7 Benefits of Coconut Oil you don’t know about

 

We know it’s utility is far beyond the kitchen regime, it has countless health benefits and is one of the best ingredients for a skin nourishing massage. In fact, whether you opt to massage on your own or schedule an appointment with a massage therapist, you will find that coconut oil is the best massage oil – for body and hair.

So what makes coconut oil so beneficial? ( for the geeky ones)
The answer is that Coconut oil or copra oil is extracted from matured coconut kernel. This oil comes with approximately 92-percentage saturated fat with medium-chained triglycerides. So the secret lies here!

Let’s check the major benefits of Coconut Oil:

1.It has anti-microbial properties

Coconut Oil comes with anti-microbial properties. You can apply coconut oil over your skin to get rid of rashes or treat issues like nail fungus. We also recommend using coconut oil to make this amazing diaper cream for babies.

2.Super skin food

Coconut oil has huge doses of Vitamin E, which helps in nourishing the skin and thereby, making it soft and smooth. If you compare various commercial body creams and moisturizers to coconut oil, you will that the percentage of Vitamin E in our copra oil is far higher. Which brings me to the question – why you should use artificial products, when you get far better benefits from this natural oil?

3.Anti-Ageing

Ageing leads to loss of softness, flexibility and colour to our skin. However, this miracle oil can help us look young.. In addition to vitamins, it has great anti-oxidant effect and helps delay signs of age spots and wrinkles.

4.Hydrates skin

Coconut oil is easily absorbed by the skin and hydrates it – you can use coconut oil as it is without even mixing anything in it.

5.Protects from Sunburn

Coconut oil provides protection from solar radiation and sunburn as it has a SPF 4. Moreover, if you have exposed to sunlight without any protection, you should immediately apply coconut oil afterward to reduce the skin damage as coconut oil has a soothing effect on burnt skin and works perfectly to reduce both pain and inflammation.

6.Reduces the appearance of scars

Coconut oil is great at minimizing the appearance of scars like stretch marks or burns. It also helps lighten chicken pox scars.

7.Great for oral detoxification

You can detox your mouth using coconut oil by swishing it in the mouth for 15-20 minutes on an empty stomach, and then discarding it. It is believed to pull out the germs and toxins along with the saliva. It prevents yellowing of teeth and bad breath.

Hope you find these tips useful and implement them in your daily health care regime.

Castile Soap – It’s Benefits & Where to Buy (Includes DIY Recipes)

What is Castile Soap?

Castile soap is soap made from the all-benefitting olive oil, and has been named so after the Castile region of Spain, which is known for its olive oil.
The good ol’ olive oil is not just good for consumption in food, but also for your skin, hair, and even nails! It is an excellent anti-aging product, a moisturizer, and even keeps the skin healthy, as it contains vitamin E.

What’s the Story?


The origin of Castile soap is an interesting tale of survival of the fittest.
It can be traced back to the Levant (geographical term for a large area in the east Mediterranean) where Aleppo soap-makers made solid soap bars out of olive and laurel oil for thousands of years.
And, let me tell ya’ll, this was not just some mediocre soap – it was the soap. That’s right! Aleppo soap was considered to be an important cleaning product ever to be created.

Even the gorgeous Queen Cleopatra used it!
It’s got to be legit, right?
Apparently, the crusaders brought the Aleppo soap (including the ingredients to make it which was unavailable back home) back with them to Europe, in the 11th century.
Aleppo soap became a revolutionary cleaning agent; in the deteriorating sanitary state, during the Middle Ages, it became a life-saving product.  After this, a lot of new kinds of soaps were popping up in Europe, giving a tough competition to Aleppo’s fandom. However, one out of all these soaps managed to stand out due to its ability to clean like no other soap – the Castile soap.
And from there on, Castile soap has earned a place for itself in the history of the most awesome soaps of all time.
Now, enough about the history, let’s see why it’s so cool.

