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Curry leaves known as “kadi patta” in Hindi, “karuvepillai” in Tamil is commonly used in Indian cuisine. But today we are going to see how to make hair oil with curry leaves. Curry leaves oil (karuvepillai ennai) is very effecting in treating many hair related problems. Making curry leaves oil at home is very easy. This oil smells good and is very effective in preventing hair fall. I personally use this hair oil and have never suffered from dandruff or any hair related problems all these years. Today we will learn how to make curry leaves oil at home to prevent hair loss and premature greying.
Benefits of Curry leaves oil
Promotes Hair Growth.
Stops hair loss and thinning.
Prevents premature greying when applied regularly.
Treats damaged hair.
Strengthens your hair and prevents dandruff.
Wash curry leaves, pat it dry and spread it on a cloth to dry in shade. There should be no moisture in the curry leaves.
Grind curry leaves without adding water. It need not be a paste. You can also add the leaves as such.
Heat a cup of coconut oil, add a tsp of fenugreek seeds and curry leaves.
Cook on medium low heat stirring continuously.
When the bubbling subsides and the leaves turn crisp, turn off the heat. Leave it to cool.
Let the leaves remain in oil overnight.
Then filter it and store it in a clean bottle. Curry leaves oil is ready to use.
How to use Curry leaves oil
Take some oil and apply it on your entire scalp using your finger tips.
Remain for an hour, then wash your hair normally using shampoo or homemade herbal shampoo.
This can be down twice a week.
This oil is safe and can be used for daily application also.
Note – Use pure or virgin coconut oil and organic curry leaves (free of pesticides) for making this curry leaves hair oil. I have used curry leaves from my kitchen garden.
Do try it and give me your feedback.
You can also include curry leaves in your diet to prevent hair fall. Check out recipes using curry leaves HERE.
Beauty Benefits of Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is considered a super food now a days. It has a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties. According the the website webmd.com – Coconut oil is a blend of fatty acids. Coconut oil contains an unusual blend of short and medium chain fatty acids, primarily lauric (44%) and myristic (16.8%) acids. It is this unusual composition that may offer some health benefits.Coconuts contain high concentrations of lauric acid which helps fight off a number of infections. Extra Virgin cold pressed coconut oil is known to be rich in natural lauric acid, vitamins and minerals found in mother’s milk which helps to boost the immune system.
I am a great fan of coconut oil and use it regularly in my day to day life. Let us see some Health and Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil. Make sure the coconut oil you buy is extra virgin organic coconut oil with no additives or preservatives.
Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for all skin types, especially dry skin. It helps nourish dry parched skin. Apply it on your skin 20 minutes before bath and wash it off with green gram flour. Avoid using soap as it removes all the moisture from the skin.
Body Massage Oil -It is an excellent massage oil for the skin. Massage your skin with virgin coconut oil, remain for 20 minutes and then wash it off with homemade lentil scrub. It will leave your skin soft and supple.
Cold pressed virgin coconut oil can be used as a massage oil for babies also.
Mix coconut oil with oatmeal and use it as a gently facial scrub.
Adding coconut oil to your bath water helps to moisturize dry itchy skin.
Coconut oil helps to soothe rashes, sun burnt skin. It helps to reduce diaper rashes also.
Coconut oil is not only an excellent moisturizer but can be used as a shaving lotion also.
Fine lines under the eyes can be reduced by regular application of coconut oil.
Coconut oil does wonders to your lips. Apply a little coconut oil to heal dry cracked lips.
Coconut oil can be used as a make up remover. It can also be used as an eye make up remover.
Regular application of virgin coconut oil prevents premature aging and keeps wrinkles at bay.
Coconut oil is an excellent natural conditioner for dry hair and also protects hair damage. Apply it on your scalp, leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off with a shampoo or homemade hair wash powder.
Applying a few drops of coconut oil helps to tame frizzy hair.
Massaging a small amount of coconut oil on your cuticles helps strengthen it. Massage your finger nails and toe nails to improve blood circulation and to keep it healthy.
Massaging coconut oil helps to prevent cracked heels. It helps keep your legs soft.
You can use it to do oil pulling every morning for 10 minute, (swishing oil around in your mouth first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything, then spit the oil and brush your teeth). It help to keep your skin clear and promotes oral hygiene.
