Monday, December 16, 2013

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.

Monday, November 11, 2013

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 machine.

The good news is when castor oil is extracted from castor beans it does not get mixed with ricin. The ricin comes out separate as mash and does not merge with the oil.

The use of castor oil since traditional times to treat constipation has made it a popular laxative to be used even today to stimulate bowel movements.

Castor oil should only be taken orally with the advice of your health care provider/doctor. Never take more than the recommended dosage. Keep in mind that it can take between 4 to 8 hours to have a bowel movement after taking the oil. Castor oil is usually taken on an empty stomach for best results. 

To treat corns first clean the area with warm water. Pat dry with some gauze or soft cloth and apply castor oil on the corns. Cover the corns with an adhesive tape if possible. Do this treatment in the morning and before going to bed at night.

For warts first wash the area with warm water and pat dry with some gauze or soft cloth. Massage some castor oil on the wart for a few minutes. Then cover with a bandage. Do this treatment twice a day: morning and evening (preferably before going to bed at night). 

If you’re suffering from joint, muscle pains or abdominal pain place a castor oil pack on the area for 10 to 15 minutes. To make a castor oil pack you need he following:

Ingredients:

Cloth/flannel
Castor oil
Kitchen towel/wash cloth
Hot water

Method:

First soak a soft piece of cloth or flannel in the oil. Lay the cloth on the area the pain is coming from: abdomen, joints or muscles. Soak the kitchen towel or wash cloth in the hot water and place over the soaked piece of castor oil cloth and ferment several times. 

Castor Oil Can Be Used To Stimulate the Growth of Thick Healthy Shiny Hair

Put 3 tablespoons of castor oil in a cup. Set aside.

Take a glass bowl and pour hot water into it. Gently place the cup into the hot water to heat the oil. Make sure the hot water does not overflow into the cup. Reduce the hot water if necessary.

Remove the cup from the hot water when oil is warm and massage into the scalp, roots and ends. Massage for 2 to 3 minutes. When done wrap the hair in a towel or shower cap and leave overnight. Next day rinse the hair with warm water and mild baby shampoo. Do this treatment twice a week.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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 over.

Vitamin C too is claimed to help treat a hangover. Drink a glass or two of fresh orange juice the next day to sooth s hangover.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

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.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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 also be applied on baby’s bottom at each nappy change.



Monday, July 29, 2013

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 oil
  • ½ 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. 


Thursday, July 25, 2013

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 your platelet count is low then you are at risk of having Dengue.

Dengue can lead to death if not detected early. It can also damage the heart, liver, brain and even the bone marrow.

Symptoms of Dengue are:
  • High fever that lasts for more than 3 days.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Rash 

Listed below are some plants that are claimed to repel the Dengue mosquito and which can be grown in pots or on the ground in your home to give you protection from disease carrying mosquitoes.
  • Citronella
  • Marigold
  • Basil

Saturday, March 30, 2013

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, spine, hands and toes are the areas where osteoarthritis occurs.

Osteoarthritis can be divided into two types: primary osteoarthritis and secondary osteoarthritis. The elderly are the ones susceptible to primary osteoarthritis since this form of osteoarthritis is linked to the degradation of the cartilage. Secondary osteoarthritis on the other hand can occur due to a variety of factors with two being if surgery has been done on a joint or when excess weight is exerted on the joint due to obesity.

Some doctors advise their patients who suffer from osteoarthritis to take turmeric in the form of pills or capsules.
A popular home remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons turmeric with enough coconut oil to make a paste and apply it to the joint.

When consuming turmeric you can eat it raw by sprinkling it on vegetables, salads and dressings or you can have it with your favorite curry. One of the core ingredients in curries is turmeric.

Turmeric is also added to savory rice dishes to give it a yellow color.

A popular drink using turmeric which goes back to traditional times in certain parts of India is to mix ¼ teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of hot milk and drink it.

Make sure to consult your doctor and get his advice about the side effects of using turmeric and its effectiveness in treating osteoarthritis. You will then have a better understanding of this wonderful spice and whether it can help bring relief to you if you’re suffering from osteoarthritis.

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 write down the groceries you need on paper before you go shopping.

This saves you the time and trouble of having to go back to the store if you’ve forgotten to buy something.

Cooking Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Make a menu card for the meals you plan to cook for the whole week.

Keep a separate place in the kitchen wall for the menu cards.

You can use a display board and pin the cards on it.

I use a white board and every Sunday write out the menus for the week ahead on it.

House Cleaning Tips for Stay at Home Moms

If you want your kids to grow up in a clean and healthy home keep it free of dust and dirt.

Make sure there’s enough ventilation to allow a free flow of fresh air to circulate throughout the house.

Don’t allow dust to gather on table tops, shelves, etc.

For homes which are fully carpeted vacuum according to how often the carpeted room is used.

If the room is used everyday then vacuum carpet daily. For rooms which aren’t used often vacuum carpet twice a week.

Carpets should be professionally cleaned once a year.

Drapes/curtains should be vacuumed weekly and washed annually.

Laundry Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Don’t wait till the laundry piles up.

Instead wash clothes when you have enough for a load or two.

How to Pay Bill Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Pay your bills on time.

People who don’t have had their homes and cars taken away from them, water, gas and electricity turned off.

Try not to use money which has been set aside for paying bills for dinners and movies, to go shopping (for things which you don’t need), to take a holiday, etc.

Homework Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Set a time for your kids to do homework preferably when you can join them too. In this way you can see their progress at school and assist them if they need help.

Once they finish their homework make sure they've packed their schoolbooks and have their clothes ready for school the next day.

Bedtime Tips for Stay at Home Moms

Have a warm glass of milk with a teaspoon of honey added to it before retiring to bed at night.

It will help you get a good night’s sleep.

Keep a notebook next to your bedside table in case you need to write down something you have to get done the next day which you might forget when the new day dawns.

Health Tips For Stay At Home Moms

To rid your body of toxins:

Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. Have a glass of lukewarm water with 1-2 drops of lemon juice first thing in the morning.

Take your daily quota of fiber (18gm – 24 gm a day). Oatmeal, bran and beans are just some of the foods rich in fiber.

Do a sea salt water flush. Make sure to add a drop or two of lemon juice to the salt water as this helps to remove the unpleasant salty taste making it easier to drink.

Go to a salon and treat yourself to a scalp massage, facial and pedicure once a month.

Invest in a Timeworks Fx exercise machine to keep in shape.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How to Make Homemade Vick’s Vaporub


Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • ½ cup olive oil or almond oil
  • 10 drops Rosemary Oil
  • 20 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 20 drops Eucalyptus oil


Method:

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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How To Relieve a Baby's Stuffy Nose



How to Treat Baby Diarrhea


How to Prevent Seasickness


How To Treat Eczema


How to Stop Snoring


How To Lighten Your Hair Naturally


How to Treat Blisters


How To Cure a Hangover


How to Reduce Swelling


Quick Tips: How to Remedy Overnight Heartburn


How to Soothe an Upset Stomach


How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores


How To Treat Poison Ivy


How To Relieve Menstrual Cramps With Acupressure


How To Treat Psoriasis


How To Treat Diarrhea


How To Deal With a Runny Nose


How To Cure Nail Fungus


How to Relieve Constipation Naturally



Skin Care: Acne Home Remedies that Work


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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 gram flour with enough milk to make into a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water using a soft washcloth.

Oatmeal and Egg White Cleanser

Mix 3 tablespoons oatmeal powder with enough egg white to make a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water using a soft washcloth.