If you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your body! That’s been something I have tried to practice on a regular basis since having a reaction to an over the counter beauty product. There are some simple things you can create inexpensively at home, which make great beauty products because they are free of synthetic dyes and perfumes.
First, I go to the store to find the products that are on sale. Many of the items I use include: produce, essential oils, honey, and herbs. When added to yogurt or other dairy products, they make luxurious facial cleansers and bathtub additions, not to mention your skin benefits by looking its best!
Here are some simple products you can create at home using everyday ingredients…ENJOY!
- whole milk yogurt
- lavender essential oil
- sweet orange essential oil
- flowers from the garden
- used black tea bags
- oats or packets of 100% colloidal oatmeal
- corn Starch
- heavy cream
- aloe vera gel
- dried mint
- small containers
- Light Cleansing Milk (all skin types) — In a small container mix plain yogurt & water (equal parts) A few drops of lavender and a light squeeze of lemon. Refrigerate. It keeps in the refrigerator for 1 week. You may add minty herbs or leaves of the lavender plant to infuse the cleansing milk, but be sure to strain them out after 1 day in the refrigerator.
- Essential Wake Up — Place a few drops of essential oil such as lavender in a cool sink of water. You may also add flowers to infuse the water with their healing properties. Take a wash cloth and drench it. Pat your face gently with the cool wet wash cloth. This is also nice if you have a headache. For headaches I like to use a mixture of lavender and rose essential oils.
- Refreshing Body Powder — Add sweet orange essential oil to cornstarch and you have a wonderful foot and body powder. Add a few drops to a small container and mix with your fingers.
- Cream Oatmeal Bath — You can buy a generic 100% natural colloidal oatmeal soothing bath treatment (also made by Aveeno) or you can grind oats in a blender, and mix it with the heavy cream/essential oil blend. This is great for skin rashes. Add lavender and sweet orange essential oils to about 1 cup of heavy cream and pour into the tub water, with the oats. You may also add flowers from the garden to infuse the water. I personally love rose petals. CAUTION: Be careful. The tub can become very slippery with the oats! Otherwise, this is an amazing treatment for the body skin.
- Healing gels & Compresses — You can add lavender to many things to increase its healing power. If you have a burn try adding a few drops of lavender to the aloe and the skin will be instantly soothed. If you burn your skin with a curling iron, for example, add cold water to a cotton pad with a drop of lavender and hold it on the burn until the sting disappears.
- No more tired/puffy eyes! Use refrigerated used black tea bags on your eyes for about ten minutes or chilled cucumbers may help as well.
- Insect bites– Put 1 drop of lavender directly on the bug bite.
**Always seek a physicians opinion when starting something new for the body.
**Less is more with essential oils. They are very concentrated and the drops should be counted. Never use them directly on the skin, except for lavender. Lavender is one of the only essential oils you can use that way. Always be careful not to get them in the eyes.