Saturday, July 20, 2013

So what’s the deal with coconut oil?

So what’s the deal with coconut oil?
Making it this way is lots of hard work
You can easily buy it in many stores, even walmart has a good brand

Offering a myriad of health benefits, coconut oil is affordable, readily available and completely natural. I have completely fallen in love with coconut oil and use it for EVERYTHING. Literally. 
So here is a little information to inspire you to check out this amazing oil including 80 uses for it!

The coconut oil is in the back here in the jar about middle of the picture, you can buy it at walmart and other grocery stores, where crisco and oils are sold.

General information about Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Is:
· Anti-inflammatory
· Antimicrobial
· Anti-fungal
· Antiviral
· Improves nutrient absorption
Daily Dosage:

Here is a chart outlining the recommended daily dosage of virgin coconut oil for persons over the age of 12. Coconut oil may be consumed by children under 12 but it is advisable to check with a healthcare practitioner on the proper dosage. Any good naturopath will have the information at the ready.

(Editor’s note: the amounts below are for “general” health and maintenance. Depending on why one is taking coconut oil, and what they hope to accomplish, the amount can be much greater. For example, many people seeing positive results for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s are reporting that they are consuming up to 9 tablespoons a day or more to see positive results. For those just starting, amounts much less than these below should be started until the body is used to consuming high amounts of fat. The most common side effect of taking too much coconut oil is diarrhea.)

Weight in pounds/kilograms 
Number of tablespoons of coconut oil daily 

150+ /68+ 
3 1/2 
125+ / 57+ 
100+/ 45+ 
2 1/2 
75+ / 34+ 
50+ / 23+ 
1 1/2 
25+ / 11+ 
Type to use:
· Expeller pressed coconut oil can be used for anything. It does not have a coconutty smell of taste.
· Virgin coconut oil tastes coconutty and is great for cooking and baking where you want that flavor.
· Food grade should always be used.
80 Uses for Coconut Oil
Personal Hygiene/Body

1. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.

2. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.

3. Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.

4. Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.

5. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!

6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.

7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).

8. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.

9. Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!

10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!

11. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!

12. Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!

13. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.

14. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.

15. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.

16. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.

17. Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.

18. Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.

19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.

20. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.

21. Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

22. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.

General Health and Wellness

23. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.

24. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.

25. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.

26. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.

27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply.

28. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings.

29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.

Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when taken internally)

30. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don’t

31. Skin problems

32. Toenail fungus

33. Hot flashes

34. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied externally twice a day)

35. HIV

36. Head lice

37. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow

38. Migraines (with regular use)

39. Mononucleosis

40. Parasites

41. Thrush

42. Relieve gallbladder pain

43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal

44. Energy boost

45. Flaky, dry skin

46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal

47. Adrenal fatigue

48. Alzheimers

49. H. pylori

50. Candida albicans

51. Asthma, even in children

52. Autism

53. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to HDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol

54. Chronic fatigue

55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time

56. Stronger immune system

57. Mental Clarity

58. Depression

59. Helps with inflammation in Crohns

Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically)

60. Athletes foot

61. Back pain/sore muscles

62. Canker sores

63. Acne

64. Cellulite

65. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)

66. Genital warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)

67. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.


68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.

69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.

70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.

71. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.

Other Uses

72. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.

73. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.

74. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.

75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!

76. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.

77. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.

78. Seasoning animal hide drums

79. Seasoning cookware

80. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

Recipes for beauty Products using Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Lotion Bar 

I mentioned a few of the many health benefits of using coconut oil, like how it reduce skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It also softens the skin and relieves dryness and flaking. Applied topically it helps to prevent wrinkles, saggy skin and age spots. Coconut Oil is truly amazing! 

Today I’m sharing a recipe for making Coconut Oil Lotion Bars. These bars are great for everyone, especially those who live in warmer areas and don’t want their moisturizer to melt! This lotion bar is easy to make and only has 3 ingredients! 

· saucepan 
· lotion mold, muffin pan or tins

· 1 part Coconut Oil 
· 1 part Pure Beeswax
· Essential Oils (Optional) 


Heat coconut oil and beeswax together in a saucepan over low heat. It helps if you break up the beeswax into small chunks because it takes a while for the wax to melt. Once the beeswax and coconut oil are melted add essential oils. I like to use vanilla and lavender. I’m sensitive to strong fragrances so I only add a few drops. 

Pour melted coconut oil and beeswax into lotion bar molds or muffin tins. Let them sit until cool. You can also place them in the refrigerator if you need to speed up the process. 

How To Use Lotion Bars 
YOU need to rub the bar until it’s warm and then apply it on your skin like Body Lotion
DIY Coconut Oil Moisturizer 

I haven’t purchased lotion or body butter in over two years. Instead I use coconut oil as a moisturizer. Coconut oil is amazing for the skin! It helps to reduce skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It also softens the skin and relieves dryness and flaking. Applied topically it helps to prevent wrinkles, saggy skin and age spots. 

Whipped coconut oil works wonderful as a moisturizer. It is easily applied and doesn’t harden when it’s cold. You can add essential oils for a nice fragrance if you like. If you prefer the scent of virgin coconut oil so do not add anything to it. 

