Indian Beauty Foods

India has thousands of years of history of consuming herbal foods to enhance bodily functions and also to improve the outward appearance of the skin and also to slow down the natural aging process.

In this day and age where people resort to harsh cosmetic products and procedures to enhance their appearance, perhaps we could take a step back and look at what people in ancient times had to offer in terms of achieving natural beauty. This is not to say that we should stop all forms of modern beauty treatments: the key is to avoid the negative side effects of modern chemicals and procedures and to give our skin and appearance a natural boost using herbs and herbal foods.

An example of a beauty food that many Indian people consume a lot is honey. Honey is soothing and nourishing when consumed orally and it can also be applied directly to the skin, where it is known to exhibit antiseptic properties. Skin that is experiencing inflammatory conditions such as acne and rashes have been known to be calmed by applying honey directly onto the skin.

Indians also consume a lot of turmeric and ginger – both are known for their antiseptic properties. They have even been grounded into powder form for direct application onto the skin, which again can have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits for the skin.

Another herb you should pay attention to is Neem. Neem is an evergreen tree found in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Indians have long known about the medicinal and beauty properties of the Neem. It is considered something like a super herb. Every part of the Neem has been known to be utilized for medicinal and beauty purposes. For example, many Indians like to use Neem leaves in their bath. Neem leaves have antiseptic, antifungal and even antiviral properties. As such, it is used to treat a host of internal and external conditions, ranging from acne,  diabetes, gum disease to arthritis.

Interestingly, Neem has recently been featured on Dr Oz’s blog. In case you don’t know, Dr Oz is a celebrity doctor that has his own television show, and often talks about health and beauty treatments people can use at home. As he is a medical doctor by training, he does not restrict himself to only traditional or herbal treatments. For example, in terms of beauty products, he does feature and recommend modern at home beauty treatment devices like high frequency facials.

Back to the topic of Neem, it is such a potent and versatile herb that every part – including the bark, the flowers and the seed contain health and beauty benefits. Modern researchers are now conducting  a lot of research on Neem to uncover even more benefits. Of late, a very popular way of using Neem is through Neem oil. Neem oil can be used on the skin to relieve irritation and redness resulting from conditions such as acne and rosacea. It can even be used on the scalp to relieve itchiness and dandruff. People who have just undergone skin exfoliation treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion (yes! you can do microdermabrasion at home! read this article to learn more about reviews of home microdermabrasion machines systems) can also use it to calm and soothe the skin.

Even though this post is mainly about the beauty properties of herbs, you should note that herbs are not all there is to natural beauty. Here are some other things you should pay attention to in order to achieve wholesome natural beauty:

  • Adequate sleep: Sleep is out body’s way to restore and rejuvenate cells. Make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep everyday, or your skin may start to appear dull and lack radiance
  • Drink enough water: The importance of drinking enough water and hydrating your skin cannot be overstated
  • Do regular exercise. Yoga, an ancient Indian practice combines the physical and spiritual and helps rejuvenate the body and mind

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