Goddess Foot-Butter

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This divine DIY anoints your gorgeous goddess feet while healing your crocodile cracked heels at the same time.

It’s indulgent and you’re worth it.

If, however, you need a more frugal version… replace the oil and essential oils with more economical choices, such as olive oil and citrus essential oil.

 

In a double boiler set-up, add 1 1/4 cups of shea or cocoa butter. I used illipe for this batch.

Melt butter and remove from heat.

Add 3/4 cup rosehip seed oil.

Add a splash of vitamin E oil.

Place in the freezer (or in the snow) just until a solid ring begins to form around the edge of tThe deep colour is from the rose hip seed oil.he liquid.

Add 50 drops of essential oil of rosewood.

Add 25 (or more) drops of essential oil of bulgarian rose.

Blend with electric mixer on low until whipped and fluffy. Don’t over-whip or it will be too hard to spoon into containers.

Spoon into wide-mouthed jars, tapping on the counter to remove air pockets and settle the butter.

Top with rose petal or leave au natural.

Anoint those tender tootsies with this richly hydrating and nurturing butter.

The deep colour is from the rose hip seed oil. Gorgeous!

Natural Face Cleanser

Facial Nourishment
Facial Nourishment

Facial Nourishment

I was skeptical at first to use oil as a cleanser. 3 years later, I couldn’t imagine using anything else. My skin is never dry, oily or inflamed. I now use only natural oils on my skin. I boosted my oil with effective and beautiful enhancements to create a nourishing cleanser, naturally.

Natural Face Cleanser: 

Fill a bottle (I like Miron violet glass for my best oils) 60% with jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is the closest to our natural sebum, responsible for keeping hair and skin supple.

Top up the remaining 40% with a good quality castor oil. I use Mountain Rose Herb’s organic castor oil. This oil draws impurities from the pores and is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory yet nourishing for the skin and hair.

I then add essential oil of petitgrain, about 15 drops per 50 mls of facial oil. If skin is prone to breakouts add more petitgrain This citrus essential oil is extracted from the leaves and twigs of the orange tree. It is both refreshing and calming, and clears greasy skin and blemishes. Petitgrain has both sedative and nervine qualities, making it a good choice for pre-bedtime cleansing. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonifier, petitgrain assists in circulating chi.

To this I add a drop of pure organic Bulgarian rose essential oil, a pricey but nourishing treat for the skin. Suitable for all skin types, rose oil is used for broken capillaries and wrinkles, and is balancing and nurturing for skin and soul.

Rose geranium essential oil makes a beautiful replacement for the stronger and more expensive Bulgarian rose oil. Use more liberally, adding 8 or 10 drops. An uplifting aromatic, rose geranium is astringent and regenerative. It is used for a variety of skin issues including eczema, broken capillaries, varicose veins, and premature aging, and balances all skin types. Rose geranium is popular in Ayurveda as it pacifies all doshas and balances hormone levels in women.

There it is. Now you know my secret face cleanser formula. Shake well before each use to disperse all oils. Use 2 -3 small squirts on a warm, moist cloth and massage over skin. The small amount of essential oils and cleanser required to wash allows me to use this as an eye make-up remover as well, although use caution and keep eyes closed. Pregnant women and those with medical conditions should use caution with essential oils. Consult a physician or professional if health conditions exist.

Play with the recipe, make it your own. Try more rose geranium than petitgrain or add neroli or lavender. Create a nourishing treat for your skin and self, naturally.

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

My 5 year-old daughter told me she doesn’t like her bad dreams. I asked her to tell me about them. Most appeared to centre around scenes from popular kids’ movies. We talked about dreams and busy little minds and I told her the story of lavender, how it once was placed in sachets and put under the pillow to give the sleeper sweet dreams.

I told her I just happened to have lavender buds and asked if she would like to make her own dream pouch. She loved the idea.

Dream pouch:

  • Choose a small, cotton pouch with a short draw string – safe for bedtime and secure enough to keep the contents concealed. If you are particularly crafty, you could sew small pouches, decorate them together, and tie them closed with a short string.
  • Pour lavender buds into a bowl, enough for 2 pouches (of course you are making one too).
  • Each of you fill your pouches with buds while sharing the stories of your best dreams. If you can’t remember them, make up some juicy ones: sliding down a chocolate waterfall and splashing into a pool of raspberry pudding, floating to shore on banana boats and drying off with giant peppermint towels. Let your child fill in the details of their favourite things.
  • When your pouches are filled with buds and pleasant dreams, tie them off tightly, cutting away any excess string, and place them into your pillow cases, under the pillow. Wish each other sweet dreams.

You’d be surprised how much your older children may also enjoy this simple craft, storytelling, and time spent with you, naturally.