DIY | Ayurvedic Inspired Hydrating and Purifying Face Mask

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One of my favorite things to do is to create different concoctions in my kitchen. I recently came up with this recipe after reading some of my favorite Ayurvedic books on beauty and health. Ayurveda is based on the premise that the mind and body are unified on the level of consciousness, and through this unifying “field” have direct reciprocal effects. Indeed, as the first psychoneuroimmunological science, Ayurveda has emphasized the causative role of thought and behavior in health and disease for thousands of years. As a result, when Ayurvedic practitioners see a skin problem, we observe the person who has it, not just the symptoms themselves.

In Ayurveda, “a line or a blemish on the face–like any sign of stress or illness– is only one puzzle piece in a diagnostic picture that encompasses the entire range of and individuals life, from the innermost aspects of mind and emotions to the outermost aspects of lifestyle and environment.”

One of my favorite Ayurvedic herbs, Triphala is an herb that I cannot be without. I decided to play around with mixing Triphala and some other powerful spices and eventually came up with this recipe and cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it has been for my skin. My skin literally glows after using this. I have also noticed that it gets rid of redness, prevents any acne from forming and leaves my skin feeling so hydrated and toned. I would recommend using this mask once a week to get the full benefits of this powerful skin miracle face mask!

The Ingredients:

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  • Triphala – is an herb that I swear by. I even did an entire post on it here. I take it internally every night to cleanse but I also use it in my skincare regimen. It is one of the most powerful herbs you will ever come across and it is equally as beneficial internally as it is externally. I love to use the powder in face masks and cleansers.
  • Turmeric – renowned for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pigmentation on your face and even out your skin tone. Turmeric has also been dubbed the wonder product because of its ability to fight free radicals. Super anti-oxidant and is great for rashes and inflammation.
  • Nutmeg – I used nutmeg in one of my most recent diy face masks that I created for eczema and sensitive skin. It is so calming and soothing and ideal for irritated, sensitive, eczema or acne prone skin. When nutmeg is added to other healing herbs and spices it helps to further prevent inflammation, acne and skin irritations.
  • Raw Honey – probably my favorite skincare ingredient of all time. It is full of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties making it ideal for fighting blemishes.
  • Rose Petals – I added these petals to further boost skin-healing properties and to have aromatherapy benefits as roses can be extremely calming for the skin and the senses. The petals also help to add more exfoliation to this mask.

Directions:

  1. 1 teaspoon Triphala powder
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
  3. 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  4. 1 tablespoon Raw Honey
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Rose Petals

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* Mix all ingredients together until the consistency is creamy like smooth peanut butter! Apply to a clean face and leave on for 10-15 mins. Gently exfoliate the mixture with warm water and then wash off with warm water or wash cloth. Note: You may have a slight redness to your face after using this mask but do not fear – that is a good sign that the blood is circulating and that you got rid of many dead skin cells! Once you apply a moisturizer, the redness should dissipate within a few minutes to fifteen minutes.

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 P.S. – It’s completely normal for your sink to be left over looking like this…

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When you do this face mask you can also make it your sink-cleaning day as well! ;)

If you try out this recipe please let me know how it works for you!

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xoxo,

Britanie

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What I’m Loving Lately: 10/6/12

This week was tough. I was in the ER Sunday night and Wednesday I had my first Iron Transfusion(update blog post coming soon). I am pretty much on bed rest right now so I haven’t been able to do as much as I would like but these are the things I have been enjoying this week while trying to recover from everything.

♥ Raw Manuka Honey: I love using this as a face mask and hair mask and also I love putting it in my tea. It’s really rich in antibacterial properties and has been shown to help improve digestion and immunity.

♥ Organic Raw Triphala Powder: I just did an entire blog post on Triphala here. I have been taking it for years but recently discovered this powdered version which I love to put in my smoothies in the morning. It’s an amazing ayurvedic herb for detoxing and digestive health.

♥ Jewelmint Calla Lilly Earrings: These are the daintiest earrings I have bought in awhile. They are so delicate and beautiful. I love the little pearl inside of the lilly and they really just add a little bit of glamour to any casual outfit.

The Night Circus: I am a part of a new book club that one of my friends started and this is the first book assigned to us to read. I am loving it so far. It’s magical.

♥ Heather’s Tummy Teas Organic Fennel: I love fennel tea. It calms my stomach and this tea especially seems to work better than most fennel teas I have tried in the past. It is very potent and I love to have a cup or two before bed.

♥ Gluten Free Gin Gin Double Strength Ginger Candies: These little candies save my life everyday when I am feeling nauseous. I carry them around in my purse at all times and lately they have been very needed!

♥ Hurraw! Coconut Lipbalm: I can’t seem to stop talking about these lip balms. They are amazing. The coconut is currently my favorite. The smell is delicious!

Goodreads ♥ Spinach Omelets ♥ 500px ♥ Benadryl(helps me sleep through the nights) ♥ Homemade Face Masks ♥ Coconut Oil ♥ Fall photography ♥

What have you been loving lately?

xoxo,
Britanie

health scoop | triphala – the ancient ayurvedic combination of “wonder fruits”.

Triphala is one of the most powerful Ayurvedic supplements for overall health.

