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September 3, 2012

Refresh your skin with an Aloevera gel and Rose facemask


Refresh and moisturize your skin with a facepack made of Rose water and Aloevera gel – this lovely synergistic combo  helps reduce acne, dryness, psoriasis, undereye circles, sunspots, pigmentation , allergic skin conditions like dermographism & dermatitis  and even wrinkles.

Aloe Vera – the “Miracle Plant” is an excellent natural remedy for sensitive suntanned skin.  It acts as a natural moisturizer, soothing protectant and sunscreen-especially for dry scratchy skin.  It reduces and prevents acne, promotes collagen production giving a healthy glow to your skin& preventing ageing.

Aloe Vera Rose Face Mask For  Dry Skin:
You can make a  wonderful aloe Vera mask from simple ingredients available at home like rose water& aloevera gel .
Method:
Add three tablespoons of aloe Vera  gel and 1tsp of rose water in a cup. Mix these ingredients to make a paste. Apply this paste with a cotton ball all over your face and neck. You can also apply this paste to your hands or any other area that is exposed to sun. This face pack is particularly useful for suntanned and sunburnt  areas.Let this pack dry for 10-15 minutes and wash off  with lukewarm water. Pat dry your face gently. Use daily if possible for best results.

MAKING ROSE WATER AT HOME– Courtesy Nayana Shetty

Water— 1 litre
Rose Petals—- 200 grams
Wash the rose petals well before adding it in boiling water. Keep it for about 20 minutes on a  low fire. After cooling, strain the rose water and store it in bottle and refrigerate.

Rosewater which has been used from ancient times is an excellent soothing toner , cleanser and moisturises and hydrates the skin. It  stimulates cell regeneration and is anti ageing , also reducing     acne, dryness, dermatitis and even eczema.

Give yourself a refreshing face-lift & keep dry scratchy skin, acne and wrinkles  at bay with this refreshing aloevera gel rose facemask !

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July 27, 2012

Brighten up your skin with the divine king of fruits-the mango!!


Look like a queen with the help of the yummylicious mango -any wonder the Mango is called the king of fruits???
The lovely golden mango  is simply bursting with the goodness of vitamins ,minerals a nd antioxidants.It has large quantities of Beta carotene which gets converted to vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant.Isn’t it  great to know that we have a natural source like  mangoes at hand to fight the age old problems of acne&aging 🙂

Skincare and Haircare  Beauty Benefits of the Mango:


1.A treasure house of  Vitamin A  : Vit A  is universally known for its anti aging ,rejuvenating properties and helps heal acne &pimples as well. Vitamin A is the greatest friend to good skin and its deficiency can cause dull skin, open pores, acne, as well as horny eruptions on the arms, elbows and knees.
2.Antiaging: Promotes collagen formation,Moisturises  dry skin &Regenerates new cells,thus helping in reducing wrinkles and fine  lines.
3.High in Fibre&Iron ,low in calories: Rich in vitamin A , B and C as well as Potassium, Calcium and Iron..
4.Mangoes for Healthy skin and hair:
High content of  antioxidants,the enzyme mangiferin,&vitamins are very beneficial for healthy skin&hair
5.Rich in AHA:the skin of the fruit is rich in AHA which sometimes gives that tingling feeling

6.Protects against eczema&wrinkles: Even the mango kernel which would otherwise be thrown away ,yields valuable mango butter on cold pressing.Mango butter is a very  effective emollient,moisturizing the skin and protects the skin from dry skin conditions like eczema and  is very effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

So, what are you waiting for? Include those ripe and juicy mangoes in your daily diet and begin leading a healthy and beautiful life!
Do keep watching this space for some yummylicious mango recipes&DIY mango facials…..:)

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 7, 2012

Play Holi with Natural Colours!!


