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2014-02-22

Effective Herbs for Skincare | Ayurveda


Chamomile
is the ultimate soothing herb, both when you drink it as a tea, and when you apply it to your skin. It can heal inflamed skin, burns and wounds, rashes, acne, stings and bites, bruises and sores. It is, not surprisingly, an ideal ingredient for skincare products.


Calendula
has long been regarded as one of the safest and most effective herbs for skin. It is wonderfully healing for chapped, irritated and inflamed skin, rashes (it’s wonderful for nappy rash), dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, age spots, stretch marks, varicose veins, corns, warts, calluses, bruises, sprains, burns, ulcers, bites and stings. The oil soluble components including the essential oil are especially good at stimulating wound healing. Distillate of calendula can help soothe mouth sores and hemorrhoids. The petals of calendula are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating.

Horsetail is also a healing herb for skin, and as it’s an astringent, it has a firming and tightening action on the skin. It can be effective in the treatment of acne as it helps eliminate excess oil from skin and will also help with oily hair. Collagen keeps your skin youthful and supple, so horsetail is one of the important anti-aging herbs for skin, and can help with thinning hair, sagging, loose or rough skin, wrinkles and premature aging.


Lavender
, like chamomile, is one of nature’s essential herbs for skin nourishment and healing. Lavender essential oil not only smells divine, it is an antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, helping skin to heal and renew itself.


Peppermint
has a wonderful cooling effect on the skin. When used in skincare products, it nourishes dull skin and helps balance out oily skin. It can also alleviate bites, stings, burns and scalds, and best of all, peppermint essential oil has a sublimely uplifting aroma, which can enhance memory and alertness.


Lemongrass
is an astringent herb, which constricts the skin, helping to minimise pores and limit oil secretions, which makes it an effective ingredient for skincare products aimed at treating oily skin and acne. Its astringent quality also gives it a temporary skin-firming effect. It is an excellent skincare ingredient as it contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and it can also help prevent skin infections. You can infuse lemongrass leaves in boiling water to make a facial steam, which opens the pores and clears pimples and blackheads. Follow the treatment by splashing cold water over your face to close the pores.


Gotu kola
is an intriguing herbs. A perennial plant native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific, it is a member of the parsley family and has no taste or smell. It has been found to inhibit scar formation, can help repair connective tissues and smooth out cellulite. The primary active constituent is triterpenoids, which have a beneficial effect on collagen, which we need to keep skin smooth and supple. Finally, studies have shown gotu kola can help heal sun-damaged skin.


Nettle
added to cleansers helps to deep clean the pores. It contains a very rich mineral content, being high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, copper and silica, which is essential to cell rejuvenation and youthful skin. Another of the astringent herbs for skin, nettle can help balance out oily skin and hair. It’s a brilliant cleanser, as it cleanses without stripping natural oils from the skin and hair, making it an excellent acne treatment. It deep cleans the pores and helps to remove dirt that builds up and causes blackheads, and it can help clean out infected pores that lead to whiteheads. Added to shampoo, it can help clear up a dry scalp and treat dandruff.


Burdock
contains phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin, which are all powerful antioxidants. Burdock is a blood cleanser and can be used to treat dandruff, bites, boils, cysts, bruises, dermatitis. Made into an ointment or a hot poultice, it can provide relief from burns, skin eruptions and wounds.


Manjith 
(Rubia Cordifolia) Very useful for skin, especially for lessening pimples and acne.


Haldi 
(Curcuma Longa) Antiseptic, useful for pimples and other skin problems. Makes skin fair, clear and glowing.


Charoli 
(Buchanania Latifolia) Provides proper nutrition to the skin cells and promotes radiance. Softens and nourishes the skin and provides elasticity.


Aloe vera 
Moisturizes & nourishes the skin. Relieves chapped lips, dry, itchy skin, minor infections and make the skin smooth, supple & younger looking.


Gajar Beej 
(Daucus Carota) Moisturizes & nourishes the skin. Relieves chapped lips, dry, itchy skin, minor infections and makes the skin smooth, supple & younger looking.


