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DIY Ayurvedic Shikakai Shampoo for Dry Hair

These days we often hear about people wanting to try to all natural products and products without harmful chemical and silicons for our hair. So today I am going to share a way to cleanse your hair naturally without using any shampoo or conditioner using all natural products.

This homemade shampoo for dry hair not only cleanses your hair of all the dirt but also leaves it smooth, shiny and silky.

The ingredients

Shikakai powder:

The word Shikakai literally means “fruit for hair”. Acacia concinna or Shikakai has been used traditionally for hair care in the Indian Subcontinent since ancient times. It is one of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants.

  • Shikakai powder is both a mild conditioner and a cleanser.
  • It promote hair strengh, stimulate volume and shine.
  • Shikakai is very drying and people having dry hair are only able to tolerate it in small doses combined with other powder.
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Shikakai Powder | OrganicIsBeautiful

Amla powder:

Amla powder is well-known as a hair conditioner, but it also has valuable anti-dandruff properties.

  • A homemade amla powder mask can also add texture and volume to your hair.
  • Unlike shampoos, it does not harm your hair follicles and prevents graying.
  • Taken internaly, amla powder with licorice powder and honey provide soothing relief in cold and cough. Antioxidants ellegic acid, vitamin C and gallic acid help boost immunity and fight infection.
  • Amla powder is a wonderful antoxidant and raises metabolism, keeping your weight under control.
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Green Amla Gooseberry. (Source: livesuperfoods.com)

Reeth powder:

It is one of the main ingredients in the manufacture of soaps and shampoos for hair. It also has insecticidal properties which helps in removing lice.

  • Reetha powder is said to help nourish the hair making it healthy, clean, and smooth.
  • Reetha cleansing agent cleanses the skin with gentle effect and not to irritate the skin.
  • It is also use for removing lice from the scalp without not to ant damage.
  • Reetha powder can be used in the same way as Amla powder to wash body and hair.
  • It helps to promotes the growth of hair and removes dandruff.

TIPS: Running low in cleaning detergent? One good thing about reetha powder is washing various items including clothes, jewelry and other antique items!

Reethna Nuts | OrganicIsBeautiful
Reethna Nuts | OrganicIsBeautiful

After continuously using any of these recipes with reetha to wash the hair, for the next couple of time, the hair will become stronger and healthier.

Soap nuts are round hollow nuts with black dense seeds in them. The outer layer which is a dark brownish in color is the part that we use for the hair care products. Boldsky
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Not sure what to do with Shikakai? Recall my tutorial on how to use Amla and Shikakai for your hair. Link below

The preparation:

We all have different type and texture of hair. For the ladies with dry hair a light oil massage before a few hours from taking a hair wash may be a good idea.

Note: Never heard of oil massage before? No worries, OiB has it all covered. Have a look at my earlier post about Pre-shampoo treatment (link).

  1. Wet your hair
  2. Prepare the reetna liquid. (How to prepare reethna paste link?)
  3. Mix 2 tbsp of Amla powder Shikakai powder and add it into the reetna liquid
  4. Use as you use a shampoo.

⇒ Result: The nutritional value of the paste gets absorbed with our scalp and makes our hair healthy and strong guaranteeing vibrant color!

Reference:

http://blog.redrosehenna.com/2013/06/reetha-benefits-of-reetha-powder-for.html and http://www.livestrong.com/article/254803-how-to-use-amla-powder-on-hair/

Ladies, have you tried amla/shikakai/reetha in your regimen? How does it work for your hair?

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DIY Homemade Orange Peel Face Mask

Now that you know why orange peels are as much beneficial for your body as your skin, it’s time to get our hands dirty!

Living abroad, I have learn to become very versatile and flexible when it comes to treating my skin. Some products that I used to find easily when living in my home country were sometimes not available in my local markets. I slowly turned into skin care recipe that allows me to respect my budget and remove that frustration away of not getting that product I really need.

Surprisingly, orange peel powder is used in several skin care recipes to reduce acne, cleanse and open up clogged pores, protect skin from blackheads, control oiliness, or highlight the natural glow of our skin.

How to make an orange facial mask at home?

Get organic orange fruits and create your orange peel powder.

Missing a step? Yes. The most important one.

The freshly cut orange peels needs to be sun-dried! To do so,

Spread the peels on a tray and place them in areas which receive plenty of sunshine, like a balcony.

Let orange peels dry in the sun for a day or two. It is only after this phase that you will next move to crushing the peels into a powder using a blender.

You can store the powder in an air-tight container until you need to use it.

Prepare your Facial Mask ingredients.

You will need two ingredients. Yes, that’s all! And guess what? Both are available in your kitchen.

I named: Yogurt and Honey!

  • Why Yogurt? In the Ancient India, yogurt, when applied to skin, was used as an effective remedy to get rid of acne and pimples. It can also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.
  • Why Honey? Honey is one of those amazing things that nature and bees provide. Honey has antimicrobial properties, antioxidants and at the same time, is beneficially sticky. Honey, especially raw or unpasteurized,  works as natural humectant and helps the skin keeps its natural moisture. 

