December 20, 2014

7 Essential Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a term that you are probably familiar with by now, especially with the many varieties of aromatherapy massage now popularly sold at leading salons and spas all over the world. However, what you may not have realized is that aromatherapy is an age-old practice that can be used at home to treat a number of common and even serious ailments.
Aromatherapy is a healing therapy that uses the essential oils of plants to soothe and treat countless illnesses. The first recorded use of essential oils was more than 6000 years ago as a staple of the Egyptian culture and healing system. Today, aromatherapy is becoming popular for providing the same benefits in our culture, with one of the most common uses being for relaxation and stress relief.
To get you started on your home aromatherapy treatment, here are the top seven benefits that you can expect from using aromatherapy:
1. Improved mood. Rosemary is an essential oil that has been proven to boost the mood and offer feelings of contentment. Even better, this essential oil provides a positive benefit in overall mood and performance by reducing the stress hormone cortisol in the body. At the very least, rosemary in aromatherapy can be used on a regular basis to relieve stress, induce relaxation, and prevent anxiety.
2. Get a better night's sleep! If you find yourself tossing and turning every night and even sleeping pills won't help you to relax, aromatherapy may be the answer that you have been looking for. Aromatherapy is quite helpful for treating sleep disorders, and it is one of the fastest growing alternative therapies in the Western world. The topical use of essential oils will stimulate the limbic system in the brain that controls emotion and mood, meaning that aromatherapy can effectively induce calm, relaxation, and a deep sleep so that you can wake up feeling refreshed.
3. Improve your complexion. Many aestheticians would agree that aromatherapy is a powerful tool to alleviate a number of skin conditions, especially dry and flaky skin. If dry and flaky skin is left untreated, it can cause premature wrinkling and signs of age. For this reason, aromatherapy is helpful to keep the skin youthful, moist, and balanced, and it will also improve even more serious conditions of the skin, like eczema and psoriasis. Many essential oils provide anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce dryness and irritation and calm red and rough skin.
4. Relieve chronic asthma. If you are having difficulty with constant wheezing and coughing caused by asthma, when used wisely and under professional care, aromatherapy can often free asthmatic lungs of irritation. Wheezing is caused by pushing air through swollen bronchial passages, which frequently results in an asthma attack. Professional aromatherapy treatment can provide asthma relief in between these attacks by rubbing anti-histamine and decongestant essential oils, like ginger and peppermint, directly on the chest.
5. Treat nausea and stomach problems. If you suffer with constant digestive issues, like stomach pain, intestinal gas, belching, and nausea, all of the above can be quickly relieved with aromatherapy. In fact, using essential oils for stomach issues in children is a helpful home remedy for any young kids who have difficulty swallowing medicine. Aromatherapy targets the first stage of digestion by signaling the brain that food is on the way to create the immediate response of flowing digestive juices to alleviate a number of stomach issues. Aromatherapy also provides the added benefit of relieving stress and anxiety overall, which is often the cause of nausea and a queasy stomach.
6. Reduce the symptoms of PMS. PMS is something that many women struggle with on a monthly basis, and it can often cause a series of emotional and physical problems. PMS symptoms vary individually from woman to woman, and if you have very severe symptoms around the time of your period, aromatherapy may be the perfect answer. It is helpful to take an aromatic bath or get a massage with essential oils to reduce symptoms like depression, mood swings, irritability, and even bloating and tenderness.
7. Get rid of a bladder infection. Bladder infections are more common than you may realize, especially in women. Fortunately, aromatherapy provides several essential oils to take care of this issue, such as sandalwood, chamomile, tea tree, and juniper berry. However, it is important to use trained aromatherapy techniques for this treatment because treating with too much juniper berry could cause irritation to the kidneys if administered incorrectly. A bladder infection can be quickly treated using aromatherapy by applying the essential oils in a compress over the bladder or taking an aromatherapy bath scented with essential oils.
As you can see, aromatherapy is a legitimate and effective alternative healing therapy. If you are struggling with any of the above issues and are sick of taking medications or using other forms of treatment, aromatherapy offers a gentle substitute that will alleviate numerous illnesses and concerns. Even more importantly, all of the benefits of using aromatherapy listed above are just the beginning since aromatherapy has been proven to treat countless physical and emotional issues!
It is highly important to have legitimate training for the use of aromatherapy since using some essential oils improperly could cause sickness or irritation. Perhaps the simplest way to benefit from aromatherapy is in the form of a massage or bath, which will also provide you with a multitude of relaxation benefits. If you are new to aromatherapy, you can first try out aromatherapy massage from a massage therapist, which will integrate specific essential oils to target any physical or emotional problems you may be struggling with. On top of that, you will receive the anti-stress benefits of massage to relax your muscles, improve circulation, and flush dangerous toxins from your body.
Aromatherapy is a versatile and user-friendly form of healing that offers a long list of home remedies to maintain your health without paying for expensive medications or doctor's visits! Additionally, aromatherapy will also give you the much needed stress relief that you have been looking for to relax and improve your health from the inside out.
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December 17, 2014

