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Natural Smell Good Dish Soap

All Natural Dish Detergent with Essential Oils.

How about some all natural dish soap that is chemical free, smells good and won’t dry your hands out!

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Ingredients :

  • 2 TB Borax
  • 2 TB Washing Soda (can find in laundry detergent area of stores and Amazon )
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 Cup of Sal Suds ( can order on Amazon)
  • 15-20 drops of Essential Oils( I like Tea Tree and Orange, Lavender or Rosemary with my Tea Tree.  It is a good antibacterial, anti fungal and anti-infectious and anti-viral oil.   I usually use 10-12 drops of the Tea Tree oil and the rest what I think will go well with it such as the above mentioned ones.
  • 1/2 TB Glycerin
  • 1/2 TB nourishing oil ( jojoba, almond etc.)

In a saucepan heat the water just until boiling stage.  Turn off heat and add the washing soda and borax, stirring to dissolve.  Let the mixture cool 3-5 min till just warm then add the Sal Suds and essential oils to the water mixture.  whisk the ingredients together and pour into the dish soap dispenser.   The soap may separate after sitting for 24 hours.  If so shake the bottle till all ingredients are combined.

This is a great soap and smells good with the oils plus the jojoba and Glycerin will soften your hands.

Happy Dish Washing!!

 

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ESSENTIAL OILS INFORMATION

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SO WHAT IS AROMATHERAPY YOU SAY? WHAT DOES IT DO FOR ME?  WELL LET ME SHARE A FEW THINGS I KNOW ABOUT IT AND WE CAN BOTH LEARN.

THE HISTORY OF FRAGRANCE IS SHROUDED IN MYSTERY.  PRIMITIVE USE BEGAN WITH  BURNING GUMS AND RESINS FOR INCENSE, THEN EVENTUALLY  TO RICH SCENTED PLANTS THAT WERE INCORPORATED INTO ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE OILS TO ANOINT THE BODY FOR CEREMONY AND PLEASURE.  

FROM 7000 TO 4000 BC, THE FOILS OF OLIVE AND SESAME ARE THOUGHT TO BE COMBINED WITH FRAGRANT PLANTS TO CREATE THE ORIGINAL NEOLITHIC OINTMENTS.   EGYPTIANS IMPORTED MYRRH AND SPICES, GUMS AND FRAGRANT PLANTS RESERVED FOR RELIGIOUS PURPOSES. 

THEN THE HEBREWS IN 1200 BC EMPLOYED FRAGRANCE TO CONSECRATE THEIR TEMPLES, ALTARS, CANDLES AND PRIEST.  THE HOLY OIL GIVEN TO MOSES FOR THE INITIATION OF PRIEST:  MYRRH, CINNAMON AND CLAMUS , WIXED WITH OLIVE OIL. 

Continue reading “ESSENTIAL OILS INFORMATION”

Healthy Recipes

WHEAT BREAD

 

 

Home made Wheat Bread

 

2-1/2 TSP OF ACTIVE DRY YEAST

2 C LUKE WARM 1/2 WATER 1/2 Milk

2 TABL SUGAR

2 TSP SALT

3 C WHITE FLOUR

 

1/2 C HOT WATER

1/3 C BROWN SUGAR

2 TABL OF SHORTENING

2 TABL OIL

1 beaten egg

3 C WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR

 

IN A LARGE NON METAL BOWL MIX YEAST AND WARM WATER AND ALLOW TO SIT FOR 10 MIN. ADD SUGAR, SALT, AND WHITE FLOUR. BEAT WITH WOODEN SPOON OR MIXER UNTIL SMOOTH. SET IN WARM PLACE UNTIL LIGHT AND BUBBLY.

MEANWHILE COMBINE HOT WATER WITH THE BROWN SUGAR, OIL; COOL TO LUKE WARM. ADD 1 BEATEN EGG AND ADD TO THE YEAST MIXTURE.

ADD WHEAT FLOUR AND MIX.

TURN OUT ON FLOURED SURFACE AND KNEAD, OR WITH BREAD DOUGH MIXER 4-7 MIN. DOUGH SHOULD BE ELASTIC.

COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUBLE , ABOUT AN HOUR.

