Zits, Pimples,Black & Whiteheads – Home Remedies

 

Zits are mainly caused due to the excessive production of sebum, a type of oil generated by the sebaceous glands. The sebum blocks the hair follicles and the pores of the skin with oil, dead skin and bacteria. This creates a protrusion on the skin known as acne, zits, blackheads or white heads.

A granular paste made of almonds is an effective treatment for acne with skin cleansing and enriching properties.

A paste made of lentils and curd with a few drops of margosa juice can be an effective remedy to treat pimples or zits.

Washing the skin with green gram flour helps clean the skin and also helps bleach the face.

Honey , sandalwood, olive oil mixture can help soothe dry skin.

 

Toothpaste For Pimples

The ingredients in toothpaste tend to dry your skin, which clears up the acne if left on the skin for a period of time.
1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, or water and pat dry, Do not rub.
2. Make sure you have toothpaste not gel. Apply to the acne and surrounding areas.
3. Leave the treatment on for 30-60 minutes or overnight.
4. Wash your face with lukewarm water.
5. Apply a moisturizer in a circular or left-to-right motion to your face.

 

 

Green Tea And Pimples

Green tea has proved to be anti-bacterial that reduces inflammation, decreases hormone activity, capable of killing the potentially deadly Staphylococcus Aureus and the bacteria that cause Bacterium acne.
Green tea’s antioxidants have been shown to be highly beneficial to acne prevention. These antioxidants help your body to fight against free radicals that cause damage to cells and tissues in your body. Green tea therapy is less toxic and has fewer or no side effects as compare to other drug based products. Simply putting green tea bags on the face can work quite rapidly.

 

 

 

 

Pimples Cure At Home

Mix the below ingredients into a smooth paste;

1/2 a cup of baking soda (or flour)

1/2 a cup of water

1/2 a cucumber, grated

2 slices of cucumber or apple

1 Tbsp. of honey

Apply the paste on the affected area and allow to dry. Wash off with warm water and pat dry with a clean cloth.

 

 

 

 

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Go Green With Your Beauty Regime !!!

Get an insight into all-organic skin and hair care treatments to spare yourself of health problems. These simple natural beauty remedies provide you with easy alternatives on how to go green with your beauty regime.

Pamper your strands and complexion with the healing power of organic ingredients. Take a tour at the local market or in your kitchen to pile up a myriad of nutritive veggies, fruits and seeds rich in vitamins and minerals.

Restore the shiny and happy state of your skin cells with these simple natural beauty remedies. Learn more about the danger of loading your organism with chemicals and free radicals. Opt for the safest and most budget-friendly treatments for glossy locks and a radiant skin condition.

Banana for Glossy Locks

  • There’s no need to spend a fortune on hair conditioning formulas if you decide to use natural treatments. Bananas are super-rich in potassium and boost the elasticity of the locks. Grab a medium bowl and use a simple fork to mash a banana. Apply the paste to your tresses covering all the delicate spots. Leave the treatment on for 15-20 minutes. Finally rinse it off with tepid water and wash your locks with shampoo.
Olive Oil for Soft Skin

  • Quit using harsh soaps and chemical formulas to cleanse your complexion. Olive oil does magic with your skin. Start rubbing a small amount of this vegetable oil into your pores.

    Massage the skin for a few minutes using circular motions. The next step is to soak a washcloth into warm water and position it on your face.

    Leave the washcloth on until it starts to cool down. Then wipe off the dirt and oil excess from the surface of your skin until you have removed all the signs of the treatment. Your skin will radiate health.

Garlic for Strong Nails

  • Acrylic nails look hot, however if you wish to boost the strength of your natural nails, you can use this simple organic remedy.

    Chopped garlic added to various nail polish formulas is a secret used by women from all over the world in order to provide nails with a natural shield. Leave the garlic in the bottle for 7-9 days and then apply a thin line of the varnish on your nails. You’ll notice the difference right away! Don’t be afraid of the smell, it will disappear.

Cornstarch for Oily Skin

  • Face powder is a must have makeup product for those who struggle with an oily complexion. However, you can also replace the chemical formula with a natural substitute. Cornstarch is the magical remedy to get rid of greasy spots. Use a brush or simply your hands to apply a tiny layer of cornstarch on your face or body. This organic ingredient works as a translucent powder. Its greatest advantage is that it can immediately absorb the oil excess from the surface of your complexion.
Baking Soda for Natural Microdermabrasion
  • Have you heard about the most expensive and revitalizing microdermabrasion treatments? This time it’s not necessary to empty your pockets for a refreshing beauty session. You can use baking soda from your own kitchen to obtain the same fabulous results. Apply some baking soda on your hands and start massaging your wet face with it. Do this for 3-5 minutes and don’t be afraid of the uncomfortable feeling it can give you, it’s the normal reaction of the skin to this treatment. Finally wash off the treatment with tepid water.

Potato, a power pack, brimming with God’s goodness

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Every potato is a power pack, brimming with God’s goodness.  In theory, we could eat only potatoes, supplemented with the occasional leafy greens, for chlorophyll, and the body would suffer no dietary deficiency.

