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Eucalyptus Shower Pucks

Eucalyptus Shower Pucks

Eucalyptus Shower Pucks

Eucalyptus oil is used most often used internally  in the form of a steam inhalation. When its inhaled, it relaxes the mucous membranes and promotes drainage from congested sinus PASSAGES . It also  reduces spasms of the bronchial tubes which helps to suppress cough. may be effective in helping people manage the symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and the common cold.

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About this Recipe

By: Jennifer Shelhart

Eucalyptus essential oil has been found to induce a soothing effect on the mind, allowing for greater ability to cope with negative emotions as well as help in alleviating anxiety, stress, or mental fatigue. 

 

Ingredients

You can also add oils such as peppermint, or rosemary for an even more powerful puck

Pre-heat oven to 250°F (121°C)

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add baking soda and half of your essential oils.
  • Add water 1 tablespoon or so at a time this ensures that your mixture get s to the right consistency.
  • Mix well.
  • Add mixture to lined muffin tins or soap molds. If you are using a plastic mold, you will need to pack it tightly and then gently remove the puck onto a baking sheet.
  • Put them in the oven for 20-minute increments until the pucks are hard.
  • This process could take 40 minutes to an hour.
  • Let them Cool completely, then add the remaining essential oil drops.

To use: Place on the floor of your shower out of the way of the spray water. The moisture in the shower will slowly dissolve the puck and provide Aromatherapy. 

 

Do you want to make your own? You probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. I carry my own line of essential oils you can find them here

I’d love to hear how you use Eucalyptus! Leave me a comment! If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.

Have you heard my podcast yet? I talk breifly each week about a different herb and feature a quick and easy DIY at the end of each episode.

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Elderberry Bombs

Elderberry Bombs

Elderberry Bombs

Elder is probably most considered as a flu remedy. It directly inhibits the influenza virus’s ability to form, effectively halting the spread of the virus within 2 days.

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About this Recipe

Elderberry has been proven effective against eight different influenza viruses and this is interesting. Flu vaccines can only protect you form the latest strain of the virus and it mutates frequently requiring a new vaccine to be created each year. 

 

However, most studied strains of influenza so far seem to use the exact same mechanism to penetrate host cells. This means that Elder has the ability to attack all influenza strains the same way, and therefore in my opinion has the potential to be the most efficient weapon against influenza, out there to date.

Ingredients

  • Elderberries

  • Honey or other natural syrup sweetener

These bombs are actually what’s known in the herbalism world as Electuaries. Electuaries are basically powdered herbs bonded with honey or any other syrupy sweetener.

So you can actually play around with this recipe by adding things like Echinacea or Cinnamon but to keep it simple, were just gonna use Elderberries as our herb. 

Instructions

You will need to powder the berries first. To do this, you can use a coffee grinder, a food processor or a mortar and pestle. Grind them up as fine as you can, the smaller the particulates, the better here. Then you are going to add just a tiny bit of honey to form a dry paste. Keep adding the herbal powder and honey until you get the desired consistency. You should be able to roll it between your fingers wih out making a sticky mess. And that’s all there is to it! Like i said you can grind up other herbs to incorporate here as well to best suit your needs but i think elderberries are powerful enough to stand alone. 

That’s it folks! Its really that simple! 

 

Do you want to make your own? I carry Elder berries as well as Elder flower.

I’d love to hear how you use Elder! Leave me a comment! If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.

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Jasmine Sun Tea

Jasmine Sun Tea

Jasmine Sun Tea

 Jasmine has sedative effects on the nervous system, soothing and relaxing tense nerves. The sedative compounds found in this herb have been found to promote peaceful sleep, help to induce sleep in insomniacs and regulate erratic or irregular sleep patterns. 

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About this Recipe

By: Jennifer Shelhart

 Jasmine’s scent is unique and unforgettable. Scenting tea with Jasmine is a practice that has been going on for centuries. It  requires incredible skill, and a lot of patience. Tea growers work quickly to create this complex tea during a very short window of time, while the jasmine fields are blooming. 

Harvesting the flowers is a labor-intensive process. Thousands of tiny buds are plucked by hand, requiring dexterity and concentration.  Mid summer, Pickers cautiously select buds that will bloom that evening. Once picked, the flowers are then stored in a building called a scenting house. Here is where they are layered with tea leaves until they bloom. As the Jasmine buds unfold, their intoxicating scent is released into the air and the the fragrance is absorbed by the tea leaves creating, at last, a blend of exquisite tea. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Gal Water

  • 1/2 Cup Jasmine Tea

This recipe is a set it and forget it type which i cant love enough. All you need is a 2 gallon glass jar or pitcher. 2 gallons of water and a ½ cup of jasmine tea.

