Carrier Oils Library

Carrier oils or base oils that are sometime called, are used to infuse herbs in, added to herbal products such as lotions and soaps, or used all on their own. These vegetable oils are excellent for skin and hair. But some are made from nuts and should be avoided if you are allergic.

Here are some of the more common carrier oils we use in body products we use:

Sweet Almond Oil

This oil is expressed from the seed of the sweet almond rather than the bitter almond. It has a faint aroma and is very close to the natural oils found in the skin. Use for chapped, irritated skin, eczema, cradle cap, and to soften wrinkles.

Apricot Kernel Oil

This oil is expressed from the seed of the apricot. It is a heavy oil but easily absorbed into the skin, therefore an excellent moisturizing oil for face, hands, and hair. It’s high in Vitamins A and C. Great for mature, dry, and sensitive skin.

Avocado Oil

This is one of the most penetrating oils. It is pressed out of the dehydrated thinly sliced fruit. The oil is pale yellow with a green aroma and is rich in Vitamin A and D as well and lecithin, potassium, and chlorophyll. Very moisturizing oil for rash, eczema, mature skin, parched skin, and aging skin.

Coconut Oil

This oil is semi-solid but melts easily when put on skin. It is prepared from the endosperm of the coconut fruit. It forms a barrier against infections, softens, moisturizes skin, and prevents wrinkling, sagging, and protects skin from damaging UV rays. Use on aging skin, and skin that needs protection.

Evening Primrose Oil

An expensive oil to produce, but is used for dandruff, sun-damaged skin, eczema, problem skin such as acne, aging skin, inflamed skin. It is an excellent oil for rheumatoid arthritis as a rub and for wounds. It is used in my breast salve to reduce cysts and pain.

Grapeseed Oil

This oil is mildly astringent and especially suited for acne or oily skin. Because it is primarily polyunsaturated, it is best refrigerated if it is to be kept for any length of time. It is a great oil to use if you don’t want your skin to feel oiler that it already is.


It is really a liquid wax that contains all the natural forms of antioxidants. It is extracted from an edible seed, not a nut that can be used on most sensitive skin, including baby skin. It does not clog pores and does not stain. Use for facial massage, hair/scalp conditioning, cuticles, psoriasis, revitalizing, and soothing after sun exposure.

Macadamia Nut Oil

This oil is expressed from the rich macadamia nut, has a medicinal aroma, and is oily on the skin. It softens dry mature skin. Use in shampoos, conditioners, creams, and massage oils.

Olive Oil

Fully ripe olives are crushed, not the seed, to make this rich oil. It is heavy and used in cosmetics and soaps. It is filled with skin nutrients such as Vitamin E that softens dry skin. The aroma is somewhat strong. Using essential oils can cover the smell if you don’t like it.

Safflower Oil

This oil is produced from the seeds of the safflower plant. Apply to bruises, sprains, and painful arthritis joints. It can be used in salves and rubs to be used to relieve pain such as knees, shoulder, and back.

Sesame Seed Oil

It is an extraction from raw seeds. It is a light color and is a natural skin moisturizer, a good source of vegetable protein, rich in lecithin, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Use for rheumatic conditions, eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin.

Sunflower Oil

This light oil is high in linoleic acid, Vitamins A, B complex, D, and E, as well as calcium, zinc, potassium, iron, and phosphorus. Use for bruises, dermatitis, and ulcers. I use this deep absorbing oil in my breast salve to reduce cysts and pain.

Cleansing Grains

Create a cleansing experience so luxurious, leaving your skin so beautiful, that you may never cover your skin with makeup.

A cleanser rooted in ancient ritual, Cleansing Grains are powered by earth and plants; the perfect cleanser to start and end your day with.

This incredibly gentle, deliciously luxurious water-activated powder brings together the gentle cleansing and brightening powers of clay, and the moisturizing and exfoliating benefits of almonds, oats and a blend of vitamin-rich botanicals to leave you with soft, luminous and healthy skin. 


