One of the most exciting aspects of growing up with grandparents is to have instant access to age old home remedies and kitchen secrets, passed on from generation to generation. Nowadays, we are all surrounded with artificial chemical laden beauty care products. At such times, natural remedies which actually work are such rescuers! Kitchen ingredients like turmeric, rose water, curds, honey, milk etc. work like magic to cure several skin and hair problems.
Listing down 7 amazing kitchen-bound, natural and easy beauty care recipes collated from a grandmother’s kitchen hacks. Check them out!
An oatmeal bath is a luxurious regime one would relish! All you need is a muslin cloth or mini cloth bag, a large bowl of oatmeal powder, a table spoon full of powdered rose petal, a spoon full of sandalwood powder, generous number of saffron strands and a cup of half and half milk. Make a tight bundle of all the dry ingredients using the muslin cloth. Soak it in the full fat half and half milk for 30 mins. Once the bundle soaks it up, rub it all over the body letting the mixture squeeze out gently. Finish with a lukewarm water bath. This bath leaves the skin super soft, nourishing it with antibacterial properties and natural vitamins.
This is an ideal face pack but can be used for any kind of bumps, all over the body. This face pack is made with equal potions of sandalwood power, finely ground gram flour and 1/4th of turmeric powder. Whisk up a fragrant paste using some organic rose water and leave it on the acne prone areas for around 15 to 20 minutes. This pack is antibacterial and reduces inflammation considerably, making your skin look brighter, fresher and cleaner!
This hair pack is made by boiling flax seeds, running it through a blender with fresh aloe pulp, straining out the gel and blending it with a vitamin E capsule. The quantity can vary as per your hair type, but you need to have a generous amount to coat up your entire scalp. Apply it all over the scalp and hair, cover it with a shower cap and let it stay for 15 to 20 minutes. This is followed by the normal shampooing routine. A natural conditioner, this hair pack is a natural protein boost for all types of hair.
This natural face cleanser is anti-bacterial because of its pH balancing properties. So, it is highly recommended to cleanse the skin to keep it clean and clear. For the oily skin type, it is made by grinding a fine paste of green gram, turmeric, and buttermilk. For dry skin, grind a fine paste of green gram, almonds, and milk.
These are the three amazing exfoliators that we swear by—Lemon juice and sugar; dry orange peel powder with rose water and wheat husk with milk. Because of their gentle scrubbing action on skin, they are best suited to get rid of dark patches or ingrown hair on legs, elbows, knees and ankles. As per your skin type, these exfoliators should be used at least once a week, followed by a good moisturizing routine.
Papaya pulp, mashed bananas, honey, milk, and buttermilk made excellent moisturizers. You can use it time to time depending on what suits your skin type.
A pack made with a cup of powdered red masoor dal, a teaspoon of turmeric, 2 teaspoons of red sandalwood powder and milk. This pack acts like an all-in-one cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer. It takes off the tan effectively, is soothing for sun-exposed skin and acts as a fragrant mood lifter!
Consult your physician if you are on treatment or allergic to any kitchen ingredient before you try these homemade beauty care recipes! It is highly advisable to run a patch test before you treat yourself with any home remedy. In addition to these, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and a good workout regime is the key to looking good and feeling great.