Sacred Smudge Body Oil Recipe

Sacred Smudge Body Oil Recipe

Although smudging may seem like a new and trendy practice…

…smudging has been used by countless cultures, for millennia.

When you smudge, you connect the present with a timeless spiritual practice — while igniting the passions of all the people who practiced before you.

Today, science confirms what our ancestors knew (without knowing)…that the smoke generated through the burning of herbs, has cleansing, purification, and healing effects — not limited to ::

  • its antimicrobial constituents (kills a multitude of disease-causing pathogens)
  • acting as a pesticide
  • clearing of negative energy
  • connecting the physical + spiritual worlds
  • driving out negative thoughts + feeling + emotions
  • re-establishing balance

And while I have developed the habit of smudging in my home (with botanicals + loose incense)…

…it isn’t always as practical to light up a sage bundle when outside the comfort of my private space.

After creating my body smudge soap, I knew I needed something more!

Something I could put in my bag and always have with me…

Sacred Smudge Body Oil was birthed.

And of course, I couldn’t wait to share the recipe with you!

The makings of my sacred smudge body oil

Sacred Smudge Body Oil

Ingredients
*Choose organic ingredients whenever possible. I have linked directly to the ingredients I personally use and recommend.

Method

  1. In a clean jar or glass beaker (I absolutely LOVE this glass beaker set), measure and add all ingredients (These transfer pipettes are super nice to have when working with small amounts of ingredient).
  2. Stir until well combined.
  3. Fill cobalt blue glass roll on bottles (I love these). This recipe is enough to fill approximately six(6) 10ml bottles.

To Use

Apply topically by rolling on to hands, ankles, wrists, neck, chest, pressure points, etc. as often as desired. Carry with you on the go and reapply as needed and/or desired.

Tip

To raise this oil to a whole new vibrational level…I like to infuse it with positive intention + crystal energy. I do this by creating a gem-infused oil. First, I place the carrier oil alone, in a jar — then I place a clear quartz crystal in the jar and allow it to set in the oil. ((For this oil, my process of infusion uses a combination of sunlight (solar energy) and moonlight (lunar energy).)) 

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Buy handmade!!!
Check out this link
to purchase
my handcrafted Sacred Smudge Herbal Body Oil.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

Small Space Gardening? Maximize Your Harvest With These 5 EASY-to-Grow Vegetables. Perfect for the Beginning Gardener!

No room for a garden? Here are 5 super easy vegetables you can grow in small spaces using containers!

In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts.
It is truly the only effective protest, one that can—and will—overturn the corporate powers that be.
By the process of directly working in harmony with nature,
we do the one thing most essential to change the world—we change ourselves.
~Jules Dervaes 

Space — or the lack there of — should rarely ever detract from our ability to grow food.

I can think of only a few things more enjoyable than gardening. Even from the days of my youth, I have vivid memories of begging my Mom to take me to the local nursery to buy a few tomato plants and as many seeds as I could get my hands on! Outside in a tiny backyard garden — with my hands in the dirt, nurturing plants that would in turn nourish my family — was where I found peace and one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Today, I am a long way away from the rich soil and generous land lots of Northeast Georgia. The poor desert soil and small outdoor living space of my Arizona home has taught me the creative art of container gardening.

Perhaps you too are limited by poor soil, space, and/or a combination of the two…

…be encouraged, there are lots of ways to maximize your harvest and grow nutrient-dense foods.

In my own life, I have adapted and accomplish this by ::

  • expanding gardening space in all possible areas (i.e. the front yard, the backyard, edible landscape — ‘grow food not lawns’)
  • utilizing container gardening methods with pots and small raised beds
  • using vertical space (i.e. Grow pole beans instead of bush beans. Or create a trellis for your vine plants like cucumbers and squash.)

Red and green cherry tomatoes in the garden with metal support

Tips for the Beginning, Small Space Gardener

Everything I’ve learned about gardening, I’ve learned through reading about growing cycles + gardening basics, taking to other gardening enthusiasts, and simple trial and error. And thankfully, kitchen gardens — while at risk of being forgotten — are experiencing revival.

Read More :: Raising with the Moon — The Complete Guide to Gardening and Living by the Signs of the Moon   

Growing vegetables…even if it’s only ONE is an incredibly radical act of independence!

