Touch of Nature

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

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Home remedies for Dark Circles

Dark circles under eyes may happen due to several factors like- lack of sleep, stress, fatigue, deficiency of vitamins and minerals within the body and many more. Under eye circles can be removed by applying some of the following techniques-

1. Peeled and grated potato is excellent. Apply it overnight for 2-3 times a week.

2. Massage with almond oil under and around the eyes is a helpful method of giving good result. Do it daily at bed time for 2 weeks. You will surely see the improvement.

3. Grate a cucumber, squeeze it to take out its juice and refrigerate. Make a mixture of lemon juice, cucumber juice with lanolin cream. Apply the mixture around your eyes for 10-15 minutes.

Apart from applying the above techniques it’s also required to eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits. Drink at least 8 glasses of water regularly and also grow a habit of going early to bed.


How to prepare homemade toothpaste and mouthwash?

Following is a homemade remedy of making toothpaste:

First of all collect the following ingredients-

1. Bicarbonate of Soda
2. Glycerine
3. Salt
4. water
5. Peppermint oil

First mix 3 parts of Bicarbonate of Soda with one part of salt. Then add 3 tsp of glycerine with every ¼ cup of this mixture. Then add plenty of water to it to make a thick paste. Finally add few drops of Peppermint oil for better taste.

Preparing baking soda Mouthwash:

Mix two ounces of water, ¼ teaspoon of baking soda or sea salt, 1 drop pure peppermint oil and 1 drop tea tree oil. This is a great mouthwash with nice refreshing minty taste in your mouth which helps to prevent bad breath.

Preparation of Fennel Fresh Mouthwash:

First pour brandy or vodka into a 100 ml. glass bottle. Then carefully add essential oil with it. Shake the bottle vigorously to dissolve the oil. Your mouthwash is ready for use. Before using it add 2 to 3 tsp of mouthwash into a half small glass of warm water and stir well.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Skin care tips with Olive oil

The inexpensive olive oil is healthy and wonderful for cooking and also useful for keeping skin beautiful.

Following are some skincare tips with olive oil-
1. For dry skin make a paste with egg yolk, olive oil and lemon juice. Apply the paste on your face and neck. Rinse well after 10 minutes.

2. Apply a mixture of honey, olive oil, basin and milk. Use the mixture as a face pack.

3. Make facial also with olive oil- First beat an egg yoke with a fork, add olive oil and blend well. Add honey using a teaspoon. Mix them well and smear it all over your face with the help of your fingers, except do not cover your eyes. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse well.

4. A mixture of ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup vinegar & ¼ cup water used as night cream is quite helpful for making skin glow. The olive oil softens and moisturizes and the vinegar lightens discolorations, kills bacteria and loosens dead skin cells. Splash water on your face before applying.

5. Use olive oil on your feet with clean white cotton. It makes your feet soften.

6. Use olive oil for your hair. Not only does it condition, but it also gets rid of the frizz. Put a small drop into your palm & then rub both hands together & apply it to dry hair.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

What to say when someone is depressed?

People who’re getting depressed may want some support from you. You can be supportive by only saying some positive things to those depressed persons. Following are some suggestions that could help you to help a depressed person-

1. Say to them that you’re not alone and you’ve lots of importance to us.
2. You’re not going mad
3. Ask whether he wants a hug. Say to him that when all this is over, I’ll still be here and so will you.
4. I’m not going to leave you or abandon you.
5. Don’t say like this “Believe me, I know how you feel. I was depressed once for several days.”

Present research says talk therapy is excellent for depression patients. A skilled and compassionate therapist can help you a lot to get rid of depression. Research suggests that talk therapy even causes changes in brain function similar to those produced by medication.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Skin Care with Honey

Honey, the nature’s precious gift has numerous advantages for making a healthy body and skin. Women, who spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on several anti-wrinkle and moisturizing creams, should first think about honey. There are several homemade recipes which may bring glow to your skin. Honey has an excellent property of absorbing and retaining moisture. It is known that ancient beauties regularly applied a mixture of honey and milk to the face to keep the skin young looking, radiant and smooth.

Following are some homemade recipes with honey for making healthy looking skin-

1. Cucumber- Honey Toner-
Puree 1 cucumber in a blender and drain away the liquid. Add 2 tsp. of honey with it and mix well. Apply it on face and neck with cotton pad. Leave it for some time and then rinse well.

2. Mix oats with honey, yogurt and ground almonds. Apply this on your face, leave it for five minutes and wash with lukewarm water.

3. Mix honey with lemon and vegetable oil. It’s a good moisturizer for dry skin. Apply this musk for 10 minutes.

4. To get a glowing face mix honey with milk and apply the mixture on your face.

5. You can also make a good cleanser by mixing honey with 1 tsp. of liquid soap and ½ cup glycerin. Apply gently onto face using a face sponge. Rinse well with warm water and pat face dry.

6. Add ¼ cup of honey to your hot water bath for silky and lustrous skin.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Healthy Foods for healthy heart

Taking good care for heart includes regular exercise, not smoking, leading stress free life and eating healthy foods.

Boost your heart health by first adding Blueberries into your diet regularly. Blueberries contain anthocyanins. It also contains high fiber with vitamin C.

Salmon, the cold water fish is considered as good for heart. It contains protein with Omega-3 fatty acids, which is really good for heart.

High protein contained fiber Soy Protein is excellent for heart also. It also contains vitamins and minerals. A diet contains soy protein can lower down LDL “bad” cholesterol which can help to prevent cardiovascular diseases and keep your heart strong and healthy.

What are the diet tips that can help you to maintain a healthy heart?

1. Drink skimmed milk for avoiding cholesterol and fat related problems.

2. Instead of eating fried foods it’s always better to eat steamed, boiled or microwaved foods.

3. Instead of eating or adding a whole egg in your recipe it’s better to eat only egg whites.

4. Eat plenty of green vegetables, salads and fruits.

5. Avoid foods cooked with butter and coconut oil. Instead use unsaturated vegetable oil for cooking.