There are so many products on the market that claim to make you look beautiful and feel sensational but often they are expensive and sometimes disappoint. Here are some herbal remedies that you can create at home with the most natural of ingredients and the least expense.
Eggs are not only good for cooking; they can help you look great too! The protein they contain is great for your skin and hair as well as your muscles! You can apply the egg white to your skin, let it dry and then rinse it off with warm water. It tightens your skin like a natural facelift and nourishes the skin pores. You can also use the egg whites on your hair. Before you shampoo put the whites in your hair then rinse through as normal. For an egg conditioner, beat the whole egg, including the yolk and mix with two teaspoons of brandy. Then apply the mixture to your hair and scalp, leave it for half an hour and then shampoo.
If you have dark circles under your eyes there are a few herbal remedies you can try out. Generally the darkness is caused by lack of nutrients or sleep, sinusitis or it can be hereditary. Although you probably cannot eradicate it you can try these ideas to certainly reduce the darkness. Almond oil is perfect for being used as eye cream and can be used as a make-up remover too. Use it at night to remove your make-up and then reapply more to your face as a night cream, helping to prevent wrinkles and diminish dark circles. Cucumber juice is another good herbal remedy for dark circles. Mix three drops of lime juice to a teaspoon of cucumber juice and gently apply around your eyes. Or, get half a teaspoon of lemon, a teaspoon of tomato juice, a pinch of chickpea flour and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply the paste around your eyes being careful not to let it run into your eyes. Once it has dried you wash it off and you can do this every morning before you shower or have a bath.
Do you have any cloves in your kitchen? As well as adding a lovely flavour to meals and puddings they have healing qualities too. They are anti-inflammatory, helping you digest your food and also contain anti-bacterial and anaesthetic qualities. If you are struggling to comfortably digest a large meal try gently chewing a clove. The clove will make your tongue tingle because it has a very strong taste and could also be because of its anaesthetic properties. To allow the clove’s oil to release, gently chew it between your molars. It will aid your digestion and freshen your breath!
Keep your lemon and orange peels! They make a good accompaniment to your bath! If you do not want the peels floating around in the bath then you can tie them in some muslin or netting. You will smell beautifully citrusy and the skins also help to clean and soften your skin. Lemon is a natural cleanser and bleach.
Has winter, too many coffees and cranked up heating systems dried out your skin? If so then you can make an all natural face scrub with some plain oatmeal and buttermilk. Use two tablespoons of plain oatmeal and mix with three to four tablespoons of buttermilk. Once you have mixed it thoroughly apply it to your face and neck. After five minutes it should have dried a little and you can then gently scrub your skin which removes the dead skin cells. Rinse your face with lukewarm water.
Commercial cosmetics use standardised recipes so you know that you can get the same skin cream year in year out and they last longer than home-made blends but there is no reason why you cannot combine the best of both worlds. Combine your cosmetics bought from a shop with fresh home-made and natural recipes to enhance your skin and health regimen.
By Eirian Hallinan