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Remedies for Skin Ailments
[ Hair Loss and Balding | Curing Dark CirclesNigella for Skin Problems | Margosa for Skin Problems | Dandruff | Remove Headlice | Pimples | Psoriasis ]


1. Hair Loss and Balding
Hair loss, thinning of hair and balding are some of the common hair problems. Many of us suffer from these ailments due to our modern lifestyle and diet. Ayurveda can be very beneficial in treating these conditions as it investigates the root cause of the problem.

Oiling & Massaging The ScalpThe causes for these hair conditions are

  • Excess of Pitta dosha in the body is the chief cause of hair problems. Pitta is increased by excessive intake of tea, coffee, alcohol, meats and excessive smoking. Pitta is also aggravated by eating too much fried, oily, greasy, spicy, sour, and acidic foods.

  • Intake of too many chemical medicines, low blood circulation, anemia, general weakness after disease, stress, anxiety, and mental tension are also prime causes of hair loss.

  • Chronic diseases like typhoid fever, presence of dandruff or lice and hormonal imbalance also cause hair loss.

So watch out carefully for these reasons! You may be overdoing one of them, and thus losing your beautiful hair.

Treatment

  • The first step is to locate the root cause in your diet or lifestyle that may be increasing the Pitta dosha. Once you locate it, try to give up or at least reduce the diet, habit, or activity responsible for increasing Pitta.

  • Always use a natural shampoo or soap to clean the hair. As most soaps and shampoos have chemicals, they might be the cause of your problem. Usually the chemicals have a heating effect, and increase Pitta locally. Amala (embilica officinalis), Shikakai (Acacia concinna) are very commonly used in India for washing the hair.

  • Oiling and massaging of scalp is very beneficial for stopping the hair loss. Use coconut oil or mustard oil at least three times in a week. Certain medicated oils like Mahabhringraj oil, Amala oil, and Arnica oil are very useful. Put oil on the scalp, and massage gently in the roots of the hair.

  • The person should maintain a regular bowel movement everyday. In case of constipation, a mild natural laxative can be taken. Triphala, an Ayurvedic herbal powder, is also useful.

  • The diet should contain more green leafy vegetables, salads, milk, fruits and sprouts. Take more proteins, milk, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soybean and vitamin A.

  • Regular physical exercise is very beneficial as it helps in balancing the aggravated doshas.

  • A special Ayurvedic preparation made from Bhringraj (Eclipta elba), Amala, corals, iron and black sesame seeds is very useful, and even stops the graying of hair.

  • Rub your scalp vigorously after washing the hair. It increases the blood circulation, and activates the sebaceous glands.

  • A mixture of lettuce and spinach juice is good to drink to induce hair growth. The juice of alfalfa mixed with that of carrot, and lettuce juice is also good to take.

  • Daily application of coconut oil mixed with limejuice on the hair is also beneficial. Applying juice of green coriander leaves on the head is also good.

  • Washing the hair with a paste of cooked Urad dal (black beans) and fenugreek (methi) 2-3 times a week, is also good.

  • A paste of licorice made by grinding it in milk can be applied in the bald patches. It induces hair growth.

  • A paste of seeds of lemon and black pepper may also be applied on the bald patches. These remedies are worth trying and will solve your hair problems.

2. Curing Dark Circles
Curing Dark CirclesDark circles under the eyes are often related to "toxicity" in the body. Detoxification of the body, especially the liver, could be helpful. Some of home remedies given below may be of immense help.

  • Mix one teaspoon tomato juice, teaspoon lemon juice, a pinch of turmeric (haldi) powder & a little gram flour (besan) into a paste. Apply. Leave for 10 minutes. Wash off.

  • Late nights can lead to dark circles and puffiness of the eyes. Massage the grated cucumber ice cubes on the eyes and feel the sting die down.

  • Drink tomato juice with a few mint leaves, little lemon juice & salt.

  • Soak cotton wool in cucumber juice (kheera) or potato juice & apply around the eyes. You will find a change in 2-3 weeks.

3. Nigella for skin problems
Khus has a calming effect on the nervous system and is also used in psychological treatment

Medicinal Properties
Nigella seeds or khus has a very cooling effect on the skin, and is used in treating many skin disorders. Khus is know to have a calming effect on the nervous system, and therefore is also used in psychological treatments for anger control, insomnia, and stress relief.

Other medicinal uses of khus include ringworm, indigestion, loss of appetite, fever, gastric irritation, menstrual problems, vomiting, diarrhea, sprains, back pain, rheumatism, and shooting pains in nerves.

4. Margosa for skin problems
The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is a tropical evergreen related to mahogany. Native to east India and Burma, it grows in much of southeast Asia and west Africa. A few trees have recently been planted in the Caribbean and several Central American countries.

Outdoors, in locations where temperatures dont drop much below freezing, it may reach up to 50 feet tall. It will grow where rainfall is as little as 18 inches per year and thrives in areas that experience extreme heat of up to 120 degrees F. They are reported to live for up to 200 years.

It`s blooms are small, white flowers with a very sweet, jasmine-like scent. Its edible fruit -- loved by children in Africa -- is about 3/4 of an inch long. A neem tree generally begins bearing fruit at three to five years old, and can produce up to 110 lbs. of fruit annually when mature.

Medicinal Properties
It is used in treating many skin problems like pimples, itching, inflammation, and sun burns. Fruits of the Neem plant are used to treat ringworm and pelvic pain. The root is used for treating syphilis and interstinal disorders. Leaves are used as a remedy for headaches, hysteria, glandular swelling, and menstrual disorders.

5. Dandruff: stop the flaking
Dandruff is a chronic skin condition affecting the scalp. It is a rapid flaking of the skin, sometimes associated with dryness, itchiness or excessive oiliness. Everybody sheds the skin on his or her head, but when you have dandruff, your scalp speeds up the usual rate of shedding the dead skin. The result is noticeable flakes, or dandruff.

There are other scalp conditions with which you may be familiar. Dry scalp results from a loss of moisture on the scalp and is characterized by small, dry flakes, tightness of the scalp and itchiness.

There is also seborrheic dermatitis, which is characterized by heavy flaking, severe itchiness, redness and inflammation. This condition affects up to 10 percent of American people.

Some home remedies here

  • Grind 2 tablespoons of soaked fenugreek seeds (methi dana) into a fine paste. Apply on scalp and leave for an hour. Wash with shikakai or mild shampoo.

  • Using lime juice for washing hair is often beneficial.

  • The use of curd kept over 2 to 3 days, limejuice, cider vinegar and Indian gooseberry (amla) juice also helps to disperse dandruff.

  • Boil a handful of neem leaves in 4 teacups of water. Use the filtrate to wash hair.

  • Massage your hair with warm coconut oil and apply the juice of 2 lemons, steam your hair and leave on oil for about 2 hours.Wash with a mild shampoo. This should be done 2-3 times a week.

  • Badamrogan (or popularly callled Roghan-e-Badam) or any Vitamin E oil is also very effective against dandruff. Massage well into the scalp and then steam with a hot towel. This will open the hair follicles and clean out dandruff.

  • A mixture of one teaspoon lime juice and 2 teaspoon vinegar, massaged well into the scalp, left for 20 minutes and then shampooed off, also gives good results

6. Remove Head Lice

  • Petroleum jelly left on the hair overnight is a last resort that kills lice but is very difficult to remove. Baby oil can cut the petrolatum to help. After using any of these products, using a fine-tooth comb for nits is tedious but essential.

  • A shampoo with thyme oil is a good alternative to chemical preparations. It is extremely irritating and should never be applied undiluted to the skin or scalp. To use it as a shampoo to kill lice, add three to four drops of thyme oil to one tablespoon of shampoo, mix well, and apply the mixture to the scalp and hair. Leave the shampoo in the hair for five minutes before rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Thyme oil is a potent antiseptic with natural insecticidal properties. Because it is so powerful, it must be used with caution.

  • To help soften the glue that the nits, or eggs, use to attach themselves to the hair, follow the shampoo with a rinse of equal parts warm water and vinegar and cover the scalp with a shower cap for fifteen minutes. Next, comb the hair thoroughly with a special fine-toothed nit comb (available at pharmacies), and rinse thoroughly. The entire treatment can be repeated in a week if necessary.

