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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.

 

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.

Neem Oil Blend: Plus 5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free

Neem Oil Blend: Plus 5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free

Neem Oil Blend: Plus 5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free

Recently mosquito-borne disease spread has risen. People in a state of panic buy chemically mass produced mosquito repellents, which in the long run are harmful to health.

Nature has some very effective ways to tackle this pest problem but only few take advantage of these natural remedies. We love the convenience of the chemical mass produced repellent but we cannot ignore the harmful side effects it can have on our health. Especially children should not breathe in those toxic fumes.

2 Methods to use Neem Oil to keep the pesky pests away:

Method 1: Make Natural mosquito repellent by blending neem oil and coconut oil in equal parts. Apply on your skin whenever you are stepping out. The bitter smell of Neem is strong enough to keep the mosquitoes away. Coconut oil helps to keep the skin soft and hydrated.

Method 2: Take 1 Tbsp. powdered Camphor and add 1 Tbsp. Neem Oil and blend well. Fill this mixture in an empty refill unit of your chemical mosquito repellent. Use this mixture just as you use the plugged in chemical mosquito repellent or in a vaporiser. The bitter smell will fill the room and you will notice the mosquitoes will disappear. Keep the room closed for some time for faster effect.

5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free:

1. Tulsi: As per the Hindu culture Tulsi also known as The Holy Basil should be planted and worshipped. Ayurveda has mentioned many benefits of this amazing plant. Tulsi has some wonderful qualities. It is highly antibacterial and has the ability to keep its surrounding germs free. Tulsi has properties that do not allow mosquitoes to survive or breed.
2. Mint: Mint in any form be it leaves, oil, plant or essence is highly beneficial to keep pests away. We can plant mint shrub in balcony or windows. We can spray diluted mint mouthwash around the house. One can even burn dried mint leaves or use vaporiser. This not only helps the house become bugs free including mosquitoes it also makes the air feel refreshingly fresh.
3. Camphor: In method 2 we used Camphor with neem oil to keep mosquitoes away. In a closed room, light 5 to 6 pieces of Camphor let the smoke and smell of Camphor fill the room the mosquitoes will disappear in 20 minutes. Read about another use of Camphor in Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend: 7 Uses for Skin Problems, Pain & Much More   
4. Garlic:  Garlic and garlic oil has many medicinal properties and it keeps Mosquitoes away. Crush fresh peeled garlic pods and let them infuse in water or natural oils like neem or coconut. Use this blend in vaporiser or spray around the room. The mosquitoes will stay away from garlic smell.
5. Eucalyptus/ Nilgiri oil: I love the smell of Eucalyptus. It is antiseptic and antibacterial. The smell relaxes the mind and calms tired body. I believe it also releases pain from the body. When we add Lemon Oil to Eucalyptus Oil it becomes a strong insect repellent. We can this strong oil blend in vaporiser to keep our house insect and mosquito free.   

All the above remedies are 100% natural. Some of these are not as convenient as plugging in the store brought chemical repellent but these do not come with harmful side effects. In fact, the medicinal properties of these natural cures surrounds us with an healthy antibacterial atmosphere. You will sense the positive energy in your house within first few days.   

Above mentioned methods are from the collaboration of old school knowledge passed down for generations. In extreme cases, some of these methods will fail to give expected results. Please take precautions accordingly.   

How to Clear Dark Spots/ Scars from Acne or Chemical Burn Safely & Naturally

A safe and natural method to clear dark spots or scars left behind because of Acne, Sun Burn or Even Chemical Burn from any product that was too harsh for your skin.

Aleovera & Sandalwood

Aleovera & Sandalwood

How I got horrible chemical burn marks on my face:

Every once a while we fall for some not so good idea. The world is filled with DYI information that claims to help with most of our issues. Recently I learned a painful lesson about quick fixes for minor beauty concerns. I am sure just like me even you must have tried some desperate quick fixes without questioning their effectiveness.

Acne was not a concern for me in my teenage. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same now as my skin breaks out almost daily. Like me, many adults are facing scaring painful acne issues because of hormonal changes, pollution, stress, irregular & unhealthy food habits and other lifestyle disorders. Adult acne is painful, spreads easily to other areas of face and leave dark spots or scars.

Dark spots and scars almost covered my cheeks and I was desperately looking for a cure. I tried almost everything but natural ingredients are usually mild and they take time to work. I wanted something to clear the hideous spots fast and hence I started looking for something stronger.

I found few blog articles and YouTube Videos that claimed that toothpaste could fade acne spots. Some claimed that one could have clear skin overnight by applying dots of white toothpaste on the spots. This trick must work for few as I read positive comments below these videos however, this idea had an adverse effect on my skin.

Last week I foolishly tried the toothpaste trick hoping it will erase dark spots from my face. Before going to bed, I carefully applied small dots of white toothpaste only on dark spots and wiped away any excess paste. The toothpaste did not sting so I slept calmly with the cool and minty feeling of toothpaste on my face.

The next morning I got up with a feeling of uneasiness on my face. I rushed to wash off the dried toothpaste from my face. I was horrified to find out that toothpaste left chemical burn marks all over my face. These marks where darker than the spots. The affected skin looked and felt dry, hard, wrinkly and completely unappealing. My heart sank and I started crying as I thought I made permanent damage to my facial skin.

Slow and steady natural cures are good for us, as they do not have any ugly side effects. After my toothpaste chemical burn experience, I have decided to strictly use only natural ingredients.

The two ingredients that saved my skin from chemical burn marks are Aloe Vera and Sandalwood.

How to Naturally and Safely Cure Chemical burn marks and dark spots:

Step 1: Wash your face with any natural cleanser like cold milk, curd, honey or a mild face wash

Step 2: Cut a small piece of Aloe Vera leaf and apply the gel generously all over your face and neck.

Aloe Vera hydrates and soothes the skin. It also moisturises the skin so one can skip applying any lotions or creams for few days.

Step 3: If your skin still needs additional moisturiser use virgin or cold pressed coconut oil or almond oil or any other oil that suits you.

Step 4: Once or twice a day apply Sandalwood paste on affected area keep it for an hour and wash with cold water. One can keep the Sandalwood paste for longer time also. It also has cooling properties so it helps cure the affected skin rapidly. I prefer Sandalwood stick and not the powder as the powder we get in the market may not be pure.

Step 5: Do not fuss about our skin and do not try to scratch or peel the burned skin. While drying your face dab with a soft towel lightly and do not use force to scrub off the rough burnt area. Let it heal on its own and keep it cool and hydrated with constant application of Aloe Vera Gel.

Step 6: The dark rough burnt part of skin will slide off smoothly without leaving any scar or marks. I noticed my skin pigmentation got a lot lighter because of constant application of Aloe Vera. Light spots are still visible but they are vanishing slowly as I apply Aloe and Sandalwood Daily.

Never ever, try any new cosmetic or chemical product directly on your face. Always do a patch test on your arm or leg. Nature has cure for everything. The toothpaste burnt marks were worse than the dark spots that I was desperately trying to cure. With this incident, I learnt a lesson, never to fall for such short cut gimmicks. Stay wise and safe. Take care.

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