Sunday, May 06, 2007

Pamper Yourself

Elderflower Cordial:
2 1/2 pints (1.5 lts) water
3 lb (1.5 kg) granulated sugar
2 oz (50g) citric acid
25 elderflower heads, washed and shaken dry
2 unwaxed lemons, sliced
Bring the water to the boil and stir in the sugar. When dissolved, remove from heat and cool. Stir in the citric acid, the elderflowers and the lemon slices. Cover and leave to infuse for 3 days, stirring occasionally.
Strain through a fine sieve or muslin and pour into warm, sterilized bottles. Seal. Store in a cool place (the books says it will keep indefinitely). Serve diluted to taste with water or use sparkling mineral water.

Elderflower Lotion: a smoothing toner for the skin
3 1/2 oz (100g) fresh elderflowers (no stalks)
OR 1 oz (25g) dried elderflowers
1/2 pint (300ml) boiling water
3 tblsp eau de cologne
Crush the flowers using a pestle and mortar (or whizz in a food processor). Put into a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Leave to cool. Strain through a fine sieve/muslin and stir in the cologne. Store in a dark bottle with a stopper and keep in the fridge. Use within a month.

Skin Scrub:
4 oz (11og) cornflour
2 oz (50g) wheat flour
4 oz (110g) dried milk
Mix together and store in an airtight container. After washing, blend a little of the mix with warm water to make a paste and massage face for a few minutes before rinsing off.

Face Masks:
1. Mix together one tblsp. natural yogurt with 1 tblsp mashed ripe strawberries. Apply to face and neck. Cover with a warm cloth. Leave for 10 minutes then rinse off with cold water. (not suitable for those with allergies).
2. Mix together 2 finely grated carrots, with 1 tblsp. potato flour and 1 egg yolk. Wash face and neck and immediately apply the paste. Leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water and rinse with cold water.
3. For slack tired skin - mix together 100g ripe raspberries, one egg yolk, 15g each of ground almonds and honey. Smooth over face and neck. Leave for at least half an hour before rinsing off with tepid water.

Orange and Mint Tooth Powder
1 1/2 oz (40g) orange peel
1 oz (25g) dried mint leaves
2 tsp sea salt
Wash orange peel to remove any wax. Dry with a towel then grate to remove zest and leave this to dry overnight. Crush the mint with a mortar and add to the dried zest and the salt. Put in a screwtop jar or shallow tin. To use, dip a damp toothbrush into the powder and clean your teeth as normal. Rinse.

1 handful fresh blackcurrant leaves
18 fl.oz (500ml) water
2 tsp lemon juice
Boil the leaves in the water until half the water has evaporated. Add the lemon juice (freshly sqeezed) . Strain through a fine sieve. Bottle up in sterlized jars with lids and use 2 tsp in a glass of water to freshen the mouth.