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The Complete Technology Book on Herbal Beauty Products with Formulations and Processes

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The Complete Technology Book on Herbal Beauty Products with Formulations and Processes

Author: H. Panda
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 8178330210
Code: NI131
Pages: 550
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Published: 2005
Publisher: Asia Pacific Business Press Inc.
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Herbs can be used for beauty in original or compound form. They act against the internal impurities and external toxins of our body, add additional nutrients to it, make it glow and shine. Herbs provide natural, flawless treatment to our skin; nourish it from within, leading to its internal development. It combines the skills of specialists in chemistry, physics, biology, medicine and herbs. These are less likely to cause any damaging effect to health. These days a number of products that are using the herbal formulae have got lot of attention and have been witnessing a huge rise in demand not only nationally but on international arena. Bath and beauty products use herbs for both their scents and therapeutic qualities. Herbal products are replacing the synthetics products because of its harsh nature. Herbal products are in huge demand in the developed world for health care for the reason that they are efficient, safe and have lesser side effects. The formulations based on herbs are safe and effective. Drugs obtained from plant origin occupy important position in different pharmacopoeias. Products from natural sources are an integral part of human health care system because of major concern about synthetic drugs and their side effects and toxicity. The demand of herbal cosmetic products is high soaring in the world today. India has always been a rich producer of herbal products. The natural resources in the country are in abundance and have been a major source for the booming industry of herbal and cosmetic products.
Some of the basic fundamentals of the book are herbal body care, herbal combinations for the bath, herbal perfumes, herbal perfumes flower based rose, herbal perfumes (special type), herbal toilet waters, lavender water, amber lavender, herbal toilet preparations, herbal skin care products, herbal treatments, herbal medicines, analysis of medicinal plants, manufacturers of standardized herbal extracts, phytochemicals and essential oils in India etc. This book contains the formula and manufacturing processes of herbal products.
An attempt to blend ancient and modern science as well as art could be fruitful and such attempts must be carried out on sound scientific basis. The book is very resourceful for research scholars, technocrats, institutional libraries and entrepreneurs who want to enter into the field of manufacturing herbal beauty products.

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1. Herbal Body Care
The Herbal Bath
Floating Herbal Bath Oils
Floating Aromatic Bath Oil
Dispersing Bath Oils
Dispersing Bath Formula
Herbal Bath Vinegar
Aromatic Bath Vinegar
Two-Layered Bath Oil
Aromatic Bath Salts
Herbal Combinations for the Bath
Steam Baths
An Herbal Bath Experience
Foot or Hand Bath
Herbal Body Powders
Aromatic Baby Powder
Lavender Sunrise Body Powder
Men's Powder
”Ooh! Ah!" Foot Powder”
Herbal Hair Care
“Normal” Hair
Dry Hair
Oily Hair
Herbal Shampoo
Herbal Hair Rinse
Herbal Hair Treatments
Scalp Treatment
Herbs for Hair Care
Essential Oils for Hair Care
Lice Treatment
Baldness Treatment
Hair-Growth Formula
An Herbal Miscellany
Nail Care
Antifungal Nail Oil
Herbal Conditioning Nail Soak
Natural Deodorant

2. Herbal Massage
Legal Implications and Safety Precautions
Extra Touches
Special Types of Massage
Cellulite Massage
Pregnancy Massage
Oil for a Pregnant Belly
Muscle Massage
Facial Massage
Baby Massage
Herbal Baby Oil
Tummy-Rub Oil
Spot Massage and Liniments
The Herbal Therapy Massage
Heart and Circulation
Formula for Varicose Veins
Digestive System
Tummy Soother Massage Oil
Digestive Tonic Tea
Natural Ginger Ale
Bowel Problems
Liver Tonic
Respiratory System
Homemade Nasal Inhaler
Disinfectant Room Spray
Throat Spray/Gargle
Vapor Balm
Musculoskeletal System
Nervous System
Neuralgia Relief
Glandular System
Adrenal Support
Urinary Tract
Bladder Infection Relief
Reproductive System
PMS and Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual Cramp Oil
Yeast Infections
Yeast Relief
Vaginal Bolus
Bolus Recipe
Poor Circulation
Nine Essential Oils for Women's Complaints
Prostate Oil
Male Hormonal Tonic
Viral Skin Infections
Genital-Wart Oil
Miscellaneous Complaints
Cuts and Scrapes
Antiseptic Skin Spray
Fungal Infections
Antifungal Powder
Soak Those Pups
Rashes Caused by Poisonous Plants
Poison Oak/Ivy/Sumac Remedy
Inflammation and Burns
Sunburn Spray
Insect Bites and Other Critter Attacks
First-Aid Remedy
Clay Poultice
Insect-Aside Bug Repellant
Cootie Oil
Ears and Eyes
Aromatherapy Ear Rub
Herbal Ear Oil
Boosting Immunity
Basic Immune Tonic Blend
Tummy-Rub Oil
Neck Wrap
Dilly Pillow

3. Herbal Perfumes
Handkerchief Essences
Compound Essences
Sir Walter Scott
Essence Jasmine
Glori Daucher
Jockey Club
Musk Rose
Essence Victoria
American Beauty
Essence Tuberose Lily
Essence Rose
Nizam Monte Cristo
Jung Bahadur
Jubilee Rajanigandha
Cananga Kusum
Lily Blossom
Chandra Mallika
Cherry Laurel
Cashmere Bakul
Cherry Vanilla
Prince Rose
Bouqet Empress
Viceroy Verbena
Napoleon Lily
Essence Bouquet
Bridal Bouquet
Oriental Bouquet

4. Herbal Perfumes Flower based
Rose Extender 1
Rose No.1
Rose F
Rose H
Rose Rouge
Rose Blanehe
Rose M S
Jasmin No. 1
Jasmin No. 2
Jasmin Fantasy No. 3
Jasmonone No. 4
Jasmonone No. 4a
Jasmin Base No. 5
Jasmin Base No. 5a
Orangeflower and Nerol
Orangeflower A
Neroli A
Violet No.1
Violet No. 2
Parma Violets Absolute, Art.
Violet Base
Base Claveline No.1
Base Claveline No. 2
Oeillet de Nice No. 3
Carnation Flowers No. 4
Oeillet des Dunes No. 5
Fougere (Fern)
Fougers No. 1
Fougere No. 2
Gardenia No. 1
Gardenia No. 2
Gardenia FS
Chevrefeuille No. 1
Hyacinth No. 1
Lilac Base 1
Lilac No. 2
Lilac No. 3
Muguet No. 1
Muguet No. 2
Linden (Lime Blossom)
Tillual No. 1
Mignonette (Reseda)
Reseda No. 1
Base Narceine No. 1
Narcissus No. 2
New-Mown Hay
Opopanax Art. L
Orchid (Orchidee)
Sweet Pea
Pois de Senteure No. 1
Sweet Pea No. 2
Syringa (Philadelphus)
Aldehyde G Blend
Syringa No. 1
Trefle (Clover)
Trefle No. 1
Base Tuberose No. 1
Base Tuberose No. 2 ('Tuberic Alcohol')
Tuberose No. 3
Verveine No. 1
Ylang No. 1

