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Smoking Harmful Effects and 20 Natural Home Remedies To Quit Smoking


Smoking is extremely hazardous habit, which may easily turn into a fatal  addiction. When a person becomes addicted to smoking then it becomes very hard for him/her to quit smoking. However, self-motivation along with some natural home remedies can help them a lot in overcoming the addiction.

Causes of Smoking

There are various causes that may lead to smoking but let's have a look on some basic causes that often lead to smoking.
  • Media influences
  • To handle stress or Awkward Situations
  • Frustration
  • Peer Pressure (Group Influence)
  • To be Social
  • As a Status Symbol

 Harmful Effects of Smoking

1. Lung Cancer

Smoking decrease lung function and often cause Lung cancer.In general 90% of cases of lung cancer deaths in men are caused by smoking, and about 80% in women.

2. Pulmonary Diseases

In addition to Lung cancer smoking also cause several pulmonary diseases.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases and is usually caused due to smoking. Respiratory bronchiolitis interstitial lung disease (RB-ILD) is an other smoking related interstitial lung disease.

3. Cardiovascular diseases

Smoking cause cardiovascular diseases. Almost 35% of smoking related deaths are due to diseases of the arteries and heart. A smoker has 2 - 4 times the chance of developing chronic heart disease than a non-smoker.

4. Heart Attack

Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who don't smoke. Smoking Increase blood pressure and increase heart rate. Smoking causes Narrowing of the blood arteries and reduces amount of oxygen the blood can carry.Smoking Creates an imbalance in the demand for oxygen by the cells and increases your chances of heart attack.

 5. Blood Circulatory Problems

Smoking causes many Blood Circulatory problems due to gradual build up of plaque in arteries. Such condition leads to narrowing of blood arteries which may further leads to various blood circulatory problems.

6. Brain Stroke

More of your brain cells die the longer you smoke, and brain function can be reduced. Smoking increase Carbon monoxide levels in the blood which restricts the supply of oxygen to body and brain cells. You can also suffer strokes due to constrictions in the blood vessels supplying the brain.

7. Osteoporosis and Weak Bones

Nicotine and toxins in cigarettes affect bone health from many angles and causes gradual loss of bone mass and osteoporosis. Smokers have double the risk of having a bone fracture as compared to non-smokers.

8. Premature or Early Aging

Smoking also results in Premature or early aging. smoking leads to an increase in an enzyme that breaks down skin, and also a reduction of up to 40% in the production of the collagen needed to renew skin. The result is people start showing premature physical signs of aging of the skin and the excessive formation of wrinkles.

9. Extremely Harmful for Mother and Fetus(Baby)

Smoking during pregnancy is extremely harmful for both mother and Fetus (baby) and can be disastrous to Fetus(Baby). The carbon monoxide in a two pack a day habit restricts the oxygen supply to the developing fetus by 60%. This results in abnormal growth and lack of development, and can even cause premature births and stillborn babies. Women who smoke while pregnant increase their risk of giving birth prematurely.Low birth weight also has been linked to smoking.

10. Reduces Fertility in Women

Smoking reduces fertility in women and causes early menopause. Smoking reduces the ability to get pregnant and also affects the time it takes to get pregnant. Smoking affects how receptive the uterus is to the egg. The more a women does smoke the more she reduces the changes of getting pregnant. Smoking while pregnant boosts the risk of miscarriage.

11. Male Impotence

Smoking can reduce the sperm count, and also results into men impotent.Smokers are twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than non-smokers, and this has been confirmed by many medical searches. Smoking causes atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries feeding the penis, and the nicotine also constricts the smaller blood vessels leading to impotence.

12. Poor Vision

Smoking causes poor vision and may lead to various kinds of eye problems. Recent research have found that smokers have double the risk of developing cataracts compared with non-smokers. This risk is triple for heavy smokers. Smoking also increases a person's risk of developing macular degeneration. Studies have also found that smokers face a risk of developing macular degeneration that is two to four times greater than that of people who have never smoked. In addition to Cataracts and macular degeneration, smoking also causes dry eye and optic nerve damage.

