Earth Cadets Magical Mission #3 Junior Eco-Beautician!
Welcome back to the third Earth Cadet Magical mission! Training to become a Junior Eco-Beautician! I hope you had awesome fun with the previous two missions.
If you haven’t started those ones yet then your lucky as you still have a lot of fun adventures to discover and complete!
Completing these missions brings your connection to the Earth much closer as your using natural resources that we’re actually supposed to take advantage of!
Your also learning how to live with less negative impact on the Earth while gaining a vast storehouse of useful knowledge and life skills that will sustain you
throughout your life!
Forget expensive, chemical-laden, plastic-packaged face masks, creams and pimple busters! Earth based eco-beauty has you covered!
The Earth’s natural bounty of health-giving foods and herbs is all you need to promote radiant,
glowing skin, strong shiny hair, sparkling eyes and smooth, strong nails.
So why not plan an eco-pampering party! A homeschool morning of concocting natural beauty potions. Followed by an afternoon of relaxation and experimenting with your beauty treatments ?
Set up some relaxing tibetan flute music in the background.
Lather your face with a delicious facemask and pop some fresh cucumber slices over your eyes.
Treat your nails to an olive oil manicure and your feet to a soothing herbal soak. Rinse your hair in a refreshing decoction of herbs. Apply some lavish DIY lip balm.
Whiten your teeth with some fruity peel or cinnamon powder. Gargle with some fresh herby mouthwash.
Soften your skin with a homemade flower moisturizer or massage your weary shoulders with some essential oil olive oil drizzle.
Finish off with a cup of refreshing herbal tea or freshly made Chai Tea. Recipe included!
Design a treatment list and invite your family and friends to your pop-up magical salon or spa!
If your homeschool finishes up for the summer, a pampering day could be a fun, positive, revitalizing way to round up the learning year !
If your continuing to home educate throughout the summer then this is an excellent opportunity to de-stress and relax.
And of course some pampering is in order for those hard working kids who have just completed their exams!
UPDATE: After you’ve completed your mission don’t forget to collect your home learning eco award level 3!
A few extras to extend your ‘salon’ experience
Nail files for finger nails and toe nails
Eco-friendly nail varnish
Hair brushes/combs/clips/bobbles/hairbands to give each other cool hairdos!
Cucumber slices for your eyes
Gorgeous Green Tea Face Wash:
Green tea contains tannins and caffeine which can help under eye darkness and puffiness. Green tea can put the sparkle back in your eyes. Green tea is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial so good news for those that suffer with acne or other skin conditions that leave the skin red and sore.
What you’ll need:
2 green tea bags
2 cups of boiling water
- Enfuse the tea bags for 30 minutes in the boiling water
- When water cooled squeeze the bags to release all the health boosting compounds.
- Splash the tea on your face and leave for a few minutes
- Rinse off with warm water
- You can also use the green tea bags for your eyes. Place them over your eyes and relax for 1o minutes.
You could also have a green tea bath. Add 3 bags to your bath and soak in the bath with them! Squeeze the bags to release the health giving compounds. If you have chamomile flowers then float some of these in your bath. It’ll be like a royal bath from ancient times!
Baffling Banana Peel Mineral Tea Facial Rinse:
Next time you eat a banana don’t throw away the peel! Wash the peel really well then boil it for 20 minutes in a medium saucepan of water. Leave it to cool then use the water to rinse your face. Banana peels are full of potassium and magnesium. Brilliant minerals for radiant skin! Chop up the boiled peel and use it to fertilise your pot plants either in or outside your home. Or add to compost. Banana peel will also add nitrogen and phosphorus to the soil or compost.Any left-over peel tea can be poured into your pot plants. No waste!
Crazy Coffee Grounds Face Mask!
If your parents drink fresh coffee then ask then for the coffee grounds so you can treat them to a coffee ground facial mask! This recipe should make enough for at least 2 people. Coffee grounds are crammed full of antioxidants that will leave your skin feeling wonderfully detoxed and bright. The really expensive skin creams claim to boost your skin’s collagen and elasticity but you can achieve this at home with inexpensive coffee grounds!
What you’ll need:
1/4 cup of coffee grounds
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
- Mix coffee grounds, coconut oil and vanilla if using, together to make a paste.
