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Posts Tagged ‘witch hazel’

Refresher – Cool Ya Down, Freshen You Up

Posted by terrepruitt on May 2, 2018

I used to use SeaPlasma for so many things. It was a great moisturizer that I could spray all over;  my hair, my face, my skin, my clothes . . . it didn’t matter. Of course I didn’t spray it on my clothes to moisturize them, but when I sprayed it on me I was not worried about it getting on my clothes and staining them. I didn’t worry about it getting on my car’s upholstery or my furniture. It was a great way to “freshen” up when I had to go somewhere right after teaching Nia.  I loved it and have been using it since Junior High. Sad, so sad, to say that it is not being made any more. So . . . I am always on the lookout for something comparable. I have found a couple of moisturizing products but they are basically made of oils so I don’t trust them on my clothes or furniture. I also don’t like to use them in my hair as they just make my hair oily. The other day, after posting about peppermint oil, I decided to make a mixture of my own.

I had a little spray bottle and I filled it almost all the way up with witch hazel, I added a few drops of peppermint oil for its cooling properties. Since it can help with allergies, congestion, among other things, I thought it would be a nice addition. I put in a few drops of lavender oil primarily for its calming effects. And I put in some Ylang Ylang because I enjoy the smell and it can help with anxiety, high blood pressure and restlessness. I topped the bottle off with water. I thought this would make a nice mixture for cooling me down. I think it will not be drying and it smells nice.

Witch Hazel is an astringent made from the bark and leaves of North American witch-hazel shrub. But even though it is an astringent it is not a harsh one. It does not dry out the skin, in fact it helps with moisturizing the skin and hair.

I am not so worried about it on my clothes although I should probably test it out. For now I just have a bottle by my bed and it helps me get to sleep on those warm nights.

I think I will make some more to use in replacement of my beloved-yet-no-longer-made SeaPlasma.  I really love the smell!

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Refresher

Small spray bottle
Witch Hazel
Peppermint oil
Lavender Oil
Ylang Ylang Oil
water

Fill the bottle almost all the way with Witch Hazel, then add about 7 drops of peppermint oil, 7 drops of lavender oil, and 3 or 4 drops of Ylang Ylang oil. Top of with water. Shake.

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As I said I have not tested this on clothing or furniture so be cautious. Also, this is just a loose recipe and IDEA of what to do. Add more or less oil as you see fit . . . do what works for you.

Do you have a recipe for a refresher?

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Trauma

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2011

I’ve mentioned that one day after Nia Class I learned one of my students is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor.  How I learned that, she told me to try the Wet Sock Treatment.  She also gave me a homeopathic medicine called Trauma.  The box says it is for temporary relief of pain and inflammation from injuries, muscle sprains and pulls, bruises and trauma.  I said I would try it even though I am a fan of Zheng Gu Shui.  I have been wanting to post about this since I got it because it is pretty awesome.  I am a fan of it too.

It is so nice because unlike Zheng Gu Shui it does not have a scent.  It also does not stain anything.  It also is not drying.  I think it actually moisturizes.  It is a cream so it is much easier to apply than Zheng Gu Shui which is a liquid.  It is so scent free and residue free that I would often put it on after I got in bed and would just go right to sleep without even bother to wash my hands.

It has arnica in it and I have been told that arnica is great for bruises and it helps with inflammation.  It has many other flowers and herbs, including witch hazel, chamomile, and echinacea.  I would recommend people try it if they have the need for an ointment of this type.

This “problem” with it is according to the package and the website it is only “available through licensed providers and pharmacists”.  Maybe that means you can actually get it at a pharmacy.  I didn’t even think to look.  Well, if you are interested in trying a homeopathic medicine that has no scent yet gives great relief maybe you can check.

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