Archive for August, 2011

Treating Poison Ivy Rash With Home Remedies

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Let’s consider the matter of treating poison ivy rash. When we speak of a cure or treatment for poison ivy rash, we generally mean relief from its symptoms. Once the symptoms occur (itchy bumps on your skin), relief is the only remedy we seek — before we scratch ourselves to death! Different people find different degrees of relief by treating poison ivy rash with over-the-counter remedies, such as hydrocortisones. Despite its inclusion in the classic rock song, “Poison Ivy,” even Calamine lotion has its limitations as a treatment.

Some people have such a severe reaction to poison ivy that they need to visit a physician and get a shot. It usually takes about two weeks to get rid of poison ivy rash. For a home remedy, try applying the crushed leaves of jewelweed (Impatiens capensis). For a picture of jewelweed, see the photo above, on your right. The beauty of this home remedy is that jewelweed is a common weed in damp areas. This “treatment” may very well be growing right in your own backyard!

But there is another kind of treatment of poison ivy rash: namely, prevention. If you realize you’ve just come into contact with poison ivy, apply rubbing alcohol to the infected area and/or rinse with water (any water).
So what makes poison ivy (and poison oak and poison sumac, too)…well, poisonous? The answer is urushiol, which is the sap that runs through all parts of the plant. Grazing against poison ivy with any exposed part of your body is all that it takes to release this poison. Complicating matters further, contact with poison ivy does not even have to be direct for you to contract the rash. For instance, if your dog runs through some poison ivy, then you stroke your dog’s fur with your hand, you could come into contact with the sap and develop a rash. Likewise, if someone else had been working in a poison ivy-infested area with gloves, then you came along and touched those contaminated gloves, you could get the rash.

Remedies For Oily Skin

Friday, August 26th, 2011
The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types.Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged. Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness. They can cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhoea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.Avoid skincare products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.
To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum effectively. Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion.Keep your skin very clean. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with a water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.
Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.If your skin is extremely oily, three or four daily cleansings may be in order and little or no moisturizing necessary before you are 30 years old. After that point, the skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat may benefit from a nightly moisturizing, plus a mere touch of moisturizer in the morning. When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.
If your oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions. Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients.Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

The great advantage of oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types. Oily skin needs special cleansing with plenty of hot water and soap to prevent the pores from being clogged. Avoid harsh products that strip your skin of oil and encourage flakiness. They can cause a reaction known as reactive seborrhoea, where the oil glands work overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils.Avoid skincare products that leave your skin feeling taut and dehydrated. They cause the upper layers of the skin to shrink. This restricts oil flow through the pores leading to blockages and breakouts.
To cleanse oily skin, use oil-based products as they dissolve sebum effectively. Opt for oil-free moisturizers to maintain a shine-free complexion.Keep your skin very clean. Limit washing your face to two or three times a day. Too much washing will stimulate your skin to produce more oil.Choose your cleanser with care. Avoid heavy cleansing creams. Avoid the use of harsh soaps or cleansers. Use a pure soap with no artificial additives. Try an antibacterial cleansing lotion or a lightly medicated soap, and use it in combination with a water rich in minerals, not tap water. Do not use cleansers or lotions that contain alcohol. After cleansing, apply a natural oil-free moisturizer to keep the skin supple.
Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water.If your skin is extremely oily, three or four daily cleansings may be in order and little or no moisturizing necessary before you are 30 years old. After that point, the skin around your eyes and mouth and on your throat may benefit from a nightly moisturizing, plus a mere touch of moisturizer in the morning. When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.
If your oily skin is scaly, you can often correct the problem by using a deep-cleaning exfoliant on alternate nights, and following the treatment with a light coating of moisturizer.Try using a clay or mud mask. If you have sensitive skin, use white or rose-colored clays.Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.Choose cosmetic and facial care products specifically designed for oily skin.Before applying makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretions. Look for benzyl peroxide in the list of active ingredients.Use a light antiseptic night cream from time to time if you wish, and apply a clarifying mask one or two times a week.

Remedy for Dark Circles

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Just about everyone knows a home remedy for dark circles. They’re such a common complaint that dozens of different cultures, and everybody’s grandmother, has their own favorite remedy for dark circles.

