Oil Pulling- Daily Detox Routine that You Should Start Immediately

ImageOur bodies have a natural detox mechanism, constantly eliminating the accumulated toxins that are metabolic byproducts. But the rising amount of chemicals in our bodies- ingested as pesticides, medicines and pollutants are more than our body can handle.

If you suffer from constipation, acne, exhaustion, excess gas, sinus, depression, mood swings, nausea, halitosis and a low immunity, you might need to undergo a detox or cleansing.

As opposed to complicated detox methods, Oil Pulling offers surprisingly easy way to cleanse your system and push out those toxins every day. An added bonus- get pearly white teeth without chemical bleaches.

 What is Oil Pulling?   

Oil-Pulling is a morning ritual derived from the best kept secrets of the Ayurveda. It requires swishing or pulling, cold-pressed, unrefined sesame oil, in your mouth for several minutes. It rids the mouth of the bacteria, germs, parasites and other toxins that cause secondary infections and chronic inflammation- leading to a number of health problems.

How to Perform Oil Pulling?

Oil-Pulling should be done first thing in the morning, before consuming any water or food.

  • Put a spoonful of, cold-pressed Sesame oil in your mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes
  • Spit it Out: Do not swallow the oil, the swishing leaves oil full of toxins and germs
  • Brush your teeth.

 Helpful Tips:

  • The first few times, the taste of oil will make you want to gag. Be persistent and in time, you’ll be ok
  • In case sesame oil isn’t available; other cold-pressed, refined vegetable oils can also be used.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

  • Promotes Oral Hygiene
  • Shiny White Teeth
  • Stronger Immunity
  • Better Sleep
  • Clearer Skin
  • Increased Energy
  • Improved Concentration
  • Decreased migraine headaches
  • Clearer Sinuses
  • Less severe asthma
  • Regulated Menstrual Cycles
  • Improved Lymphatic System

Oil Pulling not only cleanses the body of impurities but also provides clarity of thought and peace. Try including this amazingly effective detox exercises in your daily routine for a new and healthy life.

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10 Amazing Natural Beauty Products Hiding in your Kitchen

Looking and feeling good is important for our confidence and self esteem. Women and men often make substantial efforts to look good, using a number of cosmetics available in the market.

A recent study claims that our skin absorbs 67 percent of the cosmetics applied on it. Imagine the amount of synthetic chemicals our body absorbs owing to make-up products. Take a closer look at the ingredients of your favorite make up to discover the kinds of chemicals your skin has been absorbing all this while.

Luckily, several effective and chemical free beauty products are lying in your kitchen cabinet- waiting to be discovered.

Discover 10 great and natural ways of looking beautiful using simple kitchen ingredients.

Image1.   Honey

The golden juice of nature is rumored to be the anti-ageing secret of Greek Gods. It is also the secret to perfectly moisturized skin and lustrous hair.

Glowing Face Pack:  Full of antiseptic and antifungal properties, apply honey on face, to discover healthy and blemish free skin.

Acne Treatment: Dab honey over facial acne for a speedy recovery

Hair Mask: Mix honey and coconut milk to make a hydrating and refreshing hair mask

Image2.   Potatoes

Surprisingly, the humble potato has several beauty benefits. It is a perfect cure for puffy, tired eyes.

Puffy Eyes Mask:  Potato contains a compound known to help reduce swelling and puffiness. Treat puffy eyes with a mask made with shredded potatoes. Shred a small potato, freeze it and apply as an eye mask for 15 minutes.

Image3.   Cinnamon

This flavorsome exotic spice has some great skincare benefits.

