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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Poisoning

Any solid, liquid or gas substance that can be fatal or cause serious harm to your body when ingested is a poison. Of course, preventing poisoning is preferable to treating it - for example, keep poisonous cleansers out of reach of your baby sister or a child you're baby sitting. But accidents happen. Here's how you can help if you know someone who's been poisoned.

First, call a poison-control center (have the number of a local one near your phone). Many accidental poisoning can be treated at home, but get professional advice first.

If the victim can be treated at home, the object is to dilute the poison in the victim's stomach and then get him to vomit it up as soon as possible, but only if the poison is noncaustic (nonburning) - for example, aspirin, barbiturates, poisonous plants. Give the victim one or two glasses of water and then a tablespoon of syrup of ipecac, something every household should have. Follow with another glass of water. The ipecac should induce vomiting within 15 or 20 minutes; if it doesn't, repeat the dosage once. If you have no syrup of ipecac, place two fingers on the tongue back toward the tonsils to gag the victim and induce vomiting.

If the poison is caustic (acid), for example, ammonia, toilet bowl cleanser, bleach, lye, automatic dishwashing products, kerosene, gasoline or turpentine, do not induce vomiting. Corrosive substances do more harm coming back up than they do remaining in the stomach. Instead, unless you've been told otherwise by a doctor or poison-control center, dilute the poison in the victim's stomach with milk, milk of magnesia or an over-the-counter antidote that contains activated charcoal, which absorbs the chemicals in the poison and acts as a buffer in the stomach. Take the victim to the nearest doctor or poison control center.

If the poison has been inhaled in the form of oven gas or other toxic fumes, simply get the victim outside into fresh air immediately.

Aloe Vera for Dandruff

Dandruff is a fungal scalp infection which often, does not respond to chemical treatment. Find out about, how aloe vera for dandruff can be an easy and long-lasting method of keeping this infection at bay.
Dandruff is the flaking of dead cells from the scalp. This condition is similar to dry skin, and is caused when the epidermal layer on the scalp gets replaced excessively. This replacement occurs as a result of the rapid turnover of dead skin cells, which erupt out and mix with the oil on the scalp. These cells, then dry into gray patches or flakes. This is a very embarrassing condition as the flakes tend to stick on to the hair, the scalp and the clothes. Some people even complain about developing skin allergies such as acne, and itchy skin-spots due to excessive exposure to dandruff.

The acne usually erupts on the forehead, the nape, and especially on the shoulder line and upper back. Others, suffer from allergic reactions such sneezing, itchy and red eyes, and phantom itch on the face and neck. There are many over the counter lotions and hair products that claim to be able to combat dandruff and prevent its recurrence. However, this is a resilient scalp condition which needs more than mere chemicals, in order to deal with it. There are some natural herbs which have proven to be beneficial. In this article, we shall discuss the effectiveness of aloe vera for dandruff as well as how to treat dandruff using this plant extract, at home.

Medicinal Properties of Aloe Vera
  • It has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • Helps in healing wounds and has antiseptic properties.
  • Has moisturizing tendency and helps in preventing the skin from drying up.
  • Reduces pigmentation and scars, by removing the dead skin cells, over a period of time.
  • Is effective in cleansing the blood.
  • Is good for increasing the production of insulin by the pancreas.
Home Remedies for Dandruff

Dandruff is predominantly a fungal infection that affects the scalp. It is caused by the fungi Malassezia yeasts, which metabolizes with the sebum on the scalp to produce oleic acid. This acid, results in inflammation and consequent deadening of skin cells. Since the medicinal uses of aloe vera include antifungal properties, its effect against the fungi responsible for dandruff have been shown to be noteworthy. The following are some remedies, which include mixing aloe vera with other herbs so as to reduce and eventually eradicate dandruff completely.

1. Aloe Vera Gel

You may either use natural aloe vera extract or use a commercially available gel instead. All you need to do, is to slice a piece of aloe vera leaf in half. Squeeze the gel and use the leaf itself to spread the gel all over your scalp. Massage the gel onto your scalp and use plenty of gel so as to cover the entire scalp with the gel. Let the gel remain for about 45 minutes to an hour, after which you may wash your scalp under cold running water. Do not use any shampoo to clean your hair after using aloe vera. You may apply this gel 2-3 times in a week. During the other days, try washing your hair with a mild shampoo, preferably a herbal one.

