Herbs for body

Herbs for body

All too often we succumb to the latest advert telling us need this or that miracle cream or lotion, with little thought as to the chemicals contained within and what they could be doing to our skin.

The following preparations will help exfoliate, freshen, cleanse and soothe your skin keeping it fragrant and soft. ALWAYS PATCH TEST ANY NEW SKIN PREPARATION  even when using natural herbs and oils.

BODY SCRUBS

Body scrubs boost circulation, slough off dead skin cells leaving the skin radiant and glowing

Lavender & Sea Salt Body Scrub – sufficient for 1 treatment

Mix 2tbsp of Sea Salt and 1 tsp of dried lavender flowers with , 2 tbsp of almond oil and a few drops of Lavender essential oil

Apply everywhere except the face, in a circular motion, use a loofah or sisal mitt if you want a more thorough cleansing. Rinse or shower off

Exfoliating  Body Scrub – sufficient for 1 treatment

Combine 2tbsp fine oatmeal, 1 Tbsp of Bicarbonate of Soda, 1 tsp finely grated lemon peel with 2 Tbsp of almond oil and a few drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil.

Apply everywhere except the face, in a circular motion, use a loofah or sisal mitt if you want a more thorough cleansing. Rinse or shower off

BODY SPRITZERS

Create your own refreshing fragrant body spritzers, that freshen and invigorate.

Summer Spritzer – to refresh and lift the spirits

Combine 80ml Distilled water, 10 ml Aloe Vera Juice, 5ml Orange Flower Water , 2 drops of patchouli essential oil and 1 drop geranium essential oil. Put all ingredients in a 100ml bottle with a mist atomiser , shaking before use. Spritzer will keep up to 2 months

Insect Repellent Spray – helps keep mosquitoes away

Combine 50ml Lavender Water and 50 ml Lemon Balm Floral Water, with 10 drops each of the following Essential Oils - Citronella, Eucalyptus citriodora and Lavender ..Put all ingredients in a 100ml bottle with a mist atomiser , shaking before use. Spray will keep up to 6 months

BODY POWDERS

There has long been concern about the use of talc in body powders. Talc contains Magnesium silicate , which is a mined mineral that has been associated with breathing difficulties in some people.

Rose Geranium Body Powder

Sift 50g of cornflour into a wide necked jar , add 15 drops of Rose Absolute and 10 drops of Geranium Essential Oils and shake the jar to ensure that the oils are evenly mixed throught the powder. If you can resist using the powder, leave for a week to allow the oils to fully infuse.  Place into a clean powder dispenser or you can use an old pepper shaker. Powder will last 6 months

BODY LOTIONS

Almond oil is nourishing and packed with Vitamin E to help soothe the skin., while sunflower oil duplicates the skins natural lipids making it especially useful in skincare. Combine 25 ml each of Almond and Sunflowers oils, with 50ml of macerated Calendula oil – known for its soothing and calming properties on the skin. Add 20 drops of each Geranium and Bergamot essential oils, both oils are known for their beneficial properties to skin.

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