Prickly Pears are in season….. :)

Prickly Pear FruitAnyone who’s been up around 4 in the morning looking for something on TV has seen the ad for the super juice made from the fruit of the nopal cactus.  Well, that’s prickly pear.  They grow in my yard.

We pick the fruit with tongs, then burn the spines (spikes! LOL) off with a torch.  Then we put them in a bucket.  Once we’ve got as much as we want or need (depends on what we’re doing), we take the bucket inside.  I don my kevlar gloves – even though we’ve burned the ouchiest parts off them, there can still be little tiny spines that will burrow into the skin – and peel the fruits.   Each one has many tiny black seeds inside.  Those seeds are hard as rocks!   Once the fruits are peeled and seeded, they’re edible.  To me, they taste a little like melon.   I think they make pretty good syrup for our gluten free/grain free pancakes and waffles.  They also seem to make pretty nifty soap!

img_0431Enriched with prickly pear fruit, goat milk, aloe vera, beer, jojoba oil and avocado oil, with a super fat of 7%, this is a super bar of soap.  It also has meadowfoam seed oil and can be used as a solid shampoo.

The fragrance is a blend of phthalate free fragrance and essential oils.  It’s quite a sweet floral, but to us it isn’t cloying.    This is now a zero coconut formula, meaning it will cleanse, but not be too drying.

As always, the colors are obtained with herbs and natural minerals.

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This Week’s Markets

Hi Everyone!  This week, Ancestral Herbals is very busy!Bacon Soap

Saturday, we are at Arizona Hops & Vines participating in Bad Decisions 2016 Campout, at Rincon Valley Farmers Market til 1pm, and at St Philips Plaza Farmers Market until noon.

Sunday, we are at St Philips Plaza Farmers Market from 8 am until noon.

See you soon!

 

Healing Oil

If you’ve ever tried the healing salve, you know how wonderful it is for rashes, burns, etc.


Well, this is the oil that goes into making that salve – it’s more potent.

Olive oil infused with St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Calendula and others, this is a best seller at the markets.!

.5 oz bottle with reducer – $9.00

2 oz dropper bottle  – $30.00

Get yours here

Lotion Fail

Hi everyone!

There was a batch of lotion where I woefully miscalculated an ingredient. I was working very late at night, was too tired, had a voice in my ear telling me I’d better have EVERYTHING the next day. I unfortunately listened, drove myself too hard and made a mistake.

I stand behind my brand – if I hadn’t been so over-tired, this batch of lotion would never have made it out to the markets that weekend.

There’s a word for this lotion. If you got some of it, you know the word. Let me know you got it or return your bottle and I will replace your lotion.

Have a great day!

So, just what is RSPO Palm?

It’s important to me to know as much as I can about each ingredient that goes into my products.  I research each one pretty meticulously and I’m happy to pass the info on to you!

Palm oil is, frankly, becoming one of my favorite ingredients. I love it as a shortening in certain recipes, too.

But it’s very important to choose carefully when purchasing palm oils. Because unscrupulous people do terrible things in the pursuit of a profit. So, I use ONLY Certified sustainable organic Palm oils (CSPO). It costs more, but in my opinion is worth every penny.

This week’s markets – 7-8-16

Hi everyone! 

I tripped yesterday evening and hurt my foot. Yes, the ‘screwed’ foot. Have been advised to stay off of it for at least a week or until the pain and swelling abate. So, I will miss this week’s markets entirely. 

I seriously don’t want to screw up my screw and end up under the knife (or screwdriver! LOL ) again. 

If you need something, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do my best to get it to you. 

Have a great weekend! 

At Maynard’s til 8

Scrubby Stix – Sedona

Form meets function in this one.  It’s pretty to look at and smells good!  The design came to me through mixing up an essential oil/fragrance oil blend.  When I smelled it, these colors came to mind.  :)

Not only does it get you clean, it also scrubs the heck out of the ‘sandal foot’ areas, elbows, etc.  The scrubbing action is from super fine pumice and walnut hulls.

This is a coconut-free formula, so it won’t dry the skin excessively.  The colors are created with minerals and herbs – no fear of toxicity!  :)

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Castile Soap – liquid body wash/shampoo and bars

So, you think that stuff with ‘Dr.’ in the name is REAL castile soap?

