Homemade Herbal Delights for Skin & Body
Ingredients available from Way of Life:
Jars, dried lavender, rose petals, jojoba oil, almond or apricot oil, coconut, glycerin, rose water, vitamin E, Aloe Vera gel, grape seed extract, and essential oils.
Making Fresh Lavender Oil:
Either pick your own or purchase your dried lavender flowers from Way of Life. If you choose to pick your own do so on a sunny day between 10 – 11AM when the dew has dried off the blossoms. Gather both open flower heads and green leaves and set them in a shady place to finish drying off for a few hours.
Fill a large glass jar with the freshly dried lavender flowers and dried green leaves. Pour to cover, olive oil or any of the oils listed above. Make sure the oil covers all the flowers and that they can move easily in the jar, otherwise the flowers may mold. Cover the jar and place it in full sunlight for 2-4 hours. If available, blend herbs and oil in a blender to help extract the green leaves and flowers. Strain the oil mixture using cheesecloth or a clean nylon stocking. Squeeze the sock/cloth to extract the natural greenish oil. Add 20- 30 drops of lavender essential oil. Store oil in a dark bottle in a cool place. Use it as your base for making hydrating body products such as the hair mask recipe below, bath oils, lubes, massage oil, and foot scrubs.
Lavender Oil Avocado Hair Mask
(Adapted with permission from the book Maiden, Mother, Crone: Our Pleasure Playlist)
This mask works well on any hair type and it is a wonderful hair conditioning treatment. The combination of avocado and lavender oil saturates the hair with protein and nourishing oils and also helps restore damaged and/or split ends. Your hair will be shiny & luscious and your scalp will be happy & healthy.
What you’ll need: 4 TB of fresh lavender oil (see above) and 1 fresh avocado
Prep Time: Lavender oil if making it fresh = 2 to 4 hours. Mask = 5 minutes
In a bowl, scoop out avocado from its peel and mix until it resembles guacamole. Add around 4 tablespoons of lavender oil and blend together.
Apply to all sections of hair, especially the ends. Sometimes combing the hair after applying the mask helps distribute the beneficial oils. Put hair in bun and put a shower cap (a plastic bag works great too) on – this helps trap heat, which maximizes the moisturizing process. The mask can stay on from anywhere from an hour to all night long. If you leave it on over night, make sure to lay a towel down just incase of any leakage. Rinse out using shampoo (I recommend shampooing your hair twice) followed by conditioner.
Note: If the lavender oil involves too much prep work for your liking, an alternative is to use an egg. Simply substitute 1 egg for the lavender oil and proceed.
Rose Water & Glycerin Facial Cream
(Adapted from several online sites via www.ehow.com)
What you’ll need: Sterilized jar with lid, 2 bowls, whisk, 3/4 cups rosewater, 1 1/2 tsp. glycerin, 21/3 cup aloe vera gel, 3 to 6 drops rose or rose geranium essential oil, Oil from 1 vitamin E capsules or equal amount of liquid Vit E, ½ tsp. grapefruit seed extract. Optional ½ cup Coconut oil
Prep Time: less than 5 minutes
In a glass or porcelain bowl add rose water, glycerin, aloe vera gel, rose essential oil and grapefruit seed extract. Break open the vitamin E capsule and add the oil to the mixture.
Whisk the mixture together until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. To thicken put coconut oil in a bowl and very slowly add the rose water mix to the coconut oil. Whisking until blended and fluffy. Fill a sterilized container with a securely fitting lid and store in a cool dark place or a refrigerator between uses.
St John’s Wort Leg and Feet Massage Oil
(Adapted from Herbs from the Soul by Tamara Kircher)
What you’ll need: Clean jar with lid, jojoba oil, and fresh St John’s Wort flowers
Prep Time: 5 minutes to make – 2 weeks till ready
Fill a clean jar full of yellow open flowers. Gently pour the oil over the flowers until fully covered.
Close jar and let sit on a sunny windowsill for 2 weeks. Shake and turn the jar daily. After 2 weeks strain the oil using cheesecloth removing all plant material. Store the oil in a dark bottle away from sunlight. Use oil only externally, to massage into legs and feet. Or add a few drops of this amazing purple oil to an almond, apricot, or coconut oil.