(Makes approximately 6 ounces or three 2 ounce tins)
1/2 Cup Carrier Oil (a combination of Jojoba, Grape Seed, Almond, and Olive oils)
2 Tablespoons of Beeswax
12-24 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 3-6 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil to make it sweeter (optional)
Lavender flower buds (optional).
Note: Buds can be added for appearances, but you'll be flicking them off of your fingers later, I promise.
Place your carrier oils (or herb infused oils) and Beeswax in a Pyrex measuring cup. Place this cup inside a sauce pan filled with water about half the height of your measuring cup. You don’t want water to get in your cup. You may also use a double boiler or a hot plate to warm and melt your beeswax into the oils. I find one of the most important things in this process is melting everything in a cup or dish that has a pour spout.
Gently warm over low to medium-low heat until the Beeswax melts. Remove from heat, add your essential oils and immediately pour into container(s), which should be metal or glass. As it begins to cool (it will look opaque around the edges) add your flower buds or other herbs). If you put them in too soon, they may all sink to the bottom or float around the edges. Let cool completely.
Wait for it to solidify before covering with lids. If, after it solidifies, your salve isn’t the consistency you desire, you can always reheat it to change the consistency. This can be messy, but it can be done. If your salve is too thick, add more oil. Too thin, add more Beeswax.
One time, I was in a hurry and forgot to put in the essential oils. Not funny, at all. But, I scraped out the containers, put it all back in my Pyrex measuring cup, reheated it and poured it just fine. I lost only about ¼ - ½ of a teaspoon in the process (the part that stuck to my spatula and the insides of the containers. If you invest in a hot plate, you can avoid having to scrape out your containers and just let them reheat and liquefy right in their containers on the hot plate. Then, just pour it all back into your Pyrex cup and re-melt. Keep the heat setting on very low though to avoid damaging your container.
Store in a cool location where your salves will remain semi-solid to solid and will not continue to re-melt and re-solidify. They will last for 9 months or longer when stored properly.
1 TB Safflower oil
1 TB Olive oil
10 drops French Lavender essential oil
10 drops Vanilla essential oil
Add all ingredients to a small dropper bottle or a glass bottle with a tight fitting lid. To use, shake gently, warm up 3-4 drops in the palm of your hands and apply to temples, forehead and under the nose for stress or inhale to calm your mind and spirit.
(Makes 4 oz.)
Grapeseed oil 2 TB
Vit E oil 2 TB
Avocado oil 2 TB
Jojoba oil 2 TB
72 drops of essential oils for a 3% dilution/ratio (equals 18 drops per 2 TB)
Add all ingredients to a glass bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid. Use as you would any massage oil. A little goes a long way.
Beeswax ~ 1 Heaping TSP
Shea Butter ~ 4 tsp
Coconut Oil ~ 1 tablespoon
Safflower Oil ~ 1 tsp
Cocoa Butter (organic) ~ 1 tsp
Vegetable Glycerine ~ 1 tsp
Aloe Vera Gel ~ 1 tsp
Vitamin E Oil ~ ¼ tsp
Avocado Oil ~ 1 tsp
Jojoba Oil ~ 1 tsp
Yarrow essential oil ~ 6-12 drops
To make this recipe follow the same directions as you would for Lavender Salve above. Rose Hips or Carrot oil can be substituted in place of the Avocado and/or Jojoba oils.
Herbal Face Steam Treatments
Pour very hot water into a basin, stir in your chosen herb, and then place your face into the steam coming from the bowl. Not too close! You don’t want to burn your face. You might want to drape a towel over your head, shoulders and bowl to keep in the steam. Do this for just a few minutes. Use only 1 teaspoon of herb per cup of water according to your skin type below.
For Normal Skin - Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile, and Peppermint
For Oily Skin - Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint, and Basil
For Dry Skin - Lavender, Rose, Parsley, and Chamomile
Almond Oil Face Moisturizer
To complete your facial, rub a bit of Almond oil between your palms and then gently massage onto your face. You won't believe how fresh you feel and look.
If you have minor blemish problems, add a couple of drops of Tea Tree essential oil to the Almond oil. Tea tree oil works wonderfully on blemishes.
You may also use a tiny bit of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil as a moisturizer. Some find Olive oil to be a bit too heavy, especially if they wear makeup. Almond may work better under foundation. Avocado oil works just as well.
Dry Skin Ointment
In a double broiler (or in a glass measuring cup placed in a pan of water over medium to medium high heat) melt 1/2 Cup Almond oil, 2 TB Coconut oil, 1/2 Tsp Vitamin E oil (optional) and 1 TB of Shea Butter. Once melted, pour in a small jar with a cork or a tight fitting lid, add up to 30 drops of your favorite essential oil, stir to blend. Allow to sit and solidify before capping. use as often as you like on dry skin.
I use Sweet Orange essential oil, but Lavender or Rose would be wonderful options as well.
Coconut Mango Body Butter
In a wide-mouth jar, mix together 4 ounces of Mango Butter, 3 ounces of Coconut Oil (not the liquid kind) and 30 drops of essential oils of your choice.
