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Beauty Benefits of Coconut Oil-Coconut Oil Uses

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.

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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.

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Homemade Herbal Shampoo Recipes-How to make herbal shampoo at home

Most shampoos available in the market has chemicals in it especially sodium lauryl sulfate. It  is a detergent which causes dryness of hair, hair loss and even allergic reaction in some people.You can make your own herbal shampoo at home without any synthetic chemicals using natural ingredients. It is not only very cheap but also cleanses  and conditions your hair effectively and wonderfully.

1.Herbal Shampoo using shikkakai

Ingredients needed

Sikkakai -1 kg
Dried Lemon peels – 10-15
Curry leaves (dried) -1 cup
Hibiscus flowers (ordinary red flower alone)- 1 cup
Fenugreek -250 grams
Green gram – 250 grams
Soap nuts (deseed it, dry it ) – 100 grams

Dry everything in the sun and give it for grinding to the flour mill or you can buy all these powder (pure) separately from the market, mix it and use it.

Neem Leaves

We have never had any dandruff problem or lice problem or any scalp problem. Do you want to know the secret behind it? The secret is-my mother grinds a handful of dried neem leaves and tulsi leaves along with shikkakai.Since neem has powerful antiseptic properties,we have never had any problems related to hair.

You can grind henna leaves and gooseberries also along with shikkakai  to prevent your hair from premature graying.

Method to use -Take 2-3 tbsp of Sikkakai powder, mix it with a little water and cook on low flame till it starts thickening.  Switch off and let it cool. We do this to prevent the sikkakai from sticking to our scalp.

2.Herbal shampoo using Bengal gram or green gram flour :

Mix green gram flour (payatha  mavu) or Bengal gram flour (kadalai mavu) with buttermilk and use it to wash your hair. The hair becomes very soft, clean and shining. This works wonders for persons with dry hair.

3.Fenugreek shampoo

Soak fenugreek seeds overnight, grind it to a paste. Mix it with one portion of shikakai and 1/2 portion of green gram flour and use it as a shampoo.

4.Hibiscus shampoo

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Take 15 hibiscus leaves and 5-6 hibiscus flowers (use only ordinary red variety) and boil them in a cup of water for 5 minutes. After it cools, grind it to a paste.

Mix this with 1/4 cup of gram flour or as required and wash your hair with it.

Alternatively, you can dry hibiscus leaves and flower in the sun, powder it, mix it with gram flour (kadalai mavu) and use it like a shampoo to wash your hair. It does not lather like the shampoos you get in the market but will cleanse your hair well.

5. Egg shampoo for people with hair fall and dandruff problems.

Take egg white alone, mix it with a little sour curd and apply well on the scalp. Wash with warm water and bengal gram flour after 20 minutes of application.

6.Arisi Kanji/Rice kanji for washing hair

Mix  rice kanji (the excess water drained after cooking rice) with  gram flour and use it to wash your hair. It cleans and  conditions your hair naturally.

 Tips – As far as possible avoid washing your hair with chlorinated water or salt water. Always rinse your hair well 2-3 times in fresh water.

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Natural Home Remedies to prevent Hair Fall

There are many reasons for hair loss. It is absolutely normal to loose 80-90 hair per day as it is usually replaced with new hair.There are many reasons for hair fall or hair loss like
Hereditary
Stress
Hormonal imbalance
Illness
Fungal infection of the scalp
Poor diet and nutrition
Child birth
Side effects of some drugs etc

Some forms of hair loss can be prevented with natural home remedies and a healthy lifestyle. But if one observes sudden increased loss of hair, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist or a trichologist.

Do’s and Don’ts

Certain practices like tying your hair tightly, combing the hair back, drying the hair vigorously with a terry towel, treating your hair with chemicals, combing vigorously causes the hair to break and results in hair fall. Try to avoid such practices as it will affect the overall health of the hair.

