Monday, February 2, 2015

How To Get Rid Of Body Odor The Natural Way

Did you know that sweat has no odor but it’s the bacteria that are responsible for producing a nasty smell when we sweat?

Sweat is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and when it finds the skin sweating the skin becomes a permanent dwelling for the growth of bacteria.

The prefect places for bacteria to grow by feeding off sweat are under the armpits, the groin area, anal area, feet and inner thighs.

You can spray on/dab on skin products specially formulated to get rid of body odor but this is only a temporary solution.

You need to find a remedy that will kill the bacteria growth and there are two ideal ways to do so but both should be done together.

One is drink at least 6 glasses of water a day to flush out germs and bacteria from the body.

Second is to soak in a warm bath for 20 minutes twice a week.

You should add ½ a cup Epsom salt in the bath prior to soaking in it.

The warm Epsom salt bath will draw out the toxins and bacteria on skin plus that inside the body.

Want To Produce Healthy Quality Sperm? Then Go Easy On The Alcohol

If you’re a guy who tends to drink:

5 or more beers or

5 or more glasses of wine or

5 or more shots of liquor a week, well then the chances of you having healthy quality sperm may be slim according to a research done on more than 1200 Danish men in the age group 18 to 28.

So if you want to have a high sperm count plus sperm that’s healthy, then best you go easy on the weekly alcohol consumption.

One interesting finding from the research was that testosterone levels increased as men consumed more and more alcohol.

This could be one reason why some men tend to show aggressive behavior when under the influence of alcohol.

Interested in reading more about the research? 

Here’s the link:


How To Protect Yourself From Deadly Insect Bites When Outdoors This Summer

Summer for many is one of the best seasons that comes around once every year.

But it’s also a time when a number of hospitals report deaths due to insect bites.

Red ants, hornets, yellow jackets, wasps and even honey bees are the types of insects that are guilty of stinging people who go outdoors to enjoy the sunny summer weather.

The stings can become deadly if a person gets an allergic reaction to it.

There are a few things people can do to protect themselves from insect bites when outdoors this summer.

One is to refrain from wearing light colored floral design clothes and applying floral scented fragrances.

Another is to always wear footwear when walking on grass.


One should also stay away from areas that are hiding places for hornet nests and ant mounds.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Homemade Turmeric (Haldi) Body Pack

Turmeric, the ancient spice is known for treating a variety of ailments and one is certain skin conditions.

If you suffer from rough, blemish skin turmeric mixed with a mild baby cream and massaged on skin may help.

First mix 1 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) with 2 tablespoons baby cream.

Then massage onto skin and leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. 

Use a loofah when massaging the mixture on the body.

Apply the pack on clean skin for best results.


You can wash the body with a mild baby soap before applying the pack.

Homemade Detox Body Mask

Sometimes it’s a good idea to apply a body mask to get rid of dirt and impurities that have accumulated on skin since soaps and body washes aren’t effective enough.

Body masks are a great way to detox the body preventing it from skin diseases plus even allergies.

A simple body mask can be made with just 3 ingredients – green gram, Bengal gram (also known as kadala parippu here in Sri Lanka) and fenugreek seeds.

All three ingredients have to be first grinded finely and made into a paste.


Grind together ½ cup green gram flour, ½ cup Bengal gram flour and 4 tablespoons fenugreek powder with enough water to make a paste. Apply on clean body. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water and a loofah.

A Perfect Home Remedy For Stinky Feet

Feet stink when we allow bacteria to build up on skin. When feet become sweaty especially when we wear shoes it becomes a breeding place for bacteria. Micrococcus sedentarius is the bacteria responsible for stinky feet. When it feeds on the skin cells and oils of feet the bacteria produces an acid plus sulfur compounds. This acid and sulfur compounds is what makes feet smell.

A good home remedy to get rid of stinky feet is using black tea. Just fill a basin with strong warm black tea and soak the feet in it for 15 minutes every night before going to bed. 

For those of you who have stinky shoes just take 2 small pieces of cedar wood and place 1 inside each shoe and leave it for a few days without wearing. The smell will disappear.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Strawberry and Olive Oil Body Scrub

We all yearn for beautiful radiant skin that is smooth and soft yet some of us have to work harder than others to have it. One reason is because some people tend to over expose their skin to bacteria and germs plus too much sun which are three factors that trigger rough dry dull looking skin. Fortunately we have a number of skin care products we can choose from to treat it and whether commercially made or homemade.

An easy yet effective homemade skin softening scrub that is perfect for the body is one made with strawberry sugar and olive oil.

First take a clean bowl and mash 4 ripe strawberries in it.

Then add 4 tablespoons sugar and 6 tablespoons olive oil.

Mix all the ingredients well and apply on wet skin.

Using a loofah gently scrub in circular motions for a minute or two.


Leave on skin for 10 minutes and then rinse well with warm water.

Treat Dry Rough Cracked Feet With This Homemade Remedy

Two ingredients that work perfect together to get rid of dry rough flaky skin from feet are coconut oil and brown sugar.

The coconut oil soothes the skin by moisturizing it while the brown sugar removes the dirt and impurities responsible for making the skin rough and dry.

