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Dye - Dyes From Plants - Pioneer Thinking. Did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own back yard! Roots, nuts and flowers are just a few common natural ways to get many colors. Yellow, orange, blue, red, green, brown and grey are available. Go ahead, experiment!

Gathering plant material for dyeing: Blossoms should be in full bloom, berries ripe and nuts mature. To make the dye solution: Chop plant material into small pieces and place in a pot. Getting the fabric ready for the dye bath: You will have to soak the fabric in a color fixative before the dye process. Color Fixatives: Salt Fixative (for berry dyes) 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups cold water Plant Fixatives (for plant dyes) 4 parts cold water to 1 part vinegar Add fabric to the fixative and simmer for an hour. Dye Bath: Place wet fabric in dye bath. Muslin, silk, cotton and wool work best for natural dyes and the lighter the fabric in color, the better. NOTE: It’s best to use an old large pot as your dye vessel. Shades of ORANGE Shades of BROWN.

Cosmetic Ingredients Supply - Inc. How To Make Deodorant [Homemade Easy and It Works] Making your own personal products is a blast, and you can control the ingredients. Today we share yet another way to help you live a healthy, more sustainable and self-sufficient life. diyNatural reader Samantha said, “I was extremely, extremely skeptical. I think even a little part of me wanted to be able to come back and say – no it doesn’t work.

But, it really did! Like others here, I already feel that I’m sweating less, but as much as I’m excited about not smelling anymore (who wouldn’t be), I’m more excited that I won’t be throwing away shirts that are ruined by deodorant stains. Why Homemade? I like to address this up front to displace the common assumption that homemade products are made simply for the savings… savings is just one handsome benefit. In reality, the benefits of making your own stuff go far beyond saving a few bucks. It’s Sustainable If you are a frequent follower of our homemade endeavors you should know that I require homemade products to be easy to make.

The Recipe. Essential Oils for Healing the Skin. Essential Oils for Healing the Skin (Please see the Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Article Index at the bottom of this page; descriptions of individual oils can be found from the links on the main Essential Oils page.) Healing the Skin with Essential Oils Trends in health and beauty are placing more trust in the efficacy of natural and organic ingredients. Skin care is no exception, with more women coming to realize the purity of what they put on their skin is as important as that of what they eat. The skin is the largest organ, and is generally permeable to substances placed on it. There are a few primary essential oils used in skin care which offer their regenerative properties; these oils can be used in low concentrations, and are generally well-tolerated - certainly more so than many synthetic ingredients. Helichrysum is the foundation of many blends for healing the skin, and can be used by itself in a synergistic carrier oil such as Rosehip seed.

Back to top. Castor Oil - Natural Protection from Deadly Viruses. CASTOR OIL - Natural Protection from Deadly Viruses From David William's complementarys Newsletter. Dr. David G. Williams Moving on to more "exotic" techniques to increase immune system efficiency, we come to castor oil. I can remember my dad telling me time after time about his mother's devotion to castor oil when he was growing up. In many ways, castor oil is a very unique substance.

Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. Castor oil's antimicrobial activity, while very impressive, comprises only a small part of the story concerning this mysterious oil. In Russia the oil is known as "Kastorka.

" The castor bean plant is actually native to India, where it is called "Erand. " We also found early reports of nursing mothers in the Canary Islands using poultices made from the leaves of the castor bean. The lymphatic system is an amazingly complex structure. Essential Oil Use Chart. - Aura Cacia. Essential Oil Directory a • b • c • e • f • g • h • j • l • m • n • o • p • r • s • t • v • w • y Allspice Berry - The oil has a warm, spicy-sweet aroma. It is used in spicy or masculine scents. It combines well with orange, ginger, patchouli and all of the spice oils including cinnamon, cassia and clove. Aromatherapy benefits: warming, cheering, comforting, nurturing. Amyris - Amyris is also known as West Indian sandalwood, although unrelated to the true Indian sandalwood. It has a woody, slightly sweet, balsamic aroma, suggestive of sandalwood.

