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Sunday, 17 February 2019

5 Kitchen Ingredients To Avoid If You Have A Dry Skin

Most of us just love to use various kitchen ingredients to whisk up some incredible beauty masks for our skin and hair. And why shouldn't we? In India, we have been using various natural ingredients like haldi, honey, Fuller's Earth, et al for our skin and hair. However, one should be careful while mixing or using the wrong ingredients for their face and hair. I always recommend everyone to always keep an eye on the natural ingredients they are using and also ingredients need to be changed as per your age, meaning what you were using at 16 you cannot use at 60. Moreover, your beauty products need to be changed as per the geographical location where you live; for example, if you live in a tropical area, your skin regime will be different than the one who is living on hills or plains. Similarly, what you use in summer for your skin may not be same in winters. In winters are skin gets dry and loses its elasticity.
So, what are the kitchen ingredients that one must avoid to keep the dryness away in winters, let's have a look:

Gram Flour
This highly popular ingredient has been used in face masks, body ubtans and scrubs from time immemorial. However, due to its oil reducing properties, gram flour should be avoided as a beauty ingredient during winters. Winter is a time when even oily skin requires hydration and nourishing, and gram flour reduces the chances of that completely unless mixed with moisture giving ingredients like fresh cream, milk and curd.
Rice Flour
Having natural skin tightening properties and commonly used in face masks, rice flour is another kitchen ingredient that one should avoid during winters. Rice flour has high contents of starch in it, hence it can dry your skin and may make it look and feel stretched and leathery. If you have dry skin, then you must avoid adding rice flour in your face packs as it will remove moisture from your skin and further add lines and wrinkles to your skin, which is something you wouldn't want.
Lemon
Lemon is an all-time favourite natural ingredient of many beauty experts. However, in winters, you should avoid adding lemon to any of your face packs and masks. Being highly acidic in nature, it can dry your skin and lead to severe burning and rashes. It is also phototoxic, which means when you go out after applying lemon, it will give you a burning sensation and irritability. If you have dry skin, lemon should be avoided at all cost. However, the same ingredient when mixed with moisture giving ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil or even glycerine and massaged into the skin, can work wonders.
Cucumber 
Cucumber is a very popular ingredient that helps in soothing and refreshing your skin. However, due to its natural astringent properties, use of cucumber for making face packs or masks should be avoided in winters. Commonly used around the eyes for lightening dark circles and refreshing the eyes, cucumber may damage and give the skin a dry look as it depletes the oil from the skin, especially around the eye area; therefore, during winters you need extra care around the eyes. You may gently massage your skin with moisture giving ingredients like honey and oil. Used tea bags are a great alternative to soothe and lighten the area around eyes in winters.
Potato
Potatoes are known to help tighten the skin because of their high starch content. However, raw potatoes should be avoided during winters as they make the skin look dry and dull. This simple and easily available kitchen ingredient may damage the skin if applied to an already dry skin which can lead to skin irritation.
Some of the above-mentioned ingredients are absolutely incredible when used in the right weather and conditions. 

I always recommend everyone to use natural ingredients for their skin and hair because of their natural properties. Moreover, it is important to know the right amount of ingredients to be mixed while making face and hair packs. Use of these natural ingredients in the right weather is also very crucial. So, choose your natural ingredients wisely!
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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Black Radish - Remedy For Cold And Cough