Coconut Oil Body Butter 

Stand mixer or Hand mixer


Scoop coconut oil into mixing bowl. I used 2 cups of coconut oil. Break the coconut oil up into chunks. Turn the mixer on high and whip the coconut oil. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and continue to whip until all the coconut oil is soft and fluffy. If you’re going to add essential oils, do so at this time. Scoop coconut oil moisturizer into storage container. Use in place of lotion and body butter.
Detox Face Mask

Bentonite clay is a “super food” I often use in my beauty recipes It has cleansing and detoxifying effects that are beneficial to our bodies internally and externally. When used on the skin, bentonite clay will help draw out and absorb impurities.

This clay mask also calls for coconut oil, lemon juice and honey which help clean the skin with their anti-bacterial properties.

Detox Clay Mask
2 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
1 Teaspoon Virgin Coconut Oil
1/2 Tablespoon Raw Honey
Juice of half a lemon

Mix the ingredients together and apply to your freshly washed face. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Use as desired. I make this mask once a month, but if you are prone to oily skin you may want to use it more often
coconut oil hair mask

my hair can get dry easily if i don’t remember to put argan oil on after i wash it. also, winter is NOT friendly to hair. at all. here’s a simple and AMAZING way to get super, SUPER shiny and soft hair.
What's the best part? it’s organic/natural and only one ingredient! coconut oil. such a miracle oil!
 I’m obsessed with it, seriously.

2-5 tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on the thickness, length and dryness of your hair)
plastic wrap/shower cap/soft t-shirt
1. melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave (I used 3 tablespoons and microwaved it for 20 second intervals, stirring between. adjust amount of oil according to your hair’s thickness, length and dryness) (**i melt mine in the microwave because i use so much. i realize it melts when you touch it. it’s just easier for me than continuously melting chunks in my hands) 
2*. let it cool down some if you chose to microwave it!
3. apply that messy oil! …depending on what you’re using this for, you may only want to put it on the ends of your hair or everywhere but your scalp, ALL over (i did all over this time. it’s messier, but my hair feels and looks incredible. try it!
4. gently comb/brush your hair to evenly distribute the oil all over your hair
5. wrap your hair up in a shower cap/plastic wrap and leave it in 20 minutes to an hour OR put it in a bun then wrap it in a soft t-shirt and sleep in it (I highly suggest this way! it maximizes your results)
6. when time’s up, take your hair down and wash, wash, wash. it took me three washes to get all the oil out. with regular shampoo, twice should do it.
7.*condition your hair after you wash it if you want,repeat this mask every one to two weeks

IMPORTANT the baking soda/ACV routine will NOT take coconut oil out of your hair! please don’t even try. you can use this mask and take it out with a castile soap.. followed by an acv rinse) OR grab a low-poo and wash it out. the low-poo will be MUCH gentler on your hair, and wont’t require an ACV rinse after. try to go that route if you can.
also, instead of doing a full-on CO mask, you can do a quick conditioner after you wash with 1/2 teaspoon melted coconut oil mixed in a cup of warm, distilled water. just put that on the ends of your hair after you shower, then rinse :)  you can also try wetting your hair before you apply the mask next time. this will help tremendously in getting it back out!
If you’re okay with using a shampoo this ONE time to get it out, use a gentle but good shampoo (L'Oreal shampoos)
and to everyone else (shampoo users…): if you’re still having trouble getting it out, either wet your hair before you do this mask OR switch to a lighter oil like jojoba or apricot kernel.


refined CO has been through bleaching & high heat processes and also can sometimes have lye added to it or be hydrogenated, making it a trans fat. while it might make your hair feel softer, you’re not actually giving your hair anywhere the same benefits you would from unrefined. & you definitely do NOT want to eat that one!
unrefined is the purest form with the most health benefits (and the kind that can be eaten!). your hair will thank you!
so if it is refined make sure it says no hydrogenated fats
Coconut Make up Remover and Cleanser

"What?!" you say ... yes, I've started making my own beauty products. It's actually pretty easy. When I got cancer a couple years ago I had a good look at chemicals in my life, and (I'll be honest with you) beauty products are pretty bad as far as chemicals go. Look at the back of any moisturiser bottle and you'll see what I mean ... So I started buying organic cleansers and shampoos and moisturisers, but they can be a bit expensive.

Last month I finally got up the courage to try some recipes from a book on my shelf called Bodyworks: Restoring Wellbeing with Homemade Lotions, Potions and Balms. I'll never look back!

One of the most magical ingredients for cleaning your skin is Coconut Oil. I'd never bought it before this, but now I love it. It has a gorgeous light coconutty scent, it's wonderful for the skin, it tastes great, and it's meant to be good for your immunity and health. And I got a 500 mL jar of organic coconut oil (above) for $8 that will last me for ages.

Here are two of my new standards (adapted from Bodyworks: Restoring Wellbeing with Homemade Lotions, Potions and Balms) for you to try ... I recommend you give them a go for yourself then start saving jars for Mother's Day presents!

NOTE: See if you can get virgin coconut oil ... less processing is generally better.

Coconut Make Up Remover

3 Tbs coconut oil
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil or apricot kernel oil
*Try to use organic ingredients when you can 

Put the oils in a small pot or jar,  and mix them. Dip a cotton ball in the mixed oil and gently wipe your eye area. Rinse off with water and follow with your regular cleansing regime. This will cost you less than $1 a batch.

NOTE: It's best to make homemade beauty products in small quantities, to keep them fresh. Try to get organic ingredients when you can, you deserve it! Also try to store them out of the light (which can oxidise some oils) and use a fresh cotton ball or Qtip each time.

