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3 Foodmantra Skin Secrets – Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses 

To make myself look and feel beautiful, I follow a three-step mantra every single day. ‘Eat well, sleep well and cleanup well’. Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses help all three of these purposes. Trust me and follow these simple rules. Here’s how I do it.

I remember watching an episode of Oprah once, very long ago. As a teenager back then, fighting acne and insecurities related to it. Feeling inspired, I wanted to be as confident and as beautiful as the women on that show. I never thought that it would be easy, especially for a girl like me! Even in my growing years I was plump with wavy dark hair and a face dotted with old and new acne marks.

Even so, one little line from that show always stuck with me. It was, ‘Happiness makes you look good’. Even to this day, I believe that happiness truly makes a woman look the best she can look. Well, happiness and a little care will make you feel good about yourself.

Foodmantra food consultants are always researching for the best combinations of natural foods to make you look good and feel good everyday. Foodmantra recipes, videos will always use simple ingredients to benefit your health and wellbeing.

FoodMantra for Better Sleep

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

I really believe in getting my beauty sleep. Eight hours of stress free sleep. Not only does this avoid puffy eyes, your face looks hydrated and cared for. I’m serious! Stress and lack of sleep speeds up your wrinkles. That means sleeping well will prevent your skin from ageing quickly. I know getting your beauty sleep can be hard. We easily get preoccupied with work, errands and random thoughts. One thing that has worked for me is eating natural foods that have nutrients to help you sleep better.

How Walnuts work..

Walnuts have melatonin, which helps you sleep better!  Omega-3 fatty acids help in relieving your stress. Walnuts are loaded with Vitamin B which manages your stress and mood. Better sleep and low stress levels are going to make your skin look healthy, hydrated and beautiful everyday.

Vitamin E and antioxidants in walnuts also remove toxins from our skin and fight the free radicals to delay our aging process. Walnut oil helps in hydrating and moisturising our skin. It also reduces puffiness, soothes and relaxes your eyes and lightens your dark circles.

Not only are walnuts great for your sleep and skin but they also  make your hair better. Being full of useful nutrients like Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids and potassium strengthen our hair follicles and prevent hair loss. The natural oil in walnut moisturizes your hair and gives them a natural glow. They are naturally an anti-dandruff and anti-fungal agent and fight any scalp infections your may have . Walnut husk will also naturally highlight your hair. So in every way possible, walnuts make you look good!

Foodmantra for Eating Well

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

When was the last time you treated your own self to a delicious breakfast and felt really good about it? I’m tired of people associating anything tasty or sweet with negative emotions like, ‘I shouldn’t’ or ‘this is bad for me’. Eating well makes me really happy. Good food makes you feel energetic, light and happy all day. It carries us through our day. I don’t mean we load up on sugar every morning, but incorporating nuts and fruits in our breakfast can do wonders to the way we look and feel.

Including apples for instance, brightens, tightens and lightens the skin – also know as BLT. The antioxidants in apple prevent tissue damage, potassium is required for the skin, Vitamin A for new skin development and Vitamin C protects the skin. The collagen in apple helps the skin remain youthful and flawless. During the summer it can do wonders for your health and even for your skin! Here’s my recipe that combines the goodness of apple with the richness of walnuts to make a great breakfast.

No-Mayo Healthy Waldorf Salad 

Serves 1


Apples, cut into bite size pieces; 1 cup

Walnuts, chopped; 2 tablespoons

Celery, Chopped; 2 tablespoons

Raw Honey; 1 tablespoon

Cinnamon powder; 1 teaspoon

Yogurt; 2 tablespoons

Iceberg Lettuce, ice- cold cups; 2 leaves


In a large cold bowl, add yogurt, cinnamon and honey and whisk into a smooth dressing.

Add in the chopped celery and walnuts and fold it with the yogurt.

Fold in apples and the chill the salad for 20 minutes.

Place ice-cold cups of Iceberg lettuce on a plate and add spoonful of salad into the lettuce cups.

Serve right away!

