Archive for March, 2012

March 27, 2012

Another review of our Revitalising Papaya Fruity facepack on Colorific :)


A review of our Revitalising Fruity facepack by a happening fashion and beauty website Colorific can be viewed here  

Thanks a lot for trying out our natural herbal fruit pack 🙂
A revitalising unique blend of fruity ingredients that revitalise and firm up the skin. Enriched with Papaya and strawberries,natural exfoliators  which reduces freckles,acne and smoothens the skin, Cucumber and Aloevera which cool&moisturise naturally.Helps Reduce Acne,Blackheads&Whiteheads,Pigmentation,Blemishes,Sunspots,freckles and gives you soft satiny skin.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Clean face and neck .Apply Revitalising Fruit Pack evenly over face and neck, avoiding area around eyes and mouth. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and remove with wet sponge/towel. Rinse with cool water.

REVITALISING  PAPAYA FACE  PACK  contains the following ingredients:

Natural Pampering Ingredients:
> Extracts of papaya((Carica papaya)
> Extracts of Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa),
> Cucumber(Cucumis sativus) extracts
> Aloevera juice(Aloe barbadensis)
> Fuller’s earth(Multani Mitti)
> Glycerine
>Food grade safe edible preservatives 0.1%
>Perfume 0.1%
Distilled Water

PAPAYA

Latin Name : Carica papaya   English Name : Papaya ,Sanskrit / Indian Names : Chirbhita, Erandachirbhita

Papaya being a natural source of pectin is  a natural exfoliator.It helps remove freckles and smoothens the skin.It is  Softening and cleansing .The enzymes in fruit have a deep cleansing effect by breaking down the dead cells of the skin.

STRAWBERRY:

Latin Name: (Fragaria ananassa),English Name:Strawberry

It possesses considerable medicinal value as an anti inflammatory agent&exfoliator. The plant is also astringent in nature  and the strawberry juice and extracts are  used to treat more serious skin ailments.

CUCUMBER:

 Latin Name :Cucumis sativus,English Name :Cucumber,Sanskrit / Indian Names :Trapusha, Sukasa,Kakdi

 Cucumber helps keep the facial skin soft. It has healing and soothing effect on the damaged skin and exerts a natural sunscreen effect. It acts as a toner and lightens the facial skin. It is slightly astringent, cool, and refreshing, and is used in lotions, creams and masks.

ALOEVERA :
Latin Names:Aloe barbadensis Mill. ,English Names:Aloevera,Sanskrit Names/Hindi Names:Ghrita-kumari,Kumari

ALOE VERA-the miracle rejuvenator is an exceptional moisturizer.This natural concentrate of aloevera juice, being a totally natural product, gets instantly absorbed and brings life back to dry skin. It acts as a natural moisturizer, soothing protectant and sunscreen-especially for dry scratchy skin.

Principal Constituents:
The leaves contain barbaloin, chrysophanol glycoside and the aglycone, aloe-emodin.The  leaf juice forms the main source of the plant. Aloes have long been in use for a host of diseases, and also been used for treatment of wounds, burns, dermatitis, cutaneous leishmaniasis and other skin troubles.

Fuller’s earth or ( Multani Mitti) – Anti-inflammatory in nature.Fuller’s Earth removes deep seated dirt and impurities.  It is an absorbent clay, rich in minerals. Used in face masks for thickening and cleansing, drawing and stimulating qualities. It has worked wonders as a base for the herbal fruity face pack.
Do check it out for yourselves  and don’t forget to leave your candid comments if you have tried it before-What you like it about it&even what you didn’t…;)….Frankly there’s always room for improvement&all the encouragement only inspires us to make even better and better natural products!!:) learn more about our natural herbal products here

March 27, 2012

Review: Prakriti Herbals revitalising fruit pack


March 24, 2012

Papaya Aloevera facepack reduces acne,pigmentation,dryness and adds a glow!!


Papaya was rightly called the fruit of the angels by none other than Christopher Columbus himself !! It is truly a powerhouse bursting with natural nutrients ,not only for the skin and hair but also for overall health.Papaya  has a treasure trove of  restorative as well as preventive properties to rejuvenate skin&hair beautifully.

