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Troubled by age spots appearing on your skin? Aloe is one natural remedy that has helped many folks. Rub fresh aloe vera juice or gel (twice a day) on the spots for a month or two to help fade the discoloration. Juice from the aloe plant is excellent for healing burns and is also beneficial as a general healing agent.
It's a continual battle to keep your hair shiny and free of build up from shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Try using the following rinse on your hair every other week to remedy build-up. Mix 1 ounce water, with 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar and 3 drops of lemon essential oil. This should be used during the final rinsing of your hair and isn't meant to be left in the hair - so rinse well with extra water. You won't believe the shine it gives your hair.
Castor oil is an incredible mosturizer for the skin and also is wonderful for transforming brittle, dry fingernails into strong, shiny, healthy nails. It's also excellent for fading age spots. Apply castor oil on the spots in the morning and in the evening, and rub well into the skin. The spots should disappear within a month.
Tired of looking at those dark age spots? Then try
dabbing them with buttermilk. The lactic acid and other ingredients in the milk are extremely beneficial to the skin. Cosmetic companies have taken advantage of this natural beauty secret for years by making buttermilk an ingredient in many skin cleansers and bath products.
Recent research in Scotland has found that massaging your scalp with essential oils can stimulate hair growth. Simply mix 1 teaspoon each of rosemary essential oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum), and lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia). Mix 5 drops of this mixture with 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel and massage into your scalp. Leave this mixture on your scalp for a few hours before shampooing. It will encourage hair growth and improve the condition of your hair and scalp.
Think Chick peas are just for salads? They actually can help fade age spots. Take fresh or canned chick peas (garbanzo beans), mash about 1/3 cupful and add a little water. Smear this paste on the spots and leave it there until it dries. Then wash off completely. Do this every evening. It takes a few months but age spots will lighten.
To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off residue and apply an eye cream. Results: Circles will lighten and skin tighten.
Or...Begin drinking tomato juice with few mint leaves, a little lemon juice and salt. Take one-teaspoon tomato juice, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice a pinch of turmeric powder and a little gram flour and make a paste and apply. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash it off. It's also important to identify WHY you have dark circles under the eyes because this can be a sign of respiratory disease or vitamin deficiencies.
Hard as it is - the best thing for a pimple is to LEAVE it be - but you can help the healing by applying heated wash clothes for five minutes. If you absolutely can't leave it be - gently press it with your fingers to force whitehead or blackhead matter out - using a tissue to protect the skin from fingernail damage. Then splash cold water or facial toner on the area to help close up the pores. Tea tree oil is an excellent anti-bacterial to dab on to help prevent infection.
Gotu kola is an ancient Chinese herb used for many things including energy and fading age spots. Mix 1/8 teaspoon of powdered herb into a cup of herbal tea or add it to plain hot water along with 1/8 teaspoon of ginseng and a pinch of cayenne. This remedy should clear the spots in a few days.
Dried out hair? Try the Molasses Intensive Hair Conditioner. Here's what you'll need:
3 tablespoons cold-pressed sweet almond oil,3 teaspoons blackstrap molasses (use honey if you're blond because the molasses will darken your hair slightly),2 egg yolks, and 2 teaspoons aloe gel. Whip together oil, molasses, and yolks. Add aloe, and stir to form a smooth paste. Dip hairbrush into mixture and apply to clean, dry hair. Cover your head with a plastic shower cap and warmed towel to trap moisture and body heat. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water, finishing with a brief tepid rinse. Allow hair to air dry for deeply-conditioned hair.
Dandelion is a wonderful diuretic and detox herb, but it is also highly effective for helping fade age spots. Break open a dandelion stem and rub the sap on the spots 2-3x per day. This sticky remedy is also effective on warts, as well. Word has it, this was a home remedy used successfully by Will Greer (Grandpa Walton)!
Horsetail, an herb rich in silica, is very helpful for growing healthy, shiny hair. Taking essential fatty acids (in capsule or liquid form), such as flaxseed oil, primrose oil, and salmon oil, helps improve hair texture. They help prevent dry, brittle hair. Also, Coenzyme Q 10 (60 mg daily) helps improve scalp circulation and increases tissue oxygenation.
Healthy hair relies on many things, especially what's in your diet. It especially needs biotin, which can be found in foods like lentils, green peas, brewer's yeast, brown rice, oats, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and walnuts. Biotin can also be taken as a supplement via capsule form.
Bilberry is considered to be a valuable herb to combat the effects of aging because it enhances the health of capillaries, plus it is a powerful antioxidant. Take 4-8 oz. of fresh berries, 80-160 mg of bilberry extract (25% anthocyanidin), or 20-40 mg anthocyanosides daily for healthier skin and eye sight!
Read for a cooling facial? Gather together a 2 inch slice of fresh cucumber with seeds removed,1 teaspoon witch hazel,1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 egg white. (Optional: 2 tablespoons cream or plain yogurt (if you have dry skin) or 1 teaspoons of nonfat powdered milk for normal skin.)Puree in a blender and apply to face, but avoid the eye area. Allow 30 minutes to dry. Make sure to wash hands thoroughly to avoid any samonella bacteria contamination from the egg. Rinse with warm water and enjoy the healthy glow.
Liver spots also known as age spots are the yellowish-brown flat spots that look like large freckles and are thought to be caused by aging, too much sun, impaired liver function, and a dietary or nutritional deficiency. (IF you have irregular, dark spots that increase in size or change color or texture, have them checked immediately by a doctor. They could be a serious form of skin cancer). As we age our metabolism changes and the liver may become so overwhelmed with toxins that it cannot rid the body of them. Oxidation within the body and the lack of antioxidants also plays an important role in this process. Age spots are one of the results.
A quick and easy way to help ease puffiness or bags around the eyes can be as simple as placing warm tea bags (preferably Chamomile, since it has wonderful soothing properties) or try placing sliced cucumbers on the eyes for about 10 minutes. Also, using an eye gel that has plant extracts in it can also nourish the skin, giving it back some elasticity.
Oily skin? Gather together 1 apple (quartered),1 teaspoon lemon juice,1 teaspoon dried herb (such as parsley, sage, rosemary, peppermint, lavender or spearmint). Cook the apple until soft, then mash into pulp. Strain off extra liquid and discard solid parts like skin and seeds. Add the lemon juice and the herb of your choice and mix well. Apply mixture to face and leave on about 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then apply your favorite moisturizer. The astringent effects of this mask will gently reduce the extra oil on your face.
Apple cider vinegar has been effective for many troubled by age spots. Just combine two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of orange juice and apply to the spots, preferably on a cloth or cotton pad that is secured to the area. It takes a bit of time, but this has worked wonders in many cases!
|Sheri Ann Richerson|