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July 13, 2006

Summer Care Tips

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 9:24 pm



Everyone tries to take the maximum indulgence in the sun, sea, and fun during the summer and in the midst of it all you neglect to care for your hair and skin as much as needed. The result is that by the end of each summer you find your hair somewhat damaged, thinning, fly-outs, or even frizzy…etc, and your skin completely burned and inconsistently peeling-off. So you make a promise to yourself that it won’t happen again and that you’ll start being more disciplined and treat your hair and skin with more care the next summer. Well, that next summer has already started and is as bright and sunny as ever, and even more so at the beaches, swimming pools and open areas. Remember, it is time to keep your promise before it is too late, otherwise, you will need to spend months fixing the damages you caused to your skin, and particularly your hair. This article will give you detailed tips and advice on how to take the necessary care required to protect your hair from damage and your skin from blemishes, wrinkles, and most importantly, cancer on the long run, God forbids. Part I of this article series tackles summer skin safety, whereas part II will discuss hair health and summer hair care along with our designated corner of “Ask Fulan” interviewing the prominent hair stylist Mr. Ahmed —– within the next two weeks. You can send us all the questions and concerns you have about your hair health and looks and Wasfa in association with “Ahmed & Abdou” the reputable beauty salon will be here to answer your questions. I hope you enjoy the utmost fun this summer and every summer safe and sound…

Summer Skin Safety

Your only natural protection from the sun is the melanin in your skin — a chemical that absorbs harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays and reacts with the sun to cause tanning. The amount of melanin in the skin varies greatly from person to person, and so does the amount of time someone can safely spend in the sun. Certainly, fair complexion is much more sensitive to sea and sun than dark toned complexion. Of course, we Egyptians are much luckier than many other nationalities that are fair-skinned as the latter are much vulnerable to the risk of cancer. However, melanin can only do so much to protect you, but to keep your skin truly safe you need a sunscreen/sunblock.

If you’re going to be in the sun for more than 20 minutes, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and contains a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. SPF can go all the way up to 52 for people who get badly burned once exposed to sun, or for those who want the maximum protection from sun rays. Put sunscreen on indoors and let it dry for 20 to 30 minutes before you go outside. This gives the chemicals in the sunscreen time to soak in and become activated before you hit the sun. Reapply it every two hours if you’ve been in water or out sweating in the sun — even if you’re using waterproof sunscreen.
And don’t forget your kids! According to recent studies, eighty percent of a person’s sun damage is acquired before the age of 18. Every time a child gets a sunburn, their chances of getting skin cancer later in life are significantly increased. Take charge of your kids’ sun exposure and make sure they’re sun safe. But never use sunscreen on a baby under six months old – instead, keep them completely covered with clothing and a wide-brimmed hat.

More skin-savvy tips:

  • Avoid the sun between 10:00am and 3:00pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest. If this is impractically doable, do your best to avoid sun between 11:30am and 1:30pm when sun’s rays are vertically straight on earth.
  • Use higher SPF numbers on the first couple of days of your constant exposure to sun, then you go down gradually to lower SPF numbers in case you want to get nicely tanned and not to have your skin peeled off.
  • Use sunscreen even on cloudy days – UV rays can penetrate cloud cover.
  • If you’re fair skinned or know you burn easily, keep covered and avoid the sun, If necessary, use higher SPF numbers for prolonged exposure.
  • If you can, opt for a seat in the shade.
  • Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric so the sun can’t slip in.
  • Try to avoid reflective surfaces, such as water and sand, which can reflect as much as 85 percent of the sun’s rays. Even if you sit or lie down in shade, try to put a towel underneath you so your skin is not in a direct contact with sand.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes. Also, avoid perfumed lotions or sun oils because they contain alcohol, just like perfumes, that causes skin stains, marks, or blemishes.
  • Use lip balm with sunscreen – your lips contain no melanin and will burn easily.
  • Use after-sun moisturizing facial and body lotions to restore the moisture evaporated from your skin while being directly exposed to sunlight.
  • If you are above 30, use after-sun facial and body lotions that contain collagen to avoid early wrinkles.
  • Be aware that certain medications, including some antibiotics, dramatically increase sun sensitivity. Check with your doctor.
  • Drink large quantity of water, and generally, double your intake of liquids to avoid dehydration. Drink juices that are rich in vitamin C and E such as orange, strawberry, and kiwi to keep your skin tenderness and freshness. Try to avoid coke soft drinks because they relatively oxidize vitamins- they become less nutritious.
  • Drink carrot and tomato juices frequently for easier and faster tan. Carrot and tomato increase the amount of melanin in your skin, which helps you get the tanned look quickly.
  • And don’t forget your eyes! Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV protection, to prevent eye cancer or cataracts, which may result in blindness.

Sometimes no matter how carefully you apply sun block, you still miss a spot somewhere and get burned. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer the pain of sunburn for long.

