5 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Rosacea (Skin Redness) – Telegraph

Highlights

  • Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition that leads to redness
  • Areas that are quite prone of getting affected are forehead and cheeks
  • Natural remedies that may reduce the symptoms of rosacea

1. Green Tea: Green tea has various anti-inflammatory properties that can possibly reduce redness and inflammation on the skin. Make yourself a regular cup of green tea and keep it in the fridge for about 40-45 minutes. After 45 minutes, take a clean piece of cloth and soak it in the cup. Once this is done, massage it over the affected areas. Do this regularly to see better results.

Green tea has various anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Aloe Vera: Pluck a fresh leaf from an aloe vera plant and extract gel from the same. Apply the aloe vera gel over the affected areas and wash it off with cold water.

Apply the aloe vera gel over the affected areas

Honey: Honey is again an effective remedy for skin redness as it is a rich source of humectant which is responsible for moisture in the skin. Massage a bit of honey on the affected areas and let it dry for 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and watch out for results.

Honey is again an effective remedy for skin redness as it is a rich source of humectant
4. Essential Oils: Essential oils like lavender, jasmine, rose, tea tree, thyme etc. have anti-inflammatory and healing properties that can do wonders for your skin. Add 2-3 drops of any essential oil to few drops carrier oils like almond or coconut and apply it over the affected area before sleeping.

Essential oils like lavender, jasmine, rose, tea tree, thyme etc. have anti-inflammatory
5. SPF: In order to protect your skin from extreme sun heat and UV rays, it's essential to apply a layer of sunscreen on it. Doing so can keep redness and rashes at bay.

In order to protect your skin from extreme sun heat and UV rays
These natural remedies might get you some relief from the symptoms of rosacea; however, if the symptoms persist, do consult dermatologist for the same.

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8 Healthy Winter Foods You Should Be Eating – Telegraph

When the winter months roll around, and all the holiday decadence finally fizzles out, you may want to hunker down, purge your pantry, and clean up your eating habits. So you make your meal plan , run to the grocery store, beeline to the avocados , and notice that they’re all rock solid. And that’s when you angrily mutter to yourself, oh yeah, it’s winter, and avocados aren’t in season.

This is the problem with healthy eating in the colder months: You don’t have quite the breadth of fresh produce as you might in spring, summer , or even fall. Though there’s nothing wrong with either canned or frozen fruits and vegetables—in fact, frozen vegetables are a great alternative because their nutrients are sealed in right after harvest—they can become extremely tedious when they’re your only option. Sticking to a healthy eating or weight-loss plan is rarely easy, but it’s especially hard when you’re bored of all your meals.

Yes, winter, and all its dreary snow-filled, sunlight-less days , may not seem like a very fresh produce-friendly season, but that’s actually not the case. There are a handful of strapping fruits and vegetables that manage to bloom, despite the inclement weather. All are totally nutrient-packed and easy to incorporate into the low-calorie, high-protein wintertime comfort food you’re probably craving (think, soups and stews ). One common attribute: Most winter produce is high in fiber, which helps slow digestion to keep you fuller, longer—a boon if you're on a weight loss plan. Plus, starchy veg makes a great alternative to less nutrient-dense simple carbs.

Before we get to your options, it’s important to understand that healthy eating looks different for everyone. What works for some may not work for others, and if you have a history of disordered eating, you may want to check in with your doctor before beginning a new weight loss plan or changing your eating habits at all. It’s also important to recognize that if your goal is weight loss, there’s a lot that goes into it, including getting enough sleep, managing stress levels, and staying physically active. If you’re not interested in losing weight, and simply want to eat healthier, these eight winter fruits and vegetables are still some that you’ll want to keep in mind (and by “mind” we mean “mouth”).

6 Most Effective Home Remedies for Cholesterol – Telegraph

Highlights

  • High levels of LDL cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease
  • High cholesterol can be prevented with a good diet & regular exercise
  • Foods like garlic, amla and methi seeds can also help

cholesterol levels. High levels of total and LDL cholesterol increase your risk of heart diseases while high levels of HDL cholesterol are a protective factor.
Your daily diet plays an important role in attaining and maintaining your health goals. High cholesterol can be prevented and effectively controlled by a combination of a good diet,

regular exercise, ideal body weight and an overall healthy lifestyle. In addition to this, some commonly used kitchen ingredients can help in controlling high cholesterol levels.

