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Video: What Flowers And Plants Help Maintain Beauty And Health
Fresh flowers and herbs in summer can do a special service to maintain beauty and health. Warm sunny days are coming - don't miss this opportunity. And for the future, it will not be superfluous to dry medicinal plants, make tinctures, decoctions, masks, teas, fragrant baths from them, prepare fragrant pads with herbs for a good sleep and mood. When everything is blooming, it's time to do it!
• Petals of blue cornflower are insisted in boiling water in a ratio of 1:20 or in vodka (1: 5), but in this case dilute the tincture with water by half and wipe the face to care for oily skin, treat and prevent acne.
• White lily petals are placed in dark glass or porcelain dishes, poured with vodka to cover them completely. The sealed tincture is kept in the refrigerator for six weeks, shaking occasionally. To care for oily skin - rubbing - use undiluted tincture. To wipe normal to dry skin, dilute in half with water. To care for very dry, irritated skin, the petals are infused with oil (almond, peach, olive).
• Masks for skin whitening, prevention and elimination of wrinkles are made from white lily petals, honey, garlic juice and beeswax, taken in equal quantities. Wax and honey are melted in a water bath, crushed lily petals and garlic juice are added to them, the mixture is kept for 15 minutes, filtered, cooled and whipped. The mask is applied to the skin of the face and neck, excluding the area around the eyes, for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with warm, then cold water.
• Wild rose French (Rosa gallika) often grows in gardens. She is very beautiful and helpful. Rose water is prepared from its petals, they are simply applied to the face as a living fragrant mask. Tea made from the petals of this rose (2-3 g per cup) is good for digestion, and chilled - like a lotion for the skin of the face, moisturizes and smoothes it well. Only rose petals are collected, dried indoors without access to sunlight, stored in hermetically sealed jars in a dry, dark place.
• A mask of rose petals and scented pelargonium leaves for smoothing the skin is prepared as follows. Petals of two large flowers of a rose, not treated with pesticides, three medium leaves of fragrant room pelargonium are crushed by hand and poured in 50 ml of jojoba or almond, peach, olive oil; then in a sealed container they are placed on a sunny windowsill for two weeks. The infusion is filtered and mixed with 5 g of wax and a teaspoon of lanolin heated in a water bath. The mask is kept on the face and neck for 20 minutes.
• Rose bath relaxes and gently cares for the skin. A mixture of 5 drops of natural rose oil and 4 tablespoons of non-fat cream is added to warm water. Instead of rose oil, you can take 250-300 g of fragrant rose petals, place them in a gauze or linen bag and dip them into water. For full enjoyment, a handful of live rose petals are thrown into the bath.
• Rose water has been one of the most common cosmetic products since biblical times. It cleanses well, tones the skin, relieves irritation and swelling. An infusion of rose petals is prepared at the rate of 2 tablespoons of petals per glass of boiling water, kept until it cools, then stored in the refrigerator. Irrigate the face with cold infusion, which refreshes and tones the skin. From the infusion, you can make ice cubes and wipe them on your face, neck and chest in the morning, especially in summer.
• Lotion from rose petals is prepared as follows: 4 cups of dry red rose petals are poured with half a liter of vinegar and insisted in a sealed glass vessel for three weeks, occasionally shaking the contents. Then the infusion is filtered and diluted in half with boiled water. The lotion is recommended for the care of oily and normal skin as a good cleanser and tonic that enhances its protective functions.
• The essence of rose petals serves to effectively cleanse and tone dry and normal skin. To prepare it, 3 cups of dry red rose petals are poured with almond or other vegetable oil so that the petals are completely covered, and kept in a water bath until the petals are completely discolored. The essence is stored in a tightly closed glass bottle in the refrigerator. The face and neck are rubbed 2-3 times a day, which gives the skin a healthy elastic appearance.
• Foot bath with rose and lavender oil gently cares for the skin and helps to relax before bed. A little honey, 2-3 drops of essential oils are added to the water for the bath.
• Massage aroma oil is prepared from the calculation: for 10 ml of base (olive, peach, jojoba or other vegetable oil) add 2 drops of natural essential oils of rose, lavender and rosemary. Daily massage of feet and hands with this oil in the morning and in the evening improves microcirculation of blood in the capillaries, thus eliminating cold hands and feet, nourishes and revitalizes the skin and nails.
• Calendula (marigold) is a very effective remedy for the care and treatment of oily skin, and also helps in the treatment of seborrhea (dandruff), baldness, cracked skin and mucous membranes, burns, frostbite and insect bites. Tincture of calendula is prepared from flower heads with vodka in a ratio of 1:10 or bought at a pharmacy.
• Masks made of calendula tincture are used to treat oily skin, acne and redheads. A tablespoon of homemade tincture is diluted in half a glass of boiled water (or in a glass of water if a pharmacy tincture is used). In this solution, a napkin with slits for the eyes is moistened and applied to the face for 20 minutes. The course of treatment is 10 days daily, then 10 days every other day.
• Cleanse oily skin with a solution of calendula tincture, half diluted with boiled water.
• Seborrhea of the scalp is treated by rubbing calendula tincture into the skin every other day for a month. (When using a pharmacy tincture, which is prepared in 70% alcohol, before rubbing it, dilute it with water in half). A second course, if necessary, is carried out in a month.
• Baldness is treated with calendula tincture compresses on the bald part of the head with an exposure time of 1-1.5 hours. In this case, the concentration of the solution should be as follows: the pharmacy tincture is diluted by two-thirds with water, the homemade one - half. The procedures are carried out daily for a month.
• Cracks in the skin and mucous membranes are treated with calendula oil. It is prepared from 10 flowers and 100 g of vegetable oil, keeping the mixture for 12 hours. After that, it is heated for 20 minutes in a water bath and filtered. Cracked lips are lubricated after each meal. Cracks on the hands and feet are treated with gauze soaked in warm calendula oil. Instead of oil, you can make lotions or compresses from a pharmacy tincture.
• In case of fresh burns, undiluted pharmacy tincture quickly relieves pain and is an ambulance. To do this, apply a napkin moistened with calendula tincture on the burnt skin surface. Then, 2-3 times a day, cool lotions are made every 5-10 minutes for an hour with diluted pharmacy tincture (1 tablespoon per glass of water, or 0.5 cups for homemade tincture).
• For insect bites, frostbite of 1-2 degrees, use the same tincture of calendula. It quickly relieves itching and skin irritation. You can put a crushed calendula leaf on the blister after an insect bite.