  • Gently exfoliates to remove dull, dry skin, revealing a smooth, radiant complexion
  • Whisk away oils, dirt, and pollution without stripping your skin
  • Brightens and enhances glow
  • Smooths skin texture with gentle buffing
  • Powdered formulation lasts a long time and allows you to customize the texture to your preference
  • Does double duty as a mask: Simple leave on your skin for a few minutes before rinsing
  • Changing your mix in from water to another liquid offers customization options


  • 1 cup oats, ground
  • 2 cups white clay
  • 1/4 cup almonds, ground
  • 1/8 cup lavender flowers, ground
  • 1/8 cup rose petals, ground


Combine together and place in a glass jar.

Mix 1-2 teaspoons with water or other liquid (see options below). Massage on face, leave for 1-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Follow with toner and moisturizer for a complete morning or evening facial.


You can add any flower or herb you wish. Instead of using water to mix your grains, use an:

  • herbal tea such as sage, nettle, peppermint, or chamomile
  • a few drops carrier oil and water
  • a teaspoon honey and water
  • cold coffee
  • be creative

Lemon Balm Cold Sore Lip Salve

Lemon balm is a powerful antiviral, proven to banish cold sores. Use this homemade super healing cold sore lip salve recipe to help fight & prevent cold sores.

Cold sores — also called fever blisters — are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips. Cold sores are caused by certain strains of the herpes simplex virus.

Cold sores can develop due to a lowered immune system due to stress or sickness. Luckily, they begin with a sort of tingling sensation on or around the lips. Too much sun or fever, for some people, also cause cold sore.

Lemon balm is a favorite cold sore home remedies for dealing with the herpes virus. This gentle, tonic herb has strong anti-viral properties. My recipe also includes peppermint and tea tree which adds to the healing properties of this balm. I don’t usually use essential oils, but in this case, I do. If you want to make it without essential oils, you can infuse the peppermint separately in olive oil and mix together. Tea Tree will have to be used as an essential oil. I’ve never seen the leaves being sold, but you may find them.

Here’s The Recipe

  • 4 tablespoons Lemon Balm infused in Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax pellets
  • 15 drops Peppermint essential oil (or 30 drops strong oil infusion)
  • 7 drops Tea Tree essential
  • 1 capsule Vitamin E (prick the capsule and squeeze the liquid out)

Combine the first three ingredients in a heat proof container. Set it down into a saucepan containing a few inches of water. Watch carefully and heat over low heat until everything is melted.

My favorite way to melt my oils and beeswax, is on my electric candle warmer. It takes a little longer, but the oils are warmed slowly never get too hot, which can destroy the healing properties of the infusion.

Candle Warmer Method

When the beeswax is completely melted, remove from heat and stir in the essential oils and Vitamin E (if using).

Pour into small tins, jars, or whatever you have on hand. If using a recycled jar, please sterilize in boiling water. Cap, label, and store away from direct heat or sunlight.

Use as a lip balm when you feel the tingling sensation around your lips. When the sore appears, apply the balm to that area as well. Can be used every four hours until well. But, can be used daily as a lip balm too.

Download and Print Recipe


Lemon Balm is said to help with Shingles and Genital Herpes too!

Check out my blog “How To Make An Oil Infusion” HERE

Not up to making your own? We have the lip salve in our online shop HERE

See our blog “Lemon Balm” HERE

Oil Cleansing Method

Clean your face with oil?  We’ve been taught all these years to remove the oil from your face if you want a clean face.  Sorry, but that’s not the truth, your skin needs oil to be soft, healthy, and beautiful.

