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While I have shared a lot of herbal tips that are good for men and women, I thought I would dedicate today's post to all the men out there......so read on and share these tips with the man in your life...
Herbal Treatments For The Man In Your Life
There a lot of skincare treatments that can be used by men as well as women, but men have a few different target areas, especially in the arena of shaving. Men often prefer bolder, spicier herbal scents for their products and turn away from floral aromas. The following all-natural recipes and treatments are geared towards men, that they can do at home.
Soothing Aftershave~If you have sensitive skin or haven't shaved in a while this calming aftershave splash will feel great. It contains chamomile flowers, which are natural antiseptic and astringent, and witch hazel, another astringent that helps soothe irritating nicks.
1/2 cup witch hazel
2 tbsp dried chamomile flowers
1/8 tsp alum powder
Mix together all ingredients, and pour into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. place the jar in a dark, cool place for two weeks. Strain off the liquid and pour into another clean container.
To use: Splash on your face after shaving. Makes 4oz
Roman Empire Aftershave~Legend has it that in addition to being extremely powerful, Julius Caesar, was also a meticulously clean-shaven fellow. This after-shave contains many herbs-lavender to calm and disinfect and mint to refresh and energize-commonly used during his day.
1 cup with hazel
1 tsp dried yarrow
1 tbsp dried lavender
1 tbsp dried sage
1 tsp dried mint
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp glycerin
Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Place the jar in a dark , cool place for two weeks. Strain off the liquid and pour into another clean container. (If using fresh herbs, use three times the amount of dried herbs called for)
To use: Splash on your face after shaving. Makes 8oz
Shaving Tips~To minimize irritation and maximize smoothness:
Before shaving, soften the beard with warm water or a hot towel.
Always shave in the direction of hair growth. Shaving against it can cause ingrown hairs.
Don't shave the same area over and over; this can cause irritation and damage the growth of new skin cells.
Use a facial scrub, such as cornmeal, once a week to remove dead skin and ingrown hairs. Simply massage it into your skin while you wash your face.
Rinse razor blades well after each use and allow to air-dry.
Athlete's Foot Cures
Geranium oil, found in many health food stores, is an excellent cure for athlete's foot because it has germ and bacteria-killing properties.
Foot Bath~Fill a shallow tub or sink with warm water. Add salt and geranium oil, stir to dissolve the salt.
To use: Soak your feet for 20 minutes. Dry well and follow up with a good moisturizer and foot powder.
Makes one treatment
Foot Massage Oil~Mix the following oils together:
1 tbsp light oil, such as sunflower
10 drops geranium oil
To use: Massage each foot for at least five minutes with the fragrant oil. This treatment works best before bed. Makes on 1/2 oz treatment.
Avocado Oil Hair Pack~Avocado makes an effective conditioning treatment because they are rich in vitamins A, D and E, which are essential for healthy hair.
1/2 avocado mashed
1 tsp avocado oil (optional, use only for very dry hair)
To use: Massage the mashed avocado into your hair and scalp. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap or use a plastic shower cap; leave the conditioner on hair for 15 minutes. Shampoo your hair as usual and rinse well.
Makes one treatment
Pumice Hand Scrub~If your hands are really dirty and grimy after working in the garden or around the house, this scrub will get them really clean. An olive oil rinse will also work to remove the last stubborn bits of grime and keep your hands in good condition.
1 cup grated soap
2 tbsp borax powder
1 tbsp powder pumice
Mix all ingredients in a glass or plastic container.
To use: Scoop out a small amount and mix with warm water to form a lather that will clean the hands. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Note: You can make your own powdered pumice by smashing a bit of pumice stone with a hammer. Just place the stone in a thick plastic bag to keep all the small pieces together. Makes 12oz
Ok...that's the end of today's post...these recipes make nice surprises for your man, father, brother, uncle ..so on and so forth.