Include a diet rich in iron, protein, zinc and other nutrients.

Water is vital to proper hydration and also flushes out toxins from the body. It is necessary in order, for all nutrients to be utilized properly by the body, proper functioning of every cell in the body including hair follicles.

Keep yourself free of stress as stress is one of the reasons for hair fall.

Natural Home Remedies to prevent Hair Fall

Grind grated coconut with a little water and squeeze out thick milk. Massage this milk into the hair roots 3 times a week to prevent hair loss naturally.

Apply paste of gooseberry powder to prevent hair graying and falling. You can add gooseberry powder to henna paste also. Include amla or gooseberry in your diet as it is a rich source of vitamin C. (Few gooseberry recipes – Gooseberry raita, gooseberry rice etc)

Grind fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight and apply the paste on the scalp and wash it off after half an hour. This is an age old natural remedy for hair fall.

Apply Egg white on the scalp and wash it off after 15-20 minutes. It controls hair fall and also nourishes the hair because of the protein in the eggs.

Fenugreek tea is not only good for the health but also nourishes and promotes hair growth if taken regularly.

Dandruff  hinders hair growth and leads to hair fall. So take necessary step to get rid of dandruff.

Amla Oil (gooseberry oil) prevents greying and also stops hair fall. It nourishes and promotes hair growth. Check out  homemade hair oil recipes to prevent hair fall and promote hair growth.

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Natural Hair care tips

These home remedies will help to stop mild hair fall, if your problem is severe, kindly seek medical help.

 

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Natural Remedies to cure Dandruff

Dandruff is the problem of the scalp and can be effectively treated with natural home remedies. If not treated, it can lead to other problems like hair loss, pimples and acne, so treat it at the earliest. Find few natural home remedies to cure dandruff  below

1.Curd is a very effective home remedy in the treatment of dandruff. Take half a cup of curd/ plain yoghurt and leave it outside for 3 days (i.e. do not refrigerate). Then massage it on your scalp and wash it off after 30 minutes with besan (bengal gram flour) or a mild shampoo.

2.Sour Curd mixed with a few drops of fresh lemon juice is also an effective natural remedy for dandruff. Apply the mixture and wash your hair after 20 minutes .

3.Take pure coconut oil, warm it, add juice of fresh lemon to it and massage your scalp with it. Wash your hair after 30 minutes. Follow it regularly twice a week. Alternatively you can warm coconut oil, apply it to your scalp and leave it overnight. Next morning, apply juice of one lemon and shampoo after an hour. This natural treatment can be followed once or twice a week to get best results.

4.Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Grind it to a paste and apply it on the scalp. After 20 minutes wash it off with shikkakai or herbal shampoo. Follow it once in a week regularly to cure dandruff naturally. This is one of the oldest and most effective remedy in treating dandruff.

5.Dilute cider vinegar with an equal quantity of water and apply it on the scalp with cotton wool, wash it off after 20 minutes.

6.Grind white pepper with milk, warm it and apply it on the scalp, then wash it off after 15 minutes. Follow this treatment once in a week to get effective results.

Dandruff cure with Neem

Soak neem leaves in water overnight, filter that water and use it for the final rinse. This will help in controlling dandruff as neem leaves have antiseptic properties.

Heat coconut oil, switch off the gas when the oil starts smoking, then add a few neem flowers to it. Close it and keep it aside. When cooled, filter it and use that oil regularly once in a week. Massage it on your scalp 20 minutes before shampooing. Neem is very effective in dandruff treatment.

Application of neem oil 10 -15 minutes before bath is also an effective natural cure for dandruff.

Beetroot in curing dandruff

Boil beets in a cup of water, cool it, use that concentrated liquid to massage your scalp. It helps clear dandruff.

Alternatively, you can even grate raw beetroot, squeeze it juice, mix it with a little vinegar and massage the scalp with it, using your finger tips. Wash it off after 20 minutes with a mild shampoo.

