Did you know that the same plants used in herbal medicines also provide other benefits? They not only posses healing qualities, but also can also give powerful aromas, and have various beneficial effects on your skin.
For instance, lavender can be used not only as decoration, but it can also be placed in small cloth-bags and placed under the tap while the water is running. Doing this gives your surroundings a relaxing scent helping your mind and body relax. It may then also be used as an alternative to soap. You can just squeeze the bag and rub it on your skin the way you would a loofa. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and watch as nature does its job.
Besides using it as a bath enhancer, lavender can also be used in other places around your home. Small bags of it can be placed in the wardrobe to keep garments fresh; you can also put them in the living room instead of buying those expensive plug-in cartridges. For a better effect, match the material used for the bag with the colors used in your living room.
Everyone knows vinegar can do a lot of things, but did you know that even athletes use this little natural trick?
You can create your own detoxification bath by adding 1 cup of raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of ginger and 3 cups of kosher salt to a hot bath. The hotter the water, the better the detox bath will be.
Another beautiful thing you can do with apple cider vinegar is to utilize its natural powers to calm your burning skin after having spent too much time in the sun. Take 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and add it to a warmish bath. Fully submerge the affected area for a minimum 15 minutes. For best results, repeat as necessary throughout the day.
Bacteria that grow on our feet can cause some seriously foul odors. The scent can become especially unbearable to the people around you once those shoes slip off. Vinegar is an effective means of killing bacteria and fungus found on the foot. It also helps to restore your skin. Soaking your feet in a hot water bath mixed with one cup of apple cider vinegar for 15 minutes a day will help get rid of that ghastly smell.
Bonus: Home Made Shaving Cream
Shaving creams can get really expensive over time. They're also full of unknown chemicals, and worse yet, most contain alcohol, which is known to cause dry skin. Making your own oil at home can not only save you money, but the natural ingredients will only prove to aid in helping you keep your face as smooth as the day you were born.
You mix some shea butter with coconut, olive, jojoba, or sweet almond oil; add in about a dozen drops of your favorite essential oil (totally optional, mostly for smell but some essential oils offer great skin benefits as well) melt, and then mix like hell. Let the mixture cool; mix some more to add fluff. Throw that stuff into a container and you've got yourself some homemade shaving cream.