Tipnut's Health & Beauty Library: Recipes / Tips / Remedies

Most people have their favorite, tried-and-true commercial products for beauty and self-care they wouldn't trade for the world (women especially tend to be very loyal to favorites), but there is still plenty we can do with homemade solutions.

Brand names aren't necessarily better than what can be mixed ourselves at home--especially useful in a pinch when stores are closed or something is needed to relieve pain RIGHT NOW (maybe a toothache or uncomfortable heartburn). Many of these healing potions and soothing elixirs contain all-natural, simple food items & assorted ingredients that are likely found in your cupboards already.

Tray of Brightly Colored Soap Bars, Herbs and Salt Grains

When preparing my notes and collected recipes for this archive, it was surprising to see how many components were mentioned again and again, recommended in all sorts of ways, examples: lemons, salt, cinnamon, baking soda...even strange things like toothpaste have unexpected benefits. Some elements may be more exotic, but the majority of what is suggested here are simple, low-cost, widely available materials...economical and easy to source is always preferred, right!

What to expect: Discover plenty of health & beauty tips and tricks from making DIY cosmetic aids to medical care "in a pinch" alternatives. Many are from my private collection and years of tweaking and experimenting to see what provides the best results, but I've also included lots of resources found around the 'net. Everything shared is free to access with no hoops to jump through, so roam around as long as desired!

Whether anxious to learn how to tend to a sunburn, de-itch a mosquito bite or coax a vibrant gleam from dull hair, you should find plenty of interesting, neat-to-know aids & hacks. Do they actually work? Some will, some won't. Every situation is unique and so many different factors are involved (brand of ingredients used, expired--fresh--or stale, skin condition, tone or sensitivities, exact medical issue, etc.).

Please keep in mind I'm not pretending to be a medical professional or salon certified beautician so consider the information provided as friendly advice from one friend to another. Have fun browsing around the site!

In This Archive

  • Home Salon
  • Wellness
  • Skin Care

TN Recommends

A new favorite...I find it's the best balm for removing makeup, even stubborn waterproof mascara! One jar will last a long, long time. The money it saves on packs of wipes is incredible. Travels well, I scoop a bit in a tiny (clean) container to keep in purse/carry-on.

I enjoy making my own lip balms, but this Rosebud Salve is something I won't part with. It's great applied to lips, cuticles & elbows--has a lovely hint of rose fragrance.


Neat To Know

DIY Salon & Spa

Homemade Hair Masks & Conditioning Wraps

If tresses are dry or damaged, here are a few recipes to try that will both nourish and bring it to a vibrant shine. These are made with natural ingredients and most are likely stocked in the pantry already.

25+ Blemish Busters To Make Yourself

Quite a list of worthwhile solutions to try folks! Approaches for banishing a single pimple or two, acne, plus recipes for maintaining clear skin (rosacea, blackheads) and more.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy: {Instructions}

Relax muscles, relieve aches and pains and de-stress with this popular spa treatment. If no budget for a professional application or would like to try doing it yourself, follow the step-by-step details…and no expensive equipment required!

Guidelines To Make Your Own Clay Masks

It’s no secret mask treatments can draw impurities and excess oils from the skin and bring it to a healthful glow, women have used them for centuries with great success. Why not skip the expensive commercial products and whip some up? Now's a great time to learn how!

10 Strategies To Assist Quitting Fingernail Biting

It’s unknown why exactly someone bites their nails but it could be due to stress, boredom, anxiety, depression or simply a compulsive behavior that developed over time for reasons unknown. Is it serious? In many cases no but there can…

Hair Removal: DIY Body Sugaring Recipes

Over the years I've discovered a few homemade versions that do just as good a job as expensive pricey tubs, and they cost only pennies to make! Let's get ready to rip!

All-Natural Ingredients To Try Fading Freckles

Here's a handy list of ways to attempt lightening freckles according to my collection of notes. I only selected the ones using basic items and a couple of them are pretty old (over 100 years). Do they work?

