PictureDandelion Cuticle Cream
This dandelion cuticle cream can be used as a hand cream as well. I also had a client use it as a natural perfume! The dandelion petals need to be collected fresh so this is one of those recipes that can only be made at certain times during the year. Timing is key. 

To make this cream you will need:
1/4 cup Aloe Butter
1/4 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
20 grams Beeswax
1/4 cup Dandelion Infusion (Petals that have been infused in Safflower Oil for two weeks then strained)
1/4 cup Aloe Vera Juice
1/2 teaspoon Lemon Essential Oil

Add all the ingredients together with the exception of the dandelion infusion and the essential oil (heat reduces the effectiveness of these two ingredients).
Melt the oils and the beeswax together in a double boiler or in the microwave 2 minutes at a time. Microwave at intervals until the beeswax is melted. 

Allow to cool until it's above room temperature and still liquified. The two mixtures need to be at the same temperature. If they are not they will seperate. With an electric beater add warmed aloe vera juice slowly to the oil mixture. Add the essential oil and the infused and warmed dandelion oil. Pour this mixture into glass or metal jars. This cream is somewhat greasy in nature and not suitable as a facial cream. Shelf life 2 years. 
This epsom salt bath brew was one of the very first ones I made for my clients. You HAVE to love a floral scent to enjoy this brew.

You can make a large jar of this or mix the essential oils together and store in a small bottle until you are ready to use it. If you'd like to make it beforehand then you will need:

2 cups plain epsom salt
1 cup dead sea salt
4 tablespoons hibiscus tea blend (not required but it makes it look pretty)
20 drops neroli essential oil
15 drop damask rose essential oil 5% dilution
Mix together with a whisk and store in a glass jar with a lid. If you use a plastic container it will actually absorb the essential oil scent and you will notice a huge difference when you go to use the brew. Use 1 cup of scented bath salts to one tub of warm water for best results.

This blend is useful for PMS, menopause or if you are emotionally feeling like you are at the end of your rope. I don't mind this one, however I respond better to my Hippie Brew as it contains Cedarwood which is my trigger for relaxing. You will figure out over time which essential oils create different moods in yourself and what you like best. 

Neroli Essential Oil is derived from the citrus plant. I find however that it doesn't smell like the citrus we associate with that scent. However it is very uplifiting to the spirit. It is used as an anti depressant. It uplifts your mood, gives relief from anxiety, anger and distress. This is one of the main essential oils I use for people who are going through various stages of grief.  

Damask Rose Essential Oil  has been used for centuries. It has many different properties, but for this blend I use it for it's ability to heal depression, grief, nervous stress and tension. It also can help reduce the severity of headaches and migraines. Pure Rose Essential Oil is extremely pricey (due to the volume of rose petals needed to extract the oil) so the 5% dilution works just fine. Even at the diluted stage the oil tends to be thick and the scent potent. 

I have been using and making my Flu Buster Brew/Soap for 5 years now and it is one of my favorite essential oil blends. It's a love or hate type of scent were some people find it too strong, however, the great thing about making your own is that you can control how much you use. 

My flu buster essential oil blend is similar to Thieves Oil. During the Bubonic Plaque thieves would pilfer the dead bodies. Some accounts say that they used a combination of oils in order to mask the smell from the deceased, which seems the most plausable. By doing so they discovered that they didn't become sick and die. Scientifically in today's day and age, they have discovered that this blend of essential oils is 99% effective against airborne viruses and bacteria. 

You can use this recipe to make your own oil and add to epsom salt for a detox bath. You can use a few drops in a pot of water on the stove to cleanse your house. Add it to your handmade soaps or you can use it in your natural cleaning products. 

In a small essential oil bottle add:

30 drops lemon essential oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
15 drops clove oil essential oil
15 drops cinnamon essential oil
25 drops rosemary essential oil

You can double this recipe if you prefer. WARNING: This oil should never be used undiluted. 
Fyre Tonic. An old fashioned home remedy, immune support and tonic for when you are ill. The best way to use Fyre Tonic is as an immune support. One spoonful per day will keep your body healthy and strong. This is especially important for those Fall/Winter colds and flu that make the rounds in the community.

