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Although all the ingredients in these beauty recipes are natural, remember that it is still possible to be allergic to anything applied to the skin. DO NOT USE ANYTHING NUT BASED ON YOUR SKIN IF YOU HAVE A NUT ALLERGY. To test other ingredients make up a very small amount of the recipe you intend to use. Wash and gently dry a small patch of skin inside your elbow. Apply a little of the mix to the skin and leave for 48 hours. If you experience any redness or swelling DO NOT USE THE BEAUTY RECIPE AT ALL.

We strongly recommend that you do your own research before using any of the ingredients in these recipes since some ingredients should be avoided by certain groups of people. Mountain Rose Herbs' website has a wealth of information on herbs, their uses and possible side effects. Many essential oils and herbs should always be avoided by pregnant/nursing ladies. Always check with a qualified health advisor if in doubt.

Clean Linen

Mountain Rose Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs offers a wide range of dried herbs and spices.

The idea of scenting clothes and linen is by no means a modern concept. For centuries flowers and herbs, valued for their properties of perfuming, protecting and gentle cleansing, have been used in the process of laundering. Of course there are plenty of products on the market aimed at perfuming and conditioning clothes and linen. These include scented washing powders, fabric conditioners and linen sprays. Also available are scented drawer liners, lavender bags, cedarwood balls and scented moth repellants. However the vast majority of these products are chemically based which we may not wish to have next to our skin and permeate the atmospheres of our houses.

In former times great care was taken to perfume and preserve bed linen because it was a very expensive household item. Traditional scented herbs were made into flower waters or dried and sown into sachets. The scented waters were sprinkled over linen before storing and the dried herbs and sachets were used in cupboards, drawers and linen presses. Some herbs were specifically used for their moth repelling properties.

It is quite possible to grow herbs in the garden and to make perfumed products to protect and fragrance your pillow cases, sheets and duvet covers. Rosemary, sweet marjoram, hyssop, costmary and lavender all lend a beautiful perfume to laundry. Woodruff, cotton lavender, tansy and wormwood all help to deter moths.

Try these recipes for making flower waters which can be sprayed or sprinkled on linen.

Rosemary Water

4 tablespoons chopped rosemary leaves
3/4 pint water

- Put ingredients into saucepan.
- Simmer for 30 minutes.
- Cool.
- Strain and bottle.

N.B. Lavender can be used instead of rosemary.


1oz red rose petals
1/2 pint boiling water

- Place the petals in a basin.
- Pour the boiling water over the petals.
- Cover.
- Leave to stand for 1 hour.
- When cool strain and bottle.

To deter moths, sow this mixture into a little muslin bag and store it with your linen.

1oz cotton lavender flowers, dried
1oz lavender flowers, dried
1/2 oz rosemary leaves, dried
1 tablespoon orris root power

- Mix ingredients together.
- Sow into small muslin(s) bag(s).