Posts tagged ‘lavender’

*~: That Bee-a-u-tiful Glow:~*

“I hope you can all forgive my absence, especially after posting about all the lovely benefits I was getting out of bathing in honey! This pregnancy has been a crazy one, perhaps because it is my first, but a crazy one none the less. In little under four weeks, we will be welcoming baby Mali Nevaeh into the world, and thanks to this absolutely amazing honey and coconut oil sugar scrub, I have managed to keep my stretch marks to from setting in, and even reversed the appearance a bit!  (This is normally where I would post the before and after pictures of my stretch marks that I had taken, but unfortunately THIS girl broke her phone earlier in the week and will have to wait until it is sent back repaired to post those pictures).”

 

Honey Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
4 tsp Raw Honey
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-4 Cups Sugar
Scented Essential oils (optional) (i used 6-10 drops of Lavender oil and half of a lemon)

Coconut oil, if you’ve never had to handle it before, looks very similar to crisco when you first see it in its container. I don’t use anything particularly fancy, just Lou Anna’s Coconut oil (because it is within my budget) but you are welcome to use what ever grade, or type of coconut oil you are comfortable with.  Handling it is very similar to handling raw honey, in that it will need to be warm to be able to mix in with the sugar.  Remember, what ever you do, do NOT heat in the microwave, doing so destroys all the lovely enzymes and molecules that will help keep your skin lush! 

I find it’s easiest for me to measure the coconut oil and the honey into the container I will be keeping the scrub in, sealing it and submerging it in a sink of hot water.  It does not take long at all before you’ll notice that the warm water  has made both ingredients liquid and easy to combine.  Remember to dry off the container and your hands before opening it, and adding the EVOO what ever scents you have chosen (if any at all) until you are happy with the scent.  When adding the sugar, you should start slow, and only add as much as you need to get the texture you like.  

To use it in the shower, just apply a small bit in circular motion to the skin. I use this on every bit of my body, face included! concentrate on areas that are scaly or otherwise dryer than the rest of your skin, or places where you notice blemishes and marks. The stimulation from the sugar and the nutrients from the oil help to increase circulation and repair the skin, thus giving you that gorgeous honey kissed glow! Do not worry about feeling a little oily after rinsing. You really only want to rinse until the sugar is gone (using luke warm water). Afterward, rub the oil into your skin before patting dry with a towel. You will notice that you feel moisturized and lush rather than oily once you pat dry! For those who have never used a sugar scrub this will be a new sensation, but one you grow used to and start to crave in no time!

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*~Lavender Lemonade~*

“With Spring gracefully fanning it’s breezes through my opened french doors each morning, it is absolutely too difficult to NOT start looking for delicious spring produce and recipes! Along with crisp produce and delicious breezy afternoons comes a mood that begs for a nice chilled drink, sweating in the sunlight as it waits to feel your lips. I have started compiling my “Recipes to Try: Spring 2012″ Binder, and this little gem is at the top of the list.”

Lavender Lemonade

3/4 Cup Vodka
3/4 Cup Lillet Blanc
1/2 Cup Lavender Syrup (recipe to follow)
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Cup Chilled Soda water (per glass)

Combine the first 4 ingredients with a spoon.
Pour over ice, add the chilled soda water, and garnish with Fresh Lavender or a Lemon wedge.

Lavender Syrup

4 Cups Water
4 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup dried food grade Lavender

Boil over medium heat for 1 minute, remove from heat and let steep for an hour. 

I absolutely cannot wait to serve this in my recently etched glassware on my patio, surrounded by my spring herbs that should be sprouting any time now!”