For generations, women have been caring for their skin and hair from nature’s bounty. India has a vast sub continent of herbal heritage, and it provides plenty of ancient recipes that have been effective over time and reverse the harmful effects of the chemicals we tend to use.
Out of all the ancient treatments, there are four different secrets in beauty treatments from ancient India that have excelled in popularity and continue to be passed on from generation to generation.
Turmeric, pronounced as haldi in India, is an ancient herb with great medicinal values and healing powers. Haldi is also used as a spice in Indian cooking because it is has strong healing powers promoting good for digestion.
But turmeric is actually famous for its skin beautification. It reduces pigmentation, minimizes acne, and provides the user with skin that glows. Because it is such a popular herb, it is readily available in all Indian kitchens.
In fact, Indian marriages have an auspicious ceremony, called haldi, in which the bride has turmeric paste applied all over her body for extra glowing skin.
Honey acts a moisturizer, hydrating reagent, glowing reagent, conditioner, and cleanser. Honey has no side effects and can be applied everyday to keep the skin soft helping retain moisture in the pores.
Honey is the perfect ingredient for home remedies because it can be easily mixed with other ingredients like milk, apricot paste and lemon juice to maximize your skin treatments. For example, lemon juice will help lighten the skin while the honey will keep the skin moisturized and replenished as the lemon juice does its work.
Ageing is a big problem, especially for people reaching their mid thirties discovering wrinkles, blemishes or cheek sagging for the first time. Rose water is an excellent astringent and is famous for slowing down the ageing process of the skin and toning it. Because water is difficult to extract from a rose petal, many people in India apply the rose directly to their faces. This provides an additional benefit, because the make-up of the petals helps the water cleanse and remove oil from the pores.
Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti)
The most preferred and the most used ancient Indian beauty ingredient comes straight from the mother nature’s nest. In India, fuller’s earth is called multani mitti. It is a natural remedy for acne and a cleanser which leaves the skin soft as feather. It is generally used in face masks and scrubs, and it can be easily made home. It absorbs all the oil making skin less greasy, decreasing the chances for pimples to develop. People add honey, turmeric, lime juice, and milk to add effectiveness to their face masks.
There are numerous ways people can beautify themselves. Sit with an elderly woman from the remote areas of India, and even she would tell you ways to improve your beauty which you may have not ever thought about. Neither the internet nor the newspapers can provide you with information which these wise women have to offer.