I am so excited about this post and to share with you all the amazing benefits when using natural products on our bodies and how they improve our skin and relax our minds.
Have you ever been to a beauty spa where you were given a choice of essential oils to smell before commencing the therapy? Have you ever been sick as a kid and had vicks vapor rub thoroughly rubbed on your chest by your grandma or mom? hahahah I know I have.
When we talk about natural products and natural healing properties we talk about herbs, spices, roots and flowers that are full of goodness intended to cure, relax, energize or alleviate certain common allergies, rashes, colds or simply help us obtain a more glowing and firmer skin.
I will be sharing with you my favorite 11 remedies which you can all easily make at home with things you can buy at your grocery store, pharmacy or local vendor.
I hope you enjoy and share with me all the benefits you gained from using them.
Let's get started!
1. Green tea and honey body scrub
This home made body scrub is great for de-stressing the legs from a tiring day at work, from too many hours of standing still or sitting on a chair. It improves circulation, reduces swelling and helps revitalize the skin with minerals as well as acting as a hydration thanks to the properties of the honey.
Your skin will feel soft to the touch, firm and will appear less swollen if it was to begin with.
You will need:
Pure green tea powder
Organic Raw honey (let's avoid the chemicals, shall we?)
Luke warm spring water
Bring some water to boil and set aside until it becomes luke warm.
In a bowl add 4 tablespoons of green tea powder and 2 table spoons of water and mix properly, you want to get a paste like texture, not too silky.
Add 3 tablespoons of honey and mix well, texture should be a lot smoother than before.
Your scrub is ready!!!
Apply on dry clean skin and massage softly letting as much product penetrate as possible, leave on for 5 minutes whilst gently massaging and rinse thoroughly.
To enhance properties try applying after a steam or hot sauna :)
2. Sandalwood oil, rose hip oil and shea butter deep moisturizer for face and body
I love this one!!!! The benefits of all three are just astonishing!! Sandalwood oil has been used in traditional ayurveda medicine for years in massages and soothing therapies involving the calming of skin irritations or even mind relaxation. Rose hip oil is a natural anti inflammatory oil, moisturizer & regenerative and together with the power of raw shea butter which is the highest in hydration, it also restores and regenerates dead skin cells when penetrating deep under our tissues; this combination is set for success.
You can use it as a daily skin moisturizer for rough areas such as elbows, knees, feet and ankles. Also as a cuticle protector and hydrator. I often use it as a face moisturizer when I have a long period of time using makeup or I feel my skin in need of some love. It preferably works better for dry and semi dry skins and if your skin is oily try testing on a small area first and see the reaction. You shouldn't be afraid of pimples as sandalwood oil itself is one of the best anti acne remedies I know of, have used it on my skin and I can gladly say I have not a pimple left but the occasional hormonal pre-period ones hahaha.
Mix together a scoop of raw organic shea butter with three drops each of sandalwood and rose hip oil. Apply to skin as needed. If you suffer from acne try dabbing a cotton in pure sandalwood oil and apply to your face at night, you will see great results once awakening and with the time it will improve greatly.
3. Jojoba oil for skin, hair, fungal infections, acne ...
This amazing oil is the closest to the natural sebum produced by our skin. It smells quite neutral and offers several benefits, it contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. And it’s even gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin without causing allergic reactions.
Jojoba’s also a miracle worker when it comes to a shiny, uncooperative T-zone—it mimics the activity of your body’s natural oils, so your skin won’t overdo it.
It is anti fungal and anti inflammatory too so feel free to use it for those toe fungal infections.
Apply directly to pimples to see them disappear thanks to the power of iodine which fights bacteria.
Use sparingly as a wrinkle reducer and let its powerful antioxidants work.
Apply to dry scalp in few drops and say goodbye to dandruff.
Apply to your dead ends or eyebrow areas and observe rapid hair regrowth.
4. Turmeric, ginger and lemon for flu
Have you sometimes tried to get rid of a cold and bought all these pills, powders and remedies at the pharmacy but after a week felt still the same? When our bodies get "the flu" we first need to understand that inside of us there's a little war going on and our body is going to need our cooperation to deal with this matter. It needs for us to rest, take care of ourselves for a couple days and give it all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals possible.
A big part of revitalizing our bodies during a flu and activating our auto-healing mechanisms by strengthening our cells in order to fight the flu is by consuming as much ginger, lemon and turmeric as possible.
The medicinal value of turmeric is due to the compound curcumin. There are three different curcuminoids present in turmeric they are diferuloylmethane, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Of the three, diferuloylmethane is present in higher amounts and is responsible for the color and medicinal value of the herb.
Curcumin serves as an anti-inflammatory agent and also possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral actions. These properties of turmeric aid in the treatment of bacterial and viral infections such as cough and cold. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin aids in relieving the chest congestion that develops in people suffering with chronic cough.
It has been well researched and many of its traditional uses confirmed. It is well known as a remedy for travel sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for boosting the circulation, lowering high blood pressure and keeping the blood thin in higher doses. Ginger is anti-viral and makes a warming cold and flu remedy. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb and there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems.
Add the vitamin C of the lemon (88% per 100g of lemon) and cure your cold!!!!!
With a wet grater, grate turmeric and ginger roots (use gloves for the turmeric as its yellow color will stain your fingers).
Cut lemon in fine slices
Pour all ingredients in a jar and add hot water.
Drink and replenish as needed.
For a stronger approach at first flu symptoms juice a ginger root in a juicer together with a lemon (including its peel), grind some turmeric and combine all three as it is. Drink as a "shot measure" and follow with plenty of water.
