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Natural and Herbal Face Washes: Herbal Home Remedies and Tips

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Washing your face seems simple, well you have been doing it all your life and if your face is still there, so you have to have got it right, correct? Your face is the first thing people notice about you, so you do want to definitely want it to look its best. Here are some tips for washing your face:

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Make sure your hands are clean: You cannot clean your face with dirty hands, So, wash your hands first, then wash your face.

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Use only lukewarm water: For best results, make sure the water is not too hot or too cold.

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Wash face twice a day: Face washing once in the morning and once at night is a good routine especially for those with acne-prone skin. Washing in the morning refreshes your face and cleanses away bacteria that may have grown in the night, while washing at night is important for removing sweat, dirt and makeup from your skin.

So, now that we know washing face is beauty must to do, do we use herbs for face or soaps or face washes.

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There are lot of herbs that can be used to wash your face like, lavender, neem, calendula. The easiest way to use herbs on your facial skin is with an herbal steam.

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Soaps is a no go. but, have you ever wondered why washing our face with soap is bad?  When the pH scale shows 7, it is neutral. Anything below that is acidic and above it is alkaline. Our skin’s pH balance is generally between 4 and 6.5, even when the skin is very oily. Soap is extremely alkaline, can disrupt your skin’s normal pH balance.

And, whether you have normal, breakout-prone, dry, oily, or sensitive skin, there’s a definitely a face wash  out there for you today.

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For an oily face look for face washes with salicylic acid and if you have dry skin look for moisturizing ingredients like aloe, glycerine, and Vitamin E. If you have a sensitive skin, then look for face washes that are alcohol-free and fragrance-free.

Natural and herbal face washes will leave your skin clean, fresh and nourished. Here are some home herbal remedies that are suitable for different skin types:

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Milk: Is good for all skin types. Use raw(not boiled) milk.

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Gram flour and Turmeric : For oily skin. Using milk to make a paste will help to nourish the skin.

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Honey and Yogurt: For dry skin.

Rosewater: Good for all skin types, best used at night before going to bed.

These home remedies with Ayurvedic massage are  sure to leave your face well-nourished and radiating.

Here are some natural face washes you can find:

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Sandal wood extract present in this face wash fills the pores and results in instant fairness.

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This face wash is gentle and oil free and thoroughly removes impurities and treats the skin leaving it soft and clean.

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Nirogam Ivy Honey Face Wash – 100 ml

This face wash with Honey, Haldi, Aritha, Daruhaldi as key ingredients  are ideal for keeping harmful effects of Pollution away.

 


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Couscous: Good source of Lean, Vegetarian Protein

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Couscous (pronounced “KOOS-koos”) is a dish made from tiny granules of durum wheat or semolina flour. The couscous grains are then prepared by steaming them until they have a light, fluffy consistency.  It is often mistaken for a grain, but it is actually the same dough that is made into many pastas.

Eating couscous provides you with a good source of lean, vegetarian protein. A 1-cup serving of cooked couscous gives you 6 grams of protein, which meets 12 percent of the daily value for the nutrient. This whole-grain food is native to northern Africa and is commonly found in Middle Eastern cuisine.

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Couscous is primarily carbohydrate, but it also contains significant amounts of other essential vitamins and minerals.

Preparing instant couscous is quick and easy — the dried couscous is added to a pot of boiling water or stock, the pot is then covered and the water is absorbed into the couscous in about five minutes.

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Couscous is always steamed and never boiled. Couscous is cooked in a special kind of cooking ensemble called a kiskis, known by the French word couscousière in the West, except in Italy, where it is called a couscousiera. A kiskis consists of two parts: the bottom portion is a pot-bellied vessel for the broth while the top part fits snugly over the bottom part and has holes in its bottom for the steam to rise through, which cooks the couscous. In North Africa, they are often made of earthenware or aluminum. A makeshift couscousière can be made by placing a colander over a like-sized pot.

