Why I stopped cooking with aluminium!

This little story goes a long way! As a child, I always wondered why grandma’s aluminium cooking pots turned ugly after being used for some time! These vessels would get defaced with tiny black depressions and marks on the inner sides. That never stopped granny from using aluminium though! She would go to the market and buy new pots. She also had steel and earthen cookware but she always felt aluminium pots heated faster and cooked faster.

Why I stopped cooking with aluminium

Why aluminium is bad for you!

Those little black marks on the vessels are great causes for concern, though. It shows how reactive this metal is! Aluminium reacts immediately with acidic and alkaline food matter to form toxic compounds that leach into your food. Try cooking tomatoes, curd or tamarind in an aluminium vessel or sauté onions with a few tomatoes in an aluminium kadhai. You will see how the surface changes form after a few uses. Sometimes, the reaction is so extreme that the taste of food gets altered.

Now for a few startling facts!

Harmful effects of aluminium

Modern times have seen the decline of pure aluminium pots and pans. However, we still use a lot of aluminium for food storage. Aluminium foil wrapping, soda cans, soft drink cans, frozen and processed food containers…the list is endless. In fact, we use aluminium foil quite casually, for baking, packing food for our little ones etc., without thinking twice!
Aluminium compounds directly target your nervous system. Prolonged consumption of aluminium compounds can speed the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other debilitating conditions. This metal slows mental growth in children. It accumulates in various organs, causing illnesses in the long run.

So what kind of aluminium cookware is safe?

if you insist on using aluminium cookware, go for hard anodised aluminium cookware as the aluminium is well sealed inside a smooth and hard coating that won’t corrode easily. This prevents aluminium leaching into food to a huge extent.

Though it is impossible to root out aluminium totally from your lifestyle, try your best to avoid using it for cooking and food storage. So now it is soft drinks from tetra packs instead of cans for me! I use stainless steel tiffin boxes to pack food for kids. Aluminium foil is a strict NO in my kitchen. In fact these 7 super tips to replace aluminium foil in your kitchen are quite interesting! Do check them out!

Let me know if you know any more methods of cooking and baking sans aluminium foil! Would love to hear from you!


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5 Super Ways To Use Curry Leaves For Hair Growth!

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Did you know that the humble curry leaves or kadi patta are power packed with nutrients that can give you thick, lustrous hair? It’s a pity that natural herbs as these are often underestimated. Luscious, dark green curry leaves are rich in essential nutrients that nurture your scalp and hair from the root to the tip.

Over the years, your hair loses its shine and healthy texture on account of various reasons ranging from heating tools, chemical hair treatments, prolonged exposure to the sun and lack of proper nutrition.

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Curry leaves can be applied externally to improve hair texture and cure dry scalp conditions. To encourage hair growth, you have to consume it daily besides using it for external application. These miraculous leaves encourage fresh hair growth besides reversing damage caused by heating tools, chemical hair treatments and exposure to sun.

How to use curry leaves for hair growth

Curry Leaves For your Scalp – External Application

Curry Leaves Hair Mask

For this hair mask, make a paste of 2 cups dark green, fresh curry leaves. Add 2 tablespoons of curd. Massage it into your hair and scalp. Leave this mask on your hair for 30 minutes. Cover your head with a shower cap. This mask will cure dry scalp conditions including dandruff. After 30 minutes, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and rinse with warm water. Rinsing with warm water ensures that no oily residues of curd remain in your hair.

Curry Leaves Hair Oil

Instead of preparing a hair mask every time, you can make some curry leaf oil every week, for regular use.

Take ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds and 2 cups of chopped fresh green curry leaves. Heat 3 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan. Before the oil reaches boiling point, turn the heat off. Add the fenugreek seeds and chopped curry leaves into the oil. Allow this to sit overnight. Strain and store this curry leaf hair oil in a bottle for everyday use.
Check out this herbal hair oil recipe that you can make at home using curry leaves, hibiscus and henna for maximum hair growth.

Curry Leaves For Hair Growth – Consume Internally

Don’t cringe at the thought of having to eat curry leaves! There are tastier ways of eating these leaves instead of simply chewing them raw. You can consume curry leaves using these tasty recipes!

Curry Leaves Chutney

You can make this simple curry leaf chutney to go with your afternoon meal of rice. It tastes just as good with chapattis.

For curry leaves chutney, you need:

Curry Leaves – 1 cup
Onion – 1
Garlic – 10 cloves
Tamarind – size of a small ball.
Red chillies – 2
Mustard seeds – ¼ teaspoon
Urad dal – ½ teaspoon
Salt to taste.

How to prepare

Sauté mustard seeds, urad dal, chopped onions, crushed garlic and curry leaves in two teaspoons of cooking oil, till the onions turn translucent. Add tamarind and salt. Allow this mix to cool. Grind to a fine paste and your healthy curry leaves chutney is ready.

Curry Leaves Dosa

This one is a super simple recipe. Make a paste of one cup fresh green curry leaves. Add this paste to ½ litre dosa/idli batter. Add salt to taste. You can make regular dosas as you normally do.

Curry Leaves Rice

For this nutritious rice recipe you will need:

Cooked Rice – 1 cup
Curry leaves – 2 cups
Garlic – 5 cloves
Hing (asafoetida) – a small pinch
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Red Chillies – 2
Urad dal – 1 teaspoon
Black pepper(whole) – ½ teaspoon
Fried chana dal – 1 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds – ¼ teaspoon
Cooking oil
Salt to taste.

How to prepare

Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a frying pan. Add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and let them splutter. Add hang, crushed garlic cloves, urad dal, chana dal, black pepper, red chillies, coriander powder and sauté for a minute. Add curry leaves and tamarind. Grind this to a very fine paste.

Now heat 1 teaspoon of cooking oil or ghee in a pan. Add ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle. Add a few more curry leaves. Add the paste that you made. Add cooked rice and mix well. This is a nutritious rice recipe for kids and grownups alike and works wonders for your hair.

Using curry leaves for hair growth is an age old tradition followed in South India. And I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t like these methods of using curry leaves. In fact, you can grow a curry leaf plant at home to have a continuous supply of fresh curry leaves. Do try this natural fertilizer for curry leaf plants.

Do let me know if you tried any of these methods, in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you!

How To Get Rid Of Pimples – 5 Instant Remedies

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Wondering how to get rid of pimples overnight? Take a look at these 5 instant remedies to remove pimples from your face real fast!

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A swollen, red pimple can give you nightmares especially the night before a wedding function or right before a corporate presentation. What it also means is that you may have a series of ugly breakouts all over your face.
Better to nip it right in the bud and make your pimple shrink and disappear! Now who has the time to mix all sorts of things to come up with a perfect face pack or maybe some messy cream to remove those pimples? One of these instant remedies for pimples can do the trick for you!

