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Real beauty doesn't come from a bottle or a jar - it comes from within us. There is just no substitute for a healthy glow that comes from taking care of yourself naturally with a nutritious diet, regular exercise and plenty of relaxation, rest and play! At the same time, natural beauty and body care treatments can help you look good and feel your best.
Below you will find eight simple nourishing recipes for caring for your hair, teeth, body and face.
1. Healing Balm for Chapped Lips
Vitamin E together with tea tree and lavender essential oils help to soothe and heal dry lips while almond and beeswax creates a barrier against the wind and cold.
- 4 tablespoons almond oil
- 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 400-IU Vitamin E capsule
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
Warm the almond oil and beeswax in a small pan over low heat until wax is fully melted, add honey, vitamin E capsule, essential oils and then stir thoroughly.
2. Herbal Tooth Powder
Baking soda whitens your teeth and freshens breath. Sea salt tightens the gums. And peppermint oil and ginger fight bacteria and provide flavour.
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grounded sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried powdered ginger
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and store in airtight container. Use half teaspoon of the paste each time you brush your teeth.
3. Honey Conditioning Hair Pack
Honey, egg yolks and almond oil create a rich moisturizing treatment for damaged hair. Rosemary and lavender essential oils are superb soothing agents for the scalp.
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Beat together the honey, almond oil and egg yolk. Stir in the rosemary and lavender essenial oils. Dampen your hair with warm water and massage the treatment into the hair with your fingers. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and leave for 30 minutes. After rinse your hair with lukewarm water and shampoo to remove conditioner.
4. Aloe and Lavender Facial Mist
Aloe Vera juice, lavender and frankincense essential oils have cell-renewing properties and make a wonderfully fragrant facial mist.
- 1 tablespoon distilled witch hazel
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops frankincease essential oil
- 250ml (8 fl oz.) Aloe Vera juice
Combine the witch hazel and the essential oils into a spray bottle, shake vigorously, add the Aloe Vera juice and then shake again. Always use mist before moisturizing.
5. Deodorant Body Powder
The arrowroot and cosmetic clay in this light deodorant body powder absorbs the excess perspiration from your skin. Clarysage, lavender and patchouli essential oils helps to neutralize the odour causing bacteria.
- 50g (1.75 oz.) arrowroot
- 2 tablespoons white cosmetic clay
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops clarysage essential oil
- 2 drops patchouli essential oil
Mix together arrowroot and the cosmetic clay. Then add all three essential oils to the powder, mixing well with your fingers. Leave the powder for couple of days for the essential oils to permeate the powder in a tightly cover container.
Agents for making facial/ body scrubs
6. Herbal Scrub
Apply this herbal scrub each day to help unclog pores and smooth the texture of your skin. Cosmetic clay absorbs excess oil produced by the skin while finely grounded oats and almonds gently exfoliate your skin; lavender, peppermint and comfrey all have antibacterial and astringent properties. Then lavender essential oil will help balance the production of oil in the skin.
- 200g (7 oz.) rolled oats
- 75g (2.5 oz.) almonds
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender
- 1 tablespoon dried peppermint
- 1 tablepoon dried comfrey
- 60g (2 oz.) cosmetic clay
(To make and use, see the picture above)
7. Aromatherapy Foot Spray
Lavender, cypress and patchouli not only freshen the feet but have potent antimicrobial properties which help eliminate odour-causing bacteria while the witch hazel is cooling and astringent.
- 125ml (4 fl oz.) distilled witch hazel
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops cypress essential oil and/or patchouli essential oil
Combine the witch hazel with the essential oils. Shake well, spray on your feet twice a day.
8. Orange Blossom Cleansing Cream
This rich cream is suitable for dry and mature skin types.Neroli and palmarosa essential oils rejuvenate mature skin, while Vitamin E and grapefruit-seed extract serve as preservatives.
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
- 1 400-IU Vitamin E oil
- 4 tablespoons rose water
- 3 drops neroli essential oil
- 3 drops palmarosa essential oil
- 3 drops grapefruit- seed extract
Warm jojoba, almond and coconut oils with the beeswax over a low heat in a pan until melted. Add the contents of the Vitamin E capsule. Warm the rose water over a low heat. Remove from heat. When both liquids are lukewarm, slowly pour the rose water into the oil, beating steadily with a wire whisk or a electric beater set on the lowest speed until cool, thick and smooth. Spoon into a clean jar and cool completely before covering. Store in cool place. Apply cream once a day to your skin, using a pad to wipe off excess oil.
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