Thursday, 22 March 2018

How to Take Care of Nails

It is fashionable among the women to keep long nails. The clean and healthy nails not only impart beauty to the hands but also save the body from the onslaught of several germs and bacteria.
Healthy and Beautiful Nails

But some of them have to abandon this embellishment on account of weak and brittle nails. It is due to several reasons including lack of cleanliness, improper shape, and health problems. The nails of the hand are feet are very delicate and they demand proper care. The nail-biting habit also damages the shape of nails. 

The role of proper diet could not be ruled out for the health and the beauty of the nails. The nails become weak due to the deficiency of iron in the body. Therefore take an iron supplement or rather focus on focus on proper diet.

Include iron and calcium-rich foods to the regular diet. Take iron-rich foods like beans, lentil, whole grains, nuts, eggs, dry fruits, raisins, date, apricot, meat, fish, soy etc. On the other hand, milk and milk products are the best sources of calcium. Include onion in regular diet both in cooked and raw forms.

It is the rich source of calcium. It also contains vitamin D in sufficient amounts which keeps the nails healthy and helps in the overall health too. The regular intake of beetroot not only makes the fingers healthy but also makes the nails strong, healthy and beautiful.  

The intake of lemon juice is the best way to avoid the deficiency of vitamin C in the body, as this is the only vitamin which is water soluble and leaves the body in several ways. So we have to constantly replenish the deficiency of vitamin C in the body.
The topical application of lemon on nails is also beneficial. It is better to rub the lemon peel on the nails for few minutes after extracting the juice of the lemon. You can see the visible effects on nails even after 2-3 applications.

Olive Oil
Olive oil makes the nails strong and this is the best remedy for those who wish to develop long and beautiful nails.  Before going to bed at night, regularly massage the olive oil on the nails or rub the nails against each other for half an hour. It will help in the growth of long, healthy, and strong nails.
Mustard Oil
The mustard oil imparts softness and strength to dry and weak nails. Kepp the nails soaked in lukewarm oil for 10-15 minutes and gently massage the nails and the fingers to increase the flow of blood. It will make the nails strong and shiny.

It is very necessary to keep the nails clean so that they may remain strong, beautiful and healthy. Do not allow the dirt to get accumulated in the pores of the nails of hand and feet. Besides daily cleaning, wash the nails with soap before going to bed at night.

Wear cotton socks in summer and change them daily as dirt and sweat is the breeding ground for several bacteria and virus which are detrimental to the health of nails and overall health. Keep the nails clean during manicure and pedicure.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Banana Peels for Beautiful Skin

All fruits are beneficial for health in one way or the other. Banana is the favorite of the young and the old. It is full of several vitamins and minerals including calcium, and proteins in rich amounts.
Half Peeled Banana
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The people generally discard the banana peels after eating the banana. But very few people know that the banana peel is equally beneficial than the banana itself.  The banana peels have several nutrients which help to remove the pimples, wrinkles, warts, dark under eye circles, dead skin cells, and pyorrhea. They also help to heal the wounds, give relief in pain, and clean the teeth.

1. Removes Pimples
Banana peels help to get rid of the repeated recurrence of pimples on the skin. Cut a piece of banana peel and sprinkle a little turmeric and organic honey on it. Rub it on the pimples for 10- 15 minutes. Wash with clean and fresh water. Repeat the remedy every day till the pimples are finally removed. 

2. Removes Wrinkles
With growing age, the wrinkles appear on the face and leave their impression on the skin surface. In order to remove the wrinkles, it is better to use a face pack of banana leaves. Prepare a paste of banana leaves with the egg yolk or the yellow part of the egg and apply on the wrinkles. Wash off after drying. Use the remedy 2-3 times a week to get the wrinkle free glowing skin.

3. Removes Warts
The appearance of warts on the skin at different places is a very common problem. Put a piece of banana peel on warts and keep it tied with a piece of cloth overnight. The wart will come off in the morning. Repeat the remedy 2-3 times if the wart does not come off in the first attempt. 

4. Removes Dark Circles
The banana peel is the best remedy for the under eye dark circles. Remove the inner white portion of the banana peels and add a little aloe Vera gel to it. Apply on the dark circles and wash off after 10 minutes.

5. Removes Dead Skin Cells
Rub the inner side of the banana peel on the dead skin surface for 10 minutes. It will remove the dead skin cells and reveal the fresh, natural and soft skin underneath.

6. Relief in Pyorrhea
Bleeding from the gums appears during pyorrhea which causes pain which ultimately leads the loss of teeth. Rubbing banana peels on the teeth gives relief from pyorrhea.

