Beauty Ritual: Milk and Tumeric

Turmeric and Milk

Turmeric and milk mask is great for the body and face. It creates a post digestive effect, reduces cancer and other chronical diseases.

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Using your hands apply the mask and leave for 15 minutes. The Tumeric mixed with milk is bright yellow in color and after rinsing it’ll leave a stain. You can Apply to the whole body or  any part of the body that is feeling tense, or needs special attention.

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 Steps: 

Mix Turmeric in a small bowl with organic milk.

Mix well and apply with thick layers. You can use your hands

Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool/warm water

Pictures: Stephanie Flor  India

Henna in Indian Culture

Henna is used to cleanse the blood and body decoration. Henna is derived from a henna plant. You can grind the plant to create a paste and then mix with water.  In India stores sell pre-made henna where all you do is cut off the tip.

It’s best to apply in circular designs to signify never-ending patterns. It’s a custom used in any festivals and celebrations especially in wedding ceremonies.

The idea is that it lifts the spirit by rejuvenating women and making them happy.

Henna fun fact: The night before an Indian wedding the name of the future husband is hidden among the henna design to be discovered later that night.  Both men and women are adorned with designs on their hands and feet.

In Yemen the henna bridal tradition was intense, as it took 3-5 days to complete.

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Henna has been traced to 400CE.  It was also listed in the famous medical text of Ebers Papyrus that dated to 16th c BCE Egypt.

The earliest text mentioning henna for marriage and fertility celebrations comes from the Ugaritic legend of Baal and Anath which has references of women making themselves with henna in preparation to meet their husbands, and Anath adorning herself with henna to celebrate a victory over the enemies of Baal.

Henna is said to bring blessings and and applied for good luck as well as joy and beauty.

Muslims are also said to use henna for both female and males. Following the prophet Muhammad, who used to dye his beard with henna.  It’s considered to bring fortune and good.

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Steps to do Mehndi ( the art of using henna as body décor)

  1. clean the skin, no oils
  2. start the henna with a design in mind or a beginning point to lead the balance of the look
  3. let it dry ( the longer you leave it to dry the brighter in color it’ll stain

Henna lasts for a few days and to get the bets results mix lemon juice onto the designs. After your done.

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Importance of Self Care: India

Live in the present, and take care of your self said Dr.Geitha  Ayurveda Therapist from Rasa Ayurveda.

Understanding that today is the only day guaranteed make the choice to put yourself first, love every part of your body and know that every action has an effect espically good ones.

The importance of self care in India, is essential to their way of being. The women handle many parts of a household as in any part of the world but they always put themselves first because they are the most important goddess after all. “Self Love”

  • Time to get up should be 21/1 hours before sunrise
  • Take  a break ½ after sunrise
  • Cravings show the im-balancement of the body
  • When getting up turn to the right at all times
  • First thing you do when you wake up, you drink water
  • Release fat- push up the body
  • Relax for 10 minutes then go shower
  • Every day you should take an hour for yourself.

  • Have Dharma in your life- do good things in your life and beneficial to your society
  • Keep Good Company
  • Be Humble
  • Sleep east or south
  • Take only what is good for the life and best for your mind
  • Don’t fear death
  • Know yourself be in the right plane
  • Some people are always in the past and some are always in the future
  • Live peacefully in the present
  • Enjoy the life