Dawn Gallagher, a model whose picture has graced the covers of hundreds of magazines, has always been interested in natural beauty treatments. Her book, Nature’s Beauty Secrets, includes dozens of home spa recipes inspired by the beauty secrets she learned from different cultures during her travels around the world. Here, she shares a few easy recipes for Mother’s Day. —BBL Editor
My grandmother and mother taught me that everything I needed for beauty can be found right in my kitchen. This natural beauty tradition goes back to the earliest civilizations. For the ancient Mesopotamians, attending to personal care and cleanliness was a ritual with religious overtones. They used aromatherapy oils to freshen their faces. Queen Elizabeth of Hungary invented toilet water infused with rosemary. She believed it made her skin youthful and beautiful. She was seventy-two when a handsome, young, Polish King proposed marriage to her.
These spa recipes give the skin a feeling of freshness and renewal and takes less than 5 minutes to make. (Now that I’m a mom, I know how precious time is.) Women have been using masks from nature for thousands of years to brighten dull, lifeless skin. Nourishing ourselves, treating ourselves kindly, and honoring the wisdom of our bodies all lead to cultivating a more loving relationship and a deeper wisdom for making right choices in our lives. Enjoy your Mother’s Day!
Pampering Rose Moisturizer
2 tsp jojoba oil
3 tsp sweet almond oil
3 drops rose essential oil
1 to 2 drops jasmine or lavender essential oil
Mix the jojoba oil and sweet almond oil together as base oil. Combine the essential oils together, and then add to the base oil. You can experiment with your own favorite essential oil(s) depending on your skin type. Remember just a few drops goes a long way.
Smooth the moisturizing oil all over your face, neck and shoulders. Make sure your hands are clean.
Tahitian Mask (for normal or oily skin)
Ylang ylang is indigenous to the Maya Archipelago. I noticed the women of Tahiti mixing ylang ylang with their coconut oil and using it as an all-over body rub and in their hair.
1 tsp powdered oatmeal
1 tsp honey
½ cup plain yogurt
1 drop geranium oil
1 drop ylang ylang oil
Warm the honey and add to the oats and yogurt. Add the drops of essential oils and make a thick paste. Lie back, apply the mask, and leave it on for 10-20 minutes.