Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Warts and Moles

Warts and moles are two separate skin problems and not the same as some people think.

Warts

Source:  Filiform wart on the eyelid
A person gets warts by direct skin contact with a person who has it. 

Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus’s entry point is any area of the surface of the skin which has a cut or abrasion. It enters through the broken skin and settles there. The virus then grows and forms a wart.

There are over 100 types of warts and the common ones are:

Common wart – found on hands and fingers

Plantar warts or foot warts - found on the soles of the feet

Flat warts – common amongst children and can be found in clusters of 20 to 100 on the forehead, the neck, arms and hands. Women also get it on their legs.

Filiform Warts – also called facial warts can form on its own or in clusters ‘around the eyelids, face, neck, or lips.’

Periungual warts – Grows under or around toenails and fingernails. 

Genital warts/vaginal warts – are sexually transmitted and found in the vaginal area.

Progress in the medical field has made it possible to invent the vaccine Gardasil which is given to females to safeguard them from sexually transmitted diseases including genital/vaginal warts. Experts recommend the vaccination be given before the girl becomes sexually actively.

Moles

Source: Non-Melanoma
The mole is much smaller than a wart and the medical term for it is melanocytic nevus. Moles are formed when there is an overproduction of melanocytes. 

Melanocytes are cells in our skin which produces melanin. Melanin is the pigment which gives our skin its color. When there is an excess amount of melanocytes produced the amount of melanin too will increase and form spots on certain areas of the skin which are darker than the skin. The spots are known as moles.

Moles can be dangerous if it changes into malignant melanomas which are a form of skin cancer. You should seek immediate medical help if your mole spreads and gets broader, the color changes or if it begins to crust, scale, ooze or bleed.

Home Remedy Treatment for Warts

You will need:
  • Vaseline
  • Cotton ball or cotton pad
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Band-Aid, bandage or duct tape

Before going to bed, rub some Vaseline around (not on) the wart. Then dip a cotton ball in some apple cider vinegar. Fully cover the wart with the wet piece of cotton and place a band-aid, a piece of bandage or duct tape over it to hold the cotton in place and prevent it from falling off.

Remove the cotton the next morning. Continue the treatment until you see results. It can take up to several weeks for the wart to shrink and fall off.

Home Remedy Treatment for Moles

Apply a layer of Vaseline on the mole every night. The mole should eventually fall off.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies for Ringworm

Ringworm is a highly contagious skin disease which appears on the surface of the skin. It is caused by the Dermatophyte fungus and the medical term for the disease is ‘Tinea.’ 

A person can get ringworm the following ways:
  • Direct skin contact with an infected person
  • Sharing towels, hairbrushes and bedding with an infected person
  • From infected pets such as dogs or cats
Humans are also at risk of getting ringworm from sweating since the fungus thrives in warm moist areas.

Ringworm can be classified according to the regions of the body it attacks.
  • Skin or body ringworm (tinea corporis)
  • Scalp ringworm (tinea capitis)
  • Feet ringworm (tinea Pedis) also known as Athletes Foot.
  • Groin ringworm (tinea cruris) also known as jock itch.
Symptoms of ringworm on the skin or body are:
  • Itchy red scaly patches on skin
  • Red rash will appear on skin and have a ring-like appearance
  • Skin may get blisters and pus-filled sores
 Symptoms of ringworm on scalp and beard:
  • Round bald patches
  • Loss of hair
  • Swelling of lymph nodes around the neck
  • Scalp will be itchy, red and scaly
  • Mild to moderate dandruff
  • High Fever
Symptoms of ringworm on feet:
  • Skin will be itchy
  • Skin will have a burning sensation.
  • Skin may crack or peel
  • Skin may get blisters and pus-filled sores
Symptoms of ringworm on the groin:
  • Itchiness around the groin area
  • Red rash and burning sensation around the groin
  • Skin on the areas of the inner thigh may become scaly and flaky. 
Ringworm can also form on nails making it weak and brittle, discolored and sore. In severe cases the nail can fall off.