- Apply gently, smoothly and in little circle movements to the face, be careful to avoid the sensitive parts around the eyes and don’t eat any!
- Leave for 10-15 minutes.
- Make sure the water you use to rinse off the mask is warm.
- I would use this facemask every few months or before a special occasion.
Marvellous Mocha Face Mask
Cocoa powder is also full of antioxidants that your skin loves!
1 Tbsp coffee grounds
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup of coconut oil/extra virgin olive oil
- Mix all ingredients
- Apply to face, gently, smoothly and in little circle movements.
- Avoid eye area
- Leave for 15 minutes
- Wash off with warm water
Good Enough To Eat Creamy Chocolate Face Mask!
Brown sugar in face masks are a good idea because it is a safe exfoliant for sensitive skin. This means that it will gently scrub away dead skin cells when you rinse it off your face. Leaving your skin radiant! Adding a tbsp of honey to any face mask, especially if its raw honey is really beneficial for your skin. Honey is antibacterial and strong enough to heal wounds. It was used by the soldiers during World War 1 and 11 as an emergency treatment for war wounds. Also Ancient Egyptians used honey to heal skin wounds thousands of years ago!
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup of live yogurt/or vegan plain yogurt alternative
1 tbsp honey/and/or brown sugar
- Mix all ingredients.
- Apply to face gently and in little circle movements.
- Avoid eye area.
- Leave for 15 minutes
- Wash off with warm water.
Bonkers Banana Face Mask!
This face mask smells delicious! You’ll be tempted to eat it while your relaxing but it’s best not to! Use the banana peel to freshen up your teeth afterwards! See further down for details.
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup of live yogurt or coconut oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
- Mix all ingredients.
- Apply gently and smoothly to the face in little circle movements.
- Relax for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water.
Happy Herbal Foot Soak
Wonderful for sore and tired feet! If you’ve never had a foot soak then your in for a treat! Sit back and relax for half an hour while your feet become happy in the warm soothing water. If you add Epsom Salts it can give your feet an extra boost. Epsom Salts have been used for bathing for hundreds of years! It isn’t actually a salt but is made up of the minerals magnesium and sulphate.
What you need:
Herbs of choice: dried ginger, dried cinnamon sticks, dried mint, lavender sprigs, calendula flowers, chamomile flowers, dandelion flowers, parsely, thyme, rosemary, lemon balm.
Essential oils of your choice: Tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint,thyme, sweet orange, lemon, lavender etc
Fruit peel: lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit
1/2 cup of Epsom Salts, Optional
- Fill a basin with warm water.
- Place a towel under it.
- Add to the water your choice of herbs about a handful of fresh herbs or a tbsp if using dried herbs, essential oils about 5 drops, and the whole peel of a fruit if using.
- Seep your feet for 30 minutes
- Dry your feet thoroughly. Well done you now have 2 happy feet!
Gratifying Ginger Epsom Salt Special Foot Soak Mix:
Ginger and Epsom Salts will help get your circulation pumping and will cleanse and revitalise your feet.
What you’ll need:
- Glass jar
- Box of Epsom Salts
- 1 Tbsp Dried ginger
- Half fill the jar with epsom salts.
- Add the dried ginger and fill jar to 3/4 with epsom salts and give it all a good shake.
- Leave till required.
- Use a few tbsp for a foot soak
- Get creative and invent your own epsom salt foot mix!
Luscious Herbal Massage Drizzle Oil
Extra virgin olive oil is perfect for hydrating and moisturizing your skin. The Egyptian queen Cleopatra was a fan of olive oil for soft skin. Combining olive oil with a soothing essential oil or a infusing it with some gentle flowers is an excellent way to concoct luxurious skin moisturizer or massage oil without spending a fortune. Or being subjected to harmful chemicals from processed beauty products. Also it reduces the amount of waste that’s generated.
What you’ll need:
- Little bottle or jar.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Essential oil such as lavender, thyme,chamomile and rose.
- Dried or fresh herbs such as lavender, thyme, rosemary, cloves,vanilla,peppermint or apple mint, lemon balm,rose petals, calendula flowers, dandelion flowers.
- Fill the jar 3/4 full of olive oil.
- Add 3-4 drops of essential oil or a sprig of herbs or a few flowers.
