Home Remedies to Stop Hair Fall

Hair is known as ‘crowning glory’, tresses are a direct expression of an individual’s personality and style. Excessive hair loss can be a troublesome problem, often causing worry and affecting self-esteem, especially for women. However, if diagnosed right, you can control hair fall with certain home remedies that are natural and effective in saving your locks.

First, it is important to know the causes of hair fall:

  • Nutritional deficiencies-Hormonal Imbalance 
  • Thyroid issues-Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) 
  • Birth Control Pills 
  • Other drugs ( blood thinners and medicines that treat high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and depression.) 
  • Stress
  • Hairstyling products 
  • Medical Conditions 
  • Ageing
  • Genetics 
  • Combing wet hairs 
  • Tying hair too tightly 

Natural Remedies to Treat Hair Fall:

  • Diet and Exercise 

You need to feed your hair all the right nutrients, particularly plenty of protein and iron. However, along with eating a balanced diet ensure you are exercising side by side. Yoga and meditation are effective in reducing hair fall.

  • Oiling 

Oiling improves blood circulation and nourishes the roots. Make sure to massage your tresses once a week with oil that suits your scalp. Cover it with a shower cap and wash it off with a mild shampoo after two hours.

  • Egg Mask 

Eggs are rich in sulphur, phosphorus, selenium, iodine, zinc and protein, which together helppromote hair growth.

To prepare the mask :

  • Separate one egg white in a bowl and add a teaspoon each of olive oil and honey.
  • Beat to make a paste and apply it all over from root to tips. After 20 minutes, rinse with a mild shampoo.
  • Licorice Root 

This herb prevents hair loss and further damage to the hair. It helps soothe the scalp and get rid of any dry flakes/dandruff.

  • Make a paste by adding a tablespoon of ground licorice root and a quarter teaspoon saffron to one cup of milk.
  • Apply this to your scalp and hair length and leave it on overnight. The next morning, wash your hair.

  • Coconut Milk 

The protein and essential fats in it promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. To prepare the milk:

  • Grate a medium-sized coconut and simmer it in a pan for five minutes.
  • Strain and cool.
  • Then add one tablespoon of each of crushed black pepper and fenugreek seeds to the milk.
  • Apply on your scalp
  • After 20 minutes, rinse & wash with shampoo.
  • Green Tea 

This tea is rich in antioxidants, which help boost hair growth and prevent hair loss.

  • Soak two-three teabags in one-two cups of hot water depending on the length of your hair.
  • When it cools, pour this over your scalp and hair, while gently massaging your head.
  • Rinse with cool water after an hour.
  • Beetroot Juice 

Beetroot is rich in vitamins C and B6, folate, manganese, betaine, and potassium, all of which are essential for healthy hair growth. Besides, it acts as a detoxification agent by helping keep the scalp clean.

  • Boil 7-8 beetroot leaves and grind along with 5-6 henna leaves.
  • Apply this paste on your scalp and leave for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  • Greek Yoghurt and Honey 
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon in a bowl.
  • Using a dye brush, apply this paste on the scalp and roots.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
  • Aloe Vera  

Aloe Vera is an effective home remedy for hair loss and to boost hair growth. It is also effective in reducing problems of the scalp like itching and flaking.  

  • Take the stalk of Aloe Vera and extract the pulp.  
  • Apply it to your hair and scalp and leave it for about 45 minute  
  • Rinse with normal water. You can do this three to four times a week to see better results.  
  • Fenugreek Seeds  

Fenugreek or Methi seed is among the most effective home remedies to stop hair loss. It repairs the hair follicles and helps in the regrowth of the hair.  

  • Soak the fenugreek seeds overnight in water.  
  • Grind it to a fine paste and apply it to your hair and scalp.  
  • Leave the paste on your head for about 30 minutes.  
  • After 30 to 40 minutes, rinse it with normal water.  
  • Onion Juice  

The antibacterial properties of onions help fight against scalp infections, while the sulfur content improves the circulation of blood to the hair follicles. It promotes hair growth and controls the loss of hair.  