Here’s how to cleanse your face using your favorite oil or oil blend:

Health spa nature concept studio portrait of a beautiful young woman or girl resting on her hands smiling through natural green leaves
  1. In the shower or at the bathroom sink, pour about a quarter size amount or 8 drops of the oil or oil blend into your hand and massage into the skin on your face. Use smooth circular strokes and let this also be a gentle facial massage. Massage for at least a minute (two minutes is better) or until you are sure that the oil has saturated your skin. This will also remove make-up very effectively, so there is no need to remove make-up first. You can even leave the oil on the skin for up to 10 minutes to really deep clean pores.
  2. Place a clean washcloth under very hot tap water (or shower water) until it is completely soaked and quickly wring it out. Open it and place over your face. This will create steam against the skin to remove the oils and any impurities in the skin. Leave the wash cloth on for about a minute, or until it cools. Repeat if needed with the other side of the washcloth and then use the corners of the washcloth to gently remove any remaining oil. There will still be a thin layer of oil on the skin and this is beneficial.
  3. Typically, no moisturizer is needed after the adjustment period, but if you still have dry skin, try using a tiny bit of our facial cream to moisturize skin.
Avocado Oil

If you want a really great cleanser, use castor oil in your blend.  Yes, the castor oil that’s been in your medicine cabinet.  Mix one part castor oil to three parts your favorite oil.  Not sure which oil to use?  There are oils for each type of skin and your skin problems.

Try different oils until you find the right one

for your skin type

Coconut Oil

Where to buy oils? Get them at the supermarket, drug store, health food stores, and online. Etsy is a great place to start. While you’re there, check out out shop Sage Hill Botanicals.

Castor Oil

Natural Body and Foot Powder

Body Powder is refreshing and keeps your dry.  But, with all the harmful ingredients in store- brought body powder, one is afraid to use it. Make your own safe and natural body powder in a few minutes with a few ingredients you may have on hand.

This is all you need to make your own natural body powder:

arrowroot powder


baking soda

ground herbs (opt.)

essential oil (opt.)

 Here’s the recipe

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

1/8 cup cornstarch

1/16 cup baking soda

1 tablespoon ground herbs or flowers (opt.)

15 drops essential of your choice (opt.)

Simply mix all the ingredients in a glass or stoneware bowl until well mixed.   Using a funnel, spoon your body powder in a sifter container.  Or, if you wish, place in a used powder puff container.


My favorite recipe for summer

1/4 cup arrowroot powder

1/8 cup cornstarch

1/16 cup baking soda

1 tablespoon ground peppermint leaves

15 drops peppermint essential oil

I mix it all together, and use it under my arms and breast to stay dry and cool.  You can sprinkle it in your shoes, socks, and underwear for a refreshing scent and stay comfortable too.

Violet Leaf Oil and Balm

Violet Leaf Uses – Fibrocystic Breasts, Eczema, and other skin problems.

My fibrocystic breasts have become a big problem for me since I’ve reached pre-menopause. Especially certain times of the month. Update: Lumps GONE

Here are signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breasts (you may experience one or more):

  • Breast lumps or areas of thickening that tend to blend into the surrounding breast tissue
  • Generalized breast pain or tenderness
  • Breast lumps that fluctuate in size with the menstrual cycle
  • Nipple discharge that tends to leak without pressure or squeezing
  • Breast changes that are similar in both breasts
  • Monthly increase in breast pain or lumpiness from mid-cycle (ovulation) to just before your period

Of course, if you’ve found a lump or having any discomfort in your breast, it’s wise to see your doctor immediately.

I see my doctor every year, and she offered no help for my painful breast.  So, I started researching natural ways to help.

What I discovered was really very simple, and right under my nose.  Yes, the humble violet.

Start with harvesting violet leaves and making an infusion.

Infused Oil

Harvest fresh, unmarked, violet leaves.  If dirty, rinse in a bowl of pure water.  Pat dry with a paper towel.

In a cool area out of direct sun light, lay the leaves on a dry paper towel or cloth one inch apart.  I like to use my kitchen table to dry all my herbs.  That way, they are always in sight, so I’ll remember to check on them.  Turn the leaves every day, for 2-3 days.  They will be crunchy when dried.

