This section will explain the various commonly used Herbs in skin and hair care, their benefits and usage.

Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Amla_300px_pngAmla has amazing benefits on the skin and hair due to its high Vit C and anti-oxidant content.

1. Exfoliates And Cleanses Skin:
Amla is an excellent cleanser whether ingested or applied topically. Being a mild exfoliant, it helps in removing the dead skin cells. If your skin is sensitive, you can dilute it with some water before applying.
2. Tones and Tightens Skin:
Decrease in the skin collagen causes your skin tissue to lose its firmness and softness, resulting in sagging skin. As stated earlier, Amla is rich in vitamin C which boosts the production of collagen cells in the skin, thus making your skin soft, supple and youthful as well as tones and tightens your skin.

3. Lightens Complexion:
The antioxidants and vitamin C present in Amla brighten your skin and impart a natural glow to it. Drinking Amla with the addition of honey or applying it as a face pack is great for making your complexion lighter and brighter. It also keeps your skin free from blemishes.
4. Anti-ageing Benefits:
Amla helps to maintain the youthful look of your skin as it contains a lot of antioxidants. Vitamin C, in particular, acts to keep your skin young for a longer time. Thus, regular intake of Amla delays the effects of premature ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots etc.
5. Treatment of Pigmentation:
One of the benefits of drinking Amla juice regularly is that it provides you with a glowing and flawless skin. It brightens your skin and reduces pigmentation. You can also apply Amla on your face with a cotton wool and rinse off after a few minutes. Keep your eyes shut while doing so. Doing this regularly will lighten the marks and pigmentation.
6. Treatment of Acne and Pimples:
Amla is perfect for the treatment of acne and pimple scars. Applying a paste made from amla for 10 to 15 minutes will heal the spots as well as decrease the acne and pimples. Moreover, since it is a natural blood purifier, it fights the microorganisms in the skin, thus keeping skin infections as well as acne and pimples at bay. Hence, drinking Amla on a regular basis helps to keep your skin clear and flawless.
7. Repairs Damaged Tissues:
Amla has good healing properties due to the presence of vitamin C and other antioxidants which can speed up the damaged tissue repair, thus providing you with a healthy and clear skin. It also combats the problem of dry and scaly skin.

Haldi or Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
TurmericBenefits of Turmeric for the skin :
• Anti-Bacterial Agent: used to heal small cuts and burns. Turmeric heals wounds and helps to keep bacterial infections at bay.
• Anti-Aging: helps to keep the skin looking young and fresh as it contains many antioxidants. It helps stimulate new cell growth and help keep the skin’s elasticity intact.
• Lighten Pigmentation: and even out skin tone
• Controls Oil secretion – prevents clogging of pores; good for oily and combination skin
Kumari or Aloe vera
Neem (Azadirachta indica)
neem-leafBenefits of Neem for the skin :
• to treat a number of skin diseases – Acne
• as an astringent – to treat Large pores as a toner
• antibacterial and antiviral – Acne
• treatment of hair loss
• treatment of dandruff
• balances excess sebum production – excellent as an Oily skin moisturizer with aloe
• to treat brittle nails, nail fungus
Gotu kola
Benefits of Gotu kola for the skin :
Gotu kola has been listed among the “miracle elixirs of life” in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine.
• ‘triterpenoid saponins’ helps heal wounds by boosting antioxidants, increasing the blood supply to the area and strengthening the skin
• inhibits bacterial growth, fuels the growth of new skin cells and increases skin “tensile strength” and resilience
• Anti-aging; skin elasticity; radiance
Ginkgo biloba
Jaswand or Hibiscus
HibiscusBenefits of Hibiscus for the hair and scalp :
• potent hair tonic; stop hair loss, improves scalp health and promotes hair growth.
• Argan oil has been known to have good moisturizing and hair revitalizing properties.
Tulsi or Holy Basil
Methi or Fenugeek
Brahmi (Bacopa monieri)
Bhringraj or Maka