1 cucumber, sliced and unpeeled
6-7 cucumber slices for decoration
1 1/2 to 2 liters of water
3 mint sprigs
2 mint sprigs for decoration
Half a lemon, sliced and unpeeled
In a pitcher, mix the water, cucumber, 3 mint sprigs and lemon. Let it rest on the fridge for 24 hours. If you prepare the water at the last minute, cut the first cucumber in three or four pieces. Then, squeeze the cucumber pieces to release all the juice.
Before serving remove the cucumber slices used to flavor the water. Then stir with a wooden spoon, add some ice cubes, 6 or 7 fresh cucumber slices and the remaining 2 mint sprigs. Now enjoy!
Banana Sun Burn Aid
Banana face masks will provide relief and aid for sun burnt skin. The flesh of the banana is full of antioxidants which have soothing properties. Banana face masks are also very hydrating to dry skin and leaves it softer and fresh looking.
How to make your mask:
Using the back of a fork, simply just mash up a banana and put it on your face–leave it on for 30 minutes & rinse off. Use your moisturizer after you pat dry your skin. If you are extremely sunburned, put on some Aloe Vera gel before your moisturizer.
Anyone have Guacamole for lunch or dinner?! If so, good for you! Avocados are high in fat, but most of the fat is monounsaturated and thus is considered a healthy fat. An avocado is a good food for skin because, as is the case with omega-3 fatty acids, it keeps skin plump and youthful looking and helps prevent dry skin. Avocados contain both vitamin C and vitamin E, which act well together as a powerful skin anti-aging combination.
For Puffy Eyes:
Just slice a peeled avocado half into quarter-inch crescent-shapes. Lie down with a few slices under each eye and rest for around 20 minutes. You’ll love the results!
Facial Mask Ever:
Just mash half an avocado and spread evenly on your clean face. Allow to remain for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. This is best for dry skin types.
In a small bowl, mash and combine: 1 avocado (1/2 for shorter hair)1 egg yolk 1/2 teaspoon olive oil Apply to hair and allow to remain 30 minutes or longer, then shampoo and condition as usual. Amazingly silky, shiny, soft hair!
Smooth Hand Trick:
This gently exfoliating scrub will make your hands noticeably softer and smoother. In a small bowl, mash:1/4 of a peeled avocado 1 egg white 2 tablespoons oatmeal 1 teaspoon lemon juice Combine well and apply to your hands. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes, then rinse in warm water and pat dry.
In a small bowl, thoroughly mash and combine: 1/2 avocado 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 egg white Apply evenly to a clean face and allow to remain 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and a cloth. Follow with an astringent, if you like.
This is a home remedy used to strengthen finger and toe nails and to soften cuticles. Soak nails each day or night, for several minutes. Place your hands in thin, loose fitting cotton gloves and allow the oil and lemon juice to penetrate deeply into the skin and nails. Gradually the nails become more resistant to breaking, flaking and chipping.
6 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Pour the olive oil and lemon juice into a small glass jar or bottle. Place the top on and shake to mix. Keep tightly sealed, and store in a cool, dark place.
For Dry skin:
Massage olive oil on chapped, dry or flaky skin and allow to penetrate deeply. Continue once per day until the skin becomes smooth and soft. This is a traditional treatment for dry skin and is also very effective for eczema. Extra Virgin Olive Oil also contains complete vitamin E, an antioxidant that’s good for the skin.
Green Tea Soothing Spray
This great soother has many uses (see below). Use unflavored, unscented plain green tea.
1 cup green tea leaves
1 quart spring water
- Steep the tea leaves in boiling water for 20 minutes.
- Cool and strain the liquid into a sterilized bottle and refrigerate.
Uses for Soothing Spray:
- As a cooling, refreshing bath splash.
- As a perk-up for tired feet.
- As an anti-fungal foot soak. Soak feet in a quart of soother and do not rinse.
- Use as a mouthwash.
- For minor cuts, rashes, or abrasions: saturate a cotton pad with soother and apply to injury for five minutes. Repeat. This can be done up to 4 times a day.
- To soothe minor sunburn, soak a cloth in the soother and place on sunburned area. Keep on for about 15 minutes.
- To freshen strained, tired eyes, soak cotton pads in green tea solution, squeeze out excess, and lay gently on eyelids. Let pads rest on lids for about 10 minutes. Repeat if necessary. This reduces puffiness and red eyes.
- Use as a blemish remedy. Splash on face or apply on blemish with pure cotton. Do not rinse.
Great Idea for Fresher Shoes and Feet
A great use for leftover leaves after brewing:
Allow spent tea leaves to dry, then crush them and sprinkle in shoes and socks to help keep feet healthy. Or fill an old nylon stocking with the dried leaves and place in your shoes.
Sugar & salt are the most common, & the easiest to use because they have the benefit of dissolving in water so they don’t leave any mess in your bathtub. Salt is great for relaxing your muscles. I’ve tried sea salts, table salt, & epsom salts, & epsom is my favorite. Sugar feels slightly gentler on your skin than salt. I prefer brown, especially if you mix it with a vanilla essential oil, this smells yummy. Ground coffee smells divine, & the caffeine may even have some “wake up” benefits for your skin in the morning since its very invigorating. Oatmeal is the gentlest of the exfoliants. It softens & hydrates your skin & a soothing home remedy for dry, itchy skin. Unlike salt and sugar, you can use it with a bit of water instead of a carrier oil. Other options include almond meal, flax meal, rice bran, wheat bran, and ground nut shells. Happy Scrubbing!