Home­made herbal BEAUTY RECIPES

Re­place harsh chem­i­cals and ad­di­tives with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents straight from your herb gar­den and make your own beauty prod­ucts for your­self or as gifts.

Herbs & Superfoods - - Herbs For Natural Beauty -

Herbal face mask This sooth­ing mask cleans the skin and

tight­ens pores.

In­gre­di­ents • 1 ta­ble­spoon honey • 1 egg • 1 tea­spoon dried, crum­bled chamomile flow­ers • 1 tea­spoon finely chopped fresh mint

Mix all in­gre­di­ents to­gether. Ap­ply to your face and neck, and leave for 10-15 min­utes. Rinse off with warm water.

Chamomile and laven­der tal­cum pow­der

Donna Lee of Cot­tage Hill Herbs runs work­shops on mak­ing nat­u­ral herbal creams and cos­met­ics. Here’s her skin-calm­ing chamomile and laven­der tal­cum pow­der. It’s ideal for ba­bies, chil­dren and del­i­cate skins.

In­gre­di­ents • 1½ cups corn­flour (maize) • 1½ cups ar­row­root pow­der • 6 drops each of laven­der and chamomile es­sen­tial oils

Grind es­sen­tial oils into a small quan­tity of mixed pow­der, us­ing a mor­tar and pes­tle or a cup and the back of a spoon. Blend with the bal­ance of the pow­ders. Store in a glass con­tainer.

Men’s tal­cum pow­der

Don’t let your blokes miss out. Try Donna Lee’s tal­cum pow­der for men.

In­gre­di­ents • 1½ cups corn­flour (maize) • 1½ cups ar­row­root pow­der • 4 drops lime es­sen­tial oil • 6 drops ylang ylang es­sen­tial oil • 2 drops jas­mine es­sen­tial oil (op­tional)

Make as for the chamomile and laven­der tal­cum pow­der, above.

Aloe vera face mask

Aloe vera con­tains sooth­ing emol­lients that help soften and mois­turise the skin. Its nat­u­ral ph of about 4.3 makes it ideal for use on our skin, the ph of which sits some­where be­tween 4 and 6. You can sim­ply ap­ply the gel di­rectly, or use it as an in­gre­di­ent in this lux­u­ri­ous, mois­tur­is­ing face mask.

In­gre­di­ents • 1 aloe vera leaf • 1 egg yolk • 1 tea­spoon warmed honey • 3 tea­spoons pow­dered milk

Us­ing a sharp knife, cut along the cen­tre of the leaf, with­out pierc­ing right through, and peel back the two cut edges. Scrape out the clear aloe vera gel – you’ll need about 1 tea­spoon – and place in a small bowl.

Add the egg yolk and honey, and beat un­til com­bined. Then add the pow­dered milk to make a spread­able paste.

Smear the face mask gen­tly on your skin. Leave for 15-30 min­utes, then re­move with a damp face cloth.

Aloe hair con­di­tioner

To make your hair soft and shiny, mas­sage half to a tea­spoon of aloe vera gel into wet hair (use more if you have long, thick hair). Leave for 2 min­utes, then rinse as usual. For a deeper con­di­tion­ing, leave for 15-30 min­utes. Aloe vera is also said to pro­mote hair growth by stim­u­lat­ing scalp enzymes, so leave it on for the full 30 min­utes if you’d like longer locks.

Dry skin lo­tion

NZ Gar­dener con­trib­u­tor Janet Luke makes her own skin lo­tion.

In­gre­di­ents • 1 cup grated or­ganic beeswax 400ml or­ganic co­conut oil • 1 tea­spoon frozen, crushed propo­lis (op­tional, but propo­lis has an­tibac­te­rial and an­ti­fun­gal prop­er­ties) • 10 drops of your favourite es­sen­tial oil (Janet uses rose gera­nium)

In a dou­ble boiler gen­tly heat the co­conut oil, wax and crushed propo­lis. When all the in­gre­di­ents have melted and com­bined, take off the heat and stir well. Al­low to cool slightly and then add es­sen­tial oil.

Pour into small sil­i­cone muf­fin trays and al­low to cool overnight. In the morn­ing, re­move from moulds and en­joy.

Rose and ylang ylang bath salts

Make sweetly scented bath salts to per­fume your whole body. The es­sen­tial oil in rose petals helps to soften skin.

In­gre­di­ents • 2-3 cups Ep­som salts • 1 cup bak­ing soda • ¼ cup dried rose petals, finely ground • 10 drops ylang ylang es­sen­tial oil • a few drops of red food colour

Mix the salts and petals in a large bowl. Place ½ cup of this mix­ture in a smaller bowl. Grad­u­ally stir in the es­sen­tial oil, mix well, then stir in the food colour­ing. Add the colour­ing grad­u­ally to en­sure a sub­tle, even colour. Add to the rest of the salt mix­ture, mix well and store in an at­trac­tive glass con­tainer.

Rose petal steam fa­cial

Add freshly boiled water to a heat­proof bowl and add a hand­ful of scented rose petals. Cover and steep for 5 min­utes, so the rose oils dif­fuse into the water. Take off the cover, lean over the bowl at least 30cm from the sur­face and drape a towel over your head. Steam for 5 min­utes with breaks as needed. Rinse with cool water.

Chamomile bath milk

If your skin is dry and itchy, add milk to your bath! Pow­dered milk helps mois­turise and soften skin. Use cal­en­dula petals in place of chamomile if you pre­fer.

In­gre­di­ents • 4 cups pow­dered milk • 1 cup boiled water • ½ cup dried chamomile flow­ers

Steep chamomile in freshly boiled water for 30 min­utes. Strain the liq­uid and add it to the milk pow­der. Mix, then add to your bath­wa­ter.

Ba­sic herbal sham­poo

Let your hair go au na­turel with this ba­sic, sweet-smelling sham­poo.

In­gre­di­ents • 1 cup distilled water • 30g dried herbs of your choice • 90ml liq­uid castile soap • ¼ tea­spoon jo­joba oil (if you have oily hair, re­place with horse­tail, rose­mary or lemon oil) • 25 drops es­sen­tial oil

Bring water to the boil, add herbs, cover and sim­mer for 15 min­utes. Al­low to cool, then strain. Add castile soap to the herb water, a lit­tle bit at a time, stir­ring as you go. Add jo­joba and es­sen­tial oils. Pour into a bot­tle. Shake be­fore us­ing.

Ba­sic hair con­di­tioner

For a very sim­ple hair con­di­tioner, pour 30ml jo­joba oil and about 20 drops es­sen­tial oil of your choice into a bot­tle. Shake be­fore us­ing. Pour a lit­tle oil into your palm and rub onto hair and scalp. For long hair, you’ll need 1-2 tea­spoons. For short hair, you’ll typ­i­cally need no more than ½ tea­spoon.

Leave for 30 min­utes be­fore rins­ing.

Honey & rose­wa­ter cleanser

In­clude this heal­ing and beau­ti­ful-smelling cleanser in your nightly beauty rit­ual.

In­gre­di­ents • ¼ cup honey • ¼ cup rose­wa­ter • 1 ta­ble­spoon bee pollen • 2 tea­spoons castile soap

Com­bine all in­gre­di­ents in a glass jar. Screw lid on tightly and shake well.

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