Try this: Within 24 hours after sun exposure or as soon as your skin turns pink, take a dose of aspirin (follow label instructions). This pill relieves sunburn pain, reduces inflammation and redness, and may even prevent the DNA and skin damage that sunlight ultraviolet causes. (Note: Don’t take aspirin if your doctor has advised against it.)

Finally, the only safe way to enjoy the summer sun is to resist the temptation of lying down long hours trying to get the best possible lovely tan. Remember, it all depends on your will power. So, try to limit your exposure to sun and keep yourself covered. Don’t let your summer fun cloud your future skin health.

In case you got sunstroke, here you’re a perfect remedy to it. Put a very small pinch of salt in your ears, then, using a cotton mop, squeeze one or two water drops in each ear. They’ll dry instantly taking out the heat from your head and body.

Face Masks:
Cucumber mask is perfect for your face complexion in summer. It restores moisture, gently neutralizing dehydration caused by sunlight and high temperature. Also, full-cream milk, egg yellows, carrot oil, and olive oil mixed altogether make another recommended mask in summer time.

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July 6, 2006

Thursday 13 #11

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 1:12 pm






13 Tips To Look Great

1. In the beginning, your fitness program should not be overly aggressive. One of the biggest problems people encounter when starting a fitness program is rapidly depleted motivation after only a few weeks due to an overly ambitious fitness program. Attempting to do too much too fast is worse than doing nothing at all! Because then you feel like exercise is too hard and it’s just not for you.

Start out slow, maybe just shooting for 1 or 2 workouts a week. Once you have successfully added that to your normal routine, then attempt to slowly add to your fitness program. Plus, most people don’t need to exercise more than 3-4 times a week. That doesn’t mean you can’t exercise more; it’s just not necessary.

2. Always have a detailed plan! In order to reach your health and fitness goals, you must have a road map to follow. I can’t stress this enough. If you are unsure of how to put together a fitness plan, or if you’re uncertain of the effectiveness of the one you have, I highly recommend you consult a professional fitness trainer. With a well thought out plan you are much more likely to be successful!

3. Set realistic, attainable goals. You must have tangible, quantifiable, short and long-term goals so you can measure and assess your progress. Too many people have totally unrealistic expectations of what to expect from an exercise and nutrition program. The best way for you to understand what is realistic and attainable is to talk with a fitness professional – not to buy into the “hype” of infomercials and diet and fitness products that are blatantly misleading.

4. Keep a journal! This is one of the most important things you can do. If you’re not tracking what you’re doing, how will you know what worked? There are quite a few great exercise and nutrition logs I’ve come across. You should keep track of all your exercise and also each day’s food intake.

5. You must be accountable! Set exercise appointments with yourself if you’re not working with a personal fitness trainer. Use your appointment book to set aside times for exercise, just like you do for meetings or events. Don’t let things get in the way. Nothing is more important than your health! If you don’t have your health you can’t effectively do anything.

6. Exercise safely and correctly. So much time is wasted doing, at best, unproductive exercise, or at worst, dangerous exercise. Educate yourself on how to exercise correctly. The best way to do that is to hire a personal fitness trainer. It could be for just a few sessions to learn the basics, or it could be for a few months to learn everything. It’s completely up to you. But statistics prove that those who understand how to exercise correctly get better, faster results. And that’s what you want, right?

7. Enjoy your exercise! For example, if you hate doing strength training, try to find ways to make it more enjoyable. Circuit training might be a more fun and exciting way to fit this important part of fitness into your program. The key is you should enjoy it, and if you don’t you need to look for other exercises or activities to replace whatever it is you don’t enjoy.

8. Make time to stretch! It has so much benefit and takes very little time. So many people suffer from various aches and pains of which most can be eliminated by basic stretches! Try to spend at least 5 minutes after each workout stretching. For more information on stretching and how it eliminates aches and pains, please call 240-731-3724 to request a FREE copy of my special report “No More Back Pain”.

9. Don’t think you need to exercise 5 days a week! I touched on this earlier. Many people feel they’re getting fat because they’re not exercising. Totally not the case! Exercise is not the answer! It’s all in your eating habits. However, exercise can aid in burning body fat, plus there are numerous health benefits. Think of exercise as a bonus.

First look at your eating habits, such as: when you eat, what you eat, how much you eat, where you eat, and how often you eat.

10. Never skip breakfast, or any meal! If you want to maximize your fitness or fat-loss efforts you’ve got to eat breakfast! So many people skip breakfast, and it’s the worst thing you could ever do when it comes to fat-loss. Skipping meals throws your blood sugar all out of whack and it sets you up to store your next meal as fat, almost guaranteed!

11. Eat fat to lose fat. Healthy fats are necessary to your body for numerous reasons: regulating hormonal production, improving immune function, lowering total cholesterol, and providing the basics for healthy hair, nails, and skin.

12. Drink plenty of fresh, clean water. Yes, I know that you have probably heard this one over and over again. But there’s a reason for that – it’s that important! The recommended daily intake of water is 8 glasses, or 64 oz. You should even be drinking even more if you are active or exercise regularly.