13. Poor Immunity

Smoking adversely affects your immune system and causes poor immunity. As a result,  reduces your ability to fight against various kinds of infections and diseases. A person with a weak immune system is more vulnerable and prone to attacked by external bacteria and viruses and easily get infected and becomes sick.

14. Reduces You Fitness Level

Smoking massively reduces your endurance and fitness level. Smokers reach exhaustion before non-smokers do and can’t run as far or as fast as non-smokers. In addition, smokers obtain less benefit from physical training and have less muscular strength and flexibility as compare to non-smokers. Smokers get tired more easily, have a harder time breathing, and have more leg pain during exercise.

15. Bad Breath, Stained Teeth and Dark Lips

Besides lowering your overall health level, smoking also decrease your facial beauty. Smoking makes your breath stink and stains your teeth. In additions, it may also turn your rosy pink lips into rough, dry and dark lips.

16. Early or Premature Wrinkles

Smoking speeds up the normal aging process of your skin and contributes to early or premature wrinkles. Smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels which reduces the blood flow to your skin. With less blood flow, your skin doesn't get sufficient oxygen and important nutrient and starts developing early or premature wrinkles. In addition, Smoking damages collagen and elastin that give your skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, skin begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely because of smoking.

17. Dangers of Second-hand Smoke

Cigarette smoke is not only injurious to your health but it is also dangerous for others including your colleagues, friends and family members. Smoke that comes from the burning of a tobacco product or smoke that is exhaled by smokers is called second-hand smoke. When second-hand smoke is inhaled by non-smokers also puts them at a risk of many fatal diseases. Non-smokers who are exposed to this smoke have a higher risk of lung cancer and coronary heart disease. Children exposed to tobacco smoke have higher risks of developing many diseases including asthma, ear infection, respiratory infections and Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

18. Early Death

Smoking causes an early death. The average smoker dies 15-20 years earlier than they should. The major causes of excess mortality among smokers are diseases that are related to smoking, including cancer (Lung, Larynx, Pharynx, Esophagus, Stomach, Pancreas  ), cardiovascular diseases, respiratory and vascular disease.


Smoking Withdrawal Symptoms

Smoking contains Nicotine that creates addiction very rapidly, once hooked if the smoker stops smoking he or she will feel the symptoms of withdrawal. Smoking withdrawal includes any or all of following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • Depressed mood
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Excess Appetite or Hunger
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Constant Crave for Tobacco or Smoking

After second or third days of quitting smoking or as soon as your body notices a shortage of nicotine, you may start feeling the above symptoms and it may lasts for 1-3 months.
However, if you have a strong will power you can definitely overcome all of these symptoms. Believe in yourself. Believe that you can quit. Think about some of the most difficult things you have done in your life and realize that you have the guts and determination to quit smoking. It's up to you. Definitely You can do it.


20 Best Natural Home Remedies To Stop Smoking

1. Orange or Grape Juice

Juice of orange or grapes is highly beneficial in getting rid of smoking. These fruits are effective in removing nicotine out of your body. Moreover, they will help reduce your craving or desire for smoking. Try to drink orange or grape juice, at least twice a day.
In addition to quit smoking, grape seed extract also helps to repair lung damage. Smoking breaks down vitamin C therefore it is very important to take 5,000-20,000 mg. of vitamin C on a daily basis day. According to intensity of withdrawal symptoms and smoking damage you should consult a doctor for the exact daily dosage of Vitamin C. Naturally Vitamin C is found in most fruits and vegetables with citrus taste, including oranges, grapefruits and their juices having the highest content.

2. Honey

Honey serves as an herbal medicine as well as an antioxidant and considered the best food source that is rich in vitamins, enzymes, proteins and amino acids that helps dealing with cigarette addiction and helps in quit smoking. Consume 2 teaspoons of honey every day, for about two months. This will decrease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and also reduce the urge to smoke.

3. Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Juices

In order to neutralize the urge of smoking, drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices. The consumption of carrots and celery juice also helps overcome smoking addiction.

4. Rock Salt

Whenever you feel like smoking, apply a pinch of rock salt at the tip of your tongue. Do this process, for about one month. You will find yourself becoming less and less addicted to it.

