Coconut Oil For Your Skin: Recipe EBook Review and Giveaway

Natural coconut walnut oil

You all know I use natural hair care products on D’s hair and that I have dabbled a little bit in making my own concoctions here and there with our essential oils for hair care and natural remedies for eczema. But I recently got the chance to read “Coconut Oil For Your Skin” by Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama.  This ebook is full of awesome recipes for hair and skin. It provides a nice introduction to carrier oils and which ones are best for the various skin types. She also breaks down the physical and emotional benefits of each essential oil. Of course there are many awesome recipes in the book that I can’t wait to try more of. So, why is coconut oil incorporated in each recipe? Jennifer says:

Coconut Oil is the perfect carrier oil to use when making personal care products and toiletries. This is because coconut oil is:

  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-microbial/Infection Fighting
  • an antioxidant
  • anti-viral

This book provides recipes for:

  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Bath Products
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Hair Oil Treatments
  • Scalp Treatments
  • Skin Care
  • Facial Scrubs, Masks, Creams and Cleansers
  • Lip Balm Making 101

and much more.

There are 40 recipes in this ebook, all of which include coconut oil which is known for its holistic healing properties. This ebook can be purchased at Jennifer’s Ebook Store, she is offering my readers 10% off with checkout code HAIRMOM10! You can also enter to win 1 of 2 copies of “Coconut Oil For Your Skin” that we are giving away!

Leave a comment and let us know: Do you make your own products? What are your favorite essential oils?

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Natural Remedy for Eczema

When Baby Boy was just an infant he had some eczema patches on his face, they itched him terribly and he would scratch his face to the point of making it bleed. Sad smile
Since, he was so tiny I was hesitant to use anything on his sensitive face, I just tried to keep it washed and clean with a warm wet wash cloth, at that age all I used to bathe him with was water. Here is a photo of him that shows the irritated skin on his face. He was just 3 weeks old in this photo:

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Sweet-Aromas Aromatherapy

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is when natural oils are extracted from flowers, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance and assist with psychological and physical well-being. The inhaled aroma from these “essential” oils is believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing. Aromatherapy is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement, relaxation, romance enhancement, sinuses, healthy hair growth and more!

About Serena
Serena Gibson is a certified aromatherapist, who has practiced in the candle and bath & body industry since 2007. Serena resides in Philadelphia , Pa with her loving husband and two beautiful sons. Serena decided to go into the aromatherapy field because of the effects of her handcrafted aromatherapy candles and bath & body products she felt personally. Learn more about Serena

To see all the adorable and creative natural candles she makes as well as her bath and body products visit the Sweet Aroma’s 4 U website. You can also connect with Serena on Facebook and become a Sweet Aroma’s Fan.

You can also receive a free gift with your purchase using checkout code HAIRMOM

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Natural Remedy for Insect Bites and Natural Insect Repellent

 

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Summer is rapidly approaching, that means sunny days filled with the crystal clear water of swimming pools, thirst quenching lemonade and unfortunately for some of us, blood sucking insects and their gruesome bites.

I want to share with you our homemade, natural ointment to soothe and heal those bites. To create this ointment I use a natural massage oil GEL, which gives the consistency of an ointment, but you can use any natural oil or lotion that you have.

natural gel for bug bites

I put 2 oz of this gel into a container and I mix 10 drops each of:

  • lavender
  • citronella
  •  tea tree
  • patchouli
  • lemon

essential oils to equal 50 drops per 2 ounces.

 

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A breakdown of benefits of these essential oils in relation to insect bites:

  • Lavender: the universal oil, used for calming, soothing and healing, and as an antiseptic
  • Citronella: insect repellent
  • Tea Tree: anit-virus, anti-infection, immuno-stimulant
  • Patchouli: anti-inflammatory, insect repellent
  • Lemon: astringent, detoxifying

Want more on natural remedies and essential oils? Have a look at these posts:
Essential Oils for Hair Care
Natural Remedy for Eczema
Natural Remedy for an Eye Infection

Sources: Aromatherapy Workbook by Marcel Lavabre

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Our first giveaway!

This giveaway is closed as of April 29th, 2011, but feel free to read about our natural hair care oil mix and other essential oils great for hair and skin care.
Hey everyone, welcome to our first giveaway! If you missed my article on Essential Oils for Hair Care you can check it out here. This giveaway is for an essential oil blend formulated for dry hair. The winner of this giveaway will receive a 2.7 oz (a little goes a long way) bottle of a Jojoba oil mix with Lavender, Geranium, and Chamomile essential oils. Again, you can learn more about their hair benefits from my article mentioned above! The winner will be chosen using random.org on April 29th and will have 48 hours to contact me or I will choose another follower!

Entry Guidelines
• Follow this blog (1 entry)
• Friend us on FB, see FB badge on the left side column (1 entry)
• Read the Essential Oils for Hair Care article and tell me which oils you would like to try for you or your child’s hair (1 entry)
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• Share this giveaway on FB (1 per day)
• Tweet this giveaway (1 per day)
• Blog about this giveaway (2 entries total)
   Once you’ve done these leave a seperate comment for each one!
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Essential Oils for Hair Care

Essential oils have many therapeutic properties. There are several that are excellent for common hair and scalp issues. Below is a list of essential oils with benefits regarding hair care and the recipe for our own essential oil hair care mix.

Essential Oils for Hair Care

>>  Cedarwood- used for eczema, Seborrheic dermatitis aka dandruff, hair loss, dry hair
>> Tea Tree – good for dry scalp or dandruff, both. For dandruff apply the oil for about 15 mins then shampoo as normal.
>> Patchouli – eczema, dandruff
>> Rosemary – dry skin, dry hair, hair loss, dandruff
>> Thyme – hair loss
>> Sage – cleansing, eczema, hair loss, dry hair
>> Lavender – hair loss
>> Chamomile – fragile/damaged hair, eczema, dandruff
>> Geranium – dry/damaged hair
>> Peppermint and Eucalyptus – dry hair, tingling effect that stimulates the hair follicles and promotes growth

For our hair oil I mix lavender, chamomile, rosemary, geranium, sage and peppermint with Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is one of the best carrier oil to use when mixing oils for hair. The recipe calls for 50 drops of essential oils per 2 oz of jojoba oil. I like to use more lavender, chamomile and rosemary and a less peppermint. I’ve noticed too much peppermint makes the mix tingle too much on my daughter’s scalp and makes her scratch her head. You can tailor the recipe to your needs, but keep it at 50 drops of essential oil (or less) per 2oz of carrier oil.

When it comes to selecting essential oils you should only use high quality, 100% pure and natural oils extracted by steam distillation or cold expression. I use Lotus Touch brand oils their products are formulated with certified organic ingredients.
*A word of caution: Essential oils are very concentrated and should not be applied to your skin unless they are diluted.*

Want more on natural remedies and essential oils? Have a look at these posts:
Natural Remedy for Eczema
Natural Remedy for Insect Bites and Natural Insect Repellent
Natural Remedy for an Eye Infection

 

Sources: Aromatherapy Workbook, Marcel Lavabre


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