The word cosmetics came to us from the ancient Greeks word kosmein, which means “to decorate”. Since then people from many different cultures have utilized cosmetics not only to decorate in order to announce something important. Occasions such as a birth, marriage, or even a battle were celebrated and announced through make-up applied to the body, or dyes applied to the hair. We humans have not only used cosmetic to mark milestones in life, however. We have also used and continue to use cosmetics to beautify and cleanse the body. Many of the best cosmetics from throughout the centuries have been made and still are made with plants. There are a countless number of plants that hold an infinite amount of beneficial and cosmetic properties for the body. Here are a few examples of properties and uses of common plants utilized in cosmetic preparations:
You have heard these words used a lot these days to market many products claiming to contain them. They are hard to make, but you can purchase them and use them to make a lot of your own products at home. Rose oil is one of the most famous and expensive of the essential oils, used mostly in perfumes. Lavender oil is another popular oil used in perfume products. Mint oil is used in a variety of products from chewing gum to toothpaste, and is a source of natural menthol.
Orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit oils are all popular citrus scents used to freshen any cosmetic creation.
There are many natural minerals that can be used for cosmetic purposes, and are used in a variety of products. Benzoic acid, borax, and boric acid are all preservatives found in the earth or water and used in creams and cleansers. Talc, magnesium carbonate, and chalk are commonly used in many bath powder, body powders, and tooth pastes and powders.
There are many common plants that have astringent properties that can freshen your skin when used in a preparation as an easy as a face rinse. A few tablespoons boiled in water have the potential to match your most expensive commercial astringents. Geranium leaves, oak bark, pine needles, and sunflower leaves are all known for the astringent properties. Look for these in the products you buy, and experiment on your own.
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There are many benefits in using natural skin care products on your skin. Some women will even go as far as to create their own skin care recipes by combining natural ingredients that can be found at the neighborhood grocery store. But what if you could bring your skin care even closer to home?
Chamomile has been regarded for ages as an herb that promotes calm and relaxation, but it can do so much more for your hair, skin and personal well-being as part of a regular beauty regimen.
Chamomile has a variety of medical properties, but is also known for helping achieve emotional balance