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DIY Microwave Heat Pack

28 Nov


If you’re looking for an easy sewing project for holiday or any gift giving occasion, this Microwave HEAT PACK instructions and labels is the perfect solution.

It’s made with cotton and flannel fabric and filled with rice which can withstand repeated heating in the microwave.  There’s sewn in ties to keep the Pack nicely folded for easy storage, and labels that can be printed on card stock and tied onto the Pack or printed on iron on transfer paper and ironed on (as pictured).

It’s a great way to use up your scrap fabric.  You could also make a larger one and use it as a heated lap cover for the cold winter months.  This would be perfect for older seniors.

I have a rice pack I made over 10 years ago!  I store mine in the freezer.  My husband uses it to cool down in the summer, and we microwave it when we need it heated.


My Rosemary Hair Conditioner and Muscle Rub

6 Jul

After four days of camping, swimming, walking and being in the hot sun, my hair was in need of a good moisturizing treatment and my achy legs needed a soothing massage.

Homemade Hair Conditioner

My Rosemary Hair Conditioner

This hair treatment makes my hair so soft and smooth that I can’t stop touching it.   It’s a welcomed change from the curly frizz I had to live with the last few days!   Rosemary essential oil is known to be beneficial to the health of your hair and its scent is uplifting and energetic.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Hand Towel

Small plastic trash bag 

  • Place Olive oil and Rosemary oil in a small bowl.
  • Wet your hair and apply the oil mixture onto your hair with your fingers.   Work the oils into your hair, especially the ends.
  • Wet the hand towel with hot water, wring out and wrap around your hair.
  • Place the small trash bag over the towel and secure
  • Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes
  • Remove the bag and towel and shampoo your hair thoroughly…you might have to wash it twice…leave out the conditioner, you won’t need it.


My Muscle Rub

Both my husband and I use this muscle rub all the time. My husband calls it “my miracle stuff”. He’s a paint contractor and does a lot of climbing up and down ladders, bending and reaching every day. He’s pretty tuckered and sore when he gets home. In addition, he had back surgery several years ago and is susceptible to backaches from time to time. 

With all the walking we did on our vacation, my legs were soooo stiff. I couldn’t wait to give them a good massage with my muscle rub. I keep one bottle of it upstairs in our bathroom closet and another one downstairs in a kitchen cabinet, so I can grab it whenever we need it.

Homemade muscle rub

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

5 drops Wintergreen essential oil

2 drops Lemongrass essential oil

Amber glass bottle 

  • Pour the Olive oil into the glass bottle and add the essential oils. Cap and turn bottle several times to mix. 


Turn bottle a couple of times to mix. Open and apply several drops to the area and massage towards the heart. Wash hands thoroughly. Store in a cool, dark place. 

Note:   I use a 15ml (1 tablespoon) amber glass bottle with a dispensing orifice reducer (built-in dropper).   You can find amber bottles at a health food store or online.  There are also bottles that come with a squeeze dropper (pictured above) that you could use also. 


Wintergreen essential oil contains 85% – 99% methyl salicylate which is the same component of aspirin for relieving pain. It is also known to have a cortisone-like affect that relieves pain quickly. Wintergreen and Lemongrass essential oils have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties. Olive oil is useful for dehydrated, sore or inflamed skin. Aromatherapist have been using it for centuries to alleviate rheumatic pain. 

Emotionally, Wintergreen is calming and soothing which can be beneficial when coping with pain. 

We all get aches and pains from time to time…it’s apart of being alive. You can however, help your body recoup more quickly by using this natural muscle rub.  Try it, and like me, you’ll want to make several bottles around so it’s available when you need it.

My Homemade Skin Care Recipes For Your Face

24 Jun

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed my face has become drier. I’ve tried all sorts of cleansers and moisturizers, but none of them have produced the positive results like these homemade ones. I use them every day and they are so easy to make. They don’t contain any hard to find ingredients, chemicals, or additives normally found in store bought products. My face feels so soft and smooth. I’ve also noticed that from time to time I’ll get a pimple and then it will be gone in a few days. I think it’s due to the ingredients working to pull out the impurities in my skin.

Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray

This cleansing spray gently removes dirt and grime and leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean. The 2 oz spray bottle makes it easy to use and it’s the perfect size for traveling and camping.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

3 Tablespoons Distilled water (tap water does not keep well and spring water harbors bacteria)

1 Tablespoon Dr. Bronner Lavender Castile Soap (I get mine at a local health food store and I’ve seen them at our Kroger store in their health food section)

2 drops Lavender essential oil

2 oz spray bottle washed in hot soapy water (Walmart has these for 97 cents)

– Place the water, soap and essential oil in the bottle, then turn the bottle several times to mix.

To use:    Wet your face.    Shake the bottle.    Spray twice into your hands, rub them together and massage over your face.    Rinse and pat dry.

I like to put labels on all the products I make. They identity the product and also cover up the sticky residue from the product labels. I apply the labels with 2” packing tape. It helps keep them somewhat waterproof.

Here’s the labels I created for the Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray in a PDF format. Feel free to use them.  Lavender Facial Cleansing Spray LABELS

I found the next two skin care recipes in the book Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments, while I was searching for relief from diarrhea…that’s a subject for another post. They seemed so simple I had to give them a try. I did and I’ve been using them ever since.

Aloe and Jojoba Moisturizer

This moisturizer is wonderful! It’s cooling and penetrates my skin without leaving it greasy.

You won’t believe how easy is to make…two ingredients!   That’s it.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Aloe Vera Gel (the clear cosmetic quality gel, not the after sun Aloe gel)

I bought mine at a local health food store for $6 for a 6 oz. bottle.   Walmart also carries it.

Jojoba Oil (pronounced “Ho Ho Ba”)

I bought mine at a local health food store for $10 for a 4 oz. bottle

To use:   Place one drop of Jojoba oil into your palm, then add a dollop of Aloe Vera Gel. Mix with your finger, then apply the mixture over your face and neck. It says to keep it away from the eyes, but while I’m applying it I close my eyes and lightly smooth it over them.

If you need to take it with you when traveling or camping, I recommend you put some of the Aloe gel into a small container (from Walmart for 97 cents) and some of the Jojoba oil in a small glass amber bottle with a dropper from the health food store…costs about $2.25. I don’t recommend mixing them together and storing them.


Aloe is a natural humectant, which draws moisture from the air and into the skin. It is also rich in vitamin C and E, which are known to nourish the skin.

Jojoba oil, according to the book The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, is actually a liquid wax. Its chemical structure resembles the skin’s own oily secretion, sebum. As well as being an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, when massaged into the skin it combines with sebum and acts as a emulsifier, gently unclogging the pores and freeing embedded grime. It can even be used on oily and acne-prone skin. Jojoba also contains myristic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

What more could you ask for from a moisturizer!

Aloe Anti-Wrinkle Face Mask

Like the Aloe and Jojoba Moisturizer, this mask uses only two ingredients. It’s refreshing and washes off easily with warm water without leaving any residue.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Aloe Vera Gel (same as above…cosmetic grade)

Vegetable Glycerin (I got mine at Walmart for $3.88)

Container washed with hot soapy water (I use a small glass container with a screw on lid…don’t remember where I ordered it from, sorry)

– Mix equal parts aloe and glycerin in a container. Sometimes I’ll add a drop of Lavender or Rosewood (good for mature skin) essential oil for added benefits.

To use: Apply the mixture to your face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


Both aloe and glycerin are known for their anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. According to the book, the aloe will help reduce fine lines, pitting and scarring. After using this mask daily for three months, your skin will look firmer, smoother and younger…I’m all for that!

The bottom line is finding a skin care program that works for YOU. Not because it costs $50 a month, or has the latest “special” ingredient, or is used by well-known celebrities. These skin care recipes work for me, so I’m sticking with them.


I’ll show you how you can use my four favorite essential oils (Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary) to clean and refresh your home…stay tuned.


My Lavender Shampoo and Lavender and Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Sprays

5 Jun

I started making my Lavender Herbal Shampoo and Lavender & Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Sprays two years ago while studying about Aromatherapy. Both are easy to make and don’t contain any unusual or hard to find ingredients. The results are shiny, soft and clean hair without the chemicals found in store bought products.

Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray

This Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray is so easy to make and thoroughly cleans my hair. I also use it to shave my legs and underarms while I’m showering.  

