HERE’S TO HEALTH!!!

Oh my! It’s been a while! Been busy and lazy at the same time lol. My apologies!

The topic for today is a very strange but true topic which is, The Use of Rice water. Yeah yeah, you are reading that right. It’s the water we get when we boil rice. Some are already thinking this is nasty but oh please! It’s the best, trust me. It’s natural, stress free, fast and cheap.

I’ll be focusing on it’s use on hair and skin.

Firstly on hair: Rice water makes hair soft, strong and healthy. Hair is made up of protein, hence the protein in rice water is good for your hair. Rice protein strengthens the hair shaft and fills in the cracks, resulting in shiny and soft hair. Plus, rice water contains inositol, a kind of carbohydrate that can prevent hair damage and keep it healthy and soft. In fact, it can treat hair loss by increasing the growth rate of new hair and strengthening the hair strands as they grow.

How to go about it:

* After shampooing your hair, pour rice water diluted with plain water on your hair.

* Using your fingertips, gently massage your scalp for 10 minutes.

* Rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water.

* Follow this hair treatment 2 or 3 times a week. For extra nourishment, you can add a few drops of essential oils, such as rosemary, lavender or geranium to the rice water before use.

* You can also add green tea in it. If using fermented rice water, make sure you dilute it before rinsing your hair with it. Trust me it works reallll good. Because it reduces surface friction on frizzy hair and increases hair elasticity.

Now for it’s importance on skin:

It soothes skin irritation. The starch in rice water is effective at treating dry skin lesions of eczema. It can soothe skin irritation and inflammation. A 2002 study published in Acta Dermato Venereologica found that exposure to bath water containing rice starch, twice daily for 15 minutes, led to a 20 percent improvement in the healing capacity of damaged skin.This study recommends this skin repair bath for barrier damaged skin, particularly in the case of atopic dermatitis patients. For any kind of skin irritation or inflammation:

* Add a few cups of rice water to warm bath water. Soak your body in this water for 15 to 20 minutes, twice daily.

* For localized irritation, soak a cotton ball in cool rice water and apply it on the affected area. Repeat a few times a day. This might feel very absurd but it’s really good to explore and try new things to know how best it works for you you know. So I envisage someone trying this out already. I hope this was helpful and not a waste of time to you. Have a lovely day guys!
TIMILEHIN

HERE’S TO HEALTH: SOFT HANDS!!!

Hi guys, Good morning!!. Today, on the here’s to  health section, I will be talking about how to make tough, rough hands soft. So to those who have the problem and are searching for ways to get their hands soft, here are some easy home remedies for you.

  1. Olive oil– the antioxidants and healthy fatty acids in olive oil are good for dry hands. It keeps your skin soft, supple and moisturised. In addition, it has many anti-aging skin benefits.
  • Massage your hands with some warm olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes twice daily to enjoy soft and smooth hands.
  • Mix equal amounts of olive oil and fine sugar. Rub this homemade scrub on your hands using light, circular motions for a few minutes.
  • Wait 5 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water, pat dry and apply a light moisturiser. Use this remedy twice a week to soften your hands.

2. Coconut oil– the unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil is good for dry skin, including your rough hands. In addition, it soothes skin damaged by exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

  • Apply warm extra-virgin coconut oil on your hands.
  • Massage for about 5 minutes using circular motions before going to bed. Wear gloves overnight for best results. Repeat this simple remedy daily. You can use avocado, grape seed, jojoba or almond oil to massage your hands.

3. Honey– honey is a natural moisturiser that has antioxidants, antimicrobial and humectant properties. It helps lock in moisture to keep your hands extra soft and smooth. In addition, it has anti-aging benefits for your skin.

  • Rub a little honey all over your hands and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat 1 or 2 times daily to enjoy soft hands.
  • Alternatively, mix equal amounts of honey and glycerine. Apply it on your hands, wait 10 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily.
  • Another option is to add a few drops each of lemon juice and olive oil to 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply it on your hands, allow it to dry and then rinse it off with warm water. Use this remedy a few times a week.