How to get rid of pimples? – 5 Instant Remedies

Aloe Vera Gel

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I vouch for this one! Aloe gel miraculously reduces the size of your pimple overnight. It gives instant relief from redness, itchiness and inflammation. Aloe has loads of antiseptic properties that heal instantly. Scoop out some gel from an aloe leaf and apply it directly over your pimple. If do not have an aloe plant, go for some pure Aloe Vera gel from FabIndia. Aloe Gel from Aroma Treasures also works fine! Both these brands show fantastic results in diminishing acne, pimples and zits.

Banana Peel

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This is unbelievable but true. The uses of banana peels have always been underestimated. Scrape some fibrous pulp from the inner part of a banana peel and apply it over your pimples. Let it sit for 30 minutes or so. Lutein present in banana peels help shrink pimples real fast. Apply at least 4 times in day. You’ll find encouraging results in one day. Use the green Robusta variety for best results.

Organic Turmeric Powder

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Apply a paste made of water and pure, organic turmeric powder over your pimples. Turmeric is a known anti bacterial agent that also prevents scarring. Turmeric leaves stains though. You can apply this on days when you may not have to step out of your home. I usually buy Organic turmeric powder online from www.bigbasket.com . Brands like from 24/7 Mantra or Pro Nature are good preferences for both culinary as well as cosmetic uses.

Lacto Calamine Lotion

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If you have Lacto Calamine handy, use it to prevent scarring and more breakouts. Lacto Calamine reduces the size of your pimples besides giving instant relief from itchiness and redness. Apply overnight for best results.

Baking Soda

This humble ingredient from your kitchen shelf is capable of drying out even the most stubborn pimple. Apply a paste of baking soda and water over your pimples. It extracts excessive oil and impurities from pimples, shrinking them in the process. People with sensitive skin must do a skin patch test before trying this remedy. Excessive use can cause skin irritation and redness. So use a minute quantity enough to cover your pimple that’s all.

These remedies work really well on healing and shrinking pus filled pimples as well. Any more instant remedies on how to get rid of pimples on face? Do share these time savers here!

7 Instant Home Remedies For Gas Problem

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These are 7 easy home remedies for gas and bloating. You do not have to wince in discomfort at the thought of crushing this and boiling that and coming up with a meticulously prepared concoction to get rid of foul smelling stomach gas. 

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Passing wind way too often lately? Trust me; though everyone does this once in a while, only a few are brave enough to admit it. Trouble starts when it begins to occur frequently when you’re among people. No one likes to be around those who smell of nasty undigested matter eaten the day before. Keeping all this in mind, I thought of coming up with this simple list of 7 single ingredient home remedies for gas problem which are absolute time savers and equally effective.

Simple Home Remedies For Gas Problem

Asafoetida (Hing)

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This pungent Indian spice has been used since ages in Indian cooking for its flavour. Though it may smell awful, this is an instant gas buster. Take two pinches of powdered asafoetida or hang and place it on the back of your tongue. Gulp it down with a glass of warm water. You’ll burp out gas and feel better in ten minutes or so.

Cumin (Jeera)

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Keep dry roasted and powdered cumin handy. Consume half a teaspoon of cumin with warm water. This helps in digestion and gives relief from gas.

Dabur Hajmola

Dabur Hajmola For Gas


These are ayurvedic digestive tablets made from a mix of herbs, spices and edible salts that alleviate gas problem and speed digestion. Hajmola comes in four flavours – tamarind, mint, lemon and regular. You just have to suck on one or two tablets to feel better.

Mint

mint for gas problem Chew on 10 fresh mint leaves if you grow them or keep stock of them. Mint is a powerful digestive aid. It lets you burp out gas and cleanses your digestive system from within.

Fennel (Saunf)
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Traditionally, all Indian meals are followed by using fennel seeds as mouth fresheners. These seeds double up as (digestive aids as well. Chew ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds to flare up your digestive juices, especially after a heavy meal. This prevents bloating and gas. Chewing fennel also gives relief from gas instantly.

Black salt (Kala Namak)

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Suck on some black salt for relief from bloating and gas. Black salt speeds up elimination of accumulated stomach gas.

Disprin
This one gives you instant relief from headaches caused by build up of stomach gas. Disprin makes you burp soon enough. Make sure you don’t take disprin on an empty stomach, though.

Try any one of these home remedies for gas problem and follow it up with Apanasana if possible for best results.

Yoga For Gas And Bloating

Apanasana (Knee to chest pose)

This is a yoga pose that helps you to expel stomach gas from both ends. It needs to be done in seclusion (obviously…it would be so gross if the world hears you fart!)

Lie down on your back on a mat. Keep your palms facing downwards on your knees. Inhale slowly. While you exhale, pull your thighs towards your chest with your arms. Clasp your arms around your knees. Inhale slowly while trying to pull your thighs away from the chest while holding them back with your arms. Now exhale and rock your back gently from side to side or from front to back. Now inhale again, then exhale and release your legs. Resume the original rest pose. Repeat this exercise five to six times. Practising Apanasana gives relief from digestive disorders, if performed regularly.

Do you have any other instant home remedies for gas problem? I would love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below.

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6 Surprising Uses Of A Banana Peel

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Think twice before tossing over a banana peel into the trash can! This seemingly useless waste does not deserve to end up in some distant landfill and rot away! Not before you have used it to reap its benefits! Get to know the uses of a banana peel before you throw it!

Amazing Uses Of Banana Peel

Banana peel for face

Simply rub the inside of a banana peel over your pimples or acne. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing with plain water. The acne simply disappears after repeated application, thrice daily, over two to three days. I generally do not believe in following such home remedies without actually trying them out. It worked for me. The experience of this lady where she used a banana peel for face to get rid of acne, is what got me to try it out!

Banana Peel For Insect Bites

Are you allergic to insect bites, especially mosquito bites ? Before you get an allergic reaction, simply rub the affected area with the inner side of a banana peel. It gives relief from pain and itching.

Banana Peel For Warts

Place the inner side of a banana peel over a wart. Attach it to the area with some duct tape and leave it on overnight. The wart comes off the next day. Clean the area with a disinfectant and apply some healing ointment. Thats all.

Eat a Banana Peel

Not as they are, of course! You can add bake cakes out of them, make chutneys and even stir fry them. Banana peels are a powerhouse of nutrients – vitamins, potassium, magnesium and anti oxidants. There are so many lip smacking recipes using banana peels you can try out at home. Try this yummy Bengali banana peel chutney recipe  or Kerala Banana peel thoran(dry stir fried vegetable side dish). Don’t roll up your eyes at this – You can even bake a deliciously slurpy banana peel cake and eat it all alone!

Banana Peel scrub

Mash up the peels of a ripe banana. Throw in 2 tsp ground oats. Mix well. Use this as a scrub to exfoliate your face or body, twice a week! It gives your face a soft feeling, besides cleansing it thoroughly. All this without any chemicals!

Banana peel – an excellent fertilizer and aphid repellent

Banana peels can be used as a fertilizer as well as a bug repellent. Cut banana peels into tiny bits. Roughly spread them over the top soil of your plants. See how aphids stay away from them. These peels will also decay and fertilize the soil in the process.

So don’t bin the banana skin! Do let me know if you have come across any more uses of banana peel for face! Feel free to drop in a line!

