Natural body care – Safe & Dry deodorant

Safe&Dry deodorant

Your body is a wonderful vessel for your soul to travel in during this lifetime, with it’s fine-tuned biological functions – and we don’t want to bring it into imbalance with synthetic chemicals, do we? (“Nooooo!”)

So, in order to stay fresh and lovely the whole day I turn to my natural helpers, mixed together and contained in a tin, with the descriptive titel on top: deodorant.

I use this deodorant since the day I created the recipe – almost 5 years now. And I’m still very happy with it! Which doesn’t mean you can’t improve on the recipe! If you do, please share your invention with the rest of us in the comments below.

This is a deodorant creme, you bring it in your arm pit with the tip of your finger. It has the scent of rosemary and sweet orange.

This recipe is a bit complicated, but well worth the trouble. The batch will make 4x 30ml and a bit more… I usually scoop the “and a bit more”  into smaller tin(s) for a travel-size deodorant and as a tester for the particular batch.

Make it, use it, gift it (make a set, with Nourish&Heal face oil!) – but don’t steal it! This recipe is meant for personal use only. Adapting it for commercial use will cause you instant bad karma, you’ve been warned.

 

Safe&Dry deodorant

4 tablespoons sheabutter

1 and 1/3 tbsp beeswax

6 tbsp jojoba oil

1 tbsp corn starch

8 teaspoons baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

10 tbsp natural white clay

4ml (or 36 drops) of fresh lemon juice

4 tbsp strong sage infusion (“tea”)

16 drops essential oil of teatree

12 drops essential oil of lavender

32 drops essential oil of sweet orange

8 drops essential oil of rosemary

Method:

1.  Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Mix the essential oils together in a small glass container.

3. Melt the shea butter and beeswax in a smaller bowl, au bain marie. When fluid, add the jojoba oil and let the mixture warm up again, so that everything is fluid and well mixed.

4. Add the lemon juice into the still warm sage infusion, add this mix into the oils mix.

5. Take a deep breath and get organized, i.e. have your ingredients ready, tins opened (on paper kitchen towels) and ready for filling. Things are going to move fast now.

6. Remove your bowl of oils-sage-and-lemon from the heat source, pour the contents slowly and steadily, mixing continually, into the dry ingredients. Get out every last drop. Then mix in the essential oils, mixing thouroughly.

7. Using a table spoon and a teaspoon, scoop the mixture into the tins as fast as possible. The mixture sets as it cools.

8. Let the filled tins cool before cleaning the rims and closing the lids.

Label, be very proud of yourself and use daily.

The tins will keep “forever” – I’ve never had one spoil (I store them in a cupboard), but then again, they get used and gifted away continually.

 

What do the ingredients do?

Shea butter and jojoba oil moisturize and nourish your skin. Beeswax gives the ‘hardness’ to the cream (together with shea butter) and keeps moisture in your skin.

The corn starch gives body to the deodorant and binds it together. Baking soda and white clay draw out impurities and keep you fresh (so yes, for an ultra-simple version of the deodorant you could mix baking soda and white clay and dust the powder into your armpits!).

The lemon juice softens your skin and acts as an emulsifier in the mixture. The sage infusion diminishes perspiration (and smells nice!). Tea tree essential oil is antibacterial, combating bad odour (fresh sweat smells quite sweet actually, it’s when the bacteria on the skin become active and produce waste that things get smelly). Lavender essential oil is also antibacterial, soothes and tonifies the skin – and smells good! Sweet orange is there for its tonifying action and great fragrance, and rosemary for increased blood-and lymph circulation and the fresh fragrance.

 

 

 

 

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Recipe: Nourish&Heal oil

Nourish and Heal face oil recipe

The idea to publish the recipes for my face oil and deodorant have been circling in my mind for some time already, and now that the ever-inspiring Milla from The Woman Who Married a Bear shared her deeply mindful train-of-thought about personal skin care (and asked about ours) on Instagram, it’s time for action – here it is, the Nourish & Heal face oil, in all her glory!

background story:

I had always had a ‘combination skin’, meaning that parts of my face would be oily (nose, cheeks, chin) whilst other parts, especially the skin right above my eyes and eyebrows, would be dry to the point of red and itchy. I used the regular moisturizers from skin care labels within the reach of my student/start-up budget.

Every break-through begins with a crisis (not sure if that’s 100% true but it sounds great and applied to my situation), here’s mine: I was pregnant, and then had a big, healthy baby, and suddenly my skin wouldn’t take the ‘regular’ stuff anymore. Moisturizers and cleansers all burned on my skin and all I could use was water, soap and olive oil.

I had been a huge fan of Kenzo’s ‘Jungle’ perfume (the ‘Elephant’ variation, though ‘Tiger’ would have matched my horoscope better) but suddenly perfume was giving me splitting headaches, so regular fragrances became a no-go area as well.

My curiosity led me to reading all around the internet and I started experimenting at home. I found jojoba oil a wonderfully soothing moisturizer for my facial skin, and mixed in a few drops of essential oil. Lo and behold, this was the birth of Nina’s Nature (along with a dream, you can read it here, otherwise the intro really gets too long)!

So let’s get to the recipe, shall we?

This will make 50ml face oil, enough to last for months when you apply a little every evening. After tapping it lightly on my face I pat my hands ‘dry’ at the ends of my hair = it doubles as hair serum! I use a 50ml glass bottle with a dropper to contain this natural wonder remedy.