When dried, pack your leaves in a sterilized glass jar.    There’s no certain amount of leaves, it’s just what you can find, but a handful of dried leaves is a great start. Or you can purchase dried leaves.

Pour a carrier oil to cover the leaves.  I like to use sunflower, and/or evening primrose.

There’s three ways to infuse your leaves.  They are:

  1. The long method – place the jar in a dark place, shake every day for 4-6 weeks (The best way, but it’s a long wait
  2. The short method – place your jar in a pot with 2 inches water, simmer water on low for an hour, replacing water as needed until properties are extracted (on low because you don’t want water droplets to form on the inside of the jar, not good)
  3. Another short method – place the jar on an electric candle warmer for a few hours, stirring a few times, don’t let it get too hot

Is It Ready?

When your oil turns a beautiful herbal golden green, it’s ready.  Pour the oil through a filter, such as a coffee filter or cloth.  Warm oil drains better.

You can use your infused oil now!  Rub it on your breast for relief…


If you don’t like the oily feel, make a balm instead.

Balm Recipe

3 oz. infused oil from violet leaves

¼ oz. beeswax (to start with)

Melt infused oil and beeswax using method 2 or 3 above.  To test its consistency, dip a cool spoon in the warm mixture and let cool.  If you want it thicker, add more beeswax, a little at a time, until it’s perfect.

Pour into tins, plastic balm pots, or whatever you have available. Let cool, and use whenever your breasts are tender.  Makes approx. 6 oz.

Seem easy?  It is!  Get started making something herbal today.

Not up to making your own, then order ours (click on photo).

Herbal Face and Sinus Steam

Weekly herbal face steaming is very beneficial to your skin, and it’s easy to do at home.

Forget the expensive facial treatments, and opt for this herbal face steam instead.

With all of the dirt, pollution and toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, our skin can really take a beating.  The nutrients from the herbs get deep into pores to clear them out, and give your skin its natural glow back.

Not all skin is the same, right?  There are herbs for different skin types.  Below is a list of herbs that will detox dry, oily, mature, and sensitive skin.  You’ll also find herbs for acne and other problem skin.

Herbal facials are also very relaxing, blissful, and rejuvenating.  Who needs a little of these after a long day?  Be good to yourself.

DIY Herbal Face Steam

To make your own face steam, you will need:

  • Boiling water, distilled if possible
  • Choice of herbs
  • large bowl
  • towel

Place herbs in bowl, and carefully pour boiling water over herbs.  Leaning your head over the bowl, drape a towel over your head and around the bowl.  By doing this, the steam will surround your face and head.

Always keep your eyes closed, because the steam will be too hot for your eyes.  You can raise the towel to allow air in if you get too hot.

After the facial, rinse with cool water, and apply a good oil as listed below.

This is a great method if you have sinus problems or an ear ache.


Herbs To Use For Your Skin Type

Use one teaspoon of one or more of the following herbs for your specific skin type or problem.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, an herbal facial steam may help stimulate oil production while increasing circulation and removing impurities. To prevent over drying, steam your face five minutes, and once a week. People suffering from dry skin may have under active oil production.


  • Lavender Flowers
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Alfalfa Leaves
  • Rosemary Leaves
  • Fennel Seed 
  • Rose Petals
  • Peppermint Leaves (a pinch)
  • Comfrey Leaves or Root

After facial, use almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, macadamia nut oil, or sunflower seed oil.

Oily and Acne Skin

Oily skin normally results in overactive oil gland production, common in teens and some adults. Facial steams for oily skin typically include herbs credited with addressing excess oil production as well as soothing inflamed or acne-ridden skin. Consider using a facial steam at least once a week to slow oil production and unclog pores.

Eucalyptus leaves and a drop of Tea Tree essential oil is good for acne skin.