5. Drink Lots Of Water

Try to drink lots of water. Hydration is an important factor while quitting smoking. It helps flush out the unwanted toxins from your body. In addition, the intensity of withdrawal symptoms gets reduced. Furthermore, dehydration of lack of water may be a trigger for cigarette cravings in the same way that it is a trigger for hunger cravings.

6. Mimosa Herbal Tea

A tea made from the herb of Mimosa Pudica is considered very helpful in controlling the after effects of quitting smoking like anxiety and headache. In addition, it is believed to enhance the regeneration of nerves. Mimosa Tea also has anti-inflammatory and mild sedative properties. Drinking Mimosa tea regularly will prevent people from going back to smoking again.
Note: Use of this herb as a tea or tincture may interact with antidepressant medication so before using this herb you should consult your doctor or pharmacist for potential interactions.. However, its consumption is not recommended to pregnant or breast-feeding mothers. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding mother, you are not allowed to use this herb due to some potential side effects.

7. Deviate your Attention

Whenever you induce an urge of smoking then deviate your attention towards something which is more interesting for you. Listen to music or indulge yourself in any other activity, when you experience a craving for smoking. Most cravings only last 10 - 20 minutes. Distract yourself, keeps yourself busy and the cravings will pass. When you are free and don't have anything to do then talk to yourself :

“I refuse to believe that smoking is more powerful than me.”
“I won’t give smoking any more power over my life".

Self motivation and self confidence is one of the most powerful and effective way to overcome nicotine cravings.

8. Avoid the Smoking Triggers

Avoid doing things that make you want to smoke. Identify the smoking triggers and get rid of them. You should avoid the consumption of alcohol and caffeine, because they are found to be amongst the most common smoking triggers. At the same time, stay away from those who smoke.

9. Stay away from all Tobacco Products

Try to get rid of everything that is related to it. Avoid all tobacco products, such as cigarettes and cigars, which are in your possession. When you do not find any of the products within easy reach, the urge to smoke will automatically reduced. If you are habitual of smoking immediately after meal, eat a hard candy or chewing gum as a replacement.

10. Avoid Acid Promoting Foods

Try to acid promoting foods because they increase the craving for cigarette nicotine. Try to avoid processed and packaged products, red meat, white bread, beer, wine and sugar. Avoiding these foods will make it easier for you to quit smoking.

11. Eat Alkaline Promoting Foods

Eating foods with high alkaline(opposite to acid) content are also very helpful to deal with quitting smoking. Alkaline promoting foods reduce Cigarette nicotine cravings. Apples, avocado, banana, lime, lemon, orange, dried figs, raisins, basil, carrots, celery, cucumber, onion, mint and spinach are good alkaline foods to reduce nicotine cravings.

12. Eat Bananas to Quit Smoking

Rich in Vitamin-B and many other minerals and alkaline nature, bananas are very helpful for quitting smoking. It will be a great idea to include ripe bananas in your diet if you are planning to quit smoking.

13. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a glass of water. Stir until the Sodium bicarbonate is completely dissolved in the water. The resulting mixture is alkaline in nature and very helpful to suppress the craving for smoking.
Each and every time when you feel the craving for smoke, rinse your mouth with the resulting mixture. You can carry this mixture with you, in a small bottle. This way you can use it wherever you go, whenever you feel the need to smoke.
If you feel the urge to smoke after every meal then after your regular meal drink a glass of water by dissolving a tablespoon of baking soda. Gradually you will lose the desire to smoke very easily.
However, if you are on medications, or low sodium diet, then you should ask your doctor before using baking soda.

14. Radish and Honey

A smoothie made by radish and honey is also very helpful in getting rid of smoking addiction. Mix one medium size grated fresh radish(moli) with 1-2 tablespoons of honey and whenever you feel the craving for smoke then drink it like juice.

15. Green Oats
Green oats, also known as avena sativa or wild oats are highly beneficial for quitting smoking. According to recent researches green oats can reduce the craving for nicotine and ease withdrawal symptoms. In addition, green oats also help promote detoxification of nicotine during the withdrawal process.
An extract derived from green oats can ease withdrawal symptoms and help to decrease cigarette cravings. However Green oat capsules are also easily available in the market. You can safely take about 300 mg of green oats daily, but it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor for the correct dosage for you. According to intensity of your withdrawal  symptoms, a doctor will prescribe the exact dosage of green oats capsules.