Quince Seed 
(Pyrus Cydonia) Brings out a younger looking skin.

Kheera or Kakadi Beej (Cucumis Satius) Coolant, antiseptic, freshens & nourishes the skin. It has anti-aging properties and covers wrinkles and fine lines on the face.

Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) Antiseptic & natural astringent. Gives freshness to the skin.

Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus) Brings out a younger looking skin.

Kumkumadi Oil (Pharma copoeia) Very effective for pimples and acne. Brings out fairness and for beautifying the skin.

Chandan (Santalum Album) Has germicidal properties. It forms an invisible protective film on the skin bringing about a better balance between the surface oil and moisture content of the skin - valued since ancient times for beautifying the skin.

Keshar (Crocus Sativus) Effective in the treatment of acne, pimples, blemishes, black spot. Brings out fairness.

2014-02-03

Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds

Methi contains protein, fibre, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, iron and alkaloids. It also contains a compound diosgenin which has oestrogen-like properties, as well as steroidal saponins.

The seeds and leaves of methi (fenugreek) are readily available and widely used in Indian kitchen. They have a strong aroma and a bitter taste. But when used in small quantities they impart flavour to your food. It is commonly used in curries, vegetable dishes, dals and not to forget the mouth-watering methi paratha.

Health Benefits
  1. Increase breast milk production
  2. Induce and ease child birth
    Fenugreek has been known to be helpful in inducing childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions. It is also known to reduce labour pain. But here’s a word of caution. Excess intake of fenugreek seeds during pregnancy could put you in risk of miscarriage or premature childbirth.
  3. Ease women’s health problems
    Fenugreek contains compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones with oestrogen-like properties which help reduce symptoms like discomfort and menstrual cramps associated with PMS. These compounds also ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood fluctuations. Women are more prone to iron deficiency during adolescence (initiation of menstrual periods), during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Including green leafy veggies like fenugreek (methi) in your diet can supply a good amount of iron. But make sure to add tomatoes or potatoes to the preparations to enhance the iron absorption.
  4. Breast Enlargement
    Include fenugreek in your regular diet. The oestrogen-like property of fenugreek can help in breast enlargement by balancing hormones in women.
  5. Reduce cholesterol
  6. Reduce cardiovascular risk
  7. Control diabetes
  8. Aid digestion
  9. Fenugreek helps flush out harmful toxins. It relieves indigestion and helps treat constipation.
  10. Cure acid reflux or heartburn
  11. Remedy for fever and sore throat
  12. Prevent colon cancer
  13. Lose weight by suppressing appetite
  14. Cure for skin inflammation and scars
Home Remedies
  1. An effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburnOne teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in your food can be an effective remedy for acid reflux or heartburn. Mucilage of fenugreek seeds coat the lining of the stomach and intestine and sooth irritated gastrointestinal tissues. Before consuming, you can soak the methi seeds in water to make their outer coat mucilaginous.
  2.  Reduce fever by nourishing the body
    Fenugreek when taken with a teaspoon of lemon and honey can work wonders to reduce fever by nourishing the body. The soothing effect of mucilage in fenugreek also helps to relieve cough and pain from sore throat.
  3. Weight Loss
    Include fenugreek in your weight loss diet by chewing soaked methi seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. The natural soluble fibre in the fenugreek can swell and fill the stomach thereby suppressing your appetite.
  4. Skin Problems
    Apply a clean cloth soaked in methi seed paste for effective treatment of skin problems like burns, boils, eczema, etc. Fenugreek seeds also help in getting rid of scars.
  5. Beauty Facepacks
    Fenugreek can be an excellent ingredient for your home-made beauty product. Fenugreek can be used in face packs to help prevent blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, etc. Washing your face with water boiled with fenugreek seeds or applying a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves for twenty minutes on your face can work wonders for your skin.
  6. Shiny & Black Healthy Hair
    Using fenugreek as a part of your diet or as a paste to directly apply on your hair makes your hair shiny and black. Massaging your head everyday with boiled fenugreek seeds soaked overnight in coconut oil can be an excellent remedy for thinning of hair and hair fall. What more? Fenugreek is also great to keep the dandruff away.