7. Relief in Injury
Sometimes the skin becomes blue after injury. The banana peels remove such blue marks on the skin. Rub a banana peel on the blue spots for few minutes.

8. Relief in Pain
Banana peels give relief from the pains caused by injury. Keep the banana peel on the injured spot or half an hour to get relief from the pain.

9. Cleans the Yellow Teeth
It is better to use the banana peel if the teeth have become yellow. Rub the inner side of the banana peel on the teeth for 3-4 minutes and wash with clean water. The presence of citric acid in the inner surface of the banana peel will make the teeth white and shining.

10. Insect Bite
Inflammation and red spots appear on the skin after the bites of mosquitoes and insects. Sometimes even the swelling occurs at such spots. Rub the banana peels on such spots on the skin to get relief from redness, itching, swelling, and inflammation.

11. Relief from Psoriasis
The skin becomes scaly, hard and dry in psoriasis which causes severe itching. Rubbing the sin with the inner side of the banana peel gives relief in itching.

12. Shines Shoes, Leather and Silver
Rubbing the inner side of the banana peel on shoes, leather, and silver imparts shine to them and they start glowing as if they are new.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Home Remedies for Pyorrhea

Pyorrhea is a serious disease of the teeth. It infects the muscles around the teeth and damages them. This disease is caused due to several health reasons which are not limited to the problems of teeth. Pyorrhea occurs due to the formation of bacteria in gums. 

The Symptoms of Pyorrhea

The irregular cleaning of the teeth, the accumulation of dirt and food particles in teeth, rotten teeth, foul smell in breath, loss of taste, formation of bacteria in mouth, inflammation in gums, mouth ulcers and bleeding in the gums are the symptoms of pyorrhea.

Home Remedies for Pyorrhea

1. Prepare the mixture of the ash of the leaves of neem or margosa with charcoal powder  and camphor. Apply this powder on teeth and let it remain for half an hour. Thereafter brush the teeth to get relief in pyorrhea.

2. The regular massage of black salt and mustard oil stops the bleeding from the gums and removes bad odour. It completely destroys the pyorrhea.

3. The 2-3 grams of triphala or the powder of three fruits which contains Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) or Amla, Terminalia bellirica or Behra and Terminalia chebula or Hurd is taken 2-3 times a day.

4. Guava is a rich source of vitamin C and is very helpful for the health of the teeth. Eating unripe guava with a little salt sprinkled on it, gives relief in pyorrehea.

5. Massage the teeth with the paste prepared by mixing camphor in buttermilk to get relief in pyorrhea.

6. The massage of teeth with a mixture of black pepper and salt also gives relief in pyorrhea.

7. Prepare the paste of 5 gram camphor, 100 ml honey and 250 ml of Castor oil. Soak the brush or the brush made from a small twig of neem or margosa in it. Massage the teeth with the mixture for few days to get relief in pyorrhea.  This is the best home remedy for pyorrhea.

8. Regularly brush the teeth with a small twig or shoot of neem or margosa.

1. Avoid constipation.
2. It is advisable to bath in the water into which epsom salt has been mixed.
3. Brush the teeth twice a day.
4. Drink enough water to flush out toxins from the body.
5. Take vitamin C rich fruits like Indian gooseberry, guava, pomegranate and oranges in sufficient amounts.
6. Take boiled vegetables without spices during the onslaught of pyorrhea.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Plaque Removal at Home

The clean white teeth
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The people rush to the dentist to remove the plaque. But there are several natural home remedies which can help to get rid of plaque. 
The use of walnuts is the best and the easiest when it comes to the removal of plaque.
Take 50 grams of walnut husk in a bowl and boil it in water for 15 minutes. 
Let it cool and soak the toothbrush in the resulting mixture and brush the teeth for 5 minutes. 
Repeat this procedure in the morning, afternoon and evening to get rid of plaque completely. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

How Dimples are formed

The facial dimples are considered to embellish the beauty. But in reality it is a deformity. 

Dimples on Cheek
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The dimples appear when the facial muscles become shorter due to some reasons. Due to this reason the face has to stretch the muscles during smile or laughter. 

The the deficiency in the length of the muscles is compensated by the formation of dimples.

The problem starts appearing in the womb when some changes appear in subcutaneous connective tissues. 

This is the reason for the formation of dimples.

With ageing the face muscles of some people become normal and the dimples appearing on their cheeks in adolescent period disappear. 

On the other hand this recovery does not happen and the dimples remain appearing throughout their lives.   

