Beauty and body care in monsoon

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Here are some of the dos and don’t of tackling the monsoon blues. These tips may help you retain your elegant appearance even when it is pouring cats and dogs.

Monsoon Beauty regimen – Do’s and Don’ts

* Avoid facials and bleaching during this season. Facials make the skin rough and bleaching which is chemical oriented can do more harm than good.

* Never use dark shade lipsticks it is better if you wash the lip at night and apply milk cream.

* Remove old nail polish, apply lime juice on the nails and toes which gives a natural fresh look.

* Avoid using water-based makeup. Kajal (kohl) mascara or eyeliner can spoil the look with dirty smudges all over the face.

* Perming the hair during heavy showers is also not advisable.

* Waxing, pedicure, manicure are very much recommended during this season.

* Never tie your wet hair as moisture and sweat will make the hair feel sticky and invite foul smell and lice.

* Once you are drenched in the rain it is better to take a shower at home with lukewarm water as it makes the skin fresh and healthy.

* Take special care of your feet this season. Soak them in a tub of warm water and salt to avoid fungal infection, itching sensation and irritation.

* Switch over to synthetic clothes during monsoons.

* Always wash your face, hands and feet as soon as you reach home.

So monsoon blues can be a temporary phase if you gear up properly to face the odds in a healthy know-all spirit.

10 Tips For Staying Healthy In Summer

happy summer 1) Stay cool and hydrated. Drink water, at least two to four cups (16-32 ounces) upon rising, and similar amounts if you are going out for activities and exercise. Carry water with you in a hard plastic container (more stable polycarbonate rather than polyethylene that leaches plastic into the water). You may also use a traveling water filter. Check your local water stores or www.realgoods.com. Most people need two to three quarts of liquid per day, and more in hot weather or with sweating and exercise. Review Chapter 1 of Staying Healthy with Nutrition or Chapter 7 of The Staying Healthy Shopper’s Guide for further information on Water.

2) While enjoying the sun and outdoors, protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight by wearing a hat and using natural sunscreens without excessive chemicals. Carry Aloe Vera gel for overexposure and have an aloe plant growing in your home for any kind of burn. The cooling and healing gel inside the leaves will soothe any sunburn. It works great.

3) Keep up or begin an exercise program. Aerobic activity is important for keeping the heart strong and healthy. If you only work out in a health club, take some time to do outdoor refreshing activities — hiking, biking, swimming, or tennis. Reconnecting with these activities will help keep your body and mind aligned.

4) Enjoy Nature’s bounty – fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables at their organic best. Consuming foods that are cooling and light — fresh fruits, vegetable juices, raw vital salads, and lots of water — will nourish your body for summertime activities. Include some protein with one or two meals. There are a number of light, nourishing proteins that don’t require cooking. Most of these complement fruits and vegetables nicely– nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, soy products, yogurt, kefir, and cottage cheese. Fish and poultry can also be eaten.

5) Take some special summer time with your family, kids, and friends who share the enjoyment of outdoors. Plan a fun trip if you’re able and motivated for a day or longer — hiking in the wild, camping, playing at the river, or a few days resting at the ocean. Rekindling our Earth connection has benefits that last beyond this season, continuing to enrich the whole of your life.

6) Relax and breathe. You’ve been working hard. This is the season to slow the pace a bit and absorb the light that stimulates your hormonal message center. Leave your cell phone at home or take a week off from TV. In many European countries, most of the population has a month off during the summer.

7) Sun teas are wonderful. Use flowers and leaves (or tea bags) in a clear half- or one-gallon glass jar filled with spring water. Hibiscus or red clover flowers, peppermint, chamomile, or lemon grass are all good choices, or use your local herbs and flowers that you learn are safe, flavorful, and even medicinal. Leave in the sun for two hours or up to a whole day. Moon teas can also be made to enhance your lunar, dreamy side by letting your herbs steep in the cooling, mystical moonlight. Add a little orange or lemon peel, or a sprig of rosemary and a few jasmine flowers.

8) Nutritional supplements can support you with a greater amount of physical energy, enhancing your summer activities. The B-complex vitamins are calming to the nervous system and helpful for cellular energy production, while vitamin C and the other antioxidants protect your body from stress, chemical pollutants, and the biochemical by-products of exercise. Helpful summer herbs are Siberian ginseng as an energy tonic and stress protector, dong quai is a tonic for women, hawthorn berry is good for the heart, and licorice root will help energy balance and digestion.

9) Use the summer months to deepen the spiritual awakening begun in the spring. Begin by checking your local bookstore or the web for ideas that interest you. Plan a vacation that incorporates these new interests and provides you time to read, relax, contemplate, and breathe.

10) Above all, give yourself the time to truly experience Nature. This can happen, even in a city park, if you relax and let in your surroundings. When traveling, take activities for the family and your first aid kit for bites, bee stings, and injuries. Check for ticks after your hikes. Watch for overexposure, take time in the shade, and drink your water.

