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Oct
17

How to Use Spirulina Powder


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How to Use Spirulina PowderHow to Use Spirulina Powder

We at Natures Garden have many herbs wholesale that you can include in your homemade cosmetic products. However, there are very few herbs that are as nourishing as the Spirulina Powder. This wonderful algae is full of all kinds of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to be its best. In fact, some people have been referring to this super food as the “food of the future”. Spirulina has gained this nickname for a few important reasons. These reasons include being fast and easy to grow as well as having high amounts of essential nutrients for the body. These nutrients are key to making this an amazing herb for the entire body. So, we will use this blog to explore some of the uses and benefits of Spirulina as well as share with you how to use Spirulina Powder in your own natural herbal cosmetics.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Growing ConditionsHow to Use Spirulina Powder: Growing Conditions

Spirulina can be found growing in the lakes and ponds of Africa, Central America and South America. This algae prefers these warm lakes and their alkaline water conditions, around a pH range of 8-11. So, you won’t ever find Spirulina growing sea water. Also, it needs to have an abundance of sunlight and mineral rich water. Both the sun light and minerals are used by Spirulina as food sources. Then, the algae uses these to create all the beneficial properties that make it so loved. Further, Spirulina is able to grow in conditions that many other algae can not. In fact, some dessert populations of Spirulina can survive if their pond evaporates, as they can remain dormant on rocks until the water returns.

Also, you can recreate some of the conditions that Spirulina needs to thrive so you can grow some at home! If you wanted to grow this algae on your own, you just need a few supplies. It is said to be about the same level of maintenance as caring for fish. So, you will need a fish tank, sunlight, a few mineral salts for food, and some simple equipment. If you would like to know some specifics on growing this super food, then take a look at a great resource we found at the end of this blog. They go over the basics of growing this algae at home and have even more information for anyone that runs into problems.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Industrial Uses

Often, this specific algae is used in industries to nourish the body in some way. Whether Spirulina is used on the inside or outside of the body, its abundance of vitamins and minerals are fantastic for the body. In fact, this algae contains essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. The Spirulina nutrients include Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, Vitamin F, several amino acids, biotin, calcium, potassium, iron and so much more.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Foods and BeveragesHow to Use Spirulina Powder: Foods and Beverages

Today, Spirulina is often sold to make people healthier. You can find this algae in health food stores as a supplement to your normal diet. Also, many people use Spirulina to add to smoothies or other healthy foods. These are both done to increase the amount of nutrients that you are getting with typical healthy eating. These nutrients include high levels of protein, various vitamins, and many essential minerals.

However, this super food is actually only a rediscovered gem and not some new health discovery. In fact, Spirulina is a crop that was farmed by some ancient civilizations, but it had gotten lost somewhere in history. There is historical evidence that Aztecs were using Spirulina as a major food source in the 16th century. It is thought to have been harvested in Lake Texcoco and made into cakes, as a Spanish conquistador named Hernan Cortez had observed the native people harvesting and consuming it. He even tried some of the algae and noted that it had the “flavor of cheese”. Although this practice had disappeared from culture for a time, we are rediscovering its properties and finding new uses. Since this crop is nutritious and easy to cultivate, organizations like the United Nations promote its production in developing countries to help alleviate world hunger.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Bath and Body ProductsHow to Use Spirulina Powder: Bath and Body Products

Not only is Spirulina great for nutrition, but it can provide your skin and hair with some wonderful benefits, too. First, the vitamins in this cosmetic powder are known to help tone the skin to create a brighter complexion and can even reduce dark circles. Also, this cosmetic herb is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This can be useful for reducing rashes, acne, or eczema. Plus, this cosmetic supply is thought to nourish the follicles with essential minerals, reduce hair loss, and promote healthy growth. Also, this can be useful for reducing dandruff with its high levels of antioxidants.

