We are so accustomed to using new products from cosmetic companies that sometimes we forget that the best face and body care products are prepared for us not by a laboratory, but by nature. Summer is the time to remember the notorious "grandmother's" recipes and cosmetics from herbs and flowers!
The most important misconception of opponents of phytocosmetics is the laboriousness and duration of the process of preparing various lotions and masks from natural products. In fact, most cosmetics can be made in a matter of minutes, and it’s not at all necessary to go to the fields or forests for herbs - almost all of them grow right in the summer cottage, in the garden or vegetable garden. So why not use both crops and weeds for the benefit of your own beauty and youth?
In the morning, instead of tonic or water, wash your face with tea from fresh nettle or fireweed flowers (2 tablespoons of herbs in a glass of boiling water) - the skin will become more even and smooth. During breakfast, leave a little bit (2 tablespoons) of bio-yogurt, add finely chopped mint or rosemary greens and chopped oatmeal to it. Apply the resulting slurry on your face for 5 minutes, and then rinse. This morning mask tones the skin for the whole day.
Passing past the parsley patch, pluck a couple of branches and head into the garden. Having settled down there in a hammock or a rocking chair, attach the branches to the eyelids for 15 minutes and just relax - there will be no trace of swelling! By the way, a decoction of parsley or dill (1 tbsp. Grass in a glass of boiling water) can be frozen for the winter - morning and evening massage with ice cubes is an excellent tonic and a good alternative to various anti-aging programs. In the evening, after removing makeup, do not be too lazy to wash your eyelids with an infusion of cornflower flowers (1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water) - it will help to avoid irritation. Another "evening" grandmother's recipe for fatigue is a rosehip mask. Pour three tablespoons of chopped fruit with two cups of boiling water, boil for 10 minutes and leave to cool overnight. Strained broth can be drunk as a vitamin cocktail, and applied externally.
If you are slightly sunburned or just tired of freckles - make a whitening and at the same time soothing mask from dandelion leaves (fortunately, you won't have to look for this plant for a long time). Mix the crushed leaves with warm milk in a ratio of 1: 2 and let the resulting mixture brew for 10 minutes, then add the yolk and apply the mask for 10-15 minutes. A decoction of black elderberry also has a whitening effect (2-3 tablespoons of flowers in 2 cups of water, boil for 5 minutes). At every opportunity, wipe your face with this lotion, and after a week there will be no trace of your freckles and age spots. A napkin moistened with the juice of fresh viburnum fruits should also be applied to pigmented areas of the skin for 10 minutes 7-8 times a day.
If after a day spent on the shore of a nearby lake your face is chapped - pick fresh coltsfoot leaves in the garden, wash them thoroughly, pound them, mix with fresh milk (2 tablespoons of herbs for one glass) and apply on the skin for 15-20 minutes - the discomfort will immediately pass. In general, no matter what happens during your vacation in the country - run to your garden for help. However, folk remedies can be used not only to solve seasonal problems. Summer vacation is a great time to take care of yourself and treat your face. So, lotions from a decoction of horsetail (1 tbsp chopped grass per glass of water, boil for 20 minutes) or St. Another time-tested remedy is nettle lotion. Mix 100 ml of vodka with a tablespoon of nettle leaf juice and wipe your face with the resulting mixture in the morning and evening for 2 months (after 30 days the course will need to be repeated). Dry skin in the summer simply needs peppermint lotions (1 tbsp of herb for 1 cup of boiling water) and sage tonic for washing (a handful of leaves for 3 channels of boiling water, leave for 40 minutes, store in a cool, dry place). With acne-prone skin, it is useful to wipe the face with a decoction of oak bark mixed with vodka. Pour a tablespoon of bark with a glass of boiling water and boil for 10-15 minutes, mix the cooled mixture with vodka in a ratio of 1:2.
If you stay in the city and with fresh parsley from your own garden you are separated by kilometers of a long journey, do not despair. Firstly, extracts of medicinal herbs can be bought at a pharmacy, and secondly, you or your neighbor probably have a lot of indoor plants. So, ordinary aloe is just a storehouse of useful properties. In the evening and in the morning, lubricate the cleansed face with a piece of aloe leaf or an ice cube from the frozen juice of this flower. Such procedures are useful for any type of skin. If you have the first wrinkles - urgently make your own super cream - add aloe juice and a little sunflower oil to vaseline or lanonin. It is better to apply the mixture twice a day - in the evening and in the morning - for 10-15 minutes. With oily skin and acne, a mask with an egg will help. Pour a teaspoon of aloe juice into the beaten yolk, soak the gauze with the resulting mass, put the cloth on your face and forget about everything for 10-15 minutes - meditation at the end of the working day is a useful thing.
Did you know that the effect of cosmetics can be enhanced with natural products from the garden?
- Add psyllium juice to your anti-wrinkle cream - the smoothing and moisturizing effect will increase several times.
- Mix chopped parsley with a rich nourishing cream and apply this mixture on the eyes for 15 minutes - bags and puffiness will decrease after the first application.
- Pour a few drops of mint infusion into your facial toner for firmer skin and reduced expression lines in a few days.
- Add nettle leaf juice to your moisturizer - irritation on the face will disappear on the second day.