Sea salt, apple cider and tea tree oil are popular home remedies used to treat ringworm.

Sea Salt to Treat Ringworm

Wash your body with mild baby soap. Rinse the body making sure to wash off all the soap. Using a clean towel wipe the body.

Fill the tub with hot water. Add 4 tablespoons sea salt into it. Soak for 20 minutes. Repeat this treatment every 2 days for a month.

You can also make a compress using sea salt and apply to the affected area.

Mix 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt with a glass of hot water. Take a cotton pad or wash cloth and dip into the salt mixture and apply on the affected area. Leave for 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times. Do this treatment twice a day for a week.

Apple Cider to Treat Ringworm

Dip a cotton ball in some apple cider and apply on the affected areas. Repeat this treatment twice a day for a week.

Tea Tree Oil to Treat Ringworm

Mix 3 tablespoons tea tree oil with 8 drops olive oil or coconut oil and apply on the affected area. Repeat this treatment twice a day for a week.

© Suranee Perera 2012



Monday, July 30, 2012

Home Remedies for Scabies


Source: Acarodermatitis Hand

Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei which results in an itchy skin rash.

Scabies can be transmitted by:
  • Touching an infected person
  • Sleeping in the same bed with an infected person
  • Sexual contact
The mites make little tunnels as it digs into the skin and have a tendency to move quickly from one area of the body to another. This is why one should not scratch areas of the skin where the mites may be hiding since it can be easily transmitted to other parts of the body.

Scabies look like small red bumps and blisters. It’s commonly found on the knuckles, ‘backs of the elbows, the knees, around the waist areas, around the nipples, the sides and backs of the feet, the genital area, and the buttocks.’ Once infected with scabies, it can take between 2 to 6 weeks for symptoms to appear.

Neem Oil to Treat Scabies

Neem (Margosa) has been a popular remedy used for the treatment of scabies.

Neem Bath

Mix 3 tablespoons of Neem oil with 1 teaspoon turmeric. Set aside.

Using the shower wash your body with mild baby soap. Rinse off the soap and wipe the body dry with a towel. Then fill the tub with hot water.

Add the Neem oil mixture into the bath. Soak in it for 15 minutes. Repeat this treatment after 2 days for 4 weeks.

Neem Paste to Treat Scabies

Take 2 cups Neem leaves and ½ cup water and blend till smooth. Transfer into a clean bowl. Apply the paste to the affected area. Leave on for an hour. Rinse off with water. Don’t wipe but allow the wet skin to dry naturally.


Tea Tree Oil to Treat Scabies

Apply tea tree oil on the affected area using a cotton pad. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse off with water. Don’t wipe but allow the wet skin to dry naturally. Repeat this treatment for 7 to 10 days.

Make sure to wash clothes, bed linen, towels etc with hot water to destroy eggs and mites which may be hiding in it.

 ‘Norwegian scabies’ also known as ‘crusted scabies’ is the most severe type of scabies a person can get. With this form of scabies there can be around 100 to 1000 mites burrowed in the skin.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies for Diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused by:
  • Eating food and drinking water contaminated with bacteria, parasites, or viruses
  • Having a reaction to certain medications
  • Being lactose-intolerant.
There are two types of diarrhea: acute diarrhea and chronic diarrhea.

Acute diarrhea subsides after 1 or 2 days but chronic diarrhea can last more than 2 weeks.

Apart from loose bowel movements, other symptoms of diarrhea are:
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • In severe cases blood in the stools
Diarrhea causes the body to lose fluids and electrolytes thus causing dehydration. This is why it’s important to drink a lot of fluids to replace what is lost.

People who have diarrhea are advised to consume the ‘Bratty Diet.’ The Bratty diet consists of the following foods: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, tea, and yogurt.

Bananas are rich in potassium and help to put back the electrolytes which the body loses.

