Massage Bar Recipe for Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Soothe pain naturally with this pain relief massage bar recipe. Made with massaging adzuki beans and a blend of essential oils that offer natural, soothing pain relief, this natural massage bar recipe is the perfect remedy for sore muscles, joint pain and arthritis relief.

Lush Massage Bar DIY: Pain Relief Massage Bar Recipe inspired by Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

Inspired by the Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this natural pain remedy is easy to make. You only need a few simple ingredients to create your own massage bars at home for natural, soothing pain relief! Made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush inspired massage bar recipe also includes massaging adzuki beans and a combination of cinnamon leaf and peppermint essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

Massage Bar Recipe for Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils. Soothe pain naturally with this pain relief massage bar recipe made with massaging adzuki beans and essential oils for relief of sore muscles, joint pain & arthritis.

Pain Relief Massage Bar Recipe


Ingredients:



Directions:


You will need to weigh out the ingredients for this massage bar recipe. I recommend using a digital scale.

Start by weighing out the cocoa butter and shea butter. Combine the ingredients in a double boiler. Then heat until melted. Once the butters have melted, remove from heat.

Next, weigh out the adzuki beans and set aside.

Once the butter mixture begins cooling and starts to look cloudy, measure out the essential oils using graduated transfer pipettes. Add the essential oils to the melted butters, then stir into the butters until evenly incorporated throughout the mixture. 

Now pour the cooling butters evenly into two mold cavities of this Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold.

Evenly divide the adzuki beans into each of the two mold cavities you just poured the melted butters into and gently mix with a utensil.

Allow your massage bars to finish solidifying. You can speed up this process by popping the mold into your fridge.

Once your massage bars have fully solidified, simply remove from the mold cavities and package or use immediately.

As this pain relief massage bar recipe creates a massage bar that easily melts on body contact, you will need to keep your massage bars stored in a temperature controlled location away from heat.


Massage Bar Recipe for Natural Pain Relief with Essential Oils. Inspired by the Lush Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, this natural pain remedy is easy to make. You only need a few simple ingredients to create your own massage bars at home for natural, soothing pain relief! Made using a base of shea and cocoa butters, this Lush massage bar recipe contains massaging adzuki beans and pain relieving essential oils for a warm, tingly sensation that helps to ease and soothe sore muscles.

Love my pain relief massage bar recipe? Make sure you pin this post to Pinterest for later. You can also follow Becca Ink on Facebook and Instagram for more great DIY ideas.

Benefits of Henna for Hair & What to Expect from a Henna Hair Treatment

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Learn about the amazing benefits of henna for hair and what to expect from a henna hair treatment. Following I share my experience with using henna over the years, plus before and after photos of my own henna hair treatment. You'll also find in process photos of the subtle changes your hair goes through during the hours following rinsing henna out of your hair!


It's always a hoot when I share photos of my head in the midst of dying it with henna. It looks kind of crazy. Like seaweed or green mud on my head. The results, however, are totally worth the humiliation of being made a public laughingstock. Not that I really care what I look like with a grocery bag on my head. Otherwise I wouldn't be here sharing the process with you.

In general, I color my hair with henna at least once a quarter. I always know when it's time for another round. Not because you see my roots -- there are none! But because my hair becomes impossible to deal with. It breaks easily. It's limp and looks flat. And it completely loses its luster.
I knew my hair was there weeks ago, but I kept putting off taking the time to just some henna on. My solution was to beef up volume by curling it, and add back lost luster with a shine serum.

When I took a selfie after making a DIY hand sanitizer recently, I realized that I couldn't put it off any longer.

I'm a wash and go kind of girl. I literally air dry my air every single day. In fact, I don't even own a hair dryer. So by the this time, I was over curling my hair. Without that extra, and exhausting maintenance, my the condition of my hair was super obvious. Especially in the sunlight.

In my before photo, you can see my gray coming in along the side of my face and a few super sparkly, magical grays on tops. My hair is limp AF. I made a sad attempt to get it shiny with some Hask hair oil. It looks almost greasy, which obviously, was not the intended effect.

