SPRING into action by making your own safe and natural cosmetics…
Every year in September our gardens start to bloom, and we frantically get going and then realise life is moving too fast for us to keep up. In winter, with we hide behind bought lotions and potions until we are chemically sustained in everything. Never has it been so important for us not only to clear the irradiation and the chemicals around us, but to go back to nature for building vitality and health for hair, skin, nails and everything inside. Spring is a good time to start.
Because skin is our protective layer, it provides a barrier from micro-organisms and pollution, and making our own washes, lotions, creams, soaps, sprays and baths is the most important of all health boosters. We need alternatives for the cleansing of toxins, safe and neutral, and the antiseptic washes to repair, and creams and lotions to apply to spots and outbreaks, rashes, grazes, oiliness and eczemas.
So what would be better than to have a relaxing cup of rose-scented geranium tea to start you off. Here are a few precious recipes to begin your journey….
Soothing Rose-scented Geranium Tea
- ¼ cup fresh rose-scented geranium leaves and blossoms
- 6 old-fashioned, organically grown rose petals
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 crushed allspice berries
- honey to sweeten
Iced Chrysanthemum Tea
- ¼ cup fresh, organically grown chrysanthemum flowers
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 sprig spearmint
- 1 cup clear, pure apple juice
Add 1 cup boiling water to this and allow to stand overnight, serve with ice cubes and extra lime if you wish.
For tired eyes, use chrysanthemum flowers dipped in hot water for 2 minutes and then cooled for 30 seconds to apply onto eyes. This works particularly well after working long hours in front of the computer.
- 500 ml white grape vinegar
- enough bauhinia buds (opening) and rose petals to fill a 500ml container
- thinly sliced pieces of lime skin – ½ lime is enough
Add the vinegar to the flowers, pour into a glass bottle and seal for 10 days in a dark place. I leave it in my linen cupboard until it’s ready to use. Pour ½ cup under the running water into the bath when needed. Relax and enjoy the soothing fragrance
For the bath
Fresh bauhinia blossoms mixed with rose petals and lavender, placed in a self-tying muslin bag, make bath water soothing and fragrant. Hang the muslin bag under the hot tap when running water into the bath. Use only once.
- ½ cup organically grown baby’s breath flowers
- ⅓ cup rose-scented geranium flowers and leaves
- ⅓ cup chrysanthemum flowers
Place flowers in 1 litre of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir often, pressing the flowers down well. Strain and discard the leaves. Pour the ‘tea’ into a bottle with a spritz spray or use on a pad of cotton wool to wipe over the face and body.
Rich Anti-inflammatory Snapdragon Cream for Hands, Nails and Body
In a double boiler simmer 1½ cups good aqueous cream, 1 cup snapdragon flowers or a blend of herbs – for example borage, pennywort, rose geranium. Make a mixture, enough to fill 2 cups.
Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool and strain. (If adding bicarb or 2-3 drops essential oil, do it now). Add 2 tsp grape seed oil and 2-3 teaspoons Vitamin E oil. Bottle and seal with a good-fitting lid
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Note: Margaret Roberts has a fine selection of plants and seeds available from her nursery. Her shop stocks a wide variety of their health products that can be posted to you.
Words: Margaret Roberts
Photographs and Styling: Sandy Roberts