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Anemia in Women

The nature has formed the women in such a way that they often suffer from anemia. It is especially true for those who are in the phase of becoming mothers. The biggest reason for the deficiency of blood among women is the menstruation cycle. This period reduces their working capacity and they soon become tired. Anemia also affects the immunity and they soon become infected with different diseases.
A Healthy Women
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Loss of Blood
The women lose about a litre of blood in menstruation which is equal to the blood donation of three times. The menstruation cycle is very important in the lives of the women as it makes them capable of becoming mothers. During this cycle several delicate changes appear in them and affect their health as they become physically weaker.

What is Anemia?
It is better to get acquainted with anemia. The red blood corpuscles contain a protein known as haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the supplier of oxygen which carries the oxygen from the lungs and transports it to all the cells in the body. The preparation of haemoglobin needs iron.  The deficiency of iron in body reduces the levels of haemoglobin and causes anemia.
The weak immune system affects the health of the mother and the the infant and is fatal for both.

The woman loses about 22% of her blood in a year and those who do not include blood forming nutrients in their diet suffer from anemia. It is noteworthy that about 80% of women in India suffer from anemia.

The symptoms of anemia include pale face, tiredness and loss of breath especially during physical exertion or exercises.     

The Benefits of Fasting for Health and Beauty

Several benefits are associated with fasting. The first and foremost is the spiritual satisfaction, which imparts inner peace, which in turn gets reflected in facial glow.
Eat Fruits
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It revitalizes the body and removes the stress.
Fasting strengthens the digestive system and strengthens the gut.
It helps in the relaxation of digestive system and gives it proper rest.
With no food to digest, the fasting saves the energy of the body. This energy is then used in internal repair of the body.
It purifies the blood cells and helps the body to get rid of several diseases.
It helps the body to flush out the toxic substances.
It improves the pumping process of the heart and is good for the health of the heart.
It removes several hurdles from the internal system of the body and helps in overall auto- health.
It increases the age and helps in longevity.
The Risks
Several problems are associated with reckless fasting.
Some people resort to overeating during the period of fasting which drains the energy of the body and the repair process of the body gets badly affected as there is no energy left for the latter.
Fasting affects the kidney functions and may lead to the formation of kidney stones. It is better to take enough water and liquid diet during the fasting so that the calcium and other related minerals may not get deposited in the body.
The patients of blood sugar or diabetes, blood pressure, pregnant women and those suffering from anemia should desist from fasting.
Always eat homemade eatables during fasting and avoid eating fried foods.
Why to Eat
Special care should be taken during fasting so that your beautiful face may not wither away and you may easily cope with the daily chores. Extra attention should be paid about what to eat and what not to eat during the fasting period; otherwise you are prone to become ill.
What to Drink
The healthy drinks are necessary during the fast and the first in the list is the water. It is the best zero calorie drink.Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water during the day of fasting. Add lemon or take buttermilk, if it becomes difficult to drink pure water.  
Milk could also be take during the fast as it contains calcium which maintains the energy levels throughout the day. Avoid drinking cream rich milk.
The juice of the fruits is the best.The juice of sweet lemon, orange, grapes, apple etc could be taken during fasting. It is advisable to extract the juice at home.
The intake of tea also gives energy, but every time avoid taking the regular tea made from sugar and milk and opt for green tea as it removes toxins from the body.
The coconut water is also the best option.  
What to Eat
Eat fruits and dry fruits during fasting. The fruits containing rich amounts of water like melon, water melon, musk melon, orange etc., are the best. These fruits save from dehydration.
The dry fruits like almonds, nuts, walnuts, cashew nuts etc., could also be taken during the fasting. These could be fried in olive oil or groundnut oil.

The potato chips and the sweets made from milk are good in fasting. It is better to take home made milk products. 

Cucumber Water Improves Health and Beauty

Cucumber is commonly known as the fruit of summer. With rising mercury levels in summer, this nutrient and vitamin rich food supplement should be included in daily diet. It contains enough water to keep us fresh in the hot season.
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Most of the dieticians advise that the cucumber should be taken to strengthen the immunity and keep the body active in summer.
You have just to put a few pieces of cucumber in a water bottle in order to prepare the cucumber water and drink it as and when thirst appears.
The cucumber water keeps the body cool and gives several health benefits. In addition to it the cucumber water also provides vitamin A, vitamin C and several other minerals.
The cucumber water keeps fresh throughout the day. It moisturizes the body which is a prerequisite for maintaining the body temperature. It helps the circulatory system and removes the toxins from the blood.
The cucumber water reduces the risks of cancer due to the presence of several vitamins, minerals and nutrients in it. So it is advisable to drink plenty of cucumber water.