Home Remedies For Dandruff - Fruitful Way To Treat Dandruff

Dandruff is a very common hair problem these days. One in two people is plagued by dandruff problem. Dandruff affects the skin of the head or scalp and results in flaking of the scalp. The flakes look like snow flakes and fall off, littering the shoulders and face. People with dandruff are often embarrassed because of the problem. They avoid wearing dark clothes, for it makes the dandruff flakes prominent on their shoulders. Bacterial or fungal attack is the main cause of dandruff. More accurately, the fungus Malasezia furfur leads to dandruff or excessive scaling and flaking of scalp. The other factors triggering dandruff problem are malnutrition, yeasts infection, use of alkaline soaps and shampoos, zinc and calcium deficiencies etc.
Dandruff results in intense itching and spreads from person to person by means of direct or indirect contact like sharing combs, towels, garments etc. Dandruff falls in to two categories: waxy dandruff and dry dandruff. In case of waxy dandruff, the dandruff mingles with sebum or oil and sticks to the scalp in the form of thick scattered patches. Dry dandruff; on the other hand, occurs in the form of loose flakes that can be dusted off easily. Dry dandruff often gets trapped in the upper layers of hair. Dandruff problem is often mistaken for dry scalp problem; but they are not the same.
Home Remedies
1. Use apple cider vinegar for the final rinse while washing hair. This checks dandruff problem.
2. Mix 2 tablespoon cosmetic vinegar and 6 tablespoons hot water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and dab affected scalp with it. Keep overnight. Next morning wash hair with herbal shampoo or mild baby shampoo. This is a fruitful way to treat dandruff.
3. Massage heated olive oil on sesame oil on scalp followed by the wrapping of hot towel on the head for sometime. This is a proven dandruff cure.
4. Massaging scalp with almond oil for 5 minutes and then allowing it to stay for sometime also expels dandruff successfully.
5. Apply a mixture of curd, lime juice and Indian gooseberry juice on scalp. Keep overnight. Next morning wash off hair with herbal shampoo. This is an effective home remedy for dandruff.
6. Washing hair with the powder of green gram is a solution to dandruff problem
7. Rinse hair with lime juice. Use the juice for the final rinse. This is a popular dandruff remedy.
8. Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight. In the morning make a paste of the seeds and apply on affected scalp. Keep for 45 minutes and then wash off with herbal shampoo. This helps to prevent dandruff.
9. Hot stream bath is a useful dandruff remedy.
10. Enough exposure of the affected scalp to sunlight cures dandruff problem.
11. Massage scalp with snake gourd juice. This relieves dandruff problem.
12. Combine beet root juice, ginger juice and cider vinegar. Apply the mixture on scalp. This ensures the release from dandruff problem.
13. Mix coconut oil with 1/100 of black pepper and apply on scalp. This puts an end to dandruff problem.
14. Application of a mixture of beet root juice and henna on scalp also yields rewarding results.
15. Soak the peel of lime in coconut milk or any oil and leave it out in sun for 10 days. Later massage the milk or oil on scalp to get rid of dandruff.
16. Mix pure apple juice with thrice the quantity of warm water and rub the mixture on scalp. This is a beneficial anti-dandruff remedy.By:
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December 13, 2014

