In the morning don't wash your face with commercial soap. If you are like me you will be washing off sweat and dirt through out the day. Washing your face this many times isn't good for your skin.
Start your day with a water splash. Splash water on your face for about a minute, that's enough to get your night time funk off. Through out the day, do the same thing, don't use soap unless you really got dirty. At night use a wash like Noxzema or even make your own from oatmeal and baking soda.
Yes, those little granules will get into your pours and get that dirt out, while helping you to keep your skin from looking 20yrs older.
There is a lot to be said for the cucumber.(Cucumber juice in the eye is also helpful to cure pink eye and helps if your eyes are irritated) If you have them, use them on your face. You can make a mash and put it all over your face or do the Cucumber eye, either way, your skin will thank you for it.
I haven't used commercial products on my face ever and most people think I'm much younger than I actually am. I'm closer to 50 than 40, but my skin doesn't say so.
2tbs Borax, 1 cup baby oatmeal and 2 oz of glycerin.
You can make this with an electric mixer if you wish. I normally do, it's just easier that way. This recipe can also be doubled. You will need 2 large bowls, stainless steel or glass, and a wooden mixing spoon. Do NOT use plastic or aluminum!
Mold can be a Styrofoam box, cake pan or even plastic soap molds, whatever you wish. Be ready to place a cloth on the top of the soap and a lid to put on the top of the cloth. It can also be wrapped in a blanket or towels for insulation.
Fat, clarified fat, mixed pork and beef is best. This can be done by boiling it up in a large pan with about a quart of water and then cooling it, and scooping the clean fat off the top.
Measure 1/2 can of lye (6.5 oz) handle with great care. I used a paper cup for this. Make sure the lid is securely back on the lye can. Put 3 cups of goats milk in a stainless steel mixer bowl. Pour the lye in *slowly* running the mixer on low. It will get hot and the milk turns a golden color as the chemical reaction takes place. Cool to about 85 degrees. You may use a dairy thermometer.
when cool you may add your scents, peppermint, lavender or what ever you like. This soap really doesn't need much help, however if you like added materials, now is the time to add them. Also add the baby oatmeal, glycerin and borax now.
This can be stirred in while the soap mix is cooling.
Watch the temp of about 1.5lbs of fat. Fat should also be at about 85-90 degrees. If you have to heat it to melt it, make sure it has cooled again. Run the mixer on low for about 15 minutes then turn off and let soap rest for about 5 minutes.
Repeat and watch closely because soap will suddenly take consistency and must be poured into the mold. Pour when ready. Smooth top surface and keep mold at even temperature for about 24 hours. Cloth can then be peeled off and bars can be cut with a serrated knife or scored and broken.
Age the soap for at least a month, unwrapped. It is better if it ages
for 2 or 3 months. Failures sometimes occur. Sometimes melting the soap
on a very low heat and stirring it some more is all that you need to
make it set.
Making yogurt is easy. Go to your local store and buy "ACTIVE" culture, plain flavored yogurt. You only need one small container. If you have a thermos or something that can maintain a temp of about 78 degrees that will work perfectly.
Warm your milk, goat's milk will be more runny then cow's milk. Some people add a bit of gelatin to it to make it more like store bought yogurt. After your milk is about 78degrees add the active culture yogurt to your mix. You can make up to 2 quarts. Store in warm place for 24 hours and poof.. you have yogurt.
Now freeze in ice cube trays some of your starter so you don't have to buy it again. Then add fruit, honey or what ever you like and enjoy. Eating yogurt 2-3 times a week is beneficial to the female body and cuts your chances of yeast infections considerably as well as cures them.
You have to eat about a quart of yogurt in one sitting to get rid of a yeast infection, however it does work. Even if you do never want to see yogurt again after eating that much.
Hang the cheese cloth bag over the sink by suspending it on the faucet. (I use clothes hangers bent to fit into my shower so I don't loose use of my kitchen sink)
Let this drip for about 6-8 hours then remove from bag and store in the refrigerator. Use it on crackers or any other way you would use cream cheese.
If you are like me your hair really takes the hits out there in the sun and wind. Not only is my dark brown hair almost blond by fall, but its so dry that it has been described by my daughter in law as "feeling like horse hair" Not good. She even bought me some high priced all natural shampoo and conditioner. They were a waste of money to say the least.
Olive oil treatments are wonderful, if you want to sit out in the sun with a plastic bag on your head and almost pass out for about an hour. The oil also doesn't completely wash out for a while so you have that oil collecting dirt in your hair giving it a feeling I can't describe. It may be too over the top for some people, however we do live on a farm, and there are things that women have been doing for probably thousands of years to keep their hair healthy.
Put a bit in a blender with about a spoon of olive oil and blend. After washing your hair, smother it with this mixture and let sit as long as you can. 20 mins is good, an hour better. I can't stand to wait that long doing nothing so I normally go for the 20 minutes. Rinse in cooler water.
You don't want to cook that stuff on your head. I remember the first time I tried eggs as a rinse and ended up with scrambled eggs in my hair. That did not end well.
After rinsing if you really want to go gypsy, and I do mean the real gypsy, follow up with a rinse of urine. Your own preferably. This not only takes care of head lice but also leaves a shinny clean rinse. I have to say I did try it. It did make a difference in the shine of my hair.
I also have to say, I don't do it that often. There are something's I have a hard time getting past, however it does work, and works great for head lice too. Then again so does a bit of dairy dip behind the ears and down the part.
If you have dark hair, and you want to keep it from fading, try oak ash in your shampoo. I have tried it, don't care for it, but it works. I'm enough of a Tomboy I really don't like to dote much. I'm more an "in-and-out-of-the-shower" sort of person. I know however that many of you do like this sort of thing, and I hope you have the same luck with it I have.Get your e-book on natural recipes for hair and other beauty products!
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