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Unknown facts about Aloe Vera

Unknown facts about Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of Nature’s best gifts to mankind. Predominantly used in Ayurveda, aloe vera is well known for its ability to treat ailments. So significant is its versatility in medicine, that its benefits have been extensively researched across cultures, from the Chinese, Greeks, American Indians, Egyptians, Mesoamericans, to of course, Indians.  This spiky-green plant is a wonderful addition to any home, and can also be used for decorative purposes. But medicinally, it has many hidden secrets you’d be surprised to find out. So, why is it called Aloe Vera? Aloe is derived from the Arabic phrase “alloeh”, which...

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5 Ways To Include Turmeric Every Day And Enhance Your Health

5 Ways To Include Turmeric Every Day And Enhance Your Health

 One of our grandmas’ favourite spices, medicine, and everything in between, turmeric, is one of the most versatile natural ingredients. Bright-yellow in colour, turmeric comes with a slew of health benefits that make it a superfood in its own right.  So where does Turmeric come from? Known to be a native spice of India, turmeric was coveted by the Westerners and other foreigners who transported it back home in bulk. It can be used in a variety of dishes and recipes. Turmeric has been a key ingredient in Ayurveda and other traditional medicines for thousands of years, and it continues...

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Spirulina - A Superfood

Spirulina - A Superfood

What makes this supplement a worldwide blockbuster Spirulina is one of the world’s most popular food supplements. Loaded with some of the healthiest nutrients and antioxidants, spirulina is kind of a superfood for the brain and the body. The antioxidants in spirulina also have anti-inflammatory effects, apart from its well documented pain-relieving and brain-protective properties, making it truly a wonderful health supplement. Who discovered spirulina? Although not popularly recognised as a health supplement until the late 1900s, spirulina had been a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican civilizations even before the 16th century. It was later found at...

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How to choose the right soap for acne-prone skin types

How to choose the right soap for acne-prone skin types

Acne is one of the most common skin irritations. Acne develops when your skin's pores become clogged with  dead skin, oil, or germs. Each pore in the skin is a follicle opening. A hair as well as a sebaceous (oil) gland form the follicle. The oil gland secretes sebum (oil), which goes up the hair shaft, out through the pore, and then onto the skin. Acne is the most frequent skin disorder in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. While acne is not a life-threatening condition, it can be excruciatingly unpleasant, especially when severe. It can...

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Activated Charcoal, the porous wonder pores need

Activated Charcoal, the porous wonder pores need

Activated charcoal is one of the best pore-cleansing agents there is.  But what is activated charcoal? Quite simply, it’s charcoal that’s processed at very high temperatures  to make it more porous. And it’s this porous texture that distinguishes it from other types of charcoal (including the ones you use for barbecuing).Once activated, one teaspoon of activated charcoal has a total surface area that’s more than a football field! And because it is incredibly porous and is not absorbed by the human body, it is capable of binding with toxins and oil in skin pores and flushing them out. Wait, what are...

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So long, Oily Skin!

So long, Oily Skin!

Choosing the right kind of soap for people with oily skin types Oily skin may be caused by a multitude of reasons like genetics, environment, over-washing, cosmetics, hormonal changes, or a poor diet. Apart from being a perennial irritation, oily skin can also cause a variety of conditions like acne, blackheads, pimples, and other blemishes. But controlling your skin’s oil balance isn’t actually a tedious task - with the right soap, and a little care and consistency, anybody can bid farewell to oily skin. Here are a few tips to help you get started towards your healthy, smooth and supple...

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Say Goodbye to Dryness

Say Goodbye to Dryness

Choosing the right kind of soap for people with dry skin types Skin dryness is fairly a common problem, but overcoming it can be an excruciating task. While it might be caused by a variety of reasons like environment, weather, genetics or pre-existing skin conditions, the right kind of soap can help control the skin’s dryness and counter the effects of it if needed. So without further ado, here are some tips to choose the right kind of soap for dry skin. Select something oily Our skin has special glands that produce sebum, the natural oil that keeps our skin...

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Give fat a chance

Give fat a chance

Making the distinction between good and bad fats might help you decide which fats to shun and which to consume in moderation. Because our bodies need fat for some vital functions - like the absorption of vitamins. Made up of 3 fatty acids - EPA and DHA (found only in fatty fish) and ALA (found in plant-based foods like nuts and seeds), Omega-3 fatty acids are the most essential of fats.  3 reasons to take Omega-3: Helps lower triglyceride levels and risk of heart attack  Helps manage rheumatoid arthritis better Helps in neurological development in newborns. How much of Omega-3 is...

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