Thursday, 30 October 2014

How to Stop the Hair Loss and Increase Hair Growth with Eucalyptus Oil

Transparent oil dots on Eucalyptus leaves 
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Eucalyptus oil has a pleasant smell and has several health and cosmetic benefits. It is especially used in hair loss and hair growth. It removes dandruff and gives thick and long hair. Eucalyptus oil is used in several hair packs.

Start using the eucalyptus oil in case of hair loss or thin hair. The following remedies could be used for the growth of hair.

1. Hair Massage of Eucalyptus Oil 

Massage of warm eucalyptus oil at night before going to bed and wash the hair in the morning with herbal shampoo. It will increase the growth of the soft and silky hair and keep the scalp clear and clean.

2. Eucalyptus Oil and Lemon 

Add few drops of lemon to the warm eucalyptus oil and gently massage the hair for 10-15 minutes for an increased blood circulation. It also increases hair growth and cleans the scalp.

3. Eucalyptus Oil and Almond oil

In case of profuse hair loss, the warm mixture of almond oil and eucalyptus oil should be massaged. It strengthens the hair and make them soft.

4. Eucalyptus oil and Hyena oil 

Massage the warm mixture of Eucalyptus oil, castor oil and hyena oil.  Then wrap the head with a hot towel for half an hour and wash with herbal shampoo.

5. Eucalyptus Oil and Hibiscus Flower 

The hibiscus flowers are the best for the growth of the hair. Boil few hibiscus flowers in water and prepare a paste of the contents in a blender. Keep aside the water extract. Add few drops of eucalyptus oil and apply the paste on hair. Wash with herbal shampoo and the water extract of hibiscus flowers after half an hour.

6. Indian gooseberry or Amla
The taste of Indian gooseberry is slightly bitter. The fruit is hard with a very hard seed inside. It is a common ingredient in most of the herbal oils and conventional shampoos and is especially good for the health and texture of hair. The application of the paste of Indian gooseberry reduces hair falling and removes dandruff. It can also help in preventing premature graying of hair.  In case of non-availability of fresh fruits, the dried powdered is available in the market.

7. Henna
Henna, an excellent natural herb can prevent hair graying, and is used as a natural dye for grey and dark hair.Wash and grind the fresh henna leaves with little yogurt and coffee powder. Apply the paste on hair and let it dry for some time. Thereafter rinse off to turn grey hair into a natural reddish brown tint with soft and smooth texture. This remedy also strengthens the hair roots and help in  reducing the hair loss.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Buttermilk or Lassie- The Indian Cold Drink for Wrinkles and Pimples

Fat free lassie

Lassie is a water base Indian cold drink made from yogurt or buttermilk. It is generally flavored with sugar, salt, mint, ground and roasted cumin, or mild spices. It is very useful for health and is also called whey. It is prepared by churning the curd and removing the butter from it. This popular and traditional drink is served chilled in summers. Sometimes it is taken with a thin layer of clotted cream on milk. The sweet Lassie, contains sugar or fruits.

It gives the following benefits.

1. It soothes in summer and tones the skin.

2. The intake of a pinch of turmeric with it is best in gastroenteritis.

3. The face mask of the paste of Lassie and flour removes the wrinkles and pimples.

4. The application of fresh Lassie and butter remove the blisters from the heels.

5. It re hydrates in dehydration and alleviates the stress.

6. It fights against body fats and reduces the weight.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Almond Face Pack for Dry Skin

The people with dry skin should use the almond face pack, which could be made at home. It will impart natural glow to otherwise dull and dry skin.

Make a paste of 4-5 almonds with organic honey. Apply the paste evenly on the face, excluding the areas under the eyes. Leave the pack for 10-15 minutes. 

Then rinse with clean water and rub lightly with towel. Apply almond oil on the face daily before going to bed at night. Drink 10-12 glasses of water per day to wash of the toxins from the body. Eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Follow this routine for a month and see the results.

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Anti-ageing Vitamin C Mask and mango Kernel

A beautiful Face
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The vitamin C mask has an anti-aging effect on the face and acts as an antioxidant too. This mask acts like a buffer and rejuvenates the skin when the vitamin E pills are added to it. 

This mask is very stimulating and may cause some irritation foe the people with sensitive skins. In case of any burning sensation it is better to rinse the mask immediately with water.It is due to the reason that the oxidation of vitamin C causes some irritation. 

