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What is Mica Powder

What is Mica Powder?

Mica is a color additive powder obtained from the naturally occurring mineral, muscovite mica which contains potassium aluminum silicate. Currently, there is no definition or regulation to differentiate between natural and synthetic mica powder though synthetic mica must still contain FDA approved color additives to be considered cosmetic grade. This powder is used to add color to many holistic products such as makeup items, bath soaks and homemade candles.

Mica powder can be used in a wide variety of ways. It is a safer alternative instead of using traditional food colorings that may not bond well with substances such as beeswax. This ingredient is also widely used in holistic makeup recipes. 

Below is an example of a recipe which utilizes mica powder. 

Lemon Shea Butter Soap

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Shea Butter
  • 20 Drops lemon essential oil
  • 6 oz glycerin soap base
  • Saucepan
  • *Optional* 1 teaspoon yellow mica powder

Instructions

  1. Place the glycerin soap in saucepan on stovetop and melt slowly on low heat.
  2. Stir until mixture is completely melted.
  3. Slowly add shea butter and stir until melted.
  4. Add 20 drops of lemon essential oil and food colorant.
  5. Stir until smooth.
  6. Pour the soap mixture into the silicone molds and set aside to cool for 24 hours.
  7. After 24 hours, remove soap from the mold and
  8. Store in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out.
  9. To Use: Apply to skin during bathing for hygiene.

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The Basics of Beeswax

The Basics of Beeswax

Beeswax is a substance produced by worker bees, which is secreted by glands on the bee’s abdomen. It is naturally a yellow-brownish color, but can also be purified to different shades of yellow or even white. Beeswax has been used since ancient times for its amazing benefits. Ancient Egyptians and Roman cultures used beeswax for natural skin and beauty treatments. Today, it is still used in the production of many products such as candles, lotions and cosmetic products. 

Beeswax has a variety of uses such as:

  • Natural Base for homemade products.  Beeswax is a wonderful component to add to your life if you are a DIY enthusiast. Natural products such as candles, chapsticks, makeup and lotions can be made without the use of chemicals and toxins.
  • Acne Treatment.  Due to its rich vitamin A content and anti-septic properties, beeswax is an amazing natural treatment for acne. It moisturizes the skin without clogging pores and allows skin to “breathe.”
  • Natural Remedies. The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine performed a 24 week study that revealed beeswax normalized liver function and improved symptoms of fatty liver in the test subjects. When mixed with honey it has also been used as a treatment for candida. Beeswax can be used to naturally lower cholesterol levels as well.
  • Anti-inflammatory. Beeswax has been researched to help ease inflammation and joint pain in patients with arthritis and joint stiffness/pain. It is an added ingredient in many topical creams to ease pain and discomfort.
  • Skin Care. In his book, How to Use Beeswax and Honey to Cure Skin Problems, Gene Ashburner discusses the healing skin benefits of beeswax. His book explains that beeswax contains vitamin A and is moisturizing to skin yet does not clog pores. It is also used in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, diaper rash, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Beeswax has been researched to help the body produce collagen which can aid in the healing of stretch marks and scars.

What is the difference between white and yellow beeswax?

White and yellow beeswax pellets differ in color based on the filtration process. White beeswax is turned white after undergoing a pressure-filtration process. Yellow beeswax is typically processed less and therefore left in its more natural state.

Which Beeswax should you use?

Choosing the right beeswax product is dependent on what you are using the beeswax for. It is important to choose a pure, 100% organic natural beeswax product that does not contain other filler ingredients. Be sure you research the quality of the beeswax you are purchasing.

  • White beeswax is great for projects such as candle making because you can create lots of different colored candles with natural mica powder. Beeswax candles are naturally hypoallergenic and emit negative ions into the air, which have various health benefits.
  • Yellow beeswax can still be used for candles, but will not showcase the colors in the mica powder as well as a white beeswax base will. White beeswax is typically chosen for aesthetic reasons.

Both yellow and white beeswax can be used for creating holistic products such as lip balms, lotions, soaps and as previously mentioned, candles. Again, before choosing a beeswax product be sure it is authentic and does not contain filler ingredients.

Beeswax is a wonderful component to add to your life if you are a DIY enthusiast. Below are three great recipes you can try that utilize beeswax!

DIY Beeswax Candles

Ingredients-

1 lb Beeswax

Candle Wicks

Glass Jars

1 Heat Resistant Bowl

1 Sauce Pan

Water

Essential Oil of Choice

Instructions-

Prepare your candle bases.

Clean jars and ensure they are dry and ready for use.

Place a small amount of glue on the bottom of the wick to secure it to the bottom of the jar.

Using a stick, fork or pencil, carefully tape it to the top of the jar and wrap the wick around it to ensure it stays upright.

Fill sauce pan halfway with water, heat on medium/high heat.

Add beeswax into heat resistant container.

Place heat resistant container filled with beeswax carefully into the heated water and stir slowly until completely melted.

Add 2-4 drops of the desired essential oil

Mix slowly to avoid burning yourself.

While still warm, carefully pour the beeswax mixture into the glass jar, ensuring that the wick stays upright in the middle of the container.

Let cool for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, trim the wick and enjoy your natural beeswax candle!

DIY Lip Balms

Ingredients-

 5 oz Beeswax

5 oz Sweet Almond oil

5 oz Coconut oil

1 oz Shea butter

1 oz Cocoa butter

2 Teaspoons Peppermint Essential oil

Instructions-

Combine the Beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter and sweet almond oil in a heat resistant bowl and melt together.

Stir until all ingredients are blended.

While the mixture is melting, insert all the empty tubes in the back side of the fillable lip balm tray.

When completely melted, remove from the heat resistant bowl.