DIVIDE DOUGH INTO TWO GREASED LOAF PANS AND COVER AND LET RISE TILL DOUGH REACHES TOP OF PAN

 

BAKE @375 35-40 MIN OR UNTIL DONE.

The best wheat bread I’ve made!

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HOME-MADE ESSENTIAL LOTION BARS

LAVENDER, YLANG-YLANG, &  FRANKINCENSE  LOTION BARS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 C BEESWAX BEADS OR GRATED BEESWAX
  • 1/2 C SHEA BUTTER
  • 1/2 C COCONUT OIL
  • 24 DROPS OF LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 15 DROPS OF YLANG-YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL
  • 15 DROPS OF FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL

IN A DOUBLE BROILER, HEAT THE BEESWAX AND SHEA BUTTER UNTIL THEY MELT, STIR UNTIL COMPLETELY LIQUID.

ADD THE COCONUT OIL AND MIX WELL

REMOVE FROM HEAT ADD THE ESSENTIAL OILS AND STIR

POUR INTO MUFFIN TINS OR SILICONE MOLDS AND LET SET UP.

BENEFITS:

LAVENDER EO  IS SOOTHING/CALMING, GOOD FOR DRY WRINKELED HANDS, AND ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES.  Aromatic influence:  it promotes health, love, peace and general sense of well-being and promotes creativity

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Essential Oil  Lotion Bars

YLANG-YLANG EO  IS BENIFICAL FOR SKIN PROBLEMS,INSECT BITS AND  HELPS STIMULATE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, USE FOR TENSION AND STRESS.   Continue reading “HOME-MADE ESSENTIAL LOTION BARS”

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Pure Essential Shampoo

Natural Shampoo with Essential Oils

 

  • 1/2 c of Dr. Bonner’s Pure Castile Almond Liquid soap

  • 1-1/2 c of Distilled Water

  • 3 T Coconut Oil

1-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

1-4 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Pour into container and shake.  Shake well before each use.

Rosemary  Is good for Hair Loss, Greasy/Oily Hair.  (The Rosemary plant was regarded as sacred by many civilizations and used to drive away evil spirits and protect against plague and infectious illness.)

Lavender  Is good for Dry Hair, Fragile hair, Hair Loss also a antimicrobial and antiseptic along with so many other benefits!

The French Medicinal Uses were for Dandruff, hair loss, insomnia and much much more!

Lavender Is a universal oil that has been known to balance t he body and work wherever there is a need!  If in doubt use Lavender!

Aromatic- Influence:  It promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being.

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Homemade Essential Oil  Shampoo
Healthy Recipes

Bread Facts

Not ALL bread is treated equal

Did you know?  All whole-wheat bread is brown, but not all brown bead is whole wheat.

By Law, bread that is labeled “whole-wheat” must be made from 100 percent whole-wheat flour.

Bread labeled “wheat” bread need not be made from whole-wheat flour and is likely made from mostly white flour.

Theirs something for you to chew on!!

Whole-grain breads are important for dietary fiber.  They also contain folate, magnesium and phosphorus in addition to the nutrients found in enriched white bread.

So what are whole Grains?   Well whole grains are products that contain the Entire kernel, or all the kernel that is edible.  Some examples are whole wheat, cracked wheat, oatmeal, whole cornmeal, popcorn, brown rice, whole rye, and scotch barley.

whole grain “doesn’t have to mean bread or cereal. It can be rice cakes, corn tortillas or taco shells,(yum), whole-wheat pasta, scotch barley in soups, or tabbouleh salad.

We should eat six-nine servings of grain a day!    Unless your a Keto- Eatter!

Well theirs a little food for thought!  Happy Grains to You!

 

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Home made Whole-Wheat  Bread

 

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Moisturizing Lotion

    . 1 cup of Shea Butter
    . 1 cup Coconut Oil
    . 1/3 cup of Arrow Root Powder/Or 2-3 Tsp of Beeswax Beads
  • Soften the Shea Butter and Coconut oil in microwave or double broiler; I melt the Beeswax separate then add to the Shea Butter and coconut oil. Keep staring till mixture melts and don’t overcook!

