Sunday, September 5, 2010
This time of year is both Father's Day in Australia and my dad's birthday ... so Happy Both, Dad! It's so hard being so far away from your parents, especially around special occasions like birthdays. Although now I kind of have an excuse for late cards and presents, right? Right? Dad?
But to mark the day I wanted to post a recipe for my dad ... even though it's not very sendable, I was thinking of you!
Green Tea Tree After Shaving Oil
Makes 1 small bottle, which should last a couple of weeks
1 Tbs apricot kernel oil or almond oil
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree oil
2 vitamin E capsules
1/4 tsp macha green tea powder
1. Pour all the ingredients into a small glass bottle. For the vitamin E tablets, use a pin to poke a hole in each one and squeeze the contents into the bottle. Shake. You're done!
* Always store essential oils out of the reach of little ones.
What are all these ingredients good for??
Well, shaving is not so great for skin - I mean, you're dragging a sharp object across it, right? So we want something that will a) encourage healing and b) resist infection (or shaving rashes). This little potion seems to do the trick. My R. swears by it. This recipe was inspired by one of my fave books - Bodyworks.
Almond oil is protein-rich, and apricot kernel oil has lots of vitamin A. Both are good for the skin and are great for moisturisers or massage oils. Use whichever you have on-hand.
Lavender is great for healing the skin - it reduces inflammation. So good for damaged skin.
Tea tree is an antiseptic - helps keep just-shaved areas from getting infected.
Green tea has lots of antioxidants (which makes it so good to drink, as well!), which help repair damaged cells.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant as well. If you're unsure of where to get them, mine are from the pharmacy and are sold as health supplements.
How much did this cost me?
Each organic portion will last a couple of weeks and will cost you less than $1 to make. How cheap is that!? Oh dear, that looks bad! I mean, Dad - I'd spend more on you than $1, or even a virtual after shaving oil ... if only ...
Hugs to Dad,