  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Lemongrass Leaves
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Rosemary Leaves
  • Eucalyptus Leaves
  • Witch Hazel Leaves
  • Rose Petals
  • Licorice Root
  • Anise Seed
  • Fennel Seed
  • Strawberry, Raspberry, or Blackberry Leaves
  • Sage Leaves
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Juniper Berries
  • Peppermint Leaves

After facial, use apricot kernel oil, argan oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sesame seed oil.

Mature  Skin

Many of the herbs used for the dry skin herbal facial work well for mature because the related issue involves the under-production of sebum, which slows as we age. Do not use a facial steam for more than five minutes or more often than once a week.

Apply vitamin E and vitamin A capsule around the eyes and on wrinkled areas of the face and neck before steaming.


  • Dandelion Root
  • Comfrey Root or Leaf
  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Licorice Root
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Rose Petals
  • Lavender Flowers

After the facial, use apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, macadamia nut oil, rose hip oil, or sunflower seed oil

cup of chamomile tea with chamomile flowers

Sensitive Skin

This is the skin I can relate too, because I have very sensitive skin.  I have to be very careful with what products I use on my skin.  Here are some herbs I have had good results from.  Enjoy an herbal face steam once a week for five minutes.


  • Chamomile Flowers
  • Lavender Flowers
  • Calendula Flowers
  • Rose Petals
  • Orange Peel
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Peppermint Leaves

After facial, use apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, rose hip oil, or sunflower oil.


It’s not a good idea to use steam on rosacea or irritated skin.  Ask your doctor if you are pregnant.

Salt Glow Body Scrub

Rejuvenate your body and remove dead skin with this easy to make body scrub.  Glowing skin is always in.


  • 3 cups finely ground kosher salt, Dead Sea salts, or salt of your choice
  • 1 cup of a dried herb (see below), finely chopped or crumbled (opt.)
  • 1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil or oil of your choice (1 cup if dried herbs are not used)
  • 12 drops essential oil such as lavender, peppermint, or lemon (opt.)
  • Food grade coloring (opt.)


1. Blend all of the ingredients.

2. Generously apply in circular strokes to your body—except the face—while taking a shower or just before stepping into the bathtub.

3. Store the remainder in a tightly sealed container. Makes about 10 applications.

Herb Options

Lemon Verbena

  • softens skin
  • tones skin
  • speeds muscle recovery
  • improving nerve health
  • eases stress and tension
  • improves sleep


  • antiseptic and antimicrobial properties
  • cools skin
  • relieves sore muscels
  • energizing
  • relieves nausea


  • protects skin cells
  • kills bacteria, fungi and viruses
  • improves dermatitis, acne, eczema or psoriasis
  • infusings the skin with moisture
  • improves skin circulation


  • eliminates nervous tension
  • relieves pain
  • disinfects
  • enhances blood circulation
  • improves insomina


  • helps reduce the redness
  • cleanser
  • softens skin
  • anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral
  •  treats acne and other skin complaints


  • Calms irritated skin
  • antiodxidants
  • anti-itching for bites
  • improves sleep


  • balances oil production
  • decreases inflammation
  • prevents discoloration
  • improves acne
  • reduces wrinkles and fine lines


  • spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fiber (things like calcium, potassium, and vitamin C)
  • disinfects
  • Improves skin tone

There are many wonderfully healing herbs you can use for your skin.  Do your own research and create a lovely skin scrub just for you.

I’d love to see your creations, so please share with us.

Rose Petals Face Care

Lovely rose essences do far more than just add their light scent to your products. This fragrant flower helps rejuvenate and replenish skin. Discover how this lush blossom can make your skin feel as velvety soft as a bed of roses.