The fruit enzymes of this fruit-papain are widely known to heal acne and are great for skin exfoliation.Papaya is an extremely rich source of Vit C,Vit A ,anti oxidants,folate,panthothenic acid,potassium ,magnesium and most important of all beta carotene – which is why it is such a beneficial skin food.

HOW PAPAYA WORKS ITS MAGIC :Papain exfoliates by breaking down surface dead skin cells and makes  it easier to remove them,revealing fresh skin&the moisture  underneath and reducing dryness as well. The papain also helps to break down the skin on top of the blemish,hence it is also used to treat pigmentation and blackheads by removing any blockage and helping to break down the dead cells inside the pore.When you remove dead tissue during exfoliation,you make your pores seem smaller as the keratinized skin around the edges of your pores is removed and makes them less visible.

1.Papaya,Aloe vera &Honey Rejuvenating Mask:

This papaya,aloevera &honey mask is my all time favourite natural face mask to get back the glow instantly.
Method:Apply a mixture of 2 tbsp papaya pulp,1 tbsp aloevera gel&1 tbsp honey to the face.Optionally you can add 1 tbsp of milk cream to the blend.Wash off after half an hour.Pat dry.
The ripe papaya fruit contains the enzyme papain which is a potent anti inflammatory agent and hence is beneficial against acne.It is also a very good exfoliator,removing dead cells ,softening and smoothening the skin.Papaya contains Anti oxidants like beta  carotene are phyto nutrients essential for young-looking,glowing skin.
Aloevera reduces acne&dryness and pigmentation as well by helping in the regeneration of new cells.Any wonder we make use of all these wonderful benefits of Papaya&Aloevera  in our Rejuvenating Papaya Fruit Facepack  ,for those who are hard-pressed for time to make these natural packs at home.You can read a review on a happening beauty and fashion blog here 🙂

2.Papaya,orange and curds facemask


This lovely Papaya,orange and curds facemask is courtesy Shyma Rahul Monteiro,one of our fans on https://www.facebook.com/prakritiherbals  Have tried it out,and the papaya and the orange juice really tightens the skin &makes you glow-Thanks,Shyma…all tried and tested natural beauty tips are most welcome on our blog&our page as well  🙂
Method:
Take half a cup of ripe papaya pulp; add 1-2 tablespoons of  orange juice, 1-2  tablespoons of curds. Mix well and apply on your face and neck.Wash off after half an hour.Pat dry gently.
The luscious brightly coloured papaya is  a storehouse of beta carotene ,a very important anti oxidant .Oranges have astringent and toning properties and  improve the skin texture and color due to their high Vit C content. They also help in  skin firming and preventing early aging  by promoting the formation of collagen.

3.Raw Papaya Scrub for reducing acne&open pores:
Reduce acne and open skin pores by massaging with raw papaya.Raw papaya contains papain in higher concentrations than in ripe papaya. As you know raw papaya is used as a meat tenderizer,as it has the ability to break down skin cells.

Thus Papaya face packs are wonderful skin food, especially in summers as they help in removing the tan and give a glow that remains for a long long time…try it out for yourself and give us your feedback and any beauty tips of your own ..Let’s learn together:)

March 22, 2012

Go healthy with Fenugreek-traditional recipes from South India


Fenugreek based recipes from South India:
Fenugreek has magical medicinal benefits,not only as a beauty aid for good skin and hair,keeping dandruff,acne and dryness of hair &skin at bay,but also reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels,and has been  used for the treatment of various ailments like heartburn,diarrhoea,fevers,etc  from the ancient times.Both the leaves and seeds of this slightly bitter-tasting wonderful vegetable are widely used in traditional Indian cooking&thought that it definitely deserved to be talked about 🙂 Fenugreek seeds are also traditionally used to enhance milk production in lactating mothers especially in India.Studies have indicated that the production of milk can increase by up to 500% within 1-3 days of consuming fenugreek seeds regularly as it contains Diosgenin -a compound having estrogen like properties. Even today a yummy fenugreek based sweet is a must for lactating mothers in  South India!!!
So have just put together a few extremely nutritious recipes,courtesy our superchefs……