5. Herbal Perfumes (Special type)
Bergamot-Vanilla Base
Aldehydic Base A. 1
Aldehydic Base A. 2
Curacao Base
Cuir Base C. 1
Cuir Base 2
Woody Base B. 1
Moss Base M. 1
Base 1. 5
Moss Base M. 2
Floral Bouquest Perfumes
Parfum QH Np. 1
Bouvardia BM
Parfum AO
Parfum TL
Parfum F
Parfum HB
Parfum AR
Aldehydic Perfumes
Parfum VN
Parfum C
Parfum SP
Chypre Types
Parfum C. 2
Base Chypre H
Parfum MD
Chypre 1. D.
Parfum V. W.
Base S.H.
Parfum J
Green Perfumes
Hyacinth Green Base No. 10
Parfum P No. 2
Dominant Note Types
Parfum D
The Ambergris Note
Parfum BM
Manufacturing Processes
Alcoholic Strengths

6. Herbal Toilet Waters
Lavender Water
Amber Lavender
Lily Lavender
English Lavender Water
Ambergris Lavender Water
Eau De Lavender Millefleurs
Odoriferous Lavender Water
Florida Water
Violet Water
Eau De Cologne

7. Herbal Taral Alta
Mode of Preparation
Cherry Laurel

8. Herbal Toilet Preparations
Hair Lotions
Cantharides Lotion
Millefleurs Lotion
Hungary Lotion
Lavenia Lotion
Odour Delectabilis
Hair Stimulating Lotion
The Mode of Preparation
Pomade A La Rose
Pomade A La Jasmine
Vanishing Cream
Cold Cream
Face Powders
Talcum Toilet Powder
Face Lotion
Sun Burn Lotion
Hair Curling Lotion
Nail Polishes
Finger-tip Colouring
Freckle Lotion
Rouge Sticks
Hair Fixative
Non-Greasy Hair Cream
Cantharides Hair Wash
Coconut Oil Shampoo
Lime Juice Cream
Lime Juice Glycerine
Wrinkle Remover
Bindi Liquid
Bindi Stick
Liquid Brilliantine
Corn Salve
Stick Cosmetic
Scent Cards
Perfume Tablet

9. Herbal Skin-Care Products
Dry-Skin Cleansing Solution
Oily-Skin Cleansing Solution
Facial Scrub
Herbal Scrub for Teenage Skin
Facial Steams
The Basic Recipe
Facial Masks
Mask for Dry skin
Mask for Oily Skin
Mask for Acne Skin
Intensive Treatment for Acne
Mask for Combination Skin
Exfoliating Mask for All Skin Types
Toner for Oily or Problem Skin
Toner for Dry or Mature Skin
Toner for Delicate or Couperose Skin
Astrigent lotions for all skin types:
Lemon Astrigent Lotion
Nutmeg Astrigent Lotion
Sandalwood Astrigent Lotion
Rosemary Astrigent Lotion
Lilly Astrigent Lotion
Witch Hazel Astrigent Lotion
Peppermint Astrigent Lotion
Anti-dandruff preparations
Anti-dandruff lemon preparations
Anti-dandruff sesame preparations
Night creams
Garlic night cream
Apple night cream
Almond night cream
Nourishing creams/ Day time creams
Marigold nourishing cream
Anti-wrinkle cucumber cream
Anti-wrinkle Apricot cream
Sunscreen lotions for all types of skin
Lime complexion lotion
Lavender complexion lotion
Almond complexion lotion
Sesame complexion lotion
Brooke lime complexion lotion
Lime shampoo
Lavender shampoo
Sandalwood shampoo
Neem shampoo
Methi-shikakai shampoo
Face packs for dry skin
Egg face pack
Face pack for oily skin
Cucumber face pack
Face pack for patchy skin
Peppermint face pack
Red Elm face pack
Skin toning lotions
Sunflower skin toning lotion
Cleansing creams/cold creams
Oatmeal cleansing cream
Chamomile cleansing cream
Face packs or Face masks
Face packs for normal skin
Apricot face pack
Bail Fruit face pack
Herbal Tea-I
Herbal Tea-II
Herbal Tea-III
Herbal Tea-IV
Herbal Tea-V
Herbal Tea-VI
Herbal Tooth Paste
Arodent gum & dental paste
Medimix – Herbal Soap
Sualin – herbal tablet for cough & cold
Herbal Cosmetic embodiment containing aloe vera
Skin Therapeutic Mixture Containing Aloe Vera Extract
Decongestant Composition Containing Aloe Vera
Therapeutic Skin Lotion
Therapeutic Skin Gel
Therapeutic Body Cleansing Lather
Herbal Tooth paste containing aloe vera

