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Herbal Bath Powder-Homemade Herbal Bath Powder Recipe

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.

Homemade Herbal Bath Powder

Herbal Bath Powder

How to prepare Herbal Bath Powder at home

Ingredients needed 

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)

homemade herbal bath powder recipe

Ingredients for Herbal Bath Powder

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 

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 

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.

Vetiver

It is an aromatic grass which has antiseptic and cooling properties. It is used to treat acne, rashes and sores.

Neem Leaves

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.

facial mask

How to do a Facial at Home-Basic Home Facial-5 Steps to Facial at Home

It is very easy to do a facial at home following the simple steps given below. A facial once in 15 days helps to improve complexion, increases blood circulation, rejuvenates the skin and relieves tension. Your skin will feel refreshed and more alive naturally. Before doing a facial, keep all the ingredients ready, tie your hair back and then start.

Step #1 –Cleansing       

The first step in facial is cleansing. Remove all traces of makeup using facial cleansers suited for your skin type. You can use raw milk to cleanse your face. Dip cotton in milk and wipe your face to remove all makeup and dirt from your face. Use circular upward movements. Rinse thoroughly with plenty of water. If using store bought products, make sure that you use an oil free cleanser for oily skin and a milky or creamy cleanser for dry skin types.

Step#2  Exfoliating

The second step is to exfoliate. Exfoliation helps to remove dry skin cells on the surface. Use any natural homemade exfoliating scrub. Apply scrub to damp skin and massage gently focusing on forehead, chin and nose. Avoid skin around the eyes as they are very soft and sensitive. Exfoliation helps to remove dead cells and improve skin textures. It also helps to reduce large pores. Regular exfoliation reduces fine lines and wrinkles and keeps your skin much softer and younger.

Step#3 Steaming

The third step is facial steaming. Steaming opens the pores and helps to release  toxins and impurities built up on the skin. Bring water to boil in a big vessel. Remove from heat. With a towel forming a tent over your head, lower/lean your face over the vessel and capture the steam. Take care not to go too close as it might scald your skin.  You can add a tbsp of rose petals or lavender or thyme or rosemary to the water to get a stimulating cleanse. Steam for 10-15 minutes leaving a gap in between. Finish off by splashing cool water on your face. If you have problematic skin or have sensitive skin, consult  your skin specialist  prior to facial steaming.

Step#4 Facial Mask

The next step is to apply Facial Mask. Choose mask/packs according to your skin type. For oily skin, use mud/clay mask as it helps to absorb excess oil. For dry skin, use hydrating mask or creamy mask and  for sensitive skin use a light gel mask. Combination skin needs more than one mask to spot treat different areas. Place cotton soaked in rosewater or place cucumber slices on each eye and relax for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, wash with plenty of water.

facial mask

Step #5 Moisturizing

The last step is moisturizing the skin. All skin types need moisturizing. Choose moisturizer suited for your skin type. For oily skin choose a light moisturizer or water based  product. For dry skin use a heavier, oil-based moisturizer. For sensitive skin, avoid  moisturizer containing fragrances or acids. Moisturizer helps to protect your skin and maintain the texture.

Get Started !! Give yourself a good and inexpensive facial at home with these 5 easy steps listed above.

Cucumber

Beauty Benefits of Cucumber for eyes,hair and skin

Cucumber is a widely cultivated plant and also the oldest cultivated crops. It  belongs to the same botanical family as melons and squashes. It is very low in calories and rich in fiber,so makes a perfect diet food. According to World Health Food “Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.” It also has a high amount of vitamin K. Cucumber peels are rich in dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation. We would have enjoyed cucumbers in fruit and vegetables salads, but do you know that it has lot of beauty benefits for eyes, hair and skin and is also a popular ingredient in many skincare products.

Cucumber

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1.Cucumber in your diet– Beauty begins from inside. Cucumbers are 95%water, is a natural coolant and  helps in keeping the body hydrated. Because of the high water content, they help in cleansing the system of toxins. So it is good to include them in our diet in the form of salads, cucumber buttermilk, cucumber raita etc.

2.Cucumber is a natural toner, has cooling properties and helps to improve a dull greasy complexion.  It is used as an astringent to cleanse the skin. Grade or puree cucumber in a blender,sieve and extract the juice. Apply the juice all over your face and neck, leave it for 30 minutes and rinse well with cold water. It also helps in cleansing the pores.

3.Cucumber is a great ingredient for lightening the skin. It is a natural bleach. Mix 3 parts of cucumber juice with one part of lemon juice and apply this mixture all over the face and neck leaving the eyes and lips. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. Use this face pack  regularly for best results.

4.Cucumber Yogurt Hydrating mask for dry skin-Cucumber juice mixed with equal quantity of  natural yogurt heals sunburn and also hydrates dry skin. It prevents blackheads and dryness.

5.Cucumber juice mixed with equal quantity of raw milk  helps in soothing sun burnt skin.

6.Cucumber for glowing skin – Make a face pack with cucumber juice, few drops of lemon juice, pure sandalwood powder and fuller’s earth powder. Apply it on your face and neck. Rinse it off after 15 minutes for a  youthful and glowing complexion. This pack helps oily skin and also lightens freckles.

7.If you suffer from oily skin, rubbing cucumber slices on the face helps remove extra oil from the skin.

8.Cucumber anti tan mask – Mix  2 tbsp of powdered oats with  2 tsp of  plain yogurt and 2 tsp of  cucumber juice . Apply it on your face and rinse it off after 15 minutes.  It not only helps remove tan but also improves the texture of the skin.

9.A pack make of  equal quantity of cucumber juice, lemon juice and mint juice can help to reduce pimple marks or scars. Application of fresh cucumber juice can reduce freckles.

10.Cucumber anti wrinkle mask– Mix together 2 tbsp of  cucumber juice, little egg white and a tsp of lemon juice, apply all over your face and rinse it off after 15-20 minutes to keep wrinkles at bay.

Cucumber for eyes

11.If you are suffering from puffy eyes,  place cucumber slice on closed eyes and relax for 15 minutes. It helps reduce water retention and puffiness of eyes.

12.Applying cucumber juice helps to get rid of dark circles around the eyes.

Cucumber for hair

13.The high silicon and sulphur content in cucumber juice promotes hair growth. Apply cucumber juice to your scalp, leave it for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with a good shampoo or shikkai.

When you make your own beauty packs at home, you can be sure that you have used only all natural ingredients and they are cost effective. Go ahead and use this humble vegetable in your beauty regime!!!