Make this Body Silk Powder recipe to use as a handcrafted herbal gift for family and friends this holiday season.
• 1/2 cup arrowroot
• 1/2 cup cornstarch
• 2 tablespoons orris root powder (Iris spp.)
• 2 tablespoons clay powder
• 1 teaspoon essential oil
1. Over a bowl, sift the dry ingredients through a screen to break up lumps. Add the essential oil and mix well. Store in an airtight glass container.
2. For baby powder, use only 1/4 teaspoon each of lavender and neroli essential oils. One teaspoon each of myrrh (Commiphora spp.) and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) powder may be added for diaper rash. Makes 1 cup.
Mindy Green is an herbalist, aromatherapist, educator, and writer. She is also an esthetician, a consultant to the natural products industry, and director of education at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of Calendula (Keats, 1998), Natural Perfumes (Interweave, 1999), and co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (The Crossing Press, 1995).
Read more about making herbal holiday gifts: Homemade Holiday Gifts: Herb and Aromatherapy Recipes.
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