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One of the most popular treatments in pedicures is massaging the legs with peppermint infused gel. The peppermint get is a perfect pick-me-up for tired legs when you've had a difficult day. It's also cooling and soothing if you are experiencing leg soreness or if you have a sunburn. The aloe vera gel moisturizes skin as well.
Makes: 1 ounce
1 ounce aloe vera gel
6 drops peppermint essential oil
In a 1-ounce jar, combine both ingredients and mix with metal spoon.
Application: Massage on legs and feet in an upward motion toward the heart.
Storage: Store the tightly sealed jar in a cool. dry place for up to 12 month.
Replace the peppermint with wintergreen or rosemary essential oils for a slightly different scent.
Egyptians used hand and body lotions scented with different herbs and spices, but surprisingly, there's evidence that even 12,000 years ago, ancient humans were rubbing the oil from carrier plants on their skin. Use this hand cream throughout the day to fight dryness from washing hands, weather, and other activities.
Makes: 3 ounces
1 ounce cocoa butter
1 ounce beeswax
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
20 drop lavender essential oil.
1. Fill a small saucepan with a few inches of water and set it on the stove over low heat. Place a metal or glass bowl over the pan so that it fits well.
2. Add the cocoa butter and beeswax to the bowl and wait until the beeswax melts.
3. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the sweet almond oil, mixing well.
4. Stir in the lavender essential oil with a metal spoon or glass stirring rod.
5. Transfer the mixture to a 3-ounce bottle or jar, and allow it to cool and harden before putting on the lid.
Application: Smooth a small amount over the front and back of hands as needed throughout the day.
Storage: Store in a tightly sealed container. If you carry it in your purse, the cream will last for 6 month. If the cream is stored in a cool, dark location, it will last for as long as 12 months.
Another 6 table spoons of carrier oil can be added before stirring in the essential oil to make this more of a lotion than a crème.
*For a whipped consistency us a blender on the mixture before it completely cools.
Epsom salts are made from magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is a mineral that promotes relaxation, which makes it a great addition to a calming bath. The Himalayan sea salt has amazing detoxing properties. Meanwhile, patchouli and lavender oils both have antidepressant properties. The cedarwood oil adds a pleasant woody scent that helps with relaxation.
Makes: 2 Cups
1 cup Himalayan Sea Salt
1 cup Epsom Salt
20 drops Patchouli essential oil
15 drops Cedarwood essential oil
15 drops Lavender essential oil
1. In a 16-ounce glass or jar, combine the sea salt and Epsom salt, and mix well.
2. Sprinkle the essential oils evenly over the salts and stir.
Application: Use about 1/4 cup of salt mixture in a warm bath as needed.
Storage: Store the tightly sealed jar in a cool, dark location for up to 12 months.
This recipe makes a perfect gift. Customized bath salts are the ultimate DIY gift. You can present them in simple mason jars or any unique with a lid. Add a label and a little scoop, along with a plush washcloth or hand towel, and you have a luxury spa gifts.
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