Thursday, April 21, 2011

Beeswax Lipgloss

Ingredients for Lip Gloss Base:
1 oz white beeswax
2 Tbsp sweet almond oil
10 drops jojoba oil
1 250 IUs Vitamin E capsule
5 drops carrot oil (I can't find this where I live, so I just leave it out.)

Lip Gloss Essential Oils you can choose from:
Geranium                      Palma rosa
Lavendar                      Lemon
Rose                            Chamomile German

Melt the beeswax, then add the almond oil, stirring constantly. Add jojoba oil, carrot oil and Vitamin E. Stir again. Finally, mix 10 drops of your chosen essential oils taken from the list above.

I had some nasty cold sores the other day, so instead of using the Lip Gloss Essential Oils listed above, I used the following:
8 drops Geranium
3 drops Lemon
6 drops Chamomile German
8 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Lavendar

Mix those together and add 20 drops to the Lip Gloss Base. The cold sores were healed up in just two days. Amazing stuff!

Recipe found on pg. 136 of  "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" by Valerie Ann Worwood.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spicy-Mint Tea

6 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks (I broke mine into pieces)
4 whole cloves
4 whole allspice
2 cups fresh mint leaves
Honey or Agave Nectar, optional

Bring the water, cinnamon, cloves & allspice to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Stir in mint leaves. Remove from heat and steep for 5 minutes. Strain into cups. Sweeten with honey or agave nectar if desired.

Yield: 6 servings
(Source: Country Magazine, April/May 2011 p. 37)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Agave Nectar Lemonade

49 oz water
8 oz lemon juice (approx 10-15 lemons)
7 oz agave nectar
Fresh mint leaves, crushed (optional)
1 Lime, sliced (optional)

Pour 48 oz of water into a 64 oz container with a lid, that can be shaken.
Add the lemon juice.
Add agave nectar.
Shake well.
Add more water, lemon or agave nectar to taste.
Make sure you shake the juice well each time you use it as the agave nectar will separate.


Recipe by Jen!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lemon-Thyme Carrots & Leeks

1 Leek sliced thin
16oz baby carrots
1 Tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp olive oil

Heat oil in a large skillet
Sauté leeks, carrots, thyme and lemon zest until tender (we like the carrots to be crisp tender.)


Recipe by Jen!

Lemon-Thyme Pork


6 boneless pork chops
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp water

Sprinkle chops with thyme and lemon zest
Grill the chops (we used our George Foreman Grill) until juices run clear sprinkling with the water midway through the grilling.

Recipe by Jen!