Make Your Own Beauty and Health Remedies for Your Hair and Skin

With these natural cures, you will not need to spend as much time applying make-up.
With these natural cures, you will not need to spend as much time applying make-up. | Source

Make Your Own Organic Beauty Products and Remedies

Today, millions of people spend billions of dollars on home beauty aids and remedies. Many of these home aids can be found in your kitchen. With very little preparation, these products can turn from spicing your meat to spicing up your life. For instance, did you know Cheyenne Pepper can plump up your lips, mint can lighten the dark areas on your face, and sage can take away gray from your hair. Here is a list of many of our common household spices, and uses that we often overlook, as well as instructions on how to prepare your mixtures.

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Spice  
Health Benefit  
Beauty Aid  
Basil
relieves itchiness
rejuvenates your mind and body
Mint
relieves pain from bug bites and bee stings
lightens dark areas on your face
Cheyenne pepper
relieves sore muscles
plumps lips
Rosemary
relieves sore muscles
toner for skin, and prevents hairloss, gray hair and dandruff
Sage
helps with skin ulcers, and acts as an insect repellent
covers gray hair and prevents dandruff

Basil Leaves

Basil Leaves can help relieve itchiness, as well as rejuvenate your mind and body.
Basil Leaves can help relieve itchiness, as well as rejuvenate your mind and body. | Source

Home Remedy for Itchy Skin Irritation: Basil

Basil can be applied to help relieve itchiness from a bug bite or other irritant. It also has aromatherapy uses and can help rejuvenate your mind and body. In order to feel its effects, whether you want to feel more awake or just more comfortable, follow these simple instructions:

  1. boil 2 cups of water with a half of an ounce of dried basil leaves
  2. let mixture cool
  3. use a washcloth or cotton ball to itchy skin or splash on face for an aromatherapy rejuvenation.

Not only can we use basil at home; many companies use it in perfumes, shampoos, soaps, and dental products. In Mexico, they believe that basil has a magical quality that causes people to keep their lover's eye off others.

Mint Plant

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Herbal Pain Relief with Mint

To releive the pain from a bug bite or a bee sting you can apply boiled mint water to your skin to help relieve the pain. This same mixture can lighten dark areas on your face such as redness or darkness around the eyes. To make mint water, follow these instructions:

  1. Boil 2 cups of whatever with an ounce of dried mint leaves
  2. Let Mixture cool
  3. Use washcloth or cotton ball to apply to bee sting or dark areas on the face.

Sucking on peppermint is great for stopping indigestion, in fact that is why they often give mints at restaurants. Fun fact, the United States produces seventy percent of the world's spearmint and peppermint.

If you want to know how to grow your own mint plan, check out this hub!

Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne can help plump up your lips or help relieve sore muscles.
Cayenne can help plump up your lips or help relieve sore muscles. | Source

Sore Muscles Treatment: Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is a natural treatment for sore muscles. You can take your favorite lotion and add cayenne pepper to it. When you apply to your sore muscles, you will begin to feel relief. Or you can mix it with your favorite lip balm to plump up your lips. Although this spice should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing, as it is an irritant that could negatively effect a young child.

Cayenne is also believed to actually rebuild the tissues in your intestinal and stomach linings. Studies have also shown that cayenne extract can stop heart attacks within thirty seconds of ingesting. One man was even believed to "come back to life" after his daughter force fed him cayenne extract.

Rosemary Plant

Rosemary can be used as a toner for your skin as well as a way to prevent gray hair and hair loss!
Rosemary can be used as a toner for your skin as well as a way to prevent gray hair and hair loss! | Source

Gray Hair Reversal: Rosemary

Rosemary can be used as a toner for your skin. Make some rosemary water, and dab it on your face after you wash it with your regular soap.

It can also relieve sore muscles if added to your bathwater. Add a teaspoon to your warm bath water, then soak.

Or add it to your shampoo and conditioner to prevent gray hair and hair loss as well as dandruff.

Rosemary is most commonly used in various perfumes due to it's aromatic quality.

Fun fact: Greeks and Romans used to throw sprigs of rosemary in a coffin before burying a loved one as a sign of remembrance, whereas in English Tudor, Bridesmaids would give the bridegroom sprigs of rosemary to signify that they would always remember his family.

