Essential Oils that are Essential for your Baby!

Essential oils, are concentrated natural plant fragrances and have been used in medicine for more than 6,000 years. In India, oil bathing or oil after bathing has been an integral part of a baby’s growth and development. The first two years are especially crucial where the baby is given the nourishment of the best oils for their rapid and right development.

However, not everybody ends up using all essential oils for their babies, and that might be because one probably does not know the benefits of many of them. This blog throws light on the benefits of some important essential that can help the baby’s growth process. But before you move on to reading the article please note that a baby’s health and skin are extremely delicate, so it is best recommended that you dilute these essential oils with carrier oils like coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil in the ratio of 1:1.

Read on to know how various essential oils can be beneficial for your baby’s health and happyness!

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is an extremely gentle and calming oil that has a soothing effect on the senses. Just after bath and before bedtime, massage your baby with lavender oil along the arms, legs, tummy, feet, back of neck, and ears. This will eliminate the restlessness, if any, and will ensure that your baby has a peaceful sleep. This oil also oxygenates the organs, improves blood circulation, and strengthens the immune system.

Coconut Oil

For ages, coconut oil has been known to boost hair growth. A generous portion of coconut oil on your baby’s scalp every day, will condition their hair and give the scalp all the nourishment that it requires. Coconut oil contains carbohydrates, nutrients, and vitamins, and you cannot go wrong with this oil! It is also a good moisturizer and can be used to massage the baby’s body as well.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil can cure most infections owing to its strong antibacterial properties. It can also help wounds heal faster and treat infections effectively. Tea tree oil boosts the nutrient absorbing capacity in babies and thus builds their immune system.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in healthy fats, phenolic anti-oxidant Vitamin E, squalene and oleic acids. Regular massaging with olive oil can result in the baby having a healthy, nourished, and supple skin. Olive oil also acts as an antioxidant and offers protection from bodily radicals. You can use this oil all throughout the year and keep your baby’s skin soft and happy!

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help unclog respiratory congestion. If your baby is having a tough time with cold, cough and congestion, mix eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil, and rub it on the bottom of your child’s feet. This particular oil has a strong aroma, so make sure that you use carrier oil before you apply it to the baby. You may also rub a small portion onto the baby’s chest to free them from congestion. If your baby is having some tummy issues, then massaging the baby’s belly button with some eucalyptus oil can relieve the pain.

Avocado Oil

This is a common ingredient in most baby soaps and shampoos. It is extremely rich on the monounsaturated fatty acids and contains nutrients, vitamins A, B, D, and E, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Known to be a good conditioner, avocado oil also improves blood circulation. It works miracles. dry itchy skin and soothes sunburn.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil can be used to combat skin rashes. It is a rich gentle oil that can be used on the baby’s delicate skin. It can also be used to relax babies if they are fussy and cranky. A small portion of the oil can get the smile back on your baby’s beautiful face!

Essential Oils are essential for the well-being of your baby. Use them wisely and experience the magic yourself.

5 DIY Soaks for Happy Feet!

Having ‘Happy Feet’ in winter is now a reality with these easy, DIY foot soaks. Now you can relieve your feet from the stress, give them all the love and get them ready for another action-packed day in a matter of a few hours. Here are a few simple DIY foot soaks that will help you get back on your feet after no-matter-what!

Saltwater Soak

This is the quickest and simplest way to relax and pamper your tired, swollen feet. Salt and water make for a hyper-tonic solution that is beneficial for tired, swollen, and achy feet. The high concentration mixture that saltwater is, it extracts the excess water logged in your skin cells and this, in turn, reduces the swelling. Soak your feet in the warm salt water and give your feet the therapeutic love that it needs!

The Ylang Ylang Soak

Boil some water in a vessel and let it cool down a bit. Add two drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil and sea salt to this and soak your feet in this solution. Ylang Ylang essential oil is extracted from a tropical tree found in areas near Madagascar. The large, fragrant, colourful flowers have an exotic smell and hence the essential oil has deeply relaxing properties. The kind of happyness that your feet will feel after this is immeasurable!

The Magical Lavender Foot Bath

Lavender is an ingredient that is commonly used for preparing relaxing bubble baths, massages and foot soaks. The soothing aroma and relaxation properties make this foot spa an out-of-the-world experience for you! This one not only relaxes your feet, but also calms your mind. Add about two drops of lavender oil to 4-5 litres of water, one-fourth cup of sea salt, soak your feet, and let the magic begin!

