Make Lavender Syrup For Fun Desserts!

Make Lavender Syrup For Fun Desserts!

I started making lavender syrup because I got bored with regular sugar syrup and I wanted a new way to use essential oils in my life.

 

You can diffuse oils, use them on your skin, or consume them – and lavender syrup takes cuisine to the next level.

 

It takes less than 10 minutes to make, and you likely have all the ingredients at home.

 

Want a great dessert to wow company? Try lavender syrup! You already have the ingredients!

 

You can use lavender syrup in lemonade (just replace some of the sugar for equal parts syrup) for a refreshing floral flavor and on ice cream or other desserts (I’ve never tried it, but it might be interesting in baklava).

 

It’s also a great way to get the benefits of lavender essential oil! Lavender essential oil is great for healthy skin and for relaxing.

 

Be sure you only use therapeutic grade oil – I’ve done a lot of research and this is the brand I recommend and that I personally use.

 

Please don’t buy oil off Amazon, because you can’t be sure the oil will be pure. I always buy direct from the manufacturer, which is why I recommend this brand.

 

Trust me when I say that this will probably be the easiest thing you do all day, and the recipe is so simple, you’ll never forget it (and you’ll always have a go-to recipe to impress company).

 

Want a great dessert to wow company? Try lavender syrup! You already have the ingredients!

 

Making Lavender Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 drop lavender essential oil

 

In a small sauce pan, combine the water and sugar. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for 1 minute, then add 1 drop lavender essential oil. You can play with the strength of the lavender flavoring but I’ve found that more than 1 drop is a bit overwhelming.

 

If you find 1 drop of oil overwhelming, then dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl the toothpick in the syrup. You’ll still get the flavor of lavender.

 

You can also try other essential oils; lavender pairs well with orange and lemon. Just use 1 drop each. Use in any recipe that includes sugar and that you want flavored with lavender.

 

If you’re staying away from processed sugars, use 1/2 cup organic honey instead of 1 cup of sugar. The taste will be different, but still super yummy.

Amish Black Drawing Salve Homemade Recipe

Amish Black Drawing Salve Homemade Recipe

Have you ever been weeding or working with wood, and come inside with pricklies under your skin? Then you’ll want to grab a jar of my favorite Amish Black Drawing Salve!

 

Amish Black Drawing Salve is a traditional recipe that’s found a resurgence in our modern times – and it’s pretty easy to make yourself.

 

Even better, the ingredients in the Amish Black Drawing Salve recipe below have myriad uses around the house – so investing in them is a good idea for an all-natural homestead.

 

I’ve found Amish Black Drawing Salve particularly helpful after weeding the garden, when you might have brushed up against some prickly plants (the hyssop on this recipe is GREAT for that).

 

 

You can also use it if you’ve been working with wood and suddenly find yourself with a splinter.

 

Traditionally, Amish Black Drawing Salve is made with pine resin, and if you can get your hands on it, you can add it to this recipe – you’ll have to play with it a bit.

 

To replace the pine resin, I add pine essential oil – it accomplishes the same thing, and is easy to store with multitude other uses around the house (cleaners, for example).

 

I also added hyssop, which is great for supporting healthy skin. In fact, it’s my go-to when I want to improve the appearance of my skin. Similarly, carrot seed is great for supporting healthy skin.

 

The lavender in this Amish Black Drawing Salve adds it’s soothing properties while giving the salve a scent most people will appreciate (rather than something off-smelling, which some home remedies have).

 

Children, especially, are sensitive to smells, and might not want you to use it on them if your Amish Black Drawing Salve smells funky.

 

There’s a lot of different ingredients listed, but if you collect all the items before you make the salve (I’ve listed where you can get them for easy shopping), the actual steps are very simple.

 

Trust me, this looks a lot more complicated than it is.

 

Amish black drawing salve is a centuries-old traditional recipe. Here;'s how to make it in your own kitchen!

 

Amish Black Drawing Salve Ingredients

(I’ve done a lot of research, and this is the brand of essential oils I recommend)

How to Make Amish Black Drawing Salve

Add the oil, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and honey to a mason jar. Make a double boiler by heating water in a pot, then placing the mason jar in the water. You want to melt the oil, shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and honey so they combine.

 

Using the beeswax as a guide,when the mixture is almost totally melted, stir constantly for 2 minutes to ensure the honey is evenly distributed.