Sage Leaves

Sage can be used to treat dandruff.
Sage can be used to treat dandruff. | Source

Treat Dandruff with Sage

Sage can be used to cover gray hair if used as a rinse on dark hair. Or you can use it to prevent dandruff! This sage mixture will also help heal skin ulcers, as well as act as a natural insect repellent. In order to create the rinse just follow these directions:

  1. In one quart of boiling water, drop a handful of dried sage.
  2. Let boil for 30 minutes (the longer you boil the darker your hair will become.
  3. Let mixture cool.
  4. Strain Mixture.
  5. Pour over hair 15 times.
  6. Let Set for 10 minutes then rinse.

Darkwing discusses this in further detail in her article about sage and it's medicinal uses.

Many of these spices are not only used in the kitchen or even in the bathroom, but in many manufacturing companies that will add these ingredients in their tonics, lotions, shampoos, etc, in order to make their products more successful in its intentions. If big companies use these products, we should too!

© 2010 Angela Michelle

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angela_michelle 4 years ago from United States Author

I should definitely get some chamomile tea. :) That sounds good. I didn't realize that helped with bad skin. :) I guess I really need it. :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I like the idea of rosemary for gray hair prevention! I love essential oils and use them in my own homemade preparations. I like German chammomile for nervous tension and skin inflammation. Very calming! Thank you for all this awesome information.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you so much Soni


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

This is an excellent hub Angela.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, I never knew about that site. I know a friend was telling me about a similar website or maybe it was the same one. I'm not sure. We were talking about how sunscreen is now considered to be a cause for skin cancer. For me, I'm a redhead, so the sunscreen is a must. Since we'll get it either way, I figure I must go with the most natural sunscreen possible.


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yellowstar2000 6 years ago from WestCoast Florida

so true angela_michelle! I try to read all ingredients while at the store (my hubby hates it; says I take too long), but hey, I want to know what I'm using my hard earned money for and also want it to be as natural as possible., p.s. if you want a great resource for what's in beauty products cosmeticsdatabase.com has a great searchable site, you can Search for a product, ingredient, or company and find out the toxicity of each ingredient :)


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Yellow, I really try to be more into natural stuff, but sometimes the chemical stuff is so much more convenient. I feel bad when I do sway away from the natural stuff. Even when you buy stuff from the store that seems to be natural, you later find out that it's not as "natural" as they claim it to be.


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yellowstar2000 6 years ago from WestCoast Florida

great hub! love your ideas and suggestions. I'm a big believer in using natural products for health and beauty, thanks for the good tips!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Sure, I will check it out! I'm glad you liked the article. :)


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noorin 6 years ago from Canada

I like ur article ... The Cheyenne Pepper and lips is very interesting, i ll give it a try.

I also like using kitchen cosmetics ... they are a lot cheaper, easier to make but most of all healthier. Check out my article on Henna cosmetics : http://hubpages.com/food/The-Art-of-Herbs-Henna


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Garnetbird, I would have never guessed that cheyenne pepper would help asthma. Is it the smell? I have asthma, and since I don't regularly use cheyenne pepper, I don't know if it has any effect on my own.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I used to have this cinnamon mint lip plumping. I always assumed it was the cinnamon that did the plumping of the lips since that's what felt the strongest on the lips.


Garnetbird 6 years ago

I'm going to use the pepper for my lips; it also seems to help my asthma and congestion. GREAT Hub!


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the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

i haveto tell you, the only one of these i have ever heard about was the mint settleing your stomach. I am going to do the lip plumping and the sage tonight and am so excited to try them out! awesome hub!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Pamela, I'm glad to teach you something new. :) I actually learned a lot from this hub as well.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Dave, There are a hundred more benefits to many of these, some dietary.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Angela, This is an interesting hub as I didn't know most of those things. Good hub.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I've used amny if not all of these spices, without knowing their benefits, just to enjoy the flavour of my food, and now you tell me it has a value too, WOW!

Dave.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Mentalist acer, hmmm, that is really interesting. I've never thought to take pepper to settle my stomach because of the high acidity. But it would definitely activate parts of your digestive system causing it to work faster. Hmmm... My dad says a tall glass of milk settles his.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

For some weird reason red pepper settles my stomach and keeps me regular...Great information on Sage Angela.

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