Lip balm and lip softening sugar scrub recipes

Lip Balm4The recipes below can be made with items you already have in your pantry.

Needless to say you want to source for ingredients that are pure and organic since these items go on and absorb into  your skin. I typically order my herbs and spices from Mountain Rose Herbs due to their organic and non -GMO practices.

The beet root powder is the added bonus ingredient. I have not personally found beet root powder (Beta vulgaris) to be very effective as a lip stain but it makes the balm appear prettier and it does contain vitamins and minerals. I still enjoy using it, even if it doesn’t make this balm into a ‘lipstick’ per say. It makes for a nice item in gift basket.

Beet root powder contains the following:

‘Betaine (the same as the nutritional supplement trimethylglycine, not the same as betaine hydrochloride), and also alanine, alantoin, arginine, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber (about 10% by weight), GABA, glycine, histidine, magnesium, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), phosphorous, potassium, selenium, thiamine (vitamin B1), tryptophan, tyrosine, vitamin C, zinc…’ [1]

Beet root powder is a perfect ingredient to keep around the house! You can use it to color cupcake or cake icing (to avoid using dyes or artificial food coloring) or add to a smoothie or yogurt for a nutritional boost. 1 tsp of powder contains the nutrition of 1 beet.

My daughter had an allergic reaction on her first birthday to the red coloring in her ‘smash’ cake, so we take measures now to avoid dyes. If you want to learn more about the dangers of artificial coloring and dyes in our foods click here for a report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Beet juice contains nitrates which help improve blood flow and may have benefits in lowering blood pressure.  It also contains ‘high levels of iron that binds oxygen to red blood cells, and supplies the body with oxygen.’  Basically, this oxygenating of our cells helps our bodies perform better for a workout. It is also beneficial in treating anemia. [2]

Enough about beets and dyes…how about these recipes Genbumom?


Simple Sugar Scrub for soft lips

 Lip Softening Sugar Scrub

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1-2 tsp organic cane sugar or turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp beet root powder
  • 2-3 drops Orange or Lemon essential oils  (optional)

This recipe is so easy and does not require any heating. Just mixing!

Simply mix ingredients together and add as much sugar as desired for texture.  Spoon into a metal tin or a reused container (smaller sized spice bottles work well). After use follow up with the lip balm recipe from above. I also really enjoy using this Calendula Salve on my lips before bedtime.

The essential oils are optional. However, the citrus oils helps to further exfoliate and add a pleasant and fresh scent. If no essential oils are added this should smell like honey and beet root powder.


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Satiny and Smooth Lip Balm

  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1TBSP pure Shea butter
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1 tsp beeswax
  • 1 tsp beet root powder (optional for coloring)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional for scent and anti-inflammatory for chapped lips)
  • 2-3 drops healing essential oils such as Lavender, Rosemary, or Geranium

In a double boiler on medium-high heat, melt until all ingredients are incorporated. Stir often.  After a few minutes of cooling, pour into a metal lip balm tins or reuse an empty lip balm container. Try to source for an item around your house to reuse.

When giving in gift baskets, I like to purchase the Metal Tins. This recipe will make 3 tins of balm. If you want the lighter colored balm in the picture above (pinkish coloring); add the cinnamon and beet root powder. If not, your balm will be the color of your beeswax or Shea butter (a creamy, subtle yellow).

Note: I make a double boiler by filling a pan with 2 inches of water and a small, glass Pyrex-style dish.

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A few simple ingredients …


A side note about the Beet Root Powder. I originally ordered it to make a DIY blush.  All 4 attempts at powder blush and creme blush failed {sad face}. However, I got a few pretty pictures and wanted to share one.  I also wanted to reiterate that I will never share a recipe that does not work.  Mamas do not have time for all of that!

If you have had any success with using beet root powder as a blush- more power to you and I would love to try your recipe. It settled in my pores and made my face look like I had red strawberry seeds on my cheeks and it did not leave any lasting color. I grinded it into a fine powder also. Heating it into a crème or salve didn’t work either.

Beet root blush fail

Pretty picture but the blush did not work…next time I will perfect the recipe first.


