Sunday, 22 June 2014

How to Choose the Right Toothbrush?

Choosing the right toothbrush is as important for the health of your teeth as brushing them properly. With such variety of tooth brushes, it becomes difficult to choose the best one. On the other hand, the advertisements and beautiful colors and displays make our decision even more difficult.

 
Mostly, people go to buy the family packs of toothbrush. The family packs come with the same size and shapes. However, not every member of the family has the same size of mouth. Some has the wider while others have the narrower one. The younger family member has the smaller mouth compare to the elder member of the family. So how can the same size of tooth-brush can be used by all family members.
 
It is important to use the toothbrush accordingly that is best suited for you. Below are the general guidelines to choose the right toothbrush for own self.
 
1) Bristles: Many dentists recommend the use of soft bristles to remove the plaque from teeth and gums effectively. Stiff bristles can harm the gums and can damage the filling material, gum tissues. On the other hand the medium bristles can have the same effect as of stiff bristles if used improperly. The safest kind of brush is the brush with soft bristles.
 
2) Shape of Toothbrush: It is advisable to use the tooth-brush with flexible neck. But however the use of non slip grip can also can also be used. It depends upon the individual choice to choose the shape whether rectangular or otherwise. The only thing to keep in mind is to choose the shape which ensures that it reaches to all teeth easily and fits your mouth perfectly.
 
3) Age: Choose the toothbrush according to your age. The tooth brush for 3 years old and 30 years old is different. So choose the one according to your age.
 
4) Head of the toothbrush: It is advisable to use the tooth brush with smaller head and wider at the bottom. This ensures that the bristle reaches to the back molars and back teeth comfortably.
 
Once purchased, how to take care of tooth brush
 
1) Never share your toothbrush with others
2) Rinse your toothbrush completely after you are done with brushing and keep it in open space to air dry
3) Do ensure that the toothbrush does not touch the other toothbrushes.
4) Before using the toothbrush ensure to rinse it with water.
 
The right toothbrush can ensure the good oral hygiene is maintained and prevent from the tooth decay, dental plaque and gum diseases. I would lke to close the article with the famous quote by Clifford Stoll - "Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months."
 
Are you doing any of these 10 brushing mistakes?
 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Home Remedies for Fever

Fever (higher body temperature) is, according to National Institutes of Health (NIH), is not an illness but a body's defense against infection. NIH has described the person's body temperature higher than 99.5 degrees F for child and 99 to 99.5 degrees F for adult has the fever.

 
Causes of Fever
 
1) Fever can be caused when the body is trying to fight with particular infection like ear infection, urinary tract infection etc.
2) Poor immune system
3) Change in weather
4) Stress and lack of rest
5) Unhygienic surroundings / food intake
 
Common Symptoms of Fever
 
Sweating Headache Muscle Ache Dehydration Weakness Shivering Loss of Appetite
 
Home Remedies for Fever
 
1) Cloth dip in cold water: Soak the cotton cloth and dip it in cold water. Wring out the excess water and keep it on forehead for couple of seconds. Repeat it for 10 to 15 times every 6 hours. You can also use the cloth dip in cold water as a sponge to wipe your body.
 
2) Water: You would not like water due to change in taste. However water is essential to prevent the dehydration. You can try out these alternatives to keep you hydrated
 
a) Boil a piece of ginger and basil leaves in a cup of water for 10 minutes. Switch of the gas. Add a few drops of honey and have it couple of times in a day.
 
b) Mix 2 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp of honey in glass of water. Have it 2 to 3 times in a day.
 
c) Garlic has the antifungal and antibacterial properties which make you perspire. Excessive sweating helps in eliminating the harmful toxins from the body. Add the chopped garlic in warm water and have it that will make you feel better instantly
 
3) Mint Tea: Mint has the cooling effect and helps your internal system to recover fast.
 
4) Turmeric Milk: Haldi or Turmeric is the super spice that can be used as a remedy for as many problems as you can think of. Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric in a cup of warm milk and drink it twice in a day.
 
