Natural Skincare and Beauty

A Skin & Scalp Healing Herb – Marshmallow!

Marshmallow Root A member of the Mallow family with a history dating back to the old testament when it was eaten as a food and considered a delicacy by ancient Chinese and Romans. Once the main ingredient in the production of this amazing plant’s namesake “The Marshmallow”. It contains a sticky, sweet carbohydrate liquid which is very emollient, soothing to the digestive and urinary tracts and is much loved for its benefits to the respiratory system and in particular for the creation of soothing, healing cough syrups. Its healing properties are unsurpassed however when it comes to skincare and for […]

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ROSES FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY

The Leaves: of the wild rose when dried make a good substitute for tea. The petals and the fruit are still regarded as a useful heart tonic. Red roses increase the retentive faculty – they can be used as a gargle. Rose water made into syrup with Elderberries is excellent (and delicious) for sore throats, coughs and colds. Rosehips: are the richest source of Vitamin C f…rom the plant world (especially rich are the hips from the Rugosa Roses) – although all rosehips contain various levels of Vitamin C plus bioflavonoids which help prevent the destruction of Vitamin C in […]

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Skincare Ingredients

Skincare Ingredients        ASPECTS THAT AFFECT THE SHELF LIFE   OF YOUR NATUAL HANDMADE SKINCARE PRODUCTS   My experience over more than 40 years of teaching production methods for natural skincare has been that the single most limiting factor in obtaining a reasonable shelf life for your products is the cold pressed carrier oils chosen to include into your creams. Carrier oils are prone to faster oxidation, which causes them to turn rancid more readily. This is especially significant when used in creams and lotions that have been packaged in pots.  Repeated opening of the pot, exposing the […]

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2 Day Natural Skincare

February 2014 2 Day Natural Skincare Workshop     Date: Saturday February 22nd & February 23rd Time: 10:30am – 5:00pm Fee: $485.00 inclusive of all materials   A two day basic intensive workshop designed to show you how simple, easy and cost effective it is to create your own superior, chemical free, beautiful and effective skincare products. Over the course of 2 days you will learn to make your own organic base creams, herbal infused oils, tinctures, glycerites etc to include with your creams and lotions. You will learn which herbs and natural ingredients are the most effective in rejuvenating, healing and […]

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Diploma of Natural Skin Care 2014 Announcement

Cottage Hill Herb Farm is pleased to announce its 2014 Diploma of Natural Skin Care course starting in March 2014… The Education Centre at Cottage Hill Herbs has been at the forefront of hands on education for more than 40 years. We pride ourselves on the many students who have established successful businesses and product ranges after completing our study programme. This year we are again proud to offer… The first course of its kind available in NZ on natural skin care. Now in its seventh year. A very comprehensive course which explores just what “really” constitutes “pure and natural” […]

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Announcing an Exciting New Skincare Essential Oil

ELEMI ESSENTIAL OIL This gorgeous, exotic, light, lemony – but woody pure essential oil is a must-have for skincare products for mature, and/or lined and wrinkled skin types. Elemi is intensely revitalising and rejuvenating, nourishing and toning to skin – it brings worn out or damaged skin to life again. It’s antiseptic and wound healing properties makes it useful for scar tissue, acne and other problem skin conditions. May be used in creams, lotions, salves, hair care, soaps and for its healing properties in chest rubs, massage blends etc. Elemi helps expectoration, with bronchitis, chest problems, catarrh and for arthritic […]

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Colloidal Oatmeal

The skincare use of oats dates back to ancient Egypt. During the 1800’s oats were regarded as so powerful the extracts were exclusively available only at pharmacies. Oatmeal’s ability to relieve dry, itching skin was first documented during the 1930’s. The recognised clinical benefits of finely ground oats are due to their remarkable chemical composition and the fortunate coincidence that compounds essential for the natural development of oats may have beneficial effects on humans. Oats have the highest protein and lipid content of any cereal grain, as well as a high fatty acid content and provides soothing, non-irritating cleansing for […]

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Did you know?

Rose petals contain as much or more antioxidant power than green tea – making them a wonderfully healing and caffeine free beverage. Rose hips are a very rich source of naturally occurring vitamin C – they are also rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, Niacin, vitamin K, bioflavonoids, vitamin E, polyphenols and heart friendly pectin. Rose petals are also rich in B vitamins, polyphenols and bioflavonoids. Roses, especially the hips are a fine blood tonic, especially good for fatigue, anxiety, vertigo, dry skin and hair, pallor and other signs of blood deficiency. The entire plant is incredibly anti-inflammatory, Scandinavian […]

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Clays

The simple, natural & inexpensive way to healthy skin. Active french clays,Bentonite, Kaolin, Black & Moroccan red clay These pure chemical free clays consist of curative volcanic ash or feldspar minerals. Dug from the earth and carefully sun dried – each of these beautiful clays has similar abilities, but they differ in their level of absorption and mineral properties. Cosmetic clays regularly used, rejuvenate skin, exfoliate and stimulate blood circulation to the skin, removes dead skin cells and debris from the pores and refine pores to create a smooth, healthy glow. French clay properties and use: – Green Clay: Very […]

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Body Butter Ingredient Information

The following butters may be added to almost any skin or body care product to improve moisturising, slip, texture, nourishment and for a soft, smooth buttery feel in certain products COCOA BUTTER Is one of the most commonly used butters, being relatively inexpensive overall, providing silken softness, lots of slip (so excellent in massage waxes.) cocoa butter softens and lubricates the skin, being most beneficial in eye balms, lip balms, lipsticks, eyelash creams, lubricating products, emollient creams and soaps. Cocoa butter is a solid fat, expressed from the seeds of the cocoa plant. A vegetable product suitable for vegan products. […]

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Some Hair Herbs…

Stinging Nettle Vitamin and mineral rich herb that stimulates scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. Make a tea and use into natural shampoo base. Rosemary A powerful scalp conditioner and circulatory herb that is highly recommended for thinning and falling hair. Also useful for dandruff and dry scalp (some dandruff and dry scalp problems are the result of using the wrong shampoo). Cider Vinegar Although not a herb, herbs may be tinctured into this amazing substance. Organic Cider Vinegar extracts all the vitamins and minerals from the herbs and when used as a final hair rinse after shampooing and conditioning […]

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Hydrosols

For Burns The hydrosol adds a significant cooling effect and works synergistically with the essential oil. For severe burns add 15 drops of pure essential oil of Lavender to 100ml of Chamomile hydrosol. Spray onto burns and continue using until healing is complete. Hair Rinses Hydrosols can be used as a leave-in rinse after shampoo and conditioning, do not rinse out – dry and style as usual. Hydrosols may also be misted directly onto hair and scalp. Excellent for scalp problems, hair loss, poor growth, itchy and or flaky scalp, and dry hair. For Halitosis 30 mls hydrosol of peppermint. […]

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