Honey (Mel despumatum Syn) - this sweet, sticky substance is made by Honeybees from various types of flower nectar. It is used in cosmetics for its emollient properties as well as for coloring and flavoring.
Rose Oil and Honey Facial Mask
Rejuvenate and replenish your skin. Sweet almond oil, which is light and easily absorbed, softens and nourishes skin. Honey as natural humectant, moisturizes, leaving even tired skin incredibly smooth.
2 T Honey
2 T Sweet Almond oil
5 drops essential oil of Rose
1 drop Vitamin E oil
1) Mix honey, sweet almond oil and essential oil of rose.
2) Massage onto clean face and neck with fingertips.
3) Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.
4) Gently pat dry to reveal a fresh, soft complexion.
Rosemary Honey Hair Conditioner
The extremes of heat and cold we endure throughout winter can make even the greatest of hair look and feel like straw. This nourishing conditioner blends honey for shine; olive oil for moisture and essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.
1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup warmed Olive oil (2T for normal to oily hair)
4 drops of essential oil of Rosemary
1 tsp. Xanthum gum (available in health food stores)
1) Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
2) Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid.
3) Apply a small amount at a time to slightly dampened hair.
4) Massage scalp and work mixture through hair until completely coated.
5) Cover hair with a warm towel (towel can be heated in a microwave or dryer) or shower cap.
6) Leave on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes.
7) Remove towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water.
8) Dry as normal and enjoy shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) - Used for its warming and invigorating properties in topical preparations, making it useful for massage oils and creams.
Ginger Skin Creme
Ginger invigorates, and oil soothes. Try this double dose for dry skin.
2-inch piece of fresh ginger
2 teaspoons light sesame oil
2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
½ cup cocoa butter
1) Preheat oven on lowest setting.
2) Finely grate the ginger just enough so that you have about an 1/8 teaspoon of ginger "juice."
3) To obtain the juice, squeeze the freshly grated ginger over a small bowl.
4) Place the ingredients (including the ginger) in a glass container and heat just until the cocoa butter is melted and the oils are blended.
5) Pour into a clean, dry container and store in a cool dry place.
6) You can add a few drops of orange or other essential oil for a nice twist.