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Natural Lip balm Recipes

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Homemade Lip Balm Recipes
Natural Lip Balm

Ingredients

Beeswax
Cocoa Butter
Sweet Almond Oil
Honey
Vitamin E
Essential Oils

Procedure

Put a tablespoon of beeswax, half a tablespoon of cocoa butter, four teaspoons of sweet almond oil, and one teaspoon of money in a heat proof cup.
Now, fill a frying pan with one inch of water. Heat the water till it gets hot.
Place the cup in the water and melt the wax keeping the heat low. Stir continuously using a bamboo skewer.
When the wax melts remove it from the pan. Let it cool a little and then add the vitamin E. Also, add five to ten drops of essential oil and stir to mix.
Pour the mixture in any small jar or container and set it to cool.
Simple Lip Balm

Ingredients

1½ ounce Beeswax Pearls
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
1½ ounce Shea Butter
2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1-2 teaspoons Flavor Oil

Procedure

Take the beeswax in a small pan and melt it over low flame.
When the wax melts add the cocoa butter and shea butter and heat till the butters melt.
Add the sweet almond oil and heat for some time.
Pour into lip balm containers and leave it to cool.
Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients

1½ ounce Beeswax Pearls
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
1½ ounce Mango Butter
1 ounce Sunflower Oil
1/2 ounce Almond Oil
1/2 ounce Jojoba Oil
1 teaspoon Coconut Oil (any kind)
1-2 teaspoons Peppermint Essential Oil
5-10 drops Rosemary Oil Extract (ROE)

Procedure

Melt the beeswax in a pan and then add the mango and cocoa butter. Stir thoroughly to mix.
Then add all the oils and then heat for some time.
Remove from heat and pour into balm containers.
Olive Oil Lip Balm

Ingredients
2 ounce Olive Butter
1 ½ ounce Olive Oil
1½ ounce Candellila Wax
1 ounce Cocoa Butter
5-10 drops of Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
5-10 drops Rosemary Oil Extract (ROE)
1-2 teaspoons total of Ginger Essential and Grapefruit Essential Oil
Procedure
Melt the candellila wax over low flame.
Add the olive butter and cocoa butter and melt with frequent stirring.
When the butters have melted, put in the rest of the oils.
After sometime remove from the heat and add the vitamin E. Stir to mix.
Pour it into containers.

Make Your Own Lipstick

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Tips For Making Your Own Lipstick

Organic Lipstick

You Will Need
1 tbsp organic Beeswax
1 tbsp organic Dried Alkanet Root
3/8 cup organic extra Virgin Olive Oil
9 drops of Rose Essential Oil
1 tbsp Jojoba Oil

Muslin cloth (a piece)
Instructions:
Begin by grating and melting the beeswax. Use a microwave or a double boiler to melt the beeswax.
Heat the organic extra virgin olive oil and the jojoba oil together on a gas flame for twelve minutes.
Turn off the heat and add the dried alkanet root to the oil. Set aside for five to ten minutes. This step will give the lipstick its color.
Place the muslin cloth over a large bowl and pour the mixture through it.
Pour the resultant mixture into a double boiler and add the melted beeswax to it. Heat this mixture over a gentle flame for a few minutes or until you get to a gooey substance. Take the mixture off the heat and allow it to cool.
Add to the cooled down mixture the nine drops of rose essential oil. Stir well.
Pour this mixture into lipstick tubes or containers and wait until the same reaches room temperature. Your lipstick is ready!

Cocoa Butter Lipstick

You Will Need:
3.5 tsp Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E oil, Carnauba Wax
2.5 tbsp Castor Oil
20-25 drops of Liquid food coloring
Microwaveable dish

Instructions:
Add to the microwaveable dish, the castor oil and the drops of liquid food coloring.
Also add the cocoa butter, carnauba wax and the vitamin E oil. Stir well
Heat the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time. Do this until the mixture melts to a well-mixed goo.
Allow the mixture to cool and pour into lipstick tubes or containers.

