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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Early Spa Night Post: Healing Liniment Recipe

I played around with the ingredients in the Healing Toner, increasing the measurements to create a healing liniment for my dad. 

The liniment worked really well in conjunction with my very first Healing Salve. I'd never made anything like that before and was so excited with how it turned out! Here's a peek at the salve made of:
Beeswax, olive oil, vitamin E, tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, calendula and chamomile. Woohoo! Yes, seriously, those are all the ingredients. No chemicals! It was ultra healing and chock full of natural goodness. It smelled lovely, very natural and herbish and worked amazingly well. I love it so much that I'm going to make it regularly to use as diaper rash cream for Baby Boy. Anyway, not to get off topic, but I hope to post a recipe for the salve soon!

Here's the Healing Liniment recipe if anyone wants to give it a try. 

Healing Liniment
-Freshly brewed green tea
-Witch hazel
-Tea tree oil

Just remember, 3-2-1.
In a container of your choice, add 3 parts cooled green tea, 2 parts witch hazel and 1 part water.
Add 1/2 tsp tea tree oil and shake well to combine
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. 
Remember to shake well before each use to redistribute the tea tree oil, which will float on top after sitting. 
Apply to freshly cleansed skin to heal, cool and soothe sore muscles or open wounds. 

Easy, right? Here are some FUN FACTS:
Tea tree oil- Natural antibacterial, and a gently powerful healing and cleansing oil.
Witch hazel- Successfully used as pain relieving topical treatment for bruises, insect bites, sunburn, minor burns, poison ivy, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, stiff muscles and blemishes. Wow! Don't you just love this stuff?  
NOTE: Guys, witch hazel is a fantastic natural aftershave. Ladies, on it's own it's an amazing toner you can use before makeup application or after makeup removal.
Puffy eyes? Soak cotton pads in witch hazel and rest them on your closed eye lids for 10-15 minutes for a quick refresher.
Green tea- Believed to have both healing and anti-aging properties.

Let this serve as an early reminder to make time to relax this week! Happy future pampering!

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