Natural Homemeade Skin Moisturizer

The protective oils in the outermost layer of the skin help to hold back water in the skin.   When these oils are lost the skin tends to lose this water and becomes dry.   Moisturizers act as a barrier and prevent this loss of water from the skin.

Regular application of moisturizers also helps improve the skin tone.   A well moisturized skin appears beautiful,  soft and radiant.

The skin can lose moisture when exposed to extreme hot or cold weather conditions.   Dry air in air-conditioned rooms can also lead to dry skin.   Harsh soaps and frequent hot water baths can also scrape off the oils from your skin.

Dry skin has an unsightly appearance.   It looks wrinkly and has fishnet like tracks over it.   Do not worry,  we will show you how some common ingredients from your kitchen can be used to make some very effective natural skin moisturizers.

Take 1/4 cup of honey add 4 teaspoons of oatmeal and  2 teaspoons of olive oil.   Mix it well and apply this mixture on the areas that require moisturization.  Leave it as it is for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

How about this one?  Cut in half an avocado and grind it into a paste.   Take 1 tablespoon of crushed avocado and 1 tablespoon of milk.  add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix it well.   Apply this mixture on your skin.   Leave it as it is for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.

Never thought of tea as a moisturizer?   Well believe me it works wonders for your skin!

Take one teaspoon of black tea,   add one teaspoon honey,  one teaspoon of vegetable oil and  one teaspoon of lemon juice.   Mix it well, and then gently massage this mixture on specific areas of your skin.   Leave it as it is for about 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

Always put a moisturizer on the skin that is a little damp .  This will help the moisturizer retain the water left on the damp skin.

Avoid using alcohol-based soaps and perfumes which can damage your skin.   You may instead store some organic rose water in a glass free bottle and sprinkle it on your skin at regular intervals during the day.   Also drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day to keep your skin hydrated.   Follow these quick steps and your skin will look radiant like never before!

I hope you like the article and send us your comments, we would love to hear them !

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Indian Gooseberry or Amla

Oobleck officinalis.  or Indian gooseberry,  is a very sour fruit and is found mostly in India and tropical Southeast Asia.   It is very rich in vitamin C and contains many minerals and vitamins like calcium,  phosphorus,  iron,  carotene and vitamin b-complex.

It is also a powerful antioxidant agent.   The taste might not appeal you at once but do not dismiss it right away because the health benefits of Indian gooseberry are much more than you can imagine.

Number one: prevent hair loss.   Amla is used in many hair tonics because it enriches hair growth and hair pigmentation.   It strengthens the roots of hair,  maintains color and improves luster.   Eating fresh gooseberry or applying its paste on hair roots improves hair growth and color.   My oil is very popular in India because it has been shown to reduce the chances of hair loss and baldness.

This quality is due to the carotene content of alma as well as it’s iron content and general antioxidant capacity which reduces hair loss by not allowing free radicals to damage hair follicles or impact the hormones that can cause premature hair loss.

Number two: improving eyesight.    Studies have shown it to improve nearsightedness and cataracts while reducing intraocular tension.  This is mainly due to its impressive content of carotene which have long been known for their powerful effect on vision related conditions including those that stem from free radicals.

Number three: cure diabetes.   Gooseberry contains chromium which has a therapeutic value for diabetic patients.   Indian gooseberry stimulates the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin, thereby reducing blood sugar in diabetic patients and keeping their body balanced and healthy.

Number four:  helps indigestion.   Gooseberry is very high in fiber like most fruits.   Fiber adds bulk to the stool and helps food move through the bowels and keeps your bowel movements regular.   This reduces the chances of constipation and fiber can also bulk up loose stools and reduce diarrhea.

Number five: prevents heart disease.   Gooseberry strengthens the heart muscles so the heart pumps blood smoothly throughout the body.   By reducing excess cholesterol build-up the chromium can reduce the chances of atherosclerosis or plaque buildup in the vessels and arteries this can reduce the chances of strokes and heart attacks.

In conclusion, have you ever tried adding alma to your diet?  If so, we would like to hear from you.

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A Better Breakfast

“A Better Breakfast” According to this study, by far the most comprehensive of its kind in history, there are only three whole foods on the planet that have more antioxidant power than cloves. One of them is amla — dried Indian gooseberries. Now, not only is it more powerful, but also more palatable. You could add a whole teaspoon of amla to a smoothie, and probably wouldn’t even taste it.