The intake of cucumber water helps to keep the skin healthy and glowing. It also nourishes the skin. The presence of antioxidants in cucumber helps the body to fight against free radicals. It removes the toxic substances from the body and alleviates the burden of kidneys. 

Long hair byTurmeric

Long hair
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Turmeric is a medicine and it helps in several diseases including skin care and hair care. It is used for beauty care and health. It is widely used in several parts of the world due to its medicinal properties.This magical herb has antiseptic and antioxidant properties. It is used in food flavoring, and is used to make the skin healthy and shiny.
Turmeric is used for hair care and is very beneficial for the growth of hair and hair loss. The people have different opinions but the use of turmeric for hair and most of them are unaware about its use in hair care.
Here are few uses of turmeric to get healthy, long and beautiful hair.
For Dandruff
It helps in dandruff due to its antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has the power to clan the scalp and removes the dandruff. It helps in proper blood circulation in the scalp.
In case of dandruff, apply the mixture of turmeric and olive oil on hair and gently massage for 5-10 minutes. Then wash off with a herbal shampoo. Repeat the remedy for a week or so to get the desired results.
Hair Loss
The magical turmeric could be used in diet for hair problems including hair loss and to get long hair. The regular use of turmeric stops the hair loss and helps in the growth of hair.
Prepare a thick paste of turmeric in milk and add a little honey to it in case of dry hair. Gently massage the scalp with the paste for 10-15 minutes and thereafter wash off with herbal shampoo after half an hour. Regularly repeat the remedy for a month or so. To get long and shiny hair, repeat the remedy twice a week.
Great Hair Care
The turmeric pack could be applied on hair to get the lighter trace. Prepare the mixture of turmeric with hena powder and curd. Apply the paste on hair and let it remain for 4-5 hours and then wash off with cold water and some herbal shampoo. Remember to use the conditioner after washing the hair.
Scalp Diseases
The application of turmeric on the hair and scalp saves from several scalp diseases. This herb is very effective on serious problems like eczema, fungal infection, hair loss, swelling, itching etc.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Home Remedies for The Blisters of Heels

Bare Feet of Women
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Here are few home remedies for the blisters on heels.

1. Apply petroleum jelly on the blistered heels and feet before going to bed at night and wash the feet with Luke warm water in the mornings for few days.

2. Camphor makes the skin of blistered heels or hands soft and fills the cracks. 
Add a little camphor in warm water and put the feet in it for some time. Then scrub the heels with a pumice stone and there after apply the glycerin on feet and hands.

Home Remedies for Warts, Abscesses and Skin Spots

Here are few home remedies for Warts, Abscesses and Skin Spots.

1. Apply the juice of onions on warts as it breaks them into small pieces and they fall off after some time.
 Wart on finger
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2. Apply the garlic directly on the skin to clear spots, especially those of acne.

3. The topical use of garlic removes the skin warts.

4. Apply the paste of basil leaves on face to get extra glow.

5. To get relief in various skin problems, take the earth near the roots of basil plant and rub on the affected parts of body.

6. In case of abscess on skin, make a powder of the seeds of basil and sprinkle it on them to get relief.

7. If red spots occur on skin every day, then add the camphor in little water and prepare the paste of it. Apply the paste on the affected areas and see the effects in few days.

8. Guava provides extra glow to the skin and the application of the paste of guava removes skin spots.

9. Boil 5-6 leaves of guava and apply the paste on abscesses. 

Friday, 28 August 2015

Seven Tips to keep the Flowers Fresh in Flower Pot

It is difficult to keep the flowers fresh in flower pots. Here are some tips for those who keep the flower pots at home and want that they should remain fresh for longer.
The Fresh Carnation Flowers
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1. Always purchase the flowers having tight buds and bright leaves. Avoid buying the flowers having loose buds and brown leaves.

2. Cut the branches of the flowers under the running water with a knife in a slanting direction.

3. Keep the flowers in a deep pot in cold water.

4. Before putting the flowers in a flower pot keep them in a refrigerator for 6 hours. It will increase the life of the flowers three times.

5. Do not dip the flowers for more than 6 inches in water in flower pot.

6. Put some aspirin in the flower pot so that the bacteria and germs may not develop in the flower pot.

7. Keep on cutting the branches or the stubs of the flowers on alternate days.

These tips would increase the life of the flowers and they will appear fresh fol longer than usual.

