Besan or gram flour has long been used in India for its many benefits for skin and hair care. In fact, it is a traditional home remedy used right from the time when one is a baby. Besan in the form of uptans or epilation formula for baby hair, during adulthood in a myriad number of packs and scrubs to take care of beauty issues right from acne to tanning, cleansing and exfoliating. Not surprisingly, the world is now waking up to this must-have beauty essential that is gram flour.
Dr. Geeta Grewal, Cosmetic Surgeon and Wellness Expert, 9Muses Wellness Clinic, Gurugram takes you through the various ways to use gram flour and also gives you recipes for packs and treatments you can make and apply at home.
Natural Hair Remover
In India, gram flour has been used to remove fine facial hair. In fact, a gram flour scrub is used to remove hair from all over the body for babies. If you are tired of threading and waxing your face, you could try gram flour hair removal as well. Just keep a few things in mind before you start. For starters, steam your face so that the pores open and the hair is easier to remove from the roots; Don't rub too harshly as that might cause your skin to become inflamed and irritated. Don't forget to do a patch test first to check if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the home remedy and don't be impatient because you will have to repeat the treatment a number of times before you get the results you want.
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Step 1: Make a paste with gram flour and fenugreek powder and yoghurt.
Step 2: Apply this over the areas where you want to remove hair.
Step 3: Allow it to dry. Wet your face with a little water and scrub away the paste.
Brings Glow To The Skin
Gram flour packs work wonders in absorbing the excess oil and cleansing your skin as well. Gram flour has alkalizing properties that keeps the pH levels of your skin balanced. It is also very absorbent and soaks up all the extra oil. Gram flour has been used for brightening one's skin tone for centuries and its super cleansing properties leave your face looking its best.
Add half a cup besan, a pinch of turmeric powder and quarter cup fresh milk to create a smooth paste. Apply evenly on your face and neck area and leave it on for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water to notice the glow.
Removes Dark Patch From The Elbow
Tanning and darkening of elbows is one of the most difficult and stubborn areas to remove black spots. But there are certain home remedies to help you to get rid of dark and black elbows. Gram flour cleanses the area and also provides mild exfoliation. Lemon juice acts as a natural bleach that will help to reduce the darkness from your elbows.
Add a teaspoonful of lime juice to a teaspoon full of gram flour to make it a paste. You have to balance out the consistency of the paste by carefully adding or reducing the lemon juice to make it little thicker. Apply the mixture and rub in circular motion on your elbows. Allow it to dry and wash it off with cold water.
Cures Dry Skin
Are you wondering how we can make such contradictory statements, especially when we have just talked about how gram flour can help deal with oily skin? Well, that is the wonder of gram flour that helps control oiliness and also tackles dry, scaly skin. When besan is mixed with milk cream (malai), it acts as a wonderful moisturiser. You could also add some olive oil or almond oil and get the same results.
Step 1: Mix gram flour and milk cream to make a paste
Step 2: Apply this to your face and neck
Step 3: Wash it off before it dries completely
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Best For Exfoliation
Exfoliating should be an essential part of your beauty routine because if you do not scrub away all the dead skin cells, the debris starts to pile up leaving your skin looking dull and lifeless. While there are hundreds of scrubs available in the market, there's nothing like a good, home-made gram flour scrub to get the glow back on your face. And its environment-friendly as well.
Step 1: Combine 3 teaspoons gram flour with 1 teaspoon ground oats, 2 teaspoons cornflour and milk.
Step 2: Gently rub this on your damp face and leave on for about 10 minutes.
Step 3: Wash off
Has your hair turned dull and lifeless because of all the commercially available shampoos and cleansers? Well, maybe its time to try a homemade hair cleanser.
Step 1: Make a simple thin paste of besan and water. Take as much gram flour and water as you think is necessary to cover your scalp.
Step 2: Apply the paste evenly all over your scalp.
Step 3: Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off.
