Published on May 10th, 2015 | by Rima J Pundir
KITCHEN SECRETS: Merry Marigold
From a humble door adorner to a powerhouse of benefits, learn about marigold this merry season!
The days are made brighter with marigold. Strings of these flowers hang about every doorway getting everyone in a festive mood. But it’s not just your door that looks happier with marigold – your skin too can benefit from it. Packed with natural anti-oxidants called flavonoids – marigold has the power to heals wounds, cure inflammations and stubborn skin diseases. Powdered, freshly grown or dried marigold – each can be used as part of your homemade beauty regime to get a healthy mane and beautiful skin.
You can use marigold as your homemade spa for an invigorating experience. Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water. Now take a cup of dried marigold petals and about 2-3 teaspoons of warm olive oil, and add them in your bath water and let them marry for 2-3 minutes. Soak in and enjoy the experience.
Since marigold improves the skin tone, you can prepare your own homemade toner with the same. Mix marigold essential oil with witch hazel oil in a ration of 1:2. Once done, store the mixture in a clean jar and refrigerate. When you intend to use it, dip a cotton ball in the same and dab all over your face and neck.
If you have light brown tresses (coloured as they might be), marigold can be a great ingredient for refreshing your hair colour! Crush half a cup of fresh marigold blossoms and mix the same with about three to four cups of plain water. Let the mixture stand for at least 15 minutes till the water changes colour too a reddish-orange. Use this as a rinse after you shampoo-condition.
You can improve the skin tone of your entire body and remove blemishes if you use marigold body wrap regularly. In a large bowl mix 2-3 tablespoons each of honey and milk. Add fresh marigold petals to this and pulverize in a mixer till you get a paste. Smear liberally all over your body and leave it on for at least 20 minutes. A warm shower will reveal a glowing you!
FAB BAG PICKS
Just Herbs Marigold Mango Lip Contour Balm: Unlike petroleum jelly and other petroleum derived mineral oils, these natural ingredients not only seal in the lips’ moisture but also impart additional hydration to coarse and parched lips without clogging pores. CLICK HERE to view product.
The Nature’s Co. Marigold Shampoo: Get soft, silky hair with our Marigold shampoo. Its anti-oxidant properties will return vitality and body to hair damaged by harmful external factors providing it with hydration and reinforcing and strengthening the fragile parts. CLICK HERE to view product.
Tvam Aloe Vera Gel-Cucumber & Kiwi: It is therapeutic for whole body massage and is an excellent natural hair conditioner. Cucumber Extract is soothing, helps relieve puffiness, removes dead cells and tightens the skin keeping it fresh and glowing. This Gel can also be used as a shaving gel & for hair styling. CLICK HERE to view product.