Benefits of Castile Soap Bar:

 

  • Multipurpose – soap, shampoo, face wash, detergent, hand wash, vegetable-wash, and so on
  • Safe for those with sensitive skin as well as babies as it is made from all-natural ingredients
  • Nontoxic, therefore skin-friendly
  • Inexpensive (duh)
  • Gives your skin a fresh and smooth cleanse
  • Doesn’t cause irritation as it is dye-free and chemical-free
  • Unclogs pores and gives you a deeper cleanse as compared to commercial soaps

 

Ways to use Castile Soap Bar:

 You can wash your hair, face, and body, everything with this super soap bar!

DIY Liquid Castile Soap (Face Wash, Bath Wash, Hand Wash)

Boil 500ml water

Add 100gm of grated Castile Soap and stir well to dissolve it complete.

Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils

Store this solution in the fridge for 1 week. This can be used as a face wash, bath wash or as a base for the below mentioned recipes

DIY Castile Soap Shampoo Recipe

Take one cup of liquid castile soap as made above.

Add 1/2 tsp of glycerine

Add juice of 1/2 lemon

Add 4-5 drops of rosemary essential oil

Shake well to mix it all together and use immediately

DIY All Purpose Castile Soap Cleanser

Take one cup of liquid castile soap as made above.

Add 1/4 cup of vinegar

Mix well and use to clean

 

Buy Castile Soap in India 

 

The Olive Oyl by Burst of Happyness is nothing more and nothing less than just that – an Olive oil soap bar. It is chemical and scent free, which makes it completely pure and gentle on the skin. It is especially good for those of you who always struggle choosing the right soap for their sensitive skin.
So here comes the Olive Oyl soap bar, wrapped up in a cutesy cloth bag, at an affordable price, the answer to your prayers!

Sources
http://www.historische-aleppo-seife.de/engl_story.html
http://www.fairplanet.org/story/aleppo-soap-syrias-green-gold/

4 Ways to use Aloe Vera to increase hair growth (Includes DIY Recipes)

How do you feel when you see beautiful models flaunting their long and glossy tresses? Do you feel that your hair is not shiny, healthy, and resilient enough? And then you quietly wish that you too had hair like them! There is one stop solution for all your desires- Aloe Vera; a miracle natural ingredient that existed for ages benefits you to have attractive hairs.

Is Aloe Vera good for hair?

Aloe Vera – the miracle plant is an ideal remedy for solving the majority of your hair woes – it helps moisturize, fight dandruff, prevent hair loss, soothe an itchy, irritable scalp and protect your hair from damage. Aloe Vera hair treatment is an excellent natural home remedy that makes your hair problem-free and flawless.

We recommend you to use Aloe Vera in its natural form ie by extracting it fresh from the leaf, instead of buying packaged gel or cosmetic products as they have additional preservatives and colours.

How to Use Aloe Vera For Hair

As we already said that the best way to use Aloe Vera gel is in its natural form, you can add other natural ingredients such as honey, olive oil, lemon juice that make hair soft, shiny and clear.

Here are our 4 favourite homemade hair care recipes using aloe vera :

1) Aloe Vera Hair & Fenugreek Hair Mask:

Aloe Vera gel can be used to naturally condition hair at home to make it soft and silky. Aloe offers loads of moisture and nutrients, making hair strong and smooth. Fenugreek prevents hair loss and gives a shiny look. It also helps to prevent premature graying.

Here’s how you can make your own hair conditioner:
1.Cut an aloe Vera and extract the gel with a spoon or scooper
2.Mix 1-2 tablespoons of Fenugreek (methi) powder
3.Apply this mixture on damp hair using your fingers, starting from scalp till the hair ends.
4.Wrap the hair in a warm towel
5.Wait for 15 minutes for the gel to sink in then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

2 ) Aloe Vera Leave-in Hair Spray Recipe:

Aloe Vera aids in closing hair cuticles to help in controlling hair frizz.

