Feel good with natural cosmetics

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Pia Hess, Consultant Medical School

Pia Hess, druggist and lecturer at the Heilpflanzen-Schule

Well-being, relaxation and sensual experience are in close contact with flowers, herbs, scents, flavors and the creative use of natural materials for Pia Hess. Therefore, it is not surprising that the trained druggist has been committed to the production of natural cosmetics since the 1980s and passes on their knowledge with enthusiasm in the courses of the medicinal plant school. Charmingly and competently she explains the different qualities of oils, provides information about essential fragrances and compares natural and synthetically produced ingredients. For her bath products, body oils, creams, ointments and balms she uses only skin and environmentally friendly raw materials, preferably organic and from the region.

Cutting cold, dry heating air and the missing sun beats us in the winter on the mind. Pia Hess, a druggist and consultant at the Freiburg Medicinal Plant School, shows how natural cosmetics can be made from natural ingredients.

"For people with skin problems and allergies, it's extremely important to know the ingredients in their care and beauty products to avoid intolerance," explains Pia Hess. "Although natural substances can trigger allergic reactions. However, those who produce their own care products always have the opportunity to test the ingredients themselves first. Everything that is needed for the production of natural cosmetics, there are in grocery stores, health food stores, in the pharmacy, on the lawn or in the garden, because many herbs have not only healing, but also nourishing substances or pleasant scents. As a base for her body and massage oils, Pia Hess uses herbal oil extracts, which she applies with dried flowers, leaves or roots, thereby improving the shelf life of the product. With fresh plants there is the danger that water gets into the oil and forms molds. The beauty of self-made care and pampering products is that they are relatively easy to make. Lovingly decorated and packaged, the bathing balls, body oils and fragrance potpourris are not only coveted Christmas gifts and souvenirs.

Bath balls

Natural cosmetics: bath balls

Sparkling bathing fun from soda, citric acid, potato starch, shea butter, cocoa butter, pure lecithin, beetroot powder

Ingredients for 5-6 balls: 100 g of sodium bicarbonate, 50 g of citric acid, 25 g of potato or corn starch, 5 g of pure lecithin powder, 1-2 Msp. Beetroot (pink) or turmeric (yellow), 15 g shea butter, 15 g cocoa butter, 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice, eg. Rose, lavender or bergamot (Primavera)
Preparation: Mix soda, citric acid and starch well in a bowl. Add pure lecithin. Color the dry matter with beetroot powder or turmeric. Melt the shea and cocoa butter in a bain-marie on low heat. Gradually add the melted fat to the mass, stir well, then knead (rubber gloves). Flavor with essential oils. Form small balls by hand, decorate with rosebuds. Refrigerate for 1 hour and allow to dry for 3 days.

Fragrant bath salt

Natural cosmetics: bath salt

Ingredients: 1 kg coarse sea salt (grocery, drugstore), 10 ml 70% alcohol (pharmacy) or 10 ml melissa tincture, 1-2 Msp turmeric powder (medicinal ginger plant for coloring, it is available everywhere, where there are spices). Alternatively, you can also use natural food colors. Essential oils: 15 drops of lemon grass and 10 drops of bergamot.
Preparation: Salt on a base, z. B. baking paper, spread. Dissolve turmeric in a little water, add alcohol - it prevents the salt crystals from dissolving through the dye solution, but it evaporates when it dries. Pour the fragrance dye solution star-shaped over the salt. Mix salt well, allow to dry and place in a closable glass jar. Keep away from light, otherwise the color fades.
Application: Dissolve 100 g of bath salt in hot water and pour into the bath. Ideal as a foot bath.

Body and massage oil

Medicinal plants: hops-sherry

The mixture of hops and sherry has a soothing and relaxing effect

Ingredients: For the oil extract 10-20 g dried medicinal plants z. Marigolds, chamomile, roses and lavender, 200 ml vegetable oil, either jojoba, sunflower, apricot kernel, sesame or almond oil. The oils can also be mixed. 20-30 drops of fresh, fruity essential oil: z. Grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, mandarin and orange (Primavera), 1 transparent glass jar for 250 ml.
Preparation: Put dry flowers into a glass, pour oil over it so that everything is well covered.Close the container and put it in a warm place - either on the sunny window or near the heater. Shake daily to dissolve the active ingredients. Pour oil through a coffee filter after three to five weeks. Perfume with essential oils. Fill in small bottles and use quickly, before the oil gets rancid.
Application: Gently massaged into the skin, relaxes and cares for the oil; The massage also stimulates the blood circulation.

Spice potpourri

Potpourri in the medicinal plant school

Potpourris are also part of natural cosmetics. They spread winter scents

Ingredients: Half a handful of cardamom, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and dried citrus peel, rose petals and buds for a deep dish or a bowl. To enhance the aroma: 1 teaspoon coriander, cloves and cardamom and 1 heaped tablespoon of violet powder (it is obtained from the rootstock of the Florentine iris and serves as a fixative, that is, it preserves the fragrance, at least for a time).
Preparation: Put ingredients in the plate. Crush coriander, cloves and cardamom in a mortar, add violet powder. Mix the mixture with the spices in the plate. In addition, you can decorate the potpourri with small cones, feathers or wild fruits (rose hips, hawthorn) or fill in transparent fabric bags and give away.
Application: Put the potpourri near the heater, mix occasionally and refresh with a suitable essential oil as soon as the scent subsides.

Refreshing room spray

Room spray in the medicinal plant school

Homemade Rosehip Tea contains a lot of vitamins and minerals

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers, 2 slices of organic lemon (if you want, you can also add some spices such as cinnamon stick, cardamom, star anise, vanilla and cloves), 200 ml of vodka, 20-30 drops of essential oils z. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, mandarin or lavender; 100 ml of water, boiled and cooled, 1 glass of dark glass spray (pharmacy)
Preparation: Pour flowers and / or spices into a jar, pour over the vodka. Close the jar and place in a shady place for two to five weeks at room temperature. Shake daily. Then pour the tincture through a coffee filter or a fine sieve. Add essential oils and then slowly add the water. This can lead to a cloudiness (maybe put in the fridge and the next day to filter the cold mixture again). Fill in dark spray bottles.
Application: The natural scents bring refreshing freshness to heated rooms in no time.

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