Beauty products are important to our physical and mental health. Many commercial beauty products contain artificial chemicals and these chemical substances do penetrate the skin. Every time we apply commercial products to our body, we are absorbing substances through our skin that we would never dream of putting in our mouth.
By keeping well-groomed, we are also helping our self esteem and mental health. Mental health is extremely important for physical health. By using natural products we are protecting our health.
The natural recipes are simple to make. Try different ones to find the one that works for you. Just keep in mind that if your skin has a tendency to be dry, you would not want to use too many astringents. And , keep in mind any allergies you ,might have. Before making any remedy or recipe, try each of the herbs in a skin test. You may not be aware of some of the allergies that you have. Each person in your family has different needs and skin, so be aware of this as you make different recipes and preparations that members of your home will be using.
Remember, there is beauty and majesty in natural simplicity. These homemade beauty and cosmetics recipes are 100 percent natural and make you look younger.
Angelica Homemade Mouthwash Recipe
This freshens the mouth and sweetens the breath. Use twice daily for most effective action. Pour 2 cups boiling water over 3 tablespoons of angelica seeds. Add peppermint, lemon verbena, car away. or rosemary for extra strength. Adding a little orris root will perfume the breath with the scent of violets. Cover and steep until cool. Strain and store in tightly closed container. Use as a gargle to rinse the mouth.
Lemon Homemade Mouthwash Recipe
- 1 cup, water
- 1/2 cup, plain soda drink
- 4 teaspoon, vegetable glycerine
- 1 teaspoon, Aloe Vera Gel
- Lemon essential oil, 10 drops
Mix all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well. Never rub pure lemon juice or lemon/lime on your teeth.
Basic Mouthwash works as scope or like a magic mouthwash ones.
Mix 2 teaspoons sugar, 3 drops peppermint oil, 1/4 teaspoon of boric acid solution, and 4 cups of water. Add food coloring if desired. Put into a quart bottle. Shake to mix well. Use as a mouthwash and breath freshener. Caution: Do not drink
Mouthwash with Lavender
Mix 1 teaspoon each of peppermint, rosemary. and lavender. Use 1 teaspoon of the mixture to 1 .cup of boiling water. Steep 15 minutes. Strain and Use as a mouthwash
Spicy Mouthwash like a scope mouthwash.
Add 3 drops of cinnamon oil, 2 drops of clove oil, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of boric acid solution to 4 cups of water. Put in quart container and shake well. Add coloring if desired
Add 1 tablespoon allspice to 1 cup of hot water and use as a gargle.
Dry Skin Homemade Lotion Recipe
Put 1 tablespoon castor oil, 1/2 cup mineral oil, 1/2 tablespoon codliver oil, and 2 tablespoons lecithin in the blender. Now prepare a gelatih mix by dissolving 1 tablespoon gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Then add 1/4 cup boiling water to the gelatin and let it sit until cool. Add 1/2 cup of this gelatin to the blender mix. Blend until thoroughly mixed. (Keep the gelatin water you have left. You will want to make other lotions with it.) This lotion is good for thick, rough, flaking, and chapped skin.
For skin that is wrinkled, add the juice of 1 or 2 leaves of an aloe vera plant and 1 PABA tablet (1000 mg) to the blender mix. (If sensitive to PABA, omit it.) To clear the skin of freckles, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice. If desired, add scented oil to the mix.
Flax Seed Skin Homemade Lotion Recipe
Soak 4 tablespoons cracked flax seed for 24 hours in 2 cups of warm water. Bring to a boil and simmer 15 minutes. Strain off the flax seed and add 6 tablespoons of glycerin and 2 cups of vinegar. Bring just to boiling point and remove from heat. Several drops of scented oil may be added at this time, if desired. Beat extremely well as the glycerin has a tendency to separate. This is a very good lotion for treating dry skin.