POTATOES AS A HOME REMEDY
Not everyone wants to carry a potato in their pocket or purse, but maybe we should.  Potatoes can be used in dozens of cases of sickness or injury.  Here are a few proven easy-to-follow home remedies:

Diarrhea  –  eat unsalted potatoes  mashed with water
Indigestion – eat potatoes raw, about ½ cup
Heartburn and Gas – drink freshly squeezed juice first thing in the morning
Ulcers – one quart of potato juice throughout the day, before meals
Sore-throat – make a compress by placing hot mashed, unpeeled, boiled potatoes in a linen or cotton cloth, then apply to area affected
Boils – make a poultice of raw potatoes apply and change every eight hours
Burns – apply cold, crushed, raw potato to the area, if not cold mix with ice
Constipation – boiled with the skin on them or drinking the juice will soothe inflamed tissue and provide bulk to the stool.
Colds and Flu – fast from all processed foods and boil potatoes with carrots, onions, celery and parsley.

POTATOES ARE PACKED WITH VITAMINS
Potatoes contain Vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 and B6.  The most important is Vitamin C.  The entire recommended daily amount can be found in 14 ounces of potatoes.  The vitamin content is at its peak at harvest time, and decreases during storage.

POTATOES CONTAIN HIGH GRADE PROTEIN
The quality of protein we consume matters more than the quantity.  Potato protein is an ideal blend of essential amino acids.  Since the body functions most efficiently on a vegetable protein, this is some of the best nature can offer.

POTATOES ARE RICH IN MINERALS
Its high potassium content means it is an ideal way to offset the surplus acid found in such foods as meat and dairy products.  Many people, women more than men, suffer from iron and magnesium deficiencies, particularly those who are pregnant or are very active in sports.  Those who eat potatoes regularly have no need to take iron or magnesium supplements.

POTATOES ARE LOW IN CALORIES
Many people would be surprised to learn that 3.5 ounces of boiled potatoes contain only about 80 calories.

POTATOES CONTAIN COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES
It is used to be believed that carbohydrates led to excess weight.  It is now known that they are the body’s most important source of energy.  Among the complex carbohydrates are starch and fibre.  During digestion, starch is converted to energy and stored in the liver and muscles.  Fibre is a vital aid to digestion.  It absorbs a great deal of body waste and expands enormously.
This increased bulk encourages more efficient bowel function.  Fibre-rich foods sty in the system only half as long as those with little fibre.

POTATOES ARE VERY LOW IN FAT
The fat content of potatoes is only about less than one percent.  This tiny quantity includes “good” essential fatty acids.

POTATOE RECIPES
As an aid in losing excess pounds without feeling that you are starving yourself, potatoes are highly recommended.  They can be made in so many ways so that while you have them often they do not need to look the same.

DIABETES
Many diabetics are overweight.  Their bodies must have a steady supply of complex carbohydrates, but not in excessive quantities to avoid creating much sugar in the blood.  On a potato diet, diabetics can lose weight without any harmful side-effects.

KIDNEY PROBLEMS
To avoid having to resort to dialysis, people whose kidneys fail to excrete waste products must eat little protein, which must also be of high quality, because of its biological efficiency, the potato is good for kidney patients.  It is excellent for urinary tract infection as well, alkalizing the mucous membranes and causing bacteria to be passed out in the urine.

GOUT
Gout, the so called “rich man’s disease,” is caused mainly by consuming too much meat and animal fat.  One of the symptoms is the overproduction of uric acid.  The most important part of treatment is a diet low in this acid.
Potatoes contain very little uric acid and therefore, can be the main ingredient in an anti-gout diet.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
When certain bodily functions are disturbed, the kidneys excrete insufficient sodium, which leads to raised blood pressure or hypertension.  Sufferers are prescribed an extremely low-sodium diet.  This means eating foods naturally low in sodium and avoiding or restricting the use of salt in their preparation.  Potatoes are the perfect low-sodium food, so patients with blood pressure are urged to include frequent “potato days” in their diet.

Clove: Oldest Aromatic Spice having Therapeutic Virtues !!!

Syzygium aromaticum (Clove), belonging to family Myrtaceae, is one of the oldest aromatic spices of the world, having many therapeutic virtues. It is a moderately sized, conical, evergreen tree that attains a height up to 10-12 m. The dried flower bud of the clove tree and its oil is used for medicinal purpose. S. aromaticum is commonly known as Lavang, Laung (Hindi), Shriisanjnan, Lavanga (Sanskrit), Clove (English). It is grown as a spice crop in western coasts and southern states of India (Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu).

Cloves have long been considered a home remedy in India for toothaches, joint pains, indigestion, asthma, cough, skin disorders, headache, etc. These health benefits of clove can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, germicidal, rubefacient, stomachic and stimulant properties. Presented here are some of the home remedies, collected from Indian kitchens where use of spices and condiments is not limited only to preparing meals, but also for treating common disorders.

The health benefits of clove oil can be attributed to its antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac and stimulating properties. The oil is used for treating a variety of health disorders including toothaches, indigestion, cough, asthma, headache, stress and blood impurities.