The main ingredient is Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap. Itis organic and highly concentrated.  The consistency is like water because it doesn’t contain thickeners (which is one reason why I used spray bottles).   It comes in 2 oz bottles up to a gallon jug and costs between $3.00 and $60.00  I get mine at a local health food store, but I’ve also seen it in the health food section at our Kroger store.

I didn’t have any Lavender soap at the time of this posting, so I added a picture of it with the other ingredients so you can see what it looks like.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 – 2 oz bottle   (These small bottles are easy to use, don’t take up a lot of room in the shower and the perfect size to take with you traveling or camping)

2 1/2 Tablespoons Dr. Bonner Lavender Castile Soap

2 Tablespoons Herbal Tea (below) or distilled water (tap water doesn’t keep well and spring water harbors bacteria)

3 Drops Lavender essential oil

2 oz spray bottle washed out with hot soapy water (you can get these at Walmart for 97cents)

  1. Add herbal tea (or distilled water) and essential oil to bottle. Shake to mix.
  2. Add Castile soap and turn bottle several times to mix.

To use:   Wet hair, shake bottle and spray all over hair.   Work thoroughly into hair.   I leave it in until I’m done with my shower and then I rinse it out.

Herbal Tea:

The herbs used in this tea are known to be beneficial for the hair.

Steep 2 teaspoons of dry Rosemary, Lavender, Nettle and Sage in 1/2 cup of boiling distilled water.   Cover and let set overnight.   Strain through a wet coffee filter.  

Note:  You don’t have to use all of these herbs if you don’t want to go buy such a small amount.  Of all of them,  I would recommend using dried Rosemary because it’s great for hair and because I’m planning on sharing a tasty Grilled Potato Recipe that uses Rosemary.

Lavender & Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Spray

I don’t like the hair conditioners on the market. They’re too slicky…yuck!   This conditioner leaves my hair soft and shiny after blow drying.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 – 2 oz bottle

2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (it’s the clear cosmetic gel, not the aftersun gel or gel you drink. You can find it at Walmart and health food stores. Mine cost $6.00)

3 Tablespoons Distilled Water

1/4 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Vitamin E capsule

7 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Rosemary essential oil…oops, I left it out of the picture…my bad

2 oz spray bottle washed out with hot soapy water

  1. Mix all ingredients together and pour into the bottle.

To use: Shake and spray all over wet hair. Comb through and style as usual.

I like to put labels on the products I make and yes,  I get to do something creative using my computer too!

Labels help reduce the effects of light exposure on the oils.  They also cover up the sticky glue left from removing the product label and they look good too.   I like to put the labels on with 2″ packing tape.   It helps make them water proof.

Below are the labels I created for the shampoo and conditioner in a PDF format.  Feel free to use them.

Lavender Shampoo and Lavender and Rosemary Conditioner LABELS

Upcoming POSTS:  My skin care recipes:  Lavender Facial Cleanser Spray, Aloe Face Mask and Aloe & Jojoba Moisturizer

Special POST coming…

I’ve been working on a post draft about my Lavender First Aid Ointment I think you’ll find interesting…I need a couple more days or so before I can finalize and post it.  STAY TUNED!

Well, Peg’s Gotta Do something creative  for desert tonight…hmm, what’s it going to be?

Lavender First Aid Ointment

4 Jun

I just love Lavender essential oil! I enjoy the calming aroma and its ability to heal the skin is amazing.

It seems I am always burning myself either with my clothes iron when I’m sewing or from the oven when I’m baking.  The first thing I do is reach for my Lavender First Aid Ointment.  It helps relieve the pain and when applied several times a day, the burn scabs over and heals in a few days.  I keep a container in the kitchen cabinet and in my purse…I use it all the time. I also like to give it as a “homemade gift”.

Last year my husband and I went camping with our daughter, her husband, and our two grandchildren.  My daughter’s husband cut his finger and I had him put the ointment on it.  Then, my husband got a bug bite on his foot which started itching really bad.  I applied this ointment and within seconds he said the itching stopped.

Here are some FACT SHEETS I put together about Aromatherapy and four (4) of my favorite essential oils: Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary.  They are very informative and explains why Lavender is considered a must have for everyone’s medicine cabinet!


Makes 2 small containers

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Tablespoons Olive oil (doesn’t go rancid and is wonderful for the skin)

1 Tablespoon beeswax (in the candle making section at Hobby Lobby for $14.99 for a block…check for their 40% off coupon and Joann’s has 4 oz. Pellets for $4.99 online)…the block will last you forever!

