How to Make Pinon (Pinyon) Oil and Salve

How to make pinon oil + salve

I just returned from a backpacking trip to one of the most magical places I’ve EVER been…Fossil Spring, AZ.

In the plant world, this area of Arizona is known as the Juniper-Pinon belt. It contains such a unique collection of flora…in fact, most plants living here are known only to this region! And what an honor it was to share space among them.

In just a few short days, I was able to harvest numerous plants (under the energy of the full moon as a magical bonus).

One of the most notable, was the Pinon.

What’s so amazing about Pinon?

Pinon trees were everywhere along the trail! They provided the respite we so desperately needed to shade ourselves from the intensity of the sun. They also provided a bountiful harvest of healing plant material!

The inner bark, needles, nuts, and pitch from the Pinon have been used by inhabitants of the Southwest for centuries in medicinal preparations.

Here’s what Michael Moore, in his book Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West, has to say about Pinon ::

The needles make a very pleasant tea simply for the taste and have a mild diuretic and expectorant function as well. The inner bark boiled slowly for tea and sweetened with honey is still stronger as an expectorant, useful after the feverish, infectious stage of a chest cold has passed. The pitch is the most specific of all; a piece the size of a currant is chewed and swallowed. The is followed shortly afterward by strong, fruitful expectoration and a general softening of the bronchial mucus…[it is also] warmed slightly over a stove or campfire and applied to splinters, glass, and other skin invaders allowed to set, and peeled off, carrying the problem with it.

I am so thankful that I was able to gather a good amount of Pinon pitch (along with some needles)…

…I find it amazing that during the entirety of our hike, the pitch of the Pinon was drawing me it! I spotted it early on the start of our journey, and it was primarily what my eyes would focus on. My children even started pointing it out on every tree! I was unsure of what I would do with it…

…but it knew I needed to bring some back with me.

pinon pitch on tree...learn how to make your own pinon salve

Harvesting Pinon Pitch

As with all acts of wild-harvesting, ethics is of utmost importance.

I always think it important to spend time with the plant, to ask permission to harvest, and to thank it for its gift…to consider the life + vitality of the plant and to not harvest more than I can reasonably use.

Pinon trees actually produce copious amounts of pitch as a means of healing for their own wounds. And by copious, I mean on some trees the pitch was literally dripping off the bark + branches and on some, I found pitch the size of a small apple!

Sincere and careful caution was taken in removing the pitch, so as to leave enough for the tree for continued protection and healing.

Methods for harvesting pitch are as varied as there are people harvesting. All I had were my hands and a small container. I simply used my fingers to easily collect the soft, pliable pitch from the bark of the Pinon and placed it in my container. Note :: Removing the sticky pitch from my fingers was as easy as rubbing some oil on my hands and it slid right off. 

Benefits of Pinon Salve

It was on the drive home, I determined I would use the pitch to make a salve.

The benefits of Pinon Pitch Salve are pure magic! Due to its ability to draw blood and energy to the site of application, a salve made of Pinon has the power to heal ::

  • psoriasis
  • eczema
  • bug bites
  • boils/skin eruptions
  • splinters
  • severely dry skin
  • sore + overworked muscles
  • irritated/infected skin aliments

Not to mention, the smell of the salve alone possesses a level of healing all its’ own!

Collecting pinon pitch

The Making of Pinon Salve

Through my research, I read of many different methods for making a salve with the pitch of Pinon. I settled on using traditional methods, allow me share my experience!

Ingredients

  • 1 part wild-harvested Pinon pitch
  • 2 parts organic plant-based oil (I used jojoba…mostly because at the time I harvested the pitch, jojoba bushes were growing EVERYwhere and all around the Pinon trees!! If we are mindful and take notice, Mother Nature gives us all the answers we need. So, jojoba it is! However, olive or coconut will function just as well.)
  • beeswax, to hardness of choice