Top Winter Skin Care Tips

Keep Your Skin Hydrated: Always drink plenty of water so as to keep your skin moist and supple. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables so as to retain water in your body. Also apply coconut oil to your skin before taking bath to treat your dull skin.
Drink Less Coffee, colas, tea and alcohol:
In winter, drinking coffee and alcohol make your body loose water more easily and your skin to become dry and chapped. Avoid it, if possible.
Indoor Humidifiers to Raise Moisture:
Placing several humidifiers or bowls of water in your home or in your office may prevent dryness in the air and keep it humid. This can also prevent your skin from getting dried and itchy.

Avoid Using Soap:
Do not use soap; it makes your skin dry. Instead, apply a paste of green gram powder or moisturizing cleanser regularly for that soft and supple skin.

Use Oil-Based Moisturizer Regularly: Use an oil-based moisturizer, particularly that comes in ointment form, to protect yourself from moisture loss. In humid condition, this ointment containing 80% oil and 20% water and forms a protective covering on your skin.

Take Precaution While Going Out:
While going out for a long time, cover any visible part of your skin like face, arms, legs, neck with a thick coating of moisturizing broad-spectrum sunscreen with 15 SPF. You should consider taking your dermatologist advice while choosing the right sunscreen for your particular skin type. It does not mean that you have to buy a costly product. David Boron, MD, a dermatologist in Arcadia, feels that inexpensive products work just well as expensive products. What should be of importance to you is how your skin reacts to that product.

Wear Gloves:
When going outside, wear gloves. When wearing woolen clothes, as a precaution, wear loose-fitting cotton gloves next to your skin.

Wear Loose-Fitting Cotton Clothes Next to Your Skin: While dressing for winter, the most important point to remember is that when you dress in layers you sweat. In addition, your body also produces heat. Over heating of your body makes your skin sensitive to become itchy and dry. To prevent this, wear loose-fitting cotton clothes next to your skin. You can wear layers of woolen or winter clothes on top of it to fight cold.

Regularly Exfoliate Your Dry Skin : In winter, regularly exfoliate twice a week so as to remove the dead cells and to open the skin pores to absorb more moisture.

Do not fight winter. Take proper skin care and enjoy the winter in all its glory with glowing and soft skin! 
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December 12, 2014

Often we may shudder at the thought of losing all our hair. In this hectic, stressful modern life, there is every possibility of the nightmare to get translated in to reality. Thus we must exercise extra caution and devote quality time to hair care. Moreover a head full of glossy, thick tresses not only add to our good looks but also is a sign of health and general wellbeing. These days our hair is exposed to several hair foes that act on our hair damaging it, making it lusterless and frizzy. Thus damaged hair problem is quite common in the modern times.

Normally our hair is composed of proteins and consists of 3 layers: medulla, cortex and cuticle. Wearing out of the protective protein bond and roughening and opening up of cuticles lead to damaged hair. Physically damaged hair is rough and dry to touch. It is prone to entangling, chipping or breaking off and it tends to get split ends. It may lead to dandruff and loss of hair. The factors triggering the frustrating hair problem may be listed as follows: 1. Low water intake
2. Intake of a diet deficient in essential nutrients
3. Excessive hairstyling with the help of heat styling tools like hot rollers, flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers etc.
4. Excessive use of harsh styling chemicals like bleach, hair dyes, relaxers, straighteners, perms etc.
5. Stress
6. Infrequent oiling
7. Certain hairstyles like braids etc.
8. Pollution
9. Washing with chlorine water
10. Infrequent use of shampoos and conditioners
11. Friction due to excessive combing or while sleeping
12. Much exposure to sunlight or Ultra-violet solar radiation.
13. Excessive exposure to cold, dry, wintry winds.
Home Remedies