Hand Lotion Recipe
I use this all over the body. Melt 1 cup solid vegetable shortening, 2 tablespoons anhydrous lanolin, and 1/4 ounce of beeswax. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup of olive or almond oil and 1/8 ounce of scented on. Mix well and let cool. When the mixture has cooled and is solid, stir it well. If too stiff, add more oil. If too soft, add more melted beeswax. One way to test the texture is to place one tablespoon of the lotion in the refrigerator. After the mixture has cooled completely, check for thickness. Put in attractive jar and use daily.
Caution: Please test for allergic reactions to the lanolin. If you have allergic reactions to wearing wool, chances are you will have a reaction to the. use of lanolin. If you are sensitive to the lanolin, leave that out of the recipe and substitute almond oil for the olive oil.
Making of After Sun Homemade Body Lotion.
- Pour the lotion base into a 8 or 10 oz (200 or 250 ml) glass bottle.
- Pour the rosewater into the bottle, put on the cap and shake vigorously to thoroughly mix the ingredients. Then pour in the carrot oil and shake well.
- Carefully add the essential oils into the bottle, one by one then put on the cap and shake vigorously.
- Label the bottle and the after sun homemade body lotion is now ready to use.
Oily Skin Homemade Lotion Recipe
Take 1/2 cup of your gelatin mix liquid, 1 tablet of 500 mg vitamin C, 1 multiple vitamin tablet, 1 teaspoon of glycerin, 1 teaspoon of seaweed, and place in the blender. Add 1 aspirin if you have bags under the eyes. For sagging skin, add 1/4 teaspoon alum (it helps firm up the skin).
Rose Water Skin Lotion
Mix 1/3 cup of rose water, 1/3 cup glycerin, 1/3 cup lemon juice and shake well. Use after your bath. This will help to heal sundamaged skin. This is a good lotion if you do a lot of outdoor chores.
Violet Lotion Recipe
This lotion has lots of vitamin A, so you know how good it is for the skin. There is no better oil for our skins than almond oil. It, smoothes, softens, and feeds the skin, and it's great for under the eyes. Place 1/2 cup of fresh violet leaves and 1/2 cup violet flowers in a stainless steel pan. Cover the herbs with almond oil. Place the pan on very, very low neat and leave to steep for about 6 hours, covered. Strain off the flowers /leaves and add 1 ounce of melted beeswax to the almond oil. Stir until mixture is creamy. Test for firmness. If too stiff, add a little more almond oil. Pour into pretty jars and use daily.
Soft Skin Lotion Recipe
- 1 cup dried chamomile
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup milk
- 8 teaspoons wheat germ
Making of lotion
Steep chamomile in milk for a few hours. Strain, keeping liquid. Add honey and wheat germ to liquid mixture. Blend well. Place in a bottle. Refrigerate any used portions. Keeps up to a week.
Orange Homemade Lotion Recipe
- 1/2 oz Cocoa Butter, melted
- 1 oz Olive Oil, warmed
- 1 oz Orange Juice
- 2 drops essential oil (Orange Flower if possible)
Making of lotion
Mix all ingredients together in blender until light and fluffy. This lotion need not be refrigerated, but should be used as soon as possible. It may separate, but can be beaten together again.
It also mentions mixing vegetable glycerin and rose water, but most homemade lotions should be refrigerated and used up as soon as possible (within a week) because they do not have preservatives and bacteria can grow in them.
For applying facial mask, first rinse your face with warm water to open up the pores. Then apply mask. In the final rinse, use cold water to close the pores.
Facial Pack with Fennel and Coltsfoot
This soothes, softens, closes pores, and tones the skin. It also helps to minimize wrinkles and to fight acne. Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of dried coltsfoot leaves and 1 tablespoon dried fennel leaves. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain well, keeping the liquid. Add the liquid to 1/2 cup of yogurt and a handful of oatmeal to make a paste. Wash face thoroughly and cover face with a hot cloth for a few minutes. Cover eyes with damp cotton pads and spread warmed paste over the face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water that has a little lemon juice added to it.