MENTHE DOSA

Recipe by Padmanayana Shetty, Muscat, Oman

Ingredients:

3 cups raw rice
1 cup  beaten rice or rice flakes
Coconut milk extracted from 1 coconut
1 tsp urad dal
1-2  tsp methi or fenugreek seeds
2 tsp instant yeast or dry yeast diluted in warm water
4 tsp or less sugar

Method :

1. Clean, wash & soak rice, methi, urad dal for 4 hours together.
2. Grind with coconut milk and beaten  rice (cleaned & washed )to a very fine paste.
3. Add yeast and mix the batter.
4. Keep it for fermentation for about 4 to 5 hrs in a warm place.
5. Then prepare dosa with non stick tawa or aapam pan without oil.

2.Methi Sweet porridge(Metheda ganji) in Mangalore

Recipe by Padmanayana Shetty, Muscat, Oman
Basmathi or any other rice-1cup
Methi seeds-less than 1/4 cup
jaggary-1cup(vole bella or palm sugar tastes even better)
coco nut-1 to extract milk
salt -little or pinch
1.Boil methi seeds along with rice in cooker with alittle water for 4 whistles
2.add jaggary(melt and strain to remove impurities)
3.add coconut milk and salt, boil some time
4. while serving add ghee
adjust sweetness and if you want less methe reduce the amount

3.METHI HALWA (Methi Adthina in Mangalore)

Ingredients :

1/2 kg methi seeds

1/2 kg ghee

1 kg jaggery, grated

1 1/2 coconut grated and roasted

1 kg beaten rice, roasted

Method :

Clean, wash and pressure cook methi seeds in plenty of water till soft. Strain and remove water. Grind methi to a rough paste. Fry the ground methi paste in 1/2 kg ghee until the ghee separates and oozes out. Add jaggery and boil till thick and sticky syrup. Add coconut, beaten rice and mix well. Remove, cool and store.

Recipe Courtesy Gladys Elisha nee Soans
Thanks Nayana Shetty,Gladys Elisha nee Soans &The Mangalore Cuisine for your lovely recipes:)
You would  also be interested in the contest winning recipes of our healthy fenugreek recipe contest  and how fenugreek helps reduce dandruff,dryness and hair loss naturally!!!
Do experiment with all these lovely original time tested recipes &add health and beauty to your life

March 20, 2012

Wanna say goodbye to acne? How long you wash your face matters


March 19, 2012

Contest winners of Our Healthy Fenugreek Recipe Contest!!!




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JOINT CONTEST WINNERS OF  HEALTHY FENUGREEK  SEEDS/LEAVES ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST:

                                                  KABITA MAHARANA &NAYANA SHETTY
FENUGREEK-Nature’s boon for all round health  is truly a blessing not only for our skin,hair but also for optimum health. Fenugreek or “methi ” as it is called in India  not only reduces dandruff,hair fall and acne,but also lowers cholesterol ,diabetes and is a natural remedy for many other ailments.
So we decided to have  a contest for original yummy but healthy recipes.We received some  lipsmacking entries which were judged by an expert ,and the joint lucky winners of our gift hamper of natural beauty products are:Kabita Maharana &Nayana Shetty

1. Winning Entry From Kabita Maharana:

Wholesome &Yummy Bharwa Methi ke Paranthe with Tangy Tamatar ki Chutney

Ingredients For Parantha:

1. 150 gm Methi leaves 2. Garlic 4-5 cloves3. Green chili one4. Amchoor powder ( dry mango powder)5. Olive oil  6. Multigrain flour (whole wheat, soybean, bajra and raagi)7. Salt to taste

For the Stuffing:

1. Green Peas (crushed)2. One green chilli (finly chopped)3.2 tea spoon chopped garlic4. Salt to taste

Method:

1.Boil one liter of water and take it out of the flame. Clean and wash the (fenugreek) methi leaves and add it to the boiling water (This process takes out the bitterness of methi while keeping its nutritional values intact and gives it more color and texture). Cover and let it be for 5 minute. Now drain the water and add garlic, chilly, dry mango powder and salt to the methi leaves and grind them into a fine paste. Pour the paste onto a bowl and add the multigrain flour to it till it makes fine dough and keep it aside. Try to avoid water.

