5 homemade, all-natural body care products

1. Warm herbal body treatment

  • 2 L (8 c) water
  • 4 chamomile tea bags or other gentle herbal tea
  • 3 peppermint tea bags
  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary or sage (optional)

    1. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Remove it from the heat and add the tea bags and herbs. Cover the pot and steep the tea for 10 to 15 minutes. Once the tea has cooled to a comfortably warm temperature, remove the tea bags and herbs.
    2. Drop several clean but dispensable hand towels into the tea (the towels will become stained). Let them soak up the mixture and then wring them out. Wrap your upper arms and legs with the tea-soaked towels. You may also place a soaked towel on your torso, but don't put one on your face.
    3. Lie down on a protected bed, couch or pad and rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the towels and relax while cooling off for another 10 to 15 minutes. Shower off the residue.

    Caution: Heat treatments such as this are not recommended for people with high blood pressure or heart problems.

5 homemade, all-natural body care products

2. Cellulite massage oil

  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) almond oil
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) jojoba oil
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) carrot oil, available through mail order
  • 14 drops geranium essential oil
  • 6 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 drops cypress essential oil

    1.Combine all ingredients in a 45 to 60 millilitre (1 1/2 to two ounce) sterilized glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake vigorously.
    2.After a bath or shower, pat your skin dry and massage a small amount of the oil on cellulite-affected areas, using circular movements. Use one to two millilitres (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon), depending on the size of the area you are treating. Apply only once a day.

3. Shaving gel

  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) conditioner (preferably the same brand as the shampoo used)
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) shampoo
  • 2 to 5 ml (1/2 to 1 tsp) baby oil
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) hand cream

    1. Start with a clean bottle with a secure cap. Pour 30 millilitres (two tablespoons) conditioner into the bottle, then add 30 millilitres (two tablespoons) shampoo. Mix together. Add the baby oil and then the hand cream. Secure top and shake until all the ingredients are well blended. Let mixture sit for about an hour before using.
    2. Lather legs or underarms with the gel, shave and rinse skin thoroughly. The shaving gel should keep for about a month in the bathroom. If the mixture separates, just shake it up before you use it.

4. Body spray

  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) finely chopped orange peel
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) finely chopped lemon peel
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) plain vodka
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) witch hazel
  • 250 ml (1 c) water
  • 5 drops lemon verbena essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil

    1. In a small jar with a tight top, add orange and lemon peels to the vodka.
    2. Cover and leave for a week in a cool, dark place.
    3. Strain the liquid into a clean spray bottle. Add the witch hazel, water and the essential oils.
    4. Shake well and use as needed. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

5. Deodorant

  • 60 ml (2 oz) distilled witch hazel
  • 30 ml (1 oz) sage alcohol-based herbal extract
  • 10 drops grapefruit-seed extract
  • 10 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 5 drops patchouli essential oil

    In a small spray bottle, combine all the ingredients.Shake well and spray under arms as needed.

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