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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.  

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

 

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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

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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

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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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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

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Rose Aloe Gel

Rose Aloe Gel

Rose and Aloe Gel

Rose petals are rich in Vitamin C, Carotene, the Vitamin B group as well as Vitamin K. Combined with the mile long list of nutrients in Aloe, this recipe brings your skincare routine to a whole new level. 

AND IT’S SO EASY!

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Rose is a wonderful herb for helping to cool the body. Not just overheated emotions like the first category but physically, it cools inflammation of the skin and astringes tissues making it a 

useful addition to body care. It also tones and nourishes dry skin. Think about how these actions will benefit acne, rashes, and burns. Rose acts as an inhibitor against Elastase  (which is the chemical that reduces elasticity) and Collagenase (that reduces collagen). In other words, rose acts as an inhibitor to those harmful proteins keeping the natural collagen and elasticity levels unharmed.  This is one of the best anti aging herbs for skin especially when you factor in that it reduces emotional stresses.

Ingredients

  • 1 part fresh Rose petals

    (or Soak dried roses overnight in distilled water)

  • 1 part Aloe vera gel

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Slice the aloe leaf open and extract the gel with a spoon. 

Step 2

Add an equal amount of roses. This way of measuring is called “folk measure”. This is the way of  our ancestors. It’s not exact because it doesn’t have to be. We aren’t baking a cake here. The benefits will not change based on our measure, only the consistency.

Step 3

I also like to add a little vitamin E. You don’t have to do this step, but it’s another vitamin that is great for the skin. It also acts as a natural preservative to give the gel it a little longer shelf life. 

Step 4

Throw it all in the food processor until smooth. 

Step 5

Press the mixture through a sieve to strain out the large particles.  If you don’t have a sieve you can use cheesecloth or a clean towel. I like to use a tea towel for straining out the ultra fine particles.

Step 6

Store it in the fridge to keep it cold and preserve it longer.

Use this on:

  • sunburn
  • bug bites
  • rashes
  • dry skin
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • razor burn
  • minor cuts and scrapes

Rub on skin irritations in small amounts, as needed. The natural soothing properties of aloe and rose petals, combined with its coolness from being stored in the refrigerator, will usually offer rapid relief.

As with all cosmetics, if you develop redness, sensitivity, or signs of allergy then you should promptly discontinue use.

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

Don’t have time to make your own? That’s what I’m here for!

Buy a 2 oz jar Rose gel for just $16. A similar product goes for $40 at Sephora.

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

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

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