The after photo is one day after dying my hair with henna. I photographed it in the sunlight as well since sunlight isn't always kind. The gray is almost completely gone (it disappeared entirely by day two) and my hair is super shiny. I didn't have to use any hair oil on my hair for the second photo. It also had increased elasticity and air dried perfectly, without any styling.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of henna for hair. And see my in progress photos that show you what to expect from a henna hair treatment as it develops!

What is henna

What is Henna?


Henna is a small flowering shrub, also known as mailanchi. The dried leaves of this plant, when crushed, acts as a natural, non-toxic plant dye that can stain skin and dye hair. When used in for this purpose, dried henna leaves are first crushed into a powder form prior to use. Once mixed with water or tea, henna is able to change the color of skin and hair.

The natural color of true henna is red. However, when mixed other herbs and botanicals, such as cassia, senna or indigo, you are able to change the final color to a variety of shades from strawberry blonde to dark brown or black.  Unlike commercial hair dyes, with henna, you don't have to worry about whether or not the chemicals used my cause cancer later on in life.

Benefits of henna for hair - an after photo after a henna hair treatment

Benefits of Henna for Hair


There are a number of benefits of henna for hair. And, as henna is 100% plant based, it's also considered vegan. So it's perfect for pretty much everyone!

One of my favorite reasons I love henna for hair is that it works great as a natural remedy for thinning hair on females. At almost 45, my hair is following suit with my mother's hair at this age -- and it's thinning out more than I'd like. Having had fine hair all my life, it seems even more obvious to me. Regardless, henna seems to put the pep back in its step and gives it not just new life, but a boost of volume as well as it bonds with and thickens each strand of hair.

I also love that a henna hair treatment is so affordable. In some cases it costs less than store bought hair dye as you don't need to apply it as often. Plus, you can do it yourself at home and save on that expensive trip to the salon.

Additionally, henna won’t dry out or damage your hair like chemical based hair dyes. So coloring your hair with a henna hair treatment won't make the condition of your hair worse. Unlike chemical hair dyes, the benefits of henna for hair expands well beyond just a simple color pay off.

You'll also find that, unlike commercial hair dyes, henna naturally fades out over a three month period. This means there are no obvious roots as hair grows out. So if you don't have time to do another henna hair treatment as hair grows, root growth won't be a major concern.

Another one of the benefits of henna for hair is that it naturally strengthens hair. I've found that it greatly increases hair's elasticity. It also gives hair lots of extra shine so it both looks and feels healthy.

If you struggle with dry scalp, dandruff or have an itchy scalp, a henna hair treatment may help. In addition, it also promotes hair growth and can reduce daily hair fall out.

Henna doesn't care what type of hair you have. What makes it so amazing is that it works for every hair type. It can even cover gray hair, using a two-step process.

Finally, you can customize the final color of your henna hair treatment by adding herbs and botanicals. You can learn how to cover gray and create custom henna hair colors here.

What to expect from a henna hair treatment with photos

What to Expect from a Henna Hair Treatment

Henna powder, when mixed with water, is kind of like mud. You don't want it too thin or it will drip for days. Too thick, and it's harder to wash out.

It can also react with chemicals found in tap water as well as metals, so be sure to use filtered or distilled when to mix with henna. And always heat your water and mix your henna in a non- metal container. Basically you want to mix your henna to about the consistency of yogurt, until it's smooth and creamy. If you buy a henna hair treatment kit, it should come with mixing directions to help guide you.

You'll want to start by applying henna to your roots first, and work in sections. (Just make sure it's cooled down enough that it won't burn your scalp when applied!) There are tons of videos on YouTube on the correct way to apply henna. But to be honest, I don't have that much patience.

I start at the crown of my head and then slather it on, pulling up more hair as I go. It's not perfect. What's important, however, is that it still works. As long as you ensure you've covered every strand of hair, you'll be fine. Your hair is still going to reap all the benefits of henna for hair. You don't need to have someone professionally apply your henna. You don't have to use a brush. And you  don't need a friend to help. Trust me. You've totally got this.

The process, obviously, can be a bit messy. Just wear an old t-shirt when you apply your henna hair treatment. It washes out, so don't worry about towels getting stained. While lighter colored fabrics may initially stain, it's only temporary. However, I do advise cleaning up spills on floors and counters within a reasonable period of time.