8 Benefits Of Coconut Oil: {Hair, Skin & Nails}

It might be time to put away all those expensive potions and lotions after trying coconut oil in your daily beauty regimen. It’s loaded with Vitamin E and fatty acids (such as lauric acid, myristic acid, capric acid and more)…

DIY Coffee Scrubs Help Get Rid Of Cellulite?

Alright ladies, I don’t know about you but the back of my thighs don’t look as, ummmm, shall we say: smooth and taught as they once did. 😉 As I understand it from the research I’ve done, cellulite develops over…

So Easy Hair Detangler, Styling Cream & More

Are there lots of tears from the kiddos when it's time to brush out the tresses? Learn a simple solution to help ease those painful tangles and avoid the drama.

10 Natural Oily Skin Regimens From The Pantry

Oh my! This can be caused by any number of things: a poor diet, changes in hormone levels, even summer’s hot and humid weather can bring on a greasy patch or two. Discover several ways to combat that using basic kitchen ingredients.

Performing Self Manicures & Nail Care: Advice

This doesn't have to be a costly, luxurious treat when done yourself. Here are step-by-step instructions to get started along with a collection of tricks at the bottom of the page. Take off old polish using remover.

Make Bath Bombs & Fizzies With Just A Few Items

These are a nice, pampering treat to both give and receive (great fillers to tuck into gift baskets). Ingredients are varied and I included a few different ideas to inspire some creativity (round balls, heart shaped, cupcakes and multi-colored examples).…

Homemade Lip Balm & Gloss: {Recipes & Tips}

With just a few simple ingredients, lip balms can be made that incorporate favorite flavors and colors…they’re super easy to whip up and can be fun gifts too! Here’s a list I put together of different tutorials…there are also a…

DIY Skin Moisturizing Balms, Lotions & Creams

Making balms, bars and creams is easier than some think and there are many benefits (personalize ingredients and scents to work with so no harsh chemicals or dyes). These make great gifts too! Here are several different ideas to try.

Health & Wellness

Guide To Treat, Soothe & Bring Boils To A Head

Boils are abscesses that develop for a number of reasons but common culprits are an ingrown hair and plugged sweat glands (armpits and groin area especially). They start out somewhat sore when touched and if allowed to flourish, they can swell, become extremely painful and even dangerous.

Four Thieves Vinegar: Legendary Cure Or Fable?

There’s quite a distance between us and those who lived hundreds of years ago during times of the plague. It was a dark, terrible period and the plague was considered a sure sign of God’s displeasure. It attacked both young…

Ease Menstrual Cramps: Oil Blends, Herbal & More

Well ladies, we all know "that time of the month" is no fun and though many of us only occasionally suffer mild discomfort while we're menstruating, others battle painful cramps each and every month. There are several things that can be tried to ease soreness.

Suffer w/ Mild Or Tension Headaches? Natural Helpers

Recommended for mild or tension headaches. Migraine sufferers: A trick or two in this list could provide some relief but this is a much more complicated ailment and requires the expertise and direction of your doctor.

Chemo Patient Trick: Black Nail Polish?

Up until recently I’ve been visiting a family member in the hospital fairly regularly and one day while waiting for the elevator, I happened to notice an older woman who was sporting black fingernail polish. This struck me as unusual…

Chickenpox Symptoms, Treatments & Care Tips

This is a common childhood ailment and isn’t considered a serious risk needing professional medical attention (in most cases). Keep in mind it’s more severe for adults (especially men who are twice as likely to die from it than women).

Cranky Babies & Teething Blues: Help Is Near!

It’s a natural part of life and we all go through it, but teething isn’t something toddlers deal with very well. Every parent braces themselves for when “it’s time” since sleepless nights and “irritated” days have arrived. It’s usually quite…

Bad Breath Blues? Good To Know Prevention & Cures

It happens to the best of us: the dreaded Bad Breath Blues when there's no mint in sight and it's impossible to sneak a quick brushing of the teeth. Also known as Halitosis, the culprit could be anything. Fast Fixes to the rescue!

