"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15

Saturday

DIY Soothing Rose Lip Balm


Inspiration

I wanted a lip balm that could help with cold sores, fever blisters, and dried, cracked lips. So I made this simulating, healing lip balm recipe for friends to use during times of stress or illness when those symptoms most often erupt. 

Follow these fives steps for your own DIY Rosey Lip Balm


1) At a low heat, simmer the following for up to 45 minutes:
  • 3 TBS coconut oil
  • cloves
  • cinnamon
  • St John's wort
2) Add in for about the last 20 minutes (or until the color and smell of the herbs has seeped into the oil, leaving the herbs dull and weak), stir occasionally:
  • rose petals
  • lemon balm
3) Be careful, this is HOT! Carefully strain the hot herb-infused oil from the herbs (discard herbs). 

4) Then melt in:
  • 1 TBS coco butter
  • 4 tsp beeswax
  • vitamin E oil
  • orange essential oil
5) Before it cools enough to start hardening, pour off into your tins, jars, tubes, etc.
I poured about half into 1oz tins and the rest into a 1/2 pint jar. Be careful, this is HOT!

For a DIY Gift


Now you have several tins of a pleasant lip balm for healing and soothing which will make lovely gifts. Try pairing it with a Christmas potpourri in a small box, quaint jar, or gift basket for a dear friend. 

For a base idea, I had previously made Homemade Lip Balm from Nourishing Simplicity; she also has a lovely peppermint version!

 Will you make a rosey gift for the holidays this year?

Updated: Dec 2014 previously titled: Stimulating Lip Balm.

This post shared on: Wildcrafting Wednesday Special Christmas Edition, Homemaking Link-up, The Art of Home-Making Monday, Simple Life Sunday

Monday

{lice and mercy}

Well, sad story, lice have come to the part of the world where I live...so my entire daily schedule was turned on it's head for a few days. Happily, they haven't gotten to me. But sadly, several of my things where in the building where they popped up. I could get them, but I decided quarantine was the best option! So my camera has been hibernating for a few days, and I think I'll leave it that way for another week or so. Sorry! The toothpaste ideas are multiplying though, and so are friend's natural toothpaste posts! :D I'll leave you with  a short verse:

But I have trusted in your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation." 

Wednesday

Wednesday Photo: Culinary Delights #3

Garden Breakfast


Fresh sugar snap peas, homemade biscuits and omelet, and nice cold drinks!

Tuesday

{kitchen in a different building}

Dear Reader--I am sorry! After promising you a recipe today, I spent my time instead making yogurt and elderberry syrup! And the camera is still with the jars, so I don't even have a picture to share with you...I hope you weren't counting on it just yet! I'll put it up soon as I can!


Saturday

Toxic as ...toothpaste? Would I eat that?


Toxic as toothpaste? OR Would I eat that?
Article written Dec. 17, 2011

[I've been sitting on this article for a while now, and in light of Modern Alternative Mama's post today, The Seven Myths of Modern Dentistry, I thought it fitting to put it up this evening.]


Some things are edible, some things taste bad but we (might) eat them because they're "supposed to be good for you," (like cooked spinach or raw garlic) and some are, well, yummy (think chocolate).  But other things are just plain toxic. Like lead and arsenic, right?

So, things are either good for you, or bad for you. Aren't they?  Well, there's also this third category; something like "it's safe, but only in small quantities” (i.e. Pesticides: "Mancozeb is a fairly common garden fungicide, and the U.S. EPA regards it as safe, but only in small quantities and with proper protective gear and usage." Seriously now, I would Not want to eat that!)

But to the point; one such cautious item is fluoride. Fluoride-which is found in common toothpaste. Oh yes. (Take a look at this graph I found.) It's the reason we're so expressly told to observe small children while they brush and that if they swallow more than the recommended "pea size amount" they really could suffer and/or die!

