Kitchen Remedies For Skin Irritations

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If your skin is red, itchy, dry, scaly, or inflamed, it means that you have a skin irritation. Other symptoms of skin irritation can include bumps, small blisters, pain, burning, stinging, rashes, and cracked skin. Some of the most frequent skin irritants are perfumes, detergents, household cleaners, soaps, extreme hot or cold temperatures, synthetic fabrics, dyes, chemicals found in cosmetics, hairstyle products, and jewelry, latex products, rubber, certain kinds of plants, insect stings and bites, and dander of the pets. Skin rashes can also be caused by stress, hormonal changes, and skin conditions like acne, rosacea and eczema.

Most types of irritation can be treated with home remedies for skin irritation.

Placing a cool compress on the affected area can soothe irritation. It is effective to relieve swelling and pain. Immerse a washcloth in cold water and put it over the irritated skin. Otherwise, cover an ice pack in a towel and use it as a cold compress.

Baking soda is an effective home remedy for irritation. Make a paste combining baking soda and a little amount of water and rub it on the irritated area. Soaking in a bath of baking soda may help relieve skin irritation. Avoid hot and lengthy showers. You should be careful not to scratch the irritated skin area.

If you suffer from inflammation and itchiness, take an oatmeal bath. Get two cups of oatmeal, grind it to a fine powder and add it to lukewarm bath water. You can also add some evaporated milk to the water. Soak in this bath for at least twenty minutes.

Another way to reduce irritation is to apply aloe vera gel to the irritated skin areas. It can alleviate redness, swelling and itching.

Apple cider vinegar can be used as one of the home remedies for skin irritation caused by poison ivy, sunburn, razor bumps, and rashes. Apply apple cider vinegar directly to the affected area with a cotton ball. You should do it several times a day

Chamomile essential oil and chamomile tea are good home remedies for skin irritation. Rub chamomile essential oil directly on the affected area. If you want to use chamomile tea, make some chamomile tree, let it cool, and then apply it to the irritated skin.

A mixture of honey and cinnamon is also helpful to cure skin irritation. Mix three tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of cinnamon powder to make a paste. Rub this paste onto your irritated skin area. Wash it off after it dries.

Add honey to a beaten egg and spread this mask on your face. Leave it there for about ten minutes and then wash your face. This is a fine natural cure for facial irritation.

Cucumber is one of the recommended home remedies for skin irritation. Place slices of cucumber on the irritated area. Add six tablespoons of vitamin E oil and two tablespoons of lemon juice and apply this blend. Let it sit on your skin for about fifteen minutes. Rinse the area with cool water.

If you DON’T snooze you lose: Sleep deficiency during teenage years may have long-term consequences

The brain goes through ‘massive remodelling’ through the teenage years

Teenagers who stay up late most nights before struggling in to school the next day may have more to worry about than being drowsy during lessons.

A new study suggests they could suffer negative effects for the rest of their lives.

U.S researchers found that short-term sleep restriction prevents the balanced growth and depletion of brain synapses, which are the connections between nerve cells where communication occurs.

Not getting enough shuteye? It could have long-term consequences for teenagersIf you DON’T snooze you lose: Sleep deficiency during teenage years may have long-term consequences

The University of Wisconsin-Madison study appears in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience.

‘One possible implication of our study is that if you lose too much sleep during adolescence, especially chronically, there may be lasting consequences in terms of the wiring of the brain,’ says lead researcher Dr Chiara Cirelli.

Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia tend to start during adolescence but the exact reasons remain unclear.

‘Adolescence is a sensitive period of development during which the brain changes dramatically,’ Professor Cirelli says.

‘There is a massive remodelling of nerve circuits, with many new synapses formed and then eliminated.’

Professor Cirelli’s team wanted to see how alterations to the sleep-wake cycle affected the anatomy of the developing adolescent brain.

Their earlier molecular and electro-physiological studies showed that during sleep, synapses in adult rodents become weaker and smaller, presumably preparing them for another period of wakefulness when synapses will strengthen again and become larger in response to ever-changing experiences and learning. They call this the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis of sleep.

Using a two-photon microscope, researchers indirectly followed the growth and retraction of synapses by counting dendritic spines, the elongated structures that contain synapses and thus allow brain cells to receive impulses from other brain cells.

They compared adolescent mice that for eight to 10 hours were spontaneously awake, allowed to sleep or forced to stay awake.

The live images showed that being asleep or awake made a difference in the dynamic adolescent mouse brain: the overall density of dendritic spines fell during sleep and rose during spontaneous or forced wakefulness.

‘These results using acute manipulations of just eight to 10 hours show that the time spent asleep or awake affects how many synapses are being formed or removed in the adolescent brain,’ Professor Cirelli says.

‘The important next question is what happens with chronic sleep restriction, a condition that many adolescents are often experiencing.’

