Natural Beauty Recipes
Whip up these natural beauty recipes and give yourself the "spa" treatment without ever leaving home.
Organic. All natural. Herbal. Any of these words on the label of our personal care products makes it more appealing. After all, all natural is “in” these days. What is not too appealing is the unnaturally high price you pay at the checkout. So, why not avoid the extra cost and make these beauty treatments at home? The result is store bought beauty without the store bought price.
Shampoo, for example, can really get expensive if you’re looking for something extra for problem hair, or just to give your hair a little pizzazz. But, if you’re on a budget, you may buy the cheaper brands, sacrificing the extra benefits the others provide.
A simple solution is following your usual shampoo with a homemade rinse. For shiny hair, rinse with cider vinegar; one half cup to every quart of water. If natural highlights are what you’re looking for, use chamomile tea, or make your own rinse by steeping chamomile flowers in hot water, then strain. Remove build up caused by hair sprays and other products with a rinse of Witch Hazel. Whichever one you use, make sure you catch the liquid in a bowl if you want to rinse your hair more than once.
Another area that can get costly is skin care products. From toners to cleansers, the more they claim to do the more expensive they are. But, it is surprisingly simple to get wonderful results with things you may already have around the house. You might not know it, but an egg makes a good mask. To tone and tighten, use a beaten egg white. Apply to your face and then rinse it off after it dries. To remove excess oil, the egg yolk can be whipped and mixed with six tablespoons of honey to make a peel off mask.
A refreshing facial is as simple as pouring boiling water over chamomile flowers in a bowl. Just hold your face a few inches above the water and let the steam work its magic. (You can do this, and then later use the liquid for your hair.) If you need an astringent after your facial, Witch Hazel is an all-natural one that can still be bought for about one half of what the name brands cost.
For an all over beauty treatment, relax in a tub full of water with one half cup of powdered milk, which acts as a skin softener. To make your beauty bath do double duty, add a cheesecloth or muslin bag filled with your favorite herbs. Soothing herbs are chamomile flowers and rose flowers. For a stimulating bath, you can use basil, bay, rosemary, or thyme. Sage and strawberry leaves relieve aching muscles and joints. Or, you can make a cleansing body scrub with a handful of oatmeal and two teaspoons of sea salt.
After trying a few of these beauty boosters, you will feel like you have had the spa treatment, without ever leaving home. And, without your money ever leaving your pocket.