Potions – Amazing Dry Skin Cream

As I ‘Spring Clean,’ I will come upon good posts that are buried in the archives and need to be brought forward. This repost is a good one. Many of you have probably seen variations of it on the web. I love this recipe. You can make it as inexpensive ($3.00, using dollar store ingredients) or expensive as you choose, using top-notch lotions. I have just mixed up a new batch of this cream. I would say mine is a medium-priced edition. I used dollar store vaseline, Avon Intensive Care lotion, and another leftover lotion I had on hand. I wish I had begun to use it sooner. Within a few days my dry, winter-weary feet felt smooth again.

As Sandra Lee says, “Semi-Homemade.”

1. Gather Supplies: Big Mixing Bowl, Mixer, 8 oz Baby Lotion, 4 oz Vitamin E Cream, 4 oz Vaseline. (As you can see if you check out the blog recipe at bottom of post, I halved the ingredients they suggested)

2. Scoop out Vitamin E Cream and Vaseline into mixing bowl. Measure out 8 oz of baby lotion.

3. Beat until the mixture resembles light whipped cream. (This step took less than a minute)

4. Scoop into jars.

5. Slather on dry heels and hands. Even my husband liked it. I love it! Next time I will make the full batch. The hardest part was gathering up the jars and getting the cream into the narrow mouths.

Here is the original blog recipe in case you want to check out this one too. Enjoy!

Blog Site For Homemade Hand Cream

The cream makes a perfect gift!

Plants & Potions – Plantain

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This outstanding display of the “weed” plantain is clustered around the bird bath in my Square Foot Garden. I thought it especially appropriate that the plant grew in the garden beds. I have let several patches of plantain grow each year into large sized plants. I don’t consider it a weed at all. Plantain is an edible weed. It is also medicinal and can alleviate the itch of poison ivy or the pain of a bee sting. To use plantain for stings and rashes, chew it for a bit and apply to the sore or itchy spot.

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Plantain can also be eaten raw, in a salad, when the leaves are young and small. It can also be cooked. For more information check out this terrific site on “Eat the Weeds” blog by Green Deane: Eat the Weeds/Plantain

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I also make a salve for the skin using plantain. It is very easy. I lightly simmer water and heat olive oil and plantain leaves in a baby food jar. I don’t have a specific measurement, just a half inch of oil or so, and some chopped plantain leaves. I heat for about an hour or ninety minutes, and let the leaves sit in the oil for about 24 hours before straining out. This can also be stored in the fridge for a longer lasting salve. Even if it hardens, as soon as it touches your skin it melts right in.

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I recently read to get the best oil out of herbs and other plants pick them and let them set for about twenty-four hours. This gives you maximum essential oils on the surface of the leaves or flowers.

I have blogged about using plantain in the past, but a good tip is always worthwhile to bring to the “surface” of the blog again. Oftentimes the best ideas get buried in the archives.

Potions – Amazing Dry Skin Cream

I have chosen to repost this recipe for a homemade hand/skin cream. It’s quick and easy to mix and the finished product makes a wonderful Christmas present.

As Sandra Lee says, “Semi-Homemade.”

1. Gather Supplies: Big Mixing Bowl, Mixer, 8 oz Baby Lotion, 4 oz Vitamin E Cream, 4 oz Vaseline. (As you can see if you check out the blog recipe at bottom of post, I halved the ingredients they suggested)

2. Scoop out Vitamin E Cream and Vaseline into mixing bowl. Measure out 8 oz of baby lotion.

3. Beat until the mixture resembles light whipped cream. (This step took less than a minute)

4. Scoop into jars.

5. Slather on dry heels and hands. Even Joe thought it felt great. I love it. Next time I will make the full batch. The hardest part of it all was gathering up the jars and getting it into the ones with the narrow mouth.

Here is the original blog recipe in case you want to check out this one too. Enjoy!

Blog Site For Homemade Handcream

This cream would make a TERRIFIC handmade Christmas gift.

Potions & Problem-solving – Soap Scum Remover

I am re-blogging this terrific household hint because it WORKS! I had always been wary of the way shower scum remover made my lungs feel. This homemade solution works and does not cause terrible fumes. (Unless of course you dislike the smell of vinegar.)

I have found another great potion from the Pinterest site. It led me to this blog entry: Tub and Shower Magic by Bobbin.

Gather together the articles in the picture: Dawn Dishwashing Detergent (original formula), Distilled White Vinegar, Measuring Cup or Cups, Spray Bottle & Funnel.

Heat Vinegar in Microwave or Stovetop.

Mix 12 ounces of Dawn and 12 ounces of hot white vinegar.

One tip I will add to the directions is to use a funnel if you have one. I am not good at pouring into a small opening and instantly spilled about an ounce of the Dawn down the side of the recycled spray bottle.

Shake until combined. They separate much like oil and vinegar. Spray on shower stall or anywhere with soap scum. The blue color makes it easy to coat every inch. Let sit for about five minutes. Wipe down with rag or sponge and rinse. Voila! Sparkling tile or doors.

The pluses of this potion:

No harsh chemical smell in my lungs, it is not expensive to make, and all the items used in this project were easily obtained.

“Voila”

Potions – Tub and Shower Magic

I am re-blogging this terrific household hint because it WORKS! I had always been wary of the way shower scum remover made my lungs feel. This homemade solution works and does not cause terrible fumes. (Unless of course you dislike the smell of vinegar.)

I have found another great potion from the Pinterest site. It led me to this blog entry: Tub and Shower Magic by Bobbin.

Gather together the articles in the picture: Dawn Dishwashing Detergent (original formula), Distilled White Vinegar, Measuring Cup or Cups, Spray Bottle & Funnel.

Heat Vinegar in Microwave or Stovetop.

Mix 12 ounces of Dawn  and 12 ounces of hot white vinegar.

One tip I will add to the directions is to use a funnel if you have one. I am not good at pouring into a small opening and instantly spilled about an ounce of the Dawn down the side of the recycled spray bottle.

Shake until combined. They separate much like oil and vinegar. Spray on shower stall or anywhere with soap scum. The blue color makes it easy to coat every inch. Let sit for about five minutes. Wipe down with rag or sponge and rinse. Voila!  Sparkling tile or doors.

The pluses of this potion:

No harsh chemical smell in my lungs, it is not expensive to make, and all the items used in this project were easily obtained.