Common Cold Remedies Debunked!

Omega-3 Pill
If you don't like or eat a lot of fish, pop an omega-3 supplement daily to reap the fatty acid's impressive immune-fortifying properties. Omega-3s increase the activity of phagocytes—cells that fight flu by eating up bacteria—according to a study by Britain's Institute of Human Nutrition and School of Medicine. Other research shows that omega-3s increase airflow and protect lungs from colds and respiratory infections.

Look for purified fish oil capsules that contain at least 1 g combined of EPA and DHA.

This Chinese root is shown to stimulate the white blood cells that fight infection, says Prevention advisor Andrew Weil, MD. A study published in 2007 found that astragalus appears to boost immunity in mice. And a pilot study suggests that the herb may have similar effects in people. However, keep in mind that astragalus may take 6 to 8 weeks to reach its full effect.

If taken at the start of a cold, this herb might shorten duration and severity of symptoms. But some brands don't contain the amount of echinacea listed on the label—and some formulas have none at all. Possible side effects include wheezing, rash, and diarrhea.

Vitamin D
This power nutrient may effectively boost immunity and help prevent colds, a Harvard study shows. People with the lowest vitamin D levels were 36% more likely to have upper respiratory infections, compared with those with the most D. (Asthma patients with low levels of D were nearly 6 times as likely to get sick as those with the greatest amounts.) Adequate amounts of D help produce cathelicidin, a protein with virus-killing qualities.

Since it's tough to get enough from sunlight or diet (fish and fortified dairy are the best sources), you'll need a supplement to attain optimal levels, says study author Carlos A. Camargo Jr., MD. Aim for at least 1,000 IU daily.

Consider taking this supplement, which contains North American ginseng extract, when you feel a cold coming on. Subjects who took two daily capsules of Cold-fX (available online) caught half as many colds as a group taking a placebo, according to a study by the Center for Immunotherapy of Cancer and Infectious Diseases at the University of Connecticut. When they did get sick, their symptoms lasted less than half as long. This particular ginseng variety contains compounds that increase white blood cells and interleukins, proteins the immune system relies on.

Experts say this supplement, a blend of blend of Zinc, Ginger, Echinacea and other vitamins, minerals, and herbs, does nothing to repel germs on an airplane or anywhere else. It also contains large amounts of vitamin A, which could be toxic if taken several times a day.

The research on this mineral is conflicting. Still, "30 mg taken at the very start of a cold will shorten it by about half a day," says David L. Katz, MD, MPH, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. Look for Zicam or Cold-Eeze. By slowing the multiplication of the virus in the nose and throat, these products appear to shorten colds.

But don't overdo it. While even a slight deficiency in zinc, which is needed to produce white blood cells, can increase your risk of infection, more than 50 mg daily can suppress your immune system and block absorption of other essential minerals.

Vitamin C
There's certainly no downside to eating a lot of C-rich foods, such as red peppers and citrus fruits. But taking a vitamin for extra protection won't help. A 2007 review of 30 studies found no evidence that vitamin C supplementation prevents colds in the normal population. Plus, megadoses can cause kidney stones, upset stomach, and even internal bleeding in children.
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Haircuts for Women 2010

Short Black Hair

Shaved side hair cut / undercut

Pixie crop with longer fringe
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Women's Hair Trend 2010

Twists & rope braids

The Top Knot

The chignon

Masculine / androgynous slicked hair

The Slicked Side

1970's inspired flowing texture

Long hair inspired by the 1970s

Long waved hair inspired by the 1940s

Plaited & Braided hair
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2009 Hair Cuts and Styles for Men

The Classic Part

The Slick Back

The Fringe

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Scent Seduction For Guys

Men who use cologne are more confident than those who don't.It's body armor around his ego.The smell may fade, but the effect lasts.

1.Banana Republic Republic of Men
smells like clementine, herbs
"Clean, traditional"

2. Usher VIP
bergamot, saffron
"Masculine, mysterious"

3. D&G l'Amoureux
spice, musk
"Stylish, sexy"

4. Zegna Colonia
cedar, florals
"Rugged, virile"

5.Axe Instinct
leather, spice
"Energetic, youthful"

6.Lacoste Challenge
citrus, woods
"Sporty, cool"

7.Yves Saint Laurent
La Nuit de l'Homme
woods, lavender
"Sophisticated, elegant"
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Homemade Lavender Water Perfume


2 cups of lavender flowers
2 pints of boiling distilled water
2 tablespoons vodka
Put the lavender flowers into flameproof container. Now pour on the boiling water. Then stir well. Now cover and leave to infuse for about 48 hours. Also stir occasionally. Strain the liquid through a non-metallic strainer pressing the flowers against the sides to extract the maximum fragrance. Stir in the alcohol, pour into bottles, cover, and label.
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Bring Out Your Cheekbones

Enhancing the cheeks has been a trend for several years and now since the make-up application techniques have developed make-up has become even more attractive. Find out how you can get gorgeous cheeks so you can look beautiful every day.
Rosy cheeks have always manged to create a very innocent and sweet look, a look suitable for all occasions. The blushes created nowadays are more subtle and can create a gorgeous effect for all skin types. There are also a variety of colors available to suite different skin tones and preferences.