And no, soda, juice, coffee, and tea DON’T count! Nearly every chemical process place in your body, takes place in water! Proper blood flow and digestion are both affected by how much water you drink, and poor blood flow and digestion can be linked to numerous health conditions.

13. Stabilize your blood sugar! If you want to burn fat and prevent your body from putting it back on, you must stabilize your blood sugar. In order to do this you need to eat small, balanced meals or snacks every 2-3 hours.

Fasting, skipping meals, and overly restrictive diets will enable you to lose weight – in the short run. The weight you lose is primarily water weight and muscle tissue, and in the long run has opposite effect of what you want. When you restrict your diet, your body instinctively thinks it’s being starved and shifts into a protective mode by slowing down the metabolism and storing nearly all calories as body fat. Plus, losing muscle tissue is the last thing you want to do. Muscle burns calories, even while you sleep. You should be focused on increasing, or at least maintaining muscle tissue.

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June 29, 2006

Thursday 13 #10

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 4:41 pm

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1-Treat yourself well and
choose your favorite foods

Low time is not always the
best time to start a
weight-reducing program. Have a deliberately indulgent day and then see how you
feel tomorrow. However, some women would feel happier if they lost a little
or cleansed their bodies of ‘junk’. If this applies to you, use
You may like to start with the weekend cleansing program in this book. Whether
you are aiming to
lose weight,
detoxify or simply turn over a healthy new leaf, your primary goal is to enjoy
your food. Never punish yourself for indulgences.

2-Try to make sure that your
meals are nutritious

Look at food as an empowering
tool and eat a well
balanced diet, including plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits,
wholegrain cereal foods, some lean meat, fish, chicken and dairy products. A
delicious and healthy eating pattern will help you both physiologically and

3-Don’t worry if you feel you
need a short burst of “happiness”

An occasional sweet, cake,
chocolate or piece of lovely fresh bread won’t hurt; a helping of a delicious
pudding such as sherry trifle, treacle tart, chocolate pudding or ice cream can
really cheer you up. However, remember that very sugary food will give you a
mood crash if you don’t follow them with some

. Better
still; eat something that is both sweet and high in fiber. Fruit-fresh, dried or
oat biscuits are good mood boosters.

4-Keep your meals simple

Luckily, some of the most
comforting foods are the simplest to prepare, such as soups, bangers and mash
(but make them good-quality sausages and luxurious creamy or buttery mashed
potatoes); omelets, tomatoes and cheese on toast (try walnut, olive or onion
bread). But don’t feel guilty if you choose a ready-prepared
It’s much better to have something easy and hassle- free than to slave over the
stove and end up feeling tired and potentially more

5-Cut down on protein during

Unless you’re planning a late
night, consider a comforting dinner with carbohydrates, such as pasta, potatoes,
grains or rice, as the main focus and protein on the side. This type of meal may
help you relax and get ready for bedtime. Make sure to get adequate amounts of
in your other meals, however. Keep in mind that eating too much at night
may cause your gastrointestinal system to work overtime, making it more
difficult for you to get a good night’s rest.

6-Rejuvenate with water.

For those of you who exercise
regularly, 64 to 90 ounces of water are often recommended per day. Of course,
this may vary depending on your health status, size, activity level,
dietary patterns and environment. (Being in heated and air-conditioned
environments can dehydrate you more than you think. You may also need more water
if you’re at a high altitude or in a dry environment, such as a desert.)
Researchers have found that healthy adults who are sedentary do not need as much
water on a daily basis as people who exercise regularly, however. Keep in mind
that certain beverages, such as caffeinated drinks, may cause some fluid loss by
increasing urination.

7-Make eating a pleasurable

Try to include a variety of
fresh, colorful and
tasty ingredients in your meals. Explore food markets and look at magazines and
cookery books for inspiration. Eating out with a friend in a relaxed restaurant
or in the fresh air in a beautiful spot can also help lift your mood.

8-Avoid large amounts of
coffee and tea

One really good cup of tea or
coffee may be just what
you need, but that doesn’t mean that two or three cups will be better. The
caffeine in these drinks can cause some people to become agitated or even cause
a headache. Caffeine also increases the excretion of
and minerals
from the body, which doesn’t help in times of
stress and feeling low.

9-Try regular exercise

Exercise can help you to feel
happier as it causes your body to produce endorphins such as serotonin. It can
also act as a step to help you out of the situation that is making you feel
down. Bringing you into contact with other people can help on occasions. You may
feel a further benefit of exercise if you’re worried about excess weight gain,
which may happen if you are taking anti-depressants. Exercising gives you an
opportunity to burn up some
and can distract you from comfort over-eating. In a
situation when you feel hopeless and helpless, exercise can be an empowering

10-Brath & breath & more breath

it’s the easiest way if you felt down, fresh air makes your mood gets better.