16. Popcorn

Smokers striving to quit smoking are often advised to have crunchy foods that keep their mouth busy. Thus, popcorn is one of the most amazing snack that can be used for this purpose. Popcorn not only keep your mouth busy but also help to curb your urge to smoke.
To enhance the health benefits and prevent intake of unhealthy and extra calories, make sure you munch on air-popped popcorn that do not contain much butter.

17. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper being alkaline in natural, is also very beneficial to stop smoking. You can include this spice in your daily diet or mix a few pinches in a glass of water and drink this whenever you feel the urge for smoking. Cayenne pepper helps in desensitizing the respiratory system to all the addictive things, such as tobacco, nicotine and chemical irritants contained in the smoke. In addition, its antioxidant property stabilizes lung membranes, in turn preventing damage. It also helps to reduce the craving for smoking.

18. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an amazing alkaline spice that can be employed to aid stop smoking. Whenever you feel craving for a cigarette, you can suck on or chew a cinnamon stick.
Ensure that you always have a cinnamon stick readily available. Keep cinnamon sticks at home, in your car, at work and anyplace else where you used to smoke. Apart from mimicking the nicotine cravings, it relieves negative breath and helps to get rid of impurities from blood.
If the cinnamon aftertaste is unpleasant after you have used your cinnamon stick then drink a glass of water. The water will diminish the cinnamon taste.

19. Licorice

Licorice herb can help you quit smoking naturally. Licorice has alkalinity similar to cinnamon and also very beneficial to curb your cravings for nicotine. The slight sweet taste of licorice helps kill the urge to smoke. In addition, it also relieves smoker’s cough.
Chewing a small stick of licorice root is a good substitute of a cigarette and can satisfy your urge to smoke. You can even drink licorice root tea 2-3 times a day.
You should be aware that while licorice and its extracts are safe for normal use in moderate amounts.

Dried root: 1 - 5 g as an infusion or decoction (boiled), 3 times daily
Licorice 1:5 tincture: 2 - 5 mL, 3 times daily

Long-term use (more than 4-6 weeks) or ingestion of excessive amounts can causes many health problems including headache, fatigue, lethargy, high blood pressure, excessive loss of potassium, sodium and water retention which can lead to leg swelling and other problems.

Note: Licorice is not recommended for those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, adrenal disease or reduced kidney or liver functioning. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding mother, you shouldn't use this before consulting a doctor.

20. Multi-vitamins Diet

Smoking causes deficiency of a number of vital nutrients in our body. This can be replenished by eating foods rich in Vitamin A, C and E. If you are not able to get these vitamins from your daily diet plan then after consulting a doctor take supplements of Vitamin A, C and E. According to the intensity of your withdrawal symptoms and smoking damage your doctor will prescribe the exact daily dosage of these vitamins.

Vitamin A is beneficial in repairing the damaged mucus while Vitamin E repairs the damaged cells due to smoking. Vitamin C being a powerful anti-oxidant help to fight against the body damaging free radicals.

All of the above vitamins(A, C and E) will not only help in coping up with the withdrawal symptoms of smoking as well as will help to repair the damage caused due to smoking.

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Dates(Khajoor) 16 Health Benefits and Nutritional Value

Date(khajoor) is one of the most nutritious fruit commonly grown in Middle-East regions of the world. Due to its numerous health benefits and nutritional value it is also termed of crown of sweet fruits. Muslims prefer them to break their fast because dates are an ideal fruit that has many health benefits and provide an instant energy.Fresh date is made of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and dextrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, dates are being used to breakfast during Ramadan months. Best Health Benefits of Dates are given below:

16 Best Health Benefits of Dates

1. Healthy Heart

Dates are very useful when you are preserving your heart within a healthy and balanced situation. Dates are quite helpful in keeping your heart healthy. When they are soaked for the night, crushed in the morning and then consumed, they have been shown to have a positive effect on weak hearts. Dates are also a rich source of potassium, which studies have shown to reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related diseases. Dates reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a major contributing factor heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke. Therefore, when taken twice a week, dates can really improve the overall health of the heart.

