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The cat’s out of the bag – I am an undercover hippie! I prefer all-natural, homemade beauty treatments to the conventional stuff I can buy at my local market.
I would much rather mix lemon juice with baking soda to create my own face scrub than spend $10.00 on something loaded with creepy chemicals.
Because of this I have experimented with plenty of natural and DIY beauty treatments, here are a couple of my favorites.
I love the look of beachy keen, sun-streaked highlights running through my hair, but I hate all the harsh chemicals and high price of constant salon visits.
To save myself from becoming chemically dependent (and potentially ruining my hair) I’ve developed a lovely leave in conditioner.
Initially inspired by a recipe I found at Nearly Natural Nicole, I played around with the concoction a bit until I ended up with something I absolutely love.
All I do is brew up some strong chamomile and peppermint tea, and to that I add some extra virgin olive oil, raw local honey along with a few drops of cinnamon, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils.
The tea and oils not only condition my hair and invigorate my scalp to promote healthy hair growth, the concoction has a mild peroxide effect that slowly enhances natural highlights with continued use.
Plus this stuff smells awesome.
Using this brew couldn’t be more easily. Simply blend all the ingredients together, pour it into a spray bottle and spritz on wet hair after each shower. Keep it in the fridge and make up a fresh batch every couple of weeks – if it manages to last that long.
Longer, Fuller Eyelashes
I really don’t like wearing makeup if I can help it, but mascara is one of those cosmetics that I just can’t seem to live without. My whole life I’ve had short, wispy eyelashes.
I’ve also had a wild envy for anyone with thick, lush lashes. Then I fell onto a treatment that worked, quite by accident. Okay, it wasn’t an accident … my grandma told me about this when I was ten years old, it just didn’t sink in until recently.
At the suggestion of a friend, I decided to do something about the dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. Each day I gently massaged a bit of vitamin E under my eyes and onto my eyelids.
As I noticed the skin around my eyes starting to improve, I also noticed that my lashes were growing in thicker and longer. Oh happy day, two beauty fixes for the price of one!
There are plenty of homemade eyelash serum recipes floating around the internet, but the simple solution of vitamin E works just fine for me.
I’m pretty sure it was my dad who first taught me that clove oil is a fantastic method for fighting dental pain. Over the years I’ve also come to learn that practicing good oral hygiene is quite effective when keeping colds and viruses at bay.
I don’t like all the extra chemicals and ingredients added to most toothpastes and mouthwashes though, so naturally I make my own from ingredients I have on hand.
I begin and end each day with about 20 minutes of oil pulling (coconut is my favorite, but sometimes I switch it up and go with sweet almond). Then after a gentle brushing, I finish up with a rinse of my own creation.
This brew not only gives me nice, fresh breath, it also helps fight off cold and flu bugs while also soothing any inflammation in my gums. I can’t claim full responsibility for this recipe as I was initially inspired by information I found at Health Extremist.
Diminished Wrinkles and Fine Lines
I’ve been using variations of this treatment my entire life. Sometimes I fall off the wagon and lose a little discipline, and when I fail to keep up the routine I can see the results within days.
The good news is, when I pick up the routine once more I can also see the improvement just as quickly.
My secret is no secret … I’m in love with coconut oil.
I use coconut oil from head to toe! I massage it into my skin after a shower to lock in moisture. I rub a little into the roots and ends of my hair to add shine and extra conditioning. I use it on bug bites to minimize itch.
Better yet, it’s great for minimizing the appearance of stretch marks!
Scars, wrinkles, dry skin, dark circles, fine lines, none of these are any match against coconut oil. Seriously, I can’t rave enough about it, and sites like the Lean Clean Eating Machine agree with the benefits of coconut oil to your overall health.
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