Coconut Cloud Cream

I got the base of this recipe (and probably a majority of my personal care recipes) from this book, Natural Beauty at Home, by Janice Cox. A friend lent it to me (I promise I’ll give it back someday, Jenny!), and it has change my whole personal care budget. I was concocting some mixture one time, and my roommate said she felt like she walked into an episode of Breaking Bad. Anyway, here’s a very legal recipe for a body cream that works wonders!

coconut cloud cream2 tbsp stearic acid powder

1/4 c coconut oil

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup distilled water

5-7 drops lemon essential oil

5-7 drops lavender essential oil

5-7 drops frankincense essential oil

 

Melt the stearic acid and the oil together. You can do this in a water bath on the stove top.

Dissolve the baking soda in the distilled water and heat almost to boiling. (You can do this in the microwave for
about a minute, but I prefer the water bath).

Stir that water solution slowly into the stearic acid – oil mixture. The mixture will foam up in volume nearly double at first. Stir thoroughly.

 

Cool mixture completely, then add the oils (extreme heat changes the property of the oils) and stir. Pour into an airtight – preferable glass – jar and enjoy!

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Frankincense

Frankincense has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. It has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. It is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin.

Lavender

Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. It is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty.

Hair Oil

So this is a recipe I got from a video blogger Naptural85. She has a bunch of homemade DIY recipes, so you should check her out!

I love this oil! I only made half a recipe, but my SIL has four girls, so when I make it for her, I’ll double it up. I also add some Essential Oils to help with hair growth. It is truly awesome!

Hair Oilhair oil

2.5 oz olive oil
2.5 oz jojoba oil
1 oz castor oil
1 oz sweet almond oil
1 oz avocado oil
0.5 oz vitamin E oil
3-5 drops rosemary essential oil*

 

Pour all ingredients in an applicator bottle (these can be found super cheap at any beauty store). Shake and use – pretty simple. Apply directly to the scalp or squeeze some in your palm and apply to the hair. You can also use this as a body oil.

*The essential oil is optional, but encouraged!

Chicken in Tomatoes and Mushrooms

This was a I’m-just-going-to-find-whatever’s-there-and-figure-something-out-for-dinner dish. It is pretty good, if I don’t say so myself!

Ingredients:

6 pieces chicken (whatever your fancy. I had chicken legs)

1 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 Habanero pepper

2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

6 Mushrooms

salt and pepper to taste

 

Pre-heat oven to about 350 degrees and season chicken. My current favorite salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and crushed thyme. Put in a baking dish and set aside. Saute minced garlic in butter. Add in Habanero and onion and cook until tender. Mix in tomatoes and simmer until soft, adding in salt and pepper to taste. Toss in mushrooms cook until tender. Pour over chicken, cover and bake about 30 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.

 

Serves about 6

I had this with green beans as a side – it was delicious!