To make the foot pack mix together 6 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and massage on the skin of each foot for a minute or two paying special attention to the heel and soles of feet. Leave the mixture on feet for 15 minutes and then rinse in warm water using a wash cloth. Use this remedy thrice a week if you want clean smooth soft feet.

Cucumber and Coconut Water For A Fair Complexion

Sri Lanka is one country in Asia where a number of women will go to great lengths by applying creams and lotions in the hope they get a fair complexion.

As many of you know such skin care products contain skin lightening ingredients that are usually made of bleaching components. These ingredients when applied in excess on skin have known to damage skin and even be harmful to the kidneys and liver.

A natural skin treatment used for promoting a fair complexion is made with cucumber pulp and coconut water.

Just grate ¼ of a peeled cucumber and add to a clean bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons fresh coconut water. Apply on clean face and let dry for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Apply this face mask every other day at night for radiant clean beautiful skin.

Keep Acne and Pimples Away With This Green Apple And Honey Face Mask

Have you ever wondered what makes green apples an ideal fruit to be applied directly on skin? Well it’s the Vitamin A and C in the fruit that nourishes the skin and triggers collagen production. Green apples also have the power to draw out dead skin cells because of the malic acid it contains.

The honey helps to destroys germs and bacteria and remove impurities that have accumulated on skin.

To make the green apple and honey face mask grate 1 green apple into a clean bowl. Mix 2 tablespoons honey with the grated apples and apply on clean face and neck. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.


Before applying a face mask always wash your face. An ideal way of doing so is to first wet the skin and apply some baby soap on it. Then take a wet wash cloth and gently scrub the skin. Rinse with warm water.

Get Rid Of Dark Spots, Acne Scars and Pimple Marks With The Curd and Olive Oil Face Mask

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) helps to scrub away rough dead skin and gives a boost the growth of new skin cells. AHA also heals acne scars and pigmentation marks on skin.

There are numerous types of AHA’s and one is lactic acid. Lactic acid improves skin tone, draws out impurities plus moisturizes the skin making it soft and smooth.

Curd is one food that contains lactic acid. When is curd mixed with olive oil and applied on skin that’s scarred or has an uneven skin tone it can do wonders by lightening such marks and discoloration.

To make a face mask with curd and olive oil first take a clean bowl and then mix together 2 tablespoons curd and 2 tablespoons olive oil. You can use a wisk to mix the ingredients.


Next apply on clean face and leave for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Take Garlic If You Want Beautiful Soft Skin

When germs and bacteria accumulate on skin and toxins inside our body it causes blemishes and blackheads plus at times acne. This is why it’s important to keep the skin clean and the body free from toxins. One way of doing this is with the help of garlic.

Garlic has antiseptic properties and have been used since ancients times to keep the skin and body clean and healthy.

One perfect way to take garlic to give your body and skin a good cleansing is to chop up 2 cloves of garlic into very tiny pieces. Then add it to a glass of warm water which has the juice of half a lemon/lime mixed into it. Take first thing in the morning or at night before going to bed.

This is also an ideal remedy for those who are overweight.

Eat Yogurt and Drink Turmeric Milk If You Want A Healthy Colon

Do you suffer from bloating, gas, constipation, headaches, fatigue and also find it hard to lose weight? Well the reason could be because your colon is filled with toxins – the same toxins that should have been sent out of the body by the colon.

Our colon is an important organ in the body since it helps to flush out toxins and bacteria which have been turned into waste from the food we eat. A weak colon is one that has stored so much of such toxins that it can no longer eliminate it properly from the body. When this happens one is at high risk of suffering from colon cancer. Trust me when I say colon cancer is one of the most horrifying cancers a person can get. A person suffers a slow yet extremely painful death when the cancer begins to eat away at them.

To maintain a healthy colon eat at least 2 cups of yogurt a day. The probiotics (healthy bacteria) in yogurt will destroy bad bacteria in the colon hence flushing it out of the body.

In addition drink a glass of warm milk which has ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder dissolved in it every night before going to bed. Turmeric is the wonder spice that has been around since ancient times and according to studies can help prevent the growth of cancer cells when taken regularly.

Have You Tried The Choco-Coffee Yoghurt Detox Face Mask

Whether it’s oily skin or blemished skin or dry rough dull looking skin your suffering from the choco-coffee yogurt detox mask can help. This detox mask draws out impurities and kills bacteria responsible for causing the above skin problems.

All you need is three ingredients to make this mask and a clean bowl.

But before applying the mask wash the face with warm water and gently scrub it with some mild baby soap using a washcloth. Next rinse the skin again with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Now your face is ready for the detox face mask.


To make the mask add 2 teaspoons cocoa powder and two teaspoon instant coffee along with 2 teaspoons yogurt into a clean bowl. Mix all the ingredients well. Apply on clean face and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing the face with warm water.

Fight Cellulite With Eggs

Here’s a little trick in getting rid of cellulite using eggs. Use this egg remedy before taking a shower or bath.

Crack four eggs and separate the yolks from the whites.

Beat together three of the egg whites with one of the egg yolks.

Apply the egg mixture on areas of your body that tend to have cellulite. Leave the mixture on skin for about 15 minutes.