Make Your Own Chapstick

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Olive Oil & Beeswax Flakes

Chapsticks are perfect cure for chafed, chapped and even suntanned lips as they come loaded with the goodness of vitamin E, beeswax, camphor, petrolatum and more. The easiest way to have your own homemade chapstick is to get hold of 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, ¼ cup of beeswax flakes or pellets and 4 large-sized vitamin E capsules. Now, take all the ingredients and put them in a double boiler or a medium sized saucepan filled with water and melt them over low flame. Wait till the ingredients have melted. Take care not to bring the mixture to a boil. When done, put off the flame and stir the ingredients. Take chapstick tubes or jars and pour the ingredients into it. Allow the mixture to cool before storing it away for use.

Soy Wax & Shea Butter

You can also use soy wax, shea butter and virgin olive oil to pamper your pout. All you need to do is mix 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 4 tsp of soy wax, 4 tsp shea butter and 15 large-sized vitamin E capsules in a heat-safe measuring cup or bowl. Place the ingredients in a double boiler or a large saucepan of water over low heat. Allow hot water to melt ingredients, but prevent from boiling. Remove from heat and stir until well combined. Pour into small lip gloss bottles and allow to cool completely before using. You can add essence and sweetness to your lip balm by adding few drops of essential oil. You can go for flavors like peppermint, lemon and cherry that won’t just leave you with kissable lips, but a great taste too.

Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil

If you would like to play with more options, you can go for shea butter and jojoba oil. Just take ¾ oz of shea butter, 2/3 oz of jojoba oil, 1/3 oz of extra virgin olive oil, ½ oz of white beeswax flakes or pellets and 1/4 oz candelilla wax flakes. Take all the ingredients and melt them over low flame. Empty the contents in chapstick containers and allow them to cool before use.

Vanilla & Lemon

You can also indulge into the goodness of exotic items like vanilla to pep your lips. Just take 5 drops of vanilla flavor oil, 5 drops of warm sugar flavor oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil and ¼ tsp of vitamin E. Melt all the ingredients and stir well. Allow the mixture to cool and store it in jars. You can also add a bit of shimmer to your lip balm by using iridescent glitter.

Winter Skin care Tips

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Your skin texture depends not only on external treatments, but also on the intake. A proper nutritious intake helps in rejuvenating the skin from within. Water plays an important role in keeping your skin alive. A good amount of water helps in retaining the moisture of your skin as well keeping skin disorders at bay. Fruits and vegetables in your daily diet release a lot of water to your system. Primrose syrup and olive oil in your diet also aids in softening your skin.
Use the paste of ground green gram powder instead of soap to work your way to a soft and supple skin.

Pamper you skin with a little coconut oil before bath to heal dryness and chaps. Use a creamy soap that renders that extra suppleness to your skin.

Moisturizers and cold creams are a must in the winters. Apply some good cold cream on your face before going to bed. Moisten your skin with a good moisturizer or a creamy hand and body lotion. My best buy is ‘ Jergens’ hand and body lotion.

Add a few drops of oil to the water that you are using to bath. This will help retain the moisture lost when bathing. Avoid using very hot water during winter as it can decrease the natural oils of your skin. Instead shorten your bath time

10 winter solution

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

1. Drink water …
Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water. Carry a bottle with you when you go outside. Herbal tea is also great when it’s really cold. Your skin will soon have a healthy glow. So drink up and don’t let your skin go thirsty.
* btw check also 5 Practical Tips on Dry Skin Care

2. Humidifier …
One good option would be to put moisture back into the air. A humidifying system can help your skin remain supple instead of cracked and dry. You can buy a system from your local drug store.

