Red Sandal Face Mask

Homemade Red Sandal Face Mask/pack

Red sandalwood powder is an amazing product that can be applied to get even skin tone to your face. It can clear out mild scars on the skin. If you have different color patches then red sandal face pack/mask is a gift. It increases the beauty of your face. Today we can discuss about a homemade red sandal face mask.

Red Sandal Face Mask



The ingredients used in this face pack are red sandalwood powder, green gram flour, neem powder, honey and fresh milk. Red sandal powder helps to remove marks and gives good skin tone. Green gram flour is used as a base but simultaneously it is a natural scrub. Neem has got natural anti-fungal property. Honey here helps skin tightening thus reducing the appearance of mild wrinkles. Fresh milk is added here to get nourishment to skin topically.

How to prepare red sandal face mask
Take two tsp. green gram flour. Add 1/2 tsp. red sandalwood powder and 1/2 tsp. neem powder. Add 1/2 tsp. honey and mix well. By adding fresh milk make it a paste. Red sandal face mask is ready.

Wash your face and apply this pack on face and neck. Those who are with dry skin apply a little almond oil on face before applying this mask. Fist you can do a mild massage also. This is to exfoliate the dead skin cells. Leave this mask for 25-40 min. Then wash it off. Sometimes for those who are with sensitive skin may get irritation due to the aromatic property of sandalwood.
So first try it on the inner wrist of your palm. Apply this red sandal face mask once in a week minimum.

Homemade Hot oil Treatment

Homemade hot oil hair treatment recipes

Homemade Hot oil treatment#1 Olive oil.
It is very good for dry hair. Warm olive oil and apply on the hair and scalp. Do massage on the scalp for 15 min. Then take bath and shampoo well. Condition the next day. Some may not like the thick oil. Then use some thin oil instead of olive oil.

Homemade Hot oil treatment#2 Caster oil.
Warm 3tsp of caster oil. Massage scalp and gently comb. Put steaming hot towel on the head and wait for 15 min. Then shower.

Homemade Hot oil treatment#3 Olive oil & honey.
3 tsp of olive oil and 1 tsp of honey. Mix well and apply on scalp wait 15 min. Then shampoo well.

Homemade Hot oil treatment#4
Beat together 1egg, 1 tsp vinegar and 2 tsp coconut oil. Massage into the scalp . Comb evenly through hair and leave for 15 min. Then wash off.

Homemade Hot oil treatment#5.
Mix 2tsp of coconut oil, 1tsp of lime juice and massage into the scalp.

Homemade Hot oil treatment#6.
If you are exploratory on this, with coconut oil before boiling add either fenugreek seeds or paste of curry leaves or paste of neem leaves.


Anti-Wrinkle Pack

Anti-Wrinkle pack for reducing the appearance of wrinkles

The anti-wrinkle pack that I am telling here can be used for all ages. If you start to apply this anti-wrinkle pack when you see the first spot of wrinkles, then you can completely avoid wrinkles in future.

Banana-Cabbage anti-wrinkle pack
Here banana is used as a anti-wrinkle facial pack. Take a ripe banana and cut and mash it into a paste. Get few leaves of cabbage and grind it in a mixer/grinder to get a paste. Mix the above two pastes by adding one egg white. In the early morning wash your face with cold water. Apply this paste on your face. Let it dry in the face for 30 min. Then wash the face with normal water. If you apply this anti-wrinkle pack daily for one month you can avoid wrinkles. After that apply this anti wrinkle pack twice in a month.

Similarly there are so many homemade anti-wrinkle pack you can make. Apple is a good remedy for wrinkles. Add lemon juice also. Another anti wrinkle pack you can make is from carrot juice. Add few drops of almond oil also to it. Papaya also is said to be an excellent solution for wrinkles. Make papaya anti-wrinkle pack by mashing ripe papaya. Do not use medium ripe one because it may produce irritation on sensitive skins.

As these anti-wrinkle pack are pure and natural, you have to use for days. Effect may be slow but the result will be genuine and of no side effects.

At Home Foot Pampering

Oh yeah you are taking care of your face, skin and may be hands. Who cares about legs. No time. Here is foot pampering in no time at home.
At home foot pampering

At home foot pampering tips
One day when you are free keep some time for foot pampering. For this you may need one large bowl. In the bowl fill with warm water. Add lemon slices. Add rose petals or few drops of rose oil. If you have forming gel add that also. Now dip your feet and splash the water to form bubbles. Keep both legs on this water for another 10 min. Now take out one foot and put on the knee of the other leg. Now you can use scrub. For that mix 4tsp.of green gram flour, 2tsp.of sugar powder, almond oil and sandalwood powder. Use this as a scrub. Scrub all over the foot with light or medium pressure. If you have cracked heel then use pumics/puming stone to rub. Then after finishing this, keep this foot on water and clean it. Then do the same for the other foot. Now the water in the bowl is cool. Take out both the feet and towel dry. If you want you can cut your nails and give shape to them. Now you can apply any moisturizer or cold cream on both feet. I prefer some natural moisturizer. Use crushed avocado fruit pulp. Apply all over the feet and wait for 10 min. Then wash it off, towel dry. Now you can go for nail polish.

How about doing this at home foot pampering once or twice in a month.

Facial Mask for Flaky Skin

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Facial Mask for Flaky Skin
For those who have dry skin, sometimes it becomes a problem at the time of hot season that flakes forms on the skin, even on face. Here is a natural solution to that which is homemade. This is an oats almond face pack to help the flaky skin.


Ingredients for facial mask for flaky skin


1cup oats
1/2 cup almond
1/2 cup dried rose petals


How to prepare facial mask for flaky skin
Make powders of the above ingredients. From that take 3tsp. oats powder, 1tsp. almond powder and 1tsp. rose petals powder. Mix them well and add 3 or 4 tsp. yogurt to make a paste. Now the facial mask is ready.


