Green Juice for Women :: A Balancing Juicing Recipe

Green Juice for Women -- a juicing recipe designed to naturally balance hormones, clear skin, reduce inflammation, aid in weight loss, and so much more...

On this past Winter Solstice, I began a practice that will stay with me far into the foreseeable future…

…and I want to share it with you!

Cycle of the Moon // Cleanse 

Juicing in rhythm with the moon!!!

In her own words, Angela de la Agua — the inspiration behind Cycle of the Moon // Cleanse — gives insight into the benefits of aligning a juice cleanse with the cycles of the moon

“The Moon is a powerful force upon our planet. It affects the ocean’s tides, sap and juice levels in trees and plants, our behaviors and our bodies. The gravitational pull on the water in our bodies connects us to the Moon and its magic.

Made up of over 60% water, our bodies can be dramatically affected by this beneficial pull.

By aligning a cleanse with the most potent phases of the Moon, we are able to take advantage of its force to help deepen the cleansing process and effects. Starting on either a New Moon or Full Moon will give any cleanse a powerful helping hand.

NEW MOON // A time of new beginnings and manifesting positive changes, and for finding time for yourself and seclusion.

WAXING // A time of increasing energy and gaining strength. Healing is promoted.

FULL MOON // The most powerful phase. Building energy and vitality. A time of fulfillment and gratitude.

WANING // A time of decreasing, letting go. A time for new eating habits and breaking old routines. Completion.”

As women, balance comes through connecting our lives with the ebbs and flows of nature.

And who doesn’t want balance…a viable reproductive system, balanced hormones, better sleep, radiant skin, reduced stress + anxiety, alleviation of PMS symptoms, and healthy weight loss?!?

I know I do!

Eating nutrient dense foods — like those rich in B vitamins, magnesium, organic minerals, and chlorophyll — in combination with nourishing herbs + a re-connection with the Earth will assist any one of us on this journey.

The bottom line is, if we as women do not consume the foods + plants that contain the nutrients we need and return to nature…

…our bodies cannot + will not produce hormones properly or maintain hormonal balance simply because it does not have what it needs to do so.

A super practical step toward this type of balance could include reading more about the Cycle of the Moon // Cleanse + joining me this full moon — January 4, 2015 — for a 3-day juice cleanse :)

So…I’ve been working through a few juicing recipes for the coming three days, and this one is AWESOME! Not only does it taste great but it’s packed full of incredible goodness for women!

Green Juice for Women Recipe

Ingredients
*Use locally grown or organic produce when available.

  • 2 green apples, cored and seeded
  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 12 kale leaves (I like to use a blend of kale, swiss card, and spinach)
  • 8 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 inch piece ginger root
  • 2 inch piece turmeric root
  • 2 teaspoons red maca root powder, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder, optional

Method 

  1. Using your juicer (this is the BEST juicer I’ve ever owned) juice all of the fruits and veggies.
  2. Pour into a large half gallon glass mason jar. Note: This recipe produces enough juice for one day’s worth of nourishment. 
  3. If using the maca and spirulina powders, add to juice in jar and shake to combine well.
  4. Store in refrigerator. Consume within 24 hours.

Here’s to starting the New Year balanced!

Happy Moon Cleanse!

Homemade CBD-Rich Herbal Oil :: For Topical Use Only

Make your own CBD-Rich Herbal Oil -- for topical use only. Nature's BEST for pain relief + skin healing

Maybe you’ve heard of cannabidiol (CBD)…

…but it could be that you don’t know much about it?

Or perhaps you have no idea what I’m talking about.

Either way, CBD is beginning to create a real buzz in the world of natural health — especially as more and more people turn to nature searching for the answers to what ails them.

The Science Behind Cannabis + CBD

Although much of what is being learned about cannabis is in a renegade + resurgence phase. So much of the research has been focused on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)…two of the most common cannabinoids (medicinal compounds) — out of the more than 100 cannabinoids — present in the chemical make up of the cannabis plant.

To put it simply, CBD is defined by Michael Backes in his book Cannabis Pharmacy as a “non-psychoactive cannabinoid with broad medical applications; the second most common cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant.”

Here’s the best answer to the question “What is CBD?” that I’ve found ::

Cannabidiol — CBD— is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.