If you want to go back to your natural colouring, ditch the harsh chemical tan lighteners and try gram flour instead for tan removal. With its multipurpose benefits, there is nothing quite like gram flour and the best part is that it is almost always available in your kitchen. Gram flour has been used for de-tanning and brightening one skin tone for centuries and its super cleansing properties leave your face looking its best ever. Try this kitchen remedy today.
Step 1: Mix 4 teaspoons gram flour with a pinch of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of curd and the juice of a lemon. The vitamin C in lemon will reduce pigmentation, while dahi will moisturise your skin.
Step 2: Add a pinch of salt for exfoliating benefits
Step 3: Apply to your skin and face daily and you will see results after prolonged use.
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Belagavi (Karnataka), May 24 (IANS) Amid the raging pandemic, hundreds of people in Gokak taluk of Karnataka's Belgavi defied all Covid safety protocols to take part in a "divine" horse's funeral. Authorities have now swung in action to seal of the village and test the residents.This incident was reported on Sunday after the horse of Maradi Mutt, a local religious institution, died.Some Mathas belonging to various castes and communities in north Karnataka region, have practice of rearing horses like some temples in Kerala rear elephants, as divine. Whenever such horse is let off by Mutt, people who live in the vicinity pray to the animal, while making offerings to it.After visuals of several hundred people living in villages surrounding Maradi Matha flouting Covid norms, went viral on local media channels, authorities have now woken up and decided to carry out RT-PCR test to all residents of Konnuru village in Gokak taluk where the Mutt is located.Gokak Tahsildar Praksh Huleppgol, under whose jurisdiction this village falls, told reporters that the state government has already directed him to "seal the village" besides carrying out RT-PCR test of all residents who live in Konnur. "The local police has already taken information of around 15 'influential Apersonalities' of 15 villages who have organised such mammoth funeral procession of this horse," he said.A senior official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told IANS that the real reason behind so many residents taking part in this horse funeral was that the Mutt seers had let off this horse on Thursday midnight allow it to travel though villages on its own freely and none accompanied it believing that its "free run" would ward off the Covid virus permanently."After performing rituals, the horse was let off at 12 midnight and it was brought back to Matha at 4 a.m. on Thursday, and it died on Sunday. As soon as the new of this horse's death spread, residents living in various villages rushed towards Matha premises just to take alast glimpse' of divine horse, which laid its life to protect residents from Covid," the officer said.The source added that this ritual was performed based on astrological calculations and under the guidance of Sri Pavadeshwara Swami of Pavadeshwara Mutt, which is popularly known as Maradi Mutt.People live here believe that this Mutt has miraculous power as the deity itself is known as "Pavadeshwara" (Miraculous God).--IANSnbh/vd
Gurugram- Doctors in Gurugram district say online classes and work from home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is causing eye and ear problems among children, adolescents and young adults.
Doctors have warned that this could lead to hearing and eye difficulties among those who failed to curb the use of earphones, mobile phones and laptops.
However, the doctors also asserted that one other reason which causes hearing problems is the noise pollution in Gurugram.
Rahul Garg, Head of RG Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) Hospital, said lifestyle choices lead to more cases of hearing and eye impairment than age-related factors.
"Before the Covid-19 pandemic, a few patients used to visit hospitals/clinics who were developing hearing problems after Diwali last year due to firecrackers but amid Covid-19, a number of patients from all age groups are visiting doctors' clinics due to hearing problems and eye infection complications."
Garg pointed out that all these complaints are directly linked to extensive use of headphones at higher volume, mobile and laptops.
The doctor said the continued use of earphones, mobiles and laptops at high volume is leading to such problems among people.
"120 decibels is harmful for ears and 140 decibels can permanently damage our ears. Any noise more than 100 decibels can impact the physical as well as the mental health of our body," Garg said, adding that adults can set the volume of earphones or headphones but children don't know to set the volume of earphones which causes hearing problems.
