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This is where we put all beautifying recipes.

Massage butter

Warm and stir together:
2 tablespoons beeswax
¾ cup infused oil of choice
OR
1 tablespoon lanolin
½ cup infused oil of choice
OR
1 tablespoon each: beeswax, lanolin, lecithin
1 teaspoon honey
¾ cup infused oil of choice

Pour into small sterilized, dry jars and seal.

Calendula Cleansing Milk: Beauty In Your Back Yard

Simple Solution
Pot marigolds, also called calendula flowers, are blooming in many
gardens at this time of year and their petals make a wonderful
cleansing milk that will help to heal and nourish your skin. (If you
don't have calendula growing in your yard, you can buy the dried
flowers inexpensively online.)

Calendula is a powerful all-purpose skin-helper, since it is highly
emollient, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. This
cleansing milk is a healing addition to your beauty routine. Get the
elegant formula here:

INGREDIENTS

4 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon fresh calendula flowers or 1 teaspoon dried
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
25 drops grapefruit seed extract

1. In a double boiler over very low heat, heat the oil and calendula
flowers together for 30 minutes. Allow to cool, then strain out the
flowers and discard them.

2. Stir the aloe vera and the grapefruit seed extract into the
cooled oil, mixing well to combine.

To Use:

Scoop some of the milk onto your fingers and massage gently into
skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Vanilla & Rose Geranium Toothpaste

1/2 ounce powdered chalk
3 ounces powdered Orris root
4 teaspoons of tincture of vanilla
15 drops oil of rose geranium
Honey, enough to make a paste
Combine all ingredients and mix until you have a paste the consistency you like. Store in an airtight container. Use a clean stick (Popsicle) to scoop paste onto brush. Store the stick in same container.

Bay Rum Aftershave

Resinous bay leaves infused in the mellow woody smell of rum that has been aged and matured for months in wooden kegs makes for a very masculine aftershave that you can easily make yourself. This recipe makes a great gift for men. Truly, the smell of this product is divine (and it is, well, virtually good enough to drink).

Aftershave acts as an astringent and toner for the skin. Astringents help return the skin to a slightly acidic state after using alkaline shaving soaps. Toners soften and smooth the skin by closing the pores, and many are antiseptic and remove oils. Those with dry skin should follow aftershave with a pure and plant-based moisturizer.

As surprising as it may sound, the alcohol content of aftershave made of rum won't be much different than that of many commercial brands! It is hard to find commercial aftershave lotions that are free of synthetic alcohols, which can be quite toxic and poisonous.

Here are my Bay Rum Aftershave Formula, and an alcohol-free alternative.

Basic Bay Rum Aftershave Formula Raid your local health food store's dried herb section for this recipe, or better yet, if you live in an area where bay leaves actually grow on trees, fill a quart mason jar with locally picked dried leaves.

2-4 cups dried bay leaves
A few sprigs of dried rosemary (optional)
Rum, to cover

Break the dried bay leaves in half. Fill a quart or pint mason jar
with as many leaves as will fit to about 3 inches from the top. Add a
few sprigs of dried rosemary, if desired. Add enough rum to come a
good 2 inches above the leaves. Screw on the cover, and let set for 1
month; strain.

Variation: Add a bit of grated organic orange peel, cloves, and ginger root, as desired.

Shelf life: Indefinite.

Alcohol-Free Softening Aftershave Some men don't like having alcohol in their aftershave. This recipe is for them!

2 cups witch hazel extract
2 ounces rose water
2 ounces aloe vera gel
1/2 ounce vegetable glycerin
A few drops of an essential oil of your choice (such as peppermint and
eucalyptus), if desired

Combine the ingredients in a jar, and shake to blend. Pat on the face after shaving.

Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Lemon Clove Tooth Cleanser

Mix:
Small amount of finely powdered sage
1 ounce of finely powdered myrrh
1 pound powdered arrow root
3 ounces powdered orris root
20 drops oil of lemon
10 drops oil of cloves
12 drops oil of bergamot
Rub oils into the powdered ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

Cuticle and Nail Butter
 
2 Tablespoons Jojoba oil
1 Tablespoon Shea butter
1 Tablespoon grated beeswax
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
 
Combine Jojoba oil, shea butter and beeswax in a small pot. Warm gently over very low heat until shea butter and beeswax melt. Remove the pot from heat. Stir in Lavender essential oil. Pour the mixture into a small, widemouth glass jar and cool completely before covering. Rub a small amount of this protective butter into your cuticles and nails daily.