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Keratin Hair Treatment – Do you really need it?

Keratin Hair Treatment

Today almost every young woman or girl wishes to flaunt hair like this!

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Heads with fabulously shiny, silky crowning glories with smooth, straight hair! Sure it does feel great to look great. However, hair straightening and keratin treatments come with certain minus points attached. Planning to go for it? Here is what you should be aware of.

What exactly is Keratin Hair Treatment?

Keratin is a natural protein that is present in your hair shafts. Keratin hair treatment is a type of permanent hair straightening methods.

How is Keratin Hair Treatment done?

First of all your hair is washed off all impurities till it is squeaky clean. After towel drying or blow drying (some products require damp hair while some specify dry hair), your hair stylist applies a keratin based hair straightening product all over your hair. This is then left on your hair for some time. Your stylist would then use a flat iron to make sure the heat packs the product right into your hair. Once done, you’ll be advised not to wash your hair for 3 to 4 days as it takes time for the product to set in. Also make sure not to use hair clips or bands as they can alter the shape of your hair.

Pros of Keratin Hair Treatment

This gives you silky smooth frizz free and easily manageable hair in all seasons. You need not even comb it at times and it’ll look as good as ever. This method is preferred more than Japanese hair straightening and other chemical hair straightening methods.

Cons of Keratin Hair Treatment

This is not permanent. You have to retake a Keratin treatment session every 3-4 months to maintain the look. As with all chemical processes, this may damage hair over a period of time. Hair breakage may occur if the stylist is not careful while applying heat. It is important to visit a reputed salon with an experienced hair stylist for such treatments.

Those with dry, damaged and lifeless hair due to rebonding or frequent coloring can opt for Keratin based treatments. Same goes for those with extremely frizzy and curly hair. This actually smoothens and strengthens frizzy hair shafts by filling up uneven spaces in them, albeit for a short period of time.

Things to Note:
Avoid keratin treatment formulae that contain formaldehyde. Use shampoos meant specifically for hair that has undergone Keratin treatment. You can ask your stylist for reputed brands that do not contain sodium sulphates as these can render such treatments useless.

Those with dandruff and other scalp conditions should absolutely avoid Keratin treatments till these conditions have not been cured. Visit a dermatologist if required.
So if you have naturally strong and healthy hair, do think twice before visiting the salon for keratin hair treatments.  And those with a lesser healthy mane can visit the salon for a monthly Hair spa treatment instead. Finally top it all with regular hot oil massages using a nice home made herbal oil and a follow a healthy diet for strong and shiny hair.

Mosquito Bite Allergy- Natural Remedies For Children

Natural Remedies For Mosquito Bite Allergy

Natural Remedies For Mosquito Bite Allergy

Nasty mosquito bite allergy symptoms leave kids feeling itchy and uncomfortable all over. This irritation subsides after sometime. However, some children get symptoms that go beyond the tell-all, red, itchy bump. Swelling, pain, hives – tiny, red, itchy eruptions surrounding the bite or  all over the body. This is what we need to worry about. Allergic reactions to mosquito bites need to be looked into immediately. If ignored, the bite may swell, ooze with pus and the child may get hives all over the body. These bites also leave behind unsightly black marks or scars. Severe reactions include anaphylactic shock with difficulty in swallowing and breathing. What happens is your immune system begins to react to the proteins present in the mosquito saliva. These are simple and effective home remedies for mosquito bite allergies.

Effective Natural Remedies For Mosquito Bites

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Aloe Vera

Scoop out some fresh gel by scraping the insides of an aloe Vera leaf. This cooling pulp soothes the affected area immediately. If the area of the bite is oozing, aloe gel drains the swelling and heals the wound. Apply four to five times daily till the itching and swelling subsides.

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Turmeric and Coconut oil paste

Make a paste of turmeric root and coconut oil. You can also use 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder instead. Go for pure, organic turmeric powder like the one from 24 Mantra or Organic India. The normal brands like Everest, Eastern etc. have no aroma and have artificial colours added. Turmeric helped my little one who is also allergic to mosquito bites. A little messy, but very effective natural remedy for mosquito bites and other insect bites.

Neem and Tulsi paste

Grind a few fresh neem leaves and tulsi leaves into a fine paste. Apply this paste over the affected area. You may also bathe the child in boiled and cooled neem water for a few days.

Triphala Bath

Boil 3 teaspoons of Triphala powder in 2 large mugs of water. Allow to cool. After bath, use this water as for the last rinse. Triphala is an excellent skin tonic. It provides relief from mosquito allergy symptoms.

Prevention is always better!

Dress appropriately

For children prone to insect bite allergies, make sure you clothe them with long pants and long sleeved dresses when out playing in the garden, especially after sunset. Mosquitoes are often attracted to heat, which is why kids must wear light coloured clothing that absorbs less heat.

Natural Mosquito Repellant

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Crush some camphor in 1 cup coconut oil. Put this mix in an airtight glass jar and place it in the sun for 10 minutes. Apply a little of this oil all over the exposed areas of the child’s body to prevent mosquito bites. This is better than applying mosquito repellent creams like Odomos and Good Knight.

Mild Baby Soap

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For kids prone to skin allergies in general – Use mild baby soap like Seba Med with an ideal PH value of 5.5. You can also use Grade I soaps with T.F.M above 80 – 90 percent like Anuspa soaps – they are delicate and nourishing for the skin.

Foods To Avoid

Avoid certain foods like shell fish, prawns, brinjal, certain nuts and certain packed and processed foods, especially ones containing MSG. You will have to find out what causes skin allergies and then avoid these items in your kid’s diet.

Build Immunity

Chyawanprash for immunity

Chyawanprash, cod liver oil capsules, triphala are all good in building immune strength. Opt for pure, organically prepared Chyawanprash and Triphala instead of commercial brands like Dabur. I prefer Organic India products. Add to this fruits, vegetables and
fish and you’re done. It can be difficult in getting your child to consume all this. It is up to you to coax them. In fact, you end up doing the same in case of allopathic medications, so why not convince kids to have some pure Chyawanprash instead.

These are a few simple natural remedies for mosquito bite and other insect bite allergies. In case of new born babies and toddlers, it is best to consult a medical practitioner. These natural treatment methods are mostly for children aged 5 and above.

DIY Oil for Hair Growth – My Personal Favorite!

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Gorgeous hair makes you stand apart. It makes you look and feel good about yourself. However, changing seasons, stress, poor hygiene and harsh chemical treatments, all contribute to frizzy, brittle and lacklustre hair.  What you need is a nourishing oil for hair growth that strengthens your hair from root to tip and conditions it evenly.

Check out this homemade oil for long, black hair – recipe handed over to my mom from her mom and so on. This hair oil recipe uses coconut oil as the base plus four magic ingredients that constitute a complete hair care package.

