All around us are natural remedies just waiting to be used. Here are a few ideas on what you can easily use from around the house to treat your skin or certain ailments. You’d be amazed at the wonderful properties that some pantry products and plants have:
- Buy an Aloe Vera plant: they are easy to find and mind on a window sill. Aloe is brilliant for treating minor burns and scalds. Just cut off a slice of the leaf and rub it on the area. Aloe can also work on chicken pox and help alleviate the itching and help reduce scaring.
- Arnica cream or homeopathy tablets are good for reducing bruising, especially after having a baby.
- Honey is excellent as a skin SOS. It is naturally an antiseptic and can be applied to cuts and grazes although it may be a bit sticky.
- Lavender essential oil is another must have around the house. It can be used on cold sores and speeds up the recovery from them. It is also works miracles on minor burns. Another use for Lavender is to help aid sleep - a few drops on your pillow can help you get a good night’s sleep, while relaxing the mind as well.
- Rescue Remedy (widely available) is perfect for times of stress. Just a few drops helps calm nerves and reduce stress. Also available is Rescue Remedy Night for anyone who can’t fall asleep because your mind is racing. It helps quieten the mind and off to sleep you go.
- Many people suffer from oily skin and there is a couple of natural recipes here for you.
The acids in tomatoes are great at getting rid of blackheads and will brighten dull skin. And it couldn’t be easier to use. Get one ripe tomato (organic if possible). Slice the tomato and place slices over your face. Leave on for 10–15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Do not apply moisturiser to the nose zone or you will block the pores again. This will leave your skin looking and feeling fab.
Another great mask for oily and spot prone skin comprises egg white, honey and oat. These are items we usually have at the back of the press and its easy to make.
Whip one egg white, one teaspoon of honey and 1-2 tablespoons of oats to make a thick paste. Spread this all over your face and leave for 10–15 minutes. This cleanses your skin and loosens blackheads. Remove with a facecloth dunked in warm water, rinse and pat dry. Enjoy your beautifully smooth skin.
These can be repeated once a week and follow with your moisturiser. If you have combination skin follow the steps above but use an oily skin moisturiser for the T-zone and a dry skin moisturiser for the rest of your face.
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Linda English is a mobile makeup artist specialising in bridal makeup, and a beauty therapist at The Beauty Spot Salons in Clogheen and Kilcoran Lodge Hotel. Contact: 087 6189751 or www.thebeautyspotkilcoran.webs.com