Hello, IMBB girls!
While sitting and typing this in my lab, I send love to all my favorite people. India holds secrets to glowing skin and lustrous locks. Often, we don’t exploit our traditional beauty secrets to their fullest potential. In today’s post, I will talk about six common Indian herbs which have immense beauty benefits.
Calendula cream was extensively used by our grandparents for skin care and wound treatment. The presence of flavonoids in Calendula imparts anti-inflammatory properties. The oil extracted from Calendula is used in soaps and cosmetics as it is a good moisturizing agent, especially for dry skin. It can also repair damaged skin, protect the skin against sun and chemical damage, and reduce acne. Instead of slathering chemical ingredients, regular use of calendula cream can impart smooth and even complexion.
The humble basil or tulsi can act wonders for our skin. The essential oil extracted from basil purifies and clarifies oily skin, and provides natural defense against environmental toxins. It has natural moisturizers and maintains oil balance of the skin. The most well-known property of basil is that it is an anti-acne agent and can remove dirt, bacteria and skin impurities from the pores while maintaining the moisture balance. It reduces the dark spots that occur due to aging and acne.
Turmeric is recognized as an “Indian solid gold” because of its innumerable health and beauty benefits. Can you believe that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-disease agent? So, you can either consume it orally or apply it on the skin. Turmeric paste mixed with gram flour and milk can work like magic to get a flawless complexion. Turmeric can treat acne, wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, scars, and pigmentation on the skin.
Saffron has a reputation of being the most expensive of herbs and spices, and it’s not without reason. Besides being used to add an aromatic royal touch in culinary delights, royal people have used saffron as a beauty ingredient for many centuries. It has excellent purifying properties as well as is antibacterial in nature. It also lightens the skin tone. Just a couple or three strands of saffron in milk can be used as a toner, moisturizer and skin lightening agent.
I am sure every Indian household has cinnamon in its kitchen. Besides the culinary uses, this spice has important medicinal and beauty benefits. Cinnamon can kill bacteria causing acne, soothe inflammation and dry out pimples. Also, it is a natural anti-oxidant and can make the skin rosy and plump by increasing blood circulation. It unclogs pores and gives even, oil-free complexion.
Words fall short when describing the beauty and health benefits of neem. Yes, the neem leaves can probably solve all your beauty issues single-handedly. From reducing dandruff to preventing acne and curing infections, neem is a superhero. You can make your skin, hair and body so happy either by directly using neem oil, face pack with crushed need leaves or even consume neem orally. The easy way is to boil neem leaves in water and use that water as a skin tonic. Regular use will help to clear scars, acne, pigmentation, whiteheads, blemishes, clogged pores, and blackheads.
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