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List of A - Z Natural Beauty Recipes ingredients and their health benefits

On this page are listed every ingredient and their use in application in alphabetical order from A to Z needed to make natural beauty recipes as provided on this web site.

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Alphabetical List of Ingredients

Use in Application

A

aloe-vera concentrate

Moisture treatment with aloe-vera: Sea water, sand and sun can dry out the skin. To prevent damage, apply a cream containing aloe-vera after showering. A moisturizer, aloe-vera leaves the skin healthy and elastic. Recipe for Weather Protection

aloe-vera gel

Aloe-vera gel for healing: Aloe-vera gel is recognized as an effective aid in healing almost any type of burn or wound. It can help replenish the skin with moisture and foster cell regeneration. Recipe for After Sun Lotion

Aloe-vera gel: Extracted from the interior of aloe-vera leaves, aloe-vera gel has moisturizing properties that regenerate and heal rough, dry skin. Recipe for Night Cream

Moisture treatment with aloe-vera: Sea water, sand and sun can dry out the skin. To prevent damage, apply a cream containing aloe-vera after showering. A moisturizer, aloe-vera leaves the skin healthy and elastic. Recipe for Weather Protection

aloe-vera juice

Aloe-vera juice: Aloe-vera juice is made from the healing gel extracted from aloe-vera leaves. Since it's mildly astringent, aloe-vera juice dries oily and soothes flaky, irritated skin. Juice purchased at stores is preferred for homemade cosmetics, since a gentle, non toxic preservative is added to it. Fresh-squeezed aloe gel spoils very quickly. Recipe for Cleansing Oil

Aloe-vera juice to cool and moisturize: Aloe-vera juice gives your homemade deodorant a mildly cooling effect, especially pleasant and refreshing at hot times of year. Including the juice in your deodorant means you also benefit from aloe-vera's remarkable healing and moisturizing properties. These ensure that the skin is adequately conditioned and that any type of irritation or itchy allergic reaction is quickly and easily alleviated. Recipe for Herbal Deodorant

aloe-vera oil

Aloe-vera oil for healing: The aloe plant is renown for its healing and moisturizing properties. Oil extracted from aloe leaves and added to a base, such as hazelnut oil, is excellent for all skin types. This double dose of oils replenishes and provides skin with healing ingredients. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

almonds (finely ground)

For removal of scaly, tough, dry skin, ground almonds prove both thorough and gentle, and provide more moisture. Wheat or oat bran is an excellent, non-abrasive and non-irritating exfoliator for sensitive skin. Recipe for Body Scrubs

apple-cider vinegar

Apple-cider vinegar for blocked pores: Unprocessed and unheated apple-cider vinegar, which is light brown, cloudy liquid, contains malic acid, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid. This substance gently loosens the dead skin cells on the surface of the face, leaving smooth, silky skin. Diluted apple-cider vinegar also acts as a normalizer, since it can regulate the oiliness of the skin. In addition, it helps prevent inflammation. You can find it in many health food-stores. Recipe for Toner

Vinegar for hair repair: Apple-cider vinegar smoothes the hair cuticle and protects against structural damage. This helps chemically treated hair, as chemical processing roughens and damages the cuticle. Recipe for Hair Setting Lotion

Apple-cider vinegar for silkiness: Adding a little bit of raw apple-cider vinegar to the deep-conditioning hair treatment provides an astringent effect; it works by tightening the cuticle, giving tresses shine and silkiness. In addition, it helps to ensure that the ingredients blend well. Raw apple-cider vinegar which has a cloudy appearance can be found in many grocery stores and is good for all hair types. Recipe for Hair Treatments

apricot-kernel oil

Apricot-kernel oil for skin: Apricot-kernel oil is a nurturing, conditioning treatment for normal skin. The oil's fine consistency allows it to quickly penetrate, giving your skin a naturally fresh and soft luster. It is also recognized as one of the most delicate oils, making it a good ingredient for use in homemade lotions. Apricot-kernel oil is an excellent basic massage oil, as well.

Recipe for Body Lotion

Oils for delicate skin: Apricot-kernel oil contains vitamin A and has a light consistency, allowing it to penetrate deep into the skin. Hazelnut oil has a high vitamin-E content and is especially nurturing because of its unsaturated fatty-acid content. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle_Cream

Apricot-kernel oil for nourishment: The light oil of apricot kernels can penetrate easily into the sensitive, delicate skin around the eyes, as well. The oil from the first pressing of the apricot kernel is the most valuable, since it contains vitamins and minerals that are especially beneficial to aging skin; it is also good for sensitive, inflamed skin. Apricot-kernel oil nourishes the skin and protects it from the cold and dryness, helping it stay supple and wrinkle-free. Recipe for Eye-Wrinkle Cream

arnica flowers

Healing arnica flowers: Antiseptic arnica is a good remedy for skin irritations. Its flowers disinfect blemished skin and help heal acne, stimulating blood flow and reducing swelling. Recipe for Steam Facial

avocado oil

Nourishing herbal oils for dry skin: Thick, pale-green avocado oil conditions and regenerates dry, lackluster skin and supplies it with essential fatty acids. Olive oil provides vitamins and makes the skin soft and smooth. Recipe for Body Lotion

Avocado oil to fight wrinkles: Avocado oil is rich in vitamin A, B, D and E and lecithin, all beneficial for moisturizing, preventing the formation of liver spots and protecting the skin from sun damage. Eating avocados or other foods rich in these vitamins will also work to help protect the skin. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Avocado - fresh

Avocado for sensitive skin: The essential fatty acids and vitamins in fresh avocado regenerate the skin while they nourish, invigorate and restore the uppermost layer. This provides protection against minor sun damage, chapping and small wrinkles. The vitamin E in avocado benefits the connective tissue from the inside out and counteracts cell damage. Recipe for Facial Pack

Avocado oil conditions and protects: Oil from the fleshy part of the avocado is very beneficial for dry skin, as it contains high levels of vitamins, lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids. Avocado oil can be used as a light sunscreen and is good for long-term use, since it does not spoil easily. Be sure to use only cold-pressed, unrefined avocado oil. Recipe for Suntan Oil

Avocado oil for softness: Avocado oil, obtained from the flesh of ripe avocados, contains large quantities of vitamins and essential fatty acids, which are nourishing for dry skin. Its medium to fine consistency helps it penetrate the skin easily and help prevent wrinkles. Recipe for Facial Scrubs

B

babassu-kernel

Babassu-kernel oil for softness: Pressed from South American babassu-palm trees, moisturizing, non-greasy babassu-kernel oil can soften both sensitive and oily skins. Recipe for Day Cream

Baby shampoo

Baby shampoo for a base: Unscented natural baby shampoo, available in health-food stores, makes a good base for a shower gel. It's gentle on the skin, lathers well and is suitable for personalizing with the scent of your favorite essential oil. Recipe for Shower Gel

baking soda

Baking Soda for enhanced effects: Adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to a sea-salt bath can leave the skin feeling clean and smooth. Baking soda also enhances the stimulating effect on the circulatory system, provides a refreshing quality and helps soothe skin irritations and itchiness. For fizzy bubbles, you can add 3-4 effervescent antacid tablets to your bathwater before stepping in. The tablets will not harm your skin and simply add to a "spa" effect. Baking soda can be purchased at pharmacies and grocery stores; carbonated bath tablets are available in some bath shops. Recipe for Sea-Salt Bath

basil essential oil

To relax: Peru-balsam essential oil, with its earthy and vanilla-like scent, can have a powerful calming and soothing effect on the whole body. Spicy basil oil is well suited to regenerating body and spirit. Caution: Do not use basil essential oil if you are pregnant or have epilepsy. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

bay-laurel essential oil

Pregnant women and epileptics should avoid using bay-laurel, lemon and rosemary essential oils, since they can trigger contractions or seizures; lemon oil can also cause photosensitivity.

Flat Beer

Rinse with beer to add shine and body: If you want to do something nice for your hair, rinse it once a month with flat beer. After applying the beer, you can rinse the hair with warm water or not, as you choose. The beer acts as a natural setting lotion, giving blow-dried hair increased vitality, resilience and hold. The B vitamins and natural sugar add body and shine. Don't worry: The stale-beer smell will disappear very quickly. Recipe for Hair Rinse

beeswax (unrefined)

Unrefined beeswax for nourishing and soothing the skin: Skin-nourishing propolis, a natural antibiotic, and trace amounts of vitamins and minerals are found in unrefined beeswax. Beeswax gives after-sun lotions a thick, creamy consistency. In addition, the beeswax prevents the loss of moisture from dehydrated skin. Recipe for After Sun Lotion

Beeswax for skin protection: Natural beeswax is obtained from honeycombs and has a brownish yellow tint. Use refined beeswax rather than white beeswax, which has been bleached with chemicals. Beeswax helps to condition delicate skin and leaves lips with a creamy feel. It also contains propolis, a waxy material that fights infection and inflammation. Recipe for Lip Care

Natural thickeners: Beeswax and shea butter provide body lotions with a creamy consistency. Borax powder, available in grocery stores, is a gentle mineral emulsifier that gives the lotion some stability.

Recipe for Body Lotion

Beeswax for skin protection: Pure beeswax is obtained by cleaning and melting an empty honeycomb. It retains its original dark-yellow color. Beeswax acts as an emulsifier, providing a creamy consistency to homemade eye cream. At the same time, this natural product protects the delicate skin around the eyes by sealing in beneficial moisture and preventing it from evaporating. Recipe for Eye-Wrinkle Cream

Healthful beeswax: Melted wax from the bees honeycomb serves two purposes: It helps support the skin's natural ability to retain moisture and it acts as a thickening agent for the cream. Recipe for Neckline Care

Beeswax and honey to soothe and protect: Beeswax is obtained by melting and cleaning empty honeycombs. It helps protect the skin naturally against bacteria because it contains antibacterial propolis. Honey soothes skin and firms tissue by plumping cells up with water. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle_Cream

Natural ingredients for consistency: Lanolin, which is especially skin-friendly, helps to make day cream spreadable. Beeswax and cocoa butter also add to its consistency. Recipe for Day Cream

Beeswax to prevent moisture loss: Unfiltered, unrefined beeswax is obtained naturally by melting empty honeycombs. It gives foot balms a creamy consistency and a hint of sweet honey fragrance. Beeswax contributes to the health of the skin by coating it to prevent dehydration. Plus, the propolis, or "bee resin" in the wax is a mild natural antibiotic that aids healing of minor infections. Recipe for Foot Balm

Beeswax as an emulsifier: Pure, unrefined beeswax has a golden color and the sweet smell of honey. It is used to thicken natural lotions, salves, lip balms and creams. It also acts as an emulsifier to help bind oils and water together. Recipe for Healing Salve

Natural ingredients for better consistency: The thin consistency of mosquito repellent can be thickened by adding a little bit of beeswax and shea butter, which makes it easier to apply. The addition of borax powder helps to stabilize the water-oil emulsion. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

benzoin essential oil

For fullness and harmony: Benzoin and cedarwood oils give the perfume a lasting fullness. They bind the mixture of essential oils together and harmonize well with the fresh citrus oils. Recipe for Perfume

bergamot oil

Citrus oil for refreshment: Gently uplifting and soothing citrus oils, such as neroli and bergamot, provide a fruity, floral freshness to a perfume's fragrance. Recipe for Perfume

For freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and bitter orange oils are used as light scent oils. They give a refreshing top note and also provide the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent. Recipe for Perfume

birch leaves

(dried)

Pour the water over the birch leaves; steep until it cools a bit. Strain. Effect: When used regularly, this hair rinse will help to maintain the health of the scalp and may even be a good choice for preventing hair loss. It also keeps the hair soft and gives a silky sheen. Contraindications: Do not use this rinse on blond or grey hair, as it may darken the color.

bitter-orange oil

For freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and bitter orange oils are used as light scent oils. They give a refreshing top note and also provide the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent. Recipe for Perfume

blue-cypress essential oil

 

borax powder

Natural thickeners: Beeswax and shea butter provide body lotions with a creamy consistency. Borax powder, available in grocery stores, is a gentle mineral emulsifier that gives the lotion some stability.