5. Tamarind and honey scrub
In need of some moisture? Feeling your skin too dry and flaky? Take saturday evening off, prepare yourself a nice warm bath and take with you a bowl of this amazing scrub to come out with glowing, smooth and soft baby skin.
Tamarind Sweet and tangy fruit, tamarind or imli definitely makes your taste buds drool and it therefore is an indispensable part of our cuisines for making appetizing chutney, sweet candy, jelly and much more. But have you used it topically our on your face to buzz up your external beauty.
This tangy fruit contains vitamin C, carotene, vitamin B, potassium and magnesium and other skin-friendly nutrients to make your skin gorgeously beautiful and radiant. It is rich in AHA, alpha hydroxy acids, which make it ideal for removing skin's impurities and deep-seated dirt.
Find tamarind in a paste at your grocery store, ask your vendor. If there's any store in your neighborhood that sells indian products they will have tamarind there for sure!
Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, 4 teaspoons of organic honey and a chunk of tamarind to make a thick paste.
Rub on your body and let it sit for ten minutes, do not use after shaving to avoid skin irritations.
Feel the glow!!
6. Avocado, olive oil and egg hair mask
If you are suffering from dry, rough hair and have lost the shine, pamper yourself with this home made hair mask and notice the difference!
You will need:
1/2 ripe avocado, it is rich in fatty acids making it very moisturizing for your hair.
2 egg yolks,
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
Mash the avocado and mix in the egg yolks and olive oil. Coat your hair, cover it with a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and then proceed to shampoo and condition as usual.
After your usual blow dry you will notice how silky and smooth your hair is and don't worry it won't smell bad.
7. Lemon and sugar hand scrub
This gentle hand scrub will infuse your skin with vitamins and natural oils from the lemon and leave your skin smoooooooothe as a baby. When I was a Flight Attendant, my colleagues and I would normally use this scrub after a heavy duty in order to bring back some freshness to our hands, serve as antibacterial and re-moisture.
You will need:
Squeeze the lemon in a small bowl and add sugar to your liking until it forms a liquid paste. Apply on your hands and rub them as if you were washing them. Do thorough rubbing movements and access all areas (in between fingers, cuticles...). Once finished rinse thoroughly under luke warm water and enjoy the smooth silky hands you will have!
8. Banana and honey face mask
If you feel your skin in need of some well deserved moisture and tightness as well as a little bit of glow, this mask is just what you need.
The vitamins in bananas are known to improve complexion and even smooth wrinkles when applied directly to the skin. Eating bananas is also a great way to beautify as the vitamins C and B6, manganese and water improve your complexion from the inside out.
Adding some honey helps to absorb and retain moisture, hydrating the skin and enhancing your natural glow
If you also wish to eliminate some scars and fight acne feel free to add some drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice too.
You will need:
Two well riped bananas
Some lemon juice
Mash the bananas and add a couple table spoons of honey to the mixture, ad some drops of lemon juice if you wish and combine well all ingredients together .
Apply mixture on your face, keep for 15-20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Enjoy the glow!!
9. Coconut honey cleanser
This remarkable cleanser can be used daily and improves skin beauty, moisture, vitamin enhancement and provides a huge benefit versus commercial cleansers as you do it yourself out of natural ingredients. As we have discussed earlier regarding honey it has powerful moisturizing benefits as well as being a natural anti-bacterial (great for acne treatment and prevention), good as an anti-aging as it is full of antioxidants and unclogs pores naturally. With regards to the coconut oil the benefits are endless! anti aging, anti bacterial, anti fungal, oil balancer, moisturizer, skin calming properties..... we will discuss its further benefits in my next blog post.
You will need:
5 Tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2-3 teaspoons water – (boiled)
2 teaspoons organic honey
10 drops avender (relaxing) or lemon (rejuvenating) Essential Oil – (optional)
Put all the ingredients into a small bottle and shake! shake! shake! and remember to shake your cleanser before each time you use it.
10. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an extract from a plant native to Australia and was used as a topical treatment by the Aboriginal people for centuries.
It has antiseptic and anti fungal properties, can control the symptoms of acne and it also appears to be effective with toenail fungus and possibly athlete's foot.
It is only to be used as a topical treatment and should never be swallowed.
If you are suffering from a cold you can apply few drops of tea tree oil in a bowl of very hot water, place a towel over your head and inhale the var as this will help clear your congestion.
If you are suffering from toenail fungus, get your toes cleaned with a thorough pedicure and apply nothing on your nails. Twice a day for over a month or until signs of fungus have disappeared, apply some drops of tea tree oil to each toe making sure the oil penetrates under the nail and into the skin. If it creates a skin rash or redness make sure you are not allergic to the oil or try soaking your feet in warm water with few drops of oll to weaken the strength and avoid a direct application to the skin.
For acne prevention or treatment you can apply some drops of oil to your daily moisturizer or even use as a toner by mixing together with some rose water and dabbing the mixture on a cotton.
To fight dandruff, dry scalp and even head lice, add some drops to your shampoo and use for about a week to see improvements.
11. Moisture in a lip balm
Making your own lip balm is a great way of understanding how home made natural products enhance our beauty a million times better than chemical products and you even save money on the go! All what is used in this recipe below can be also used in all other home made goodies explained above so there's so much you can do with all your oils and butters.
You will need:
2 tablespoons Beeswax
2 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw shea butter
1 tablespoon organic raw cocoa butter
2 teaspoon rosehip oil
1/2 teaspoon organic honey
20-25 drops of the essential oil of your choice
Melt all the butters and beeswax in a double boiler starting with the beeswax followed by the butters and finally the coconut oil. Stir until all is fully melted. Cool the mixture for about 10 minutes and add the honey and essential oil drops.
Place in small lid containers and enjoy the benefits!
Until the next post.