Saturday, February 6, 2010

Reduce Stress with Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes

Relaxing Foot Soak This is a great way to detox and relax, especially since many of us spend all day on our feet.

1 cup Epsom salt
1 peppermint tea bag
1 chamomile tea bag
1 basin of water

Fill a basin with warm water and add the Epsom salts and tea bags. Soak feet for 30 minutes.

Cleopatra Milk Bath Cleopatra, the queen of the Nile, is probably one of the most famous "home beauty" fans. One of her greatest beauty secrets was long relaxing milk baths. Here is a modern day twist on her ancient recipe using common household ingredients.

1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried mint
Peel of 1 orange
2 cups boiling water
1 9 ounce box of dried milk

Pour the boiling water over the rosemary, mint and orange peel and allow it to steep until cool -- strain off the liquid and mix in the dried milk. To use, pour the herbal milk solution into your bath under the running water. Soak in the tub. Rinse the milk off of your skin and follow up with a light natural oil such as almond or light sesame oil.
Papaya Face MaskThis mask is easy to make and can help reduce wrinkles -- making you look less stressed. Papaya has enzymes in it similar to alpha hydroxy acid.

3 tablespoons of blended papaya
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon honey

Blend all the ingredients together. Smooth mask on to face and leave on for five to 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Honey Hair Pack Honey does great things for your hair. It is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and holds in moisture. It's good for treating hair that has been damaged by the sun, wind or styling. And it will add body and bounce to your strands. It may seem a bit sticky but honey rinses out of your hair very easily.

1/2 cup pure honey

Massage the honey into your hair and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. You may cover your head with a plastic shower cap or warm towel. Rinse your hair well with warm water.
Old-Fashioned Bubble Bath This indulgent old-fashioned bubble bath will take you back to your childhood. The sugar and egg whites condition skin and add to the bubbly effect.

1/2 cup milky liquid soap or shower gel
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 egg white

Mix together all ingredients. To use, pour the entire mixture under the running water as you draw your bath.
Lavender SpritzerUse this refreshing spritzer anytime you need a soothing boost.

Distilled Water
Lavender Aqua (essential oil)

Mix a drop or two of the lavender aqua (or essential oil) in a bottle of distilled water. Store in refrigerator and spray on face and body for a refreshing and soothing lift.
Super Muscle Soothing SoakThis is the perfect bath after a day of strenuous activity. You'll feel your muscles relax as you bathe.

1 cup kosher salt or sea salt
1 cup baking soda
1 cup Epsom salts

Mix together all ingredients and store in an airtight jar. To use, pour 1/2 cup of bath soak under warm running water.
Rosemary Body TreatmentTo invigorate your mind and restore your well-being (while sloughing off dry skin), try this great bath recipe:

1 cup fresh Rosemary
1 bowl of water
1 cup Epsom salts
2 teaspoons of olive, grapeseed or jojoba oil
12 drops of lavender essential oil

Directions: Steep rosemary in a bowl of boiling water for 30 minutes. While your bath water is running, use a dry brush or loofah over your entire body to get rid of dead skin. Strain the rosemary-infused water into a jug or bowl and add the Epsom salts and oil. Stir thoroughly and pour into bath water. To complete this wonderful brew, drop in lavender oil.
"Me-Time" Facial MassageA simple facial massage performed on yourself can help combat a dull complexion and relieve stress and strain, leaving both you and your skin refreshed and rejuvenated.

Facial massage oil (like apricot kernel oil)
Lavender essential oil

Directions: Mix together the facial oil and lavender and warm a few drops between your hands, cupping them over your nose and take 3 deep breaths. To massage:
1. Sweep your right hand downwards from the top of your neck outward across your decollete to your shoulder.
2. Sweep hands from the middle of your forehead up towards the hairline and outwards towards the temples. Finish with a sweep under the eyes (along the bone).
3. With alternate hands stroke upwards along the middle of the eyebrows upwards along the forehead.
4. Gently pinch the chin and jaw line with your thumbs under the chin and fingers on top of the jaw line.
Fresh Strawberry Mask Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products. Reduce stress-induced blemishes with this edible mask.

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 teaspoons honey

Directions: Mix together all ingredients until smooth using a fork or blender. To Use: Spread over your face and neck and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat skin dry.
Petal-Perfect BathAsian spas believe soaking in bath water with flowers symbolizes purifying the soul. This bath may not purify your soul but it will leave you relaxed and refreshed. Plus, it's a great use for wilting flowers.

Flowers (Roses are recommended but any flowers you have will work)
Bubble Bath (optional)

Peal the petals from your flowers and drop them into a hot bath (add bubble bath too if you like). The flowers will make your bathroom smell wonderful and make your bath water look dreamy.
Avocado Oil Conditioner This rich hair conditioner is similar to the "hot oil" treatments offered in salons. It contains avocado oil, which keeps hair soft, radiant and flexible.

1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together and stir until smooth and creamy. Massage into your hair and scalp. Cover your head with a shower cap or warm towel and relax for 15 minutes. Shampoo and rinse hair well.


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