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Quote of the day… ~ “Well behaved women …

LOL.. I love this quote ~ “Well behaved women seldom make history..”~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich begins her new book with it; http://ow.ly/czkPv

 

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List of Phototoxic Essential Oils & Homemade Sunscreen

Summer is in full swing, and for those that love to spend time outdoors it’s always a good idea to wear sunblock.

I love making  all natural products so I know exactly what’s in them, and what better way to take care of yourself (and/or family/friends) then by using an all natural sunscreen. I found a great recipe (found below list of phototoxic essential oils ).  Recipe is from Green Boot Girl. Thanks!

Be sure that if you add essential oils to your sunscreen stay away from using any of the phototoxic essential oils.

Not all citrus are phototoxic..

Robert Tisserand says,

Essential oils of verbena, tagetes, rue, mandarin leaf, bergamot fruit, lime fruit, bitter orange fruit, lemon fruit, grapefruit, cumin seeds and angelica root. Not tea tree, not patchouli, not celery, not cedarwood, not mandarin fruit, not tangerine fruit, not yuzu fruit, not bergamot FCF, and not parsley.

Essential oils with a high furanocoumarin content are photosensitizing, though a few photosensitizing oils have no furanocoumarins. Coumarin the molecule is not photosensitizing. It is found in several absolutes and in tiny amounts in one or two oils. Furanocoumarin molecules a made up of a furanoid ring attached to a coumarin molecule, which has two rings, so they are 3-ringed molecules.

Clementine oil has not been tested for phototoxicity.

here is a link to some helpful info on the NAHA website from Tony Burfield: http://www.naha.org/articles/brief_safety%20guidance%20.htm

Phototoxic Essential oils (may cause sun sensitivity)

  • Angelica
  • Angelica root
  • *Bergamot oil
  • Cassia
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fig leaf
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lovage
  • Bitter orange
  • Rue
  • Tagetes
  • Verbena (or lemon verbena)

* Unless it is bergaptene-free oil – sold as Bergamot FCF.

When using essential oils you should keep in mind that some of them are photo-toxic. If you apply them to the skin, and it gets exposed to sunlight within 24 hours, the symptoms of dermatitis may develop.


Photosensitizers

Expressed citrus oils are considered to be photosensitizers. The furocoumarin bergaptene, or 5 methoxypsoralen known as 5-MOP, is the phototoxic constituent of citrus oils like bergamot or other citrus oils. The phototoxic effect is neutralized when the furocoumarin content is 0.0075%.

Phototoxic oils

bergamot, Citrus aurantium var. bergamia
cold pressed lime, Citrus medica
cold pressed bitter orange, Citrus aurantium var. amara
angelica, Angelica archangelica

Mild photosensitizers

Cold pressed grapefruit, Citrus paradisi
cold pressed or distilled lemon, Citrus limon, Lippia citridora
distilled lime, Citrus medica
cold pressed sweet orange, Citrus sinensis
cold pressed tangerine, Citrus reticulata blanco

Other oils that may cause phototoxicity

cedarwood, Cedrus atlanticum
cinnamon bark, Cinnamomum zeylanicum
clary sage, Salvia sclarea
elecampane, Inula helenium
ginger, Zingiber officinalis
lovage, Levisticum officinale
opoponax, Commiphora erythraea
patchouli, Pogostemon patchouli

As you can see, the phototoxic oils themselves are not causing any reaction when applied to the skin without exposure to ultraviolet light.  Make sure that the essential oils are safe for you and that you  dilute the essential oils properly.

Sources:

FromNatureWithLove.com – FromNatureWithLove.com offers a large selection of 1,750+ natural ingredients used in skin care, hair care, cosmeceutical applications, massage, aromatherapy, spa products and herbal preparations. FNWL also offers a large selection of packaging supplies, bath accessories, natural body scrubs, books and equipment.

http://joshealthcorner.blogspot.com/2009/10/massage-and-how-to-dilute-essential.html
http://www.essentialoils.co.za/sun-sensitivity.htm
http://myhealthygreenfamily.com/blog/wordpress/are-your-essential-oils-photo-toxic-keep-safe-in-the-sun/

http://wp.me/p2bvEN-CZ

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I love this recipe! Thanks Green Boot Girl~! 🙂

Homemade Sunscreen

We live and Florida and love the beach.  We’ll be going to Honeymoon Island once a week when summer is finally here.