Now, let me share with you a few strategies to insure that you get the most out of your garden this season ::

  1. Create a custom design for your garden. Everyone’s garden looks different. And as we’ve established, it depends largely on the amount of space you have. Some may be able to put in large rows of crops, while others like us will utilize some sort of container instituting the Square Foot Gardening, or Vertical Gardening Methods. One of the best online gardening tools, Smart Gardener, can help you organize your plants and maximize your yield in the space you have…no matter how big or small.
  2. Grow plants from seed as much as possible. This alone provides a huge savings! While purchasing transplants from the nursery or local hardware store is a viable option…you can save nearly 80-90% of the price by growing the plants yourself from seed. Need help knowing when to start your seeds? Look here to find your best planting date for seeds. I also love this What to Plant Now tool(Note :: My most favorite seed company is High Mowing Seeds. They have great a great selection of easy-to-grow seeds for small space gardens.)
  3. Buy cheap — or upcycled — gardening supplies. Please do not fall prey to the over-priced, gimmicky garden supplies sold in catalogs and in the stores. Recycle, or buy secondhand, as much as possible. Seeds can be started in egg cartons, yogurt containers, water bottles, or milk jugs. All of the raised beds I’ve every had, have been constructed from wood found by the dumpster or salvaged. Buckets make great grown containers. Check on Craigslist and shop yard sales for used pots and garden tools.
  4. Choose what you will grow carefully. Take time to seriously consider your growing space, and the yield that you’re aiming for, then choose the vegetables you will grow accordingly. For example, I have a very small growing space; therefore, growing a large broccoli plant that will yield enough for one small snack just doesn’t make sense when I could use the same area to grow Swiss chard which will produce a continuous harvest all season long.
  5. Grow what you eat the most of. Take inventory of the foods that you and your family eat most frequently…and grow those. Think too of those foods that are easy to can, ferment, dehydrate, or freeze.
  6. Grow organically. After years of gardening, I know the vegetables that have always been difficult to grow due to their sensitivities to fungi, insects, and pests. However, learning how to companion plant has revolutionized the way I do things. There’s no need for chemicals — even the organic ones. (Read more :: How to Make Your Own Organic Insecticide Spray)
  7. Use mineral-dense, living soil. When growing vegetables, especially when growing in containers, it is vital to use living soil — soil full of viable microbes, minerals, and magic! Look locally for soils suitable for containers that contain things such as earthworm castings, peat moss, and fish meal.
  8. Water. Water can be the make-it or break-it when it comes to container gardening. Using a municipal water source (can anyone say chlorine) to water your container vegetables is a surefire way to destroy your growing efforts. I use this water filter attached to my garden hose at all times when watering my plants.

Easy to grow vegetables in small spaces

5 Easy-to-Grow Container Vegetables

With a sincere hope for a bountiful blessing this season…

…here are my 5 favorite container vegetables for beginning gardeners. Each are easy to start from seed — or purchase as starts from a local nursery — and will grow joyfully in containers on your patio, in your driveway, on your doorstep…wherever you find space.

  1. Tomatoes. The easiest, most productive varieties that I have grown have been the smaller cherry, grape, and roma tomato. They’re perfect for small spaces! (I love these.)
  2. Cucumbers. Growing cucumbers vertically in pots — using a trellis or tomato cage — has proven to be SUPER effective, producing exceptional amounts of fresh cukes. 2-3 plants in a larger 16″-20″ pot can yield plenty of pickles! (These are the cucumbers I grow.)
  3. Squash. Zucchini and summer squash grow exceptionally well in containers and provide amazing amounts of food! I love zucchini noodles…and during the months of harvest, I have my fill! (This zucchini is so easy to grow!)
  4. Beans. Green beans are wonderfully productive…and who doesn’t love a living teepee?!?! I love growing green bean teepees in my patio garden! They are so much fun, really easy to grow, and a wonderful place for your garden fairies to stay for the season! A large 20″ pot is big enough to construct a trellis using bamboo rods to support the vertical growth of pole beans such as the Kentucky Wonder.
  5. Greens. Greens such as spinach, swiss chard, and kale can produce for months and months when grown in containers! By cutting the outer leaves only as needed, the plants will provide an endless supply of nutrient-dense food! (This rainbow chard + lacinato kale + corvair spinach have ALWAYS grown well for me!)

Now it’s your turn! Share with us in the comments your favorite, easy-t0-grow container vegetables!

One Love :: Universal Skin Healing Lotion :: Recipe

One Love...a recipe for a universal skin healing lotion

My Hippie Healer’s Salve has been such a blessing to myself and many others…

…healing wounds, rashes, and topical ailments of all kinds.

