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11 years ago

Diana suggested this topic awhile back and I just got 'round to opening a new folder.

While I'm preparing meals, I often use fruits and vegetables and olive oil to give myself a quick beauty treatment:

Every morning I start my day with half a lemon queezed into a cup of hot water before I do yoga or tai chi; when I'm finished with my exercises, I will squeeze the other half of a lemon into a cup of hot water and drink that, too.

I use the two lemon halves (squeezed)   and put them on your elbows while I'm eating my oatmeal or miso soup breakfast.

Please share your natural beauty secrets and your healthy lifestyle choices with us!


11 years ago
Chamomile Beauty 
Chamomile has been regarded for ages as an herb that promotes calm and relaxation, but it can do so much more for your hair, skin and personal well-being as part of a regular beauty regimen.
11 years ago
There are many tasty ways to make yourself feel happy and healthy with beauty treatments that are good enough to eat. Skeptical? Try any one of these delicious treatments for yourself, and you will be an edible beauty convert.

Green Tea Skin Tonic

This tonic is simple, and it cleanses, tones, and smoothes the skin. It works well to give aging and tired skin a lift. Mix 2 teaspoons of powdered green tea with ½ cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, and allow to cool. Apply to face with cotton or gauze. Use daily for fresh tea treated skin.

Tomato Facial

Tomatoes are astringent, and this treatment fights against black heads. Apply tomato slices or a mashed tomato directly to your face. Leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse with cool water.

Carrot, Avocado & Cream Hydrating Mask

Using this treatment regularly will diminish age spots, improve the texture of the skin, and rebuild collagen. Combine ½ cup of heavy cream with 1 cooked and mashed carrot, 1 avocado (peeled, pitted, and mashed), and 3 tablespoons of honey in a bowl. Spread the mixture over your face and neck. Relax for 15 minutes, and rinse with cool water.

Thyme & Fennel Seed Cleanser

Fennel seeds are a gentle skin cleanser that tones the skin and helps reduce puffiness and irritation. Thyme is a mild astringent. This cleanser is so gentle that it can be used every morning, and is a great choice for sensitive skin. To prepare, crush 2 sprigs of fresh thyme and 2 teaspoons of fennel seeds. Mix them together in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add the juice of half a lemon and let the mixture steep for about 15 minutes. Strain, and store in a jar in the refrigerator. Apply with cotton balls.

Strawberry Facial Pack

Strawberries are a very good skin cleanser because of its astringent qualities. Mash 3 – 5 strawberries into a paste, and apply the fruit directly to your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes for a quick treatment that works best on oily skin.

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11 years ago
Molasses Hair Wrap

This treatment is an easy and inexpensive way to add loads of shine and moisture to your hair, just be sure to stay away from bees! Apply ½ cup of molasses to damp hair, and massage into scalp. Cover hair with a shower cap for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and shampoo as usual.


11 years ago
Thank you Patt! A good start to Natural Beauty tips.  I am wondering about that molasses wrap for the hair; would it rinse off and would my hair become black?   I am partly serious about it rinsing off.
11 years ago

Good question, Diana!

I tried putting mashed up avocado on my hair as a conditioner ... I do it on my face and hands all the time and it's a wonderful moisturizer, but it didn't work so well on my light blonde hair ...

I'd try "the strand test" first

This post was modified from its original form on 02 Mar, 17:45

Egg Facial
11 years ago
I've whipped up egg whites before and plastered it on my own face , let it dry and felt the tightening pull and of course the protein in egg white's got nourishment for skin so after about 10 min of "skin tightening" facial feeling, driving me crazy trying to not to itch  my nose,  talk or smile,  Do a warm water rinse! ahhhhh and of course use mild soap to hands face as desired , don't want salmonella !
11 years ago

An egg shampoo will nourish your hair; beat it up and apply to wet hair and be careful to rinse only with cool water or you'll cook the egg in your hair!

11 years ago

Foods For Fabulous Skin Practitioner Offers Tips on How to Feed Your Skin

You are what you eat, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Lack of proper nutrition contributed to the 33.8 million Americans making regular visits to a dermatologist's office last year. Selecting the right foods can help clear up complexions, add luster to locks and aid with anti-aging, says Ntombi Dix of A Certified Raw Foods Instructor, Ntombi says you can save money by stocking up on beauty boosters at the grocery store instead of the beauty counter this season, so you can get beautiful from the inside out.

"Eating the right fruits and vegetables helps diminish wrinkles, clear up skin conditions such as acne or just perk up a dull complexion," says Dix. "Switching to healthier choices will make a big difference both internally and externally."

Forget expensive cosmetics and creams and raid the fridge instead. Here is a recipe for getting gorgeous naturally:

Puffy Eyes

  • What to eat: Bananas and citrus fruits maintain balance of fluids, while circulation boosters such as cayenne pepper can aid in lymphatic drainage around the eyes.

  • What to avoid: The obvious no-no, salt, zaps water out of the eyeballs, ditto for alcohol and baked goods.

    Thin Hair

  • What to eat: Dark greens, avocado, coconut oil and olive oil help hair grow long and lustrous, while proteins from nuts and beans are critical for growth.

  • What to avoid: Avoid high doses of vitamin A if hair is thinning.


  • What to eat: Bright and colorful banish blemishes, such as red or orange fruits and vegetables containing beta-carotene.

  • What to avoid: Steer clear of iodine-rich salt, shrimp and seaweed which stimulate oil glands, or refined sugars.


  • What to eat: Cucumber juice or green leafy vegetable juices with cucumber and olive oil added assist in preventing signs of aging.

  • What to avoid: Avoid overdosing on iron, too much is shown to contribute to wrinkles.


  • What to eat: Manage this skin condition by eating fish, cucumbers and licorice, all have a calming effect.

  • What to avoid: Cut out alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods that may make skin swell.

    Dull Skin

  • What to eat: Green and orange veggies will increase vitamin A levels making skin cells shed faster for a radiant, bright complexion.

  • What to avoid: Spices, garlic and onions in extreme doses may interfere with nutrient absorption, making skin sallow.

    In order to see results, people should strive for five servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit each day.

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  • Blissed be, Annie 

    11 years ago
    Annie for those great tips; I will certainly be making sure there is more cucumber in my diet which I love anyway.
    10 years ago
    Alot of great tips, I've been away too long!
    Tomatoes and skin care
    10 years ago
    The use of tomato for skin care is ideal because of its cooling and astringent properties. It is rich in vitamin C making it helpful for acne and brightening dull skin and contains vitamin A needed for building healthy skin. Its naturally acidic properties help it balance the skin and get rid of excessive oil. The antioxidants in tomatoes make them free radical fighters. Purchase organic tomatoes or grow your own to try one of these skin care techniques utilizing the tomato.


    Tomato and Lime Pore Reducer

    Combine one tablespoon of fresh tomato juice with 2 – 4 drops of fresh lime juice. Apply the mixture with a cotton ball, and let it work on reducing your pores for about 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid to cool water to shrink pores even further, and moisturize.


    Tomato Pulp Acne Treatment

    Try this treatment for persistent acne that needs more than a 15 minute fix. Mash a fresh tomato and apply the pulp liberally to your face. Relax with the tomato on your face for an hour. Rinse with tepid water. Use this treatment everyday for at least a week for best results.


    Tomato and Avocado Cleansing Mask

    This mask is good for people with combination skin because it combines the astringent, blackhead removing and oil reducing properties of tomato with the antiseptic and hydrating properties of avocado. The mask also contains vitamins A, C and E and has a soothing and cooling feel. To make the mask, mash one small tomato and one small avocado. Mix them together well, and smooth the mixture on your face. Rinse after 20 to 30 minutes with tepid water.


    Quick Tomato Facial

    Cut a tomato in half and rub it on your face and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Focus on the areas on your face with the most blackheads. Rinse with tepid water. Use this remedy if you want a natural facial astringent that will reduce oil and reduce your pores.



