The growing interest in herbs is a part of the movement towards change in life-styles. This movement is based on the belief that the plants have a vast potential for their use as a curative medicine.
Herbs play a significant role, especially in modem times, when the damaging effects of food processing and over-medication have assumed alarming proportions. They are now being increasingly used in cosmetics, foods and teas, as well as alternative medicines.
- Multani Mitti (Fuller's Earth)
- Sandal Wood (S Antalum Album Wood)
- Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
- Amla (Emblica Officinalis)
- Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum)
- Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)
- Reetha Powder (Soapnut)
- Indigo Henna Powder
- Orange Peel Powder
- Bhring Raj (Elcipta Alba)
- Shikakai (Acacia Cancinna)
- Brahmi (Bacopa Monniera)
- Rose Petals Powder (Rosa Centrifolia)
Acacia Concinna is a small shrub-like tree, which grows in the warm, dry plains of central India . For centuries the people who have had access to this tree have used its pod-like fruit to clean their hair. It's considered a superior cleanser for "lustrous long hair" and has been reported as "promoting hair growth and preventing dandruff. It also helps in removing dandruff and lice & very effective in removing oil and dirt from hair . It has a natural low pH, is extremely mild, and doesn't strip hair of natural oils. Usually no rinse or conditioner is used since shikakai also acts as a detangler. This ancient product is probably the world's original pH balanced shampoo.
Amla is the name given to the fruit of a small leafy tree (Emblica Officinalis). Amla grows across India. It is highly prized as it is high in vitamin C and provides precious amla oil which is extracted from its seed and pulp. Amla purified blood and improves skin texture. The oil extracted from amla is widely used for treatment for hair and scalp problems. It is also used in numerous medicinal preparations, general in vitality tonics. Amla mixed with Henna, Shikakai, Tulsi and other herbs is the best nutrition for hair and scalp. This cures hair fall, hair graying, dandruff etc. Amla is also for hair coloring. It also beautifies hair, while adding shine & volume.
Reetha powder is prepared from dried fruit of Reetha. It can be used as a face pack to improve facial complexion. It is used as a hair application to make hair shiny and their beautification. It also removes dandruff and lice in hair. It can also be used to clean jewelry and washing woolen clothes. It is used in Ayurvedic preparations and Herbal Shampoos.
Eclipta alba is one of the most popular herbs which is used in hair oils. For healthy black and long hair the it is commonly used in hair oils all over India. Bhring raj is also used to prevent habitual abortion and miscarriage and also in cases of post-delivery uterine pain. The juice of the plant with honey is given to infants with castor oil for expulsion of worms. Fumigation with Eclipta alba is considered beneficial in piles. By mincing fresh plants a paste is prepared which has got an anti-inflammatory effect, this paste is applied to insect bites, stings, swellings and other skin diseases.
"Sarva Roga Nivarini - the curer of all ailments"
Neem's role as a wonder drug is stressed as far back as 4500 years ago. Some of its health restoring benefits:
Effective in skin infection, rashes & pimples , Immunity booster, Anti obesity, Blood purifier for beautiful & healthy skin, Anti diabetic, Anti viral, Dispels intestinal worms and parasites, Malaria, Piles , Hair disorder & Oral disorders.
Orange Peel is one of the major natural source of Vitamin C as well as antioxidants and pectin. As it is considered to be natural cleanser and astringent, it is widely used for cleaning the skin. Orange peel maintain the natural balance of skin oils as well as refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. It is prescribed by skin specialists to tighten the skin and makes the person feel fresh.
It is used in India as a natural hair and body cleanser. It offers an alternative way of naturally cleansing hair, face and body without Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Soapnut powder also makes a great face and body exfoliant.
Sanskrit- Srigandha, Chandanam
Useful in the state of anxiety, mental tension, headaches, anger negativity and depression. To start a happy and cheerful day sandal soap has been used in bathing.
It is believed sandal incenses has hypnotic effect on mind. Sandal, Turmeric and Glycerine together makes a beautiful skin ointment which is useful in most of the skin diseases of all type of skin, It has been commonly used with sesame, coconut or other base oils to make a scented hair oil for mental coolness, as well as for migraine and other kind of headaches.
It is reputed as an aphrodisiac as it has been widely used by Indian kings in their sweet dishes specially evening cold drinks, kulfis (Indian ice cream) etc
is a most ingenious mixture of an antibiotic, an astringent coagulating agent, a pain inhibitor and a growth stimulator (also called a "wound hormone"), whose function is to accelerate the healing of injured surfaces.
It is used for pain relief and healing of 'hemorrhoids, applied externally and internally Its also used for sunburn, scratches, cuts and a cleansing purge for the body or skin. It is an aid to growing new tissue and alleviating the advance of skin cancer caused by the sun. It is a treatment for ringworm, boils, inflamed joints, scalds, itchy allergic conditions, insect stings and bites. It creates a definite softening of external skin, relief from dry or sensitive skin and skin diseases. Dentists and oral surgeons employ Aloe Vera Gelly for surgery, swift healing, relief of pain and other oral treatment, including mouth ulcers, fever blisters, cold sores and cankers.
Ocimum sanctum (holy basil), called Tulsi in India , is ubiquitous in Hindu tradition. Perhaps its role as a healing herb was instrumental in its "sacred" implication. Tulsi have antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral & de-toxicant properties, its regular use prevents heart attacks. The leaves in the form of a paste are used in parasitical diseases of the skin and also applied to the finger and toenails during fever when the limbs are cold. The drinking of Tulsi-leaf tea keeps one free from cough and colds and other ailments associated with 'Kapha' dosha in the body.
This tea is an instant pick-me-up (energy drink) also.
Use this fragrant, astringent powder in body powders, facials, salt scrubs, milk baths, and soap. Rose petal powder adds a nice relaxing aroma to body wrap blends. A mixture of rose petal powder, lemon peel powder and multani mitti clay and yogurt or pureed strawberries will pull oils from the skin and stimulate circulation. Add a little neem powder to this recipe for acne prone skin. Rose powder can vary in color ranging from dusty rose to beige to dark brown. It does not remain red after the roses are dried.
It is Mother Nature's own baby powder. Clay was one of the earliest substances to be used as a beauty mask to draw oils from the skin, natural moisturizers for hairs, absorbs bacteria and toxins and reduces water loss It can also be used to reduce arthritic pain, strengthen fingernails, teeth, gums and hair, To remove pimple marks, treating sunburn, helps unclog pores, to cleanse the skin of flakes and dirt, For treating split ends & even for pain out of burns and bee stings & to decrease the amount of poison absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract.