Widely known for its aroma, sandalwood oil has amazing medicinal properties. If you have ugly scars, blemishes, acne or eczema on your skin, this oil can help you get rid of those quickly and prevents recurrence. Using it as a massage oil can help prevent spasms, relieve stress and anxiety, thus putting you to restful sleep. For safe usage, always dilute with a carrier oil!
Black currant seed oil has multiple health benefits, most of which are attributed to its high content of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA). The anti-inflammatory nature of GLA not only gives your immune system a much-needed boost, but can also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Consuming as little as 6g can help ward off sallow skin and even a receding hairline.
Oft-touted for its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, neem oil is something that every natural medicine cabinet should stock! Not only you can use it to treat fungal skin infections, acne, but to ward off hair problems like dandruff, lice too. Around the house, neem oil can save the day by repelling mosquitoes and killing bed bugs.
Castor oil, a major ingredient in skin care products, fights both fungi and bacteria. It's a good remedy for acne, skin diseases like eczema, and wounds. As a laxative, it can detox your body too. But its main use in skin care is due to the moisturizing property of ricinoleic acid, oleic acid, and linoleic acid in it. To improve a dry and scaly skin, mix a few drops with a carrier oil like coconut oil, leave on for 20 mins before rinsing off.
Anti-lice shampoos and other chemical treatments can be harsh, especially on children. A natural, safe alternative is tea tree oil, used alone or in combination with gentle treatments like nerolidol, lavender oil, or coconut oil. It can be used as a spray or added to a shampoo. To use: massage the sol. onto the scalp and hair; wash off and comb wet hair to remove the dead lice.
Everyone desires beautiful, clear skin, but dark spots can easily appear as a result of the overproduction of a pigment called melanin. The overproduction of melanin is known as hyperpigmentation which can be caused by acne, pimples, sun damage, age, hormonal imbalances, bruises, etc. Surface pigmentation is easier to get rid[.....]
Did you know that Ayurveda has skin care remedies to match any commercially available cosmetics from the 21st century? These natural treatments are gentle on the skin and nourish the body, helping skin heal and replenish itself, keeping it looking supple and youthful, and slowing aging. So why not rustle up a homemade exfoliating powder or a nourishing fruit cream or face pack instead of using something out of a jar?
With its special fats, coconut oil can keep a tab on your weight and cholesterol levels. It aids thyroid function and protects nerve cells. High in lauric acid, this antimicrobial, antioxidant oil hydrates and heals the skin. It also reverses hair damage. It helps premature babies absorb fat and minerals and menopausal women improve bone volume. Use it topically or in cooking and try oil pulling with it to reduce plaque, cavities, and gingivitis.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing an edible oil like coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil in your mouth. It can reduce plaque, treat gum disease, kill bacteria, eliminate bad breath, and relieve dry mouth. The lauric acid in coconut oil can remove stain-causing bacteria and whiten teeth. Also, Ayurveda considers it to be a rejuvenating treatment that can invigorate your mind and senses and treat asthma and migraines.
Lavender oil is found to be a good stimulant for hair growth and can keep common scalp irritants like lice and dandruff away. It's also an effective remedy for skin problems and provide good protection for skin from UV rays. It's effective in smoothening out wrinkles to diminish aging signs and works wonders on wounds, burns, and insect bites. To make full use of its antifungal properties, go for vapor treatment.
Castor oil's anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties help it treat dandruff and scalp infections. It helps hair growth, brings back lost hair luster, and reduces frizz and split ends. Use the cold-pressed variety or Jamaican black castor oil in combination with other oils like coconut or olive oil.
Fish oil's benefits are due to its omega-3 fats that lower triglycerides and the bad cholesterol, reduce anxiety and prevent Alzheimer's, and lower cancer risk of the breast, colon, and prostate. They can also replace the anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat arthritis. If you're diabetic or on blood-thinners, avoid fish oil. If you are not, take it with antioxidants in a dose not more than 3 g a day unless so advised by your doctor.
Not only is avocado oil loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, it helps your body absorb nutrients like carotenoids too. While its mild flavor lends it well to curries, grills, and bakes, its high smoking point of 255 °C makes it ideal for deep frying, not just for stir-frying or as salad dressing. Store it in a cool, dry, and dark place to prevent its monounsaturated and saturated fats from going bad because of oxidization.
The fragrant lemon eucalyptus oil, derived from the leaves and twigs of the lemon eucalyptus tree, comes with a horde of benefits. It is a powerful natural insecticide and mosquito repellent, anti-inflammatory pain reliever (especially in case of arthritic pain!), nasal decongestant. Do remember never to use pure extract directly on the skin. Always mix it in a base oil.
To grow the tree from a sapling, plant it in an elevated mound of soil with a pH of 6, in a non-lawn area. Water it 2–3 times a week. Mulch with cocoa bean husk. To grow it from a seed, half submerge the bottom part of the seed in water and keep it in the sun. Change the water every 4 days till the seed sprouts in 8 weeks. Keeping its top half exposed, pot the seed in a 10" diameter terracotta pot. Water enough, and control pests.
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