1. Garlic
Commonly used in Indian cooking, garlic has been known for its health enhancing properties . Garlic is made up of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and organosulfur compounds such as allicin, ajoene, s-allylcysteine, s-ethylcysteine, and diallylsulfide. These sulphur compounds are said to be the active ingredients that lend therapeutic properties to garlic. A number of scientific studies have proven garlic to be effective in reducing total and LDL cholesterol significantly. The evidence of its effect on HDL or good cholesterol is mixed, while one study reported an increase in the HDL levels another showed no effect. It was also found to have a positive effect on the blood pressure and the antioxidant potential of blood. Consuming 1/2 to 1 garlic clove daily could reduce your cholesterol level by up to 9%.

9 Surprising Health Benefits of Garlic)

2. Green Tea
The most consumed liquid after water, green tea is a rich source of polyphenols. These compounds provide immense health benefits to the human body. Green tea has the highest concentration of polyphenols associated with not only lowering LDL Cholesterol but also increasing HDL Cholesterol. A population based study showed that men who drank green tea had lower cholesterol levels as compared to those who didn’t. Studies have indicated that the polyphenols of tea may block cholesterol absorption in the intestines and also help get rid of it. 2-3 cups of green tea is all you need.
(Also read:

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Green Tea)

3. Coriander Seeds
The humble Dhaniya seeds have been used in

Ayurveda for a number of ailments. Among the long list, lowering bad cholesterol is one of them.
(Also read:

Flavourful Seeds – The Secret Ingredient in Ancient Indian Kitchens)

4. Psyllium husk
In 1998, the US FDA approved of a health claim on Psyllium –“3 to 12 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk when included as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease". Psyllium husk comes from the crushed seeds of the Plantago Ovata plant and is a rich source of soluble fibre. There are innumerable studies to substantiate the benefits of soluble fibre in lowering LDL cholesterol. Adding 1-2 teaspoons of psyllium husk to our daily meals contributes the

soluble fibre needed for keeping our cholesterol under check.
(Also read:

6 Cholesterol Lowering Foods You Can Add To Your Diet)

5. Fenugreek seeds
Methi seeds, as they are known to us, have been used as a popular culinary spice, flavouring agent and a medicinal plant since time immemorial. Methi seeds are rich in

Vitamin E and possess antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Saponins found in fenugreek help remove cholesterol from the body and its fibre helps reduce the synthesis in the liver. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds daily is recommended.
(Also read:

5 Incredible Benefits of Fenugreek)

6. Amla
It is one of the richest sources of

Vitamin C and phenolic compounds in addition to minerals and amino acids. The fruit of amla has been used in Ayurveda as a

rasayan for the treatment of various diseases. A study published in the Indian journal of Pharmacology, compared the effect of cholesterol lowering drugs against amla. In addition to reducing cholesterol, amla was found to provide the additional benefit of protection against atherosclerosis and CAD. Daily intake of amla not only reduces bad cholesterol levels but also reduces the damage due to oxidation. One to two amla fruits can be consumed daily.
(Also read:

Fight Could, Ulcers and Constipation With This Desi Superfood)


These foods should be consumed in their natural form as a part of a healthy lifestyle to achieve your health goals. Medication to lower cholesterol should not be taken or discontinued without the doctor's orders.

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Ayurveda For Hair Growth: 5 Foods And Herbs That Can Increase Hair Volume – Telegraph

Highlights

  • Ayurveda has many secrets that can help restore your hair growth and vol
  • Ayurveda has many secrets that can help restore your hair growth
  • Ayurveda expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam suggests herbs for hair growth

shampoos and poor quality of water are factors that are making our hair from bad to worse. Hair fall and poor

hair growth are common problems faced by people of this generation. Perhaps it is time to revisit the roots.

Ayurveda has many secrets that can help restore your hair growth and volume. Ayurveda Expert Dr. Ashutosh Gautam suggests few herbs and foods that can come handy for hair growth and reduce

hair fall. These Ayurvedic tips for hair growth are extremely simple and effective. Most of these herbs and food for hair growth are present in your kitchen shelf at all times.