Coconut Honey Cleanser

5 Tbs coconut oil
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil or apricot kernel oil
2-3 tsp boiled water
2 tsp (raw if you can find it) honey
10 drops lavender essential oil*

*Always keep essential oils out of the reach of children
**Try to use organic ingredients when you can

As I learned this morning (having freshly run out of cleanser), there are two ways to make this cleanser:

1. The original way, which is much like making mayonnaise … in which you slowly drizzle a warmed water/honey mix into the warmed oils as you stir, stir, stir. Keep stirring. Drizzle slowly. It should thicken as it cools and you’ll have a beautiful creamy cleanser. Add the essential oils at the end.
2.  The lazy way!
Put all the ingredients into a small bottle or pot and shake, shake, shake! This doesn’t give you a creamy cleanser, but let’s be practical here … it doesn’t really matter if it’s creamy or not. If you do this the lazy way, though, just be sure to shake your cleanser before each time you use it as the honey tends to like to remove itself from the mix.

Also, I was up for something different and added lemon essential oil instead of lavender. Zing!

This cleanser feels a little oily when you rinse it off, but I find that by the time I've dried my face with a towel it feels amazing and not oily at all. In my estimation this organic cleanser will cost you around $2.00 per batch.

Caring for Your Skin as You Age Beautifully

Femme en Vogue II
Femme en Vogue II

Aging and Skin Care

I for one like to make my own skin care products and I have many many recipes and books that I use to make them. I love Essential oils for skin care but use carefully until you know if you are allergic or not to certain oils.
Here are twenty three essential oils that can be used for wrinkles. You can use any of these oils on their own or combine them as needed. Because everyone's skin regenerates at a different rate you should
allow at least thirty days to see outward results.
The oils are
Violet Leaf, Clary Sage, Fennel,Neroli ,Rose,Galbanum, Lavender, Thyme. Patchouli Yarrow ,Chammomile, German, Frankincense, Myrrh, Lemon, Hyssop,Carrot, Oregano,Orange, Vervaine, Rosemary, Palma rosa, Lime 
Below are synergistic blends designed to combat wrinkles among other
conditions etc. Use them every night on the face and if you wish, on the
neck and chest, as far as the collar bone.

Neroli 8 drops
lavender 5 drops
Fennel 5 drops
German Chammomile 3 drops
germanium 8 drops
Carrot 1 drop

Yarrow 10 drops
Patchouli 2 drops
Palma rosa 10 drops
Clary sage 8 drops
Fennel 7 drops
Rose 8 drops
Carrot 5 drops
Borage Seed 5 drops
Jojoba 5 drops
Diluted in two tablespoons hazelnut, almond, or apricot kernel oil

Neroli 10 drops
Lavender 10 drops
Franncense 10 drops
Rosemary 2 drops
Fennel 10 drops
Lemon 3 drops
Carrot 10 drops
Evening primrose 10 drops
Diluted in 2 tblsp. hazelnut, almond or apricot kernel oil

Violet leaf 5 drops
Galbanum 5 drops
Rose 5 drops
Neroli 10 drops
Lavender 3 drops
Myrrh 2 drops
Carrot 10 drops
Bois de rose 10 drops
Evening primrose 10 drops
Borage Seed 10d rops
Diluted in 2 tbls. of hazelnut, almond, or apricot kernel oil.

A note regarding Geranium Oil. According to the author geranium oil will
treat various conditions that can manifest themselves on the skin as a result
of difficult emotional experiences--red blotches on the chest, spots on the
back, or skin that looks saggy or has flaky patches. In addition, it will
reverse the apathy and body droop that often accompany the troubled mind.
Use 6 drops of geranium oil in the bath; put 30 drops into 2 tbls. of light
nut oil such as those used for dilution above for face oil and body rub.
She says you can see an improvement after one session. Before bathing, stand
naked in front of the m irror and observe the posture and look of your body.
Now have a bath to which you have added 6 drops of geranium oil and lie
there inhaling deeply for at least five minutes. When you get out rub the geranium
body oil over your whole body and stretch in all directions for a few
minutes. Now have a look in the mirror again. You'll see a marked
improvement already , so imagine the difference if you used this treatment
every day.

As we age everything changes, our skin gets drier, some suffer from acne too
you must learn your skin type, and what changes you are going through to know what products to use.
Nurturing Our Skin
Pampering our skin is something we should learn to do for our health and well being. Many of the commercially made soaps, lotions, and bath products are actually harsh on our skin, despite what they claim. However, there are some simple things you can do to nurture your skin without buying expensive spa products.
Do not over wash your face or body. A gentle rinse in the morning is often all you need for your face and neck area. Avoid scrubbing with the abrasive cleaners that are available or harsh soaps. I have found that a good quality handmade soap works well. When washing use warm water and finally, pat your face dry gently with a soft towel. The key to pampering your skin is to be as gentle as possible.

QUICK home Facial

Grind 2 cups of dry red beans in a food processor or grinder. Mix 1/2 cup of the powder with a little water to form a paste. Spread on your face, avoiding your eye area, and leave on for about 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Save the remainder of the powder in a covered container. After this cleaning mask, you can follow with a hydration mask as follows:
Mix together:
1 tsp. honey
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. half-and-half or heavy cream
Apply to your face, including your eye area, and leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
I have found that the best moisturizers are fragrance and color free. The simpler, the better. It's important that you do not towel dry your face or body completely before adding a moisturizer. They do not ADD moisture, but instead they help retain the moisture from your bath or shower. If you do want to add fragrance, try adding a few drops of essential oil such as calendula, which has skin soothing properties.

