The skin is perhaps the most treasured part of the human body and special attention should be paid to it. The skin covering the face is the most exposed; and also the most easily prone to all kinds of attacks.
Hence, proper care should be taken in maintaining the face if we are to preserve this most treasured part of our body. One way of taking care of the face is by having a facial done. Though all women take care of their faces; however, only a handful know how to do a facial without having to visit the spa.
In this article, we will have a look at how you could have a facial done at home; using even some easily obtainable items from the kitchen.
Things You Would Need To Carry Out a Facial At Home
The following will be necessary to carry out a facial at home. Though a few are optional but they could bring about some amazing, relaxing and soothing results.
- Cucumber slices or tea bags for your eyes
- Towels and wash cloths
- Facial cleanser
- Facial exfoliator
- Facial moisturizer
- A relaxing environment
- Aromatherapy spray ( which is optional)
- Relaxing music or classical ( this is also optional)
How To Have A Facial Done At Home
- Step One: Make Necessary Preparations
It is important to get everything you would need ready for the facial before getting started. You wouldn’t want to go running around for a missing item piece only to ruin the mood. So, get two slices of cucumber or two freshly steeped tea bags; put on a relaxing music and clear a conducive space to lie down and relax when the mask is working
- Step Two: Cleansing The Face
Now is the time to clean your face. Use your normal cleanser which should be a mild oil-based one that doesn’t strip away the natural facial oils. Avoid alcohol based cleansers by all means as they damage the facial skin. Use clean warm water to cleanse your face with the washcloth in gentle circular motion. If you have eye makeup on, use an eye makeup removal to gently get it off. Then rinse your face clean.
- Step Three: The Exfoliation Stage
Exfoliation is a necessary step to having a facial as it helps to keep the skin healthy and alive. You should choose a mild facial scrub that is gentle on the skin. This helps in sloughing away dead skins. You must avoid harsh exfoliators as they are likely to spread bacteria on hypersensitive skins.
- Step Four: Opening of The Facial Pores
This is perhaps the most exciting part of applying a facial at home; at least for me. It can be done at home. All you need do is lay hold on your aromatherapy spritz, lie down and make a grab for your hot towel.
Now place the middle of the towel on your chin and wrap the ends up and around your forehead, spreading out the sides to surround the sides of your face. You should leave a small opening at your nose. Now, spritz a couple of sprays of the aromatherapy spray into the air. Putting a few drops of essential oils on your towel could have the same effect.
Now is the time to relax while you listen to cool music and the pores open up!
- Step Five: Mask Application
Apply mask to your face using your fingers or if you want to do it as it is done at the spa, use a paint brush. Ensure that the mask covers the whole of your face; but avoid the eyes. Allow the mask to sit for about 10 – 15 minutes.
You should, however, apply a mask that is suited for your skin.
Now is the time to give your eyes some TLC (Tender Loving Care). With cool music playing, pick a spot and lie down while you place your cucumber slices or tea bags on your eyes.
Now is the time to wipe off that mask. Using a warm wet towel wipe off the mask, especially the areas around your nose and hair line.
- Step Eight : Moisturizing
As a final step, apply your moisturizer. You could massage yourself gently as you make the applications especially your forehead.
That’s all there is to giving yourself a facial at home. You could give it a try.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that could affect both men in women; especially those above 50 years of age. It causes pains and aches all over the body; mainly in the bones and joints as well as in the muscles.
However, persons suffering from fibromyalgia need not live with the pains or take prescription drugs to help manage their condition as there are several natural herbal remedies that could help treat and ease away those pains and discomfort.
A natural way of treating fibromyalgia is through proper dieting consisting of lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. It is good to know that veggies and fruits contains enough antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fluids that help hydrate, nourish, protect our joints, muscles, organs, and the whole body from illness, inflammation, and pains; both inside and out.
It is also very important to drink lots of water each day to keep the body hydrated and healthy and thus avoid aches and immense pain.
Doing low impact exercises like yoga is also a natural way to treating fibromyalgia. Yoga helps relieve stress and inflammation in the body; which invariably helps in reducing pains and body aches.
Practicing yoga aids in stretching out the muscles, joints, tissues, and ligaments in our bodies gently and effectively. Stretching our bodies helps loosen up the body muscles and soul instead of being uptight, tight, stiff and all achy. Yoga also helps keep our immune systems working at their best so they can better help fight off ailments and infections that might be causing the fibromyalgia in the first place.
Do you know that just doing yoga alone could help in maintaining a healthy weight and keep blood flowing properly so we can have good circulation throughout our bodies. If blood isn’t flowing properly through the body, it could become cold and stiff therefore resulting to aches and pains all over the body.
