Ayurveda beauty tips

Use th­ese nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents for great beauty ben­e­fits.

Glamour (South Africa) - - health Update / Ayurveda -

Aloe vera

Ben­e­fits It re­gen­er­ates and soothes the ep­ithe­lial layer (top skin). Aloe vera con­tains a nat­u­rally-pro­duced an­tibac­te­rial and an­ti­fun­gal chem­i­cal. Ap­pli­ca­tion Ap­ply aloe vera gel to acne scars.

Lemon

Ben­e­fits Lemon juice is an acid and as­trin­gent that’s great for acne-prone skin. Ap­pli­ca­tion Equal parts of lemon juice and rose wa­ter make a nice fa­cial mask. A pinch of turmeric can also be added.

Rose wa­ter

Ben­e­fits It’s very cool­ing and is great for in­flam­ma­tion on the skin. It’s used to treat many types of der­mati­tis and is ex­cel­lent for rosacea. But Ayurveda em­pha­sises that the un­der­ly­ing cause of in­flam­ma­tion in the gut must also be ad­dressed for long-term re­sults. Ap­pli­ca­tion Ap­ply di­rectly to in­flamed ar­eas with cot­ton wool.

Cucumber

Ben­e­fits Cucumber has cool­ing prop­er­ties. It’s great for re­duc­ing swelling and puffi­ness, es­pe­cially under the eyes. Ap­pli­ca­tion Thin cucumber slices can be placed for 10-15 min­utes on the eyes. Oth­er­wise, a puree of cucumber can be used as a face scrub.

Dha­nia (leaves of the co­rian­der plant)

Ben­e­fits Th­ese leaves have a lovely cool­ing ef­fect. Ap­pli­ca­tion The seeds are of­ten ground and used in cook­ing or soaked overnight and drunk the fol­low­ing morn­ing. Once the leaves are grated and pressed, the juice can be ap­plied to pim­ples that are red and swollen.

Yo­ghurt

Ben­e­fits This is an ef­fec­tive cool­ing agent. It has some prop­er­ties of milk, but re­ally more prop­er­ties of the al­co­hol and fire pro­duced by the fer­men­ta­tion of the bac­te­ria lac­to­bacil­lus. Th­ese al­co­hols are mildly al­ka­line and cause a re­flex of acid­i­fi­ca­tion of the skin. Ap­pli­ca­tion Yo­ghurt is gen­er­ally mixed with cucumber or rose wa­ter and left on for only 10-15 min­utes. It has a skin-tight­en­ing and mois­tur­is­ing ef­fect.

Ghee (clar­i­fied but­ter)

Ben­e­fits Pure, well-made ghee, from the milk of a healthy cow, is an ef­fec­tive mois­turiser and com­mon car­rier of many Ayurvedic medicines. Only a few com­pa­nies make proper ghee, not just or­ganic, but ac­cord­ing to the an­cient recipe for ghee. Ap­pli­ca­tion Rub the eye­lids and eye­lashes with ghee to re­ju­ve­nate the eyes and cool them (only if there is no lurk­ing in­fec­tion).

Eranda (cas­tor oil)

Ben­e­fits Cas­tor oil makes eye­brows and eye­lashes grow thicker. It’s com­monly also used as a lax­a­tive. The oil is also com­bined with other di­ges­tive herbs into a for­mu­la­tion de­signed for vata an­u­lo­mana (send­ing in­har­mo­nious en­ergy in and out). Vata con­trols blood flow, drainage and breath­ing. Ap­pli­ca­tion Ap­ply it to the eye­brows and near eye­lashes at night. In the morn­ing, re­move it with some yo­ghurt and lemon rind. As a lax­a­tive, in­gest a tea­spoon be­fore go­ing to sleep. Bhaswati’s best­selling book Ev­ery­day Ayurveda (Random House; R179) can be found at ma­jor on­line book­stores, or con­tact Pramila Vassen at tulsi@mweb.co.za to or­der a copy.

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