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May 8, 2017

Simple Tips to Control Hair Fall


Simple Tips to Control Hair Fall

Hair Fall.. Hair Fall.. Hair fall! Half of today’s generation is suffering from this issue and most of them are left with no proper solution to prevent it. Well, hair fall is not only a hereditary problem but it can occur due to improper diet, hormonal and health issues, iron Zinc and vitamin D deficiency,pollution , etc .You just need to take a good care of it and your problem is solved. Now the question is – How?? So, here are some Simple tips to control hair fall naturally.

 Coconut milk for hair fall control

Take a bowl full of fresh coconut milk and apply it to your scalp with the help of a hair dye brush. Then cover your head with a towel and leave it on for about 20 minutes. After that, just remove the towel and wash off your hair with cold water. Rinse off with mild shampoo.

Coconut milk is a natural moisturiser which nourishes your hair with extra care leaving it strong and hydrated.

 Say no to hair fall with hibiscus

Heat 12 to 15 Hibiscus flowers in 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Strain the solution and collect the oil. Apply this oil to the scalp and hair, leave overnight and wash in the morning.

Say no to hair fall

Another age-old remedy is to use the hibiscus leaves and flowers

To use the hibiscus leaves, grind them into a fine paste and apply the paste to the scalp and hair. Leave it on for 30 min to 1 hr. Rinse off with warm water.

Banana Hair Mask

Mash ripe banana properly & mix it with egg yolk. Now, apply the banana mask onto your scalp and leave it for at least 30 to 40 minutes. Finally, rinse it off with a mild shampoo and cold water.

Banana hair mask is rich in potassium, vitamins, antioxidants that helps in hair fall control.

Brahmi oil for hair

Get ½ cup of Brahmi juice, 1 cup of unrefined sesame oil and mix them thoroughly. Now, take 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds along with 1 tsp of dried amla and grind it to make a fine paste. Now mix it with the oil and apply on your scalp as well as hair.

Use of Brahmi herbal oil makes the scalp healthy and hence supports hair growth. It gives complete protection against hair fall by strengthening the hair roots. Brahmi oil also acts as a conditioner that softens your hair making it smooth and silky.

Use these simple hair-fall tips and you will get rid of hair fall problems without any doubt. Just remember, these recipes are organic and results are a little slower at the beginning. But have a little patience and you will be benefited with the magic of true nature.

February 22, 2014

Reduce sun tan & pigmentation with a DIY papaya honey yoghurt facemask


papaya collage

HOW PAPAYA WORKS ITS MAGIC :Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, Papaya-the fruit of the angels as it was rightly called by Columbus  helps in removing dead skin cells while breaking down the inactive proteinsPapain 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.
Even the daily  application of mashed  ripe papaya pulp mixed with aloevera pulp on spots &blemishes  can help in removing the dark spots.
Lemon n Honey also helps in  reducing  Hyperpigmentation and suntan drastically.
The papaya honey yoghurt face mask when used weekly will reduce suntan, pigmentation and even  out the skin tone giving you a  glowing complexion.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup  of  mashed ripe papaya pulp
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt

Method:

  • Blend  all the above ingredients well to avoid any lumps .Then apply a very thick layer on the face for 20 minutes. Wash off with warm water & pat dry.This mask not only  brightens the skin, but it also helps reduce dark spots, pigmentation and acne.
    Do remember to use this facemask in the evening or at night as lemon is photo sensitive when exposed to sunlight.
    For more DIY papaya face masks check here
January 6, 2014

DIY Tips to identify and manage dry, curly, oily or damaged hair


 healthy hair

It has been rightly said that your hair is your crowning glory- any wonder that we all worry about it so much;) One of our foremost desires is to have thick, healthy, shiny , bouncy hair isn’t it… and we would do anything to get them looking absolutely fabulous!!

For that we need to know more about our hair type, its porosity and density so that we can choose hairstyles or products that are best suited to it and highlight its strengths . Find out more in detail about your roots and the detailed structure of the hair here.

