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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 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.

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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Juicifix – Cold-pressed Juices at your Doorstep in Mumbai

Mumbai lifestyle is pretty challenging. In Mumbai, Our system, both internal and external are exposed to heavy pollution, of all forms, toxifying the body and damaging the skin. Health conscious people like me have to struggle to find new solutions getting the maxium amount of nutrition in minimum time and effort and this is where Juicifix fits in.

Juicifix

Juicifix

What is Juicifix?

Juicifix is a Natural & Healthy blend of Raw veggies & Fruits, this is a great source of natural Anti-oxidants, Minerals, Vitamins and the kind of nutrition our system needs on a daily basis. The kind of nutrition that no supplements can provide you with, this builds your immune system to fight illness and help maintain a strong balance within the body, helps keep haemoglobin levels in check, asists with breathing and the list goes on.

Juicifix a new concept beneficial for the health conscious Mumbaikars. Juicifix helps the body recoup and re-vitalise. The type of Nutrition & Anti-oxidants present in one 275ml bottle of Juicifix is required on a daily basis to help keep cancer at bay, helps the skin breathe again and inturn aids in bringing back skin glow, detoxifies the system(body), helps clear the mind & cleanses the lungs, to list a few of the benefits of regular juicing.

Juicifix is not just juice – it’s a way of life, and the tastiest way to lead a healthy, energetic and more fruitful life!

Each ‘fix’ is a healthy concoction of carefully sourced ingredients, cold-pressed and blended into sips of pure rejuvenation. Every bottle is a great detoxifying and cleansing blend and provides the necessary vitamins, minerals and good calories of 275 ml that you would not get by just consuming a fruit or a vegetable a day. And besides, who wants to eat just boring fruits and vegetables.

“Fruits are very important in a daily meal plan.They are a natural source of sugars so are best for immediate energy.They provide lots of vitamins and minerals – strawberries, oranges, and kiwis are great sources of vitamin C. And fruits also provide fiber which helps keep your stomach full for longer and aids in digestion.” – Radhika Karle, Nutritionist and Celebrity Dietitians.

Why Cold – pressed?

It’s cold-pressed – not because it sounds cool but because this method ensures that the vital enzymes, nutrients and minerals stay intact through a controlled extraction process and cold pressure treatment. And as the name suggests, the fruits and vegetables are ‘pressed’ to extract maximum amount of nectar from the pulp and fiber, giving you juice in its most nutritious form.

Just one serving of Juicifix will have you coming back for more. And you can be rest assured that you’re giving yourself the best, most hygienic juice that’s been made at home. From sterilized bottles and fruits washed with filtered water, to a strictly-timed schedule that is designed to maintain optimum nutrition, no expense and energy has been spared to get your Cold-Pressed juicifix to your doorstep every day in mumbai – fresh and delicious.

So here’s to – skin to cleanse, fat to burn, cigarettes to quit, thirst to quench, minds to heal and hearts to touch. Here’s to good health and heart beats, quicker feet and clearer thoughts. That healthy does not have to be boring. That we are change we want to see.

So whether it’s raining or sunny, or if that hangover is making you feel funny – Juicifix will give you a reason to smile.

Order your bottles today – call us on +(91) 98208-53811.

Thyrocare Aarogyam Preventive Health Checkups – Make Health Your Priority

Is Make Health our Priority? The answer is No if most of our waking time is spent running behind our career. We forget about the most important aspect of our life – health. It is sad that today health is the neglected. We start taking care of our body only when we get some indication of sickness.

Today many people are suffering from many health problems. Our sedentary and stressful lifestyle has aged us before time. Health concerns like blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems are not just for the elderly anymore. We can blame our Lifestyle disorders like stress, pollution, irregular eating and sleeping patterns, excessive usage of chemicals, unhealthy weight, consumption of junk food, addictions like smoking, drinking and worse is destroying our health.

A little change in our lifestyle can make a huge difference to our heart’s health and can increase our lifespan with years. It is not advisable to make sudden big lifestyle changes without consulting your doctor. Self-diagnosis is not only a useless technique but it can also be extremely dangerous.

Many people out of desperation make changes in their lifestyle without understanding the cause of their symptoms. When it comes to health people should make informed decisions and for this one must have regular Preventive Health Checkups.

I have recently done a preventive health checkup and I found some great options in Aarogyam Packages from Thyrocare, which is one of India’s most advance and trusted laboratory.

Thyrocare Aarogyam Packages

Thyrocare Aarogyam Packages

My experience with Thyrocare’s Aarogyam Packages:

1. Very professional service provider

2. After booking an online appointment I instantly got confirmation by mail and SMS

3. They sent me reminders about fasting and before the collection of sample

4. The blood sample was collected from home as per my convenience without any hassle

5. I got a confirmation message after collection of the sample

6. The online reports were provided in time and I am assured that the hard copy will reach me soon, which I have no doubt about.