Natural ingredients for better consistency: The thin consistency of mosquito repellent can be thickened by adding a little bit of beeswax and shea butter, which makes it easier to apply. The addition of borax powder helps to stabilize the water-oil emulsion. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

Brandy or Vodka

Brandy or vodka as an emulsifier: An emulsifier is needed in a natural mouthwash to ensure that the essential oils will blend well with warm water. Either vodka or brandy is recommended for this purpose, as it will help stimulate circulation in the gums and firm the tissue, in addition to acting as an effective emulsifier. Recipe for Mouthwash

Brewed coffee

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

burdock root

Burdock root soothes and adds shine: The tannic acid contained in burdock root is very soothing to oily, irritated skin. As a mild astringent, burdock root will help smooth the cuticle and remove oil from hair, adding shine. Recipe for Hair Treatments

C

calendula extract

 

calendula essential oil

Calendula for healing: Calendula petals yield a deep-orange essential oil that has an intoxication herbal fragrance. Calendula oil's antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties make it a good choice for healing wounds, burns, acne, insect bites and cuts. The oil is also gentle enough for use on both infants and children. Recipe for Anti-Scar Oil

Calendula oil for sensitive skin: Calendula essential oil, extracted from calendula flowers, can inhibit inflammation and help heal wounds. It also protects sensitive skin from environmental damage and has a warm, pleasant, earthy scent. Recipe for Facial Scrubs

For rough hands: A water-based cream containing the antioxidant vitamin E and A can prevent infection of hands with tiny cracks and other wounds. Add German-chamomile or calendula essential oil to the cream, and rub it into your hands several times a day. Recipe for Weather Protection

calendula flowers - dried

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

camphor oil

 

carrot-seed essential oil

Apply sesame oil to reduce sun damage: The rays of the sun are extremely damaging to your hair, bleaching and drying it until it becomes brittle. Indeed, hair damage caused by to much ultraviolet radiation is irreparable. However, sesame oil can provide excellent sun protection. Message a few tablespoons of the oil into your hair and scalp before going out into the sun for prolonged periods. Sesame oil includes natural SPF (sun protection factor) of about 2,5. For added protection you can blend the sesame oil with 10 drops of carrot-seed essential oil, which is high in antioxidants.

Carrot-seed essential oil for healing: The oil extracted from crushed carrot seeds has an earthy, warm fragrance and can help nourish, tighten and revitalize the skin. It also promotes healing of minor wounds, making it especially effective for treating chapped hands and cracked or weak cuticles. Recipe for Hand-Care Treatments

Essential oils to protect skin: Neroli essential oil helps to firm all skin types in need of vitality and elasticity. Both palmarosa and carrot-seed essential oils nourish, sooth and smooth dry, mature skin while providing protection from wrinkles and chapping. Cistus essential oil can help to normalize oily skin and reduce puffiness, as it promotes lymph drainage. Itchy skin can benefit from lavender essential oil, which also protects the skin from dermatitis and eczema. Yarrow essential oil's astringent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help dry and heal painful pimples. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

carrot juice

Carrots for conditioning: The vitamins and minerals in fresh carrots will condition stressed skin and help it maintain its natural resilience. Carrot juice is very calming to irritated or sunburned skin. Recipe for Facial Pack

castor oil

Castor oil for dry skin: Thick and translucent, yellow castor oil is derived from the castor bean. An emollient, the oil is particularly good for brittle nails and dry skin, because it provides a heavy protective layer tha5t seals in moisture and soothes the skin. Recipe for Hand-Care Treatments

castile soap

-liquid

Liquid castile soap for sensitive skin: Liquid castile soap is a concentrated solution of an olive-oil based soap. It makes a perfect shower-gel base for those with very sensitive skin. The resulting product also has a thinner consistency than baby shampoo. Recipe for Shower Gel

catnip leaves

 

cedarwood essential oil

Cedarwood balances: Cedarwood essential oil balances the scalp's oil production by increasing blood circulation and cleaning out clogged follicles. Cedarwood oil specifically helps to heal dandruff and thinning hair. It has a refreshing, evergreen scent, lends body to your hair and adds a silky shine. Recipe for Hair Treatments

For fullness and harmony: Benzoin and cedarwood oils give the perfume a lasting fullness. They bind the mixture of essential oils together and harmonize well with the fresh citrus oils. Recipe for Perfume

cinnamon-leaf essential oil

Cinnamon-leaf oil for strengthening: The essential oil produced from the leaves and twigs of the cinnamon tree helps to strengthen connective tissue and stimulate blood flow. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

cistus essential oil

Essential oils to protect skin: Neroli essential oil helps to firm all skin types in need of vitality and elasticity. Both palmarosa and carrot-seed essential oils nourish, sooth and smooth dry, mature skin while providing protection from wrinkles and chapping. Cistus essential oil can help to normalize oily skin and reduce puffiness, as it promotes lymph drainage. Itchy skin can benefit from lavender essential oil, which also protects the skin from dermatitis and eczema. Yarrow essential oil's astringent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help dry and heal painful pimples. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

citronella essential oil

Essential oils to ward off biting insects: The essential oils in natural mosquito repellent are the active constituents that help to ward off bugs and insects. Tea-tree oil, which is a potent antiseptic and anti-bacterial essential oil, has a slightly medicinal scent. The light flora aroma of lavender oil has a refreshing, soothing effect, while the citrus like fragrance of both citronella and lemongrass oils is a mood lifter. Finally, sage oil acts as an antiseptic and skin toner. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

chamomile flowers - dried

Marigold and chamomile for reddening: Dried marigold and chamomile flowers have a soothing effect on the skin. They also alleviate itching and reddening, which can often occur after washing skin that is dry and sensitive. Recipe for Cleansing Talc

Chamomile for skin inflammation: Both Roman (Anthemis nobilis) and German (Matricaria recutica) chamomile are rich in antibacterial and analgesic volatile oils. Use either form of chamomile to relieve such skin inflammations as eczema and psoriasis.

To help you sleep: The dried blossoms of hops and lavender have sedative and toning effect on the whole body. They facilitate falling asleep and aid restful, deep sleep. Chamomile blossoms help dispel restlessness and gently calm the body and spirit, setting the stage for peaceful sleep.

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

chamomile tea

Tea bag bath: If you don't have dried herbs on hand, you can use tea bags containing appropriate herbs, such as chamomile or peppermint. Pour 1 qt. of boiling water over 6 tea bags; then steep, covered for 30 min. Add the tea and the tea bags to the bathwater.

chamomile water

German-chamomile water for inflammations: A by-product of German-chamomile essential oil, German-chamomile water is high in alpha bisabolol and chamazulene, both antiseptics and anti-inflammatory. Use this water, which is available in health-food stores, in place of tap water in your facial scrub.

citrus oil

Citrus oil for refreshment: Gently uplifting and soothing citrus oils, such as neroli and bergamot, provide a fruity, floral freshness to a perfume's fragrance. Recipe for Perfume

clary-sage essential oil

Essential oils for your hair type: Adding essential oils to conditioners can help address your particular hair-care needs. For instance, myrrh and geranium oils can help repair dry, damaged hair, while clary-sage oil can give hair a delicate sheen. Dandruff may benefit from cypress oil, which gently cleanses the scalp without drying it out, and from tea-tree oil, which helps fight bacterial infections that can occur with severe cases of dandruff. Invigorating rosemary oil stimulates circulation and promotes vigorous hair growth, which can counteract hair loss and dandruff. Recipe for Hair Conditioner

clove essential oil

Clove essential oil for pain: Clove oil has a mild antiseptic effect, dulling nerve sensation, and thus making it effective for toothache pain. It can also help prevent infection. A very hot and spicy oil, it should always be diluted for use. Recipe for Mouthwash

Clove essential oil for pain relief: Cloves are an ancient toothache remedy; clove oil is a mild anesthetic that temporarily deadens the nerves of the teeth. Clove-oil toothpaste is a boon for very sensitive teeth and for pain caused by sweet, cold or hot foods or drinks. Recipe for Toothpaste

cocoa butter

Cocoa butter for protection: Cocoa butter, by-product of cocoa-bean processing, thickens lotions, lending a creamy consistency and a hint of its chocolate aroma. Suitable for all skin types, it is a protective emollient that prevents dehydration. Recipe for Cleansing Lotion

Natural ingredients for consistency: Lanolin, which is especially skin-friendly, helps to make day cream spreadable. Beeswax and cocoa butter also add to its consistency. Recipe for Day Cream

Cocoa butter for volume: The butter from the beans found in cocoa pods helps protect hair from dryness and subsequent damage and can make it easier to style and shape. Recipe for Hair Treatments

coffee

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

coconut oil

Coconut oil: Coconut oil can help to nourish dry skin while protecting it from moisture loss. In addition, it helps replenish the skins depleted supply of natural oil. Recipe for Night Cream

coltsfoot flowers - dried

 

coltsfoot leaves

 

comfrey leaves

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

comfrey oil

 

comfrey root

Comfrey root for emollient benefits: Comfrey-root extract contains essential nutrients, such as allantoin, emollients and mucopolysaccharides. It also helps to minimize inflammation and counteract cellular aging. Recipe for After Sun Lotion

Comfrey for knitting tissues: Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) is a perennial plant growing in moist meadows and wastelands throughout the United States, reaching a height of 3-4 feet. Its roots and leaves have been used medicinally for hundreds of years to help heal a myriad of conditions, such as cuts, bruises, burns, insect bites and sore throats. A poultice made from the rootstock, when applied externally, can bring relief to inflamed arthritic joints, sprains and cystic acne. Comfrey encourages tissues bones and ligaments to reknit together; the herb has also been called "knit bone." Recipe for Healing Salve

coriander essential oil

 

coriander-seed essential oil

 

corn starch

Cornstarch for sensitive skin: Cornstarch is a very fine, starchy, white powder made from dried corn kernels. The powder not only absorbs perspiration but also is soothing to the skin. It is especially recommended for infants and, alone or in a body-powder recipe, for people with inflamed or very sensitive skin. Recipe for Body Powder

cosmetic clay - (WHITE)

White cosmetic clay for oily skin: A diluted extract of witch-hazel leaves and twigs will alleviate skin inflammation and acne. Witch-hazel has an anti-inflammatory effect and acts as a disinfectant, which enables it to provide relief of painful and slow-to-heal pustules. Witch-hazel is also mildly astringent, and will reduce and constrict your pores, making them appear smaller. Recipe for Body Powder

White cosmetic clay to treat blemishes: White cosmetic clay is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium, which are beneficial for oily, blemished skin. The clay's mildly drying and disinfectant properties help heal existing blemishes and inflammations, while preventing new ones from forming. Recipe for Bran Bath

