Aromatherapy Facial Toner

Tea naturally calms skin, fighting inflammation and puffiness as well as breakouts.  Apply the facial toner daily.  This recipe is good for all skin types, including post-shave.  Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1½ c. water
  • 1 peppermint tea bag
  • 1 rooibos tea bag
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Step 1. Bring water to a boil. Turn off stove and let water cool 3 minutes.

Step 2. Place tea bags into pot.  Cover and let stand 5 minutes.

Step 3. Cool completely before removing tea bags. Add oils.

Step 4. Pour into glass bottle, store in fridge up to two weeks.  Shake bottle before use. Apply toner daily to clean skin prior to moisturizing and admire the results.

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Argan Oil Treatment

Argan oil is derived from the nut of an argan tree in the southwest region of Morocco.  High in antioxidants and vitamins A and D, this treatment prevents breakage and promotes smooth, moisturized hair.  The antioxidants slow down the negative effects that breakage and damage can have.  This treatment can be done once a week.

Ingredients

1 dime-sized drop of argan oil

Directions

Wet hair.  Put the drop of oil into your hand and apply to your hair, starting on the underside of your scalp.  Comb through hair to distribute. Style hair as you normally would, with or without a hair dryer.

“Beach in a Bottle” Spray

This style tip from Beauty Expert Jessica Metivier will help you achieve that sexy, wavy beach hair at home.

First, start with an empty spray bottle.   Then add 8oz of warm water.   The warm water will help the rest of your ingredients dissolve.

Take a teaspoon of finely ground sea salt to give your hair that nice, coarse texture.  Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to keep your hair from drying out.

Next, add some plain hair gel and shake it all up.

Styling

Starting with damp or dry hair, take your spray bottle and give your hair a good spritz.  Work it into your hair by scrunching it in your hand up toward your head and then let your hair fall.  Just keep spraying and scrunching and in five minutes or less, you’ll look like you just breezed in from the beach!

Spice to Remedy

1. Cumin seeds have traditionally been noted to be of benefit to the digestive system, and scientific research is beginning to bear out cumin’s age-old reputation. Research in animals has indicated that cumin may stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, important factors in proper digestion and nutrient assimilation.  As with other carminative spices, cumin’s digestive stimulating effects are due to its content of volatile oils.

Cumin seeds may also have anti-cancer properties. In one study, cumin was shown to protect laboratory animals from developing stomach or liver tumors. This cancer-protective effect may be due to cumin’s potent free-radical scavenging abilities, as well as its ability to enhance the liver’s detoxification enzymes. (Dr. Michael T Murray)

2. The herb Peppermint is both a well known flavor for foods from candy to beverages, and an important herbal medicine. It is used world wide to relieve digestive discomforts. It eases the discomforts of flatulence, indigestion, colic, and similar complaints. It also stimulates the flow of digestive juices, aiding digestion and breaking down fats. The essential oil, the constituents with the characteristic aroma, acts as a mild pain reliever to the stomach wall, which helps reduce feelings of nausea and the desire to vomit. It also helps relieve such symptoms when related to pregnancy and motion sickness.

Peppermint oil, when taken in a special capsule that doesn’t dissolve until it gets past the stomach, (an enteric coated capsule) has been shown to significantly ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

It is a traditional treatment for fevers, colds, and flu. As an inhalation, the essential oil provides temporary relief of the discomforts of nasal inflammation. It may help with headaches associated with indigestion, as well as gently easing anxiety and tension.  Applied to the skin, peppermint oil will soothe itching and reduce inflammation.  The essential oil is used in combination with soothing and calming oils like lavender to treat headaches and migraines.

Therapeutically, Peppermint is widely used as a tea or a diluted tincture but is also a common ingredient in toothpaste and tooth powders. Peppermint is such a mild and gentle herb that it is wonderful picked directly from the garden to be chewed, added to savory dishes such as Tabouli, or as a leaf added to a favorite chocolate, berry, or ice cream dessert. (David Hoffmann)

3. The use of Ginger (Zingiber officinale) as both food and medicine in Asia goes back a millennium.  It was introduced to Europe by the Roman Empire via India and became an important item of trade. Following the fall of the Roman Empire, ginger became very scarce in the west.  It was not until the days of Marco Polo that it came back into trade and became a very valuable spice throughout the Western world.

Ginger is widely used in cooking and is a great compliment to many dishes, both sweet and savory, and is used widely in Asian cuisine.

Ginger has been used around the world to relieve gas and bloating and to stimulate the appetite.  In hot and humid climates, ginger is eaten daily.  It is popular not only for its flavor, but also because its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help to preserve food, an essential action in such climates.

Not only has ginger has been used around the world as an aromatic herb and pungent appetite stimulant, but also as a well know remedy for nausea, and studies show it may help with motion sickness.  Clinical studies have shown that ginger is as effective as over-the-counter drugs in dealing with motion sickness, and is a safer option than OTC drugs which cause drowsiness.

To achieve the best results, the ginger should be taken approximately 30 minutes before beginning the travel.  Ginger may be taken in a number of ways, the choice is up to personal preference.  As a tea drink one cup made from 1500mg of the herb before travel, and then one cup up to three times a day.  Standardized extracts are taken at a dose of 500mg before travel and then every 4 hours.
Ginger has also been known to be helpful in easing morning sickness.  Traditional herbalism considers Ginger to be helpful in improving circulation, in easing feverish conditions, and as a gargle to help relieve sore throats.  Externally, it is the base of many treatments for muscle spasms and aches.

Ginger may be drunk as a tea and is best infused or steeped.  It can be used in syrups, candies, and taken as a tea, tincture or capsule.

Homemade Shave Gel

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 1 cup shampoo
  • 5 tablespoons baby oil
  • 5 tablespoons hand cream

Directions:

  • Use a large bottle or some other large storage container to store the shave cream.  Pour in conditioner first, then shampoo.
  • Add baby oil; then hand cream.
  • Secure the container and shake.  Let mixture sit for about an hour.

This mixture supposedly lasts for a month, but I can tell you that I made mine a few months ago, and it is still good.  The book advises that if the mixture separates, re-shake.