Aromatherapy Roll On Recipe for Rest & Relaxation (Plus How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep)

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Learn how to make your own aromatherapy roll on recipe for rest and relaxation! Plus other natural alternatives to help you get a restful night’s sleep.

DIY Aromatherapy Roll On For Rest and Relaxation! Learn how to make your own DIY aromatherapy roll on for rest and relaxation! Plus other useful natural alternatives that will help you get a good night's sleep. Find the recipe for this natural home remedy now at Soap Deli News blog and start down a new road of a life filled with restful sleep. It's also great when used in conjunction with yoga & meditation! #sleepaid #health #wellness #aromatherapy #sleep #holistic #essentialoils #homeremedies

Prescription Sleep Aids Can Be Scary

Whether it’s through pure exhaustion coupled with stress, insomnia or changing hormones, a question I often hear is “How do I get a good night’s sleep?” Automatically turning to big pharma for the answer can be quite terrifying these days. From drugs like Ambien that have side effects that include sleepwalking and even sleep-sex and other drugs such as trazodone, an anti-depressant often prescribed to help with sleep, has side effects that range from constipation to feeling like you threw one too many back the night before.

And of course none of these drugs actually help to root out just why we are having difficulty getting a good night’s rest. They simply offer a temporary solution that continue the cycle and can cause additional problems.

It’s no wonder that, as we become more aware of our health concerns and the potential dangers of slapping on a band-aid, that more and more people are seeking out natural solutions for their sleep issues. From smoking marijuana in addition to other natural supplements, as well as exercise, yoga and even meditation, there are natural sleep remedies that offer the benefit of better sleep without compromising your health.

It was only a year ago, when I was still working my day job prior to taking the leap into writing full time, that I actually ended up with TMJ from grinding my teeth so hard at night. So while I was sleeping, I wasn’t getting quality sleep and a big part of that was related to a high stress period in my life.

So I wasn’t at all surprised when last week, while having a conversation after my mammogram and checking out the difference between last year’s scans and this year’s with the new 3-D imaging, that our conversation naturally fell onto the topic of sleep during perimenopause and menopause.

I had been discussing my fibromyalgia with the mammography technologist and the improvements I’d made through holistic medicine. And it came around to how I handled not only sleeping through the night, but how I actually got a good night’s rest when my pain level would spike. In turn, she indicated that she also had trouble sleeping through the night since menopause hit and it led to an entire conversation on restful sleep. Or rather in our case, restless sleep.

She had been taking Benadryl at night in order to sleep. An option that’s considered safe for those not wanting to take something stronger and potentially scarier medications, some that come with the risk of addiction.

However, she was at the point that she was genuinely uncomfortable taking Benadryl every night. So we discussed the herbs and vitamin supplements I was taking and she was excited to look into more natural options.

What If I Don’t Want to Take Supplements?

If you prefer to avoid supplements altogether, then it is first important to consider whether your body is deficient in any vitamins and minerals that can affect your sleep. You’ll also need to root out the cause and determine if it can be tackled without herbs or supplements. (A holistic counselor can be extremely beneficial in this case.)

If it can, then exercise, yoga and meditation are great options. You can also use aromatherapy for an extra little push. However, if you find you do need something more to get you through a particularly stressful period, I do share some of the herbal supplements I’ve tried with success further down.

Learn How to Make an Aromatherapy Roll On

However, I’d first like to share a simple aromatherapy roll on recipe that can help to promote rest and relaxation. Because an aromatherapy roll on isn’t a product that is taken internally, you can easily combo this aromatherapeutic sleep remedy with other natural remedies that work for you.

