Cosmeos ” A mythical Greek goddess whose name meant harmony and balance, Cosmeos gave to mortals the gifts of herbs, flowers and other simple pleasures to nourish the body and the soul. She personified radiant health that flowed from a core of harmony and balance. Cosmeos never sought to mask what she was or how she looked; rather, she fed her inner fire with the eternal gifts of the earth. Her beauty was abundant as the flowers growing wild on the hillside and as powerful as the granite bones of the mountain. “
– From Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
Lessons of the goddess…
What I’ve learned from Cosmeos, and from years of studying herbs and making my own beauty concoctions, is that I have my own unique beauty that should be embraced and accentuated instead of covered up and manipulated. I’ve also learned to question why there is an overwhelming need to color our hair, cover our faces in makeup, rub toxic chemicals on our skin, starve ourselves, and cut out parts of our bodies in order to fit into what is considered beautiful. We’ve replaced the thought that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” with “beauty at any cost”; And it seems like a very high cost. This mindset is responsible for disorders such as anorexia, the depletion of precious resources, and the disgusting and inhumane treatment of animals as test subjects.
If we would just take a minute to see that mother nature really has given us all we need, then there would no longer be a place for all of this destruction and manipulation of ourselves and the planet. Beauty is as unique as the wildflowers that you see growing in a field.
Have you ever seen an ugly flower? I’m sure you’ve seen unusual ones, colorful ones, subdued ones, small ones, big ones, loud ones, crazy ones, and shy ones, but never ugly ones. Each is unique in it’s own beauty…Why can’t we look at ourselves and one another this way?
So with that said let’s look at what mother nature has given us to enhance our unique beauty. In this article I will introduce you to some beauty products that are quick and easy to make and that don’t contain any creepy chemicals.
Homemade Herbal Shampoo:
8 ounces distilled water
1 ounce herbs (or use tea bags)
3 ounces castile soap
1/4 teaspoon jojoba oil
25 drops essential oil
Bring water to a boil and add the herbs. Turn off heat and steep (like tea) for 15-20 minutes. Strain and cool.
Slowly add the castile soap then mix in the jojoba oil and essential oil. Store in a plastic container with a flip top lid. Shake before using.
Some herbal combinations are:
2 parts calandula flower
1 part chamomile
1 part comfrey
This combination with give the hair a golden tone.
2 parts garden sage
1 part black walnut hulls
1 part comfrey leaf
this combination will give the hair dark highlights.
2 parts green tea
2 parts nettle leaves
Some essential oils to use are:
- Basil: Oily hair, promotes growth
- Chamomile: fine hair, gives golden highlights
- Clary Sage: Dandruff
- Tea Tree: Oily hair, dry scalp, dandruff, lice
- Peppermint: promotes growth
- Patchouli: Dandruff
- Lemon: Oily, dandruff, makes hair shiny
- Lavender: itchy scalp, dandruff, lice
- Rosemary: Promotes hair growth
Vinegar Hair Rinse:
Helps restore the natural acid to the scalp and is good for itchy scalp and dandruff. It also makes the hair shiny.
Herbal Blend of choice
1 part apple cider vinegar
4 parts distilled water
After shampooing, pour over the hair and leave in for one minute. Rinse. The vinegar smell will dissipate as your hair dries.
Coconut oils is one of the most versatile ingredients you can have on hand. It can be used as a monthly conditioning treatment for your hair: 1-3 tbsp depending on hair length. Massage into scalp and distribute throughout hair, leave in for awhile. Shampoo.
Skin moisturizer: After a shower or bath rub on skin. I like to fill the sink up with hot water and put a container of it in to melt the oil (coconut oil is solid but melts quickly), but you don’t need to. You can also use it as a facial moisturizer. Traditional moisturizers can either dry out the skin or clog the pores, making your skin produce more oil. Coconut oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, anti bacterial, anti viral and has all of the fatty acids essential to healthy skin.
My favorite is:
one bar of natural pumpkin soap, chopped or shaved so it melts easier
herbal tea of choice that is still hot (add enough to get a creamy consistency)
25 drops essential oils of choice. essential oils listed above are also good for skin. citrus oils are good for oily skin, lavender and chamomile are good for dry or sensitive skin.
Combine all ingredients in a double boiler on low heat. Mix until soap is liquid.
Equal parts of brown sugar and sea salt.
Green Tea toner:
You guessed it. Green tea!
Also try only washing you hair once a week. You may have dry hair because you are over washing it and stripping it of it’s natural oils. You may have oily hair because you are over washing it and your scalp is trying to compensate by producing more oil. It will feel kind of gross at first (You dirty hippie!) but give it time and you will be sporting healthy, shiny, lustrous hair! Your skin will also thank you for the natural, clean food you are giving it.