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17 Oct 2017

Autumn's forgotten remedies

Vintage old fashioned autumn remedies
There's something about autumn that has me wanting to pile my larder high with pumpkins, baskets of apples, with herbs hanging in bunches from the ceiling. It fascinates me how people did things over a hundred years
 ago, using the materials found around them or grown in the garden. It feels so cosy making my own household concoctions, with candles lit, wind howling outside, using up the leftover pumpkin pulp!

PS to make a puree, boil chunks of pumpkin for around 20 mins, then cool and blend or mash... use this in your autumn cooking, whenever it asks for pumpkin puree. It lasts 3 days in the fridge or 3-6 months frozen.

Pumpkin body mask - combine half a cup of pumpkin puree, half a cup of coconut oil and half a teaspoon ground cinnamon at room temperature. Massage in to dull skin, leave for ten minutes, then wash off. 

Anti aging face mask - one quarter of a cup of pumpkin puree, one egg, one tablespoon of milk and one of honey come together to make a nourishing face mask. Leave it on the face for 20 mins and wash off with warm water. You could also add two tablespoons of brown sugar to make it in to an exfoliating mask.
Hair growth treatment - from the popular Lee Stafford hair growth treatment, to the pretty amazing Advanced Tricho Pigmentation treatment for balding patches there's so much help out there for fine, receded or badly damaged hair. This recipe will give you a helping hand! Use nettles, mint, ginger, rosemary to stimulate the scalp, place two cups of each herb in to a bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow it to steep for 30 minutes or more, strain it and let it cool. Use it as your final hair rinse before drying as normal. This is such a great way to use your harvested herbs; or add them to a hot bath and pack them up to make cute gifts for friends.

Pumpkin hair mask - using two cups of pumpkin puree, one tablespoon of yogurt, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil, massage in to your locks and leave on for 15 mins, then shampoo away.

Giving a boost to hair colour - although urine has been a preferred method throughout history, you can also use Yarrow to gradually lighten hair and Rosehips, bursting with vitamin C, give a boost to red hair. For brunettes, a black tea herbal rinse can help to darken hair and prevents it from shedding. Simply combine two cups of your chosen ingredient with boiling water, allow to steep for over 30 mins, strain, cool and rinse hair.

Hair hydration treatment - combine an egg yolk with a gentle warmed mixture of coconut oil (1tbsp) and olive oil (1tbsp) and whisk well. Massage the mixture in to your hair, cover with a towel and leave on for around half an hour. Finally, shampoo and rinse well; style and dry as normal!
Vintage old fashioned autumn remedies
For the home... forest scented floor cleaner - Use 250g washing soda, 250ml white vinegar, 100ml liquid castile soap and 20 to 30 drops of pine essential oil to make your floors clean and smelling like forests! Use half a cup of this mixture in a bucket of hot water to clean with, it's so lovely to use on the run up to the festive season.

Window and mirror cleaner - cut a lemon in half then rub it over the glass surface. Make a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and spray it over as well, rubbing with a dry cloth. Finally polish the glass with a piece of crumpled newspaper, famously used over cloth as the ink is said to make the glass shine.

Fresh fabric spray - come Autumn, it rains so much here that we have no choice but to dry clothes indoors! This recipe can help musty linens and freshen up your fabrics: two tsp soda bicarbonate, 30ml boiling water, 50ml unscented fabric softener, 60ml white vinegar, 10ml vodka and a few drops of essential oil.

I love that everything has its use, even the drizzle, for supposedly brightening the complexion haha! Although these are so fun to try and lovely to use, I am eternally grateful for modern day products and ways, the sheer choice, the technology and science on offer. Which ones will you add to your household diary? 

25 comments:

  1. That's such a great idea for window cleaner, my mother does that all the time. I love that there are so many uses for everything, and I'm all for the natural ways to clean your home. These photos are so dainty and pretty, like from a Jane Austen novel xx

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

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    1. Aw wow, thank you so much Diana, that means so much! ♡

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  2. Love your photos in this post - super cute!

    Morgan | Hyacinth Girl

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  3. You photographing style is so lovely and soft, I really enjoyed reading this post!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

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  4. I love this idea and I'd love to do more of it. So far the only 'home brewed'remedies I've made is mint and mug-wart tea and the lemon slice cleaner, thing. These all sound amazing though and I will be sure to try them!
    Marbl☾☽Moon

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed it and these were helpful! :D ♡

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  5. Wow. Great tips! Loved the floor forest smell. I am going to have to try it. xoxo Cris
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  6. This is such a lovely post. ALL of your posts are so beautifully written...I love visiting your blog xx

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    1. Awww thanks so much Claire, that means such a lot! ♡

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  7. Amazing post :) I like yur blog :)

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    1. Aw thank you so much Malefica! ♡

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  9. I feel the same way about Autumn, and I've just bookmarked this post so I can try these masks/treatments! You've also reminded me of just how nice air dried laundry is. It doesn't rain much here, so I think I need to start drying my clothes in the crisp Autumn air again. Thanks for the reminder!

    amberelb.com

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    1. Wow thanks so much Amber, so kind of you! Ahhh I'm so jealous, I wish it would rain less over here :D ♡

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  10. ooo loved these so much!!! x

    sophy of SophysLighthouse.blogspot.com

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  11. These are some great tips Elizabeth, I particularly like the pumpkin puree one!

    Sara - Flemingo

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    1. Thank you so much Sara, so glad you liked it! ♡

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  12. Nice post, I enjoy reading about old remedies. I sometimes use white vinegar for cleaning. The forest floor cleaner sounds good. :)

    I've had this book for years called Mary Rose's 1001 Health & Beauty Remedies that has good tips.

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  13. The fresh fabric spray sounds amazing!

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  14. These are a LOT OF tips. Thank you! I need a face mask badly. I've got this pimple that refuses to go away :(

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