Saturday, 31 October 2015
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Hot Lemon Juice Water
The way you start each day is incredibly important. Whether you're a mom, a coach, a writer, a small business owner or a yoga teacher.
what you do first thing in the morning matters.
According to Ayurvedic philosophy, choices that you make regarding your daily routine either build up resistance to disease or tear it down.
Ayurveda invites us to get a jump-start on the day by focusing on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature's rhythms, balance the doshas and foster self-esteem alongside self-discipline.
Your mind may say you have to check emails, take the dog out, get the kids out the door, that you can't be late for work or that you just don't have enough time to cultivate your own morning rituals.
But, if you can only make time for one ritual that will improve your health, let it be this.....
Start the day out with a mug of warm water and the juice of half a lemon.
It's so simple and the benefits are just too good to ignore. Warm water with lemon:
1. Boosts you're immune system
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they're alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
3. Helps with weight loss
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen AMA, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can't perform all of it's proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don't want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!
Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don't be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.
Like I said, the recipe is really simple - a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Learn about these 15 helpful uses for baby oil!
In contrast to the popular joke, baby oil is not made of babies, it is actually a byproduct of the oil refining process. Baby oil is a fantastic lubricant for massaging and nurturing the skin of the baby, but it has many other uses that can benefit the adult, some of which may surprise you.
1. Clogged ears
Drip a few drops of warm baby oil into the clogged ear. Lay on your side or make sure the ear is in a horizontal position, and gently drip. Let it stay like this for a few minutes and then reverse your head and let it dribble out, cleaning the ear with a paper towel.
2. Cracked heels
To treat dry and cracked heels, rub a little baby oil before bed time. Cover your legs with socks to keep the bed sheets and blankets from getting dirty.
3. Removing a stubborn ring
To remove a ring from your finger that just won't budge, use baby oil as a lubricant. Smear a generous amount on your finger and gently start turning the ring, until it slides off.
4. Removing bandages and Band-Aids
If you have sensitive skin, reduce the discomfort by smearing a coat of baby oil on the sticky parts of the bandage. Start peeling the bandage gently, until it is removed.
5. Removing paint
If you've used paint and got dirty, spill some baby oil and rub, then wash with soap and water for full removal of the stain.
6. Removing stickers from purchased items
If the price sticker won't come off (or leaves half of it behind), smear a bit of baby oil on the sticker until you see it absorb, then wipe with a soft cloth for an immediate and easy removal of the stubborn sticker.
7. Removing make-up
Baby oil can be an efficient tool for removing eye make-up, and also soften the skin around the eyes - doubly useful.
Use baby oil to massage parts of the body. Baby oil is refined and adds moisture to the skin. It also makes the massage feel much nicer.
9. Preventing stretch marks
Baby oil helps soften the skin and prevents stretch marks during pregnancy.
10. Maintaining moisture
After a hot bath or shower, keep the moisture on your skin and prevent skin dryness by smearing baby oil on your skin while it's still moist. Be sure to smear in the area of the elbows, the knees and the heels.
11. Unraveling knots
If your silver or gold necklace has become a big knot, use baby oil to unravel the knots. Simply drip a bit of the oil directly on the knot, then use sewing needles to gently open the knot. It should be much easier now that the links slide instead of stick together.
12. Aromatic bath oil
Instead of spending a lot of money on expensive cosmetics for the bath, add a few drops of perfume to a 1/4 cup of baby oil and mix. When you step into the bath, shake the bottle well and pour a few drops in.
13. Returning luster to leather items
Return the shine to old handbags, wallets, shoes and belts. Drip a bit of baby oil on a soft cloth and wipe the leather items. After rubbing, remove the leftover oil and rub again with a clean cloth. The items will shine like new!
14. Cleaning stainless steel sinks.
Drip a bit of baby oil onto a soft cloth and shine the stainless steel sink. You can also use this technique to remove stains from stainless steel electrical appliance and bathroom accessories.
15. Getting rid of water and soap stains on the shower door
If you have a shower door that is constantly stained by water and soap marks that won't come off, a bit of baby oil and a clean cloth should get rid of those for you!
Sunday, 25 October 2015
How To Protect Your Hair
Hair fall creeps up on you slowly and chances are that you address the problem only when it is severe. Several factors could lead to it, including genes, lifestyle, diet and hair care routine. While you can’t control factors such as heredity, you can definitely make certain modifications to prevent this problem from aggravating.
There are certain hair oils for hair loss that have excellent nourishing properties. Although growing back lost hair is a tall order, the judicious use of these hair oils can help you stem further hair loss and give your hair that volume and a healthy sheen.
Probably one of the best oils for hair loss, coconut oil penetrates well within the hair shaft and prevents hair from losing moisture by acting as a sealant. As a result, hair is less likely to suffer damage and stays dense as well as strong. It also protects your hair from other infections of the scalp as the lauric acid in this oil has a significant action against viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Know other beauty benefits of coconut oil.
Sweet almond oil is highly effective because of its emollient or softening action. Rich in vitamins D and E and minerals such as calcium and magnesium, almond oil acts as a natural moisturizer for your hair, preventing it from turning dry and brittle. As a result, there is lesser hair loss. And the nutrition your hair receives ensures it stays healthy, thick and strong, and also grows faster. However, if you have an allergy to nuts, it is best to avoid almond oil.
It may be expensive but olive oil certainly nourishes the hair as it can penetrate the hair shaft more effectively than other oils and also has moisturizing properties. If you use the extra virgin variety, your hair also receives vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids that play an important role in promoting hair growth.
