The following recipes were collected by Kirsten Anderberg over a 30 year period. She makes no medicinal claims about these
recipes and cautions people to make sure you know what herbs and plants you are dealing with before using them.
Glitter Body Gel
1/4 c. aloe vera gel, 1 t. vegetable glycerin(available at health food and drug
stores), 1/4 t. mica or glitter(www.displayandcostume.com and art stores), 5 drops
essential oil(any scent), pinch of mica for color. Mix aloe and glycerin in small bowl.
Stir in glitter, oil and mica. Store in little container.
Beet Red Lip Gloss
1/4 c. beeswax, 1/4 c. castor oil, 2 T. sesame oil, beet juice
Melt beeswax, remove from heat and add oils, add as much beet juice as desired for color. Store in jar.
Beet Red and Apricot Orange Lip Gloss
1 t. beeswax, 1 t. apricot kernel oil, 1 t. calendula oil, 3-4 drops essential orange oil, beet juice
Melt beeswax, add oils, stir, remove from heat, add beet juice, when cool, add orange oil. Store in jar.
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Chemical Coolness: Anti-Capitalists in Makeup and Hair Dye
I am trying to figure out why so many of my friends who are eco-conscious,
anti-capitalist, and anti-authoritarian, wear tons of toxic chemicals and corporate
beauty products in the form of hair bleach and dye and face makeup. The pollution
created from the making of the toxins on many an anarchists' head is equal to an SUV's
pollution, I would guess. I do not believe all of the counterculture is buying
bio-friendly hair bleach. Does that even exist? And I also know that a lot of the
counter culture is buying cheap hair dye, full of toxic chemicals not only in the dye
itself, but in the output in pollution in the making of those hair dyes at chemical
factories. Additionally, most punks and anarchists I know cannot afford the designer
organic face makeup available in health food stores. Many of them use cheap chemical
cosmetic products, such as Maybelline. But even "health" products are made in polluting
factories. "Tom's Toothpaste" makes it sound like he is making that stuff in a stream in
his backyard. But I have heard from people who have visited the town Tom's factory is
in, and Tom's toothpaste is made in a factory, polluting like all factories do. I have
been trying to figure out for decades now, why buying a bunch of chemical crap from
corporations, then smearing it on your face, is considered radical or anti-establishment
in any way. (Read more...)
DISCLAIMER: Do not eat or drink tea from any plant you have not fully studied and identified properly. Please consult with your local alternative herbal care specialist before using herbs you are not familiar with.
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