To prepare the vitamin C mask, take powdered Vitamin C (one tbsp) and vitamin E liquid gel (2-3 pills). Add few drops of water and make a smooth creamy paste. Apply the mask with fingertips on damp face. Avoiding the area around the eyes, gently rub the mask in circular motions upwards from chin to cheeks and towards the ears, and then apply it over the entire face including the and neck.

Rinse the mask with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. Pat dry the face with a clean towel and apply the moisturizer. 

Mango Kernel Prevents Wrinkles

The mango kernel has the texture of butter, and is ideal for all skin types. It could be added to other oils and butters. It has a mild aroma like olive oil.
It protects against the harmful effects of sunlight and prevents wrinkles and restores the elasticity of the skin. It moisturizes the dry skin and the hair as it heals the drying effects of soaps and cleansers on the skin.
It is an excellent antioxidant. 
The shelf life of mango kernel is 3 to 4 years if stored in cool place. 

Most of mango kernel oils are in refined form and that is why its therapeutic quality gets altered. Try to find and buy the unrefined and organic mango kernel oil.  

Glowing Skin by Digestion

The health of the skin depends on the digestion. Because the intake of nutrients from foods needed for beautiful skin occurs in digestive system. The rashes, breakouts, eczema, redness and dull skin problems are due to digestive problems. 

The Glowing Skin
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The toxins from the digestive system are removed by the organs like liver, kidney, skin etc. Thus acne or pimples and dermatitis occur, when the organs fail to remove the toxins. 

The poor digestion and intestinal inflammation, is caused by the overeating of dairy products, excess alcohol intake, stress, lack of exercise, sleeplessness, less water intake and constipation. In order to get healthy and glowing skin,

1. Avoid high processed foods, gluten, processed soy, sugar, and refined carbohydrates. 

2. Take whole foods, green vegetables and fruits for proper digestion. 

3. Strengthen the digestive system by friendly bacteria contained in probiotics, like milk or water kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha. It maintains the pH level, removes the toxins and helps the body to absorb the skin beneficial nutrients. 

4. Eat nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes.

5. A tablespoon of the raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed in water or in salad, helps in digestion, increase friendly bacteria, and cleanses the digestive system.

6. There are the times when the body does not make sufficient enzymes. It also happens in old age, so take digestive enzymes for the absorption of nutrients needed for healthy skin. These promote digestion, renew damaged cells decrease constipation. Avoid contaminants from non-organic animal-based enzymes.

7. Eat dairy or meat products of organic pasture raised and grass fed animals. 

8. Physical exercise is necessary for stress and proper functioning of digestive system. Increased heart rate helps in transportation of nutrients to the skin cells and removes the toxins through sweating.

9. Take few drops of lemon juice with black pepper, coriander and cumin seeds to get relief in digestive disorders.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Home Remedies for Dark Lips

Beautiful Lips
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Among several beauty blues, the black or dark lips are very common. Besides giving an ugly look they signify health problem too. The lips have a prominent place in overall beauty. The soft lips with natural pink color embellish the beauty, while the black and rough ones are embarrassing. Therefore it is necessary to know why the lips become black.

Besides taking care of the lips, it would be beneficial to keep the followings tips in mind.

1. The insufficient intake of water makes the lips black.

2. Take healthy and nutritious food including green vegetables, salads, fruits etc.

3. The lips not connected with bones or are pouting generally remain black.

4. The excessive use of alcohol or smoking is another reason

5. The lipsticks are acidic so proper ones of best quality should be occasionally used.

6. The deficiency of Iron and vitamin A appears in black color of lips.

7. The absence of apocrine glands also make the lips black.


1. Include pulses, lintels, milk, soybean etc. in regular diet.

2. Use sunscreen lip balm on lips while going out in sunlight.

3. Use the paste of rose flower, lemon and glycerin on lips before going to bed.

4. Regularly apply the saffron-milk balm on lips.

5. Gently massage the lips with almond oil to increase the blood circulation.

6. The application of beet juice improves the color of lips.

7. Make a paste of butter or lemon and glycerin, and keep it applied overnight.

8. Before using the light shades of lipstick, apply foundation or powder on lips.

9. Remove the lipstick before going to bed and rather use it sparingly. 

Hoe to take care of skin by Strawberry

1. Sliced Fruit of Strawberry 

Strawberry is a great skin care additive due to its mildly astringent properties and is the best option for various ailments of the skin. It could also be used as a natural beauty product for oily skin to improve the texture. 

