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List of some valuable herbs and their properties:
Alfalfa extract - anti-inflammatory
Dandelion extract - anti-bacterial, astringent
Licorice extract - anti-inflammatory
Hops - astringent
Salicylic acid - from fruits or plants ? good for acne and warts ..preventing pores from clogging up.
Sugar cane - exfoliant
Maple Sugar ? exfoliant
Orange extract - moisturizer, antioxidant
Lemon extract - astringent
Honey - anti-septic, antibacterial

Soap dries the skin and disturbs its natural PH mantle. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, soap will make your sebaceous glands overproduce oil, and if you have dry skin, soap will make it feel drier and tighter. Instead of using soap, try making your own cleanser from natural ingredients.


Cleansers:

Olive Oil
Take a small amount of Olive Oil (extra virgin) and massage around on your face. You can add some of the extracts mentioned above. After massaging (like you would a normal cleanser) take a warm wash cloth and wipe away. You might need to do this twice. Afterwards, rinse with clear cool water. You can then spritz with a homemade toner.

The All-Time Best Oily Skin Cleanser
Get a piece of muslin or some other soft, fairly loose-weave material. Make a little drawstring bag about 2 inches square. Fill the bag with oatmeal and tie closed. Now, whenever you would normally wash your face with soap, use the oatmeal bag instead. Get it nice and squishy under warm water and rub it over your face as if it were a bar of soap. You'll get a milky lather from the oatmeal; massage this into your face well. Now rinse the oatmeal off using warm water. That's it. Oats are gentle yet thorough in cleansing and will remove the tiniest particles of dirt and oil while refining the pores and controlling the skin's production of oil. Be sure to empty your oatmeal bag and wash it well after every few uses, to make sure it's always fresh and clean.

Quince Gel Cleanser - for all skin types
Add 1 tsp quince seeds to an enamel saucepan containing 250 ml of distilled water or herbal infusion. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. The mixture should thicken into a gel. Strain. To use, add enough finely ground oatmeal to the gel to make a smooth paste. Rub over the face and neck, leave a few minutes, then rinse with warm water (not hot!)

Violet Milk Cleanser
Add 1 tsp violet petals to 1/4 cup milk. Heat gently until nearly simmering, and keep heating gently until the milk is strongly violet-scented. Strain, bottle, keep in the fridge and use within three or four days. This makes a soothing oil-free cleanser.

Milk and Honey Cleanser
Mix 1 tsp warm runny honey with 1 tablespoon milk. Use immediately. Very soft and soothing.

Toners:
Distilled water and one of the extracts mentioned at top.
Lime Flower (linden): Soothing and softening, refines skin texture. Also supposed to remove wrinkles.

Specialty Lotions:
Sage Anti-Acne Lotion
Make a sage infusion and add half as much cider vinegar as you have infusion. Apply several times a day.

Herbal Pimple Lotion
Simmer 25 grams lavender flowers, the peel of half a lemon (no pith), and 25 grams thyme in 200 ml distilled water. Add 10 drops each lavender oil and tea tree oil. Dab on spots as needed. It should keep at least a week in the fridge.

Almond Milk
This will keep the skin soft and refine the pores. Pour 500 ml distilled water over 25 grams almond meal and 1/2 tsp sugar and leave overnight to soak. Strain and filter, add 6 drops tincture of benzoin as a preservative, bottle and label. Apply morning and night.


Moisture Lotions:
Many of these won't keep very long, which is why you should make very small quantities, storing them in the refrigerator. But they are all made of fresh ingredients and will feed and soften your skin beautifully.

Citrus Milk
Slice up half an orange and half a grapefruit or lemon, and simmer very gently in a cupful of milk. Strain, bottle and refrigerate. This is a very light toning moisturiser which when applied regularly makes the skin silky and bright.

Rich Honey Lotion
Add 1 tsp of clear, warmed and melted honey to 100 ml milk. Stir briskly until the honey has dissolved and then add 1 egg yolk, whisking until well-blended. Bottle and refrigerate.

Masks and Facials:

Oatmeal and Honey Mask
Mix oatmeal, either cooked or raw, with enough honey to make it sticky. Apply, leave for twenty minutes or so, and rinse off with plenty of water. It will tone oily skin, refine the texture of the pores, and gently lift a face that's in general poor condition, especially after illness or depression.

Honey Mask
Honey is a lovely mask. Massage it into your skin, and keep adding more and patting it on till your face is very tacky. Rinse it off, and your skin will look fresh and glowing. Honey is antiseptic, hydrating and cleanses the pores. However, if you're prone to odd pimples, don't use this before a big night - sometimes its ability to suck impurities out of the skin means you get a zit.

A beaten egg also makes a great nourishing mask.
 

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These are all so lovely, thankyou. I must try them.

I already make my own cold cream, body moisturiser, foot/lip balm - using beeswax/oils (choose your favorites)/rosewater (or similar) and a little borax (optional).

You want I should post examples/method etc?
 

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Minerals​


Calcium and Phosphorus

Calcium and Phosphorus work together for healthy teeth, hair, nails and bones. Calcium helps clear blemished skin and revitalizes lifeless, tired-looking skin. A deficiency of calcium in the diet can lead to tooth decay and recession of gums.

Chief Dietary Sources of Calcium

Milk products
Whole wheat
Leafy vegetables
Salmon
Sardines
Shellfish
Soybeans
Sunflower seeds
Walnuts
Orange
Lemon

Phosphorus​


Promotes healthy teeth and gums.

Dietary Sources of Phosphorus
Dairy products
Egg yolks
Fish
Poultry
Meats
Grains
Cereals
Nuts
Fruit juices
Milk

Chromium​


Chromium improves circulation for healthy skin and hair.

