It's easy to treat your body to an herbal pick-me-up

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January 02, 1992|By Catherine Cook

Nature's way of rejuvenation

If you're a gardener or know someone with a garden of herbs who might be willing to lend you some sprigs, you can save some money and have a little fun by concocting your own body-care products.

A recent issue of Organic Gardening magazine included all-natural recipes for everything from hair rinses to ankle softeners.

The recipe for an herbal pick-me-up for the hair is as follows: Combine one cup of your regular shampoo with 1 tablespoon of plain gelatin powder (to loosen tangles) and one-half teaspoon of lemon juice (for shine). Add 1 cup of tea made with herbs of your

choice. Rosemary is said to help hair grow and thicken; sage is supposed to bring out the highlights of dark hair, as does chamomile with blonde hair and hibiscus flower tea with red hair. Peppermint supposedly adds body.

One of the simplest organic recipes is for a facial mask recipe that requires only a few spoonfuls of honey and one avocado. Mash avocado, adding honey gradually until the mixture is thin enough to spread on your face, but not so thin it drips. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash off with soap and water.

(A note of caution, the magazine suggests you check out the possible adverse effects of the plants you use, especially if you're allergy prone, and always try the potion on a small patch of skin before using everywhere.)

Skin care

And some notes on skin care of another kind from the experts at the Leather Apparel Association. If you want to make the most of your investment in a leather jacket or skirt, you'll need to treat it differently than you might a cloth coat.

While cleaning methods will vary depending upon the type of leather, nearly all leather garments should be stored on a broad hanger, not wire, in order to maintain their shape.

Do not use a plastic cover to keep off the dust, since plastic can dry leather. Use a cloth or a paper cover. Avoid heat and humidity whenever possible. If your garment gets wet, let it air dry naturally.

Most wrinkles will hang out eventually, but if you absolutely have to iron, first cover the garment with heavy paper. Place iron on lowest setting, without steam.

As with all dry cleaning, be sure to have matching items cleaned at the same time, since slight variations sometimes occur during the cleaning process.

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