Clove is an evergreen tree, which produces a flower bud that has numerous medicinal properties. It is often referred as clove bud. Clove bud has a shaft and a head and hence it has the Latin name clavus meaning nail. Clove was extensively used in the ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations and it spread to other parts of the world, including Europe, during the seventh and eight centuries.
Clove is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A and vitamin C. The health benefits of clove oil include the following:
• Dental Care: The most prominent use of clove oil is in dental care. The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. Gargles with diluted clove oil help in easing the throat. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps removing bad breath. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including, mouth washes, and tooth pastes. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide and prepare a white filling material as a temporary alternative to root canal.
• Infections: Due to its antiseptic properties, clove oil is useful for wound, cuts, scabies, athlete’s foot, fungal infections, bruises, prickly heat, scabies, etc. It can also be used insect bites and stings. Clove oil is very strong in nature and hence should be used in diluted form. Further, it should not be used on sensitive skin.
• Skin Care: Clove oil is often recommended for skin care, especially to acne patients.
• Stress: Clove oil is aphrodisiac in nature and hence serves as an excellent stress reliever. It has a stimulating effect on the mind and removes mental exhaustion and fatigue. When taken internally, in appropriate amounts, it refreshes the mind. Clove oil also induces sleep and is helpful to insomnia patients. It is useful for treating mental problems such as loss of memory, depression and anxiety.
• Headache: Clove oil when mixed with salt, and applied on the forehead, gives a cooling effect and helps in getting relief from headache.
• Respiratory Problems: Clove oil has a cooling and anti inflammatory effect, and thereby clears the nasal passage. This expectorant is useful in various respiratory disorders including coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and tuberculosis. Chewing a clove bud eases sore throats.
• Earache: A mixture of warm clove oil and sesame oil is a good remedy for earaches.
• Indigestion: Clove oil is effective in stomach related problems such as hiccups, indigestion, motion sickness, and flatulence. Hence, clove one of the important spices added in Indian dishes.
• Nausea: Clove oil is helpful in case of nausea and vomiting and is often used for pregnancy related vomiting.
• Blood Circulation: Clove oil is increases your body metabolism by increasing blood circulation and reducing body temperature.
• Blood Purification: Clove oil also helps in purifying the blood.
• Diabetes: Along with blood purification, clove oil also helps in controlling the blood sugar levels and hence is useful to diabetics.
• Immune System: Both clove and clove oil are useful for boosting the immune system. Its antiviral properties and ability to purify blood increases your resistance to diseases.
• Premature Ejaculation: Research has indicated that clove can be useful for treating premature ejaculation. Further research needs to be carried out to confirm these results.
• Cholera: It is believed that clove oil is useful for treating cholera.
• Sty: Clove and clove oil is a very effective home remedy for treating sty. Sty is an inflammation on the eyelash and is a very irritating condition. Sty is not only painful, but also causes difficulty in the proper functioning of the eye.
Other benefits of clove oil include the following:
• Cosmetics: Clove oil is often added in cosmetic creams and lotions. It is a good massage oil providing relief from pain and stress.
• Clove Cigarettes: Usage of clove in making cigarettes is a new trend all over the world. Traditionally, clove was added in cigarettes in Indonesia. Smokers (wrongly) feel that the numerous health benefits of clove would nullify the ill effects of smoking. Flavoring Agent: Along with its digestive properties, clove oil is added in food items due to its flavor. It is added in many Indian dishes, pickles, sauce, spice cakes, etc.
• Soaps: Due to the characteristic aroma, soothing effect and antiseptic properties, clove oil is added in making soaps.
• Perfumes: Clove oil is also used in making perfumes.

Application:

•The use of cloves in toothache is a common home remedy. Pressing a clove bud between the jaws, at the site of aching tooth eases the pain.
•Apply clove oil in the cavity of decayed tooth. This would reduce the pain and help to ameliorate infection.
•To remove bad breath, chew Cloves.
•Prepare a decoction by boiling 5-6 cloves in 30 ml of water. Take this decoction with honey thrice a day as an expectorant. Chewing a clove with common salt also relieves coughing.
•If you have cough or throat is congested, try chewing roasted clove. It is also a wonderful medicine in cases of inflammation in the pharynx (condition termed as pharyngitis).
•For treating asthma, soak 2 cloves, 12-15 basil (Ocimum sanctum) leaves, 10 black pepper (Piper nigrum) in water and boil for 15 minutes. Filter the same. To this, add two tsp honey and drink with milk.
•Those who suffer from acidity can suck a clove to relieve the uneasiness.
•Clove oil taken with sugar is known to cure stomach ache.
•Prepare a paste of clove with common salt. Drink it with milk to treat headache.
•Application of a paste of clove also relives headache.
•In cases of nausea and vomiting, prepare a paste by mixing clove powder in honey. Licking the same would ease the problem.
•Clove bud boiled in water and given to a pregnant lady eases vomiting sensation.
•Application of a few drops of clove oil mixed with mustard (Brassica juncea) oil is effective in joint pain and muscular cramps.
•For treating spasmodic coughs during tuberculosis, bronchitis and asthma, mix a few drops of clove oil and garlic in honey. Take this formulation before going to bed.
•In cases of earache, mix clove oil and sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil. Warm the mixture and put 2-3 drops in the ear.
•To treat acne, apply a paste of clove powder in honey over the affected area.
•Mix a few drops of clove oil in jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) or coconut (Cocos nucifera) oil and apply over acne. This home remedy not only removes acne but also leftover spots.
•For treating sty (inflammation on the eyelash), rub a clove stub in water and apply the same over the affected area.
•Clove oil works as an effective insect repellent when diluted with water in 1:10 ratio. Spray this solution to keep the insects at bay.
•Boil 6-7 clove buds along with 15 g aniseed (Pimpinella anisum) in half a liter of water till it remains one-fourth. Drinking the same with sugar is beneficial in the treatment of coryza (inflammation of the mucous membrane).
•Eating a clove in betel (Piper betel) leaf is best remedy for treating catarrh.
Note: The above mentioned home remedies are for information purposes only. Take advice from your doctor before following any of the above mentioned remedies.

