Monthly Archives: November 2012

Oral care (Home Remedies)

A clean mouth is a healthy mouth,  but also a healthy body. Studies have shown poor dental care can result in disease and over-all poor health

So brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly is of upmost importance for maintaining a healthy mouth.

Sensitive teeth and gum

  • Try putting some of the toothpaste on your finger or on a cotton swab and spreading it over the sensitive spots before you go to bed.Spit, but don’t rinse. Within a few weeks, your teeth should begin to feel less sensitive.
  • Try a fluoride rinse. rinses, fluoride available without a prescription at your local pharmacy or in the dental section of grocery stores, can help decrease sensitivity, especially for people plagued with decay problems. Use it once a day. Swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out.
  • Sometimes, people with sensitive teeth need a stronger fluoride rinse or gel than the ones available over the counter. For example, some treatments for gum disease, such as root planing (which reduces plaque), can leave sensitive teeth even more sensitive than usual. In such situations, dentists can apply a fluoride gel that helps relieve the problem.
  • Keep your teeth clean. Plaque, the white gummy substance that forms on teeth, produces an acid that irritates teeth, especially if your choppers are naturally sensitive. Wage a daily attack against plaque by brushing at least twice, preferably right after eating and especially before bed, and flossing at least once.

Healthy teeth

  • Keep your mouth clean with water and gargling. By doing so, you can remove the food particles that are left out and stuck between the teeth.
  • Use a combination of mashed strawberries and sage leaf, massage the same into the teeth area, and rinse it out. What you will see will be natural white shining teeth.
  • Lime juice, when mixed with baking soda, also works as one of the best options in natural teeth whitening.
  • Flossing the teeth once in a day also helps to eradicate all the problems related to teeth whitening and other oral problems.
  • Avoid the usage of red wine and coffee as they are harmful to your teeth and can leave unwanted stain on your teeth.
  • Try to drink as much of water and milk in a day as you can. This will help you in getting better results, naturally. Also, you might be able to cut down your visits to a dental clinic.
  • Use a tooth paste which is approved under American Dental Association. Currently, the market is loaded with many teeth whitening toothpastes. Try them out and see the results.
  • Take healthy cereals for teeth because they can naturally increase your teeth strengths and whitening effects too.
  • Eating lot of fruits and vegetables is really beneficial for teeth and for other parts of body as well, since it is said that healthy food is good to gain healthy body, healthy bones and healthy teeth. Thus, always choose healthy cereals for teeth.

Toothache

Onion

An everyday use household product such as an onion can benefit one a great deal to get rid of toothache. One simply needs to place a small piece of onion on the tooth or gum that is causing pain. Onions hold antibacterial properties that can help one combat toothache effectively. In fact, chewing few onion slices on daily basis can prevent the occurrence of dental issues in your life to a great extent.

Saltwater

Rinsing one’s mouth with a solution of salt water can help one deal with pain as well as tooth infection. One should rinse their mouth numerous times in a day, in order to kill the infection that is causing toothache. Eradicating the infection would eventually reduce the pain accompanied with the condition.

Clove Oil

Another effective homemade remedy for toothache includes clove oil. In order to make this solution work, one needs to use a cotton ball and drop few drops of clove oil into it. Once the cotton ball soaks the solution, one should place the cotton ball on the infected tooth. One will experience a numbness effect for nearly an hour after the application of clove oil. If the pain persists, one should try this remedy more than once in a day.

Wheat Grass

Not many people out there are aware of the fact that wheat grass juice can also enable them to seek relief from toothache. This juice works like a mouthwash for dental decay, and thereby offers relief against mild and severe tooth pain. Loaded with organic antibiotics, it withdraws the toxins present in our gums to get rid of bacterial growth.

Icepack

Application of icepack can also do the trick for individuals affected by toothache. Individuals are advised to grab a few ice cubes and then wrap them inside a towel. One should then place the ice wrapped towel on the affected area to find relief from pain.

Pepper

Pepper powder combined with common salt can be used to deal with toothache effectively. Those who use the mixture of pepper powder and common salt on daily basis are able to enjoy some added benefits such as reduction in cavity, bad breath and gums bleeding.