To experience the full benefits of henna for hair, the dying process can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. In general, I leave henna on my hair, covered, for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on how long it's been since my last use. If you are using henna specifically to color your hair, the best way to determine the length of time needed for coverage is a hair strand test. However, if after three days, the color or coverage isn't what you expected, you can simply repeat the process.

It can take a hot minute to rinse henna back out of your hair, and it's a messy process. So I always just hop into the shower for the chore. I rinse my hair really well with water, then use conditioner to remove any remaining bits. (For best results, you should wait at least 24 hours after rinsing henna out of your hair to shampoo.)

Afterwards, my hair straight up smells like spinach for several days. I've noticed the same scent with other botanical dyes and conditions such a senna.

It's really cool to watch your hair change though. As henna can take up to 72 hours to fully oxidize and develop, you'll notice subtle changes over this time period.

In progress photos of a henna hair treatment with henna being applied as a natural plant based hair dye to color hair and cover gray hair

Pictured above is a photo of the changes my hair went through after rinsing this medium brown henna out of my hair. In the first photo you'll see that the gray streak on the side is still super obvious. You can also see gray salt and peppered throughout. In the second photo, the color is a bit more even, with that glorious (what I call my blonde gray) streak less obvious. And, in the final photo, just a few hours later, you can see that my hair is darker overall, with more even coloring over my entire head.

My after photo, as previously indicated, is from day two. It's a big difference from where I started. By the third day, all signs of gray had disappeared entirely and my hair was slightly darker.

What a henna hair treatment looks like one week after application

It's now been a week and my hair is super shiny and manageable, with increased body and volume. And it cost me less than $10!

Ready to apply a henna hair treatment to your hair to enjoy the benefits of dying your hair with henna? Discover basic information on how to use henna here.

For more detailed information on coloring your hair with henna, the ebook, Coloring Hair Naturally with Henna & Other Herbs: A Guide, is a great resource. It provides all the information you need to get the full benefits of henna for hair when using a henna hair treatment. And, it will teach you how to  custom blend your own natural dyes as well as confidently select the best ingredients. Learn more here.

Benefits of henna for hair for DIY hair care

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DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs: Non-Candy Easter Basket Filler Ideas

Saturday, March 14, 2020

These DIY Easter egg bath bombs add a bit of fun to bath time no matter your age! The perfect non-candy Easter basket filler for tweens, teens and even adults, these DIY Easter egg bath bombs add an abundance of bubbles, color and sparkling glitter to your bath time experience. Plus, they also nourish and hydrate dry skin with natural ingredients like cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder.

Easter Egg Bath Bombs Recipe. Fun Easter basket filler ideas. These DIY Easter egg bath bombs add a bit of fun to bath time no matter your age! The perfect non-candy Easter basket filler for tweens, teens and even adults, these DIY Easter egg bath bombs add an abundance of bubbles, color and sparkling glitter to your bath time experience. Plus, they also nourish and hydrate dry skin with natural ingredients like cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder. Make these for your Easter baskets!

Plus, clean up is so easy! Because this Easter egg bath bomb recipe (made as indicated) calls for a non-staining bath bomb colorant, everything will rinse off your tub with ease! No scrubbing necessary. (Trouble getting bath bomb colorants from past projects out of your tub? Try this amazing shower cleaner hack made with just two common household ingredients!)

These fizzing DIY Easter egg bath bombs make a wonderful addition not only to kids’ Easter baskets, but are also great gifts for friends, family and neighbors for spring!

This particular bath bomb recipe was inspired by my friend, Cathy, who loves Lush’s golden glitter egg bath bombs. While these don’t have quite that much glitter, you can easily increase the amount of both the bath bomb color powder for more color. As well as the amount of skin safe glitter for some serious sparkle! I recommend using eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter when making my DIY Easter egg bath bombs.

Easter Egg Bath Bombs Recipe. Fun Easter basket filler ideas. These DIY Easter egg bath bombs add a bit of fun to bath time no matter your age! The perfect non-candy Easter basket filler for tweens, teens and even adults, these DIY Easter egg bath bombs add an abundance of bubbles, color and sparkling glitter to your bath time experience. Plus, they also nourish and hydrate dry skin with natural ingredients like cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder. Make these for your Easter baskets!