The experiments are under way, but Prof Cirelli can’t predict the outcome.

‘It could be that the changes are benign, temporary and reversible,’ she says, ‘or there could be lasting consequences for brain maturation and functioning.’


More harm than good? Multi-Vitamin pills can cause premature death !!!

More harm than good? Vitamin pills can cause premature death.

Vitamins and other food supplements taken by millions of women may actually put them at more risk, according to a major study.

Scientists say there is little evidence the pills do any good – and in fact some could be causing serious harm.

A study involving nearly 39,000 women has found multivitamins, vitamin B, folic acid, iron, magnesium and copper all increased the statistical risk of premature death.

Some of the most popular pills include multivitamins, vitamin A, C and E, iron, folic acid and calcium – which are all thought to improve long-term health and ward off illnesses.

Scientists from Finland, Norway, the U.S. and South Korea looked at the long-term health effects of common vitamin pills and minerals on 38,772 women aged 55 to 69.

Over an 18-year period the women recorded any supplements they regularly took.

The results, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found copper increased the risk of dying prematurely by 18 per cent. Folic acid – which pregnant women are told to take to protect their child against spina bifida – increased risk of death by almost 6 per cent, while iron raised the risk by nearly 4 per cent.

 Multivitamins raised the risk by 2.4 per cent, vitamin B6 by 4 per cent, magnesium by 3.6 per cent and zinc by 3 per cent.

The scientists do not fully understand how supplements may trigger early death, but they may interfere with the body’s natural defences. They say the supplements should only be taken by patients who are malnourished and only under the supervision of a doctor. Everyone else should ensure they eat a balanced diet to get adequate vitamins and minerals.

Concern: Doctors are worried that the tablets can interfere with the body's natural defence system 

Concern: Doctors are worried that the tablets can interfere with the body’s natural defence system

Jaakko Mursu, from the University of Eastern Finland, said: ‘Based on existing evidence, we see little justification for the general and widespread use of dietary supplements.

‘We recommend that they be used with strong medically-based cause, such as symptomatic nutrient deficiency disease.’

The results back up a major Danish study carried out at the University of Copenhagen in 2008 which found some vitamin supplements increase the risk of dying early by 16 per cent.

Last night experts dismissed the latest findings. They claimed many patients took supplements to treat underlying health problems – for example iron for anaemia – so were more likely to die early anyway.


Dr Glenys Jones, from the Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research unit in Cambridge, said: ‘This observational study is interesting, but it does not show supplement use causes women to die earlier.’

Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Health Supplements Information Service, which provides the public with information on vitamins and minerals, said: ‘Multivitamin supplements contain a variety of essential vitamins and minerals which help those with less healthy, or irregular diets, to meet recommended intakes of nutrients, thus ensuring the maintenance of normal health and well-being.

‘The findings should be treated with extreme caution given the poor methodology and lack of reliable information about the health of participants, or the type of diets consumed.

‘As there is no credible biological reason why normal supplement use should impact on mortality, it is likely these findings represent an effect of age and ill-health rather than supplement use.’


Exercise offers drug-free way of preventing migraines

On your bike: Exercise provides an effective drug-free way to prevent migraines

Going for a regular workout works just as well at preventing migraines as relaxation therapy and a common prescription drug, say scientists. All three treatments reduced the frequency of some women’s migraine attacks by as much as three quarters – although the average reduction was more modest.

Scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, were surprised to find using an exercise bike three times a week could have such a potent effect.

The team, led by Dr Emma Varkey, studied 91 women from a single headache clinic in Sweden. They were between 18 and 65 years old, had neurologist-diagnosed migraine, with or without aura, and got headaches two to eight times per month.

They randomly assigned their subjects to one of three regimens for three months: 40 minutes on an exercise bike three times a week, relaxation therapy or daily topiramate.

Previous studies have shown that both relaxation therapy and the prescription drug topiramate are able to prevent migraines. The latest study found exercise is just as effective.

‘Topiramate is a drug of first choice which has shown great effects in studies,’ Dr Varkey said.

‘It was a bit surprising and very interesting that the change in number of migraine attacks was almost similar in all three groups.’

She added: ‘This non-pharmacological approach may therefore be an option for the prophylactic treatment of migraine in patients who do not benefit from or do not want daily medication.’

Dr Varkey said topiramate was best at reducing the intensity of migraines when they did come. However, the drug can cause side effects such as numbness, vertigo and depressed mood.

None of the women in the relaxation group or exercise group reported side effects, but eight women making up a third of the topiramate group did and three withdrew from the study as a result.

‘From a wider health-based perspective, it should be stressed that patients with migraine are less physically active than the general population, and that exercise has positive effects in terms of general well-being and the prevention of disease,’ the team added.

‘Additional and larger studies are, of course, needed to verify our results and to gain evidence for exercise as migraine treatment, but our results are hopeful,’ Dr Varkey.