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Natural Holistic Remedies for Anxiety Stress & Depression

 

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There are so many natural and holistic remedies for all types of maladies these days that it is difficult to weed through all the bad or mis-information strewn across the web.

Anxiety, stress and depression are almost at record levels in our country, who knows if it’s because of the economy, the stressful atmospheres and workplaces we subject ourselves to, or even home-life? Most people don’t think about it, but our diets, especially an excess of sugar, sugar substitutes, coffee, alcohol and/or junk foods can add to imbalances in our mental and physical states of being. No matter the cause, there is hope…and without resorting to dangerous synthetic drugs. Anxiety, stress and depression can have real life consequences and devastating effects on our spirits, minds and bodies that affect not only the entire scope of our lives, but those around us as well.

Read more at; “Natural Holistic Remedies for Anxiety Stress & Depression” link doesn’t work. Use this post link instead, :

https://yellowstaressentials.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/can-essential-oils-help-with-depression-using-aromatherapy-as-a-mood-regulator/

still working on updating my yahoo repertoire, since their contributor network was shut down, all my articles there are looking for permanent homes. I’m still working on finding that. Until then, please enjoy free access to all my posted articles here on this blog.

Thanks for understanding many of the links on this blog are currently being updated.

Essential Oil of the Month; 25 Ways to Use Peppermint Essential Oil

Essential Oil of the Month

Young Living PEPPERMINT-

(Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion. Jean Valnet, M.D., studied peppermint’s effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in affecting impaired taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental accuracy. Alan Hirsch, M.D., studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sense of fullness after meals.
1. Rub 4-6 drops in your palm and rub over stomach and around the navel to relieve indigestion, flatulence and diarrhea.
2. Add Peppermint to herbal tea to aid in digestion and relieve heartburn.
3. Massage several drops of oil on an injury to reduce inflammation.
4. Apply Peppermint oil immediately to an injured area to relieve pain. If there is a cut, apply the Peppermint oil around (not on) the open wound.
5. Apply Peppermint oil topically on unbroken skin to stop itching.
6. Inhale before & during a workout to boost your mood and reduce fatigue.
7. Massage several drops on the abdomen to relieve nausea.
8. To relieve a tension or some migraine headache, rub on the temples, forehead, and on the back of the neck.
9. To stop hiccups, apply a drop on each side of the fifth cervical vertebra (up three notches from the base of the neck).
10. Place two drops on the tongue and rub another drop under the nose to improve alertness and concentration.
11. Diffuse in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy
12. Rub 4 drops on chest and stomach to relieve travel sickness.
13. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue and inhale into the nose and sinuses to relieve congestion from a cold.
14. Add Peppermint oil to food as a flavoring and a preservative.
15. To deter rats, mice, ants or cockroaches, place two drops on a cotton ball and place along the path or point of entry.
16. Mix one 15 ml. bottle of Peppermint into five (5) gallons of paint to dispel the fumes.
17. Place a couple of drops in a cup of hot water and enjoy in place of coffee.
18. To kill aphids, add 4-5 drops to 4 ounces of water and spray the plants.
19. Put one drop in glass of cold water to cool off on a hot day.
20. Rub Peppermint oil on joints to relieve arthritis or tendonitis pain.
21. Place a drop of Peppermint oil on the tongue to stop bad breath; will freshen breath – use instead of gum.
22. Inhale the fragrance to curb appetite and lessen the impulse to overeat.
23. Remove ticks by applying a drop of Peppermint oil on a cotton swab. Wait for it to dislodge its head, and then remove from your pet.
24. Mix 6 drops of Peppermint oil in a footbath to relieve sore feet.
25. Apply drop over toothache area – will relieve pain.

Thanks lol for these great tips! You’re a doll 😉

Get Rid of Acne Naturally With Essential Oils

Best Essential Oils for Acne Treatment thanks to; http://www.naturalnews.com/028374_acne_essential_oils.html

Individual skin types will react differently to essential oils. The process of combining and experimenting with the best essential oil blend may be a trial and error process. Generally, the skin responds well to aromatherapy oils because they heal and nourish the cells and reduce inflammation. Essential oils also have antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

The best essential oils for acne control include lavender, geranium, sandalwood, jasmine, lemon, patchouli, chamomile, rosewood and eucalyptus.

Essential Oil Recipe for Acne

Create a natural gel to treat acne. Combine a quarter of a cup of aloe vera gel with ten to twelve drops of geranium oil, ten drops of lavender oil and seven drops lemon grass oil or tea tree oil. Blend all the oils and gel together thoroughly and apply to blemish areas twice daily after cleaning the skin. Do not use around the eyes.

Safety Precautions

Unlike perfume, essential oils are highly concentrated substances that need to be diluted prior to application to the skin. When buying essential oils, it is important to look at the label closely to see if they are pre-diluted or not. Buy undiluted, pure, organic essential oil and avoid cheap oils as they may be impure, adulterated or distilled with petrochemical solvents which may aggravate the skin instead of healing it.

Good carrier oils for the skin include sweet almond, apricot kernel, carrot oil and avocado, jojoba and hazelnut. To dilute, add ten drops of essential oil to 28 grams (1 ounce) of carrier oil.

Make sure the skin is thoroughly clean and dry before applying oils.

Consult a qualified homeopath if the skin is severely inflamed or not improving after using home remedies.

Additional Tips to Combat Acne

Cut out sugar, processed and refined foods from the diet. Sugar is not food and should not be eaten in its refined form. Eliminating sugar is possibly the best thing an acne sufferer can do to cure his or her acne problem. Cravings should disappear after one week or so of eliminating sugar from the diet.

Sources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/027237_a…

http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com…

Essential Science Publishing (compiled by), Essential Oils Desk Reference, 2nd Edition. USA, Essential Science Publishing, 2001.

 

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Natural Preservatives for Cosmetic Recipes

Essential Oils for the Different Types of SkinWhen I first started making cosmetic products, i.e. lotions, lip balms, sprays, scrubs, etc., I was very hesitant , in the beginning, on which ingredients to use that were all natural and yet effective for preserving all my hard work from going rancid.

Making your own natural cosmetics allows you to control the ingredients and produce recipes created specifically for you. The downside to this is that natural ingredients tend to have a limited shelf life. Learning what ingredients are natural preservatives, and how to use them, will prevent rancidity and anti-oxidation in your homemade cosmetics.

But really, when it comes down to it, if you’re not going to use it up in about a week, then you need more than just a  “natural” preservative.

The following is from: Review of 27 preservatives at makingskincare.com, –be sure to read it in it’s entirety for excellent preservative advice. Here’s a snippet:

GLYCERIN / ALCOHOL / HONEY / GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT AS PRESERVATIVE??

–          Glycerin is a very effective preservative – in medicine, you will frequently find glycerites as a delivery vehicle (especially in children’s and herbal medicine) where the active component is preserved and then ultimately delivered in a water soluble solvent (glycerin) as an alternative delivery mechanism to alcohol. To be effective as a preservative, you need to have AT LEAST a 50% glycerin content in your formula, and it is best if it is about 60-70%.  The downside is glycerin is very, very sticky – not a great skin feel.

–          Ethanol (not vodka, instead use 190 Everclear alcohol or skin safe cosmetic use denatured alcohol) anything containing 20-25% ethanol  is self preserving.  Alcohol is astringent so not a great add if you want a moisturising lotion.  It is also a known irritant so if you have sensitive skin, a lotion containing alcohol could sting! You might see it in a lotion with alcohol as a cooling foot lotion as it will evaporate from your  skin. However note, you might see Ostwalt Ripening in an O/W emulsion resulting in flocculation and ethanol can diminish foaming of surfactant-based products like shampoo.

