Honey Comb & Honey

I was too excited to wait! While designing another website (equally excited) I just had to stop and share these  amazing photo’s of the honey comb-honey I’m creating with.  I’ll be posting more photo’s and recipes but in the mean time I’ll share a little liquid sunshine your way.

Herbal Body Butter made with all natural ingredients

Honey topical healing benefits

I’ve been using bee’s wax, honey comb, honey in all my toiletries for the last three years. I’m so happy with all the benefits it brings to natural cosmetics adding natural  honey virtually adds antimicrobial properties benefiting not only the skin but the actual longevity/shelf life of anything you add it to.

I’ll be adding more to this as time goes on I just wanted to share a little liquid sunshine today ☼ ♥

One of my first creations from this beautiful Honey/honey comb was a herbal body butter.

Yarrow Beautiful Magical Healing Plant

White Yarrrow, Achillea Millefoliumfor a large flat-topped clusters of small white flower heads, a member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) which is native to Europe and has naturalized throughout the United States.

The name is derived from the Greek hieros which means sacred and was found preserved in temples.

Yarrow also has a long association with magic used as a charm against negetive energies, awaken visions and found in ancient Chinese Oracle, the l Ching.

The healing powers of yarrow were said to have been discovered by the Greek warrior Achilles.

I recently purchased White Yarrrow, Achillea Millefoliumfor a seed give away on my facebook page. In light of the event I thought I would write a little and share some interesting excerpts and add an insect repelling balm recipes.

Yarrow (Achellia millefolium) This lovely perennial weed is grown in many herb  gardens for it has a multitude of uses. Cut the flowering tops (use  only white-flowering yarrow) and use your alcohol to make a  strongly scented tincture that you can take internally to prevent colds  and the flu. (A dose is 10-20 drops, or up to 1 ml). I carry a little  spray bottle of yarrow tincture with me when I’m outside and wet my skin  every hour or so. A United States Army study showed yarrow tincture to  be more effective than DEET at repelling ticks, mosquitoes, and sand  flies. You can also make a healing ointment with yarrow flower tops and  your oil or fat. Yarrow oil is antibacterial, pain-relieving, and  incredibly helpful in healing all types of wounds. Excerpt from the wonderful herbalist Susun Weed

Yarrow has insecticidal properties and harvesting its benefits as a natural insecticide are very simple and quick. Often available for harvest and excellent for hiking camping trips where unexpected insects may be awaiting your arrival.

Simple and quick insect repellent using Yarrow~  Make a yarrow tea infusion with fresh or dried, cool to room temperature, place in clean spray bottle for use,  top off with (geranium, rose geranium essential oil, lemon and citronella essential oil for mosquito’s), ( Sand Fleas/Ticks lavender, basil, lemon, eucalyptus) This is not something that will store but can be made easily with or with out essential oils. You never know when you might be in the forest and need some help, little Yarrow behind the ear.

Little more complicated only in time and patience. Lovely yarrow pine balm is worth the effort and will have a very long shelf life. 1/4 cup yarrow oil infusion done a week or two in advance, harvest some resin from a pine or cedar tree, very slow heat infusion with a heat-resistant oil such as grapeseed oil. After the resin is dissolved combine both oils ready to be made into a lovely healing balm/salve. There’s really no mistakes here too thick add oil.. too thin add bee’s wax or dissolved resin.

It is a good ingredient for tea's dream pillows incense

Yarrow wash for Oily skin. Naturally astringent it makes a beautiful None toxic facial wash. Simply infuse some fresh or dried herbs in a cup of water allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes or even over night left sitting at the bathroom sink it makes for easy use in the morning.

The Western Herb is not your average herb ruled by venus the planet of love. Folklore tradition says a girl who places a stalk of Yarrow under her pillow and repeats this verse will dream of her future husband.

Thou pretty herb of Venus’ tree, Thy true name it is Yarrow; Now who my bosomfriend must be, Pray tell thou me to-morrow. Halliwells Popular Rhymes.

Free Medicinal Herb Seeds

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Spring has officailly began and I couldnt think of a better way to introduce my company Vickaryous Naturals then by giving beautiful Herbal Seeds. Listed Below and in the video

List of just some of the more unique herbal seeds we will be giving away . I’ve collected some amazing medicinal seeds for this and also giving away soaps sharing recipes.  I just want to make it fun,  spread some love and introduce you to Vickaryous Naturals my company 100% Natural, Organic, Wild Harvested.

I just wanted to add the seed give away ended but if you find me on facebook I still have some seeds available. I ask that you mail me a self addressed stamped envelope and I’ll send you some of what I have left.