Really?

NOPE.

True Castile soap is soap made with olive oil ONLY.  So, while the good Dr.’s soap may be all vegetable oils, all vegetable oil soap does not a castile soap make.🙂  In fact, the ingredients on both the bar and the liquid soap list coconut oil FIRST, meaning that there is more coconut oil in them than the other oils. In both the bar and liquid, olive oil is down in the FIFTH position on the ingredient on the list.

So what?

Well, first of all, coconut oil saponifies into an extremely cleansing soap – in fact the detergent SLS/SLES found in dish detergent and most shampoos is coconut oil based.  That means that here in the Southwest, where we all battle dry skin at some point in our lives (most of us our entire life), the coconut oil isn’t the best idea for cleaning. It strips the top layer of oil off the skin, leaving it vulnerable to the elements.

If you’ve ever visited my booth during a market or event, you’ve no doubt heard me talk about how soap made with coconut oil can be so very drying and how soaps made without coconut oil are so nice and kind to the skin! TRUE castile soap is soap made with Olive Oil ONLY and that is EXACTLY what we have here. Bar soaps and liquid soap made with Olive Oil ONLY. It’s gentle to your skin, easy on your hair and will not dry either out.  I’ve been using  both the True Castile liquid soap and True Castile bar soap as my shampoo on my dry, curly hair and they’ve both performed extremely well – I’ve got to say, I’m impressed with both, but prefer True Castile Liquid in my hair.  I’m so pleased and I believe you will be too.

The True Castile bars are enriched with dandelion leaves and lemongrass essential oil.

True Castile Liquid is unscented. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you’d like.

Get yours here.

If you want a liquid soap that is good for laundry, cleaning your house and such, my Super Clean Shreds or Super Clean Liquid soap is the best! Stay tuned for info.

And now I’m getting In Your Hair

What a nifty name for a conditioner, huh?  In Your Hair

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Lemongrass, hops, Lemon Balm, chamomile, nettles, burdock, calendula, horsetail, marshmallow, oat straw, and rosemary are infused into fresh, warm water for a time.   Also included are Raw organic Cocoa butter,  organic olive oil, a small amount of castor oil, and Vitamin B-5.

Now, some of the ingredients SOUND scary, but they’re not.  Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol derived from vegetable oils.  Environmental Working Group has determined that this ingredient is safe in concentrations up to 25% of the product.  In this conditioner, it is much, much less than 5%.   Behentrimonium Methosulfate is an organic compound derived from plant oil and is not on EWG’s restricted or unacceptable list.   It also makes for happy curls if you have them!

The preservative is Eco-Cert approved for use in organic products.

I use this conditioner every day and I have great fear of chemicals in and on my body.  So, if that doesn’t set you at ease any, nothing will.  :)

Get yours here

 

100%

Wanna guess why it’s named the way it is?  Because it is made from 100% Grass Fed Beef Tallow sourced locally!  100% seemed like a natural choice for a name.

Made ONLY with tallow from grass fed Beef raised in the Tucson area, this soap is exquisite.  The color is naturally occurring and the scent is a blend of lemon essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil.

Beautiful.  $8.50 – get yours here

 

Crushed Velvet Scrub Redux

Any time I break a product down and completely redo it, the plan is to make improvements.  The img_2950original version of Crushed Velvet wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a super scrub.  It was a super product for very oily, acne-prone skin – doing double duty as a mask, then scrub.  It still is, but those with dry skin may find it useful as well.  At least as a scrub.

Added Dead Sea Mud – the mineral benefit alone is wonderful, but it is also tonifying for the skin.  This time around, we’ve added Argan oil – touted for it’s uses as a moisturizer and works with Acneic skin as well, Flax Oil (highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acid ALA among vegetable oils), vitamin-rich Avocado Oil, and Jojoba oil (closely resembles skin’s naturally occurring sebum & has fungicidal properties).