Winters are a time when a number of root vegetables are available. Two of the most popular root vegetables include carrots and radishes, which are abundantly available in grocery stores across the country. Seasonal vegetables are replete with essential vitamins and minerals that are required by the body to cope with the impacts of the changing weather. But while we are aware of the popular varieties of these vegetables, a number of lesser-known variants remain unused. For example, when it comes to carrots and radishes, consuming their black variants has a number of health benefits. Both these veggies are rich in anthocyanins, which have antioxidant properties and help the body keep inflammation at bay. The black radish, in particular, has a number of uses during winters, including fighting cold and cough.
Yes, you read that right! Black radish is one root vegetable, which can be used to even remedy cold and sore throat. The vegetable has white flesh and a blackish brown outer skin, which looks like the normal white radish. It has a sharp flavour that is typical of the radish vegetable and is either eaten raw, in salads or is cooked in stews and soups. The vegetable can be consumed along with its skin. However, to consume black radish with its peel, make sure it is fresh and washed thoroughly. Although the phytochemicals present in black radishes have a number of health benefits, including boosting cardiovascular health, their use in remedying cold and cough is very well known.
Black Radish Home Remedy For Cold And Cough
All you need for this lesser known home remedy is fresh black radishes and a little bit honey or sugar. Take a medium-sized radish and cut the stem and root of the radish to get a disc-like shape. Now, using a sharp knife cut a depression in the radish flesh. Pour some honey or sprinkle some sugar granules into this depression and cover it with the chopped stem top. Set the radish aside overnight or for a period of up to 12 hours. Do not fill the hollowed out part till the brim. Leave out some space at the top. Place the hollow radish with the honey in a glass or a dish. After the 12 hours have passed, you will observe some juice of the radish getting collected in the depression and in the glass/dish.
Collect all this juice and consume it to remedy persistent cough or cold. Another way to prepare this black radish juice in larger quantity is to chop the flesh into pieces and place them in a jar. Cover the cubes with honey and let the mixture sit for a day or two. Grab a spoon and consume some of this honey-black radish mixture to treat your cold and sore throat. Black radish is an amazing winter vegetable, as it is very rich in vitamin C, which is an immunity booster. It is also rich in potassium, iron, magnesium, sulphur, etc.
So, the next time you feel like you are not able to shake off that persistent cough, get your hands on black radishes and a jar of honey and you will have a remedy soon!
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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Suffering From Dry Hair?

Winter season is on its last legs but the impact of the same is here to stay for a while. The extreme change in temperature not only impacts one's overall health but also tends to make the skin and hair go dry and dull. It is very important to keep yourself hydrated, especially in the cold winter months. If you have been suffering from dry hair and find it difficult to manage those tresses, then all you need to do is to bring some kitchen ingredients to help. Yes, you read that right! The ingredients you make use of on a daily basis in cooking can come to great help in improving the quality of your deadlocks. One such kitchen ingredient is mustard oil or sarson ka tel. Mustard oil is an intrinsic part of any Indian household kitchen.
Indians make use of this ingredient to a vast extent. The pungent oil is known for its health-benefiting properties like boosting immunity, treating cold and is also known to provide nourishment to the skin and hair. If your tresses are unmanageable and rough, then mustard oil can come to great help. It may also even help encourage hair growth! Its high amount of omega-3 fatty acid content is an essential nutrient to stimulate hair growth. So, if you're someone who has always dreamt of having beautiful and lustrous long hair, here is a magic ingredient for you.

Mustard oil acts as an excellent conditioner for your hair too and makes them look lively. Quite often a dry scalp gives rise to itchiness. If you suffer from frequent bouts of scalp itchiness, then massaging your hair with mustard oil regularly would help increase the blood circulation in your scalp.


Here is a hair mask prepared using mustard oil that could do wonders for your dry hair;

Things You Need:
Mustard Oil
Yogurt
Procedure:
To begin with, take a bowl and add mustard oil and yogurt to it. Mix well both the ingredients and apply the mixture onto your scalp. Then take a fresh towel and soak it into some hot water. Once it has been completely soaked, wring it and wrap it around your hair. Allow it to stay for about 30 to 40 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.

So, make use of this hair mask and say bye-bye to dry and frizzy hair.
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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Healthy Eating Tips – Celebrity trainer Praveen Nair

Here are some tips shared by Praveen Nair to create a relationship with healthy eating;

Eat Often: Nair says that one should eat every two hours if they are training. "Do not let your body get to the point where you are ravenous and will eat anything in sight." He advice carrying healthy snacks like fruit, trail mix, etc., to beat temptation.

Eat Fresh: Praveen Nair says that we should all include more whole fruits, veggies and whole grains in our diets. "These foods contain fibre, which will take longer to digest keeping you full longer", he says in his Instagram post, adding that these foods can also help in keeping you alert and active.

Cheat Date: Praveen Nair encourages people to make a date with their cheat meals, rather than depriving themselves of their favourite indulgences. "Letting yourself cheat one day will actually make you want to eat healthier the rest of the week", he says.