    10 years ago

    Tomato Astringent

    To make a natural and cooling astringent, crush a fresh tomato and strain to reserve the juice. Slice a cucumber, and squeeze some of the juice from a few of the slices into the tomato juice. Mix and apply with a cotton ball. Rinse with tepid water. Make this astringent fresh each day to get the maximum benefits of the tomato.


    Tomato and Yogurt Cooling Mask

    Yogurt adds the benefits of protein and natural skin softening agents to the cooling and cleaning properties of tomato for a mask that will feel good on a mild sunburn. Crush a 1/2 tomato and add 2 tablespoons of yogurt. Mix well and spread mixture on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


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    Amazing Aloe
    10 years ago

    Amazing AloeThe aloe vera plant, well known for its healing properties throughout the world, is a perennial plant that is commonly found in East and South Africa as well as other tropical areas, but there are over 200 species throughout the world in dry areas. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and the Chinese all used the aloe plant for health and beauty applications thousands of years ago. The parts of the plant that are utilized are the leaves, which are one to two feet long and whitish green on both sides with spiny teeth on the margins. The plant which is a member of the lily family also bears pretty yellow flowers and triangular shaped fruit. Aloe vera contains allantoin which is what gives it its healing properties. It also contains naturally occurring antioxidants in the form of vitamins B complex, C and E, plus beta-carotene which is converted by the body into vitamin A, all needed desperately by the skin.


    Aloe vera is not only an additive in expensive moisturizing creams and sunburn treatments. It is used in countless cosmetic and hair products. Aloe is not only for use in processed products, however. The powerful leaves of this elegant cactus like plant can easily be utilized by the skin. The incredibly hydrating gel on the inside of the leaf can be rubbed directly onto minor burns, cuts, scratches, and skin irritations for a natural and soothing remedy. Additionally, aloe can be rubbed on wrinkles as well as on insect bites to help relieve the itching, burning, and swelling. It is not only known as a skin healer, but also as a moisturizer, and softener. It is also dramatically effective on bruises, acne, blemishes, poison ivy, skin ulcers, and eczema. It can also be helpful in fighting hard to remedy problems like varicose veins. It has also been used to treat athlete’s foot, canker sores, other mouth sores, and psoriasis. Aloe vera has been said to speed healing, reduce scarring, retards aging, and penetrates with moisture carrying added emollients that soak deep into the layers of the skin. If you do not have access to your own aloe vera plant, and do not have interest in cultivating your own (they are very easy to grow), aloe vera juice can be effective in your treatments applied directly to the skin, mixed with other natural ingredients and applied to the skin, or taken internally. When using the actual leaf of the plant and squeezing out the natural gel, keep in mind that aloe vera sap and plant oxidizes in 4 hours after it has been cut open. Try putting the leftover leaf in a plastic bag and use it within a few hours of cutting it. For a stabilized option, look for commercial preparations that contain 98-99% pure aloe. A few tablespoons of this stabilized aloe vera gel can be added to any of your moisturizing cosmetics to increase their effectiveness.

    10 years ago

    Hi Everyone,

    May I just say if you want clear skin there is one thing you need lots of and that is of course good old fashion WATER! So drink up.


    10 years ago
    Amazing Health Benefits of Bee Products - Royal Jelly and Propolis
    Bees are simply amazing. To date, scientists have not been able to replicate many of bee's creations. Royal Jelly and Propolis ranks among the top of bee products that scientists have not been able to fully comprehend . . .
    10 years ago
    The Healing Power of Honey: From Burns to Weak Bones, Raw Honey Can Help
    Raw honey - which has not been pasteurized or filtered, and ideally taken directly from the hive - is a treasure chest of nutritional value and medicinal remedies. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is a natural and powerful medicine,
    10 years ago

    Hello everybody,

    If you want beautiful, young skin and no wrinkles here's something miraculous that will help you

    Make a mix of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon, rub it onto clean face every night and leave it on, you may also want to rub it on your hands to prevent the brown spots one gets when becoming older

    I met this beautiful 80 years old lady, she told me this secret, according to her shes been using this recipe for years and her face skin is marvelous, no wrinkles at all, just amazing

    honey, vinegar & almond mask
    10 years ago
    Honey, Vinegar and Almond Mask

    Use this mask for facial toning and softening. Great for very dry skin.

    2tbls. honey
    1/2sweet almond oil

    Heat honey until honey is soft and pliable. Add oil and vinegar. Mix well until you have a smooth consistency. When it is cool enough, apply to face. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

    Shiitake Mushrooms
    10 years ago
    shiitake mushrooms are great for the skin. If you haven't already noticed companies are coming out with a lot of skin creams that contain Shiitakes and this is because they contain kojic acid, which prevents the formulation of melanim, which results in brighter skin also suppose to tighten the skin temporarily.. I say eat it, add it to miso soup everyday for breakfast, my skin always feel so soft after eating my miso, almost like I took a bath in cream. So yeah why not just eat the mushroom? as it does more than just help skin. I think it also has a affect on serotonin levels as every-time I am finished/or even before my brain just feels so alive but my body feels relaxed, it's a perfect state to be in.

    Shiitake (for centuries called "Elixir of Life" ) has been licensed as a anti-cancer drug by the Japanese FDA. Lentinan has shown some effect on bowel cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer. Lentinan stimulates the production of T lymphocytes and natural killer cells and can potentiate the effect of AZT in the anti-viral treatment of A.I.D.S. Shiitake is rich in several anti-oxidants (Selenium, Uric acid & Vitamin A, E, & C) as well as Vitamin D. Shiitake mushrooms may also lower blood pressure in those with hypertension, lower serum cholesterol levels, increase libido, stimulate the production of Interferon which has anti-viral effects, and has proven effective against Hepatitis in some cases.

    10 years ago

    So true, Marie! for all the information on the marvelous shitake mushroom.  Also maitake and reishi are great for health benefits and enhancing beauty, too!

    Seaweed - KOMBU in the bath
    10 years ago

    A friend, who is Japanese, told me to take a sheet of KOMBU and use it when I bathe or shower ... I was a little skeptical, at first, but, hey, why not ... so I tried it ... washed and brushed my body as usual and then rinsed and had the sheet of kombu soaking in warm water and rubbed it all over my face, limbs, and body ... it's truly remarkable ... the sea minerals in the kombu made my skin feel silky soft!

    10 years ago
    Thank you to all of you for the wonderful information.
    10 years ago

    Oh how I love natural beauty products and concoctions!!! Great tips so far!

    I use an already made soap and lotion for my face but it is made with neem oil, it's fabulous for my acne. Organix south makes it, they have great toothpaste too!

    Herbal steams, wonderful!!! I do this 2 times/week. For oily/acne prone skin herbs to use are: licorice, lavender, dandelion, comfrey, calendula, lemon peel, lemon grass, roses, witch hazel leaves or bark, fennel. I may have missed something but any of these or all make a great steam.

    Tightening and very stimulating steam- peppermint, anise seed(I add this to me acne steam too), lavender, and comfery.

    Stimulating steam- nettle(good source of calcium too), rosemary(good for memory), fennel, peach leaves, and pansy leaves.

    Wrinkels or dry skin- sweeze the oil of a vitamin E capsule and a vitamin A capsule into your hands and massage on your face, then steam with dandelion, comfrey, cowslip, camomile, licorice and fesh orange blossoms.

    One more soothing and hydrating- orange peel, orange flowers, fennel, comfrey root, and marshmallow root.

    Wash your face thoroughly. Boil herbs for 3 minutes in a covered, non-metal pot(metal will absorb the essences and keeping it covered will hold in the essences-do this with your drinking tea too).  Make a steam tent with a towel over your head and steam your face for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

    After the steam I always do a honey mask, yummmmy. I use organic, raw honey and mix it with a bit of coconut cream and apply to the freshly steamed face. Tap your fingers on your face untill it becomes very, very tacky and let sit for another 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Your skin will glow after this and you may not need to apply a facial lotion unless you wish to. Honey is an acid and a humectant.

    Oh, another yummy mask is plain yogurt and mashed carrots. You can either slightly cook the carrots or grate the carrots and mix in a blender with the yogurt. Apply to your face and let sit for about 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. Apply your favorite lotion! You can eat the leftovers

    I have TONS but will come back to write more!! 