2.Now heat a non stick pan and add one teaspoon of  olive oil. Before it catches more heat add the chopped garlic and chilly (to preserve Olive oil’s nutritional values don’t let it release smoke when heated). Sauté it little and add the crushed green peas and salt. fry it on low flame for 7-8 minute. Once done let it cool.

3.Make medium sized ball from the methi dough and stuff it with the crushed peas and roll it to a chapati size. Heat a non stick tawa and fry the parantha with  olive oil. Note that to avoid use of more oil it is advisable to use a brush to apply oil on the parantha. It keeps them soft and melting yet uses less amount of oil.

For Tamatar Ki Chutney as accompaniment:

Heat a pan and add half tea spoon of virgin olive oil and add a pinch of mustard seeds to splutter. Now add two medium sized tomatoes chopped. Fry them in high flame for about a minute and add 1/2 tea spoon of chili powder and salt as per your taste. Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for about 10 minutes. You can also add chopped garlic for extra flavor

2.Entry From Nayana Shetty:Nutritious Crunchy  Sprouted Methi Salad

Ingredients:

Methi seeds – 1/4 cup sprouted

Moong – 1/4 cup sprouted

Capsicum – 1/4 cup (Red, Green and Yellow)

Carrot – 1/4 cup

Cucumber – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1/4 cup

Lettuce – 1/4 cup

Apple – 1/4 cup (Red or Green)

Lime juice – 2 tablespoons

Salt and pepper powder, to taste

Roasted cumin powder, optional

Method:

1. Soak methi seeds overnight.

2. Drain the water, wrap the seeds in a cloth and keep in a closed container for 1 or 2 days till sprouts appear.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for moong seeds.

4. Chop all the fruits and vegetables and mix them in a bowl along with the moong and fenugreek.

5. Sprinkle salt and pepper just before serving. Add a dash of lime, to taste.

6. A nutritious and crunchy salad is ready to be served as a snack or before a meal.

We tried out these recipes&found them super delicious,and at the same time very nutritional as well..Surprisingly the bitter taste of fenugreek just seem to have disappeared….Why don’t you try  out these super duper recipes  yourself&feed your loved ones as well  …Please feel free to add your feedback on these recipes 🙂

March 17, 2012

Herbal Natural Remedies for Acne


Acne!!!The bane of every one’s life………….Haven’t we all been plagued by acne at one point of time in our lives??But there still is hope-Simply by harnessing the power of nature&treating the problem at its very roots,we could still overpower this demon which troubles most of us so much 🙂 Let us know the why’s and how’s of acne for that first…….
Acne or acne vulgaris  is generally caused due to hormonal imbalance and diet factors which cause over activity of the skin’s sebaceous or oil glands.The excessive oil clogs up the pore openings,and bacterial action on the oil causes inflammation,leading to acne or pimples.Acne is generally seen in teenagers or women after 30 at times.

Acne is basically of 3 types:

A.Whiteheads-Pimples remain under the skin’s surface.

B.Blackheads-Pimples rise to the skin’s surface and look  black

C.Papules-small pink bumps which can be tender

Handy Simple Tips to Nip Acne  in the bud: 

1.Drink lots and lots of water-Drink at least 8 glasses a day  to purify the blood.

2.Healthy Diet:Avoid colas,caffeinated drinks and oily food.Eat lots of vegetables and fruits

3.Purify inside out:Soak one pod of garlic  in vinegar for few hours.Discard the vinegar and have the garlic pod…It is an excellent blood purifier….Well no pain-no gain:)

4.Keep it clean:Wash the face often with plain water and gently pat dry.Do not use harsh soaps to cleanse the face,or pick at or squeeze the acne.Use a mild herbal face wash to keep the face clean.