Rice water and Baking Soda Soak

Take about two-three cups of hot rice water (water in which you have boiled rice) and three tablespoons of baking soda. Let the mixture cool down to a temperature suitable for you (it still has to be warm) and then dip your feet in it. Apart from offering relaxation to your feet, this soak also helps eliminate any unwanted smell from your feet. Baking soda is an antibacterial agent that prevents recurrent infections and reduces excessive perspiration.  In addition to this, rice water also helps to boost blood circulation which has a strong impact on all the functions of the body.

Just for your feet, Honey!

Take a normal pedicure bowl with warm water in it. Add about half a cup honey, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and one sliced lemon. Soak your feet in this solution till the water becomes cold. Apple cider vinegar is an ingredient that relaxes your muscles and relieves all the tension! This soothing soak is all the happy feels that your feet need, especially at the end of a tiring day!

Go ahead and give your happy feet the happy feels. Have you tried any other DIY foot soak that has worked for you? If yes, please share your recipe with us and our followers. We would love to hear from you!

 

Five Natural Ways to Grow Eyelashes

“The beauty of a woman must be seen through her eyes…” And, don’t we all go that extra mile to get that perfect look for our eyes? From getting rid of under-eye bags to giving the perfect curl to our eyelashes – we do it all. But, hey! Have you ever wished you could have longer, thicker eyelashes and add a little more prettiness to your eyes; and that too, naturally? While some have naturally thin eyelashes; in others, age, nutritional deficiency, genetics, hormonal imbalance, certain medical problems, eye infections, rubbing the eyes roughly, sleeping without removing eye makeup, etc.cause the eyelashes to fall off.

But, worry not! Here are some easy, natural methods that can help you grow your eyelashes, so that you can flaunt those beautiful eyes wherever you go.

Organic Shea Butter

Shea butter is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E and is known to improve skin and hair texture. Take some shea butter on your palm and run your fingers over it. Once it loses its thickness, apply the shea butter on your eyelashes and let it stay overnight. Try this method everyday, until you see the difference.

Petroleum Jelly

Winters are the time when you apply the maximum amount of petroleum jelly for your lips, elbows and other rough areas on your skin. And while you’re at that, apply some petroleum jelly on your eyelashes too. Do this twice a day and use a dry mascara wand to curl your eyebrows.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is nature’s nourishing ingredient for everything. The several vitamins and nutrients. In Aloe Vera make it a perfect fix for everything. To get long, thick eyelashes using aloe vera, apply some fresh aloe vera gel on your eyelashes. Let it stay overnight and rinse it off with warm water in the morning. Follow this for a a month or so to get results.

Lemon Peels

Okay, so, this one needs some preparation. Vitamin B and C in Lemon Peels facilitate the growth of thick eyelashes. Take a tablespoon of dry lemon peels in a container and add castor or olive as per proportion to the container. Allow this solution to sit for a couple of weeks. Apply every night and then wash it off with warm water. Follow this routine for a few months to get excellent results.

Coconut Oil

This one comes straight out of nani ka nuska! Dab a cotton swab in coconut oil, apply it gently to your eyelashes, and let it stay for a few hours. Make sure that you do not apply too much oil on your lashes. Wash your face with water after a few hours. Repeat this process regularly and see the difference for yourself.

These are some really easy, easy ways to grow thicker eyelashes. There are some DIY recipes, too, that you can help you get thicker eyelashes. But until we cover that, keep following this space know how you can enhance your life with the burst of natural-ness!

DIY Hibiscus Hair Conditioner

Hibiscus, also known as China rose or shoe flower is a common bushy shrub usually adorning our gardens and sidewalks. The large, rather flamboyant flowers are usually ruby red, but they can also be found in other colors like orange, yellow, peach and white. Its leave and flowers are mucilaginous, that is, when crushed, they release a mucus like sap which finds use as a topical emollient. Hibiscus contains various nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, carotene and riboflavin, all of which are exceptionally good for scalp and hair. Therefore, hibiscus leaves and flowers are used in various hair treatment applications in the form of shampoo, hair oil, hair masks and conditioner, by themselves or in combination with other herbs like amla and curry leaves. They are especially helpful in preventing premature graying of hair, premature hair fall and dandruff, thus making hibiscus an all in one hair care expert.