Gently abrasive clay for plaque removal: Mineral-rich cosmetic clay is available in most health-food stores and comes in the form of a white powder. It is gently abrasive, but also suitable to use on sensitive teeth. The cosmetic clay can remove stubborn plaque deposits and contains minerals that help to strengthen tooth enamel, the basic shield against tooth decay. Recipe for Toothpaste

cucumber juice

Cucumber juice to tighten skin: Fresh cucumber juice contains vitamins and large amounts of natural sulfur, which help to tighten pores and disinfect the skin, giving it smooth, clear and healthy appearance. Recipe for Toner

cypress essential oil

Cypress oil for detoxification: Cypress essential oil, distilled from cypress needles and cones, is a strong astringent that reduces water retention, stimulates circulation, firms tissue and detoxifies blood. This spicy oil, which smells like pine or cedar, helps treat varicose veins and is also an excellent anti-cellulite oil. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

Essential oils for your hair type: Adding essential oils to conditioners can help address your particular hair-care needs. For instance, myrrh and geranium oils can help repair dry, damaged hair, while clary-sage oil can give hair a delicate sheen. Dandruff may benefit from cypress oil, which gently cleanses the scalp without drying it out, and from tea-tree oil, which helps fight bacterial infections that can occur with severe cases of dandruff. Invigorating rosemary oil stimulates circulation and promotes vigorous hair growth, which can counteract hair loss and dandruff. Recipe for Hair Conditioner

For warmth and spice: The addition of lemongrass, cypress, neroli and verbena oils gives the perfume a mild spicy, slightly woodsy scent. Recipe for Perfume

D

Dead Sea Black Mud - 100% Natural - Great for the Face and Body - 21.6 Oz Bag

Consider your skin type: Because of its mineral and salt content, Dead Sea mud affects each skin type differently. If you have oily skin, you can use it up to three times a week; for normal skin, up to twice a week; for dry skin, no more than once a week. Dead Sea mud is easy to apply, covers the skin nicely and can be easily rinsed off. Your skin will become accustomed to the mud's stimulating ingredients - most notably, iodine, magnesium and bromide. You can also apply heated mud to relieve morning stiffness or joint inflammation. Recipe for Dead Sea Mud Facial

For a mud mask: Applied to the entire body or just the face, Dead Sea mud opens clogged pores and is deep-cleaning and invigorating. It stimulates and tightens your skin, leaving it refreshed. Recipe for Dead Sea Mud Facial

For an exfoliant: Apply a mask to scaly, dry parts of the body (such as knees and elbows). The dead skin will rinse off with the mask, leaving your skin moisturized and smooth. Recipe for Dead Sea Mud Facial

For healthy hair: Dead Sea mud applied to your hair strengthens the roots and cleans the scalp of dandruff and oils. Your hair will be thoroughly cleaned and conditioned, soft and shiny, tangle free and full of body. Apply as you would a mask; let sit for 30 minutes; then rinse thoroughly. Recipe for Dead Sea Mud Facial

Natural Planet Dead Sea Salt, 5lbs Fine Grain - 100% Pure Bath Salt - For Psoriasis, Eczema, Arthritis, Dermatitis, Acne, Dry Skin, Dandruff, and Other Skin Disorders. Highest Mineral Content for Cleansing and Detoxifying. Relaxes Skin and Muscles

Rich in minerals: Sea salt, which is available at most health-food stores, contains a higher mineral content than regular table salt, has not been bleached with chemicals and is believed to be more effective in a bath. Sea salt is obtained by evaporating seawater that has been purified and filtered multiple times. It consists of about 80 percent sodium chloride and 20 percent minerals and trace elements. Salt that comes from the Dead Sea is especially rich in potassium, magnesium, iodine, bromine and sulfur. These substances remove waste products from the body and can help protect against cellulite and edema in the tissues of the skin. Coarse- and fine-grained forms of sea salt are available; both types are effective when added to a therapeutic bath. Recipe for Sea Salt Bath

E

Echinacea tincture

(Echinacea Glycerite)

Echinacea for inflamed skin: Echinacea has antibacterial properties and restores inflamed connective tissue. The alcohol extract is readily available in health-food stores. Note: The alcohol in echinacea tincture evaporates when it is heated, leaving behind the herb's potent healing properties. Recipe for Body Lotion

Egg yolk

Egg yolk for elasticity: The lecithin in egg yolk is completely absorbed by the skin and used as "skin food." Yolk gives the skin a fine, rosy appearance and maintains the elasticity of its upper layers. Recipe for Facial Pack

Natural lecithin for beautiful hair: Enrich vegetable hair tints by adding an egg yolk, which contains lecithin, a hair-softening emollient. This adds protein, which helps to smooth the hair cuticle and boost shine. Recipe for Hair Tinting

Lecithin for nourishment: Egg yolks contain large amounts of lecithin and supply valuable conditioners that do not weigh down the hair. The scalp, too, can benefit from the lecithin, as it is very nourishing for the skin. Recipe for Hair Treatments

Eleuthero Root most frequently nicknamed - Siberian ginseng

For mental and physical stress: When stress levels run high, delicately scented lemon-balm leaves can help relieve symptoms by combating muscle and nervous tension. Siberian-ginseng root can be beneficial in reducing stress levels, but if you are pregnant or suffer from epilepsy, avoid using them. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

elderflower glycerite

This toner is especially good for thirsty, dehydrated skin. I am having a hard time finding a good source for elderflower glycerite so make the following suggestion. Since you are already into making your own natural products, buy the elderflowers and follow the following directions. Herbal glycerite may be prepared using two methods. In one method, dried or fresh herbs are blended with pure vegetable glycerin. The resulting mixture is shaken each day for two weeks, then pressed or squeezed through a filter to produce a clear product. Alternatively, a glycerite may be prepared by slowly evaporating the alcohol from a tincture and then adding a volume of glycerin equal to the original amount of alcohol. Making your own is the least expensive method and you'll have lots for future toner treatments.

emulsifying wax (NF)

 

eucalyptus essential oil

Natural help for dandruff: If you have dandruff, use a shampoo containing eucalyptus essential oil. Each time you wash your hair, the eucalyptus essential oil will remove existing flakes and help purify your scalp. Recipe for Shampoo

evening primrose oil

Evening-primrose oil for easing inflammation: A natural anti-inflammatory, evening primrose oil aids in healing irritated skin, making it good for people with blemishes or skin problems. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

Evening primrose oil to reduce inflammation: Skin that tends to develop blemishes may have a deficiency in gamma linolenic acid (GLA). As a result, pores tend to become clogged with debris. Evening primrose oil is rich in GLA and also has a natural anti-inflammatory action on the skin. Taken either internally (follow label directions) or applied externally, this oil helps reduce acne inflammation and encourages the skin to remain moist and soft. Recipe for Night Gel

everlasting oil

aka Helichrysum oil

 

eyebright tea

 
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fennel seeds

Fennel seeds for tired, dry eyes: An eye bath with fennel-seed tea is clarifying, cleansing and refreshing for tired eyes. It also helps lubricate dry eyes. Fennel-tea eye baths are ideal for individuals who must work in front of computers or strain their eyes in other ways, since they relax the eye muscles and relieve eyestrain. Recipe for Eye Baths (use coffee grinder to grind seeds)

flaxseed

Flaxseeds for sensitive skin: Fresh, finely ground flaxseeds are suitable for scrubs for all skin types, but are especially good for normal or oily skin; these types are prone to surface dehydration and irritation. The slippery and mucilaginous qualities of flaxseeds not only serve to gently exfoliate the skin, but also to soften and moisturize it. Recipe for Facial Scrubs (use coffee grinder to grind seeds)

frankincense essential oil

Frankincense oil for stressed skin: Frankincense essential oil, extracted by steam distillation from the resin of a scrubby tree native to Africa and India, is often added to skin-care products. The oil helps to rejuvenate tired, wrinkled skin and is perfect for dry and mature skin types. In addition, its anti-inflammatory properties benefit sensitive and environmentally damaged skin. Recipe for Facial Scrubs

French green clay

Components: Different trace minerals and plant materials, depending on the clay's origin, create clays with different properties and different colours, including white and green (the most popular) as well as yellow, red, brown, black and grey. White clay contains magnesium, silica, aluminum oxide, zinc and calcium; green clay also contains silica, calcium and magnesium, along with potassium, sodium, iron and, of course, plant materials that give it its hue. Recipe for Clay Treatments

White and green clays: White clay is the best choice for normal, dry and sensitive skin. It's also the best clay for use in powders, deodorants and bath additives. French green clay, with its rougher texture and greater astringency, is excellent for oily skin and for treating conditions that require exfoliation, circulation stimulation and toxin removal, such as acne and eczema. Recipe for Clay Treatments

Clay baths for sore muscles: Health spas offer clay or mud baths in which the body is submerged for up to one hour. The warm, thick, therapeutic mud can relieve muscle soreness resulting from sports injuries, overexertion or tension. After rinsing off, an hour of rest is usually prescribed. Recipe for Clay Treatments

French Green Clay: A powdery, astringent "healing earth" called French green clay may be purchased in health-food stores. This mineral-rich clay reduces sebum production and keeps moisture in the tissues. Recipe for Facial Pack

fruit juice

Oats, yogurt and fruit juice for skin tone: Finely ground oats act as a gentle exfoliant and can remove dead skin cells. They also possess a mild bleaching property, helping to reduce spots and blotches on the skin. Yogurt contains small amounts of lactic acid, which has a mild germicidal action and helps maintain the skin's pH balance. The citric acid in fresh fruit juice also helps to even out blotchy skin. Recipe for Hand-Care Treatments

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geranium essential oil

Essential oils for your hair type: Adding essential oils to conditioners can help address your particular hair-care needs. For instance, myrrh and geranium oils can help repair dry, damaged hair, while clary-sage oil can give hair a delicate sheen. Dandruff may benefit from cypress oil, which gently cleanses the scalp without drying it out, and from tea-tree oil, which helps fight bacterial infections that can occur with severe cases of dandruff. Invigorating rosemary oil stimulates circulation and promotes vigorous hair growth, which can counteract hair loss and dandruff. Recipe for Hair Conditioner

Geranium for aroma: Geranium oil is great for setting lotions. It has a soothing aroma as well as as a cleansing, antiseptic effect. Recipe for Hair Setting Lotion

Geranium oil for harmony and balance: This delicate, rosy fragrance is very effective in treating stress, fatigue and anxiety, and it is an inexpensive alternative to genuine rose oil. Recipe for Perfume

geranium hydrosol

Geranium hydrosol for clear skin: Aromatic geranium hydrosol, distilled from the rose-geranium plant, helps regulate sebaceous-gland activity. Regular use will help to reduce infection and inflammation. Geranium hydrosol is available at natural-food and herbal stores. Recipe for Day Cream

German-chamomile essential oil (Chamomile, Blue essential oil)

For rough hands: A water-based cream containing the antioxidant vitamin E and A can prevent infection of hands with tiny cracks and other wounds. Add German-chamomile or calendula essential oil to the cream, and rub it into your hands several times a day. Recipe for Weather Protection

Chamomile for skin inflammation: Both Roman (Anthemis nobilis) and German (Matricaria recutica) chamomile are rich in antibacterial and analgesic volatile oils. Use either form of chamomile to relieve such skin inflammations as eczema and psoriasis. Recipe for Herbal Baths

German-chamomile hydrosol

German-chamomile hydrosol for redness: German-chamomile hydrosol is a watery by-product of the essential oil that helps to soothe and heal the skin. It also protects sensitive skin from redness and irritation. You can find this ingredient in health-food stores. Recipe for Day Cream

