How About an Apple on Your Face?
# You can make simple face masks from apples and even applesauce. While there are many recipes for homemade face masks using apples, here are two that combine the antioxidant benefits of the apple with the exfoliating benefits of ingredients like wheat germ and oatmeal. Using apples in facial applications means your skin will be getting Vitamins A, B and C directly from the masks.
Face mask with wheat germ: 1 tbsp. pureed apple (or organic applesauce), 1 tbsp. wheat germ. Mix the wheat germ with the pureed apple until you've made a smooth paste. Wash your face, then apply the face mask, avoiding the eye area. Wait 10 minutes for the mask to dry and remove it with warm water. The wheat germ will act as a gentle exfoliating agent.
Face mask with oatmeal: 2 tbsp. of rolled oats, 1 1/2 tsp. of cornmeal, 1 tbsp. of honey, 1/2 medium apple, cored, peeled and finely chopped. Use a fork to mix the oatmeal and cornmeal with the honey, which acts as a natural moisturizer, in a small bowl until you create a paste. Using a food processor, combine the paste with the apple until blended. Gently scrub the mixture onto your face in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Apple Cider for Acne
# One popular home treatment using apple cider vinegar for treating acne, has been shown to rid skin of bacteria and oils and balance the skin's pH level. Simply dilute a high quality apple cider vinegar in purified water, with one part of the vinegar to eight parts of water. Soak a clean cotton ball with the apple cider vinegar mix and gently moisten your skin with the cotton ball. Rinse with warm water. Avoid rinsing your face with the cider mixture, since vinegar can also dry out the skin. Apple cider vinegar is also great for removing overnight blemishes, if you dab your face with vinegar before bed. If you have age spots, many nutritionists say they can be lightened if you dab them with the vinegar before bed.
Treatment for Sunburn
# Many alternative medicine proponents say that apples can help you recover more quickly from sunburn. To treat your sunburn, add 1 tsp. of glycerine to the pulp from a grated apple. Mix it together and then apply it to your face for about 15 to 20 minutes. Wash the mixture off using cold water. This remedy often prevents blistering and peeling later on.
Natural Skin Toner
# Apples also work as the perfect ingredient to tone tired and stressed-out skin. You can use green apples, in particular, to give your skin a healthy, toned glow. The Granny Smith apple if your best bet.
Core the apple and remove the seeds, but leave the peel on. Cut the apple into small cubes. Combine the apple and 1/2 cup lukewarm water in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Remove it from heat and allow to cool completely.
Strain the apple mixture through a colander or a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup of witch hazel. Apply the mixture to your face with a clean cotton ball, or spritz it on your face using a spray bottle.
The health benefits of apple include the following:
* Digestion: Apples being rich in fiber help in digestion. Regular consumption of apples ensures smooth bowel movements and helps in preventing consitipation and stomach disorders.
* Anaemia: Apples are useful in treting anaemia as it is rich in apples. Anaemia is the deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood which can increased with the intake of iron rich diet such as apples.
* Weakness: Apples are known to remove weakness and add vigour and vitality of weak people. It is, therefore, often given to patients to help them recover fast from their illness. If you want to gain weight, apple should be a part of your diet daily. It also helps in detoxifying the body and improve the overall health.
* Dental Care: Eating apples helps in cleaning teeth and gum. It reduces the incidence of cavities in teeth. When you eat apples, the fiber in it cleanses the teeth, while the antiviral properties of the fruit keep bacteria and virus away.
* Heart Disease: Apple lowers the level of cholesterol and hence it is beneficial for the heart.
* Rheumatism: Patients who are suffering from rheumatism find apples very useful as it aids in the healing process.
* Eye Disorders: Apples are believed to make the eyes strong and improve eye-sight. It also helps in treating night blindness.
* Skin Care: Pastes of apple and honey, and apple and milk when applied on the skin increase it shine and glow.
Apples also help in treating gout, and dysentry. Recent research has also revealed that apples have chemicals such as flavanoids and polyphenols which can help fight cancers. It is therefore, rightly, said - An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
When you buy apples make sure they are firm. Dont buy apples that have wrinkles as such apples have lost most of their health benefits and nutritional value.
What is meant by Triphala?.Is it a herb? :) :)[/quote]
Triphala ("three fruits"), an herb originating in India, has been found to act as a complete body cleanser. Not only does Triphala help to detoxify and cleanse the colon, it also purifies the blood and removes toxins from the liver. Other cleansing benefits of Triphala include reducing some forms of cholesterol (serum cholesterol), and reduces high blood pressure.
The plant's popularity in India stems from the vegetarian diet of much of this country's population, requiring a laxative that does not counteract with the diet of these people. Triphala is categorized as a purgative form of laxative, i.e. an herb type of intestinal stimulant that works similar to Senna and Rhubarb. Purgative preparations are often needed by people who have certain degrees of liver and gall bladder congestion. As Triphala is known as a cleaning agent, including a blood cleanser, the herb is very beneficial for these people. The herb also has a high nutritional value, including high levels of vitamin C.
Triphala, said to contain three different 'fruits' is well known in ancient Indian folklore, and is widely used by natural healers experienced in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, which literally translated means 'long life practice'. The fruits, Harada, Amla, and Bihara, relate to the three sections or 'humors' of Indian medicine. Harada, which is bitter tasting, is best known for its laxative qualities as well as being an astringent and antispasmodic. Amla, which is high in Vitamin C (20 times more than citrus fruit) is sour tasting and is considered good for inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
Because of its high vitamin content, Triphala is often used as a food supplement like vitamins are in Western countries. In fact, the benefits of this herb are so well known that a well known Indian saying goes like this: "You do not have a mother? Don't worry, as long as you have Triphala in your life!"
In recent years, a number of research studies have found new uses for this herb, including treatment for various forms of cancer. It is also found to have high antioxidant qualities, and is even useful for treatment against noise and stress induced conditions.
n apple may have caused problems in The Garden of Eden, but it is a "good guy" when it comes to nutrition. It is also a very portable and easy-to-consume snack.
Health Benefits of Apples
The variety of health benefits supplied by apples is huge and very encouraging. This fist-sized snack that needs little preparation - unless they are being cooked - is packed with health-boosting properties:
* Help protect bone health
* Help prevent asthma, heart disease, and cancers such as lung, breast, colon, and liver
* New research also suggests that the phytonutrient called quercetin may help to prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinsonism
* Pectin in apples can help to lower LDL cholesterol
* Good for diabetes and weight management
* Good source of vitamin C
* Good source of soluble and insoluble fiber
* Excellent source of flavanoids and antioxidants
It is important to keep in mind that a lot of the goodness of apples is contained in the skin. If eaten whole, they need to be washed carefully - right before being consumed.
On the tree, apples have their own natural waxy coating to protect them. This is removed when they are cleaned for production, and a new artificial coating is applied for shipping them. This artificial coating can be washed off using warm water and a fruit and vegetable cleaner.
Organic apples don't always look as good as other apples, but they are the safest choice if there is concern about pesticides and preservatives.
How an apple is eaten is also very important - especially when eating them with the skin on. Each bite of apple needs to be chewed until it is practically mush. Then the digestive enzymes can do their work of extracting the nutritional components from the apple as it passes through the digestive system.
Biting off large chunks of apple, and swallowing them practically whole will put too much stress on the stomach as it tries to break the large pieces down. This is the reason that some people experience a pain in their stomachs after eating one.
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Chewing well is a good rule for eating any food. The more a piece of food is chewed, the easier it is for the digestive system to extract its goodness