To make your own Fyre Tonic you will need the following:
Cooking Onion
Cayenne Pepper
Apple Cider Vinegar
(you can also add fresh horseradish to this recipe but I had a difficult time sourcing any in our area)

Chop up a strong onion and fill a 500ml mason jar half way
3-4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
5 good chunks ginger, sliced off root
dash of cayenne pepper
Pour your homemade apple cider vinegar over all of the ingredients. 

Allow to sit at room temperature for 4-6 weeks. At this point strain the tonic and compost the onion mixture. Add to taste (2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup) honey to liquid and shake jar until well dissolved. Take one spoonful daily. 
Fyre Tonic for immune support
This anti-wrinkle cream works incredible on fine lines and wrinkles. However due to the high amount of virgin coconut oil it can melt very easily. So be forewarned! Don't spill it when you open it if it's the middle of summer! This cream is to be used for your nighttime routine as your make up will slide off your face if you use it first thing in the morning. 

I named it Day @ the Beach cream for two reasons. One: it smells like a lotion you would use while at the beach & Two: If you happen to stay out in the sun a little to long, this cream works wonders at re- hydrating your skin. 

In a small bowl combine:
1/2 cup melted organic virgin coconut oil. This oil will have a distinct coconut smell. If it has no smell then you need to find another brand. I use Dr. Bronners.
To this add:
2 Tablespoons Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
1/4 teaspoon guar gum
7 drops Champaka Essential Oil 3% dilution

Champaka flowers are revered by the Hindus and is used to honor the God Vishnu. Preserver of the Universe. It is known to strengthen muscle tone.  

Once you have melted the coconut oil, stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes until it begins to harden. Whip with beaters for about 5 minutes until it's a light and airy consistency. Scoop gently into a jar and store in a cool location. Shelf life is at least a year. If it happens to melt, just stick it in the fridge for it to harden up again. Enjoy!

Cucumber naturally is an antioxidant and contains a high source of silica. This rejuvenates the skin. It keeps your skin glowing and helps fade scars and pigmentation. 
For my mask I use Rhassoul Clay and Yogurt. Yogurt contains high levels of lactic acid and zinc which is helpful to your skin. Yogurt helps to get rid of acne but remember to only use plain unflavoured yogurt!

Rhassoul Clay comes from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.  This clay is full of minerals. It reduces dryness and flakiness of skin. It improves skin clarity and elasticity. 

In a small bowl or mortar and pestle, mash up cucumbers that have been peeled. If you leave the peel it becomes really chunky so I would suggest to peel it but that is completely up to you, 
3 slices mashed cucumber
1 tablespoon rhassoul clay
1 tablespoon yogurt
Mix together and apply to skin. Allow to dry and rinse off. It makes your face feeling nice and tight. It's as easy as that!
Baby Powder you buy from the store is unfortunately made from talcum powder. Talc is processed from a soft mineral compound called magnesium silicate.  Use of this powder can result in the inhalation of significant amounts of powder, causing acute or chronic lung irritation, known as talcosis. 

Natural baby powder to the rescue. I use Arrowroot powder rather than cornstarch in this recipe as it has a different texture and very few people have reactions to this. 

To make your own you will need:

1 1/2 cups arrowroot powder

3 tablespoons calendula petals

3 tablespoons chamomile petals

Lavender and Chamomile essential oils. 

In a coffee grinder, grind the flower powders fine until they resemble powder. Gently whisk in the arrowroot powder. Add to this 15 drops of Lavender and 15 drops Chamomile Essential Oils. I find the best container to put the powder into is the spice jars from the Dollar Store. Remove the spice lid, fill and replace lid. Store in a dry area of your home to avoid clumping. Use on baby bums to keep dry or for your own personal use to absorb excess dampness. It's really quite simple! Stores for up to 2 years.

These are so delish your kids will eat them like candy but they are good for you! Out of the two cough drops I make this one is my favorite. 