Decadent Manicure
1/4 cup heavy cream
10 drops essential oil of choice

Mix and soak hands for 5-10 minutes.  Great for winter months. (no skim milk will not work) For a pedicure increase cream to 1-2 cups and oil to 25 drops.

Nail Massage Oil

4 ml pure jojoba and sweet almond oil base
2 drops each lemon, sandalwood, lavender, tea tree, and benzoin absolute resin
1 vitamin E capsule punctured and squeezed into the bottle

Combine all the ingredients and mix well. (unscented hand lotion or cream may be substituted for the oil base.) Apply 2 drops of this oil to each nail and 4 droops to each hand and massage in. The massage is as important as the blend. It stimulates circulation and relaxes hands that have been busy all day. This blend works equally well on toenails.

Rose Nail Oil

1/4 cup almond oil
2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
5 drops geranium essential oil
2 drops rose essential oil

Mix the ingredients together and store in a dark colored bottle.

To use, massage the base of your nails every day with this oil to encourage healthy growth. The oil can also be used as part of a manicure. Soak the nails for at least 10 minutes after you have thoroughly cleaned them.


Spearmint Mouthwash

6 ounces water
2 ounces vodka
4 teaspoons liquid glycerin
1 teaspoon aloe Vera gel
10-15 drops Spearmint essential oil

Boil water and vodka, add glycerin and aloe Vera gel. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly. Add spearmint oil, shake well. Pour into bottle, cap tightly.

Customized Skincare
Blending essentail oils with a moisturizer
For Customized skincare, select the appropriate essential oils and add them to a good quality, bland base cream. Add a little Rose Hip carrier oil if your skin is particularly dry.
 
Ingredients:
  • 40ml unperfumed Base Cream
  • Rose Hip oil (optional)
  • Blend of appropriate Essential oils
Equipment:
  • Small Jar
  • Swizzle Stick or teaspoon
  • Spatula (optional)
Tip:
Always apply creams to the face with clean hands and best of all using a spatula, to avoid transmitting germs from your fingernails to the cream, and possibly to your skin.
 
1. For dry skin, add 5ml (1tsp) Rose Hip Oil to a jar containing 40ml (8tsp) base moisturizing cream.
2. After blending your own selection of appropriat essential oils add 5 drops to the moisturizing cream.
3. Stir thoroughly with a swizzle stick or the handle of a clean teaspoon to blend the mixture.

Dandelion Shampoo
 
4 TB baby shampoo
2 C. purified water.
1/2c fresh dandelions
1/2tb cherry bark
1/2tb spearmint leaves
2 tsp olive oil
5 drops grapefruit EO
 
Put dandelion heads in a 20 oz canning jar. Boil water and pour over
flower heads. Cover jar with lid and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
Add cherry bark and spearmint to jar. Cover and allow to steep for
an additional 10 min. Strain. Reserve liquid. Using funnel, pour
shampoo & dandelion liquid into a pretty container. Add olive oil
and EO. Shake gently to combine for each use.
 
Shampooing tips:
-only a small amount of shampoo is needed
-use fingertips to create a lather and massage your scalp
-rinse hair thoroughly and completely between washings
-to remove any residue, try a vinegar rinse
-wash with warm water and rinse with cool water for shiny hair
-apply favorite conditioner, wrap head in towel, and let sit 10 min
before rinsing
-pat hair dry, don't scrub
-comb hair starting at ends to prevent breakage








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RE:Beauty Cabinet
(Date Posted:02/12/2009 00:04 AM)

Herbal Cleansing Conditioner
 
This refreshing formula will moisturize and smooth your hair, gently
cleanse your scalp, and impart a delicate and soothing herbal scent,
all at the same time. In fact, this smells so good, you may find
that people will want to hug you longer!
 
