EARTHLY BODIES & HEAVENLY HAIR
Natural and Healthy Personal Care or Every Body
450 Original Formulas for Women, Men, Babies, Teens and Elders
Photographs by David Goldbeck
“This book transcends the ordinary to the scented world of herbs so you can look and feel your best.” —Susun S. Weed, author, Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way
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Dina Falconi is a clinical herbalist and founding member of the North East Herbal Association, is the founder of Falcon Formulations, a line of herbal skin and hair care products. She has taught at the Albany Medical College, national and international herbal conferences, and many community programs.
Dina Falconi has chosen these basic formulations from Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair to introduce her unique approach to natural personal care.
Chamomile or Mint Eyes
For tense, strained eyes apply moistened chamomile or mint tea bags to eyes for twenty minutes.
Basic Honey Masque
A soothing, cooling, moisturizing masque for all skin types.
½-1 teaspoon honey per facial
Massage honey gently and evenly into face. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
To keep skin soft and supple, moisten skin with water and massage in a few drops of oil, such as olive for normal to dry, sesame for normal to oily or jojoba for dry, mature skin.
Vegetable Garden Masque
This masque gently tones and rejuvenates the skin.
1 large handful fresh leafy greens (good choices are kale, lettuce, collards and parsley; organic preferred), ½-1 oz. liquid (water, yogurt or milk), 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
Chop greens and process in food processor or blender with water, yogurt or milk, pouring liquid in a little at a time until a thick paste results. Add cornstarch and continue to blend. If the paste won’t adhere, sprinkle in small amounts of cornstarch to thicken.
Apply thickly to the face and relax and recline to keep it from dripping off. Leave on for 20 minutes or longer before rinsing off with warm water.
For a refreshing facial pick-me-up add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to a pint of cold water and splash on.
Bennay’s Beauty Oil
This wrinkle preventing and rejuvenating skin treatment has its origins in Native American skin care.
1/8 to ¼ teaspoon castor oil; use more or less as needed.
Massage oil into the skin after the face has been washed but is still slightly moist and warm. The warmth and moisture allow the thick viscous consistency of the castor oil to spread easily over the skin and contribute to the success of this treatment. Pat off excess oil if desired.
Herbal Salt Scrub
Salt’s abrasive quality makes it excellent for exfoliation and cleansing of the skin. Its stimulating effects increase circulation and benefit tired, cold and dull skin.
1 large handful of freshly dried herb of choice (such as lavender, sage or mint), 2-3 tablespoons sea salt, ½ teaspoon olive oil, about 4 tablespoons water.
Grind herb into a powder mix with salt, add water and then the olive oil. Mix thoroughly. It will have a crumbly texture. (If bits of the herb fall off, reapply.) Massage into the skin and allow to stay on for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Vinegar Hand Soak
Vinegar acts as an anti-fungal and disinfectant, while helping to relieve aches and pains. Soaks should last 10 minutes.
For a simple soak, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to hot water in a basin with one quart of water. The vinegar can be quite drying to the skin, so you might want to apply a moisturizing formula to your hands afterward. Note: Vinegar may sting raw and open skin but will help heal them.
Peppermint Foot Powder
A refreshing, strong anti-microbial foot powder with a peppermint aroma for sweaty, smelly feet.
4 drops peppermint essential oil, 4 drops tea tree essential oil, 2 drops sage essential oil, 3 teaspoons cornstarch.
Put cornstarch in a small jar, add essential oils and stir them in thoroughly. Cap jar and shake to continue mixing the ingredients. Apply powder to feet and sprinkle into shoes.
An excellent soak for achy, tired and swollen feet.
¼ cup vinegar, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon sea salt, 4 drops wintergreen essential oil, 1 quart hot water
Add recipe ingredients to basin of hot soak water just before immersing feet. For more cleansing action, add 2 drops of tea tree essential oil. For a more moisturizing action add another teaspoon of olive oil and omit the salt.
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