                                                                                Holi!!!Just the name conjures up brilliant images of dazzling colour,fun,frolic and Masti!!!!!! But hold on-what happens the day after??You are left with itchy coloured skin,stained nails,red smarting eyes-.the list just goes on…..In fact at times people who are allergic to certain substances might find it difficult to breath or take almost a month to recover from the rashes..This is caused by the chemicals mixed in the colours,which may contain heavy metals like chromium,lead,and mercury.Most Holi colors sold in the market are oxidized metals or industrial dyes mixed with engine oil. Sample this: Green &blue come from copper sulphate, purple is chromium iodide, silver is aluminum bromide, black is lead oxide and shiny colors are result of powdered glass being added to the colors. Asbetos and silica normally form the base for these colors.It is very hard to remove these chemical colors from the skin as  they enter into the body through the skin.Sometimes these colours accidentally enter into eyes and can cause reddening and itching.

Tips to safeguard your skin and hair  :
1.Read the labels-Some brands specify that the color is for industrial use

2.Use only branded  natural colors which are now available in most stores.

3. Examine the color powder carefully :if you can see glass powder or smell diesel oil,totally  avoid these colors

4.Apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel to your skin and hair,before playing Holi.

5.Slather on sunscreen or aloevera gel :the mixture of chemicals and the hot sun overhead is a potent combination for sunburn and suntan. 6.Apply  Vaseline under your nails& on your lips: This will prevent the colours from seeping in&staining them

7.The Lemon Rub:Rub some lemon wedges over your skin for some time and then wash it off.Lemons can naturally bleach the skin&take off stubborn stains.After washing it off,be sure to apply a herbal moisturiser or aloe vera gel to prevent the skin from drying up.

8.Protect your hair: Oil your hair with a nourishing herbal hair oil or olive oil and tie it up before you step out.Later rinse off the colours with a gentle herbal shampoo&deep condition it with a jojoba based conditioner.

9.Apply a hair pack  of coconut&fenugreek :This reduces the dryness caused by the harsh colours.Read more at https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/go-coco-nuttya-coconut-fenugreek-hairmask-to-reduce-hairfalland-dandruff/  Make these natural colours at home…..All you need is some time and patience and you can!!!!!

  • NATURAL COLOURS:
  • Dry Yellow Colour: Mix two spoons of turmeric powder with four spoons of besan for bright yellow colour
  • Wet Yellow Colour: Mix Two spoons of turmeric in two litres of water and stir well.
  • Dry Green Colour: Make a paste out of different leaves like spinach, coriander, mint etc in water and leave it to dry. Another method is to mix mehndi and any flour.
  • Wet Green Colour: Take four spoons of henna and mix in two litres of water.
  • Wet Magenta Colour: Grate beetroot and soak in one liter water for magenta colour.
  • Dry Green colour–Pure mehendi / henna powder. Mix with equal quantity of flour to get a lovely shade of green. Mehendi  will not leave its imprint on your face as it can be easily brushed off.Make sure the henna is pure and not kali mehndi as it has dyes mixed in it
  • Wet Brown Colour: Boil tea or coffee in water and cool it
  • Wet Black Colour– Boil dried fruits of Amla / Indian Gooseberry in an iron vessel and leave it overnight. Dilute with water and use.

Well what you are waiting for???…This year play Holi the safe way!!!!   HAPPY HOLI TO YOU ALL !!!!:)

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 🙂

October 23, 2011

UNVEILED………CLEOPATRA’S BEAUTY SECRETS!!!!



UNVEILED CLEOPATRA’S  BEAUTY  SECRET  …….……. ALOEVERA- THE  MIRACLE  PLANT!!!!

   

Cleopatra VII with aloevera



Queen Cleopatra&Queen Nefertiti-the very names conjure up visions of beauty………………………………….They were  renowned for their beauty and what they  did with their Skin, Hair, Face and Body have been a huge subject of interest since the ages.Honestly,don’t all of us wonder about  the secret of Queen  Cleopatra VII’s ethereal beauty???…..It is none other than ALOE VERAthe miracle plant…….

History reveals that Aloevera was indeed a prized beauty secret of Queen Cleopatra  VII ,which has even been depicted in wall paintings from that era!!!!Historians reveal that  Aloe Vera -the magical plant had been a vital part of the Egyptian Queens -Cleopatra’s and Queen Nefertiti’s Beauty routine .
Aloe Vera(Latin for True Aloe)  in fact  is one of the Oldest Known Therapeutic Herbs and has been known to mankind for centuries…..The Aloe vera plant  is  a miracle plant  known for rejuvenating the skin, stimulating collagen production and moisturizing and hydrating the skin, and has proven anti-microbial properties ,and anti inflammatory properties against  fungi and bacteria. It is the most efficacious natural plant of our times,and has been used both internally and externally since pre-biblical times.