Did you know that the angle at which the hair comes out of the follicle is related to its shape??The shape of the follicle determines the shape of the cortex, and the shape of the fiber is related to how straight or curly the hair is!!!Straight hair shoots straight out from the scalp and is round in cross section.Wavy hair is oval in shape and comes out of the scalp at an angle,whereas curly hair is flattened and comes out of the scalp at an extreme angle…so blame whatever hair you have on your genes;)

The thumb rule to distinguish between dry, oily and normal hair and scalp is to watch its behavior for 4 days post a hair wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner with a test called the DAY 1234 test courtesy Dr Aparna Santhanam- a leading hair& skin specialist -am a big fan of hers!!
Day 1. After a day, If both the scalp and hair feel greasy to touch- You have OILY HAIR/SCALP
Day 2. 2 days after a shampoo, if your hair needs a wash and your scalp is greasy-you have NORMAL HAIR/SCALP
Day 3. 3 days after a shampoo, if your scalp feels greasy and your hair is limp, you have NORMAL TO DRY HAIR/SCALP
Day 4. 4 days after a shampoo,if both your scalp and hair are still dry – then you have DRY HAIR/SCALP

 Few more pointers to distinguish the different hair types :
dry-hair
A. DRY HAIR/SCALP , FRIZZY HAIR

Dry,frizzy  hair is dull, lackluster and usually characterized by a feeling of dryness, split ends or hair that is brittle and breaks easily. This type of hair feels rough,and not smooth and silky and is generally indicated by frizziness, fly away hair  and a lack of shine .Dryness can be caused by insufficient oil production by the  sebaceous glands on the scalp or due to hormonal imbalances, diets deficient in proteins and vitamins or due to chemical treatments.

People with dry hair need to deliver moisture to the hair’s inner cortex while keeping the cuticle well lubricated and tight.
Dry hair needs protection in the form of emollients and lubricants like herbal hair oils which will lubricate the outside cuticle layer of hair,and create a shine as well. Humectants like aloevera are also needed to retain the moisture within this type of hair.

B.   Curly Hair
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curly hair Curly hair gets tangled easily is difficult to manage & is also often prone to becoming extremely dry. That’s because the curl keeps the hair away from your scalp and sebum which is the scalp’s natural moisturizers sebum does not reach the hair strands . Therefore  the trick is to  moisturise curly or frizzy hair  without weighing it down with heavy, damaging residues or making it oily and more likely to collect dirt. Light products like aloe vera based gels or light hibiscus or aloe vera based  shampoos suit curly frizzy hair better.
Tips for people with dry hair or curly frizzy hair:
1.Massage your hair with nourishing  oils like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil or pamper your hair with a natural hairmask  of eggs,curds or  papaya   before a hairwash . Use  a pre -wash hydrating conditioner as far as possible
2. Wash your hair 2 times a week with a mild shampoo and products formulated  for dry hair containing natural moisturising conditioning agents like aloe vera, hibiscus etc.
3. Use a rinse off  or leave in conditioner based on natural oils like olive, jojoba oils
4. Have  a healthy diet fortified with proteins&vitamins  like eggs, sprouts etc &drink lots of water

C. Oily Hair and Scalp:

oily-hairOily Hair usually  goes hand in hand with an oily scalp.The sebaceous glands in this case work overtime& hair tends to take on a  limp,greasy look. A diet rich in oily and junk food can also lead to an oily scalp

Tips for Oily Hair/Scalp:
1.Wash your hair 3-4 times a week with a natural shampoo and products formulated  for oily hair with amla ,shikakai,reetha to cut down the grease and restore the bounce.
2. Apply light oils or gels before a shower or a paste of fenugreek , but avoid leave in conditioners which can make the hair very limp.
3. Add flaxseeds &  chia seeds  to your diet , and cut down on oily food and junk.

Normal Hair:

normal hair
Lucky are the ones who have normal hair!!! Normal hair is hair that is strong,resilient, moisturised and shiny and a normal scalp is one that is moist and pink without any flaking,irritation or bumps.The goal of people blessed with normal hair is simply to maintain it in the same balanced state.
Tips For Normal Hair:
1.Wash your hair 3-4 times a week with a natural shampoo formulated  for normal hair .
2. Apply  a pre wash conditioner or hair mask or lightly massage the scalp with coconut or olive oil to maintain the shine and bounce of your hair.
3. Condition with a mild conditioner
4. Add colored fruits, strawberries, peppers and asparagus to your diet

Colored,  Straightened or Permed Hair:

coloured hairIsn’t it ironical that   those with curly hair get it straightened and those who are bored with poker straight hair get it permed or curled…Well,the grass is always greener on the other side isn’t it’;) …..C’est la vie!!:D
However it is our poor hair than bears the brunt of all these chemical treatments which include colouring hair as well.