Method

  1. Harvest Pinon pitch to fill a glass jar 1/3 full. Note :: Use a glass jar you won’t mind tossing. It’s nearly impossible to clean after the making of this salve.
  2. Pour in enough oil to fill.
  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 pitch + oil on top. Fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water. Note :: Do not cover the jar with water. 
  4. Over low heat, slowly + gently bring the water in the pot to warm. Note :: Do not allow the water to boil.
  5. Allow the jar to bathe in this water temperature for 3-4 hours. Be sure to shake the jar periodically throughout the process. Note :: I like to use Pinon sticks harvested from the branches to stir the mixture.
  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/stirring, 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 more gently it is prepared. Note :: The goal is to meld the pitch + the oil.
  8. You will find the the solid parts of the pitch (i.e. bark, bugs, needles) will settle to the bottom of the jar relieving the need to strain the oil. After the warming process, carefully and slowly pour the Pinon pitch oil into a clean jar.
  9. Add beeswax to your oil. Note :: General rule, 1-2 ounces of wax per 8 ounces of oil.
  10. Using the same double boiler method for making the Pinon oil, slowly melt the beeswax into the oil.
  11. Once the mixture is melted, remove from heat.
  12. Pour salve into salve tins/jars (I love these) if sharing with friends, or leave the salve in the jar it is in for personal use.
  13. Date and label.
  14. Will keep indefinitely if stored in a cool, dry place.
  15. Apply to skin ailments as often as needed.

   Handcrafted, wild-harvested Pinon Pitch Salve can be 
purchased here via Roots + Reverie.
Click here to view the listing.

How to Make Your Own Smudge Sticks :: And a List of Plants Commonly Used in Smudge Sticks

Make Your Own Smudge Sticks  And a List of Herbs Traditionally Used

According to countless ancient ways of knowing, all plants possess a sacred spirit

…a spirit that goes well beyond, and vibrates deeper, than its physical constituents.

It is this pure and hallowed nature of plants {and our inter-connectedness} that has led to their traditional/medicinal use in ::

  • healing {physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual}
  • cleansing {a space or our bodies}
  • consecration
  • guidance
  • protection
  • community-building
  • altering, or shifting, consciousness
  • religious ceremonies
  • personal exploration
Contrary to popular thought, the use of plants for these purposes is not a new idea…nor is it new-age, super hipster mumbo-jumbo.
It is rather, a collection of methods humanity has used for millennia in order to maintain connection to the Earth — and to the spirit world as well.
One that has helped to heal and sustain us.

The Power of Smudging

“Nature understands fire and smoke better than words.” -Alfred Savinelli, Plants of Power
If you follow me on Instagram {see my feed in the sidebar}, you already know that I have fallen in love with smudging — the use of smudge sticks in particular! And while there are are a barrage of herbal preparations I use/consume on a daily basis…the burning of plants {a.k.a. smudging} has become one of the most powerful ways for me to experience their blessing.
As Jane Alexander says, in her book The Smudging and Blessings Book, smudging has the practical ability to help us ::
  • clear away negative or stagnant energy in a space {i.e. a home you’ve just moved into, a sickroom, a space in which an argument has taken place…}
  • leave old relationships behind and move on to new ones
  • celebrate different times of the year
  • wake up and greet the day full of confidence, energy, and hope
  • ease into the world of sweet dreams and deep, invigorating sleep
  • bathe away stress
  • look for love
  • feel more centered and protected from the world

Likewise, many cultures and religious structures believe the smoke of burning plants carry prayers to the heavens.

Smudging is a practice which involves the burning of herbs that are bundled, braided, or loose (for our purposes today we are taking about bundling, creating smudge sticks). But no matter if the herbs are bundled, braided, or loose…the process for smudging remains the same — smoke is fanned across the body {using hands or a smudging feather such as this one} or around a space for its intended purpose {i.e. cleansing or healing}.

What plants are available for use in the making of smudge sticks?

Plants used in the making of smudge sticks include, but are not limited to ::

  • sage (many varieties such as white sage and garden sage) — negative energy clearing
  • sagebrush — to treat wounds + headaches + colds
  • cedar leaf — cleansing + purification
  • pine needles — cleansing + purification
  • balsam fir — cleansing + purification
  • sweetgrass — healing + purification + brings positive energy {perfect to burn after smudging with a more potent energy cleanser}
  • mugwort — lucid dreaming + purification + calming
  • juniper — cleansing + purification
  • holy basil (tulsi) — purification + calming
  • rosemary — protection
  • lavender — calming
  • mullein — cleansing sickrooms + heals/improves respiratory function
  • rose petals — meditation + calming + attracts love
  • desert chaparral — negative energy clearing + protection + calm
  • peppermint — healing + protection
  • yarrow — eliminates toxins from the body
  • lemon balm — spiritual cleansing + calm

I highly recommend, when considering what plants to use in making your smudge sticks…look around…what grows near you…use it!