–          Honey – not advisable – see http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/honey-few-studies-ive-found-about-its.html

–          Grapefruit Seed Extract,(not recommended).  GSE is not what you would consider to be a regular extract.  Citrus seed extracts are not all-natural – they are chemically derived from the seeds of citrus fruits.  It is made IIRC by reacting with ammonia, so is more like a quat in some ways. There are concerns that the limited preservative properties GSE does have are in fact due to added preservatives like parabens – see http://swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/preservatives-grapefruit-seed-extract.html

After my many years of working with all types and lots of research, here is a list of helpful and useful natural ingredients that are safe to use for preserving your cosmetic recipes as long as you’re using it up within about a week as well as snippets from around the web that may answer your questions:

Here’s a list of some natural inhibitors / preservatives :essential oil

Benzoin Resin (also called Styrax) is a less well known preservative and fixative. For centuries, it has been an important ingredient in the making of incense due to its fixative qualities. Benzoin has a rich sweet scent that is quite distinctive. Because it is easily absorbed through the skin, it should be diluted in alcohol before use in cosmetic recipes. Benzoin resin is often found in facial toning and facial oil recipes to improve their shelf life.

Borax is a common ingredient that used to be found on the laundry shelf of most grocery stores. It is a natural cleaner and preservative, and it often found in lotion, cream, bath salt and bath scrub recipes.

Honey is a marvelous natural inhibitor. One teaspoon to one tablespoon of honey can be added to most any natural cosmetic recipe to improve its shelf life. My personal facial elixir has honey as an essential component, but I also add it to salts, scrubs, facials, creams and lotions.

Jojoba is one of my favorite natural inhibitor because, like honey, it is just so very versatile. Jojoba is often combined with those oils that are known for having a limited shelf life, such as almond oil, apricot kernel oil, and rosehip seed oil. Get in the habit of substituting a tablespoon of jojoba oil for the more fragile carrier oils to improve the shelf life of your home made creations.

Vitamin E Oil is another natural inhibitor that I use quite often. If you are making a preparation for the skin, add a teaspoon of vitamin E oil to prevent rancidity and as an anti-oxidant. Vitamin E oil has the additional benefit of being safe to use for recipes for babies and small children.

When creating my own cosmetic recipes, I tend to use a two-pronged approach. Benzoin and vitamin E in a facial oil, for instance, or jojoba and borax in a lotion. Incorporating these natural preservatives in your own creations will enhance your cosmetics making repertoire considerably.

great place to find information about “green formulating”

Carlos
Submitted on 2013/08/25 at 3:55 pm

I think your blog is fantastic. I’m starting a natural skincare company and am using mostly butter and creams (no water or milk). I understand that I don’t need to put preservatives in these formulations. However, I would like to add something that inhibits bacterial as least a little. I am thinking of standardly adding vitamin E to all the butters and creams. Later on we will get into some formulations that use distilled water.Can you give me a little more information on the following? A friend sent them to me after attending one of her work workshops on lotion making: Dermofeel 688 INCI: p-Anisic Acid and Glyceryl Caprylate (and) Glyceryl Undecylenate. Also, the natural preservative mixtures that you mentioned, can I get them already mixed? If I can get them already mixed, what percentage should they be of my formulation?

Candice Collins
Submitted on 2013/09/16 at 5:24 pm | In reply to Carlos.

I found this mixture of ingredients here; http://www.kinetiktech.com/materials/index.php. and here’s a link to a great .pdf about making your own natural “green” formulations; http://www.kinetiktech.com/docs/GreenGuide-latest.pdf . hope that helps :)

“To avoid parabens, Jason Natural Cosmetics has switched from methylparaben to a natural preservative that has the same shelf life–2-3 years–as the paraben-based preservative. In January 2003, for its Shaman Earthly Organics line, Jason debuted a preservative that consists of sodium benzoate (salt crystals), potassium sorbate (powder from mountain ash trees combined with potassium salt) and grapefruit-seed extract. “Now our preservative systems are food grade, which adds to the purity level of our products,” Light says.

