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!

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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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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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New Drug Could ‘Cure’ Hair Loss In ‘Six Weeks’

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Bald people have been given fresh hope after an eczema drug restored hair growth in a teenage girl with long-standing alopecia.

Doctors told how their 13-year-old patient, who has alopecia totalis – a total lack of scalp hair – as well as eczema, experienced ‘significant’ hair regrowth while being treated with dupilumab, a drug marketed under the brand name Dupixent.

The unexpected side-effect came from treatment with dupilumab, which is approved for the treatment of moderate to severe eczema, also called atopic dermatitis.

Study senior author Dr Maryanne Makredes Senna, of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US, said:

We were quite surprised since this patient hadn’t grown scalp hair since the age of two, and other treatments that can help with hair loss did not in her case.

As far as we know, this is the first report of hair regrowth with dupilumab in a patient with any degree of alopecia areata.

In addition to longstanding alopecia, this girl had also experienced extensive, treatment-resistant eczema since the age of seven months.

Treatment with prednisone and methotrexate, medications that can suppress the overactive immune system, led to limited improvement in her eczema but no hair regrowth and was therefore discontinued.

In July 2017 she began to be treated with weekly injections of dupilumab, which had recently received official approval.

Here are two pictures of a patient, six weeks and 11 months after treatment:

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After six weeks of treatment, which led to significant improvement in eczema symptoms, she also noticed that fine light hairs called vellus hairs were appearing on her scalp.

After seven months of dupilumab treatment, the girl had grown a ‘significant’ amount of the pigmented hair that typically grows on the scalp.

Because of a change in her insurance coverage, she had to discontinue dupilumab for a two-month period, during which she noticed shedding of the recently regrown hair.

But after she could resume treatment in April this year, the hair growth resumed and has continued.

Dr Senna explained that dupilumab’s mechanism of targeting a key immune system pathway known to be overactive in eczema could explain its action against alopecia, since recent studies have suggested other elements of the same pathway may induce autoimmune hair loss.

She added:

Right now, it’s hard to know whether dupilumab could induce hair growth in other alopecia patients, but I suspect it may be helpful in patients with extensive active eczema and active alopecia areata.

We’ve submitted a proposal for a clinical trial using dupilumab in this patient population and hope to be able to investigate it further in the near future.

Wow. It’s a start isn’t it? Let’s hope the research continues to grow.

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Are Your Nails Trying To Tell You Something?

Finger and toenails are not just for painting or picking at the lounge room coffee table.

Many health problems will show up on your nails, so it’s worth paying attention and listen to what your nails are trying to tell you.

So, are your nails trying to tell you something?

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1) Dents or Pits in the nails

Does your fingernails look like they have been in a hail storm?  More often than not, the cause of those dents is psoriasis. The inflammatory skin condition shows up as red, scaly patches on the skin and can also affect the skin cells in the nails. Instead of growing out smoothly, the surface of the nail takes on a dented appearance. Once the psoriasis is treated and under control, your nails will slowly return to normal. If they don’t, then of course, it can also point to a condition known as ‘Reiter’s Syndrome’ which causes hair loss – so get it checked out to make sure!

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2) Nail Clubbing

Clubbing: Painless enlargement of the terminal phalanges that results when the nail bed overgrows and pushes the proximal nail upward. – www.crohnsforum.com

A healthy nail has a specific shape; slightly raised in the middle, then curving down a bit at the tip. When you see a nail which looks the opposite to normal, it’s called a spoon-shaped nail, and it’s a symptom of iron deficiency. ‘Nail Clubbing’ can be caused by low level of oxygen in the blood and can be indicative of lung disease. Something that is not to be ignored!

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3) Nail Peeling

Our nails are made up of several layers of keratin, a type of protein. When nails aren’t protected – your hands are in water a lot, or exposed to cold, dry air – those layers tend to fall apart. The result are nails that are likely to peel. Obviously, this is a sign that you need to take better care of your nails. However, it can also indicate a diet that’s lacking in linoleic acid. The easiest way to up your intake is to increase your use of vegetable oils, adding to salad dressing or roast veggies.

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4) Brittle nails

Brittle nails are ones that can’t hold on to moisture, so the layers of the nail plate dry out and crack. While it’s possible for an under-active thyroid to cause both dry skin and brittle nails, it’s more likely the cause will be either a diet low in iron (causing nails to become thin, brittle and easily broken) or excessive exposure to water.