 

Don’t skip this step because you’ll find the honey might clump up in one portion of the finished salve, and it’ll be a sticky mess.

 

Once the ingredients are combined in the mason jar, remove from heat and add the activated charcoal powder, white kaolin clay, and essential oils.

 

Stir constantly until all the Amish Black Drawing Salve ingredients are thoroughly combined and then allow the mixture to cool undisturbed until solid. This step might take a couple hours.

 

Once cool, you can store it on a shelf and use as needed. To use, apply to the area of concern and wrap the area. Remove and reapply daily until desired result is achieved.

 

This recipe makes ¼ pint of Amish Black Drawing Salve – I store mine in a ½ pint jar. You can also store it in smaller containers.

 

Make Lemon Balm Lip Goo & Be Prepared For Fall!

Make Lemon Balm Lip Goo & Be Prepared For Fall!

Do you love the scent of fresh lemon balm?

 

Also called Melissa, lemon balm has been used by humans for generations to support healthy skin.

 

And this year, it’s completely taken over my garden. I planted two little seedlings, and they’ve grown to large, healthy plants.

 

I’ve been harvesting and drying lemon balm CONSTANTLY.

 

One of the best ways I’ve used to both preserve and use lemon balm is by creating infused oils.

 

The herb is perfect for homemade salves, creams, lotions…..and lip balms. With fall just around the corner, you’ll want to have lemon balm in your cabinet to help with those dry skin situations.

 

How do you make herb-infused oils?

If you’ve never made an infused oil, don’t worry. It’s as simple as snipping 1-2 cups of fresh herbs and covering them with oil (I use olive oil, but almond, grapeseed, and avocado are also good options).

 

Make sure the herbs are completely covered, and allow them to “steep” for 2 weeks to infuse the oil. (If the herbs get moldy or the oil smells or looks off, just toss and start again).

 

You can cook with infused oils and/or use them to create DIY skin care products.

 

Make your own Lemon Balm Lip Goo

Here’s how to make your own lemon balm lip goo! This recipe makes 4 tubes or 1-inch pots of lip balm.

 

Play with the essential oils to see which scents you like. The lavender gives the balm a floral, soothing scent, while the peppermint gives it a fresh feel.

 

Like lemon balm, carrot seed is great for supporting healthy skin – use only one drop because the smell isn’t super pleasant (compared to peppermint or lavender). 1 drop gives you the power of the oil without sacrificing the lavender/peppermint scent.

 

Lemon balm essential oil CAN be expensive, so it’s ok to leave it out. The lemon balm infused olive oil will be great for your skin.

 

2 tablespoons lemon balm infused oil (THIS is the oil I use)

1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles (I like this brand)

1 teaspoon organic honey (I like this brand)

1 drop carrot seed oil (I recommend this brand of essential oils)

1-2 drops peppermint essential oil

4 drops lavender essential oil

4 drops lemon balm essential oil (optional)

 

You can use any brand of essential oils, but I’ve done a lot of research and recommend Young Living oils. (You can get them wholesale or retail – you’ll save 24% if you get them wholesale from this link).

 

Making the lip balm

Once your oil is infused with the power of lemon balm, you’re ready to make your lip goo. In a mason jar, combine all the ingredients.

 

Make a double boiler by placing the mason jar in a pot of water. Heat until the beeswax is melted, stirring occasionally so the ingredients mix well.

 

Once melted, use a funnel to pour the mixture into tubes or other lip balm container. Allow to cool undisturbed.

 

The lip balm should be somewhat soft and easy to apply to your skin.

 

Once the water is simmering, the entire recipe takes about 5 minutes to complete. Easy peasy lemon balm squeezy, right?

 

Keep one tube in your car, one in your bag, one in a backpack, or wherever you think lemon balm might be needed.

 

Why Your Shampoos & Soaps Are Harming Your Daughter (And What To Do About It)

Why Your Shampoos & Soaps Are Harming Your Daughter (And What To Do About It)

Time for a truth bomb. If you use commercial soaps and shampoos from big box stores, the dollar store, etc, chances are you’re exposing your children to phthalates.

 

What the heck are phthalates?

 

I’m glad you asked. (Like, really glad). Phthalates are chemical compounds commonly found in all sorts of consumer products, like household cleaners, toiletries, children’s toys, and makeup.

