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Health Benefits of Strawberries

5 Beauty Tips with Strawberries

Did you know that strawberries are actually not fruits as their seeds are on the outside. In fact strawberry plants are runners and are not grown by seeds. They are members of the rose family and have been grown in the wild for centuries.

Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries contain antioxidants to combat the damaging effects of free radicals. They are packed with vitamins C and contain many important enzymes and flavonoids. They are a good source of manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1 and iodine. Strawberries also protect the heart by increasing HDL cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. Many researchers have found that strawberries also help to regulate our blood sugar to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes as well as to prevent breast, cervical and colon cancer.

Strawberries are not only delicious, but they are also proven beauty enhancers.

The Salicylic acid removes dead cells from the face while tightening the pores, hence they make excellent facemask. Blend some natural yogurt with a handful of strawberries and apply the mixture onto your face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse well.

Strawberry juice has skin lightening properties also. They are effective in removing age spots and freckles. Squeeze some juice and apply over blemishes with a cotton ball. Rinse off after 10 minutes. You will notice the blemishes get lighter after a few tries.

Strawberries make an excellent foot scrub. Mash a handful of strawberries and mix them with a few drops of glycerine and grounded oats. Scrub your foot gently with this mixture to exfoliate dead cells and rough skin.

Last but not least, strawberries can be mixed with tea tree oil to treat fungal growth on the skin or even the scalp. In fact, they are effective to get rid of dandruff due to its antifungal properties.

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Eczema

Natural Cures for EczemaEczema is a medical condition that causes the skin to be inflamed or irritated. About 20 to 30 percent of infants and young children are affected. Although most people outgrow this condition by 13 years old, some people may continue to have symptoms occasionally throughout their lives.

In eczema there is redness, localized swelling and sometimes watery discharges from the lesions that leave behind raw surfaces. Those who suffer from eczema experience severe itchiness in the affected area which often becomes worse at night.

The exact cause of eczema is unknown although there are various theories which suggest that this disorder may be caused by a disturbed metabolism, nutritional allergies, stress or an autoimmune dysfunction. However it is also believed by some that the accumulation of toxins in the body, and their inadequate elimination, or a blockage in their elimination, leads to eczema. Atopic Dermatitis is the most common type of eczema in children. They often develop red rashes on certain portions of the skin. These rashes are extremely itchy and often secret a sticky fluid. Contact Dermatitis develops when the skin react to certain allergens found in detergents, shower gel, chemicals and pollutants. The affected skin becomes deep red in color and swells. Oozing is also a common symptom in Contact Dermatitis. Seborrheic Dermatitis is common in extreme climate condition. In most cases, Seborrheic Dermatitis first affects the scalp of the person and spreads to the hands and face. The affected area becomes extremely itchy and swollen. Sometimes, the patient may experience a severe burning sensation also.

Treatment of eczema can be purchased in most pharmacy. Hydrocortisone cream, or antihistamines can be purchased to reduce itching and swelling of the affected area. However, you can also try some home remedies to relieve or treat eczema.

  • Aloe Vera gel can be used to apply on the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours to facilitate absorption. Its cooling effect can help reduce swelling and itch
  • Apply a paste made with a tablespoon of fresh, crushed neem leaf and a teaspoon of turmeric powder. If possible, use a fresh turmeric root. Add a spoonful of sesame-seed oil. Apply once a day to reduce inflammation.
  • Other natural cures include the application of paste made from oatmeal, ripe mashed banana or simply by applying extra virgin coconut oil on the affected area.
  • If you have eczema on the feet. Try soaking your feet in a tub of warm water and add a few drops of witch hazel. The warm water will improve blood circulation on the feet while the witch hazel will reduce any inflammation.
  • You can also soak your feet in a warm tub of water with moss agate crystals. Many people have cured their eczema by using this crystal. The moss agate water has anti- inflammatory properties and helps to speed up recovery.

Lastly, moderate your diet and avoid wheat and gluten. Other foods that trigger eczema are seafood, eggs, artificial preservatives and food coloring. Eat yogurt since the probiotics that are found in live culture yogurt can help boost your immune system, making you less likely to break out. You can also include other natural food like flaxseed oil, coconut oil and other supplements like Primrose oil. These supplements contain the essential and fatty acids necessary to keep the skin moisturized to avoid flare up. It is also important to keep an active lifestyle with lots of yoga exercise and meditation since skin conditions are often linked to psychological stress.