Epsom Salts and Roses

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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Here is how I prepare my petals for use…

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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

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.

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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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