9 Natural (Edible) Ingredients for Flawless Radiant Skin


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12 Natural (Edible) Ingredients for Flawless Radiant Skin

9 Natural (Edible) Ingredients for Flawless Radiant Skin

In my blog posts How to Clear Dark Spots/ Scars from Acne or Chemical Burn Safely & Naturally and Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend: 7 Uses for Skin Problems, Pain & Much More I have mentioned natural ingredients to clear blemishes. These natural cures are mild and they require time and patience that we sometimes lack and the benefit of using natural ingredients is that we do not experience any side effects.

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.” Shubhra Krishan, Essential Ayurveda: What It Is and What It Can Do for You

Have you noticed how most of the beauty products available boast about the natural ingredient that makes their product different. Have you read made by real fruit or milk or oil on an expensive beauty product. If yes then why not use that product in its purest form rather than some nice smelling chemical treated product.

This article has a list of 9 such natural and edible skin enhancers that do wonders for our skin and they can be found in most kitchens.

9 Natural (Edible) Ingredients for Flawless Radiant Skin:

1. Lemon:

Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C and it has been used as a natural bleach for generations. When lemon juice is applied regularly the spots and scars fade and the skin becomes radiant. Drinking lemon juice with warm water every morning also helps in clearing the skin as it flushes away the toxins. In case of sensitive skin kindly avoid applying lemon juice if you get mild irritation then dilute the lemon juice with either water or honey.

Lemon + Honey Face Pack:

Freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tsp + honey 1 tsp. Mix well and apply. Keep for 20 minutes and rinse off. It gives us a nice glow.

2. Aloe Vera:

I have mentioned benefits of Aloe Vera in article Every day Visit to the Fountain of Youth …(Aloe Vera) (part 3). Aloe Vera gel is be used to soothe irritated or burnt skin. If applied regularly it fades scars, spots and marks making our skin blemish free. Aloe Vera moisturizes our skin and makes it glow. Aloe Vera gel can be directly applied to skin problems like acne, boils, burns, sunburns, scars and also mild psoriasis. It is also good as a face mask as it cools the skin and reduces the aging effect.  

Aloe Vera Gel Face Pack:

Apply the gel and keep it as long as you want. One can also keep it overnight. It moisturizes and refreshes the skin and removes tan and any other discoloration.    

3. Apple Cider Vinegar:

I have given a lot of benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits for Weight Loss and Overall Health & Beauty. Apple cider vinegar maintains the PH balance of the body. Always dilute ACV before applying on skin concentrated ACV can damage or burn skin so use 1 part ACV with 6 parts water or more. ACV improves skin conditions by clearing acne, eczema. You can add 2 tsp of ACV to your bath for an overall cleanse, it is also effective to eliminate body odor or any other skin conditions. Makes the skin clear and glowing as it reduces skin discoloration, acne or age spots, wrinkles, black or white heads and even suntan.

Natural Toner:

ACV + Water with a cotton ball and let it dry naturally or rinse off just after you cleanse your skin apply the mixture of then layer up your moisturizer.

       Warts Cure: It is a great remedy to remove warts.

       Soak a small cotton ball in ACV, place it on a wart, hold it down with help of a Band-Aid,

       leave overnight, and repeat until the wart is gone.

4. Potato:

Potato juice is a strong cure for tan, scars, spots and any other discoloration. Apply Juice on skin regularly for a blemish-free skin.

Potato Juice Ice Pack:

Freeze potato juice into ice cubes and rub this frozen potato juice cube on the affected area. Keep for 20 minutes and rinse off.  

5. Milk:

Milk is another strong cure for all kinds of blemishes. Like Lemon Juice Milk is also natural bleach and brightens as well moisturizes the skin. Milk can be combined with any ingredients to make a nourishing face pack, especially for dry skin.   

6. Fenugreek Seeds:

Fenugreek is anti-inflammatory and can soothe aggravated acne.

Fenugreek Seed pack:

Soak 1 tsp of fenugreek seed in water overnight. In morning make a paste of the soaked seeds and apply the paste to the affected area. Keep for 20 minutes and rinse off. 

