Prayer of Gratitude

Today I am grateful for the cloudy skies above and the intermittent sun breaks. Grateful for the light rain falling on the red and golden leaves that cover the yards, sidewalks and streets. All those fall colors and that fresh November air on my face. And as I gaze around and inhale the cool air, I am grateful to be immersed in this everyday magic. Grateful to be alive and to recognize the magnificence of these moments in time and space.

What are you grateful for?

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Make Your Own Sunscreen

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This recipe is  around SPF 20* with the help of Helichrysum essential oil and zinc oxide. Zinc oxide can absorb ultraviolet radiation of sun and protect the skin from sunburn and other damaging effects of UV radiation. Because it absorbs the broadest spectrum of ultraviolet radiation, the FDA has approved its use in sunscreen, lotions, creams, makeup, deodorant, soaps, and more.

What you need:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil

1/4 cup beeswax

2 tablespoons zinc oxide

1 teaspoon vitamin E

2 tablespoons shea butter

12 drops Helichrysum essential oil

Note: You can purchase beeswax and shea butter at most health food stores.


Add everything except zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil in a medium sized glass mixing bowl.

Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan so that the saucepan is cradling the bowl.

As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.

TIP: Use a popsicle stick to help stir for an easier cleanup.

Once all ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 3 minutes.

Add the zinc oxide and Helichrysum essential oil and stir well to mix.

Note: Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor.

Pour into a pint-sized tin or mason jar and store in a cool place (like a refrigerator). Use within six months.

*Note: this recipe is not suitable for SPF protection during water-related activities.