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The Health Benefits of Natural Products such as babassu-kernel, Baby shampoo, baking soda, basil essential oil, bay-laurel essential oil, Flat Beer, beeswax (unrefined), benzoin essential oil, bergamot oil, birch leaves (dried), bitter-orange oil, blue-cypress essential oil, borax powder, Brandy or Vodka, Brewed coffee, burdock root.

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Alphabetical List of Ingredients

Benefits

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babassu-kernel

Babassu-kernel oil for softness: Pressed from South American babassu-palm trees, moisturizing, non-greasy babassu-kernel oil can soften both sensitive and oily skins. Recipe for Day Cream

Baby shampoo

Baby shampoo for a base: Unscented natural baby shampoo, available in health-food stores, makes a good base for a shower gel. It's gentle on the skin, lathers well and is suitable for personalizing with the scent of your favorite essential oil. Recipe for Shower Gel

baking soda

Baking Soda for enhanced effects: Adding bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) to a sea-salt bath can leave the skin feeling clean and smooth. Baking soda also enhances the stimulating effect on the circulatory system, provides a refreshing quality and helps soothe skin irritations and itchiness. For fizzy bubbles, you can add 3-4 effervescent antacid tablets to your bathwater before stepping in. The tablets will not harm your skin and simply add to a "spa" effect. Baking soda can be purchased at pharmacies and grocery stores; carbonated bath tablets are available in some bath shops. Recipe for Sea-Salt Bath

basil essential oil

To relax: Peru-balsam essential oil, with its earthy and vanilla-like scent, can have a powerful calming and soothing effect on the whole body. Spicy basil oil is well suited to regenerating body and spirit. Caution: Do not use basil essential oil if you are pregnant or have epilepsy. Recipe for Relaxing Baths

bay-laurel essential oil

Pregnant women and epileptics should avoid using bay-laurel, lemon and rosemary essential oils, since they can trigger contractions or seizures; lemon oil can also cause photosensitivity.

Flat Beer

Rinse with beer to add shine and body: If you want to do something nice for your hair, rinse it once a month with flat beer. After applying the beer, you can rinse the hair with warm water or not, as you choose. The beer acts as a natural setting lotion, giving blow-dried hair increased vitality, resilience and hold. The B vitamins and natural sugar add body and shine. Don't worry: The stale-beer smell will disappear very quickly. Recipe for Hair Rinse

beeswax (unrefined)

Unrefined beeswax for nourishing and soothing the skin: Skin-nourishing propolis, a natural antibiotic, and trace amounts of vitamins and minerals are found in unrefined beeswax. Beeswax gives after-sun lotions a thick, creamy consistency. In addition, the beeswax prevents the loss of moisture from dehydrated skin. Recipe for After Sun Lotion

Beeswax for skin protection: Natural beeswax is obtained from honeycombs and has a brownish yellow tint. Use refined beeswax rather than white beeswax, which has been bleached with chemicals. Beeswax helps to condition delicate skin and leaves lips with a creamy feel. It also contains propolis, a waxy material that fights infection and inflammation. Recipe for Lip Care

Natural thickeners: Beeswax and shea butter provide body lotions with a creamy consistency. Borax powder, available in grocery stores, is a gentle mineral emulsifier that gives the lotion some stability. Recipe for Body Lotion

Beeswax for skin protection: Pure beeswax is obtained by cleaning and melting an empty honeycomb. It retains its original dark-yellow color. Beeswax acts as an emulsifier, providing a creamy consistency to homemade eye cream. At the same time, this natural product protects the delicate skin around the eyes by sealing in beneficial moisture and preventing it from evaporating. Recipe for Eye-Wrinkle Cream

Healthful beeswax: Melted wax from the bees honeycomb serves two purposes: It helps support the skin's natural ability to retain moisture and it acts as a thickening agent for the cream. Recipe for Neckline Care

Beeswax and honey to soothe and protect: Beeswax is obtained by melting and cleaning empty honeycombs. It helps protect the skin naturally against bacteria because it contains antibacterial propolis. Honey soothes skin and firms tissue by plumping cells up with water. Recipe for Anti-Wrinkle_Cream