    10 years ago

    Cosmetics products routinely formulated with cancer-causing chemicals
    An environmental coalition known as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is pressuring the U.S. government to institute regulations on the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetics and other personal care products. Studies have found that toxic chemicals are regularly...

    10 years ago

    Detox Baths

    by Annie Berthold-Bond, Producer, Green Living Channels

    Baths are wonderfully healing, and it is easy to make your own homemade, detox baths.

    Hot water draws toxins out of the body to the skin’s surface, and while the water cools it pulls toxins from the skin, according to Naturopath Dr. Hazel Parcells.Epsom salts augment this detoxification by causing you to sweat. Other salts—all highly alkaline and cleansing—used in baths include sea salt, baking soda, clay, and Dead Sea salts.
    Caution: Do not take hot baths and salt baths (including Epsom salt baths) if you have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or are diabetic.

    Basic Salt Soak Bath Formula
    Minerals and salts make the bath water feel silky and leave your skin cleansed and soft.

    1 cup sea salts
    2 cups baking soda
    1 cup Epsom salts
    1 to 2 tablespoons glycerin per bath
    Combine the sea salts, baking soda, and Epsom salts in a bowl. Stir to blend. Pour 1/4 cup or so into the bath while the tub is filling. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons glycerin to keep your skin from drying out (more for dry skin, less for oily skin) and essential oils of choice.
    Preparation Time: 2 to 3 minutes
    Shelf Life: Indefinite
    Storage: Glass jar with a screw top

    10 years ago

    Joanna, I your herbal facials and your honey mask ... I use the honey mask veryoften! 

    For those who get that stubborn "bump" on the face just before a big event, just dab some raw honey on it and leave it there while you're at hoem.

    I "clean" my skin while bathing in equal parts of epsom salts and peroxide (3%) and then smooth all my skin with sesame oil (which draws out toxins) or olive oil (moisturizing).

    10 years ago


    Castor Oil Packs

    Hydrogen Peroxide Baths


    Epsom Salts

    Gallstones (Liver Flush)

    Dry Skin Brushing

    Hydrogen Peroxide Baths

    Our bodies eliminate toxins through four major organs: the colon (assisted by the liver), kidneys, lungs, and skin. Hydrogen peroxide baths help to cleanse and purify our skin. Hydrogen peroxide destroys toxins, organisms, and even pulls out the residues left by soap. In other words, it makes one of our major eliminators of toxins-our skin-more effective.

    Hydrogen peroxide does all this and is environmentally friendly too, leaving its only by-products: water and oxygen.

    The first time you bathe with hydrogen peroxide, be sure to notice the residue left behind after the bath. You just might be amazed!

    • 2 quarts hydrogen peroxide
    • Bath tub

    Pour 1 quart hydrogen peroxide into a hot bath making sure to mix it well to avoid burning your skin. Be careful not to get any bath water in your eyes. Immerse yourself into the water and wait 5 minutes. If there is no reaction to your skin, add the second quart and stir well. Relax and soak for 20 to 25 minutes.


    If irritation occurs, rinse yourself off with clear water immediately. You may want to try again using 1 pint hydrogen peroxide. Women with vaginitis often experience temporary irritation and should begin with the lower dose. Always use caution when exiting a tub. Lightheadedness may occur.

    Other Uses:

    Hydrogen peroxide (3%) is excellent as a facial toner and as a mouthwash.

    If you suffer from athlete's foot, try a nightly foot soak in 3% hydrogen peroxide until the condition clears.

    10 years ago
    Azuki Bean Tea 

    Got puffy bags under your eyes? Then this tea is for you.

    Puffy, swollen eyes indicate that the kidneys are becoming flaccid, overcome by too much liquid, sugar, even fruit juices. Little red azuki beans help regulate the kidney function, restoring moisture balance in the body. For best results, take this tea 2-3 times a week for about a month. You'll see clearer, fresher eyes and feel incredibly vitalized.

    What You'll Need

    1/4 cup azuki beans, rinsed well
    1⁄2-inch piece kombu
    1 cup spring or filtered water



    Place beans and kombu in a sauce pan with water. Bring to a boil,
    uncovered, over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain out beans and drink while hot. Makes 1 serving.
    Note: You may continue cooking the beans in soups or stews.


    Yogurt Facial Mask
    10 years ago

    Joana, I use

    2 Heaping Tablespoons of plain Yogurt

    2 Heaping Tablespoons of Brewer's Yeast

    mixed together; apply to face (go around eyes) and leae on for 20-30 minutes; the "glow" it gives the sin on the face is remarkable ...

    More on the topic of chemicals inside beauty products
    10 years ago

    Ingredients you may want to avoid

    Here we list a few ingredients which may be capable of causing skin damage with prolonged use, or are simply redundant.

    Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea: Used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth although ineffective against fungi. Known to be a relatively common cause of contact dermatitis. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Germall 115 may release formaldehyde, a potentially toxic chemical. Potential for low level skin damage in the long term is unproven but appears likely.

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A detergent common in shamoos and cleaners, where it is relatively safe due to short contact time. If exposure is prolonged is likely to cause skin irritation, dryness and other damage. In fact, sodium lauryl sulfate is sometimes used as a model skin irritant in the experiments where skin protectors are tested. Avoid products with sodium lauryl sulfate unless time of contact with the skin is very short. Even skin cleansers should rather be without it.

    Mineral oil: petroleum derived hydrocarbons; used as inexpensive base in some products (less today that in the past). Is moderately comedogenic. Mineral oil may also interfere with normal perspiration and other skin functions.

    Synthetic Colors: Whether synthetic colors are completely safe or mildly damaging in the long run is unknown. Since they serve no useful purpose, they are best avoided (except perhaps when avoiding them means foregoing an otherwise great product). They are labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number, e.g. FD&C Red No. 6 or D&C Green No. 6.

    Synthetic Fragrances: There are over 200 synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics. There is no way to know which particular ones are in your product, since on the label it will simply say "Fragrance." Safety of most synthetic fragrances is an open question. Best to avoid them since they provide no skin benefits. True, it is good to have a nice smelling cream. However, apart from the questionable safety, frangrance may mask spoilage of your product, an effect you would want to avoid.

    Ethanolamines (Monoethanolamine aka MEA, Diethanolamine aka DEA, Triethanolamine aka TEA): common pH stabilizers; when exposed to oxygen/air form nitrosoamines, which may be irritating and/or toxic. The amount of nitrosoamines formed during typical use of skin care products with ethanolamines is unclear.

    Parabens (e.g. Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl and Butyl Paraben): Used as preservatives; inhibit microbial growth and extend shelf life of products. Methyl paraben may degrade releasing methanol, a potentially toxic chemical. While most people don't have an obvious reaction to parabens, it is unclear if they are truly nontoxic or may cause low level skin damage in the long term (particularly methyl paraben).

    Harmful ingredients

    10 years ago

      There certainly has been much interesting information added here...must first read it all and then choose some of it to try soon. 

    Patt you have done this folder proud...

    10 years ago

    Diana, I was amazed when I read about the calcium and Vitamin C contained in Bancha tea ...



    1 litre of mineral water
    1 Tablespoon of Kukicha or Bancha tea


    Bring 1 litre of mineral water to a boil. Add Kukicha or bancha tea. Simmer on low fire for about 10 minutes. Strain. Drink whenever desired. You may heat again. You can drink it cold with some lemon and rice syrup (yinnie syrup) in the summer time.


    Kukicha and bancha is the same tea. Kukicha is the stem and more yang and bancha the leaf, more yin. It is also known as three years tea.

    This tea has six times more calcium than cows milk and 2 1/2 times more vitamin C than oranges. It helps to make the blood more alkaline. When we are fatigued it will refreshen and strengthen us. It is beneficial for people suffering from bladder infection, heart diseases and indigestion. It is a good healthy drink for everybody including children. It also helps digestion.