Aubrey Organics solved the preservative puzzle with a mixture of grapefruit-seed extract and vitamins A, C and E, which inhibits micro-bacterial growth and helps retard the ingredients’ decay. All of the company’s 250 personal care products are made with this natural preservative, says Aubrey representative Sandie Coretti, and have shelf lives of 18 months to 3 years–considerably shorter than products made with synthetic preservatives, which can last 5-8 years, Coretti says.

The Obsessively Organic line by Kiss My Face uses a blend of all-natural preservatives, Byckiewicz says. This blend assures the products have a shelf life of up to 2 years.

As companies seek alternatives to synthetic preservatives, the industry as a whole is moving forward on issues that are just as challenging. What OCA. OTA and virtually everybody else in the industry agrees on is that the higher the level of organic ingredients in a personal care product, the safer it is for the consumer. How quickly they can agree on standards that they can support is another matter. Until then, consumers will have to educate themselves about label claims–and rely on their scruples…..

see more info below:
thanks so much to:  http://eroscent.com/blog/resources-and-guides/natural-preservatives-for-your-cosmetic-recipes/   fabulous and very useful tips! They match many of my own findings.

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Recipe for Rose Lotion

Rosewater & Glycerin Hand Lotion

This lotion is great for those that prefer a less oily type.

I’ve adapted it from various attempted recipes over the years.
I love the way it feels as the cornstarch really works as an oil absorber,
and almost feels like an exfoliant the first few times you use it.
I’ve tried making this into both a sprayable type lotion and a cream type lotion.
Both ways are great, it just depends on how you intend to use it
…more water for thinner, and less water for thicker product.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tsp – 1 Tbls melted beeswax (depending on how thick you prefer)

  • 1 Tbls cocoa butter melted

  • 2 Tbls Vegetable Glycerin

  • 2 Tbls Cornstarch

  • 1 Cup Distilled or Purified Water

  • 2 – 4 Tbls (more if you like thinner) Rose water (I usually use 3)

Mix first three ingredients together in heat proof glass bowl – place in a water bath or use double boiler.
Warm waters and add cornstarch, blend thouroughly,
Add oil/wax mixture slowly to water mixture and blend well.
Make sure to completely cool.
Once everything is the right consistency, add essential oils if you prefer, but no more than 10 dps of essential oils total for this recipe. Mix well, and put into clean jars or spray bottles.
Note: If the lotion is too thick – thin with water or rose water using one tablespoon at a time, stirring thoroughly.

Also, If it is too thin, add melted wax into warmed oils/water mixture
(blast in microwave on low setting for 15-20 sec. intervals.
And always, always, add your essential oils last, after you have the consistency you desire in the lotion.
A thinner lotion you can use as a sprayable type, and a thicker lotion can be used as a cream.
By adjusting the wax/oil/water ratio you can create the type best suited to your purpose.
Try making both the spray type and the cream type and decide which works best for you.

If you’d like an even easier recipe, try this one: (though it’s a bit thinner than the above recipe)

1 1/4 cup hot water
1/4 cup emulsifying wax
1/4 cup rosehip seed oil (or any oil you prefer, olive, safflower, sunflower, emu, etc.)
24-36 drops rose essential oil

In a pyrex measuring glass I combine the rosehip seed oil and emusifying wax and microwave for approx. 1 minute until it is all melted. The temperature on this reads about 155 degrees.
How to Make Hand Lotion
I have found that a coffee mug  holds almost exactly 1 1/4 cup of water, so I fill is up and microwave that for 1 minute or until about 120 degrees. While that is heating up, I add the essential oil into my melted wax/rosehipseed oil mixture.
How to Make Hand Lotion
Then pour the hot water into the wax/rosehipseed oil mixture and watch it turn milky white. At this point the temperature is about 125 degrees. I then pour the hot lotion into wide mouth pint size jars and let cool overnight. The next morning you’ll have a fresh jar of homemade natural hand lotion!
How to Make Hand Lotion
Oh and of course, you’ll need decorative labels to put on your jars, which you can download here. Remember, when you print these out onto Avery Sticker Project Paper in Adobe Reader, it often automatically reduces the size of the original document, make sure that you click on the setting to print these at full size. These labels fit on the wide mouth pint jars. Enjoy your new soft skin!

