Saturday, 22 July 2017

5 Top Benefits & Uses Of Potato Juice For Hair Growth


When one of my friends mentioned about using potato for hair growth, I was skeptical at first. I have used potato for beauty treatments but it was always for skin and never for hair care. My friend convinced me to try it and I am very glad I did. The first treatment I tried was potato hair rinse. After boiling the potatoes I had the left over potato boiled water that I usually discard so I thought of using it as a final rinse along with lemon juice. And it really left my hair shiny and smooth immediately after using it. The next was potato hair mask, which I made by mixing potato juice along with Aloe Vera gel like my friend suggested. I also added in few drops of virgin coconut oil as I have dry hair and I liked the hair mask too. My scalp felt clean and free of dandruff after using it. Now after trying these treatments, I regularly use potato in my hair care regime. If you get to know the hair benefits of potato, you will too. Here are some of the hair benefits of using potato juice for hair: 1. Potato boiled water adds shine and luster to hair if used as a final hair rinse. 2. Potato juice is rich in nutrients like vitamin B, vitamin C and zinc, very essential for hair growth. 3. It treats dandruff, if used along lemon juice as a hair pack. 4. Potato juice cleanses the scalp really well removing all the product build up. 5. Potato juice when used as a hair mask conditions the hair really well especially if used along with nourishing ingredients like yogurt or Aloe Vera. If you are new to using potato juice for hair growth, I would suggest starting with the hair rinse as we regularly boil potatoes for sabzi and throw the potato boiled water out. Once you start using it, you will always continue using potato for your hair....


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

8 Top Medicianl Uses of Aerva Lanta | Polpala (Cherula | Sirupeelai)


Aerva Lanata is a popular plant in Tamil Nadu that goes by the name Sirupeelai in Tamil. It is called Mountain Knotgrass in English, Polpala in Sinhalese, Cherula | Cheroola in Malayalam, Gorakhbuti in Hindi, Bilesuli in Kannada, Chaya in Bengali, Pindi Kura in Telugu, Kapuri Madhura in Marathi and Bhui in Rajasthan. The plant is commonly found in Asia, Africa and Australia. Here in Tamil Nadu, during Pongal festival we adorn the house with this plant, it is a traditional custom that is still followed today. The plant produces small white flowers and is very very commonly found all over India. Aerva Lanata has wonderful medicinal uses and has been used both in ayurvedic and siddha medicine from ancient times. It is especially well known for treating all kidney problems and has been traditionally used for treating kidney stones. Along with treating kidney stones, it is also well known for treating headaches, painful urination and as a natural deworming medicine. Aerva Lanta Chemical Constituents: It has a diverse range of constituents like alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, terpenoids and saponins. Here are some of the medicinal uses of Aerva Lanata: 1. Antioxidant Properties: Aerva lanata possess wonderful antioxidant properties. Though here in our place we don't use it in cooking, some cultures do use the leaves of the plant in cooking like any other greens. Consuming this plant is one of the best ways to enjoy it's antioxidant potential. 2. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels: Aerva Lanata lowers blood sugar levels and internal consumption will have a positive impact on diabetic patients. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 3. Treats Asthma: Aerva lanata extract has been proven to be effective for treating asthma. It is common practice to give water decoction of the plant to treat asthma traditionally. 4. Treats Diarrhea: The water decoction of the plant treats diarrhea, many cultures use the water decoction for treating diarrhea till today. 5. Anti Urolithiatic Activity: Aerva lanata is very very well known for treating kidney stones. Here in our place the water decoction of the plant is given for dissolving kidney stones. It also has a protective effect on the kidneys and is great for patients suffering from kidney problems but kidney patients should take it under medical supervision. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 6. For Getting Rid Of Intestinal Worms: Aerva Lanata has wonderful anthelmintic properties and has been used for treating intestinal worms traditionally. You can use either the powder or the water extract of the fresh plant. 7. Anti Cancer Properties: The plant also anti cancer properties and you can read the study that supports this claim here. 8. Anti Ulcer Properties: The stem extract of the plant has anti ulcer properties, people suffering from ulcers will benefit consuming sirupeelai kudineer (water decoction of the plant in Tamil). Side Effects: This plant has anti fertility properties and people who are on diabetic medication should be careful while consuming it as taking both diabetic medication and polpala might lower blood sugar levels drastically. In Sri Lanka, polpala tea is famous for cleansing the kidneys and is consumed regularly.....


