Want a healthy, natural beauty routine that won’t break the bank? Then look no further than the produce aisle. Janet Hayward, author of Lemons Are a Girl’s Best Friend, explains that a diet rich in superfoods not only strengthens your immune system and boosts overall health, but it will promote healthy skin, hair, nails, and eyes and reward you with “an enviable, radiant glow.” The secret? Choosing the most naturally color-rich produce. “The strong pigments that give fruits and vegetables their distinctive and intense colors are actually beneficial flavonoid compounds that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects,” she explains, adding that “these same fruits and vegetables can also work wonders when prepared and applied to your skin and body as personalized, natural beauty treatments.”
Lemons Are a Girl’s Best Friend guides you through the superfood color spectrum, providing you with sixty recipes of delicious dishes and pampering beauty treatments that harness everything from the skin-saving properties of cherries to the detoxifying powers of seaweed. Try these three easy, natural beauty recipes to work wonders on your scalp, skin, and eyes—all without the hefty price tag or unpronounceable ingredients’ list of store-bought products.
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A highly potent antioxidant, cinnamon is also a naturally effective antimicrobial—making it a great addition to your diet especially during cold and flu season. It’s also naturally rich in manganese, a mineral essential for healthy connective tissues, bones, and regulation of blood sugar levels. Add a light sprinkling to cereal or yogurt, or add a dusting to your cup of coffee or hot chocolate to incorporate it into your everyday day. In your beauty routine, benefit from its germ-killing power with this easy and effective spot treatment perfect for stubborn blemishes.
Cinnamon Spot Treatment for Skin
Reduce the redness of acne with this deep-clean treatment.
You will need
1 tbsp honey • ½ tsp ground cinnamon • cotton swabs
Combine the honey and cinnamon together to form a thick, smooth paste.
Use a cotton swab to dab a generous amount of the paste onto the infected area. Leave for ten minutes then rinse away. Repeat morning and evening.
By now, you’ve likely heard the myriad benefits of cider vinegar, a powerful antioxidant with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Not only does it help restore healthy bacteria in the stomach, but it can also help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It’s even a great all-natural cleaning fluid, making it the perfect antidote for dry, itchy scalps.
Super Scalp Cleanser
Soothe a flaky scalp with this naturally antimicrobial, enzyme-action rinse.
You will need
1 cup cider vinegar • 1 cup water • 2 drops lavender oil
Mix the cider vinegar and the water together, then add the lavender oil and stir to mix.
To treat an itchy, flaky scalp, gently massage the mixture into the scalp. Leave for twenty minutes to allow the cider vinegar to alter the pH balance, then rinse, and shampoo and condition as usual. For the ultimate shine treatment, use the mixture in the final rinse after washing your hair.
What can’t fennel do? You may be most familiar with this vegetable as an ingredient in many Mediterranean dishes, and for good reason. It’s not only capable of soothing digestive issues and packs plenty of immune-boosting vitamin C and blood pressure-regulating potassium, but it also contains several trace minerals that help support healthy skin, hair, and nails. If you’re suffering from eye puffiness or redness, this simple recipe will leave your eyes looking clear and bright after just ten minutes.
Fennel Seed Eye Comfort
Reduce puffiness or redness to leave your eyes looking clear and bright.
You will need
1 cup water• 2 tsp fennel seeds • cotton balls
Boil the water and pour over the fennel seeds. Leave to infuse for five minutes, before straining the seeds and allowing the eyewash to cooL
Soak two cotton balls in the fennel eyewash and place over closed eyes for ten minutes.
Recipes from Lemons Are a Girl’s Best Friend by Janet Hayward ©Janet Hayward, 2018. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, Clarkson Potter, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.
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