Medicine Cabinet or Kitchen Cabinet?
Your first instinct when you wake up with a pimple, or seriously puffy eyes is probably to head into the bathroom and rummage through your arsenal of pre-packaged beauty treatments to find a solution. There are a variety of all-natural remedies for common beauty emergencies that you might want to give a try. Here are a few of them:
For occasional breakouts of acne this aloe-based lotion is extremely soothing and healing.
Aloe Acne Treatment
- 2 Tbsp aloe vera gel
- 3 ounces almond or grape seed oil
- 1 ounce lanolin liquid
- 2 ounces of rosewater
Using a whisk or blender, combine the aloe vera gel with the oil of your choice. Use a double-boiler to heat the liquid lanolin and add to the aloe mixture. Remove from heat and cool before adding the rosewater. Blend completely and store in a squeeze bottle or jar. Use nightly or as needed.
This is the most basic of recipes for lip balm using beeswax, but it’s incredibly effective.
Simple Beeswax Lip Balm
- 2 Tbsp beeswax, shredded or chopped finely
- 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
Using a microwave or double-boiler, melt the oil and beeswax and stir to combine thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a small tin or plastic container and allow to cool completely before using.
For a painful sunburn or irritating insect bites, this soak is a soothing, and simple treatment.
Soothing Lavender Bath
- 1 cup of fresh or dried lavender flowers
- 2 cups of oatmeal
- 1/2 cup baking soda
Using a blender or food processor, grind ingredients until they are a smooth, fine consistency – about the same texture as whole grain flour. Store in a clean, airtight container. Use 1/2 cup for each bath.
A soothing treatment for irritated skin can be made very easily using apples, which have been used in beauty treatments for centuries.
Soothing Apple Toner
- 1 large apple, seeded, peeled, and chopped
- 1/2 cup spring water
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
Bring the apple pieces and the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Once the mixture has cooled completely, strain out the apples, then add in the witch hazel, mix thoroughly and store in a clean container. This recipe is useful when spritzed on or when applied with a cotton ball.
Two simple ingredients can be used to make a soothing, moisturizing mask that’s very effective and is sure to become a favorite beauty treatment.
Egg & Honey Facial Mask
- 1 raw egg
- 1 Tbsp honey
Blend beaten egg and honey, and spread the mixture over face and neck. Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes then rinse well with warm (not hot) water.
Chamomile is well-known as a soothing herbal drink, and it’s also effective as a treatment for tired, swollen eyes.
Chamomile Eye Soother
- 1/2 cup chamomile flowers or tea
- 1 aloe vera leaf or 3 Tbsp aloe vera gel
- 2 cups of witch hazel
Combine the chamomile and witch hazel and allow to steep for one day in the sun. Strain the liquid into a clean glass container, and add the aloe vera gel. The mixture should be stored in the refrigerator. Soak two cotton balls in the solution and apply to eyelids for 15 minutes.
Many of these simple and natural recipes also make great gifts.