Because applying the blush improperly can create an unflattering make-up, it is best to choose colors that are softer and are close to your skin tone. You want to emphasize your cheeks not make them stand out on their own. Here are some tips to get gorgeous cheeks so you can look beautiful every single minute:

*to determine the exact area you need to apply the blush it is recommended to stand in front of a mirror and smile. This will emphasize your cheeks and it will reveal the exact spot where you need to apply the blush

*don't apply the blush high towards the hairline as you will create a very unappealing look. Stop at the highest edge of your cheeks and you will have a very subtle, cute look

*the look you should be going for would be a very subtle one so try to avoid applying too much blush. Shake or blow off some the excess powder blush on your brush to avoid applying too much

*avoid applying cream blushes on your skin if you have an oily complexion. Your skin is already oily you don't need creamy make-up to make your cheeks even more shiny. Powder blush will help you create a matte finish, so go for the powder blushes instead

*the more natural looking the blush is, the more natural the effect created will be. Try to use rosy, peach, or brown colored blushes that match and complement your complexion

*choose lighter colors during the day and go for darker shades during the evening as the result will not be as obvious during the night as it is during the day

*Choose the brand that appeals to you most and make sure you emphasize your gorgeous cheeks as best as possible. Your make-up look will be completed by the blush and you will radiate beauty.
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How to Treat Blister?

So, you've got a blister. Now what? Doctors recommend you try to keep the blister intact. This means no popping -- no matter how tempting it may be. Remember, the blister is there to protect your skin. It guards your injured skin from coming into contact with bacteria and becoming infected. Cover it with a small bandage. If the blister is too big for a standard-sized bandage, cover it with a porous, nonstick gauze that will allow the blister to breathe.

Sometimes, though, a blister may be quite painful and even prohibit you from wearing any shoes at all. If you do need to drain the blister -- and this should be your last resort -- here's how to do it safely. (Please note: If you have poor circulation or diabetes, consult a doctor before self-treating a blister.)

To relieve a painful blister, you should drain the fluid but leave the skin intact. This isn't for the squeamish, we might add.

1.First, wash your hands and the blister with warm water and soap.
2.Swab the blister and area with iodine or rubbing alcohol.
3.Sterilize a clean and sharp needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol.
4.Gently puncture the blister in a few spots near the blister edge. Let the fluid drain (applying very gentle pressure if necessary) and do not remove the overlying skin.
5.Immediately apply an antibiotic ointment to the area and cover with a bandage or gauze.
6.After several days, you can cut away the dead skin using sterilized scissors and tweezers.
7.Apply more ointment and a bandage or gauze.
8.Always call your doctor if you see signs of infection around a blister -- redness, pus, warm skin or increasing pain.

If you're already suffering from a blister, use a bandage or moleskin to protect it. Many brands carry bandages sized and shaped especially for high heeled and strappy shoes. Likewise, if you have a "problem area" that always seems to blister, nip it in the bud and place a moleskin or bandage on the area you're worried about.

Moisture is also big culprit in the formation of blisters. You can keep your feet dry by using powder or, in extreme cases, an anti-perspirant.

If, for whatever reason, you think blisters are unavoidable, try some of these measures. Take a page from runners and hikers. Use petroleum jelly or a similar lubricant wherever you think a blister is likely to form or has already formed. The lubrication will prevent further painful friction.

If your feet are sliding forward in your shoes, causing the shoe to rub against your heel as you walk, try some insoles or heel cushions. These keep your feet firmly in your shoes, eliminating rubbing and friction. Another thing to remember -- nobody's feet are the exact same size. One may be slightly bigger or wider than the other, leading to one normal foot and one blistered foot. Grippy insoles and heel cushions can help alleviate this problem for the ill-fitting foot.
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Kate Hudson

OLDER: As any surfer girl knows, waves need volume to have a real impact.

YOUNGER: There's a reason they call them beach babes: Tousled waves and bronzed skin look naturally sexy.
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Victoria Beckham's pixie cut

If you want to play up your eyes and cheekbones—and you're brave—try Beckham's short pixie. It flatters heart- or oval-shaped faces, but not round ones, says hairstylist Garren of the Garren New York salon, who gave her this cut. "It can be worn on or off the face," he says. "Ask your stylist to make it very feminine, and shaggy at the neckline with short, piecey bangs. The shortest bangs should be one inch long over your forehead. Work a light silicone pomade through your hair, using your hands, for definition."
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Hair and Makeup From Prada's Spring 2010 Runway Show

"There's a dark innocence to her."
"The hair is a slightly grunge take on the '60s," Guido told us. "It's a bit '60s with the teasing at the crown, and a bit Brigitte Bardot with the messy bunches of hair." (He used Redken Thickening Lotion to give it a matte texture.)
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Description & Prevention
It may come in handy when you're making like Santa Claus, but this chronic skin condition usually leaves you anything but jolly. Rosacea causes the nose and cheeks to suddenly turn beet red, often after eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol or a hot beverage, or being out in hot weather. No one knows what really causes rosacea, although doctors have noticed that fair-skinned women of Irish or Celtic ancestry are genetically predisposed. Rosacea affects about 5% of the population, most often women between the ages of 30 and 40.

Fortunately, keeping rosacea under control is frequently as simple as treating your skin gently and avoiding anything that's known to trigger a flush.

Find a gentle cleanser. Use a liquid facial cleanser that contains sodium lauryl sulfate or disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate. Both ingredients will clean your skin gently and without any stimulation that might cause flushing.

Soothe your skin with chamomile. Since chamomile is known to soothe rosacea-prone skin, use cleansers, soaps, and moisturizers containing chamomile, an herb related to the ragweed family. One caution though: If you are allergic to ragweed, you should avoid these cleansers.

Avoid abrasives. Any type of abrasion can cause a flush. So leave abrasive products such as scrubs, buff puffs, or cleansing powders to others.

Keep wrinkle creams to a minimum. If you have rosacea and want to use an anti-aging cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids to prevent wrinkles, proceed cautiously. Read product labels carefully, and only buy creams that keep the percentage of acid under 2.5%. If package directions urge you to use the cream twice a day, don't push your luck. Use it once a day, tops. If there is any redness at all, discontinue using the product.

Gently apply a cucumber moisturizer. After you cleanse your skin (and also if you apply an alpha hydroxy acid preparation), smooth on moisturizers that contain cucumber extracts. Although no one knows why, cucumber lotions soothe rosacea-prone skin.

Select cosmetics for sensitive skin. Since the chemicals used in most cosmetics will irritate rosacea-prone skin, use only cosmetics that are labeled "for sensitive skin." Although not chemical-free, they usually have fewer and less-irritating chemicals than regular makeup.

Stay in the shade. Stay out of the sun, period. The sun may set off a flare-up, and no cover-up or sunscreen will prevent it.

Use only a titanium dioxide sunscreen. Even in the shade, you're exposed to indirect sunlight, so use a sunscreen whenever you go outside. Avoid all the chemical sunscreens, and stick to a sunscreen that lists titanium dioxide as its major ingredient. It's less irritating to rosacea-prone skin.

Stay cool. Since heat is a major cause of flare-ups, dress in layers of light clothes that you can peel off to keep your body cool, no matter where you are. And take tepid (not hot) baths and showers.

Avoid wool. Wool tends to keep you too warm and seems to cause redness and rashes in those who are prone to rosacea.

Choose cool food. Spicy food is known to make those with rosacea flush. Avoid foods prepared with chili peppers, Tabasco sauce, horseradish, and the like. Try to eat more dark green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, asparagus, and spinach. These foods are high in vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and bioflavonoids, which can improve rosacea by strengthening capillaries and boosting the immune system.

Don't drink alcohol. Alcohol causes blood vessels in the skin to dilate, making rosacea more noticeable.
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Home Remedies For Insect Bites

