InThe Complete Guide to Natural Homemade Beauty Products and Treatments: 175 Recipes from Scrubs and Masks to Moisturizers and ShampooAmelia Ruiz shows readers how to pamper yourself naturally. With 175 soothing homemade beauty products, readers with learn to bring out their beauty naturally from head to feet. The following excerpt is from Chapter 7, “Bath Products and Treatments.;
This fragrant flower-infused bath softens and hydrates parched skin. Use your favorite after-bath lotion to lock in this added moisture.
- Large fine-mesh sieve
- 1-3/4 oz marshmallow root (see Tips)
- 1 handful each fresh rose and poppy petals (see Tips)
- 4 cups boiling water
- 5 drops rose essential oil
Note: Always measure accurately when you’re making homemade beauty products.
- Place marshmallow root in a medium saucepan. Pour in enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large heatproof bowl, combine rose and poppy petals. Pour boiling water over top. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.
- Place fine-mesh sieve over another large heatproof bowl. Strain marshmallow infusion and rose and poppy infusion into bowl, discarding solids. Stir in rose essential oil.
- Add infusion mixture to warm bathwater. Soak in bath for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) contains natural mucilaginous compounds, which make it great for softening skin and soothing irritations. The chopped dried root is available at herbalists’ shops and online herb stores.
- Rose water is commonly used in the Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Indian and North African cuisine, so look for bottles of this fragrant essence at specialty grocery stores.
- Use rose and poppy petals from plants that have not been sprayed with herbicides or fungicides.
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