Care for Your LIPS

Our Lips also go through changes with aging and you will notice tiny lines much more noticeable than before as time goes on. Extra care needs to be given to lips
Cracked Lips
Are your lips feeling like sandpaper during the cold weather? Your lips don't have the ability to fight off sun damage, dry air, and wind like the rest of you skin. They need protection.

Apply lip balm or lipstick before going out in the cold weather, your lips need that barrier. Increase you intake of liquids and don't lick your lips, it only hinders healing.

If the corners of your mouth are getting red, sore or splitting , try applying yogurt to that area. This is a sign of an overgrowth of yeast

Lip oil
Great for dry lips
4 mls calendula oil
4 mls jojoba oil
4 mls vitamin e oil
2 drops sandalwood oil
2 drops geranium oil
Mix together and pour into a roll on bottle for easy application.

Lip Gloss
1 teaspoon Glycerin
1 teaspoon Distilled Water
2 drops Orange Essential Oil
Mix together and pour into a roll on bottle for easy application.

Honey Pot Lip Balm
2 tsp. olive oil 
1/2 tsp. beeswax 
1/2 tsp. cocoa butter 
1/2 tsp. honey 
3 drops essential oil of orange 
1 vitamin E capsule 

Measure oil, beeswax and cocoa butter into a glass or enamel pan. Melt over 
low heat. A hotplate works well and reduces the risk of overheating the oils. 
I use a small glass jar to store my lip balm in so I just mix all the 
ingredients right in that jar then place it in a pan of water to melt the 

Stir the mixture often until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and stir in 
the honey and essential oil. Pinch open the vitamin E capsule and squeeze the 
contents into the mixture. Stir well. Pour the mixture into containers. Label 
after it has solidified. If you want your honey to be dispersed throughout 
the lip balm you will need to stir it as it is solidifying.


Choose any essential oil that appeals to you. Tea Tree oil is good for cold 
sores and chapped lips.

Make your lip balm using an herbal oil in place of the olive oil. Melissa 
(lemon balm) and Calendula are two of many herbs that can add healing and 
soothing properties. Alkanet will make red lip balm. Start with one 
tablespoon to 1/2 cup oil. After heat extraction, check the color. If it is 
not dark enough for you add more Alkanet and go through the heat extraction 
process again. Your lip balm will turn out several shades lighter than the 
color of your oil. 

You may also notice that RED LIP Color is not as becoming on you as it once was, if you like RED you can still wear it, just try different shades of RED, and if you follow a good skin care REGIME you can pull off RED once you learn your true skin color and then wear a compatible shade of RED

The secret to Beautiful skin is Gentle Care, Good Products and Pure Natural Care

The secret to Beautiful skin is Gentle Care, Good Products and Pure Natural Care

However you can always improve what you were born with even if it's not just what you wanted.
Take care of your skin, don't use lots of chemicals on it and don't I repeat DO NOT go out and spend hundreds of dollars on products that you do not know what is in them!!!
I hardly buy a thing these days from the cosmetic section I buy natural products and make my own skin care, household cleaners and laundry soaps.
I am going to share many recipes I have tried and used and some I have made myself.
ALWAYS remember be Gentle to your skin, give it some devoted time each day and best of all find something that de-stresses you each day, take the time it will show on you.
5 Simple Ingredients for Homemade Beauty Products
I love it when I know exactly what's going into and onto my body. When I can name every ingredient in something, without resorting to phonetically sounding it out. When the stuff that goes on my lips (or in my mouth) is actually edible. When the oil that soaks into my skin comes from olives, rather than petroleum. When my cleanser smells nice because part of it was once real flowers. 

So now I make a lot of my own beauty products. And actually, it's so easy and really fast, too. Faster than running down to the pharmacy for another tube of whatever. Make a list, go get these things, and try some recipes out!

Here are 5 fantastic and cheap ingredients to get you started: 

Organic coconut oil 
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties (and which babies get a good dose of in mum's milk). It's a good saturated fat, but got a bad reputation from the hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated varieties found in processed foods. So stick to the extra virgin or minimally refined versions. 

*cook with it - it doesn't break down at high temperatures, it lasts ages, and it's creamy at cool temperatures
*use it for creams like deodorant or chest rub
*use it for cleansers and make up removers
*use it as a conditioner for hair or a moisturizer for skin

Um, just looking at all these cross links and you can see how much I love coconut oil! I actually have two varieties - the extra virgin (which is less processed) and the refined (which is more subtle, when you don't want a strong scent).

Organic extra virgin olive oil
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and is known as a heart-healthy fat.

*cook with it
*use it in cleansers and make up removers
*use as a natural furniture polish
*use as a moisturizer for skin or lips or hair

NOTE: store out of direct light if possible

I love when I rub olive oil into something I'm cooking - my hands get so soft!! You can also used olive oil to get rid of cradle cap when she was a baby - just rub some onto the scalp and then use a comb to remove the flaky bits.


Organic lavender essential oil (you only use a few drops at a time!)
Lavender can provide relief from insomnia, headaches, and also has antihistamine properties.

*put a few drops in your bath for extra relaxation
*add a few drops to your laundry rinse cycle to make your clothes or linens smell amazing
*add a few drops to homemade moisturizers or cleansers
*add a few drops to 10 mL apricot kernel oil for a relaxing massage oil

NOTE: store essential oils out of the reach of children and out of direct light if possible

I love the smell of lavender. Though it was one of those smells that repulsed me during pregnancy (along with coffee! what a nightmare that was!) so it took me awhile to get back into it ...