Try doing that with a teaspoon of powdered cloves. One sip; you’d be on the floor!

Let’s look at the antioxidant content of some typical American breakfast foods: bacon and eggs , for example. A bowl of corn flakes with milk . Egg McMuffin . Pancakes with maple syrup . Bagel with cream cheese . Compare those to the smoothie I had this morning.

A cup of unsweetened soymilk , a half a cup of frozen blueberries . Whoa! Alright? Already, I’ve got to shrink the scale way down. The pulp of a nice ripe Mexican mango . Note the mango alone has more antioxidants than the other breakfasts.   A tablespoon of ground flax seeds, and my previous secret ingredient, a palmful of bulk white tea leaves — just throw them in there and blend them in.

Now, that used to be my breakfast smoothie, but now,  a teaspoon of that gooseberry powder , and we’re off the charts again.  Look at it. That’s about four cents’ worth of amla — four pennies — and look what it does to my smoothie.   1,500 units of antioxidant power, and I haven’t even fully woken up yet! Way more than the five other meals combined. In fact, more than the average person gets in an entire week. I could drink my smoothie and eat nothing but donuts the rest of the week, and most people still wouldn’t catch up.

Notice, though, that even though I packed the blender with amazing stuff — blueberries, tea leaves — fully half of the antioxidant power came from that single teaspoon, that four cents’ worth of powdered gooseberries. .

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Functional Fitness

My desire for fitness actually came from my family.   My wife has a fitness background, she’s training to be a personal trainer, and that actually motivated me to do a TRX certification here. Our number one job is Soldier first. You have to be ready to do whatever it takes at the moment that everything’s happening. My name is Sergeant First Class Francisco Rodriguez and I’m the Visual Information Support Center NCOIC. Our team being in the job that we are it’s not very active. Here on a daily basis at the VISC we take command photos and DA photos. I’m the VISC Manager; basically I make sure all the photos at the end of day are uploaded, printed and emailed if necessary, and we have Private Herrera who is like the Editor, the one that does the prints and touches up on photos. Specialist Lane he’s the Main Photographer.

Here we go, look right at the camera for me, three, two, one So as a Soldier and as a Combat Camera you have to always be ready for every situation, as a Combat Camera I have to be prepared to deploy with any unit at any time.

You have 2 ID out here, you have artillery units you have infantry units and they’re constantly in the field and constantly training and constantly working out.

Alright ready, set, begin! We have to be at the same level of readiness as them. Army standard PRT is meant to help sustain someone, doing this is actually helping improve us. The Functional Fitness routines that we do at the gym, like the level of intensity of the workouts and the type of workouts that you do, every workout you learn a little bit about yourself.

So actually I’m, diagnosed with depression. Doing these workouts at lunch with the group, it actually allows to help bring my mood up and all that stuff stopping me from going into those bad moods. “Doing all right Lane?…I can hear you from over here.” They kind of motivate me and it’s a reciprocating feeling everyone kind of feeds off of each other, that team mentality, the larger the team the more everyone is kind of building off of each other and pulling in that motivation.

Everybody might complain a little bit but we’re still gonna get to the end together. No matter what. “COFFEE CATS!” .

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6 Tips on How to Have a Strong Relationship

There may come a point in one’s relationship where you hit a bump in the road. To maintain a strong chemistry with one another, here are seven tips on how to have a strong relationship.

Physical contact: Intimacy plays an important role in a relationship. Putting your guard down and becoming more vulnerable with each other by either holding hands, hugging, or cuddling, shows the other person that you have a great interest with them.

Open communication: Communication is key in a relationship. You want to be comfortable with your partner and be able to share your thoughts on any type of subject.

You also want to have that mutual agreeance, that you are able to handle any situations that come your way, and be able to talk them out. Becoming a friend with the person you are interested before dating them can be a bonus. Because then you know that they can be your best friend, and you can be comfortable around them.

You have the same sense of humor: It’s important to laugh together, especially when times are tough, and you’re able to break the tension somehow. When you both laugh together at the same thing, it creates a bond between one another, and you’re able to accept each other for who you are.

Emotional bonding:  Having an emotional bond between one another is a good way to build a connection and be able to trust, and care for each other.

When you ask your partner how their day is, or if they are feeling okay that day, it lets the other person know that you care, and are taking an interest in what they have to say, which brings you closer together.

Making up after arguments: It’s important to make amends after an argument, no matter how small or big.   Being stubborn and fighting with one another is what causes you to become distant, which could lead to a breakup.

Talking to your partner about the fight, and how you two can resolve it, is a great communication form, and will only bring the two of you closer than ever.

Do not take your partner for granted: Letting your partner know how special they are, and how much they mean to you, can keep the relationship strong.   Being there for them is a great way to show that you care.   If a person is constantly letting their partner pay for everything, and pushing away what they have to say, it’s a sign that they’re taking that person for granted.

Do you see a future with your partner? Maintaining the relationship and faith in one another, even in hard situations, is a big deal.  Are you able to always count on your partner?  Planning your future together can be a joyous occasion, in which the two of you will forever share the bond that you have.  If the two of you really care about one another and see a future, do not let them go. A relationship can be difficult at times, but we hope that those 7 tips can help you.

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Woman Warrior | Journey to Fitness

Being in Air Force Junior ROTC, I was pretty sure I was going to join the service. We’ve all seen those Marine Corps recruiting videos though, and their selling point is challenge, so that’s what I was up for.  The physical challenge, the being part of a team, something bigger, and the camaraderie in the brotherhood.

I am Master Sgt. Jennifer Scott, and I am the equal opportunity adviser for I Marine Expeditionary Force.   I think just growing up, I’ve always been involved in some kind of sport, and I played soccer, I think about seven years of my childhood on co-ed teams.   Usually I’d wind up being the only female, or one of two females on the whole soccer team.   I played basketball. I ran track. I did the fitness team on ROTC, and so I just, I guess just really took an interest to sports and being athletic and being physically challenged.

What CrossFit has helped me with is be able to better keep my composure. Which also, I find applies with any type of stressful environment. Whether it’s  pre-deployment training, or lets say in combat you know there’s a lot of chaos going on, a lot of fast thinking, but can you stay focused on what the objective is?

I think because my mom instilled in me that I can do whatever I want and be whatever I want if I put my mind to it and my heart into it, or if I want it bad enough.  She was big on knowing what I wanted to do, and when I knew what I wanted to do just putting everything I had into that.

And, having and practicing it and having patience and just never giving up on that. .

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Exercise, Stress, and the Brain

Exercise is interesting in terms of effects on the brain because it works in about 4 or 5 different ways. One of the most obvious ways is blood flow.   So if you get your heart working your brain is going to be filled with oxygen rich blood and nutrients, required for peak performance.

The other way that’s sort of interesting, is it’s been thought that exercise produces new neurons.   So exercise induces the production of growth factors, one’s called BDNF and it actually stimulates the production of new brain cells.

Now, when I was in school 20 years ago we were told you can’t get any new brain cells, so when you’re born, that’s your lot, you’re not going to make any more. But more recently we’ve found that exercise is a really good way of stimulating brain cell production. And some of these are functional. And so just this notion that something that you can do can generate new brain cells is a really great thing to think about. We were wondering why exercise helps the brain, and what one theory is, is that it just reduces stress. So maybe it’s not that blood is coming to the brain.

Maybe you’re less stressed. And that was something that imaging allowed us to test. And so we scanned a whole lot of people with high cortisol levels, and so if you’re stressed, if you’re angry about something, or even if you’re stuck in traffic, your cortisol levels can be very high. One of the things we found is that the people with high cortisol levels, lost brain tissue faster.

Well, that’s a serious problem so as soon as you know that’s true, you can look at ways of reducing your cortisol and so that’s a very easy thing to do. We can get less stressed by exercising, walking, taking breaks. And so imaging established a physical connection, between something in your blood, cortisol that’s a sign of stress, and actual physical changes in the brain and that’s very useful to know. Take care of your brain. There’s a lot of ways we know that you can take care of your brain. You can eat a good diet, you can exercise, you can reduce stress, you can make sure you’re well educated, and these things just build up a sort of mental bank account for the future and so even though it seems like work is hard, you’re building a store of brain connections that you’ll need the for the rest of your life.

