Archive for November, 2011

Some Ayurveda tips for a healthy head of hair

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Like everything else about true, lasting beauty, healthy hair begins within your body. Start with your diet. Include lots of green leafy vegetables and sweet juicy fruits. Dairy products such as milk and fresh yogurt will also help. Fresh coconut is also considered excellent “hair food” – sprinkle grated coconut over salads, diced fresh fruit, or rice.

Cut down on refined, processed and canned foods. Ayurveda considers foods with artificial preservatives and chemical additives stripped of their inherent “intelligence” and therefore not helpful in supplying nutrition to your body and mind. Ice-cold beverages also hamper the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Cooking with certain spices adds flavor to your food and provides nourishment for your hair. Cumin, turmeric and black pepper are some “hair-friendly” spices. Add a healthy pinch of each to single-portion soups and stews as they are cooking. Sauté 1/8 –1/4 teaspoon each of the three spices in a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil and add to cooked veggies. Roasted ground cumin and ground black pepper can be sprinkled over fresh yogurt.

Stress can be seriously injurious to long-term health and color of hair. Try and manage your time and tasks to minimize time-related pressures. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation. Seek out tranquil sights in nature to help restore balance to your mind. Relaxing or uplifting music can be therapeutic. Get adequate, good quality sleep to help the natural process of rejuvenation.

Ayurvedic herbs that help hair health include Eclipta alba and Gotu Kola. Eclipta alba is called “Bhringaraj” – literally, king of tresses. It nourishes the hair and helps resistance to stress as well. Brahmi, sometimes called Gotu Kola, also helps balance the mind and nourishes the hair and scalp. Since Ayurveda considers the health, color and luster of hair so dependent on overall mind/body health, synergistic Ayurvedic herbal preparations for hair can also include herbs such as Country Mallow, which is supposed to strengthen the physiology, and Winter Cherry, which aids resistance to stress.

Stay away from harsh chemical topical products that can damage hair over time. Look for gentle, natural cleansers and conditioners, especially if you wash your hair more than three times a week. Shampoos and conditioners that contain nourishing botanicals are even better. Read labels carefully – sometimes, products that say “herbal” or “natural” can include no-no chemicals.

A warm oil scalp massage two or three times a week will help stimulate and moisturize the scalp. You can use good quality coconut, almond or olive oil Ayurvedic hair oils also contain some of the herbs mentioned earlier. Apply some mildly warmed oil to your hair and gently massage into your scalp evenly with your fingertips. Leave on overnight if you can, if not, leave on for at least an hour or two, then get it out by shampooing your hair. The scalp massage helps you relax and aids sound sleep as well.

Never attack wet hair with a brush, no matter how rushed for time you are. Tangles in wet hair are best removed with a wide-toothed comb. Use a wooden comb if you can find one; it won’t generate static electricity. Excessive blow-drying can damage hair in the long-term, making it brittle and causing split ends. If you can, let your hair dry naturally, then brush into place.

Last, but not least, brushing your hair regularly to stimulate the scalp will keep it looking healthy and lustrous. Brush each night in all directions in turn – left to right, right to left, front to back and back to front Use smooth long strokes from scalp to hair-tips.

Home Remedy for Blackheads

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

You can buy some green tea (very good to drink as it’s full on anti-oxidants). After drinking the tea open up the tea bag and use the contents as a face scrub. It’s less abrasive than commercial scrubs and, therefore, less likely to stimulate oil production which could exacerbate your blackhead problem. Use it twice a week as too much scrubbing is likely to irritate your skin. Afterwards use jojoba oil as a moisturizer. This oil closely matches to the skins own natural oil, sebum – won’t clog up your pores and will leave your skin super soft. You can buy it from any health food shop and it’s very cheap.

Skin Problem Blackheads & Treatment

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Blackheads are not dirt and cannot be washed away. A blackhead results when dead skin cells and sebum block a hair follicle near the surface of the skin. Blackhead causes the oily skin pores to be enlarged and the texture becomes coarse and rough. When a pore is fully blocked, a pimple can result. Blackheads cause acne.