"It is now known that fluoride's "Probably Toxic Dose" which "should trigger therapeutic intervention and hospitilization -- is 5 mg *per kg of bodyweight." This means that many dental products found at home contain more than enough fluoride to kill or seriously harm a small child if ingested."  (According to: http://www.fluoridation.com/poison.html *emphasis mine, wording slightly modified for clarity; see link or exact and more detailed quote.) 

(This is starting to remind me of a comic I recently shared with my little brother. It has some contemporary kids talking about how crazy it was that people in China used to deform their feet just for fashion...then you see several girls go by with clunky, strappy, monstrous shoes-which appear to be doing the very thing they mocked in another culture/time. I mean, people look back on the Egyptians* and Victorians and think how precarious they were to include such toxic things as arsenic and lead in their cosmetics-and all for the sake of looks.)

(*July 17, 2012 I just did a search and found this article, addressing several of these issues. "But while their research provides a fascinating insight into an ancient culture, the scientists say the makeup is not something that should be used today. Dr. Amatore said that the toxicity of lead compounds overshadowed the benefits and that there had been many documented cases of poisoning as a result of lead in paints and plumbing in the 20th century." Then the article continues with only an opinion--on something as serious as life and health.)

According to fluoridealert.org:
"The most common contaminant found with the captured fluoride acid (hydrofluosilicic acid) is arsenic."  "Arsenic, which has since been classified as a Class 1 human carcinogen, is now known to cause cancer of the skin, and cancer of the internal organs, particularly the lung and bladder."  "A study from Finland (Kurttio, et al, 1999) found that people drinking water with 0.1 to 0.5 parts per billion arsenic had a 50% greater risk of developing bladder cancer than people drinking water with less than 0.1 ppb." 

So, arsenic--wait, that's on the "it's just plain toxic" list, isn't it?  I thought so. So, why are we ok with putting this stuff (found in florid toothpaste) in our mouths (and even, ingesting it in municipal water) every day???

I'm not. I'm not fine with this. This is why I’ve stopped using fluoride toothpaste as a daily habit. (And I won’t even get into the subject of water.) First I did a lot of reading (still need to do much more), then made my own toothpaste. I don't want to slowly poison myself-but I don't want my teeth to rot either, so I read and read. And when I was doing all this research, I saw that some dentists believe fluoride really isn't doing all it’s supposedly doing for teeth, after all. Hmm, hmm, hmm. There are people who argue extensively on both sides. I just decided not to use it so much. 

Instead, for now, I'm using some homemade toothpaste (check my recipe, click here), or sometimes just some baking soda with peppermint oil.  Because I ask myself: "Would I eat that?"




Monday

Sage research: looks fine for me! :]

Sage research

A Concise summery: 

Robert Tisserand has the clearest most researched info I could find. (he works with essential oils...http://www.roberttisserand.com/about/robert-tisserand)  This is what he has to say about sage oil:
"Sclareol does have an interesting anticancer activity, including in vitro action against human breast cancer MCF-7 cells (Dimas et al 2006). An isomer, 13-epi-sclareol, which is also present in clary sage oil, inhibits the growth of breast and uterine cancers in vitro, and was slightly more potent than Tamoxifen, but was not toxic to normal cells (Sashidhara et al 2007). This suggests the possibility that sclareol might actually inhibit estrogen, and might after all have some capacity to interact with estrogen receptor sites. What we do know is that sclareol will not give you breast cancer."
as well as the following in reply to a comment looking for clarification:
"Sue, the science strongly suggests that clary sage oil has no estrogenic action."

Other things I found about sage, clary sage, and sage oil" 

Some Claims:

My Conclusions: 

So for myself, I've concluded that sage will be fine to use; it looks like it will not be giving me cancer if I make sage oil to include in my "Scent-Prevent" concoction, nor does it appear to pose a problem if I should include it in my hair rinse concoctions. Hurray!

A caution: 

This herb is listed amongst herbs not considered safe for use during pregnancy and can cause milk to dry up. 

*added June 12, 2014