1. It cleans the pores, stops the growth of tumors or cancer cells and removes the dead skin cells.

2. Strawberries act as a natural conditioner. Make a paste of 10- 12 ripe strawberries and apply on the hair. Rinse after half an hour to get natural shine.

3. As a natural treatment against acne or pimples, mash few strawberries with curd and apply the paste on the face. Let it remain for 15 minutes, then wash and tap dry. 

4. For oily skin prepare the paste by mashing strawberries with unsweetened yogurt and apply on face. Leave for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

5. In order to remove the eye puffiness, put thin slices of strawberry on the eyes and lie down for 15 minutes. 

6. For a soft, smooth skin rub the slices of strawberry on the face for few minutes, let it dry and then rinse with cold water.

7. Make a paste of 8-10 strawberries with a tablespoon each of honey, olive oil, milk and cornstarch. Apply this scrub to exfoliate the skin. Gently rub off and rinse with cold water.

8. As a natural whitener, mash the strawberries with little baking soda and just rub on the teeth and brush off after some tine, to remove the stains and whiten the teeth.

9. The strawberry foot and hand scrub is made from strawberries, olive oil (2 tbsp), kosher salt (1tbsp). Apply the smooth paste on feet and massage for 15 minutes to remove the dead skin cells. Wash with soap and water. 

Strawberry, Honey, Lemon Face Scrub

The homemade strawberry face scrub is a natural, effective, inexpensive and the best remedy for the oily skin. The great amounts of alpha-hydroxy acid contained in strawberries, clears the acne, takes excess off oil from the skin, and reduces eye puffiness or dark circles.

To prepare the strawberry scrub, take 10 large and ripe strawberries and make a smooth paste with a fork or a spoon. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the paste because it cleans the skin, makes it glowing and supple, stops the clogging of pores, and is a moisturizer.
Next add two tablespoons of honey to the mixture as it reduces the swelling and inflammation, kills bacteria, and makes skin taught and youthful.

To give make the mask a natural astringent and to reduce the skin oil, add few drops of fresh lemon juice. According to skin type, that is if the skin is dry, add 8 to 10 drops of lemon juice, or add one tablespoon of lemon juice when the skin is oily. 

Properly mix all the contents till a consistent and creamy paste is obtained. 

Apply the paste evenly on face and neck after washing and pat drying the face. Leave the mask for five minutes and then use warm water to wash the face.
2. A Face without Blemishes

Strawberry, Milk, Lemon Face Scrub

For the signs of aging and dry face the face scrub made from strawberry, milk and lemon is the best. It exfoliates the skin and restores youthfulness.

Mash and blend about 10 tablespoons of strawberries. The seeds of strawberries provide grittiness to the mixture to act as a natural scrub. The alpha-hydroxy acid present in strawberries removes the old and dead cells from the outer surface of the skin.
The lemon too contains alpha-hydroxy acids, and the addition of a tablespoon of lemon juice, will remove the dead skin cells that do not retains water. It is due to the water content in cells that the skin looks young.

Next add two tablespoons of powered milk to the mixture, because again the milk is another defoliant containing alpha-hydroxy acids. It removes blackheads, slough away dead skin cell, and unclogs the pores. The fats in milk soften and seal the skin cells.

Evenly apply the mixture on entire face and neck be avoiding the areas near the eyes. Scrub off with a dry cloth after 15 minutes with warm water containing lemon juice. Wash the face again with cold water.

How to Make a Strawberry Face Mask

The homemade strawberry face mask is the natural, effective, inexpensive and the best remedy for the oily skin. The strawberries contain great amounts of alpha-hydroxy acid, which clears the acne and take off oil from the skin. The strawberries are good to reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes.

To prepare the mask, take 10 large and ripe strawberries and make a smooth paste with a fork or a spoon and add one tablespoon of olive oil to it. Without clogging the skin pores, the olive oil moisturize and cleanse the skin by making it glowing and supple.

Then add two tablespoons of honey to the mixture. Because honey reduces swelling and inflammation, kills bacteria, gives youthful look to the skin and makes it taught.

Thereafter add few drops of fresh lemon juice to the mixture. Add 8 to 10 drops of lemon juice according to skin type i.e., if the skin is dry or add 1 one tablespoon of lemon juice for oily skin. Because lemon is a natural astringent and helps to reduce the skin oil.

Properly mix all the contents till a consistent and creamy paste is obtained. 

Before applying the face mask wash the face and pat dry gently, and then apply it evenly on face and neck. Let it remain on the face for five minutes and rinse with warm water.

Strawberry Honey Cream Mask

The strawberry honey cream mask is organic and natural.The salicylic acid present in strawberries, cleanses by removing the impurities and dead cells from the skin. On the other hand the mixture of honey and cream nourishes the tired and sagging skin and keeps it supple, moist and fresh. It is very easy to prepare this mask.

Make a puree of five medium sized ripe strawberries in a blender or food processor or mesh them with the back of a spoon or fork. To form a thick paste just mix 1 tablespoon each of fresh heavy cream and organic honey.

Wash the face and then apply the paste on the clean and dry face and neck. Leave it for about 15 minutes. Avoid the areas around the eyes. Thereafter rinse off by using cotton pads and water.

As a variation and to balance the pH of the skin, replace the cream with live and active cultures of yogurt. You can also use The raspberries can be used instead of strawberries for sensitive skin. It is less likely that the yogurt and raspberry combination may cause irritation to those allergic to strawberries.
3. Avoid Sunlight

Strawberry Protects the Skin from Ultraviolet Rays

It reduces the damage caused to the DNA by UV rays, because of the presence of anthocyanins molecules in it. The red color to leaves, flowers and fruits is made from anthocyanin pigments. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti tumor characteristic of strawberry extract is due to rich contents of anthocyanins in it.

These results are becoming the basis for future studies to ascertain the bioavailability and bio activity of anthocyanins in the dermis and the epidermis layers of skin. 

The strawberry extract increases the cell survival. Thus a photoprotective cream made from strawberry extract has been developed. 

Half a milligram of extract per milliliter shows photoprotective properties and provides protection to cells exposed to UV rays. It protects the epidermal cells that are susceptible to skin-related diseases especially cancer. The enzymatic processes in the body to can be modulated by the strawberry extract. 

Further Reading- Strawberries

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How to Take Care of Skin in Winter by Natural Oils

Skin is the biggest organ in the human body, which needs proper care. It acts like a sponge and protects the body from harmful effects of contaminants and environment. The winter is the hardest time for the skin, and needs extra care to cope with cold and dryness of the weather. There are some essential oils which rejuvenate and refresh the skin in winter.

The sandalwood oil is antiviral and has a soothing, firming and softening effects on the skin. The scars, wrinkles and acne could be removed by sandalwood oil. For sensitive skins, dilute it in sesame, coconut or olive oil before topically applying 2 - 3 drops, and rub gently.

The Lavender oil treats psoriasis and reduces stretchmarks and the scars of burns. Its few drops can be applied topically and directly on the affected area.

The cedar wood oil is a moisturizer and a softener.It also soothes the skin in the winter and keeps it oily and non-drying. It is best for acne prone or dry and the oily skin. It is antibacterial, but should be applied topically in a dilute form on sensitive skin.

The helichrysum oil contains certain dike-tones. It provides effective defense against free radicals. It heals the scars and wounds, and repairs or prevents future damage to the skin. It does not need dilution for topical use.

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The Natural Exfoliation at Home

Indeed the entire body sheds a layer of dead skin daily, but most of it remains stuck to the surface of the skin and do not fall off. This process thickens the skin, chokes the pores, block the growth of hair, and stops the natural capillary rise of oils to the surface of the skin. That is why the skin becomes dry moments later after the application of moisturisers and looks dirty after the use of skin cleansers. 

The exfoliating reduces the visibility of pores and wrinkles on the surface of skin. But it does not cleanse, and on the other hand the cleansing does not exfoliate the skin. Both the processes are to be followed separately. 

Before face exfoliating, thoroughly cleanse and rinse with lukewarm water. Thereafter immediately apply the required hydrator or moisturizer according to skin type. First of all wash the face, gently rub and towel dry the skin. The towel creates light friction, which removes the superficial and dead skin layers. 

Mix about half a tablespoon of baking soda with equal amount of cleanser and gently rub for 2-3 minutes, in circular rotations by applying medium to light pressure. For dry skin mix coconut oil instead of cleanser, and use the remedy twice a week. For further oil absorption in oily skin, keep the application of baking powder on face for 15 minutes. For body treatment avoid the neck and breasts.

To cleanse with sugar scrub, first rinse the skin to remove dirt and oils, then mix sugar and coconut or jojoba oil in equal amounts and apply the mixture for not more than 1 minute on the face or the part of the body with a cotton swab. 

To exfoliate the stubborn areas like the knees and elbows, use salt in place of sugar and lemon or loofah. 

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How to Cleanse the Skin with Food and Water

The Organic Vegetables
The overall health depends upon the health of the liver. The physical and emotional states of the body become smooth, if the liver functions smoothly.

Proper nutrition, exercise, detoxification and the strategic transition from one season to the next, helps the body to achieve this state.

For the health of body and mind follow these simple steps.

It is better to eat simple, unprocessed and natural whole food which has been grown seasonally and locally, without the use of chemicals, fertilizers, insecticides or pesticides. Such foods contain vital energy, nutrients, and vitamins needed for overall health.

So eat sprouts, fresh green vegetables, pungent herbs, and fruits.

In modern environment the body accumulates toxins, and it is essential to detoxify the body. 

This is done by taking enough water, and the juices of fruits and vegetables to cleanse the the body. 

To aid the digestion and to reduce inflammation, it is better to take the probiotics like kefir and the fermented foods. 

Further Reading- How to delay Ageing by foods

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How to Make the Dry Shampoo at Home and Use it

The process to make a dry shampoo at home with simple ingredients and without harmful chemicals, is very easy. It makes the hair look wonderful and is useful for oily hair. 

The dry shampooing just takes a few minutes and is a great way to keep the hair healthy and shiny.

To be fine enough to go through a salt shaker, finely grind 2 tablespoons of oatmeal in a blender. 

Properly mix 2 tablespoons each of cornstarch, cornmeal and baking soda to the ground oatmeal and an excellent homemade dry shampoo is ready. 

Put the mixture into a salt shaker style container for storing and future use. 
While applying the shampoo, sprinkle a little dry mixture onto the palm and gently rub it on the scalp like common shampoo. 

Rub extra shampoo on the top of the head where the oils gather the most. Leave it for few minutes and use the bristle brush to completely remove mixture off the hair. Thus without a shower the hair will not look greasy. 

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How to Control Wrinkles with Coffee

1. Face Without Wrinkles

It is very difficult to check the appearance of wrinkles, but their effect could be reduced by taking certain precautions. The wrinkles make the skin dull and unattractive. They are caused by old age, weather conditions, pollutants, accumulation of toxins in body, stress, prolonged illness, clogging of facial pores, lack of cleansing, excessive exposure to sunlight, deficiency of nutrients, obesity, and less intake of water. Except the first reason all other factors could be effectively monitored to keep the wrinkles under control.

Take following measures to remove other causes.

1. Add enough proteins, fiber and minerals in the regular diet.

2. Avoid stress and tensions of all kinds.

3. Avoid deodorants which clog the oil and sweat glands. Don’t allow the accumulation of toxins in the body and take precautions for the healthy functioning of liver and kidneys.

4. Control the body fats and keep fit to avoid prolonged illness.

5. Exercise regularly till sweating so that the pores remain open and do not get clogged.

6. Avoid sunlight between 11 AM to 3 PM when the sunlight is more severe.

7. Regular massage removes the dead skin cells, which otherwise remain stuck on the surface of the skin.

8. Eat green vegetables, fruits and dry fruits.

9. Drink 10- 12 glasses of water to flush out the toxins from the body and to impart natural glow to the skin.

10. Avoid synthetic cosmetics or wash the makeup before going to bed at night.

Coffee- The Beauty Tips for Wrinkles

2. Instant coffee.

Besides being a refreshing drink, the coffee can also be used to enhance the beauty. The contents of a cup of hot coffee give relief after the hectic schedule. Similarly the coffee could be used to rejuvenate the skin and hair. The regular use of coffee improves the health and complexion of the skin.

The face scrub of coffee is excellent for dry skin. The ant ageing contents in coffee delay the ageing process and reduces the wrinkles. Prepare a paste of 3 tablespoons of freshly ground coffee beans, 1 tablespoon milk and some poppy seeds. Apply it on the face and neck and then scrub it off. The regular use of this scrub makes the skin soft and shining.

The face pack of coffee is best for sagging and lifeless skin. Take half tablespoon of coffee, and add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of calamine powder, some milk and few drops of honey. Apply the paste on the face and rinse off with cold water after drying. This face pack makes the skin tight and fair in complexion. The honey acts as a moisturizer. 

Before applying hyena to hair, add a little coffee to it. This will give additional color and shine to the hair.

Massage the body with freshly ground coffee beans and cocoa butter to make the skin glowing. It nourishes the skin, reduces the wrinkles and acts as a moisturizer.

Coffee can also be used in manicure on elbows when the paste of ground coffee beans and milk is applied on the affected areas. 

