Sunday, September 30, 2012

8 Natural Remedies for Acne | Delicious Beauty

8 Natural Remedies for Acne | Delicious Beauty
Written by Andrea Manitsas   
When I turned a quarter-century old, I figured acne would be a distant adolescent memory. I was sorely mistaken. Those pimples pop up inexplicably to taunt me in all manner of moments. Thankfully - as teens and adults alike - we can arm ourselves with some homemade remedies to tame the flare ups. If you're like us, you'll find that natural cures work even better than all the nasty chemical stuff commercially available - which can do more harm than good.
The first thing to do when fighting acne is to take a good hard look at your lifestyle and how you can better stave off breakouts. Eating whole, unprocessed foods, sleeping enough, staying well hydrated, coping with stress (yoga and meditation maybe...) and washing your hands frequently are all habits to get into for radiant, blemish-free skin. 
But, most of us can't lead perfectly-balanced, healthy lifestyles all the time. So, when the signs of stress are written all over your face - literally - give one of these treatments a try. Most of them you probably already have in your kitchen!
- Use apple cider vinegar or lemon juice diluted with a little bit of water as a toner, applying with a cotton ball.
- Create a paste of ground orange peel, applying it to affected area overnight.
- You can rub garlic onto the affected areas several times a day, or - if you can handle it - eat 3 cloves of garlic daily. 
- Create a paste with turmeric powder and honey, applying it on a clean face before bedtime. 
- Apply cucumber pulp to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes a day.
- Juice fresh papaya including the skin and seeds and apply to your acne. 
- Make a paste of fresh lime juice mixed with roasted and powdered pomegranate skins.
- Ground almonds and honey into a paste and massage into your skin; then rinse off with cold water.
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9 Anti-Aging Herbs - Natural Health

9 Anti-Aging Herbs - Natural Health

9 Anti-Aging Herbs

Aging brings many changes: physical, psychological, hormonal, even cultural. Wrinkles develop around our eyes, we forgot the occasional name and getting around isn’t as easy as it used to be. As we age, our immune systems also become less efficient, leaving our bodies more susceptible to free radicals. At this stage ini life, herbs can be a big help. Packed with antioxidants, these nine anti-aging herbs have been shown to boost brain power, protect eyes, relieve joint pain and treat a number of other age-related ailments.
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Gotu kola improves memory and boosts brain health.

Anti-Aging Herbs

Ginkgo is one of a handful of go-to anti-aging herbs. Because it improves circulation to the brain, ginkgo can boost brain function as we age. Studies have shown that ginkgo helps improve memory, protect brain cells and repair nerve tissue damage in the brain. Take 120 mg two to three times daily.
Gotu kola is another anti-aging herb that can improve brain health. Long used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve memory, studies have shown that this rejuvenating tonic herb can increase mental abilities and behavioral patterns. Take 600 mg of dried powered leaves three time a day.
Milk thistle offers protection for aging livers. The high number of environmental toxins that we encounter every day puts extra stress on our liver, which is responsible for filtering out all those toxins. Milk thistle produces an ingredient called silymarin, which protects the liver by preventing damage and encouraging growth of new cells. Take 175 mg of this anti-aging herb two to three times a day. (For more on strengthening your liver to help it remove toxins from your body, check out this excerpt from Debra Lynn Dadd’s book “Toxin Free.”)
milk thistle
Milk thistle strengthens the liver, helping it to better remove toxins from an aging body.
Turmeric offers many benefits to an aging body. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful for treating arthritisimproving brain health and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Like milk thistle, turmeric also offers support to the liver. Take 1 gram of dried ground turmeric daily.
Bilberry protects our eyes from age-related degenerative eye disease by preventing damage to the retina and strengthening capillaries and connective tissue in the eyes. Bilberry is also high in antioxidants, which help prevent damage from free radicals. Take 240 to 600 mg daily.
Black cohosh: Aging also brings hormonal changes. For women going through menopause, this means hot flashes, migraines, mood swings and insomnia. Black cohosh can help regulate estrogen levels, balance hormone production and relieve menopause symptoms. Take 80 mg of black cohosh extract or 10 to 60 drops of tincture.
turmeric in a bowl
Turmeric can ease arthritis pain, improve memory and support the liver.
Saw palmetto: If black cohosh relieves the aging ailments of women, then saw palmetto is the anti-aging herb for men. Studies have shown saw palmetto to be effective at treating prostrate problems, particularly a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in which enlargement of the prostrate narrows the urethra, causing poor urinary flow, painful urination and other problems. Taking saw palmetto can decrease the size of the prostrate, relieving some of these symptoms. Take 320 mg daily.
Garlic: Apart from its antibacterial and antiviral properties, garlic is also good for the heart. Studies have shown garlic to help lower high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and prevent blood from clotting in blood vessels.
Ginger has many properties that make it a potent anti-aging herb. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can reduce pain from arthritis. Ginger is also well-known as a digestive aid and immune booster. Try making this simple ginger tea.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Surprising Health Benefits of Papaya Seeds

