DIY Infused Calendula Oil – An at home apothecary skin care treatment to create for yourself!

Making your own Calendula infused oil is very easy to do!

calendula-oil-in-progress-wfsWinter especially saps the moisture out of our skin. Creating an oil from the petals of Calendula officinalis, otherwise known as pot marigold, is the perfect strategy when you want to combat the drying effects of this harsh season.  By following the steps below,  you can have your very own batch of skin care in no time at all!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Dried, organic calendula flower petals
  • A carrier oil (I prefer Safflower oil, but Olive oil or Sunflower oil work well, too.)
  • A glass jar with lid. Make sure to clean it first!

infused-rose-calendula-oil-at-wall-flower-studioHere is how to do it:

  • Fill the jar about 2/3 full with the dried petals.
  • Next, slowly poured the oil over the petals, making sure they’re all submerged
  • Wait 4-6 weeks so all the goodness of the calendula is infused into the oil.
  • Store the jar in a warm dry spot for the infusion to occur. Before you know it, you’ll have your very own homemade infused Calendula oil, too.
  • Once the 4 weeks are up, strain the flowers out and there you have it… Your very own homemade Calendula oil.
  • Use the soaked flower petals as a foot scrub before discarding. Mix a handful of the petals with a cup of sea salt and scrub away.

calendula-wfs-fbCalendula oil is great to use after a bath or shower. It seeps in without feeling overly oily, making skin feel very soft and supple.

Apply it topically where needed.

I use it as a key ingredient in my lip balms, salves and other bath products.

*For more information on Calendula visit the: University of Maryland Medical Center

Feel free to get creative. Have fun and enjoy!

 

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Happy New Year! Sharing our January – March 2017 store hours

wall-flower-studio-shop-hours-winter-after-xmasHappy New Year!

Wishing us all peace and prosperity for 2017.

The store will be open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, January through to March.

Wall Flower Studio’s Etsy shop is always open!

I’ll be in the store other days, by chance or appointment.

If we’re experiencing a heavy snowfall, I may not go in. Thanks for understanding!

~ Cheers, Karen

 

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Minden Men’s Shopping Night – Stay out of the doghouse! #ComeWander

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Sharing our DIY Moth repel bag recipe, plus other handy household uses for herbs

lavender-sachets-moth-repel-dryer-bagsWe’re sharing a few fragrant, old time herbal potpourri recipes you can create for everyday household use. These are  remedies that have stood the test of time. No chemicals required!

To make a Moth Repel Bag, use a muslin or organic cotton drawstring bag which allows the scent of the herbs inside to circulate without restriction.  The herbs I’ve suggested (below) are pleasant for people, but not moths! The sachets help to keep wool, angora, cashmere, and other natural animal hair fibres safe.

In all actuality, herbs do not repel moths, but rather mask the scent of most natural fibres, keeping them safely disguised from unwanted visitors.


Mint Moth Chase-Away
2 cups of dried mint, either spearmint or peppermint
1/3 cup of dried rosemary
1 cup dried Thyme
1/3 cup of ground cloves


Cedar Shaving Chaser
2 cups of cedar shavings
1/2 cup of Lavender
1/2 cup of wormwood
1/2 cup of ground cloves


Lavender  (Old French recipe)
2 cups of Lavender
1/2 cup of pennyroyal
1/2 cup of ground cloves
1 cup of dried thyme


last-of-the-lavender-harvestLavender is my ‘go-to’ herb. I’ve been known to pop a couple sachets inside the hockey skates and work boots that accumulate around our house. 😉

Sachets can also be thrown in the dryer, which will lightly scent your sheets & towels. Just give them a good squeeze after each use to release the oils from the flowers, which is what offers that lovely aromatherapy scent. The bags can be used this way, about a dozen times before the florets start to get a bit icky. Then you know it’s time to compost them, bag and all! : )

Other herbs said to ward off moths include Tansy, Sage, Santolina, and Southernwood.
* Pet owners take note: Pennyroyal is also said to repel fleas.

Have a lovely weekend! ~ Karen

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Sharing Wall Flower Studio’s retail shop hours + Minden shopping event: ‘Stay outta the Dog House’

stay-outta-the-dog-house-wfs-minden-shopping-evening-living-green-roofJoin us at Wall Flower Studio, and other lovely shops in Minden for the annual ‘Stay Out of the Doghouse’  Men’s shopping night on Thursday Dec. 22 from 6 to 8 pm

Many local downtown shops will be open late, for your last minute seasonal shopping convenience.

wall-flower-studio-october-2016-inside-the-shopWe offer culinary, spa and garden gifts and stocking stuffers for both those easy & hard to purchase for people. 🙂

As I work on packing up and shipping out the last of our online orders today, with all that snow that has fallen, it looks like we’ll have a snow-filled holiday this year after all!

Just a note… We’re open every day through until Christmas Eve! Unless the weather is really bad. Please call first: 705-286-6999 or email through the contact box below. (It helps me combat spam, thanks!)

wall-flower-studio-shop-hours-decmeber-12-18-th-2016Safe driving and Happy Holidays from Karen @ Wall Flower Studio!

  • Gift baskets – tea, spa, culinary & gardening
  • DIY kits for easy gift giving
  • Terrariums & succulent gardens
  • Loads of stocking stuffers
  • Local art & paper goods
  • Our locally made bath salts, soaps and skin care products are created right here in #MyHaliburtonHighlands!

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Sharing our Basil Pesto recipe – Bon Appétit!

fresh-basil-pesto-recipe-wfsbasil-pesto-recipe-karen-sloan-wall-flower-studio-gardenMmmm, Pesto.

Drizzle it over pasta, mix it in salads, or top it on cooked veggies such as green beans, asparagus, or artichoke.

Please feel free to print (and/or) share our recipes!

Just a note about the ingredients in this pesto.. I like to mix it up a bit sometimes by adding spinach, pine nuts, and  just hint of our own locally made herbal vinegar. Yum!

Bon Appétit and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hot Mulled Cider recipe – A holiday fave to share & enjoy

Sharing our Hot Mulled Spice Recipe

apple-mulling-spices-etc-at-the-shop-wfs-fbIngredients

  • 16 cups pure apple juice or fresh apple cider
  • 4 (2-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 6 fresh or dehydrated orange, lemon, apple, or pear slices
  • Add cranberries if desired
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • dozen fennel seeds
  • just a pinch of nutmeg
  • dozen tellicherry peppercorn
  • tablespoon of ginger root

Directions

dried-orange-slices-at-wfs-and-air-plant-fbCombine all the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for at least 20 minutes.  The juice, (wine or cider) needs time to absorb all of the flavours from these lovely ingredients.

Don’t let it heat up so much that it boils. You’ll know when it’s ready because your kitchen will smell so good!

You can wrap the ingredients in a cheese cloth bag too,  which makes for easier clean up, and less ‘floaties’ in the cup!

Pour into mugs, garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.

Time: 20 min – Prep: 10 min – Yield: 12 + servings  Level: Easy

Alternatively, we offer Mulled Spice Kits at our Etsy shop: HERE – Cheers!

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