  • Amla  

Indian Gooseberry or Amla is another effective home remedy to stop hair fall. One of the causes is the deficiency of vitamin C, hence consuming amla will strengthen the hair follicles and help you to control it. Amla helps promote faster growth of hair, maintain a healthy scalp, and prevent premature greying.  

  • You can mix lime juice and the amla powder to make a paste.  Massage it to your scalp and hair.  
  • Keep it for an hour and then rinse it off with normal water.
  • Diet for Healthy Hair  

While home remedies play a role in maintaining healthy hair, the secret to thick, shiny, strong tresses is a healthy diet. Include the following foods for a healthy mane

  • Spinach  
  • Carrots   
  • Eggs  
  • Oats  
  • Walnuts  
  • Lentils  
  • Chicken   
  • Strawberries and guavas  
  • Yogurt  
  • Sweet potatoes  
  • Pumpkin  
  • Cantaloupe  
  • Mangoes   
  • Onion   
  • Cucumber  -Flaxseeds   
  • Nuts & seeds  

Home Remedies for Puffy Eyes

Since we do have control over eye puffiness to an extent, there are some things we can do to keep swelling away:

  • Reduce Salt

Cut down on salt during the day and before bed [source].Extra salt = water retention = swelling. Drink plenty of water to keep your system flushed, as this can also help prevent eye puffiness.

  • Cool Cucumber

Cucumbers have been used for years as a home remedy for puffy eyes because of their detoxifying and diuretic properties. They contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C), antioxidants, and flavonoids that can help soothe and support the skin Plus, since they’re often stored in the refrigerator, the cooling action can help decrease swelling and tighten skin, at least for a little bit of relief. Place a cool cucumber slice on each of your closed lids, and take a rest for 15–30 minutes. Or try cucumber rose eye mask blended to reach the inner and outer corners of the eyes.

  • Raw Potato Slices

Try using sliced potatoes in place of cucumbers. Not only do they stay cool longer than cucumbers, but they also have astringent properties that may help reduce the water buildup under the eyes. You can also make a finely ground potato poultice by grating 1–2 tablespoons of raw potato and place it in a few layers of cheesecloth. Place over your closed eyes.

  • Milk

We use milk in quite a few of our homemade skin recipes because it contains lactic acid, which increases skin firmness. Dip a cotton ball into cold milk and squeeze off the excess. Place on each of your closed eyes to help tone under-eye tissue.

  • Green or Black Tea

Tea bags are another popular home remedy. Green and black teas contain caffeine, which tightens skin and prevents the excessive accumulation of fat in cells, a common cause of under-eye bags as we age Caffeinated tea also contains tannins, which stimulate blood circulation, and antioxidants that protect skin from the effects of aging.

  • Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea doesn’t have caffeine, but it does have significant anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It can also provide relief for conjunctivitis and pink eye.

  • Egg Whites

Beat up an egg white mask and apply it with a brush or your fingers under the eyes (make sure not to get it in the eyes, and wash hands after applying). As it dries, it will tighten and tone the skin. Let it sit for 10–15 minutes, then gently rinse.

  • Aloe Vera Gel

It’s not just for burns! Aloe contains a myriad of antioxidants and has numerous antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and other healing properties. It can help soothe tired eyes by moisturizing the skin and providing relief. It might also help minimize wrinkles.

  • Rose Water

Rosewater contains vitamin C and A, as well as flavonoids. It is a natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties It is also incredibly rejuvenating and refreshing. And you can even make your own rose water at home. Saturate a cotton ball with the cooled rose water and dab under the eyes to reduce dark circles and refresh the skin.

  • Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a well-known astringent often used to reduce swelling and redness. Chilled witch hazel is extra refreshing. After cooling in the fridge for a couple of hours, apply a bit to a cotton pad and let sit on closed eyes for 5 minutes for an instant refresh.

  • Cold Water

Wake up your face with a cool water wash first thing in the morning. It will definitely get you going! If your eyes feel extra puffy, dunk your face in ice water or dip a washcloth in cold water, squeeze out the excess, and lay it over your eyes. The cold water works as a vasoconstrictor to restrict blood flow to the area, which in turn reduces any redness and swelling.

  • Chilled Spoons

If you’re not a fan of cold water, try putting two spoons in the refrigerator before you go to bed. In the morning, you can just pull them out and place them gently over your closed eyes. It will produce the same effect as cold water jelly teething rings are also great.

