Hey, You’ve got Egg on Your Face!

You’ve seen the ads:  women lounging with their hair wrapped up, cream all over their face and cucumbers on their eyes.  This wasn’t just to block out the light.  Cucumbers, along with other foods in your kitchen, are home-made alternatives that can be used in place of other beauty products you normally use.

Cucumber slices placed over your eyes have long been used as treatment to decrease puffiness. Their high water and sodium content help to cool your skin while pulling the excess water from around your eyes, resulting in a smoother and less puffy appearance. Make sure you thoroughly wash the cucumber before putting it anywhere near your face.

Another puffy eye remedy is caffeine.  No don’t worry, you’re not going to use coffee as an eye wash!  Tea bags can be used in place of cucumbers.  After making a cup of tea, let the tea bag cool.  Make sure the tea bags are squeezed dry then chill and place on your eyes.  Other skin products are now listing caffeine as an ingredient to be applied on other parts of your body.  While it can decrease the redness of your skin, many are using it in creams and lotions that target decreasing cellulite.

Honey is another good skin moisturizer.  Nurture your skin with a tablespoon of honey wiped around the cheeks, chin and forehead and leave on for 10 minutes (don’t forget the cucumber slices or tea bags!) then rinse off with warm water for a cheap moisturizing mask.

Next time you are dividing an egg to use just the whites, don’t throw the yolks down the drain. Egg yolk makes for a firming and refreshing face mask. Simply whip up a yolk and then lightly spread it on your face. Leave it in place for at least 15 minutes or until it hardens then rinse with cool water and pat your face dry, never rub.  To make an exfoliating mask for dry skin, mix the egg white with a tablespoon of oatmeal.  Spread on your face and leave for five minutes.  Rinse off with cool water.

Another face mask can be made with strawberries.  Remove the stems from about five or six strawberries and mash to a paste.  Spread on your face and leave for 15 minutes.  Rinse with cool water and pat your face dry.

Fresh grapefruit juice works wonders on tense, tired feet. Fill a foot bath with warm water and squeeze out the juice from a grapefruit or two. Soak your feet in the grapefruit juice and water for 30 minutes or more for a fine, softening agent on your tired tootsies. This works great in the summer with cold water instead of warm. The scent is simply delicious.

Enjoy an invigorating carrot and coffee body scrub. Mix 1/2 lb. of freshly ground coffee with 2 tbsp. of corn meal and 1/2 lb. of grated carrots. Massage the mixture into dry areas to moisturize and revitalize. Rinse thoroughly.

Green tea is healthy and delicious to drink, but it also can be the basis for a spa-quality beauty treatment. Enjoy a relaxing green tea bath soak by making a cup of green tea using 2-3 tea bags.  Pour it into your warm bath water, and enjoy.

For a body exfoliator for all skin types, cut a fresh orange in half and squeeze the juice of one half into a bowl. Add ¼ cup granulated sugar or you can use sea salt and ¼ cup olive oil and then blend into a moisture rich scrub. Next, rub the exposed side of the other half of the orange over the knees, elbows, heels, and any other dry spots. Slough off the dead skin by rubbing in the mixture. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Use beer for flat or dull hair.  Yeast and hops help to swell the hair shaft and plump the cuticle, adding volume. The acidity of the beer helps remove built up products residue.  In the shower, after you’ve shampooed, pour a bottle of beer over your hair.  A rich beer with a high yeast content works best (no light beer).  To avoid the smelling like a eau de liqour cabinet, rinse briefly with fresh water.

Tips & Warnings…

If you happen to be allergic to a certain food, never use it on your skin.

♥ Be careful when applying anything around your eyes. You don’t want to get a glob of egg yolk or anything else in them.

♥ Just as you would never eat rotten food, don’t use rotten food for beauty products.

I told you there was egg on your face…..

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Milk and Honey

Go west….Paradise is there, you’ll have all that you can eat of milk and honey over there. – San Andreas Fault by Natalie Merchant from her album Tiger Lily

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Ah, milk and honey; two of my many favorite foods, and even better when consumed together.

Soothing and comforting, milk provides liquid nutrition helpful in preventing and treating a great many conditions.  Best known for its calcium content, it helps to strengthen bones and fight off heart disease.

The abundance of calcium in milk gives it the ability to make strong bones and to help stave of osteoporosis.  It also may help to reduce blood pressure as well as lower cholesterol levels.  Milk is also a good source of vitamins B2, B12 and E.  Skimmed milk is thought to have anti-carcinogenic properties.  It’s also high in vitamin D which together with calcium have been found to reduce or even prevent PMS symptoms.

Organic milk has been found to contain up to 70% more Omega-3 oils than ordinary milk; helping the brain to function at optimal efficiency.

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Ancient societies around the world used honey as an energy food.  It has evolved as a unique and powerful remedy for a wide variety of complaints.

So prized was the food of bees that the Romans used it instead of gold to pay their taxes.  Today, honey has become known as ‘liquid gold’ due to its outstanding nutritive and healing properties.

Honey is the only natural sweetener that requires no additional refining or processing.  It contains small amounts of vitamins such as B2 and B6 and also many minerals including calcium, magnesium, selenium and zinc.  It also helps with any tendency towards hypoglycemia which may contribute towards insomnia and mood swings.

It contains an amazing substance called propolis, which helps to prevent and treat coughs nad colds as well as stomach disorders.  Recent research suggests it can counter-act food poisoning bacteria.

Manuka honey from New Zealand has been shown to inhibit the growth of many bacteria and is proving to be an effective weapon in combating superbugs such as MRSA.  It has also been used effectively to treat athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.

Used topically, honey has a powerful antiseptic effect for the treatment of ulcers, burns and wounds.  it can reduce swelling and pain and stimulates the regrowth of tissue under the skin’s surface.  It also attracts and retains water, keeping the skin soft and supple, making it a popular ingredient in beauty creams.

Try making your own bath creme:

MILK AND HONEY BATH LOTION

for nourishing the skin

2 eggs

3 tbsp. oil (veg or rapeseed)

150ml / 2/3 cup milk

2 tsp clear honey

2 tsp shampoo

1 Tbsp vodka

In a bowl, beat together the eggs and oil.  Add the other ingredients, mix and pour into a glass bottle.  Add 2-3 tablespoons to bath water.  Keep the remaining lotion chilled and use within 4-5 days.