5) Avoid cold water / cold drinks and taking bath in cold water. Totally avoid eating outside during the time you are suffering from the fever. Leafy vegetables / fruits / milk are the healthy options to go with for few days.
 

Trichotillomania - A Obsessive compulsive disorder

What is Trichotillomania?
 
Trichotillomania or Trichotillosis, in simple words, is the hair pulling disorder. The person suffering from Trichotillomania feels the urge to pull out the hair from the scalp, eye-brows, hands, legs and from other body parts. In some cases, they eat the removed hair. The urge of removing the hair is so strong that they cannot stop it inspite of knowing it is not good for ownself. The person feels the pleasure after removing of the hair and then leaves the guilt feeling afterwards. Mostly person who suffers from loneliness and are in isolation suffers from this disease. Trichotillomania is hereditary as per the various research and studies on the said disease
 
Is Trichotillomania a Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?
 
OCD is related to the person who find himself anxious most of the time doing repetitively certain things especially which are body focused. The person suffering from Trichotillosis knowingly or unknowingly starts pulling the hair whenever he / she suffer from the feeling of fear / tension / uneasiness etc. So it won't be wrong to term Trichotillomania as the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
 
Symptoms of Trichotillomania
 
1) Pulling of hair again and again resulting in bald patches and noticeable hair loss.
2) Whenever tensed or anxious, fingers automatically rolling in the hair feeling to get it pulled
3) People keeping things to themselves and not talking about certain things that they are either ashamed of or afraid of. This results in isolation and further a feeling of pulling the hair
4) Continuous stress, pressures and the feeling of failures can also result in Trichotillomania
 
Are there any therapy / treatment to control Trichotillomania?
 
Yes. First and foremost thing is to educate yourself with the problem, timing when it usually occurs and triggers that force you towards the hair pulling. Try to avoid those situations as much as possible.
 
The habit reversal training is the most oldest and trustful treatment for Trichotillomania. The three main component of this training is awareness training, competing response training and social support. First stage is to identify and aware of the situations that triggers the hair pulling. Once identified, try to discourage it by substituting with another response. Lastly family and friends support play the key role into converting the hair pulling habit. It is the duty of the friends and loved ones to support the person suffering from the Trichotillomania and give the positive but encouraging feedback to help them to improve on the situations.
 
Self monitoring and assessment on the regular basis can also result in preventing the trichotillomania. Award yourself for successfully controlling the urge for certain period of time or in certain situations. Challenge yourself by increasing the timings after every award.
 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Homemade Facial Masks for Glowing Skin

Homemade Facial Masks for Glowing Skin

Beautiful glowing skin is not difficult to get. You just needs 30 minutes time everyday to make your skin supple and smooth like a baby skin. Follow the face masks on the regular basis for three months and you will feel the change. Moreover, the compliments that will be pouring in will keep you motivated to use the masks on the regular basis.

 
1) Instant Glow Face Mask: You can use the instant glow face mask once in a week. If you are suffering from the acne problem, this particular mask can prove to be very useful in removing the marks that pimples leave out on the face. To make the instant glow face mask you would require

1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Few Lemon Drops


Wet your face with the warm water.
Apply the instant glow face mask in the circular motion
Leave it for 20 - 25 minutes
Once it dries out, wash it with warm water and pat dry.

 
2) Rich and Pure Face Mask: As the name suggest, the rich and pure face mask, is one of the purest form to give your skin the glowing look. In this mask, the ingredients used are full of good properties that helps in removing the impurities and dirt from your skin. In fact, when used on the regular basis the rich and pure face mask will help in making your skin lighter as well. To make the rich and pure face mask you need

2 tbsp milk cream
Few Saffron Strands
1 tsp almond powder
1 tsp dried orange peel powder
1 tbsp honey


Apply on your face the rich and pure face mask thrice in a week to get the better results. You can use the same procedure as mentioned above with regards to applying of the rich and pure face mask on face and neck area

 
3) Cool Face Mask for Glowing Skin: This particular face mask is the best face mask to be used in summers. Cool Face Mask for Glowing Skin not only helps to make your skin glow but also gives you the cooling and relaxing effect. To make the cool face mask for glowing skin you require

2 tbsp cucumber juice
2 tbsp watermelon juice
2 tbsp yogurt
Quarter Banana Mashed
1/2 tbsp oatmeal
Lemon Drops


Mix all the ingredients and apply on your face and neck for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. You can use the cool face mask for glowing skin once in a week.

