GThe Amazing Garlic
Garlic, botanically known as ‘allium sativumis’, is rich in compounds like allicin, sulphur, zinc and calcium that have health benefits, beauty benefits as well as antibiotic and antifungal properties. It also acts as a blood thinner due to its salicylate content. This enables proper blood flow and enhances circulatory health. Allicin also has anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits. It is also known to increase antioxidant levels of the skin and body. Sulphur present in garlic prevents infections and helps in reducing inflammation. It also enhances blood flow, thus, giving the skin a natural glow.
1. Acne, pimples & spot treatment
Allicin can be used to get rid of stubborn acne that has been giving you sleepless nights. Just cut a fresh piece of raw garlic and apply a little pressure on it to release some juice, and then rub this garlic pod onto the affected area. Leave it for five minutes and wash off with cold water. You will see a reduction in redness and swelling within a day. This also helps in preventing acne marks that are often left behind.
2. Blackhead & whitehead removal
Blackheads are one of the most common skin problems whose occurrence is particularly very high when you have oily skin. Take two to three cloves of garlic and crush them. Add a tablespoon of oatmeal, one to two drops of tea tree oil and half teaspoon lemon juice to them. Mix these ingredients with honey to form a thick paste. Spread a thin layer of this paste onto clean skin. After letting it sit for two to three minutes, gently exfoliate your face followed by a rinse with warm water. Use this mask thrice a week to see a visible reduction.
3. Anti-ageing & pore minimisation
The strong anti-oxidants present in garlic help in reducing the free radical build up in the skin, thus keeping it firm and youthful. Sulphur helps the body to produce collagen which in turn help in fighting wrinkles. Garlic also contains a large number of skin-protective polyphenols. Just crush some garlic pods and add the juice into your regular face masks for added goodness and preventing premature aging.
4. Stretch mark removal
There are not many things that you can do to prevent stretch marks from appearing but garlic can definitely help you in getting rid of them. Hot oil massage is one of the most commonly suggested home remedy for this problem. To make it more effective, add juice from crushed garlic pods in the hot oil that you use. Increase consumption of garlic in your diet, as the allicin and sulphur in garlic are known to increase the elasticity of the skin which prevent stretch marks from occurring.
5. Garlic for hair growth
Garlic is excellent for hair growth. The allicin in garlic helps in increasing blood circulation in the scalp which in turn reduces hair fall and helps in stimulating hair growth. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help in treating dandruff and itchy scalp. The sulphur present in garlic reduces the severity of dandruff and prevents it from coming back.
6. Garlic for strong nails
The benefits of this vegetable are not only restricted to skin and hair. Garlic can also help you in getting rid of dull and brittle nails. As it has anti-bacterial properties, it also helps in preventing any kind of cuticle infection. To get rid of yellowness of nails, whack a garlic clove using a mallet to release the juice and rub this clove all over your fingernails. Repeat this twice a week and you will have long and strong nails in no time.
If you have dry or damaged hair, honey can help. A natural humectant, honey attracts moisture. It is also full of antioxidants and nutrients to feed hair follicles that house the live part of hair, encouraging hair growth.
Mask # 1
You will need
· ½ cup raw, organic honey
· ¼ cup olive oil
Applying honey alone can get very sticky, so olive oil is a wonderful addition to help smooth and coat the hair shaft. Mix both the ingredients together, and then warm over the stovetop or in the microwave for a few seconds. Apply from scalp to end and leave on for 10-20 minutes before shampooing. This treatment is for dry and damaged hair.
Mask # 2
You will need
· 2tbsp plain yogurt
· 1½ tbsp raw, organic honey
· ½ tsp coconut oil
The lactic acid in yogurt cleanses the scalp, while the proteins nourish and strengthen the hair. Coconut oil is full of nutrients that leave the hair shiny and smooth. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, using less coconut oil for shorter hair and more for longer hair. Massage into scalp and work through to ends, leaving on for 15 minutes before shampooing. Use this mask for deep conditioning.
Mask # 3
You will need
· ½ cup raw, organic honey
· 2 ripe bananas
· ½ cup olive oil
Banana soothes an itchy scalp and moisturises hair as well. Blend all the ingredients together to reach a puréed consistency. Apply from roots to tips of hair and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. Cover head with shower cap. The banana can stick to the hair shafts a bit, so you might need to add more oil depending on hair length, or wash twice to remove any residual mask away.
If you're starting to melt thank the rising temps, these ice cube beauty tips will help you get your glow and keep you cool. Whether you're hoping to boost your glow, fight a pimple, or just dry your nail polish, here are all the ways a simple ice cube can achieve all your beauty needs.
1. Boost circulation
To improve circulation and tighten your skin, try dunking your face in ice water for an "ice facial" each morning. If nothing else, it will wake you up!
2. Reduce puffy eyes
One of the quickest ways to reduce puffy eyes is gently pressing an ice cube against your eyes for about 10 minutes. After you have removed the ice cubes from your eyes, pat them dry with towel.
3. Get instant glow
The easiest way to fake glowing flush is by taking an ice cube and rubbing it over your face after stepping out of the shower. It will shrink pores and give you the flush and glow you want.
4. Apply make-up smoothly
Since running an ice cube over your face tightens pores, ice works as an epic smoothing primer before applying foundation.
5. Dry nails faster
You can dry nails faster simply by dipping your painted nails into a bowl of ice water. Leave them for a few minutes, then allow to air dry.