Beauty secrets that can be found in your kitchen

Written by Alexandra McPhee | 30 July, 2019

Makeup remover, body scrub, facial spritz, hair rinse and mouth wash. All nourishing and all-natural!

Coconut oil

I could easily end there because with a jar of coconut oil you can pretty much make every skincare product you could ever want or need. Straight coconut oil can be used to remove even the most stubborn waterproof mascara as well as the rest of your make up. It can serve as a face and body oil and even a natural lubricant! Melt a big spoonful into your bath for luxuriously soft skin, or mix with coffee grounds for a natural body exfoliant. The options are endless! So what else can we use from our kitchens and gardens to support our skin and natural beauty?

Rosewater facial spritz

You’ll need:

  • A decent handful of aromatic rose petals
  • Filtered water

Rose is brightening and anti-inflammatory, helping to soothe dry spots and freshen up your skin. Collect the petals from two to three large roses and set in a saucepan. Submerge the petals in boiling water and add a lid to prevent the oils from the petals from escaping in the steam. Allow the petals to steep until they lose their colour. Once the water has cooled, strain the petals and bottle the rosewater in an amber spritzing bottle. Spritz your skin when your face is clean and dry. You may like to massage a few drops of rose hip oil into your skin once the rosewater has dried and give yourself a simple rose facial!

Coconut mouth wash

You’ll need:

  • 50g organic coconut oil
  • 3 drops cinnamon essential oil

Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler and stir in three drops of cinnamon essential oil. Cinnamon essential oil is anti-microbial and adds a nice flavour to the rinse! Set the oil in a small pot or amber glass jar and keep in in the bathroom for daily use. Start with ½ teaspoon and swish the oil in your mouth for 5-15 minutes during your morning shower or before brushing your teeth. Oil pulling is an ancient technique for drawing bacteria away from the teeth and gums. It can take a little getting used to, so start with a small amount for a few minutes and work your way up! By oil pulling in the morning, you are also enhancing the detoxification of the gut and lungs. During the night, toxins are drawn up into the mouth so it is good practice to clean your mouth before eating or drinking.  

Herbal hair rinse

You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup dried nettle leaf
  • ¼ cup dried horsetail
  • ¼ dried chamomile flowers
  • 3 tablespoons of dried rosemary leaf
  • 3 drops patchouli essential oil
  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV)

Take a litre glass jar and pop the herbs in, giving them a stir to mix. Fill the jar with ACV so that the herbs are submerged by a couple of centimetres and drop in the essential oil. Screw the lid on and leave in a dry, dark place for two to four weeks. Shake the jar every one to two days and top up with ACV if the herbs are no longer submerged in order to prevent mould. After four weeks, strain the rinse with some muslin cloth to remove the herbs and then store, undiluted, in a glass jar. The vinegar will preserve the rinse until you go to use it! When you’re ready to use, dilute the rinse with equal parts filtered water – start with ¼ of a cup of rinse and a ¼ cup of filtered water. You can add more according to the length of your hair. After washing your hair as usual, simply massage in the diluted rinse and either let it dry or rinse out with water. Horsetail and nettle are traditionally used to encourage shiny strong hair, while the oils from rosemary promote the circulation of blood and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicle. Chamomile is a natural topical anti-inflammatory which can be beneficial for itchy dry scalps.

Alexandra McPhee

Alexandra (Lexie) McPhee is an Endeavour College of Natural Health Alumni and qualified, practising Naturopath. Her special interests include writing, communication with the natural world, the history of medicinal plant use and creating her own herbal oils and salves. 

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