Japan is well known for geishas and women with beautiful complexion, porcelain and soft skin. Their skin ages twice as slow than a westerners’ skin.. A 40 year old woman would easily be considered a 20 year old. So naturally it fascinates me how they achieve this type of skin. What skin care regimens they follow, how their diet is and what ingredients they use on their face.
I value this ancient knowledge of beauty because they are pure and natural. So it really intrigues me how these people found out so many great things without labs, microscopes and chemicals. So let’s find out…
Fun Fact:One of the oldest books in the world, the Tale of Genji, talks of Japanese court women using Camellia Oil to dress their hair.
I have struggled with acne so much and now that I’ve gotten rid of it.. I can tell you countless ways to get rid of them.
So here I am sharing my top three masks that literally banishes acne in 2 DAYS. I am sure you’ll find at least one mask out of them all that suits your skin. The first two are facial masks and the last one is a spot treatment.
They are all 100% natural made from the ingredients most likely found in the kitchen. So they’re really inexpensive as well.
My star ingredient
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This is actually an Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian) recipe. My grandma used to make me this milk to keep me ‘fair and beautiful’ like she always told me ^_^ The main ingredient: turmeric is the wonder spice (or fairy dust if you’re trying to get your kids to drink it haha).
Although it actually tastes really yummy! You feel like you’re all cozy in a cottage wrapped with some blankets beside the fireplace on a rainy day! Now that’s what I call chilling in the Fall season.
Benefits of the Golden Milk
Banishes acne/eczema- healthy, glowing and clear skin because it has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties.
Anti aging effect- reverses the wrinkles and fine lines
Reduces the monthly menstrual cramps (Yaaaaaaaaas ladies!)
Boosts immunity by fighting off free radicals
Fights off the diabetes by moderating insulin levels
Controls the cholesterol levels by regulating homo-cysteine levels.
Basically this drink is the answer to 90% of our beauty problems and adding in some health benefits for the future like anti aging, weight prevention, cholesterol, diabetes etc…
AND it also gets rid of cold, flu and fever.
So finally check out the video below to find out how to make this drink and make sure to subscribe to the Happy Pear channel.. they’re hilarious and their recipes will have you licking your plates.. ENJOY binge watching their channel haha
Fun Fact: In a research experiment involving obese men, an intake of 30 grams (2 tbsp) of coconut oil for 4 weeks reduced waist circumference by 2.86 cm, or 1.1 inches.
Its like coconut oil is the solution to all problems these days.. Its everywhere!! For hair, skin or body.. Coconut oil will take care of anything. I think at this point every home should keep a jar of it.. and now I sound like those ladies in sponsored ad shows.. Buy one and get one absolutely free haha Nah I am just kidding!
So recently I read an article on how a woman lost weight by adding some coconut oil in her coffee. I’ll link the post in the end so don’t forget to check it out. This article inspired me to do some research and spread the good news with y’all.
I also heard the famous Victoria Secret model, Miranda Kerr swears by coconut oil and its benefits of keeping her waistline slim. So read more to find out how you can add it in your daily diet… (more…)
Argo Naturals is a brand that sells hand-cultivated products from the “Golden Land” Myanmar. What attracted me to their brand is their organic and natural products. Not only their product is natural but their packaging is also 100% biodegradable.
Their cult product is the Thanaka Powder. which is obtained from a Burmese Thanaka Tree. This powder is an ancient beauty secret of Burma It is a new and raving discovery in the beauty industry. It’s definitely a beauty staple in the East. I recently got my hands on this product so here’s my review… (more…)
Sesame Oil is known as “til” oil in India where Ayurveda (ancient Indian medical system) comes from.
It is known as the queen of oils in Asia, Africa and the Middle East because of its countless benefits to humans.
If you are looking for an ultimate oil to add in your beauty regime then this is it!
Some legends, tales are told in which sesame seeds represent a symbol of immortality.
In recent experiments by Ayurvedic physician from Holland, this oil has been used to treat migraines, hepatitis and diabetes.
It has also been proved that sesame oil can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells in human bodies.