11-Let Sunshine enters your house

12-Eat Healthy food that support your mood

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Swimming fish
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Non-fat dairy products
  • Egg whites
  • Whole grains

13-Avoid bad food like:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • White flour

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June 23, 2006

Kitchen Basics

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 5:56 pm



Nothing is more important than your kitchen it’s the heart of your home. It’s the place where most of the family members spend a great time in. kitchen design is one of the most critical components , as it’s very subjective . Your lifestyle and how it revolves around the kitchen can make a perfect kitchen layout for one person far from perfect for another one.
There are a few issues you should address during your kitchen design for example;
Which kitchen layout is the best for your kitchen?
What are the required dimensions you need to know (counter height, space allowance between base & upper cabinets, cabinet depth etc…….
We will answer all of your questions and provide you with all the information you need, there are certain accepted standards associated with kitchen layouts and kitchen cabinets.

Place of the kitchen:
The best place for your kitchen to be placed is towards North East on North West. It should be in a direct contact with the entrance or (tradesman entrance), dinning area, or living room. To prevent spread of noise and smell, place the kitchen at the same wing of the utility’s area, which should be seperated from the rest of the house.

Working sequence:
You have to put the activities in sequence to know how to plan your kitchen: The kitchen is designed for the following:

This sequence of activities relates to sequence of fitments, worktop-cooker, worktop, and sink, worktop, which should never be broken by full height fitments door or passage ways.

Work triangle:

The distance between the fridge to the stove to the sink, and back to the fridge. the sum of the legs of the triangle should not be less than 10 feet and not greater than 25 feet, and should not be crossed by through circulation.


Sink requires good natural light. The Best place is under window. They should be kept away from corners.

Cookers and worktop:

Cookers should never be placed in front of the window, but should be if possible provided with ventilating hood. It should not be placed below wall cupboards and gas cookers, and should be away from doors where draughts might blow out burners. If possible worktop area should be provided on each side, it should be at the same level as the cooker.


One of the most difficult kitchen equipment to place, and an important component of the working triangle. Refrigerator door should open away from work area for food access, and should not block passageways or hit another door when opening.

Kitchen layout:

U Shape K L Shape K
Corr plan K Straight wall plan K

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June 22, 2006

Thursday 13 #9

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 6:42 pm



I guess you all love to try home made stuff for beauty care, & as long as i can finde some, I’ll keep posting them in here

Thirteen Home – Techniques for dazeling Eyes

1… Cucumber and potato juice .
wads of cotton in a chilled mixture of cucumber and potato juice. Keep
this on your eyelids for 15 to 20 minutes and gently wash it off. Apply
a little baby oil.

2…Tomato juice & lemon .
tomato juice and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply around the
eyes. After 30 minutes wash it off with cold and hot water

3…Sandalwood and nutmeg.
Make a paste of sandalwood and nutmeg. Apply the paste around the eyes before sleeping and wash it off in the morning.

4…Cucumber and rose water .
a cucumber and take the juice. Add a little rose water and apply around
the eyes and wash it after 30 minutes. While relaxing with a face mask
on, close the eyes and cover with cotton pads soaked in rose water, or
soothe with 2 slices of fresh cucumber.

5…Chamomile tea..
two cotton-wool pads in cold chamomile tea and place them over your
eyes. You can give yourself this treatment while you have a face mask on

6…Cotton wool pads compresses.
the eyes with cold water. Apply cotton wool pads, soaked in warm milk,
witch hazel, weak tea solution or rose water on the eyes. Press gently
and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.

7… Soothing Eye Gel

  • 1 tbsp fresh elderflowers (or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbsp fresh eyebright leaves ( or 1/2 tsp dried)
  • 150 ml water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon powdered gelatin


  • Put
    the elderflowers and eyebright in a saucepan with the water. Cover and
    bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Cool and strain the infusion.
  • Place the gelatin in a small saucepan with 60 ml of the small infusion and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  • Set the pan over a low heat until the gelatin melts.
  • Transfer the eye gel to a sterile pot with a lid, and leave it to cool and solidify.
  • Apply a small amount of gel with a fingertip. Dab the gel into the skin; don’t rub the skin.

8…Essential oils eye gel

  • 6 ml. Cornflower (aromatic water, or floral water )
  • 7 ml. Chamomile (aromatic water, or floral water )
  • 1 ml. Vitamin E
  • 0.5 ml. Xantham gum
  • 1 drop Lemon EO
  • 1 drop Lavender EO
  • 1 drop Rosewood EO
  • 3 drops Carrot seed EO
  • 5 drops grapefruit seed extract
  • 1 drop Rose EO


  • Mix all ingredients. Keep in the fridge for extra vitality!