1. Apply yoghurt on hair generously from root to tip and wash hair after 40 minutes. This sufficiently nourishes hair and rescues you from damaged hair problem.
2. Blend the yolk of 1 egg, 1 teaspoon honey and 3 teaspoons olive oil or almond oil. Use the mixture as a hair pack on damp hair. Wash it after 30 minutes. You can also mix egg white and in to lukewarm water and whip for sometime. Apply the mixture on hair dampened with warm water. After 30 minutes, rinse off with cold water. Egg, being a natural conditioner, nourishes and repairs damaged hair.
3. Mix equal parts of castor oil, almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil. Massage your hair regularly for 30 minutes with the mixture. Leave it on hair for few hours before washing. This is highly beneficial in treating damaged hair.
4. Massage hair thoroughly with heated, melted mayonnaise for 30 minutes daily. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. This will quickly fix the problem of dry, damaged hair. You can also apply mayonnaise on hair, keep it overnight for better penetration and wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo.
5. Mix the pulp of an over-ripe banana, pulp of few avocadoes and few drops of olive oil. Apply on hair and leave for 20 minutes. Then rinse off with lukewarm water. This is an effective home remedy for damaged hair.
6. Blend the juice of 1 lime and 5 spoons of honey. Apply the mixture on hair. Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off. This sufficiently moisturizes hair and mends damaged hair
7. A jojoba oil massage is a good damaged hair cure. Jojoba oil may also be used as base oil along with the aromatic essential oils like lavender, juniper, or bergamot.
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December 11, 2014

Liver Problems - What are the Symptoms?

Liver problems can range from mild liver congestion to a serious liver disease. Depending on the problem, many people are unaware they have a liver problem and may only have vague symptoms. One of the most common symptoms is chronic tiredness. These people generally feel lethargic and sluggish during the day, especially in the morning.
Due to the fact that the liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body and has many roles, there are a number of problems that can occur with the liver. The three main categories these problems fall into are:
1. Disease of the liver cells
2. Problems producing or secreting bile
3. Problems with detoxification
How do you know if you have a liver problem?
Tests are available through standard pathology labs that measure liver enzymes, total protein, albumin and bilirubin. Although these tests are called liver 'function' tests, they indicate whether the liver is damaged rather than how it is functioning. In other words, they are used to detect liver diseases, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis as well as liver cells being damaged from viruses, bacteria, alcohol, drugs and so on. These tests are not useful in detecting mild problems with liver congestion and sluggish detoxification. This is best done by observing your symptoms. However, it is important to consult your practitioner and have the tests performed anyway, just to rule out the possibility of liver disease.
An ultrasound can detect if there is a blockage in the bile duct. This is most commonly caused by the presence of gallstones in the biliary duct. It is estimated that around 10-20% of people over 40 years of age have gallstones and their presence is linked to a high fat, low fibre diet. The presence of gallstones in the bile duct typically causes nausea and pain. Bile flow can also be impaired through the liver, however this can be difficult to detect with standard testing.
General symptoms that can indicate a liver problem
  • Feel tired and unrefreshed when you wake up
  • Energy levels fluctuate throughout the day, with your tiredness becoming worse around mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Frequent headaches
  • Bad breath, digestive problems, bloating, gas, indigestion
  • Allergies and intolerances to foods that are worsening as time goes on
  • Reactions to many chemicals including cleaning products, petrol, paint, perfumes, bleaches, et
  • Problems digesting fatty/creamy/oily foods. They can make you feel unwell, nauseous or cause heart burn and reflux
  • A yellowish tinge to the skin, eyes and palms of the hand
  • Reactions to drugs, in particular headache tablets, antibiotics and anti-histamines
  • An intolerance to alcohol. Either you get drunk very quickly or you have bad hangovers that are out of proportion to the amount of alcohol you have drunk
  • Caffeine gives you a strong buzz and can keep you awake for hours
  • When you eat asparagus, you have a funny smell in your urine
  • Skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, general rashes, itchy skin
  • Hot flushes that feel as if they rise up from the torso towards the head
  • You frequently wake up around 1-3am in the morning
  • Please note: The information in this article is not intended to take the place of a personal relationship with a qualified health practitioner nor is it intended as medical advice.
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    December 09, 2014

    Wrinkle Treatment is the New Beauty Mantra To Stay Young!