Read More :: Hippie Healer’s Salve :: How to Make a Universal Antiseptic Herbal Ointment

The allies used in the salve create something…

…that is super loaded with analgesic, anti-microbial, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal goodness! Ultimately, it was birthed from my desire to soothe + heal a broad spectrum range of skin maladies — and based on the chemical constituents of the oils + botanicals used, it has the power to remedy ::

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • acne
  • topical thrush
  • minor surgical incisions
  • inflammation
  • itching
  • cold + congestion
  • slow-healing wounds
  • cuts, scraps, and bruises
  • bug bites and stings
  • minor, superficial burns
  • rashes
  • cold sores

And with all of this plant-based magic so readily available…I was led to create something that could nourish, repair, and restore the skin daily…a universal skin healing lotion.

That pure, potent formula of the Hippie Healer’s Salve…is now available in a lotion!!!

This One Love Universal Skin Healing Lotion is packed with the same (plus some) herbal extracts as the salve…providing some of the most gentle, soothing and regenerative properties found in nature!

I hope you love it just as much as I do!

One Love :: Universal Skin Healing Lotion
The Recipe

Ingredients
*Choose organic ingredients whenever possible. I have linked directly to the ingredients I personally use and recommend.

Essential Oil Blend

I love using essential oils that hold broad-spectrum antiseptic properties. Generally I add to this lotion essential oils of ravensara, tea tree, rosemary, fir needle, lavender, and clove. For maximum medicinal potency, I add them at a concentration of approximately 1%-3% the total recipe — in this recipe that equals approximately 2 teaspoons total. Choose the oils you have on hand or readily available. (I highly recommend the organic essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs…check out their extensive selection of oils here.)

Method

  1. Using a kitchen scale, weigh all ingredients.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the oils, liquid(s) of choice, witch hazel, glycerin (or honey), emulsifying wax, stearic acid, and citric acid.
  3. Heat mixture on the stove over low heat, until the mixture is well combined and completely melted. Stir frequently.
  4. Remove from stove.
  5. Using an immersion blender (or a wire whisk), stir intermittently until cool, creamy, and thick.
  6. Add in rosemary antioxidant (extract), potassium sorbate, vitamin E, and essential oils.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Pour into storage bottles (Please Note :: I use these cobalt glass bottles with pump tops. This lotion has a higher concentration of liquid and I do not recommend using jars. Pump top bottles prevent contamination of the lotion).

Please remember :: Making lotion at home in your kitchen requires the utmost in cleanliness in order to inhibit bacterial growth and prevent mold. This is why it is very important to use aloe vera gel, hydrosols, or purified/distilled water for the tea infusion in the recipe. Likewise, please be sure to use thoroughly cleaned utensils, pans, bowls, and counter surfaces throughout the process.

Not ready for lotion-making?
Click here to check out my listing for this super nourishing, handcrafted
One Love Universal Skin Healing Lotion.

Tips

-This lotion should last 4-6 month on the counter. There is no need for refrigeration. However, if you see mold growing, toss it out. Tip :: If you use more than one jar/container feel free to store them in the fridge until you’re ready to use them. And just so you know, I’ve never had any mold grow in mine — ever.

-This is a WONDERFUL head-to-toe moisturizer (great for the face). It is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves NO greasy-feel.

-For the herbs that I can’t grow myself, I love to purchase them in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs or a local health food store. Mountain Rose Herbs is also my go to for medicinal-grade essential oils!

WHY HERBS?

+Because they work gently and effectively.
+Because you can grow many yourselves, right outside your front door or even in your kitchen.
+Because it’s our birthright to use the gifts of nature with respect and wisdom.
+Because up until relatively recently, at least in the western world, herbs were an integral part of taking care of ourselves.

Health doesn’t come from plastic bottles. Vitality grows naturally from the way you live your life. Deep down, people already know this.

If you want to learn more about herbs as medicine and as food, and if you’re just too busy to enroll in an in-person program, join the Herbal Academy of New England for a comprehensive and convenient online herbal course you can complete anywhere and anytime!

Learn what your great ancestors knew about the natural world and begin to build your own apothecary.

Start classes anytime! Click this link to learn more and register.

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DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although this salve is nontoxic, it may cause some skin irritation. It is always the best practice to test all topical applications before use as they may cause allergic reactions. Consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any herbal preparation.