9…Aloe Vera Eye Gel

  • 60 ml Aloe Vera Gel (OR Coco Butter Gel OR Any Plain Base Gel)
  • 8 Drops Lavender Oil
  • 8 Drops Lemon Oil
  • 3 Drops Rose oil (Optional)
  • 3 Drops Sandalwood oil (Optional)
  • 4 Drops Borage Oil
  • 3 Drops Carrot Tissue Oil
  • 3 Drops Evening Primrose Oil
  • 2 Tsp Hazelnut oil
  • 1 Capsule Vitamin E
  • 1 Tsp Witch hazel (Optional)


  • Mix all ingredients together in a bottle.
  • Apply carefully to skin around eyes.
  • Avoid getting it into the eyes

10.Gentle lavender eye cream or oil


  • 1 tbsp lanolin
  • 1 tsp liquid lecithin
  • 2 tsp thick coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp almond or hazelnut oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp avocado or jojoba oil.
  • 2 tbsp purified water or rosewater.
  • 2 drops Lavender Essential oil


  • Melt the hard waxes & coconut oil to a liquid form, but don’t overheat, only enough to keep them liquid.
  • Then add lanolin & liquid oils to the heated oils.
  • Heat
    the purified / rose water till just warm & trickle the warmed water
    into the liquid oils, stirring constantly. If it solidifies, heat them
    all together in the bowl again until just melted.
  • Add lavender E/O when mixture is just lukewarm, stirring in well. Pot into a sterilized glass jar.
  • This
    is a soft & gentle eye cream that is far superior to a lot of eye
    Creams on the market & easy to make. Lasts for ages without
    refrigeration. You will need liquid lecithin (squeezed from capsules),
    the powdered form is not suitable.

11.Extravagant Eye Cream

  • 30 grams lanolin (not liquid)
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil
  • 8 vitamin E capsules, (snipped and oil added)
  • 10 vitamin A capsules (snipped and oil added)


  • Melt lanolin in small pan and add the rest of ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into a small clean jar.
  • To use, massage gently underneath eyes before bed to reduce and prevent lines and wrinkles.
  • Cream will thicken as it cools at room temperature. remember to use a very small amount and massage in well.

12. Light weight eye cream

  • 1.6 liter distilled water or floral water
  • 113 gram Soy quat
  • 28 grams Lactic Acid
  • 400 grams high oleic sunflower seed oil
  • 100 grams Emulsifying Wax
  • 28 grams Phenonip
  • 28 grams Vitamin E oil, natural


  • Add
    the quat slowly to the water and mix well using a fork or whisk as you
    add it to prevent clumping. The resultant mixture will have a milky
    appearance because an emulsion forms.
  • Once quat is dissolved thoroughly into the water, warm the mix to about 50- 55 (oC) .
  • Add
    lactic acid slowly, mixing well throughout the addition. Set mixture
    aside and stir up occasionally as you prepare the oils.
  • Combine
    the oil ingredients together ( sunflower seed oil, Emulsifying Wax,
    Phenonip & Vitamin E oil) and melt slowly in the microwave.
  • Pour
    the oil mixture into the water one and mix using a stick blender.
    Continue mixing as the emulsion forms, and mix until it begins to
  • Pour into sterile containers.
  • The
    soy quat is fairly heat sensitive and should be mixed cold to prevent
    problems. Water should never be added to the quat as it will clot. This
    recipe specifically targets puffiness and lines, as it is full of
    nutrients to nourish and replenish delicate skin.

13.Eyes exercises 

are few exercises that can help to relax the eyes. You can try these
exercises to relieve tension and maintain healthy eyes. These exercises
do not require much of effort and can be carried out any time of the

  • “PALMING” & “CUPPING” the eyes:- Put the base of
    your palm over closed eyes and press gently. Cover the eyes with
    “cupped” palms. Open the eyes and look in to darkness created by your
    palms. This will relax your tired eyes.

  • Begin by opening and shutting your eyes tightly. Do this ten times, twice a day.
  • Focus
    on a pencil or object held close (about 10 cm) to your face, then fix
    your eyes on a distant object, then look at the pencil again-do this
    five times.
  • Roll your eyes in a complete circle from left to right twenty times a day, then do the same from right to left.
  • Lift
    the eyes to the ceiling and then to the floor. Repeat it for 10 times.
    Rest the eyes either by blinking rapidly or covering them with palms.
  • Look
    straight ahead at eye level, then slowly to left side at eye level and
    then to right side at eye level. Repeat it for 3 or 4 times.
  • Make a circle, first clockwise and then anti-clockwise, with the eyes. Repeat for 5 times.

Last , but not the least, breathe ……. really breathe. Our body and
even the eyes suffer from lack of oxygen and breathing deeply will
supply it to them.

Remember healthy, bright, sparkling eyes
look beautiful. Healthy eyes are clear. The white is really white and
the pupils are bright, with smooth skin on the eyelids and around.

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June 21, 2006

Top 10 Lifestyle Modifications to combat migraine

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 9:49 pm





has been observed that women tend to suffer more from migraine than men. There
is completely no reason to believe that women who suffer from migraine live a
life in constant dread of the symptoms.