    For Shiny Hair
    10 years ago
    For soft shiny hair mayonnaise ( either commercial or homemade) is wonderful. Work into hair and cover with a light weight shower cap. Leave in for up to 30 minutes and shampoo with a mild shampoo. This leaves hair very soft and silky.
    healthy, shining hair
    10 years ago
    When we think about the ingredients in mayonaise (oilive oil, eggs)  it's easy to see why it would be such a good hair conditioner.
    Nature's Pharmacy
    10 years ago
    Herbal Remedies Using Aloe Vera
    Because of its usefulness in treating many conditions, Aloe Vera is now propagated and used worldwide.
    I always have an aloe vera plant growing in my home; snip off a leaf and split it open, smooth on any skin that is dry, irritated, sunburned, good for insect bites, and especially good for baby's diaper rash!
    The gel is antimicrobial, so it's as though you are applying an invisible bandaid to any cut, skin irritation or burn,protecitng and soothing/healing it at the same time.
    Aloe vera gel can be purchased in health food stores and is soothing to the stomach and the intestines, a good digestive aid that stimulates the flow of bile and cleanses/moisturizes the intestines.
    10 years ago
    You Beautiful Cheapskate
    Posted by Tiffany at 12:16 pm in Beauty. Hugg this | Stumble It

    natural hairWhen I asked moms recently what kind of natural mom they were…green, instinctive, frugal, or health nutty…I found that 27% of moms were living natural lives for monetary reasons. A natural way of life is often a more frugal way of life… so if you happen to be pinching your pennies then this is good news. So what natural practices can save you some dough? I will be discussing a few of the ways over the next few days. Today I will talk about frugal beauty practices.

    Bath and Body Tips: In ancient civilizations, they used milk in their bath water to soften their skin. The lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant and the fat acts as a moisturizer. You can try this trick, too. Use powdered milk in your bath and see if your skin feels any different. To further exfoliate your skin, apple cider vinegar keeps skin supple. It’s heavy concentration of enzymes helps peel off dead skin cells.

    Face Care: Beauty products today, even those that say they are all-natural, contain preservatives and chemicals. Who cares if you look a bit younger if you will eventually get skin cancer because the beauty products you were using contained carcinogenic chemicals? Who cares if you smell good when the aluminum or the parabens in your beauty products are making you sick? Instead, wet your face with warm water and apply honey. As a facial exfoliant, try raw sugar. Gently rub it in until it dissolves and then rinse.

    See more natural AND frugal bath and body recipes.

    Keep a bottle of witch hazel under your bathroom sink. It is a natural toner for the skin and costs less than the name brands you find in stores. A sliced cucumber from the fridge will reduce the swelling of puffy eyes in the morning and if you drink cucumber infused water you will be refreshed and hydrated.

    Instead of expensive makeup removers, use olive oil and an organic cotton ball.

    Hair Care: Chemicals can build up in the hair from thermal styling, hair sprays, and everyday activity. Well, did you kow that you can never use shampoo again and your hair will thank you for it? See our No Shampoo Alternative.

    The Best Things in Life are Free! The best beauty tip is drinking plenty of water. It is like an internal shower for your body so drink your eight to ten glasses a day. Water removes impurities and gives a natural glow to your skin.

    Taking care of your body naturally reduces the need for more expensive beauty treatments. The billion dollar beauty industry doesn’t need your money and you don’t need their flawed products. Beginning a simple daily regimen using everyday items will keep you looking beautiful for pennies on the dollar.

    So tell me about your frugal and natural beauty practices…


    Technorati Tags: natural beauty, beauty recipes, frugal

    10 years ago
    Pumpkin Face Mask


    Pumkin Recipe 

    . . . a very cool recipe  for a pumpkin face mask that will help rejuvinate your skin that may be chapped and dry this time of year. Pumpkin, after all, contains lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and beneficial alpha-hydroxy acids.

    10 years ago

    Quick Herbal Tips for Beautiful and Glowing Skin

    By: IndiaParenting

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    10 years ago
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    10 years ago

    Patt, you have done this folder proud..... 

    Have you tried cleaning your face with unboiled milk? sorry but the thought has me laughing and I am having a little trouble thinking my face would be clean afterwards; I would want to wash off the milk.

    And what about the raw potatoe on skin blemishes   I don't know why all this seems funny to me....I am sure it works; have you tried it?

    ....ok I must be in a funny mood....still I would love to hear how it all works for you. 

    10 years ago

    Diana, Cleopatra used to take "milk baths" ... and yes, I've tried bathing in milk and it does soothe the skin ...

    I don't use raw potato on blemishes because I have some kind of an allergic reaction to raw potatoes; when peeling potatos. . . the skin on my hands will begin to itch and it's very uncomfortable ... so instead I dab a bit of raw honey on any blemish.

    P.S.  I also use a sheet of KOMBU when showering ... the mineral treatment it gives my skin is incredibly soothing!

    And yes, you can rinse it, wring it out, hang it to dry and reuse it for the next shower or two.

    Oh, and CASTOR OIL is nature's best moisturizer; learned that from my Grandmother way back when!

    This post was modified from its original form on 02 Aug, 16:15

    10 years ago

    Thank you Patt...I don't know what was going on with me that day...I just could not stop laughing every time I read the above.

    Yes I do remember reading tha Cleopatra bathed in Milk.  So when you bathed in milk how much did you put in the bath or did you sponge bathe?  And then did you rinse off afterwards?

    I am going to try the Kombu in the shower.

    10 years ago

    Diana, I used powdered milk scented with dried herbs and citrus; it's high in proteins, calcium and vitamins and is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it soft and radiant.

    2 cups dried powdered milk

    1 tablespoon dried orange peel

    2 teasoons dried lavender flowers

    2 teaspoons dried rosemary

    Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean milk bottle or container. To use: pour 1/2 cup of the milk bath mixture into a warm bath and stir through the water. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes.

    Yield: 16 ounces, enough for 4 baths.

    Our Favorite Sunburn Soothers
    10 years ago

    Sunburns are not only painful, they can significantly increase our risk of developing skin cancer, and they prematurely age and damage our skin. Treat a sunburn quickly with these all-natural ingredients to reduce the risk and damage, and spread soothing, healing relief.

    Here are our favorite sunburn healers:

    Aloe Vera Gel
    For sunburn there is nothing better than aloe vera gel; it is antibacterial and deeply healing for burns in part because of aloectin B, which stimulates the immune system. Aloe vera gel is so effective that it is used in hospitals for burn victims. It comes from the aloe vera plant, and many of us keep a plant in the kitchen (it’s good for kitchen burns, too) and simply squeeze the gel from a freshly-cut leaf. You can buy pure aloe vera gel as a product in most health food stores.

    Vitamin E
    One of the antioxidants, vitamin E in the form of creams, ointments and oils can help heal sunburn damage and shorten its effects.

    Vitamin C
    Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant, so increasing your intake while sunburned will help you heal.

    Black Tea Sunburn Soother
    The tannins in cool black tea will help soothe a sunburn. Store used teabags in the fridge and apply as a cold compress to burned skin.

    Baking Soda Bath
    Have a cool bath to which 1/2 a cup of baking soda has been added.

    Calendula Creams
    Calendula is one of the most healing plants. The flowers are emollient, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. They are immune system stimulants and rich in carotenoids. Look in your health food store for calendula creams and ointments.

    Try this amusing--and effective--Cucumber Body Pizza. It’s a simple refreshing way to cool and heal sunburned or itchy skin.

    Sunburn Healing Bath
    In a handkerchief tied with string or a muslin teabag, place the following:

    1/4 cup rolled oats
    1/8 cup whole milk powder
    1 teaspoon tea leaves, green or black
    3 drops lavender essential oil
    2 drops peppermint essential oil

    Run a tepid to cool bath and soak along with this bath bag. Use it as a compress to spread healing, cooling relief all over.

    Cool Cucumber Spa Treatments
    10 years ago
    By Cait Johnson, Managing Producer, Care2 Green Living.
    Spas love cucumber for facial treatments because it is the same pH as our skin, helping to restore our protective acid mantle. Cucumber’s cooling, gently astringent alpha-hydroxy acids soften, tone, and nourish skin stressed from exposure to summer sun and heat. Reduce that heat-induced greasy feeling, soothe itchiness, tighten pores, reduce eye puffiness, and reveal truly radiant, dewy-fresh skin with these cool formulas for a refreshing spa experience at home.

