Organic skincare works better & does wonders on your skin. The quality and performance of the natural ingredients makes them worth your beauty efforts.
Human body uses nutrients absorbed not only through food, but also through the skin. It is medically understood that what goes on your skin absorbs into your bloodstream and is carried through your body. We are all aware of benefits of eating healthy. But let’s not forget that skin is an organ which is alive, growing and changing every second of every day.
By choosing to go organic with your skincare, you are choosing products whose ingredients work with the sophisticated natural systems of your skin. And given the right nutrients, your skin can care for and mend itself.
Let’s explore the beauty secrets of few of the very common spices we all use almost every day!
Cinnamon might be unassuming but it delivers fantastically when it comes to speeding blood circulation which makes your skin breathe thereby removing acne. It's also packed with antioxidants — substances that fight skin damage. The beauty uses of cinnamon also include making a blush at home, and a foundation tint.
Add cinnamon to a lip scrub or lip balm (if you are making it at home) and apply it on your lips. The spicy effect of cinnamon will push blood to your lips and hence give them a rosy and natural look.
Your hair follicle needs nutrients to produce thick, healthy hair. Often due to stress and insufficient nutrition, we face the problem of hair thinning. Since garlic has high amount of amino acid, it helps restore and re-energise hair follicles thereby giving you healthy and strong hair. The Vitamin C and strong sequence of disulfide in garlic further promotes hair growth.
Garlic hair mask could be prepared by combining 1/4 tsp of garlic powder with 2 ounces of olive oil, heat the mixture for 30sec and massage scalp and rinse out after 20mins.
Ginger Tea is best for sore throat, cold and cough but it’s a reservoir of beauty benefits too. One of the tips for glowing skin is ginger. When applied to face, it can give a great amount of shine, glow and natural radiance to your face and yet save you the cost of expensive creams and lotions.
Apply the juice of fresh ginger piece on your face and let it stay on for 10mins. Initially, it might give you a feeling of slight irritation but over a period the burning sensation will lessen out.
Pepper is a hot remedy to get clear skin (and there is no second meaning here). When you mix it with other ingredients and apply it on your skin, you are on your way to loosening skin pores and removing acne and blackheads. That is why pepper is so popular in getting blemish-free skin.
Mix 1 tsp yogurt with 1 tbsp. black pepper and apply the mixture on your face. After a couple of minutes, rinse it off to see the desire results.
One can as well prepare a body warming scrub by mixing salt, pepper and olive oil to exfoliate dead skin.
Turmeric also known as haldi, has main ingredient-curcumin that has an instrumental role to play in fighting inflammation. With the benefits of turmeric, you can say goodbye to skin hazards such as acne, wrinkles, fine lines and instead get brightened skin tone. No wonder why, the Hindu marriage has a ceremony devoted to turmeric to impart beauty on the bride’s face. This is one of the homemade beauty tips for glowing skin.
Turmeric with honey and mix it to make it a thick paste. Apply it on your skin and let it stay for 20 minutes.
Fennel is a great anti-inflammatory spice and used for reducing skin sensitivity. Being antiseptic in nature, fennel seed is great for oily and acne prone skin types because it can remove the dirt and bacteria often causing oil buildup and breakouts. It contains vitamins A, C, and E, which is an awesome combination for dark spots and wrinkles.
Crush fennel seeds and combine with boiling water to make a rinse that will help reduce dandruff and strengthen hair strands.
Blend 1tbs of fennel seeds, 2tbs of oatmeal. Add 1/4 cup of boiled water. Keep the mask on for 5 minutes and rinse well with lukewarm water.
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Ever imagined how would your favourite food taste without chilli /pepper??
Did you know the spices so common these days were once a much prized good and often used as commodity money for commerce!
Black pepper is referred to as “king of spices” or “black gold” and Cardamom as the “queen of spices”, which happens to rank 3rd in the list of highly expensive of spices, even today. Isn’t that fascinating?
Spice’s origination dates back to as old as 1000 BC where medical systems based upon herbs could be found in China, Korea, and India. Early uses were connected with magic, medicine, religion, tradition and preservation.