Here’s how you can make your own hair leave-in conditioner (you can also use this spray to freshen your skin):
1.Take aloe Vera gel and water in equal parts and mix them together thoroughly in a small bowl.
2.Transfer this solution into a spray bottle and shake it gently
3.Add a few drops (3 to 5) of an essential oil (we recommend using rosemary) of your choice and shake it again.
4.You can spray it on your hair when you feel it to be unmanageable
5.Store this solution in the fridge for upto a week

3) Aloe Vera & Olive Oil Deep Moisturizing Pre-Shampoo Conditioner:

Aloe Vera rejuvenates the hair follicles and reduces thinning; its friendly enzymes promote hair growth by retaining moisture and removing dead skin cells from your scalp. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer, it prevents dandruff usually caused when the scalp becomes dry and flaky. Using aloe vera and olive oil for an effective and natural hair mask helps in promoting hair growth,relieve scalp itching and add strength and luster to hair.

1.Mix together thoroughly equal parts of aloe Vera gel and olive oil.
2.Comb this mixture through your hair, leaving it in for about 30 minutes.
3.Wash it off with a mild shampoo.

4) Aloe Vera & Lemon Juice Hair Conditioner:

Aloe vera gel and lemon juice have immense beauty benefits. When used in your hair, they provide nourishment, prevent excess oiliness, eliminate dandruff, encourage hair growth and prevent hair loss.

1.Mix one-quarter cup of aloe Vera gel with the juice from half of a lemon.
2.Add in 3 to 5 drops of your favourite essential oil.
3.Shampoo your hair as usual, and then apply this mixture to clean hair.
4.Wait for 3-5 minutes and then rinse your hair.

Hope you find these recipes helpful to say good-bye to hair loss and promote your hair growth naturally with Aloe Vera.

Do you know any other hair care recipes using aloe vera? Do share them with us in the comments below.

6 Easy & Effective Lip Care Tips

Lip Care Tips

Lips are often the most ignored area in our skin care routine. This leaves them dry, flaky and cracked… so unsightly and uncomfortable!

Let’s now talk about the care of the delicate vulnerable skin of lips.

Lips should be sensual and expressive but chapped or dry lips are not enticing. The skin on our lips is much thinner and more delicate than our facial skin. Also, lips do not have any oil glands to keep the skin moisturized. This makes them much more susceptible to environmental factors such as temperature, low humidity, air-conditioning, and other influences.

The following tips can easily help you keep your lips looking pink and plump.

  1. Avoid harmful ingredients like fragrances, artificial color, petroleum-based products like mineral oil or alcohol, as you will ingest small amounts of these ingredients. Look for lip balms that have moisturizing oils and butter as they not just coat the skin surface but penetrate deep into the skin. We recommend looking for the following ingredients in your lip balm
  2. Olive oil: It is loaded with nutrients, vitamin E, antioxidants, healthy fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory agents; that’s why; the extract of olive is very effective to cure chapped lips.

    Almond oil: It is rich essential oil extracted from the almond seeds and enriched with healthy fats, minerals, proteins, and vitamin B & E. Vitamin B2 restores the moisture to the skin or lips, almond oil protects your skin from the sunburn and its emollients softens plus rejuvenate your lips.

    Cocoa Butter: It is another valuable ingredient for lips as it works as an absorbent for the skin and intensely moisturises and provides relief for dry skin.

    Castor Oil: This oil moisturizes, nourishes and cares for your lips

  3. Stop licking your lips – it irritates the skin and makes them drier.
  4. Remove your makeup – Most lipsticks especially the long wear ones dry out the skin. Make sure that you remove all make up at night to avoid damaging your lips.
  5. Exfoliate weekly – Flaky lips are gross! Use a natural scrub like sugar or even your toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips weekly but avoid hard scrubs or peels. You can use this DIY recipe to make your own scrub. This will surely help get rid of build-up of dry skin.
  6. Be generous with a lip balm: Keep your favourite natural lip balm handy and apply it in the morning under your lipstick and at night before hitting the bed.
  7. Use healing ingredients from the kitchen like ghee, almond oil, coconut oil to pamper your lips every once in a while.