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  1. Lemon Balm (Melissa) and Tea Tree are antibacterial and antiviral and help to relieve cold sores in this simple remedy.

     

     

     

    You will need:

     

    5ml apple cider vinegar

    10ml spring water

    2 drops melissa essential oil

    1 drops tea tree essential oil

     

     

    Method:

     

     

    Pour the apple cider vinegar into a dark glass bottle, then drop in the melissa and tea tree essential oils. Shake well to combine. Add the spring water and shake again. Shake before each use and apply with a cotton swab two to three times per day.

     

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  2. This after-sports rub will help ease aching muscles. Marjoram has relaxant, ant-spasmodic, warming and analgesic properties. Ginger and Black Pepper will help warm aching, tight muscles.

     

    Caution: Do not use this blend on the face or on delicate parts of the body, and avoid during pregnancy.

     

     

    You will need:

     

    60ml grapeseed oil

    10 drops marjoram essential oil

    6 drops black pepper essential oil

    4 drops ginger essential oil

     

     

    Method:

     

    Pour a little of the grapeseed oil into a dark glass bottle. Drop in the essential oils and shake well. Add the remainder of the grapeseed oil and shake again.

     

     

    To use:

     

    Apply to affected muscles after sports and massage in well.

     

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  3. Menyanthes trifoliata

     

     

    Also known as Buckbean and Marsh Clover, Bogbean is native to Europe, growing in soggy bogs and marshes. The whole plant is used in herbal remedies for its anti-inflammatory, diuretic, toning and anti-rheumatic properties.

     

    Bogbean is sold dried, powdered and in liquid extract form. An infusion can be made from the dried plant for inclusion at the water stage in skin care creams, lotions and gels for skin complaints such as eczema.

     

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  4. A firming pick-me-up for tired skin to tone and temporarily smooth out fine lines. This is an excellent mask to use before that special night out.

     

    You will need:

     

    1 egg white

    5ml apple cider vinegar

    2 drops mandarin essential oil

     

     

    Method:

     

    Whisk the egg white until a light foam starts to form. Smooth a little of the egg white around your eyes – vinegar and essential oils should not be applied to the eye area.

     

    Combine the vinegar and mandarin essential oil and lightly beat into the egg white.

     

     

    To use:

     

    Apply to the face and neck and leave on for fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm (not hot) water.

     

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