Stress and depression leads to low body energy level, disturbed sleep and feeling of exhaustion. Sleepless nights and exhaustion can cause dark circles, wrinkles, acne and pimples which make you look unhealthy and unattractive. Stress can also affect liver hindering its process of toxin expulsion. Thus accumulation of toxins is also a contributing factor for dark circle.
The stress also affects male reproductive system. It causes erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, low sperm count and infertility. Smoking and alcohol consumption exaggerate the effects of stress.
Try to conquer stress through natural ways. Avoid consumption of anti stress medications as much as possible.
- Learn relaxing techniques like Yoga and Meditation.
- Attend aerobic classes or take a walk in morning.
- Make friendship with persons who have positive attitude
- Keep away from people who create negative energy. Negative energy increases stress.
- Drink a glass of vegetable juice in early morning. Do not add sugar or salt to it. Do not forget to add a spoon of fresh ginger juice to it. This healthy drink helps to cleanse body and expel toxins.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Avoid deep fried foods and fast foods.
- Take a good sleep for 7 – 8 hrs in night.
- Take long deep breath in between your work.
- Involve yourself in hobbies which you like. Gardening, painting, listening to music or reading books help to relax your mind
- A good body massage with herbal oil help to relax body and mind.
Our face is the mirror of our personality – we are wearing it all the time, contrary to our clothes and jewellery, which we change constantly. So, as requested, I will be doing a series on basic skin care that involves cleaning, toning and moisturising.
OUR skin is the most vulnerable organ of the body. It is constantly exposed to pollution, grime and the adversities of the weather, and not surprisingly, all of us have some skin problems at some stage of life. There is no magic potion that can make your spots and pimples disappear overnight or a remedy to turn the clock back to give you the skin of your youth. However, there is a way by which you can improve your skin, bring it back to good health and even rejuvenate it. The skin has tremendous powers of regeneration when properly cared for and it is never too late to start.
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1.Mix a pinch of salt, ½ tea spoon ginger juice and crushed cumin seeds to a glass of butter milk. This relieves acidity, constipation and symptoms of piles.
2.Add a pinch of salt, a tea spoon of sugar to a glass of butter milk diluted with water. This acts as a very good rehydrating formula in diarrhea and dehydration. It supplies energy instantaneously and reduces frequency of stools.
3.It is a healthy drink for people who suffer from obesity, ibs and piles
4.Massage a mixture of butter milk and salt on pores caused by acne and pimples. Then wash it off with warm water and rinse once again with cold water. This helps to reduce the pores.
5.Regular consumption of butter milk strengthens the digestive system and keeps it free from infections.
Mix 2 spoons of lemon juice and 2 spoons of rose water and apply it on places where acne erupt. Wash it off after 45 minutes.
Eat raw radish, carrot and cucumbers daily.
Drink plenty of water.
Drink a glass of warm water mixed with 1/2 spoon lemon juice and two spoons of honey. This detoxifies body and prevents acne
Cook oatmeal and apply on face for fifteen minutes, then wash it off.
Apply apple cedar vinegar on face to cleanse the skin.
Boil tulasi leaves in 1/4 cup of water and dip 2-3 tea bags. Apply this to face with a cotton ball.
Boil lettuce leaves in water and wash your face with this water.
Mix cooked oat meal, curd and apply it on face.
Apply a face pack of sandal wood powder, neem and fuller earth.
Ayurvedic texts describe medicinal properties of honey as follows .
“Vaatalam guru sheetam cha raktapittakaphapaham |
Sandhatru cchedanam ruksham kashayam madhuram madhu ||”
Honey aggravates vata. But alleviates pitta, rakta and kapha. According to ayurveda principles acne and pimples are caused by vitiation of rakta, pitta and kapha. As honey balances vitiated rakta, pitta and kapha, its external application helps to reduce acne and pimples. In the above verse it has been said that honey is an excellent promoter of healing process (sandhatru).Inflamed acne and pimples get healed very quickly when honey is applied externally. Its antimicrobial properties help to accelerate healing process.
As honey exhibits astringent (kashayam) properties its external application helps to tighten the pores created by acne and pimple. Its heaviness (guru) and cold (sheeta) properties help to increase the moisture level of skin. This helps to prevent wrinkles. Honey helps to increase moistness of dry skin.
Honey has another excellent property of drying extra oil secretion. It scrapes the excess oil secretion without stripping the natural oil of skin. Persons with Oily skin can take advantage of this quality of honey.
Honey face pack: Apply two tea spoons of honey all over face and neck and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash this off with cold water. This increases glow and fairness of skin.