Beauty and Health Remedies for Hair and Skin
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.
rejuvenates your mind and body
relieves pain from bug bites and bee stings
lightens dark areas on your face
relieves sore muscles
relieves sore muscles
toner for skin, and prevents hairloss, gray hair and dandruff
helps with skin ulcers, and acts as an insect repellent
covers gray hair and prevents dandruff
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:
- boil 2 cups of water with a half of an ounce of dried basil leaves
- let mixture cool
- 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.
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:
- Boil 2 cups of whatever with an ounce of dried mint leaves
- Let Mixture cool
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
- In one quart of boiling water, drop a handful of dried sage.
- Let boil for 30 minutes (the longer you boil the darker your hair will become.
- Let mixture cool.
- Strain Mixture.
- Pour over hair 15 times.
- 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 Schultz