Welcome to my blog from the green hills and turquoise seas of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands. I've been blogging for the last twelve months or more here at The Solid Bar Company so I guess an introduction is a little overdue, so better late than never, "Hello", I'm Rebecca the company owner and founder!
Nature is so powerful; we are constantly reminded of this with negative news of floods, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions, whilst many of the positive discoveries of plants that help to fight or cure illnesses and alleviate pain go relatively unnoticed.
Dr Bach an English physician known for his flower remedies once said: ‘.....Nature patiently waits and we have only to turn back to her to find relief from our suffering….’.
So let's take a look at a few positives in the power of nature, starting with the not so humble coconut!
Coconut, found in many of our lotion bars and from which many of our gentle hair care cleaning agents derive, has many listed health benefits both internally and externally. It is naturally antibacterial and antifungal , rich in proteins and vitamin E oil, helps to retain the skin’s moisture levels, soften skin and help fight the signs of anti-aging. It’s also good for dry, cracked lips, which brings us onto our lip balm recipe…..
Coconut and Lime Lip Balm recipe: (use distilled lime so it doesn’t make your lips more phototoxic) is useful and good for protecting your lips from harsh climates, whether it’s in an intensely hot and sunny climate like here or in a cooler, colder climate as experienced by much of the world at this time of year.
This recipe will make 5 x 0.25oz lip balm jars:
Put the oils and beeswax into a pyrex dish and either place in a pan of bubbling water on the stove or place in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until completely melted. Add the Vitamin E oil and Zinc oxide if using and the drops of lime. Stir. Gently pour into lip balm jars. Leave for a couple of hours to set. Enjoy!
A delicious, simple coconut cookie recipe,whilst we’re on the subject of coconuts, taken from chef Nigella in the UK; it couldn’t be more simple (and quicker than going to the store to buy them) and a couple of local families have asked me for the recipe too, so that’s a good sign:
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl by hand. Roll into teaspoon sized balls and place onto a greased baking tray. Bake for 12 minutes on 350f (180c)
Best wishes, and come back again soon for more recipes and fun facts,
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