10. Herbal Treatments
1. Activation of Blood Circulation
2. Anaemia & Weakness
3. Arthritis & Rheumatism
4. Asthma Bronchitis
5. Brain Tonic
6. Cancer
7. Chronic Constipation
8. Chronic Fever
9. Cough & Cold
10. Cysts
11. Dental Diseases
12. Diabetes
13. Diarrhoea & Dysentery
14. Epilepsy & Hysteria
15. Eye Tonic
16. Female Sterility
17. Fistula
18. Fractures & Dislocation of Bones
19. Gastritis
20. General Health Tonic
21. Hair Problems
22. Heart Tonic
23. High Blood Pressure
24. Hyper Acidity & Peptic Ulcer
25. Impotency
26. Indigestion & Lack of Appetite
27. Intestinal Worms
28. Leucoderma
29. Leucorrhoea
30. Liver Tonic
31. Male Sterility
32. Migraine
33. Obesity
34. Paralysis
35. Piles
36. Prostate Enlargement
37. Sexual Debility
38. Skin Diseases & Allergy
39. Sleeplessness
40. Stones in Urinary Tract
41. Throat Diseases
42. Thyroid Problems
43. Anaemia & Weakness
44. Anaemia & Weakness
(Anaemia in pregnant women)
45. Analgesic & Antiinflammatory
46. Anthelmintics (Antiameobic, antiworms)
47. Anti-Fungal & Anti-Bacterial
48. Anti Histaminics
49. Arthritis & Rheumatism
50. Asthma Bronchitis
51. Asthma Bronchitis + Allergy
52. Brain Tonic
53. Cholesterol
54. Cold and Cough
55. Diabetes-I
56. Diabetes-II
57. Diarrhoea & Dysentery
58. Female Disorders
59. Fever & Cold
60. Fractures & Dislocation of Bones
61. General Health Tonic
62. High Blood Pressure
63. Indigestion & Lack of Appetite
64. Lactation-I
65. Lactation-II
66. Laxative-I
67. Laxative-II
68. Liver Tonic
69. Obesity
70. Piles
71. Respiratory Congestion
72. Spondylitis
73. Throat Diseases
74. Urinary Infection
75. Uterine-I
76. Uterine-II
77. Vigor & Vitality-I
78. Vigor & Vitality-II
79. Vigor & Vitality-III
80. Vigor & Vitality-IV
81. Allergy
82. Arthritis
83. Asthma
84. Blood Purifier
85. Brain Tonic
86. Common Cold
87. Cough & Cold
88. Dental Problem
89. Diabetes
90. Diarrhoea
91. Digestive
92. General Health
93. Heart Tonic-I
94. Heart Tonic-II
95. Indigestion & Lack of Appetite
96. Impotency
97. Iron-Calcium Tablets
98. Lactation in Animals
99. Laxative
100. Liver Restorative-I
101. Liver Restorative-II
102. Malaria
103. Muscles and Bones
104. Nervotonic
105. Obesity & Strengthen Heart Muscles
106. Spasmodic
107. Urinary Stones and Crystalluria
108. Uterine
109. Vitality & Power
110. Aids
111. Anti-Malarial
112. Baby Health Tonic
113. Blood Purifier
114. Bronchial Asthma
115. Cardiovascular
116. Cough Reliever-I
117. Cough Reliever-II
118. Cough Reliever-III
119. Diarrohoea
120. Female Disorders
121. General Health Tonic
122. Gastritis
123. Liver Restorative
124. Memory Tonic
125. Cold and Cough Cream
126. Piles Ointment-I
127. Piles Ointment-II
128. General Skin Care Cream
129. Burn Ointment
130. Balm
131. Baby Massage Oil
132. Breast tone up gel
133. Hair Dry Shampoo
134 Skin Stretch Ointment
135. Mouth ulcer cream
136. Skin Powder
137. Paraplegia
138. Skin diseases
139. Balachatur Bhadraka
140. Heart disease
141. Kumari Asava (use in Ashtma)
142. Amritashtakapachana (Dysetry, diarrhoea)
143. Demulcent in irritation
144. Epilepsy
145. Rheumatism and gout
146. Skin diseases / Malaria
147. Ulceration of Skin
148. Dysentery
149. Heart diseases / Leprosy
150. Nervous diseases / Rheumatism / Lumbago
151. Irritation & fever
152. Disordered mensuration
153. Flatulency, diarrhoea, vomiting
154. Remittent fevers
155. Bronchitis & Pneumonia
156. Fevers, melancholia
157. Diseases of genito-urinary Organ
158. Urinary disorders
159. Chronic diarrhoea / dyspepsia
160. Fever, diarrhoea / dysentry
161. Cough / Asthma / Phthisis
162. Tetanus
163. Vomiting
164. Fever and cough
165. Cough and Asthma
166. Vomiting / Nausea
167. Facial paralysis
168. Anthelmintic Powder
169. Relieve pain of inflammatory swellings
170. Jaundice & Anasarca
171. Hemiplegia & Facial Paralysis
172. Diuretic and Demulcent Mixture
173. Diaphoretic and Diuretic Tonic
174. Leucorrhoea
175. Cathartic and Anthelmintic
176. Diarrhoea, Dysentry
177. Skin Diseases
178. Lotion for wounds & ulcers
179. Leucorrhoea & Paralysis
180. Chronic dysentry and diarrhoea
181. Ulcers & Gonorrhoea
182. Dysentry combined with vomiting and hiccough
183. Nervous headache, flafulence
184. Eczema and Pityriasis
185. Diarrhoea / Dysentry / Internal Piles
186. Nervous debility / Impotency
187. Dry Cough
188. Leucorrhoea / Seminal Weakness
189. Skin Diseases
190. Rheumatism-I
191. Rheumatism-II
192. Bright’s Disease
193. Itching / Leucoderma
194. Herbal Tonic
195. Ointments
196. Curative for spermatorrhoea
197. Facial Paralysis
198. Cephalic Tonic
199. Useful in piles
200. Bowel Tonic
201. Phrodisiac / Semenagogue
202. Facial paralysis
203. Depurative
204. Useful in Leprosy
205. Nervine tonic
206. Aicatarrhal
207. Anti-rheumatic and antiarthritic
208. Prevent abortion
209. Liver tonic
210. Expels stones, oxalic and uric acid crystals from kidney
211. Anaesthesia and numbness
212. Internal inflammations
213. Nervine, Semenagogue
214. Useful in asthma
215. Antiapoplectic
216. Leucorrhoea and uteral pain
217. Curative for leucorrhoea
218. Stomachic & cathartic
219. Aperient & Analgesics
220. Relieving Constipation
221. Anthelmintic
222. Relief in headache and cold
223. Antisyphilitic agent and coolant
224. Carminative
225. Relief in asthma
226. Nephritis & Diuretic
227. Ceretoral, liver and stomach tonic
228. Stomachic, Appetizing
229. Antidyspeptic
230. Tonic for heart, brain and liver
231. Digestive, Appetizing
232. Cerebral tonic
233. Digestive, Carminative, Appetizing
234. Prophylactic against fever
235. Blind and bleeding piles
236. Relieves headache
237. Sex harmones restorative
238. Blood pressure
239. Cough and cold
240. Blood purifier
241. Stomach and bowel pains
242. Enhances retentive power
243. High grade retention agent
244. Kidney and gall bladder tonic
245. Cardiac, Cerebral and Liver Tonic
246. Tranquillizer and antifibrilliant
247. Liver and Spleen tonic
248. General tonic
249. Facial paralysis
250. Curative for gonorrhoea and bueorrhoea
251. Antidysentric and curative for loose bowels
252. Preventive for menses during pregnancy
253. Slimming agent
254. Dental tonic
255. Curative for piles
256. Digestive, Analgesic for stomachache
257. Antidiabetic
258. Uteral tonic

