Posted on July 29 2016
Natural products, including herbs and spices, can be the secret ingredients in your quest to keep your skin and hair looking strong and healthy.
This beautiful flower normally ranks right up there on most people's list of favourite flowers to grow. It's practical uses for skin care are also legendary. Rose water is a favourite toning agent as it restores skin suppleness without drying side effects. Rose essential oil has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Rose petals also have soothing and anti inflammatory properties which help relieve eczema and rosacea.
Make your own calming face mask from rose petals by soaking 8 petals in 3-4 tablespoons of water for a few hours. Mash the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix well, and apply to entire face. Rinse with cool water after 15 minutes.
This herb has hypoallergenic properties which makes it suitable for soothing irritated skin. A cup of chamomile tea soothes and calms an upset or nauseous stomach. It also helps with sore throat and in fighting against flu.
Once you are done brewing yourself a cup of fragrant chamomile tea, place the used tea bags in the fridge. These cool teabags are great for reducing darkness and puffiness around the eye area. Just place them on your eyes and lie down for 10 minutes while the tea bags do their magic!
A cup of cooled chamomile tea is a great rinse to soothe an irritated scalp and to reduce dandruff.
The essential oils and botanical extracts of this fragrant flower help balance moisture in the skin to naturally reduce dryness. It also helps heal scars related to acne, stretch marks or other wounds. Try adding a few drops of jasmine oil to your regular body lotion to address any spots or scars that need attention.
We love this Jasmine Face Mist from BioBloom for its aromatherapeutic freshness along with a punch of antioxidants!
4) GREEN TEA:
If you love drinking green tea, you will be happy to know that it is bursting with anti oxidants and has an anti ageing effect on your skin.
Take used green tea leaves (either from your pot if you have brewed loose leaf tea or just cut open your tea bag), add honey to the leaves and apply in a thin layer all over your face for a soothing mask. You can also just splash cooled green tea on your face (or just keep green tea cubes frozen in your freezer for an invigorating pick-me-up) after cleansing your face.
5) CINNAMON and TURMERIC:
Two great flavour enhancers which are commonly used in the kitchen are also full of anti oxidants.
Add them both to your diet or to your favourite face pack for their skin saving benefits.