Posts tagged ‘health’

March 10, 2015

Offer for Women’s week- Celebrate the Woman in You!!


Offer for Women's week- Celebrate the Woman in You!!

Celebrate the woman in you!!
Happy women’s week to all you spirited, gutsy, inspiring,nurturing, beautiful inside out women out there!!
In your honour we are pleased to offer a 10% discount on all our natural skin care &hair care products this week on all orders placed on Facebook or directly with us at info@prakritiherbals.in from 8th March to 15th March.

Contact us for free consultations at 080-26486359 so that we can suggest customized products for your specific concerns.Order online at https://www.facebook.com/prakritiherbals/app_211901345516363 or email us at info@prakritiherbals.in

Pamper yourself – coz you totally deserve it !!

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!!:)

August 15, 2012

Tricolour Salad ………Happy Independence Day!!!


Wish you a very Happy Independence Day!!!

TRICOLOUR SALAD

Recipe Courtesy Nayana Shetty
Ingredients:

Parsley leaves -1 bunch
Mint leaves-1 bunch
Tomato-1 cup
Onion-1 cup
Lemon-1
Extra virgin Olive oil-1 tbsp
Salad leaves-1 bunch
Soaked burgul
Salt to tasteEnjoy this very healthy tricolour salad bursting with the goodness of antioxidants,iron and vitamins and glow this Independence Day……..:)

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 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 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!!

February 23, 2012

Go Coco Nutty!!A coconut fenugreek hairmask to reduce hairfall,and dandruff…



A coconut-fenugreek hair mask to reduce hairfall,dandruff ,promote hair growth and nourish dry hair

If you have been to Kerala,you will notice that the older women have lovely luxurious black hair…..The secret of their lovely locks is the natural products that they use for their hair.They regularly apply coconut milk,coconut oil to their hair&wash it off with ritha and shikakai based natural shampoos.
Sharing their time tested recipe for hair growth with you:
Make a paste of 1 teaspoon of powdered fenugreek seeds and  3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk extracted from coconuts.Apply this paste to the scalp,cover with a hot towel or showercap for 30 mins ,and wash off with a herbal shampoo.Condition with a jojoba conditioner.Repeat twice a week for 2 months and check out the hair growth  for yourself!!
Fenugreek seeds replenish hair growth and are a good source of nicotinic acid,lecithin  and protein and also moisturizes hair and reduces dandruff.Coconut milk nourishes the scalp and has been proven time and again to promote hair growth.

So what are you waiting for??Make this age old  priceless recipe your own,and a part of your weekly haircare routine to resolve all your hair problems!!!

December 26, 2011

4 types of Olive oil-Which one should we use&When???



What is the difference between Extravirgin olive oil&Regular Olive oil?Which do you  use ,when &how??? I am sure these are the common questions which plague most of us…..so thought it was time to shed light on these questions.I recently read a story about an   Israeli woman  who claimed to be 120 years old and one of her secrets to living to such an advanced age is that she drinks at least one glass of olive oil a day. Thought that may sound gross to most of us,we could still improve our health by making  olive oil a part of our daily diet in much better &more tastier ways. Generally when you go to the  supermarket, you will most commonly see 3 types of olive oil:extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil, pure  olive oil&light olive oil.The difference is basically in the taste&purity.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil :
Extra-virgin olive oil is naturally  produced from the first pressing of olives-making it the most pure and least acidic.It also  has the highest content of omega 3 , and is the best tasting of the four. The method for extracting the oil is what is known as “cold pressed,” which keeps the oil from losing its flavor that can be lost when exposed to high temperatures.As it’s expensive, heavier, and more flavorful than other types of olive oil, it’s best used as an accent to dishes , or in salad dressings and vinaigrettes.. If it’s not cold-pressed, the heat from the extraction process changes the chemistry,flavour  and quality of the olive oil.Extra virgin is usually used raw&should never be heated, since its flavor is lost by heating it and it also has  a low smoke point.Use extra virgin oil for beauty treatments for your skin and hair as it contains high concentrations of Vit E&Omega 3 fatty acids -hence reduces dryness of skin,dandruff and hairfall.
Virgin olive oil:
Virgin olive oil  is obtained by some application of heat and from the second  pressing of olive oil.It does not contain any other refined oils but has a higher acidity — up to 2 percent. It has  a fairly good olive flavour&does not burn easily, so can be used for salads or for light cooking.
Pure Olive oil or Regular Olive Oil :
The name Pure olive oil is misleading as it is a actually blend of refined pomace oil and virgin olive oil. Pomace is produced by processing the leftovers of the virgin olive oil extraction. The blend (which usually contains as little as 5 to 10 percent virgin olive oil) is cheaper to produce. It is used mainly when extracted olive oil is of poor quality and the refining process helps it to have a better flavor.It doesn’t have as strong a flavor as virgin olive oils and is best suited for frying and cooking.
Extra Light Olive Oil: Light olive oil isn’t lower in fat — it simply means the oil is made from refined olive oil. “Light olive oil” actually means refined olive oil, not a lower fat content. Extra light Olive oil in fact has 120 calories per tablespoon.HINTS WHILE BUYING &USING OLIVE OIL:
1.Look for bottles that say “cold press” on the label for best quality extravirgin olive oil.
2.Use Extra virgin olive oil or virgin olive oil only in the raw state-for salads,dressings,viniagrettes.Never heat it.
3.Use light  olive oil for stir frying or pan frying. Because of the refining process in regular or standard olive oil, it holds up better when exposed to high heats.
4.Do not use olive oil for deep  frying . It may hold up well when pan frying but has a low smoke point and will overheat when used as a deep fry. If you are looking for a healthy oil to deep fry with, canola is a good oil to try instead.
5.Bottles labeled “100 percent pure olive oil” are often the lowest quality;) Labels mentioning virgin olive oil are better products. 6.Labels saying”Made from refined olive oils” suggests that the essence was captured, but in fact means that the taste and acidity were chemically produced.
7.”From hand-picked olives” may indicate that the oil is of better quality, since producers harvesting olives by mechanical methods are inclined to leave olives to over-ripen in order to increase yield. So beware of the tricks that the manufacturers play on you to sell their products…….
Studies have shown that olive oil helps the body’s heart remain healthy and also aids in regulating cholesterol levels. Aside from consuming olive oil, some people swear of its benefits from using it topically on the skin. In 1997, the record holder for the longest lifespan, a woman from France, used olive oil daily not only in her diet, but by rubbing it on her skin.Hence it just makes sense to choose the right kind of olive oil&make it a part of your daily diet…….