Friday, December 10, 2010

Simple Gift Idea - Shower Gel

Short days can suck the energy right out of you.  I am a pretty energetic morning person, but when the daylight slips away I really lose my motivation to do anything except watch TV, especially when there is no gardening to be done.  A few years ago while working on a lecture on aromatherapy and making infusions for the bath I put together this recipe.  Try it for yourself and see if it can’t chase away the winter blahs.

Energizing Shower Gel

1 T dried mint leaves (2 T if you can get fresh)
1/2 loose cup of eucalyptus leaves (or 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil)
1 small cinnamon stick
1 cup boiling water
½ cup mild liquid soap, a nice unscented liquid castile is good
1 T vegetable glycerin

Place fresh herbs in glass bowl and pour boiling water over them and allow to steep for several hours until cool.  Strain off and keep liquid, discarding herbs.  Add soap and glycerin to liquid and mix thoroughly.  Store gel in a container with a pour spout or soap pump.  To use, pour a generous amount onto an exfoliating sponge, puff, or washcloth and gently massage your entire body.  Rinse well with warm water followed by a 30 second blast of cold water.

Rinsing with cold water after using this gel makes you feel like you jumped into a cool mountain lake.

The Backyard Patch makes dozens of bath salts, scrubs and sachets.  Click here to take a look at our array of items.

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