There’s a meditative quality to rituals. Doesn’t matter whether they are about tea or beauty. Digging into ancient wisdom we found beauty rituals that haven’t faded away with time. Here’s a pick of five beauty rituals from around the world.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath from Egypt:
The pharaoh of Egypt is remembered till date for her beauty and radiance, and this can be attributed to her famous ‘Milk Bath’. It is believed that she would bathe in a tub full of mare’s milk and honey - ingredients that are known to have moisturizing and nourishing effects on skin. The lactic acid and proteins contained in the milk can help in reducing wrinkles and removing dead skin cells, while honey gives a natural glow to the skin. Needless to say, this is a bathing ritual truly synonymous with luxury and indulgence.
Turmeric is one of the most widely used natural ingredients in beauty treatments across India till date. So popular is its use, that it has an integral role to play in ceremonies prior to an Indian wedding. While it is a common spice in Indian kitchens as well, it is because of its antiseptic properties that it is used to heal and repair skin. It forms a primary ingredient in Ayurvedic beauty treatments, and is known to leave skin glowing and healthy.
Lemon myrtle from Australia:
Lemon myrtle is a plant found exclusively in Australia. It was used by indigenous Australians as an ingredient in health care products such as soaps, lotions, shampoos, etc. It is known as the ‘healing plant’ due to its antimicrobial properties.
Mung beans have high Vitamin and Protein contents, and have soothing and healing effects on skin when crushed and used as a face mask. The beans are cultivated primarily in China, India and Southeast Asia, so it’s no wonder that they were widely used by the Chinese to counter acne and other skin problems.
This is a berry rich in nutrients and antioxidants. The berry can be consumed by crushing them to a juice, or simple eaten raw to get healthy and glowing skin. Tea infusions are also prepared with Goji Berries. They are now gradually gaining a reputation as a ‘superfruit’.
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Be it royal indulgences or simple solutions, we owe it to our ancestors for discovering these natural gems. Remember them, the next time you think of indulging in some pampering treatments.
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