Then using a wash cloth/loofah wash off the egg mixture from skin. Make sure to massage the areas in circular motions with the washcloth/loofah while rinsing off the egg mixture from the skin.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Find Out How Fullers Earth Can Treat Varicose Veins

In India a unique clay like substance which has skin healing properties can be found. It’s called Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) and recently its popularity has grown amongst a number of varicose sufferers.

Fullers Earth when applied as a paste on varicose vein areas has been found to reduce swelling.

All one has to do is take a tablespoon of Fuller’s Earth and mix with enough water to make a paste. Then apply it on the varicose veins every night before going to bed. Allow it to completely dry before getting into bed.


The next morning rinse with cool water. Repeat every night until the swollen veins disappear.

Get Rid Of Spots On Skin With Turmeric

Turmeric the ancient spice has been around for many a century and found to be an effective germ killer. Whether you apply it directly on skin or consume it this wonder spice will destroy many a bacteria it comes in contact with.

Turmeric is a popular condiment that is sometimes used as the main ingredient in a number of homemade face packs. For example to get rid of spots on skin applying a pack made with turmeric on a regular basis can heal the skin of such spots leaving the skin clean soft and supple.


To make the pack place 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder into a clean bowl. Then add a tablespoon gram flour and enough milk to make a paste. Apply the paste on clean face and leave until fully dry before rinsing with warm water and a washcloth.

Mung Bean Face Pack For Radiant Skin

Mung beans are a popular food made here in Sri Lanka at breakfast time. It’s served with coconut flakes and a spicy chili paste. Mung beans are an ancient health and skin healing food that can be consumed as well as directly applied on skin.

If you have sluggish looking skin plus blackheads and premature age spots and fine lines then applying a face pack made with mung beans at least twice a week can help.


To make such a face pack grind 4 tablespoons mung beans in a grinder until you have a fine powder. Then mix in enough water to make a paste. Apply on clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Then using a wet washcloth which has been soaked in warm water wipe the face clean removing all traces of the dried mung bean paste.

Get Rid Of Dark Bikini Lines With This Natural Remedy

The ancient healing spice turmeric when mixed with yogurt and lemon juice can lighten dark bikini lines within a few weeks. But remember this remedy should be applied at least three times a week for results to show.

All three ingredients have natural bleaching properties which has the power to lighten discolored skin. When all three are used together on skin it can lighten darkened skin faster and more effectively.

The remedy comes in the form of a paste which should be applied on the dark bikini lines and left for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water and a loofah/washcloth.


To make the paste mix together 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon yogurt and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder.

Treat Rosacea With Honey

Rosacea is a skin order that affects thousands of women especially in the west. The skin turns red and will also have the appearance of tiny red rashes which can sometimes be quite itchy and uncomfortable. The red flare ups get worse when under stress or during hot weather.

A natural remedy used by a number of rosacea sufferers is honey. Some tend to drink ½ a cup of warm water which has a teaspoon of honey dissolved in it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.


They also cleanse their face with warm water and a mild baby soap and then spread a thin layer of honey on the clean skin. After half an hour gently wipes the honey from the skin with wet cotton pads that has been soaked in warm water.

Suffering From Acne? Then Try The Yoghurt and Turmeric Face Pack

Here’s a natural remedy that uses only two ingredients and is not only gentle on the skin but can also help treat acne. The ingredients are yogurt and turmeric and both are effective in cleansing the impurities that’s responsible for triggering acne and leaves the skin clean soft and smooth.

You will get better results from the face pack if you cleanse the face with warm water baby soap and a washcloth before applying it.

To cleanse the face, first wet it with some warm water and then rub the baby soap on the skin. Then wet the washcloth and gently scrub the face for a minute or two. Rinse face with warm water.

Next apply the pack on skin. To make the pack take a clean bowl and add 2 tablespoons plain yogurt to it.

Next mix ½ a teaspoon turmeric powder into the yogurt.


Spread evenly on skin and leave for 15 minutes. Then rinse face with warm water using a washcloth.

Cucumber and Curd Face Pack For Brighter Skin

There are plenty of natural remedies void of chemicals to choose from for brightening skin. One such remedy is a face pack made with curd and cucumber.

Curd and cucumber are two perfect ingredients that go well to promote beautiful skin. A popular side dish made with these two ingredients and eaten in India on a regular basis is called cucumber raita. This is a much sought after dish in India because of the many health benefits it gives the body including the skin and hair.


To make the cucumber and curd face pack place 1 tablespoon curd and 2 tablespoons grated cucumber in a bowl. Mix both ingredients well and apply on clean face. Leave on skin for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Do this treatment at night before going to bed.

Have Dry Sensitive Skin? Then Try This Mango Face Pack

Sensitive skin needs special care since the skin tends to be quite delicate.

Sensitive skin is easily prone to dryness if you use the wrong skin care products. But a gentle to use face mask that helps bring relief to dry sensitive skin is one made with mango and yogurt.

To make the face mask finely chop up the flesh of a ripe mango and mix it with three tablespoons yogurt. Then spread on clean face.


After 15 minutes wipe the face clean with a wet washcloth which has been soaked in lukewarm water.

Coffee Honey Face Mask

Here in Sri lanka certain stores sell Nescafe coffee sachets.

These sachets are ideal to be used in making a face mask that treats rough dry skin hence leaving it soft smooth and supple.

