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Use this simple herbal wash to clean your face.

1/2C. chamomile or lavender flowers.
1/2C. crushed fennel seeds
2C. boiled water.
Infuse chamomile or lavender flowers and fennel seeds in
boiled water. Steep 20 minutes, strain, and splash on face.
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1 teaspoon French green clay powder
1 teaspoon honey
1 drop lavender oil
1 drop rosemary oil

Blend all the ingredients together into a paste in
your palm. Massage the paste into your skin until it
feels clean. Rinse with warm water.
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This is for a great realaxing potporri.
Ingredients:
2c rose petals
1/4T sandlewood oil
1/2c lavender flowers
1/2c lilac blossoms
1c honeysuckle blossoms
1 1/2c wisteria vine
1/4c orris root powder

Mix together and use as you would any potporri.
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Sage Astringent - for oily skin
4 Tbsp dried Sage
6 Tbsp 100 proof Vodka
1/4 tsp Borax
3 Tbsp witch hazel
10 drops glycerine

Macerate the sage in the alcohol for 2 weeks and then strain.
Dissolve the borax in the witch hazel. Stir mixture into the alcohol.
Mix in the glycerine and pour into a sterile bottle with a tight fitting
lid.
Shake before each use.

Avocado and Nettle Moisturizer
1 tsp Beeswax
2 tsp emulsifying wax
8 tsp hazelnut oil
4 tsp avocado oil
1/8 tsp borax
2 Tbsp strong nettle infusion, warm
4 drops cedarwood essential oil

Melt the waxes together. Warm the oils in a bain de marie and gradually
beat them into the waxes. Dissolve the borax in the warm nettle
infusion. Slowly beat this into the wax mixture. Allow to cool then mix
in the essential oil. Spoon into jars and label.

Lavender Astringent - lavender has great antiseptic qualities. 3 parts
lavender flowers 1 part powdered orris sufficient cider vinegar to cover
Combine ingredients and leave to stand for at least 2 weeks. Strain
through a cloth or coffee filter and bottle. Dilute before using
directly on the skin. Dilution: 2 Tbsp to a wash basin of water should
be sufficient.

Chamomile and Cucumber Lotion - my mom made a similar one without the
glycerine 2 fl oz strong chamomile infusion 12 oz cucumber 6 tsps
glycerine Finely chop the cucumber and squeeze out the juice (or use a
juicer). Slightly warm infusion and stir in the glycerine. When
thoroughly amalgamated, stir in the cucumber juice. Allow to cool and
bottle. Refrigerate.
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Cocoa Butter Eye Cream
2 tbsp petroleum jelly
2 tbsp cocoa butter
2 tbsp coconut oil

Mix all of the ingredients together in an ovenproof glass container.
Heat gently in the microwave or in a water bath (place the glass pitcher
in a pan with 1 or 2 inches of water and heat).

Pour into a clean container and cool completely; the mixture will
solidify as it cools. Use nightly around your eyes. Yields 3 oz.

(The sensitive skin under the eye needs extra care and conditioning.
Cocoa Butter has been used for years to treat age lines around the eyes
and mouth. It helps soften and protect delicate skin. This eye cream is
rich, so a small amount is all that is needed nightly)

Lanolin Lip Balm
1 tsp lanolin
1 tsp grated beeswax
1 tsp petroleum jelly

Melt the lanolin, wax, and petroleum jelly together over medium heat in
a glass measuring cup in a pan of boiling water (water bath technique).
Pour the melted mixture into a lip gloss container or clean pillbox.
Cool completely, until cool to the touch, approx. 20 minutes. Rub into
lips and enjoy. Yields 1/2 oz.

Basic Shampoo A
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid soap (castille or one for sensative skin, etc.) 1/2 tsp
light vegetable oil (if you have oily hair, then omit oil)

Mix together all the ingredients. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze
bottle or empty shampoo bottle. Shampoo as normal and rinse well with
cool water.

Basic Shampoo B
1 cup water
1/2 cup liquid soap or inexpensive shampoo
1/2 cup glycerine
1/4 cup borax powder

Mix all the ingredients together. Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze
bottle. Let the mixture sit overnight to thicken. Shampoo as normal
and rinse well with cool water. Yields 16 oz.

Herbal Shampoo
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp dried or 1/3 cup fresh chamomile, lavender, or rosemary 1/2 cup
Basic Shampoo (either one - it's your choice) 2 tbsp glycerine

Mix together the water and herbs and heat gently to make a strong tea.
Let the mixture steep for at least 20 minutes. Add the shampoo and
glycerine to the herbal water mixture and stir well.

Pour the shampoo into a clean squeeze bottle. Let the mixture sit
overnight to thicken. Yields 8 oz

(Chamomile makes a mild shampoo that is perfect for fine, light-colored
hair; the flowers have a mild bleaching effect. If you have dark
colored hair, use rosemary or lavender to enhance your own natural
color)

Desert Wonder Shampoo -this shampoo is great for people who live in dry
areas -
1/4 cup Basic Shampoo
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 tsp glycerine
1/2 tsp avocado oil

Mix all of the ingredients together. Pour the shampoo into a container
with a tight fitting lid. Shampoo as normal but leave on an extra few
minutes. Rinse with cool water.
*note* this shampoo may separate; always shake well to remix before
using.

The aloe vera plant is sometimes called the "wonder of the desert"
because of it's many uses, especially as a moisterizer for the skin and
hair.

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