Thanks to

h t t p : / / a s o n o m a g a r d e n . w o r d p r e s s . c o m

for the great pics and label downloads!!!!

Essential Oils that can Aid Emotional and Abuse Issues

YellowstarEssentials Release/Opening Synergy

Essential oils have natural properties that can aid in healing the entire body, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. Because of their concentrated properties, one drop can do as much good as pounds or tons of the fresh variety, so essential oils are much easier and more convenient to keep at hand.

Many people use food to protect themselves from feeling bad or to numb themselves to abuse. They can gain weight to make themselves look undesirable or not available for sexual attention. This leads to feelings of contempt and self loathing. It is very common for victims of abuse to blame themselves for the abuse. Essential oils can bring feelings of self love, forgiveness, and acceptance into the heart.

Milli Austin in The Healing Bath did some ground-breaking work in healing abuse with essential oils. She talks of the body not just from the physical but also its energetic aspects. She see the body surrounded by energy fields similar to the atmosphere around the earth. The energy is layered into different energy bodies. The energy body closest to the physical body is called the etheric body. Then there is the astral or emotional body. Next the mental body follows with the soul body encapulating all the bodies. She claims that abuse emotionally and mentally lodges itself into the energy bodies and causes a person to be unable to completely control their life. The abuse takes hold and directs the life in ways the person does not want to go, but seems to be helpless to prevent. As in feeling bad about how your body looks and wanting to look better, but unable to stop eating. With her essential oil therapy, the person would come into contact with what was really causing the bad feelings and clear them with the oils. She also felt that abuse from one life could be felt in another and causes disturbances in this life.

To heal this trauma, she suggests using bath or massage therapy. In her book she included several formulas to help the person clear the abuse. It is a good idea to have a counselor or therapist to consult if you are going to use the oils in this way. The baths also call for more oils than most aromatherapists feel is safe so caution is advised and supervision is required. We will list a few of the formulas and if you are interested in doing them, we suggest you read her book first for more details.

Sexual Abuse Bath
30 drops each citronella, geranium, patchouli
33 drops each white camphor, lime
40 drops juniper berry
5 cups unprocessed apple cider vinegar
Stone Lapis
Time: 35 minutes
Coat the body with walnut oil
Do 10 baths spaced 7 days apart
If repeating bath series, wait 7 weeks.

Trauma Bath
20 drops wild chamomile (or 16 German or 14 Roman)
30 drops each amyris, white camphor, damiana, vetiver, sassafras
36 drops each eucalyptus 80/85. Lavender
5 cups unprocessed apple cider vinegar
Stone: lapis
Time: 30 minutes
Coat the body with almond oil
Do 10 baths spaced 5 days apart
If repeating bath series, wait 7 weeks.

Unkind, Abusive Treatment – To Relieve Hurt Bath
20 drops cinnamon leaf
25 drops each helichrysum, lemongrass
30 drops each dill weed, lemon eucalyptus, sweet fennel, lavender, peppermint, white thyme
36 drops geranium
7 cups unprocessed apple cider vinegar
Stone: clear quartz crystal
Time: 30 minutes
Coat the body with walnut oil.
Do 15 baths spaced 7 days apart.
If repeating bath series, wait 7 weeks.”

