Spices and condiments play a major role when preparing ayurvedic medicines. Some of the common spices which we generally use to spice up our dishes are also used as part of ayurvedic medicines to treat various ailments.
Aniseed is used generally to add flavour to food, and in processing certain medicines. It expels wind and is a gas repellent, aids digestion, is diuretic, improves eye-sight, refreshes mouth thereby removing bad breath, aids bowel movements, and relieves pain in joints. It also provides instant relief in cases of infantile colic and wind. A decoction of aniseeds prepared by adding some unrefined sugar helps regulate menstrual cycle in women. Hence, it often forms part of ayurvedic medicinal preparations.
Asafoetida is rich in iron, minerals and calcium and is used for seasoning food, but, should be used only in minimal quantities. Ayurveda suggests medicines that include asafoetida to treat pulmonary diseases like bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, for stomach pain and other stomach disorders, including worms and indigestion. As a medicine, it is sometimes mixed with thymol and given in pill form too. Camphor is mixed with asafoetida to treat whooping cough.
Cinnamon is used to flavour food, and was earlier used as a scent or body perfume. Given its warming effect, it should however be used sparingly in summer. It is an effective remedy for colds and indigestion. Cinnamon oil is used to relive pain and inflammation in the form of balm and ointment for local applications. It removes cough and cold symptoms, helps in removal of mucus from lungs. It also helps treat diarrhoea and aids digestion.
Cloves are also used in flavouring flood, and leave on a pungent and sweet fragrance. They have warming effect, and are mostly added to teas and soups in powdered forms mostly during winter. The medicinal values of cloves are that they relieve toothache and freshens breath, relieves cough, migraine, other types of headache, nasal congestion and influenza, and also relieves hiccups and nausea. Hence, form part of medicines used to treat such symptoms.
Corriander leaves are used in salad dressings and in gravies for its special flavour and aroma. The coriander seeds are also used as spice. However, Ayurveda includes it in medicines for hair growth, to cure bleeding piles, insomnia, excessive menstrual flow, vitamin deficiency, night discharge, for disorders like belching, nasal bleeding, palpitation, improves digestion and stomach disorders.
Available in black and white colours, cumin is often used in food as spice or condiment. Cumin seeds are rich in iron, phosphorous, calcium, potassium, sodium, Vitamins A and B. Ayurveda recommends medicines containing cumin to improve lactation in new mothers, regulates menstrual cycle, helps facilitate easy delivery, removes various liver and stomach disorders, curing dysentery and diarrhoea, while it is used topically in medicines to relieve stiff and painful muscles. It also improves digestion, used in de-worming medicines, and is also used in cosmetics for a good skin tone.
Turmeric is profusely used as a condiment in preparation of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. It is well-known for its antiseptic properties. In Ayurvedic medicines, it is used as a diuretic, skin tonic, blood purifier, anti-flatulent, germicidal, anti-phlegmatic, and is anti-inflammatory. It improves bone strength in children, and aids in the digestive process. Turmeric is used topically (in the form of lotions or ointment) when treating wounds for quicker healing and to prevent infection. As a beauty aid, Ayurveda suggests application of a turmeric based lotion to remove spots and freckles and add natural glow to the skin. The other reasons for use of turmeric in medicines are to relieve acidity, rejuvenate liver functioning, cure male sexual debility, and to treat diabetes.
Almost all ayurvedic medicines include this wonder-spice. It is said that pepper heals, provokes, digests, disperses and removes the dimness of vision. Being rich in protein, calcium, iron, carotene and phosphorous, their nutritive values are endless. However, they should be used only in minimal quantities in medicine and in food, as they are stomach irritants, and hence must be used with caution and moderation. It treats anaemia, dispels heat, used as cancer cure, helps in weight loss, improves digestion, is used in medicines used to treat vitiligo, cures cold and cough, diarrhoea, treats acne and works as pain reliever when included in topical medications.
Fasting purifies both body and the mind. The fasting process mainly helps in removing the body of accumulated toxins. With fasting, the body gets sufficient time to relax, purge out toxic matters and grant a new, or rather renewed lease of life to the body organs.
Fasting is associated with religious tenets, and also considered by the God-fearing. Nobody would flout tenets and directives of religion and holy books. In order to have a successful and complete fast, the ‘will’ to do must be supported by strong determination.
