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Turning Common Kitchen Ingredients to Health and Beauty Aids

Updated on February 6, 2014
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Chances are you have quite a few common kitchen ingredients in your refrigerator, pantry or spice cabinet. You have them to make your daily life easier—mayonnaise for your sandwiches, baking soda for baking, eggs for breakfast and maybe, a couple of lemons to add flavor to your food. From tea bags to herbs to milk, common kitchen ingredients can double up as health and beauty aids as well. They are common and relatively inexpensive—two very good reasons to use them for other purposes. No need to fork out a load for that spa treatment or a visit to the masseuse. With a few simple tweaks to these common kitchen ingredients, you can add glow to your skin, put shine back in your hair, get rid of puffy eyes and banish acne. Want to know how? Or is that even possible?

Suspend your disbelief for a while and read how you can weave magic with these common kitchen ingredients. Questions later, let’s get on with the list:

Use mayonnaise to condition hair



We all have at least one jar of mayonnaise sitting in the fridge. It’s quite an indispensible part of sandwiches and a constant in some salads. Why not whip it into a hair conditioner—one that tames frizzy hair (bad hair days, ehh?)? Simply combine a quarter cup of mayo with 2 teaspoons of castor oil, Eucalyptus oil or sweet almond oil. Massage into hair and leave it on for half an hour. Shampoo as usual and rinse off—viola—hair that is sleek and contour-conforming.


Not only do they smell good, lemons act as an astringent due to their acidity. Utilize this quality to coax shine out of your hair. Combine equal amount of lemon juice with freshly brewed black tea. Rinse hair with this mixture after shampooing. See the shine?—it’s all in the lemon/tea concoction and the good news is that it doesn’t alter the ph balance of your hair or scalp.

Lemons work wonders on complexion too. Rub lemon juice on your face to induce brighter complexion.

But that’s not all that lemons can do. Its rich vitamin C content also makes a good cold and flu fighter. Combine lemon juice and honey in a drink to fight and banish the bug. Drinking the juice of one lemon mix with a glass of warm water also promotes regularity of bowel movement. The sour taste of lemon encourages peristalsis of the bowels to eliminate waste and improve regularity.

Milk bath, anyone?
Milk bath, anyone? | Source


Milk is quite a staple in most households. They’re a must with cookies, they work well with eggs and cereals would be quite naked with it. Drinking milk not only strengthens bones (thanks to the calcium content), the lactic acid found in milk is also good for nourishing the skin. Perhaps that’s why Cleopatra must have her beauty milk bath. It may not be feasible to fill the whole bathtub with milk, but you can certainly add a few cups to your bath to enjoy the skin-nourishing effect. If you prefer, add a few drops of honey as well for antibacterial effect.

Milk can also be used to make facial mask. A simple doable one includes mixing equal amount of oatmeal and milk. Apply mixture to face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water thereafter. It will leave your skin soft and fresh.



The sweet syrupy stuff you put in your tea or food is more than a sugar alternative. It offers antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal protection due to its rich antioxidant and flavonoids content. Got a burn? Slather some on. According to a study, the medicinal ability of honey to heal burn is seen just one week after applying honey to 104 first degree burn patients. 91 percent of the patients were infection free after one week. Due to its antibacterial property, honey is also effective in treating cold sores. One health source explains it this way: The sugars contained in honey—glucose and fructose—absorb water from the sores or wounds, drying it out, thereby inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi.

Honey is also a well-know skin moisturizer. Tap into its hydrating qualities by using it to nourish skin. You can simply massage honey (preferably organic) directly on skin and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. You can also make your own jar of honey moisturizer. Simply mix 1/3 cup of honey with 1 cup of your favorite oil (sweet almond, avocado, grapeseed, olive) and store it in a jar. Use it to moisturize dry skin.

Health benefits of Yogurt.