Just take a sachet (about a teaspoon) and pour its contents into a clean bowl. Then stir in 1 tablespoon pure honey. Apply the mixture on face and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Next rinse off with lukewarm water and a washcloth.


Coffee and honey when used together on skin can help blood circulation plus it absorbs bacteria and dead skin that’s responsible for dry rough skin.

Want To Get Rid Of A Hangover? Then Try These Remedies

Hangovers are not a fun experience because it leaves one dehydrated, nauseous, head-achy and filled with lack of energy. Alcohol does this since it fills us with toxins, the same toxins that destroy the nutrients that keep the body hydrated.

Fortunately we have a number of foods that can treat a hangover such as –

Lemon Water and Honey - Drink a warm glass of water which has the juice of half a lemon and 1 teaspoon honey dissolved in it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This drink will draw out the alcoholic toxins from the body.

Have a glass or two of orange juice throughout the day – orange juice is packed with vitamins and nutrients that bring relief to a hangover.

Coconut Water – Give your body back the electrolytes it’s lost by drinking at least 3 glasses of coconut water for the day.


Eat some bananas – Bananas are a good source of potassium which gives the body energy.

Potato and Yoghurt Face Mask To Lighten And Treat Uneven Skin Tone

We all know how effective raw potato slices are to get rid of dark circles around the eyes. Potatoes are able to lighten skin because of the enzyme cetacholase, starch, Vitamin C and antioxidants it contains.

Potatoes are also good for treating uneven skin tone on skin. An uneven skin tone can make us look older than we really are. Commercially made bleaching skin care products may harm the skin because of the chemicals it contains. That’s why choosing a natural product like potatoes to brighten skin is a good idea.

An easy and effective face mask that's claimed to treat an uneven skin tone is one made with potatoes and yogurt.

Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps to kill bacteria on skin plus the milk in yogurt moisturizes and softens the skin leaving it soft and smooth.

To make the face pack first finely grate a small potato (skin removed) and mix it with a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply on clean face and leave on for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water using a wash cloth.


Make Your Own Anti-Wrinkle Cream With This Recipe

Three ingredients that have been found to work well in preventing the appearance of premature wrinkles is egg white, olive oil and cucumber.

All three of these ingredients are skin friendly foods plus adds nutrients to the skin which is lost because of aging.

To make the mask grate ½ cucumber and squeeze out the juice. Transfer the juice into a clean bowl. Then beat together 1 egg white and 4 tablespoons olive oil and mix with the juice.


Apply on clean skin and leave to dry for 15 minutes. Then gently wipe the skin using a wet washcloth which has been soaked in warm water.

Prevent Premature Graying With This Recipe

The appearance of white hairs can be a real nuisance since it makes you look older and when it begins to grow it does so at a fast rate. Fortunately though there are a few natural remedies that can be used to delay the growth of white hairs.

One such remedy is with coconut oil and lemon juice.

To make the remedy mix together 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice with 3 tablespoons coconut oil and massage on hair. Leave for a few hours and then rinse with warm water and a mild baby shampoo.

Do the treatment once a week.


How Tamarind Can Give You Healthy Looking Skin

Whether it’s the face or the body that needs a good cleansing to get rid of oil and impurities from the skin tamarind is claimed to be helpful.

Tamarind is an ancient spice and is commonly used in Sri Lanka and India. The juice of this unique pulpy fruit is used to enhance the taste of curries and chutneys here in Sri lanka.

Those who suffer from a dark neck can get the natural skin tone back if the following skin mask made with tamarind is used.

Place the following ingredients in a clean bowl and mix well:

A teaspoon each of rose water, tamarind juice and honey.

Spread on the neck and leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water and a washcloth.

To treat dry rough skin on the body combine the following ingredients in a clean bowl and apply on skin. Leave for 15 minutes and using a loofah rinse the skin with warm water.

3 tablespoons tamarind juice, 6 tablespoons yogurt and 3 tablespoons salt.


Want White Teeth? Then Try This

A unique herb grows in India called Holy Basil. Holy Basil is a teeth friendly herb for it helps with whitening of teeth and protects against gum bleeding.

Holy basil has to be first dried naturally in sunlight and then the dry leaves are taken and crushed and mixed with toothpaste until a paste forms and applied on teeth during brushing. Just 2 to 4 dried Holy basil leaves is enough to be mixed with the toothpaste each time teeth are brushed.


So if you want to whiten your teeth the natural way then add some dry Holy Basil leaves to toothpaste prior to brushing the teeth. Changes can be seen in a few days to a week.

How To Remove Toxins From The Brain

Did you know that just as it’s important to cleanse the body of toxins it’s also necessary to cleanse the brain? If not the body will suffer from a number of illnesses.

The simple method used for cleaning the brain is to sleep. Sleep removes waste from the brain plus a protein called amyloids. Amyloids have been found to increase one’s risk of dementia and hemorrhagic stroke.

Amyloids tend to accumulate on the brain artery walls. When this happens it’s not good news for amyloid buildup on such walls can cause apart from dementia and hemorrhagic stroke, impaired vision, problems with speech, seizures and headaches.


So if you want a healthy brain and don’t want to suffer from the above mentioned health problems then do the right thing and give your body and mind the sleep it needs.


