How to make your own Rosewater (Skin Toners, Room Sprays etc)

20141013_092336Make sure that the rose petals that are being used are organic. If you are making your own rosewater for skin toners, you will want to insure that they were grown without any harmful insecticides or pesticides. Which means you will probably want to harvest them for you own personal garden and not use petals from the roses your partner may have given you for a special occasion.

Ingredients

Large Handful of {Organic} Rose Petals

Enough {Distilled} water to just cover the rose petals

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Place the fresh rose petals in a large pot, cover with distilled water, about a 1/2 inch over the petals. Lightly steam the petals until all of the colour has faded. Be careful not to bring your water to a boil or all of the special properties of the water will be lost.

Let the water cool and then strain out the petals, what you are left over with is rose water that can be used in creams, lotions, skin toner, room sprays etc.

Keep the left over water in the fridge to better preserve.

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Natural Homemade Hand Sanitizer (No Alcohol)

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Using only a few natural ingredients it is very easy to create a homemade hand sanitizer that works just a well as the store bought but without all of the nasty chemcials that have been a huge concern lately. Triclosan is used in many products as a way to kill fungas, bacteria and viruses, but did you know what it is also an endocrine disruptor and and is a huge contributor in allergies such as contact dermatitis.  It is also the chemical that is currently being blamed for the strains of resistant bacteria. This recipe uses essential oils to kill the germs, so it works great and smells great too!

Ingredients

8 oz Aloe Vera Gel (important that it is just natural aloe with out parabens, the only two brands I could find were Lily of the Desert and Aubrey)

1 tablespoon Witch Hazel

1/4 teaspoon pure Vitamin E oil ( important as this ingredient makes the Aloe Vera shelf stable.)

30 drops 100% Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops Clove Essential Oil

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Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a sterilized mason jar or reuse a well washed old bottle to keep in your purse or at work. This receipe is shelf stable because of the vitamin E oil. A little goes a long way!

Feel free to add some lavender or cinnamon oil along to change everything up a bit.