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Summer Beauty & Herbal Wellness

Thank you to all that attended the first Mother Earth Fair "Herbal Wellness Conference" it was 2 days full of excellent speakers and information. I can't believe I talked for over 3 hours!! I also appreciate all my friends at Mountain Rose Herbs for hosting me at their beautiful mercantile and providing all of the ingredients I used. Summer is here and it has started out so beautiful with my flowers blooming and a huge "strawberry" moon at night. I hope you all are having a relaxing start to the season too Here are the recipes and ideas I taught this week for you to enjoy as well!

Summer is the perfect season for creating your own natural skin care products and treatments. There are so many fresh ingredients available. Herbs, produce and flowers are everywhere and perfect ingredients for homemade body care products.

Cucumber Chamomile Cleanser

This is a mild non-soap cleanser that is perfect for all skin types especially those with sensitive skin. Cucumber juice chamomile flowers, and aloe vera gel are all gentle and soothing to the skin.

2 Tablespoons fresh cucumber juice

1 Tablespoon dried chamomile or chamomile tea

1 cup hot water

1 Tablespoon aloe vera gel

1 Tablespoon vegetable glycerin

Make a strong infusion of the chamomile flowers and water and let cool. Strain off the chamomile flowers. Mix together the cucumber juice, chamomile infusion, glycerin, and aloe vera gel. Pour into a clean container. To use: Apply to your skin with a cotton pad and rinse with cool water.

Yield: 8 ounces

Fresh Cucumber Toner

Cucumber juice is a natural astringent and also mild tonic for sunburned skin.

1 /4 cup fresh cucumber juice

2 Tablespoons witch hazel

2 Tablespoons pure water

Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a clean bottle. To use: Apply to your skin with a clean cotton ball. You can also spray onto your skin.

Yield: 4 ounces

Note: To make fresh cucumber juice. Blend a fresh cucumber on high and then strain the fresh green juice.

Sunflower Lotion

This is the year of the sunflower and no other flower feels more like summer than these bright blooms. Sunflower oil is nourishing to your skin and is high in vitamin E. This light lotion makes a wonderful all over body lotion.

1/2 cup water

1/8 teaspoon borax or baking soda

1 /2 cup sunflower oil

1 /2 teaspoon grated beeswax

Combine the borax powder and water and stir well. Set aside. Mix together the oil and beeswax in a heat resistant container. Heat gently in a water bath until the wax is melted. Heat the water solution until it is very hot but not boiling. Pour the water mixture into a blender and slowing add the oil in a slow steady stream. You can also do this by hand. Let the lotion cool completely. You should have a light white lotion. Pour into a clean container. To use: Massage into your skin.

Yield: 8 ounces

Soothing Sunburn Lotion

This is a soothing light lotion that can take some of the heat and discomfort out of a bad sunburn. Witch hazel and baking soda are two old fashioned cures and the natural peppermint oil is naturally cooling to your skin.

2 Tablespoon water

1 Tablespoon witch hazel

1 Tablespoon aloe vera gel

1 /4 cup baking soda