Month: January 2018
Beautiful Glowing Skin

All women try to get a Beautiful Glowing Skin and try every product that claims to give them beautiful glowing skin. They completely ignore the fact that glowing is an indication of our skin being healthy. And healthy skin is the only sure lasting way to have glowing skin. Packaged products work on our external features alone and they chemically active which Is definitely not good on the long run. So, go herbal! These herbal beauty tips for glowing skin are products that you can make yourself using the stuff in your kitchen! And they work wonders in the long run. Lasting results and inexpensive,

Grapes:
To add glow to your face, take a few grapes and rub on your face. Or, make it into a pack by mashing the grapes.

Cucumber juice, glycerin and rose water:
Mixing together cucumber juice, glycerin and rose water is very effective. Use it before stepping out in the sun and after returning.

Sandalwood, turmeric and milk:
Make a fine paste of sandalwood powder, a little turmeric powder and milk. Apply this on face, leave on for a few minutes, and get natural glow and freshness.

Honey and cream:

Mixing honey and cream is a great way to keep the skin soft and glowing, especially during winters.

Fresh milk, salt and lime juice:

Take some fresh milk; add a pinch of salt and little lime juice, it cleans and opens skin pores.

Tomato juice:

Tomato juice, mixed with lemon juice helps keep face soft and glowing.

Turmeric powder, wheat flour and sesame oil:
Make a paste using turmeric powder, wheat flour and sesame oil.Apply this on your skin to remove unwanted hair.

Cabbage juice and honey:
Cabbage juice when mixed with a little honey and applied on face prevents wrinkles.

Carrot juice:
Applying carrot juice on the face directly is a great way to get natural glow.

Honey and cinnamon powder:
Make a paste with 3 parts of honey and 1 part cinnamon powder. Apply it on pimples and leave it overnight. This shows a considerable effect in removing pimples and reducing the scaring.

Groundnut oil and lime juice:
Mix a little groundnut oil with fresh lime juice and apply on face to prevent pimples and blackheads.

Aloe Vera juice:
Applying Aloe Vera juice on the affected areas helps in reducing pigmentation marks along with hydrating the skin.

Ghee and glycerin:
A mixture of ghee and glycerine is a great home-made moisturiser.

MultaniMitti, rose petals, neem, tulsi and rose water:
Applying a paste using multanimitti, rose petals, neem leaves powder, tulsi leaves powder and a little rose/lemon water leaves the skin healthy and glowing.

Apricots and yogurt:
Mix apricots and yogurt to get a smooth paste. This enhances the skin and gives a fresh look. Add honey to the concoction if you have dry skin.

All these contribute to good skin health that results in glowing skin! Follow these herbal beauty tips and watch your craving materialize!

7 HERBS LONG LIFE SOUP

A highly nourishing and restorative blend, 7-Herb Long-Life Soup is an excellent broth to serve someone who is sick or recovering from illness. This is a wonderful recipe that can incorporate any number of tonic or adaptogenic herbs. Use fresh herbs whenever possible, but if they’re unavailable, chopped dried roots will do. This soup also may be made in a chicken broth base.

Ingredients:

Extra-virgin olive oil (Buy)
2 onions, sliced or chopped
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 quarts water
8 large shiitake mushrooms (fresh or dried), chopped (Buy)
4 ounces fresh burdock root (or 2 ounces dried), thinly sliced (Buy)
4 ounces fresh dandelion root (or 2 ounces dried), thinly sliced
2 ounces lycium berries
1 ounce astragalus, thinly sliced
1 ounce fo-ti (ho shou wu), cut and sifted
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger root
1 ounce ginseng root (any variety)
Miso paste of choice

Method:

1. In a large pot, heat just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until tender and golden.

2. Add the water and bring to a boil.

3. Add the mushrooms and herbs, turn down the heat, and simmer over low heat for several hours.

4. When the roots are tender, turn off the heat and strain out the herbs. (I often leave the herbs in, especially if most of them are fresh.) Add miso paste to taste. Do not boil the miso, as it destroys its valuable enzymes. Add other seasonings and chopped vegetables as desired.

Herbal Tea Benefits

Now that you are all set to include herbal tea in your diet, the very first thing which I am going to do is familiarize you with the benefits that it has. There are a lot of different types of herbal teas and nearly each one of them is going to bring you some kind of positive effect. So, what exactly are they? Are you looking to know more? Do not worry; I am here to sort it out for you.

Improved immunity levels

When you are drinking plenty of herbal tea, you will be able to improve your overall immunity. The body immunity needs to be strong enough so that you will be able to handle all the different diseases which you may suffer from. Whenever you contract a disease, it is your immune system which will put forth a fight. They form the primary line of defense. People who have a poor immunity are much more likely to fall ill because the resistance which their body offers to the different antigens is going to be significantly less.