How to apply facial mask for flaky skin
First of all wash and dry the face and apply a thin layer of almond oil all over the face. Avoid the eye areas. Then apply the facial mask for flaky skin all over the face and neck. Remember to add a little water if needed to make the mask smooth running. Allow the mask to stay there for 10-15 min. But take care to not getting the mask dry on the face. So wash off the mask before drying on the face. Use cold water to rinse the mask.

You have to do this everyday for consecutive three days and latter do it on alternate days till your face become alright. After getting the full result, do not forget to repeat this at least once in a week or whenever you feel necessary. This facial mask for flaky skin definitely solve your problem.

Facial for normal skin

Facial for normal skin
This facial can be done on normal but healthy skin. This is suitable for a flawless skin, free of blemishes. If there are blemishes you have to do special facials for blemishes.

Here you can do facial with a natural scrub. Make a facial scrub of oatmeal, honey and little orange juice. Or you can take curd or lemon juice.

Preparation of natural facial scrub

Grind the oat meal to get a medium condition powder of it. Here you may need three tsp. of oats. Add one tsp. honey and three tsp. orange juice. Mix well to get a thick paste.

How to do the facial

First of all you have to cleanse the face with a cleansing milk or use fresh milk. Then apply the scrub on the face and do round massage. Do it for three min. Then if you can give a light steam over the face is good. After two min. wipe of the scrub from the face and again steam the face lightly. After this if you have black heads it is good time to remove it. You may have the black head remover. Here if you have any astringent, just pat on the face. Then rub ice cubes all over the face.

Finally you have to apply a natural face pack to get the full result. Here you can apply the pack of milk powder and orange or orange juice. After three min. wash face with normal water. This facial gives a fresh look and it nourishes the outer skin, so it gives the soft texture. This facial can be done once in every week at your home.

Full Body Rose Bath

Full Body Rose Bath
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You may know rose bath in spa. There you get a full bath. Here you can get the same goodness at your home by using the same ingredients as a body spread. Rose flour is an excellent refreshing and glow giving natural ingredient in beauty therapy. See the special mixing in this full body rose bath.

Prepare full body rose bath

Take one cup of fresh rose petals and two cups coconut milk in a mixer grinder. Mash well and blend milk and the petals. Here you get a loose mix and you are ready for a full body rose bath.

Take a full body rose bath

Shower the full body and apply rose bath all over the face, neck and body with your hands. Remember to give a round massage everywhere. Stay there for 5-10 min. by moving hands on the body. Then go for a full bath in the shower.

This full body rose bath gives a refreshing scented bath feeling and makes your skin smooth and fresh. You can make this bathing a spa experience by lighting aroma candles inside the bath room and off course a light music will add some difference. Wish you good moments.

Dry Hair and Oily Scalp

Dry Hair and Oily Scalp

Most of you may had come across such multiple hair and head condition. If you treat oiliness it may create dryness. When try to avoid dryness it may create oiliness. Most of the time it is a very difficult situation to cope with. I receive several emails asking a perfect remedy for this.

Here you have to understand some basic things regarding hair and scalp. When you try to remove the oil condition of scalp and wash with shampoo very frequently, it is seen giving an adverse result. Why? It is a natural tendency of skin including scalp that when you wash more the oil glands under the skin may try to produce more oil. If it is the fact then what will an amicable solution? Avoid excessive washing with shampoo. Understand that shampooing is not the solution to face this situation. Then what is recommendable in this situation? Let us see this at the end part of this story.

Next let us think about extreme dryness. If the hair and scalp give dryness, naturally you may try to oil the hair. Nothing wrong. But before going for a head oil treatment consider this- did you have this dry hair problem long before? And did it produce dry flakes on the scalp. Is this situation because of excess shampooing? All these questions should be asked before deciding a solution. If there is flakes on the scalp and it is in excess, then oiling may cause dandruff. When you oil on the flaky scalp it may cause infection on the scalp. This may give itching on the scalp. In this situation you have to check that is there any dandruff or is this just a flaky scalp? Sometimes the flakes on the scalp may get confused as dandruff. Then dandruff treatment or dandruff shampoos may worsen the situation. If you find that that you have dandruff with excessive flakes then you have to use some mild dandruff shampoo or herbal products, keeping in mind that it is not causing any more dryness. After solving the dandruff you can treat the dryness by oiling. Here I recommend to go for any homemade hair packs. Definitely it will not produce more dryness or oiliness.

Whenever you face with the multiple condition of dry hair and oily scalp it is very difficult to treat it with a store bought product. Here you have to consider the situation very intelligently. To remove the dryness of hair if you put oil, gradually the oil from hair will be transferred to the scalp. If you try to solve the oily scalp by shampooing that will cause dryness on hair. Here you have to select a solution to give a medium remedy on both condition. Here comes the help as homemade or natural remedy. Here is a simple logic to face the situation. Avoid excess oil and excess washing. I am suggesting a mixture treatment of oil and orange pack.

Hair pack for oily scalp and dry hair

This treatment consists of two parts, oiling and orange massage. As you have dry hair you have to consider this first. So do a simple and light hot oil massage on the hair ONLY. And, take care to avoid two inches of hair from the scalp side. It is to avoid spreading the oil to the scalp. Only light oiling may do. Spread your favorite hair oil all over the hair. If the oil is warm that is very good. Do not put oil on the scalp. Wait for five min.

Now scalp treatment starts. Cut an orange into two halves. Try to remove the superficial seeds by pressing. Then rub the orange on scalp thoroughly. After applying the orange all over the scalp, start rubbing the scalp with fingers. Here you have to take care that your finger nails are not scratching the scalp skin. Just do gentle massage for three min. Then wait for 20 min. Then wash hair and scalp with water. Do not use any shampoo.

This you have do once in three days. While continuing this treatment for a week or two, you can apply a suitable hair pack once in a week. Avoid tomato or strawberries in the pack. Do and avocado hair pack. This homemade remedy can help you treating the multiple condition. After solving the problem through this one-course treatment you have to manage your head and hair cleverly. That means all your continued product usages have to solve the multiple condition. When you select shampoos and when you do hot oil treatment do this mildly. It is very recommended to apply suitable hair packs instead of shampooing and oiling. This can give a permanent solution by permanent and clever treating hair accordingly.

Body Massage with coconut milk

Body Massage with coconut milk

Coconut milk has so many features that can help our hair and skin. In some earlier posts I had mentioned some benefits of coconut milk on body and hair. Here today I am giving raw coconut milk benefit on body. Especially this is so beneficial for children between 5 to 15 ages. Elders also can be benefited with this for sure. For those who have rashes on body or white patches or itchy skin all can be benefited from applying raw coconut milk on body. This can be used to avoid dry skin all over the body. The coconut milk is also a nourishment to skin.

How to prepare coconut milk
Someone asked me is coconut milk the water inside a coconut!!!Actually it confuses for those who are not familiar with coconut. Inside the coconut we get sweet coconut water. The inner crux white portion is the actual coconut used for making curry. By crushing and squeezing the inner white portion we get coconut milk. For this, grate the inner portion and put it in a mixer/grinder and work for few minutes. Then take out and squeeze the milk out. Now the coconut milk powder is available. I do not know how far it is genuine. So using this coconut milk we can do a good body massage.

Body massage with coconut milk
Apply the coconut milk all over body and face. Do a simple massage on the skin. This can help the milk to penetrate the skin. While applying we may feel itchy. Nothing to worry. Apply lavishly on full body. Continue rubbing on the skin while applying. Wait for half an hour.

If we do this body massage with coconut milk to children that will help their skin to become more smooth. It will avoid the formation skin patches or discoloration.
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Skin Glow Face Pack

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Skin Glow Face Pack

Glow glow glow to skin is a main concern to women around the world. Whatever we use to increase the skin complexion that is brought from stores give adverse effect in the long run. Here it is advisable to go natural. Here is solution to this that is natural and from Ayurveda, India. I am suggesting a face pack that was used not only for beauty enhancements but also for various skin treatments. You all know the orange lentils (masoor dal) used in Indian cooking. You can get this from Indian food stores. Get flour of split orange lentils. Or you can grind the lentils to get the flour.

Preparing face pack skin glow

Ingredients:
5 tbs lentils flour
Ghee
Milk

Make a paste by mixing ghee and milk to the lentils flour. Try to add the ghee and milk a little by little to get an even paste. Mix well intensely to get the flour rubbed well together with milk and ghee. The milk and ghee combination can be in the ratio 2:1. Skin glow face pack is ready.

Application of the skin glow face pack

Wash and tissue dry facial skin. Apply the skin glow face pack evenly all over the face and neck. Wait for 10-15 min. But do not give time to get it dry on face. Wash before that with cold water.

Repeated application of the skin glow face pack

It is advisable to apply this face pack once in a week. But if you intend to get a sudden result then do it daily for three or five consecutive days and repeat it once in week. This skin glow face pack will give special glow to you facial skin and it will rejuvenate the skin naturally.

Homemade Dandruff Treatment

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Homemade Dandruff Treatment
Sometimes the scalp gets dry and may produce flakes. When we use oil or if we keep it wet for a long time then the flaky scalp may get infection and it causes itching. This condition also can be called dandruff. But sometimes if we avoid oiling then it produces dry scalp. There forms flaky scalp. This is not actual dandruff. This condition can be solved by making the scalp conditioned by mild oil massage. But if the flaky scalp gets infection then it should be treated for dandruff. Here is a natural homemade dandruff treatment.

Dandruff remedy This homemade dandruff treatment have two steps. One is a simple hot oil head massage. Then do the dandruff treatment.

1. Hot oil head massage

You can use your favorite oil that you use on hair usually. But avoid factory made hair growth oils for hot oil treatment. Heat a pan and pour the oil on the pan. Do not allow it to boil, just warm it.
First of all do a finger move all over the hair to take out the knots on the hair. Also do round finger movements on the scalp. Then dip the fingers on the warm oil and do thorough massage on the scalp. Do it all over the scalp. Take care to avoid rubbing with nails. Wait for 3 min.

2. Dandruff treatment

For the homemade dandruff treatment you requires one egg and two oranges. Prepare the orange pulp and add the egg white on it. Mix well and apply on the scalp. Try to apply it all over the scalp thoroughly. After finishing applying, continue massage for another 5 min. Then allow it to stay for another 10 min. You may feel itching or burning on the scalp, but it is good. Then rinse the whole head with normal or lightly cold water. Remember to do very light massage on the scalp while pouring water. Towel dry it very softly, do not rub with the towel. Also do not dry on hot air or fan.

Do this homemade dandruff treatment two or three times in a week. During this treatment period do not use shampoo or any other hair products. By using this dandruff treatment for three weeks you can get the full result. Further taker care to not getting dry scalp or oily scalp, but keep it conditioned.

Homemade Hair Growth Pack

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 Amazon.com. 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.

Natural Homemade Remedy for Dandruff

At home natural tips for Dandruff cure

Natural Dandruff cure#1
Fenugreek is a very good remedy for curing dandruff.
For that you have to soak about 2 tbsp. of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Next morning grind the soaked seeds and add little water to make it a paste. Apply this on your scalp and rinse it off after 30 min. you may have to do it for at least once a week.

At home remedy for Dandruff#2
Mix lemon juice and warm coconut oil. Apply it on your hair and scalp. massage well for 15 min. Leave it for another 20 min. Then rinse and shampoo with a mild shampoo.

Natural cure for Dandruff#3
Crush fenugreek seeds in coconut oil and warm it. Apply this oil on your hair and scalp. Give a thorough massage for about 15 min. Keep it for about one hour. It is good to repeat twice a week.

Herbal tips for Dandruff#4
Apply 3 tsp. of lemon juice. Massage the scalp with aloe vera gel for 20 min. Do it daily till dandruff diminish.

Homemade Dandruff tip#5
Take shikakai , amla and ritha. Powder it and adding water make it a paste. Leave this for overnight. Then add more water to get a loose mixture. Apply this on scalp and hair. Leave it for 30 min. and rinse it off.

Natural Home-made Dandruff tip#6
Mix 2 tbsp. of beetroot juice, 1 egg and 1 tspn. lime juice. Apply and massage the scalp for 20 min. and wash it off. Next morning mix 1 tspn. lime juice with ½ tspn. salt. Rub this mix on scalp and massage with a peel of a lime turned inside out. After one hour you can shampoo it off.

Facial for Acne Scars

Facial for Acne Scars

For a beautiful face sometimes acne/pimples become a remarkable trouble. Not only acne, acne scars also bother our beauty. If the acne comes very closer to each other and leave scars, it may become a black patch or spready shade on the cheeks. You may happen in a confusion about what to do in this difficult situation. There are a lot of products available in the market to remove acne or pimples. But products for removing scars are normally appear ineffective. One thing we have to understand is that the mark or spot has come as the after effect of acne not in a day. So it will take time to remove the mark.

Here is a facial at home to remove or diminish the acne scars on the face. As said you have to do this facial for a period of at least one or two months. The main ingredient in this facial is saffron and red sandal powder. These two things have the capacity to remove scars gradually as it is natural. Let us see how to do this special facial for acne scars!


Preparation
Oats powder - 5-10 tsp
Red sandal powder - 1 pinch
Saffron - 2 or 3 pinches
Fresh milk - 5tsp. or as required

The quantity of ingredients can be adjusted as per your requirement. Nothing to worry about that. The red sandal powder should be in less, as it makes the skin dry. If you are with dry skin then add two tsp. olive oil also. Anyway mix all the ingredients well and make it a thick paste by adding enough milk.


Facial steps

1. Cleansing: Use fresh milk to cleanse the face. Soak cotton ball in the milk and rub all over the face.

2. Toning: Use orange to rub on the face. Then wipe the face with wet tissue.

3. Scrubbing: Use the saffron/oats thick paste as the scrub. Take the scrub on the fingers and do circular rub on the face in an upward motion. Do it all over the face. Then wipe the face again.

4. Facial: Take a little of the thick paste and add more water or milk to make it a loose paste. Apply this and do a light massage on the face. Continue this facial massage for four min. then wash the face with cold water.

5. Facial pack: Take the thick paste and apply on the face as face pack. Allow it on the face for not more than 7min. Then wash it off.

You have to do it twice in a week for one or two moths. This will not give an instant result. You have to do it consistently. This will remove the existing scars and certainty it checks the formation of scars in future. So it is a preventive treatment also.

Hair Treatment

Hair treatment for hair loss
Here we discuss about homemade hair treatment for hairloss. If you suffer from hair loss, definitely you require a hair treatment. In the market there are so many types of hair treatment products available. But here we focus on homemade hair treatment.

Hair treatment using Reetha (Areetha), Shikakai and Amla. All these ingredients are herbs. In India it is very common. I would like to tell you some thing about these ingredients of our hair treatment.
Reetha otherwise is called soap nut. Soap nuts contain saponin, a natural detergent which is used to clean clothes. It is used to make herbal shampoo. Here we can add this in our hair treatment.

Soap nuts have become popular as an environmentally friendly alternative to manufactured, chemical detergents . A few nuts can be placed in a cotton drawstring bag in with a wash load and reused several times. Soap nuts are safe for washing silk, woolens and other delicate fabrics.



Shikakai means "fruit for hair" and is a traditional shampoo used in India.








It is made from Acacia concinna, a shrub native to the warm, plains of central and south India. Acacia concinna has been used as hair treatment in India for centuries, it is now grown commercially in India and Far East Asia. The plant parts used for the dry powdered or the extract are the bark, leaves or pods. So it is also very good for hair treatments.

Amla or Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica, syn. Emblica officinalis) is a deciduous tree

of the Euphorbiaceae family. It is known for its edible fruit of the same name. It is used in Ayurvedic medicines. Locally the crush of this fruit is used in hair treatment in India. Whatever hair treatment we make out of this Gooseberry is very effective in controlling hairloss and helping hair growth.








How to make Hair Treatment
Mix Reetha 2 tbsp, Shikakai 2 tbsp and Amla 2 tbsp. Add an egg and make it a paste. Wash your hair first. Apply this paste on scalp and hair. Let your fingers pass through out your hair that will make the paste mix well in your entire hair. Leave it for 20 min. Then rinse hair well. if you want use mild shampoo. Repeat it two three times a week for a month. Some may not like the smell of egg, so use coconut or olive oil instead of egg to prepare this hair treatment. I hope you enjoy these hair treatment.

Homemade Hair Packs

Homemade Hair Packs

One of my clients called me and told that she want to fix an appointment for her hair treatment. Usually she does henna on hair. Because of the climate she got cold and she doesn't want to apply henna this time. Instead she asked for any homemade hair pack. She is feeling some itchy scalp and feeling irritation on forehead. Considering all these factors I told her that I will prepare a suitable fruit pack for her.

Homemade hair packs
For such a condition on hair, using orange on hair is advisable. So I cut half of an orange with the peel. I took a small piece of cucumber also. Then added 3 tsp. of shikakai powder and 5 tsp. of green gram flour. Using a mixer/grinder I made a loose pack.

How to apply homemade hair pack
When my client came I noticed she is prepared to apply the homemade hair pack because, as a preliminary step she combed her hair well. She made all the strands loose and removed all the knots etc. from hair. It is so good. Because I added green gram flour in the hair pack it is better to apply oil on hair first. I took 3 tsp. warm coconut oil(pre-mixed with curry leaves) and applied on her hair. Did a thorough massage for 3 min. Then I applied homemade hair pack evenly all over hair. Then I put a shower cap and told her to sit on the chair for 25 min. listening her favorite song on the earphone.

After around 15 min. when I looked at her she fell into a nap. After 25 min. when I called her she confessed about the soothing effect of the warm feeling she got through the homemade hair pack. After washing her hair she did not forget to convey her special thanks for the homemade hair pack.

Green Tea Face Toner

Green Tea Face toner
Everyone know the benefits of green tea. We can make a simple natural facial toner out of the green tea. This toner can be used for all skin types. By using this natural toner you can tone down the skin naturally and get the green benefit of nature. It is simple to prepare and use the green tea facial toner.

Preparation of green tea Face Toner:

Boil 5 cups of water.
Add green tea in hot water and boil.
Then allow it to cool and keep in refrigerator.
This cool liquid can be used as toner.

You can make ice cubes out of this liquid to use after a facial.

Application of green tea toner:Wash your face.
Soak a cotton ball in the green tea toner and rub on face and neck.

When you do facial, apply green tea ice cubes on your face.

This green tea toner can be used in all skin types. Other than a toner it have many other benefits as it tightens your pores, it gives a supple and soft skin. Make it a habit to use this natural toner everyday. And do not forget to try other homemade face packs which you can see in this site.

Hibiscus Hair Pack

Hibiscus Hair Pack

You have seen how to make hibiscus hair shampoo. But whenever you think to use hibiscus shampoo, fresh hibiscus leaves should be available and you need time to get the leaves and prepare it. So the hibiscus hair pack is the remedy for all these hustles. Whenever you want you can apply the hibiscus hair pack.

How to prepare hibiscus hair pack
As a first step to make hibiscus hair pack collect the leaves of hibiscus as much you can. Keep the leaves on the sun for one or two days. When it is completely dry put it in mixer-grinder and powder it. This powder you can use it whenever you want to prepare hibiscus hair pack. One thing I have to mention that the hibiscus flower powder is available in the market to add to the hibiscus hair pack.

At the time of using, take 1/2 cup of hibiscus leaf powder. Mix with 5tsp. of amla powder and 2tsp. of shikakai powder. Then add water and mix well to get a paste. This is the hibiscus hair pack. This herbal pack will work as a shampoo and a super conditioner. It will give extra shine and make hair color too dark. If you apply this hibiscus hair pack at least once in a week you can avoid the formation of dandruff and reduce hair loss. Eventually this pack will help hair growth.

(see other products with hibiscus)

How to apply hibiscus hair pack
Before applying pack apply your favorite oil on hair. If your hair is too dry apply generously. Massage the scalp. Then apply the hibiscus hair pack all over hair. You know how to apply. Apply from the roots to tips, strands by strands. After applying on each strand twist it and make it like a bun. Similarly add all strands upon this made bun. Wait for 15-20 min. Then rinse hair wash it off all the pack. One more thing if you want to use henna powder you can add that also. It will give a reddish tint to hair. But consider hibiscus powder as main ingredient for this hibiscus hair pack. Do not make the paste and try to keep it in fridge. Use it instantly when you make the paste. I am sure you will enjoy this hibiscus hair pack well.

Dry skin to a fresh look

Dry skin to a fresh look

Yours may be a combination skin. But sometimes it may become dry and looses its freshness. Or your skin is dry in nature. For both the cases here is an instant remedy to make the dryness of skin to a fresh and new look. I do not remember whether I wrote this tip before. Anyway I am going to reveal the secret (nothing secret after I reveal).

The dryness may be caused by climatic conditions or the food you eat etc. If you correct the food habits it can be checked gradually. Here I suggest an instant solution with very common food items as ingredients. The main ingredients are oats, milk, sugar and tomato paste.

Preparation

At first make thick tomato paste. We require two tbsp. of tomato paste. Take three tsp. (or as required) of oats powder. Add two tsp. milk powder and one tsp. sugar powder. Mix everything and make a paste by adding water. Finally add the tomato paste and mix well.

Application

Wash the face with water. Apply the pack all over the face and neck. Wait for 10-15 min. Do not allow the pack to become dry on the face. then wash it off. If your face is extremely dry then apply lightly any oil before applying this pack. Repeat it twice in a week. During this time drink fruit juices. Avoid acidic juices like lemon.

Homemade Hair Conditioner

Homemade Hair Conditioning treatment

When we use different products that is from stores, may give the concerned results, like straightening or volumising or shampooing. But our concern should be to get back the natural condition of hair. For that also we can use store bought conditioners. But most of the time the lab manufactured conditioner cannot give back the natural state of the hair. Our hair is having its own natural state because of the food we eat. That state is slightly disturbed by the use of lab products. In this situation we can think about giving back the natural condition of hair by using natural things that may be mainly from our food items. Means reconditioning hair from the kitchen itself.
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Here today I am suggesting a vegetable oriented natural hair conditioner. This is a hair conditioning treatment in a stretch. Some may think that what is the relevance in using these vegetables that is used as food. When we eat food that food get digested and the concerned ingredient reach the scalp through blood circulation. Here when we use these things on the scalp we get the nourishment directly. This is like that we get immediate result when we use oilment than using tablets. This is because of the difference in external application on the affected area and using medicines internally.

