As the excitement of spring continues, Margaret and Sandy Roberts share 5 fragrant recipes on natural and safe cosmetics to revitalise your bodies.
Now is the time to enjoy your spring blossoms and collect them early in the mornings when the fragrance of blossoms is at its strongest. Keep them in a cool place until you can blend your own creams , spritzes and much more.
We couldn’t resist adding more to your recipe file on a tea-rinse for hair, nourishing cream, a spray and natural talc powder all using the fragrant, healing herbs and flowers from your gardens.
1. To make a rosemary tea for rinsing hair
1 cup fresh Rosemary. Pour over this 2 cups of boiling water and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Once cooled, strain.
After washing your hair rinse well and then massage this fragrant rosemary tea into the scalp for a few minutes. Do not rinse out but pat dry and style as you would normally.
Rosemary is wonderful for the lustre and growth of hair.
2. To make a simple nourishing herb cream
In a double boiler, simmer 1 cup good aqueous cream, 1 cup herb of your choice OR a blend of herbs (for example borage, pennywort, rose pelargonium, jasmine or rose petals).
Make a mixture, enough to fill 1 ½ cups and add 2 tablespoons extra of aqueous cream to make 1 ½ cups. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool and strain. (If adding bicarb or essential oil, do it now.
To preserve the cream add 2-3 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil).
3. To make a spray
In a double boiler simmer together 1 cup tea tree leaves with 1 cup of lemon verbena, or peppermint, or jasmine or annabelle hydrangea flowers in 1 litre of water for 20 minutes. Cool, strain and pour into a spritz bottle.
Use as a spritz spray with ½ a teaspoon of Lavender oil , Rosemary oil or Tea tree oil or Eucalyptus oil. Shake well as you spray.
A most exceptional beauty aid. It is soothing and non-acid for the skin. This skin softening, body odour remover balances and revives deep into the layers of skin.
It is very refreshing especially when you are dehydrated and suffering from fatique, heat rashes, mosquito bites and general discomfort of sweating. This makes an excellent spray.
Add 1 tablespoon per 1 litre of water as a spritz with 2-3 drops essential oil eg lavender or lime. Mix together in spritz bottle and use.
Add bicarb to your shampoo too and to your tooth paste, a teaspoon at a time to the shampoo, mixed into a little water. Dip your wet toothbrush into a little bicarb and add the toothpaste. This is a remarkable mouth freshener. 1 teaspoon of bicarb mixed into 1 glass of water clears the breath and freshens the mouth.
5. Soothing lavender Talc powder
For a satin smooth skin, to ease the heat, the perspiration and fatigue and itchy skin, mix 1 cup bicarb with 1 cup rice flour and add a few sprigs of fresh lavender. Store sealed for 2 days, then sift out the lavender and fill talc dispensers. This is safe for baby too.
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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. Should you at any stage be stuck for fresh botanicals or natural cosmetic bases such as aqueous cream, these can be couriered or posted to you.
Words: Margaret Roberts
Photographs and Styling: Sandy Roberts