Particular attention in the warm season should be given to hair, because caps and hats will no longer hide either sloppy styling, or dandruff, or gray hair. If your hair gets dirty too quickly - use aloe juice mixed with 20% alcohol (1:1). Rub this mixture into your scalp for 2-3 months. A decoction of oak bark will also help dry oily hair (3 tablespoons of crushed oak bark per liter of water, boil for 15 minutes). If after winter and spring you have no trace of your once thick hair left, use an aloe mask. Mix one tablespoon of honey with the same amount of aloe juice and a teaspoon of garlic juice, add chicken yolk and apply on the head. Tie a plastic bag around and go to meditate in the garden or watch TV for 20 minutes, then rub in another egg yolk and rinse the mixture thoroughly with water. For the last rinse, you can prepare a decoction of horsetail, chamomile or nettle (1 tablespoon of herbs per cup of boiling water). To prevent hair loss, baldness and treat dandruff, after washing, apply a hot infusion of cornflower flowers (1 tablespoon per glass of boiling water) or a mixture of nettle leaves, burdock root and water (1 tablespoon mixture per glass of boiling water). To stop aging and early gray hair, use a decoction of burdock roots and dill seeds as a rinse (2 tablespoons of chopped mixture per? Liter of water, boil until half the volume has evaporated, leave for 2-3 hours).
JOY OF CLEOPATRA
Medicinal plants have a beneficial effect on the entire body as a whole. It is no coincidence that, according to historians, almost all the beauties of the ancient world - Cleopatra, the Queen of Sheba - literally bathed in medicinal herbs and flowers. If you are a little sick or just tired - take a bath with a mixture of chamomile (4 tablespoons), sea buckthorn fruits (5 tablespoons), horsetail (3 tablespoons), arnica (3 tablespoons), pine needles (12 l), birch leaves (5 tbsp. l), nettle (3 tbsp. l), coltsfoot (6 tbsp. l) and fragrant strawberry leaves (6 tbsp. l). The next day, swap ingredients for equal parts lime blossom, juniper, mint, lingonberry leaves, pine cones, rosehip leaves, rose, creeping thyme, and pine buds. To cleanse the skin and improve metabolism, soak for fifteen minutes in warm water with a mixture of birch leaves (4 tbsp. L), St. John's wort (2 tbsp. L), rose petals (2 tbsp. L) and raspberry leaves (5 tbsp. L), chamomile (2 tablespoons), peppermint (2 tablespoons), thyme (1 part). Bath from a mixture of lime blossom (1 tbsp. L), currant leaves (2 tbsp. L), peppermint (3 parts), hops (1 tbsp. L), chamomile (3 tbsp. L), creeping thyme (2 tbsp.. l), succession (1 tbsp. L), horsetail (1 part) is recommended for dry skin, from a mixture of oak bark, birch leaves, mountain ash, sage, yarrow, lingonberry and wild chestnut, taken in equal amounts - for sweating (which, by the way, is especially important in summer). For oily skin, a mixture of plantain (1 tbsp. L), calendula (2 tbsp. L), St. John's wort (1 tbsp. L), thyme (2 tbsp. L), chamomile (1 tbsp. L), juniper (1 tbsp. l). If small abrasions or wounds appear on the skin, baths from sea buckthorn leaves, coltsfoot, plantain, pine needles, raspberry leaves will help you.
FOR TIRED LEGS
Summer is the time for sandals and open sandals, and therefore the legs should always and everywhere (even in the country) be in perfect shape. If, due to new and not yet comfortable shoes, you have calluses, finely chop the gruel from aloe leaves, apply it to the problem area, lubricate the skin around with petroleum jelly and seal it with a band-aid. After a day, gently work with a pumice stone or scissors and lubricate the skin with foot cream. After a long walk in the woods, or a long day at work, do not be too lazy to take a 15-minute bath with lime blossom or refreshing mint (a handful of herbs in 3 liters of water). Cracks and abrasions can be removed with calendula tincture compresses (1 tablespoon per liter of water). With excessive sweating of the legs, a decoction of oak bark will help. Boil 200 grams of crushed bark in a liter of water for 30 minutes, cool to 37-38 ° and pour into a container. The procedure should be carried out for a month twice a week for 10-15 minutes.
ALL TO THE GARDEN
Not only herbs and flowers will be a good help in your struggle for natural beauty, but also garden plants! Anti-aging glucose, organic acids that speed up metabolism, pectins that rejuvenate the skin - all these are the ingredients of fruits and berries from your site, well, or the market
Vitamin mask. Beat one peeled cored apple and one egg with a mixer until foamy, apply the resulting mixture to the face and neck and wash off after 10 minutes.
Mask for dry skin. Rub raspberries with honey in a 1:1 ratio and apply the gruel on your face, after 10 minutes wash your face with mineral water at room temperature.
Refreshing mask. Apricot pulp (3-5 pieces) mix with a tablespoon of sour cream, any vegetable oil (pork fat) and whipped protein and apply on the face and neck on 20 minutes.
Mask for oily skin. Rub a tablespoon of cherry juice with a little potato flour and apply on pre-cleansed skin for 20 minutes.
Mask for sensitive skin. Beat a teaspoon of cottage cheese with a mixer with the same amount of liquid honey and 2 teaspoons of grape juice. Apply the resulting mixture on your face for 10-15 minutes.
HEALING PROPERTIES OF HERBS
Aloe - has a tonic, refreshing, soothing and softening effect on the skin, accelerates the regeneration and formation of new cells, is used for any skin, including those with dilated capillaries.
Cornflower blue>- relieves skin irritation, dries the skin, prevents hair loss.
Common oak- speeds up the metabolism, dries the skin, is used for excessive sweating.
Nettle- soothes and nourishes the skin of the face, is used in the treatment of hair seborrhea and dandruff.
Burdock(burdock) - strengthens hair, speeds up metabolism, cleanses pores
Mint- tones, has a rejuvenating effect on the skin of the face, is used to treat hair seborrhea and dandruff.
Parsley- refreshes and tones the skin, has a whitening effect, relieves puffiness and bags under the eyes.
Dill - soothes the skin, normalizes metabolism.
Azulene, contained in St. all cosmetic products for hair and face care.