How to make your personalized simple shower scrub

Hi! There are a LOT of shower sugar or salt scrubs out there.  A scrub for the body is to help exfoliate your skin cells. As we age, our skin regenerates at a slower pace.  After the age of forty, or even sooner, a scrub is a great way to retain that youthful glow.

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There are some beautiful scrubs out there that smell great and do that job nicely. There are also a lot of scrubs (and recipes) that clearly have not been tested well. There is a recipe out there for a scrub that contains coconut oil, for example.  Well, it will give your tub a lovely ice skating effect.  Same with olive oil, and pretty much every other oil. Some others have made my shower floor feeling tacky afterwards. Yuck.

Well, here’s a secret:  make your own without the oil. It’s NOT needed!  Get lovely skin when you want it, anytime, by making it yourself for pennies. I do this often.

SALT/SUGAR SCRUB

  • 2 TBL any type of salt or sugar (smallest crystals please unless you want to tear your skin up) 🙂
  • 4 drops essential oil  (orange or lavender is wonderful and inexpensive)

Mix gently in a non-breakable bowl. You will be in the shower for this and I don’t want you to accidentally drop lovely glass or porcelain! I probably would! Understand that if you use plastic, the VERY tiny molecules of the essential oils will seep in time into the plastic, so use the same bowl for the scrub, and not for food.

Get completely soaked in a warm shower then gently scrub away; your skin is more delicate than think!  Rinse, then wash as usual.

I guarantee you will feel no less smooth and wonderful than if you had a store bought scrub. If your skin is on the dry side, use your favorite lotion or oil spray as you usually do. You will notice how smooth it glides on.

>>>Popular essential oils to use: Lavender for relaxation, Orange for happiness (all proven scientifically),  Sandalwood is grounding, yet at the same time can bring on a feeling of meditation. If I have a cold, I will use a mix of lavender and eucalyptus.

A gift of an expensive and well-made scented shower scrub is a treat, to be sure–but you CAN have the same results DIY.

Make your own scented salt/sugar in a pretty jar for gifts. Finely ground Himalayan pink salt looks beautiful and thoughtful. ❤

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Soaps and Reiki

My soaps receive reiki lovin’ by yours truly before they are wrapped up and ready to ship.  🙂 

In Florida I was much more involved in reiki. It definitely helped my friends either physically or emotionally!  I love it, and honestly should do more of it..especially to myself! 

What is reiki?  Well, according to the online dictionary = “..a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.”  

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Since originating in Japan, Reiki has been adapted into varying cultural traditions across the world.  Through a Master Reiki teacher you receive special attunements after training and study.  Thankfully, reiki does not drain your energy; your energy from reiki comes from the universe itself. No dogma involved, reiki energy can come from where you believe it comes from; God, Jesus, Goddess, Universe, etc..  A great website for continued learning is http://www.reiki.org/

So..why reiki soaps? Because I can! Reiki energy in soaps, I believe, could just simply make you feel better in the bath. That has always been my goal, and hope in even a little way it does. ❤ 

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Winter Medicine: Delicious & Warming Tonic Syrups

Wonderful post! I plan to make my elderberry cough syrup very soon! 💚 You can skip the alcohol but it won’t last as long even in the refrigerator.

Gather Victoria

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When dark, winter days challenge our bodies as well as our spirits, nothing makes a better remedy than old-fashioned tonic syrups. Time tested & true, these potent preventatives and remedial healers call on the nourishing, medicinal powers of tonic plants and adaptogenic herbs, berries, honey and warming spices. And not only will they help fortify your body, bolster your immunity and strengthen your heart, they will even uplift your spirit!

Plus they’re just darn delicious splashed into sparking water and cocktails or drizzled on pancakes, oatmeal, yogurt and ice cream. And if you’re already under the weather, take heart, served straight up by the teaspoon or mixed into hot tea, tonic syrups not only help soothe symptoms of colds and flus, coughs, congestion and sore throats, they make the medicine go down in the most delightful way!

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Created by extracting and preserving plant’s nutrients and medicinal properties, in sugar, honey…

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Cucs, Jalopenos, & Tomatoes

Our 2016 backyard little garden is growing better than last year..not sure why.

Well, this time we have the powered egg shells and some lime mixed in with the soil for the tomatoes to prevent them rotting out from the bottom.  See those jalapeños?? I NEVER have trouble with them, they grow SO well and fast!  I slice them thick and store them in a jar in the fridge with white vinegar. They’ll keep for almost-ever, and the vinegar itself is great for flavoring Mexican style dishes.

Son Taliesin and I went blackberry picking! Yum! I am searching for raw blackberry recipes because I don’t feel like cooking in this North Carolina’s heat.

I heart lemongrass

lemongrassI was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.

I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home! 🙂

Here’s great website for oils, and some excellent info on lemongrass: http://www.justaromatherapy.co.uk/acatalog/Lemongrass.html

Isn’t that amazing?  Have a great weekend!

