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I know all you modern farm girls  love corn – it is one of the most versatile of the natural grains and can be used from head to toe to keep your skin clean, soft and comfortable.

Corn often gets a bad rap because so many food products are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.  But there are other corn base ingredients that are naturally good for your skin and hair.  Ground Corn Meal is an amazing skin scrubber.  Cornstarch is a soothing natural powder and also used to make gel lotions and corn oil is a soothing and moisturizing oil that works wonders on dry skin.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes using this farm favorite.  Enjoy!

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Corn Flour or Cornstarch – Easily found in your kitchen cupboard or at the grocery store

Corn Flour Lotion

Corn Flour or Cornstarch makes a light, non greasy lotion that is perfect for soothing dry, chapped hands.  This is an old fashioned recipe that some of you may remember your grandmothers using.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine

2 tablespoons corn flour (cornstarch)

/2 cup distilled water

2 tablespoons rose water

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients in an ovenproof glass container.  Heat until just boiling and thick  a few minutes in the microwave or on the stove top.  The lotions will be clear and jelly like: stir thoroughly and let cool completely.  To use: Massage into your skin.

Yield: 6 ounces

Note: If your lotion is too thick you may thin it with more water or rose water.

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Fresh ground yellow corn meal — For fun try blue or white cornmeal in recipes

Corn Meal Dry Shampoo

Using a dry shampoo can be an effective way to remove grease and dirt from your hair without getting it wet.  It can be a bit messy so make sure you stand on a towel or lean over a sink while “shampooing.”

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon cornmeal

Directions:

Massage the cornmeal into your scalp and let sit for a few minutes.  Leaning over a sink or tub gently brush your hair with a natural bristle brush to remove the cornmeal.

Yield: .5 ounces (one shampoo)

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Pure Natural Corn Oil perfect for soothing dry skin

Corn oil and sugar body scrub

Pure corn oil makes a nice all over natural body oil it also can be used as the base for a moisturizing and cleansing body scrub.  This is the perfect treatment to even out a fading tan and get your skin super clean.

Ingredients:

1 /4 cup corn oil

1 Tablespoon corn meal

1 /4 cup raw sugar

2-3 drops essential oil of sweet orange

Directions:

Mix together all ingredients and spoon into a clean container with a  tight fitting lid.  To use:  In the bath or shower massage sugar scrub into damp skin then rinse well.  You may follow up with more natural corn oil to lock in moisture.

Yield: 3 ounces

 

Happy Fall !! You are beautiful

xoxo Janice

 

 

 

 

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This has always been the time of year for fresh pumpkins and pumpkin products but it seems like we have all gone even more pumpkin crazy lately — pumpkin is not only for pies and jack-o-laterns anymore — Pumpkin is Beautiful!

I appreciate pumpkin as a beneficial beauty ingredient.  Pumpkin contains fruit acid enzymes that work like alpha hydroxy acid.  The real plus is that these enzymes remove dead skin cells with less irritation than commercial products.  The lovely orange pulp also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it naturally soothing.  this treatment is well suited for all skin types, especially sensitive one.

Fresh Pumpkin Body Mask 

Ingredients: 

3-4 cups fresh pumpkin flesh with seeds

In a food processor, process the  pumpkin flesh for 1-2 minutes until you have a smooth, grainy puree.  To use: Standing in the tub or on an old bath towel, massage the pumpkin mixture into your skin starting at your feet and working your way up.  this mask is mild enough to be used on your face.  Let the mask rest on your skin for 5 minutes.  Then rinse your skin in a warm bath or shower and pat dry.  You may keep any leftover mask in the refrigerator or frozen for future use.

Yield: 16 ounces

Happy Fall and I will share a few more of my favorite “pumpkin” DIY beauty recipes this month.  I would also love to hear any recipes that you use, leave me a comment and I will share.

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Happy Day,

Janice

I am getting ready this week to Celebrate Humulus Lupus or rather Hops — This popular useful plant is well-known for its use in brewing beer especially IPAs but it is also a useful beauty ingredient and soon to be the herb of the year for 2018.

I am attending The International Herb Association Educational Conference in Hickory Corners, MI.   I will be discussing Hops and how to use them for Natural Beauty.   Hops are a useful calming and anti-inflammatory ingredient.  They are also great for acne prone skin as have anti-bacterial properties.  Some people believe the strong grapefruit scent helps them sleep and tuck a small pillow of dried hops under their pillow at night.

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Here is one of the recipes I will be demonstrating:

Calming Hops Body Butter

This is a rich skin soothing body butter.  It can be used to soothe classic dry skin spots such as elbows, knees, feet and hands.  Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin.  Both Calendula and Hops help reduce inflammation.

Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon dried hops flowers

1 Tablespoon dried calendula petals

1 /2 cup coconut oil

1 Tablespoon cocoa butter

Directions: 

Mix together all ingredients and gently heat until the coconut oil and cocoa butter is melted.  Let the mixture cool completely and sit for a few days for the oil to become infused with the herbs.  Gently reheat the mixture and strain out all solids and pour into a clean container.  To use:  Massage a small amount of the oil into your skin.

Yield: 4 ounces

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“Don’t worry be Hoppy — You are beautiful!”

xoxo Janice

 

 

 

 

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I am getting ready today for Oregon Honey Festival this weekend in Ashland, Oregon and just finished making some Lip Balms and thought I would share the recipe.  I am a fairly new beekeeper but I do love my bees and what they have done for my garden.  They are also some of the best “natural cosmetologist.”  Their raw honey and beeswax is amazing and I love using it in my DIY beauty recipes.