Sources:

  1. Mountain Rose Herbs. Beet Root Powder. www.mountainroseherbs.com
  2. Carson, Tara. ‘Beet Juice Health Benefits.’ www.livestrong.com

This information has not been evaluated by the FDA.  As always, check with your doctor if you are under treatment for any disease or disorder, are pregnant, or nursing.This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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10 ways to use lavender essential oil

FavLavender10 Ways to use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the perfect everyday essential oil.  It’s gentle enough to be used on children, contains healing and soothing properties, and the smell is gender neutral. Lavender is known or it’s relaxing and calming, sedative-like effects.

I’ve linked to other recipes from previous posts that use Lavender essential oil because, again, I use this oil every day and for about a dozen different things.

1. Sleep Aid and Stress Reducer. Lavender promotes a restful night’s sleep and may help with insomnia and stress. [1]

Add 3-5 drops in a full bath to help children relax and wind down.  It also soothes dry skin.  Kids are, after all, always getting scratches and rashes, lavender will soothe their skin gently and effectively.

Diffuse 3 Drops Lavender plus 7 parts Stress Away blend during yoga practice or at nighttime. This blend of Lavender and Stress Away blend (Copaiba, Lime, Cedarwood, Vanilla*, Ocotea, Lavender) always gives me a gentle clarity and peace of mind during yoga practice. 

I feel more centered and patient the remainder of the day.

{Let me be honest however, my yoga ‘practice’ is Sundays and maybe one evening per week when the kids are sleeping!}

2. Lavender is a great middle or base note for perfume making. I personally enjoy experimenting with Lavender essential oil, it pairs well with many different scents. Sometimes a drop or two is all you need when mixing scents.

  • Lavender + Lemon or Lavender and a Purity blend for a light and uplifting scent
  • Lavender + Ylang Yang and/or Rose or Lavender + Orange for sensuality
  • Lavender + Cedarwood for grounding and peace

Add to 1 oz. carrier oil such as coconut or sweet almond:   5 drops lavender and 5 drops Clary Sage essential oil in a rollerball for an on-the-go deodorant.

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Glass Aromatherapy Roller Balls for on-the-go application

3. After shave spot treatment.  Dab on shaving nicks or minor cuts. You can apply Lavender essential oil ‘neat’ or directly on skin or minor cuts. No carrier oil necessary. Lavender is a very gentle oil.

4. Baby Bum Moisturizer and Bath Soak.

  • Add to coconut oil for a baby bum moisturizer.  In a serum dropper:  Mix 2 oz. coconut oil plus 2-3 drops lavender for children 6 months plus.
  • Or add a few drops to the bath along with Oatmeal. Pulverize organic oatmeal in a mixer for about 5 minutes into a very fine powder.  Add 1/4 cup oatmeal to bath and 5 drops of the carrier oil/lavender mix above to sooth irritated baby bottoms. Do not use on broken skin.

5. Lavender is ideal for daily skincare. Click here for a Clarifying Hemp Oil serum recipe. I use this morning and night. I have noticed a reduction in ruddiness, acne, and dark spots. I often don’t wear make up anymore on weekends. How great is that?

  • Acne prone skin: Per 2 oz. of Cold Pressed Hemp seed oil:  Use a ratio of 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Frankincense and 5 drops Tea Tree oil to help clarify and heal acne prone skin. 100% Pure Tea Tree oil has been proven as effective as salicylic acid in treating acne. To order Tea Tree oil via Young Living click here.
  • ‘try mixing tea tree oil with raw, organic honey. Honey also contains antibacterial properties and promotes skin healing.’ [2]

  • Dry or mature skin: Per 2 oz. of  Cold Pressed Hemp seed oil:  Use a ratio of  5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Rosemary, and 5 drops Carrot Seed oil.

I typically alter between these two serums.

For a seriously amazing blemish spot treatment: Mix 1 TBSP Bentonite Clay and 1 TBSP Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  Let dry 15 minutes, rinse.  Dab on 1 drop Frankincense, Tea Tree, or Lavender essential oil ‘neat.’  Diffuse some Lavender,  read a good book, and then get a peaceful night’s rest!

image  6. Reduce under-eye puffiness. Mix Lavender with Copaiba, Frankincense, Rosemary, or Geranium essential oil to help reduce under eye puffiness. Use as you would any eye serum or cream and avoid direct eye contact. Always do a spot tests first. If irritation develops do not rinse with water, apply carrier oil to dilute.

I use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover, it’s a gentle carrier oil for an eye serum.

7. Belly bloat reducer.  Add to 2 oz. carrier oil such as coconut or sweet almond:   5 drops lavender and 10-12 drops Clary Sage or Cobaipa essential oil in a rollerball for bloat reduction PMS or period bloating or mood relief. 