The base is still our Cream Soap – originally formulated to be a shaving soap with a low, close lather, Cream Soap has taken on new life in recent years.  The longer cream soap rests (also called the ‘Rot’), the better it gets. The cream soap used in this is 2 years old.   Cream soap is one of the more complicated soaps I’ve made.  It utilizes both Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH), quite a lot of added glycerin and either added stearic acid or oils and fats naturally high in stearic acid.  Because stearic acid contributes to the creamy consistency of Cream Soap, I use both high stearic fats (stearic acid is naturally found in tallow and moreso in Grass Fed Tallow) and added stearic acid.  I won’t wear you down with further details about Cream Soap (because I’m a bit of a Soap Nerd, I think, and not everyone is always super happy to hear details that I find exciting), save it to say that this is a VERY nice scrub and I think much of that is due to the Cream Soap!

Enriched with Rhassoul Clay, French Green Clay, Activated Charcoal, Dead Sea Mud,  Apricot Seed Powder (the scrubby action), this cleanser/mask/scrub will not disappoint!

Available in 2oz jars and 4oz jars – because of the density of this product, each jar holds about 1/2 ounce more.  So the 2oz jar has 2.5 oz of scrub and the 4oz jar contains 4.55 oz of scrub.  Get yours here.

Travel Sets

These have been a surprise hit at the Markets!   I have a dear friend who makes the bags for these, and they go about as fast as we can put them together.   The price is $15.  In the photo to the right, there is a set all put together on the left.  On the right in the photo is a bag disassembled – the generous sample of Avocado Aloe bar is standing up behind the jars.  Below, you’ll see a closeup of the products usually included in the Travel Set.   All products, except the Avocado Aloe Soap, come in a .25oz double wall plastic container.

1 – super emollient cream, 1 – Healing Salve, 1 – Sunscreen,
1 – muscle rub, 1 – healing body butter, 1 – nail/cuticle cream, 1 – glucosamine msm pain cream, 1 – TLCream, 1 – travel size Avocado Aloe soap.

That’s 9 products!  It’s a great way to get to know Ancestral Herbals.

Now for fun.  :)  All of that, PLUS a travel size Bison Balm – Medicine Woman is $20!

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Bison Balm

Surely you’ve heard about how good pastured, grass fed meats are for us. The saturated fats are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and help keep our bodies’ levels of Omegas in balance. 

Our cell membranes are made up of a double layer of fatty acids.  Saturated fats constitute at least 50% of the cell membrane.  Because saturated fats tend to be more solid, they help give the cell membrane a stiffness necessary for proper function.   Healthy skin cells with sufficient fats would make for healthy, toned skin.  Interestingly, tallow fat is around 50% saturated fat – just like our cell membranes, so its logical that tallow would benefit our cell biology.  Tallow also contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K which are found only in animal fat.  Tallow from grass-fed animals also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties.

One of the things I’m constantly telling people is “everything that goes on the skin should be edible – because your skin absorbs everything!”  People light up when we get to talking about this – such a basic truth rests well on their hearts.

I’ve had so much fun working on the formulae for these. And to have customers asking for them was such a confirmation!

I KNOW the beef and buffalo tallows in this are grass fed because I obtained the suets from reputable grass fed outfits and private hunters and rendered it myself.  (See my post titled Grass Fed for more info).

Bison Balm is available in a few different formulations:

Bison Balm – In Your Face – Balm is enriched with cholesterol Esthers, lanosterol esthers, olive squalane, jojoba oil and organic lemongrass essential oils.

Mr. Bison Balm – Balm with a manly scent – Cedar & Sage

Bison Balm – Medicine Woman – Balm enriched with herbal oils that encourage healing.

Bison Balm Bare – Plain, unscented balm.

Get yours here

This Week’s Markets

Hi everyone!

Look for us at Rincon Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 28th – 12500 East Old Spanish Trail 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On Sunday, May 29th, we will be at St. Philips Plaza Farmers Market from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.

Monday, May 30th, come see us at Maynard’s Twilight Market from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If there’s anything special you need, let me know and I will try to bring it to one of the markets.

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Sunscreen!

Here in the desert, one of the things our skin needs most is moisture.  It did occur to me that simply making a spray oil would be convenient, but spraying oil right on already hot skin is really not img_2296a wonderful feeling – not to me, anyway.

