Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Favorite Herbal Recipes

As an herbalist I often get asked what kinds of skin care products I recommend. My answer is to make your own. By making your own you needn’t compromise on ingredients. You can have exactly what you want in the proportions you want. I recommend starting with simple products and working into the more complex. For the next few blogs, I’ll share some of my recipes. These have been time tested . In the days when I grew and produced products this was one of my top sellers.

Lip Balm

Ingredients:

2 oz of beeswax (real chunks or refined pellets okay)
6 oz of coconut oil
8 ml of calendula flower oil (olive oil base)
6 ml of St John’s Wort Flowering Top oil (olive oil base) optional
10 drops of vitamin E (oil)
¼ tsp of raw honey
8 drops of tangerine oil (optional)

In a two cup glass measuring container add the first two ingredients. Set the glass container inside a shallow pan of water and melt the oil and beeswax together. When liquefied, stir in the remaining ingredients. Immediately dispense into appropriate containers.

The small round tins are nice, although I have filled individual tubes also. The recipe makes about sixteen small round tins or twenty-plus tubes. Since I no longer sell these, what I do is I fill a few containers, and then let the rest solidify in the glass container and refill the same tins later in the season. In a shallow pan of water, you can gently reheat the glass container with the leftover product. I purchased a Pyrex cup just for making lip balm, so that I could save my extra in the same container. Kept away from heat and light, this has a really long shelf life.

1 Comments:

Blogger Tina M. Russo said...

This lip balm really looks fabulous. On my TO DO list now.

April 2, 2008 8:55 PM  

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