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The Incredible BC Stack

What is the BC Stack? How it helps Bloggers, Business Owners and Marketers to run successful online businesses!

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The BC Stack - 65 Digital Products to help Bloggers, Business Owners and Marketers run successful online Businesses!
The BC Stack – 65 Digital Products to help Bloggers, Business Owners and Marketers run successful online Businesses!

This is what Bloggers and Business Owners wait for every year. It’s a giant Goody Bag or Christmas in Summer for everyone who already knows about the “Blogging Concentrated Stack”.

The BC Stack went live in 2015 and is a bundle of currently 65 different products from experts around the globe to help you run a successful online business.

Every year since, the creators of BC Stack, Dan and Rachel, collaborate with new and existing experts in their fields to put a new stack together. This means no stack is ever the same.

It’s an incredible resource library that ranges from various guides, videos, webinars, online courses, personal coaching, writing and publishing books and more.

You have access to the courses for life and updates to the materials are free after activation.

Usually, you have 60 days to activate/ sign up or save each product with the stack code that you get after purchase. I recommend bookmarking each resource after activation so you can find and work through it faster.

My Blog Folder in Bookmark Toolbar
I have created a new Blog folder in the bookmark toolbar to save everything to do with blogging.

Also, save all the dates for the webinars and coaching to your calendar for all the topics that are important to you.

Check back in on the Blogging Concentrated website. Sometimes there are technical errors or changes to the schedule for the webinars. You don’t always get notifications about those changes by email but they update it on the product selection page.

The whole package for $39/ £32??? Ermm – Yippee 🙂

The BC Stack 2019 was priced at $39 or £32 for me in the UK. That’s 65 resources for £32 worth nearly £5000 if purchased independently.

Each product is worth at least $39/ £32, so even if you only use one you get your moneys worth. I recommend activating as many as possible. Even if you are not ready to use speciffic resources, yet. You don’t know where your journey will take you further down the year.

The written content like guides and courses get updated to stay current with the times. This does not cost you extra.

Many of the experts have Facebook Groups that connect you with likeminded people. Available groups are introduced to you during activation of your chosen products.

Only $39/ £32 to buy BC Stack? Why would they?

Dan and Rachel have a thing about Learning and have pulled out all the stops since starting BC Stack. They want to help others to get access to the help and resources they need to succeed.

The point of BC Stack is to introduce you to the experts and vice versa. Instead of you hunting around trying to find genuine people and products to help you, Dan and Rachel do that for you. They use their past experience and knowledge and only ask trusted and proven Experts to be part of the program. This saves you time and a ton of money.

When is the BC Stack available?

Unfortunately, the BC Stack 2019 has come and gone. To be able to keep offering the Stack at such a great price it’s only available for 5 days a year, usually between June and August. It’s a one time offer from all the collaborators. So keep your eyes peeled for the next one!

Pre-order BC Stack 2020 now!

But here is the kicker: You can pre-order BC Stack 2020 already. So there is no way you’ll miss it when it’s released in 2020.

What are you waiting for?

Check out all the Information on the Blogging Concentrated Website and become a BC Stacker now!

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Herbal Oil Infusions for Beauty Treatments

Herbal Oil Infusions

How to make Herbal Oil Infusions for Beauty Treatments to use in home made Creams, Lip Balms, Salves, Massage Oils and more.

Herbal Oil Infusions

There are 2 types of Oil Infusions you can make

The process of infusing the oils is the same for both types, but the ingredients used can be very different. To make Oil Infusions to use in Beauty Treatments you want to use oils, herbs and spices that are good for your skin.

Best Oils to use in Herbal Oil Infusions

There are 5 Oils commonly used in Beauty Treatment Infusions.

Coconut Oil is usually solid when purchased but can be Fractionated which keeps the oil liquid. It has antibacterial and moisturising properties and it’s my favourite choice. It can be purchased from health shops like Holland and Barret, HomeBargains, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and online. My favourite is the one from HomeBargains. The price is right, it has a nice subtle smell and works well.

Olive Oil is also beneficial and a little easier to come by than Coconut Oil.

Safflower Oil ( Carthamus Tinctorius) – I have not used Safflower Oil, yet. It’s available on Amazon. Judging from the reviews it has from the brand I buy from its great for people with dry skin and Eczema. One buyer saw results within 3 to 5 days. It’s a very light oil and absorbs well into your skin. From £6.99 on Amazon, it’s a bit more expensive but versatile in homemade Hair, Skin and many other Beauty Products and Makeup removal.

Sunflower Oil is cheap to buy but doesn’t have many benefits. After you finished the infusion it can be upgraded by adding other beneficial oils like sweet almond oil, castor oil, Argan oil etc.

