Hope you have read the blog – YOGA, definition and a brief introduction to origin, history and development of YOGA , if not please do! In it I have mentioned that the classic yoga period came with Maharshi Patanjali composing Yoga Sutras. Well after knowing that we tend to become curious to know more about Patanjali, his life story. It’s a very interesting story, do read on…
For some men, growing a beard is not easy and for others, it comes so fast that it is a challenge to keep up with it. But for those that sport the beard, taking good care of it is important; in fact, most beards need daily care or they go from a sexy look to a scruffy and unkempt look. You need to wash, trim and condition it to help keep it well-groomed. So, yes, beard maintenance is crucial if you plan to wear one.
I’ve done this specially for my beardy cousins (they grow it for style) & my hubby (being very occupied with his r&d shaves weekly once n so has a little beard on weekdays 😉)! I’ve come to know through them that there are few problems they face with the beard –
- Since beard hair is typically quite coarse, men often experience itchiness and even in-grown hairs on the delicate facial skin underneath.
- A full beard also makes it difficult to access the skin so common skin problems like dryness, acne or inflammation can be compounded.
Why Beard Oil?
Hi friends eyes are the most important feature that can make you look glamorous 👁👩🏻… When it comes to eye makeup, kajal or kohl is the most important product. But what is a commercial kajal, eye liner n mascara made up of??? 📢 Check this out to know the ingredients n the harm they might cause to your eyes!
I have already tried the almond khol and mascara, which I have been using from many months now, the mascara is just perfect but I wasn’t fully satisfied with the Kajal outcome, though the colour was perfect black it had some not so fine particles that would cause a little discomfort to the eye when applied. After lots of attempts I finally got the perfect Kajal done in a very authentic Indian Ayurvedic way!
What is required to prepare Khol powder:
- Earthen / bronze diya/deepam
- A cotton wick
- Lots of castor oil to burn the lamp
- Lots of almonds to burn
- A sheep edge knife or long needle to hold almond
- A copper plate
- 2 tumbles for support
Hello friends! I hope you’ve already read my previous blogs – DIY all-natural pre-wash nourishing hair conditioner & DIY all-natural hair serum to manage frizzy hair. If not please do, as I have written on why I have chosen these for my hair. If you have one of these problems and are sick n tired using false promising & chemical laden shampoos, look no beyond than this DIY shampoo…
- Hair fall?
- Damaged & brittle hair?
- Early grey hair?
I have been using this diy shampoo since my childhood until my teens… Yep I did get carried away by the misleading advertisements 😬, and departed from it for few years… I have a very thick, long and wavy hair and never had faced any hair problems other than frizzy hair. Suddenly a year after having a baby, every time I washed my hair I noticed a handful would fall 😮. I changed my shampoos, tried x,y & z only to notice more hair fall… In between I was greatly influenced by the zero waste lifestyle by Bea Johnson & the zero waste girl Lauren Singer, watched their tedex talks & read few wonderful books which changed my perspective and made me realise how the small things that we do unknowingly on a daily basis can impact environment… And cause of these two major reasons I went back to my basics and started using this all-natural shampoo.
The aloe vera plant is about one or two feet tall with prickly and bitter leaves, which act as a defence to keep animals and insects from feeding on the plant. The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, also extremely bitter, and known all over the world for it’s unbelievable healing properties. This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, vitamin A, B, C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. Aloe vera gel can be used in the winter 🌥 as well as in the summer ☀️ and by people of all skin types. Aloe vera is one plant that works wonders on skin, it treats the cells on the epithelial level of the skin which is why it’s ideal to remove tan, treat sunburn and stretch marks. Once you apply it to your skin, you’ll notice how soothing 😇 and cooling ❄️ it is! Aloe vera gel is even good for your hair, it contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.
Other than this it has an amazing healing power. Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and has antioxidant properties that aid in healing. Ayurveda refers to aloe vera as the miracle ✨ herb that can be used to treat wounds, minor cuts, dry skin and severe burns.
When ever my LO 👦 or anyone at my home 🏡 gets hurt ( minor cuts / burns / wounds), nope I don’t use band aid / antiseptic, instead I get some aloe vera from my garden and apply the fresh gel to it, allow it to air dry and then leave it. It magically gets clotted & healed very quickly. After experiencing and practically seeing it’s healing power I’ve felt in love with this miraculous ✨ plant.
I have tried another flavour and tint of lip balm, this time it’s strawberry 🍓!
- Grated Beeswax
- Raw & pure Cocoa butter
- Raw & pure Shea butter
- Coldpressed & virgin organic coconut oil
- Coldpressed organic sweet almond oil
- Coldpressed organic castor oil
- Organic ghee
- Dried strawberry 🍓 powder
Despite the scorching sun ☀️ there is something I look forward to 😍 this season – what else could it be other than the sweet and juicy mangoes! No wonder it’s our <Indian 🇮🇳> national fruit… My love for mangoes made me experiment and so here comes the all-natural mango lip 👄 balm 😊.
But since I do not use preservatives, chemicals, artificial flavours and colours this was a challenge for me until I found the spray dried mango powder with shelf life of a year!
Hello friends, this green mask is very effective in controlling acnes & fading acne scars! All you have to do is walk into your garden and pick a hand full of mint leaves & holy basil leaves 🍃and you can make it in a minute.
Holy Basil(Ocimum Sanctum) undoubtedly is one of the best medicinal herb. It has endless miraculous and medicinal values and has been worshiped and highly valued in India for thousands of years. It is antibiotic, disinfectant, antibacterial and antifungal in nature.
Mint(Mentha sachalinensis) juice is an excellent skin cleanser. It soothes skin, and helps to cure infections and itchiness. In addition to being a good way to reduce pimples, it can even relieve some of the symptoms of acne and is effective in fading scars too.
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Yes I did watch the recent Disney blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” but this post has nothing to do with the movie, except for the dialogue that I would quote from it 😉.
This post is specially targeted for all the teen girls & young women out there. Let’s discuss on – What is beauty? What is body shaming & racism shaming n how to psychologically overcome them?
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Mascara is used to enhance, darken, thicken, lengthen and define the eyelashes. It is defelitely in my must-have-makeup-list! Eye 👁 makeup <kajal, mascara & eye shadow> being my favourite of all, I do like using them frequently! But since most of the commercial ones are made of harmful chemicals and I belive cosmetic products should make you feel and look beautiful without potentially harming you I have made my own kajal & mascara and it’s real good that am using it everyday!