New Moon Herbal Salt Detox Bath

New Moon Herbal Salt Bath Tea

The time of the lunar cycle…

…when the Moon goes dark — not visible in the sky at all — this is the perfect opportunity to discard things in your life you do not want.

The day of the New Moon — the day before and the day after also — is a fortunate, blessed time. A time for ::

+renewal
+making positive changes
+turning inward
+clearing false perceptions
+tapping into our inner knowing
+embracing fresh opportunities

It is the time to set new intentions.

It is ALSO a wonderful time for cleansing.

Because at the time of the New Moon (as well as the Full Moon)…our body’s capacity for detoxification and toxin removal is at its best. Just like the oceans’ tides — that ebb and flow with the electromagnetic effects of the Moon — our bodies are comprised mostly of water and are also naturally affected by this lunar influence.

Read More :: Cycle of the Moon // Cleanse  

One of the vital elements to cleansing with the New Moon, is the detox bath. And today I want to share with you my herbal salt bath tea recipe. It’s a wonderful way to increase the vibrational energy of your New Moon ritual on the night of the New Moon and/or the day(s) before and after.

New Moon Herbal Salt Detox Bath

Yield :: three(3) large tea bags 

Ingredients
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible. I have linked to the products I personally use and recommend.

Method 

  1. Add all ingredients to a quart-sized glass jar.
  2. Place lid and shake gently until well combined.
  3. Allow jar to sit overnight (this allows the herbs + oils + salts to steep and interfuse).
  4. Measure 1/4 cup of mixture into one large tea bag (I personally love the large Press ‘N Brew Tea Bags from Mountain Rose Herbs) and seal with the use of a household iron or as recommended.
  5. Store tea bags in a glass jar or brown kraft bag.

To Use

  1. Prepare a hot epsom salt bath (2-3 cups epsom salt + hot water + tub).
  2. Add one bath tea bag to the tub.
  3. Dry brush the skin while waiting 2-3 minutes for the bath infusion to prepare (this is the dry brush I use).
  4. Bathe for 20-30 minutes.

Tips

-I like to include things that help me to envision + focus on + manifest my intentions for the new cycle. Things such as ::

-Along with the New Moon herbal tea…be sure to drink plenty of water before, throughout, and after the bath.

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Check out this link to purchase
my handcrafted New Moon Herbal Salt Bath Tea.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

New Moon Herbal Tea Recipe

New Moon Herbal Tea Recipe...to gently guide us toward rebirth, creation, and new beginnings

The time of the lunar cycle…

…when the Moon goes dark — not visible in the sky at all — this is the perfect opportunity to discard things in your life you do not want. This phase supports new beginnings, new relationships, and new ventures.

The day of the New Moon — the day before and the day after also — is a fortunate, blessed time. A time for ::

  • making positive changes
  • turning inward
  • clearing false perceptions
  • tapping into our inner knowing
  • embracing fresh opportunities

It is the time to set new intentions.

A wonderful time for cleansing + detoxification.

Read More :: The Power of Timing: Living in Harmony with Natural and Lunar Cycles

How to facilitate the feelings + emotions
surrounding the New Moon.

I’ve forever been aware of my routine need (physically + mentally) to slow and center…it’s only been recently that I have become aware of this cyclical connection to the Moon.

Every month, I embrace the New Moon with surrender…it’s a time for quite reflection…a time to clear my mind and focus my intentions. Even if it’s just for a day or a few hours in the evening. I like to cleanse my body (the New + Full Moons are wonderful times for fasting/juicing or diet changes in general), take a detox bath (See my New Moon detox bath recipe here), and drink lots of herbal tea.

New Moon Herbal Tea Blend

 

New Moon Herbal Tea Recipe

The entire experience of making and drinking herbal tea is super therapeutic. I read somewhere (and for the life of me can’t remember where to quote it here) that making and drinking herbal tea — especially in conjunction with the lunar cycle — is one of the most magical botanical preparations for the body, mind, and soul as it combines the all of the elements.

  • WATER in the water for the infusion
  • EARTH in the plants used
  • FIRE in the heat required to boil the water
  • AIR in the steam that rises from the cup

Not to mention, each of the herbs used in this New Moon Herbal Tea Blend have been selected for their ability to nourish (with vitamins + minerals), quite (release stress + anxiety), and center (a peaceful return to mindfulness).

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)

Usage

-Drink freely as often as needed for desired effect.