5.Tone the skin:Use toners to close the pores.Splashing your face with cold water or witch hazel works well to close the pores.

6.Exfoliation is the key:Exfoliate regularly with a mild exfoliating scrub like oatmeal scrub or walnut scrub.It cleanses the skin,removes dead skin cells and bacteria,and reduces the accumulation of sebum.Good for blackheads as well as white heads.

7.Papaya Keeps Acne Away:  Papaya  fruit contains papain which is beneficial for swollen acne,pus formation.It is  a very good exfoliator,removing dead cells ,softening and smoothening the skin . Apply  a mixture of papaya pulp, and honey to the face and wash off after half an hour.Alternatively you can use a Papaya fruity facepack to absorb the excess oil.It acts as an excellent antiacne and hyper pigmentation remedy,and helps the skin feel soft and smooth.

8.The Aloevera Rub:Apply the aloevera gel from the aloevera  leaf to the acne prone area twice a day.Allow the juice to remain for half an hour and wash off.Aloevera the miracle plant greatly reduces the swelling, inflammation and redness associated with acne. Further, if you use the aloe vera gel every day, it will help prevent acne outbreaks

9.Onion to the Rescue:Grate onion to get onion juice and chill it to remove the fumes.Apply a paste of a teaspoonful of onion juice and half a tsp of honey to the acne,and wash off after half an hour.Repeat twice a day till they subside.Onion juice has anti-inflammatory and anti infective properties and has been scientifically proven to be an anti acne remedy.

10.Green Lemony Cure:For treating whiteheads,pimples or blackheads :Apply a paste of neem leaves,honey and lemon juice on the affected areas.Wash off well after half an hour.Alternatively use arnica and tulsi leaves as well.Antiseptic and exfoliative in nature with natural Alpha hydroxy acids(AHA),the combination of lemons,Neem ,arnica & tulsi are effective anti bacterial agents has been proven to reduce the size of acne.

11.Licorice heals acne:  Paste of licorice which contains natural glycerrhitinic acid has been shown to be effective against acne.

12.Healing Mask:Apply an egg white mask over the affected areas.Wash off after 15 mins and pat dry.Eggs have proteins with  potent healing properties  which makes this a great method for healing and clearing away acne.

13.Strawberry Face wash and  masks: Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, which is the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products. Hence, it is recommended for those with acne.They  possesses considerable medicinal value as an anti inflammatory agent&exfoliator. Blend 2  mashed strawberries mixed with 1 tbsp of honey, apply on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry  and moisturize as usual.Strawberry are natural  cleansers,and also reduces inflammation and dryness of skin,thus ideal for the skin.
14.Heal with Turmeric : Tip from a fan, Shyma Rahul Monteiro

Turmeric is one of the most effective remedies for acne,it has antibacterial properties so it cures acne without leaving any scars.Mix turmeric powder with water to a cream consistence and apply a thick layer on the effected area.Leave it for 45-60 minutes,wash with plain water.Remember not to squeeze  pimples with your nails,it will break itself when u apply turmeric.Just wipe it with cotton and apply aloe gel, repeat this for 1-2days for a acne free skin.

Natural remedies are  by no means  overnight acne cures, but persevere with these simple do at home tips&the results will start showing up in a few days time!!Do post your feedback on these time-tested natural remedies for permanent relief from Acne.Any personally tested solutions are most welcome as well for the benefit of our readers…..let’s win this round against Acne!!!:)

March 7, 2012

Play Holi with Natural Colours!!


                                                                                Holi!!!Just the name conjures up brilliant images of dazzling colour,fun,frolic and Masti!!!!!! But hold on-what happens the day after??You are left with itchy coloured skin,stained nails,red smarting eyes-.the list just goes on…..In fact at times people who are allergic to certain substances might find it difficult to breath or take almost a month to recover from the rashes..This is caused by the chemicals mixed in the colours,which may contain heavy metals like chromium,lead,and mercury.Most Holi colors sold in the market are oxidized metals or industrial dyes mixed with engine oil. Sample this: Green &blue come from copper sulphate, purple is chromium iodide, silver is aluminum bromide, black is lead oxide and shiny colors are result of powdered glass being added to the colors. Asbetos and silica normally form the base for these colors.It is very hard to remove these chemical colors from the skin as  they enter into the body through the skin.Sometimes these colours accidentally enter into eyes and can cause reddening and itching.

Tips to safeguard your skin and hair  :
1.Read the labels-Some brands specify that the color is for industrial use

2.Use only branded  natural colors which are now available in most stores.

3. Examine the color powder carefully :if you can see glass powder or smell diesel oil,totally  avoid these colors

4.Apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel to your skin and hair,before playing Holi.

5.Slather on sunscreen or aloevera gel :the mixture of chemicals and the hot sun overhead is a potent combination for sunburn and suntan. 6.Apply  Vaseline under your nails& on your lips: This will prevent the colours from seeping in&staining them

7.The Lemon Rub:Rub some lemon wedges over your skin for some time and then wash it off.Lemons can naturally bleach the skin&take off stubborn stains.After washing it off,be sure to apply a herbal moisturiser or aloe vera gel to prevent the skin from drying up.

8.Protect your hair: Oil your hair with a nourishing herbal hair oil or olive oil and tie it up before you step out.Later rinse off the colours with a gentle herbal shampoo&deep condition it with a jojoba based conditioner.

9.Apply a hair pack  of coconut&fenugreek :This reduces the dryness caused by the harsh colours.Read more at https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/go-coco-nuttya-coconut-fenugreek-hairmask-to-reduce-hairfalland-dandruff/  Make these natural colours at home…..All you need is some time and patience and you can!!!!!

  • NATURAL COLOURS:
  • Dry Yellow Colour: Mix two spoons of turmeric powder with four spoons of besan for bright yellow colour
  • Wet Yellow Colour: Mix Two spoons of turmeric in two litres of water and stir well.
  • Dry Green Colour: Make a paste out of different leaves like spinach, coriander, mint etc in water and leave it to dry. Another method is to mix mehndi and any flour.
  • Wet Green Colour: Take four spoons of henna and mix in two litres of water.
  • Wet Magenta Colour: Grate beetroot and soak in one liter water for magenta colour.
  • Dry Green colour–Pure mehendi / henna powder. Mix with equal quantity of flour to get a lovely shade of green. Mehendi  will not leave its imprint on your face as it can be easily brushed off.Make sure the henna is pure and not kali mehndi as it has dyes mixed in it
  • Wet Brown Colour: Boil tea or coffee in water and cool it
  • Wet Black Colour– Boil dried fruits of Amla / Indian Gooseberry in an iron vessel and leave it overnight. Dilute with water and use.

Well what you are waiting for???…This year play Holi the safe way!!!!   HAPPY HOLI TO YOU ALL !!!!:)

March 3, 2012

Fenugreek-Nature’s Boon For All Round Health!!


Fenugreek is truly Nature’s boon to mankind and has always been a part of my childhood days,my motherhood,and my beauty care and health care routine for my family as well…I remember when we were kids,whenever someone had an upset stomach or a stomach ache,the first thing our elders used to give us was a spoonful of powdered ajowain,jeera and methi seeds,and the pain would just go away.Have you experienced this yourself???
Rich in protein,Vitamin C,Calcium,Phosphorus and Iron in their natural forms, Fenugreek seeds and leaves have high  mineral and vitamin content which are easily absorbed by our body.
The oblong,flattened,brownish seeds have a slightly bitter taste,are roasted and ground, then used to flavour curries.The fresh leaves have a strong smell and they are extensively used,either fresh or dried,in Arabian countries,Turkey and India.

Both the leaves and seeds of this slightly bitter-tasting vegetable are widely used in traditional Indian cooking;the seeds are generally used as a condiment and for flavouring.Fenugreek when taken regularly not only reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels,but is also used for the treatment of various ailments like heartburn,diarrhoea,fevers etc.Thus fenugreek not only has exceptional medicinal uses,but can be used as a beauty aid as well.

