Journal Stories: Secrets of a bored girl
The first entry in the Flowers Journal is called “Remedies to the Rescue,” but I haven’t got the slightest idea where it came from… probably Yoga Journal or Women’s Health Magazine.
“Remedies to the Rescue” has natural healing remedies for things like sensitive, dry skin and damaged hair. These remedies are not meant for health healing, but for beauty healing. Sometimes, you have to use an au natural remedy in order to get the fix you want.
Oatmeal: for calm, soft skin
Oatmeal contains beta glucan, a soluble fiber that create a thin, moisturizing film of the surface of the skin. Place a handful of whole oats in a clean washcloth and secure it with a rubber band (hair ties also work). Place it in a sink-full of warm water and squeeze the bag four to five times. Once the water is cloudy, splash it on your face and air dry.
Eating oatmeal? Also good for your skin! (And the rest of you.)
Walnuts: for exfoliating hands and feet
Blend 1/4 cup shelled walnuts, 1/2 cup olive oil and one tablespoon of honey in a food processor set on a slow speed to create a fine particle scrub. Work over hands and feet and rinse with warm water.
Since I’m a poor grad student, I refused to grind expensive walnuts and rub them on my feet. If you have the extra cash, I hear this is more relaxing than one of those Pedi Scrapers.
Avocado Oil: for repair to dry, sensitive skin
Avocado oil’s abundant fatty acids help balance skin’s moisture levels, and vitamins A, C and E protect skin from further damage. Prevention is key! Combine equal parts avocado and evening primrose oils in a bottle and shake to blend. Massage five to six drops into clean skin, and then cover your face (or the area you treated) with a clean, warm wet cloth to help the oils sink in.
Eggs: for strengthening damaged hair
High protein count helps improves hair’s resilience and luster. Whisk one egg, two tablespoons coconut oil and two tablespoons sesame oil together. Apply mixture to dry hair and wrap with a hot, moist towel. Relax for 5-10 minutes. Without wetting hair first, work in shampoo, rinse and condition your hair.
It is never good to leave the eggs in… You might scramble on a hot day. And it’s been hot in Kansas.
Oranges: for sloughing dry skin off heels, knees and elbows
Fruit acids loosen dead cells. Halve a fresh orange and squeeze the juice of one half into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup olive oil, and then blend into a moisture-rich scrub. Rub exposed orange half over dry, rough patches on skin, and then rub in the sugar mix. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Remedies like this often ask you to pat or air dry, and that is because it is bad for your skin and hair to be rubbed vigorously with a dry towel. Don’t do that. It’s no good.
Milk: for soothing and softening skin
Lactic acid is a gentle skin exfoliant, and natural fats act as a body moisturizer. Add one gallon of whole milk to a tubful of warm water and soak.
This may be a little expensive. I know I don’t like spending money on a half-gallon, but if you think about it… How expensive are those bath salts and creams you can only use once anyway?
Apple-Cider Vinegar: for fighting breakouts
A cure! High acid content makes skin inhospitable to blemish-causing bacteria. Place a handful of parsley into a French press and cover it with 1/2 cup boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, and then plunge and let liquid cool. Transfer to a spray bottle along with a splash of apple-cider vinegar and four drops of tea tree oil (this stuff rocks). Shake well and spritz on a freshly cleaned face. Store in fridge.
I have to do this soon. My hormonal breakouts are making my face look like I’m 14 again. Gross.
Beer: for plumping flat, dull hair
YES! Everybody loves beer. Yeast and hops help to swell the hair shaft and plump the cuticle (I think it does the same for your waistline), adding volume. The acidity of the beer helps remove built up product residue, which is what weighs your hair down. After you shampoo, pour a bottle of beer over your hair (it’s best if it’s cold –sorry). Rinse briefly with fresh water. A rich beer high in yeast and calories works best. None of that light stuff.
Stop using chemicals! Use food! Plus, after you scrubbed away with oatmeal, you can use the rest to make breakfast!