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RECIPES for natural living

 

 

GALENS COLD CREAM 
from 'Natural Cosmetics' 

Nothing cleans your skin like this stuff. It was invented by a Greek doctor about two thousand years ago. It will help to keep your skin soft as well.

84 ml of olive oil
28 g beeswax
28 ml of rosewater

 

 

Put the oil and wax in a bowl and stand it in a pan of water on the stove. Heat slowly until the wax is just melted. Warm the rosewater and add slowly, stirring as you go. When all the rosewater has gone in remove from the pan and stir until cool. 

 

 

SIMPLE BARRIER LOTION
from 'Natural Cosmetics' 

2 tblsp of lemon juice
half a cup of glycerin
1 cup of rosewater

 

Shake all ingredients together. 

 

 

LIP SALVE
from 'Herbal Remedies and Home Comforts' by Jill Nice

2 tsp of grated beeswax
2 tsp of almond oil
1 tsp of rosewater

 

Put wax in a bowl and stand it in a pan of water on the stove. Heat slowly until the wax is just melted. Beat in the oil. Warm the rosewater and add slowly, stirring as you go. When all the rosewater has gone in remove from the pan and stir until cool.  Pot while still warm.

 

 

MEDITERRANEAN PERFUME BATH
from 'Natural Cosmetics' 

This is said to be divine.

dried rose petals and leaves and hips

dried orange and lemon flowers and peel

dried chamomile flowers

Place all ingredients in a muslin bag and boil the bag. Put the fragrant liquid in your bath and use the bag as a body scrub

 

 

A NATURAL DEODORANT
from 'Herbal Remedies and Home Comforts' by Jill Nice

Take a good handful of cleavers and put it in a pan of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for fifteen minutes. Leave to get cold and strain. Apply with a spray bottle and keep in the fridge. This  will keep for about a week in the fridge and because cleavers is so common you can make it right through summer.

 

 

SCENTED OILS 

a quantity of odourless vegetable oil

a quantity of leaves and/or petals

 

 

Fill a glass jar with the petals and leaves. Cover the petals and leaves with the oil, cap the jar tightly and leave in a sunny spot for about two weeks. If the scent isn't strong enough, drain the resulting oil, refill the jar with a fresh selection of petals and leaves, and pour the oil back in. Again, leave for about two weeks in a sunny spot.
 

 

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