Having a good night rest could also go a long way to naturally treating. If our bodies don’t get the proper rest needed; which is a minimum of 4 hours daily; they tend to become weak, achy, ill, and fatigued. If you have insomnia and you are forced to stay awake, then taking valeria root, an herbal remedy, could be an option.
Valeria is a natural sedative that helps the body and mind to relax naturally so you can fall asleep easily and comfortably. Chamomile tea is an option as well when you are finding it difficult to sleep. It is very relaxing and soothing to sip on before bedtime; and it helps calm the mind and the body by hydrating it thus eliminating the probability of more pains.
Another alternative treatment is the use of arnica gel. It is useful in obtaining immediate relief from pains by massaging right into the area of your body that hurts, or better yet find a masseuse that uses arnica gel or oil on you during a massage. The arnica gel or oil is helpful in relieving joint, muscles, and ligament aches and pains. It can also help with speeding up the healing of bruises, sprains, wounds and broken bones.
The final method I will treat here used in relieving fibromyalgia is by soaking in hot sea salt baths. You should know that warm sea salt baths helps in relaxing the muscles, joints, tissues, and ligaments in the body naturally. They even help in relieving stress and calming your mind so you can simply relax. It is also helpful in relieving pain and body aches.
It can even relieve body chills which can sometimes cause pains all over the body. When it comes to relieving fibromyalgia; a simple 30 minutes to 1 hour bath could do the trick.
Having body aches could be the worst of experience for anyone. Body aches are usually caused by cold, illness, or injury.
There are several options available if you want to treat body pains but one of the best option remains taking a bay leaf bath soak with a homemade bay leaf herbal soak. You should know that making such a bath is really easy and very nice to relax in; as it helps in relieving body aches from head to toe.
The natural ingredients you would need to make bay leaf herbal bath soak are:
- 1 cup of dried crushed bay leaves
- 5 cups of Epsom salt
- ½ cup of buttermilk powder
- ½ a cup of dried chamomile flowers and
- 20 drops of lavender oil.
The above ingredients are all natural and organic and thus they will hold more healing and soothing benefits to them. The goodness is that these natural ingredients can be bought at your local herbal and pharmaceutical stores.
You should know that the main ingredients in this bath soak that helps in relieving body aches the most are the crushed bay leaves. Bay leaves contain an oily substance called Oleum Lauri which helps in relieving pains and body aches caused by coldness, illness or injury.
Bay leaves also contain parthenolides. These are compounds that help in relieving aches and pains as well. They also contain antioxidants called eugenol that helps in relieving and reducing inflammations in the body that could be causing aches and pain.
The other ingredients in this bath soak also serve their purposes. Epsom salt helps relax sore muscles; lavender helps calm and soothe; chamomile helps relieve aches and pains; and the buttermilk helps nourish the skin and keep it soft and beautiful looking. These ingredients all contains antioxidants that can really help relieve body aches and any kind of stiffness and tension the body might have.
Making The Bay Leaf Herbal Soak Bath
To make the bay leaf herbal soak, place all the ingredients listed above; that is the 1 cup of dried crushed bay leaves, 5 cups of Epsom salt, ½ cup of buttermilk powder, ½ a cup of dried chamomile flowers, and 20 drops of lavender oil; and place them into a large metal mixing bowl.
Now, take a large metal spoon and combine the ingredients together until you get a creamy white powdery herbal mixture that smells like lavender and bay leaves. Combining produces a nice bay leaf herbal soak to use for making a nice soothing relaxing bath that helps heals your achy body. The homemade bath soak could be stored in an air tight container and placed next to your bathtub until ready for use.
When you are ready to treat yourself with the homemade bay leaf herbal bath soak; start by filling your bathtub up with plenty of hot water. Then pour 3 cups of the bath soak into the bathwater and allow it to dissolve; say for about 5 minutes. The bath will become milky with dried herbs floating all around.
Don’t fret it, as this is exactly what the bath is meant to be.
Now, step into the tub and soak yourself for as long as you possibly can; or until you become ache free. Personally I like to soak in this bath soak for about an hour when my body is super achy. The bath really is very soothing and has a lovely herbal lavender aroma to it that helps calm my mind and soul as I am sure it certainly do to yours as well.
After a soak like this, you should feel less aches and pains and also will feel more relaxed. Your skin will also feel much softer and smoother; with a tinge of lovely light lavender scent to it. Also, this bath soak is ideal for irritated dry skin.
However, persons that are allergic to chamomile, lavender, or bay leaves you should not indulge in this homemade bay leaf herbal soak at all. Aside this, this soak is an ideal natural way to relieve your body of aches from head to toe.
Coughing is not only embarrassing but could be discomforting as well.
However, anyone could fall victim to cough especially in a cold weather; and being a virus is very to dismiss.
If you are a public speaker or an entertainer who depends on his / her voice for a living, the loss and embarrassment could be immeasurable.
