Herbal Highlights

There are many things you can do with dried flowers, but have you ever thought of using some to highlight your hair? Here is a fairly easy recipe. You will need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 cup calendula flowers
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon virgin olive oil
  • 5 drops of lavender, rosemary, or peppermint essential oils
  • 1 1/4 quarts of water

In a pot, add the water and flowers. Allow to simmer for about fifteen minutes. Mash the herbs, then strain into a bowl or jar. Allow to cool. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and essential oil. Stir or shake the solution. Add to a spray bottle and spray the solution on your hair. You may also just brush the solution on for streaks. Want to go all out? Then soak your hair in the solution for 20 minutes. Rinse with water or vinegar. Towel dry hair.

Scented Bath Salts

Here is a simple recipe and makes a sweet gift for those people that like to take a bath instead of a shower. You will need these ingredients:

  1. 5 cc or 1 tsp. glycerin
  2. 20 drops essential oil
  3. 2 drops food coloring
  4. 2 cups Epsom salts
  5. glass container or a jar

In a glass or metal bowl, add Epsom salts. Mix in the food color and blend together until the Epsom salts are no longer white. Stir in the glycerin. Next add the fragrance. Blend well. Allow mixture to dry before placing it in your container. Do not use a plastic bowl or measuring cups because the fragrance lingers in the plastic and it’s hard to wash it out. To use the bath salts, place a handful under running water or swirl it around while filling the tub.

Oatmeal Bath Bombs

If you have dry, itchy skin, try an oatmeal bath bomb. They are easy to make. Here are the ingredients:

  •  1 1/4 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of citric acid
  • 1/2 cup instant oatmeal
  • 1 Tablespoon of water
  • 3 Tablespoons of almond oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of essential oil, optional for fragrance

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle in the oils and water. Stir until moistened. Add more water if needed to form a ball. Roll dough into six individual balls. Place the bath bombs on a sheet of wax paper and allow them to dry over night. The next day, store them in an airtight container. One bomb per bath.


Is Your Make-up Poisoning You?

Many common products in the cosmetic world contain harmful chemicals. I was surprised to learn that one of those ingredients was formaldehyde! Yikes! Others include such things as parabens and phthalates. Beauty products are not strictly regulated as food and drugs. The word fragrance on labels can disguise many other ingredients, including hormone disrupters. What’s a girl to do? A new app is available called, ThinkDirtyApp.com. This app helps consumers sift through cosmetic products and find the culprits. Simply scan bar codes on the product and the dirty meter will rate the product from 1 to 10. The app also suggests cleaner options. If you don’t have a smart phone, the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database can give you information on more than 68,000 personal-care products. Contact EWG.org/SkinDeep.

Natural Facial Cleanser

You will need 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of instant oatmeal or ground up oatmeal flakes. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Apply the cleanser to your face and work it around in a massaging motion. Rinse off after use.

Natural Bath Oil

Is your skin dry, but you’ve tried products over the counter that didn’t work? Go natural with homemade bath oil. First you will need a bottle with a cork top or a mason jar with a lid will do. Measure
how much water your bottle or jar will hold. Toss out the water.

Ingredients: dried flowers and lavender, either olive or grape seed oil, 8 capsules of Vitamin E, and essential oil.

Depending on how much your container will hold will determine how much olive or grape seed oil you require. Pour the amount of oil into a measuring cup with a spouted end. Cut the capsules of Vitamin E in half and squeeze out the liquid into your oil. Add 25-30 drops of whatever scent you want of essential oil. Lavender is a calming scent and smells good. Peppermint is invigorating and fresh. Crumble the dried flowers in the bottom of your bottle or jar first, then pour your oil mixture in. The flowers will float and give your oil a nice look. They also help scent your bath. They are optional. If you don’t want them in your bath, use a strainer as you pour the oil.

Natural Facial Scrub

For this you will need: 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt, 1 Tablespoon of instant oatmeal, and 1 Tablespoon of cornmeal.

Blend the ingredients together, then apply the scrub to your face in a circular, massaging motion. Wash it off after a few minutes. This is a natural cleansing scrub and less expensive to make than purchasing a facial scrub in your local store.