Oil For Hair Growth: DIY Recipe

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Fenugreek Seeds – 1 teaspoon
Holy Basil (Tulsi) leaves – 10-15
Henna leaves – 10 -15
Hibiscus leaves – 3 (pinch them into tiny bits)
Coconut oil – 5 tablespoons

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Warm some coconut oil in a thick bottomed sauce pan. Do not boil the oil. Add the remaining ingredients to the oil. Turn off the heat immediately. Keep it open for an hour. After an hour, strain the oil and store it in a bottle. The quantity of ingredients specified above will be sufficient for a week.

How to use this oil for hair growth?

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Oil your hair from root to tip every alternate day. Massage it into your scalp in circular movements, for 5 minutes. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash your hair with a shampoo suited to your hair type.  Working professionals can do this after returning home from work. You will see encouraging results in a month’s time.

Why is this oil good for hair growth?

This homemade oil is fortified with the goodness of coconut oil, fenugreek, tulsi, henna and hibiscus.

Fenugreek prevents dandruff and conditions your hair. Hibiscus and henna leaves strengthen the hair roots and arrest hair fall. They work together to prevent greying. Tulsi keeps your hair free from dandruff, nits and lice. It also reduces hair fall.  In case you’re unable to procure Henna or Mehendi leaves, you can use dried pieces of Amla or Indian Gooseberry instead.

Want long and healthy Rapunzel tresses? Try this oil for hair growth and let me know how it goes.

9 Compelling Reasons To Use Coconut Oil For Skin

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Coming from a tropical country with diverse climatic features, I’ve been told about the numerous uses of coconut oil a zillion times and more by my mom. Women from South India sport long, thick, black hair that is not so common elsewhere. People here use coconut oil liberally over their bodies for overall skin protection. Coconut trees abound in plenty down south. Each and every part of the coconut tree can be used. We’ll save that for later…However, let me give you 9 convincing reasons why you must use coconut oil for skin. Read on to know some non-messy, beneficial coconut oil recipes for an amazingly soft and radiant looking skin.

Why Should I Use Coconut Oil For Skin?

The goodness of coconut oil is mainly due to its chemical composition. It is rich in saturated fats – making it an excellent moisturizer. It penetrates deep down to the innermost layers of your skin and retains the moisture content. Coconut oil has three important germ fighting agents for effective anti-microbial action – caprylic, capric and lauric acids. Next in line is Vitamin E that has anti-oxidant properties. It protects your skin from age spots, wrinkles and premature ageing. Proteins come last – These help your skin to rebuild injured tissue and reduce the noticeability of scars. No wonder coconut oil is used in so many skin care creams.

How to use coconut oil for skin?

It is not without reason that I like coconut oil so much. It is light, spreads easily and is readily absorbed. Unlike olive oil or other skin care creams, you will not find any trace of this oil after applying. It doesn’t leave any sticky residue behind.

Check out the numerous benefits of coconut oil with these time tested skin care methods.

Skin cleansing with coconut oil

Dab a small cotton ball with a few drops of coconut oil. Use it to remove makeup and dirt from your face. It cleanses your skin thoroughly. Incorporate this with your daily skin care regimen. Trash all those silly, expensive cleansing creams and lotions. For people prone to break outs, you can simply wash the oil off with a mild face wash after cleansing.

Coconut Oil for Stretch Marks

Pregnant women can rub their lower abdomen with a few drops of pure, virgin coconut oil twice daily thru pregnancy and nursing to reduce the occurrence of ugly stretch marks.

Coconut Oil for Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

This actually worked for me. Before you retire for the night, take two drops of coconut oil and rub it gently into the area surrounding your eyes. A circular motion with your index finger is preferred. You will notice an immediate difference in a week’s time. The wrinkle busting properties of coconut oil work wonders for dark circles, under eye bags and puffiness.

Coconut Oil as Insect Repellent

Here is a good natural insect repellent formula that you can try for kids.
Take 1 small cup of coconut oil in a small pan. Heat it lightly. Add a few basil (tulsi) or neem leaves. Keep it for a day and then strain. Rub a few drops of this mix on the exposed areas of your kids’ arms and legs, before they set out to play. This will keep pesky mosquitoes and other insects away from your kids.

Alternatively, you can add 2 tablets of camphor to some hot coconut oil. Allow it to cool, then apply on exposed areas of your skin. Mosquitoes will skip buzzing around you.

Coconut Oil for Cuts, Wounds, Insect Bites and Skin Rashes

In case of wounds, cuts, scrapes or insect bites, you can trust coconut oil to the core. My son either scrapes a knee or gets pinched sore at school or gets pricked by mosquitoes when out playing in the park. Coconut oil does the healing trick for him. You should see how fast a wound starts to heal with coconut oil. You may also use this oil to treat diaper rash in babies. Coconut oil soothes allergic skin rashes.

Coconut Oil for Eczema and Candida

This oil is anti fungal in nature. Of course you need to consult a medical practitioner for both these conditions, but using coconut oil externally on the affected areas provides instant relief from itching and pain.

Coconut Oil as a Deodorizer

This is for people who sweat a lot and end up smelling nasty. Rub a few drops of coconut oil into your arm pits. Use a very minute quantity though. It shouldn’t stain your clothes. It kills odour causing microbes, keeping you fresh all day long.

Coconut Oil for Moisturizing your Skin

People with dry and normal skin tones can use coconut oil as a moisturizer before going to bed. Make sure that you cleanse and wash your face before applying this oil. A few weeks of use and you’ll see encouraging results. Do not leave it on acne prone skin, though. This Works well on chapped, dry lips too.

Coconut Oil for Chapped Nails

Apply coconut oil directly over chapped, yellow nails and cuticles. This nourishes your nails and makes them look prettier. Keep your nails free of polish for at least a week’s time when trying this out.

That’s it for now.

Have you ever tried coconut oil for skin? Do share your thoughts and any tested methods using coconut oil for skin.

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6 DIY Nail Art Designs At Home With Toothpicks And Tape

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Nail art designs at Salons and Nail Spas are great if you have the time for it and of course money. What about getting some fabulous looking nail art designs at home with a few basic things like toothpicks and a simple adhesive tape like Sello tape. With these in hand, you don’t have to shell out money for a proper nail art stamping kit either. Toothpicks are good applicators for making intricate designs or simple stripes on your nails. Cello tape helps in color blocking patterns. Confused? Let us see how to create cute nail art designs with these basic things along with loads of imagination.

Nail Art Designs At Home

Things you will need

1 Neutral or colored nail polish for the base coat
2 or 3 nail polish shades
Toothpick
Sello tape
Drinking glass or a glass topped center table
Tissue paper or an old piece of cloth

How to do nail art at home

Nail art with toothpicks

Stripes and polka dots are the easiest designs you can create with a toothpick. If you are a good artist, go in for hearts, floral designs or anything theme based like a nice summery beach, a hat, butterfly, lettering  etc.

Paint your nails in the base color. Allow this coat to dry completely before taking up anything else. Next dip a toothpick in a darker color, wipe off excess with tissue paper or cloth. Proceed to draw stripes, polka dots or whatever you fancy. Check out these cool designs that you can make with a toothpick.

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Nail Art With Tape

My personal favorite, nail art with tape is a bit time consuming as compared to the toothpick thing. However, it gives you amazingly uniform striped patterns.