German-chamomile water

German-chamomile water for inflammations: A by-product of German-chamomile essential oil, German-chamomile water is high in alpha bisabolol and chamazulene, both antiseptics and anti-inflammatory. Use this water, which is available in health-food stores, in place of tap water in your facial scrub. Recipe for Facial Scrubs

ginger essential oil

Essential oils for cold feet: Cold feet are often caused by poor circulation. A foot balm containing the essential oils of ginger and sage will help stimulate blood flow. Ginger oil warms the feet, and sage oil helps reduce perspiration that makes feet clammy. Recipe for Foot Balm

glycerin

 

glycerite

 

grapefruit essential oil

Citrus oils for astringency: Lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils have a potent astringent effect. They strengthen the capillaries, tighten skin tissue and reduce water retention in cells. Since they also increase circulation, they prevent lymph accumulation. Orange oil is slightly less astringent, but it has the same general properties and is gentler on the skin. It also has a calming effect. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

Essential oils for fragrance and healing: Grapefruit essential oil gently stimulates and refreshes, adding a slight deodorizing effect. Juniper oil is especially useful for combating water retention as well as stress and fatigue. Essential oil of lavender can help heal painful fissures and minor inflammations. Recipe for Body Scrubs

For freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and bitter orange oils are used as light scent oils. They give a refreshing top note and also provide the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent. Recipe for Perfume

grape-seed oil

Carrier oils for moisture and softness: Grape-seed, hazelnut and soybean oil, used in many body scrubs, penetrate the skin readily. They supply essential fatty acids to the skin, lending it increased elasticity and a soft sheen. Recipe for Body Scrubs

Nourishing grape-seed oil: Oil produced from grape seeds has a very fine consistency, which makes it particularly well suited for use in light skin-care lotions. Grape-seed oil also helps nourish the skin without leaving a feeling of greasiness. Recipe for Neckline Care

Vegetable Oils for intensive care: Vitamins and essential fatty acids are present in vegetable oils, which can strengthen the hair. Olive oil conditions and nourishes normal hair. Fine hair, however, benefits from grape-seed oil since it helps plump the hair shaft, making it much more resilient. Finally, wheat germ oil provides vitamin E, which adds a healthy and lustrous glow to both types of hair. Recipe for Hair Treatments

Grape-seed oil provides nutrients: The thin, pale yellow oil pressed from grape seeds provides the hair with trace minerals and other nutrients, and conditions the hair. Recipe for Hair Treatments

Grape-seed oil for nourishment: Grape-seed oil has a light, thin consistency that allows it to penetrate the skin especially well. It also has an appealing yellow-green color and is practically odorless. Typically available in its refined form, grape seed oil nourishes and conditions the skin and protects it from cold weather, which can cause drying and cracking. Recipe for Lip Care

Grapeseed oil: Grapeseed oil is thin-bodied and is one of the lightest oils. It is clear in color and has hardly any odor. Its thin consistency allows it to penetrate rapidly into the skin, quickly transporting healing components into skin tissue. Grapeseed oil is particularly good for mixed skin types, as well as greasy skin with blemishes or acne. Recipe for Massage Oil

Grape-seed oil for nourishing the skin: This oil has a nourishing and protective effect on normal and sensitive skin types. Grape-seed oil's fine, thin consistency does not clog pores. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

green tea

Green tea for toning and oily buildup: The caffeine contained in green tea helps to tighten and tone the skin. The tea is also quite beneficial for oily skin, as the tannic acid works to remove any excess oil. Recipe for Body Scrubs

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hazelnut oil

Hazelnut oil for softer skin: Due to its light consistency, hazelnut oil deeply penetrates and softens the skin. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

Hazelnut oil as a base: Extracted from pressed hazelnuts, this clear, pale-yellow oil has a mild fragrance and is high in vitamin E and fatty acids. Hazelnut oil is one of the best base oils for homemade creams, oils and lotions because of its lightness and resistance to spoilage. Recipe for Anti-Scar Oil

Oils for delicate skin: Apricot-kernel oil contains vitamin A and has a light consistency, allowing it to penetrate deep into the skin. Hazelnut oil has a high vitamin-E content and is especially nurturing because of its unsaturated fatty-acid content. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Carrier oils for moisture and softness: Grape-seed, hazelnut and soybean oil, used in many body scrubs, penetrate the skin readily. They supply essential fatty acids to the skin, lending it increased elasticity and a soft sheen. Recipe for Body Scrubs

Hazelnut oil to soften skin: Light and penetrating, this oil is suitable for all skin types; it softens and conditions your hands and cuticles. Made from the pressed kernel of the hazelnut, the pale-yellow oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids and has a mild, nutty fragrance. It also resists going rancid. Recipe for Hand-Care Treatments

Hazelnut oil nourishes: This fast-penetrating, extremely light oil is one of the best oils for cosmetic use. It is high in vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids, which nourish the skin. Recipe for Suntan Oil

helichrysum essential oil

 

henna powder

Henna adds strength and shine: Henna not only gives hair a deep, bright red tint, but strengthens it, coating the hair and tightening the cuticle, the exterior layer of the hair shaft that protects the inner layers. The result is a rich, healthy shine. However, henna and other natural tints are only temporary; they last six to eight weeks and gradually fade because they don't penetrate the hair shaft (as chemical colorants do). Although your hair must be re-colored more often with natural tints, what you sacrifice in "permanence" you gain in damage prevention. Recipe for Hair Tinting

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

herbal shampoo (castile liquid soap)

Gentle herbal shampoo as a base: A good base for natural shampoo is a mild herbal shampoo, which can be found in many health-food stores. Buy a soap-based shampoo made with coconut, soy, olive or palm-kernel oil. Another good choice is a herbal baby shampoo. Avoid shampoos that include olefin sulfate, lauramide DEA, cocamide DEA, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium C14-16 or cocamidopropyl betaine, as they tend to be too harsh. Recipe for Shampoo

herbal tea

 

honey

Beeswax and honey to soothe and protect: Beeswax is obtained by melting and cleaning empty honeycombs. It helps protect the skin naturally against bacteria because it contains antibacterial propolis. Honey soothes skin and firms tissue by plumping cells up with water. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Honey for minor inflammations: The enzymes and organic acids in raw honey helps to soften the skin, while giving it a warm sheen. Honey is also mildly antibacterial and can help heal minor inflammations. Recipe for Bran Bath

Honey for natural hold and conditioning: The components in honey will condition and nourish your hair and scalp. Honey provides hair with natural hold, shine and volume. It also keeps your scalp from drying out, which helps prevent the formation of dry flakes. Recipe for Hair Setting Lotion

hops flowers

To help you sleep: The dried blossoms of hops and lavender have sedative and toning effect on the whole body. They facilitate falling asleep and aid restful, deep sleep. Chamomile blossoms help dispel restlessness and gently calm the body and spirit, setting the stage for peaceful sleep. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

hydrosol

Hydrosol - The condensed water that is left behind when plants are steam distilled to make essential oil. A little like waters made from roses and lavenders and other herbs, except more pure and a little more concentrated. You can make your own waters, just by steeping an herb in warm water and straining. Or, you can purchase hydrosols. See below.

What is a hydrosol?

Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Recipe for Day Cream

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jasmine oil

Jasmine oil for intense richness: Used to make fine perfumes, jasmine flowers are picked before dawn to prevent any of the soft and sensuous oil from evaporating. Recipe for Perfume

jojoba oil

Jojoba oil as a preservative: Though jojoba oil is expensive, it doesn't go rancid, and even helps preserve other oils; it also makes them easier to apply. Jojoba oil softens the skin and balances sebum production. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

Jojoba oil for oily skin: Oily skin that tends to develop blemishes often has an imbalance of acid and alkaline, usually because of the use of harsh astringents and cleaners. The skin, therefore, can't adequately protect itself from bacteria. To restore balance to the skin's protective coating, use a body lotion which contains jojoba oil. It will help to ease inflammation and encourage skin flora to normalize. Plus, jojoba oil is highly penetrative and will not further clog your pores. Recipe for Body Lotion

Jojoba oil for delicate skin: This superior grade non-greasy oil is prized for its ability to easily penetrate and to protect the three layers of your skin. Jojoba oil is a natural antioxidant; it also acts as a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 16. The oil's vitamin E and minerals make your skin feel especially soft and moist. Recipe for Eye-Wrinkle Cream

Conditioning jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is really not an oil at all but a plant wax, similar to human sebum. Rich, thick and gentle, it penetrates the skin deeply. Recipe for Facial Pack

Jojoba oil for rashes and inflammations: The pea-sized seeds of this evergreen desert plant yield jojoba oil, a liquid wax which solidifies when allowed to cool. The many unsaturated fats in jojoba oil moisturize and protect the skin's surface; the oil also deeply penetrates into the skin to keep it supple. Jojoba has anti-inflammatory effects, bringing relief to skin plagued by eczema or psoriasis. Recipe for Foot Balm

Vegetable oils prevent split ends: Before a treatment with henna or a walnut shell tint, rub a bit of olive oil or jojoba oil into your palms and apply it to the ends of your hair to discourage split ends, especially if your hair tends to be dry. These oils also nourish the scalp and smooth out the cuticle of each individual hair, making it easier to comb. Recipe for Hair Tinting

Jojoba oil for a perfume base: This medium weight, golden oil is a liquid plant wax. Produced from cold-pressed jojoba seeds, it makes an excellent carrier for natural perfumes since it has a very long shelf life, is easily absorbed by the skin and is non-greasy. Recipe for Perfume

Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is pressed from the nutlike seed of the jojoba bush. Because of its chemical structure, it solidifies into a wax at 45°F. Appropriate for sensitive skin, jojoba oil is highly penetrative and adds extra fluidity to a massage blend. Because it is expensive, you may want to blend it with other quality base oils. Recipe for Massage Oil

Enhancing the eyes: Jojoba oil is a great nighttime eye moisturizer. Dab the oil around the eyes with your finger, avoiding the lashes and lids. To relieve puffy eyes, place a cold teabag over each eye and rest. For strained eyes, dip cotton balls in cold witch hazel, milk or tea, and apply to eyes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

juniper essential oil

Juniper and rosemary oils for circulation: Both juniper and rosemary oils are stimulating and refreshing. They help increase circulation, decongest sluggish and under active tissues and stimulate the body's metabolism. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

Essential oils for fragrance and healing: Grapefruit essential oil gently stimulates and refreshes, adding a slight deodorizing effect. Juniper oil is especially useful for combating water retention as well as stress and fatigue. Essential oil of lavender can help heal painful fissures and minor inflammations. Recipe for Body Scrubs

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lanolin

Lanolin for a creamy consistency: Lanolin added to antiwrinkle cream gives it a fine consistency. It's obtained from cleaned sheep's wool and is a natural moisturizing emollient and emulsifier. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Natural ingredients for consistency: Lanolin, which is especially skin-friendly, helps to make day cream spreadable. Beeswax and cocoa butter also add to its consistency. Recipe for Day Cream

anhydrous lanolin

Anhydrous lanolin, one of the ingredients in the homemade body lotion, is simply lanolin with the water removed. It is available in health-food stores. Recipe for Body Lotion

hydrous lanolin

Hydrous lanolin, available at any drugstore, is the easiest form of lanolin to use in any recipe because it contains a small amount of water—just enough to make it easier to mix. Recipe for Night Cream

lavender blossoms

To help you sleep: The dried blossoms of hops and lavender have sedative and toning effect on the whole body. They facilitate falling asleep and aid restful, deep sleep. Chamomile blossoms help dispel restlessness and gently calm the body and spirit, setting the stage for peaceful sleep. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

lavender buds - dried

 

lavender essential oil

Essential oils for fragrance and healing: Grapefruit essential oil gently stimulates and refreshes, adding a slight deodorizing effect. Juniper oil is especially useful for combating water retention as well as stress and fatigue. Essential oil of lavender can help heal painful fissures and minor inflammations. Recipe for Body Scrubs