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs Recipe


Ingredients:


8 oz. citric acid
16 oz. baking soda
2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. babassu oil
.5 oz. cosmetic kaolin clay
1 oz. SLSA
.5 oz. yogurt powder or coconut milk powder
.15 oz. blue water soluble bath bomb colorant
.5 oz. biodegradable blue glitter (or similar)
.5 oz. biodegradable silver glitter (or similar)
.3 oz. essential oil of choice, optional

Supplies & Materials:


Glass bowls
Utensils for mixing

Directions:


I used large plastic Easter eggs for my DIY Easter egg bath bombs. This bath bomb recipe will yield seven large egg-shaped bath bombs.

Melting cocoa butter and babassu oil to make hydrating DIY bath bombs.

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter and babassu oil. Heat at 50% power in the microwave or in a double boiler until melted. If using a fragrance, weigh out the essential oil and stir into the wet ingredients.

Weighing out  baking soda, citric acid, kaolin clay, SLSA and yogurt powder for making bath bombs using plastic Easter eggs as molds.

In a separate container, weigh out the baking soda, citric acid, kaolin clay, SLSA and yogurt powder. You will want to wear a mask for this step as the SLSA is an airborne product and it will get into your nose without a mask. Mix the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.

Mixing dry bath bomb ingredients with water soluble bath bomb colorant and biodegradable glitter

Now weigh out the water soluble blue bath bomb colorant and the glitters. Feel free to mix up your own color combinations if desired!

Weighing ingredients for making bath bombs using plastic Easter eggs as bath bomb molds.

Mix the color and glitter into the dry ingredients until they are all a uniform blue color.

Mixing wet and dry ingredients together to make DIY Easter Egg Bath bombs using plastic Easter eggs as molds.

Now combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well. (You want the bath bomb mixture to be the consistency of wet sand. Find tips on how to make bath bombs here.)

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You’re now ready to make mold your fizzing Easter egg bath fizzies. Pile the mixture into one half of a plastic egg.

Repeat with the other half of the egg.

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Now mash the two sides of the plastic egg tightly together.

If your plastic eggs are a flimsy rather than rigid plastic, take care not to press either of the halves on top of the other. Otherwise your Easter egg bath bombs will be difficult to remove from the plastic egg mold.

Upcycle plastic Easter eggs to use as DIY bath bomb molds for non-candy Easter basket fillers. These DIY Easter egg bath bombs for Easter are made using plastic Dollar Store Easter eggs as bath bomb molds and make fun non-candy Easter basket fillers for the holiday. Fun glitter DIY easter egg bath bombs made with eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter and moisturizing skin care ingredients for dry skin. Make this bath bomb recipe for Easter as a fun family activity with the kids for family time!

Repeat this process until you’ve molded all seven DIY Easter egg bath bombs.

Set the molded Easter egg bath fizzies aside for an hour or two in a location where they won’t be disturbed. Then carefully unmold each Easter egg bath bomb and wrap or packaged as desired for gifting.

To use your DIY Easter egg bath bombs, simply add to warm running bath water and enjoy!

Upcycle plastic Easter eggs to use as DIY bath bomb molds for non-candy Easter basket fillers. These DIY Easter egg bath bombs for Easter are made using plastic Dollar Store Easter eggs as bath bomb molds and make fun non-candy Easter basket fillers for the holiday. Fun glitter DIY easter egg bath bombs made with eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter and moisturizing skin care ingredients for dry skin. Make this bath bomb recipe for Easter as a fun family activity with the kids for family time!

If you love this Easter basket filler idea for a fun, non-candy Easter treat, then be sure to pin this project to Pinterest for later. You can also discover more fun Easter ideas on Pinterest here.

Also be sure to follow Becca Ink on Facebook and Instagram for more great DIY ideas.


DIY Wine Glass Charms: Women's Craft Night Idea for Make & Take Crafts

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

If you're looking for a fun make and take craft project for your women's craft night, then you must make these DIY wine glass charms. An easy and fun adult craft night idea for women of all skill levels, this project is perfect for a wine and art night with friends. Pair your event with your favorite bottle of wine and a good time is guaranteed!