Apart from hair care applications, hibiscus is also popular worldwide as a beverage, and hibiscus tea, also known as sour tea, largely due to its tart taste is traditionally used in many countries as a cure for high blood pressure and blood cholesterol. It has many plant acids and anthocyanins which impart various medicinal properties to hibiscus, making it an excellent anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti oxidant and anti depressant herbal remedy which can cure sleep related problems and protect liver. It is also used in treating cancer. Hibiscus is believed to help alleviate menstrual cramps and pain, aid digestion and satiate thirst. It helps in weight loss, and has a host of other beneficial medicinal uses.

Coming back to the slippery mucilaginous sap, which is not only used as an emollient, it can be used as a hair conditioner too, keeping hair manageable and bouncier. It is also helpful in countering the ill effects of chemicals used in various hair products, thus replenishing the natural shine and strength of hair. Find out the method to prepare and use hibiscus hair conditioner in this tried and verified, easy to prepare and use recipe.

Requirements:

10-15 hibiscus leaves, 1 hibiscus flower, 1 cup water

Preparation and use:

Blend the leaves and flower in a blender or mash them using a pestle and mortar to make a fine paste. Keep adding water. After crushing or blending thoroughly, the leaves and flower release a sticky, mucous sap. Strain the mixture and apply the extract to hair and scalp after shampoo. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. The sticky sap works a magical shine in your hair.

 

 

 

Trying this recipe is a must. One would never want to go back to a chemical conditioner after witnessing such great results as from this natural remedy. Healthy and happy hair guaranteed!

Get, Set, Exfoliate!

Most of us know the significance of exfoliation in our beauty regime; but for those who don’t, here’s it is – Exfoliating your face and body twice a week can work wonders for your skin. Exfoliating removes all the dead skin cells from your skin’s outer surface and uncovers fresh new cells underneath. It thus cleanses your pores and allows your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply into the skin.

In the upcoming blog, we’re going to be sharing with you some easy-to-make, awesome exfoliating scrubs. But before that, we thought we could tell you about/re-introduce you to the benefits of exfoliation. So, here we go….

Improves texture

Essentially, exfoliation helps improve the texture of the skin. Especially, if the skin is dry or feels rough, exfoliation can help revive dry skin. However, for that, one needs to exfoliate on a regular.

Fights signs of ageing

You don’t want your skin to reveal your age? The solution is as simple as it gets! Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis. Exfoliation helps fight signs of ageing. By removing dead skin cells, exfoliation helps you get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, and helps you age gracefully. Moreover, exfoliation leaves your skin with a refreshing glow which will eventually leave people guessing your age.

Reduces pigmentation

The reasons for pigmentation can be many. Pigmentation is the dark areas that come from age, pregnancy and changes in your hormonal balance. These become more prominent as the skin ages. Exfoliation facilitates breaking up of the pigmented cells and encourages them to fade.

Stops breakouts

Have you had enough of those frequent breakouts? Done with blackheads, whiteheads, and acne making your skin look dull and patchy? Exfoliating your skin will help keep pores clean and unclogged. When pores get clogged up with dead skin cells, oils from your skin get trapped beneath the surface, which could lead to pimples. Help yourself keep acne under control by keeping pores clean and clear! However, do not scrub active acne, or it may spread.

Repairs uneven skin tone

Exfoliation can help repair the uneven skin tone. A regular exfoliation regime can make your skin tone even, and make it softer and smoother than before.

Before and After waxing benefits

Exfoliating your skin lifts any hair tucked under the dead skin which makes it easier to be removed during waxing. Hence, less pull equates to less pain. It is also recommended to exfoliate every second day post waxing to reduce the formation of in-growths after waxing.

When you exfoliate, the blood circulation in the body increases and the lymphatic system gets a boost. This helps in the developments of new skin cells, breaks down fatty tissues, and detoxifies your system. Exfoliating scrubs are also known to effectively combat cellulite problems. Well, those are too many benefits for something as simple exfoliation, isn’t it? Shed those dead skin cells and allow your skin to glow like never before!

Keep watching this space as we’re bringing you some easy DIY natural scrub recipes, only for you! Until then, take a look at few of our blog archives and visit/revisit these links for some easy DIY recipes for a flawless skin (Click on the hyperlinks). 

Yours Naturally,

See ya soon!

3 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Dark Underarms

 

Dark underarms or discoloration of underarms is a common problem faced often by women of almost every age group. I receive numerous requests to develop products to help reduce underarm pigmentation. However, this issue can be easily treated at home using some simple natural remedies.

Before we look at the remedies, I’m sharing some common causes for dark underarms:

Cause 1-Application of Artificial Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Few of the ingredients/chemicals present in artificial deodorants and antiperspirants react with the underarm skin and cause discoloration. You should opt for natural alternates like alum or our deodorant cream range.

