Other Fun Recipes

Eye Gel
From Daniela

6 ml. Cornflower hydrolat
7 ml. Chamomile hydrolat
1 ml. Vitamin E
0.5 ml. Xantham gum
1 drop Lemon EO
1 drop Lavender EO
1 drop Rosewood EO
3 drops Carrotseed EO
5 drops GSE
1 drop Rose EO

Mix all ingredients. Keep in the fridge for extra zing!

China's Solid Perfume
From China

3 parts Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil
2 parts White beeswax
1 part Scent

Melt all ingredients over double boiler until well mixed and integrated. Pour into containers and let cool.

Liquid Shampoo
From The Herbal Body Book: A Natural Approach to Healthier Skin, Hair, and Nails by Stephanie Tourles (© 1994 by Stephanie L. Tourles; published by Storey Publishing).

Herbal shampoo for all hair types. Leaves hair shiny and soft. Good baby shampoo, very mild and gentle.

2 cups (473 ml) distilled water
1 tablespoon (15 ml) calendula (pot marigold)
2 teaspoons (10 ml) rosemary
1 tablespoon (15 ml) nettle
2 teaspoons (10 ml) orange peel
2 teaspoons (10 ml) comfrey
2 tablespoons (30 ml) chamomile
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) essential oil of lavender
1 teaspoon (5 ml) jojoba oil (omit if hair is oily)
1/2 cup (118 ml) all-natural, gentle baby shampoo

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add the herbs, cover, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mixture into a medium-sized bowl, add the oils and stir vigorously. Add the shampoo and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a labeled bottle and keep refrigerated to preserve the freshness. You may keep a small bottle in the shower with enough shampoo for about one week, if you wish. Use approximately 1 tablespoon (15 ml) per application. This shampoo will not produce mountains of billowy suds as it does not contain strong foaming agents. It cleans gently with minimal sudsing.

Note: Before use, lightly shake shampoo to mix the oil that may separate from the rest of the ingredients.

Facial Scrub
From an email from Amy Edwards

1/8 cup (1 oz.) Sea Salts
1/2 cup (4 oz.) Oatmeal (finely ground) or Oat flour
2 oz. Unscented bath gel
10 drops Bergamot EO
15 drops Lemon EO
5 drops Ylang Ylang IIIrd EO

Mix all ingredients together. Gently massage mixture onto skin and rinse off.

Papaya Facial Masque for Combination Skin
By Sabrina Downard

1/8 ripe papaya, cut into chunks
1/4 cup oatmeal (I like to use oat flour)
2 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. honey
3 drops Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) essential oil

Mix all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Gently massage the mixture onto your face and let it dry for ten minutes. Rinse under warm water with a circular motion and pat dry.

Papaya contains an enzyme which can dissolve dead skin cells, so it's great for clearing off dead, dry skin and helping clear clogged pores, but it can also be a little rough on sensitive skin. Try apple instead if you have very sensitive skin. Use full-fat yogurt for the best moisturizing effect.

Citrus Massage Oil
From an email from Amy Edwards

4 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
30 drops Sweet Orange EO
15 drops Lemon EO
10 drops Lime EO
10 drops Grapefruit EO
10 drops Bergamot EO

Mix all ingredients together to create a refreshing and energizing oil that is especially kind to dry skin.

Note: please do not apply this oil and go out in the sun afterwards; some citrus EOs (including Sweet Orange) can have a phototoxic effect. Also, people with sensitive skin should try a spot test for this oil first to test for any adverse reactions.