Recipes for Simple & Natural Care

 


 



Aromatherapy, Bath Oils, Massage Oils, Powders and Salts


Calming Bath Blend
3 drops rosewood oil
1 drop rose oil
1 drop german chamomile oil
1 drop marjoram oil
2 drops sandlewood oil
2 drops clary sage oil
Add oils to bathwater after it has cooled a bit. Very hot water makes essential oils evaporate too quickly.


Citrus Bath
Squeeze the juice of 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 grapefruit and 1 tangerine into a jar. Combine peels in a blender; blend until minced very fine. Add to juice. Pour as much as desired into bath water.


Cold Relief Herbal Soak
Use the following combinations of herbs for the fighting off a cold:
4 parts dried lavendar
4 parts dried rosemary
4 parts chopped fresh ginger root or 2 parts ginger powder
2 parts dried eucalyptus
Use 1/2 cup of dried herbs or one to two cups of fresh herbs. Crush the herbs first to release their essential oils. Mix the herbs and tie them into a square of muslin or a handerchief. Hang the bag under the faucet as you fill the tub. The bag can be used to scrub your skin as well.


Exotic Massage Oil
2 fluid ounce bottle of almond oil
16 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
12 drops Geranium essential oil
10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
8 drops Patchouli essential oil
6 drops Clary Sage essential oil
Add essential oils to the bottle of almond oil, shake gently until thoroughly mixed.


Fragrant Bath Salts
1 cup instant nonfat dry milk
1 cup baking soda
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Combine all and store in a decorative container in the bathroom. Add as much as desired to your bath water.


Insomnia Milk Bath
1 tbsp Almond oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Marjoram essential oil
2 drops Benzoin essential oil
1 cup of powdered milk
Pour oils into a small bowl, mix thoroughly. Stir in 1 cup of powdered milk. Add mixture to bath water.


Lemon Lifter
20 drops lemon essential oil
20 drops tangerine essential oil
25 drops neroli essential oil
25 drops lavender essential oil
Place a few drops of oils mixture on a handerchief to sniff or add a few drops to a diffuser or bath water.


Milk and Honey Bath
1 cup honey
1 cup boiling water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sea salt
2 Tbsp baking soda
10 drops of vanilla oil
Dissolve sea salt and baking soda in bathwater. Dissolve honey in boiling water, add milk. Add milk and honey mixture to bathwater. Add vanilla.


Oatmeal Bath Salts
1 cup borax
1/8 cup kelp powder
1/8 cup finely ground oatmeal
1/8 cup sea salt
Place all in a glass jar. Add your favorite powdered fragrant herbs to the salt mixture and mix well or add several drops of your favorite essentail oil/oils. Let sit for several hours or overnight to dry and allow oils to penetrate salts. Break up any lumps that formed when adding the oil. Store in an airtight container. Add about 4 Tbsp to bathwater as desired.


Perfumed After-Bath Powder
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup rice flour
Pulverized/powdered herbs for fragrance

Purchase rice flour from any health food store and orrisroot powder from a pharmacy or crafts store. Mix all ingredients and store the powder in a tightly closed jar for about 1 week, then transfer to a conatiner of your choice. Apply with a powder puff or from a sprinkler style container.
Variations:
1) Add 2-3 vanilla beans to the powder. Let sit for a a week to absorb frangrance. Transfer and store to a tightly closed tin.
2) Sprinkle a cup of rose petals into the mixture, cover, and let the roses scent the powder.


Perfumed After Bath Powder #2
1 cup powdered arrowroot
1 cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
Pulverized/powdered herbs for fragrance
Sift all together, add your favorite powdered fragrant herbs.


Sleepytime Bath Oil Blend
4 drops bergamot oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops pine essential oil
1 drop cedarwood oil
1 drop orange oil


Stress-B-Gone Blend
Use this in bath water, body lotions, cosmetic creams or diffusers.
15 drops lavender
5 drops cedarwood
20 drops sweet orange
2 to 3 drops clary sage
1 teaspoon of jojoba, hazelnut, sunflower, almond or apricot kernal oil


Therapaeudic Bath Salts
6 cups epsom salts
2 cups baking soda
1 cup sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a large jar with lid, shake until thoroughly blended. Store salts into a decorative jar or container in the bathroom.


Vanilla Bath
1 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup castile soap
1 Tbsp real vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
Blend all ingredients together. Shake well before using. Use 1/4 cup per bath.



Body & Foot Deodorants
1) Add a few cups of tomato juice to the bathwater, soak for at least 15 minutes. This is an old, well known remedy for deodorizing pets and people who have been sprayed by a skunk. . . if it works on that odor, any other body odors are a piece of cake.

2) Add an infusion of parsley to the bath water as a deodorizer

3) Witch hazel is a very effective deodorant. Simply apply to underarms with cotton balls or gauze.

4) Use 4 tablespoons of baking soda in the bathwater. After bathing and drying, apply baking soda under the arms

5) Apply cornstarch under the arms

6) Apply vinegar under the arms

7) Use pine soap when bathing

8) Wear all cotton clothing that breathes as opposed to synthetic fibers which cause perspiration and retain odors.

9) For problem odor, avoid eating the following strong smelling and choline rich foods which cause body odor when sweated out:
Garlic
Onions
Curry
Cumin
Peppers
Eggs
Liver
Fish
Legumes

10) Eat fresh parsley daily


Cream Deodorant
1/2 ounce cocoa butter
1/2 ounce beeswax
1 Tbsp glycerine
1 Tbsp rosewater
Melt cocoa butter and beeswax slowly in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat, add glycerine and rosewater. Add several drops of one or more of the following deodorizing esssential oils: calendula, coriander, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, or thyme. Stir before use if cream seperates.


Herbal Deodorant Powder
2 parts powdered sandalwood (for fragrance and anti-microbal properties)
1 part powdered white oak bark (an astringent)
1 part powdered lovage root (for fragrance)
Pulverize herbs in a blender or food processor until they become a very fine powder. Transfer powder into a clean, dry iron skillet and very lightly pan-roast to set resins and scents. Fill muslin draw-string bags with the powdered herbs, or use handerchiefs tied with a string or ribbon. Pat bags under your arms or on feet.



"No-Sweat" Tea
The following herbs, when brewed and drunk as a tea are reported to reduce perspiration within 2 hours of use with its effects lasting several days:
4 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon dried hops
1 teaspoon stinging nettle
1 teaspoon fresh cut rose petals
1 teaspoon fresh or dried strawberry leaves
1 teaspoon fresh walnut leaves
3 tablespoons of dried sage leaves
Combine all ingredients, cover and steep for an hour. Strain and sweeten with honey if desired.



Radish Deodorant
Extract the juice from about 2 dozen radishes, add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerin. Pour into a squirt bottle and keep refrigerated. Squirt under arms after a bath or pour some into the palm of your hand and rub under the arms.



Stick Deodorant
4 ounces cornstarch
2 ounces baking soda
1 ounces liquid chorophyll
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces distilled water
8 ounces beeswax
10-15 drops of honeysuckle, rose, coriander or essential oil of your choice.
Mix all ingredients except wax and chorophyll in a bowl, stir thoroughly. Melt wax in top of a double boiler over very low heat, remove from heat. Add the other ingredients and blend well. If the wax thickens too much to be workable, heat again. As the mixture begins to cool, but before it hardens, add the liquid clorophyll and essential oils. Pour into molds. Let harden. Remove from molds. Store in a tightly closed container away from heat to avoid shrinkage.


Turnip Deodorant
Apply the juice of fresh raw turnips under the arms


Deodorizing Foot Bath
Soak the feet in the following solution:
1/2 cup white vinegar
5-6 Tbsp Epson salts
1 gallon warm water


Sage Foot Bath
Soak your feet in a bowl of warm/hot water with 2 drops of essential oil of sage every day for a week.


Pine Foot Bath
For foot odor, bathe the feet in a mixture of witch hazel and essential oil of pine


Sage Foot Deodorant
Pulverize some dried or fresh sage, sprinkle the powder into shoes before wearing.


Sage Deodorizing Foot Powder
1 tablespoon of baking powder
2 drops of Sage essential oil
Mix baking powder and oil in a plastic bag, shake well. Allow to dry. Break up any clumps that may have formed. Dust feet regularly with the powder and add a teaspoon in the shoes overnight.




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