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June 20, 2012

Contest Time!!!Win a fabulous gift hamper of natural products!!


Prakriti Herbals and Colorific India brings to you a golden opportunity to grab a mini facial kit for yourself.

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About Prakriti Herbals

“Prakriti Herbals” is a name synonymous with nature and goodness of Ayurveda. Mankind has always turned back to Mother Earth for cures and that is Prakriti –Nature. At Prakriti Herbals, We believe in the Vedanta philosophy, which emphasizes that nature has always provided an abundance of plants, roots, flowers and herbs rich in vitamins, enzymes, proteins and minerals that have been used in body and skin-care from time immemorial.More details about the benefits &ingredients of these natural products on http://www.prakritiherbals.in
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Revitalizing Fruit pack http://colorific.in/beauty-and-make-up-tips-and-reviews/prakriti-herbals-revitalizing-fruit-pack/

Exfoliating Walnut Scrub http://colorific.in/beauty-and-make-up-tips-and-reviews/prakriti-herbals-exfoliating-walnut-scrub-with-wheatgerm-oil-and-aloevera/

Soothing Rose gel http://colorific.in/beauty-and-make-up-tips-and-reviews/prakriti-herbals-aloevera-rose-gel/

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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 27, 2012

Contest winners of our Healthy Walnut Recipe Contest!!!



JOINT WINNERS OF  PRAKRITI HERBALS ‘S  HEALTHY WALNUT ORIGINAL RECIPE CONTEST:
HEENA AWASTHI &MANASA SOGAL NADIG

WINNING ENTRY:HEENA AWASTHI:Gur Wali Akhrot (Jaggery coated Walnuts) 
Simple and addictive recipe- Take equal quantity of jaggery and walnut. Crush the jaggery to almost a fine powder. Add jaggery in the wok, stir on the medium heat till jaggery is almost melted (Switch off the heat)- throw in the cut walnut pieces and coat them well. Take a huge plate and slightly coat it with ghee. Spread the mixture onto the plate and let it cool  completely. Once cooled, break the mixture into walnut size pieces.Enjoy!! 🙂 Both Jaggery & Walnut are  good for your health and Skin-Heena Aswathi

WINNING ENTRY FROM MANASA SOGAL NADIG:Penne Pasta with Walnut Basil Pesto
Ingredients: 1 lb Pasta boiled as per directions  and drained; big Bunch of basil leaves; 1/2 cup walnuts slightly roasted; 1/2 cup shredded mozarella cheese;Olive oil approx 1/4 cup; Salt&Pepper to taste.
Method:In a food processor, put the walnuts, basil leaves-run when walnuts are chopped roughly-add cheese and process drizzling olive oil little by little till the pesto forms–Pesto has to be granular and  not very smooth. Make sure you use Extra virgin Olive oil. Mix with hot pasta and adjust seasoning to taste!!My kids’ summer favourite and I substitute pine nuts with walnuts in the pesto for the omega punch!!! :)))-Manasa Sogal Nadig

Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E &omega 3 fatty acids ,thus helping  to keep the skin &hair protected from dryness&reducing   hair fall.Walnuts are  also very high in iron content which reduce anaemia and help boost up the immune system as well.They reduce anaemia which is also very often  responsible for hairfall.
Olives and olive oil are friends of your heart and skin  as well.So do your heart &skin a big favour…….Use olive oil instead of butter,margarine or regular oils while cooking &even as  a daily snack.Know more about the 4 types of olive oil https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/different-types-of-olive-oil-when-to-use-which-one/
Walnuts slowdown the ageing process as they are rich in compounds including vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids,ellagic acid, flavonoids, and melatonin, all of which have antioxidant properties-hence walnuts reduce wrinkles and fine lines.Walnuts have also been proven to reduce the onset &progression of age related diseases like Alzheimer’s!!It has  been found that Walnuts when eaten along with meals high in saturated fat limit the ability of the harmful fat to damage arteries.
So Munch just 7 walnuts a day,or try these recipes  and you will have met the recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, omega fatty acids and protein in your diet…………

January 21, 2012

Chocolate Walnut Brownies……….Go nutty the healthy way!!!!


Proven beyond doubt….Walnuts are the healthiest nuts of them all!!!!Let’s find out why………………….