Anise - The oil of anise and star anise are often used and sold interchangeably because they are similar in aroma and chemical make-up. he primary constituent of both is anethole, a sweet substance that solidifies at room temperature. Basil, Sweet – There are many types of basil: linalool basil, exotic basil and sweet basil. Bay — Bay oil is distilled from the leaves and small twigs of the bay rum tree. Back to top. Homemade Massage Oil Recipes. Homemade massage oils give you an easier access to quick relaxation. Certain massage oil recipes must be memorized by heart, so that you can swiftly prepare them, as and when you are in need of unwinding and pampering yourself. Regular exercise and busy schedule tires and fatigues your muscles. It can cause constant body ache, which negatively affects your daily activities.

To make things worse, it also affects the agility of your body, making your movements slow and calculated. A relaxing body massage is all that you need to alleviate yourself from the agony of paining muscles, improper blood circulation and unnecessary fatigue. If visiting the spa every month seems too expensive, then making the massage oils at home is relatively easy and cost-effective too.

Recipes for Massage Oils Massage Oil for Hair Ingredients. Bramble Berry | Lotion Making | Lotion Making Supplies. Making lotion seems complicated but it couldn't be easier. Wouldn't you love to make a thick and luxurious cream in your signature scent or maybe a light, healing after sun moisturizer? We've got all the supplies you need to make the exact lotion you want from scratch.

Of course, we also carry lotion bases if you just want to skip to the fun part of adding the fragrance and packaging! Info and Inspiration Here is a great article explaining the basics of lotionmaking. Make your own natural body lotion. If you’re tired of all the chemicals and synthetic fragrances in most store-bought creams and lotions, you might want to consider making your own.

Most people think that making creams and body lotions is difficult but it’s actually fairly easy. I frequently make my own and give them as gifts to friends and family members who seem to love them. If you can, I recommend that you keep an old blender, a small- to medium-size glass bowl, and a spatula that you use solely for making natural aromatherapy products.

While you can use your kitchen blender, the beeswax found in natural creams can leave a residue on the blender and utensils used. Here’s what you’ll need: • 3/4 cup of pure oil (I like sweet almond oil since it absorbs well and doesn’t leave a greasy film. . • 1 cup of pure water (or you can use rose water — available in health food stores) • 2 tablespoons of shaved beeswax (most health food stores sell plain beeswax. . • A glass jar or small glass jars for storing the lotion That’s it. Lavender Body Lotion Recipe. Luscious lavender homemade lotion With this easy homemade body lotion recipe, you can make this soothing lavender lotion as rich or as light as you want. That's one of the great things about creating your own homemade lotions and potions! I'll start by explaining the basics of how to make homemade body lotion and then add some ideas for customizing it.

Lavender is good for everyone, so I'll also include a couple of scent variations; one for men and one for women (feel free to ignore the gender aspect and use the one you like.) Homemade Body Lotion Recipe Ingredients Lavender Spice Blend 17 drops Lavender essential oil, 10 drops Patchouli, 3 drops Clove (don't use clove if your skin is sensitive)(For dōTERRA oils only use 6 or 7 drops of lavender, 2 to 4 drops of patchouli and 1 drop of clove) Lavender Woods Blend 20 drops Lavender essential oil, 8 drops Sandalwood, 2 drops Cedarwood(For dōTERRA oils only use 8 to 10 drops of lavender and 2 to 4 drops of sandalwood) Directions Rose essential oil. Homemade Body Lotion Recipe. Elbow and Knee Lotion. Recipe by Anne-Marie Faiola This is a cross between a crème and a lotion. It can be placed in a jar or in a squeezable bottle.