Cut off a piece of cello tape. Cut this piece into thin long strips or short fat strips. Allow these strips to adhere to the drinking glass or onto the glass top of your center table. Apply a base coat on your nails. Allow your nails to dry completely. Stick these strips of tape on your nails in horizontal, vertical or zigzag fashion. Apply another nail polish color to your nails over these strips. Allow to dry. Once dry, pull off the strips of tape. You’ll get some fantastic nail art patterns this way!

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So what are you waiting for? Get going!

Best Foot Cream In India – 5 Best ones for cracked heels

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Googling for the very best foot cream in India? Cracked heels cause a lot of discomfort, especially during winters. Besides the pain, cracked heels can embarrass you in public. What you need to do is to moisturize those dry cracked heels. You see a lot of adverts for cracked heel creams and often wonder which one to buy. Check out these foot creams for cracked heels which go a long way towards healing your heels.

Best Foot Cream in India – Top 5

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

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This moisturizing lotion is a little thick and is easily absorbed into your heels. Non allergic, it soothes dry cracked heels and makes the skin soft and free of cracks.
It costs Rs 260 for a 100 ml pack.

Cetaphil moisturizing lotion review

Oriflame Foot Cream

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Oriflame Feet Up Advanced Cracked Heel Repair Foot Cream is enriched with cocoa butter, vitamin B5 and intensive care complex. It has a deep penetrating action with superb moisturizing and softening effects. It gets easily absorbed – you don’t have to worry about excessive greasiness.
It costs Rs.329 for a 75 ml tube.

Oriflame foot cream review

Aroma Magic Foot Cream

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Aroma Magic Camphor Ice Foot Cream is a soothing and softening foot cream that repairs and heals rough, cracked heels. It lives upto its name, imparting a nice fragrance to your feet, keeping them feet odor free and refreshed.
It costs Rs.130 for 60 gm pack.

Aroma Magic Foot Cream review

Biotique Foot Cream

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Biotique Costus Foot Cream contains the herbal goodness of Costus root extract dandelion, sunflower oil and cobra saffron. This conditions dry, rough skin and repairs cracks in your heels, leaving them feather soft. You can use it as an all day foot cream.
This cream costs Rs.180 for a 55gm jar

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Vedic Line Foot Massage Cream

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This foot massage cream is enriched with bees wax and clove oil. It cures cracked heels and keeps your feet smooth and supple. It also offers additional protection against corns and calluses.
A 65 ml jar costs Rs. 150

Vedic Line foot massage cream review

How to cure cracked heels?

Get one of these creams for cracked heels for instant relief. Before application, make sure you clean your feet well with a gentle soap and warm water. While doing so, use a pumice stone for gentle scrubbing. Wipe your feet gently with a towel. Apply the cream or lotion on your cracked heels. If the cream is not too runny, you can put on a pair of socks before you retire for the night. Yes, foot creams work best if left overnight.

Amazing Benefits of eating garlic – For Women

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Did you know that the benefits of eating garlic can actually transform your life? In fact, including garlic as part of your daily diet is a great way to stay fit and healthy. You simply have to overcome your disgust towards that nasty, garlic smell. Garlic has innumerable health benefits for women. Check these out.

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Benefits Of Eating Garlic – For Women

Garlic For Weight Loss

Research indicates that garlic can be used for weight loss. Garlic stimulates the nervous system to release more adrenalin which increases your metabolic rate. This in turn burns more fat, aiding in weight loss. Garlic reduces unhealthy cholesterol levels and keeps your appetite in control.

Garlic For Anti-ageing

Garlic has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which slow down the cell decaying process. It helps your skin cells rejuvenate and works great towards reducing puffiness around your eyes, wrinkles and dark circles. Garlic can help you get rid of acne and stubborn acne marks. So for smooth, plumper and a younger looking skin, consume it regularly to reap the immense benefits of eating garlic.

Garlic For PMS

Cramps, bloating and fatigue are classic PMS symptoms. Garlic enhances blood circulation in the body besides aiding digestion. This gives you instant relief from abdominal cramps and bloating.

Garlic For UTI and Vaginal Health

Almost every woman in the world will have suffered from either a urinary tract infection or a vaginal infection at least once in a lifetime. Garlic has anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal properties that make it a powerful weapon against frequent UTIs and vaginal infections in women. Consume lots of garlic in raw or cooked form to fight infections. Those prone to such frequent infections can avoid problems by making garlic an essential ingredient of their diet.

How to consume garlic?

Add crushed garlic to sauces, marinades and dips. Stir fry vegetables with finely chopped garlic. Use garlic liberally to flavor meat dishes, rice, vegetables and curries. The benefits of eating garlic are enhanced when consumed in crushed or chopped form. If garlic breath is not much of a problem, crush two raw cloves of garlic and swallow this with a glass of warm water once daily .

Tackle garlic breath by chewing on mint or flavored mouth fresheners after meals.

Note that garlic is a blood thinner. Avoid consuming garlic if you are on blood thinning medications. Consult your doctor if required.

 

Fruit and Vegetable Wash – Make Them Pesticide Free

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Wondering “How to remove pesticides from fruit and vegetables ?” Every time you see traces of white chemicals on grapes and a waxy sheen on apples that you buy from the local grocer, you feel “Do I have to eat this? ” It doesn’t make sense to stop buying such stuff because farm produce that you get in supermarkets isn’t safe from chemicals either. Then helplessly, you resort to peeling apples before eating. However, there are numerous methods to clean fruits and vegetables, making them free of fertilizers and pesticides.

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Fruits and Vegetable Wash – Top Tips

Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner

Use these natural methods for making an organic fruit and vegetable wash at home, that takes off pesticides and fertilizers from vegetables and fruits.

Tamarind and Vinegar Wash

A simple tamarind vegetable and fruit wash can remove 95 percent of the pesticide and fertilizer residue, with ease. Simply keep your veggies and fruits immersed in tamarind water prepared by mixing 20 gm of tamarind in lukewarm water for 15 minutes. These findings are the result of an intensive research study on the impact of pesticide residue on farm produce, conducted by the pesticide research and analytical laboratory of the Kerala Agricultural University.

An equally viable option is to dilute 1 teaspoon of vinegar in 1 litre of water. Keep your veggies or fruits immersed in this solution for 10 minutes. Then rinse them in tap water.

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon baking soda to a large bowl of lukewarm water. Immerse fresh farm produce in this solution for 10 minutes. Then rinse off in plain water.

Fruit and Vegetable Washing Liquids

Several organic fruit and vegetable washing liquids are available in supermarkets, health stores and online stores like www.healthkart.com. However, check if these liquid cleaners are organic and have edible ingredients. Of these Fit fruit and vegetable wash ,  vegfruwash and Pigeon vegetable cleanser are recommended products.

Vegetable and Fruit Wash –  Equipments

Vegetables and fruit purifiers are other good options. Though expensive, they are the best for hassle free purification of fruits, veggies and meat. They work on Ozone technology, killing harmful microorganisms and pathogens. These machines oxidize and eliminate residual pesticides and fertilizers from fruits and veggies. They also clean antibiotics and hormones present in meat and seafood.