Alcohol

Interestingly, alcohol can also come to one’s rescue, when a person is troubled with toothache. Alcohol contributes towards the reduction of tooth pain by causing numbness. One simply needs to rub some amount of whisky on the aching tooth. One can also make use of alcohol soaked cotton ball over here to place it on the right of the aching teeth. The good news is that this remedy offers instant relief from the troublesome pain.

Remove canker sores

  1. Baking Soda. To get rid of that canker sore, use this home remedy with baking soda. Just make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply the baking soda paste to the canker sore.
  2. Black Tea Bag. A traditional way to alleviate the pain of canker sores is with a black tea bag. This home remedy for canker sores will work in just a few minutes. Make your tea as normal and when you are finished with your tea bag, place it on the canker sore. It will hurt in the beginning, but you will feel the pain start to subside. You can do this over and over again, but it is best to use a freshly brewed tea bag that has not been used before.
  3. Hydrogen Peroxide. To make a homemade remedy for canker sores using hydrogen peroxide, use the following recipe. Take two ounces of hydrogen peroxide (food grade) and two ounces of water. Add in five teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of baking soda. Mix everything together and then rinse your mouth for at least one minute. Do this four to five times daily and your canker sore will be gone in just a few days.
  4. Aloe Vera Juice. Aloe Vera has long been used for burns, cuts and warts. Now it is a wonderful home remedy for canker sores. Just juice the entire leaf and dab the juice on the canker sore with a cotton swab. In just a few days, the canker sore will be gone and so will be the pain.
  5. Plum Juice. Plum juice is one of the best home remedies for canker sores that you can use. Just take two tablespoons of the juice and rinse your mouth as you would any mouth wash. If the pain is too much then dab a cotton swab in the juice and hold it on the canker sore for a few minutes. The intense pain of the canker sore will be gone in just a few minutes.
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Lip care (Home Remedies)

A sweet smile gives pleasure to everyone. To light up your day have a beautiful and wide smile on your face. Behind the beautiful smile are beautiful lips. The lips are the most important and exquisitely sensitive part of your body. And therefore you have to take special care of your lips.

Start off with a lip scrub recipe:

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Olive oil

Mix honey and baking ingredients until the mass resembles a paste.
Apply the mix on your lips and leave it on for a couple of minutes.
Gently rub the lips.
Wash of with lukewarm water

Let the lips dry out and then apply olive oil. It will help the lips hydrate.

There is also a recipe that is very simple, too. Apply unsalted butter on your lips occasionally. That’s it. It has the same effect as the olive oil.

Mix sugar and honey. Scrub well for 3 minutes, then rinse an apply moisturizing chap stick. For best results, repeat once a week. Wear chap stick everyday.

Dark lips

Dark lips is a common lips problem which is caused by excessive intake of tea or coffee, smoking, excessive exposure to sun, skin dryness, wrong makeup and heavy makeup, using products of cheap brand lipsticks with fragrance, allergy and dryness. So the first thing you should do to remove dark lips is to quit excessive Tea or Coffee, smoking, cheap lipsticks, exposure to sun and lip licking. In addition you can follow these tips and home remedies to have nice and beautiful lips.

1. Scrub your lips with toothbrush every night after you brush your teeth to erase dead skins from your lips.

2. Use lemon juice with almond oil or glycerin every night on your lips.

3. Before using any lipstick do a patch test by applying it on your arm. Do not use that lipstick if there is any sort of irritation or other discomfort.

4. Always remove the lipsticks every night before going to sleep.

5. Apply fresh coconut milk over your face and lips. This gives a glow to your skin and avoids lips getting dark or dry.

6. Apply Vaseline to your lips regularly.

7. Apply a little ghee every night. This keeps lips moisturized.

8. Apply lemon juice to your lips daily, to lighten them slightly.

9. Never use old, expired lipsticks, and make sure you stick to reputed brand names.

10. Apply honey on your dark lips for about 15 minutes and then rinse with water.

11. Apply toothpaste on your dark lips for 3 minutes before shower or bathe.

12. Apply cream from curds with saffron on your lips.

13. Apply a layer of oil and leave it on for several hours. Best apply before going to bed.

14. Massage lips every night with a mixture of 1/2 tsp. Glycerin and 1/2 tsp. Castor oil with 1/2 tsp. Lemon juice and leave overnight.