Fasting does not mean starvation. During the seven days of the week, abstain from use of one essential element, like for instance, fruits, salt, protein, sugar, saturated oil, spices, chillies, carbohydrates, cereals, drinking or smoking. Another method is to allot a day each to fast exclusively on fruits or fruit juices, or milk, curd, etc.
Fasting is a healthy and natural way to purge, disinfect and deodorize the body from almost all toxins and foreign matter deposits and filth from body system. When the body is free from all such undesirable elements as mentioned above, mind will also attain a state of ecstasy and happiness. Fasting therefore, offers an upbeat mood to mind, body and intellect.
Some guidelines for fasting:
- Fasting does not imply giving up foods taken on daily basis. Instead, a food item can be given up for a day. This will also help to break the habit of dependence on one particular food item, although for only a day in a week.
- Growing children, pregnant women, weak and undernourished, underweight people, the elderly and hypo-diabetics (who suffer from low blood sugar), low blood pressure, labourers, should not take to fasting, as their physical disorders may aggravate and worsen.
- During the day of fasting, a teaspoonful (5ml) of honey, mixed with lemon water should be taken with water three to four times a day, so that the body retains its natural vitality, and so that there is no accumulation of gas. Else, at least stick to drinking tender coconut water.
- The person who is on a fast can live on milk and seasonal fruits or only fruits on the day of fasting, apart from use of honey and lemon juice. Further, juices of fruits and vegetables are excellent diets for people who fast. Banana and milk diet is also a well-balanced, nutritive and healthy combination, apart from lemon juice and honey.
- Fasting helps in a smooth change-over to other foods, but excessive intake should be avoided at any cost.
- Another way of fasting is to impose self-imposed dietary regimen. Have a normal breakfast of milk and seasonal fruit, skip over your lunch and have near-normal dinner. A gap of 12 hours or so, should be given between breakfast, and dinner, as it is an ideal way to semi-starvation or moderate fasting. However, care should be taken to note that dinner menu is not loaded with sugars, salt, fats and spices, although there is no harm in their moderate use.
- Sufficient water should be taken when fasting during summer else, the body may not be able to withstand ravages of summer heat. Similarly, even during other seasons, the water-sodium balance should never be disturbed during a fast.
- People suffering from Tuberculosis, epilepsy, ulcers, and cancer should not resort to fasting.
- Fasting should not be extended beyond two or three days a week and fasting should never be taken on successive days. There should be a gap of at least a day or so in between each fast.
It is said that man should learn a lesson from animals, as they never eat during the period of illness, and are led by the taste of their palate. However, we tend to overeat when not required, or under-eat when needed. Animals are led by their in-built intuition, unlike man who is driven by his own discretion. Most of the diseases of animals are cured by abstaining from food.
Fasting is meant for better health and not to create new problems on health front. Hence, if there is any odd symptom during or after a fast, then the fast should never be stretched any further. When fasting, all normal works and daily chores can be continued as usual.
Ayurveda emphasizes that fruit and vegetable diet is the best diet when fasting, followed by milk. A non-vegetarian diet should be avoided during a fast.
In the ancient days, our great grandmothers would never panic for minor day-to-day injuries, cuts, or burns, as they had a storehouse of knowledge about quick Ayurvedic home remedies in case of any unforeseen emergencies. However these days, we rush to the nearest hospital or doctor for even for minor health problems or injuries/wounds, as we have no idea of a ‘home first-aid’.
Listed here are few easy quick home remedies suggested by Ayurvedic experts in case of minor or very common health problems:
- When a dust particle or a foreign particle enters the eye, do not rub the eye. Carefully use the tip of a clean white cotton towel to remove the foreign particle, if it is visible.
- Boil licorice in water and allow it to cool. Use this solution as eye drop for immediate relief.
- Apply a drop of honey on the lower eyelid, which cleanses the eye by producing tears naturally.
- For ear pain or for itching sensation in the ears, add 2 garlic cloves to 2 tsp of mustard oil. Mix and heat till garlic turns black in colour. Allow the oil to cool. Add 2 to 3 drops of oil to the affected ear. The analgesic properties help to relieve the pain.
- Crush few basil leaves, press them on a sieve and extract juice. Strain the juice using a fine strainer, and pour two drops of this into the infected ear.
- In case any foreign object or ant/insect enters the ear drum, add two drops of lukewarm coconut oil, which has been boiled using crushed garlic. After this, tilt the head to one side, in such a way that the insect/ant flows out of the ear, along with the oil.
