I used to sell my own sunscreen and it worked great the 1st 2 times I made it. The 2nd time it seemed like I was burning but it seemed blotchy. Here is an article explaining homemade Sunscreens and why they are unreliable. (She is an independent research and formulating Chemist working as a consultant in the Cosmetic Industry. Her insights come from making, testing and evaluating sunscreens.) She explains how homemade sunscreens are hard to predict how much SPF is in it and the zinc oxide is finicky. It can sometimes suspend together and cause blotchy sunburns. So I stopped selling it and just make for my family. I gladly share my recipe though as I do believe when it works, it works great and there are no chemicals.
- 1/8 CUP CALENDULA INFUSED OIL
- 1/8 CUP LAVENDER INFUSED OIL
- 1/4 CUP ALOE VERA GEL (Not juice and buy organic)
- 1/2 CUPS COCONUT OIL 200gr
- 21gr BEEWAX
- Omit if you prefer it to be more of a lotion
- 1/4 CUP COCOA BUTTER 25gr
- 1/4 CUP SHEA BUTTER 50 gr
- 25 DROPS LAVENDER EO (optional)
- 2 TSPN VIT E OIL (Optional – helps oils from oxidizing)
- 4 TBLSPN ZINC OXIDE (NON-NANO)
- Non-Nano means it won’t soak into blood stream. It can also be ommitted if you don’t want. If you omit I’d use Red Raspberry Oil or Carrot seed oil instead which are high in SPF.
- 15-30 SPF
- Makes approximately 12 oz
- Partially melt beeswax, add cocoa let melt a little then add the shea butter let melt a little and then add the coconut oil. Once melted then add the infused oils and incorporate completely. then add the Aloe Vera Gel and incorporate completely.
- Add Essential Oil & Vit E Oil
- Remove from heat and stir in the zinc oxide. Be careful and wear a mask and goggles so as not to get in mucus membranes while stirring. Use a whisk to mix as through as possible.
- Let sit till it solidifies. Will take a while. Then refrigerate.
This will melt in the sun, but you can add back to fridge when you get home and then it will solidify again. So keep in a leak proof container. If you prefer it to be more lotion like omit the beeswax.
NOTE: I use the infused oils because it adds some healing and protecting properties. I do sell these infused oils if you’d like to get from me. Or you can just use any organic oil you have. Red Raspberry Oil & Carrot Seed Oil are extremely high SPF 25-50 and are great for the skin! I also buy all these items in bulk so it might be a lot cheaper for you to get from me.
This rubs in really well and does not stay white on the skin.
So why the elderberry shortage? The wonderful thing is that those who don’t know about herbs are learning about Elderberry and it’s amazing benefits… the bad thing about this is…. everyone wants to buy it and now unfortunately there is now a shortage on finding elderberries!
Now we end up fighting for our berries with the big companies and the birds and our stock is as empty of berries as this tree!!!
Organic Berries are harder to come by. Wild-crafted berries are easier to come by. The only issue of wild crafted is you never know where they get them, (unless they say) I get my wild crafted berries from my back yard, so I know they are not from some drainage ditch near a field that is sprayed with chemicals.
Elderberry Trees are really easy to propagate for your self. Here’s a great article on how. In 2-3 years you will have your own berries! Elder tree’s multiply like mad also. I find that they grow really well around my shed because they get extra water from the run off of the shed. They do like extra water. Fair warning. It is not fun to gather your own berries. It is hard work! I prefer to buy but with the shortage I resorted to picking my own berries this year. Hopefully more growers will be found.
Here are some companies I buy my berries from. Good luck!
I’m a self proclaimed podcast junkie! If you are too and are looking for podcast’s about the use of herbs or natural medicine here is a great list of podcast’s to enjoy!
Aviva Romm. – Natural MD Radio | Feel better, Live better.
Common Wealth Herbs – They put out a well organized great herbal podcast – https://commonwealthherbs.com/category/podcast/
Herb Rally – lots of monographs, and other topics. Sometimes the quality of the podcast can be hard to hear but definitely worth listening too.
Susun Weed. – Ask Herbal Health Expert Susun Weed.
I’ve listened to all of hers… As a side note I do not agree with her a lot of her philosophies.
Real Herbalism Radio – These ladies know their stuff they can jabber too much so sometimes they are hard to follow. But they interview lots of interesting herbalist’s/people.
MG Herbs – The Naked Naturopath – Some of these cover herbs, or interesting topics.
Listen with Forage Botanicals – These are good monographs once you get past all the chatter.
The Chinese Herb Health & Longevity Show – Little long and wordy, and basically selling a Chinese product, from what I’ve heard so far.
Natural Ayurvedic Herbs – Haven’t listened too yet
Herbalist’s Without Borders
When I first started learning about herbs, I didn’t have a lot of money. I couldn’t afford to buy books or courses and benefited from herbalist’s write-ups and blogs. I learned a lot from these sources and they are very useful.
