Mirtha's Beauty Tips

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Dearest  Gardeners:

Hi there all you domestic goddess wannabes!  Here on my little slice of the web, we are going to learn about how your ordinary garden rose can refresh and soothe a tired face.  

And there’s more! I am giving the secret Stuwort family recipe for Soapwort Shampoo (a must have!!!)

 Do you want to dye your hair using nature’s own products?  And how carrots are not only good for your body, but also your skin?

Keep reading and find out! And finally the best beauty tip of all (besides a good plastic surgeon).

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Stuwort Shampoo


  • 2 C water (Evian is nice) 
  • ½ T dried soapwort root, chopped (you can get this at my new line of health food stores) 
  • 2 t Lemon Verbena if you want to smell like a fruit
  • 2 t Catnip if you want healthy hair and to be attractive to cats


Bring water to a boil, add soapwort and simmer this mixture for approximately 20 minutes.  Remove from the heat, add herb(s), and then allow mixture to cool.  Strain mixture (have an assistant do this for you, as straining is not good for us beauties).  Pour into one of my lovely crystal decanters.  It will make enough for 6-7 shampoos.  You better use it within 8-10 days. Store it in a cool dark place.

Mirtha’s Homemade Hair Dye

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Of course I don’t use this, my roots are just naturally dark.  These rinses are used to wash your hair.  Re-use the same liquid at least 15 times.  On the last rinse, leave it on for 15 minutes while you make a soufflé or something, then rinse with clear water, you know what kind!

Blonde:  (Who wouldn’t want to be!!!) 1 T lemon juice in 1 gallon warm water.

Brunette: (Poor girls!) Rinse hair with a strong black tea or coffee.

Red: (Alas!) Use a strong rosehip or clove tea or coffee.

Covering Gray: Simmer ½ C dried sage in 2 C water for 30 minutes, then steep for several hours.  Apply to your hair and leave on ‘til dried.  Repeat every week, until you are happy with result, and then use every month to maintain the color.

Mirtha’s Beta-Carotene Facial



  • 2 –3 large carrots (harvested precisely at 7:15 a.m. for maximum freshness) 
  • 4 ½ T  honey

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Cook carrots (lovely with a hint of mint).  Mash them with your imitation antique Mirtha Stuwort masher.  Mix with freshly gathered honey.  

Apply to the skin, waiting 10 minutes.  If you get hungry, you may lick your face.

Mirtha’s Patented Skin Toner


  • 3 ½ C Witch Hazel
  • 1 ½ C dried rose petals (from American Beauty Rose of course!)
  • 5 sprigs of rosemary (cannot substitute parsley, sage, or thyme)


Blend all the ingredients  well, strain, (remember what I said about straining!).  Splash on your face after cleansing skin with Mirtha Stuwort Face Cleanser available in all fine department stores.  (On sale now for $59.99 per 6 oz. Bottle).


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If you have a blemish (God Forbid!!!), slice a potato and lay the slice on a blemish for about 10 minutes or so.  Your blemish will not be so red and distasteful.

Inner Beauty Tip:

I swear by this! Of course it works!  Pour 1 C boiling water on a teaspoon of dried Figwort leaves.  Steep it for 10 minutes and strain.  (Oh, how I hate that word!)  Drink this 3 times a day with a strong brandy.  It will get rid of blemishes and also clean the blood. 

I hope you enjoyed my beauty tips.  Follow this beauty regimen and you will soon have a life like mine!  (Well maybe not!)

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