Not only will this herb provide your products with amazing properties for the skin and hair, but it is a great natural colorant. So, this would be perfect to include with other natural cosmetic ingredients or natural soap making supplies. You would have both a gorgeous, natural color and a plethora of fantastic properties for your whole body.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Natures Garden RecipesHow to Use Spirulina Powder: Natures Garden Recipes

This is one of the best natural cosmetic ingredients for cosmetic bath and body recipes. In fact, we have uses this powdered herb in our Castile Hot Process Soap Recipe. This recipe uses Spirulina Powder along with skin loving oils. This allows you to create a natural cold process soap recipe that moisturizes and nourishes your skin. Although our recipe includes soap colorant, you can remove it. This will leave you with just the beautiful natural hue of Spirulina Powder.

We included this wonderful herb in a few of our other cosmetic recipes. The Seaside Spa Scrub Recipe is a great recipe for exfoliation and rejuvenation. First, the Dead Sea Salt will work to remove dead skin. Then, the natural herbs will nourish the new skin underneath. Also, you can incorporate this nutritious herb into a blend that is perfect for facials. The blend of herbs and essential oils in our Lucky Leprechaun Face Mask Recipe creates a recipe that nourishes and detoxifies your skin. This face mask is sure to make your face feel healthy and look stunning!

How to Use Spirulina Powder: MedicinalHow to Use Spirulina Powder: Medicinal

Many people consume Spirulina for its abundance of health benefits. Due to this algae’s high levels of essential nutrients, you can use this as a boost to get your body working its best. People have found that you can use this herb to reduce or solve many different ailments.

The nutrients in Spriulina have been known to reduce the side effects of many issues. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties have been found to be useful for many things, like reducing the pain of arthritis. Additionally, you can use this supplement to improve digestive health. Spirulina has been found to promote healthy gut bacteria while reducing the growth of bad bacteria. So, this algae should be able to protect you from E. coli or Candida yeast. So, your body’s ability to absorb nutrients will improve. Plus, trials have shown Spirulina to be effective against sinus issues. Properties in this algae are useful for reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which includes itching, sneezing, and a runny nose.

Further, the effects of Spirulina are useful for taking preventative measures against diseases. One benefit of this algae is improving heart health. Research has found that Spirulina can lower your chance of a stroke, reduce high cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Plus, it is said that this super food is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your body. In fact, a medical study had suggested that this algae improves the immune system well enough to reduce susceptibility to some chronic illnesses and even cancer. Also, Spirulina reduces triglyceride build up and inflammation in the liver, which protects you from liver failure or cirrhosis.

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Other UsesHow to Use Spirulina Powder: Other Uses

There are many ways that Spirulina can help you get healthier. You can see the benefits in this herb both in and out of the body. You have already seen many of the benefits from Spirulina, but here are a few more benefits you may enjoy.

Some people like to use this supplement to aid in weight loss. Spirulina would be useful for losing weight because it enhances fat burning while helping you feel full. It helps you burn fat as it is protein-rich and requires more energy to process. So, you can add Spirulina to a protein shake or your weight loss plan. Also, Spirulina has been used to boost energy levels. Your lack of energy could be due to your body not getting the fuel it needs. So, you can add this algae to give your body the wake up call it needs to perform its best! Plus, it is thought that the metabolism boost from Spirulina helps your body to use stored energy. So, you can add Spirulina to your food or a smoothie to add some extra goodness to your body!

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Farming and Home Grown Spirulina

Farming algae is an environmentally friendly, quick growing, and healthy alternative to many other farms. In fact, using the same amount of farming space it can produce way more protein than soybeans, corn, or beef. Specifically, you can see that Spirulina is only of the most used and loved algae. Much of this algae’s success is due to its safe agricultural history, simplicity in farming, supporting health research, global market, and low cost to begin farming. If you’d like to learn more about the algae farming industry, then check out Spirulina Source’s article on Why Microfarms Are Emerging.

