Throughout history, women have included herbs and spices in their beauty regimen. Here are five of the best:
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Turmeric powder is readily available and has long been a staple in Indian and African households. Apart from culinary properties, it has long been one of the key ingredients in bridal beautification.
In the coastal region, it is not uncommon for the bride to use a paste of turmeric and water on her entire body. The paste can be mixed with gram flour for an added glow. When combined with milk, it helps to remove dark patches.
This fabulous ingredient purifies the blood, nourishes the skin and gives it a healthy, natural glow. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-bacterial properties that help reduce inflammation of the skin, acne, pimples and blemishes.
Suffering from oily skin prone to pimples? Peppermint not only adds flavour to your tea, but also controls excess oil and lends complete freedom from acne. It aids in digestion and detoxifying. With fewer toxins in your gut, your skin appears brighter and dark circles disappear. That’s not all; because of its cooling, menthol content, it will reduce the redness in your face and also give you a healthy, clear glow!
Have you ever wondered why Italians age slower than their other European counterparts? Perhaps their high intake of basil has something to do with it. The amazing herb has a calming effect in the stomach, with properties that detoxify, reduce stress and rejuvenate lifeless skin. It is also high in vitamin C.
Say ‘hello’ to youthful skin without pimples with the help of the healing properties of ginger. This miracle herb fights free radicals and purifies the blood, getting rid of blemishes and spots. Add whole ginger to your savoury dishes, and use the powdered form for your tea.
Sprinkle oregano flakes in your food, especially tomato-based dishes. If using the dried form, incorporate it early so it can soften and cook with your meal. This herb has anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, and is also rich in vitamins, fibre and minerals, all essential for soft and beautiful skin.
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