Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Wellness through Nature

In life, trial and error is the only way to get perfect results. Such has been my struggle with all the things related to my physical appearance. From having a deviated nose to weight gain issues due to goiter to having the worst case of adolescence acne.  Suffice to say, my self esteem and confidence level was pretty low growing up.

Funny thing was, the solutions were right there in front of me all along. I just never realized it.
After I completed my college with the oiliest face in the whole batch and started working for an organization, carrying a lunch box was the most tedious of tasks. So, I and my colleague came up with a solution, we hooked up with a local vendor who used to sell sliced fruits and vegetables on a kiosk on wheels. 

Not only was it cheaper this way, it was hassle free as well.

Every day we would mix the cut vegetables in a glass of packaged yogurt, squeeze some lemon on top and have the most refreshing concoction of fruits and vegetables for lunch.

The results started showing soon enough. Our skins cleared out, hair became better, nails started to shine and our waists started pinching in.

We were the happiest employees the company ever had without any job perks or higher salary packages.

Now, everyone knows the importance and benefits of healthy eating, but how often do we go out of our way and make a deliberate alteration to our life style? The answer is, almost never.

The net is teaming with in-depth knowledge of every healthy food item exciting of the face of the earth. Yet we fail to follow through. There are natural ingredients for every ailment, herbal fixes for the most complex health issues and home remedies of all kinds, yet we prefer to make a run to the supermarket and pick up packaged chemicals promising results that are more often than not delivered.

So, today I want to share with you a few natural remedies that I have used myself and have benefited from. Remember, there are a lot more out there but the collection below is only the ones I have personal experience with. I hope you will benefit from them, as much as I do.


These wonderful orbs of juicy fruit if packed full of the right kind of nutrients you need to kick start your metabolism. 

They are rich in Vitamin C and very low in calorie count.

Consume an orange or 2 (preferably at room temp.) daily for a cleaner, acne free, glowing skin and weight management. (Lemons also possess a lot of the same health benefits and may be consumed in moderation with breakfast for better metabolic activity)

Dry the peel of oranges and grind to make a fine powder. Mix in yogurt to be used as a face mask.

Olive Oil:

The benefits of olive oil are so many, that starting a few here would be simply unjust. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat which is equally beneficial in consumption with food and external application. It helps against poisons, works as laxative and rids the body of worms.

Apply this oil on joints for pain relief. Specially effective for growing pains in children

Massage face with it regularly to balance the natural oil production required to keep the skin from sagging and wrinkling.

Mix 2 parts of olive oil with 1 part of castor oil and massage scalp for stronger, shinier hair growth.

Consume raw with salads for better digestion and weight management.


Honey is known to clean the system of harmful toxins.
It increases memory power.

Mix with butter and use as a healthy sandwich spread.

Mix with lemon juice and hot water. Drink on empty stomach for weight loss.

Mix with cinnamon powder and apply as a facial mask.

Replace sugar with honey as a sweetener to regulate blood sugar.


Ginger is hot in the second degree and wet in the first degree. It heats the body, helps the digestion process, and softens the stomach mildly.

Extract ginger juice and mix with honey to rid body of phlegm, cough and cold.

Add in food for better digestion, healing of stomach and liver and increasing memory power.

Sour ginger is also known to increase semen production in men.


Cinnamon is known for its weight loss powers
and other health benefits.

Use cinnamon powder mixed with honey as a face mask.

a stick to your daily cup of tea for weight loss.

Mix cinnamon powder with honey and lemon in hot water for treatment of urinary tract infections. To be had 2 to 3 times a day till UTI pain subsides.

Other ingredients you may include in your daily life style are green tea, vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lemon, cayenne pepper, garlic, dates, black seeds, cumin, barley, and pomegranate, apples, and watermelons, henna etc

Remember, a well balanced diet is the first step towards a healthy life-style.


Tabia Ali Khan

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