Treatment of Blackheads:
Do not remove them forcibly. Drink plenty of water and fresh fruits and fruit juices. Keep the skin clean by washing it with plain water. Wash the face with a medicated soap using warm water. Consult a doctor.

For better Vision

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Eat vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin A.

Immerse carrot leave in hot water and leave for a few minutes. Drink the liquid 3 times a day before meals.

Dip cotton balls in rose water or cold water and keep under the eyses for 10 minutes.

Take Ginkgo.

Try chamomile tea bags cooled over eyes.

Remedies For Dermatitis

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by irritation and inflammation, redness, itching, blistering, and scaling.

1. Taking antioxidants can help repair damage to the skin by disarming free radicals, the unstable molecules that oxidize or destroy healthy cells. These unstable molecules can be produced as the by-products of the body’s never-ending fight against the inflammation of dermatitis as well as exposure to sunlight, smoking, eating foods that are high in fat, and a plethora of lifestyle factors. By keeping free radicals under control, you can help the dermatitis heal, and prevent future occurrences.

2. Here are some of the most important antioxidants for the health of your skin. However, if the problem does not get better after six weeks, consult a dermatologist.

a) Beta-carotene

b) Vitamin C

c) Vitamin E

d) Zinc

3. Make sure you are getting enough fatty acids, which could help reduce inflammation and control dermatitis. For the best combination of fatty acids, look for a supplement that contains oils from flaxseed and borage seed and omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fish oils.

4. Avoid the foods that cause dermatitis. Certain sensitivities to foods in your daily diet can cause dermatitis. One of the most common triggers is dairy products. Cut dairy products out of your diet for thirty days. If your situation improves, then you know that dairy was the culprit. If you need even more proof, because you love dairy so much, then incorporate it back into your diet for one week. If your dermatitis comes back, then you know you have to avoid dairy for as long as you want to stay flare-up free.

5. If dairy turns out to be the culprit, then it becomes important for you to replace the calcium in your diet. You can accomplish this by taking a calcium supplement, or eating calcium rich foods such as nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables.

However, if eliminating diary does not solve the problem you can test other problematic foods such as chocolate, sugar, citrus fruits, coffee, soy, peanut butter, wheat, corn, and alcohol.

6. An ancient emollient herb called horsetail is very helpful in soothing the discomfort of eczema.

7. Oats, which is a popular breakfast grain, soothes and moistens the skin. You could purchase a colloidal oatmeal mix such as Aveeno.

How To Give Yourself A French Manicure

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Whether you are giving yourself a french manicure by hand or with a kit, you still have to prepare your nails beforehand:

1. CLEAN YOUR NAILS: Dab a cotton pad in nail polish remover and wipe it across your nails until all the old polish is gone. Then wash your hands and dry them with a lint free towel.

2. FILE YOUR NAILS: Use an emery board to file your nails. Work in one direction, from the edges to the middle, never back and forth.

3. SOAK YOUR NAILS: Wipe off any nail dust left on your nails from filing and soak them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Then, take them out and gently pat-dry with a towel.

4. PUSH BACK THE CUTICLES: Take an orange stick and gently push the cuticles back to expose more of the round pinkish “moon” shape at the base of your nails..

5. BUFF YOUR NAILS: Buffing takes care of ridges and removes any oil. Plus, by gently roughing up the surface of the nail, the polish will adhere better to the nails.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011

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What Causes Cavities Kids Dental Care

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

In the war against cavities, bacteria is public enemy #1. Millions of these bacteria live, work and play in our mouths. Here they feed on left over food particles, creating acid in the process. It is this acid by-product which eats into tooth enamel and causes cavities.

Good oral hygiene is essential to cavity prevention as it removes bacteria and the left over food particles they feast on. For infants, a wet gauze or clean washcloth will wipe away the plaque that contains bacteria from teeth and gums.