Herbal Remedies for Dandruff

Healthy and shining hair improves the overall personality. For this purpose a healthy food and nutritious diet is necessary along with proper care of the hair.  The improper care causes several problems the chief among them is dandruff. 
A typical case of severe dandruff and dry scalp
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This problem is caused due to dryness of the hair. This problem equally affects the men and women of all ages.
Excessive dandruff causes acnes on face, neck.forehead and back. In the beginning it occurs on the upper layer of the scalp and soon reaches the inner layers of the skin. In reality dandruff is due to the presence of dead cells. It causes itching and ultimately leads to hair fall. 
Causes of Dandruff
Improper cleaning of hair, less nutrients reaching the hair roots and applying no oil on hair causes the problem of dandruff.  Other reasons include excess sweating and stress. However no certain reasons could be assigned to it.
It is caused when the sebum glands become overactive. The intake of less water and the absence of nutrients in diet also cause dandruff.
Another reason is the release of excess hormones in young age.

Herbal Cure
A little care of the hair helps to get rid of this problem. Here are some herbal remedies which have no side effects as compared to the synthetic or chemical treatments.  

Proper cleanliness is necessary to avoid dandruff. Clean the hair with herbal shampoo or soap nut on alternate day.

The following tips and home remedies help in dandruff.

1. Massage the hair with mustard, olive or almond oil every day before going to bed at night. Wash the hair in the morning. Massage the hair with vitamin E oil.

2.  Use steamed towel on the hair after oil massage.The massage with warm oil nourishes the skin of the scalp.

3.Apply the mixture of rosewater and glycerine on hair roots after bathing.

4.Prepare the mixture of olive oil and few drops of ginger juice and apply on the hair roots by gentle massage. Leave it for an hour and wash it off with herbal shampoo.

5.Do not comb the hair again and again, as the excess oils get released from the hair on combing which further aggravates the onslaught of dandruff.

6. Drink enough water

7. The strong oils crease the hair loss. So use the mixture of neem or margosa oil and black til or sesame oil 2-3 times a week.
8. Mix a little camphor with coconut oil and apply on the affected areas.
9. Washing the hair with curd also removes the dandruff.
10. The cholesterol hampers the growth of the hair so try to maintain its proper levels in the blood.
11. Include green leafy vegetables, sprouted grains, cucumber, boiled vegetables, beans, carrot etc in regular diet to get rid of dandruff. 

12. Mix a little black pepper powder with lemon juice and apply on the roots of the hair to get rid of dandruff completely.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Foods That Reduce Weight and Fats

In hunger the first priority for most of the people is food, no matter what it is and what effect it will have on health. We all eat till we do not feel ourselves full. In such cases we eat more than we need. The result is obesity and indolence. Here are some nutritious foods that could not be overeaten and can keep the stomach full for longer durations.
Dry Fruits
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It is the best alternative to keep the stomach full for longer as it contains enough fiber ad water. The apple peel contains pectin which reduces the feeling of hunger. So it is better to eat the apple with the peels.
The legumes or beans contain protein and fiber in sufficient amounts. These things take much time to get digested and hence the stomach remains full for longer durations.
Oatmeal or Barley
Oatmeal has complex carbohydrate which takes much time to get digested on one hand and provides enough energy on the other. It also helps to maintain the levels of insulin and blood sugar and stops the accumulation of fats in the body.
Dry Fruits
The intake of dry fruits like almonds and chestnuts without salt and spices is the chief source of protein, fats, fiber, minerals and other nutrients. During digestion they slowly release the glucose and thereby control the levels of blood sugar. The fiber and vitamins in them regulate and control the rate of metabolism.
Dairy Products
The low fat dairy products like curd, skimmed milk contain enough calcium which helps to break the fat cells. The sufficient amounts of calcium stop the synthesis of the hormone responsible for the formation of fats. 
Green Vegetables
The green and leafy vegetables contain less calories and do not get accumulated as fats in the body. They contain rich amounts of vitamins, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates which help the stomach remain full for longer durations.
Omega 3 Fats
The foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids like tuna and sardines also help in weight loss.
The cinnamon spice is a very effective remedy against obesity. It reduces the cholesterol from the body and helps in weight loss.
For obesity the tea of cinnamon is very effective. Take a teaspoom of cinnamon powder and boil it in a glass of water. Add two large spons of honey to the mixture and drink it half an hour before breakfast. The intake of this mixture before going to bed at night doubles the benefits. This remedy helps to slowly dissolve the excess fats from the body.