Further Reading- How To Control Wrinkles

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How to Remove the Moles at Home

Facial Moles
The moles found on the surface of skin are either round in shape or plain or raised ones. The moles are harmless but their appearance is a cosmetic concern due to ugliness. They generally appear during birth but grow and darken with time and age.

The Symptoms
The color of the moles is generally black or brown, but sometimes even red or pink also occur. Often some hair growth is also found on the moles.

The color of skin is due to melanin. But over-active melanocytes in the body produce excess melanin which results in the formation moles on skin surface.

Coriander leaves remedy
Prepare a paste of crushed coriander leaves and apply it on the moles. Let it remain overnight and rinse in the morning. Repeat the remedy for few days to get rid of moles.

Pineapple Remedy
Rub a piece of peeled pineapple on the moles for about 5-10 minutes. Repeat the remedy several times a day for a week or so or till the moles vanish. Leave the application of fresh pineapple juice onto the mole overnight and then wash off in the morning with cold water. To wrap a small slice of pineapple around the mole with a bandage is another option to remove the mole.

Garlic Remedy    
Apply the paste of few crushed garlic cloves on the moles and tie it with a cloth for half a hour. Repeat the remedy every fay for 2 to 3 weeks.

Cashew nuts Remedy
Prepare the paste of crushed cashew nuts and apply it on the moles regulary.

Tea Tree Oil Remedy                                                                                                       Gently massage the moles with tea tree oil daily for about 2 weeks to reduce the pigmentation of the moles. 
Flax Seeds Remedy

Apply the paste made from the mixture of ground flax-seed and few drops of its oil with honey, on the moles till they are removed.

Castor Oil Remedy
Apply the paste containing castor oil and a pinch of baking soda on the moles daily till they are removed.

Fig and Cauliflower Remedy
The milky juice from the stems of a fig tree or the juice of cauliflower, when applied on the moles daily makes the moles fall off within few days.

Onion Remedy
The regular application of the juice of onions or the banana pulp on the moles daily for several months removes the moles completely.

Iodine Tincture Remedy
Apply the iodine tincture on mole before going to sleep and leave it overnight. It will soak the mole within few days. 

Proper Diet
Try to go for the foods rich in potassium. Apple cider and vinegar are rich in potassium and are the best for the removal of moles.

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How to Take Care of Hair in Summer

The sunscreens and hats are used to save the skin and face from the harmful effects if sunlight. But the hair too needs extra care during the scorching heat of summer. 

The hair get badly affected when they come in contact with the hard skin scorched in sunlight. The sweat, sunlight, moisture and excess time in swimming pool damage the hair. The hair becomes rough and hard in dust and hot air. Some extra care is needed in summer to keep the hair strong, shiny and healthy. 

The best way is to wash and dry them daily as it reduces the loss of hair due to moisture and sweating.

Healthy diet like soy and sprouted foods are also necessary for the nourishment of shiny hair. 

While going out in sunlight between 11 AM to 3 PM, always cover the head with scarf, cap or umbrella, as the sunlight and hence the ultraviolet rays are the strongest at this time.

Trim the split hair caused due to dryness because they may fall off on becoming weak.
Use right shampoo and conditioner for the split hair.

Do not use color dye or chemicals or bleach in summer as it is not the right season for them.

Comb the hair regularly as it stops the knot formation and increases the blood circulation in the hair roots.

Do not tie the hair hard as it makes them lifeless and reduces their strength.

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Basil for Pimples and Hair Fall

Ocimum basilicum or Basil
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Holy basil or ocimum is the most sacred plant for the Hindus and its leaves and flowers are used in religious ceremonies, prayers and rites. This herb known as tulsi is grown in the courtyard of every Indian household. 

The holy basil comes in some different varieties which have a slight differences in color and appearance of leaves. But all varieties of holy basil are of medicinal value in Ayurveda. 

The strong and pleasant scent of the plant repels most of the household and garden insects and can even prevent the snakes from entering the garden.

Keep some basil and lemon in a pewter container for 24 hours and use the paste as a face mask for the cure of pimples. 

Hair Fall
Keep the basil powder and dry Indian gooseberry in water overnight and wash hair with filtrate to stop the hair fall.

White spots, Pimples and Acne

Take equal amount of lemon juice and the juice of green basil leaves and keep in sun for 24 hours. Let the contents become thick. Thereafter apply it as a face mask on affected area regularly for few days to get rid of black spots, pimples, acne and white spots.  This remedy makes the face spotless.