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Health Benefits of Couscous:

Cardiovascular Health:  A single serving of couscous has more than 60% of the daily suggested intake of selenium. Selenium functions as a powerful antioxidant that functions mainly in the blood vessels to reduce the buildup of plaque and dangerous LDL cholesterol on artery and vein walls.

Wound Healing:  . Protein is an integral part of wound healing, as well as in the metabolism of enzymes that aid in wound repair, both internally and externally. Couscous is a powerful part of any protein diet.

Weight Loss: If you are looking to lose weight, then in grains couscous is better. Couscous has  200 calories in each cup, which is less than 10% of the daily calorie intake suggested for adults and is also very low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat.

Here is a easy recipe:

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10-minute couscous salad

Ingredients:

  • 100g couscous
  • 200ml hot low salt vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
  • 2 spring onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ cucumber
  • 50g feta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nut

Method:

Tip couscous into a large bowl, pour over stock. Cover, then leave for 10 mins, until fluffy and all the stock has been absorbed. Meanwhile, slice the onions and pepper and dice the cucumber. Add these to the couscous, fork through pesto, crumble in feta, then sprinkle over pine nuts to serve.

We found this  great lunchbox filler recipe here.

Some people are allergic to various foods, so if you have never eaten sorghum or durum wheat, pay attention to your body’s reaction to make sure you don’t have any unexpected allergies.

 

 

 


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Spirulina: A Superfood To Fight Toxicity

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Spirulina (Spirulina platensis) often gets misclassified as an herb, but it’s actually a bacteria, or a blue-green algae that’s found in pristine freshwater lakes, ponds, and rivers. . It occurs as filaments less than 1 mm long, consisting of transparent cells stacked end-to-end, taking on the spiral shape for which the algae is named. It is the very algae you might find on top of a pond. You may turn it off as pond scum, but it is actually good for you in so many ways.

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The blue-green deep rich color of Spirulina is caused by the presence of a specific pigment called phycocyanin.

Benefits of Spirulina :

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Detoxes Heavy Metals

Studies show that after giving 24 patients affected by chronic arsenic poisoning spirulina extract (250 mg) plus zinc (2 mg) twice daily, they compared the results with 17 patients who took a placebo and found that the spirulina-zinc combination worked wonderfully.

Eliminates Candida:

Spirulina benefits have been shown to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines, which in turn inhibits Candida from thriving.

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Lowers Blood Pressure 

Phycocyanin is a pigment found in the spirulina that scientists have discovered possesses antihypertensive effects.

Reduces Cholesterol

Spirulina benefits have also been shown to prevent atherosclerosis and reduce elevated blood cholesterol levels.

You might like the pungent taste of Spirulina powder, so the best way to have this would be by adding it to smoothies, mixing it in soups or dips.

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Spirulina Side Effects:

Take your time when you begin taking Spirulina because you should want to see how your body will react. If you have a seafood allergy, you would want to avoid Spirulina as it may cause an allergic reaction.

Spirulina can provoke migraines or light fever; for some it can cause constipation, for others diarrhea too.

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Spirulina is a 100% alkaline complete health food that contains all the 46 essential nutrients required by the human body. Made from blue green algae,the Vedic Delite Spirulina Powder contains all the 46 essential nutrients that are required by the human body for healthy functioning.

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Spirulina is a natural source of Amino acids, Vitamins and Minerals as plant enzymes. Enzymes are proteins molecules that are integral part of many important systems within the body.

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Healthvit 100% Pure Spirulina 500mg 60 Capsules

Rich in essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins and minerals. Enhances general health. Packed with the goodness of herbal spirulina, this supplement offers proteins, vitamins and minerals.


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Gluten Free : Recipes and Products

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If you have been thinking that no gluten means no bread, no pasta, and no pizza. It is true,  most of these products in regular grocery stores contain gluten, but we are starting to see plenty of gluten-free options too.

