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Nutrition and Natural Foods

The following are some of the common minerals and trace elements, together with their functions, deficiency symptoms and natural sources. CALCIUM: Essential for all vital functions of the body including bone and teeth building and for normal growth, heart action and all muscle activity. Needed for normal clotting of the blood and many enzyme functions. Extremely important in pregnancy and lactation, also speeds all healing processes. Some deficiency symptoms are nervousness, mental depression, heart palpitations, muscle cramps and spasms, insomnia and irritability as well as the obvious ones of tooth decay and porous and fragile bones. Natural sources of calcium […]

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De-Stress Moisturising Bath Salt

1 cum Epsom salts 1 cup baking soda 2 tablespoon melted shea butter 15 drops ylang ylang essential oil 15 drops sandalwood essential oil Combine Epsom salts and baking soda. Add essential oils to the melted, but not hot shea butter. Carefully trickle liquids throughout dried mixture. Shea butter will tend to solidify as it cools in the powders. Rub well through with fingertips (like creaming butter and sugar) until well distributed. This mixture will leave the skin soft and smooth, the choice of essential oils is effective for anxiety, anger, PMT, nervous depression, stress, heart palpitations, high blood pressure […]

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Relaxing And Healing Bath Salts

This is helpful for stress, sleep problems and skin irritation. To your basic bath salt recipe add- 25gm chamomile flowers – dried 25gm lavender flowers – dried 10 drops sandalwood essential oil Add essential oils as before – then combine drieds either mixed through or layered into jar.

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Basic Bath Salts

BASIC BATH SALTS: 1 cup Epsom salts 1 cup bi – carbonate soda (baking soda) 30 drops essential oil of lavender Add essential oil to a small amount of baking soda and using a mortar and pestle, grind the essential oil into the powder, then add this to the balance of powders and combine well. Place into chosen containers. Use ½ cup per bath. NOTE: baking soda reduces acidity in the body and is excellent for rheumatism, pain, gout, eczema and psoriasis. Epsom salts is magnesium sulphate, which deeply relaxes muscles and tissues. It is also helpful to draw toxins […]

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Dry Skin Massage Oil

15gm shea butter (melted gently in a double boiler) cool slightly and then add– 25ml macadamia or walnut oil 30ml jojoba oil 5ml rosehip seed oil 10ml hemp seed oil 5ml Wheatgerm oil 10ml meadow foam oil 20 drops sandalwood essential oil (see notes) This luxurious massage oil may be used for a whole body massage, or use face and neck area. Shea butter adds more nutrients and body to the blend. For best results use daily after bathing.

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Cleansing Cream

100gm base cream (either made by using emulsifying wax- see previous recipes) or use one of our store bought types 3mls vegetable glycerine 3ml castor oil 4ml jojoba oil 3ml meadow foam oil 4 drops grapefruit seed extract 12 drops mandarin essential oil Combine all ingredients thoroughly, mixing each one into base cream, before adding the next one. Pot into chosen containers. To use – apply a good coverage of cream to face and neck area – leave on skin for several minutes, then remove with damp cotton wool. NOTE: the castor oil in this recipe is not quickly absorbed […]

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Shea Butter Hot Oil Treatment

This recipe is lovely for bleached, permed or very damaged hair. 30mls jojoba oil 30mls avocado oil 15mls hemp seed oil 15mls apricot oil 30gms shea butter 20 drops rosemary essential oil 20 drops geranium essential oil 20 drops ylang ylang essential oil Combine all oils except essentials, melt shea butter in top of double boiler with the cold pressed oils, allow to cool down and add essential oils. Place in bottle with pump or dropper tip. To use, drop small amounts onto scalp and rub in well. Comb through hair and wrap in hot towels for several hours. Add […]

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Relaxing Healing Bath Salts

This is helpful for stress, sleep problems and skin irritation. To your basic bath salt recipe add- 25gm chamomile flowers – dried 25gm lavender flowers – dried 10 drops sandalwood essential oil Add essential oils as before – then combine drieds wither mixed through or layered into jar.

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Avocado Sugar Scrub

1 cup raw sugar 1 tablespoon avocado butter 2 tablespoon avocado oil 8-10 drops essential oil of choice Rub avocado butter into raw sugar (or melt butter and avocado oil in a double boiler) allow to cool slightly and pour raw sugar into melted, cooled butter. Stir well. At this stage if mixture is too wet add more raw sugar. This resultant mix should be a firm but not too oily consistency. Finally, add essential oil and place in pots.

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Mango Scrub

58gms mango butter 25mls coconut oil (liquid) 2 tsp walnut shell powder or jojoba beads or pumice powder 8 drops may chang essential oil Melt mango butter and coconut oil together gently in double boiler until combined and melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool until just starting to thicken. Add walnut shell powder and mix until thickened to desired texture. Add may chang essential oil and place in containers. NOTE: the texture of this scrub may be altered by adding more of the walnut shell powder, or less – depending on how much exfoliation is required. May chang […]

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Coconut Lip Balm

1 part aloe vera butter 1 part beeswax 1 part coconut oil (liquid) 10 drops coconut natural flavour Powdered stevia (to taste) In the top of a double boiler, gently heat aloe vera butter, beeswax and coconut oil until melted and well combined. Remove from heat, allow to cool, but not thicken – stir in enough stevia powder to taste (remember stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar – 1 pinch= 1 tsp of sugar). Then add your coconut flavour and pour into pots or lip balm tubes. These make great gifts. You could make them in chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch, […]

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Recipes For Incorporating Vegetable Butters

LAVENDER BASIC BODY BUTTER ½ part beeswax 1 part shea butter ½ part cocoa butter 1 part sweet almond oil Essential oil of lavender Very gently melt beeswax, shea and cocoa butters together in top of a double boiler. Add sweet almond oil and heat all ingredients gently until well combined. Turn off heat and remove top boiler from water. Allow to cool slightly and pour into prepared pots. Add essential oil of lavender and stir until well combined. (do not cover pots until body butter is set.) BELLY BUTTER Good for stretch marks, pregnancy – to help prevent stretch […]

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