Lavender Angel Water Skin Toner
1 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons rose petals
4 tablespoons sage leaves
3 tablespoons lavender blossoms
2 tablespoons rosemary
3/4 cup rosewater
Heat the vinegar and pour it over the herbs. Place the mixture in a quart jar and cap it with a non metal lid. Shake daily for ten days. Strain and add the rose water.
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons beeswax
3 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 teaspoons lanolin
10 drops vitamin e oil
15 drops lavender oil
Combine the olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin and heat thoroughly in the top of a double boiler. Remove from the heat. Add the vitamin e, lavender oil and beat well. Pour into little jars and allow the mixture to cool before covering.
Scented ink will give a delicate, intangible fragrance to your personal letters, a fragrance that will waft out as soon as the envelope is opened and that will linger mysteriously over the pages.
1/2 oz (15g) dried lavender flowers
6 tbsp water
1 small bottle ink
Crush the lavender and put into a saucepan with the water. Bring them to the boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until you have 2 tablespoons brown, opaque liquid left. Strain, pressing down well.
Mix the liquid with the ink.
Lavender Body Powder
Combine together in a bowl:
1 cup of finely ground dried lavender buds (or lavender buds powdered)
1 cup of bentonite clay
1 1/2 cup of cornstarch
Lavender essential oil
whisk the clay and the cornstarch together,
add your powdered lavender buds, and then 3-5 drops of essential oil.
allow to sit covered in the bowl and then transferr to shaker jar.
Enjoy your all-natural body powder
adapted from one in the book 'Lavender, Sweet Lavender' by Judyth McLeod, Kangaroo Press, 1989. This book is a great resource if you are looking for any type of lavender information.
LAVENDER SUMMER POTPOURRI
(all ingredients are dried):
4 cups lavender flowers; 2 cups pink rosebuds and petals; 1 cup mixed culinary herbs, such as oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary; 1 cup spearmint; 1/2 cup southernwood; 1/4 cup chopped orris root or other fixative mixed with 1 tsp. essential lavender oil
Combine all ingredients and store in a glass jar or zip lock bags for 2 - 4 weeks to allow it to blend. Display in pretty glass or ceramic bowls, or put into sachets or sacks.
Speaking of essential lavender oil, it is the most widely used and versatile healing oil used in aromatherapy. Not only is it very effective, it is also very safe and easy to use. It is the only essential oil generally recommended as safe to apply 'neat' or undiluted to the skin. It is used as a first aid measure to treat minor burns in much the same way aloe gel might be applied. It promotes healing of minor cuts and scrapes, and helps prevent scarring. It is antiseptic and is used in a wide variety of herbal beauty products, and in many insect repellent mixtures. Research has shown it helpful in promoting restful sleep and as an aid for headaches when a drop is massaged into the temple area or onto the back of the neck. The balancing properties of lavender help correct anxiety, nervousness and other emotional problems. Try a drop or two on your pillow at night, in a warm bath, or on a tissue or handkerchief when traveling.
Few other herbs offer so much in so many different ways. In today's fast passed lives, lavender continues to prove its value as one of the most rewarding and useful herbs.
Lavender and Peppermint Oil -
Crush the leaves slightly to help release the natural oils and put them in a jar with 4 teaspoons of cider vinegar. Leave for 5 minutes. Top up with avocado oil then give the mixture a good shake. Leave for 24 hours before straining off the oil.
This can be used before going to bed or anytime you feel your skin needs a little soothing, simply pat on to your face. Use as and when required.
~Lavender Mineral Bath~
1/2 cup solar dried sea salts
1/4 cup epsom salts
1/4 cup dead sea mineral salts
40 drops lavender EO
Mix all ingredients well (adding EO last) store in a glass jar or tin and use 1/4 cup per bath!
Lavender getaway bath
For a soothing winter bath, put 2 tablespoons of lavender buds (Lavandula angustifolia) and 2 tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal into a small muslin bag or a piece of cloth. Secure tightly with a string or rubber band. Tie the bundle with the string or a piece of ribbon so that it under the spigot of your bathtub. Once the bath is full, try rubbing the bundle gently over your skin. Both the lavender and the oatmeal will work to soothe dry skin and calm frazzled nerves as well.
This mask is very flexible and various herbs can be substituted for the rose and lavender. It's a great gentle scrub and you can leave on for as long and short as you wish.
1 Cup Oats
1/2 Cup Wheat germ
1/4 Cup Ground Sesame Seed
Dried Rose Petals and Lavender Flowers
In a food processor, grind up the oats and add the wheat germ. Then add the sesame seeds and roses.
Grind again until the petals or flowers are finely chopped. Once the mixture is well ground, remove and spread over a cookie sheet.
Heat the oven at a low temperature. Make sure it is as low as possible as you don't want to burn the mixture. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and let the mixture dry for a few moments. Remove and add to a jar with a lid. To use pour some out on your palm and moisten with warm water. Applie and gently scrub your face with a circular motion. Let sit for a few moments and rinse off.
**Note: The mask is dried in the oven to stop the growth of bacteria and molds. Don't add to a jar that you haven't cleaned in boiling water before hand.
Lavender Dusting Powder
1/3 c white kaolin powder
1/3 c arrowroot powder
1/3 c cornstarch
4 drops each lavender, clary sage and mandarin EO
Combine ingredients in blender. Add oils and blend. Put in shaker or jar with powder puff. ~source unknown
After Sun Lavender Remedy
Combine tea tree with lavender oil for a soothing after sun skin treatment. 5 drops tea tree 11 drops lavender 3 ounces distilled water Place the mixture in a bottle with a spray atomizer attachment and mist skin whenever cooling relief is needed. Be sure to follow the application with a moisturizer. ~source unknown
Lavender vinegar hair-rinse
from Brenda Hyde of Seeds of Knowledge.
Fill a one-quart jar 1/2 full with lavender leaves and flowers. Top with white vinegar; seal with a plastic lid, or place plastic wrap over the jar first before closing lid. Place in a dark place, such as a cupboard for 3-4 weeks. Mix one part lavender vinegar to one part distilled water and use to rinse hair after shampooing.