3. Exfoliate …
A good boy scrub and facial exfoliant can help remove dead skin cells from your body. Add this to your cleansing routine once a week. Not only will you feel fresh but your skin will be free from all that old dry cells. Now you’re ready to moisturize!
* Read 5 Home-Made Face Masks for Winter Skin Car

4. Oil based moisturizer …
This will help protect your skin from moisture loss. Choose one that comes in an ointment form as it will contain 80% oil. Creams and lotions may tend to dry out the skin rather than keep it moisturized and soft.
* Check also Best Skin Care Products for 20-something Year Olds

5. Sunscreen …
Don’t say goodbye to your sunscreen just because summer is over. Before you leave your house, apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or more. This will protect your skin from the elements. Alternatively, choose a product can combines a sunscreen with a moisturizer.

6. Gloves …
It’s simple but it works! Why expose your hands to the cold. Choose a good quality pair that does not irritate the skin. If you’re allergic to wool, wear a cotton mitten underneath. It will help keep your hands dry and warm.
* Check out these Hand Care Tips and Recipes

7. Flaxseed oil …
Although it doesn’t taste very great flaxseed oil can moisturize your body from the inside. Since it is rich in vital fatty acids it can do a lot for your overall health. It is available in oil form as well as in capsule form.
* Other 9 Best Foods for Your Skin

8. Oil bath …
Now how does a jojoba oil or sweet almond bath sound to you? Relaxing isn’t it! You don’t have to keep these for holidays. Nourish you skin by adding a few drops of these oils into your every day bath. It will do wonders for your skin.

9. No blow dry …
Yes, sadly so. The blow drier is not your friend in winter. Try the tousled look or the wavy style this winter. Hot air dries out your scalp and can irritate your skin as well. So give the blow drier a miss this cold season.

10. Don’t lick …
… your lips we mean. If you do, you’ll only chap your lips even more. Keep a lip balm in your purse and apply it when you’re tempted! Or read more advice on How to Get Rid of Chapped Lips.

Homemade Remedies for Dark Circles

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Dark Circles under eyes are normally due to:

• Lack of sleep

• Hereditary

• Fatigue

• Stress

• Aging

• Deficiency in vitamins

• Nasal congestion

• Or because of some Disease

Homemade Remedies:

Take at least eight glasses of water everyday

Eight hours of sleep is a must

Do not leave any cream on the skin around the eyes for long time.

Place slices of raw potato or cucumber on your eyes for 15-20 minutes and wash with warm water.

Take fresh potato juice and cucumber juice and mix both in the ratio 1:1. Soak cotton in the mixture, place on your eyelids and keep for 20 minutes. Wash your eyes with cold water.

Take a mixture of lemon and tomato juice and apply on the dark circles and wash your eyes with cold water do this 2 times a day.

Take some mint juice and apply it around the eye.

Massage the area around and under the eyes with almond oil at bed time daily for atleast 2 weeks.

Take a mixture of honey and egg white and apply around the eye area. Wash your eyes with cold water.

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Homemade Remedies for Blackheads

Friday, October 14th, 2011

NOTE : - Before you use a scrub or a face mask, steam your face. Steam your skin by placing your face above a bowl filled with hot water for about 10 min. After that use one the following method -

Scrubbing –
Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoons of water. Mix everything thoroughly and use as a scrub and wash your face with warm water .
Soak rice in the milk for about 5 hours, grind them and make a paste. Use this as a scrub and wash your face with warm water .

Lemon peel –
Take lemon peel and rub on your face this will reduce the greasiness and that will help you to remove black heads.

Oatmeal Mask –
To 1 cup of oatmeal add a teaspoon of baking soda and 3 teaspoons of Aloe Vera juice. Mix everything and make a past. Apply this on your face, let it dry and wash your face with warm water .

Tomato rubbing -
Take a fresh tomato and cut into quarters. Rub the piece of tomato over your face and wash your face with warm water . You can do this everyday.

Almonds Mask -
Add oatmeal, grated almonds, water and make a paste. Apply it on your face and let it dry. While removing it, wet the mask with water and rub in circular motion and wash it off with lukewarm water. This acts as a scrubber and facial mask.

Egg White Mask -
Mix lemon juice with egg white and apply this on your face, let it dry, wash your face with warm water .

Astringent -
Pour few drops of Astringent on to a cotton ball and wipe your face with it. Do it in the night before you sleep.

