Herbology & Cosmetics
Mother Nature has provided everything you need in order to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Putting on your best face has taken on a new meaning -- glowing and glamorous without the use of chemical ingredients or ingredients that work against your best efforts to have naturally healthy skin. Imagine being able to use the same ingredients you eat to beautify yourself.
Your base or foundation oil or cream is the first product that will come in contact with your skin. Choosing one that nourishes the skin is vitally important. Have you considered a face oil made purely of plants? These face oils are not only rich in antioxidants, they also provide the skin with vitamins and minerals. Consider a base oil of jojoba mixed with seed oils like rose hip or pomegranate. These can render your skin softer and more youthful as the nutrients of these plants penetrate your skin.
Essential Oils for Your Face
According to SaffronRouge, the following essential oils are good for the face and can be added to a base oil of your choosing: rose, jasmine, frankincense, rose geranium, neroli, sandalwood, ylang ylang, tea tree, lavender, myrrh, chamomile, patchouli, bergamot and cedarwood. The website recommends a ratio 5 drops of essential oil for each 25 ml of base oil.
Flowers for Sensitive Skin
Chamomile, widely used as a calming herbal tea, can also provide natural and soothing benefits to those with sensitive or irritated skin. Likewise, comfrey leaves are reputed to have rejuvenating and healing properties and can help sensitive skin regain its resiliency according to Aromantic. As with any products, use a little in a small area to test for sensitivity before distributing over your entire face.
Toner and Eye Gel Suggestion
Cornflower is recommended by Aromantic as a base ingredient for a facial toner. The website notes its antibacterial and antioxidant properties and points out that due to its gentle astringent effect, cornflower can also be used as in eye gel products to soothe inflamed and irritated skin.
Pay attention to the use of the word "organic" in your beauty products. Organic Consumers website cautions consumers that the standards for organic cosmetics and foods vary. "The word 'organic' is not properly regulated on personal care products (example: toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, etc.) as it is on food products, unless the product is certified by the USDA National Organic Program. Due to this lax regulation, many personal care products have the word 'organic' in their brand name or otherwise on their product label, but, unless they are USDA certified, the main cleansing ingredients and preservatives are usually made with synthetic and petrochemical compounds."
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