Thursday, June 14, 2012

How to cure Menstrual Cramp/Pain

Menstrual Cramps-medically known as Dysmenorrhea-is a condition where you may experience severe ache in the abdomen and pelvic region during your periods.  A lot of times menstrual cycles wreak havoc in form of menstrual cramps

In addition, it can also lead to cravings and mood swings. The pain is caused due to the release of prostaglandins and other inflammatory substances that cause uterine contractions. Sometimes, it may lead to vomiting, nausea and diarrhea as well. 

The experience of menstrual cramps is different in different women but there are some ways that guaranteed to relieve discomfort and pain. Here are some things you can try that may help ease the discomfort.


  • Take Ashokarishtha (a uterine tonic) before your periods begin (available at all ayurveda stores)
  • take 20ml of Vasa(malabar nut) or Guduchi(gulancha tinospora) juice along with honey before your meals.        
  • Take ½ tsp hing (asafoetida) mixed with ghee as soon as you feel the ache.    


  • Dissolve a few tablets of Mag phos 6x tablets in warm water an sip it through the day
  • Take Colocynth 200, 3 pills every 30 minutes


  • Gently massage castor oil on your abdomen and follow it with hot fermentation or heat pack – it will immediately reduce the discomfort. 

  • Heating pad is a great way to relieve menstrual cramps. You just have to lie down with heating pad on the problem area. Try to lie down on this, and keep the heating pad below yourself. You can also lie on the back and allow heat to effect other areas of your body as well.          
The basic point is, getting into position where it is comfortable for you to lie down for a certain period of time. You can also opt for disposable heating pads available in market. In my case, this is the best cure for the menstrual pain.
  • To prevent menstrual cramps, do yoga asanas such Pranayam regularly
  • Taking a hip bath, also known as sitz bath( fill a tub/basin with warm water and sit in it) every day with tepid water for 15 minutes, will help ease the pain
  • Drink ginger tea with honey

Make sure that you have your daily dose of vitamins along with calcium and zinc supplements. Calcium and zinc also helps in preventing cramps before they actually start

If the pain persists even after following the above mentioned remedies, visit a specialist to get yourself checked. Drinking as mush fluids, fruit juices and hot beverages is also beneficial.

Source: Goodhousekeeping, India, January, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Smart storage and beautiful home

Damn ! what a uncluttered room." Ever now and then when i step into room or nooks of house, i utter those words. Sometimes terribly tired of making things work and sometimes taking in charge to manage everything. How long we have been waiting for some smart storage options, tips to manage storage and simplify our lives ! Go ahead with the simple and smart options to make everything easy.

Storage Ideas :
# See How a space near the TV is managed !! There are lots of space still remaining to be filled upon.

# One more, Note the staircase, how the corner space is utilized to its optimum level. 

#  Play with monotone of colors. and that dash of red through the shawl on Sofa looks lively in the setting of black and white. Note the cute shelf with doors upon the table. wow..

# Have we ever thought of the coffee table which could be used as the study cum Mini Library ? See the smart storage holders for books. There is bar which is section to categorize the books and/or magazines as well as well. We should really "think out of the box".

# Just because we have a relatively smaller space for bathroom doesn't mean it should be bland. How well a shelf in the bathroom could be designed! The shelf is kept above the commode and the towel hangers are just placed in smart way which makes optimum use of the spaces available. 

# One more, how many storage options can u see in this picture ? :-)

 # A relatively small bedroom ? No worries, the blank space above the bed can be used for the well crafted storage cabinet and shelf. The choice is your with colours. 

Play with Colours

# An art by itself. Amazing play of bright hues and statement making mini statues (yes, i don't know the name) work best for the room. The Red geometric shapes art in the poster, the play of orange, pink, red in contrasting white walls give so much appeal to the congested room. Note the sitting area created in the walls. Beautiful is the word.

# Who says Black and white is boring combination. The smaller room below has the decor in the very theme and see the magic !! Picture perfect. Note the 'No fuss' in windows. just plain bland white windows have so much appeal to the room where colorful curtains fail to give sometimes.

