DIY: Summer Recovery After-Sun Spray

NEW! APOTHECARY EXCLUSIVES AT MOLLY MURIEL

At Molly Muriel we are passionate about all things natural and healing. We are always making up our own remedies for ailments we ourselves experience at our Apothecary in Milwaukie, Oregon. When we find a new recipe or herbal experiment that brings us relief, we want to share it with you! That’s why we’ve decided to introduce new monthly recipes and supply kits. 

Each month we will share a few of our favorite recipes both in-store and online. We will have a limited supply of the finished product available for purchase and also offer a supply kit if you feel inspired to use our recipes to make your own.

DIY: Summer Recovery After-Sun Spray

 Available for purchase online at  www.mollymuriel.com

Available for purchase online at www.mollymuriel.com

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to get outside and soak up the sun’s radiance. No matter how often we slather on sunscreen, there’s always that extra hour you stayed in the sun that you hadn’t planned on, or that unreachable spot on your back that you missed covering with SPF. Whether you are feeling the heat of your latest sunburn or your skin is simply feeling parched from the sun, this After Sun Spray will bring you some natural, soothing relief.

Our After Sun Spray is made using a combination of essential oils and ingredients you may already have in your pantry or can find easily at your local drugstore. 

Aloe vera is a well-known remedy for soothing sunburns. But we tend to avoid the bottled green gel we’re all familiar with seeing at our local drugstores because of the added chemicals and synthetic ingredients. Aloe vera oil and juice are our favorite forms of aloe because they are both natural and 100% pure.

First let’s talk about the ingredients:

- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is a powerhouse of antioxidants, antibiotics, and works as a stimulator of cell growth. It’s also rich in calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, folic acid, amino acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E. Aloe vera is suitable for all skin types including highly sensitive skin. 
- Witch Hazel: Witch Hazel has both antibacterial and antiseptic qualities which can help skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It also shrinks blood vessels (which helps tighten skin), promotes faster wound healing, soothes itching, and refreshes and rejuvenates the skin.
- Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender has tissue regeneration and healing properties that can quickly relieve burns.
- Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint contains menthol which has a cooling effect on the body bringing much needed relief for sunburns. 
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Eucalyptus has antiseptic qualities making it good for healing wounds, burns, cuts and sores.

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

• 2 oz Distilled (of Filtered) Water 
• 1 oz Aloe Vera Juice
• 1/2 oz Witch Hazel
• 18 drops lavender essential oi
• 9 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 3 drops peppermint essential oil
• 4 oz spray bottle

Combine ingredients in a 4 oz spray bottle. Keep refrigerated.

Note: All supplies and DIY kits available at the Molly Muriel Apothecary in Milwaukie, Oregon.

How To Apply:

Shake well to disperse essential oils, then spray onto any areas of sunburned or parched skin.

Use Caution:

• Do not use this oil blend on children under the age of 10. If you want to make your After-Sun Spray safe for children ages 6+ simply omit the eucalyptus essential oil.
• Test the spray on a small portion of your skin first. If you experience any sensitivity or irritation, do not use.
• Do not apply essential oils directly to your skin. They must be diluted in a carrier oil or water-base.
• Molly Muriel Apothecary is not a medical doctor by any means, so we cannot guarantee this spray will work for you. Consult your doctor before using essential oils. 

Shop online or in-store

Available for purchase on our website, www.mollymuriel.com
Products and supplies available at our retail store in Milwaukie, Oregon

DIY: Allergy Relief Oil Blend

New! Apothecary Exclusives at Molly Muriel

At Molly Muriel we are passionate about all things natural and healing. We are always making up our own remedies for ailments we ourselves experience at our Apothecary in Milwaukie, Oregon. When we find a new recipe or herbal experiment that brings us relief, we want to share it with you! That’s why we’ve decided to introduce new monthly recipes and supply kits. 

Each month we will share a few of our favorite recipes both in-store and online. We will have a limited supply of the finished product available for purchase and also offer a supply kit if you feel inspired to use our recipes to make your own.

DIY: Allergy Relief Oil Blend

 Available for purchase in our  online shop  and in-store.

Available for purchase in our online shop and in-store.

Summer is here and that means it’s the time of year when everything is in bloom here in the Pacific Northwest. As Oregonians, we live for summer- a time when we can enjoy a much needed break from the normal rain and grey skies we live in nine months out of the year. 

While we love spending our summers outside gardening, camping, or simply enjoying a warm evening in our backyards, seasonal allergies can certainly put a damper on things. Whether it’s a change in the weather or a certain plant in bloom, we often find ourselves sneezing, itching our eyes, or becoming overwhelmed with nasal congestion. Luckily, we’ve discovered a natural remedy that is both simple and easy to create- the Allergy Relief Oil Blend.

What makes this oil blend so effective against allergies are the blend of essential oils lavender, lemon and peppermint. Together these three essential oils create a natural antihistamine which helps to reduce inflammation in the body and eases allergy symptoms.

Here's a little more info about these three essential oils:

- Lavender: Helps eliminate nervous tension, relieves pain and respiratory problems. It's also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
- Lemon: Is a natural anti-biotic, antiviral, antiseptic, and disinfectant.
- Peppermint: Contains menthol which helps clear the respiratory tract and has a cooling effect on the body. Because it is an expectorant, it provides instantaneous, though temporary, relief from nasal congestion, asthma, cold and cough.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

• 30 drops lemon essential oil
• 25 drops lavender essential oil
• 10 drops peppermint essential oil
• Sunflower oil
• 10ml roll-on bottle

Combine essential oils in a small roller bottle then fill to the top with sunflower oil.

Note: All supplies and DIY kits are available at the Molly Muriel Apothecary in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Why Sunflower Oil?

We chose this particular carrier oil because sunflowers remind us of summer and sunshine. Sunflower oil is also rich in Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant in the body. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities, which are derived from it’s vitamin content. You can read more about the benefits of sunflower oil here

Note: If you prefer not to use sunflower oil or want to use something you already have in your kitchen, we recommend using extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil.

How To Apply:

Whenever you feel the allergy itch coming on, apply this oil blend to the bottoms of your feet and the base of your skull/neck. You can also rub it onto any irritated skin areas like around your eyes and nose.

Use Caution:

• Do not use this oil blend on children under the age of 6.
• Test the oil blend on a small portion of your skin first. If you experience any sensitivity or irritation, do not use.
• Essential oils should never be applied directly to skin, always use a carrier oil for dilution.
• Molly Muriel Apothecary is not a medical doctor by any means, so we cannot guarantee this oil blend will work for you. Consult your doctor before using essential oils. 

Shop online or in-store

Available for purchase on our website, www.mollymuriel.com
Products and supplies available at our retail store in Milwaukie, Oregon