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This seasonal gourd may be your best beauty buy of the season. From shiny hair to smooth skin, the pumpkin can provide benefits that prove it be a girl’s best friend.

Packed with minerals and vitamins A, B-6, B-12, C and D, pumpkins are a fantastic diet food. However, these bright-orange gourds may also be the key to looking fabulous during harsh winter months.

Pumpkin puree is a cheap ingredient that you can use in a slew of DIY beauty products, and it’s easy to make your own in less than an hour is easy. Always use a fresh pumpkin for the best results.

Easy Pumpkin Puree Recipe

Cut the gourd in half and remove the seeds and extra gunk. Slice the pumpkin and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Peel off the skin (this will be easy after the pumpkin is roasted) and use your food processor to puree. That’s all you have to do.

An average 3-pound pumpkin will yield about 3 cups of puree. One pumpkin can have you set for the entire season. Keep your puree in the fridge for up to a week or freeze in small batches for up to three months.

Pumpkin Your Face

Are you dealing with acne? The vitamin A, C, and zinc in pumpkin is a natural exfoliate that helps to reduce acne. Put a small amount of the puree on the breakouts; leave it for a half-hour and then wash your face.

Freshen up your face with a honey and pumpkin mask. Blend a tablespoon of pumpkin with a teaspoon each of raw honey and apple cider vinegar. Apply the mixture onto your face and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing off.

If you have oily skin, make a facial scrub with pumpkin puree, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Rub your skin with the mix and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.

Pumpkin is also perfect for dry skin. Mix 1/4 cup of puree with an egg and a teaspoon each of honey and olive oil. Leave on your face for 20 minutes and then rinse off.

Get smooth lips overnight by applying a thick layer of pumpkin puree to chapped lips before bedtime.

Pamper Your Body

Make a softening body mask with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree and a teaspoon of olive oil. Smooth over your body and leave on for 10 minutes before showering away.

Exfoliate naturally with 3 tablespoons each of pumpkin puree and sugar. Gently scrub for five minutes before rinsing off.

Get rid of cracked heels with raw pumpkin puree. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off.

You can make a body butter with 3 tablespoons of puree and coconut oil. It’s best to use it in the shower; apply it after you wash up. Rinse off to a softer you.

Shiny Heads

Pumpkin will add shine to dry, damaged hair at a lower cost than fancy hair masks. To make your own blend, mix 2 tablespoons each of pumpkin puree and yogurt, with a teaspoon each of olive oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar. Apply the concoction to your hair and leave it for 20 minutes before thoroughly rinsing it out.

Pumpkin puree beauty treatments are an excellent way to take on the colder seasons. Instead of spending hundreds, go natural for a few dollars of pampering products that nourish your body. One large gourd can provide enough puree to keep your skin and hair soft and smooth throughout the season.

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How To Use Beeswax

Bees are an amazing addition to any homestead. Their honey is the perfect natural sweetener that does wonders in home baking. Honey production also creates beeswax, an all-purpose material for frugal, natural living. Instead of tossing your beeswax, put it to work! Here are a few useful ways to make the most of beeswax around your home.

Beeswax Wraps

Cling wrap is so 1998. You can make a reusable, eco-friendly version of cling wrap with beeswax. Cut a natural cotton cloth or muslin into your desired size and shape. You can easily cut the fabric using a sheet pan as a guide.

Preheat your oven to 120 degrees. Lay your cloth over a sheet pan (you might want to use an old sheet pan–this gets messy). Generously sprinkle grated beeswax over the cloth. Let the cloth bake in the oven until all of the beeswax melts. Use an old paint brush to slather the melted beeswax evenly on the cloth. Hang the cloth dry on your porch or clothesline. The beeswax will harden within 20 minutes.

Use this waterproof cling wrap to cover bowls, raising bread, and even to pack lunches.

Candles

You haven’t lived if you’ve never smelled a beeswax candle. An easy way to put beeswax to work is to create your own candles. You can even use essential oils like citronella to make bug repellent candles.

To quickly DIY beeswax candles, tape a wick into the bottom of a clean leftover tin can. Melt beeswax in a double boiler and pour into the can. Stir in essential oils if desired. You’ll need to prop up the wick with popsicle sticks while the wax sets up.

Pomade

Never buy hair gel again. With beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils, you can DIY a pomade that’s better than store bought. Simply heat equal parts beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Pour into a container and allow to briefly cool; stir in essential oils if desired. Use a small amount of pomade each day for fabulous hair. It’s also great for your skin!

Beekeeping provides an endless supply of honey and wax, two essential materials for luxurious, frugal homesteading. Instead of tossing your beeswax, make it work for you in a variety of easy household applications.


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