In this article, we are going to have a look at how to treat and cure a chronic cough.
Let’s get started already!
Chronic Coughing and The Various Solutions
Chronic coughing and chest congestion could be very irritating and exhausting. It could result to stomach upsets, sore throats, breathing difficulties and even chest pains. A potent herbal remedy that helps in relieving chronic coughs and chest congestion is speedwell.
Speedwell, a perennial herb, contains tannins, flavonids, resins, natural acids, and sugar. The preparation involves turning speedwell into an herbal tea or tincture which is taken orally to help relieve coughs and congestion.
Speedwell contains an antioxidant called leptandrine which helps in relieving chronic coughing and chest congestion.
Leptandrine works as a natural expectorant; helping to get rid of that thick white, green, clear, or yellow phlegm out of the airway, lungs, and throat. In other words it manages the coughing by thinning out the thick mucus so you could cough up easier.
Aside chronic coughing, speedwell is also useful in making gargles for relieving sore throats that often accompanies chronic coughing as it works as a natural antiseptic.
Speedwell has found other uses in detoxification of the blood and organs in the body. It is also very helpful in cleansing the digestive system when it becomes sluggish and tends not to be functioning properly.
At other times, it comes handy in treating diarrhea, ulcers, bladder infections, nerve disorders, skin infections, stomach discomfort, and mouth sores. Speedwell is a major player in the herbal community.
Preparation of Speedwell Medication For Chronic Coughing
For the treatment of chronic coughing and chest congestion, speedwell herbal tea can be prepared by placing 1 tbs. of dried speedwell leaves and flowers into a small cup, alongside a few pieces of licorice, and 1 tsp. each of dried chamomile and peppermint leaves.
The additional dried herbal leaves supplements are necessary to help give the speedwell tea a better flavor since speedwell has a natural very bitter taste; however, if you are okay with the bitter taste you could take it without the extra herbal supplements.
Now, add 2 cups of boiling water to the dried leaves combinations and allow the herbs to steeps and soak in the boiling water to create a healing herbal tea. It should be left for about 5 to 10 minutes. The medication could be covered with tin foil or a lid to help steep a strong batch of herbal tea. Strain the herbs from the tea once the medication is ready; which could be taken as a standalone or add natural honey to it for sweetening purposes. This is only necessary if the mixture is too bitter for you.
Drink about 3 to five cups every day until the coughing and congestion disappears.
Speedwell herbal leaves and flowers can be found in your local herbal store; alongside all the other supplements we used above. This herb is not very popular but it could still be gotten from your local store.
I hope those suffering from chronic cough and chest congestion would find this article really useful.
Asthma is one of the most persistent and troublesome of all respiratory diseases. It is characterized by a frequent bout of breathlessness, in between which the patients might appear to be perfectly normal. Actually, the word asthma is of ancient Greek origin meaning panting or short-drawn breath. Patients affected by asthma may appear to be gasping for breath. The fact is people with asthma have more difficulty with breathing out than with breathing in.
Asthma is caused by allergies resulting from weather conditions, foods, drugs, perfumes and any other irritants. While there appears to be no modern medical cure for asthma, there are several natural and herbal remedies to both preventing and treating asthma.
Herbal Remedies For The Prevention and Treatment of Asthma
Aloe Vera is known to have many medicinal properties, and the use in the treatment of asthma is one of them. If you have asthma, all you need do is boil some aloe vera leaves in a pot of hot water and inhale the vapors.
The taking of lemon juice diluted in water has been found to be an excellent treatment that brings good results.
Taking garlic boiled in about 30ml of milk has been found to be an excellent medicine especially during the first stages of asthma. The mixture should be taken just once daily by the patient.
- The use of onion and honey mixture
This remedy should be prepared fresh on a daily basis. Cut an onion into very thin slices and place it in natural honey, allowing it to sit overnight. The following morning, just separate the onions from the honey and take 1 teaspoon full, 3 to 4 times daily.
Boil several fresh potatoes and then pour in a basin; covering your head and basin with a cloth to get the most out of the steam. This has proved to be very effective trado-medical way of treatment.
The white fluid from snails mixed with honey is highly effective in the treatment of asthma. Mix a ratio of fluid from snails to 5 ratio of honey to prepare syrup. Stir the mixture and pour into a sizeable bottle. Adult patients should take 3 table spoons full daily while children should take one.
Get the bark of bitter kola and pour cold water on it; adding a pinch of salt. Allow the mixture to rest for about 12 hours. After the 12 hours, take 2 glasses on a daily, 1 in the morning after meal and another in the night before you go to bed.
The fact cannot be denied that nature has its benefits and natural options of treatments are often far more effective than the modern ways.
While taking any of the medication above, the patient should avoid known dietic errors like; excess intake of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, tea, coffee, processed foods and other foods that are difficult to digest.