How To Make Your Own Exfoliating Rice Face Pack

Ever wondered how the beautiful looking geishas of Japan keep their skin looking so radiant? The secret lies in rice water. Many a geisha applies rice water on their face to maintain a fair complexion.

Using a face pack made with rice can brighten dull looking skin and give it a smooth and healthy look.

You can make your own rice face pack at home.

Just add 2 tablespoons rice flour into a clean bowl (you can also make your own rice flour by grinding ¼ cup of rice grains in the grinder).

Next add enough water to make a paste.

Apply on clean face and leave on for 10 minutes.

While the pack is still on skin gently massage the face for a minute or two. Then rinse with warm water and a washcloth.


How To Make Your Own Homemade Body Lotion

What I really like about homemade products is a lot of it can be made at home with easy to find ingredients from the pantry or garden.

One of my favorites is a homemade body lotion which is made from aloe Vera gel coconut oil olive oil and cocoa butter.

To make the lotion first take a clean bowl. Then add 1 teaspoon grated cocoa butter into the bowl.

Next add 2 teaspoons coconut oil, 1 teaspoon olive oil and 3 teaspoons Aloe Vera gel.


Beat all the ingredients well and store in a clean glass jar and close with lid. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Natural Remedies To Stop Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can cause dental problems since the pressure exerted can damage teeth and even the jaw. Headaches and earaches are also common in those who grind their teeth.

Teeth grinding is claimed to be triggered by stress and to get rid of it I drink a warm glass of milk which has a teaspoon turmeric powder added to it at night before I go to bed.


I also (when I remember to) compress the jaw area with a warm wet wash cloth as this helps to relax the jaw muscles. Unfortunately though my son refuses to drink the turmeric and milk although he doesn’t mind compressing the jaw area with a warm wet washcloth.

Do You Have Dark Lips? Then Try This Lip Scrub

Chemicals in lipstick, caffeine and smoking can cause dark lips because all three are responsible for leaving harsh substances on the lips.

Turmeric is a spice that has been used since ancient times to lighten skin and destroy bacteria and germs on it. It’s also good for brightening lips.

A lip scrub can be made with a dash of turmeric powder and ½ a tablespoon of milk. Ix the ingredients well and gently scrub the lips for a minute or two. Next dip a cotton pad in warm water and wipe clean the lips.

If you find turmeric too be too harsh a spice to be used on lips then try the following lip scrub.

Take a teaspoon of honey and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. Then apply this on the lips and leave for 10 minutes. Next using the fingers gently scrub the lips for a minute or two. Next take a cotton pad which has been soaked in warm water and wipe the lips.


Prevent Foot Fungus With This Remedy

Foot fungus can become a severe problem if you don’t treat it. Dryness itching flaking of skin are just a few of the symptoms caused by the fungus.

Fortunately there are a few home remedies that can treat foot fungus. One such remedy is by soaking the affected foot in a basin of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of sea salt into the water. Then using a pumice stone gently scrub the skin and then rinse the foot with clean war water. Pat the foot dry with a clean towel and then spread some Vicks Vapor Rub on the area. Do this every night before going to bed and the foot fungus should be cleared within a few days to a week.


Get Rid Of Rough Dry Skin With Mint and Tomatoes

In China a number of women who take care of their skin turn at times to mint for brightening and softening the appearance of their face. They do this by crushing 4 mint leaves and spreading on clean face. After 15 minutes they rinse the skin with warm water and a wash cloth.

Tomato on the other hand is also a healing skin food which is used on the face by some women throughout many parts of the world to treat an uneven skin tone and smooth out rough dry skin.

The tomato is cut in half and the fleshy part is gently rubbed on the skin for a minute or two and then left on skin for 10 minutes. The face is then rinsed with warm water.
Both treatments should be done at least twice a week.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Want To Get Rid Of Blemishes? Then Try These Face Packs

A herb that’s been noted for promoting healthy skin is mint.

The controversial tomato which some claim is a vegetable and others a fruit is also a popular skin healing natural remedy and is sought after by a number of people who apply it on their skin because of its ability to lighten the skin plus draw out impurities.

Both mint and tomato are also claimed to be ideal to treat blemished skin.

The mint leaves should be made into a paste before applying on skin. Just take a few leaves and grind it along with a little water. Apply the mint paste on skin and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water using a washcloth.

If you choose to use the tomato treatment then take a fully ripe tomato and mash it through a strainer. Take the strained pulp and mix with ½ a teaspoon of organic honey. Spread on clean face and leave on for 15 minutes. Using a wash cloth rinse the skin with warm water.


Treat Split Ends With This Hair Mask

This hair mask is ideal to treat split ends but only try it if you have 40 minutes to spare and a shower cap to cover the hair. The good news is this hair mask is made with only three ingredients – all of which softens the hair and adds luster and shine to it plus strengthens the hair strands.

To make the hair mask add an egg into a clean bowl. Then pour two teaspoons honey and 4 teaspoons olive oil. Beat all the ingredients well with a whisk. Apply on hair and cover with a shower cap.


After 40 minutes rinse hair with warm water and a mild baby shampoo. Do this treatment at least twice a week.

Delay The Appearance Of Fine Lines And Wrinkles With This Face Pack

This pack is ideal for delaying the onset of fines lines and wrinkles.

To make the face pack take a clean bowl and mash ½ a ripe banana in it.

