The following preparations can be used to address some of the most common follicle complaints:
Do away with dandruff
Dandruff is caused by increased cell renewal in the scalp - usually as a result of poor diet, sluggish metabolism, hormone imbalance, or radical dietary change. Excess fat and sugar also cause changes in cell renewal or follicle secretions. Foods such as broccoli, eggs, nuts, liver, fish and bran, are recommended to prevent dandruff.
5 drops rosmary oil
2 tbsp olive oil
Mix. Massage into scalp. Cover with plastic wrap. Leave overnight. Wash and rinse in the morning.
The scalp conditioner
2 tbsp fennel
2 tbsp nettles
2 cups boiling water
* For long hair, double up
Steep herbs in water for 20 minutes. Strain. Pour onto hair and work into scalp. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse.
Dry hair is often the result of underactive sebaceous glands, excessive heat-styling and poor circulation. Suggested foods to combat dryness include eggs, milk, avocados, olives, pawpaw and pumpkin.
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp apple cyder vinegar
Blend ingredients together. Massage into scalp. Rinse with tepid water. (This is important as hot water will cause eggs to set.) Nature`s hot oil treatment
5 ml almond oil
5 ml wheatgerm oil
Mix. Massage into scalp and hair ends. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with lemon or vinegarwater. (Tablespoon of either, added to tap water.)
Dullness vs shine
Boost shine and combat dullness by preparing the following:
1 tbsp vinegar
1 cup tepid water
Dilute. Pour over hair. Comb and rinse.
Saturate dry hair with equal measures of olive and almond oil. Blow-dry for 5 minutes. Leave for a further 20 minutes. Comb through. Shampoo and condition as per usual.
Note: Dull hair should be rinsed with cold water, as hot water causes cuticles to swell and will create an uneven surface - giving an even duller appearance. Cold water also closes cuticles and ensures an all-over shine.
Damaged hair control
To treat over-processed or sun-damaged hair:
3 tbsp oil (olive or canola)
hot towel (soaked in hot water and wrung out)
Massage oil into hair for 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and towel. Leave for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as per usual.
For Your Eyes Only
It is believed that the eyes are the mirrors of the soul. Allow yours to sparkle by using:
2 tsp cucumber juice
1 tsp milk powder
Mixed together, they create a soothing mask for eylids. Leave for 10 minutes.
Potato: Raw potato slices placed over the eyes relieve dark circles, bags and puffy eyelids.
Cucumber: Cucumber slices soothe and refresh sore or tired eyes.
Extra care needs to be taken when applying treatments to delicate eye areas.
Eye preparations are most effective if they are refrigerated before use.
Remember the most effective eye treatment of all is sleep.
Exfoliating dead skin cells improves the skin`s general appearance. Try the following:
1 tbsp ground oatmeal
1 tbsp yoghurt, plain
2 tsp lemon juice
Mix oatmeal and yoghurt to paste. Add apple and lemon juice. Stir well. Massage over dry, clean skin. Leave for 15 - 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
These masks are perfect for oily skin:
1 egg white whipped
Apply to the face. Wait for it to dry and tighten. Rinse. Flour power
1 tsp soya flour
1 tsp honey
1 pinch salt
6 drops lemon juice
5 drops tea-tree oil
Mix and apply to face. Leave for 10 minutes. Rinse.
Treat dry and flaky skin with the following:
Bee beautiful (cleanser)
11/2 tbsp honey, warmed up
Smooth it over face. Dip fingers in warm water. Work them over face in circular motion. Rinse and pat dry.
General Skin Treats
Facial mask (to tighten skin)
2 tbsp honey
1 egg white
Beat egg and allow to stand. Apply honey to face. Massage for 4 minutes. Leave for a further 6 minutes. Rinse, Apply egg white to face. Leave for 10 minutes. Rinse. Facial & body moisturizer
1/2 cup dried chamomile
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup milk or cream
4 tsp wheatgerm
Soak chamomile in milk for 31/2 hours. Strain. Add honey and wheatgern. Stir, Apply
Soothing milk bath
2 cups milk
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup dried chamomile
Soak chamomile in water for 30 minutes. Strain liquid. Mix liquid with milk. Add to bath water.
1 tsp almond oil
4 drops rose water
3 drops tea-tree oil
Mix together. Massage into face. Remove with a damp face cloth.
Treat chapped lips by mixing and applying:
2 drops jojoba oil
1 drop lavender oil
2 tsp aloe vera gel
Knees, heels and elbows
Treat these rougher areas by applying olive oil, or another vegetable oil, such as avocado, coconut or sesame, on a regular basis.
11/2 bowl warm milk
2 tbsp almond oil
Mix. Bathe hands in mixture for 15 minutes. Dry hands with paper towels.
Prepare these foot remedies to soothe tired or aching feet:
1 tsp vinegar, white
1/2 cup yoghurt, plain
1 tbsp cucumber, mashed
Rub over feet. Leave for 5 minutes.
Rinse. Mustard foot bath
When mixed in warm water, mustard forms an essential oil that stimulates blood circulation and releases heat.
Mix a few teaspoons of mustard powder in tepid water and soak feet for 10 minutes.
Home brews don`t contain any preservatives. It`s imperative that they are not stored.
If your skin has allergic tendencies, it is always good to try a test patch on your neck before applying treatments to other parts of the skin.
The above ingredients can be obtained at selected health stores, pharmacies and supermarkets.
Article source: LifeWorld