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Bug Bite Treatment


  • 3 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Almond extract
  • 6 Tablespoons water
Combine ingredients into a paste. Apply to affected areas for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Dab a little eucalyptus and tea tree essential oil around these areas before venturing out the next time-for a little prevention! Don't fool around in a West Nile Virus area, however.

Sugar Scrub


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 drops favorite essential oil
  • add crushed dried mint or lavender (optional)
  • olive oil
Mix essential oil with sugar. Add herbs. Apply olive oil to skin then add scrub. Gently massage and wash off.

Use this all over or just damaged areas like elbows and shoulders. This is also a good way to keep away ingrown hairs on your legs from shaving.

Apple Remedy for Flaky Skin


  • 1/2 an apple
  • olive oil
  • sugar
Dip apple (inside) into shallow plate of olive oil. Then, dip apple in shallow plate of sugar. Gently massage over shoulders, legs, et cetera. Rinse off in the shower.

This is a cheap way to exfoliate dry skin.  Can be done once a week.

Herbal Deodorant Stick


  • 1.5 tablespoons grated beeswax
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 drops jojoba oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
Melt beeswax in the microwave. Add cocoa butter and stir until melted. Add the additional oils, including essential oil and stir. Pour into a clean, empty deodorant stick case.

This recipe makes about 1.5 ounces.

Coconut Delight Lotion


  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 teaspoon borax
  • 1/3 cup mineral oil
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa butter
  • 2 teaspoons beeswax
  • 10 drops coconut fragrance oil
Boil the water and stir in borax until dissolved. Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax in the mineral oil. Slowly pour water minsture into oil mixture and stir with a whisk until room temperature. Stir in fragrance oil and pour into lotion bottle.

The lotion will continue to thicken slightly but use less water or more cocoa butter if you find it too thin.

Vitamin E Massage Bar


  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 10 capsules of vitamin E oil
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 10 drops rose oil
  • 8 drops peppermint oil
Melt the cocoa butter and mix in remaining ingredients. Let cool slightly and pour into molds to harden.

This massage bar will melt at body temperature. It is a nice substitute for massage oil that is drippy.

Vitamin E Massage Bar


  • 2 ounces (56.7 grams) beeswax
  • 1 ounce (28.35 grams) sweet almond oil
  • 1 ounce (28.35 grams) cocoa butter
  • 10 drops coconut fragrance oil
Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax in the microwave. Add the almond oil and fragrance. Stir thoroughly and pour into molds to harden.

Use a recycled deodorant tube as a mold. Also, a greased muffin tin will result in a good hand held size bar.

Cocoa Butter Cream


  • 150 grams cocoa butter
  • 50 grams almond oil
  • 100 grams distilled water
Melt the cocoa butter and mix in oil and water. Beat this mixture continually, away from heat source until cool.

The cucumber gives a light scent. You can also add a few drops of cucumber fragrance oil.

Cucumber Body Lotion


  • 1 cucumber (peel, remove seeds, and cut into chunks)
  • 1/4 cup barely warm chamomile tea
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin
Liquify cucumber in a blender. Add tea to the cucumber juice. Stir in glycerin. When cool, bottle and refrigerate. Apply to skin after shower or bath.

The cucumber gives a pleasant light scent. You can also add a few drops of cucumber fragrance oil.

Spray on Body Oil


  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup scented water
  • 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
Pour all ingredients into a spray pump bottle and close. Shake the bottle until well mixed. Shake before each use.

To scent water pour boiling water over herbs or zest, cool, and strain.

Coconut Butter


  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 2 teaspoons distilled water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Melt the beeswax over low heat with the water. Spoon in cocoa butter and blend. Gradually blend in oils. Pour into glass jar. The lotion will thicken as it cools.

This is a great body moisturizer. Excellent in winter and after too much sun in the summer.

Peppermint Oil for Legs


  • 1/2 cup soy oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil
Combine oils and massage into legs. Store excess in a jar. Also great on tired feet.

Peppermint is an anti-inflammatory with decongesting and soothing properties. Soy oil is used because it absorbs more quickly into the skin. This recipe gives relief for tired and cramped legs. Also, try following treatment with a footbath.