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Quick and Easy recipes for you to add to your collection or try for the first time.

Peppermint Lotion
Relieves itching.

* 1/2 cup water
* 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
* 3-4 drops peppermint oil

Oil of eucalyputs or cade can be used in place of peppermint, if you prefer. Pour the water and alcohol into a bottle, then add the oil. Cap and shake well. Apply to your skin with a clean cloth.


Cuticle Cream

* 3 tbsp paraffin
* 1/2 cup mineral oil
* 1 tbsp coconut oil
* 1 tbsp glycerin

Slowly heat paraffin with the oils in a double boiler. Stir until blended. Add in the glycerin and remove from heat. Let cool before using.

Cucumber Facial Mask (Cleans and Moisturizes)

* 3 tsp lemon extract
* Juice of one lime
* 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer to a jar and shake well. Store in the refrigerator. Tightens your pores, refreshes your skin, and helps remove oils from skin.
Chamomile Astringent

You will need:

* 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint (or 2 tbsp dried)
* 2 tbsp dried chamomile flowers, crushed
* 4 cups water

Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Boil for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain liquid into a jar, cover and refrigerate. Will keep 2 weeks refrigerated. Apply w/ cotton balls to skin. Especially good for very oily skin.

Toothpaste Recipes

* 1/4 tsp peppermint oil
* 1/4 tsp spearmint
* 1/4 cup arrowroot
* 1/4 cup powdered orrisroot
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 tsp ground sage

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until paste is desired thickness / consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.

Substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint/spearmint if desired.


Ben Franklin's Toothpaste

* Honey
* Ground charcoal

Mix into a paste and rub on teeth for whiteness.

Simple toothpaste mixtures

* Bicarbonate of soda
* Salt
* Water
* Glycerine
* Peppermint oil

Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda with one part salt. Add 3 tsp of glycerine for every 1/4 cup of this mixture, then add enough water to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for better taste.

Fruit teeth cleaners!

Rub a lemon rind on your teeth to remove brown stains. Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.

Clean your teeth with a fresh strawberry. Rub it over and between your teeth.


Mouth Wash

* 2 cups water
* 3 tsp fresh parsley
* 2 tsp whole cloves
* 2 tsp ground cinnamon
* 2 tsp peppermint extract

Boil water and remove from heat. Add dry ingredients and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.

You can substitute other flavorings for peppermint if the minty flavor is not to your taste.


Quicky Breath Fresheners

1. Gargle and rinse with undiluted rose water.
2. Chew a sprig of parsley or watercress.
3. Gently rub your gums and teeth with pine needles.

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