Posts tagged ‘nature’

September 21, 2012

Hibiscus…a godsend to reduce hair fall &dandruff



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

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

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

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

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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!!!!:)

July 9, 2012

Glow a healthy pink with luscious watermelons!!


Luscious Watermelons are  simply super beauty Food for your skin& excellent summer coolers as well!!!
Red juicy watermelons can combat ageing due to damage from free radicals with its high antioxidant Lycopene and vitamin C content,and act as a perfect skin toner.They contain 92 percent water, which makes it a cooling low calorie summer drink&ideal to curb sugar cravings as well.

A few slices a day of luscious watermelons can give you a youthful complexion as they are a storehouse of powerful antioxidants like lycopene which gives watermelon its attractive red colour,and vitamin A and C.The yellow-orange varieties,contain citruline,an amino acid credited with helping skin’s healing and regenerative processes,and delaying ageing.

Refreshing  Watermelon Skin Toner:

1/2 cup watermelon pulp
1 tbsp witch hazel
1 tbsp mineral or distilled water

Purée watermelon chunks in a processor or blender. Strain the liquid and discard the solids. Mix the strained liquid with the remaining ingredients, stir and pour into a glass bottle. Dab on face using a cotton ball. This is rich in sugar and vitamins A, B and C. Watermelon has astringent properties, and the super high water content makes it an excellent skin refresher.

So go on ahead pamper your tastebuds and skin with the refreshing luscious watermelons!!!

April 13, 2012

Glow food for the skin-Yummy Strawberries!!!



“Doubtless God could have made a better berry (than the tempting luscious strawberry), but then looks like  God never ever did!!!” 😉 Honestly,if there was one inviting  fruit that said the loudest- “Eat-Me”………..it would be the luscious strawberry,wouldn’t it!!:) And the best part is that you would be none the worse for it,unlike most other tempting foods-thank goodness for that!!;)
For Strawberries are truly glow food for the skin,bursting with Vitamin C,antioxidants,AHA,flavanoids,minerals and fibre.Did you know that luscious strawberries are not only yummy to eat,but can drive acne and other skin ailments away as well??Let me tell you how…..

MAGICAL BENEFITS OF STRAWBERRIES FOR THE SKIN


1.Fabulous Skin Cleansers:

Strawberries have  been formulated into  fabulous skin cleansers,face washes ,refreshing bubble baths and rejuvenating facemasks  as they contain Vitamin C, salicylic acid, antioxidants and exfoliants. Salicylic acid sloughs dead skin cells from the face as it tightens pores and brightens skin. This luscious fruit contains ellagic acid which is an antioxidants helping combat skin damage to keep skin looking young and fresh. Strawberries also exfoliate the skin and remove impurities while keeping skin soft. They soothe skin bothered by allergies or other irritants,protect against  pollution and the elements, and also whiten the skin&teeth.

2.Excellent Rebuilding Blocks:

  • The vitamin C in strawberries helps the body grow and repair its tissues, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center . It also helps to make collagen, an important protein needed by the  skin and other parts of the body, and helps heal wounds more quickly.Vitamin C being water-soluble is not stored in the body,so it is essential to make it a part of your daily diet…and what better &more delicious way of doing it than eating yummy strawberries???;) According to the  World’s Healthiest Foods,just one cup of strawberries has over 100 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C, 20 percent RDA for manganese and nearly 15 percent RDA for fiber…..so have as many as you can-they’re good for health 🙂

3.Protection From UV Light:

According to Science Daily, a 2009 study by Korean scientists showed that ellagic acid used topically helped to protect the skin against the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, a main cause of aging skin.Raspberries, cranberries and pomegranates are also rich in ellagic acid.

4.Reduces Pigmentation:

Research has shown that the oral ingestion of pomegranate and strawberry extract, both rich in ellagic acid, helps to lighten slight hyper pigmentation caused by UV rays, by inhibiting the synthesis of melanin, the chemical that gives skin its color.

 5.Anti Aging

  • Strawberries are bursting with antioxidants &vitamin C which can prevent damage caused by free radicals to the skin&the  body.Free radicals occur when our bodies transform food into energy, according to UMMC. It has been suggested that a build-up of free radicals may be responsible for the aging process, and vitamin C and other antioxidants may block some of the damage caused by these free radicals.

    6.Anti Acne: 

Strawberries are rich in AHA’s,vitamin C,salicylic acid &flavanoids  which help clear acne and reduce oil,and are  the same key ingredient in many commercial acne products and moisturisers.Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,and are antiaging as well because of their high antioxidant content.

Thus the scrumptious strawberries are not only a  perfect snack by themselves or in salads but are also a great ingredient to use in face masks, since they’re bursting with vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids(AHA) which help exfoliate the skin. .Strawberries also reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes,as they are astringent in nature.So fresh strawberry masks are great for people with dull, damaged or acne-prone skin…do check here for a grape n strawberry heavenly mask
So what are you waiting for-make the  yummy   luscious strawberries a part of your daily diet-&GLOW!!!!:)And do keep a look out for some fabulous facemasks coming your way on our blog soon…..do feel free to add your own berry tips 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!!! 🙂

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!!!:)

February 28, 2012

CONTEST WINNING RECIPE WITH OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL !!