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Check out this link to purchase
my handcrafted New Moon Herbal Tea Blend.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

Neutral (colorless) Henna Shampoo Bar Recipe

Neutral (colorless) Henna Shampoo Bar Recipe

I’ve found my “happy hair place.”

A few months ago, I started coloring my hair with henna…

…and so the love affair began!

I use the dark brown henna from Mountain Rose Herbs — they have so many varieties of henna (Lawsonia inermis) to choose from (click here to check out their selection) — and the whole experience is nothing short of pure goodness. Combined with my usual natural hair care routine (i.e. shampoo bars + vinegar/herbal conditioning rinse) things are super balanced + peaceful.

Rosemary Gladstar said so perfectly,

“I use henna as a transformational tool, not to cover natural hair color but to enhance it; to change not the way you look but the way you feel about yourself. Though I’ve used henna primarily as an external coloring agent for hair, I’ve long suspected its powerful medicinal properties. I noticed early on that whenever I used henna on people, their energy changed, brightened, they seemed refreshed and renewed. It was different from going to the beauty salon and having their hair colored. People seemed to feel better. It definitely relieved head tension and seemed to help people relax.”

And the more I learned about henna…

…the idea came to me!

A henna shampoo bar…a universal one…something every hair color could use and benefit from!

My research lead me to discover neutral henna (Cassia obovata) — also known as colorless henna. Neutral henna (Cassia obovata) does not add color to the hair but instead, it provides all of the other super amazing benefits of henna! It is perfect for those of us who ::

  • want to further partner with the plants for well-being
  • do not want to color the hair
  • want all of its nourishing + medicinal benefits

Neutral henna (Cassia obovata) ::

  • is an excellent hair conditioner
  • makes hair extraordinarily soft + manageable
  • adds an incredible glossy shine + volume + bounce
  • restores health + strengthens the hair shaft (preventing breakage)
  • is totally non-toxic

And now…

…we can reap the benefits of henna with every shampoo!

Neutral (colorless) Henna Shampoo Bar

Ingredients
*If at all possible, use organic ingredients when creating this shampoo bar. I have linked to the products I personally use as a reference. 

Oils

Liquids

  • 10 ounces water
  • 4.51 ounces lye (7% excess fat)

I purchase lye for soap-making online through this reputable source.

Henna

Optional Add-Ins

Method

Soap-Making Basics
*
Thanks to the Internet and amazing people who are willing to share their wisdom so freely…I was able to learn the skill. I primarily use the hot processed method…however, choose the method you feel most comfortable with:

  • Wardeh, who runs Gnowfglins, on her personal blog Such Treasures gives the clearest, most easy to follow directions ever! This is the exact post that got me started. She uses the hot processed method and I highly recommend that you read her recipe if you are even the slightest bit interested in making your own soap.
  • Renee of Fimby was also very inspirational and such a great resource! Watch her awesome video that describes the cold processed method for making a simple soap by clicking here.

If you are new to soap-making, I strongly suggest you read through these very informative articles and find what will work for you:

I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more:

 

Hot Process Method
*Remember…there are 2 different methods for soap-making — hot and cold process — this is the Hot Process Method.

  1. Measure both the lye and water – each in separate bowls — using a kitchen scale. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
  2. Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
  3. Add the silk (if using) to the hot lye solution and stir until dissolved.
  4. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
  5. Measure the oils (withholding the jojoba…we’ll add that later) – by weight – and then place in a large non-reactive stock pot strictly devoted to soap-making (set over the stove) — to melt on low heat.
  6. Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the stock pot — and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
  7. After a brief stir, grab your immersion blender (this is the one I use and have dedicated to soap-making) and get to work! Blend the oils and liquid in the stock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
  8. Continue stirring and blending for 2-3 minutes more – until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
  9. Once the mixture is pudding-like, add the powdered henna + herbs and stir well to combine.
  10. Cover the stock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour (the soap should be somewhat translucent).
  11. Prepare your mold. Note: I use these silicon loaf pans and absolutely LOVE them! This recipe is enough to fill one of these molds.
  12. Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat allow to cool on the counter for 3-5 minutes before adding the jojoba oil and essential oils (if using).
  13. Stir until well combined.
  14. Spoon soap mixture into mold.
  15. Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
  16. Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
  17. Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further (I use these super inexpensive cooling racks to dry my soap).

***Because this is a hot processed soap…these shampoo bars are ready to use 24 hours after cutting. 

Tips

-I’m telling you, this is the most amazing natural hair product I have used! My hair is so shiny, soft, and manageable.

