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Body and Bath oils recipes

There are several ways to use essential oils in the bath. First, of course, they can just be added neat and undiluted to the water. This gives the bath a wonderful aroma and you the therapeutic values of whichever oils you have chosen. But the oils can also be incorporated into homemade bath crystals, bath oils and bubble baths.

Most of the prettily packaged bath crystals you can buy in the shops are nothing more than washing soda crystals with color and fragrance added. To make your own at home couldn't be easier and if you save attractive glass jars over the year. Simply crush washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice - to each 250 grams add 20 drops of essential oil. Tie a few ribbons around the jars, et voila .

Many people find plain tap-water drying to the skin and need a bath oil to counteract its effects. There are few truly dispersible bath oils except a treated castor oil known as Red Turkey Oil. You can add the essential oil directly into the bottle, just as you would with any other base oil, using 1 drop to 1 milliliter of oil; as most bottles of this oil come in 50ml sizes, add 50 drops of your chosen oil or blend of oils.

Use about 1 teaspoon of this to each bath. Alternatively, first add your essential oil neat to the bath - 4-6 drops per bath - and then put a teaspoon of Red Turkey Oil in the bath.

Non-dispersible oils may also be added to baths, only in this case the oil will float on the water and then cling to your body when you get out. 

Any nourishing oil can be used, such as avocado, almond, apricot kernel or grapeseed, or make a blend - again add 1 drop of essential oil per milliliter of bath oil and use a teaspoon in each bath. Here is a good proportional blend for baths:

Avocado 10ml
Apricot kernel 10ml
Sweet almond 30ml

Add 50 drops of essential of your choice Sweet almond 30ml

Sometimes there is nothing more appealing than lying back in a bath full of bubbles, while the aromas of the essential oils drift around you, soothing and relaxing. The following recipe is for a bubble bath that is also cleansing. Use only one hundred per cent pure soap - either soap flakes or grated pure soap.

225g soap flakes (or grated soap)
2 tablespoons witch-hazel
450ml almond oil
450ml spring water

Boil the spring water and melt the soap in it. In another container, mix the witch-hazel and almond oil together and shake well. (If possible, do this in a blender.) Then slowly add the soap mixture to the witch-hazel and oil blend and again, shake or blend well. These amounts will make a large quantity of basic bubble bath mixture to which you can add the essential oils of your choice as and when required

For each 30ml base bubble bath use 15 drops of essential oil and mix well. Use 1-2 teaspoons of the final product in each bath.

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR NORMAL SKIN

NORMAL SKIN BLEND

Palmarosa, Carrot, Geranium, Jasmin, Neroli, Ylang-ylang, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Lavender

Frankincense 3 drops,Palmarosa 10 drops, Neroli 5 drops, Lavender 12 drops

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR DRY SKIN
DRY SKIN BLEND

Benzoin, Palmarosa ,Patchouli, Carrot, Chamomile German, Geranium, Pettigraine, Bois de rose, Lavender, Rose

Palma rosa 10 drops, Chamomile German 5 drops, Carrot 5 drops, Bois de rose 10 drops

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR GREASY SKIN
GREASY SKIN SYNERG1STIC BLEND

Chamomile Roman, Orange, Lemon, Lavender, Clary Sage, Ylang-ylang, Jasmine, Neroli, Nutmeg, Cypress, Bergamot

Lemon 15 drops,Cypress 10 drops,Ylang-ylang 5 drops

Making Soaps and Candles

Making your own soap is a bit of a messy job, but it's well worth the trouble. Not only are you ensured of using the purest of ingredients on your skin, and of having the exact fragrance you want, but with all the permutations there are in terms of ingredients and shape, you can be sure of having a unique product for your efforts.