2014-01-09

Guava Skincare

Guava is very beneficial for your skincare since it is abound in vitamin C, antioxidants and carotene. The benefits of guava for skin are as follows.

  • Improves Complexion: Prepare a simple guava scrub at home to improve your complexion. Mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it on your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water. When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. It will also remove impurities, thus providing your skin a fresh and invigorated feeling.
  • UV Protection: A guava provides about 2.9 grams of lycopene which is an antioxidant that protects your skin from being damaged by UV rays and environmental pollution.
  • Anti-ageing Properties: Guava is a rich source of vitamins A, B, C and potassium which are good antioxidants and detoxifiers. They fight free radicals, thus keeping your skin glowing and free from premature signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. Besides, lycopene protects the healthy cells from toxins that accumulate in the body due to metabolism and environmental pollution. These toxins also cause pre mature ageing by damaging the DNA in charge of growth and development.
  • Natural Skin Toner: The high concentration of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in guava helps in keeping your skin toned, fresh and wrinkle free. Guava is effective in enhancing skin texture, tightening the loosened skin and reviving the lost elasticity of the skin. The astringent qualities of guavas keep your skin free from blemishes, acne, wrinkles and pimples. Washing your face with the decoction of immature guava fruit and its leaves beautifies your skin.
  • Treatment of Acne and Dark Spots: If you are suffering from acne and dark spots, you can take some guava leaves and mash them to make a smooth paste. Clean your face and apply it on the acne and dark spots. Doing this daily will heal your acne.
  • Skin Hydration: Proper hydration is vital for healthy skin. Water plays an important role in keeping your skin hydrated. Thus, it is recommended to have 8 glasses of water in a day. Guava is an excellent source of water with 81% of the fruit comprising of water. In this way, it plays an important role in skin hydration.
  • Treatment of Skin Problems: A guava provides more than twice the recommended daily value of vitamin C which is excellent for skin healing as it contributes to generation of collagen, the substance that imparts firmness to the skin. Besides, it provides about 1.4 micrograms of vitamin K which is 2% of the recommended daily value. This vitamin improves blood coagulation, impairment of which causes skin redness and irritation. This makes it beneficial in treating dark circles, spider veins, rosaceae, acne irritation and splotchiness of skin.
  • Treatment of Blackheads and Skin Itchiness: In case of blackheads, you can blend the leaves of the guava fruit with little water and apply it as a scrub on your nose to remove blackheads. Guava leaves can also rid you of skin itchiness as they contain allergy blocking compounds.


2012-02-29

Natural Self Care During Holi, Skincare, Hair Care, Natural Holi Colors

Holi: 8th March 2012
Ideally, the joyous festival of Holi is meant to celebrate the arrival of Spring while the colors used in Holi are to reflect of the various hues of spring season. But unfortunately, in modern times Holi does not stand for all things beautiful. Like various other festivals, Holi too has become ruthlessly commercialized, boisterous and yet another source of environmental degradation.

In earlier times when festival celebrations were not so much commercialized Holi colors were prepared from the flowers of trees that blossomed during spring, such as the Indian Coral Tree (parijat) and the Flame of the Forest (Kesu), both of which have bright red flowers. These and several other blossoms provided the raw material from which the brilliant shades of Holi colours were made.  Over the years, with the disappearance of trees in urban areas and greater stress for higher profits these natural colours came to be replaced by industrial dyes manufactured through chemical processes.

So these colors not only effects your skin and hair but also affects your overall health. So we encourage people to celebrate an eco friendly Holi! And suggest you to take great care of your skin and hair before you go to play holi to avoid the harshness of chemicals which can affect you when you play with others.

Some tips to take care of your Hair & Skin are:


Hair Care Tips
The simplest and most effective method would be to massage your hair with a coconut based hair oil an hour or so before getting into your Holi celebrations. The coconut based hair oil is also known for forming a protective coat on the external covering (cuticle) of your hair. This protects it from chemicals and dust and dirt. This also causes the colour to come off the hair easily after you have finished playing. If you do not like coconut oil, then, a mixture of jojoba and rosemary oil makes the right base oil for your hair. It effectively prevents the harmful colours from settling down.

