How to make natural, organic body products

Friday's featured DIY products were:

Homemade Lip Balm
DIY Winter Skin Ointment
Pickled Garlic
All-Natural Paw Wax for Dogs and Cats

Naked Lip Balm
Supplies
-15-18 standard lip balm tubes or 3-1 oz tins
-a small digital kitchen scale , optional
-small pot or double boiler
Ingredients
·    1 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) sweet almond oil
·    1 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) shea butter
·    1/2 oz. (approx. 3 tsp.) beeswax
Method
1.    In a small pot - or double boiler - over low heat melt the almond oil, shea butter , and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
2.    Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins.
3.    Let them cool on the counter until hard.
4.    Cap and label.
5.    Store as you would any other lip balm. Keep away from extreme heat.
6.    Use within 2 years.
*This recipe will make enough to fill approximately 15-18 standard lip balm tubes or 3-1 oz. tins.
Notes
-Don’t have sweet almond oil…feel free to use coconut or olive. I love sweet almond oil for this recipe because it’s a wonderful moisturizer for the lips!
-This recipe should keep your family stocked with lip balm for several months…saving you tons of money in the long run.
-Consider adding a few drops of peppermint, vanilla, or pink grapefruit essential oils for. Each one makes a wonderful tasting balm.

Winter Skin Ointment
Avocado & Beeswax Hand Salve
Supplies
-3-4 ounce glass jam jars
-a small digital kitchen scale , optional
-small pot or double boiler
Ingredients
·    1 cup (8 fl. oz.) avocado oil
·    1-1 1/2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) beeswax
Method
1.    In a small pot - or double boiler - over low heat, melt the avocado oil and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
2.    Pour the mixture into 4 ounce glass jam jars.
3.    Let them cool on the counter until hard.
4.    Cap and label.
5.    Store as you would any other ointment. Keep away from extreme heat.
6.    Use within 1-2 years.
Notes
-Don’t have avocado oil…feel free to use coconut or olive. I love sweet avocado oil for this recipe because: Avocado oil -- an ultra-rich oil -- is a delightful treasure containing high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. Highly prized to those with skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments. Highly recommended - especially during the cold weather months -- to those with sensitive skin, problem skin and other irritations that require vitamin rich oil.
-Consider the addition of essential oils for added health benefits! Essential oils can be added to the oil/beeswax mixture just before pouring into storage containers. For the above recipe, use no more than 60 drops of any combination of following suggested essential oil blends:
·    Healing (antibacterial, anti-septic): clove, lemon, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary, lemongrass, and/or lavender
·    Aches & Pain (anti-inflammatory): wintergreen, eucalyptus, peppermint, black pepper, and thyme
·    Anti-aging: Frankincense, Lavender, and Cypress


Pickled Garlic
Supplies
-Any size glass jar
-Small pot or saucepan
Ingredients
·    Whole peeled garlic cloves, enough to fill glass jar
·    Raw, organic apple cider vinegar, enough to completely cover the garlic
·    Raw Honey
Method
1.    Fill any size glass jar with whole peeled garlic cloves.
2.    Add enough apple cider vinegar to completely cover the garlic.
3.    Cap the jar and shake.
4.    Placed jar in the pantry and allow it to sit for 3-4 weeks.
5.    Strain off liquid, taking great care to measure and reserve all of it.
6.    Set half of the reserved liquid into a saucepan and the other half save for use in marinades or homemade salad dressing.
7.    To the liquid in the saucepan, add an equal amount of raw honey.
8.    Warm over extremely low heat, stirring continuously until honey is melted.
9.    Pour this mixture back over the garlic in the glass jar.
10.    Recap and let sit for an additional 3-4 weeks.
11.    Use within a year.
To Use
Eat freely during the cold weather months to ward off and/or heal from illness.
Notes
-This is an exceptionally powerful medicinal recipe. Garlic is a well-known internal and external antiseptic, anti-bacterial, and antimicrobial agent, making it the natural remedy of choice for treating colds, flus, and sore throats.
-Pickling garlic allows you to retain all of the goodness of raw garlic and create a delicious tasting morsel!

Dog & Cat Paw Wax
Supplies
-21-24 standard lip balm tubes or 6-1 oz tins
-a small digital kitchen scale , optional
-small pot or double boiler
Ingredients
·    2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive or sweet almond oil
·    2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
·    1 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) shea butter
·    4 tsp. beeswax
Method
7.    In a small pot - or double boiler - over low heat melt the oils, shea butter , and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
8.    Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins.
9.    Let them cool on the counter until hard.
10.    Cap and label.
11.    Keep away from extreme heat.
12.    Use within 1-2 years.
*This recipe will make enough to fill approximately 21-24 standard lip balm tubes or 6-1 oz. tins.
Notes
-For additional protective benefits add 20 drops of vitamin E oil.
-Harsh weather conditions (extreme heat or cold) can cause your cat or dog to get dry/cracked paws. This paw wax recipe is perfect for the paws and should be applied liberally, as needed for prevention or treatment.     

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