Touch of Nature

Natural Products and their usefulness in our daily life to achieve a healthy mind and body.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Stress and relaxation relief techniques

‘Stress’ the term is quite common in our today’s lifestyle. Stress is a condition people suffering with due to many conditions related to work, society or personal lifestyle. With our growing population and mechanical lifestyle people are suffering more with ‘tension’, ‘depression’, ‘anxiety’, ‘nervousness’ etc. These are all happen due to mental imbalance or emotional imbalance but have great side effects on our health.

Relaxation is the opposite of stress. It helps to reduce the level of tension and reverse the symptoms associated with stress.

Following are some of the steps can be taken to reduce stress or tension level-

1. Experts are recommending exercises at least 10 minutes per day which is a positive way to reduce stress level.

2. Apart from doing some physical exercises Deep Breathing is also a helpful way to keep away stress from our daily life. Sit straight on your back; make your mind free from tension. Inhale deeply but slowly without any interruption. Exhale deeply with your moth, slowly.

3. A great way to reduce tension is watching a funny video.

4. Go for a brisk walk if possible. A good way also to get rid of stress and anxiety.

5. Talk to your friend or a person whom you trust. Try to share your feelings.

6. Try to find out the positive sides of your problem.

7. Eat plenty of fruits and green vegetables. Avoid taking alcohol and caffeine.

8. Don’t smoke. This is simply dangerous.


Skin care with Apple

Apple, the highly nutritious fruit has a wonderful therapeutic effect to blood vessels, which also helps to improve circulation. Thus eating apple daily helps you to maintain a good health. From skin care point of view the following tips might help you to maintain a beautiful and healthy looking skin-

1. Take ¼ of an apple. Then peel of the skin and grate. Refrigerate them. Apply on skin and leave them for 15 minutes. Then wash the skin with cool water. This remedy is useful for dry skin. Also helpful for making skin healthy with its natural glow.

2. Use apple mask for normal skin-

Take 1 apple, cored and quartered. First drop the apple pieces into a food processor and chop. Add honey to them and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion until the honey feels tacky. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Some information on Pimples

Pimples are the lesions on the skin which is caused mainly due to the blockage of skin pores. Pimples can take place in many places of our body like neck, back, upper arms but mostly take place on the face. Pimples, blackheads and whiteheads are the most common forms of acne. In adolescents pimples generally occur in men and women.

The common symptoms of pimples-
1. Inflammation of the adjoining areas
2. Redness around the extension areas.
3. Eruptions with pus filled.

Common Causes of pimples-
1. Blocking of sebaceous glands while obstructed by pollutants, dirt etc. the sebum blocks the pores resulting into pimples.

2. The bacteria which reside on the skin produce enzymes. This can leads the body to produce more sebum from oil glands. This is also a cause of forming pimples.

3. Environmental factors play a major role in forming pimples also. Over exposure of sun rays, dirt, pollutions etc are responsible for forming pimples.

4. Excess oily, spicy, fatty substances in foods are also responsible for creating pimples and acne.

5. Apart from the above factors there are also some hereditary factors which are also related to causing pimples.

Now the main point is how to prevent pimples? What are the common home remedies for controlling pimples?

1. Pimples can disappear without scars by rubbing garlic on the affected parts several times a day.

2. A surprised therapy is using toothpaste! Yes, it really sounds different but it works very well. Just apply some toothpaste over the pimples and leave them for overnight. The next morning you’ll find that your pimples get reduced to their half of the size.

3. Take the milky part of an unripe papaya and apply to the affected areas. Now see the difference! This not only treats the pimples but also makes face soft and subtle.

4. Ground nut oil mixed with lime juice when applied to the pimples affected skin can help to clear the skin in a way helping to fade off scars if there is any.

5. Grated cucumber applied over the face for fifteen minutes and then washed with water is also helpful for preventing pimples, blackheads and also dryness of skin.

6. Mix a teaspoon of honey with half teaspoon each of camphor lotion and tomato juice. Apply the mixture on pimples and wash them after fifteen minutes with lukewarm water followed by cold water. This process is quite helpful for lighten the spots or marks left by the pimples.

7. Turmeric when mixed with whole wheat flour and applied to the affected areas can help to get rid of pimples.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stay beautiful in Monsoon

Monsoon is the time when your skin may sometimes behave abnormally. Suddenly the skin may gets oily or become dry and dehydrated. Many common problems of skin like pimples, skin eruption, and dandruff may take place. So a bit of special care should be taken to stay away your skin from hazards and also to look beautiful and elegant.

Some common problems and their remedies-

1. Humidity- The skin gets wet often in monsoon. It’s better to wash your face with an ice cube. Rub it on your face for 5-10 minutes. It may help you to lower your perspiration rate.

2. Pimples- If your skin is oily then you’re more prone to pimples. Wash your face with clean water thrice daily. Use any herbal astringent.

3. Skin eruption- During monsoon season the bacterial activities grow rapidly. Proper toning with a good herbal or natural toner can prevent skin infections and eruptions. Five drops chamomile oil mixed with 1 tsp milk is helpful to tone dry skin. Ten drops lavender oil mixed with 1 tsp water is helpful to tone oily skin.

Proper cleansing is very necessary in Monsoon

For dry skin almond paste or honey cleanser can be used. Take few almonds and crush them. Mix them with 2 tsp pf honey. Massage it on your face for 5-7 minutes and wash with clean water.

For oily skin ripe papaya pulp is quite effective to act as a natural cleanser.

Make your skin smooth and supple

Using a egg mask once in a week is quite useful for getting smooth skin. Mix 1 tsp of lime juice with 1 tsp of honey. Then add this mixture with white portion of egg. Apply it on your face and stay for 1 hour. Wash your face with tepid water.


Friday, July 04, 2008

Medicinal values of Neem

The plant Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a native of Indian sub continent which has been associated with healing. Every part of the tree has beneficial effects upon human health. Neem bark, leaves and also fruits are being used in Ayurveda for a long time and described in ancient writing of Sushruta.

Neem bark is bitter in taste which can be used as tonic and astringent. It has usefulness in fever, nausea and also in several skin infections.

Properties of Neem bark Extracts-
1. Anti pyretic
2. Anti Bacterial
3. Anti inflammatory

Main uses-
Neem bark extract generally used for manufacturing drugs and medicines for the following purposes-
1. Skin diseases
2. Ulcers
3. Gastrointestinal problems
4. Birth control

Medicinal values of Neem leaves extract-

Extensively used for inflammation purpose and number of skin related problems like acne, pimples, blemishes, skin rashes etc. For skin diseases and jaundice the juice of leaves can be used after mixing with honey.

Also neem leaves are used in the cosmetic industries largely for making face and body creams.

Usefulness of Neem Fruits-

It is a good purgative, emollient and highly effective against intestinal worms, urinary infection and piles.

Neem seed extracts are anti fungal and anti bacterial in nature and widely used in making skin and body lotions, skin creams and moisturizers. Also used in making face packs.

This oil is also helpful in several skin diseases, cuts, wounds, burns and ulcers etc.