    Growing age is always a scary thought for everyone. As your age increases, your skin will become loose and can lead to wrinkles. Mostly women are very much worried about wrinkles which can make them to look older than their age.

    With proper care and treatment you can avoid wrinkles. If you really want to look more stunning in your old age, then just follow guide lines given below for wrinkle treatment.

    The first and fore most thing you need to do is, avoid exposure of your skin to sun, to avoid UV rays, which can cause damage to your skin. Do not neglect to apply sunscreen lotion while going out. Try to cover your body as much as possible without exposing it to sun and pollution.

    Drink lots of water. It removes the unwanted materials like fat and other oily substances and helps to keep your skin hydrated always. In cooler or dry atmospheres, apply moisturizing cream to your skin.

    Home remedies to avoid wrinkles:

    • Olive oil shows better results in wrinkle treatment. Massage your skin with olive oil gently and regularly. Always massage in opposite direction of wrinkles.

    • Carrot juice is very effective in healing wrinkles. Take a glass full of carrot juice daily for two weeks. You can find a lot of change in your skin.
    • Apply the paste of ripen papaya on your face for some time and then take bath. Repeating this process daily will not only help in wrinkle treatment but also makes your skin glowing.

    • Cucumber also helps in the treatment of wrinkles around eyes. Place a piece of cucumber on both of your eyes. It not only cures wrinkles but also gives relaxation to your eyes.

    • Maintain a good diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to look more fresh and young.

    • Avoid strain, stress and tension and keep your self active always.

    • Take few drops of lemon and mix it with cream of milk. Wash your face with warm water and wipe it with hard cloth or rough towel and then apply the mixture of cream and lemon to your face and leave it for half an hour. By doing this for up to 15 or 20 days regularly, your face will be free from wrinkles and black spots.

    • Cold water also helps in avoiding wrinkles. Do not wipe the face immediately; rather you pat it with dry hands.

    Some advanced treatments for wrinkles:

    • Low energy plasma skin regeneration treatment: In this treatment, new skin is developed on targeted area with the help of stimulated energy. This treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

    • Laser treatment for wrinkles: This is the advanced technique used for wrinkle treatment which uses carbon dioxide laser for treating wrinkles.

    • Cosmetic surgery is also an advanced invention for wrinkle treatment. In this treatment, wrinkles are treated by surgery.

    Wrinkles can be delayed, but cannot be avoided. So never expect complete transformation, just follow the given tips to look younger than your age.By
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    December 03, 2014

    Rowatinex For Kidney Stone Treatment

    Effective kidney stone treatment is like the holy grail for stoneformers or people that are suffering from kidney stones. Kidney Stone is one of the most common reason for hospital emergency room visit. Passing a kidney stone can give you an extreme pain sensation, it has been said to be ten times more painful than natural child birth.
    There are medical procedures that can help remove the kidney stone from a patient, procedures like Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is non evasive and can surely help the patient relieved from the stone. However, these procedures are expensive and will not guarantee that you will not have another stone attack.
    People who have experience the pain of passing a stone will absolutely dread another painful experience, but unfortunately, there will be a greater chance of forming another stone after you've had your first. There is absolute cure for kidney stone, there is no procedure that will make a stoneformer free of another stone attack. But the very least a person can do is do a lifestyle change and to lessen the frequency of stone attacks and to deal with this painful crystals while they are very small and can be dissolved.
    As a certified stoneformer, I live in horror for another painful stone attack. I little pain in the back makes me so scared that it will into a pain like a bus hitting me over and over again. So I'm in constant search for an effective kidney stone treatment, I find that besides living healthy and drinking tons of water a day, taking rowatinex is an effective maintenance treatment
    ROWATINEX is a diuresis that relaxes the urinary tract and assist in passing and dissolving of stones. If you were diagnosed with stones and the stone is less than 5mm your urologist might advise you to just go home drink fluids, take pain medications and wait for the stone to pass, which you will be lucky if it passes in the next few hours some stones will not pass for a few weeks. But luckily I found a good Urologist who did not only advised me to take water and pain medications, he also prescribed Rowatinex that he said will dissolved my stones and he was right, I never saw the stone pass and the pain was gone the next day, the next month during my Kidney Ureter Ultrasound, the stone was completely gone, and it was a 3mm stone.
    That was my third stone attack in 5 months. I was then advised by my Urologist to take Rowatinex for 1 week, 2 capsules a day every months to avoid crystal build up. And I have never had another stone attack for over 2 years since then. So believe this little round capsules does miracles.
    This medicine does not have any side effects and all of its components are safe, it is even safe for pregnant and lactating moms. So if you are a kidney stone sufferer, I suggest you ask your urologist about RowatinexBy
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    December 01, 2014

    Top 5 Homemade Acne Masks

    While many people are suffering from acne only a few of us have the knowledge to make our own acne treatment that helps us reduce our acne problems. With this short guide you will find out how to make homemade acne mask from few simple ingredients that are present at almost every home. For easier start we have selected top five acne mask recipes which you can use for your endless struggle with acne.
    Acne Mask #1: Salt Mask
    This one of the easiest homemade acne masks that you can make. To make it you need sea salt or cooking salt and some water. You put the salt in the water for 20 minutes then apply the mask to acne spots and leave it on for 10-30 minutes. Salt cleans the skin and dries acne spots which makes it perfect treatment for acne scars. If you have the option then go to swim in the sea and you do not even have to make the mask, you just swim in it and enjoy the natural acne treatment.
    Acne Mask #2: Baking Soda
    Another easy homemade acne mask which makes miracles for some of us when it comes to acne treatment. To make this mask all you need is water and baking soda. First clean acne spots with preferred cleanser (skin cleanser that you use normally will do the task), then mix the water and baking soda and apply the mixture on acne spots. Leave the mixture on for a while, do some household chores, read a book, go on internet, talk to your friends, watch television or do whatever makes you happy and then rinse the mask off your face. When soda mask will be removed you can feel how soft and clean is your skin. This treatment does not work the same for everyone, while some see drastic improvement in their acne treatment, others do not see any results. It depends on a person and skin type but if you find this mask suitable and efficient repeat the treatment several times a week for few weeks and you can say good bye to acne.
    Acne Mask #3: Yogurt Mask
    If two masks mentioned above were easy to make here is the third simple homemade acne mask that everyone can make. It consists of Yogurt and Honey and does not need a lot of preparation.
    Take one teaspoon of honey and heat it up a little so it becomes softer (if you have dry skin ad additional teaspoon of honey for better effect). Then mix the honey with one tablespoon of natural yogurt which is medium fat (do not use low or non-fat yogurt). Mix the ingredients at room temperature for a while. When it is prepared apply it to acne spots that you wish to treat. Leave it on 10-20 minutes and then was it off with washcloth. If this acne mask helps you, try to use it several times a week and get rid of acne fast.
    Acne Mask #4: Oatmeal and Onion Mask
    This is a bit more complicated homemade acne mask than the masks I mentioned previously but its efficiency is very promising. You might dislike the smell of onion but you have the results in mind while setting aside the pleasure. Peel one medium sized onion and shred it until you get a puree. Cook ½ cup of plain (non-sweet) Oatmeal, when cooked set it aside to cool down and add the onion puree. When the mixture is cold apply it to your face and leave it on for 5-15 minutes. If the mask is not thick enough to stay on your face then you might add some honey to make it more sustainable. Then slowly rinse it off and wash your face. If you did not use the whole mask for treatment you can store it in refrigerator for 5-7 days before it gets old.
    Acne Mask #5: Egg White Mask
    This is the last but not least simple homemade acne mask. It is called the Egg white mask because you have to remove the yolk from the egg whites. No other preparation is needed. When yolk is separated you can put it away and take only egg whites. Then whip the white part until you have a dense paste. For people with oily skin it is advisable to apply some lemon juice and mix it with a paste to achieve a better effect. Clean your face and gently apply the mask. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with warm water or washcloth. After using this mask your skin will be tightened and red spots will be cleared.
    Well what are you waiting? Decide which mask do you prefer and start treating your acne now. If one homemade acne mask does not help you, there is always a chance to try another one. Probably it will take some time before you find the one that suits you most and helps you get rid of acne but you have a lot of masks to choose from.By  
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    November 27, 2014

    All of us have at one stage or another suffered from an ingrown nose hair. Ingrown and ingrown nose hair can be an embarrassing, annoying and painful subject. Ingrown hair is caused by skin suffering from a lack of moisture. Other factors which can also contribute to ingrown hair are: Embedded oil in the hair follicles and the built-up of dead skin cells in the pores. Coarse curly hair growing in a curved hair follicle can also be a culprit and can cause ingrown hair.
    There are a few effects of ingrown hair including constant swelling and tenderness. Inflammation can result. You can also experience itching or tingling and have mild or severe pain. An infected ingrown hair can rupture and results in bleeding.
    How to remove ingrown nose hair safely and effectively
    An ingrown nose follicle is not easy to treat or remove. The nose area is a bit small and it's difficult to see inside your nostril. Follow these easy steps and you'll soon be rid of this nasty little fellow.
    1. First dab a clean, disinfected cloth in as hot as you can handle water.
    2. Gently rub the cloth over the infected area to soften and open up the hair follicle.
    3. Then apply a little pressure and pinch the area slightly.
    4. When the ingrown hair and ugly stuff are removed, disinfect the area with a mild disinfectant.
    5. If you can see a hair sticking out, you can use a tweezers to gently pluck the hair out. Use tweezers carefully around your nostrils and proceed with caution.
    Always use a good quality stainless steel tweezers. Treat the nose are with sensitivity and you'll soon be free from ingrown nose hair.
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    November 26, 2014

    Hepatitis A - The Common Jaundice

    Most of us are aware of and have probably been vaccinated against hepatitis B. Given the fact that so many of us are protected from hepatitis B, have you ever wondered why we still have so many cases of jaundice especially in the months of summers and monsoons?

    The reason is jaundice due to poor food, water and sanitation, meaning hepatitis A and hepatitis E virus.

    The most important thing to realize that taking hepatitis B vaccination will not protect you against these forms of jaundice since they are caused by a different virus.

    Hepatitis means inflammation (swelling) of the liver. While there are many infections that can cause this, in India the commonest cause in children and one of the most common causes in adults is Hepatitis A. If symptoms are present, they usually occur abruptly and may include:
    - fever,
    - tiredness,
    - loss of appetite,
    - nausea,
    - abdominal discomfort,
    - dark urine, and
    - jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

    Symptoms usually last less than 2 months; a few persons are ill for as long as 6 months. The average incubation period (i.e., time taken from transmission from one person to the other) for hepatitis A is 28 days (range: 15-50 days).
    The diagnosis can be made with a blood test (IgM Hepatitis A antibody- cost approx($10). Rs. 600), since the symptoms of all types of hepatitis are the same. Other tests like the liver function tests are useful in finding out the extent of the disease.

    Treatment is essentially supportive, and with adequate rest and minimum use of anti-fever and anti - vomiting medicines a patient should generally recover within 15- 30 days. However 15 % of patients (mostly adults) may have a prolonged course of illness lasting even as long as 6-9 months!

    Prevention rests on maintaining a good personal hygiene. Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing or eating food. Avoid outside food and water especially food that is undercooked/ uncooked (like salad etc.). Since proper food and water in India is still a pipe-dream, a more feasible way is to take the Hepatitis A vaccine. This is a very safe and highly effective vaccine (more than 90 % effective) with no major side-effects. It can be given to anyone above 1 year of age. Two doses are needed for life long protection and these need to be given 6 months apart. The vaccine is effective a month after the first dose is given.By
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    November 25, 2014

    Know the Benefits of Jogging

    Jogging is similar to walking in that it can be done anytime and anywhere and involves either one person or many. Again, like walking, jogging also conditions the heart, improves your muscle tone and strength, and relieves stress, besides also dealing with osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease.

    Getting started: Speak to your doctor before setting off on a jogging program. Go for a brisk walk or a slow run to warm up and then do a couple of stretching exercises. Slowly, build up a comfortable jogging pace. Ideally, you should land on the ball of your heel and push off from your toes.