Try incorporating these general nutritional guidelines to
combat or even overcome migraine:

1) Correcting and preventing
low blood sugar level:

One of the most common triggers of migraine is a low blood
sugar level. This in other words is called Hypoglycaemia, a health state in
which the blood sugar level in your body drops below the normal range, which is
not safe and comfortable for your body. This however does not indicate that you
should end up eating something sugary, for a increase in sugar level will lead
to production of more insulin, which in turn will cause the sugar level to fall
again. The symptoms may vary from weakness, shaking, irritability, nausea,
fatigue and pallor. The good news is that sensible snacking and adopting good
eating habits both high in fibre and sweet can prove beneficial. This could be
fruit, a slice of wholemeal bread with a topping of banana, honey, biscuit, etc.
Always keep healthy snacks readily available at work and at home.

2) Try sticking to fresh

Focus your eating plan on fresh vegetables, fruits and whole
gram cereal foods, with lean proteins, small amounts of fat and plenty of water.
Avoid processed meats such as salami and other sausages, mangetout and the
flavor enhancer “Monosodium glutamate” (MSG). MSG is found in a lot of
ready-made meals, bottled sauces, crisps and often in Chinese restaurant food.
Stick to fresh foods and avoid MSG intake. Eat a variety of foods to keep your
body well nourished and disease free.

3) Avoid excess of caffeine,
alcohol and desserts:

Most people regard that having caffeine, strong red wine and
an irresistible chocolate dessert makes up for a good dinner-but they hardly
come to realise that after over-feeding on these foods, they fall into the bed
tired and wake up feeling awful, head heavy, eyes cloudy, neck stiff and stomach
nauseous. You need to remember that caffeine, strong red wine, aged cheese, and
chocolate are classic migraine triggers. Try
working out on a personal ‘damage limitation’ plan? By maintaining a diary and
writing down what you are eating that might have triggered off migraine.
Triggers such as eating cheese can cause a migraine within 20 minutes. If you
think estrogen might be a trigger, consult your doctor regarding oral
contraceptives or ask for an alternative hormone therapy.

4) Have small well-balanced

Aim for having small, regular well balanced meals. Try
avoiding a gap of more than three or four hours between your snacks or meals.
Regular meals not only help to keep your blood sugar level steady, they also
help protect your stomach from too much acid and ensure that there is a regular
flow of food through the bowel.

5) Shed extra body weight:

Try to keep your weight within the ideal range of your
height. If you are overweight, start making changes towards consuming healthy
food and incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Make concerted effort
to establish healthy eating habits. Remember, being overweight can adversely
affect your blood pressure and this heightens the potential for migraine
headaches. To check your target weight, click here. Also, aerobic exercise for
at least 30 minutes three times a week will help reduce frequency or severity of
migraine. Exercise on a regular basis, even if there is a change in daily
routine (such as when traveling, when you have houseguests, or when your
workload increases).


For controlling migraine


keep a record of attacks, noting

When and what you eat and drink, how much under stress you
feel and any other possible triggers.


keep as fit as possible. Regular exercise will also help you to relax more


eat regularly. Low blood sugar can set off migraine attacks.


learn to cope with stress.


rest in dark, quiet place if you feel an attack coming on, and take preventive


discuss medication or treatment regularly with your doctor.


drive when you have an attack.


prolong attacks by trying to ignore them.

6) Try maintaining a regular
sleep pattern:

Irregular sleep pattern can often contribute to migraines.
Oddly enough, oversleeping at weekends can induce migraines as much as under
sleeping due to stress. Try to get regular amount of sleep each night.

7) Take out time to relax:

It is vital to reduce both physical and emotional stress and
take out time, even if it’s only 15 minutes a day, to relax. Make a serious date
with yourself everyday to relax and just do it! Even if you can’t identify that
it’s stress that provokes your migraines, you should still take the
stress/relaxation aspects of your life seriously. Focus on deep breathing number
of times throughout the day to nourish every part of your body with an essential
nutrient – Oxygen.

8) Are you a case of lactose

This is one of the less common trigger ingredients, but
nevertheless one that can cause severe headaches in some people. The problem
seems to occur when your digestive system is deficient in an enzyme called
Lactase, which breaks down Lactose, found in diary products such as cream,
butter, yoghurt, cheese, ice-cream and milk. Avoid having too many foods high in
Lactose; anyone who is in particularly sensitive to Lactose should completely
avoid it.

9) Avoid artificial sweetness:

Artificial sweetness which manufacturers use in low-calorie
drinks, squashes, tonic waters and other soft drinks, can trigger Migraine in
women particularly who are sensitive to it. So avoid consuming them as far as

10) Act quickly:

As soon as you feel severe headache, act quickly and consult
your doctor. Maintain the medication treatment plan designed by you and your
physician. Early intervention may help prevent the migraine from progressing
into a severe, disabling attack. Some women apply cold cloths or soft ice packs
on the back of their neck, while others find warmth more helpful, as the pain is
caused by the constriction of blood to the head. Medications should not be taken
without the consultation of the Physician as few of them carry serious side
effects and are contraindicated in pregnancy, ischaemic heart disease and
peripheral vascular disorders.