DIY Aromatherapy Roll On For Rest and Relaxation! Learn how to make your own DIY aromatherapy roll on for rest and relaxation! Plus other useful natural alternatives that will help you get a good night's sleep. Find the recipe for this natural home remedy now at Soap Deli News blog and start down a new road of a life filled with restful sleep. It's also great when used in conjunction with yoga & meditation! #sleepaid #health #wellness #aromatherapy #sleep #holistic #essentialoils #homeremedies

Aromatherapy Roll On Recipe for Rest & Relaxation

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.5 mL lavender essential oil
1 mL mandarin essential oil
1.5 mL bergamot essential oil
.5 mL ylang ylang essential oil
20 mL clear jojoba oil

Instructions:

To make your aromatherapy roll on recipe for rest and relaxation, begin by measuring out 20 mL of clear jojoba oil in a small glass scientific beaker.

Next, measure out the essential oils using a fresh graduated transfer pipette for each essential oil. Combine with the jojoba oil and mix.

Now use another graduated transfer pipette to fill a glass roll on bottle(s.) I used 10 mL glass roll on bottles with metal balls and silver polypro caps. (You can find these bottles along with a great collection of other glass roll on bottles in various sizes at SKS Bottle & Packaging.)

To use, apply your aromatherapy roll on to the crown of your head, on your temples, between your eyebrows or behind your earlobes. Other essential oils that help to promote sleep include Roman chamomile and marjoram essential oils.

Herbal Alternatives for a Restful Sleep

Natural herbal and vitamin supplements that I recommend include Gaia Herbs SleepThru Liquid Phyto-Capsules, Gaia Herbs Valerian Root, and for stress, Primal Calm Stress Relief Formula by Primal Blueprint.

If you also suffer from chronic pain that affects your sleep, you may find that herb blends that strengthen healthy inflammatory responses such as Gaia Herbs Mushrooms & Herbs Reishi and Turmeric Supplements and Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Pain P.M. especially beneficial.

As quality organic herbs and supplements can be difficult to purchase regularly on a tight budget, I shop through Thrive Market for the best prices on not only my herbal supplements but also on organic dry food staples, homeopathic medicines and even skin care products. (When you sign up for Thrive Market you also get 25% off your first order with free shipping on all orders $49 or more.)

If you enjoyed this article and my aromatherapy roll on recipe for sleep and relaxation, then you may enjoy some of my other recipes for making natural lavender bergamot deodorant (with magnesium,) lavender body butter (with neem oil) and a turmeric ginger ACV tonic.

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This article is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment or medical advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Information on products mentioned are based on my own personal experience and have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please consult a physician prior to making any changes that may impact your health.

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe to Soothe Sore Muscles

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Don’t let sore muscles slow you down during the busy holiday season! Enjoy a nice long soak in these DIY pain relief bath salts instead. (And sneak in some quiet time away from the kids and the hustle and bustle of the holidays.)

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe! Don't let sore muscles slow you down this busy holiday season! Enjoy a nice long soak in these pain relief bath salts instead. Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

My natural pain relief bath salts recipe is incredibly easy to make and smells wonderful. Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. A light blend of essential oils also offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation.

Even better? You can make my pain relief bath salts recipe in about 5 minutes! So not only are these bath salts easy to make when your body needs them most, but you can also whip these up in a jiffy for last minute holiday gifts.

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe! Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

Pain Relief Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

17 oz. Epsom salt
.7 oz. fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil of choice)
.1 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
1 mL tangerine essential oil
1 mL peppermint essential oil
1 mL eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions:

To make these pain relief bath salts, begin by weighing out the Epsom salt into a large glass bowl. Set aside.

In a separate container weigh out the fractionated coconut oil and polysorbate 80. Mix well.

(Polysorbate 80 is a solubilizer that bonds with oil. It will keep the essential oils and fractionated coconut oil from sitting on top of the water in your tub. While this product is optional, it is recommended especially in the absence of a carrier oil so that your skin isn’t coming into contact with the essential oils undiluted in bath water when adding essential oils to bath salts.)

Then using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and add the essential oil. Stir to combine.

Now combine the wet ingredients with the Epsom salt and mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated evenly throughout the bath salts.

