Monday, 27 March 2017

DIY Cold Sore Balm

DIY Cold Sore Balm


Some studies indicate that lip balm made with lemon balm infused oil may help lessen the symptoms and reduce healing time for cold sores.

This simple recipe uses beeswax, cocoa butter and the herb lemon balm to make a healing balm.

In a small double boiler slowly and gently heat:
  • 30mls of lemon balm infused oil (see below how to make an infused oil) 
  • 7g beeswax or candelilla wax
  • 7g cocoa butter

Once melted add:

Pour into a small, clean jar and allow to cool. Makes approximately 1/4 cup of balm.

Instructions for making an infused oil are here. Simply use fresh or dried lemon balm in place of calendula petals.



Lemon Balm


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Friday, 24 March 2017

Sweet Coffee Body Scrub

This simple scrub uses a mix of sugars to exfoliate and stimulate skin, while coffee can help to draw out impurities. Plus a little cinnamon to warm and aid circulation.

Sweet Coffee Body Scrub


To make this you will need:

½ cup ground coffee
1-2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
60ml jojoba oil or sweet almond oil

Combine the first three ingredients with enough jojoba or sweet almond oil to create a mix that it wet, but not too runny.

Best used in the shower. Massage gently into the skin for 5-10 minutes then rinse. Follow with moisturiser.






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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Lavender Chamomile Bath Soak




Lavender Chamomile Bath Soak


To make this you will need:


Combine the salts and dried herbs in a bowl and mix well, In a small jug or cup combine the sweet almond oil and lavender essential oil. Stir to combine the oils then slowly add to the salt-herb mixture. Stir again.

Cut a muslin square approximately 16cm x 16cm. In the middle of the square place 4 tablespoons of the mix. Bring the edges together and tie securely. Pop the bag into the bath and enjoy. The remaining mix will keep in an airtight jar for up to 6 months.



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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Twelve ways to use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is probably one of the most widely available and well-recognised of all the essential oils. Here are just a few ways it can be used.



1. Lavender Water


In a spray bottle combine 5 drops of lavender essential oil with 150mls of distilled water. Shake well before using. This simple spray can be used to freshen a room.

2. DIY Flea Spray for Dogs


The flea spray has a clean, fresh, but subtle, smell. It can be used both as preventative and as a treatment for fleas. Learn how to make it HERE.

3. Deodorising Powder for Feet


Unfortunately sometimes you just can't avoid smelly shoes. This recipe for a deodoriser, suitable for both feet and sneakers, is (like most of my recipes) simple to make and does the job well.




4. Chamomile Toner


The first of three toner recipes all using lavender essential oil. This soothing chamomile toner is very mild and suitable for most skin types. Get the recipe HERE

5. Elder Flower Toner


Elder Flower Toner is very gentle so is well suited for sensitive. It's made with only four ingredients and you can leave out the lavender essential oil if you prefer.

6. Lavender Toner


This is a simple to make toner is easy to make with only three ingredients and is particularly suitable for young teenage skin. Get the recipe HERE.


7. Itchy Bites


A few drops of lavender essential oil can help to ease the itch of insect bites. Always take care when applying essential oil directly to the skin - not all essential oils should be used in this way.






8. DIY Hand Sanitizer


Hand sanitizer doesn't take the place of washing you hands, but it's useful when you have little or no access to clean running water. DIY Hand Sanitizer utilises the antibacterial and anti-viral properties of lavender essential oil.


9. Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm


Coconut oil works well as a make-up remover and moisturiser on it own. Adding cocoa butter and essential oils both nourishes the skin and and gives your skin tone a boost. Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm is good for most skin types, but particularly dry skin.

10. Olive Oil and Rosehip Night Cream


Extremes of weather can suck the moisture right out of your skin. Olive Oil and Rosehip Night Cream can be used at night or of you have really dry skin that needs a boost use it as a rich day cream.

11. Eczema Soothing Facial Mask


While this mask can take some time to make it's definitely worth it. Learn how to HERE.

12. Headaches


A little lavender essential oil gently rubbed into the temples can help ease a headache.







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Saturday, 11 March 2017

How to make Comfrey Fertiliser

Comfrey brings bees into the garden and makes an excellent companion plant. 

Comfrey is a good source of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. The leaves can be used to a make a rich liquid fertiliser, particularly suited to potatoes and tomatoes.




To make Comfrey Fertiliser you will need:

  • comfrey leaves
  • a 10 litre bucket
  • water
  • a large stone or brick

Half fill the bucket with comfrey leaves. Place the stone on top of the leaves to weigh then down then fill the bucket with water. Leave the bucket in the warm, dry, sheltered place to let the fertiliser "stew" for about a month.

After a month strain the liquid and bottle. Label the bottle. The rotted leaves that remain can be used as a side dressing in the garden or added to the compost heap.

To use: dilute the comfrey liquid before using. For every cup of comfrey add two cups of water. The diluted mix can be used to water or as foliar feed for established plants. For young plants dilute the comfrey liquid 3:1.

NOTE: Comfrey leaves are quite prickly and can irritate skin so gloves are a good idea.







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