Earl Grey Massage Balm

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I love the smell of freshly steeped earl grey tea. How delicious a balm would that make?

Very.

I crafted a simple version:

1 cup refined coconut oil (solid at room temperature)

several tea bags of earl grey tea or 1/4 cup loose tea

*essential oil of bergamot

containers with lids

(refined coconut oil has the coconutty scent removed, allowing a cleaner earl grey scent. If you don’t have refined coconut oil you can use regular coconut oil… it will be exotic, like earl grey went to Tahiti!)

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melt the oil in a double boiler set-up

add the tea bags or loose tea

stir and heat for 30 minutes or so (the oil should change colour and take on the aroma of the tea)

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remove from heat and allow to cool

drain the loose tea using cheesecloth or a thin cloth

or squeeze the tea bags to remove excess oil

 

(Reserve the tea bags and tie the cloth ends together to create a tea pouch for the bath. Drop in your evening tub for a therapeutic soak).

Add essential oil of bergamot to the strained oil. 30-40 drops or to your liking. (Add the essential oil, then drip a drop of the mixture on your skin for an aroma test. If you’d like it stronger, add more essential oil).

Pour the blend into containers and allow to cool completely before capping.P1160250

Overnight the oil should return to solid form. You can speed this process along by using the fridge or placing them outdoors in cooler weather.

This is a simple, infused coconut oil massage balm. It will remain solid at 72 degrees and below. Above that temperature, it will begin to liquify. Popping it in the fridge will return it to its solid form.

Rub between the palms and massage where desired. A great bedtime massage oil.P1160253

 

Bergamot is known to be analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and assists with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

*Bergamot may cause a reaction known as photosensitivity in certain individuals. It is advisable not to expose areas of skin with bergamot oil to direct sunlight.

 

If you want to make a lip or body balm:

infuse your tea in sweet almond oil and after draining the tea, add beeswax to the heated oil and melt.

Use this recipe for vanilla bean-infused balm as a guide.

 

This creates a silky smooth balm that will keep its consistency in warm weather and makes a delicious lip balm.

Enjoy!

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.