Janice Cox

Natural Beauty with Hops

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

 

 

 

 

Beauty from the Hive

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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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Natural Beauty with Lavender

It is Lavender Harvest time again! Happy July

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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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Epsom Salts and Roses

Roses are blooming! Happy Spring

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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 Fizzing Bath Seeds

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

Spring Time Beauty

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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.

IMG_2473.JPGLettuce Cleansing Lotion 

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

Beauty Blogging and a Mask

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

 

 

Spring Time Beauty

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 Cleansing Lotion 

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 then lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  Strain off all solids and pour into a clean container.  To use: Massage a small amount of cleanser onto your face and neck.  Rinse well with warm water.  Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 16 ounces

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Fresh Carrot Mask 

This is an ideal facial mask for normal to oily skin.  Carrot juice is rich in Vitamin A, often referred to as the “beauty vitamin” because of it’s benefits to our skin and hair. You can make your own fresh juice or purchase carrot juice at the market or natural food store.

Ingredients: 

2 Tablespoons fresh carrot juice

2 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk

Mix together the juice and buttermilk until you have a smooth creamy mixture.  To use:  Spread on clean sin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.  Rinse well with warm water followed by a cool water rinse.

Yield: 1 ounce

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Lilac Bath Oil 

The name lilac is a Persian word for “flower”, and it was in that country where that the plant was first discovered.  Lilacs are one of my favorite spring flowers and I have several bushes growing in my yard.  I love the beautiful flowers and their delicate scent.  The fresh flowers make s lovely bath oil.

Ingredients: 

2 cups fresh lilac flowers, removed from the stem

1 cup castor oil

Gently crush the delicate flower buds and place them in a clean jar.  Warm the castor oil in the microwave but do not boil just warm to the touch.  Pour the oil over the flower buds in the jar.  Let the jar sit for 2 weeks.  After the mixture has sat and you are happy with the scent.  Strain the oil into a clean container and discard the flower buds.  To use:  Pour a tablespoon or two into your bath as you fill your tub.

Yield: 8 ounces

 

Happy Spring — For more recipes and ideas check out my book “Natural Beauty at Home” 

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Janice 

 

Baking Soda Beauty

Baking soda still one of the best DIY beauty ingredients !

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Look inside your kitchen cupboard and chances are you will find a box of baking soda.   Baking soda as we know it comes from the mineral “Natron” which contains sodium bicarbonate, i.e. baking soda. It has been a part of our everyday lives since ancient times as the Egyptians used it as a simple cleanser and soap. Today it is a household staple with hundreds of uses from cooking to home remedies. There are few commercial products that can compare to baking soda effectiveness and versatility. It is also a simple and effective beauty aide that can be used head to toe to keep your skin and hair looking and feeling it’s best.   It is a mildly abrasive which makes it a gentle cleanser for your skin, hair and teeth. Baking soda neutralizes acid keeping your bodies natural pH level in check. It is also a powerful deodorizer, which you…

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