Happy New Year!
I thought we’d kick off 2012 with some personal pampering – I’m sure we’ve earned it after all our hard work over the festive season.
I love natural products and making your own beauty treatments is so much more rewarding than opening jars and sachets and fighting with fancy packaging… and you can feel extra virtuous as you’ll be saving yourself a fortune as well! So here are two of my favourites, simple – but lovely…
Chamomile and Honey Mask
Although this mask makes you look a bit strange while it’s on your face (best not to answer the front door!) it’s worth it as it smooths and softens skin beautifully. Chamomile flowers are usually easy to find in health food shops as they are often used for making chamomile tea.
You will need:
- 1 tbsp dried chamomile flowers
- 175ml (6fl oz) boiling water
- 2 tbsp of bran
- 1 tsp of clear honey, warmed
1. Pour the boiling water over the chamomile flowers and allow them to stand for 30 minutes. Then strain the infusion and discard the chamomile flowers.
2. Mix 3 tbsp of the liquid with the bran and honey and rub this mixture all over your face. It may be a little stiff at first, but will smooth out over the skin. Leave the mixture on your skin for at least 10 minutes then rinse off with warm water.
Herbal Bath Bags
These are much more fun than putting commercial bubble bath into the water. Tie them over the taps and make sure the hot running water is going through them – this will release lovely herbal scents that will relax and comfort you.
You will need:
- 3 x 25cm (9in) diameter circles of muslin
- 6 tbsp bran
- 1 tbsp lavender flowers
- 1 tbsp chamomile flowers
- 1 tbsp rosemary tips
- 3 small rubber bands
- 3m (3yds) narrow ribbon or twine
1. Place 2 tbsp of bran in the centre of each circle of muslin. Add the lavender to one bag, the chamomile to a second and the rosemary to the third.
2. Gather each circle of material up and close with a rubber band. Then tie a reasonable length of ribbon or twine around each bag to make a loop so that the bag can be hung from the hot tap in the stream of water.