Brown rice and toast made from whole wheat bread are recommended. The fiber in these two foods will help to harden the loose stools.

Apple sauce and bananas contain pectin. Pectin is a ‘water-soluble fiber’ which helps to stop diarrhea.

Drinking herbal teas such as Chamomile tea or peppermint tea are also effective in reducing diarrhea.

Consuming yogurt containing the Lactobacillus microorganism helps to reduce diarrhea. Regular eating of the yoghurt will also help one to maintain a healthy digestive tract.

How to Make Chamomile Tea to Stop Diarrhea

Add 1 teaspoon of chamomile tea to a cup. Fill with the cup with boiling water. Cover with a saucer and steep for 10 minutes. Strain into another cup and drink. It’s best to drink 2 to 3 cups of the tea a day.

Blueberries are another fruit which contains pectin that helps to stop diarrhea.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Malaria, Dengue, Encephalitis, Yellow Fever and West Nile River are diseases caused by mosquitoes.

In certain parts of the world the mosquito menace has become such a huge problem that authorities have not been able to control it. The lack of funds needed to spend on labor and chemicals for disinfecting areas where mosquito breeding grounds exist is one reason the authorities have failed in eradicating this problem.

Certain potted plants like Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus), Catnip (Nepeta cataria), Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Basil, Tansy and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) are kept on the patio, at either side of the door or on the windowsill to repel mosquitoes. The leaves are crushed to release the scents to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Listerine is a product used to get rid of mosquitoes. Buy a bottle of Listerine and pour it into a spray bottle. Keep the bottle near you and spray when mosquitoes appear.

You can also spray around areas where mosquitoes tend to enter from such as doors and windows.

Listerine contains eucalyptus oil which is an ingredient used in insect repellants.

Citronella candles are claimed by some to be effective in getting rid of mosquitoes. Buy some candles and light in rooms mosquitoes tend to frequent.

Remember, in order to breed mosquitoes need water. Therefore clean out debris and fix any damaged areas in your garden where water tends to stagnate. In this way you reduce the chances of mosquitoes breeding in your garden and entering your home.

Certain colors, smells and drinks are also said to attract mosquitoes. Listed below are a few:
  • Bright colored clothing
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Heavy scents released from deodorants, perfumes and hairsprays.
For mosquito bites apply some honey or Aloe Vera juice as it will help reduce the swelling and itch caused by the bite.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies using Oatmeal

Source: Oatmeal
Oats (Avena sativa) can be traced to the Bronze Age where it was found growing in caves in Switzerland as well as to 2000 B.C where traces of the grains were discovered in Egypt.

Eventually oats were made into oatmeal and became a popular breakfast cereal in Scotland and many parts of Europe and America. It wasn’t long before it was consumed in other parts of the world too.

Oats contain carbohydrates and fiber including a higher amount of B vitamins compared to other cereals. Because of its high fiber, protein content and high nutritious value it has many health benefits.

For example, the fiber in oatmeal contains beta-glucan which helps to lower cholesterol. The fiber also aids in digestion.

Oats also contain plant lignans which help protect against heart disease and cancer.

Apart from eating, oats has become a popular ingredient to be used in home made skin care products.

How to Make Oatmeal Paste 

A popular remedy to treat blemishes, rashes and insect bites is to apply oatmeal paste on the area.

Take 1 tablespoon oatmeal powder (if you don’t have oatmeal powder you can grind some oats in the grinder) and mix with a little hot water till it forms a paste.

Apply on the affected area. Leave on till it dries. Rinse off with water.

How to Make an Oatmeal Mask

Since oatmeal is effective in removing dirt and grime when applied on the skin, it’s also used as a mask to treat acne and oily prone skin.

Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl.
  • 2 tablespoons oatmeal powder.
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 2 drops lime/lemon juice.
Mix the ingredients together with enough hot water to make into a paste.

Apply on face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse face with warm water using a wash cloth.

