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These I have made with excellent results. Their recipes orginated from a rare old book belonging to Aunty. Print them off if you like.



Lavender Handcream

The lavender oil used here adds a very slight perfume and is also a powerful healer and an antiseptic in its own right. The white wax is bleached bees' wax, in the old days bleached outside in the sun. Present day, bees' wax can be found in granular form which dissolve faster than a large block. If you can get a block of wax, then grate it on the coarse blades of a food grater, or shred slivers off the block with a sharp knife. Coconut oil is extracted from the dried flesh of the coconut and has been used for centuries in preparations to moisturize and condition the skin and hair. Almond oil is one of the oldest known cosmetics and is a very light but effective oil that actually has no scent of almonds. It is still used in many commercialk cosmetics. The amounts needed in this recipe are measured in spoons so that you can choose the size of the spoon according to how much you want to make.

Ingredients for Lavender Handcream

4 spoons sweet almond oil
4 spoons coconut oil
3 spoons white wax
6 spoons glycerine
Lavender essential oil (about 6 drops if tablespoons are used as a measure).

Put the almond oil and white wax into a double saucepan, or a basin over a pan of simmering hot water and gently dissolve them.
Stir the mixture to blend it together and when everything has melted, add the glycerine drop by drop.
Take it off the heat and stir til creamy. Finally, add drops of lavender oil and mix well. Put into pots. I use old screw top jars.

Many pharmacist/chemist shops stock everything that you might need. Certain ingredients such as almond oil are far cheaper bought at a straightforward chemist that at a specialist shop or a herbalist. Build up a stock of containers. (I re-use old screw top jam jars) to store your results in as mine seem best for the hand cream and lotion (next recipe). Obviously, creams which become quite solid when cool need to be put into wide-mouthed jars that are easy to reach into, but liquids are safer in narrow-necked bottles.

Box Leaf Hair Tonic Recipe

While no-one would dare claim this as a cure for balding in men, box leaves are supposed to be a great restorative to hair and to strengthen it while stimulating the scalp. The better known hair herb is of course, rosemary. As the lotion is so simple to make, it is probably well worth a try and whatever its effect on poorly hair, it still makes a good astringent final rinse after hair washing.

4 handfuls of fresh box leaves
1.7 litres (3 pints) spring water (bottled mineral water is fine)
25ml (1 fl oz) eau de cologne (4711 original eau de cologne is good)

Put the box leaves into a large pan. Pour the water over and bring to the boil. Simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes.
Leave to cool for at least two hours before straining the liquid and adding the eau de cologne.
Pour through a funnel into bottles.
Use a lotion or final rinse after hair washing.



Cinnamon Cough Sweets

These little cough sweets are traditionally rolled into cigar shapes to mimic the real cinnamon quills.The ingredients are easily found in most places. If you have a problem with getting rosewater, try a chemist shop. These cough sweets really do work. Using powdered cinnamon soothe a sore throat and a ticklish cough.


Powder gum arabic
Powdered cinnamon
Caster sugar

Gently warm about 2 tablespoons of rosewater and add enough gum arabic approx 2 teaspoons) to make a sticky syrup.

Now work in roughly equal amounts of caster sugar and powdered cinnamon until you have a solid paste.

Press into a shallow tin and, as it dries, cut into small sticks. Rolls these slightly to make them round. Leave completely to dry.

Cinnamon is an antiseptic. The rosewater is soothing. I've been making these for ages. You'll love them.


Use honey which has been clarified and will not crystallize. Most shop-bought clear honey is fine. It will soothe a ticklish cough and the lemon juice provides a welcome boost to Vitamin C. Both adults and children can benefit from this mixture.

Two juicy lemons (thin skinned lemons are the juiciest)
150ml (5 fl oz) clear honey
50ml (2 fl oz) glycerine

Squeeze the juice from the two lemons and strain the juice to get it as clear as possible.

Put the lemon juice, honey and glycerine into a jug and mix very thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a small clear glass medicine bottle and cork toghtly. I daresay a small empty, cleaned bottle that contained vodka would be just as good. Just make sure you drink all the vodka first.  :wink

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Thank you for these! Will definitely have to try!
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