I’ve put together this list of sites with quality information you can trust describing herbs and how to use them. I hope to inspire you to learn more about herbs and how they can benefit your health.
WEBSITES WITH HERBAL MONOGRAPHS:Continue reading
So your interested in learning about Essential Oils. You probably have a friend who is into MLM Essential Oils… but you also might have heard from other friends… be careful with essential oils, they are like or as strong as drugs. MLM marketing classes have info about their product and why their product is the best and how to use it. I think it’s great though to learn from respected certified aromatherapist’s who have been trained, in the use and safety of Essential Oils.
You can find Certified Aromatherapist’s in your area to learn from here at the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).
Don’t have a certified aromatherapist in your area? Here are some free introductory courses for using Essential Oils. I’ve listed them in the order that I feel is the best course. I have taken some classes from my local Certified Aromatherapist and these courses. Learned something at every one. These free courses will also help you see if you like their teaching style in order to further your education of Essential Oils with them.
New York Institute of Aromatic Studies: with Jade Shutes. Was a rather in-depth intro I felt. I loved it. Includes downloadable handouts and recipes also.
Aromahead Institute: with Andrea Butje. Simple but good intro. Has a lot of recipes.
Tisserand Institute: How Essential Oils Work in the Body: with Robert Tisserand, who is considered to be the Godfather of Essential Oil Safety. Very short and technical. He has written the very in-depth Essential Oil Safety Book. It’s a bit more text book like and not leisure reading. He also has a great page here on Essential Oil Safety.
Essential Oil Research Interpretation: Franklin Institute of Wellness with Jessie Hawkins: She essentially just reads from her slides so it can be rather dry. When you sign up for this mini course you will get future e-mails of free webinars she conducts. They are very heavily research based, but I’ve learned many things.
Blossom & Blends: Essential Oil Safety E-Course: I’ve actually not looked at this course.
If you live in the Omaha, NE area you can learn from Kate Bodmann with Land of Milk & Honey Herbs. She is of course a certified aromatherapist and my mentor.
Happy learning about Essential Oils.
My Journey To Becoming an Herbalist
In 2008 my 3rd child was born. I began training for Strongman Competitions right after she was born. (I’d always been an avid weightlifter). My 1st competition was when she was 4 months old and I got 2nd place! After my last competition I got a bulging disk in my lower SI joint. I recovered from this but not completely, it would keep bulging. Problems then seemed to work their way up my spine. When I would work out I would get terrible shoulder and neck pains resulting in 3 day migraines. No amount of drugs would help the pain in my shoulder, neck or migraines. Sometimes a really good massage would help. I was in constant pain all the time. It started getting worse. Burning down my legs, arms, hips & back.
I went to specialist after specialist with no help. No one could figure out what was wrong. One doctor thought maybe I had Fibromyalgia, and said, I’ll give you Lyrica, if it works then you have Fibro, if it doesn’t, then I’m not sure what is wrong, & will just send you to a pain management doctor. Lyrica didn’t help, pain management doctor, didn’t help. Scans showed nothing wrong with me, yet I couldn’t weight-lift anymore, and I’d been weightlifting for 20 years.
At this point, 2 years after my daughter was born, and about a year of seeing various specialist’s, I’d pretty much given up on getting help. I then was introduced to a wonderful nurse working towards her Nurse Practitioners licence. She is specializing in natural healing, mainly using nutrition & supplements. In 2 weeks she had me working out again, by changing my diet and adding supplements. I was amazed! I was hooked on learning about natural healing. I thought I was already eating a reasonably healthy diet. I learned my body just couldn’t tolerate some foods and I was deficient in nutrients. About a year later I learned you could use herbs to heal the body and learned about a local herbalist who was helping a friend of mine. I started seeing the herbalist to further my healing journey. This was all new and amazing to me. I learned I could go to my backyard, pick a weed, and heal myself. In the past, I ran to the Doctor for everything, and now with most things I can treat myself and my family with the amazing herbs that God created. I can’t get enough of learning about herbs and their amazing abilities. I have lots still to learn and love learning.
My Current Goals:
I’m currently working with my friend who is still on the road to opening her own Clinic of Natural Healing. I will one day practice in her clinic. I’m currently enrolled in an herbal intensive course with my herbalist. I’ve completed 1 year with her and am continuing on with her. I have also spent over 800+ hours taking various herbal healing courses/classes currently. I continue to take various other on-line courses. My main goal is to become a Registered Clinical Herbalist, Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild. What this means is, a group of peers will acknowledge I posses the knowledge & skill to work with others on their own healing journey as a clinical herbalist.
I’m a Christian Family Clinical Herbalist in the Omaha, NE area. My goal is to work with you and empower you to take charge of your own health. I will work with you on lifestyle, & dietary changes, and give herbal blends you can take to help you on your wellness journey. If you like learning how to help yourself I will show you how you can make any of these things for yourself. If you’d like to learn about my consultations please visit my consultation page here.
If you’d like to see all the products I offer you can view them here and submit an order via my Google Form Here.