-When showering, be sure to complete the use of this shampoo bar soap with a 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 part water conditioning hair rinse. I like to put this in a spray bottle and spray my hair with it just prior to leaving the shower. I do not rinse it out (more conditioning that way). The smell of vinegar will dissipate once the hair dries.

Chances are…if shampoo bars haven’t worked well for you in the past, it has everything to do with your water quality! I have super hard water here in Phoenix and I have changed my showerhead to this awesome filter that removes all the heavy minerals. I couldn’t be without it!

Not ready to DIY soap?

This handcrafted Neutral Henna Shampoo Bar
can be purchased in via Roots + Reverie on Etsy
by clicking this link.

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Herbal Heartbreak Tincture

Herbal Heartbreak Tincture

Hearts are broken…

…they always have been, and they always will.

And during this — the commercial season of love — some of us are experiencing the sadness of grief + heartache.

Meaningful relationships, especially romantic relationships, are vital to our well-being. They can become so important — and at times a source of our identity + happiness — that our lives shatter when they end. The mental confusion and emotional chaos caused by a break-up can take a long time to untangle + manage, not to mention the ::

  • anger
  • depression
  • increase in stress hormones
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • obsession
  • lack of sleep + nourishment
  • muscle tension
  • decreased immunity

Yet, the pain + agony caused by this type of loss becomes part of us — part of what makes us who we are. Experiences that hurt so deeply when going through them have the potential to ultimately awaken our compassion and foster the deepest healing + reconnection.

And although far from easy — requiring tons of courage, clear intention, and flexibility of the mind (to see things as they are, without blame) — we have the ability to partner with gentle + calming + soothing herbs that teach us to let go, to reconnect to and open our hearts…and to remember how to put love first.

Some of my favorite herbal allies for heartbreak include ::

Combined with my favorite herbal nervines, such as ::

These magical botanicals can be combined into a variety of herbal preparations. I use them primarily to make teas + tinctures. However, sprays, lotions, syrups, capsules and the like can be crafted with creativity.

Herbal Heartbreak Tincture

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.

Quick Tincture Method

  1. Place enough plant material into any size glass mason jar to fill 1/3 of the way
  2. Cover the plant material with a 60% vegetable glycerin 40% water mixture + screw on the lid.
  3. Using a pot, made with some sort of non-reactive material, make a water bath by placing a small piece of cheescloth or a piece of scrap cloth on the bottom of the pot, then place the glass jar full of herb + glycerin on top. Fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water. Note :: Do not cover the jar with water. 
  4. Slowly + gently bring the water in the pot to a simmer — just below boiling.
  5. Allow the jar to bathe in this water temperature for 6-8 hours. Be sure to shake the jar periodically throughout the process. And be sure to continuously add more water to the pot as needed.
  6. Turn off the heat, cover with a cloth, and let it all sit, covered, overnight.
  7. Each day, repeat the gentle warming, shaking, and steeping — ideally for 3 days, but if you’re in a super hurry you can make this tincture in one day, however it only gets better the longer and gently it is prepared.
  8. Strain off the herb with the help of a strainer + cheesecloth. Now squeeze hard…extracting all of the goodness of the plant!
  9. Be sure to return the plant material to the Earth.
  10. Bottle + label the tincture. Note :: I recommend storing your tincture in these bottles.

Note :: I know some people (historically myself included) use a crockpot to make herb-infused glycerin tinctures. I no longer recommend this method of extraction. The more I learn about the toxins produced by slow cookers…I’m doing my best to stay away. I prefer not to infuse electricity into my food and especially not into my medicine…if and when I have a choice. With that said, it is an option you may choose if you wish. Read more :: The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life

Lunar Method

For maximum potency, I prefer to use 190 proof alcohol (100 proof will do just as well) with a steeping time guided by a full lunar cycle.

Read more :: Moon-Based Herbal Medicine Making: How to Make an Herbal Tincture with the Lunar Cycle

To Use

I recommend mixing this tincture in hot water (my favorite method is to make skullcap tea adding the tincture to a warm cup and consume by the light of my Rose Quartz Candle Holder). Begin with 5-10 drops of tincture. More than likely, you will need to work with the dosage by increasing (up to 1-2 dropperfuls) or decreasing the amounts little by little until you find your body’s acceptable response. Partner with this remedy whenever your nerves + emotions are spent, when you can’t stop thinking, and/or when you’re not sleeping well.

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.