A natural humectant, a pH balancer, and a lovely herbal ingredient
all combine to make this wonderful formula. Read it here:
 
1/4 cup dried lavender
6 ounces boiling water
2 ounces glycerin
1 ounce lemon juice
 
1. Put the lavender in a lidded jar and cover with boiling water.
Cover and allow to steep overnight, then strain out the flowers (you
can dry them for another use), retaining the lavender water.
2. In a lidded jar, place the lavender water, glycerin, and lemon
juice and shake to blend.
3. Apply about 1/4 cup of this mixture to clean wet hair, then rinse
with warm water.  Makes 1 cup, and keeps for a week or so.

White Russian Deep Hair Conditioner

Splurge Spa Recipe
1/4 cup moisturizing milk
1/4 cup Kahlua

.
*Affordable at Home Version
1/4 cup cooled coffee
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup milk
Combine ingredients and apply to freshly washed hair; then wrap hair
with plastic wrap and over with towel to retain heat. Wait 10 minutes
and rinse well.

Herbs for Hair Care
 
To condition dry hair: Burdock root, Comfrey, Elderflowers, Marsh Mallow, Parsley, Sage, Stinging Nettle.
 
To condition greasy hair: Calendula, Horsetail, Lemon juice, Lemon-Balm, Lavender, Mints, Rosemary, Southernwood, Witch Hazel and Yarrow.
 
To prevent dandruff: Burdock root, Chamomile, Garlic and Onion bulbs (powerful but unpleasantly scented ), Goosegrass, Parsley, rosemary, Southernwood, Stinging Nettle and Thyme.
 
To soothe scalp irritation: catmint (leaves and flowering tops),
Chamomile, Comfrey.
 
To provide a hair tonic ( giving body and luster ): Calendula,
Goosegrass, Horsetail, Linden flowers, Nasturtium, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Southernwood, Stinging Nettles and Watercress.
 
Hair Treatments
 
Make a herbal oil using one of the above herbs and a polyunsaturated vegetable oil such as peach kernel, almond or sunflower. Alternatively, add 6 drops of essential oil to 2 tablespoons of almond oil or any vegetable oil. Warm the oil, pour a small amount into your palm and rub your hands together. Massage well into the scalp and along the hair
strands. Repeat as necessary. Cover the head with foil and a plastic shower cap and wrap in a hot towel, replacing the towel when it cools. Try to leave on for 20 to 30 minutes for greatest penetration, then wash off with a mild shampoo.
 
Quick Herbal Shampoo
 
Pour one application of a mild baby shampoo into a cup and add 2 tablespoons of a strong decoction of your selected herb, or 4 drops of essential oil. Mix together and use in the normal manner.
 
Soapwort Shampoo
 
A very gentle cleansing champoo which doesn't make much lather - but then lather does not equal cleaning power.
 
2 Tbs finely chopped Soapwort root or a handful of leaves and stems 1 large handful of herb ( see above ) 2 1/2 cups boiling water
 
Pour the boiling water over the soapwort and herb and infuse for at least 30 minutes. Strain and use when cool. About half a cup should be enough for average-length hair.
 
Dry Shampoo
 
2 Tbs powdered Orris Root
 
2 Tbs powdered Arrowroot.
 
Mix together. Part the hair in narrow regular bands and sprinkle the powder along each row. Leave on for 10 minutes to absorb any grease and then brush out vigorously and thoroughly until the hair is shiny.
 
Herbal Hair Rinses
 
Use these after your shampoo as the quickest and easiest way to improve hair shine. Prepare the herbal rinse before shampooing so it will have cooled when you are ready to use it.
 
1 Tbs selected herb
 
1 Tbs cider vinegar ( or lemon juice for fair hair )
 
4 cups boiling water
 
Infuse the herb in water until cool. Strain well. Add the vinegar. Pour through the hair, massaging the scalp. Catch the runoff in a bowl and repeat until either your patience or arms give out. If the final rinse is of cool rather than warm water, it makes all the outer cells on the hair strands lie flat, fiving a smooth, shiny finish.
 
Rosewater Pick-Me-Up
 
This is an excellent way to clean and revive your hair between shampoos. Orange-flower water can be used instead, or Lavender water for greasy hair. You will need a number of 4 inch squares of gauze dipped in Rosewater. Force the gauze over a natural bristle brush and stroke through the hair in sections, removing dirt as you brush. Repeat with fresh gauze squares until the cloth picks up no more dirt. This treatment also gives a lovely fragrance to the hair.