7. Besan/ Chickpea Flour:

Indian have been using besan to improve skin health for centuries. Besan is even used in pre-wedding bridal care. Besan can replace face wash or soap and it will make the skin naturally radiant.

Traditional Besan & Turmeric Pack:

For Dry Skin: 1 tbsp Besan + a pinch Turmeric make a paste with milk.

For Oily Skin: 1 tbsp Besan + a pinch Turmeric make a paste with rose water.

For Normal Skin: 1 tbsp Besan + a pinch Turmeric make a paste with curd.

8. Cucumber:

Cucumber juice makes skin brighter. Cucumber slices are used to solve puffy eyes problems. Cucumber masks can rejuvenate skin and give it a refreshing glow. Drinking cucumber smoothie or juice daily can make skin and hair beautiful from inside.

Cucumber Juice Ice Pack:

Freeze cucumber juice into ice cubes and rub this frozen cucumber juice cube on the skin. Keep for 20 minutes and rinse off. 

9. Honey:

Pure Honey removes dark spots and acne scars for good. Honey is antiseptic in nature and controls the spread of acne. Just like milk honey can be added to any face pack or can be directly applied on the skin for a glowing complexion.

 

9 Benefits of Jaggery including Weight loss and much more (Replace Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners)

Benefits of Jaggery

Benefits of Jaggery

I drink Chai or Tea like it is the fuel my brain runs on. I can have a cup any time of day or night. My only issue with tea was the sugar. I tried drinking Chai without sugar but I couldn’t get used to the taste. I tried artificial sweetener (only once) and this was completely against my own research but I hated the chemical aftertaste and the guilt of having something fake in the Chai which is special for me.

Finally, going back to old ancient wisdom gave me the solution. Our ancestors have always used pure organic jaggery to sweeten up all preparations. A small piece of Jaggery was eaten after meals as it helped in digestion and also gave a satisfyingly sweet end to the meal.

The guests were welcomed with a pale of cold water from an earthen pot, a fistful of peanuts and a small piece of Jaggery as peanuts and Jaggery would give instant energy after a tiring travel and also cold water with Jaggery would give the required hydration after spending long hours out in hot weather.

Unlike sugar which has no benefits, Jaggery is full of benefits that can help us improve our health. I love the taste of Ginger Chai with Jaggery. The rich earthy taste of jaggery actually improved my chai and I am able to stay away from white processed sugar for good.

Benefits of Jaggery:

1. Nutritious:

Jaggery is a rich source of Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Iron.

2. Supports Weight Loss:

Jaggery helps in weight loss as it improves our metabolic rate and it also helps to remove water retention.

3. Helps in Digestion:

Ayurveda encourages a small piece of Jaggery after meals as it helps in digestion. Jaggery helps in secretion of the digestive juices. It improves the functioning of the digestive system and cures constipation and bloating.

4. Purifies Blood:

The iron in Jaggery works as a blood purifier. It improves the Hemoglobin and helps with cramps and body ache during menstruation. Jaggery prevents Anemia as it maintains the count of red blood cells.

5. Detoxes Liver:

Jaggery cleanses the liver by flushing out the toxins.

6. Boosts Immunity:

Jaggery is loaded with minerals and anti-oxidants. This makes us stronger to fight against diseases.

7. Improves Skin Health:

As discussed earlier Jaggery purifies blood and hence helps with skin problems like acne. The anti-oxidants in Jaggery fights signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles.

8. Provides Instant Energy:

Jaggery is a good source instant energy as it is a complex carb that slowly digests. As mentioned above jaggery can help when one feels weak or even after a hectic day or long travel.

9. Cures Cough, Cold, Headaches:

Jaggery provides warmth in the body and a nice hot cup of ginger tea with jaggery is my most preferred cure for cough, cold, headaches, body aches, and tiredness.

An important point to remember:

Always buy pure organic Dark brown color Jagerry which is not treated with chemicals.

