Some recipes will use steeped herbal tea ,so the first recipe will be just that.
There are various herbs that are good for hair,facials,body care and herbal baths. You can choose the herbs that you think are best for your hair or skin. If a recipe has one particular herb and you would like to substitute another herb or add another herb,go right ahead ! that is the natural advantage of using herbs.
Here are a list of herbs and the areas in which they work best in.
Bay,bayberry bark, chamomile,comfrey leaf and root,elderberry flowers,frankincense,lemon.mint,myrrh,primrose,pansy,rosemary,sage,rose,violet,wintergreen,witch hazel.
STIMULATING HERBS: Beebalm,elderberryflowers,lavender,mint,nettle,plantain,rosemary,sage .
Bay, chamomile , echinacea, myrrh, sorrel, thyme.
HERBS FOR ACNE:
Burdock, clover, horsetail, lavender, tansy.
FOR FACIALS: Chamomile-soothes and cleanses,comfrey-heals,elderberry flowers -stimulates and tightens,fennel-cleanses(good base for any facial ),nettles-cleanse and increases circulation,peppermint-stimulates nd tightens,rosemary-increases circulation,yarrow excellent astringent.
HOW TO STEEP HERBAL TEA
- Medium pot
Bring 3 cups of water to boil in a medium-sized pot. Reduce heat to low and wait until the water stops boiling.
Add 1 table spoon of dried herbs to the water, cover and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Stir occasionally. Do not let the water boil, as that may destroy some of the potent compounds in the herbs.
Strain the herbs out of the hot water. Drink one to three cups of tea a day.
Continue drinking herb tea on a daily basis. Discontinue use or reduce dosage if adverse effects develop.
HERBAL INFUSED OIL
SWEET ALMOND OIL,SUNFLOWER OIL ,EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL ARE OR ANY OTHER PURE VEGETABLE OIL ALL GREAT FOR THIS PURPOSE.
All you will need is the oil,a clean dry glass container and the herbs of your choice(comfrey,camomile,sage,mint,burdock,fennel to name a few)
Place the herb of choice in the jar(only half the container) pour the oil into the container and fill to the top.Stir with a wooden spoon to make sure herb is covered.Cover container,label and date it. Shake container with herb and oil daily for duration of infusion process.This takes between 3-6 weeks,depends on how concentrated you desire the infused oil to be.
EASY HERBAL SHAMPOO
1 Cup infused herbal tea(rosemary,burdock root,nettles all or any)
1 tbsp. jojoba oil
1 tbsp. vegetable glycerine or castor oil.
1 tbsp. wheat germ oil or coconut oil.
1 cup castile soap(liquid)
combine all in a bowl and mix well. Pour in bottle and label.
(Castile soap is 100% vegetable base soap, made from olive oil. It is a simple soap without a blend of complex ingredients. Hence the reason you can find it at your local healthfood store. In liquid form, they add only potassium hydroxide to seponify the vegetable oils.)
NATURAL ALOE VERA SHAMPOO
( ESPECIALLY FOR DREADLOCKS HAIRSTYLES)
1 Aloe vera leaf (peel and discard skin)
1 tbsp jojoba oil
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. avocado oil (optional)
Blend all ingredients in a blender and use .(refrigerate any left over)
HERBAL BODY LOTION
(Part 1) (Part 2)
24 oz. steeped herbal tea 1/3 oz. Rosemary extract
4. oz. jojoba oil 1/3 oz. Lavender essential oil
1 oz. vegetable glycerine
1.2 oz. emulsifying wax
1.2 oz. stearic acid
combine all of part 1 ingredients into a double boiler and mix while allowing to melt.Once everything is melted use a hand held blender and mix for a few seconds. Add part 2 ingredients and mix again.Pour in container,label and allow to cool. You may substitute the Lavender essential oil for any other flavour you prefer.
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