herbal vinegar, for use as hair rinse and facial astringent
I’ve been making my own shampoo, herbal vinegars and face scrubs. I feel a little bit like I am making potions. A little Felix Felicis or Pollyjuice potion would be fun to make too, if only I could get the recipes (and a little magic). Anyway, I’ve had a little bit of help with the basics of natural home and body potions with the following wonderful books.
1. Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal: A guide to living life with energy, health and vitality. This one is my favorite of the group. It is truly a classic and Rosemary Gladstar is the mother of herbal body care. I love to just thumb through and read about all of the healthy and natural things you can make and do.
2. Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi. This one is a nice compliment to the Family Herbal.
3. Make Your Place, affordable, sustainable nesting skills by Raleigh Briggs. a completely wonderful and delightful little book with A LOT of good info on health & first aid, non-toxic cleaning, body care and gardening.
4. Clean Body: the humble art of zen-cleansing yourself by Michael Dejong. Learn all of the magical wonders of lemon, baking soda, salt and white vinegar. It is all categorized by body part, which I think is pretty cool! I won this one from Jessica at Green Mamma and I love it. Thanks Jessica!!
This is what’s in my potions cabinet. I have slowly adding to my collection of essential oils and herbs. I keep everything in a little basket so I can pull everything out when I need it. Someday I’d love to get little apothecary jars for everything.
Also, I actually used this shampoo recipe (with chamomile and lavender) for me & the boys. I love it so far. Next I am going to try to make lotion!!