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    Seeds of Life ~ A Liquid Balm

    Flower and serum

    {photo credit: Evan Healy}

    A luscious trilogy of exceptional seed oils for repairing the skin… this unique DIY recipe is a ‘honeyed’ Liquid Balm created by Evan. A very fluid, very soothing balm with all the impressive qualities of seeds of life. 

    “Seeds are many things. Above all else, they are a way of survival of their species. They are a way by which embryonic life can be almost suspended and then revived to new development, even years after the parents are dead and gone. Seeds protect and sustain life. They are highly organized fortresses, well stocked with special supplies of food against long siege. Seeds are vehicles for the spread of new life from place to place by the elements and by animals and people. Seeds are food for man and animals and other living things…” 

    ~ Victor R. Boswell, What Seeds Are and Do – An Introduction


    You may have noticed that most skin care formulas contain seed oils as a primary or secondary key ingredient. What makes seeds so important?

    Seeds are many things. Quite literally, they are the carriers of life energy, or life force. This fluid formula contains a unique synergistic combination of seed oils especially suited to your skin’s health: sea-buckthorn, sesame, sunflower, pomegranate, rosehip…. 

    Seeds have been used as condiments alongside meals, and as minor or major flavor components in recipes for literally thousands of years, adding vital nourishment in incremental, yet important amounts. 

    Seeds provide the valuable oils that frequently make up the majority of a formula in body care treatment products. For instance, applied topically (as well as ingested), sesame seed oil contains the stress-relieving minerals magnesium and calcium. Sesame seeds contain the calming vitamins thiamin and tryptophan, which help to produce serotonin thereby helping to reduce pain, balance moods, and encourage deep sleep. 

     

     

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” 

    ~ Leonardo da Vinci

     

     

    “Plants can be ‘reactivated’ from dried seeds that have been frozen and stored, or even from pollen – and without the need for genetic engineering. The seeds are simply replanted. In the case of pollen an extra step is necessary – they are first soaked in detergent solution and can then be used for fertilization. “The genetic material from these records can be successfully isolated and studied by scientists in the future. From there it’s possible to later use the herbarium record to recreate the genetic foundations of the ingredients identified today”, concludes Rhinaixa Duque-Thüs. It’s an important breakthrough for research and for the preservation of our biodiversity, which is threatened by external factors such as climate change.” 

    ~ Rosa Thomas ~ WALA Heilmittel GmbH

     

    Rosehip seed
    Rosehip Seeds

     

    Seeds of Life Liquid Balm is a luscious trilogy of exceptional seed oils, for repairing the skin, and features at the heart of it, our Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf.

    Sea-buckthorn (Hippophaes rhamnoides) thrives in cold regions. This shrub-like tree produces a fruit that contains a bright orange pulp, brimming with deep reddish seed and berry oil. Rich with emollient nutrients, the oil includes antioxidant vitamins A and E, beta carotene, vitamin C, flavonoids, polyphenols, and palmitoleic acid (an Omega-7 and component of the skin), and polysaccharides. Each of these are important for helping skin repair itself from wounds, inflammation, heat exposure, sun damage, dryness, sensitivity and premature aging. Its scent is gentle, sweet and subtle. 

    In a skin care formulation, sea-buckthorn seed oil provides beneficial antioxidant protection for glowing skin health.


    Seeds of Life
    A ‘Honeyed’ Liquid Balm Recipe 

     

    liquid balm illustration

     This recipe uses one, 1.9 oz. sized jar of Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf as a base. Alternatively, you may substitute our Whipped Moroccan Argan Butter, or use plain shea butter. 

    1. Scoop out entire contents of our Whipped Shea Butter with Olive Leaf into a food processor; or use a bowl, and whip briefly with hand held cake whipper. 

    2. To the Whipped Shea Butter, add an addition 1 tablespoon of the following: Sesame seed oil Sunflower seed oil Avocado Oil Olive Oil 

    3. Add an additional: ½ teaspoon sea buckthorn seed oil 1-2 teaspoons of the following: prickly pear seed oil pomegranate seed oil rosehip seed oil 

     

    Whip softened shea butter and oils together. Add more oils, or more shea butter to make a thicker of more fluid balm. Decant into a glass pump-top, or screw top bottle. Keep at cool room temperature, or refrigerate. This formula is meant to be a very fluid, and can be also poured onto the scalp, with a towel wrap. It is a luxurious hair treatment, or massaged into the scalp to soothe itchiness or dryness. One pump warmed up between palms and massaged into skin provides comfort and repose to allergic skin, dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin, rosacea, psoriasis, perioral dermatitis, eczema. Follow with a deep saturation of your favorite HydroSoul, my personal favorite any time of year is Frankincense HydroSoul. This is a very ‘flexible’ recipe and can be made to be more or less fluid to suit your preferences. 

     

    ~ Evan