Long before cosmetic companies offered astronomically priced products for the treatment of dry skin, frizzy hair and stretch marks, our grandmothers had “cures” of their own.
Usually consisting of ingredients readily available in the pantry, these remedies were generally inexpensive and based on common sense.
Following are several easy-to-prepare recipes that may help you with a problem - and save some money along the way:
You thought you used enough sunscreen, but somehow you ended up with a burn anyway. Don’t panic - there are several ways to alleviate the pain.
Mix 1 pint of milk with 20 ice cubes. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Soak a soft cloth in the liquid and apply it to the sunburned area. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Repeat three or four times.
If your face is burned, use plain yogurt to relieve the pain. Spread it evenly over the affected area and leave on for half an hour, then rinse with cool water. This has the added benefit of tightening your pores as well as taking away the sting.
Eyes can become sunburned quickly if you’re spending time on or in the water. To soothe away the pain, mash an apple into a thick paste and apply the mixture to your eyelids, then place a cool cloth over your face. Lie down and leave the poultice in place for an hour. Rinse with cool water.
Does the summer heat do a number on your hair? Try these home-remedies: If your hair is too dry, apply 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise evenly from the scalp to the ends after shampooing. Leave the mayo in for an hour, then shampoo again. This should restore some oil to your locks.
Tired of frizzy hair? Try wheat germ oil and apple cider vinegar. After shampooing, rinse with 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar mixed with 2 cups of cool water. This should help tame your mane.
Embarrassed by dry, itchy flakes? Squeeze the juice from a large lemon and divide into two equal parts. Before washing your hair, rinse it with half the lemon juice. After shampooing, mix the rest of the juice with 2 cups water and rinse again. Repeat these steps every other day and you should be dandruff-free in no time at all.
Freckles are small brown patches caused by an irregular distribution of skin pigment. The only way to prevent them is to avoid the sun. You can’t get rid of them completely, but you might be able to lighten them a bit.
Mix the juice of one large lemon with an equal part of cool water. Use a cotton ball to apply the liquid to any area you want bleached, which should make them less noticeable.
Many people who have experienced a big weight loss wonder what to do about the stretch marks.
Once a week, gently massage 1 tablespoon of sesame oil over your entire body after a warm bath or shower. Sesame oil has a very distinct aroma, so you may only want to use this remedy when you’ll be alone or if you are going out for Thai food.
Most of us want to avoid wrinkles for as long as possible. You may be able to do this by making a solution of 1 cup boiled water, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon brandy.
After the mixture has cooled but is still warm, stroke it on your neck and face in an upward motion, using a soft, 1-inch wide brush.
Leave on for 30 minutes or until it’s completely dry. Wash off using cool water and a soft cloth. Repeat this procedure twice a week for youthful-looking skin.
Folk remedies tend to be slower-acting than their commercial counterparts and some ingredients may cause allergic reactions, so exercise caution when using these concoctions. Because these are homemade recipes, they come with no guarantees or money-back offers. Some may work for you, some may not, but they’re worth a try.
Besides, you have the added benefit of being able to use the leftovers to whip up a delicious dessert.
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