Wednesday, July 9, 2014

About this Blog!

Welcome to this blog! This is your one stop resource for natural home remedies for all your health and beauty problems. Please click on the links below to get all the information and natural home remedies for a specific health or beauty problem.

Information on Beautiful Hair:

Natural Home Remedies for Hair Loss

The Best Vitamins for Hair Loss

The Best Herbs for Hair Loss and Growth

Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

The Best Supplements for Hair Fall

How to Use Multani Mitti for Hair

How to Stop Hair Fall and Increase Hair Growth

Information on Skin Problems:

Natural Home Remedies for Acne

Natural Home Remedies for Sunburn 

Natural Home Remedies for Eczema 

Information on Other Problems:

Natural Home Remedies for Sore Throat 

Best Herbal Remedies for Asthma

The Five Best Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

What is Joint Juice?

What is Dead Salt and Mud?

Multani Mitti and its Uses

What is Light Therapy? 

Guggul for Acne

How to use Garlic for Vaginal Yeast Infection or Candidiasis

Read articles on food and nutrition

Fantastic Health Benefits of White Tea 

The Amazing Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt

Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

A Look at the Misconceptions and Health Benefits of Coconut Oil 

The Powerful Health Benefits of Astragalus Root

Disclaimer: The material provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from a physician or other qualified health provider.

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How to Use Multani Mitti for Acne

Multani mitti or Fuller's earth can be a boon for you if you are prone to pimples and oily skin. While teenagers are the largest group of sufferers of acne, many adults also struggle with this embarrassing and sometimes painful problem.

Multani mitti is excellent for pimples and oily skin. It absorbs excessive oil from the skin, cleanses it, tightens pores, and will work like magic on your acne.

So, here is what you need to do.

Take 2-3 teaspoons of multani mitti powder in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Add a pinch of haldi or turmeric powder into the mixture. Use rose water to make a paste of this face pack.

Now wash your face with a face wash meant for oily and pimple-prone skin. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Apply the multani mitti paste on your face. Don't forget your neck. Avoid applying the paste under the eye.

Once the whole of your face and neck is covered with the paste, just place a slice of cucumber or cotton ball dipped in rose water on your eyes. Relax and allow the paste to do its work for about 20-30 minutes.

Once the paste is dry, wash it off with plain tap water. While removing the face pack, use a gentle massaging action. Don't be too harsh while doing this or else it will only aggravate your acne.

Allow your face to dry on its own. Apply your usual acne or pimple gel.

Use this pack at least twice a week. If you want, you can use it on a daily basis as well.

Regular use of multani mitti will reduce your pimples, remove acne scars and spots, and improve your complexion as well. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Amazing Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

What is Oolong Tea?

Oolong tea is one of the most popular types of tea in China. There are many health benefits of oolong tea and some even consider it to be more beneficial than the very popular green tea. Also known as wu long or brown tea, the tea is quite popular in both Japan and China.

The name "oolong tea" comes from the Chinese word meaning "black dragon tea". There are different theories about the origin of the Chinese oolong tea. One theory says that the tea originated from the Dragon-Phoenix Tea Cake tribute tea and was named Black Dragon tea later on since it was dark, long, and curly. 

Some people believe that it originated in the 16th century at Mt. Wu Yi Shan in the Fujianprovince of China. There are others who believe that it was accidentally discovered by someone named Wu Liang. The story goes that Wu Liang was picking tea leaves when he got distracted. The tea leaves began to be oxidized and this is how oolong tea originated.

Indeed, it is true that oolong tea does go through some amount of oxidation during its processing. The degree of fermentation can vary depending on the variety of the oolong tea. It is this unique process that gives oolong tea its unique taste and health benefits.


Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Oolong tea is a rich source of compounds called polyphenols which seems to be reason for its health benefits and unique taste. Oolong tea seems to reduce the damaging effects of free radicals. An increase in the number of free radicals can lead to various diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes. It can also lead to wrinkles and age spots.

Here are some of the oolong tea health benefits that you can expect due to its antioxidant effects. 

Beneficial for diabetics

Continuous intake of oolong tea for more than a month may reduce the blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Good for the heart

Regular consumption of oolong tea may reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases. This is again due to the antioxidant effects of this healthy Chinese tea. It may also keep your cholesterol under check. This means a reduced chance of developing heart disease, strokes, and hypertension.

Wonderful Benefits for the Skin

Oolong tea may help delay the formation of wrinkles and dark spots. Free radicals are believed to hasten the signs of aging on your skin. The antioxidant effects of oolong tea may neutralize these wrinkle-causing free radicals and make you look younger.

Good for the Kidneys and the Spleen

It is believed in Chinese herbal medicine that a weak spleen and weak kidney energy is responsible for many diseases. The Chinese believe that one of the health benefits of oolong tea is in improving spleen and kidney energy. So, regular consumption of the tea may improve your overall health.

