A Tonic Bath – Blackberry shoots
Preparation Time
10 mins
Cooking Time
5 mins
Serves
1

170g young blackberry shoots

560ml water

Saucepan

Sieve

Combine Blackberry leaves in a saucepan and heat to 45C. Infuse for about 5 minutes, strain through sieve and add to the warm bath.

Fresh bath – Rest from the Heat
Preparation Time
10 min
Cooking Time
12 hrs
Serves
2

300ml Apple Cider Vinegar

300ml Spring Water

25g of Chamomile Flowers

Stainless Steel Saucepan

Bowl with cover

Sieve

Bottle

Put the apple cider vinegar, spring water and chamomile into the saucepan. Heat to simmer, do not boil. Pour the mixture into a bowl and cover, Leave for 12 hours then strain and bottle.

Lip Salve
Preparation Time
10 mins
Cooking Time
5 mins
Serves
20g

2 teaspoons of beeswax

2 teaspoons almond oil           

10 drops mint / or oil of your choice

Gently heat the wax and almond oil in a double boiler until the wax is melted. Remove from the heat and add the essential oil.

Store in a small wide-mouthed jar and apply as needed.

Make your own bath bombs
Preparation Time
10 Minutes
Cooking Time
Drying time 24 hours
Serves
4 bombs

1 ½ cups bicarbonate of soda

½ cup citric acid powder

Sweet Almond oil

Essential oil

Dried petals or herbal tea

Food colouring

Rubber gloves

Moulds

To make the mix, sieve together the bicarbonate of soda and the citric acid powder in a large dry mixing bowl. This is enough to make about 4 bombs depending on the size of the moulds.

Transfer ½ cup only of the base mix into a medium bowl and stir in a tablespoon of dried petals or herbal tea. Set aside

In a small bowl combine 6 drops of your chosen essential oil with ½ teaspoon of sweet almond oil and 8 to 10 drops of food colouring. Pour this mixture into the ½ cup of base mix and stir quickly with a teaspoon so things don’t start fizzing.

Wearing rubber gloves continue to combine the ingredients with your fingertips until they start to stay together when compressed in your hand. It’s essential that you do this with your fingertips, not a spoon so the liquid is evenly distributed.  Place the mix into the mould.

Wipe a little almond oil over the moulds so the mix comes out. Leave to dry for 24 hours then turn the bombs out.

Star Anise Shaving Cream
Preparation Time
10 minutes
Cooking Time
15 minutes
Serves
1 cup

1 Star Anise

1 Cup Water

½ cup grated soap or soap flakes

½ cup vodka

1 drop Rose Essential Oil

Combine the star anise and water in a pan, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Leave to cool then remove star anise. Add the soap and stir on low heat until the mixture is smooth. Add the Vodka and oil. Beat well.

Store in a sealed jar. Use with a hair shaving brush.