Avoid the light color (white or yellow) Jagerry as it will not give you any benefits.

7 Best Natural Oil Mixes that Nourish Hair and Stops Hair Fall for Good


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7 Best Natural Hair Oil Mixes

7 Best Natural Hair Oil Mixes

In my last article about Moringa, I talked about Hair loss and wanted to share some more tips. Hair fall is a common lifestyle disorder that happens because of pollution, lack of nutrition in diet, medicines, hormonal imbalances, PCOS/D, stress and such modern lifestyle concerns. The loss of hair is depressing and it affects our confidence. We try to find instant solutions and end up buying expensive products. Most of these products boost their tall results but they hardly deliver.

When I was having serious hair loss I, researched good old traditional natural cures and tips that are followed for generations in India. I made a list of natural oil mixes that are nourishing enough to permanently stop hair fall. These oils also bring back the shine, volume, and bounce that we also lose.

Following oil mixes are made from ingredients that are easily available and these oil mixes do not require any kind heating or cooking. These are simple to make and they give great results. I can see a noticeable difference in my hair after regularly using these hair oil mixes but one needs to be patient with such traditional cures. Slowly, steadily and surely they work without any side effects and plus they do not cost much.

7 Best Natural Oil Mixes

Instruction for all Oil Mixes:
Rub in any of the following oil mixes on scalp and roots with fingertips, massage lightly, and keep overnight.
Apply any of the following oil mixes at least once a week. Heating not required. Prefer a mild and natural shampoo.

Oil Mix 1) Kalonji & Methi Oil:

Ingredients: 2 tsp. Kalonji Seeds, 2 tsp. Methi Seeds, 50 ml Pure Coconut Oil, 50 ml Castor Oil, Glass bottle or container.
Method: Grind Kalonji Seeds into dry powder and keep separately. I used my mixer’s dry masala jar. One can also use a coffee grinder. Grind Methi Seeds into fine dry powder. It is always a good Idea to grind these seeds separately first, as they have different hardness. Once you have both seeds in form of a coarse powder grind them together so they mix well together and become smoother.
Pour this powder mix into a clean and dry glass container. Pour 50ml Pure Coconut Oil and 50ml Castor oil in the container. Close the lid and shake to mix all the ingredients together. Keep this container in Sunlight for 4 to 5 days. I used it from the first day itself and found amazing results but Sunlight helps these ingredients to release their natural oils, which will be more beneficial.
The powder will settle at the base of the container. Shaking the bottle before every use is not required. You can change the ratio of castor oil and coconut oil. If the oil feels too thick reduce the quantity of castor oil and increase the quantity of coconut oil but does not skip castor oil.
Benefits: Hair fall stops, hair becomes thick, hair becomes soft, hair becomes dark in color, prevents greying, hair looks shiny and straight after wash.

Now starts the list of simpler mixes.

Oil Mix 2) Castor & Olive Oil:

Ingredients: Castor Oil 50 ml, Olive Oil 50 ml, Vitamin E 4 Capsules
Method: Mix all the above ingredients and store the container in a cool and dry place.
Benefits: Stops Hair fall, hair becomes thick, hair becomes soft, hair looks shiny and straight after wash.

Oil Mix 3) Mustard Oil (has a strong smell)

Ingredients: Mustard Oil 50 ml, Vitamin E 4 Capsules
Method: Mix both the above ingredients and store the container in a cool and dry place.
Benefits: Hair fall stops, hair becomes thick, hair becomes dark in color and prevents greying,

Oil Mix 4) Coconut & Castor Oil

Ingredients: Coconut Oil 50 ml, Castor Oil 50 ml, Vitamin E 4 Capsules
Method: Mix all the above ingredients and store the container in a cool and dry place.
Benefits: Hair fall stops, hair becomes thick, hair becomes soft, hair looks shiny and straight after wash.

Oil Mix 5) Onion Juice & Castor Oil

Ingredients: Onion Juice 2 Tbsp, Castor Oil 2 Tbsp, Vitamin E 4 Capsules
Method: Mix all the above ingredients and store the container in a cool and dry place.
Benefits: Hair fall stops, hair becomes thick, hair becomes soft and prevents greying.