Honey -
Apply honey directly on to your face; this helps you to remove dirt that is present on your skin. Let it dry and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

Waxing

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Waxing is a most popular and temporary method for removal of unwanted hair. This method is not a modern one; this is an ancient method where ancient Egyptian women used sugary wax to remove unsightly hair. Unlike shaving, waxing takes about three to eight weeks for the hair to grow back, this is not in the case of other methods.

Types of waxing

Most parts of the body could be waxed, but only the generally preferred ones are listed below.

• Eyebrow Waxing

• Face Waxing

• Bikini Waxing

• Leg Waxing

• Arms Waxing

• Back Waxing

• Stomach Waxing

• Feet Waxing

Waxing based on the type of wax used.

• Warm or hot waxing –this is the most common method, the wax contains sugar that makes removal of hair easier. This is more effective way than cold waxing and is mostly performed in parlors.

• Cold waxing-the wax is easily available at any drugstore or at chemist shops. This method is done by most people at home.

General Method of Waxing

Waxing is done by spreading a thin coat of wax over the area of unwanted hair in the direction of hair growth. A cloth or paper strip is pressed on top of the wax and then ripped off very quickly against the direction of hair growth. This removes wax along with the hair, leaving behind the skin smooth.

Steps in waxing

The following steps are same for all the three hand, leg, stomach and feet waxing.

• Purchase a right wax that well suits your skin. Note the instruction label.

• Heat the wax according to the instructions (It should not be too hot, it may cause heat burns).

• Clean and Dry your legs before applying wax.

• After that, apply wax before it cools (it should be warm), apply it in the direction of hair growth.

• Now, press cotton cloth or paper strip on top of the wax and allow the wax to cool a little.

• Later, rip off the waxing cloth or strip swiftly in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Do not pull it straight up this will cause more pain.

• Place the damp washcloth over the waxed area to relax.

• Repeat the process from applying wax till placing the damp wash cloth until your legs or feet or stomach or hands are completely done.

• After removing apply a soothing cream or a moisturizing cream.

The other waxing like face and eyebrow waxing are best done by professionals. Trying at home may be unsafe.

Warning

• Those suffering from diabetes, poor blood circulation, are advised not to follow this method.

• Individuals who are using taking Retin-A, Renova, Differin and Isotretinoin are advised not to choose this method.

• Do not apply wax on the areas that are affected by warts, pimples, moles, rashes or suffering from sunburn.

• Do not apply wax on to broken skin or varicose veins.

Benefits

Waxing takes about three to eight weeks for the hair to grow back and the new hair is soft, which is not in the case of other methods.

• When compared to other methods like shaving, waxing does not cause any cuts.

• Removes unwanted hair and makes our skin soft, it also helps in removing dead cells from skin.

•Waxing at regular intervals diminishes hair growth.

Drawbacks

• It is a temporary method and not permanent method for removal of hair.

• While removing the cotton strip from the skin is causes pain.

• Compared to other methods like shaving, Waxing is little expensive.

Remedies For Fractures

Friday, October 14th, 2011

When the bone breaks in any sort of way, this is known as a fracture and the result is often excruciating pain and a lot of tenderness in the area. Oftentimes the person can’t move the area that was affected because it is just too painful and tender to the touch.There is usually some sort of injury or trauma to the body which caused or contributed to the fracture, and they can show up in a variety of different ways and in different parts of the body.

It’s important to seek out medical attention as soon as you suspect a fracture of any type because it can be serious.If not treated properly, this can cause a person to have a difficult time using that part of the body.What many people don’t realize is that when a bone cracks or breaks and results in a fracture, the pulse may slow or even stop temporarily in that part of the body.That’s why proper treatment whether it be through a cast, through medication, or through immobility or limited use, is crucial to the healing process.

A doctor can help get a person in proper condition to heal, and then it’s up to you to follow doctors’ orders.It can also be quite helpful to know that there are some home remedies for a fracture that can help to bring about great relief from the pain.