# Here is an example of making a statement Bath area. with a bland Black wall.

 Save time with idea in Entrance:

Have you ever felt that if only the keys were before hand while locking the door or moving out in emergency? I've felt so many times. The hurry, the hustle bustle and just no time giving mornings create hassle for many of us.Why not to get some ideas :

# If only had i kept those umbrella and jackets/wind cheaters like that in the pic. Its just so simple!!

# And what about some basket of bucket to make those drenched umbrellas to get in . Will surely keep one like this.

# One more for you 

Ahh i just love all of them. Quite simple. So what about creating some good changes around us ? See you all in next post which is related to the ideas as well. have many of them. Till then, stay happy and spread happiness. :-)

Source: Web

Friday, June 8, 2012

10 places to see before they disappear

Change is inevitable. But there are times when we tend to think for the way things can be preserved. We are compulsive to question why are the things are in the way they are and why cant we stop them from 'Change' ? Confused !! here are the places nature had gifted humanity to cherish. Due to many reasons, they are not going to be with us forever. They will disappear and GLOBAL WARMING is the most affecting factor. Have a look.

1. The Alps: The picturesque European mountain range which was the standard romantic song shoot location in Bollywood films of the 90's and which continues to be the popular ski holiday destination for many, is located at a low altitude. This means that due to global warming, the glaciers in the mountain range could melt faster than many other snow clad mountain ranges. The Alps' glaciers are predicted to melt and disappear by 2050.

2. Dead Sea: The name might suggest the dead nature of the sea, however, the increasing rampant use of the natural resources of this highly saline sea might literally make this sea go dead. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth and has 10 times more salt than seawater. It's a rich source of many minerals which are regularly extracted by industries such as cosmetic industry. The sea has already shrunk by a third and on its way to its impending death!

3. Glacier National Park: This American national park first inhabited by Native Americans, comprises over 130 lakes, more than 1000 different plant species and hundreds of animal species. Of the 150 glaciers that encompassed this park, by 2005 only 27 were remaining. These remaining glaciers are predicted to disappear by 2030, all due to global warming. Once hailed as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem", this protected region might lose a majority of its biodiversity with the melting of its glaciers.

4. Great Barrier Reef: One of the few places on Earth to be spotted from outer space, might shrink so much that it may not be visible even on Earth. This is the world's largest coral reef system and biggest single structure made by living organisms. The ongoing climate change, water pollution, over-fishing and shipping accidents might destroy this region and the endangered species inhabiting it completely.

5. Madagascar: We all remember the lemurs from the 2005 animated film Madagascar dancing to I like to Move it. They are one of the 20 species of lemurs only found in Madagascar and are currently in the danger of disappearing. Over per cent of biodiversity of Madagascar is found only here. So hurry up and make a trip to this African country, which also comprises the fourth largest island, as its forest cover is predicted to disappear in 35 years and its inhabitants along with it.

6. Maldives: Maldives was severely devastated by the Tsunami in 2004, when only 9 of its over 1000 islands escaped flooding. It is the lowest lying country in the world and apparently will be the first nation to be submerged because of global warming. 

7. Olympia: As London gears up for the upcoming 2012 Olympics, Olympia, the city to hold the first Olympics in 776 B.C., struggles to keep it's hold on the world map. The rising summer temperatures have caused rampant wildfires in this Greek city, destroying its natural environment and historical architecture.

8. Patagonia: Located at the southern end of South America, Patagonia overwhelms its visitors with its dramatic landscapes and breathtaking beauty. Labeled as the "land of untouched beauty", Patagonia is not unknown to the ubiquitous and ominous effects of climate change. Its glaciers are steadily melting away and changing the landscape of this region. The flora and fauna native to Patagonia are in danger of losing their habitat.

9. Tiger habitats: One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal and India, these places are famous for two things: mangrove forest and Royal Bengal tiger, both of which are currently in danger of extinction. Besides the tiger, some other endangered species inhabiting the region of Sunderland, India are Saltwater Crocodile, Olive Ridley Turtle, Gangetic dolphin, and Mangrove horseshoe crab. The rising sea levels in Sunderland, India have completely submerged parts of this low lying region, It is estimated that over 10,000 inhabitants of this region are now environmental refugees. It won't be long before this World Heritage Site is submerged under water.

