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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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About this Recipe

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.

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.

You can hear it on Spotify.  

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Echinacea Poultice

Echinacea Poultice

Echinacea Poultice

Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family As a genus, Echinacea actually has ten species, which are commonly called coneflowers.  While some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. Echinacea purpurea and angustifolia are the species used in folk medicine. In some cases they can be used interchangeably.

 

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About this Recipe

By: Jennifer Shelhart

Echinacea increases bodily resistance to infection. So this can be external infections or internal. Examples of external infections are: boils, erysipelas (a serious bacterial infection on the skin caused by strep. It is associated with an intense rash), wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, sun-related skin damage, bee stings, snake and mosquito bites, gum disease, and abscesses.

Ingredients

  • Echinacea Purpurea or Angustifolia 
  • Plant based oil or Honey

A poultice is a mass of plant material much like a paste that is applied to a wound and usually covered with a cloth or bandage.  It is the old school way to treat wounds and infections of the skin. 

All you need is fresh or dried Echinacea and either a blender or grinder, if you’re feeling extra old school, you can even use a mortar and pestle if you have it. 

Step by Step Instructions

  1. So if you are using the fresh herb, you’ll need to chop it  into small pieces using a food processor or knife. If you are using the dried herb, you’ll grind it with a coffee grinder.  You can opt for the mortar and pestle for either form. 
  2. Transfer to a your blender. blend for 5 minutes to get it as smooth as possible. If you want to add a little bit of oil to the blender, it may help get a nice smooth texture.
  3. When blending is complete, transfer your Echinacea to a container to store  in the refrigerator. 

To use, apply it directly to the infected wound and cover with a bandage or clean cloth. Reapply twice  a day.

Do you want to make your own? I have the ingredients.

Don’t have time to make your own? That’s what I’m here for! Call or email me. 

I’d love to hear how you use Echinacea! Leave me a comment!

If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.

Lemongrass Room Spray

Lemongrass Room Spray

Lemongrass Room Spray

Cymbopogon, also known as lemongrass, barbed wire grass, Cochin grass or Malabar grass, is a genus of plants with over 50 species in the grass family known as poaceaeIts a tropical grass with  a powerful, citrus scent. Not a whole lot different than (its cousin) citronella, and also similar to lemon but lemongrass  is slightly different in the way it has a much sweeter scent… to me, it smells like fruit loop cereal.

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About this Recipe

By: Jennifer Shelhart

Mist the room, spray your pillow, use it as a parfume. It’s super easy. All you need is a spray bottle. I like to use a fine mist sprayer or atomizer but that’s just my preference. Use what you have on hand Try not to buy something for this if you don’t have to.

Ingredients

  • 10 Drops Lemongrass essential oil

  • 2 oz Distilled water

  • 1 T vodka or brandy if desired

If you are going to keep this on a shelf, I recommend adding 1 t vodka, brandy, or rubbing alcohol to keep it shelf stable a little longer. This step is not usually necessary for such a small batch so it’s up to you whether you feel the need to ad it.

Instructions

You aren’t even going to believe how easy this is.

 Add all ingredients into your spray bottle and shake well.  

That’s it folks! Its really that simple! 

 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 Lemongrass! 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.

You can hear it on Spotify.  

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Sage Massage Oil

Sage Massage Oil

Sage Massage Oil

Salvia apiana, white sage, aka bee sage, or sacred sage, is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern US northwestern Mexico, found mainly on the western edges of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. A beautiful place to see if you haven’t yet. We just took the kids to see it last spring and it was incredible! Watch out for snakes.

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About this Recipe

Sage is an Antispasmodic- just like it sounds, it relieves muscle spasms. It’s also Anti-inflammatory- also just like it sounds, reduces inflammation.

These two actions work well together in cases of injury. When you are working with herbs It’s important to have herbs that work well together. Some don’t play nice together.  Even better, find an herb that offers a multiple actions at once.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces unscented massage oil or plant based carrier oil
  • 7 Drops Sage essential oil

For this recipe I’m going to give you measurements because it’s important to have a proper balance when it comes to essential oils.  They are in fact chemicals and should be treated as such. You don’t need to run out to purchase a fancy massage oil blend. Any plant based oil will do. I love Sweet Almond oil!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Combine the ingredients into a vessel of some type (ex: jar, bottle, etc.)

Step 2

Shake gently until blended.

To use, you are going to apply 1 to 2 teaspoons to a targeted area and massage it in.  This is a great way to get those benefits directly onto stiff sore swollen muscles.

 

And it’s a bonus benefit to the brain because you will smell this oil as your body diffuses the scent giving you a memory boost and maybe even some new neuro pathways!

Lavender Sugar Scrub

Lavender Sugar Scrub

Lavender Sugar Scrub

Lavandula is a genus of 47 species of flowering plants that are actually in the mint family, Lamiaceae. You’ll find it everywhere as a fragrance for candles, perfumes, sachets and more because it is one of the most popular scents in the world. For good reason though. Lavender has many aromatherapy uses

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About this Recipe

By: Jennifer Shelhart

 This is a great recipe for dry skin due to the oil based ingredients. I like to use this after a day in the garden when my feet need a little attention. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup coconut oil

  • 2 Cups sugar

  • 10 Drops lavender essential oil

The abrasive action of the sugar gets down in deep to remove the dirt, and the oils help to hold in moisture. After a day of working the earth I suffer major moisture loss from the high levels of clay we have here in Indiana.

Instructions

You aren’t even going to believe how easy this is.

 

Warm the coconut oil

 

Add the sugar

 

Add the essential oil

 

Mix

 

That’s it folks! Its really that simple! 

Use this in the bath but be careful because oil is slick! If you’d prefer a foaming sugar scrub that wont leave you oily, check out my version , I think you’ll love it! Its Just $6, find it here.

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 Lavender! Leave me a comment! If you have questions, email me a info@kinfolkherbs.com.

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