  • Grind Margosa (neem) seeds into a fine powder and mix it in some groundnut oil. Apply to the scalp. Allow it to remain overnight. Wash it off next morning.

  • Mix 1- teaspoon lime juice with 1 teaspoon garlic (lahsun) paste and apply on head.

7. Pimples: block the pores? 
Orange Peel Off PackAcne is a skin condition caused by overactivity of the glands that secrete oily substances on to the skin. The blackheads and spots usually occur on the face, where the greatest numbers of these oil-producing "sebaceous" glands exist. The back, chest and shoulders can also be affected.

Several factors are involved in the development of acne. Central to this are the sex hormones, which are produced at puberty. The male hormone testosterone - found naturally in women as well as in men - triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more of an oily substance called sebum, making the skin more greasy. However, most acne sufferers dont have a hormone problem and their hormones are at normal levels in their blood.

When there is an excess of sebum, the area around a hair follicle and the opening through the skin - the pore - can become clogged. A bug, a bacterium called Propionobacterium acnes, that lives normally on the skin , can thrive within the blocked pore. This infection causes inflammation, which is responsible for the redness and swelling of a spot.

Sometimes as in severe acne, the pocket of inflammation witin a pore can rupture, causing damage to the skin that can result in scarring. Drugs such as certain steroid tablets and some beauty products that block the pores can contribute to acne. But blocking the pores is not good and has often some secondary negative effects on the body. It is good to rely on home remedies for the same.

Here are a few

  • Eat Bitter Gourd (karela) regularly and drink neem leaf water. It will clear your skin and purify the blood.

  • Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and rose water (gulab jal). Apply on face and keep for hour. Application of the paste for 15-20 days helps in curing pimples and also removes blemishes & scars.

  • A frequent application of a combination of a tablespoon of limejuice and a pinch of Cinnamon (Dalchini), on the affected spot removes pimples.

  • To cure pimples, grind equal quantities of nutmeg, black pepper (kali mirch) and Sandalwood (Chandan) and apply frequently.

  • Rub nutmeg (jaiphal) in unboiled milk to form a paste. Apply on the face & let it dry. Wash off with warm water. Do it 2-3 times a day. You will see the pimples disappearing in 3-4 days.

  • Application of fresh mint (pudina) juice over face every night cures pimples and prevents dryness of the skin.

  • A couple of garlic (lahsun) cloves, crushed & rubbed on the face 1-2 times a day. This process is further helped by taking raw garlic regularly. Have 1-2 cloves in the morning.

  • Grind some neem leaves with water to a fine paste. Apply on infected area.

  • Clean face with rose water (gulab jal) 2-3 times a day.

  • The orange peel (santare ka chilka) is very valuable in the treatment of acne & pimples. Pound the peel with water on a piece of stone and apply in the affected area. For off-season dry peel in shade, powder the dried peels & store.

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits, green vegetables, eat a salad like a salad and not like some neglected side dish and have 12-15 glasses of water every day.

8. Psoriasis
LepanamDo you have small, reddish, papules surrounded with minute scales on your scalp, elbows or knees? If so, you could be having psoriasis. The treatment prescribed in Panchakarma therapy is medicated purgation and blood letting after proper oleation with little sudation. For psoriasis, a specific treatment regimen might involve topical application of certain oils, such as sesame or mustard; fasting and other dietary guidelines; elimination of stress; and regular physical exercise.

According to Ayurvedic medicine, psoriasis is the result of an accumulation of doshas or toxins in the organs of the body, and of an imbalance of the five elements. A course of treatment may vary from six months to two years or longer, according to the individual condition and the extent to which it has spread on the skin.

The main purpose of the treatment is a long-term detoxification of every part of the body, especially the organs. Full treatment consist of panchakarma, oral Ayurvedic preparations, external Ayurvedic applications, changes to diet and management of stress through yoga, relaxation, and breathing techniques.

Ayurveda forms very effective treatment for all type of psoriasis and various other skin diseases. This special Ayurvedic treatment program last for 21 to 28 days. This program includes special lepanam, abhyangan, snehapanam, pizhichil, medicated steam bath, shirovasty, exclusively prepared internal herbal medicines along with yoga meditation because, Ayurveda emphasis that most diseases are psychosomatic.

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