Bridal beauty Tips

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for all your life. Ever since you were 16 or 17 maybe. All the planning of every detail, practicing of the ‘I do’ over and over and trying the wedding dress for the nth time. All the practice for this one day.

Are you sure you are not missing out on anything. Beautiful skin perhaps? If that’s not on your itinerary, it better be. And set the alarm prior to the D-day. Not that you need any reminder that beautiful; and glowing skin is the bride’s most admired ornament on her wedding day.

Here’s what the experts have to say. Dr Snehal Sriram, Medical Advisor from Kaya Skin clinic say, “Brides and grooms-to-be should ideally start their beauty and skin care at least 30 days prior to their wedding date.” Here are few must to do’s to look beautiful best when the time comes.

Protect: Protect yourself from stress everyday- both environmental as well as mental. Ensure you spend a good quality time- yoga, pranayam, aerobic exercises for at least 20 minutes a day. Sleep well. A daily sleep of 7 -8 hours is ideal. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason.

Nourish- Eat right. Balance the sweet and heavy food intake by eating fruits and drinking fluids like fresh fruits juices, buttermilk etc. Drink 2-3 litres of water every day and eat 1 and a half tablespoon of flax seed.

Repair: Repair your existing skin damage. Make sure whenever you go out, you apply sunscreen and wash your face with a face wash every time you come back home.

Visit a good skin dermatologist a month prior to your wedding.

So now everything is in place for the most important day of your life, beautiful skin included, all that to say is ‘Happy honeymooning’.

How to increase Your Water Intake

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Tip #1: Use a Water Filter

An article published in the October 5, 2004 issue of The Washington Post reported that cities across the United States, such as Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City, were manipulating the results of tests used to detect lead in water, violating federal law and putting millions of Americans at risk by giving them a false sense of security.

There are reasonably priced water filters on the market, such as Brita or PUR.

Tip #2: Meet The Intake Guidelines

The U.S. National Research Council recommends 1 mL of water for every calorie you eat. So according to this guideline, a person who eats 2,000 calories should be drinking 2,000 mL. Other suggestions:
Fruit juice, soda, ice tea all have calories that add up.
Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea, and green tea, count for ½.
More water is needed during exercise and in hot weather. A rough guideline—for every hour of exercise, drink an extra quart of water.

Tip #3: Avoid drinking at night

People who don’t make the time to drink fluids during the day sometimes try to make up for it in the evening, but this may result in waking up during the night to urinate and unrefreshing sleep. Avoid drinking at least two hours before bedtime.

Tip #4: Drink Filtered Water

Drinking water can be contaminated with heavy metals, microorganisms, chlorine, fluoride, and other impurities.
You can improve the quality of drinking water by filtering with a reverse osmosis system, charcoal, ceramic, or other high quality filter.
Check bottled water—some types are not spring water but actually purified water from the same source as tap water.

Store water in glass containers. Avoid the plastic water bottles you find at the store. If you do drink water from a soft, clear water bottle, do not reuse it.
Avoid drinking distilled water regularly, because it can deplete your body of needed minerals.

Tip #5: Drink Warm or Room Temperature Water

You wouldn’t water your plants with freezing cold water or put icy water into your pet’s water bowl, would you? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, cold drinks disrupt the proper flow of energy in the body and “shock” the body. Stick to warm or room temperature fluids.

Remedies For Chlamydia

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

There are two commonly recommended regimens:

1. Zithromax (Azithromycin) 1.0gm (4 x 250 mg) a single dose, or

2. Zithromax Z-pak (Azithromycin) – 500mg on day 1, followed by 1 tab (250mg) once a day for 4 more days.

The patients who are afraid to have difficulty remembering to take a pill usually prefer a single dose treatment which is as effective as 5-days treatment. The regimen a doctor may recommend for chlamydia treatment depends on many factors: the age of the patient, his health status, the stage of the disease and others. Once a person have found out of being infected it’s necessary that he notifies all of his sexual partners. They should be tested and treated otherwise he can be easily reinfected and chlamydia infection may spread.

