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Fruity remedies for your skin and hair

Posted by Renee Reeves on April 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Fruity remedies for your skin and hair


The summer has kicked off and it`s time to rejuvenate your hair and skin to save yourself from heat rashes, acne, frizzy and dry hair.

If going in for expensive treatments at spas and salons are not your thing, here are some seasonal fruits you can use at home to help you get the glow:

Orange Peel:  It revitalizes your skin and is a great source of AHA and vitamin C. Oranges are known to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. The citrus juice exfoliates the dead skin cells and stimulates new cell production. Make a face pack using 1 egg yolk, 1 tsp honey and 1/8 cup of orange juice. Apply this paste to your face and leave it for 20 minutes before you wash off.

Mango moisturizer: Mango is known for clarifying and moisturizing your face. It contains active fruit enzymes that remove dead skin cell layers on your face. Apart from your face, mango is extremely good for your hair. It improves the elasticity of hair strands and fosters strength at the roots. Mash a mango and add ½ tbsp honey to it. Apply this mixture to your hair. Keep it for an hour and rinse it off with shampoo and conditioner.

Watermelon revitalize: If you wish to have a radiant skin watermelon comes to your rescue. A fruit known for its cooling effects, it tends to hydrate your skin and also make your pores smaller, thus you perspire less. Mash half a watermelon and apply this to your face.

Pineapple mask: Not only are they delicious, pineapples contain different ingredients that can help to improve the quality of your skin. It is a natural exfoliants and helps you get rid of blemishes and pimples. Take the pulp of the fruit and blend to make a paste. Add a couple of teaspoons of olive oil to the mixture. It will moisturize your face and help to aid in the exfoliating process.


Hot Stone Massage

Posted by Renee Reeves on April 10, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage” is also known as “lava stone massage”, “warm stone massage” or “river rock massage” which is a natural therapy in which stones which gets warm at certain temperature and placed on client’s body to make his/her muscles relax.

The stones uses in this massages are not normal stones, these are typical river rocks or other stones which should be very smooth and made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water at 120 to 150 degree. The stone use in this massage is a black volcanic rock which is having ability to absorb and retain heat well for long time.

Before starting hot stone massage, the therapist makes your body warm with common Swedish massage. Then therapist placed heated stones on specific points in the palms, n your belly, between your toes and on your spine to improve the flow of energy in your body.

For massage many stones of different sizes and shapes are used by the therapist, small ones for smaller muscles and big ones for bigger muscles and once the stones gets cool, therapist replace them with new heated stones to continue the process of massage. During the massage, therapist always ask you about the warmness and pressure of stones on your body as overall your relaxation and felling of your body is important.

After massaging your body with oil, at the end massage therapist again place heated stones to give your muscles more relaxation. The whole massage process takes 60 to 90 minutes. Hot stone massage is more expensive than other regular massage and requires certified massage therapist who should be fully trained because of its technicalities and sensitivity.

1-Physical Effect:

Hot stone massage provides greater relief because of its intense nature of the massage as hot stone massage allow the massager to penetrate deeply. It helps to relief pain caused by tense muscles, injuries or stiffness of joints. Hot stone massage give you better feeling as compare to typical Swedish massage due to its natural warmness.

The heated stones may provide the extra relaxation if your muscles are extremely tight or stiffed. It helps to release tension, eases osteoarthritis and arthritis pain, easing sore muscles. But be careful, therapist must be properly trained and aware of sensitivity of this hot stone massage because extra heat or extra pressure of stones may harm your body after whole process.

2-Mental Effect:

Hot stone massage is also beneficial mentally and essential to good health as the warmness and pressure of stones helps to improve body circulation which calms our nervous system. These river rocks are like comforting tools who remove mental stress and anxiety.

It is effective in treatment of insomnia and helps alleviate depression. The experience of this hot stone massage is very relaxing that many people indulge in simply because they feel so nice.

3- Not Recommended to Everyone:

You must consult your family doctor before going to Spa for any massage especially hot stone massage as every massage is not for everyone due to their qualities and after effects. Hot stone massage is not recommended or should be refused for the people who are having any rash, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, skin disease, a hernia or area having fractures.

Who are prone to blood clots because there is serious risk of blood clots being dislodges and can cause heart attack or stroke. Not suitable for people who recently undergone through any surgery, chemotherapy and any radiation treatment .Hot stone massage is not recommended for woman who is pregnant.

The reason behind all these precautions is that this therapy technique release toxins stored in our muscles back into our system where they can be flushed away. Another precaution you should take is; don’t take heavy meal before hot stone massage as it will disturb you to relax completely.


Ways to reduce cholesterol

Posted by Renee Reeves on April 9, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)



Natural or home remedies are very popular for various illnesses.

Every region has its own home remedies – some tried and tested, others mere hearsay or experimental, having come down to us over the years from our grandparents’ times.

Being in US, we have alternative cures and home remedies for illnesses as varying as a simple cold to cancer thanks to Indian herbs and spices, condiments and exotic vegetables handed down to us through the centuries.

Though these are not complete remedies by themselves, they certainly complement the benefits if used in conjuncture with a healthy diet and reduce cholesterol.

How to reduce cholesterol in the Indian diet

Lady's finger:  The gooey texture of lady’s finger is the rich fiber that can reduce cholesterol and blood sugar. Soak couple of slit raw lady’s finger into two in half a glass of water overnight. Next day drink the water and eat the lady’s finger first thing in the morning. 

Garlic: Eat a raw clove every morning on empty stomach. Use garlic while cooking as coriander seeds: Grind an ounce of the dry seeds. Mix a tablespoon of it with a glass of water and have it at bedtime much as possible.

Curry leaves: In Kerala, we make a dry chutney called ‘veppila katti’ – So rich in antioxidants and fiber! A simple version of this is to dry fry a bunch of curry leaves with coriander seeds, jeera/cumin and a little methi/fenugreek seeds. Then grind them into a coarse powder. At the table, mix a spoon of this with a spoon of olive oil and have it as an accompaniment to rice or rotis instead of pickles or chutney. Don’t have time for veppila katti? Then just eat up the curry leaves found in your dishes.

Cinnamon tea: Cinnamon tea is popular in the Middle East. The Chinese too use cinnamon for various diseases or conditions. Simmer a stick of cinnamon in water for about 10 minutes. Drink this once or twice a day. Cinnamon is believed to lower blood sugar and cholesterol.

Nuts and seeds: Have an ounce of nuts or seeds daily instead of some other snack.

Fiber: Make a cup of oat porridge in water and increase the fiber by adding a tablespoon of wheat bran or a teaspoon of psyllium. Very effectively reduces cholesterol.