7. The packages are highly affordable and cover a fast range of tests and profiles.

Benefits of Preventive Health Checkup:

  1. “Prevention is better than cure”, “A stitch in time saves nine” are well-known adages.
  2. Today more emphasis is placed on the prevention of diseases and promoting health awareness.
  3. The chances of curing a disease are high if it is dictated in the initial stage.
  4. Regular checkup can keep you informed about your health and with that awareness and help of your physician you can follow a suitable diet and exercise routine.

  5. Growing sedentary lifestyles, increasing stress levels at work place, tempting and enticing food displays, growing disposable incomes, increased addictions to automobiles, all indicate that we give to our body more than what it needs. This has given rise to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and a host for many other lifestyle disorders.

  6. Clinical laboratories with advanced tests and technologies, can help in identifying various disorders accurately which can be treated completely or at least the progress can be delayed.

Why I chose Thyrocare?

Thyrocare Technologies Limited is India’s first and most advanced Totally Automated Laboratory having its strong presence in more than 2000 cities / towns in India and internationally.

Thyrocare prides itself as India’s first fully automated clinical chemistry laboratory with a focus on providing quality results at affordable costs to clients like laboratories, doctors, hospitals and organizations as well as patients from across the country and abroad. Their Centralized Processing Laboratory consists of 120,000 sq. ft of track automation system that has a capacity to process over 50,000 samples in a day. Situated in Navi Mumbai, the laboratory operates 24×7, processing over 30,000 samples a day with a turn-around time of 4-5 hours.

As a clinical testing laboratory with a vision to provide quality diagnostic services at affordable rates, their test menu is a carefully crafted list of investigations catering as much to sick care as to preventive care. Their tests cover varied age groups from offerings for prenatal screening, to screening for hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies and tracking lifestyle disorders. Listed below are the various test/parameters under different categories.

The new, upcoming and modern technologies are rapidly introducing new diagnostic tools and constantly evolving the booming diagnostic market. Moreover, in today’s competitive environment, operating a successful and cost effective practice is challenging. With a similar intention to conduct diagnostic testing economically, Thyrocare Technologies Limited began its journey in Healthcare sector with a very simple, reliable, highly specific and reproducible technology – the Radioimmunoassay, a Nobel Prize winning, breakthrough technology in diagnostics. However, with exponentially increasing number of samples which demand on an average more than one lakh investigations per day, Thyrocare has made right use of the latest available advanced superior technologies, capable of working on its unbelievable sample volumes, and yet deliver quality and precision to its customers.

Some FAQs I had while booking my appointment with Thyrocare:

Q. What is the quality assurance from Thyrocare? Do laboratory accreditations matter?
A. Thyrocare is one the first Indian diagnostic laboratories to obtain internationally renowned quality accreditations like ISO 9001-2000 rating as early as 2001, which is now escalated to ISO 9001:2008; NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) and CAP (College of American Pathologists) certification.

Q. What is fasting and which tests need it?
A. Some of the tests require that the beneficiary is on fast for 10-12 hours before the sample collection is done. During fasting, no food or beverages are to be consumed by the beneficiary. Only water is permitted. If fasting is not followed, then the results for some of the tests would be affected.

Q. When can you arrange for sample collection after I book my tests?
A. Once booking is done, an appointment has to be confirmed. Our service provider or customer care executive will contact you within few hours to ask for a date of appointment. Alternatively, you can also contact the service provider whose details are given on the confirmation Email / SMS. Appointment date / time is as per the preference of beneficiary. However, it may be subjected to availability of technicians on that particular date/time.

Q. How soon will I get reports?
A. Once the samples are collected, including transit time, the laboratory will take anywhere between 2-5 days time for reporting, depending on your location.

Q. Is a doctor’s prescription needed to avail the testing service?
A. If any preventive healthcare package is required to be done, it does not need doctor’s prescription. However in case of any illness, the patient is advised to consult with their physician before making any booking.

Q. How will the reports be delivered to me?
A. Once the results are released by the laboratory, the service provider will ensure it is hand-delivered or couriered to the address where sample was collected.

This blog post was sponsored by Thyrocare

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

In a comment on the post 10 Reasons An Ayurvedic Sesame Oil Massage Makes Us Strong and Beautiful., a reader asked me how to do an Ayurvedic (daily) Self-Massage. In this article, I am trying to explain the method I learned from my qualified Ayurvedic masseuse and hope every reader finds this beneficial.

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

Ayurvedic massage from an expert therapist is a luxury. I love getting a deep tissue Ayurvedic massage and have enjoyed it daily when I spent a fortnight in a naturopathy center in Pune. However, this cannot get a little heavy on our pockets. If like me you enjoy the massage therapy and do not want to spend a lot of money on it, I suggest you practice the amazing art of self-massage. I think self-massage is like a workout.

Self-massage therapy has a lot of benefits which are mentioned below and if done properly can be very relaxing and refreshing. Rest assured it is as good as any expensive spa treatment plus a good workout. Most of us do not have enough time to add such an elaborate daily routine so for the busy days you can do a quick 10 minutes spot massage. A full body version will take 40 minutes to an hour. Try doing the full body version once or twice a week for better results.

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