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Beauty and personal care tips by Dr. Smita Naram | Mumbai

A while ago we brought you home remedies for common ailments by Dr. Smita Naram, Ayurvedic doctor, and master pulse reader at Ayushakti Ayurved in Mumbai. This week, we continue the feature with personal beauty care tips and small magic recipes on how to make your ugly pimples and acne disappear, how to make your black circles vanish, how to prevent your hair from going grey too early, and how to aid your weight-loss diet.

Face pack for acne and pimples

•    ½ tsp coriander seeds
•    1 tsp sandalwood powder
•    ½ tsp Vacha (calamus root)
•    ¼ tsp nutmeg
•    ¼ tsp multani mitti
•    3 drops sandalwood oil
•    1 tsp rose water
•    water to make paste

Make a fine paste of the above ingredients and keep aside. Then boil water in a flat, large-mouthed vessel, and take the boiling water steam on your face. Cover your head with a towel while taking steam. After your steam process is done, apply the pack on your face. Leave it till it dries and then wash with cold water. Follow this procedure everyday or every alternate day.

For pimples you can also rum Mosambi (Sweet Lime) skin on the pimples every day. It is very effective.

Pigmentation of Skin

After the age of 40, the skin sometimes develops pigmentation, thanks to hormonal changes and certain imbalances in the body fluids. Very often, toxins block the blood circulation beneath the skin causing dark patches on your forehead, under the eyes and on the cheeks. Here’s how you can gradually but surely get rid of them:

•    1 tsp turmeric powder
•    ½ tsp red sandalwood powder

Drink the above with water twice a day

•    1 tsp red sandalwood powder
•    1/4th tsp turmeric powder
•    1/4th tsp ghee
•    2 tsp multani mitti
•    ½ tsp honey

Mix them well and apply like a pack. Let it dry and then wash off with warm water. Do not wipe with a towel. Allow the skin to absorb the water. Do this three to four times a week.

Body rashes due to heat and allergy

•    Mix 1/4th tsp black pepper powder and ½ tsp ghee. Have the mixture in the morning on an empty stomach.
•    Apply kokum oil or fresh kokum water on the infected area.

Grey Hair

Take 1 tsp amla powder internally with water three times a day, otherwise

•    ½ cup amla powder
•    ½ cup mehndi powder
•    1 tbsp jaswanti flower paste
•    tea decoction to make a paste

Soak the above overnight, and apply over your hair. Keep it for 3-4 hours before washing off.


•    ½ tsp mustard seeds
•    1/4th tsp turmeric
•    ½ tsp ghee
•    ½ tsp sesame oil
•    1 tsp honey
•    3 tsp coconut milk
•    1 tsp menthol

Mix the above items well, massage into your scalp and keep overnight. Wash off in the morning.

Aid weight loss

•    Minimize the intake of dairy products like cheese and yogurt.
•    Drink hot water instead of cold water
•    Crush some raw ginger into warm water and have throughout the day.
•    A half hour walk everyday is a must.

Stay Healthy!

By Divya Nadkarni
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