Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Citrus Shampoo

3/4 cup Filtered Water
3/4 cup Citrus Liquid Castile Soap
1 1/2 Teaspoons Apricot Kernel Oil
8-12 Drops of your favorite citrus essential oil

Lemon, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange are some good choices.

Mix together all the ingredients in the bottle and shake thoroughly. Just give it a shake before you use.


Dill Aftershave

Splash on after shave

1/4 cup Dill seed
1 tbsp honey
2 1/2 cup bottled water
1 tbsp distilled Witch Hazel

Place Dill seed, honey and water in a small pan and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 20 minutes. Cool in pan and add Witch Hazel. Strain after
It is cool and bottle. Keep refrigerated.


Lavender Spice Aftershave

This home made aftershave will soothe your skin and leave it smelling fresh.

16 fl oz  rubbing alcohol
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl and then transfer to a lidded jar. Refrigerate for 3-4 days, shaking occasionally to mix the ingredients. Strain before using. The aftershave will keep for 12 months if tightly covered and refrigerated.


Herbal aftershave

For those of you who want to make something for the men in your life: try making homemade aftershave. It is simple and inexpensive to make.

1/4 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup distilled water
3 drops benzoin oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup dried herbs and/or a few drops of your choice essential oils such as :
Lavender flowers,
crushed Camphor herbs such as rosemary, lavender, sage
Citrus herbs such as orange or lemon peels or
Spicy herbs such as cinnamon, cloves

Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Cover and place in a dark fairly cool place. Shake the jar once or twice a day for 2 - 3 weeks. Strain out herbs through a colander and refrigerate.


Peppermint Rosemary Athletes foot spray

Hot, tired and sweaty feet can leave you feeling less than your best. Here is a recipe for a terrific foot spray that not only soothes and refreshes your feet, but eliminates unpleasant odors as well. The essential oils of peppermint and tea tree are also naturally antibacterial and are added to provide extra protection and deoderizing. Spray the bottoms of your feet and between your toes, wait thirty seconds, and slip into socks and footwear. The ingredients in the spray will promote healthier skin. Remember to spray your feet after drying off following your daily shower and after swimming to guard against athlete’s foot fungal infections.

1 cup distilled water
1/3 cup witch hazel
5 to 10 drops rosemary essential oil
5 to 10 drops peppermint essential oil
5 to 10 drops tea tree essential oil
Mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Small funnel
Spray bottle

Pour distilled water into a mixing bowl.
Add witch hazel to the distilled water.
Add the rosemary oil, slowly stirring as the drops are added to the bowl.
Repeat the above step with both the peppermint and the tea tree oils.
Use the funnel to carefully pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed overnight. Shake well before each use.


Rosewater facial astringent

Combine in a glass jar:
1 cup red rose petals,
1/3 cup elder flowers,
1/3 cup water,
1/2 cup cider vinegar.

Loosely cap the jar and set it in some water in a crock pot, put the lid on the crock pot and turn it on warm for 24 hours. Then let it cool; strain (a coffee filter is good for this)

 and add:
2 Tablespoons Honey 
6 drops of Tea Rose essential oil.
3 drops tea tree essential oil

Let this sit for a week, shaking the jar often. Then bottle for use and apply with a cotton ball. (If the mixture is too strong for you, it may be diluted with some water.


Basic shower Gel

1/2 c. unscented shampoo
1/4 c. water
3/4 t. salt
15 drops of your favorite fragrance or essential oil (I like jasmine or lemon peppermint)
food coloring (optional)

Pour the shampoo into a bowl and add the water. Stir well until its well mixed. Add the salt, fragrance oil and the food coloring. Stir well to combine. Pour into a plastic squeeze bottle and it's ready to use.


Whipped Body Cream

2 tablespoons beeswax
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1 tablespoon mango butter
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon flavoring extract
1 tablespoon honey powder (optional)

Melt butters and wax, stir in oils. Mix in honey powder. When cooled, beat in 5 tablespoons aloe vera gel until fluffy.


Eyebrow Balm
 Do-it-yourself natural moisturizers to soothe, pamper and protect your eyes..By Janice Cox (The Herb Companion)

This is a rich conditioning balm that you can use on your eyebrows to keep them in place and to keep the skin beneath them moisturized. Lanolin is a rich natural emollient and can be found in the baby-care section of many grocery stores; if you cannot find it, substitute coconut oil. To use, simply rub or brush a bit into your eyebrows.

•1 teaspoon castor oil
•1 teaspoon lanolin or coconut oil
•1 teaspoon grated beeswax

1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat gently until beeswax is melted.
2. Pour melted mixture into a small container and allow to cool completely. 

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