It will leave hands oily for ten or fifteen minutes so it’s not recommended for hands if you’re actively working, reading or playing sports as it will leave oil marks. It is designed to be super moisturizing for your elbows and knees. 3.0 oz. Cetearyl Alcohol/Ceteareth 20 0.3 oz. Beeswax 0.5 oz. Makes 12 oz. of luscious, creamy lotion. 1. Note: This product will not set up until it is fully cooled. DIY Natural Shampoo Recipe. Over the past couple years, as my family has tried to cut back on toxic chemicals in our house, I have experimented with all sorts of organic and “all natural” shampoos.

Sadly, all left me a little closer to broke and with greasy, waxy hair. Not good. In an effort to seal my “crunchy” status, I even tried the whole ‘no poo thing hoping to rid myself completely of a need for any sort of “product.” After two months of trying, I learned that with my hard water it just wasn’t going to happen. In one last attempt, I adapted a few recipes until I came up with this beautiful, homemade, DIY, all natural shampoo of GLORY! Why get rid of your shampoo? For starters, many shampoos have lots questionable ingredients (like carcinogens in baby shampoo). 2008 ad campaign from Most commercial shampoos strip the scalp of its natural oils.

This recipe below is a great alternative. All natural homemade shampoo recipe ½ cup distilled water ¼ cup liquid castile soap (I like Dr. All Natural Deep Conditioner with Coconut Cream. People are really interested in all natural care products. I’ve had a lot of great questions about my natural lathering shampoo recipe. And several people have wondered the best treatments for colored or chlorine damaged hair. That’s why I’m happy to give you guys this awesome little recipe: An all natural deep conditioner for your hair using coconut cream!

Behold the power of saturated fats If you’ve been around this blog for a while you already know that I love to include a lot of saturated fats in my diet (from real, clean food). Fat is essential to good health. Due to its high content of saturated fat, coconut is an excellent emulsifier to restore damaged hair. Coconut Cream Hair Rinse: An all natural deep conditioner Ingredients: 1/2 cup fresh coarsely grated coconut meat* 1/2 cup fresh coconut milk (like this) 2 teaspoons raw honey 1 fresh vanilla bean, cut into small pieces (optional, but really heavenly) *Fresh coconut is always going to give superior results. Directions: 1. Homemade Shampoo. Soap Making Instructions | Soap Making Recipes and Tutorials | Teach Soap. How To Make Your Own Dish Soap One Good Thing by Jillee. Yesterday I got an email from someone asking about a Homemade Dish Soap recipe.

My initial reaction was “I’ve already done that!” , but then I thought about it for a minute and realized that is something I HAVEN’T done a post on before! I could hardly believe it. lol. How could I have missed THAT one? My only explanation is that since so many of my really effective homemade solutions include Dawn Dishwashing Detergent, I almost always have it on hand. So when I DO need a liquid for washing something by hand…I usually just turn to that. But since I really, really LOVE making my own products whenever possible…I definitely wanted to give this a try. I had a really hard time coming up with a combination of ingredients I liked, because I was looking for a few very specific things. It had to be SIMPLE to make.It had to have only a few ingredients.It had to cut grease.It had to smell good.

Oh and I didn’t want to make like a GALLON of the stuff! Just look at those sparkling clean dishes! Home made dish soap. I got this recipe from : Homemade Liquid Dish Washing Soap 1 (7-oz) bar ZOTE or Octagon soap (or 1-2-3 brand soap) {Or cut a 14-oz bar in half} 5 qts. water 1 c. baking soda 1/4 c. washing soda 1/4 c. lemon juice Grate bar soap and place into a heavy stockpot. Pour in water & stir. Heat over medium heat, stirring often until soap is melted. Remove pot from heat and add in baking soda, washing soda & lemon juice. Stir to mix well. Allow mixture to cool then pour into a seal-able container or reuse your store bought soap bottle. (As the mixture cools in the pot it may begin to gel up and separate itself from the water. To use: Use as you would any store bought detergent. *Note about the 1-2-3 brand soap. The Oil-Cleansing Method.