Oils identified to help clear abuse and trauma from the energy bodies:

Ajowan* Benzoin Jasmine Rose
Allspice* Cajeput Juniper* Spruce
Bitter Almond* All Cedarwoods Laurel Leaf Tea Tree
Balsam, Copaiba Cinnamon* Linaloe Wood Vetiver
Balsam, Peru* Cumin Seed Neroli Violet Leaf
Balsam, Tolu Cypress Parsley Wintergreen*
Bay Yuzu

* oils are fiery and need to be used with fixed or fatty oils

About the Healing Bath:

Many books discuss the aromatic power of essential oils, but The Healing Bath is the first to focus on using essential oils to cleanse, clear, and heal the energy field surrounding the physical body. If this energy field is damaged, the body’s vitality, strength, and overall health and well-being is jeopardized. When energy fields in the subtle bodies are strengthened and energized, deep healing in the physical body is accelerated. This book describes essential oil therapy that can be used with conventional allopathic, herbal, and other healing methods.

The author has been refining her essential oil techniques for ten years, and she draws on experiences from her personal practice to describe the method.

Provides bath formulas for a wide range of physical and emotional ailments, including asthma, depression, substance abuse, headaches, sleep disorders, food intolerance, allergies, bladder and urinary tract problems, and hyperactivity.

A special section discusses the use of essential oils to heal infants and children.

Click here to go to amazon.com and buy the book

If you would like to purchase YellowstarEssentials Release/Opening Synergy made with therapeutic grade essential oils; email: yellowstar2000@yahoo.com. with  Release/Opening Synergy in the subject line.  5ml concentrate is $25.

Thank you http://www.gritman.com/EO_Papers/Weightloss8.html for the great info!

