Saturday, December 27, 2014

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER

It is amazing to me how one little thing can snowball in to something bigger than my imagination dreamed.

What am I talking about? Let me tell you!

When I decided to make some Plantain Salve, the recipe I followed called for some essential oils. I did not have any. I asked my bestie if she had any but she didn't. She did provide me with a link to
Edens Garden Essential Oils through Amazon. I chose a 7 Singles and 7 Synergy Blends Set and got it for my birthday.

I used Rosemary and Lavender in my first plantain salve concoction. They made it smell SO much better!

Since then I have moved on to making many different things. I wanted to make gifts using my honey and beeswax, which opened up my mind to many new creations! The essential oils just fell right in to place...NATURALLY!

  • Hot/Cold Rice Therapy Bags 
  • Eye Pillows
  • Scented Bath Salts 
  • Sugar Scrubs
  • Lip Balms
  • Lip Scrubs

Another thing I am excited about is....I am currently taking a FREE online course from Aromahead Institute. It is Essential Oils 101! Everything form how we get essential oils, how to store them and how to use them safely! And how to use them!

In January I plan on taking a course in Natural Health and Healing. It will cover everything form eating healthy, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, essential oils, massage, and yoga. I have already been learning about Yoga and Meditation!  All these things can lead to a happier and healthier me! It just seems that doors are opening to the things I have always been curious about. I am super excited to walk out into the unknown and learn new things.

And the really cool thing is, with the doors that opening to me, I can use this beautiful Farm @1115 to keep growing!
Does that make sense?
I dream about having beds of Lavender and Chamomile and other fragrant flowers so I can dry them and use them in the recipes I am learning about for Bath Salts and such. The Farm is where I can grow them! The products will continue to use honey and wax from THIS FARM!!! God has blessed me and is allowing me to grow and become what I want to be!


Forgive the ramblings of a super excited 40 something. I am excited about life!

~Nancy Dawn

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lavender Scented Detox Bath Salts

Today my son's girlfriend is feeling under the weather. She is possibly coming down with a cold. So I made her up a batch of Lavender Scented Detox Bath Salts.


Lavender Scented Detox Bath Salts

Use this when you will have a few hours to relax. Preferably before bed.
*Drink LOTS of filtered water before and after the bath.
*Do not eat for a couple of hours before or after the bath.
*You WILL sweat!
Run hot water in tub. When the tub is half full, add all contents of jar to bath and mix in with your hand.
Soak in tub up to your neck for at least 20 minutes. You may feel uncomfortable but try to last the whole 20 minutes.
When you exit the tub, move slowly and carefully. Dizziness may result from the detox.
After your soak, rinse off in a cool shower. Do not put on lotions or deodorants.
You may continue to sweat for a couple of hours. Be prepared.
Drink LOTS of filtered water after your soak.
Get lots of rest.

Ingredients:
2 cups Epsom Salts
1 cup Baking Soda
20 drops Lavender Essential Oil



















Want to know more about Epsom Salts? Check THIS out.

REMEMBER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. THE INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS NOT INTENDED FOR TREATMENT OF DISEASE OR A SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR MEDICAL DOCTORS INSTRUCTION. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURY OR SICKNESS RESULTING FROM TRYING THIS RECIPE.

Hope this works! 
By the way,
MERRY CHRISTMAS Y'ALL!
Nancy Dawn

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Plantain Weed Salve Recipe

I recently did a POST for KeepingBackyardBees.com on using Plantain Weed as a treatment for bee stings. I thought I would share my Plantain Salve recipe with you.

First, I had to make plantain oil and I did that by using the crock pot method.
Lance-leaf Plantain
INGREDIENTS and Supplies Needed:

  • 1 1/2 cup Plantain weed leaves, chopped
  • Enough Olive Oil or Coconut Oil to cover the chopped leaves in the jar
  • Crock Pot with a towel in the bottom
  • Food Processor
  • Wide Mouth Pint Jar
  • Water
  • Fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth or something similar to strain the oil through
PROCESS:
The day before I want to make the salve, I go out in the yard to my spot that I know is “clean” and pick enough for a packed cup and a half of plantain weed.

  1. Check the plantain leaves over to make sure there isn’t any dirt on them.,
  2. Put them in the food processor and chop them up.
  3. Then put them into a wide mouth pint jar and pour enough oil to cover the plantain. 
  4. Put the lid on the jar.
  5. Put a towel in the bottom of the pot, turn the pot on warm or low. 
  6. Place the jar in the crock pot and pour water in up to 1/2 or 3/4 ways on the jar. **I do not put the lid on the crock pot.**
  7. Let the jar stay in the crock pot for 12 to 24 hours.
  8. After the crock pot bath is finished, strain the plantain oil through a fine mesh sieve.

























To prepare the salve you will need:
INGREDIENTS and Supplies Needed:


  • Plantain oil 
  • Beeswax
  • Essential oils
  • Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • Double Boiler 
PROCESS:
  1.  Melt 1 and 1/2 Tbsp beeswax in a double boiler. 
  2. Once the wax is melted, add the plantain oil.
  3. Mix together.
  4. Pour into your jars.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool some before adding essential oils and/or the vitamin E oil.
  6. I add about 10 drops Lavender EO and 5 drops Rosemary EO and 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil.
  7. Put your lids on and keep at room temperature.
Salve after cooling...ready to use!
Fresh made salve. 
I found the salve needs to be kept at room temperature. We had it in the bathroom (which we don't heat until we need to shower) and it got really hard. At room temperature it is a spreadable consistency. 



And! DO ADD essential oils. Otherwise your salve smells like grass. Or worse. 





A Change In Life

So. Life has changed around here.

The Farm @ 1115 is managing itself more than I am. You see, I have went back to work. Yep. I am now holding what will be a full time 40 hour a week job. Right now, it is part time but at the beginning of 2015 it will turn full time.

I have been hired as a custodian for a church. A BIG church with a BIG Family Life Center. There is also a Christian School there.

For the most part I work alone which is great for me. I just really miss all the farm animals during the day.

But then I do enjoy seeing the school kids. Oh yes! And my bestie is the school PRINCIPAL!!! Yeah, I spend time in the principals office but at least this go round I ain't in trouble!

I have been working on a post for Plantain Salve for the last couple of weeks but it just isn't coming together like I need it to. Hopefully by the end of this week I will have it posted.

For my birthday I got some ESSENTIAL OILS!!! Love, love, love them. I have been crafting and creating in The Crafty Shack....Hot/Cold Aromatherapy Packs and Eye Pillows to help with headaches and sore muscles. I have also been experimenting with making Bath Salts and Body Scrubs, Lip Balms and Sugar Lip Scrubs.

Some of the recipes use my beeswax and honey!

If all goes well and I can break through the blockage created by the Plantain Salve Post, I shall post pictures and a few recipes for y'all.

Love you and hope y'all enjoyed the catch up.

See y'all later.

(And if I don't get back before....MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!)


Nancy Dawn