Roses provide these benefits for your skin:

  • Antibacterial – help treat acne and other skin problems.  Use as a face wash and cleansers.
  • Anti-inflammatory – help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin.  Its calming properties can also help sooth rosecea and eczema.  Use a a calming face mask.
  • Antioxidant – contains high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.  This important vitamin can help protect skin cells from damage, such as from staying out in the sun too long.
  • Moisturizing –  natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping skin feeling smooth.  Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.
  • Fragrant – its delicate aroma has a lovely natural fragrance.
  • Relaxing – used aromatically, rose calms and soothes the mind.  Rose petals are a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and calm.  While this characteristic doesn’t directly add beauty benefits, it sure makes that rose-scented lotion or cream an extra pleasant experience.
  • Toning – a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowing complexion. Unlike conventional alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out.
  • Spots – helps to lighten brown spots due to sun or age.

Steps To Beautiful Skin

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Moisturizer



Calming Face Mask

Simply soak 8 fresh petals or 1/8 cup dried petals in 3-4 tablespoons of water for 2-3 hours. Then mash the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix well, and apply to entire face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Fresh Face Mask

Mix together one teaspoon of honey, 6-8 rose fresh petals or 1/4 cup dried petal, two teaspoons rose water and one teaspoon plain yogurt; stir till you have a smooth paste. Apply this on your face and neck and wait for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Rose Water

Measure 1/2 fresh petals or 1/4 cup dried petals into a saucepan.  Pour in 1 1/2 cups water, cover and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to lowest setting that still allows the water to simmer.  Simmer until color of rose petals has faded, abut 5-10 minutes.  Leave lid on and cool completely.  Pour water and petals through a cheesecloth into your bottle choice.  Store in refrigerator for several weeks or on the counter for up to one week.  Can use a a spray for your face, or as a cleanser using a cotton ball.  You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil for even more healing benefits.


Rose Facial Toners

For dry skin – 3 cups of rose water,  3/4 cup alcohol-free witch hazel, 10 drops rose essential oil, 10 drops glycerine.  Store your toner in a glass bottle in the refrigerator and use daily after cleansing your face.

For normal or oily skin – 3 cups of rose water, 1 cup alcohol-free witch hazel, and 10 drops rose essential oil.  Store your toner in a glass bottle in the refrigerator and use daily after cleansing your face.

This toners can be stored on your bathroom counter, but due to the water, use within one week.

UPDATE:  I infused my dried rose petals in witch hazel extract for two weeks and used it directly on my face after cleansing.  I love it!  It is so cooling and calming to my summer face (I walk outside in my garden everyday).

Fill a quart mason jar half full of dried petals, and fill the jar with witch hazel extract leaving a one inch head space.  The petals will swell and you may need to add more witch hazel.  Shake everyday for two weeks or more.  Remove flowers and enjoy!  I don’t refrigerate it, but you can for even more cooling effect.  You’ll love it too!


Rose Petal and Sweet Almond Moisturizer Oil

Crush 1 cup fresh petal or 1/2 cup dried petals in a jar with a wooden spoon.  Pour 1 cup sweet almond oil (rich in vitamins E and D) in a jar.  Let the mixture sit for 1 week, then strain and use.  This feels so good right out of the shower and smells great!  Yes, please use as a body oil too!  But, we’re talking about our face…This is a wonderful oil for your face after you cleanse and tone.

Rose Renewing Moisturizer

Pour 2 cups of rose water (above) in a small mixing bowl.  Then break 2 vitamin E capsules and squeeze their contents into the bowl.  Add 4 teaspoons each of olive oil or other carrier oil, honey, and coconut oil. Mix well and transfer to a container that has a lid.  Refrigerate when not in use.  If storing on bathroom counter, take a tablespoon at a time out of the refrigerator and place in a small closed container for freshness.  Yummy!

Basic Lip Balm

This is my favorite lip balm recipe. You can make it basic or make any changes your wish.

Basic Recipe:

• 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or other oil
• 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
• 1 Vitamin E capsule (400 IU) or 1/4 teaspoon oil

• essential oil or variations (opt.) (see below)

Place the oil and wax in a heatproof cup (such as a heavy glass measuring cup.) Poke a hole in the Vitamin E capsule and squeeze its liquid into the oil and wax mixture. Place the heatproof cup in a pot of water on the stove and heat on low just until the wax melts.

