Ayurveda is an ancient form of natural treatment that provides rejuvenation to our body, in and out. It has been in existence since ages and is enshrined in the soul of Indian households.
If you are an Asian/Indian then you definitely know your pantry is always stocked with turmeric, tulsi, fennel seeds, cardamom, neem, ghee and many more. And, if unfortunately you are unwell, like you got flu, cough, fever, your mothers are ready with these herbal remedies. Am I right? Yes, and these recipes had been passed down for generations.
Good thing about these remedies is their multiple uses, as you can make turmeric milk too boost your immunity and same turmeric you can use to remove blemishes. Amazing na! How about to use some of these instant mixes for your skin to achieve flawless skin without spending too much.
The best foundation you can wear is glowing healthy skin.
Here I am describing three compelling herbs, which are unique in their ability to provide healing properties. These herbs are neem, basil and aloe vera. These are very popular among skincare industries.
Neem is distinctly popular for it’s medicinal properties and is a answer for many medical diseases. In Ayurveda neem is used to treat Vata and Kapha roga as it is beneficial in cough, fever, worm infestation, skin diseases and many more.
Often referred to as the “miracle tree” in India, in Sanskrit, neem is called “arishtha” which means “reliever of sickness.”Neem tree is very easy to find and the most curious part is each part of neem tree, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark, are medically beneficial.
Due to neem’s antibacterial nature, the tree is used to treat a melange of illnesses, and most often, skin conditions. Mostly calamine lotion is used for slaughtering in chickenpox, in India, neem is the go-to remedy.
Neem in Skincare:
Neem has great benefits in treating skin diseases as it is rich in limonoids, vitamin E and antioxidants. Neem has gained a great market value and is being used in body wash, hair oil, skin serums and body lotions. It can be used in face pack or in oil form.
- Neem oil’s anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties help in clearing up eczema, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis.
- Neem oil mixed with astringent helps to enhance beauty, reduces scars and skin rejuvenation. It reduces signs of aging and gives you radiant glow.
- Regular use of neem oil minimises warts and moles
- Neem oil adds a great shine to hairs and makes them healthy. It keeps the scalp healthy and dandruff-free.
Tulsi is a miracle plant loaded with antioxidants, anti-bacterial, anti-virals and nutrients. It is famous as,“holy basil”, but also known as “queen of herbs”, The “nectar of life”. Holy basil has 3 types Rama tulsi, Krishna tulsi and Vana tulsi and each variant has different smell and taste.
In Indian you find tulsi almost in every house. It has strong cultural and religious ties in India. It is a sacred plant for Hindus and is a symbol of purity, with the belief that it promotes longevity and lifetime happiness.
Tulsi is consumed almost everyday in Indian families in tea or salads. It is used as a herbal remedy to treat common cold and inflammation. This “wonder herb” has become an essential part of skincare products as it provides plenty of beauty benefits .
Tulsi in Skincare:
Topical application of skin helps in treating skin prone to inflammatory diseases.
- Tulsi removes excess oil, dirt and impurities from skin and helps in preventing acne.
- Tulsi helps in cell regeneration which works well to tighten the skin and remove fine lines.
- Tulsi oil is well known for removing whiteheads
- It aids to your oral health and improve digestion and immunity
A warm tulsi tea in a winter evening is a great choice to stay cold-free. Adding a dash of honey is always in good practice as well.
Aloe vera is a small-stemmed shrub, well known for ‘aloe vera gel’. This gel contains beneficial bioactive compounds such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Aloe Vera is famous throughout the skin industry for it’s great healing capabilities and one of the widely used herbal remedy.
Aloe vera’s water dense leaves makes it a great natural moisturiser and has magical effect on skin and hairs. It is a easily maintained indoor plant and is always ready to use.
Aloe Vera in skincare
Aloe Vera helps revive the skin with its great hydrating values
- Anti-inflammatory and cooling properties works perfect on sunburn.
- Aloe vera is a gentle cleanser and anti microbial properties helps in preventing acne.
- Aloe Vera mixed with lemon juice works amazingly on blemishes and gives you spotless skin.
- Aloe Vera supplements are rich in vitamin C, E and beta carotene with slowdown the ageing processe.
These three herbs are of great use for healthy, flawless and younger skin.
Taking care of skin is more important than covering it up.
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