You can buy quality vegetable and fruit purifying machines online at Amazon. In India, Kent Vegetable & Fruit Purifier and Ozone Vegetable & Fruit Purifier seem to be good ones. Before buying these purifiers check on after sales service, maintenance, warranty and any parts that need to be replaced after a few months or years.

Check out which option works best for you. Clean your fruits and vegetables the proper way. Stay fit and stay healthy.

Top 10 Rose Water Uses For A Younger Looking Skin

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Rose water uses are many. It benefits your skin like a miraculous elixir for a radiant, younger looking you. Since  ages, women all over the world use rosewater for skin. Rosewater has soothing and cleansing properties that make your skin look young.

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Rose water uses

Rose Water – Toner And Cleanser

Rosewater is a gentle facial cleanser. It clears grime and oil that cause clogged pores, keeping pimples and acne away. Rosewater is also a natural toner for your skin.

Rose Water – Astringent

Rosewater functions like an astringent after your steam your face to get rid of blackheads. Apply rosewater as a gentle astringent to close open pores after removing blackheads.

Rose Water – Skin Tonic

The anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties of rosewater reduce irritation and redness of the skin caused by sun burn and dust allergy. The best thing to do to make your skin look younger is to moisturize it. Rosewater lubricates your skin well, adding a beautiful glow to it without making your skin look oily.

Rose Water – Mood Enhancer

The invigorating fragrance of roses uplifts your mood and de-stresses you completely. Rosewater when used at night ensures that you sleep well, relaxed and without any stress.

Rose Water For Skin

Dip a small cotton ball in some rosewater and dab it all over your face, lips and neck. It immediately soothes and cleanses your skin.

Rose Water for dark circles

To get rid of dark circles, add four drops of milk to half a teaspoon of rosewater and apply all around your eyes and over your eyelids in circular motions. This moisturizes the skin around your eyes in addition to increasing the blood circulation in the under eye area. Following this regime regularly before going to sleep will eliminate dark circles.

Rose Water For Scalp

Rosewater is an excellent moisturizer for your scalp. After shampooing your hair, dab your scalp liberally with a cotton ball soaked in rosewater. This prevents a dry flaky scalp, providing relief from dandruff.

Rose Water For Hair

Add 3 tablespoons of rosewater in a large glass of lukewarm water. Use this to get a last rinse after washing your hair. It keeps your hair shafts well conditioned, keeping frizz at bay.

Rose Water For Eyes

Tired, irritated eyes get a soothing relief when you place a cotton ball dipped in rosewater over them. Add a few drops of rosewater in a glass of cool water and wash your eyes with this to get relief from red, tired eyes – something that you get from glaring at the computer screen for a long time.

Rose Water Face Pack

Make a face pack with 2 teaspoons of fullers earth (multani mitti), 2 teaspoons of  rosewater and 1/4 teaspoon milk cream. Apply evenly all over your face. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. This is an excellent face pack for dry to normal skin types. For oily skin, avoid adding milk cream to the pack.

You can buy Dabur Gulabari Rosewater for instant results.

The natural moisturizing properties of rosewater make it an effective and affordable beauty enhancer. A daily skin care regimen that involves rosewater can reduce fine lines and dullness, adding a radiant glow to your skin. Why not try it right away?

Awesome Ramp Ready Hairstyles With TRESemmé – Pamper Your Tresses

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Hairstyles should flaunt your personality in a flamboyant manner. They must go hand in hand with the kind of dress you wear, with the accessories you choose and your overall look, making you fit for a ramp walk. Picking up the right hairdo for every model is one of the most important aspects of a hair stylist’s job when it comes to a ramp walk. Hairstyles must blend well with current trends, seasons and the outfits you choose to wear.

TRESemmé range of products are the perfect hair stylists for you. You don’t have to be a model to have salon style hair. TRESemmé imparts  a wonderfully manageable and healthy mane besides ensuring that your tresses easily fall into place and carry off any style you give them. I have a mix of wavy and curly hair which turns frizzy at times. TRESemmé softened my hair and actually allowed me to experiment with different hairstyles.

Just follow these steps to have a salon kind of hairstyle. Allow TRESemmé and me of course, to do the honors. After you shampoo and condition your hair with TRESemmé, look at these pictures to work up a ramp ready hair style this summer!

Long Hair Styles For Women

I picked up these hair styles for a nice summery look.

French Braid

Go french this summer with this cute, girlish french braid. Accessorize it with a silver, floral clip.  This hairstyle is great for Friday dressing at office and equally great for hanging out with friends. TRESemmé  hair fall defense conditioner imparted that much needed shine to my hair as seen in this picture. french braid - Tresemme ramp ready hairstyle

Braided Ponytail

A simple ponytail tied with a braid teams well with office wear for a corporate meeting. It can also be used to sport a casual look. This is a super quick hairstyle you can create in minutes. Just tie your hair in a simple ponytail using a rubber band. Take some hair from under the ponytail and fashion a thin braid out of this. Cover the braid over the rubber band and pin it underneath your ponytail with a small hair pin.

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Butterfly Ponytail

Check out this butterfly ponytail style. Girlish and cute, it looks very trendy. I picked this one from the TRESemmé DIY videos for ramp ready hair.

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Voluminous One Sided Braid

The voluminous one sided braid from TRESemmé DIY videos is my favorite. I need to perfect it some more, so couldn’t click a picture of myself. But here is a video that demonstrates the voluminous one sided braid.

 

Take a look at the  interactive TRESemmé India Youtube channel featuring Diana Penty who takes you backstage at The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York where you can take a look at several simple yet gorgeous hair styles. Go through their DIY videos that walk you through salon style hairdos fit for a stunning ramp walk!

And yes, this write up won me a runner up prize at the TRESemmé Ramp Ready Hair – IndiBlogger Contest!


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Probiotic Drinks – Why you need bugs in your drink!

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Probiotic drinks like Yakult are products manufactured by bacterial fermentation of milk especially cows milk or soy milk. These drinks are nutritious with lots of health benefits. Probiotic yogurt is rich in calcium, protein, Riboflavin,Vitamins B6 & B12. These drinks have live bacteria that populate your gut and work towards a healthy well being.

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What are probiotic drinks?

What is a probiotic?

Probiotics are useful bacteria or yeasts that maintain the balance in your gastrointestinal tract. For instance bacteria like Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Streptococcus thermophilus or a yeast like Saccharomyces boulardii are the best probiotics found in probiotic drinks and foods.

How are probiotic drinks made?

Probiotic Drinks like yogurt are made from fermented cows milk. The milk is boiled to a high temperature to kill unwanted bacteria. Thereafter, the milk is cooled to room temperature.This alters the milk proteins so that the milk simply sets and curds are not formed. A culture of bacteria is added and the same temperature is maintained for 5-7 hours to facilitate fermentation.

