Aloe Vera – the nature’s blessing is also called the ‘plant of immortality.’ It is the universal solution to skin, hair and health problems. Aloe vera is an essential ingredient which is found in every cosmetic product these days. There are umpteen beauty benefits of Aloe vera because of which it has occupied a permanent place in our cupboards today. The cactus looking plant is bitter to taste; nonetheless, the after effects of aloe vera are just magical.
The Hindi name of Aloe Vera is ‘Ghritkumari.’ It is a fleshy plant and retains water in its thick leaves. The leaves produce two substances – the gel and the sap, which is also known as aloe latex.
Beauty benefits of Aloe vera
I have been using Aloe Vera since my childhood days, and wouldn’t deny the under age looking factor I possess from that period onwards. Aloe Vera keeps your skin youthful and beautiful.
Here are Beauty benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin:
Helps with acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties
Fights aging with beta carotene, vitamin C, and Vitamin E
Keeps skin firm and hydrated
Clears up dry skin, blemishes, and dark spots
I was always skeptic whether Aloe Vera works for your hair as well. After trying a plethora of remedies, this one has aced the list. Aloe Vera really did wonders for my hair in the first application itself. There is an evident difference in hair texture than before.
Here are Beauty benefits of Aloe Vera for Hair:
Hydrates and conditions your hair
Maintains healthy scalp
Makes hair super soft and shiny
Promotes hair growth
Grows hair voluminous
How to extract Aloe Vera gel?
Take out an Aloe Vera leaf from the plant with the help of a knife
Peel off the upper layer of the leaf and scoop the flesh in the form cubes
Store the cubes in a clean container
Grind the cubes in a mixer to form Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera gel can be applied on face and hair. For best results, apply the gel evenly on face and affected areas daily every morning.
For best results, apply the gel evenly on face and affected areas daily every morning. It will leave your skin soft and supple with every application.
For best results, apply Aloe Vera gel twice a week on hair and leave it for 30 minutes. You can also add Vitamin E gel to the mixture. Your hair will grow thicker and lustrous with time.
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Oct 08, 2017: The supreme tradition of Ayurveda has been considered as universal and eternal. Ayurvedic herbs have been in use since the ancient times. This statement of Charaka sage (one of the principal contributors to Ayurveda in ancient India) is completely true – Life is the combination of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and world beyond. The effect of this is that even today Ayurvedic method has settled in our hearts in some form.
We hear in our everyday life that we are told to take celery when there is abdominal pain or gas. When there is cold and cough, it is said that do not drink cold water, take ginger, basil, black pepper tea. All this is part of Ayurveda directed by the elderly. After all, that time is returning now when not only the leaders of the country but people of the whole world have not only accepted Ayurvedic medicine and its authenticity but also have adopted.
Here is a list of 10 Indian Ayurvedic Herbs:
Gritkumari (Aloe Vera)
This strange looking plant or ayurvedic herb has no end to its beneficial properties. Gritkumari or Aloe Vera helps in diabetes, uterine disease, stomach upset, joint pain, skin malfunction, acne, wrinkles, facial scars, dark circles of eyes, torn ankles.
Shatavari is called Asparagus in English and its botanical. It is a medicinal plant (one of the indian ayurvedic herbs known as “reproductive tonic”) found in India, which is used in the treatment of countless diseases. Shatavari is sometimes also translated as “she who possesses 100 husbands.” The plant is known to enhance the fertility of both male and female. It promotes lactation in women.
Bhringraj (False Daisy)
Bhringraj is considered a herb for longevity and rejuvenation. It works wonders for hair and cirrhosis. It also rejuvenates memory, teeth, bones, vision, and hearing. This plant is native to India and Southwest America.
Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng)
Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng has been very important in ancient Indian medicine, Ayurveda. It is a herb that has been used for many centuries. In an effort to stay away from many types of infection, it has also been used by native Americans and Africans. This herb originated in India and it grows best in dry areas. Ashwagandha is very beneficial for those who are always feeling lazy. Laziness ends with its consumption.
Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Giloy is known as the ‘root of immortality’. Giloy has been called Amrita due to its richness. Giloy enhances the body’s immune system and eliminates blood loss in the body. Giloy’s intake is also very beneficial in jaundice.