Oil Mix 6) Aloe Vera Gel & Castor Oil

Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel 2 Tbsp, Castor Oil 2 Tbsp, Vitamin E 4 Capsules
Method: Mix all the above ingredients and store the container in a cool and dry place.
Benefits: Hair fall stops, hair becomes thick, hair becomes soft, hair looks shiny and straight after wash.

Oil Mix 7) Til & Castor Oil

Ingredients: Coconut Oil 50 ml, Castor Oil 50 ml
Method: Mix both the above ingredients and store the container in a cool and dry place.
Benefits: Hair fall stops, hair becomes thick, hair becomes soft, hair becomes dark in color, hair looks shiny and straight after wash.

9 Moringa Powder Benefits for Anti-Ageing, Diabetes, Hormonal Imbalance, Weight Loss and Much More


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9 Moringa Benefits

9 Moringa Benefits

I have been a fighter of Hormonal Imbalance issue for a few years now. Nowadays a large number of people especially women are struggling with lifestyle issues like Diabetes, PCOS/D, Obesity, Hormonal Imbalance, Skin issues, Hair problems, energy loss, joint pains and such other annoying health complications that challenges our life in many ways.

The so-called health industry tries to sell us Multivitamins that can make us stronger from within to increase our chances of success in the fight against lifestyle disorders. They tell us that these multivitamins or supplements have natural nutrients, vitamins, minerals, metals and God knows what but how genuine are these products. They charge a small treasure for a smaller bottle of these capsules and the results are hardly worth the price we pay for months.

I was looking for a genuine natural product that can help me get stronger from within and help my body balance the hormones in a natural way. My search ended when I found out the benefits of Moringa Powder now after trying this power for 4 months I have seen incredible results and want to let you know why you should take this multivitamin packed powder daily.

7 Moringa Powder (Natural Multivitamin) Benefits:

1. Natural Multivitamin:

Moringa is known as the miracle tree or tree of life because it is loaded with Multivitamins. It has 25 times more Iron than in Spinach, it has 4 times more Protein than in Eggs, It has 5 times more Vitamin C than Oranges, It has 17 times more Calcium than Milk, It has 10 times more Vitamin A than Carrots and It has 15 times more Potassium than Bananas.

2. Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing, and Boosts Immune System:

Moringa powder has Vitamin C, B, quercetin, the chlorogenic acid that has the ability to lower the oxidation and inflammation of the body. These also lower the aging process and boost the immune system. I have experienced a decrease in body aches and joint pains because of my daily intake of Moringa Powder.

3. Helps with Diabetes as it balances sugar and insulin level:

Moringa powder helps control the blood sugar levels and insulin levels which keeps a check on Diabetes.

4. Helps in Weight Loss:

As moringa powder controls our hormones including insulin the body gets out of fat storage mode and starts utilizing the already stored fat for energy.

 5. Balances Hormones:

Moringa powder naturally balances insulin level hence controls hunger pangs, It controls thyroid secretion, it increases hemoglobin, it controls stress hormones, it helps keep our mind relaxed, moringa provides necessary nourishment to keep our hormones functioning smooth.

6. Nourishes Skin and Hair:

Moringa has natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compounds that protects skin and hair from a lot of problems and helps improve their health.

My experience with moringa for skin and hair has been miraculous. My acne spots have cleared and my hormonal acne breakout has reduced remarkably. My hair fall problem another hormonal issue has stopped for good. My hair feels healthier, shinier and thicker. Both my skin and hair have become healthier from within.

7. Improves Digestive Health:

Ayurved has used moringa for years to treat digestive disorders, fungal infections and other diseases that concerns liver, kidney, intestine, stomach, colon and thus the whole digestive system. It helps the Liver function well and removes toxins that make the Liver sluggish. It is also capable of helping the Kidney flush out the Kidney stones.