15. Always take plenty of vegetable, fruit and water.

16. If you must need to use lipstick, use a branded one and do not use it when the date has expired.

17. If you are open in sun for long, use UV protectors on your lipsticks.

Chapped lips

1. Coconut oil is very effective in treating chapped lips. Simply apply small amount of oil on your lips several times daily.
2. Aloe Vera is an amazing healing agent for our skin. Put a small amount of Aloe Vera gel on your lips daily to cure chapped lips.
3. Crush some rose petals and add few drops of glycerin on them. Apply it on your lips every night before going to bed. It will help you to retain the color and lost moister of your lips.
4.  Rub a slice of cucumber on your lips to get rid of chapped lips.
5.  Apply castor oil on your dry lips to make them smooth and pink.

Cracked lips

1. Apply a drop of fresh honey (pasteurized honey) onto the lips
2. Honey helps to hydrate and moisturize the lips
3. Coat the honey with vitamin E
4. Buy vitamin e at the drug store
5. Or take a vitamin e capsule punch a hole into the capsule and apply over the lips at night leave on overnight and you’ll wake up beautiful healed and smoothed lips.

Anti aging skin care ( home remedies)

 

It is not a secret that natural anti aging skin care has become the thing to do lately. This is great news considering how long we were exposed to chemicals and told that we must resort to surgery and other invasive techniques. We don’t mind aging, we just want to age gracefully

Some anti aging treatment, home remedies and treatment for premature skin aging are:

  • Massaging face with ghee, almond oil or coconut oil before going to bed.
  • Applying fresh aloe Vera gel to the skin
  • Using grated cucumber in a face pack.

Remove Red spot

Lemon- Over time, usually from 2 to 8 weeks, the age spots and discoloration will fade. Twice daily, apply fresh lemon juice with a cotton ball over the affected area.

Red onion- If your skin is intolerant to the lemon juice, apply fresh onion juice using the above directions. To make onion juice pulverize the onion in a blender. Do not use yellow or white onions for this skin recipe.

Castor Oil- Apply the castor oil twice daily using a wiping motion with a cotton ball. For an intense treatment affix the piece of cotton to the area overnight using an adhesive strip or medical tape.
Removing age spot

1. Aloe Rubbing fresh aloe vera juice or gel on the spots will help fade them. Use the gel twice a day for a month or two. Juice from the aloe plant is excellent for healing burns and is also beneficial as a general healing agent.

2. Apple cider vinegar Combine two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of orange juice and apply to the spots, preferably on a cloth or cotton pad that is secured to the area.

3. Bilberry herb slows some of the aging processes and acts as an antioxidant. Take 4-8 oz. of fresh berries, 80-160 mg of bilberry extract (25% anthocyanidin), or 20-40 mg anthocyanosides daily.

4. Buttermilk Dab buttermilk on the spots. The lactic acid and other ingredients in the milk are beneficial to the skin. Buttermilk has been used for generations as a skin cleanser and as a beauty aid.

5. Castor oil Apply castor oil on the spots in the morning and in the evening, and rub well into the skin. The spots should disappear within a month.

6. Take fresh or canned chick peas (garbanzo beans), mash about 1/3 cupful and add a little water. Smear this paste on the spots and leave it there until it dries.

7. Dandelion Break open a dandelion stem and rub the sap on the spots 2-3x per day. Good for warts, too. Will Greer (Grandpa Walton) used this method successfully.

8. Using the ancient Chinese herb gotu kola. Mix 1/8 teaspoon of powdered herb into a cup of herbal tea or add it to plain hot water along with 1/8 teaspoon of ginseng and a pinch of cayenne. This remedy should clear the spots in a few days.

