Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Closet Update ~ Sharing Tea Knowledge ~ Homemade "Vaseline"
Several things made it to the donation pile, one garbage bag was filled, and a few pieces of clothing were passed down.
I still need to go in and vacuum (yes there is carpet in there), and work on the rest, but it feels so good to get it done. The sun was out all day too. I even put on some music.
Mid way through cleaning, I stopped to run to the post office and ship mullein tea leaves to my sister-in-law. By the way, Carolyn, thank you for mentioning mullein, or I would have never tried it myself if you hadn't mentioned it. It's worked wonders here. I'm still reading through herbal books and tea recipes as well.
Our post office, or I should say the closest one, reduced their window hours, to two hours on weekday business days. Kind of sad, because I do know they get business, especially from me.
Anyway, a box of tea leaves, spearmint leaves and some dried elderberries are heading to Sister-in-Law.
~ Homemade "Vasoline" ~
I love to learn new things, and Mama Pea got my "wheels turning" on learning to make my own "Vaseline."
The first time I made homemade vapo-rub I made it with olive oil (vs. coconut oil the second time) and it was too soft in my opinion. But...it was soft enough for a makeup remover, so I got to playing around in the kitchen (again).
Beeswax is so hard and difficult to grate, so I opted for beeswax pastilles that I had on hand. Mix it with organic olive oil and wa-la! Homemade "Vaseline."
Melt 2 Tablespoons of organic beeswax pastilles with 1/2 cup organic olive oil. I put a small metal pan over a pan of heated water to melt the beeswax down (I have dishes I only use for this type of recipe, I don't use my daily food dishes/pans). I poured it into recycled baby food jars and allowed them to set. This amount filled a 4 oz. glass baby food jar to the top. I was afraid I would need a second jar, so I did have one on hand.
We can use the "vasoline" to remove makeup, put on dry lips, or anything else normally used for.
I forgot to let you know that the spool Christmas ornament is now on S.C.R.A.P. Blogspot.
Now....if we can just get some good weather over the weekend, we can get caught up on wood splitting (again).