- For instant relief from toothache, add some clove oil to cotton wool and place it on the affected tooth and bite it for some time.
- Another option is to make a powder of nutmeg and rock salt and brush teeth with it.
- Grind raw turmeric and camphor and apply it on the affected tooth.
- For itchy and red skin, grind mustard seeds with a little water and apply it on the affected skin to reduce itchiness.
- Take two teaspoon of cinnamon powder and honey, mix well, and apply on the affected area. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with water. Repeat thrice a day.
- Take 6 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 tablespoon of lemon juice, and mix well. Heat the mixture till it turns lukewarm. Apply on the affected area and leave it overnight.
- For instant relief from acidity, drinking milk to which crushed shallots are added, may of immediate help.
- ‘Dhanwantharam’ tablets can be had mixing with a little honey, for immediate relief from acidity.
- Murivenna (an effective ayurvedic oil) and Pindathailam (a premium ayurveda massage oil available in ayurvedic pharmacies) are two essential ingredients to be kept at home all the time. These oils come in handy for pain, inflammation and sprain. Just massaging these oils into the affected area can relieve pain and associated symptoms.
Diseases affecting the throat can be of various types, ranging from common cold symptoms and allergies, to tonsillitis and other serious conditions such as throat cancer. Let us take a look at common problems affecting the throat and some relief techniques suggested by Ayurveda.
Recurring throat pain is often associated with inflammation of any kind. This could be due to various reasons such as infections, acidity, weather changes, pollution, wound or injury or tumours etc. However, among these, allergies and infections are the common causes of throat pain. Throat infections are mostly viral, rather than bacterial. Antibiotics are required only for bacterial infections, and hence antibiotics are rarely required for throat pain or inflammation.
Throat pain accompanied by fever, body pain, running nose, mouth ulcers, and tiredness lasting for two days are symptoms of viral throat infection. In such cases, good rest is a must along with fever medication and home remedies to soothe throat pain.
However, continued itching or pain in the throat and running nose and sneezing and cough may be due to allergies. Finding the root cause of allergy and preventing it could be the best option, while also having medication for allergy.
Here are some common measures that can be followed at home for relief from throat pain:
- Add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water and gargle several times a day for relief from pain and to reduce inflammation.
- Drink lukewarm water, black or green tea, or soup, as they are soothing for the throat.
- Add honey, lemon, ginger, and pepper to lukewarm water, and drink at least once a day for effective relief from throat pain.
- Steam inhalation is also beneficial, as it helps in reducing mucus accumulation.
- Try to give complete rest to your throat by talking as minimally as possible.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol or other cold beverages.
- Mix equal quantities of dry ginger, black pepper and Thippili (Desavaram or Indian long pepper), blend this mixture and consume with honey.
- Soak chopped ginger in lukewarm water for about an hour, and drink the water for immediate relief.
- Crush three garlic pods and add to your tea, or just chew them raw.
- Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and honey, and a pinch of black pepper powder to a glass of lukewarm water and drink twice a day.
- Add a teaspoon of honey to two teaspoons of sesame oil and consume thrice a day.
- For throat irritation and pain, and loss of voice during common cold, grind Acorus calamus (vayambu or vacha) and apply it on the throat locally.
- Add a teaspoon of tea leaves to a glass of water and boil well. Allow it to cool, and gargle this solution by adding a teaspoon of salt to it.
- Squeeze the juice of half a lemon to a glass of lukewarm water, boiled by adding tea leaves. Gargle with this solution, while ensuring that you hold the water in your throat for a minute. Do this at least four times a day for effective relief.
- Mix together equal quantities of licorice and nutmeg with honey and consume daily.
All the above remedies are only for relief from pain and irritation. If throat pain continues with other new symptoms visit your physician to check out for the underlying cause.
Dengue fever is a disease generally caused by family of viruses that are transmitted by Mosquitoes. Dengue outbreaks are generally prevalent in tropics and subtropical regions. However, outbreaks have also occurred in the Caribbean, Cuba, the United States, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Paraguay and Costa Rica.
General symptoms include headache, fever, tiredness, joint and muscle pain, swollen glands and rash. The presence of fever, rash and headache is particularly characteristic of dengue fever.