9. Mix one teaspoon grated horseradish root, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vinegar, and 3 drops rosemary essential oil. Dab onto your age spots with a cotton ball once or twice a day (less if you have sensitive skin); it will exfoliate the top layer of skin and your spot should lighten. Jeanette Jacknin, M.D. in Smart Medicine for Your Skin.

10. Some fresh lemon juice on the spots twice daily. If you are going outdoors, wait for the juice to dry as it increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. It may take a few months, but the acidity in the juice will cause the spots to fade away.

Treating Loose facial skin

1. Egg White Mask to Tighten Sagging Skin: For a quick homemade beauty remedy for skin-tightening, you can make use of egg white mask. Egg white is known to tighten sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Take whipped egg whites and spread them all over your face. Let it dry for 20 minutes and then wash it off. This natural skin tightening egg white mask tones your facial skin and reduces the size of pores.

2. Papaya Facial Mask for Skin Tightening: Papaya is a fruit that is extremely useful for firming sagging and loose skin. A papaya face mask can help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. Papaya has an enzyme called papain that will prevent wrinkles, clear enlarged pores and make them appear smaller, and make your skin soft and looking young.

Prepare a natural face mask by mixing mashed papaya, rice flour and honey together. Keep this mask on your face for 20 minutes then rinse off with lukewarm water. This is one of the best facial masks for getting rid of sagging skin and wrinkles.

3. Olive Oil for Natural Skin Tightening: Olive oil helps prevent sagging and maintain the firmness of your facial skin.

Mix olive oil with lemon juice and spread it on your face and neck. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Olive oil moisturizes skin and lemon lightens and brightens it.

4. Cabbage Facemasks to Firm Sagging Skin Naturally:  Homemade cabbage face lift mask help tighten facial skin, reduce lines and prevent wrinkles. Cabbage has plenty of the vitamins A, B, C, K and P, and these keeps skin well nourished.

Make a face mask using 3 tablespoons of finely chopped cabbage, 2 teaspoons of rice flour, and 1 egg white. Simply apply this natural skin tightening mask on your face.

5. Aloe Vera Juice to Tighten the Facial Skin: Another good option for facial firmness is aloe vera juice. Aloe vera helps to soothe the skin and help it purge impurities that can clog the pores.

Apply fresh aloe vera juice to tighten the skin on your face. It also provides a moisturizing effect to your face.

NAILS, HAND AND FEET CARE

Your nails tell a lot about you. Strong and healthy nails serve as the perfect representative of the overall health and wellness of a person. Fortunately, you do not need a lot of time and money to maintain healthy nails. Here are a few tips and recipes to help you.

Sea salt soak for brittle nails

2 tbsps. – fine grain sea salt

2 drops – lemon essential oil or some lemon juice

2 drops – frankincense essential oil (optional)

2 drops – myrrh essential oil (optional)

2 drops – wheat germ oil (optional)

Add the ingredients to a small bowl of warm water. Soak your nails for 10 to 15 minutes, two times a week and then apply hand cream. You will notice the results very soon.

Beer, oil and apple cider vinegar nail soak

¼ cup – apple cider vinegar

¼ cup – olive oil

½ cup – beer

Heat olive oil (warm to touch). Mix well with beer and apple cider vinegar. Soak your nails for 10 to 15 minutes. Enjoy your strengthened and nourished nails.

Cayenne pepper mask for brittle nails

1 tsp. – hand cream

½ tsp. – cayenne pepper

10 drops – water

Mix the ingredients well, apply to nails for 15-20 minutes, rinse. Leftover mixture can be kept in a fridge. Use 1 to 2 times a week.

Black currant nail mask recipe

1 tbsp. – black currant

1 tbsp. – wheat flour

½ tbsp. – cream

Mash black currant with back of spoon until pulpy. Mix well with cream and flour. Apply the mixture on your nails, put on cotton gloves, leave it for 2 hours, then rinse.

