Over the centuries, herbs have proven to be highly beneficial to both, health and beauty. Herbs also have powerful healing properties. They also contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other valuable elements, which are important for the health and beauty of the skin and hair. 

Basil Or Tulsi 

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It is commonly used for several kinds ailments in most homes. It helps to treat cold and cough which is quite common during winters. Also, it has a soothing and curative action on the skin and the scalp. 

To get the best results, just boil the tulsi leaves in water and make a paste after cooling down the leaves. The, apply this paste on your skin. This will help to reduce inflammation and also, cures eruptions. Along with this, it brightens up the skin and add an extra glow. This glow is due to the flavonoids which have an antioxidant effect.

Turmeric 

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Since the ancient times, this is a part of our traditional medicinal and beauty aids. This is due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It is also quite helpful in reducing pain and swellings along with softening and brightening the skin. Since the ancient times, turmeric was added to body packs, or “ubtan.” 

It is also a part of our wedding rituals, so that the bride and groom glow on the day of the wedding. If used regularly, then it can also help to remove tan and lighten skin colour. 

In order to remove tan: Add just a pinch of turmeric to some curd and remember to apply it daily on the face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. 

Amla 

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It is one of the most popular ingredients in Ayurvedic remedies. This is very easily available during winters and is said to be healthy for skin and hair. 

Therefore, have the juice of one raw amla daily, after adding it to a glass of water. In order to make amla hair oil, just take a handful of dry amla, grind coarsely and add it to 100 ml pure coconut oil. Keep this oil in an airtight glass bottle in the sun for about 15 days. Then, strain the oil and store it. Apply it on your hair whenever you like. 

Aloe Vera 

It is one of the most useful ingredients for both skin and hair, especially during the winter season. This is because it is a powerful moisturizer and helps to relieve dryness of the skin and hair. 

It also contains zinc which has a healing effect on wounds, burns and eruptions. Aloe Vera seals off the loss of moisture, softens dead skin cells and helps their removal. Thus, leaving the skin smoother and brighter. It has also shown remarkable results on sun-damaged skins. This is due to its moisturizing, softening, soothing and healing actions. For best results, apply the gel daily on the face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Chamomile

As we all know, the skin can become dry and dehydrated during the winters. This leads to sensitive skin, with dry, red and flaking patches. Chamomile Tea bags comes into rescue at this time as they may be used to soothe dry skin sensitivity. Just brew them in hot water, cool the water and use it to wash the face and also use it as a last rinse for the hair. 

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Rose 

It is one of the best known plant products, especially in India. It is valued for its beauty, fragrance and therapeutic properties since time immemorial. Rose water is a powerful skin tonic. It also improves blood circulation to the skin surface. Rose water contains Vitamins A, C, D. E and B3. It also contains minerals including calcium and potassium.  

Its specialty is that it suits all skin types, including sensitive skin. In fact, it can moisturize your oily skin during winter without making it too oily. Just mix together 100 ml Rose water with one teaspoon pure glycerin. Keep this mixture in an airtight bottle. Apply it to relieve dryness on the face and arms. 

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Brahmi (Centella Asiatica)

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Also known as the Indian Pennywort and is a very common ingredient in several Ayurvedic hair care products. It is said to be quite beneficial if you are losing hair due to stress. 

Get some fresh Brahmi leaves and make a paste. Then, apply it on the hair like a pack. You can also get the dry leaves at an Ayurvedic shop. Just add a little water to make a paste and apply the pack on the hair. Then, wash it off after 20 to 30 minutes. Brahmi hair oils are also available. 

So, look at nature with enlightened eyes and make your choices.