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15 Natural Beauty Recipes

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Zesty Lemon Honey Gommagé

Benefits:

This exfoliating and antibacterial cream will leave skin clean, polished, soft and smooth.

Recipe:

Makes 4 Treatments
Ingredients:

4 tbsp. bentonite or kaolin clay

3 tbsp. mineral water

1 tbsp. honey

¼ tsp. powdered lemon balm herb (available in most health stores)

3 drops bergamot essential oil

2 drops rosemary essential oil

1 drop lavender essential oil

Directions

In a glass or rubber bowl, mix bentonite clay and water until texture becomes creamy. Add lemon balm and honey until completely blended. Slowly stir in bergamot, rosemary and lavender essential oils until all ingredients are combined in a thick creamy texture. It may be necessary to add more bentonite clay.

Usage:

Apply with clean fingertips to clean skin. Leave on for 10 minutes or until dry. Remove in short ‘rolling’ motion until completely removed from skin. Rinse well and apply appropriate moisturiser.

Storage:

Store unused mixture in covered container away from direct sunlight or heat for up to one week.

Soothing Honey Balancing Balm

soothing

 

Benefits:

Protects your skin from the wind and the cold, and soothes dry, irritated skin.

Recipe:

Makes 2-3 Treatments

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. cocoa butter

1 tsp. honey

½ tsp. jojoba oil

1 drop bergamot essential oil

1 drop tea tree essential oil

1 drop lavender essential oil

Directions

In a small double boiler, melt cocoa butter until clarified. Remove from heat and pour into a small glass dish. Add honey and stir well. In a separate glass dish, combine essential oils with jojoba oil. Combine ingredients and stir well. Let stand until warm to the touch.

Usage:

Apply to face and neck and leave on skin or remove after 30 minutes using tepid or cool water.

Storage:

Store in a covered container in a cool place away from sun or heat.

Rosemary Honey Sorbet Mask

Rosemenry

Benefits:

A soothing mask to help relieve puffiness and boost skin hydration levels.

Recipe:

Makes 2 Treatments

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. bentonite or kaolin clay

1 tbsp. chamomile tea

1 tbsp. green tea

1 tbsp. honey

5 drops rosemary essential oil

3 drops arnica oil

Directions

Steep chamomile and green tea separately – set aside to cool. In a rubber mixing bowl, blend bentonite clay, chamomile tea and green tea into cake batter consistency. Discard any remaining tea. Blend in the honey. Add rosemary and arnica essential oils and stir slowly until all ingredients are completely mixed.

Usage:

Using fan brush or fingers, apply mask to clean face and neck. Allow mask to set for 15-20 minutes. Remove with tepid water and facial sponges. Pat dry and apply appropriate moisturiser.

Rosemary Honey Hair Conditioner

Rosemenry Honey

Benefits:

Shinier, softer and healthier hair the natural way – with honey for shine, olive oil for moisture and essential oil of rosemary to stimulate hair growth.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

½ cup honey

¼ cup warmed olive oil / 2 tbsp. for normal to oily hair

4 drops rosemary essential oil

1 teaspoon xanthum gum (available in most health stores)

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid.

Usage:

Apply a small amount at a time to slightly dampened hair. Massage scalp and work mixture through hair until completely coated. Cover hair with a warm towel (towel can be heated in a microwave or dryer) or shower cap; leave on to nourish and condition for 30 minutes. Remove towel or shower cap; shampoo lightly and rinse with cool water. Dry as normal.

Rose Oil and Honey Facial Mask

rose oil

Benefits:

Fresh, soft complexion. Sweet almond oil is light and easily absorbed, and softens and nourishes the skin. Honey is a natural humectant, which moisturises and smoothes even tired skin.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. sweet almond oil

5 drops rose essential oil

1 drop vitamin E oil

Directions

Mix honey, sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil, and rose essential oil.

Usage:

Massage onto clean face and neck with fingertips. Relax for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Gently pat dry.

Peppermint Honey Feet Treat

peperminent

 

Benefits:

Aids in circulation of overworked feet. Moisturises, softens, soothes and restores tired, achy feet.

Recipe:

Makes 2 Treatments

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. aloe vera gel

4 tsp. grated beeswax

2 tsp. honey

2 tsp. fresh mint, optional

6 drops peppermint essential oil

2 drops arnica oil

2 drops camphor oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

Directions

Rinse mint leaves and place on a paper towel to dry. Grind mint using coffee grinder (or by hand using mortar and pestle). Set aside. Melt beeswaz using a small double boiler. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, combine aloe vera and honey and mix well. Stir in beeswax. Let cool. Add mint and oils, stirring until completely mixed.

Usage:

Apply after bath or shower to entire feet and toes.

Storage:

Store covered in a cool place away from sun or heat.

Morning Buzz Body Scrub

morning buzz

 

Benefits:

Exfoliates, rids the skin of dry patches and aids in circulation. Helps to reduce cellulite while it firms and tones, leaving the skin smooth and supple.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

¼ cup freshly ground coffee

¼ cup buttermilk

2 tbsp. wheat germ

2 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. grapeseed oil

1 egg white

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, honey, grapeseed oil and egg white, mix thoroughly. Slowly add coffee and wheat germ, being careful not to clot or clump. Scrub should be smooth and creamy but with a slight grit. Allow to stand.