Lip Plumper: Mix a bit of cinnamon powder with lip-gloss for fuller lips. Caution – It might sting a bit

 Facial Mask: Make a royal mask of cinnamon and honey for acne-free and fresh skin

Image4.    Beet Root

Discover the perfect ‘Blush of Health’ with beetroots. The naturally colorful beets can add some much needed color to an otherwise pale/dull face

Cheek and Lip Tint: Add little glycerine and rosewater to beetroot juice and preserve it for further use. The cheek cum lip tint is 100 percent natural and also longer lasting than the commercially available products

Image5.    Rose Water

Fresh, moisturizing and pleasantly fragrant, Rose water is considered to be nature’s perfume. Feminine yet strong, it has many beauty benefits

Toner:  Use organic rose water as a toner for fresh, well hydrated skin

Body Splash: Spray on rose-water after bath for a fragrant day ahead

Anti-ageing Agent:  A natural astringent with anti-inflammatory qualities, the use of rose water has been found to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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6.   Turmeric

This antiseptic spice is a great remedy for post-acne scarring

Post- Acne Cream: Mix organic turmeric powder with lemon juice for a medium-thick paste, and dab onto discolored/ scared skin. Wash the area after 20 minutes. Because turmeric has a strong yellow color, the area treated may have a temporary yellow tint, which might last a wash or two.

7.   Yogurt

A moisturizing agent, as well as a skin exfoliant, yogurt can be used as a cooling mask to rejuvenate dry and tired winter skin.

Image8.   Coffee

Conditioner: Brewed dark roast coffee can be used as a post-conditioner wash to add rich color to brunette and auburn hair. Instant coffee mixed with conditioner provides a similar effect.

Scrub: Use instant coffee as a facial exfoliator. Some mix granulated sugar with coffee to scrub off dry, dead skin.

Energy Mask: Caffeine can also rejuvenate the skin. Turn a tired and dull face to glowing and fresh by applying a mixture of instant coffee and honey for 10 minutes.

Image9.    Sugar

Scrub: Use sugar as part of your weekly beauty regime. Mix sugar with baby oil/ almond oil and scrub gently in a circular motion, to reveal a fresh and clean skin

Image10.       Salt

Sea salt and ground rock salt are great exfoliants that work as home-made body polish scrubs, to reveal a naturally radiant skin.

Body Polish: Rub salt in a circular motion on your entire dry body, before a shower for an incredible glow. Follow up with a rich moisturizer to re-hydrate skin.

Acne Cure : Make a thick paste of salt and honey. Apply to the affected area. Word of caution – It will sting initially, but is an effective medicine for fighting acne.

Honey – Sweet Remedy for Losing Weight

Losing weight is almost always a struggle and involves eating bland food, as well as, completely depriving the sweet tooth of any pleasure, whatsoever.

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However, ancient knowledge coupled with latest findings suggests that losing weight can also be a sweet affair with honey. Contrary to common belief, research shows that the daily use of honey instead of sugar does not lead to weight gain. Packed with nutrients- it in fact makes you feel more energetic. This simple, Nectar of Gods, helps in weight loss, while also ridding the body of harmful toxins.

There are various ways of using this nature’s gold to lose weight, boost metabolism and get beautiful, glowing skin.  Listed under are some simple ways of using honey everyday:

Honey and Lemon-  Ayurveda recommends having honey and lemon for effective weight loss. Start your day with a warm glass of water with honey and lemon, on an empty stomach. This drink can be taken throughout the day before meals, ideally half an hour before food.  Digestive herbs like ginger can also be added for boosting flavor and nutrients.

Honey and Lemon in hot water is also a great detox drink, particularly beneficial for glowing, fresh skin.

Honey and Cinnamon- Unani Healing, the ancient tradition of Greek-Arabic medicine, suggests drinking a brew of cinnamon and honey first thing in the morning. This drink can be made by boiling cinnamon in half a cup of water and later adding honey before drinking.

Hibernation Diet- A revolutionary diet that suggests consuming a spoonful of natural honey before bedtime can lead to both- a sound sleep, as well as, weight loss. This easy to follow diet suggests that the nutrients in honey promote fat burning in the body while you sleep. The body burns fat during sleep as a natural self healing mechanism. This is often disrupted by low blood sugar as we sleep. Honey primarily concentrates on bettering the sleep metabolism of the body, by supporting the liver and adrenal function.

