Saturday, January 10, 2009

Recipes for a Chemical Free Home

Recipes for a Chemical Free Home
Healthy Beauty Recipes

Nail & Hand Care

For dry nails
2 tsp. gelatin
1/2 glass fruit juice
mix together, drink at once
repeat daily for atleast 6 weeks. Regularly, soak fingernails in a bowl of warmed olive
oil for about 5 min. Dry with soft towel, gently pushing back cuticles.

Dill And Horsetail Nail Bath
2 tb (30ml) chopped horsetail
2 tb (30ml) dill seed
1 c (225ml) boiling water
Pour the water over the two herbs and steep for at least an hour.
Strain the liquid into a bottle. Both these herbs contain silicic acid, which helps to
strengthen nails. Warm the mixture before using and soak your nails in it for ten
minutes every other day.

For weak nails
Massage wheat germ oil into cuticles.
Fingernail Treatments
1) Beat 1 egg yolk in a small bowl. Soak fingernails for 5 minutes. Rinse.
2) Forget the Palmolive Madge! Make a solution of pure castile soap and water in a
large bowl, soak hands and nails for about 10-15 minutes.

Dill & Horsetail Nail Soak
2 Tbsp chopped horsetail herb
2 Tbsp dill seeds
1 cup boiling water
Pour water over herbs, steep for 1-2 hours. Strain and bottle. To use: warm some of
the solution, pour into a small bowl, soak nails for 10 minutes.

Lady's Mantle Hand Mask
2 Tbsp finely ground oatmeal
1Tbsp lady's mantle infusion
1 tsp avocado oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp glycerin
Mix all to form a smooth paste. Apply to hands at bedtime. Leave on for 1/2 hour,
wash off and apply moisturizing cream overnight (wear gloves) Wash off in the

Cornmeal Hands Mask
Mix 1/4 cup corn meal with 3 Tbsp. milk. Heat over low heat until a paste forms. Add
1 drop almond oil. Let cool. Spread on hands, leave on for about 10 minutes. Rinse.

Lady's Mantle Hand Lotion
2 Tbsp of a strong infusion of lady's mantle
2 Tbsp glycerin
2 tsp carrageen moss (Irish Moss) melted in a little hot water
4 Tbsp vodka
10 drops essential oil of rose or geranium
Stir glycerin into melted moss. Add essential oil to vodka, then blend into the
glycerin mixture. Stir in lady's mantle infusion, blend well. Pour into jar, cap tightly.
Shake before using.

Heavy Duty Barrier Cream
4 Tbsp Unpetroleum Jelly (available in natural foods stores)
2 handfuls fresh elderflowers
Melt jelly, add elderflowers. Steep for 45 minutes, reheating the jelly when it
solidifies. Reheat until mixture is liquified, strain through a fine sieve into a jar. Cool,
then cap tightly.

Heavy Duty Gardeners Hand Cream
2 Tablespoons of shaved beeswax
1/2 Teaspoon of carnuba wax
2 Tablespoons of jojoba oil
1 Teaspoon of aloe vera gel
10 drops of Vitamin E oil ( or 4 capsules)
1 drop of your favorite essentail oil for fragrance
Melt the first four ingredients in a stainless steel pot on the stove or use a glass
pyrex cup in the microwave. Remove from heat and beat until cool, adding the
Vitamin E oil before mixture thickens. Continue beating until this mixture becomes
creamy. Add your favorite essential oil, continue beating until cream has completely
cooled. Spoon your cream into a jar, store in a cool dark place.

Banana Hand & Foot Cream
Dry hands and feet will become smooth and soft overnight if you mix:
Lemon juice
Natural margarine
Smear on hands and wear white gloves to bed. Wash off in the morning. For dry
feet, smear the mixture on and wear heavy socks to bed, wash off in the morning.

Wheatgerm Hot Oil Fingernail Treatment
Soak fingernails in warmed wheat germ oil for about 5 minutes. Wipe off oil, then
massage nails. Strengthens weak and brittle nails.


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