4. Aloe vera– aloe vera contains natural moisturising properties that help retain moisture on dry and rough skin. In addition, it forms a protective layer on the skin and improves the skin tone.

  • Cut open a fresh aloe vera leaf and remove the gel-like substance.
  • Apply the gel on your hands and massage gently for few minutes.
  • Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 1 or 2 times daily.

If we notice, most of these natural products can be used for the hair, the face and the hands. So these are really easy techniques and you don’t have to bother about chemicals added to it.

I hope this helps someone out there. Have a blessed day!

OLUWATIMILEHIN

HERE’S TO HEALTH: PIMPLE TREATMENT!!!

Hey guys, it has been a while on the here’s to health segment but I am back!!!!!! Today, I will be talking about home remedies to pimple redness. As we all know, teenagers get acne or pimples at some point. Some of the contributing factors include hormonal changes in the body, an unhealthy diet, improper skin care, use of harsh cosmetics and excessive sweating. Though pimples are a part of life for many, the swelling and redness they bring can make the problem even worse. The redness of pimples indicates a reaction to bacteria, inflammation as well as skin irritation. Also, the likelihood of pimples becoming red increases if you squeeze or pick them, or scrub your face too hard. Preventing pimples or fighting acne, reducing pimple-related redness and irritation is easy with some simple remedies. I will be sharing five home remedies with you.

CUCUMBER

Cucumber is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent that helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Its astringent nature works by restricting the blood vessels in your skin and lessening the redness. Its soothing nature is also beneficial during pimple outbreaks.

How to use

  • Cut a cucumber into thin slices. Chill the slices in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  • Place a slice over the site of the pimple. Once it warms up, replace with another cool cucumber slice.
  • Do this for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
  • Repeat this remedy several times

LEMON

Lemon has natural healing and skin-lightening components that help combat redness associated with pimples. It also contains citric acid, which helps fight bacteria responsible for pimples and other skin break outs.

How to use

  • Soak a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Press the cotton ball against the affected area for 5 minutes
  • Then, rinse your skin with lukewarm water
  • Repeat 2 to 3 times a day.

Note: after applying lemon juice, avoid going out in the sun for about an hour

MOIST TEA BAG

Tea contains a good amount of tannins that help reduce swelling, hence beneficial in reducing the redness caused by pimples. The warmth of a moist tea bag when applied onto the affected area will also open the pores, potentially drawing bacteria or pus to the surface, thus treating your acne.

How to use

  • Dip a tea bag in warm water for 1 minute and remove it.
  • Allow it to cool down a bit, then squeeze the excess water out
  • Place the warm tea bag on the pimple and allow it to sit for a while
  • Then rinse your skin with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Repeat the process several times a day.

ASPIRIN

Aspirin contains a salicylic acid, which can reduce redness and inflammation caused by breakouts of acne or pimples. Salicylic acid offers anti-inflammatory effects by suppressing an enzyme responsible for inflammation. Another bonus is that aspirin helps dry out pimples quickly.

How to use

  • Crush 1 or 2 aspirin tablets into a fine powder. If you are worried about the aspirin drying out your skin too much, you can add a little honey as well.
  • Mix enough water into the powder to form a paste.
  • Apply the paste on the affected area using a cotton swab
  • Allow it sit for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Finally, rinse off the paste using lukewarm water
  • Use this remedy 2 times a day.

COLD COMPRESS

Using a cold compress is one of the best ways to reduce pimple redness. The cold temperature helps contract the blood vessels underneath the skin, which in turn minimises the pimple’s appearance and redness. It will also help calm irritated skin and shrink the size of the pores to accelerate the healing process.

How to use

  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin towel.
  • Gently rub the compress on the affected area for 1 minute
  • Take a break for 10 minutes
  • Do it as many times as required.