Aromatic Clove:

In ancient China, courtiers at the Han court held cloves in their mouths to freshen their breath before they had an audience with the emperor. Today, cloves are still used to sweeten breath. Modern dental preparations numb tooth and gum pain and quell infection with clove essential oil or its main constituent, eugenol. Simply inhaling the fragrance was once said to improve eyesight and fend off the plague.

Clove’s scent developed a reputation, now backed by science, for being stimulating. The fragrance was also believed to be an aphrodisiac. Cloves were so valuable that a Frenchman risked his life to steal a clove tree from the Dutch colonies in Indonesia and plant it in French ground.

Once established, the slender evergreen trees bear buds for at least a century. The familiar clove buds used to poke hams and flavor mulled wine are picked while still unripe and dried before being shipped or distilled into essential oil.

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One should be careful while using clove oil. Clove oil is strong in nature and hence should be diluted before application.
Clove oil blends well with many essential oils including basil essential oil, rosemary essential oil, rose oil, cinnamon essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, lemon essential oil, nutmeg essential oil, peppermint essential oil, orange essential oil, lavender essential oil, geranium essential oil, etc.

Home Remedies for Cholesterol

Cholesterol is an essential substance for our body system. However, when this vital component becomes excess in our body, it results in high level cholesterol and other related diseases. The unhealthy food habit, lack of movement and exercises, stress, tension all result in increasing the cholesterol level in the body. Person with high level of cholesterol suffers from high blood pressure and other related diseases. 290-300 mg and 265-270 mg of cholesterol is essential for men and women, respectively. A proper balanced diet should not contain more than 25-30 percent of cholesterol. However, people who are already overweight and have high level of cholesterol should not take cholesterol containing diet.

  1. Causes for Cholesterol
  2. Symptoms for Cholesterol
  3. Home Remedies for Cholesterol

Cholesterol Causes

High level of cholesterol and heart-related problems has become very common today. The kind of stressful life we are living, unhealthy eating habit etc. has badly affected the level of cholesterol in our body. The main causes of high level of cholesterol are unhealthy food (junk foods, food cooked in butter and other saturated fats, soft drinks), excess intake of red meat, stress, smoking and consuming alcohol and other drugs.

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Cholesterol Symptoms

Patient suffering from high level of cholesterol should never ignore his condition. The main symptoms of cholesterol are: chest pain, strokes, dizziness, problem in breathing, headache, over weight, excess sweating, problem in speaking, expression, loss capacity to do normal day-to-day work, etc.

Heart diseases are caused by blockage of the coronary arteries. This blockage is nothing but the cholesterol. When this cholesterol blocks the arteries, the amount of blood passing to the heart is lowered due to the less passage that is available. As the heart does not receive enough amount of blood, it has to pump hard, which causes many heart related diseases.

There are mainly two types of cholesterol

  1. Low density lipoproteins or LDL (bad cholesterol)
  2. High density lipoproteins HDL (good cholesterol).

LDLs or Low density lipoproteins are accountable for plaque buildup in the arteries; this blocks the flow of blood to mayor organs like the liver, the kidneys, genitals, brain and is the number one cause of heart disease.

HDLs or High density lipoproteins in the other hand are measured good because they carry un-used cholesterol back to the liver where it was shaped once there the liver brakes it down to be removed from the body. The needed cholesterol plays a significant part in the formation of sex hormones and proper nerve and brain functioning.

Though, if we do not have sufficient HDLs (High density lipoproteins) or too much cholesterol for those to pick up and transport back to the liver it will stay in our arteries jamming them.

But you are most likely asking yourself if the cholesterol is produce in the liver,  why would I have too much, it seems like the liver would control how much cholesterol is needed? That is right, the difficulty is that cholesterol is also present in our diet and regularly we eat too much saturated fats such as, coconuts, white bread, gravies, pork products, etc. all these added to the cholesterol produced by the liver could make us arrive at an unsafe cholesterol level.

Home Remedies for Cholesterol – Cholesterol Treatment

 

 

Cholesterol is present inside every human body. Cholesterol is an essential component and plays important role in proper functioning of the body system. However, when this level increase from the normal level, it is alarming. High level of cholesterol should never be ignored, as it will let to several other heart related diseases. Given below are some of the easy and effective home remedies for the cure of high level of cholesterol in the body.

Onion:

Raw onion and juice extracted from it has a magical effect in reducing high cholesterol level. Other benefits of onion juice is that it helps in blood purification, helps in blood circulation, regulate proper functioning of heart. It is also helpful for those who are suffering from insomnia.

Jetun tail (Olive oil):

Mix little amount of olive oil in green leafy salads. Olive oil has proven to be one of the best oil for heart and proper functioning of the body system. It does wonders in reducing the high level of cholesterol. This is one of the important home remedies for cholesterol. This is how to lower cholesterol level

Fiber rich food:

Patient with high cholesterol should eat green leafy vegetable, fiber rich food. Fibers play important role in lowering the cholesterol level and also reduces the high blood pressure level.

Bran cereals or corn flakes:

With a fast life we are living today, doctors recommend bran cereals or corn flakes to be taken with milk during breakfast. These corn flakes are good source of energy and plays vital role in the lowering of the excess level of cholesterol.

