Saturday, June 10, 2006

Yoghurt - not just for eating anymore:
Why purchase all those expensive, high priced, high street AHA creams when you can get wholesome benefits & nutrients at a fraction of the cost by using fresh yoghurt mixed with FRESH fruit and/or Honey?

What's in it for you?
Yoghurt contains zinc, calcium, Vitamins B1, B2, B6 & B12, protein, yeast and AHA (alpha hydroxyacid). An example of an AHA is lactic acid/sodium lactate which some
use to soften their
lovely locs & tresses and smooth dry skin. AHAs are also a natural exfoliant, too. Lactic acid is found naturally in milk products & fruit.
Adding a tablespoon of fresh citrus fruit to your yoghurt mixture will help to restore the normal pH balance of skin & hair.

Yoghurt is:
1. Effective at drawing out impurities.
2. A natural way to exfoliate & reduce the size of your pores.
3. Great at reviving dull looking skin - especially after a good night out on the tiles.

Recipe time
Face mask recipe for Normal skin

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. Take a small pot of plain or bio yoghurt
2. Add a quarter teaspoon of lemon or lime or orange or grapefruit juice.
3. For Dry Skin - Add a little dollop of honey or a teaspoon of brown sugar.

For Combination and Oily skin mix in a quarter teaspoon of either bentonite clay or rhassoul clay

4. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin (avoiding the eye area)
5. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes during this time prepare a bowl of warm water and add 2 drops of
Lavender Essential Oil or Chamomile Essential Oil
6. Remove the yoghurt with a face towel soaked in the warm water that contains essential oil
Simply rinse with warm water.
Your face will feel nice and soft.
Do this once a week for supple soft smooth skin.

Dry skin facial

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. ½ cup plain or Bio Yoghurt
2. 1 tbsp Marula Oil or Watermelon Oil
3. 1 ½ tsp fresh Papaya fruit.

Mix all ingredients together.
Apply to face (avoiding the eye area) & neck area.
Leave it on for up to 10 minutes

Rinse off with warm water.
Say bye to the dry & enjoy the softness.
Repeat every other week to maintain your skin's softness.

Recipe for Cute Cuticles and Strong nail beds

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. Half a cup of plain or Bio yoghurt
2. Juice of one very cold Lemon or 4 drops of Lemon Essential Oil
3. Half a teaspoon of Papaya Oil

Wash hands.
Mix the ingredients together.

Massage your hands and nails with the mixture.
Rinse and pat dry.
Do this every day for 2 weeks & you will notice how soft and supple your hands feel and how strong your nails are.

Yoghurt & Rhassoul Deep Conditioning Hair Mud Treatment
(relief for an itchy dry scalp)

What you will need:
* 2 Rhassoul condish cubes
* Plain or Bio Yoghurt
* 30 ml of hot water per cube

Prep time = 10 minutes

How to mix in 3 easy steps:
1. Place Rhassoul condish cube(s) in a heat resistant bowl
Be very careful when adding hot liquid.
Use the fork to break up the cube(s) & let it sit in the hot liquid for a minute.

2. As the mix starts to break up stir with fork until the cube(s) dissolves into a thick melted milk chocolate consistency. Use hand blender or whisk should you require a thicker texture.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of Yoghurt to the mix and stir

4. Ta-Da! Your mud is now ready.

Apply to your hair and scalp, cover with a disposable shower cap or cling film or nothing - it's your choice because it will not drip.

Leave the conditioning mud on:
15 - 20 mins for regular deep conditioning.
45 minutes for maximum deep conditioning.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water, dry & style as usual.
Your hair will be soft & fluffy for days!

Yoghurt in your hair as a prewash conditioner

Hair Mask Recipe - suitable for all hair types

Prep time required = 10 minutes

1. Take a small pot of natural or bio yoghurt
2. Add a quarter teaspoon of honey.
3. Add a couple of drops of your favourite hair loving essential oil
4. Put the mixture on your dry, clean hair
5. Cover with Cling Film
6. Leave on for 15 to 20 mins.
7. Rinse
8. Enjoy the softness

Not suitable for those with milk intolerance or Ovo-Lacto Vegetarians

Next week we will look at Baking Soda for the home, hair, skin, practically EVERYTHING!