1 Vitamin E capsule

20 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Small pan and measuring spoons

Small containers, washed in hot soapy water (you can get a 2 – pack of the blue containers (pictured) at Walmart for 97 cents) and the white ones online…I can’t remember where I got mine.

  1. If using beeswax in a block, shred or cut into small pieces, then measure it,
  2. Place Olive oil and beeswax into a double boiler (set the pan in another pan that’s filled with a few inches of water, pictured above).
  3. Heat the oil just until the wax melts. Remove from heat.
  4. Pierce and stir in the contents of 1 Vitamin E capsule.
  5. Allow the wax to cool a little and then stir in the Lavender and Tea Tree oils. If the wax starts to cloud up and harden, place the pan back into pan of hot water.
  6. Pour mixture into containers. Allow to cool completely before adding the lids.

Store container out of reach of children.

Note: Beeswax has a low melting point, so you may notice that the ointment softens after awhile. That’s OK, it will still work.

When I give this ointment as gifts I like to include a card letting the recipients know what it’s good for and what’s in it…if you’re interested in making and giving this ointment, here’s the cards I use.   Lavender First Aid INFO CARDS

I’ll be posting these essential oil recipes in future posts: Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray, Lavender & Rosemary Leave-In Hair Conditioner and Lavender & Lemongrass Air and Bug Spray…so start reading up about these essential oils in my FACT SHEETS  above, so you’ll know why I use and LOVE them.

UPDATE:  I tested this ointment on a cut I got…the very day I was drafting this post.  You can read about it here:

Special Update…to My Lavender First Aid Ointment


System Cleansing Herbal Tea

2 Jun

I’m a big believer of using natural herbs, plants and essential oils to aid in supporting the body’s own natural healing and restorative capabilities. I use them in one form or another every day for a variety of personal needs, like skin and hair care, first aid, air freshening, cleaning and pest control to name a few. 

A few years ago I came across a System Cleansing Tea recipe online.  It stated that system cleansing includes support for the blood, lymph glands and circulation, the liver to process toxins, kidneys and bowl for elimination. The herbs recommended were:

CHAMOMILE to support the liver, digestion and elimination from the bowel.

DANDELION LEAF to promote elimination by the kidney.

GINGER to stimulate circulation.

NETTLE to build the blood and improve circulation.

RED CLOVER to support the lymphatic glands.

Here’s a link to an online herb directory that you can use to read about these or any herbs your interested in before you decide to use them. http://holisticonline.com/Herbal-Med/Hol_Herb_Directory_Index.htm

I was interested and thought I would give the tea a try.  With the list in hand I went to Healthy Alternative, a nearby health food store and purchased a small amount of each herb.  I really like the fact that you can purchase as little or as much of the herbs you want.  The cost for the herbs was just $5.39.  I also bought some empty tea bags (40) that cost $3.83

When I got home I put the herbs into individual mason jars to help keep them fresh, then I added and mixed together equal amounts of each herb into a glass canister… I only added about 1/3 the amount of the Ginger Root because it was a fine powder and I didn’t want it to over power the other herbs…ginger has a spicy bite to it.

Next, I filled 6 tea bags, sealed them with my clothes iron (that was cool), and placed them in a 2 quart glass measuring cup filled with 6 cups of water. I also added a regular family size tea bag I had on hand.

I covered the bowl and microwaved it for about 7 minutes to get the water hot (not boiling), and then I let the bags steep for 15 minutes.  I removed the tea bags, squeezing them gently, and ladled the tea into a pitcher.  I added more water to fill up the 2 quart pitcher.

To sweeten it I added almost a ½ teaspoon of Stevia, a natural sweetener…it’s important to add a little at a time until the sweetness is how you want it because it’s soooooo much sweeter than sugar!

The taste wasn’t bad and I thought if it does what it says, it should be worth drinking.

Since finding this tea I usually make and drink it iced during the summer.  It’s something different than my usual pop and  water and has more health benefits than regular old ice tea too.

While on the subject of  Herbs, there’s one that I have fell in love with…..LAVENDER!  I love the aroma and found through my studies that it works wonders for just about everything that ails you.

I’ll be adding some of the ways I use Lavender in future posts.

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