Spa Day

Lately I have been really gross because of the summer heat and humidity. I decided I needed to take some time today to make myself feel a little better. I mostly focused on herbal remedies to help keep my face healthy and happy.

Tea (For healthy skin)

1 tbs Dandelion Root

2 Sprigs Peppermint

Honey to taste

Cinnamon to taste

(Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for around 15 minutes. Put your face over the steam to open up your pores and hydrate your skin. The tea itself can be sprinkled over the face or put on a wet washcloth to put on face.)

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Face Mask

1/4 cup Rose Water or Dried Rose Buds

1/4 cup Aloe Vera

1/2 Oatmeal

2 cups Distilled Water

(Follow cooking instructions for oatmeal. Let cool and then put on face. Leave on until dry and cold and then wash off with warm washcloth. For oily skin you can put lemon into the mix.)

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Moisturizer 

A few drops Vitamin E oil

A few drops Tea Tree Oil

2 tbs. Distilled Water or Rose Water

(Best to test this on a patch of skin before use if you can sensitive skin.)

 

 

DIY Essential Oils

Today I began the process of making essential oils from my herb garden and so can you! I will tell you how in a few easy steps you can create your own essential oils.

Supplies Needed:

  • Glass Bottles (twice the number of herbs/spices you have. So if you have 6 herbs/spices then you will need 12 bottles.)
  • Big Pot
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Funnel
  • Strainer
  • Scissors
  • Tongs
  • Timer
  • Labels
  • Herbs/Spices

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Instructions

1. Fill pot a little more than half way up with water and put pot on stove.

2. Remove caps from bottles and place them in the water (make sure to tilt their heads/openings downward so they will fill with water and not float)

3. Turn heat on high and wait for water to boil. Set a timer for the bottles to boil for 15 minutes.

4. Cut herbs from plants, put into strainer, and wash them with cold water. DO NOT SOAK IN WATER. Dry on paper towel.

5. After 15 minutes, turn off the stove and take the pot off the heat.

6. Take bottles out of the water and put on paper towels to let them dry for a few seconds. Put the bottle caps and the funnel into the hot water. You do not want to boil the caps because if boiled the caps loose their protective rubber.

7. Put herbs/spices into the bottles and put in the funnel.

8. Pour oil into the funnel slowly. Be careful not to have the oil overflow the bottle because it will make a mess. Also make you cover the herbs entirely so they are not sticking out of the oil.

9. Take the caps out of the water and put them on the bottles. Wash the oil off the bottles with dawn and water. Dry the bottles thoroughly.

10. Put the bottles in a cool, dark, and dry place where no light can get to them. Let them infuse for 3 weeks.

11. Check them occasionally and make sure they look okay. If you see anything growing then this means something went wrong in the sterilization process and you have to throw the oil out. Wipe off any residue which builds up on the outside.

12. After 3 weeks, your essential oils should be infused and ready to use. Strain out the herbs from the oil into sterilized (boiled for 15 minutes) bottles. The essential oils should be good for about 6 months.

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Food & Flowers

Two of my favorite things. I spent today grocery shopping with my mom. We spent a long time in the produce section (which is our favorite section by the way) and we decided it would be a fine idea if I got the ingredients to make mango salsa. I will try to remember to share the recipe and how it came out. I hope you enjoy my pictures. I finally got essential oil bottles so I can make essential oils out of my herbs. I most definitely plan on posting how to make your own and show my process.

Iced Tea with Lemon Slices

Iced Tea with Lemon Slices

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This tea made by POM is really yummy. Usually it's too expensive but this time it was on sale. Yay!

This tea made by POM is really yummy. Usually it’s too expensive but this time it was on sale. Yay!

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Dilute the Darkness Spell

Here is a spell to help you in the dark times of life. Sometimes negativity becomes a well of darkness that you feel like you are drowning in. When you feel like this there seems like there is no way out but there is! This spell will help you shift your mood in a better direction. This is also a good cleansing spell before a spell or Sabbat.

What you Need:

A Black Washable Marker
A White Candle
Happiness Bath Bag
Water (your tub/shower)

Happiness Bath Bag Recipe

Take a sqaure of cloth and a string. Put these into it and tie it to make a pouch. You could also put these in loose in the bath water.

