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Removing unwanted hair


Earlier it was only women who were concerned about excessive body hair and its removal. They visited the friendly neighbourhood parlour to get their eyebrows shaped and moustaches removed. Times have changed; now both men and women want to get rid of unwanted hair – from face, arms, legs, chest and back. A hairy torso (male or female) is no longer considered attractive!

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In men excessive body hair is often, paradoxically, paired with male pattern baldness. This excessive hair not only looks cosmetically unappealing but can result in excessive sweating, and infections in the hair follicles.
Excessive hair growth in women is usually familial or due to obesity. Such women may have hair in areas such as the face, chin and back.

Women produce both male and female hormones. If the balance is disturbed, and more male hormones are secreted then the woman can become very hairy. This can occur during the teens or in later life. It may be due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), congenital adrenal hyperplasia, if excessive steroids are administered or produced in the body as in Cushing’s syndrome, with some anti depressants and medications like danazole. In rare cases, it may be due to male hormone secreting tumours. If the hirsuitism is accompanied by deepening of the voice, loss of scalp hair and acne, it is called virilisation.

Shaving is a time tested method to remove hair from the arms, legs, axilla [armpits] and face. Shaving facial hair does not make it grow back thicker, coarser or faster. Apply shaving gel or foam first to soften the hair. Poor technique can cause ingrown hair.

A few unwanted hairs can be plucked using tweezers but it is painful. Pulling in the direction opposite to hair growth can cause ingrown hair and scarring. Apply ice immediately to the tweezed area to reduce swelling and redness.

Hair removing creams are available OTC (over the counter). The chemicals dissolve the hair shaft. Allergy can develop to the chemicals so it needs to be tested on a small area first. It can burn the skin if it is left on for too long.

Hot or cold wax can be used to remove hair. This can be done professionally in a salon or at home. It is messy and painful. Infection and burns can occur. It should be avoided if acne creams are also being used.

Twisting thread and then pulling the hair out is called threading. It is a technique done in parlours. It can cause pain.

Laser treatments have become very popular in recent times. Beauty parlours and spas offer such treatments. Only a licensed pro-fessional should do it. A physician should be available on the premises to tackle any side effects. Lasers suitable for Indian skin need to be used. The sittings need to be scheduled at the correct intervals 8-10 weeks apart. It does not get rid of unwanted hair permanently. After repeated sittings, hair growth is reduced by upto 80 per cent. It can cause scarring, keloid formation and pigment changes. That is why it should be tried on a small area first.

Hair can be removed permanently with electrolysis. A professional uses a needle to apply an electric current in the hair follicle. There may be tingling and pain. The process is slow and time consuming but is permanent. It can cause pigment changes. Several sittings spaced out over a period of months are required.

Resources: The Telegraph (Kolkata, India)

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Inula royleana

 

Botanical Name : Inula royleana
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Inula
Species: I. racemosa
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asterales

Habitats; Inula royleana is native to E. Asia – Himalayas from Pakistan to Kashmir. It grows on scrub and grassy clearings in forests, 2100 – 4000 metres. Exposed dry slopes, 3100 – 3600 metres in Kashmir.

Description:
Inula royleana is a perennial plant growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is in flower from Aug to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, self.The plant is self-fertile.

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Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Cultivation:
Succeeds in a sunny position in ordinary garden soil. Requires a moist well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Grows well in heavy clay soils. This species is hardy to about -20°c. Plants take some years to become fully established.

Propagation:
Seed – sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring or autumn.

Medicinal Uses:
The plant is disinfectant. It is also considered to be poisonous. The root has been used to adulterate the roots of Saussurea lappa. It contains 3% of an alkaloid that produces a fall in blood pressure and stimulates tone and peristaltic movements in the intestines.
Other Uses:
Disinfectant; Insecticide; Parasiticide.

Used as a parasiticide. The plant is insecticidal.
Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.
Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inula_racemosa
http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Inula+royleana

Mustard

Sinapis alba L.Image via Wikipedia

 

 

This sandwich spread will surprise you with its many uses.

Soothe an aching back

Take a bath in yellow mustard to relieve an aching back or arthritis pain. Simply pour a regular 6- to 8-ounce (175- to 240-milliliter) bottle of mustard into the hot water as the tub fills. Mix well and soak yourself for 15 minutes. If you don’t have time for a bath, you can rub some mustard directly on the affected areas. Use only mild yellow mustard and make sure to apply it to a small test area first. Undiluted mustard may irritate your skin.Relax stiff muscles

Next time you take a bath in Epsom salt, throw in a few tablespoons yellow mustard too. The mustard will enhance the soothing effects of the Epsom salt and also help to relax stiff, sore muscles.Relieve congestion

Relieve congestion with a mustard plaster just like Grandma used to make. Rub your chest with prepared mustard, soak a washcloth in hot water, wring it out, and place it over the mustard.Make a facial mask

Pat your face with mild yellow mustard for a bracing facial that will soothe and stimulate your skin. Try it on a small test area first to make sure it will not be irritating.Remove skunk smell from car

You didn’t see the skunk in the road until it was too late, and now your car exudes that foul aroma. Use mustard powder to get rid of those awful skunk odors. Pour 1 cup dry mustard into a bucket of warm water, mix well, and splash it on the tires, wheels, and underbody of the car. Your passengers will thank you.Remove odor from bottles

You’ve got some nice bottles you’d like to keep, but after washing them, they still smell like whatever came in them. Mustard is a sure way to kill the smell. After washing, just squirt a little mustard into the bottle, fill with warm water, and shake it up. Rinse well, and the smell will be gone.

