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A Must-Have List of Indian Spices for Beauty, Skin & Hair Care

by MADIHA KHATOON - 11-Dec-2017 - Health & Beauty
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The kitchen is a treasure house of several secret beauty ingredients which, when added to the beauty regimen, can do wonders on the skin. Talk about Indian spices; not only do they add flavour to the meals but also work surprisingly well on the skin and hair.  We will discuss a list of Indian spices that can be used for beauty, skin, and hair care.  As Indians, we are taught by our grandmothers to make use of gram flour, turmeric and many other spices to bring out that glow on our skin. Rightly so! Natural ingredients are the best and safest for use on the skin which even high-end cosmetic creams cannot compensate for.

 

1. Turmeric

haldi or turmeric for skin care

 

Turmeric has been used since time immemorial as a natural beauty remedy for attaining beautiful skin and Indians swear by its effectiveness. Beauty enthusiasts to bloggers and Youtubers from all over the world recommend it for its wonderful benefits. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that effectively fights acne, reduces wrinkles, and brightens the skin tone.

 

Tip: - Mix turmeric with gram flour; add two teaspoons of milk to form a thick paste. Leave it on the face for 10 minutes. Wash off to reveal a natural glow and clear skin.

 

2. Saffron

kesar or saffron for skin care

 

One of the most expensive of spices, saffron is not used too generously in sweets and meals. It is also difficult to procure in its most authentic form, but its benefits for the skin are numerous. It renders an instant glow to the skin and also fights skin problems such as acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Tip: - Soak a few strands of saffron in milk overnight. Dip a cotton ball and apply it on the face. Let it sit for 15 minutes before your rinse off. 

 

3. Cinnamon

 

dalchini or cinnamon for skin care

 

Cinnamon is known to add a pungent aroma and flavour to any meal and is one of the most prominent spices used in Indian food. This magical herb can eliminate acne and bring out the natural flush by speeding up the blood circulation, thereby promoting a clear and blemish-free skin.

 

Tip: - Cinnamon acts as an excellent scrub, be it for face or lips. Mix a few drops of honey to some ground cinnamon and scrub your lips to give them a rosy look.

 

4. Ginger

 

adrak or ginger for beauty

 

It is a spice loaded with multiple benefits, be it for health or beauty. Consuming ginger helps with digestion. External usage of ginger on the face is also fruitful for rejuvenating the face as it brings out the skin’s inner glow.

 

Tip: - Cut a piece of fresh ginger and rub all over the face. Let the juice seep in for about 10 minutes; wash off for an instant glow.

 

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5. Garlic

 

lahsun or garlic for hair care

 

Garlic comes with its set of benefits just like ginger. Did you know that garlic is an excellent remedy for hair loss, hair fall, and other hair-related concerns? Since garlic is a rich source of vitamin C and amino acids, it can help energise your hair follicles and in turn give you lustrous hair.

 

Tip: - Soak a few garlic cloves in olive oil for about a week. Use this oil for massaging your scalp and rinse off after a few hours.

 

6. Black pepper

 

kali mirch or black pepper for skin care

Black pepper is considered as the king of spices for various reasons and its benefits are many. Black pepper when combined with other ingredients can be used on the skin, particularly for clearing blackheads and acne. It helps open up the pores and is an excellent remedy for skin care.

 

Tip: - Mix together yoghurt and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Apply it on to your face and rinse within 5 minutes.

 

7. Basil leaves

 

tulsi or basil for skin care

 

Basil leaves contain anti-bacterial properties and are great for improving the quality of your skin. It also helps in controlling oil secretion, hence also keeping the breakouts in check. Thankfully, growing it at home is easy. Here’s how to do it in your balcony.

 

Tip: - Boil a handful of basil leaves and use this water for wiping your face a couple of times in a day. It will help prevent acne and keep the skin feeling soft and supple all day.

 

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8. Nutmeg

 

Jaiphal or nutmeg for skin care

 

Nutmeg works wonders on the skin when used in the powder form. It is known to help reduce pimples, marks, burns, and so on. It gives almost instantaneous results while nourishing the skin from within.

 

Tip: - Mix together a teaspoon of nutmeg powder, milk, and saffron until it is well blended. Apply a coat of this on your face and leave for 10-15 minutes before washing it off.

 

9. Cardamom

 

elaichi or cardamom for beauty

 

The third most expensive spice in the world, popularly used in Indian kitchens, can be part of your skin care regimen too. Cardamom, when applied on the face mixed with other ingredients, can bring out the natural glow from your face. Furthermore it will help prevent acne and promote a fair skin, helping in improving the complexion.

 

Tip: - Mix cardamom powder with some sugar and coffee powder and add a little honey; apply this pack on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse to reveal a naturally glowing skin.

 

10. Coriander seeds

 

dhaniya ke beej or coriander seeds for beauty

 

Dream of bright, wide, and lovely eyes? Coriander seeds are what you want! They contain anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties that will fight itchy eyes and further reduce redness in the eyes. They also cure puffiness and tiredness in eyes.

 

Tip: - Soak a handful of coriander seeds in a glass of water overnight. The next morning, strain the water and use it as eye drops.

 

Most often we tend to opt for expensive cosmetic creams for treating our skin and hair concerns. But the answer to all our problems might be just a few steps away! Right inside our kitchen we have the solution to so many of our beauty skin and hair related problems. So now we know where to step in to give our skin a natural Botox!

 

About author: Madiha is a freelance content writer, blogger, and entrepreneur who runs the blog MK's Fashion Fix. She is passionate about curating content and is also an avid poetry writer. Apart from that, she describes herself as just an average girl who likes to laze around and eat a lot!

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