Natural Self-Care from Your Garden
A collection of recipes for natural beauty products made right from your garden …
Magic Bath Crystals
How do many races in Middle Earth keep themselves relaxed? Using their scented bath crystals of course! Nothing is better then a scented bath to relax yourself. To make yourself some Magic Bath Crystals follow these simple steps!
What You Will Need:
1 large bowl
1 wire whisk
2 cups (500 ml) borax (desert salt)
1/2 cup (125 ml) fine ground sea salt
1/2 cup (125 ml) baking soda
1/4 cup (50 ml) white clay
1/2 cup (125 ml) dried herb of your choice
10 drops essential oil (I personally love Rain or Goddess scents!)
In a large bowl, mix together the salts, baking soda, and clay. Powder the dried herb in a spice mill, or you may crumble by hand or even leave it whole if you prefer (may plug bathtub when draining.)
Add your choice of dried herbs to the salt mix, stirring with a wire whisk. Add some scent to your mixture with the essential oil of your choice. (Be sure to choose oils that are safe for external use.) Do not overscent; excess oil results in a clumpy, unattractive product. 10 drops is all you will need.
Mix well with a wire whisk, then cover with a towel. Leave overnight to fix the scent. In the morning, thoroughly mix again. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup (50 to 125 ml) sand to a tubful of warm water whenever you like!
Sawen’s Marigold Cream
Marigold Skin Cream is used to treat the following:
- Insect Bites
- Skin Inflammations
- Varicose Veins
Marigold Cream Ingredients
- 100g beeswax
- 200g cocoa butter
- 300g infused oil (How to make infused oil is found below)
- 270ml glycerol
- 330ml water
- 120g dried marigold petals
Melt the beeswax cocoa butter and infused oil in a double boiler (Bain Marie), and then add all of the other ingredients. Heat for about two to three hours.
Ensure that all of the water has evaporated or else the cream will not keep fresh for very long. Strain the mix through a muslin square and then pour the liquid into pots. You may add some essential oil before the mixture has set (Tea Tree oil is a good example to try). Leave to cool, and put lid on to seal.
How to Make Infused Oil
Put 1 litre of oil into a jar with a lid and then add enough marigold petals to make a thick porridge like consistency. Place the jar in a window for six weeks shaking and turning the jar daily. Once the six weeks have ended, strain and bottle the oil. You can make the infusion stronger by firstly straining the oil, and putting it in a jar and adding more of the marigold leaves and infusing for another six weeks again shaking and turning the jar daily.
This recipe and others was written in a cook book belonging to my fiancé’s grandmother.
~ Sawen 1976
Evenstar Herbal Facial Toner
A radiant beauty at birth….a radiant beauty into old age.
How did she get that way?
Arwen’s secret is revealed….Now you, too, can have younger-looking skin at any age by using Evenstar Herbal Facial Toner morning and evening after cleansing.
“Evenstar” is a toner and freshener that brings skin back to a normal pH after cleansing, especially good for oily skin.
1 c. white apple cider
3 tbs. raspberry leaves
5 tbs. red rose petals
2 tbs. rosemary leaves and flowers
4 tbs. sage leaves
3/4 c. rosewater
Mix herbs together in a Pyrex or Corning ware bowl (do not use metallic bowls or pans).
Heat vinegar to just under boiling; carefully pour over herbs.
Pour mixture into a clean, dry glass bottle with a non-metallic screw lid. (A metal lid will corrode.)
Keep mixture in refrigerator and shake daily for two weeks.
Strain herbs from liquid, keeping liquid and discarding herbs, into another clean, dry glass jar, with a non-metallic lid.
Add the rosewater to the liquid; shake.
Store in refrigerator up to 1 month for best results.
Man of Gondor Aftershave
This recipe is inspired by the sunny, warm climate of Gondor.
Aromatic spices and the Bay tree grow in abundance in Gondor.
For centuries, the men of Gondor have used this herbal mixture not only as an aftershave, but as a tonic to tighten and firm-up their facial skin pores. Gondor women love the clean scent too!
Note: Fresh Bay leaves work best. Dried leaves do not retain their spicy odor.
~ Fresh Bay leaves
~ Whole Cloves
~ Allspice (ground or grated)
~ Ginger grated (preferable, but ground Ginger can also be used)
1) In a widemouth jar, pack Bay leaves, leaving some room at the top.
2) Add desired amount of Cloves, Allspice, and Ginger to give the product a bit of a spicy aroma.
3) Add enough Rum to cover about an inch or two above the level of the herbs and spices.
4) Let the mixture sit for 2-4 weeks in a warm place to age.
5) Strain the mixture and carefully pour the liquid into a decorative, dark glass bottle that uses a cork stopper. Make your own label and include heraldic symbols of Gondor on it.
6) You may add a drop or two of essential oil of Bay to strengthen the scent if you do use dried Bay leaves.