Try to get your young ones to brush their own teeth. Because children under the age of seven do not have the manual dexterity to effectively brush their teeth it is important that you brush their teeth after they have done so.

Make sure that your kids get an adequate amount of fluoride. Fluoride is the single most influential factor in the decrease in cavities among today’s children. Fluoride incorporates itself into tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attack.

Most children get adequate amounts of fluoride because it is added to the municipal water supply. However, if your city or town does not add fluoride to its water supply, consult your physician about whether or not to give your child fluoride supplements.

Parents should be careful that their children do not get too much fluoride. As with other vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy body, too much of a good thing can be detrimental. Too much fluoride can cause a condition known as fluorosis in which brown spots appear on children’s teeth.

The primary way children get too much fluoride is by swallowing fluoride toothpaste. Remember, children need only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Have them spit toothpaste out instead of swallowing it.

Useful Remedies to Get Rid Of Ulcer At Your Own Place

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Causes For Ulcer

Ulcers are in part caused (and can be worsened) by the corrosive action of the gastric acids. Gastric juices are part hydrochloric acid and part pepsin, an enzyme that helps break down food. The walls of the stomach secrete a mucus substance to protect the linings from the corrosive action of the stomach acid. However if there is too much acid or not enough mucus coating the walls of the stomach, a peptic ulcer may develop. External substances can also irritate the linings of the stomach, things like tobacco, alcohol, and some drugs like Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, Motrin, etc. are part of the ulcer causing irritants.

It’s now known that a bacterium called H. pylori, can also contribute to the development of ulcers, this type of bacterium is commonly found in the linings of the stomach and is the principal cause of ulcers. It has been shown that 90% of people suffering from ulcers in the duodenum and 75% of all gastric ulcers are caused by this bacteria, which attacks the walls of the stomach, it has been linked to gastric cancer as well.

Remedies For Ulcer

1. It’s very important to follow a diet rich in fiber and low in fats. Eat steamed green vegetable like alfalfa, broccoli, and tomatoes.

2. Eat small portions to avoid producing too much digestive acid, but eat frequently to keep these acids from attacking the stomach linings.

3. For bleeding ulcers eat organic baby food and drink brown rice water to soothe the digestive system.

4. Avoid milk, although it soothes the digestive tract and neutralizes stomach acid, it also stimulates the production of more acid, further irritating the ulcerated area.

5. Avoid coffee, alcohol, citrus juices, sugar, hot and spicy foods, these substances irritate the stomach and encourage the production of gastric acid.

Many parents put their children to sleep with a bottle

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Many parents put their children to sleep with a bottle. They often find that this helps the baby settle down. Unfortunately, studies show that babies fall asleep with the baby bottle nipples in their mouths, allowing fluid from the bottle to pool around teeth.

Sugar present in the fluid continually nourishes the bacteria that are in the baby’s mouth. Using this constant source of sugar, bacteria multiply and create a steady stream of tooth damaging acid. Night after night of acid attack results in cavity formation and extensive tooth decay. In some cases, the entire tooth can be eaten away by bacterially produced acid.

How to make our skin feel smooth and cool

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

It is immense to have a great skin. It plays a vital role in our life. How one looks and feels directly relates to ones skin. Our skin, is achieved through diet/ food, exercise, regular professional treatments, personalized homecare, and a healthy mental attitude. Beauty comes from within, for the beauty that is without resembles the beauty that is within.

The type of skin you have depends on your genes, sex, age, environment, structure and regeneration. Skin cleansing is very much essential, because pollution, grease and grime cling to the skin. If the cleansing process is not thoroughly undertaken, the skin will look and feel sluggish, tired and minor skin problems and irritations will transpire.Skin care by natural products really suits any kind of skin and it is recommended to habituate using natural skin care products on everyday basis.Do not forget to sense that the skin on your eyes, are also in need of special and unique care.

