honeysuckle hand and foot cream

This  is very simple, inexpensive, smells good and lasts well in the fridge. It is my own recipe and works for me.

You need:

candelilla wax (or beeswax that may smell different, not always pleasant)

Carrier oil, infused with honeysuckle from my garden

water, infused with rose or calendula is good. or green tea

you may want to check if you are using infused or essential oils that what you use will still be safe when mixed with other products; combinations of ingredients can change the properties.

If you use flowers they will need to be grown without chemicals!

I used olive oil which is heavy but my feet are extremely dry. I would use it again, for this purpose, in the past I have disliked it. You might prefer to use coconut or sweet almond oil

You will also need a blender, a stick one works too,  I tried both and preferred the attachment in my counter top one for making mayonnaise.

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honey suckle has natural antibacterial properties and is good for sore throats too

Ingredients

1/2 cup infused/plain water at room temperature (or green tea)

4 tablespoons carrier oil

1 tablespoon candelilla wax

1 tablespoon of your favorite essential or infused oil

(This made a small jar for me, I found once or twice there was more water than needed I just tipped it off, maybe it had seperated a bit)

Method

1. Add the oil and wax to a heatproof bowl

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2. Set in a saucepan of water that reaches halfway up the side and heat on low just until the wax melts. Remove the mixture from the heat, and let it cool for one or two minutes only.

3. Pour the  water into your blender and turn it on high. Slowly add your wax mixture to the water. It will begin to thicken and become creamy and rich as you add the last drops.

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Or use a stick blender in the bowl

4. Once well blended, add your drops of essential/infused oil and mix everything together very well.

5. Pour your new natural lotion into a small jar, using a plastic spatula to get the blender as clean as possible, cleaning off the rest with your hands (you don’t want to put wax down your kitchen sink)

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Your new lotion will last up to six months in the refrigerator. You can experiment using different combinations of essential or infused oils, ideal for gifts

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This one in the centre was calendula infused oil and calendula water

Homemade salt scrub

Another thing I notice as the weather turns colder, and the daylight ebs away is that my skin becomes much drier, and I like to take care of it with a salt scrub every now and then. I have very sensitive skin.

Very easy to do yourself and doesn’t cost the earth (like palm oil)

I use sea salt.

Maldon sea salt pyramids

Maldon salt crystals From the lovely ‘justinsomnia’ blog

Unrefined salt is in many ways much better for your health so I tend to only buy this, in fact it may be pretty scandalous how underated it is.

It is nothing like your refined salt manufactured largely for industry and added to our bought food products.

We have many well known sea salt producers right here and you will easily find something much more local than dead sea salt

You need aboout half a cup of your chosen carrier oil and a cup of seasalt

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Sea salt scrub and honeysuckle moisturiser for hands and feet.

The salt will scrub away dead layers of skin and the oil moisturises.

I added some dried lemon balm to mine

Store in the fridge

Simple

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Lemon balm from the garden

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Home made foot or bath soak recipe

Homemade foot or bath soak recipe:
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warm water to fill your bowl, 2 tablespoon of seasalt 1 tablespoon of epsom salts, 2 tablespoons of dried coconut milk powder, 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda few drops of lavender essential oil. Rosepetals and lavender from the garden -could add mint or lemon balm. I also used it in the bath with the addition of clary sage oil and some fresh rosepetals for extra relaxation Just mix it up and play around with it, the salt and oils soften and condition skin
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I also made some little bags to blend dehydrated flowers and herbs in for use in the bath or with feet if the idea of loose doesnt look comfortable. I made these as gifts for family and friends! Great way to minimse your effect on the environment as opposed to purchasing something filled with chemicals! Also hand crafted with love which I myself would defitnitely prefer to receive as a gift!
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