My personal experience with moringa has been with constipation issues. Be careful with the powder if you take more than ½ tsp in a day you will get loose motion as I mentioned it earlier it is a very strong and natural laxative.

8. Helps with Brain Health:

Moringa is a rich source of Iron, Protein and Amino Acids that help the brain function smoothly. It provides energy and hence makes one feel good. I have experienced an increase in energy level after starting my daily intake of moringa powder.

9. Detoxes Body and eliminates water retention:

The Moringa actually helps to detox body by eliminating toxins and also the water our body retains. It makes the body lighter. It takes out a lot of burden on our organs and helps them function smoothly. I have experienced a reduction in swelling in legs due to water retention.

Ayurved has used Moringa Powder as medicine for centuries. It is time we go back to our roots.

How to take Moringa Powder:

One needs to get used to the taste of moringa powder and this is a strong laxative hence I highly recommend to start this powder on a rest day.
½ tsp Moringa Powder
1 or half cup lukewarm water
Mix vigorously as it does not dissolve fast. Drink and then rinse your mouth with some more water.
I have this either early in the morning or before going to bed.

Caution:

1. Do not mix the powder in hot or warm water as moringa loses its nutrition when we cook it. Keep the water at the temperature that you can drink in one go.
2. If you under medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding then do not take this or any other supplement unless it is advised by your doctor.

5 Practical Steps to Stop Procrastination for Good

5 Practical Steps to Stop Procrastination for Good

5 Practical Steps to Stop Procrastination for Good

I have a confession to make. I am a procrastinator. Yes, that is right, I am a super lazy procrastinator, and I want to fix this to live the life of my dreams. Reading lots of self-help books have thought me that the first step to solving any problem is acceptance. I needed to accept the fact that I have a problem hence the confession to the dearest people I know, the readers of this article.    

Second step to solve the problem is researching the solution for the problem. After watching many educational videos on YouTube, (some about procrastination) I found one TED Talk that came close to solve my procrastination problem. I am sharing the details of the Ted Talk below and I highly recommend you to watch this one as I believe it will resonate with most of us procrastinators.

Tim hilariously explains how the brain of a master procrastinator is different from a non-procrastinator. Based on this completely non-sciencey talk I have understood my shortcomings and I have developed five steps plan to stop procrastination once for all.    

In the talk, Tim Talks about the mind of a master procrastinator and I believe I am one, well if the shoe fits. Tim says the master procrastinators have an additional operator in their brains called as an ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ beside the ‘Rational decision maker’, which everyone else has.

Long story short the procrastinators lose control of their time as the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ takes charge of their brain and wastes our valuable time and energy on anything fun and easy also completely unnecessary. This ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ ruins most of our rational plans and sabotages most of our projects by wasting our valuable time on illogical monkey business.

The only time this monkey gives up control is when we get into the panic mode just before a deadline. Tim calls this panic mode as when the Panic Monster wakes up and scares away the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’. This gives the ‘Rational decision maker’ a chance to take control. The problem with this situation is that we are left with a fraction of the time to do our project. This also means we end up with a hasty poor performance also sadly lower than our true potential.

The procrastinators face a serious problem when there is no deadline. In absence of the deadline, the Panic mode never strikes and hence the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ never loses control of our brain wasting away our life on meaningless fun and games.

Enough is enough my fellow procrastinators. Let us take back the charge of our brain again. Let us learn to control the monkey by imposing some discipline in our life. It will be hard but it will be worth it as we will complete most of our projects and live a rewarding and content life.   

“If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it.” ― John C. Maxwell, How Successful People Think

Five Steps Plan to Stop Procrastination for Good:

Step 1: Outcome:

Focusing on the Outcome than the tasks of the project can work as the right encouragement or fuel we need to drive our projects.

Step 2: Map:

We are good planners for sure but we lack in execution. In this step, we should focus on the most realistic plan that will work for us. We know our strengths and weaknesses, we can make a feasible roadmap keeping in mind all the hurdles. A detailed map will help us anticipate most of our challenges in advance so we can prepare for them.  