So these are practical messages that we’ve learned from imaging a lot of people. .

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10 Thoughts that can Destroy Relationships

Along with communication problems,  negative and insecure thoughts are also roots of broken relationships.

While it’s crucial for both partners to listen to each other and reflect on their partner’s needs, they also should be open about any underlying thoughts they may be keeping to themselves. Although most issues need time to be resolved the first step is to be aware of the way you think about your partner as there are some thoughts that can destroy relationships.

Example one:  ‘s/he doesn’t love me any more’.  It’s reasonable to worry when your significant other begins to invest less time into your relationship,  but constantly asking for confirmation of their feelings can stir up conflict.  If you’re always asking ‘do you really love me’ your partner may start to wonder if there’s cause for concern.   In fact, your concerns may turn into reality if your partner begins to feel overwhelmed by your constant need to validate your relationship.   Instead of jumping to conclusions,  communicate the feelings you have and work together to become closer.

Two: Read My Mind.  It’s toxic to believe your significant other should automatically know what you’re thinking.  No one has the power to read minds, thinking she should know how much it bothers me when she leaves my side at parties or he should know ‘today is important to me’ isn’t fair to your partner when you’ve never actually discussed these feelings with them.  Instead of feeling disappointed or pretending you’re okay, communicate your frustrations to your partner.

Three:  ‘It’s their fault’ .   It’s easy to point fingers and blame the other person when you’re upset, but thinking ‘it’s his fault I’m having a bad day’ or ‘it’s her fault we’re in this mess’ will only worsen your relationship.

Instead, try to take some responsibility for the situation and if you find that you upset your partner as well, make an apology which may in turn influence them to apologize too .  We can’t predict or control what happens in a relationship but we can control how we react towards negative situations .

Four:  It’s not fair to your partner when you jump to conclusions about them that aren’t based on real evidence.   Common examples include assuming they’re having an affair when they come home late from work even though they tell you it’s because they had to work overtime. It’s important to see your significant other for who they are and learn not to blow little things out of proportion.

Five:  ‘Less than perfect ‘.  When you start to compare your significant other to your ideal partner you’re placing unrealistic expectations on them.  Even comparing them to a friend’s partner or a former old partner can be harmful.  It’s important to respect who your current partner is and understand that they’re not perfect.   If there are qualities or traits you admire in someone else just let your partner know what they did and find out if it’s something they’re willing to try or change.

Six:  ‘I wish.’  Sometimes on bad days you might find yourself fantasizing what it would be like to be with someone else.  If you frequently have these thoughts you’ll prioritize those possibilities over your current relationship. Relationships aren’t smooth or easy and changing partners won’t prevent you from experiencing similar conflicts in your new relationship.  Remember there’s a difference between a relationship that will never work out and a relationship that can grow with extra effort.

Seven: ‘All or Nothing’.  You might see your partner as someone who can do no right or no wrong, and think they can always or never make you happy.   Make sure you’re not having such extreme thoughts.   Establish a safe,  stable ground the two of you can exist on.  Learn to take in your partner’s mistakes, failures and accomplishments in moderation without seeing those elements as all defining.   It’ll prevent you from putting your partner on a pedestal or only focusing on negative traits.

Eight:  ‘Labeling.’  Label slinging occurs when you generalize who your partner is; for example you might call them lazy for leaving a few dishes around.   Although it’s common to see the worst of your partners on bad days, if you’re constantly labeling them it becomes hard for you to focus on their positive sides and prevents you from helping them grow out of bad habits.  They may even feel as though they’ll only ever amount to that label letting little room for improvement.

Nine:  Playing Head Games.  If power struggles start to affect you, they may lead to thoughts about trying to outsmart your partner or gain the upper hand in the relationship.   You’ll believe your partner has ulterior motives and try to gain an advantage over you.   Although power struggles usually only come after the initial stages of romance and attraction they need to be overcome in order for a relationship to grow and last.  You must relinquish your desire for power and drive for real happiness.

Ten:  ‘What happened to us?’  Married couples often think this as their relationship changes over time.   It’s normal to reminisce but try not to look back.   Couples often forget that there’s more to look forward to  when they think their relationship won’t be as exciting in the future.   That robs the relationship of its full potential.   Relationships are constantly evolving but that doesn’t mean they can’t be as exciting as they were in the beginning.

Those are ten trouble spot thoughts that couples potentially run into in a relationship.   Have you experienced any of them in one of your relationships?   What do you think we can do to overcome them?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below, and with your partner 🙂 .


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12 Signs You’re in a Healthy Relationship

Hello Psych2Go-ers! We just wanna take the time to thank you for all your kind support! We are a team of dedicated, passionate and hard working individuals Who come together every day with one goal in mind.  We want to make psychology come alive for you! Many of us want to be in happy, and meaningful relationships, but nowadays, in a dating scene plagued with superficiality and an abundance of choice, making a relationship long term, while staying sane is much easier said than done. The initial spark is great! But it takes alot more than attraction to sustain a relationship… What are some ways we can keep a healthy relationship? and ensure long happiness with our partners? you may ask .

Here are 12 signs you’re in a healthy relationship! 1. You communicate openly.  A great relationship starts with transparency.   Do you feel like you could communicate about anything with your partner? From personal needs to taboo topics?  Do the both of you take the time to listen and empathize with each other? Good communication means using all sort of techniques, which include: welcoming body language, concentrated listening, and respectful language

2.  You argue

This might sound strange, but arguing sometimes is actually healthy in a relationship.   Otherwise, you’re probably just bottling up your feelings and letting them turn into resentment,   Couples who communicate well can argue effectively.   Both parties can state their opinions whilst trying to understand where the other person is coming from.   They also know when to apologize if they are wrong.   This point, however, shouldn’t be confused with destructive fighting in which couples use aggressive behavior and language to hurt each other when they disagree about an issue

3. You keep relationship details private .

It’s normal to turn to close friends and family for relationship advice when you run into conflict with your partner. But making your problems public on social media is ‘passive aggressive’ and can damage the trust you’ve built with them… Everyone needs a sense of privacy to feel safe, including relationships!

4. You don’t hold grudges. The more you get to know your partner, the more you may get on each other’s nerves, which is normal.   We all get a little agitated from time to time, and say and do things we don’t mean that can upset our partner.  But, holding a grudge, even after they apologize sincerely,  can hurt your relationship in the long run.  Be sure to talk things out instead when you’re upset,  and learn to let go.

5. You have realistic expectations.  The ‘perfect partner’ doesn’t exist. It takes a lot of work to keep a relationship going! Healthy couples understand that the key to a long-lasting relationship is commitment, open – communication, and compromise.

6. You take time, and space for yourself.   Being in a healthy relationship doesn’t mean you’re glued at the hip! It means you can have seperate lives, interests and friends and maintain your own sense of individuality without fearing that your partner is going to be jealous, or resentful.   Having a life outside of a relationship is essential!

7. You trust each other.   Healthy couples can spend time away from each other, without worrying about their whereabouts, or who they’re with. Stalking a partner on social media, and asking them for constant updates however are signs of trust issues or co-dependancy.   Trust means respecting your partners decisions, and feeling secure.

8. You enjoy spending time together.  Whether that means dinner dates, or cuddling on the couch, you enjoy spending time with your partner no matter what!  A healthy relationship involves taking time out of your busy schedule to connect with your partner.  It’s not just an obligation, but a way for you to enjoy your life.

9. You’re friends! Great couples share common interests, enjoy hanging out together and making each other laugh.  Just like best friends, healthy couples can talk about *anything* and confide in each other without fear of judgement. It’s important to feel comfortable with your partner.

10.  You make decisions together.   Healthy relationships aren’t a power struggle. They are a partnership that allows both individuals  to have equal say.   If you disagree on which restaurant to go to for your date, one of you may have to give in, but next weekend the choice should be yours.  Compromise is key.

11. You get intimate.  Yes, sex is extremely beneficial in healthy relationships.  But so is intimacy. Intimacy can be bonding.   Sexually, or otherwise familiarity or romance. Maintaining a healthy relationship, means hording your partner with affection, quality time, gift giving, or other forms of love language.

12. YAY FINALLY, MY ARMS ACHE You make each other better. Fixing is not the same as supporting. Healthy relationships consist of couples that love one another for who they are. Not who they *want* them to be.

Are their items on this list that you and your partner practice regularly? Let us know in the comments below!

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