Cleansing your skin should be part of the daily routine. As soon as you wake up early in the morning, before returning to bed, before using special treatments like facials etc., before and after your makeup cleansing is much-required factor for your skin to look younger

What are blackheads and whiteheads

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Blackheads:

Blackheads, also known as open comedones, are follicles that have a wider than normal opening. They are filled with plugs of sebum and sloughed off cells and have undergone a chemical reaction resulting in the oxidation of melanin. This gives the material in the follicle the typical black color.

Whiteheads:

Whiteheads, also known as closed comedones, are follicles that are filled with the same material, but have only a microscopic opening to the skin surface. Since the air cannot reach the follicle, the material is not oxidized, and remains white.

Home Remedies for Facial Hair Removal

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Apply a mixture of besan and haldi (turmeric) with a little water, to face. When it dries, gently rub off. This will remove excessive facial hair. This is one of the useful home remedies for hair removal.

Lemon is natural bleach, so apply that with an equal amount of honey and leave on for ten to fifteen minutes. Do this everyday.

When bathing, apply soap and scrub your hands and legs gently with a pumice stone everyday. This will take some time, but with patience your hair will gradually reduce and diminish.

Mix lemon, sugar, and honey in a bowl. Microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes, until it bubbles into a smooth consistency. Spread a thin layer on your leg. Cover with a strip of fabric, and rubbing the strip the opposite way of hair growth, about 3 times. Grab the fabric end and pull it off very quickly against the direction of the hair growth. This is an effective home remedy for hair removal.

The technique of waxing hair removal is also very effective. In this technique apply wax with a butter knife on the hairy area, press down with a cellophane paper or cloth strip, and yank it off in the direction opposite to hair growth. Waxing will also make hair grow out thicker, but the growth will reduce in the long run if you keep waxing regularly.

Plucking also helps in the removal of hair. Pluck them once or twice a week.

Bleaching can also help to remove the facial hair.

Simply wash your face twice a day with a face wash, and follow up with a toner. Apply a moisturizer after shaving. This is an effective home remedy for hair removal.

Sandpaper is also effective for the removal of unwanted hairs.

Prepare a paste by adding a tablespoon of besan with a few pinches of haldi and a little malai and apply to the face.One of the useful home remedies for hair removal.

Wash the ingrown hair area twice a day with a Panoxyl bar, an antibacterial soap of 10 percent benzoyl peroxide found at your local drugstore. This is one of the best home remedies for hair removal.

Apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone preparation such as Cortaid around the ingrown hair according to package directions.

If ingrown hairs are inflamed and infected, change your razor blade each time you shave until the ingrown hair is gone.

Remedies For Itching

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Some Home Remedies For Itching Are :

1. A paste made from aloe vera gel and green clay soothes the skin.

2. Chamomile cream, calendula lotion, or comfrey ointment can be applied directly to the itchy areas as often as needed. They have anti- inflammatory properties that help to relieve your discomfort.

3. Jewelweed, otherwise known as impatiens, can be boiled in a gallon of water, strained and cooled. The liquid stops itching extremely well. In fact, in clinical trials, it worked just as well as prescription cortisone creams. Jewelweed is a perennial wildflower that should be available at herb shops and through herbalists. It is not the same plant as the flowering annual called impatiens that is commonly sold in nurseries and garden centers.

4. An herbal tea made from two parts each of agrimony and chamomile and one part each of stinging nettle and heart’s-ease can be taken three times a day as an aid to soothing the itching. In addition to drinking the tea, dip a clean cloth into it and apply it as a compress to the affected areas for five minutes every half hour, as needed. Other plants containing naturally antihistaminic compounds from which you can make a combination tea include basil, fennel, ginkgo, oregano, tarragon, tea, thyme, and yarrow. These teas should be used to compress the affected areas of itchy skin, as well as drunk three times a day

5. Diluted chamomile, lavender, and rosemary essential oils are soothing and relaxing, and help ease itching. You can add up to 10 drops of any of these oils (or a combination) to a tubful of water to make an aromatherapy bath, or you can dilute them in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil and apply it to the hives with a compress.

