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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.

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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.

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.

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Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer is here and one has to take special care of the skin to protect it from the heat and humidity. Summer also brings with it a host of skin problems. Some common problems in summer are prickly heat, fungal infections, body odor, sun tan and sunburn. People with oily skin tend to suffer a lot as the oil glands becomes more active. Some people suffer from dryness of skin due to loss of moisture. Most of these problems can be dealt with these cool summer skincare tips.

The first and the most important thing is to drink lot of water to beat the summer heat. Our body loses a lot of moisture in summer which needs to be replenished constantly. So it is important to include water, fruit juices, tender coconut water, butter milk, lemon juice to keep our skin hydrated, refreshed and cool. Include fruits that are widely available in summer. Fruits like watermelon, palm fruit, cucumber are excellent coolers. Stay away from aerated drinks, caffeine as they are not good for the skin.

Have bath in cool water twice a day to prevent body odor. Find more  tips to get rid of body odor.

Try to avoid going out between 11 am-3 pm when the sun rays are very strong. Use a coloured umbrella or a wide brimmed hat and wear sun glasses, if you cannot avoid going out at that time. Also don’t forget to apply sun screen lotion. Remember over exposure to sun leads to problems like blistering, sunburn, drying, aging and tanning.

Use sunscreen lotion when you are outdoors. Apply sun screen half an hour before exposure to sun. Choose a good brand sunscreen and follow the instructions on the pack.

Avoid heavy make up in summer. Stick to light and simple make up. When it comes to make up products, look for water based products. Choose water proof eyeliners to prevent smudging. Use oil free moisturizers that contains sunscreen.

Prickly heat

When excessive sweating clogs the pores and blocks sweat glands, heat rash or prickly heat develops. Here are a few natural remedies to cure prickly heat.

Apply coconut water or palm fruit (nongu) water on the rashes.

Mix multani mutti with rose water and apply regularly for a week to cure prickly heat.

Calamine lotion also works well for prickly heat.

Take a tender palm fruit and apply it on the rashes. Do this for a week to cure prickly heat.

Mouth ulcers

Boil cabbage in water and drink that water once a day to heal mouth ulcers in summer.

Chew manathakkali leaves (Black nightshade) in such a way, that the juice of the leaves should come in contact with the ulcer.

Consult your dentist and take required treatment if it is severe.

Fungal infection

Have a cool shower twice a day to refresh your skin. Dry your skin well.

Avoid wearing shoes in summer. Choose footwear or open sandals that will allow air circulation.

Wear loose cotton clothes in summer. Avoid tight jeans and tight fitting blouses.

Consult your Dermatologist and take required treatment for fungal infections.

Natural Remedies

Rose water has natural cooling properties and is an excellent toner. Dip cotton in chilled rose water and wipe your skin with it to keep it fresh.

Take cucumber juice and watermelon juice in equal quantity and apply on face. Cool it in the refrigerator before use.

Homemade face pack for summer 

Blend a small piece of watermelon and  muskmelon (kirni palam) and apply it on the face. Wash after 20 minutes.

Blend cucumber and a little chilled fat free curd and apply it on the face to get rid of tan and to keep the skin fresh.

Mix gram flour with plain yogurt (curd) and apply it on the face. Wash after 20 minutes with cool water.

Pamper yourself with these home made face mask.

Protecting our skin from the sun should be an essential part of our daily skin care routine. Have a nice summer!

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Home Remedies for Dark Underarms-Natural Tips to whiten Dark Armpits

Dark underarms is a cause of concern for many people. Many feel very self conscious about it and cannot wear sleeveless tops or dresses with short sleeves. Some of the causes of dark armpits are frequent shaving, allergic to deodorants, spraying perfume directly on the skin there, friction caused between tight clothing and underarms, improper washing resulting in dead skin build up, excessive use of hair removing creams, anti-perspirants etc. Find few natural tips to get rid of dark underarms below –

According to beauty experts, waxing is a better option to remove underarms hair than shaving or using depilatory creams. Most hair removing creams contains chemical which might cause darkening of underarms to some people. The only problem about waxing is that, you have to wait for a certain period of time before you wax again. Waxing not only helps to lighten your underarms but also removes dead skin. If you cannot avoid shaving, use a moisturizing shaving cream and a new blade. Also moisturize your skin well after shaving. 

Keep your underarms clean by washing them well. Have bath regularly. Wear cotton clothing and try to avoid synthetic clothing. Deodorants contain metallic salts that result in darkening of skin tone for some people. So try to avoid using it often.

Rinse your underarms with fresh diluted lemon juice to reduce odor caused by excessive sweating.

Exfoliate your armpits with sugar and olive oil gently once a week.

The safest way to whiten armpits is to go for natural skin bleaches like curd, lemon juice, cucumber juice etc.  Find some home remedies to get rid of dark armpits below-

Scrubbing will help in getting rid of the dead skin cells. Mix chickpeas flour with few drops of  lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric and make a paste. Rub on that area gently and leave it to dry. Wash it off after that. Follow this home treatment for a month to get rid of dark armpits.

Mix pure sandalwood paste with a few drops of lemon juice and cucumber juice to form a fine paste. Then apply on your armpits. Wash it off after it dries. This natural treatment also helps.

Apply sandalwood paste mixed with rose water and a few drop of lemon juice. Apply it on the area and wash it off after 15-20 minutes.

Mix curd with besan or gram flour, a pinch of turmeric powder and apply it on that area. Curd has natural bleaching properties and will help to lighten the skin tone. Do not use too much turmeric powder at they will leave an ugly yellow stain on the skin.

Mix olive oil with a pinch of turmeric powder and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply it on the dark armpits 20 minutes before bath.

Hope these home remedies will help you to get rid of dark underarms, if problem persist, consult a dermatologist who will help you.


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Homemade Beauty Recipes

One does not have to spend a fortune on creams and beauty treatments to look beautiful. Our kitchen is packed with beauty products which are cheap, harmless and effective if followed regularly.  These simple homemade beauty recipes are very effective, easy to prepare which you could include in your basic beauty care. Get started and pamper yourself at home!

1.Apricot:

Apricot anti aging pack:
Massaging face with apricot kernel oil moisturizes the skin and slows down the aging process.

Mashed apricot applied on the face brightens the skin.

Apricot Hair Conditioner:
Apricot kernel oil is a good hair conditioner. Warm apricot kernel oil and massage into your scalp for healthy and shining hair.

2.Banana:

Banana anti-wrinkle pack:
Mash banana well and apply to the face. Rinse off after 15 minutes. It is an excellent anti-wrinkle pack.

Banana pack for glowing skin:
Mash banana until creamy, mix 3-4 drops of fresh lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of honey and apply to the face.

Banana mask for blemishes
Mash banana well, add 2 tsp of plain yoghurt to it and mix it well. Apply it on your face and rinse off after 15 minutes. This home made pack is very effective to get rid of blemishes.

3.Potato:

Potato for dark circles:
Dark circles around the eyes can be reduced by applying raw potato juice.

Potato as skin toner:
Potato is an skin excellent toner. Apply potato juice on the skin, leave it and wash it off after it dries.

Potato cleansing mask:
Mix potato juice, lemon juice, oatmeal and fuller’s earth well. Then apply this mixture on the face. It is an excellent cleansing mask. It also tightens the skin and reduces pores.

4.Oatmeal:

Oatmeal cleansing mask:
It is an excellent cleanser. It removes the dirt and softens the skin. Mix it with raw milk and a few drops of honey and use it as a pack.

Oatmeal anti-wrinkle pack:
Mix oatmeal with a little curd, honey, egg white and almond paste. Use it as a face pack to prevent wrinkles.

Mix together 1 tbsp of oatmeal and little milk. Cook on low flames till it becomes a soft paste. Add a tsp of rose water and apply it on the skin. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This mask is effective for aging skin.

Oatmeal exfoliating mask:
Mix oatmeal with a little warm water and make it into a paste. Apply it on the face and wash it after it dries with warm water.

5.Cucumber:

Cucumber Toning Pack:
Cucumber is a natural toner that lightens the skin and has cooling properties. Cucumber juice is used as an astringent to cleanse the skin. Grade cucumber, strain the juice using a cheese cloth. Apply that juice all over the face and neck to prevents pimples, blackheads and dryness.

Cucumber anti-tan pack:
Mix cucumber paste with fuller’s earth, few drops of fresh lemon juice and apply to the skin. It is a wonderful soother, lightens freckles and an excellent anti-tan pack.

6.Honey

Honey face mask for dry skin:
Honey is a wonderful moisturizer and is especially great for dry skin. Mix honey with raw milk and apply it to the face and wash it off after it dries.

Honey Mask for oily skin:
For oily skin, mix a tsp of honey with an egg white and apply on the face and neck, wash it off after 10 minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and try these home made beauty recipes and pamper yourself at home.