 
External factors like drinking enough water, having nutritional food at regular intervals and proper rest are the important factors which cannot be ruled out in any case.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Home Remedies to Cure Dandruff

Home Remedies to Cure Dandruff

Dandruff is the most common problem faced by almost every citizen across the world. Dandruff occurs due to dry scalp and the dead skin comes out causing irritation. When we try to overcome the irritation using our hands, white snow like flakes comes out and the more we try to remove the dandruff the more the dead skin generates and comes out and it spread across the hairs.

In many cases, people think shampooing the hairs every day will solve the issue. But daily use of shampoo further dries up the scalp because many shampoo contains lauryl sulfate as the soap takes all the oil out from the skin and makes it further dry. So as soon as the hair dries up after shampoo, we may feel more dryness and visible dandruff. Get Shampoo Without Sodium Laureth Sulfate/Sodium Lauryl Sulphate



There can be many causes of dandruff, but it mainly occurs due to growth of fungal infection on the scalp and is an infectious condition.

You may complain that you got the dandruff back after following these tips. I totally agree with you. May I ask you a question?

1) Did you follow this twice a week
2) Did you changed your shampoo to Shampoo Without Sodium Laureth Sulfate/Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
3) Are you still following the practice or you just left after following it for 3 to 4 weeks

Trust me, it takes 6 to 8 months to cure dandruff completely. Following this practice improves your hair condition and makes it soft and silky. So continue following all these practices.

Follow these homemade tips to cure dandruff

1) Oil Massage : Almond Oil has high content of fatty acids that prevents the scalp from getting dryer. Massaging helps in loosening of dead cells and fungus around the scalp that lead to dandruff. Fatty acids kills the fungus that generates dandruff. Its a general theory, oil massage your hair and keep it over night. Get up in the morning and shampoo it to clean up the hair. Almond oil is a natural coolant which spreads itself into a protective layer over your scalp and prevents the roots of the hair from being exposed to chemicals. Get Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil For Hair Growth

2) Egg + Curd : Take 1 whole egg. Remove egg yellow yolk part from it. Add 3 tablespoon of curd. 1 tablespoon honey. 1 lemon. Mix all the things thoroughly. Do not blend it. Mix it using a spoon, the way we mix egg omlet. The paste should not be extreme thick. Apply the paste on the hairs. Since this is not extreme thick, it will easily flow down the scalp. Keep this for 45 minutes. Once it half dries up, clean your hairs with cold water. Do not use warm water as it will further open up pores and makes hair weaker. Use cold water and clean up all the paste. Apply Shampoo Without Sodium Laureth Sulfate/Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

3) Aloe Vera : Aloe Vera is the most useful product for hair growth, to bring the moisture in the hairs and prevent the scalp from getting dryer making it dandruff free. Aloe vera contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which help a lot in keeping a check on dandruff. Take some aloe vera gel and apply it on your scalp for around 30 minutes. Later, wash your hair with some mild shampoo.

4) Curd + Olive Oil : Curd as explained earlier, acts as a moisturizer. Mix olive oil with curd and apply on the hairs 1 hour before wash. Olive oil makes the hairs lustrous and smooth.