How well does your favorite remedy for dark circles work? Some are better than others. None are 100% effective, especially against the kind of serious dark circles that send you screaming from the mirror.

The most effective remedy for dark circles is also the most cliche. Thin slices of cucumber applied to your eyes not only helps to lighten the skin, but also soothes and cools the eyes. This can be especially comforting if you’ve been up late the night before or your eyes are red and tired from allergies or staring at a laptop screen.

Lay down on your back (because it’s easier to balance the cucumber slices that way). Lay thin slices of cucumber on your eyes, making sure they have contact with the skin under the eyes. Leave them on for 5-10 minutes. It’s a good idea to set your alarm clock if you’re doing this early in the morning. Be careful not to get cucumber juice in your eyes.

The caffeine in tea bags acts as a remedy for dark circles by diminishing puffiness. Caffeine in tea helps to diminish water in the tissues around the eyes (you’ll notice that many early eye circle creams contain caffeine for this very reason). In addition, tea contains antioxidants that are beneficial to the skin.

Take a used tea bag (green, black or white) that’s been squeezed out. Make sure it’s cool! Leave it over your eyes for about 10 minutes. You’ll see a noticeable improvement in puffiness and under-eye circles. Be careful not to get tea in your eyes.

Herbal tea bags are not useful as a remedy for dark circles, except for chamomile tea. Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory that can help reduce swelling and puffiness.

Remedies For Arthritis Pain In The Knee

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

If you have been facing problem with the knees due to Arthritis, here are several home remedies which can be of great use to you.

• The most successful biological treatment for knee Arthritis is drinking raw potato juice empty stomach early morning.

• The juice of any green leafy vegetable, carrot, celery and red beetroot can work wonders.

• Copper strengthens the muscular system, drinking a glass of water kept in a copper vessel overnight is one of the most effective remedy in treating Arthritis pain in the knee.

• Herbal tea prepared from the seeds of alfalfa shows beneficial results in healing this disease.

• Garlic has also been found to be one of the most valuable natural home remedies for Arthritis pain in the knee.

• Bananas, a rich source of vitamin B6 show good results in case of Arthritis in knee.

•  A planned diet should be given to the knee Arthritis patient; it should include fruits and vegetables in the form of salads.

• Massage the itching and stiffed joint with warm coconut oil or mustard oil together with 2-4 tablets of camphor mixed in it, daily to get proven results.

• A glass of lime juice daily can be given to the patient as it acts as a solvent of uric acid (primary cause of Arthritis).

• Studies have shown that green gram soup can help reduce Arthritis pain in the knee.

Home Remedies For Beauty Care

Friday, August 19th, 2011

• Honey, is the best facial mask as it helps in opening the pores and cleansing it. First use lukewarm water to clean it from your face and then use cold water.

• Take a mashed papaya and add egg white and honey into it and whisk till a thin paste is formed. This mask gives skin a refreshing look.

• Another way of obtaining glowing skin is using half mashed avocado and applying it evenly on your face.

• You can also use this home remedy for a beautiful skin. Mix 1 mashed banana with 1 tablespoon of milk. You can also use yoghurt instead of milk.

• One good therapy for taking care of dry skin is- beat 1 egg, add 1 teaspoon almond oil in it. Leave this pack on your skin for about 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

• Mix water and cornmeal to make a tight paste and apply this mixture in circular motion to your face and wash it after 15 minutes.

• Another beauty medicine for dealing with dry skin- mash ¼ of a ripe apple and add 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon oatmeal to it. Leave it on till the mixture dries up and then wash it with plain water.

Home Remedies For Heartburn In Children

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Nowadays, a number of home remedies are available for the treatment of heartburn in children some of which are:

• The easiest home remedy for heartburn in children is drinking lots of water as water acts as a good neutralizer.

• Suck on a piece of clove and acidity will disappear.

• Having ginger also helps in getting rid of indigestion.

• Instead of eating traditional 3 meals a day, try eating small portions of food at regular intervals.

• Eating a bit of lemon or lemon rind has long been used as a natural cure for stomach ailments, including heartburn.

• Medicines like antacids containing calcium carbonate help heal this problem to some extent.

• Having 5-10gms of jaggery (gudh) after meals is one of the best home remedies for heartburn in children.

• Make the child wear loose fitting clothes.

