As always it was a good time playing with friends. Learnin stuff. Moni showed us how she makes her glorious lip balm. I keep one in my nightstand drawer. I love it so much. Moni, is a herbal enthusiast who grows a functional herbal and botanical garden. Her recipes are from scratch. Like she is a real one, infusing oils made from herbs or flowers in her garden. So, yeah a legit garden to kitchen makes her recipes superb.
Join us sometime for a playshop. Mama Rish's Kitchen serves up something yummy to drink and snack on while we learn how to make your own self & soul care products. As you can tell by our pictures lip balm making must be a little endearing.
We were elated to see how cute they turned out shaped like little leaves for a nice slather (verb : a well covered coating of sumthin'.) Body Butter in little molds is genius. Before bed slather up your feet and hands real, real good with any recipes below shared and written by Moni.
Herbal oils for skin care
There are so many different methods and plants to choose from! Usually dried herbs are best to use for an herb infused oil. Water and oil are not friends! Using dried herbs with all the moisture removed helps the carrier oil and the herbal material to share space. While the dried plant material reconstitutes it releases the oil soluble chemicals of the herb such as fatty acids, lipids, volatile oil, terpenes, carotenoids (vitamin A), tocopherols (vitamin E) and vitamin K.
First, there is the Quick Method: add the plant material and oil together in a jar, place the jar in a pot of water and add gentle heat. You can do this for as long as you want really. Of course the longer you infuse the stronger your oil will be. You can even double or triple infuse your oils by straining out your plant material and adding fresh and starting your infusion process over. Some plants do really well with this method, like Lavender.
Infused oils can be used immediately or stored for future use. Used externally as a stand alone oil massaged directly into the skin, or used for making salves, creams, lotions, lip balms, body butters and an assortment of other cosmetic uses.
Warm some dried lavender and olive oil. Stir it it periodically on lowest setting for the next 30 min. Then strain out the plant material, set aside for the Lavender Calming Salve recipe. A salve is considered a medicinal mixture that combines herbs, oils and beeswax.
Lavender Calming Salve
1 Cup Lavender infused Oil
2 Tbsp. to ¼ C Beeswax
10/20 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
Add oil and beeswax to a jar.
Place the jar in a pot with water so that water is surrounding the jar, the water level should be up to the level of the oil mixture.
Gently heat over low, stirring occasionally until beeswax is melted.
Take off the heat and add essential oil. Stir. (At this point you can take a spoon and dip it into the oil. Put it in the refrigerator for just a few minutes to check your consistency).
Pour into tins or small jars. Wait until this comes to room temperature before capping you don’t want condensation in the jar! I like to put mine in the refrigerator overnight just to get it to solidify. After that it can be kept in a cool dark cabinet.
Lavender Oil is a great choice for this salve, it contains Linalool which is a powerful terpene due to its effect on the serotonin receptor. It helps treat conditions such as anxiety and depression and can help to combat insomnia. It also contains Volatile oils which are powerful antiseptic, and antibacterial. Lavender is safe for children and pets too!
Use this salve anytime you need to destress and wind down. Rub it into your temples, wrists, chest, or under your nose. With its antiseptic properties it's also great on any skin irritations like burns, and scrapes.
Tulsi & Frankincense Lip Balm
½ C Tulsi Infused Oil
1 oz. beeswax
4 cocoa butter wafers
2 Vitamin E Caps
10 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
Place oil wax and cocoa butter in a glass jar or glass measuring cup (makes it a little easier to pour!) Let this slowly melt, stirring occasionally. If you are using lip balm tubes it’s easiest to rubber band them together. Or you can use small metal tins.
Once everything has melted, take off the heat and add your vitamin e caps and essential oil. Stir. Pour into your vessel of choice. If using the lip balm tubes I have found it easiest to use a small silicone funnel for this job. You can pinch the end of the funnel which makes things much better considering those little tubes fill up fast! Let your balm cool before capping. If you make an abundance you can store longer term in the refrigerator.
Hey ya'll we hope you love playing with new recipes.
Moni & Risha