Nice Natural Tips to Remove Acne

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Steam your face for 10 minutes, then pat dry, wash with any anti-bacterial facewash, leave for another 10 minutes, then wash off. Lastly, apply a small amount of extra virgin olive oil with a teaspoon of sugar and scrub, leave for 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Take an egg seperate the yolk from the egg white and apply the yolk on your face. This home remedy for acne is also recommended by many users for acne cure

Mix natural yogurt and fine oatmeal to a thick paste, apply and leave to dry. Wash the face with lukewarm water and pat dry. Afterwards you can apply any antibiotic lotion depending on the skin type.

The latest method nowadays used for the treatment of acne skin is the Aloe Vera. Soaps and gels made from Aloe Vera serves a good purpose in healing the acne damaged skin.

Cook 2-3 tea bags and mix with dried basil for 10-20 minutes. Apply this on the face and acne with a cotton ball.

The orange peel is valuable in the treatment of acne.

Drink fresh cod liver oil

Make a paste by mixing honey and cinnamon powder. Apply the paste while sleeping and wash the face next morning as this is a good natural remedy for acne.

Application of a pack made by boiling 50 gm of raspberry, strawberry or blackberry leaves with 1.5 litres of water for 3 minutes will give itching free and soothing skin. This is a very effective home remedies for acne

Unboiled milk mixed with gram flour has been proved effective for the daily wash of acne skin.

Mix one tablespoon of groundnut oil with one tablespoon of lime juice for treating pimples and this is one of the best home remedies for acne.

Apply fresh lime juice mixed with a half glass of boiled milk for treating pimples, blackheads and cracked skin.

To make good acne remedy take 2 tablespoon of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and wet a little and rub face .

One more good home remedy for acne is to apply ripe tomatoes paste on pimples and wash it after keeping for an hour.

Saturate lettuce leaves in water, use this water to rinse acne as this is a good natural remedy for acne.

Apply fresh mint juice every night to cure acne as this is a good home remedy for acne

Drink a glass of wheat grass juice daily to remove acne.

Make a paste of turmeric powder in mint juice, keep it for 30 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water. This is another good home remedy for acne

Apply a paste of fresh fenugreek leaves in water, keep it overnight and wash the face with warm water next morning.

Mix lime juice and rose water in equal portions and apply every night after thoroughly washing the face. Keep it for 30 minutes and then again wash the face and pat dry. This is one of the effective home remedies for Acne

Make a paste of roasted powdered pomegranate skin with fresh lime juice and apply over the affected parts. This is another effective acne home remedy

Acne is common in teens and twenties, and a serious disorder of the sebaceous glands, requiring proper care and medication. To keep skin conditions under control, observe the following suggestions:

Reduce the oiliness of the skin.

Remove the blackheads regularly.

Have a well-balanced, regular diet with lots of fresh fruit juices.

Try to avoid chocolates, nuts, fried and fatty foods.

Diet for Acne – Vitamin C and vitamin E are antioxidants that rejuvenate the skin, so the diet rich in these vitamins should be included.

Vitamin E is also important to prevent scarring from acne and removing old scars.

The mineral zinc is also beneficial in the treatment of acne. It should be taken in a dose of 50 mg three times a day. The dose can be reduced with the improvement in the acne.

Dry Skin

Monday, November 21st, 2011

 

Face care For Men

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

In earlier times, men never used to worry about their skin or think twice about their appearance. But with changing times, even men have become aware about how they look and what they can do to look better. Men to face skin problems like acne, blemishes, scars, age spots, wrinkles and fine lines. Men want to attract the opposite sex and they don’t want to get neglected due to these skin problems. Skin problems have solutions and even men are interested in taking that extra effort to take care of their skin. Skin care for men is unknown to many and that is why they follow the wrong skincare routines.

Like women, men also should first find what is their skin type. Many men rush to the cosmetic selling shops and grab whatever creams and products they think are good for them without even knowing what is their skin type and what kind of products will suit there skin and what will not. There are various skin types like normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. It can be little difficult for men to know their exact skin type as compared to the women. The skin care for men depends upon their skin type.

