If you didn’t know already I LOVE natural products and I love making my own products and remedies too.
I like knowing what goes into the products and that they are doing me some good and are safe to use.
Lots of items needed can be found in your garden, your kitchen, at health food stores and online.
Here are some ‘must haves’ for your store cupboard for DIY natural remedies and toiletries:
- Carrier oils, these are oils that don’t have a strong scent and blend well with and dilute essential oils, my favourite one to use is sweet almond oil, I use it so much, I’ve nearly run out!
- Plants with medicinal properties, Aloe Vera is a brilliant plant to have potted on a sunny window sill, it has many uses and its fleshy pulp can be used internally and externally.
- Dried flowers such as marigolds, dandelions, chamomile, rose petals, Borage, Lavender if dried well on news paper on a sunny window sill can be stored in air tight containers and used in bath oils, soaps and in other home made remedies many have medicinal properties.
- Cider Vinegar is used alot as a cleanser and in hair tonics removing any residue build up.
- Food products such as honey, oats, ground almonds, milk can be used in baths and in face masks, as well as many fruits and veg and even eggs.
- Ground almonds, ground oats and fine sugar make excellent exfoliator ingredients.
- Coffee grounds are often used in the treatment of cellulite and puffy skin, it is thought the caffeine gives the skin a plump taught effect.
- Herbs from the garden can be used in scrubs in cooling eye brighteners and other home remedies including teas.
- Bees wax and hard or ‘set’ coconut oil are excellent for making hand and lip balms.
- Having a variety of dark glass bottles/ bottles with droppers are essential for storing home-made remedies.
- A foraging or identification guide-book is a MUST, so that you don’t misidentify plants and run the risk of putting something toxic in or on your body!
- Having a variety of essential oils is what makes making your own remedies and products fun, as-well as boosting the health benefit and well-being benefit of your product! You can tailor it to the individuals needs, I always follow my nose when I am choosing which oils to include,(above in the picture are a few of my latest additions)!
I will be including some recipes in my future posts.