So, what is gluten-free?  A glutenfree diet is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye, and all their species and hybrids.

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There is also an abundance of grains that just happen to be gluten free including rice, corn, millet, sorghum, wild rice, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth. All the gluten-free whole grains—they are delicious, nutritious and easy to cook.

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Gluten free diet is suitable for those who suffer from wheat allergy, celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is a lifelong, serious autoimmune disease caused by the immune system reacting to gluten – a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment for the condition is a strict gluten free diet for life.

Here are some tips for everyday eating.

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Read food labels when you shop: If a cereal containing gluten has been used as an ingredient in the product, it will be listed in the ingredients list.

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Some foods are naturally gluten-free: Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheese and eggs are naturally gluten-free.

Gluten-free meals can be delicious and healthy too: Finding the right gluten-free substitute can be a matter of personal taste too, experiment in the kitchen and you are sure to find a substitute to your taste.

Cut the gluten, keep the flavor. Here are some gluten free recipes including a gluten free dessert recipe:

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Ruchira Hoon

Ingredients

180 gm dark cooking chocolate
100 gm butter
3/4 cup sugar
Salt, a pinch
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbsp ground almond
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

For the chocolate ganache:

100 gms chopped chocolate
100 gms cream

Method:

  • Line the bottom of a 7-inch cake tin with parchment paper.
  • Melt chocolate and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until chocolate and butter are melted and smooth.
  • Add sugar, salt and almonds and reduce heat to low. Now add cocoa powder and stir.
  • Remove pan from heat. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Give the mixture a good whisk until it looks smooth and glossy and pour vanilla essence in the end.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. In a heated cooker pour sand to about 1/4 th the depth and cover with foil. Place the cake pan in the cooker and cover the lid for about 30 minutes.
  • In case you want to bake this cake in an oven. Bake it for 25 minutes at 180 degrees C.
  • The center of the cake should be just firm to the touch. Leave the cake to cool down completely (About 2 hours).
  • Glaze with chocolate ganache.

For the chocolate ganache:

Boil the cream. Pour it over the chopped chocolate and mix it till the chocolate melts completely. Your ganache is ready!

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Bombay Chicken with Coconut Rice

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons oil or butter
  • 3 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons ginger root minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Garnish:

  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Method: Cut the chicken breasts into 2-inch pieces and keep aside. Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan and put the chicken pieces in it, cook till they are slightly brown, remove from pan. Now, cook the onions for 3 minutes, add the garlic and fry for another 1 minute and return the chicken to the pan, add the broth, salt, chili powder, cayenne, ginger, curry powder, chopped tomatoes and wine and mix all the ingredients with a spatula. Cover and cook for 15 minutes on low flame or till the chicken pieces are tender. Mix milk and cornstarch in a cup and add it to the chicken, mix well, bring it to boil and allow the sauce to thicken. Serve with rice and sprinkle chopped onion and shredded coconut on top.

Here are some foods and grains that are gluten-free:

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Quinoa is considered to be the best in grains family as it has the highest nutrient content of all. It is the best source of proteins and vitamins. Quinoa is known for its high magnesium content which helps in bone formation.

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Amaranth provides a high quality protein, with a nearly perfect balance of essential amino acids, including abundant lysine and methionine, which is not found in most grains.

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Kodo millet has around 11% protein, and the nutritional value of the protein has been found to be slightly better than that of foxtail millet but comparable to that of other small millets.

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Couscous consists of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a popular alternative to rice and pasta.


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Peanut Butter: A Healthy Filling Snack

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Peanut Butter is a  is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts. A really good peanut butter should have just two ingredients: peanuts and a pinch of salt.

Today, you can get Peanut Butters with additives you simply don’t need. Peanut butters are most often processed with hydrogenated oils and sugar, so make sure you check the label carefully before buying.

Natural Peanut Butter  generally contain at least 90% peanuts with no artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Natural peanut butters can have a grittier texture.

