Herbal Cosmetic Recipe

In honor of “All Hallows Eve” this month, we have assemble some especially bewitching cosmetic concoctions you can make at home. Most ingredients are available at any whole foods store or online. Enjoy!

Great Gothic Lipstick in a Pot: Take 5 tablespoon hibiscus flower and infuse it in 3 tablespoon rosewater until dark red. Meanwhile, gently heat 1 tablespoon powdered Alkanet root and 1 tablespoon Black Malva Flowers in 3 tablespoon coconut oil to extract their color. Strain both the rosewater and the coconut oil, and add it to about 2 tablespoon of warmed melted coco butter. You can also add emulsifying wax or a scant 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax. Slowly add the water and oil to the warm coco butter and melted wax if you include it, and stir CONSTANTLY until it combines. For scent try adding a few drops of rose oil and myrhh. You may adjust proportions along the way because depending on personal taste you may want less or more color. Abracadabra! You have a wonderful moisturizing lipstick. If you want the concoction to stabilize and have a longer shelf life, add to it 2 drops of styrax (storax) oil or benzoin resin oil.

Deepen and Condition Your Hair With Natural Color! Take about 1 cup of high quality henna powder. (Rainbow brand is a good one as it has no metallic salts in it.) Boil about 1/3 cup of distilled not tap water. When the water is boiled, add it to the henna and use a ceramic or glass bowl- not metal. Add to this about 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil and mix well. For scent and added hair benefit add a few drops rosemary essential oil. Let the color develop. Should it be too thick you may add more hot water. Once it is still warm but not too hot to handle, prepare your hair while brushing it through to help impart the color evenly. Dampen hair slightly or mist it which also helps it to absorb color but you do not want it “wet” as in just washed. Now, with gloves on (henna stains skin) apply the paste to your hair in sections until all hair is covered. You can wrap it in a towel or use a plastic wrap to facilitate the color and conditioning. After about 40 minutes rinse your hair in the sink, then wash it out in the shower. Henna is a wonderful plant for coloring and conditioning that has been used since ancient times for keeping the hair youthful, vibrant, elastic and glossy.

A Sensual After Bath Moisturizing Oil Take about 1 cup of expeller pressed (cold pressed) sweet almond oil. Add to it about 2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil. To this add essential oils to the strength of scent you want as follows: Rosemary, rose, patchouli, ylang, carrot seed, lavender and Myrhh. To fix the oil so it is longer lasting try adding grapefruit seed extract, or benzoin resin oil. Funnel into a clean glass bottle with a stopper and Wallah! You have a noursishing skin oil that smells delicious and is great to apply on wet skin right after the bath!

Everyday Easy at Home Face Cleanse and Exfoliator: Take equal quantities of steel cut oats, (or regular oats but I prefer steel cut), almonds, lavender flower and powdered milk. Grind everything using a coffee grinder separately except of course the powdered milk. Blend together and add a few drops lavender oil. Put into a jelly jar or other glass or ceramic container with a lid. Keep next to the sink so you can wash your face anytime! Just mix with a little warm water in your hands and apply.

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