Posts tagged ‘cucumber’

February 21, 2016

DIY Aloe vera Cucumber gel- Glowing skin & for hair growth


 

DIY Aloe vera Cucumber gel- Glowing skin & for hair growth

Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel :
Aloe is famous for its inherent quality of getting totally absorbed by the skin and crossing all the layers of the skin. The aloe vera gel is a natural purifier and assists healing of the skin , which is why it has been used  from time immemorial as a natural antiseptic . It soothes dermatitis, skin rashes and allergies of the skin as well as itchy conditions of the scalp as it calms the cells down .
Aloevera also promotes cell growth of the hair follicles and thus helps in hair growth . It also balances the ph of the scalp

Benefits of Cucumber :
The natural skin lightening properties of cucumber helps reduce dark circles under the eyes. Cucumber has several antioxidants which help in anti ageing as they counter free radicals responsible for ageing. It contains ascorbic acid that helps decrease the presence of bags and puffiness around the eyes and silica which strengthens the connective tissue and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. Of course cucumber is also well known for its cooling properties and an eye pack of chilled cucumber slice feels like heaven on tired eyes.

DIY Aloe Vera Cucumber Gel As a Facepack :
DIY Aloe vera Cucumber gel- Glowing skin & for hair growth

You will need:
1 tbsp of aloe vera gel
1 tbsp of cucumber pulp – roughly chopped (remove seeds)
1 tbsp of boiled normal water

1. Blend all the ingredients in a mixer or with an electrical blender till you get a smooth paste .
2. Apply on a cleaned face and keep for half an hour .
3. Wash it off with warm water and pat dry

This rejuvenating aloevera cucumber gel can be an instant facepack before a party , for that fresh glowing look

As a Hair pack for an Itchy Scalp &for promoting hair growth:
You will need:
2 tbsp of aloe vera gel
2 tbsp of cucumber pulp – roughly chopped (remove seeds)
2 tbsp of olive oil

1. Blend all the ingredients in a mixer or with an electrical blender till you get a smooth paste .
2. Apply on the scalp and keep for half an hour .
3. Wash it off with warm water and a herbal shampoo.

Get free from that itchy irritating scalp with this soothing aloevera cucumber gel hair pack and get smooth silky hair as well !! For more info visit http://www.prakritiherbals.in/.

August 17, 2014

Brighten up your skin this monsoon naturally!!


 

Portrait of woman enjoying the rainKeep the monsoon blues away with natural skincare tips!!

 

cucumber and rose water

For starters always wash your face several times with plain water to get over the sweating normally associated with humidity. Use  fruit based or strawberry based  facewash twice a day to reduce excess oiliness .Freshen up the skin even more with a natural toner like chilled rose water or cucumber juice. Wipe your face with cotton balls dipped in either one of these refreshing toners –  they will not only freshen up your skin , but also close the pores and reduce excessive oiliness.

 

Goes without saying that oily heavy creams are a no-no in this sultry weather. Use light aloevera gel or rose water based moisturisers to hydrate the skin naturally without making them oily.People with oily skin  must be noticing how the skin gets even more oilier &duller in humid weather, and get more outbreaks of clogged pores and blackheads. Regular scrubbing twice and deep pore cleansing twice a week helps unclog the pores  and reduce oiliness & acne.

An orange almond honey facepack to brighten up your skin:orange-peel-opt

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons orange peel powder
1 teaspoon of ground almond powder
1 teaspoon organic honey
1 teaspoon thick plain yoghurt


Apply it in circular motions on the face and rub gently on the skin, in circular motion.
Then, rinse off with plain water.
Orange peels are a powerhouse of antioxidants like VIT C which protects skin from free radical damage. It also helps keep  acne at bay and makes the skin glow.It also contains mineral nutrients like calcium , magnesium and potassium which are necessary for healthy soft skin.
orange peel powder

Make Orange Peel Powder At Home:

Keep aside orange peels from the orange fruits that you eat, remove the white fibous parts on the inside of the peel and wash them in warm distilled water.Spread the orange peels on  a tray and dry them in the sun  for a day or two.Now crush and powder your peels into a fine powder using a food processor or blender, without adding any water.Store it in an air tight jar.

More tips here

 

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Facepack for very  oily skin: If your skin is very oily, mix  a pack with papaya pulp,multani mitti and rose water . Apply on the face for 15 mins and wash off once it dries. Papaya has papain which helps exfoliate and reduce the pore sizes and multani mitti helps close the pores.

 

 

With a little bit of care, you can look your best & make the most of the lovely romantic rains this monsoon!!:)

May 22, 2012

Banish those darkshadows-Undereye circles forever…….


What’s our no 1 worry?????According to a recent  survey of 13,000 women, under-eye circles (and puffiness) are the demons to beat!!
The skin under our eyes is very thin. As we get exposed to sun rays, the  skin under the eyes gets damaged and becomes more thin and wrinkled. The veins below this thin skin start looking prominent. Thus the wrinkles and prominent veins form dark circles. Some times pigmentation also causes dark circles.

Common causes of  under-eye circles.

  •  Allergies -Eczema-atopic dermatitis
  • Lack of sleep:. Scrimping on your beauty rest not only causes blood vessels to become more visible; it also cause swelling, which can accentuate dark circles.
  • Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
  • Lifestyle factors: physical or emotional stress, smoking, or chronic alcohol use can take a toll on your appearance
  • Nasal Congestion (which can dilate and darken the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose)
  • Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians
  • Rubbing or scratching your eyes
  • Sun exposure : Prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
  • Ageing :Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obvious
Thus Dark circles under your eyes can strike men, women and children alike and are very difficult to get rid off.
However Facial exercises &Natural remedies can help reduce the appearance of dark circles or bags under your eyes as they tone your facial muscles.