  • Coffee

Erase late nights and tired eyes by adding a dose of coffee to your morning skincare routine. The caffeine in this homemade mask for puffy eyes acts as a diuretic to reduce swelling. Whip a teaspoon or two of ground coffee into an egg white and apply under the eyes. Or try a coffee-infused eye cream. You’ll shrink both eye swelling and fine lines.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric eye masks are excellent for brightening complexions, evening out skin tone, and decreasing inflammation Combine with milk for a bit of gentle exfoliation. Mix 1 tablespoon turmeric with 1 tablespoon milk in a small bowl and apply to under-eyes using a cotton ball. Leave on for 15 minutes and then carefully rinse off.

  • Tap ‘Em Away

Gently tapping your under-eye area with the pads of your fingers can help circulate lymph and encourage the fluid under your eyes to drain. When applying an eye serum, be sure to gently press it into the skin under your eyes rather than just superficially slathering it on top.. Just be sure you don’t tug at the skin, as this can make eye bags worse!

  • Essential Oils

Many essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties that can lessen the appearance of eye puffiness. Try mixing 1–2 drops of argan, chamomile, or and lavender oils and gently applying to the under-eye area. Be careful while applying.

Home Remedies for Acne

Acne develops when pores become clogged or infected with bacteria. Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting around 80 percent of people in their lifetimes.

People can use specific home remedies to help balance the skin’s oil levels, reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and prevent future acne breakouts.

Home Remedies for Acne 

Some of the most popular home remedies for acne involve the use of natural herbal extracts, many of which traditional medicine practitioners have used for hundreds of years.

  • Tea Tree Oil

Applying tea tree oil to the skin can help reduce swelling and redness. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which means that it might kill P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne. Tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that it can also reduce the swelling and redness of pimples. People can apply tea tree extract to their acne in creams, gels, or essential oils. If people use essential oils, always dilute them in a carrier oil first.

  • Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a natural, waxy substance extracted from the seeds of the jojoba shrub. The waxy substances in jojoba oil may help to repair damaged skin, which means it may also help speed up wound healing, including acne lesions. Some of the compounds in jojoba oil might help to reduce skin inflammation, which means it may reduce redness and swell around pimples, whiteheads, and other inflamed lesions. Try mixing jojoba essential oil with a gel, cream, or clay face mask and applying it to acne. Otherwise, place a few drops of jojoba oil on a cotton pad and rub this gently over acne sore.

  • Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, meaning it may reduce the appearance of acne and prevent acne breakouts. Aloe vera contains lots of water and is an excellent moisturizer Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne. Try cleaning the acne sores and then applying a thin layer of cream or gel with aloe vera.

  • Honey

Honey has been used to treat skin conditions, such as acne, for thousands of years. It contains many antioxidants that can help to clear waste and debris from clogged pores. Doctors use honey in wound dressings because of its antibacterial and wound-healing properties. Using a clean finger or cotton pad, rub a little honey into pimples. Otherwise, add honey to a face or body mask.

  • Garlic

Many traditional medicine practitioners use garlic to treat infections and boost the body’s ability to fight germs and infections. Garlic contains organosulfur compounds, which have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Organosulfur compounds can also help to boost the immune system, which helps the body fight infections. To fight the inflammation and infections caused by acne, people can add more garlic to their diet. Some people chew whole garlic cloves, rub it on toast, or make it into a hot drink.

  • Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains several organic acids that have been shown to kill p.acnes.In particular, succinic acid has been shown to suppress inflammation caused by P.acnes, which may prevent scarring is important to note that applying apple cider vinegar to your skin can cause burns and irritation, so it should always be used in small amounts and diluted with water.

  • Cinnamon

cinnamon has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Because of this, they may be beneficial for acne-prone skin. Mix 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together to form a paste. Apply for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with water.

  • Green tea

Green tea contains high concentrations of a group of polyphenol antioxidants called catechins. Antioxidants help the body break down chemicals and waste products that can damage healthy cells. Green tea may help clear out some of the debris and waste that has built up in open acne sores & controls sebum production. Green tea might help either when people drink it or use green tea extract on their skin.