What is a Spice?
Spice, basically is a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or vegetable substance primarily used for flavouring, colouring or preserving food.
Spice trade developed throughout South Asia and Middle East in around 2000 BC with cinnamon and pepper, and in East Asia with herbs and pepper. It established and destroyed empires, led to the discovery of new continents, and in many ways helped lay the foundation for the modern world.
Spices were amongst the most demanded and expensive products available in Europe in the Middle Ages, the most common being black pepper, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Back then, they were all imported from plantations in Asia and Africa, which made them expensive.
Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why it is more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious disease, and why the use of spices is prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling. Spices are sometimes used in medicine, religious rituals, cosmetics or perfume production, or as a vegetable.
Ayurveda, one of the oldest forms of medicines, uses different herbs and spices to treat plethora of health issues, ranging from simple to complex.
When it comes to international platform today, India contributes 75% of global spice production. (Source: UN Food & Agriculture Organization)
United States began its entry into the world spice industry in the 18th century, when American businessmen began their own spice companies and started dealing directly with Asian growers rather than the established European companies.
Today Global travel, immigration and more adventurous palates are increasing the interest in spicy foods.
There are innumerable and scientifically proven benefits of spices.
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Spices, native mostly to tropical regions, harbor valuable genes for resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses thereby bringing in the invaluable goodness. One cannot reconstruct the natural occurrence of spice plants in all cases. Hence, at Vedica Organics, we ensure that the spices, purely organic in nature, are traded right from their place of origin to your doorstep at a highly competitive price.
Spice up your life with our varied spice products that makes your everyday cooking tastier and healthier. Vedica promotes organic products and some of our spices are top selling in the market.
Garam Masala is a combination of many different ingredients with each ingredient playing a vital role. From delicious flavor to health benefits, Garam Masala has it all.
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Perhaps the most well-known and extensively used spice in the Indian cuisine, garam masala is actually a blend of different spices. When translated in to English, “garam” is hot while “masala” is a spice mixture. So essentially what we get is a concoction of different spices put together that give dishes a distinct “Indian” taste.
For those who know the trade secret behind garam masala, this quintessential Indian spice gives dishes elements of sweetness, heat, complexity, texture and even a hint of lemon all at the same time. These various aspects of taste are derived from the spices used in the garam masala which include cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns, mace, bay leaf, star anise along with coriander seeds and cumin seeds. But there is no standard recipe for this classic Indian spice mix, apart from the types of spices used.
In fact, every Indian kitchen will have its own version of this interesting concoction. The resulting taste will vary slightly but the desired effect remains the same. The different spices are first roasted gently to the point where they release their aroma and then ground together to get a powdery consistency. This finely ground version of garam masala is primarily used as a finishing spice, often as a definitive garnish of a dish.
However, decorative reasons are not the only ones to add powdered garam masala at the end of the cooking process. Experts will reveal that adding this warm spice mix to the dish towards the end of the cooking process helps preserve aroma as well as the taste of the spices and will heighten the flavor of the resulting dish. And while different cooks may decide to add garam masala at any stage of cooking, it is well worth noting that since many Indian dishes are slow cooked and long simmering, doing so earlier may only muffle the flavor of the spices.
But ground garam masala is only one version of this vintage Indian spice. The other one is when the involved spices are used whole instead of being ground. To use whole garam masala, whole spices are used at the beginning of the cooking process. They are added to hot oil before any of the other ingredients and cooked quickly until they release their essence into the oil. While doing so it is important to remember that if added in greater quantities, or cooked for too long, the spices do hold the potential to overpower the food with their strong flavor making the resulting dish rather pungent. So instead, a little garam masala does go a long way for best results.
With its growing popularity, garam masala has now made its way into non-Indian kitchens as well. While it is a staple in all Indian dishes, dashes of garam masala may also be sprinkled onto marinades, salad dressings, sautés, soups and stews to beef up the taste. Some creative cooks have even found it worthwhile to season their flour used for baking so that there is an added kick to the final baked goods.