As dengue fever is caused by a virus, a specific allopathic medicine or an antibiotic may not treat it. The treatment involves relief from the symptoms. The phase of fever lasts from one to two weeks. However, the best way to keep away from dengue fever is to control or eradicate mosquitoes carrying the viruses causing dengue.
In India, there have been reports that a particular herb called ‘Chiretta herb’ (Swertia chirata) is being taken by many as a preventive measure, to remain fit for the whole season, when the fever is rampant. The herb is consumed by all members in a family.
Explaining this fact, an Ayurvedic expert, Naveen Kumar, recently said that Chirata is an effective drug for reducing fever, particularly malaria and dengue. It is excellent for strengthening the digestive system and is also used in treating stomach ailments like dyspepsia and diarrhoea. It also helps in destroying intestinal worms.
Ayurvedic experts treat patients by administering syrup which is basically Chirata mixed with honey, turmeric, ginger, ashwagandha, neem, giloy and other herbs. The herb apart from curing fever also controls diabetes.
The root of the herb is useful in curing hiccups and vomiting. The herb is also used in treating a range of other diseases and conditions including leucoderma, neuro-muscular disorders, urinary tract diseases, scabies, ulcer, jaundice, anaemia, heart disease, asthma, and cough.
Tinospora Codifolia (Giloy or Amrita), is another anti-inflammatory and antipyretic herb, commonly used in Ayurvedic Rasayanas since ages. It is very helpful in building up of the immune system and body’s defense against infecting organisms. Studies have proven the herbs ability in improving the killing ability of macrophages, responsible for fighting foreign bodies and micro-organisms.
There is no specific diet regimen to be taken during dengue fever, but patients are generally advised to take non-irritant liquid diet. As back-pain is a strong symptom associated with dengue fever, patients are advised hot pack therapy. For constipation, which may also be an associated symptom, Isabgole husk (1 tsp) is mixed with hot mil. The patient will have to be in complete bed rest as long as there is fever and pain.
Another popular Ayurvedic treatment recommended for relief from dengue is to mix 375mg powder of Saunth (dry ginger powder) with 125mg of Hinguleshwar in a single dose. Take this mixed with tea or hot water and repeat every three hours. If the body temperature is very high, apply cold compresses to the fore-head, and take complete rest till the patient is cured.
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Pain is very common in the family, irrespective of age, food habits, and race. Muscular pain is the most common affecting all age groups, and here are some analysis, treatment methods and herbal medicines that Ayurveda adopts to deal with pain.
Pain is associated with aggravation of functional element of the body termed ‘vata dosha’. Ayurveda considers pain to be due to accumulation of body toxins, which in-turn hinders circulation, leading to a painful condition.
Some common causes include muscle injury, joint strain, joint pain, infection to the joints etc.
According to Ayurvedic theory, the toxins accumulated in the body obstructs the nourishing channels of the muscles and joints, which in-turn reduces the O2 supply and supply of other required nutrients, which gradually leads to stiff muscles, and turns into pain.
Common symptoms include pain in a particular muscle or group of muscles, which radiates to surrounding joints, muscle stiffness, and excruciating pain with stiff joints.
Classification of pain
Ayurveda classifies muscular pain depending on body type
Vata type: Mostly characterized by severe throbbing pain, which is variable and migrating. Pain increases in cold conditions due to exposure to cold, or on eating or drinking cold foods and drinks. Other general symptoms include dry or scaly skin, stiff joints, gastric problems, irritability, anxiety and anaemia. Feels better with heat therapy.
Pitta type: Characterized with pain accompanied by burning sensation, redness and inflammation and pain, increases in hot weather, or due to exposure to heat. Other symptoms include diarrhoea, frequent stools, fever, seating, high irritability.
Kapha type: Characterized by pain accompanied by swelling, stiffness, edema, loss of movement of affected muscle or group of muscles. Pain increases on exposure to cold and wet weather. Other general symptoms apart from pain could be heaviness, excessive oil secretion, dull and persistent pain, mucus in stool etc.
Ayurveda advises various purification therapies, depending on body type and season, like purgation type of purification therapy during winter, to get rid of body toxins. These also help in prevention and management of pain.
Abhyanga: Involves complete body massage with an Ayurvedic body oil (thailam) for 45 minutes. The oil is chosen based on patient’s body constitution, season and disease condition. The rhythmic manner of massage helps relieve joints and stiff muscles, enabling free movement and better circulation. This also helps remove metabolic waste and toxins.
