Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bath Salts

Makes three 16-ounce jars

4 tablespoons jojoba seed or avocado seed oil
1 tablespoon organic essential oil of lavender flowers, clary sage flowers, rosemary stems, or grapefruit peel
6 pounds coarse sea salt
Bath Salts How-To
1. In a small bowl, stir base and essential oils together to combine.
2. Place 3 tablespoons in a large bowl; add salt and stir until well coated. Reserve remaining oil mixture for another use.
3. Divide mixture evenly between three 16-ounce jars and cover. Add this bath salts label to your jars for some decorative flare.
When herbs are combined, there is a synergistic effect; they work together, making a stronger, more healing potion than the sum of their parts, and can be used in wonderful beauty products such as these body oil and bath salts.
Yarrow has a long history as a powerful healing herb used topically for wounds, cuts, and abrasions. The botanical name is achillea millafolium and is named after the Greek hero Achilles, who would heal his wounds with it according to legend. Anti-inflammatory Yarrow is used for the treatment of wounds and sores because of its astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of the content of Azulene, Yarrow oil is used for skin-care purposes in the treatment of acne, eczema, and inflammation, to minimize varicose veins, and to reduce scars.
Plantain has a cooling effect on burns and sunburns; it has astringent properties and can help stop bleeding from minor wounds and cuts. It also helps ease the effects of bites, stings, and rashes from Stinging Nettle; and aids in poison ivy itch-relief.
Dandelion has been used to treat warts, acne, and age spots.
Calendula Flower
These flowers contain antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties that promote healing. Calendula is used topically to treat acne, reduce inflammation, control bleeding and sooth irritated tissue.
Burdock Root
Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, is popular in Europe as a scalp treatment applied to improve hair strength, shine, and body, help reverse scalp conditions such as dandruff, and combat hair loss.
Yellow Dock Root
This root enhances bile production to break down fatty foods, improves the flow of bile and other digestive juices, acts as a mild diuretic and laxative to help flush out toxins, provides iron and promotes its absorption for optimal blood health, supports the bladder, kidney, and liver function, and helps reduce bowel inflammation and irritation.
Native to the Mediterranean, sage has been valued for centuries for its culinary and medicinal qualities. In fact, its name is derived from the Latin word meaning "to heal." A member of the mint family, its silvery-grayish-green leaves have a spicy, somewhat bitter flavor.
Comfrey is used to treat a wide variety of ailments, ranging from bronchial problems, broken bones, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose ulcers, severe burns, acne, and other skin conditions.

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