Mugwort Deodorants

4 oz. mugwort tincture optional: 20 drops fennel or

3 oz. distilled water other essential oil of choice

1/2 teaspoon glycerin

Pour mugwort tincture, water and glycerin into a jar, add essential oils, cap and shake. Apply deodorant onto a cotton swab or cloth and wipe underarms. You can also put the deodorant into a spray bottle and mist underarms. Makes 7 oz.

Note: Make mugwort tincture with fresh mugwort flowering tops or leaves and 80-100 proof vodka. Follow Directions for Alcohol Tinctures Using Fresh Herbs.

Variations: Lavender, sage and thyme are good choices foj deodorants. Substitute one of these herbs for the mugwort in the preceding recipe.

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