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Sashi Murali
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20 Reasons to use Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender – Remedy for many health problems:

  1. Aching Muscles:
    If you’ve spent a back-breaking afternoon in the garden, jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & pains away. Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension.

  2. Acne:
    Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne, according to aroma therapists. “It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to re-balance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scaring”. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a plain cream sold by chemists and use as a moisturizer or cleanser.

  3. Bugs & Bacteria:
    French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful antibacterial in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.

  4. Burns (minor):
    After you have cooled the area by immersing it in running cold water for 5 minutes, gently stroke on neat lavender oil. Pain relief is almost immediate, and burn usually heals without scaring.

  5. Cuts & Wounds:
    Apply lavender oil to sooth pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing. Apply neat.

  6. Earache:
    Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat. For babies & small children, add 2-3 drops of the warmed oil to a little olive oil and massage in the same way.

  7. Eczema:
    Stroke infused lavender oil (a few drops of lavender oil & carrier oil) into dry, itchy skin—small children will find this especially comforting or add a few drops of lavender oil to calamine lotion, shake before use.

  8. Fatigue:
    Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.

  9. Fevers:
    For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.

  10. Giddy Spells, Faintness or Pulpitations:
    Make your own smelling salts—sea salt , lavender oil, peppermint oil & basil oil.

  11. Headache:
    The distilled water of Lavender (Hydrosol) Mist around your head, is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of cause or muslin soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.

  12. Insomnia:
    In a number of small studies, elderly psychiatric patients have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.

  13. Long-Haul Travel:
    Combine lavender, rosemary, Neroli, frankincense & clary sage, into your hand luggage and roll it over your pulse points to help you keep a clear head during those endless hours in the air.

  14. Menstrual Cramps:
    Massage a few drops of lavender oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled.

  15. Moths,Midges & Mosquito’s:
    These annoying little insects all hate the smell of lavender. To prevent bites, splash yourself with lavender hydrosol before you go out at sunset or to bed, put 3-4 drops of oil on your pillow or soak cotton wool ball in the oil and leave it on a saucer in front of the window. Lavender oil is also a terrific remedy for insect bites, soothing itching & inflammation: dab it on to them neat as soon as possible. To keep moths off your clothes, hand lavender bags on you coat hangers or keep them among your sweaters and refresh them with a drop or two of lavender oil from time to time.

  16. Scabie:
    This infestation by a tiny mite burrowing into your skin causes intense itching. Rub the whole body with neat lavender oil, then following every day until better with a mixture of lavender oil and alcohol. Change and wash bedding and clothes and sprinkle lavender oil on the mattress.

  17. Shingles:
    Combine a mix of lavender oil with, analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of shingles. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.

  18. Sinusitis:
    Lavender is one of several essential oils that aroma therapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.

  19. Stress & Anxiety:
    Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist – Hydrosol handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.

  20. Sunburn:
    Spray pure Lavender Mist – Hydrosol directly onto the skin or Add 8 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of peppermint oil to a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Pour it into a cool-to-lukewarm bath and soak for 10 minutes.

Low Calorie Eating Plan

1 cup bran cereal
1 cup skim milk
1 banana

Tuna sandwich with whole grain bread and low fat mayo
2 cups raw vegetable (carrot, red pepper, celery)
1 small apple

Afternoon Snack
Nectarine or an Apple
Sparkling water with lemon

85gram grilled chicken breast(as big as the palm of your hand) ¾ cup steamed green beans Salad with 1 cup lettuce, ½ cup cherry tomatoes, ½ cup grated carrot
2 teaspoons olive oil and balsamic vinegar
1 fresh peach

Evening Snack or some DARK Chocolate
1 small pear

How To Remove And Reduce Facial Scars?

Girls who have oily and acne-prone skin, might suffer from the embarrassment caused by acne scars. Not only oily-skinned women but even combination skinned girls stand the chance of suffering from acne and acne scars. So, you must be thinking, is there a way to get rid of these scars on face without going for laser treatments?

I know you want the scars to disappear instantly. However, please do remember you need to follow certain things to get the desired effect. As you know, “Rome was not built in a day”; similarly you need to patiently follow the routine listed below for a few days to see results.

Follow these homemade remedies which will help loosening and scrubbing off the acne scars.

Loosening of Scars:

To get rid of skin discolorations caused by scars, use a non-comedogenic oil to loosen the scar and soften it. Olive oil is best suited for this purpose.

Massage your face with one tablespoon of olive oil slowly. Then put a steaming towel over the face. This will open up the pores and will also soften the skin. When the towel cools down, wipe off the oil.

Scrubbing off :

The discoloured and the scarred areas can be sloughed away with a naturally made scrubber. You need to use only a natural and a soft scrub to slough away the scarred skin.

Baking soda is the best scrub for this purpose. Add one spoon of baking soda in one teaspoon of water and make a paste. Rub this paste on the particular areas for 1 minute in circular motion. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Formation of New cells :

Once the dead skin cells are removed, apply any substance which is high in Vitamin C content. This will help in the building new cells.