  • Munch just 7  walnuts a day and you will have eaten the  recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein.
  • Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E and anti oxidants which help to keep the skin well protected from dryness by protecting it from harmful free radicals which can otherwise damage collagen&elastin in the skin.
  • Eating just as much as 25 g each day provides about 90% of RDI (recommended daily intake) of omega-3 fatty acids which have been well known  to lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and  cancers.
  • Regular intake of walnuts in the diet help to lower total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood.
  • These nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
    Cocoa is rich in antioxidants and flavanols which  help improve the appearance of women’s skin -by  increasing hydration, decreasing skin roughness and scaling, and helping to support the skin’s defense against UV damage.Chocolate nourishes,hydrates&rejuvenates the skin.
    So here’s  a way to combine the two-walnuts&cocoa to make sure we stay healthy&please our taste buds as well…:)
    Recipe for Yummy Chocolate  Walnut Brownies:
    Ingredients:
    1 cup Walnuts(finely cut), 1 and 1/3 cup cocoa(unsweetened),1 & 1/2  cup powdered sugar or brown sugar,1 cup butter or refined sunflower oil,1 cup flour or maida,1 tsp baking powder,4 eggs,2 tsp baking powder,1/2 cup milk.Optional few pieces of dark or semi sweet chocolateMethod:Sift 1 cup  flour  thrice with 1 tsp  baking powder.Whisk egg whites and egg yolks seperately with an egg beater.Finely grind one&half  cup of sugar.Melt butter or slightly warm sunflower oil in a bowl.Add sifted cocoa powder&mix.Add  powdered sugar to this mixture and cream well.Add whisked eggs,vanilla esence and mix well .Fold in the sifted flour  gently.Dust the finely cut walnuts with a little maida and mix half of it in the batter.Add milk such that you get a pouring consistency.
    Meanwhile Preheat the oven to 100 Centigrade.Grease the cake tin with ghee.Once the tin is pre heated in the oven,take it out&pour in the cake batter.Sprinkle the remaining  cut walnuts &pieces of chocolate on the cake batter.Bake at 175 centigrade for 30 minutes  till a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the centre of the cake.Switch of the oven and allow to cool inside.Take out after 15 mins &relish the delicious chocolate walnut brownies topped with vanilla icecream &Chocolate sauce……Yummmmmmmmmm:)
January 14, 2012

Open Sesame!!Til Laddoos with a walnut twist to lower cholesterol……


 OPEN SESAME!!;)….Guess   Alibaba &the 40 thieves did have a point there when they chose it as their magical password! Sesame seeds do have magical properties-they lower cholesterol,have antioxidants which maintain  healthy skin and delay ageing,reduce hypertension,strengthen the bone &teeth,reduce anaemia,prevent and reduce fatigue and stress and  reduce dryness in winter….No wonder our ancestors made sure we ate sesame seeds &jaggery  which are energy rich foods suitable for winter,by making it  a part of the rituals and traditions. Mum’s Recipe Ingredients:
  • 2oogms white sesame seeds
  • 400gms  yellow roasted gram dal
  • 100gms Walnuts
  • 100gms Almonds
  • 100gms  peanuts
  • 500gms  soft jaggery
  • 1 tsp ghee METHOD:
  • Roast white sesame seeds(Til) till a popping sound is heard&you get the aroma
  • Roast peanuts separately.
  • Let it cool
  • Coarsely grind walnuts,almonds, and roasted fried gram dal or hurikadale
  • Crush peanuts coarsely
  • Mash jaggery till soft.
  • Put in a large heavy pan with 2 tbsp of water and heat on medium flame.
  • Add ghee and heat, till it melts and starts bubbling.
  • Add a drop of the heated jaggery into a bowl of water.It should remain as a drop and not dissolve completely
  • Add coarsely ground walnuts,almonds,peanuts,roasted gram dal  and sesame seeds,mix for  a minute& take off fire.
  • Mix well till well blended.
  • While still hot, shape into small  ladoos, with moist hands (apply ghee on your hands).
  • Allow to cool completely, before storing in airtight container. Sesame seeds are a rich source of  mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, which comprise up to 50% fatty acids in them. Oleic acid helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood.Sesame seeds are also rich in minerals like copper zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, manganese, selenium and sodium. Vitamins like vitamin A, E and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, betaine and tocopherol are found in abundance in sesame seeds&they have been found to reduce cholesterol.Walnuts have high contents of Omega3 fatty acids and when eaten along with meals high in saturated fat have been found to limit the ability of the harmful fat to damage arteries.Sesame seeds,almonds&Walnuts are also an excellent source of natural  iron &vitamin E and help to keep the skin&hair well protected from dryness. So go on and enjoy these delicious sweets totally guilt free,while at the same time improve your skin &lowering your cholesterol….Now if that’s not magic,what is???:)