ENT Specialist Yogesh Goyal said, "Multiple people are working for more than eight hours wearing headphones and in front of laptops. This is putting a lot of stress on their ears and unsterilised earbuds or ear-plugs could spread infection."
Goyal advises removing the earphones from time-to-time in order to allow fresh air to go inside the ears. He said school children should not be using headphones at all. If they are attending classes on a laptop or personal computers, then the device volume is sufficient.
The doctors also suggest that the concerned authorities should strictly tackle noise polluters who are responsible for noise pollution. The traffic police should increase the use of audio meters which help to catch noise polluters.
D.K. Bhardwaj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), informed that 326 challans were issued for pressure honking and 291 fines were issued for removal of silencer from motorbikes and other vehicles in 2020.
"We will not tolerate anyone in Gurugram who breaks traffic rules. The Traffic police from time-to-time has launched various campaigns to catch traffic violators. I would like to appeal to the motorists in Gurugram to follow traffic rules across the district or be ready to face hefty traffic fines," Bhardwaj said. (Agency)
Kidneys are one of the most essential organs which are required for the proper functioning of the body. The kidneys are a very essential part of our body that perform the essential task of removing toxins and excess fluids from our body in form of urine.
So, it goes without saying, how crucial it is to take good care of our kidneys and keep it healthy. Ayurveda supports natural and effective ways to treat kidney stones and other kidney-related diseases.
Here are six quick ayurvedic home remedies for effective relief from kidney stones:
1. Kulattha(Horse Gram)
Horse Gram is an Ayurvedic herb used for the treatment of kidney stones. Horse gram is loaded with polyphenols, steroids, flavonoids, iron, proteins, calcium, vitamin B complex, etc. It is called Kulattha in Ayurveda. Botanical name- Dolichos biflorus Linn. Kulattha is found to be useful for prevention and also for getting rid of kidney stones and gall bladder stones. The pulse helps in breaking the stones into smaller pieces that would come out of the urinary tract easily.
2. Tulsi (Basil)
Tulsi has been found to be promoting the fluid, mineral, and uric acid balance in the kidney. Basil has medicinal properties that help strengthen the body and provide relief in respiratory diseases. Have Tulsi leaves a few times a day like tea, juice, or honey. This will help in expelling kidney stones from the urinary tract. It will also help in maintaining our kidney’s health.
3. Coconut Water
Coconut water is one of the healthiest drinks and is considered to be good for the dissolution of kidney stones. It has been proven effective in breaking and flushing out kidney stones from the body through urine. It is also found effective in relieving the burning sensation during urination.
4. Okra(Lady's Finger)
Okra commonly known as Lady's finger is a seasonal vegetable. It has all the essential nutrients and minerals required to have a healthy body. Rich in magnesium with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Okra helps in the prevention of crystallization of chemicals in the kidney thus making it an excellent remedy for kidney stones.
The first and foremost remedy suggested for a speedy, natural cure from kidney stones is water. The most common reason for the formation of kidney stones is the lack of water. Drink lots of water. This helps in managing your body hydrated, and also in flushing out toxins and other unwanted minerals and waste products that are responsible for the formation of stones. The drinking water will make it more natural for the stones to pass.
6. Lemon juice with Honey
The juice of a lemon in warm or normal water is considered to be very effective for kidney stones. The blend of lemon juice and honey is one of the healthiest elixirs. Honey and lemon have many health benefits which makes them an effective remedy for various health issues. You can add honey or rock salt to this mixture to make it more palatable.