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  • Add the Arrow Root Powder and stir well.(If you like a thicker lotion)
  • Add 75-100 drops of Essential Oil all one scent or your choice.
  • I used: .50 drops Lavender
  • . 10 Frankincense
  • . 10 Lemon
  • Transfer to mixing bowl and whip with mixer till soft form peaks.
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  • Then transfer to glass jars.

 

 

This made 4 small 4oz jars

Lavender is healing to the skin and a natural disinfectant

Frankincense is healing to skin and wrinkles and helps reduce inflammation

Lemon helps reduce cellulitis deposits and cooling to the body

So good and not greasy!  See that was easy peasy!!   ENJOY!

Author-Pamela Marston

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Home Made SPICE MIXES

Natural home grown spices

 

About 25 years ago I started drying some of my own veggies which back then wasn’t very many! I started with Celery and green peppers ; now through the years and more time after having had raised 4 boys things have changed.

Living in a little River town the past 23 years I began doing a garden again and canning and freezing along with drying veggies and herbs!

So here are a few items I make with some of my dried vegetables and herbs.

I dried my own Celery last fall and keep in canning jars. It’s so nice to have for soups, stew and such!

Author-Pamela Marston

 

The jar on left is the Celery, sorry forgot I ran out of Labels!

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The bottom bag is my mix of green peppers, red peppers and jalapeños! So good mixed with Meatloaf,Tacos,Chili and such.

Cilantro my Favorite herb to cook with or mix in my Italian dishes, I’ll be raising more this year !

Then last but Best is my Taco Seasoning and Chili seasoning mixes!

Taco Seasoning Mix

  1. 1/4 cup chili powder
  2. 1/4 cup cumin powder +2 Tablespoons
  3. 1-1/2. Tablespoon garlic powder
  4. 2tsp onion powder
  5. 2 tsp oregano
  6. 2tsp paprika
  7. 2 Tablespoons salt
  8. 1-1/2 tsp pepper

Put all ingredients in a pint jar and shake to mix well, This makes approximately 1 cup.

I add 3-4 Tablespoons to 2 lbs of hamburger

 

Chili Seasoning

  • 1/2 c chili powder +2 Tablespoons
  • 2 -1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 5 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 c plus 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons pepper
  • Add 3 Tablespoons and 1/2 cup water to 1 pound of meat
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Home-made Scent Tarts

Lavender Fields


As part of ridding chemicals from our home I have been making my own scent bars/Tarts with natural wax and Essential Oils , not Fragrances which still have chemicals in them.

The Lavender ones I made with my Own Harvested Lavender and used the flower buds along with some pure Lavender Essential Oil.

I use a 1/2 pound of natural soy wax (not from a craft store). I order on line Amazon.

    Weigh out on scale then add to double broiler and heat to 180 degrees F then remove from fire and add
    2 tsp Lavender
    1/2. Dried Lavender buds (save half for top of scent tart)
    Stir gently and pour into molds and let harden. I usually let mine set for a few day to season a bit.

Now just drop into a wax warmer and enjoy and relax! Lavender is good for that!


Sweet Nothings

Another Scent Tart I made I using

  • 2 Tsp of Ylang Ylang
  • 1/2 Tsp Cedar Wood
  • 1/4 Tsp Vetiver
  • 1/4 Tsp Clove Bud
  • Cook same as above

Gently stir and pour into mold, oh I love the Silicon molds I purchased on line also!

Essential Oils of Yang Ylang, vetiver, cedar wood and Clove bud.

Note I did not add in coloring to my wax if I did I use natural coloring such as herbs, seeds, fruit and such.

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NATURAL BEARD CONDITIONER

INGREDIENTS:

2 teaspoons beeswax

1 teaspoon shea butter

3 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil

1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

  • 2 drops Cedarwood oil
  • 2 drops Melaleuca oil,
  • 2 drops Rosemary oil;  
  • You can change it up to your preference, Just remember not to make it floral!  Guys don’t like that LOL

Combine all ingredients, except the EO’s in glass container. Place jar in saucepan with 1-2 inches of  boiling water.  Stir in ingredients until melted and combined.   Remove from heat and let rest fo three minutes then add the essential oils and stir.  Pour mixture not an empty time or airtight glass jar.   Let balm rest 1-3 hours before use.

I bet Santa could use some of this!!067BE06C-92E9-41C9-8305-706020324935