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No need to run out and purchase those expensive beauty products. Go “shopping” in your kitchen! Pull from your pantry for your own needs. Not only are these a natural approach to beauty and eliminating toxins and chemicals we are putting into our body, by utilizing what we already have we are reducing the amount of trash and waste we consume with the plastic bottles and packaging each product uses.

Lots of great, easy tips and tricks found right at home!

Dry Lips and Skin:

For hands rub some olive oil and dry thyme into the skin. This will help remove dead cells helps your hands get smooth.

For lips rub cocoa butter or fresh cucumber on your lips several times a day. Cocoa butter is great for your skin and wont leave it feeling “sticky.”

Astrigents:

Dab cooled brewed tea onto face, good for pimple control.

Dandruff & Itchy Scalp:

Massage plain yogurt into scalp and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse.

Nails & Cuticles:

For healthy nails and cuticles, regularly soak them in olive oil for 30 minutes.

Makeup Remover:

Olive oil can be used to remove eye makeup (use cold pressed extra virgin olive)

Pour a bit of sesame oil on a cotton ball and wipe gently across eye lids to remove waterproof mascara.

Swollen or Puffy Eyes:

Either let two teabags cool and put them on your eyelids for about ten minutes. Or soak two small pieces of cloth with tea and do the same thing.

Extra Shine in Your Hair:

Mix 1 tsp of honey into 1 quart of warm water and use as a rinse after shampooing (rinse away shampoo first). Do not wash out the honey/water mix, leave in hair and style as usual.

Foot Baths:

Bath 1: Combine green tea, peppermint, bath salt and eucalyptus oil

Bath 2: Take 1 cup Lemon Juice, Cinnamon (for smell), 2 tablespoons (or less) olive oil, 1/4 cup of milk, and water (no specific amount) you can make a wash that leaves skin refreshed and fragrant.

Wrinkle Remover:

Green Thompson seedless grapes! It has one of the ingredients in those big time expensive wrinkle creams. All you do is cut a grape in half and gently crush it on your face and neck. Make sure that you get the “crows-feet” and the lines around your mouth. Leave it on for twenty minutes or so and rinse with tepid water and pat dry.

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Inspired with the new growing season and ways to maximize your harvest, I found a lot of ways to use your extra fruits and veggies just for the beauty of it. Summer around the corner, the season for fruits and veggies is here! Treat yourself to a natural skin care spa! Take your pick from many different recipes depending on your skin type. Pick from your garden and whoa-la free skin care!

Cucumber (normal to oily skin):

  • Acts as a very gentle astringent, helping to remove excess oil from the skin.
  • With repeated use covering the eyes, the mild bleaching action of cucumbers can help reduce dark circles around the eyes and help even out a blotchy skin tone
  • Mask: Puree 1/2 peeled cucumber in a blender or food processor and add 1 tablespoon yogurt.
  • Remove after 20 mins

Avocado (normal to dry or very dry skin):

  • It’s also a good source of vitamin E.
  • Use as a mask twice a week in the dry winter months for soft skin
  • Mask: Mix the avocado in a bowl with a fork and apply! Simple as that – As the avocado mask warms up on your skin, it tends to get a little runny. So lie back, relax and let your skin drink up all the natural oils.
  • Or use the inside of an avocado peel,  Rub on your face, lightly massaging skin.
  • Remove after 20  mins

Papaya (oily to normal or slightly dry skin):

  • Remove the seeds and mash in a bowl.
  • Apply to face as a mask (may tingle a bit because of the fruit’s acidity, which also will help rid dead skin.)
  • Remove after 5 mins

Grapes (all skin types):

  • Mash the grapes and mix with honey to make a paste
  • Apply to skin as a mask
  • Remove after 25 mins

Kiwi (all skin types):

  • Mash the kiwi and mix with  2 TBS yogurt (plain) and 1 TBS fresh orange juice
  • Apply to face
  • Remove after 15 minutes

Bananas (all skin types):