How to Make Smudge Sticks

Making of smudge sticks by Frugally Sustainable

How to make smudge sticks by Frugally Sustainable

Make your own smudge sticks by Frugally Sustainable

DIY smudge sticks by Frugally Sustainable

To make smudge sticks ::

  1. Cut the branches of the plant material you are using into 7-10 inch lengths. (Note :: I like to allow freshly cut branches to wilt for a day or overnight before beginning the next step.)
  2. Measure a piece of thin cord (I like to use this hemp cord, but cotton is just as good.) 4 times the length of the cut branches.
  3. Bundle the branches together (to your desired thickness).
  4. With the tips of the branches pointing down, begin wrapping the cord tightly around the base of your bundle.
  5. Then, wrap the cord around the bundle (while firmly pressing the plant material together) working your way to the tip of the branches.
  6. When you reach the tip, begin working your way back down toward the base.
  7. Tie the two ends of the cord together at the base.
  8. Trim the edges if you’d like to make it look all nice and neat.
  9. Set the smudge stick to dry in a basket or on a drying screen for 7-10 days (or as long as necessary).
  10. Enjoy.

To smudge ::

Light the tip of the smudge stick with a lighter, match, or candle. Once the smudge stick has a steady flame, blow it out so it is smoldering and smoking. I prefer to use an abalone shell (this is the one I have and use) — but a bowl, or any other fire-safe receptacle will do — to hold under my smudge stick {this is recommended to catch any ash}. Fan the smoke over the body and/or throughout your space, using your hand or a feather
I encourage you to wild-harvest (with ethics) or grow your own herbs to be used in crafting your smudge sticks. However, if this is not a viable option for you…I recommend purchasing smudge sticks from Mountain Rose Herbs — they have such a lovely selection of burnables, click here to check it out.
You can also purchase handcrafted Wild Chaparral Smudge Sticks here.

So tell us…what are your favorite plants to use for smudging?

Many plant blessings to you all!

Note: Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Holy Basil (Tulsi) for Stress Relief :: And Tips for Daily Use

Herbs to Relieve Stress and Anxiety  Holy Basil (Tulsi) Ocimum sanctum

I am quite confident we all are familiar, at least to some degree, with the symptoms of stress and anxiety ::

  • tension
  • emotional instability
  • phobias
  • loss of focus
  • lack of motivation
  • feelings of impending doom or disaster
  • heart palpitations
  • irregular breathing

And, despite the modern wonders of science and industry — with its intent to “make life easier” — the pace of our lives has dramatically increased! We are filled to the brink with worry, stress, and anxiety…and as I see it, causes can be linked, but by no means limited to ::

  • the Internet, social media, mobile devices, and the like — all of which allows many of us to feel as though we are drowning in a never-ending sea of information and data.
  • intensive farming practices that have burdened us with extreme exposure to overly processed foods, a plethora of pesticides, wasteful packaging materials, and an insane amount of toxic industrial chemicals.
  • social isolation.
  • relationship issues.
  • excessive environmental pollution — such as noise, air, water and soil pollution — as a result of urban/suburban housing communities.
  • financial pressures.
  • hostile work environments.
  • an extreme disconnect from the Earth and natural rhythms and cycles.

So, while industrialization continues to blaze a trail forward…

…we find ourselves in the midst of a mental, physical, and spiritual health crisis of global proportions.

A crisis that has led to a pandemic of chronic diseases. Not only stress and anxiety, but obesity, cancer, depression, fibromyalgia, fatigue, inflammatory + autoimmune disorders, allergies, ADHD, oh goodness…the list could go on!

Nevertheless, the question remains, what are we to do when stress and/or anxiety inhibits fulfillment in our lives?

And the truth is, there is no overarching answer.

However, I can confidently say, the solutions for stress and anxiety are more likely to be found in lifestyle, home, and behavior modifications…

…rather than pharmaceuticals, possessions, and money.