    Cucumber Astringent
    An easy way to reduce oily shine:
    Coarsely chop 1/2 a cucumber, peeled, and place in a blender; blend until smooth. Apply liberally to face and allow to stay on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat face dry.

    Nourishing Cucumber-Avocado Facial Mask
    This magic formula does it all: nourishes, tightens pores, and helps slough off dead skin cells to reveal fresher skin.

    Place the following ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth:
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled cucumber
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled avocado
    1 egg white
    2 teaspoons powdered milk

    Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then apply to face and neck. Leave the mask in place for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Splash cool water on after that, then gently pat dry.

    Clear Skin Mask
    If you are occasionally troubled by blemishes, this easy mask will help to prevent them.

    Place the following in a blender and blend until smooth:
    1/2 cucumber, peeled
    1 tablespoon instant nonfat dry milk
    1 teaspoon plain yogurt

    Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

    Radiant Facial Treatment
    If your complexion is dull and oily, this easy formula will help you look glowing and radiant:

    1 teaspoon grated cucumber
    splash of rosewater

    Apply to face and allow to stay for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

    Quick Fix for Puffy Eyes
    Time-honored because it works:
    Slice two thin rounds of cucumber, lie down, and place the cucumber slices over your eyes. Rest for 15 minutes, then remove cucumber.

    Two Ways to Reduce Dark Circles Under Eyes
    These are great for tightening sagging under-eye skin, too:

    1. Apply grated cucumber, either alone or mixed with an equal measure of carrot juice, to area beneath eyes. Allow to stay on for 20 minutes, then rinse with cool water.

    2. Mix grated cucumber with milk and refrigerate 30 minutes, then apply to under-eye skin and allow to stay on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

    Toning Cucumber Mask
    5 fresh mint leaves
    1/4 medium cucumber
    1 egg white

    1. Chop mint finely. Peel and seed the cucumber, placing it with mint in a blender and puree. Beat the egg white separately until it holds stiff peaks. Fold it very gently into the pureed cucumber mixture.

    2. Apply evenly to the face and neck and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with pure water and pat dry.

    Easy Greening: Hair Conditioners
    10 years ago

    We've heard the news about unsafe ingredients in imported products—but what about products manufactured right here in our homeland? We thought we'd do some label sleuthing and, noticing our beach-crunchy curls, decided to start with hair conditioners. We were staggered by the parade of probable toxic ingredients listed. Here is a quickie primer on what's wrong with many hair conditioners, and easy DIY recipes to safely soothe your summer tress stress.

    Although hair conditioners don’t ring in at the top of the toxic list (nail polishes and hair relaxers hold that honor) there are enough questionable ingredients to pose concern. Look to avoid these top offenders commonly found in hair conditioners (and note that products labeled “natural” or “organic” often contain these as well):

    These chemicals often are disguised on labels under the generic term "fragrance," which the FDA permits as "trade secrets." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a “body burden” study and published the findings that metabolized forms of dibutyl phthalates, used in nail polish and synthetic fragrance, were found in every person tested in their national study. Best known for hormone disruption, studies also show that phthalates can lead to liver cancer and birth defects in lab animals.

    Studies show a (strong and startling) potential link between products containing parabens and increased breast cancer risk—and most agree that they require further study. Parabens are commonly listed on product ingredient labels as methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben and butylparaben.

    Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SL and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLE
    The second ingredient in one of the leading kids’ 2-in-1 hair conditioners, SLS and SLES are used in the cleaning industry for garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, car-wash soaps, etc. It is very corrosive and readily attacks greasy surfaces—good for oily hair, not so great for skin. Sodium lauryl sulfate is the predominant chemical used for clinical testing as a skin irritant—that is, they use it to hurt the skin to test healing solutions.

    And then there’s the fact that 76 percent of conditioners contain ingredients that are known allergens. Needless to say, we’re making our own now….

    1 very ripe, large banana
    1 tablespoon heavy cream
    1 tablespoon honey

    To Make:
    1. Mash the banana. Add the cream and honey and whisk together until smooth.
    To Use:
    1. Apply to dry hair from the roots to the ends, cover with a shower cap, and then wrap your head in a warm towel.
    2. Allow mixture to remain on hair for as long as possible--up to an hour. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo as usual.

    2 ounces aloe vera gel
    1/2 teaspoon oil (avocado, jojoba, or even olive oil will work)
    2 ounces organic apple cider vinegar
    1 ounce powdered milk

    To Make and Use:
    Combine ingredients in a bowl and apply to clean, wet hair.
    Allow formula to remain on hair for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse well with warm water.

    ¼ cup aloe vera gel (available in health food stores)
    ½ of a lemon
    3-5 drops essential oils of your choice

    To Make:
    1. Mix the aloe vera gel with the juice of half a lemon. Add the essential oils.
    To Use:
    1. Apply to freshly shampooed hair.
    2. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

    1 cup rose floral water
    1 tablespoon jojoba oil
    10 drops vitamin E oil

    To Make
    1. In the top of a double boiler, gently warm the rose water.
    2. Once rose water is warm, add jojoba oil.
    3. Pour the mixture in a blender and add the vitamin E. Blend at high speed for 2 minutes.
    To Use:
    1. Wet hair with warm water.
    2. Pour the conditioner onto your hair and scalp, massaging in thoroughly.
    3. For damaged hair or extra conditioning, leave on for several minutes, perhaps while bathing.
    4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
    5. Shampoo lightly and rinse again with cool water.

    8 fresh strawberries
    1 tablespoon mayonnaise

    To Make:
    1. Mash ingredients thoroughly
    To Use:
    1. Massage into damp hair.
    2. Cover with a shower cap and a warm towel.
    3. Allow to stay on hair for at least 10 minutes, then shampoo as usual.

    For more information:
    The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
    Environmental Working Group: Skin Deep
    This cosmetic safety database allows you see toxicity ratings for over 25,000 cosmetic products—including hair conditioners.

    Harvest Skin Toner
    10 years ago

    by Annie Berthold-Bond
    Here is a skin toner made of harvest fruit and vegetables that will rival anything you can find at an expensive spa.
     Here is a wonderful fruit-and-vegetable-based formula for a skin toner, one that was decoded from an old Mayan text of beauty formulas by a Mexican archaeologist. The nourishing and skin softening ingredients in this toner are beyond compare. A good time to make this toner is when the harvest is bountiful . If you don’t own a juicer, borrow one and make large batches, freeze the mixture in ice cube trays, and pop out a cube as needed. Cucumber juice could be made in a blender. You can also make just a week’s worth of this toner at a time.

    1. Zazil Toner
      1/4 cup cucumber juice (the same pH as the skin)
      1/8 cup carrot juice (rich in vitamin A)
      1/2 cup spearmint infusion (considered one of the best cosmetic herbs)
      1/4 cup chamomile infusion (avoid if you are sensitive to ragweed)
      1/2 cup lemon juice (an alpha hydroxy acid)

    Make the cucumber juice and carrot juice. Make strong spearmint and chamomile teas, and let cool. Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar and shake to blend. If you freeze the mixture in ice cube trays, just pop out a cube and rub it over your face, then put the cube in the refrigerator and use the toner over the next few days.

    10 years ago
    Green tea skin rejuvenator 

    Make your own green tea rejuvenator, called the "Aloha Honey Hawaiian Delight."


    • 2 tablespoons green tea
    • 1/2 ripe papaya
    • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced
    • 2 tablespoons honey


    Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. Peel papaya wedge and remove seeds. In blender or food processor, blend papaya and pineapple until pureed. Pour into glass bowl and combine honey and green tea. Mix well. Apply to face with fan brush or finger tips. Recline and rest for 10 - 15 minutes. Remove completely with tepid water and soft facial cloth. Store in covered container in refrigerator for up to one week.

    Makes 2 treatments

    Beauty Benefits: Exfoliates, hydrates and rejuvenates.