Sleep Properly: Establishing a link between unhealthy eating and improper sleep, Nair says, "The lack of sleep or too much sleep can make you feel even more tired causing you to eat more junk food to get energy, increase caffeine intake and decrease physical activity."

Don't Diet: Contrary to popular belief, dieting for weight loss's sake may not leave you feeling very healthy. Time and again, experts and nutritionists have warned against excessively restrictive diets. Nair seemingly agrees with this belief as he says, "Avoid dieting. Tell yourself that you are eating healthy to improve your lifestyle habits."

Well, now that you've heard it straight from the horse's mouth, guess you're going to start on your fitness plan right away!

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Weight Loss: 3 Low-Calorie Vegetables You Must Have While Winter Lasts

The nip in the air is making us tend towards our greasy cravings. And guess what? Indulging once in a while is fine too. The problem begins when you forget where to draw the line. Moreover, one should also understand the importance of wise choices. The season comes loaded with many low-calorie, low-carbohydrate foods that could go a long way in assisting your weight loss plans. Some of these foods are so low in calories, that you burn more calories while digesting these foods, as compared to the inherent calorie count of the food. In other words, the calorie load is nullified in the process of digestion, which is why these foods are also called negative calorie foods. While scientists are divided on the theory of negative calorie foods and its ability to nullify calorie addition, what cannot be denied is the fact, that most of these foods are indeed super healthy and loaded with nutrients.
Here are some winter special negative calorie foods you must have while the season lasts.  
1. Carrots
Juicy and ever-so-delightful, carrots make for excellent weight-loss friendly food. Packed with an ample amount of dietary fibres, carrots help keep you satiated for long. If you are feeling full, you would naturally binge less. You can include carrots in hot soups, stews, or smoothies. Juicing carrots is also a nice idea, but that may cost you a lot of nutritious fibres.
2. Spinach
The leafy greens are brimming with vital antioxidants and minerals. Spinach is enriched with vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, potassium and folate. It is low on carbohydrates and high on protein, which makes it an ideal veggie for weight loss. It is also tremendously low in calories; a 30 gram serving of spinach has only 7 calories. Spinach is a highly versatile veggie, you can blend them in smoothies, have them in soups, salads or stir-fry. Many nutritionists say that it is best to consume cooked spinach as it increases the bio-availability of nutrients.
3. Radishes
Radish or mooli is a popular winter vegetable in India. The crunchy veggie with a strong flavour, is used to make pickles, parathas and salads. Radishes are useful in soothing coughs, cold and also fight hypertension. It is packed with potassium, magnesium and B vitamins too. Radishes contain only 16 calories per 100 grams.
Include these foods in your daily diet and see the effect yourself.
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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Gram Flour: The Wonder Beauty Ingredient For All Your Skin Woes

Gram flour has been used in recipes all over India since time immemorial. In fact, I can think of very few states that do not use this amazingly tasting and healthy flour in a variety of dishes, be it pakoras, kadhi, chillas or mithais. So many of us are also familiar with gram flour, or besan as it is more popularly called in India, as a beauty ingredient too. When used in the correct way, and for the appropriate skin-type, besan can work wonders to improve the quality of your skin.
Besan is a very versatile ingredient, and when mixed with certain other ingredients it can treat and take care of many skin issues. Not only can gram flour be used in masks for different skin types, it's also an important ingredient in many natural and homemade body ubtans that are great for polishing and nourishing the skin. Other benefits of besan include removing tan, removing patchiness on the skin and even removal of hair! Versatile and easily available in any grocery store, gram flour should definitely be one of the key ingredients on your beauty shelf!
Gram flour Hair Removal Ubtan
Firstly let me use this magical ingredient to make an ubtan for the body that helps reduce hair growth-
Things You Need:

