Handcraft Your Own Body-Care Essentials
Clinical herbalist Dina Falconi shares recipes for natural body-care essentials you can make in your own kitchen.
Honey makes an excellent all-purpose masque that is convenient and easy to use. It delicately rejuvenates and adds moisture and color to the skin, making it appropriate for all skin types, especially dry and damaged skin. It can be used as frequently as desired. Honey can also be mixed with other ingredients, such as herbs and essential oils, to add fragrance and enhance the masque’s effectiveness.
Basic Honey Masque
This is a soothing, cooling, humectant masque for all skin types.
½-1 teaspoon honey per facial
Pat and massage honey onto the skin, spreading it evenly over your face. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
Honey Masque With Essential Oils
By combining honey with essential oils you can create an aromatically delightful and healthful array of masques.
1 teaspoon honey
1 drop essential oil
Place honey in palm of hand and stir in the essential oil, massage and pat onto face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Makes enough for 1 application.
Basic Tooth Powder
This cleansing and deodorizing formula is the one my family uses regularly. It takes just a couple of minutes to make, yet provides me with a sense of security knowing we can clean our teeth without toxins. You can of course play with the formula. I often use fennel instead of peppermint essential oil and replace some of the tea tree with sage essential oil, and often I leave out the salt. However when making this for children, add less essential oil, about 10 drops total per batch.
1½ ounces food grade clay (such as Bentonite or Redmond)
1 ounce of baking soda
½ ounce finely ground sea salt
20 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops tea tree oil essential oil
Combine clay, baking soda, and salt in a small glass jar with a well-fitting lid and add essential oils a few drops at a time, stirring thoroughly after each addition. Store tightly covered. Makes enough for about 75 brushing.
To use, wet your toothbrush, place a pea-sized amount of tooth powder into the palm of your hand, dip your toothbrush into the powder, and then brush.
Cautionary note: Avoid swallowing tooth powder that contains essential oils, as they are highly concentrated and not intended for consumption.
An effective, antibacterial deodorant that is refreshingly nontoxic. You can endlessly vary the essential oils. For example, use tea tree instead of rosemary; lime instead of lemon; and orange instead of grapefruit.
Makes 8 ounces
3 ounces 100 proof vodka
2½ ounces water
1½ ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice (strained of pulp)
4 teaspoons glycerin
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops lime essential oil
7 drops grapefruit essential oil
Pour all ingredients into a spray-mist bottle, cap, and shake. Mist into underarms as needed, typically once or twice a day.
Jewelweed Ice Cubes
If you or a family member are prone to poison ivy rashes you might consider making these jewelweed ice cubes. Stored in the freezer when jewelweed is out of season, they are available year-round and are easy to use once they are made.
Gather jewelweed, chop it up, and place in a blender or food processor with just enough water to liquefy the herb. Strain the jewelweed puree through a strainer lined with a cloth. Gather up the ends of the cloth and squeeze out all the liquid. Compost the herb and freeze the liquid in ice cube trays.
To use, place ice cube over rash and let it melt onto skin. Keep applying as needed. The cold ice cubes along with the jewelweed help soothe the heat and irritation of the rash.
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