    10 years ago
    Beauty From Vegetable And Fruits

    Highly effective face packs and lotions can be prepared from fruits and vegetables which will give your skin a soft, lovely radiance.

    • Astringent lotion - Blanch a small peach, remove its stone and grind and squeeze out its juice. Add to it one­fourth teaspoon each of lime and tomato juice. Mix well and spread on your face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes.
    • Cucumber tonic - Grate and squeeze out juice from a small cucumber and mix in one-fourth teaspoon each of lime juice and rose water. Apply on face and leave on for 15 minutes. This tonic improves a dull and greasy complexion.
    • Cleansing lotion - To one-fourth teaspoon of lime juice stir in one teaspoon each of milk and cucumber juice. Apply on the face and neck and wash off after 14 minutes. This lotion cleanses and purifies the pores of the skin.
    • Cabbage mask - Grind a couple of cabbage leaves and extract juice. Dissolve one-fourth teaspoon of yeast in it and stir in one teaspoon of honey. Mix well and apply thickly over face and neck. Remove with cotton-wool soaked in water 15 minutes after application. This mask will Counteract any tendency towards wrinkles and dry­ ness and give your skin a flower-like bloom.
    • Orange tonic - Blanch and grind a couple of almonds to a paste and mix in two tablespoons of milk and one tablespoon each of carrot and orange juice. Apply thickly on face and neck and leave on for half an hour. Removes scars and blemishes from the face and makes it soft and smooth.
    • Tomato lotion - To one tablespoon of tomato juice add a couple of drops of lime juice. Apply on face and remove after 15 minutes. It is very effective for shrinking enlarged pores.
    • Watermelon lotion - Grate and squeeze out juice from a small piece of watermelon. Apply on face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. This lotion freshens up the skin.
    • Whitening lotion - To one tablespoon of cucumber juice stir in a few drops of lime juice and a dash of turmeric powder. Apply on face and neck and wash off after half an hour. Makes an excellent whitener for all types of skins.
    • Potato tonic - Grind and squeeze juice of potatoes. Apply on face and neck and leave on whole night. Next morning, wash with water to which a little witch hazel has been added. This tonic whitens and brightens the skin.
    • Carrot lotion - To one-fourth teaspoon of carrot juice add one teaspoon of melted honey. Remove with cotton wool soaked in water to which a little soda bicarbonate has been added after 15 minutes. It removes roughness from the skin and makes it smooth as silk.
    • Tomato tonic - To two teaspoons of tomato juice add four tablespoons of buttermilk. Remove after half an hour. It is excellent for removing sunburns
    • Cucumber lotion - One tablespoon each of cucumber juice and milk and a few drops of rose water should be mixed together and applied on the face and neck and removed after 15 minutes. Makes excellent whitener for delicate skins.
    • Grape lotion - One tablespoon grape juice should be applied on the face and neck and left on for 15 minutes. Makes the skin soft and smooth, bright and fair.
    • Papaya cream - Apply one tablespoon finely ground raw papaya to the face and leave on for 15 minutes. Removes pimples and other embarrassing blemishes.
    • Apple tonic - Mix one tablespoon of apple juice with one-fourth teaspoon of lime juice. Leave on for 20 minutes. Makes excellent tonic for combating greasiness.
    • Coconut lotion - Water of coconut, if rubbed on the skin and left on for 15 minutes, lightens and brightens the skin.

    Simple Facial Cleanser
    10 years ago
    by Annie Berthold-Bond
    Simple but sophisticated homemade facial cleansers are easy, cheap and effective.
    The legendary beauty Cleopatra's famed milk baths made her skin soft and supple because milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs such as are found in milk, lemon juice, vinegar, blackberries, grapes, oranges, tomatoes, and apple juice exfoliate the skin by dissolving the glue that holds dead skin cells together.
    They cleanse the top layer of skin, allowing the body's natural emollient oils to reach the surface cells and help moisturize and relieve dryness. They help cleanse oily skin and remove blackheads. AHA chemical peels of between 20 and 70 percent acidity are available from some doctors, but they are so strong they can leave scars, and the FDA believes that these strong peels could expose the skin to an increased risk of sunburn.
    The ingredients I mentioned here, such as organic apple cider vinegar, is an all-natural AHA that you can use at home (avoid the eyes), has seven percent acidity, and is a safe and sure way to get the benefit of fruit acids without danger to the skin (although even at this low level, you should be aware of the increased risk of sunburn).
    The benefits of homemade fruit acids become evident as soon as you start using them; your skin starts feeling soft and smooth. To my skin's great benefit I squeeze a lemon once a week and keep its juice in the refrigerator. In the morning, I dab some of the juice on my fingers and pat it onto my face, leave it on for ten minutes or so and then rinse.
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    DIY Kitchen Beauty

    Many of the best beauty solutions aren’t found in complex (and wallet-busting) formulas. Porcelain skin can be found in your very own refrigerator—right next to last week’s Chinese takeout.

    Here are 3 easy, natural masks to tease out that blushing bloom.

    Oily: Plain, all-natural yogurt gently exfoliates while tightening pores and blasting blemishes. Simply apply half a cup of plain yogurt to your face and neck for matte, conditioned skin.

    Combination: Banana nourishes and moisturizes, lemon is a natural astringent, and honey heals. To balance your complexion, mash half a banana and stir in a dollop of honey and a few drops of lemon juice.

    Dry: Avocado is the ultimate penetrating moisturizer. Mash half an avocado and add honey for its regenerative properties.

    Directions: Open your pores with a warm cloth, let the mask set for 15 minutes, rinse off with warm water and finish with a splash of cold.

    Fresh Fruit Facials for Healthy Skin by Alisha Burke
    9 years ago
    I was having tea with a friend last week, and we were discussing our extensive skin care regimens. As we were exchanging tips and advice, I realized that I have amassed a virtual recipe box of facials that can be done using fresh fruit. As there are many of you out there that could benefit from this knowledge, I have decided to share my insights.

    One of my favorites is the peach facial, which works very well as a tightening mask. Simply take a ripened peach, and remove the skin and the pit from the center. Place the peach and the whites from a single egg in a blender, and whip until smooth. Pat the mixture onto your face, and allow it to sit there for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

    I have found that the apple mask is very good for normal skin. Peel, core, and quarter an apple. Chop the apple in your blender, and add two tablespoons of honey. Blend until smooth. Then remove the mixture from the blender, and refrigerate for approximately 10 minutes. Apply the mixture to your face using a patting motion, and be sure to pat until the honey becomes tacky. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

    I have also had great success with a Strawberry mask that my Grandmother told me about. The trick here is to use extremely ripe Strawberries. Add approximately ½ cup of strawberries and a ¼ cup of cornstarch to the blender, and mix until smooth. Apply the mixture to your face, and be careful to avoid the area around your eyes. Leave it on for 30 minutes, and rinse it off with cool water.

    The next facial mask is excellent for blemished skin. Chop a ripened tomato into small pieces, and place it in your blender. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice and some instant oatmeal or rolled oats. Mix until it is all combined. Do not mix for too long, as it will not stick to your face. If it gets too thin, simply add more oatmeal. Apply the mixture, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Scrub it off using a warm, wet cloth.

    There are many different ways to care for your skin, and as many different products on the market. In my experience, the most natural treatments provide the best results. Try to avoid products that have heavy perfumed scents or appear to use poor quality ingredients. These all natural fruit facials have worked wonders for me. I hope you enjoy them.

