You probably don’t think about body products while you’re picking up groceries for supper. It’s also not common to head for your pantry when you want to wash your face!
Let’s get a little unconventional and explore 7 foods you should have in your bathroom – and why you want them.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Besides its many health benefits, did you know that Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is also an excellent facial toner? Mix a little raw ACV, water and a few drops of lavender essential oil for an easy facial toner that’s soothing and healing.
Raw ACV is also great in a hair rinse. You can skip conditioner and instead rinse your hair with 1 tablespoon of ACV mixed with one cup water. It leaves hair soft, shiny, and with no frizz! Add a single drop of Rosemary Essential Oil to the mix for a lovely scent and to boost the shine even more.
Your mom might have added oats to the bath when you had chicken pox as a kid, and they still deserve a place in your bathroom today. Oats promote healing and reduce inflammation, making them a great choice for sensitive skin.
You can use ground oats as a gentle, soothing body scrub, or as an everyday face exfoliator. (Just whiz rolled oats in a food processor to make a gritty flour.) For mature or sensitive skin, make a paste of ground oats and milk. Smooth over damp skin, let dry for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Cornmeal is an inexpensive and effective exfoliant. Mixed with a little honey, it’s a simple body scrub. Many commercial body scrubs contain salt, which is much too harsh for most skin. Cornmeal is soft enough to not damage skin, but still get the job done.
Add a pinch of Baking Soda to the lather from your cleansing bar to turn it into an exfoliating wash. Rinse well and be sure to follow with a gentle moisturizer.
If you can only put one food in your bathroom, choose raw honey. Honey can be used to wash your face (yes, really!). It fights breakouts while moisturizing and healing skin, making it the perfect multitasking food for your bathroom. You can also use raw honey to heal cuts and scrapes, fight minor fungal and bacterial infections and much more.
Cinnamon has antifungal, antiparasitic, and antibacterial properties. Consider keeping a little shaker of ground cinnamon handy, and sprinkle a little over your toothbrush each day to harness the power of cinnamon to fight oral bacteria (goodbye, morning breath!).
While salt isn’t great for scrubbing your skin, it makes an excellent addition to bathwater. A salt bath helps detoxify, re-mineralize the body, and increase circulation, all while contributing to lowered stress levels. Not a bad way to improve your health! Use a mineral-rich natural salt (like dead sea salt or real salt) for best results.