- Give it a good shake.
- If you used essential oils you can use this straight away.
- If you used herbs or fresh flowers etc then leave it to infuse for a few days.
- Use it to massage hands, feet, neck or back.
- Will leave your skin super soft, fragrant and very relaxed!
Convincing Calendula Skin Moisturizer:
People have been enjoying the benefits of the magical calendula for at least a 1000 years! Calendula cream is great for all skin types. This moisturizer is great for keeping the hands, face and body hydrated. As well as treating any rashes, eczema, dermatitis, scrapes, bites, athletes foot, ringworm etc. Your skin will be soft and glowing. Calendula is part of the Ragweed botanical family so should be avoided if your allergic to any plants within this genus.
- 15 g of beeswax or soy wax
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 85g Calendula/marigold flowers
- Place flowers in a saucepan with the oil. Bring to a simmer and then turn of the heat, put a lid on, and leave to infuse for 2 hours.
- Remove the flowers.
- Using another small pan melt the beeswax or soy wax and add it to the oil.
- Place in a fridge for a few minutes to harden up if necessary.
- If it becomes too hard then add tiny bit more oil and mix.
- If its too soft then melt a little more wax and mix in.
- You want a spreading consistency.
- Tip into a small jar or tin and keep covered till required.
LUSCIOUS LIP BALM
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup of coconut oil
10g beeswax or soy wax
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence/almond essence or sweet almond oil (can usually find this wherever essential oils are sold)
Saucepan with a little heatproof bowl to sit inside
Several little tubs/tins or one bigger tub to store the lip balm. You could recycle any shop bought little lip balm tins.
- Place all ingredients in the bowl. Fill saucepan 2 inch full of water and bring to the boil to melt the oil and wax together.
- Tip into the tubs and leave to set before placing any lids on.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
- Alternative flavours could include: 1/2 tsp cinnamon, tsp cocoa powder, a few drops of peppermint essential oil or apple essential oil.
Chamomile Tea Rinse:
Chamomile tea rinse is good for light coloured hair. But any coloured hair can give it a go! Chamomile helps lighten and freshen up your hair. You can use a small handful of chamomile flowers or 3 chamomile tea bags. Steep either one in a cup or jug of boiling water. Leave till handhot. Squeeze the tea out of the bags and discard. After you’ve washed and conditioned your hair as normal use this as a brighting rinse. Just gently pour the rinse over your hair and scalp. Don’t rinse it off. Dry as normal. This is also good for dandruff.
Rosemary Tea Rinse:
The healthy compounds in rosemary helps strengthen your hair. It’s also good for improving dandruff or relieving itchy irritated scalps. To concoct this rinse you can use either fresh or dried rosemary. Use a sprig of rosemary and if necessary cut it into a few parts with scissors so it can fit in a small jug/cup. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over and leave to steep till its handhot. Remove the sprig. After washing and conditioning rinse your hair with the rosemary rinse. Alternatively use 3 rosemary teabags or 3 tbsp of dried rosemary, steeped in 2 cups of boiling water until handhot. Strain before using as a rinse. Don’t wash out the rosemary rinse. Dry your hair as normal and enjoy the shine!
Teeth and Gums:
Cinnamon and Fennel Magical Whitening Powder:
Cinnamon is the secret to perfect white teeth! Fennel powder is also beneficial. Use a ratio of 1:1 amounts of cinnamon and fennel powder. Store labelled in a little tub. Use a little to rub onto your teeth and brush with your toothbrush, whenever you need your teeth to have an extra freshening up. Make sure the powders are fine ground. Fennel helps keep breath fresh. In India its common practice to chew a few fennel seeds after a meal as it freshens the breath as well as aids digestion. I sourced ground fennel powder at my local health shop. It’s usually stored where all the herbs and spices are. If you can’t find it locally then just use cinnamon. Then chew some fennel seeds!
Banana Peel Tooth Cleaner:
The next time you eat a banana keep the peel to clean and whiten your teeth. Using a strip of peel rub the inside over your top and bottom teeth. Wait 10 minutes and then brush as normal. Bananas are high in potassium and magnesium. It’s these minerals that are super healthy for our teeth.
