How to: Thai Herbal Massage Ball (Valentine’s Day Fun!)

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We love anything romantic and Valentine’s Day is really just an excuse for pure, unadulterated romance.  Over the years we have shared our tutorials for sexy ribbon panties and our heart garland.  But this year we are sharing perhaps our favourite tutorial ever.

These Herbal Balls are a dream and a wonderful surprise for your lover on Valentine’s Day…. I spent five days in Kuala Lumpur having time out by myself a few years ago and had a two hour massage with these balls each day. Bliss. I still dream of that holiday.

I finally decided to make some and share the love with you. These balls take massage to a whole new level.  They are surprisingly easy to make.  When I made this batch I made four with the ingredients I had, used one and froze the rest.   You can use each ball three to four times.    What a romantic treat for V-Day!  A massage with one of these is bound to please!

Ingredients

IMG_8649 1 handful Kaffir Lime Leaves

4 Lemongrass stalks

1 large root of Galangal (Thai ginger)

1 large root of Ginger 1 large root of Turmeric root

1 handful Mint Rind of 3 Limes Rind of 1 Lemon

Materials

A good knife A food processor (use a knife to finely chop if you don’t own one) Unbleached

Calico Elastic hair tie or rubber bands

Scissors

1. Chop the roots and lemongrass into small chunks.  Rinse the kaffir lime leaves and mint in water.

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2. Cut the rind from the limes and lemons (keep the fruit in a bag in the fridge for cooking)

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3. Place all ingredients into a food processor on high for two minutes or until all the ingredients are finely chopped and mixed together. (Ahhhh the amazing aroma….. take a moment to enjoy).

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4. Rip or cut a 30cm square of unbleached calico and place a 3/4 cup of the ingredients into the middle.

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5. Gather all four corners of calico together and wrap the calico tightly over the herbs.

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6. Tie an elastic hair tie or band around the fabric, wrapping the herbs as tightly as you can into a ball.

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7. Rip a one inch strip of calico and secure it on top of the ball with a knot.  Wrap the stalk with it tightly and secure with another knot.  The stalk needs to be firm enough to get a good grip.

IMG_8692  Now you are finished your Thai Herbal Ball.  There are two things left to do.  Before you use it go and watch a video on Youtube about how to massage using one.

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Then, when you want to use it, microwave until it is warm and the oils and aromas fill the room.  This is amazing,  it is the most relaxing massage I could imagine.

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How To: Skincare Routine for Your Face (Chemical-Free, Organic, Good Enough to Eat)

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Having beautiful, soft glowing skin on your face makes you feel wonderful.  One of the best gifts to yourself during the silly season is the gift of beautiful skin.  It makes you feel confident and helps you to look wonderful during photos and at functions.

Our motto is “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”.  Your skin is your biggest organ and needs to remain healthy.  My skincare routine has changed dramatically in the past few years as I have stopped using chemicals.  And my skin looks much better and feels much softer.  It is easy to be seduced by fancy products that claim to offer the world and have big price tags.  But really all your skin wants is good, healthy products and a little bit of love.

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Natural Skincare Routine

Skincare Routine for the Face

  • Oil Cleaning.  Use either organic Olive oil, Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil to clean the skin.  Put some oil onto a cotton pad and wipe it onto your face, then leave it for a few seconds to soak up the dirt and start to break down your makeup.  Wipe away the oil and the grime with it.  Use different oils at different times of the year.  Olive Oil is good in winter when skin tends to become really dry, coconut oil is lovely and light for summer.
  • Face Scrub.  Scrub your face using a natural organic scrub such as our Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Scrub.  This smells delicious, wipes away dead skin cells and keeps your facing feel soft.  If you would like to mix it up you can also just use a mild lotion and mix sea salt into it as a face scrub.
  • Toning.  A very good toner for your face is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.  After Cleansing you can mix a small amount of ACV with water and pat it onto your face.  I only do this occasionally.
  • Moisturise.  Moisturising your skin is really important.  Living in a very hot, dry climate means that skin tends to become really dry.  By far the best moisturiser I have used is our All Natural Moisturising Bars.  They smell chocolatey and lovely.
  • Peel.  Instead of a chemical peel I use the trusted Bicarbonate Soda.  Just mix a small amount of Bicarb with water and cover your face with it.  Leave it for a few minutes then rinse it off with water.  If it stings too much I wouldn’t leave it on for long.  You can also mix freshly squeezed lemon juice with water and apply this to your face and then rinse after a few minutes.
  • Turmeric Mask.  I do this every now and then.  Mix  some turmeric powder with some honey and place it onto the skin.  Leave it on for a few minutes and then use some sort of flour and your fingers to scrub it off.  It is sticky but your skin will glow.
  • Under-eye.  Use a little extra coconut oil for the delicate skin under your eyes.
  • The Clarisonic Mia.  This is a lovely tool to use daily.  It helps to scrub away the dead skin cells and leaves your skin glowing.  It has transformed my skin.