Read more to find out its miraculous properties…
History of Sesame Oil:
This oil was discovered and cultivated in the oldest civilization of India (Indus Valley) about 5000 years ago. In many countries, it is considered as a sacred oil. People use it in rituals and ceremonies. Around 600 BC, Assyrian communities used this oil as a salve, medicine and to flavor food. It was also used as a massaging oil because it can penetrate through skin easily providing nourishment and detox. Skin Benefits of Sesame Oil:
Sesame oil is rich in vitamin E , iron, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, dietary fiber and phenolic antioxidants. All the nutrients to make our skin better are found in this oil. In addition, it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. The picture below summarizes its benefits.. For an in-depth summary of the skin benefits, read this article by Sesame Oil for Skin website.
Health Benefits of Sesame Oil:
It lowers the glucose levels in hypertensive diabetics
It contains peptides than can lower high blood pressure
In ancient times, its oil was used as a mouthwash to whiten and strengthen teeth, improve the health of gums, prevent tooth decay and halitosis. Because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it reduces the growth of oral plaque. The modern term for this process is called ‘oil pulling’
It consists of 2 dozen pharmacologically beneficial active properties which contributes to improving cardiovascular health
It can strengthen the bones, joints and muscles because of its ability to deeply penetrate into muscles and bone marrow. This is why in India, toddlers are massaged with this oil before bath so they can grow strong and healthy
It is excellent for hair because it stimulates hair growth, controls dandruff, nourishes scalp and hair, kills lice and eases anxiety/fatigue. Indian women use either sesame oil or coconut oil to massage their scalp and nourish their hair
It grants Vranashodhana which means it can heal internal and external wounds
It grants agni janana which means augmenting the power of digestion and metabolism
And it grants medha janana which means enhancing intelligence.
It treats rheumatism
Regular dosage of sesame oil or seeds can help fight cancer with its anti-oxidant properties
It supports our respiratory system
Massaging its oil onto the feel and scalp can promote healthy sleep patterns
I have been using it to in my hair by massaging it in my scalp and applying it to my hair once every week. I also tried the ‘oil pulling’ method I talked about earlier to whiten my teeth because I have heard it worked out for so many people and some even said that the oil pulling improved their skin conditions. But as I said I only bought this recently so I can’t really tell you how well it worked for me but I will do a post about it in future to update you guys. If you want to include it in your diet, cook your food with sesame oil instead. Or you can add some of its seeds on your bread. You can even look up some recipes online to make an everyday snack from its seeds. My mum usually includes sesame seeds in our daily Indian cuisine so I don’t need to make special snacks of them.
Let me know how you will include it in your daily beauty regime and diet 🙂
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There is something about the ancient beauty secrets that is so appealing to our modern world. It is essentially appealing to me because they used natural ways to enhance their beauty. There was no such thing as toxic chemicals back then. The women of Greece were all about enhancing their features, long hair and a fair complexion. Some of their styles were intriguing. They had different styles to represent their status. For example, married women would mostly wear their hair tied up in a bun accessorized with flowers and jewels. Whereas young women would curl their hair and let them flow freely to attract attention from men. There is a reason why an exceptionally beautiful woman is called a “Greek Goddess“. So let’s find out their secrets…
It is said that the tree of Olives first grew in Ancient Greece. It was considered as a sacred tree because of their numerous benefits to health, skin and hair. The athletes were crowned with its leaves to honour them. They applied olive oil on their skin to protect it against sun damage.The barrier of oil also kept the dirt from clogging their pores.
The leaves of olive trees were crushed to make a facial paste or mask for skin. It helped the young women relieve their skin from spots and acne.
The Greek women preferred to have pale skin and rosy cheeks.They discovered the bleaching and anti-bacterial properties of honey. So they mixed honey with olive oil and applied this on their skin.They used this mixture as a body wash and facial mask/cleanser.This made their complexion fairer and kept their skin acne-free and smooth.
Lemons and the spell of Sun were used to lighten the hair colour. They applied some lemon juice in their hair and walked around in the gardens so the sunlight can fall on their tresses and make the hair lighter.
Vinegar was also used to lighten the hair in the same way as lemons.
Back then an herbal infused bath was like a spa treatment. The Greeks collected various leaves of plants and dried them. They infused these dried leaves in a thermal bath along with some minerals like sea salt. Athletes especially were fond of these baths to nourish and loosen up the joints and muscles.
Greeks considered roses as the “queen of flowers“. They used its oil and water to soothe and nourish dry skin.
