Being a migraineur means we are sensitive to so many things – the way we live, what we put in our bodies, and the thing we often forget: what we put on our bodies. We use so many chemicals in our daily lives that we often don’t realise that scents, creams, and lotions, could also be contributing to our triggers.
The best thing we can do for ourselves is strip it all back, just like we’ve done in our diet. Without the concoction of chemicals, it gives our bodies the space to cope and not set off all those Neurotransmitters that send our brains haywire.
But our skin still dries out, we still get wrinkles, and we’d still like to smell pleasant. So that’s what I’ve looked into next. How can we make those skincare products ourselves, so we know what’s in them, and that they are natural and simple? Here are a few of the best, with links in case you want to try making them straight away:
Homemade Anti Wrinkle Cream
Benefits of the home-made wrinkle cream
- It’s easy to prepare
- All the ingredients are cheap and you already have them in your kitchen
- The cream is moisturising, removing wrinkles by hydrating the skin, not stuffing it with chemicals
- The cream can be used on any type of skin
- It will give you long term benefits, but you will notice the difference in just 7 days
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Mix all the ingredients until you have a smooth paste, then transfer them into a jar. Store the cream in the fridge.
How to use the cream
Wash your face with warm water and then apply the cream all over your face, massaging it gently. The best time for applying this cream is right before bedtime, so go to sleep with the cream on. In the morning, wash your face and enjoy the smooth and silky feeling.
Continue to apply the cream daily for 7 days, then use it once a week.
Simple Homemade Every day Moisturiser
Looks edible doesn’t it?
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon liquid vitamin E
- 5-7 drops lavender essential oil and/or tea tree oil
Combine the coconut oil, vitamin E or tea tree oil, and lavender in a bowl. Now mix. That’s it.
Or for something a little more luxurious
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2 tsp. almond oil
- 1 Tbsp. cocoa butter
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil (see previous recipe for link)
- Mason jar (4 oz)
Homemade Every day Eye Cream
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vitamin e oil
- 1 tbsp primrose oil
- 3-5 drops essential oils (optional)*
Bring 2″ of water in a small saucepan to a boil. Add coconut oil, vitamin e oil and primrose oil to a clean mason jar.
Place mason jar in water (effectively creating a double broiler method) and warm until the oils are melted. Remove from heat and add in essential oils of choice. Pour into small, clean container to store.
The oil will stay at a liquid state until it has cooled below 76 degrees, but you can speed along the process by placing it in the refrigerator.
Apply around the eye in the evenings, being careful to avoid getting the homemade eye cream into the eye.
*I recommend frankincense, lavender, lemon or ylang ylang essential oils.
Note that the main ingredient is coconut oil, and if you have ever used coconut oil, you know it has a relatively low melting temperature. If you live a warm climate, you can keep your homemade eye cream in the refrigerator to keep it solid. Otherwise, refrigeration is not necessary.
Green Tea Repairing Eye Cream For Dark Circles
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 3/4 teaspoon beeswax
- 1 bag green tea
- 1-2 drops vitamin E oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)
- Melt the almond oil, shea butter, vitamin E oil, and beeswax in a double boiler
- Once the oils are melted, open the green tea bag and pour it into the melted oils
- Let the tea seep for 20 minutes over low heat on the double boiler
- After 20 minutes, pour the oil mix through a strainer to remove the green tea bits
- Mix in the peppermint essential oil
- Pour into a tight lidded container, and let it return to room temperature over several hours
To use: apply using your ring finger by tapping lightly under and around your eyes
Deodorant Bar Ingredients
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
- ½ cup + 1 tsp beeswax
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil – optional
- 3 tablespoons baking soda (Omit this if you have sensitive skin and just use extra arrowroot or cornstarch)
- 1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder
- 2-3 capsules of high quality probiotics that don’t need to be refrigerated (optional)
- Optional: Essential oils of choice – I used about 20 drops of lavender essential oil and also like citrus and frankincense
Deodorant Bar Instructions
- Combine coconut oil, shea (or other) butter, and beeswax in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out…
- Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:
- Remove from heat and add the vitamin E oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder, probiotics, and essential oils. Make sure the mixture is not hot to the touch (warm is ok) so that the heat doesn’t kill the probiotics.
- Gently stir by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.
- If you will be making these into bars, pour into muffin tins or other molds while still liquid. If you will be putting into an old deodorant container to use like stick deodorant, let the mixture harden for about 15-20 minutes at room temperature to harden and when it is about the consistency of peanut butter, use a spoon to scoop into the deodorant tube and pack down to fill. Then, leave the cap off overnight to completely harden before using.
Give them a go and let me know how you get on.
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