Step 3: Deadlines:

As we saw earlier, deadlines are crucial for procrastinators. Even if we are doing, projects that have no deadlines we need to set them as per our roadmap we prepared in the second step. These deadlines have to be realistic but not lenient. In a case of longer projects, one must break the projects into small chunks and give deadlines for every piece.  

E.q. If your project is writing a novel then you should have a deadline for every chapter or significant segments of the novel.

Step 4: Resources:

Once we have our Map and our deadline the next step is to collect all the necessary resources required for the project. If internet research is required then it makes sense to find out all required information and save it on our computers so we can work offline and avoid distractions like Facebook.

Preparation of resources as per roadmap stops delays helps us finish our task as per the plan.

Step 5: Reward:

A completed project is a reward in itself but we need to have a small recreation, reward or celebration after every successful completion to keep the playful side of our brain content. The tasks that get rewarded have high chances of getting repeated.  

TED Talk: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim Urban (Blogger at Wait But Why)

https://youtu.be/arj7oStGLkU

“Homecoming of Terror”: Review of House of Cards (Season 5 Episode 1)

Homecoming of Terror

Homecoming of Terror

The much awaited Season 5 of House of Cards will be aired on Saturday, 3rd June 5 pm onwards only on Zee Café #HOConZCafe and like many eager fans of this political drama I also cannot wait to enjoy this Season 5 Premium Marathon.

Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from the First episode of Season 5 of House of Cards.

The opening episode of the Season 5 gives us a glimpse of the terror storm the Underwood’s are plotting to unleash on the terrified American People.

The episode starts with FLOTUS Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) public address that actually was a well-crafted political campaign reminding the people about the domestic terror and the upcoming presidential election where she stood in support of her husband President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey).

While the First Lady was, addressing the nation President Underwood interrupts the congressional session and demands an authorization of war against ICO the Terror organization that has terrified the nation. Frank throws his Power and weight around in a ploy to stop the group from discussing his shortcomings and to focus on the retribution for the home-grown terrorists that murdered Jim Miller, an innocent husband, and father. The Underwood’s are using terror spread among the nation to keep their Power and win the 2016 election.

“I will not yield” Frank Underwood, House of Cards.

In another shocking scene of the first episode, we see that Frank has had the terrorist in custody the entire time.

He looks to the audience and says, “Did you think I didn’t already have him, that I would have left him out there somewhere? I thought you knew me.” This scene shows us the depth of his complex character. Frank Underwood is ruthless, cunning and pure evil that is driven by power and for power.

One Nation...Underwood

One Nation…Underwood

Kevin Spacey as Frank in the First Episode played his role perfectly as ever but from the look of the opening episode of Season 5, I have a feeling that Robin Wright as Claire will take the center stage. She opens the season addressing the people and we can sense that she is going to be on the front end a lot and hopefully (I like her more than Frank) overpower her husband and take his position in the future.

The FLOTUS is powerful because she comes across as refined and calm but she is an opportunistic and a schemer. We see her cold side when she meets Joshua Masterson’s (terrorist) mother and asks her “Didn’t you know what was going on in your own home?” She also persuades her to appeal to her son to surrender.

“You saw what he did, didn’t you? Would you like to see it?” Claire Underwood, House of Cards.

She also visits a burned-out gas station, and calls out Conway for “refusing to acknowledge the seriousness of the threat made here at home”.

My favorite dialog from this episode was right in the beginning where Claire is recording her message for the nation.

She says, “It’s terrifying, isn’t it?” and we cannot help but agree with her.

The political landscape has remarkably changed since the fourth season of House of Cards. The real events have would have some influence on the series but I hope the makers of House of Cards do not change their story to match with the real world.

It amazes me how this show continues to surprise the audience. How they can find new depths of evil and how they come up with so simple yet powerful dialogues that stay with us long after watching the show. The Underwoods have us under an evil spell and from the look of the opening episode, I can safely say season 5 will be a thrilling ride.

Don’t forget “Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café! #HOConZCafe”