Herbal nail treatment recipe

1 tbsp. – dry chamomile flowers

1 tbsp. – dry peppermint

2 tbsps. – wheat flour

½ tsp. – olive oil

1 cup – water

Pour boiling water over the mixed herbs. Steep for 1-1 ½ hours, then strain. Blend well with flour and olive oil. Apply the mixture on your nails and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse.

For simply wanting a whiter appearance to nails that have yellowed due to over-use of nail polish, or dryness of nails due to using finger nail polish remover often, soak the nails in lemon juice alone for 15 minutes. Then rinse your hands in warm water, and enjoy brighter, whiter-tipped, healthier nails.

Beauty arms and legs

Dark elbow and knee

  • Rub lime juice over the discolored area and leave for 15-20 minutes. Soak a towel in hot water and scrub firmly. Repeat this for 2 weeks.
  • Mix half teaspoon of lime juice with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply and wash in the same way with a hot towel. Repeat this everyday for better results.

Rough palm

  • Take 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of any oil. Massage between both palms for a minute and rinse after 10 minutes.
  • Take 1 teaspoon of sugar along with 1 teaspoon of lime juice and rub between palms for a minute or two and wash after 10-15 minutes.

Rough hands and feet

  • Add corn flour to hot water and soak hands and feet in it for 5-10 minutes before sleep.
  • Make a paste out of roasted onion by smashing it. Apply this paste on cracked heels and wash after 20 minutes. Continue this for one month and you will see the difference.
  • After a bath massage Mustard oil well into hands and feet when your body is still moist. Wash with water and pat with a towel to dry.
  • Add half teaspoon Vinegar to half a cup of curd. Massage feet and ankles well with this mix and wash after five minutes.
  • Mix Candle wax with Mustard oil and heat. Now apply this gently on the cracked areas of the heels. Wear socks over this, leave overnight and wash in the morning.

Mask for hand and feet

  • Papaya – Half cup
  • Pineapple – Half cup
  • Avocado – Half cup
  • Honey 4 tablespoons
  • Bran 1 cup

Procedure – Make a paste out of the above ingredients and apply till elbows for hands and ankles for feet. Wash after it gets dried up. This helps to get soft and supple skin.

Home Remedies for Most Diseases

Diabetes

Following are some of the simple tips to prevent diabetes:

  • Avoid eating starchy foodstuff as they are not easily digestible.
  • Take less amount of oil in your food.
  • Avoid coffee, sugar, refined flour and alcohol.
  • Do not take heavy meals. Eat small meals as they foods are easily digestible and are good for the health of diabetics.
  • Take low fat diet and eat vegetables like spinach, cucumber.
  • Eat fruits and milk product like cheese.
  • Live a stress free life, stress will worsen the conditions.
  • There is no restriction on fish and soy for a diabetic patient.
  • Avoid white bread, rice, potatoes, sweet and sugary food.
  • Do not eat junk food and oily food.
  • Onion, sprouts, beans, garlic and tomatoes lower the sugar level in the blood.

Thyroid

  • Soak two table spn of coriander seeds for overnight in one glass of water near about 200 ml, in the morning boil it and make it 100 milliliter it be at room temperature and drink it on empty stomach. repeat it in the evening.
  • Juices of fruits such as orange, apple, pineapple, and grapes may be taken every two or three hours from 8 am to 8 pm for five days. The bowels should be cleaned daily with lukewarm water.
  • The patient should take plenty of rest and spend a day in bed every week for the first two months of the treatment.
  • Certain foods and fluids are extremely injurious for thyroid patients and should be avoided by them. These include white flour products, white sugar, flesh foods, fried or greasy foods, preserves, condiments, tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • No drugs should be taken as they cause irritation in the tissues. Iodine is undoubtedly most helpful in many cases, but it should be introduced in organic form all foods containing iodine should be taken liberally. These are asparagus, cabbage, garlic, onion, oats, pineapple, whole rice, tomatoes, watercress and strawberries.
  • Take bayberry, goldenseal, and myrrh for an underactive thyroid.