Fenugreek is a very famous herb and due to its unparalleled medicinal properties, it is also used in Ayurveda very popularly. Fenugreek is also found in high quantities of minerals, such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and copper. Apart from this, it also contains Vitamin B 6. Effective antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and antiviral properties are found in fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek seeds are used for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. The seeds of fenugreek are known for a sharp flavor and fragrance.
Basil not only holds religious significance but also has many health benefits. Many scientific researches confirm the properties present in Tulsi. In India, the medicinal properties of Tulsi are highly valued. Chewing leaves of Tulsi with ginger gives relief from a cough and cold. Boil the basil with tea leaves and remove a sore throat.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)
In addition to the intelligence, memory, Brahmi is used for many health problems. This medicine has great importance in Ayurveda. Brahmi is green and white. All parts of the Brahmi plant are useful. As far as possible, Brahmi should be used freshly. The effect of Brahmi is mainly on the mind. It is a tonic for the brain and also gives peace to it. If there is a decrease in the efficiency of the person after the strenuous work, then the use of Brahmin has a great advantage.
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)
It is a medicinal tree and is found supreme among the medicines used in cardiovascular diseases in Ayurveda. Arjun tree is being used in Ayurveda for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases since ancient times.
Tagar (Valeriana wallichii)
Tagar plant is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine system for sleeping disorders. It is also known as Indian Valerian. It is used in Ayurveda, for treating brain-related disorders such as insomnia, hysteria, nervous unrest, and emotional troubles.
Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94
Sep 27, 2017: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is widely used by people in myriad ways and purposes, notably because of the vitamins and mineral content. ACV contains ‘mother of vinegar,’ a complex structure of beneficial acids. Cider Vinegar is unrefined and unpasteurized due to the mother factor and has a variety of benefits that are lost when it is filtered and heated.
From the ancient times, ACV has proven to be the elixir of life, carrying benefits from health to skin and hair. ACV is also used in salad dressings, vinaigrettes, marinades, chutneys, and food preservatives.
How is Apple Cider Vinegar formed?
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used as an ingredient in the home remedies from ages. ACV is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the juice. The juice is then fermented by adding bacteria and yeast, which converts the fruit sugar into alcohol. In the second stage of the fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by the acetic acid-forming bacteria.
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar improves digestion by increasing stomach acid. It also fights constipation since the cider vinegar incites digestive juices that help to break down food in the body. Pectin found in ACV helps to soothe intestinal fits. Mix one or two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and consume before a meal for best results.
A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that consuming one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the morning lowers the cholesterol as it increases bile production and supports the liver.
Drinking ACV in warm water in the morning helps to flush out toxins from the body.
Apple cider vinegar increases metabolism rate and supports weight loss because it contains acetic acid, which is responsible for improving metabolism.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Acetic acid present in ACV helps in reducing high blood pressure and triglyceride.
Urinary Tract Infection
Dr. Earl Mindell, Author of Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar, cited: Daily consumption of apple cider vinegar aids urinary tract in maintaining a slightly acidic environment. The acid represses the growth of UTI-causing bacteria. Mindell warns that one should refrain from consuming ACV after infection, mentioned Livestrong.
ACV enables to flush out stones naturally from the Kidney. The highly acidic nature of ACV dissolves the crystals that form into stones in the body. Mix two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and drink it twice a day for better results.
Skin Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Prevents acne problems
Apple cider vinegar prevents acne problems by killing bacteria, removing excess dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin and dissolving dead skin cells.
ACV toner helps normalize your skin’s pH balance and ward off bacteria. It sheds dead skin cells so that the pores do not get clogged and your skin remains salubrious.
ACV relieves stinging sensation caused by sunburns. Dilute ACV with water and dab a wet cloth onto the sunburn. It will give you instant relief. Do not apply ACV directly onto your face, as it might burn your face.
Diluting Apple Cider in water and rubbing it over the rashes with a cotton ball helps in curing inflammation, reducing itching and healing the sensitivities.
The acetic acid in Apple cider vinegar works as an exfoliating agent. Put half a cup of ACV into 10 to 15 litres of water. Dip your feet and hands in this solution. You will notice dead cells coming off after the scrub.
