Friday, August 26, 2011

traipsing down the primrose path to hippiedom

i am just going freakishly natural lately. this has nothing to do with parenting, at least not directly, but i figured i might as well share the ways we are weaning ourselves off of chemicals lately. here are a few natural beauty/household hints i've been gathering:

* plain, full fat yogurt makes the best face mask ever. just put it on, let it get mostly dry, and rinse off to reveal nicely glowing skin. the lactic acid does wonders to unclog pores and it gets the dry skin off while moisturizing.

caution: your cat will try to lick your face. it's awkward. and weird.

* baking soda is a delightful exfoliant for your face. it's gentle and does the job.

* the husband and i gave up shampoo and conditioner over a month ago and started using baking soda and apple cider vinegar instead. it took about 5 weeks but my hair finally stabilized and it is magnificent. no more itchy scalp from the chemicals in shampoos, just tons of healthy, glowing body. it's awesome. there are tons of websites that will show you how to wean off shampoo and it's totally worth the trouble to do so.

* adding minced garlic to clear nail polish is supposed to strengthen your nails. i'm giving this a go right now. my hands smell like i just made pasta sauce but other than that it's all good. i'll see how it works and report back.

* green tea is an awesome facial toner. brew it up, cool it down, wipe it on your face. it helps protect against sun damage and it makes your skin look lovely. also, if you have a sunburn, repeatedly douse it with cool green tea and the pain starts to fade immediately.  (rooibos tea is also great as a toner. it helps with cell renewal and prevents free radical damage.)

* if you mix sea salt with coconut oil and rub it all over yourself in the shower and then rinse you will be insanely soft and smell awesome. and want to lick your own arm. which you can totally do because it's all food stuff and you won't get sick or die or anything.

so there's what i have. what have you got?

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