Oatmeal baths are another home remedy used to reduce fatigue and relax and soothe an aching body. It also leaves the skin feeling clean, soft and supple.

How to Make an Oatmeal Bath

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl:
  • ¾ cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon Epsom salt
Place the mixed ingredients into the center of a square piece of clean muslin and tie the ends with a piece of string or ribbon.

Fill the tub with hot water. Immerse the muslin bag into the water. Soak in the bath for 15 minutes.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies using Lavender


Source: Lavender FarmTomita
Lavender flowers have been highly valued for its fragrance which is why it has been used in perfumes and oils since ancient times.

The Egyptians used lavender in their cosmetics and even in the products used to embalm the dead. Lavender oil was used as body oil by the Greeks. The Romans were famous for using this amazing flower as an insect repellant and in their baths. 

Apart from its pleasing scent and exquisite looking flowers, Lavender has healing properties which is said to help promote relaxation, sound sleep and bring relief to pain.

English Lavender, French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Belgian Lavender and Dutch Lavender (Lavendin) are the popular varieties used. Each differs according to the shape of its leaves and how it’s used.

For example, English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has narrow leaves and is used in cosmetics, medicine and in cooking. 

The Spike Lavender (Lavandula spica, latifolia) on the other hand has larger leaves and contains three times more essential oil. It’s a popular type of lavender used in insect repellants, soaps, deodorants and even disinfectants.

How to Make a Lavender Mosquito Repellant

Ingredients:
  • Lavender Oil
  • Cotton Balls
Method:

Dab a cotton ball with some Lavender oil. Apply it to the pulse points on your body. This is a popular remedy to protect oneself from mosquito bites.

How to Make a Lavender Sachet

Lavender is widely used to treat insomnia and fatigue. Some people make lavender sachets and keep it under their pillow to help them get a good night sleep.

You will need:
  • 2 6-inch square pieces of cotton or muslin fabric
  • ¼ cup dried lavender flowers
Join the two pieces of fabric together by sewing around its edges. Leave an opening to fill the sachet with the dried lavender flowers.

Once the sachet is filled with the lavender sew the opening. Your sachet is now ready to be used.

If you’re using fresh lavender flowers make sure to dry it in bunches first by hanging it upside down away from rain and direct sunlight. Fresh lavender flowers may take between 2 to 3 weeks to dry. 

How to Make Lavender Bath Salts

Lavender has healing properties which helps relieve stress and is also great for the skin. Bath salts made from Lavender are a favorite among many women.
Ingredients:
  • ½ cup coarse sea salt
  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • 1 cup dried lavender flowers
  • 1 glass jar with lid
Method:

Place the sea salt, Epsom salt and dried lavender flowers into the jar. Close the jar with the lid. Shake the jar a few times. Set aside.

Fill the tub with warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of the prepared bath salt into the water. Soak in it for 15 to 20 minutes.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies using Cucumbers


Source: Cucumber closeup
Cucumbers were first discovered growing in abundance in India nearly 3000 years ago.

Eventually this long green vegetable made its way into countries like China, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, the Ukraine, Japan, Indonesia, and the U.S (Florida and California).

Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and its biological name is Cucumis sativus.

Slicing, pickling and burpless (seedless) cucumbers are the three common types cultivated and eaten.

‘Slicing’ cucumbers don’t require any cooking and can be eaten raw.

‘Pickling’ cucumbers are called pickles, gherkins or wallies. These type of cucumbers are usually soaked in brine or vinegar and have a sweet and sour taste.

‘Burpless’ cucumbers are milder in taste, less bitter and do not cause one to burp when eaten like most other varieties do.

The bitter taste found in cucumbers is due to the presence of the compound Cucurbitacin. Burpless cucumbers have less cucurbitacin in it.

