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20 HOME REMEDIES FOR YOUR HAIR

Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Friday, December 28, 2012 0 comments

You cannot rush to a spa, beauty salon, or trichoilogist to fix recurring bad hair days every single day. 

Instead, your kitchen is full of ingredients that will make your tresses silky smooth, strong and beautiful. The bonus: Unlike professional hair treatments, these common kitchen ingredients don't cost a fortune! So rush to your kitchen cabinets and refrigerators, and follow these 20 tips to get your hair sorted forever! 

For normal hair 

Take half a cup of 'amla' powder, add to it two tablespoons of castor oil and one full egg and make into a smooth mixture. Apply on the hair and the scalp, leave on for about 30 minutes before shampooing.

Dry Hair 

For women with dry hair, use of a conditioner is a must at all times. 

Take half a cup of multani mitti and make a mixture with two tablespoons of coconut oil and the egg yolk. Apply this mixture well on the entire scalp, leave on for about half an hour and shampoo well. 

Oily Hair 

Make a mixture out of one cup of henna powder to which one tablespoon of lime juice has been added and mix into it the white of an egg. If the egg smell puts you off, use curd instead of the white of an egg. Apply this mixture to the hair, leave on for approximately half an hour and then shampoo. A point to note is that this pack will not colour your hair despite the dying quality of henna being an ingredient. 

Massage the scalp using hot coconut oil. You can either use coconut oil or olive oil for best results. 


For a protein packed conditioner, mix eggs and yogurt and rub it into your scalp. Leave on for five or 10 minutes, and then wash it off completely. 

You can wash hair with a paste made from Neem leaves. This is particularly effective for hair loss caused due to excessive build up of scalp oil or invasive skin infections. 

Do not wash your hair in hot water as it can increase the dryness of the scalp, resulting in flaking and scaling of the skin of the scalp. Use lukewarm water instead and shampoo haironly once or twice a week. 

You can make your own hair fall-preventing medicine at home by frying some fenugreek (methi) seeds in coconut oil. Strain this mixture and apply it in minimal amounts, rubbed gently into the hair roots. Alternatively, you can boil some henna leaves in mustard oil. After cooling and straining this preparation, add drops of it in your coconut oil container that you are using for regular massaging. 

Olive Oil is great for conditioning and shine. Honey can also be combined with Olive Oil on hair to make the results that much more effective. All you need is a small cup of olive oil. Use your hands to rub it in the ends and the mid length of your hair, shampoo after two hours. 

For dandruff 

Add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut or neem oil. Store it in glass container. Massage this oil into the scalp before bed. 

You can also mix 1 teaspoon of castor, mustard and coconut oil each and massage into the scalp. 

Before washing your hair, apply the juice extracted from crushed coriander (dhania) leaves. You can also use a mixture of curd and gram flour (chana atta) that should be kept-on for at least an hour before bathing. 

Use a shampoo and a separate hair conditioner. And leave the conditioner on the tip of the hair avoiding the roots for at least 10 to 15 minutes to moisturise the hair and prevent hair fall. 

Extract some aloe vera gel and mix it with honey. Apply this on scalp and leave it for twenty minutes. 

Regular use of some simple hair packs will provide the much-needed protection and also add sheen to your hair in your busy festive activities. Always remember to condition your hair as per hair type. 

Apply 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your dry hair, work in really well, cover your head with a plastic wrap, and let it set for about 15 minutes.works best for damged hair. 

Jojoba oil should be applied mainly to the ends to make it softer. This home remedy can work wonders with frizzy and dry locks. 

Another way is to mix one part of lemon juice with two parts of coconut oil. Massage into the roots of the hair regularly. Wash with warm water after three to four hours or leave overnight. 

Massaging the hair roots with freshly extracted coconut milk is beneficial in treating hair loss. It should be left on for 15 to 20 minutes and rinsed off. You could follow up with a shampoo and condition. 

For itchy scalp, add 1 teaspoon of camphor to half a cup of coconut oil and store it in glass container.Massage this oil into the scalp before bed. 

Oily hair 

Those having oily hair will need to shampoo their hair very often and hence should make sure that even the mild shampoo used is diluted further. For the last rinse, using white vinegar mixed with water in equal proportions also helps to reduce the oiliness.

WHY I WANT TO BE A VEGETARIAN

Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Friday, December 7, 2012 0 comments


I have a problem: I want to be a vegetarian. “So what’s the problem?” you might ask. I am half German and Germans tend to eat meat, a lot of meat. Not without reason; every major city from Frankfurt to N├╝rnberg has a sausage named after itself.

But why bother at all? First of all, there are health reasons.

Red meat has a lot of saturated fats, cholesterol and purine; it lacks vitamins (except B-complex), and is likely to have antibiotics and steroids.

However, more important for me to overcome my German-ness, is the fact that meat consumption is taking a tremendous toll on our environment - whether it is the amount of vegetables, fossil fuels, or water which are required to produce meat and which could be redistributed to the hungry. Then there is  methane emission of cattle. Closely linked to these factors is also the rising cost of meat. As a student of philosophy, to me the issue is a moral one too. Can we defend meat consumption? Perhaps for survival? Except for those few living in  non-arable areas, no one is depending on meat for survival today.

Are we permitting ourselves as a ‘superior’ species to kill other species? This thought is pretty common in the west and the Bible  states that “everything that lives and moves will be food for you.” (Genesis 9:3) 

This thinking leads us to irresponsible “speciesism”, as the most eminent philosophical proponent of vegetarianism, as Peter Singer, called it. Exalting the status of the human animal and his rights above other animals stands in line with western philosophical thought, which defined men as being human because of rationality and virtue, in contrast to the negative, irrational part in us, our so-called animalistic side.

Not only did this cause discrimination against and suffering of a plethora of other species, biologists like Frans de Waal revealed that parts of our so called humane side, such as morality, find their origin within animals, who bequeathed us these capabilities to refine them.

If one argues that one is allowed to devour someone else, because of one’s superior intelligence, then would it apply to those within the species as well? Is it then a question of whose life is worthier than another and for what reason? How does one decide the value of one life over that of another? One can well imagine a sci-fi scenario where aliens with an IQ that far surpasses our self-destructive intelligence could come to earth and start hunting us humans down as food for their survival, only because we have inferior intellects compared to theirs and also because we are not the same species.

Lastly, intertwined with the moral argument, is the spiritual argument. Many Hindus, Jains and Buddhists refrain from eating meat due to the principle of ahimsa or non-violence and since it has negative impact on spiritual development. Or why else would  have every elated soul from M K Gandhi to Guru Nanak Dev abstain from eating meat?

Through meat consumption we ingest negative energy, as we absorb the fear and agony of the dying animal, so the argument goes. Hard-line vegetarians may find this logical and consequently claim that meat enhances aggression. Although there may be correlations between nutrition and aggression, it is still disputed among scientists whether this is the case with meat.

Eventually, there is no argument vindicating a human carnivore, whether he is so on account of  social habit, or, as in my case, akrasia (weak will), as the Greeks called it.

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