Super easy to make too, although time consuming. You can make this in molds or you can pour onto a tray sprinkled liberally with icing sugar. Whichever you prefer they are fabulous.
In a small pot bring to a boil in 1-2 cups of water
1 chunk Ginger root
2 Tablespoons Spearmint or Peppermint Tea Leaves (peppermint contains more menthol)
In a medium saucepan combine:
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup mint and ginger tea brewed then strained
1/2 cup honey

Put these ingredients in a pot and cook slowly over medium heat until it reaches the hard crack stage. 220F with a candy thermometer. Once at this stage, remove from heat and pour into silicone molds dusted with icing sugar OR drizzle randomly over a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and generously dusted with powdered sugar. Allow to harden and then store in an airtight container. 
It's about time we make and use natural cough drops rather then chemical laden commercial ones. Feel better soon!
Although making cough drops can be time consuming it is definitely worth making them yourself. I cannot tolerate store bought cough drops. They taste horrible and chemically tasting to me. No thanks. 

Horehound has been used for centuries to help with coughs. I initially used a really strong horehound tea but found it way too bitter for my liking. So here is my recipe that worked out well.
In a medium saucepan combine:
1 cup sugar
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup horehound tea (brewed for as long or as little as you would like)
1/2 cup honey

Put these ingredients in a pot and cook slowly over medium heat until it almost reaches the hard crack stage. About 200F with a candy thermometer.
Add to this:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup orange juice concentrate

Resist the urge to turn the heat up higher to speed up the process. It will burn unless you keep it on medium and check it often. Once you can drizzle a spoonful of the syrup into a cup of cold water and have it turn to brittle threads–take it off the heat immediately. Pour into molds that have been dusted with powdered sugar. If you don't dust them with the sugar they will stick so tightly to the silicone you'll wreck the molds. Allow to cool about 1 hour and turn out. Dust with icing sugar so they don't stick together and store in a cool dry place. 
Wild Yarrow Flower can be found in abundance within Canada. Many people have Yarrow in their formal gardens for aesthetics yet Yarrow is an amazing medicinal plant. It can be found throughout Canada from the Maritime's to the Yukon. 
The name Yarrow comes from the Dutch word yerw, meaning to repair. 
Soldiers and warriors would use this plant to stop bleeding, both externally and internally. It is an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, tonic and expectorant. This is a must for any natural first aid kit. 

The plant is best harvested as soon as it flowers. Both the leaves and the flowers are used. To make your own powder you will need to dry the flower and leaves, then ground them into a powder by mortar and pestle or a small coffee grinder used just for herbs. 

If you happen to get a deep cut that won't stop bleeding, you apply a small amount of powder to the wound and it should stop or slow the process. I'm grateful that I typically don't have to use it too much! 5 or 6 dried flowers and their leaves should be enough for a years supply for an average household...well unless you are extremely accident prone! 

My Yarrow Story

Well sure enough I cut myself good after initially writing this and can share some pictures. They're not too gruesome so you should be okay. I was working on whittling down a walking stick to prep for wood burning and the knife slipped and cut my thumb. I think down almost to the bone of the knuckle. I couldn't see the wound nor was I willing to putz around trying to figure that out. All I know is that it hurt like a son of a gun and I went into a full sweat. As soon as I stopped applying pressure, the wound would just gush. My little guy's eyes were HUGE. He says to me, "mommy are you going to be okay?" Yup, but I was really hoping a trip to the local emergency room for stitches was not in the near future. I called for my my oldest boy Ethan to get the powder from the cabinet, so that I didn't drip blood all through the house.

I sprinkled it on (liberally!) and I have never seen the likes! It almost immediately stopped bleeding. I wonder why they don't have this at the hospital!!? I still can't believe how well it worked. I let it sit for about an hour and then with Q-Tips and hydrogen peroxide I gently took off the powder, applied some coconut oil mixed with a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to heal it an bandaged it. The after picture is 3 days later. You can make your own or you can buy my wild crafted Yarrow Powder in my online shop.