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Melasma is a skin condition that is most often seen in the face. Although it can be present in men, it’s most common in women. It’s commonly found in pregnancy and in women who are on hormone replacement therapy. Melasma often shows itself via hyper pigmentation on the nose, chin, cheeks, and upper lip, although it can appear in other areas. Sometimes, it’s patchy or it shows itself in a spotty appearance. Other times, it just appears to be an area on your face that is darker than other areas. When mine first surfaced, it almost looked like a mustache because the area above my upper lip was noticeably darker. Eventually, it increased to include other areas in my face. And eventually, the dark patches had tiny little white spots within them.

One treatment that I sometimes get asked about is vitamin E. This is a very inexpensive, all natural treatment that can be taken internally or in oral form. Vitamin E is known to be an effective treatment for skin in general because it is a powerful antioxidant. It’s said to offer some protection from ultra violet light (and sun damage,) pollution, and cell damage. It’s also been used as an anti aging ingredient and some believe that it helps with wrinkles and age spots. There’s also some literature which suggest that it can help with inflammation.

Because I have some experience with melasma, I have both researched and tried vitamin E both topically and orally. I could not find any clinical studies or trails that have studied vitamin E as a treatment for hyper pigmentation or this condition. However, I did find a study that mentioned vitamin E within it’s literature and findings.

The study that I’m speaking of was testing the effectiveness of pycnogenol (which is the bark of a plant and extremely powerful anti oxidant) as a treatment for melasma. The study indicated that pycnogenol was believed to recycle vitamin C and regenerate vitamin E within the body. And at the end of the 30 day treatment, pycnogenol was said to have an 80% effective rate. In the literature outlining the study, pycnogenol was noted as more powerful than vitamins C and E. However, since this substance seemed to bump up antioxidant production (including C and E,) you could possibly make some general inferences about these vitamins and the skin.

In my own experience, I believe that vitamin E makes for a powerful topical. It makes my skin look a bit brighter. But, I also did not experience dramatic results in terms of my melasma with it alone. At the end of the day, it became part of my regimen because I believe that, as an antioxidant, it is important for skin. But as a treatment for this type of hyper pigmentation, it’s only my opinion that there are better options. And there are some commercially available products that contain both pycnogenol and vitamin E so that if you believe that treatments based on antioxidant is something that you want to pursue, it’s easy enough to do so while covering all of the bases.

The bottom line for me (and you may certainly disagree) is that treating melasma often requires a combination of many different approaches and a trial and error approach. I’ve heard from people who believe that E may be helping them slightly, but not enough to make significant enough of a difference. Many people chose to stay with it though because it does seem to help with your skin’s overall appearance and it’s inexpensive.

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Source by Susane Dean

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For proper dental care and to guard the teeth health against decaying and infection clove oil works faster and gives instant relief from unbearable dental pain.

The condition of nerve decay occurs from the accumulation of plaque in the mouth. The bacteria in the plaque can cause cavities by breaking down the hard enamel of the teeth.

Food particles when get stuck in the cavities can trigger unbearable pain due to bacterial attack. Being a natural antibiotic and antiseptic clove oil is a proven pain reliever when applied topically to the affected teeth.

Clove oil is an ancient remedial measure against the condition of nerve decay in a tooth. From a research, it has been proved that patients who has applied clove oil on their tooth or have used clove oil infused mouthwash has effectively got rid of stubborn plaque within a month.

Dental structure consists of three parts enamel, dentin and the pulp. The dental pulp is the conjunction of soft tissues, nerve, and blood vessels. These nerves can cause a lot of pain due to various reasons the prime being the tooth decay followed by injuries or any sort of damages.

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems in many people. Unhealthy food habits like intake of sugar contaminated food, lack of proper dental care lead to various dental ailments and tooth decay is one of the most complained problems among all.

If the deposition of plaque is not removed properly from the tooth it can cause serious dental issues. The bacteria forms due to plaque accumulation produce acid which can wear down the teeth to the nerve and in the process expose the dental pulp. This exposure of the pulp makes the nerves vulnerable to infections, sensitivity, and pain.

The Eugenol in clove oil is known to be an active numbing ingredient that helps to numb the damaged nerves from triggering pain and due to the antibacterial property it also fights with the germs and thus builds a shield against the decaying process. Apart from decaying the application of oil also help to reduce a toothache almost instantly.

Application of clove oil can definitely helps against nerve decay of a tooth by following simple procedure, such as:

At first, one needs to remove tiny food particle from the mouth by rinsing with lukewarm water.

Take a cotton ball and saturate it fully with two- three drops of clove oil.

The next step would be to place the saturated cotton ball on the affected tooth and bite it down firmly on the tooth by closing the mouth.

Then after 15- 30 minutes, the patient can remove the cotton ball and can sense an instant relief.

Clove oil is a traditional remedy and besides being so much beneficial for overall dental health it also holds certain disadvantages. It has a strong taste and smell which if ingested accidentally can have too many side effects like nausea, respiratory and liver problems.

Like other natural remedies and treatments clove also fits fine as an instant remedial measure against any dental problem but it is always wise to consult a dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment of the problem rather than self medication with herbal ingredients at home. Prolonged ignorance of a small issue can led to serious condition in the future.

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Source by Tapu Goswami

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The power of habit is the corner stone of good discipline. Discipline is essential to have when cultivating a fit and healthy body.

I’ve been a fan of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and I couldn’t help wonder if these same exact habits are applicable in fitness.

After doing some correlating, I discovered some fascinating things. Here’s what I discovered.

