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Monday, July 31, 2017

Top 21 Remedies to Prevent Hair Loss!

21 Ways to Prevent Hair Loss!
At last Gentleman, you have noticed the receding hairline on your forehead! And you lovely lady, why are you so worried about your thinning hair? There are a good lot of ways that can stop your hair loss trend and bring back good volume to your “head-crown!” I am going to give away 15 sure-shot ways to prevent hair loss so that you can then work upon your hair growth regime to bring back your crowning glory! But before that take notice of a fact related to your hair loss, it’ll prove helpful to you.

Normal Hair Loss- nothing to worry about!

We all lose some hair strands each day. So, it’s normal to see some hair coming off your scalp when you brush your hair daily. Normally we lose about 80-100 strands daily due to the end of life cycle of a hair strand. If that’s the matter, you don’t have to worry a lot. Just continue to have a stress-less healthy lifestyle including balanced diet. It’s when you see an abnormal loss of hair that you should start taking measures to stop this. There are many causes of hair loss. You may lose hair due to some hormonal changes, unhealthy lifestyle, junk food devoid of nutritional value, stress, some medication, vitamins deficiency, thyroid problems, menopause etc. Whatever the causes, you should try to eliminate them first and then resort to these home remedies for hair loss.

Actual Hair Loss- Get, Set, Go….

Massage, massage and massage…

More and more people are adopting regular head massage to cure as well as prevent hair loss. Why is massaging your scalp so important? It increases blood flow to your scalp! When blood flow to the hair follicles increases, it conditions the scalp, and strengthens the hair roots. The warmed up skin during massage opens up the blood vessels that help in greater nutrient intake. Don’t forget that hair is one of the important part of your body that also needs sufficient nutrients to grow and remain strong. Proper conditioning through oil massage also prevent dandruff which is yet another cause of hair loss. Not only this, massaging is relaxing and it relieves you off stress, another cause of hair-loss. When hair massage is so beneficial, why not make it a regular habit of massaging hair twice or thrice a week? It will definitely prevent hair loss and make them healthy and shiny. But what oils to use for head massage? I’ll tell you.

Best oils to prevent hair loss

These can be categorized into two, in fact, three groups- Herbal Oils, Essential Oils and Carrier Oils (also called base oils). Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils before they can be applied to the skin for massage. That way, while you need to use carrier oils with essential oils, you can use natural herbal oils directly on your scalp for massage. Here’s the list of herbal oils that you can use for head massage in order to prevent hair loss.

#1 Coconut Oil Massage

Coconut Oil is perhaps the best oil for preventing hair loss. This oil is used extensively in India and no one can doubt the quality of hair that Indian women possess. Coconut oil acts as sealant by preventing hair from losing its moisture. Apart from the fine nutrition that it provides to your hair, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial properties that keep away your scalp from infections.

#2 Olive Oil Massage

Olive Oil is rich in antioxidants and thus provide great nourishment to your hair. It also penetrates hair shafts better and prevent them from narrowing down by controlling the hormone called DTH. The extra virgin olive oil is best one when it comes to hair loss as it is rich in vitamin E and mono unsaturated fatty acids that not only prevents hair loss but also promotes hair growth.

#3 Almond Oil Massage

Almond Oil is perhaps the most nutritious oil with its rich contents that include Vitamins E, D, iron, magnesium, calcium, and fats. In fact, almond oil can also be used carrier oil when applying essential oils to the scalp. It gets absorbed slowly and deeply into the hair which makes it a perfect base for essential oils. This way you can get benefits of both- herbal as well as essential oil!
Now, it’s the turn to know the essential oils that are best for preventing hair loss.
lavender, cedarwood, thyme and rosemary

#4 Lavender Oil Massage

Lavender Oil with its wonderful fragrance is beneficial for preventing hair loss due to its antioxidant nutrients as well as antifungul and antiseptic properties. This oil derived from lavender flowers treats dandruff as well as itching, controls hair breakage all to prevent hair loss. It deeply conditions the hair and also controls dandruff. Lavender oil is widely used to treat alopecia areata too. Alopecia areata is a condition when excessive hair is lost and that too in patches. In such extreme cases daily massage with lavender oil is required. Jojoba and grapeseed oils can be used as base or carrier oil for any essential oil including lavender.

#5 Rosemary Oil Massage

Rosemary Oil, obtained from rosemary leaves, is yet another essential oil used to prevent hair loss even for acute alopecia areta condition. This oil stimulates the hair roots and increases blood circulation in the scalp leading to hair growth too. Jojoba oil, grapeseed oil as well almond oil prove to be great carrier oils for rosemary oil. So mix it with one of any carrier oils and massage your scalp daily or weekly as per your hair loss status!