All peanut butters contain mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which may reduce cholesterol levels.  One serving has 8 grams of monounsaturated fats and 4 grams of polyunsaturated fats. These “good” fats help lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, and lower blood pressure. A serving of peanut butter also has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of bone-building magnesium, 208 mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and 0.17 mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6.

Five Health Benefits For Peanut Butter:

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Aids in weight loss and muscle build

If you’re looking to aid your workout routine with a food that can both boost testosterone levels and help you lose weight, eating peanut butter daily can keep your energy levels high and assist you in completing difficult workouts.

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High in vitamins and minerals

Peanuts are also high in folate, which can prevent heart disease and thiamin, which helps the body convert carbs to energy, and riboflavin, which helps metabolize fat, carbs, and proteins.

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Rich in antioxidants

Peanut butter has higher antioxidant levels than apples, carrots, or beets, and is more on par with the levels found in blackberries and strawberries.

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Great For Memory and Brain Health

Peanut butter can boost your brain health and help to ward off diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The good news being if you don’t consume unhealthy, processed form of peanut butter, but make your own or buy  organic peanut butter, peanut butter can actually be good for you.

Here are some different types of Peanut Butter you can find:

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i2cook homemade peanut butter is a young friendly recipe made with organic peanuts, raw sugar, vegetable oil, salt and cinnamon.

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The best peanut butter is a 100% organic peanut butter which contains 100% peanuts like i2cook Peanut Butter. i2cook peanut butter tastes different due to a dash of connamon that enhances shelf life naturally!


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Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Handmade Soaps: Know Your Soaps

Hand made soaps are usually made in small batches using traditional methods and plant-based ingredients.  Hand made soaps are high in glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soapmaking process.

Why should you buy a natural handmade soap:

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Handcrafted soap is made with natural, wholesome ingredients that cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils. Commercially-made bars are made with chemical additives, or synthetic detergents.

Commercially-made bars are made with synthetic detergents, they cannot even legally use the term “soap.” Instead, they may be called “beauty bars,” “cleaning bars,” “cream bars,” or something similar. Handcrafted soap is made with real and wholesome ingredients.

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Glycerin is a humectant; it attracts moisture and softens your skin. Glycerin is not merely added to handcrafted soap. Rather, it is naturally created in the process of mixing water, oils, and butters. In handcrafted soap, the glycerin is left in place.The absence of glycerin is another reason that commercial bars dry out the skin.

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To know more about natural handmade soaps, you would need to how the soaps are made. There are basically three ways to make a soap:

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One common way is called “melt and pour” soap. There are even melt and pour kits you can buy to make cute soap shapes with your kids. These are generally glycerine based transparent soaps.

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The other two methods are “hot process” and “cold process.” The hot process method utilizes heat after the saponification process has taken place, while the cold process method does not. Undoubtedly the best method for producing the highest quality soaps is the cold process method.

A combination of oils or fats and lye goes in the making of cold process soap bars. Lye is not as scary as it sounds as all the caustic qualities of the lye are removed during the saponification process. When the lye interacts with the oils or fats, it creates glycerine. How hard or soft the soap bar ends up being, and how well it lathers depends on the type of oils and fats that are being used.

Botanical sounding name does not necessarily mean that the product came from a plant either. Cranberry, watermelon, peach, pear, apple, strawberry, fig, pomegranate, coconut are synthetic scents made in a laboratory. Many soaps supposedly containing vanilla, jasmine, rose, lemon verbena, and sandalwood are also made with synthetic scents because the real essential oils, absolutes, or concretes are very expensive or even endangered.

If an oil doesn’t have a latin botanical name, then it’s not a true essential oil and it has no aromatherapeutic benefits. If it dries your skin out or makes it feel tight or itchy, it may not be real, this is a real soap test.  Because a well made, glycerin rich, handcrafted natural soap will leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, and nourished.
Remember that your skin is porous and absorbent. It absorbs whatever it comes in contact with.  Chronic use of chemical laden products will cause the body to store the chemicals in the body fat or even in the brain.