The Surprising Health Benefits of Papaya Seeds

The Surprising Health Benefits of Papaya Seeds

Papaya Seeds BenefitsWhile most people throw them away, papaya seeds and not only edible, small amounts of them in your diet can be surprisingly good for you.
 Keep in mind though that chewing half a teaspoon of the seeds is not like eating papaya fruit. They have a strong flavor, more like a cross between mustard and black peppercorns. If you can handle that, ahead are some of the main health benefits of papaya seeds, followed by some interesting ways to add them to your diet.

Papaya Seeds, Worms and Other Parasitic Infections

Like green papaya, the seeds contain high levels of proteolytic enzymes like papain which can help rid your body of parasites. In the same way that papain breaks down protein waste, it may also break down parasites and their eggs.
Good levels of digestive enzymes in your diet are also believed to help normalize the environment in your intestinal tract, making it less hospitable to worms and other parasites. Green papaya capsules and high-strength powder are a simple alternative if you don’t have the fresh fruit and its seeds available.
The seeds from papaya also contain a unique anthelmintic alkaloid called carpaine that has been shown to be very effective at killing parasitic worms and amoebas. There is much more detail on the parasite problem and a specific treatment to get rid of them in How to Use Papaya Seeds for Parasites.

Papaya Seeds as a Treatment for Liver Cirrhosis

Liver cirrhosis is a disease, often caused by excessive alcohol consumption over many years, wherein the liver shrinks and becomes hardened. In this state it is ineffective at removing toxins from the body, leading to a variety of serious health problems.
Papaya seeds are often reported as an effective treatment for liver cirrhosis. One method is to grind up around five dried seeds in a pepper grinder, or crush up fresh ones in a mortar and pestle, and mix them with a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Drink this down twice a day for a month. Many cirrhosis sufferers have had dramatic improvements with this powerful natural treatment.
Obviously consult your doctor first if you are being treated for cirrhosis of the liver, especially with regards to the papain enzyme that may interfere with medications.
Even for people without such obvious liver damage, a small amount of papaya seeds taken regularly is said to help with liver detoxification. And anything that can improve the vital functions of the liver will be likely to improve our health in general.

Papaya Seeds PregnancyAntibacterial Properties

The seeds of papaya are believed to have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect on our digestive systems. Studies have shown an extract made from them is effective at killing E coli, Salmonella, Staph and other dangerous bacterial infections.
Once again, their potent digestive enzymes like papain can help change the intestinal environment to one that is more favorable to the ‘good’ bacteria and less so to the bad ones that can cause so many health problems.

Precautions and Warnings

As a precaution, pregnant women should not use papaya seeds or the enzyme rich green papaya. There is also some animal research suggesting they may temporarily reduce a man’s fertility. I’ll leave it up to male readers whether they currently consider that a good or bad thing. Regardless, as with any substance with a strong physiological effect, it is best to take regular breaks rather than using it continuously for several months.
The side effects and warnings for papaya enzymes on the previous page would especially apply to papaya seeds as well so keep that in mind if you are currently dealing with any of the health conditions mentioned there.
Papaya seeds with their high levels of carpaine and papain and other digestive enzymes are powerful. You don’t need many at a time, certainly not a whole fruit’s worth. After you scrape them out of a fresh fruit, it’s best to keep them in a sealed container in the fridge if you’re using them regularly, or in the freezer if only occasionally.
The next page will look at using papaya seeds for digestive health, including some unusual ways to add them into your diet.

