Top Natural Beauty Tips and Secrets

We all want to look beautiful and improve our look, this is why we need to take care of our body on a daily basis, do exercise, take care of our skin, eat healthy foods and buy good clothes. But let me tell you some lesser known beauty tips and secrets:

Dull Hair Remedies

Apply lemon juice, mix it up with water, rinse for added shine
Apply Beer, after you apply shampoo, rinse hair with flat beer to add shine

Oily Skin

Create a mask with Garlic, anti bacterial properties make garlic a good treatment for acne.
Create a mask with apple and honey, mash them together and apply it to your pimples

Dry Skin Remedy

Use almond oil before foundation
Use banana, apply it to your face and let it there for 20 minutes

Exfoliation Remedies

Mix a quarter cup of ground coffee little salt using a tablespoon, rub in on your face
Apply pineapple to your skin and let it sit for 20 minutes

Nail Treatment

Olive oil moisturizes nails and also softens cuticles, prevents hang nails caused by dry skin.

Those are just a few beauty tips you can use at home to keep the beauty of your skin, you hair and nails, however you know that sometimes home remedies are not enough to protect our skin during the day and at night, we are constantly exposed to many toxins that damage our skin to later cause wrinkles and face lines.

Using an skin care cream that contain anti oxidants is a great way to protect your skin from free radicals caused by chemicals, alcohol, smoke, sun, pollution, etc. Also there are anti aging creams that can increase your levels of collagen and elastin to prevent and diminish wrinkles in your skin.

However is highly recommended that you only use natural creams made with organic ingredients that do not produce any side effects and that have been clinically proven to reduce the effects of aging.

Hydrocodone Addiction – A Rising Crisis

Commonly prescribed for its effectiveness as an analgesic or pain reliever, addiction to hydrocodone is today being viewed as a mounting crisis. While addiction to illicit drugs, like cocaine, marijuana and heroin that claim national headlines ever so often, is widely talked about, we scarcely know about hydrocodone abuse and addiction. For instance, did you know that hydrocodone is perhaps the most widely abused prescription drug in the United States of America? Or, that nationwide its use has quadrupled over the last decade?

Sales and production of hydrocodone have been rising significantly in the past few years. Presently, in the United States alone about 20 tons of hydrocodone products are manufactured and sold.

What is Hydrocodone?

Simply put, hydrocodone is an effective anti-cough agent. It is also an opiate, due to which it is of often prescribed for mild to moderate pain control. Often weighed against morphine for its pain control abilities, many studies have shown that when hydrocodone is taken within the prescription parameters, it is considered safe and seldom causes any addiction. In fact, under these conditions it can be used to mange pain quite successfully. Hydrocodone is sold under several brand names such as Anexsia®, Hycodan®, Hycomine®, Lorcet®, Lortab®, Tussionex®, Tylox®, Vicodin®, and Vicoprofen®. It is available as tablets, capsules, and/or syrups. By and large, it is abused orally rather than by intravenous administration.

Why is Hydrocodone addictive?

Narcotics like hydrocodone act by attaching themselves to particular proteins called opioid receptors. When they attach themselves to receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract, they have the ability to alter the manner in which a person feels pain. Drugs such as hydrocodone also have the ability to affect parts of the brain that control sensory perceptions such as pleasure, which results in the initial feeling of euphoria that is produced.

Persistent use of opioids leads to the body’s increasing tolerance towards such medication. Thus higher doses have to be taken to achieve the same initial effect. Continuing use can also lead to physical addiction. Persons undergoing treatment using such drugs should be medically supervised during administration as well as appropriately overseen when discontinuing medication to avoid and reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with this drug.

Side Effects of Hydrocodone

There are many side-effects of hydrocodone. These include, but are not limited to, allergic reactions, such as hives, constipation, decreased mental and physical performance, lowered sex drive, breathing problems, dizziness, seizures and many more.

Health Lessons For An Addiction Free Life

Nowadays, many people are struggling with various types of addictions. People do not only become addicted to drugs and alcohol, they also develop dependence on internet, shopping, food, TV, computer games and others.

People with addictions cannot control themselves no matter how serious the consequences of their behavior are. Addicts become totally different persons, destroying their lives and making their relatives and friends suffer. Genes and social environment are among the most important risks of addiction; other factors associated to this problem are: an intense childhood trauma, mental or health disorders or even the difficulty to cope with stress.

Today, addicts who want their lives back can receive proper help in a special drug rehab clinic in London. With professional help, a lot of ambition and the support of the loved ones, anyone can get sober. But, according to an old saying, it is better to prevent than to cure. One of the things that addicts learn in rehab is to try to have a balanced lifestyle.

The need to take drugs or drink heavily usually comes from a lack of personal satisfaction that the addict tries to compensate. If we make sure we get satisfaction from our work, our hobbies or our relationships, there are little chances of becoming addicted to substances or develop obsessive behavioral patterns. To have a healthy, happy life, try to follow some simple rules:

Do not be an overachiever or a perfectionist. Don’t punish yourself for every small mistake you make as nobody expects you to be perfect. Listen to music, do yoga, draw or dance if it makes you feel good. Get in touch with your friends as often as possible and talk to them whenever you have a problem. Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water for a good hydration.

Daily physical activity will strengthen your body and your mind. A team sport will also give you the opportunity to make new friends. Dance classes may increase your chances of meeting the love of your life. Get involved in pleasant activities and you will never feel the urge to drink or take drugs. Life is beautiful, we only have to discover it.