A clear quartz crystal
A tbs. of mint
Some lemon peel zest
A tbs. of sage
A tsp salt
(Any other herbs or things you would love to put in the pouch such as lavender, thyme, chamomile, rose, ect.)

Now that you have what you need go to the place you will perform the spell. Draw the bath and put the bag in. Light the candle and turn off the lights. This spell is wordless and based solely on visualization and your other five senses. You can chant something if you wish.With the marker draw on your naked skin. Draw on your skin everything you are feeling and even write the words which describe your emotions. Now put yourself into the water and wash all that negativity away. All these negative thoughts are just temporary and do not make up who you are so let them go. Let the water cleanse you. Close your eyes. Visualize the light from the candle swirling around you in a glowing ribbon. Visualize the light going into the crystal in the bag and flowing a rainbow of colors into the water. Watch as the rainbow colors form bubbles which float in the air around you in the darkness. They shine and are weightless, just like you, and you yourself start to feel weightless. What do you smell? Inhale the good and exhale the bad. Feel your breath move in and out effortlessly. What do you hear? Silence? Bubbles popping? Water flowing? When you feel relaxed and more happy let the bath end and as you see the water swirling down the drain, imagine it is your fear, stress, and sadness leaving you. Blow out the candle but continue to feel the warm glow of its light.

Herbal Hair Rinses

I have often used many different recipes for herbal hair rinses. There are many different herbal treatments for different hair types. My hair was feeling especially oily yesterday and I created a tincture which did an amazing job. My hair felt soft, smelled good, and was not oily anymore.

Here is the recipe:

a handful strawberry leaves (good for getting oil out)
a handful mint leaves (good for getting volume)
some lemon juice (puts hightlights in light hair. This can be left out if you don’t have light hair.)
some apple cider vinegar (gets oil and other chemicals out)
pour boling water over herbs and cover. Let it sit for more than 20 minutes. Use after it has cooled enough by pouring it over your hair or sumerging your hair in it.

Hair types and list of herbs which work well for them

Normal: rosemary, thyme, blackberry leaf, lavender, mint, elderberries, vinegar.

Dry: borax, chamomile oil, cider vinegar.

Oily: strawberry leaves, mint leaves, rosemary leaves, lemon.

Itchy/dandruff: catnip, nettle tops, birch leaves, cider vinegar, chamomile oil.

Brunettes/dark hair: sage, cinnamon, coffee, nettle.

Blonde: chamomile, rubarb, lemon, caledula petals.

Red: Hibiscus, red wine, water used to boil beets.

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Summer in the Grey

I think this outfit helps capture the essence of rainy summer days. The warm colors pop out against the gray background and give color to an otherwise colorless day. I also have the pop of color with my red and orange nails which I did myself last night.

Make-Up: Foundation. Teal and golden eye shadow. Brown eyeliner on lower lid with a bit of smudging to make eyes larger and none on upper lid. Mascara. Blush. Pink lipstick.

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Maine Trip: All Checked In

Memorial Day weekend here I come! I have to say that this resort and spa is pretty nice. They have two pools and the rooms are nice and big. The bathrooms are very clean and they have a large shower and big bathtub. Which is a big deal for me since I haven’t been able to take a bath in ages. It might be nice to do that. There are even little porches which have a view of the water. Unfortunately mother nature is planning a lot rain. It is rainy and foggy currently. You can’t even tell the difference between the sky and the water.

Fun Fact: Maine has the cleanest water of all the U.S. states because of how it filters through the sand and it is home to a lot of springs including the famous Poland Spring. Also the glaciers are responsible for Maine’s jagged coast with all its inlets and harbors.

Anyway.. I am pretty tired from the drive up and plan on giving myself a manicure and just relaxing. I might have some decaf coffee as well since they have one of those Keurig coffee makers in here. I love those! It’s just nice to be away from home sometimes.

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They have some really lovely gardens around the resort. They have a lot of Hostas and it is pretty wooded as well. It also seems as if they have beds of some other plants. I’ll make sure to check them out later! The hanging petunias are also rather colorful and lovely.

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