DIY Wine Glass Charms: Women's Craft Night Idea for Make & Take Crafts. Looking for a fun make and take craft project for your women's craft night? These DIY wine glass charms are a fun adult craft for every skill level! An easy and fun adult craft night idea for women of all skill levels, this project is perfect for a wine and art night with friends. Pair your event with your favorite bottle of wine and a good time is guaranteed! Learn how to use metal stamping to make wine glass charms.

Wine & Art Wednesdays: Women's Craft Night Ideas


I love getting together with friends. Unfortunately, there are a ton of time restraints in life. So getting together for a girl's night can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, one of my dear friends, Hillary, teaches a class a few times a month for her job.

Coined Wine & Art Wednesdays, this event is hosted at an amazing, indoor handmade marketplace called Crafteria. It's located in downtown Roanoke, VA. They not only sell super cool products by local artisans, they also offer a number of classes each month to learn a new skill or explore, what could be, a new hobby. Classes are typically on Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons.

Class on how to make DIY wine glass charms taught by Hillary Hardison at Crafteria in downtown Roanoke, VA

My favorite classes, of course, are those taught by friend, Hillary. She always comes up with exciting new projects to try. Although, her class on alcohol ink wine glasses has been the most popular by far. I try to attend Wine & Art Wednesday whenever possible, with a friend or two in tow. It makes it easy to get together with friends while also learning a new craft. And the extra, super awesome bonus is that no one has to clean house to host an event.

Wine & Art Wednesdays serve up some pretty awesome women's craft night ideas for make and take crafts. In January, I attended a class on needle felting scarves. Other crafts I've made through my experience with Wine & Art Wednesday include making needle felted wine bagssuncatchers from upcycled CDsGelli prints and alcohol ink ornaments.

At the latest Wine & Art Wednesday I attended, my friends and I made DIY wine glass charms. As my friends Whitney and Bambi had so much fun making our wine glass charms, I wanted to share this make and take craft project with you! Whether you attempt this craft solo or incorporate it into your own women's craft night, I hope you enjoy making your own DIY wine glass charms as much as we did.

DIY wine glass charms. Looking for a fun make and take craft project for your women's craft night? These DIY wine glass charms are a fun adult craft for every skill level! An easy and fun adult craft night idea for women of all skill levels, this project is perfect for a wine and art night with friends. Pair your event with your favorite bottle of wine and a good time is guaranteed! Learn how to use metal stamping on aluminum tags with jewelry elements and beads to make DIY wine glass charms.

DIY Wine Glass Charms: Adult Make and Take Crafts


Supplies & Materials:




Peeling protective cover off blank aluminum tag rounds for making wine glass charms

Directions for Making DIY Wine Glass Charms:


To make these DIY wine glass charms, start by peeling off the plastic coating that protects the aluminum tags, on both sides. You may need to use your fingernail to scratch at the edge if you have difficulty.

Once you've removed the coating from both sides, you're ready to start stamping!

Place the aluminum tag onto a hard surface such as a countertop. If using a table, remove any objects from the table to keep them from falling when hammering. You may want to place something on your surface area to protect it.

(We worked on concrete countertops, therefore when we made our DIY wine glass charms, we didn't have to worry about surface damage.)

Once you've planned out your phrase or design for your wine glass charms, use a blank tag for practice first. I made the mistake of not spacing correctly the first time. I also had a letter or two end up sideways or backwards. (But that was basically because I need bifocals at this stage in my life and I'm not ready to make the leap.)

Use the hammer with a metal stamp to make your first letter. Do this by holding the metal stamp in place, then firmly tapping the stamp with the hammer two or three times. Don't bang too hard, however. As the aluminum is a soft metal, you'll end up with an imprint from the edge of the stamp if you pretend you're at a county fair competition.

Continue with each letter for the phrase you've chosen for your wine glass charms. You can use a piece of masking tape to line up your letters when stamping if needed. If desired, you can also add symbols using the nature themed or other metal stamps.

Once you've make your first wine glass charm, repeat the process with the remaining tags to create a set of DIY wine glass charms. Four charms make a typical set. However, you can make as many as you like.

