Skin Problems

Oatmeal Almond Facial Scrub

“If you wouldn’t eat it, then don’t put it on your face.” Skin is porous, and everything that goes onto it eventually makes its way inside. Since all conventional facial cleansers, scrubs, and moisturizers are full of toxic chemicals, it’s best to avoid them completely. By sticking with edible ingredients – items that you already have in your kitchen, or can buy easily – you’ll rest assured knowing that you are not harming your body over the long term.

Best of all, there are no nasty plastic microbeads to contaminate the local water supply.

This homemade facial scrub leaves your skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth. The oatmeal exfoliates, the almonds moisturize, and the lavender-chamomile combination is soothing.

Homemade Oatmeal Scrub with Almonds, Lavender, and Chamomile

  • 1/4 cup raw almonds (or 2 tbsp almond flour)
  • 4 tbsp oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp chamomile flowers (I used the contents of chamomile tea packets)
  • 2 tsp sweet almond oil + 5 drops lavender extract — OR — 2 tsp lavender oil

Chop raw almonds in a spice grinder or food processor until they are a fine meal. Skip this step if using almond flour. Add remaining ingredients and blend well until mixture is a soft granular powder. To use each morning, put half a tablespoon of this mixture in your palm and add just a couple of drops of water. Rub hands together to make a paste.

Gently rub and massage it onto damp skin in circular motions to exfoliate. Wash off with warm water and a warm, damp washcloth; end with a splash of cold. Keep the scrub in a well-sealed glass jar and it will stay fresh for months.

Borrowed from: The Prosperity Project

Peppermint for Beauty

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Here are a number of ways you can use Peppermint to enhance your own natural beauty:

  • Mint paste in lemon juice applied on the skin gets rid of pimples and blackheads.
  • A strong tea of peppermint and nettle leaf used as a hair rinse will sooth scalp and promote hair growth. Great for getting rid of dandruff.
  • Peppermint has always been a popular ingredient in skin care because peppermint oil contains menthol and menthol is good for the skin.
  • Peppermint has great benefits such as soothing irritated, itchy and dry skin.
  • It has also been used to fight acne, dermatitis and ringworm.
  • Peppermint essential oil is often the choice to relieve the symptoms of sunburn in addition to including it with a moisturizing lotion or cream.

Source

A Soothing Wash

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The bark from the most common European elm, Ulnus procera, can be used medicinally. A decoction, made by boiling 1 oz fresh, inner bark in 1 1/4 pints water until reduced by half, is an astringent, soothing wash for wounds, skin problems and for dandruff.

The fresh, bruised leaves can also be used as a healing poultice for wounds or infused and used as a rinse for scurfy skin and dandruff.

From: The Complete Book of Herbs and Spices
For information on individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology

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