As you see the treatment for chlamydia infection is quite simple but before taking Azithromycin make sure you have never had an allergic reaction to this or similar drugs. Also be careful taking other drugs together with Azithromycin.

Dark Circles – Natural eye care, removing dark circles

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Grate 3 pieces of cucumber and squeeze them through a muslin cloth and extract the juice. Dip cotton pads in this juice for 2 minutes and place on eyelids and darkened areas. Relax for 15 minutes for best results continue for 2 to3 days.

Take 1 teaspoon of Tomato pulp,1 pinch of Turmeric powder, half teaspoon of lime juice and 1 teaspoon of gram flour. Make a paste of the above ingredients and apply gently on the eye lids and the darkened areas and let it remain for half an hour. Remove gently with moist cotton pads after half an hour. Repeat this for a week.

Eyecare Instructions for people using computers and computer

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Spending long hours in front of television or computers is part of peoples life today. Especially if you are a computer professional, there is usually no escape from it. This causes many eyes and vision related problems in future. Here are some useful eye care tips for computer users.

After every 20 to 30 minutes of work, look at a distant away object and blink several times. This will help in better focusing

Blink frequently. People tend to reduce blink rate while working on computer. This can lead to dry eyes. Try to blink 12 to 15 times every minute.

Exercise you eyes at frequent intervals. Eye exercise is simple. All you need to do is just blink several times, then close your eyes and role them in clockwise and anti clockwise direction. While doing this, inhale and exhale slowly and open your eyes slowly after doing this.

Rub your palms against each other till them become warm. Cover your eyes with your warm palms for about a minute. Palming is another great way to relax and soothe your eyes.

Splashing water on you face during breaks can keep you refreshed. This also helps in cooling your eyes.
A few minutes of walk during breaks will refresh your body and mind. It is also good for your eyes as walking increases blood supply to your eyes.

Fix an anti glare screen on to your monitor or use anti glare glass while working on computers. Also position the monitor and lights in such a manner that glare from the screen is minimum.

Remedies For Foot Pain In Big toe

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Foot pain in the big toe is commonly known as bunions. Most frequently charged on wearing tight, narrow and high heeled shoes, it seems that a lot of women are now paying the price of style and beauty with bunions on their feet. This foot problem has a medical terminology which is called Hallux Valgus although it is ordinarily known as a bunion and a real pain in the big toe. With this problem of the forefoot, a bunion looks like a major bump on the inside of the foot around the joint of the big toe.

Fungal infections are common on both fingernails and toenails. Toenail fungus also known as onychomycosis is caused by a group of fungus called dermatophytes. These fungus are harmful because as they grow they feed on the keratin that makes up the surface of the toe nail. The two fingers that are more likely to be affected are the big toe and the little toe. The big toe and the little toe are in fact the most susceptible to paronychia, which is an infection of the soft tissue around the nail. Toenail fungus causes disfiguration and discoloration of the nails. It is a contagious disease and some times it may be hereditary. Paronychia and onycholysis are common toenail problems and may require medical assistance if they have been neglected.

Some of the popular treatments involve treating the condition with black toenail fungus home remedies like bleach and hydrogen peroxide. The use of bleach for toenail fungus is quite popular as a foot fungus remedy. The use of baking soda for toenail fungus or fingernail fungus and skin fungus is also very popular and there are plenty of nail fungus baking soda remedies. The best home remedies for toenail fungus treatment are also not a sure bet however as there are no instant or fast home remedies for toenail fungus. If for some reason you cannot seek medical attention and toenail fungus home treatments are necessary then it would be best to try nail fungus treatment with over the counter nail fungus medications and applications.

Body lotions

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Body Lotions - A body lotion is a low to medium viscosity preparation intended for application on external skin and body, usually after bath. Many lotions, especially hand and face creams can be classified as cosmetics and not medicine. Its main purpose is to smoothen and soften the skin.

Given below are some beauty tips and ways to prepare body lotions.

