Used as an ingredient in many good-quality lotions and creams, almond oil is one of the oldest of all cosmetics. It’s good for cleansing and nourishing dry and sensitive skin.
A pretty, lush plant that will thrive in the smallest kitchen garden. Its stems and leaves can be used in home-made recipes for toilet waters and light fragrances.
The aromatic seeds have mildly anti-bacterial properties and can be used to freshen the breath. The essential oil can be used in massages. Just make sure not to use it if you have a rash.
The fine-textured oil, derived from apricot kernels, is a very good all-purpose body moisturiser. Not only can it be used as an anti-wrinkle facial treatment, it is also fantastic at erasing those never embarrassing stretch-marks!
Avocados contain lecithin, a protein which is good for dry or damaged hair. Use avocado in oil form as a moisturiser and hair conditioner. It’s also good for softening nails and cuticles.
Banana is rich in vitamin A and potassium.The mashed pulp is very gentle when used on the skin, making good refining and cleansing face masks.
Steep the dried leaves of this herb in hot water, then cool and strain before using the tea as a fresh-smelling bath fragrance.
Use a cooled infusion to soothe blemishes or fresh juice from the plant to treat various skin conditions, including pimples.