Not only is Spirulina popular in the farming industry, but many people are tying to grow it at home too! As promised, we have a great resource that will help you learn how to grow and harvest Spirulina in your own home. The article by Spirulina Academy is called Grow Spirulina at Home and it is useful for helping you get started on growing some nutritious Spirulina. Plus, they even have courses to help you avoid common mistakes and an easy to follow recipe to create the medium. So, you can easily grow this algae right at home!

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Reach Out to UsHow to Use Spirulina Powder: Reach Out to Us

We hope that you enjoyed learning a bit more about the benefits of Spirulina Powder and why you should add it to your natural cosmetic supplies. If you want to find more other wonderful herbs to mix with Spirulina Powder, then check out our Herbs and Spices page. Also, we are available to answer any questions that you may have about your bath and body recipes. You can reach out to us in the NG store, on the phone, or on social media. We have a Facebook page as well as both Twitter and Instagram accounts (@ngscents). Even if you don’t have questions, we’d love to hear from you! You could share your opinion on Spirulina or tell us about your herbal recipes. Hope to hear from you soon!

How to Use Spirulina Powder: Reminder About Our Herbs

Note: Natures Garden sells our herbs for external use only. We do not sell Spirulina Powder as a food item. The information we provide in this blog is only for educational purposes. We do not intend to use this information to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any diseases. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated this information. Keep all herbs away from the reach of children and pets. If you are a pregnant and/or lactating women, then take special care when handling any of our herbs. Natures Garden accepts no responsibility (written or implied) for any of the products you make with our cosmetic herbs. The customers have all of the testing responsibility for creating their herbal products.

Aug
16

Almond Body Cream Recipe


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Almond Body Cream Recipe Almond Body Cream Recipe

Natures Garden has a wonderful almond body cream recipe that will please everyone who tries it. Furthermore, all the ingredients for this almond body lotion can be found right here at Natures Garden. Whether you are looking to add a cream to your bath and body product line, or you are looking for a new weekend craft project, you will not be disappointed. With only four phases in this body cream tutorial, you will find it to be fun and simple to make. However, not only is this lotion easy to make, it also contains many skin loving ingredients. Sweet almond oil, for example, is a moisturizing light oil that is easily absorbed by your skin. In addition, macadamia nut oil provides nourishment for dry, aging skin. Finally, we have added shea butter for additional nourishment and moisturizing.  This handcrafted body cream will leave you skin feeling soft and smooth without the greasy feeling that some lotions can leave. Everyone that has tried this recipe has instantly fallen in love!

Almond Body Cream Recipe Ingredients Available at Natures Garden

Shea Butter

Stearic Acid

Silky Emulsifying Wax

Sweet Almond Oil

Macadamia Nut Oil

Optiphen – Preservative

Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol T-50) Natural

Almond Fragrance Oil

8 oz. Clear PET Jar

White Straight Lid Smooth 70/400

Thermometer

Almond Body Cream Recipe Other Ingredients and Equipment You Will Need

Distilled Water

Mixing Bowl

Stainless Steel Spoon

Stovetop

(2) Pots

Spatula

Stick Blender

Scale

Almond Body Cream a Closer Look at the Ingredients Used

Almond Fragrance Oil is amazing for a lotion.  It is an almond scent that is similar to a popular brand.  Our almond scented oil is a true almond aroma and a Natures Garden best selling fragrance oil!

Shea butter not only naturally contains vitamins, it also acts a humectant. In addition, it is often used in the medical industry as a base for many ointments due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti inflammatory properties.

Sweet Almond Oil is light, moisturizing, and easily absorbed into the skin. This means you will remain moisturized without the extra grease some creams and lotions can leave.

Macadamia Nut Oil is wonderfully nourishing for dry skin, leaving it soft and smooth.  In addition, it is high in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. It also has high levels of antioxidants. Finally, just like sweet almond oil, it is easily absorbed by the skin, without the greasy feel.

Silky Emulsifying Wax is an emulsifier that helps your oils and butters mix with your water based ingredients.  In addition, this particular emulsifier will leave your skin feeling silkier compared to other types of emulsifiers.

