Try these quick and easy ways to use herbal vinegars to keep your skin and hair looking and feeling clean and fresh.
Relieve dry skin: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal and 1 cup vinegar into a warm bath for a refreshing and soothing soak.
Enhance your body wash: Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 1 cup of your favorite liquid soap or cleanser. The vinegar will make your skin silky soft.
Clean hands: Wash your hands with vinegar to soften them. This is especially helpful after working in the garden to remove dirt and stains.
Deodorize: Vinegar is a natural deodorizer. Simply splash some herbal or white vinegar under your arms and allow to dry.
Freshen your breath: A vinegar-salt water rinse is especially helpful for ridding your breath of onions or garlic. Mix 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup water to make an effective mouth rinse.
Clean combs and hairbrushes: Soak them in a solution of 2 cups hot water and 1/2 cup vinegar overnight. In the morning, rinse well with cool water and allow to air dry.
Sunburn soother: Soothe a sunburn by mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 1 cup of water and spraying onto your skin. Follow with a non-oil moisturizer, as the vinegar can dry skin.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Holt Paperbacks, 2002). For more recipes and ideas or to contact Janice, visit her website at www.janicecox.com
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Body & Soul: Herbal Vinegar for Skin and Hair