Face masks are a little piece of 'me time'. They really do make you feel like you are pampering yourself.
In my opinion, preparing the face mask is just as important as sitting and relaxing with it on. When you collect and prepare your ingredients, it's like you are clearing away the cobwebs of the day and the mask itself is the reward.
This diy face mask is simple and easy and apart from the chamomile flowers, which you could omit, uses ingredients that can be found in most people's cupboards. Oats are incredibly soothing and nourishing for the skin and rice flour is perfect for creating a smooth, lustrous skin.
What you need:
1 tbsp whole organic oats
1 tbsp white basmati rice
1 tbsp dried chamomile flowers
2 - 3 tbsp warm water
1 small bowl
What to do:
My aim on my blog is to make looking after your skin naturally as easy as possible for you. When I share my recipes, I will always try to give you an easy option as I know how busy you all are. I will try not to waffle on too much either as I know myself that when I have 101 things to do, I prefer to cut to the chase and get the information I need.
So here we go. This recipe today is for a magnesium oil deodorant. I have made and trialled many different types of natural deodorants: clay based deodorants, charcoal based deodorants, coconut and bicarbonate of soda based deodorants, then simple witch hazel and essential oil deodorants too. I personally found that a lot of them were a bit fiddly or messy to make, which to be honest, I do like a fiddly recipe and I love making a mess but what really put me off was the application of the deodorant. I am always happy to persevere in these cases if there is no other option. But there is another option, and in my opinion, it is better.
This is my favourite deodorant recipe, it is simple to make and is very easy to apply and on top of that, this multi-tasking deodorant gives you a trans-dermal magnesium hit every time you apply your deodorant. This is a real bonus as so many people today are magnesium deficient. Follow this link to find out more about magnesium.
You will need:
1 x 100ml bottle with atomiser spray
60ml magnesium oil (you can buy this here but it is so much cheaper to make your own and I have included a recipe below)
40ml witch hazel
10 drops sage essential oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
1 drop lavender essential oil
What to do:
Quite imply decant all the ingredients into the bottle, stir to combine and start to use. It's as easy as that.
To make your own magnesium oil:
Add equal amounts of magnesium chloride flakes to distilled water. The distilled water needs to be brought to the boil first before you add the magnesium flakes. Reduce to a simmer and stir in the flakes until they dissolve. Allow to cool before decanting into your storage bottle. If you use distilled water, the magnesium oil will have a longer shelf life (up to 6 months if kept in a cool, dark place).
As with all natural products, make sure you do a patch test first before full and continued use to see if you have any adverse reactions. Discontinue if any irritation occurs.
If you need a little help with your sleep, why not give this a go, it may just help!
Quick and easy version first!
As you are relaxing at night before bed, maybe watching a television programme or reading a book? Run yourself a foot bath and add a cupful of Epsom salts. You will be able to get hold of this in most supermarkets. Home Bargain sell it too. Soak your feet for approximately 40 minutes (minimum 20 minutes).
If you are feeling more adventurous, then you can follow this recipe:
2 tbsp Epsom salts
2 tbsp Dead Sea salts
2 tbsp pink Himalayan salts
3 drops lavender
Add the above to your foot bath.
The salts contain a whole host of different, beneficial minerals (that's another blog post!), but the one we are interested in here is magnesium.
In order to fall asleep and stay asleep, our body and brain need to relax. Magnesium helps with this. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This supports us in relaxing and takes us out of the fight and flight mode which we can often unwittingly find ourselves in.
The best way to absorb magnesium is through the skin. This is called trans-dermal absorption.
The sleep well foot bath ticks a few boxes.
I hope it helps!
Until next time!
If you are in need of some TLC then these herbal bath bags are perfect for you!
As you gather together your ingredients, you step by step are building your intention for some well earned moments of self love and calm.
The bath itself is just part of the process. Each step is very important:
I hope you enjoy making and using your herbal bath bags.
You will need:
1 tbsp dried rose petals
1 tbsp marshmallow flowers
1 tbsp jasmine flowers
1 tbsp dried violet leaves
1 and half tbsp oats
1 to 2 tsp jojoba oil
18 drops jasmine essential oil
9 drops of benzoin or peru de balsam essential oil
3 x squares of muslin cloth measuring 25 cm x 25 cm
1 piece of string 25 cm long
Now you will need to:
Let the marshmallow's gentle qualities nurture you.
Let the rose petals soften your heart with love.
Let the scent of the jasmine relax your mind.
Our process is now complete!
Until next time!
If you are prone to getting bitten then you must be tasty to those little biting critters. One of the keys to a good bug deterrent is making yourself taste disgusting and this is where certain essential oils come in. The second key component is that you need to start using the oils a few weeks before you go on holiday so that the oils can start to work on making you smell lovely to us humans but taste disgusting to insects that bite. Two weeks before is ideal.
If you don't have a big range of essential oils, the one I would recommend is lavender. Insects are not keen on the taste of most essential oils and lavender is a great all rounder. It is nice and gentle and can even be used neat on the skin which most oils cannot be. It is a 'go to' in our house for putting on bites, spots, a drop on your pillow to help you sleep and diluted in a carrier oil to put on rashes. If ever we go away anywhere, a bottle of lavender comes with us.
If you are feeling more adventurous, however, then below is a blend of essential oils that you can use to add to a simple body oil, or to witch hazel as a splash, to water as a room spray, or you can add it straight to an unscented body cream or balm . The spray is very handy. You can spray around windows and doors, pillows and bed sheets or ankles as you are on your way out...
Just remember the key is to use the blend a few weeks before you go away, in whichever way is most convenient for you.
10 drops lemongrass
5 drops lavender
5 drops peppermint
You can multiply these amounts up and make a larger batch, and then just add a few drops of the blend to your chosen method. For every 10 ml of oil, you can add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil blend. For the room spray, which you are not using on the skin, you can add more of the blend.
Late summer can often bring with it hungry insects who like to feast on our ankles.
Here is the first of a few recipes to help with bothersome bites. I am starting with bringing some relief from bites.
This recipe is a concoction I make every summer for the whole family.
It contains cooling aloe-vera gel, lavender, thyme, lemon eucalyptus and lemongrass essential oils.
This combination of oils are naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, so once those little nibblers have taken a bite, it is good to use oils that assist the body in cleaning and clearing away the effects of the bite.
50g aloe gel
11 drops lavender essential oil
11 drops thyme essential oil
11 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops lemongrass essential oil