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Beauty Secrets from Ancient India

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Ruth Kongaika was born in the Rocky Mountains and has lived most of her life in the South Pacific. She travels, gardens and writes.

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Some of the most beautiful women in the world are from India. Their bright beautiful eyes, glowing skin and shiny thick hair are remarkable. I have several friends who are Indian, mostly from Fiji in the South Pacific, but they have carried down their age-old practices from India.

Tumeric is used in Indian food, but it is also used in beauty supplies in India and is rapidly being adopted in the United States and other places. Tumeric exfoliates dead skin to reveal a brighter complexion. It is usually mixed together with honey (one of nature’s best moisturizers) for normal-to-dry skin. You can make your own complexion-beautifying cleanser at home. In a small bowl, combine 1 tsp. of honey with a pinch of tumeric powder (do not too much since it can stain the skin) and mix until it becomes a paste. Smooth over your face and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Indian women take mind-clearing strolls called a prana walk. This is part of the ancient Indian medical practice ayuveda , the common prescription for tiredness and brain fog.

They believe that walks in nature provide exposure to prana, which is the life force in tress, water and plants. Prana flows into the body and corrects any internal imbalances that hinder mental and physical wellbeing. Researchers from the University of Michigan discovered that walking among trees improves short-term memory and attention by 20 percent.

For stress relief, Indian massage called Champissage is used. It focuses on pressure points on the neck, face and shoulders. This massage increases the circulation and efficiency of the lymphatic systems, and helps to disperse damaging toxins. Trapped toxins dull the skin, lead to cellulite formation and weight gain and can dampen immunity and energy. To do this yourself, gently massage your scalp with your fingertips. Next, grab fistfuls of hair by the roots with knuckles close to your head. Turn your head from side to side, tugging your hair lightly. Also, place the heels of your palms on your temples and squeeze, making circular movements. You can also massage the back of your neck with one hand by squeezing the muscles going from top to bottom.

Now for the beautiful shiny thick hair, Indians use coconut-oil conditioner. Coconut contains lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid, which penetrates the hair shaft and bonds to proteins. It can help in healing damaged strands and can fortify locks against breakage. Coconut oil moisturizes the scalp, which wards off dandruff flakes. Massaging coconut oil into the scalp also stimulates the circulation of blood to the area, which helps hair to grown better.

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Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on August 26, 2011:

I am finding that the men of India are also very handsome. For example Hrithik Roshan. He is my latest favorite Bollywood actor. Those eyes.... Thanks for commenting tresa.

tresa on August 26, 2011:

i am an indian myself..i am really excited to know that most of the beautiful women from the world are from india!

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on January 06, 2011:

I would love to know what natural recipes you have. Maybe you can share on a hub too? Glad you enjoyed it kelleeganci.

kelleeganci on January 06, 2011:

Very good information. I use a lot of natural homemade beauty recipes but I never thought of using coconut oil for my hair. I am going to do that though.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on December 30, 2010:

I agree - I just love the Indian women in their beautiful silk outfits. They are so exotic and classy. Thanks Kaltar for your comments.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on November 01, 2010:

Thank you herve and kk for your additions to this hub on Ancient Indian Beauty Secrets. Someone may find them useful.

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herve leger bandage dress on September 29, 2010:

Thank you TheListLady. We eat quite a bit of curry in our home (my husband's favorite) and I was quite please to see what else tumeric is good for. I am also learning about the other spices that are used in curry. I appreciate your comments.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on September 21, 2010:

Thank you TheListLady. We eat quite a bit of curry in our home (my husband's favorite) and I was quite please to see what else tumeric is good for. I am also learning about the other spices that are used in curry. I appreciate your comments.

TheListLady from New York City on September 21, 2010:

You're certainly right about turmeric making its way into American homes. I now have some and proudly sprinkle some on most of my foods. So I thought I'd bring my cousins some when I went to visit - and they already had a big jar - and loved that they had more.

I'll try this recipe. I just wrote a hub about how honey will help moisturize the hair - but adding the turmeric is a great extra benefit. Brilliant

Rated up - and nice to meet you too!

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on May 13, 2010:

Coconut is good for so many things bbpaula888. Yes, in Tonga where we lived for a while, they use it on their hair too. It is a very good conditioner. Thanks for your comments.

bbpaula888 on May 13, 2010:

Thanks for the beauty tips. Will stop by often for more. Everyone wants to be beautiful!

Coconut oil really helps. In the Philippines, our grandmothers used to massage this on our scalp too!

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on April 21, 2010:

Thanks you Support Med. I appreciate that.

Support Med. from Michigan on April 21, 2010:

Thanks for the tips! Good read!

Lina4eva on April 19, 2010:

I'd love to see your picture Lina4eva. I do believe mixed races are more beautiful. Just my opinion though. Thanks for your comments.

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REALLY???? COOL :D

just chek out Nilanti Narain shes fijian indian i reckons she far more beautiful naturally compared to bollywood actresses.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on April 10, 2010:

You are very welcome Rani. Thanks for your comments.

Rani on April 10, 2010:

Thank you for these wonderful tips. I will try them.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on April 09, 2010:

I'd love to see your picture Lina4eva. I do believe mixed races are more beautiful. Just my opinion though. Thanks for your comments.

Lina4eva on April 08, 2010:

I happen to be fijian of indian descent mostly or fijian (indian) as some people are affiliated with and I reckon we're more attractive on average with better body shapes compared to our counterparts from india. Due to the fresh pacific air and caste intermixing which took place 130 yrs ago when our ancestors came to fiji. Same goes to Caribbean girls of indian descent or Caribbean (indians) who are just drop dead gorgeous and their toned bodies must be dancing to a lot of soca music has made them lean

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on December 30, 2009:

Yes beauty quotes. I was surprised too about tumeric. It is better know for curry, but obviously has other assets. Thanks for commenting.

beauty quotes on December 30, 2009:

Tumeric is something new that I heard.,.,

tumeric it can make beautiful, too.,.,

I never thought it could be like tumeric.,.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on October 23, 2009:

Thank you myownworld. I really appreciate your comment. You are beautiful too.

myownworld from uk on October 23, 2009:

being half indian myself, I really enjoyed reading this; nothing like natural remedies to enhance beauty and health! thank you for sharing...

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on October 20, 2009:

I agree isi that some women from all races are ugly. There is always something we can do to improve our looks even if we are born ugly. thanks for your comment.

isi on October 20, 2009:

I think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. while Indian women hold their beauty i have see some ugly ones as well bu that is by perception and why I say that's how I behold it. I think I am Indian but I am not beautiful I think I am pretty ugly. its cool.

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on October 18, 2009:

Thanks DeBorrah and breakfastpop for your comments. Glad you enjoyed my hub.

breakfastpop on October 18, 2009:

Thanks for such great information and advice.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on October 18, 2009:

Elayne001,

Very nice informative hub & beauty tips!

I agree women from India are very beautiful. It is nice how they continue to "carry down age-old beauty practices."

Blessings!

Elayne (author) from Rocky Mountains on October 17, 2009:

Thanks for stopping by Liana and Jake. I appreciate your comments. Curry is good for a lot of things - why not skin care too? tumeric is in curry so I guess you are partly right, they probably don't smear on the curry that you eat : )

Jake on October 17, 2009:

i hear the real secret to Indian beauty is the rubbing of curry on your face hahaha. just playing :). Makes me wonder though if theirs a connection there.

Liana on October 17, 2009:

Some of the most beautiful women I know are Indian--the Raju's to name a few :) Thanks for the beauty tips.

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