Measure, mix (=shake), use and enjoy. And then make some for your friends!

25ml jojoba oil
15ml argan oil
9ml almond oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
3 drops frankinsence essential oil
1 drop rose (attar) essential oil
6 drops geranium essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil

The oils are healing and deeply nourishing. The essential oils are all chosen for their skin repairing qualities.

Go for high quality materials – your skin (and nose) will thank you.

The face oil as above has a light scent to it, but you can of course experiment with your own mixes of essential oils, bearing in mind that some essential oils can be very potent/strong (‘burning’) on the tender facial skin. Test first on a small area of tender skin, like on the inside of your wrist.

I’m sharing this recipe for personal use only. Adapting it for commercial use will cause you instant bad karma, you’ve been warned.

 

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Midsummer and nature spirits

Midsummer is here! Litha, the summer solstice is this year on the 20th, today – a drizzly, gray Monday in June.

But no worries: with a full moon tonight and some elderflower champagne (for example) you can watch “The Fairy Trail”, an inspiring and enchanting documentary about nature spirits.

 

 

 

Sweet dreams

sweetdreams

This time of year I’m yearning for a good wintersleep. Ideally I’d like to withdraw into my nest at the end of October and emerge again some time in March.
I’m daydreaming about endless amounts of firewood and cabinets filled with summers’ bounty, me slumbering in between it all with a woolen blanket and piles of good books around me. Perhaps, some day. At the moment our life has a more active tempo, and I’m trying to get enough sleep every night in order to function well.

This time of year I’m doing my best to craft some gifts for people who I think might appreciate them. Handmade gifts are in my eyes much more than their functionality, since someone has put their time and energy in it – precious!

I made some Sweet Dreams scent cushions, and would like to share the tutorial with you. They are made with the intention to calm, relax and to give lucid dreams. Here’s how:

What you need:

dried mugwort flower buds
dried sage
dried lavender blossom buds
dried rosemary
dried rose petals

I had everything else in house except the rose petals, but have included them in the list, since they fit the mix perfectly, giving it their wonderful scent and some more colour. This time my mix is missing them, but I’ll do my best to include them next year! (*Making a mental note to dry some extra rose petals in the summer, not only for our luxury tea.*)

Just put everything in a large bowl, mix the ingredients with your hand and then fill your sachets with the mixture (I used small organza bags as sachets).

If you want to store the scent cushions for some time, put them in a jar with a well fitting lid so that the aroma’s will keep longer.

Sleep well!

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What is your favourite trick to ensure a good nights’ sleep? Share it with us here (below), or on Facebook. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

 

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Turn up the (inner) heat

getting warm with chai

Herbal tea is the welcoming drink of my sessions.

As the days get colder, I like to brew a teapot of chai in the morning and then enjoy its glowing contents throughout the day.
My teapot sits on top of a tealight that keeps the contents hot and the infusion going.

The traditional (masala-) chai is made with black tea and milk in it, but I’ve altered the mixture more to my taste, leaving out the  black tea and milk and adding some herbal heroes into it.

Here’s how I do it:

in the sieve of the teapot I put

loose white tea

peeled, chopped fresh ginger root

cardamom pods, crushed

a cinnamon stick, crushed

black pepper corns

dried pieces of astragalus root

some cloves

a few dried hawthorn haws

and a rosehip

I then pour boiling water over it all until the teapot is full, and let it all simmer over a tealight for a minimum of 30 minutes before drinking. During the day I sometimes add boiling water to the teapot as I’m drinking the tea, replacing some of the fluid, never more than the half of the volume. This way I can enjoy inner heat from the chai through the day.

Most of the ingredients are warming and helping the body to combat any small inconveniences associated with a cold. The astragalus root is there for some extra chi-energy, the hawthorn haws to balance out my Heart, and the rosehip is there for mostly its looks (!) although I hope some of its vitamine C survives the heat.

Do you have a favourite warming-up drink for this time of the year? I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment here, or let your voice be heard on the Facebook page.

 

Elderberry syrup

With the crazy weather we’ve been having lately (cold mornings, hot afternoons), everyone in our little family is sneezing and wiping their nose every now and then.
Enter Elderberry Syrup!

At the end of August I was lucky enough to find lots of elderberries, and harvested some, leaving plenty for the birds to feast on. I didn’t use sugar when making the syrup, but added runny honey instead at the end of the process. I’m storing the little bottle in the fridge, and will keep an sharp eye on it in case it should go bad. So far we’ve been very lucky – no one’s really caught a cold yet (thank you, Elder!) and there’s still plenty of the syrup left.

Here’s how I made mine:

1 part ripe elderberries + 0.5 part water (I didn’t have much elderberries, maybe 250ml)
a little stick of cinnamon
1 whole clove
2 tbspns chopped, fresh ginger

Simmer and stir occasionally for 1 hour+, or until reduced by half.

Add honey at the end, when you’re done with simmering the syrup (I used 1 tbsp, it could use more).
Strain, bottle and label.

Store in the fridge.

You can take 1 tsp/hr when you feel flu coming on, or make a warm drink of it by adding hot water and some freshly squeezed lemon juice to it.

Please note: be very sure of what you harvest when wild-harvesting! If you’re not 100% certain you know the plant, don’t pick of it. With medical conditions always consult your medical specialist!