Essential Tips to Keep Kidneys Healthy and Prevent Formation of Kidney Stones:
Avoid consumption of too much salt
Avoid unhealthy foods like sugar, processed foods, sugary drinks, sodas, alcohol, black tea, and chocolate
Exercise in moderation
Reduce intake of meats, eggs, and poultry which are likely to increase the amount of acid in the urine
Drink lots of water and healthy liquids
Include fibrous fruits and vegetables in the diet
Whole wheat bread, vegetable proteins, pulses, and sprouted grains are a good alternative source of proteins, nutrients, and fibers that reduce the risk of kidney stone formation
Mumbai, Nov 24 (IANS) Futures of gold, which were soaring well above the Rs 50,000 mark till sometime back amid the weak economic scenario, have now started to ease and have fallen below the Rs 49,000-mark amid optimism regarding vaccines for the novel Coronavirus.The December contract of gold on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) is currently trading at Rs 48,975 per 10 gram, lower by Rs 505 or 1.02 per cent from its previous close.Similarly, domestic futures of silver also continued its downward trend on Tuesday and its December contract on the MCX is currently at Rs 59,825 per kg, lower by Rs 700 or 1.16 per cent from its previous close.Anuj Gupta, DVP for Commodities and Currencies Research at Angel Broking Ltd said that noted that the decline has been on the back of recovery in global equity market and development on the front of corona virus vaccine. Gold ETF holding is also falling more than a million ounce in this month, he said."The trend of gold and silver now become down and expectation of safe haven demand of this asset may fade out. As for today traders can go for sell in gold at Rs 49,800 levels with the stop loss of Rs 50,100 levels for the target of 49,000 levels," Gupta said.In the international market, gold may test $1780 to $1800 per ounce levels soon, according to him.He was of the view that traders can also go for sell in Silver at Rs 61,000 levels, with the stop loss of 61,800 levels and for the target of 59,800 levels.Optimism has been fueled in the global markets after the recent series of positive announcements on the vaccine front.AstraZeneca on Monday announced Monday that positive high-level results from an interim analysis of clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate in the UK and Brazil showed it was highly effective in preventing the disease, the primary endpoint, and no hospitalisations or severe cases of the disease were reported in participants receiving the vaccine.One dosing regimen showed vaccine efficacy of 90 per cent when 'AZD1222' was given as a half dose, followed by a full dose at least one month apart, and another dosing regimen showed 62 per cent efficacy when given as two full doses at least one month apart. The combined analysis from both dosing regimens resulted in an average efficacy of 70 per cent.All results were statistically significant. More data will continue to accumulate and additional analysis will be conducted, refining the efficacy reading and establishing the duration of protection.Earlier Pfizer and Moderna had reported their vaccines of being highly effecting.--IANSrrb/sn/in
Bengaluru, July 4 (IANS) With the COVID-19 induced lockdown stalling horse races since March 25, the Karnataka government is in favour of allowing punters betting on their favourite stallions online, a top official said on Saturday."The state government has positively responded to our request to allow betting online, as punters and fans are banned from attending horse races if resumed as per the lockdown guidelines in the race course grounds in the city centre," Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) Chairman D. Vinod Shivappa told IANS here.Admitting that suspension of horse racing over the last three months had badly disrupted the peak turf season for stallions and stakeholders, Shivappa said the state government had agreed in principle to permit racing without the presence of punters and spectators in the stands to prevent the virus spread."As we have already lost one racing season during the summer vacation and in the process of losing race events in the monsoon period, with no let-up in the virus spread, legalising online betting will enable us to resume races sans punters and spectators," asserted Shivappa.A ban on all sport activities, including horse racing has disrupted normal life and livelihood of all stakeholders since the lockdown was suddenly enforced and extended, with restrictions on many outdoor sports."We will soon submit a proposal to the state government on how betting can be legally conducted as in other countries so that we can soon resume horse racing, with punters and fans participating online to revive the exciting sport and make up for losing crores in rupees due to the ban," said Shivappa.The 150-year old BTC has about 350 members and hundreds of affiliated members from other turf clubs across the country, participating in various races throughout the year, with home grown studs riding in Mysuru and Ooty races during their seasons."With the state government approval, we will develop a smartphone application (app) for downloading it by our members, punters and spectators to bet their money on a winning horse and yet watch the show live or later," said Shivappa.The online betting on a seamless platform will also ensure transparency, removing bookmakers and illegal betting that thrive offline otherwise.--IANSfb/dpb