Pizhichil: Pizhichil means ‘squeezing’, wherein a cloth dipped in warm, medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body. Among the benefits of this procedure are relief from body pain and muscle spasms, promotes optimum health, helps heal fractured bones, increases immunity, improves muscle development and is rejuvenating.
Navara kizhi: Involves fomentation of body using bolus of cooked rice, which is first cooked with milk and herbal decoction. It strengthens the body, rejuvenates tissues, improves muscle tone and blood supply, and removes neurological disorders.
Ela kizhi: In this procedure, leaves and powders of medicinal plants are fried in medicated oil, and applied all over the body in rhythmic massage. It is good for arthritic conditions, lumbago, frozen shoulder, cervical spondylitis, frozen shoulder, stiff joints and post-paralytic spasms.
Kati Vasti: During this procedure, lukewarm ayurvedic/herbal oils are poured into an artificial bridge created around the affected area. The healing properties of the herb, helps heal the affected area. The oils used for this massage enriches blood and builds and maintains strong muscle and connective tissue. It helps prevent stiff muscles, numbness, and helps in managing degenerative conditions.
Pichu: A thick layer of cotton soaked in warm medicated oil is applied over the affected area and is recycled periodically to make it warm. This procedure is very effective for degenerative conditions and painful arthritis like osteo-arthritis, spondilitis, neurological disorders etc.
Some effective ayurvedic herbs for pain management are:
Guggulu : One of the most effective herbs in pain management, Guggulu has strong rejuvenating, purifying, medicinal and healing qualities, and hence is often used in Ayurvedic treatments. It also helps treat many other health conditions, including increasing white blood cell count.
Rasna: The plant root is effective in treating inflammations, rheumatism, osteoarthritis and other disorders.
Garlic: Garlic is the ‘wonder’ drug used to treat all health conditions, and this includes arthritic conditions and pain management too. It is however, mostly used in combination with other medications.
Yoga is excellent for prevention and management of pain and in improving flexibility of muscles. Some particular asanas that are effective in managing painful conditions when performed under expert guidance are – Padmasana, Bujangasana, Chalapasana, Naukasana, Dhanurasana, PArvatasana, and Koormasana.
Note: A holistic approach, coupled with Ayurvedic therapies and medicines, and lifestyle modifications, apart from good diet and yoga, can help in prevent and manage all muscular pains.
Have you ever tried noting down the food that you take each day? Majority of us would be shocked to note that not a single day would have passed, without including junk food of any kind in our diet. To cleanse away all toxins that we accumulate on daily basis, it is essential to have foods that are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that have the capacity to give you all that you need, and do not give you anything that you don’t. Such foods can be completely used up by the body, as they help to get down to a session of cellular spring-cleaning.
It is truly said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Firstly, apples help reduce cholesterol, as studies have proven that they lower harmful levels. Women who eat apples lose weight more easily than those who do not. This is due to the presence of a compound in the fruit that suppresses appetite. Apples strengthen bones through presence of a flavonoid ‘Phlorizin’ that prevents osteoporosis. Apples are also thought to ward off Alzheimer’s.
Apples, when cleansing your body, cleanse liver, kidneys, and boosts good health in general. Due to the presence of considerable levels of pectin, the apples keep digestive tract healthy.
Broccoli is a great source of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Due to the presence of two compounds – lutein and zeaxanthin, found naturally in the vegetable, it helps keep eyes healthy and prevent age-related deterioration. The vitamin C content in Broccoli is much higher than in oranges, and the vitamin A and K helps for blood clotting.
Broccoli has a strong positive impact on body detoxification. The presence of nutrients glucoraphanin, glucobrassicin and gluconasturtiian, helps neutralize and eliminate unwanted contaminants. Toxins that pose a risk to our cells are detoxified through a two step process.
Blueberries contain plenty of antioxidants. They improve eye health, and the compounds called Anthocyanosides present in the berries slow down age-related vision loss. Being high in fibre, they encourage healthy bowel. Blueberries offer antioxidants to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals and contain ‘quercetin’, a pigment that increases the number of enzymes in the liver. The vitamin B6 helps recharge detoxifying enzymes throughout the body, thereby helping with detoxification.