Sunflower seed:

Sunflower seed contains useful chemicals

like linoleic acid. This acid helps in decreasing the level of cholesterol around the blood capillaries and helps in normal blood circulation in the body. It is quite alarming that people still are using saturated fats, butter, etc., for cooking food. These unhealthy oils should strictly be replaced from sunflower oil. Other refine oils are soya-bean oil, sesame oil, etc.

Dhaniya (Coriander) seeds:

Take 2-3 tablespoons of coriander seeds and add it to a glass of water. Boil the mixture and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture, and take this 2-3 times a day. Coriander seeds have lots of benefit reducing the level of unwanted cholesterol. It also helps in proper functioning of kidney. This is one of the useful home remedies for cholesterol.

Water:

Drink at least 8-10 glass of water every day. Water not only helps in reducing the level of cholesterol, but also it clears all the toxic and unwanted material stored within our body. To lessen the cholesterol, take cold hip bath twice every day. This technique has been proved to give positive effects if followed on a regular basis.

 

Exercises:

Exercise, mild walk, jogging are best ways to burn extra calories and high cholesterol. Exercises help in weight control, proper blood circulation, and proper functioning of different body systems. Differentyogas for reducing cholesterol are vinyasa , hatha, and kundalini. Mild walking not only burns unwanted cholesterol, but also it helps in increasing the level of those cholesterol that are good for our health.

Apple juice:

Apple is one of the most useful fruit used as a home remedy for the treatment of different diseases from acne to asthma, backache, etc. Take 10-12 tablespoons of apple juice, add equal amount of (5-6 tablespoons) vinegar extracted from apple and grape juice into it. This health drink is very effective in reducing the high cholesterol and purifies blood. One of the useful home remedies for cholesterol.

Methi seeds:

Methi seeds are one of the best home remedy for reducing high level of cholesterol. Soak 1-2 teaspoon of methi seeds in water and keep it overnight. Strain the mixture and drink in empty stomach early in the morning. This not only reduces the cholesterol level, but also purifies blood and solves other stomach-related disease. This is one of the best home remedies for cholesterol.

Lahsun (Garlic):

Garlic too is very effective in reducing high cholesterol. Make a habit to eat every morning a single piece of garlic alone. This procedure takes time but is very effective in treating cholesterol. Add garlic to green salads, or make a paste of 2-3 garlic seeds and take with water or milk. Take a glass of milk and a piece of garlic and boil them together. Allow it to cool. Drink this for a few days to reduce the heart pains and to reduce cholesterol. This is how to lower cholesterol. Eat about seven cloves of garlic every day or take an odorless garlic capsule every day to keep LDL cholesterol low and HDL cholesterol high. Most people find taking a garlic capsule every day is easier than eating 7 cloves of garlic every day.

Grapes:

Eat a few grapes every day or drink some grape juice. The skin of grapes can help keep cholesterol under control. Eat at least 1½ grapefruit sections every day to lower your bad cholesterol. People who eat grapefruit every day can lower their cholesterol by 7 percent in just two months. Grapefruit is just one of many different fruits that include cholesterol-lowering pectin.

Beans:

Add beans to your diet as often as you can. Kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans, soybeans and other legumes can help keep your cholesterol under control. Just by eating 1½ cups of beans everyday you can lower your bad cholesterol by 22 percent. You don’t have to eat that much, but the more beans you eat as often as you can will help keep your cholesterol under control. Beans are another food that contain cholesterol-lowering pectin.

Cinnamon: Take 10 pieces of cinnamon sticks and put them in a pot containing 5 teacups of water. Boil the water and then add a tablespoon of honey to it. Drink this concoction when it’s warm.

Carrots: Eat two carrots every day and you can lower your cholesterol 10 to 20 percent.

Ginger: By using ginger regularly you can not only help keep your cholesterol under control but also thin the blood and improve circulation.

Dry Fruits:  Consume dry fruits like almonds and walnuts daily.

Holy Basil, Tulsi: Maintain habit of eating 7-10 tulsi leaves.

Some dietary treatment, which can be carried out at home to reduce the cholesterol build up in the arteries are:

o Avoid eating ice creams, chocolates, red meats and all other junk foods. They contain high amount of calories. Maintain a diary of your daily intake and correct yourself when you are taking more cholesterol containing items.

o Groundnut oil contains more cholesterol, so avoid it.

o Take half lemon and one spoonful of honey and add them to a glass of hot water. Drink this every morning on an empty stomach. This helps in lowering and maintaining the cholesterol level that is needed for the body.

 

o Avoid buffalo dairy products and fat containing food items like fried food. Cow’s dairy products are good for health.

o Soy and soy products are beneficial in terms of health and cholesterol control.

o Green leafy vegetables and fruits are most necessary contents for the body.

o Avoid alcohol and smoking. They spoil the maintenance of cholesterol.

o Avoid food items that contain animal fat.

