Tuesday, February 12, 2013

{Valentine's Day} Love Treats Extravaganza!

Want to hear a little secret? I LOVE Valentine's Day! It's the one time a year you can cut out little tissue paper hearts, unapologetically decorate your house with glittery reds and pinks, gussy up, eat chocolate and have great sex.  What's not to like?? Okay you hate the hallmark cards, you hate the date night obligations, sometimes you can't find a sitter.  I get it.  But I also think none of that matters unless you allow it to.  To me, Valentine's Day is a day I get to celebrate love. It's not about cards or flowers or diamonds, it's about what and who you love.  Sometimes that's flowers, sometimes its just snuggling on the sofa with family.  It does not have to be a crappy card, bouquet of red roses and a heart box of chocolates followed by dinner and a movie.  Sure that can be nice.  But does that really celebrate your love?  

Okay, stepping off my extra mushy love pedestal now.

I know you are here for some rockin valentine's day goodies so let's get to it!

First and foremost, you need some valentine's day cards.  Make em, paint em, craft em, whatever you feel like doing.  If you want a cute printable that you can cut out and give to as many people as your heart desires, I highly suggest hopping over to the Blessing Manifesting blog and check out her printable valentine cards.  Friends and Family beware, you'll be seeing these little gems popping up everywhere!

Chocolate Cake Body Scrub
No, I'm totally not kidding! With the exception of the soap (which is optional), this scrub is completely edible and fan-freaking-tastic for your senses and your skin.  It smells exactly like chocolate cake and your skin will be glowing.  I highly suggest you use regular table sugar for this recipe, because of the size of the grain.  Raw sugar while healthier is also a larger grain and would be pretty abrasive to use on your skin.

1 and 2/3 cup white sugar
5 Tbsp Oatmeal, ground
5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap
1 cup Grapeseed Oil

With a wire whisk, mix all the powders and sugar together in a large ceramic bowl.  Then get out a large spoon and pour in the oil, extract and liquid soap. Mix it well and scoop into a glass container with a lid for storage.  When you are ready to use it, scoop a little out with a spoon (so you don’t get water in it, it’ll grow nasties).  Massage it onto your entire body, focusing on dry spots like elbows and heels.  I don’t suggest scrubbing your entire foot as it can get a bit slippery! Rinse well, pat dry, and massage any excess oil into your skin.

Herbal Bath Tea

These are incredibly easy to make and they create such a luxurious feeling in the bath tub.  I really encourage you to play around with this to see what your favorite combination is. I like to add a few herbs for smell and one for healing.   Blend up your dried herb mixes in a bowl and then add about a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the mix to an extra large tea bag or muslin bag.  You can find extra large tea bags at most herb shops and online.  To use them, fill your bath with hot water, toss the bag in and let it steep for 5 minutes.  Then indulge.  Here are a few ideas to start with:

Floral mix
1 part rose petals
1/4 part lavender
1 part chamomile
1 part calendula flowers.   

My absolute favorite is this floral + earthy mix of:
1 part Rose Petals
2 parts Green Tea
1/2 part Comfrey Leaf 
Mixed with 5 or 6 drops of  Patchouli Essential Oil.

A more manly blend could be one of:
1 part Bay Leaves
1/2 part Lemon Peel
1 part Lemon Balm 
1/8 part Lavender.

Spicy Chocolate
Heaven!!!  I wish I could say I came up with this myself, but it's actually a recipe from the Bulk Herb Store.  Who would like a chocolate recipe that's good for your body and your libido?? I do! I do!  Easy to make and she even has a video to show how it's done.  This recipe turns out tasting like creamy, slightly spicy dark chocolate.  The kick is conservative in this recipe, so if you want a spicy bite, go ahead and add more.  My only complaint is that since you depend on the coconut oil to make them hard like a normal chocolate, you can't keep these at room temp for long or else they'll melt. So keep them in the fridge.  Also, they aren't very sweet, like dark chocolate.  So if you have more of a sweet tooth, sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top

Warming Massage Oil
The fine lady from Vintage Remedies has a recipe for a massage oil that's fantastic for aches and pains, or... when you want a nice warm massage to get you in the mood.  Most herbal oils require infusing for weeks, so this is a nice quick recipe when you only want a few applications.  Whatever you do, do not get this oil in cuts, scrapes, or in your eyes or private parts.  Have your honey rub this into your shoulder and neck muscles and you'll be purring in no time. ;-)

Natural Lubricants
Let's be real a moment, yes? Sex (or self love) will probably be involved in your Valentine's Day festivity.  So, lets talk about natural lubricants.  Many people aren't aware that most lubricants have some pretty nasty chemicals in them and promote the growth of yeast. Nice huh?  Feeling romantic now? Luckily we have alternatives that are much healthier for our lady parts.  The best lubricant I've used so far and liked, was coconut oil.  Coconut oil is a great anti-fungal and moisturizing alternative to store brand lubricants.  To use it, add some to a separate small jar that you can use specifically for hanky panky.  Make sure hands are always clean and never ever double dip into the container (EW!).  Another alternative is to use an herbal healing salve.  These are great if you have problems with dryness, are prone to bruising, or you're still recovering after childbirth (make sure your caregiver has given you the ok first).  And finally, if you want a good quality organic water-based lubricant that still has the slippery feel (which oils and salves do not), I highly suggest Yes, Organic Personal Lubricant.

I hope you all enjoy the hell out of these recipes!  Hug your honeys and babies! 
Happy Valentine's Day!!!


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