Sleepy Time Wrinkle Oil
This will help you have a really good night's rest, with the added advantage of smoothing out any fine lines while you're asleep. Don't expect immediate results - it takes a while to work, but you should notice a positive difference after one month. These soothing oils will also help you feel good-tempered when you have to get up early, so use it as an all-round relaxing treat.
50ml jojoba oil
10ml apricot kernel oil
5ml rosehip seed oil
4 drops pure rose essential oil
2 drops pure chamomile essential oil
2 drops pure neroli essential oil
Blend together the jojoba, apricot kernel and rosehip seed oils. Add the three essential oils and smooth a tiny amount over the face. Let it sink in for a few seconds, then lightly remove any excess oil with a tissue.
Inner Beauty Bath
A blend to increase your confidence.
3 drops pure chamomile essential oil
2 drops pure geranium essential oil
2 drops pure ylang ylang essential oil
1 drop pure bergamot essential oil
Mix the oils together and use half the amount per bath.
Soothing Body Oil
10ml Sweet almond carrier oil
3 drops pure chamomile essential oil
2 drops pure petitgrain essential oil
Apply the mixture over the body after a bath, morning or evening.
Soothing Face Mask
This home-made face mask is particularly good for soothing and calming the skin. Make it up fresh, as you need it, for times when you have time to pamper yourself. (most chemists will order green clay if they don't already stock it).
1/4 teaspoon green clay
1/2 teaspoon ground almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground outmeal
3 tablespoons rosewater
1 drop pure chamomile essential oil
6 drops vitamin E oil (from capsules if you can't get he pure liquid form)
1 unbleached coffee filter paper
Blend the green clay, almonds and oatmeal together well in a small glass or china dish. Now put the rosewater, chamomile and vitamin E in a small saucepan. Slowly heat the mixture, stirring gently. Filter it through the coffee filter paper and leave to cool.
Add 5-10ml of the rose mixture to 2.5ml of the blended dry ingredients, and mix well into a smooth paste. Apply a thin layer over your face, avoiding the areas around the eyes. Put a little of the liquid rose blend on two cotton wool pads and place them over closed eyes. Leave for 10 minutes, then remove and wash off the mask with spring water.
The following routine prepares your face before using any face mask or night cream, and helps your skin absorb your chosen beauty product. You need a piece of muslin cloth large enough to cover your face. Cut out holes for your eyes, nose and mouth. Simply mix 5ml carrier oil with 2 drops of chamomile essential oil to a basin of hot water, soak the muslin in it and wring it out, before applying it to your face. Leave the compress on for 10 minutes while you relax and do some deep breathing.
Blonde Beauty Rinse
This chamomile rinse is fabulous for bringing out any blonde or gold tints in the hair.
2 drops pure Roman chamomile essential oil
20g dried chamomile flowers
250ml hot spring water
Add the chamomile oil and flowers to the water and leave with a tight lid on to retain the moisture. Bottle when cold. Use 15ml as a final rinse after shampooing, rubbing lightly into your hair and leaving it on for 5-10 minutes.
Inspired by Chamomile
Fields of daisy-like chamomile flowers are an inspiration for a sunny tranquil colour scheme. In daylight, the tones of sandy yellow and rich creams are easy on the eye and make harmonious decorative schemes which are both cool in summer, yet present a warm and welcoming atmosphere in winter. Chamomile is renowned for its sedative qualities and as a cure for insomnia. Use a palette of similar mellow tones of colour and a splash of white to create a feeling of tranquillity and wellbeing around the home.
Scented Sleep Sachets
Put this scented sleep sachet under your pillow and let the sedative effects of chamomile and hops give you a better night's sleep. This sachet requires no sewing at all. You can also make some sachets to hang under a running tap to scent your bath water.;
You will need:
- Two 20cm x 15cm pieces of fine lace or delicate fabric
- Two 90cm lengths of narrow ribbon in two colours
- small safety pin
- dried chamomile and hop flowers
- Pin the fabric together and make small cuts through both pieces at 2cm intervals, 2cm from the edges.
- Attach the ends of the ribbon to the safety pin and thread them through the holes leaving a small gap at one side of the sachet.
- Fill with the chamomile and hops and tie the ribbons in a bow.