High blood pressure

  • Additionally, fruits and vegetables provide a significant source of potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. The diet also recommends that individuals include at least three whole grain foods per day and limit or avoid foods made from refined flour. Replace solid fats such as butter, cream and cheese with low fat or non-fat dairy products.
  •  Consume more high quality protein foods such as lean meats, poultry and seafood. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids are particularly helpful in lowering high blood pressure.
  • Nuts, seeds and legumes provide plant proteins that have heart healthy benefits and increase healthy cholesterol. In addition to healthy eating, the DASH diet recommends limiting your alcohol intake and stop smoking.

Low blood pressure

  • High fiber foods: If you’re eating white bread changing to whole wheat can help. Buy cereals high in fiber like Raisin Bran, Total, or Special K’s. Eat more oatmeal, and buy vegetables that are high in fiber, like broccoli, spinach, or fresh green beans. They will help lower your blood pressure, and, because they tend to be filling, will also help you lose weight
  • .Eat more foods high in magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Eat more nuts and seeds, legumes, bananas, oranges, apples, avocados, and melons.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids also help lower blood pressure. Fish, such as salmon, cod, mackerel, and tuna are beneficial for lowering blood pressure by relaxing the artery walls.
  • Alcohol beverages tend to raise blood pressure. Limit yourself to 1 glass of beer or 4 oz. of wine a day.
  • Limit the amount of carbohydrates that you eat. Eat fewer potatoes, buy whole wheat bread instead of white bread, and don’t eat as much sweet food like cookies, cakes, candy, and yes, cutting down on soda will also help.

Malaria fever

  • You can boil one glassful of water with one tsp of Cinnamon powder. Drink this after adding pinch of pepper powder and honey. This gives relief in malarial fever up to certain extent.
  • Grapefruit is another one of the good home remedies for malaria. It can be taken on daily basis. Grapefruit contains some natural quinine like material. To gain this benefit, boil quarter of a grapefruit and strain its pulp. Take an extract and consume it.
  • Fever nut plant’s seeds are very beneficial in the treatment of malaria. They are readily available in the herbal store. You can go for either any of the fever nut preparation or can purchase raw and make powder of it. Take this under medical supervision. This is one of the well liked home remedies for malaria.
  • Lime and lemon are also time tested and trusted home remedy for malaria. Take 3 gm of lime dissolved in about 60 ml of water and the juice of 1 lemon adding into it. This water is to be taken the moment one starts feeling feverish.
  • Try to avoid junk food, packed food, spicy and oily food. This will make the malarial case worse.
  • During the fever in malaria, cold pack application will be beneficial to reduce the body’s temperature.

Dengue fever

  • Apply the mud pack on the lower abdomen two or three times a day.
  • If the temperature rises very high, cold pack to the forehead.
  • Keep the intestine clean by taken an enema everyday.
  • Sandalwood paste applied on the temple relieves headache and bring down the temperature in fever.

Cover yourself completely, especially when you are visiting mosquito-infested areas. Make sure you are wearing a long-sleeved shirt, socks and shoes.

BODY PAIN (HOME MADE REMEDIES)

It is very important to understand the root of your pain since pain usually signals an underlying trauma or malfunction in the body which if ignored could be aggravated. The best way to prevent body aches is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and get plenty of exercise. Lack of exercise can lead to pain in the lower back; it is also vital to pull heavy objects rather than push them in an attempt to shift them. Obesity is another reason for lower back pain Massaging with any herbal oil provides instantaneous relief. 1 large teaspoonful of fresh carrot juice and lemon juice, consumed daily also helps combat body ache.

Apart from this is you also confront swelling in your body, try drinking barley water since that helps reduce swelling. Swelling in feet can be reduced by resting with your legs raised (either resting on a pillow while in bed, or then on a low stool while sitting) and also by soaking your feet in running cold water for 10 to 15 minutes.

You should avoid coffee, alcoholic drinks and food items high in salt content since these dehydrate the body and lead to swelling. An excellent home remedy for swelling application of ground black cumin seeds with hot water on the relevant parts of the body

Lemon Juice
As one of the most efficient overnight treatments for pimples, use lemon juice to get rid of inflammation and pain. Extract the juice of a medium sized lemon, then dip a cotton ball into the lotion and rub the acne with it. Leave the juice on for overnight and rinse it off with cold water in the morning.