Papaya is a great source of powerful antioxidants and vitamins – A, C and E and are full of fibre, that help moderate cholesterol levels. The presence of enzymes such as papain and chymopapain, makes it anti-inflammatory. The presence of lycopene in papaya helps reduce a man’s risk for developing prostate cancer. The seeds present in papaya are good for removing parasites living in your body. With its natural laxative abilities, Papaya is a natural detoxifier.
Prunes are excellent colon cleansers. They have recently been confirmed as being beneficial for digestive system. Try to include at least three prunes a day in your must-have list. They are rich in essential nutrients including potassium, copper and iron, all of which are vital for healthy muscles, hair and nails. Being high in fibre, prunes are an excellent choice for gentle colon cleansing or they are an all-natural laxative, helping alleviate constipation. The fibre in prunes feeds the good bacteria in one’s intestines.
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It is said that ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used to extract essences from plants and harness their soothing and calming effect. Here’s how you could try and incorporate some of these essential oils into your daily beauty regimen.
Lavender essential oil
Given, the soothing, calming effect of lavender, it is an excellent alternative for those who prefer natural treatments, as it is gentle, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- Lavender can be used to scent your hair. Add a few drops of lavender oil to you shampoo when washing hair, or you can also dab on some lavender oil on the bristles of your hairbrush before you use it. Apart from adding scent, it will also add shine to your hair.
- Lavender can be used to cleanse and soothe skin. To 118ml of liquid glycerine soap, or castile soap, and add 10 to 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Shake and use when needed.
- Adding five to six drops of lavender essential oil to your bath water can make your bath more relaxing and rejuvenating.
Note: Unlike other essential oils, lavender does not require to be diluted and can be used directly on the skin, as it provides relaxation.
Eucalyptus essential oil
The Eucalyptus oil is versatile in nature and has an invigorating smell.
• Few drops of eucalyptus oil can be applied directly to scalp and massaged to stimulate blood flow. It can also be mixed with shampoo / conditioner to re-vitalize dull and lifeless hair.
• A small drop of this oil dabbed on the neck serves as the purest form of perfume, due to its fragrant and naturally stimulating nature.
• Eucalyptus essential oil can be the ideal, healing massage oil, safe enough for daily use, thereby treating dry and itchy skin. 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil can be mixed with 2 cups of olive oil and massaged for clean, healthy skin.
Note: Excess use of this essential oil can lead to headaches.
Rosewood essential oil
Rosewood has seductive, spicy floral scent and is said to be a natural antidepressant.
- Spray a towel with mixture of rosewood oil and hot water. Wrap the towel around your body and cover with a blanket. This is an excellent way to get rid of body toxins.
- Adding 15 drops of the essential oil to one ounce of mild shampoo or conditioner, shake well, to make the unscented shampoo, scented.
- Add 15 drops of this essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil such as jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, shake to blend. Massage this on to your body, and it works wonders.
Note: Always dilute rosewood essential oil before use.
Tea tree essential oil
The tea tree essential oil is concentrated plant oil, is very spicy, and hence, a great remedy for oily and acne-prone skin.
- Mix together 2 drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of jojoba oil or combine it with little cold cream. Apply to cracked, chapped lips daily. This can also be used on dry, inflamed cuticles.
- Combine 3 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of yogurt or a paste made of oatmeal and water. Apply to skin and leave for 8 to 10 minutes and wash off with warm water.
- Tea tree oil can be used as a remedy for dry and damaged hair. Purchase tea tree oil based shampoo, or add few drops of pure oil to your regular shampoo It unclogs hair follicles and keeps scalp hydrated.
Note: When applying tea tree oil on the lips, avoid licking your lips too often, as the oil gets toxic when swallowed.
Bergamot essential oil
The rich, exotic, fresh and sweet smell of Bergamot essential oil is used for its stimulating fragrance and in home remedies.
- Mix one part bergamot with five parts of aloe-vera gel. Apply the solution twice a day, diluting further, if you experience any skin irritation. This can serve as an anti-acne solution.
- Mix 1 to 2 drops of bergamot essential oil into your body lotions or massage oils. Mix well and test the aroma until you achieve your desired strength. Use this for massages to relieve muscle tension.
- To get the healing and aromatic benefits of bergamot, add 5 drops of the essential oil to warm bath. Such an aromatic bath helps relieve mental and physical tension and soothes skin.
Note: Bergamot is photo-toxic. It can make skin sensitive to sunlight. Hence, apply a sunscreen lotion when using Bergamot, or avoid using it when stepping out in the sun.