Houses , fields , animals and small children just swept away
They watched their heaven being dissolved into mud by mere water
The mighty torrents snatched their land and livelihood from them
They had to surrender all to water from above
All they had, kept running away from them , was it real they doubted
Water a necessity, water a commodity , water a life source , water their old friend
Betrayed them and robbed them from all
Water gave them the distress they would never forget
They even wondered where to burry their dead ones
As there was no dry land left for graves
The life was beautiful and natural only a few days ago
Fathers and brothers worked in their fields
Mothers and grandmas fed and patted their dear animals
Sisters were spreading new embroidered covers on kitchen shelves
All gone , all gone and demolished on a massive scale
Let me wipe your tears my dear human kind
For our hearts are now the only dry land left between you and I
Poem by Ruqia Ismat
Saturday , August , 2022.
Note : cilmate -induced rains have recently caused floods and destruction on massive scale in Pakistan . There has been loss of both properties and lives beyond any measure . Being a very sensitive person I have written this poem on the current situation .
Anyway here is my Delicate miss Moth. She came to my living room. I took her photo session. I promised to write a nice description about her Muslin gown.
Her amazing gown is made by Almighty Himself. So it’s well fitted, perfect for all seasons, washable, air dry, self cleaned and all that.
What about the designing. Ok I describe from inside out. The body of moth is bright orange. So accordingly her inner layer of gown is wrinkled and pleated like a lingerie. The outer layer is even more delicate and lighter in color tone.
Her gown has inky print, with delicate black streaks and with black leafy dots. Enough now. Thanks for reading.💓🥰🙏❤️💕💗
Your oral health is fundamental to your overall health and well-being. You have to carry out dental care regime on daily bases. Nevertheless, you eat daily and use teeth many times a day, to chew food. You need to protect your teeth all life. Dental health has serious effects on your overall health and it must be taken as a fundamental aspect of your overall wellness. People who ignore tooth cleaning, lose teeth early and go through bad oral health all life. Dental care is not difficult at all. You just need to be vigilant and take regular cleaning steps for your beautiful and healthy set of teeth.
Do you know Your teeth and tongue are unique!
Yes, just like your fingerprints, both your teeth and tongue are unique. For that individuality, dental records are occasionally used to recognize human remains. Teeth are not identical even in identical twins. Same is with tongue print.
What is Tooth Enamel?
The outermost, thin layer of your teeth is called enamel. It is see- through covering, and its function is here to protect the teeth. Enamel is the hardest tissue in our body. It is mostly made of calcium phosphate, specific proteins and crystallites. Although tougher than simple bones, it’s still susceptible to break or decay. Therefore, dental care also involves taking care of your teeth enamel.
What is dentin?
Dentin is the part of tooth that lies next to the enamel. It is made of small tubules and passages that convey nerve signals and nutrition through the tooth. In case enamel is lost, dentin allows heat, cold or acidic food to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth.
What is plaque in teeth?
Plaque is a sticky white substance that contains bacteria in it. You have to keep it removing or it will continue to grow. The acids in plaque destroy tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay. Plaque can develop around teeth, under the gums and near tooth roots. If the plaque is not removed, it develops into a hard form called tartar. Following are some essential dental care tips for healthy teeth, everybody should know.
Brush your teeth frequently
Cleaning your teeth is the first and foremost step towards dental care. You need to brush your teeth twice a day at least. It is one of the most important practices to get rid of plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Plaque affects not only teeth but gums also. It can cause” gingivitis, a gum disease. However, it is also necessary to adopt the right kind of brushing technique
What is the right kind of brushing technique?
Do not go to bed with plaque in your mouth; brush your teeth
Bacteria accumulate in the mouth overnight, make sure to brush every morning
Brush in small circular motions, clean your teeth all around.
This process should take between 2 to 3 minutes. So, take your time and do not hurry.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Because hard-bristled toothbrush can damage tooth enamel and the gums.