I like to use this electric candle warmer.  It’s easy and a small glass measuring cup works great, but it does melt a little slower.

Remove immediately from heat. Pour the liquid into a small screw-cap jar or lip balm jar or tube. Allow to cool (it will solidify) before using.

Test It

If you want a softer balm, add a few drops of oil.  To make harder, add a few little beeswax.  Test by dipping a cold spoon in the hot mixture.


  • substitute any carrier oil for almond oil (such as olive, avocado, aloe, coconut, argon, etc.)
  • use herb infused oils instead of plain oil
  • substitute 1 teaspoon shea butter for 1 teaspoon of the beeswax (will be softer)
  • add 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin for extra moisture
  • add a few drops castor oil for more shine
  • add powdered herb for color such as beet or alkanet (add until desired shade)
  • honey (needed to be mixed more)

Note: Buy your oils, butter, and glycerin at the health food store, supermarket, or online such as Etsy.

Essential Oils

  • 2 drops Lavender essential oil to soothe irritation
  • 2 drops Peppermint essential oil for a natural tingly freshness
  • 2 drops of Vanilla extract for a yummy, sweet scent
  • 2 drops essential oil of choice

Rose Clay Facial Mask

Rose clay, often referred to as pink clay, is a gentle, natural clay that contains kaolinite. Rose clay is fabulous for most skin types; including sensitive skin. Rose clay provides gentle exfoliation, helps to draw toxins from the skin, helps to increase circulation, reduces skin irritation, and helps to reduce inflammation.

Most rose clay facials can contain many ingredients, but you can make a homemade facial with only two ingredients:

Rose Clay

Fresh Water

Place 1 Tablespoon rose clay to a cup.  Add one drop of water at a time until it forms a thick paste.

Note:  Instead of water, you can use drops of carrier oil such as almond, argon, avocado, sunflower for a more moisturizing facial.  If you want a fresh scent, you can also use a drop of essential oil too.

Apply to face, keeping clear of lips and eyes.  You may apply to neck, shoulders, and other parts of the body such as shoulders.

It goes on dark red and dries a light pink.  Leave on 15 minutes, or until dry.  Rinse off with warm water, followed by a cool splash.  Pat dry with a soft towel.  Don’t use a wash cloth to remove the facial mask, because it will stain.  I found out the hard way.

Hint: You can also use an herbal tea instead of water.

Use Weekly

Follow up with coconut oil or your favorite oil.

Spa Bath At Home

My favorite way to relax, treat aches and pains, insomnia, and my fibromyalgia, is simple soak in the tub.  But by adding two or three ingredients, they turn my bath in a private retreat.

Choose one or more of the following salts and oils to create your own spa:


Epsom Salt

In water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate.  Soaking in warm water can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.  But that’s not all, Epsom salt is a home treatment for:

  • Arthritis pain and swelling
  • Bruises and sprains
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition that makes your muscles, ligaments, and tendons hurt, and causes tender points throughout your body
  • Insomnia
  • Psoriasis, a disease that causes red, itchy, scaly skin
  • Sore muscles from everyday life
Dead Sea Salt

Soaking in water enriched with this salt is known to benefit the body from the inside out, treating skinconditions and improving internal processes. Dead Sea Salt contains 21 minerals including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium.  The benefits of using Dead Sea salt are:

  • It is more effective in cleaning and exfoliating the skin
  • It gets rids of toxins from the skin and helps in good blood circulation
  • It gets rid of dead skin cells, cleans skin pores and helps in skin regeneration
  • It helps firm up skin tissues and strengthens these against infections
  • It helps eliminate aches and body pains, making the body more relaxed
  • It helps in treating skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis and lessens inflammation of dry skin
  • It helps relieve muscle tension, lessens stress and anxiety
  • Rejuvenates, therefore make skin more healthy looking
Himalayan Salt