.Taken From:Extraordinary Uses For Ordinary Things

Tips To Get Rid Of Cramps,Leg Pain & Over Exhaustion

CRAMPS IN THE CALF MUSCLES WHILE ASLEEP

We get cramps because the affected muscles suddenly become taut and strained, causing severe pain. This usually happens

because of over-exertion or dehydration. When there is a shortage of fluids in the body, there is a very high chance of our

body being short of useful electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and calcium. Electrolytes help our muscles to remain

supple, relaxed and function properly.

Here are a few simple steps to ease a cramp. First, try and relax the affected muscles. If necessary, apply ice on the

affected muscles to enable better blood circulation. Ice relieves pain and is anti-inflammatory. If a cold compress is

uncomfortable, try a hot compress instead. Next, stretch the muscles gently and gradually, but without overstretching.

Massage the area gently, ensuring that the movement is towards the heart.

For cramps in the calf muscles, stand about three feet away from the wall or a cupboard, with knees locked and heels firmly

on the floor. Lean towards the wall or cupboard, using your hands for support. You will feel the stretch in your calf

muscles, which you should hold for a while. Repeat this procedure a few times.

Keep an eye on your daily fluid and salt intake and do something to make the leg muscles work. Also, take the suggestion of a

doctor or a dietician on how to ensure a perfect electrolytic balance.

PAIN IN THE LEG DUE TO LONG TIME STANDING

Our legs support the weight of our bodies for a significant period of time every day. In some situations, we have to spend a lot of time standing, which causes strain on our legs. Even professionally, quite a few job profiles require people to stand throughout the day. Anyway, first and foremost, check with your doctor to see whether you have developed varicose veins. Or

Try to explore alternative postures to standing while you are working. If this is not feasible, common sense will help you decide what to do in order to relieve the strain. Your legs need regular exercise and quality rest so that the muscles can work properly. Massage is an additional help, but the direction of massage should be towards the heart and with an attempt to squeeze the blood flow through the legs upwards. Evenings are better for massage, because the legs may be tired by then.

Among yogasanas, you must practice toe bending, ankle bending, and rotating ankle,
rotating both ankles, pada hastasana (toe touching after checking with your doctor) and pada sanchalanasana (yogic cycling) regularly will help improve the pranic energy circulation in the legs.

Whenever possible, lie down with both your legs up and the heels resting against a cupboard or wall. Make sure that the legs are at a 60-degree angle to your chest. This will help improve the flow of blood towards the heart from the legs. If you can get a greater angle, that’s even better.For more stamina.

ADVICE TO STUDENTS TO GET RID OF OVER EXHAUSTION

Most students are victims of over exhaustion. . Asanas can certainly help especially surya namaskar and shavasana.

But yoga is not just about asanas but also an acquired skill that teaches you to live a full life. For this, you need to look after your body, your mind, your emotions and your lifestyle. All three of you seem eager to improve your memory, concentration and energy level. It is evident that studying and doing well in exams is your priority. But the real secret to a happy life is a balanced strategy. This strategy must include studies as well as leisure time. Only then can you handle the pressure with ease Living in harmony.
A perfect balance between work and play is the key to happiness.

Living In Cities

The cities we reside in have souls. Our cities consume, create, evolve, and breathe much in the same way Mother Nature does. Each city is unique, defined not only by the individuals who call it home but also by the energy it exudes. Some cities are suffused by an aura of unshakable calm while others seem continually frenetic, even during the early morning hours. Many inspire creativity within us or arouse our curiosity. A city’s energy is dependent on many factors, including the geography, the people, the industry, and the culture. Residing in a city full of warehouses and factories feels very different than one living in one populated by artists and museums. Some cities elevate the soul while others seem to squash it, and fate may lead us to either.

If the urban center you presently call home feels oppressive or robs you of your vitality, consider relocating to a locale that is more nurturing. You may find that leaving your city is an impossibility, however, if circumstances in your life compel you to remain or the universe has plans for you that involve your staying put. To cope with the stress of working and playing in an environment you have an aversion to, first ask yourself how the city you live in makes you feel. Then take steps to cleanse your home, your work spaces, and your life of the energy that is dragging you down. Try smudging your personal and professional spaces with sage or sweetgrass to dispel negativity. Keeping a quartz crystal on or near your person can ensure that there is always positive, loving energy nearby that you can draw from when you feel affected by your city. And you can do your part to promote widespread good energy by sending love and white light from your heart out into the city each morning and night.

As you become increasingly aware of the way your city makes you feel, you can refine your cleansing efforts to meet your individual needs. If you seek out others who feel driven to purify your city’s energy flow, your combined efforts can become a larger movement that promotes healing and goodwill. You may find that, after a time, you are gradually drawn to those aspects of your locale that energize you, helping you come back into balance.

Source:Daily Om