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Top 5 DIY Skin and Body Care Recipes for De-Stressing

Life is busy, the world gets hectic, and we just want some time for ourselves, right?  Today I am sharing my favorite recipes that I use to de-stress and relax.  They are easy to make, easy to use, and all of them work.  Enjoy!

A Little Secret from Cleopatra

Take a little trip to Egypt with this beautiful soothing milk bath. Get some candles, turn down the lights, and indulge.


2 Cups of heavy cream

2 tablespoons of organic honey

5 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

5 drops of Sandalwood essential oil

5 drops of Jasmine essential oil

Mix honey into milk and mix well then add essential oils and mix them in as well. Leave the cream mixture a room temperature. Start to run bath water on tepid while adding milk, then increase temperature of water. If you just add the milk to really hot water it will curdle. Nothing like curdled milk to ruin a perfectly good imaginary trip to Egypt.

Pedicure Foot Soak

2 cups of warm milk

2 table spoons of sweet almond oil

3 to 4 drops of essential oil of choice

Add to a foot soak or bowl with about 2 inches of water


The lactic acid in the milk will help break down dead skin cells and softens skin. Almond oil is an excellent moisturizer and lubricant, which prevents the skin from drying and keeps you from free from chapped and peeling skin. Almond oil has been used for centuries as a soothing remedy for skin allergies and to treat minor cuts and wounds.

Cheap and Cheerful Body Scrub

1/2 cup of baking soda

1/2 cup of coarse sea salt or epsom salts

1 Table spoon of olive oil or macadamia nut oil

1 teaspoon of lemon juice or lemon essential oil.  Orange is nice too!

Stand in bath or shower and on dry skin and scrub ingredients all over. Be gentle on the face or just use the baking soda without coarse salt.

Either shower it off or soak in tub with ingredients left in. This will leave your skin soft and beautiful.

You can add essential oil of choice. If you do this in the morning peppermint is a good stimulant to wake you up. If it is at night some lavender would be a better choice.

Get a Little Green Avocado Mask

1 ripe avocado

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon hemp oil


Mash up the avocado and lemon juice together and apply to face and neck let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water then pat dry. This mask is so hydrating and takes good too if you have the inclination to eat it.

A Little Aspirin Goes a Long Way

3 non coated aspirin

1 teaspoon of honey

Water

Aspirin can be used as a mask if you are having some breakouts. Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is very good for acne.

Honey absorbs impurities from the pores and makes skin really soft. It also reduces redness.

Put aspirin in a little dish then put a few drops of water on each one. Wait a few minutes and crush them up. If you need to add a few more drops of water do so. Add the honey and make a paste. Be careful not to dissolve the aspirin completely.

Wet face a little and pat in on all over, avoid going too close to the eye area.

Wait 5 to t10 minutes. You might feel tingling that is normal. Wet face a little and rub it in gently. Rinse completely. You can moisturize with a little organic coconut oil. Yes I said oil, just a little to moisturize.




Easy DIY Hair Pomade Recipe for Frizzy Hair

I have frizzy hair.  And I have hated it since childhood.   I have always used products to keep the frizz down and add a bit of shine.  Pomades and balms from the store worked well, but would sometimes leave my hair in worse condition, likely because of the chemicals in them.

So I make a batch of my own hair balm that works really well.  And I love the way it smells! This recipe will make a 1/4 cup, but I have quadrupled this recipe in the past so I could make a big jar of it.  I put links in the ingredient list so you could find organic ingredients easily. Make some for yourself! 


Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine shea butter and coconut oil in a glass measuring cup or half-pint mason jar. Melt in microwave for a few seconds, or use a makeshift double boiler (fill small saucepan with about 1-2 inches of water and set glass container inside, heating on low just until melted).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to mix. Transfer to a small, shallow tin with a lid (like this).
  3. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight until mixture is cooled and set up. Remove from refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before using.
  4. Store at room temperature (for a nice, creamy consistency) and use within a month. Refrigerate any amount you can’t use within that time.

A little bit of this pomade goes a long way, so start with a very small amount when first using it. Dip clean fingers into cream, rub a small amount into your hands, and apply to hair that is only slightly damp or completely dry. (I have not had good results when using it on wet or very damp hair.)

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