8. Body Wash and Hand Soap.

9. Dab directly on bug bites and bee stings to soothe itching or burning. Safe for children. You should generally dilute with a carrier oil for use on children.

I tend to have allergic reactions to mosquito bites and Lavender oil quickly reduced itchiness and bump size (better than hydrocortizone cream in my opinion). I used to get  bumps that would last for days, but they are gone the following day after using Lavender oil.

10. Ouch a minor burn!  If not serious and NO broken skin:  Dab diluted peppermint oil on immediately (1 drop peppermint per 1 TBSP water), continue to dab on peppermint water until stinging subsides.

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Add Lavender to a healing carrier oil such as Rose hip oil or Grapeseed oil for the next week and apply often.


Were you counting? That was 10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil…

Below are 3 more ways to use this versatile and gentle oil.

  • Add 1 drop Lavender to your mascara tube to keep it fresh and your lashes moisturized. You can also add 1 drop Cedarwood to aid in fullness and lash retention.
  • Per WebMD:  Canker sores. Some research shows that applying two drops of lavender oil to the affected area three times daily can improve canker sore healing and reduce canker sore swelling and pain.’ [1]
  • Hair loss in a condition called alopecia areata. There is some evidence that applying lavender oil in combination with oils from thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood might improve hair growth by as much as 44% after 7 months of treatment.’ [1]

    To order items you may need click below:


 Aromatherapy Bottles, set of 6, Cobalt Blue 1/3 oz. from Amazon.com

 Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap- Lavender from Amazon.com

Sources:

  1. ‘Lavender.’  Accessed October 16, 2015. www.WebMD.com
  2. ‘How to use Tea Tree Oil for Acne.’ Accessed October 17, 2015. http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Tea-Tree-Oil-for-Acne

 

Bentonite clay under-arm detox {and face mask} recipe

Why would a busy working mother of two take the time to do an armpit detox?

I was conducting research and prep work for a switch to a non- toxic homemade deodorant.  I wanted to rid my pores of any residual chemicals (aluminum, fragrances, ingredients like dimethicone and preservatives).

Dimethicone is a man made silicon polymer added to products so they ‘slide’ better on the skin. It creates a barrier on the skin.  Dimethicone is found in deodorants, hair conditioners, makeup and products like muscle or pain creams.

‘It traps everything under it—including bacteria, sebum, and impurities—which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads. The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities—like sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.’ [3]

The Bentonite Clay will draws out impurities and bring increased circulation to your skin. You may feel a slight tingling when using Bentonite clay, this is normal.

Ion exchange allows ingested bentonite clay to absorb internal contaminants such as toxins, heavy metals and poisons.’  [1]

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Dry Bentonite Clay

What occurred after just a few days was a pleasant surprise…

I did feel fresher and noticed less odor.  Not that I was that smelly before but it did make a difference. My skin was softer and less itchy and continues to seem healed and fresher. It obviously drew out impurities. My goal was to pit-detox every night for a week, I made it 5 out of 7. Good enough.

I like deodorant and can get away with only that often, but I also like some antiperspirant action. To continue to keep my pits soft and clear of any residue, I’ve been doing this detox once a week.

I know, sweat is natural and our bodies want to sweat out toxins but I sweat enough during Tabata class. On the weekends I am able to get away with only using coconut oil with some essential oils (tea tree, lemon, or lavender mainly), but at work or a night out- it’s a must to have antiperspirant.

(I’ll post on a  homemade deodorant soon that is working perfectly for both my husband and myself).

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You can imagine the responses when I posted this on my social media.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Calcium Bentonite Clay
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (optional) or distilled water. I use Bragg brand.  You can add more or less vinegar as preferred.
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil

Mix well and apply. Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes and rinse off well by hand or gently with a clean soft washcloth. Refrigerate leftovers.  Do not use metal bowls or utensils when mixing this clay.

You don’t necessarily need to add essential oils, but what I love about essential oils is that you get to play around with them and they are multifunctional. The essential oils are going to provide many benefits.  