People should replace their old toothbrush with new one every 3 month almost
Do not let the plaque harden and turn into tartar. If so, go to dentist for scaling of tartar
Also do not brush aggressively. You could wear down the enamel layer that protects dentin.
Smoking Tobacco is a Big Threat to Dental Health
Smoking changes the color of teeth and produces bad breath.
Smoking is linked to cancer
Smoking weakens the persons immunity, and delays healing of tissues.
Smokers are at high risk of gum diseases.
Smokers have the double threat of losing teeth one way or the other
Smokers are twice to be expected to need root-canal treatment
So, if you are a smoker, do your teeth a much-needed favor and quit smoking.
Health Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing is intended to remove plaque from between the teeth, where a toothbrush is unable to reach.
Flossing removes trapped debris between the teeth. This left-over tiny food particles become cause of bad breath. Flossing helps maintain teeth hygiene
Flossing can be hard for children and old adults. Instead of giving up on flossing they should buy ready-to-use flossers or tools from the drug store.
Importance of a Mouthwash for Dental care
Importance of a Mouthwash for Dental Care
Mouthwash is not an alternative for brushing your teeth. But it enhances cleaning regime.
Mouthwashes are very effective to remove bad breath
Some mouthwashes contain essential oils that are helpful for dental health.
Mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine, help control plaque and gingivitis
When to See Your Dentist ?
A person should see a dentist after every 6 months for a check up
During a routine dental examination, a hygienist will clean your teeth thoroughly.
If you notice a change in their mouth, that is the time you should visit a dentist.
You need to address the gum diseases at an early stage. Must pay a visit to your dentist. If left untreated these diseases can lead to bone loss in your jaw.
How do sugar and starch affect oral Health?
When you eat sugar, the bacteria in your mouth create acid. This acidic environment causes tooth erosion
The WHO recommend that we should keep our sugar intake below 10 percent of our daily calories
When you eat starchy food, it breaks down to simple sugars, again bacteria produce acid by feeding on sugar and then damage the teeth enamel.
You should replace sugar with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts as well as dairy products for oral health
Why Fluoride is Necessary for Healthy Teeth ?
Fluoride fights germs that can lead to tooth decay.
Many Dental experts believe that fluoride helps stop cavities, and it is a common ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash.
Drink plain water instead of Sugary soft drinks
The acid in soda drinks attacks teeth. It may lead to creating cavities and stains on the tooth surface and erosion in the inner structure of the tooth
Drinking Plain Water
Drinking plain water or unsweetened tea throughout the day.
If you must drink sugar-sweetened drinks then limit them to meal times and in small volumes
The Effects of Coffee , Tea and Wine on Dental Health
All dark colored drinks affect the teeth enamel and even dentin.
Coffee also contains acid, which is corrosive to tooth enamel
White wine is more acidic than red and is therefore more efficient to abolish tooth enamel. So, anything over moderate ingesting is harmful.
Citrus Fruits and Dental Health
Citrus fruits are great source of vitamin C. vitamin C is necessary for the function of gums and teeth.
All citrus fruits including oranges, grapefruits, lemons are highly acidic. Acidic food softens the tooth enamel, which makes teeth vulnerable to damage.
These fruit acids create a development of calcium chelation on tooth enamel, means that the acids bind to calcium and strip it away.
Preserved fruit juices from the market are even worse, as they are containing added sugars too
Eating Crunchy Fruits and vegetables is actually good for your teeth
We should give some work to our teeth and gums. Soft and ready to eat foods are very easy to chew but not good for your teeth.
To keep your teeth healthy and strong, eat fresh, crunchy produce that contains more healthy fiber
Remineralization of your teeth
With age you lose the minerals in your teeth. This may be caused by eating sugary and acidic food
Once the enamel or bone are gone, there is no way to grow them back without substituting the tooth completely.
However, prevention is better than cure, it is possible to let it not happen. By providing minerals with lifestyle changes and home remedies, you can help your teeth.
Dairy products contain calcium and phosphate and may help you to rebuild lost minerals of teeth.
