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Natural Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita

Natural skin care is the care of the skin with products that contain all natural ingredients. Many people use natural skin care products. Generally, people make their own products at home. Spas and skin care salons now focus on using more naturally-derived skin care products.

There are quite a few natural skin care ingredients including, witch hazel, and shea butter. Jojoba oil helps your face with oil control and can also be used for you hair. Witch hazel can be used for the treatment of acne. Shea butter can be used to help fade scars as well as help with burns and stretch marks. Taking care of your skin is important.

Everybody has to wash their clothes but laundry detergent is expensive and also full of ingredients we don’t need. I just came across a recipe for laundry soap that you can make at home so I’m going to share it with you today. You will need one bar of casteel soap, one cup of Arm and Hammer super washing soda, a half cup of Borax and four cups of hot tap water.

To make the detergent, you first have to open the bar of casteel soap and let it air dry. When it is dry, grate the bar and add it to a saucepan with the hot water. Stir the mixture continually over medium low heat until the soap melts completely. Next, fill a five gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Then add the melted soap, the washing soda and the borax. Stir the bucket until all of the powder is dissolved. Next, you fill the bucket to the top with more hot water, add 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Finally, stir the mixture again and then cover it. For ease of use, save an empty laundry detergent bottle and fill it with your detergent. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use.

There is nothing more soothing and relaxing than lying back in a bath full of bubbles while the aroma of your favorite essential oils wafts through the air around you. Here is a recipe for a cleansing bubble bath that you can make yourself. Use only 100% pure soap.  You can use either the pure soap flakes or grate your own pure soap flakes from pure soap bars.


  •  8 ounces soap flakes or grated soap
  • 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 2 cups almond oil
  • 2 cups spring or distilled water

Boil the water and melt the soap flakes in it. In another bowl, mix the almond oil and witch hazel together and shake well. This can easily be done in a blender. Slowly add the soap mixture to the blended witch hazel and almond oil and shake or blend again. The end product will be a large enough amount that you can add whatever essential oils you want as you need them. For each 2 tablespoons of base bubble bath, add 15 drops of essential oils and mix well. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons  of your final product (bubble bath blend with added essential oils) in each bath.



Mineral Oil – Do or Don’t

Author: Ron

Straight off the bat: it’s a don’t. Mineral and petroleum products come from the distillation of crude oil (which winds up in your  gas tank). It is used frequently in many inexpensive products because it is cheaper than plant based oil and its clear and odorless. It is commonly found in moisturizers for the protective residue it leaves behind on the skin, keeping toxins out and moisture in.

The downside is that mineral oil can very easily clog pores and lead to breakouts. In many cases, it causes allergic reactions, psoriasis, or acne. Your skin is like a sponge. Over time, the mineral oil residue will be absorbed into your body. The Cosmetic Safety Database states that mineral oil is associated with cancer, allergies, organ toxicity, immunotoxcity, and skin irritation, among other things. Many people stopped taking mineral oil orally because of the associated risks. Remember, what goes on your skin will still get into your body.

The best type of moisturizers to use on your skin should be plant based and preferably organic ones that have been cold processed to retain their natural healing properties. Shea Oil is one of the best plant based oils available. Shea Oil is a byproduct of Shea Butter production, which produces fractionated oil. Shea Butter and Shea Oil are used to protect the skin from harsh weather environments. The oil offers benefits for skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, burns, dryness and other irritations. Shea Oil can be applied directly to the skin as a moisturizer and it can also be used as one of the main ingredients in certain skin care products.  Below is a list of some of the common uses of Shea Oil and its benefits:

Common Uses of Shea Oil:
* Lotions and creams
* Soap
* Anti-wrinkle creams
* Lip balms
* Body Butters

Benefits of Shea Oil:
* Moisturizer
* Soothes burns
* Effective in treating dermatitis and eczema
* Promotes elasticity in skin

Another name for shea butter is “women’s gold” because the job of  extracting the butter from shea nuts gives employment and income to many rural African village women. Shea butter is used in foods and cooking as well as soaps and beauty products because it is so safe and beneficial. It also contains natural ingredients that protect skin from the sun.

African women and healers have known about and used shea butter for thousands of years. Its properties are so amazing it is almost magical in its healing effects on burns, skin conditions, ulcerated skin, stretch marks, and dryness. The vegetable fats in shea butter promote cell regeneration and circulation making it a superb revitalizer for troubled or aging skin.

If you’re like me, your cuticles can get very dry after doing housework such as laundry, dishes and bathroom cleaning. I could use gloves but I hardly ever do and even when I do, the gloves make my hands itchy anyway. When the delicate skin around your cuticles is dry and they look rough and ragged, you can use this oil-infused nail soak twice a week to make them beautiful and healthy looking again.

Add 1 tablespoon almond oil and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 5 – 10 seconds. The oil should be warm but not hot. Soak you nails for 5 minutes and then rub the excess oil into your hands, especially around the cuticles.

Jojoba oil contains wax esters that are similar to the natural oil your skin produces to replace lost moisture. strengthens your skin to prevent future hangnails. Warming the oils before beginning lets them absorb into your dry skin more easily.

The cold temperatures, frosty winds and dark days of winter can wreak havoc on your skin as well as your mood.  Pamper your skin with aromatherapy ingredients you probably already have at home. Take care of windburn, rosacea, bacne and eczema with an aromatherapy skin soothing ointment.

Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that soothe and heal inflamed skin. Coconut oil contains anti-oxidants that repair and protect your skin’s barrier and help prevent future problems. Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Apply this blend to areas where your skin is irritated. You should feel relief right away but continue to use this two to three times a week for ongoing relief.


Natural Clay Masks 2

Author: Dr. Larita

If you read the last blog post and are ready to start your natural skin care regimen by making your own facial mask, this recipe is for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. The basic mask recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Mix the clay and cornflour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of the mask formulas below. Or you can use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. You will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formulas:

Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 2 drops carrot


  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop juniper
  • 1 drop patchouli

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