What are Bath Salts?

The term bath salts refers to a range of water-soluble, usually inorganic solid products designed to be added to a bath. They are said to improve cleaning, improve the experience of bathing.

Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) along with some essential oils can also be used as bath salt.

Taking a bath is always very refreshing. Adding bath salts would only help to make it a more refreshing experience and that too without having to put in a little effort! Wondering how can bath salts be used effectively? Read on to know every basic fact related to bath salts!

Bath salts come in many different colors, sizes, and textures. Colors are thought to have an effect on mood, so be sure to use bath salts in colors that match your mood – or what you’d like your mood to be. For instance, you can use blue bath salts if you feel anxious (blue is very soothing), and can use red, orange, or yellow bath salts if you feel sluggish (warm colors are energizing). The color of the bath salt will change the color of the water in your tub, and they look beautiful in jars and vases, too. Size and texture varies between different bath salts as well; when you use large-grain bath salts, you’ll notice they not only look beautiful in the bath, but take a bit longer to dissolve. You can use smaller-grain bath salts as scrubs for exfoliation.

Bath salts also come in a variety of scents and fragrances, and are often infused with herbs and essential oils. You can use bath salts that are scented, or you can use plain, unscented bath salts.

How to Use Bath Salts?

Things You’ll Need

  1. Drawstring cheesecloth bag or cheesecloth and string
  2. Bath salts
How to use?
  • Fill a drawstring cheesecloth bag with two cups of bath salts.
  • Note: If you don’t have cheesecloth handy to make a makeshift salt bag, use any porous or loosely woven cotton material you have on hand
  • Fill the bathtub full of water. What temperature water you use, and how much water, is of course up to your personal preference.
  • Drop the bag of bath salts into the bath water and swirl it around to help dissolve and distribute the salts.
  • Rinse the bag out with fresh water once the bath is over

Uses of Bath Salts:

Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of Epsom salt.

Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.

Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a warm bath, and soak.

Splinter remover: Soak in epsom salt, it will draw out the splinter.

Face cleaner: To clean your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon of epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Homemade skin mask: Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. This simple honey face mask works wonders as well.

Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of epsom salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse

Remove excess oil from hair: Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from hair. Add 9 tablespoons of epsom salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.

Remove hairspray: Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup epsom salt. Combine, cover and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.

Hair volumizer: Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and epsom salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.

Source: care2.com

Anemia in Kids:

What is Anemia?

Anemia in kids occurs when the number of red blood cells, or RBCs, in the body becomes too low. It’s one of the most common blood disorders and can lead to other health problems. RBCs contain hemoglobin, which carry oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs, including the brain.

Anemia Symptoms:

The first symptom of anemia in kids is usually pale skin. You might also notice that his lips, nail beds and eyelid linings are less pink than before. However, since these changes happen over time, you might not easily notice them. Other signs of anemia include fatigue, irritability, dizziness, lightheadedness and a faster heartbeat.

In some more severe cases, where destruction of RBCs is the cause, you might also notice a yellow tinge to his skin and the whites of his eyes, indicating jaundice. This might be accompanied by dark tea-colored urine and easy bleeding or bruising.

Home Remedies:

Breast milk provides iron that can help with anemia, so breast feed infants.
Give the child foods with plenty of iron, such as beans, almonds, and whole grain products.
Give the child plenty of vitamin C to increase his or her ability to absorb the iron. Vitamin C rich foods include broccoli, green peppers, and citrus fruits.
Give the child dried fruits, as they contain concentrated minerals such as iron. Especially have the child eat apricots, figs, and raisins.
Older kids can also eat red meat, egg yolks, yellow and leafy green vegetables, tomatoes and potato skins.
Cook food in a cast iron skillet to increase the iron content of foods, especially when cooking acid rich foods, such as tomatoes.

What is Obesity?

Intake of fats and carbohydrates in excess results in obesity. Lack of exercise, physical work also helps in accumulation of fat in the body. In Ayurveda this condition is called medoroga.

The fat in the body is primarily drawn from the oils, ghees, and other fatty substances consumed through food and drink. Chocolates, wafers, sweets, remember excessive fat may also impair the function of the vital organs like heart, liver, joints and the kidneys. Obesity may also cause diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure.

Why Home Remedies for Obesity should be tried?

There are medications to treat obesity in the market. They are partially effective in addressing the issue and have unavoidable side effects. This further complicates the health status of obese people. Taking supplements and diets can decrease the metabolic prowess of the body and can result in weight gain on discontinuation of the said diet or supplements. It is for these reasons we should opt for natural ways to deal with obesity.

Taking home remedies can address obesity related issues without causing any side effects. They are effective in their job because the ingredients of these remedies do not contain any artificial chemicals. Home remedies for obesity are cost effective and easily available in the kitchen. They do not pose any threat to the natural functioning of the body. They do not require medical supervision while they are taken. The benefits of these simple home remedies are time tested too.

Foods to Consume:

  • Mint is very beneficial in losing weight. Have some salads, vegetables with it.
  • Raw or cooked cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat. Hence, it is of great value in weight reduction.
  • Spices like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper etc. are good for loosing weight. Drink ginger tea 2-3 times a day. It is also a good remedy for obesity.
  • Drink a glass of boiled water daily after every meal. It will also help you in obesity natural cure.
  • Have one or two tomatoes, on an empty stomach, every morning. This has been found to be effective in curing obesity.
  • Consuming 10-12 fully grown curry leaves every morning, for 3 months, is found beneficial in dealing with the problem of obesity.
  • In a glass of boiling water, add ginger and lemon slices. Steep for sometime and strain the water. Have this decoction when warm. Not only would it treat obesity, it would also control overeating tendency.

Ayurvedic Remedies:

  • Shudh Guggulu is very beneficial for curing this ailment. It helps to regulate the lipid metabolism. Take a teaspoon of guggul with ginger and honey, twice a day.
  • Triphala, a herbal combination of amalaki, bibbitaki, and haritaki is good for loosing weight.
  • Aloe vera juice improves digestion and cleanses the digestive tract.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Avoid rice and potato, which contain a lot of carbohydrates. Among cereals wheat is good.
  • Avoid high calorie foods like chocolates, ice cream, sweets, butter, heavy refined foods which have high calories.
  • Avoid intake of too much salt as it may be a factor for increasing body weight.
  • Avoid all kinds of milk products-cheese, butter, and non-vegetarian foods should be avoided as they are rich in fat.

Fat burning foods and vegetables:

  • Apple
  • Carrot
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Water melon
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Bitter gourd (Karela)
  • Egg white
  • Mango
  • Litchi

Strictly Say NO to
White Flour
White Sugar
White Rice
White Potatoes
Partially-Hydrogenated Oils