#6 Geranium Oil Massage

Geranium Oil, extracted from plant’s leaves and stalks is good for both dry and oily hair. It basically works on the sebaceous glands on your scalp and helps in regulating the secretion of sebum. This in turn strengthens hair while making them smooth and silky. Carrier oils are same as for other essential oils- jojoba, grapeseed, almond or coconut oil.

#7 Super-Tip for Hair Loss…

This is something you’ll love to massage your hair with. This is a lotion prepared with a variety of essential oils. First, I’ll tell you how to make this lotion for hair loss prevention and then how to use it. You’ll need the following ingredients in the exact measure as written below:
  • Rosewater- 50 ml
  • Distilled water- 50 ml
  • Apple cider vinegar- 15 ml
  • Rosemary Oil- 5 drops
  • Jojoba Oil- 6 drops
  • Carrot Oil- 3 drops
  • Geranium Oil- 3 drops

Now how to use this lotion to massage your hair to reduce hair fall!

  • Mix all the above oils and water and give a good shake.
  • After washing hair, dry your hair partially.
  • Now take some lotion, about 2 teaspoons, that you have prepared after mixing all the above oils and rose plus distilled water.
  • Rub this lotion gently on your scalp.
  • Store the rest of the lotion in refrigerator.
  • When you take out the lotion again next day, you will see the ingredients in it separated.
  • Shake the bottle again.
  • Now apply as you did the previous day.
  • Massage your scalp daily with this lotion and see how you prevent your hair loss in only few days.

Eat Right to Prevent Hair Loss

Without strong foundation any building can fall. Same is true with hair. If you don’t provide right nutrition to your hair, they’ll eventually fall. So, start eating and rightly so for your hair too. Haere’s what all you should include in your diet to prevent hair loss.

#8 Omega- 3 Fatty Acids

Why have Omega 3 fatty acids?

They can easily reach your hair scalp and cell membranes deep into your scalp. This provides nourishment to follicles which not only prevent hair loss but promote its growth. Secondly, they also make your hair more elastic so that they do not break easily. They also cure dry itchy skin, thus preventing dandruff.

What to have?

  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Soybeans

#9 Zinc Rich Foods

Why have foods rich in zinc?

Deficiency of zinc is one of the major causes of hair loss. Zinc builds proteins (so essential for hair growth), creates DNA and boosts tissue growth and repair. It also regulates hormones which includes testosterone, high levels of which can lead to hair loss.

What to have?

  • Seafoods like oysters and crabs
  • Lean Beef
  • Wheat Germ
  • Spinach
  • Pumpkin, squash and sunflower seeds
  • Nuts
  • Pork and chicken

#10 Protein Rich Foods

Why have protein?

Because our hair is primarily made up of protein. So, if you don’t eat protein rich food, you don’t have hair. Protein deficiency can also lead to graying of hair.

What to have?

  • Milk, cheese, yogurt
  • Lentils
  • Seafood such as salmon
  • White meat- poultry
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Soy
  • Lean Beef

#11 Iron Rich Foods

Why have iron rich foods?

Iron is the carrier of oxygen within your body. It’s deficiency can mean less oxygen reaching your head and less oxygen means poor blood circulation which in turn will definitely lead to hair problems including hair loss.

What to have?

  • Egg yolks
  • Red meat
  • Dark leafy green vegetables
  • Dry fruits like prunes and raisins
  • Mollusks such as oysters, clams, scallops
  • Turkey
  • Beans, lentils, soybeans, chickpeas
  • Liver

#12 Vitamins A and C

Why have vitamins?

These vitamins help in producing sebum, the oily substance that is secreted by our hair follicles to prevent hair from breaking off. Vitamin C also improves iron absorption. However, don’t go overboard. Excess vitamin A can even lead to hair loss. So have this vitamin in moderation.

What to eat for vitamin A?

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Spinach and Collard greens
  • Swiss chard
  • Winter squash
  • Mustard greens
  • lettuce

What to eat for vitamin C?

  • Papaya
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapples
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Oranges and Kiwi fruits
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

Use Herbs to Prevent hair Loss

If your hair loss is acute and you think you take perfect diet then also are unable to prevent hair loss, some herbs may help you to overcome your problem. Some Indian as well as Native American herbs can prove to be good remedies for hair loss.

#13 Bhringaraj (Eclipta Alba)

This herb, Bhringaraj, is one of the main components of ancient Ayurvedic hair oils and hair tonics meant for preventing hair loss. It is the established Ayurvedic medicine to cure baldness and premature graying of hair too.