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June 15, 2006

Thursday 13 #8

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 2:10 pm

Thirteen Recipe for Perfect Feet

1- Squeaky Clean Foot Recipe

  • 2 paper towel(s)
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part water
  • Mix together (in a bowl) the lemon juice & water
  • Then gently dip paper towel into the mixture
  • Apply paper towels to feet
  • This recipe Softens, removes odors, and smoothes. It is also so
    refreshing to your feet, as it leaves them “fresh”. It cleans the feet
    while leaving them smooth and soft. Great for a day when your in hot,
    sweaty shoes!

2- Smooth & Silky Foot Wash

  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • Cinnamon for smell*
  • 2 tbsp (or less) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Water ( the amount u prefer )
  • Mix ingredients
  • You can put it in a tub were you can soak your feet or body.
  • Next dry your feet or rinse them with water and a MILD soap.
  • you can replace cinnamon with any another spice, perfume, or flower petals such as roses.
  • This recipe can make a wash that leaves skin refreshed and fragrant.
    After a few weeks of doing this your skin will be silky smooth.

3- Soothing Foot Lotion Recipe

  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp wheat germ oil
  • 12 drops eucalyptus essential/fragrance oil
  • Combine ingredients in a dark colored bottle, shake extremely well.
  • To use just rub into the feet and heels.
  • Store in a cool dry place.

4- Foot Balm

  • 2 tbsp your favorite carrier oil (Avocado, Jojoba,
  • Almond or Apricot)
  • 1/2 tsp Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 tbsp Beeswax bits
  • 15-20 drops of Essential oils
  • 1 ml Vitamin E.
  • Heat wax and the carrier oil on the stove in small stainless steel pot, or in a microwave in glass container for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat when wax has melted, add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Pour directly into glass or plastic containers. Store in a cool dark place

5- Banana Hand & Foot Treatment

  • One Banana
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Natural margarine
  • Mix ingredients.
  • Smear on hands & feet and wear heavy cotton gloves socks to bed.
  • Wash off in the morning
  • Makes Dry hands and feet smooth and soft overnight.

6- Strawberry Foot Exfoliant Recipe

  • 8 strawberries
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or safflower oil )
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp of finely chopped almonds. (optional)
  • Mix together ingredients .
  • Make
    a paste with the ingredients but don’t over blend it since the
    strawberries contain so much water it will make it too liquid.
  • Massage it all into your feet, rinse off and dry.

7- Rejuvenating Foot Scrub

  • 200 ml unscented lotion base
  • 1 tbsp. powdered milk
  • 1 tbsp. corn meal
  • 1 tbsp. spa sea salt (powdered) or apricot kernel meal
  • 2 tsp. shea butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 tsp. Vitamin E
  • 1 tbsp. fragrance (we chose Honey Drizzle)
  • Melt/liquefy shea butter in microwave or on stovetop.
  • Cool slightly and add to lotion base stirring well.
  • Add remaining ingredients and funnel into a dispenser bottle or any old lotion bottle you already have.

8- Sea salt Foot Scrub

  • 1/2 cup Sea Salt, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 10-12 drops Essential oils
  • 1 tbsp Glycerin*
  • Mix Sea Salt and Baking soda together in a stainless steel bowl, add essential oils and mix well with fork.
  • Place in air tight glass jar (dark is best). Store in a dark cool area (Mix in Glycerin just prior to treatment)
  • Use the entire amount for one treatment of both feet.
  • makes 100g (1/2 cup) one treatment.
  • you can use vegetable oil such as apricot, sunflower, grape seed,
    almond instead of the glycerin. if using an oil instead of glycerin,
    the shelf life of the recipe is approximately one week.

9- Castor oil Smoothing Foot & Cuticle Scrub

  • 2 tbsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp castor oil
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ, sesame or kukui nut oil
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Combine ingredients in a bowl until well blended.
  • Rub gently onto damp skin in circular motions.
  • Rinse well or smooth off in bath.
  • Store unused portion in tightly sealed (preferably glass) container in a cool, dark, dry place for up to 7 days.
  • this recipe makes an invigorating treatment for dry skin .

10- Deodorizing Foot Bath

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 5-6 tbsp Epson salts
  • 4 liters of warm water
  • Mix ingredients
  • Soak the feet in the solution for 5 minutes
  • Dry thoroughly

11- Sage Deodorizing Foot Powder

  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 2 drops of Sage essential oil
  • Mix baking powder and oil in a plastic bag, shake well. Allow to dry
  • Break up any clumps that may have formed.
  • Dust feet regularly with the powder and add a teaspoon in the shoes overnight

12- Corn starch foot Powder

  • 2 tbsp Baking soda
  • 4 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Orris root powder
  • 10-15 drops of Essential oils
  • Mix essential oils with Orris root powder
  • mixed baking soda and cornstarch alone
  • add a small amount at a time of Orris root powder mix to baking soda mix until two mixes are blended.
  • Dust feet regularly with the powder and add a teaspoon in the shoes overnight
  • Store this recipe in an air tight container in a cool place. This recipe makes 100g (1/2 cup)

13- Witch hazel Foot Spray

  • 3 tbsp (45ml) Witch Hazel
  • 1 tbsp flower water (Rose or Orange blossom) Or Distilled water.
  • 1/8 tsp Glycerin
  • 10-15 drop of Essential oils
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Store in a glass container.
  • If using plastic bottle, you can use this recipe within 2 month.
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June 14, 2006

Herbs offering Sun Protection

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 8:12 pm





When it comes to sun damage, prevention is the key, so do your best to limit your sun exposure, and wear protective clothing or sunscreen when you go outside. Almost 75 percent of sun damage occurs without our even going to the beach or lying out in the sun — as we walk down the street, ride a bike or even drive a car (if the windows are down). Special skin cells spread a dark pigment called melanin through the skin to tan it, protecting sensitive underlying cells from the sun's destructive tendencies.