2. Cure Anemia

Anemia is described as an unusually lower quantity of red blood cells within the circulating blood.
Dates have got higher iron content within them, which will make them excellent natural home remedies for decreasing a deficiency of iron. Anemia patients are encouraged to consume numerous dates on a regular basis to boost their amount of iron within the blood.The high level of iron balances out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.

3. Cure Constipation

Dates are considered very healthy laxative food items. This is why that dates are very therapeutic for individuals struggling with constipation. Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation.To get the laxative impact through dates, you have to dip dates for just one complete night in water. You need to eat these soaked dates each and every morning just like syrup to obtain their natural and genuine benefits.

4. Reduce the Risk of Colon Cancer

High fiber contents in dates regulate bowel moments, improve the performance of digestive track and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

5. Weight Gain

Dates should be included as a  part of a healthy diet. They consist of sugar, proteins and many essential vitamins. If you are thin and slim and want to increase your weight, or if you are trying to build your muscles to impress some girl, or you have become weak due to a serious medical problem then you need to eat dates 3-5 dates followed by a glass of milk on daily basis.

6. Cure Sexual Weakness

Dates are very beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. Soak a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk over night, then grind them in the same milk with a mixture of cardamom powder and honey. This mixture becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sexual endurance and reducing sterility caused by various sexual disorders.

7. Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery

Dates are considered very nutritious and healthy food pregnant women.Pregnancy is really a time period whenever a lady suffers from excessive bloatedness, bowel problems along with other intestinal tract difficulties. Dates are generally an excellent treatment for these kinds of intestinal problems.Furthermore, being abundant with iron, dates prevent anemia in mother as well as child. Dates assist improve the uterus muscles, allowing it to enlarge in the smooth manner in the course of delivery. Dates in addition improve the mother’s milk by giving it along with nutrition very therapeutic for the newborn’s overall health. Dates in addition avoid hemorrhage soon after childbirth.
Further adding to the health benefits of dates, Recent scientific research has proved that dates provide excellent memory as well as intelligence to the unborn child. Dates is additionally seen to enhance strengthen the uterine muscles as well as allows for childbirth.

8. Dates For Breast Feeding Mothers

Dieticians consider dates as the best food for women in confinement and those who are breast-feeding. This is because dates contain elements that assist in alleviating depression in mothers and enriching the breast-milk with all the elements needed to make the child healthy and resistant to disease.

9. Maintain a Healthy Nervous System

Dates usually are abundant with potassium content, that is considered very important in promoting a healthy and responsive nervous system, and it also improves the speed and alertness of brain activity. Therefore, dates are a excellent food source for people as they begin to age and their nervous system becomes sluggish or unsupported, as well as for people who want to keep their mind sharp.

10. Prevent Intestinal Disorders

If you suffer from any kind of intestinal problem then making dates a significant part of the meals are one of several actions that you could decide to try deal with this kind of difficulty.The nicotine content in dates is thought to be beneficial for curing many kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake of dates helps to inhibit growth of the pathological organisms and thus, they help stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines. In terms of digestive issues, dates contain those insoluble and soluble fibers, as well as many beneficial amino acids which can stimulate the digestion of food and make it more efficient, meaning that more nutrients will be absorbed by the digestive tract and enter your body for proper usage.

11. Night Blindness

When the leaves of the date palm are ground into a paste and rubbed on and around the eyes, or when dates are ingested orally, it has been shown to reduce the frequency of night blindness, and this solution is commonly used in rural areas where dates grow as an alternative medicine.

12. Healthy Eyes

The American Cancer Society declares that usage of one date on a daily basis assists in maintaining healthy eyes for one’s life time. One date each day can prevent eyes blindness.Dates are rich in vitamin A and it also has antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is very necessary in protecting you against night blindness. Besides curing night blindness Vitamin A also help a lot to improve eye sight and maintain healthy eyes.