• Consuming cold things like ice cream is also a good home remedy for heartburn.

•  Having a glass of buttermilk with 1 teaspoon black pepper mixed in it is one of the simplest natural home remedies for heartburn in children.

• Aloe vera juice, too, helps in the treatment of heartburn.

• Having a 1 teaspoon juice of chebulic myrobalan together with 1 teaspoon of Indian gooseberry (amla) juice helps in preventing heartburn in children.

Home Remedies For Pimples

Monday, August 15th, 2011

• Add lemon juice and rose water in equal quantities and apply this mixture on the affected area for about half an hour. Regularly following this remdial procedure for about three to four weeks is one of the most popular natural home remedies for Pimples.

• Lemon juice can also be applied in combination with an equal amount of groundnut oil to prevent as well as cure this embarrassing problem. Similarly, lemon juice can also be added to sandalwood powder and the application of the resultant paste can help reduce Pimples to a great extent. A combination of lemon juice and cinnamon power is also beneficial in Pimple treatment.

• Honey is also considered good for skin. Applying a mixture prepared from three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder over night is another popular natural cure for this irritating problem. This natural remedy is sure to give encouraging results if religiously followed for at least two weeks.

• A facial mask consisting of grated apple and honey serves as an effective home treatment for Pimples and Acne.

• Rubbing garlic on the affected area several times in a day is one of the most effective though smelly natural home remedies for Pimples. For quicker results, garlic should also be taken internally.

• Regularly applying the pulp of ripe tomatoes on the face for about an hour or so helps in the effective treatment of Pimples. Cucumber pulp can also be used in the same way with the same results.

• Raw papaya juice can be applied on the Pimples to cure Pimples naturally.

• Simply applying freshly extracted mint juice serves as one of the easiest possible natural home remedies for Pimples.

• Applying a mixture of coriander juice and some turmeric is an effective home remedy for Pimple treatment. Alternatively, if coriander juice is not available then mint juice can be used in its place.

• Add two to three teaspoons of dried basil leaves to one cup water and boil the mixture for about 15-20 minutes. Cool the mixture and then apply it on the affected area. This therapeutic home remedy should be followed on a regular basis to get rid of Pimples naturally.

• Mix some water in a mixture of crushed margosa (neem) leaves and turmeric to make a fine paste. Finally, rub the resultant mixture on the Pimples and leave it on the skin for about half an hour to heal Pimples successfully and remove the left over scars too.

• Take some roasted and powdered peels of pomegranate fruit. Next, add some lime juice to this powder to make a paste like mixture. Applying this mixture is one of the most valuable natural home remedies for Pimples.

• Take some fenugreek leaves, crush them and add sufficient water, just enough to make a paste. Apply this paste on the face over night and wash it off with warm water in the morning as an effective natural remedy for natural Pimple removal. This remedy is particularly useful for individuals with dry skin.

• Take some grinded nutmeg and add a little raw milk to it. Apply the mixture and leave it for about one or two hours. This natural home remedy is not only beneficial in curing Pimples but is useful in getting rid of their scars as well.

• Tea tree oil and aloe vera gel have anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties that help in dealing with Pimples. Marigold and wheat germ oil are also effective against Pimples.

Home remedies for glowing skin

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Cucumber for face


Take a fresh cucumber and blend it well. Apply the blended cucumber on face, eyes and neck. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off. Cucumber is a wonderful tonic for face and skin near by. Cucumber could be used regularly which could help in preventing blackheads, pimples, face dryness and wrinkles. Cucumber could also be used as a whitener for all types of skins. Make lotion out of few drops of limejuice, a bit of turmeric and one tbs of cucumber juice. Stir it well and apply it on face and neck. Leave it for half hour and wash it off.

Coconut Face Mask


Take coconut oil and use it to massage your face properly. Once you have massaged your face with coconut oil, take a cloth, dip it in hot water, squeeze the excess water and spread it over face. Cloth should not be too hot. Repeat the process for 5-6 times. wash your face now with warm water. Now use rose water with some cotton and spread it on your face gently so as to remove traces of oil. Wow, you got a glowing face.

