Pumpkin Skincare

I love working with the ingredients of the season and utilizing what’s in the pantry. There are many ways of incorporating what we eat into easy recipes to suit your skin’s needs. I suggest you get your creative side into the warm kitchen and think about food for the soul and food for the skin.

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Here’s the test, we have been sharing some tricks with you and now let’s get down to creating treats, you are filled with wonderful and delicious recipes at your fingertips.
Winter Squashes have these skin craving nutrients.
Vitamin A = skin healing, scalp
Vitamin C = anti-oxidant

Pumpkin wash is an excellent treatment for all skin types, gently cleanses while soothes sensitive skin and moisturizes environmentally damaged skin.

Make your own puree! Farmer’s market season is ending and if you loaded up on these inexpensive squashes, use them in your recipes, otherwise substitute canned pumpkin. Combine any of these ingredients to make a gentle relaxing face and body care recipe. Allow some time for the goodness to take effect before washing it off.

Blend your pumpkin or squash with any combination of the following. Start with 2 and build from there:
Yogurt – Greek is the best without the fruit!
Honey –from your local bees is best
Milk- Cream, Soy, Almond, Coconut, or Rice
Oils- Olive, Almond, Avocado… so many faves to try

In a simple 1 to 1 ratio, let us know what recipes you come up with and we’ll share it on Facebook!

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Soothing Menthol Crystal Recipes

mentholAhhhh… The cooling and refreshing effects of Menthol Crystals can offer temporary pain relief of sore muscle tissues. When used externally they provide a local anesthetic, which gives a cool, numbing sensation as it penetrates the skin.

These interesting looking crystals are sourced from India and are extracted from mint leaves using a freezing technique.

They are so concentrated that a few crystals will make a strong and powerful formula. Take note when working with them: be careful to wear protective eye-wear and limit your inhalation- they are strong!

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Cooling Foot Soak

*Please use gloves when handling Menthol Crystals – as to not transfer from hands to eyes or other sensitive parts of your body.

4 oz Epsom Salt
4 oz Fine Dead Sea Salt
.20 oz Menthol Crystals
40 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
40 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

Add all the ingredients above into a food processor. Mix or pulse until all ingredients are fine ground. Store in jar or zip lock baggy. Clean Food Processor thoroughly.

Please note that the amount of menthol crystals in this recipe are the perfect amount for a foot soak, but will be too strong to be used as a body soak. We recommend 1% or less of menthol crystals in body soaks, as to not irritate or cause discomfort on sensitive areas.

Soothing Menthol Muscle Salve

2 tablespoon coconut oil =1oz
2 tablespoon shea butter = 1oz
2 tablespoon beeswax= 1oz
4 tablespoons almond oil = 2oz
1.2 teaspoon menthol crystals= .2oz
40 drops sweet birch essential oil
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

1) Start by measuring your coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax into a small container and melting the oils on low heat.

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2) When the oils have melted, remove from heat and stir in the menthol crystals until dissolved. Be sure to keep your face away from the mixture as to not irritate your eyes or nose.

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3) When the crystals are dissolved, stir in the almond oil, followed by your essential oil.

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4) Pour your mixture into a container with a lid for storage, but allow to cool before capping. Keep in refrigerator to maintain texture and shelf-life.

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Massage a small amount onto sore muscles and joints for soothing relief. Wash your hands after and avoid face, eyes, and other sensitive areas. This recipe makes a mild salve that should be suitable for most skin types, even sensitive skin. You may increase the percentage of menthol crystals for stronger potency, but increase slowly to ensure your skin’s tolerance. We have encountered recipes ranging from 3%-20% menthol crystals, this recipe starts at 4%.