DIY Pain Relief Bath Salts! Crafted using Epsom salt, prized for its high magnesium content, these bath salts safely and naturally ease muscle pain, detox your body and promote calm. While a light blend of essential oils offer their aromatherapy benefits and a gentle cooling sensation. #diy #recipe #bathsalts #painrelief #homeremedies #natural

Package your pain relief bath salts in your container of choice then label as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use your pain relief bath salts, add 1/2 to 1 cup to warm bath water as desired and soak for 20 minutes.

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles and Inflammation! Whether you suffer from pain due to the occasional the bumps and bruises or sore muscles or more intense pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel, this arnica pain relief salve recipe is the perfect natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation!

If you like my DIY pain relief bath salts, then you may also enjoy my natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe as well as my arnica pain relief salve recipe for muscle pain and inflammation.

For more natural remedies be sure to follow my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care Pinterest board. Or follow my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest board for more homemade skin care recipes.

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Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe for Muscle Pain & Inflammation

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Whether you suffer from pain due to occasional bumps, bruises and sore muscles or as a result of chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel, this arnica pain relief salve recipe is the perfect natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation!

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles and Inflammation! Whether you suffer from pain due to occasional bumps and bruises and sore muscles or more intense pain resulting from chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel, this arnica pain relief salve recipe is the perfect natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation! #painrelief #homeremedies #diy #salve

Pain is something we all experience at some point in our lives. And whether it’s a bump or a bruise, sore muscles, arthritis or even a chronic illness, that pain can range from uncomfortable to debilitating. While commercial over-the-counter and prescription medications offer relief, the side effects and damage caused from chronic use of these medications can begin outweigh the benefits. Therefore, if your pain is manageable, I highly recommend trying natural alternatives.

As someone with fibromyalgia, I found that changing my diet and eating healthier made a tremendous difference. In addition to diet, herbal supplements (keep reading for more on that further down) and staying active, I was able to significantly reduce my symptoms. However, for those tough days when none of those things seem to matter, my arnica pain relief salve really helps to ease muscle pain, stiffness and calm inflammation. In addition, if you’re like me and suffer from cold hands and feet in the winter (or year round!) this salve also helps to warm skin and improve circulation to those areas as well.

What is arnica?

Often referred to as mountain tobacco, leopard’s bane and wolf’s bane, Arnica montana is a flowering perennial native to the mountains of both Europe and Siberia. Its vibrant flowers look similar daisies and contain the compound helenalin, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Used medicinally since the 1500’s, arnica is also rich in fatty acids, including thymol, which is shown to have antibacterial properties. It’s common not only in ointments, cream, liniments and salves but can also be found in anti-dandruff hair care products and tonics.

Due to the nature of arnica and its compounds, you should not use arnica on broken skin or for extended periods of time. It’s best suited for occasional topical use. In addition it’s important to note that those who are allergic or sensitive to ragweed, daisies, marigolds and other flowers in the Asteraceae or Compositae family, arnica may cause an allergic reaction. It should not be taken internally and, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, arnica should be avoided all together.

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles and Inflammation! Whether you suffer from pain due to occasional bumps and bruises and sore muscles or more intense pain resulting from chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel, this arnica pain relief salve recipe is the perfect natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation! #painrelief #homeremedies #diy #salve

Other ingredients in my arnica pain relief salve.

I formulated my arnica pain relief salve recipe using a combination of arnica infused herbal oil, baobab oil, shea butter and beeswax. Baobab oil, like arnica, has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It’s fast absorption rate makes this African carrier oil especially nice as a component of this recipe. Used in combination with beeswax, it helps to protect and insulate skin as well as moisturize without feeling greasy. Fresh ginger essential oil and chili seed essential oil then gently warm skin to soothe overworked muscles, while just a touch of orange gives this salve its lovely scent.

I purchased the arnica herbal oil that I used for my arnica pain relief recipe at Mountain Rose Herbs. However, you can also purchase dried arnica flowers to create your own herbal oil infusion for this recipe if desired.