A warm bath infused with Himalayan pink salt is also great for relaxing cramped muscles. The magnesium and some other trace minerals found in this salt absorbs through the skin to help heal damaged muscle and other soft tissues.  The benefits of Himalayan salt are:

  • Improves texture, tone, and appearance of skin
  • prevent muscle cramping, and soreness
  • Regulates sleep
  • Decreases stress
  • Re-mineralizes the body
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Relaxes mind and body


Sweet Almond Oil
  • Vitamin A, B, E, protein, calcium, glycosides, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium
  • Moisturizing, not penetrating, lubricating, conditioning, retains moisture, calms skin, does not clog pores, prevent wrinkles, removes impurities and dead skin, aphrodisiac
  • dry skin, itching, inflammation, eczema, burns, sunburn, and sore muscles
Avocado Oil
  • Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, E, amino acids, pantothenic acid, and sterols
  • Moisturizing, very penetrating, improves skin elasticity, increases collegen, and removes impurities from skin
  • Dry skin and sensitive skin, aged skin, eczema psoriasis, solar keratosis, age spots, scars, and sun damage
Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Vitamin A, C, E, Protein, and Potassium
  • Moisturizing, emollient, nourishing, prevents wrinkles, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory
  • Dry and sensitive skin, inflammation, and aged skin
Argan Oil
  • Vitamin e, carotene, phenols, squalene, and tocopherols
  • Very hydrating, quickly absorbs, emollient, protective properties, reduces wrinkles, dissolves excess sebum, prevents and reduces stretch marks
  • acne, scars, strengthening nails and hair
Coconut Oil
  • Squalene, sterol, and tocopherols
  • Moisturizing, conditioning, protective properties, does not clog pores, and non greasy
  • dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, sunblock, and dry hair
Grapeseed Oil
  • Vitamin E. tocopherols, omega 6 and 9
  • Penetrating, slightly astringent, and reduces skin aging
  • Oily skin, sensitive skin, and skin that doesn’t absorb oil well
Hazelnut Oil
  • Vitamin B6, E, protein polyphenols, and tocotrienol
  • Moisturizing, emollient, regenerative, astringent, soothing, tones skin, stimulates skin circulation, strengthen skin capillaries, and softens hair
Hemp Seed Oil
  • Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E, protein, and chlorphyll
  • Conditioning, regenerative, reduces skin aging, and increases elasticity
  • Dry skin, aged skin, damaged skin, wounds, and lesions
Jojoba Oil
  • Vitamin B, E, copper, chromium, silicon, zinc
  • Quickly absorbs, nourishing, protective properties, similar to collagen, can clog pores, yet allows skin to breath, dissolves excess sebum, and antioxidant properties
  • Oily skin, inflammation, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap, and stretch marks
Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Vitamin A, B6, E, riboflavin, thiamin, omega3 and 6
  • Quickly absorbs, emollient, highly regenerative, protective properties, helps prevent sunburn, and resembles sebum
Sesame Seed Oil
  • Vitamin A, B, E, protein, calcium, lecithin, and zinc
  • Moisturizing, protective properties, soothing, absorbs and removes toxins
  • Eczema, psoriasis, blemishes, cuts, dandruff, scrapes, wounds, and wrinkles
Sunflower Oil
  • Vitamin A, B, D, E, and minerals
  • Moisturizing, quickly absorbs, and regenerative
  • All skin types, dry skin, skin diseases, aged skin, sensitive skin, bruises, and cradle cap


Mix 1/2 cup salt (your choice) to 3-5 dropperful oil (your choice) and pour under running very warm water.  Slip into water up to neck, and enjoy.  You earned it!


You can make up this mixture ahead of time, but I mix it as needed.  I keep the salt and oils in my bathroom.  You can add:

  • Food color or other pigments to make different colors
  • Your favorite essential oil or oils to increase the properties
  • Ground or powdered herbs such as roses, lavender, peppermint, or chamomile