Here is the recipe for a natural hair conditioner right from your kitchen. Here the main ingredients are cucumber, tomato, ladies finger, carrot and egg white. For those who don't like egg then use chick pea powder or green gram powder. Take two small cucumbers, one tomato, three ladies fingers, two carrots and one egg. According to the thickness and volume of hair you can increase or decrease the quantity of the ingredients. The cucumber helps to remove the chlorine content if any and it gives cooling effect. It is helping the scalp to adjust its normal state. Tomato acts as a toner that helps bumps in the scalp. It removes scalp itching. Ladies finger works as a good hair conditioning agent. And it deepens the natural color of hair. If the hair is black it makes deep black. If the hair is brown it gives deep reddish color. If it is blond it gives deeply glowing appearance. Carrot make the scalp skin smooth and it gives a complexion to the scalp skin. When you are outside in the sun the scalp won't look like dark. And also the carrot nourishes the growing part of the hair. Egg white makes the hair polished and it gives protein nourishment.
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Preparation of natural homemade hair conditioner
Cut the vegetables into small pieces and mash it in a mixer.grinder. Make an average loose paste and add egg white and mix well. You have to use this instantly, do not keep in the refrigerator and use.

How to apply the natural hair conditioner

You can use it while bathing. But it is advisable to use a little oil on the scalp before bathing or applying the natural conditioner. If you don't want to bath now, apply oil and rinse hair in water. Then apply the natural hair conditioner all over the scalp and hair. Make sure that the conditioner reaches everywhere in the scalp and hair. Wait for 10-15 min. and wash hair thoroughly. Towel dry hair and scalp.

Repeat this once in week or as your convenience. This natural hair conditioning treatment not only gives conditioning but also nourishment.

Homemade Hibiscus Hair oil

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Hibiscus Hair oil

This is another homemade hair oil recipe to get growth. It is made with hibiscus leaves and flowers. Hibiscus is a wonderful plant product for hair growth. Hibiscus leaf is used as a natural shampoo conditioner.(Hibiscus Shampoo) The benefits of hibiscus can be utilized in the form of homemade hibiscus hair oil. This hair oil is used in India to help hair from dandruff and unnatural hair loss which in turn promote hair growth. Women in Kerala used this wonderful product to get thick long hair. But now due to lac of time etc. all go for store bought products.

Hibiscus for hair: How to make homemade hibiscus hair oil
For this you can use the leaves and flowers of this plant. All type of hibiscus can be used. But the plant with thick leaves is better. The juicy and sticky leaves can give better result.

Making of hibiscus for hair (hair oil): Get five flowers. You can use fresh as well one day old flowers. Take 3 fresh leaves also. Chop these ingredients into small pieces. Using a mixer/grinder just crush it. No need to make it a paste. You can get 1/2 cup of it, accordingly add more flowers if needed.Then put this mix into a heating bowl or pan. Add 1 cup of your favorite oil which you uses on hair. May be you can choose coconut oil. Mix well. Heat it in low flame. Now when the fumes starts coming add three leaves of tulsi if you have. And add few grains of corn or rice or fenugreek and see it pops up. At that time switch of the flame. Allow it to cool. Sieve the homemade hibiscus hair oil into a glass bottle.

Before bathing warm the hibiscus hair oil and apply on hair and scalp and do a massage. Wait for 10 min. and take a bath. If you use this homemade hibiscus hair oil at least once in a week consistently that will hep your hair growth well.

Flower Pack for Dry Skin

Flower Pack for Dry Skin
Sometimes the facial skin becomes dry for some unknown temporary reason. this can happen to normal skin and combination skin types. One of the reasons may be acidity. The skin shows acidic nature because of food you eat or due to climatic changes etc. During this time the face becomes dull and looks dry. You have to give a little extra care. Here is a soft and natural care that you can give to your skin beauty. Here is a flower pack for dry skin due to acidity. You can use this face pack for other dry skin condition also.

Jasmine Rose flower face pack
Here you need a hand full of jasmine flower and a rose flower. Get fresh flowers form flower shop or from your garden. Remember to remove the pollen stems from the rose flower. Wash it and clean well. Smash the flowers by adding fresh milk. Add enough flowers to get the required quantity.

Wash face with normal water. Then cleanse the face with cotton ball dipping in fresh milk. Wipe face with water. Apply flower facial pack all over the face. Wait for 10-15 min. and wipe off the pack. This mixture of jasmine and rose flower can reduce the acidic nature of the skin. Also remember to drink apple or carrot juices during this period. Avoid excessive acidic food and drinks. Eat green and leafy vegetables.

Chemically Treated Haircare

Processed Haircare

When you use hair color, perms and relaxer, the chemicals contained in these products alter the characteristics of hair shaft. This may cause the hair strands to break. In most of the cases the hair tips happen to split apart. The final condition of hair may be you get a frizzy hair. Most importantly the hair may look dull by making the surface of hair strands mat finish or less shiny.

Care for processed hair has to be taken very seriously. Because of the application of strong chemicals, the normal condition of hair might have changed. You hair was oily, but now it may be like combination hair. Most probably by the application of chemicals the tips of the hair and shafts may become more dry than the roots. So you have to treat your hair as a combination hair.

How to use shampoo on a chemically treated hair
If your hair is colored, choose an appropriate shampoo specially designed for colored hair. This shampoo may be more gentle and can protect the color. For a permed or relaxed hair choose moisturizing shampoo. Apply shampoo only on the roots and rub it well. Pour splash of water onto the root. The shampoo will run towards the shaft and give a gentle massage on the shaft to cleanse there. Then rinse the whole hair.

Using conditioner
The conditioner is mainly needed for the tips of hair. Use a rich conditioner. Apply the conditioner mainly on the tips. And gently and lightly apply the conditioner very little towards the shaft. Do not use it on the roots. Rinse well.

Dry your hair naturally. Do not use hair dryer that may make your hair dry. Do not rub vigorously with towel. This can create tangles. Do not wash a processed hair very frequently. On the same time take care to minimize the oily roots. Avoid over sun exposure of hair. Sometimes dry flakes may appear on the scalp. It is not dandruff. It is due to the over dryness there, because the shampoo may be too strong or due to the action of the strong chemicals from hair processing. If the tips are split apart, do trimming the split ends.

