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Today, more and more people prefer to bypass commercially available body-care products—and their chemical additives—in favor of more natural, homemade products. These high-quality herbal bath and beauty items fill the bill. Ranging from soaps and shampoos to soothing lotions and lip balms, the 50+ projects include such easy-to-find ingredients as beeswax, peppermint, chamomile, lavender, vitamin E, honey, and shea butter. Best of all, you can tailor the recipes to fit your own specific needs and hair and skin type. You'll find helpful information on the benefits of various flowers and herbs, and an overview of essential oils that details their therapeutic properties and scents. Enjoy these herbal delights yourself . . . or give them as gifts!
Heatherly Houdek trained at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, and also participated in Floricopia's Essential Oils program, Traditional Appalachian Herbalism, and other programs. She regularly attends herbalist gatherings such as the Green Path Gathering and the Southeast Women's Herb Conference. Her teaching experience includes the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in Asheville, NC; The International Center in Greenville, SC; and Clemson University; as well as a number of private workshops. Her most recent classes have been a six-week series in hands-on medicine making, with two of the six classes in herbal body care products. She currently works for the American Herbalists Guild in Asheville, NC.