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DIY Natural Personal Care Treatments from Everyday Ingredients

September 1, 2014

Why spend hundreds of dollars on beauty aids that may contain ingredients that are harmful to both the environment AND you. Instead, why not try a few of these homemade personal care treatments made from items you probably already have around the house! (Remember to try a small area first to be sure you do not have an allergic reaction or other issue with any of these treatments!)

PUFFY EYE TREATMENTS:

1. Parsley Eye Mask.  Roughly chop a handful of parsley and place it into a small bowl. Grind the leaves with the back of a wooden spoon or use a food processor. Add the hot water and stir the mixture together. When it has cooled, soak up the juice into two cotton balls. Lie down on your back and gently press the cotton balls under your eyes for 10 minutes.

2.Place four metal spoons in a glass of ice water. When chilled, place one spoon on each eye, following the contour of your eye socket. As the spoons begin to warm, switch them with the spoons chilling in the glass of ice water. Continue this process until swelling subsides. The cool temperature of chilled metal spoons constricts blood vessels, which helps decrease redness and puffiness in the eye area.

3. Steep green or black tea bags for 3 minutes. Allow bags to cool to room temperature. Place moist bags over eyes for approximately 15 minutes to reduce puffiness.

4. Peel and slice a potato into small strips or use a grater. Place potato strips into a clean cloth and tie the top. Place cloth over the eyes and allow the anti-inflammatory properties of the starch to reduce puffiness around the eyes.

GLOWING SKIN:

1. Stem 3 to 4 small strawberries and cut into small pieces. Mash strawberries with spoon until softened. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and gently mix together. Using small circles, continuously massage the mixture into your face for 3 minutes; rinse with warm water.

2. Create your own DIY toner with apple cider vinegar and aspirin. FIND THE RECIPE HERE.

3. De-stress with this facial mask! Combine 2 parts plain yogurt with one part honey in a bowl. Spread over your face and neck and relax for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

4. Scrub away dirt and grime with this simple recipe made with brown sugar. Combine 2 parts milk, 1 part brown sugar and an egg yolk in a bowl. Using small circles, scrub face and neck and rinse with warm water.

5. Have glowing skin with this honey scrub. Add 1 teaspoon pure honey to 1/4 cup light olive oil. Blend with 1 cup raw or granulated sugar. Mix in 2 teaspoon fresh citrus zest. Blend until well mixed, then store in a jar. Use as an all over body scrub.

6. Mash half an avocado into a bowl and spread evenly on your clean face. Allow to remain for 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

7. Take the inside of the peel of the avocado and rub over your clean face before heading to bed to add extra moisturizer to your skin all night long!

8. Soften cracked heels by applying mashed bananas to the soles of your feet for approximately 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse.

FOR THE HANDS:

1. This one is “grape” for your cuticles! Take 5 red grapes and slice in half width-wise. Dip the fleshy side of the grapes into 1 tbsp of sugar and use it to massage the skin around each nail for about 30 seconds. Rinse hands and apply hand cream to finish the look.

2. Perfect scrub for fall from the Wellness Mama. Pumpkin Pie Hand Scrub! Combine 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices or cinnamon in a bowl or jar and use whenever you wash your hands. This recipe should last up to 2 months on the counter.

3. Whiten your nails with this easy tip! In a small bowl mix a 1/2 cup hot water with 1 tsp 30% hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp baking soda. Stir with a spoon until the powder dissolves. Soak your nails for approximately 10 minutes (or until the stain is gone). Wash your hands and add a moisturizer.

4. Make your manicure last longer by wiping your nails with a cloth or paper toilet dipped in vinegar before applying polish. The vinegar removes any excess oil and nail polish remover from the nail, making your manicure last longer!

FOR YOUR HAIR:

1. Combine  2 Tbsp Honey, 1 Tbsp Olive Oil and 1Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar in a bowl. Apply to dry, unwashed hair and wrap in a towel or shower cap for approximately 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo and condition like normal.

2. Deep condition those locks by massaging a tsp of extra virgin olive oil into hair (especially at the tips) and wrapping hair in a warm, damp towel for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash hair as normal.

3. Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda and water until if forms a thick paste. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. Repeat every couple of weeks to remove build-up from shampoos and other hair care products.

4. Remove dandruff by combining 2 cups apple cider vinegar and 2 cups warm water in a bowl. Pour mixture into hair and massage for approximately 5 minutes. Rinse with water only. Do not shampoo or condition for about 12 hours. Repeat once a week to control dandruff.

FOR TEETH AND MOUTH:

 1. Freshen your breath naturally by chewing on fennel seeds. Fennel seeds stimulate saliva production and helps reduce bad breath. Chewing on fresh mint, anise seeds, or parsley can also help.

2. Whiten teeth naturally by combining 4 tsp of baking soda with enough lemon juice  to form a paste. Brush paste onto teeth with a toothbrush and leave for one minute. Then rinse.  (Lemon juice can hurt enamel, so never leave on longer than one minute. Check with your dentist before trying this one.)

 

SOURCES:

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/skin-care/our-favorite-all-natural-home-beauty-treatments/

http://www.wholeliving.com/142061/diy-mouth-care/@center/144874/diy-beauty#130008

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty/anti-aging/homemade-skin-care-recipes#slide-1

http://hair.allwomenstalk.com/diy-healthy-hair-recipes

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