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Essential Recipes for Late Summer

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These are some of my very favorite tried-and-true recipes for the summertime.  Essentials for the home health chest, these simple recipes come in so handy during the warm summer months.

RELAXING Herbal Oil rEcipe

This botanical-infused goodness soothes and helps occasionally achy muscles after a long summer hike!

Pour all ingredients into a 4 oz. glass bottle and roll between palms to distribute the oils evenly. Massage into muscles as needed.

If you'd like to make your own herbal infused oils, you can learn how to make them in this blog post.

 

Herbal Cooling Mist

Apply this mist on warm skin that's in need of a little cooling off. These ingredients are refreshing and friendly when blended and applied on skin that's gotten some sun! 

Pour boiling water over the Peppermint and Green Tea leaves, and infuse until cool. Strain out the leaves, and mix the strained infusion with Aloe Vera Gel and hydrosol.  Pour into a spray bottle, then add the essential oils. Shake to combine all ingredients. Use within 1-2 days or store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.  Shake before each use as ingredients will naturally separate.

 

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All Purpose skin Salve

This is a great all-purpose salve for the minor skin irritations that may occur while camping or exploring the outdoors! 

Place dried botanicals into a dry glass jar, and cover with Olive oil, leaving at least 1-2” of oil above the herbs to allow the herbs to swell.  Place jar in a sunny window and shake once or twice per day. Allow the oil to infuse for at least 4-6 weeks, or until the oil takes on the color and scent of the herb.  Once that the oil is ready, strain using cheesecloth.  Place the infused oil and Beeswax in a double boiler, and gently warm over low heat until the Beeswax melts.  Remove from heat and add Vitamin E Oil (if using).  Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil may also be added during this time. Quickly pour into prepared tins or glass jars and allow to cool completely.  Store in a cool location where they will last for 1-3 years.

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Lavender, Calendula, and Shea Butter Lip Balm

This moisturizing lip balm is made from soothing ingredients which provide a healthy coating on tired lips! 

Coarsely chop the beeswax or use beeswax pastilles. Place beeswax, butter, and oil in a small pot or glass Pyrex measuring cup and gently heat in the top of a double boiler until the beeswax and butters have melted. Once melted, remove from the stovetop and stir in the essential oil and Vitamin E Oil. Immediately pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or small containers. 

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Herbal Liniment

Simple to make, liniments have been made for hundreds of years to soothe occasionally sore muscles. Depending on which botanicals are included, liniments may benefit a variety of conditions one may encounter while enjoying the summer sun! 

Chop herbs finely and place in a clean glass jar. Cover thoroughly with menstruum of choice, and cap with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm area and shake daily or as often as possible. After 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth.  If desired, add Menthol crystals (they will dissolve overnight) and/or essential oil(s).  Pour the liniment into dark glass bottles.  Make sure to label the liniment for “External Use Only”.

 

Looking For More Recipes For Sunny Days? 

Make Our Capture Of Summer DIY Aroma Oil! 

 

 

Topics: Natural Body Care, All Recipes, New In The Shop

Irene

Written by Irene on August 21, 2013

Irene, Customer Experience Director, supervises the daily operations of all our customer-facing activities at Mountain Rose Herbs. She also serves on the board of directors for Eugene-based nonprofit Cascadia Wildlands, protecting our precious outdoors. When she isn’t ensuring your experience aligns with the goals and mission of our company, she can be found taking care of her adorable twin boys, crafting her own line of body care products, and even harvesting wild plants and gardening.