Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse. This staple of the Mayans and Aztecs is a rich source of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and antioxidants. When present in your diet, chia seeds help in regulating cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Chia seeds are also known for their beauty benefits. The antioxidants in the seeds help in averting free radical damage. In addition to adding chia seeds to your diet, you can also include them in your skin and hair care recipes. Topical application of chia seeds benefits your skin in various ways. It helps in sloughing off the dead skin, thereby leaving the skin smooth and supple. It is added to moisturizing products and even in hair care recipes.
Here Are Some Of The Best Ways You Can Use Chia Seeds For Maintaining Healthy Skin And Hair:
1. Chia Seeds, Blueberries And Yogurt:
This antioxidant rich face mask keeps the skin moisturized and delays wrinkling of the skin. Blueberries help in inhibiting collagen damage that helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin. Lactic acid present in yogurt exfoliates the dead skin.
One teaspoon chia seeds
A handful of blueberries
One teaspoon plain yogurt
One evening primrose oil capsule
Put the chia seeds, blueberries and yogurt in a food processor and blend until smooth. Break the evening primrose oil capsule and mix the oil into the mixture. Evenly spread the mixture on your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off.
2. Chia Seeds, Honey And Wine:
Red wine is an excellent source of antioxidant that helps in fighting skin aging. Furthermore, alcohol acts as astringent. It tightens the pores and makes the skin less greasy. Honey hydrates the skin and stimulates circulation.
½ teaspoon ground chia seeds
1 ½ teaspoons red wine
1 teaspoon raw honey
In a small bowl, combine the red wine with honey. Add the powdered chia seeds, a little at a time, and stir to mix the ingredients. Coat your skin with a thick layer of the mixture. Relax for 10 to 25 minutes and then wash off the mixture with warm water.
3. Apple And Chia Seeds:
To brighten your skin naturally, apply green apple and chia seed mask. Green apple is a source of alpha hydroxy acid and antioxidants that help soothe and tighten the skin.
½ cup chopped raw green apple
Two tablespoons chia seeds
Two tablespoons honey
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add few drops of water to the paste to attain the desired consistency. Spread the mixture on clean dry skin. Gently massage the skin. Let the mixture sit on the skin for about 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
4. Chia Seeds And Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera soothes and nourishes the skin. A homemade aloe and chia seed bar soap helps in keeping your skin smooth and beautiful.
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
½ cup clear glycerin soap base
Use a double boiler to melt the glycerin soap base. Remove the melted soap from the heat. When it cools slightly, mix the chia seeds and aloe vera gel. Stir the mixture for about 3 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Pour the mixture in the soap mold and allow it to harden. Cut the soap into desired shape.
5. Chia Seed Hair Rinse:
This chia seed hair rinse helps in restoring the normal texture of the damaged hair. In addition to the protein rich chia seeds, this hair rinse contains a number of hair friendly herbs.
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon dried calendula
1 teaspoon dried burdock root
1 teaspoon dried marshmallow root
1 teaspoon dried mullein
2 teaspoons castor oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups boiling water
Add all the ingredients except castor oil to the boiling water. Leave the mixture aside until the water cools to room temperature. Mix in the castor oil. After shampooing your hair, rinse with this herbal hair rinse.