Natural ingredients for consistency: Lanolin, which is especially skin-friendly, helps to make day cream spreadable. Beeswax and cocoa butter also add to its consistency. Recipe for Day Cream

Beeswax to prevent moisture loss: Unfiltered, unrefined beeswax is obtained naturally by melting empty honeycombs. It gives foot balms a creamy consistency and a hint of sweet honey fragrance. Beeswax contributes to the health of the skin by coating it to prevent dehydration. Plus, the propolis, or "bee resin" in the wax is a mild natural antibiotic that aids healing of minor infections. Recipe for Foot Balm

Beeswax as an emulsifier: Pure, unrefined beeswax has a golden color and the sweet smell of honey. It is used to thicken natural lotions, salves, lip balms and creams. It also acts as an emulsifier to help bind oils and water together. Recipe for Healing Salve

Natural ingredients for better consistency: The thin consistency of mosquito repellent can be thickened by adding a little bit of beeswax and shea butter, which makes it easier to apply. The addition of borax powder helps to stabilize the water-oil emulsion. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

benzoin essential oil

For fullness and harmony: Benzoin and cedarwood oils give the perfume a lasting fullness. They bind the mixture of essential oils together and harmonize well with the fresh citrus oils. Recipe for Perfume

bergamot oil

Citrus oil for refreshment: Gently uplifting and soothing citrus oils, such as neroli and bergamot, provide a fruity, floral freshness to a perfume's fragrance. Recipe for Perfume

For freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and bitter orange oils are used as light scent oils. They give a refreshing top note and also provide the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent. Recipe for Perfume

birch leaves

Pour the water over the birch leaves; steep until it cools a bit. Strain. Effect: When used regularly, this hair rinse will help to maintain the health of the scalp and may even be a good choice for preventing hair loss. It also keeps the hair soft and gives a silky sheen. Contraindications: Do not use this rinse on blond or grey hair, as it may darken the color.

bitter-orange oil

For freshness: Oils from the skins of a variety of citrus fruits provide the perfumes fruity, fresh note. Lemon, grapefruit, bergamot and bitter orange oils are used as light scent oils. They give a refreshing top note and also provide the perfume with its delicate, invigorating scent. Recipe for Perfume

blue-cypress essential oil

 

borax powder

Natural thickeners: Beeswax and shea butter provide body lotions with a creamy consistency. Borax powder, available in grocery stores, is a gentle mineral emulsifier that gives the lotion some stability.

Natural ingredients for better consistency: The thin consistency of mosquito repellent can be thickened by adding a little bit of beeswax and shea butter, which makes it easier to apply. The addition of borax powder helps to stabilize the water-oil emulsion. Recipe for Mosquito Repellant

Brandy or Vodka

Brandy or vodka as an emulsifier: An emulsifier is needed in a natural mouthwash to ensure that the essential oils will blend well with warm water. Either vodka or brandy is recommended for this purpose, as it will help stimulate circulation in the gums and firm the tissue, in addition to acting as an effective emulsifier. Recipe for Mouthwash

Brewed coffee

Highlighting the hair: Use herbal rinses to bring out your hair's natural highlights. Steep the recommended herbs in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes, and strain. After shampooing, squeeze out excess water and saturate hair with herbal rinse. Towel dry using a dark towel. For blonde or light-brown hair, blend 1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, comfrey and calendula. To make dark hair more vibrant, add 1 tablespoon of each of dried comfrey, powdered black-walnut hull and sage. To cover up gray, mix 1/2 cup of neutral henna with enough brewed coffee-usually about 1 cup-to make a gooey paste. Leave on hair for 30 minutes. Recipe for Natural Cosmetics

burdock root

Burdock root soothes and adds shine: The tannic acid contained in burdock root is very soothing to oily, irritated skin. As a mild astringent, burdock root will help smooth the cuticle and remove oil from hair, adding shine. Recipe for Hair Treatments

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