Scientific and clinical studies underscore CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSDantibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD has demonstrated neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere.

Extensive preclinical research – much of it sponsored by the U.S. government – indicates that CBD has potent anti-tumoral, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsive, and neuroprotective properties. CBD directly activates serotonin receptors, causing an anti-depressant effect, as well.

A preclinical study by Dr. Sean McAllister and his colleagues at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco reports on how CBD kills breast cancer by down-regulating a gene called ID-1, which is implicated in several types of aggressive cancer. Silencing the ID-1 gene is thus is an excellent strategy for a cancer treatment.

And clinical studies conducted outside the United States have shown that CBD is an effective painkiller – particularly for peripheral neuropathy associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and other neurodegenerative conditions.

-What is CBD? by www.projectcbd.org

I mean wow!!!

What an amazing blessing from nature!

It never ceases to amaze me that all of our needs have the ability to be met within all that has been provided for us by the Earth. Likewise, it never ceases to amaze me humanity’s ability to control + regulate + withhold these gifts from us…all in the name of greed.

Nevertheless, the tide is turning.

And I’m super thankful, because there is some question among researchers as to the efficacy of isolated CBD. You see, the issue is, CBD seems to work best (in synergy) with THC and all of the other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant — imagine that…just as nature designed it! Yet, it’s all so early in the discovery phase and there’s so much to learn and there’s still so much that is misunderstood.

Thankfully for those of us who live in states with medicinal marijuana laws in place, there is greater freedom.

Freedom to explore, test, and discover.

For the population at large…there are more and more ways developing to utilize the medicinal benefits of hemp + CBD without the need for marijuana.

Isolated CBD is legal in all 50 states of the U.S. And the best way that I have found to harness the medicinal power of CBD-rich plant material is through topical use.

In addition to sourcing newer CBD-rich cannabis strains, I have been able to source organic hemp CBD buds, leaves, and seeds from a reputable company online (click here to purchase). This product is a great universal legal choice and it’s THC-free.

And today I want to share with you my process for making CBD-rich herbal oil.

I use this oil topically in a variety of handcrafted recipes for salves, body butters, and creams — those that relieve pain, reduce inflammation + muscle spasms, and function as a sleep aid.

The results have been nothing short of incredible! In the coming days I will share my recipes for the CBD-rich topicals I am enjoying…but for now, let’s start with the oil.

Homemade CBD-Rich Herbal Oil

Ingredients
*It is important to choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe. 

Method

  1. Crumble, cut up, or grind the buds, leaves, and stems of the plant material.
  2. Put the herb into a small (8 oz.) glass canning jar + cover with the oil of your choosing + 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 pan, then place the glass jar full of herb + oil 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 just below boiling. Note :: 98 degrees Celsius or just below 212 degree Fahrenheit is perfect. 
  5. Allow the jar to bathe in this water temperature for 2-3 hours. Be sure to shake the jar periodically throughout the process.
  6. Turn off the heat, cover with a cloth, and let it all sit for 1-3 hours. Then repeat the warming process. 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 hurry you can make this oil in one day, however it only gets better the longer and gently it is prepared. Note :: My process includes a 9 day journey. On this journey, the herb + oil + I experience three 3-day cycles. After the first and second cycle, the herb is strained and new plant material is replaced. I find this process produces the most magical + potent herbal oil EVER. Use whatever method makes sense to you, your time, and your budget. 
  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 (or save it for use in other recipes).
  10. Bottle the oil.

Note :: I know some people (historically myself included) use a crockpot to make herb-infused oils. 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.

Note :: Yuppers…this is the same method I use to create my cannabis-infused oil.

The science behind using heat to create cannabis + CBD-rich medicinal oil.
Why I use the above method for extraction.
(below is an excerpt from a research study produced by the Department of Pharmacy, University of Siena, Italy…read the complete study here)

“Preheating of cannabis samples has been recommended as a way to potentiate the final extract, i.e. to decarboxylate the acidic cannabinoids naturally present in cannabis plant material, such as THCA and CBDA, and turn them into their more potent counterparts such as THC and CBD. Therefore, we tested two decarboxylation methods by heating cannabis plant material”…read more.

