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Natural Remedies To Treat Bruises

Bruises can sometimes be extremely painful and if you happen to have one on the face or other visible areas it can give someone the impression you may have been subjected to some type of physical abuse.
A bruise is actually blood which rises to the surface of the skin when a blood vessel in that particular area breaks when hit or knocked.

Eating foods rich in Vitamin K have been found to treat bruises quickly. Applying something cold on the bruise such as an ice pack has also been proven to help. If there’s swelling heating the area with a soft warm washcloth for a few minutes has been known to also help bring relief.

Benefits Of Castor Oil

From the shores of Eastern Africa comes an oil with therapeutic properties called castor oil.
The Ricinus communis is a foliage plant with palm shaped leaves. It was first discovered growing in the region of Ethiopia in Eastern Africa. At present India and Brazil are the two main countries which produce this plant in large scale.
Ricinus communis is one of the most poisonous plants in the world since it bears oval shaped seeds called castor beans which contain a toxin known as ricin.
So what is ricin? Ricin is actually the by product left over when oil is extracted from castor beans. You can read more about ricin here.
The oil extracted from castor beans is called ‘castor oil’ and has been used since ancient times to treat a variety of ailments such as constipation, skin problems, to reduce inflammation, to promote healthy, shiny hair and improve digestion. The two methods used to extract castor oil from castor beans are solvent extraction or by pressing the castor beans through a ma…

Are There Any Good Hangover Remedies

One good remedy is to not abuse your body by drinking more than what your body can handle. Drinking in excess will result in a sure hangover the next day.
Hangovers occur when our body is dehydrated.
So how does alcohol cause dehydration? Well have you noticed when you drink you tend to have to visit the bathroom often to urinate? This is because the liquid content in our body becomes more as we fill it with alcohol. The end result is our bladder gets full quickly and we have to urinate. At the same time our body also gets rid of some of the water content that’s stored in the body resulting in dehydration.
To prevent getting a severe hangover hydrate yourself before you go to bed by drinking 2 glasses of water.
Avoid dark colored drinks like whiskey, brandy, red wine etc since these drinks when taken in excess will give you a hangover.
Have a good hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs the next morning since eggs are a common remedy used by some heavy drinkers to bring relief to a hang…

How to Get Rid of Dry Hair

Baking Soda
Place a tablespoon of baking soda into a bowl. Add enough water to make a paste. Wet your hair and massage the paste into hair beginning from the roots to the ends. Comb hair with a wide-toothed comb. Next wash hair with warm water and a mild baby shampoo.
Coconut oil and avocado
Mash a ripe avocado in a bowl and mix in 2 teaspoons coconut oil. Gently massage the mixture on the hair. Leave for 15 minutes and wash hair with warm water and a mild baby shampoo.
Egg and Olive Oil
Beat together 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 3 eggs in a bowl. Massage into hair and leave on for half an hour. Wash out with warm water and a mild baby shampoo.

How to Make Your Own Deodorant

In a bowl mix together 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Place in a cupcake holder and allow to set in refrigerator till hard.  Remove from cupcake holder and transfer into a small container and keep in fridge until ready to use.

Make sure to place the deodorant back in the refrigerator after every use since it can melt if left at room temperature.

5 Uses of Aloe Vera

To treat Minor Burns – Cut a piece of aloe vera and apply the gel on the burn.
To treat insect bites – Apply some aloe vera gel on the bite to reduce pain and itchiness.
Blisters – to treat blisters apply some aloe vera gel on it.
Scars – to minimize scars regularly apply aloe vera gel on the skin where scars are visible.
Body Scrub – An ideal body scrub to exfoliate skin and remove dead cells is to mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and massage into skin for 2 to 3 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.

How to prevent Diaper Rash

Babies are susceptible to diaper rash if their diapers are not changed on time or if diapers (cloth diapers) are not washed properly.  Using strong detergents to wash diapers or not drying the baby’s bottom properly after a diaper change can also cause diaper rash.
Listed below are a few ways to prevent and treat diaper rash in babies.
Avoid using baby wipes when cleaning your baby’s bottom since it contains chemicals. Instead use a mild baby soap and warm water with a soft wash cloth. Make sure your baby’s bottom is completely dry when putting on a new diaper.
When washing cloth diapers make sure to first soak it in hot water and a little vinegar to get rid of bacteria.
Avoid using plastic pants over the cloth diaper. Plastic pants tend to keep moisture in and restricts air flow hence putting the baby at risk of getting diaper rash.
If your baby has diaper rash then apply some Drapolene Cream. This is one of the best creams in the market to prevent and treat diaper rash. It can als…

Homemade Face Scrubs

Before applying the scrub make sure to wet the face with warm water or steam the face to help open the pores.
Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub
In a bowl mix 1 tablespoon sugar with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Gently massage on face in circular motions for 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Sugar and Honey Scrub
In a bowl mix together 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoons honey. Gently massage on face in circular motions for 3 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Tomato and Sugar Scrub
Cut a tomato in half. Dip the fleshy part in some brown sugar. Gently massage on face in circular motions for 2 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. This scrub is ideal for those suffering from oily skin.