Good raw honey-buy good honey
Raw honey hasn't been heated to high temperatures, so it retains all its natural goodness. Honey has antiseptic and anti fungal properties, and is soothing on the throat. A truly natural sugar.

*cook with it (or just use it raw!)
*use for mild cuts or burns or fungal infections
*makes a good face mask
*helps soothe sore or dry throats - try 1 Tbs lemon juice + 1 Tbs honey + 1 cup hot water

NOTE: don't give honey to babies less than 12 months old, or as your doctor recommend

Tea tree oil (a little pricey but like any essential oil it'll last you ages)
Another great antiseptic and anti fungal essential oil. This one comes from an Australian native tree, and has quite a potent smell. So use in moderation! 

*add a few drops to your hot wash cycle as an extra disinfectant for towels and linens
*helps the skin recover from shaving or you can apply a drop or two directly to mild cuts or abrasions
*use in conjunction with white vinegar to clean the house - try 1 c vinegar + few drops oil + a bucket of hot water to mop tiled floors or without the water to clean the toilet
*is a natural insect repellent

NOTE: store essential oils out of the reach of children and out of direct light if possible

I hope this gets you started on good skin care, get some friends or family members together and have an at home spa day!!
Treat yourself this weekend!

Both avocado oil and shea butter are known for their hydrating and moisturizing properties, making it the perfect marriage of ingredients for the delicate under eye area. 

Avocado oil Benefits:

Extremely moisturizing.
It is a natural source of Vitamins A, D and E.
It is easily absorbed into the skin and can help with regenerating and softening of the dry eye area. 
Contains potassium, which can help with the growth of new cells.
Supports skin elasticity.

Shea Butter Benefits:

It is a natural fat that is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, which is very hydrating.
It is widely used in skin care to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks. 
It melts when it comes in contact with your skin (if you buy the real stuff you will see what I mean) and it is instantly absorbed, without making you feel like a greasy mess. 
Has anti-inflammatory benefits. 
Restores the natural suppleness of your skin.

DIY Under Eye Treatment:

Avocado Oil 
%100 Pure Shea Butter *Make sure you read the back label before you purchase. You want to make sure the only ingredient listed is shea butter. 

*You can find both of these ingredients at a health food store in the beauty section. Or you can purchase them here and here. 
Take a few drop of avocado oil and gently massage under each eye until fully absorbed. 
Finish by applying a thin layer of shea butter on top. Gently massage into your skin until absorbed. 
So easy and super cost effective!

Avocados are Nutritious
Avocados are fruits which grow on trees which are native to Mexico. Avocado is also known as 'Alligator Pear'. They have green tough skins which are textured and they are pear shaped.
The flesh inside the tough skin is the edible part. It is soft and creamy and very rich. There is also a large stone inside which can be easily removed.

Although avocados are high in fat they are still very healthy. They contain mono and polyunsaturated fats, which are the 'good' fats, as they contain omega 3 fatty acids which are vital for hair, skin and eyes. The good fats are unlike saturated fats which tend to be found in cakes and cheese, as they are less harmful to the arteries and high blood pressure.

Avocado is a versatile fruit, as it is filling and contains many vitamins and minerals.

Eating Avocados

I can't rave on these enough!!!
Avocados are eaten raw with the flesh scooped out and the stone removed. They are enjoyable as a snack or in a salad.
They go well with prawns, fish or melon and they are the main ingredient in the Mexican dip guacamole.
Add lime, chopped coriander, onion, tomato and seasoning to avocados and mash together to make the guacamole. It can be chunky or pureed and served on french toasts or to dip chips or bread sticks.
Avocado can also be a luxury treat in a sandwich or wrap with cream cheese or ham.

Baby Food
Avocado is a soft food great for your growing baby. Mash it down or blend it in baby food as a nutritious meal rich in vitamins and good fats. It is ideal for a developing brain. Although it contains a high level of fats, it is good for baby in small amounts. Check with your family doctor if you have any concerns.

Smoothies are a blended drink full of your favorite fruit. You can make them yourself in a smoothie maker or in a blender with ice and fruit juice. Add avocado, banana, lime or strawberry for a healthy morning drink.

Prepare you avocado plants

Avocado Trees
When I had eaten my avocado, I wanted to know if there was anything to do with the stone (pit) in the middle. I then came across a different way of growing plants from them indoors.
By poking cocktail sticks into the middle of the stone it is then able to balance on a cup of water. As long as the bottom of the stone is immersed in the water they should be fine.

Keep them on a sunny window sill and with any luck they should begin to sprout in a matter of weeks. Once there are leaves and roots, allow them to grow about 6 inches. They can then be planted into pots.
Ensure that you use good compost and plant them shallow in the pot, with the roots downwards.
Keep them watered but do not saturate them. They need plenty of light indoors to grow. As new leaves grow pinch out the old ones to encourage good growth. You can them keep them outdoors in the summer, but bring them inside in the winter so they are safe from frost.
You may not get any fruit on the tree for the first year or two, but grow a couple of trees together to aid pollination.
Hair mask!

Avocado Hair Mask
Another use for avocados are to use them on your hair and skin! Try a nourishing hair mask every now and again for glossy locks.