Orange Peel Tooth Sparkler:
The inside of orange peel is full of minerals and compounds that are natural teeth whiteners. Unlike oranges themselves the peel is not acidic so don’t worry about damaging your teeth. Just get a piece of orange peel and rub the white part all over your teeth. Then brush as normal.
Perfect Fresh Breath Parsley Mouthwash:
What you’ll need:
Small bunch of parsley
2 cups of Water
- Boil parsley until half the water evaporates. About 15-20 minutes.
- Leave to cool.
- Sieve the parsley out of the tea.
- After brushing your teeth use some of the mouthwash to swoosh around your mouth.
- Voila! Lovely smelling breath! Also good for sore throats or gums.
Nifty Nail Conditioner and Strengthening Glaze
No pampering session would be complete without attending to your nails!
These ingredients work together to strengthen, condition, and lighten any imperfections on the nails.
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tsp of vanilla extract
A little Paint Brush
Small pudding bowl to fit in the saucepan
- Place ingredients in the pudding bowl
- Sit the bowl in the saucepan, add a few inches of water into the saucepan. This is the same method as melting chocolate.
- Gently heat the oil till warm, not boiling!
- It’s very important to make sure the oil is cool enough not to burn.
- Transfer the warm oil to a small bowl/dish
- Use the oil mix as a glaze and brush over the nails to be treated.
- Alternatively you can steep the nails in the oil.
- Leave the oil on the nails for about 15-20 minutes
- Wash your hands and dry.
A Few Fabulous Foods To Eat For Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails!
Make sure you enjoy plenty of these super foods to help your inner beauty shine through!
Beautiful Bouncing berries:
Strawberries, Raspberries,Blackberries, Blueberries, Loganberries, Cranberries, Black currants, White currants, Red Currants, Gooseberries and more! Berries are bursting with Vitamin C and antioxidants which promote healthy skin. Our bodies use Vitamin C to produce collagen. Collagen is needed to keep our hair strong and our skin smooth. Vitamin C is water soluble meaning that cooking in water can cause the Vitamin to leak out of the food. Its best to enjoy Vitamin C foods raw and fresh. If cooking then try and keep the fruit or vegetables skins on as this can protect the Vitamin C. Berries were one of the first foods eaten by humans so when you enjoy them think about your foraging ancestors!
I never had the chance to taste avocados when I was younger. It just wasn’t on my family’s radar of everyday foods to buy! But I loved avocados after I finally tried them when my kids were toddlers. One of their favourite books was ‘Avocado Baby’ which is a brilliant picture book. The fussy baby protagonist won’t eat anything else and is very thin and weak. His mother tries some mashed avocado and the baby can’t get enough. He eats so much avocado that he starts sprouting muscles and becomes a very strong baby! I must have read that story 1000 times! Avocados are great for healthy hair and skin as they are full of the really good essential fatty acids and Vitamin E. If you want your hair to grow long and luscious and to have pimple free skin it would be very wise to give avocados a try!
Ridiculously Healthy Red/Orange/Purple Fruits and Vegetables:
Dark coloured fruits and vegetables are full of beta-carotene, vitamin C and E. Examples are sweet potato, tomatoes, peppers,red cabbage, butternut squash, pumpkins,carrots,melon,and beetroot. Beta-carotene can act as a natural sunscreen as it builds up a layer under the skin that provides protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Vitamin E also helps protect the skin from the sun’s rays. Although you should always apply sunscreen even if you eat lots of this type of foods. Red vegetables especially tomatoes are high in the carotene lycopene which helps boost our eye health. The amazing thing is that cooking actually increases the abilities of lycopene! So tomato ketchup, tomato sauce and soup are excellent choices.
Gorgeous Green Vegetables:
Green vegetables include collards, spring greens, spinach, cabbage,kale,broccoli, brussel sprouts and green peppers. Green leafy vegetables are high in chlorophyll which is good for keeping our skin looking radiant and smooth. Green veg is also high in beta-carotene which as read above is excellent for healthy skin. If you want to bust those pimples then eat lots of leafy veg!
Nutritious Nuts and Seeds:
Good choices are brazil nuts, almonds,peanuts,walnuts,cashews,pecans,sunflower seeds,chia seeds,flax seeds,pumpkin and sesame seeds.