To Use

I have used this oil to create the most amazingly effective topical remedies! They’re honestly nothing like anything I’ve created before. They are powerfully treating symptoms associated with:

  • muscle soreness after physical activity
  • fibromyalgia
  • insomnia
  • arthritis
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • muscle spasms
  • chronic back pain
  • ezcema + psoriasis
  • burns from radiation

…and this is all just the beginning! So much more is yet to come!

Women’s Health :: Herbal Tinctures for Stress, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks + How to Make Them At Home

Herbal tinctures to treat stress, anxiety, and panic attacks...and how to make them at home

It’s no secret that the female nervous + sexual/reproductive systems are magical + wonderful — yet incredibly mysterious — sources of energy.

Mirrored by the cycles of the moon…the fluctuations of a woman’s life are marked by consistent waxing and waning.

And learning to appreciate the complexity of our own bodies’ is quite the journey. Wouldn’t you agree?!?

Thankfully…

…for every changing season…

…there are herbal allies ready and willing to provide gentle + loving support.

These days, so much of my practice in herbalism has been guided by intuition. In other words, I am learning to listen to my body and trust the direction in which it leads.

Therefore, making simple remedies that allow for a whole bunch of flexibility and stand ready for whenever I feel the need, is of utmost importance.

Herbal tinctures have an ancient history of helping women by providing relief from all sorts of physical + mental + emotional maladies. From hormone balancing, to clarity of thought, to insomnia, to headaches…

…one of the most effective personal uses of herbal tinctures has been to relieve stress + anxiety.

Natural Nervous System Health

Feeling nervous, tense, anxious, and/or overwhelmed — no matter if there is or isn’t a specific cause — are all classic symptoms of a depleted or overburdened nervous system. Exhaustion is another symptom, in addition to chronic muscle pain or pain of unknown origin.

The good news is…

…herbal medicine can help with all of it!

BUT, herbs alone aren’t enough.

You can build the health + strength of your nervous system with ::

  • whole foods (especially fruits + veggies rich in B vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll)
  • nervine herbs + adaptogens (Read More :: Adaptogenic Herbs for Stress Relief)
  • loving self-care (i.e. yoga, meditation, daily affirmations, dancing, singing, “you” time, enjoyable creative outlets)
  • getting enough sleep (Read More :: Make Your Own All-Natural Sleep Aid)
  • spending time in nature + restoring your relationship with the Earth
  • releasing thoughts, people, and situations that rob your joy
  • setting clear intentions

As a little side note :: I can’t emphasize enough the importance of learning to accept things the way they are and learning to be present — which is the actual state of having your mind and body in the same place at the same time (admittedly, one of the greatest challenges of my life). Learning to quiet the mind and rest in the truth of the present moment is vital. And connection with the Earth…essential. Presence, calmness, responsiveness and resiliency are the attributes of a healthy nervous system.

With all of that said…

…here are the herbal tinctures I will be setting for personal use in the new year.

Herbal Tinctures for Stress + Anxiety

Motherwort
purchase organic motherwort here

These are a few of the words that come to mind when I think about Motherwort…comforting, calming, strengthening, encourager. In addition to balancing female hormonal imbalances, Motherwort eases anxiety by turning anger frustration, resentment, and heartache into openness, acceptance, and peace. In my personal experience, a Motherwort tincture has been the most helpful in reducing my usual irritability and anxiety during the days of the month just before menstruation (as she is known for her ability to aid in the release emotional + mental stress). Not to mention, it’s a super fantastic remedy for menstrual cramps.

Skullcap
purchase organic skullcap here

Skullcap has the ability to bring calm the body by relaxing the mind. When I’m nervous, tense, or worried, skullcap is the friend I rely on to help me manage the stress and anxieties of everyday life. Skullcap tincture is the perfect remedy to use at the end of the day when you’re feeling both overstimulated and fatigued yet tired and tense all at the same time. Skullcap is a wonderful treatment for almost any symptom associated with the nervous system…from chronic symptoms, to insomnia or fear, to nervous or stress headaches…be sure skullcap tincture is in your home apothecary.

California Poppy
purchase organic California poppy here

California poppy helps to treat insomnia related to anxious thoughts, soothes pain, and relaxes physical tension. It is probably one of the oldest and most effect remedies for treating anything related to stress. Higher doses of California poppy tincture have an incredibly strong sedative effect, whereas a lower dose is better suited for reducing the effects of stress + anxiety. This is my favorite remedy for immediate relief from acutely stressful situations.

