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Herbal Recipes

25 Sep, 2013

Making your own herbal products is easy and rewarding. It is a

practical way to avoid harmful substances and it helps to contribute

to a healthier world. You will need to make some allowances for

the fact that these are homemade products. Adding small amounts

of Vitamin E oil, grape seed extract or benzoin (from pharmacies),

will help to extend the life of the product and prevent them going

rancid. Some may need to be kept in the refrigerator. Here are a few

simple recipes to try.

Three Roses Moisturiser

Rosehip oil is used for its anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic

properties. Rose geranium oil is used to tone whilst rose oil helps to

soothe, heal and slow down the aging process.

2 tablespoons of jojoba oil

2 tablespoons of rosehip oil

1 tablespoon of grated beeswax

1000mg evening primrose oil capsule

1 teaspoon Vitamin E

1 tablespoon rescue remedy

2 tablespoons of rosewater

5 drops rose geranium essential oil

5 drops rose essential oil

1. Place jojoba oil, rosehip oil, beeswax, evening primrose and

vitamin E in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water.

Warm rescue remedy and rosewater in a separate pan.

2. Remove oil mixture from heat and add rescue remedy mix,

beating well with a hand whisk or electric whisk until cream

thickens. Add essential oils and whisk again. Allow to cool

before putting into a jar. To use, massage into the skin. Store in

a cool place.

Flower Balm

This ultra-mild herbal blend of comfrey, elderflower, fennel and

rosewater helps keep moisture close to the pores of dry skin.

Elderflower eases irritation; fennel restores skin pH levels, while

comfrey produces soothing mucilage which has excellent hydrating


1 tablespoon chopped, dried comfrey root

1 tablespoon dried fennel

1 tablespoon dried elderflower

180ml rosewater

60ml witch hazel

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine

5 drops rose essential oil

1. Place herbs in a dark glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Add

rosewater and witch hazel. Steep in a dark place 2 weeks, shaking

every day. Strain well.

2. Add glycerine and rose oil to herbal mixture. Pour into a pump

spray bottle.

Mint Astringent

Barley water is a good source of zinc and sulphur, 2 minerals that

help balance oil production. Peppermint is a refreshing, cooling yet

stimulating herb which also calms inflammation.

1 tablespoon fresh peppermint leaves

1 tablespoon fresh lemon balm leaves

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

125ml witch hazel

1 tablespoon vodka

1 tablespoon pearl barley

125ml water

5 drops peppermint essential oil

1. Crush herbs with mortar and pestle. Transfer to a jar with a

tight fitting lid.

2. Add witch hazel and vodka and steep for 10 days. Strain.

3. Place barley in a saucepan with water and boil, and then simmer

for 15 minutes. Cool then strain.

4. Combine barley water and herbal liquid in a bottle. Add oil.

5. Shake well before use. Store in the fridge but use within 2 weeks.

Calendula Cream

Calendula is an excellent for irritated skin and it is included in many

baby products for this reason. It soothes sensitive skin and helps to

protect it from environmental stress.

4 tablespoons of jojoba oil

4 tablespoons of rosehip oil

3 teaspoons grated beeswax

4 tablespoons rosewater

1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil

evening primrose capsule

7 drops calendula essential oil

3 drops chamomile oil

1. Place jojoba oil, rosehip oil and beeswax in a double boiler and

allow to melt. Warm rose water in another saucepan.

2. Remove pans from heat. When both are lukewarm, whisk

rosewater into oil mixture. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Add contents of capsule and Vitamin E and essential oils; whisk

until cool. Spoon mix into a jar. To use warm a little in your

hands then massage into skin.

Herbal Antiseptic Lotion

Thyme is antibacterial and antimicrobial, while witch hazel is a

natural astringent. Yarrow and comfrey are both superb skin healers.

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried yarrow

1 teaspoon dried comfrey

100ml boiling water

60ml witch hazel

1. Put herbs in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover bowl

and steep for 15mins. Strain.

2. Pour liquid into a bottle and add the witch hazel.

3. To use, shake bottle well. Put onto cotton wool and wipe gently

over skin. Store in the fridge. Use within 10 days.

Fragrant Foot Soak

The herbs and essential oils in this aromatic blend are astringent and

antibacterial, helping to reduce sweatiness, fight odour and leave feet

fresh and clean. Both rosemary and ginger are warming herbs and

stimulate circulation of blood; their uplifting scents raise the spirits.

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons of fresh sage

1 tablespoon fresh ginger finely grated

1 litre water

1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda

1 tablespoon Epsom salts

10 drops eucalyptus oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

Small ice cubes.

1. Place rosemary, sage and ginger root in a large saucepan with

water. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat, cover bowl and steep

for 10 minutes. Strain.

2. Add bicarbonate of soda, Epsom salts and essential oils. Mix

well. Top up with extra water and add ice.

3. Soak feet for 15 minutes. Dry carefully.

Scarborough Fair Hair Rinse

This refreshing rinse tones an oily scalp and stimulates hair growth.

The 4 herbs in the classic folk song “Scarborough Fair” are perfect

for correcting the pH balance of the hair and scalp and boost shine.

1 tablespoon fresh parsley

1 tablespoon fresh sage

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

375ml boiling water

Juice of 1 lemon

1. Place herbs in a bowl and pour boiling water over. Cover and

steep until cool. Strain. Stir in the lemon juice.

Moth Repellent Herbs

When you need to repel moths choose from any or all of the following

herbs and place in a sachet or make a repellent by combining lavender,

rosemary, clove and lemon essential oils in a bottle of water. Sprinkle

onto cotton wool balls and wipe surfaces of wardrobes.

• Lavender

• Rosemary

• Wormwood

• Sweet woodruff

• Feverfew

• Tansy

• Patchouli

Herbal Beeswax Furniture Polish

Infuse wax with essential oils or herbs picked from your garden.

1. Warm 250ml jojoba or apricot kernel oil and two strips of lemon

zest in a small pan over a low heat until tiny bubbles appear at

the edges. Remove and leave overnight.

2. Strain oil through a sieve lined with muslin into a heatproof

bowl. Place over a simmering pan of water and add 80g of

grated beeswax. Warm, stirring until melted. Mix in six drops of

lavender or lemon essential oil.

3. Pour the polish into a jar or tin. If using glass allow it to cool


4. Leave to set before using.

Fight the Fleas Pet Spray

Fleas can be very unpleasant for dogs and cats and can cause them to

scratch themselves sore. Spray this onto their bedding and directly

onto the pet.

250ml Water

4 – 6 drops of lavender

4 – 6 drops of tea tree oil

1. Mix ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle.

2. Spray onto your pet avoiding the eyes.

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