Seeds I’ve added Yarrow~Achillea Millefolium, Wild Lettuce LACTUCA VIROSA Bitter, Hyssopus Officinalis, Echinacea purpurea~purple cone flower, Cymbopogon flexuosus (East Indian lemongrass), Artemisia Vulgaris ~ mugwort, Hops ~Humulus Lupulus, Arnica montana, known commonly as leopard’s bane, OSHA (Ligusticum canbyi), Marshmellow herb~althaea officinalis, Passiflora maypop, purple passionflower and more.

Beauty of Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk also known as santam in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, and gata in Philippines has grown to be my new love.

I started using Coconut milk around 4 months ago as a replacement for milk and I couldn’t be happier.  In adding coconut milk I’ve removed unnecessary toxins BGH made by monsanto/steroids/antibiotics and a multitude less desirables that I’m just not going to go into.

I drink coconut milk with everything and recently added it to my smoothies, so delicious and extremely nutritious.

Super Simple Blue Berry Coconut Milk Smoothie

Blue berries According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), blueberries are near the top when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving (ORAC values). Their capacity, antioxidant activity is impressive.

Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals — unstable molecules linked to the development of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically the anthocyanins that give the fruit its blue hue, are the major contributors to antioxidant activity.

That being said I use 1/2 pint of blue berries, 1/2 cup to 1 cup of coconut milk, some distilled water for desired consistency. I like mine a little on the thicker side so I use less water. Also if your blue berries are a little tart you could add a little organic honey, not too much without testing the coconut milk is rather sweet.

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Using coconut milk and lime hair relaxer recipes is said to be a natural way of relaxing your hair. Creating relaxer recipes with coconut milk and lime is interesting.  Many black women want to straighten their hair at one point or another in their lives.  Sometimes it is the grass is greener syndrome – you just want to know what it would be like to have straight hair for once.  However, a lot of women are turning to hair relaxers as a way to take some of the kinky out of their hair and make it just a little wavier and a little bit softer.  If this sounds like you, there might be an alternate to chemicals to make your hair softer.  Maybe you should think about natural ways to relax your hair.  One of the ways is possibly by harnessing the power of nature through  coconut milk and lime relaxer recipes.

Coconut and Lime hair Treatment

This method of hair relaxing has actually been used by women throughout Asia for centuries.  It is all natural and should leave your hair softer and silkier than before.  There are two basic methods that you can try; one is a little easier but the other produces less waste and may have better results.  For the first method all you have to do is mix the juice of a lime with about half a cup of coconut milk.  Let the solution sit for a few hours until a foam forms on top of the bowl.  Scoop off that foam and apply it to your hair.  Leave it sit for a few hours and then wash your hair.  The problem with this method is you end up wasting a lot of milk and lime.  Also, the mixture you do apply to your head can break down, run off your hair, and not be as effective.

Coconut Milk Recipes By Martha Stewart click more More

Primrose Massage Oil

We all know the wonderful benefits of primrose seed oil, but what about the flowers?I’m creating is an oil using the flowers of the primrose. Join on us facebook for more

100% natural cold press Facial Massage Oil.

This is just the beginning of this oils journey I will be adding more oils, essential oils to this blend when it is completed.

My choice in oils were all cold press, organic  flowers locally grown fresh beautiful adding a lot of vitality and color to this lovely oil.

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Health | Natural remedies for cold sores | Seattle Times Newspaper

Health | Natural remedies for cold sores | Seattle Times Newspaper

Aloe. One study showed that using a 0.5 percent aloe cream three times per day accelerates healing of the sores by 1 week for some people. You can buy the cream, or you can buy a $4 aloe plant, which has the added benefit of looking pretty in your kitchen (and being super-easy to maintain).

Just break off a small piece of leaf, and rub a bit of its gooey gel on your lip. Usually, the more often you apply it, the better, but I would recommend at least three times per day. Like most topical treatments, it’s best to start as soon as you feel a cold sore coming on.

Zinc-oxide ointment. In one study, people using a 0.3 percent zinc-oxide cream within the first day of developing a lesion healed more quickly. Zinc-oxide creams are more commonly used for babies with diaper rash, but those creams have a much higher concentration of zinc — around 40 percent. In practice, some people have told me that a small amount of the high-concentration cream on the sore works just as well. Just make sure not to get it in your mouth or swallow it, which applies to any topical treatment. It can also look a bit funny if you are going to work, since it is white.

Other, more sophisticated, options include:

Lemon-balm ointment. A 1 percent lemon-balm ointment was found in one study to decrease symptoms and heal lesions.