‘For instance, researchers from China have recently discovered that lavender essential oil helps your body produce three of your bodies most powerful antioxidants, glutathione, catalase, and SOD within 22 hours of using lavender essential oil!’  Source: DrAxe.com

  • Rosemary is the added bonus oil for it’s fragrance and properties. It contains a-Pinene and eucalyptol.   ‘…α-Pinene is an anti-inflammatory via PGE1,[9] ‘ [2]

(If you don’t have Lavender, Tea Tree, and Rosemary on hand you can substitute the following which are excellent and safe for skin care: Carrot Seed, Geranium, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Copaiba, Lemon, Orange, or Cedarwood).


Use as a Face Mask

I also use this as a face mask.  It calms any blemishes that are cropping up and stops them from getting worse. It can be used once or twice weekly to tighten and clear pores of excess oil or as an acne spot-treatment.  I always have this amazing rosy glow after using this mask. I immediately put Hemp Oil Serum on after rinsing.


If you have any questions or wish to order Young Living essential oils, you may click on this link here to my affiliate page.  You can also comment or email me at genbumom@gmail.com.  I will respond within 24-48 hours.

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Note: These comments have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not substitutions or recommendations to treat, cure, or diagnose any diseases. If pregnant, nursing, or if you have any health conditions, please consult your physician prior to use.

Sources:

  1. Lohrey, Jackie. ‘Uses for Bentonite Clay.’  August 16,2013. www.livestrong.com
  2. Wikepedia. ‘Alpha-Pinene.’  Accessed October 2, 2015. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-Pinene
  3. Aragon, Britta. ‘The Truth Behind the Cosmetic Ingredient Dimethicone.’ August 26, 2015. www.franklipman.com

Oatmeal, Honey, and Hemp seed oil facial scrub

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This Oatmeal, Honey, and Hemp seed oil facial scrub is moisturizing and blemish fighting. Most importantly, it is chemical free.

I’m going to outline two methods I tested.

Oily/acne prone skin does require some moisture. If you have dry or mature skin you can add different essential oils, like carrot seed oil or rosemary oil, to stimulate your skin cells.

Hemp Seed Oil is non-comedogenic and aids in cleaning your pores. Honey is antibacterial and prevents bacteria buildup. Ever heard of dabbing honey on a small cut? This is why: It soothes, fights inflammation and is antibacterial.  The combination of honey and hemp seed oil will to bind to your makeup and the natural oils in your skin and draw out impurities.  Oatmeal is moisturizing and healing.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic plain oatmeal
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 3 TBSP organic Honey
  • 3 TBSP organic Hemp Seed Oil
  • 4-5 drops each: Rosemary [1] and Lavender [2] essential oils
  • Carrot seed oil (Optional)
  • You could add a few tsps of Castile soap if you have oily or combination skin.

imageMethod A: Pulverize dry oatmeal in a blender or mixer for 20-30 seconds, until oats are about 1/4 the size of a normal oat.  You want some texture for this to be a scrub. Add remaining ingredients. Smooth onto skin and wash in circular motions. Rinse very well.

I refrigerated the leftovers because of the Hemp Seed Oil. This should keep fresh for at least one week.

I ended up with oatmeal  in my hairline and had to rinse for awhile to get all the oatmeal off my skin. It was grainier and more of a facial scrub.

My son seemed fairly entertained by mommy washing her face with oatmeal at the kitchen sink. My husband complimented me that evening on how nice my skin looked.   I’ve also started saving pulverized, powdered oatmeal in a glass container, so it’s on hand at all times. I add 1/4 cup to my daughter’s bath if she has diaper rash.

Method B:  Remove 1/2 cup from the scrub mix you made. Add 1 cup of water and 1 tsp. of Castile soap and blend in a mixer until a liquid, almost milky, consistency. Some settling may occur and you simply shake to reincorporate the ingredients before application. I stored mine in a re-used baby food jar in the fridge.

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Method B was easier to rinse off and left my skin feeling better cleansed. Play around with what works best for you!

Essential oils used:

  • Rosemary [1] – healing and blemish control
  • Lavender [2]- moisturizing, clarifying, and skin toning and adds a pleasant ‘base-note’ scent
  • Carrot Seed Oil (option for dry skin)- Detoxifying and rejuvenating. Great for mature skin. Effective at makeup removal.

Sources:

  1. Shea, Lorraine.  ‘Benefits of Rosemary Essential Oil.’ http://www.Livestrong.com. August 16, 2013. http://www.livestrong.com/article/82331-benefit-rosemary-essential-oil/
  2. Author unknown. ‘Lavender Essential Oil.’ http://www.youngliving.com. Accessed September 24, 2015 https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/singles/lavender-essential-oil