11. Herbal Medicines
Compound Alfalfa Super
Compound Ashwagandha Tonic
Compound Avena Tonic
Elixir Astha
Narvine Tonic
Astha Aid
Alfalfa Tonic
Bee Pee Aid
Card Aid
Gastro Aid
Fem Aid
Go Tox
Super Tonic
Arsenicum Sulphuratum Flavum
Tonsil Aid
Derm Aid Tablets
Hair Aid
Rheum Aid Plus
Skin Aid Drops
Laxat Aid Tablets
MIG Aid Tablets
Pilgo Tablets
Flu Aid Tablets
Dige Aid Syrup
Heart Tonic Tablets WLx 27
Liver Tablets WLx 32
Kidney Tablet WLx 30
Worm Tablets WLx60
Sore Throat Tablet WLx48
Tranquility Tablets ‘Pass-Phos’ WLx58
Nervine Tablets for men & women WLx8
Ginseng Tablets 1x (HPI)
Syzygium Jambolanum 1x (HPI)
Varicose Vein Formula
Liveno Tonic
Alfa - G
Ralson 25
Cufrest Cough Syrup
Alfalfa tonic
Bio Combination 1
Stodal syrup
Aconite 30 C
Amoebic Dysentry 6x
Arsenicum Album 30 C
Belladonna 1M
B.L. Pills 200 C
Chamomilla 200 C
C.H.T. Pills 30 C
Diarrhoea 30 C
Drawing Pills 6x
GFM 200C
Injury Pills 200 C
Liver Pills 30 C
M.S.I. 200C
Abhayasan Tablets
Alpitone Liquid
Brento Tablets
Corazan Capsules
Campho Codi Vasaka Cough Syrup
Gestone Granules
Pancharishta Liquid
Kesari Jivan
Vasuliv Capsules
Step Syrup
Step Capsule
Pep-up Syrup
Meryton Capsule
Digit Capsule
Blumin Syrup
Cutis Capsule
Trichup Oil
Wranger Syrup
Spark Capsule
Meryton Syrup
Plugit Capsule
M.M. Forte Capsule
Atisarex Syrup
Anthecid Syrup
Epidermoil Oil
Cofex Expectorant
Mensulix Syrup
Colimin Drops
Empromin Capsule
Empromin Syrup
Livgard Drops & Syrup
Grothan Syrup
Medifer Syrup
Medikof Syrup
Metorrhoea Tablets
Mediliv Syrup
Aluretic Tablets
Fortege Tablets
G-32 Tablets
Femefit Capsules
Gycare Tablets
Dermacin Powder
Boniheal Capsules
Ashree Capsules
An-As-Leu Tablets
Ashree Forte Capsules
Asthigon Expectorant Syrup
Amlycure Tablets
Himalayan Batisa
Restora Liquid
Chyawanprash Avaleha (Special)
Arjin Tablets
Alargin Forte Capsule
Ayotic Capsule
Ayural Capsule
Rheumallin-S Capsule
Slogo Capsules
U-Fit Capsule
Hartone Capsules
Dab Dama Capsules
Janduna Capsules
Gid Capsule
Gid Plus Capsule
Hairich oil
Chyavan cap
Pylapy Capsule
Pderm Capsule
Hairich Capsule
Keo Karpin Oil Ayurvedic Massage
Itone Eye Drops
Livina Syrup
Supari Pak
Clemenstol Liquid
Ashoka Compound Liquid
Angur Salsa Liquid
Heart Soothin Liquid
Livospin Drops
Paralaps Tablets
Spematone Syrup Liquid
Disoma Capsule
Livomex Capsule & Tablet
Zymex Capsule & Syrup
Tonex Capsule & Syrup
Brahmpushpi Syrup (Brain Tonic)
Fantasy Capsules
Herboleh Tonic Liquid
Asmocline Capsules
Lust up Capsule
Mygro Drops
Kosmo Hair Vitalizer
Kosmo Breastup Oil
Hepaherb Capsule
Diamit Capsule
Romati Capsules
Javrika Capsules
Ulsacap Capsules
Emcovine Syrup
Sugarill - 10 Tablets
Lucomyn Tablets
Carminozyme Liquid
Livosin Liquid
Lucomyn Syrup
Voxar Drops
Shalton Drops
Ashwagandhi Leheyam
Manora Tonic Liquid
Navratna Forte Capsules
Sexsona Forte Capsule
Nari Jiwan Forte Syrup
Som Kalp Madhu Syrup
Katcozyme Syrup
Gastrip Syrup
Gynemyn Liquid
Vinomyn Forte Liquid (General Tonic)
Octin Expectorant Liquid
Dimaghene-Herbal Brain Tonic

12. Analysis of Medicinal Plants
13. Ayurvedic Colleges In India
14. Manufacturers of Standardized Herbal
  Extracts, Phytochemicals and Essential Oils in India

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[h2]Herbal Body Care[/h2]

[p]The condition of our hair and skin reflects our inner health and beauty. Nature's gifts of herbs and essential oils offer many benefits for body care. Only a couple of generations ago, women made their own natural products to keep their skin and hair healthy, using common ingredients from recipes handed down through generations.[/p]

[h2]The Herbal Bath[/h2]

[p]We can't think of a better way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Aromatic baths help insomnia, colds, premenstrual syndrome, muscular aches and anxiety-while the warm water promotes additional relaxation.[/p]

[p]Essential oils can be added to the bath in undiluted drops, but they are typically hydrophobic (they don't dissolve in water) and lipophilic (drawn to oil). In the bath, therefore, where the only oil medium is your skin, undiluted essential oils are drawn into your body much more quickly than those diluted in a vegetable oil base. Hot water also causes your skin to be especially receptive to absorbing essential oils. We recommend that you use 3 to 15 drops of essential oil per tub, depending on the particular oils selected and the bather's skin sensitivity.[/p]

[p]Oils that are very irritating or stimulating, such as basil, lemongrass, citruses and peppermint, are better mixed in minute amounts with other essential oils in a bath-oil formula than used alone. With nonirritating oils such as lavender, tea tree and geranium, 15 drops are safe as well as delightful.[/p]

[p]Some essential oils will disperse on the surface of the water, but many oils will remain in little droplets on top of the water. For best results, fill the tub with water and add the oils just before you get in. Be sure to agitate the water well to distribute the oils. If you do experience any skin irritation in the bath, get out of the tub, rinse with cool water and apply straight vegetable oil to the skin.[/p]

[h2]Floating Herbal Bath Oils[/h2]

[p]Floating aromatic bath oils are wonderful! While bathing, you receive an aromatherapy fragrance treatment, and when you get out, your entire body will be lightly coated with a fragrance that will waft around you for hours. The vegetable-oil base dilutes the essential oil, and helps it to disperse and float over the surface of the water. As you emerge, the oils cling to your skin, scenting it like a body perfume.[/p]

[p]Have you ever noticed how your skin shrivels up like a prune after you have been in the water for a long time? The surrounding water actually draws moisture out of your skin. It is loss of water, more than loss of oil, that makes skin feel dry. If you have dry skin, or love to take long soaks in a hot bath, be sure to use an aromatic bath oil. Some people with very dry skin find they can't take baths because their skin itches and feels drier afterwards. Their problems will probably disappear when they use an aromatic bath oil, especially one formulated with essential oils suited for this condition, such as sandalwood.[/p]

[p]Although an aromatic bath oil may seem like some exotic fragrant concoction, it is extremely easy to create and makes a wonderful aromatherapy gift. It is made by simply diluting essential oils with vegetable oil. We recommend a 4-percent dilution in oil. (Keep in mind that this dilution represents all of the oils in the blend combined, not 4-percent of each oil.) This is double the strength of a massage oil. Add one teaspoon of the bath oil to the water.[/p]

[p]Try some blends from our suggested aromatic combinations, listed later in this chapter, for the bath. If you feel creative, make your own combinations. With information from the "Blending" and "Materia Medica" chapters, you can enhance your bath oil with herbs and treat special problems.[/p]

[p]An aromatic bath is a perfect way to slow children down, especially at bedtime. A little extra precaution is needed when using essential oils in a young child's tub. Unlike adults, who may add essential oils directly to bath water, you must be careful with children. Be sure that no undiluted droplets get rubbed into sensitive eyes. Suggested dilution for a child's bath oil is 1 percent; use one-half to one teaspoon of bath oil for the tub. Bubble baths are another option for the dilution of essential oils for children. Use a pH-balanced shampoo as the soap base.[/p]

[p]Part of the elegance of bath oils comes from their containers. Beautiful bottles add glamor to the oils you display in your bathroom or give as gifts. Import stores or mail-order catalogs are a good source of fancy bottles, although we've obtained some of our favorite containers at garage sales and flea markets. Decorate your creations by inserting a few sprigs of dried flowers or dried herbs in clear bottles, or use colored glass containers with a few herbal sprigs tied on the outside with a ribbon.[/p]

[h2]Floating Aromatic Bath Oil[/h2]

[p]25 drops essential oil (¼ teaspoon)[/p]

[p]1-ounce vegetable oil[/p]

[p]Shake to mix. Use 1 teaspoon per bath. For babies mix 6 drops essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil, and use ½ to 1 teaspoon per bath.[/p]

[h2]Dispersing Bath Oils[/h2]

[p]These are scented oils that disperse throughout the bath water. They produce a hint of fragrance without leaving a coating on the skin-perfect for those with oily skin or anyone who finds a floating-oil bath too rich. To get an essential oil to disperse rather than float on top of the water, you need an emulsifier. Commercial bath products use a coconut oil or chemical based emulsifier, but egg yolk is an excellent home emulsifier. Another alternative is sulfated castor oil, which is water-soluble. Rather than floating on the surface of the bath, dispersing bath oils blend with the water, making it feel silky.[/p]

[p]Hydrous lanolin, another water-soluble substance, makes a richer, more emollient bath oil. Hydrous (meaning "with water ") lanolin is easier to work with than sticky, thick anhydrous ("without water ") lanolin, Lanolin, derived from sheep's wool, is moisturizing to the skin.[/p]

[h2]Dispersing Bath Oil[/h2]

[p]2 ounces sulfated castor oil[/p]

[p]½ teaspoon essential oil[/p]

[p]½ teaspoon hydrous lanolin (optional)[/p]

[p]If using lanolin, warm it with the castor oil to melt it completely. Add the essential oils after the other oils have cooled. Use 1 teaspoon per bath.[/p]

[h2]Dispersing Bath Formula[/h2]

[p]1 egg[/p]

[p]10 drops (1/8 teaspoon) essential oil[/p]

[p]Separate the egg yolk and discard the white. Mix the essential oil into the yolk, and add the mixture to a full tub. The water will be a bit cloudy, but the essential oil will be distributed evenly.[/p]

[h2]Herbal Bath Vinegar[/h2]

[p]Another variation on the herbal bath oils is aromatic vinegars, well suited for oily skin, fungal skin infections, or for anyone sensitive to the alkalinizing effects of soap on their skin. Any type of vinegar will do, but for an attractive display in your bathroom, use red-wine vinegar-which imparts a beautiful color- and, of course, put it in a clear bottle. Instructions for making herbal vinegars are provided in the appendix to this book.[/p]

[p]For dramatic flair, make a vinegar-and-oil dressing. (Body salad, anyone?) Fill the bottle with equal parts bath vinegar and bath oil, and you will have a two-layered bath dressing. The only trick is to make sure that the scents of the bath oil and the vinegar blend pleasantly. Use your imagination to add contrast between the different shades of vegetable oils and vinegars. Keep it in a fancy bottle and shake well before using.[/p]

[h2]Aromatic Bath Vinegar[/h2]

[p]25 drops (¼ teaspoon) essential oil[/p]
[p]4 ounces vinegar[/p]

[p]Combine ingredients. Let the essential oil sit in the vinegar for a week, shaking the bottle every day. Use 2 tablespoons per bath.[/p]

[h2]Two-Layered Bath Oil[/h2]

[p]2 ounces prepared bath oil[/p]

[p]2 ounces prepared bath vinegar[/p]

[p]Combine and shake well before using.[/p]

[h2]Aromatic Bath Salts[/h2]

[p]Bath salts are a luxurious addition to your bath water. They are simple to make, and are always a welcome and exotic gift. They make the water feel silky, remove body oils and perspiration, soften the skin, relax the muscles and soak away the stresses of the day.[/p]

[p]Most water in the United States is naturally "hard" because of the calcium and magnesium it contains. Hard water presents no problem until you use it for washing. Then the minerals in the water chemically combine with the free alkali in soap to form an insoluble compound that bears the unattractive name "soap scum", also known as "bathtub ring". Having nowhere else to go, this compound deposits itself in a fine film on skin and hair, leaving them dull and rough.[/p]

[p]One solution is to add sodium salts that react with hard minerals to soften water. This makes the water feel silky and smooth, helping soap work better by creating more suds and preventing it from leaving a film residue. An example of this is the addition of washing soda to laundry to prevent hard water from making clothes stiff.[/p]

[p]Bath salts are made from very simple ingredients. Any sodium salt will work, but one of the gentlest is common table salt, sodium chloride. Other sodium salts include baking soda, which absorbs odors and relieves itching, and borax. Many companies that make commercial bath salts list these together as "mixed salts", but it is possible to make fine bath salts using just table salt.[/p]

