Way: Rejuvenating Treatments for Skin and Hair
By Emily E. Ray
Hippocrates once said,
“The natural way is the only way”. As we venture into the new
millennium, many people are moving toward the natural lifestyle
recommended by the Father of Medicine thousands of years ago. Organic
foods are becoming increasingly available and consumed. Various
alternative therapies including Reiki, Breathwork and Acupuncture are
quickly emerging as alternatives to more traditional allopathic
medical treatments. Often, people become so harried trying to
naturally achieve and maintain balance within their core that they
forget to take care of their “shell”.
Here is a challenge that
will help you reduce stress and save money while bringing the
rejuvenation needed during the holidays. It will require some resolve
on your part; adding five items to your grocery cart, and taking an
hour a week to spend on yourself. The following recipes are designed
to combat the ill effects of harsh winter weather on your face, hair,
lips and body, without costing a fortune, or requiring hours of
hunting down ingredients and making concoctions. (Each recipe has only
Your challenge is to spend a little time each week treating your body
to one (or all) of these treatments. You will look and feel better on
the outside, which will make you glow from the inside.
On your next trip to the
food market, you will need to buy the following items:
1 Avocado - contains
Vitamins A, C, and E, iron, potassium, niacin, pantothenic acids;
unsaturated fatty acids stimulate the skin’s of production of
2 Small bananas -
contain tryptophan, an amino acid, potassium, and Vitamins A, B, C
and E which restore the elasticity of the hair
1 small bottle Olive
oil - Hippocrates called olive oil “the great therapeutic”; provides
sunscreen protection, absorbing 20% of the sun’s rays
Orange essential oil -
soothes and restores the spirit; is a skin conditioner
and soothing agent
1 brick of beeswax -
melting point is 145°F; natural animal wax from the comb of the
honey bee; works as a binder and protective barrier from wind and
If you want to avoid lots of clean up, before applying this mask cover
your face with cheesecloth (with holes cut out for eyes and mouth).
Mix together: 1 ripe
banana, 1 tsp. Olive oil, 1 drop Orange essential oil.
Smooth over face and
leave on for 15 - 20 minutes.
Rinse off with tepid
water. Smooth on a rich moisturizer.
Mayan Hair Mask
Ancient Mayan Inca and Aztec women believed that avocados fed the skin
from the inside and outside. Make sure you save the avocado pit,
setting it in a place where it can dry out.
Mix together: ˝ ripe
avocado, 1 tbsp. olive oil, ˝ small banana and 1 egg yolk.
Gently massage onto
hair and scalp and cover with a shower cap.
Leave on 1 hour and
rinse thoroughly with warm water. Shampoo as usual.
If you like your lip balm to have a thinner, glossier consistency, use
more olive oil. If you like a thicker, creamier feel, use less.
Heat 2 tbsp. Chopped
beeswax in a double boiler until melted. Remove from heat. Slowly
pour ⅓ cup olive oil into beeswax and stir to mix.
Add 1 ˝ tbsp. honey
and 5 drops Orange essential oil. Stir continuously to mix until
Pour into a clean
container with a lid. Tightly seal.
The pit of the avocado needs to be dried for 3 - 5 days before it can
be ground for this recipe.
Grind dried avocado
pit until pieces are very fine (placing it in a sealed plastic bag
and hammering it will work). Mix with ˝ banana and olive oil to make
a thick paste.
Rub gently over skin -
do not use too much pressure, as the pit will naturally exfoliate!
Rinse off in a warm