Mother’s Day is a reason to celebrate — it is that special spring Sunday where we take time to think about our family and our mothers. I like to celebrate with planting some spring flowers and seeds and also in the bath with a big Mimosa and these fizzing bath seeds. They make a welcome gift all by themselves or you can package up in a basket or gift bag with a few more of Mom’s favorite things. Here is the easy recipe — Enjoy! (and don’t forget a handmade card or note)
Fizzing Bath Seeds
These effervescent bath salts are fun to use and also make a welcome gift. First fill your tub with warn water, Then throw in a scoop of these salts and watch them fizz and bubble. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and slip into the warm, soft water. Citric acid crystals, which are used in canning to keep fresh fruit from turning brown, can be found at your grocery store.
1 /3 cup baking soda
1 /4 cup citric acid powder
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Mix together all the ingredients and place in a clean, dry container with a tight fitting lid. Be careful to keep your salts dry or they will fizz in the jar and you will miss all the fun. To use: Sprinkle about 1 /4 cup into a warm bathtub and soak for 15 to 20 minutes
Happy Mother’s Day!!!
I just wanted to send all of you that follow my beauty blog a thank you and let you know that I think “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” something good is going to happen to you today!!
Hello — Today I am thinking of this site and all of you out there. I am still learning all about this “Blogging” world and social media — I don’t know how many people read this and that is OK because sending my thoughts and recipes out into the world makes me happy and isn’t that the point? Taking care of yourself and making yourself happy benefits not only your own well-being but everyone around you! SO with that said I like to start my day by sharing a good DIY beauty recipe, photos of flowers, coffee cups and anything else that makes me smile.
Here is a facial mask recipe I am doing this morning. Starting your day with a healthy mask in my opinion is the best way to begin. If you want to send your own comments and mask recipes my way I am here!
“Beauty and Happiness can energize your body, mind and spirit”
You are amazing you are beautiful!
Happiness Facial Mask
This is an old-fashioned recipe that my Grandmother shared with me — it is one of those beauty secrets that has stood the test of time. It is rich and moisturizing designed to nourish and cleanse your complexion.
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 /2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Spread on your face and relax with a good cup of coffee or herbal tea for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water then a cool water rinse and pat your skin dry.
Yield: 2 ounces
Have a Happy Day !
Happy Spring — I have sunshine here today and warmer temps so it is finally starting to feel like spring around here after a long very wet winter. I have moss growing places I never thought it would grow haha — I am also learning about hops this year and speaking at the International Herb Conference in Michigan this fall. So more on that later in other posts. For now I am planning my skin care garden and using my spring veggies and flowers. Here are a few of my favorite “Spring” recipes.
Lettuce Cleansing Lotion
Lettuce from the garden or farmer’s market makes a wonderful facial lotion that suits sensitive skin types. This simple solution will also relieve sunburned or irritated skin.
1 /2 head fresh lettuce
4 cups water
Place the lettuce in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain off all solids and pour into a clean container. To use: Massage a small amount of cleanser onto your face and neck. Rinse well with warm water. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 16 ounces
Fresh Carrot Mask
This is an ideal facial mask for normal to oily skin. Carrot juice is rich in Vitamin A, often referred to as the “beauty vitamin” because of it’s benefits to our skin and hair. You can make your own fresh juice or purchase carrot juice at the market or natural food store.
2 Tablespoons fresh carrot juice
2 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk
Mix together the juice and buttermilk until you have a smooth creamy mixture. To use: Spread on clean sin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water followed by a cool water rinse.
Yield: 1 ounce
Lilac Bath Oil
The name lilac is a Persian word for “flower”, and it was in that country where that the plant was first discovered. Lilacs are one of my favorite spring flowers and I have several bushes growing in my yard. I love the beautiful flowers and their delicate scent. The fresh flowers make s lovely bath oil.
2 cups fresh lilac flowers, removed from the stem
1 cup castor oil
Gently crush the delicate flower buds and place them in a clean jar. Warm the castor oil in the microwave but do not boil just warm to the touch. Pour the oil over the flower buds in the jar. Let the jar sit for 2 weeks. After the mixture has sat and you are happy with the scent. Strain the oil into a clean container and discard the flower buds. To use: Pour a tablespoon or two into your bath as you fill your tub.
Yield: 8 ounces
Happy Spring — For more recipes and ideas check out my book “Natural Beauty at Home”