Concentrated lemon juice is the best option. Take a cotton ball and soak it in the juice. Now apply them on the face. After 5 to 10 minutes remove the cotton balls and let the skin dry. You can also use a mask made up of lemon juice daily to build new skin cells. Lemon also helps to even the skin tone.

Apart from these tips, there are several cosmetic procedures to remove the scars like dermabrasion and also laser resurfacing. Also there are many over-the-counter gels and creams which can help you get rid of facial scars.

Now, dermabrasion is a process of scraping the scarred skin surgically. This definitely helps in making the skin smooth. Dermaplaning is another procedure which is quite similar and can reduce acne scars. Laser skin resurfacing removes the scarred skin layer by layer.

Ointments like Mederma cream contain onion extracts and claim to reduce scars. Kelo-cote Advance Formula Scar Gel, which can be found online at – it is a silicon based gel which reduces scars.

Fruit salad as a meal

Fruit Salad as a Meal
6 portions
2 oranges, peeled
2 nectarines, peeled
1 pink grapefruit, peeled with the skin taken off
2 Pink Lady apples, pits taken out
1-2 firm, but ripe pears, pits taken out
1-2 bananas, peeled
1 small ripe papaya, peeled and pits taken out
1 pineapple, peeled
2 guavas (if available)
1 x Can grenadella pulp of 2 fresh grenadellas
10-12 Fresh mint leaves, roughly torn

Cut all the citrus fruits in segments and can even be cut in halves if proffered that way.
Cut the citrus fruits over a bowl, to catch all the juices in order to use the juice as well.
Pour some of it later over the cut apples, pears and bananas to avoid them from discoloring.
Pour the rest over the salad.
Cut the other fruit in any way you like them.
Mix the fruits just before you use them all together(mix lightly through).
Mix in mint leaves or any nuts/seeds just before it is served so that the nuts/seeds/mint can stay fresh.
1. If the fruit salad is made for a lunch box, you can then leave out the banana if you choose. Because cut banana will become over ripe and discolor.
2. Add a half to a whole avocado into the salad for lunch.

Apple cidar vinegar

So many of you want to know how to make apple cider vinegar just a little bit more “drinkable.”

Well I have a great solution. This drink recipe that I am sharing today not only will make it bearable but if you were not a fan of raw apple cider vinegar before this will most likely change your mind.

There are a few things that I swear by…raw apple cider vinegar is one of them. I never go a day without drinking it.

A recap of some of the benefits of apple cider vinegar are:

It is a natural remedy for heartburn.
Can help clear up skin conditions and acne (read this post for more information)
Promotes digestion and will keep you regular
Helps control weight
Can help regulate blood sugar (as a type 1 diabetic this has made a huge difference for me)
Helps reduce sinus infections and sore throats (my husband starts drinking this like crazy whenever he feels a cold coming on)
It is rich in enzymes and potassium
Can help ease menstrual cramps
Helps promote youthful healthy bodies

Sweetened Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Elixir:

1 1/2 cup of cold filtered water
2 tbs of apple or grape juice
2 tbs of raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of stevia (powdered) if using liquid you only need a few drops.

  • I only suggest using raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

Place all the ingredients together in a glass and stir until it is all mixed together. You can add a little ice if you like, and drink!

This tastes sweet and delicious!

To whiten your teeth

To whiten your teeth:

Many of us have a worst experience with the colour of the teeth.well I have a solution!

Seven beauty tips for fair skin-II

Beauty Tip 1: Oats and lemon face pack

Beauty tips for Fair skin-I

Tea water and honey face pack:
Things you will Need:

Top 10 Uses For Basil


  1. Basil Pesto– This culinary use is one of Basil’s most popular uses and variations of this are used in cultures around the world. At our house, we add pesto to everything from eggs, to meats, to slices of fresh cucumber.
  2. General Cooking– Dried basil can be easily added to practically any dish. Basil is used around the world in many different cuisines with good reason. It adds a depth and flavor that is not rivaled by other herbs. I make a homemade spice blend that includes basil and add it to practically anything.
  3. Calming the Stomach– The Italians may be on to something with adding Basil to everything. It is thought to have a calming effect on the stomach and 1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh Basil Leaf in water can often help sooth indigestion and alleviate feelings of fullness.
  4. Coughing and Colds– I’ve heard several Amish in our area suggest using Basil leaf to help alleviate coughing and colds. They chew fresh leaves to calm coughing or make a calming tea of dried basil to help sooth illness.
  5. Facial Steam for Headache: A facial steam with dried basil leaf can help alleviate a headache. Add a tablespoon of dried basil leaf to 2 cups of boiling water in a large pot. Carefully lean over the pot, cover head with a towel and breathe in the steam for 5-10 minutes until headache starts to subside. Bonus, you get to smell like an Italian restaurant for the rest of the day!
  6. Antibiotic properties: According to Mountain Rose Herbs: “European scientists are investigating the use of basil oil as treatment for antibiotic resistant infections with Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas.”
  7. Stings and Bites: If you are working outside and get bitten or stung by an insect and don’t have any Plantain growing nearby, chewing up a basil leaf and applying to the bite will help relieve the pain and draw out the venom.
  8. Ear Infections: According to Mountain Rose Herbs: “The essential oil is antibacterial, and drops of basil oil may relieve ear infections.”
  9. Blood sugar: There is some evidence that Basil can help level out blood sugar if consumed regularly and drank as a juice or tea.
  10. Stress Reduction: One herbalist I know suggests adding 2 cups of strong Basil Leaf tea to a warm bath to help reduce stress and facilitate relaxation.

