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How to Make Yellow Rose Lotion Bars by Jan Berry

One of my favorite home herbalists and authors is Jan Berry. Her work is always beautiful and it is with much excitement that I am sharing one of her recipes with you here today.

Jan Berry is the author of 101 Easy Homemade Products and Simple & Natural Soapmaking. She writes about herbal crafting, DIY body care, and natural soapmaking on her website, thenerdyfarmwife.com. Her books are absolutely lovely; filled with inspiring recipes like this one. The books would make perfect presents for the DIY-er on your gift list! These pretty little lotion bars are positively giftable too. I hope you enjoy making them!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 oz shea or mango butter

  • 0.75 oz beeswax

  • 0.75 oz sunflower oil, infused with rose petals

  • 15 drops sea buckthorn oil, optional

  • 15 drops rose absolute

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

    *If you don’t own a scale, use around 2 tablespoons each of shea/mango butter, tightly packed beeswax pastilles, and infused sunflower oil.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Melt the beeswax, butter, and infused sunflower oil together in a double boiler over low heat. Once melted, remove the pan from the heat. Add the sea buckthorn oil, if you’d like added color, along with the essential oils. Stir well and pour into small silicone or candy molds. Allow the bars to cool completely before removing from the mold. Yields 2 lotion bars that weigh around 1.25 oz each, or several smaller bars.

Rub lotion bars over your hands, elbows, knees and feet at night to help nourish and soften dry skin.


This recipe was written by and shared with permission from Jan Berry. Photos provided by Jan. I hope you enjoy making a batch of these pretty lotion bars!

Much love,
Erin


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How to Make Hawthorn Pumpkin Bread

This recipe was first published in the November 2017 issue of AromaCulture Magazine.

So adding Hawthorn to autumn-spiced baked goods has turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made all season. The first recipe experiment with it worked out so well that Hawthorn has been showing up in all of my cozy weather recipes lately. It's just that good. This Hawthorn Pumpkin Bread is no exception - it's perfectly moist and fluffy, yet dense and warm and spicy all at the same time. And, it's marvelously egg-free! Success! I definitely know what I'm bringing to all of the holiday season gatherings this year (and maybe every year after this).

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INGREDIENTS FOR MY HAWTHORN PUMPKIN BREAD RECIPE

  • 3 cups of organic whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic Hawthorn berry powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tablespoon of organic Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of organic Cardamom, Clove, and Ginger powders
  • 1 can of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of raw, organic, unrefined sugar
  • 2 mashed, ripe organic bananas
  • 1 tablespoon of organic Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of organic olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup or organic honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of organic milk
  • 1/4 cup organic plain, unsweetened yogurt

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whisk together your dry ingredients in one bowl and your wet ingredients in another bowl, then stir them all together until thoroughly combined. Bake in buttered-up loaf pans for 55 minutes.

While it's tempting to eat this bread straight out of that ever-fragrant oven when it's done baking, it's best to let it cool for 20 minutes or so before serving...but if you want to slice it up right away and slather some raw butter on it and let the whole bite just melt in your mouth while the bread's still fresh from the oven, I won't judge. ;)

Watch the video below to SEE HOW I MAKE THIS RECIPE

What is your favorite thing to bake during the holiday season?
Let me know in the comments below. =)

Much love,
Erin


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