seems that (especially for women) switching from regular skin
care products to natural skin care versions is one of the
toughest natural living steps to take.
It's hard to break free of the age defying, wrinkle reversing, acne preventing claims of conventional products and switch to a natural option, even though the natural options are often cheaper and work better!
Thankfully it's not difficult to create your own
homemade beauty products using common herbs and essential oils. It
doesn't take a huge expense to ensure you have beautiful, healthy
skin and hair.
Take a look at our article below on DIY skin and hair products
for some surprisingly cheap, healthy, and incredibly effective beauty
are invited, too!
Essential Herbs for Natural
Is an ancient healer for dry, itchy scalp.
It can help get rid of dandruff and keep the skin on your scalp
healthy. For best results, rub a little bit into your scalp
after you wash your hair and while your hair is still damp.
Modern studies have shown that burdock root oil contains
essential fatty acids and phytosterols, which promote hair
growth and a healthy scalp.
charge of your beauty with nature's finest ingredients - the
plants! And don't forget, beauty does radiate from the inside
out and a healthy diet and lifestyle is essential. Enjoy - and
It's no secret why many natural brands make rosemary shampoo
- a rinse made from this herb adds luster to dark hair and
strengthens and smoothes damaged hair shafts. Check out
EcoSalon's DIY recipe for rosemary shampoo or make a strong
rosemary tea for an after-shampoo rinse.
Infused into a strong tea, chamomile and thyme make a great and
gentle cleanser for oily skin. Pour a litter of this tea into
your bath to help clear up body blemishes, not to mention the
The favourite herb of many natural skin care products, but
why not make your own? Lavender is soothing and antiseptic, so
it's a great solution for burns, psoriasis, infections and
sensitive skin in general. Make a spritzer with strong lavender
tea, or a small spray bottle filled with distilled water and a
few drops of lavender oil (start with a low dilution,
adding drops until you find the strength that's right for
you). And because lavender is a natural mood lifter, using this
spray will make you smile and that's definitely a key to
You can pick up a bottle of rosewater at a Middle Eastern
market, or a rose aromatherapy spray from the natural market
(Heritage Products makes my favourite), but if you've got a
rose garden and the DIY inclination, simply make your own. Since
ancient times, rosewater has been used as a gentle astringent
and is anti-inflammatory.
with a cotton swab as a toner or spritz onto your face a few
times a day. And don't forget, you'll smell great!
Neem is one of the big guns of the herbal world. Because it's
anti-bacterial, neem oil is used to treat acne, eczema,
psoriasis, dandruff, and it has a strong, garlic-type smell, so
it may not be part of your daily skin care routine, but it's
good to have around for when you really need the stronger stuff
With it's big, soft leaves, Neem beckons us to use it. It is a
well known herb for healing blemishes and repairing damaged
skin. To make your own comfrey oil, stuff a jar of olive oil
with comfrey leaves and let sit for 6 weeks. You can then use
this oil on dry hands, chapped lips, scrapes and burns, or even
| If you're really DIY, melt some beeswax or cocoa
butter with the comfrey oil to make a salve of thicker
Got oily skin? Then listen up. Sage (yup, the kind you grow for
cooking) is astringent, so a strong tea made of sage and mixed
with a bit of witch hazel or apple cider vinegar serves as a
great daily toner. Or if you want, simply use the plain tea as a
daily facial rinse.
You can find the oil in bottles or capsules at any natural
market. Evening primrose oil contains linoleic acid, an
essential fatty acid that is unfortunately not produced by your
body, but which promotes healthy, rejuvenated skin. Take the oil
both internally and use topically on your skin to firm and
hydrate your skin, help heal blemishes and reduce signs of lines
Well known as a natural way to become a
little more of a redhead, henna powder is a great way to add
shine and protection to your hair. If you're looking for
the shine without the reddish tint, go for "neutral henna,"
which is actually the plant Cassia
obovata, but conditions and nourishes the hair just the
Basil is particularly useful if you live in a polluted area and
your skin has lost its luster, crush a handful of basil leaves
and pour a cup of hot water over them to make a strong tea. Once
this brew has cooled, splash your face with it as a detoxifying,
circulation-promoting toner. Without drying off, apply
Turmeric is a tricky one, simply
because it will temporary tinge your skin yellow, but it is a
great cleanser and adds a lot of moisture to your skin.
You can bypass the expensive seaweed
wraps at the spa and give yourself a simple facial at home. Sea
vegetables are not only nutritious for the body, but because
of their high mineral content and softening properties, are very
nourishing for the skin. Buy some nori sheets (the same kind
you'd use for making sushi), quickly dampen them with water
and place them on your face for a moisturizing mask.
may want to keep spritzing to prevent the nori from drying out.
Remove after 15-20 minutes and voila, you're a mermaid!
Aloe is well known for treating burns
and scrapes, but you can use it on any irritated skin. A face
mask made of aloe, honey and kelp will greatly soothe and
moisturize your skin. You can buy the gel in stores but it's
always best if you have a plant to ensure purity. At the very
least, read the ingredients and make sure your aloe gel
doesn't contain any of these common
The essential oil of this common
garden flower is used in many cosmetic products for balancing
skin and hair. If your skin is oily, simply add 2-3 drops of
geranium oil to a bowl of water and splash your face. For dry,
sensitive skin make a healing oatmeal-geranium mask out of
oatmeal, water, a teaspoon of melted honey, and 4-5 drops of