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DIY Chest Rub

As a momma who is equipped with a passion for healing, I am so excited to reach into my herbal arsenal when I have a kiddo in need! Winter always seems to bring waves and waves of illness- lots of practice for our immune system! One of our recent waves consisted of some yucky chest congestion.

My first reach was for some frozen elderberries to make up our homemade elberry syrup. You can find the recipe for that HERE

Tiny helping hands

Next step, a DIY chest rub. I have just been scoping out a new recipe from Plant Therapy and had some new essential oils on hand to try. Kids and chest rubs are always a bit tricky- eucalyptus is an immediate go to for congestion, BUT it is widely known as not being kid safe. Enter a new to me form of eucalyptus, eucalyptus dives, that is KID SAFE!

Plant Therapy is always my go to for third party tested, quality essential oils. They have a lovely blog chock full of recipes and DIY’s. Here is the link for the inspiration on this Plant Therapy recipe. While I did use the general recipe, I could tell right away that there was way to much beeswax in this. Here is my altered recipe below which will create a nice and soft salve that is easy to apply:

  1. Over a double boiler melt together the beeswax and tallow (or coconut oil)
  2. Remove from heat and cool to 140 degrees, then stir in your essential oils.
  3. Pour into tins.
  4. Allow to cool fully
  5. A shelf life of 1 year when stored in a cool and dark place

Sweet baby T fell asleep during the salve making

Freshly poured salves

Thank you for following along with me! I hope you find this DIY helpful. Let me know if you try and it and what you think of the recipe!

<3 Krystal @ Gratitude Farm

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Natural skincare is a lie

“Clean” or “natural” cosmetics are popular, but the terms don’t mean much.

The term “natural” in the context of products, especially in the beauty and health industry, can be somewhat misleading, and there are several reasons why “natural” doesn’t always mean what people might expect:

  1. Lack of Regulation and Standardization: The term “natural” is not regulated consistently across the industry. Different organizations and countries may have varying definitions and standards for what qualifies as a “natural” product. This lack of standardization can lead to confusion among consumers.
  2. Chemical Processes: Some products labeled as “natural” may still undergo significant chemical processing. For example, ingredients derived from natural sources may be heavily processed to extract and concentrate active compounds, and synthetic preservatives may be added to extend shelf life.
  3. Synthetic Additives: Even if a product contains primarily natural ingredients, it might still include some synthetic additives, such as preservatives, fragrances, or stabilizers. These additives are often used to enhance the product’s performance, texture, or longevity.
  4. Misleading Marketing: Some companies may use the term “natural” as a marketing strategy to create a positive image for their products. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the entire product is derived directly from nature or that it is entirely free from synthetic components.

What is in our control and what can we can do? Don’t be fooled by trendy marketing like I was. This problem actually fueled my passion for creating skin care products. Make informed decisions about your skincare products by reading the ingredients list and researching every ingredient.

What will you find in our ingredients list?

Loads of tallow, a very old world way of moisturizing, along with other high quality oils, organic when possible, and proven for centuries to benefit your skin.

High quality third party tested essential oils. We absolutely love Plant Therapy, a family owned essential oil business in Twin Falls Idaho.

Raw goat milk soap straight from the barn of our herbally managed dairy herd. We lovingly tend our herd and free choice hand milk for our goat milk soap products. We do not make goat milk lotion, as this requires additional chemical stabilizers I do not feel comfortable using for my families or my clients largest organ.

Herbs organically grown and harvested right from our garden, forest, or other local farm. This insures nutrient rich products that are harvested in peak season and handled for the highest healing properties.

All of the colorants in our soaps are derived from plant colorants, and any add ins are natural, too!

Meet Gratitude Farm, the makers of the ‘real natural, natural.’ Endlessly learning, researching and experimenting to create real skin care that works while nourishing your body and creating a luxurious experience Thank you for trusting us on our healing journey. It means the world <3

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Why tallow for skincare?

Are you using tallow for you skincare yet? You should be! Here is why…

Tallow, which is rendered animal fat, has been used for skincare for centuries and has many benefits for the skin.

  1. Natural Moisturizer: Tallow contains a balance of saturated fats, which are similar to the oils produced by human skin. Because it is so close to our sebum, the actual molecular size matches closely to human skin and is able to be deeply absorbed. While it goes on feeling rich and luxurious, it will sink in deeply to the skin.
  2. Rich in Nutrients: Tallow is rich in fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are essential for skin health and may contribute to its overall well-being. Tallow is also known to soften fine lines and wrinkles.
  3. Skin Barrier Support: The fatty acids in tallow can help support the skin barrier function. A healthy skin barrier is important for protecting the skin from environmental stressors and preventing moisture loss.
  4. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Tallow has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for soothing irritated or inflamed skin. It is also a fairly low allergen.
  5. Compatibility with Skin: Advocates of tallow argue that it is similar in composition to the skin’s natural oils, making it well-tolerated by many skin types without causing irritation. It is also noncomedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores.