WALNUT AND MINT
High on proteins, vitamins, minerals, fibre, essential fatty acids, flavonoids and plant sterols, walnuts can be enjoyed at any time as a quick snack and can be added to a variety of preparations. What’s more, walnut shells can be powdered to be used in a facial scrub. Mint is popularly added to food and drink for its nutrients and cooling properties. When applied topically, mint cools, refreshes, tones and improves the skin as it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory attributes. It also improves blood circulation with its stimulating effect. “A walnut shell scrub smoothens and rejuvenates the skin by removing dead skin cells and assisting in cell regeneration. Mint leaves contain salicylic acid, which helps in treating inflammations, loosening dead skin cells and preventing pores from clogging,” says Dr Parashuram Singh, Co-founder & Head, R & D, Vedic Natural Care Private Ltd. Walnut shells should be ground into a coarse powder and a few fresh mint leaves should be blended in with a bit of water. The scrub should be applied on the face, kept on for 10 minutes, gently massaged and rinsed off.