Home remedy for High Cholesterol

  • Mix 10-12 tablespoons of apple juice and 5-6 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Intake this mixture once a day.
  • Consuming raw onions or onion juice is also beneficial in reducing the high cholesterol.
  • Regular exercising is very necessary to keep the cholesterol levels under control.
  • In green leafy salads, mix a small amount of olive oil. It proves beneficial lessening the high cholesterol levels as well as for the proper functioning of the heart and the body.
  • Persons suffering from high cholesterol should have foods rich in fiber such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, broccoli, green beans, etc.
  • Consume lots of almonds and walnuts. These are helpful in reducing the cholesterol levels.
  • Chewing sweet neem is also beneficial in lowering the high cholesterol levels.
  • Having fenugreek seeds and sprouts helps to reduce the high cholesterol levels.
  • Persons suffering from high cholesterol levels should have a small bowl of curd everyday. Curd acts favorably in reducing the cholesterol levels.
  • Another effective natural remedy to treat high cholesterol levels would be to have foods rich in lecithin such as egg yolk, vegetable oils, whole grain cereals, soybeans and un-pasteurized milk.
  • It is necessary to follow a proper and healthy diet to keep cholesterol level under control. Always eat a fiber rich breakfast consisting of oatmeal, whole grain porridge, and fruits. Eat legumes at meals along with vegetables and salads. Garlic is considered to lower cholesterol production in liver, so include garlic in your meals. Also add foods with high monosaturated fat content (for example, salmon oil, olive oil, almonds, walnuts, avocados) that helps improve cholesterol in your body.
  • Also, do some amount of physical exercise everyday as an active body is less likely to have a high cholesterol level. Stay away from foods with saturated fats such as whole milk, clarified butter, coconut oil, red meat, poultry skin, etc. Stick to a dominantly vegetarian diet as far as possible as almost all animal products are likely to increase cholesterol level.

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22 Reasons To Go Vegetarian !!!

Vegetarian food is easy to digest Consider making this healthy choice as one of your new year’s resolutions. ..Stacks of studies confirm that a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and grains is your best bet for living a longer, healthier and more enjoyable life. There are literally hundreds of great reasons to switch to a plant-based diet; here are 22 of the best:

1 You’ll live a lot longer.Vegetarians live about seven years longer, and vegans (who eat no animal products) about 15 years longer than meat eaters, according to a study from Loma Linda University. These findings are backed up by the China Health Project (the largest population study on diet and health to date), which found that Chinese people who eat the least amount of fat and animal products have the lowest risks of cancer, heart attack and other chronic degenerative diseases.

2 You’ll save your heart. Cardiovascular disease is still the Number one killer in the United States, and the standard American diet (SAD) that’s laden with saturated fat and cholesterol from meat and dairy is largely to blame. Plus, produce contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. Incidentally, cholesterol levels for vegetarians are 14 percent lower than meat eaters.

3 You can put more money in your mutual fund.Replacing meat, chicken and fish with vegetables and fruits is estimated to cut food bills.

4 You’ll reduce your risk of cancer.Studies done at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg suggest that this is because vegetarians’ immune systems are more effective in killing off tumour cells than meat eaters’. Studies have also found a plantbased diet helps protect against prostate, colon and skin cancers.

5 You’ll add color to your plate.Meat, chicken and fish tend to come in boring shades of brown and beige, but fruits and vegetables come in all colours of the rainbow. Diseasefighting phytochemicals are responsible for giving produce their rich, varied hues. So cooking by colour is a good way to ensure you re eating a variety of naturally occurring substances that boost immunity and prevent a range of illnesses.

6 You’ll fit into your old jeans.On average, vegetarians are slimmer than meat eaters, and when we diet, we keep the weight off up to seven years longer. That’s because diets that are higher in vegetable proteins are much lower in fat and calories than the SAD. Vegetarians are also less likely to fall victim to weight-related disorders like heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

7 You’ll give your body a spring cleaning.Giving up meat helps purge the body of toxins (pesticides, environmental pollutants, preservatives) that overload our systems and cause illness. When people begin formal detoxification programs, their first step is to replace meats and dairy products with fruits and vegetables and juices.

8 You’ll make a strong political statement.It’s a wonderful thing to be able to finish a delicious meal, knowing that no beings have suffered to make it..

9 Your meals will taste delicious.Vegetables are endlessly interesting to cook and a joy to eat. It’s an ever-changing parade of flavours and colors and textures and tastes.

10 You’ll help reduce waste and air pollution.Livestock farms creates phenomenal amounts of waste. The tons of manure, a substance that’s rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a top pollutants. And that’s not even counting the methane gas released by goats, pigs and poultry (which contributes to the greenhouse effect); the ammonia gases from urine; poison gases that emanate from manure lagoons; toxic chemicals from pesticides; and exhaust from farm equipment used to raise feed for animals.

11 Your bones will last longer.The average bone loss for a vegetarian woman at age 65 is 18 percent; for non-vegetarian women, it’s double that. Researchers attribute this to the consumption of excess protein. Excess protein interferes with the absorption and retention of calcium and actually prompts the body to excrete calcium, laying the ground for the brittle bone disease osteoporosis. Animal proteins, including milk, make the blood acidic, and to balance that condition, the body pulls calcium from bones. So rather than rely on milk for calcium, vegetarians turn to dark green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and legumes, which, calorie for calorie, are superior sources.

12 You’ll help reduce famine.It takes 15 pounds of feed to get one pound of meat. But if the grain were given directly to people, there’d be enough food to feed the entire planet. In addition, using land for animal agriculture is inefficient in terms of maximizing food production. According to the journal Soil and Water, one acre of land could produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots or just 250 pounds of beef.

13 You’ll avoid toxic chemicals.The EPA estimates that nearly 95 per cent of pesticide residue in our diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products. Fish, in particular, contain carcinogens (PCBs, DDT) and heavy metals (mercury, arsenic; lead, cadmium) that cannot be removed through cooking or freezing. Meat and dairy products are also laced with steroids and hormones.