    Alisha Burke

    Alisha Burke loves getting facials. When she is not daydreaming about her next trip to the spa, she writes for

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    Natural Fruit Facials For Healthy Glowing Skin - Fun and Food Blog Recipes
    9 years ago
    Most of us are aware about the health benefits of fresh fruits, and we also know that most of the nutrients and vitamins in fruits lie in their skin and pulp, and just as they are useful to the body, these nutrients can serve to be excellent scrubs or re-vitalisers for our skin too! Natural Fruit Facials have been preferred since centuries to get a healthy skin that glows. If you know the properties of each fruit, you can pamper yourself with an all-natural fruit mask, without spending too much time or money. And this is the best way to use old, over-ripened fruits that can no longer be eaten raw! Here are a few fruits that can help you get a smooth, healthy and toned skin. (img credit)

    This may seem like an off-topic post, but seriously, it has been wonderful to use some of my mushy fruits to pamper my face over the weekend! And as I'm sure every woman loves pampering, I thought I'd share with you these simple tips! Different people have different skin tyes, and each skin reacts differently to a fruit mask. So its advisable to know your skin type first before using any products on your face or skin, and even after that, always test a small area of your skin, preferably the elbow. And since I'm not a beautician, just a normal person like you all trying to achieve a naturally healthy skin, please use this post merely as a guideline! Here is a nice writeup on Skin Types, and also some more natural fruit facial recipes

    Before & After a Fruit Facial
    When using any fruit mask, wash your face and neck before applying the mixture. Apply the fruit mask gently with your fingertips, avoiding the delicate area around your eyes and lips. Leave the mask on for 15-20 mins, then wipe your face with a soft warm towel and rinse your skin thoroughly with luke-warm water. After this, splash some ice-cold water on your face to tighten your pores, then finish by applying a coating of light lotion (with SPF 15 or higher) over your face.

    Listed below are some common fruits that can be used as face-masks due to their specific medicinal properties. Again, DO NOT use any of these without a proper patch-test on your skin to see how it reacts to these fruits.

    The alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) in peaches makes this a great mask for general skin renewal. It helps reduce wrinkles, remove dead skin, and clean your pores. Combine it with some cooked oatmeal or yogurt and use the puree as a facial. The oatmeal helps to heal irritated skin and moisturizes, as does the yogurt.

    Avocados offer your skin the antioxidant effects of Vitamin E. The proteins and fats in the fruit draws moisture into your skin and helps fill up the fine lines & wrinkles. Mash it with 1 egg yolk and apply to face for 20 mins, then wash it to soothe and smooth dry skin; this is especially good in summers.

    Bananas contain vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as potassium. They smooth and nourish your skin while the antioxidants purify it. Mash half of a ripe banana with two tablespoons of honey and four tablespoons of sour cream( for oily skin, use two tablespoons of lemon or orange juice for the sour cream), apply on your face for 15 mins and wash off for instant glow.

    A member of the rose family, strawberries contain salicyclic acid, which rids the skin of dead cells, allowing it to absorb moisture more efficiently. Strawberries also have a mild bleaching effect on the skin and help heal blemishes. Just puree 1/2 cup ripe strawberries with 1/4 cup cornstarch; apply for 30 mins, then rinse off with cool water.

    The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue,and helps improve the complexion and health of the skin. The high water content makes it a natural moisturiser, while the ascorbic acid and caffeic acid in cucumbers prevent water retention (puffy eyes and dark circles). You can rub it raw on your face, or use a cucumber facial recipe to instantly rejuvenate your skin.

    Fruit facials work great when you choose a fruit that is right for your skin type. but thanks to the power of the web, finding that out is not at all difficult. I could make this a long post, but I just wanted to represent the top 5 fruits, and bring across the idea of using the natural goodness of fruits for your skin. Eating them daily is the best way to get a healthy skin, but when you need some instant glow for a party you have to attend in 12 hours, these fruit facials can come in real handy! Plus, it gives you a chance to relax for 30 mins as the invigorating smell fills the air while the fruit pulp works wonders on your skin! Personally, I love the cucumber and strawberry facials, but I'm going to be trying peaches soon. If you have some secret recipe that has worked for you, please share it with our readers through your comments!

    Remember, there's nothing better than using fresh natural products for your skin; find a fruit facial recipe that works for you, and pamper your skin from time to time, because both you and your
    9 years ago

    Thank you Patt!

    Well I think it is peaches and avocados for my can never have too few wrinkles.

    9 years ago

    Diana, you already know that those fruity acids are so good for your skin; my daughter used to laugh at me ... while in the kitchen and slicing up an avocado, I save the the peel and when I'm finished with food prep, I'll turn it inside out and rub it all over my hands and on my forehead (where the skin is dry); rinse it off ten minutes later -- I do the same thing when slicing the ends off tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini ...

    and a mashed up slice of papaya is always wonderful for removing dry skin from elbows, knees, hands and feet.

    9 years ago

    Pineapple Olive Oil Mask

    As pineapple used internally acts as a digestive aid, externally it can help get rid of dirt and dead skin cells. Pineapple also has anti-inflammatory properties, is a mild astringent, and helps counteract histamines. Olive oil is an excellent source of vitamin E, which also helps the skin’s surface.

    4 large pineapple chunks
    3 Tablespoons of olive oil

    Place pineapple and olive oil in blender and blend until smooth. Mixture may be applied to face with fingertips and left on for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

    (If you don't have a pineapple, you cn use a papaya)

    Peach and Brown Sugar Scrub
    9 years ago

    Peach and Brown Sugar Scrub

    Most of my beauty formulas share something in common: They’re delicious to eat. Maybe it’s just that I can’t escape the pleasure of rubbing food on my skin, but I think it’s more about the inherently beautiful integrity of using plants for beauty ingredients.

    Which brings me to peaches. Such beauty! Peaches are moisturizing and toning for all skin types, and their fruity summer perfume is far more transporting than any synthetic fragrance could ever be. For this simple sugar scrub, I combine fresh peach with sugar and olive oil. I think that you’ll love how soft and luminous it will make your skin, that is if you don’t eat it all first.

    1 large very ripe peach, unpeeled, sliced and mashed
    1/3 cup organic brown sugar
    1/3 cup white granulated sugar
    1/3 cup olive oil

    Mix ingredients in a bowl and mash together until well combined. In the shower, wet skin and then turn off the water. Gently massage generous scoops of scrub all over your body. (Careful not to slip from olive oil.) Rinse off, glow.

    Makes 2 applications, to be used within one week. (Store second application in the refrigerator.)

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    9 years ago

    well Patt those sound too good to rub on the body.

    9 years ago

    Natural Remedies for Winter Hair

    If your hair is starting to feel dry, and breakage on the ends, now is a great time to moisturize your locks with natural ingredients found in your home.
    8 years ago

    Patt or anyone, have you ever tried honey on your hair?  Way back when.....I did try olive oil; must try it again as I do not remember the out come but never did try honey.

    8 years ago

    Diana, I haven't tried honey on my hair but I have used the olive oil which is difficult to shampoo out even when you leave it in overnight and wash the next morning.

    I think coconut oil is just as effective as olive oil and much easier to wash out.


    It's so cold her ein NYC so I've been using Castor Oil on my face to protect it from the icy winds, rather than the olive oil I usually use. The Castor Oil is much thicker and more protective.


    8 years ago

    Alright then coconut oil sounds better and I will wait to hear someone's experience with honey.  I have a lot of hair and the idea of it being filled with honey is a little scary.

    Does the oil absorb into your skin; I would think that castor oil would be so thick it would clog the pores.

    8 years ago

    I use honey for the hair. It makes a huge difference, let the hair soft  and bright.

    8 years ago

    So do you leave it on your hair for long? 

    8 years ago

    anyone tried shea butter at this time of the year? If you buy it on ebay through the woman's coop in Africa, you get a large tub that will last over a year. I use it after every shower, then add it to my heels and hands throughout the day as needed ~ at the moment I am partially bed bound from cancer surgery, and trying to find alternatives to the surgical option of another lung surgery iin 4 months ~ chemo resistant area ... sorry, got sidetracked. The shea butter can be put in your hair for a few hours, or my favorite, overnight with a turbin over it to save my pillowcase


    8 years ago

    for 15 -20 minutes.

    Sometimes I use on the face too.

    8 years ago

    Diana, if you apply castor oil right after you shower/bathe then your skin will absorb all of it within 20-25 minutes and you won't have that "greasy" feeling ... yes, it is thicker than olive oil or coconut oil but it is VERY HEALING; if you've ever read anything about Edgar Cayce's remedies, he always recommended castor oil packs for healing.

