by Angela Kaelin
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Health and beauty aids are important not only to physical health, but to mental health. When we look and smell good, we feel good. The health and beauty industry takes in hundreds of millions of dollars every year, and their commercial beauty aids represents a substantial expense for many people.
Besides being a drain on your wallet, research has shown that some of the ingredients commonly found in these high-priced commercial beauty products -- such as aluminum, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium fluoride and dioxins -- can pose serious health risks.
Completely avoiding all of them may not be practical or even possible, but colloidal silver provides some ways to ease your body's toxic burden by providing a healthier alternative for some of the most common commercial beauty products.
Here are a few ways colloidal silver can provide a healthier alternative and save you money. You’ll be amazed to find that colloidal silver combined with some common items that you may already have in your cabinets or that you can cheaply and easily obtain from your local health food store, can actually do a better job than anything you’ve ever used before!
All of the following recipes are very simple. The essential oils recommended are only those considered very safe, but for the sake of additional safety, don’t get any of these products into your eyes. They are all relatively inexpensive and available at health food stores.
Colloidal Silver Aftershave
This recipe is ideal for men with stiff beards who are inclined to getting bumps and ingrown hairs. Colloidal silver helps to soothe and heal any bumps or scratches. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that tightens the pores, moisturizes without being oily and can greatly benefit skin that’s prone to acne.
2 ounces of distilled water
2 ounces of colloidal silver
4 ounces of witch hazel (available at any department store, drug store, or health food store).
6-8 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Blend these ingredients in a bottle. Shake well before each application.
Healing and Detoxifying Mask for Men and Women
Women are much more accustomed to using detoxifying masks, and know the immediate positive results they can provide.
But, this simple mask is also recommended for men who may be having problems with ingrown hairs, bumps or blackheads.
It's great for anyone who wants to gently exfoliate and detoxify their skin.
Here's how to do it:
Blend old-fashioned oatmeal to a fine powder in a blender.
Put 1/4 cup of powdered oatmeal in a bowl.
Add 2 to 3 tbsp. of colloidal silver and blend into a paste with a spoon.
When you have a thin paste, apply this mixture to your face and neck. Let it remain for 10 to 15 minutes.
Bonus Tips: For increased detoxification, you can add a tbsp. of bentonite clay (available at health food stores) to the above recipe. This will help remove blackkheads, pimples, etc., and pull toxins from your pores. You may have to add a little extra colloidal silver if you choose to add the clay.
For moisturizing and skin-tightening benefits, add 1 tbsp. of honey to the above recipe.
Underarm and Personal Deodorant Spray
Many people are very sensitive to the ingredients in commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. If you're sensitive or just want an alternative to dangerous aluminum-containing antiperspirants, try thoroughly mixing the following ingredients in an 8 to 12 oz. spray bottle:
2 - 3 ounces of colloidal silver
6 - 9 ounces of distilled water
8 to 10 drops of lavender oil
8 to 10 drops of rosemary oil
8 to 10 drops of sage oil
Sage has a light action as a natural antiperspirant. Perspiration odors on the skin are produced by bacteria. Colloidal silver works as an excellent antibacterial and is extremely beneficial to the skin as well.
Rosemary and lavender are not only aromatic, but they have profound soothing and healing properties, too.
Shake this mixture well before each application.
Healthy Feet Soak
Sweet-smelling feet are healthy feet. If your poor, tired feet spend long hours in hot shoes, they need special treatment in order to maintain your health.
Treating your feet to this colloidal silver soak not only keeps dangerous fungal infections away, but it soothes the feet and helps your whole body to relax.
Ladies, this is an excellent after-work soak or pre-pedicure treatment.
Combine the following in a little tub or pan that you can fit your feet into.
1 qt. water
6-8 ounces of colloidal silver
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup Epsom salts or baking soda
20 drops of peppermint essential oil
20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
Soak your feet for 15 or 20 minutes. Then dry feet and toes, thoroughly.
All-Natural Minty Flavored Mouthwash
Commercial mouthwashes are not safe products. Just the alcohol content alone in most of them can cause serious problems, including oral cancer.
You can use colloidal silver by itself as a safe, simple and inexpensive mouthwash. It stands on its own. But, if you insist on that “fresh minty taste” and want to make your own minty all-natural mouthwash, try combining the following ingredients in a bottle.
6 ounces distilled water
2-4 ounces colloidal silver
10-15 drops of peppermint oil or spearmint oil
Sometimes these two oils are available in the baking section of your grocery store. Or you can find them in just about any good health food store. They’re very inexpensive.
Like colloidal silver, both of these essential oils have natural anti-bacterial properties. Spearmint also has a reputation for healing gums and whitening teeth.
Shake this mixture well before each use.
Staying Healthy While Stretching Your Dollars
These are just a few of the many ways colloidal silver can help you stretch your dollars while providing you with some of the very best all-natural personal care products you'll find, anywhere.
Hollywood stars who are into natural health often end up paying through the nose to have all-natural recipes just like these made for them through local apothecaries. Yet they are extremely simple and inexpensive to make yourself.
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