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Home Remedies for Skunk Odor

Skunks sometimes called ‘polecats’ are well known for spraying a nasty smelling oily pale-yellow liquid through its anal glands as a means to defend itself or as a warning.
Skunk smell is made up of sulfurous chemicals that are called thiols which are stored in the skunk’s anal glands. These thiols contain a strong repellent odor which stays on the skin and fur for sometime making it difficult to get rid of.
Dogs and humans are easily prone to skunk smell attacks since skunks tend to frequent areas such as yards and gardens in homes where garbage is kept.
A skunk smell attack can leave the victim suffering from the following symptoms: Watery eyesNasal irritationNauseaSevere eye inflammation
Skunk smell is not easy to remove. But there are some home remedies which people have turned to in order to get rid of the stench. Listed below is one such remedy.
1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup of baking soda
2 teaspoons of liquid soap
1 quart of lukewarm water

Mix all the ingr…

Home Remedies for Weight Loss

The two golden rules for maintaining a fabulous slim trim figure is to exercise and eat right. But many of us end up doing the total opposite since we find ourselves too busy with taking care of the family or occupied with our career. 
Listed below are some foods and beverages you can include in your daily diet to help you lose weight.
Types of foods to eat for Weight Loss

Eat foods rice in fiber. Fiber foods help to increase your metabolism rate. Metabolism is a process which converts the food you consume into energy. The higher your metabolism rate the more number of calories your body will burn.
Eating foods rich in fiber will also make you feel full and reduce unnecessary hunger pangs to a great extent. You should include about 40 grams of fiber in your daily diet to help with weight loss. Listed below are some popular foods rich in fiber but remember you should eat a total of 40 grams of the foods for it to be effective in helping with weight loss.
Orange – 1 orange contains 3 grams …

Home Remedies for vulvovaginal candidiasis (Yeast Infections)

Yeast infections (also referred to as ‘candidiasis’) is caused by the yeast fungus ‘candida albicans.’
Only certain areas of the body are prone to yeast infections. Such places would be where the skin is always warm and moist such as the mouth, between skin folds and private parts.
The most common type of yeast infection a female gets is vulvovaginal candidiasis. This is a type of yeast infection which infects a woman’s or girl’s vulva causing it to swell up, redden and become itchy.
A person suffering from vulvovaginal candidiasis will also feel a burning sensation when passing urine or during sex.
Females are at risk of getting vulvovaginal candidiasis if they: Wear tight underwear especially ones made of nylon.Wear wet clothes for long periods of time such as a bathing suit.Wear sanitary napkins which are perfumed.Apply strong scented soaps and body washes to their private parts when bathing or showering.Do not wash underwear properly.Do not bathe or s…

Home Remedies for Polishing Silver

As time goes by silver loses its luster and shine if not taken care of properly. To prevent this from happening to your silver keep the following in mind.

When silver is exposed to air it tarnishes easily. Silver also tarnishes/corrodes when dust and grime is allowed to settle on it.

When putting away silver make sure it’s wrapped in clean cotton/polyester cloth or you can purchase specially made bags or cloth designed to keep silver in. This will protect the metal from tarnishing.
Make sure to pack each piece of the silver separately after every use. Silver will corrode and lose its glossy sheen appearance if packed together.
Moisture is one of the biggest enemies of silver since it causes it to tarnish or corrode. If you store your silver in a cupboard or drawer make sure you place a few silica gel packets along with it. This will help to keep humidity levels low. If you’re unable to find silica gel packets place a few camphor balls with the silver.
Materials you should not use to st…

Home Remedies for Headaches

Headaches cause pain in a variety of places inside the head. The pain can be mild to excruciating.

Headaches can be classified into three groups: Primary headachesSecondary headachesCranial neuralgiaPrimary headaches

Primary headaches are the most common type of headaches people get.

Migraine, tension, and cluster headaches are examples of primary headaches. Those suffering from a primary headache will have pain at the back of the head and upper neck, the temples and forehead.
Physical and emotional stress caused to the body by doing physical work, working in front of a computer or concentrating for long periods of time (such as when driving) can cause a person to suffer from this type of headache.
Secondary headaches

Secondary headaches are caused by problems in the head or neck e.g injury caused to the head and neck, whiplash, concussion, bleeding in the brain, tumor, meningitis and encephalitis.
Cranial neuralgia

Cranial neuralgia is a type of headache which occurs when the nerves in the…

Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin disease which results in the appearance of red, itchy, scaly patches on the skin.

When new skin cells are formed the old ones die. Our body produces new skin cells once a month and the old cells are removed from the skin during bathing or showering.

Sometimes a person’s skin cells may grow rapidly (within a few days) and the excess dead skin cells will not be removed but instead collect on the surface of the skin. When this happens the skin becomes red and itchy and eventually forms lesions. These lesions are called ‘psoriasis.’
There are five types of psoriasis. PlaqueGuttatePustularInverseerythrodermicPlaque, also known as ‘psoriasis vulgaris’ is the most common type of psoriasis people get.

A person suffering from plaque psoriasis will have thick silver or red colored scaly patches on the skin of the elbows, knees, lower back, scalp and even on the fingernails and toenails.

What causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is not contagious and can be caused by the abnormal functioning…

Home Remedies for Freckles

The skin is made up of three layers: epidermis (outer layer), dermis (the layer beneath the epidermis which contains blood vessels) and the Subcutaneous Fat ( the bottom layer of the skin made up of fats)
Melanocytes are skin cells found inside the epidermis. Melanocytes produce a pigment called melanin. Melanin is a chemical substance which is brownish black in color. Melanin gives skin and hair its color.
When melanocytes produce high concentrations of melanin a person will have dark color skin. When only a little melanin is produced a person will have a fair complexion. 
Apart from giving hair and skin its color, melanin also protects the skin from damage caused by the sun. It does this by blocking out the harmful rays from the sun. 
Sometime melanin may bundle together instead of being evenly spread out throughout the skin. When this happens there will be tiny brown patches which will be darker than the rest of the skin. These patches are called freckles. The medical term for freckl…

Home Remedies for Goiter

A goiter is a swollen thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is found near the base of the neck. The thyroid gland produces and stores thyroid hormones. 
Thyroxin is the main hormone the thyroid gland produces. Thyroid hormones play an important role since it regulates bone growth, sexual development and the proper functioning of the body organs.

In order for the thyroid gland to produce the hormones it needs iodine from the food we eat. Iodine is a chemical element found in seafood, iodized salt and certain vegetables and dairy foods
When the body does not get enough iodine the thyroid gland is unable to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormones the body needs . This will result in an under-active thyroid gland causing the thyroid gland to swell up and form a 'goiter.'
Sometimes the body may get too much iodine from food and this too can cause the thyroid gland to swell up.  An excess amount of iodine will result in the thyroid gland producing too much hormones. This type of th…

Home Remedies for Fibroids

‘Myometrium’ is a smooth muscular tissue in the uterus. When a woman gets pregnant the myometrium expands to allow room for the baby to grow. This smooth muscular tissue also contracts when its time for the baby to leave the womb.
Sometimes benign tumors may develop in the uterus. These tumors called ‘fibroids’ or uterine ‘fibroids’ are made up of the same muscle tissue as that of myometrium.

Fibroid grow on the walls of the uterus.It’s not unusual for a woman to have up to a hundred fibroid in the uterus. A fibroid can be as small as a tiny dot or large as a soccer ball.
Fibroids are round or oval shaped and can be found growing in women who are between the ages of 30 and 50. Sometimes women in their 20’s may also get these tumors.
Leiomyoma, myoma, and fibromyoma are the medical terms for fibroid.
There are a number of types of fibroid and each grows on a different part of the uterus wall.
Intramural fibroid grow in the wall of the uterus and can become as large as a grapefruit.
Subserous …

Home Remedies for Hair Loss

Hair loss can affect both men and women.

Hair loss sometimes called ‘thinning of hair’ or ‘baldness’ is caused by a variety of factors and some are:
The thyroid gland producing unusual levels of thyroid hormone
When the thyroid gland produces an increase amount of thyroid hormone it can lead to thinning of hair. 
When only a little amount of thyroid hormone is released it leads to hair loss.
Hereditary reasons
Hair loss due to genetic or hereditary reasons is called ‘androgenetic alopecia’ (also known as male or female pattern baldness). In this type of hair loss women and men tend to lose their hair if one or both parents suffered from hair loss or thinning of hair.
Certain medications
Telogen effluvium is a type of hair loss caused by certain medications.
In Telogen effluvium hair loss begins after two to four months of taking the medication.
Anticoagulant medications (given to keep away blood clots), Allopurinol (a medication to treat the form of arthritis called gout), large amounts of Vit…

Home Remedies for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins (sometimes called spider veins) are the result of weak or damaged valves which are present in veins.
Veins play an important role in the body. It carries blood from the organs to the heart. 
Veins have valves. The valves keep the blood moving in one direction towards the heart and prevent the blood from flowing back into the veins. But when valves are weak or damaged the blood will flow back into the veins and collect there. The veins will then swell up and become enlarged and bluish in color. The swollen veins will stick out from the surface of the skin. These types of veins are called varicose veins.
Some of the areas of the body prone to varicose veins are the thighs, legs and calf.
Both men and women are susceptible to varicose veins since it can be caused due to genetic or environmental reasons. But studies done show women are more prone to varicose veins especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Hormones released during child birth and breastfeeding can damage …

Home Remedies for Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by: Certains foods we eatA dry mouthFrom smoking or chewing tobacco.Gum diseaseTooth decayThroat infections such as tonsillitis or bronchitisDiabetesKidney disease
Bad Breath Caused by the Food we eat
Bacteria love to feed on amino acids. Foods rich in amino acids are protein and dairy products. If we do not brush properly food particles left over from protein and dairy foods get lodged in our teeth thereby inviting bacteria to feed. The bacteria then settle in the mouth and release odors which causes bad breath.
You can also get bad breath from eating foods that give out strong odors like garlic and onions.
Bad Breath caused by a Dry mouth
It’s important for our mouth to be moist with saliva. Saliva helps to remove bacteria from the mouth. When our mouth becomes dry bacteria accumulate hence causing bad breath.
Bad Breath cause by Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Smoking will cause the mouth to dry up thereby resulting in bad breath.
Chewing tobacco stains our …

Home Remedies for Snoring

When we breathe air first enters the nose and moves through the nasal passages. It then travels down the back of the throat and into the lungs.

We have a set of muscles at the back of our throat which opens to allow the air to enter the lungs.When we sleep these muscles relax. Sometimes when the muscles relax it causes the airway found at the back of the throat to shrink. When this happens air is unable to move freely through the narrow airway and will hit against the throat and nasal tissues. The tissues will vibrate and these vibrations will produce the sounds of snoring.
Some reasons for the airway to shrink are: ObesityAgingDrinking alcohol before going to bedTaking muscle relaxants or sedativesSmokingSleeping positionNasal and Sinus problemsObesity:
Obese people are prone to snoring because they have extra fat around their throat which causes the airway to shrink.
As we age the muscles at the back of our throat get weaker and cannot function as well as it once did thereby causing…