Some studies suggest that yogurt is good for dental health. Other studies have uncovered a number of health benefits associated with yogurt: helps weight control since it's a rich source of protein, stimulate fat metabolism and promote healthy bacteria growth in the gastrointestinal tract. Beauty experts are not about to let the goodness of yogurt slide either—they suggest that the biotin found in yogurt is good for conditioning hair and nails.

To condition dry or frizzy hair, mix one whole egg with 5 tablespoons of yogurts. Slather onto already shampooed hair. Rinse off after 5 to 10 minutes. Feel the difference? Don’t like the smell of raw egg? Use fruits instead—simply mix ½ banana, ¼ avocado, 2 tablespoons of castor oil (or wheatgerm), 3 tablespoons of yogurt. Apply to hair and rinse off after 15 minutes. As for nails, apply yogurt and allow it to strengthen cuticle and bring out the shine.


Surely, you have some tea bags in your kitchen, even if you’re not a tea drinker. You never know who may drop by. Generally used as beverage, tea bags can come in handy for beauty emergencies as well. If you’re up all night and wake up with puffy eyes—no worries—steep a tea bag in hot water and then chill it for 20 minutes. Lay them on your eyes—the cold will constrict blood vessels and lessen the darkness under eyes and the caffeine helps to increase micro-circulation to the eyes. Some teas like chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce puffiness.

The rich polyphenols in green tea makes it a natural skin saver. Whether you prefer drinking green tea to harness its therapeutic effects or use green tea to make a facial scrub or moisturizer, allow green tea's antioxidants to work its magic.

If you know of a case of stinking feet (either yours truly or someone else), soak feet in black tea. The tannins found in black tea helps to neutralize odor.

Spice and all things nice--consider utilizing some of the spices for therapeutic and beauty purposes. For instance, ginger soothes nausea and turmeric can be used for anti-inflammatory and healting purposes.
Spice and all things nice--consider utilizing some of the spices for therapeutic and beauty purposes. For instance, ginger soothes nausea and turmeric can be used for anti-inflammatory and healting purposes. | Source


Even if you’re not the spice-rack kind of person, you may still have certain spices handy to spice up your food. You may have these lying around—pepper, oregano, rosemary, cayenne , curry or cinnamon. Spices make good flavoring agents but why limit them to just that? Discover other ways to use them. Consider cinnamon, a very common spice. This versatile spice is antiviral and has a soothing and warming effect on the body. Use it to treat acne. Mix cinnamon powder with enough lemon juice to form a paste. Apply to skin and rinse off after 5 minutes. If you’re having problems with bleeding gum and bad breath, boil cinnamon bark in water, cool it and gargle. It will also ease joint pain. Make a paste with cinnamon powder, honey and lemon juice. Apply paste to aching joint.

Looking for a quick way to combat bloating (PMS? )? Grab some celery seeds from your kitchen cabinet and make it into a tea. Pour 1 cup of hot boiling water over a teaspoon of crushed dill seeds and drink.

Baking Soda

A pinch of baking soda may be indispensible for certain baked foods. But baking soda has been linked to many other uses--from brightening teeth to adding shine to your lackluster nails, baking soda is one mightly versatile kitchen aid--read my entire hub dedicated to the health and beauty aspects of baking soda.

Your kitchen may be stocked differently from mine. Red wine, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, olive oil, fresh herbs? All these can be used for beauty and health purposes. You may never look at common kitchen ingredients in the same way. You may find new respect for them, since they're multi-taskers when it comes to uses.

Feel free to share any others in the comment capsule below.


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  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago

    dghbrh, thanks for sharing and voting. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Thanks, KMSplumeau, for reading and commenting.

  • KMSplumeau profile image


    4 years ago

    Great article! Thank you for sharing. I love finding new uses for things in my kitchen, voted up!

