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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.

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If you fancy spending a little less on household cleaners and using fewer synthetic products in your environment, have a look in the kitchen cupboard. There are several everyday foodstuffs which can double up as efficient grime-busters.

Many conventional cleaners are perfumed with lemon because of its fresh, clean smell. The citric acid found in fresh lemon juice can act on grease and stains. Add 1/4 pint of lemon juice to a bucket of cold water. Soak dingy whites in it overnight before washing. Also add lemon juice to the rinsing water when washing glasses This makes them shine. Heat up a few slices of lemon in a bowl of water in the microwave it will help to remove lingering cooking smells. Half a lemon left in the fridge for a few days keeps it smelling sweet.

The acetic acid in vinegar makes an excellent t de-greaser and it can help to deodorise chopping boards and surfaces. It also has mild disinfectant properties. It is possible to to get a lovely sparkle on windows by cleaning them with newspaper and malt vinegar. For work surfaces and lavatories distilled (white) vinegar is better. Just dampen a cloth with the vinegar and wipe it over the surfaces which need cleaning. Distilled vinegar is also very effective for removing lime scale, and it can be used to remove scum and soap residue from shower screens.

Bicarbonate of soda (sodium hydrogen carbonate) usually found in the kitchen cupboard is an efficient cleaner. It is slightly abrasive and can be combined with lemon juice, white vinegar or water, making a paste to tackle stubborn stains on most surfaces. A solution of bicarbonate of soda applied to the inside of a clean oven (not on self-cleaning panels) and allowed to dry will allow future fat and splashes to be easily wiped off. Sprinkle the powder onto smelly carpets, leave for a few hours and then vacuum off. A bowl of bicarb left in the fridge will absorb any unpleasant odours.

Try a little olive oil to get rid of fingerprints on stainless steel surfaces. Just pour a little on a cloth and wipe over the marks. This should remove them and also shine up the surface.

A badly stained saucepan will often respond to tomato ketchup or a tine of tomatoes. Apply the ketchup (which contains citric acid) to the stains, rub and rinse off. Or cook tomatoes in a stained saucepan – it should look sparkling when the tomatoes are removed. Rhubarb can also have this effect.

Cola and fruit juice stains can be removed from clothes by soaking in milk for an hour before washing. Soda water is useful for getting out red wine stains even from carpets.

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2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
1/2 pint water
2 teaspoons baking powder
10 drops lemon juice


- Boil herbs in the water.
- Reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Cool and strain.
- Put into a spray bottle.
- Add baking powder and lemon juice.
- Shake well.
- Store in fridge for up to 7 days.