Usage:

Apply all over in the shower or bath using a washcloth or body sponge. Rinse completely. Towel dry and apply moisturiser.

Storage:

Chill remaining scrub.

Honey Kissed Lip Balm

honey kissed

 

Benefits:

Moisturised, shiny lips.

Recipe:

Makes 1 ½ cups

Ingredients:

1 cup sweet almond oil

½ cup beeswax

2 tbsp. honey

Directions

Place almond oil and beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute or until mixture melts. Whisk honey into beeswax mixture; stir well. Set aside to cool completely. When cool, pour into small containers with lids.

Usage:

Apply to lips as a moisturiser or on top of lipstick for extra shine.

Storage:

Store in small containers with lids.

Harvest Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask

harvest pumpkin

 

Benefits:

Pumpkin enzymes dissolve dead skin cells while the cornmeal sweeps them clean. Honey has antimicrobial properties and also moisturises and softens. The result is a beautiful glowing complexion.

Recipe:

Makes 4 Treatments

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. pumpkin puree

1 tbsp. honey

4 tsp. cornmeal

2 tsp. aloe vera gel

2 tsp. pineapple, diced

1 tsp. green tea

½ tsp. sunflower oil

6 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)

4 drops cinnamon extract (optional)

Directions

Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In blender or food processor, puree pineapple and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, honey and aloe. Mix well. Stir in sunflower oil, green tea and cornmeal. Discard the remaining green tea. Add frankincense and cinnamon. Stir.

Usage:

Apply small amount of pumpkin mask to cheeks, forehead, chin and neck. Massage in circular motions, gently buffing skin. Repeat. Apply more product as needed. Leave a thin layer of pumpkin mask on face and neck for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with tepid or cool water and pat dry with soft towel. Follow with appropriate moisturiser.

Storage:

Store remaining mask covered in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Green Honey Glow Mask

green honey

 

Benefits:

Beautiful glowing skin that feels youthful and tight.

Recipe:

Makes 2 Treatments

Ingredients:

4 cups fresh spinach

1 cup fresh mint

3 tbsp. honey

1 piece (1-inch) ginger

1 ripe banana

2 egg whites

Directions

Rinse spinach thoroughly in colander. Cut and peel ginger, set aside. In a food processor or blender, combine spinach, mint and ginger. Blend on low setting. Add honey and banana and blend until liquid consistency. Add egg whites, blend until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Transfer to porcelain bowl or glass dish.

Usage:

On clean skin, apply a small amount to entire face and neck. Apply using a fan brush or fingertips. Leave on skin for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and apply appropriate moisturiser.

Storage:

Store covered in refrigerator for up to a week.

Gentle Honey Cleanser

gentle honey

 

Benefits:

Gently cleans the face and leaves healthy, glowing skin. The glycerine prevents drying and the honey not only softens the skin, but its antimicrobial properties can help ward off breakouts.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

¼ cup honey

1 tbsp. liquid soap

½ cup glycerine

Directions

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until they are fully blended. Pour into a clean plastic bottle.

Usage:

Pour onto clean face sponge or soft cloth, and gently rub onto face. Wash away with warm water and pat face dry.

Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath

foaming vanilla

 

Benefits:

Banish the winter blues and dissolve away the harshness of the day by relaxing in a soothing bath. Honey is nature’s silky moisturiser, and guaranteed to sweeten your mood.

Recipe:

Makes 4 Treatments

Ingredients:

1 cup sweet almond oil (light olive or sesame oil may be substituted)

½ cup honey

½ cup liquid soap

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Measure the oil into a medium bowl, then carefully stir in remaining ingredients until mixture is fully blended. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight-fitting stopper or lid. Shake gently before using.

Usage:

Swirl desired amount into the bathtub under running water, then step in and descend into a warm, silky escape.

Firming Face Mask

firming

 

Benefits:

Firmer skin.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. honey

1 egg white

1 tsp. glycerine

approx. ¼ cup flour

Directions

Whisk together all ingredients and enough flour to form a paste.

Usage:

Smooth over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Cucumber Honey Eye Nourisher

cumcumber

 

Benefits:

Reduces puffiness, cools and refreshes contours under eyes.

Recipe:

Makes 4 Treatments

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. aloe vera gel

2 tsp. cucumber, peeled with seeds removed

½ tsp. honey

½ tsp. chamomile tea

Directions

Steep chamomile tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In food processor or blender combine cucumber, aloe vera and honey. Blend on low setting. Add chamomile tea. Blend until smooth.

Usage:

Apply gently under eyes using ring finger. Best applied chilled.

Storage:

Store in glass dish covered with plastic wrap in refrigerator for up to a week.

Cranberry Lip Gloss

cranbery

 

Benefits:

Protect sensitive lips from the drying winter elements with this simple, yet rich, lip balm. Delightful to wear on its own or on top of your lipstick for extra shine.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. sweet almond oil

10 fresh cranberries

1 tsp. honey

1 drop vitamin E oil

Directions

Mix all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes or until the mixture just begins to boil. (Bowl may also be heated in a pan of water on a stovetop). Stir well and gently crush the berries. Cool mixture for 5 minutes and then strain through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely. When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin.

Usage:

Apply a small amount onto your lips.