Witch Hazel and Herb Body Toner
Take a 1:1 ratio of herbs to witch hazel (prefer to use your own infusion, or check with your local pharmacy for witch hazel made with distilled water).
Place the ingredients in an airtight jar at leave at room temperature for 2 weeks. Strain through coffee filters or muslin and bottle.
Here are some herbal combos to consider:
Lavender buds, rosemary and mint
Lavender buds, rosemary, peppermint leaves, comfrey leaves, rose petals and thyme
Peppermint, lemon verbena, sage, rosemary & comfrey
Under Eye Oil
2 tsp sweet almond oil
1/2 tsp jojoba oil
3 drops carrot seed oil
Essential oils believed to help with wrinkles....
Add two or three drops of the above.
1 oz. solid fat (shea butter, cocoa butter, ect.)
3 oz. skin oil (almond, olive, ect..)
2 oz. Rosewater (or herbwater of your choice)
5 drops oil of rose
5 drops essential oil of your choice
Melt the solid oil in a double boiler. Add the oil and Rosewater alternately, a bit at a time, stirring continuously. Remove from heat. Add essential oil and stir in completely. Pour into a 6-8oz. bottle. Shake almost continuously until cooled.
Fresh Lemon After Bath Splash
1/2 Cup 100 proof Vodka
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Fragrance Oil
1 Teaspoon Glycerine
Combine all ingredients in a bottle and shake gently until well blended.
Milk & Honey Bath Potion
1 whole egg
1/2 cup mineral oil
2 tsp. liquid dish soap
1/4 cup 100 proof vodka
2 Tbs. honey
1/2 cup whole milk
Essential oil for fragrance
Directions: Put all ingredients in blender and process for 30 seconds.
Place in decorative squeeze bottle and label. Use 1-2 Tbs. in bath.
Refreshing Pore Cleanser Facial Steam
3 cups (710 ml) distilled water
1 teaspoon (5 ml) yarrow
1 teaspoon (5 ml) sage (or rosemary)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Peppermint
Good for: normal and oily skin
Use: one to two times per week
Follow with: moisturizer
Prep time: approximately 15 minutes
Store in: Dry ingredients: zip-seal bag, low tub or jar, tin. Keep in cool dark place.
Yields: 1 treatment
Boil the 3 cups distilled water. Remove from heat and add the herbs to steep, with the lid on the pot, for about 5 minutes. Now, place the pot of herbs in a safe, stable place where you can sit comfortably for 10 minutes. Use a bath towel to create a tent over your head, shoulders, and steaming herb pot. With your eyes closed, breathe deeply and relax as you cleanse your pores with this wonderful, fragrant steam.
Important note: Please allow 8 to 10 inches between the steaming herb pot and your face so you wont' risk burning your skin.
Rinse with tepid, then cool, water. Follow up with a mask and then a moisturizer.
Skin Lightening Hand Pack
2 tablespoons (30 ml) ground oatmeal
1 tablespoon (15 ml) plain yogurt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) any quality oil
2 teaspoons (10 ml) fresh pineapple, lemon, or strawberry juice
Good for: sun-damaged, dry, unevenly colored hands
Use: two times per week
Follow with: moisturizer or SPF-15 sunscreen
Prep time: 5 to 10 minutes
Mix with: spoon and small bowl
Store in: Do not store. Mix as needed.
Yields: 1 treatment
Special: Leaves hands soft and smooth.
Combine ingredients to form a paste and allow to thicken for 1 minute. If too thick, add a bit of water to thin slightly. Apply mixture to back of hands and allow to dry for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Pat almost dry and apply a good moisturizer or sunscreen.
Avocado Facial Mask
2 tablespoons of mashed avocado
2 tablespoons of ground oats
1 tablespoon of honey
Combine all ingredients together with a fork in a small glass bowl. Apply to clean face and neck with fingertips in a circular motion, avoiding eye area. Leave on face/neck for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and gently pat dry with towel. Makes enough for one application.