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe for Sore Muscles and Inflammation! Whether you suffer from pain due to occasional bumps and bruises and sore muscles or more intense pain resulting from chronic conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel, this arnica pain relief salve recipe is the perfect natural remedy for muscle pain and inflammation! #painrelief #homeremedies #diy #salve

Arnica Pain Relief Salve Recipe

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

.75 oz. arnica herbal oil
.5 oz. baobab oil
.5 oz. white cosmetic or natural beeswax
.25 oz. refined shea butter
20 drops fresh ginger essential oil
12 drops 5-fold orange essential oil
10 drops chili seed essential oil

Instructions:

Using a digital scale weigh out the beeswax and shea butter. Combine in a small scientific glass beaker or glass Pyrex measuring cup. Then heat in either a microwave at 30% power or in a double boiler until melted.

Remove from heat, then weigh out and stir in the baobab oil and the arnica infused herbal oil. Follow with the essential oils using a dropper or graduated transfer pipettes to measure out the drops called for in the recipe.

Stir well to combine then pour into a 2 oz. glass amber glass jar. (I got mine from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.) Allow your arnica pain relief salve to solidify, then screw on the lid and label your salve as desired for personal use of gifting.

To use massage desired amount of your arnica pain relief salve onto unbroken skin as needed to help soothe muscles, alleviate the severity of pain and reduce inflammation. Take care to keep your arnica pain relief salve away from eyes and nasal passages as well as other delicate areas of skin.

If you like my arnica pain relief salve recipe, then may also like my neem oil body butter recipe with arnica infused coconut oil or my collection of six other natural pain relief remedies which you can find here.

Dry Skin Salve Recipe with Baobab Oil! Learn about the amazing skin care uses for baobab oil and discover how to make your own DIY dry skin salve for dry winter skin or tough skin conditions such as eczema, dry psoriasis and actinic keratosis.

For dry itchy skin, also be sure to try my dry skin salve recipe with baobab oil via my guest post at The Nourished Life blog. Not only do I share the amazing skin care uses for baobab oil, but you’ll also learn how to make your own homemade salve for dry winter skin or troublesome skin conditions such as eczema, dry psoriasis and actinic keratosis.

Other natural options for managing pain.

As previously mentioned, I’ve also been using herbal supplements to help manage my pain and its underlying causes. Those supplements include Gaia Herbs Daily Wellbeing for Women, Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme: Pain and Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme: Pain P.M. In addition I also drink Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink daily to help restore healthy magnesium levels in my body which in turn naturally reduces stress.

(I purchase all of these products for myself at Thrive Market which saves me a substantial amount of money, however most of these products should be available at your local co-op or health food store as well.)

As I am currently going through perimenopause (learn more about perimenopause here) and my fibromyalgia symptoms worsen during hormonal changes and periods of stress or anxiety, I am taking both Gaia Herbs Daily Wellbeing and evening primrose supplements in order to avoid hormone therapy (and still feel sane.)

Within the past two years one of my friends was diagnosed with breast cancer at 40, another with both uterine and ovarian cancer and then my mother with ovarian cancer. My mother’s cancer, for which she had her ovaries surgically removed, was a result of using hormone therapy after a hysterectomy for longer than recommended (and with the ok of her doctor.) Thus the hesitation of turning to prescription medication and instead trying natural alternatives instead.

Gaia’s Daily Wellbeing for Women works to support immune health, stress management, inflammatory response and women’s health. Formulated using proprietary herbal blends, these supplements, taken daily, also promote normal sleep patterns and calm occasional nervousness. While evening primrose (this is the brand I use) is a superior source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid, an important omega-6 fatty acid, needed for the production of beneficial prostaglandins (hormone-like compounds), which play an important role in promoting immune regulation.

I started taking the evening primrose prior to Gaia Herbs Daily Wellbeing and noticed almost immediately that it helped significantly with perimenopausal hot flashes and mood swings. The addition of Gaia Herbs Daily Wellbeing has further aided with overall stress reduction and supplies my daily intake of D3.