13. Energy Booster

Dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate source of energy.Since dates get digested very easily, they are consumed as a source of quick energy. Many people around the world use dates for a quick afternoon snack when they are feeling tired or sluggish.In the early years of Islam, dates served as food for Muslim warriors. They used to carry them in special bags hung at their sides. They are the best stimulant for muscles and so the best food for a warrior, sportsman or athlete to provide them instant energy.

14. Protect Tooth Enamel

Dates prevent tooth decay and dental plaque due to its fluorine content, an important chemical element which slackens the growth of tooth decay simply by shutting out plaque as well as making the tooth enamel powerful.

15. Cures Alcohol Intoxication

Dates are commonly used as an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates offer fast comfort when it comes to alcoholic intoxication. They must be rubbed as well as soaked over night to get a lot more nourishing valuations from them.

16. Bone Health and Strength

The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Dates contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken. As dates are also rich in calcium, they help strengthen the bones. When the calcium content in the body decreases, children are affected with rickets and the bones of adults become brittle and weak.

Precautionary Tip:

If you are a diabetic patient, avoid consuming Dates before consulting a doctor.

Dates Nutritional Value Per 100g

Dates (Phoenix dactylifera), medjool,
Nutritive Value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Energy277 Kcal14%
Carbohydrates74.97 g58%
Total Fat0.15 g<1%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber6.7 g18%
Folates15 µg 4%
Niacin1.610 mg10%
Pantothenic acid0.805 mg16%
Pyridoxine0.249 mg19%
Riboflavin0.060 mg 4.5%
Thiamin0.050 mg4%
Vitamin A149 IU5%
Vitamin C0 mg0%
Vitamin K2.7 µg2%
Sodium1 mg0%
Potassium696 mg16%
Calcium64 mg6.5%
Copper0.362 mg40%
Iron0.90 mg11%
Magnesium54 mg13%
Manganese0.296 mg13%
Phosphorus62 mg9%
Zinc0.44 mg4%
Carotene-ß89 µg--
Crypto-xanthin-ß0 µg--
Lutein-zeaxanthin23 µg--

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10 Best Tips For Fair and Glowing Skin in Winter Season


Winter season can be extremely drying, due to indoor heat and outdoor cold winds with low humidity levels which can steal away the skin moisture and leave behind dry, rough and uneven skin tone. Due to cold weather and harsh winds it really becomes very difficult to maintain the natural skin moisture and glow. Luckily here we have some best natural tips to get fair and glowing skin even during winter season.

Best Tips For Fair and Glowing Skin in Winter Season

1. Milk, Lemon Juice and Glycerine

To get a fair and glowing skin during winter season mix 1 tablespoon of mil with 1 teaspoon of  lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of glycerine and make a smooth paste. Gently apply to your face and wash off after 20-30 minutes. This is the best recipe to improve your complexion and moisturize your face even during the winter season.

2. Banana and Milk Cream

Take 2 tablespoons of fully ripe banana pulp and mix with 1 tablespoon of skimmed milk cream to make a smooth paste. Now apply this paste equally on your entire face and neck. Leave for 30 minutes and then wash off. This paste not only naturally moisturize your skin but also helps a lot to get fairer skin and brings natural glow to your skin.

3. Avocado and Olive Oil

Take 2 tablespoons of the ripe avocado pulp and mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the avocado paste. Apply this paste all over the face and neck evenly. Let it absorb for 15-20 minutes then wash it off with the fresh water. This mask not only brings natural fairness but also rejuvenates your skin.

4. Egg, Honey and Olive Oil

To prepare this winter skin whitening face pack, beat the egg in a bowl add 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it. Mix all of them well. Now apply this face pack evenly on your clean face. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

5. Oatmeal and Milk

A combination of oatmeal and milk is also very beneficial to get fair glowing skin during winter season. Take 1 teaspoon of oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of milk and 1 tablespoon of water. Mix all the ingredients and soak it for 15-20 minutes and then apply it on your face. Let it stay for 20 minutes and clean it with fresh water.

6. Honey, Yogurt and Rose Face Pack

Take 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 small bowl of rose petals and 2 tablespoons of rose water. Now mix all these ingredients to make a smooth paste. Apply it over your face and neck. leave at least for 20 minutes and then wash off lukewarm water and apply a good moisturizer.