Weight reduction

The first and foremost thing which you need to know is that not all herbal tea can bring about a loss in weight. However, there are a few herbal teas; especially green tea which is known for bringing in loss of weight. When you are looking to cut down the extra pounds, you will be advised to drink the best weight reduction herbal tea along with the right kind of balanced diet. When you choose a blend of both of these eating advice, you are sure to find yourself losing weight.

Blood pressure regulation

These days, a lot of people suffer from a variation in blood pressure. When you are trying to regulate your blood pressure, you can always fall back on herbal tea. Once again, you have to be very sure that you are choosing the right tea. There are a few types of herbal tea that can help in reduction of blood pressure and at the same time, there are other types of tea that can lead to an increase in blood pressure as well. So, when you are looking to keep your blood pressure levels in check, it is best advised to pick the right herbal tea and make the most out of it.

Healing Skin Infections

When you are looking to get rid of different types of skin disorders, you can always make smart use of herbal teas. In this book, I am going to tell you some of the best types of herbal teas which will specifically help you with improving the skin. If you are suffering from different kind of skin allergies and you want to get the right kind of treatment, the best thing you can possibly do is picking the finest herbal teas which can heal the skin in an apt manner.

Get Facial Glow

When you are drinking a lot of herbal tea, you will be able to attain the right kind of facial glow. Everyone craves to have the perfect face which glows and looks to be radiant and perfect. Those who make it a point to regularly drink herbal tea are sure to enjoy the right kind of facial glow.

These teas are enriched with herbs which are full of minerals and vitamins helping to improve the overall glow of your face. Drinking the right amount of herbal tea can also help you in getting rid of skin infections and even troubles like acne, too. Many times, skin infections occur because of inflammation and even presence of toxic chemicals inside your body. When you choose to drink herbal tea on a regular basis, it will help you with flushing the unwanted toxins out of your system and thus it will help you get a radiant and flawless face, devoid of pimples, blemishes and acne.

This is just a preliminary list, as the exact benefits which the different types of herbal tea have to offer can be practically endless.

Almost all types of herbal tea are loaded with significant amount of nutrients and minerals and consuming them is going to offer you an overall health boost you will love.

GET COOKING WITH HERBS

by Deborah C. Harding
Herbs can enhance the flavor of any meal. A plain salad or pot roast can be invigorated by the addition of fresh or dried herbs. Vegetables and fruits can become taste temptations through the use of herbs. Herbs can be baked into breads, cookies, and cakes to create something special and unusual. Herbs are truly a versatile culinary tool that no kitchen should be without.

Herbs can be purchased or grown and preserved for use several different ways.

Fresh: Fresh herbs can be purchased at most grocery stores. Herbs are also easy to grow in a garden or in pots on a patio or on a windowsill.

Dried: Dried herbs can be purchased at grocery stores or homegrown herbs can be dried.

Frozen: Pick herbs from the garden or take leftover fresh herbs purchased at the grocery store and freeze. Clean, whole sprigs or leaves can be thrown into a freezer bag and into the freezer for future use. Leaves can also be chopped and placed into ice cube trays filled with water. Use these cubes in soups or stews.

In oil: Some herbs can be blended with cooking oils, such as olive oil, to be used in cooking. Some of these herbal cooking oils can be purchased in specialty stores.

In vinegar: Herbal vinegars are very popular and can be found in any specialty store. They are very easy to make as well. Fill a jar ¾ full of herb leaves and top off with vinegar. Place plastic wrap over the opening of the jar before placing the cap on. Vinegar coming in contact with the metal lid will cause an undesired chemical reaction, so care must be taken to ensure they do not touch. Place the jar in a sunny windowsill for several weeks. Be sure to shake the jar at least once a day. Strain the vinegar through a coffee filter until it comes out clear and place in a bottle or jar with a fresh sprig of the herb. Experiment with different vinegars and herbs. These work well in marinades
and salad dressings.

There are also a few very important factors to keep in mind when cooking with herbs:

Use twice the amount of fresh herbs as dry herbs in any recipe. The drying process concentrates herbal oils, making flavor stronger in dried herbs. Most recipes list measurements for dry herbs unless otherwise specified. When using dry herbs, crush or crumble the leaves while adding them to your recipe. This will release the oils and their flavors.

In most cases, herbs should be added near the end of cooking time. Flavors tend to fade in herbs when heated.

Store dried herbs in a dark area away from heat. Do not store them above or near the stove. Bright light and heat dissipate the herbal oils, rendering them weak and tasteless. When home drying herbs, try to use dark jars for storage.

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