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Jasminum officinale

 

 

Jasmine is well known for its divine fragrance and makes an excellent choice for aromatic bath products. It can be added to bath vinegar for fragrant, softening bathwater. To make jasmine bath vinegar:

 

5l bottle distilled white vinegar

fresh jasmine flowers

 

Remove 500ml vinegar from the bottle – this is to make space for the jasmine flowers. Add the flowers to the vinegar until the bottle is full. Leave on a sunny windowsill for one month, replacing the flowers once a week. To finish, strain the vinegar through muslin or cheesecloth and pour into a clean bottle. Add some to your bath water and hair rinses. Jasmine vinegar can also be used to soothe aching feet.

 

Jasmine also makes a good massage and body oil: pack a screw-top glass jar with fresh jasmine flowers. Fill up the jar with sweet almond oil and replace the lid on the jar. Leave on a sunny windowsill for one month, shaking once each day. Strain the oil and pour into a clean, dark glass bottle and store in a cool dark place. If wished, you can add some jasmine essential oil or absolute to this oil to enhance the fragrance and make it truly decadent…;o)

 

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