There are treatments for all skin types and all skin problems.
You can make your own soaps, cleansing milk, toners, moisturisers, soaks, masks and the list goes on. If you have skin problems there are treatments for acne, wrinkles, sunburn, blemishes and blackheads, dry skin, oily skin, mature skin, you name it, there is a natural recipe for it.
Spoil yourself with the best, make products for friends and family as gifts, and treat your children with a gentle skin and hair care regime, whatever your reason Mother Nature has the right ingrredients for you.
Here are some easy examples –
Anti-Sunburn Cream – Beat one egg white with one teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel. This helps greatly to stop puffiness or swelling of the skin.
Peppermint Foot Refresher – Soak feet in warm water for at least 15 minutes. Massage feet (or better yet, have someone else do it for you) with a mixture of 1tablespoon olive oil, 1tablespoon sugar, and 1 tablespoon crushed dried peppermint. Remove gently with a warm, damp washcloth.
Lavender Body Scrub – Put 1 cup of dried lavender flowers and 2 cups of sea salt in a plastic bag. Add 3 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. Label, seal and leave in a dark place to infuse for at least two weeks. Put bag into a jar, screw on lid tightly, decorate creatively for gift giving.
Some very simple tips for looking after your dry skin with the help of herbs:
1. Aloe Vera heals, soothes and moisturises. It also helps to remove dead skin cells. Apply Aloe Vera gel topically on areas affected by dry, scaly skin.
2. Apricot oil is nourishing and moisturizing and makes a good cleanser. Wash off any excess oil with a lukewarm infusion of Chamomile or Elderflower. Use apple cider vinegar toner to restore the PH balance.
3. Chamomile Cleansing Milk – ½ cup of full fat milk, 2 tablespoons Chamomile flowers. Combine the ingredients and heat on a very slow flame for 30 minutes. DO NOT BOIL. Leave for 2 hours to infuse then strain out the herbs. The cleansing milk can be kept in the fridge for a week.
4. Borage, fennel, coltsfoot or calendula tea also helps improve the skin. Add 1 tsp. of herbs to 1 cup of boiling water and drink daily.
5. Wheat Germ Facial – Combine one tablespoon of wheat germ oil to one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Apply to skin for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, and then use cold water to close the pores.
6. A basic PH balancing wash can be made very simply. Combine 3 cups herbal infusion with 1/3 cups apple cider vinegar. Use this restoring rinse after your regular cleansing (before moisturising). Apply with cotton ball or simply splash on (avoid your eyes.) Other herbs that work well for dry skin besides Borage are Lady’s Mantle, Marsh mallow, Parsley, and Sorrel.
Some very simple tips for looking after your normal skin with the help of herbs:
1. Elderflowers, Lavender and Rosewater are all classic toners for all skin types. Make a strong infusion of any of the above, refrigerate and use within 3 days.
2. Use an extract (not the distilled version from the pharmacy) of Witch Hazel as an astringent, a skin freshener and to soothe skin irritations.
3. Fennel Wrinkle Mask – Mix a strong infusion of crushed fennel seeds with enough honey and yogurt to form a paste, add some additional dried fennel leaves, mix well, apply to skin.
4. Sage Cleansing Milk – 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 drops cider vinegar, 2teaspoons sage infusion. Warm combined oil and honey. Add warm sage infusion and the vinegar – stir well. Ingredients are for one application.
5. Buttermilk is great, healthy and versatile addition to your diet, but it also makes an excellent cleanser. It can be mixed with juice or puree of lemons, strawberries, tomatoes, honey or beaten egg white.
Some very simple tips for looking after your oily skin with the help of herbs:
1. A very simple cleanser for oily skin is a lukewarm infusion made from Elder flowers, Yarrow, Sage, Lady’s Mantle, Calendula or Chamomile.
2. Cucumber Cleansing Milk – Grate half a cucumber and simmer it gently in a cup of milk for three minutes, cool, sieve, it will keep for a week in the fridge. For a gentle scrub that can be used daily take a small handful of fine oatmeal and add enough water, milk or buttermilk to make a paste. Use this to gently wash the face. This will also help prevent blackheads.
3.Fennel helps to remove dirt and impurities from oily skin.
4. Try this Buttermilk and Fennel cleanser – Heat ½ cup of buttermilk with 2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds slowly for 30 minutes DO NOT BOIL. Turn off heat and leave for 2 hours. Strain and store in the fridge for up to a week.
5. A basic PH balancing wash can be made very simply. Combine 3 cups herbal infusion with 1/3 cups apple cider vinegar. Use this restoring rinse after your regular cleansing (before moisturising). Apply with cotton ball or simply splash on (avoid your eyes.) Herbs that work well for oily skin are Calendula (Marigold), Geranium, Horsetail, Sage and Yarrow.