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Home remedies for Dandruff

Dandruff is caused by the fungus Malassezia.
Malassezia (medical term Pityrosporum ovale) occurs naturally on the skin and scalp and survive by feeding on fat cells of the skin and oils secreted from the hair follicles on the scalp.

When  there is an abundance of Malassezia the fungi can destroy a large amount of fat cells as they feed. This results in not having enough fat cells to release the oil needed to keep the skin and scalp moist and hydrated. The skin and scalp will then dry up and become itchy and flaky resulting in dandruff and dry flaky skin.    
Lack of certain foods in the diet rich in zinc, B-vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids (cheese, chicken, shrimp, crabs, beans and kidney beans, eggs and leafy greens)and using hair products that dry up the scalp also contribute to dandruff.
One of the best treatments to prevent dandruff is to get an oil massage done on the hair and head once a week. This ensures your hair and scalp is getting the oil nourishment it needs to protect it fr…

Home remedies for head lice

Pediculosis capitis is the term used for head lice in the medical field.
Head lice affects both adults and children and are transmitted mainly from direct head to head contact with an infected person. Head lice can also be contracted by sharing the same hair brush, bedding, towels and clothing.
School going children between the ages of three and ten are the most vulnerable since they can come into contact with children having head lice while at school. Living in an unhygienic environment and not bathing and washing hair regularly can also make one susceptible to head lice.
The following are a few popular home remedies used for the treatment of head lice.
Mayonnaise Treatment For Head Lice
Mayonnaise is one of the oldest home remedies used in treating head lice. Although it does not kill the eggs and lice, it smothers the louse making it easy to be removed with a lice comb. The oil in the mayonnaise is the ingredient which helps in suffocating the lice.
Fully coat the hair with the mayonna…

Home Remedies for Dark Knees and Elbows

Dryness and lack of proper hygiene are two main reasons for dark knees and elbows. This leads to dead cells building up on the skin. Pressing the elbows and knees against hard or dirty surfaces too can result in dark knees and elbows.
Exfoliating and moisturizing are two effective treatments for dark knees and elbows.
Exfoliating dark knees and elbows should be done 2 -3 times a week. Mix 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Apply this on a loofah and scrub the knees and elbows for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.Another scrub ideal for dark knees and elbows is to mix together ½ cup of brown sugar, 1 tbsp. of honey and 1 tsp. of olive oil.Apply this on a loofah and scrub the knees and elbows for 2-3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.White sugar mixed with lemon/lime juice is another effective scrub. Mix ¼ cup white sugar with 1 tablespoon lemon/lime juice. Apply on wet knee or elbow with a loofah. Massage …

Home remedies for foot odor

Bromhidrosis is the medical term for body odor and foot order is one form of bromhidrosis. Foot order develops because of sweat glands in our feet. The glands release sweat which make are feet moist and become the ideal breeding ground for certain bacteria. The bacteria grow and feed on the dead skin in these moist areas giving out a bad smell known as foot odor. Brevibacteria, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Propionibacteria. are claimed to be the main bacterium responsible for foot odor. Wearing shoes and socks help the bacteria multiply and grow thus making the condition worse.

Home remedies for foot odor Make it a point to soak feet 3 times a week in warm water which has 1 tablespoon sea salt or Epsom salt added to it. Completely dry with a clean towel.Wear open toed shoes, sandals or flip flops (slippers). If you must wear closed shoes, wear ones made of canvas or leather and socks made of 100% cotton.Soak feet in warm water which is made from lemon tea. To make the tea add 2-3 lem…

