Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Beauty tips using home and food ingredients #2 ~ Mint

Ladies ! 

This is the 2nd post I'm sharing with you guys. I'm sharing all the stuff you can do with mint leaves. The first thing I'm sharing is a mint face mask for all skin types. You can use this mint paste on it's own or with other products.



  • Rinse the mint leaves and separate them from the stems. Collect the leaves in a bowl
  • Now blend these leaves until smooth, sprinkling water in between if necessary
  • That’s it! you’re done. Store this mint paste in refrigerator.

For Oily Skin:

Mix a teaspoon of mint paste with a teaspoon of fullers earth (multani mitti) or gram flour (besan). Add rose water to make a smooth paste. Use this as your regular face pack every evening.

For Dry Skin:

Add few drops of honey to a teaspoon of mint leaves paste. If your skin is extra dry, put in some cream and use it as your face pack. Make sure to concentrate more on the scars.

For Normal Skin:

Simply apply this paste over cleansed skin. It’s better if you leave this paste on your scars overnight. Wash it off with fresh water in the morning.

Mint and Sage shampoo

This mint and sage hair shampoo is awesome, a good natural shampoo that I find works well with this is Alba botanica.
Pour half a cup of boiled water into a bowl.
Mix in a tablespoon of rosemary and 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint.
Add a quarter of a cup of natural shampoo and stir into the mix.
Allow to steep for at least half an hour before straining into a clean glass bottle or jar.

Mint leaves for dark under eye 

(trust me, this is simple, and you do not need exact measurements)

Mint (preferably fresh mint, but dried mint can work, too)
Water
A touch of honey

Tools needed:

Mixing bowl and a wooden spoon
Mortar and pestle (optional)
OR
A blender

BLENDER METHOD
Step 1:
 If you are using fresh mint, make sure that you have gathered it from an area free of pesticides. Wash and dry the mint before adding it to the blender. If you are using dried mint, simply add it to the blender.

Step 2: Add a touch of water to the mint and blend on high. Next, add a few more drops of water and a few drops of honey until the mint under eye mixture starts to resemble a thick paste. That's it!

Step 3: Depending on how much mint mixture you made, you may need to store the excess in a container for a few days. Make sure to package the mint under eye paste in a clean, dry container, and store it in a cool, dry, dark place - the refrigerator works well for storage, and makes the mint eye paste even more refreshing!

MIXING BOWL METHOD
Step 1: If you are using fresh mint, make sure that you have gathered it from an area free of pesticides. Wash and dry the mint before tearing it into very small pieces. You can also choose to mince the mint leaves before adding them to the bowl. Using a mortar and pestle is also a great option, and crushes the leaves into a very fine paste. That said, if you do not have a mortar and pestle, mincing or finely tearing the mint leaves works fine. If you are using dried mint, simply add it to the bowl (or mortar and pestle) straight from the jar.

Step 2: Add a splash of water, a few drops of honey, and stir well. The finished mint under eye mixture should resemble a thick paste.

Step 3: Depending on the amount of mint under eye paste mixture you have, you may need to store the excess in a container for a few days. Make sure to package the mint under eye paste in a clean, dry container, and store it in a cool, dry, dark place - the refrigerator works well for storage, and makes the mint eye paste extra refreshing!

Using the mint under eye paste:

(trust me, this is simple,you do not need exact measurements)

Mint (preferably fresh mint, but dried mint can work, too)
Water
A touch of honey

Tools needed:

Mixing bowl and a wooden spoon
Mortar and pestle (optional)
OR
A blender

BLENDER METHOD
Step 1:
 If you are using fresh mint, make sure that you have gathered it from an area free of pesticides. Wash and dry the mint before adding it to the blender. If you are using dried mint, simply add it to the blender.

Step 2: Add a touch of water to the mint and blend on high. Next, add a few more drops of water and a few drops of honey until the mint under eye mixture starts to resemble a thick paste. That's it!

Step 3: Depending on how much mint mixture you made, you may need to store the excess in a container for a few days. Make sure to package the mint under eye paste in a clean, dry container, and store it in a cool, dry, dark place - the refrigerator works well for storage, and makes the mint eye paste even more refreshing!

MIXING BOWL METHOD
Step 1: If you are using fresh mint, make sure that you have gathered it from an area free of pesticides. Wash and dry the mint before tearing it into very small pieces. You can also choose to mince the mint leaves before adding them to the bowl. Using a mortar and pestle is also a great option, and crushes the leaves into a very fine paste. That said, if you do not have a mortar and pestle, mincing or finely tearing the mint leaves works fine. If you are using dried mint, simply add it to the bowl (or mortar and pestle) straight from the jar.

Step 2: Add a splash of water, a few drops of honey, and stir well. The finished mint under eye mixture should resemble a thick paste.

Step 3: Depending on the amount of mint under eye paste mixture you have, you may need to store the excess in a container for a few days. Make sure to package the mint under eye paste in a clean, dry container, and store it in a cool, dry, dark place - the refrigerator works well for storage, and makes the mint eye paste extra refreshing!

Using the mint under eye paste:


To apply the mint under eye paste, simply take a small amount, smooth it on under your eyes (taking care to avoid your eyes), and relax for about 20-30 minutes while the paste works its magic. Rinse with warm water, pat skin dry, and admire your beautiful new eye skin. Over time, this paste will work even greater wonders. Enjoy!

Mint Toner 

A Pan Half filled with Normal Water
15-20 Mint Leaves, Properly washed

Method:
Put Mint Leaves to water
Boil it, till the Leaves give out it’s Color
Transfer the Boiled water containing Leaves to a Jar
Let the Water cool down to the Normal Room Temperature
Take a Cotton Swab and Dip into the water.
Tab the cotton on your Face repeatedly for 15 minutes
Then wash out your Face with the remaining Water

Sites 
Alba Botanica - http://www.albabotanica.com



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