Chewing Sugarless Gum
Sugar free gum helps get rid of sugar and plaque from teeth and encourage salivary glands to produce saliva
Seafood May Heal periodontitis
Periodontitis is kind of gum disease which causes inflammation of the gums, triggering them to separate from the tooth. That may result in many bacterial infections causing tooth and bone loss. Omega -3 fatty acids and vitamin D, and calcium in fish play an important role in keeping teeth, gums and jaw bones strong and healthy. Omega-3 fats may help to reduce oral inflammation as well.
Your oral health is related to our whole body. Good oral health is significant both for eating and digesting food. When your teeth are healthy, you are healthy too. If you do not take care of your teeth now, chances are you will lose or wear them out prematurely. taking balanced diet and keeping your teeth clean is a necessary favor that you must do.
The information in this article is for general informational purpose only. Nothing here should be taken as medical advice for any individual case or situation.
We need to live in harmony with nature. No doubt, nature is our ultimate destiny. If we want to thrive, we must make nature as our guide to save us from health damage. Mother Nature is our home. After creating so much harm in many ways, it is time to return home. The production of herbal cosmetics is one step towards healthy living.
The Organic, and the Herbal Cosmetics, what is the difference?
There is only one difference between organic and herbal products. Organic products are derived from plants that are grown without the addition of any chemicals, additives or pesticides. Plant based or herbal cosmetics are extracted from nature or plants that may or may not are grown without use of chemicals. All parts of plants provide raw material to the production of herbal cosmetics that are gentle to our body and nutritious.
The raw material or ingredients of herbal cosmetics
These herbal or botanical cosmetics use the raw material directly from plants. Natural cosmetics lack harmful ingredients. Therefore, they are getting more and more popular. Plant-derived cosmetics include flowers, roots, leaves, bark seeds etc.; Some natural or herbal cosmetics can be harmful to people who are susceptible to allergy. They should be careful about what product they use on their skin or hair.
The history of herbal cosmetics
Ancient civilizations, especially Egypt and Greece, had discovered the healthy properties of essential oils. In the modern age, there is mass production of herbal cosmetics. It would be very interesting to know what flowers and plants are famous for their special characteristics, that make them sought out for the production of natural cosmetics.
The most common forms of herbal cosmetics
The most common herbal cosmetics are oils, creams, hair dyes, lip oils, perfumes balms, serum, toners, conditioners both for skin and hair. This wide range depends on nature for its preparation. Flowers not only add color and fragrance to herbal products but also provide nutrients. Vitamins and antioxidants in plants help moisturize, rejuvenate, smooth and repair damaged skin. Following are some of the flowers and plants that are used in the production of herbal cosmetics.
Geranium is not only popular for its bright color as decorative plant, but also it is a basic ingredient in various herbal cosmetic in the form of oil. This oil has great cleansing and toning qualities. People with dry skin and pimples can benefit from geranium oil. Geranium is cultivated in Europe and some developing countries at a high cost. The quality of geranium oil varies significantly. China and Egypt produce low quality geranium oil. While South Africa and Madagascar produce best quality geranium oil. France, UK, and Italy are the largest importers of this oil.
In Asia, Henna is a quite familiar plant. Henna leaves produce dark orang color when soaked in water. This color is common dye for hair, skin, nails and clothes. Women use henna tattoos during celebrations. Henna extracts are used in cosmetics, hair dye and hair care products. This plant has antifungal properties. Henna hair mask gives volume to thin hair but also dries out the moisture. Hena hair dye is a healthy and natural herbal alternative to people who can’t use synthetic dyes due to allergic reaction.
