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Ayurvedic Remedy for Facial Hair Removal

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Ayurvedic Remedy for Facial Hair

Unwanted body hair is something that has quite a lot of us women fretting day in and day out. What’s worse is thick facial hair. We generally resort to short-term fixes like shaving, waxing, and threading. However, apart from being effective for merely a few days, they can also be extremely painful. Here is a quick guide to natural and safe facial hair removal using age-old Ayurvedic practices that are still widely used in India.

Thanaka and Safflower Oil

Thanaka ( paste is made from grinding bark of the Thanaka tree which is indigenous to Myanmar. The paste is yellow in colour and can be bought from Ayurvedic stores. Mix the paste with an equal amount of Safflower oil to achieve the consistency of hair removal creams. Shave off the unwanted hair and apply to this paste to the skin. Massage well so that it gets absorbed by the pores. Ideally, you must let it stay on for 3-4 hours before washing it off.

This technique may be a tad too much work, especially since it needs to be practiced daily for three months. However, it is certainly the most effective and gives you near -permanent hair removal. The hair that does grow back is extremely fine and much lighter.

Lemon and Honey

Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey in a 1:3 ratio. You could also use sugar instead of honey, but honey is more nourishing for the skin. Apply the mixture to your face against the direction of hair growth. Wait for 15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.

This Ayurvedic facial hair removal remedy gradually decreases hair growth. It is best to repeat it 2-3 times every week.

Gram Flour Paste

This is probably the most common herbal hair removal treatment. Indian mothers use this for their new-born babies so that they may not have heavy hair growth later in life. The preparation is fairly simply – just mix 2-3 spoons for gram flour with a pinch of turmeric powder and enough curd (plain yoghurt) so as to make a thick paste. Apply this to the skin and gently massage against the direction of hair growth. Try and do this as often as possible, preferably every day. A few weeks of hard work will pay off well!

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  1. From where can I buy this Thanaka is there some sort of online shop from where i can order? I live in the US

  2. In this method, do we have to shave every time before applying this paste or only once at the start of this process?

  3. Chetan kumar says:

    How about men how has hairs on face and chin. Can u give a solution for these.

  4. If we can’t remove hair for religious reasons can we still use it?

  5. I just received my thanaka powder and safflower oil but there aren’t many websites that specify exactly what kind you need and I’m worried that I might have gotten the wrong stuff! I could not find thanaka powder from burma so I ordered some from Thailand and I ordered safflower oil because I heard it is the same as kusumba oil. I also am having a hard time finding any more information in what the consistency of the mix should be.. ‘like hair removal cream’ isn’t telling me a lot. Could you help me with some more information? Also have you tried this?

    • Thanaka Powder should be of the highest quality and free from impurities. Safflower oil is another name for kusumba oil. Add a small amount of the safflower oil to thanaka powder to make a smooth, thick paste. It should be a pale earthy, yellowy colour. Apply the paste with a cosmetic brush and leave for as long as possible (3 hours is recommended). If any irritation occurs wash it off immediately and discontinue using it. This might be an indication that the thanaka not 100% pure. I have not used this method but understand that you need to patient and persistent and continue applying the paste daily for up to 4 months. Wishing you well with this this. Please let us know your experience and how you go.

  6. Roopa Tambre says:

    I have Thanaka powder and kusuma oil or safflower oil. If anyone wants can contact me at

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