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Homemade Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

Kokum Aloe Hydrating Body Cream

 

To make a good body cream, it is generally suggested to use Shea butter or cocoa butter.But unfortunately to get Shea butter or cocoa butter in India (specially Mumbai) is very difficult.

So the best alternative i found was Kokum butter.The best part of Kokum butter is, it is easy to find in any place in India and is cheap too. And the results of this cream is amazing 🙂

The only problem with Kokum butter is that it is harder and very oily, So should be used in appropriate proportion.

Benefits of Main Ingredients used:

  1. Kokum butter:
    1. Prevents dry skin and wrinkles
    2. Helps regenerate skin cells
    3. High oxidative stability Use kokum butter is soaps, balms, belly balms, foot care products and other emollient skin treatments.
    4. Quick absorption rate
    5. Excellent for sensitive skin
  1. Aloe vera gel:
    1. Minimize damaged tissues
    2. Relieve skin rashes
    3. Reduce annoying pimples

Recipe:

  1. 1 tablespoon beeswax
  2. 2 tablespoon Kokum butter
  3. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  5. 4-5 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  6. ½ cup distilled water
  7. 3 capsules of vitamin E
  8. 1 tablespoon corn flour (for better texture of cream)

Heat all oils and beeswax by double boiler method till beeswax and kokum butter are dissolved completely. Remove from boiler, add vitamin E, aloe vera gel and blend with blender. Then add distilled water and corn flour and blend again. Blend till you get desired texture of cream.

Note: If you want to make it more liquefied, then add more water or gel.

 


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Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub

I was just looking for some homemade scrub recipe and I came across this simple and effective solution, homemade coffee sugar scrub (this one is my favourite scrub recipe).

This does not contain any harmful chemicals or preservatives.

All the ingredients are easily available have so many benefits for healthy skin.. This scrub is just awesome, it makes your skin smooth and supple.

Coffee Sugar Scrub

Coffee Sugar Scrub

 

Ingredients Benefits:

This scrub can be made by 5 simple ingredients, of which few are optional.

  1. Coffee:
    1. Fights Free Radicals: Pollution damages our skin and free radicals causes premature skin ageing. The antioxidants contained in caffeine can attack these free radicals and eliminate them. This will improve the overall look of your skin.
    2. Reduces Cellulite:Caffeine can dehydrate fatty cells. This results in the water disappearing from the surface of your skin. This minimizes the appearance of cellulite, thus providing you with a smoother skin.
    3. Tightens Skin: Another added benefit of caffeine is that its topical use can tighten fine lines and smooth puffy skin.
  2. Sugar:
    1. Softens Skin: The benefits of sugar for your skin is not limited to exfoliation. If you use a scrub of brown sugar and olive oil, is it very helpful in keeping the skin soft and supple. If you feel that crystals of sugar will be too harsh on your skin, then use powdered brown sugar mixed with olive oil to soften your skin. Olive oil has Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids that naturally moisturise the skin. Brown sugar removes dirt and unclogs the pores.
    2. Skin Oil Balance: One of the major benefits of sugar for your skin is that it maintains the oil balance. Sugar contains two important components, glycolic acid and alpha-hydroxy acid. These components help to maintain perfect oil balance in the skin. They will not allow your skin to become too dry or too oily. So all you are left with is a healthy and radiant glow.
    3. Protection Against Toxins: Sugar has a natural anti-ageing effect on the skin. Sugar scrubs cleanse your skin and do not allow toxins to attack your skin cells. This in the long run slows down the ageing process and helps to keep your skin youthful much beyond your years.
  3. Olive oil:
    1. Provides moisture: When massaged on skin, this oil provides moisture and makes skin soft and supple.
    2. Anti cancer properties: As i said earlier, olive oil contains omega -3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which nourishes skin and makes skin healthy.
  4. Coconut Oil:
    1. Moisturizing, Anti Aging and Antiviral Properties: Coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. Coconut oil also helps to delay the occurrence of wrinkles because it contains antioxidant Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time. The Vitamin E found in coconut oil soothes eczema, sunburn and psoriasis, and its antiviral and antifungal benefits even help to treat bug bites. Coconut oil contains 3 fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid and caprylic acid. Each of these acids kill candida, a common cause of fungal infection on your skin.

Recipe:

  1. 2 tablespoon coffee powder (don’t use one you get with chicory, use pure coffee)
  2. 2 tablespoon sugar
  3. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  5. 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

 

Note: Instead of 2 different oils you can use only one oil.

grind coffee and sugar together, put this mixture in bowl and add oils and honey. Mix well.

Your scrub is ready to use. You can store this scrub in a dry container for later use.

 


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Tasty Green Tea

Whenever it comes about healthy life or eating right, I would first recommend green tea to everyone.. It is easily available and has lots of health benefits.

Though we can get tea bags for green tea in market, I always prefer loose leaves, as it is more pure form and you can give the flavor of your choice.

The recipe I am writing can be used either with loose leaves or with tea bags.

Ingredients and benefits:

  1. Green tea leaves:
    1. Green Tea Contains Various Bio-active Compounds That Can Improve Health
    2. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter
    3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance
    4. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer
    5. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
    6. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection
    7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
    8. Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    9. Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer…
    10. And many more…
  2. Jaggery:
    1. Purifies Blood
    2. Good for Digestion
    3. Cools your Stomach
    4. Prevents Anemia
    5. Good for Skin
    6. Cures Cough and Cold
    7. Provides Instant Energy
    8. Prevents Asthma
    9. Reduces Joint Pains
    10. Cures Menstrual Pain
  3. Lemon grass:
    1. Prevent cancer
    2. Drug indigestion
    3. Detoxification
    4. Benefits of the nervous system
    5. Lowering blood pressure (So people with low blood pressure problem, use with doctor’s advice)
    6. As an analgesic
    7. Beautiful Skin
    8. Help reduce menstrual pain and nausea
  4. Ginger:
    1. Helps in treating allergies
    2. Treating nausea and vomiting
    3. Preventing morning sickness
    4. Remedy for loss of appetite
    5. Aiding in digestion
    6. Reduce menstrual pain
    7. Relieve headache
    8. Reduce joint pain in Arthritis
    9. And many more…

You can add any other ingredients or remove some of these… it’s completely your choice.. (E.g. you can add mint leaves if you want)

Recipe:

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 teaspoon green tea leaves or 1 green tea bag (you can increase the amount if you want ltle more more stronger tea.)
  3. Jaggery as per taste
  4. lemon grass as per taste
  5. ginger as per taste

 

Add cup water to pot.

Add lemongrass,  jaggery, ginger to it.

Heat the water till jaggery is dissolved completely, I just love the aroma of lemongrass that comes at this time.

Switch off the burner and add  green tea and keep for 2-3 mins.

Filter and drink green tea.