Low magnesium on the other hand can cause irritability, insomnia, muscle soreness and spasms, anxiety or depression, noise sensitivity, high stress, headaches and even chronic fatigue. (Learn more about low magnesium here.) Studies have shown that many adults aren’t getting enough magnesium. So in order to boost my own magnesium levels I switched to a natural magnesium deodorant (find my recipe for making your own here) and I also started drinking Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm.

I then also take Turmeric Supreme Pain, which contains turmeric root, ginger root, rosemary, black pepper and a proprietary extract blend to tackle pain and inflammation as they occur. And I take Turmeric Supreme Pain P.M. to help me sleep better throughout the night when pain symptoms make sleep difficult.

These are all my experiences with these supplements however and everyone is different. If you are experiencing undiagnosed pain or are currently being treated for a chronic condition, you should obviously consult a doctor before making any changes to your lifestyle or taking herbal supplements. To explore more home remedies and natural pain relief alternatives, be sure to follow my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care Pinterest board. (And don’t forget to check out the benefits of a Thrive Market membership here.)

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Natural Pain Relief Remedies for Body Aches, Pains & Bruises

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Whether you’ve been working too hard at the gym, overestimated your ability to hike up that mountain or your troublesome arthritis is flaring up again, these natural pain relief remedies will help to ease your body aches, pains and bruises!

Six Natural Pain Relief Remedies

Natural Pain Relief Remedies! Whether you've been working too hard at the gym, overestimated your ability to hike up that mountain or your troublesome arthritis is flaring up again, these natural pain relief remedies will help to ease your body aches, pains and bruises! And they don't smell medicinal.

Simple Pain Relief Massage Oil

Made using just three simple ingredients, this pain relief massage oil recipe helps to relax tight muscles, soothe pain and reduce inflammation. Try this natural pain relief remedy on sore muscles and joints caused by exercise, arthritis and even conditions like fibromyalgia. Get the recipe here.

Natural Pain Relief Remedies! Whether you've been working too hard at the gym, overestimated your ability to hike up that mountain or your troublesome arthritis is flaring up again, these natural pain relief remedies will help to ease your body aches, pains and bruises! And they don't smell medicinal.

Chocolate & Lavender Cayenne Pain Relief Salve

This fantastically scented chocolate & lavender cayenne pain relief salve recipe is fabulous for arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness and swelling. It’s made with a blend of natural ingredients that gently warm skin to relax tight or sore muscles. Get the recipe here.

Natural Pain Relief Remedies! Whether you've been working too hard at the gym, overestimated your ability to hike up that mountain or your troublesome arthritis is flaring up again, these natural pain relief remedies will help to ease your body aches, pains and bruises! And they don't smell medicinal.

Homemade Magnesium & Arnica Body Butter

This homemade magnesium and arnica body butter recipe is scented with a delightful lavender and orange fragrance and is great for everyday aches, pains and bruises. Learn more about the importance of magnesium as well as the benefits of arnica along with the recipe here.

Natural Pain Relief Remedies! Whether you've been working too hard at the gym, overestimated your ability to hike up that mountain or your troublesome arthritis is flaring up again, these natural pain relief remedies will help to ease your body aches, pains and bruises! And they don't smell medicinal.

Warming Chili & Chocolate Sore Muscle Salve

This all natural warming chili & chocolate sore muscle salve recipe is great for stiff muscles and aches. And it’s formulated so it’s perfect for use in conjunction with a body massage. You’ll find this this salve increases circulation while adding soothing heat to sore muscles. Get the recipe here.

Natural Pain Relief Remedies! Whether you've been working too hard at the gym, overestimated your ability to hike up that mountain or your troublesome arthritis is flaring up again, these natural pain relief remedies will help to ease your body aches, pains and bruises! And they don't smell medicinal.

Homemade Ginger Salve Recipe

This homemade ginger salve recipe contains ginger which gently warms skin to relax and soothe sore muscles. It’s a great alternative to a cayenne pepper salve if you’re allergic or sensitive to capsicum. And it’s also prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Get the recipe here.

