Period can be quite troublesome, what with all the headaches, cramps, bloating, backaches and mood swings. However, there are always ways to relieve period pain and reduce it in the long term. Below is a list of natural remedies that will help you relieve your period cramps.


1. Improve your diet


It has been proven that reducing fat and increasing vegetables in your diet can help ease period cramps.

Start with swapping out less healthy fats like the saturated fats found in animal products, and choose healthier ones like unsaturated fats found in olive oil fish, nuts…




2. Herbal Tea

Ginger


Make herbal tea using dried ginger, you can add honey for taste, but avoid milk. Ginger can effectively relieve cramps pain. It also helps make irregular periods regular and reduce fatigue associated with premenstrual syndrome.



Chamomile


It’s been proven that Chamomile Tea can also relieve period pain by relaxing the uterus and decreasing the production of prostaglandins.



Cumin seeds

A herbal tea out of cumin seeds can, effectively, reduce period pain thanks to its relaxing effect, and its anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. For taste, you can add honey.








3. Massage with essential oils


Massaging your lower abdomen with lavender essential oil, clary sage essential oil, or marjoram essential oil can relieve menstrual cramp pain, according to a study published in May 2012 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research.

To avoid irritation and other problems, make sure you’re using essential oils safely. It is best to dilute pure essential oils in an unscented cream or lotion or other types of oil before using directly on the skin.





4. Turn up the heat

Since cramps are, essentially, due to contracting muscles, Applying heat on the lower abdomen opens blood vessels and improves blood flow which helps relax the contracting muscles in the uterus and chase the pain away.

You can apply heat by using an over-the-counter heating pad, patches or, even taking a regular plastic bottle with hot water and applying it to your abdomen when you don't have access to a heating pad.Sipping on warm fluids or taking a hot shower helps as well.










5. Exercise 


Working out releases endorphins and help chase away the pain. Exercising might be the last thing you want to even think about while in the midst of your period considering that you can barely move, but it has been proven that activity, like brisk walking, or any type of physical activity, can ease the cramps by increasing circulation to the pelvic region and releasing endorphins.

Dr. Ritika Samaddar, Max Super Speciality Hospital says, “It is important to exercise regularly for your overall health, but it is especially important if you're prone to painful menstrual cramps."









6. Up the Magnesium in your diet

Magnesium help eases the pain of cramps. It helps regulate nerve and muscle functioning, among other vital tasks

It’s found in many foods and as a supplement, in case you can’t get what you need from your diet. Just make sure you respect the recommended dietary allowance of 320 mg daily. One-half cup of boiled spinach or an ounce of dry almonds, each, has about 80 mg.

Here are 10 Magnesium-Rich Foods That Are Super Healthy




7. Make sure you're getting enough vitamin D

Studies shows that high doses of vitamin D3 can significantly decrease menstrual cramps. Food like sardines, salmon, tuna, raw milk, caviar, eggs, mushrooms are rich in vitamin D.



Now that you know how to relieve your period cramps, what are you waiting for? Following the above tips will ensure that your period cramps become less and less painful. Give these natural remedies a try and if you know other home remedies that works, please leave it in the comments below.










Dry hair doesn’t only look dull and unhealthy, but it also leads to hair loss and dandruff. For that reason, you need to treat dry hair as soon as possible.



Hair dryness can be due to illness or nutritional deficiencies, use of harsh hair products, excessively washing your hair, exposure to chlorinated water, and frequent use of heated styling tools or hair dye.

Below is a list of some simple home remedies that can help treat your dry hair and restore its health and shine.



1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidant that helps heal damaged hair by sealing the cuticle, or outer layer, with moisture.

  • Warm enough olive oil for the length of your hair in a microwave.
  • Massage your scalp gently for five to 10 minutes with the warm oil and apply the oil throughout the length of your hair.
  • Cover your hair with a warm towel and leave the oil at least for 30 minutes.
  • Wash your hair as usual.


Repeat this once a week to give your hair nourishment and care.

Note: You can also use coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil, jojoba oil or corn oil for this hot oil treatment.







2. Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise contains lots of protein which make it an excellent ingredient for treating dry hair at home.

  • Apply a thick layer of full-fat mayonnaise on slightly damp hair and scalp.
  • Cover your hair and head with a plastic cap for about an hour.
  • Wash your hair as usual.

You can apply this once a week for a well-hydrated hair.


3. Eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein and lecithin, which help strengthen and repair damaged hair by adding moisture, shine, and texture to it.


  • Whip an egg white thoroughly along with two tablespoons of lukewarm water.
  • Massage your scalp with your fingertips for 15 minutes and apply the rest throughout the length of your hair. 
  • Shampoo your hair with cool water. 


You can repeat this once a week.







4. Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium and moisture content that prevents split ends, and softens and improves the elasticity of your hair.

• Mash one banana and spread it thoroughly on your hair.

• Leave it on for up to an hour and

• Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.



You can repeat this once a week for effective results.



5. Honey



Honey can trap moisture in your hair, which will make it soft, shiny, and well nourished.

• Massage one-half cup of honey into your scalp and spread it thoroughly on freshly washed, damp hair

• Cover your head with a shower cap for 30 minutes.

• Rinse it out with lukewarm water.



You can repeat this twice a week for effective results.








6. Sesame Oil



Sesame oil rich in nutrients and emollient that combat hair dryness by protecting and healing the outer damaged layer of your hair. It can help prevent hair loss thanks to its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Mix two to three teaspoons of sesame oil with some grated ginger and massage it into your scalp for five to 10 minutes. 
  • Wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Shampoo your hair as usual. 

You can repeat this once a week.



7. Vinegar

Vinegar helps remove built-up residue left by shampoos and other products, which is one of the main causes of dry hair. It also helps restore the natural pH level of the scalp and prevents itching and dandruff.

  • Mix one-half cup of vinegar with one cup of water. 
  • Use the solution to rinse your hair after washing it and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it out with lukewarm water. 

This remedy should be used only once a week.

Note: you can also use apple cider vinegar to treat dry hair.



8. Coconut oil
Coconut oil fills in the gaps in your hair strands if they’ve been damaged by heat or the sun. It is also good at penetrating hair fibers.

  • Apply some coconut oil thoroughly on your dry hair.
  • Let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it out with lukewarm water. 

You can repeat this once a week.






9. Tea

Tea can give hair a natural shine.

  • Use a quart of warm, freshly brewed tea as a final rinse after your regular shampoo. 

Tea can enhance hair color, so make sure to use a tea that works with your hair color. Blondes should use chamomile tea and brunettes should use black tea to enhance shine and enrich color.



Bonus:

Wrap wet hair dry: Instead of rubbing your hair after shower, wrap it up in a cotton towel, and let the cotton absorb the moisture for a few minutes. This helps protect against further split ends.


Use a humidifier at night: Your home heating probably keeps the air very dry, which is drying out your hair. Using a humidifier will help your hair from becoming more dry and damaged.


Get a trim: Even if your hair isn’t very long, split ends can make hair hard to style and contribute to its dryness. 


Add omega-3s to your diet: omega-3 keeps your hair from thinning out and can make hair look shinier. You can get similar results without taking a supplement by adding food rich in omega-3 to your diet. This includes:

• salmon

• oysters

• sardines

• tuna



Cut down on heat styling: Heat styling to curl, straighten, or add volume to your hair may be the reason that your hair is drying out. If you’re going to blow dry your hair, keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from your hair shaft.

Try colder showers: Cold showers can make hair grow faster. After you shampoo your, rinse it under a cooler temperature of water for a minute or two to revitalize your strands and refresh your scalp.

Wear a hat: If you have dry hair, limit your hair’s exposure to Ultraviolet rays. These rays can damage your hair shaft the same way they can damage your skin.

Drink more water: Water is a great home remedy for dry hair that increases the shine of your hair. Therefore, it is advisable to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.



Try these home remedies to combat dry and lifeless hair. Consult a physician if your hair’s condition does not improve after a few weeks.