Here are some home remedies that you might want to try:

Vitamin E Treatment (Oil, etc) – This is one of the best ingredients for strengthening brittle, dry nails. Just a few drops of oil and your nails will feel great. However, this is not an overnight cure. Best results will require using it for weeks. Lemon Juice can be swiped all over your nails to cure brittleness. Combining Lemon Juice and Olive Oil promises better results, too! They are good for strengthening brittle fingernails. Massage it for two weeks unto your nails everyday. Soaking your nails in beer is also an effective remedy to brittle nails. Beer, Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive oil combined will give you better results. Nails | Stay At Home Mum

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5) Yellow Nails

A healthy nail should also look pretty and pinkish like a newborn’s ass. When it doesn’t, then that may be a reason to worry. Nails turning yellow could be a sign of lung disease or diabetes, while yellow spots on the nails can be an indicator of fungus or psoriasis. Since any of these conditions warrants treatment, it’s worth seeing a doctor if those yellow nails persist. Unless you frequently wear very dark nail polish — then you may notice a slight yellowing on your nails. This is not a reason to panic since your nails are just stained from the polish and will return to normal in no time.

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6) White Spots

Tiny white dots on nails are normally nothing that you should be worried of. Most often, those spots are the result of some type of minor trauma to your nails. But if you’re certain you didn’t injure your nails and you are noticing recurring white spots, there are several other causes, including the skin conditions psoriasis and eczema, or a diet that’s deficient in the mineral zinc. Perhaps, an appointment with the doctor can be useful. Besides, it is always better  to be safe than sorry.

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7) The Half Moon

..or officially known as the lunula. It’s that little crescent at the base of your nail. Can you see it? Whether it’s visible or not — it isn’t a sign of anything. But did you know that the shape of the lunula determines the natural shape of the nail edge? Just saying.

 

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14 Amazing Uses For Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene

Whether you’re an old hat, or just jumped on the bandwagon, coconut oil is suddenly HOT!

From celebrity endorsements to word of mouth on the playground, it seems everyone has tried it in one form or another, and best of all, it’s natural!

SAHM found some of these awesome uses for coconut oil to both pamper and protect your body!

1. Moisturiser and Eye Cream

Just scoop it out of the jar and rub all over your body. The best thing is, you don’t need a separate eye cream, just apply under the eyes also to reduce puffiness and wrinkles.

2. Pre and After Shave

Prep your skin for the damage that shaving causes, and then heal it afterwards without clogging your pores. It is also great for stopping the blood flow with those inevitable nicks and cuts.

3. Deodorant

Combine 1/4 cup cornflour, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup coconut oil to make your own deodorant. Uber frugal!

4. Hair Treatment

Grab a small amount of coconut oil and rub it onto the ends of your hair, then distribute through to condition. For a deeper treatment, finely coat the hair in about a tablespoon of coconut oil, cover with a shower cap and leave it in overnight! If your hair is prone to a little frizz, rub a little between your palms and either scrunch or finger comb through for a sleeker, more controlled look.

5. Toothpaste

Mix a little baking soda and coconut oil and brush, brush, brush!

6. Make Up Remover

Just dab the coconut oil onto a cotton swab and wipe away!

7. Lip Balm and Sunscreen

Coconut oil not only acts as a softening agent on dry and cracked lips, but it also has a small degree of SPF (around 4) so you get a little protection.

8. Massage Oil and Lubricant

Get frisky with a natural product instead of those store-bought, chemical nightmares! It’s easy, just grab some and rub. Just note, coconut oil is not suitable for use with, or compatible with, latex!

9. Stretch Mark Cream/Nipple Cream

Coconut oil is renowned for nourishing damaged skin. Slather it on for stretch marks and sore, cracked nipples between feeds. No chemicals means it’s perfectly fine if bubs manages to ingest some whilst feeding.

10. Nappy Cream

Got a rashy bum? Coconut oil is not only great for nappy rash, but also thrush and those nasty, itchy rashes that little girls can get when they don’t wipe or wash properly.

11. Cradle Cap

Coconut oil will definitely soothe and nourish that dry skin on bub’s head. Just rub a teaspoon a day onto the scalp.

12. Body Scrub

Your only limitation is your imagination on this one! Mix coconut oil and sugar together to make a scrub of your desired coarseness and add any essential oils you like! Rub all over your body in the shower and you’ll jump out super soft!

13. Healing and First Aid

Much like a bandaid, coconut oil forms a thin layer over the skin which protects from dirt and bacteria and when applied to bruises, it can speed up the healing processes by repairing damaged tissues. When applied to bug bites and skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning as well as speed up the healing process.

14. Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Mix one clove of minced garlic and two tablespoons of coconut oil and put a few drops in the sore ear for about 10 minutes, 2-3 times a day for 1-2 days.

Do you know other uses for coconut oil?

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