We have used 7 grams of chamomile for our soap, but you do not have to! Use as much or as little as you want!) Then leave your soap to sit until it has completely hardened.

herbs in melt and pour soap

herbs in melt and pour soap

Once it has hardened, your Chamomile Clay Soap is ready for you to use! Make sure to carefully remove it from your mold, and enjoy it! Make sure to check out all the rest of our free recipes and classes as well! Keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
30

Coloring Cold Process Soaps with Herbs


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Adding herbs to your soap not only provides great skin loving benefits, but also can naturally color your soaps as well.

If you are looking for a way to naturally color your cold process soaps, herbs may be your answer.  The addition of herbs to your soaping recipes not only can provide your skin with different skin loving benefits, but can also give your soaps beautiful color as well.

There are basically three ways to incorporate herbs into your soaping recipe they are:

1.  As is.  If the herb you are adding is in a powder or small leaf/seed form, they can be added when your soap batter has reached trace.
2. Herbs in tea form.  This is done by steeping the herbs in water to create a tea, and then this “tea” is used as the water portion of your soap recipe.
3.  Oil infusion.  If you are selecting to infuse your herbs this way, you must make your herb oil infusion several weeks before using it in a soaping recipe.  The selected herbs are placed into one of your oils (that will be used in your soap recipe) and allowed to set for 4-6 weeks.  Then, strain the herbs out and use the oil in your soap recipe.  Please Note:  This process can also be done by adding the herbs to the melting pot as you wait for your soaping oils to melt.

The choice of how you would like to infuse your herbs is up to you and testing.  It is important to keep in mind what the end goal of adding the herb is before choosing your herbal addition method.  The answers as to why some people prefer different methods over others various based on easiness, time frame, best color production, or even strongest herbal infusion.  However, if you are simply looking to add herbs to your soap recipe for natural color, the herbs are added to your soap batter at trace.

It is also important that you test for discoloration in a soap recipe before adding an herb for colorant.  Natures Garden has a list of every fragrance oil they carry and how it preformed in cold process soap.  It is on their website under each fragrance oil’s page in the Fragrance Tested area, or for a complete list click Fragrances Tested in CP Soap Results.  You want to be prepared when adding herbs to soaping recipes, so knowing a little about how the fragrance oil reacts will only prepare you more for what to expect, especially when it comes to colorants!