So, the answer is to add water, right?  While using beeswax as an emulsifier is OK, when the emulsion is subjected to extreme temperatures (nothing extreme about 110 degrees, right?), it comes apart.  I found an emulsifier that is made from olives without the use of solvents, is Eco Cert approved for use in organic products and it’s pretty much edible.  :)  Not that I’d recommend eating the sunscreen, but it’s good to know that what is going on the skin is not toxic!

Each of the oils in this have been chosen for their naturally occurring SPF.  The lotion comes in around 20, and it feels refreshing going on!  Win Win!  :)   Shop here

This Week’s Markets

Hi everyone!

Look for us at Rincon Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 21st – 12500 East Old Spanish Trail 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On Sunday, May 22nd, we will be at St. Philips Plaza Farmers Market from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.

If there’s anything special you need, let me know and I will try to bring it to one of the markets.

See you there!  img_1947

Dandelion Salve

Hi everyone!I’m sure many of you have eaten dandelion greens in a dish. They’re very popular right now and can be purchased at many stores. Even the Sprouts very near me has them.  I steep dandelion greens in oil and use it to color soaps.

Roasted Dandelion root has been brewed into a coffee-like drink for many years. I drink it combined with chicory and a little coffee – this way, I still get a little coffee and a lot of flavor. Dandelion root stimulates the liver duct, so it helps the liver clean out.

There are a number of things Dandelion greens and roots are great for, but today we are going to look at the flowers.

The beautiful little yellow flowers that, when they wilt and turn to seed, take flight on the wind to spread their beauty across the earth.

I’ve got a few dandelion plants in my yard. They self-planted years ago and I have let them be. A few of them are in with my asparagus and they all seem to be getting along just fine. The oldest one is near my fig tree and it’s a number of years old now – it actually gets taller than my little fig tree sometimes!  Yes, I may be harvesting roots at some point.

Once they started blooming, I started collecting flowers.  Every morning, I went out and collected the blooms – fresKöhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen in naturgetreuen Abbildungen mit kurhly opened or getting ready to open.  I tried really hard to catch them before they turned to fluff.  Once I’d gathered quite a number of them, I steeped them in Olive oil, then made a salve.

It’s got a nice, earthy smell and a yellow tint.  Some say it helps skin heal up quickly, others claim it helps with muscle aches.  I’ve had positive reviews from those who have tried it thus far.  :)

Get yours here

Sunscreen

Hi Everyone!img_2296

Wow, it’s been so long since there was a new post here, I bet you thought I was slacking off somewhere. Nope. Have been THAT busy! The good news is that there are some really cool things in the pipeline – stuff I think you’re really going to love. And one of them is Sunscreen Cream.

Made with oils that possess a naturally occurring SPF, this is a non-greasy, creamy lotion that goes on cool because of the aloe vera and finishes without a sheen. It smells like it’s ingredients – carrot seed oil and red raspberry seed oil. So, kinda woody, not unpleasant. Definitely NOT fragrance-y!

So far, testers and customers have used it with success, even on their faces!  I don’t usually use sunscreen, so I didn’t realize being able to use it on the face was an issue.

The pic is my tester bottle – it was handy.  This 4 ounce bottle is $7.  Get yours here

Super Emollient Cream

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Some of you are already fans of Super Emollient Cream.  Some of you haven’t tried it yet.  :)
In the beginning, I pretty much used canning jars for this lotion exclusively.  Then I found pumps to put on the canning jars and people were excited about that.  When I started doing Farmers Markets, however, many people wanted to be able to take a little with them easily and many had airline-imposed weight restrictions.  So, I found squeeze bottles and tried those out.
img_2059 It was a love/hate thing.  I like the way the 4 ounce squeeze looked just fine, but the 8 ounce really didn’t fit the way I wanted my product line to look.  And everyone who buys my products at the markets seems to agree with their money – the 4 ounce squeeze bottles fly away as fast as I can make them (a gallon every week) and the 8 ounce pretty much sit there til someone desperate enough for lotion comes by after all the other containers are sold off.   But I do realize there are a lot of people who do want more than 4 ounces, yet still don’t want the glass jar.  So I hunted around and found these 8 ounce pumps in plastic.  So beautiful!
The first people to experience these at a market thought so too – all but one sold off in the first couple of hours.  I had to hold one back for an online order that came in while I was at the market.
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