Thursday, 18 January 2018

How To Use Almond Oil (Badam Oil) For Hair Growth | 5 Top Ways


Almond oil is one of the best oils to use for promoting hair growth. If you are suffering from hair loss, I would suggest using nourishing pure plant based oils like almond oil regularly for hair treatments. With regular use, you will be really surprised how the texture of our hair changes for the better and also how fast the hair grows. The reason almond oil is so good for hair is because 1. It is very high in vitamin E (5.3 mg of vitamin E for 1 tbsp of almond oil) which is an amazing antioxidant that prevents free radicals that cause damage to our hair. 2. Almond oil contains high levels of fatty acids and when we apply it on our hair, it nourishes and conditions it greatly and is really great for dry and damaged hair. 3. Almond oil has anti inflammatory properties and if you are suffering from scalp inflammation, I would highly suggest regular almond oil massage. 4. Regularly using almond oil hair treatments adds shine to hair and prevents split ends. If you are suffering from split ends and dull hair, I would suggest egg and almond oil hair mask given below, it will greatly help. 5. Regularly massaging scalp with almond oil will improve circulation in the scalp and strengthen the hair roots. You can either use it alone or combine it with coconut oil and castor oil and use. When you are using castor oil, use it in 1:4 ratio as castor oil is very sticky. There are two different types of almond oil available. One is from sweet almond tree whose botanical name is Prunus Dulcis Var. Amygdalus. This is the almonds that we regularly consume. It has amazing hair, skin and health benefits. The main fatty acid composition of sweet almond oil are oleic acid, linoleic acid followed by palmitic acid and stearic acid. The unsaponifiable portion contains phytosterols, tocopherol and squalane. It is pale straw colored liquid with high amount of fatty acids that nourishes the hair and skin. This is the oil to use for hair care. The second type is got from bitter almond tree whose botanical name is Prunus Dulcis Var. Amara. Bitter almond has compounds called cyanogenic glucosides and when the bitter almonds are macerated, they hydrolyze and produce toxic hydrogen cyanide in very high amounts. Since bitter almond oil is very toxic it should be used only under medical supervision. When buying almond oil, make sure to buy only cold pressed sweet almond oil. In India, refined almond oil is sold cheaply, I would suggest buying only cold pressed sweet almond oil for best results..... 


Saturday, 13 January 2018

How To Use Aloe Vera Gel For Hair Growth | 10 Top Ways !


Aloe vera is one of the best ingredients to use for promoting hair growth and it has amazing hair benefits. Aloe Vera has been in use for more than 2000 years and has been extensively used for health, hair and skin care. The major chemical constituents of aloe vera gel that are very effective for promoting hair growth and treating hair problems are a. Vitamins: Aloe vera is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C and E, choline and folic acid. They are wonderful antioxidants that prevent free radicals which affect our hair in a negative way. b. Enzymes: Aloe vera contains around 8 enzymes and out of them bradykinase has anti inflammatory properties when applied topically thus greatly helps reduce scalp inflammations. c. Minerals: Aloe vera is rich in minerals like calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese and potassium. They help nourish the hair both when taken internally as a juice and applied externally as hair packs. d. Anthraquinones: Out of the 12 anthroquinones present in aloe vera, some like aloin and emodin have anti bacterial properties thus greatly helping in preventing scalp infections that leads to hair fall. e. Fatty Acids & Hormones: Fatty acids and hormones present in aloe vera have wonderful antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties which again treats all scalp problems. f. Lignin: Lignin present in aloe vera improves the penetrative effect of other ingredients that is why when we use aloe vera based hair oils, it penetrates well into the scalp resulting in smooth and glossy hair. The best way to use aloe vera for hair growth is using it in the form of hair oil and hair packs. Here are the hair benefits of aloe vera gel that you will experience immediately when you use aloe vera hair packs and aloe vera hair oil: 1. Aloe vera conditions the hair well and makes it super shiny and soft. So just within a few uses, you hair will be shiny and sooth. 2. Aloe vera treats all scalp problems including dandruff when applied on the scalp. Use it with lemon to see instant results. 3. It heals scalp infections especially if used along with neem powder. If you are suffering from scalp infections like boils or itchy scalp, apply aloe vera gel mixed with neem powder. 4. Aloe vera gel strengthens the hair roots and stimulates hair growth. You can use any one of the hair packs I have given below. 5. If you are suffering from hair loss using aloe vera hair mask will arrest it very quickly. I have given 10 aloe vera hair treatments that I have used over the years. Choose the ones you like and use it regularly for best results. For all these treatments, I have used fresh aloe vera gel and you can find how to make fresh aloe vera gel here. To use the aloe vera hair packs given below, mix the ingredients and apply all over the scalp. Wait for 15 to 30 minutes and wash it off with a mild shampoo. You can use the aloe vera hair packs weekly twice. The aloe vera hair oil can be applied weekly twice before hair bath....

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

How To Do Facial At Home - Step By Step Tutorial With Natural Ingredients


Getting a facial done is one of the most relaxing things I can think off and the best part is you can easily do it in the comfort of your home with ingredients found in your kitchen. Facials have multiple skin benefits: 1. Deep Cleans: Since we use a scrub and a cleanser, facial deep cleans the skin and gives it an amazing glow 2. Removes Blackheads: Because we steam our skin during facial, it opens up the pores and when we scrub our skin later, it removes all the blackheads and whiteheads easily. 3. Hydrates The Skin: Facials are super hydrating and especially at home facials done with pure nourishing ingredients hydrates the skin very well. 4. Exfoliates Gently: After a facial, you will find your skin super soft and smooth, that is because it exfoliates the dead skin very effectively. 5. Improves Blood Circulation: Massaging improves blood circulation and since we massage our skin well during the facial, it helps improve the blood circulation resulting in glowing skin. When I was in college, I remember saving up money for getting a professional facial done. Professional facial were expensive then and now it is even more expensive. After marriage, I started doing my own at home facial with ingredients found in the kitchen. Surprisingly my skin felt very good just like it felt after a professional facial. The only thing I missed was the professional massage from experienced hands. I started learning how to do facial massage at home and now I don't miss professional facial at all. The only thing we have to remember when doing a facial at home is to plan in advance. Choose a day when you are relaxed and have plenty of time. Choose a time when you won't be disturbed and if you have young children at home, do it when they are asleep. Light a scented candle, play soft music and get the all the ingredients ready. If you keep walking to the kitchen for each and every step of the facial to get the ingredients, you won't feel relaxed at all. Follow these facial steps in the order given and after finishing off with face pack, wash your face and then apply a moisturizer. You will find your skin smooth and glowing. Continue doing this facial once every 15 days for best results....

Monday, 8 January 2018

Ayurvedic Herbal Bath Powder For Fairness & Glowing Skin (Babies & Adults) At Home


Ayurvedic herbal bath powders have been used in India from ancient times and it does more than just clean our skin. Usually bath powders also called body wash and face wash powders are made with ingredients that have anti bacterial and nourishing properties and keeps the skin blemish free. Sadly the use of bath powders is slowly diminishing and nowadays younger generation generally prefer only store bought soaps and body washes. I agree store bought body washes come attractively packaged and smell great but we should remember that they also come loaded with chemicals, artificial colors and fragrances. Homemade bath powders also smell great if you add ingredients like kasturi turmeric and rose petal powder. Once you get to know the benefits of herbal bath powders, you will start using them regularly: 1. Cleans The Skin Well: Homemade bath powders cleans the skin well just equally well like store bought soaps. Soap foams so we think it cleans well but bath powders cleans the skin well too if not better. 2. Lightens Scars: Ingredients in bath powders like turmeric, sandalwood powder lightens scars really well if used regularly. 3. Removes Unwanted Facial Hair: Regular use of homemade bath powders weakens facial hair and helps remove it if used regularly. But the time it takes to remove facial hair will vary from person to person. 4. Prevents Skin Infections: Since most of the ingredients used in homemade bath powders contain anti bacterial properties, they go a long way in preventing all skin infections. 5. Make Your Skin Glow: Bath powders acts as a mild exfoliant and removes dead skin giving a nice glow to our skin. I have already given the recipe for a herbal bath powder using rose petals but you have to sundry the ingredients and then grind them which many found difficult to do. I wanted to share an instant version of homemade herbal ayurvedic bath powder using pure herbal powders that you can make under a minute! The ingredients used in this bath powder are gram flour, green gram flour, wild turmeric powder, rose petal powder and sandalwood powder. This bath powder is very fragrant and regular use will make your skin glow and will keep it blemish free. This herbal bath powder can be used for both adults and babies.


Sunday, 7 January 2018

10 Best Home Remedies To Remove Stretch Marks


Many of us suffer from stretch marks and though it is not a harmful condition it does cause mental distress. If you have stretch marks, there are wonderful home remedies for removing them. Stretch marks also called as striae medically is actually a type of scarring that occurs when our skin is stretched at a rapid pace. You can read about all the causes and medical treatments available for stretch marks here. Stretch marks occurrence is very common during pregnancy especially during the last trimester when the belly skin stretches, during puberty when there is a sudden growth spurt and after drastic weight loss. When stretch marks appear they appear dark in color due to the above said changes and then fade over time. Stretch marks can be found in the stomach, breasts, thighs, buttocks, breasts and shoulders. When I spoke to some medical professionals about it they all mentioned that stretch marks can be very difficult to treat but can be done if we follow the treatments regularly. Don't expect instant results, follow these remedies regularly and with time it will start fading. Unlike chemical treatments, herbal remedies for stretch marks does not have any side effects and can be used for long periods of time safely. Home remedies like mentioned below improve the collagen production and blood circulation in the skin and also helps increase the skin elasticity thus greatly helping in healing and fading stretch marks. I have given ten home remedies that are very effective for removing stretch marks, use them regularly to see good results. The time it takes for stretch marks to fade will vary from person to person but consistency is the key for removing stretchmarks naturally at home. Choose a remedy you like and use it consistently. Try not to use ingredients that are harsh on the skin like lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda for removing stretch marks. Even if you do, moisturize your skin later without fail. Personally I like massaging my skin with a blend of extra virgin olive oil, vitamin e oil and coconut oil (I have given the link to to the recipe below). To prevent stretch marks, regularly massage the skin with pure unrefined oils. It will improve skin elasticity and will go a long way in preventing stretch marks in the first place....

Saturday, 6 January 2018

How To Use Rice Powder For Face & Skin Whitening | 5 Top Ways !


If you are looking for natural ways to lighten skin then rice powder will greatly help. Rice powder also called as rice flour is just finely ground up rice. Almost every day our skin is exposed to pollution, harsh chemicals and scorching sun light and it does take a toll on our skin resulting in dark spots, pigmentation and dullness. Instead of resorting to harsh chemical peels and creams to get back the skin to former glory it is best to use natural remedies that are gentle on the skin. One of my favorite ingredients for lightening all the scars and blemishes is rice powder, rice powder has wonderful skin lightening properties. The bio active compounds found in rice bran are called ferulic acid, gamma-oryzanol and phytic acid.  They are wonderful antioxidants and have been used in many skin creams to prevent skin ageing and to repair damaged skin. Even a simple act of adding a tbsp of rice powder to bath water and soaking in it has wonderful healing properties and can greatly heal damaged skin, you can read the study that supports this claim here. Regular use of rice powder on our face and skin can improve skin elasticity, reduce roughness of the skin and can lighten our skin. When I mention skin whitening, what I really mean is lighten scars, dark spots and pigmentation. Every skin color is beautiful but it will be more beautiful if it is even toned and rice powder helps achieve it easily by lightening all skin blemishes. I have given five skin lightening remedies using rice flour that I have tried over the years. All these remedies works really well in lightening scars, pigmentation and dark spots. Choose the recipe that you like and use regularly at least weekly twice to see good results. You can buy rice flour easily in all the departmental stores in India but you can also make your own rice powder easily at home. To make rice powder, soak rice for an hour and drain water completely. Now spread it on a thin cotton cloth to get rid of moisture. Once completely dry, dry grind in a mixer and sieve to get rid of any lumps and store.....


Friday, 5 January 2018

7 Top Stretch Marks Causes, Treatments & Prevention We Should Know !


Many of us suffer from stretch marks and there are wonderful home remedies for fading them. But before that I wanted to share the causes and general treatments available for treating stretch marks. Stretch marks also called as striae medically is actually a type of scarring that occurs when our skin is stretched at a rapid pace. Stretch marks does not cause any medical issues and is harmless but they can be unsightly and can cause mental distress. Stretch marks usually appear as narrow long stripes or lines and though it is common among women, men also get it. Stretch Marks Formation: During stretch marks formation elastolysis which is a process of release of elastase occurs. Elastolysis reduces and changes the structure of elastin and fibrillin fibers and also causes structural changes in collagen fibers causing them to thicken and densely packed. Gradually the epidermis degenerates and vascular changes happen resulting in red streaks. Stretch Marks Occurrence: Stretch marks occurrence in pregnancy is about 40% to 88%, occurrence during teen years can be varied from below 10% to more than 80% and 43% due to weight loss. When stretch marks appear they appear dark in color due to the above said changes and then fade over time. Stretch marks are classified according to their appearance and here are the types of stretch marks based on the appearance: 1. Striae Rubre: Initially stretch marks are raised and are red in color and it is the first stage. 2. Striae Albae: After some time the stretch marks slowly start fading from a darker color to pale silvery color and also flatten out. This stage is referred to striae albae. 3. Striae Gravidarum: Stretch that are formed after pregnancy is referred to striae gravidarum. It is one of the most common types of stretch marks. 4. Striae Atrophicans: When the skin is thinned due to any reason leading to stretch marks it is referred to as stria atrophicans. It usually follows some medical conditions like cushing syndrome. 5. Striae Caerulea: If the color of the stretch marks is dark blue it is referred to as striae caerulea. 6. Striae Nigra: If the stretch marks are black in color it is called striae nigra. 7. Striae Distensae: Usually stretched skin is referred to striae distensae. Stretch marks usually occur during the last trimester of pregnancy and they are usually found in the stomach, breasts and thighs. In teenagers, it can be found thighs, buttocks, breasts and shoulders. Stretch Marks Prevention: In my personal experience, massaging the skin daily with nourishing oils improves skin elasticity and goes a long way in preventing stretch marks.......