Beautiful hair with lavender oil: The ancient Romans used lavender oil as a special additive to washes because of its effectiveness as a cleansing agent. Lavender oil gives hair a pleasant scent, a silky fullness and a light, fresh appearance. Recipe for Shampoo

Lavender for deep cleansing: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula vera) is derived from the Latin word lavare, which means "to cleanse". A fragrant additive in lotions, lavender is not only a relaxant but an antiseptic, as well. It can help to heal acne and other skin irritations, such as minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Recipe for Herbal Baths

Essential oils to protect skin: Neroli essential oil helps to firm all skin types in need of vitality and elasticity. Both palmarosa and carrot-seed essential oils nourish, sooth and smooth dry, mature skin while providing protection from wrinkles and chapping. Cistus essential oil can help to normalize oily skin and reduce puffiness, as it promotes lymph drainage. Itchy skin can benefit from lavender essential oil, which also protects the skin from dermatitis and eczema. Yarrow essential oil's astringent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help dry and heal painful pimples. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

Essential oils to ward off biting insects: The essential oils in natural mosquito repellent are the active constituents that help to ward off bugs and insects. Tea-tree oil, which is a potent antiseptic and anti-bacterial essential oil, has a slightly medicinal scent. The light flora aroma of lavender oil has a refreshing, soothing effect, while the citrus like fragrance of both citronella and lemongrass oils is a mood lifter. Finally, sage oil acts as an antiseptic and skin toner. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

lavender flowers

Lavender flowers for soothing fragrance: Lavender flowers are sweetly fragrant. They lend a refreshing and very calming note to powders. They also help keep the skin soft and smooth. Recipe for Body Powder

Lavender for gentle healing: Lavender flowers offer gentle yet potent skin-healing effects. Lavender speeds cell renewal, acts as an antiseptic and calms irritated skin. Recipe for Cleansing Talc

lavender hydrosol- lavender water

Lavender-flower water for conditioning: Lavender-flower water soothes, heals and conditions all skin types. The water is obtained when the essential oil is extracted. Recipe for Cleansing Lotion

Lavender hydrosol for sensitive skin: Lavender hydrosol, a thin, watery liquid that is a by-product of lavender oil production, can help heal sensitive, slightly chapped skin and protect it against environmental irritants. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

Natural hydrosols: Hydrosols, a water by-product of essential-oil production, make an aromatic substitute for the water portion in cream recipes. Rose hydrosol moisturizes dry skin; lavender hydrosol conditions normal skin. Recipe for Night Cream

Hydrosol - The condensed water that is left behind when plants are steam distilled to make essential oil. A little like waters made from roses and lavenders and other herbs, except more pure and a little more concentrated. You can make your own waters, just by steeping an herb in warm water and straining. Or, you can purchase hydrosols. See below. What is a hydrosol?  Recipe for Sunscreen Lotion

lavender tea

- made from lavender blossom

 

lecithin- liquid

Liquid lecithin to soften the skin: Made from pure soybean oil, this emulsifier is high in the B vitamins choline and inositol, which are vital for healthy skin. Lecithin also helps to soften and condition the skin. Recipe for After Sun Lotion

lemon balm leaves

Lemon balm for relaxation: A lemon-balm (Melissa officinalis) bath is a perfect way to end your day. Its tart, lemony scent helps revive spirits, lifting depression. Recipe for Herbal Baths

For mental and physical stress: When stress levels run high, delicately scented lemon-balm leaves can help relieve symptoms by combating muscle and nervous tension. Siberian-ginseng root can be beneficial in reducing stress levels, but if you are pregnant or suffer from epilepsy, avoid using them. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

Toning lemon balm: Lemon Balm firms and tones slack, limp skin. It's especially useful for cleansing normal skin and healing oily, acned skin. Recipe for Steam Facial

lemon-balm glycerite

 

lemon essential oil

Citrus oils for astringency: Lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils have a potent astringent effect. They strengthen the capillaries, tighten skin tissue and reduce water retention in cells. Since they also increase circulation, they prevent lymph accumulation. Orange oil is slightly less astringent, but it has the same general properties and is gentler on the skin. It also has a calming effect. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

Lemon essential oil to deodorize: The oil from lemon peel acts as a powerful deodorizer, a disinfecting astringent and refreshing stimulant to keep the teeth and gums healthy. It provides a fruity flavor. Recipe for Mouthwash

Essential oils for for acne: Thyme, lemon and yarrow essential oils are germicidal and anti-inflammatory, and have a healing effect on acne. Mix 10 drops each of these oils with 8 ounces of witch hazel. Saturate a cotton ball and apply to the face, neck, chest or back three times daily to disinfect the skin and remove oil. Store in a dark glass bottle and shake well before using. Recipe for Night Gel

For freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and bitter orange oils are used as light scent oils. They give a refreshing top note and also provide the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent. Recipe for Perfume

Essential oils for scent and shine: Lemon essential oil can give your hair a healthy shine. Peru-balsam oil conditions fine hair and makes it easier to comb. Rosemary oil is also good for natural shampoos, since it contains components that help invigorate and strengthen both your scalp and your hair. Recipe for Shampoo

Caution: Pregnant women and epileptics should avoid using bay-laurel, lemon and rosemary essential oils, since they can trigger contractions or seizures; lemon oil can also cause photosensitivity.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice

Lemon juice for beautiful shine: Fresh-squeezed lemon juice gives your hair a lovely shine. It also lightens blonde, medium-blonde hair. If your hair tends to be dry, however, do not use lemon juice. Recipe for Hair Setting Lotion

lemongrass essential oil

Essential oils to ward off biting insects: The essential oils in natural mosquito repellent are the active constituents that help to ward off bugs and insects. Tea-tree oil, which is a potent antiseptic and anti-bacterial essential oil, has a slightly medicinal scent. The light flora aroma of lavender oil has a refreshing, soothing effect, while the citrus like fragrance of both citronella and lemongrass oils is a mood lifter. Finally, sage oil acts as an antiseptic and skin toner. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

For warmth and spice: The addition of lemongrass, cypress, neroli and verbena oils gives the perfume a mild spicy, slightly woodsy scent. Recipe for Perfume

lime essential oil

Citrus oils for astringency: Lemon, lime and grapefruit essential oils have a potent astringent effect. They strengthen the capillaries, tighten skin tissue and reduce water retention in cells. Since they also increase circulation, they prevent lymph accumulation. Orange oil is slightly less astringent, but it has the same general properties and is gentler on the skin. It also has a calming effect. Recipe for Anti-Cellulite Oil

lime juice

Lime to invigorate: Freshly squeezed lime juice is slightly astringent and antiseptic. In a compress liquid, lime juice supports the invigorating effect of a cool facial treatment, as its sharp aroma eliminates fatigue. To make a quick, refreshing compress, combine the juice of half a lime with 1 quart of cool water. Take care to keep the compress away from your eyes and do not use it on sensitive or acned skin. Recipe for Facial Compress

linden flowers - dried

Soothing linden flowers: Linden flowers make a gentle tonic for dry and sensitive skin. They calm inflammations and leave the complexion fresh and clear. Recipe for Steam Facial

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macadamia-nut oil

Macadamia-nut oil: Often referred to as "dry oil" macadamia-nut oil has an exceptionally light consistency that is readily absorbed by the skin. Rich in oleic acid, the oil provides moisture for all skin types. Recipe for Night Cream

marigold- dried

Marigold and chamomile for reddening: Dried marigold and chamomile flowers have a soothing effect on the skin. They also alleviate itching and reddening, which can often occur after washing skin that is dry and sensitive. Recipe for Cleansing Talc

milk - powdered whole milk

Milk and cream

Cream and milk for dry, delicate skin: Sweet cream contains fat, which softens and nourishes dry, flaky skin and keeps it smooth and elastic. If you have normal skin, you can use milk instead of cream; it is less heavy, but it also supplies the lipids that enhance the skin-softening effects of a bran bath. Recipe for Bran Bath

Powdered milk for smoothing: Powdered whole milk nourishes skin, keeping it soft and elastic. Lactic acid in milk smoothes and refines the skin. Recipe for Cleansing Talc

Cream for chapped skin: The high fat content of heavy cream will nourish dry and overly sensitive facial skin and give it a relaxed, well-cared-for appearance. Recipe for Facial Pack

Enhancing the eyes: Jojoba oil is a great nighttime eye moisturizer. Dab the oil around the eyes with your finger, avoiding the lashes and lids. To relieve puffy eyes, place a cold teabag over each eye and rest. For strained eyes, dip cotton balls in cold witch hazel, milk or tea, and apply to eyes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

mint -peppermint leaf - hydrosol

Mint hydrosol for inflammation: The process of producing essential oils leaves behind watery by-products, or hydrosols, which retain the plants healing properties in diluted form. Mint hydrosol, which is made from the peppermint plant, can freshen and clarify oily, blemished skin. It also has a mild antibacterial effect and helps prevent the formation of red, inflamed, painful pimples. Recipe for Toner

mint - peppermint leaf

 

myrrh essential oil

Essential oils for your hair type: Adding essential oils to conditioners can help address your particular hair-care needs. For instance, myrrh and geranium oils can help repair dry, damaged hair, while clary-sage oil can give hair a delicate sheen. Dandruff may benefit from cypress oil, which gently cleanses the scalp without drying it out, and from tea-tree oil, which helps fight bacterial infections that can occur with severe cases of dandruff. Invigorating rosemary oil stimulates circulation and promotes vigorous hair growth, which can counteract hair loss and dandruff. Recipe for Hair Conditioner

myrrh tincture

Myrrh tincture for gum inflammation: Tincture of myrrh is available at health-food stores; its anti-inflammatory and astringent effects can help to combat the swollen and bleeding gums that are typical in the early stages of periodontal disease. Recipe for Toothpaste

myrrh powder or myrrh gum

 

myrtle essential oil

 
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nettle leaves

 

neroli essential oil

Neroli oil for eczema: This essential oil is made from small white blossoms of the bitter-orange tree. Its sweet, fresh scent helps to ease itchy rashes and heal inflamed skin. In addition, neroli oil supports the skin's renewal process and acts as an effective, yet gentle, deodorizer. Recipe for Baby Oil

Skin-toning neroli oil: Neroli essential oil, which is obtained from bitter-orange flowers, has a warm and rather intoxicating floral scent. It can benefit mature skin that lacks suppleness, vitality and tone. Neroli oil also has a mild sedative effect and can help relieve anxiety and insomnia. Recipe for Neckline Care

Citrus oil for refreshment: Gently uplifting and soothing citrus oils, such as neroli and bergamot, provide a fruity, floral freshness to a perfume's fragrance. Recipe for Perfume

Essential oils to protect skin: Neroli essential oil helps to firm all skin types in need of vitality and elasticity. Both palmarosa and carrot-seed essential oils nourish, sooth and smooth dry, mature skin while providing protection from wrinkles and chapping. Cistus essential oil can help to normalize oily skin and reduce puffiness, as it promotes lymph drainage. Itchy skin can benefit from lavender essential oil, which also protects the skin from dermatitis and eczema. Yarrow essential oil's astringent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help dry and heal painful pimples. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

For warmth and spice: The addition of lemongrass, cypress, neroli and verbena oils gives the perfume a mild spicy, slightly woodsy scent. Recipe for Perfume

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oat bran

Wheat or oat bran is an excellent, non-abrasive and non-irritating exfoliator for sensitive skin. Recipe for Body Scrubs