Use acrylic paint to add details to metal stamping and bring out lettering

After you've stamped all of the aluminum blank tags, use the black paint to emphasis the lettering or symbols you created.

To do this, simply apply a small amount of black acrylic paint to the stamped part of your wine glass charms. Then use a napkin or paper towel to remove the excess paint from the front of each charm. You only want the paint to remain in the indented, stamped portion of your charms.

Beads in paper cupcake liner

While the paint dries, add beads to the wine glass charm rings. If your beads have small holes, you may need to use the needle nose plier to straighten the end of the wire that hooks into the loop. Then slip the beads onto the ring as desired.

Repeat the process for the same number of rings as wine glass charms you've made.

Adding jump ring to DIY wine glass charms

Now use the needle nose pliers to attach a small jump ring through the hole of each wine glass charm. Use the pliers to open the jump ring.

Adding jump ring to a homemade wine glass charm

Then loop the jump ring through the hole. Add the wine glass charm ring you decorated with beads. Now close the jump ring using the pliers.

Attaching wine glass charm components using a jump ring and needle nose pliers

Repeat this process for all of your wine glass charms. Once completed, your DIY wine glass charms are ready to use or gift!

DIY wine glass charms. Looking for a fun make and take craft project for your women's craft night? These DIY wine glass charms are a fun adult craft for every skill level! An easy and fun adult craft night idea for women of all skill levels, this project is perfect for a wine and art night with friends. Pair your event with your favorite bottle of wine and a good time is guaranteed! Learn how to use metal stamping on aluminum tags with jewelry elements and beads to make DIY wine glass charms.

Design Ideas for Wine Glass Charms


Here are some great design ideas for DIY wine glass charms. These are the same wine glass charms that my friends and I made during Wine & Art Wednesday.

DIY Wine Glass Charms: Women's Craft Night Ideas for Make & Take Crafts. Looking for a fun make and take craft project for your women's craft night? These DIY wine glass charm ideas are a fun adult craft for every skill level! An easy and fun adult craft night idea for women of all skill levels, this project is perfect for a wine and art night with friends. Pair your event with your favorite bottle of wine and a good time is guaranteed! Learn how to use metal stamping to make wine glass charms.

Here's one of my wine glass charms. I skipped using the jump ring on mine since my hands aren't always my best friend. It works just as well if you'd like to skip that step or save on materials. Other phrase ideas that work with "More Please" could be Alice in Wonderland themed to say "Drink Me" etc.

I love you to the moon and back wine glass charm handmade

This wine glass charm was made by my friend, Whitney. She also opted not to use the jump rings for her DIY wine glass charms. This charm says "I Love You to the Moon" and features tiny star shaped beads.

How to Make Wine Glass Charms for Women's Make & Take Crafts. Looking for a fun make and take craft project for your women's craft night? These DIY wine glass charm ideas are a fun adult craft for every skill level! An easy and fun adult craft night idea for women of all skill levels, this project is perfect for a wine and art night with friends. Pair your event with your favorite bottle of wine and a good time is guaranteed! Learn how to use metal stamping to make DIY wine glass charms.

Finally, my friend Bambi, who makes jewelry, chose to use the jump rings for her DIY wine glass charms. Her charms featured colorful beads. She used the words Growth, Calm, Happy and Lucky for each of her four wine glass charms, along with a metal stamped symbol to highlight each phrase.

What ideas do you have for your own DIY wine glass charms?

How to Make Wine Glass Charms for Women's Make & Take Crafts. Looking for a fun make and take craft project for your women's craft night? These DIY wine glass charm ideas are a fun adult craft for every skill level! An easy and fun adult craft night idea for women of all skill levels, this project is perfect for a wine and art night with friends. Pair your event with your favorite bottle of wine and a good time is guaranteed! Learn how to use metal stamping to make DIY wine glass charms.

If you like this women's craft night idea for making DIY wine glass charms, then be sure to pin this project to Pinterest to save for later. Also be sure to follow Becca Ink on Facebook and Instagram for more great DIY ideas.