Medicinal Uses of Fenugreek(Methi)

1. Reduces blood sugar levels:Eating a teaspoon of methi seeds or drinking the juice of methi seeds,the first thing in the morning or an hour before each meal is found to be highly beneficial in the treatment of diabetes as affirmed by  many naturopaths.Soak methi seeds in water the previous night and then drink the water or grind the seeds to extract a paste or juice.)

2.Reduces cholesterol levels:Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight.Strain and drink the water,first thing in the morning.Research has shown that the regular long-term use of methi seeds reduces deposits of fat in the body and lowers cholesterol.

3. Reduces  skin inflammation:Fenugreek is a good cure to treat skin ailments like acne,boils, eczema, abscesses, burns as well as gout. Make a paste of the fenugreek powder or leaves and apply to the affected part.Read more about reducing acne at https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/fenugreek-reduces-hairfall-and-dandruff-naturally/

4.Decreases Heartburn and Acid reflux:

Fenugreek contains  large amounts of mucilage which  coats the stomach and intestine lining and reduces heartburn and ulcers. One teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder can be sprinkled on your food or swallowed with water before having your meal to minimize heartburn.

5. Reduces  fever:

Fenugreek seeds help in reducing fever. You can add two teaspoon of fenugreek powder in a herbal tea of your choice along with half a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice,or just have fenugreek herbal tea mixed with lemon and honey.

6. Enhances milk production in lactating mothers:

Fenugreek seeds are traditionally used to enhance milk production in lactating mothers especially in India.Studies have indicated that the production of milk can increase by up to 500% within 1-3 days of consuming fenugreek seeds regularly as it contains Diosgenin -a compound having estrogen like properties. Even today a yummy fenugreek based sweet is a must for lactating mothers in  South India!!!

7.Reduces Fatigue and Back Ache:
Methi seeds which are rich in iron and vitamins,are nourishing and rejuvenating.If you experience fatigue or are troubled by backache and other body aches, just eat a teaspoon of methi seeds daily or  include lots of fenugreek leaves in your diet.

8.Effective against Cough and Cold:
A lukewarm decoction of methi seeds if taken with honey is beneficial in cough and  helps relieve sore throat, throat pain and tonsillitis.

9.Effective against urinary infections and diarrhoea:  

A teaspoon of methi seeds powder if taken with water is highly beneficial in treating dysentery,diaorrhea and urinary infections.

10.Increases Memory:Now don’t we all need that?;)
Fenugreek contains Lecithin which  is an important nutrient for the brain and  helps in increasing memory power.

11.As an excellent Beauty Aid:

Fenugreek(methi) seeds reduce hair fall,dandruff and hair thinning and makes hair silky smooth.They replenish hair growth as they are a good source of  protein&amino acids.Many scientists have confirmed that fenugreek contains a large amount of lecithin which is a natural emollient and makes hair smooth,healthy and strong.It also tones the hair,making it silky and shiny.
Two tablespoons of fenugreek or methi seeds should be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. Apply this paste all over the scalp and leave for half an hour. Wash your hair thoroughly with shikakai shampoo or a herbal shampoo. This dandruff home remedy is especially effective for those suffering from dry dandruff. You will need to use this anti dandruff treatment at least twice a week for the first two weeks and then once a week for another two weeks. You could also use the water that you soak the seeds as an after-shower hair tonic. After you shampoo your hair, allow it to dry naturally and then soak a cotton ball in this liquid and apply it to your scalp. This is one of the simplest and most effective dandruff solutions and it can also be used as a preventative measure again

A coconut fenugreek hair mask has been used traditionally to reduce hair fall and dandruff.Read more at ttp://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/fenugreek-reduces-hairfall-and-dandruff-naturally/

With its innumerable benefits,sure makes a lot of sense to adopt this nature’s boon in our daily diet &reap all its benefits!!!Do share your stories about how fenugreek has contributed to your life as well!!

March 1, 2012


Couldn’t agree more with that…all we need to do is to surrender to nature and she will solve all our problems:)