 

Just a few pictures to help you understand why. :0)

It is beautiful and the boys love playing in the water and sand.  If we are not at the beach, you can find us at the pool.  There is a great pool right by us and we go often.  I guess Florida is known for its outdoor recreation. We take advantage of it.

I have one son that is very tan, and one son is that is fair skinned.  I am right there with my fair skinned son, even though we tan easily… we have to be careful.  We mainly use natural sunscreen from the health food store.  Many of the ingredients in regular sunscreen contain toxic chemicals and endocrine disrupting chemicals.  These ingredients are especially  bad for children and women during child-bearing years.  Some sunscreens actually raise your chances of getting skin cancer.   There are some good options out there, but be careful even natural sunscreens can have sketchy ingredients.  Always read the LABELS.  If you want to read more in details about the risks and benefits check out this article.

Since making my homemade facial cream,  I have really wanted to try my own sunscreen formula.  Many of the ingredients are the same which makes it easy.  My boys are always in the sun, so it was a no-brainer.  Experiment time!!! I love this part.

Another way to help build and strengthen the skin and keep from burning~ take fermented cod- liver oil regularly.

I found the sunscreen formula here and changed it a little.

You can also find awesome ingredients at From Nature with Love;
FNWL

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup grape seed oil (coconut or olive)
  • 5 tsp zinc oxide (available online or in stores~make sure it is pure zinc oxide.  For those concerned about contaminants or nano-particles, I bought this version and it has larger particles)
  • 1 Tbsp Beeswax (I buy mine from here)
  • 2 Tbsp Natural Aloe Vera Gel (I buy mine from here) Not the kind with alcohol or propylene glycol.
  • 1/8 cup distilled water
  • 1 tsp Rosehip essential oil (optional~ use any for scent, just not citrus bc it is phototoxic) Check out why rosehip oil is so great for the skin.

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin
How to Make It

Heat Oil and beeswax on double boiler (or in a mason jar sitting in a pan of low boiling water) until just melted.

Remove from heat, and add essential oils.

Put into bowl that will not be used for food, and add zinc oxide powder, set aside.

In small pan, heat water and aloe vera until just warm.

Add the water/aloe mixture slowly while whisking vigorously or use an immersion blender.

(Note here- I tried whisking vigorously and it did not work very well.  I will be buying the immersion blender on amazon before I try this again.  You can always just strain the extra liquid off or add more beeswax)

Add any additional essential oils or fragrances (except citrus)

I left mine sit in the refrigerator for a few minutes to set.  Mine was a little watery (hence the immersion blender).  I think that really fluff’s it more.

On my skin ~ nice consistency and texture.  It rubs right in, but you can make it thicker (more beeswax less water) or thinner (more water).

Extra Notes:

~this sunscreen is not completely waterproof and will need to be reapplied after swimming or sweating

~make sure not to inhale the zinc oxide powder (use a mask if necessary)

~this recipe has a SPF of about 20, adding more zinc will increase the SPF

~add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen- adding about 3x the amount of beeswax and removing the water/tea will make a “sunscreen bar” that rubs on like stick deodorant

~vanilla extract is great for fragrance

~if you store in the fridge, it will be thicker

~remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes a great lotion

We are heading to the beach tomorrow.  I am excited to have our “real” sunscreen.  Enjoy the sun this summer.  Make your own sunscreen and take lots of Vitamin D!

~Green Boot Girl

link to Green Boot Girl’s post about Homemade Sunscreen.

Aside

4 Great “Going Green” Books to save you more green!

 

Here are four awesome books if you’re into going green without spending too much green.

1. Do It Gorgeously: How to Make Less Toxic, Less Expensive, and More Beautiful Products

wywalk says about this book,
Definitely my favorite of the Gorgeously Green books!! I get so tired of what I like to call “Organic Conspicuous Consumption” – the “I’m so Green because all 538 of my yoga outfits are made from organic cotton” school of thought, and I love the idea that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers were green without even trying to be. On the other hand, I struggle as much as the next person with sacrifice and self-denial. I’m definitely very into using all sorts of eye creams and anti-aging things on my face – it’s my biggest beauty expenditure. Well, I’ve already made a few of the beauty products, and I’m totally in love! Do you have any idea how much money I’m going to save this year?!