Saffron is a kind of crimson spice, cultivated from dried flowers of a plant called ‘Crocus Sativus”. Saffron has been incorporated in many beauty products. It is most commonly used in skincare products like serums, masks, facial creams, cleansers and skin whiteners. Saffron has the healing property and repairs cells. Being the most luxurious spice in the world for beauty products, single pound of saffron comes from 75000 dried saffron blossoms
Sandal grows at high altitude and it is an aromatic evergreen tree. Sandal wood is a natural antiseptic; therefore, it is frequently used in the production of soaps, beauty creams and other toiletries. Sandal wood powder and oil both contain the remarkable beauty and health benefits. History tells us sandal wood has been used for making perfumes and oils since time unknown. Its oil is fairly beneficial for both hair and skin care products. Acne, pigmentation, blemishes, dandruff can be treated effectively by sandal wood.
Gooseberry is a translucent and sour fruit. Gooseberry juice leaves black color on skin and hair. Therefore, sometimes it is mixed in hair mask to enhance the hair color. Because of its sour nature it cleanses skin and hair. Gooseberry extract conditions the scalp, promotes healthy hair growth, reduces gray hair, increases hair volume, and eliminates dandruff. Gooseberry has high concentration of vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, calcium and vitamin E.
Rosemary is cultivated in many parts of the world. European countries are the main suppliers of the rosemary. But it is also cultivated in Turkey, Morocco and North America. Rosemary has antiseptic properties. It is used in making natural cosmetics like masks, facial creams, hair products, oils and tones. These are nature ‘s gifts endowed to human beings. The salient features of rosemary flower are as under;
Revitalizes hair growth
Good for the treatment of alopecia
Acts as excellent hair conditioner
Treats acne successfully
Rosemary oils moisturize dry skin and smooths the fine creases
Contains vitamin C, calcium and iron,
Anti-inflammatory characteristics heal the damaged skin
The honeysuckle flower has strong sweet smell. Nevertheless, the leaves, flowers and seeds have medicinal qualities. Honeysuckle essential oils are antimicrobial and antiviral, therefore used to preserve cosmetics. These oils correct brittle hair ends, reduce dryness and dandruff. This plant is rich with antioxidants. The antiseptic characteristics keep skin clean and also help to smooth the skin tone. Honeysuckle extract makes skin supple and elastic. The manufacturers of herbal cosmetic products take advantage of these natural qualities of the plant. Massage oil, hair and skin masks, cleanser and exfoliants are derived from honeysuckles.
Verbena extract is anti-dandruff, skin conditioner, anti-acne and anti-inflammatory. All these properties make verbena skin friendly flower. The flowers have lemony fragrance. Verbena is mostly used in soaps, after shave lotions, moisturizers, facial creams and scrubs. Verbena products are ideal for sensitive skin. Face wipes, body sprays and deodorants saturated with verbena fragrance are excellent herbal products. The pleasant refreshing aroma lasts for hours, excellent during hot summer days.
Chamomile oil has the power to heal and sooth the delicate skin. Chamomile extract speeds up the healing of burns, reduces eczema, and imparts natural glow to the skin. likewise, it is very beneficial when added to shampoos, soaps, facial serums, hair and skin masks. Chamomile oil and chamomile extract are very different from each other in their composition and usage. Chamomile bath gives relaxing effect on the skin of people. This flower carries antiseptic, disinfectant, analgesic and healing characteristics.
Hibiscus contains mild acids. The flowers have all those ingredients our skin needs. They exfoliate, hydrate, tighten and cleans the skin. Hibiscus is rich with amino acids, oligopeptides, antioxidants that help in reducing fine lines and wrinkles from the skin. Some experts even consider hibiscus as natural Botox because of its skin tightening qualities. Hibiscus creams and cleansers purify and hydrate skin. Hibiscus is rightfully called anti-aging plant as it firms and lifts sagging skin. Both flowers and leaves of hibiscus are used in making skin and hair herbal cosmetics.
Ancient civilizations used flowers, and herbs not only to treat wounds and infections but also to enhance their beauty. The herbs had sacred appeal to them. Herbal cosmetics gained popularity again in the modern time because people want to get closer to nature. Botanical extracts have many uses in all kinds of herbal cosmetics.
This information is for general educational purpose only and is not intended to replace the expert’s advice.