Thursday, February 28, 2013

Intense Satin Lotion


Wildcrafting Wednesday


My husband suffers from very dry cracked hands because of his work environment.  It gets so bad that he uses superglue to hold the crack together so it won't bleed.  As I've mentioned before, he is not a believer in the superior benefits of homemade products.  He'd rather buy something OTC regardless of the list of toxins in the ingredients.

Yeah, I'm hurt by that.  But that's another story...
Faith, man, faith...you're supposed to have faith in your wife!

Last night he was searching the web for hand creams, etc. when I caught him red handed...no pun intended!  So I asked what he was looking for specifically and why he didn't try some of the things we've made.  He came up with the usual list of negative lame reasons he always gives.  Then he started to list all the amazing ingredients he'd found in the OTC creams.  My response, over and over, was, "Yes, I have that!"  Finally I asked if he'd be willing to try a homemade cream if I made one for him.  After upping the requirements for said cream, he agreed.

So, I started looking around the web to see if I could find a tried and true recipe just like he wanted.  No such luck as some had one ingredient but not others.  So I looked for a generic recipe that I might use to formulate my own.

Here's the recipe guidelines that I found and they're even from another fellow's blog...how could I go wrong?
Check it out @ Dave's Garden  

The beauty of Dave's idea is that you can change out the ingredients and the size of your batch by simply following the formula with the ingredients of your choice...kinda like math.  That's what I love about guys...they're problem solvers by nature.

So, being as excited as I was and knowing my tunnel vision and ditsy personality, I put all my thought into the formulation and none into recording my experiment in pictures.  Sorry to say that those will have to wait until the next time I make this recipe...and the good thing is that even if "some people" aren't happy with the results,
My daughters and I LOVE it, so we'll see what Mr. Wood thinks when he gets here.


Here's my recipe, based on Mr. Wood's requested ingredients and Dave's formula, for
Intense Satin Lotion

for my trial batch, I chose 1 ounce as my "part"
Dave calls for 1 part solid oils  ~  I used 1/4 oz. cocoa butter, 1/4 oz. shea butter, 1/4 oz. illipe butter and 1/4 oz.                                     lanolin, all solid oils to make up 1 part.

Next on Dave's list are 2 parts liquid oils  ~  I used 1 oz. of an herbally infused olive oil that I use in my first aid salve, and 1/2 oz. almond oil, and 1/2 oz. avocado oil.

Dave's chart uses 1/3 part of an emulsifier, like beeswax  ~  that's what I used.

And last on the chart is 3 parts of distilled water  ~  because Mr. Wood is in a harsh work environment, I wanted to add something with a little bit of antiseptic and healing properties so I used 2 parts aloe gel and 1 part  witch hazel.

I put the oils and beeswax in a double boiler and melted them together.
Then I followed Dave' advice and allowed them to cool to approx. body temperature while I warmed the aloe gel and witch hazel up to about the same temp.
I blended them together with a hand held mixer until well mixed.

Then I creamed them together on high until they were thick.
This turned out to be more of a thick lotion than a cream so I put it in some little squeeze bottles that I had on hand.

We couldn't wait to try it out and we really like the protective but satiny feeling it leaves on our skin.  But the real test comes when Mr. Wood tries it out!

Update!  He likes it and carries a bottle in his lunch box!

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Vitamix Tomato Chicken Soup

Things were a bit busy and the larder a bit low yesterday but I needed a meal quickly.
So I sauteed chopped onion,
diced carrot,
and chopped kale
in a bit of olive oil.
Added that to the Vitamix,
with a box of organic chicken broth,
and a box of canned organic tomatoes,
and a about a 1/2 cup of sprouted einkorn wheat berries.
Gave it a high speed whirl until it was hot.
Seasoned with a pinch of salt
and a generous sprinkle of turmeric.
yummy!
Everyone loved it!

I handed a large ceramic travel cup to my daughter as she passed through the kitchen on her way from the farm to work, made a mug for my homeschooler and myself, handed a warmed mug to my husband who has an infected tooth and still had some to give to the first daughter as she blew through from work on her way to the theater!
Easy, Hardy and Tasty!
Of course you know I forgot to take pictures...again!  Next time!

Good day!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

More First Aid with Yarrow

Hello!  I'm a little behind due to a death in the family.

You've heard about the upcoming herbal course by 7Song through LearningHerbs.com as we've shared a rare look at the first aid station at the Rainbow Gathering and one of the most useful remedies for at least part of the treatment in many situations, Activated Charcoal Poultices. You can still see those videos if you missed them.

The latest video takes a look at the many properties and uses of yarrow.  Check it out.

**link**   Herb First Aid with 7Song  ** link**

Tomorrow we'll be taking a look at the course details.  As an affiliate of LearningHerbs.com, I'd like to ask you to take the opportunity to see what the course offers and if you think it's as awesome as we do, I hope you'll sign up through my blog by clicking on the link above to enter the site.
Thank you!

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