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    DIY skin care remedies

    March 2, 2012 03:50 PM EST
    By Marisa Belger : From Green Goes Simple


    Your skin is your body's biggest organ. And to keep it healthy and radiant, you may be tempted to visit the beauty aisle. But the quickest, most efficient skin care remedies are already in your cupboard and refrigerator.

    You can whip up homemade moisturizers, masks and balms that will keep the whole family soft and supple throughout the winter months -- and will save you money too. Plus, DIY skin care means that you get to control what ends up on your skin and that of your family, making natural ingredients easy to incorporate into your beauty regimen.

    According to Stephanie Tourles, licensed holistic aesthetician and author of Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self, effective winter skin care remedies are just waiting in your pantry (plus maybe a quick trip to a the pharmacy or health food store). Tourles recommends using the following ingredients and DIY treatments for every member of your family:

    Jojoba
    "The chemical makeup of jojoba oil is amazingly similar to our own natural moisturizing sebum," says Tourles. "Keep a bottle of plain jojoba oil in the bathroom cabinet. Jojoba can be found at your local pharmacy or health food store. After showering or bathing, pat skin dry, and then massage your entire body -- including your face -- with a thin layer of the oil."

    Allow the oil to penetrate your skin for five minutes before you get dressed. "With regular daily application, you will be rewarded with super-soft, comfortable skin," she says. "And jojoba oil can be used by all skin types, including oily."

    Honey
    Honey is a superstar ingredient that you'll almost always have in your kitchen. A natural humectant, honey keeps moisture in, which makes it ideal for hydrating skin and hair, according to Janice and Lauren Cox in EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends.

    For a quick and easy moisturizing mask, simply warm a jar of honey in a pot of hot water and then smooth the warmed honey -- be sure it's not too hot -- across a clean face. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, and then remove with warm water.

    Oats
    "Keep a carton of old-fashioned oatmeal in your pantry to use as a bath additive that will keep dry skin at bay," says Tourles. "Oats have been used for centuries as a skin-pampering ingredient in facial scrubs, body scrubs, masks and anti-itch remedies for such things as poison ivy."

    For a moisturizing bath, add 1 cup of oats to a drawstring muslin bath bag. Pull the string tight and put the bag in a tub of warm water. Jump in and squeeze the bag to release the milky oat essence. Soak for about 20 minutes; during this time, gently rub the oat bag over your entire body. Pat dry and follow with an application of jojoba oil. Repeat the oat bath two or three times per week to help treat itchy winter skin.

    Olive Oil
    To reduce static in your hair and add a bit of conditioning gloss, Tourles recommends pouring 1/4 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil into your palm, rubbing your hands together and lightly running them through and over dry hair. Use a little more if your hair is past shoulder-length.

    Avocado
    The fruit that's often mistaken for a vegetable is packed with hydrating oils, protein and vitamins. A ripe avocado can be instantly transformed into a moisturizing mask. Simply mash one with a fork and apply it to clean skin. Kids love this! They finally get permission to wear the guacamole on their chin.

    Coconut Oil
    If there's one ingredient you should always keep on hand, coconut oil just may be it. A multitasking lubricant, coconut oil is as effective in cooking (try it with your next stir-fry) as it is for moisturizing dry hair and nails, and even as an all-over body hydrator. Simply apply organic coconut oil to the extra-dry sections of your body.

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    Like using olive oil - a while back, one of my friends and her husband made a good hand cream from beeswax and olive oil whipped together. Wish I still had some of that
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    Herbal Beauty Tips For Skin, Hair And Nails

    http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/herb.../#.UXxjS1fm9A5

    Quick and inexpensive beauty routines using herbs and white or apple cider vinegar.
    No doubt, we spend millions on beauty products.

    Everyone wants to look their best, but have you ever thought about what’s in those beauty products?

    It’s always a good idea to read the labels, considering the skin is the largest organ in the human body and does absorb most of the products we rub in or apply to the surface of our skin.

    A mild soap, one that is free of perfumes and additives is best for the skin.

    Here is a recipe that is refreshing, feels wonderful on the skin and is easy to prepare.

    Refreshing Mint Facial Toner:

    2 tablespoons of fresh or dried spearmint or peppermint.