Massaging your scalp regularly with coconut oil helps to prevent dandruff.
Coconut oil can be added to your diet
Coconut oil is suitable for cooking at high heat. If you are going to prepare dishes that need high temperature for cooking, you can consider using coconut oil.
Pure extra virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil can be added to salad dressings, porridge, smoothies, green teas etc. I love to add a tbsp of coconut oil to my breakfast porridge as it helps keep my skin soft and supple. You can try many delicious desserts with coconut oil. You can use it in place of butter or other cooking oils and for baking and frying.
These are some of the many beauty and health benefits of coconut oil. Virgin cold pressed coconut oil is available online and in most of the health stores.
Nothing gives more happiness than being able to make our own beauty products from ingredients available in the kitchen. Due to our busy schedule, going to the spa or beauty parlour every fortnight seems impossible, moreover it is not economical, so the best option is to give ourselves a spa treatment at home. Prepare your own natural homemade scrub and body oil and make your skin look and feel younger. Today we will see how to make homemade body oil using easily available ingredients.
Pure Coconut oil – 500 ml
Vasambu (Sweet flag in English)- 3-4 pieces (2 inch pieces as seen in the picture)
Fenugreek seeds -1 tbsp
Whole black pepper -1/2 tsp
In a pan, heat coconut oil, when it is about to boil, add fenugreek seeds, whole black pepper, vasambu and switch off the flame.
After it cools, transfer it into a bottle or container and use it when required. Let the ingredients remain soaked in oil.
How to use this homemade coconut body oil-
Once in a fortnight, massage your whole body gently with lukewarm oil before taking bath. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then wash your body with warm water using homemade scrub. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers on that day. Your skin will feel wonderfully soft and radiant. It also prevents dryness of skin. Believe me, I speak from experience.
You can also use this oil on a daily basis for your hands and legs. You do not have to warm it.
Let us see how identify dry skin before going to the natural methods to treat it. Dry Skin feels tight and taut after washing. It can look scaly and lined. In some cases it might cause itching. It is more common in winter than in summer. The causes of dry skin can be attributed to many factors like poor diet, age, environment factors such as exposure to cold, sun, use of chemical products or harsh soap etc.
Dry skin usually lacks moisture as the oil glands do not supply enough lubrication to the skin. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily helps to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized.
Apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin after shower. Thick, creamy moisturizers works great for dry skin.
Massage your skin with olive oil or coconut oil before bath. Bath in cool or lukewarm water as hot water draws out natural oil and will dry your skin further. Oil massage is very effective in case of dry skin.
Applying Vaseline helps to prevent dryness in legs and hands.
Adding a few drops of oil to your bath water helps to retain moisture and prevents dryness of skin.
Avoid over exposure to the sun as it dries the skin further. Consult your dermatologist and choose the right sunscreen lotion for you.
Avoid excessive use of chemicals products, harsh soaps as it dries the skin and does more harm to your skin.
Natural face packs for dry skin
Some natural ingredients which provide nourishment and lubrication to dry skin are milk, milk cream, eggs, almonds, apricot, honey and curd.
Mix milk cream with a pinch of turmeric powder and apply it on the face daily. Do not use soap often instead use besan or green gram flour or a cleansing gel. If you cannot avoid the use of soap, then go for a moisturizing soap.
Soak 4 or 5 almonds overnight, in the morning peel the skin and grind it nicely, mix it with raw milk and apply it on the face and wash it off after 15 minutes to prevent dryness of skin. Almonds also nourishes your skin from within. Try to include a few blanched almonds in your diet regularly.
Mix a little of egg yolk, milk cream and rose water and apply it on the face. Wash it off after sometime in warm water followed by cold water. This is a natural mask for dry skin.
Carrot mask is good for sensitive and dry skin. Boil a carrot in a little water. After it cools, grind it to a paste and apply to the face.
For flaky skin, dip cotton in cold raw milk to which a few drops of olive oil or sunflower oil is added and cleanse the skin with it. Wash with cold water.
Honey is an excellent moisturizer. Apply honey on the face and wash it off with warm water after 15 minutes. This natural remedy for dry skin works well.
Application of aloe Vera gel also prevents dryness of skin.
Use of mild or natural products, sparing a few minutes to your skin daily and taking a nutritious diet can go a long way toward improving the health of your skin. Good luck!