DIY: Eee Zee Beauty Recipes; Natural Lipgloss and Lip Plumper

DIY: Easy Beauty Recipes; Natural Lipgloss and Lip Plumper

I love making my own natural beauty products, especially when I can make them cheaper than buying them. Some might say I’m obsessed with anything DIY, really. If you are too, or are just looking for something to do, or have a gaggle of girls hanging out looking for a fun project, then read on to learn how you can turn a boring day into something exciting by hosting a “make your own lip gloss party” , or with the addition of a few essential oils, you can make it a “make your own super-duper easy lip plumper party”. Try saying that three times fast…..heh, heh. 
First, you’ll need to decide on what kind of lip gloss or lip plumper serum you want to make.
If you just want a natural lip gloss that adds moisture and shine to your lips, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients and most you can find around your home. 
If you’d rather make yourself a natural lip plumper and add colors and flavors, you’ll only need to add a few essential oils or other simple household items to the gloss base.
It’s so easy and fun, you might want to make it a girls’ day project, or if you’ve got a gaggle of tweens hanging out for a slumber party, this is a great way to get them all together and do something they’ll all enjoy. No matter which you choose, you’ll love the results. 
For a simple natural lip gloss all you need are a couple of natural moisturizing oils, some aloe vera gel, and color or flavor (optional), and of course, a container to put it in. I find the easiest way is to use roller-ball bottles for the liquid types as they hold the product well and are fun to use and make application a breeze. You can find these with a simple search on ebay roller bottles, some craft stores, or other online sites. You can also use old lip balm containers (well cleaned) or purchase lip balm pots all over the internet. Check resources at the bottom of the page for suppliers that I’ve found helpful through the years.  I’ve literally made hundreds of experiments with lip balms, glosses, and every other beauty product I could think of.  
Here’s some of my favorites:
Chocolatey Lip Gloss
1.5 TBL cocoa butter
2-3 chocolate chips 
1 Vit. E capsule
 Just melt the cocoa butter in a pyrex cup, stir in the chips to melt everything together smoothly, add Vit. E and stir well, then pour into lip balm container pot. Chill in fridge. Eee Zee. If you don’t like finding water droplets on top of your chocolate lip gloss, let stand and cool; then put the lid on. 
Cranberry-Red Lip Stain:
1 tsp. cranberry sauce juice
1 TBL. Vaseline
(warm, and mix throughly, store in fridge)
Recipes & Ingredients for easy natural lip gloss:
Basic Lip Gloss:
2 tsp. beeswax
7 tsp. oil (your choice: castor, olive, jojoba, sw. almond)
1 tsp. honey
5 drops e.o. (essential oil of your choice) See Essential Oils Section Below.
Melt wax in pyrex in short bursts in microwave, or use double boiler method by placing 1-2 in. water in pan, add pyrex cup and bring water to boil, this will insure an even melt for your beeswax. I’ve had success both ways, but you’re taking your chances of burning the wax using a microwave as power fluctuates in different types of microwaves. You can easily convert this recipe for a Basic Lip Balm by just adding 1/2 (or .5) tsp. additional beeswax, or more for a harder balm. 
The above link will take you to my ehow article on How to Make a Lip Plumper Serum. 
Also note the Lip Plumper Serum in that recipe contains capsicum, and other very hot essential oils. 
Here’s a simplified version that will make much less than my ehow recipe:
Simple & Natural Lip Plumper Gloss
  • 1 tsp. melted beeswax
  • 2-3 TBL. oil of your choice (castor, coconut, olive, jojoba, sw. almond, sunflower, emu, etc. )
  • 5-6 dps. e.o. blend ( 2-3 drops cinnamon bark e.o. and 3 dps. peppermint e.o.)
  • 1 Vit. E capsule
  • color or mica if desired (a tiny bit of leftover lipstick works great!) 
Melt wax in a pyrex glass measuring cup in short bursts in the microwave. Times depend on the power of your microwave, so don’t walk away from this. Wax can burn and start a fire if not watched, so only use about 5-10 sec. bursts and stir after each attempt until the wax is completely melted. Stir in your oils until everything is blended and warm. Stir in the Vit. E liquid from the capsule. I use a needle to puncture the capsule and squeeze in the liquid. Use two if you can’t get all the vit. e out of the capsule. At this point you can choose if you want to add color, flavor, etc. If you like to use mica for a bit of sparkle, be careful, this stuff goes a long way. A super way to be “green” is to use up the last of your lipsticks. Just get a toothpick and scrape out a little for as much color as you want to add. I also wait to add the essential oils until it’s almost cool so they don’t lose any of their properties by being heated. Stir in the e.o.’s and pour into container. 
Some Good Ingredients to Choose From:
Castor oil  is in so many lip gloss recipes, probably because it’s best for slip and glide.
Jojoba, olive oil, sweet almond oil or coconut oil are great choices and seem to be in almost every recipe you find.  
I like to add extra healing and anti-aging properties to my lip products by using emu, evening primrose, rosehip seed oils too. It’s really up to what kind of properties you want your lip gloss to have. In a pinch, you could use sunflower, light olive, vegetable, or whatever you have around and it would work just fine. Granted, using vegetable oil on your lips won’t taste very good, so you’ll have to sweeten it up a bit. To sweeten any gloss or balm recipe, just add a bit of Kool-Aid, Jello, or flavor you want. 
honey (optional; to sweeten your gloss)
vit. e capsule (helps to preserve your gloss)
aloe gel (gives nice healing quality to your gloss)
glycerin (also gives a bit of sweetness and glide to your gloss)

Resources:

Get Butters
libertynatural.com
wholesalesuppliesplus.com
More Great Resources:
(some only include petroleum jelly and kool-aid, but if you’re keeping it “organic” or “all natural” you might want to steer away from using petroleum products).
some of these sound really fun! (i.e. pop rocks?!!)
http://www.bathandbodyrecipes.com/55/lip-gloss-recipes.html Bath & Body recipes; lots of easy lip gloss recipes (lemon, cocoa, butterscotch, etc.)
http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/lipbalm/ Nice blog about how to make your own lip balm/gloss by NotMartha.org
http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/searchus.asp  lip gloss/balm Flavors (FromNatureWithLove)
http://www.teachsoap.com/recipes.html more recipes at teachsoap.com
http://www.showmomthemoney.com/lip-gloss-recipes/ more lip gloss recipes from showmomthemoney blog
http://www.yoyolipgloss.com/lip-gloss-recipes.html lots and lots of lip gloss recipes from yoyolipgloss.com
http://www.wildroots.com/cosmetic.htm more natural cosmetic recipes from wildroots.com

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