How to use Bhringaraj to prevent hair fall?

Get some Bhringaraj leaves and prepare a special hair oil through the below mentioned method.
You’ll need:
  • Bhringaraj plant/ leaves- 50gm
  • Coconut oil – 200 ml (you can also use sesame oil or any other oil as a base oil, but coconut poil is best for the purpose)
  • Fenugreek seeds – 2 teaspoons
Follow the below steps to make bhringaraj oil at home
  • Crush the leaves of Bhringaraj plant or grind it. Howver, do ot make it a paste. They should be partially grounded.
  • Boil coconut oil in a pan.
  • Add the crushed Bhringaraj leaves and fenugreek seeds to the boiling coconut oil.
  • Let the mixture boil for about 10 minutes until when you see big bubbles formed in the oil.
  • Put off the flame and let the oil stand overnight in the covered pan.
  • In the morning, strain the oil into a glass jar or bottle.
  • Use the oil for massaging your head scalp- daily.
If you can’t find Bhringaraj plants,you may even buy readymade bhringaraj oil sold in the market and even available online these days.

#14 Indian Gooseberry or Amla (Phyllanthus Emblica)

Amla, yet again an Indian herb is a rich source of vitamin C and iron. This herb is used since ancient times to prevent hair loss. You can also take advantage of this readily available herb.

How to use Amla reduce hair fall?

You’ll need:
  • Amla pieces
  • Coconut oil
If your amla pieces are dried, you can use them directly otherwise dry them up in shade.
  • Boil Coconut oil
  • Add the dried amla pieces and let it boil for the time until it gets dark in colour
  • Put off the flame and let the oil get cool.
  • Take out the pieces of amla and use the oil for massaging your hair scalp.
Another way of using this herb is to soak the amla pieces in water overnight. It’s better if you soak it in an iron vessel. Next day when you shampoo after oil massage, use this water to rinse your hair.

#15 Ghritkumari (Aloe Vera)

Not only Ayurveda but even the ancient Egyptian medicine used aloe vera to prevent hair loss. Aloevera contains enzymes that can eradicate dead cells on our scalp so that they do not clog the hair follicles. Clogging of hair follicles prevent nutrients from entering the hair roots. Aloe vera’s alkalizing properties also help in maintaining hair’s pH level at optimum level promoting hair growth.

How to use aloe vera to prevent hair loss?

Prepare an aloe vera hair mask. You’ll need:
  • Aloe vera gel extracted from aloe vera plant – Half cup
  • Castor oil- 2 tsp
  • Fenugreek powder- 2 tsp
  • Basil powder- 2 tsp
Mix all the above ingredients to get a thick mask.

  • Apply this gel mask to your scalp.
  • Cover yopur hair too with this mask.
  • Leave the mask on hair for about eight hours. If you can do it at night, its better. Just wear a shower cap before going to bed.
  • Wash off this mask using a mild shampoo
  • Do this once a week for a few months to get a good volume of hair.

#16 Yucca Plant and Yucca Root Powder

Native American tribes use Yucca plant root for preventing hair loss. Yucca root and even yucca root powder can be obtained from grocery stores. You can make yucca root shampoo at home.
You’ll need:
  • Yucca root powder- 1 tablespoons
  • Water- 2 cups
Mix yucca root powder with water and blend it, if possible in a food processor. You will get a foamy smooth liquid through this procedure which can be used to cleanse your hair.

You can use yucca root in a different way too.

  • Take a piece of yucca root.
  • Peel off the outer brown layer of your yucca root. This will show up the fleshy white inside of the root.
  • Now using a hammer or some other tool like it, smash the root to get its pieces.
  • When you run a piece of such yucca root under water, you’ll get a leathery bar soap like thing with which you can shampoo your hair.

Manage your Stress

Believe it or not, if everything’s right- the diet, vitamins and nutrients intake, what can be the root cause of your hair less may be the big villain- Stress. So, you need to find out the reason for your stress and eliminate that. Here are some suggestions that you can adopt for reducing and managing your stress levels. However, your stress is unique to you and you only need to find the perfect way to deal with it. Hope positive- that’s the first thing you can do to remain stress-free!

#17 Do Meditation

Meditation is simple and you don’t need to spend any money on it. Everyone can practice meditation. When you do meditation, you can focus your attention. You are able to eliminate the entangled thoughts that crowd up your mind and cause stress by inducing hormonal imbalance. Meditation promotes your emotional and physical well-being including your hair’s health!