Triphala comes from the ancient Indian system of traditional medicine, ‘Ayurveda.’ Ayurveda focuses on disease prevention and the maintenance of an overall healthy physiology. The word ‘triphala’ comes from Sanskrit and literally means ‘three fruits.’ This name comes from the fact that triphala is comprised of three Ayurvedic components:

● AMALAKI(Amla, Indian gooseberry, emblica officinalis): is considered one of the best rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda. It’s a strong natural antioxidant containing 20 times more vitamin C than orange juice. It is believed to increase gastric emptying and possesses many antimicrobial properties. In India, amalaki is known as the nurse herb because it strengthens the immune system and cools the body.

● HARITAKI(Harada, terminalia chebula): has the strongest laxative powers of the three fruits contained in triphala. It is believed to promote digestion and treat acute and chronic constipation. In Tibet, haritaki is so highly revered that in their sacred paintings, it’s often depicted in the extended palm of the medicine Buddha. The herb also has astringent properties.

● BIBHITAKI (Bihara, Behada, terminalia belerica): is an excellent rejuvenative with both laxative and astringent properties. It eliminates excess mucous in the body and provides support for a variety of lung conditions, including bronchitis and asthma. It is also a source of protein, oils and linoleic acid, an omega-3 essential fatty acid.

The Many Health Benefits of Triphala:

Digestion: Triphala is taken as a general health tonic, useful for all body types and a variety of conditions. It is commonly recommended to tone and strengthen the digestive system, particularly in cases of weak digestion and constipation. Triphala is a gentle laxative that can be used daily and is not habit-forming, and has no adverse effects on the intestinal flora (the microorganisms that aid digestion). It is said to improve the function of the stomach and intestines, and is also useful for cases of excess stomach acid. Triphala regulates and detoxifies the bowels, improves overall health by increasing the efficiency and absorption of digestion, and reduces gas. It has a balancing effect on the body’s metabolism, and is prescribed to restore appetite. The herbal compound also helps the body to eliminate excess fat, by improving metabolism. Because of its gentle properties, triphala is recommended as a digestive aid for the elderly and for those with sensitive stomachs.

Gastrointestinal Motility: Triphala is believed to promote gastrointestinal motility. Proper digestion and absorption of nutrients entails the contraction and relaxation of muscles located in the stomach and intestine. When the nerves of the gastrointestinal tract fail to function normally, health conditions may occur such as irritable bowel syndrome. Doctors often prescribe prokinetic drugs to treat gastrointestinal conditions. In a study published in the “Journal of Postgraduate Medicine,” researchers found that Triphala is equally effective in gastric emptying as prokinetic drugs without producing negative side effects.

Constipation Relief: Triphala is known to have a gentle laxative effect. It works by removing toxins, accumulations, gas & distention without irritating the colon. If you are suffering from constipation and want to avoid harsh commercial laxatives, give triphala a try.

Blood Detox: Triphala is used as a blood builder and purifier, and may increase red blood cell count and hemoglobin levels. Because of its balancing effect on blood sugar levels it may be useful for those with diabetes and hypoglycemia. It also has anti-cholesterol and anti-mucus properties in the body. Triphala is believed to strengthen the kidneys and liver, and can be helpful for hepatitis sufferers.

Immune System Boost: Triphala is extremely beneficial in increasing the immunity in the body and also helps in fighting any kind of infection that occurs in the body. It is helpful in production of various anti-bodies, T helper cells and lymphocytes that are helpful in fighting against any foreign invasion on our body. Triphala is one of the powerful antioxidant. Its reference has been found in various ayurvedic texts. Triphala has a unique properties by which it is has the affinity to scavenges free radicals. It is very helpful in retarding the early aging process to make you young for ever. It also fills your body with new energies and enthusiasm that will make you and your body happy.

Antibacterial Effects: Triphala is also believed to possess antibacterial properties. In a study published in the September 1998 issue of the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology,” researchers found evidence of antibacterial activity against various bacterial species such as Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with the development of gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancers. A subsequent study published in the December 1998 issue of the same publication found that Triphala inhibits the growth of Streptococcus. In particular, oral rinsing using Triphala extract was shown to create a protective effect indicating a potential role in dental care.

Brain Enhancer: Triphala is supposed to increase the mental ability as well as improves the concentration levels in the brain. It does not let the non required chemicals to get secreted in the brain thereby preventing the production of negative thoughts and does not let depression to interfere in your life. Triphala energizes the body. It eradicates all the lactic acid formed in the body which is the main cause of the fatigue in the body.

● Urinary System: Triphala is very helpful in curbing any kind of infection that is affecting the urinary tract hence it is extremely helpful treating any kind of urinary tract infection. Triphala is also helpful in cases of Dysurea (painful urination). It helps to maintain the normalcy in urination and eases the urine flow out side the body.

Female reproductive system – Triphala is extremely beneficial in treating female reproductive tract abnormalities. Diseases like dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, irregular menses, leucorrhea, vaginal dryness, excess bleeding etc are some of the common problems that have been successfully treated by normal use of Triphala.

Male reproductive system – Triphala is extremely beneficial in treating the various diseases of male reproductive system. It is helpful in increasing the energies of the body and also augments the endurance. It helps in increases the sperm count and enhances the quality of the sperms. There for it is considered as a good aphrodisiac agent.

How To Take Triphala -

You can take Triphala either in a powder from or capsule/tablets. I use both. I put a tiny bit of powder in my smoothies in the morning and I also take the tablets at night before bed. it is really up to you which you prefer!

I have used Triphala for years now and absolutely swear by it! My favorite brand is Triphala Tablets by Planetary Herbals and it’s very affordable! The capsules are the easiest to digest and the most palpable as the taste of powder can be quite hard to get used to!

xoxo,

Britanie

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