Yakult is made by preparing a mixture of skim milk powder, dextrose and filtered and sterilized water. This mixture is boiled to a high temperature for a short duration and then transferred to a fermentation tank. Once there, live bacteria are introduced to the solution. The temperature is brought down to room temperature allowing fermentation for 6-9 days or till the bacteria reach their prescribed concentration.

Best Probiotic Brands

What is Yakult?

Yakult is a fermented milk drink with probiotics – live bacteria that are essential for a healthy gut. It is made of skim milk powder, water and sugar. To this live bacteria culture is added. The sugar keeps the bacteria alive during shelf life.

Yakult is fat free and has a nice sweet fruity flavor. A 65 ml bottle contains nearly 6.5 billion good bacteria (Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota). A busy stressful life with poor food habits makes your body less immune to diseases. Yakult promotes a healthy immune system and a strong digestive system, keeping you in the pink of health.
Yakult is an ideal probiotic health drink for everyone ranging from senior citizens to kids.

Amul Flaavyo Yoghurt and Danone Acitivia Yogurt

These are yummy flavored yogurts with the goodness of probiotics.

Lifeway’s Frozen Kefir for lactose intolerance

Lifeway offers Frozen Kefir, a fermented milk drink in a wide variety of flavors that is gluten free and lactose free. This is great news for lactose intolerant people who tend to throw up milk or milk products minutes after consumption. The reason is the inability of their digestive systems to break down lactose, found in milk products.

Kefir improves lactose digestion. This is due to the probiotic bacteria breaking down sugars found in milk.

All these brands offer probiotic drinks in a variety of flavors. Probiotic drinks are ideal in case of erratic eating habits especially for people working in shifts, living off fast food.

What are probiotics good for?

Lactose Intolerance

Probiotic drinks are great for people with lactose intolerance – inability to digest milk and milk products. The live bacteria break down lactose, lowering the tendency of vomiting and bloating in such people.

Immunity Boosters

Probiotic Drinks containing Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium enhance immunity, keeping you free from common illnesses and speeding recovery in case of an illness.

Improved Digestion

Probiotic Drinks maintain a healthy balance of gut flora, where the number of good bacteria outweigh the bad bacteria. This reduces indigestion and bloating – a common occurrence in the stress filled lives of people, today.

Top 4 Benefits Of Turmeric For Women

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Turmeric For Women – Check out the benefits of using turmeric.

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Turmeric or curcuma longa is a spice often used in Asian cooking. Apart from its health benefits like  antiseptic and healing properties, do you know it is very good for women? Since ages turmeric has been used in beauty products and skin care.

Turmeric For Women – Top Benefits

Lowers Breast Cancer Risk

During menopause, women often opt for hormone replacement therapy which increases the risk of breast cancer. Curcumin found in turmeric is an active ingredient that inhibits the growth of tumors, lowering the risk of breast cancer in such cases.

Turmeric For Fibroids

Research suggests turmeric is good for shrinking uterine fibroids. Fibroids are the leading causes of hysterectomies worldwide. Uterine fibroids are related to increase in estrogen levels in a woman’s body. Turmeric root when taken internally, detoxifies the liver. The liver in turn reduces estrogen levels which minimizes the growth of fibroids. Turmeric supplements can be taken instead of consuming raw turmeric, for shrinking uterine fibroids. Consult a naturopath or a herbalist to find the right dosage for your body type.

Turmeric For Skin

The antiseptic nature of turmeric makes it ideal for bruises, cuts, wounds and even minor burns. It has blood clotting properties that immediately stops the blood flow from a cut or wound. Apply turmeric root paste or pure turmeric powder along with coconut oil to cuts and wounds. Turmeric root when taken internally purifies blood and heals acne and pimples. It is also effective in reducing acne scars and stretch marks. Turmeric root paste can be mixed with sandalwood paste and applied on face for a clear complexion. Turmeric used for external application must be Kasturi Haldi or curcuma aromatica. This is a non staining version of turmeric. The turmeric used for internal consumption is different. Make a paste of gram flour, kasturi turmeric and a spoon of milk. Apply this on your face, leaving the area around your eyes and mouth. Leave this on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. This is good for clearing marks and inhibiting facial hair growth.

Turmeric For Anti-Aging

Now did you know of the anti aging benefits of turmeric? It reduces fine lines and wrinkles by actually slowing down the ageing process. Just use 1/4 tsp of  turmeric paste prepared from its powdered form or root with some milk or rose water and gram flour(besan) and apply on the face.

Note:
Buy edible turmeric root(curcuma longa) and include it in cooking. Powdered turmeric may not be pure unless dried and powdered at home. You can ask your local grocer to get the root for you. Ingesting large amounts of turmeric can cause stomach aches. The best way to consume turmeric is to use it in soups, dals, curries, pickles and vegetables liberally. Make sure you don’t overuse. Too much of turmeric imparts a non palatable flavor to food.

Turmeric Based Skin Care Products

Use a turmeric based cream like Vicco Turmeric Cream regularly and see the difference. Apply this cream overnight and wash it off in the morning.This however, is an oil based cream. You can find other skin care products containing turmeric that suits your skin type.

 

 

The PMS Guide For Men – Survival Tips For Husbands

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This is the complete PMS Guide for men that unravels the mystery behind their partner’s sudden transformation into weird, moody creatures during those few days, every month. Understanding a woman’s PMS symptoms can be a bit difficult for men. Just voicing an innocent opinion can get you into neck deep trouble with your wife, but the culprit is actually PMS. Hormonal changes and physical discomfort like headaches, backaches and stomach cramps during PMS trigger unexpected emotional outbursts for the unlikeliest of reasons. If you notice, there will be a predictable pattern of emotional outbursts and mood swings every month, depending on the date and your poor wife is not the one to be blamed! Symptoms of emotional outbursts during PMS may vary from woman to woman. Check out this list of to-dos and not-to-dos that will help you handle your cranky wife during PMS, without going berserk.

PMS Guide For Men – Survival Tips

Offer Tea, Coffee Or Juice

A nice, warm cup of tea/coffee or a glass of fruit juice will be much appreciated. That isn’t too much considering the amount of time your wife spends in the kitchen.

Look For Missing Clothes Yourself

Do not argue over missing socks and ties. Try to find out that pair of socks you just bought last week, yourself.  Wear whatever is ironed and arranged in your wardrobe. Do not waste time looking for a tee or formal shirt that takes forever to find or needs your wife’s assistance to find (even if you may not admit it.)

Ignore The Mess

It is absolutely okay for the house to look ransacked till your wife feels better. It will be fine in a few days time.

Calling Friends Over? Think Twice!

Do not call friends and relatives over for lunch or dinner (and certainly not your mom), during those few days of the month, except in case of emergencies.

Kind Words Work Wonders

Kind words work like magic and are effective antidotes. They can tame vicious creatures. Your wife is just an ordinary human being.

Help Yourself

Help yourself. That is all most wives wish during those days of the month. They would not expect you to exchange roles, take care of kids and the home.

This is the basic wish list of anyone going through a typical bout of PMS symptoms. Husbands can avoid arguments and maintain peace at home, if they take care of the tips mentioned in the PMS Guide For Men.

