Body & Soul: Peppermint Leg Gel

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New moms and dads benefit from beauty treatments that nurture and soothe.

This is a light, invigorating gel that is perfect for tired legs and feet. For extra cooling action, store this gel in the refrigerator. MAKES 4 OUNCES

• 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
• 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
• 1 tablespoon witch hazel
• 3 to 4 drops peppermint essential oil

1. Combine aloe vera, cornstarch and witch hazel in a glass container. Warm mixture in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, or in a double boiler until it is the consistency of honey. After mixture has cooled, add peppermint oil and stir well. Pour into a clean container.

2. For instant rejuvenation, massage onto legs and feet.

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002), available on our Bookshelf, Page 58. For more information and recipes visit her

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