I've tried several toothpaste recipes using many different ingredients, including Calcium Carbonate, but I keep coming back to this simple recipe. The photo above represents a toothpaste I made using a special kind of clay, but "Yuck!" Now, I just stick to the basics.
In a small container mix together enough Virgin Coconut Oil (not the liquid kind, but the kind that resembles the texture of Crisco shortening) with enough Baking Soda to make a thick paste. For every 2 Tablespoons of this mixture, add 30 drops of Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil. Cap tightly and store as you would toothpaste.
Sore Tooth Remedy
6 drops Tea Tree
2 drops Myrrh
2 drops Peppermint
1 drop Oregano
2 drops Clove
2 drops Frankincense
Added to 1 TB carrier oil. I use Coconut or Olive oil.
Place 1 drop of mixed oils on both sides of tooth and gum line.
Add 4 drops Lemon essential oil and 2 drops Peppermint essential oil into 2 cups pure warm water placed in a glass jar that caps. Shake before using. Swish a ½ ounce in mouth and spit. Do not swallow.
Insect Repellent Air Spritzer
Essential oils to use as repellents are Eucalyptus, which also remedies bites and stings when applied diluted to the skin, Cedarwood, Citrus and Citronella. Use no more than 6-12 drops of essential oil per ounce of warm water (one ounce equals 2 Tablespoons). Spray around the area you wish to protect, such as the car, outdoor eating or potty areas. Avoid spraying on foods. do not spray on the family pet. Oils last on surfaces approximately 12 hours.
Insect Repellent for The Skin
Basil works better than anything else I've ever tried for keeping mosquitoes at bay. Use no more than 6-12 drops of essential oil per ounce of warm water (one ounce equals 2 Tablespoons). Always shake well before using to mix the oils and water. Spray in a sweep over head, face and arms, waist and legs. You can spray a little extra on bare arms and such. Use every 3-4 hours as needed. Some essential oils, especially those containing citrus, can cause photosensitivity (sunburn). Basil should not cause worry, unless mixed with other oils. In a pinch, I've rubbed dried basil on my skin, which works just as well as the oil, but tends to leave little pieces of herb here and there.
A single drop or two of pure essential oil may be dabbed onto light bulbs (while still cool) or light bulb rings to offer a pleasant smell as the light bulb warms.
Or, fill a very small bowl with very hot water and add one to three drops of oil. Place the bowl in the room of the sick person, but far enough away from the bed to prevent children from getting into it and to prevent spills. Any more than 3 drops may be too strong for breathing purposes, especially when the bowl is too close to the bed.
You may also purchase an aromastone, which plugs into the wall, and add oils directly to it. Or, you can buy a burner. You’ve probably seen these at the store. There’s a place to fit a small tea light candle in the bottom while a small dish holding your oil sits atop.
Makes approximately a ½ ounce of solid perfume, which is just enough to fill one perfume locket or tiny lip balm tin.
Approximately 2 -1/2 Teaspoons of Beeswax (beeswax pellets are easier to measure)
1-1/2 Teaspoons of Sweet Almond Carrier Oil or Jojoba Carrier Oil. This measurement may be increased to 1 Tablespoon if you prefer a softer perfume.
12-30 drops of your favorite essential oil scent
Place a small glass cup or bowl in a double boiler or in a very small pot with sufficient water in the bottom. Be sure the water doesn't lap into the bowl. Heat and melt the beeswax over very low to medium heat. Once melted, remove the small bowl from the pan. Immediately, pour in the Coconut or Jojoba oil. Next, add the essential oil and stir well with a tooth pick, plastic straw (bend it and use the bend (elbow of the bent part) to stir with or you will lose wax up your straw), chopstick or some other slim, throw away item.
While still a hot liquid, pour the mixture into your desired containers, which can be small, flat jars with tight lids (corks will do), lip balm tins, or fancy, purse size pill containers, or perfume lockets. However, do not close the lid until the perfume solidifies. The beautiful solid perfumes in the image above are my own creations.
Solid Perfume Making Tips
The wax will stick to and/or absorb into whatever you stir with, so it should be small and disposable to prevent waste (bamboo sticks work well), but preferably wood or glass, not metal.
The true aroma sets in after about 24 hours. If you want to add more scent, you can melt your perfume again and add more essential oil. Just be sure to add the appropriate amount of carrier oil as well. If you would like a less solid perfume, just add more carrier oil.
Built in droppers can be a bit difficult to measure with depending on style. Some essential oils are thicker than others. You don't want a 'ketchup bottle' effect when measuring your oils, so purchasing special droppers can be a relieving asset to have on hand.
Keep in mind, your perfume remedy can melt in warm temperatures. Hence, the tight lids. Your perfume should retain its scent for approximately 6 months.
Applying Your Solid Perfume
Swirl your finger onto the surface of your perfume and then smooth the oil onto pulse points (temples, throat, wrist, back of knees) 3-4 times per day. You may also open your jar or locket to inhale whenever you feel stressed for instant stress relief or uplift.
Essential oils can cause sunburn or rash when placed on the skin and exposed to sunlight. This is more common with body lotions and lip balms made with citrus oils, but it can happen with perfumes as well when applied over a wide area of skin exposed to sunlight for than 10 minutes or so.
Old world wisdom for protection from viruses, bacteria and fungus.