I love using spices, herbs, and pantry items to make home remedies and beauty products. There’s no need to feel guilty about spending $20 for a nice bottle of olive oil or coconut oil anymore, because that olive oil doubles as face cleanser and that coconut oil can be used for just about anything. Using what’s probably in your kitchen or fridge already, here are a few simple recipes for home beauty and cleaning products:
-1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
-1 1/2 cups water
-10-15 drops essential oils (cinnamon, clove, lavender, lemon, or any other pure essential oils)
Mix ingredients in a glass hair with a tight-fitting lid. Keep some of the spray in a spray bottle in the bathroom and label “air freshener.”
Most commercial shampoo and conditioners create soft, gorgeous hair on the outside, but actually are a risk to your health. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), an ingredient in most commercial shampoos, dries out hair and can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Commercial products also contain gluten.
Rinse Away Dandruff
-1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
-10 drops clove essential oil
Combine ingredients and shake. Apply 1/4 cup of the mixture to shampooed hair. Towel dry, working well into the scalp. Wait 5-10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Deep Conditioning Mask for Damaged Hair
-1/2 cup Honey
-1 tsp olive oil
Mix ingredients and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Wash hair with a natural shampoo and dry.
Making body scrubs is simple. Whatever isn’t already in your home, like essential oils, you may be able to pick up at a health food store. Experiment with different scents and combinations of ingredients. Your skin will be moist and soft after, especially if you use the scrub after a shower, because it’s easier to exfoliate dead skin cells. It’s also great to use a scrub before shaving, and should result in a smoother shave.
You only need to scrub your skin once a week. Avoid certain essential oils, because they can irritate the skin when mixed with hot water. These oils include: basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and bay.
-1 cup sea salt
-1/2 cup grapeseed oil or almond oil
-1/4 cup avocado or olive oil
-1 vitamin E capsule
-10-15 drops essential oils (blending is ok)
Mix the oils, vitamin E, and essential oils in a small bowl. Add the salt and mix well. Store in a container with an airtight lid.
-1/2 cup white sugar
-enough olive oil to completely moisten the sugar, but not enough to make it runny with oil
-Squeeze of lemon
Stir sugar in with olive oil. Squeeze lemon. Use your fingers to scoop the mixture and rub on your face.
Source: National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies