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How to Clear Dark Spots/ Scars from Acne or Chemical Burn Safely & Naturally

A safe and natural method to clear dark spots or scars left behind because of Acne, Sun Burn or Even Chemical Burn from any product that was too harsh for your skin.

Aleovera & Sandalwood

Aleovera & Sandalwood

How I got horrible chemical burn marks on my face:

Every once a while we fall for some not so good idea. The world is filled with DYI information that claims to help with most of our issues. Recently I learned a painful lesson about quick fixes for minor beauty concerns. I am sure just like me even you must have tried some desperate quick fixes without questioning their effectiveness.

Acne was not a concern for me in my teenage. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same now as my skin breaks out almost daily. Like me, many adults are facing scaring painful acne issues because of hormonal changes, pollution, stress, irregular & unhealthy food habits and other lifestyle disorders. Adult acne is painful, spreads easily to other areas of face and leave dark spots or scars.

Dark spots and scars almost covered my cheeks and I was desperately looking for a cure. I tried almost everything but natural ingredients are usually mild and they take time to work. I wanted something to clear the hideous spots fast and hence I started looking for something stronger.

I found few blog articles and YouTube Videos that claimed that toothpaste could fade acne spots. Some claimed that one could have clear skin overnight by applying dots of white toothpaste on the spots. This trick must work for few as I read positive comments below these videos however, this idea had an adverse effect on my skin.

Last week I foolishly tried the toothpaste trick hoping it will erase dark spots from my face. Before going to bed, I carefully applied small dots of white toothpaste only on dark spots and wiped away any excess paste. The toothpaste did not sting so I slept calmly with the cool and minty feeling of toothpaste on my face.

The next morning I got up with a feeling of uneasiness on my face. I rushed to wash off the dried toothpaste from my face. I was horrified to find out that toothpaste left chemical burn marks all over my face. These marks where darker than the spots. The affected skin looked and felt dry, hard, wrinkly and completely unappealing. My heart sank and I started crying as I thought I made permanent damage to my facial skin.

Slow and steady natural cures are good for us, as they do not have any ugly side effects. After my toothpaste chemical burn experience, I have decided to strictly use only natural ingredients.

The two ingredients that saved my skin from chemical burn marks are Aloe Vera and Sandalwood.

How to Naturally and Safely Cure Chemical burn marks and dark spots:

Step 1: Wash your face with any natural cleanser like cold milk, curd, honey or a mild face wash

Step 2: Cut a small piece of Aloe Vera leaf and apply the gel generously all over your face and neck.

Aloe Vera hydrates and soothes the skin. It also moisturises the skin so one can skip applying any lotions or creams for few days.

Step 3: If your skin still needs additional moisturiser use virgin or cold pressed coconut oil or almond oil or any other oil that suits you.

Step 4: Once or twice a day apply Sandalwood paste on affected area keep it for an hour and wash with cold water. One can keep the Sandalwood paste for longer time also. It also has cooling properties so it helps cure the affected skin rapidly. I prefer Sandalwood stick and not the powder as the powder we get in the market may not be pure.

Step 5: Do not fuss about our skin and do not try to scratch or peel the burned skin. While drying your face dab with a soft towel lightly and do not use force to scrub off the rough burnt area. Let it heal on its own and keep it cool and hydrated with constant application of Aloe Vera Gel.

Step 6: The dark rough burnt part of skin will slide off smoothly without leaving any scar or marks. I noticed my skin pigmentation got a lot lighter because of constant application of Aloe Vera. Light spots are still visible but they are vanishing slowly as I apply Aloe and Sandalwood Daily.

Never ever, try any new cosmetic or chemical product directly on your face. Always do a patch test on your arm or leg. Nature has cure for everything. The toothpaste burnt marks were worse than the dark spots that I was desperately trying to cure. With this incident, I learnt a lesson, never to fall for such short cut gimmicks. Stay wise and safe. Take care.

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Juicifix – Cold-pressed Juices at your Doorstep in Mumbai

Mumbai lifestyle is pretty challenging. In Mumbai, Our system, both internal and external are exposed to heavy pollution, of all forms, toxifying the body and damaging the skin. Health conscious people like me have to struggle to find new solutions getting the maxium amount of nutrition in minimum time and effort and this is where Juicifix fits in.

Juicifix

Juicifix

What is Juicifix?

Juicifix is a Natural & Healthy blend of Raw veggies & Fruits, this is a great source of natural Anti-oxidants, Minerals, Vitamins and the kind of nutrition our system needs on a daily basis. The kind of nutrition that no supplements can provide you with, this builds your immune system to fight illness and help maintain a strong balance within the body, helps keep haemoglobin levels in check, asists with breathing and the list goes on.