More tips for looking after your Face:

  • Keep your face out of the sun.  This is a necessity in Australia where we have sun for most of the year and people end up with very leathery skin.  I find the easiest way to do this is to wear a hat and big sunglasses.  You will not find me out in summer without these two things.  It also means that you will not get skin cancer which is a major concern.
  • Use a good sunscreen that has few chemicals in it.  I use a sunscreen for sensitive skin.  I use it sparingly and I prefer to use a hat to protect my face.
  • Stay hydrated.  Drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to get rid of toxins and to keep your skin looking moist and gorgeous.
  • Fish Oil.  Taking a high quality fish oil or krill oil daily will do wonders for your skin.  But by far the most environmentally friendly way to go is to eat fish like salmon three times a week (make sure it is ethically sourced).
  • Eat a rainbow.  Eat as many colourful vegetables as fruit as possible.  The goodness of fruits and vegetables is contained in the colour, so make colourful salads, roast vegies, soups anything to eat a rainbow.
  • Turmeric.  Use Turmeric as much as you can in your cooking.  It is an incredibly powerful antioxidant and will make a huge impact on your skin also.  I eat turmeric every day.  If I haven’t added it to my cooking, I take a teaspoon of turmeric with a glass of orange juice.
  • Don’t eat junk food or processed sugar.  It will leave your skin looking sallow and yuck.
  • Quit Smoking.
  • Drink alcohol moderately.

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How To: Beach Sand, Lavender + Aniseed Foot Scrub

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Walking on the beach does wonders for your feet, keeping them soft and gorgeous. But sometimes, with the winter cold or summer heat, you just need that little extra care for your feet to take off dead skin and keep your soles, heels and toes, looking good and feeling great.

This foot scrub takes only a few minutes to put together and can be kept in a jar for a long time.  Or it makes a great present (especially for people who live away from the coast), poured into a gorgeous jar, decorated with twine and shells.  If you would like to see our other beauty tutorials, we have an amazing moisturising bars and brown sugar and cinnamon scrub and our coffee (anti-cellulite) scrub bars.

Ingredients

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1 cup white beach sand

1/4 cup olive oil

4 capsules Vitamin E oil/ or a teaspoon

5 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Aniseed essential oil (can substitute this for peppermint, orange or any other)

Method

1. Pour the sand into a bowl.

2. Add all of the other ingredients to the bowl.

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3. Mix all the ingredients with your hands until the sand moist to touch.

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4. Rub the sand  scrub into your feet for several minutes.  Take your time and start at the heel then move toward the front of each foot.  Spend longer rubbing the parts where the skin is the hardest.  Then rub each toe.

This step is best done outside.  Don’t do it in your bath or shower as it will clog the drain.  Once we had finished scrubbing our feet, we swept up the oily sand and put it in the bin.

When you have finished your feet will be polished to perfection, soft and will smell lovely.  Of course, if you live close to the beach, just take your shoes off and go for a long walk beside the water.  If you like this, Pin It and if you like us, Like Us on Facebook.

Wishing everyone in Australia a great time tomorrow.  For those who don’t know, tomorrow is the day when Australia stops for our famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup.  And we mean, stops.  It is hard to see a car on the road when the main race is on.  What a lovely day of horses, beautiful dresses and fascinators.  Wishing everyone a great day and lots of luck!

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How To: Coffee Scrub Bar (Anti-Cellulite)

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These DIY Coffee scrub bars are wonderful for your thighs. There is talk that coffee helps get rid of cellulite. We’re not sure how true that is. Even if it doesn’t do that, these little treats make an excellent exfoliator for your legs, thighs and bum. They leave your skin feeling soft and gorgeous. Hopefully these will help you get your legs looking awesome for a long hot summer. Or if you are going into winter they will help you stay summer-ready.

