Chamomile Simple Syrup

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I’ve been tweaking this until I got it right for about a month.  I LOVE using about a 2-3 teaspoons of this syrup mixed with unsweetened sparkling water. SO delicious and refreshing.  Also great in black tea.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 Small Saucepan
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) Dried Chamomile Flowers
Fine Mesh Strainer

DIRECTIONS:

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Over medium heat, add all ingredients to saucepan and stir to get water and sugar to combine. Let it come to a simmer. This will take about 5-7 minutes, but you want it to gradually heat.

Once it comes to a simmer, stir occasionally, and let it simmer without a lid for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and let infuse for 15 minutes.

Strain and push out as much liquid as you can from the chamomile.

Pour into jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.

Yields about 1 cup syrup.

No Stink Spray

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A friend mentioned needing an additive to  make “Poo Pourri” spray be effective. She suggested Dispersant-Solubol. Doing further research, I believe Polysorbate 20 will get the job done, but i have not tested this yet as I ordered the first suggestion.

AND IT WORKED!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1 ounce spray bottle
1 large drop from Dispersant-Solubol bottle
30 drops Essential Oils (I used 15 Lemongrass, 10 Grapefruit, & 5 Lemon)
Distilled Water to fill the remainder of the bottle.

DIRECTIONS:
Add all ingredients and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE. Shake before each use as well.

The bottle shown is about 1/2 ounce and I just poured half of my pre-made mixture into the clean bottle.

KID SAFE VERSION:
Use recipe above, but add 10 drops Spearmint and 20 drops Lime Essential Oils.

NOTE:
We had our carpets cleaned today, and, even though I haven’t gotten around to labeling the bottles yet, the carpet cleaner used the spray! It was STINK FREE! Don’t ask me how I know.

Layered Soap and Sugar Scrub Bars

Layered Soap and Sugar Scrub Bars
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

2 Soap Molds (Mine are approximately 3 1/4″ wide x 2 3/8″ x 1″, but adjust recipe for your molds).

For First Layer:
2 oz Clear Melt And Pour Soap Base
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Rubbing Alcohol in a Spray Bottle

For Second Layer:
4 oz Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base
1 teaspoons Jojoba Oil (or other Carrier oil)
20 Drops Essential Oils
Soap Colorant (Optional)
4 oz Sugar

DIRECTIONS

For First Layer:
Melt Clear soap in double-boiler, or use a small sauce pan with 1 inch of water and a glass measuring cup. Once soap is fully melted, remove from heat, and add Lavender Essential Oil. Stir to combine, and pour into your molds dividing the soap equally. Spray with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles, and let cool completely.

For Second Layer:
Melt Goat’s Milk soap using instructions for First Layer. Once soap is fully melted, remove from heat, and add Jojoba Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, and Soap Colorant if using. Add Sugar, and stir to combine. Spray the First Layer with Rubbing Alcohol again, and then pour sugar scrub layer into molds and allow to cool completely.

Remove from molds and package!

TIP!
If you use plastic molds, I find the soap comes out MUCH easier if you place them in the freezer for 5 minutes once soap has cooled completely. Then, they take a little muscle, but they will release much easier.