#18 Breathe deeply

Deep breathing is the basic to many Yoga techniques. It is simple, easy and can be done anywhere while doing anything. You just need to take a five minutes break, sit straight (if not possible, stand straight), close your eyes and focus on your breathing process. Inhale slowly through nose, feel the air passing down till your abdomen and realize its making its way up till your head. Now just reverse the process, feel the air climbing down and gradually exhale it out through your nose. Deep breathing is a foolproof way of

#19 Exercise, even if in moderation

Exercise is not just to keep your body fit, it also makes your mind stress free. Any exercise- walking, yoga, swimming, aerobics, playing etc.- release feel-good chemicals in your body keeping whole of your body and mind stress free and healthy.

#20 Express yourself, vent out feelings

Social support is crucial in dealing with stress. Talk to others- your spouse, friends, family members- face-to-face or at least on phone. If somehow, you can not talk to anyone, write down your experiences and feelings. Maintaining a daily diary or a ‘feelings-journal’ too can prove to be a great stress buster. Keeping yourself stress free will not only save you from chronic diseases but also from hair loss!

#21 Take Good Care of your Hair

Taking care of anything eventually preserves it and promotes it. True for hair too! Fix a good cleaning regimen for hair, do not use harsh chemicals for coloring or styling your hair, and be gentle to your hair. Here are some more tips to take care of your hair to prevent them from falling off.
  • Avoid constant heating and drying procedures on your hair. Heat tends to weaken hair proteins leading to hair-loss. Thus hair dryers, hot curlers, hot brushes, hair straighteners, hair fasteners etc. should be used sparingly if at all.
  • Avoid using tight low quality rubber bands, elastics etc. on your hair. Tightly done hair styles can lead to their breakage and eventual hair loss. Medical condition which leads to hair loss due to too tight hairstyle is called ‘traction’. Better avoid such hairstyles.
  • This trick to prevent hair loss, I bet, you know already- avoid brushing wet hair. And also use wide tooted combs and brushes with soft bristles.
Reading all the above tips may give you a feeling as if hair care is a challenge. However, once you make a habit of taking proper care of your hair and also change your lifestyle to include good diet and exercises for body and mind, you’ll feel, how simple it is to pamper your hair!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Top 13 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Flies (Housefly)

13 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Flies (Housefly)


Common house flies are only one of the 1.2 million species of flies in the world. If you’ve got fed up with these irritating buzzing flies all over your house, its time to get rid of them. And not only because they irritate you but also because they are the carriers of disease causing bacteria. Did you know that a single house fly can carry about a million bacteria on their tiny body hair called tarsi! They get these bacteria from all the contaminated places where they go and sit such as fecal matter, garbage disposal sites, rotten foods etc. They won’t and don’t need to bite you to transmit these bacteria to your body. They will just sit on the open foods that lie on your kitchen slab or on the dining table and leave the bacteria in these foods. When you eat these food, your body gets all the nasty bacteria to make you ill with such diseases as dysentery, typhoid, diarrhea, and cholera. The best way to keep yourself and your family safe against these diseases is to keep your house clean and foods covered. Decaying organic filth like feces and rotting foods, meat etc. are what attract house flies. Fruit flies and drain flies too are a menace. Fruit flies are attracted by sugary things like overripe fruit, spilled soda, alcohol etc. Drain flies seek moist climates and organic materials and as the name suggests they get attracted to drains where they lay their eggs. Therefore, keeping your house, drains etc. clean and dry (as far as possible) as well as proper storing and taking care of your foods are a per-requisite to get rid of flies. Beyond that, there are many natural home remedies to get rid of flies.

Remedies to Get Rid of Flies Naturally

1. Make Flypaper Strips at Home to Catch Flies

The market is flooded with flypapers, sometimes also called fly ribbons, a pest control device. These are made of paper coated with a fragrant, sticky and often poisonous substance which traps flies and other flying insects. The poisonous substance used in these flypapers can be toxic to humans and animals too. So why not use homemade fly papers! They are easy to make and work as efficiently as the commercially available flypapers.
Get this:
  • Corn syrup- ½ cup
  • Sugar- ¼ cup
  • Paper, brown paper or thin cards
  • Scissors
  • Thread
Do this:
  • Cut 2 inch wide strips from the paper or card. Punch a hoe or two at the top of each strip and thread it to make a loop to hang at the places where flies come.
  • Mix the corn syrup and sugar.
  • Coat one side of each strip with the corn-sugar syrup. If the syrup drips, place a bowl underneath the hanging paper.
  • Now hang these strips where you see the flies most. They’ll get attracted to the sugary syrup and when they land on these strips, they’ll get stuck to it.