  • dghbrh profile image


    4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

    Very useful and interesting hub. Thank you for sharing. Loved reading every bit of it really. Shared and votes up interesting and useful.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago

    So good to see you here, froggyfish. I love lemons too. Thanks for pinning and commenting. Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

  • frogyfish profile image


    6 years ago from Central United States of America

    Very informative hub with tips and that video was so cute! I use baking soda for a lot, but did not know of the lemon/tea combination. I love lemon any-which-way anyway, so will use the tea with it next time. Thank you for these amazing tips. and presented in a delightful educating way. 'Also now, Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Came back quickly to let you know I am pinning your hub!

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    vespawoolf, glad you stopped by to read and comment. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you. Always to good to see you and have a great Easter.

  • vespawoolf profile image


    7 years ago from Peru, South America

    I love natural beauty treatments and have tried some but not all of your recommendations. Cinnammon and lemon juice for acne is a big surprise! Will have to try it. As always, thank you for a very informative and interesting hub! Voted up and across the board except funny. : )

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Thanks, emilybee, glad you liked the hub. Haha, on the egg rinse. Castor oil or olive oil work well on hair too--great hair moisturizers. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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    7 years ago

    Love your hub! I love using kitchen stuff for my skin, particularly lemon and honey which works nice to fade old acne scars. I haven't had the courage to put mayo in my hair though, yet, maybe some day! I did try egg the other day, kind of gross but I think it worked, just don't rinse with hot water!!! Thanks for sharing the other tips I wasn't aware of! Voted up!

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    khadeejah, thanks for sharing the tomato trick. Tomatoes is very high in antioxidants, so I won't be surprised. Thanks for adding to this hub with your comments.

    drpastorcarlotta, good to see you again. Thanks for your positive feedback.

    jenniferg, you're welcome!

  • jenniferg78 profile image


    7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    thank YOU!

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    Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

    7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    Thank you! I love new tips and ideas for health care! VOTED-UP! Come visit when you get a chance.

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    7 years ago from Nigeria

    i love your hub.Tomato is also good for cleansing.Simply cut a tomato in to 4 equal size.Use 1 slice to rub your face for at least one hour,it clears spots and pimples.Shea butter is good for the skin,you can mix it in with a good lotion.It prevents dryness ,and breastfeeding mothers who have weaned there kids use it to stop there nipple from aching and to reduce tenderness.We use this in Nigeria.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    jenniferg, your friend's method is ingenious and eggs make good moisturizers. They are also know to promote good skin health. Thanks for sharing.

  • jenniferg78 profile image


    7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    A friend of mine found out that a great way to cleanse your face is to crack open an egg. Separate the yolk and the white. Then smear the white over your face and leave until dry. Rinse. Then smear the yolk over your face and again, leave until dry. Rinse. Your face will feel as smooth as a baby's bottom! I thought it was gross but, she swears by it!

    Thanks for the hub, great for when your in a tight spot with no shops nearby or when camping.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    My nurse, I'm glad you find it useful. I'm a tea drinker as well and I'm glad that tea serves other purposes. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    teaches12345, I like using natural ways to treat minor health problems. Honey is quite a multi-tasker and so are spices. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

    Aya, so good to see you here. Thanks for reading and pinning.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Om, am I invited to your weekend spa treatment? We'll have a blast. Thanks for commenting.

    Thoughtforce, thanks for reading and bookmarking this. Mayo in the hair--we're in ingenious when it comes to beauty.

    chspublish, thanks for reading and commenting.

    Listlady, so good to hear from you. Yes to mayo hair pack and green tea--simple things that can do wonders. Thanks for coming by to comment.

  • Aya Katz profile image

    Aya Katz 

    7 years ago from The Ozarks

    I just pinned this! These are great tips!

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    Dianna Mendez 

    7 years ago

    I am so glad I found this article as I am always looking for natural remedies to improve or maintain health. I didn't know that honey could be used to sooth burns, spices help with acne and joint pain. I am printing this off for reference. Wonderful advice and voted up!