Aloe Vera — This ancient natural skin care herb protects the skin's immune cells against the damaging effects of the sun, according to research from the Department of Immunology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Fresh Aloe Vera may be applied after any type of sun exposure. It’s anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, emollient, and antimicrobial actions make it especially useful for preventing sunburn damage.

Coenzyme Q10 — Also known as ubiquinone and CoQ10, this enzymatic co-factor penetrates into the viable layers of the skin and markedly counteracts damaging free radical activity (oxidation) caused by the sun.

Green Tea — Whether applied topically or consumed as a beverage or dietary supplement, green tea is a premiere skin protectant. It protects against direct damage to the cell and moderates inflammation, according to research from the Department of Dermatology, Columbia University, New York. Studies suggest that the catechins in green tea are some 20 times stronger in their antioxidant powers than even vitamin E. Men, women and children need to position this super shield on their side against the ravaging effects of the sun.

Calendula: Although not studied scientifically, this herb has been used clinically for skin conditions including sunburn. It may also be used as a homeopathic remedy at doses consistent with that kind of therapy.

According to skin specialists, sesame oil decreases the impact of the sun's burning rays by about 30 percent, while olive, coconut and peanut oils and aloe vera block out about 20 percent of the rays. Research shows that a 3 to 6 percent dilution of an extract of Helichrysum, sometimes called immortelle, makes an effective sunscreen. And a new sunscreen made from amino acids found in sea algae is currently being tested in Australia.

Carrot-seed essential oil is especially beneficial to sun-damaged skin and is even used to treat pre-cancerous skin conditions. The beta-carotene it contains has been proven to protect against ultraviolet-induced skin cancer.

Home made Natural Sunscreen

  • 2 ounces sesame oil
  • 2 ounces Aloe Vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 24 drops lavender essential oil


Helichrysum Essential Oil (Immortelle)

Botanical Name: Helichrysum angustifolium m

Parts Used: Flowers

Potential uses and benefits: Many healing properties have been attributed to this remarkable oil. From infection and inflammation in respiratory conditions, muscle pain, arthritis to liver problems and as a detoxifier in drug withdrawal. It is most commonly used in skin treatments for its' ability to stimulate the production of new skin cells. This makes it popular in facial care for acne scars, dry and weathered skin and, for mature skin. Excellent in massage and herbal oils for sensitive, inflamed skin, muscle strains, aches and pains


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June 13, 2006

What’s Your Skin Type ?

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 5:10 pm

To develop a better understanding of your skin and what it will suit it best, start by answering the questions here. Then add up your score and check the list at the end to discover which of the skin types you fit into .

  1. How does your skin feel if you cleanse it with facial wash and water?
    1. Tight, as though it's too small for your face.
    2. Smooth and comfortable.
    3. Dry and itchy in places
    4. Fine – quite comfortable
    5. Dry in some areas and smooth in others.
  2. How does your skin feel if you cleanse it with cream cleanser?
    1. Relatively comfortable
    2. Smooth and comfortable
    3. Sometimes comfortable sometimes itchy.
    4. Quite oily
    5. Oily in some areas and Smooth in others
  3. How does your skin look normally by midday?
    1. Flaky patches appearing
    2. Fresh and clean
    3. Flaky patches and some redness
    4. Shiny
    5. Shiny in the T-zone.
  4. How often do you break out in spots?
    1. Hardly ever
    2. Occasionally
    3. Often
    4. Often in the T-zone
  5. How does your skin react when you use facial toner?
    1. Its stings
    2. No problems
    3. Stings and itches
    4. Feels fresher
    5. Feels fresher in some areas but stings in others.
  6. How does your skin react to a rich night cream?
    1. It feels very comfortable
    2. Comfortable
    3. Sometimes feels comfortable, other times feels irritated.
    4. Makes my skin feel very oily
    5. Oily in the T-zone, and comfortable on the cheeks.

Now add up you’re A's,B's,C's,D's and E's. Your skin type is the one which has the majority of answers.

Mostly A's: Your skin is dry
Mostly B's: Your skin is normal
Mostly C's: Your skin is sensitive
Mostly D's: Your skin is oily
Mostly E's: Your skin is combination

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June 8, 2006

Thursday 13#7

Filed under: Ladies interests — Me2 @ 5:15 pm





Thirteen to wear & feel elegent



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