After searching for a natural facial cleanser for some time now, I decided that making my own may be the best way to control what I am putting onto my skin. With all of my intolerances and new skin issues, this provides me with the flexibility to change up the formula as needed to accommodate. Right now I am battling dry skin and being in my 30’s has inspired me to look towards preserving some youthfulness in my skin.
You may wish to purchase pump bottles for storage and use of this face wash. The bottles I am using are BPA Free Liquid Hand Soap Dispensers w/ Foaming Pump (set of 3 on Amazon). This recipe is very flexible – the type of tea, the carrier oil, the essential oil(s), and the add-ins are all based on preference. Here are the reasons behind my choices of green tea, coconut oil, lavender, and vitamin E:
Green Tea has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, fights aging with high levels of catechins (antioxidants), acts as an astringent, fights acne, and exfoliates among other things. You can read more here.
Fractionated CoconutB OilB has no color or oder and therefore maintains the purity of essential oils when used as a carrier oil. This carrier oil is ideal for dry skin and won’t clog pores.
My first SCD Thanksgiving meal was a success. The sauce pictured in the image is the cherry pear sauce located on the site. I simply roasted my veggies in honey, mustard powder, salt, and olive oil along with the turkey meatloaf (same time, stirring occasionally). Veggies include: celery, broccoli, string beans, and spinach.
I can no longer have cranberries, so I decided to try something new for a similar sauce for Thanksgiving. It came out wonderfully, but it isn’t very tart. If you’re looking for tart, I would replace the grape juice with SCD legal tart cherry juice and reduce the pears by 2. I would likely also add about 3/4 cup more cherries. In fact, I would likely make this again just like that to replicate the familiarity of cranberry sauce. Enjoy!
The inspiration for this sauce comes from duck sauce. It’s not quite the same, but it does give you the sweet compliment to spicy mustard. I think that a proper duck sauce could be made using apricots and oranges in some fashion. Unfortunately, I cannot eat apricots.
I really needed protein to help with a little mini-flare (super mild) and was craving some authentic fried meatballs. I also didn’t want to introduce eggs again while flaring as I am a tad reactive to them (higher end of the LEAP scale). I decided to try it with banana and it worked great! I’ll be making this recipe using turkey for Thanksgiving and will post the recipe after the holiday. I decided to lightly fry the tops and bottoms of the meatballs to get that wonderful crisp before baking. I wasn’t sure how well my body would handle a totally fried meatball. All in all a wonderful treat.
I felt like creating something original today. I think it could still be better, but it definitely hit the spot. Right now I am not sure I can have honey, so I’ve been playing around with baking using fruit as the only sweetener. Hopefully, if my love affair with honey must come to an end, I will tolerate dates instead. A girl needs something! Anyway, if you decide to try these, please comment on how you adjusted them or how you think they might be best improved. Enjoy!