To rejuvenate and recondition your damaged hair, instead of using store bought products, you can go for natural and home made hair packs.

Avocado hair treatment for damaged hair

Protein treatment for damaged hair

Hot oil treatment


Homemade Tips for Enlarged Pores

How to reduce large pores on face

Enlarged pores tip-1
Mix 1 tsp of oatmeal powder with lime juice and add water to make a paste. Apply on face and leave for 20 min . This is excellent for enlarged pores.

Enlarged pores tip-2
Beat 1 egg and add 1 tsp of orange peel power. Apply on face and leave it for 20 min. Then wash off. It will reduce the size of enlarged pores.

Large pores tip-3
Mix 2 tsp of multani mitti and1 tsp of rose water. Then add 1tsp of astringent. Apply this on face and after 20 min. wash off. This is a good remedy for large pores.

Large pores tip-4
Mix orange juice, 1 tsp of honey and a little lanolin. Apply and keep the pack for 15 min. This will help to reduce large pores on face.

Open pores tip-5
Mix oatmeal power with the white of an egg. Apply it and leave for 20 min. Open pores will close and the size will be reduced.

Open pores tip-6
If your skin is very dry, make special nourishing pack by mixing an egg yolk with a few drops of lime juice. Apply on open pores.

Enlarged pores tip-7
Make a paste of cucumber in a mixer.Use it as a pack. If the enlarged pores are not very predominant it is a very good tip. It is very refreshing and can be used for dark circles around the eye area.

(If you have any allergy problems, please try it on the inner side of your wrist.)
These natural homemade tips for enlarged pores are safe and no side effects.

Hair pack for damaged hair

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Hair pack for damaged hair

Due to so many reasons your hair may get damaged. Because of careless treatment hair can get damaged. By the use of hair products containing hard chemicals can create problems. In this situation you have to think about going natural. By following natural and homemade technique you can rejuvenate your hair, but remember you must be patient to get the full result.

Here I am suggesting Avocado hair pack. Avocado is a well known natural hair conditioner. It can be used as face pack also. Here to make a hair pack you only need a fully ripe avocado and olive oil.

How to prepare hair pack for damaged hair

Mash the avocado well in a bowl. You can use mixer if you want. For one avocado add two tsp. olive oil. Mix well. If you don't want olive oil, yes you can add your favorite oil.

How to apply hair pack for damaged hair

Comb hair well and do partition in the middle. Then apply the pack all over the hair and try to roll around on the back. Put a hair cap and allow 25-30 min to stay.

Then wash hair with normal water and rinse out the pack well. The very first day application can show you the difference in your hair. But do it twice monthly. If you can do hot oil treatment on alternate with this can help your hair recover fast.

If the hair is too much damaged then add 1 egg also to it. If you want to avoid the sticky nature of the pack then add 2-3 drops of lemon juice. And remember to avoid all other chemical products to get the full result.

Homemade Anti Wrinkle Pack

Homemade anti wrinkle pack

Here you get homemade anti wrinkle pack. This pack helps to prevent or reduce the appearance of wrinkles from very beginning. You know there are so many natural remedies that can be used at home. Here I am suggesting potato as anti wrinkle pack. Raw potato can be used for wrinkles and pigmentation. It is a very good treatment for dark eye circles and eye puffiness.

Potato anti wrinkle pack

We need one fresh potato. Select the best one without any dark spots. Peel it off and grate it. This grated potato can be placed around eyes for dark circles or eye puffiness. Keep a little of this grated potato if you want. Put the grated potato in mixer to make it a paste. This paste can be used as anti wrinkle pack.

Wash your face in cold water in the morning. Apply the pack on the face and wait for half an hour. Even if you do not have any wrinkles you can use this anti wrinkle pack. You get an evenly textured and complexioned skin color. Your face skin becomes smooth. If you have any color difference due to sun etc, it can be solved using this pack.

After 30 min. wash the pack with again cold water. You put the grated potato around the eyes to remove dark circles. Try to use this anti wrinkle pack daily in the morning till you get result. and after that do it once in a week.

Other face packs/masks:
Tomato Skin Cleansing Mask
Facial Relaxing Pack
Homemade Acne Pack
Face Pack for Dry Skin
Face Pack for Oily Skin

anti wrinkle pack

Homemade Tulsi Hair oil

Tulsi Hair Oil Recipe

Yes we can make hair oil with tulsi leaves. The benefits of tulsi through hot oil treatment. Tulsi can help to avoid bumps on the scalp. It is used for itchy scalp. Some people may have hot scalp, sweaty scalp or scalp with hot boils. In these cases homemade tulsi hair oil will help you.

Tulsi leaves with coconut oil are the ingredients to make this hair oil. Fresh leaves of tulsi are good. But if fresh leaf is not available you can use tulsi powder. But I do not know how the quality will be. Get one or two bunches of tulsi leaves. That should make 10 tsp. of tulsi paste. Chop the leaves and put it in a mixer and crush it. Transfer the content from the mixer to a heating bowl. Add 1/2 cup coconut oil. Mix well and start to heat in a low flame. When fumes starts to come just add few grains of corn or fenugreek. When the grains pops up switch off the flame. Allow the oil to cool. Then sieve the oil into a proper container.

When you want to use this homemade tulsi hair oil, just warm it and apply on entire hair. Give simple massage on the scalp. After 25 min. you can take bath. If you have extreme dry hair do this twice in a week. Or apply this homemade tulsi hair oil once in a week.
posted by: Geetha

Carrot in Beauty Care

Carrot in Beauty Care

Carrot has got multilevel benefits for our body. In my experience carrot has got a high level result in our skin. So it is wise to use carrot in beauty care. We are doing so many things to enhance our skin beauty. Just add carrot in your beauty regimen and see the wonderful effect of carrot. We can use carrot in our skin as pack, drink as juice, eat raw carrot, make salad and eat, use it as pickle, make carrot jam etc..etc. What we do with carrot it will be highly beneficial to our body and at the same time it will give an instant beauty or glow to our skin.