Recession Proof Beauty: 10 Homemade Facial Scrubs

Recession Proof Beauty: 10 Homemade Facial Scrubs

Recession Proof Beauty: 10 Homemade Facial Scrubs

Due to popular interest, our Recession Proof Beauty series continues where we left off — organic, homemade face treatments.
Today, we will focus on scrubs.
Exfoliation is essential to anyone’s skincare regimen, yet often the most hyped over-the-counter scrubs are costly and anything but chemical-free. The recipes below are not only all natural; they are cost-effective. Most importantly, they are fun to prepare in your own kitchen and leave you with tingly clean skin as a refreshing result!
Note: The scrubs listed work for all skin types, unless stated otherwise.

General Scrub Procedure

  1. Tie hair back.
  2. Wash face.
  3. To open pores, steam face over hot water or press warm cloth to skin for a few minutes.
  4. After preparing scrub, apply it to face (and neck if desired). Avoid eye area.
  5. Optional: Use a facial loofah, sponge, or brush to maximize exfoliation.
  6. Rinse off with warm water.
  7. Enjoy results!

Basic Baking Soda Scrub

Perfect for everyday use.
2 to 3 Tbsp. Baking soda
Small amount of water
Mix the ingredients into a paste.
Using a circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub.

Basic Cornmeal Scrub

Slightly more potent than the baking soda scrub, this works best on a 2 to 3 day interval.
2 to 3 Tbsp. Cornmeal
Small amount of water
Mix and apply in the same manner as baking soda scrub.

Rose Almond Face Scrub

To brighten and soften skin.
1 tsp rosewater
1/2 tsp almond flour or finely ground almonds.
Mix into paste and apply.

Oatmeal Scrub

A stimulating, thoroughly cleansing 3-in-1 scrub! Smooths, tones, and hydrates.
1 Tbsp. ground oatmeal (use steel cut oats, not instant)
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. yogurt
Combine and apply.
Optional: let your scrub double as a mask! Let it sit a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

Azuki Bean Scrub

Banish your blackheads. Especially effective for combination and oily skin types.
½ cup dried azuki beans
Grind beans. (Having a small coffee grinder set aside specifically for beauty recipes is a wise idea).
Add a little water to the mixture and apply.

Milk and Honey Scrub

Maximize or minimize its moisturizing effect at will.
Choose your dairy:
1 tsp Skim Milk (Oily skin)
1 tsp 2% Milk (Normal or combination)
1 tsp Cream (Dry)
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp ground almonds

Banana Scrub

A very finely textured, delicious-smelling scrub. Can double as a mask.
2 tsp mashed banana
2 tsp rolled oats
1 tsp milk
1 tsp honey

Honey Sugar Scrub

If you have ever used a body sugar scrub, you know how amazing they are. Work the same magic on your face!
1 tsp. of honey
1/2 tsp. of sugar (either cane or brown — both work well)
Blend in bowl. Apply.
Rinse very thoroughly, as this recipe can be slightly sticky. 

Pumpkin, Sugar, and Spice Scrub

By Care’s Healthy & Green Living shares this amazing (and Thanksgiving appropriate!) body scrub concoction (which also works wonders for the face):
1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin, pureed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Blend in a bowl. Apply mixture to face (and body, if you really want to indulge yourself).