Tomatoes and Summer Fun

blog pic3Mondays are the best time for my blog posts, since Monday’s are my energy days!  Much to the annoyance of past office colleagues I would stroll into work with a huge smile on Monday and greet everyone enthusiastically; I have NO idea why I am like this, but I have always been like this. 🙂

North Carolina has had some record hot days this summer! I think everyone has! Thankfully, we have gotten a LOT cooler, 78 degrees now as I write this..so my Roma’s and cucumbers are doing well again…tomatoes can take a lot of heat, cucs not so much.  I have the basil along the tomatoes so they are happy, growing a little bush! 🙂

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Can you see the cucumbers? Kinda like, Where’s Waldo..

I want to say something about tomatoes..they love egg shells  (powdered in blender) and soil without so much nitrogen. There is special ‘tomato soil’ sold for this reason, but this year we forgot and so there were a LOT of little green tomatoes with black rotted spots on the bottom. Also, this year, I did not blend the egg shells to a powder..I just crushed them up..I think that wasn’t enough?  😦  a spray took care of this thankfully!!  We now have lovely, meaty Roma tomatoes.

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As an ‘unschooler’ (no rigid schedule) we school off and on all summer long. Summer is so much fun for homeschoolers…so much time with his homeschool friends in this wonderful, happy secular (accepts families of ALL faiths) group, swimming, playing games, eating out and movies.  Today though, Taliesin, after playing with a friend down the street, is doing some math. I can’t believe he will be in 7th grade! !

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Vitamix and Spring Gardens

We finally did it. We bought a refurnished Vitamix. You would never know it was used though-swear!  Even came with a cookbook to get us started.  We’ve been using it every day, twice a day at least:

SAM_0147We’ve been making juice instead of buying it. ^^^Above is strawberry lemonade, yum!  A couple lemons peeled, water, and a couple handfuls of frozen strawberries.  Gotta add a touch of sugar too. Still so healthy and fresh tasting. I’ve been making my version of ‘V8’..but I haven’t been counting the veggies/fruits in it so…a couple apples cut in half, piece of lemon, tomato, kale, celery..I think that’s it. So it’s a VF5:  veggie fruit drink.  I add water and some ice too. Lots of water, as I want a drink, not a veggie smoothie. That just sounds gross to me.  Here is some salsa I attempted:

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We’ve been making hot soups, and tomato sauce also. Taste so fresh, if you use fresh tomatoes, or at least hot house fresh smelling ones from the grocery store.

Homemade dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
Homemade oatmeal dough and sauce..can you tell I love sauce?
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Cashew butter! Tastier than almond butter to my family.

That leads me to my next subject:  Spring Garden!! 🙂

SAM_0036My dear hubby made 3 raised plant beds for me. No more stooping forever pulling weeds!!  Thanks, Mark! We have cucumbers in one of them, roma tomatoes in another, and lettuce in the third one. We plan to add one more next year.

We buy our plants from Fords on Main Street in Gastonia. Always strong, healthy plants! I’ll post more photos as they grow.

HAPPY FULL MOON!

Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?
Took this from my backyard a month ago. Pretty?

Thyme for cough syrup & the holidays

My son and I have had a cold for what seems like forever now. Taliesin has had a cough for a week and I have found this thyme recipe that does help.  Simmer a small handful of dried thyme (larger handful for fresh) in a cup of water, simmer for a half hour at least, strain, then stir in a quarter cup of honey into the ‘tea’- give or take a tablespoon. Store in fridge about a month.  Honey is wonderful for the throat anyway, so this really soothed us! A friend named Tammy spoke of Colloidal silver.  I am reading up on it!

holiday soaps 2014It is not too later to order some great soaps for stocking stuffers!

My Solstice, and Frankincense & Myrrh have really sold well this year!  *Thank you so much for a wonderful year* ❤

Great karma comes immediately in so many seen and unseen ways when you buy from local, small owned business!

On Thanksgiving my step-mom and dad come down for a fun feast: Turkey, sweet potato casserole, roasted rosemary potatoes, apple coleslaw, rolls and broccoli casserole. YUM! Of course, the traditional spinach dip too, and nuts galore.

For the December holidays it is just us; hubby and son- nice and quiet…opening gifts by the fire and burning the Yule log for a bright new year…and a non-traditional dinner of homemade bread, lasagna and salad-served on a formal dining table with pine tree plates. 🙂

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Zulu found his way to the top of the shed..

***HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!***  luv, the Faerykissnaturals family    ❤ Teressa

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How cool is this! A little fluff and cutouts from Christmas cards to make captured (and unharmed!) fairies!

Springtime homeschoolin’ & fruit water

Taliesin is really studying hard for his finals (CAT) coming up in June:

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Fruit water is SOOO easy to make, and it’s so pretty! Last year I was adding fruit to large pitchers of water and stashing them in the fridge..they kept alright but I like this way better: I simply add fruit to each glass plus some sprigs of mint from the garden. Sometimes I add a little touch of sugar and then mash it a bit with a potato masher to release the juices (if I do mash it I have the fruit in a bowl). Then add some water from our Brita pitcher and all done!  I got the idea of the strawberries from Belmont NC by the park on Main Street. They have a vendor there with the BEST fruit water ever!

 

Filipino chicken stock

I LOVE, LOVE our library. LOVE the cookbooks. I have one out about Filipino cooking.