Violet Leaf
purchase organic violet leaf here

Violet leaf helps the body + mind to make an instant connection with the heart. A violet leaf tincture will aid in dissolving anger, frustration, judgment, and resentment. It is the remedy I go to when I am overwhelmed with compulsive thoughts (over-thinking things) and/or feeling angry/frustrated with someone or something. Likewise, a violet leaf tincture is wonderful for use during times of stress related to grief + loss. You will find that a tincture of violet leaf won’t leave you emotion-less the way pharmaceuticals have a tendency to do — instead, violet leaf allows us to feel it, accept it, and heal it.

Hawthorn Flowers + Berries
purchase organic hawthorn flowers + berries here

Hawthorn is the ultimate “heart healer.” Hearts are broken. They’ve always been broken, and they always will be. Hawthorn has a beautiful magic all her own! A hawthorn flower + berry tincture is there to help when you have trouble letting go of someone who is clearly not good for you, or when your feelings of love for someone turn to distain. Use your hawthorn tincture when you need the strength to say “no” to someone else, so that you can say “yes” to yourself…without loosing heart or your ability to love.

Lemon Balm
purchase organic lemon balm here

A tincture of lemon balm is simply a wonderful natural alternative that provides instant relief for growing stress + anxiety. Lemon balm has some of the most exceptional calming properties. It is most definitely one of my favorite herbal tinctures to have available after a super stressful day. Likewise, dropperful of lemon balm tincture will knock out a stress headache and relieve a multitude of symptoms associated with PMS.

To Create :: Read My Article :: Moon-Based Herbal Medicine Making: How to Make an Herbal Tincture with the Lunar Cycle

To Use :: These tinctures I will simply take in water if I’m in a pinch…however, my favorite use is in combination with mineral-rich infusions of holy basil, red raspberry, red clover, or nettle leaf ***I will also often use them mixed with each other for the benefits of synergy*** The dosage I consume is adjusted to the situation (guided by my own intuition). A few drops might be enough in some instances…yet in others, 25-50 drops are needed for therapeutic effects. ***In general, these tinctures are not intended to be used every single day, forever and forever, the end — they are powerful helpers, just for when they are truly needed.***

Notes

-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!

-Purchase tincture bottles here — I love these amber glass bottles with a dropper from Mountain Rose Herbs.

-Please read my article Moon-Based Herbal Medicine Making: How to Make an Herbal Tincture with the Lunar Cycle for tincture making basics.

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.

Book Reference :: The Gift of Healing Herbs

Be sure not to miss a post, click this link to receive my free eBook and Frugally Sustainable tips by email.

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 herbs and these tinctures 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 herbal preparation.

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

Hippie Healer's Salve...how to make your own universal antiseptic herbal ointment

I want to share with you my new recipe for an antiseptic herbal ointment packed full of germ-killing properties that is sure to help all of us hippie-folk treat everyday minor cuts, scraps, burns, bumps, and abrasions.

You can use this ointment just as you would a tube of that nasty chemical-laden, commercially-prepared stuff found in the box stores.

And the BEST part is…you can make it easily at home + you control the ingredients!

This ointment…

…is super loaded with analgesic, anti-microbial, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal goodness! I created it out of my desire to treat a broad spectrum range of skin ailments — and based on the chemical constituents of the plants + oils used in this balm, it has the power to heal ::

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • 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

Hippie Healer’s Salve provides some of the most gentle, soothing and regenerative properties found in nature.

Properties of the Herbs

Making this salve requires the infusion of a few herbs into good-quality organic olive oil. Choose the herbs you have on hand or readily available.

