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Herbal vinegar bath If Your skin's natural pH balance has been disrupted, perhaps through the use of harsh deodorant soaps, you may have dry, itchy m. The apple cider vinegar helps restore the correct acid/alkaline ratio; it also relieves the sting of sunburn.

2 cups (500 ml) apple cider vinegar i/2 cup (50 g) dried chamomile flowers 'It cup (30 g) dried comfrey root powder 'It cup (60 ml) aloe vera juice

1 Place apple cider vinegar and chamomile in a non-aluminium saucepan over medium heat. When mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat. Cover; let stand 3 hours, or overnight.

2 Strain off herbs. Add powder and juice to vinegar, stirring well. Pour into a glass bottle with a non-metallic cap. Store in a cool, dark place.

3 To use, shake well and add 'It cup (125 ml) to bath while tap is running. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Each mineral salt possesses specific health properties. These useful tools can be harnessed in many natural beauty treatments.

■ Sulphur stimulates the mucous membranes and helps relieve the symptoms of colds and other respiratory problems: il may also benefit acne and eczema.

■ Calcium and potassium may improve the symptoms of arthritis as well as some disorders of the central nervous system.

■ Magnesium is essential for strong bones and a healthy heart, li also promotes the Proper functioning of the nerves and muscles.

Gilrus biilh bombs

These bath bombs have a zingy. uplifting scent lhat refreshes the senses and clears the mind. Neroli and lemon create an energizing and stimulating atmosphere, while grapefruit has a detoxifying effect. To prevent the seem fading loo fast, store the bath bombs in an airiighi container in a dry. dark place; they will keep for 3 to <i months.

1 cup (125 g) baking soda 'li cup (60 g) citric acid V; cup (60 g) cornflour 2'/j tablespoons almond oil 1 tablespoon water 10 drops neroli essential oil 10 drops lemon essential oil 10 drops grapefruit essential oil 1 teaspoon borax spray bottle filled with witch hazel

1 Place baking soda, citric acid and cornflour in a bowl; mix well. In another bowl, combine almond oil. water, essenlial oils and borax. Drizzle wei ingredients into dry ingredients, pouring wlih one hand and squishing mixture together with the other.

2 Pack firmly into soap molds or flexible silicone muffin pans: leave overnighl.

To remove, flip over and tap out onto baking paper. Lightly mist the bombs with witch hazel; this forms a crust to reduce cracking.

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