The hair’s outer cuticle is normally made up of a very tightly packed network of cells which do not allow moisture to escape and keep it moisturised and soft and is responsible for  shiny, healthy hair,. The alkalis used for Colouring ,perming or straightening  treatments  first cause swelling of the cells that form your hair’s outer cuticle.  The chemicals used in dyes  then    penetrate the swollen cuticle and move into the underlying cortex, and peroxide first  bleaches out the pigment that’s there in the first place,so that the pigments can then change the colour of your hair. The first one or two times,the cells may shrink back to its original tight mesh.But the problem arises when we repeatedly subject our hair to chemical treatments.The  more often you do this, the less likely it is that these cuticle cells will shrink back into the tight, smooth network and thus become dry and frizzy. There is no way to totally replace damaged cuticle on existing hair -the only solution is to wait for new hair to grow.
Use  a good conditioner like aloevera or jojoba oil will act by filling in the gaps formed between the damaged cells and replacing  the lost moisture,thus restoring some softness and shine to the hair.

Tips for people with coloured, straightened or permed hair:
1.Massage your hair with nourishing oils like olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil or pamper your hair with a natural hairmask  of eggs, curds or  papaya   before a hairwash . Use  a pre -wash hydrating conditioner as far as possible
2. Wash your hair 2  times a week with a mild shampoo formulated  for damaged hair containing natural moisturising conditioning agents like aloe vera, hibiscus  etc.
3. Use a moisturising rinse off conditioner or leave in conditioner based on natural oils like olive, jojoba oils
4. Have  a healthy diet fortified with proteins, chia seeds &vitamins.

Hope this helps you decide on the right products and regimen to suit you hair type. Will be updating soon on tips to also estimate the density and porosity of your hair with simple DIY tests…keep watching this space 🙂

June 20, 2012

Contest Time!!!Win a fabulous gift hamper of natural products!!


Prakriti Herbals and Colorific India brings to you a golden opportunity to grab a mini facial kit for yourself.

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April 10, 2012

CONTEST WINNERS -OUR PAPAYA HEALTHY ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST!!!


                                                                             

JOINT CONTEST WINNERS OF THE PAPAYA HEALTHY RECIPE CONTEST:SUJATA BHIDE&SHRI KRIPA

Just love the brightly coloured luscious papaya fruit which is not only delicious in taste,but also a very rich source of antioxidant nutrients which can be made into fruity packs which rejuvenate the skin and hair beautifully.Truly the beauty of this wonderful plant is that all its parts have excellent medicinal &nutritive value…The ripe fruit or even the raw fruit are both storehouses of  nutrients such as carotenes,vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and last but not the least lots of fiber.It helps with the digestive system as well, by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes.Most people relish papayas  as is,but we wanted to find more delicious ways of having it as well……..Hence we decide to run a contest for the most original,innovative&healthy recipe using either ripe or raw papaya…..All the recipes were delicious-showcasing the 2 most original winning entries for you……:)

1.WINNING ENTRY FROM SUJATA BHIDE:PAPAYA PRESERVE/JAM

Ingredients:

  • 500 g Papaya (half-ripe)
  • 2 cup sugar
  •  1 tsp Citric Acid

How to make Papaya Preserve:•Peel the papaya and remove the seeds.•Cut papaya into big pieces.•Boil the papaya pieces till tender.•In a pan, mix sugar with one cup of water.•When the sugar dissolves completely, add citric acid and boil this mixture for two to three minutes.•Once done, remove from heat and strain.•Cook over low heat, till the syrup strings a thread.•Remove from heat, cool and store in a bottle.
This yummy preserve can be relished  in any season with chapati or bread rolls, or even as a just after dinner dessert…like I do 😉

WINNING ENTRY FROM SHRI KRIPA-PAPAYA BURFI:
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups- grated raw papaya
  •  1 cup-grated coconut
  • 4 tsp-ghee
  •  1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup- milk
  •  1tsp-cardamompowder
  • Method:Take a thick bottomed pan or non stick pan ,heat ghee in this and add grated raw papaya and fry till the raw smell of papaya vanishes.After the raw smell disappears,add milk and coconut and mix. When the milk evaporates add sugar and mix well till this papaya mixture leaves the sides of the pan..When it is done pour this mixture onto a greased plate and press nicely and make flat.After it cools cut into desired shapes and serve.Yummy Papaya barfi is ready to eat!!….

Do try out these innovative new dishes  with all the goodness of papaya as the star attraction in them…..Enjoy!!! 🙂

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 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!!!:)