Homemade Facial Packs

Before applying any of the following masks first wash your face with a mild baby soap and warm water to remove dust and grime on the skin.
Spinach and Honey Mask
Take 6 leaves of spinach and put into grinder. Add ½ teaspoons honey and 1 teaspoon lemon juice into it. Grind all ingredients to a paste. Apply on face and neck. Leave on skin for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Oatmeal and Cucumber Mask
Grate ¼ cucumber and place into a bowl. Mix 1 teaspoon oatmeal and 1 teaspoon yogurt with the cucumber. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Cucumber and Avocado Mask
Mix together ½ cup mashed avocado with two tablespoons cucumber juice. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Yogurt and Avocado Mask
Take 1 teaspoon mashed avocado and 1 teaspoon yogurt and mix till smooth and creamy. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

This mask is ideal for dry skin and can also be used on the body.

Homemade Eye Cream Recipe

If you suffer from dark circles around the eyes and under eye puffiness apply the following homemade eye cream. Make sure to first clean the area around the eyes to remove any makeup and dirt. Apply the cream before going to bed at night.
Coconut oil and Vitamin E oil Eye Cream
Place the following in a bowl: 8 tablespoons coconut oil½ teaspoon vitamin E oil (1 Vitamin E capsule)
Using a hand mixer blend the two ingredients together for 7 to 10 minutes. The texture should be smooth and creamy. Place in a clean glass bottle with and close with lid till ready to use. 

Plants that Repel Dengue Mosquito

Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. When the mosquito, also known as the dengue fever mosquito, bites a person it can cause them to suffer from headaches, body pains and high fever.
The dengue mosquito will easily breed in places where clean water and even rainwater tends to collect like gutters, empty bottles, tires, empty coconut shells, empty cans, bamboo poles, vases and flower pot plates. Studies reveal the dengue mosquito will lay its eggs in as little as a tablespoon of water.
The Aedes mosquito is easy to identify since it has black and white stripes on its body. It tends to bite during the mornings between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m and late afternoon between 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you live in areas prone to Dengue make sure not to allow rainwater and clean water to stagnate in gutters, empty cans, tires, etc. In addition, if you or someone you know have been suffering from fever for more than 3 days go to the doctor immediately and ask him to check your platelet count. If…

Turmeric for Osteoarthritis

Turmeric is a popular spice which has had a special place in Indian Ayurveda for over 2000 years. This remarkable herb has been used since ancient times to promote a healthy digestive system and to cleanse and heal cuts, bruises and sprains including to reduce swelling.
Turmeric contains curcumin. Curcumin is the pigment which gives the spice its golden yellow color and it’s also the ingredient which gives turmeric the power to reduce inflammation and help bring relief to pain.
Since the practice of using turmeric to reduce inflammation is over a thousand years old, some experts believe the yellow colored spice has the potential to bring relief to pain and swelling caused by osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a disease which damages the cartilage that pads the joints. Cartilage is a spongy tissue which prevents the bone joints from rubbing against each other. When the bones rub against each other it causes pain, swelling and stiffness at the joints. The joints at the knees, hips, spin…

Tips for Stay-at-Home Mom

Being organized and working according to a timetable are very important when you are a stay at home mom.
Being organized can help reduce stress to a great extent and give a mom a few extra hours of much needed and deserved free time.
Unfortunately, not all mothers work according to a schedule.
They become so occupied with raising and caring for their children they have less time to take care of themselves.
They neglect their skin, hair, weight, etc. and end up stressed out and unhappy. Below are a few tips to help such mothers.
Time saving tips for stay at home moms
Time is essential and as a mother you should know how to divide it accordingly so your kids and you including your husband will benefit from it.
One way of doing this is to have a timetable/schedule written out of the daily chores you have to attend to.
Many claim mothers have good memories but when the workload gets to be too much even moms can forget things.
Grocery Shopping Tips for Stay at Home Moms
Always remember to w…

How to Make Homemade Vick’s Vaporub

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles½ cup olive oil or almond oil10 drops Rosemary Oil20 drops Peppermint Oil20 drops Eucalyptus oil

Place the beeswax in a double boiler and allow to completely melt. Then stir in the oils and completely mix. Pour into clean glass jars and close with lid. Massage on feet to sooth congestion and coughing.

Health Benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranate is an ancient fruit which dates back to thousands of years where it is claimed to have been first discovered growing in Persia (present Iran). This red colored round shaped fruit which can grow to the size of a grapefruit is also known as punica granatum. The word pomegranate evolved from the Latin word “pōmum” meaning “apple” and “grānātum” meaning "seeded."
Pomegranate seeds have a fleshy covering known as arils which contain a sweet to sour juice. It’s this juice which makes the pomegranate a highly valued fruit for it holds a variety of health benefits which is helpful for a person’s well being.
Pomegranates are high in fiber and are packed with a number of vitamins and minerals which strengthens the immune system and lowers the risk of heart disease. The fruit is also rich in flavonoids and polyphenols which are needed for a healthy heart and blood vessels.
How to Make Pomegranate Juice

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Homemade Facial Cleansers for Oily Skin

A person suffers from oily skin when an excess amount of the hormone Androgen is secreted. Androgen is necessary to keep our skin healthy but too much of it can cause oily skin leading to blemishes and acne breakouts.

To control oily skin one should use a cleanser on the face to remove excess oil, dirt and grime twice a day (morning and evening). There are a variety of commercial made cleansers in the market to choose from with a number of them being quite expensive.
Some people choose to make their own cleansers since it’s cheaper and usually free of chemicals. Listed below are a few facial cleansers you can make at home.
Apple Honey Cleanser
Mix 2 tablespoons of grated apple with 1 teaspoon honey. Apply on face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Curd and Honey Cleanser
Mix 2 tablespoons curd with 1 teaspoon honey and apply on face. Leave on face for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water using a soft washcloth.
Gram Flour and Milk Cleanser
Mix 3 tablespoons gra…