Natural Sources of Chromium
Brewer's yeast
Cheese
Corn oil
Liver
Clams
Meat
Whole grains

Copper

Copper is important for the production of skin pigment and for the prevention of blotches under the skin from ruptured blood vessels. It also cooperates with other nutrients to pre serve the integrity of the elastic-like fibers supporting the skin.

Natural Sources of Copper
Beef and pork liver
Chicken
Leafy greens
Mushrooms
Nuts
Raisins
Shellfish (oysters)
Whole grains

Iodine​


Iodine promotes healthy hair, nails, skin, and teeth.

Natural Sources of Iodine
Iodized salt
Help
Onions
Seafood
Vegetable oils

Iron​


Iron is essential for healthy nails, skin color, and hair growth.

Natural Sources of Iron
Egg yolks
Blackstrap molasses
Dark leafy greens
Dried fruits and legumes
Lean meat
Liver
Whole wheat


Magnesium​


Magnesium is required to prevent skin disorders.

Natural Sources of Magnesium
Almonds
Apples
Apricots
Bananas
Bran
Corn
Dairy products
Figs
Grapefruit and lemons
Meats
Raw leafy greens
Soy beans

Manganese​


Manganese helps to maintain healthy hair.

Natural Sources of Manganese
Bananas
Beets
Bran
Coffee
Egg yolks
Leafy greens
Legumes
Nuts
Pineapple
Tea
Whole grains

Potassium​


Helps maintain healthy skin and prevent puffiness.

Natural Sources of Potassium
Bananas
Citrus and dried fruits
Coffee
Fresh vegetables
Kiwi fruit
Lean meats
Legumes
Peanuts
Potatoes
Tea

Selenium​


Maintains skin elasticity. It helps prevent and correct dandruff.

Natural Sources of Selenium
Asparagus
Bran
Broccoli
Chicken
Egg yolks
Milk
Onions
Red meat
Seafood
Tomatoes
Whole grains

Sulfur​


Helps maintain healthy hair, nails, and skin. It also prevents dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

Natural Sources of Sulfur
Bran
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Cheese
Clams
Eggs
Fish
Mushrooms
Nuts
Peas and beans
Wheat germ

Zinc​


Zinc aids in the formation of collagen. It helps prevent wrinkles, dry skin and stretch marks, and promotes blemish healing. Zinc prevents hair loss, and brittle or spotted nails. Without enough zinc a deficiency of Vitamin A can occur even though the intake of that vitamin appears adequate.

Natural Sources of Zinc
Brewer's yeast
Eggs
Lean red meat
Legumes
Mushrooms
Nonfat dry milk
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Shellfish (oysters)
Spinach
Whole grains
 

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Very interesting thread I must say!

Thanks for these recipes, Naturally. I will certainly try some of them.
 

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These are all so lovely, thankyou. I must try them.

I already make my own cold cream, body moisturiser, foot/lip balm - using beeswax/oils (choose your favorites)/rosewater (or similar) and a little borax (optional).

You want I should post examples/method etc?
Hi Semayden,

I am very interested in home-made skincare products myself. Pls do post your recipes/methods.
Thanks.
 

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1 cup oatmeal Place in a blender until it is pretty well powdered. Then add 1 cup of dried goat's milk which is available in health food stores. Mix together. You can add flax meal if you want. Place a bit in the palm of your hand, mix with enough water to turn it into a paste. Scrub then rinse with warm water.
 

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Great tips, really helpful. Natural products are much better cause their more effective coz it is raw. But if combined those herbs, is there any bad effect/s? I wonder coz If we say recipe, it consists of many materials. I'm unaware about that matter.
 

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The All-Time Best Oily Skin Cleanser
Get a piece of muslin or some other soft, fairly loose-weave material. Make a little drawstring bag about 2 inches square. Fill the bag with oatmeal and tie closed. Now, whenever you would normally wash your face with soap, use the oatmeal bag instead. Get it nice and squishy under warm water and rub it over your face as if it were a bar of soap. You'll get a milky lather from the oatmeal; massage this into your face well. Now rinse the oatmeal off using warm water. That's it. Oats are gentle yet thorough in cleansing and will remove the tiniest particles of dirt and oil while refining the pores and controlling the skin's production of oil. Be sure to empty your oatmeal bag and wash it well after every few uses, to make sure it's always fresh and clean.
Only use enough oatmeal for one cleansing. By leaving the oatmeal bag out to dry, it could easily start growing bacteria.
 

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Which product, lyds??
well for example, collagen from Organic creations

i bought some ingredients and im going to make some diy stuff but how on earth do i determine how much ingredient do i use o.0. i have droppers, and measuring spoons & cup
 

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Speaking of ^^Hannah, I see she has hired a new helper!! did you read that fawnie.
 

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thanks fawnie. well im going to make a detoxifying clay mask =D it will have bentonite, zinc oxide, green tea powered extract, and kelp powder. =) hope goes well
 

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okay fawnie =D this is going to be a bigger project then i had expected haha.. all these conversions o.0.. although i do feel like a little chemist
 

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But you know what? It ain't rocket science...I don't think it has to be that accurate unless you have very irritating actives in there or things that need to be balanced, as in the C serum. Just make it so it feels nice and gets the job done with that mask. Don't make it so hard the first time!!! Have fun with it and play with it til you get it right!!


Oh! you would like this in the mask I bet. It normalizes and feeds the skin and keeps the clay from getting too hard. Read on:

Skin Actives Scientific : Sea Kelp Bioferment



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