By Jill Henderson – Show Me Oz –
Nearly twenty-five years ago, when I first began studying herbs and plants and delving into the natural rhythm of being human, I took lots and lots of notes. For my entire adult life I have followed and been fascinated by plants and nature. Learning to know their healthful nature and to pass what I have learned on to others has been one of my life’s passions. The following is an unabridged tidbit from one of my very earliest study journals. Enjoy, be kind, and feel free to share. ~
PLANTS, HERBS, AND FLOWERS WITH DEODORIZING ACTION
- Calendula – Potent antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, soothing and mild.
- Chamomile – Vulnerary, antiseptic, antibacterial, soothing
- Coriander - EO is antiseptic, bacteriostatic
- Lichen – Contains acids which fight bacteria (i.e.; Usnea lichen)
- Oregano - Combats itchy skin, contains thymol (antiseptic), and carvacrol (antifungal). Essential oil can irritate sensitive skin.
- Rosemary – Invigorates sluggish skin, anti-fungal
- Sage – Cuts perspiration by 50%, antiseptic, astringent, pore tightening, oil absorbing, antibacterial
- Tea Tree - Antibacterial, (disinfects wounds), antiseptic
- Witch Hazel – Astringent
Spray On - 1/3oz tincture of myrrh, 1/5oz tincture of catechee [sic catechu], 5oz dry white wine, 20 drops lavender essential oil (essential oil) 50 drops lemon ESSENTIAL OIL, 5 drops clove ESSENTIAL OIL, 50 drops marigold
Essential Oil – Pour into a bottle, shake well and use.
Cream Deodorant - 1 oz cocoa butter, 1 oz beeswax, 1tbs glycerin and 1tbs rosewater. Melt cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler, remove from heat and add glycerin and rosewater. Add several drops of any of the following essential oils as desired lemon, calendula, sage, rosemary, coriander, eucalyptus, lavender or thyme. Whip till smooth and creamy.
Try making stick deodorant by melting paraffin or beeswax with stearin and combining with the above recipe before pouring into a greased mold. Try using a used deodorant tube that has been cleaned.
Herbal Deodorant- 15 drops coriander essential oil, 5 drops cypress essential oil, 5 drops sage essential oil, 5 drops lavender essential oil, 2 oz witch hazel, 1 tbs. grain alcohol, 4 drops grapefruit seed extract. Combine in a 2 oz spray bottle. Shake well before use. This has a one-year shelf life and antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Cleavers Deodorant - 1 large handful dried herb to 1 pint of water, simmered 5 min and strained. Keep in fridge up to a week.
Powdered Deodorant - Blend orris root powder with the dried and pulverized zest of orange or lemon.
Foot Powder - 1/4c. arrowroot powder, 1/4c marigold or calendula flowers and baking soda to your desire. This can also be used as an underarm deodorant.
I hope you have enjoyed this little journey back in time. I know I’ve remembered a few things I had completely forgotten. This only goes to show that you’re never too old to learn – either from the past or the future!