A famous papyrus discovered in Thebes in 1858, which dates to the reign of the Pharaoh Amen-Hotep in 1552 BC, lists the use of aloe both in drugs and cosmetics, demonstrating the use of aloe vera over the preceding 2000 years.Even as early as the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great used Aloe Vera to treat his wounded soldiers,long long before antibiotics were discovered

In his 1st century A.D “Greek Herbal,” physician Pedanius Dioscorides has inferred  that aloe induces sleep and cleanses the stomach, heals tonsillitis and relieves diseases of the mouth; and when used topically aloe relieves boils, bruises, hemorrhoids, wounds, dry itchy skin , heals burns,stops hair loss, and soothes the eyes.

Aloe is also mentioned in the Bible several times and was employed as an embalming ingredient. In the 10th century Aloe’s uses were described by Arab physicians, and aloe was introduced to Europe and listed in Anglo Saxon medical texts.Records from the 17th century show that Britain’s East India Company purchased and traded aloe from Socotra and Zanzibar.

By the 18th century large amounts of Aloe were being imported to be made into medicines.Today there are over two hundred scientific research papers outlining the therapeutic benefits of aloe vera juice and gel.The health benefits of aloevera has thus  been propogated all over the world for centuries…….

Aloe vera looks like a cactus,but actually belongs to the lily family which includes garlic and onion.Although aloe is ninety-nine percent water, it also has more than 200 active nutrients and elements that support good health. 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.Aloe vera gel is an effective home remedy for a wide variety of skin concerns like acne,sunburns,pigmentation,boils,burns,dry itchy skin,rashes,dermatitis,hair loss,psoriasis,and improves collagen production rejuvenating the skin.
So why not make the best use of this wonderful Gift of Nature,Aloe Vera to solve our modern woes??
MAKE CLEOPATRA’S BEAUTY SECRETS YOUR OWN!!! 

October 12, 2011

Unveil Nature’s Beauty Secrets…….



Have you ever  wondered why the women of yore had much better hair and skin than we do today??Did you ever hear of our elders using or needing chemical  hair conditioners,sunscreens,astringents,toners,peel off masks,anti aging creams or worrying about acne,falling hair,dandruff,frizz and premature greying???Not likely at all!!!

Well,it’s time we shared their secret with you…..They actually had a secret valuable friend to help them out;)Guess who!!!!…She was none other than Mother Nature-“Prakriti“…..Truly Nature has proven herself not only to be  an ace cosmeticologist,but also a healing doctor and an expert chemist . From the ancient times,natural ingredients in plants that were used for skin and hair care had amazing curative,protective and preventive properties and being natural were harmfree and totally free of any side effects.The ancient natural skin and haircare recipes which are integral parts of our  Indian herbal heritage have been handed down for generations &have truly stood the test of time .

Applying turmeric to a young bride-to-be is an essential  part of traditional Indian weddings even today,and has its roots in the natural beautifying and antiseptic properties of  Turmeric.There are countless  myriad  examples of  natural cleansers like lemon and shikakai,moisturisers like aloevera,astringents like lemon,humectants like  honey,sunscreens like sandalwood and aloevera,haircolourants like henna,nourishers like almond,jojoba  and wheatgerm oil,exfoliators like papaya and walnut,and antiseptics like neem and tulsi……and these are just a few of the countless gifts of nature available to us.
Products created from natural ingredients available at home have essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and healing properties that work with your body to heal and protect the skin naturally.………So why look elsewhere when we can make simple beauty remedies from  ingredients found in our kitchen or home gardens ??

Just remember these  basic rules for home made beauty care :
Use simple at home recipes with fresh ingredients .
Use clean equipment and containers.
Make small batches of the product that you would use each day.
Do a patch test before trying out any home made beauty recipes to avoid any side effects.

 Nature’s treasure trove  of  natural cosmetics is truly endless which is precisely the reason we thought it was about time we unveiled all  the bounties Mother Nature has had in store for us…………………….:)