Paste of Oatmeal for oily skin


Ingredients:
Oatmeal: 2 tablespoon
Olive oil: 1 teaspoon
Parsley: 1 tablespoon (chopped)
Lemon juice: 1 tablespoon
Yogurt: 4 tablespoon (plain)

Home remedies against hair fall

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Massaging of scalp:-

gentle rubbing or massaging the scalp helps you to get healthy hair root and active sebaceous glands. Blood circulations also get normal which cause healthy and shiny hair. After shampooing your hair with cold water massage your scalp with the tip of your finger so that blood circulation gets energized. It will help you to fight against dry hair root and massive hair fall.

2. Some ayurvedic remedies -

a) There are lots of ayurvedic remedies that can help you to make your hair strong and less vulnerable. You can try mustard oil with henna leaves. Burn 250grams mustard oil with 60grams henna leaves. You have to boil this mixture and then can preserve this mixture. Apply this mixture gently on your scalp.
b) You can use onion to fight against hair fall. Onion juice with honey helps basically to fight against baldness. Onion contains vitamin-B6. And this vitamin is beneficial for growing of new hair.
c) Applying coconut oil and coconut milk over scalp is beneficial in the treatment of hair loss. What we call today hot oil treatment is one of the oldest home therapies for hair losing. Heat the mixture and apply over your hair.
d) Lemon juice is considered a medicine, which prevents hair fall. Dandruff problem and other itching disease of scalp can be remedied by lemon juice. Lemon contains vitamin-C. And this prevents this disease.
f) Using of lettuce with spinach juice is also helpful for growing of hair. It basically makes hair long and strong. It should be used half a liter of that mixture a day.

3. Some other hair fall remedies:-

 There are thousands of methods which can be used to keep your gorgeous, shiny hair protected from sun rays, ultraviolet ray and pollution. The paste of liquorices, with a pinch of saffron in milk is helpful. A fine paste made from pigeon pea or red gram is also applicable. There is also carrot juice with alfalfa leaf extract, amaranth paste, margosa leaves and all of these are very much effective not only fighting hair fall but also make your hair more black, more attractive and beautiful defying all damages.

4. Proper nutrition: -

but the bottom line is proper nutrition. Appropriate intake of sufficient basic nutrients i.e. protein, fat, vitamin, carbohydrate is essential. Right proportion of all the basic nutrients is very much required for healthy hair. It’s not only applying several things on hair but also strengthening your hair root. And that is only possible when you make sure that you are healthy inside. And your outside beauty is a reflection of that. Nothing else.

Remedies For Dry Damaged Hair

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Just about every woman wants those beautiful, silky, luxurious locks portrayed in all the shampoo and conditioner ads, but for women saddled with dry, damaged hair, reality is far different from the airbrushed fiction of the advertising world.  Numerous factors can lead to dry damaged hair, including thyroid disease, malnutrition, and environmental factors such as too much fun in the sun and over-use of heat or styling products. Before diving deep into your wallet to fork over a small fortune for salon products to treat dry, damaged hair, try a few low-cost home remedies for dry hair to restore luster to those locks.

Raid Your Kitchen

Save yourself a trip to the store and reach into your pantry or refrigerator for some effective dry hair treatments.

  • Grab some plain mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip or other salad dressing types) and coat your hair from root to tip. Cover with a shower cap, let sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing and washing with your normal shampoo.
  • Rinse your hair with a can of beer to restore shine.
  • Mash up some avocados or bananas for a hair mask, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.
  • Olive oil for hair is fantastic.  Mix a tablespoon of olive oil, a few slices of cucumber and an egg together in a blender, smooth the mixture over your hair and leave in for 10 minutes.

A Tropical Solution

Take a cue from our friends in tropical climates and grab yourself some coconut oil. Not only is it a great dry hair treatment and conditioner that adds essential proteins to nourish those dry locks, it is also relatively inexpensive. A 16-ounce jar averages about $6, and a little bit goes a long way. You can use coconut oil to make a dry hair treatment simply by taking a scoop of solid coconut oil and melting it in the microwave until it turns to liquid or, you can add curry leaves and boil it for two to three minutes.  Apply the liquid to your hair while it’s still warm and massage it into your hair and scalp.  Pile your hair on your head, put a shower cap over it, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes, even longer if you have the time.  Shampoo well to thoroughly remove the coconut oil and then condition as normal. Coconut oil is available in health food stores, supermarkets and online retailers.