The quest for beauty has certainly spanned the history of humanity.
So what is beauty anyway? I like this quote from Sophia Lauren:
“All seasons of life are beautiful. Aging is a problem only when you stop liking yourself as a person. Fortunately, I still like myself inside and out. Not in a vain way – I just feel good in my skin”.
Here’s a bath oil that you can make to give as a Holiday gift to friends and of course to yourself.
MEDITERRANEAN BATH OIL
½ cup Olive oil
½ cup Sunflower oil
½ cup wheat germ oil
½ cup Safflower oil
½ oz. essential oil of Bergamot
¼ oz. essential oil of Basil
Blend these together and store in an amber colored glass bottle. For gift giving use decorative labels or wrapping to personalize your product…..but always use dark glass when storing herbal formulas. Keep oil blends in refrigerator
I do not recommend the use corn or cottonseed oils unless they are labeled organic. Theses oils are usually gathered from fields that have been sprayed with pesticides or fungicides and you may wish to limit your intake and accumulation of these poisons that non-organic oils can contain.
……………and a little something extra for those tootsies that march through the mall at christmas time.
CALLOUSED HANDS, BRITTLE NAILS OR CALLOUSED FEET
Warm enough Olive oil to cover your feet. Make sure its WARM by testing it on the inner skin of your arm by the elbow…..if it stings, its to hot!
Pour Olive oil into a pan or tub large enough to soak your feet in.
Mix into the warm Olive oil;
½ oz. Sage essential oil and or
½ oz.Red Clover essential oil.
If you can not find these essential oils use the dry herbs ( ¼ cup of each ). Put dry herbs in cloth tea bag sack ( sold at most health food stores in the tea section or housewares section) using this tea sack keeps the dry herbs from sticking to your feet when and but the herbs essence to mix with the oil.
Soak feet for 15 – 20 minutes. This is the time for the whole body to relax or meditate. Don’t rush this part, this is a gift to yourself. Blot excess oil off your feet and put on a clean pair of socks to hold in the moisture. Repeat each day until condition heals. *note: save the oil and refrigerate it until the next treatment, then just warm it up again. If using essential oils instead of dry herbs, you will need to refresh the recommended amounts of these oils.