Home Remedies for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

Some people tend to get puffy eyes and dark circles around the eye much sooner than others. Although a variety of reasons including fatigue, lack of sleep, being in front of the computer screen for too long have been blamed for this, aging too plays a huge role.
We all have ligaments, muscles and some fat around our eyes. The muscles and ligaments hold the fat in place. As we get older the muscles and ligaments become weak and can no longer hold the fat. The fat then travels to the bottom of the eyes and causes the eyes to swell up and become puffy. When we are tired, don’t get enough sleep or strain our eyes the puffiness gets worse and eventually we end up with dark circles around the eye or skin which is dry and wrinkly.
The following are some home remedies you can try to get an eyelift and treat dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
Cucumber or Potato slices/ or cool tea bag
Slice a ¼ cucumber. Place a slice or two over each closed eye. Leave on for 10 minutes. You can use p…

Homemade Body Scrubs for Dry and Scaly Skin

Dry and scaly skin is caused due to a variety of reasons including using harsh soaps on the skin, not moisturizing, insufficient intake of water and living in dry climatic regions.
If not treated, dry and scaly skin can lead to impetigo, ringworm, dermatitis, Psoriasisor eczema.
The outer layer of the skin is the epidermis which contains epidermis cells. These cells are mainly made up of keratin. Water is needed to keep the keratin healthy and if it does not have enough, the skin will become dry, rough and scaly.
Body scrubs, lotions and creams are ideal for dry and scaly skin. Always apply a lotion or cream after a bath or shower as this will prevent the skin from losing moisture which leads to dryness. Vaseline Intensive Care and Nivea are two valued lotions for dry and scaly skin.
Body scrubs should be used twice a month to exfoliate dry and scaly skin. Below are a few homemade body scrub recipes ideal for dry and scaly skin.
Aloe Vera Gel and Brown Sugar Body Scrub Aloe Vera gel – …

Hair care tips

Caring for your hair is just as important as caring for your skin. Unfortunately some women overlook this fact thus ending up with a head full of dull and limp looking hair.
Damaged hair is due to a variety of factors and listed below are a few.
When we are young our hair is thicker and shinier but as we grow older and begin frequently dyeing, blow-drying and styling our hair it eventually dries and thins out.
Use shampoos containing rice and wheat proteins as this helps to strengthen the hair.
Eat foods which help nourish the hair leaving it shiny, smooth and healthy. Include foods rich in calcium, iron, proteins and biotin. Calcium and iron: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are packed with calcium and iron and ideal for hair. You can also get iron from eating liver, dates and raisins.Calcium: Yogurt and milk are two other foods rich in calcium and ideal for strengthening hair.Proteins: Foods such as liver, salmon, eggs, tofu, cottage cheese and beans are g…

Self defense tips and products for women

In Sri Lanka, a day doesn’t go by without a woman or girl being targeted by a flasher or pervert as they travel by public transport or even as they sit in their parked cars. This has become a serious problem but so many turn a blind eye when they witness such things happening.
Pepper spray and mace as far as I know are not available here in Sri lanka. If it was I’m sure many women including young girls would be carrying it with them. When those around you look the other way (as in most cases here) while someone harasses you it can be such a humiliating experience and leaves one feeling helpless and angry at the same time.
Many women and girls who are subjected to such treatment choose not to complain to the authorities since they know action will not be taken against the culprits and some refuse to complain since they do not want to put into an embarrassing position when they are asked to give in detail about the happenings of the incident.

The following are a few excerpts of stor…

Benefits of the Lime Fruit

Lime has been used in many cultures for cooking and in medicines since ancient times.
This small round green colored citrus fruit is even used by some countries like India and Sri lanka for protection and to ward off evil spirits. 
Although lime fruits are said to hold less vitamin C than lemons, it’s still highly valued for its healing properties and zesty aroma and taste.
Mexican Lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Persian Lime (Citrus latifolia) and the Kaffir Lime (Citrus hystrix) are three popular varieties of lime used throughout many parts of the world.
The difference between the three lies mainly in its flavor, aroma and size.
Mexican Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Has a strong invigorating fragrance and contains more juice thus the reason for it being commonly used in cocktails and drinks e.g. gin and tonic or margaritas and for it being given the name ‘bartenders lime.’
Persian Lime (Citrus latifolia)
The Persian Lime is more acidic, larger and does not contain as many seeds (sometimes having…