Half a cup of besan
The juice of 2 lemons
1tsp turmeric
1tsp fresh cream
Water to make a smooth paste
Method:
Mix well and apply onto arms or legs.
When dried completely, rub in the opposite direction of hair growth. This is especially effective in young growing girls who have not entered puberty and should be done as a ritual 3 times a week.
Gram flour Mask- Dry Skin
If your skin is dull and dry and you want an instant wake-me-up mask, try this amazing mask and you will get hooked onto gram flour as an ingredient-
Things You Need:
3tsp besan
2tsp honey
1tsp fresh cream
A little milk to make a smooth paste
Method:
Mix all the ingredients and apply to clean skin and let dry.
When it has dried, dab with cold milk and scrub off to get smooth, soft and lighter skin in no time at all!
Gram flour Oily Skin Scrub
Most people who suffer from T-zone and oily skin problems do not know that gram flour when mixed with the right ingredients can not only reduce oily skin but also whiteheads and blackheads that can be a result of increased sebum production in the skin. Make the following scrub effectively to treat oiliness, blackheads and whiteheads-
Things You Need:
3tsp gram flour
2tsp red masoor lentil powder
The juice of half a lemon
Half a tsp of camphor powder
Method:
Mix with rose water to make a thick consistency scrub and apply onto clean skin.
When dry, dab with water and scrub off in a rotating manner very gently.
After removing this scrub, you can very gently squeeze out stubborn blackheads.
Gram flour Body Polishing Ubtan
The skin very often looks patchy, dry and dull and you yearn for a silky soft feel wanting to get rid of dead skin. This wonderful natural gram flour ubtan will help polish and nourish the body and leave it feeling like baby soft skin!
Things You Need:
Half a cup of gram flour
Half a cup of green moong lentil powder
Quarter cup of rice flour
Half a cup of orange peel powder
2tsb honey
2tsb fresh cream
2tsb almond oil
Full fat cream milk to mix to a smooth paste
8 drops essential oil of rose
Method:
Before bathing, apply this all over the body and let it become semi-dry.
Scrub off and rinse with water and the day you use this ubtan, do not use soap on your body.
Gram flour Neglected Area De-tanner Mask
I have always felt that we often neglect our feet, knees, elbows and hands and these areas are so important for a well-groomed look. Dark patchy areas like hands and feet look so ugly when left unattended. Travelling outdoors and driving can play havoc with the skin and a natural de-tanner with gram flour will work wonders! Apply the following-
Things You Need:
6tsb gram flour
4tsb yoghurt
Juice of one full lemon
2tsp almond paste
Method:
Mix well and apply to the hands, feet, elbows and knees. Let it dry and dab with milk when semi-dry and scrub off.

Most of us underestimate simple, easily available but highly effective ingredients. Use them wisely and to your advantage to see fabulous effects on your skin and I can assure you gram flour will be one of your favourites!
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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Parents - These 5 Foods May Help To Combat Exam Stress

Thousands of school-going students across the country are going through a period of intense stress as board examinations are about to begin. CBSE recently released the board examinations date sheet for this academic session. In order to complete the syllabus, students often end up studying for long hours at a stretch, which further leads to stress. During exam time, food often takes a back seat. However, to ensure that the mind is functioning well, it is imperative to load up on a well-balanced and healthy diet. At the same time, it is also important to ensure that your kids not skipping their meals and getting enough sound sleep.
Here are 5 foods that can help to combat exam stress. Include them in your diet and boost your mental performance:
1. Pear
An excellent source of essential minerals, pears are also quite rich in vitamin C content. The high antioxidant content could help relax the nerves, further keeping stress at bay.
2. Cherries
According to the book 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, cherries contain melatonin, which is known to help promote sleep. Adding cherries to daily diet would help you manage and regulate sleep-wake cycle, further giving sound sleep.
3. Goji Berries
Goji berries are abundantly rich in essential vitamins and minerals. They contain high amounts of choline, which is used by our liver to produce betaine that is known to relax the nerves.
4. Milk
According to Consultant Nutritionist, Dr. Rupali Datta, "Milk is a good source of vitamin B12, which is good for healthy functioning of our brain and nervous system. It also has tryptophan, which regulates our sleep cycle."
5. Eggs
Eggs are rich in protein, choline, B vitamins and mono and polyunsaturated fats, which are necessary to support healthy nervous system and can also help in boosting memory.
Adding these foods to your kids diet could help them to fight exam stress to a great extent. These foods would also ensure that your brain is alert, as they help in boosting energy levels.
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