Oat bran for smooth skin: Bran from milled oats contains small amounts of salicylic acid and enzymes that stimulate circulation and gently exfoliate the skin. Oat bran is beneficial for all skin types. Recipe for Bran Bath

oats

Rolled oats for exfoliating: Finely ground old-fashioned rolled oats make a bland conditioning flower that also serves as an effective and gentle exfoliant. The oats are non-irritating for sensitive skin and gently bleach the skin of hyperpigmentation spots. Recipe for Cleansing Talc

Soothing oatmeal: Old-fashioned oatmeal will refresh and calm inflamed, acned skin and help heal blemishes. Recipe for Facial Pack

Oat for strength: Oats contains silicic acid, which strengthens the skin and increases its immunological response. This protects chapped and dry skin from irritation and from such conditions as eczema. Recipe for Facial Pack

Oats for soothing and cleaning: Finely-ground rolled oats gently remove dead skin cells. Oats contain pectin, gums and emollients that soothe and heal all skin types. With gentle use, an oat-based facial scrub will give skin a rosy glow and help keep the skin's pores free of debris. Recipe for Facial Scrubs

Oats, yogurt and fruit juice for skin tone: Finely ground oats act as a gentle exfoliant and can remove dead skin cells. They also possess a mild bleaching property, helping to reduce spots and blotches on the skin. Yogurt contains small amounts of lactic acid, which has a mild germicidal action and helps maintain the skin's pH balance. The citric acid in fresh fruit juice also helps to even out blotchy skin. Recipe for Hand-Care Treatments

olive oil

Nourishing herbal oils for dry skin: Thick, pale-green avocado oil conditions and regenerates dry, lackluster skin and supplies it with essential fatty acids. Olive oil provides vitamins and makes the skin soft and smooth.

Recipe for Body Lotion

Vegetable oils prevent split ends: Before a treatment with henna or a walnut shell tint, rub a bit of olive oil or jojoba oil into your palms and apply it to the ends of your hair to discourage split ends, especially if your hair tends to be dry. These oils also nourish the scalp and smooth out the cuticle of each individual hair, making it easier to comb. Recipe for Hair Tinting

Vegetable Oils for intensive care: Vitamins and essential fatty acids are present in vegetable oils, which can strengthen the hair. Olive oil conditions and nourishes normal hair. Fine hair, however, benefits from grape-seed oil since it helps plump the hair shaft, making it much more resilient. Finally, wheat germ oil provides vitamin E, which adds a healthy and lustrous glow to both types of hair. Recipe for Hair Treatments

olive oil (certified organic)

 

extra-virgin olive oil

Nourishing olive oil for normal skin: Extra-virgin olive oil contains vitamin E and minerals, making it especially nourishing and gentle for the skin. Regular use will help to improve the skin's moisture balance, so include a scrub made with olive oil in your weekly cleansing routine. Recipe for Facial Scrubs

orange-blossom water

Invigorating orange-blossom water: This flower water is a by-product of the steam distillation of neroli oil. It has the fresh, sweet scent of oranges and invigorates the skin. Recipe for Neckline Care

Orange-blossom water for oily skin: Orange-blossom water, sometimes called neroli water, helps improve and refine pores as well as refresh oily skin. When added to a shower gel, its astringent properties prevent blemishes from forming and improve the appearance of skin. Orange-blossom water, a by-product of essential-oil production, has an uplifting scent. Recipe for Shower Gel

Orange-blossom water for gentle freshening: Like rose water, orange-blossom water is a by product of the essential-oil extraction process. Made when producing neroli oil, it is mildly astringent and helps restore suppleness and vitality, which are often lacking in mature skin. It naturally soothes sensitive facial tissue and increases blood flow to the skin. Recipe for Toner

orange essential oil

Orange and Roman-chamomile oils to help relax infants: Orange and Roman-chamomile essential oils have a relaxing effect on babies when added to an aromatherapy lamp and placed in the nursery. Recipe for Baby Oil

Orange essential oil for stimulation: A delicate cleansing lotion with with the essential oil of oranges has a fresh and revitalizing scent. When applied to the skin, orange essential oil stimulates circulation. Recipe for Cleansing Lotion

Orange essential oil for fresh breath: Orange essential oil helps to freshen the breath and leaves a delicate, fruity aftertaste. Recipe for Toothpaste

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palmarosa essential oil

Essential oils to protect skin: Neroli essential oil helps to firm all skin types in need of vitality and elasticity. Both palmarosa and carrot-seed essential oils nourish, sooth and smooth dry, mature skin while providing protection from wrinkles and chapping. Cistus essential oil can help to normalize oily skin and reduce puffiness, as it promotes lymph drainage. Itchy skin can benefit from lavender essential oil, which also protects the skin from dermatitis and eczema. Yarrow essential oil's astringent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help dry and heal painful pimples. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

passionflower leaves and flowers

For relieving nervousness: The components in the roots of valerian, passionflower leaves and flowers and violet blossoms can calm irritated nerves, encourage peacefulness and strengthen the nervous system in general. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

patchouli essential oil

Patchouli oil for prolonging a fragrance: This warm, earthy fragrance acts as a fixative, slowing evaporation and prolonging the scent. Recipe for Perfume

peppermint leaves - dried

Peppermint to refresh: A compress using peppermint makes skin feel cool and refreshed, and the herbs toning effect can rejuvenate slack, tired facial skin. It also stimulates perspiration, which encourages the elimination of waste products through the skin. Recipe for Facial Compress

peppermint essential oil

Peppermint oil for cooling: Essential oil of peppermint (Mentha piperita) is extremely refreshing and invigorating. When added to a body powder, it helps cool the body gently and continuously. Recipe for Body Powder

Peppermint essential oil stimulates the scalp: Peppermint oil is cooling and stimulating; its astringent properties help to treat oily scalp. Recipe for Hair Treatments

Peru-balsam essential oil

Essential oils: Essential oils are added to a night cream to customize them for a particular type of skin. Rose-otto oil stimulates cell renewal and moisturizes dry or mature skin. Peru-balsam oil can regenerate dry flaky skin and is excellent for acne and oily skin, as well. Recipe for Night Cream

To relax: Peru-balsam essential oil, with its earthy and vanilla-like scent, can have a powerful calming and soothing effect on the whole body. Spicy basil oil is well suited to regenerating body and spirit. Caution: Do not use basil essential oil if you are pregnant or have epilepsy. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

Essential oils for scent and shine: Lemon essential oil can give your hair a healthy shine. Peru-balsam oil conditions fine hair and makes it easier to comb. Rosemary oil is also good for natural shampoos, since it contains components that help invigorate and strengthen both your scalp and your hair. Recipe for Shampoo

Primrose essential oil

Rose and primrose oils to soften and protect: The delicately scented essential oil obtained from roses can keep your baby's skin soft and smooth. One of the best skin oils for infant care, it imparts a light, gentle scent. The oil obtained from primrose flowers can protect skin from diaper rash and inflammations. Recipe for Baby Oil

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raspberry - fresh

Raspberry for circulation: Raspberry purée contains sulfur, which helps to counteract inflammation and promotes circulation. Recipe for Toner

Roman-chamomile essential oil

Orange and Roman-chamomile oils to help relax infants: Orange and Roman-chamomile essential oils have a relaxing effect on babies when added to an aromatherapy lamp and placed in the nursery. Recipe for Baby Oil

Chamomile for skin inflammation: Both Roman (Anthemis nobilis) and German (Matricaria recutica) chamomile are rich in antibacterial and analgesic volatile oils. Use either form of chamomile to relieve such skin inflammations as eczema and psoriasis. Recipe for Herbal Baths

Roman-chamomile essential oil for very sensitive teeth: Roman-chamomile essential oil has a very relaxing, anti inflammatory effect that is especially good for small children who have irritation and pain from teething. Recipe for Mouthwash

rose geranium essential oil

The rose geranium oil is high in terpene alcohol, which inhibits the proliferation of odor-causing bacteria.

rose essential oil

Rose and primrose oils to soften and protect: The delicately scented essential oil obtained from roses can keep your baby's skin soft and smooth. One of the best skin oils for infant care, it imparts a light, gentle scent. The oil obtained from primrose flowers can protect skin from diaper rash and inflammations. Recipe for Baby Oil

rose hydrosol - water

Rose water for gentle care: Rose water is often found in commercial cosmetic products because of its fragrant, softening and mildly astringent properties. The delicate water is obtained from a steam distillation process that can extract the oil. Its gentle effect make rose water great for use in shower gels, creams and lotions. Recipe for Shower Gel

Rose hydrosol for silkiness: Rose hydrosol invigorates and softens the skin and regulates pH moisture balance. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle_Cream

Natural hydrosols: Hydrosols, a water by-product of essential-oil production, make an aromatic substitute for the water portion in cream recipes. Rose hydrosol moisturizes dry skin; lavender hydrosol conditions normal skin. Recipe for Night Cream

Rose water for delicate skin: Produced when extracting the essential oil of rose, rose water is a good base for a toner. It is added to many skin-care products because of its tightening, invigorating effect. Used alone, rose water nourishes the skin and helps make it stay soft and silky. Recipe for Toner

Hydrosol - The condensed water that is left behind when plants are steam distilled to make essential oil. A little like waters made from roses and lavenders and other herbs, except more pure and a little more concentrated. You can make your own waters, just by steeping an herb in warm water and straining. Or, you can purchase hydrosols. See below. What is a hydrosol? Recipe for Sunscreen Lotion

rose petals - dried

Rose petals for a rosy glow: The petals of the rose (Rosa spp.) are not only soothing, but also contain a small amount of vitamin C; ascorbic acid is known to smooth and tone the skin. Adding rose petals to your bath will lightly moisturize dry, sensitive skin and encourage a healthy, rosy glow. Recipe for Herbal Baths

Rose blossoms for tender skin: The conditioning ingredients contained in rose petals help soothe and restore dry skin. Recipe for Cleansing Talc

Rose petals revitalize the scalp: The components in rose petals tone and tighten the scalp with their gentle astringent action. Recipe for Hair Treatments

rose petals - fresh

 

rose petals- powdered

 

rose-hip-seed oil (ORGANIC)

Rose-hip-seed oil for damaged skin: Rose-hip-seed oil has a clear, reddish colour. It is extremely high in essential fatty acids and is excellent for scarring, wrinkled or aging skin. The oil is also good for dry and sun damaged skin. Look for unrefined, organic rose-hip-seed oil; only this type should be used on your skin. Recipe for Anti-Scar Oil

dried red-clover flowers

Red clover to soothe: Red-clover flowers contribute anti-inflammatory substances that gently condition dry, sensitive skin and help alleviate mild sweating. Recipe for Facial Compress

rosemary essential oil

Rosemary essential oil to boost cell formation: This clear oil has a strong, earthy fragrance reminiscent of eucalyptus. It can stimulate new cell formation and is good for all skin types. Recipe for Anti-Scar Oil

Rosemary oil for a healthy scalp: The component terpineol found in the essential oil of rosemary leaves will stimulate circulation in your scalp, strengthen the roots of your hair and generally promote healthy hair growth. This stimulating effect alleviates hair and scalp problems and prevents damage. Recipe for Shampoo

Essential oils for scent and shine: Lemon essential oil can give your hair a healthy shine. Peru-balsam oil conditions fine hair and makes it easier to comb. Rosemary oil is also good for natural shampoos, since it contains components that help invigorate and strengthen both your scalp and your hair. Recipe for Shampoo

Juniper and rosemary oils for circulation: Both juniper and rosemary oils are stimulating and refreshing. They help increase circulation, decongest sluggish and under active tissues and stimulate the body's metabolism.