2. Eucalyptus Oil and Aloe Vera

Eucalyptus is known for its medicinal properties, and in itself, is effective against dandruff. You may mix eucalyptus oil with some fresh aloe vera extract or gel, to make a paste. Apply this paste and massage it onto your scalp. This concoction may sting slightly because of the minty properties of the eucalyptus leaves. Leave this paste for about an hour and then wash with normal water. The medicinal properties of the two herbs will insure that your hair gets cleansed in the process, which is why you will not need to use a shampoo, post treatment.

3. Fenugreek and Aloe Vera

Fenugreek has been used for hair for several generations, all over the world. When mixed with aloe vera, its potency increases, making it an excellent herb for curbing scalp infections while promoting hair growth. You will need to soak the fenugreek seeds in water overnight and then grind the seeds into a fine paste in the morning. Thereafter, you should mix the aloe vera gel with the paste and apply in ample amounts all over the scalp. The objective, is to absorb all the excess sebum and kill the fungus. The results will not be immediate but it will be evident. Follow this therapy twice a week for an entire month and you will see a marked improvement in the condition of your scalp.

4. Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera

Tea tree oil in itself is excellent for dandruff. The medicinal properties of tea tree oil extend to being a wonder herb with its amazing potential to kill fungal, bacterial an even viral infections to a very large extent. Mix a few drops of this oil with aloe vera gel. Do not use tea tree oil directly on the skin, as it is very potent and causes a strong stinging sensation. Use this remedy 3 times a week and wash without using a shampoo. The dandruff will reduce considerably or disappear within a few days.

5.  Lemon Juice and Aloe Vera

Lemon juice alone can also be used against dandruff and has been proven to be effective, to an extent. Mix aloe vera gel with the juice extracted from half a lemon. Apply this concoction onto the scalp. If the concoction stings, you may mix a tablespoon of yogurt or olive oil to it. Yogurt, too has shown to be beneficial in preventing dandruff, as it kills the fungal infection. Apply the pack and let it remain for about an hour, after which you may wash it with a very mild shampoo. If you're using only lemon and aloe vera then you may wash your hair with simple water.

Aloe vera is a wonder plant and has been used as a herb by many civilizations. There are no side effects on using this herb and can be safely used by people of all age groups. The above remedies have been tried and tested for centuries and have yielded beneficial results. Hopefully, this article on the benefits of aloe vera for dandruff, will help you control this irritating scalp condition.

5 Simple Remedy for Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure or hypotension, as it is known medical parlance, refers to the fall in blood pressure below the normal.

Here are some simple tips or remedies for low blood pressure patients.

1. Daily dry fiction and sponge should be undertaken by those suffering from low blood pressure.

2. They should also undertaken breathing and other light exercise like walking, swimming and bicycling.

3. The patient should take sun and air bath and spend as much as possible in open air.

4. The hot Epsom salt bath is one of the simplest remedy for low blood pressure. The bath is prepared by dissolving one to one and half kg of commercial Epsom salts in an ordinary bath of hot water. The patient should remain immersed in the bath from 10 to 20 minutes. This bath should be taken just before retiring to bed, and care should be exercise not to get chilled afterwards.

5. Avoid over work, excess of all kinds, worry thinking.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Water Remedy For Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are hard masses of crystals, and can be made up of various substances, such as calcium or uric acid. The mass generally forms when the urine has high levels of a certain substance, which crystallizes to form the stone. Dehydration is often the culprit, because there is not enough water in the urine to dilute the offending substance.

Increase Water Intake to Prevent or Reduce Kidney Stones
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.
Why It Works

When there is plenty of water to pass into the urine, the urine is not as concentrated and substances that form kidney stones are more dilute. This helps keep stones from forming, and helps keep small stones from getting larger. It also makes it easier to pass the tiny stones and normal deposits of these substances before they have the chance to grow larger.

Precautions: Always see your health care provider if you think you have kidney stones.