Herbs are useful in nurturing skin and bringing back the lost lustre. I will explain below some simple beauty tips using herbs commonly found around the household.
The skin has a surface area of approximately 2 sq m. and is the largest organ. It comes in direct contact with the environment and bears the brunt of environmental pollution and UV radiation. Skin is also the largest organ of elimination.
A healthy body should have a healthy skin. Most of the skin problems are due to digestive disorders like a sluggish bowel or constipation. Also predominance of bad bacteria in gut over good bacteria leads to skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, acne etc. Adequate water intake helps elimination of toxins. Increase of fibrous diet helps overcome constipation. Colon cleansing is recommended in case of chronic skin afflictions.
Ayurvedic Skin Care
A comprehensive Ayurvedic skin care starts inside out. By cleansing the system of accumulated toxins and adapting a healthy lifestyle one can get back a radiant and glowing skin in a matter of months. And there is no risk of side effects.
One of my earlier posts ‘Ayurvedic tenets for a long and healthy life’ describes the basics of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Adapting this way of life results in re-establishing the lost harmony. You will experience an all round growth in body, mind and spirit. For ayurvedic beauty tips to be effective, a personality based on this lifestyle would be ideal.
To start with, some herbal preparations for beautiful skin are given below.
Arugampul or Cynodon Dactylon also known as Bermuda grass is well known for its action on skin. Collect a handful of this grass and grind it to paste along with a finger of turmeric. Apply the paste on your body in a thin layer and bathe after an hour. This is effective in clearing most of the skin diseases, blemishes, boils, itching etc.
Aavaarai or Cassia auriculata (Tanner's Cassia) flowers can get you a radiant and glowing skin. The decoction of the fresh flowers, or powder of the dried flowers or the fresh flowers themselves when taken regularly cures body heat, body odour, salt deposits on body.
More skin care tips to follow.
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