Ayurvedic Herbs for Your Beauty Routine

Ayurveda, our 5000 year old science believes in practicing balance between our mind, body and spirit. Apart from herbs that can be ingested for various treatments under guidance, the tradition of Ayurveda has a rich repertoire of beauty rituals that can be practiced easily at home. Pampering with these nourishing herbs ensures chemical free indulgence that does not harm us in any way. Though we may not have time for elaborate rituals like self massage, body scrubs, dry feet therapy and more, incorporating a few Ayurvedic herbs in our daily lives is a better way to reap benefits offered.

Here are a few Ayurvedic herbs for enjoying a healing beauty routine. The herbs can be easily sourced from an authentic Ayurvedic store or online.



Triphala

An Ayurvedic combination of three herbs (haritaki, bahera and amla), Triphala is a powerful formula to treat many disorders. Triphala powder is rich in anti oxidants and also helps in collagen production. Here is how one can use triphala externally:

For glowing complexion: Mix together 1 teaspoon chickpea flour (besan) with 1/2 teaspoon triphala powder, pinch of amba haldi powder and little yogurt to form a thick paste. Apply on face and neck area and let it dry. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

For healthy teeth: Mix together 1/4 teaspoon triphala powder, neem powder and amba haldi powder with enough water to form a thick paste. Apply all over teeth and gums with gentle massaging motions for 5 minutes post brushing. Gargle with water. This ritual ensures healthy teeth and gums. 

For healthy hair: Read our previous article to know more about making your own chemical free hair wash with triphala for healthy hair.

Amla

Amla or Indian gooseberry is rich in iron and can be ingested or applied externally, especially on hair. Amla powder/juice can help treat hair loss and prevent greying of hair. When applied on face, amla helps brighten complexion, tighten skin and fade pimple/acne scars.



For Complexion: Apply some fresh amla juice to your face with a cotton ball and leave for 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, one can also use amla powder with a pinch of turmeric to make this face pack.

For Hair: Regular head massage with amla oil can help treat many hair problems. Know more about how to make a healthy chemical free oil at home with amla.

Neem

Known for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, neem is known as a miracle medicine for skin. Neem powder/paste when applied externally, helps reduce blemishes, spots, acne and fight common skin infections.




As skin toner: Boil 10-12 fresh neem leaves in  clean filtered water for 15 minutes on medium flame. Cool, strain and store in a glass bottle. Apply neem water regularly as a toner after cleansing your face. This toner is highly effective on oily skin.

To get rid of lice: Neem oil can help get rid of lice. Safe to be used on children, prepare this easy oil at home. Here is an easy recipe.

Brahmi 

Brahmi, one of the most potent Ayurvedic herb that revitalizes the brain and acts as a brain booster is extremely beneficial for hair. But this powerful herb, when applied externally can also help in new skin cell regeneration and impart radiance.




For Hair: Take 100 ml sesame oil in a bowl and add 2 tbsp brahmi powder, one tablespoon amla powder and few fenugreek seeds. Make a double boiler by placing a big pan and adding sufficient water in it. Place the bowl with oil+herbs mixture and place on a slow flame. Infuse this mixture for about 30 minutes, switch off gas and cool. Strain into a clean glass bottle.

For Radiant Skin: Make a face pack with brahmi powder, sandalwood powder and rose water. Apply all over face and neck area and relax. Wash off with lukewarm water.

Turmeric 

Belonging to ginger family, the history of turmeric dates back to more than 4000 years old. When applied externally, turmeric helps reduce acne and tighten pores due to its anti-inflammatory properties and also helps reduce scars. The curcumin present in turmeric helps to reduce hyper pigmentation and lighten the skin tone.



Skin Lightening Face Mask- Mix together 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, one teaspoon orange peel powder, some aloe vera gel and raw honey to make a thick paste. Apply all over face and neck and keep for 10-15 minutes. Wash off gently with lukewarm water, pat dry and spritz some organic rose water all over face.

These are only a few Ayurvedic herbs that are easily available and can be used in our daily routine to enjoy healthy skin and shiny hair. For more ideas, stay tuned for our next blog in the Ayurveda series.

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  1. Ayurveda hamesha se hi useful raha hai, koi side effect bhi nahi, result bhi accha 😊
    Thanks for these useful recipes, baccho ko jarur bataungi jis se unki skin n hairs acche rahy πŸ‘πŸ‘

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