The Private Victory of fitness is made up of the first 3 habits that lead to independence.

Habit 1: Be proactive

Being proactive in your fitness is about having the initiative and responsibility to engage in the sport of physical activity of your desire. With or without the help of others.

If you want to get into a sport, activity or recreation badly enough, don’t let solitude, isolation or lack of money stop you. I’ve learned several styles of martial on my own initiative by looking for information and experimentation through just exploring those styles through practice.

As long as you have the genuine desire and a mind to learn with, you can just start.

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

This isn’t just about having a goal but rather, having a goal that inspires you.

So, for you to be able to achieve your private victory in your fitness, base your programs, exercises, workouts and training sessions towards what you really want to achieve with your body.

What do you want to be able to do with your body?

What inspires you to the point that you yourself want to embody those skills or abilities?

What could you aspire to by developing or improving a specific skill, sport or physical activity?

If you master this habit of envisioning exactly what you want in your fitness and why, then every exercise, routine or workout you choose will naturally compel you.

Habit 3: Make first things first

In order for fitness to be a way of life it has to be prioritised. So, in order to make fitness first in your life, you either make it first in your heart or first on the clock.

What do I mean by that? If your fitness is geared towards a workout session or exercise routine around a sport or physical activity you are truly inspired and passionate about, then you will find a schedule that you know deep down you’ll be able to commit to consistently.

On the other hand, if your fitness is anything less than a burning passion and you struggle to show up, then you need to prioritise it in your day by either doing it first thing in the morning or if you can, first thing as soon as you come home or right after work. Make it the first thing before you move on to anything else and you’ll have one less excuse.

The public victory is about habits that supports your growth in a group fitness environment no matter what sport you play. They are also the 3 habits that lead to interdependence in fitness. Interdependence can be a powerful way to leverage collaboration to make gains and progress in fitness while at the same time being a source of leverage for somebody else in their fitness.

Habit 4: Think win/win

Whether you play competitively or you just play for fun, your likely to have some humbling moments where you experience defeat by a rival or just feel less adept than others.

Thinking win/win is about seeing the value in such humbling moments as for it is in these moments that are trying to get you to improve your game and performance by showing you some weaknesses.

Just see every defeat as an opportunity to ask some fresh questions and receive some fresh insights and information. You’d be amazed at how such humbling moments can open your eyes to something you weren’t aware of before. Even criticism about your technique is valuable because you can’t see yourself in 3rd person POV and I guarantee that from your 1st person POV, you miss some things.

Habit 5: Seek first to understand before seeking to be understood

In a group fitness environment, it’s extremely useful to maintain the attitude of a student. Even …

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Mandalas are geometric patterns starting from a central dot, working outward in repetitive patterns, often integrating symbols and vibrant colour. A circle within a circle is a universal pattern full of symbolic meaning. It is simple yet contains an element of the eternal. Mandalas remind us of our relation to the infinite world both beyond and within our bodies and minds.

There are numerous ways to teach kids and teens about the beauty, complexity, universal nature and healing powers of mandalas. Three of which will be discussed here along with specific examples and applications.

Explore Mandalas in Nature

Mandalas are all around us. One simply has to walk through a garden to find beautiful flowers in bloom and appreciate their circular, repetitive patterns. Increasing awareness of the many manifestations of mandalas in nature can begin by examining an atom. Each cell is a mandala. On a grander scale the universe with the rotation of the planets around the sun or the shape of the galaxies and other cosmic manifestations demonstrate mandalas as a fundamental form. Mandalas are present in almost all scientific studies from geology and biology to physics and chemistry. Becoming aware of their ever present nature allows individuals to find mandalas in previously unrecognized locations.

Examine the Universal Cultural Use of Mandalas

Mandalas are found throughout the world. From Tibetan monks who create sand mandalas as a form of devotion, to Navajo sand painting used during complex healing ceremonies, mandalas are present in nearly every culture and religion. Showing kids and teens the universal nature of this art form helps to build connections and cultural understanding. Two easy ways to teach the use of mandalas by different groups include:

  1. Research Project: Providing a list of cultures/religions (Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Celtic, MesoAmerican, Aboriginal, etc), allow children to search for the use of mandalas by that culture/religion. This is highly effective in partners or small groups where each group is assigned one culture and then asked to present their findings to the class.
  2. Matching Game: Using photos of various mandalas and a world map, match the mandala with its geographic location, include a discussion on the similarities and differences.

Create Personal Mandalas

Once kids and teens have a basic understanding of mandalas, creating their own mandala allows for ownership and integration of the principles being taught.

Personal Mandalas: Often personal mandalas are used as a form of meditation or colour therapy and assist in calming the mind and nourishing the soul. Producing specific, multicoloured mandalas is a creative and individual process. Any variety of medium can be used including sand, shells, tiles, string, chalk, collage, crayons, paints, glass, fabric, etc. However, it is important to maintain the shape and repetitive geometric patterns classic to mandalas.

Group Mandalas: Similarly group mandalas offer many personal rewards but also incorporate cooperation and teamwork. These are wonderful expressions to celebrate workshops, events or special celebrations. Connections are strengthened and the use of symbolism explored as a group works together to create a representation of their time together.

Mandalas are powerful. Their presence throughout nature and use by many cultures demonstrate their connection with humanity and the universe. Teaching kids and teens about mandalas helps them to more fully understand the world and themselves.

Visit Mandalas Universal Across Cultures for visuals and explanations of the use of mandalas by a variety of cultural and religious groups.

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Source by Donna K Freeman

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