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June 13, 2017

Treatment of Dandruff with Fenugreek


Treatment of Dandruff with Fenugreek

Fenugreek commonly known as Methi is used as a spice in our Indian kitchens but do you know that the same Fenugreek seed is also extremely effective for your hair? This article is specially posted to tell you about the Treatment of Dandruff with Fenugreek – An Iconic Remedy. The methi seed is considered to be an ancient hair treatment ingredient as it has many rich nutrients and minerals including magnesium, sodium, and potassium. Fenugreek is a natural aid that treats most of the scalp and hair problems including scratchy irritating dandruff.

Other Advantages of Fenugreek Seed:

Fenugreek seeds are extremely beneficial in treating most scalp and hair disorders:

  • Cures dandruff
  • Prevents hair fall
  • Delays greying of hair
  • Smoothes rough hair
  • Supplies enough protein to the hair
  • Nourishes broken or damaged hair, and many other problems of the scalp

Advantages of Fenugreek Seed

Regular use of fenugreek seeds on hair helps in growing thicker and shinier hair with no scalp problems. This natural seed extract is also helpful in preventing split ends.

Treatment of Dandruff with Fenugreek:

  • The nicotinic acid and proteins of the fenugreek seed treats dandruff and its causes effectively
  • The lecithin content in fenugreek helps hydrate the hair and strengthen its root.

Guidelines to Use Fenugreek for Treatment of Dandruff:

  • Firstly, soak the Fenugreek seeds in water overnight
  • After that, grind the soaked seeds and make a paste out of it
  • Mix the paste with either coconut oil, olive oil, vinegar or curd to make a mask
  • Apply gently on the scalp and hair completely and keep for 30 minutes (Max)
  • Wash off with a herbal shampoo

Note: The mucilage of the soaked Fenugreek seeds gives a conditioning effect to the hair. Finally, keep the hair healthy, strong & beautiful with our simple homemade recipes tips and for the busy bees check out the ready to use natural skincare and haircare products of Prakriti Herbals.

February 16, 2017

8 Ways to Use Rosewater to Beautify Your Skin


8 ways to use Rose water to beautify your skin

Rosewater – A mild pure extract of rose petals has been found to be used widely in every Indian household and at auspicious occasions. But why??  It’s because Rose water is certainly a versatile magic potion that goes with every beauty and skincare or hair care recipe. It works well with all type of skin texture and is a cherished beauty secret. Here are the 10 most effective benefits of Rosewater:

  1. Maintains pH balance:

Rosewater imbibes the purest form of herbal properties that helps to maintain the skin’s pH balance and hence controls the excess oil on the skin surface. It’s mild and soothing aroma keeps you fresh throughout the day.

  1. Reduces Acne and Irritation:

Rose water is very rich in anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the red patches and skin irritation, heal the acne, exfoliates the dry skin and makes your skin healthy. Moreover, it acts as a deep cleanser that helps in removing oil and dirt accumulated in the clogged skin pores.

  1. Revitalize the Skin:

Pure distilled rose water hydrates, revitalizes and moisturizes the skin to the core thereby giving it a glowing tone.

  1. Healing Agent:

Rose water contains strong anti-bacterial properties which help in healing the scars, cuts, and wounds. The best part is, it totally reduces the scars and does not leave any marks behind.

  1. Regenerate Skin Tissues:

The antioxidant assets of rose water help strengthen the skin cells and regenerate the skin tissues giving you a younger look and fresher feel.Application of Rose water

  1. Skin Toner:

Application of Rosewater as a toner is the best way to clean the pores and tone up the skin. Using rose water on the skin after steaming will tighten the capillaries and hence reduces the red patches.

  1. Enhance the Quality of Hair:

The beneficial herbal properties of rose water enhance the quality and volume of hair. It is also used to treat mild scalp issues including dandruff.

  1. Anti-Aging Formula:

Distilled rose water has always been used as an anti-aging formula, thereby keeping the fine lines and skin wrinkles at bay.
So, make the most of this beauty secret which has been used by renowned beauties like Cleopatra!!

December 29, 2016

Win A Skin Care Gift Hamper Worth Rs. 600!!


Win A Skin Care Gift Hamper Worth Rs. 600 !!

Grab the Chance to #Win A Skin Care Gift #Hamper Worth Rs. 600 in the New Year 2017!!
Post a unique easy to use winter skincare tip and win a Prakriti Skin Care gift hamper…..

Instructions To Participate In The Contest:

1: Post your skin care tip with details of herbal ingredients with quantities, in the comment box below the contest post with your name and contact details OR
You can also email us the skin care tip with details of herbal ingredients with pictures at enquiry@prakritiherbals.in with your name and contact details

2: You can post only 1 entry for the contest

3: The contest will be judged on the basis of the uniqueness, ease of preparation and use of skin care tip

4: The tip should not have appeared on the Prakriti Herbals Blog – https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/ or the Prakriti Herbals FB page or in the Prakriti Herbals tips WhatsApp group

5: Last date of receiving the registration and contest entries: 31st December (Midnight)

6: The contest winner will be announced on our facebook page by 1st week of Jan 2017

November 18, 2016

Do you know how to remove Acne and Its Marks at Home?