- Mosquito Bites

-For mosquito bites apply lime juice diluted with water over the bite.
-You can also apply calamine lotion for mosquito bites.
-Apply a salt water solution or paste over the bite, this helps in relieving the itching problem.
-Mix one teaspoon baking soda in one glass of water and rub the solution with a cloth over the bite for 15 to 20 minutes.
-You can apply an antihistamine cream which relieves the itchiness from the bite.
-Applying rubbing alcohol over the bite helps to soothe the itch.
-Apply fresh damp mud on the bite. This can be used for bites similar to this like bug bites, chigger bites and others.
-Take an oat meal bath this will help to reduce the swelling and itchy feeling.
-Rub dry soap over the mosquito bite. It reduces the itchy feeling and the swelling.
-You can also use a banana peel which is to be used inside out. This provides relief from the bites.
-A mixture of pure olive oil and vinegar also helps in relieving the mosquito bite problem.
- Chigger Bites
-Apply clear nail polish on the bites, it provides you quick relief.
-You can rub bacon grease on the affected area as this provides quick relief from the chigger bites.
-Vicks Vapor Rub is another way to cure this problem. The petroleum chokes the chigger and methanol helps in relieving the itch.
-The mixture of camphor and phenol in mineral spirits also helps in shedding this problem.
-A hot water bath is an excellent way of dealing with this problem.
-Rubbing the affected area with Listerine also helps in alleviating this problem.
- Wasp Bites/ Wasp Stings
-First thing first, the bitten area should be cleaned with soap and water solution.
-You can apply a poultice of meat tenderizer or salt over the wasp sting as soon as possible. You can use half a teaspoon of any of the products with water and leave it over the bite for 30 minutes.
-You can use this remedy for wasp itch or wasp sting or fire ant bite. Household ammonia can be use as it helps to minimize the sting produced due to the bite.
- Other Bites
-You can use make a paste by mixing water with cornstarch. Apply this paste if you have been bitten by any poisonous insect like a spider. The paste helps in drawing out the poison from your body.
-You can wash the area with mild soap and water to remove the germs and other allergy provoking substances. This can be done for most of the bites like bug bites.
-A paste of baking soda and water works great for most bites.
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Home Remedies for Sore Throats

Rest and Take It Easy
Common sense dictates staying in bed or at least resting when a sore throat's got you down. Taking it easy leaves more energy to fight the infection. If your sore throat doesn't require medical attention, rest will help get you back on the road to recovery.

Gargle with turmeric. Try this gargle to calm a cranky throat. Mix together 1 cup hot water, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gargle with the mixture twice a day. If you're not good with the gargle, mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric in 1 cup hot milk and drink. Turmeric stains clothing, so be careful when mixing and gargling.

Gargle with warm saltwater. If you can gargle without gagging, make a saline solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to a cup of very warm water. Yes, when your mother told you to gargle with saltwater, she knew what she was talking about. It cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water, and gargle every three to four hours.

Gargle with Listerine. Another good gargling fluid is Listerine mouthwash. If you share the product with anyone else in your household, don't drink straight from the bottle; instead, pour a small amount into a cup (and don't share that, either).

Drink Cider Vinegar
This sore throat cure is found in several different remedies. Some doctors still swear that it is surprisingly palatable and works wonders. (Do not give it -- or any other honey-containing food or beverage -- to children under two years of age. Honey can carry a bacterium that can cause a kind of food poisoning called infant botulism and may also cause allergic reactions in very young children.)

1 tablespoon honey, any kind

1 tablespoon vinegar, preferably apple-cider vinegar

8 ounces hot water
Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and sip slowly (but don't let it get cold). Use as often as desired.

For gargling: You'll need 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, and 1 cup warm water. Dissolve the salt in the vinegar, then mix in the water. Gargle every 15 minutes as necessary.

Use Citrus
Sip lemon juice. Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in 1 cup warm water and sip away.

Drink lime juice. Combine 1 spoonful with a spoonful of honey and take as often as needed for a sore throat.

Eat a Juicebar
Juice bars are cold and soothing to a hot throat. Don't suck, though. Sucking may irritate the throat even more. Simply let small pieces melt in your mouth.

Drink Hot Liquid
Especially if you're not good at gargling, drink hot fluids, such as coffee, tea or hot lemonade. Coating the tissue in your throat with warm liquid provides a benefit similar to applying hot packs to infected skin. (And sipping hot tea is more pleasant than trying to swallow a hot pack.)

To make a soothing tea, use a spoonful of marjoram steeped in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain, then sweeten to taste with honey.

Grab Some Candy
Think of a sore throat as an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth, since some doctors say that sugar can help soothe a sore throat and the ticklish cough that may come with it. If nothing else, sucking on hard candy -- in the sugar-free variety -- can help keep your mouth and throat moist, which will make you feel more comfortable

Keep The Fluid Coming
Drink as much fluid as possible -- at least eight to 10 8-ounce glasses per day. Keeping your throat well lubricated with soothing liquids can prevent it from becoming dry and irritated and may even help banish the infection faster.

Suck On Garlic
This Amish remedy can treat or prevent sore throats. Peel a fresh clove, slice it in half, and place 1 piece in each cheek. Suck on the garlic like a cough drop. Occasionally, crush your teeth against the garlic, not to bite it in half, but to release its allicin, a chemical that can kill the bacteria that causes strep.
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