Hair Mask Ingredients:
1 Mashed avocado
1 medium egg
1 tsp honey

Mash together the ingredients in a bowl.
Massage the mixture in your hair and wrap in cling film or a plastic shower cap.
Relax for 20 minutes and allow the vitamins, minerals and good fats enrich your hair and scalp. The honey is moisturizing and the egg contains protein. Add olive oil if your scalp is particularly dry.
Rinse out of your hair after 20 minutes. Use a mild shampoo to remove the avocado mixture as it can get messy!

Avocado Face Mask

Avocado is great for dry skin. Add mashed up ripe avocado to a spoonful of runny honey and smear on your face avoiding the nose, mouth and eye areas. Honey has antibacterial properties which can help soothe and skin and fight pimples.
If you have a lot of spots, add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon as this is antiseptic.
For very dry skin, add plain natural yogurt or coconut oil to your mashed avocado. The natural ingredients are free of nasty chemicals which are found in shop bought face masks, and if you buy organic ingredients then all the better.
Other recipes for your beauty Regime
Buttermilk Bath Powder

This is a gentle, moisturizing bath powder - an interesting twist on the more usual bath oils and salts. Rich in milk fats, this powder will leave your skin rejuvenated, and is safe to use with your baby too.. You need:

1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 cup whole dry buttermilk
4 tbsp cornstarch
5 drops lavender or chamomile oil
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Use 1/4 cup in the bath, or a tablespoonful in a baby tub.

Peppermint Gel

The aloe and peppermint in this work to relieve tired muscles and reduce swelling in the legs. You need:

1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1 & 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tbsp witch hazel
5 drops peppermint oil
Mix the aloe vera, cornstarch, and witch hazel in a container and heat on high in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds for 1-2 minutes. Let cool, stir in the peppermint and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Rose Face Mask

Roses have the wonderful ability to cleanse and soothe both oily and dry skin, making them ideal for combination and problem skin types. Pregnancy often results in hormonal changes to the skin and this mask is ideally suited to deal with that. You need:

1 rose
1/4 cup hot water
1 tbsp rosewater
1 tbsp natural yogurt
1 tbsp honey
Strip the rose petals into the hot water and let soak for 20 minutes. Crush with a fork and mix in the rosewater, yogurt and honey. Apply the resultant paste to face and neck and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off. This makes a very relaxing mask while soaking in the Buttermilk Bath. Rinse the mask off into the bath and let the vitamins and minerals work their magic on the rest of your body. Finish off with a brief rinse in warm water to remove any leftover petal fragments.

Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin

Rough and itchy dry patches are a common bane in pregnancy and summertime - worse when the two are combined. This lotion makes an effective instant cure-all. You need:

1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
5 drops lavender oil
4 drops rose oil
Mix all ingredients and apply as needed to dry patches. Massage into the skin and leave for 10-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Do not scrub while rinsing.

Belly Balm

1/4 cup cocoa butter
1 T wheat germ oil (or I sometimes use shea butter)
3 T apricot kernel oil (or any other rich oil - avocado, almond)
1 T grated beeswax (about 10 grams)

Melt all together gently in double boiler. Stir every now and then as it cools. You could add some lavender oil if you wanted - 12 drops for every 2 T of base oil. I make this for some midwives at the hospital where my friend works. They tell me if nothing else, it does ease the itching.

Herb Facial
4 Tablespoons Chamomile Flowers
2 Cups Distilled Water
Bring flowers and water to boil, remove from heat. Cover to use with towel as a steamer. Steam face for 5 to 10 minutes. Splash face with cool water to close pores

Cleanser for a Dry Complexion
2 Ounces Aloe Vera Gel
1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Glycerine
1/2 Teaspoon Grape seed Extract
8 Drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
4 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Blend the ingredients. Shake well before each use. Apply with a cotton ball, then rinse with warm water. Gently pat face dry.

Herbal Face Mask
1 Tablespoon Dry Milk
1 Teaspoon Honey
1/4 Teaspoon One Of The Following:
Chamomile Flowers -- finely chopped
Fennel -- finely chopped
Parsley -- finely chopped
Lemon Grass -- finely chopped
Mint Leaves -- finely chopped
Combine with whisk or in blender on low speed 2 or 3 minutes or until creamy. Apply to the face and throat, it will form a mask as it dries. Leave on 5 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

Orange Flower Cleansing Cream
2 tablespoons soy oil
2 tablespoons almond oil
1 ounce cocoa butter
1 tablespoon beeswax
2 tablespoons orange flower water
1/8 teaspoon borax
5 drops essential oil of neroli
Mix and warm the oils. Melt the cocoa butter and stir it into the oils. Melt the beeswax, then beat it into the oil mixture, a little at a time.
Warm the orange flower water and dissolve the borax in it. Beat this into the main mixture. Leave to thicken and cool.
As the mixture starts to thicken, stir in the essential oil. Once cool, spoon into prepared jars and label. For dry and normal skin.

Chamomile Cleansing Milk
1/2 cup Half and Half
2 tablespoons Chamomile flowers, fresh or dried
Heat together in a double boiler for 30 minutes. Do not let half and half boil or form a skin. Leave to infuse 2 hours, then strain. Keep refrigerated and use within one week. For dry and sensitive skin.

Buttermilk and Fennel Cleansing Milk
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons Fennel seed, crushed
Gently heat the milk and crushed seed together in a double boiler for 30 minutes.
Leave to stand and infuse for 2 hours. Strain, bottle, refrigerate and use within one week. For oily skin.