 

They also happen to be linked to depressed thyroid function, particularly young girls, according to scientists at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

 

I bet if you look in your bathroom right now, you’ll find at least 10 items containing phthalates. That’s a big fat scary thought, isn’t it?

 

So, how did all these products end up in the hands of consumers anyway?

Well, that’s a funny thing. The large corporations that produce these products aren’t required to disclose what’s in their product’s fragrances.

 

So those dryer sheets you love so much?

 

Chances are they’re full of phthalates, and potentially wreaking havoc on your children’s endocrine systems.

 

Another common culprit? Nail polish (who knew?). Window cleaning products are another.

 

Those scented soaps you buy? Possibly messing with your daughter’s thyroid every time you bathe her.

 

In fact, skin exposure is a huge factor in endocrine disruption. As you know, the skin is our largest organ, but it has no defenses against phthalates.

 

Any exposure heads straight through your skin and into your major internal organs.

 

Yuck, who needs this, right?

 

Why going unscented won’t stop your problem

So, from now on you’ll just use unscented or fragrance-free products, right?

 

Well, that’s not going to solve the problem of your phthalate exposure any better.

 

Unscented means that the product probably has a large chemical smell naturally – and more chemicals have been added to mask that scent.

 

Fragrance-free just means that more fragrances weren’t added…but the product’s natural fragrances are still there, and there’s still likely phthalates lurking in the bottle.

 

So, what should you do instead?

Here’s our handy list of swaps you can make, switching your phthalate-laden shampoos and other household products with greener, healthier versions:

 

Shampoos – use organic castile soap like this here. For fragrance, you can use 1 drop of essential oil per 16 fluid oz of castile soap. Peppermint is a favorite with many people. Rosemary is great for maintaining full, thick hair.

 

Please don’t buy your essential oils on Amazon – there’s no quality control. 

 

Soaps – try to buy from small, artisan soap makers to avoid any unnecessary exposure to chemicals. You can also make your own soap in minutes with our recipe here. Use lavender, rose, or geranium essential oil for great all-natural scents.

 

Window cleaners – Mix 1 drop lemon essential oil with 8 oz white vinegar in a spray bottle (Look for bottles with recycle numbers 1 or 2). Spray windows, wipe with newspaper.

 

Counter top cleaners – Mix 1 drop of lemon essential oil with 8 oz white vinegar. Use like you would normally. You can also use these all-organic counter wipes. Buy direct from the manufacturer here.

 

Room fresheners – diffuse 1 drop of essential oil. For tough odors, try 1 drop melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil with 1 drop lemon. For a floral scent, try 1 drop geranium! For bedtime, diffuse 1 drop lavender. Get your oils here.

 

Again, please don’t buy your essential oils on Amazon – there’s no quality control. Buy direct from our trusted source here.

 

Laundry detergent -You can also make your own recipe here.

We love this brand: 100% all-natural.

Here’s where you can get it.

 

Dryer sheets – Use wool balls with 1 drop of essential oil of your choice. Lavender is a good one to try.

 

Baby wipes – We love this brand of baby wipes:

No phthalates, 100% natural. Can also be used as makeup wipes! Get them here.

 

Makeup – We love this brand. Pure mineral makeup, no phthalates. Get it here.

 

 

11 Essential Oils You Should Never Wear In The Sun

11 Essential Oils You Should Never Wear In The Sun

It’s summer, so let’s chat about essential oils you should never wear in the sun.

 

You’re probably thinking “What? I thought oils were safe….” And they are. BUT like anything in life, you need to use them the right way.

 

I learned this lesson the hard way (luckily, I caught myself in time).

 

Certain oils contain furanocoumarins, which is a long scary word for a naturally-occurring chemical compound that some plants produce as part of their defense mechanism.

 

These essential oils have a chemical reaction to UV light which can potentially result in some pretty serious skin problems, including:

  • severe redness
  • darkening
  • swelling
  • blisters

 

The effects are uncomfortable, and can last for weeks:

 

There's 11 essential oils that are dangerous to wear in the sun. Here's a detailed list and how to use them safely!

Image via Wikimedia Commons

 

In this article, I’m going to show you which oils you shouldn’t use before you head outside to work in your garden or care for your flock. I’ll also show you how you can safely use them if you DO want to use them before going outside.

 

11 Essential Oils You Should Never Wear In The Sun

Before we get started with our list, sometimes some of these oils are ok to wear in the sun depending on how they were distilled (cold pressed, steam distilled, etc).