Juicifix a new concept beneficial for the health conscious Mumbaikars. Juicifix helps the body recoup and re-vitalise. The type of Nutrition & Anti-oxidants present in one 275ml bottle of Juicifix is required on a daily basis to help keep cancer at bay, helps the skin breathe again and inturn aids in bringing back skin glow, detoxifies the system(body), helps clear the mind & cleanses the lungs, to list a few of the benefits of regular juicing.

Juicifix is not just juice – it’s a way of life, and the tastiest way to lead a healthy, energetic and more fruitful life!

Each ‘fix’ is a healthy concoction of carefully sourced ingredients, cold-pressed and blended into sips of pure rejuvenation. Every bottle is a great detoxifying and cleansing blend and provides the necessary vitamins, minerals and good calories of 275 ml that you would not get by just consuming a fruit or a vegetable a day. And besides, who wants to eat just boring fruits and vegetables.

“Fruits are very important in a daily meal plan.They are a natural source of sugars so are best for immediate energy.They provide lots of vitamins and minerals – strawberries, oranges, and kiwis are great sources of vitamin C. And fruits also provide fiber which helps keep your stomach full for longer and aids in digestion.” – Radhika Karle, Nutritionist and Celebrity Dietitians.

Why Cold – pressed?

It’s cold-pressed – not because it sounds cool but because this method ensures that the vital enzymes, nutrients and minerals stay intact through a controlled extraction process and cold pressure treatment. And as the name suggests, the fruits and vegetables are ‘pressed’ to extract maximum amount of nectar from the pulp and fiber, giving you juice in its most nutritious form.

Just one serving of Juicifix will have you coming back for more. And you can be rest assured that you’re giving yourself the best, most hygienic juice that’s been made at home. From sterilized bottles and fruits washed with filtered water, to a strictly-timed schedule that is designed to maintain optimum nutrition, no expense and energy has been spared to get your Cold-Pressed juicifix to your doorstep every day in mumbai – fresh and delicious.

So here’s to – skin to cleanse, fat to burn, cigarettes to quit, thirst to quench, minds to heal and hearts to touch. Here’s to good health and heart beats, quicker feet and clearer thoughts. That healthy does not have to be boring. That we are change we want to see.

So whether it’s raining or sunny, or if that hangover is making you feel funny – Juicifix will give you a reason to smile.

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7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

In a comment on the post 10 Reasons An Ayurvedic Sesame Oil Massage Makes Us Strong and Beautiful., a reader asked me how to do an Ayurvedic (daily) Self-Massage. In this article, I am trying to explain the method I learned from my qualified Ayurvedic masseuse and hope every reader finds this beneficial.

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

Ayurvedic massage from an expert therapist is a luxury. I love getting a deep tissue Ayurvedic massage and have enjoyed it daily when I spent a fortnight in a naturopathy center in Pune. However, this cannot get a little heavy on our pockets. If like me you enjoy the massage therapy and do not want to spend a lot of money on it, I suggest you practice the amazing art of self-massage. I think self-massage is like a workout.

Self-massage therapy has a lot of benefits which are mentioned below and if done properly can be very relaxing and refreshing. Rest assured it is as good as any expensive spa treatment plus a good workout. Most of us do not have enough time to add such an elaborate daily routine so for the busy days you can do a quick 10 minutes spot massage. A full body version will take 40 minutes to an hour. Try doing the full body version once or twice a week for better results.

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Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend: 7 Uses for Skin Problems, Pain & Much More

Camphor and Coconut Oil is an amazing blend of natural ingredients that helps cure various skin problems and much more. Every house should have a small bottle of this magical blend, which is actually very simple to make.

Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend

Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend

Ingredients:
. Small glass bottle (preferably dark color),
. 1 Cup Coconut Oil,
. 2 Teaspoon Crushed Camphor

Method:

Mix 2 Teaspoon Crushed Camphor in 1 Cup Coconut Oil and store it in the dark glass bottle.

Keep the glass bottle in morning sunlight to melt the Camphor and to make the blend warm for better absorption and results.

Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend 7 Uses / Benefits:

1) Skin Itching or Irritation:

Camphor is highly effective to sooth and lessen skin itching or irritation.

Treatment:

Wash affected area with a mild cleanser and pat dry with a cotton towel,

Apply a generous quantity of the Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend on affected area twice a day or as many times as required.

2) Dark spots, Acne and Acne Scars:

A regular light massage with Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend lightens dark spots and acne scars. It also lessons the recurrence of acne.

Treatment:

Wash face with a your regular cleanser and pat dry with a cotton towel,

Massage few drops of Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend on spots and scars twice a day.

Once the blend dries apply your regular moisturizer or lotion.

Caution: For Sensitive skin, try a patch test on your arm or leg first before trying the blend on your face. If your skin is sensitive or you feel burning sensation after applying the blend increase the quantity of Coconut Oil in the blend.

If you still find it uncomfortable then stop using it on your face. This blend works for most but may not suit everyone so kindly use as per your skin condition.

3) Pain:

Camphor has pain relieving properties and a massage with the Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend gives relief from joint pain or pain due to soreness or muscle cramps.

Treatment:

Warm the bottle of Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend in sunlight or by keeping it in hot water for few minutes.
Massage a generous quantity of Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend on affected area twice a day.

Variation:

For severe joint pain you can also try a blend of Camphor with Sesame or Mustard Oil.

4) Cold and Chest Congestion:

Camphor helps in removal of Chest Congestion and can be used as a natural vaporub.

Treatment:

This treatment is most effective when you apply before you take a nap. Take a small quantity of Camphor and Coconut Oil in a small steel or metal bowl and heat it up for few minutes on a low flame. Take care that Blend does not get in touch with fire. You can also heat the oil in microwave using a microwave safe bowl.

Let the blend cool down. When the blend is warm enough to apply take a generous amount with your fingers and rub on your chest and neck. Cover yourself with a heavy blanket and take a nap so the blend gets enough time to remove the phlegm that is causing discomfort.

Extra Care: It is advisable to drink lots of warm water when you have cold to keep yourself hydrated and flush out the mucus that is causing blockage.

5) Dandruff:

Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend hair massage few hours before wash is a good solution to remove Dandruff and stop its recurrence.

Treatment:

Warm the bottle of Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend in sunlight or by keeping it in hot water for few minutes.

Massage Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend on your scalp in small circular motions using the tips of your fingers and keep it for few hours or overnight pre hair wash.

Extra Care: Using a mild shampoo repeat washing the hair twice as the oil will not come out in your first wash.

6) Eczema and Psoriasis:

Itching and irritation of skin are the most annoying part of skin diseases like Eczema and Psoriasis. Regular application of Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend is highly effective to sooth and lessen skin itching or irritation. It also helps protect skin from getting excessive dry.

Treatment:

Wash affected area with a mild cleanser and pat dry with a cotton towel,

Apply a generous quantity of the Camphor and Coconut Oil blend on affected area twice a day or as many times as required.

This blend when used regularly gives an instant relief from itching and the medicinal properties of Camphor also controls inflammation and recurring flare-ups.

7) Insect Bites:

Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend is calms redness and itching from an insect bite.

Treatment:

Apply a generous quantity of the Camphor and Coconut Oil blend on affected area twice a day or as many times as required. This blend when used regularly gives an instant relief from itching.

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Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More

 

Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More

Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones

While on a quick grocery run in the crowded supermarket I picked up a small packet of chia seeds (also known as Sabja in India) instead of mustard seeds. Chia seeds were not on my shopping list but this small goof up turned out quite beneficial for me. I have read about chia seeds sometimes back and always wanted to try them. Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet.

These tiny seeds are full of amazing nutrients, low in calories and plus they soak up water like no other ingredient I ever came across. Seriously, they absorb 10-12 times their weight in water giving us a feeling of fullness and reducing the craving for snacks in between meal. A daily dose of 1 ounce or 28 grams or 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds is an easy and cheap way to add many amazing nutrients to our body.

5 Benefits of Chia Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More:

1. Tiny Powerhouse of Nutrients:

A tiny Chia Seed is a powerhouse of Nutrients with negligible Calories. These were an important food for the Aztecs in fact the word “Chia” means “Strenght” in Mayan Language.

In an tablespoon of chia seeds there is 40% Fiber, 14% good quality Protein, 18% Omega – 3s Fat and 18% Calcium besides these amazing nutrients it has decent amount of Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

2. Full of Fiber that makes you full fast:

The fiber in chia seeds can absorb up to 9 to 10 times their weight in water, it expands and becomes like a gel and the more water or fluids you take in the more it will keep expanding. Not only does Chia seed make us full fast it keeps us full for a longer time discouraging snacking in between meal.

The Fiber also nourishes the good bacteria in the intestine, which helps to improve our digestive system. A regular bowel movement helps to remove toxins and give a relief from constipation or bloating.

3. Antioxidants, Iron, Zinc & Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, Iron, Zinc and Omega-3 Fatty Acids that keeps our body young and strong.

4. Protein:

Chia Seeds is a rich vegetarian source of great quality Protein. Chia seeds contain a good balance of amino acids, which is essential for our body to build muscles. The high protein in chia seeds helps to reduce appetite that helps in weight loss.

5. Calcium:

Chia seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein. All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.

Some people sprinkle Chia seeds on salads or other kinds of food. This is not a good idea as these seeds soak a lot of moisture and eating them before soaking can cause dehydration and discomfort. Soak Chia seeds in water for roughly 2 hours before consuming them to avoid any kind of uneasy feeling. Moreover, after soaking they become gel like which gives a quick feeling of being full and it also keeps our stomach full for longer duration.

