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Horsetail (Equisetum) is an herb that’s found in a ton of natural beauty products, from conditioners to balms to styling products. This herb is wonderful for your skin, hair and nails, and the best part? You can easily add it in your own DIY beauty products. Grow horsetail yourself in your garden, or buy it from your local herb shop.

Fresh horsetail harvested from the garden.

So what’s so great about horsetail?

Tons of silica

Horsetail contains the most silica out of any known plant on Earth. Silica is a vital part of collagen, that stuff in your skin, bones, and cartilage. By using products that are rich in silica, you’ll notice stronger, healthier skin and hair. Horsetail helps repair damage and protect your cells from further stress.

Rich in minerals

This herb is also rich in minerals like potassium, selenium, and manganese. Your bones, skin, and hair all require high mineral levels to grow, so this is really helpful! The minerals promote hair growth, nail growth, skin regeneration, and skin/hair elasticity.

Powerful astringent

Horsetail is a natural antiseptic, which means it’s also an astringent – it helps reduce excessive oil and build-up. It’s excellent as a scalp treatment for oiliness, flakes, dandruff, or product build-up. On the face and skin, it’s lovely for treating eczema and other issues.

How to Use Horsetail

You can apply horsetail topically to see many of these benefits. Use it in shampoo, conditioner, masques, hair rinses, creams, balms, or soaks.

To make a simple hair rinse with horsetail, simply combine:

2-4 teaspoons of dried horsetail
1 cup of boiled water

Add the horsetail to a cup of hot, but not boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain the dried herb. Apply the rinse onto the hair and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and style.

You can also drink this hair rinse as a tea! Drink it 2-3 times per day with honey, and you’ll see the same benefits that you would if you applied it to your hair and skin directly.

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Why You Should Add Rose Water To Your Skin Care Routine

If there’s one skincare product that almost every woman can agree on, it’s rose water. A deceptively simple product, rose water is both hydrating and cleansing. Use it on your facial skin, your hair, or as a body spray – it works for practically everything, and it also happens to smell lovely.

Rose water has been around for centuries now. Cleopatra herself is rumored to have taken baths with goat’s milk, honey, and roses. Now that modern women have caught on to the magic of rose water, you can find it in everything from face masks to toners.

But you don’t have to buy an expensive product with rose water to reap the benefits. You can simply buy a bottle of plain rose water at your local health store, or make your own. One bottle goes a long way, and there are seemingly endless ways to use it!

Here are 7 ways that you can use rose water in your skin care routine.

Daily hydration.

It’s summer time, which might mean your skin is especially parched. When your face gets dry throughout the day, reach for rose water over a moisturizer. Rose water offers tons of hydration, and it absorbs quickly into the skin without any residue. It feels refreshing, too.

Remove makeup.

Who needs makeup wipes? Rose water combined with coconut oil makes for the ultimate makeup remover. Your skin will feel soft and smooth afterward.

Tone your facial skin.

Because rose water is antibacterial, it renews the skin without drying it out. After you wash your face, spray your skin with rose water, or pour some on a cotton pad and wipe it across your face.

Calm red spots.

Rose water is anti-inflammatory and it contains antioxidants, which makes it great for those who suffer from acne or rosacea. Goodbye, irritation.

Nourishing baths.

For a skin treat, add some rose water to your next bath. You’ll smell great, feel ultra-relaxed, and enjoy soft skin afterward. Cleopatra did it, so it must be divine.

Soothe razor burn.

Rose water is a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It’s gentle, so instead of irritating your razor burn further, it will cool and soothe your skin.

Smell like roses.

Let’s not underestimate one of the main benefits of rose water – it makes you smell like roses! Spray your body with it or add it to your laundry, and enjoy the smell of roses all day.


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