Apart from following a proper skin and hair care routine, it is also important to pick the right ingredients for the effectiveness of the routine. There are thousands of herbs around us in our garden and kitchen which can be incorporated in our daily regimen to achieve flawless skin and hair. They are natural and don’t act superficially but addresses the root cause of our skin and hair problems.
The top 5 herbs for skin and hair care:
- Curry leaves:
Curry leaves work like magic for both hair and skin problems. If you are experiencing hair fall, curry leaves can be your savior. Apply a paste of curry leaves to your scalp to stimulate your hair follicles and promote hair growth. Curry leaves have anti-fungal properties which keep dandruff at bay. If you are suffering from acne, a dab of curry leaves paste can be used as a spot treatment.
Hibiscus is one of the most common flowers planted in almost every other household. It is known for its hair growth promoting properties. It also prevents premature greying of the hair. You can prepare your magic hair potion by adding fresh hibiscus petals to heated coconut oil. Heat the mixture for two minutes and let it sit overnight. Filter the potion into a clean bottle; apply this potion regularly on your scalp and hair to witness the results.
- Aloe vera:
Aloe vera is the jack of all trades among all herbs. Application of fresh aloe vera gel can help in removing tan and pigmentation. It also helps in treating scars, cuts or burns. It acts as a gentle yet effective acne spot treatment as well. If you have dry hair and your hair needs moisture boost, you can apply fresh aloe vera gel as a hair mask for the much-needed conditioning.
Cinnamon not only adds aroma and flavor to food but can be an excellent food for the skin as well. If you want bee-stung lips the natural way, simply mix honey and cinnamon powder and apply on your lips. Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes and then scrub and rinse it off. You will have fuller lips after this treatment. Want to zap a zit overnight? Apply a mixture of honey and cinnamon and let it sit overnight for clearer skin.
Turmeric is one of the most potent blood purifiers as per Ayurveda. Regular ingestion of Turmeric helps the body to detox itself, resulting in clear and glowing skin. Every Indian wedding is incomplete without the Turmeric ceremony ( haldi ceremony) because of turmeric’s many skin benefits. Topical application of turmeric helps in achieving a more even complexion. It also fights acne and pigmentation effectively. Turmeric is also known for its anti-cancer properties.
Go organic for the ultimate beauty regimen
It is tempting to count on chemical-based cosmetics that claim to bring quick results but the truth is they harm your skin more than fixing it. It’s high time we go back to our roots and incorporate herbs as a part of our lifestyle. They help us fight skin and hair problems without any side effects.