Vegetable Oil is the cheapest and like Sunflower Oil doesn’t have many benefits. It can also be upgraded after infusion.

Equipment you may need to make Herbal Oil Infusions

Slow Cooker: I have a triple pot slow cooker out of HomeBargains. For some recipes you need to warm up ingredients in separate pots at the same time. That slow cooker can save you some time making treatments and have dinner on 😉

Fine strainer, Nut Milk Bag or Cheesecloth to squeeze the used herbs out of the oil.

Bottles, Plastic or Glass Jars, Cream or Lip Balm Tins to store the finished products.

Choosing and Preparing the Herbs for your Infusion

Herbs can be used fresh or dried and its best to have a recipe to hand, especially if you are just starting out. Some ingredients aren’t cheap and you don’t want to waste the whole lot if you buggered up, winging it. You can find Links to my recipes at the end of this article.

Wash fresh herbs well and towel dry them. Then chop them into smaller bits. This way they infuse better.

Dry herbs can be crumbled up if they are not already ground up.

There are various herbs and spices that are great for topical (on the skin) use.

Plantain, Dandelion, Ginger Root or Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Rosemary, Arnica, Safflower, Aloe Vera, Turmeric, Lemon, Calendula Flowers, Echinacea, Comphrey and more.

How to make the Herbal Oil Infusion

Once you have all your ingredients together, place all your fresh or dry plants and or spices in the pot. Then add the Oil, stir well and leave to stand on the keep warm function of your slow cooker.

There is the long version to making Oil Infusions as well. For this you need to add all the ingredients into a glass jar and leave it to stand for 3 weeks to a month. I don’t have the patients for this method. If something ails me I want to be able to make a remedy pretty quick.

Once the Oil Infusion is done, you can use it as a massage oil or make it into lotions, creams, lip balms etc.

My Recipe Recommendations to make Herbal Oil Infusions

Cayenne and Ginger Pain Relieve Salve

Calendula After Sun and Burn Relieve Oil or Salve – coming soon

Comphrey Clear Skin Serum – coming soon

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Herbal Oil Infusions for Cooking and Salad Dressings

Herbal Oil Infusions

How to make herbal infusions for cooking and salad dressings

Herbal Oil Infusions

There are 2 types of Herbal Infusions:

Herbal Infusions for food use:

There are various Oils you can use for Infusions. The most common ones are Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Vegetable Oil, Sunflower Oil and Rapeseed Oil. All of the oils infuse equally well but taste differently. So depending on your preference and if you want a healthy option, Olive Oil would be the best option for most people. Otherwise just go with the one you are most familiar with.

Olive Oil: Not my favourite on its own. Olive Oil has a distinct aftertaste but infused with herbs and spices they mask it a bit. It has various health benefits and can be integrated into diet plans.

Rapeseed Oil: Rapeseed Oil also has a distinct aftertaste

Sunflower Oil: Has a slightly nutty taste and is a bit cheaper than Olive, Safflower and Rapeseed Oils but a bit more expensive than vegetable oil.

Vegetable Oil is the most neutral in taste of the oils mentioned. It doesn’t have many health benefits and is also the cheapest.

Choosing herbs and spices

Once you have your Oil you have to choose the herbs and spices to infuse your oil with. Below are a few herbs and spices to start with:

  • Chilli or Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic (Peeled Cloves, sliced or chopped)
  • Ginger Root or Powder
  • Basil, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Cracked Pepper or Pepper Corns
  • Piment
  • Cloves

You can get quite creative with the ingredients. You can mix chilli and garlic or garlic and pepper, Basil and garlic. It depents on the flavours you like and what you want to use the oil for.

Infusing the Oil

There are 2 options to do this.

The Long Version is to put all your dry ingredients into a glass jar or bottle. Then fill the jar with the oil and close it tightly. Leave the jar to stand in a warm but not hot place for 3 weeks to a month. You can open the jar to taste your concoktion, add more ingredients and leave it to stand a little longer.

The Short Version uses a slow cooker on the keep warm function. Again, you add all your dry ingredients and then add the oil. Leave it for 4 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. Taste it after 2 to 4 hours to see if it’s to your taste and add more ingredients, if needed.

Let the infusion cool and bottle it for later use.

Most of the oils have a shelve live of 12 months. This is how long your oil infusions will keep.

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Anti Bacterial Cleaning Spray/ Anti Mould Spray

This homemade antibacterial cleaning spray / Anti Mould Spray only takes a few minutes to make with common household items in the kitchen. Its all natural without harsh additives.

The vinegar and Tea Tree/ Eucalyptus Oils are naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal and are great on worktops, bathroom grouting (removes black and red mould), tiles, wooden and laminate floors and more.