Sunday, 16 July 2017

3 Top Ways To Use Curry Leaves For Hair Growth!


I love curry leaves and use it extensively both in cooking and for hair care. I have grown up seeing both my grandmothers and aunts use curry leaves for hair care and so naturally I started using it for my hair too. Till today, curry leaf hair oil remains my all favorite hair oil, I love it because it strengthens the hair follicles and greatly prevents hair fall. Along with external application, I would suggest consuming curry leaves regularly as it provides all the nutrients required for hair growth. Here are some of the hair benefits of curry leaves: 1. Curry leaves when used externally as an oil nourishes the scalp and strengthens the hair follicles. 2. Curry leaves when used as a hair pack removes product build up in the scalp. We regularly use many chemical products on a regular basis for our hair which results in product buildup. Weekly once use of curry leaf hair pack removes product buildup from the scalp. 3. Curry leaves are one of the best home remedies for treating premature greying and I have seen it personally. My neighbor who had premature greying reversed her greying with curry leaf hair oil. It really amazed me to see how effective curry leaves are for treating hair problems. 4. When we massage our scalp with curry leaf hair oil made with curry leaves and coconut oil, it improves blood circulation in the scalp thus promoting new hair growth. 5. Curry leaves are rich in nutrients essential for hair growth, regular consumption of curry leaves will stop hair loss caused due to nutrient deficiencies. Also curry leaves are rich in antioxidants so it prevents free radicals in the body which are the main cause of premature ageing of skin and hair. At home, we add curry leaves as a seasoning to almost all our dishes and I have been advised from young age to consume the curry leaves added to the dishes. Usually most people discard the curry leaves found in the dishes and because of that reason curry leaf is usually sited as an example for people who make use of people in need and discard them later. I would highly suggest both consuming curry leaves and applying it externally on the scalp on a daily basis, it will keep our hair lustrous and strong......

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

10 Top Medicinal Uses Of Fenugreek Seeds | Methi Seeds (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum)



We use fenugreek seeds extensively both as a remedy and in cooking. The botanical name of fenugreek seeds is Trigonella Foenum-Graecum. Fenugreek seeds are called Methi Dana in Hindi, Vendhayam in Tamil, Menthulu in Telugu, Menthe in Kannada and Ventiam in Malayalam. Fenugreek seeds have wonderful medicinal uses and since most homes stock it always, if we get to know it's medicinal uses, it will always come in handy. At home, we use it to treat ulcers by making a porridge with it, it is very soothing on the stomach and is very tasty too. It is also a common practice for diabetic patients to consume fenugreek seeds in our village. But please remember to keep a close watch on your blood sugar levels as fenugreek seeds might lower it significantly if you are taking it along with diabetic medication. Using fenugreek seeds for increasing breast milk supply is also very common, it is usually given in porridge form for breast feeding mothers. We also use fenugreek seeds externally too, we use it as a hair pack to treat dandruff, I have been using fenugreek hair pack for more than 10 years now. It not only keeps my hair shiny, it also prevents dandruff. Fenugreek Seeds Nutrition: 100 grams of fenugreek seeds contain around 323 calories, 6gm of fat, 23 gms of protein and 58grams of carbohydrates. It is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B6. Side Effects Of Fenugreek Seeds: When consuming internally in small amounts it does not cause any problems, but in excess it can lead to upset stomach for some as it is very high in fiber. People who are taking thyroid medication should practice caution when taking excessive amount of fenugreek seeds. The only problem with fenugreek seeds when applying it externally on the scalp is that anyone who is prone to sinus or asthma can't use it as it is very cooling and will aggravate the problem. To be on the safer side, don't let it soak for a long time (max 10 minutes) when you are using it the first time. Once you are comfortable then you can let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes. Where to buy fenugreek seeds? In India fenugreek seeds can be found in all departmental stores, abroad you can find it in grocery stores but if you can't try in Indian stores. How To Consume Fenugreek Seeds: You can consume it as it is or take it in the form of fenugreek powder. You can also try fenugreek capsule if you don't want to consume the seeds. Fenugreek Seeds Dosage: The general suggested dosage is 1 tsp but start 1/2 tsp of the seeds and increase it to 1 tsp over time


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

5 Top Benefits & How To Do Hot Oil Hair Growth Treatment For Dry Damaged Hair


Hot oil treatments have been around for a long time, especially here in our place, it has been followed for centuries. Like the name suggests, hot oil treatment is a process of applying warm oil usually infused with herbs onto the scalp. Some of the common oils used for hot oil treatments are are argan oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, castor oil and avocado oil. Here in our place we mainly use unrefined sesame oil for hot oil treatments but you can use any oil you prefer. Whatever oil you choose, try to use only pure unrefined oils. This hot oil treatment can be used on all types of hair ranging from natural black hair to chemically damaged hair. Traditionally we call it oil bath and men have their oil bath on Saturdays and women have their oil bath on Fridays. Here in my village it is so common to see women have their hot oil treatment on Fridays and then visit temples. Hot oil treatments not only helps with hair growth, it also reduces stress. Here are some of the health benefits of hot oil treatment: 1. Reduces Stress: During hot oil treatment, we massage a wonderful herbal oil onto our scalp and regular scalp massage is a wonderful stress buster. It greatly reduces stress which is very essential in this fast paced life.  2. For Hair Growth: Gentle warm oil massage, improves the blood circulation in the scalp and greatly strengthens the hair follicles thus promoting hair growth. 3. Arrests Hair Fall: Since it strengthens the hair follicles, it greatly prevents hair fall. If you are suffering from hair fall, I would highly suggest regular hot oil treatments. 4. Cures Dandruff & Itchiness: The wonderful herbs added in the hot oil treatment like garlic, black pepper treats dandruff effectively. It also cures itchiness very effectively. 5. For Dry & Damaged Hair: Hot oil treatment is very hydrating and regular hot oil treatment is great for dry and damaged hair. The herbs and spices added into the oil vary from place to place, here in our place we mainly use black peppercorns and cumin seeds. But my grandma used to add garlic and dry ginger to the oil too so we continue to do it the same way. There is a great benefit to adding dry ginger and garlic, some people suffer from sinus infection if they do oil treatment but if we use this blend we will not have sinus infection at all. Also garlic greatly prevents scalp infections like dandruff and hair fall. If you are worried of garlic smell, the smell will not be there after you have your hair wash. Also after applying the hot oil treatment try to do hot towel treatment like mentioned below to deep condition your hair.........