[p]For fancy bath salts, the addition of ground seaweed (if you don't mind the smell) or clay will increase the mineral content and make your creation seem more like a treatment at a mineral spa. Using sea salt also contributes tiny amounts of minerals to the bath.[/p]

[p]Epsom salts are another type of bath salt, but it is magnesium sulfate and therefore not a water softener. In fact, it is a water hardener, but works much better than other salts to soothe sore muscles, sprains and stiff bodies in general. All salts, especially magnesium, are dehydrating, so use them sparingly if you have dry skin.[/p]

[h2]Aromatic Bath Salts[/h2]

[p]1 cup borax[/p]

[p]½ cup sea salt[/p]

[p]½ cup baking soda[/p]

[p]50 drops essential oil (½ teaspoon)[/p]

[p]Mix dry ingredients together and add essential oils, mixing well to combine. Use ¼ to ½ cup bath salts per bath. For muscular aches and pains, the addition of ½ cup Epsom salts to this recipe is very helpful.[/p]

[h2]Herbal Combinations for the Bath[/h2]

[p]Here are some suggested essential-oil combinations for the recipes given above. Be creative and have fun-the proportions are up to you. Use the blend recipes to make stock bottles of concentrates, which you can later use to create bath oils, bath salts, massage oils and so on.[/p]

[tr][th]Relaxing Blend[/th][th]Stimulating Blend[/th][/tr]
[tr][td]Roman chamomile[/td][td]lime[/td][/tr]

[tr][th]Balancing Blend[/th][th]Aphrodisiac Blend[/th][/tr]

[h2]Steam Baths[/h2]

[p]The Scandinavian steam bath, or sauna, and the Native American sweat lodge both traditionally employ fragrant plants. The herbs are either placed directly on the hot rocks or infused in the water that is poured on the rocks. Cedar leaf and sage are traditionally used for the sweat lodge. Eucalyptus is the most popular essence for steam bath. You can also use essential oils of Himalayan cedar and fir, or place a small amount of the resins frankincense or myrrh directly on the rocks.[/p]

[p]Each of these methods encourages sweating, which aids circulation and helps to flush out the system and revitalize the skin. This type of bath ritual was used by many different cultures in the treatment of disease, with some adopting it as part of their spiritual practice.[/p]

[h2]An Herbal Bath Experience[/h2]

[p]Follow these steps to bliss and escape from the world for 40 minutes:[/p]

[li]Light some incense or put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in an electric cooker with a little water, to create a fragrant environment.[/li]
[li]Put on some soothing music.[/li]
[li]Arrange the needed bath materials: thick, scented towel, warm robe, slippers. (You can impart the fragrance of your favorite essential oils to all of your linens by tucking small scented cloths or empty essential-oil bottles into your linen closet.)[/li]
[li]Draw a hot bath.[/li]
[li]Drink a soothing cup of chamomile tea as the tub fills.[/li]
[li]Add half a cup of scented bath salts to the bath water.[/li]
[li]Add one drop of an exotic oil such as rose or jasmine, and swirl to disperse it.[/li]
[li]Light a candle and turn off the lights.[/li]
[li]Step into the bath and relax for 30 minutes with no thoughts of the outside world.[/li]
[li]Emerge, dry off, and dust with a fragrant powder or apply a moisturizing cream to your entire body.[/li]
[li]Wrap up in a warm robe, carry the candle to the bedroom and place a fragrant dream pillow under your bed pillow.[/li]
[li]Slip into bed. Enjoy fragrant dreams and a restful slumber.[/li]

[h2]Foot or Hand Bath[/h2]

[p]You may be surprised to learn that herbal and essential oil foot and hand baths are effective ways of treating problems in other parts of the body. The famous French herbalist Maurice Messegue and aromatherapist Madame Maury did much of their healing work with these baths. Use 5 to 15 drops of essential oil per treatment, depending on how much water is used and essential oils chosen. The soles of the feet and the palms of the hand are much less susceptible to the irritating potential of many essential oils. Water temperature can vary depending on what condition you are treating. Warm or hot water usually feels best, but cold to tepid temperatures are more appropriate for sprains or fevers. Follow your instincts and listen to your body.[/p]

[h2]Herbal Body Powders[/h2]

[p]Arrowroot, cornstarch, and white clay all make good bases for natural herbal body powders for babies or adults. Commercial powders are usually made with talc (magnesium silicate). A study showed that 39 out of 40 talc samples tested contained up to 1 percent asbestos, a proven human carcinogen. Even without asbestos, talc fibers are similar enough in composition to asbestos to pose a potential hazard. Gynecologist found that women who used talcum powder on their genitals and sanitary napkins had more than three times the risk of ovarian cancer, and that the use of talc on latex gloves in surgery contributed to inflammation of the internal organs. Winter further states, "Talcum powder has been reported to cause coughing, vomiting or even pneumonia when it is used carelessly and inhaled by babies."[/p]

[p]The addition of finely powdered herbs to your cornstarch or arrowroot-based body powder can be an added bonus. To blend the essential oils into the powder evenly, put everything through a sieve, mix well and let the mixture sit a few days so that the scents can mellow and evenly permeate the powder. When using any powder, avoid creating a cloud of dust that could be inhaled, especially by babies.[/p]

[h2]Aromatic Baby Powder[/h2]

[p]¼ cup arrowroot[/p]

[p]¼ cup cornstarch[/p]

[p]1-2 tablespoons fine white clay[/p]

[p]1 teaspoon goldenseal root or myrrh powder (both are optional, for diaper rash)[/p]

[p]3 drops each lavender, Roman chamomile and neroli.[/p]

[h2]Lavender Sunrise Body Powder[/h2]

[p]½ cup powder base[/p]

[p]2 tablespoons finely ground and sifted dried lavender flowers[/p]

[p]3 drops lavender oil[/p]

[p]5 drops rose oil[/p]

[p]5 drops orange oil[/p]

[h2]Men's Powder[/h2]

[p]½ cup powder base[/p]

[p]2 tablespoons fine sandalwood powder[/p]

[p]5 drops sandalwood oil[/p]

[p]3 drops jasmine oil[/p]

[p]3 drops lime oil[/p]

[h2]"Ooh! Ah!" Foot Powder"[/h2]

[p]½ cup powder base[/p]

[p]5 drops geranium oil[/p]

[p]5 drops lavender oil[/p]

[p]1 drop cinnamon oil[/p]

[p]3 drops rosemary oil[/p]

[h2]Herbal Hair Care[/h2]

