Throughout history, people have relied on techniques and special formulas to enhance their attractiveness. Some were based on ingredients that were found in the home. Here are some safe beauty treatments, courtesy of The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac, that you can make easily from items in your kitchen.
Beauty on a Budget
5 red seedless grapes
1 tablespoon sugar
Wash the grapes, then slice them in half widthwise. Dip the cut side into the sugar. Using half a grape for each finger, massage the skin around each fingernail for about 30 seconds each. Wipe off the excess sugar with a soft towel, then rub hand cream onto hands and cuticles.
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops bay essential oil
6 drops sandalwood essential oil
6 ounces warm sesame oil
Mix the oils together in a bowl until blended. Part your hair in sections, put a few drops of the blended oil on your fingertips, and massage into your scalp. Cover your head with a towel for 15 minutes, then shampoo. (You may need to shampoo twice.)
Use Kasturi turmeric (Curcuma aromatica) because regular turmeric can temporarily stain the skin.
¼ cup chickpea flour
¼ cup Kasturi turmeric powder
yogurt, as needed
In a small bowl, mix the chickpea flour and turmeric. Store the mixture in an airtight bottle. When ready to use, place a teaspoon of the mixture in a small bowl and add enough yogurt to make a paste. Apply the paste evenly to the face and leave on until it dries, about 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.