Toner for Dry Completion
2 Ounces Aloe Vera Gel
2 Ounces Orange Blossom Water
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
6 Drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil
4 Drops Sandlewood Essential Oil
1 Drop Chamomile Essential Oil
1 Drop Jasmine Essential Oil
800 IU Vitamin E Oil
2 400 IU Vitamin E Capsules
Combine ingredients (if using vitamin E capsules, pop them open, and squeeze the oil into the mixture). Shake before using. This toner can also be used as an aftershave.

999 Emergency Hair Treatment
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
1 Large Egg Yolk
1 Teaspoon Mayonnaise
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
Mix all ingredients in a blender until they reach a creamy consistency. After thoroughly washing hair with a deep-cleansing shampoo, towel-blot, then distribute mixture evenly onto hair; wrap head completely with aluminium foil to retain heat. Leave on 30 minutes. Remove foil; wash hair again with deep-cleansing shampoo until all the mixture is removed. Should be done about once a month.

Caribbean Rum Conditioner
3 Tablespoons Rum
1 Large Egg
Whisk together egg and rum. After shampooing, pour mixture onto hair and leave on 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse well with the coolest water you can stand, for extra shine.

Herbal Hair Rinse
1 Pint Boiling Water
1 Tablespoon Vinegar
1 Cup Dried Herbs Such As:
Sage -- * see note
Lemon Grass -- * see note
Pour boiling water over 1 cup of dried herbs. Let steep for about 30 minutes. Strain and add 1 tablespoon vinegar. Pour rinse over hair and leave in.
NOTES : *Sage: boil water and pour over sage in a cast iron pot...sage will darken hair.* Lemon-grass will add blonde highlights to hair.

Crème Bath Oil Soak
3 Large Eggs
1/2 Cup Yoghurt
1/4 Cup Witch Hazel
1 Tablespoon Witch Hazel
2 Tablespoons Melted butter
1/4 Cup Corn Oil
1 Teaspoon Corn Oil
1 3/4 Cups Milk
1 Teaspoon Cider vinegar
1 Cup Peach Juice -- or
1 Cup Apricot Nectar
Melt butter and mix with corn oil. Let stand one hour. Mix eggs and stir gently. Add all ingredients one at a time to blender - adding 1 c of milk last. Beat at low speed. Turn off blender and add last 3/4 c milk unbeaten. Stir and enjoy. Keep refrigerated for freshness. Shake and add 1/2 c to your tub. Makes 3 cups - enough for 6 baths.

Foaming Bath Salts
1/2 Cup Unscented Liquid Soap
1 Tablespoon Light Oil
Food Coloring
6 Cups Rock Salt Crystals
Essential Oils, Such As:
Bitter Orange
Mix together soap, oil, and food coloring. Pour mixture over rock salt in a large bowl. Stir continuously until salt crystals are evenly coated. Spread salts out in thin layer on cookie sheet covered with wax paper and allow to air dry. (This can take up to 24 hours) If you would like to scent your bath salts, add a few drops of the essential oils after drying. Put 1/4 cup of the salts (enough for 1 bath) into a small cotton bag--the kind used for sachets and teas--and tie with a bow for a decorative look. Store in an airtight container. Salts should be poured into the bath under running water. Recipe makes enough for 24 baths.

Fruit Gel Masks For Normal To Dry Skin
1 Envelope Gelatine Powder, Unsweetened
1/2 Cup Apple Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Pear Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Peach Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Raspberry Juice -- * see note
Combine gelatine and fruit juice in clean, ovenproof glass container. Heat gently to dissolve gelatine completely. (Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or heat in a pan on the stove.) Place mixture in refrigerator and cool until almost set, about 30 minutes. Spread a thin layer of the gel mixture over your face and allow to dry. Peel mask off and rinse skin thoroughly with cool water.
NOTES : * choose any one of the above fruit juices.

Fruit Gel Masks For Oily Skin
1 Envelope Gelatine Powder, Unsweetened -- (Knox)
1/2 Cup Tomato Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Grapefruit Juice -- or
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice -- or
1/2 Cup White Grape Juice -- * see note
Combine gelatine and fruit juice in clean, ovenproof glass container. Heat gently to dissolve gelatine completely. (Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or heat in a pan on the stove.) Place mixture in refrigerator and cool until almost set, about 30 minutes. Spread a thin layer of the gel mixture over your face and allow to dry. Peel mask off and rinse skin thoroughly with cool water.
NOTES : *Choose any one of the above juices.

Herb Soap Balls
1/4 Cup Boiling water
5 Drops related essential oil
1 Tablespoon Pulverized Herbs -- * see note
2 Cups Shredded Ivory Or Castile Soap
Plastic wrap
Pour boiling water over herbs. Add 5 to 6 drops oil. Steep 15 minutes. Reheat until bubbly and pour over soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days.
NOTES : * Chamomile, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme or a combination of any or all of the above.