    In a glass or stainless steel bowl, add the mint and pour 10 ounces of boiling water into the bowl.
    Steep for 20 minutes. Strain out the mint and pour the liquid into a quart glass jar or plastic bottle.
    Apply with cotton balls or cosmetic pads.

    To ease puffiness under the eyes, soak 2 cotton balls in the mint toner and press them gently against the puffy area for a few minutes.
    Use the mint toner for the neck area and to help combat dry skin.
    Mint is soothing and so refreshing to use on a hot day.
    It helps to hydrate the skin and softens wrinkles.

    For Healthy Feet and Toenails:

    1 tablespoon each of dried lavender, sage and rosemary.

    Add the herbs to a glass or stainless steel bowl.
    Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the herbs and let the infusion steep until cool.
    Strain out the herbs and add the liquid to a spray bottle.
    After showering, spray your feet with the herb mixture.
    Allow your feet to dry completely before putting on socks or stockings.
    Your feet will feel cool and comfortable all day.
    The herbs in this infusion are antibacterial and antifungal.
    Used daily, the spray will help eliminate mild toenail fungus, dry skin and cracked heels.

    To Make An Herbal Hair Rinse:


    1 tablespoon each of dried chamomile, lavender and peppermint.

    Place the herbs in a glass or stainless steel bowl.

    Pour 6 cups of boiling water over the herbs and infuse the mixture for 3 hours.

    Strain out the herbs and add the liquid to a clean and rinsed out milk jug.

    Add 4 cups of distilled white or apple cider vinegar to the jug.

    Shake gently to combine the liquids. Store the jug near the shower. Once or twice a week, add about a cup of the herb/vinegar product to your hair and scalp and massage in.

    Wait three minutes, rinse out and shampoo as usual.

    The vinegar and herb mix adds highlights to the hair, tones the scalp, and removes excess build-up of shampoo, gel and styling products. It also helps with flaky skin and itchy scalp.
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    The blog ” Lizzy My Mind My Life” share a recipe for a Non-toxic Lotion Bar Recipe that soothes the skin as well as softens it. This recipe has my 3 favorite ingredients that when combined have the most heavenly smell. I also found a really beautiful mold if you want to put in that extra bit of effort. Click here to see the recipe and how to create it…….

    http://lizzyford.blogspot.com/2011/0...ar-recipe.html

    I was in Target one day and came across a lotion bar. Now I had never seen such a thing and so I thought I would Google it and see if I could make one myself. Preferably with Shea butter since I had a few recipes I wanted to make with it. I came across a very simple one from MadeOn. She doesnt have the recipe there anymore, but she does show how to make it from the kit you can buy from her, or if you dont want to make it, she sells the bars.
    I am going to show you how to make them yourself. Its super simple to do and only requires 3 ingredients. This is going to be just like when I made my lip balm. http://lizzyford.blogspot.com/2011/0...ycled-lip.html Same organic ingredients even. Just a different mold and ingredient weight.

    Non-toxic Lotion Bar Recipe:
    5.5 oz Coconut Oil
    4.25 oz Beeswax ( see my beeswax tips)
    4.25 oz Shea Butter
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    Vintage Remedies: Peppermint Foot Soak http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/?p=22837

    Vintage Remedies shows how to make a natural peppermint foot soak for tired feet. If your feet have been walking all day and are hot, tired and kind of achy. Make up this great foot soak and soak them back to normal. The recipe has only natural ingredients and sounds like it would be lovely after a day of hiking or an all day walking, shopping or zoo visit trip. The recipe makes quite a lot of soak mixture so make some up seal it in a jar and you will have it on hand when ever you need a foot soak

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    How To Make A Handmade Healing Cream For Eczema & Psoriasis



    Lovely Greens website shares how to make a handmade healing cream for Eczema and Psoriasis. Both skin conditions are painful at times and embarrassing when dealing with other people who do not understand what it is. This recipe is soothing and can help bring the outbreak under control. My little nephew suffers through Eczema and there are times I wish the world was more understanding …. I just hug him and hide my tears while giving words of encouragement.

