“Nature”al Body Products

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Just for fun!  It’s nice to see that simple things in the kitchen cupboard and nature can provide everything we need if we wanted or needed to use it.  These are truly the cleanest body products around!

Shampoo:

From the cupboard- Baking soda.  Put a little in your hand and make a paste with water.  Only wash the scalp.  Rinse.  Follow with homemade conditioner.

yucca lamb's quarters

From the field- Yucca roots or Lamb’s quarters roots boiled will release saponin which is essentially soap!  It won’t lather but it will clean.

Conditioner:

From the cupboard- Apple cider vinegar. (Use before you shave your legs.  Just sayin’.)  The smell does not linger.  Pour over hair and rinse.  Super shiny hair will ensue.

From the field- Rosemary tea for dark hair, chamomile tea for blonde hair. (Make tea by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herbs.)

Soap:

From the cupboard- Olive oil was used in centuries past as a cleanser.  Also doubles as moisturizer!

From the field- A sponge bath of rose, lavender (any flower) and yucca root or lambs quarters tea will be quite refreshing.

Toothpaste:

From the cupboard- Baking soda.  Whitens, cleans, disinfects.

From the field- A sage leaf.  I use this often when I feel like I have a bit of “coffee breath” as I run out the door.  I keep a pot of it on the front porch.  Simply run the leaf around your teeth and tongue and receive instant fresh breath and clean teeth.

mallow

You can get your toothbrush in a pinch from the field as well.  Pioneers often used the root of the Mallow plant.

Mouthwash:

From the cupboard- A bit of apple cider vinegar.

From the field- Chew on parsley, sage, or peppermint.

Deodorant:

From the cupboard- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in a cup of water.  Spray or apply with cotton ball.

From the field- Crushed mint leaves, or simply or rose water.

Body Scrub:

From the cupboard- Sugar or Salt blended with a little olive oil.

From the field- Straight mud!  It’s actually quite lovely.

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How to make rose water two ways:

Steam distillation (this is how you make any flower essence)- Place a brick or rock in the center of a large pot and set a bowl on top of stone.  Surround the stone with rose petals then pour a few inches of water over flowers.  Replace lid to pot and simmer water.  The water that condenses on the lid and drips into the bowl is your flower essence.  Pour this into a spray bottle and add more water or witch hazel.

Infusion– Pour two cups of boiling water over a cup of rose petals and let steep for 30 minutes.  Pour into spray bottle.  Add a little witch hazel if desired.

Use the rose water to refresh skin and brighten mood.  Will keep in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days.

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