This recipe makes a great healthy, wholesome and nutritious mini-meal. Perfect to start the day and stay energized. Apple walnuts crepes protect you and make you more beautiful with every passing day. These ingredients are great to ingest and also to apply for a great looking face.

Mantra for Better CleanUp

As I have mentioned above, using walnut and apple together is not only nourishing when eaten, it can also be applied on the skin. They help in cleaning dead skin, energizing and brightening the face with useful nutrients. A mix of these two ingredients to scrub the face helps get rid of blackheads and makes the skin glow. I find it increasingly difficult and expensive though, to prepare this mixture at home everyday. For regular and frequent exfoliation, moisturizing and nourishment, I have to rely on something that is easier to do.

 My Daily Ritual

I found that Himalaya’s  #GentleExfoliatingWalnutScrub turned out to be much cheaper than using actual walnuts and apple. It is great in the summer because the skin tends to darken and my skin is oily, so it attracts dirt and then I get pimples. The Walnut scrub helps me clean, remove blackheads and scrub out dirt from the pores. It also gives that suppleness from the moisture in walnut and that thin glow from the nut oils. When it comes to brightening, lightening and tightening – Himalaya #GentleExfoliatingWalnutScrub uses the same nourishing ingredients but it is applied on the skin and not eaten for breakfast!

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

I feel really good about the fact that I’m using such rich ingredients that nourish my skin with their nutrients for 130 bucks. It is literally like using the healthiest breakfast of fruits and nuts to clean and nurture my skin. Most importantly, I can use it frequently and regularly to clean my face. I know the scrub boasts its natural ingredients, so I find it way safer than using complex sounding chemical compounds that I don’t understand.

You’ll be surprised to see how hard it is to clean your face properly. Ever so often, we assume that we have washed off the dirt and pollution we attract to our exposed faces everyday. When you look closely, that same dirt clings on to the oil on the face and forms acne, blackheads and makes the face look dotted and patchy. We even wonder why our face isn’t glowing even though we think that we are eating right.

Why its important

Sometimes we miss including the yummiest and the most important nutrients in our daily diet. We also unknowingly ignore the importance of our sleep and daily hydration; not realizing that what makes us beautiful is the mantra to happiness itself! If you want to look beautiful, don’t forget to sleep well, eat well and cleanup well everyday. Happy Smiling!

Know about more ingredients that benefit your skin, hair and beauty, here.

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

Apple, Walnuts Beauty Uses

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Foodmantra 9 Neem Uses – Get Great Skin, Hair & Beauty

Neem uses make you and me get great skin, hair, enhance beauty! These neem leaves, though bitter as hell, prevent and cure over a hundred diseases because they anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and even anti-cancerous. We frown upon eating because of the unpleasant taste but it has been used for cooking, bathing and chewing for centuries in India for to its powerful medicinal properties.

Have you noticed that the best things in nature are concealed in an unpleasant mask? Like the sparkle of a diamond for instance, is hidden in the darkness of coal, and it takes great effort to reap that sparkle. Don’t you think that neem is the diamond of the plant family?So what if it is bitter in taste, it is so beneficial for health that for me it is even more precious than diamonds.

Here are some effective ways in which neem can be incorporated into our daily routine so we can get the benefits of its powerful healing and protective qualities.

Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Foodmantra food consultants are always researching for the best combinations of natural foods to make you look good and feel good everyday. Foodmantra recipes, videos will always use simple ingredients to benefit your health and wellbeing.

Neem Uses help get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Disclaimer: Pregnant and women who are breast-feeding please avoid ingesting neem because its safety at such times has not been established. It increases the heat and energy in the body and can be spermicidal in large quantities. Drinking lots of water or ash gourd juice brings down the body heat.

1) Neem leaves in Tea 

Neem leaves, tender and young leaves, can be added to boiling water till the water turns slightly greenish and sipped on its own. You can also add it to your choice of tea. I personally prefer to go for neutral tea like regular green, white or black tea rather than their flavored counterparts. Neem leaves have a calming effect, have anti viral properties and strengthen your immune system.

