Flowers that symbolize beauty
Flowers are best known for their spellbinding aroma, color, beauty, or fragrance. In many cultures across the world, flowers are considered the best natural ingredients to experience soft, smooth, and fair skin due to their potent healing properties.
Ancient Ayurveda medicinal practices have always given importance to the magical properties of flowers and used as natural remedies to treat various ailments from headaches and digestive problems to anxiety and fatigue. The aromas of many flowers are known to have a calming effect on the mind and help to induce relaxation. During ancient times, the fragrances of roses, jasmines, lavender, orange flower, etc., were used to treat psychosomatic problems. Actually, flowers provide an ideal defense against environmental stresses and mental stress. Flowers have been used as essential oils, carrier oils, and even consumed as food in India since ancient times.
Floral extracts contain vitamins and antioxidants that help moisturize, cleanse and smoothen skin, as well as fight early signs of aging and free radical damage. Many beauty problems are triggered off by mental stress, like acne and hair loss. The fragrances of flowers help in such stress-related conditions, due to their calming, relaxing, and refreshing effect.
The easiest way to enjoy the skin benefits of flowers is by reaching for products that are specially formulated with floral essential oils.
In beauty salon treatments in cosmetic products, flowers are used in the form of extracts or essential oils. Essential oil is very different from pressed oils, like sesame seed (til), coconut, olive, almond oils. Essential oils are very complex in nature and constitute the volatile and aromatic part of the plant. They are like the life-force of the plant. Apart from their medicinal properties, essential oils have been valued for their fragrances too. The fragrance of rose, sandalwood, jasmine, lavender, and so on is due to their essential oils.
Among the essential oils of the flowers used in beauty, the most common are rose, jasmine, lavender, camomile, marigold, lotus, orange flower (neroli), hibiscus, geranium. One word of warning - essential oils should never be used by themselves. They should be diluted in the right proportions with other pressed oils (like almond, sesame seed (til) or olive oils) and lotions like rose water.
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Roses are known for their intense hydrating properties, which make them perfect for mature and dry skin. Rose extract is “a cell rejuvenator that helps minimize scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles.
Rosewater is one of the best known natural skin toners. Chill some rose water in a bowl. Using cotton wool, wipe the skin with it. Then pat the skin briskly. It helps to keep the skin healthy and youthful and is particularly good during the summer and rainy season.
For oily skin, add 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice to one tablespoon rose water. Dip cotton wool in it and use it to wipe the face. It will help to remove the surface film of oil and stale sweat and leave you with a cool and fresh feeling.
For normal to dry skin, add 2 to 3 drops of glycerin to one tablespoon rose water and apply on the face.
A few drops of rose water can be added to sandalwood paste and applied on pimples, acne or boils, to soothe and cure. It helps to reduce inflammation.
Rosewater can also be added to face packs and scrubs. Almond meal (powdered almond) can be used with a little rose water as a facial scrub.
Dip cotton wool pads in rose water and use as eye pads, to remove fatigue and brighten the eyes.
One of the most alluring flowers, hibiscus, comes in hundreds of patterns and colors. This flowering beauty can be grown in both tropical and temperate regions, so many cultivars are available.
Both hot and cold infusions can be made from hibiscus flowers and leaves, though cold infusions are more common. For hot infusions, the flowers and leaves are added to boiling water and allowed to stand in it for 10 to 12 hours. The infusion is strained and then used as a last rinse after washing the hair. Good for dandruff and related conditions.
For cold infusions, the hibiscus flowers and leaves should be allowed to stand overnight in cold water, in a ratio of one to six. The flowers should be squeezed and the water strained before use. Such infusions can be used to wash the hair and scalp or applied on the scalp with cotton wool. Infusions, or the juice of the flowers, can be added to henna and applied on the hair. This can be a total hair-food and conditioning treatment.
Hibiscus leaves work as a natural hair conditioner and help in reducing hair loss and makes hair shiny, long, and attractive. Take 15 of its leaves, wash them carefully and boil them in a pan till the water left half, cool it and rinse your hairs with that extract: do it for at least two weeks, you’ll see some instant changes.
Marigold (gainda) or calendula flowers is dashing yellow, orange, and beige colored flowers, follow the sun and fold up in the evening, are eye-catching is cultivated for its use in making medicinal oil.
For marigold (gainda) or calendula flowers, either fresh or dry flowers can be used. In boiling water, add four tablespoons of the flowers. Do not boil. Allow the flowers to be steeped in the hot water for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain and cool the water and use it to rinse the hair. It should be used as a final rinse. The cooled water can also be used to wash the face. It has a beneficial effect on oily and pimple-prone skin.
Brew three spoonfuls of calendula petals in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Rinse your face with this extract regularly. It’s a good treatment for acnes, blotches and spots.
The marigold face pack will provide you with glowing ,radiant and attractive skin . Remove the petals and soak it in a hot milk for around an hour and allow it to cool to make a fine paste . Then add vitamin E or some other essential oil and apply it on your face for 30 minutes and remove with clean , fresh and cold water .
Lavender is an amazing flowering herb, it has many medicinal and culinary uses .
These beautiful purple color flowers oil is ideal for treating dandruff, controlling hair fall, acne. and healing insect bites. Calming and relaxing, the essence of this tiny flower is still advised by the doctors for headaches, anxiety, and sleeplessness..Burning a lavender candle in your room for an hour before your bedtime helps induce good sleep. Its petals are also known to have a lightening and clarifying effect on skin when used in face masks and cream.
Remove petals from lavender flowers and boil them for a few minutes. Strain the water to separate the petals and add some amount of oat powder to make a fine paste. Apply this as a face pack and rinse off with the cold water in a few minutes.
Lavender is also a good source of Vitamin A. .Brewing a pot of tea with the dried lavender, or grinding them into a paste and ingesting, maybe even beneficial since it works on your digestive system, eases stress and helps as a sleep aid.
An all-time favourite, Jasmine is considered as the most fragrant flower in the world .This highly fragrant and exotic perfume flower is edible and used in many cuisines.
Take some of the jasmine petals, clean them gently with water, and crush them. add a few drops of coconut oil in it. Massage this solution in a circular motion with the fingertips on your face and wash after 30 minutes. Its regular application will help dry, flaky and wrinkled skin.
To make its face wash, boil its petals for 15 minutes and add Multani mitti to make a paste .Apply the paste on face and wash it after some time when the paste dries naturally on your skin. These flowers are easily available at any flower seller at the roadside or outside any temple. The all-time favorite jasmine tea has been used in Chinese medicine from time immemorial, and purifies skin from the inside out, by eliminating toxins. It also controls blood pressure and releases anti-oxidants into the body.
The author is an international fame beauty expert and is called herbal queen of India