    When I'm in a hurry and can't wait the 20-25 minutes for the castor oil to be absorbed, I will use coconut oil or olive oil.

    No need for all those chemicals and preservatives in those silly moisturizers they sell for $20-$500 ... just use NATURAL OILS.

    8 years ago

    FullMoon, I've used honey on my face ... it's a wonderful "facial" ... leaves the skin so soft! Honey is also good to put on blemishes.


    8 years ago

    I must try the coconut oil...... just have to get it up from my kitchen and same with the olive oil.  Gues the best thing would be to have a small 2nd container of each near the shower.

    Thank you Patt, Full Moon & Gayle for the info.

    8 years ago

    Figs -- Not Newtons

    By Victoria

    People have been using figs since ancient times.  In the
    Old Testament, King Hezekiah was sick unto death and
    Isaiah called for a lump of figs and the king recovered.

    The active agent in figs is benzaldehyde.  The Japanese
    identified this ingredient after giving it to cancer
    patients and seeing dramatic results.

    Fig juice has also killed bacteria in test tubes and
    roundworms in dogs.  The enzymes in figs, called "ficins"
    aid digestion.

    The patients that the Japanese gave the fig substance to
    generally lived longer.  So eat your figs as they are a
    tasty age defying food!

    Fig Exfoliators

    Fresh figs make wonderful mild exfoliators.  They
    contain an active enzyme that helps to remove
    dead skin cells from the surface of the skin just
    the way pineapple and papaya does. 

    Fresh figs are always best, but dried figs will
    do if fresh are not available.  If using dried figs,
    first soak them in water for 15-20 minutes to
    soften them. 

    You can use figs in the shower to scrub your
    body.  The tiny seeds in the figs will gently
    polish your skin.

    Fig mask:  Slice the fig in half and turn inside
    out.  Scrape out the flesh and mash well with
    a fork.  Apply to the skin and leave on for up to
    5 minutes.  Because of the figs high enzyme
    content, don't leave the mask on longer than
    5 minutes.  Rinse with tepid water.

    Green Tea Skin Rejuvenator
    8 years ago

    Make your own green tea rejuvenator, called the "Aloha Honey Hawaiian Delight."

    • 1/2 ripe papaya
    • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple, diced
    • 2 tablespoons honey


    Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. Peel papaya wedge and remove seeds. In blender or food processor, blend papaya and pineapple until pureed. Pour into glass bowl and combine honey and green tea. Mix well. Apply to face with fan brush or finger tips. Recline and rest for 10 - 15 minutes. Remove completely with tepid water and soft facial cloth. Store in covered container in refrigerator for up to one week.

    Makes 2 treatments

    Beauty Benefits: Exfoliates, hydrates and rejuvenates.

    8 years ago
    DIY Spa Treatments With Sand, Strawberries & More Summer Staples 
    Spa owners love summer almost as much as lecherous guys on the street do. The more you expose, the more you have to buff, wax and polish ... unless you try one of these genius, at-home DIY beauty boosters. You're welcome!
    8 years ago
    Homemade Green Tea Facial 
    Let me start by saying I am a firm believer that you shouldn't put anything on your body that you wont put in it.The skin absorbs EVERYTHING.All of these recipes are made from things you can eat and are more than likely in your kitchen cupboards.
    8 years ago
    50 Foods to Better and Beautify Your Skin 
    Why spend thousands on a face lift or Botox, when you can obtain or maintain healthy skin the natural way. Below are the best 50 foods for healthy skin, a few natural face masks, and even some items to avoid.
    8 years ago

    Best Foods to Better and Beautify Your Skin From the Outside

    You don’t always have to eat the right foods to get healthy skin. Make a healing facial mask for any skin type using food found around your home by checking out these.

      39. Visit Fat Free Kitchen for dozens of facial masks, packs, and scrubs recipes. Foods involved include avocados, bananas, eggs, and more. You can even get masks for different skin types.

      40. Face Masks for Aging Skin. Scroll down to get many recipes for better skin. Age fighting masks include a sugar mask, banana, and one with egg whites. You can also get simple masks for normal skin.

      41. Herbal Face Lift Formula. Healthy and Green Living gives a simple and natural recipe for a healing herbal face mask. It contains orrisroot, sea salt, dulse, kelp, and baking soda. You can also get over 200 other articles on skin care.

      42. Oatmeal Face Mask. This beauty expert shows you why and how to make an oatmeal face mask at home in this short video. The mask moisturizes, exfoliates, and is good for all skin types. There are also other videos on skin and beauty at home.

      43. Peel Off Facial Mask Recipe. Make this simple mask with gelatin and the fruit or vegetable of your choice. Get masks for oily or dry skin and the corresponding plant to go with it.

      44. Egg Yolk Mask. For use with normal skin, use this mask to keep from drying out while avoiding harsh chemicals. You can also learn how to make your own mask in five steps at eHow.

      45. Pina Colada Face Mask. It is great for the skin, due to the coconut, milk, and honey. This is an all natural recipe and you can even get one for drinking. Learn more here.

      46. Avocado Mask Recipe. The Recipe Zaar has a face mask especially for aging or dry summer skin. As a bonus, it only uses avocados, olive oil, and cucumbers.

      47. All Natural Mask. Use lemon, honey, baking soda, and alcohol to make an all natural face mask. Use it everyday for a week before bedtime to see the results.

      48. Mango Mud Mask. Don’t skip over, there is actually no mud in this mask. It contains mangoes, oatmeal, almonds, and heavy whipping cream. Wear for 15 minutes and rinse.

      49. Mud Mask for Oily Skin. There actually is mud in this mask in the form of clay and water. It also contains rosemary and three different oils. Especially for oily skin, but all types can benefit from it.

      50. Cucumbers. On screen, you always see women with face masks wearing cucumbers, but do they really work? Read this study by the Nutrition Research Center to find out.

    8 years ago

    Well Patt, do you lay around with these masks on.  I always think "what a good idea!"  but then never do get around to doing it.

    I like the post about eating the right foods to create a healthy skin.  It has to start from the inside.

    8 years ago

    No, DIana, I don't lie around with masks on ... but when I'm praring something in the kitchen ... for example ... today I had a scrambled egg in a warmed corn tortilla with habanero salsa and guacamole and when I cracked the egg open, before I tossed the shell in the trash can, I put my fingers into the inside of the shell, scraped out the excess egg white and applied it all over my face and neck ... while I was preparing the guacamole and the salsa, the "egg white facial" dried and by the time I was ready to eat my lunch I simply rinsed off the egg white with some warm water, blotted my face dry and applied a layer of natural organic coconut oil on face, neck and hands. Then I scrmbled the egg, put some salsa on the warm tortilla, put the egg on top of that and topped the egg with guacamole ...  took my tortilla filled with egg, salsa and guacamole, poured a cup of Sencha green tea and enjoyed my lunch out in the roof garden! Or on the patio ... depends on the location ... It's summertime, I like to eat outdoors and listen to the birds while I enjoy the sunshine.

    This post was modified from its original form on 06 Aug, 12:07
    4 years ago

    with mask on lying Randys Homemade Mango Mud Mask

    I just posted an article on Care2 called Homemade Mango Mud Mask. It's a little  tongue in cheek since I hardly use any products on my skin.  I know its not a cream but it does use organic ingredents if you wish.

    Homemade Mango Mud Mask

    This post was modified from its original form on 30 Nov, 11:36
    4 years ago

    I just had to compliment Blue B. on all her great information.  Being a novice to this particular health area I am impressed and somewhat overwhelmed.

    Natural Beauty
    4 years ago

    Honey is great for the face, especially as a mask. It helps with problem skin. I use raw, organic honey as that has more enzyme activity and nutrients and I put a little on my face every evening, leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Afterwards I tone with rose water and moisturise with a tiny dab of coconut oil. In the morning I just need to splash my face with warm water.

    I also agree healthy skin starts from the inside so I have a green smoothie every morning with fruit juice/water/green tea, blended with spinach, frozen mixed berries, the juice of a lemon, coconut oil, raw honey and ginger. This really wakes me up and I feel and look much better for it, especially my skin.