2) Neem flower in Thandai

We prepare and drink Thandai during Holi, at the beginning of summer. We tend to catch infections when these seasons change.

Neem being rich in anti-oxidants prevents viral, bacterial and fungal infections. We use neem flowers in the preparation of Thandai to prevent us from catching cold or viral infections.

3) Neem leaves for Tempering in Curries & Dal

Tender, young neem leaves are less bitter and we can use  them like curry leaves in tempering curries and dals. The small quantity prevents the curry from getting bitter while adding the therapeutic qualities of the wonder leaf to your food.


4) Neem Leaves in Curry 

Try using blanched neem leaves, like  in some South East Asian and Thai seafood curries, such as shrimp curry. Neem leaves are blanched two to three times in hot water to get rid of the bitterness, and then added to shrimp curry with palm sugar and tamarind paste.


5) Neem flower in Rasam & Rice preparations

Neem flower is less bitter than neem leaves. You can use these flowers as a vegetable. They call it Veppam pooand add it in South Indian vegetable curry preparations such as rasam and rice preaprations like Neem Flower tempered rice which uses roasted neem flower powder.


6) Neem in Bengali Vegetable Curries & Stir Fry

Use it in Bengali dishes which use bitter flavours in the cuisine beautifully incorporated in stir fries and curries. Other than the use of karela, neem is cleverly used in preparations such as neem begun, which is, eggplants simply tempered with neem leaves, turmeric and some other spices. Neem can control diabetes and purify blood.


Neem for Teeth, Skin & Hair 

7) Neem for Teeth 

You may have seen your grandmother or many people in villages chewing the bark of a neem tree. Many toothpaste brands also boast about carrying the properties of neem for healthier gums. Not only does the neem bark strengthen the gums, it also makes your teeth pearly white. It will prevent ulcers, infections and bad breath. So next time you see a neem tree, do break a twig and chew it!


8) Neem for Hair 

Remember taking a neem water bath as child when I had chicken pox? We did this to prevent the itching and scars from the pox. Use Neem leaves boiled in water to rinse and wash hair. Neem water prevents dandruff and other infections on the scalp.

9) Neem for Skin & Beauty

I’ve had an oily skin and acne issues ever since I was a teenager. Not just that, I tend to get redness on my cheeks as well. Each time people looked at my face, they would start with a chapter on skin care advice. Why don’t you try haldi? Do you go for clean-ups regularly? I think you should use our special 1000-rupee mudpack that will clear up your skin right away!

I’m a real believer in natural remedies; I avoid applying chemicals or never-heard-of fancy sounding compounds on my face, it makes me nervous. I’d much rather try the haldi and neem remedies. Bathing with boiled neem leaves or applying neem seed paste on the skin can help in clearing skin and reducing acne, even so it is really inconvenient to use neem in this way. The problem is, I could never make or apply these natural pastes regularly.

My Daily Skin Ritual 

Its tough to include this ritual with a hectic work schedule. Incidentally, I found something that I can fit in my daily routine. I find Himalaya Neem pack  easy to use, and can be applied and cleaned in a matter of minutes. The best part is that I don’t need to find and grind the neem seeds, and go through all that pain. I can actually get the goodness of neem without all that hard work. My Himalaya Neem pack has the neem and haldi both. Neem helps me disinfect the skin and the haldi also works as an antiseptic to keep germs away. I try to apply it every other day to keep my skin clear and healthy.

love the smell of the neem..

I’ve recently started using the Himalaya Neem pack around a week ago. Recently, I bought a bottle for 130 bucks last week. Its really helped in clearing my skin and the redness I had on my cheeks has reduced. The pack made my skin softer, cleaner and it looks hydrated. I’ve got oily skin, so in case you have dry skin and you want to try this pack, do read the label on the back. Raiding the kitchen every weekend to make my own face pack is a hobby, but this one really has helped me. I would use dried neem, haldi powder with some besan. This pack is a lot like that home pack, very natural and safe to use. Incorporating neem in your daily routine is a great idea, just make sure you don’t have any allergies to any of the ingredients.


Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

Neem Uses get Great Skin, Hair, Beauty

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