Essential oils for your hair type: Adding essential oils to conditioners can help address your particular hair-care needs. For instance, myrrh and geranium oils can help repair dry, damaged hair, while clary-sage oil can give hair a delicate sheen. Dandruff may benefit from cypress oil, which gently cleanses the scalp without drying it out, and from tea-tree oil, which helps fight bacterial infections that can occur with severe cases of dandruff. Invigorating rosemary oil stimulates circulation and promotes vigorous hair growth, which can counteract hair loss and dandruff. Recipe for Hair Conditioner

Rosemary for fine hair: Rosemary essential oil improves hair structure and supports healthy scalp function. The oil gently conditions fine and brittle hair. Recipe for Hair Setting Lotion

Rosemary for sore muscles: The dried leaves of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) have an invigorating and warming effect on the body. Added to bathwater, they make an excellent remedy for aching joints, sore muscles and poor circulation. Recipe for Herbal Baths

Essential oils for scent and shine: Lemon essential oil can give your hair a healthy shine. Peru-balsam oil conditions fine hair and makes it easier to comb. Rosemary oil is also good for natural shampoos, since it contains components that help invigorate and strengthen both your scalp and your hair. Recipe for Shampoo

Caution: Pregnant women and epileptics should avoid using bay-laurel, lemon and rosemary essential oils, since they can trigger contractions or seizures; lemon oil can also cause photosensitivity.

rosemary leaves - dried

Rosemary for sore muscles: The dried leaves of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) have an invigorating and warming effect on the body. Added to bathwater, they make an excellent remedy for aching joints, sore muscles and poor circulation.

rose otto essential oil

Essential oils: Essential oils are added to a night cream to customize them for a particular type of skin. Rose-otto oil stimulates cell renewal and moisturizes dry or mature skin. Peru-balsam oil can regenerate dry flaky skin and is excellent for acne and oily skin, as well. Recipe for Night Cream

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sage (Salvia officinalis) essential oil

Essential oils to ward off biting insects: The essential oils in natural mosquito repellent are the active constituents that help to ward off bugs and insects. Tea-tree oil, which is a potent antiseptic and anti-bacterial essential oil, has a slightly medicinal scent. The light flora aroma of lavender oil has a refreshing, soothing effect, while the citrus like fragrance of both citronella and lemongrass oils is a mood lifter. Finally, sage oil acts as an antiseptic and skin toner. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

Essential oils for cold feet: Cold feet are often caused by poor circulation. A foot balm containing the essential oils of ginger and sage will help stimulate blood flow. Ginger oil warms the feet, and sage oil helps reduce perspiration that makes feet clammy. Recipe for Foot Balm

dried sage leaves

sage tea (dried sage leaves)

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

Sage: Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory sage helps curtail and heal existing pimples. To prepare sage tea to use in a facial pack, simply pour 1 cup boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of dried sage leaves, steep for 10 minutes and strain. Recipe for Facial Pack

sea salt

coarse sea salt

fine sea salt

Rich in minerals: Sea salt, which is available at most health-food stores, contains a higher mineral content than regular table salt, has not been bleached with chemicals and is believed to be more effective in a bath. Sea salt is obtained by evaporating seawater that has been purified and filtered multiple times. It consists of about 80 percent sodium chloride and 20 percent minerals and trace elements. Salt that comes from the Dead Sea is especially rich in potassium, magnesium, iodine, bromine and sulfur. These substances remove waste products from the body and can help protect against cellulite and edema in the tissues of the skin. Coarse- and fine-grained forms of sea salt are available; both types are effective when added to a therapeutic bath. Recipe for Sea-Salt Bath

Exfoliators for smoothing scrubs: A number of natural substances can serve as exfoliating agents. Sea salt, fine or coarse, will help to remove toxins, supply minerals to tissue and stimulate stagnant circulation. It also aids in tightening and toning slack skin: A sea-salt scrub battles the dimpled look of cellulite that often appears on the thighs and buttocks by helping to break up fat and water deposits. For removal of scaly, tough, dry skin, ground almonds prove both thorough and gentle, and provide more moisture. Wheat or oat bran is an excellent, non-abrasive and non-irritating exfoliator for sensitive skin. Recipe for Body Scrubs

seaweed powder

 

sesame oil

Sesame oil protects against harmful rays: Sesame oil, obtained by pressing the seeds of the sesame plant, provides the highest sun protection of all the natural oils. It is also very effective for softening and smoothing the skin. Be sure to use only cold-pressed, unrefined sesame oil, which has a fill, nutty aroma and is dark in color. Recipe for Suntan Oil

Apply sesame oil to reduce sun damage: The rays of the sun are extremely damaging to your hair, bleaching and drying it until it becomes brittle. Indeed, hair damage caused by to much ultraviolet radiation is irreparable. However, sesame oil can provide excellent sun protection. Message a few tablespoons of the oil into your hair and scalp before going out into the sun for prolonged periods. Sesame oil includes natural SPF (sun protection factor) of about 2,5. For added protection you can blend the sesame oil with 10 drops of carrot-seed essential oil, which is high in antioxidants. Recipe for Hair Rinse

Sesame oil: This delightful, medium-bodied, golden oil is pressed from the sesame seed. It's good for all skin types, especially normal-to-dry skin, and is used for psoriasis, eczema and arthritis. Recipe for Massage Oil

shea butter

Natural thickeners: Beeswax and shea butter provide body lotions with a creamy consistency. Borax powder, available in grocery stores, is a gentle mineral emulsifier that gives the lotion some stability. Recipe for Body Lotion

Natural ingredients for better consistency: The thin consistency of mosquito repellent can be thickened by adding a little bit of beeswax and shea butter, which makes it easier to apply. The addition of borax powder helps to stabilize the water-oil emulsion. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

Siberian ginseng

- see Eleuthero Root

 

soya-lecithin

 

soybean oil

Carrier oils for moisture and softness: Grape-seed, hazelnut and soybean oil, used in many body scrubs, penetrate the skin readily. They supply essential fatty acids to the skin, lending it increased elasticity and a soft sheen. Recipe for Body Scrubs

spearmint essential oil

 

spearmint leaves - dried or fresh

For red, itchy eyes: An infusion containing fresh or dried spearmint leaves can help to stimulate the production of tears and refresh the eyes when used as an eyebath. In addition, eye baths with spearmint tea alleviate burning and itching. Recipe for Eye Baths

spike-lavender essential oil

 

St. John's-wort

 

St. John's-wort essential oil

St. John's-wort oil for rashes: Skin irritations, eczema and painful itching can be alleviated by St. John's-wort oil. However, it tends to make the skin more sensitive to light, so it should not be used if your baby will be outdoors in direct sunlight. Recipe for Baby Oil

Soothing oils for sensitive skin: Sweet-almond oil is quickly absorbed into the skin, providing it with nutrients and essential fatty acids. Aromatic St. John's-wort oil soothes dry skin and helps heal irritations, reddening and dry, scaly patches caused by rashes.

Recipe for Body Lotion

sunflower seeds (finely ground)

Raw sunflower seeds for smooth skin: Raw sunflower seeds can be finely ground to make soft granules that thoroughly remove flaky skin. The seeds also contain natural fatty acids that help cleanse your pores and soften and condition your skin. Recipe for Facial Scrubs (Use a coffee grinder to grind seeds)

sunflower oil

Sunflower oil: The oil obtained by cold-pressing sunflower seeds has an appealing, mildly nutty scent. It benefits oily and acne prone skin. Recipe for Cleansing Oil

sweet-almond oil

Sweet-almond oil for sensitive skin: Sweet-almond oil is particularly well suited for babies' skin. The oil, which is extracted from pressed almonds, is mild and nourishing. It is gentle enough even for sensitive skin. Recipe for Baby Oil

Soothing oils for sensitive skin: Sweet-almond oil is quickly absorbed into the skin, providing it with nutrients and essential fatty acids. Aromatic St. John's-wort oil soothes dry skin and helps heal irritations, reddening and dry, scaly patches caused by rashes.

Recipe for Body Lotion

Sweet-almond oil for nourishment: The fine oil obtained from sweet almonds (Prunus dulcis) has a mild, nutty scent and is an all-purpose base for many lotions. It conditions, softens and nourishes the epidermis, increasing elasticity. Recipe for Cleansing Lotion

Sweet-almond oil for soft lips: Sweet-almond oil is cold pressed from sweet-almond kernels. This high-quality oil is mainly used used in cosmetics and message oils, because it leaves the skin soft and smooth and is usually absorbed well by skin types. Recipe for Lip Care

Sweet-almond oil: This delicate oil is pressed from sweet almonds. It is not too greasy and is appropriate for every skin type. It makes the skin soft and increases the elasticity of the skin surface. Sweet-almond oil is also used as a conditioner for dry hair to treat and nourish the scalp. Recipe for Massage Oil

Softening sweet-almond oil: The delicate oil pressed from sweet almonds is tolerated well by all skin types. Sweet-almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin; it can also help make the sensitive area of the upper chest soft, smooth and elastic. Recipe for Neckline Care

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tea-tree essential oil

Tea-tree oil for disinfecting: A potent antibacterial and fungicidal agent, essential oil of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) makes an excellent plant remedy for athlete's foot. The oil has an earthy, fresh scent. Recipe for Body Powder

Essential oils for your hair type: Adding essential oils to conditioners can help address your particular hair-care needs. For instance, myrrh and geranium oils can help repair dry, damaged hair, while clary-sage oil can give hair a delicate sheen. Dandruff may benefit from cypress oil, which gently cleanses the scalp without drying it out, and from tea-tree oil, which helps fight bacterial infections that can occur with severe cases of dandruff. Invigorating rosemary oil stimulates circulation and promotes vigorous hair growth, which can counteract hair loss and dandruff. Recipe for Hair Conditioner

Tea-tree essential oil to fight infection: Essential oil of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) with its strong camphor like odor, is derived by distilling the plants leaves. It is a broad-spectrum antiseptic that combats bacterial, viral and fungal infections and can be applied directly to cuts, abrasions, nail fungus, athlete's foot, bleeding gums and acne. Recipe for Healing Salve

Essential oils for infection: Such essential oils as tea tree oil have an antiseptic property that helps prevent infection. Other essential oils can add flavor and fragrance. Recipe for Lip Care

Essential oils to ward off biting insects: The essential oils in natural mosquito repellent are the active constituents that help to ward off bugs and insects. Tea-tree oil, which is a potent antiseptic and anti-bacterial essential oil, has a slightly medicinal scent. The light flora aroma of lavender oil has a refreshing, soothing effect, while the citrus like fragrance of both citronella and lemongrass oils is a mood lifter. Finally, sage oil acts as an antiseptic and skin toner. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

thyme essential oil

Thyme essential oil for inflammation: Painful gum inflammations can be greatly eased by the strong antiseptic and antibacterial effects of thyme oil in a natural, gentle mouthwash. Recipe for Mouthwash

Essential oils for for acne: Thyme, lemon and yarrow essential oils are germicidal and anti-inflammatory, and have a healing effect on acne. Mix 10 drops each of these oils with 8 ounces of witch hazel. Saturate a cotton ball and apply to the face, neck, chest or back three times daily to disinfect the skin and remove oil. Store in a dark glass bottle and shake well before using. Recipe for Night Gel

thyme leaves

Antibacterial thyme leaves: Thyme leaves exude an intense and warming fragrance, and are a strong antibacterial agent. Add thyme leaves to steam facials if your skin is plagued by acne, psoriasis or poison ivy. Recipe for Steam Facial