Note: Do not apply ice directly on the skin. It can cause frostbite and damage skin cells.

I hope this helps us. Have a great day ahead!!!!!!!!!!!

OLUWATIMILEHIN.  

HERE’S TO HEALTH: ZIMBABWEAN SWEET-POTATO COOKIES!!!!!!

Hi guys, so I’ll be doing something different today. I saw a particular recipe on this Zimbabwean sweet potato cookies, I tried it out and it came out well, so I felt why not share the recipe today since it’s healthy and not expensive to do. Trust me, It’s a recipe you should definitely try out!!

So let’s go the INGREDIENTS;
COOKIE DOUGH:

  • Blue band Margarine(you can use any one according to your taste)(10 tablespoons)
  • Sugar(1/4 cup)
  • Lemon zest-1 tablespoon
  • Freshly ground nutmeg(1 teaspoon)
  • Knorr chicken cube- a slight sprinkling
  • Honey-1/4 cup
  • Egg-1
  • Finely grated raw sweet potato-1 cup
  • All purpose flour-2 1/2 cups
  • Baking powder-1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt-1/2 teaspoon

Now the Directions:
1. Cream the margarine or butter and sugar in a large bowl. Blend in the lemon zest, nutmeg, knorr seasoning cube, honey and egg. Fold in the sweet potato.
2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add it to the first mixture and stir until well mixed.
3. Arrange the cookie dough rounded teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes.
4. To make the lemon glaze, use a wooden spoon to combine all ingredients in a glass or ceramic bowl until smooth. Add more water by the drop until glaze is easy to spread on the cooled cookies.

As we all know looking good and being healthy is good business, so we should learn to eat in moderation because too much of everything is bad. Have a beautiful day ahead😊.
OLUWATIMILEHIN

HERE’S TO HEALTH: MAXIMISE THE ZINC ADVANTAGE(cont.d)

Hi lovelies, my apologies for not posting in time. So on here’s to health today, I’ll be completing the “MAXIMISE THE ZINC ADVANTAGE” topic. Here’s the continuation of the meal plans that you can incorporate:

SHELLFISH:
Shellfish such as crab, lobster, clams and mussels are some of the most powerful natural sources of zinc a person can eat. Six oysters can provide as much as 76 milligrams of zinc at once, nearly seven times the recommended daily allowance. For many, shellfish is not always the easiest food to consume regularly. This might be a good thing because too much zinc can result in impaired immunity and difficulties with metabolising other necessary minerals. Still an occasional indulgence is a perfectly safe way to boost your zinc intake.
PORK:
This food contains about the same micrograms of B12 as turkey does per 100 gram serving, but you need to watch your intake of this as well, due to the increasing amounts of sodium. You will see about 458 calories per 100 gram serving. Consumption of pork in moderation is helpful in gaining energy. It has positive effects for your skin, eyes and nervous system as well as aiding mental performance.
NUTS AND SEEDS:
Almonds, peanuts, and cashews are viable vegetarian options for keeping your zinc levels at a healthy high. Even more so, pumpkin seeds have one of the highest concentrations of zinc available in a non-meat food. All these foods have less fat and cholesterol than many meats. You may need to eat more to obtain equal benefits of animal-based zinc if you don’t fancy eating meat.
CEREALS:
Fortified ready-to-eat cereals are an excellent source of zinc. Bran, multi-grain and whole grain cereals especially offer high doses of zinc. Although cereals are a good source, cereals contain other things, which binds with the zinc in cereals and inhibit absorption. Keep this in mind and don’t count on your breakfast cereal being your only source of daily zinc. Also, don’t choose cereals with sugar levels high enough to negate the health benefits of eating zinc.
In conclusion, the above foods will aid your consumption of zinc and vitamin B12. Eating them in moderation will certainly help you achieve your personal health goals 😊✨. Have a great day ahead 😊.

OLUWATIMILEHIN