Aside from the Beauty Product recipes, my other favorite part is the 5 Uses for Common Household Items – having them grouped like that makes so much sense, as far as actually incorporating them into your life.

I’ll admit that as I leaf through the book, I occasionally get DIY Fatigue (I can’t make EVERYTHING homemade!!!”), but then I remind myself that even focusing on one or two of the chapters (for me it’s beauty and cleaning supplies) can make a big difference…

Wonderfully fun and inspiring!

2. The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning
3. Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life
4. Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homeade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self

Also, see this post for more DIY green and eco friendly household products for super cheap! And see how you can make Eco Friendly Air Fresheners and Household Cleaner Recipes

Archangel Michael Blend

If you are looking to connect with Archangel Michael, or just need the protection or help of this powerful angel, look to your heart, and ask Michael specifically for what you need.

Thankfulness and Gratitude are two sure-fire ways to open the communication pathways between humans and angels, and it doesn’t hurt to have the scents and energies they like around while asking. Creating your own all natural essential oil blend to aid the process.

This is the original Yellowstar Essentials Archangel Michael Blend made with undiluted essential oils only. 

Carriers (as in carrier oils such as; Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Cocoanut, etc.) are added after your blend has a little time to meld together.   This anointing blend will connect you to the energy of Archangel Michael. Diluted in fractionated coconut oil or other carriers, it will be safe for use on the skin.


Archangel Michael Blend 

TOP NOTES (drops) 

Elemi 10

Lemon 3

Ravensara 3

Lemon Blossom 7

Bergamot 4

MIDDLE NOTES (drops)

Jasmine 3 full drops

Rose 2 full drops

Neroli 3  full drops

Lavender 5

Hyssop 3

BASE NOTES (drops)

Sacred Frankincense 3

Myrrh 2 full drops

Galbanum 2 full drops

Atlas Cedarwood 7

Star Anise 1

Sandalwood 3

If you want to use this blend for an anointing oil, perfume oil, or the like, add beeswax and carrier oils to the consistency you like. (wax must be melted and stirred into warm carriers, then cooled to see the thickness and consistency of your final product… it can always be remelted and more wax added). 

 

more info from http://bodysoulmind.net/spirit/essential-oils-and-archangels:


ARCHANGEL MICHAEL (Beshter, Mikail, Sabbathiel, Saint Michael)

Archangel Michael’s name means ‘he who is like God’.

Archangel Michael’s functions are to oversee Lightworker’s life purpose and to rid all toxins associated with fear.  He also assists with bravery and heroic deeds.

Archangel Michael guides and directs people who feel unsure of their life purpose or soul mission, and provides guidance in regards to which positive steps to take.

Archangel Michael inspires leaders, bolsters courage, gives direction, energy and vitality, offers protection and motivation, and increases self-worth and self-esteem.

The essential oils to use for protection, security, safety, empowerment, releasing fears and overcoming obstacles with Archangel Michael are:

Anise Star  –  Aniseed  –  Black Pepper  –  Cajeput  –  Carnation  –  Clary Sage  –  Clove  –  Cumin  –  Elemi  –  Frankincense  –  Galbanum  –  Geranium  –  Ginger  –  Hyssop  –  Juniper  –  Lavender  –  Lime  –  Melissa  –  Mimosa  –  Myrrh  –  Niaouli  –  Oak moss  –  Palmarosa  –  Pimento Berry  –  Pine  –  Rosemary  –  Sage  –  Sweet Fennel  –  Tea-tree  –  Thyme  –  Valerian  –  Violet  –  Yarrow

To banish negativity and dispel phobias, apprehension and anxiety with the help of Archangel Michael, use one of the following essential oils:

Bergamot  –  Camphor  –  Chamomile  –  Eucalyptus  –  Hyssop  –  Lavender  –  Lime  –  Mandarin  –  Neroli  –  Peppermint  –  Rose  –  Sage  –  Sandalwood  –  Sweet Marjoram  –  Ylang Ylang

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