Coffee Cup Facial Scrub
Tomorrow morning when you wake up and have a cup of coffee, don’t throw away those grounds – put them on your face!
Too much coffee isn’t great for your natural health, but a little bit of coffee on your face is great for your natural beauty. Coffee works as a vasoconstrictor on your face and helps to tighten up your skin and get rid of those puffy under eye bags that can make you look older than your years.
You can re-use and recycle those coffee grounds easily by adding a little bit of a pure almond or extra virgin olive or coconut oil to a handful of grounds and exfoliating your skin while you’re in the shower.
For a bit of a fancier, more spa-like treatment, add milk and honey to a Coffee Skin Facial -
- 4 TBL. of ground coffee, preferably the organic kind
- 1/4 C. whole milk
- 1 TBL. honey (see H is for Honey)
- Mix the ingredients together to make a smooth paste
- Apply the paste to your face with a gentle circular massage, rubbing it in to increase circulation
- Cover everything even the under eyes, but avoid the tender area just around the eyes and on the lips.
- Leave it on for 15- 20 minutes, rinse off with warm water, and apply your favorite natural moisturizer!
A cuppa joe can help faces to glow!
First on the list of “love drugs” is phenylethylamine (PEA), the “love-drug” that is triggered in the brain when we first fall in love – that oh so wonderful feeling of high intensity only at the first glance and first touch! It’s similar to an amphetamine and has been shown to have similar effects – feelings of attraction, excitement and giddiness.
High on the list of love-drugs in chocolate is tryptophan, the reason you fall asleep after Thanksgiving dinner. Your brain uses tryptophan to make serotonin. In addition to sleepiness, serotonin can produce feelings of elation.
Next on the list of “love-drugs” is anandamide (which means “internal bliss”). Anandamide binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain, mimicking the effects of cannabinoid drugs, such as heightened sensitivity, euphoria and a sense of well-being. There’s only a little in chocolate but it adds so much!
For a natural health treat for your mind, body and spirit – eat a little chocolate or put it on your face!
See: C is for Chocolate – Eat It, Drink It, Smear It on your Face
Aromatherapy has been practiced throughout the ages from the early Egyptian era when Cleopatra added exotic oils and essences to her milk baths to now when scented candles and lavender lotion can be found everywhere and anywhere.
Imagine the last time you peeled an orange and as soon as you cut into the skin, you felt a sense of beauty and relaxation. Oranges are full of aromatherapeutic scents – the smell of the actual fruit (orange), the sweetness of the blossoms (neroli), and pettigrain from the leaves.
Each has a different and unique scent, and each of them a different holistic medical benefit. Aromatherapy has been recognized as a medical profession in France for many, many years.
Lavender is the most widely used aromatherapy oil – an essential oil pressed naturally from the flowers and buds. It is useful for relaxation, lessening stress and inducing sleep.
See my next post: Making Your Own Bath Salts
A is for Avocado for Naturally Beautiful Hair
For bright and lustrously beautiful hair, the natural cream and fat of the avocado can be used as a hair conditioner.
Mash up half an avocado in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of warm olive oil. Apply to hair and use a comb to ensure full coverage. Leave avocado mask in hair for 20-25 minutes (or leave it on overnight and cover it with a shower cap).
Rinse with cool water. Shampoo and condition hair as usual.
Use this naturally beautiful hair remedy at least once a week for and enjoy your shiny hair!
Avocado for Natural Beauty
For beautiful looking and feeling skin, Avocados and honey are particularly moisturizing. This mask is particularly great for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. It’s best to use a ripe, fresh, organic avocado. Make sure to mash it up into a creamy pulp.
Mash the avocado in a bowl, then stir in honey.
Apply to skin in broad, upward motions (avoiding the eyes) and leave for 10 minutes.
Rinse face with a cool washcloth. This is a classic recipe for dry, mature skin and can be used in any anti-aging regime for excellent results.