Lemon Oil Nail Strengthener

A wonderful strengthening and conditioning warm oil treatment for
healthy nails.

1/2 oz. avocado oil, warmed
1/2 tsp. Vitamin E
10 drops Lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients and pour into a small glass bottle with cap (not too
tightly). Stand the bottle in a half full mug of just boiled water. Pour
the warmed oil into a small bowl and soak nails and fingertips for 5 to
10 minutes.

Clarifying, Uplifting Lemon Diffusion
 
Lemon essential oil is perfect for clearing negative energy and emotions. The bright, fresh scent of lemon can always be counted on to help cheer a weary heart.

Add 10 to 15 drops of lemon oil to 1/4 cup of distilled water. Pour the blend into a ceramic aromatherapy lamp or simmering potpourri pot.

Suggested variation: Other citrus oils such as orange, bergamot, lime and grapefruit blend well with lemon.

Natural Skin Care - Just Open Your Kitchen Cabinet
 
 
Safer, less expensive, and easy-to-use natural skin care can be as
easy as opening your kitchen cabinet, coupled with a few minutes of
preparation.
 
Healthy, radiant, glowing skin is something every person wants. Yet,
few of us even think to use what's really the best for our skin:
natural skin care products.
 
Each year, millions of dollars are spent chasing after perfectly
healthy, ageless skin. The environment, stress, and
less than healthy eating habits, all play a major role in the
quality of your skin.
 
The answers to achieving radiant, glowing complexion are within
arm's reach. Many of the items in your kitchen right now can provide
natural skin care that's even better thank those expensive, chemical
filled products that cost an arm and a leg.
 
Skin Care Throughout Life
 
From the day we are born, our skin requires much care to remain
smooth and healthy. It begins with soap to keep us clean. Then,
there are creams, powders, and ointments to keep diaper rash from
our bottoms. During the first few years of our lives, our skin will
do well with soap for cleaning and the occasional lotion or cream
for moisture. Then come the teen years. Our raging hormones bring
out the oily skin, the pimples, and a host of other conditions.
 
It's important to understand that everything that comes in contact
with our body affects our health and the condition of our skin.
That's why choosing natural skin care products and ingredients is
important. The liver filters the toxins and poisons from the food we
eat, but whatever we place on our skin is directly absorbed. This
includes deodorant, lotions, gels, cleansers, toners, make-up,
perfumes, and more.
 
As we age, our skin becomes more sensitive, and we need to be even
more careful with the beauty treatments we use.
 
Simple Solutions for Better Skin
 
Here are a just a few natural skin care solutions for you to try.
You'll be very pleased with the results:
 
- Once a week, rub your skin with baking soda while in the shower,
for a smooth, silky feeling. You can also do this on your face to
remove black heads.
 
- Fresh tomatoes are great for the oily areas of your face. (Please
make sure to try the tomato juice on your arm first, as your skin
may be sensitive to it). Rinse thoroughly immediately after using
the tomato juice.
 
- For a great moisturizer try olive oil: this healthy fat is good
for you, and is great for your skin. You can also use it to soothe
sunburned skin.
 
- Vinegar can work wonders for smelly feet and armpits. Mix water
and vinegar 50/50, and use in place of deodorant: it will keep the
unpleasant sweat smell away, without any irritation. As for your
feet, if you suffer with athlete's foot, a week of vinegar foot bath
will help a lot, sometimes completely getting rid of your condition.
 
- Egg yolk mixed with honey makes for a really great mask: put on
your skin, leave it on for 20 minutes, and rinse off. Excellent for
sensitive skin. Honey gives a tingling/ticklish sensation, so if you
are sensitive to that, use the egg yolk alone.
 
- Another use for egg yolk: for those with eczema, use it instead of
soap. It doesn't smell great, but it will heal your damaged skin.
 
- A great treatment for dry skin is avocados: mash it, smooth it
onto your face, and rinse off after 20 minutes.
 
Lastly, make sure you drink 8 glasses of water every day to keep
your skin cared from the inside out.




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