The recipe.

  • 1 tablespoon of your newly made orange peels powder.
  • 1/2 cup of nature Greek yogurt.
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

PS: I personally prefer when the honey is warmed, it makes it easier to work with it. The texture is a bit more looser so it blends with the other two ingredients easier.

  • Mix it all together until you get a compact paste.
  • Simply spread a layer on your face and wait 15min.

PS: 15-20min wait is approximate and vary from skin to skin. When you feel that the mask dry off a little bit, it’s time to wash it all off!

  • Rinse it all off with tepid water and feel amazed. Your skin is now revitalized.
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Orange Peels | OrganicIsBeautiful

The Result.

The antioxidants in honey and the peels help make the skin look younger while the yogurt naturally is effective in curing acne by cleansing your pores.

(Note: Be careful for a few hours if you’re going out in the sun after this mask, as it will cause photosensitivity.)

Personally, it  made my face much much more soft, HIGHLY recommended, and it’s a superb way to use oranges … outside the box.

I hope you enjoyed this simple facial mask recipe. Try it out and let me know how you feel in the comment area.

Amanda 😉

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[Ayurveda Serie] Benefit of Ayurveda Powder for Hair.

  • Why do I use Ayureda powder?
  • How can you used it on your hair?
  • Which powder is best for you?

↓Read below↓

Ayurveda powder, a natural shampoo.

Ayurveda powders are known to be excellent natural shampoo that clean and nourish the hair scalp at the same time. There is so much to say about there health benefit:  body metabolism, inner soul, hair & skin can all take benefit from Ayurveda powder.

Talking about hair, they are great base for any pre-poo treatment.

Ayurveda powder, a natural shampoo.

What is a Pre-poo?

A pre-poo is when you apply a conditioning treatment to the hair prior to shampooing / washing so as to add moisture to the follicles.

It is best applied on dirty hair.

How to make your own pre-poo at home?

First you need oils and…some patience!

  • Oils.The past is basically set as a combination of different Ayurveda oils, or, if you do not have some at home (yet), a light/dry oil can work too. Jojoba, coconut/avocado oils are a good example.
  • Liquid. Usually water. Coconut mild can also do the trick. Plus, coconut milk is an excellent hair moisturizer and helps prevent hair loss.
  • Essential oils (Optional). The selection depends on your type of hair. Since my hair is prone to itchiness, I usually add some drops of tea tree essential oil.

Paste ready? 

When the paste is compact, it means its ready. Here how is goes next:

  • Apply the past like a gently massage before going to bed, it is a relaxing time with calming effect that help get away the stress of the day before a good night of sleep. I ♥ it!!
  • Put a plastic bag or shower plastic cap to hold it all together straight after shower and before jumping to bed.
  • Leave it overnight.

8 hrs later,

⇒ ⇒ The Pre-poo treatment is over and your scalp is now ready to be washed. Rinse with warm water. Next step: the shampoo!

Ayurveda shampoo, choose the right powder for your hair.

Some powder are better for oily scalp, others suitable for dry or dying hair type, we will go through each type and compare their results.

Aritha powder: also called Reetha powder (India), Soap Nuts (UK) is a powder made from dried aritha fruits.

  • Key properties: natural cleaner, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
  • Hair type: dry hair, prone to recurrent dandruff problems.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.
Reetna Seeds
Reetna Seeds

3Shikakai powder: Shikakai powder is made from the fruit pods of the Acacia Concinna tree.

  • Key properties: antioxidant (rich in vitamin c), prevent dandruff and other scalp issues.
  • Hair type: any type of hair.
  • Best combined with: Amla, Reetna Powder.

Brahmi powder : Brahmi powder is obtained by grinding dried Brahmi leaves into a fine powder.

  • Key properties: brain tonic (support brain functions including concentration, information processing, and memory.), rejuvenate hair (makes hair stronger and ticker), prevent split ends, reduce of hair loss.
  • Hair type: dry, itchy hair. With dandruff issues.
  • Best combined with: Amla Powder.

Amla powder : Amla poweder is dried and powdered indian gooseberry.

  • Key properties: antioxydant (Rich in Vitamin C), voluminous effect (curl power)
  • Hair type: dry, itchy hair. With dandruff issues.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.
Gallic acid is a powerful phenolic compound found in amla and has been shown to repair hair that has been previously damaged from dye or other environmental effect. LiveStrong

Note: Amla powder can also darken your natural hair color (with regular use), it is best to used in combination with other powders, such as the Shikakai powder.

Henna powder: Also known as Mehandi.

It is prepared from leaves of a plant called henna or mignonette tree (called the Egyptian privet tree in some part of northern Africa). The leaves are first dried and then ground.

  • Key properties: get rid of their grey hair, conditioning and thickening properties (It can be a good alternative if you are allergic to chemical creams) nourish and strengthen hair.
  • Hair type: dehydrated hair.
  • Best combined with: Shikakai Powder.