  • Mash very a ripe banana in 2-inch chunks
  • Apply to face as a mask (great for a skin soothing facial!)
  • For dry skin, add a half teaspoon of heavy cream.
  • You could also add 1 or 2 TBS of honey and milk to create a moisturizing mask that can also work well as a stress-relieving treatment.
  • Remove after 15 mins

Honey (all skin types):

  • Honey is a humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air to your skin.
  • Pour a teaspoon of raw honey in your palm.
  • With a couple of fingers, dab a very thin coating over your face and neck. You may notice a glow or some color coming to the surface,  the honey really revs up the circulation in your skin.
  • Remove after 15 mins

Lemon (oily to normal or slightly dry skin):

  • Works great as a toner.
  • Mix equal parts of fresh-squeezed juice and distilled water.
  • Apply to skin as needed.
  • Should not be used by people those with sensitive skin or citrus allergies.

Oatmeal (all skin types):

  • Great for soothing irritated or itchy skin
  • Mask 1: Use a coffee grinder or mill to grind into a powder for a silky base for a facial. Combine 4 teaspoons ground oatmeal 5 teaspoons buttermilk in a small bowl and allow the mixture to thicken for a few minutes. Stir to remove any lumps.
  • Mask 2: Combine ¼ cup oatmeal with 6 oz. of plain yogurt and 1 teaspoon of honey to form a paste. Massage onto skin and leave it for at least 30 minutes until washing it off.

Strawberries (all skin types):

  • Oily Skin: Just mush it up and apply on your skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Than rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Dry Skin: add sunflower oil to the mush (1:1). Leave the mask on your face for 15 – 20 minutes. (You can also use olive or corn oil). For flaky skin- mix a few strawberries with one teaspoon of sour cream and one teaspoon honey.
  • Strawberry juice is a great skin lightener. It’s effective for freckles and other spots. Just squeeze the juice out of the berries, then using a cotton ball spread the juice on the face.

Strawberry Leaf Infusion:

  • Infusion: 1/4 cup strawberry leaves 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Pour the water over the leaves in a glass bowl, cover and allow to steep for 2 hours. Strain and pour the water into a clean jar, seal with lid and refrigerate.
  • Use the infusion twice a day by soaking the washcloth in the infused water and heat it then apply to your face.

Great Blackhead Remover:

  • 50/50 Baking Soda & Water.
  • Use as an exfoliator.
  • Rub gently on your skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Blackhead Skin Peel:

  • Mix 1 TBS Unflavored gelatin, and 1 1/2 TBS Milk together in a microwavable bowl for and heat for 12 seconds.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon
  • Generously apply to the problem areas of the face. (Be careful not to get close to your eyes)
  • Let dry (around 15-30 mins) then carefully peel it off.
  • After removing the peel, wash face in very cold water to close the pores.

Tighten Pores:

  • Mix table salt and buttermilk into a paste.
  • Massage into skin.
  • Rinse off with warm water.
  • Repeat this treatment twice a day (morning and night) until results are satisfactory.

For more kitchen beauty wonders, see our post Simple Kitchen Beauty Tips.

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Lots of things that you would normally toss in the recycling bin can be repurposed for starting your seeds.

Staring seeds in used paper cups works great! (Esp if you drink a lot of coffee, save your cups!)

 

You can use old milk cartons in two ways, cut the top off or cut one of the sides off for a longer tray.

 

You can use old egg cartons too! Fill each hole with dirt, or you can even reuse the eggshells:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can use old egg cartons too! Fill each hole with dirt, or you can even reuse the eggshells:

 

 


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Watering Can

Two easy steps and you will be on your way to the garden with a new tool!

1. Rinse out bottle thoroughly. (Doesn’t have to spick and span clean- for the soap bubbles can help stear away bugs from your plants!)

2. Drill plenty of holes in the cap. To allow air to flow into the bottle and keep the water free flowing.

 

 

 

 

Water away!

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