Archive for September, 2012

September 21, 2012

Hibiscus…a godsend to reduce hair fall &dandruff



Lord Ganesha’s favourite flower-the lovely red hibiscus or the shoe flower as it is popularly called has unique medicinal properties in its flower and leaves & is truly a godsend for reducing both hair fall and dandruff, and conditioning our crowning glory beautifully .

In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda,  the humble white hibiscus and red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), have always been  considered to have medicinal properties from the age old times.  As a hair treatment, the flowers and dried leaves are boiled in oil along with other spices like fenugreek to make a medicated nourishing hair oil. The leaves and flowers are ground into a fine paste with a little water, and the resulting lathery paste is used as a natural shampoo plus  conditioner.
Read more at  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus

The leaves and flowers are good for  promoting the growth and dark colour of hair (Nadkarni 1954, Kurup et al 1979) and reducing dandruff and hair loss.
Home made Hibiscus Hair oil :The flowers and dried leaves are boiled in coconut or gingelly oil with fenugreek seeds and then applied to the hair. About 10 flowers or a handful of dried leaves can be used for about 150-200 ml of oil.
Natural Hibiscus Shampoo:  Natural dyes are also prepared from extracts of the flower. The leaves and flowers are mucilaginous and condition the hair . They can be ground with soaked fenugreek seeds and applied to the hair for a cooling effect and to reduce dandruff and hairfall.

So make the most of this lovely God’s gift… available at your very doorstep 🙂

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September 3, 2012

Refresh your skin with an Aloevera gel and Rose facemask


Refresh and moisturize your skin with a facepack made of Rose water and Aloevera gel – this lovely synergistic combo  helps reduce acne, dryness, psoriasis, undereye circles, sunspots, pigmentation , allergic skin conditions like dermographism & dermatitis  and even wrinkles.

Aloe Vera – the “Miracle Plant” is an excellent natural remedy for sensitive suntanned skin.  It acts as a natural moisturizer, soothing protectant and sunscreen-especially for dry scratchy skin.  It reduces and prevents acne, promotes collagen production giving a healthy glow to your skin& preventing ageing.

Aloe Vera Rose Face Mask For  Dry Skin:
You can make a  wonderful aloe Vera mask from simple ingredients available at home like rose water& aloevera gel .
Method:
Add three tablespoons of aloe Vera  gel and 1tsp of rose water in a cup. Mix these ingredients to make a paste. Apply this paste with a cotton ball all over your face and neck. You can also apply this paste to your hands or any other area that is exposed to sun. This face pack is particularly useful for suntanned and sunburnt  areas.Let this pack dry for 10-15 minutes and wash off  with lukewarm water. Pat dry your face gently. Use daily if possible for best results.

MAKING ROSE WATER AT HOME– Courtesy Nayana Shetty

Water— 1 litre
Rose Petals—- 200 grams
Wash the rose petals well before adding it in boiling water. Keep it for about 20 minutes on a  low fire. After cooling, strain the rose water and store it in bottle and refrigerate.

Rosewater which has been used from ancient times is an excellent soothing toner , cleanser and moisturises and hydrates the skin. It  stimulates cell regeneration and is anti ageing , also reducing     acne, dryness, dermatitis and even eczema.

Give yourself a refreshing face-lift & keep dry scratchy skin, acne and wrinkles  at bay with this refreshing aloevera gel rose facemask !