Monday, August 8, 2011

Beauty Secrets from Around the World

In Japan, they credit seaweed for women’s long, silky hair. Nori are thin, dried seaweed sheets. Nori sheets are used in many sushi dishes. Nori is rich in  iodine, which is essential for growing long, healthy hair. Seaweed is also rich in iron, zinc, selenium and copper. Japanese women either eat nori seaweed or boil it and apply it to their hair. You can find nori at any local Asian grocer or health food store. You can wrap it like a tortilla to make a veggie wrap, or crumble the sheets and sprinkle them on a salad, rice or stir-fry. Recipes here.

Shea Butter is derived from nuts from the karita tree, or shea tree. African women have been using it for years to take care of their skin. Shea butter adds shine when added to hair products. It reduces facial wrinkles and fine lines. It is also a natural sun protecting oil, and can be used on stretch marks and dry skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a good pain relief for sore, achy muscles. Better quality shea products  are made with minimum processing and no unnecessary chemicals and preservatives. Check out

Want strong, hard nails? Dominican woman swear by garlic to keep their nails tough. They chop up fresh garlic, add it to a bottle of clear nail polish and let it marinate for 7 to 10 days.  The juice in fresh garlic strengthens and hardens weak, brittle fingernails. Yes. The scent goes away.

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