English Ivy Body Massage

20 fresh English Ivy leaves
1 cup distilled water
1/4 tsp. powdered borax
1/4 cup almond oil
1 1/2 tsp grated beeswax
Yield: 4 oz.
In a blender or food processor, blend together the ivy leaves and distilled water on high speed for 1 minute. Strain this green ivy water in to a clean jar and discard the bits of leaves.

Measure the 1/2 cup ivy water and mix with the powdered borax. Set aside.

Mix together in a ovenproof glass container the almond oil and beeswax. Gently heat the oil-wax mixture until the wax has melted. Water bath method suggested. 

When the wax has melted, heat the ivy water mixture, but do not boil. Now slowly pour the ivy mixture into the oil mixture.

Pour the entire mixture into a blender and blend on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes, or stir vigorously with a small whisk. Pour the mixture into a clean container and allow to cool completely. You will have a lovely thick, green cream.

To use: Before showering, take a small amount of the ivy massage cream in your hand and massage well into your body. give special attention to your legs, hips, buttocks. In the shower, using a clean cotton wash cloth, scrub your whole body with warm water. Before leaving the shower. rinse your body with the coldest water you can stand.

Note: For years ivy has been used by women as a cure for cellulite because it stimulates circulation and helps rid the body of excess fluids.

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