Vitamin E Oil is used in this lotion recipe as an antioxidant. So, what exactly does this mean? Oils, like the carrier oils used in this almond body cream recipe, will go rancid and turn brown over time. Natures Garden carries pure Tocopherol T-50 vitamin E oil that is used to slow this process.

Stearic Acid is used in both creams and lotions. Stearic acid acts as a thickener in this product, and in other cosmetic recipes. Without stearic acid, this cream would not have the wonderful thickness that we love.

Optiphen preservative is used to prevent the growth of things like bacteria, yeast, and mold. Now, some believe that vitamin E oil can be used a preservative.  However, vitamin E is not a preservative, it cannot prevent bacteria growth.

 

Almond Body Cream Recipe Total Recipe Weights for All Ingredients

706 grams Distilled Water

36 grams Macadamia Nut Oil

80 grams Sweet Almond Oil

48 grams Silky Emulsifying Wax

16 grams Stearic Acid

20 grams Shea Butter

10 grams Vitamin E Oil

14 grams Optiphen Preservative

12 grams Almond Fragrance Oil

Almond Body Cream RecipeAlmond Body Cream Recipe Preparations Preparations Prior to Starting

Before you start making your almond body cream recipe, make sure you have everything you need near your work station. This recipe will create five 8 ounce jars of lotion. So, you will want to get five of your 8 ounce jars out, along with five 70/400 straight smooth white lids. Additionally, you are going to want to make sure your work area, packaging materials, and equipment are cleaned and sanitized. At this time you also will want to get out any ingredients you will be using and place them in your work area. Taking these little steps ahead of time will ensure that making this recipe will go as smoothly as possible. Finally, we recommend wearing gloves, a hair net, and an apron when preparing this recipe. So, go ahead and put those on at this time.

 

Almond Body Cream Recipe Phase 1: The Water PhaseAlmond Body Cream Recipe Phase 1: The Water Phase

First, you will need to prepare the water needed for your homemade lotion. So, you are going to need to weigh out at least 850 grams of distilled water. While the recipe only calls for 706 grams of distilled water, you always want to account for the water that evaporates when you are heating it on your stove top. Remember, it is always better to have too much water than not enough. So, if you are over the 850 grams, that is okay, we will be weighing the portion of the water we will be using for the cream later. Now, go ahead and place the water into a pot and place the pot on the stove. Heat your water to at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need to keep the water at 180 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 20 minutes. The heat will destroy any bacteria that is in the water. After 20 minutes, you can now remove your water from the heat source. Finally, you will weigh out the water that you will be using for the almond cream. So, weigh out 706 grams of the heated distilled water from your initial 850 grams of distilled water.

 

Almond Body Cream Recipe Phase 2: The Oil PhaseAlmond Body Cream Recipe Phase 2: The Oil Phase

Next, weigh out all of the following ingredients: 80 grams of stearic acid, 48 grams of silky emulsifying wax, 80 grams of sweet almond oil, 36 grams of macadamia nut oil, and 20 grams of shea butter. You will be melting the oils, butters, and waxes using the double boiler method. You will need two pots, one larger than the other. Next, in the larger pot, add a few inches of tap water. Now, place the larger pot, containing the water, on the stove top over medium heat. Then, place all of your oils, butters, and waxes you weighed out into your smaller pot. Finally, put your smaller pot filled with all your weighed out ingredients into the larger pot containing the water. This will create a double boiler. Lastly, melt and heat your cream ingredients to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to stir occasionally as you are melting the ingredients.  Stirring will prevent scorching of the oils. In addition, it will ensure an even temperature throughout the waxes, butters, and oils.

Almond Body Cream Recipe Phase 3: The Mixing PhaseAlmond Body Cream Recipe Phase 3: The Mixing Phase

Once the temperatures of your water, along with your oil, wax and butter mixture are both at about 140 degrees Fahrenheit, place them both into a deep mixing bowl. For this bowl, the deeper the better so you don’t lose any of your mixture as you are blending. Now, use your stick blender to blend your water and other ingredients together. You will need to mix very well. You will find that while stick blending the ingredients, the mixture will turn white in color. This is a great sign. It means your almond body cream is starting to emulsify. Continue to stick blend until your lotion begins to emulsify.  Then, in the next step, we will be adding a few more ingredients.