  • Calendula Flowers. This is one of the best herbs to use when attempting to treat ailments of the skin – such as cuts, burns, inflammation, bruises, minor open wounds, scrapes. Phytochemicals that are present in this flower work hard against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
  • Plantain. Plantain is an awesome plant and it’s actually a common weed that grows nearly everywhere. It has incredible medicinal properties and can heal a variety of different skin issues such as: eczema, psoriasis, bee stings, insect bites, poison ivy. Learn to identify this plant in the yard and you’ll never have to buy it!
  • St. John’s Wort. The “feel good” herb is often known for it’s use in treating mild depression; however, when St. John’s wort is used topically it is wonderful in homemade salves for the treatment of bruises, wounds, and especially good for treating sunburn.
  • Goldenseal Root. I love goldenseal root! The active constituents of the herb are some of the most potent natural antimicrobial agents found in nature. It’s broad-spectrum healing properties – anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, and anti-viral — make it the perfect addition to this salve. Note: Always choose organically-grown goldenseal root as opposed to wild-harvested.
  • Olive Leaf. Olive leaf may be one of the richest natural antiviral compounds ever! I love it for it’s skin-loving qualities and benefits in healing eczema.
  • Comfrey Root + Leaves. Encourages the reproduction of cells therefore working to support the mending of sprains, bruises, swellings, burns and sores.
  • Pine Resin. Native Americans used pine resin to seal and heal wounds + bruises. Pine resin carries incredible healing properties of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial. Note: I purchase organic, hand-harvested pine resin here
  • Raw, all-natural honey. Raw honey provides tons of medicine benefits for this salve and is a well-known antibacterial agent. Honey is also highly nourishing, often reducing the risk for infection and scarring.

Hippie Healer’s Salve: The Recipe

Ingredients
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible. I have linked to the products I use as a reference.

I love using essential oils that hold broad-spectrum antiseptic properties. Generally I add to this salve essential oils of ravensara, rosemary, lavender, lemon, tea tree, clove, cinnamon, fir needle, and/or thyme. For maximum medicinal potency, I add them at a concentration of approximately 5% the total salve — 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. Measure ingredients.

2. Prepare the oil infusion. You can do this one of three ways:

  • Cold Infusion. In a glass mason jar, cover the dried herbs with 1 ¼ cup of oil. Stir to combine, and allow oil and herb mixture to steep for 4-6 weeks.
  • Hot Oil Extract. In a glass mason jar, cover the herbs with 1 ¼ cup of oil. Stir to combine. Place the glass jar in a pot on the stove, or in a crock pot, filled with a few inches of water on lowest setting (Be sure to put a towel on the bottom of the pot.). Infuse the oil and herbs for 4-8 hours, a day, or up to 3 days. Note: Watch the pot and add water as it evaporates.
  • Super Quick Extract. According to Rosemary Gladstar, you may also do it this way; “Place the herbs and the oil in a double boiler and bring to a low simmer. Slowly heat for 30 to 60 minutes, checking frequently to be sure the oil is not overheating.”

3. Strain the oil and herb infusion through a cheesecloth — squeezing to extract as much oil as possible. Be sure you collect at least 1 cup of herb infused oil.

4. In a saucepan, over low heat, melt 1-2 ounces (depending on how hard you’d like your salve) of beeswax into the herbal oil. I suggest starting with the lesser amount of wax — adding more if needed. Note: To check if the mixture is the right consistency, because the salve hardens as it cools, Rosemary Gladstar again suggests placing a “tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for just a minute or two. If it’s soft, add more beeswax; if too hard, add more oil.”

5. When the consistency is to your liking, remove saucepan from heat.

6. Allow salve to cool on the counter.

7. Using a wire whisk, whisk until salve is cooled to approximately 100 degrees fahrenheit. Add raw honey, vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Whisk until well combined, creamy, and smooth.

8. Pour ointment into storage containers —  click here to purchase new tins or jars. Salve will keep for 2-3 years when stored in a cool, dark place.

Notes

-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!

-Please watch my salve-making video tutorial for additional help in learning how to make medicinal salves.

-This handcrafted Hippie Healer’s Salve is available for purchase here.

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.

Be sure not to miss a post, click this link to receive my free eBook and Frugally Sustainable tips by email.

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.

Women’s Hormone Balancing Mineral Deodorant

*Women* Make your own all natural, mineral deodorant that will help balance your hormones.

SO…

…I’m sorta obsessed with making my own deodorant — may I present you the evidence ::

AND…

…I’m super passionate about women’s health — read more here ::

THEN…

…the thought entered my mind, why not combine the two!?!

Well I did! And to say it’s the most amazing deodorant for women EVER…is a pretty accurate description.

What’s In It?

So…while building a foundation with skin-loving ingredients known for their anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties (sesame oil)…and, working to incorporate minerals that do the same (zinc oxide + calcium carbonate)…then, merging them all with essential oils proven to provide hormonal balance for women…I knew I was on to something incredible.

