Sunday, November 25, 2012

Use Your Kitchen Pantry for Easy Anti-Aging Treatments!

The turkey has been eaten, Black Friday shopping has been done, and now there is a fridge full of leftover food. Instead of figuring out how to face down the mountain of goodies that threaten to tempt your taste buds and waistline, why not put those leftovers to good use? Many of the things you stocked up on for holiday cooking also make great anti-aging products for your face, body and hair!

Eggs Now that the pies have been baked and the rolls have been made, you may have more than a few leftover eggs. The whites make a great facial mask - for both women and men. Using the whites only, whisk until it froths. Spread the mixture over your face, avoiding the eye area, and relax while it dries. Rinse with warm water  for an instant facial.

Cookies Did your holiday plans involve baking cookies? If so, the ingredients to a great body scrub are sitting right in your cupboard. 
½ cup ground almonds, ½ cup ground oatmeal, ½ cup packed dark brown sugar, ¼ cup almond oil, 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Optional: add cinnamon, ginger and/or nutmeg for a seasonal scrub.
Mix into a paste. For on yourself or put in our NHT Apothecary Jar to give as gifts! 
Fruits and Nuts Is your hair as stressed as you? There’s no need for dull, aged hair. All you need is a hair mask made from leftover fruits and nuts! This recipe will bring back that healthy shine and make your hair look glowing. 
Ground ¼ cup of leftover walnuts in a food processor. Mash a banana. Combine with the ground walnuts and ½ tsp. olive oil. Heat the mixture over low heat until warm. Spread on damp hair and wrap in plastic wrap and leave it to set for 15 minutes. Rinse, style, and enjoy the compliments!
Sweet potato How do we love sweet potato? Let’s count the ways! Sweet potato pie, casserole, pudding…facial? Here’s how. 
Take 2 ounces of cooked mashed sweet potatoes and add 1 Tbsp oatmeal, 1 Tbsp raw sugar, ½ tsp. olive, almond, or other oil and a pinch of nutmeg. Mix it all together to make a thick paste, adding more oatmeal for thickness or more liquid to thin it. Apply to face and neck, and leave on for 5-8 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and pat skin dry.