Almond Body Cream Recipe Phase 4: The Cool Down PhaseAlmond Body Cream Recipe Phase 4: The Cool Down Phase

Last, are entering the final phase, phase 4. We refer to this as the cool down phase. During this phase, your handmade body cream will really begin to take shape. Allow your mixture from phase 3 to cool to 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the temperature of the cream has cooled to this temperature, you will be adding a few more ingredients. However, first, I would like to point out the importance of temperature.  When it comes to adding you preservative, it is extremely important to pay very close attention and add it at the correct time.  If you add a preservative at temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the preservative will burn off.  This will leave your finished product unprotected.  A preservative prevents the growth of bacteria in the product.  Now, if you add the preservative below 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you may notice the preservative will separate from the lotion or cream. So, just remember to pay close attention to those temperatures and your cream will turn out perfectly!

Almond Body Cream Recipe Phase 4: The Cool Down Phase

Now, since your temperatures are correct, you are ready to add the last few ingredients. You are going to need to add 14 grams of your optiphen preservative,10 grams of vitamin E oil, and 12 grams of Natures Garden’s Almond Fragrance Oil. Once these are added, you will once again, use your stick blender to mix your ingredients together. You want to make sure you have all three ingredients mixed thoroughly and evenly into the body cream. As your almond body cream cools, it will continue to thicken to a cream consistency. You will want to stick blend the body cream periodically as the almond cream is cooling. Each time you stick blend the cream, it will get thicker. Once your almond cream reaches room temperature, it will be a thick luscious body cream.

 

Almond Body Cream Recipe Packaging Your ProductAlmond Body Cream Recipe Packaging Your Product

Finally, now that your almond body cream has cooled and reached room temperature, fill each of your five 8 ounce jars and place the smooth straight lid on top of each of the jars. There are a few different ways you can fill the jars. When we created our cream, we used a bowl with a spout. So, we just simply slowly poured our cream right into the jars. Another option is using a spoon to scoop the almond body cream into each jar. Alternatively, you can also use a Ziploc bag, cutting the corner to create a decorating bag, and fill the jar that way. This homemade cream recipe will make approximately five of the 8 oz jars.

Almond Body Cream Recipe Using the LotionAlmond Body Cream Recipe Using Your Handmade Cream

When creating this body cream, we used our Almond Fragrance Oil but you can always use another body safe fragrance oil if you would like. In addition, we chose to keep the body cream its natural color. However, you can add color if you wish to. If you do decide to color this recipe, you will want to use one of our Da Bomb Soap Dyes. You will just need to add a couple drops at a time until you get the color you are looking for! Alternatively, you can infuse herbs to naturally color your homemade cream lotion. There are just so many options, you can truly make this craft unique to you!  The sky is the limit!

We hope you love Almond Body Cream Recipe as much as we do! This is body cream recipe is a favorite among Natures Garden staff.  In fact, both Shannon and I especially love this one right now!  We have become absolutely obsessed!  It leaves our skin feeling so amazing and soft. Also, it smells delicious! With the holiday season quickly approaching, this homemade lotion will make great gifts. This is also the perfect time to add this body cream to your cosmetic product line just in time for Christmas shopping! This homemade lotion gives off a very strong feminine fragrance.

We would love to see your handmade almond body creams as well. Show us your finish body cream, or any other candle, soap, and cosmetic products you have created. Post your pictures of finished products on our Facebook page.  You can also tag us on Instagram or Twitter @ngscents. Finally, if you are looking for another project to try, be sure to check out our recipe box. It has a ton of creative, fragrance fun ideas!  Learn how to make soap, bath bombs, bubble bars, and even fun projects t do with the kids.