Yummy Garden Fresh Olive tossed Salad – Winning Entry from Saloni  Bhandari

Prep Time:30 minutes

Servings:10

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Black Ripe Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Naturals Green Pitted Olives, drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1/4 sweet onion (or white onions), diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 small green zucchini, unpeeled, and diced
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives(or green stalks of spring onions) thinly sliced or 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine olives, carrot, sweet onion, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, parsley and chives(or spring onions).
  2. Add lemon peel, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil to bowl; mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Makes approximately 5 cups,Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Olives and olive oil are friends of your heart and skin 

These Mediterrenean tree-plucked fruits have been used from the days of the Egyptians.They  are high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats that shrink the risk of atherosclerosis. Add olives & olive oil to your diet to help maintain a healthy heart & lovely skin as they contain vitamins, antioxidants & omega 3 fatty acids. Olives Help reduce harmful cholesterol levels as well. Studies have shown that consumption of olives ensures healthy heart benefits such as reduced harmful cholesterol level. It also has anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antithrombotic as well as vasodilatory effects in humans and animals.

Add them to your diet : Add olives to salads,dressings,dips,pizzas or simply pop them into your mouth as a  delicious  snack. Do keep in mind  that  extra virgin olive oil  should never be heated and should be used only for salads,pasta etc
Use regular olive oil for stir frying or pan frying.Know more about the 4 type of olive oils https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/different-types-of-olive-oil-when-to-use-which-one/

Olives and Olive oil  for  skin and hair care:
Olive Oil reduces acne breakouts and opens clogged pores.Olive oil contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Secondly, olive oil also acts as a moisturizer, so it prevents the dry flaking that leads to acne breakouts.Thirdly, and perhaps the most important fact of all is that olive oil doesn’t clog pores and in fact dissolves the impurities inside closed pores. Hence when you cleanse your face with olive oil , it won’t leave behind residue that will clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Olives  are very high in iron content which reduce anaemia and help boost up the immune system as well as anaemia can cause severe hair loss as well.Olive oil combats dandruff which is usually caused by a flaky dry scalp by infusing moisture&preventing flaking.

So do your heart ,skin &hair a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.

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 12, 2011

Olives:Friends of your Heart&Skin


Do your heart &skin a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.
These  Mediterrenean  tree-plucked fruits have  been used from the days of the Egyptians.They  are high in heart-healthy monosaturated fats that shrink the risk of atherosclerosis.Add olives&olive oil to your diet to help maintain a healthy heart&lovely skin as they contain vitamins,antioxidants&omega 3 fatty acids.

Add them to your diet : Add olives to salads,dresings,dips,  pizzas or simply pop them in your mouth as a  delicious  snack. Additionally, use extra virgin olive oil as a cooking medium as  it has been proven that  food cooked in olive oil absorbs less oil&has fewer calories.

Health benefits of Olives:

1.Cardiovascular benefits:

Free harmful radicals oxidize cholesterol in our blood vessels, this eventually results into the formation of fats in the arteries leading to a heart attack or stroke. Presence of antioxidant nutrients in olives prevent this oxidation of cholesterol, and reduce the chances  of severe heart disease. As per experts, consumption of olives in your diet helps to maintain healthy heart as olives are zero cholesterol&contain high amount of healthy monounsaturated fat that act as a helping hand to shrink the risk of atherosclerosis.

2.Prevent cancer and reduces the growth of carcinogenic cells:

Olives are rich in vitamin E that acts against free radicals,thus  helping  to prevent cancer and reduces the growth of carcinogenic cells. As per research, olive is referred as one of the most popular vegetables to prevent cancer.

3.For Healthy skin:

Olives are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. Olive also contains  high concentrations  of vitamin E&Omega 3 that helps in providing natural skin glow. As per various research, consumption of vitamin E helps to protect skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, thus forming a shield against premature aging and skin cancer. Massaging  daily with a few drops of olive oil will give you a   glowing and healthy skin complexion.Any wonder that olive oil is traditionally used for babies as  a massage oil &trusted by mothers worldwide!!

4.Reduces dandruff,hairfall&gives soft silky hair:

The anti oxidant properties of olive oil along with vitamin E aids  good hair growth and ensures soft&smooth hair,if applied regularly.Weekly massage with warm olive oil reduces dandruff.

5.Reduces acne -Anti-inflammatory &Antibacterial properties:

The monounsaturated fats, polyphenols and vitamin C in olives helps to neutralize the free radicals thus reducing inflammation.

Use a mixture of castor oil & olive oil to massage &deep cleanse your face.Then use warm water or a washcloth dipped in warm water to wipe it off. Olive oil( extra virgin) has been proven to be good for acne-prone skin. Firstly, olive oil contains natural anti-oxidants and vitamins and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Secondly, olive oil also acts as a moisturizer, so it prevents the dry flaking that leads to acne breakouts.

Third, and perhaps the most important fact is that olive oil doesn’t clog pores and in fact dissolves the impurities inside closed pores. Hence when you cleanse your face with olive oil , it won’t leave behind residue that will clog pores and lead to acne breakouts.
Suggested blends depending on your type of skin:
Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Olive Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Olive Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Olive Oil.

6.Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease&senility:
Food rich in omega 3 fatty acids like olives,reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease -research reported by Dr Gary Small,Longevity centre,Los Angeles.Scientists have also found that  extra virgin olive oil contains a biologically active substance oleocanthal ,which changes the structure of the neurotoxic proteins which contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

7.Helps digestion:

Olives are easily digested by our stomach and  prevents constipation. It also helps to protect the stomach from gastritis and ulcers.Olive oil increases the secretion of pancreatic hormones and bile thus ensuring healthy digestive track and reduces the chance of gallstone formation.

8.Reduces cholesterol levels:

Olives are zero cholesterol&hence good for the heart. Studies have shown that consumption of olives  reduces harmful LDL cholesterol level,and have an  anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antithrombotic as well as vasodilatory effects in humans and animals.Foods cooked in olive oil absorb less oil,taste better&have lesser calories.So you can enjoy your food,without guilt!!

9.Helps to cure anaemia :

Olives are very high in iron content. This iron content helps in the formation of red blood cell which acts as an oxygen carrier &helps to boost up the  immune system as well.

Regular consumption of  a tablespoonful of extravirgin olive oil  or olives daily has been found to increase longevity,improve memory,retard effects of ageing&reduce the risk of  heart attacks,skin cancer&Alzheimer’s disease.Do ensure that you use extra virgin oil &olives in your diet for optimum benefits .Let’s  make the most of these natural , ready to eat culinary delights-a gift from nature….!!

November 16, 2011

Aloe Vera -Nature’s Miracle Plant!!!!


Aloevera-Nature’s Miracle plant that has been used for millions  and million of years ….Why????Simply Because it works!!!

Aloevera looks like  a cactus,but actually isn’t-It is scientifically known as Aloe Barbadensis,and actually belongs to the Lily family like the onion and garlic which are also known for their antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties.Inside the green leaf is a transparent jelly like substance or gel which can be easily be scraped out.Early users of Aloevera  gel(1500 BC) discovered that when it was applied to a wound or burn,it healed faster&left no scars-an invaluable aid in a world where even minor wounds could prove fatal.
Tips on using aloevera gel directly from the plant:
Cut an aloevera leaf towards the base of the plant,wash well and keep immersed in water overnight to remove any impurities like aloin.The water may turn yellow or pink overnight.Discard it,wash the leaf again,and peel off the green surface.Scrape and Use only the transparent gel inside.Apply to the skin for 15-20 mins,and then wash off.

Although aloe is ninety-nine percent water, it also has more than 200 active nutrients and elements that support good health. Today there are over two hundred scientific research papers outlining the therapeutic benefits of aloe vera juice gel. Studies confirm that aloe vera gel heals the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties, burn healing capabilities and ability to decrease the effects of scars and wound.Hence Aloevera gel  is an effective home remedy for a wide variety of skin concerns,and allergy to aloevera is extremely rare.
Beneficial Actions of Aloe Vera gel on the skin and hair:

  • ANTIACNE-Reduces and prevents Acne-actually reduces pain with natural anti-inflammatory agents&is antibacterial.
  • REDUCES PIGMENTATION-lessens pigmentation intensity and lightens dark spots by regeneration of cells
  •  ANTIWRINKLE:Retards aging by stimulating collagen production,adding moisture and increasing flexibility
  • HEALS  BURNS:A household but medically proven remedy for burns-no burn scars remain if used immediately
  • SOOTHES SCRATCHY SKIN:Removes dead skin cells ,and  moisturizes by keeping the skin flexible and supple.
  • HEALS PSORIASIS : fights a variety of infections, including staph and fungus, with its antibacterial properties
  • MIRACLE MOISTURISER:adds emollients to up to seven layers of skin for a smooth,  healthy glow
  • REDUCES SCARS: minimizes potential scars and can even reverse scars if applied regularly for 1-2 months
  • REDUCES HAIR FALL: Balances the ph of the scalp and heals from within
  • REDUCES FRIZZINESS OF HAIR:Moisturises the hair&scalp and smoothens it naturally
  • REDUCES UNDEREYE CIRCLES:Improves circulation,and reduces pigmentation under the eyes
  • SOOTHES INFLAMED SKIN:Soothes skin after waxing and threading as well
  • SOOTHES SUNBURNT, HEATED SKIN:Cools and soothes skin especially when exposed to the harsh sunAnd these are only some of the unending benefits of this magical plant….So what are you waiting for???Just go grab that wonderful plant& the aloe vera gel-it’s a panacea for all your troubles….Check it out for yourselves &do share your experiences 🙂