Facial Cleaner with Carrots
Cook carrots in as little water as possible. When tender, mash thoroughly and apply to the face as a mask. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse. This is good for treating acne as well. This treatment adds vitamin A to the skin and that helps to prevent wrinkles.
Clay Homemade Facial Mask
Choose the right clay for your skin type. Add plain water or floral waters or try wetting agents such as fruit purees . Make a thick paste of the clay. Apply the mask to your skin and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Repeat weekly.
Honey Face Mask
Use warm cloth to open pores, smear on honey, leave on 15 to 30 minutes, rinse off with warm water, and then use cold water to close pores. Use for 3 days in a row and then once a week. Sometimes I mix a little gound oatmeal with the honey, which makes a great mask.
Apple Zinger Acne Facial Mask
This is good for Oily or Acne Prone skin.
- 1 medium size apple, grated fine
- 5 tbs. honey
Directions: Mix the grated apple and honey well. Smooth over skin and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.
Beauty Pack with Sea Salt
Apply a paste made of sea salt and water. Keep on face for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Bleach Yellow-tinted Skin with Cranberries
Crush a handful of fresh cranberries to extract the juice. Rub into neck and face. Leave on overnight and rinse off in the morning.
Beauty Face Mask With Sweet Pepper
Puree 1 red or green pepper in your blender. Apply the mixture to your face. Leave the mask on for 15 mintues. Rinse off with cool water and apply vitamin E oil as an overnight help. The sweet pepper works as good cleanser.
Herbal Astringent For Oily Skin
- 1 ounce Chamomile
- 3 Tablespoons Witch hazel
- 1/2 teaspoon Cider vinegar
- 1 ounce Peppermint extract
- 8 ounces Water
- Few drops of peppermint extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Boric acid -- optional
Directions: Boil chamomile, witch hazel, vinegar, peppermint and water. Cool and strain. Add remaining ingredients in a spray bottle and shake. Keep refrigerated.
Acne Face Mask
Make a face pack of bran (partly ground wheat) plus baking soda and water. Mix into a paste, apply to the face , leaving on for 15 minutes. Rinse with solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 8 parts water.
Dry Skin Face Mask
Mix 1 tsp. of butter in 1 teaspoon of water. Apply it thoroughly into all the dry areas and leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Oil For Complexion Care
To really improve your complexion, place 1 cup calendula leaves and/ or flowers into 1 cup olive oil. You can also use any of the vegetable oil in place of the olive oil. Allow the herb to soak for several days. Strain off the herbs and flowers and smooth the oil gently into the skin at night. This can also be used to heal skin abrasions and cuts. It's good for bruises too.
Fair Look, Oily Skin Face Mask
Make a paste by mixing papaya, honey, milk, and milk powder. Apply on face and leave for a few minutes and wash, your face will look fairer.
Dull Skin Color Improvement With Pineapple Juice.
This recipe dissolves the top layer of dry skin. Saturate a clean cloth with pineapple juice and place on the skin as a compress. Leave on at least 30 minutes. Rinse face gently. Break open a vitamin E capsule and apply to the face. Leave on overnight.
Caution: This recipe is not for everybody. My daughter is extremely allergic to pineapple and can not even touch the juice. Please try a skin patch test before applying to the face. It works well for those who can use it, but again, try the test before use.
Chicory Complexion Improvement Face Mask
Chicory has long been used as a coffee substitute, but the beautiful blue flowers can be used as a tea to help clear the complexion and give it a healthy glow. Pour 1 cup boiling water over a small handful of chicory flowers. Cover and steep 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink at least 1 cup a day.
Add 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers and 2 tablespoons of sage to 2 cups of witch hazel. Place in a tightly closed jar and let sit for 1 week in a very warm area. Strain and rebottle. Very invigorating and has a nice clean scent.
Steam the face with peppermint. (Add peppermint leaves to boiling water and make a towel tent over your head to trap the steam.) Then gently massage the face with the following mixture. Mix 1 unbeaten egg white with a few drops of spirit of camphor. Add enough warm milk to make a paste. Put on the face and let dry. Rinse well and blot skin to dry.