I was feeling really achy today (women stuff!) and decided to have some of this simple stock I made yesterday. I feel SO much better already:

Boil some free range organic chicken with bones for 5 minutes. Drain. (this gets rid of any ‘impurities’, the book says).

Then: simmer the chicken along with a thumb size hunk of peeled ginger, a bay leaf, a blade of lemongrass (I didn’t have any lemongrass, I should have picked some up at our Grand Asian Market in Charlotte) and pepper. I added a bit of salt too. Simmer 4 hours covered, then strain it. I picked apart the meat and added it to the broth. That’s it! Of course you can add onion ,carrots, etc.  I just made it as the recipe said. I am sipping it now out of a mug. I feel a ton better. Medicine! 🙂

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DIY liquid soap

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Making liquid soap

I love a large bar of soap.  I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally.  Now is not the time in my life to bother with two types of soap (no time!), but I have made liquid soap with my bar soap which is working out nicely for us!

Try this: 

Using a grater on a smaller side, shred your bar of soap (use homemade soap for nice, homemade liquid!). Bring to a boil on the stove with 6 cups of water then turn to low for about a half hour. Keep watch on it, mine boils over sometimes! Cleans the stove nicely though!  Stir frequently with a whisk. Turn off the heat and let rest and cool. Pour into soap dispensers.  I did this today with my Beeswax Honey soap and have done it in the past with my Lavender soap. Scent keeps nicely! Water and oils naturally separate, so every so often (twice a week at least) you need to shake it up in the dispenser. Will immediately become a nice consistency, and will thicken over time.

 I really love doing this as I don’t need to be dependent on the grocery store.  You can also pour into a plastic shampoo type bottle and use as a body wash in the shower..but I save my bar soaps for that. Recipe will fill at least two dispensers and I keep leftovers in a glass jar for future use. You could make this and give as a gift in a mason jar with a bow. Pretty and sincere! Make sure you use homemade soap for a true all-natural gift.

Click here for making a mason glass jar soap dispenser. I think it adds some down home whimsy whether you live in a mansion or a shack. 🙂  As you can see below I don’t have one of that type at the moment.  Ciao for now!

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Nettle tea (yum!)

Southern North Carolina is getting more snow than usual. They don’t plow our side streets, so we have been stuck for a few days. My family wouldn’t mind a little, but we are counting our blessings since we lived in northern Ohio and experienced some really bad winters! Weather like that can really make people hardy – that’s for sure. I remember driving to or from work in Cleveland in -10 wind chill with a blizzard going on at the same time, I hardly believe it! Then we moved to the coasts of Florida which we do miss now even more than before. 🙂

Nettle infusion,  echinacea  tincture

Nettle infusion, echinacea tincture

Here is pic I took of an infusion andtincture I made that Susun Weed swears by.  I made a nettle infusion, which to me is like a strong tea, and am drinking it cold today. Since the Holiday season I have been stuffed up, watery eyes, just feeling weak. I hate this, especially when I am used to feeling pretty energetic. This nettle flavor is not bad at all, but a bit grassy.  I would never add honey or sugar though, it just doesn’t need Here is a posting from Susun on the type of infusions she likes to create:

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels. A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you’ll jump up and exercise.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods. Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood. Do be careful whom you share it with, or you may find yourself sowing some wild oats. In Auryuvedic medicine, oatstraw is considered the finest of all longevity tonics.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is better in every way than its cousin soy. It contains four phytoestrogens; soy has only one (isoflavone). Red clover infusion has ten times more phytoestrogens than soy “milk,” fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars. Red clover is the world’s leading anti-cancer herb; soy isoflavone encourages the growth of breast cancer cells in the lab. Red clover improves the memory; Japanese men who ate tofu twice a week doubled their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Soy beverage can contain up to 1000 times more aluminum than milk, according to Sally Fallon, lipid researcher and fat specialist. She believes that “the highly processed soy foods of today are perpetuating . . . nutrient deficiencies. . . .”

Comfrey (Symphytum) leaf is free of the compounds (PAs) found in the root that can damage the liver. I have used comfrey leaf infusion regularly for decades with no liver problems, ditto for the group of people at the Henry Doubleday Research Foundation who have eaten cooked comfrey leaves as a vegetable for four generations. Comfrey is also known as “knitbone,” and no better ally for the woman with thin bones can be found. And, don’t forget, comfrey contains special proteins used in the formation of short-term memory cells. Its soothing mucilage adds flexibility to joints, eyes, vagina, and lungs.

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I simmered a quart of water and placed in 2 small handfuls of nettle. Yeah I’m bad like that, I don’t always measure in the kitchen. I let it steep for only 2 hours. Susan says 4 hours is best, but it was after midnight. I am drinking some now… tasty. I will update you soon on how this makes me feel – hopefully more vibrant!  ☆  The echinacea tincture is made with vodka. This is the first one I have made myself and I can’t wait to try it. ButI’ll have to wait since it must sit for 6 weeks before I can bottle it.     Oh, I found another wonderful article from Susan to share!                         ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ !Goddess Blessings! ☆.¸¸.