Even the simplest shifts in lifestyle, i.e. removing or leaving the source of stress, can provide a huge sense of relief. And while that’s not always a viable option, there are still better choices — all natural choices such as exercise, time spend in nature, meditation, prayer, healthier foods, and plant-based medicines — that can help reestablish balance and peace in our lives.

What’s so great about Holy Basil (Tulsi)?

While I deny a singular “herbal fix-all” for managing the effects of stress and anxiety, there is a magical group of herbal allies known as the adaptogens.

The research on this class of herbs is really extensive and the findings are downright incredible!

The word “adaptogen” was coined by a Russian scientist by the name of N.V. Lazarev in 1947. He defined them as

“agents which help an organism to counteract any adverse effects of a physical, chemical or biological stressor by generating nonspecific resistance.”

This basically means that adaptogens are plant-healers designed to help the body:

  • maintain balance — specifically in the immune, endocrine, nervous, and hormonal systems [continual stress or anxiety builds up cortisone, which leads to a number of imbalances caused by depleted adrenals]
  • reduce the effects of stress — and increase the body’s resistance to it
  • boost immunity
  • encourage liver detoxification
  • combat the signs of aging
  • stabilize moods

While it should be noted, adaptogenic herbs in general will not alter moods…however, they will assist the body toward functioning optimally during times of stress.

Most of the research agrees — in order for the body to respond optimally — adaptogenic herbs should be consumed daily for at least three months. It is encouraging to note, in general, these plants can be taken safely for an indefinite period of time.

Read more :: Adaptogenic Herbs For Stress Relief ~ And a Recipe for Homemade Smoothie Mix

For literally hundreds, if not thousands, of years the following herbs — just to list a few — have been well-known to possess the power that comes with the definition:

  • Eleuthero (formerly Siberian Ginseng)
  • Ginseng
  • Holy Basil (Tulsi)
  • Maca
  • Licorice Root
  • Ashwagandha
  • Turmeric
  • Rhodiola
  • Amla
  • Astragalus

And from this list, I have developed an absolute love affair with Holy Basil (Tulsi).

Holy basil — although closely related to sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) — has a much more sacred history, spanning thousands of years.

Tulsi is also referred to as “The Incomparable One,” “Elixir of Life,” and “The Queen of Herbs.” I think of my daily tulsi tea + tincture as “liquid yoga.” Not to mention, Holy Basil is one of the most sacred plants in all of India, revered for millenia because of her benefits for the mind, body, and spirit due to her highly medicinal and spiritual properties.

Read more :: SACRED TULSI IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AND PHARMACOLOGY

In addition to her brilliance as an adaptogen, daily consumption of Tulsi allows her to demonstrate a multitude of healing + supportive properties including ::

  • anti-anxiety + anti-depressant
  • detoxification
  • oxygenates the brain by improving cerebral circulation — producing intense feelings of centeredness
  • protection against toxic chemicals, the toxic effects of heavy metals, and the toxic effects of radiation
  • protection against physical, mental, and metabolic stress
  • reducing brain “fog” from heavy cannabis use
  • easing the symptoms of bi-polar disorder
  • anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal infection prevention

Multiple scientific studies examining this property of holy basil have found that including her in our daily diets (through a variety of herbal preparations) decreases stress hormone levels, corticosterone in particular.

The benefits of growing Holy Basil (Tulsi) at home.

With all of the above mentioned scientific and medicinal benefits of Holy Basil…perhaps one of the greatest of her benefits comes from growing her in the home garden.

In India, with its deep tradition in Hinduism, we see Tulsi worshipped as a goddess and every part of the plant is revered and considered sacred, including the stem, leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds. Even the surrounding soil — which absorbs nearly the same properties as the plant — is considered divine. In fact, Hindi households are thought as incomplete without a Holy Basil plant.

I have found growing Tulsi, especially from seed, to be one of the easiest, most rewarding plants to nurture in my garden. I have positioned my earthen pot of Tulsi in a beautiful sunny location on my back patio and everyday I enjoy her blessed presence!

Now is the the perfect time to sow Tulsi seeds in your home garden.
I only recommend purchasing medicinal herb seeds from the good folks at Horizon Herbs!
Click this link to check out their complete line and to purchase organic, non-GMO Tulsi seeds!