Here is how you can take care of natural handmade soap:

  • Don’t let your soap drown in water.
  • Make sure your soap gets plenty of fresh air between uses.
  • Store your soap on a well drained soap dish.
  • Store unused soap in a dark cool place like a lingerie drawer or linen close

Here are some natural handmade soaps you can find:

This soaps gives deep cleansing, conditioning, nourishment to your skin, remove dead skin cells and also gives. Revitalise and soften skin. For all skin types.

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A glycerin soap with the refreshing fragrance of jasmine and peach.

Aromatherapy-Massage

Spiced with versatile lavender oil, this bar is blended with shea butter and oils of coconut, olive, almond and patchouli making it intensely nourishing. Activated charcoal and green clay help detoxify the skin.


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Tea Tree Oil: The Absolute Favourite Essential Oil

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Tea tree oil is one of the most extensively researched essential oils. It is produced from a shrub like tree by the name of Melaleuca alternifolia, which is found along streams and in swampy areas in its native land of Australia.

Essential oils are powerful, and tea tree oil is no exception. The greatest concern when it comes to using tea tree oil is chiefly skin irritation. If this is a concern for you, always dilute the tea tree oil in a liquid neutral oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc. etc. Mixing with water does no good-it’s an oil, and will therefore separate-so you must give it another fat to grab onto.

This oil is often called the “medicine cabinet in a bottle” and is effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses too.

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Benefits of Tea Tree oil

For years, people have used tea tree oil to help with skin ailments from acne to psoriasis. But its benefits don’t end there, here are some of the benefits of Tea Tree Oil:

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To remove makeup:

For normal to dry skin, try mixing 1/4 cup canola oil with 10 drops of tea tree oil in a 4-ounce sterilized glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake until blended. Store in a cool, dark place. To use, saturate a cotton ball with the oil and sweep over your face to remove makeup. Rinse well with warm water and follow with a toner.

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To treat the chicken pox

Blend a few drops of tea tree essential oil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and use a cotton swab to apply the oil to sores two or three times a day.

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To relieve psoriasis

Rub a few drops of tea tree oil, diluted in a little olive oil, into your psoriasis patches several times a day.

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Beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp

Tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice.

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As a household cleaner

To make homemade a tea tree oil cleanser, mix with water, vinegar and lemon essential oil  then use it on your counter tops, kitchen appliances, shower, toilet and sinks.

Some great Tea Tree Oil uses include:

To treat acne.
An anti-fungal for treating Athlete’s Foot, eczema, various yeast infections, etc.
An antiseptic to be used on cuts and burns.
An anti-viral: it may lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few drops in the bath.
Add to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.

Precaution to keep in mind for Tea Tree Oil are:

Tea Tree Oil should be kept in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. This will prevent light from shining in and reducing the oil’s potency.
Do not ingest it orally.

You don’t have to travel all the way to Australia to get the benefits of the tea tree now. Here are some of the Tea Tree products you can find:

Vegetal Tea Tree Face Wash is a soap free gel formula with Tea Tree Oil and Cucumber extract that gives very deep cleansing of oil from the face.

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Tea tree Oil is very important in the health of the immune system, as it acts as an immuno-stimulant & increases the body’s ability to fight off any infections.

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Tea tree oil is regarded as one of the strongest natural antiseptics known to man. Because of its ability to inhibit and kill growth of bacteria, fungi & viruses, it makes a great medicinal soap for cuts & scrapes as well as a multi-purpose antibacterial and facial soap for every day use.

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Neem Tea Tree Dandruff Clarifying Hair Solution is an herbal formulation with nutritive extracts and conditioning properties that helps  to control the flaking, scaling, and hair falling. It makes hair soft, shiny & healthy.

It is time to make Tea Tree Oil your new absolute favourite essential oil.

 

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