Sunday, 12 January 2014

Some answers to questions I get asked a lot

What You Will Find In Your Old Pit Potions

Pure essential oils,
Organically grown herbs, flowers and Oatmeal,
Fair Trade Demerara Sugar,
Fair Trade Cocoa & Shea Butters,
Pure Beeswax,
Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
Coconut oil,
Sweet Almond Oil,...

Sea Salt,
Local Honey
Floral Waters
...and a lot of love and attention.

What You Will Not Find In your Old Pit Potions

Synthetic fragrance oils,
Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLS)
Palm Oil,
Unethically sourced essential oils.

All Old Pit Potions are suitable for vegetarians, many are suitable for vegans, and all are tested on Humans

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Sunshine in a jar

In what is turning out to be a dark, wet January it's nice to be reminded of brighter times.
Lacking the funds to travel to warmer places I have looked back to the sunnier parts of last summer and I can't think of anything that captures those days better than a batch of salves I made from the sunniest of all the weeds. Dandelion Flowers.

This method works for pretty much any infused oil but this one looks so pretty I wanted to share it.

I made a dandelion infused oil by steeping the heads in a mixture of olive and sweet almond oils

As you can see I use a combination of a jam funnel and a coffee
 filter to strain out the oil from the plant material

   I heated the oil gently over some just on the boil water.

When the oil was warm enough, I added beeswax and a few drops of essential oils

  I poured the resulting liquid salve into some glass jars

The salve labeled and ready to go.