7. Yogurt, Turmeric and Orange Peel

Take 2 tablespoons of yogurt, half tablespoon of turmeric powder and 2 tablespoons of dried orange peel powder. Mix all the ingredients and apply to your clean face and neck at least for 20-30 minutes. Finally wash off with fresh water. This homemade simple remedy is highly beneficial for getting fair and glowing skin in winter season.

8. Curd and Honey Face Pack

Take 2 tablespoons of curd and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix them well to make a smooth paste. Now apply this paste on the face and neck. Let it stay for 15-20 minutes then rinse it off with the fresh water.

9. Almonds and Milk

Almonds and milk face pack is very helpful in getting fair skin in winter as well as rest of the year.  Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, which protects skin from the sun's darkening rays. Milk not only cleanses your skin but also deeply moisturise your skin. Make a paste by soaking 4-5 almonds in water overnight. In the morning, peel off their skin and make a paste of the softened almonds and mix with 1 tablespoon of raw milk. Apply to your clean face and wash off after 20 minutes.

10. Potato and Curd Mask

A combination of potato pulp and milk is also very beneficial for fair and glowing skin. Potato is a mild skin bleaching agent. Potato not only helps in getting fair skin but also aids in getting relief from sunburns. Curd helps to remove dead skin cells, smooth out the fine lines, tighten pores, hydrate dry patches and brings natural shine and glow. Take 1 potato, peel off its skin and smash it. Now take 1 tablespoon of mashed potato pulp and mix with 1 tablespoon of curd. Apply it on your face let it stay for 20 minutes and after that wash face with fresh water. \

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Best 5 Homemade Skin Polish Recipes

Skin polish at least once a month is essential to give your skin fair and glowing complexion. Skin polish not only improves your complexion but also helps a lot to rejuvenate your skin by removing dead skin cells. For skin polish you don't need to visit any expensive beauty parlour or salon because now you can polish your skin at home simply by following some given steps:
Best Homemade Skin Polish Recipes

1. Baking Soda Skin Polish
When we talk about homemade skin polish recipes, Baking soda skin polish is the top of the list. The micro grains of baking soda act like sandpaper and help a lot to remove dead skin cells.It also helps to remove skin blackheads. To make baking soda skin polish you need given ingredient.

  • Baking soda : Enough to make Thick Paste
  • Your regular Face wash : Enough for you face
  • You Body wash : Enough for you Body

To make a skin polish for your face, take one part of baking soda and one part of your favourite face wash and mix them to make a thick paste. Now gently apply to your damp face, exfoliating in a circular motion and wash your face with fresh water. Now go to bath room and take a hot bath to open your skin pores. Now take some body wash and add the same amount of baking soda. Mix them to make a thick paste and gently exfoliate your entire body. Use a pumice stone on exceptionally rough areas such as elbows, knees and heels. Removing deep calluses takes time. Do not over work the heels or they will crack painfully. Now wash the entire body and pat dry your skin with soft and clean towel. Finally apply a good moisturizer to give the the final glow and your are done with soft, smooth and glowing skin.

2. Sea Salt and Olive Oil Skin Polish

Sea salt is an excellent scrub and efficiently remove the dead skin cells. Olive oil draws out impurities, moisturizes, and helps the skin maintain a healthy balance of natural oils. To make this skin polish you need the given ingredients

  • Sea salt : 4 Tablespoons
  • Olive Oil : 2 Tablespoon
  • Lemon juice : 1 Tablespoon
  • Lavender Oil : half teaspoon (optional)


First take a hot bath to open skin pores. Now mix above ingredients and apply on your damp skin in gentle circular motions. Use a pumice stone on exceptionally rough areas such as elbows, knees and heels. Finally wash your body with fresh water and apply a good moisturizer.

3. Brown Sugar and Jojoba Oil Polish

Sugar is a natural exfoliating agent, it gently exfoliate the layer of dead skin cells. Jojoba oil is a natural moisturizer and encourages new cell growth. To make this skin polish you need the given ingredients.

