Most of the recipes I find for herbal products, both new and old, are directed at women. There is sort of a general assumption that not only are men less concerned about their upkeep but completely unlikely to make some recipe for skin tonic or herbal perfumes. However, they have been inclined, in my experience, to try out the great herbal beer and wine recipes I have. They also like to hear about herbal spices that make hot wings hotter or zestys up a pizza. But have you considered trying out a product on your man and seeing how he likes it? The recipes aren’t any harder than the ones you make for yourself and you’ll be surprised at the reception you get when you offer him a homemade mix. Most men will try it and find out, to their total surprise, that the stuff is good.
So, Ladies, it’s time to try some herbal cosmetic recipes for that man in your life. They are cheap, easy and fun to make and they are grrrrr..reat! I personally love the Dill Aftershave and I haven’t found a man yet who thought it was feminine or undesirable.. in fact they all love it! So get out the colanders and pans and run out to the health food store for herbs, it’s recipe time again! Or those of you who have a herb garden going (bravo for you!) can just step outside in the morning and gather up the goods. Think about packaging now for the coming holidays. You can dress up a bottle of homemade aftershave in a homey, warm way and make your gift truly special this year. And he’ll be happy when he sees the credit card bills.. no more huge perfume charges at the Mall! So, get going….
1/4 cup Dill Seed
1 tbsp Honey
2 1/2 cups Bottled Water
1 tbsp Distilled Witch Hazel
Decorative Glass Bottle with Stopper
Place the Dill Seed, Honey and Water into the small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool in the pan, then add the Witch Hazel. Strain the seeds out of the liquid through the strainer. Bottle and stopper it and keep it in the refrigerator. Makes a great bracer for freshly washed or shaved skin.
Note: The best bottle choices are an old perfume bottle or a fancy Glass Pint-sized Liquor bottle with a decorative and tightly screwed cap.
1 tbsp fresh Rosemary
` tbsp fresh Mint
1/4 tsp grated Orange Peel
1/4 tsp grated Lemon Peel
1/4 tsp grated Nutmeg
4 fl oz Distilled Rose or Elderflower Water
2 fl oz pure Alcohol or Vodka
Glass Bottle with Stopper
Pound the Herbs in a mortar and pestle. Put the Herbs and all of the other ingredients together in a blender and beat them together until well blended. Pour into a glass jar or bottle and leave on a sunny windowsill or in a very warm place for at least a week. After the week, strain out the herbs and bottle the clear liquid in glass bottle with stopper. Store in a warm dark place.
Mint Footbath and Massage Oil
12 large sprigs of Fresh Mint
1/2 cup cold Water
10 cups Boiling Water
1 tbsp Almond Oil
1 drop Mint Essential Oil
Large Bowl or Pan
Small Glass Bottle with stopper
Small Glass Bowl
Place the Mint in the Food Processor and add the Cold Water. Process well until it becomes a green puree. Pour the puree into the Large Bowl or Pan and add the boiling water. Once the mixture has cooled to a tolerable temperature, soak both feet at once until the water cools.
Gently rub your feet dry. Mix the Almond Oil and the Mint Essential Oil in the small Glass Bowl. Using a pad, towel or just your hands, rub this oil quickly into your feet for soothing, invigorating relief.
If you like, mix up more of the Mint Massage Oil and bottle in the small Glass Bottle and stopper. Save for immediate use in the future. You can also make up the puree’ in advance and keep it in Tupperware in the refrigerator until ready to add it to boiling water again for a great soaking.
Tansy Skin Tonic
1 large handful Tansy Leaves
2/3 cup Water
2/3 cup of Milk
Small Glass Bottle with Stopper
Put the Tansy Leaves, water and Milk into the small Saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, checking from time to time to be sure you do not burn or scorch the Milk. Remove from heat and allow to cool in the pan.
Strain the Tonic into the Glass Bottle and Stopper. Keep this mixture in the refrigerator and apply cold to the skin as a soothing toner or bracer.
Spicy Body Toner
1 tsp fresh Rosemary leaves
1 tbsp fresh Mint leaves
1/4 tsp grated Orange Peel
1/4 tsp grated Lemon peel
1/4 tsp grated Nutmeg
4 fl oz Distilled Rosewater
2 fl oz Vodka
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender. Pour into a glass jar or bottle and stopper. Place in a sunny windowsill and leave for a week.
After a week, strain through a wire strainer and replace the liquid to the bottle. Stopper, label and store in a warm, dark place.
Dry Herbal Shampoo
2 tbsp powdered Orris Root
2 tbsp powdered Arrowroot
This is especially effective on greasy hair that just seems to get that way between shampoos.
Mix the root powders together. Part the hair in narrow regular bands and sprinkle the powder along each row. Leave on head for 10 minutes to allow the powders to absorb the grease from the hair.
Brush the hair out vigorously and shake the head to remove the powder. The hair should be clean, dry and shiny.
Heavy Duty Hand Cream
4 tbsp Petroleum Jelly
2 handfuls of fresh Elderflowers
Gently melt the Petroleum Jelly in a pot over low heat. Add in the Elderflowers. Leave the mix to macerate for 45 minutes, being sure to reheat the jelly each time is solidifies. After 45 minutes, warm to a heat that keeps this mix a liquid and strain through a sieve or wire strainer directly into a glass jar. Screw top jars are perfect. Lock and seal and store for daily use.
Simmer the fresh Nettles in the Vinegar for 30 minutes. Always use enough Vinegar to cover the Nettles, however many you use. Rub two tablespoons of this into the scalp twice a week to prevent and control dandruff.
You can also use it as a hair rinse after washing the hair.
Deodorizing Foot Bath
3 handfuls of dried Sage
1 large cooking pot
Stuff the large pot with the Sage. Pour over with as much boiling water as it takes to cover the Herbs. Steep for 20 minutes, covered over with a towel.
After 20 minutes, strain out the herbs through a colander or seive. Return the clean liquid to the pot and reheat. Just as it begins to boil, transfer it to the bucket. As soon as it is tolerable, soak your feet in this bucket.
This will sweeten your feet and make them smell fresh and clean. Use as often as you need to for foot odor.
Stimulating Bath Infusion
1/4 cup of fresh Mint
1/4 cup fresh Pine Needles
1/4 cup Eucaluyptus
1/4 cup fresh Ivy
Put all of the ingredients in a large pan. Pour over with 2 1/2 cups of boiling Water. Leave for 10 minutes to infuse the herbs. Strain through a wire strainer and then add to hot bath water.
Use this bath anytime you feel tired or fatigued. It will give you zip!!
Have fun making these up and getting your man to try them. I will have natural packaging ideas on the blog both for homemade products and for holiday gifts.