5 Surprising Natural Health and Beauty Products Lurking In Your Kitchen

Megan from Gold Mountain Beauty  is guest posting on the blog today! Did you know that there are 5 natural health & beauty products lurking around in your kitchen?

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Megan Thompson of Gold Mountain Beauty Copyright: Heike Rau / rtf123

Your kitchen might just be home to some hidden health and beauty treasures – here’s how to use pantry items for things other than just cooking!

Okay, so we love the idea of natural health and beauty products, which is something that you should know by now. That might be due to the fact that we embrace the idea of saving money, but it’s mostly because we know just how well natural products work.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can include common pantry items into your beauty regime. Want to know the best part? These “treatments” are chemical free and they won’t blow the budget!

5 Kitchen Staples You Should Be Seeing in a Different Light

1.  Raw Honey

Organic honey doesn’t only taste great, it’s super effective at boosting your skin and hair health too. The reason why a lot of folks use raw honey for skin care purposes is because it’s antibacterial, which means, it has the ability to clarify your skin while it also moisturizes and protects.

To give your hair a healthy boost, just mix a tablespoon of raw honey with your regular conditioner and then apply it as a mask on dry hair, allowing it to sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing out and styling as usual.

It’s also an extremely common ingredient for DIY facemask recipes.

2. Oatmeal

They say that babies have smooth, clear complexions because their porridge goes onto their faces instead of into their mouths, and perhaps it’s time that we take a little cue from them.

Oatmeal is a natural exfoliant, making it the perfect ingredient to help you boost your skin’s natural glow. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be use on all skin types. Bet you didn’t know that oatmeal can also be used as an effective treatment for conditions such as eczema, acne, rosacea and skin rashes? As if those benefits aren’t enough, organic oatmeal can also assist in fighting the visible signs of premature aging.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, head over to Hilda Blue’s Ode to Oats post and see what amazing things oatmeal can do for you!

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a miracle worker, and there probably isn’t anything that it’s not good for. It’s great when used as a facial cleanser, as a moisturizer, as a makeup removing agent, and even as a frizz-taming hair mask. If you’re ready to embrace glowing skin and shiny locks then its time you started moving the jar of coconut oil over to the bathroom, instead of hiding it away in the kitchen cupboards.

The Beauty Gypsy’s 50 Uses for Coconut oil is well worth checking out if you’re not exactly sure how to start incorporating it into your beauty routine.

4. Coffee

We’re talking coffee grounds here. Coffee works amazingly well in a scrub to help exfoliate, moisturize and protect your skin. Since caffeine stimulates blood circulation, it can also help tackle skin conditions like eczema, cellulite, and varicose veins. Your morning cuppa Joe isn’t only a physiological stimulator, it can benefit your body in a bunch of ways too!

You can head over to the Posh Beauty Blog’s post on Coffee Skincare Recipes if you’re looking for fresh new ideas to start using coffee in your beauty routine.

5. Lemons

Most of us have a few lemons in the fridge, you know, just for the sake of salad finishes. The truth is: if you haven’t used them for health and beauty benefits before, you’ve been missing out on so much. Here’s why:

  • Fresh lemon slices with a little warm water in the morning will help kick start your metabolism for the day.
  • Lemon juice mixed with regular conditioner and then used as a hair mask can help tone down brassy blonde hair.
  • A lemon that has been cut in half and rubbed onto the skin can help brighten up your face and help you get rid of pesky blackheads.
  • Juice two lemons and add the juice to 2 cups of water, then soak your nails in the water for 10 minutes. Your nails will be stronger, will grow quicker, and you’ll also be getting rid of discoloration marks with just a weekly soak.

My Thirty Spot shows you how to use lemons in 8 different ways that’ll transform your beauty routine.

Whether you consulted this post in the hope of finding ways to save money on health and beauty products, or you’ve just been looking for ways to cut down on a number of chemicals that your body gets exposed to, you should have found all that you were looking for on this page.

These products aren’t just gentle enough to eat, they work wonders, and they’re easy on the pocket if you don’t already have them stocked in the kitchen.

Megan Thompson

Megan is a DIY health & beauty addict. She’s committed to making her itsy-bitsy apartment chemical free and her diet as unprocessed as possible. You can find her work at Gold Mountain Beauty where she is responsible for the blog, Instagram and Pinterest.

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