  • Rosemary

Rosemary extract, or Rosmarinus officinalis, contains chemicals and compounds that have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties…. rosemary extract can reduce inflammation from the acne-causing bacteria P. acnes.

  • Coconut oil

Like other natural remedies, coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds. These properties mean that coconut oil may destroy acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness and swelling of pimples. Coconut oil may also speed up healing in open acne sores.

Along with home remedies, specific lifestyle changes can have a powerful effect in reducing acne flare-ups.

Lifestyle Changes to Improve Acne Include: 

  • Never Touching Pimples

It can be very tempting, but touching acne sores will irritate the skin, may make the pimple worse, and can spread pimples to other areas. Touching, rubbing, squeezing, or popping acne sores can also introduce more bacteria into the lesion, causing further infections.

  • Choosing the Right Cleanser

Many regular soaps have an acidity, or pH, that is too high and can irritate the skin, making acne worse. Choose cleansers, rinses, and washes with a pH closer to the skin’s natural pH of around 5.5.

  • Using Oil-Free Skincare

Oil-based or greasy products can block pores, increasing the risk of them becoming clogged and forming acne sores.

  • Staying Hydrated

Staying hydrated is extremely important because it makes it easier for acne sores to heal and reduces the overall risk of outbreaks. When the skin is dry, it can easily become irritated or damaged, resulting in pimples. Being hydrated also ensures new skin cells develop correctly assures heal.

Tips for Managing Stress Include: 

  • Talking to family, friends, a doctor, or other supportive people
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Eating a healthful, balanced diet and avoiding skipping meals
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption
  • Practicing deep breathing, yoga, mindfulness, or meditation

People can choose from a wide range of home remedies to treat their acne. Not all remedies will work for everyone or in every case, However always consult a doctor before using natural remedies for severe, chronic, deep, or painful acne.

How Much Weight Lose When You Walk 10,000 Steps a Day?

Do you also find it difficult to take out time for exercise or hit the gym? But are still worried about how to lose those extra kgs. Then my dear friend walking10,000 steps a day might be the solution to your problem.

Get on your feet. Walking the recommended 10,000 steps day boosts overall health without too much burden on your already crowded calendar.

Move closer to a healthy weight. Eat less, move more is the age-old formula for weightloss – walking is an easy way to achieve that goal. A 2017 study published by the NationalInstitutes of Health shows that physical activity is important for healthy weight. Aiming for that 10,000-step mark is a good way to ward off weight gain and even lose a few pounds.

Completing an extra 10,000 steps a day typically burns out 2000- 3500 calories in a week .1pound ( half a kg ) of body fat equals 3500 calories, so depending on your weight & workout intensity, you could lose about 1 pound ( half a kg) per week simply by completing extra 10,000 steps each day. This means you 3 easily lose2- 3 kgs in a month.

I think this is a great physical activity as you don’t need any special equipment or preparation for this. This is something easily achievable.

Benefits of 10,000K Steps:

  • Reduces anxiety

The simple act of walking can help to ease anxiety. Just 10 minutes has been shown to promote feelings of well-being.

  • Stabilize blood sugar

Regular physical activity, such as walking 10,000 steps a day, leads to lower glucose and insulin response after a meal. This is important for managing or reducing the risk of diabetes.

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease

Bodies are designed to move, and the consequence of not moving them enough often comes in the form of poor health outcomes. When you walk more, say 10,000 steps rather than the typical average of 3,000 to 4,000, you are effectively improving your cardiovascular health. That means less risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure.

  • Tone up

Walking doesn’t just boost your heart health; it is also good for toning your whole body. Your legs and glutes get a good workout and if you pump your arms as you walk, they also benefit.

  • Boost mood

The simple act of walking improves clarity for better cognitive performance, boosts mood, and your overall feelings of well-being, and even reduces stress. If you are looking for strategies to improve your body and mind, walking is the ticket.

Walking is easy to do and good for you, too. Not only do you get the benefits of weight-management and better cardiovascular health, you’ll also sleep better and feel less stressed. There isn’t a magic bullet for good health and healthy weight but walking 10,000 steps is a pretty good step in the right direction.