  • Brown Sugar : 1 Cup
  • Jojoba Oil : 1/2 Cup
  • Orange Oil or Orange Juice: 1 tablespoon
  • Vitamin E Capsules : 5


First take a hot bath to open skin pores. Now mix above ingredients and apply the thick paste on your damp skin. Use gentle circular strokes to exfoliate dead skin cell but don't be too harsh to skin your skin. Now wash the entire body and pat dry with soft and clean towel. Finally apply a good moisturizer for final glow.

4. Apple and Sugar Skin Polish

Apples an exfoliating enzyme in apples that is useful for removing dead skin cells and surface dirt. Apple also contain a good amount of vitamin A and C, Both vitamins are essential for healthy and glowing skin. Sugar acts as an excellent natural scrub and remove dead skin cells. To make this skin polish you need the given ingredients.

  • Brown Sugar : 2 tablespoons
  • Granulated Sugar : 2 tablespoons
  • Fresh Apple Puree or Apple Pulp : 1 tablespoon
  • Granulated Cinnamon : 1/4 tablespoon


Mix all ingredients and go to bath room to take a hot bath to open skin pores. Now apply this mixture to skin in a gentle circular motion. For rough areas like elbows, heels, and knees use a loofah sponge and pay special attention. Now wash the entire body, pat dry with soft and clean towel and finally apply a good moisturizer.

5. Sugar, Olive oil and Flower Petals Skin Polish

To make this skin polish you need the given ingredients:

  • Granulated Sugar : 1 Cup
  • Olive Oil : 2 Tablespoons
  • Dried rose petals : 1/8 Cup
  • Lavender flowers : 1/8 Cup
  • Honey : 1 tablespoon
  • Lavender Essential Oil : 1/2 teaspoon


Combine all ingredients and mix well. Go to bath room, take a hot shower to open skin pores and apply this mixture in gentle circular motions to entire body and pay special to rough areas like elbows, heels, and knees. Wash your entire body and pat dry with clean and soft towel. Finally apply a good moisturizer.

Some Preventions and Important Tips

(i) For best results polish your skin at least once a month followed by a good moisturizer.
(ii) Don't over scrub any skin area otherwise it can scratch the skin.
(iii) While skin polish in bath room, Be careful and not to slip because the oil in the mixture can make the floor a little slippery.
(iv) Don't use scrub on unhealthy, damaged or wounded skin.

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Best Ways to Calculate BMI and Health Risks

Body mass index (BMI) is an approximate measure of a person's weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI is used as a screening tool to indicate whether a person is underweight, overweight, obese or  an ideal weight person for his/her height. Let's learn how to calculate BMI simply at home.


How to Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI)

To calculate your body mass index all you need to have a weight and height scale. First measure your exact weight in Kg and then measure your height in meters by using height scale. Now follow the given method to calculate your body mass index:

Above method is used to calculate body mass index by dividing weight in kg with square of height in meters but you can also calculate your body mass index by using values in pounds and inches. After measuring your weight in pounds (lbs) and height in inches, follow the given method to calculate your body mass index:

Ideal Values of Body Mass Index for Men

If you are an adult male then according to your weight and height the value of your body mass index should be in between 18.5 to 24.9. Value of BMI less than 18.5 or higher than 25 is considered abnormal.

Ideal Values of Body Mass Index For Women

If you are an adult female then the value of your BMI should also be in range of 18.5 to 24.9. Value of your BMI within this range is ideal for you but value of BMI less than 18.5 and above than 25 is abnormal for you and really requires a proper attention.

Values Of BMI and Health Risks

According to the values of BMI, let's check the weight status with possible health risks.

A person with BMI less than 18.5 is considered an underweight person and he/she must try to gain some healthy weight by eating healthy foods.
A person with BMI more than 25 is considered overweight but BMI with value above 30 is considered an obese person with risk of many health problems. An obese person with BMI more than 40 is considered  morbidly obese person with increased risk of many health problems including Coronary heart disease, dyslipidemia, high cholesterol, diabetes type 2, gallbladder disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, stroke and various kinds of cancers including endometrial, breast, and colon cancer.

Obese persons should need to make many dietary changes in their diet plan and should adopt a habit of regular exercise to reduce obesity otherwise they may suffer from many fatal diseases.

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