Sunday, 2 July 2017

3 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Open Pores On Face Permanently


Pores in our skin is where hair follicles and sebaceous gland which produces sebum is found. We all have open pores and it is necessary for the oil and hair follicle to surface. It becomes a problem only when there is excessive oil production. When we don't remove the excessive oil build up, the excessive oil build up makes the pores look visibly larger and it is this condition that we call open pores. If left untreated may lead to blackheads and white heads. But what causes excessive oil production in the first place? It might be genetics, hormonal changes, poor skin care routine and stress also can contribute to changes in our skin texture. If you are genetically prone to oily skin or lead a highly stressful life it is so common to suffer from enlarged pores. We can easily avoid it if we regularly follow a skin care routine. You can off course buy store bought products for your skin care routine. But I prefer to make my own as it is cheap and I also know what goes into it. If you are suffering from large pores, first we have to remove the excessive oil from our pores, I do it in three steps. First is a scrub using orange juice and sugar, the scrub gently removes the excessive oil gently. But try to use only castor sugar, if you use regular sugar it will cause skin irritation. The second is a homemade toner using apple cider vinegar, apple cider vinegar helps remove any left over sebum left by the scrub. Finally the last step is a face pack using egg white, the egg white mask tightens the pores and after this treatment you will see good improvement. I would suggest doing this treatment weekly once to remove and prevent excessive oil build up.........

Saturday, 1 July 2017

8 Top Medicinal Uses Of Kaffir Lime (Makrut) For Hair, Skin & Health


Kaffir lime is actually a lime that is native to Thailand and it is popularly called Makrut in Thailand. We call it kolumichai in Tamil and it's botanical name is Citrus Hystrix. I am not sure about it's Hindi name and names in other Indian languages. If you do know please update me in the comment section. Last week one our family friends sent some kaffir limes from their farm but they had sent it naming them citron lime (Citrus Medica). But citron limes are more elongate and we call it narthangai in Tamil. Both should not be confused with each other, kaffir limes are small with bumpy skin and a very strong unique smell. The main compounds found in kaffir lime are citronellal and in smaller amounts limonene, citronellol are found. In Thailand, kaffir limes are used extensively in cooking and especially the kaffir lime leaves are used more than the limes in cooking as it imparts a wonderful flavor. Kaffir lime has amazing health benefits and is especially wonderful for treating all gum related problems. It has got antifungal, anti inflammatory and insect repelling properties. Here are some of the benefits of using kaffir limes: 1. Kaffir lime For Hair: Kaffir limes are excellent in treating dandruff. To treat dandruff mix 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp of kaffir lime juice and 1 tbsp of water and apply on the scalp directly. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing and conditioning your hair. This is a very good home remedy for dandruff. 2. Kaffir Lime For Dental Problems: Kaffir limes have been used in various cultures for treating various dental problems. Kaffir lime has anti bacterial properties and to treat dental problems we can make a simple mouth wash by boiling kaffir lime rind with water. 3. Kaffir Lime For Digestion: Kaffir limes is very very good for improving digestion. For improving digestion make kaffir lime juice by mixing the juice with water, a pinch of salt and honey and drink. It is also a very good drink to serve after a heavy meal. 4. Anti Inflammatory Properties: Kaffir lime has good anti inflammatory properties and is good to take when suffering from any kinds of inflammation. 5. Insect Repellent: Kaffir limes is an amazing insect repellent, the essential oil and the rind of the fruit can be used for repelling insects. 6. Detoxify The Body: Kaffir lime juice when taken often like lemon juice detoxifies the body and helps flush out the toxins.7. For Skin: Kaffir lime can be used for skin care too. Since it has anti bacterial properties, it will treat and prevent skin infections. I have given a face pack using kaffir limes below. 8. As a Cleaner: At home, I try to use natural cleaners and I like to boil the rind of kaffir lime and use the liquid as a kitchen top cleaner. The smell when we boil the rind is amazing and so uplifting. Side Effects: Kaffir lime if had in moderation will not cause any side effects.....