Can you believe that Father's Day is just a month away? If you find yourself stumped over what to get dear old dad this year, we've got some fun herbal ideas to help him feel loved, nourished, and look great too! We've pulled together some of our favorite herbal recipes for men including bodycare formulas and a tasty daily elixir made with adaptogens and cherry juice. We've also included a few gift recommendations from our shelves here at Mountain Rose that Dad will love!
Blake's Fancy Man Stashe Wax
This recipe comes from our incredible herb crafter Blake in Customer Service. She formulated this amazing moisturizing and water-soluble sculpting wax for Mason's impressive facial hair (see above), but it could also be used as a styling pomade for hair. Dad won't need to worry about stiff waxy build-up since this recipe washes out easily!
4 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
1 Tbsp carnauba wax
1 Tbsp of stearic acid
2 tbsp of castor oil
1 tbsp of acacia powder
1 tbsp of castille soap
10 drops of organic essential oil (optional) - Recommended: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Bay West Indies, Oak Moss, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Bitter Orange
Mix 1 tbsp of acacia powder with 1 tbsp of the castille soap and mix until thoroughly combined. Melt first 4 ingredients together over low heat in a double boiler. Slowly drizzle in the soap mixture until combined using a stick blender. Add essential oils and adjust consistency with additional carrier oil of choice. For a stiffer wax, add less castor oil. Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. You can find nice cobalt blue glass jars here.
Dad's Homemade Shaving Cream
Here's a wonderfully moisturizing shaving cream recipe from the fantastic Wellness Mama! A few drops of Dad's favorite essential oil can be added for a refreshing scent. Try lavender and patchouli.
1/4 cup organic olive, almond, or coconut oil
2-3 tbsp organic shea or cocoa butter
1/4 cup organic aloe vera gel
1 tbsp Kaolin clay or white cosmetic clay (optional)
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup organic liquid castille soap
Vitamin E oil to preserve
Gently melt the oil and butter together in a double boiler until just melted. Remove from heat and add the other ingredients. Using a stick blender, mix well for several minutes. Transfer cream to a jar or container to store. Check while it is cooling to make sure it doesn’t start to separate. If it does, shake or mix well to re-incorporate. Lasts up to two months and maybe longer.
Rosalee's Homemade Aftershave
Aftershaves typically have a strong scent, but they do more than act as a cologne. Typically when Dad shaves, warm water is used to open the pores and soften the facial hair. Aftershaves can be used after the shaving process to tighten and tone the pores on the face. This can prevent dirt and oil from entering the pores. This aftershave recipe is anti-microbial to help keep razor cuts from becoming infected. Many thanks to Rosalee and LearningHerbs.com for this recipe!
2 cups of witch hazel extract
1 ounce of rum
zest from one organic orange
1 organic cinnamon stick
3-5 organic cloves
3-5 organic whole allspice
1/2 teaspoon organic glycerin (optional)
1/2 teaspoon organic aloe vera (optional)
25 - 40 drops organic Bay West Indies essential oil
Begin by grating the orange peel to get its zest. You can simply use a fine cheese grater. You want the orange part of the peel, not the white beneath. This usually yields about two tablespoons of orange. It’s fine if you have more or less than this. Once you have the zest, put it in your pint jar along with the cinnamon stick (you can break it up if you want), the cloves, and the allspice.
Next add the optional glycerin and aloe vera. These are great additions for men with especially sensitive skin. Add the rum - you can buy a small one ounce bottle from the liquor store. Fill the jar with witch hazel extract. This will be just under two cups. Finally add 25-40 drops of the bay west indies essential oil to your aftershave recipe. Cover the mixture with a tight fitting lid and shake well, then shake it well every day or so for 4 - 6 weeks.
Once the homemade aftershave is done, strain off the ingredients and put it in a dark colored bottle. This makes enough to fill two 8 oz bottles. Attach a label and now you have a wonderful gift for Dad!
For men who don’t shave, this homemade aftershave also works well as a cologne. If they have especially sensitive skin this mixture can be diluted with a little water just before application.
Dad's Daily Tonic Elixir
This tasty formula is based on Rosemary Gladstar's Men's Long-Life Elixir recipe which can be found in her Family Herbal. With a blend of adaptogens, mood boosters, and tonic herbs, this fruity concoction helps strengthen and revitalize the body and mind.
2 parts organic Cacao Nibs
2 parts organic Ginger Root
2 parts organic Licorice Root
1 part organic Eleuthero Root
1 part organic Astragalus Root
1 part organic Star Anise
1 part organic Skullcap Leaf
1/4 part organic Saw Palmetto Berries
2 whole organic American Ginseng Roots per quart of elixir
1 whole organic Vanilla Bean
organic Black Cherry Concentrate
Place the herbs in a glass jar and cover with good quality brandy. Seal with a tight fitting lid and let sit for 4-8 weeks.
Strain, compost the herbs, and reserve the liquid and the ginseng roots. To each cup of tincture, add 1/2 cup of black cherry concentrate - not a fruit juice! Place the ginseng roots in the elixir bottles, shake well, and rebottle. A standard daily does is 1/8 cup enjoyed in Dad's favorite glass goblet!
Happy Man Tea
Happy Man Tea is our all around tonic and balancer just for men! A tasty and healthy decoction created for Dad's general health. Contains: organic Dandelion root, organic Eleuthero root, organic Burdock root, organic Marshmallow root, organic Hawthorn berry, organic Fennel seed, organic Nettle root, organic Oatstraw, organic Saw Palmetto, and organic Stevia. This tea goes perfectly with Make Tea Not War mug and tea strainer, or our new Tea-to-Go Travel Glass Infuser.
The Male Herbal
The Male Herbal by James Green outlines the medicinal uses of numerous herbs for male-specific issues, while emphasizing prevention and health rather than illness. Introducing a new constitutional model, this revised edition provides every man with a personalized plan geared to his individual body type, lifestyle, and needs. This trusted herbal handbook, specifically for men and boys, covers physical and emotional health and is organized alphabetically by herb for easy reference with recipes.
Maybe your dad is a fan of beer? Here in the Pacific Northwest, home brewing has become a community obsession, so this book would make a great gift for anyone interested in herbs and the art of brewing. Ancient beers were quite different from what we know today. This beautiful and provocative exploration of the sacredness and folklore of ancient fermentation is revealed through 200 plants and hive products. It includes 120 recipes for ancient and indigenous beers and meads from 31 countries and six continents, and the most complete evaluation of honey ever published.
Summer Grilling Spice Gift Set
"Dad's Need to Relax Too!" Tincture Set
Our combination extracts are formulated to help with a variety of our mental and physical needs. The Muscle Care, Sleep Care, and Tension Care blends will keep Dad feeling relaxed and well rested during times of stress and sleeplessness.
Father's Day Pampering Kit
Who doesn't enjoy a little pampering? The Injur Heal Oil is a great remedy for exhausted sports-bodies and hikers, and can be used immediately after strenuous exercise, exertion, or injury to help prevent, relieve and reduce swelling, bruises and pain. The Restorative Skin Oil is a wonderfully nourishing skin oil for dry or "lizardy" and "leathery" skin, and pairs really nicely with the Sage, Mint, and Yarrow Facial Toner. Another good choice is our easy to use Herbal Facial Kit which contains everything dad needs to care for his skin. All of these make sweet gifts for avid gardeners, hikers, and sun-lovers!
Wishing you a Happy Father's Day!