Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Given below are some ayurvedic beauty tips that can help your complexion.

Our bodies should be fit enough for us to lead a hale and healthy life. A healthy body and healthy mind should be the foundation on which the external beauty is built. Adequate sleep and stress free lifestyle will go a long way in improving the radiance of the skin. Adapting an ayurvedic lifestyle can help in this.

All Ayurveda and Siddha texts stress the importance of applying good quantity of oil on head as well as all over the body. Twice a week minimum would be fine. A good massage followed by a warm bath can relax you and your skin. (Do not expose yourself to too much of direct sunlight on those days).

Moderation in diet and proper exercise are the basic necessities for a beautiful body.

The following preparation can be used to remove facial blemishes. These are available at the local herbal stores.

Powder of Maghizham flower 250 gm
Powder of Kichili kizhangu rhizome 125 gm
Powder of kasthuri manjal ( Curcuma aromatica) 125 gm
Powder of korai kizhangu 150 gm
Powder of Malaysian sandalwood 150 gm
Rose essense 20 oz.

Clean and the powders and dry them in sunlight. Once dried, again grind them to a fine powder. Mix all the powder together. Now using a pestle and mortar or something similar, make a fine thick paste by adding rose essense as needed. Make tablet like pellets (a size of a small marble) of this paste and dry them in shade. Once dried, store them in a bottle in a cool place.

Take a pellet and using milk make a paste. Apply a thin layer of this paste on your face. Bathe after half an hour. This improves the facial complexion and removes all blemishes.

Thikthaka grutham 10 ml morning and evening before food is recommended. Apply Eladhi coconut oil on black spots on face using a piece of cotton. Wash it off the next day morning. Instilling two drops of kumkumadhi thailam into your nose before sleep is also good.

Courtesy: 'Aayul Kaakum Ayurvedam' by Prof. S. Swaminathan

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Homemade Hair Growth Pack

Now I am discussing about a homemade hair growth pack or mask that is very descriptive and contain more ingredients that help hair to become healthy, trouble free and growing. The last post (Hair Care Rejuvenating Pack) in which I suggested easily found ingredients. Here this tip is for those who have lots of problem with their hair. This pack definitely helps hair growth. This homemade hair growth pack will improve the scalp conditions and make your hair healthy.

Homemade Hair Growth Pack - ingredients:

Amla powder - 2tsp.
Shikakai powder - 2tsp.
Bhrahmi powder - 2tsp.
Hibiscuss powder - 2tsp.
Chickpea flour - 5tsp.
Green gram flour - 2tsp.
Orange peel powder - 2tsp.
Rice flour - 5tsp.
Egg white - 1

Preparation of homemade hair growth pack You can find the ingredients in Indian food stores or supermarkets or get it online from Get all the ingredients and mix together in a suitable container. Now you can add water to get a paste. Wash your hair, towel dry and apply this pack on scalp and entire hair. Leave it for 20 min. then wash it off.

If you can apply this homemade hair growth pack once in a week is fine.

Oily Skin Control

If you found that you have got oily skin, here are tips for you.
You observed that your face is shiny and oily. Oily skin can produce whiteheads and black heads if not taken care of. Sometimes there is a possibility of acne due to oily skin.

Always give special care to your oily skin. Your oil glands produce more oil that is why you got oily skin. So all you have to do is try to reduce oil production. Keep the pores always clean.

How to care for oily skin
How to control oil production

Do the following cleansing facial once a week to avoid oily skin conditions.

Cleanse face with foam cleanser. Foam cleanser is very suitable for oily skin. Apply it on face and using cotton boll give a circular motion. You can see dirt coming out.

Do steaming on your face. This will open all pores thus we can clean the dirt and stubborn oils from an oily skin. (But take care, after doing this and going in the sun will adversely affect your skin. In this case when you go out, use any sun protection and moisturizer.) Now it is easy to remove blackheads and whiteheads using blackhead remover.

Finally apply any clay based mask. Clay will absorb excess oil from your oily skin. Or apply the natural mask shown below:

Strawberry cleansing face mask for oily skin
Strawberry is a natural astringent and it is suitable for oily skin.

Put 1/2 cup strawberry, 1 egg white, 1 tsp. honey and 1/2 tsp. lemon juice in a blender and mix everything to get a thick paste. Apply this on your face. Leave it for 15 min. and wash it off.

After 10 min. wash the whole face with cold water.

Tip: Even if you have oily skin, you can use oil free moisturizer.