Tuesday, October 23, 2012

For the Goddess in every woman

 Floral eau de toilette

Toilet water refers to a scented liquid used as a skin freshener. It is a refreshing and pleasantly fragrant, scented water that works wonders when sprayed on a hot, tired body.

2 cups fresh flower petals (roses, lavender, violets or a mixture of fragrant flower petals)
1 liter boiling water
2 tablespoons vodka

Fill a glass jar with flower petals and cover with boiling water. Allow to cool before adding the vodka; then, cover and cool completely. Strain through muslin, discard petals and pour into small spray bottles. Keep out of direct sunlight. This makes a delightful spray-on for ladies who are out in the hot sun and need to refresh every now and again.


Orange Flower lotion for sunburn

An easy recipe that is especially good for soothing sun burnt skin.

2 tablespoons glycerine
1/3 cup orange flower water

Whisk orange flower water and glycerine together in a small bowl, pour into
a small bottle, seal. Shake well before using.


Marigold Oil for Dry skin

1 cup marigold petals
1 cup almond oil

This simple recipe is wonderful for dry skin if added to bathwater and can
also be used when massaging dry hands and feet.

Place marigold petals in a glass jar, pour almond oil onto the petals and
seal the jar. Stand in a warm place for three weeks, shaking the jar each
day. Heat the oil and petals in a small saucepan on a medium heat until
petals become crisp. Strain through wire strainer lined with muslin or a
clean cloth, discard petals, decant into bottles and seal.


Lemon Bath Tea

3 parts lemon balm or lemon verbena
1 part lemongrass
1 part peppermint or rose
1 part green tea
Lemon or peppermint essential oils
Bath Tea Bags (at herb stores)

Pour the loose herbs into a bowl. Combine thoroughly. After you've combined the herbs, place the loose herbs inside a tea bag and seal the opening closed using a hot iron for about 10 seconds or so. Each tea bag can hold about 4 oz. of herb mixture.

For Use: Place the tea bag in a tub of hot running water. Fill the bath about halfway. Let the tea steap for about 10 minutes or so. Now fill the tub with water to your desired temperature. Get in and enjoy. Great way to relax.

Tip: You can reuse the tea bag once after you've let it dry out.


Easy Chamomile  hand creme.
To prepare a chamomile infusion, pour 4 tablespoons boiling water over a quarter of a cup of chamomile flowers and allow to steep until cool. Strain and use as required.

1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1/4 cup vitamin E cream
3 tablespoons strong chamomile infusion

Gently melt cocoa butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Remove and allow to cool; then, whisk in vitamin E cream and the chamomile infusion. Continue to whisk until mixture cools and begins to thicken. Pour into a glass jar and seal. Makes about a quarter cup of hand cream.


Spring Goddess perfume

Add the following to a base of 1 oz distilled water
1/4 teaspoon vodka
4 drop cedar oil
8 drops lavender oil
6 drops rosemary oil
6 drops cypress oil
2 drops vanilla oil
1 drop patchouli oil

Seal tightly in a dark glass vial until ready to use.


Earth Mother Perfume

.....From 'The Witches' Goddess by Janet & Stewart Farrar

Blend Equal parts of the following oils:
Musk Oil
Patchouli Oil
Rose Oil

Shake well. and use on pulse points

Enchanted Room Spray

3 drops Geranium essential oil
2 drops Rosewood essential oil
2 drops Melissa essential oil
3 drops Cardamom essential oil
1 teaspoon Vodka
½ pint of spring water

Pour the ½ pint of spring water into a spray bottle, add the other ingredients and mix well. Wonderful to spritz around the living room or bedroom before settling down for the evening. Warming, comforting and completely enchanting.

Lavender Bath

This is so easy but so relaxing and you can make it right in your kitchen.

 5 drops of Lavender essential oil
1/4 cup powdered milk.

Add 1 cup of water to the milk powder and stir to combine.
Add to bath along with the drops of oil. Enjoy the fragrant soak.

Note this can be made in bulk and given as gifts with other Lavender products in a basket.


 Rose Lavenger Potpourri (A very old recipe)

For hundreds of years, people have invented ways of preserving the fresh fragrance of flowers and herbs to sweeten the indoor air.

* 1/2 cup rose petals
* 1/2 cup lavender blossoms
* 1/2 cup sweet woodruff
* 1/2 cup pot marjoram leaves and blossoms
* 1/4 cup mint
* 2 teaspoons orange peel
* 2 teaspoons whole cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon crushed cinnamon stick
* 2 drops each of lavender and rose oils
* 1/2 teaspoon powdered orrisroot

Combine the first eight ingredients. Sprinkle the oils and the orrisroot over the dry ingredients and mix well. Place in a covered jar, and stir gently every few days for a month, until the scents have blended and mellowed. Remove the jar's cover to freshen a room, but be sure to replace the cover between times of use. All potpourris need time to recoup their scents. The above recipe will also work well in sachets.

Cocoa Butter Cuticle Cream

Cocoa butter is a popular ingredient in creams and lotions because of its smooth
texture, chocolaty fragrance and rich emollient properties. Many women use pure cocoa butter to
rid their skin of stretch marks and scars. Combined with coconut oil, it is perfect for
conditioning your cuticles. Massaging this cream into your cuticles daily will help boost circulation
and promote healthy nail growth.

1 teaspoon cocoa butter, grated
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Gently heat cocoa butter and coconut oil in a small pot until melted.
Stir well and pour into a clean dish or container. Allow to cool completely.
Massage a small amount into your cuticles.

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