“Eat Your Greens” Facial Scrub

A great organic recipe by The Green Beauty Guide:
2 tsp organic wheat bran
2 tbsp organic oatmeal
2 tbsp olive oil soap, finely shredded
1 tsp dried parsley
1 part dried lettuce
Shave your favorite plant oil-based soap.
Grind parsley and lettuce with pestle in mortar. (We have tried this – you can also blend it in a processor).
Add soap shavings and mix thoroughly.
Whisk in the oatmeal and wheat brand and continue stirring until thoroughly mixed.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Black Tea Benefits

Black Tea Benefits

Black Tea Benefits
Black tea is often known for its caffeine content and seldom known for its health benefits. The black tea we drink deserves some more credit. Black tea is not only rich in antioxidants but is also good for our hair, skin, etc.
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Black tea comes from the same plant; Camellia sinensis plant, just as the other kinds of tea such as green tea and oolong tea come from. Black tea is the tea variety that has been oxidized the most and is a tea type retaining its flavor more than other tea types. However, black tea is often not given much credit for its health benefits. In fact people often ask how can tea be healthy if it contains caffeine? It is true that tea contains caffeine, however, the amount of caffeine present in tea is very little, even lesser than coffee. This low amount of caffeine enhances blood flow to the brain without over stimulation of the heart. Moreover, this low level of caffeine also helps sharpens one's concentration ability and mental focus.

Heart Health
A study published in February 2009 journal of hypertension suggests that black tea consumption can conduce to a healthier heart. The research conducted on 19 healthy men revealed that drinking black tea over long periods helps increase blood vessel reactivity, while reducing arterial stiffness and blood pressure. This in turn enhances a healthy heart condition.

Soothes Stress
According to a new study conducted by University College London (UCL) researchers, it is stated that having a cup of black tea daily can help counter the everyday stress of life. In this research, people who drank black tea four times a day for six weeks were found to have lower levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in their bloodstream after a trying event. Thus, black tea is seen to have effect on the stress hormones in the body. However, researchers are yet to find out which are the ingredients in tea that cause the relaxing and de-stressing effect in black tea drinkers.

Black Tea and Antioxidants
Black tea contains ten times more antioxidants than found in fruits and vegetables. Black tea is rich in polyphenols, an important antioxidant which destroys the harmful free radicals formed as a result of metabolism. These free radicals are cell damagers, which can lead to blood clots, cancer and atherosclerosis. Thus, antioxidants from tea help protect our cells from damage.

Gastrointestinal Benefits 
Black tea is also known to relieve diarrhea and maintain the health of the digestive tract because of the tannins it contains. The tannins in black tea decrease intestinal activity and release an antidiarrheal effect on the digestive tract, which helps alleviate the pain associated with diarrhea. Steeping black tea for a complete 15 minutes and then drinking it unsweetened is a popular diarrhea remedy.

Weight Loss Benefits 
Is there any link between black tea benefits and weight loss? Well apparently there is a connection. Tea accelerates the weight loss process by boosting the body's metabolism rate. Moreover, it also blocks the fattening effects of carbohydrates.

Tea contains a small amount of caffeine which is not good for the developing fetus as its underdeveloped metabolism cannot handle caffeine. However, most doctors say that having a cup of black tea everyday in moderation is not harmful. To be safe it's better to consume only limited amounts of tea during pregnancy. Moreover, don't forget to consult your gynecologist regarding this issue.

Hair Care
Rinsing your hair with black tea helps darken the hair and add shine to it. To add shine to the hair, people generally brew two cups of black tea and rinse dampened shampoo hair. The tea rinse also helps increase bulk of hair, slows down hair fall and enhances hair growth. 

Skin Care
Black tea is a wonderful astringent. To tap this benefit all one has to do is prepare some black tea and splash the warm tea onto your face. It's effect is fantastic! Moreover, tea is also beneficial if you are struggling with face or body acne. Black tea can be used on skin portions where you know a pimple is about to erupt. Just steep a black tea teabag in hot water and when it has cooled down, place it over the blemish for 10 minutes. Then, remove the teabag and do not rinse the tea off the blemish. The tea will work and heal the blemish.

Researchers from Berlin state that adding milk to black tea reduces its antioxidant, vasodilating and anti-inflammatory effects. So if you want to tap most of the benefits of black tea, think twice before adding milk to your cup of black tea. Whenever you read about any food item or beverage's health benefits, it's important not to get impulsive and consume or drink too much of it. The key to tapping the most benefits is having it in moderation!
By Priya Johnson
Published: 3/4/2010
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

» What is your acne telling you? The Beauty Gypsy

» What is your acne telling you? The Beauty Gypsy

What is your acne telling you?

I always knew that the once-monthly spots that overtook my chin were the result of not-so-stable hormones. However, when my dermatologist took one look at the sudden outcrop of angry zits on my nose and asked me to get my blood pressure checked, it introduced me to a whole new (actually old) science of face mapping, which is pretty much the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problem skin.
Face mapping, which is fast taking centre stage at most clinics nowadays, combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine with cutting edge dermatologists’ prescriptions to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems. So, with this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and not only make the unsightly zits vanish but also treat the underlying health problem in time.
Pretty awesome, right? Try it out: Here is how to decode breakouts in the basic areas.
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1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up water intake and opt for cooling things like cucumbers.
3: Liver — Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest.
4 & 5: Kidneys — Anything around the eyes (including dark circles) point to dehydration. Drink up!
6: Heart — Check your blood pressure (mine was slightly high) and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Also, since this area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging.
7 & 8: Kidneys — Again, drink up! And cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as these will cause further dehydration.
Zone 9 & 10: Respiratory system — Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic (meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of forget – dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most!
Zone 11 & 12: Hormones — This is the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy veggies and keeping skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point: breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating (and on which side).
Zone 13: Stomach — Step up the fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.
14: Illness — Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything always works out!
So the next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look to your face map: your skin is probably trying to communicate on behalf of the internal organs. However, do remember that, as with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis. This is just a general guide to head you off in the right investigative direction – just becuase you break out between the brows doesn’t always mean you have a bad liver!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Home Remedies For Glowing Skin - Natural Remedies To Get Glowing Skin

Home Remedies For Glowing Skin - Natural Remedies To Get Glowing Skin

Home Remedies For Glowing Skin

A blemish-free and glowing skin is the fancy of everyone. Apart from beauty, it also indicates good health and vitality. However, very few people are blessed with naturally beautiful skin, which doesn’t demand much care. For the rest of us, regular care is necessary. In fact, a good skin care routine is a must for maintaining the glory of your beautiful skin. In this context, using homemade products is the best way to make your skin shine naturally. Remember, your skin type is a crucial determinant of the ingredients that you can use to rejuvenate your skin. The article brings you some very useful natural home remedies, which will make your skin glow and look gorgeous. Follow these tips to be the stunning beauty you have always wanted to be.
Natural Remedies To Get Glowing Skin
Whole Mung Beans
Grind whole mung beans in a grinder and make a powder out of them. Store this powder in an airtight container. Make a paste by mixing a tbsp of whole mung powder and water. Wash you face, but don’t dry it completely, so that some moisture is retained. Now, apply the paste evenly on your face and allow it to dry. After you wash off the paste, your skin will look as fresh and radiant as ever. This method is, especially, great for oily skin.
Oatmeal Paste
Oatmeal paste is an honored home remedy for glowing skin. Grind oatmeal in the grinder and make its powder. Store the powder in an airtight container. Mix one tbsp of oatmeal powder with water or rose water and make a paste. Apply this paste on your skin and wash off with water, after 10 minutes. An excellent skin cleanser for dry skin, it will make your skin look moisturized and glowing.
Cucumber & Tomato Juice
Cucumber and tomato are also well known for their beneficial effects on the skin. Mix one tbsp of both tomato and cucumber juice. Apply this juice on your face, using cotton ball and wash off after with water, once it dries. It will tone up your skin and act as a refresher. An excellent skin cleanser, the mixture of the two juices will give you fresh and smooth looking skin instantly.
Milk, Turmeric & Sandalwood
Milk, turmeric and sandalwood have been used since ages to get that natural glow on skin. Mix sandalwood powder in some milk, so as to make a paste. Add 1-2 drops of lemon juice and dash of turmeric to the paste and mix well. Apply this paste on your face and let it sit till the time it dries. Wash off your face with water after 10-15 minutes. Normal to oily skin is best treated with this paste.
Honey & Egg
A beneficial face mask can be made by mixing honey and egg yolk. Apply this face mask on your skin and leave it for some 20 minutes. Then, rinse off with water. It is a very good skin mask for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Use greater proportion of egg yolk if your skin is dry and more amount of honey in case of oily skin.
Banana & Milk
Though many people are unaware of the fact, banana and milk have proven to be very good for skin. For making this face mask, you first have to mash a banana properly. Now, add some milk to the mashed banana and mix well. Apply the paste on your face and rinse off with water after 10 minutes. It would give an instant glow to your skin.