Therefore, as my experience has proven, Tulsi has relevance far beyond the realms of tradition + Hinduism…I see her as playing a HUGE role in addressing numerous modern day issues + health disparities, serving as a constant connection to nature.

Tips for including Holy Basil (Tulsi) in your daily diet.

Consuming Tulsi throughout the day can be as simple as ingesting her leaves straight out of the garden, or brewing a fresh cup of Tulsi tea. Her leaves and flowers can also be dried and ground into a powder (a wonderful addition to warm milk or a smoothie).

If you can not grow it yourself, I highly recommend purchasing
dried organically grown Holy Basil (Tulsi) here, from Mountain Rose Herbs.

All of which are among my favorite ways to utilize her healing goodness — when I am home.

When I’m on the go…

…I ALWAYS carry a tiny glass dropper bottle of homemade tincture in my bag, consuming 10-15 drops (20-25 drops if it’s a bad day) as needed up to 3 times daily (I get glass dropper bottles here).

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

You can purchase this lovingly and carefully handcrafted Tulsi tincture 
via Roots + Reverie on Etsy.
Click here to check out the listing.

*Tulsi is not suitable for pregnant women or those attempting to become pregnant.

*Like any medicinal plant, using traditional methods for cultivation, harvesting, preservation and storage are required to preserve Tulsi’s medicinal value.

Note: Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

So fresh that smiles are guaranteed

Herbal Sleep Aid :: How to Make Peaceful Sleep Sachets Using Herbs, Essential Oils, and Crystals

How to make your own peaceful sleep sachets using herbs, essential oils, and crystals

Folklore + ancestral wisdom tells us that the right blend of herbs, essential oils, and crystals can assist the body in experiencing restorative sleep.

And one of my favorite ways to incorporate each of these elements into a daily remedy, is to create peaceful sleep sachets…

…sleep sachets have been used for centuries. By creating a synergistic blend of herbs, essential oils, and crystals one is said to be able to ::

  • induce restful sleep
  • experience vivid and meaningful dreams
  • receive relief from nightmares
  • ward off negative energy
  • help us relax + unwind
  • increase positive vibrations in the space they occupy
  • improve mental health

If you, or someone you know, has trouble sleeping…bless them with the gift of a peaceful sleep sachet!

Healing Properties of the Herbs + Essential Oils

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

Healing Properties of the Crystals used as Sleep Aids

Note :: I like using smaller crystal chips in my sleep sachets. I find they are easily incorporated to the plant material and weigh less. I have also linked to my source for purchasing crystals — and the information obtained for the description of each crystal comes from the book The Crystal Bible

  • Clear Quartz – Clear quartz is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier on the planet. It is wonderful when used to enhance the energies of other crystals. I add it to these sleep sachets to amp up the energies of the amethyst, rose quartz, and lepidolite (purchase clear quartz chips here).
  • Amethyst – Amethyst works by blocking stress and negative environment energies. It is extremely beneficial where insomnia is caused by an overactive mind and protects against recurrent nightmares (purchase amethyst crystal chips here).
  • Rose Quartz – Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It gently draws off negative energy and replaces it with loving vibes. Rose quartz is an excellent addition to sleep sachets as it brings deep, restorative inner healing and self-love (purchase rose quartz chips here).
  • Lepidolite – Lepidolite is extremely useful in the reduction of stress and depression. It halts obsessive thoughts, relieves despondency, and overcomes insomnia. It is a calming stone that soothes sleep disturbances and emotional stress, bringing deep emotional healing (Note :: Lepidolite contains lithium and is helpful in stabilizing mood swings and bipolar disorders. It is excellent for overcoming any kind of emotional or mental dependency.) (purchase lepidolite stones here).

How to Make Peaceful Sleep Sachets

Supplies Needed

Ingredients

  • choose any number of herbs from the list above based on personal needs/desires (use equal amount of each herb)
  • choose any number of essential oils from the list above (use 5-8 drops of essential oils total for each bag)
  • choose any number of crystals from the list above (use a few chips of each crystal)

Method

Add the herbs and crystals into a bowl and mix well using clean hands. Transfer mixture into the muslin bag(s) to fill, add 5-8 drops essential oils, and tie it closed. Give the bag a little shake. Set the sachet somewhere near your bed. You can alternatively sleep with it under your pillow or slip it into your pillow case.