[p]There is nothing more radiant than beautiful, shiny, vibrant hair. Short or long, straight or curly, dark or light, hair is truly our crowning glory. It reflects our self-image, and when our mood or lifestyle changes we often change our hairstyle accordingly. But no matter what the current fashion, clean, healthy hair is always in style. With the help of nature's healing plants, keeping your hair beautiful is easy and fun. Whether it is dry, normal or oily, all hair can benefit from applications of essential oils and herbs.[/p]

[p]Hormonal fluctuations, diet, lifestyle and stress play a role in the appearance and health of the hair. The ravages of modern life-including pollution, harsh detergents, chlorine, permanents, blow drying and excessive sun exposure-are just a few of the things that can have an adverse impact on the vitality of your hair. The obvious advice is to correct poor dietary and lifestyle habits, treat your hair with gentle, loving care, and use high-quality natural hair-care products.[/p]

[p]For hundreds of years, women have used hair rinses made of vinegar for their softening, pH-balancing effects. Acid shampoos and vinegar alter the electrical charge of the hair, reducing its tendency to become "flyaway". They also cut through soap scum, removing any detergent residues, leaving hair shiny and soft.[/p]

[h2]"Normal" Hair[/h2]

[p]If you consider your hair "normal", what you currently use on it is probably fine, but check the label for the pH, as well as for harmful or artificial ingredients. Lavender and rosemary are two good essential oils for normal hair. To apply them, gently comb out wet hair with a wide-toothed comb, working from the ends to the scalp. When the hair is completely dry, put one drop of rosemary essential oil on your palm, rub it into your natural-bristle brush, and brush the hair, again from the ends to the scalp. This helps detangle your hair and makes it smooth, shiny and silky. Too much essential oil can be drying to the hair, so be careful not to overdo it.[/p]

[h2]Dry Hair[/h2]

[p]Dry hair and a dry scalp go hand in hand, meaning if you have one you probably have both. When hair becomes dry, the keratin protein it contains turns brittle. Without adequate sebum production by the scalp to protect hair's moisture, it is vulnerable to split ends and can appear unmanageable as well as produce flakes. Drink plenty of water and take a look at your diet to make sure you are getting a sufficient supply of essential fatty acids. A supplement of evening primrose oil or some other oil that contains GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), such as flaxseed oil, is often helpful. Protect dry hair when exposed to drying conditions such as sailing, biking or spending a day at the beach. Dry hair is especially vulnerable to any chemical treatments, from perms and dyes to swimming pool chlorine, which strips away its natural oils.[/p]

[p]Avoid daily shampooing, and use mild shampoos containing fatty acids and moisturizers. Unfortunately, protein-rich shampoos cannot feed the hair directly, because the hair shaft is no longer alive. However, a protein film will coat dry hair, allowing it to reflect light and appear shiny. The hair will seem thicker and smoother without a "flyaway" look, at least until the protein coat wears off. High-protein herbs such as comfrey create similar effects. Herbal shampoos smell good, but simply do not remain on the hair long enough to do much good.[/p]

[p]Herbal hair conditioners hold more promise, but are best left on at least a few minutes before rinsing. Conditioning herbs for dry hair include calendula, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, and sandalwood and burdock root. Hot-oil treatments are specific for dry hair, dry scalp and dandruff. They are simple to prepare, but can be a little messy to apply. Oily hairdressings will help give damaged hair some shine, but they will not always restore its flexibility and bounce. A small amount of sandalwood oil rubbed between your palms and applied to the dry ends of your hair is helpful and leaves a wonderful fragrance that lasts for hours.[/p]

[h2]Oily Hair[/h2]

[p]Oily hair is caused by the same condition responsible for oily skin: excess sebum production. Oil comes from the scalp, so the hair is much oilier near the roots than at the tips. Too much oil in the hair makes it look dull, heavy and lifeless. However, the right amount of oil makes the hair look shiny, because it fills in minute abrasions on the surface of the hair shaft. Hormonal changes affect the amount of oil the scalp produces, and diet, as always, may also be a factor.[/p]

[p]To remove excess sebum and keep oily hair bright requires frequent washing with a mild shampoo. Harsh detergents can overdry the hair, prompting the sebaceous glands to manufacture more oil. Avoid protein and balsam shampoos because these tend to increase oiliness, make the hair heavy and attract dirt. Seaweed in conditioners may improve matters. Brush oily hair thoroughly before washing.[/p]

[p]Essential oils of cedarwood, lemon, lemongrass or sage in your conditioner all discourage oil production by the scalp, as does diluted lemon juice. Adding one drop of patchouli essential oil to your daily dose of shampoo also helps reduce sebum production. Vinegar hair rinses discourage dandruff and keep oily hair in check. If you are concerned about smelling like pickles afterwards, don't worry-the odour of vinegar dissipates within an hour or so. You may also find an herbal rinse of sage tea helpful for reducing dandruff and excess oil.[/p]


[p]A good shampoo will clean the hair without stripping away the hair's natural oil, abrading the hair cuticle (resulting in "frizz") or irritating the eyes. Most shampoos are made with sodium lauryl sulfate, a potentially irritating detergent that dramatically increases suds production (something most people expect from a shampoo) in both hard and soft water. Some cosmetic chemists feel that, compared to other cleansing agents, shampoos containing ammonium lauryl sulfate are less irritating. Many shampoos use a base derived from coconut and other nut oils but, surprisingly, some coconut-based products tend to irritate sensitive skin. Baby shampoos are usually mild and pH balanced, and they are often made from olive and soy oil. One place to look for mild shampoos is at a professional hair salon, but check the ingredient labels.[/p]

[p]Many books about natural cosmetics give recipes for making herbal shampoos. Most of these are combinations of herb tea and castile soap flakes. We haven't been satisfied with their results because castile soap is very alkaline and leaves the hair feeling stiff and looking dull. There is now a pH-balanced castile soap, although they have merely added vinegar to adjust the pH. Test your brand with nitrizine paper to make sure it has a balanced pH of about 5.[/p]

[p]We have seen "European aromatherapy" shampoos that sell for exorbitant prices, but contain nothing more than detergents to clean, vinegar to balance the pH, salt to thicken and essential oils to scent. You can easily and inexpensively make your own formula by mixing equal parts strong herb tea and your chosen shampoo base with a few drops of essential oil. We like to use a gentle, nondetergent, unscented shampoo as a base. Making small batches (4 ounces) will ensure freshness. Try different combinations of herbs and essential oils to suit your hair type, or simply add two or three drops of essential oil per application to your favorite store-bought shampoo. Your homemade herbal shampoo can also double as a body wash, providing the shampoo base you use is very mild.[/p]

[h3]Herbal Shampoo[/h3]
[p]2 ounces unscented shampoo base[/p]