    Jogging helps to reduce stubborn belly fat. Stubborn fat can be very hard to shift, and a running program can really help to cut down on the last of your stubborn fat.

    If you suffer from poor appetite, jogging will improve your appetite. Along with all other forms of exercise - the harder you work, the more you need to eat to repair your muscles and refuel them. When you start to run longer distances you will start to eat to fuel your body, and may even find that you need to eat more food everyday, than you did when you were overweight.
    Stress reduction. Do you feel like the whole world is collapsing on top of you? I think everyone does at one stage or another. If you keep positive, it will pass. Aerobic exercise is a great way to keep positive. When you are stressed, it is important to get enough sleep. Exercisers actually go to sleep faster, are more refreshed when they wake up, and have sharper memories. Exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, bringing extra sugar and oxygen, which can help when concentrating.

    Casual Running - The majority of runners do it casually for the physical, social, and mental benefits. Casual runners usually love accessibility of running -- you don't need any fancy equipment and you can do it almost anywhere. And it's never too late to start running, as many people who have taken up the sport in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s have proved.

    Stress relief is another huge benefit of jogging. Whether by allowing you the time to think about life's problems or time to escape them for awhile, tension easily flies by the wayside as you fly over the miles. Distance runs are great for solving problems that are nagging at you. What better than a 3 hour run all by yourself to clear your mind and allow you to pin down an answer? Speed runs are great for tearing through aggression and anger. Focus all that emotion into a few sprints and you'll feel better in no time.

    You must jog for at least 20 minutes before you will start to burn fat so for beginners it is recommended that you run for 25-30 minutes continuously. If this is not possible make sure you walk briskly and try to extend the duration to 45 minutes or 60 minutes. Another option is to jog in intervals so try jogging for 5 minutes and walking for 2 minutes. Increase how long you run for as your fitness improves. Try adding 5 minutes on each week or every second week. Aim to run for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Your maximum jogging time might end up being 1 to 2 hrs but you should have some rest days or some shorter days in between your maximum long jogs. By:
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    November 23, 2014

    How to Prevent a Dry, Bloody Nose in the Winter

    As the coldest months of the winter begin to make their ominous approach, so too does the impending threat of a dry, bloody nose. The threat is much worse for those who spend most of their time in a warm climate and make trips to have recently moved to a cold weather climate, as well as those who venture high into the mountains to make use of the snow for a skiing or snowboarding adventure. Thankfully, there are ways to combat it and treat it so as to have a pain-free and comfortable winter season.
    The first step is preventative measures. These tips are especially important for those coming from warm climates, especially those that are humid, as the change from warm and wet to cold and dry can immediately turn a comfortable nose into a painful one. One of the best ways is to invest in a humidifier, which can keep the room moist enough to prevent the dry air from drying out your nose, which can lead to nose bleeds and pain. Humidifiers can be cheap or expensive, though you don't need to spend a ton of money to find an effective one.
    Other possible ways to prevent the nose from drying out is to purchase a saline nose spray that can be used several times throughout the day. This will keep your nasal passages moist and lubricated, which helps to prevent nasal mucus from drying out and hardening, which can lead to pain, discomfort, and a bloody nose. If your nose has already dried out, the nasal spray can be used to moisten the nasal mucus and allow you to more efficiently blow your nose and expel it.
    Other simple tips include taking a hot shower (as hot as you can tolerate), which allows the room to fill up with steam. If you'd prefer to not take a shower, you can use a tea kettle or boil some water and breathe in the fumes. The extra humidity and heat will loosen the nasal mucus, allowing you to blow your nose and clear your nasal passages.
    When you sleep at night, using the humidifier in conjunction with nasal spray can be helped with the use of nasal strips. These small pieces of plastic or fabric are placed on the outside of the nose and hold the nasal passages open while you sleep. This not only increases your ability to breathe but can prevent frequent snoring as well.
    Spring and summer may be horrible seasons for allergy sufferers, but winter doesn't discriminate. If you have yet to acclimate yourself to cold weather, it is best to follow the aforementioned steps to prevent yourself from having an uncomfortable and painful winter season.By
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