Amazing Benefits of Ginger Tea

Amazing Benefits of Ginger Tea

Ginger is a light brown root with a distinctive taste and qualities that make it a much-coveted herb due to high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals. Once made into tea, you can add peppermint, honey or lemon to mask the taste of the ginger. The benefits of ginger tea are well documented and include treatment and cures for some common conditions, but there are also some precautions to take.

1. Relieve nausea

One of the best-known benefits of ginger tea is its ability to combat nausea. Drinking a cup of ginger tea before traveling can help prevent the nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. If you did not drink ginger tea before you became nauseous, drink a cup of ginger tea at the first sign of nausea to relieve the symptom.

2. Improve stomach performance

Ginger tea is very useful in improving digestion and increasing absorption of food. This benefit can also prevent belching and bloating after eating too much. In some people, ginger tea seems to have a positive impact on appetite.

3. Reduce inflammation

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger tea are well known and make it an ideal home remedy for muscle and joint problems. In addition to drinking ginger tea, it may also be useful to use as a topical soak on inflamed joints and other body parts.

4. Fight respiratory problems

Ginger tea can help relieve congestion associated with the common cold. Try a cup of ginger tea for the respiratory symptoms associated with environmental allergies.

5. Improve blood circulation

The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in ginger tea can help restore and improve blood circulation that may help decrease the chance of cardiovascular problems. Ginger may prevent fat from depositing in the arteries helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke.

6. Relieve menstrual discomfort

Drinking ginger tea is not the only way you can benefit from this mixture. If you have cramping during your menstrual cycle, try soaking a towel in warm ginger tea and apply the towel to your lower abdomen. The effects of the ginger may help relieve the pain and relax the muscles. At the same time, drink a cup of ginger tea with honey.

7. Strengthen immunity

Ginger tea may help strengthen your immunity due to the high levels of antioxidants in ginger. Many people drink ginger tea to help prevent cancer.

8. Relieve stress

Ginger tea has calming properties that may help lower your stress and tension. This is thought to be due to a combination of the strong aroma and healing properties.

9. Increases fertility

Some people believe that ginger tea is an aphrodisiac that works to boost a man’s fertility. Some studies show that regular intake of ginger may increase a man’s sperm count and help with erectile dysfunction.

10. Other benefits

Several other potential benefits of ginger tea include:

  • Fights infection and bad breath
  • May slow down the growth of cancer cells
  • May help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol
  • Helps to detoxify the liver
  • Contains powerful antioxidants that may reduce free radicals in the body


Ginger Tea Side Effects and Precautions

Although the positive benefits of ginger are well-documented, there are also some side effects and precautions that you should know about.

1. Side effects

Because of the known side effects of using ginger, it is always a good idea to consult a nutritionist who will look at your diet, life style and medications before recommending a healthy amount of ginger to take each day. Some of the side effects that can happen include:

  • Digestive problems. While drinking ginger tea can aid digestion, too much of the tea can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Too much ginger can lead to acidity and low blood sugar, so ginger tea should probably be avoided by diabetics.
  • Interaction with anesthesia. Some anesthetic agents used in surgery can react adversely with ginger resulting in bleeding and slowed healing. Most surgeons and anesthesiologists recommend deleting ginger from your diet for a week before any surgery.
  • Killing sleep. Ginger tea may prevent a good night’s sleep. It is recommended that you drink ginger tea early in the day to avoid loss of sleep at night.

2. Precautions

There are several groups of people who should be aware of specific precautions when using ginger tea. These include:

  • Those with blood disorders. Ginger tea may inhibit blood coagulation. If you have hemophilia or if you are taking blood thinners, be sure to consult your healthcare provider BEFORE drinking ginger tea.
  • Those with hypertension. If you have hypertension and are taking medications for that disorder, consult your physician before using ginger since it can lower blood pressure to unsafe levels.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The use of ginger tea in pregnant or lactating women is controversial. Some physicians recommend ginger tea for morning sickness but others are concerned about possible toxicity to unborn and children being breast-fed.
  • Those who have gallstones. Ginger tea tends to increase the production of bile in the body. Since bile can cause increased pain in someone suffering from gallstones, avoid using ginger if you know you have gallbladder disease.

3. Recommended daily intake

First, be aware that you CAN get too much of a good thing! The Food and Drug Administration recommends no more than 2 grams of ginger for every kilogram of body weight each day. For a 155-pound (70 kg) person, this would amount to a limit of 140 grams of ginger each day. This is almost 1/3 pound of ginger-an unlikely amount to use every day. However, even at lesser amounts side effects may show up.

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