Spices For Beauty

by Somreeta Mukherjee on September 14, 2012 · 20 comments

Spices For Beauty

Indian kitchens have witnessed the use of various spices from the beginning of times for creating those mouth-watering culinary delights. But what we have perhaps failed to notice is that these spices can work as much wonders for our skin and hair as they can do for our finer art of gastronomic fantasies. Want to know some of those hidden secrets of our kitchen spices? Here is an article where I would like to share whatever I have gathered from my mom and grand-mom, my urge to experiment and definitely, our vey own ‘internet research’.

spices for beauty

Why spices for beauty?

Spices can impart amazing beauty benefits to your skin and hair. Miraculous properties and natural goodness which abound in these spices take care of your beauty problems in a safe and secure way. So what if you don’t want to shell out loads of money for getting hold of beauty products readily available in the market? Go to your kitchen and shuffle about those pots of spices till you get something amazing to work for your skin troubles.

Best spices for skin care

Here are some of those remarkable and ‘spicy’ beauty recipes which you may love to try out-

Cinnamon
1. Cinnamon- It has stimulating as well as anti-bacterial properties.

  • If you want to lose weight, boil a cup of water with cinnamon powder and honey. Have it once, first thing in the morning and once before going to sleep at night. Done regularly, this practice will help you do away with unwanted weight.
  • To treat hair loss, mix cinnamon powder with honey and warm olive oil and apply on bald patches. Wait for 30 minutes and wash off.
  •  If you are suffering from pimples, mix a spoon of cinnamon powder with two spoons of honey. Topical application of this paste is known to help uproot the pimple problem.
Ginger

2. Ginger- They say fresh ginger is great for treating blemishes and for lightening age spots. For this purpose you may rub fresh ginger on face. But then, I am not too sure if I would like to try it out as it may itch or have a burning sensation. However, I would definitely like to try out the following ginger beauty recipes-
• Ginger lemon scrub is a great idea. It can very well be used as a body scrub. But I feel more inclined to use it as my foot scrub. Mix some organic sugar with a few drops of olive oil. Add freshly grated ginger and add a dash of lemon juice. Ginger along with lemon juice helps to lighten dark patches and prevent any nasty smell. I came across this recipe in course of my internet research.

Turmeric
3. Turmeric- It is an anti-oxidant which is full of antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This common Indian kitchen spice has many beauty benefits and applications as it is effective in treating skin problems as well as for imparting a glowing skin. Since I have already discussed them in details, I refrain from writing much about turmeric here. Read more about them in the articles Turmeric Skincare Benefits and Homemade Turmeric Face Pack for skin.

Fenugreek seeds
4. Fenugreek seeds- Fenugreek seeds are known to be great for your hair health. You may like to try the following simple beauty recipes-
• Just soak two spoons of fenugreek seeds overnight and make a butter-smooth paste with water in a grinder. Rub it on your scalp gently to treat dandruff and hair loss. This can be done as often as you want to do it. A few drops of lemon juice can be added to make it more effective for dandruff problems.
• You can also used soaked and ground fenugreek seeds on your acnes to reduce the skin problem.

Basil
5. Basil- Basil has anti-bacterial properties and is great for your skin.
• Boil a cup of basil leaves in one liter of water till it reduces to half. Use it for wiping your face several times a day to control excess oil secretion and treat acnes.
• Mix sandalwood paste with ground holy basil leaves. Apply it on pimples and pimples will vanish soon.

Clove
6. Clove- Because of its medicinal properties, this aromatic spice has found application in medicines and skincare products. Use a paste of clove powder and honey on acnes to get clean skin.

Whether it is cinnamon, turmeric, clove or fenugreek seeds, these well known spices are always available in your kitchen. Make full use of these spices to cook delicious food and also to be beautiful, naturally!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

naazo September 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

thanks for this article somreeta :)
i’m going to try cinnamon for my weight loss :P

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

u r welcom naazo…. ;)

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Nidhi Pandey September 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Okay again a superb writeup ! Cinnamon for the purposes mentioned was a new thing..shall try drinking the water 1st thing in the morning! Fenugreek seeds wala I have tried and I love that pack :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

thank u Nidhi……i have heard that this Cinnamon weight loss fact is quite time tested. though i must say i havent tried it myself. :) hope it helps…..

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Icequeen81 September 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm

nice I will try out the cinnamon one for sure.

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

thank Icequeen :D

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Parita September 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

ginger scrub is new to me..thanks Somreeta!

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

thanx Parita….how r u! BTW, I must say that i was going thru ur blog and im fascinated with the kind of cakes u bake…..perfect professional touch….loved them..showed my mom too

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Swati September 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Brilliant article!
I also use nutmeg amd milk for treating acne and pimple scars. It works good

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

thank u Swati….now dats a new tip….i dint know abt it. thanx for sharing dear……….

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Sukanya September 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Another jewel article Somreeta..much thanx for sharing <3

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

thanks a lot Sukanya…..it has been long since i heard from u…how hav u been? :)

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Swati September 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Oh yes it works. But one has to be patient. Take. Whole nutmeg, rub it on a rough surface so that u get a paste n mix it with unboiled milk. Apply for 15 mins everyday. :)

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm

oh cool…. i wil try it for sure when i have those zits…thank uuuu

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Jabberwocky September 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Brilliant article, Somreeta! I love the stuff that you enlighten us with. :D I had no idea about the ginger scrub. I am going to try it on Sunday for my feet. They’ve got patchy thanks to my summer sandal tan. :| And I agree about cinnamon being super effective against acne. A bunch of pesky pimples and whiteheads attacked me last month and thanks to this cinnamon-honey recipe, I’ve got rid of most of them now. I’ve heard that if you add lemon to that mix, it helps in scar reduction too.

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Somreeta Mukherjee September 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm

thank u Jabberwocky…..u heard it rite. lemon helps in lightening scars…. :)

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Rati September 15, 2012 at 12:13 am

I loved your post somreeta. Thankfully I dont have any aversion from spices. My mom still uses haldi and besan ubtan as her facewash. I must tell you that her skin is pretty good. :D Totally going to come back to it because we would always have skin issues and this post would always come in handy. thanks a ton. :)

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KAVITA September 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

I WILL DEFINITELY TRY CINNAMON FOR WEIGHT LOSS

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Nidhi September 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Great article somreeta. Didn’t know about so many things.

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tejas September 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm

hey,
loved the article , the remedies are so easy n do not consume time as well. i’ll try cinnamon to loose weight. by the way, even oatmeal with milk and lime juice is also a great scrub do at home once or twice a week.

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