Oolong tea and weight loss

One of the reasons why oolong tea is becoming increasingly popular is its effect on obesity. More research is needed to find out about how this tea does indeed promote weight loss. However, it may stem from the caffeine content of the Chinese oolong tea. It also contains theophylline and theobromine, chemicals which work just like caffeine. The tea may also enhance metabolism which can help in burning fat.

Other health benefits of oolong tea

Oolong tea may be beneficial in fighting against tooth decay. It is also believed to be effective against atopic dermatitis, a skin condition. Its antioxidant properties can work in reducing the risk of various cancers and bladder infections. The fumes of the tea may help in cleansing the lungs.

How to Make Oolong Tea - The Traditional Way

The ceremonial way of brewing oolong tea is called the gongfucha. It is commonly used in China and Taiwan and uses a traditional small vessel called a gaiwan or Yixing clay teapot. The water is ideally kept just below boiling point. Multiple short steeps of 20 seconds to 3 minutes are done before the oolong tea is served in a traditional cup. The first steep is usually used for rinsing the tea leaves and is not meant for drinking.

How to Make Oolong Tea - The Simple Way

If you just want to do it the modern way, just brew about 2 teaspoons of oolong tea in a cup of boiled water. Brew for about 1-10 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea to be, and pour it in a cup and enjoy!

Don't throw away the tea leaves. Unlike other tea leaves, you can use your oolong leaves 3-5 times. In fact, the third or fourth steeping of the tea is considered to offer the best taste.

The Different Varieties of Oolong Tea

While there are many health benefits of oolong tea, there are several different varieties of this Chinese tea as well. Lishan oolong, Dong Ding oolong, Ti Kuan Yin, Darjeeling oolong, and Oriental Beauty are only some varieties of oolong tea. Just try the different varieties and experiment yourself to find out which ones you like best.

Get Ready to Enjoy Your Cup of Oolong Tea!

So, ready to reap the many health benefits of oolong tea? Then go on and try it out. Just don't overdo it because like your usual tea and coffee, this one also contains caffeine. Too much of it may just lead to nervousness, anxiety, and fidgetiness.

Read more articles:

How to use Garlic for Vaginal Yeast Infection or Candidiasis

Guggul for Acne

How to Use Multani Mitti for Hair

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Use Garlic for Vaginal Yeast Infection or Candidiasis

Vaginal Itching and Irritation

If you are troubled by vaginal itching and irritation, accompanied with a white discharge which looks like cottage cheese, then you probably have candidiasis.

Candidiasis is a fungal infection which can occur in the mouth, urinary tract, stomach, skin or the vagina. Most women who suffer from vaginal itching and irritation usually have a candida infection. The infection is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans.

The Magic of Garlic

While there are many over-the-counter medications available for treating vaginal candidiasis, garlic is one of the most useful natural treatment for it. Garlic or Allium Sativum has anti-fungal properties and this is why it works as a magical cure for vaginal candidiasis.

Allicin is the active component in garlic which is responsible for the anti-microbial activity of this wonderful herb. Allicin has been found to be effective in curing all sorts of infections, including those caused by bacteria and fungi.

However, fresh garlic does not contain allicin. It contains alliin. When you crush or chop fresh garlic, alliinase, an enzyme, converts the alliin into allicin. This is also what is responsible for the strong odor of garlic.

How to Eat Garlic for Curing Vaginal Yeast Infection

The best way to consume garlic is to eat it raw. Just crush it or chop it and add it to your salads. This is the best way to get the most out of Allicin for treating vaginal infection.

You can also take one clove of garlic every day. Make sure to peel off the white covering over the clove before eating it. Just chew the garlic in the mouth before gulping it down your throat.

If you cannot take raw garlic, just buy garlic or allicin capsules. In this case, consume 4,000-5,000 mcg of allicin per day.


Place the Clove Inside the Vagina

Another commonly used way for using garlic for vaginal infections is to place the clove inside the vagina. Just take one clove, peel off the white covering, and place it inside the vagina just before going to bed. Throw it away in the morning.

You can also cut the clove into two and then place it in the vagina. As mentioned above, chopping or crushing allows the allicin to work its magic in a much better way.

Most women will see a difference within a day of usage. However, if the candida infection has been troubling you for quite a few weeks, you may have to use it for a few nights. In this case, make sure to cut the garlic into two to enhance its strength. 


The Strong Odor and Taste of Garlic

Keep in mind that garlic has a strong odor and taste. So, if you are eating it raw, you are likely to retain that garlic breath throughout the day. Even when you place it inside the vagina, you may taste it in your mouth. Don't worry about it. It will disappear as soon as you stop using it.
So, if you are suffering from a vaginal yeast infection and would like to try out a home remedy, try out garlic. You may be able to skip a meeting with a doctor.
Read more articles:

Natural Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Natural Home Remedies for Acne 

Natural Home Remedies for Eczema  

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