Friday, August 7, 2015

Monsoon Food and Care

Monsoon is the time of the year when one should come out of the house and enjoy the chilling drops from heaven. But along with joy of sweet smell of mud, beautiful rainbows, greenery and raindrops, comes a fear of taking care of skin and health, in the humid and wet rainy season.



So if nature's shower worrying you, then this monsoon indulges in the refreshing breeze from the solace of nature. Take care of your hair and skin and feel the goodness of nature.

This is a special post to welcome monsoon in a different way... in the Nature's way. Luscious strawberry, juicy mangoes, soothing leavender, aloe vera, rosemary, Multani Mitti or fuller's earth, Neem and what not... 

Rains bring along some problems to our beautiful locks of hairs. The excessive amount of moisture in the air makes our hairs look dull, flat and unmanageable; the following hair pack that will help strengthen falling hair and promote hair growth.  


1 cup of honey
1 cup almond oil
1 cup ground chamomile leaves
Mix together and apply the required quantity to the scalp
Leave on for an hour. 
Shampoo with a mild shampoo. 

If you have dull limp and lifeless hair, 


20 crushed hibiscus leaves
3 tablespoon mint paste 
Mix with the juice of 2 lemons
Apply to the scalp for 30 minutes. 
Shampoo off with a mild citrus-based shampoo.


Hair requires special attention during this season. Oiling is must for good care


2 tablespoon warm coconut oil
Mix it with the juice of two lemons and the juice of one orange
Massage into the scalp and hair.
Give hairs the turban therapy and shampoo after an hour. 

The high humidity causes sweating, which in turn attracts dirt and dust that build upon the skin's surface. Dirt, pollution makes the skin more prone to pimples & acne. To avoid that keep the skin oil free and squeaky-clean with the antiseptic tonic:


A cup of fuller's earth 
Mixed with enough rose water to make a smooth paste 
1 tablespoon of powdered camphor
(Keep this paste in the fridge in an air-tight jar and use a teaspoon of this mixture on the face several times a day. This will reduce oiliness and give your skin a clean feel.)

Those with the excessively dry skin do not worry as during the monsoons, humidity hydrates the skin and gives it a natural glow. However, to keep that skin glowing, make a mixture of


A glass of rain water 
Mix a tablespoon of honey into it
Massage into the skin 
Wash the skin with cold water after 30 minutes. 
The honey and water let the skin absorb and soak up all its goodness.


If your skin breaks out into pimples every now and then, especially during the rains, make the following paste and apply on the pimples (only)


2 tablespoon fuller's earth
2 drops clove oil
1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
1 tablespoon finely ground neem paste 
Mix to a thick paste and apply on the pimples. 
Let it dry completely. 
(This can be used daily) 

Welcome the monsoon showers but remember this is important to keep in mind is that we must take an eye on what we are eating and how much we are eating. Routine dietary add ups and avoiding certain food types will make your monsoon healthy and happy.

Never eat if you are not feeling hungry, this is a solid cardinal mantra in monsoons. Nutritional Tips in Monsoon:

Eat fruits as they help you restore energy. Apples, mangoes, pomegranates, and pears are suggestible. Avoid watermelon and muskmelons and too many mangoes.



Have medium to low salt food and avoid heavy salty food as they are responsible for high blood pressure and water retention.

Better opt for foods which are drying in nature like corn, gram flour, chick pea etc.
Foods such as brown rice, oats, and barley are the best foods one could have in this monsoon.



Body’s immunity can be increased by adding a dash of garlic to the soups, sir fries and curries you intake.


Opt for yogurt, curd and almonds in your diet instead of milk.

Drink only boiled and purified water to protect yourself from harmful germs.

Consuming bitter vegetables like bitter gourd, and bitter herbs like neem, turmeric powder and methi seeds help in preventing infections.



Consume drying oils like corn oil or light oil and avoid heavy oils like sesame oil, peanut oil and mustard oil .


People must avoid spicy foods. Spicy foods raise body temperature and stimulate blood circulation and it leads to allergies and skin irritation.

Drink lots of herbal teas, especially those with antibacterial properties. These include ginger, pepper, honey, mint and basil leaves.


Apart from these food tricks, Always wash vegetables well, wash hands before and after having a meal, avoid eating leafy vegetables, in the monsoon as the dampness present in them makes them highly susceptible to germs.


Always binge on nutritional food and be hygienic by taking necessary precautionary measures. Do let me know, how's your monsoon is going on! Thanks for reading :) 

Mugdha

1 comment:

  1. Useful and natural tips for MonSoon! Thanks, for the valuable tips Mugdha.

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