While washing the hair, first rinse with plenty of plain water to wash away the dry colours and tiny particles of mica. Then apply a mild herbal shampoo, working it into the hair with the fingers. If you prefer home made shampoo (made with shikakai, reetha and amla or Indian gooseberry soaked overnight, boiled and strained in the morning) you can use them. Massage the scalp gently and rinse thoroughly with water again. Add the juice of a lemon into a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. 

Within the next few days give your hair a nourishing treatment. Mix egg yolk with almond oil or olive oil and massage it lightly into the hair and scalp. Wash your hair after an hour. Conditioning with henna would help to restore damage, adding shine and body. To the henna powder, add four teaspoons each of lemon juice and coffee, two eggs and enough curd to mix into a paste. Apply on the hair and wash your hair after an hour.

Skincare Tips
Apply thick layers of sunscreen. Sunscreen helps you to get sun tan and burn. It helps you to protect from the sun exposure. Sunscreen lotion of SPF 30 or more is effective and recommended. Wear a water proof sunscreen for holi. Prolong exposure of sun with colors can damage your skin badly. Apply the layers minimum half an hour before you start playing.

To protect your skin from damage apply a thick layer of body oil. You can apply almond or coconut oil as they are thick in texture and will protect your skin from strong holi colors. Also apply oil to your arms and other exposed parts. All the precautions apply to your neck, feet as well.

 Nails are the worst effectors. Apply a dark color thick coat of nail paint before playing holi with colors. Apply oil and massage your hands, fingers and cuticles.

Apply a moisturizing lip balm or a thick coating of lip gloss to protect your skin from the color damage.
Wash all your skin with cold water once and brush your teeth to remove the teeth stains.

Use a soft cleanser to wash your skin you can also use a homemade scrub made off with milk and besan to wash your face. Scrub on the affected areas and lips for few minutes and then rinse with luke warm water. Avoid very hot water as it will dry down your skin further.

For body color dip your hand and feet in some luke warm water and then remove the color with the scrub. Apply a good herbal moisturizer after holi bath, which will avoid dryness of the skin. Refrain from excessive brushing and scrubbing as it can damage your skin further.

Apply calamine lotion and Aloe Vera gel in case of allergies redness or any other skin damage.

Avoid any kind of beauty treatments for few days can it can cause damage and further skin allergies. Avoid waxing, facials or threading. You can apply a homemade facial mask of ripe banana, egg yolk, milk cream, honey, dahi and almond oil. If you have oily skin use tomato juice instead of mil cream and the replace egg yolk with egg white.

Last but not least
Use only herbal holi colors. Its true that you can't tell people coming to your home to bring herbal colors. However, you can buy a lots of herbal holi colors and offer to play holi with them only with your guests.
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Make your own Holi colours
Holi festival lovers will be thrilled to know that it is possible to make simple natural colors in one’s own kitchen. Here are some very simple recipes to make natural colours:

Color
Method of Preparation


Yellow
1) Mix turmeric (haldi) powder with chick pea flour (besan)
2) Boil Marigold or Tesu flowers in water 
Yellow liquid color
Soak peels of pomegranate (Anar) overnight.
Deep Pink
Slice a beetroot and soak in water
Orange - red paste
Henna leaves (mehndi) can be dried, powdered and mixed with water.

2012-02-22

Skincare with Grapes: Natural Cleansers


It is the season for grapes! Take a handful of grapes and blend it coarsely. Add half a tsp of honey in it and apply on the face and neck and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Follow it up with a moisturiser. Grapes provides gentle and effective cleansing, plus protects against environmental damage for softer, younger looking skin. 

Grapes are full of polyphenols, natural compounds that contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,which not only help promote blood vessel resilience for skin health but also help protect against disease. In addition, research has shown that grape skin and seeds are a great source of OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins), which promote collagen and elastin fibers.

Grapes are not only delicious, they are packed with the goodness of vitamin C, vitamin B6, thiamin, and antioxidants. So do eat them while the season lasts!