Oatmeal for Hair and Skin:
Not only is oatmeal good for you on the inside it has many ingredient properties that you can use on your skin. If you are acne prone a quick oatmeal mask can help with removing bacteria and excess oil from your skin. Oatmeal contains beta-glucan which is found in many high end cosmetics as a binder and this ingredient helps boost collagen deposition which is helpful in healing wounds. Grind up some oatmeal slowly in a blender with water for a pasty mask. For moisturizing benefits add some mashed banana, milk and honey. Honey is a natural antibacterial agent. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes. Oats also heals itchy dry skin and can be used in the bath. Add the oats to your bath water and let the natural properties of oats immerse in the bath water. Submerge in the bath water for a 30 minute soak.
Rub oats on your scalp and brush out with a natural boar bristle brush. You can also make an oatmeal rinse by boiling 6 cups of water and ¼ cup of oats and let simmer. Drain and cool and use on the scalp as a natural rinse to help with scalp itch.
Water for General Life Health
We all know how important water is but did you know that if you sip water and hold it for about 10 seconds under your tongue the water will absorb faster into your body and hydrate you more efficiently. This is a great trick for endurance athletes or those who participate in sports activities with a high sweat level such as spinning or long distance running. Pure natural water from a natural spring is always best. Think how raw natural food benefits the body, the same is true for living water. A great website to find natural living water in your area is www. FindaSpring.com.
Turmeric for Brightness and Reducing Inflammation
Besides helping cure diabetes and aiding in insulin resistance, controlling blood sugar levels and working as a great antioxidant, turmeric helps to prevent infections and inflammations in the body. Turmeric also works wonders topically to brighten your skin.
To get brighter skin makes a turmeric mask. This easy to make beauty paste will brighten your skin and keep it glowing all day. Make it by applying about an 1/8 of a cup of turmeric and add some water till it forms a paste. Rub on the face for about 1 minute, remove with water and you should see an instant glow. You can also use Tamarind a beauty favorite among Thai women. Tamarind contains natural Alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHAs). Uses for the mask are for the same as Turmeric. Turmeric is highly acidic so this mask may be more beneficial to people with oily skin.
Rose Hip Seed Oil and Rose Water
Rose water is a natural soothing tonic you can use as a toner. You can purchase pure rosewater from any persian market for about $2.00 There are no added ingredients other than pure rose water in the bottle. Rose water is a pure distillate from petals and aids in moisturization. It is so pure you can use it in food. It is an additive in many Persian cuisines such as cakes, ice cream and cookies. Indians have used it for milk dishes and desserts like rice pudding. If it good for you on the inside it is surely good for you on the outside. Use rose water straight from the bottle with a cotton pad and apply to the face in a soft sweeping motion. You can keep the bottle in the refrigerator and use it cold for a morning pick me up after cleansing.
Rose hip seed oil is a light oil. It is not heavy like shea or jojoba or coconut oils. It soothing rose scent also helps heal depression. Pour some in your bath or buy natural bath salts infused with rose hip seed oil and breathe the de- stressing aroma. High in antioxidants like vitamin C and lycopones and contains pro- vitamin A known as beta carotene, not to be confused with retinol Vitamin A . It does contain tretinoin or all-trans retinoic acid, a vitamin A acid that retinol converts to..
Graciously loaded with linoleic acid which is omega 6, essential fatty acids which is omega 3 rose hip seed oil is one of the most powerful beauty secrets you can use. It helps with inflammation and makes a great antiseptic. You need to look for the cold pressed rose hip oil, not an essential oil.
Herbs and Oils for Hair
Natural herbs for promoting hair growth and herbs to stimulate and sooth the scalp are good ways to use less chemical treatments for hair care that can be damaging. Here are some of the best.
To prevent premature greying and to promote hair growth- Infuse in heated coconut oil and spread into scalp and the rest of hair and leave in for about 45 minutes. For a non-oily mask grind up the leaves and place in yogurt. Let infuse in the refrigerator for a couple of days, place the cool mixture on the scalp for a refreshing moisturizing tonic mask.
Use hibiscus flowers to add shine and fight greying hair. Heat coconut oil in pan at low heat, add the flowers and let sit until cool and apply to hair. You can also store this mixture in a sealed jar for a few days to really let the flowers infuse with the oil and apply. Do not refrigerate.
The hair that grows the best has a healthy scalp. Castor oil relieves impurities in the scalp and promotes hair growth and nourishes a dry scalp . Rich in Omega 9 that will help promote hairs thickness and ricinoleic acid helps prevent dandruff which this has oil Is plenty of.Make sure you are using unrefined castor oil for the netter nutritional quality. To stimulate hair growth warm castor oil by placing it in a glass. Boil some water in a pan, let cool to warm and place castor oil in the warm water to heat it up while it is in the glass. Rub on scalp and let sit for one hour then shampoo.
Grapeseed oil is a natural sunscreen so use it lightly when laying out in the sun or swimming to protect hair from dryness. It is also naturally high in linoleic acid and vitamin Vitamin E. Linoleic acid also can help strengthen hair. For those that are sensitive to other oils, this is a great one to use to combine or substitute with other hair treatments.
This oil is known to fend off greys, helps with dandruff and also helps grow hair. It is known as Indian Gooseberry oil and many women from different lands swear by its excellent properties.
Benefits Found in Alcoholic beverages.
We have all heard the benefits of red wine and its antioxidant properties. Champagne is an ingredient used in cosmetics that also contains grape seed extract and is a lot more powerful than vitamin C and E. Oxidative stress can age skin and the benefits from Champagne grapes are l just like that in red wine. But Champagne can brighten up skin and reduce dark spots because it also contains tartaric acid that can lighten skin too. Also a great detox for normal to oily skin. If you have oily combination skin and are sensitive to alcohol, choose Champagne as a toner as it actually had a lot less alcohol then some of the over the counter drugstore toners containing high levels of drying alcohol.
When using oils on the hair it is best to use it in its natural organic form instead of commercial products that are mixed with cheaper oils and may not be organic. The same goes for herbs. Make sure to test all foods and herbs on a small section of skin for allergic reactions before applying to face. If any irritation develops, rinse with cool water immediately to remove.