Sunscreen Recipe & Yarrow

Sunscreen Lotion
(c) Wystira Moonsinger
3 T. seasme oil
1 T. avacado oil
1 T. jojoba oil
1 T. walnut or almond oil
2 T. cocoa butter
1 t. beeswax
1 t. soya-lecithin liquid
2 T. aloe vera gel
2 T. rose or lavender water
1/2 t. borax powder
20 drops carrot-seed e.o.
3-5 drops coconut fragrance oil (or any fragrance oil you like)
Melt the first 4 oils, butters and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat till just melted.  Add soya lecithin and stir to blend.  Remove from heat.
In a small saucepan, gently warm the aloe vera gel and rose/lavender water, then stir in the borax powder till just dissolved.  Remove from heat.
When the oil and water mixtures are still warm to the touch and about the same temp, set the small pan into a bowl of ice.  Drizzle the oil in and mix rapidly with a small wisk forming a cream.
Add the carrot seed oil and fragrance oil and blend thoroughly.
Store in clean, sterile, airtight containers or jars and refrigerate.

Yarrow (Achellia millefolium) This lovely perennial weed is grown in many herb gardens for it has a multitude of uses. Cut the flowering tops (use only white-flowering yarrow) and use your alcohol to make a strongly-scented tincture that you can take internally to prevent colds and the flu. (A dose is 10-20 drops, or up to 1 ml). I carry a little spray bottle of yarrow tincture with me when I’m outside and wet my skin every hour or so. A United States Army study showed yarrow tincture to be more effective than DEET at repelling ticks, mosquitoes, and sand flies. You can also make a healing ointment with yarrow flower tops and your oil or fat. Yarrow oil is antibacterial, pain-relieving, and incredibly helpful in healing all types of wounds. – Susan Weed


2 Responses

  1. I pick new shoots of yarrow (it’s a 2-phase plant, I forget what that’s called – one year it’s big and tall and the other it hugs the ground) and mash them into a juice for bug bites.

    • I can’t wait to have a yard again so I can plant Yarrow & Chickweed. There is plaintain in the backyard, I may play with it since there are no dogs allowed in the building it shouldn’t be too contaminated. I just hate the big parking lot next door. Don’t want to think of all the run off.

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