Add your favorite essential oil and stir.

Safely pour the mixture into the tubes while the mixture is still warm, using the fillable tray.

Use the spatula to thoroughly fill tubes.

Let the lip balm tubes cool to room temperature.

Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

DIY Lotion Bars

Ingredients-

1 cup Coconut Oil

1 cup Shea Butter

1 cup Beeswax

2-4 Drops Essential Oil of Choice

1 Saucepan

1 Heat Resistant Container

1 Silicone Mold

2 cups Water

Instructions-

Add water to saucepan and bring to a boil.

Combine beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter in the heat resistant container and place in the saucepan.

Stir until melted.

Once the ingredients are melted, stir and remove from heat.

Add 2-4 drops of desired essential oil to melted mixture.

Stir thoroughly.

Carefully pour into mold, let cool 24 hours.

After 24 hours, remove from mold and enjoy.

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Are Essential Oils Safe During Pregnancy?

Are Essential Oils Safe During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy can be an amazing yet difficult time in a woman’s life. Many women turn to holistic remedies to find relief and comfort.  Essential oils can be a great natural remedy but are all essential oils safe for use during pregnancy? This article will discuss the pregnancy safe and unsafe essential oils!

As stated by Dr. Jill Edwards when interviewed by The Parents Network, essential oils are not recommended for use during the first trimester.  Potentially, essential oils can cause uterine contractions or adversely affect a baby in early developmental stages. Essential oil use can resume in the second and third trimester. Some essential oils, however, are not safe in any stage of pregnancy.

Unsafe Essential Oils during Pregnancy

  • Basil
  • Camphor
  • Cedarwood
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Tansy
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen

Recommended Essential Oils during Pregnancy:

  • Bergamot 
  • Roman chamomile 
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Geranium 
  • Ginger 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Lavender 
  • Lemon 
  • Lime 
  • Rose  
  • Sandalwood 
  • Sweet orange 
  • Ylang ylang

Be sure you are using a bio-friendly, 100% therapeutic grade oil. Do not ingest a low-quality oil, as they may be filled with other products and not 100% pure.  Do not start any essential oils or holistic remedies without first consulting your healthcare provider.

This article is not intended to give or replace medical care or advice.

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Ways to Boost your Health with Mindfulness

Ways to Boost your Health with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a concept that involves stress reduction and being present in the moment. When you are stressing or worrying, you are focusing on the future, when you are grieving you are focusing on the past, when you focus on the moment you can be at peace.

Mindfulness can be achieved in many ways such as:

1-      Meditate.  Whether you meditate through prayer, transcendental meditation, or spiritual ritual, spending time in a calm mental state is beneficial to finding peace and serenity. Meditating at least three times a week can help you keep find mindfulness.

2-      Spend time in Nature.  Sitting in the sunshine, feeling the wind blow, walking around barefoot and listening to the rain are great ways to balance your mind.   

3-      Reduce your chemical and electromagnetic exposure. Toxins, chemicals and unnatural electronic vibes can disrupt your natural harmony. Keeping your exposure to these environmental factors low will help you reduce stress. For example, use natural sources! Instead of turning a lamp on, open the shades. Turn your phone off when not in use and be vigilant of all foods and drinks you ingest.

4-      Utilize the Elements. Humans are automatically drawn to the elements because we require them to survive.  In the current age, we have gotten away from most exposure to the elements thanks to modern conveniences. We no longer use candles as primary sources of light or spend as much time in soil gardening due to the conveniences of grocery stores. Spending time in the elements is a wonderful way to find mindfulness.

5-      Eliminate Negative Sources. Whether it be negative people or situations, try to avoid as many harmful influences as possible. Dark energy can come in many forms and it is important to protect your mind with positive thoughts and influences.

Mindfulness is just like personal hygiene such as showering, it must be done daily in order to be the most effective. Take care of yourself in your mind, body and spirit. You are worth it.

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Natural Hair Hacks

Natural Hair Hacks

A head of beautiful, illustrious hair is something most people aspire to have, that’s why chemical laden products such as moose, hair spray and hair gel are so popular. But did you know that there are many natural products you can add to fix a myriad of bad hair day issues?

Below is a list of ways you can use natural products to improve your hair.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a natural remedy that conditions hair, moisturizes dry scalps and can treat dandruff. It can be safely applied multiple times a week and is hypoallergenic.  

Lemongrass

Lemongrass essential oil can be used as a natural dandruff deterrent. Medical research on the treatment of dandruff by the use of the essential oil lemongrass was performed by the School of Cosmetic Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, Thailand showed that it was successful in the treatment of dandruff and also in treating patients with complains of flakey, itchy scalps. Applying a diluted solution of lemongrass essential oil may help you cure your dandruff issue.

Rosemary

Rosemary can be a natural solution for treating hair loss. In a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Rosemary was shown to be an effective treatment against hair loss in patients with alopecia. Adding a few drops of rosemary to your shampoo may help reduce the amount of hair you lose.

Lemon Juice

Applying lemon juice to highlighted or light-colored hair before being exposed to direct sunlight may help lighten it naturally. Many women have used lemon juice to naturally enhance their blonde hair and prevent a “brassy” tone with their highlighted hairdos. (Be sure you are using sunscreen and not damaging bleached hair with too much product)

Tea Tree & Peppermint

The combination of these two essential oils can be used as a natural lice treatment The International Journal of Dermatology claims that tea tree and peppermint essential oils are an effective treatment in both the prevention and treatment of head lice and is safe to use on children. Brushing diluted solutions of these oils into your hair can prevent you from getting head lice and treat it if you have an infestation.

Natural products can be a great addition to your hair care routine ,but be sure you are using them safely and effectively and using pure products.