Exotic Aftershave Recipe
- 3 tablespoons witch hazel
- 5 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 5 tablespoons orange flower water
- 15 drops bergamot essential/fragrance oil
- 10 drops lemon essential/fragrance oil
- 8 drops neroli essential/fragrance oil
Making of After Shave:
Combine all the ingredients into a bottle, shake well. Set aside for 1 week. Shake once a day. Store in a cool dark area.
Mix 1 cup each of peppermint, yarrow flowers, fresh or dried lavender flowers, and 3 cups of sage leaves. Place in a large jar and cover mixture with rubbing alcohol. Let steep for 2 weeks. Strain and add 1 cup of water (distilled is best, but use what you have). If the skin is dry, add 2 tablespoons of glycerin or almond oil. This also makes a wonderful massage for aching muscles.
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 1 tb sp olive oil
- 1/2 cup dried herbs or zest (lavender flowers, chamomile, rosemary, sage, or citrus zests) and/or a few drops of your choice essential oils -- consider rosemary, lavender, sage, eucalyptus, cedar, juniper, cinnamon, or clove. Cedar and Sage makes a wonderful combination, according to our male members on staff.
Making of After Shave
Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Cover and place in a dark fairly cool place to steep. Shake the jar once or twice a day. Repeat this process for two to three weeks. Strain out the added products, and store the after shave in a spray bottle or other bottle
Styptic Lotion for Shaving Nicks
Mix 1/4 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of alum, and 1/8 teaspoon glycerin. Shake well each time you use the lotion: Apply to nicks after shaving to stop bleeding.
4 teaspoons sweet almond oil
4 teaspoons coconut oil
3 teaspoons white wax
6 teaspoons glycerine
6 drops lavender essential oil
1. Put the almond oil, coconut oil and white wax in a double boiler or a bowl over a pan of hot water and gently dissolve.
2. Stir the mixture to blend it together and when everything has melted add the glycerine drop by drop.
3. Take it off the heat and stir until creamy.
4. Add drops of lavender oil and mix well. Put into pots.
(Thanks to Diane C. - who submitted this)
I realize this heading sounds presumptuous. After all - there isn't much to know about taking a bath. However, the purpose of a bath is to soothe, relax, rejuvenate, cleanse and especially feed your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ you possess and should be treated accordingly. It's your first line of defense in fending off whatever the world has to throw at you. Too often the skin is actually robbed of its integrity by an overzealous soak.
A bath should not exceed twenty minutes in length.
That is the optimum period of time for experiencing the beneficial effects of a bath. After that, the process begins to reverse itself and becomes a 'drain' on the body, if you'll pardon the pun.
Whether a muslin bag or an infusion is used, ten minutes of soaking is all you get before showing some movement (wiggle your fingers and toes to get the blood moving). If using the muslin bag, then try lifting one of those fully relaxed, leaden arms out of the water to locate it. Rub the herb-filled bag over your skin to take full advantage of their properties. At this mid-point of the bath, you should have at hand 1 tbsp of olive oil, almond oil or other fine oil to which 1 to 2 drops of your favorite fragrance of essential oil has been added. Add this scented oil to the bathwater (the hard part is now over and you can relax again). Soak for 10 minutes more. As you leave the water the oil will lightly cover your skin.
This oil follow-up is not necessary, but for dry or tired skin is naturally healing. If you do not need the oil treatment, add 2 or 3 drops of fragrance oil to your bathwater for the sheer luxury of it.
The reasoning behind the time limit is that it requires twenty minutes for water to be absorbed by the skin. The oil-follow-up seals the moisture into the skin and helps keep it there. Oil used at the beginning of a bath actually prevents the skin from absorbing the much needed moisture. Staying longer in the water begins to drain the system rather than replenish it.
(source: http://earthnotes.tripod.com/cosmetics.htm )
This post was modified from its original form on 20 May, 8:00