Healthy Skin and Hair

Healthy Skin and Hair

It has been estimated that women who use make-up daily, are absorbing more than 2kg of chemicals a year ,through their skin. Archaeological evidence dates the use of cosmetics back to ancient Egypt and Greece, it was recorded in the bible that jezebel wore makeup on her eyelids! Although the production of cosmetics is heavily regulated in many countries, there is no getting away from the fact that many of us put chemicals on our skin and  hair on a daily basis, with little consideration for the possible long term impacts. Long before the cosmetic industry was invented, women around the world were using plant oils to both cleanse and nourish their skin – jojoba, coconut , olive and avocado to name a few.  Just massage a small amount of your chosen oil  - always use organic if you can – into your skin, leave for a few minutes, or while you soak in the bath, then remove with a damp muslin cloth. Your skin will feel clean and refreshed. Other oils you can use are almond, sunflower, and  argan – used by Morrocan ladies for centuries to cleanse and nourish.

Apple Cider Vinegar – leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth and reduces grease levels of hair. Simply put about 30 g of , clean dry and fresh herbs in a jar – use herbs such as lemon balm, horsetail, marigold, yarrow, lavender or lime flowers, cover with apple cider vinegar and leave for two-three weeks. Strain into a  glass jar and add a tablespoon to your morning rinse or add to the final hair rinse.

Calendula – an infusion is good for abrasions, wounds, cuts and sores. The macerated oil is also good for relieving the symptoms of eczema and rashes. Often combines with St.John’s Wort in Calendula & Hypericum cream, that can be bought over the counter

Chamomile – has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. A cooled infusion is particularly good at soothing sunburn or any hot inflammed skin condition

Chickweed – applied as a poultice, this cooling herb is good for any irritated skin such as  eczema, psoriasis and hives

Lavender – a multipurpose and versatile herb. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties make it one of best herbs to soothe irritated and inflamed skin conditions. The essential oil can be used directly on the skin in cases of burns, including sunburn. A cooled  infusion will also help calm rashes, hives and thrush.

Horsetail - the high levels of silica make this herb an excellent hair tonic giving all round conditioning to the hair as well as helping the hair to shine. Soaking your hands in a cooled infusion , will help strengthen nails.

Thyme – a regular thyme infused footbath, will help treat any fungal infections such as Athlete’s foot. It’s antiseptic and anti-fungal properties also make thyme a good mouthwash to help prevent gum disease.

Yarrow – known primarily as a wound healer, when made into an infusion yarrow makes a wonderful skin softener.

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