Aloe vera: Benefits: Aloe vera can keep your skin clear and your hair dandruff-free and soft. It is antimicrobial in nature so it keeps your skin, hair and body free of unwanted bacterial growth and inhibits any infection. It also cleanses your stomach and clean tummy is proportional to clear skin.
Ways to use: Simply scoop out fresh aloe vera gel and mix it with lemon juice. Apply it on the face and wash off after 20 minutes. For Hair, apply the aloe vera gel directly on the scalp and hair and wash off after 2 hours. You may add little gel to warm water and consume it first thing in the morning to keep your stomach clean.
BAKING SODA REMEDIES: Benefits: Baking soda is a wonderful all-purpose ingredient. It cleans the scalp effectively, keeps skin clear by inhibiting bacterial growth and cleansing the pores and also keeps you odour-free.
Ways to use: To exfoliate the scalp and skin, simply make a paste of baking soda using water and gently massage for few minutes and wash off. Do the same on armpits and do not forget to spray apple cider vinegar after using baking soda to balance the pH.
Turmeric: Benefits: Turmeric is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature. It can soothe cold and cough symptoms and also treat acne and a number of skin problems. Its healing quality can be used to heal minor fresh wounds too. It can also sooth toothache and heal cavities overtime.
Ways to use: Drinking turmeric milk or golden milk before sleeping helps with cough and cold. For acne and other skin problems, simply make a paste of turmeric and milk and apply it on the skin. Wash off after 20 minutes. To heal wounds, simply sprinkle pure turmeric powder on the fresh wound and tie a bandage. To heal cavities and sooth toothache, apply turmeric powder on the tooth and gums and leave it overnight.
Garlic: Benefits: Garlic offers antibiotic and antiviral benefits that make antibacterial properties make garlic a wonderful treatment for cough and cold. It also soothes and heals oral thrush. If you have toothache, garlic can come to rescue as it has analgesic properties too.
Ways to use: Garlic tea can give you relief from cough and cold, let garlic simmer in water for 5 minutes and consume warm after straining. Apply garlic oil on oral thrush before bedtime and on the aching tooth too.
Ginger: Benefits: Ginger is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature which relieves cough and cold. It also inhibits bacterial growth in the stomach which makes a great medicine for stomach problems like in digestion and constipation.
Ways to use: Add ginger powder in your daily food to boost immunity. Add it in your tea to fight cold and cough. You may also simply let ginger powder simmer in water and consume warm after straining to relieve stomach problems. Natural herbal remedies using Ginger tea.
Honey: Benefits: Honey is great to treat a number of skin problems like psoriasis, acne, dry skin, minor wounds, burns, cuts etc. due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory nature. It also moisturizes the skin to heal dry patches and also is beneficial to hydrate and moisturize your hair and scalp. Its anti-inflammatory nature soothes cold and cough symptoms.
Ways to use: To use honey for skin problems, simply apply it topically and wash off after 10 minutes. You can also add 1 tablespoon honey to 1 mug full water and use it as a last hair rinse to reduce dandruff and add shine to your hair. Mix honey with little ginger powder and have it several times a day to get relief from cold and cough symptoms.
Lemons: Benefits: Lemons are acidic in nature which suits out skin and internal body pH and hence can be used for skin, hair and body. It is anti-microbial in nature that can be used to treat a number of ailments.
Ways to use: Put some lemon juice in warm water and drink it in the morning on empty stomach. You can also use lemon water as face mist to keep skin clear and hair rinse to make hair shiny and prevent dandruff.
Coconut oil: Benefits: Coconut oil is a great moisturizer due to essential fatty acids that lock in moisture and provide skin with nutrients. Its antimicrobial nature can keep your skin clear and squeaky clean. Also, it makes your hair thicker and keeps dandruff at bay.
Ways to use: Use coconut oil to massage face regularly to keep it soft, clear and free of any dry patches. Use this oil to massage your scalp and hair too and keep it overnight.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Benefits: Apple cider Vinegar is acidic just like lemons and can be used to keep skin clear, hair and scalp healthy and is also a fat burner.