Mix 1 table spoon of limejuice with 1 table spoon of Glycerin and 1 table spoon of rose water. Mix well and store it in a glass bottle. Apply daily half an hour before a bath or apply at bedtime and wash in the morning before bath.

In Winter season, right after a bath while the skin is still wet, rub some Baby oil into the skin gently to avoid dryness.

Make a paste with 2 tablespoons of oats and 1 tablespoons lime juice and milk. Apply on the body and wash after 5 minutes before a bath.

Take 1 cup of fresh rose petals with half a cup of milk. Add 1 teaspoon of gram flour and some Rose water. Make a paste and apply on arms and legs before bath. Wash after 10 minutes.
Mix 1 teaspoon Vaseline with 1 teaspoon Glycerin and leave overnight. This is good for dry skin and also during winter season.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Vaseline with 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and 1 teaspoon of Glycerin and apply over the entire body. Have a bath after an hour repeat this for a week or two.

Face Care tips for summer

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Here are some suggestions to keep your skin looking beautiful all summer long:

Drink lots of water through the day, not only to replenish moisture lost to the heat and sweat but also to help flush toxins out of the body and keep skin looking clear and lustrous. Herb or spice teas, made with skin-enhancing ingredients, offer added therapeutic benefit. To balance Pitta, choose cooling herbs and spices such as mint, cardamom and fennel. Stay away from iced beverages because they hinder digestion and can create toxins leading to skin breakouts.

Eat Pitta-balancing fruits, vegetables and herbs, which supply the skin with essential nutrients and come with free-radical fighting antioxidant properties while they help keep your skin cool. Carrots, lettuce, summer squash such as zucchini, celery, asparagus and leafy greens are good vegetable choices. Sweet juicy fruits such as pears, grapes, watermelon and mangoes both nourish and cleanse. Fresh ginger, cilantro, mint and basil add flavor and aromas to dishes without aggravating Pitta dosha.

The sweet, bitter and astringent tastes balance Pitta while the sour, pungent and salty tastes aggravate it. Go easy on spicy or sour foods, especially if you plan to go out and enjoy the sun for the day, to keep your skin from breaking out or getting inflamed.

Milk is a cooling, Pitta-pacifying beverage that also supplies nutrients to your skin and helps to keep it from drying out. Drink a cup of milk every day, and also combine milk with ingredients like almond meal and rose water to make a Pitta-balancing skin cleanser.

Get plenty of quality rest each night. Keep your bedroom cool, dark and comfortable and sleep on cotton or linen sheets. Get to bed early and awaken early for clear healthy skin and sparkling eyes.

Pitta dosha governs the heart and emotions. When you feel stressed, angry or frustrated, your skin will show it over time as furrows and small lines and breakouts. Practice calming yoga poses or meditation to stay serene and help your body and mind manage stress. Diffuse Pitta-balancing essential oils, such as rose, sandalwood and lavender to keep mind and heart balanced. Walk on the beach or through a cool shady garden.

The sun can increase sebum production, causing your skin to look oily on occasion. When the oil combines with dirt and sweat, pores get clogged. Be meticulous about your cleansing routine, morning and night. Use a non-soap based gentle cleanser that will deep cleanse without drying out the skin. A good cleansing mix for dry/normal skin can be made with almond meal, oatmeal, milk and rosewater. For oily skin, try chickpea flour (found in Indian grocery stores) or oatmeal with yogurt and a little lemon and neem powder. If you use a toner, look for one without alcohol.

Keep your skin nourished with an herbal moisturizer. Look for ayurvedic formulations that contain skin-friendly herbs such as sandalwood, turmeric, brahmi, amla and aloe vera. At least once a week, treat yourself to a fruit or vegetable mask appropriate for your skin type. Cucumbers, avocados, apricots and papayas lend themselves well to homemade masks. Puree the fruit or vegetable and blend with some yogurt, honey, oatmeal and lemon juice (for oily skin) or rosewater (for dry skin) and apply evenly to the face. Let stay for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

Do not go out during the hottest parts of the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you exercise outdoors, do it early in the morning. Wear sunscreen, lip protection, sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat when you go out-exposure to the sun can age skin very rapidly. A thin mixture of red sandalwood powder and rosewater applied to your skin 2-3 times a week can help it become more resilient. Take an aromatherapy floral water or hydrosol along for the day to stay refreshed.

