Herbal Skin and Body Receipe's
HONEY CREAM (Face)|
1 Teasp. Honey
A couple of drops Almond Oil*
Beat egg white until stiff and gradually add oil and honey.
Keep beating until it makes a thick smooth cream.
This simple receipe is good for all skin
types. Add a couple more drops of almond oil for dryer skins. Will not keep for more than a week and
must be refrigerated.
COCONUT BUTTER CREAM|
150g. Coconut better
50g. Almond Oil
100g. Distilled Water
Warm the cocunut butter until it melts.
Gradually add warm almond oil and
water, beating continually.
from heat. Continue to blend until
GALEN'S COLD CREAM|
150g. White Wax
400g. Sweet Almond Oil*
Distilled water with a few drops of Spirit
This receipe was invented
by Galen in the second century AD, and is always thought of as the original formula for cold cream.
He melted together the oil and wax and then added the water and spirit. Instead of almond oil, Galen
used oil of roses, which is far too expensive nowadays for everyday use. You can use rosewater in place
of the distilled water and add a little lavender or rosemary extract. It makes an excellent base cream
for all but very oily skin types.
FAT-FREE CREAM FOR OILY SKINS|
1 Teasp. Natural pectin Powder
powder with a little alcohol. Mix this gradually with the glycerine and the rest of the alcohol. Add
the rosewater. Heat mixture slowly until it boils. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Pour into a jar (it will
form a jelly.) Herbs can be added in an infusion instead of the rosewater, or in a cold infusion prepared
HERBS FOR SOFTENING THE SKIN|
The roots contain a viscous substance
which is a well known
emollient (softener.) It can be extracted by steeping the finely
root in cold water. The liquid will become thick when
sieved. It can be added to lotions and creams.
The juice of the cucumber has a moisturizing and soothing effect on the skin.
It willl lighten and freshen the complexion. If you have sensitive skin you will find cucumber, added
to creams and lotions, is a valuable herbal extract.
An emollient plant
which grows wild. Camomile oil can be prepared with 100 grams fresh camomile flowers and l litre sunflower
oil. Place flowers and oil into a bowl and stand it for 2-3 hours in a pan of boiling water (or in the
top of a double boiler.) Press out the oil from the camomile flowers and filter it through a coffee
filter. Oil can be added to cold creams using one part oil to five parts cold cream or can be used directly
on the skin. Recommended for coarse rough skin.
OTHER HERBS FOR SKIN CREAMS AND LOTIONS
This common weed will soften skin and also has a mild astringent and antiseptic
quality. Add the juice or prepare an infusion of the leaves or flowers and add to creams and tonics.
Coltsfoot will tone up a flabby skin and is also used in anti-acne mixtures.
must be one of the best known cosmetic plants. It has a mild astringent and tonic effect on the skin.
It will lighten and brighten and freshen the complexion. Particularly useful in winter when tans become
faded. A small amount of lemon juice added to creams or tonics will help to soothe irritated skins.
Marigold flowers will tone up the skin and is strongly antiseptic. The essential
oil can be added to cold creams or used directly to heal minor cuts, scrapes or pimples. A very simple
and completely natural marigold cream can be made by adding 5 or 6 chopped marigold heads to the contents
of a jar of vaseline. Warm this gently in the top of a double boiler for about 1-2 hours. The resulting
cream should be sieved and poured into pots. It will have a deep golden
In germany this is considered to be the miracle-worker of the cosmetic herbs. Take 500
grams of the flowering tops of the plant and chop them finely. Add 1 litre of sunflower oil and 1/2
litre of white wine. Mix well and leave it to stand for 3 days. Then warm it in a double saucepan until
the wine has evaporated. The oil obtained will heal a damaged skin and soothe irritations. It will
also help to cure heat rashes. It should be added to creams in the ratio 1:5.
Do not go out
into the sun after using it because some pigmentation of the skin can result. It is best to use at night
before bed. Wash face in the morning to remove traces of St. John's wort.