Then mix in ½ teaspoon orange juice, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon yogurt with the banana.

Apply on clean face and leave for 20 minutes.


Next wet a washcloth with warm water and wipe the face clean.

Homemade Green Tea and Cucumber Eye Pads

Whether you have dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyes here’s a recipe to get rid of it the natural way.

All you need is some green tea and cucumber.

First take a teaspoon of green tea and place in a cup. Then pour boiling water over the tea leaves and close the cup with lid. Set aside.

Next peel ¼ of a cucumber and grate it. Add the grated cucumber to a bowl. Then strain the made green tea over the grated cucumber. Stir the ingredients well.

Next take four cotton eye pads and soak into the tea mixture for about 2 to 3 minutes.


Transfer the cotton pads into another clean bowl and refrigerate for an hour or so and then place over each eye for 15 minutes. Do this treatment at least thrice a week if you want beautiful soft healthy looking eyes.

Get Rid Of Dry Rough Skin With A Slice Of Pineapple

Layers and layers of dry rough skin accumulate over time no matter how well we cleanse our face. This is why it’s so important to exfoliate the skin so that such dry rough layers are removed.

One natural way of doing so is to take a slice of pineapple and gently rub ity in circular motions. The enzyme bromelaid which helps to soften the skin while it draws out the dead cells making room for the growth of new skin cells.


So if you want to get rid of dull looking rough dry skin then take a slice of pineapple and gently scrub away for a minute or two and then rinse with warm water. For best results do at night before bedtime.

Stop Hair Fall With This Natural Remedy

Hair fall, split ends and dryness are some of the hair problems a number of us face. Using commercially made hair products which have chemicals that are not hair friendly plus neglecting to care for hair are two main reasons for such hair problems.

One good remedy to trigger hair growth and stop hair fall plus split ends including dry hair is to apply the following mixture on hair an hour before washing.


Mix together 3 warm tablespoons coconut oil and the oil from one Vitamin E capsule. Apply on hair strands and massage for a minute or two. Leave on hair for an hour and then rinse with warm water and a mild baby shampoo.

Worried About Aging Skin? Then Try These Natural Remedies

Every morning drink a warm glass of water on an empty stomach. The water should have 1 teaspoon lemon juice (not lime juice) and 1 teaspoon organic honey added to it.
Thrice a week apply a face pack made with strawberries on the face at night before going to bed. Just take 3 ripe strawberries and mash them. Then apply on clean face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and a washcloth.
You can use almonds and milk instead of strawberries. Take 4 almonds and soak overnight. In the morning add 1 ½ tablespoons of milk and grind the almonds into a paste. Spread on clean face and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water and a washcloth.

Try This Remedy If You Want To Firm Sagging Breasts

Aging and breastfeeding are two reasons why women suffer from sagging breasts.

Wearing the wrong size bra is another reason.

A natural remedy some women use to firm sagging breasts is made with egg yogurt and Vitamin E oil.

To make the treatment break an egg into a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons plain yogurt and 2 teaspoons Vitamin E oil. Whisk all the ingredients together. Apply on clean breasts and leave the mixture on skin for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and a washcloth.

For best results use this treatment twice a week.

Anti-Aging Face Pack Made With Papaya

Here in Sri lanka papaya is a common fruit eaten regularly in many homes because its a health fruit and is available all year round. Papayas are one of the best skin healing fruits out there. Our body can reap its heath benefits whether we eat it or apply it directly on skin.
The enzymes in papaya are highly valued for it helps the digestive system function well. Eating papaya on an empty stomach can help burn fat fast.
Papaya is also a perfect ingredient to use in face mask. An effective anti ageing face mask is one that can be made with papaya, honey and rice flour.
Mix together the following ingredients in a blender until smooth and apply on clean face. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water and a washcloth.
Here are the ingredients to be blended:
2 tablespoons papaya pulp
2 teaspoons rice flour
2 teaspoons honey

How To Use Tomatoes To Get Rid Of Pimples

Tomatoes are a much sought after variety of food to treat acne/pimples.
Tomatoes contain skin friendly ingredients plus are acidic which is good for clearing up acne and pimples. The acid dries out pimples and reduces open pores.
Applying tomato juice or the pulp on face thrice a week can give you the soft clean clear glowing skin you want.
To treat acne/pimples just mash the pulp of a ripe tomato and apply on face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water and a washcloth.
Tomatoes are also a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. These three vitamins have been found to promote clean clear skin void of acne and pimples.

How To Make Your Own Peel Off Mask At Home

Peel off masks are a must for the skin if you suffer from blackheads and pimples. The ingredients used in making a peel off mask has the power to draw out impurities hence leaving the skin clean soft and glowing.
Here’s a homemade peel off mask you can make yourself and all you need is some gelatin, strawberries and water.
But first exfoliate the face by scrubbing it with a mixture that’s been made with a teaspoon of brown sugar and a tablespoon of grated baby soap. This helps to open the pores. Rinse face thoroughly with warm water.
To make the mask Place 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin into a cup. Next pour 2 teaspoons hot water over it slowly and stir until all gelatin has dissolved in the water. Then add 3 finely mashed fresh strawberries.
Next transfer the mixture into a pan and heat on medium low heat until the mixture begins to slightly boil. Remove from heat and allow to slightly cool (should be warm).
Using a face sponge or piece of cotton pad spread the mixture evenly on face avoiding the eyes and lips.
Let the mask dry completely and then peel it off.
A word of caution – do not use if you have sensitive skin.