How to Remove Pimple and Its Mark at Home?

How can one get rid of acne and its marks at home? This is a question that we commonly hear from people nowadays when they visit a cosmeticologist. Well, it is one of the major skin issues as acne and pigmentations on the face or skin can lower your confidence and self-esteem. Hence, we have come up with some olden days (Ayurvedic) tricks to solve these skin problems.

Neem

 

Neem leaves for pimples

Neem, the most preferred Ayurvedic ingredient that acts as antiseptic remedy for skin related problems.  So, how does one use it against pimples, pigmentation, scars and hard to remove marks? It’s simple! Either put handful of neem leaves in bathing water or make a paste out of neem leaves and apply them over your skin. Both with help removing painful acne and pimple marks from the root.

Lemon & Aloevera

lemon and aloevera

 

Scoop out a spoon full of aloe vera gel and mix it with few drops of lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the acne affected area and leave it on overnight. Do the process regularly for one month and your pimples and its marks will be gone completely. Use pure aloevera gel or natural aloevera leaves to get better results.

Turmeric Powder

turmeric

One of the most effective natural antiseptic masks – Turmeric Powder can be used to heal the scars and acne outbreaks at home. Just mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of Turmeric powder (Haldi) with few drops of lemon juice and half bowl of curd and apply the mixture over the face and other skin area. Keep it for 20 to 30 min. and wash it off with clean water. Application of Haldi once a day can make your skin acne free.

Sandalwood

sandalwood

It is one of the most effective medicinal wood which can be used for many skin issues. It is helpful in smoothening and softening the skin and also helps   clear the acne and pimple marks from the skin. Make a paste out of 2 to 3 teaspoons of sandalwood powder mixed with 1 teaspoon ofturmeric powder, few drops of honey and lemon juice. Spread the paste over your face and skin and massage it well. Keep the pack until it dries up. Then wash it off with Luke warm water. Repeat it for 15 to 20 days for best results.

The best part of these homemade recipes is, they do not pose any harmful or side effects. Though these remedies work little slower than other chemical based products, you will never face skin problems again if you try these herbal products. I hope this has helped you get the answer to your question and you can start applying these homemade skin care ingredients from today itself.

July 15, 2012

Refreshing Luscious Watermelon Kulfi Candies


Can’t get fresher than this one!!!A refreshing delicious dessert to beat the summer heat,bursting with the goodness of luscious watermelons!!This queen of fruits,the red juicy watermelon  is truly a powerhouse of antioxidants  like Lycopene&Vit C truly making it a beauty food which makes you glow!!


Watermelon Kulfi-Recipe Courtesy Nayana Shetty
Ingredients:

2 cups- Watermelon Deseeded Chunks

1 Cup- Thick Set Yogurt

4 Tbspn- Sugar

Method:

1.Blend the listed ingredients and pour it in the candy or kulfi  moulds.

2.Freeze it for at least 6 to 8 hrs.

3.To add a yummylicious twist,you could add pieces of crushed strawberry as well into the mixture before freezing into moulds

4.Remove from freezer,Unmould and Serve with a smile 🙂

Enjoy this refreshing treat  and pamper not only your taste buds ,but your skin as well!!!!:)

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!!! 🙂

April 6, 2012

Beat the heat with a Refreshing Summer drink from black grapes……Enjoy!!!:)


Summer’s here and what better way to beat the heat, than with this  lovely summer drink made from luscious  black grapes………………These black beauties are simply a powerhouse of antioxidants,flavanoids,vitamins&minerals-fabulous for the skin&for all round health as well.
Black grapes are not only great natural cleansers,moisturisers and reduce acne,fine lines&dryness-They can be made into fabulous skin pampering facemasks as well which add a glow to your skin…Check here for more details .The fruit is antibacterial and anti inflammatory and contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids-powerful antioxidants that help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and aging.So here’s the recipe for black grape juice courtesy Nayana Shetty

REFRESHING GRAPE JUICE
– Recipe from my superchef of an aunt  Nayana Shetty….:)
Ingredients:Fresh black grapes———1/2 kg Seedless
Sugar optional
Ice cubes—few
Soaked sabja seeds or falooda seeds——–1/4tsp
Chat masala optional——–pinchMethod:1.Soak the grapes and little salt&1 tsp vinegar in cold water filled bowl for 2 minutes.
2. Wash and rinse well
3.Put the grapes in to blender along with ice cubes and blend to a smooth paste.
4.Strain with strainer using little cold water.
5 .Add soaked sabja seeds, chat masala(optional) serve chilled.
 Relax with  this refreshing summer drink&pamper your skin&soul…….Enjoy&do let us know if you liked it too !!!!:)
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 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 🙂