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Aloe Vera Toner

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t put up a tasty recipe in a while… I have been developing some new recipes for you and will post them in the very near future. In the meantime, enjoy another selection out of Stephanie Tourles’ book Organic Body Care Recipes:

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Aloe Vera juice makes a great all-over gentle toner. Contrary to popular belief, it’s a bit drying if used routinely and is thus most effective for oily, combination, and normal skins in need of calming treatment and gentle handling. Aloe is extremely soothing and healing when used to relieve environmental irritations and the itch from insect bites.

Note: Aloe vera may irritate very sensitive or dry, dehydrated, sunburned, or windburned skin. You can lessen the irritating effects and still benefit for its healing properties by diluting the juice or gel 50% with distilled water. Store the mixture in a small jar in the refrigerator and shake vigorously before each application.

You will need:

Pure aloe vera juice or gel, commercially bottled or fresh-picked leaf.

(I prefer this aloe gel from Mountain Rose Herbs. My Sweetie uses it everyday.)

  • recommended for: oily, acneic, combination, normal, or mature skin that is not dry; sunburned, windburned, or irritated skin
  • Use: daily 
  • Follow with: moisturizer
  • Prep time: none
  • Blending tools: none
  • Store in: refrigerator in original container or store cut leaf in a plastic bag.
  • Yield: 1 treatment

If using commercial juice or gel, follow label directions regarding storage; it almost always requires refrigeration. If using the gel from a leaf or your own alow plant, cut off the amount you are going to immediately need and store the remainder of the leaf in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. It will keep for about three days.

Application tips: Simply soak a cotton pad with the juice or gel and apply to skin as desired.

I don’t know about you, but I learned a lot about a lot from this recipe. I always thought aloe was a moisturizer … guess I was wrong! And now I know how to use it properly. 🙂

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

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DIY All-Natural 5 Minute Body Wash!!!

When I began my mission to eliminate chemicals and toxins from my household that also included the products I used on my body. It’s scary to think about all the things we put on our skin (our largest organ) which we have been lulled into complacency to believe are safe. Instead of putting {insert long list of unnatural synthetic carcinogenic ingredients here}, I decided to do a lil digging to see what other’s are doing. My friend Sarah B. had recently posted on facebook a picture of homemade body products. I asked her if she would share her recipes with me, and she was kind enough to do so.

At first, it was hard to get used to the natural body wash – it was not gel-like like the products you would buy at the store. BUT!!! I instantly felt better about what I was using. It left me feeling clean and slightly moisturized. I always disliked how store bought body wash made my skin feel stripped of all its natural oils. My sweetie and I use this everyday. One bottle lasts us about two weeks.

So, without further adieu here is my adaption of Sarah B.’s recipe:

What you will need:

Directions:

  1. Make sure your container is big enough to handle
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    ll the ingredients, or adjust the recipe up or down to meet the needs of your container.
  2. Insert funnel into the top of your container. This makes it much easier to pour the ingredients in your bottle.
  3. Pour the warm water in the container
  4. Melt the coconut oil if it is hardened (10 second increments in the microwave or on the stovetop in a double boiler)
  5. Pour coconut oil, soap, and olive oil in the container.
  6. Shake!
  7. Go take a shower and try it out.

Note on the oil:  you can use whichever oil works best for your skin type. I have noticed that the coconut oil can cause a build up in the bathtub. I have recently changed to using only olive oil, or sometimes half olive oil and half almond oil. You could use any oil that is liquid at room temperature. Oils that are hard, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, and even coconut oils may not incorporate uniformly, may clump, and may leave residue in your bath tub and possibly clog your drain.  Oils that I would use: olive, jojoba, almond, and hemp

I hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a try. The ingredients are not very expensive and it’s so easy to make.

What have you done to live your life more naturally? Please share in the comments.

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon