Thursday, 25 December 2014

Herbs and Shea Butter as Natural Conditioners

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1. Methi or fenugreek seeds are used for flavor and health benefits in foods. These seeds remove the dandruff and promote the overall hair health and growth. Soak the dry seeds in water for at least 6 hours and apply the paste on the roots of hair and rinse after drying.

2. The coconut milk prepared from fresh or grated coconuts prevents hair fall and strengthens, moisturizes and disentangle the long hair. It is not necessary to soap wash the hair afterwards as it does not make the hair oily. Just water rinsing is enough.

3. Give a weekly hot oil treatment to hair by massaging the hair with slightly hot natural oil for few minutes and wash with soap or shampoo after half an hour. It reduces hair fall and promotes hair growth by increasing the blood circulation. The herbal oils extracted from coconut, olive, sesame, almond etc. could be used after infusing them with herbs.
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4. Extract the Aloe Vera gel with a knife, apply it on the hair and wash after half an hour. It will condition the hair and make them smooth and silky. This gel is used in skin burns too.

5. The dry and powdered seeds or leaves or bark of acacia concinna or shikakai are the best natural hair cleansers and conditioners. The paste of these is used as a shampoo. Washing the hair with leaf infusion is the best for dandruff while the extract is used in shampoos.

6. Shea Butter as Natural Conditioner

Shea Butter is the fat extracted from the nuts produced of African Shea tree is applied on hair as a natural hair moisturizer and conditioner. The Shea butter is also good for skin.
It is advisable to use the Shea butter on wet hair. It gives best results in hair treatment if coconut oil is applied just before its application. Check for any allergic reactions, as some people are susceptible to it.

Natural Home Remedies for Baldness

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1. Mix equal amount of sesame flowers and murex or caltrop or singhara and prepare the paste by grinding it in butter oil and honey. Apply the paste to remove baldness.

2. Taking 2-3 grams of the powder of the roots of the vine Indian Sarsaparilla or Hemidesmus indicus or Anantamul thrice a day with water cures baldness. 

3. Massage the hair with sesame oil. After an hour wrap the hair in a towel soaked in hot water and replace the towel on cooling. Repeat the hot towel treatment for 5- 10 minutes and then wash the hair with cold water. It removes the dandruff and increases the blood circulation in hair roots. 

4. Snake Cucumber has rich amounts of silicon and sulfur which help in the growth of hair. Washing the hair with the juice of snake cucumber and taking the juice of it with carrot and spinach juice help in the growth of hair. It also helps in the growth of healthy nails and nail loss.

How to Control Weight and Wrinkles by Kissing

Lip Kissing
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Kissing each other thrice a day for 15-20 seconds each time helps in weight loss and longevity. Kissing each other for longer duration may increase the blood pressure.

But deep or long kiss is good in obesity and makes the body thinner as it burns a lot of calories in the body. The amount of burnt calories depends on the length and passion of entwined lips. Generally the body burns up to 5 calories per minute of kissing.

On the other hand deep kissing promotes longevity. It is due to the reason that deep breathing burns the fats and accelerates the circulation of blood. The lip lock during during kissing increases the frequency of breathing and helps in consumption of energy. Kissing stimulates the nerves and increases the immune system. It boosts the mood which helps in the release of healthy hormones in the body.

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Kissing reduces the anxiety and stress as it stops the noise in the mind and brings peace and tranquility. It increases the levels of oxytocin in the body which is an extremely calming hormone that soothes and produces the feeling of peace and calm. 

Deep Lip Kissing
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During a passionate kiss the face and tongue muscles become active and tense. About 15 to  17 muscles on tongue and 30 muscles on face become active thereby promoting blood circulation and reducing facial wrinkles respectively.

The facial muscles in this way perform exercise and brighten the skin especially on face by increased circulation of blood and oxygen to the muscles.

Frequent kissing is also good for the health of teeth and gums as the large amounts of saliva containing calcium and phosphorus gets secreted in the mouth and nourishes the teeth. The acidic character or the pH value of saliva is neutral and is beneficial for gingivitis tooth decay and the overall dental health,.

It is advisable to make the kissing partner comfortable and make sure that the breath is clean.

It is better to go for deep breathing, if there is no one to kiss.

Don’t Kiss the Infant

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The arrival of a child changes the entire atmosphere of the house. Every member of the family wants to spend time with the child. Most of the people show their love and affection by kissing the child. They hardly know that this act could be very dangerous to the health of the child. The child with a weak and underdeveloped immune system may get afflicted with several infections and diseases. The Kissing by the parents and the elders increase the risk of the child to become ill.

The following problems occur when the child is kissed.

1. The act of kissing transfers the saliva from one person to another. In this way several diseases also get shifted. This situation could be dangerous to the child. 

2. Epstein Barr Virus commonly called EBV is a virus of herpes family. This virus spreads by kissing and it remains in the body throughout the life. Most of the people get infected by it in the childhood without knowing about it. It cause of infectious mononucleosis which is also called mono and glandular fever popularly known as the “Kissing Disease”. Most of the people carrying the virus don't get sick.

3. Sometimes the child suffers from the fever and becomes ill after kissing. It simply means that the kissing person has transferred some infection to the child. On certain occasions the situation becomes so grave that spasms may appear in the child. Severe throat infection may also appear along with inflammation. 

4. There are specific harmless bacteria in the mouth of every person. These bacteria may be friendly to one person but inimical to the other. These bacteria too get transferred by kissing. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Home Remedies for Long and Dense Hair

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It is better to void the use of synthetic shampoos and use the herbal one instead as the former contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. The home remedies of Indian herbs have been tried and tested since ages and ages. 

