Peppermint, or pudina, has been used as one of the main ingredients to cure various health issues for many years like digestive problems and headaches. The reason behind peppermint being so unique and special is its compound called menthol, which gives peppermint its distinctive taste, smell and cooling sensation. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that peppermint is also used as a flavouring agent in food and drinks. However, peppermint is known to have more benefits when it is used in the form of oil. Pale yellowish in colour, peppermint oil is rich in iron, magnesium, minerals, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. But, when it comes to using peppermint oil to enhance your beauty, it is the best essential oil you can find. Let's take a look at how efficient is peppermint oil for hair growth:
1. Accelerates Hair Growth
If the number of lose strands on your hairbrush giving you a stressful time, then you must try peppermint oil on your hair. With its stimulating properties, the oil easily penetrates deep in the scalp and stimulates your hair follicles. Further, the oil helps increase the blood circulation in your scalp, which results in better growth of hair. 2. Solves Dry Scalp Problems
If your dry scalp irritates you, especially at night while sleeping, peppermint oil is a perfect solution for the same. Since it has excellent moisturising properties, regular use of peppermint oil will help in hydrating your dry scalp. All you need to do is to mix peppermint oil with any carrier oil like almond oil or olive oil and apply the mixture on your hair. Cover your head with a shower cap for 30 minutes and wash off with normal water. This will not only nourish your hair and scalp, but also moisturise it nicely.
If your dry scalp irritates you, especially at night while sleeping, peppermint oil is a perfect solution 3. Strengthens The Roots
Peppermint oil is rich in pulegone and mentone, which strengthens your hair roots and helps in preventing hair loss. You just need to apply peppermint oil directly on your scalp. Since peppermint oil has a little thick consistency, you can mix it with coconut oil as well.
Peppermint oil is rich in pulegone and mentone, which strengthens your hair roots 4. Helps In Treating Lice
Peppermint oil is known for its refreshing and fantastic fragrance, all thanks to menthol, which helps revitalise your hair and gives them a fresh look. However, this strong fragrance of peppermint oil suffocates the lice in your head and kills them completely. To get rid of lice, just apply peppermint oil at night before sleeping and wash your hair the next day. This will eventually solve your lice problem.
Now that you know the benefits of using peppermint oil to have flawless hair, tell us about your experience in the comment section below.
My diy anti-aging serum recipes are very intensive and highly concentrated, if you use one of these under your homemade moisturizer it will help it penetrate the skin. It will also boost hydration by forming a barrier to reduce water loss.
Why Make A Homemade Serum
DIY Serums are the hottest new skincare treatment in Europe right now and so they should be, these skin nourishing serums can slow down the early signs of ageing, soften the appearance of wrinkles, brighten, firm and hydrate the skin.
We are generally looking at making a serum for around ten percent of the cost over the counter. Yes, the oils can be expensive to buy up front but a little goes a long way, so once you have your supply it will save you a small fortune in the long run.
As I make face serum recipes using only natural oils they have an 18 month shelf life.
These oils are 100% natural & pure, they should be the number one beneficial ingredient in all over the counter moisturizers.
Before we start I would like to be clear that a serum should never replace your moisturizer, it’s designed to complement and help maximise the effectiveness of a moisturizer during my 3 step natural facial at home.
Commercial serums generally all contain silicone which is hotly debated right now. In my opinion, although they are not natural they are probably quite safe as long as they are used sparingly. Silicone is the ingredient that creates the smooth silky feeling you get from a commercial anti wrinkle serum as it glides over the skin so effortlessly.
I don’t use silicone as I feel that its not generally necessary to get a great result but if you are giving as a gift and want that extra special touch you might want to consider using a silicone. I would avoid the heavy ones and go for something like cyclomethicone which is available on Amazon.
Olive squalane is used throughout all of my diy ant-aging serums, its a great substitute for the commercial silicone used in most over the counter products. Its derived from Mediterranean olive oil, an excellent choice for face creams, eye treatments and serums.
Squalane is actually produced by our bodies when we are young and helps to protect and moisturize our skin. Olive squalane is often referred to as the ‘miracle that comes in a bottle’ or the ‘face lift in a bottle’ because of its wonderful skin conditioning properties, it glides across the skin and like silicone it feels nice and silky.
Olive squalane which is widely available on Amazon also acts an antibacterial helping to preserve your serum. It’s an excellent oil to have around and can be used to treat rashes and dried skin areas. It can be added to almost any cosmetic recipe to enhance it and also comes with a very good long shelf so it shouldn’t go to waste.
Making Your DIY Anti Aging Serum Recipes
All of my serum recipes have an 18 month self life and are quick and easy to make. They are all made from liquid ingredients and require no heating.
Each wrinkle serum recipe makes approx 50 grams which is just under 2 oz . Serums usually come in small quantities so 50 grams is a good amount to divide up into smaller bottles which is easier to store in your fridge to keep optimum for even longer.
I’ve divided mine into two separate 2 oz dropper bottles (or 2x 50ml). I may have been able to squeeze it all in to one 2 oz bottle but I wanted to leave a little extra space for the dropper and to be sure I that I don’t waste anything!
At least one of them will be for personal use and I’ll store the other bottle in the fridge until I need more or I will use it as a gift. If gifting I would consider using the airless serum bottles I found on Amazon for a better effect. Don’t throw out your glass bottles or jars as they can easily be sterilized and reused.
In the photos below I am making the cell renewal serum recipe.
My Cell Renewal Serum Recipe
This is my favorite homemade anti-aging serum, when I found this recipe it was promoted as being fantastic for dull, tired or more mature skin. And I wasn’t disappointed, I could actually feel the difference right away, but I was amazed at the change in my skin after using it for a few weeks!
Step 1. To mix the ingredients place a small empty bowl on your digital scale and set it to zero on grams.
Step 2. Start pouring the first ingredient and pour until it measures the required weight which is 35 grams of olive squalane.
Step 3. I then pour in the 10 grams of evening primrose oil taking the scale to 45g.
Step 4. Followed by 5 grams of avocado oil taking the scale to 50g.
Step 4. the last ingredient is the 4 drops of Neroli essential oil. Finish by pouring into your dropper bottles or airless pump bottle.
How To Use:
Remember to shake your serum well before using, as you can see in the picture below the oils can divide.
Apply all over your face then leave to settle for a couple of minutes before adding your homemade moisturizer.
Precious Oil Serum For Dry Skin
Packed full of wonderful anti ageing moisturizing loveliness. When creating a homemade serum I try to go with light oils that can penetrate the skin easily without greasiness that will still hold all the active ingredients deep within the skin.
Argon oil and Rose are so expensive that I thought about not including this recipe. But once you’ve tried this blend you will understand why I did, as this recipe as it makes a wonderful homemade gift for someone special.
Eye Area Serum
Use this around the eyes being careful not to get it in your eyes! You are better off storing this in 1 oz bottles as only a small amount is used each time.