Have a sunburn? Use Shea Butter sunscreen!

Shea Butter Sunscreen

A couple years ago, I tried several of the “natural” sunscreens sold in stores only to continually break out in a rash. Then I found this recipe for Shea Butter sunscreen and I made some. When I was in Israel for 3 weeks- outside most of the time- I used this liberally every day and was able to prevent looking like a fried red lobster! I actually tanned a nice golden brown! :)

Zinc Oxide is used in a lot of lotions, creams, and diaper rash ointments. Here is an article on the benefits of it.

I plan to make this again soon, so if you are interested in purchasing some, please get your order in now! Email me at mannafoldblessings@gmail.com.

Be safe out there this summer and protect your skin! :) Then you can enjoy the sun!

Shea Butter Sunscreen!

What you need:

  • 1 C 100% pure Shea Butter
  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil
  • 4 ounces Beeswax (less if you want thinner lotion, but this if for water resistance)
  • 1/2 C Olive Oil
  • 2 t or more Liquid Vitamin E
  • 3 T Zinc Oxide Powder

What to do:

Combine all ingredients except the Zinc Oxide in crockpot. I highly recommend a crockpot liner for easy clean-up! Heat on high until all ingredients are completely melted. Will be a clear golden color. Then slowly, whisk in the three tablespoons of Zinc Oxide. Carefully, pour into Mason Jars or other heat safe containers and let sit uncovered until cooled. The SPF on this recipe is about 30, but adding more Zinc Oxide will make it higher.

**If you want to make a liquid sunscreen, try this natural homemade sunscreen oil recipe. 

Yield: About 30 ounces

NOTE: I made it in my 2 quart pan on the stove. It works just the same as long as you heat it slowly. It is best to add the Vitamin E oil very last as the heat might destroy its benefits. You can add less beeswax for a thinner consistency. – Coach Shannon

Resource:

Natural Shea Butter Sunscreen

It’s strawberry time!

Needing some new recipes for strawberries? I’m seeing lots of posts about them on social media and I am wishing I could go pick some out of my patch! However, my strawberry patch is in my imagination, so I don’t have to go far! 😀 haha!

Last year I found one the width size of my cup!

strawberry

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, fiber, folate and potassium. The USDA-ARS Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging states they are a great source of antioxidants and places them among the top 5 antioxidant- rich fruits!
Strawberries fight against cancer, heart disease, memory loss, stress and anxiety.  One source states “According to a research at Tufts University, the antioxidants in strawberries could prevent or even reverse problems like memory loss, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease – all conditions blamed on free radical damage.”  Eat a strawberry (or three) after a stressful day and it may increase your dopamine- the happy chemical in your brain! :) (1)

Here is a recipe to try!

Strawberry Electrolyte Drink
Strawberry Electrolyte Drink

Strawberry Electrolyte Drink

By: Shannon Beeghley, LPN, NS, CHHC

-3 cups of coconut water
-1 cup of frozen strawberries
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Throw into you blender and let it run until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the mixture is smooth.

And a healthy jam recipe I want to try!

StrawB Chia jam

Toss a few sliced strawberries in with some fresh garden spinach, a sprinkle of slivered almonds and drizzle with a poppy seed dressing! Ooo-la-la! 😀  Add to smoothies, on top granola & yogurt, fresh strawberry pie…. YUM!

Word of caution- there are allergy concerns for a few people when it comes to strawberries. Be sure to ask your friends if they or their children have strawberry allergies before your cookout get- together. Also, it is very important to properly wash your locally grown (or store bought) berries to avoid any harmful bacteria that can cause disease. Ask your local berry farmer if they used any fertilizer sprays. Berries can be washed in a light vinegar/water mix to clean off fertilizer sprays etc. Rinse the berries several times before consuming! Fresh berries will keep about a week! (If they last that long! 😀 )

How do you eat your strawberries?

~Coach Shannon

 

Resource:

  1. Eat and Heal by the Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing