Buying personal care products is indeed tricky these days with endless options available and those hard-to-pronounce ingredient lists on every package. To shout out loud, they are filled with toxins, synthetic colours and chemicals, needless to mention, harmful and to be blamed for damaged skin-hair.
So, it’s easy, quick, economical, and more healthful to prepare herbal solutions in your own kitchen. By selecting ingredients favourable for skin types or problems, you can easily customize your daily herbal beauty regime. Explore these 6 herbs below and “play Holi with own self every day”.
Whether you eat, drink or apply, gooseberry or amla has been used for ages and immensely useful for strong, dark and lustrous locks or soft, glamourous skin. This small round green fruit fights aging signs, controls acne, cleanses and adds shine, strengthens roots, and most importantly kicks off dandruff.
- Crush amla fruit to extract juice or get amla powder.
- Add 2 spoonful of the juice or powder into an equal quantity Tea Tree Essential Oil.
- Mix well, apply to the scalp or skin and leave it to dry; then rinse using lukewarm water.
Apart from being an integral part of Indian cuisine, traditions and wedding ceremonies Haldi or Turmeric is widely known to get rid of pimples, wrinkles, cracked heels and facial hairs.
- Crush turmeric and mix half part of gram flour in it.
- Add 1-2 spoons of orange juice and apply evenly on your face, neck and heels. Wash your face when the mask gets dried.
Multani Mitti or Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s Earth is nature’s best scrubber and excellent for sensitive or oily skin as it absorbs excess oil.
- You can simply mix it with required amount of water and make a semi-thick paste.
- If you have a dry skin you can use coconut milk instead of water.
Neem. A plant which has handy beneficial properties in every part of it. Be it acne, acne scars or as a moisturizer, the paste of neem leaves or neem oil is the best. It is also worthy for removing dandruff and promoting hair growth.
- Crush neem leaves and grind them to make a cup of paste.
- Apply all over scalp, skin and on those red painful bumps on your face.
- Wash it after half an hour and repeat it on alternate days.
Kesar or Saffron
Keeping aside the exotic colour and aroma of the most expensive spice, kesar is blessed with beauty benefits too. An excellent exfoliator enriched with anti-bacterial properties helps with acne while adding an extra glow and brightness to those cheeks.
- Take 3-4 strands of saffron or kesar, soak in 3-4 tablespoons of coconut milk for 8-10 hours.
- Add 2-3 drops of olive oil and few drops of rosewater. Grind this mixture and your face pack is ready.
- Apply on your face in an upward motion, scrub it for few minutes and let it dry as a mask.
Sandalwood softens, not just that, it has been proven to act in soothing irritation and removing skin blemishes.
- Take 4 spoonfuls of sandalwood powder and 1-2 teaspoons each of coconut oil and avocado oil.
- Apply this paste on your face and hair. Leave it for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water. This face mask softens skin, helps in fading blemishes, sunburn and heals damaged skin or strands.
Basil or tulsi is the most sacred of all the herbs found in India and still grown in many households! “Queen of herbs” is known for healing mind, body and spirit. It is effective is controlling those nasty pimples and nourish skin. Tulsi is also good for dry frizzy hair, controls hair fall and helps get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp.
- Crush tulsi leaves to make a paste of medium thickness. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
- Blend well and massage it gently onto your scalp.Leave overnight and wash off next morning.
- While applying the same paste on face, leave it for15-20 minutes and then rinse your face with lukewarm water.