5) Apple Juice + Garlic Paste + Curd : Take out the liquid from crushed apple and add it to garlic paste. It would be extreme thick. Add some amount of curd to make it half thick and apply on the scalp. Keep it for 30 minutes and wash it with Shampoo Without Sodium Laureth Sulfate/Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

6) Reetha : Reetha is a wonderful home remedy for treating dandruff. Apply a paste made of water and reetha powder on your scalp. Keep this on for 2 hours and wash properly with a good shampoo.

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Homemade Facial Masks for Dry Skin

Homemade Facial Masks for Dry Skin

During the cold season, most of us feel the itch and rough skin. Its important to apply moisturizers to the face in order to keep it fresh and alive.

Applying cold creams comes with some harmful effects in the long run. We should go for natural face masks made at home using the fruits, vegetables, curd, honey, turmeric, etc.

1) Papapa + Honey + Curd : Papaya naturally comes with a bunch of vitamins and essential acids that makes the skin extremely smooth. Use fresh papaya around 100gms and make a paste of it. Mix 1 T of curd and bit of homey in it. Mix it thoroughly and apply it on a face before shower. Keep it for 15 minutes or till it gets dryer. Clean with a lukewarm water. Get more Curd Face Packs

2) Egg + Honey : Egg as we all know how important is for a healthy living and building up of muscles. Raw egg contains natural protiens that energizes the face and make it bright. Take 1 egg white and remove yellow yolk part from it. Mix 1 T of curd and honey. Mix it thoroughly and apply. Make sure to wash with cold water. Avoid warm water on egg mask as there are chances that it may get boiled up.



3) Banana and Yogurt Mask : Take hald a banana and 2 T of curd in a blender. Make a uniform mixture. Spread the mixture onto your face and leave it for 20 minutes, or until it dries.

4) Egg White + Olive Oil : 1 egg white without egg yold, 2 T olive oil and 1 T apple cider vinegar. Leave on for 15 minutes. Never try this on an oily face due to oil content. This also helps in removing pimples. Get more Face Packs To get rid of Pimples

5) Heavy Face Mask : 100gm papaya, 3 T Curd, 1 egg white without yellow, 2 T honey and 1 T lemon juice.

6) Apple + Cucumber : Half Cucumber + Half Apple in a blender. Blend in thoroughly. Add 1 Egg white and half spoon olive oil. Apply and leave for 20 minutes.

Follow above practice twice a week for glowing skin and face without pimples.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil For Hair Growth

Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil For Hair Growth

Its a general theory, oil massage your hair and keep it over night. Get up in the morning and shampoo it to clean up the hair.

But which oil is most beneficial for faster hair regrowth, to give lustrous hairs, remove dandruff permanently, reduces hair fall. Answer is Almond Oil

Almond Oil comes in two categories :
1) Sweet Almond Oil
2) Bitter Almond Oil



Sweet one is considered the best by most of the people as it helps in achieving all the benefits mentioned above in 3 months if followed regularly.

Almond oil is derived from the kernel of almond seeds.

Benefits of the same :

1) Soft and Shiny Hair: Applying sweet almond oil overnight and washing your hair with Shampoo in the morning makes the hair soft and shiny in nature. The practice must be followed twice a week with a gap of 2 days in between.

2) Removes Dandruff: Almond Oil has high content of fatty acids that prevents the scalp from getting dryer. Fatty acids kills the fungus that generates dandruff.

3) New Hair Growth: Regular massaging your hair with oil and cleaning in the morning helps in opening the pores enabling the oxygen flow and helps in growing up of new hairs.

4) Prevent Scalp from Chemicals: Almond oil is a natural coolant which spreads itself into a protective layer over your scalp and prevents the roots of the hair from being exposed to chemicals.

5) Removes Dead Cells: Massaging helps in loosening of dead cells and fungus around the scalp that lead to dandruff. Since almond oil is very light, it forms an outer layer on the hair shaft, strengthening the existing hair which helps in preventing hair loss.

6) Acts as moisturizer: When we shampoo normal oil, it gets completely removed from the scalp. But almond oil has special property, it helps in sealing the moisture once shampoo is applied. Hence it maintains and increase the shine in the hair.

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