2. Use Plastic Water Bags to Keep Away Flies

This is rather interesting and a very effective way to get rid of flies. You just need to have a clear plastic bag filled with water. When you hang this bag at your outdoor entrances, flies will not be able to enter your house. There are at least two reasons explained for this remedy which seems to be beyond logic. One is that the flies are not able to see the water bag as a water bag. Due to their structure of eyes, clear water filled bags are seen as something resembling a spider’s web by the flies. As such, they don’t come near such thing. The other reason states that the reflection of water is enough to disorient the flies and to create some unexplainable illusion to them. You may also see fruit stand with water bags hanging on their stalls. They do it to keep the flies off their fruits shop.
Get this:
  • Clear plastic bag (gallon size)- 1
  • Water
Do this:
  • Fill the plastic bag with water. Keep it halfway full with water.
  • Tie a knot at the mouth of the bag to secure it properly. You may also use a thread or a rubber band for the purpose.
  • Now just hang this water filled plastic bags near your entryways, garage doors or any other such outdoor entrances.

3. Try Apple Cider Vinegar to Trap Fruit Flies

This home remedy is particularly good for eliminating fruit flies because they get attracted to smell of anything which ferments. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apples and thus flies can’t resist its smell, especially when you heat it up a little. Heating up the vinegar release ore smell.

Make a fly Trap with Apple Cider Vinegar

Get this:
  • Apple cider vinegar- ½ cup
  • Glass jar (with or without lid)- 1
  • Funnel or paper to make one (if using jar without a lid)- 1
Do this:
  • Heat the apple cider vinegar. You can do this by using microwave oven or heat it in a pan over your gas burner.
  • If using a jar with lid, make some holes on its lid, big enough to let the flies enter the jar.
  • If you don’t want to destroy the lid, you may also use a funnel. If you can’t find one, make a funnel with paper by folding and stapling it in the shape of a cone leaving a hole at the narrow end.
  • Now fill the jar with heated cider vinegar and place the lid with holes over it.
  • If using funnel, place the funnel on the mouth of the jar with narrow side inside the jar.
  • Now place the jar where flies are seen most of the times.
  • Let it be there for a day. Flies will get attracted to the smell of vinegar and enter the jar through the holes. Once inside, they get trapped. Flies can’t figure it out that they can even fly out from the same hole that worked as their entrance.

4. Homemade Flies Repellent with Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is popular as a nerve calming oil but few people know about its excellent insect repelling properties. Lavender has been used by people in the past to protect clothes from moths and other insects. Lavender oil can, in fact, prevent mosquito bites as well as other insects bites. It is just the perfect essential oil which helps control infestation of flies along with repelling fleas, black fly, black beetle, greenfly and white fly too.

How to Make Lavender Fly Repellent at Home?

Get this:
  • Lavender oil- ½ – 1 cup
  • Tin can with lid- 1
  • Cloth or a dish sponge
Do this:

  • Dip the cloth or the sponge in the lavender oil.
  • Now place this cloth or sponge in the tin can, put on the lid and leave it for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, remove the lid and keep the tin at a place where you see most of the flies in your home.
  • After using, replenish the oil as the air weakens the strength of the oil. Cover and store the ting containing your fly repellent.
  • Take precaution not to let it come in contact with your skin as it is in undiluted form.
You can also use some other essential oils in place of lavender oil for making this fly repellent such as Citronella, Eucalyptus, Pennyroyal, Peppermint or Lemongrass oil. However, unlike lavender oil, you need to dilute these oils with alcohol or water in 1:3 ratio where you will use 1 part oil to 3 parts of water or alcohol. Oils and water do not mix well so usage of alcohol will be more effective. Lavender oil, however, is the best one when it comes to repel flies.

5. Use Cloves to Repel Flies

Cloves are pleasantly aromatic for us but are not liked by flies. They cannot stand the scent of this spice that is extensively used for culinary purposes. Cloves are particularly effective in repelling house flies. In this remedy for flies elimination, cloves are used with lemon, yet another smell that flies are not fond of.
Get this:
  • Lemon- 2
  • Cloves- 25-50
Do this:
  • Cut the lemons into halves.
  • Now poke 6-12 cloves into each of the lemon half. Poke with the pointed part of the clove so that the bud remains upwards.
  • Arrange these cloves poked lemon halves onto a plate.
  • It makes an aromatic and beautiful looking centerpiece for your table, especially when you have meals with friends outdoor like in a barbecue party or a picnic.
You may also wrap some cloves in a cheesecloth or a muslin bag to hang them in flies infected areas.

