Saturday, November 18, 2006

Hair Care - How to Prevent Dryness?

Conditioning the Hair with mehndi twice a month would help prevent dryness and cover the grey hair. Along with henna one should use other ingredients which prevent the dryness. The below mentioned preparation will help retain moisture and lusture.

Soak a handful of dry Amla in two to three cups of water overnight. Strain the water the following morning and keep aside. Grind the amla into a paste and add seived henna powder, juice of a lemon, some tea dicoction, two table spoons of coconut oil, and two egg whites mix well into a thick smooth paste by adding the amla water little by little. Keep the mixture away for 2-3 hours or overnight. For better colour keep the mixture in a iron container. Apply the mixture on the hair and leave it for 2-3 hours. Wash off with plenty of water and apply few drops of coconut oil on the wet hair. Shampoo the hair and let dry. This treatment can be done twice a month.

Give hot oil massage to the hair twice a week. Use a good conditioner after shampooing the hair. Apply curd or egg white half an hour before shampoo. While travelling on bikes keep the hair covered so that dust does not settle down.

Lastly have a well balanced diet with greens and fruits to own a lusturous mane.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Pregnancy and Back Pain

Back Pain is very common in pregnant women. Back Pain can set in as early as the first trimester and last till the delivery. Back pain during pregnancy also has remedies and it is not unavoidable. Following certain routines can keep one free from back pain.

Back pain during pregnancy is of three types: pain in the lower back, pain that occurs deep in the buttocks area and the pain that occurs while sitting for longer hours. The treatment involves in maintaining proper posture and regular simple exercise routine. Pregnant women should make daily walking a must. Women who are in reasonable physic should make it a practice to walk at least for 20 minutes everyday.

Pregnant women should avoid using high-heeled footwear. They should try to maintain proper posture while sitting. Always try to use a foot rest if it requires to be sitting for longer periods. Using foot rest will reduce the back pain and relaxes the back. Walking for a few minutes and doing very light exercises will help strengthen the back muscles.

Pelvic tilts can be done during the first trimester by lying on your back with knees flexed and by pushing your back and pelvis into the floor for about 2 seconds. However, its advised to take medical advice before performing this exercise.

Lie on your sides tighten your thighs and lift your legs off the floor and hold it up for a few seconds and release the legs slowly. Repeat for a few times. However any kind of exercise should be performed without much of strain and with proper guidance and medical advice during pregnancy.