Natural Ways To Exfoliate Skin - Home Remedies For Exfoliating Skin

Natural Ways To Exfoliate Skin - Home Remedies For Exfoliating Skin

Natural Ways To Exfoliate Skin

Getting beautiful and soft skin is not as difficult as one usually thinks it to be. Be it any complexion, even a plain skin can have a glowing and healthy look. Now, you would be wondering as to how many bucks you would have to spend to get this gorgeous look? The answer is nothing! Surprised, isn’t it? Just by exfoliating and moisturizing your skin at home, you can get a glowing healthy skin, all at no costs. Exfoliation not only eliminates the upper layer of the skin that contains dead cells, dirt and body secretions, but also reveals a new skin that is soft and supple. By removing the impurities from the skin, exfoliation assists in getting rid of problems, such as infected ingrown hair, pimples, skin infections and so on. The process supplies vital nutrients to the skin, thereby eliminating body wastes, reducing wrinkles and increasing circulation. Given here are some simple home remedies for exfoliating your skin. Go ahead and exfoliate regularly to get a fresh, young and healthy looking skin.
Home Remedies For Exfoliating Skin
  • Combine 2 to 3 tbsp of virgin olive oil with ½ cup of white sugar. Use the mixture to scrub your body and face. This is an excellent exfoliating scrub for dry skin as olive oil will help in retaining the moisture and will not clog pores.
  • Process a cup of oatmeal and some dried lavender blossoms until fine. Take a handful of the mix and add few tsp of water to form a mixture. Use it to scrub your face and find a clean and smooth skin beneath.
  • You can also mix equal amounts of oatmeal and corn meal. Add a few raw sunflower seeds or raw almonds and few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or lemon. Blend all the ingredients until they reach a uniform consistency. Take a handful of the mix and combine with water to form a scrub. Thereafter, exfoliate your skin with it.
  • Mix 1/8 cup of fresh organic oatmeal, 2 tbsp milk, 1 tsp baking soda and 1½ tsp almond or olive oil. Rub this mixture into your skin in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. This scrub is best for sensitive skin.
  • Take ½ cup sea salt and mix it with ½ cup almond oil or olive oil and 10 to 15 drops of essential oil. Blend the contents well and apply to your entire body, except facial skin. Gently scrub your body and rinse off with lukewarm water.
  • Combine baking soda with enough aloe vera juice or gel to form a smooth paste. You can use either bottled or fresh aloe vera. Apply the scrub to your body and work in a circular motion. Rinse henceforth.
  • Take 2 tbsp each of finely ground oatmeal, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix it with ½ cup vegetable or almond oil and 1 tsp nutmeg. Wet your face and rub the scrub gently in circular motion. Rinse well and pat dry.
  • In a blender, place 8 strawberries and 2 tbsp olive oil. Process for a minute and pour it into a bowl. Add 2 tbsp sugar and mix well. Lather the paste all over your body and scrub gently. Rinse and find a fresh and glowing skin thereafter.
  • Mix 1 cup warm coffee grounds with ½  tbsp sugar or sea salt and 2 tbsp olive oil. Rub the mixture all over your skin, paying special attention to rough areas like elbows and feet. Exfoliate your skin and rinse with tepid water. You will find a youthful and healthy skin beneath.
  • Squeeze 2 lemons in a bowl. Add 1 cup each of sugar and honey and mix well. Wet your body and face and massage the mixture all over in circular motions. Rinse away and feel a great skin underneath.