And, like most things we make, they are easy and hassle-free to make. Once you buy the ingredients they can be used for many of our lotions and potions recipe. For example, these ingredients are also included in the Moisturising Bars Recipe.  These bars are chemical-free which is great for your skin and for your health.

Ingredients

1 cup of coffee grounds

2 tbs ground cinnamon

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup salt – we used grainy salt, not flakes

3 tbs arrowroot

3 tbs cacao butter

3 tbs beeswax

1 tb coconut oil

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1. Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

coffeescrub22. Grate the beeswax.
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3. Place the beeswax and the cacao butter in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until it is all melted.  Stir the liquid to make sure it has combined.

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4. Pour the liquid onto the dry ingredients and stir.  Now is the messy part.  Get your hands and mix it all together.  The mixture should be grainy, able to clump together in your hands and not too oily.

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5. When the mixture is well combined, take handfuls and push it into cupcake pans which are in a tray.  Compact the mixture well into the pans.

6. Place the tray into the fridge until they are hardened, then store in an airtight container.  To use, take a bar into the shower and scrub your legs, thighs and bum with them.  You could also scrub your arms and back with them.  These smell like chocolate and look good enough to eat so make sure you label them well so that little people don’t eat them.

These make great presents.  This recipe made 6 bars. Each bar can be used up to four times in the shower.

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How To: Cinnamon + Brown Sugar Face Scrub (Organic)

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We have been using this scrub for our faces and bodies for a few years now.  This is the third in our Eco Friendly Series, potions and lotions which are not only good for you, being chemical-free, but are also gentle on Mother Earth.  Our first post was for the home, the gorgeous Orange Power Cleaner and our second post was for All-Natural Moisturising Bars.

Sugar is not good for your insides and we try to steer away from it.  But it is great as a scrub for your skin, not too harsh and not too gentle.  It is great for getting rid of dead skin cells and leaving skin shiny and soft.  The other ingredients also work wonders on your skin.  Until you wash it off this scrub will make you smell like a cinnamon bun.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar (Organic)

1/4 cup Light Olive Oil (Organic)

2 Tbs Sea Salt

4 Tbs Cinnamon (Organic)

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Method

1.  Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir them together.  (Very simple).  The consistency should be not too oily, it should be crumbly in your fingertips.

 

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2. Place scrub in an airtight container to be kept in the shower recess.

3. To use just take a dessertspoon full of scrub, add some water and gently rub it into the skin, then wash it off with warm water.

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How To: Moisturising Bars (All Natural)

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We have been making lotions and potions for a long time.  We love the way these bars turned out, silky soft with a beautiful smell that lies somewhere between chocolate and honey.  They are made from all natural and organic ingredients and can be used on the body and on the face.  To use them, just rub them onto the skin and the heat of your skin will melt some of the bars, then rub it in.

These bars and so easy to make and the ingredients are a lot less expensive than buying expensive, chemically-laden moisturisers.  We spent about $30 on ingredients (things like this are more expensive in Australia than in USA) and it took us only about ten minutes to complete them.  Kids can join in when making these as they are really easy.

Materials & Ingredients

4 Dessertspoons Beeswax (either in a bar or in little beads)

4 Dessertspoons Cacao butter

4 Dessertspoons Coconut Oil

Silicon Cooking Moulds or any other moulds

Mixing bowl (microwave proof)

Grater

Spoon

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Method

1. Grate beeswax (4 dessertsspoons) into a bowl

moisturingbar22. Put the beeswax into the bowl and put it in the microwave on high for 3 1/2 minutes or until it is completely melted.  We stopped the microwave a few times and stirred it.

3. Add the cacao butter and and coconut oil to the bowl.  Microwave it again for 1 minute on high or until all the ingredients are melted.  Stir the ingredients to make sure they are mixed.
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4. Pour the liquid carefully into the moulds.

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5. Place the moulds into the fridge overnight.  When they have become solid and a yellow colour, press them out of the moulds and store in an airtight container.

Due to the heat in Australia, we set these bars in the fridge and will keep them in an airtight container the fridge.  A lot of our cosmetics are stored in this way in the fridge during the summer months or expensive lipsticks often melt and are ruined.  This recipe is a basic recipe and can be adapted easily to make many different bars.  We will be bringing you more in the coming months.

Please note that this recipe was originally taken from Wellness Mama.

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