Super Lysine Plus. This combination of zinc oxide, lysine and many other ingredients helped speed up healing in one study, when applied every two hours.

Sage and rhubarb cream. This mixture eased pain and symptoms in one study.

Dr. Astrid Pujari is a Seattle M.D. with an additional degree as a medical herbalist; she practices at the Pujari Center and teaches as part of the residency programs at Virginia Mason and Swedish/Cherry Hill hospitals.

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Natural Wrinkle Treatments Glycerine & Geranium

With emphasis on Glycerine I wanted to add an anti-wrinkle recipe that would be easy and quick to create while bringing maximum benefits to the skin.
I’ve added an excerpt from living strong on the benefits of Glycerine See Below
Glycerine & Geranium Wrinkle Treatment: 3 teaspoons  vegetable glycerine, 1 egg yolk, 3 teaspoons geranium water,  blend well apply to clean face for 15 minutes.
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Natural Glyerine Soap

Wash face with a good natural soap, natural glycerine soap that is. The soaps we apply to our skin are as important as the skin treatments used.
Rinse with Cold Rose Water. 
Store any remaining in an air tight container for the next day this will not keep long, add a splash of lemon juice as a preservative, skin brightner before storage. 
Some people think that Glycerine soaps are only the clear soaps but in reality all soaps are glycerine until the glycerine is extracted and sold back to us. This is why most soaps are called everything but soap.
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Glycerin is a natural by product of the soap making process, all natural soaps contain glyerine.

Glycerin, or glycol, is a colorless or yellow sugar alcohol with the consistency of syrup that is extracted from natural sources or synthesized. It’s used as an antifreeze and a sweetener and in making explosives, inks and lubricants. Since the mid-19th century, it’s also been included in skin and hair care products due to its moisturizing and protective benefits.

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Atopic Dermatitis Treatment

 

Atopic dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that causes scaliness, itching and rashes. In a placebo-controlled, double-blind study at the Friedrich Schiller University Department of Dermatology in 2008, researchers investigated the effects of glycerin on atopic dermatitis on human subjects who were treated twice daily for four weeks. The patients receiving the glycerin showed significant improvement in the hydration of the outer layer of skin, and the skin’s normal protective barrier function was restored.

Remedies For Eczema

I published this post a month ago but didnt realize I had set it as a page verses post. Moving forward now in its correct location I will be adding to the information provided here by Nancy Brokaw Nutritional Consultant.

I should have called this Check your PH! We all have our own individual PH balance which is a great indicator on whats happening, or not happening in our bodies. 

There are many ways to balance PH which I’ve talked about in different areas of this blog but this particular post is on eczema and natural things we can do to alleviate, cure it.   Click below to continue reading

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Shampoo

Making your own shampoo doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. This is a recipe for a dry shampoo that’s great for your hair and scalp, nutritious, stimulating, boosting hair growth, texture and shine.   

Super easy recipe for a shampoo that you can create in your kitchen without having to purchase any additional products, most of these you will already have and if you don’t have them you will be able to find them at your local supermarket.

Dry Shampoo Recipe:  1 tablespoon powdered Orris root, 1 tablespoon cornmeal, and 1 tablespoon almonds.

You will need to finely grind the almonds, I use my mortar and pestle but what ever you have handy (coffee grinder, food processor) and so on will work fine. Blend almonds then add Orris root, cornmeal blend until well incorporated. Massage into scalp pulling down towards the end of the roots, repeat, massage well and then comb/brush out the mixture. Any small amounts that might remain will be washed out after your next shampooing

Create Vanilla Absolute Solid Perfume

Vanilla was used both medically and spiritual healing in many worldwide tribes.

Blends well with citrus and spicy few restrictions

Labor intensive methods have to be used to cultivate vanilla which makes it the second most expensive flavouring after saffron. The highest concentration of vanilla is an absolute. A narcotic fragrance that seduces with its rich decadent layers of sweetness.                                                                            

Vanilla aromatherapy benefits: warming, cheering, comforting, nurturing.

Vanilla -Licorice Solid Perfume: 10 drops vanilla absolute, 15 drops anise hyssop essential oil, 1 teaspoon jojoba oil, 1/2 teaspoon grated bee’s wax.  Combine jojoba-vanilla-anise allow to synergise while you slowly melt the bee’s wax, method double broiler, hot plate. When melted and some what warm add oils to the bee’s wax continue to stir quickly, the wax and oils can’t get too hot or you risk losing the essential oils in the heat. Place in sterile container for later use, I would allow it to just rest for a day or two. Enjoy!

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