This oil has excellent hair growth properties and is considered an effective remedy against hair loss. Most of these benefits are due to the oil’s contents –triglycerides of ricinoleic acid that have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and vitamin E that has antioxidant action. Here are amazing benefits of castor oil you didn’t know.
Lavender oil is highly effective against nits and lice. It increases circulation of blood in the scalp and also provides an anti-bacterial effect that keeps the scalp free from infections, improving the health of your hair. Know why is every body going gaga over argan oil.
Along with the regular use of herbal oils, consume a healthy and balanced diet rich in minerals and vitamins and keep yourself away from stress and you are bound to notice a definite improvement in the quality of your hair. Here is how you can choose a suitable hair spa treatment.
Friday, 23 October 2015
Mix a gram of dalchini/cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to cure cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay leaf and black pepper. This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the intake as the cold disappears.
Ginger tea is very good to cure cold. Preparation of tea: cut ginger into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste, and drink it hot.
Add a gram of Turmeric(Haldi) powder to a teaspoonful of
Honey for curing dry cough. Also chew a Cardamom for
a long time.
For blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take one tablespoon of crushed carom seeds(ajwain), tie it in a cloth and inhale it.
 SORE THROAT:
Add a tea spoon of cumin seeds (jeera) and a few small pieces of dry ginger to a glass of boiling water. Simmer it for a few minutes, and then let it cool. Drink it twice daily. This will cure cold as well as sour throat.
Dried ajwain fruits
Boil Ajwain(Ajmo) in water and inhale the steam.
Rub ginger paste on the backache to get relief.
 GARLIC FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:
Have 1-2 pod Garlic(Lasan) first thing in the morning with water.
 HONEY AND GINGER FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:
Mix 1 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon of Ginger(Adrak) juice, 1 tablespoon of crushed cumin seeds(Jeera), and have it twice daily.
For the cure of migraine or acute cold in the head; boil a tablespoon of pepper powder, and a pinch of turmeric in a cup
of milk, and have it daily for a few couple of days.
 BITTER GOURD(KARELA) FOR BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL:
A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter Gourd(Karela) juice and taken daily for 2 months reduces blood sugar.
 CURE FOR INJURIES - TURMERIC(HALDI):
For any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to stop the bleeding. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a bandage after applying turmeric(haldi).
You must do a self-massage using mustard oil every morning. Just take a little oil between your palms and rub it all over your body. Then take a shower. This is especially beneficial during winter. You could also mix a little mustard powder with water to make a paste and apply this on your palms and soles of your feet.
If you have a regular migraine problem, include five almonds along with hot milk in your daily diet. You could also have a gram of black pepper along with honey or milk, twice or three a day. Make an almond paste by rubbing wet almonds against a stone. This can be applied to forehead.
Eat an apple with a little salt on an empty stomach everyday and see its wonderful effects.
when headache is caused by cold winds, cinnamon works best in curing headache. Make a paste of cinnamon by mixing in water and apply it all over your forehead
 TURMERIC FOR ARTHRITIS:
Turmeric can be used in treating arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day.
It is also used as a paste for local action.
Turmeric lower cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease and stroke. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help preventall problems.. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.
 GOOD FOR INDIGESTION:
Turmeric can be used to relieve digestive problems like ulcers, dysentery. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.
 HONEY IS A GOOD CURE FOR ALL DISEASES:
Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of Cinnamon powder and have it at night.
Take a warm slice of lemon and sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper on it. The lemon should be eaten until the hiccups stop.
 HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL:
In 1 glass of water, add 2 tablespoons of coriander (dhania) seeds and bring to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink this mixture two times in a day.
Sunflower seeds are extremely beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol deposits on the walls of arteries.
Radish juice should be taken twice a day, once in the morning and then later in the night. Initially drink about 1 cup of radish juice and then gradually increase it to 2 cup.
Soak 3-4 figs in a glass of water. Keep it overnight. Consume the figs on an empty stomach, the next day in the morning
Take 2 cardamoms(elaichi) and roast them on a dry pan(tavaa). Powder the cardamoms and thereafter add one teaspoon of honey in it. Consume it frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting.
In the mixture of 1 teaspoon of mint juice and 1 teaspoon of lime juice, add 1 teaspoon of ginger juice and 1 teaspoon of honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting.
Lime juice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled lime juice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea.
In 1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.
Apply castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for several months.
Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of times a day. Continue for two weeks.
Rub cut raw potatoes on the affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks.
Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.
Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a day.
Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the warts.
Apply Papaya juice
Apply Pineapple juice.
 URINARY TRACT INFECTIONAL:
Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.
Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A.
Another beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and garlic, as a part of your daily meals.
Fenugreek(Methi) leaves are considered valuable in curing sinusitis. In 250 ml water, boil 1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds and reduce it to half. This will help you to perspire, dispel toxicity and reduce the fever period.
Tie a teaspoon of black cumin seeds in a thin cotton cloth and inhale.
Take 1 fresh lemon and squeeze it in 1 glass of water (about 8 oz.). Add 4 teaspoonful of honey and fractional of teaspoon of salt in it. Drink it slowly sip by sip.
Milk has proved beneficial in treating tonsillitis. In 1 glass of pure boiled milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder. Drink it every night for about 3 days.
Note - Always check with your GP before trying anything new.
Note - Always check with your GP before trying anything new.