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Green Tea Body Powder

Green Tea Body Powder

Green Tea has gotten a lot of press lately because it is full of antioxidants. Combine its healing properties for the skin with its delicate scent and you have the perfect base for an after-bath body powder. The addition of lavender and calendula lends a floral aroma that is alluring without being overpowering. Lavender is also a strong antiviral herb while Calendula is famous for its antibacterial properties.

This is an easy-to-make body powder that can be wrapped up as a luxurious gift for any occasion. Green Tea Body Powder doubles as an organic baby powder for the newborn or as a foot powder to control foot odor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
  • 2 tablespoons dried calendula flowers
  • 2 tablespoons green tea leaves or 1 tablespoon matcha powder

Equipment

  • 1 blender
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 mixing spoon
  • measuring cups
  • 2 resealable shaker bottles or a small canning jar with holes punched in the lid
  • 1 resealable jar for extra mixture
  • 1 label

Procedure

  1. Blend the dried herbs into a fine powder. The mixture will measure out to about 1/2 cup when finished.
  2. Add the cornstarch 1 cup at a time into blender and blend until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Pour a small amount of the mixture into a travel size shaker bottle for the diaper bag and more into another shaker bottle for the changing table if you’re planning to use it as a baby powder.
  4. Pour the remaining mixture into a resealable jar and label it for storage.

Storage and Use

Store extra Green Tea Body Powder in a labelled, resealable bottle for up to a year.

Simply dust the body after drying the skin when stepping out of the bath or sauna.

To use Green Tea Body Powder as a baby powder, simply sprinkle about a teaspoon of powder on the baby’s clean diaper area to prevent diaper rash.

 

Sue Sierralupe

Sue Sierralupé is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. She is the clinic manager and lead herbalist at Occupy Medical clinic. Sue is author of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World and co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folios series. Follow her blog at Herbalism Manifesto for commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition and a whole lot more.

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