Way to use: Drink diluted vinegar every morning to keep your weight in check. Apply concentrated vinegar on the skin as a toner using cotton ball to keep it clear and can be used as hair rinse to fight dandruff and balance scalp’s pH level.
Yogurt: Benefits: Yogurt is abundant is good probiotic bacteria that keeps your metabolism in top condition. The lactic acid in yogurt helps fight dandruff and keep your skin clear and soft.
Ways to use: Apply yogurt directly on your face as a face mask or on your scalp and hair as a hair mask. Consume it regularly to keep your metabolism in top condition.
Mint: Benefits: Mint can treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as stomach cramps and bloating. Mint also helps alleviate different types of headaches, such as migraines, stress-related or tension headaches. Mint also helps heal acne faster and prevents it from coming back.
Ways to use: Drink mint tea to treat symptoms of IBS and headaches. To make this tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried mint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink it. To treat acne, apply a paste of mint leaves on the face and wash off after 15 minutes; do this until the acne completely dries off.
Fenugreek: Benefits: This herb is highly beneficial for people who have diabetes. It improves glucose tolerance and lowers blood sugar levels. For nursing mothers, fenugreek helps stimulate breast milk production. Fenugreek seeds and leaves both help reduce acne and refine your skin’s texture.
Ways to use: If you are diabetic or nursing mother, soak 1 to 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. The next morning, drink the water as well as chew the seeds on an empty stomach. Do this daily. To help with the acne and scars, soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight and make a paste of it in morning, apply on face and wash off after 20 minutes.
Cumin: Benefits: Cumin is a popular ingredient in Ayurveda for digestive problems, such as stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhoea, and morning sickness. Cumin also helps prevent and treat bloating. It also induces lactation.
Ways to use: Cumin water is extremely beneficial for digestive problems- to make one add 2 teaspoons of cumin powder to 1 cup water and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and allow to cool down then drink it. For inducing lactation, add 1 teaspoon of cumin to a glass of warm milk and consume.
Cinnamon: Benefits: Cinnamon is a great weight loss ingredient as it is a fat burner. Cinnamon also heals and provides relief from common colds and flus. Diabetic people can benefit from cinnamon as it lowers blood sugar.
Ways to use: Add cinnamon in water and let it simmer. Strain and consume daily to lose weight. If you have a common cold or cough, make a mixture of lukewarm honey and one-quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and drink it twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Regularly consuming less than one-half teaspoon per day reduces blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Oatmeal: Benefits: gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants. They are also rich in anti-oxidants and fibre. Besides, they also help keep skin clear and moisturize it.
Ways to use: Have oatmeal every morning to keep your metabolism running in top condition and also to keep your weight in check. Since it is rich in anti-oxidants and have moisturising properties, apply the paste on your face and wash off after 15 minutes to keep your skin tight, clear and soft.
Olive Oil: Benefits: Olive oil lowers cholesterol, reduces high blood pressure, fights inflammation in the body and aids weight loss. It is also has skin and hair moisturizing properties.
Ways to use: Include olive oil in your daily food. Use it for frying, in salad dressings etc. and substitute your cooking oils with this in every possible way. Also use it to massage face and scalp for clear skin and healthy strong hair.
Fennel: Benefits: Fennel seeds can detox your body and is an excellent remedy for bloating, menstrual cramps. It is also a great natural breath freshener.
Ways to use: Make fennel water or fennel tea but stepping fennel seeds in hot water to get rid of bloating and menstrual cramps. Chew on fennel seeds to freshen breath.
Buttermilk: Benefits: Buttermilk soothes the stomach, fights acidity and is beneficial for a number of stomach problems. It also improves complexion and heals acne.
Ways to use: Add mint paste to buttermilk and consume after having a spicy food or when you feel your stomach is not behaving properly. You can use a cotton ball to apply buttermilk on face and leave it overnight to treat acne and inflammation on the skin.