Mix beetroot juice with a little ginger juice and apply on the scalp for 20 minutes and wash it off. This helps in controlling dandruff.

Do’s and Don’ts

Avoid using creamy hair conditioners, use mild herbal shampoos to wash your hair.

Keep your combs, brushes and pillow covers clean by washing them in an antiseptic solution.

Lastly include fresh fruits, soups, salads, yoghurt and sprouts in your diet and drink 8 glasses of water everyday. Avoid fried foods, spicy foods and sweets as much as possible.

 If you find these natural methods are not working for you, then you can always take the help of a dermatologist.

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Natural Hair Care Tips

A glowing and silky hair can be a great beauty asset for a person, provided it is taken care well. One has to devote some time to take care of the hair everyday. Find below a few natural hair care tips that can be easily followed at home  for a glowing and healthy hair.

Tips for healthy and silky hair

1. Diet plays a very important role in maintaining the health of the hair. According to hair experts, vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy hair. One should include cereals, lots of leafy green vegetables, fruits and sprouts in one’s diet. Take food rich in protein, essential fatty acids, carotenes, iron, silica, zinc, Vitamins E , C ,Vitamin B (especially biotin) to have a healthy head of hair. Good sources of protein : milk, fish, eggs, cheese, soy.

2.Washing your hair is a very important part of hair care. Choosing the right shampoo for your hair is equally important. Avoid harsh shampoos as it will strip the hair of its natural oil. One can also use natural ingredients like sikkakai or besan or paste of fenugreek seeds to clean the hair. If that is not possible, then go for herbal or mild baby shampoos.

3. Always dilute shampoo in a little water and use it. Do not use it directly. Wet your hair first and then apply this diluted shampoo and lather it well.

4.Conditioning your hair is also an integral part of hair care. Conditioning moisturizes, protects your hair from damage, keeping it soft and healthy. Conditioning makes it easy for you to manage your hair. Rinse your hair well after shampooing and then apply conditioner. Choose a conditioner that is suitable for your hair texture. Follow the instructions on the pack for applying it. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner as its residue can make the hair look dull.

5.Massage your scalp with olive oil or warm coconut oil using your finger tips. Remain for half an hour and wash hair well. This natural remedy is an excellent conditioning treatment. It also helps in blood circulation. Follow this natural remedy once in a week for healthy hair. It also controls frizz.

6.Mayonnaise is an excellent conditioner for dry hair. Massage your scalp with mayonnaise and leave it for half an hour. Then shampoo as usual. Always rinse your hair well so that no traces of shampoo is left behind.

7.Do’s and Dont’s – Avoid using or limit using hair dryer to dry your hair. Dermatologists recommend letting your hair partially air dry before you style or comb. In this way, there is lesser chances of hair damage. After washing hair, avoid drying vigorously, instead dry it by blotting the hair with a towel.

8.Use wide toothed comb to remove tangles and do not comb wet hair as combing wet hair can stretch the strands causing them to break.

9.Do not tie your hair tightly or use normal rubber bands, as they break the hair. Always use coated rubber bands or soft hair ties of fabric.

10.Brush your hair daily using a brush with rounded tip bristles to improve blood circulation. Do it gently

11.Cover your hair with a scarf or shawl during travel to prevent tangles and to protect your hair from dust.

12.Avoid chemical treatment on your hair as they damage the hair and make it brittle. Dying, perming, bleaching, straightening cause damage to the hair, so try to avoid such practices.

13.Drink 8-9 glasses of water daily to keep yourself hydrated 

14.Exercise for 5 days a week as it improves blood circulation to your scalp.

Follow these simple hair care tips to have a healthy and silky hair.

To sum up, the way you wash, style and treat your hair can go a long way in maintaining the health of your hair. So treat your hair with care and do not abuse it. Lastly maintain a healthy life style, as the health of your hair is related to your lifestyle.