You can consume Chia seeds with your morning smoothies, juices, oatmeal, milk and milkshakes, protein shakes, desserts like puddings or you can also gulp down 1 or 2 tablespoons of soaked Chia Seeds with plain water or lemon water. I prefer eating these in the mornings as they keep me full for a long time. They don’t have any taste of their own so you can easily add them to any drink of your choice.

Today this is how I had Chia seeds with a delicious morning Beetroot and Carrot smoothie.

Beetroot & Carrot Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Beetroot & Carrot Smoothie with Chia Seeds

How I made my easy delicious smoothie:

Blend 1 beetroot + 1 Carrot in a high power blender.

Add 1 tablespoon soaked Chia seeds and enjoy the filling delicious healthy smoothie that is very filling.

If you need some seasoning sprinkle little black pepper powder and Himalayan Pink salt.

If you want to know more about Chia seeds the book below can help plus it comes up with lots of healthy recipes.

“In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re super packed with Omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants.” Monica Van Zandt

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9 Foods to Have & 9 Foods to Avoid while Practicing Yoga and Pranayama

This article is inspired by Arun’s comment on my post lose weight, get ageless vibrant health and radiant beauty with anulom vilom pranayam where he asked about food to eat while practicing pranayama. A brief reply to the comment cannot do justice to this important topic hopefully this article does. I would be grateful if more readers can give inputs as we all are on a journey towards good health while overcoming many challenges along the way. We need to help and support each other to win this uphill battle against unhealthy lifestyle diseases. I have faith together we can win and I invite all the readers to contribute their ideas as every bit of knowledge can make the struggle a lot easier.

Satvik Diet

Satvik Diet

I have written a few articles (some are mentioned below) about food that support weight loss, one can have these foods while practicing Yoga and Pranayama.

. 6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More

. Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

. Tender Coconut Water A Super Drink For Weight Loss And Much More

. Cucumber an Amazing Vegetable for Weight Loss and Much More

. Replace Rice with Broken Wheat/ Dalia for a Slimmer and Healthier You

. Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy (Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies)

To enjoy maximum benefit out of your daily Yoga and Pranayama Practice one must follow a Satvik Diet also known as a Yogic Diet.

Satvik Diet is diet based on ancient wisdom of sages of India for whom Ayurveda, Yoga and Pranayama where important part of a healthy lifestyle. They religiously followed ahimsa (non-harming) hence the diet was purely vegetarian. They also believed in having freshly cooked meals and stale food was considered as an invitation to diseases. As per Indian Culture, food is given Divine importance and it is treated with upmost respect.

Satvik diet encourages foods grown and ripened naturally. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables should cover up your plate more than any other food if you want to eat clean and healthy. It is also advisable to avoid overcooking vegetables to preserve their nutrients. Please try to consume as much raw vegetables as possible as they can give you tons of nutrients and fiber that helps in weight loss.

Processed and factory made food are bad for us. Our body cannot make sense of them. Avoid eating any ready to eat or semi-cooked meal, which are usually loaded with harmful chemicals and preservatives. We cannot digest most of these chemicals and they end up messing with our hormones. Processed food is mostly unnatural and harmful, if taken regularly can cause serious health issues.

I would highly recommend a Satvik diet and lifestyle for Yoga and Pranayama practitioners. Following is a list of food one should have and avoid for a healthy lifestyle. I encourage everyone to contribute to the list to grow our knowledgebase.

9 Foods to have while practicing yoga and pranayama

1. Naturally grown and ripened fresh fruits and vegetables

2. Whole grains and beans

3. Seeds and Dry Fruits

4. Fresh Milk, Ghee, Curd, Buttermilk

5. Herbal Tea, Green Tea

6. Jagerry, Sugurcane Molasses

7. Herbs and Spices such turmeric, ginger, cumin, fennel, cinnamon, cardamom, mint, basil and all spices found in any Indian Household

8. Plant based oils like coconut, peanut, sesame, sunflower, olive oil and such

9. Rock Salt

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. – Ayurvedic Proverb”

9 Foods to Avoid while practicing yoga and pranayama

1. Processed foods,

2. Canned foods and ready to eat or semi cooked meals

3. Junk food

4. Artificial sweeteners (they are useless and harmful have jagerry instead)

5. Non Vegetarian foods (Meat and fish of all types, including eggs)

6. Cold drinks(including the diet ones), Soda, Boxed juices

7. Fried and fatty foods

8. Refined white flour (maida), white sugar

9. Stale, over cooked foods or Microwaved foods

Food is definitely medicine. As per naturopathy, right type and quantity of food can heal diseases and make the body stronger.

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