Natural Skincare and Beauty

Fennel Seed Sugar Scrub

Fennel Seed Sugar Scrub

This simple and srummy scrub is easy to make and delightful to use…and if that wasn’t enough, it will help you in reducing the appearance of cellulite when used regularly. I can’t think of a reason not to give this recipe a go!

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Featured Herb – Aloe Vera!

This extraordinary herb contains more than 75 nutritional compounds in approximately 1% of the plant. It has the ability to penetrate body tissue, up to seven layers deep. It cleanses and anaesthetizes and promotes wound healing and the growth of new healthy cells. It is anti-inflammatory, cools the skin and reduces scarring. May be added to sun creams for protection against UV rays and has shown anti-cancer activity. Taken internally, it cleans out the intestines and detoxifies the body. It stimulates and supports immune function. Used in creams, it soothes, heals and moisturizes the skin and carries other ingredients used […]

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Hydro-solve your health and beauty issues, with a hydrosol!

In a recent newsletter I did a little feature on hydrosols, so I thought today I might give you some ideas of what to do with them!! Here is the write up from the newsletter for those who missed it! “Hydrosols are the condensate water co-produced during the steam – or hydro-distillation of plant material for aroma-therapeutic purposes.” Hydrosols are also often described as ‘holograms’ of the plant – cool right? Hydrosols contain all of the plant in every drop just like a hologram. They contain all of the water-soluble components and all of the essential oil molecules; the very fluid that […]

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Finally it has arrived!!!

We have been waiting about 2 years for this product to become available and I am very excited to finally be able to share this stunning and versatile product with you and have it available to buy for your own potions! So what is this magical product? This amazing herb is officially known as Croton Lechleri with a common name of Sangre de Drago – sounds cool doesn’t it? It is. Dragon’s blood comes from the resinous sap of the tree, which when cut, bleeds a sap that runs and looks like thick blood. This sap contains an alkaloid called taspine that […]

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Gentle Elderflower and Yarrow Cleanser

It’s recipe time folks!! And here is a beautiful, gentle cleanser recipe that will have your pores singing! You can get all of these ingredients from our online shop, just e-mail me, donna@cottagehillherbs.co.nz with your order! What you will need 50 ml cleansing lotion base 8 drops elderflower tincture 5 drops macadamia cold pressed oil 10 ml hydrosol of yarrow or almost any other hydrosol of choice 2 x drops grapefruit seed extract 5 drops pure essential oil of melissa or grapefruit (one only). What to do Into a clean bowl place the cleansing lotion base cream and slowly add each […]

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Lip Balm for Beginners

  This week I present a very simple lip balm recipe to keep your lips fresh, moist and healthy as we head towards the cooler parts of the year! Now is the time to prepare these recipes so that you have them on hand for when you really need them!   What it does! All of the ingredients in this lovely and simple recipe are designed to moisturise, to sooth and to heal. Calendula is a beautifully soothing and gentle herb, wheatgerm oil is softening and moisturising and both essential oils will aid in healing sores (especially good for cold sores!). […]

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Herbs for the stressed!

Stress. We all suffer from it. Some of us experience it once in a while when something really taxing happens whilst others seem to live in such a constant state of stress that coming up for air is a rare – nay freak occurrence. However much stress you experience, it can be devastating on our bodies. According to medical researchers who developed the stress scale ranking system – they found that the higher your total stress score in any particular year, the more likely you were to become ill. That’s right, you heard it here…there is a stress ranking system. Now you can […]

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Body Butter for beginners!

It is a wonderful feeling to make your own products; knowing exactly what is going in to them from start to finish and feeling that satisfaction every time you use them. If you have never made a skincare product before it can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.  I have found for my students that just getting started can be the best way to set them down the path of DIY skincare! So why not give this simple recipe a try? If you know how to make a base cream then you can start from scratch, but […]

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The most important ingredient to add to your skincare regime!

  Happy Friday everyone! This week I want to share with you what I feel is the most important ingredient for your skincare. This amazing oil has a unique ability to penetrate deep into skin tissue, acting as a superb transporter of all ingredients within your fomula and carrying these ingredients further into tissue than any other product is capable of.  It also stimulates micro circulation via the skin, hair follicles and lymphatic system. So what is this amazing oil?!! Why it’s organc castor oil of course!  This fantastic oil has been around for centuries but is little celebrated in our mainstream culture […]

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Arthritic Joint Pain Massage Oil

Arthritis and joint pain is caused by stagnant fluids, uric acid and the build up of sediment around the joint. Excellent pain relief may be obtained by massaging this oil into the affected area. Circulation improves as the joint area is cleansed and soothed with this unique oil combination that assists in removing metabolic wastes via the lymphatic system whilst relieving pain at the same time. To make 100 ml massage oil: 30% Castor oil – organic cold pressed 30% M.S.M. infused oil 20% Kawakawa infused oil 10% Tumeric with Black Pepper infused oil 10% Magnesium oil 30 Drops Tumeric […]

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Announcing Our New Preservative Formula D

A completely natural non chemical broad spectrum formula which contains extracts of: Elderberry Usnea Grapefruit seeds in 2 forms Benzoin Rosemary Totara Cinnamon Oregano Frankinsence Litsea Palmarosa Usage 5-6 drops per 50gm base product. Available in 25ml dropper bottles @ $29.95   Did you find this article helpful? If so, please sign up for our new and free newsletter where you will learn many simple ways to create your own natural healing products from salves, oils, cream and lotions, baby-care and much much more including loads of herbal information to use in your everyday life. So join us in our […]

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Christmas Gift Giving

Pure and Silky Baby Talc A basic recipe that may be altered to suit your personal choices or ingredient availability. 1/2 cup White French Clay 1/2 cup Arrowroot Powder 1/4 cup Chamomile Powder 1/4 cup Colloidal Oatmeal Total of 1.5 cups powder to be blended together thoroughly with 10 drops pure essential oil of chamomile. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the essential oil into 2 tablespoons of the blended powders. Grind this thoroughly and then add these 2 tablespoons and blend or shake till well combined. Package in either a suitable shaker dispenser or a container with a powder […]

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