Dreaming ’bout Sunburns ‘n Blizzards…….

by postroad on February 22, 2014

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When a van load of pastie Northerners head south midwinter…. beware. I attempted making homemade sunscreen inspired by MommyPotomus (I will share my version once I know if it actually works!) Yah, I am all about the belief of positive thinking but I am thinking it may take more than that to keep this crew of blondies from burning…… and while I am excited about the homemade version I am not exactly cashing in the bank on it. We’ll see what happens!

So for our first line of defense (besides bringing some bought stuff with) is to also bring a healing salve lotion. I had JUST enough calendula left over from the garden last year to make this, and was so pumped. I have already been using it like crazy for lip balm and am happy to report that it works great for that! It also is supposed to be awesome on burns, stings, etc… (all things I am not sure what we may encounter on our adventure.) I improvised this recipe from the Paleo Mama, based on what I already had on hand. I am excited to try her version of it when I run out and see how the two compare!

Here is what I did:

1/4 cup almond oil infused with calendula

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup beeswax

15 drops lavender oil

15 drops tea tree oil

(links are where I’ve purchased… through Amazon, they are affiliate links.)

To infuse:

There are a few different ways to do it, but I prefer this easy method… place your crushed flower petals in a jar and pour your oil over until completely covered. Cover the jar and leave on a sunny windowsill for 2-4 weeks. After you will strain out the petals with a fine strainer or cheesecloth….. and viola! I love these diy sealable tea bags as I also use them to mix my own herbal teas, less mess and no straining involved if you decide to put your herbs/petals in these. Next year my calendula patch will be much much bigger! I used up the last of it with this salve. If you haven’t tried growing it before, it is so easy and fun! I will do a blog post on it as soon as I get a chance. You can also purchase it here from Mountain Rose Herbs.

To make lotion:

In a double boiler melt the beeswax and coconut oil. Add the almond oil and essential oils. Mix well and pour into a half pint jar. Enjoy!! Let me know if you try this… I am finding myself SO addicted to creating all things natural lately……. especially since creating the Handmade Beauty Natural You course….. my head won’t stop spinning with ideas, I can NOT wait to get back in the garden and growing more oooh-lala for my soul and body :)

I hope you have an awesome weekend! We are under civil emergency here with yet ANOTHER blizzard. But no worries, the wood is finally tucked in the basement, the freezers are chuck full, and we are all here warm and cozy and with absolutely NO plans to go anywhere until the plows are back on the road. (I honestly love winter…… and no, I’m not asking the hubb’s opinion here as our tractor, plow, and four-wheel drive are all outta commision right now….. luckily I’ve got him and lottsa boys to get me shoveled out when I need it) ;)


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Dee February 22, 2014 at 2:56 am

Have a great warm break….and by all means buy sunscreen it’s too important not to. Avoiding skin cancer down the road starts today.


postroad February 22, 2014 at 3:12 am

Thanks Dee :) Yes, we certainly will be wearing it, at least till our skin adapts. But I am also a big believer in wearing shirts and hats and not slathering it on too thick (we are so lacking in vitD up here!) But I know we’ll have to use it this trip… no way to slowly get used to the sun like we do up here in the Spring. It’s gonna feel so good to unthaw :)


Bev Yaschuk February 22, 2014 at 3:06 am

hi there.I live in Yorkton Saskatchewan canada and it is -30c with about 5 feet of snow.I like winter as it gives me chance to do things in my home.I am a big diyer from along way back.gardening and flowers are my passion.I live on an acre of land and have lived here for 27 years so I have plants.Last year I had 350 pots of flower plus all my flower gardens.I am always making things with plants and flowers.I even made my own perfume from sweet peas.Channel No.5 has nothing on me.The smell is breathe taking.Herbs are another big thing or me and last year it was rosemary and basil butter.I made some in the freezer so I could enjoy this winter.You blog is great and we will talk again Bev


postroad February 22, 2014 at 3:13 am


You are totally my kinda gal :) I would love to hear how you make your sweet pea perfume, that sounds amazing!! Stay warm :)


Deborah Zultowski February 22, 2014 at 3:19 am

Enjoy your time in the sun with your beautiful family!


Pattie February 22, 2014 at 3:51 am

Yep!! I’m a fella “Yooper” .. Right now we are over our heads in snow .. But, my (girls)
our deers. Like clock work are right outside my door. Seeing if I’m thinking about putting in a garden this year. In other words (their big salad bowl) .. Hang in there !!


Laurie February 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I had a lot of calendula growing at our old house, but I don’t here; perhaps I will plant some now that I have read your great post, Heather! Have a wonderful, sunburn-free time in Florida. It is sunny here in Montana, but we have new snow and cold temps. Que sera, sera!


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