Have you ever used these kitchen ingredients in your hair care routine? let us know. You can do this by leaving a note in the comments section below.














Nothing can get more humiliating and socially unacceptable than bad breath.

Dental cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, coated tongue are among the most common origins of bad breath. Other causes may include malnutrition, uncontrolled diabetes, dry mouth (saliva has an antimicrobial effect)… some food and drink, such as garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol, can temporarily cause bad breath. Smokers also suffer from it. 


Below is a list of 8 natural ways to fight bad breath:



1. Brush and floss more often

Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath. Trapped food also adds to the problem.

Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every two to three months.


Don't overdo things, though. If you brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to decay.



2. Swish your mouth with plain water after you eat

This gets rid of food particles that get stuck in your teeth.



3. Use baking soda as a mouthwash

baking soda is also a natural remedy to freshen up your breath. It works by actually neutralizing built-up acids stuck to your teeth and tongue.

Dissolve a half-teaspoon of baking soda in water, and swish it around as you would with mouthwash. 




4. Add baking soda to your toothpaste


Mix baking soda with the usual amount of toothpaste you use. Place this on the toothbrush and brush your teeth as you would normally do.

You can also use baking soda alone to brush your teeth. Damp your toothbrush, and then dipping it into the baking soda before brushing up. You can expect to see a reduction in bad breath in the long term.



5. Scrape your tongue

The coating that normally forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Hold the tip of the tongue with gauze to pull it forward in order to clean the back of the tongue.



6. Avoid foods that sour your breath

Foods that are rich in onions and garlic cause temporarily bad breath and brushing after you eat them doesn't help.

The substances that cause their bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out. Therefore, avoid them before you go to work or see your friends.



7. Moisten your mouth

You can get bad breath if you don't make enough saliva. If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water during the day and swish cool water around in your mouth.





8. Drink tea

Both green and black tea are loaded with antioxidants which destroy bacteria and compounds that build up in the mouth. So taking the time to sip a few cups of either type per day can help

If you’re not a tea drinker, a few swishes around the mouth can still help get rid of the bad breath.



While there’s nothing wrong with using one of these natural methods or mouthwash to freshen your breath, you have to consider that your body may also be trying to tell you something. Chronic bad breath might be a sign that you need a visit to the dentist, as it may be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease. As it may also be linked to more serious health problems, like diabetes, liver or kidney malfunctions, or respiratory infections.

















1- “None of those other things makes a difference. Love is the strongest thing in the world, you know. Nothing can touch it. Nothing comes close. If we love each other we’re safe from it all. Love is the biggest thing there is.” 

—David Guterson, Snow Falling On Cedars






2- “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” 

—J.K. Rowling







3- “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.” 

—Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living






4- “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” 

—Ralph Waldo Emerson





5- “When you feel happy, really happy, it somehow seems that you’ve always been happy and that you’ll always be happy. The same is often true when you feel sad, or lonely, or depressed, or broke, or sick, or scared. Something, perhaps, to remember.” 

—Notes From The Universe






6- “Intimacy is not who you let touch you. Intimacy is who you text at 3 am about your dreams and fears. Intimacy is giving someone your attention, when ten other people are asking for it. Intimacy is the person always in the back of your mind, no matter how distracted you are.” 

—Unknown






7- “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” 

—Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP





8- “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” 

—Stephen Hawking






9- “Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself; I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” 

—Groucho Marx






10- “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” 

—Gilda Radner






11- “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”

—Flavia Weedn






12- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” 

—Steve Jobs






13- “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” 

—Steve Jobs






14- “We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, “Oh, nothing!” Pride helps; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our hurts— not to hurt others.” 

—George Eliot, Middlemarch






15- “Well, it seems to me that the best relationships - the ones that last - are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.” 

—Gillian Anderson







16- “It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you, because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it's so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn't coma back. You're left so alone that you can't explain. Damn, there's nothing like that, is there? I've been there and you have too. You're nodding your head.” 

― Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins






17- “When we're incomplete, we're always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we're still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on--series polygamy--until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.” 

― Tom Robbins






18- “Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” 

― Mary Manin Morrissey





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