Beauty from the Garden
By AMNW Intern
Janice Cox shared with us beauty solutions created from common household and garden items. For more information, visit her website, or read the tips below:
Soothing Muscle Soak: Baking soda, Epsom salts, kosher salt
Insect Repellents: Citronella, Mint, Lavender
Insect bites: Baking soda, water, lemon juice
Clean Hands: Fresh Lemons
Sunburn Soothers: Aloe, Witch Hazel, Chamomile tea
Hand Cream: sesame oil, coconut oil, honey, lavender oil, baking soda
Lavender Hand Cream
Combine all ingredients in a heat-resistant container or double boiler. Heat the mixture in the microwave or over medium heat until all the wax and oils are melted (do not boil), stirring well. Pour the melted mixture into a container or jar and allow to cool completely. Stir again when the mixture has cooled.
To use: Massage into clean hands.
Yield: 4 ounces
Ingredients: (Choose one of the following)
Apply any one of the above ingredients directly to your skin, using a cotton cloth or spray bottle. You may also add or add to a tepid bath. You do not want to leave any of the milk-based soothers on your skin as they may spoil. Simply rinse well after twenty minutes. Also remember bad sunburn is very drying to delicate skin so always keep it well hydrated with a rich cream or natural oil such as sunflower, light sesame or almond oil.
Garden Care Tips:
The following simple tips will keep Gardeners looking and feeling their best:
For more tips and ideas check out the May issue of “Herb Companion “magazine and Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt) by Janice Cox