Fenugreek Leaves ( kasturi methi)
Organic remedies will help you get rid of pimples in a mild, yet more efficient way than with the use of chemicals. Therefore, use fenugreek leaves and apply them to the affected portions of the skin before going to bed. Leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat the ritual more times per week for the desired result.
Lavender Oil
Essential oils can do magic with our complexion. Therefore, use lavender oil to handle this delicate problem of whiteheads and red spots on your body. Pour 2 tsp of lavender oil into a small bowl and add a few drops of water to reduce its strength and make it perfect to apply on your skin. Use a cotton swab to apply it to the pimples and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Finally you can wash the homemade mask off with lukewarm water.
Honey
This miraculous ingredient is used to get rid of most of the skin problems that might affect our complexion throughout our life. In the case of acne all you have to do is apply a tiny amount of honey to the pimple, then cover it with a band aid. Leave it overnight then in the morning you can rinse it off with tepid water. The results will be visible only after a few sessions.
Cumin Seeds
Use the common household ingredient to prepare a fine paste and apply it to the most affected spots. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes, then wash it off with cold water. Repeat this treatment each time you feel like pampering your skin with a soothing remedy for acne.

HAIR CARE

Every women love their hair and love it long. For most of the women in India, it is in their tradition to keep their tresses long and healthy and shiny. Indian men, too like their women with black and long hair. Good length and healthy hair is what marks the beauty of the Indian women. Hair is an indicator of good health, too.

It is extremely important to maintain and enhance the quality of hair and take care of those long tresses without much mess. Traditionally it is customary for most of the women in India to oil their hair regularly. Here are few tips:

Hair Care Tips

Normal coconut oil just helps keep the hair non-messy and neatly tied. But unlike the myth it does not help grow hair.
Many essential oils are applied and kept overnight to make hair real smooth and shiny. Almond oil is known for its good qualities and helps hair grow long faster and makes hair silky.

CURLY HAIR

Those with naturally curly hair will be aware that it is a hair type that can need a lot of care. Straightening irons, expensive products and treatments are not the only option. More eco friendly ways of treating curly locks can be found in the kitchen.

Natural Hair Wash

Hair can be washed with apple cider vinegar . Vinegar has been rated highly for years as a hair rinse believing to promote shine and health. Vinegar adjusts the pH of hair when used diluted as a rinse. It is important to use vinegar sparingly and in conjunction with a good conditioner. Otherwise it can be drying to the hair if used too often. Hair can be clarified with baking soda and then washed with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Baking soda is alkaline and raises the hair cuticle; vinegar is acidic and closes the cuticle again.

Curly hair is often more porous and sometimes more sensitive chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate so avoiding harsh shampoos will help keep hair from getting dry and frizzy.

Honey Conditioner

Mix a spoon of honey into a cup of water and massage carefully into hair. Leave hair to soak for five minutes and then wash out carefully.

Home made Styling Products          

 Aloe Vera can be used as a serum to eliminate frizz and add shine to curls, simply break off a leaf and squeeze out as much as is required. Olive oil is another easy way to add shine, a few drops are sufficient to smooth hair.

Deep Hair Conditioning Treatments

Curly hair sometimes needs additional conditioning treatments to stay shiny. An easy way to boost moisture is to mix half an avocado with a spoon of olive oil. Massage carefully into hair and leave for twenty minutes with an old shower cap to aid penetration. Other hair masks can be made using coconut milk, banana and honey. Experiment with combinations to find a good formula that eliminates frizz and improves condition.

Managing Curly Hair

It is best to keep use of heated products to a minimum. Bending over when hair is wet and using hands to scrunch curls adds lift without drying hair out. Rags can be used in wet hair to create tighter or looser curls, and can be left in hair overnight. Avoiding brushes is important with curly hair as they commonly cause frizz, it is advisable to use fingers to comb hair and eliminate tangles without breaking or damaging fragile hair. .