Which essential oils you use to fragrance the soap is up to you, and you can have a lot of fun making blends. Here are three formulas you might like to try; they each contain enough essential oil for 250g of grated soap:

MORNING FRESH GENTLEMAN'S SPICE
Grapefruit 4 drops, Lime 2 drops, Lemon 1 drop, Basil 2 drops, Lavender 2 drops

GENTLEMAN'S SPICE
Nutmeg 1 drop, Bay 2 drops, Lime 6 drops, Clary-sage 2 drops

COUNTRY LIFE
Lavender 6 drops, Geranium 2 drops, Chamomile Roman 1 drop, Rosemary 3 drops

Use as your base grated, one hundred per cent pure soap. Excellent additions would be oatmeal, almond meal, avocado oil, olive oil, jojoba or carrot oil. Bring to the boil an amount of water that is half the volume of the grated soap you intend to use. Put this in a bowl over a pot of boiling water on the stove, or in a Bain Marie if you have one, and add the grated soap. 

Stir until the soap is fully melted (it becomes quite sticky and sloppy). Take it off the heat and leave until it is starting to set, then add your chosen essential oils. Mix again very well. You can scoop out the soap and mould it by hand to the shape you want or put it into pre-prepared moulds.

You can use old soap boxes for the traditional shape of soap or any small carton or container of your choice, so long as they are well oiled or lined with greaseproof paper. Leave until well set and then turn out the soap. If the soaps are intended as presents, wrap them in colored tissue paper before they go in the wrapping paper.

Fragrant Candles

Making candles is a hobby many people enjoy, and with the advent of candle-making kits it is relatively easy to do. To perfume the candles all you have to do is add 30-60 drops of essential oil to 225g of candle wax and follow the instructions with your kit. Even if you don't want to go to the trouble of making your own candles, a good effect can still be made by placing 3 drops of essential oil on the wax by the wick just as the candle has been lit and is beginning to melt the wax.

Choose which essential oil to use not only for its fragrance but for its other effects. Use relaxing essential oils for that special evening a deux, stimulating ones to get the conversation going during the pre-dinner drinks, and soothing ones with the after-dinner brandy. Later still, you might want to bring out the aromatic candles...

All the essential oil candles have a very subtle effect and are not overpowering like chemical candle fragrances. The ultimate in hostess attentiveness must be coordinating the fragrance of your candles with the color of your candles and decor, and when you really get the hang of it, you can match the oils with the personalities of your guests - try putting a relaxing candle next to the person who always hogs the conversation and a stimulating one next to the introverted guest.

Recipes for Toned Muscles

Essential oils for supple, toned muscles: Black pepper, Juniper, Ginger, Thyme, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lavender, Grapefruit, Cypress, Orange, Basil, Lime, Pettigraine, Birch

Massage Oils for Over-exercised Muscles

Eucalyptus 5 drops
Peppermint 5 drops
Ginger 5 drops

Diluted in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Foot Care

For all dancers, and most sportspeople, it is the feet that take the pounding, and caring for them is of paramount importance. Feet that are well cared for can withstand the pressure placed on the twenty-six bones in each foot as well as avoiding the very real pain of blisters, corns and bunions.

Blisters can become infected, especially those on the toes, and they need to be seen to immediately. Lavender may sting, but 1 drop on an open blister will stop it from becoming infected. Corns develop over a period of time and become painful. Tagetes is the oil to use on these - massage 1 drop on the affected toe when the corn hurts. Dancers who use tagetes as a preventative are less likely to develop corns.

Massage the feet as often as you can to keep them supple and flexible and prevent injury. Dancers have different needs from those of athletes and their feet take more punishment: classical ballet dancers have to cram fragile toes into blocked ballet shoes, and modem dancers are expected to be agile on heels so high that most of us could only just walk on them. Here then are two formulas designed for specific foot needs: they are synergistic blends so make up a bottle of essential oil using these proportions:

Foot Oil

Tagetes 5 drops
Rosemary 3 drops
Benzoin 4 drops
Geranium 3 drops

5 drops - 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (for each foot)

Synergistic blend for Dancers ans Athlets

Lavender 5 drops
Thyme 3 drops
Rosemary 4 drops

5 drops drops 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (for each foot)

Essential Oils for Increased Physical Performance: Grapefruit, Black pepper, Thyme, Ginger, Basil Pimento, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint

Use the above oils on their own or in combination, to a total of 2 drops only in baths and 10 drops to 30ml base oil for a massage oil. The smaller quantities have their beneficial effect over a period of time. and as these measures are likely to be used over a long period the small doses are better.

 

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