Beet Magic Lip Balm

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I am getting ready to teach another Kitchen Cosmetics workshop on April 12 and have been experimenting with making tinted creams, trying to perfect the perfect tinted lip balm.  This recipe was a mix match of trial and error that ended with a pretty cool result, although, a little lighter than I had in mind….but it works!  Try it out and let me know if it worked for you too.

You will need:

About a cup of whole cloves

2 medium-sized beets

1 cup olive oil

1/4 pound of cocoa butter

About 2/3 cup shea butter

A few drops of essential oils: I used clove and peppermint

To make:

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1.  Grind up cloves with a mortar and pestle and place in a lidded jar with olive oil.  Let sit for one week.

2.  Blend cut up beet and clove and olive oil mixture in a blender.  You will end up with a very goopy and dark mixture(See photos above.)  Place in lidded jar and keep in refrigerator for one week.

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3.  Make a double boiler as shown above, or use one and add the goopy beet, clove and oil mixture.  Heat for up to one hour.

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4.  Strain out the oil thoroughly.  Melt the cocoa butter into the mixture.  Take out and cool for one half hour.

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5.  In a blender, pulverize the other beet.  Use a cheese cloth to squeeze all of the beet juice out.

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6.  Add the beet juice to the cocoa butter, oil, beet and clove mixture.  Blend in shea butter and essential oils.

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7.  Scoop into any containers you feel like using for this.  Apply liberally to your lips or into your skin for a little extra glow.

Interested in learning about more of this stuff?  Sign up for my Kitchen Cosmetics workshop on April 12 at Medico Consulting in East Liberty.  We will make a facial steam, an exfoliant, a facial massage oil, a body scrub and more!  Everyone who signs up will get to take home samples of each thing we make and will get a special gift massage for attending.  These workshops are so much fun!  I hope to see you there.  Space is limited, so sign up today.  More information on my website.

Anyone have any other tinted cream recipes?  I would love to know about them.

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Super Cleansing Liver Drink

This is a super simple, tasty drink that is really good for you.

Hot lemon juice water every morning is a really great way to keep your liver healthy. Lemon juice aids your liver in flushing out unwanted toxins which may be in the process of absorbing into your body.

And chia seeds? Let me go on: Adding chia seeds before and after your work out is better than carbohydrates or energy drinks to enhance athletic performances for endurance events. Research has also demonstrated that the beneficial effects of omega-3, as found in chia, has helped those suffering with mood disorders. A meta-analysis of trials involving patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder provided evidence that omega-3 in chia reduces symptoms of depression. Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to increase brain function and decrease depression. So, incorporating chia into your diet on a regular basis helps not just your physical health but also your mental health.
Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. Chia has both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is a great benefit. That’s why the seeds expand in liquids without losing any of the fiber content. If you consume four tablespoons per day of chia, you get 14 grams of fiber. By comparison, one packet of oatmeal has only four grams of fiber.
Need I say more?
I like the way this drink tastes, but you can experiment with different herbs or teas added to your drink as you go. I also like to put this in a mason jar with a lid on it so I can carry it around with me and drink it throughout the day, as the chia seeds expand more and more in the water. Try it for a few days and tell me you don’t feel like a million bucks!
You will need:
2 Tbs. chia seeds
juice of one half lemon
1 to 2 tsp. shredded ginger
raw honey to taste
boiling water to fill mug or jar
To make:
Put all ingredients in a mug or jar. Pour hot water over. Wait until desired temperature. Drink.
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Any other ideas for this drink that you like to experiment with? Let me know in the comments below.