Seaweed was widely used as a facial mask back then. They ground it up with water to make a paste and applied it on their skin for a radiant glow.
To create a lip and cheek stain, the women crushed some mulberries and mixed it with some flowers and seaweed. It sounds odd but it worked out for them! It gave them that rosy flush to their cheeks and a subtle pink tint to their lips. Its like applying Benefit’s Cheek stain..
So these were some of their secrets. Would you use any of their beauty tips in your daily life?
Eyes are a window to the soul. We see the beauty of this world through our eyes. An eye contact is enough to fall in love with a special someone. So of course we want to keep the condition of our eyes well. When you come home after a long day from work or school do your eyes feel itchy or tired or dry or red? Well if any of these are the symptoms you should know it is curable without the need to put chemicals in your eyes. Our eyes are sensitive so obviously we should approach for a natural method. For more solutions also check out: DIY: 3 Ways Whiten/Brighten Your Eyes Naturally I have experimented with these eye drops for around 3 months and therefore I know the benefits it gives 🙂 The eye drops from drugstores will only give you a temporary relief. If you want permanent results I definitely recommend the following method… All You Need: Organic / Cold Pressed Castor Oil (I used Pukka’s Organic Castor Oil) 1 Q-Tip
Mysteries of Castor Oil: It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It also stimulates our immune system. It has some unique fatty acids and Vitamin E that helps in the healing process of any organ including our skin and eyes. It is a native seed of India and it has been widely used in Ayurveda, Chinese Medicines and most eastern countries. It is widely used in skin care cosmetics because of its ability to heal, inhibit moles and keep the bad bacteria off. Since it has an ability to thicken and darken hair, it is a perfect remedy for our eye lashes. So this will be another benefit if you use this oil as eye drops.
How Do I Use Them as Eye Drops?
It’s very easy. All you do is take a q-tip and dip it in the oil. And put the oil drop straight in your eye.
After you have it in your eyes lie down with your eyes closed for at least 5 mins.
If your symptoms are very noticeable everyday, I suggest you to do this twice a day. Once in the morning when you wake up and another before you go to sleep.
But if your eyes have slight symptoms, you only have to do it once a day. In this case use the drops before you go to sleep.
Please make sure not to poke yourself in the eye. If you want you can tell some else to do it for you.
I also want to underline the terms organic and cold pressed when you buy the castor oil since you are going to put it in your eyes and we need to make sure it is 100% safe.
Hoping not to sound like a controlling mom I do want to emphasize the last two points 🙂
I used to have slightly dry and red eyes every morning because I wear contact lenses and I was looking for something natural as a cure. I read about a lot of people who cured their various eye conditions with castor oil and decided to give it a try. So I used it once a day before going to sleep. I have used this method for 3 months and I can say with no hesitation that it works REALLY well. Yes it takes longer than normal eye drops but the results are waaay better and permanent. The eye drops I used didn’t target the root problem so I would get the dry and red eyes again after a day. I actually started noticing results in a month and a half with castor oil but I continued to use it for 3 months because I was afraid the symptoms would come back. I haven’t used the oil for about 3 weeks now and my eyes feel really healthy. No sign of dryness or redness. I am super relieved. Yes my eyes look much more brighter and sparkling 😉 I hope I have opened your eyes. Let me know your experience with it…
I have always heard celebrities and models talking about meditation which they practice on a regular basis such as Hugh Jackman, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Aniston etc… and when you ask them why… their most common answers would be “to stay looking younger” or “for healthy glowing skin” or “healthy body” etc… In this post I will tell you what meditation does for our physical appearance and how it does that. Read more to unravel the secret mysteries of life… (I can be quite dramatic sometimes!!) Meditation for Skin & Youth:
Our skin is one of the most visible expression of beauty. It is the largest organ of the body and it needs to be nourished from the inside first. Today’s over-the-counter skin care products only offer the temporary solution to “fix” our skin from the outside. If we start working from the inside and nurture every cell of our skin, it will radiate from within. It’s like igniting an inner candle. One of the major cause of aging skin, pimples, hormones over-reacting is stress!! Now you are probably telling yourself… but I never worry about anything… well think about it again! Was your first thought in the morning something like “ugh I don’t want to get out of bed” or do you struggle throughout the day and you just want to get it over with? Do you only wait for the weekends to enjoy… well guess what… You do take stress. Meditation teaches you to live in the moment. It aligns your energy chakras calming down your body and balancing the annoying, acne-causing, over-reacting hormones. Basically it brings peace in our body which will bring that glow and youth to our skin.