6. Make Lemongrass Spray to Keep Away Flies

This is one remedy that will not only keep flies away from your house but will also keep your home refreshingly aromatic. Flies don’t like the smell of lemongrass just like lavender and many other plants and oils. So, you can use this essential oil got from lemongrass to make your flies spray that also works as room freshener.
Get this:
  • Lemongrass essential oil- 10-12 drops
  • Hot water- 4 tablespoons (about ¼ cup)
  • Spray bottle
Do this:
  • Pour 10-12 drops of lemongrass essential oil into your spray bottle.
  • Now pour hot water over this oil.
  • Shake well to mix both the ingredients.
  • Now spray this all along your doorways and windows or any other space from where flies enter your house.
  • You can also spray it directly on the flies whenever or wherever you spot them, just keep the bottle handy so that you can find and use it easily.

7. Use Wine to trap Flies

Now this is something that wine lovers will be hesitant doing. After all, you need to waste some of your wine to lay trap for flies. As these flies get attracted to anything that is fermented, wine makes a good choice as a bait for them. You may use red wine or white wine whatever is available with you.

Ways to Use Wine to Make a Fly Trap

  1. You may pour about ½ a cup of wine in a glass and place it somewhere near where flies will spot the glass. After a while you’ll find some of them floating in it.
  2. To be doubly sure that flies don’t just fly away after having some, use some dish wash liquid too. Take a bowl or a pan and pour some wine in it. Also pour a little dish wash soap. Now place the bowl where flies are seen the most. Once they land on this solution, they’ll not be able to escape.
  3. You may leave some wine in the bottle itself and place the same without cap close to the area frequented by flies. If the mouth of the bottle is too wide, use a plastic wrap to cover it. Poke some holes on this plastic wrap so the flies could enter the bottle. They would never exit through the holes.

8. Basil and Other Herbal Plants to Get Rid of Flies

Basil is very beneficial for us but flies somehow doesn’t like its fragrance. You can plant basil in a pot near your doorways to keep away the flies. Not only will this stops flies from entering your house but will also make the surrounding environment healthy as basil is a strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral herb. In India, you can find basil plant in almost every house where they worship it. If you can not plant it, get some dried basil leaves and tie them up in a cheesecloth or a muslin bag. Now keep this in flea infested area or hang it near your entrances and windows etc. There are many other herbal plants that can keep flies away from your house. Plant them or use their leaves to repel flies. Here is the list of such flies repelling plants.

List of Plants that Act as Flies Repellents

  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Bay Leaf
  • Tansy
  • Mint
  • Rue
  • Wormwood
  • Marigold

9. Make Clove Oil Skin Lotion to Keep Away Flies

While clove can be used as as an effective flies repellent, you may also use its oil to make a skin lotion so that you may not be disturbed by flies till they are fully exterminated from your house. However, you can not use clove oil directly on your skin which may cause irritation and burning sensation along with damage to your nerve functioning. Use some diluting agent to make this very useful skin lotion to deter flies.

How to Make Flies Repellent Skin Lotion with Clove Oil?

Get this:
  • Clove oil- 1 tsp
  • Olive oil or Witch Hazel- 10 tsp
  • Small bottle to store
Do this:
  • Pour clove oil and your choice of diluting agent like olive oil or witch hazel into the bottle. Always use 10 parts of diluting agent with 1 part of clove oil.
  • Shake well.
  • Apply this lotion on your uncovered body parts whenever you need to keep the flies or any other insects away from you.

10. Milk-Sugar-Pepper Trap for Fruit Flies

If you are bothered a lot by fruit flies, here’s an age old recipe to make a sugary milky trap for them. This method has been used in England since ancient times. As sugary substance does attract fruit flies, it seems to be used in this milk recipe for trapping flies.
Get this:
  • Milk- ½ liter
  • Sugar- ¼ cup
  • Ground black pepper- 4 tbsp
Do this:
  • Pour the milk in a saucepan.
  • Add sugar and pepper to the milk.
  • Now let the solution simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Now take some shallow dishes like soup plates and pour some of this milk solution in each of them.
  • Place these dishes all around your house, especially where flies come most of the times.
  • Flies will get attracted to this solution and when they land on it, will suffocate and drown.
Remedies to Get Rid of Flies
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11. Honey Trap for Flies

This is literally a honey trap where you use honey to trap the flies. While the sweet fragrance of honey will attract the flies, the sticky nature of honey will not let the flies escape. In fact, you can even use any fruit jam for the purpose. The smell of fruits anyways will bring the flies near your trap and they will get stuck once they enter it.

Get this:
  • Soda Can or a Plastic bottle- 1
  • Honey- 1-2 tsp
  • Water
  • Dish soap liquid
Do this:
  • To make the trap, cut the soda can or the bottle in two halves. The bottom half will be bigger than the top half.
  • Now fill the bottom half with water. Fill it halfway.
  • Put a few drops of dish soap in the water.
  • Now take the top half of the soda can or the bottle (without cap) and place it in an inverted position over the water filled portion of the can or bottle. The mouth of the can or bottle with hole will be into the water filled bottom.
  • Now smear honey or fruit jam near and all around the mouth of the can or bottle which is inside the bottom part.
  • Place the honey trap close to flies infested area.
  • Flies will get attracted toward the honey and once they get near it, will drown into the water through as they enter the bottle or can through its hole. They won’t figure it out how to exit from there and will drown in the water.

12. Use Camphor to Repel Flies

Camphor is somewhat like a dry waxy, white substance derived from the wood of the Camphor Laurel tree. It has a strong smell that deters flies and other insects. It has been traditionally used in India to purify the surrounding environment as it has strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral and insect repellent properties. It is commercially available in form of small tablets.

Ways to Use Camphor to Get Rid of Flies

  1. Take 2 camphor tablets and place it on a warm surface. You may use your mosquito repellent device or use a heat diffuser or you may simply heat up a metal plate and place the camphor tablets on it. The flies will go away due to the smell given out by camphor.
  2. If you too don’t like the strong odor of camphor, just place the camphor tablets close to places where flies frequently come.
  3. Take some water, preferably hot water in a bowl or a wide shallow plate. Place 2 tablets of camphor in this water and keep near the flies infested areas.
Precaution: Pregnant women should not use camphor as a fly repellent

13. Use Eucalyptus Oil to Get Rid of Flies

Eucalyptus is also a good fly repellent as they do not like the strong odor of this tree. This oil is safe for use by humans too. Many people claim that lemon eucalyptus can repel flies more effectively by also confusing them. It masks the carbon dioxide and lactic acid naturally emitted by humans. However, it has to be diluted with water or other oils such as grapeseed oil before you can use it on your skin. You may also make a Fly strip using eucalyptus oil to keep the flies away from your house.
Get this:
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Ribbons or cloth strips
Do this:
  • Pour several drops of eucalyptus oil onto the ribbons or cloth strips.
  • Place these cloth strips on window sills or hang them near windows and doors.
Precaution: Avoid using eucalyptus oil if you are a pregnant woman or you suffer from such conditions as high blood pressure or epilepsy.

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Top Best Tips for How to Lose Weight on Face

How to Lose Weight on Face

Chubby cheeks are good only in rhymes! Ask those people who have these chubby cheeks and double chins on their bloated faces. They just want to get rid of all the face fat. But how to lose this fat on face? While losing weight is always a task that needs determination and continuous efforts, losing weight on face needs a lot of extra efforts. In fact, a bloated face is not only a matter of looks but it may indicate a serious health issue. Let’s see why we get a fat face!

Causes for Facial Fat

Here are the top reasons why your face looks all blown up when you see it in the mirror every time, more so in the mornings.

Junk Foods

Whenever you eat those burgers and pizzas, try to evaluate the nutrients in them! Did you find any? They are pure ‘junk’! You need all the vitamins and minerals and other essential nutrients to look at your best. To be specific, lack of vitamin C and beta carotene can make your face bloat. Not only this, whenever you eat such foods, you are pushing carbohydrates and salt into your system. These two things too cause puffiness of face. So, start having balanced diet full of nutrition. Fruits, vegetables and herbs are good for losing weight, not only on face but from all over your body!

Dehydration

This is due to water retention. When your body craves for water and doesn’t get it, it tends to retain water. Face is one of the areas where your body can retain more water. So, start drinking lots of water. If it isn’t possible for you, have more of watery fruits and vegetables as well as healthy drinks.

Aging

When you age, the hormonal changes inside your face leads to bloating and puffy face. However, it’s not too hard to delay these aging symptoms. Just eat right (the nutritious balanced diet) and exercise a lot while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Alcohol

Do you drink a lot? If yes, expect your face to become puffy and fat. Why does this happen? This is because alcohol dehydrates your body. This leads your body to again retain water which makes your face look fat. So, cut back on your alcohol consumption.

Heredity

Sometimes it may be your genes that give you a fat face. While you cannot do a lot in such a situation, you can at least try to tone your facial muscles with some toning exercise.

