Sunday, November 23, 2008

Aromatherapy Recipes - Part 17

Fabulous Foot Gel

100ml chamomile German water
3g sclerotium gum
5ml aloe vera concentrate
1ml grapefruit seed extract
25 drops spearmint essential oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil

Warm the chamomile water to 50°C in a glass jug or beaker. Add the aloe vera concentrate and mix well.
Sprinkle the sclerotium gum over the water, blending well with a stick blender to remove any lumps.
Allow to cool until the gel begins to thicken and add the essential oils. Blend well and pour into a 100g glass jar.

Everything’s Coming up Roses

Dilute in carrier oil to make a daily body oil, or add 3 drops to a face cloth and leave in the bottom of your shower every morning.

10 drops rose 3% in jojoba
10 drops neroli 3% in jojoba
8 drops bergamot non phototoxic essential oil
4 drops olibanum essential oil

Add essential oils to a small dripolator bottle, and use as required.

Deodorising Foot Powder

100g talc base
15 drops lavender spike Spanish essential oil
10 drops peppermint Australian essential oil
5 drops tea tree organic essential oil

Put the talc base in a bowl, then work through the drops of essential oil with a wooden spoon. To completely remove any lumps, and to distribute the oils evenly, push the mixture through a sieve several times.
Store in a talc shaker for one week before using to let the oils absorb into the talc.

Soothing Baby Balm

This soothing balm is good to put on baby’s bottom as a moisturising balm. By adding extra ingredients to the base moisturiser you can create a cream which adds extra protection to baby’s skin.

5g mango kernel butter
5g shea butter
10ml calendula infused oil
30g moisturiser base
2 drops mandarin cold pressed Australian essential oil (or more if not for baby)

Soften the mango kernel butter and Shea butter in a 50g jar using the bain-marie method. For a simple ‘at home’ bain-marie, place the mango kernel butter and Shea butter in glass jar which is placed in a saucepan of shallow water. The shallow water will allow the butters to melt evenly and prevent them from burning.
When the butters are soft enough (this will take less than 5 minutes) pour the moisturiser base into the jar, a little at a time. When the butters and moisturiser base have mixed well, add the calendula oil and 2 drops of mandarin Australian. Stir until all has been absorbed.
This recipe will take you less than 10 minutes to make. This recipe also helps adult hands and feet. The Shea butter and mango kernel butter are natural skin softeners and also coat without being greasy. Calendula oil is soothing and calming to irritated or inflamed skin.

After Work Foot Bath

60g magnesium sulphate
½ teaspoon green clay
15 drops lavender French alpine essential oil
10 drops geranium Egyptian essential oil

In a glass bowl blend the green clay into the magnesium sulphate. Dot the drops of essential oil over the surface of the blended salts and clay, then work through the mix with a wooden spoon, smoothing any lumps.
Pour the salts into a dark coloured jar.
Add a teaspoon to a foot bath of warm water to soothe away any pressures.

Revitalising Foot Massage Oil

45ml hazelnut oil
5ml arnica infused oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops juniperberry extra essential oil
8 drops rosemary Spanish essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a dark glass bottle.

Cooling Foot Spray

120ml witchhazel
1ml aloe vera concentrate
4ml solubiliser
15 drops lavender spike Spanish essential oil
10 drops peppermint Australian essential oil

Blend the essential oils with the solubiliser and pour into a 125ml spray bottle. Add the aloe vera concentrate and the witchhazel and cap. Shake to blend ingredients.

Fresh Foot Wash

125ml additive free shower and bath gel
8 drops lime west Indian distilled essential oil
8 drops spearmint essential oil
5 drops tea tree premium essential oil
2 drops niaouli essential oil

Pour the bath and shower gel into a plastic bottle, then add the essential oils. Shake well to combine the oils with the shower gel. To use: pour some into a foot bath or on a sponge or face cloth and vigourously scrub the feet.

Lip Salve

15g cocoa butter
20g beeswax
2 teaspoon avocado oil
2 teaspoon wheatgerm oil
2 teaspoon castor oil
5 drops rose essential oil
3 drops chamomile essential oil

Put all the ingredients except the essential oil into a small pan with a spout (or use a stainless steel ladle with a lip). Melt over a pan of water.
As soon as they have dissolved to an oily liquid, remove from the heat, add the essential oil and stir carefully.
Pour into moulds. You can use any cylindrical-shaped mould or small, sealable dishes. Make sure your container is spotlessly clean.
Leave the mixture to set for 5 minutes in the freezer or 10 minutes in the fridge. A cylindrical-shaped lip salve can be stored in an old lipstick holder. Store the ones not in use in the fridge.
As the balm contains no water, the jar you are using may be kept at room temperature.

Pet Bedding Wash

Make sure you wash and air your pets bedding regularly.
250ml sulphate free shampoo
20 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops sage Spanish essential oil
5 drops peppermint arvensis oil

Blend essential oils into shampoo and store in a plastic squeeze bottle. Use as a liquid detergent when washing your pets bedding.

Soothing Massage Oil for Large Dogs

100ml rich massage oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops orange Valencia essential oil
3 drops patchouli essential oil
2 drops neroli essential oil

Blend together in a dark 100ml bottle.

Bath Bombs

Mixing bowls
Moulds—jelly moulds, tea balls, cookie cutters
Teaspoon measure

120g bicarb soda
75g citric acid
4 teaspoon sweet almond oil
Food colouring
12 drops essential oil of your choice
Try: spearmint, lavender, rose, geranium, mandarin
Avoid: thyme, cinnamon, clove

Ensure all of your equipment is dry before you begin. Wipe the inside of the moulds with sweet almond oil.
Sieve 120g bicarb soda and 75g citric acid together into a large bowl. Stir well.
In a small cup or bowl measure 4 teaspoon of sweet almond oil. Add to the oil a total of 6 drops of food colouring and 12 drops of essential oil—blend well.
Pour the oil mixture into the base and begin mixing with your fingertips. You will need to work quite quickly to ensure that the mixture does not begin to fizz/ work through the mixture until it starts to stick together.
Press the mixture firmly into the moulds—make sure you press it in firmly. Leave in the mould for 24 hours and then turn out and add it to your bath.
Experiment with:
Colours and essential oils (keep the total number of drops to the levels stated above), botanicals, adding other minerals and salts eg. Magnesium sulphate, Epsom salt, sea salt, shapes and sizes.