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Beauty Tips from Around the World (2)

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Chaparral and White Sage
 
These two herbs are antioxidants that have the effect of inhibiting free radicals and destroying the ones that have already formed. You can 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 bed for free radical control.
 
Acacia
 
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 20 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 work, take some of the bark and add it to just boiled water. Steep the bark for 15-20 minutes and apply it to the affected area and wait for relief.
 
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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 several times a day. You can also use sesame oil on the skin before it becomes cracked to hydrate and protect it.
 
Marjoram
 
This common herb, found in most spice racks, can be made into a wash using one cup of the fresh herb in 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 makes the body sweat which helps the circulation.
 
Cucumber
 
Chinese medicine prescribes eating cool, fresh cucumber for the symptoms of common acne. Cucumber is also excellent for hydrating the skin and reducing puffiness around the eyes. Shave thin slices of cucumber and layer them over the face to moisturize, refresh and reduce puffiness and swelling.
 
Pumpkin
 
You can seed and blend the flesh of a pumpkin into a pulp. Refrigerate the pulp and use it to treat sunburned skin, or burning underneath the skin.
 
Peppermint
 
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 itch and replace it with a cool, numbing sensation.
 
Ginger
 
This herb is used in a wide range of food 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 on the affected areas, or rub the fresh root directly on the skin.
 
All of these commonly found ingredients (well, commonly found for the most part) can help you to achieve natural solutions to your most common hair and skin care problems. These beauty and health tips come with centuries of tradition behind them and can help you have a healthy, more beautiful you ... naturally.
 
Stacy - Cosmetologist     ©Hairfinder.com
Photos: Stockfour/Shutterstock.com
 
See also: Natural hair care
 
 

 

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