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We are the Akers’ family, living in Missouri, the middle of America. I am a wife and mother of 3 lovely young ladies, and I seem to have suddenly turned 50+ (how did that happen?).I grew up in New Mexico and have lived in California as well as a few years in Germany.  I have been a substance abuse counselor for several years. Most of my enjoyment and the best part of my life is living on a small farm, noticing nature, and relishing what splendor is right at my fingertips. I have began a quest to utilize all that God provided us in sustainable materials to provide and improve aspects of life. Perhaps I can help someone else learn what their land offers.  We are a certified tree farm, and embrace all that trees provide.  We grasp the symbolic meaning of what trees represent in regards to life.

 I began to pay more attention to my diet, my skin, my emotional state and my faith in God.  What you are on the inside reflects on the outside, and vice verse. I was coached by my daughters to take care of myself and put more energy into my beauty. (Funny how what comes around- goes around.)  I began looking at information, products and remedies, only to discover there is more out there than I have time to find!  I want to enjoy living, having a pleasant life and gain knowledge.  That is why I have this blog, when I discover worthwhile information, I hope to help others in some sense… to be inspired, to feel better, appreciate all that only nature can provide.

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Making a soothing essential oil

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I have been enjoying making various creams and oils, ever since I started the livinglifeknowledge.com endeavor.  Some of the oils are made from common, native, or easy to grow plants.  And… since I lOVE LOVE LOVE to make my own (just about everything)… I decided to make calendula oil. So that I would have a ready supply to make soothing cream.  After considering the total expense I have put into buying oils, I’m pretty sure this should help cut costs.

I wanted some natural herbs/flowers that are soothing and nutricius for skin. I selected yarrow, for it’s healing qualities.  The calendula also has skin benefits, especially as an anti-inflammatory and assists in healing wounds.  I have been seeing all over the social media how popular it is as a staple for making essential oil and coconut oil base creams.

dried yarrow and calendula

dried yarrow and calendula

purchased items are pure organic, yarrow is local grown

purchased items are pure organic, yarrow is local grown

 

I used a regular-sized jam or jelly jar and lightly crushed a big handful of dried herbs.

 

Then I merely covered it all in Apricot Kernel Oil, put the lid on it, and left in a semi-dark warm place.  (Which in my house was on a wooden stool in a corner by the heater vent.)

wait oil                So after a couple weeks, (don’t worry about counting days exactly).. I strained                                   the oils, then added some more to go another couple of weeks.

Straining the first part of process

Straining the first part of process

adding oil the second time to process

adding oil the second time to process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After waiting another couple of weeks, it was time to make the final oil.  I used cheese cloth this time so all oil from the saturated herbs could get squeezed out.  (I like to use every drop.)  I noticed that the scent was pretty neutral, so I added a couple drops of benzoin, but I won’t hesitate to add some happy scents whenever I mix a batch of creams. These will be perfect for summer, and if I mix them with  Shea butter, I will have a soothing, natural sunscreen!

final step in the process

final step in the process

Fresh batch of Yarrow/Calendula alongside a recent batch of pepperming

Fresh batch of Yarrow/Calendula alongside a recent batch of peppermint

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