If we use carrot it will give a special glow and a smooth texture to our skin. If we apply carrot as face pack it will remove acne, spots and marks. You know applying carrot pack on hair will improve hair texture, health and growth.

Carrot salad
Cut carrot into small rectangular pieces and put in saline water for few weeks. If you like add green chilly also. This you can use as salad while eating food.

Green salad
When you make green salad add carrot pieces also together with other items. It is beneficial to your body.

Face pack
Make a face pack of carrot in a mixer/grinder and apply this as face pack. Leave it for 20 min. and wash it off with cold water.

Face glow pack
Make a paste of carrot, milk powder and sugar and apply on face. This will increase the face glow. Apply once in a week minimum.

Pigmentation pack
Carrot, oats powder, sugar and turmeric powder is so beneficial for pigmentation.

Oily skin
Carrot, orange juice and sugar-make paste and apply. It is so good to avoid oily nature of skin.

Whiteheads/Blackheads
Mix grated carrot, sugar powder and salt. Apply this on face for 20 min.Then massage face in circular motion. It will remove whiteheads and blackheads very naturally and mildly.

Makeup enhancer
Before applying makeup apply a pack of carrot and orange and do a circular massage. Wash it off with cold water after 20 min. Then apply make makeup. This will enhance the makeup effect.

Dark skin on elbow
Mix carrot, sugar and salt. Apply some oil on the elbow and then rub the elbow area with this regularly. This will remove the dark spots on elbow.

Dark skin around neck
Carrot, lemon juice and sugar powder. Mix well. Apply oil on the neck and do a massage with above carrot mix.

Above all the tips in my experience drinking a glass of carrot juice will shift away all your skin problems. Apply pack and drinking carrot juice- it is so important- carrot in beauty care.

Mehendi on hands

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How to apply mehendi/henna on hands

You all know about tattooing on skin using henna or mehndi. In India and few other countries drawing designs on hands believed as the sign of beauty. Yes pure henna powder can be used to make mehendi cones. If we mix some addons it will give best and different colors to our hands.

Here are some tips to give more beauty while mixing henna. Katta powder






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Mehndi (Henna)Image by Premal007 via Flickr
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Mint Face Pack

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Mint Face Pack can be used to get a blemish free clean skin. Mint has got a very fine cleaning effect. Using this mint face pack can make your face free from blemish, blackheads, acne and pimples. The most interesting thing is it is very simple to prepare at your home. The ingredients to buy from beauty store are the mint powder and multani mitti. Then you need yogurt also.

How to prepare mint face pack

Take three tsp. multani mitti, one tsp. mint powder and add two tsp. yogurt. Mix all the ingredients by adding more yogurt if necessary and keep it for half an hour.

Applying mint face pack

Wash face with normal water and tissue try. Apply the pack all over the face. Keep the pack for 10-15 min. Then wash the face with warm water and then by cold water.

If your face is try, apply any cold cream on face before applying this pack. Apply this mint face pack once in a week to get the desired result.

Conditioning Hair Pack

Conditioning Hair Pack
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There are lot of homemade hair packs to nourish hair. But getting a natural conditioner is a lucky thing. Avocado fruit is a natural hair conditioner. It is also best for your skin to make it smooth. Here I am suggesting a perfect mix to make a conditioning hair pack. This will be suitable for all types of hair. It won't make hair dry for those who have dry hair, yes surely it will remove the dryness. For oily skin it won't make hair more oily. This will give a conditioned effect or normal look to your beautiful hair.

How to prepare the conditioning hair pack

Get one or two ripe avocado. Remove the skin and mash it well. Add half cup of coconut milk and mix well. Conditioning hair pack is ready.

Applying the conditioning hair pack

Apply coconut oil or any oil of your choice lightly all over the hair. Then apply the conditioning hair pack on your hair using your fingers. Spread the pack along the hair by taking part by part. If you want, comb the hair with wide tooth comb. Make sure that the pack is applied all over the hair. Then cover the head with a head cap. Wait for 10-15 min. Then Rinse the hair in normal water or take a full bath.

If you have scalp itching or small out breaks on the scalp, then do not apply oil first. Apply coconut milk all over the scalp and rub the scalp gently. Then apply avocado pulp.

Repeat the application of conditioning hair pack once in a week. This will give a natural smoothness to your hair and it becomes shiny.

Tomato hair pack for itchy scalp

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When the climate shifts from extreme hot to rainy, then our body conditions may get confused and shows some symptoms of it. On body we may feel itching and some boils shows up. On scalp hot boils comes up. Scalp becomes itchy and we tends to scratch on it which causes injury to the scalp. This is only seasonal and may vanish by the cool down of climate. But it is necessary to avoid itching and further damage of scalp. Here I suggest a natural remedy for this.

 


Tomato hair pack for itchy scalp
Take two or three ripe tomatoes or as per the quantity of hair. Make a thick pulp of tomato and add 5 tsp. lemon juice. Mix well.

How to apply tomato hair pack for itchy scalp

Apply your favorite oil for hair on the scalp lightly. Then apply the tomato pack on the scalp with your fingers rubbing lightly. Do not scratch with the nails. Thoroughly apply the hair pack all over the scalp. Now allow it to stay for around 25-30 min. If you want you can put a hair cap. Then rinse the hair well with light warm water. Then rinse with normal water. Wipe hair with a dry towel. Then give a light massage with fingers moving round and round.

If you have severe scalp itching then repeat this daily for three days. Or do it once in a week. Definitely it will help the scalp from itching. Application of this tomato hair pack gives oil free hair  with natural sheen.