Follow Up Friday!

Magnesium Body Lotion

Magnesium Body Lotion

This week I was nervous to find out Plant Therapy’s Make your Own Monday was an emulsified lotion. I’d tried it in the past with poor results, but as I’m challenging myself to do it each week, I became determined.

My flakes never melted as Christina’s did, so I just used the hydrosol/distilled water in the recipe to dissolve them so I didn’t add any extra water.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup melted magnesium flakes*
  • 1/4 cup mango butter (I used Shea Butter)
  • 3 tbsp jojoba
  • 3 tbsp beeswax pellets or shredded
  • 2 tbsp hydrosol (I used lavender)
  • 12-15 drops essential oils of your choice. (I used Black Pepper.)

*melt magnesium flakes by placing in an open container and allowing to sit at room temp for several days until melted. Alternately, you could add 2 tbsp hot water to 1/2 cup magnesium flakes. Your final product will be a bit thinner.

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small glass bowl over simmering water (makeshift double boiler) combine jojoba and beeswax. Allow to melt. Remove from heat and stir in mango or shea butter until melted.
  2. In small saucepan, pour melted magnesium flakes. Gently warm over low heat for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat
  3. Add hydrosol, mixing briefly.
  4. Add your essential oils to the melted butter/wax
  5. Using immersion blender, begin blending the cooling butter/wax (I used a hand mixer on the highest speed with no problems).
  6. Slowly dribble in the magnesium/hydrosol mixture. Continue blending
  7. At this point you’ll notice the product firms up into a “gel” type consistency -It reminded me of pudding, hence the name – Keep blending
  8. Finally, after adding all the liquid, scoop into a container
  9. This makes 1 cup of product
  10. Store in airtight container.

Christina’s note:  I take out about a weeks worth, and keep the rest in the refrigerator


Results?

It’s lovely and it WORKED!  The black pepper essential oil and lavender hydrosol is actually a great combination.

I now have the confidence to make more emulsified lotions that are like what you buy in the store.

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Aromatherapy Play Sand!

Aromatherapy Play Sand

Adapted from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Plant Therapy’s Make Your Own Monday was an Aromatherapy Play Sand this week. The author wasn’t crazy about how it didn’t stick together well, so I found another recipe to try.

INGREDIENTS

1 large container big enough for sand play
2.5 Cups Play Sand
1.5 Cups All Purpose Flour
0.5 Cups Vegetable Oil
15 drops Kid Safe Essential Oil (We used Lavender Population)

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients in large container and mix well.


Results?

Aromatherapy Play Sand

It sticks together REALLY well! She’s played with it every day after school and is so nice and calm afterwards. I definitely recommend this as a fun kid activity for all my friends with kids. Provides at least an hour of quiet time while I cook dinner or do whatever needs done while she plays.

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Carpet, Mattress (and more) Powder

Carpet, Mattress (and more) Powder

This week’s post from http://essentialoilblogging.com/ on Make Your Own Monday was Carpet and Mattress Powder! I’ve done this before, so I was excited to make my own again. Also, I finished a small bottle of Creamer this week and glanced at the bottom. Sure enough, it’s Recycle Symbol 1 aka PET/PETE! These are the only plastic containers for Essential Oils.

INGREDIENTS

1 16 oz container (A Parmesan Can is a good option as well).
2 cups baking soda
20-30 drops essential oil

DIRECTIONS
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the baking soda and essential oil with a fork until thoroughly incorporated. Using a funnel (if needed) pour mixture into your container.

Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum up.

You can also do the same with your mattress and use your accessory hose to vacuum up.

Go on over to Make Your Own Monday to see what other ways you can use this Cleaning Powder!


Results?

My living room smells amazing! Nice way to freshen up the room without a lot of effort.

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Oil Cleansing Method

Each Friday I will be reviewing my experience with the Make Your Own Monday DIY of the week. This week was the Oil Cleansing Method. I’ve heard about it before Monday, but I’ve been too nervous to try as my skin is very prone to breakouts and is very sensitive. This was just the push I need. I used 20% Castor Oil and 80% Grapeseed oil with 1% Dilution Lavender Essential Oil for my sensitive skin.

To do this, I don’t even remove my makeup first. I add about a quarter-size amount of oil to my hand and rub together to get it warm. It’s really need to feel it heating in your hands! Then apply to your face and massage for at least 3 minutes. I try to let my mind drift and massage as long as possible. Afterwards, use water as hot as you can stand on a wash cloth, ring it out, and lay it over your face. Let it steam your face until the cloth gets cool (about a minute). Repeat with heating the wash cloth and steaming at least once more, but I usually do it three times. On the last time, gently wipe off the remaining oil.


Results? I had three tiny pimples show up, but I understand this is normal when you first start as you’re drawing out the gunk…or so they say. I’m going to keep it up for another week, but this time I’m going to use Sunflower Seed oil as it’s less comedogenic (less likely to cause breakouts).

Over all, I find it relaxing and look forward to it each night. The only downside is you should really use a new washcloth each time, so that creates more laundry. It’s also suggested to not use fabric softener of your washcloths, so that means a separate load just for washcloths.