Natural Pain Relief Remedies! Whether you've been working too hard at the gym, overestimated your ability to hike up that mountain or your troublesome arthritis is flaring up again, these natural pain relief remedies will help to ease your body aches, pains and bruises! And they don't smell medicinal.

Natural Sore Muscle Salt Scrub Recipe

This natural sore muscle salt scrub recipe contains Epsom salt and organic essential oils to help ease sore muscles. Use as an Epsom salt bath in warm bath water or as an invigorating salt scrub! Get the recipe here.

To discover even more natural pain relief remedies, be sure to check out my Natural Home Remedies and Herbal Health Care Pinterest board. It contains a collection of natural remedies and herbal health care information to help promote the natural healing your mind, body and soul. With everything from natural herbal remedies for colds and flu to plant based remedies for skin and hair, you’ll find tons of homemade salve recipes, natural alternatives to commercial beauty and skin care products, natural tonics, tinctures and elixirs and more on this informational Pinterest board!

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New Beauty and Skin Care Books

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Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more.

New Beauty and Skin Care Books

Right now you can pre-order, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, by Marie Rayma – creator of Humblebee & Me blog! Marie, of Calgary, Canada, shares a wonderful collection of beauty and skin care recipes for cosmetics, soaps, lotions, and lip balms weekly on her blog – of which I’m a long time fan – here. Her goal, with both her blog and her new book, is to allow us to ditch store bought beauty and skin care products and swap them for quality, homemade natural beauty alternatives. Marie posts new recipes to her blog, Humblebee & Me, twice a week and is super excited about the upcoming release of her first book, Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care.

Make It Up walks you through the natural ingredients available in most kitchens, online, or at local food stores and explains how natural oils, butters, clays, and minerals can easily replace petroleum products, artificial colors, and lab-created mystery fragrances. It follows with starter makeup recipes for things like lip balm, lotions, and face masks, then moves into beauty recipes for foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, blush, bronzers, and more. Detailed information on each ingredient used can be in Make It Up so you understand the strengths and benefits of each ingredient used. In addition, products can be tailored for you individual skin care needs—from swapping out ingredients not suitable for sensitive skin to whipping up the perfect colors suited to any complexion.

With easy-to-follow instructions, Make It Up includes recipes for more than 40 essential beauty and skin care recipes that will replace just about everything you put on your face and body with handmade, high-performance, healthy alternatives. Learn more about this book or pre-order it now here.

Handmade Beauty explores the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms & more!

Another beauty and skin care book you may be interested in is Handmade Beauty: Natural Recipes for your Face, Body and Hair by authors Juliette Goggin and Abi Righton. This beauty book is a guide filled with skin care and hair care recipes you can make at home with a few basic materials and kitchen equipment.

Handmade Beauty begins by exploring the different ingredients, equipment and methods you need to make your own handmade cosmetics including basic principles, such as making infusions, as well as storage and safety. This is followed by 37 skin care recipes for the face, body and hair, plus suggestions for adaptations. These beauty and skin care recipes cater to all skin and hair types, and include recipes for face and body scrubs, cleansers, toners, moisturizers, hand creams, lip balms, body butters, bath bombs, foot sprays, shampoos and hair treatments.

In addition you’ll also find step-by-step illustrations and clear instructions throughout Handmade Beauty to ensure that all of the hair and skin care recipes are easy to follow. There are also ideas on how to package and present your completed handmade beauty products. Learn more about Handmade Beauty or buy it now here.

Other books by popular bloggers that you may like include 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants (by the author of A Nerdy Farm Wife blog) and The Natural Beauty Solution: Break Free from Commercial Beauty Products Using Simple Recipes and Natural Ingredients (by the author of The Natural Beauty Workshop blog.)

Fifteen new and fantastic books to read to nurture your creative side this summer. From recipes to writing to crafts, you’re sure to discover something wonderful inside each one!

For more great books to keep your creative side happy this summer, check out my collection of must read books for summer on my Tumblr blog here.

For a huge collection of natural beauty and skin care recipes be sure to follow my Bath + Beauty board on Pinterest here. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’TumblrFacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.