[p]2 ounces strong herb tea[/p]

[p]30 drops (¼ teaspoon) essential oil[/p]

[p]½ ounce vinegar (optional)[/p]

[p]Add the strained, cooled tea to the shampoo base. Add the essential oils and shake well before use.[/p]

[h3]Herbal Hair Rinse[/h3]

[p]3-5 drops essential oil[/p]

[p]1 pint water or herb tea[/p]

[p]1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice[/p]

[p]Shake well, and pour over the scalp and hair after shampooing. Leave on for several minutes and rinse. Refrigerate any leftover rinse.[/p]

[h2]Herbal Hair Treatments[/h2]

[h3]Scalp Treatment[/h3]

[p]This recipe can be used to reat dandruff and falling hair, or to stimulate hair growth, depending on the essential oils you choose.[/p]

[p] 30 drops (¼ teaspoon) essential oil[/p]

[p]2 ounces carrier (witch hazel, aloe juice, jojoba oil or neem oil).[/p]

[p]Apply to scalp, massage in and cover. Leave it on for one to two hours and shampoo out.[/p]

[h3]Herbs for Hair Care[/h3]

[tr][td]Dry[/td][td]orange peel, calendula, comfrey root[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Oily[/td][td]sage, lemongrass, burdock, lemon peel[/td] [/tr]
[tr][td]Dandruff[/td][td]burdock, sage, willow bark[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Hair loss[/td][td]nettle, peppermint[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]All types[/td][td]lavender, chamomile, rosemary, rose[/td][/tr]

[h3]Essential Oils for Hair Care[/h3]

[tr][td]Dry[/td][td]sandalwood, palmarosa, rosewood[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Oily[/td][td]lemongrass, patchouli, clary sage, cypress, cedarwood[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Dandruff[/td][td]sage, geranium, juniper, cedarwood, tea tree[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Hair loss[/td][td]basil, cedarwood, ylang-ylang,peppermint [/td][/tr]
[tr][td]All types[/td][td]lavender, Roman chamomile, rosemary, carrot seed[/td][/tr]

[h2]Lice Treatment[/h2]

[p]Always do a patch test before using this preparation, especially on children. Some people will be sensitive to a solution as strong as this one. Take extra care to keep it out of the eyes and remove at the first sign of any irritation. To thoroughly eliminate lice and hatching eggs, repeat the treatment three times at three-day intervals.[/p]

[p]20 drops eucalyptus[/p]

[p]10 drops rosemary[/p]

[p]10 drops juniper[/p]

[p]20 drops lavender[/p]

[p]10 drops geranium[/p]

[p]5 drops lemon[/p]

[p]4 ounces carrier oil[/p]

[p]Mix ingredients, apply to dry hair and cover with a plastic bag or a shower cap. Wrap the head in a towel to help keep the vapors from irritating the eyes. Leave the oil on for one to two hours. When you are ready to wash it out, apply shampoo directly to the hair without wetting the hair first; this will help cut the oil. Work the shampoo into the hair well, rinse with water and shampoo again. The final rinse water should contain a few drops of lavender essential oil to further discourage critters. If you are missing any ingredient, substitute tea tree.[/p]

[h2]Baldness Treatment[/h2]

[p]Every once in a while, yet another magic formula for reversing baldness is advertised, but so far there is no wonder cure. This harmless but distressful problem mostly afflicts men; more than half of North American men lose their locks to some degree. Thinning usually starts at the temples, and eventually the front hairline and the crown of the head begin to thin. Once the hair is gone, there is little chance that it will return.[/p]

[p]There are, however, methods of keeping the remaining hair healthy and on the head as long as possible. In most cases, even if these treatments do not increase hair growth, they can help by slowing further hair loss.[/p]

[p]Better than any secret formula, the most effective way to keep hair roots healthy is to stimulate circulation with a scalp-massage formula containing jojoba oil, vitamin E and essential oils that improve circulation, such as rosemary. Aloe vera is said to promote hair growth; some studies back such claims, but others report mixed results. Hair conditioners containing balsams don't actually foster hair growth, but do make the remaining hair seem thicker.[/p]

[h2]Hair-Growth Formula[/h2]

[p]50 drops (½ teaspoon) rosemary essential oil[/p]

[p]½ cup aloe-vera gel[/p]

[p]1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar[/p]

[p]1 tablespoon wheat-germ or jojoba oil[/p]

[p]Shake well and massage into scalp for 10 minutes nightly.[/p]

[h2]An Herbal Miscellany[/h2]

[h3]Nail Care[/h3]

[p]Neglected, chewed or abused nails just don't get the attention they deserve. Gentle shaping, moisturizing and buffing encourage healthy growth and strengthen the nails. Brittle nails that crack easily indicate possible dietary problems: Are you getting sufficient calcium/magnesium, protein and silica? Detergents, nail polish, glue for artificial fingernails, formaldehyde-based nail hardeners and household chemicals are just a few of the substances that can be tough on fingernails. It is not unusual to develop nail fungus under artificial fingernails.[/p]

[p]Herbal-tea soaks or herb-infused oil treatments of comfrey, oat straw and horsetail can strengthen nails and cuticles. Better yet, try combining herbal and essential oil treatments. Drinking oat straw, nettle and horsetail tea daily can improve your nails (and hair) from the inside out, because these herbs are high in silica and other minerals important for nail growth.[/p]

[h3]Antifungal Nail Oil[/h3]
[p]5 drops tea-tree essential oil[/p]

[p]1 drop cinnamon-bark essential oil[/p]

[p]½ ounce neem oil (or calendula-infused oil)[/p]

[p]Apply around and under the nail two or three times per day. Tea-tree oil by itself may be used neat if you don't mind the smell, but be careful not to rub it in your eyes.[/p]

[h3]Herbal Conditioning Nail Soak[/h3]

[p]2 drop each lavender, bay laurel and sandalwood essential oils.[/p]
[p]½ ounce jojoba or neem oil[/p]

[p]This is great for dry or torn cuticles. Soak nails in the mixture for 10 minutes. Buff to stimulate circulation and bring out a healthy shine.[/p]

[h3]Natural Deodorant[/h3]
[p]Sweat is sterile until it comes into contact with airborne bacteria; then by-products created by the interactions break down the bacteria, producing underarm odor. Our culture tends to regard a person's natural scent with some disdain, so antiperspirants are popular. They are made with potentially toxic aluminum compounds that have recently caused some major health concerns. The underarm area is especially sensitive and is notorious for its susceptibility to irritation and rash, and blocking the sweat glands may also be detrimental. We do know that once the effects of an antiperspirant wears off, the underarm sweat glands.[/p]

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