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5 Jul 2017

Keep Cool This Summer With A Homemade Floral Body Powder

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Summertime finds forests, fields, and gardens flushed with the vivaciousness of all the things green and growing. With this life-filled energy comes plenty of sunshine and heat… heat that can make for sticky, sweaty situations which may not be so comfortable and pleasant. Floral body powder filled with the goodness of herbs can go a long way towards keeping a hot body feeling fresh and dry. And the good news? It is simple to make your own body powder at home!

How To Create A Homemade Floral Body Powder

Create Your Base

Many body powders found in commerce are made with talc which can be harmful to airways when breathed and has recently been investigated for carcinogenic properties (American Cancer Society, 2016). Making your own floral body powder ensures that you know the ingredients being used and that they are healthy for you and your family!

So what base can you use for your powder? Powders such as arrowroot powder, cornstarch (GMO-free, please), kaolin or French green clays, and rice flour make wonderful choices for the base of a floral body powder.

You can keep it super simple by using just arrowroot or cornstarch as your base or mix things up a bit by adding clay to your blend—clays are absorbent, helping to pull moisture from the skin. Try blending 1 part of arrowroot or cornstarch with ½ to 1 part clay, add your powdered herbs, and you are done!

10 Helpful Herbs to Choose From

Using flowers and herbs in body powder helps to add not only lovely fragrance but also the goodness of the chosen plants. Though by no means an exhaustive list, each of the herbs below has much to offer with properties such as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and in some cases, even cooling benefits!

Calendula petals Calendula officinalis anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, astringent, antiseptic
Chamomile blossoms Matricaria recutita anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, calming
Rose petals Rosa spp. astringent, aromatic, soothing, antiseptic
Lavender buds Lavandula spp. aromatic, uplifting, antiseptic
Elder flowers Sambucus nigra. S. canadensis anti-inflammatory, astringent, emollient
Linden flowers & bracts Tilia spp. cooling, antiseptic, calming, anti-inflammatory, emollient, astringent
Violet & pansy flowers Viola spp. cooling & soothing, anti-inflammatory
Peppermint leaves Mentha piperita cooling, stimulant, antiseptic
Sage leaves Salvia officinalis antiseptic, antihydrotic, aromatic
Comfrey leaves & root Symphytum officinale regenerative, emollient, astringent, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary

*The above information was taken from The Herbarium by the Herbal Academy, Herbs for Healthy Skin, Hair, & Nails by Brigitte Mars, Jeanne Rose’s Herbal Body Book by Jeanne Rose, and Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal by Rosemary Gladstar.

Keep Cool This Summer With a Homemade Floral Body Powder | Herbal Academy | Looking for ways to beat the heat this summer? Homemade floral body powder can go a long way to keep you feeling fresh and dry!

DIY Floral Body Powder

As promised, it is easy to make your own floral body powder! Just follow the directions below choosing the herbs and powders that suit you.

A Basic Recipe For Floral Body Powder

Ingredients

2 cups powder base—choose from arrowroot powder, cornstarch, rice flour, and kaolin or French green clay. Use up to 1 cup of clay with 1 cup of another base if you wish!
½ to 1 cup powdered herbs of your choice!

Directions

  • If needed grind the herbs—learn about successful grinding at home here.
  • Mix the powdered herbs and powder base in a bowl, whisking to break up any clumps.
  • Then pass through a fine mesh strainer to remove any large particles and further break up clumps.  
  • To help prevent later clumping of the powder, add a small spoonful of uncooked rice to your finished powder.
  • Store in a shaker and enjoy!

3 Simple Recipes to Try

If you are looking for a recipe to try, these will get you started on creating your own homemade floral body powder at home!

Soothing Summertime Powder

This blend helps to ease inflammation and discomfort from summer heat soothing skin irritations.

Ingredients

1 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
½ cup French green clay
¼ cup each powdered comfrey root or leaf, chamomile flowers, and Calendula petals

Directions
  • Grind up your herbs if needed. Please note that roots can be very hard and difficult to grind so use caution.
  • Mix the powdered herbs and powder base in a bowl, whisking to break up any clumps.
  • Pass the powdered herbs and base through a strainer and finish by bottling up!

Keep Cool This Summer With a Homemade Floral Body Powder | Herbal Academy | Looking for ways to beat the heat this summer? Homemade floral body powder can go a long way to keep you feeling fresh and dry!

Rosy Lavender

If you love floral fragrances, this is a wonderful blend to try. It smells amazing and will help keep you dry and fresh feeling!

Ingredients

1 cups arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1 cups kaolin clay
¾ cups powdered rose petals
¼ cup powdered lavender buds

Directions

  • If needed grind the flowers until fine.
  • Mix the powdered rose, lavender, arrowroot, and kaolin in a bowl, whisking to break up any clumps.
  • Then pass through a fine mesh strainer, store in a shaker and enjoy!

 

Super Cooler Powder

When things get really hot, this blend is a dust of cooling relief!

Ingredients

1 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1 cup kaolin clay
¼ cup powdered peppermint
¼ cup powdered linden
¼ cup powdered violets, pansies, or rose petals

Directions

  • Grind your herbs if needed.
  • Mix the powdered herbs and powder base in a bowl, whisking to break up any clumps.
  • Pass through a fine mesh strainer, place in a shaker bottle, and enjoy!

Looking for other ways to beat the heat this summer? Take a spin around the Academy blog for plenty of great tips, including the following:

Keep Cool This Summer With a Homemade Floral Body Powder | Herbal Academy | Looking for ways to beat the heat this summer? Homemade floral body powder can go a long way to keep you feeling fresh and dry!

REFERENCES

American Cancer Society. (2016). Talcum Powder and Cancer. Retrieved on 6/20/17 from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html

Calendula Monograph. (n.d.). Retrieved on 6/15/17 from http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/monographs/#ID=2025

Chamomile Monograph. (n.d.). Retrieved on 6/15/17 from https://herbarium.theherbalacademy.com/monographs/#/monograph/1

Comfrey Monograph. (n.d.). Retrieved on 6/16/17 from https://herbarium.theherbalacademy.com/monographs/#/monograph/3050

Gladstar, R. (2001). Rosemary Gladstar’s family herbal. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing.

Mars, B. (1998). Herbs for healthy skin, hair, & nails. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing.

Rose, J. (1976). Jeanne Rose’s herbal body book. New York, NY: Putnam Publishing Group.

Violet Monograph. (n.d.). Retrieved on 6/15/17 from https://herbarium.theherbalacademy.com/monographs/#/monograph/2027

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