Get creative and enjoy!!!

These sachets can be purchased lovingly + magically crafted by hand
via Roots and Reverie on Etsy.
Click here to check out the listing.

Note: Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Herbal Facial Cleansing Cream Recipe

Herbal Cleansing Cream Recipe by Frugally Sustainable

You know what super sucks?!?!

Getting older…that’s what!!!

It hasn’t been until the last year that I’ve really started to notice a significant change in tautness of the skin on my face. It isn’t horrible, yet…but ladies, I know you know what I’m talkin’ about!

So needless to say, I’m on a mission to hold off the inevitable for as long as possible.

And naturally, I will do that with the help of some of my favorite nourishing ingredients, herbal allies, and plant-based oils.

Each of the ingredients I have chosen for this recipe are known for their ::

  • fight against dry, damaged, and dehydrated skin
  • ability to minimize appearance of acne scars
  • treatment of wrinkles and premature aging
  • means to protect against sun damage
  • astringent properties
  • capacity to heal blemishes of all sorts (i.e. acne, cystic acne, age spots, dermatitis, and hyper-pigmentation)
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • potential to even skin tone

Without further ado…here’s the recipe.

Oh, and…you’re welcome;)

Herbal Cleansing Cream

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

Oils

Liquids

Waxes + Emulsifying Agents

Optional Add-Ins

Essential Oils
*For the highest medicinal value available choose the organic oils from Mountain Rose Herbs…this is the brand/company I trust to provide the ultimate in health + safety for myself, my family, and my friends. 

  • 15 drops lavender or geranium or chamomile (or any combination of each) essential oils
  • 15 drops frankincense essential oils
  • 10 drops cedarwood essential oils

Method

  1. Melt beeswax and e-wax in a small saucepan or double boiler, using low heat.
  2. Once melted, add the oils + lanolin (if using) to the waxes and stir well to combine.
  3. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, stirring with a wire whisk, until mixture begins to thicken into a soft, creamy consistency. This should take approximately 5-10 minutes depending on the temperature of your kitchen.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the liquids (your liquid(s) of choice, witch hazel, and honey) just until warm, then remove from heat.
  5. Add borax. Stir until dissolved.
  6. Using an immersion blender (or a kitchen blender), add the warmed liquids into the oil/wax mixture by drizzling slowly and blending at the same time (think homemade mayo method). Blend until cool, smooth, and thicken.
  7. Mix in vitamin E oil (if using) and essential oils.
  8. Stir well.
  9. Pour into clean glass storage jars (I use these).

Please remember :: Making any type of cream or 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.

Note :: This cream should used within 3-4 weeks from preparation. 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.

Tips for Use

  1. Apply a small amount (approx. 1-2 teaspoons) of cleansing cream to your face using a cloth or your fingertips. Note: Feel free to add approx. 1/2 teaspoon liquid castille soap to the cream in your hands for additional cleansing (I love this liquid castille soap from Mountain Rose Herbs).
  2. Massage into skin for 1-3 minutes.
  3. Rinse with warm water.
  4. Pat dry. Note: You may follow with a swab of witch hazel or calendula hydrosol

This cleansing cream removes makeup and deep cleans pores…it also makes for a wonderful, stand-alone facial/body moisturizer!

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

This Facial Cleansing Cream is available for purchase
via Roots and Reverie on Etsy.
Click here to check out the listing. 

Note: Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Cannabis Herbal Liniment :: For Fast, Effective Topical Pain Relief

Cannabis Herbal Liniment for the treatment of pain, sore muscles, and inflammation #cannabiscures

lin•i•ment [ línnəmənt ]
pain-relieving liquid rub: a liquid rubbed into the skin to relieve aches or pain, e.g. one containing alcohol and camphor

As defined above, a liniment is an external application that is rubbed into the skin primarily for the purposes of pain relief — and my Cannabis Herbal Liniment recipe was created with herbal allies full of super potent anti-inflammatory + analgesic properties!