Get Rid Of Acne and Blackheads With Coriander Leaves

Just like mint leaves coriander leaves are also a skin healing garnish that has the potential to treat skin disorders when eaten or applied directly on skin.

A popular remedy for acne and blackheads is one made with crushed coriander leaves and a pinch of turmeric powder.


To make the treatment take a few coriander leaves and crush it finely in a mortar. Squeeze out the juice into a clean bowl. Add a pinch of turmeric powder to the juice. Then apply on clean face and leave for about 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a wash cloth.

Get Rid Of Rough Dry Toxin Skin With An Orange Peel Bath

Today I stopped over at a friends whose house was filled with the aroma of oranges. There’s something I have to tell you about my friend – she has great looking skin. I asked her why did her house smell like an orange orchard. She told me that she just finished soaking in a warm bath with orange peels.

Orange peels are a great toxin remover for it draws out germs and bacteria from skin plus smoothes away roughness and dryness.

To take an orange peel warm bath first take the peel of 2 oranges and chop them up finely. Then fill a tub with warm water and drop the chopped orange peels in it. Soak in the bath for 20 minutes. Do the treatment at least twice a week for two months and then once a month thereafter for soft glowing clean skin.


The Health Benefits Of A Warm Jasmine Bath

Do you have jasmine flowers growing in your garden? You’re lucky if you do for soaking in a warm bath for 20 minutes which has jasmine flowers added to it can do wonders for the health of the body.

A warm jasmine bath can draw out toxins from the skin plus brings relief to those suffering from hot flashes, headaches, bloating and even cramps due to menstruation.

To prepare the jasmine bath fill the tub with warm water and throw in about 15 to 20 frsh jasmine flowers. Soak in the bath for 20 minutes and pat skin dry.


Bathing in jasmine water at least twice a week is a perfect way to maintain healthy skin and a healthy body and mind.

Egg And Oil Anti Aging Face Pack

Here’s an effective homemade anti-aging face pack which will leave your skin looking youthful and feeling soft smooth and firm. But remember to use it at least twice a week for natural remedies need to be used continuously for some time to see its effects.

To make the face pack beat together 1 egg white with a drop of almond oil. Make sure the face is clean. You can wash the face with some warm water, a mild baby soap and a washcloth. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel and then spread the face pack on skin.

Leave for half an hour and using a wet washcloth which has been soaked in warm water wipe the face clean until there are no traces of the face pack left.

For best results do this treatment at night before going to bed.


Perfect Face Pack For The Summer

Certain face packs are ideal to use in the summer for this is the time our skin tends to get sun burn causing an uneven skin tone and dryness. One such face pack is with curd and lemon juice but for best results use this face pack on skin before going to bed at night.

Our skin tends to repair itself at night as we sleep and curd has the right ingredients to remove dead skin and even dirt and bacteria which are common skin enemies during summer time.


To make the face pack beat together 4 tablespoons curd with 2 drops lemon juice. Apply on clean face and leave for 10 minutes. Next wipe with a wet washcloth which has been soaked in warm water.

Simple Homemade Hair Conditioner For Damaged Hair

Certain fruits like bananas and avocados are a good remedy to treat damaged hair when applied directly on hair. Yet I find such remedies can be quite messy and that’s why when I want to make an all natural conditioner to maintain healthy hair I make one using just two ingredients minus any fruit.

The two ingredients are yogurt and egg white. Both add protein to hair and help to maintain the luster shine and softness of hair when used regularly (atleast once a week).

To make the conditioner beat together 1 egg white with 5 tablespoons plain yogurt.


Apply on hair and massage for a minute or two. Leave for an hour and rinse hair with warm water and a mild baby shampoo.

Get Rid Of Toxins With Mint Green Tea Juice

Our body can become a breeding ground for toxins such as bacteria and germs which can cause a number of health problems including damaged skin and hair. This is why it’s so important to get rid of such toxins and one way is to drink juices that have the power to flush out such germs from the body.

One such tea is mint and green tea juice. This is a really easy juice to make. You need a glass bowl or jug big enough to hold the following ingredients –
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 3 green tea bags


Wait about 5 minutes before discarding the green tea bags and then strain the juice into another jug/bowl.


Next pour into a glass and enjoy. You can add a teaspoon of honey to each glass if you prefer to drink the juice sweet.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Beat Stress With Chamomile Tea

The ancients had it easy unlike us in this era for stress was not a big part of their lives. I’m sure they had to cope with some stress but I believe not as much as many of us who do in this day and age.
Chamomile tea has a soothing effect on the body and mind. That’s why it’s a much sought after tea to help bring down levels of stress. But just like many natural remedies one should use it on a regular basis to see its positive effects.
Drinking at least 2 to 3 cups of chamomile tea a day or even every other day can do wonders in bringing relief to stress.
If you are unable to find chamomile tea in the parts where you live then 1,000 milligrams of Vitamin C is another option. Vitamin C rich foods have been found to be effective in calming stress levels in a person.