10. Venice: All may not be good at the city of gondolas and honeymooners. This city of canals has experienced several floods in the recent past and its water level has gone up by 131 centimeters fearing a complete submerge of the city.

ITS BETTER TO EXPLORE  as soon as u can!! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

10 smart food ideas

Tip #1: A bottle of expensive bubbly gone flat? Bring it back to life by popping a couple of raisins in it! 
Tip #2: Love to carry cut-up apples in your lunch box but hate the browning that is bound to occur? Cut the apple and secure it back with a rubber band and see the magic.


Tip #3: Bought one too many bunches of seasonal herbs? Preserve their green freshness by chopping them up finely and freezing them in an ice tray with just enough water to cover them. Pop out the cubes and store them in a labeled freezer bag.

Tip #4: Handed over (dry) lemons? Get the most out of them by microwaving for a few seconds before squeezing the juice out.

Tip #5: Love walnuts but hate the hammering and splinters? Cut down the labor and mess by freezing the nuts for a couple of days. Inset a knife-tip into the hole at the base of the nut and twist - the shells come apart easily.

Tip #6: Want to decorate a cake like a pro? Use a hairdryer on 'warm' setting over the frosting to make it smooth, shiny and flawless.

Tip #7: Hull the green stem of the strawberry neatly with a straw before you mash them or use them for a dessert.
Tip #8: Put bananas and peaches together in a paper bag to ripen the latter. 
Tip #9: Don't want your fingers to reek of garlic all day? Break away the cloves and place them in a bowl. Cover with another bowl and give it a good, hard shake. Say voila to peeled garlic!

Tip #10: Frozen fish smelling a bit off? Soak it in some milk while it defrosts to get rid of the "freezer-y" odor.


Thankx for reading. :-)

Disclaimer : I don't claim the ownership of the pictures used in the above post. I've searched in the web and used.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tips to beat the heat in Summer

Summer is here. With scorching heat in the daytime and cool breeze of air in the evening. Some complain for it and some love the summery days. Everyone wants remedy from the scorching heat. Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help we keep cool all summer long.
It's the time of the year to nourish our body with seasonal fruit and vegetables that are packed with powerful nutrients which give moisture to our skin and nourish our body, boosting it to counter the influence of the heat. Eat small, frequent meals during the day and make sure we don't skip breakfast, because it prevents low blood pressure and dizziness during very hot days.

The diet should consist of light food, refreshing and avoid heavy foods. "Greasy and fatty foods are likely to increase discomfort during the summer because they take a longer time to digest."- Msn lifestyle

Here are 10 tips which will make us easy to beat the heat in summer:

1. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably of a light color. Include Chiffon, Georgette, and cotton as many as you like in your wardrobe. 

2. Eat lots of colorful vegetables and fruits. Fruit in dark colour contain more nutrients. I should mention here Watermelon and citrus fruits make your body hydrated throughout. 


3. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes. Well, summer is all about cool fruit juice, shakes, and smoothies and so on. Carbonated and aerated drinks should be avoided as much as possible.


4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these will promote dehydration.  

5. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, we won't have to cook next to a hot stove.

6. Use cucumbers. Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber (from the fridge or a cooler) and stick it in the middle of our forehead! This feels fantastic on a hot day or when stuck in a hot car and works almost immediately! An  ice cube or a cold soda can work similarly, though the astringency of the cucumber is more refreshing for our eyelids.
7. When stepping outside, make sure you are safe through sunglasses, umbrellas, hats or whatever makes you easy and comfortable. 

8. Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.
9. In my experience, tomato serves as the amazing toner and soothes your skin after being exposed in the sun. Include tomato as much as you can. Eat them, or apply them in your hands and face and wash after 5 minutes. The result is smooth, shiny and glowing skin.
10. Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors when we can and avoid activities in direct sunlight or on hot surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants, and anyone with a chronic illness, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don't forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too.

Most important : Please have pots, buckets, vases full with water around because birds are dying of thirst this summer.

Disclaimer : I don't claim the ownership of the pictures used in the above post. I've searched in the web and used.