Cucumbers contain:
  • Vitamin A – needed for healthy eyesight, bone growth, reproduction and cell division
  • Fiber – vital for digestion and to prevent constipation, colon diseases and hemorrhoids
  • Vitamin C – protects against colds and needed for healthy teeth and gums. Vitamin C combined with zinc is effective in healing wounds.
  • Potassium – lowers blood pressure, hypertension and helps in maintaining the nervous system.
  • Silica – Keeps the tissues of the skin, hair, nails and eyes firm and strong.
Cucumbers have been used in cooking and in treating many ailments since ancient times. It’s known to have a cooling effect on the body. Cucumbers are also used in beauty treatments since it has healing and antiseptic properties which help in promoting healthy hair, skin and nails.

Cucumbers are made up of about 95% water and is effective in getting rid of the toxins in the body and keep the skin blemish free plus soft and supple.

Actress Liv Tyler once revealed in an interview the secret to her beauty was ‘lots of conditioner, clean nails and cucumber juice.’

How to Make Cucumber Juice
  • Sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Water – 2 cups
  • 1 Cucumber peeled and grated
Place the sugar and water in a pan. Place the pan on the stove and heat the sugar and water mixture till it boils. Then add the grated cucumber and simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from fire and pour into blender. Blend till smooth. Strain into cups. Chill before serving.

Cucumber Juice to Treat Sunburn 

Peel and grate ½ a cucumber. Strain the juice using clean cheesecloth. Dab the sunburn areas with the juice.

Homemade Cucumber Toner for Oily Skin

Peel and grate ½ a cucumber. Strain using clean cheesecloth. Apply the juice on clean face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Pat dry.

Homemade Cucumber Face Mask for Blemishes
  • Peeled Cucumber – ½
  • Instant nonfat dry milk powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Plain Yoghurt – 1 tablespoon
Put the above ingredients in a blended and blend till smooth. Apply on clean face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Cucumber Treatment to Reduce Dark Circles Under Eyes

Peel and grate ¼ of a cucumber. Apply under the eye area and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Do this treatment thrice a week.

Cucumber Varieties ideal for Growing in Pots
  • Bush Champion
  • Bush Crop
  • Salad Bush Hybrid
  • Spacemaster
*Sow seeds around the middle of spring and when the temperature outside is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies using Vanilla

Source: B.navez
The vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) plant is a climbing vine which produces long green colored pods that contain vanilla beans.

The pods are picked from the vine when it grows to about 5-8 inches and are light yellow in color. It is blanched in hot boiling water and then dried in the sun until it turns brown.

The vanilla beans are then removed from the pods and made into an extract/essence which is used to flavor a variety of foods including cakes, puddings, ice cream and chocolates.

Vanilla is packed with vitamins A and C and minerals like copper, magnesium and calcium.
In ancient times men would drink a concoction made of vanilla to treat male potency problems.

Vanilla extract is said to be a powerful remedy for nausea. Adding two drops of vanilla extract into a glass of water and slowly sipping it is claimed by some to help reduce nausea.

Vanilla is considered by some as an aphrodisiac and a mood enhancer which soothes stress and minimizes anxiety.

Because of the many health benefits vanilla has to offer the extract is also used in soaps, perfumes, and aromatherapy including scenting candles.

Burning vanilla scented candles in a room can put one in a romantic mood and ease tension and worry. If you’re unable to find such candles you can fill a pot with hot boiling water and add a few drops of vanilla extract. Set it on your bedside table if you plan to breathe in the scent as you lay in bed.

Some people choose to relax in a chair while breathing in the scent and will place the pot on a table close by.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies Using Sea Salt


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Sea Salt Flush

The sea salt flush is a popular remedy used to remove toxins from the body. Some people claim it also helps relieve fatigue and aids in losing weight.

Fill a 200 ml glass with warm water. Stir in ½ teaspoon sea salt and two drops lime/lemon juice. You should drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Drink 2 glasses every morning for 3 to 5 days. It’s best to drink this on days you will not be going out for at least 5 hours. After 15 to 20 minutes you will be visiting the bathroom to relieve yourself. The visits can last between 1 to 2 hours and sometimes longer. You should do the sea salt water flush once every 2 or 3 months.