Ways to Use Banana Peels

The most common thing to do with banana peels is to throw them in the trash. However, there are various miraculous uses for this frequently-overlooked product. The peels can be used in your kitchen as a cleaning product or in your beauty routine.

  • They help reduce acne

Banana peels contain vitamin C and vitamin E and they also contain potassium, zinc, iron, and manganese. These nutrients can calm inflamed skin and reduce acne outbreaks. Also, banana peels contain lutein and carotenoids which are fat-soluble compounds that help fight inflammation and acne breakouts.

– Rub the banana peel over your skin and leave for 5 to 10 minutes.

– Rinse your skin

  • They help reduce wrinkles

Facial wrinkles occur when the skin loses its elasticity and it loses its firmness. The antioxidants and vitamin C in bananas can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.Rub the banana peel over your skin and leave for 30 minutes or overnight repeat 3 times a week.

  • Help to polish your silverware

When your silverware loses luster.. try using a banana peel. The inside of the banana peel contains potassium that helps to cleanse metal. Make a paste of banana peel & water. Leave for some time & then rinse it off with water.

  • Remove Splinters

Banana peel has enzymes that draw foreign subjects to the surface of the skin. This makes it easier to remove Splinters.

  • Fertile compost for plants

Adding banana peel to your compost will help introduce calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphate& potassium to the soil. Which are vital for the healthy growth of plants. For this, you can bury the banana peel piece near the root of the plant.

  • Whitens teeth

The potassium found in ripe banana peels helps to reduce the yellowness of the teeth caused by tea, coffee, etc. For this brush your teeth properly. Now take the inside of the banana peel & rub for 2 minutes. Then wash off, Repeat daily.

  • Help reduce appearance of Scar

Banana peel contains esterified fatty acids that diminish the visibility of scars. For this apply the peel to the affected area. Wash after some time.

  • Help in treating headaches

Banana peel is a natural way to treat your headache. This is because of its potassium content. Put banana peel into the freezer & apply it on your forehead.

  • Help to tenderize meat

The banana peel works as a blanket to your meat. It helps in cooking while keeping the moisture from evaporating. Hence the meat cooked is more juicy.

  • Help relieve itchy skin

Banana peel contains histamine lowering nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin E.Use banana peel to relieve itching from rashes or mosquito bites, or psoriasis.

  • Help in removing warts

For this rub banana peel over the wart. Leave it overnight. And wash in the morning. Do it daily.

I know now you will think twice before throwing the banana peel.

How to Increase Your Height

Height is often associated with attractiveness & prestige. So it’s natural that people aspire to add a few more inches to their height. Do you know that 80% of your height depends on genetic factors that are not under our control but 20% of it depends on environmental factors that are under your control? The pituitary gland in our body secretes human growth hormone (HGH) which is responsible for muscle & bone growth. Let’s understand how we can stimulate our HGH & push our height.

  1. Diet

Giving proper fuel to your body improves your growth. Make sure to have a balanced meal. The most important nutrients required for growth are Protein& Calcium. For Protein include these foods in your diet- Egg white, chicken breast, homemade paneer, fish, pulses, tofu, soya bean. All the dairy products & green leafy vegetables are great sources of calcium. To absorb the calcium you need to have vitamin D …so make sure to spend some time in the sun daily. Include zinc & iron also in your diet.

2. Sleep

Our body grows when we are sleeping. Growing children& teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep. It’s best to sleep on your back without the pillow. So try to have a sound sleep.

3. Exercise

It stimulates the nerve endings which are associated with the pituitary gland, which is responsible for HGH secretion. The best exercise time increases height are: Cycling, Skipping, sprinting, jumping exercises, and aerobics. Stretching exercises help to elongate your spine to full length which can increase your height. Some of the stretching exercises are Suryanamaskar, cobra stretching, Toe touching or just hanging over the rod. Sports such as swimming & basketball also helps to stretch.

4. Posture

This is absolutely important. A slouched posture not only makes you look unimpressive but also results in a deformed spine. Always sit or stand in an upright position.

5. Things to avoid

Avoid things such as alcohol, steroids, drugs, junk & processed food as they act as growth inhibitors & result in stunted growth.