Not to mention, what a wonderful place to apply this creation for maximum absorption + benefit…right over the lymph nodes under our arms and near our breasts!

Just look at the properties imparted for our health by the essential oils alone ::

  • Clary Sage Essential Oil — known as a nerve tonic with its ability to calm and balance the spirit — has a sedating effect. Additionally, since the Middle Ages, it has been used to treat female complaints such as: abdominal cramps, dysmenorrhea, emotional stress, endometriosis, hormonal imbalance, hot flashes, infertility, PMS, postpartum depression, irregular cycles, and pre-menopause.
  • Basil Essential Oil — is anticatarrhal, antidepressant, energizing, and restorative. Commonly used in the treatment of amenorrhea, chronic fatigue, abdominal cramps, infertility, lactation (increase milk production), mental fatigue, migraines, and ovarian cyst
  • Bergamot Essential Oil — among its many benefits, for women specifically, this oil is used primarily for depression, anxiety, emotional stress, physical energy, physical stress, and PMS
  • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil — has influence over sexual energy and enhances relationships. It may also help to stimulate the adrenal glands.
  • Cypress Essential Oil — common primary uses include dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, menopause, menorrhagia, fatigue, and environmental stress.
  • Geranium Essential Oil — historically women found this oil useful for a variety of inflammations, heavy menstrual flow, hormonal imbalances, depression, and possibly even cancer (folklore).

Above information obtained, and quoted from, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils (The NEW 5th Edition)

All I’m trying to say is…

…I’m totally diggin’ this deodorant.

To date, it’s my personal fave!

Ready for the recipe!

Women’s Hormone Balancing Deodorant

Base Ingredients
*It is super important here to choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe. 

Mineral Ingredients
*Not all of the following ingredients are minerals…but you get the idea (smile).

Essential Oils 

For the purest value available, choose the superior organic or wildharvested oils from Mountain Rose Herbs…this is the brand I trust to provide the ultimate in health + safety for myself, my family, and my friends. 

Method
*A kitchen scale is required to appropriately follow this recipe. This is the one I keep in my kitchen and LOVE.

  1. In a small pot or sauce pan, melt kokum butter, sesame seed oil, shea butter, and beeswax over low heat.
  2. Remove pot from heat, then add all of the mineral ingredients.
  3. Whisk with a small wire whisk until all powders are dissolved and well combined.
  4. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils at this time.
  5. Pour mixture into clean, used deodorant container OR you can purchase and use these new deodorant containers. This deodorant is shelf-stable and may be stored on counter for up to a year.

Use as you would conventional deodorant.

This lovely + super effective Moon Magic Mineral Deodorant
is available for purchase at Roots + Reverie via Etsy
And for a limited time…Frugally Sustainable reader’s use the coupon code ::
MOONMAGICBABE for $5 off

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Moon Magic Women’s Deodorant, via Roots + Reverie on Etsy, $17

Unique Gift Ideas for the Hippie + Free Spirit in Your Life

Unique gift ideas for the hippie + free spirit in your life

With the Holiday season suddenly upon us, I was thinking…

…perhaps you’d want to purchase gifts for your hippie, free-spirited, borderline eccentric friends, and just perhaps — you’d appreciate a few ideas to get you headed in the right direction.

It’s vitally important to remember a few things before we get to it.

Finding the right gift for a hippie during the season of peace + love mirrors the foundation of the movement itself.  You have to really think outside of the “Big Box” and remember…there’s no judgement. Meaningful, heart-felt gifts are the most coveted and cherished.

In general, most hippies and free-spirits denounce capitalist culture.

Therefore, the gifts you give should be given with a thoughtful, pure, and loving intention.

The following are spot-on, wonderful gifts that I have either given or received throughout the years.

I hope they spark your creativity and bless the recipient!