Eyes and feet could do with extra TLC. Each evening, splash lots of cool water on your eyes. When you can, soak some cotton pads in cool water or rose water and place them over closed eyes for 10 minutes. Keep your feet clean and cool. Wear sandals when you can to let feet breathe and stay odor-free.

Drink For Enhancing beauty

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Add more water to your life:


You know you should, but do you do it? Drink at least 15 glasses of water a day

Mix the fruit juice of your choice with mineral water for a healthy soda.

Is there a waterfall you can get under, or a brook to swim in? Don’t pass up the opportunity. Great for blood circulation.

Sinking into a bathtub has a tranquilizing effect on the mind. Throw in mineral salts if you can.

Use water as mouth freshener along with a sprig of mint, honey and lime.

Make a compress for dry, flaky, irritated skin using water. Use gauze dipped in tolerably cold water. Apply on affected area and leave on for 10 minutes. Instant relief.

Sebastian Keipp, who wrote My Water Cure, recommends using water as a healing power to cure disease. “Walk barefoot on grass or immerse your legs in cold water up to the knees. This increases resistance to illness.”

With water, remember, more is always better.

Smoking Is Injurious To Health

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Effects of Smoking on Body:

Heart : Smoking is the biggest risk factor for all heart diseases. It accelerates the process of fat deposition in the inner walls of arteries (atherosclerosis). It increases blood pressure and heart rate. Not only these, smoking increases tendency for the blood to clot. It reduces the capacity of a person to exercise. (Exercises always keep heart healthy).

Lungs : Smoking destroys small hairs present in upper parts of airways. In normal persons these hairs protect lungs from germs, dust and other harmful particles. When this natural cleaning system is damaged germs, dust, smoke and other harmful chemicals enter lungs causing infection, cough and lung cancer. The air sacs of lungs (alveoli) get permanently damaged causing difficulty in breathing.

Digestive system: Smoking causes heart burn ,delays healing of peptic ulcers, increases risk of crohn’s disease and formation of gall stones. It affects liver and increases chances of stomach cancer.

Legs: Smoking affects blood vessels of legs causing chronic pain in legs. This may further progress to cause gangrene of toes or feet.

Eyes: The sensitive blood vessels of eye are easily damaged by smoking. This causes blood shot appearance of eyes and itching. In heavy smokers it may lead to degeneration and loss of eyesight. Smokers are at an increased risk of cataracts.

Skin : Due to smoking the skin is deprived of oxygen and it loses its texture. An average smoker looks 5 years older than his healthy non smoking counterparts. The skin loses its healthy glow and takes on a yellowish-gray cast. The more cigarettes smoked, the worse skin will look. Wrinkles start appearing very quickly as smoking affects elastic tissues of skin.

Bones: It accelerates the process of osteoporosis

Cancer: Smoking causes cancer of lungs, larynx, oral cavity, pharynx, oesophagus and bladder. Tobacco smoke contains more than 60 substances which cause cancer. 87% lung cancer death occurs due to smoking.

Reproductive system: Smoking reduces fertility in both men and women.

In women: Smoking imbalances estrogen hormone in women. It causes dryness of vagina and reduces blood flow to genital organs. Women who smoke can get diseases of fallopian tubes and their egg production is affected. Smoking can cause abortion. It accelerates aging process and can cause early menopause.

The growth of baby retards when mother smokes in pregnancy. It affects the brain development of baby and reduces IQ. This happens even when mother is a passive smoker. The chances of miscarriage, premature birth and fetal death increase.

In men: Smoking impairs erections and can become a reason for erectile dysfunction. It affects semen and also reduces sperm count and impairs sperm motility. But these are reversed after stopping smoking.