Thursday, 18 August 2011

Mystical Rose Water

The rose water or essence is a common ingredient in homemade beauty preparations . According to legend, rose water was first used in Persia in the 10th century. It was also believed that rose water was mixed into the cement to build mosques in Baghdad.

Rose water is not only renowned for its pleasant aroma but it is valued for its taste.In fact, the rose water is also often used in recipes.
One of the main reasons why  rose water is often used in many beauty preparations is because it is gentle enough to be applied on any skin type, from dry skin , wrinkled skin and even on oily skin prone that is prone to acne.

Here are some natural beauty preparations using rose water:

Natural Skin Moisturiser

The rosewater with glycerin is a popular remedy to help moisturize the skin .Mix equal parts of rose water with glycerin and stir well. This mixture can be used both to moisturize the facial and body skin.It can also be used as a hand cream, to relieve dry hands .

After Shave Lotion
Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties,rose water is an excellent after-shave lotion. Can be applied just like any other lotion. And can be used by both women and men.

To Soften and Moisturise Hair
To soften and moisturise the hair, mixed equal parts of shampoo and rosewater. Shampoo as usual.

For Relaxation and Stress ReliefTo relax and relieve stress , you can add rose water to bath water.
The scent of roses not only calms and relaxes it also stimulates feelings of love and peace.

To Restore the pH balance in the skin
If you want to have radiant skin, a very important factor is to maintain our skin's pH at between 4.2 and 5.6  Spritzing the face with rose water helps restore the pH balance especially after washing your face.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Aloe Vera Magic

Aloe vera is one of the highly regarded plants in terms of medicinal properties. Legend has it that the natives of Mexico and Central America were so fascinated with their medicinal properties that they termed it "the hand of God."
Well, aloe vera has a long history as a medicinal plant. A pharmacist, doctor and botanist of ancient Greece, Parish Dioscorides had once recommended its use as an external remedy for  haemorrhoids, wounds, ulcers and hair loss.Until today, aloe vera is used for all the mentioned ailments. 
However, nowadays aloe is no longer recommended as a laxative because it is too strong.
It brings on a very strong intestinal cramping and can result in diarrhoea. 
Aloe vera is also very beneficial  in beauty care. Below are several home beauty remedies you can make with aloe vera . 
Here is a little tidbit for esoteric believers, there is also a belief that the aloe vera plant aids in helping attracting financial abundance !

Acne Aloe Treatment
To treat acne , you simply scrape the aloe gel out from the aloe leaf, and adds a dash of honey to the pulp. Stir well and put in a glass container. Cover and  refrigerate. Apply all over your face 30 minutes before bedtime. Leave overnight and wash your face as usual the next day.

Aloe Hair Loss Remedy
To strengthen the scalp and stop hair loss. Scrape the gel from one or two aloe vera leaves and mixed the pulp with a few squirts of almond oil. Place in a glass container,cover and refrigerate. Every evening, massage your scalp with this mixture and leave overnight.Wash your hair as usual the day after.

Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes Remedy
To reduce dark circles and puffy eyes, smear aloe gel under the eye area and  place a few slices of cucumber to cover the eye are. Leave on for 30 minutes.

To Prevent or Reduce Wrinkles
Here is an effective and easy way to prevent or minimize wrinkles. Scrape the gel of one or two aloe leaves  and put in a glass container and cover well. Keep in the fridge. Every night, apply the aloe pulp on your face and neck half an hour before bedtime. Leave it on for the whole night.Wash away next morning.

To Alleviate Cuts and Burns
As the aloe has excellent healing properties,it is often use for burns and wounds. Prepare the remedy as with the acne treatment listed above.Apply aloe onto  the affected part.Cover with a gauze.Please note that this remedy is only applicable to nothing more than minor burns and injuries. Please see a doctor if the injury or burn is serious.


Sunday, 14 August 2011

Tea for Thought :Benefits of Tea

Culture of drinking is prevalent in many parts of the world. People often wonder where the origin of tea drinking culture is first derived. Many presumed it was originated from China , and this presumption may be true after all.
Tea, was first known as a beverage in China in 2737 BC. An emperor of China, Emperor Shen Nung even wrote a book about tea as being efficacious as a medicine. The ancient Chinese people believed that tea drinking can restore body health and vitality,and indeed this fact has been evidenced by the many benefits of tea which has been discovered by experts.

China is where the journey of tea began,when trade routes opened,many Chinese traders brought and introduced tea to the world community. Eventually, tea finally arrived in the UK where Queen Elizabeth is known to get into the culture of drinking tea in the afternoons. British society began to imitate the habits of their queen having afternoon tea, and so the culture of 'tea time' is established and made famous till this very day.

But did you know that there are many different kinds of tea with an assortment of properties?

            Benefits of Green Tea

This tea is known to have a lot of health benefits. The nutritional value of green tea is tremendous, firstly green tea helps boost the immune system, thus keeping as in excellent condition to fight off diseases. Drinking it regularly,the minerals contained in the tea will help develop a natural immunity in the body so the body is not easily attacked by diseases. In fact, recent research shows that green tea can help prevent the development of tumor cells from growing.

Another raved benefit of green tea is its capacity to help maintain healthy skin, Many cosmetics company are now incorporating green tea into their beauty products. Green tea has a mineral content that makes skin stay fresh and moisturised. In addition, green tea can also be used as a calorie burner. By consuming green tea regularly, it can help you lose weight.

                                              Black Tea Benefits 
Black tea is less well known than green tea or other tea types. The major difference of black tea than the other types of tea is the way it is processed. After picking, black tea is oxidized to enhance the nutritive value of the leaves.
One of the benefits of black tea is to prevent free radicals from entering the body, this is so because of its antioxidants properties.. Antioxidants also can help to prevent heart attacks and stroke because it can expedite the flow of blood vessels to the heart.
                                            Rosella Tea Benefits
Another popular tea that is consumed by many is the Rosella tea. The aroma of this tea is much more fragrant than green tea or black tea.There are many benefits of the Rosella tea , among others, this tea helps to lower cholesterol , hypertension , gout and osteoporosis. The uniqueness of this Rose tea is that it is able to facilitate defecation so it it definitely helpful for constipation and beneficial to keep our
bowels healthy.


Saturday, 13 August 2011

Majestic Crowning Glory : Traditional Homemade Hair Cream

Your hair is your crowning glory and most people want it to look lustrous and natural, so it's no wonder why so many of us over-process our hair with hair color and other treatments. This processing can damage your hair and leave it dried out and dull but fret not,here are some natural ingredients you might want to try on your hair. Not only will they make your hair look great but these will cost you a lot less than those expensive salon products.

Cream Bath Hair Treatments are synonymous with households throughout Indonesia. Regular treatments help to maintenance sleek and shiny hair. Although the term 'cream baths' sounds modernized  it is in fact  a traditional treatment  made with natural ingredients.This thick conditioning cream is massaged into the scalp and hair for 15 to 30 minutes,  The conditioning cream coats the hair. The hair cream is then washed off  leaving the hair superlatively soft and shiny.

For soft healthy shiny hair try this easy traditional remedy:

Lustrous Hair  Cream

1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 egg

Mix all ingredients and apply thoroughly onto hair.Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes before washing off.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Natural Hair Care Recipes

If your hair is prone to tangles, dirt, or damage, don't despair. By taking appropriate care of your hair, you will be taking positive action towards its health by giving it everything it needs to make you feel really beautiful. Here are some natural hair care remedies I swear upon . Try them to feel and see the difference in your hair.

Add  Luster To Dull Hair :
Massage extra virgin olive oil into your scalp and wrap your head in a hot wet towel. Leave the oil on for at least a half hour before proceeding to the shampooing process. Do not repeat this exercise more than once a week.

Dry Hair Remedy:
Bring to a boil five tablespoons of hazel leaves mixed with four cups of water and leave on the heat for ten minutes. Filter your mixture and let it cool. Now add a squeeze of lemon juice. Shake before each use and vigorously rub it into your scalp in the morning after your shampoo. You can preserve this remedy for a maximum of eight days in the refrigerator.

 Eliminate Dandruff :
Put two leaves of rosemary in four cups of water and boil for five minutes. Let the leaves soak for 10 minutes and filter the concoction. Wait until it becomes warm and pour in two tablespoons of vinegar. Rub it vigorously into your scalp two to three times a week. This will eliminate flakes and prevent them from reappearing. Continue this application a few more times after the dandruff has disappeared completely.

Give Your Hair Brilliance :
Slice some leek and add to four cups of water which you will bring to a boil. Filter the mixture and rub it into your hair after you have rinsed shampoo from your hair with warm water. This is especially effective for brown and black hair.

Natural Highlights to Your Hair :
In four cups of water, add four to five cloves, one teaspoon of tea, one tablespoon of thyme and a dried orange peel. Bring to a boil and let it cool for a night. Next morning, filter the mix and apply it to your hair after shampooing. Make sure you don't rinse the mix out while letting your hair dry.