Herbal Baths
1 Drop essential oil
1 Cup Oatmeal
Mix oatmeal, herbs and oil and fill bath bags with mixture. Oatmeal is used because it is a natural skin softener and cleanser
STIMULATING BATHS: basil, bay, calendula, citronella, fennel horseradish roots, lavender, lemon verbena, lovage root, marjoram, mint, nettle, pine needles, queen of the meadow, sage, rosemary, savoury, thyme,  vetiver root.
SOOTHING BATHS: catnip, chamomile, comfrey, elder, primrose, hyssop, jasmine, juniper berries, lemon balm, linden flowers, marshmallow root, melilot, mullein, passionflower flowers, roses, slippery elm inner bark, tansy, violet, valerian root, vervain (whole plant).
Sherri Williams

Herbal Mouthwash
Strong Peppermint Tea
Equal Portions Of:
Boiling Water
Chew On Parsley
Combine equal portions of boiling water, mint, anise and rosemary. Let steep until cool. Strain and store in airtight container. Store in refrigerator. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Clean Grimy Cooking Pans

Do you have pans that look like this? ME Too and usually I throw them out and buy new ones
Well now you can save them

How to clean your cookie sheets--Kitchen "Miracle" Cleaner! You put about 1/4 cup of baking soda in a small glass bowl and squirt in hydrogen peroxide until it makes a nice paste. Then you rub it on the offending dirt/stain/grease...whatever! You can usually just use your fingers...but you can also use a small sponge as well.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Canister Label Project

Ok so it seems every time I go to cook something or bake it takes me extra time going through my cupboards looking for the ingredients I need because I bought none labeled canisters to keep things in awhile ago. I like these sealed tight ones better than the fancy ceramic ones because they don't seal air tight and keep food safe from spilling or any spoilage or air drying and clumping that happens in loose lid styles that I have (which I now use for cookie cutters and non food items, because they are too cute to throw out)
So I keep telling myself I need to label things, so does my son when he goes to cook.
Problem is I kept thinking how should I do it, if I use a sharpie they wear off or wash off even a little each time and then they don't look nice. Paper labels can't be washed but look much nicer so I decided to look on my favorite helpful site Pinterest for label ideas, or I would have to make my own. WELL guess what
they have tons of links to sites that offer free labels to print and even add fonts for the ingredients you need labeled. I was in heaven for a few minutes searching for some cute ones.

Here are links to my label page on My pinterest, where you too can find something you can use I bet.

You will need:
a set of canisters,
a printer,
some good quality paper,
double back sticky tape or a way to attach labels(you can buy adhesive paper too)

So here are my canisters unlabeled and confusing right?
so then I picked out some cute labels to use
and I decided to use sticky back tape to put them on, that way I can easily remove them when I wash the canister and replace them when they are dry.
I printed my off on glossy photo paper, nice and thick so they last 
then the fun part, like paper dolls, the cutting them out neatly.
I thought about using a package tape over the whole label but thought no that peels off
also decoupage but that I don't think is safe for food containers, so I didn't want to do that and it would never come off should I want to change something.
The double sticky back tape is nice and easy to use, and easy to peel off to change.
Now everything is labeled and easy to find what I need.
I am ready to get back to my cooking and baking in style
Well except I need to make a trip to the grocery store to restock flour and a few things I ran out of this week doing a lot of baking ;)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Making Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Decorations

My adorable granddaughter, Miss Anna, will be turning 2 years old in just a few days. Her mommy is planning a Strawberry Shortcake birthday Party for her. I loved Strawberry Shortcake when my first daughter was due to be born and so her room was completely decorated to the max in the design.
Well it's still popular and seems my grand baby likes her a lot too. So I am helping make some things.

My daughter got the handy idea of giving thank you's to all the guests at the end of the party attached to the kids goody bags to take with them. I said Ok I can help with that project, let me see what I can come up with for you.
So I found a cute picture to work with then using a program I like I put this together for a thank you note.
I grabbed some cute strawberries to add as a border around the little girls picture of strawberry shortcake and her friends
put it all together in my program 
then added some text and decided on a font to use and what color I liked best.

Once the card was complete and I got my daughter's approval on the design and layout I saved it to print. Then I printed out the number of sheets I wanted sizing it to 4 per page makes it for the perfect thank you note size. I then printed it on matte card stock on the printer Looking Good!!
This is so easy, just takes a little time to learn the program and lay things out how you like.
Then after everything is printed out, I used my handy dandy paper cutter, this thing is a must Have item. It saves time, keeps things neat and straight and I wouldn't want to be without it, You can get them at craft stores, or office supply stores and maybe even Wally world stores.

After I printed out the thank you notes I did make some mini cards that can be used as place cards
I also printed out some coloring pages to entertain the kids, who doesn't like to color?? I know I still do and I will join the kids for this fun.
Another project complete, onto the next craft idea.
Happy Crafting

Watching Vampire Diaries has become Appealing

I for one never thought that I would ever watch Vampire movies, and then it happened, my daughter talked me into it, well actually 2 of my daughters did. So it began, at first I was like; YOU actually watch, and enjoy this? YES they did, read the books first, which I started but couldn't stay at those. Then I went to the movie and actually enjoyed it, closing my eyes at the blood, and as time went on I began to look forward to the next movie.
Then as time has gone on, I found I was drawn to find out more, so I picked up Netflix and began watching the first season of Vampire Diaries and have been caught up ever since. I actually enjoy them,
Basically you know, they are just a big ole family feud. A neighborhood of families feuding it out and loving it UP!! Yes the sex and erotica of the whole thing is also an added feature but I am studying the whole story and realize that it's really pretty simple now.

I also like the witches in the shows best, as I am one, so I will be pulling for the good witches too.
I am currently on season 3, ep 19 but since I began only 3 weeks ago that's pretty fast for as many episodes as there are. So I am going to have to record season 5 to get it ready when I am all caught up, boy is that going to be boring having to ONLY watch 1 episode a week, instead of hours a night. Right?
I can't pick a character I like best, first it was Steffan but now I'm just not sure.