Michelle Lee

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Style & Design | BEAUTY EAST AND WEST Apr 20, 2000

Ayurvedic delights for the face

Continuing on the topic of Ayurveda, here are some basic Ayurvedic principles for making your own simple beauty treatments. As detailed in my last column, the Ayurvedic system relies on a rather precise diagnostic system, and furthermore all diagnoses take into account the basic ...

Style & Design | BEAUTY EAST AND WEST Apr 6, 2000

Ayurvedic beauty adventures

On a recent trip to India it quickly became apparent that many foreigners seek out all that is Ayurvedic. When I wandered into the airport pharmacy at Mumbai to find tissues, the bored sales clerk perked up and said, "Ayurvedic massage oil?" He seemed both ...

Style & Design Mar 30, 2000

Natural beauty care is more than just sweetness and light

Continuing in our sweets-for-the-sweet mood, try the following honey and sugar baths and full-body treatments for a wakeup call to body and spirit. All of these treatments are simple, inexpensive and amazingly effective. They are also delicious. Happy sweet spring! Honey and camellia oil ...

Style & Design Mar 16, 2000

Sweet indulgences without the calories

Sugar and spice and everything nice . . . this column and the next will be dedicated to all those readers with a sweet tooth. There is a virtual candy store of recipes for health and beauty which make good use of sugar and ...

Style & Design Feb 17, 2000

Patchouli passion in strawberry fields

The flower-child '60s keep trying to come back, and it seems now as if the renaissance is nearly successful -- at least in fashion and interior design. Movies are giving us lots of hippie influence to emulate as well. To take on a true ...

Style & Design Feb 3, 2000

Clues to health are at your fingertips

In the West, there is a general acknowledgment that the appearance of one's nails can reflect the state of one's health, but in many Eastern medical traditions the nails are used quite directly in the diagnosis. Despite their role as protective shields for the ...

Style & Design Jan 20, 2000

Need a winter pick-me-up? Citrus splash quenches blues

Lately I've found myself sprinkling essential oil of orange here and there in the house. It seems suited to winter because something about the scent is both summery and wintery all at once. Oranges fit with Christmas and New Year's, but they also evoke ...