1. Boil about 200 gram of dodder (ruscuta reflexa or amarbel  or mistletoe,  a leathery-leaved parasitic plant which grows on apple, oak, and other broadleaf trees and bears white glutinous berries in winter) in 2 liter of water till the water is reduced to one liter. Wash the hair with this water in the morning. It is the best remedy for the growth of hair. 

2. Apply the juice of garlic on hair for the growth of new hair.

3. Grind about 10-15 gram of mango kernel in the juice of Indian gooseberry or amala. It will make the hair curly and long.

4. Regularly eat a radish with black pepper and rock salt after lunch for 3-4 months. The intake of the mixture of carrot, spinach and cucumber juice also increase the growth of hair and stops the loss or falling off of nails. 

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5. Soak equal amount of dry powder of henna and Indian gooseberry overnight and wash the hair with this water in the morning. Repeat the remedy for few days for soft and long hair.

6. Boil about 50-60 grams of nigella stevia or kalonji in a liter of water and wash the hair with the extract. Repeat the remedy for a month to get long and strong hair. 

7. The silicon and sulfur contained in cucumber helps in the growth of hair. So wash the hair with the juice of cucumber.

8. Prepare the paste of the the leaves of wild berries and neem (or margosa) and apply on the hair. Rinse the hair half an hour. Repeat this remedy on every alternate day for a month or so to stop the hair loss and to get the long and shining hair.
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9. Apply the juice of hibiscus flower to increases the growth of hair. Make a paste of the leaves of hibiscus and massage it on the hair two hours before bathing. It is the best remedy to increase the growth of hair.

10. Chinese Rose
Washing the hair with the juice of the petals of gurhal or Hibiscus Rosa sinensis or shoe flower or Chinese rose increases the growth of hair.
Prepare the paste of the flower and massage the roots of hair and take shower after 2 hours. The regular application of this juice nourishes the hair and reverses the speed of hair loss.
Prepare the paste of equal amount of hibiscus flower and its leaves and apply on hair before going to bed at night and wash in the morning. This remedy is very effective for the growth of hair.
Add olive oil to the fresh juice of hibiscus flowers and cook till the water evaporates. Store the extract in a vial and and regularly apply this oil on hair after taking the shower. It increases the length of hair and makes them healthy and strong. 

11. Heat the mixture of olive oil and the fresh juice of hibiscus flowers till the water evaporates. Keep the residue in a glass bottle and massage it on the hair after bathing. It will make the hair shiny and long.
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12. Triphla

The intake of 5-7 grams of the powder of triphla with 1 gram of incinerated iron or Loh Bhasm (Iron ash) in the morning and in the evening stops the hair loss. Triphla means means "three fruits," namely amla (Indian gooseberry), bahera (Terminalia bellirica), and hurd (Terminalia chebula). 

13. Grind equal amount of the seeds of custard apple and berries and apply the paste on the roots of the hair. This remedy helps in hair growth.

14. Prepare the powder of about 100 gram of Kapur kachri (or sand ginger or aromatic ginger or resurrection lily, Botanical Name- Hedychium Spicatum), 100 gram nagarmotha (or nut grass or purple nutsedge or cypriol Botanical name Cyperus rotundus), 50 gram each of camphor and kernel of soap nut,  250 gram shikakai or acacia concinna and 250 gram Indian gooseberries. Prepare the paste of 50 gram of these powdered contents with water and apply on hair. Let the contents dry. Wash the hair with warm water. It increases the growth of soft hair and also gives relief from lice and nit.

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15. Apply the paste of soap nut, shikakai or acacia concinna on hair and wash after drying to get soft, silky, shiny, dandruff free dense hair. 

16. Cut the hair short at the places where they are sparse and massage the juice of the leaves of bhringraj or bhangra or Eclipta Alba where there are no hair.
Repeat the remedy for few days and the black hair will appear on bald areas. This remedy also helps in split hair.

17. The regular intake of a pinch or 3-4 gram of the powder of Hemidesmus indicus (or Indian sarsaparilla or popularly known as anantmula or endless root) with water 2-3 times a day removes baldness. 

18. Prepare the paste of equal amounts of sesame flower and caltrop or cow’s foot or gokshura with equal amounts of honey and buttermilk and apply it on bald patches of the head. Repeat the remedy for few days and the hair will start growing.

19. Indian Gooseberries
Washing the hair with the mixture of Indian gooseberries, soap nut and acacia concina or shikakai removes the dandruff (a chief cause of hair loss) and makes the hair long dense and shiny.
Keep the powdered Indian gooseberry and heena soaked in water overnight. Wash the hair with this water in the morning to stop hairloss and to get soft and long hair. Repeat the remedy for a month or so.   
Add lemon juice in the powder of Indian gooseberry and wash the hair with the contents in case of hair loss, white hair, dandruff and the problem of nit and louse.

20. . Grind equal amounts of the seeds and leaves both of annona squamosa or sitaphal or Sharifa and wild berries. Apply the paste on the roots of hair for the growth of long hair.  

21. The hair regrows after the regular massage of the ginger juice on scalp for a month or so.

22. The castor oil or arandi oil could be used for long hair as it is a natural treatment.


1. It is advisable to conduct an allergic test on small patch of skin before using any of the products.
2. Take care of the requirements of the hormones and nutrient in body as the hair loss is generally a sign of an internal problem caused by disorders and imbalances.