Cause 2-Shaving

Shaving cuts off the hair from the surface of the skin leaving the root intact. This leads to a dark tinge under the skin. To prevent this, you should try out other options, like plucking or waxing to get rid of the complete hair root.

Cause 3-Formation of Dead Cells on the Skin

Darkening of armpits also is a result of dead cells trapped in between the creases of the skin. It is important to exfoliate underarms daily using a stiff brush or a loofah.

Cause 4- Medical issues like Acanthosis Nigricans / hormonal imbalances

Acanthosis Nigricans, hormonal issues or excessive weight also cause black or brown pigmentation on your neck and armpit areas. Losing weight and maintaining a good diet can help control it to an extent but it is always a good idea to consult a doctor.

Home Remedies to get rid of dark underarms

Remedy 1-Potato

Mild acidic property possessed by potatoes make them a perfect natural bleaching agent. Moreover, potato does not irritate the skin.

How to Use

  • You should cut a thin potato slice and rub it on the underarm area
  • Alternatively, you can grate a potato and apply its juice on the affected area. Let it dry for 15 minutes and finally, wash it off.
  • Frequency- 2-3 times a day

Remedy 2- Cucumber + Lemon

Like potato, cucumber also has natural bleaching properties to help in lightening of discoloured skin.

How to Apply

  • Grate and extract cucumber juice and mix it with lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric powder. You should apply this solution on the armpits and leave for half an hour.
  • Frequency: 2-3 times a day

Remedy 3 – Baking Soda

Baking soda (meetha soda / cooking soda) is an effective skin lightening agent as well as a scrub.

Please note baking soda is not the same as baking powder.

How to Apply

  • Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply onto the armpits and scrub in circular motion for 1-2 minutes. Leave the paste on for another 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water
  • Frequency – once a day

I hope you find these remedies useful.

If you have any other tips up your sleeve, do let me know

Super Easy Foot Spa at Home

 

When was the last time you showed some love to your feet? We usually forget to take proper care of our feet unless we experience a problem. However, pampering your feet is very essential to keep them in good condition.

Why Foot Care is Important

  • Regular care of your feet helps early detection of fungal infections, bunions, corns and similar other signs at initial stage and hence, you can treat them before they start causing trouble
  • Cutting, clipping and cleaning of toenails avoid their inward growth and eliminates dirt as well as bacterial infections and bad odour
  • It also helps prevent dryness and cracking of heels.

Importance of Exfoliating Feet

Exfoliating your feet is a must – I do recommend doing it daily as it prevents formation of painful corns or bunions. It also encourages growth of new cells and keeps your feet smooth and helps get rid of sun tan.

Tip: Keep a hard bristle brush in the shower and scrub your feet for a few minutes every day.

A great way to take care of your feet is to do a mini foot spa at home. Most of us get caught up in our daily chores and do not get adequate time to step out for a spa or a pedicure. It is easy to fit in a do-it-yourself foot spa at home while binging on your favourite TV series. And let’s be honest, it’s also cheaper 😛

For a foot spa at home, you only require a few, easily available items like

  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Lukewarm water
  • A soap / shampoo
  • Cutter, nail filer, nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Pumice stone or foot scrub
  • Cuticle cream (optional)
  • A moisturizer
  • A foot scrub
  • A foot mask (optional)
  • A oil of your choice like almond, coconut, sunflower
  • A bucket
  • A towel

Now, let us look on different steps involved in foot spa or pedicure at home.

Trimming of Nails-

Start your foot spa by removing your nail polish and then, trimming your nails. You may soften nails by applying a cuticle cream and finally file your nails to get the required shape.

Soaking of Foot-

In order to perform foot spa at home, you only require few easily available equipments, which include-

  • Essential oil
  • Lukewarm water
  • Foot-wash
  • Cutter, nail filer, nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Pumice stone or foot scrub
  • Cuticle cream
  • Shea butter moisturizer
  • Banana sugar foot scrub

Procedure Involved in Home Foot Spa

Now, let us look on different steps involved in foot spa or pedicure at home.

Trimming of Nails-

You have to start with the foot spa by applying a nail polish remover to remove nail polish from the toenails and then, cutting it in the required manner. You may soften nails by applying a cuticle cream and finally file the nails to get the required shape.