Here are list of 5 Foods and Herbs for Hair Growth

1. Bhringraj
known as '

Kehraj' in Assamese and '

Karisalankanni' in Tamil, is a

medicinal herb that grows in moist areas. This herb is especially used for treating various hair and skin woes. It soothes the

scalp, which in turn gives nourishment to hair follicles. It also facilitates growth of new hair follicles and thus helps revive the volume of hair. While you can purchase

bhringraj oil from stores, it can be made at home as well. People have been making

bhringraj oil at home since centuries. Traditional process involves drying the leaves; grinding them into powdered form and then heating it with oil. A quicker way of making

bhringraj oil at home is to heat powdered

bhringraj leaves with coconut oil and then store. Apply it directly on the scalp, let the roots absorb it for about 30 minutes and then wash off.

Bhringraj oil can be used for treating various hair and

skin problems.

Bhringraj oil can be used for treating various hair and skin problems

2. Fenugreek or

methi dana is one treasure spice that may not have originated in India, but has grown to be an essential part of our culinary fare and culture, as if it always belonged to us. It is no wonder then that Ayurveda recognized its potential thousand years back and continues to make most of its health and

beauty benefits in its practice.

Fenugreek seeds are rich in folic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Apart from this, they are also a storehouse of minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron.

Fenugreek seeds also have high protein and nicotinic acid content, which are known to be beneficial against hair fall and

dandruff, and in treating a variety of scalp issues like dryness of hair, baldness and

hair thinning. Including

fenugreek in your diet is one of the best things that you can do for a healthy hair growth.
(Also Read:

Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds to Prevent Hair Fall: An Effective Natural Remedy)

Fenugreek seeds are rich in folic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin C

3. Amla
There is a reason why our mothers and grandmothers swear by for all their skin and beauty needs.

Amla or Indian gooseberry has been an essential part of hair care rituals in India since time immemorial. Massaging the scalp with

amla oil helps boost

blood circulation. This supplies enough nourishment to your follicles, which then increases hair growth. It also looks after the overall scalp health by removing dandruff and dissolving grease and dirt from follicles. It helps restore optimum pH levels of the scalp that boosts essential oil production. One of the biggest reasons behind

hair fall is inadequate

Vitamin C in the diet.

Amla is packed with Vitamin C. The potent antioxidant help keeps the free-radical activity at bay, which can also severely impact the health of hair.
You can prepare some

amla oil at home too. Heat some coconut oil in a pan and add two teaspoons of

amla powder. Heat the oil until it turns brown. After 2-3 minutes, turn off the heat and set the oil aside to cool. Collect the oil in a bowl. Apply it on your hair, while it is still slightly warm and massage well.
(Also Read:

Amla: Fight Off Cough, Ulcers and Constipation With this Desi Superfood​)

Massaging the scalp with amla oil helps boost blood circulation

4. Triphala
The active compounds in

churna repairs damaged hair and increases hair volume. The active formula of its ingredients like

Haritaki has antibacterial and

antifungal power which acts on the scalp and keeps all kinds of infections and

fungal activity at bay.

Triphala powder has been known to reduce dandruff too. You can either apply

Triphala powder mixed with

coconut oil on your hair, or make it a part of your diet. Your diet plays a huge role in the health of your hair. One of the reasons why your hair volume is not up to the mark could be your liver condition and

poor digestion.

Triphala takes care of both by cleansing the digestive system. One of the three ingredients of

triphala churna is

Amla.

Triphala takes care of both by cleansing the digestive system

5. Brahmi
This wonder herb of

Ayurveda could prove to be a charm for your hair.

Brahmi is mostly popular to calm down

stress and clear the mind, but the herb also packs many haircare and beauty benefits. It can prevent hair fall by treating dry and damaged scalp.

Brahmi could also treat a variety of hair problems such as dandruff,

itchiness and formation of

split ends. Massaging the scalp with

Brahmi oil has a very soothing effect too.
(Also Read :

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Massaging the scalp with Brahmi oil has a very soothing effect