ACV can also be used as an aftershave. It acts as an antiseptic to clean out any cuts and moisturizes the skin. It also closes the pores and soothes razor burn.
Apply mix of ACV and water on your face for best toning effect, bright and spotless, healthy and youthful skin. It minimises pore size, which is a giveaway of skin aging.
Hair Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Prevent split ends & breakage
ACV smoothens hair’s cuticle, which helps block split ends and breakage. Add ACV to your hair regimen by mixing it with filtered tap water. Rub it onto the split end and wash your hair after 30 minutes.
Stimulate hair growth
Massage ACV mixed with water gently over the scalp to stimulate blood circulation that also promoteshair growth.
Prevent hair loss
Hair breaks out easily because of deprivation of oil on the scalp. This happens when hair follicles are clogged, which leads to crusty flakes on the scalp formed by bacteria. Rinsing your scalp with ACV and water mixture can help you prevent causes of hair loss.
Lustrous and voluminous hair
The acetic acid in ACVremoves residue from the product buildup and helps in maintaining shiny, lustrous locks.
ACV is a fabulous natural detangler that is used as an alternative to conditioner. The acid in ACV helps to soften the hair cuticle allowing knots and tangles to slip out through brush.
Reduce frizzy hair
Frizzy hair is caused by lifted cuticles on the hair. Apple cider vinegar smoothes down the cuticles to give you frizz-free hair.
ACV removes dandruff by eliminating the flaky skin on the scalp. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse with mild shampoo.
New Delhi, Sep 21, 2017: Nothing can beat the goodness of homemade face masks which are made from natural ingredients like bananas, papayas, oats, aloe vera, honey, turmeric and more. With the festive season around the corner, experts suggest shakes, flower mixes and face packs which can be easily made at home.
Gunjan Gaur, make-up expert at ALPS Cosmetic Clinic and make-up expert Shahnaz Husain, have listed some useful face pack recipes:
* Honey banana face mask: Mash half a ripe banana and milk, one table spoon of sandalwood powder paste and half table spoon of honey. Let it stay on your skin for 20-25 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water. This face mask is beneficial for oily skin as sandalwood helps in cleansing excess sebum and oil from the skin while banana keeps it moisturised.
* Make a cold infusion of Hibiscus flowers, by allowing them to stand overnight in cold water, in a ratio of one to six. Next morning crush the flowers. Strain and keep the water. Mix the flowers with 3 teaspoons oats, two drops tea tree oil and add the water to mix into a paste. This hibiscus pack helps to cleanse, refresh and tone the skin, adding a glow.
* Take honey and yogurt and add a few tablespoons of red wine. Apply this on the face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with plain water. This softens and moisturizes the skin, removes tan and also adds a glow.
* Avocado pulp can be mixed with aloe vera gel and applied on the face to nourish and moisturise the skin. Wash off with plain water after 20 minutes. Fresh and raw avocado should be used. Avocado contains about 20 vitamins and minerals. It is rich in antioxidants, which help to delay skin ageing.
* Kiwi juice: Peel kiwi and cut into slices. Keep empty container under juice extractor nozzle and process apple, celery and kiwi fruit slices through the juicer. Discard the fibrous pulp.
* Apple Halwa: Peel the apples. Cut into slices and run them into a food processor till the apples are well grinded. In a pan heat ghee, add the apples. Now add sugar and mix, till the sugar melts. The halwa will again become liquidly. Garnish with sliced almond and serve.
* Watermelon smoothie: Blend watermelon, mango, sugar and water together in a blender until smooth. Place ice into glasses and pour smoothie over ice.
* Orange jelly: Natural orange jelly, place the water and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat and stir, until the sugar dissolves. Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the water and stir in until dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the orange juice. Decorate with blueberries and mint leaves.
* Mix cucumber and ripe papaya pulp with curd and two teaspoons oats. Lemon juice can also be added. Apply on face and neck. Wash it off after half an hour. Helps to remove tan and brighten the skin.
* For oily skin, soak one tablespoon moong dal in water for a few hours. Make a paste and add one tablespoon tomato pulp. Apply on face with a light massage. Wash off with water after 20 minutes. the pack reduces oiliness and brightens the skin. (IANS)