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    My Nurse Says 

    7 years ago from Philippines

    Wow... that was very helpful... And I appreciate much the use of Tea, since a tea drinker myself and now I learned through you, more uses of it. Thanks for sharing this knowledge.,. quite an eye opener!

  • TheListLady profile image


    7 years ago from New York City

    Well, I am certainly going to whip out some mayonnaise and do a nice natural hair pack. Thanks for all these tips. Even reminders because I have green tea on hand all the time and forget to use it as a skin toner.

    Thanks a beautiful million and rated up and more!

  • chspublish profile image


    7 years ago from Ireland

    Love the mayo and yogurt ideas for the hair. So easy to use and so cheap and available also - I mean right there from the fridge!

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Thanks, Lady E, enjoy your milk bath.

    itakins, thanks for sharing another use for green tea bags--got to try that one. Glad you stopped by to comment and good to see you again.

    Ruchira, glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for voting it up.

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    rajan jolly, love that name. Thanks for reading it and I'm glad you found it useful.

    Movie Master, thanks for reading and I'm glad you're going to try of these. Let me know how they turn out. Thanks again for your support and have a great day!

    Good day, Pamela. I love your honey and olive oil concoction--I can only imagine good thing out of that--two of nature's best skin help. Thanks for adding to this hub by sharing your skin secret--no wonder you look so good!

  • anglnwu profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    wwolfs, thanks for being the first to comment. Thanks for bookmarking it--enjoy your experiments.

    Dexter, good to hear from you. I hope you're doing much better than the last time we connect on the hub. I gather from the last hub you did that you're using laughter to good effect. Thanks for taking time off to comment, appreciate it very much:)

    Haha, Arlene, glad I chose the lemon picture. Thanks for dropping by to comment--you just brought sunshine into this rather cold day.

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    Christina Lornemark 

    7 years ago from Sweden

    I will definitely bookmark this one!There are so many useful tips here and I want to try them out. I love the thought of mayonnaise in the hair, I would never have thought of that:) Thanks, voted up, and everything


  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    I love all these tips and ideas. How nifty and economical! Now I feel like inviting my girlfriends over this weekend for a home spa retreat.

  • Ruchira profile image


    7 years ago from United States

    Hi Angi...I apologize for the confusion in names...I have mentioned Raci there...oopsie moment :)

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    7 years ago from United States gave so many home remedies...LOVED it, Raci.

    Thank you and sharing it ahead.

    voted way uup with I/ U and awesome!

  • itakins profile image


    7 years ago from Irl

    Brilliant -I have tried an oatmeal mask before and it felt fantastic afterwards.I love the hair tips as will my frizzy haired daughters.

    A wet green teabag is also great as a 'fridge' deodouriser and works for about 3 days '

    Love this hub-up she goes:)

  • Lady_E profile image


    7 years ago from London, UK

    Very useful tips - The milk bath seems very interesting. I will bookmark this one. So many brilliant ideas.


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    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Good morning, I always love your hubs that are full of excellent information and tips to enhance our looks and health. I use a honey and olive oil mixture for my face at least once a week. I learned many new tips in your hub, so thank you.

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    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi anginwu, what a fantastic article you have done a great job here!

    Some great ideas, I will have to try them for sure.

    Many thanks for sharing, a big vote up from me!

    Best wishes Lesley

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Wonderful to get all the info listed in one hub. thanks for sharing.

    Voted up and shared on FB too.

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    7 years ago

    Whoops! Sorry for the typo, angin!

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    7 years ago

    Wonderful Hub, angwin. Those lemons caught my eye! Bookmarked, voted up and everything else.

  • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

    Dexter Yarbrough 

    7 years ago from United States

    Very informative, Anglnwu! Thanks for sharing these great ideas for health - right out of the kitchen!

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    7 years ago

    You did an excellent job on this hub! Very informative and great pictures to go with it. Bookmarking it as there are some things I haven't tried. Thank you for sharing!


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