Make your own tincture

Make your own Tinctures
Tinctures are alcohol-based solutions which draw out the healing ingredients from herbs and flowers. You can make tinctures using wild flowers or flowers from your garden. Simply use chopped flowers and pack it in a jar half filled with the strongest vodka. Use 100 – 150 gr. fresh flowers or herbs to 150ml alcohol. If you use dried herbs or flowers use only 10 – 15 gr. in 150ml alcohol. Seal the jar and leave it in on a sunny window sill for 2 – 3 days. Then store in a dark place at room temperature for 2 – 3 weeks, shaking it every day. Strain through muslin cloth and store in a dark bottle. The tincture will keep for 2 – 3 years. Recipe for Toothpaste

Turkey red oil (sulfated castor oil)

 
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unrefined beeswax

Unrefined beeswax for nourishing and soothing the skin: Skin-nourishing propolis, a natural antibiotic, and trace amounts of vitamins and minerals are found in unrefined beeswax. Beeswax gives after-sun lotions a thick, creamy consistency. In addition, the beeswax prevents the loss of moisture from dehydrated skin. Recipe for After Sun Lotion

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valerian essential oil

 

valerian root

For relieving nervousness: The components in the roots of valerian, passionflower leaves and flowers and violet blossoms can calm irritated nerves, encourage peacefulness and strengthen the nervous system in general. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

vanilla essential oil

 

vegetable glycerin

Vegetable glycerin: Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant that absorbs excess water from the surrounding air to moisturize the skin. It also acts as a natural preservative for the cleansing oil and mixes well with both oil and water. Recipe for Cleansing Oil

Vegetable glycerin for creamy consistency: Vegetable glycerin provides a base for diluting the essential oils and gives the toothpaste a creamy consistency, so it can be spread easily over the teeth. It also imparts a sweet natural flavor that children will enjoy. Recipe for Toothpaste

vegetable soap

- ground (Kirks Natural Castile Soap)

 

verbena oil (not recommended)

For warmth and spice: The addition of lemongrass, cypress, neroli and verbena oils gives the perfume a mild spicy, slightly woodsy scent. Recipe for Perfume

violet leaf

For relieving nervousness: The components in the roots of valerian, passionflower leaves and flowers and violet blossoms can calm irritated nerves, encourage peacefulness and strengthen the nervous system in general. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

vitamin-E oil

Vitamin E to preserve lotions: Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, can help to heal damaged skin. In addition, it is a natural preservative, protecting after-sun lotions from fungal and bacterial growth. Recipe for After Sun Lotion

Vitamin-E oil to help fade scars: This oil is very popular as a skin softener and healer. Vitamin-E oil can also help fade scars. It is easy to use: Pierce a vitamin-E gel capsule with a sterilized needle and squeeze the content onto your skin. Recipe for Anti-Scar Oil

Vodka

Vodka as a carrier oil: High quality 80- or 100-proof vodka is virtually odorless, making it a good choice for an essential-oil carrier in natural perfume. Don't substitute other types of alcohol, such as rubbing alcohol, which has a powerful odor and quickly evaporates as well. Recipe for Perfume

Brandy or vodka as an emulsifier: An emulsifier is needed in a natural mouthwash to ensure that the essential oils will blend well with warm water. Either vodka or brandy is recommended for this purpose, as it will help stimulate circulation in the gums and firm the tissue, in addition to acting as an effective emulsifier. Recipe for Mouthwash

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walnut oil

Walnut oil provides a golden glow: This oil enhances tanning while helping to protect the skin from UV damage. Walnut oil contains numerous essential fatty acids that nourish and hydrate the skin, which easily and rapidly absorbs the oil's thin consistency. Recipe for Suntan Oil

walnut-shell powder

(black walnut)

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

powdered walnut hulls

 

watercress

Mineral-rich watercress: Mineral-deficient skin is lackluster and slack. Watercress offers up its minerals to provide nourishment. Gently astringent, watercress also tightens and tones the skin for a smoother feel. Recipe for Steam Facial

wheat bran

Wheat or oat bran is an excellent, non-abrasive and non-irritating exfoliator for sensitive skin. Recipe for Body Scrubs

Wheat bran to nourish the skin: Wheat bran, produced by milled wheat flour, contains B-complex vitamins. It gently cleanses the skin and is especially good for sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis. Recipe for Bran Bath

wheat-germ oil

Wheat-germ oil: Rich in vitamin A and E, wheat-germ oil fights free radicals, and helps heal blemishes. Added to sage tea, wheat-germ oil seals in much-needed moisture. Even oily skin can be moisture starved on the surface; when this occurs, the skin pumps yet more oil in an attempt to lubricate the top layer. Recipe for Facial Pack

Wheat-germ oil for nourishment: Golden yellow with a pleasant, grainlike smell wheat-germ oil is obtained by cold-pressing wheat kernels. It contains high-quality plant lecithin and large amounts of unsaturated fatty acids. Its abundant levels of vitamin B and E smooth and nourish the skin, which make it an excellent remedy for dry skin. Recipe for Foot Balm

Vegetable Oils for intensive care: Vitamins and essential fatty acids are present in vegetable oils, which can strengthen the hair. Olive oil conditions and nourishes normal hair. Fine hair, however, benefits from grape-seed oil since it helps plump the hair shaft, making it much more resilient. Finally, wheat germ oil provides vitamin E, which adds a healthy and lustrous glow to both types of hair. Recipe for Hair Treatments

Wheat-germ oil to revitalize the skin: Wheat-germ oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and is beneficial for many skin types, but it is especially good for softening and conditioning dry, dull skin. This oil can also act as a preservative when added to other oil formulations. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

Wheat-germ oil smoothes the skin: This light, golden-yellow oil has large amounts of vitamin A, D and E, which help to smooth the skin by protecting it from tiny dry lines and wrinkles, as well as from loss of elasticity. Recipe for Suntan Oil

white cosmetic clay

White cosmetic clay to treat blemishes: White cosmetic clay is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium, which are beneficial for oily, blemished skin. The clay's mildly drying and disinfectant properties help heal existing blemishes and inflammations, while preventing new ones from forming. Recipe for Bran Bath

Components: Different trace minerals and plant materials, depending on the clay's origin, create clays with different properties and different colours, including white and green (the most popular) as well as yellow, red, brown, black and grey. White clay contains magnesium, silica, aluminum oxide, zinc and calcium; green clay also contains silica, calcium and magnesium, along with potassium, sodium, iron and, of course, plant materials that give it its hue. Recipe for Clay Treatments

White and green clays: White clay is the best choice for normal, dry and sensitive skin. It's also the best clay for use in powders, deodorants and bath additives. French green clay, with its rougher texture and greater astringency, is excellent for oily skin and for treating conditions that require exfoliation, circulation stimulation and toxin removal, such as acne and eczema. Recipe for Clay Treatments

Clay baths for sore muscles: Health spas offer clay or mud baths in which the body is submerged for up to one hour. The warm, thick, therapeutic mud can relieve muscle soreness resulting from sports injuries, overexertion or tension. After rinsing off, an hour of rest is usually prescribed. Recipe for Clay Treatments

white soft soap

 

witch-hazel extract

Witch-hazel extract for skin problems: A diluted extract of witch-hazel leaves and twigs will alleviate skin inflammation and acne. Witch-hazel has an anti-inflammatory effect and acts as a disinfectant, which enables it to provide relief of painful and slow-to-heal pustules. Witch-hazel is also mildly astringent, and will reduce and constrict your pores, making them appear smaller. Recipe for Body Lotion

Witch-hazel extract to inhibit sweating: Witch-hazel extract, readily available in drug and grocery stores, is derived from the plant's bark, twigs and leaves. It inhibits inflammation, absorbs oil and is mildly astringent. With regular use it constricts skin pores and thus reduces excessive sweat formation. If you shave your underarms, apply witch hazel water just after shaving; it eliminates small pimples and reddening. Recipe for Herbal Deodorant

Enhancing the eyes: Jojoba oil is a great nighttime eye moisturizer. Dab the oil around the eyes with your finger, avoiding the lashes and lids. To relieve puffy eyes, place a cold teabag over each eye and rest. For strained eyes, dip cotton balls in cold witch hazel, milk or tea, and apply to eyes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

Essential oils for for acne: Thyme, lemon and yarrow essential oils are germicidal and anti-inflammatory, and have a healing effect on acne. Mix 10 drops each of these oils with 8 ounces of witch hazel. Saturate a cotton ball and apply to the face, neck, chest or back three times daily to disinfect the skin and remove oil. Store in a dark glass bottle and shake well before using. Recipe for Night Gel

witch-hazel leaves and twigs

White cosmetic clay for oily skin: A diluted extract of witch-hazel leaves and twigs will alleviate skin inflammation and acne. Witch-hazel has an anti-inflammatory effect and acts as a disinfectant, which enables it to provide relief of painful and slow-to-heal pustules. Witch-hazel is also mildly astringent, and will reduce and constrict your pores, making them appear smaller. Recipe for Body Powder

Witch hazel for toning: Witch-hazel leaves and twigs serve as a gentle astringent, which naturally refines the surface of the skin. They are excellent for conditioning all skin types, from oily to normal. Recipe for Facial Compress

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yarrow blossoms

 

yarrow blossom - yarrow tincture

Yarrow tincture for clear skin: A tincture made from yarrow flowers and leaves can help control oil production because of the herb's astringent properties. It is also effective for treating inflamed, infected pimples. Yarrow tincture is available in health-food stores that specialize in herbal medicine. Recipe for Toner

yarrow essential oil

Essential oils to protect skin: Neroli essential oil helps to firm all skin types in need of vitality and elasticity. Both palmarosa and carrot-seed essential oils nourish, sooth and smooth dry, mature skin while providing protection from wrinkles and chapping. Cistus essential oil can help to normalize oily skin and reduce puffiness, as it promotes lymph drainage. Itchy skin can benefit from lavender essential oil, which also protects the skin from dermatitis and eczema. Yarrow essential oil's astringent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can help dry and heal painful pimples. Recipe for Moisturizing Oil

Essential oils for for acne: Thyme, lemon and yarrow essential oils are germicidal and anti-inflammatory, and have a healing effect on acne. Mix 10 drops each of these oils with 8 ounces of witch hazel. Saturate a cotton ball and apply to the face, neck, chest or back three times daily to disinfect the skin and remove oil. Store in a dark glass bottle and shake well before using. Recipe for Night Gel

ylang-ylang essential oil

Ylang-ylang oil for relaxation: Possibly the most erotic aroma on earth, this sweet, tropical scent is a reported aphrodisiac. It calms the senses and relaxes the muscles. Recipe for Perfume

non-fat yogurt

Oats, yogurt and fruit juice for skin tone: Finely ground oats act as a gentle exfoliant and can remove dead skin cells. They also possess a mild bleaching property, helping to reduce spots and blotches on the skin. Yogurt contains small amounts of lactic acid, which has a mild germicidal action and helps maintain the skin's pH balance. The citric acid in fresh fruit juice also helps to even out blotchy skin. Recipe for Hand-Care Treatments

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zinc-oxide powder

Zinc-oxide powder to neutralize odor: Zinc-oxide powder is obtained from the mineral zincite. The powder has a slightly greasy consistency and will make your homemade deodorant appear milky. It has excellent properties for neutralizing body odor, will not irritate the skin and is slightly antiseptic and astringent. Since it is not completely water soluble, the powder tends to separate from liquids over time. Make sure to shake the deodorant before use. Recipe for Herbal Deodorant

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