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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.