Ancient Beauty Secrets ....

IN INDIA every woman, whether she lives in the dusty desert or the tropical forests, takes a special pride in beautifying herself. Age-old secrets are passed down from mother to daughter and beauty routines are set up and practised from a girl's first years of life. She will learn to use fruits, herbs, nuts and pulses to polish her skin, perfume her hair and soften her feet.Lemon.Acidic and fragrant, it removes stains and even banishes all the oil and     aroma of curry, leaving the hands fresh and clean. Some women rub oil and granulated sugar on their hands to clean them, then rinse with warm water and   dry the hands gently. Salt may be substituted for sugar if the hands are particularly gritty. To make a deep cleanser for the hands, mix together one tsp clear honey,   one egg white, one tsp glycerine and two tsp oatmeal to form a paste, and apply liberally to the hands, especially to discoloured areas. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse. Look after your feet by using a coconut heel-soother.   Pure coconut oil has marvellous softening and restorative properties. Rub a tiny amount into your heels at bedtime. For thousands of years, Indian women have been eating fortifying herbs such as liquorice and the root of wild asparagus in order to strengthen  themselves and boost fertility. Wild asparagus root is still given to nursing   mothers to increase the quantity and quality of their breast milk. Mint tea,    made simply by adding a sprig of fresh mint to Indian tea, can help to    overcome morning sickness. A daily massage with almond oil from early   pregnancy will help to arrest the onset of stretch marks.Ayurveda advises on what to eat and what to avoid from the age of 5 onwards. For a balanced diet which will keep your system in order, follow this advice on the six tastes of Ayurvedic nutrition. 1 Sweet: Foods such as honey and sugar. These are considered to have a  'cooling' taste but should be eaten carefully to avoid putting on excess weight. 2 Sour: Take foods such as lemon and yoghurt in moderation to curb acidity   in old age.  3 Salty: This is a 'warming' taste and causes the body to retain fluids. Cut down on salt as you get older because it can lead to premature baldness, grey hair and wrinkles.4 Pungent: As in chillies, pepper and garlic. These can irritate a delicate digestion so opt for blander foods whenever you can. However, if you want to loose weight add chillies to everything of try eating them raw ( if you can stomach it) they dramatically speed up the metabolism- no wonder all the top models munch handfuls of them in the lead up to the major catwalk shows.  5 Bitter: This taste is cleansing and aids digestion. Incorporate cumin      seeds, coriander seeds or bitter herbs into your diet. 6 Astringent: This taste is cooling and comes close to being bitter. It is good for proper         functioning of the internal organs. Try turmeric. Freckles associated with age (liver spots) can be treated with a face wash   of diluted lemon juice or just rub with the cut side of half a tomato. Mash a   few slices of overripe banana and apply all over the face and neck as an        anti-wrinkle treatment. Wash off after 20 minutes.  Ayurveda has a miracle herb - wild asparagus - for women going through   the menopause: two tsp of the powdered root (available from Indian shops) is    taken twice a day with half a cup of warm milk. If you feel tired and dizzy, make yourself a glass of sandalwood sherbet by mixing a pinch of fine sandalwood powder and one tsp honey in water. Sandalwood tones the reproductive organs, as does lemon balm. Make a tea with fresh lemon balm leaves, which have been used                traditionally in Europe to relieve the pains of menopause. POSITION your bed so that your head points to the south and your feet to  the north. The body acts like a magnet and, if the head is towards the north,   it will repel against the North Pole, thus affecting the circulation and, therefore, sleep. The ancients believed sleeping on the left side allows easy breathing from   the right nostril, which is good for digestion and makes one healthy and   outgoing.                                                                  Sleeping on the right side opens the left nostril more and this calms the    system. Ayurveda forbids sleeping on the stomach, as breathing is hampered. If you have trouble sleeping, drink a glass of warm milk with a pinch of ground turmeric (its antiseptic properties calm throat irritations) and a little sugar.Milk is high in the amino acid tryptophan, which seems to activate  sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain.  Why not try a special revitalising bath. Throw a handful of rose or marigold petals, along with a teaspoon of almond oil, into the bath and soak. Other treats include: Feel like you are floating in a white cloud by making a milk bath. Milk is    full of goodness and it contains protein that is vital to skin. Pour a pint     of milk into the bath or, for real extravagance, tie a cupful of milk powder    in a cloth sachet and slowly rub it over your body so that the water becomes milky gradually.                                                     � In winter, warm up with a Punjabi mustard bath. Mix a tablespoon of mustard powder with a little water and add the paste to your bath. � In ancient India, yogis would have hot, steamy baths and then dive into    icy streams to tone the skin. Step into a warm bath and massage the body well, and follow with a minute in a cold shower. � Use a traditional skin polisher to freshen the skin. Mix together one  tablespoon of chickpea flour, a pinch of turmeric and two tablespoons of milk   and rub on to wet skin instead of soap. The turmeric acts as a natural cleanser. The chickpea flour sloughs off dead skin and the milk will firm up    the body. Massaging the skin with a slice of juicy pineapple, mango or papaya, or    some grapes, will revitalise it. Oranges, strawberries (which can calm rashes   and neutralise oily, blemished skin) and peaches are just as good.  � To treat sunburn, mix a cup of mashed cucumber with a tsp of glycerine  and refrigerate. Apply to the skin and rinse off after half an hour. FACE & NECK TREATMENT INDIAN girls start looking after theircomplexions from   an early age. As well as drinking lots of water, traditional advice includes:   � Use ice-cold water as a toner. Splashing it on your face stimulates the  cells, perks up circulation and helps to close open pores.All skin types look better after a weekly polishing treatment to slough    off dead cells. According to Ayurveda, fenugreek seeds are a 'miracle spice'.   They rejuvenate the body and contain steroidal saponins that resemble some of   the body's own sex hormones. For a fenugreek facial scrub, soak two tbsp  fenugreek seeds in one tbsp plain live yoghurt for an hour, then blend coarsely to a paste. Gently rub this on to the face and neck using circular     movements and wash off after 15 minutes. An old Indian treatment for acne involves mixing a teaspoon of onion  juice with half a teaspoon of honey and applying it to the face twice a day.The pungent element in onions is thought to boost a sluggish circulation and    heal the skin. � For blemishes, a light dab of sandalwood or turmeric powder mixed in a little water should do the trick. Both of these have antiseptic properties. Just follow these centuries-old traditional Indian methods to find yourself looking and feeling amazing

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2 Responses Feb 22, 2010

Very Helpful.

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