    Click here to read the recipe: http://www.lovelygreens.com/2012/05/...czema-and.html

    Skin conditions of any sort can be uncomfortable, but Eczema and Psoriasis are probably two of the most common and irritating. Both are genetic auto-immune skin conditions that result in flaky, inflamed skin that can itch terribly and leave you feeling helpless and even embarrassed. If you or someone close to you suffers from one of them then you'll know just how much it can affect a person's life. Outbreaks are often red and swollen and can appear on any part of your body, from your hands to your knees to your face. While affected skin can often appear unsightly, it's the pain and tenderness that can affect people's lives for the worse.

    There is no cure for Eczema or Psoriasis and treatment is limited to simply controlling the severity of the outbreaks and soothing the symptoms. Keeping the skin clean and moisturised is the usual remedy however some of the prescribed medications and products can be a bit suspect. One of these is the use of mineral oil and petroleum jelly on the skin. Both are by-products of petroleum (gas and petrol) production and while they do help the skin stay moist they clog the pores and prevent air from reaching your skin. The other treatment which is more specifically for Psoriasis involves sitting in a bath with essence of coal tar which is literally the by-product coal being turned into coke. A close family member of mine has Psoriasis and I can still remember the smell of these baths - it's similar to the smell of tarmac being laid.

    However there are natural non-petroleum based options for treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis and at least one which can effectively clear up breakouts: Neem oil. Extracted from the fruits and seeds of the Neem tree, Neem oil is a thick red or green oil which is not only highly moisturising but is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and provides external pain relief. Though its smell can be quite strong its medicinal qualities are impressive and it's relatively safe to use as a self-prescribed treatment. In fact the Indian culture has been using Neem oil for thousands of years for anything from skin diseases and inflammation to fevers and insecticide.

    There are Neem oil skin creams already on the market and if you're interested in simply buying one then you'll have no problem locating a few varieties. However, making a topical cream yourself is easy, relatively inexpensive and safe. It also allows you to control just how much Neem oil you want in the product: though Neem is a natural oil, it is strong in both effect and scent.


    Neem Cream
    Makes one 110g pot

    10g* /0.35oz* Neem oil (raw and cold-pressed)
    40g /1.41oz Shea Butter
    30g /1.06oz Cocoa Butter
    20g /0.70oz Castor oil
    10g /0.35oz Sweet Almond oil (alternative: Grapeseed oil)
    5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil (optional)
    5 drops of Lavender essential oil (optional)

    *Note - 10g of Neem oil will result in quite a strong smelling and acting lotion. If you'd prefer, you can reduce the amount by half to 5g to mask the smell and create a gentler cream. It's also possible to add more than 10g of Neem oil to this recipe but please test your cream on a small part of your infected skin before using it all over. Neem can be quite strong and if it's placed on the skin undiluted it's possible that it can cause contact dermatitis.

    1. Take all the ingredients except for the essential oils and place them into a double-boiler. You can also place them in a plastic bowl which can be floated in a pan of hot water. The point is that you want to heat the oils evenly and through an indirect heat source.

    2. Melt the oils over a medium heat until they are completely liquid. Stir well and place the bowl in the freezer for five minutes.

    3. Take the bowl out and beat it with a whisk, adding the essential oils in at this time if you've opted to have them in. These fragrances will help mask the scent of the Neem and are both ingredients that will help inflamed skin. Lavender essential oil is extremely soothing and anti-inflammatory and Tea Tree essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial as well as having a soothing medicinal scent.

    4. Make sure to scrape any oil that's hardened along the edge of the bowl back down into the liquid oils then place the bowl back in the freezer for another five minutes - then take it out and beat it again. Repeat this process until the oils appear opaque and creamy then spoon it into a container which is fitted with a lid. You can use the cream after it's set for about a day
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    Homemade Coconut Shampoo Recipe

    Eat Good 4 Life website shares how to make a nourishing homemade coconut shampoo recipe right in your kitchen. You can customize it to any essential oil you like so you are surrounded by your favorite scent.

    Tea Tree Oil – treat dandruff
    Lavender – relaxation
    Sandalwood – Anxiety
    Peppermint – Alertness
    Lemon – Energy
    Grapefruit – Lifts Depression

    Just to name a few……….Click here to read the recipe:

    http://www.eatgood4life.com/2012/07/...t-shampoo.html

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup coconut milk
    2/3 cup castile soap (I used Dr. Brooner's brand)
    30 drops essential oil (I used jasmine)
    2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

    Directions:

    Combine all the ingredients in an empty shampoo bottle or jar and shake. I used a funnel to pour ingredients in the empty bottle.

    You can keep it in the shower for one to two months. Shake well before each use.

    NOTE: If you find that your hair remains oily and still heavy use apple cider vinegar to rinse it out. A lot of people using this shampoo recipe have found that the vinegar helps a lot.
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    Pure Coconut Oil Soap Recipe

    Sustain Create and Flow website shares how to make homemade coconut oil soap right in your own kitchen. Coconut oil is amazingly nourishing for healthy radiant skin and the essential oils added will lift your spirit.

    Ingredients you will need

    Coconut Oil
    Lye
    Essential Oils

    Click here to read the recipe: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/...onut-oil-soap/
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    How To Make Homemade Tiger Balm “Pain Reliever Cream”

    This recipe smells more appealing and works better on sore muscles than Tiger Balm. My husband is a hard working man who has me massage this into his sore muscles for pain relief. You can make a years worth from these ingredients … you may need more beeswax though if you make addition batches.

    Click here for recipe: http://www.ehow.com/how_6876986_do-h...ger-balm_.html

    Hot Tiger Balm includes a blend of special oils and herbs that relieves pain by helping increase the blood circulation. Such oils as camphor and eucalyptus increase the blood flow on the surface of the skin, which gives the balm its hot feeling and reduces pain to bring relief. The balm soothes many different ailments, such as muscle, neck and joint pain, arthritis, headaches and respiratory problems. Making Hot Tiger Balm at home is convenient and allows you to add the purest ingredients that suit your desired level of heat intensity. Add more oils to increase the effect or add less for a low-intensity balm appropriate for minor problems.


    Things You'll Need

    1 oz. beeswax

    1/4 cup almond, coconut or olive oil

    Double boiler

    10 drops camphor essential oil

    9 drops peppermint essential oil

    7 drops eucalyptus essential oil

    5 drops clove essential oil

    5 drops cinnamon essential oil

    Small glass container with lid

    Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_6876986_do-h...#ixzz2YCJqiHio
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    New Life On A Homestead website shares a nourishing soothing herbal bath recipe for sunburn itchy skin.
    This recipe reminds me of a recipe my grandmother would brew up and pour in our lukewarm baths for us to soak in.
    We also would dab ( never rub ) the mixture onto our skin after exiting the bath if and when any tenderness returned.



    Click here to read the recipe: http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2013/...bath-sunburns/


    Herbal Tea Bath For Sunburns
    Measurements are approximate. Feel free to use a little more or a little less as needed.

    ■ 1/2 cup dried Calendula (Marigolds) - astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflamatory, heals wounds
    ■ 1/2 cup Plantain leaves - heals wounds, sores, and burns
    ■ 1/2 cup Peppermint leaves - cooling
    ■ 2-4 black (or green) tea bags - reduces inflammation

    ■ 2 drops lavender essential oil - relaxant, antiseptic, anti-bacterial
    ■ 1/2 c. baking soda - soothes sunburns and itchy skin

    Bring four cups of water to a boil, and add in the herbs and tea bags. Remove from heat, and allow to steep for 15-20 min. Set tea bags aside to cool. Strain off tea, and pour it into a nice warm bath. Sprinkle in the lavender and baking soda, and soak for at least 20 min.

    Use the cooled tea bags on sunburned eyes or cheeks, or as needed elsewhere

    ...

    What I love the most about this herb blend is that it uses plants that are super easy to grow around your home. Especially Plantain, which is just a weed that grows in our yard (probably in yours as well, if you don’t spray it).



    http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2011/...-own-backyard/
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    The Single Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of A Sunburn

    Most of us had a long 4th weekend and a lot of us are probably suffering from sunburn right now. Drpepper8412 has a tutorial on how to get quick relief over on Instructables. I have always used apple cider vinegar but this might be good too and if you don’t have that in the house you may have some of these.

    Three Earl Grey tea bagsOld ragPitcherDirty ceramic bathtubYou will need a total of five things.
    1)A bathtub to do this in (preferably ceramic, so it wont stain)
    2)A pitcher
    3)A rag that you dont mind getting stained
    4)Water
    5)Three bags of black tea (I use Earl Grey)
    http://www.instructables.com/id/The-...sunb/?ALLSTEPS
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