Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Natural beauty products Part 3

On to skin and hair care again as I have found some really great additional tips and tricks.

The best things to use on your face as a scrub is steel cut oats, Epsom salts warm water, and an egg yolk.

A good natural moisturizer has always been unrefined sesame oil or coconut oil as I have already tried and love using coconut oil.

A good mask for dry skin is mashed avocado! Nothing beats plain old diluted cider vinegar as a toner. ...and last but certainly not least....drink water and practice good sleep hygiene! Nothing beats a good night sleep....zzzzzzzzzz

And for the occasional break out use an all natural acne fighter- Rubbing just a drop of oregano oil on a breakout can speed up the healing and prevent unsightly scarring without resorting to harsh commercial acne medication (remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards).

For the hair, I have tried this and IT WORKS! Add a Tablespoon of baking soda to a cup of water and keep in a squirt bottle in the shower. Instead of using shampoo, just soak your hair with the soda mixture and your hair will come out soft and clean without shampooing! This will save your hair from being stripped everyday or, in my case, every other day and gives it time to rebuild it's natural luster. I have been skipping the conditioner as well as it seems it was simply a film that attracted dirt and making frequent shampooing more necessary. I have used in the past, with good success, a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar to make the hair nice and shiny. (1 T or so to a couple of cups of water)

That same vinegar solution is also good as a skin toner and apparently so is Witch hazel. I haven't tried this yet so if you do try it let me know what you think.

Another thing I found in my research, (but have not tried) is the use of peelu vegetable fiber toothpastes. (don't have a clue where to get these)

Apparently, you can also use the same deodorant mixture-coconut oil and baking soda as a natural toothpaste. (sounds weird doesn't it?) I think I will try this next.

I have also been told that coconut oil massaged into the scalp before bed stimulates hair growth and makes the hair stronger.

And yet another use for Baking soda. I substituted baking soda for regular dish washing powder and it worked! I have been looking for a natural replacement for several months (maybe years) I have tried borax and it seemed to work for a while but so I hear that it may not be a good choice anyway. I plan on using baking soda for a week or so and access the outcome. If I feel it does not do a good job of disinfecting I may add a little Hydrogen peroxide. Anyway, I will let all who are interested know how it comes out, ...er... in the wash... (Sorry couldn't resist.)
My next post, Part 4 will be on natural hair colors. Until then, have a non toxic clean day.

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Anonymous said...

Great Posts! I see this one is part 3 and I found part 1 but can not find part 2. Did I miss something??

I have used witch hazel as a skin toner for years and love it. It is much less irritating, and milder than many other toners on the market. I started using it because it was SO much less expensive!! It also works well. I do really like the Burt's Bees blemish stick, really does the trick and no bad stuff in there! I dab it on when I feel a blemish coming and it never shows up! I also have recently tried Dr. Bonner's Castile soap as a body wash. I have only tried the peppermint and it does work well, but it is 'too menthol' for sensitive areas. I bought his almond soap, but have not tried it yet. Just don't read all the goofy, error-filled, freaky stuff on the sides of the bottles. Of course it is printed in such a small font that most people can't read it anyway, but I thought I would throw out the warning in case anyone was of a mind to read that garbage. Don't waste your time!

Now I get to try all the other great things you have listed as moisturizers and such!
~Evelyn Mae

Anonymous said...

Oh, and have you personally tried making your own clothes washing soap? I wanted to know how well you thought it worked, how easy it is to store and use, and any other things you thought I might need to know before I take the plunge!
~Evelyn Mae

Janet Langford, said...

Dear Evelyn Mae, Thanks for all your terrific comments. As to the laundry soap question. I have not made my own but my daughter does and it is her husband's Mother's recipe. I'll ask her what it is and publish it. Thanks for the great idea.

As to the Burts bees blemish stick. Thanks for the tip. I have not tried that yet.

Some how I guess I thought that I published Part 2 of this series but it is still a "draft." I will try again it will no doubt appear after part 1 and 3. Thanks for letting me know.