Detox diet – An ayurvedic way to remove toxins

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Daily exposure to chemicals, pollution, unhealthy food habits, metabolic waste,drug use, stress and a myriad of other problems leads to toxins in the body. More often than not, these toxins are responsible for sluggishness, skin problems, poor digestion, headaches, body aches and lack of concentration. It is a great idea to opt for an ayurvedic diet regime once in a while to bounce back into optimum health. This article focuses on a detox diet – the ayurvedic way.

What is detoxification?
It is a resting/recovering  phase, where your body is cleansed, nourished and rejuvenated. It stimulates the liver to function well, eliminates toxins from the body, boosting your immune system and protecting you from disease.  The best time to detox is between winter and spring. Follow a seven day detox diet plan to bring your body back on track.

Ayurvedic diet for detox

Following an ayurvedic diet is a safe way to detox your body, as it involves naturally grown herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. It  does not ask you to resort to extreme fasting measures. An ayurvedic diet requires a few simple changes in your daily food intake. Take a look at the list of recommended food and food that is to be avoided.

Recommended food for an ayurvedic detox diet

  • Vegetables: Have plenty of cooked leafy green veggies. Use spices to flavor your vegetables.
  • Prepare khichdi for lunch – a simple meal of rice and moong dal(split green gram) with a spoon of ghee,cumin,curry leaves and a pinch of asafoetida. Ghee lubricates the digestive tract, eases constipation,  asafoetida stimulates digestive juices and moong provides nourishment in the form of  protein.
  • Fruits: Sweet, juicy fruits are excellent body cleansers. Have fruit for breakfast and to satisfy in-between hunger pangs.
  • Grains: Whole grains as Oats, quinoa, rice, barley, amaranth and rice are good. Include flat breads or rotis made of whole wheat flour in your diet. Fiber rich grains like Oats cleanse the digestive system and eliminate constipation. Use  ghee(clarified butter) while kneading the dough for rotis or flat bread.
  • Spices: Use ginger, coriander, cumin, fenugreek and fennel in whole or powdered form liberally while cooking vegetables, soups and dals. These spices assist in proper digestion and flush out the toxins from the body through liver, skin, urinary tract and colon.
  • Include vegetable or moong dal(split green gram) soup in your detox diet.

Foods to be avoided

  • Canned and frozen food, meat,refined sugar, fermented food, dry bread, food made out of refined flour(maida), cheese, yoghurt and food that contains yeast.
  • Avoid tea and coffee. Take lemon juice with honey instead.
  • Avoid pickles and foods containing vinegar.

Other tips

  • Begin your day with a glass of warm water with freshly squeezed juice of a lemon and some honey. This will clear your bowels and clean your digestive system.
  • Cook simple meals which are easier to digest.
  • Avoid heavy food like fried food and desserts.
  • People with poor digestion / constipation can include Triphala churna in their daily intake. It is an ayurvedic churna made of three fruits – bibhitaki, amalaki and haritaki). Triphala has anti oxidant and laxative properties .

Note:
Initially the body may show some caffeine withdrawal symptoms, if you suddenly stop the consumption of tea and coffee. But it is vital to finish the detox diet process once you have started it. Keep some fruit juice or lemonade handy. You can sip this whenever you feel the urge to have tea or coffee.

After  the seven day detox diet, you will feel fresh, rejuvenated and healthy.

 

Hypnotherapy

What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can be defined as a combination of clinical  hypnosis and therapeutic intervention.

How does hypnotherapy work?
The hypnotherapist puts the person who is suffering from mental disorders / imbalances into deep hypnotic relaxation. When the person (patient) is in a state of heightened suggestibility, the hypnotherapist gives appropriate ‘word’ suggestions aimed at removing or curtailing the impact of the causative stimuli that produced the malady. As a result, hypnotherapy restores normalcy, peace, tranquility and health in the person.

Application of hypnotherapy
Through proven therapeutic procedures, hypnosis can effectively be applied to:

Remove old emotional wounds that persistently haunt persons
Control chronic pains
Correct dysfunctional behaviors like self-destructive habits and thoughts
Anxiety disorders
Side effects of certain medical treatments
Addictive influences
Sleep disorders
Fears
Lack of concentration and withering attention
Depression
Relationship problems
Stress management and anger management
Other psycho-somatic disturbances.

Qualities of a good and proven hypnotherapist

He must be physically fit with normal health and must not have any pomp and show.
He should have keen interest in the welfare of people and must be honest in thoughts and deeds.
He must be well-versed in physiology of human nervous system.
He should possess thorough knowledge to analyze situations and contexts and determine the causes of afflictions of the patient.
He must be able to induct hypnosis in patients using the most effective methods as the situation demands, using methods that suit patients
He should possess expertise for counseling and hypno-analysis.
He should prepare clients (patients) to enter hypnotic state by explaining what the client will experience and convincing them to undergo hypnosis.

Client’s Role in hypnotherapy
There is a moral responsibility on patients who opt for hypnotherapy. Before people  subject themselves to hypnotherapy they must learn as much about clinical hypnosis and  the competence of the hypnotherapist as is necessary for comfort, trust and rapport which are key ingredients. For this the therapists should be open and free to answer queries about qualifications, expertise, and methods used. A qualified hypnotherapist shall not undertake the use of hypnosis without interacting with the patients to know their level of understanding of the process. Such interactions, give patients opportunity to have their questions answered and to develop rapport with the therapist. It also helps the therapist to understand patient’s expectations. These will enhance the possibility of successful treatment.

Precautions
Inadequate competence in hypnotherapy can be of risk to patients. Inadequately trained therapists can cause harm and distort the normally pleasant experience of hypnotherapy. An unscrupulous practitioner who may be inadequately trained and may have some hidden agenda can also create havoc. Here lies the importance of carefully choosing
a competent therapist by the patients.

Legal protection
The hypnotherapist should ensure that the patient is accompanied by a witness. The witness can be a relative of the patient, a well wisher/intimate friend etc of the patient. They must be aware of the problems of the patient and must be interested to help the patient through and by hypnosis. The hypnotherapist, after preliminary examination of the
patient and after confirming that the patient needs hypnotherapy, should get a written declaration in prescribed format that includes a statement by the patient that she/he undergoes the hypnotic state with her/his will and decision. It should include the name, date of birth, address, phone numbers, date of attendance, name and address of witness,
patient’s relation with witness etc. The declaration should have authenticated signatures of patient and the witness. It should be specifically stated in the declaration that the therapist is only to help the patient to come back to normalcy and that the therapist shall not be responsible if the suggestive therapy did not succeed in totally curing the malady.

After care
Two or three follow-ups may be advisable. When trying to eradicate unwanted habits, it is a good practice to revisit the therapist, after taking a prior appointment to report progress and if necessary, to reinforce progress through hypno-suggestions.

Visit Hypnotherapy directory – UK  for support and general advice on hypnotherapy.
The purpose of the above mentioned site is to provide the UK with a huge hypnotherapy support network, enabling those in distress to find a hypnotherapist close to them and appropriate for their needs.