Sea Salt Steam

Steam your face once a week with hot sea salt water. This will clear your nasal passages and remove any blockage which leads to phlegm, migraines and colds.

Fill a bowl with 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt. Fill the bowl ½ full with boiling water. Lean over it and inhale the steam. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel to prevent the steam from escaping.

Sea Salt Body Scrub

Sea Salt is a popular body scrub since it gets rid of dead cells and roughness from the skin leaving it soft and supple. Some people also use it to treat skin diseases like psoriasis.

Mix ½ cup sea salt with ¼ cup olive oil. Use this during your shower. Wet the skin and put some of the scrub onto a loofah and apply on the body massaging the areas in circular motions. Rinse off with warm water. Use this scrub once a week.

* Never use table salt in place of sea salt since table salt contains iodine and when consumed in excess amounts is unhealthy for the body.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies using Papaya


Source: Papaya-oliv.
Papaya, also called papaw or pawpaw is a fruit enjoyed globally and highly valued for its many benefits.

The papaya fruit grows from the Carica papaya plant and was initially cultivated in Mexico, Central America and South America. Today it’s a popular fruit grown in many parts of the world including Asia.

Papaya is used in a variety of ways. The ripe fruit is eaten, consumed in the form of juice, used on the skin and in cooking.

Fresh Papaya Fruit

Papaya is rich in dietary fiber and therefore aids in digestion. Eating a cup of freshly chopped papaya or drinking a glass of freshly made papaya juice 2 to 3 times a week can help the digestive system function more efficiently and remove toxins from the body.

How to Make Papaya Juice
  • 1 lb (450 grams) ripe papaya, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 glasses of water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend. If the liquid is too thick add a little more water and blend. Transfer to glasses and enjoy.

Papaya for Skin Care

Papaya contains Vitamins A, B and C and is an ideal skin food since it promotes healthy skin. The papain in the fruit helps to rebuild skin tissues and protects against wrinkles.  This is one reason why papaya is a popular ingredient used in homemade skin-firming and anti-aging masks.

Papaya Facial Mask

Take ½ a raw green papaya. Wash it. Peel and chop into pieces. Put into grinder with a tablespoon of honey and grind into a paste. Transfer to a clean bowl.

Was your face with warm water and baby soap. Wipe dry with a face towel. Apply the papaya paste on the face. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Do this treatment twice a week.

Cooking

Green papaya is a common ingredient used in some parts to tenderize meat. The papain in the fruit helps to soften meat. Adding a piece of green papaya to tenderize meat is a traditional cooking technique used by the ancient people of Mexico, Central America and South America.

In some countries in Asia papaya is used raw in salads or cooked in curries.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies using Grapes

Source: Uvas e Vinho
Grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years. The fruit are round or oval in shape and come in the following colors:
  • yellow- green
  • green
  • red
  • purple
  • black
 The use of grapes in wine making can be traced to the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Red, purple and black grapes are used in making red wine. The wine gets the red color from the skin of the grapes.

White wine is made from yellow-green or green colored grapes. But it’s not the skin of these grapes that give white wine its color. The skin and seeds are discarded and only the white flesh is used to make the wine.

Sometimes red, purple and black grapes are also used in making white wine but only the flesh of the grapes are used and not the skin.

Although green grapes do not taste as sweet as the dark colored ones, the fruits are rich in Vitamin C and K.

Green grapes contain the antioxidant catechin. Catechins are used in treating heart disease and cancer.

When choosing green grapes pick the yellow-green colored ones since it tastes sweeter than the green ones.

Red Grapes promote healthy blood vessels and is a recommended fruit for heart patients.

Purples grapes are a favorite among women over 30 who are concerned about wrinkles and aging. The antioxidants in these grapes have anti-aging properties. Some women include a cup of purple grapes in their diet 3 to 4 times a week to maintain their youth.

