Basic Lip Balm

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This is my favorite lip balm recipe. You can make it basic or make any changes your wish.

Basic Recipe:

• 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or other oil (like here)
• 2 teaspoons grated beeswax (you can use a pure beeswax candle for this)
• 1 Vitamin E capsule (400 IU) or 1/4 teaspoon oil • essential oil or variations (opt.) (see below)

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Place the oil and wax in a heatproof cup (such as a heavy glass measuring cup.) Poke a hole in the Vitamin E capsule and squeeze its liquid into the oil and wax mixture. Place the heatproof cup in a pot of water on the stove and heat on low just until the wax melts.

I like to use this electric candle warmer.  It’s easy and a small glass measuring cup works great, but it does melt a little slower.

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Milk Thistle Seeds

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Milk thistle seeds has many benefits to the liver! Your liver is what does a great deal of the detoxing in your body and when your liver isn’t in top notch condition, this can affect the whole body.

Any detox plan you undertake should always have your liver in mind. Milk thistle is also great for your digestive system, so you can help your liver remove toxins from within your body, and then allow your digestive system to kick them out of your body. The active compound in milk thistle is called silymarin, a natural liver protector and supporter. Who doesn’t need some of that in their life?! The seeds of this plant have been used for at least 2,000 years to help protect health cells in the body, encourage the production of new cells, and stop inflammation in the body, especially of the liver.

Milk thistle extract is so powerful; it can actually help those with liver diseases.

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Calendula Flowers

Calendula is an annual plant with cheerful orange flowers that blooms in the spring.  Every gardener should grow calendula, not only for the color, but also for the herbal properties of the flower.

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Uses:  wound healing, burns, stings, varicose veins, thrush, gastritis, painful periods, inflamed and ulcerated conditions, warts and corns (sap), and callouses.

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Sweet Basil

basilBasil is available in many varieties.  Choosing which basil to grow and use is the hardest part, but using them is very easy.   There’s cinnamon, dark opal, holy, lemon, lime, spicy bush, purple ruffles, sweet thai and many others to choose from.  But sweet basil is my favorite.  It has the classic basil flavor we’ve all come to love.

How To Grow Basil

Basil is easy to grow from seed or purchased plant. It requires what most gardens already have, full sun, warm temperatures above 50 degrees, and adequate moisture.

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Natural Body and Feet Powder

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Body Powder is refreshing and keeps your dry.  But, with all the harmful ingredients in store- brought body powder, one is afraid to use it. Make your own safe and natural body powder in a few minutes with a few ingredients you may have on hand.

 

This is all you need to make your own natural body powder!

arrowroot powder

cornstarch

baking soda

ground herbs (opt.)

essential oil (opt.)

 

 Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1/16 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground herbs or flowers (opt.)
  • 15 drops essential of your choice (opt.)
Simply mix all the ingredients in a glass or stoneware bowl until well mixed.   Using a funnel, spoon your body powder in a sifter container.  Or, if you wish, place in a used powder puff container.

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Red Clover Tea

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Red clovers ability to detox comes from its high antioxidant compounds. Antioxidants give your body some serious backup when it comes to killing off those free radicals that cause us so much damage to our bodies. Getting a daily boost of antioxidants is important because if there is no defense against them, free radicals can do a real number on our health.

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How to Make A Herbal Decoction

285x285_Natural_Remedies_For_Sore_Throats_Marshmallow_Root_7Decoctions are preferred for harder herbs like roots, barks, and seeds, it takes longer to release the healing properties.  It’s best, but not necessary, to mash or grind the thick herb before use.  To make a decoction, you just need the following steps:

•Use 1 tablespoon dried herb per 1 1/2 cup of cold, filtered water

•Bring your water to a boil and add the herbs

•Reduce the heat as low as possible and cover

•Simmer for 20 minutes if you’re using small pieces of the herb, but if you’re  using bigger pieces, then you can simmer for up to an hour

•Remove from heat and strain off the herbs and serve. If you like, you can also leave them to steep even longer, up to overnight

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