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Herbal Essences: Make Your Own Herbal Products

With the herbs and flowers you grow in your own garden, you can make your own pure, chemical-free body care products.

| Fall 2014

  • Homemade body care products can incorporate the fragrances and qualities that are perfect for you, without any unnecessary additives.
    Photo courtesy fotolia/Gordan Jankulov

In every culture, in every part of the world, people have sought ways to look and feel better. Ancient peoples applied color to the hair and face. The ancient Egyptians and early Romans used cosmetics. Even the fierce Celtic warriors are said to have painted their bodies blue with woad (Isatis tinctoria), and used cosmetics to their advantage.

We are experiencing a revival today of older, more organic and sustainable practices and that includes healthier cosmetics and body care preparations. For women and men who want to look their best but prefer avoiding the worrisome list of chemicals and questionable ingredients found in many over-the-counter cosmetic products, making homemade face and body products is welcoming and attractive.

Using herbs and plants you’ve grown in your own garden, you can create an admirable assortment of body care products, not simply for looks, but for better health, as well. Keep in mind that since there are no preservatives in homemade cosmetics, their shelf life may be shorter than commercial products. 

Basic Ingredients



Beeswax: Pure beeswax is a natural skin softener and is used in balms, salves, creams and conditioners to thicken a preparation.

Shea butter: Shea butter is an ivory-colored fat that is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) and is used in cosmetics as a moisturizer; it is edible and used in foods and has natural antibacterial properties.



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