Nasty Nail Fungus: What To Do If You Have It

Sounds awful doesn’t it: fungus. Yuck! This is an infection along the lines of athlete’s foot in that it can happen to anyone, no matter how particular they are about personal cleanliness and grooming. It’s caused by organisms that find…

Tend To Aches By Using A Compress: Comforting

It's not uncommon to spot a scene in period movies with an ill or wounded person in bed and a nurse or caretaker sitting at their side. Oftentimes the nurse is laying on a folded cloth she's first dunked into a basin...

Gin Soaked Raisins Might Help Manage Arthritis Pain?

Arthritis is a condition that can affect either an isolated spot or several places on your body and is sometimes quite disabling for those who suffer from it. The discomfort is caused by swelling/inflammation in the joints resulting in stiffness…

Tricks For Ticks: Dental Floss / Drinking Straw / Card

The nature of this arachnid is to bury its head deep into a person’s flesh and feast until quite engorged with blood. Although it will likely fall off once it’s had its fill (after a few days), quick removal is…

Banish Cold Sores With These DIY Healing Methods

Cold sores are painful blisters that appear on the lips and surrounding facial area (including the nose, ouch!). Sometimes triggered by dehydration, stress, sunburn, fever, a cold or flu…but the main cause of them is the herpes simplex virus. Are they contagious?

Basic Items For Self-Treating Dandruff: 12 Tactics

Anyone else embarrassed when scattered bunches of bitty white flecks cling to the shoulders of clothing and outerwear? This is such a common human experience and it happens to most of us occasionally. Here is the page offering solutions!

12 Beneficial Ways To Ease Nausea & A Sore Tummy

Have the sore tummy blues? If nauseous due to morning sickness (pregnancy), please don't ingest any home remedy until doctor okays it (though during my pregnancy, I personally found nibbling on saltines or animal crackers effective as well as sipping pickle juice).
Handful Fruit

Olive oil can effectively remove eye makeup (use cold pressed extra virgin). It's also said to be highly beneficial for aging skin & wrinkles since it's rich in vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Bring shine to hair with a bit of honey. Mix 1 tsp of honey into 1 quart of warm water and use as a rinse after shampooing. Do not wash out and style as usual.

Eating apples is a natural way to whiten teeth (bite into apples, don't cut in pieces). Because the fruit is acidic, don't perform method more than once a week to protect teeth from damage.

Healthy nails and cuticles: Regularly soak them in olive oil for 30 minutes. Especially helpful as we age since nails start to dull and become brittle.

Dab cooled brewed tea onto face as an astringent, good pimple control.

Gently apply egg whites to puffy bags underneath eyes, allow to dry then rinse off to clean.

Bring back beautiful skin by exfoliating & sloughing away dead cells with a paste of baking soda and water.

Massage plain yogurt into scalp and leave 15 minutes. Will help reduce itchy scalp and dandruff.

Lemon juice can remove dark spots or patches around elbows. Apply to area and wash away after 20 minutes. Do daily until discoloration disappears.

Tighten & shrink large pores by mixing table salt & buttermilk into a paste. Massage into face. Rinse off. Repeat twice a day (morning and night) until results are satisfactory.

Dry Skin Facial Moisturizer: Rub the inside of an avocado peel on face, lightly massaging. Stay put, leave 15 minutes then wash clean, pat dry.

Top 10 Skin Care Tips

  • Wash face morning & night.
  • Naked skin is best, wear makeup only when necessary.
  • Moisturize daily as soon as you're an adult.
  • Light exercise daily (for blood flow).
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Get lots of sleep each night.
  • Healthy diet (avoid greasy & processed foods).
  • Do not pick at or try to pop pimples or blemishes (might scar).

Free Skincare Printables

Stop wasting money & achieve best results possible with this little trick:

I find it worthwhile tracking new products (whether commercial brands or handmade) to monitor results.

I've created a couple charts to get you started and inspired to create a customized version. One is a product evaluation/tracker and the other is a daily regimen & product tracker (click images to the right to check them out -- each can be downloaded as pdf).

What you'll learn: Techniques that work, best performing brands, what doesn't do much of anything (or worse: what causes outbreaks) and more.