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Beauty From Leaves

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Beauty From Leaves

Post by ANJANI TETLI on Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:41 am

Many effective beauty aids are made from ordinary leaves. Here are
some of them which will help you to maintain a flawless complexion.



  • Celery leaves - Clean,
    slice and boil a couple of handfuls of celery leaves in a small bucket
    of water. Remove from fire, cool and strain the water. Mix in a
    tablespoon of vinegar. Rinse your hair after shampooing with this water
    and see how your hair grows long and lustrous.

  • Leaves of ribbed gourd -
    Clean, slice and grind the leaves of this vegetable to a paste and
    apply over dark patches (on your body) left-over from some skin disease
    a few times daily. Within a week the patches will vanish, leaving no
    trace behind.

  • Bilva leaves -These
    are green leaves used in the worship of Lord Shiva. If you are
    suffering from offensive body odour, grind a handful of these leaves to
    a paste and apply this paste all over your body half an hour be. fore
    going in for your bath. Do this twice a week till you effect a cure.

  • Bay leaves - If you want to make your teeth sparkle, rub them twice a week with a dry bay leaf and see how women envy your bright smile.
  • Lettuce leaves
    - Grind a lettuce leaf with a small rose to a paste and mix in a few
    drops of lime juice. Apply this paste over your face and leave it on
    for 15 minutes. Remove with water. This is excellent for counteracting
    a greasy skin.

  • Mint leaves - Wash
    and grind a few mint leaves to a smooth paste. Apply over your face
    every night before you go to sleep. This helps you to get rid of
    pimples and other embarrassing blemishes of the skin.

  • Mehandi or henna leaves
    - These leaves are being used for centuries in India by women to dye
    their hair and to decorate their palms and feet. You can have best
    results if you soak fresh leaves for a whole night in water. The
    following morning drain out the water and grind them to a paste with a
    little Indain kattha, some lime juice, sugar and turmeric powder. This
    way, the color of the henna will come out bright red. They are also
    used for darkening -the hair and encouraging their growth. Soak a few
    Indian gooseberry in a little milk for a couple of hours and then grind
    them to a smooth paste along with a handful of henna leaves. Mix well
    and rub into the roots of hair an hour before you go in for your head
    bath.

  • Neem leaves - These leaves are
    very useful for removing scars from the body caused by chickenpox and
    small pox. They also help in the case of small boils, itching and
    prickly heat. Boil a couple of handfuls of tl1ese leaves in a bucket of
    water till the water is reduced to three fourths its original quantity.
    Remove the water from fire, cool and strain and let the patient use it
    in his bath and within a week you will find a definite improvement in
    his condition.

  • Tea leaves - Left
    over tea leaves are very good for preventing the hair from falling and
    they also make the hair glossy and soft. Therefore, next time do not
    throwaway used tea leaves, use them for washing your hair. Put the
    leaves in a bucket of water and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from fire,
    cool and strain and use this for washing your hair instead of ordinary
    water. If lime juice is added to this water and it is used as a last
    rinse, it gives a lustrous sheen to the hair. These leaves are also
    excellent for reviving tired eyes. Mix some crushed ice in used tea
    leaves. Tie them up in two small pieces of cloth and put them on each
    eyelid for 10 minutes. They will not only remove tiredness from the
    eyes but will also make them brighter. They are also very good for
    treating sunburns. Dissolve four teaspoons tea leaves in boiling water.
    Strain and mix with clear, greasy surgical jelly and place in airtight
    jar.

  • Basil leaves - The leaves of
    Indian basil are very beneficial to the human body. Make a habit of
    taking a teaspoon of these leaves mixed with honey once a day to put a
    glow in your cheeks and to keep all the diseases away. This juice is
    also very effective for getting rid of lice. Apply it liberally to the
    head in the night and cover it with a towel. Next morning, wash your
    head in the usual way. Do this for a few weeks to effect a cure. If
    your baby has lice, scatter them on his pillow for a couple of days.
    These leaves also help in cases of almost all the skin diseases and
    removal of patches from the skin. Grind them to a paste and apply to
    the affected portions of the skin a few times daily for a few days and
    you will be completely relieved of your ailment. These leaves help even
    when all the other medicines have failed. It is rightly said-'A basil
    leaf a day keeps all diseases and skin ailments away'.


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