Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes for Your Lazy Sunday

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It’s spring, and while I’m not spring cleaning today, I did manage to clean out my drawers and closets yesterday. Now I have two bags full of clothing for The Rescue Mission. Of course today’s weather – hello, snow?! – doesn’t really have me in a spring cleaning sort of mood. Though I did find a diy floor wood polish recipe that I’m hoping to try out here before long. Because of the snow, today feels like more of a stay in and craft day, so I’m planning on working on a salve recipe. But first I wanted to share a few fun diy bath & beauty recipes I’ve come across lately.

DIY Homemade Easter Egg Bath Bomb Recipe and Other Fun DIY Bath and Beauty Projects

Next Sunday is Easter so I thought it only fitting to share these DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs from Henry Happened. Not only are they fun to make but the kids will have a blast watching them fizz in the tub.

DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Kitchen Soap Recipe and Other Fun DIY Bath and Beauty Projects

If you find you’re spending more time in the kitchen lately than you really would like to, at least make your work a little brighter. These DIY Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Kitchen Soaps will make washing your hands a joy. They are simply crafted with a melt and pour goat milk soap base, poppy seeds, lemon verbena fragrance oil, and color in a massage bar shaped soap mold. Personally, I’d substitute the fragrance oil for lemongrass essential oil since it’s not only natural but also smells equally amazing. And since lemongrass essential oil will naturally tint your soaps yellow, there’s no need to add additional color. You can find the tutorial over at Rustic Essentials.

DIY Homemade Warming Chest Rub Recipe and Other Natural Cold Care Recipes

As this past winter seems to have been hard on almost everyone health wise – so many people I know got upper respiratory infections and the flu sometimes two and three times around – and I hear that allergy season is priming up to be especially brutal this year, you may want to keep this recipe for a DIY Warming Chest Rub on hand. This homemade chest rub recipe comes from The Dabblist, a really excellent blog I only just discovered today. Some of the other great diy recipes from this blog you may want to try include a Natural Fire Cider Recipe for colds and congestion, Natural Homemade Peppermint Mouth Wash, Herbal Tired Eye Soother, and After Shower Spritzing Oil. There’s also a recipe for Homemade Cough Syrup which includes marshmallow root powder. I bought some of this last year when I had an especially bad cough and mixed into tea and really does work.

How to Make Herbal Oil Infusions and Other DIY Bath and Body Skin Care Recipes and Tutorials

Whispering Earth has a really excellent Tutorial on How to Make Herbal Infused Oils. The information is very thorough and there are also recipes for making a Comfrey Salve and a Simple St. John’s Wort Lip Balm for Cold Sores.

DIY Homemade Natural Sleep Salve Recipe crafted with natural lavender, tangerine, sandalwood and rosewood essential oils plus other natural diy bath and beauty recipes

If you’re looking for a more restful sleep, then try out this DIY Homemade Sleep Salve Recipe over at Design Sponge. It contains lavender, tangerine, sandalwood, and rosewood essential oils to help you relax your way into dreamland.

And, just in case your weather is on the warmer side of things – I actually got sunburned over St. Patrick’s Day weekend when temps were in the 70’s in stark contrast to the freezing temps and snow we have today – The Beauty Department has a tutorial for using tea to soothe a sunburn.

If you like these recipes, be sure to check out some of my own recipes I’ve crafted lately including my Homemade Lavender Patchouli Deodorant – this one has printable labels you can use, my moisturizing Pink Grapefruit Scented Solid Salt Scrub Cubes, and my Natural Cream Eye Shadow Recipe. Also be sure to check out my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest and follow along for fabulous new recipes every week!

How to Create and Customize Your Own Herbal Salve Recipe

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Herbal Salves are great products to keep in your medicine chest. Whether you buy them or make them yourself, they work because of the medicinal properties of the herbs and botanicals used to create the product. Salves can be used routinely year round to treat minor skin damage, burns, bruises, rashes, and even sprains. If you’re planning on making your own salves and ointments, I recommend purchasing organic ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Wonder Wonder Blog offers a step by step photo tutorial for making your own diy Herbal Salves. Because of the multi-purpose uses of salves, Hikaru uses her salves in place of creams, eye cream, hand cream, and even lip balms!

Hikaru’s handmade salve recipe calls for a variety of herbal infusions mixed into a base of shea butter, beeswax and a bit of Vitamin E oil. The recipe is construction in order to allow some customization and provides instructions on creating your choice of herbal infusions from herbs such as lavender, rosemary, calendula, chamomile, comfrey and mint. You can customize your salve based on your most common ailments by choosing the proper herbs for your condition. Mountain Rose Herbs is also an excellent resource for researching the properties of any carrier oils and herbs you may consider using. Grab the recipe for making your own herbal salves now at Wonder Wonder.

Looking for a more specific recipe before you start experimenting with your own? Soap Deli News Blog offers a recipe for Calendula Ointment. Calendula is known for it’s skin care properties and is widely used to soothe inflammation, control bleeding and heal damaged skin tissue making it perfect for use in ointments and salves. You’ll find the Calendula Ointment Recipe here.

You can also craft a Skin Nourishing Salve perfect for treating insect bites, minor itching and irritation, and minor cuts. It can also be used as a nipple cream. Made from wild grown plantain and violet leaves that you can find growing in most any lawn, this recipe describes the herbal infusion process and provides an exact recipe for making your salve. Get the details here.

Additionally, you can also check out this salve recipe for a Scrapes and Scratches Healing Balm. It does not call for an herbal infusion, saving you a step, and instead utilizes essential oils including tea tree oil, lavender, tagetes, and rosemary in a beeswax and sweet almond oil base.