Tuesday, April 9, 2013
I noticed that the wild violets were in full bloom.
Making violet syrup, you need 8 oz of violet blossoms.
Let sit overnight on the counter. In the morning, strain out the blossoms and you’ll be left with a beautiful violet liquid. I bet this would be a wonderful natural dye
Pour the violet water into a saucepan and add 2 cups of honey. Simmer for about 30 minutes until slightly thick and syrupy (keep an eye on it in the beginning as it can foam up and boil over). Pour into jar and store in the fridge. You can waterbath can this for 10 minutes if you’d like to make larger batches. I ended up with about two and a half cups of syrup.
I’m looking forward to using this syrup throughout the year
Post holiday recap:
feet are the root of our health
Apply 2 drops each of doTERRA Lemongrass, Grapefruit and Cypress essential oils diluted in 1 T. of fractionated coconut oil, massage into feet, ankles and calves upwardstowards the heart. If you can someone to do it for you, all the better!
For a spa treatment at home with medicinal benefits, try this!
All you need are 1 dozen or so smooth stones. You can find them at your local nursery, even Walmart has them in the craft and candle section.
A large, shallow bowl ~ big enough for both the stones and your feet.
Very warm water and 2 drops each of Lavender and Cypress (flower petals optional, but nice!)
Now, roll the soles of your feet slowly over the pebbles for a few minutes. Bliss!
When you consider the science of Reflexology, a simple remedy such as the stone foot massage will not only relieve swelling, it will benefit many other areas of your body as well ~ don't you just love DIY, multi-tasking beauty treatments?
For generally poor circulation, especially for the elderly...Geranium essential oil is lovely and will show great improvement with regular use!
An added bonus is the mood brighteningeffects of Geranium.
Add 16 drops of Geranium essential oil to 2 T. of fractionated coconut oil and massage from the hands to the elbows and from the feet to the knees. Always with an upwards motion. The more coverage you can get on your body, the better! Geranium essential oil is one of the best revitalizing oils and will make your skin softer and smoother while aiding circulation, a win win!
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I found the Greenman in embroidery creations and I have been sewing him up
Step by step takes patience and a good sewing embroidery machine
You also must use fine embroidery threads and good needles
Then I added a new working design I liked to this top
I also added a pretty pentacle in pretty purple and earth colors
Handmade with positive energy.
I think I will design some more pagan creations to this top and add a few more works before it is completely finished.
So I have made my own deodorant
Here are most of the ingredients I ordered online, got the coconut oil at the grocery store.
The recipe I used was my own creation of a couple I have researched and saved.
a scale that measures partial ounces
3tb kokum butter
3tb illipe butter
2tb mango butter
4tb shea butter
2tb coconut oil (solid actually)
1 ounce of oil (an herbal infused oil is great!)
3 T baking soda
1/8 tsp lime juice
To begin, weigh out all of your different butters and beeswax and place them in a pot or double boiler. Heat very gently, stirring continuously.
Once they are completely melted, turn off the heat and slowly pour in the oil. (I like to make an herbal infused oil for this using aromatic anti-microbial herbs. Sage, lavender, thyme, rosemary and cottonwood are all great ones to use. Here’s a video on how to make an infused oil. If you aren’t using an herbal infused oil you may want to add essential oils instead.)
After a couple of stirs the mixture should again be clear with the butters and oil completely combined.
Next add the baking soda and stir well.
Then add 1/8 tsp of lime juice. When you add this it will react slightly with the baking soda and produce a more combined end product (before the baking soda was probably all clumped at the bottom of the pan).
Keep stirring to let it cool briefly.
Then, while still liquid, pour it into a used (or new) deodorant container.
It is kind of thick and hard to scoop into the containers so have fun with it.
There you have it!
Lemon’s nonculinary uses are numerous:
• Lemon juice cleans copper pots, brightens porcelain and marble,
absorbs odors, and removes lipstick and wine stains.
• Half a lemon makes a fresh cleaning pad for sinks.
Use it with a little salt as an abrasive.
• Equal parts lemon juice and beaten egg can be boiled
briefly and scented with rose water to make a natural face lotion.
• Undiluted fresh lemon juice cleans water spots
and stains from your automobile chrome.
For a sore throat or bad breath, gargle with some lemon juice.
Clean discolored utensils with a cloth dipped in lemon juice. Rinse with warm water.
Toss used lemons into your garbage disposal to help keep it clean and smelling fresh.
Use one part lemon juice and two parts salt to scour chinaware to its original luster.
A few drops of lemon juice in outdoor house-paint will keep insects away while you are painting and until the paint dries.
Remove scratches on furniture by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and salad oil and rubbing it on the scratches with a soft cloth.
To make furniture polish, mix one part lemon juice and two parts olive oil.
To clean the surface of white marble or ivory (such as piano keys), rub with a half a lemon, or make a lemon juice and salt paste. Wipe with a clean, wet cloth.
To renew hardened paintbrushes, dip into boiling lemon juice. Lower the heat and leave the brush for 15 minutes, then wash it in soapy water.
To remove dried paint from glass, apply hot lemon juice with a soft cloth. Leave until nearly dry, and then wipe off.
Rub kitchen and bathroom faucets with lemon peel. Wash and dry with a soft cloth to shine and remove spots.
Fresh lemon juice in rinse water removes soap film from interiors of ovens and refrigerators.
Create your own air freshener: Slice some lemons, cover with water, and let simmer in a pot for about an hour. (This will also clean your aluminum pots!)
Fish or onion odor on your hands can be removed by rubbing them with fresh lemons.
To get odors out of wooden rolling pins, bowls, or cutting boards, rub with a piece of lemon. Don’t rinse: The wood will absorb the lemon juice.
Save lemon and orange rinds to deter squirrels and cats from digging in the garden. Store rinds in the freezer during the winter, and then bury them just under the surface of the garden periodically throughout the spring and summer.
After a shampoo, rinse your hair with lemon juice to make it shine. Mix the strained juice of a lemon in an eight-ounce glass of warm water.
Mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of salt to make a rust-removing scrub.
Before you start to vacuum, put a few drops of lemon juice in the dust bag. It will make the house smell fresh.
Get grimy white cotton socks white again by boiling them in water with a slice of lemon.
Clean copper pots by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing the cut side with salt until the salt sticks. Rub the lemon onto the metal, rinse with hot water, and polish dry.
Suck on a lemon to settle an upset stomach.