Sunday, August 31, 2014

resting on a sunday

Resting means being away from the fields. doing you daily chores and simply tinkering around the home front..
Here in Michigan, they have rituals. They are gone all summer, up north..
That would stress me out. two places to settle in to..I love this home so much.
It is a good home and full of wonderful people that enter here.

Enough about me and how I love myself so much!
I love you!

Life is wonderful in soapmaking too!
Also, 
shea butter has never been so fun to work with, what with all the super conditioning oils one can stretch it with.
I had a girl order four neem creams. She loves neem, It must really help her because she loves it on her skin. 

Here is the plan for the cream 
I will begin with a little beeswax to hold everything together.

1 ounce beeswax
2 ounces organic sunflower oil
3 ounces shea butter
3 tablespoons or so, of any other carriers..mine are, 
baobab
red raspberry seed
rosehip seed
black seed
cranberry seed
1/4 teaspoon neem oil
a dash of himalayan pink salt

10 mls frankincense
2 mls eucalyptus

low and slow melt the beeswax, add the shea to make it melt and  get nice and warm
keep and eye on it, it will get hot otherwise and burn..stay on the lowest setting on your stove and use a water bath to heat every thing..it really does make a difference..
add the sunflower oil

take it away from the heat and put it in the freezer for about ten minutes..check on it often..when it just starts to cool and get a film on top, pull it out and gently begin blending. If you need to cool it in between, you will put it in the freezer for another 15 or 30 seconds..

blend it again and add your lovely carriers in a slow drizzle
add the essential oils and beat it again.
Check you texture with a clean spoon, do you want it a little more fluffy?
You will get the hang of it..you will add more oil, jojoba is a nice buffer..kind of a smoother..lol


Why neem all of a sudden?
Why?
I cannot even tell you how many people come to me with eczema! It is an out break of itchy and uncomfortable.
Neem is said to be helpful with so many things that I can see why people have taken interest. 

"Neem leaf and its constituents have been demonstrated to exhibit immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycaemic, antiulcer, antimalarial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties."

One would think, to use it it more often. It smells a little rough for my taste but it is not for fun, it is for helping.:))
In that case we must use boswellia carterri co2 and a little eucalyptus to cool..it just makes perfect sense to me.
have a good one:)





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