Very mouldy areas may need more than one application to get it off. You can make a solution to specifically remove mould. Use the 20 drops of Tea Tree or Eucalyptus oil or both (10 drops of each), plus the 300ml of White Vinegar.

Sprinkle some baking soda on the heavily soiled surface and use the spray to wet it. You’ve just made Antibacterial Cleansing Cream.

Some people are allergic to Tea Tree oil. In that case, use Eucalyptus Oil only. The lavender oil is not as effective and only make a general cleaner.

As with all cleaners test it on a small hidden area first. Spray a bit of the cleaner on a cloth and wipe.

You will need:

How to make the Anti Bacterial Spray

How to make the Anti Bacterial Spray/ Anti Mould Spray

Fill the water and the chosen amount of White Vinegar into your bottle, using the funnel.

Add the oils and mix well. If you are mixing the oils, use half the amount. 10 drops Tea Tree, 10 drops Eucalyptus. I haven’t tried mixing the oils so I don’t know how it will smell. I’ve only used one at a time.

Now slowly add the baking soda. I say slowly because it will bubble up.

Stick the label on the bottle and write down – Anti Bacterial Cleaner or Anti Mould Spray – how much vinegar and what oils you used. This is especially helpful if you make different concentrations of the cleaner.

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Gentle Anti Bacterial Body Peel

Gentle Antibacterial Body Peeling

I’ve tried a bunch of different store-bought anti-spot and acne remedies but nothing has worked this well as this homemade antibacterial body scrub and acne treatment.

Gentle Antibacterial Body Peeling

This gentle homemade body peel is antibacterial and moisturises at the same time.

The antibacterial body scrub takes less than 10 minutes to make, is great in removing all the grime of the day and works out much cheaper than commercial products.

The price of the optional ingredients may look a bit steep. But if you keep using this antibacterial body peel the benefits quickly show.

I recommend using this gentle peel every second day, preferably when taking a shower or bath. Simply apply to your skin and gently scrub in a circular motion for 5 minutes. Then wash

Over time the body peel reduces scars, dark circles, acne and other skin conditions.

How to make this homemade body peel:

Optional but recommended:

Storage:

  • Small jar or plastic tub for storage
    • The above links are for products on Amazon UK that I personally use and recommend

Mix all the oils together and then add the baking soda. Stir it well to cream it up.

I’ve always been fighting with unclear skin and my day job isn’t making it any better. Long term this has helped to keep my skin clear better than any store-bought stuff and works a treat on my husbands back as well. His acne is much worse than mine. We’ve been using this peeling for a month, 3 to 4 time a week since writing this post and we will keep using it.

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How to make Cayenne and Ginger Salve to relieve pain

How to make Cayenne and Ginger Salve

Cayenne Pepper and Ginger Salve with added moisturisers is a great all-rounder. It’s mainly for Pain Relieve but also helps against wound infection, to heal cuts, bruises and burns and moisturizes.

How to make Cayenne and Ginger Salve
Cayenne Pepper and Ginger Salve with added moisturisers is a great all-rounder. It’s mainly for Pain Relieve but also helps against wound infection, to heal cuts, bruises and burns and moisturizes.

The main ingredient is Cayenne Pepper, which when infused into oil releases its pain relieving properties.

cayenne pepper
Main ingredient to make Cayenne pepper and Ginger Salve

The Ginger Root is used in treatments for Arthritis and improves blood circulation.

ginger root

Cayenne pepper contains Capsaicin, which blocks pain when used topically. Unfortunately, its also an allergen and you should test it on your hand by making a paste of Cayenne powder and water. If after 24h no swelling or redness has appeared you can continue on to make Cayenne Pepper and Ginger Salve.

How to make Cayenne Pepper and Ginger Salve

Ingredients and Tools needed:

  • Cayenne Pepper – 5 tbsp (125g – £1.28,250g – £4.67, 500g – £3.95, 1Kg -£7.27)
  • Coconut Oil or Olive Oil – 500g or 500ml
  • Fresh sliced Ginger (1 larger root) or Ginger Root Powder 5 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 3 tbsp
  • Bees Wax Pellets or Bar – 40g
  • Argan Oil – 10 drops (100ml -£7.99, 250ml – £12.99, 500ml – £21.99, 1L – £39.99
  • Almond Oil – 10 drops (100ml -£3.99, 250ml – £4.99, 500ml – £5.99, 1L – £7.99)
  • Calendula Oil – 10 drops (100ml – £6.99, 250ml – £8.99, 500ml – £14.99 1L – £24.99)
  • Jojoba Oil 10 drops (50ml – £6.99, 100ml – £7.99, 250ml – £12.99, 500ml – £19.99, 1L – £)
  • Vegetable Glycerine – 10 drops (100ml – £, 250ml – £4.99, 1L – £7.99)
  • Vitamin E oil – 10 drops (high strenght 30ml – £13.99,60ml – £7.99, 100ml – £9.99, 250ml – £14.99, 500ml – £21.99)
  • Scale to weigh Bees Wax
  • Slow Cooker (Regular pots won’t do. The oil is not meant to boil)
  • Nut Milk Bag, Cheesecloth or pipette to separate oil from the bits
  • Glass or plastic pots to store

Where to buy your supplies to make Cayenne and Ginger Salve

I prefer to buy my supplies in Bulk on Amazon. Many supplies can be used for other treatments or cooking and it works out well. You get a choice of regular or organic raw products, which you often don’t get in the shops.