Home made Remedies for Oily Hair
Hair becomes oily for some people because of excess secretion of oil by the oil glands. Oily hair has a beautiful look for 1-2 days after shampooing but becomes sticky later. You should wash oily hair twice or thrice a week. Here are some homemade tips.

Mild shampoo is to be used for washing oily hair. You should frequently wash them.
One teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel should be mixed with one tablespoon of lemon juice along with one-fourth of shampoo. This mixture can be used for washing them regularly.
You can apply carrot puree for 15 minutes and rinse off.

DRY HAIR
It is very difficult to control dry hair having dry and split ends. Dry hair tends to be rough, thin, and brittle. Hair gets dried when oil glands become inactive. Lot of care and nourishment is therefore necessary for dry hair. Let us know some of the homemade remedies for dry hair.

Take two tablespoons of gram flour and add to a cup of coconut milk and apply on the scalp massaging gently. Rinse the hair thoroughly after five minutes. It is an effective method for home hair care when used once a week.
Massaging the scalp with warm almond or olive oil is also helpful.
A teaspoon of lavender oil should be added to the coconut oil and then heated for a few seconds. Apply it to hair at night and shampoo the next morning. When you do this twice a week, you can obtain a soft and shiny hair.
Make a paste of egg yolk and water and apply it to hair for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse the hair off with cold water.
Mix equal amounts of edible oil and honey and apply it to hair. Let it remain for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.
Deficiency of zinc is the primary cause of dry hair. So a zinc rich diet is to be taken daily.

DEALING WITH DANDRUFF

  •  Before going to bed, take 2 tsp pure vinegar and mix it with 6 tsp water and apply it on the scalp . Tie a towel around the head. Wash your head next morning. After shampooing, rinse again with vinegar water. Do these once a week for at least three months.
  • Boil five teaspoons of dried and used tealeaves in limewater, use it as a last rinse after shampoo, to give your scalp skin, the factors of anti-dandruff formation. This gives your hair… a lustrous shine and provides nourishment too.
  • Take 100gm each of amla (Indian goose berry), reetha, and shikakai and boil in two litre of water until the liquid reduces to half. Apply this shampoo on your hair for one month. It will remove dandruff and will provide thickness and shine to your hair.
  • Mustard Oil boiled with henna (mehendi) leaves helps in reducing dandruff.
  • Mix 1 teaspoons lemon juice with 2 teaspoons vinegar and massage on the scalp. Wash your hair with an egg shampoo.
  • Add few Leaves Of Hibiscus to a glass of water. Heat it gently .Mix lime juice 1tsp into it. Apply this mixture on your scalp before shampooing.
  • Gently massage scalp with brandy and then wash off. This helps in relieving the problem of dandruff.
  • Instead of shampooing, massage handfuls of baking soda into the hair and scalp to absorb oil and to loosen dead skin on scalp. Rinse thoroughly and use no other shampoos. While initially the hair may seem dry, after several weeks, dandruff will go off and hair will be smooth and shiny.
  • Take 1 part almond oil, 1 part pure sulphur powder, 2 parts ‘surgical spirit’ and 4 parts distilled water or rose water and mix well. Rub on the scalp.
  • Before shampooing, massage the scalp with salt for some time and then wash off. When done over a period of time, this helps in completely getting rid of dandruff.
  • Mix some camphor in coconut oil. Use this oil for daily application on the scalp. The application should be done nicely, with the fingertips working at the hair roots in the scalp. The problem of dandruff will be solved in about fifteen days.
  • Take 2 cup water, add 4-5 tablespoons dried thyme and boil for 10 minutes. Cool, strain, and use the mixture to massage scalp. Keep for half an hour.
  • Apply lemon juice sweetened with sugar on the scalp. Then expose the hair to the sun’s heat for five to six hours. When this is done, wash the hair with soap. This is a difficult but definite method to solve the dandruff problem.
  • Apply grated carrots to the scalp and leave for some time to prevent dandruff. Wash off as usual.
  • Apply poppy seeds ground with milk on the scalp. Later wash with plain water or water mixed with herbs such as shikakai.