Unique Gift Ideas for the Hippie in Your Life

Himalayan Salt Lamps
$15-$20

 

Mountain Rose tea-to-go tea glass infuser

Tea-To-Go Tea Glass Infuser
$25

 

magic carpet yoga mats

Magic Carpet Yoga Mats
$89

Glass Mason Jars
(you seriously can never have enough…and these blue ones are so awesome)
$10

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Acvtivist Stickers
$1

 

body brush

 

Natural Fiber Body Brush
$7

amethyst cluster by roots + reverie on etsyAmethyst Crystal Cluster 
$13



Tapestries
$25-$35

classic_teapot-product_1x-1403631878A super cool Teapot
$30-$99

 


Backpack (a great gift for a hippie dude)
$50-$98

 

Showerhead Filter
$30

 

nebulizer-product_1x-1403633017Essential Oil Diffuser
$17-$55

 

herbal_smoking_blend-product_1x-1403642491Herbal Smoking Blend
$6

Books, such as ::

Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche
Women Who Run with the Wolves
The Power of Timing: Living in Harmony with Natural and Lunar Cycles
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

Handmade Items, such as ::

Homemade Moisturizing Winter Lotion
Naturally Tinted Lip Balm
Homemade Winter Solstice Incense Cones
Homemade Dream Pillows

Happy Holidays to All!

 

How to Make Your Own Acne Spot Treatment Cream :: Homemade, Toxin Free, Chemical Free Zit Cream

How to make your own acne spot treatment cream

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Whiteheads.
Blackheads.

Pimples.
Cysts.

Oh the physical + emotional agonies caused by acne!

While what we know regarding the science of acne — that it is caused by a buildup of bacteria and dead cells in/on the skin — there are several key factors that have a direct effect on the health of our skin. These primary factors include ::

  • overproduction of oil
  • irregular shedding of dead skin
  • hormones
  • medications
  • allergens
  • diet

My personal struggle with acne began as a teenager, and continued right up to the birth of my oldest daughter. It was just after her birth, that my journey into natural health + herbalism began. Coincidentally, my overall well-being — spiritual, physical, + mental — improved and a multitude of disparities began to resolve.

Acne being one of them!

I can’t really say exactly the ONE thing that was the end-all-be-all remedy. Rather, it had more to do with dramatic changes in the way I ::

  • ate (clean, local, homegrown)
  • washed my clothes + skin (homemade bar soap + laundry soap)
  • remedied illness (herbs…and lots of them)
  • cleaned my home (naturally + homemade cleaners)
  • aligned my life with the rhythms of nature (i.e. learning the benefits of cycling with the moon)

Learn more :: Click here to learn how to make your own Herbal Acne Treatment Bar Soap OR Click here to purchase the most amazing handmade Herbal Blemish Bar Soap via Roots + Reverie on Etsy.

My life today is certainly a far cry from how it was then.

I’m thankful, not only for myself, but for my family of course.

Nonetheless, although I have created a home that acts as a sanctuary from conventionalism…it is by no means above it.

Today, my oldest daughter — my first ever motivator for natural health — has reached the teenage years. And while we as a family are a bazillion times more toxin-free than my childhood home…we’re by no means above it.

Learn more :: How to Balance Hormones Naturally

Now don’t get me wrong, her skin is incredibly more clear than mine ever was at her age!!! Like…I’m super jealous;)

But occasionally, she has a pimple, and recently asked for “zit cream” (she sites the fact that “all of my friends have it”).

So…to the kitchen I went! And what was created is better than I could have ever hoped for! All of the ingredients used have extraordinary acne-fighting properties and the ability to reduce inflammation and bacteria. And the result have been amazing! So amazing, I have to share with you the recipe in hopes that this information will be a blessing to you!

Acne Spot Treatment Cream

Base Ingredients
*It is super important here to choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe. 

Powder Ingredients

Essential Oils

Method
*A kitchen scale is required to appropriately follow this recipe. This is the one I keep in my kitchen and LOVE.

  1. Using a kitchen scale, weigh all ingredients separately.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the oil, liquid of choice, 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 slightly cooled.
  6. Add in raw honey, rosemary antioxidant (extract), vitamin E oil, the powder ingredients, and the essential oils.
  7. Continue blending or whisking until mixture has cooled and is creamy.
  8. Pour into storage containers (My personal favorite — the way I keep it for my daughter — is to use these super awesome 1.25 oz GoToob’s)

To Use

Apply a thin layer of cream in the evening, directly to the affected area, after cleansing (This is the only facial bar we use…yes, I still have oily skin). May apply as a spot treatment under makeup.

Here’s to clear skin!