When combined into a liniment, these magical plant spirits can ::

Herbs such as…

  • CBD-rich cannabis flowers + trim (sugar leaf)
  • arnica flowers
  • comfrey root
  • helichrysum flowers
  • St. John’s wort
  • devil’s claw root
  • ginger root
  • cayenne pepper
  • turmeric root

…are all well-known for their anti-inflammatory, analgesic, sedative, antispasmodic, and anti-microbial properties.

This magical healing liniment is must-have for anyone suffering from pain!

Click this link to find my recipe
for the Peaceful Warrior Cannabis Salve.
There you will find where I share my method for an oil infusion.

Cannabis Herbal Liniment

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

Method
*Herbal liniments are made in exactly the same way as a tincture. Read more about herbal tincturing here

  1. In a quart-sized glass mason jar combine all of the herbs you have chosen to use. Note: For the best medicine, use a grinder or similar object to grind all herbs to a fine consistency.
  2. Pour isopropyl alcohol over the plant material to fill the jar, leaving an inch of head space.
  3. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Place lid tightly on jar and let mixture stand in a warm location.
  5. Let jar stand for at least 4 weeks (6 weeks is awesome too), shake well every day.
  6. After 4-6 weeks of steeping, strain the liniment well using a piece of unbleached cheesecloth and re-bottle. Note: Be sure to clearly label for EXTERNAL USE ONLY. And store in a cool, dark place.

Dosage

Apply the liniment every few minutes for an hour or two in acute instances. Otherwise, use freely until desired results are achieved.

Tips for Use 

-I like to re-bottle my liniment into these roll top glass bottles for ease of use.

-By applying the liniment to the temples, back of the neck, and to the forehead it can be used as an excellent remedy for a headache.

-Apply to painful and swollen joints to relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

-Useful as a treatment for athlete’s foot. Apply frequently and saturate the affected area thoroughly.

-It also seems to be extremely effective in the treatment of acne!

-Simply apply directly onto skin and massage into sore muscles for instant relief.

Note: Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

Dandelion Detox Shots :: Spring Equinox Juice Cleanse

Dandelion Detox Shots...for optimal Springtime wellness

For so many of us, dandelion needs no introduction.

With her iconic yellow-petaled flower and deeply-toothed leaves, she is readily found growing and harvested wild nearly everywhere in North America — as she likewise, invades with unrelenting force our yards and fields…signaling the arrival of Spring.

For centuries, the early, young, and tender Spring leaves of dandelion (Note :: Roots are best harvested for medicinal use mid-Summer) have been gathered and used in salads as well as in Springtime tonics + teas secondary to its pharmacological actions including ::

  • diuretic
  • laxative
  • tonic
  • nutritive
  • anti-rheumatic
  • hepatic
  • anti-spasmodic

Philip Fritchey, in his book Practical Herbalism, writes as follows ::

It [dandelion] has been used to aid digestion, relieve liver distress, and to treat all manner of ills from dropsy, jaundice, and kidney stones to warts and psoriasis. Culpeper states, ‘It is of an opening and cleansing quality, and, therefore, very effectual for the obstructions of the liver, gall, and spleen. It opens the passages of the urine, both in young and old, powerfully cleanses, and doth afterwards heal them.’

A bitter herb, the detoxification magic of dandelion makes her the perfect ally for a Spring Cleanse.

AND…as we are presently on the eve of the March 20 Spring Equinox (that also aligns with a New SUPERmoon + complete solar eclipse) now’s the perfect time to consider a gentle Spring detox.

Read more :: Cycle of the Moon Cleanse

Renew.
Shed the woes of winter.
Ease into the light of Sping.
Rebirth.

Even if a detox/juice cleanse isn’t something you’d presently like to participate in…I encourage you to consider adding a couple of these dandelion detox shots to your diet daily for a week or so! You’ll notice the difference!

Dandelion Detox Shots

 

Dandelion Detox Shots

Ingredients
*Choose organic or wild-harvested ingredients whenever possible. Do not consume wild dandelions unless you are 100% sure they have not been sprayed with toxic chemicals/herbicides.

  • 1/2 bunch (approximately 20 stems) dandelion greens
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 small knob ginger root (or to taste)

Method 

  1. Process all of the ingredients using a juicer (this is my juicer that I just LOVE…it’s super legit!!!).
  2. This recipe makes 2 ounces of juice. Consume a 1 ounce shot before breakfast and before lunch.
  3. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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.