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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.

 

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.

Get Natural and Stop Putting Toxins on Your Skin

Chemicals are a big part of our life. They find their way in our house, in our cars and even in our body. Knowingly or unknowingly we are layering up harmful toxins on our skin. People are obsessed with their looks not only women but even men are liberally using chemical rich cosmetics for a younger and attractive skin.

As life goes on most women or girls get so occupied with their ever increasing responsibilities that they start neglecting themselves. Slowly this neglect starts reflecting on their face with multiple problems like discoloration, wrinkles, age spots, dullness, dryness and makes us look years older.

Suddenly one fine day we realize our mistake and buy the most expensive skin treatment we can afford. Of course we want to believe in those tempting advertisements in which just with a touch of the magic cream or serum we’ll get our youth back. After spending a fortune on these so called miracle treatments we still look the same just with lighter wallets.

If you go for an expensive chemical treatment and end up with just not getting the promised results without any side effects you can consider yourself lucky as most women end up regretting the permanent damage they caused to their delicate skin.

One should never forget that our skin is a living organ and not just some dead tissue. We should be very careful about what we put on our skin. I try to make sure that most of the products I apply on my skin are natural in fact most of them are edible. I follow my Grandma’s rule – “If you cannot put it in your mouth don’t put it on your skin.” This rule makes it very clear that one should avoid harmful chemicals that are poisonous to our skin.

Indian women put the worst kind of poison on their skin and hair in the name of Sindoor. Don’t get me wrong I am not against applying Sindoor but want to inform you the dangerous side effects of the red chemical that is sold in the name of Sindoor. We need to be aware that the Sindoor we are buying is not lead based or any other harmful chemical but is natural Kumkum/ Vermilion.

Two simple tips to check if the Kumkum is pure:

1. When you rub Kumkum between two fingers it should feel soft, smooth and not rough,

2. When you sprinkle a pinch of Kumkum in a cup of water it should float and not sink.

Natural ingredients like Kumkum also known as Vermilion or Red Sandalwood (Rakht Chandan) are completely safe and easily available. Natural Sindoor gives a cooling effect hence it is applied on the head and also in-between the eyebrows i.e. the location of our Third Eye Chakra. This chakra encourages overall good health, clear thinking and focus.

I want to encourage you to take regular care of yourself in a natural, safe and effective way. Nature is abundant with ingredients that can make us radiant and beautiful. You will find some of these ingredients in my latest book Simple Natural Homemade Beauty Masks that Work Free download only for few days.

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