I prefer to use this > Nut Milk Bag for straining because its quick and less messy. It’s strong design strains the very fine bits contained in this pain relieve salve. It has a well-worked seam and is washable.

How to make pain relieve salve

Infusing the Coconut or Olive Oil

First, you need to infuse your chosen Oil with the Cayenne Pepper, Ginger/ Ginger Root Powder and Turmeric. 5 tablespoons on 500g coconut or 500ml olive oil are on the stronger side for the amount of Capsaicin contained in the oils. You can use more or less Cayenne/Ginger/Turmeric to make it suit your pain relieve needs.

Olive Oil Infusion: This can be done by putting the olive oil into a glass jar, followed by the Cayenne, Ginger and Turmeric. Stir and leave in a warm place to infuse. It takes around 3 weeks to infuse. The fast way takes 3 to 4 hours in a slow cooker on the keep warm function.

Coconut Oil Infusion: This is best done in a slow cooker. Let the oil melt on medium or hot, depending on your functions, then turn down to keep warm. Add the Cayenne Pepper, Ginger and Turmeric and leave for up to 4 hours.

With both oils, the colour will change to orange. It will smell like a fresh ginger sponge. Yummy. 😛

Now you need to separate the oil from the bits. The oil will swim on top and can be separated with a turkey baster or pipette. But to get all of the oil its best to press it through a Nut Milk Bag or a cheesecloth.

I own a triple slow cooker with 3 pots. This makes the next step much easier. While I separate the cayenne and ginger infused oil, I melt the Bees Wax at the same time and put the oil straight into the pot with the wax. The oil is still warm and will help melt the wax from the top. Otherwise the beeswax can take a while to melt. Stir well until the bees wax has absorbed all the oil.

Let the Cayenne Pepper and Ginger salve cool a little until you see its starting to set. If it doesn’t set, its missing more wax. Put the pot back on the heat and add another 5g of wax and let it cool again. Repeat until it starts setting.

You can test the consistency of the Cayenne Pepper Salve with a metal teaspoon before it sets. This lets you see how the finished Cayenne Pepper and Ginger Salve is going to be like. Dip the spoon into the liquid and wait for a moment. The salve on the spoon should be soft and spreadable, not hard. If the salve turns out hard, add some more olive or coconut oil until you like the consistency.

Once the Cayenne Pepper Salve has started to change consistency in the pot, start adding the other oils and stir well.

  • Argan, Almond and Jojoba Oils are moisturizers
  • Calendula Oil helps to heal wounds and burns
  • Vegetable Glycerine is a natural preservative to keep your salve in date for longer.
  • Olive and Coconut oils usually have a shelve live of a year each, which makes them perfect for infusions. Check the jars when they arrive for expiration dates. If you paid over £4.00 for one jar but only a few months to go you were overcharged. Ask for a refund or send it back.

Cayenne and Ginger Massage Oil: In case you don’t have bees wax on hand, you can just use the mix of cayenne and ginger infused oils, plus moisturisers/ calendula oils and massage them onto your hands, knees and feet.

Personal Experience using Cayenne and Ginger Pain Relief Salve

At the time of writing this article, I had used this salve for one week and my usually cracked and callused hands and feet have stayed soft and springy. Wounds heal faster and the pain in my right thump has not returned. I use this salve on my hands, washed feet and legs at night.

I also had 2 burns on the same hand. One at the wrist and one on my pinky, which was really sore and blistered until I got home to put the salve on. In both cases, the inflammation, pain and swelling went down quickly and was gone the following morning.

A little goes a long way – so use sparingly. This goes for the pain reliefsalve and massage oil. Your skin won’t be able to absorb it all and it will feel sticky.

Please note that Cayenne Pepper and especially Turmeric are natural colourants and will stain light coloured clothes. Let the salve soak in first.

This salve is not suitable for pregnant women or when nursing. Do not use on the face (close to the eyes and mouth). It will burn.

Cayenne and Ginger salve is all natural and would not harm anyone in your household unless allergic. The salve could be eaten but would be very spicy. If it happens, especially with young children, give them plenty of water to drink. So keep out of reach.