 

For the sake of simplicity, I’m not going to get into all that in this article. Just generally understanding which oils you shouldn’t apply before going into the sun makes it easier to remember what’s safe and what’s not.

 

If you want to use any of the oils in the list below, just do it 12 hours before you go outside, or keep the area of application completely covered. It’s simple enough to do.

 

Here’s the list of oils you should avoid outside:

  • Bergamot
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Kumquat
  • Cumin
  • Tangerine
  • Mandarin
  • Petitgrain
  • Rue
  • Lemongrass

So You Want To Use One Of These Essential Oils You Should Never Wear In The Sun…What Now?

I personally didn’t follow my own advice one day (honestly, I used a blend and didn’t read the label – whoops!) and walked outside to feed my rabbits.

 

After a few minutes I noticed my neck and throat were getting kind of hot….much hotter than they should have. That’s a sign that phototoxicity was setting in – and it happened on my body after only just a few minutes. Not good!

 

I ran inside and checked the blend, and sure enough, orange was listed on the label.

 

To stay safe, after applying one or more of the oils listed above, you should stay out of the sun for at least 12 hours.

 

If you accidentally applied one of these oils, or really need or want to use one, and plan to go outside, just make sure you keep the area covered. Applying it to a place under your clothing is an option, and you can apply it to the bottom of your feet if they will remain covered.

 

If you’re going to be outdoors without shoes, you’re running the risk of feeling really, really hot, and possibly really uncomfortable. So, learn from my mistake!

 

Use your best judgement and stay safe. I want you with all your skin on.

Bug Bite Relief Stick You Can Make Practically For Free

Bug Bite Relief Stick You Can Make Practically For Free

Nothing is worse than bug bites, except watching your kids be really, really unhappy! In this article, I’m going to show you how to make an all-natural, bug bite relief stick.

 

When things get a bit creepy crawly on your skin, you CAN grab a bottle of over-the-counter stuff….but you’re taking your chances. We’re trying to lead all-natural lives right?

 

There are all-natural options, and you can use essential oils to bring some bug bite relief to yourself and your little ones with a bug bite relief stick.

 

Got itchy kids? Make my favorite homemade bug bite relief Stick in your own kitchen with essential oils! Easy to follow recipe!

 

What essential oils will we use?

 

In our house, we rely on lavender essential oil for lots of things – including bug bite relief. It’s soothing, promotes healthy skin, and smells good.

 

(The scent especially can provide relief to small children who might be unhappy because of their itchy bug bite.)

 

In this stick, we also will use melaleuca, which promotes healthy skin and has cleansing properties should any dirt or other nasties get into the bite (especially if your child has been scratching at it.)

 

Ingredients To Make Your Own All-Natural Homemade Bug Bite Relief Stick

 

1/2 oz pure beeswax pastilles, about 1 tablespoon (I use this brand)

4 oz carrier oil, about 3 tablespoons (such as olive, coconut, or almond oil)

20 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops melaleuca essential oil

Empty lip balm containers (I like these or these)

 

Directions To Make Your Own All-Natural Homemade Bug Bite Relief Stick

 

To make your bug bite relief stick, you want to melt the carrier oil and the beeswax together, then add the essential oils before everything cools and hardens.

 

The carrier oil works to make the mixture easily spreadable, while the beeswax gives it some structure. The essential oils do the job of helping your little ones with their bug bite.

 

To make the bug bite relief stick, combine the carrier oil and beeswax in a heatproof container, such as a mason jar.

 

Fill a small pot ½ way with water and place your mason jar with the carrier oil and beeswax in it, creating a double boiler. Heat the water slowly, until the beeswax is completely melted.

 

Stir gently to combine, and remove from the heat. Immediately add the essential oils, and stir gently to combine.

 

While the bug bite relief stick mixture is still completely melted, pour into the lip balm containers, and allow to cool until the mixture is completely solid.

 

Once cool, store and apply as needed. If the bug bite relief stick is too soft, you can melt it again and add more beeswax, or simply adjust this bug bite relief stick recipe when you make it again.

 

If desired, you can also add a few drops of peppermint to the mixture; it’s cooling and some kids love it on their bug bites.

 

Roses and calendula, as well, promote healthy skin. One option is to infuse the carrier oil with rose or calendula petals for 2 weeks before making your homemade bug bite relief stick.