The recipes listed are great DIY treats for hair, eyes and lips. However, always bear in mind that fresh is always the best, endeavour to buy organic and quality produce all the time. Also, mix up enough only for a one-time application. However, you can keep most mixtures refrigerated for a couple of days, but note that they will lose their flavour and potency over time.
NOTE: When applying face masks, always avoid the eye area, leave mix for up to 25-30 minutes to take effect, rinse off, and massage moisturiser over the skin to complete the treatment.
Soothing, Tightening Eye Gel: The fruit and kernel contain a nourishing oil, rich in Vitamin A, which improves the texture and elasticity of the skin. For a soothing tightening eye gel puree the skin and flesh of two fresh apricots in a juice extractor, then chill the juice in the freezer for about ten minutes. Mix 2 teaspoons apricot juice with 1 teaspoon cold milk. Pat it around the eyes using a soaked cotton ball. Leave it to dry and it will tighten and moisturise the skin surrounding the eyes in one go.
Rich Conditioner for Hair: Rich with Vitamin A and E Avocados have a 20 percent oil content which is very good moisturising skin and hair. for a rich conditioner to treat a flaky scalp or dry hair, mash half a ripe avocado with 3 tablespoons olive oil, blending until completely smooth. Massage the paste into dry hair, then wrap a towel around the head and leave for 60 minutes before shampooing out thoroughly. Add 2 drops of essential oil of rosemary to the mixture, it will help encourage hair growth as well.
Blonde Hair Rinse/Lighten: The dried flowers contain azulene, a natural, soothing, anti-inflammatory agent, which is excellent for skin or hair. For hair wash to treat an itchy scalp or to lighten blonde hair, put 50 grammes dried chamomile, 25 grammes dried marigold, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in a saucepan. Simmer for 15 minutes, leave to cool, and mix with 2 cups warm water. Pour it through clean, wet hair, and rinse with cool water.
Note: This recipe will lighten hair.
Blonde Hair Rinse/Lighten: The juice of lemon is rich in Vitamin C, mildly astringent and have a bleaching effect. To lighten hair colour, mix the juice of 1 lemon with 2 cups of warm water. Pour through clean wet hair. Do not rinse out. Leave to dry.
Excellent Lip Salve: Pure honey hydrates and softens skin, and is a powerful natural antiseptic. For a great lip salve, melt 1 tablespoon honey with 1 teaspoon beeswax, then add 2 teaspoons almond oil. Place in a small screw-top jar and shake until the mixture emulsifies, leave to thicken before applying on chapped lips. This mixture can last up to three months.
Mild Eye Lotion: High in fibre and rich in proteins, Vitamins B and C, Phosphoric acid and potash. The juice of the raw potato is anti-inflammatory, softens, tightens and slightly whitens skin. To remove puffiness and undereye shadows, grate half a raw peeled potato, then leave it on a saucer until the juice collects. Drain it off, pressing the flesh as you go, and chill the juice before applying it around the eyes. Leave to dry, then rinse off. In addition, aA slice of raw potato placed over a bruise helps take the blue-blackness out of the skin.
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