Beauty Tips from Around the World (2)

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Chaparral and White Sage
These two herbs are antioxidants that inhibit free radicals and destroy those that have already formed. Mix one tablespoon of chaparral and one tablespoon of white sage together in one cup of cold water, and let it steep overnight.
In the morning, add a tablespoon of sunflower oil to the herbal solution and shake it thoroughly. Apply the solution with a cotton ball before bedtime for free radical control.
Acacia is an herbal antibacterial and astringent. Crush the dried herbs into a powder and mix it with water to make an antibacterial wash to treat skin outbreaks. Mix the powdered herbs with honey to make a healing solution that can be applied for twenty minutes at a time.
Cliffrose Bark
This ancient Mayan herb is used for a variety of medicinal applications, including skin problems. If you have a rash or skin disorder and nothing seems to be working, take some of the bark and add it to freshly boiled water. Steep the bark for 15-20 minutes, then apply it to the affected area and wait for relief.
Acacia and Cliffrose
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Sesame Oil
Sesame oil can be used as a lubricant and moisturizer for dry, cracked skin. Simply apply the oil to the cracked skin multiple times a day. You can also use sesame oil on the skin before it becomes cracked to hydrate and protect it.
This common herb, found in most spice racks, can be made into a wash by combining one cup of the fresh herb with one cup of hot water. Use the marjoram wash if you have an itchy skin rash. It is believed that marjoram relieves water retention and promotes sweating, which helps circulation.
Marjoram and cucumber
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Chinese medicine prescribes eating cool, fresh cucumbers for the symptoms of common acne. Cucumbers are also excellent for hydrating the skin and reducing puffiness around the eyes. Slice the cucumber thinly and layer it over the face to moisturize, refresh, and reduce puffiness and swelling.
You can seed and blend the flesh of a pumpkin into a pulp, refrigerate the pulp, and use it to treat sunburned or burning skin.
The menthol found in peppermint is used to cool hot, itchy eruptions on the skin. Use peppermint oil topically to treat skin eruptions to help stop the itching and replace it with a cool, numbing sensation.
Pumpkin and ginger
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This herb is used in a wide range of food-based remedies in Chinese medicinal cooking. Use the juice from a piece of fresh ginger on minor burns, and use the juice of ginger root for burning and itching on the skin by rubbing the juice directly onto the affected areas, or rubbing the fresh root directly onto the skin.
All of these commonly found ingredients (for the most part) can help you achieve natural solutions to your common hair and skin care problems. These beauty and health tips come with centuries of tradition behind them and can help you to have a healthier and more beautiful you... naturally.
See also: Natural hair care