Banana the world no-1 fruit

This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

ANEMIA:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

BLOOD PRESSURE:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

BRAIN POWER:
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

CONSTIPATION:
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HANGOVERS:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

HEARTBURN:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

MORNING SICKNESS:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

MOSQUITO BITES:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

NERVES:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

ULCERS:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL:
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

Home remedies for fever blisters

Aloe Vera: the skin experts recommend aloe Vera gel for treating sores as well as other skin ailments. Apply the gel immediately if you experience itchiness, burning, or tingling of the fever blister. This gel should be applied directly from the leaf of aloe Vera.
Teabags: many people have relieved the symptoms of fever blisters using teabag. Dip a teabag on boiling water for few minutes. Wait for the teabag to cool before placing it on the affected area.
Aromatherapy: there are several cases of people who have successfully treated fever blisters using essential oils such as geranium, bergamot, rose, tea tree and lemon balm. However, you should dilute these oils before applying it to the affected area.
Cornstarch: usually, fever blisters are quite itchy and may lead to skin irritation. Add corn starch paste to small amount of water to make a paste. Apply this paste directly on to the affected area and allow it to dry up. Then rinse the paste with clean water and this will produce amazing results within few days.
Salt: dab your index finger on a bowl of ordinary table salt then press on the blister for up to one minute. This procedure should be repeated twice a day for up to three days.
Honey: it is well known that honey has antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties that fight off any kind of infection faster. Apply few drops of honey on the blister using your fingers. Using honey is the most effective way to remove fever blisters.
Ice: place pieces of ice on the ice on the blister for about 15 minutes every hour. This eases the pain as well as reducing the swelling and bleeding. Alternatively, you can use cold water instead of ice cubes.
Petroleum jelly: apply small amount of petroleum jelly on the affected area twice a day. Petroleum jelly keeps the blisters from cracking and bleeding as well as reducing the pains associated with blisters.
Sage Tea: add small amount of ginger powdered to a cup of fresh sage tea. Drink this tea a couple of times in a day. Sage tea relieves any discomfort caused by fever blisters.
White vinegar: this home remedy for fever blister is effective in slowing down the development of blister patches. Dip a cotton cloth in white vinegar and apply it directed on the affected areas. White vinegar helps to reduce swelling as well as relieving swelling to a great extent.

Home remedies for chapped lips

Milk cream and lemon juice
Take one teaspoon of milk cream and mix it with a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Leave this mixture in the refrigerator for an hour or two and apply it to your lips before going to bed.

Aloe vera
Aloe vera has healing properties and can also be used to cure chapped lips. If you have an aloe vera plant, you can simple pluck a leaf andspread its juice over your lips. Aloe vera gel also helps beat chapped lips.

Rose petals
Rose petals are also an important ingredient that can be used to keep your lips moisturised. Wash a few rose petals and soak them in milk or glycerin for a couple of hours. Squash the rose petals until they form a thick paste and then apply this paste on your chapped lips two or three times a day. You can also use it before going to bed for quicker results.

Honey
Honey is a natural moisturising agent and is one of the best ingredients for curing dry skin as well as chapped lips. You can use honey directly on your lips two or three times a day, or mix honey and glycerin and apply it on your lips before going to bed.

Cucumber
You could use the juice of cucumber to hydrate your chapped lips in winter. You can also take a slice of cucumber and rub it against your lips to cure chapped lips.

Yellow Teeth best remedies

Top 7 Home Remedies for yellow Teeth: ~

1. Baking soda is one of the best ingredients that you can use to get rid of your yellow teeth. You can make a whitening mouthwash with baking soda by mixing two tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of cold water.

2. Strawberries contain good amount of vitamin C, which help in making your teeth whiter. Take a few strawberries and grind them to make a paste. Now use this paste to rub your teeth gently. If done twice daily for a few weeks, the yellow tinge on your teeth will vanish.

3. The bleaching property present in lemon can also be used to get rid of yellow teeth. In fact, gargling with lemon juice and scrubbing teeth with lemon peel is also one of the best ways to make your teeth white.

4. Apple is a kind of crunchy fruit that can scrub your teeth like a toothbrush and make your teeth look whiter than before.

5. Salt is one of the fundamental dental cleansing agents used since ages as it helps to replenish the lost mineral content of the teeth and help them to regain their whiteness. You can use common salt regularly each morning as a tooth powder instead of toothpaste.

6. You can also clean your teeth with fresh orange peel on regular basis in order to reduce the yellow tinge accumulated on your teeth.

7. Banana peel:
a- Brush your teeth as usual with a natural toothpaste or you can use the banana peel first and then brush. Use a ripe banana as it has the most potassium content in it. Peel from the bottom end as this is how monkeys peel their bananas and it will keep you from having all those loose threads.
b- Take a piece of the inside of the banana peel and gently rub around on your teeth for about 2 minutes. The amazing minerals in the peel like potassium, magnesium and manganese absorb into your teeth and whiten them.
c- Repeat the same procedure at night or before bedtime, to whiten teeth. Leaving the banana peel on longer is optional if you have stains that need to come off.
d- Do the banana peel routine twice daily to see teeth whiten.

 

Food color & health Benefits.

* Red foods contain antioxidants that protect against cancer, heart and lung disease, and damage free radicals, which are waste products that can destroy cells.

* Yellow foods protect the eyes also, but are rich in vitamin C for a protection boost.

* Blue foods are high in antioxidants and fiber, and therefore defend the body from colon cancer and help remove toxins from the body.

* Green foods which help prevent cancer, and folate, which prevents birth defects in children, ovarian cancer, and heart disease.