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Home remedies
words SAMANTHA MOODLEY AND ROMITA HANUMAN

Solving common hair, skin and health problems needn’t always require expensive products or prescription drugs. MetroBeat has compiled some great home remedies for hair, skin, cold and flu.
Now hair this
For naturally clean hair, dilute lemon juice or vinegar in the water when washing your hair. It will cleanse and moisturise, while reducing the residue left by your shampoo. Need conditioner on a budget? Look no further than your kitchen. Combine 1 egg yolk, 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2-3 drops of vitamin E oil and rub into hair. fruit and vegetable rich diet can contribute greatly to fabulous hair. 3-5 tablespoons of raw peanuts and milk. Add a teaspon of honey and apply to your face. Once dry, wash off with cold water. This serves as a great moisturiser.

Skin perfect solutions
Need to brighten up? Squeeze a teaspoon of lemon juice into the palm of your hand and gently pat on the face and neck to reduce discoloration. To alleviate that ‘haven’t slept in days’ look, try wrapping an ice cube in a cloth and hold it on darkened eye area for about 10 - 15 minutes. It’s sure to make you look and feel wide-awake and get rid of raccoon eyes too. Cucumber slices are said to work just as well. Rubbing an ice cube on your face also helps to improve blood circulation. To give your skin a revitalising boost it’s important to ensure a regular intake of vitamins. Vitamin A, found in spinach, broccoli, carrots and fish oils prevent dry skin and postpones the aging process, while vitamin C found in citrus fruits maintains levels of collagen in skin, keeping it smooth, firm and healthy. Drinking plenty of water flushes out toxins and getting a good night sleep helps skin to repair itself. Want to make your inner glow shine through to the outside? Rubbing the inner part of the skin of a paw-paw (papaya) on your face, letting it dry then washing it off with cold water, works like a charm in giving skin a nice healthy glow. To rejuvenate skin, apply freshly made carrot juice on your face, let it dry and wash out it off. It may seem an unconventional method, but applying the beaten white of one egg to your face and letting it dry before washing it off keeps you looking younger by tightening the skin. Alleviate dry skin by making a paste out of

Give illness the cold shoulder
Cold sores are painful and contagious. Resist the temptation to touch or fiddle with them as you could spread the infection to other parts of your body. Use tea tree or lavender oil to soothe the affected area. There’s nothing more irritating than a nagging cough. Taking a mixture of honey and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon powder for three days can alleviate this problem and help clear sinuses. If cold and flu has left you breathless try inhaling steam infused with peppermint (or Vick’s Vapour Rub). This will open clogged nasal and sinus passages as well as cleanse the lungs. Vitamin C is great for fighting virus infections in the body. 1000-mgs of vitamin C daily will go a long way in keeping you healthy, and citrus fruits are a great source of the vitamin. The pain of a sore throat can be alleviated by gargling with salt water. Ginger, garlic and chillies are very beneficial when it comes to treating ailments. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and very successful in combating respiratory infections. Ginger on the other hand induces sweating and provides relief for many cold symptoms including sore throats, fever and sinus congestion. Chillies act as an effective antiviral. Disclaimer: Home remedies may effectively treat the symptoms of many minor ailments, but if symptoms persist or grow worse, see your doctor immediately.

Leave in for 3-5 minutes and wash out with shampoo. Alternatively, a little olive oil rubbed through dry parts of your hair and left in overnight also makes for a great conditioner. Getting rid of dandruff can be easy. Grind softened methi (fenugreek) seeds into a paste and apply to scalp. Leave in for 30 minutes then wash out thoroughly. This method can be used weekly. Washing hair with peppermint or spearmint tea is widely believed to promote hair growth, while a mask of avocado and mayonnaise can be a great source of protein for your hair. It is also important to remember that a healthy lifestyle, including drinking 1012 glasses of water daily combined with a

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