14 You’ll protect yourself from foodborne illnesses.According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest in the US, which has stringent food standards, 25 per cent of all chicken sold in the United States carries salmonella bacteria and, the CDC estimates, 70 percent to 90 percent of chickens contain the bacteria campy-lobacter (some strains of which are antibiotic-resistan t), approximately 5 percent of cows carry the lethal strain of E. coli O157:H7 (which causes virulent diseases and death), and 30 percent of pigs slaughtered each year for food are infected with toxoplasmosis (caused by parasites).

15 You may get rid of your back problems.Back pain appears to begin, not in the back, but in the arteries. The degeneration of discs, for instance, which leads to nerves being pinched, starts with the arteries leading to the back. Eating a plant-based diet keeps these arteries clear of cholesterol- causing blockages to help maintain a healthy back.

16 You’ll be more ‘regular.’Eating a lot of vegetables necessarily means consuming fiber, which pushes waste out of the body. Meat contains no fibre. Studies done at Harvard and Brigham Women’s Hospital found that people who ate a high-fiber diet had a 42 percent lower risk of diverticulitis. People who eat lower on the food chain also tend to have fewer incidences of constipation, hemorrhoids and spastic colon.

17 You’ll cool those hot flashes.Plants, grains and legumes contain phytoestrogens that are believed to balance fluctuating hormones, so vegetarian women tend to go through menopause with fewer complaints of sleep problems, hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, depression and a diminished sex drive.

18 You’ll h

elp to bring down the national debt.We spend large amounts annually to treat the heart disease, cancer, obesity, and food poisoning that are byproducts of a diet heavy on animal products.

19 You’ll preserve our fish population.Because of our voracious appetite for fish, 39 per cent of the oceans’ fish species are overharvested, and the Food & Agriculture Organization reports that 11 of 15 of the world’s major fishing grounds have become depleted.

20 You’ll help protect the pu
21 You’ll provide a great role model for your kids.If you set a good example and feed your children good food, chances are they’ll live a longer and healthier life. You’re also providing a market for vegetarian products and making it more likely that they’ll be available for the children. rity of water.It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of mutton, but just 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. Not only is this wasteful, but it contributes to rampant water pollution.

22 Going vegetarian is easy!Vegetarian cooking has never been so simple. We live in a country that has been vegetarian by default. Our traditional dishes are loaded with the goodness of vegetarian food. Switching over it very simple indeed.

JEERA: Main Spice In Indian Food & Medicine For All !!!

“ Shubhrajeeram katu graahi paachanam deepanam laghu
Garbhashayashuddhikaram ruksham balyam sugandhikam
Tiktham vamikshayaadhmanam vaatam kushtam visham jwaram.”

Sanskrit name Jeeraka, jarana, ajaaji

Jeera (Hindi), Jeera(Bengali), Jeere (Marathi), Cumin Seeds (English), cheerakam (Tamil), Jeerige (Kannada), Jeeru (Gujarati)

Cummin seed or jeera is seeds of flowering plant Cuminum Cyminum. This plant, native of east India and east Mediterranean, belongs to family Apeaceae. During Biblical times, cumin was used as an antiseptic but has been more recently recognised as an excellent digestive and stomach disorder settler.

This spice has been praised as jeeraka , jarana and ajaaji for its medicinal qualities in ayurvedic texts. These names refer to its carminative and digestive properties. According ayurvedic principles these seeds balance vata and kapha.The seeds of Cuminum Cyminum have gained their place as main spice in Indian, African, Chinese, Cuban and Mexican cuisines, due to their distinctive popular aroma. It is mainly used to spice and season variety of dishes like curries, chutneys, masalas etc. It is extensively used in India to season dishes. Due to its numerous medicinal properties, jeera is used as an ingredient in many home remedies and ayurvedic preparations.

Cumin was known to the Egyptians five millennia ago; the seeds have been found in the Old Kingdon Pyramids. The Romans and the Greeks used it medicinally and cosmetically to induce a pallid complexion. Classically, cumin symbolised greed; thus the avaricious Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, came to be known privately as ‘Cuminus’

According to ayurveda jeera exhibits the following medicinal properties.

It reduces superficial inflammation and pain.

Apart from kindling appetite, it digests food and normalizes vata in digestive system.

Reduces pain experienced during indigestion, flatulence or heaviness of stomach .

It purifies blood

Cumin seeds act on female reproductive system by reducing inflammation of uterus.

It is eulogized for its galactogog properties. (Increases milk production in lactating mothers).

As it normalizes vata and kapha it acts as an aphrodesiac.

It is a skin friendly herb and reduces itching.

Diabetes: Take 1/2 tsp of crushed jeera with water twice daily.

Cumin is a major spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It can be used to flavour most meat dishes and is also good with some types of fish.

Whole cumin seeds are often added to lentil and pulse dishes. To bring out the best flavour of the seeds, they are usually toasted in a dry frying pan or with a little butter before adding to other ingredients.

Cumin has been used therapeutically for thousands of years and it has a number of healing and curative properties that are listed below. Researchers today are now beginning to look at the components of cumin and study the beneficial effects that cumin has on the body.

Although cumin has long been known for its digestive properties, there are also many other ways in which cumin is said to keep the body healthy and heal the unhealthy body.

Cumin is a very good source of iron, which is needed to transport oxygen to all the cells within the body.

Cumin helps the body to absorb nutrients efficiently.

It is said to be a good general tonic and stimulant for the body.

It has been used to treat chest and lung disorders such as pneumonia and coughs.