Medical conditions

Facial fat is not always due to the above causes. It can be a symptom of something that’s not right in your body. For example, kidney problems, sinus infections, allergies, insect bites, mumps, dental issues, edema etc. Take steps to treat these conditions and you’ll get rid of your facial fat.
Now when you know what might be causing your facial weight, you may definitely try to eliminate that cause and lose your facial weight. But the question is, how to do so?

How to Lose Weight on Face

There is a three pronged approach for losing face fat:
  • Lifestyle and diet changes
  • Face exercises
  • Home remedies

Lifestyle Changes for Losing Facial Weight

Drink Water

This is the most essential step you can take to keep yourself away from body weight, including facial fat. Drinking enough water throughout the day will keep your body hydrated to a level where it would not require to retain water and give you a bloated appearance.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily
  • Have more water based fruits and vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon etc.
  • If you can’t drink plain water, have healthy drinks like fruit juices, herbal tea, vegetable smoothies, soups etc.

Limit Salt Consumption

Salt leads to water retention in your body. This happens because your body tries to dilute the salt with larger amounts of water. This not only makes your face look fat but also leads to serious health issues. Too much salt intake puts pressure on your heart and may lead to heart failure or stroke over time. You may also get kidney problems due to excessive salt consumption. So, stop taking too much of salt. But how?
  • Cut back on processed and fast foods. They are loaded with salt. Instead have more fruits and veggies.
  • Avoid sprinkling salt on each and every food item you eat. All natural foods have adequate amounts of salt. You need not add more salt to them. It is a matter of few days only when you will start liking foods with low salt levels.
  • Have lots of water to help your body flush out the excessive sodium you have stored in your body through salt intake.
  • Have natural diuretics as they eliminate sodium and water from your body. Cranberry juice and cabbage are good examples of such natural diuretics.
  • Eat more potassium-rich foods. Potassium balances sodium in your body by flushing out water and sodium out of the body. Bananas, carrots, spinach, raisins etc. have high amounts of potassium in them. Have them daily.

Have Balanced Diet

Wholesome diet loaded with all the essential nutrients will not only reduce facial weight but will help you lose weight from all over your body.

  • Have more fresh fruits. Avoid having canned or preserved fruits. They might contain sugar, sodium or other preservatives that can further lead to bloating and weight gain.
  • Have more vegetables. Fibers in the vegetables help eliminate toxins from your body which is essential to lose weight. They also give you all the essential minerals and vitamins.
  •  Don’t skip meals and eat your meals regularly, preferably on the same time every day. This helps in better digestion. As you might be knowing, indigestion is the cause of almost all the diseases.
  • Eat smaller meals many a times instead of 2-3 big meals. This will help boost your metabolism so that you get rid of fat.

Avoid Junk Food

Processed as well as fast foods, all are junk foods. Avoid them. This would help you avoid excessive salt and carbohydrates. You should know that unhealthy carbohydrates are a big reason for fat as they lead to bloating.
  • Avoid packed foods
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Reduce the frequency of visits to restaurants.
  • Eat more home cooked food
  • Eat more raw foods, fruits and vegetables by adding them in salads
  • Instead of such snacks as cookies, biscuits, popcorns etc. snack on dry fruits, peanuts, date, coconut etc.

Take enough Rest

Lack of sleep can give you puffy eyes, dark circles, saggy skin, fine lines and wrinkles etc. all of which can make you look aged and sometimes bloated. So, have enough rest by sleeping for adequate time every day. Also, not taking rest breaks during work can make you over stressed that will lead to various medical conditions including bloated body and face.
  • Take breaks from work frequently.
  • Sleep enough every day.
  • Try to go to bed at the same time everyday and wake up at the same time in the morning, even on holidays. This sets a rhythm of your body and you can sleep easily.
  • If needed, you can learn some meditation techniques. Calming your nerves and mind can give you deep rest and relaxation. 

Correct your Posture

If you are in a habit to sit wrongly, correct it now. Hunched back can make your face look fat. Additionally, it also leads to double chin. Always stand straight. Do not bellow your face down while talking or walking. This can make the fat get stored in your chin area.

Exercise

Exercise is the healthier way to keep your body fit and fine. When you exercise regularly, you help your body work naturally. Your metabolism improves and you start losing weight. When you lose weight, it is obvious that fat on your face too reduces.
  • Move your body daily, be it walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, do whatever you like, but move it.
  • If possible, do intense exercise, at least 2-3 days a week, such as cardio, aerobics, yoga or any other such exercises.
  • When it comes to facial weight, you also need to do face exercises. The next section deals with this elaborately.

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