How to Raise a Money-Savvy Child: Practical Money Tips for Parents

Teaching financial values and responsibilities early in life could prevent dangerous financial traps and promote positive money habits.

From personal experience with my own family members and friends, as well as my clients, it is very common among young adults and even grown-ups to have careless spending habits, to lack money-saving discipline and to be uncomfortable around financial planning altogether.

And it is really challenging for people to un-do this unhealthy attitude towards money and lack of money management skills as time goes by… which, in turns, may lead to unnecessary stress, relationship problems, loss of properties, inability to pay everyday bills and worries about future. The list can go on and on…

Have you experienced similar concerns with your family, especially with your children? Are you worried whether your children would be able to support themselves without your help? Are you confident that your child will be smart about money?

The answer really depends a lot on you!

It would be logical to think that most people get their money values from their parents. I say – Not necessarily! Although it is very beneficial for a child to see that his or her parents are handling financial matters responsibly, there are a lot of cases when financially responsible people were raised by financially disastrous parents and vice versa! That’s why I believe it’s important for parents to teach by example and talk with their kids about money. Further, I think that handing children money without showing them what to do with it could possibly leave them lacking in money smarts and teach them wrong values.

I believe you can help instill smart money values in children starting at a young age. Below are some strategies for each stage of a child’s development that can help you raise a money-smart child.

Ages 3 to 6: Make saving visual

You may think that teaching money values to a three-year-old child is a useless exercise, but experts suggest otherwise. The more you can “show” them things related to money, the more they will absorb. It is important to be creative about teaching them to save. The key is to make saving visual and very concrete.

You may begin by giving kids a small regular allowance but only if you ask them what they want to do with the money and help them plan how to spend it. Have them put the money in a piggybank where they can see it grow or use it to buy something. That way they can start to understand that money can get them what they want. This experience would help them build a foundation for more serious saving later on.

Make a game out of it: Use a clear jar for saving and tell your child that she must fill the jar up with her own money in order to get a specific toy she wants. Better still, put a picture of the toy on the jar as an incentive. Each time your child puts her own money in the jar (preferably coins), she can see her progress toward the “goal”. The idea is to connect the buildup of money to the desired toy.

Ages 7 to 10: Learn through trial and error

At this point, your kids are starting to understand what money can buy and learning the value of coins and bills. But they still need visuals to help them save. So, suggest that they use different jars for different purposes and evenly divide the total amount of allowance they receive: use one for day-to-day spending, another one for “prize” items, and a third one for charity. Using these different jars would teach them about money planning, goal setting and different things they can do with their money.

This also would be a good time to learn about cost and to introduce the idea of having “enough money or waiting until you have it”. Go to do shopping together and talk about how you don’t have enough money to buy certain items now, but will be able to purchase it after you save more money. Modeling a delay in spending is very impactful for children.

Then let your child experience “not having enough money yet” on her own. Let her chose something that she can’t afford at the moment, but show her that in three weeks, for example, if she saves her entire allowance, she’ll be able to get it. This can be a valuable lesson: If you spend now, rather than save, you won’t get what you really want later.

Ages 11 to 14: Show a variety of purposes for money

Your kids are now old enough to understand that money can be used differently: saved for the long term (such as for a college), put aside for emergencies, spent on things they want, or donated to those in need.

Use a “multiple jar strategy” to teach kids a value of money – specifically, putting a certain amount of money away for different purposes. They might have short-term goals such as buying a new iPod or donating to a family in need, and longer-term goals like saving for a car or college.

The “jar strategy” will teach kids that savings aren’t meant for ‘leftover’ money. In fact, savings should come before any every-day spending. Make sure that you participate in planning how much of your child’s money will go into each jar.

For your child’s longer-term goals (e.g., a car or personal computer), you may consider opening a bank savings account that earns compound interest. Explain to you child a power of compound interest and savings growing through compounding so that your child would make a habit of putting at least part of any money received (for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions) into a savings account.

It is a good idea to reward your child’s good saving habits! Try matching what she saves…For example, if your child’s goal is to save $20, you could add another $20 to her savings once she reaches that goal. This might lay the groundwork for more disciplined savings later in life, when your child reaches adulthood and earns a company match through a 401(k) plan.

Ages 15 to 18: Keep track

With college on the horizon, you need to set the foundation for budgeting. While kids may not be financially independent in college, they will likely have to manage their own money to a certain extent.

To make budgeting meaningful, the child should be earning some money-perhaps through an after-school or weekend job. Often kids are more careful with what they’ve earned than with money that is just handed to them!

Learning how to budget is a matter of building off what the older child has learned up to this point.

  • Money is a means to an end
  • Money has different purposes
  • There are always trade-offs

Keep it simple. Help your child write a list of what she has to pay for with her own money and assign a cost to each item (gas, clothing, entertainment). Split the list into needs (fixed expenses) and wants (discretionary spending), and then have your child try living on what she has budgeted for a few months as a “trial run” before college.

To raise a saver, you have to model good financial habits yourself and understand how to motivate your child at different ages. Above all, since kids learn by doing, let them have real money experiences-whether it’s setting and saving for a goal, or making the mistake of overspending and learning from it. These life lessons are priceless when they translate to a financially comfortable future.

To Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness,


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