Substitute Sugar- Honey is rich in fructose and glucose, which supplies our body with energy to burn fats, while also boosting the metabolic activity in our body. But unlike the empty calories of sugar, corn syrup and other processes sweeteners, honey is nutritionally abundant with amino acids, vitamins and is a rich source of calcium.

Honey not only improves the taste of herbal teas and smoothies, but is also known to curb hunger.

Natural Energy Drink- Avoid expensive and toxic energy drinks. Instead, substitute them with natural honey-based energy drinks. Researchers at University of Memphis have found that honey is an effective energy drink pre and post exercise. Honey gives equal amount of energy as glucose, but with sustained energy and prompt recovery. Make your own energy drink, which is both natural and energizing during work outs and sports.

Raw Honey- The Food of Gods

Here is amber honey sweet, in a crystal bowl. Sun kissed food the fairies eat. Nectar for the Soul – Ann Fairbairn Image

Honey has been praised as “the food for gods” in the scriptures of yore. So is this delicious liquid gold really good for you? Definitely, but being rich in calories- only in moderation. This natural sweetener is packed with natural goodness. Being predigested by the bees, honey is easily metabolized and is extremely rich in nutrients. So much so- that many consider it to be the perfect food. No wonder then, that pots of golden honey were discovered in the pyramids of the great pharaohs.

Benefits of Natural Honey

  • Natural honey is primarily composed of two sugars- laevulose and dextrose. Both of these do not require to be broken down further, and so, are quickly absorbed into the blood stream. This gives the body an instant energy boost.
  • Honey is also rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and no cholesterol. Vitamins and minerals in honey include- vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. The exact nutritional profile of honey depends on the floral source of the honey.
  • It contains some potassium salts that eliminate germs and bacteria, even more than some antibiotics. This is why natural honey can never get spoilt. Recent studies recommend using it as a topical treatment for burns and ulcers.
  • The potassium salts in honey also help in lowering blood pressure.
  • Is helpful for fighting obesity and losing weight when taken with lemon or cinnamon on an empty stomach.
  • It’s a great beauty aid and is recommended as a mask to attain glowing silk and lustrous hair.
  • Cures constipation when taken at night with milk.
  • Has some well known antioxidants like chrysin, pinobanksin, catalase, pinocembrin and vitamin C.

Raw Honey v/s Pasteurized Honey

Most of us buy bottled honey from super markets. These bottles are often labeled as ‘natural honey’, however, this is not usually accurate.   Most commercially available bottled honey is in fact pasteurized, to prevent it from crystallizing, and increasing its shelf life.

The commercial, pasteurized honey has been heated at 161 °F (71.7 °C) or higher for the pasteurization and filtered for the appealing, golden glass effect of bottled honey. Although, it makes the honey easier to store and use, pasteurization partially destroys honey’s fragile aromas, yeast and enzymes which make honey so healthy, and are responsible for stimulating vitamins and minerals into the body. According to the “Bee Hive Product Bible”, pasteurized honey has 30-50 percent lesser vitamin content than natural honey.

How is Organic, Raw Honey Different?

Raw honey isn’t very appealing to the eyes. Unlike the beautiful golden liquid available at the super-store, natural honey is slightly cloudy at room temperature since its crystallization properties aren’t harmed by the heat. Unlike popular belief, crystallization is not a sign of honey gone bad, it’s just a natural property of it.

Raw honey is filtered but only to rid it of the dirt and minor particles of the bee-hive, safeguarding all the healthy enzymes, minerals and vitamins that give honey its wondrous quality.

So go on, buy yourself a jar of raw, organic honey from the farmer’s market or a trusted organic store to enjoy the benefits of this wondrous gift of Gaia.