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St. John’s Wort Oil | Make Your Own St. John’s Wort Oil

St. John's Wort - Joan Morais Naturals

St. John’s Wort Oil | Make Your Own St. John’s Wort Oil

Have you heard about St. John’s Wort? It is often taken as a supplement and some studies have shown it may benefit those with mild depression (make sure you check with your doctor prior to taking, as St. John’s Wort does have interactions with other medications and supplements). St. John’s Wort is a flowering plant also called Hypericum perforatum. St. John’s Wort oil, made from the plant, is an excellent oil to use in skin care products.

St. John’s Wort Flower

St. John's Wort

The St. John’s Wort plant is wild grown and is often looked at as a weed due to its pervasive growth. The plant grows one to three feet tall with bright yellow flowers. St. John’s Wort is easy to grow and it blooms June through August. After it’s done flowering, it’s important to trim back, otherwise it will take over.

St. John’s Wort Oil Uses

St. John’s Wort oil is regenerative and soothing which makes it great to heal injuries, especially for nerve pain. It can be used for wounds, bruises, burns, inflamed skin, chapped skin, psoriases, eczema, sunburns, herpes, carpal tunnel, sciatica, and shingles.

St. John’s Wort oil can be added into creams, lotions, balms, salves and body butters.

Making St. John’s Wort Oil

Making St. John’s Wort Oil is not as hard as you may think and it’s cost efficient. A high quality oil comes out to be $6- $11 per ounce whereas one pound of St. John’s Wort flowers cost around $10- $20 and can yield about 12 cups of oil!

If you are interested in making your own St. John’s Wort oil, it is important to check with your local nurseries or online flower resources for ordering your flowers ahead of time, as the harvest period is a short one and only once a year. With the harvest time coming up (June through August), now is a good time to start planning.

Our ebook, How to Make St. John’s Wort Oil, provides a step by step guide with pictures along with resources on where to purchase St. John’s Wort flowers.

Spring Skin Care | Refresh, Renew and Revive Your Skin

spring skin careSpring Skin Care | Refresh, Renew and Revive Your Skin

Now that it’s Spring, it’s time to think about changing up your skin care routine. In winter, our skin becomes very dry and moisturizing is key. Our skin is always changing so for our spring skin care, it’s important to reassess what our skin needs for the current season. Spring is all about refreshing, renewing, and reviving our skin. Read on for some tips for spring skin care. Watch Joan’s video on fresh skin care here.

Exfoliate

In winter, our skin becomes duller and dryer. A gentle exfoliate is great for spring to revive your skin and brighten up your complexion. Exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells and encourages cell regeneration by allowing new skin cells to come forth. You only need to exfoliate a few times a week and make sure that you are using one that is gentle on your face. Grains are excellent to use as an exfoliate. Oats are great for all skin types and are very soothing and moisturizing. Make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a blender or food processor.

Easy, DIY Oat Exfoliant

1 tbsp of Oat flour

1 drop essential oil (pick your favorite essential oil for skin care)

Combine oat flour and essential oil into a small bowl or in the palm of your hand. Add in a little water or your favorite hydrosol/flower essence and mix to make a thick paste. Gently massage onto your face and rinse off with warm water. This is great to use in the shower- just keep a small jar of grains for easy use.

Tone

Toners are excellent to add into your spring skin care routine as they soothe, hydrate and refresh your skin. There are so many ways to make a simple toner by using hydrosols/flower essences and herbal extracts.

Moisturize

Typically in spring our natural oils in our skin start to come back into balance after a dry winter and we no longer need the deep moisturizing from winter. However, a good, light moisturizer is still important to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.

Fresh Skin Care

Spring is a great time to make your own fresh skin care, like the Easy, DIY Oat Exfoliant above. Many fresh ingredients in your kitchen can easily be used to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize your skin.

Watch the video with Joan on some of her tips and secrets for fresh skin care

from the recently revised ebook, Fresh Skin Care From the Kitchen and Garden, has over 25 recipes using fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, plant oils, and plant-based milks and yogurts.

Other Skin Care Resources

Check out our other ebooks with resources on making your own skin care products:

How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts for Body, Hair, Skin

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, Skin

How to Make Flower Essences for Body, Hair, Skin

cupuacu butter

Ingredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

cupuacu butterIngredient Spotlight | Cupuacu Butter

Our ingredient spotlight today is on cupuacu butter. Have you heard of cupuacu butter?  Cupuacu butter is from the cupuacu tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest by cold-pressing the seeds of the fruit. It is related to the cacao tree and has been used to make white chocolate. It is also very nourishing and a soft emollient when used in body care products.

Nourishing & Anti-Aging

Cupuacu butter is high in antoxidants, essential fatty acids, and phytosterols, a compound found in plants, that has been found to have anti-aging properties and is highly nourishing. Cupuacu butter can be used to treat dry and damaged skin as it encourages new collagen production. Cupuacu butter is also very hydrating and is able to retain water in your skin.

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty

Cupuacu butter is a great vegan/plant-based alternative to lanolin. Lanolin comes from the glands of wool-bearing animals (mainly sheep) and is often used in body care products meant for deep nourishment. Cupuacu butter actually provides superior skin hydration compared to lanolin and it does not cause skin irritation that many receive as a result from using products containing lanolin. On another note, many consumers are wanting products that are vegan and cruelty-free when it comes to animal treatment. In fact, Google highlights vegan skin care as an important trend with searches for it growing over 80% each year! Learn more about vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics here.

Uses of Cupuacu Butter in Body Care Products

We use cupuacu butter in several of the formulas in the Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course; Camu Camu Cream, Cupuacu Body Butter.  These are some of our favorite formulas that are highly moisturizing. The uses of cupuacu butter in body care products is endless! With it’s nourishing, smoothing and anti-aging properties, cupuacu butter can be used in a variety of products including:

  • Lip balm
  • Body butter/balm
  • Leave-in Hair Conditioner
  • Anti-Aging Skin Toner
  • Sun protectant
  • Anti-inflammatory

Cupuacu Butter Resources

When purchasing ingredients for skin and hair care products, it is important you are getting a high quality product that is responsibly sourced.

At Joan Morais Naturals we recommend the following supplier:

Essential Wholesale

Interested in making your own natural skin and hair care products using cupuacu butter and other specialty natural ingredients? Check out the online courses