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DIY Oil for Hair Growth – My Personal Favorite!

oil for hair growth

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

homemade oil for hair

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.

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9 Compelling Reasons To Use Coconut Oil For Skin

coconut oil for skin

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

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!

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Organic Food In India: Where to buy?

The demand for organic food in India is slowly on the rise. In fact before independence, farming was indeed organic in India. Fertilizers, pesticides, artificial growth hormones given to poultry and livestock were typically unheard of, back then. However, farmers started using chemical pesticides and fertilizers, bypassing traditional methods to get more produce and double profits.  This has invariably led to soil and water pollution along with a total disturbance of our biorhythm (Absolutely true, whether you realize it or not!)

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Organic Food in India

24 Letter Mantra , Organic Garden and Farm2Kitchen are a few organic food stores that sell online as well. In case, these organic stores are not available in your locality or they do not deliver in your area, you can buy their products from other grocery shopping stores like Big Basket or LocalBanya.

Where to buy organic food online in India?

You can buy organic food online at   24 Letter Mantra, Organic Garden or farm2kitchen. In fact, 24 Letter Mantra has more than 200 organic food products including breakfast cereals, juices, cookies, spices, pulses etc.  You can buy your monthly groceries from here. Organic garden offers farm fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to other groceries. But they operate only in Mumbai as of now. Both 24 Letter Mantra and Organic Garden have been certified ‘Organic’ by ECOCERT. I haven’t tried out farm2kitchen, though. Check out their websites for quality guidelines and organic certifications before you buy stuff.

 Still hesistant?

Trying out organic food in India will give you a better idea. It all depends on your experience.  For instance, I tried using organic garden wheat flour. I was disappointed with the way the rotis turned out. They were far from soft. However,whole organic wheat turned out to be so good. I got it ground from the local flour mill and the rotis seemed to melt in my mouth.

Check out powdered spices like turmeric, dried red chilly etc. from 24 letter mantra. Compare them with other brands like Everest. You can feel the difference immediately. Spices from the former have a fresh aroma and taste better.

Yeah organic food in India is expensive! So what?

Organic food is slightly more expensive that non organic brands. But then, don’t you end up buying so much junk on every trip to the supermarket. Packets of cheese balls, ready to eat meals, fried potato snacks and the like. Doesn’t it make sense to allocate a budget for some healthy organic food rather than mindlessly opting for food loaded with Trans fats, preservatives and what not? So either you pay the farmer or your doctor – the choice is yours.

Why organic food?

People are generally not convinced to buy organic food as they are unaware of its benefits. I love the fresh aroma of organic spices, especially spices from 24 Letter Mantra. Organically grown wheat gives you soft flour and even softer rotis. I have been opting for organic produce since a year.  Try to understand why organic food is good for you.

Benefits of organic food in India

Strict Quality Guidelines

Unlike  conventional farming, organic farming requires adherence to strict quality guidelines. ‘Organic’ certification indicates that the produce meets strict quality regulations for organic farming. It means the produce is completely free from toxic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, sewage waste or even genetically modified organisms(GMOs). In India, every organic food store must be certified ‘ORGANIC’ from an organic certification agency accredited under the National Programme for Organic Production (INDIA NPOP). Check out this list of organic certification agencies in India .

Environment friendly

Conventional farming methods use pesticides and fertilizers indiscriminately. These chemicals leach into the soil and pollute water resources. Eventually we are affected by way of direct consumption of such produce as well as via supply of drinking water among others.

Organic farming nurtures the soil and makes it fertile. The farming methods used are energy efficient. Good soil filters water passing thru it which means no chemicals affect potable water.

Tastes better

Organic food tastes better. Be it spices, pulses, sea food or meat, organic food tastes better than produce cultivated using conventional farming methods.

Organic Meat is healthy

Organic livestock are not administered artificial growth hormones. Organic livestock are kept in healthy living conditions, fed well and given more room to move about. Unnecessary antibiotics are not administered either.  These chemicals can cause digestive disorders and allergies on entering our blood stream.

Advantage for traditional farmers

Organic producers keep a direct relation with rural farmers in India. Farmers can bypass middlemen. Farmers get to earn better. By buying organic produce, you help these farmers indirectly. Organic food farmers market is held at many places in India.

In case you have no organic food stores nearby or if online stores do not deliver to your area, you can still try to eat healthy. Check out how to remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables right at home.

Organic food lovers do share with our readers, your choice of online organic stores and organic food products, in the comments section.

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Amazing Benefits of eating garlic – For Women

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.

 

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Fruit and Vegetable Wash – Make Them Pesticide Free

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.

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Top 10 Rose Water Uses For A Younger Looking Skin

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?

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Probiotic Drinks – Why you need bugs in your drink!

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.

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Top 4 Benefits Of Turmeric For Women

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

turmeric for women
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.

 

 

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The PMS Guide For Men – Survival Tips For Husbands

pms guide for men

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.

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