Natural Homemade Beauty

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Nature is the latest and best trend in skin and body care. For many years, we women have put chemicals into/onto our bodies that build up and make us feel sick and tired. We are catching on that natural home made beauty is better. These days stores have a line of “natural” beauty products for us to use. They come with a big price tag too. Some of these products we love and some are not actually natural. More than ever, it pays to do our homework to ensure that what we get is what we pay for.

Making natural homemade beauty products ourselves is not to difficult, thank the Lord! Here are a few quick and easy recipes we can make at home.

Face Mask

Put the  good stuff right right on your skin.

Mash a cooked carrot, a raw mashed avocado, and a beaten egg with 3 tablespoons of honey creates a beautiful face mask that improves the tone and texture of your skin. Stir well, apply, let sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with luke-warm water.

After you’re washed and nourished your skin, you can use grated cucumber or diluted lemon juice as a toner to help tighten your skin and close up your pores.

Hair Conditioner

Save money for a conditioner that actually makes your hair look and feel good. Here’s a charming natural recipe to save you money and help your hair.

Mix an egg yolk with a tablespoon of castor oil and apply to your hair after your shampoo. Let it sit for a few minutes in the shower, then rinse out. You can use this every so often as a conditioning treatment for healthy shiny hair.

Hand and Foot Cream

A quick face mask will help make you look great in not a lot of time, but hands and feet require extra care.

Use ½ cup of olive oil mixed with natural sea salt and massage into your hands and feet. Leave a few minutes to soak and then rinse off with warm water.

When it comes to natural beauty products, these recipes are just the start.  You can find hundreds of different combinations in natural beauty books, magazines, and on the internet. Or you can go to your kitchen cabinet and make your own special creations.

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3 Easy Ways to Make your Home More Eco-Friendly

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We all want to do our part to protect the environment, but it can be difficult. Its critical to focus on making some small steps at first. Small steps towards an eco-friendly home can add up to a big difference, you just have to know which ones to take

1. Use less water

Saving water is all about small steps, here are a few that will help save big.

– Shut off the water while you brush your teeth
– Take showers that are a minute or two shorter
– Only flush the toilet when you need to
– Only run full loads of laundry and dishes
– Buy from sustainable producers. These are farmers, ranchers, and other producers that use techniques that pollute less and use less water. You can do some research online or ask at your local organic market to find these products.

2. Use less energy

Long term you can think about a hybrid car or convert your house to solar power, but for right now:

– Buy energy efficient appliances when you have to replace your current ones.  They may be more

eco friendly gifts

Consider eco friendly jewelry made of seeds and nuts for your holiday giving this year.

expensive, but make up for the increased cost in lower energy bills.
– Unplug chargers when you’re not using them.  Cell phone and other chargers use up powers even if there’s nothing attached to them.
– Put devices with remotes, like T.V.s, VCRs, and stereos, on a power strip and turn it off when you’re not using them.  These devices use a lot of power to run the remote receiver even when the device is off.
– Walk or ride your bike for short trips.

When it comes to saving energy and water, think about how to get the kids involved. Make it a game. Have them track how much water and electricity everyone is using. Compete to see who uses the least water.  You can often count on your kids to help keep you on track when given the task.

3. Reuse

Most of us know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, but when we work on conserving, we often forget to reuse. While you can often find tips on how to reuse common products from other people, what you need most is creativity. With a little thought there are many items around your home that can be reused – toilet paper holders can be used to sow seeds for the vegetable patch. Yogurt containers can be cut into strip to make plant labels. Food jars can be refilled with homemade foods and make great impromptu vases.

Use environmentally friendly products. When you go to the grocery store, you probably see more and more “natural” or “eco friendly” products every time.  There are generally two big problems with these products: 1. Just because they’re more natural than regular products, doesn’t mean they’re entirely natural. 2, They’re often expensive.

If you want inexpensive, natural, safe products, why not just make them yourself. Vinegar is a great way to clean and disinfect glass and other surfaces. Need to remove stubborn stains? Just add some baking soda to your vinegar cleaner. Some quick searching online will lead you to hundreds of other natural safe home-made cleaning products.

We all knowing that going green means better for the environment, but it’s also better for you.  Conserving resources also helps save you money, which is something most of us are happy to live with.

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