“As a meditation teacher and nutritionist, over the years I’ve seen countless women improve their complexions virtually overnight by using a few deftly chosen natural skin care products while starting to meditate just a few minutes each day. If you learn the secrets of meditating properly, you, too, can take years off your looks rather quickly, and I do mean rapidly compared to alternative beauty techniques.” ~ William Bodri
The most amazing thing about meditation is that it is FREE! I mean come on, we spend hundreds of dollars in skin care products… I am sure we can work this one out, right? Meditation triggers the healing process to become faster. The more frequently you meditate, the faster you will heal. It’s as simple as that! As I said, meditation heals almost ALL diseases so if you are looking for a way to clear skin and get rid of acne then this your best bet. I have researched on many people who had acne their entire life and since they started meditating, it was gone completely like POOF! Tracy Raftl a.k.a The Love Vitamin shares her journey to beautiful, radiant skin! She is so down-to-earth and beautiful. Definitely read her blog and I promise it will motivate you to achieve clear skin. Meditation for Weight Loss:
“…but almost everyone I meet fails to recognize just how powerful their mind is. Sustainable weight loss is not about tricking or forcing your body to be thin. It’s about changing your body from the inside out so your body actually wants to be thin. Visualization and meditation are the most-effective tools I know to help you get started.” ~ Jon Gabriel who lost dramatic weight in only 21 days with the help of meditation.
A recent most popular topic in weight loss is about “Mindful Eating.” Basically it is when we give our full attention to what we are eating. Tasting each and every bite, appreciating the food and enjoying the array of flavours. It’s like you are eating and meditating at the same time. Now THAT is what I call an epic benefit because I LOVE eating food. Although I am not trying to lose weight but imagine eating all kinds of food and not putting on weight at all. I mean… that’s a miracle ALL women wish for at least a hundred times in their life. Ladies this is a jackpot!!!
Mindful eating causes the hormone Cortisol to decrease. This hormone literally ruins people’s life by causing obesity and pre-diabetes. It makes us crave all that junk food that we stuff somewhere we can’t reach but we still eat it in the end. Mindful eating makes us eat slowly which gives the food time to digest fully and easily. This results in people going shopping for a new pair of jeans because their current ones are too big. And weight loss of course.. haha Yogis have been claiming all these benefits of meditation for thousands of year and it is still very popular in the East. However not many people in the West are familiar with it. So let’s see what science has to say about the benefits of meditation. Science Behind Meditation:
A scientist from the University of California, Elizabeth Blackburn, says that meditation is just another word for an “immortality enzyme.” She says that 12 minutes of daily meditation for 8 weeks will increase the Telomerase Activity by 43% which reverses the aging process. A recent discovery has been found by scientists from the Harvard University that meditation has the ability to change the cells at DNA level. So the next time you say “oh you’re good at it because you’ve got the genes” give it a second thought because we can have those same genes as well! Telomeres are found at the end of our DNA. The longer the telomeres, the better-protected our DNA will be and the longer our cells will live. So they compared the telomere length of 15 experienced meditators to 22 non-meditators and found that the meditators had longer telomeres. The increase in DNA protection + the longevity of our cells = Beautiful life filled with Youth. There are thousands of scientific reports trying to prove meditation and its benefit but I am not going to give too many details and the big scienc-y words that no one can understand because it is LOOOONG! All I can tell you is that for more information go to Google dot com 🙂 But I do hope I have give you a little insight of meditation. You don’t have to be a pro on the first day. You can work your way up by doing at least 15 mins every day. I have been doing Yoga for 2 years now but I have only been doing meditation for a week now. I will continue it of course because I already feel really good after practicing it everyday. If you want to learn how to meditate I recommend you an amazing book called Healing with Meditation by Doriel Hall. It’s a short and straight-forward book especially good for beginners like me. You can of course use Internet to learn but this book explains everything from A-Z really well. Let me know if you have had any experience in meditation. I would love to hear how you feel about it