How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Honey to Boost Immunity & Fight Colds and Flu

Friday, March 6, 2020

Naturally boost your immune system to help fight off tough cold and flu viruses with this easy, homemade elderberry syrup recipe with honey. Learn how to make elderberry syrup to boost immune health and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness.

Elderberry syrup recipe with honey. How to make elderberry syrup to boost immunity and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C making them an effective holistic cold and flu remedy for your health.

How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Honey


Health Benefits of Elderberries 


Black elderberries have been used for hundreds of years for their medicinal value in treating colds, the flu, allergies and to boost overall respiratory health. Found along rivers, forests and even roadsides, this common botanical yields ripe berries that are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C. Studies have shown, that consuming elderberry syrup can greatly reduce the duration of colds and flu. Therefore making it an effective, and tasty, natural home remedy.

My homemade elderberry syrup recipe with honey is a simple and tasty way to ingest the nutrients offered by elderberries. It's believed that taken daily, elderberry syrup can boost your immunity to help prevent colds and flu, as well as aid in the recovery of an existing illness such as the flu and colds. It is able to both shorten the duration an illness as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe sore throat pain.

Ingredients Used to Make Elderberry Syrup


This elderberry syrup recipe is made using dried elderberries. Therefore, if you don't live in an area where you can safely forage elderberries, or local purchase options are limited, you can simply buy all the ingredients you need to make elderberry syrup online.

You can source the dried elderberries needed to make elderberry syrup recipe with honey on Amazon here, with Prime 1-day shipping if you're in a time crunch. Additionally, you may also want to pick up some spices at your local grocer. Adding cinnamon sticks, organic cloves and organic ginger root to this elderberry syrup recipe adds extra flavor. These spices can also offer additional immune support. Simply add these additional ingredients to the bag of elderberries before you begin.

Don't have time to make your own? You can also buy Elderberry Syrup either locally online.

Keep reading to learn how to make elderberry syrup with honey for your family to naturally support immune health and promote wellness.

Elderberry syrup recipe with honey. How to make elderberry syrup to boost immunity and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C making them an effective holistic cold and flu remedy for your health.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe with Honey


Ingredients:


1 1/2 oz. organic elderberries
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup raw honey

Supplies:


amber or cobalt blue glass bottles with droppers
digital kitchen scale
large pyrex measuring cup
4" x 6" cotton muslin bag
small funnel
small saucepan
spatula
labels

Instructions:


Start by weighing out the elderberries, then place in a large cotton muslin bag (optional.) Pour your filtered  tap water into a small saucepan on the stove, turn the heat on high and add the bag of elderberries.

Boiling water to make elderberry syrup

Bring the water to a boil.

how to make elderberry syrup

Then reduce heat and allow to simmer for twenty minutes or until the water is reduced to half.

Now remove the elderberries from the water and press firmly to squeeze out all of the remaining juice from the berries. If you did not use a mesh bag, strain the berries from the water.

strain elderberries from water and remove

Combine the water with the raw honey - I bought local clover honey from my Farmer's Market - in the glass pyrex measuring cup and stir to combine thoroughly. (Keep in mind raw honey is not recommended to children under two years of age.)

Bottles of homemade elderberry syrup.

Finally, using a funnel, slowly fill your amber glass bottles with elderberry syrup. Don't fill them too full or the syrup will spill out of the edges when you place the lids with the droppers on them. Label as desired.

Elderberry syrup recipe with honey. How to make elderberry syrup to boost immunity and shorten the duration of colds and flu, as well as reduce excessive mucus and soothe a sore throat. All you need are three simple ingredients to make this natural cold and flu relief remedy to support your family's health and wellness. Elderberries are rich in antioxidants, potassium, beta carotene, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C making them an effective holistic cold and flu remedy for your health.

You can store your elderberry syrup with honey in the fridge where it will keep for 2-3 months. To use, take one Tablespoon daily to help prevent illness. If you have an existing cold or flu, take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours while ill.

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If you liked learning how to make elderberry syrup for cold and flu relief, then you may also enjoy my fire cider vinegar recipe. Fire cider vinegar is a traditional, warming apple cider vinegar tonic. It acts as a holistic decongestant while also supporting immune health. Get the recipe here.

Alternately, you may also want to try one of these other natural remedies for cold and flu relief.

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