Nuts and seeds are full of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals which help promote glowing healthy skin, hair and eyes. Nuts and seeds are a good choice for acne and other skin complaints as they help reduce inflammation, promote new skin growth and healing.
The easiest action that you can take to achieve healthy hair, skin, eyes, and nails is to drink enough water for your individual needs.
Water is excellent for your overall body health and can give you that sought after radiant glow.
Health authorities recommended that everyone should drink 6-8 glasses of water each day.
However everyone is different, so some people may need more or less depending on their exercise levels and body size.
Hair is 25% water! When you have a glass of water think of it like your watering your hair. Just like you water your plants!
You can’t have strong, shiny, long hair without keeping it well hydrated.
Your body is about 60% water so drinking lots will keep your skin healthy, smooth and elastic!
Another terrific drink is green tea. Green tea has been enjoyed in the far east for thousands of years and some people claim it helps maintain their youthful complexion.
Green tea is rich in the antioxidant EGCG which helps repair DNA damage that can occur after too much sun exposure and not enough sun cream!
Herbal tea either fresh or in tea bags, is another good choice for keeping hydrated. As well as adding valuable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other health benefits depending on which herb you use.
Magical Miracle Chai Tea Beauty Potion:
This is a delicious tea that reads like a magical potion! It is bursting at the seams with health and beauty promoting ingredients. Some historians claim Indians have been drinking chai tea for nearly 9000 years! Give it a try:
What you’ll need: Serves 4
- I Cinnamon stick
- I inch piece of fresh ginger, grated, don’t peel the skin before grating.
- 10 Cardamom pods
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 7 cloves
- a little grated nutmeg
- 4 normal tea bags/or English breakfast teabags. Traditionally Indians would use black tea, which is our normal everyday tea, to make chai tea but you can use green tea if preferred. Green tea has less caffeine so may be best for kids, or use decaffeinated tea.
- 4 cup of milk , either dairy or plant-based
- 1 cup of water
- Gently bash the Cardamon pods till they just crack open. Use the bottom of a tin, rolling pin or pestle.
- Add all the ingredients to a saucepan.
- Open up the tea bags to remove the tea leaves and add to the saucepan.
- Bring to the boil
- Simmer gently on the lowest setting for 5 minutes
- Stir frequently
- Remove from heat
- Leave for a few minutes to enfuse and cool a little then using a tea strainer or sieve strain to remove the ingredients.
- Add brown sugar or honey to taste. Indians always have their chai tea sweetened.
- Can enjoy this chilled on a hot summer’s day.
- Enjoy your beauty potion!
- It’s best to gain the health benefits that foods and herbs can give us naturally. There is some research evidence to suggest that supplements might be harmful. Supplements often contain the health giving compound at much higher levels than what we would naturally eat or apply to our skin. Its best to seek medical advice before taking any supplements. Nature is clever and provides us with everything we need in just the right quantities.
- If your allergic to certain foods then please don’t use them topically in case of a reaction. And remember if your allergic to the Ragweed botanical family then don’t use any preparations with Calendula.
- None of the eco-preparations described in this mission are substitutes for medical advice or prescribed medication.
Welldone for getting this far! Your mission is complete but your adventure has only just begun! Take your learning further by discovering some new eco-beauty
preparations. I’ve included some links below! I’ll be back soon with the next installment #4 Junior eco-mission!
Be sure to let me know how your getting on with your missions in the comment boxes below!
A link to the NHS website to an article explaining why supplements are a waste of money and may do harm: https://www.nhs.uk/news/medical-practice/most-multivitamins-and-supplements-are-waste-money/
Make Homemade bath bombs! My son is going to love this one! https://www.education.com/activity/article/craft-fizzing-bath-soaps/
Whizz up some home crafted soap: https://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-and-experiments/how-to-make-soap
Homemade bubble bath! https://aptparenting.com/homemade-bubble-bath-for-kids
Don’t leave your dog out of the fun during pampering day! Easy dog toothpaste and demonstration on this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNLaUIgkiQE
Tips for Teens about skin health:https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/skin-tips.html
Hygiene education resources: https://www.carex.co.uk/primary-resources
Hand washer of the week certificates! https://www.sparklebox.co.uk/6371-6380/sb6379.html
Dental hygiene educational resources:
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