Researchers are studying the anti-carcinogenic properties of cumin. It is found to prevent liver and stomach tumours forming in animals.

A paste made from cumin seeds and peppermint oil placed on the abdomen is said to relieve abdominal pains and liver disorders.

Cumin relieves flatulence, bloating, gas and other related stomach ailments.

Cumin is a diuretic.

It can relax muscles and prevent muscle cramps.

Cumin is said to help mothers produce more milk to feed their newborn babies.

Cumin is sometimes used as an antiseptic and also has antibacterial properties.

Cumin can reduce nausea and sickness, even during pregnancy.

Home remedies using jeera

A fine paste of cumin seeds (cumin seeds ground with water), when applied on boils or aching body parts gives relief from pain.

Water boiled with ground jeera has to be given regularly to lactating mothers. This increases breast milk and reduces inflammation of uterus.

Boil ground jeera in water and allow it to cool down. Add a pinch of cardamom to filtered jeera water. Gargling with this flavored water helps to keep the mouth fresh, heals mouth ulcers and eliminates foul smell.

Roast jeera without oil till it warm. Grind this to a fine powder along with rock salt. Massage gums with this powder. This helps to prevent bleeding from gums and strengthens them.

Boil a tea spoon of jeera in a glass of water, allow it to cool. Consuming this water frequently relieves indigestion and flatulence.

Consuming powdered jeera with honey reduces colic pain and reduces diarrhea caused due to indigestion.

A tea prepared by boiling cumin seeds and a small piece of fresh ginger help to give relief in common cold.

Mix a spoon of ground roasted cumin seeds ,½ spoon of fresh ginger juice and a pinch of salt in a glass of butter milk. Frequent consumption of this butter milk helps to relieve piles and sooths inflamed intestine.

Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome can use pomegranate juice mixed with roasted and ground jeera powder. This helps to reduce frequency of stools and sooths colon.

Precaution has to be taken while roasting cumin seeds .Cumin seeds have to be roasted in low heat till it becomes warm and should be taken off from stove when it is sufficiently warm to touch. This precaution helps to prevent the escape of volatile compounds of jeera.

Cumin for the Teeth and Mouth

Roasted cumin seeds can be eaten freshen the breath. Chewing roasted cumin seeds can also heal soars in the mouth and reduce excess saliva.

Cumin for the Urinary System

Boiling a teaspoon of cumin in a glass of water to make a tea cures problems in the urinary tract, cleans the bladder and kidneys.

Cumin and fenugreek when combined together also help to keep the prostate healthy and reduce problems in the male and female reproductive organs and urinary systems.

Cumin for Fatigue and General Aches and Pains

A teaspoon of cumin boiled in water reduces pain in the body and acts as a natural sleep aid for those who have difficulty falling asleep.

Cumin for Women

Cumin tea is very useful for pregnant women during the last month of pregnancy as it helps to ready the uterus for labor and makes for an easier delivery.

Cumin, fennel and fenugreek help to support the female system during menstruation and menopause Cumin for the Common Cold

Cumin tea can be drunk to reduce the symptoms of common cold and sore throat. Cumin helps to remove excess phlegm and is thus good taken during allergy season or at the onset of a cold. Cumin for the Digestive and Immune systems

Cumin helps to regulate bowel function and can help to stop diarrhea by eating it with a bit of sugar candy.

Cumin and fennel combined in equal parts and chewed or boiled as a tea help to promote digestion.

Combined with turmeric and peppercorn it becomes a very good digestive aid and immune booster. Cumin can be chewed after a meal to promote digestion and reduce stomachache.

Cumin is a diuretic.

  • It can relax muscles and prevent muscle cramps.
  • Cumin is said to help mothers produce more milk to feed their newborn babies.
  • Cumin is sometimes used as an antiseptic and also has antibacterial properties.
  • Cumin can reduce nausea and sickness, even during pregnancy.

Home remedies using jeera

  1. A fine paste of cumin seeds (cumin seeds ground with water), when applied on boils or aching body parts gives relief from pain.
  2. Water boiled with ground jeera has to be given regularly to lactating mothers. This increases breast milk and reduces inflammation of uterus.
  3. Boil ground jeera in water and allow it to cool down. Add a pinch of cardamom to filtered jeera water. Gargling with this flavored water helps to keep the mouth fresh, heals mouth ulcers and eliminates foul smell.
  4. Roast jeera without oil till it warm. Grind this to a fine powder along with rock salt. Massage gums with this powder. This helps to prevent bleeding from gums and strengthens them.
  5. Boil a tea spoon of jeera in a glass of water, allow it to cool. Consuming this water frequently relieves indigestion and flatulence.
  6. Consuming powdered jeera with honey reduces colic pain and reduces diarrhea caused due to indigestion.
  7. A tea prepared by boiling cumin seeds and a small piece of fresh ginger help to give relief in common cold.
  8. Mix a spoon of ground roasted cumin seeds ,½ spoon of fresh ginger juice and a pinch of salt in a glass of butter milk. Frequent consumption of this butter milk helps to relieve piles and sooths inflamed intestine.
  9. Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome can use pomegranate juice mixed with roasted and ground jeera powder. This helps to reduce frequency of stools and sooths colon.

Precaution has to be taken while roasting cumin seeds .Cumin seeds have to be roasted in low heat till it becomes warm and should be taken off from stove when it is sufficiently warm to touch. This precaution helps to prevent the escape of volatile compounds of jeera.