December 15, 2013

Skincare and Beauty with Drumsticks (Moringa Oleifera)

Long time back, I had blogged about the enormous health benefits and medicinal uses of drumstick or Moringa Oleifera. You can read about this in the posts Drumsticks for Health and Medicinal Uses and Home-Remedies with Drumstick leaves. Interestingly, this versatile plant has many cosmetic benefits to its credit as well. Now, I’m not at all mentioning about the use of moringa oil or moringa extracts in cosmetic products. I’m just sharing some homemade organic beauty and skin care recipes that you can prepare from the cozy comforts of your home without making a dent in your pocket. And this is all the more easy for you if you have a drumstick tree in your backyard or vicinity. You can then make use of its leaves, roots and bark to prepare DIY face packs, hair packs, skincare oils and the works. Read on to find out more…

Drumstick Leaves Face Pack For Glowing Complexion
Prepare a paste of drumstick leaves. To 1 tbsp of this paste add 1 tsp each of lemon juice and sandalwood (Chandan) powder along with  1/4 tsp turmeric. Mix well and apply it all over your face for around 20 minutes. Use of this facepack once or twice a week will give you a glowing and radiant complexion.

For getting rid of toxins from the blood and purifying your skin from the inside
One of the reasons for a problematic skin is due to toxins in blood. To purify blood you may have a glass of hot milk mixed with 2 tsp of drumstick / moringa leaf juice. This in turn cleanses your system from the inside and ensures a healthy skin.

Drumstick leaves for acne / pimples and pigmentation
* This one’s probably a well-known remedy. To a paste of drumstick leaves add 1 tsp of lemon juice and apply it to your pimples and this in turn will dry pimples and heal them.
* Application of fresh drumstick leaves paste also helps fade away the blemishes and spots caused by pimples or by pigmentation. (Also read Homeamde Milk & Tomato Lepa to get rid of pigmentation)

Drumstick root for scabies, ringworms, itching etc.
Rub drumstick root on a stone slab with a little water to extract its paste. Application of this paste  helps cure skin infections, wounds, scabies, ringworms, athlete’s foot and a host of other skin issues.

Homemade Drumstick Oil for Treating Psoriasis, eczema etc.
Make a paste of drumstick leaves. Add one part of drumstick leaves paste to three parts of Sesame (Til) Oil and boil it until the water evaporates. When it cools, strain it and store it in a bottle. Apply this oil to psoriasis and eczema infected parts for relief. (Also read Homemade Oil with curry leaf stalks to help with skin infections, eczema, vitiligo etc.)

Drumstick bark for hair fall
To help with the problem of excess hair fall rub a piece of drumstick tree bark on a stone with water and apply the resultant paste on your scalp. This surely helps with hair-loss.

Drumstick Leaves Hair Pack for Dandruff.
Apply a paste of fresh moringa leaves on the scalp to get rid of dandruff.

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