    Henna tree. (Source Boldsky.com)
    Henna tree. (Source Boldsky.com)

Cassia Obovata Powder: Cassia obovata is a plant that contains a faint golden or slight yellow dye.

  • Key properties: “neutral henna” (does not stain the hair), conditioning and thickening properties.
  • Hair type: dehydrated hair.
  • Best combined with: Amla, Shikakai Powder.
Cassia Obovata plant, India (Hyderabad). Wikimedia.
Cassia Obovata plant, India (Hyderabad). Wikimedia.

Note: Please keep in mind that everyone has its own unique hair texture. Herbal treatments can be drying for some, and it is recommended to first apply cautiously and following the right portions.

I hope you enjoyed this article that I tried to make as much informative as possible for the novice. Ayurveda treatments are great deep conditioning treatments for natural hair. If you have also tried did for yourself, I am really keen to know your experience, feel free to share it in the comment area!

Amanda

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The (surprising) Beauty Benefits of Rice & Green Tea Powders

In this article, I will tackle the eternal question: what are the secret skincare recipes that make Asian woman have an ageless skin? Answer: Rice and green tea powders.

What they have in common? Antioxidant properties.

Rice is not just rice.

A bit of history.

Cosmetics powders are not new to the market.

In the 17th century, powder originated as an answer to a practical need in the days when bathing was less frequent, but it quickly became an expressive luxury.

It’s been used in Asian culture for over hundreds of years.

Japan flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn Japan, white rice powder has been used since the 16th century by Japanese Geishas.

In the heart of Japanese Geisha culture, rice powder purposely theatrically opaque, more translucent to whiten uniformly women’s complexions.

 

French flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn  France: A white face paint also characteristics of Marie Antoinette toiletries routine in the 17th Versailles. It was fashionable to have a very pale complexion. This highlighted that a person was rich enough not to have to work outside in the outside fields.

 

 

Indonesia flag OrganicIsBeautifulIn ancient Indonesia (and others SEA countries), rice powder was added to water to create a form of paste. The field workers who worked all day under the hot tropical sun used to apply it as a UV protector.

Properties.

Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies.

Some of us are have a more sensitive skin, it usually this type of skin that is prone to early age effects: wrinkles and dark spots around the eyes.

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Using incorrect or/and harmful skin care product can only accelerate this process. Many cosmetics are comedogenic, it means that they are high in greasy ingredients and tend to clog pores especially by the formation of blackheads. So, if like me a few years ago, you have a oily/acne type of skin, it is highly recommended to use makeup and skin care products clearly labeled noncomedogenic.

Rice or oat starches (flour) are excellent in their raw, natural state for use in poultices, masques and gentle exfoliation of the skin. Examiner Blog
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How to use it?

Powder cleanser is as easy to use as a liquid cleanser. Just wet your face and palms, pour about 1/2 a teaspoon on your hands and rub them together to activate the powerful enzymes and antioxidants.

Usages

In the cosmetics market, rice powder is used to add a polishing effect to the face. It helps to leave a transparent yet silky touch on the face. It can be used as facial masks, added to mineral veils and makeups. In Kuala Lumpur, I found it sold as a rice water format and applied as a skin tonic or body moisturizers.

Mixed with aloe Vera, it can be a very good healing lotion after a day at the beach under the sun.

What about Green tea? Read below

Green tea

Green tea, like many fruits and nuts, contains lot of polyphenols. Polyphenols have been studied for their antioxidant potential with promising results. In our case, EGCG is the predominant antioxidant in most forms of green tea.

EGCG has been shown to be 25 to 100 times more potent than vitamins C and E in terms of antioxidant activity. NCBI
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Green Tea | OrganicIsBeautiful

Properties.

Vitamin K is important for the production of certain proteins that maintain healthy skin cells renewal and it may be a factor in skin problems like acne.

Then damp the tea bag over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. The tannin tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles).

How to use it?

An bags under your eyes? Use eye compress! Quite often, these are signals of sleep deprivation, improper diet, or some other slowly accumulating beauty-impacting issue:

  • Put your used tea bag in the fridge or let it cool down for a half hour.
  • Freeze freshly brewed green tea as ice cubes and use them as a toner.

Green tea acts as a great soother, reduce redness. Its calming properties can help mitigate any discomfort if you have any psoriasis and rosacea, accompanied by inflammation.

In your weekly facial mask? Simple. NBT explained how you can combine the two powders into water or lemon juice!

  • Mix well 3 tablespoons of cool green tea solution with 3-4 table spoons of rice flour.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to it to form a smooth and spreadable paste, but not runny. You can always mix more tea if the paste is too thick.
  • Apply the pack over your face and keep it there for about 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
  • Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Usages

Like most other antioxidants, green tea polyphenols are oxidized and lose their activity when exposed to air. Whether commercial green tea creams retain the activity is unclear and may vary widely from product to product. It is always best to buy green tea and rice powder 100% natural and organic.

Reference

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