Black grapes are rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. Some people consume a cup of black grapes 3 times a week to help them lose weight. The skins in black grapes are said to contain anthocyanins which helps in the breakdown of fatty acids and promotes weight loss.

*1 cup of grapes equals about 32 grapes.

Grape Acne Mask

First wash your face using mild baby soap. Rinse and pat dry using a wash cloth. Take three grapes (which have been refrigerated) and cut each into two. Rub each halved piece on skin massaging in circular motions for 10 seconds. Leave on for 10 minutes. Then rinse face with cold water.

Do this treatment thrice a week.

Drinking grape juice mixed with honey is a popular remedy used to treat coughs.

How to Make Fresh Grape Juice

Ingredients:
  • 10 grapes
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
Method:

Blend all the ingredients, strain into glass and drink.

© Suranee Perera 2012

Home Remedies using Olive Oil


Source: Alex Ex
Olive oil is a native of the Mediterranean where it has been used and cultivated for thousands of years.

Olive trees were planted in abundance in many parts of the Mediterranean and its oil used in food and applied on different parts of the body to maintain healthy hair and beautiful clear skin.

It was a common practice for Greek athletes to rub their bodies with the oil while they trained. Today, Greece, Spain and Italy are the leading global producers of olive oil.

Olive oil is extracted from the fruit ‘Olea europaea’ by taking ripe olives and grinding it into a paste using large millstones or steel drums. The use of millstones is the traditional way of extracting the oil whereas the use of steel drums is the modern way.

Care is taken to only choose ripe olives for producing olive oil since overripe ones may produce oil which is stale and green olives usually turn out oil which is bitter in taste.

The main varieties of olive oil used are:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Oil is the highest quality of olive oils since it’s only pressed to extract the oil and not heated or sent through the filtering and refining process. Extra Virgin Olive oil is best consumed raw and should not be used in cooking since it can lose its flavor when heated. It’s a popular oil drizzled on salads, pasta and pizza.
Virgin Olive oil
  • Virgin Olive Oil is heated and pressed to extract the oil.
Pure Olive oil
  • If the olive oil which is extracted is of low quality it’s sent through the filtering and refining process to improve it. Olive oil produced in this way is called Pure Olive Oil.
Virgin Olive Oil and Pure Olive Oil are used in cooking.

Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and can repair damaged cells and strengthen the immune system.  It contains Vitamin E which is needed for healthy hair and skin.  Women from the Mediterranean have always been admired for their beautiful skin and hair. The main reason for this is said to be due to the olive oil which they regularly consumed and applied on their hair and skin.

Some people drink 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil daily for longevity and healthy arteries.

Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

Mix together ½ cup olive oil and a few drops of lime/lemon juice. Set aside.
Shampoo the hair with mild baby shampoo and rinse in warm water. Then massage the olive oil mixture into the hair. Leave on for 5 minutes.

Wash the hair again using the baby shampoo. Towel dry. Use this treatment twice a week for clean healthy hair.

Olive Oil to treat Dandruff

Olive oil is a popular home remedy used to treat dandruff.

Warm ½ cup olive oil. Massage into hair while still warm. Leave on hair for 20 minutes. Comb the hair and then wash it using a baby shampoo. Do this treatment twice a week.

Olive Oil to Exfoliate and Moisturize Skin

Mix together ¼ cup olive oil with ½ cup sugar and ½ cup kosher salt. Using a loofah massage the scrub onto the wet skin. Rinse of with warm water. This body scrub is ideal to remove rough skin from the body leaving it soft and supple.

Olive Oil for Ears

To remove excess ear wax heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Bend your head to one side and using a dropper place a few drops into the ear. Stay in this position for 10 minutes. Do this treatment twice a day for 3 to 5 days. The warm olive oil helps to soften and loosen the wax inside the ear.

© Suranee Perera 2012