If your skin has small pores and look even all throughout then do doubt that your skin type is normal. If your face looks greasy and you have acne, blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads then your skin type is oily. If your skin feels to dry and you feel it very tight, especially during winters then your skin type is dry. If your skin gets rashes more than often due to using soaps, perfumes, sun, shaving creams, etc., then your skin type is sensitive. For those men who have combination skin, some part of the face will be greasy and some will be too dry. The skin care for men can be wisely planned out once the actual skin type is known.

In skin care for men after finding out what is your actual skin type, you can buy those beauty products that are manufactured for your skin type. Along with applying these skin care products, you should also take care of your skin by following a daily skin care program. Wash your face two times in a day with the help of a good facial cleanser. This facial cleansing will remove the dirt from your face and allow the skin ores to breath properly. It will also clear your face from pollutants and sweat. In case you are not okay with the cleansers, then you can also use herbal soaps for cleaning your face.

After washing your face with herbal soap, apply a good toner that is suitable for your skin type. You can either buy alcohol containing toners or the non-alcohol containing toners. After applying the toner, next step is to apply moisturizer. Select the moisturizer that has sunscreen lotion included in it. This will be time saving as you will not have to apply a separate sunscreen lotion. In short the skin care for men is not much different from the skin care for women.

Cure For Falling Hair

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Take pure coconut oil mix it with little olive oil , neem oil[neem oil will b available in herbal shops]and nalla ennai}.mix every thing together and apply it on the scalp.u have to massage softly by using ur finger tip.do this twice or thrice a week,remember this must b atleast for one hr b4 ur head bath.as it is has a cooling effect dnt apply in the eve,may b in the mrng or in the afternoon.

Take Few coconut oil, castor oil and gingelly oil (nalla ennai in tamil).Mix them in equal proportions , slightly heat it and while its in touchable warmth apply them on scalp till roots and leave hair for 1/2 hour.Make it twice a week and then once after few weeks.Within 1 to 2 month u c amazing result in hair growth and hair fall is stopped.Since castor oil is rich in protein, it will make ur hair thick to grow.

Banana Oatmeal Mask And Other Scrubs

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Like most of you know, there are lots of home made masks and scrubs to improve your skin.
I think its a good idea to make one topic for all tips. In this case nobody needs to make new topics or search alot.

I hope mod will make this topic sticky

So now I will post a few tips….

Banana Oatmeal Mask used to energize ur skin.

Ingredients:
1 medium to large Banana; soft and peeled
1/3 to 1/2 cup oatmeal(depends on the size of the banana)

Instructions:
Mash the oatmeal into the soft peeled banana a little at a time. Continue until all of the oatmeal is moistened. Apply to your face evenly, leaving it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water or soft wash cloth.
Avocado Facial Mask use to soften your skin

Ingredients:
1/2 Avocado

Instructions:
Mash avocado and apply evenly to your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water or soft wash cloth.
Cucumber and Yogurt Facial Mask use to give your face an energy boost.

Ingredients:
1/2 cucumber
1 tablespoon yogurt

Instructions:
Puree cucumber and yogurt in a blender, apply to your face evenly. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water or soft wash cloth.
Orange Yogurt Facial Mask use to clean your pores.

Ingredients:
1 tsp plain yogurt
juice of 1/4 of an orange

Instructions:
Stir to mix and then dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. The sensation is both cool and relaxing. Leave on for a five – ten minutes and then rinse.
Mask for sensitive skin

Ingredients:
1 cup natural yogurt (we like it just-out-of-the-fridge cold)
cup oatmeal (any type of basic oatmeal works here)

Preparation:

Mix the ingredients together.

Apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.

Wash off mask with a washcloth steamed in the microwave (careful that it’s not too hot).

Two other fun options for oatmeal face masks:

Egg whites. Mix the oatmeal and an egg white. Let the mixture dry on face, then gently wash off with a few splashes of warm water. Follow with a steaming washcloth to the face.