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Herbal bath powder is easy to make at home, economical and harmless as it is natural. The ingredients needed for making this herbal powder are easily available in any nattu maruthu shop or Ayurveda shop. I am a huge fan of natural products and love to make my own herbal bath powder. I use this herbal powder not only as a face wash or bath powder but also as a face pack and as a scrub. After I started using this herbal powder, I noticed positive changes in my skin. My skin became soft, smooth and blemish free.
Use of this Herbal bath powder
This powder can be used as a substitute for soap.
Regular use of this powder makes your skin soft, smooth and blemish free.
As it is made using natural products, it does not strip your skin of its natural oil.
Delays aging of skin.
It can be also be used as a face pack . I use it with rose water as I have an oily skin. Persons with dry skin can use it with curd/plain yogurt.
This powder makes a good natural scrub.
It can be safely used on babies.
How to prepare Herbal Bath Powder at home
Green gram (pachai payaru) – 1 kg
Wild Turmeric (kasturi manjal) – 100 grams
Spiked Ginger ( poolan kilangu) – 100 grams
Vetiver/Khus – a fistful
Neem leaves (veppilai) – handful (not in the picture below as I powdered it separately and mixed with the rest)
Dry everything together well in the sun for 2 days. Then get it ground in the mill to a fine powder. Store in any air tight container at room temperature. If you do not have flour mill near your place, powder it in a mixie, sieve it and store it. It stays good for more than 6 months. Avoid using wet spoon.
Green Gram is commonly used in many homemade beauty treatment. It is an excellent cleanser. It removes dirt and dead cells and brightens the skin. It also prevents wrinkles
Wild Turmeric known as kasturi manjal in Tamil is an aromatic turmeric used specially for beauty purposes. It is used to cure many skin diseases. It also reduces facial hair growth. (This turmeric does not leave a yellow tint on the skin).
Spiked Ginger (Pulan kizhangu)
Pulan kizhangu is also known as Seemai Kichchili Kizhangu in Tamil and “Kapur kachri” in Hindi. It has antiseptic properties and a nice pleasing fragrance.
It is an aromatic grass which has antiseptic and cooling properties. It is used to treat acne, rashes and sores.
Neem leaves have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It cures many skin problems.
How to use this Herbal Bath Powder – Mix needed quantity with little water to make a paste. Use this paste instead of soap.
You will definitely find positive changes within a month of using this bath powder. You will be surprised to see your skin soft, smooth and glowing.
Everyone loves to have beautiful hands and lovely legs. It is possible to get lovely hands and legs with proper care and beauty treatment at the comforts of your home.You do not have to spend a lot of money on costly beauty products or on beauty parlors, when you can do manicure (for hands) and pedicure (for legs) at home. Regular manicure and pedicure helps to improve blood circulation, removes the dead skin and relaxes your body and mind. Follow these easy steps to give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home. The method and steps are almost the same for both. So what are you waiting for? Get started and pamper your hands and feet and feel the difference.
A plastic tub or basin
Sea salt/rock salt – 1 tbsp
Lemon – 1
Rose petals (optional)- few
Dettol /anti-bacterial liquid soap – 2-3 drops
Nail polish remover
Nail file (comes along with a nail cutter)
Top coat (optional)
1. Clean your hands/feet well with soap and water. Remove any old nail polish using cotton and nail polish remover.
2.Take lukewarm water in a basin, add a few drops of baby shampoo, a tbsp of rock salt and juice of 1 lemon. Soak your hands/feet in it for 10-15 minutes. Then lightly scrub and clean your nails with a soft bristled nail brush.
3.For feet – Rub with pumice stone underneath your feet to remove dead cells. (especially on the balls, sides and heels of your feet). Then wipe your hands/feet dry.
4.Cut the nails with a nail cutter and remove dirt from underneath the nail corners. (since the nails will be soft after soaking, it will be easier to cut and clean.)
Hand nails- File your nail’s sharp ends and shape then as desired.
For toe nails- Wipe toe nails and cut them straight across to avoid ingrown nails. File them using the nail file.
5.Apply cuticle cream to the base of each nail and rub over your nails and message gently. Gently push back the cuticles using the orange stick in circular movement. You can use olive oil also instead of cuticle cream.
Trim cuticles (any loose dead skin) while they’re still soft using cuticle scissors or nippers. I suggest that you avoid this step as it is best done by a professional.
6.Wash hands/feet, pat them dry with a turkish towel (dry well between the fingers and toes)
7.Massage your feet and hands gently with a moisturizing lotion or cream.
Wipe nails with cotton wool to remove any excess lotion or cream left on the nail bed.
8.Now it is time to apply nail polish.
Apply a base coat first and let it dry. Then apply 2 coats of your desired nail polish. Then finish it off with a thin top coat. This will help your nail polish last longer.
For feet – Separate the toes by placing cotton in between your toes or use ready made toe separator to separate the toes before applying polish.
9.Lastly wrap orange stick in cotton wool, dip it in polish remover and remove traces of polish left on the skin to give a neat appearance.
If you do not want to paint your nails, just leave it as it is or you can buff your nail with a nail buffer.
Give yourself home manicures and pedicures once in a month following these simple steps/ tips and pamper your hands and feet!
The appearance of the nails tells us a lot about the health condition of a person, so caring for the nails and keeping them clean and healthy is very important. Below are few beauty tips for healthy nails-
Diet plays an important role in keeping the nails in good health. Have a wholesome diet. Include food rich in calcium, protein, vitamin C, vitamin B and zinc in your diet. Milk, eggs, curd, sesame seeds, figs, peanuts, almonds, chick peas, greens, sprouts are all rich in calcium. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Take 1 tsp of gelatin and dissolve in a little boiling water, cool it and use it in your fruit juice. You can take this for a week. This treatment helps if your nails are prone to splitting.
Soak your nails in warm olive oil once in 10 days to keep them healthy and well nourished.
Massage nails with lemon rind or fresh lemon juice and wash it off after sometime. This also removes strains from the nails.
Natural home remedy for Brittle nails
Massage your cuticles with a good quality moisturizing cream or vaseline. This will improve blood circulation around the nails and also prevents brittle nails.
Massage nails with olive oil or pure almond oil. This is very effective in treating brittle nails.
Soak your fingers in warm salted water for 5 minutes. Pat it dry and apply a moisturizing cream.
Do’s and Don’ts
Avoid direct contact with detergents, cleansers and other cleaning fluids.
Wear gloves to protect your hands and nails while doing house work and other messy work. This helps to prevent brittle nails.
Always use good quality nail polish. Do avoid wearing or keep your nails free of nail polish occasionally, so that your nails can breathe.
Trim your nails after a bath or shower as it makes them softer and will result in a more even cut.
Have manicures on a regular basis.
Avoid the habit of nail biting.
Finally drink lot of water and be free of stress. These simple natural tips will help you to have healthy and beautiful nails.