Get Rid Of Skin Rashes With This Home Remedy

Our skin is susceptible to skin rashes since bacteria and germs tend to cling onto it easily and will stay there if we don’t take the time to cleanse and exfoliate skin properly. The end result is skin rashes. This is why it’s important to soak in a warm bath for atleast 15 minutes once a week which has ½ cup Epsom salt added to it.
Apart from taking such a bath one should also apply olive oil on skin thrice a week by massaging for a minute or two and leave on overnight. The next morning using a loofah some baby soap and warm water wash the skin.
If you want to get rid of skin rashes the natural way then try this remedy for a week. You are bound to see results.

Get Rid Of Flaky Skin The Natural Way

Find that your skin which was once smooth and soft is now peeling off? Flaky skin is caused by dryness and one way to treat it is by applying fruit packs on the skin.
Bananas and papaya are two proven fruits that help get rid of flaky skin.
To make the banana face pack first mash half a ripe banana in a clean bowl with a teaspoon of curd. Apply on face and leave for 15 minutes. Then wipe face clean with a wet washcloth that has been soaked in warm water.
If you prefer to use papaya you will first have to mash the flesh from ¼ fully ripe papaya (skin and seeds removed) together with ½ teaspoon of honey. Apply on clean skin and keep for 15 minutes. Wipe clean using a wet sponge/face cloth that has been drenched in warm water.
Do the above treatments at least twice a week.

Fight Signs Of Premature Aging With This Rice Milk Face Pack

Yesterday during my morning walk I met a lovely young lady from China. I was taken by surprise when she touched my arm as I passed her and begin chatting with me. We talked about a number of things in that short time and one topic was about her skin.
I complimented her on how lovely her skin was. She told me her secret lies in the food she eats. She happens to consume a lot of soup based meals. Something else she revealed was how white jasmine rice when grinded finely and mixed with water top form a paste and then applied on clean face and left on for 15 minutes and rinsed with warm water can help one have clean soft young looking skin.
So today I went to the store and bought some jasmine rice and made a face pack with it which I applied on the face. After rinsing I saw a difference. My skin did not look so sluggish. I will be using this face pack at least twice a week and hopefully it will help me have a clean clear complexion.

Get Beautiful Soft Looking Hands With This Natural Remedy

Ours hands are one of our most neglected parts of the body apart from our feet. Both help us to get around and do so much of our daily tasks. This is why it’s so important to maintain the health and cleanliness of one’s hands and feet.
Here’s a simple natural remedy to soften dry rough looking hands. Make sure to apply it at night just before going to bed.
To make the remedy take a clean bowl and mix two teaspoons milk powder, two teaspoons lemon/lime juice and two teaspoons honey. Apply on clean hands and leave for 15 minutes. Then using a wet washcloth which has been soaked in warm water wipe the hands clean.
For best results use this remedy at least thrice a week.

Treat Hair Fall With Coconut Milk

I live in a tropical country where coconuts are a plenty.
We use coconut shells for making spoons and a number of other kitchen utensils and will even the burn the coconut shells to be used as fuel.
The coconut water we drink because of the many health benefits it offers the body.
The flesh is scraped into tiny flakes and warm water is added to it and the juice known also known as coconut milk is squeezed out. The milk is used in curries and puddings plus to make a number of other foods or massaged on hair. That’s right some of us are known to take ¼ cup of coconut milk and pour on the hair and massage for about a minute or two. Then leave for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water and a mild baby shampoo. This is a good treatment for hair problems like hair fall.

What Type Of Headache Do You Usually Get

Headaches come and go yet some can be quite painful making it difficult to get any work done. Headaches vary according to the level of pain it gives and how long it lasts. My personal non favorite type of headache is the migraine type. Migraines are sometimes called pulsating headaches and when severe can cause problems with vision trigger feelings of nausea plus fainting and vomiting.
Two spices some people are known to turn to in getting relief from headaches is cinnamon and cloves.
Cinnamon is used to the following way – Take ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder and add enough water to make a paste. Then apply on the forehead and leave for 15 minutes. Wipe with wet washcloth.
Cloves are another spice and all one has to do is take about 6 cloves and crush it. Then wrap in a clean cloth and smell the cloth with the cloves inside a number of times.

Reasons Why You Should Cleanse Your Liver

A healthy body is one that has a clean liver. The liver is an important organ in the body because it helps to get rid of old blood cells which the body no longer needs and remove toxins from the body plus produce bile. Bile helps to digest fat. When the liver can no longer produce bile, fat gets deposited in the liver cells causing fatty liver disease. When this happens the result is obesity and overweight both which can trigger heart disease and stroke.
So if you want to stay healthy and reduce the risk of becoming overweight and suffering from the above mentioned heart diseases then make a point to cleanse your liver and keep it clean so that it can function effectively and you can stay healthy.

Ladies: Get Rid Of Urinary Incontinence With Vaginal Weight Training

I’m sure a number of you ladies who are reading this post suffer or know someone who suffers from urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence can be quite embarrassing since the sufferer has no control of bladder leakage which gets triggered by coughing sneezing or laughing. Urinary incontinence is common in women who have weak pelvic muscles.
Well the good news is there is a way to treat it by strengthening those muscles using tiny weights. These weights known as vaginal weights are now being recommended by a number of doctors for women who suffer from such weak muscles.