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“Honey You’re the Balm” 

This is a simple to make lip balm that is perfect for keeping your lips soft, smooth and protected.  Feel free to experiment with the basic recipe using your own favorite oils.  If you don’t have access to beeswax you can easily purchase some at your local natural food store or from beekeepers.

Ingredients: 

1 tsp. beeswax

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. Cocoa Butter

1/8 tsp. raw honey

Directions:

Gently melt all ingredients and stir well.  Pour into clean lip balm containers or small jars.  Let cool completely until solid.  To use:  Spread onto your lips.

Note:  This balm can also be used on other parts of your body where you need a bit of extra conditioning such as elbows, knees or heels.

Yield: .5 ounces

Have a sweet day and remember to “Just BEE You”  that is the best beauty tip!

xoxo Janice

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It is Lavender Harvest time again! Happy July

Janice Cox

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I love July for a variety of reasons: Summer is here, The fourth of July and my lavender is blooming and ready for harvest!  I like to think of myself as a “Lavender Farmer”  I don’t have a huge farm but the plants in my garden provide myself and my friends with a years supply of lavender.  I use my lavender in creating bath and body products, sachets for my home and in cooking.  Lavender is perfect for scones and added to coffee and lemonade.

How I “harvest” my lavender flowers is simple –I know a lot of people tie them up into cute bunches and hang them from racks and I love this idea but I don’t always have that kind of time.  Here is what I do:

I lay a cotton tablecloth on the grass next to my plants and cut off all of the flowers after they…

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Roses are blooming! Happy Spring

Janice Cox

It is spring and my roses are beginning to bloom !  I just sprinkled them with some epsom salts to give them  a boost of minerals.  It reminded me what a great combination these two really are.   I love to soak in epsom salts in my bath.  I also love my roses!  Roses are a natural beauty ingredient because they are naturally cleansing yet gentle for all skin types and their scent is uplifting and romantic.  I decided to combine the two into a lovely floral bath salt that is perfect for gift giving or pampering yourself and enjoying your own roses.   Make sure you use garden roses as they not only smell the best but are also free of pesticides.   You can also use your roses in making rose water, scented body scrubs and in facial masks.

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Mother’s Day is a reason to celebrate — it is that special spring Sunday where we take time to think about our family and our mothers.  I like to celebrate with planting some spring flowers and seeds and also in the bath with a big Mimosa and these fizzing bath seeds.  They make a welcome gift all by themselves or you can package up in a basket or gift bag with a few more of Mom’s favorite things.  Here is the easy recipe — Enjoy! (and don’t forget a handmade card or note)

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Fizzing Bath Seeds 

These effervescent bath salts are fun to use and also make a welcome gift.  First fill your tub with warn water,  Then throw in a scoop of these salts and watch them fizz and bubble.  Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and slip into the warm, soft water. Citric acid crystals, which are used in canning to keep fresh fruit from turning brown, can be found at your grocery store.

Ingredients: 

1 /3 cup baking soda

1 /4 cup citric acid powder

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Mix together all the ingredients and place in a clean, dry container with a tight fitting lid.  Be careful to keep your salts dry or they will fizz in the jar and you will miss all the fun. To use:  Sprinkle about 1 /4 cup into a warm bathtub and soak for 15 to 20 minutes

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

xoxo Janice

Janice Cox

Happy Spring — I have sunshine here today and warmer temps so it is finally starting to feel like spring around here after a long very wet winter.  I have moss growing places I never thought it would grow haha — I am also learning about hops this year and speaking at the International Herb Conference in Michigan this fall.  So more on that later in other posts.  For now I am planning my skin care garden and using my spring veggies and flowers.  Here are a few of my favorite “Spring” recipes.

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Lettuce from the garden or farmer’s market makes a wonderful facial lotion that suits sensitive skin types.  This simple solution will also relieve sunburned or irritated skin.

Ingredients: 

1 /2 head fresh lettuce

4 cups water

Place the lettuce in a medium saucepan and cover with water.  Bring the water to a boil and…

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Thank You!!

I just wanted to send all of you that follow my beauty blog a thank you and let you know that I think “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL”  something good is going to happen to you today!!

xoxo Janice

Hello — Today I am thinking of this site and all of you out there.   I am still learning all about this “Blogging” world and social media — I don’t know how many people read this and that is OK because sending my thoughts and recipes out into the world makes me happy and isn’t that the point?  Taking care of yourself and making yourself happy benefits not only your own well-being but everyone around you! SO with that said I like to start my day by sharing a good DIY beauty recipe, photos of flowers, coffee cups and anything else that makes me smile.

Here is a facial mask recipe I am doing this morning.  Starting your day with a healthy mask in my opinion is the best way to begin.  If you want to send your own comments and mask recipes  my way I am here!

“Beauty and Happiness can energize your body, mind and spirit”

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Happiness Facial Mask 

This is an  old-fashioned recipe that my Grandmother shared with me — it is one of those beauty secrets that has stood the test of time.  It is rich and moisturizing designed to nourish and cleanse your complexion.

Ingredients: 

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon almond oil

1 /2 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.  Spread on your face and relax with a good cup of coffee or herbal tea for 10 to 15 minutes.  Rinse with warm water then a cool water rinse and pat your skin dry.

Yield: 2 ounces

 

Have a Happy Day !

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xoxo Janice