Facial Tapping

Tapping your face can help improve the circulation of blood underneath your eyes. Make sure your hands are clean, then use the pad of your little  finger to tap the skin under the eye area. By tapping lightly and quickly, you can help boost circulation in your face

Ear Massages

Did you know that massaging your ears can help make your face glow, which can in turn reduce the appearance of dark eye circles :)…. Use your index finger and thumb to lightly massage and tug at the rims of your ears.

Bed Exercise

This exercise can help promote the circulation of blood throughout your face, including around your eyes. Lie flat on your bed on your back. Your head should be hanging off the edge of your bed. Slowly lift your head up and bring it as close to your chest as possible. Hold this position for a count of 10 seconds. Relax and repeat five times.

Eyebrow Lifts

This exercise can help eliminate the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. Sit up straight and close your eyes. Relax for a minute or two. While opening your eyes wide, lift your eyebrows up as high as you possibly can. Hold this position for a count of two seconds. Relax for two seconds and repeat. Complete this exercise 10 times.

Look Up and Down

Rapid eye movements can help reduce the appearance of bags under your eyes. Sit down with your back straight and your eyes facing forward. Close your eyes and look down. Keep your eyes closed and look up. Complete this exercise as rapidly as possible. Repeat 10 times. Remember to avoid opening your eyes.

 

Natural Remedies

  • Eight hours of sleep is a must for all of us, especially for people having dark circles under their eyes.
  • Diet: Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet, drink plenty of water (eight 8-ounce glasses daily), and avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks. These go a long way in preventing bags, circles and wrinkles. Supplement your diet with antioxidants,multivitamins and greens and drink freshly squeezed vegetable juices.
  • Rosemary  or chamomile Tea Treatment: Try applying a cold compress of  rosemary tea /chamomile tea  to increase circulation, which helps reduce swelling around the eyes. Make tea by bringing a half-cup of fresh rosemary and a quart of water to a boil. Steep for 20 minutes, then strain and chill. Soak a  soft cloth in the tea, ring out extra liquid anal place over eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, once a day, as needed.
    Green Teabag Treatment:
    Refrigerate used green tea bags overnight,and use them as eye pads to reduce undereye circles&puffiness around the eyes…..Green tea contains tannins and antioxidants which improve the circulation in the area and reduce dark circles.
    Lie down &put the cold tea bags over your eyes, making certain that they are covering the area around the eye . Let them stay for 10 to 15 minutes before removing them from your eyes. Repeat this procedure over several days & you will see a reduction in dark circles.
  • Acupressure: Another circulation-boosting treatment is acupressure. This is an easy exercise that you can also do every day. Close your eyes and gently press your ring finger underneath one eye, moving from the inside corner to the outside corner. Do this 10 to 15 times. Then repeat on the other eye.
  • Cold compress: Close your eyes and cover them with a cold washcloth or chilled cucumber slices for about five minutes. Repeat several times throughout the day. That will help constrict your blood vessels, minimizing darkness, and it may help minimize tissue swelling and eliminate some of the darkness.
  • Moisturise with aloevera : To minimize the appearance of bags, plump up skin with light non greasy moisturizers  like aloevera  or cucumber based gels that protects skin cells from damage and supports collagen production,and improve circulation
  • Spread on the sunscreen. Use a sunscreen especially made for the face with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, but preferably 20, “all day every day,” to keep the sun’s rays from darkening the skin under your eyes,
  • Freeze some parsley in ice cubes. Use the parsley cubes instead of eye creams to diminish dark circles and puffiness. Parsley is packed with chlorophyll which helps fade darkness, while the ice cubes reduce the swelling.
  • Potato/Cucumber combinations are helpful.

    • Close your eyes and cover eyelids with slices of raw potato or cucumber for 15-20 minutes. Wash with warm water and apply a cream.
    • Grate a cucumber, squeeze to take out its juice and refrigerate. Make a mixture of lemon juice, lanolin cream and cucumber juice and apply around the eye for 10-15 minutes.
    • Dip some cotton in a 1:1 mixture of potato and cucumber juices. Put the cotton on your eyelids and keep for 20 minutes. Wash your eyes with cold water.
  • Lemon/Tomato combinations are helpful.
    • Apply a mixture of lemon and tomato juice (equal parts) on the black circles 2 times a day.
    • Make a paste out of the following:
      • 1 tsp. tomato juice,
      • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice,
      • a pinch of turmeric powder, and
      • 1 tsp. of flour.

      Apply around eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

  • Massage with almond oil under and around eyes at bed time daily for 2 weeks and see the improvement. Almond helps to remove dark circles, and is an excellent “skin food”.
  • Vitamin E  Rub: Gently massage the area with a powdered Vitamin E capsule and wipe off with a mixture of honey and egg white.
  • Put hot and cold cloths alternatively under eyes for 10 minutes. Then apply some almond oil on the dark surface before going to bed.Eye exercises alone cannot eliminate the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. It is important to get plenty of sleep and practice good skin care. You should also avoid the consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. Remember that as you age, dark circles often appear naturally. While they cannot be prevented, these simple natural remedies & facial exercises  in tandem with a  healthy diet and lifestyle will help chase these demons away forever 🙂 Do give them a shot ,though with a lot of patience &keep me posted about the results……………….
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 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 🙂