Soaking of Foot-

Prepare your foot soak in the bucket by dissolving a small amount of soap / shampoo in lukewarm water along with some essential oils and an oil of your choice. You can also add some Epsom salt to relieve any aches or soreness. Soak your feet and relax for about 10 minutes. This helps in reduction of inflammation and pain largely. In addition, it is helpful in removing dirt and sweat.

Once your skin is soft, dry them out on the towel.

Exfoliation-

Exfoliation is the next step. To do this, you should use a brush or a pumice stone to scrub your heels, ankles and side areas of the heel gently – focus on any existing corns or. Once you complete the procedure for both feet, you can use a home-made foot scrub to further exfoliate. Here’s a recipe that I recommend: DIY body scrub i.e. banana sugar foot scrub

You can exfoliate till your calves and leave it on for about 5 minutes as this also works as a mask.

Rinse this off with lukewarm water.

Moisturize and Massage-

Massage your feet for some more pampering. I love using our natural Shea butter or the Grapefruit & Ylang Ylang Body butter. If you have stubborn cracked heel, you can try this simple remedy to treat it. Wear a pair of socks for a few hours to allow the butter / moisturizer to soak into your skin.

And that’s it!

Easy no?

It’s simple and quick and it will ensure that your feet stay in a good condition for a long time.

References:-

https://www.epainassist.com/manual-therapy/spa-therapy/foot-spa

http://www.handandfootspa.co.uk/tips-advice/why-foot-care-is-so-important/

http://www.howtoexfoliateskin.com/feet-exfoliation-the-specifics/

 

 

 

How to make your own Natural Sunscreen at Home

 

I have been meaning to write this blog post for a while as I have received calls from many of you requesting me to make a natural sunscreen. However, I have been unsuccessful in making a stable product with adequate protection. So I’m offering you some simple recipes that you can try yourself.

We can’t deny the benefits of using a sunscreen – It prevents premature ageing, reduces tanning and the chances of skin cancer due to sun exposure. However, the ingredients of most sunscreens are alarming as they often contain endocrine disrupting chemicals or toxic components, which are responsible for numerous health issues.
So, the dilemma is whether to use or not to use sunscreen.

Since there are strong advocates of both sides of the argument, I think the safest bet is to make a simple, natural sunscreen at home.

With a little research and effort, you can easily prepare your own natural sunscreen lotion or cream at your home, ensuring the safest sunscreen product for yourself and your family.

I’m sharing 2 simple DIY recipes to make your own natural sunscreen at home using easy to find ingredients.

Natural Sunscreen Recipe 1

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons aloe gel
  • 2 tablespoons Vitamin E (puncture a capsule)
  • 4 tablespoons zinc oxide (available at chemists)
  • 30-40 drops carrot seed oil

Procedure:

1.Melt your coconut oil and stir in olive oil, almond oil and vitamin E. Allow it to cool for some time and add carrot seed oil.
2.Refrigerate the mixture so that it hardens slightly. Now add aloe gel and zinc oxide and blend it well using a hand blender.
3.Transfer to a clean bowl. Keep the sunscreen refrigerated so that it stays solid.

Natural Sunscreen Recipe 2

  • 1/2 cup almond
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon zinc oxide
  • 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon of red raspberry seed oil
  • ¼ cup grated bees wax
  • 10-20 drops Lavender essential oil

Procedure:

1.Warm beeswax on low heat or a double boiler till it melts.
2.Melt in coconut oil and shea butter
3.Allow the mixture to reach room temperature
4.Stir in almond oil, carrot seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, zinc oxide and lavender essential oil.
5.Transfer to a clean glass jar and store in the fridge if required

Since this recipe has shea butter and oils, it may not suit people with oily/acne prone skin.

Since these recipes do not contain any preservatives, it would be a good idea to make small batches and use it up in a week. These recipes may not be suitable for oily / acne prone skin as we use coconut oil, shea butter which are on heavy on the face.

There are a few other things to keep in mind if you make your own sunscreen. Most DIY sunscreens may not offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Also, there is no method to judge the SPF of your sunscreen. So I recommend using a DIY sunscreen only during light sun exposure and reapplying it frequently.

I am a strong advocate of soaking up some early morning sun and generally go without a sunblock during that time but wear a medicated sunscreen (not natural at all) if stepping out.

What are your sunscreen stories?? Have you ever tried making your own natural sunscreen at home? I would love to hear about your experience.

 

Other related posts you might be interested in:

Benefits of shea butter for skin and hair

 

Source:

http://breagettingfit.com/

https://wellnessmama.com/2558/homemade-sunscreen/

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/