Instructions

Combine the water and tea into the jar, cover and set in the sun for about 4 hours.

Strain and store in the fridge.

Pour over ice and enjoy.

I’ve seen recipes that include fruit syrup but i think the jasmine needs nothing else. I like to sweeten just a tiny bit with honey. 

Do you want to make your own? I have the ingredients. Find Jasmine tea here. 

I’d love to hear how you use Jasmine! Leave me a comment! If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.

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Witch Hazel Water

Witch Hazel Water

Witch Hazel Water

There is a big difference between the witch hazel you buy at  the pharmacy and a folk made witch hazel water. Check that label on the back to see what other ingredients have been added. Often time rubbing alcohol and other toxic ingredients are put in to keep the product shelf stable. Although its not fatal, oral consumption of witch hazel water is potentially toxic due to the high content of tannins remaining in commercial products.  As a result, the ingestion of store bought witch hazel water is inadvisable ESPECIALLY during pregnancy and lactation. I have chosen in the last few years to steer clear of store brands and now boil my own witch water so I know what i am getting is pure. 

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About this Recipe

By: Jennifer Shelhart

This is a staple to keep in your apothecary. As a base for most skincare and skin healing products its nice to have a chemical free version right at your fingertips.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup coconut oil

  • 2 Cups sugar

  • 10 Drops lavender essential oil

  • Prune your shrub as soon as it has flowered. This is the prime harvest and will make the strongest tonic.
  • Remove the leaves and flowers to save for teas and sachets.
  • Chop the twigs into small pieces using either a mechanical mulcher or pruning clippers.

 

Instructions

  • Place the chopped twigs into a two-gallon pot and cover with distilled water. 
  • Bring the contents to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to simmer
  • Cover and cook for at least 10 hours, adding water as needed to keep the sticks covered. 
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely
  • Pour the liquid through a strainer. 
  •  Pour into clean bottles or jars.

Keep refrigerated or add a 8 ounces of vodka or brandy. After a couple of weeks discard and make a new batch. Yield: one gallon.

Dont want to make your own? I carry Witch Hazel water for just $8. Find it here.  

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Frankincense Facial Serum

Frankincense Facial Serum

Frankincense Facial Serum

Frankincense is used in perfumery and aromatherapy. It is also an ingredient that is sometimes used in skincare for its Anti inflammatory, Antiseptic and Astringent properties.

Studies back this application by showing frankincense reduces redness and irritation in the skin and produces an even skin tone.  The extracts have been found to have a soothing effect on irritated skin, which is due to a steroid-like structure shared in different boswellic acid compounds called pentacyclic triterpene. 

In addition, frank is reported to be an effective topical agent to soften facial lines and relax the skin and to have anti-proliferative effects on various tumor cell lines, melanoma, glioblastomas.

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After learning that frankincense has the ability to reduce age spots, I have been using this for about a year now and it has significantly reduced the melasma on my forehead. I used to have a large butterfly shaped mark in the center of my face. I’m still dealing with a couple of smaller spots but I’m very pleased with the results so far. 

Ingredients

    • 15 ml jojoba oil
    • 15 ml avocado
    • 5 drops vitamin E 
    • 10 drops Frankincense essential oi

 

To make this serum,  you will need about 30 ml of plant based oil. I prefer to use a 50/50 mix of jojoba and avocado. 

Jojoba is considered the closest to the skins own oil so it will absorb deeper into the skin and help to balance our natural oil levels rather than add to it. For this reason, I don’t recommend substituting for this recipe.  Get it here

Avocado oil is highly moisturizing and full of vitamins and minerals and natural fatty acids that promote cell rejuvenation. If you don’t have avocado, you can substitute sweet almond or purchase a bottle here

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It’s often used in skincare to preserve the shelf life of the serum but because of its antioxidant actions, it can help reduce further UV damage to the skin. You can use the capsules for this if that’s what you have on hand. or if you plan to make more skincare products, you can purchase a bottle of  it here

And last but nit least, Frankincense essential oil, the star of this recipe is available here

Instructions

Add all ingredients to bottle or jar, shake well to combine. 

That’s it folks! Its really that simple! 

To use, apply about 5-10 drops of this serum to your skin after washing your face each night before bed.

Do you want to make your own?  I carry my own line of essential oils you can find them here

I’d love to hear how you use Frankincense! Leave me a comment! If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.

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