October 6, 2013

Fruits and Veggies improve brain function

Fruits and Veggies improve brain function

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can make a world of difference to your brain. It helps improve your memory and as a result, you appear young and energetic. It detoxifies your body and aids in weight loss. Antioxidants in fresh fruits may mop up free radicals and protect neurons from damage.

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October 3, 2013

Astro Weekly Horoscope

Predictions for the week: September 30, 2013 – October 6, 2013

Read astro predictions for all 12 zodiac signs. Based on your date of birth, find out how the week ahead will turn out to be, astrologically speaking.

Aries (21 March – 20 April) : You will be very emotional and sensitive to what other people have to say. Avoid taking on too many responsibilities at work as this will only serve to alienate you from your family. You will do best to rely on your judgment as your powers of intuition will be high.

Taurus (21 April – 21 May): Love will keep you occupied with little time to focus on issues in your professional life. There might be a change in the way you feel about your partner and might want to consider things from a fresh perspective. Single people have a very good chance of meeting someone whom you would come to like a lot.

Gemini (22 May-21 June): Single people will meet someone very charming and whom they like a lot. If you are really interested in someone and want to express your feelings for this person it would be better to wait for a while. This is, however, a temporary hurdle and you will have a lot of opportunities to express your feelings.

Cancer (22 June – 22 July): Some of you might not see immediate results of your hard work and this may leave you frustrated. People practicing any kind of art will do well this week. This will be a good week for most businesspeople too. Many of you will have trouble focusing but your ideas will be appreciated.

Leo (23 July – 22 August): Mercury makes you look at things from a fresh perspective this week. Things will be stable for most of the week. There will be certain decisions that will have to be made. There will also be certain hurdles but nothing that you will not be able to overcome.

Virgo (23 August – 23 September): You cannot afford to take your eyes off your goals as this could lead to losses for you. You will be more than usually accident prone so be careful and guard against any possible injuries. This is a week where you will gain by taking action and making good choices.

Libra (24 September – 23 October): You will face a few ups as well as downs in your life, due to the combined influences of Mercury and the Sun. Your work might get a bit delayed and you may have to face some frustration as you do not get results. Remain calm and avoid getting into any kind of arguments.

Scorpio (24 October – 22 November): This week will prove to be excellent for your romantic life. Those of you who are still single and are on the lookout or a suitable partner might just get lucky this week. This relationship has good chances of surviving so do not spare any effort on your part to make this work.

Sagittarius (23 November – 21 December): This week you will see a definite improvement in your relationships compared to the past few days. You will feel closer than ever to your partner and your relationship will grow from strength to strength. Some misunderstandings in your life are likely to get cleared with the stars moving in to a favorable position.

Capricorn (22 December – 20 January): This week you need to be prepared to face a few unexpected events that may have a huge impact on your finances. This is an excellent time for you to pay attention to your future savings and think of making some investments as well. Go through any documents carefully especially before putting your signature on it.

Aquarius (21 January – 19 February): This week as far as career is concerned you must be prepared for the unexpected. You may experience highs as well as lows which might leave you confused. Those of you who have been planning to go abroad to pursue advance studies should wait for a while before deciding on the choice of institute. You will be affectionate towards everyone which will make others give you the same treatment.

Pisces (20 February- 20 March): This week will be excellent for those of you who are involved in any kind of creative or artistic work. Those of you who have been looking to make a mark in the fashion industry will see success this week. There are indications of your spending a lot of money on expensive but unnecessary stuff. Do not lend or borrow money during this time.

October 3, 2013

Mercury Retrograde, October 21 – November 10, 2013

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The pre-retrograde period has already begun. Mercury will soon be going into retrograde mode on October 21, 2013 and will remain in this position till November 10, 2013. Have you started feeling the effects of Mercury’s retrograde position already? Don’t be surprised if the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’. Mercury rules communication, expression, feelings and emotions. Astrologically, the retrograde phase or the backward movement of Mercury is known to cause delays and misunderstandings.

What to avoid when Mercury is in retrograde position?

During Mercury Retrograde avoid signing any documents as chances of running into trouble as a result are high. If you need to, read the fine print carefully. Re-read documents as many times as required just to be on the safer side.

Do not be inaccessible – if you don’t check your messages or your emails, you may miss out on important opportunities that come your way during this cosmic period. Blaming your luck later on will not help. Avoid feelings of frustration by staying alert.

Express yourself clearly – Avoid tense situations with someone close to you by saying exactly what you mean. Unclear communication can land you in big trouble. Mercury has the power to wreak havoc in your love life. Problems are likely when you end up saying what you didn’t mean. Your girlfriend may have a hard time believing you again. Misunderstandings can be avoided by not getting into unnecessary debates and discussions.

As per astrology, when Mercury is in Retrograde mode, planning for the future is recommended. Plan well but don’t act on these ideas now. You will itch to try these creative ideas but wait for a favorable time. Act on your ideas once this retrograde ends. Things will get sorted by November 11 and you will feel good about your life once again.

September 28, 2013

Librans love to learn!

Ever met a Libran who’s not curious? Librans are well known for their creativity and this is a sign that derives great pleasure in art and crafts.sun signs and hobbies

September 28, 2013

Zodiac Signs and Dates

Know more about yourself based on your Sun Sign!

Aries: Born between March 21-April 20, Aries is the first sign is the zodiac and people who belong to this sign are known for being leaders. They have a magnetic personality and they draw people to them with their charm. You’ll not mind following the path an Arian shows you.

Symbol : The Ram

Element: Fire

Lucky Colours: Red and Maroon

Ruling Planet: Mars

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Taurus: Born between April 21-May 21, Taureans enjoy luxury and would love to have a jet setting life. The finer things in life bring them happiness. They are romantic at heart and love their home.

Symbol: The Bull

Element: Earth

Lucky Colours: Pink and Blue

Ruling Planet: Venus

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Gemini: Gemini are air born people with birth dates between May 22-June 21. They love all forms of communication and are known for their people skills.

Symbol : The Twins

Element: Air

Lucky Colours: Yellow and Orange

Ruling Planet: Mercury

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Cancer: Born between June 22-July 22, Cancer people are domestic in nature and have a deep and true love for their home. They value relationships and friendships. They like to nurture and do well when they are able to care for others.

Symbol : The Crab

Element: Water

Lucky Colours: White and Grey

Ruling Planet: Moon

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Leo: Born between July 23-August 22, Leo is a fire sign and people who belong to this sign are always at the centre of things. They will impress you with their confidence and strong personality.

Symbol : The Lion

Element: Fire

Lucky Colours: Royal blue and Purple

Ruling Planet: Sun

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Virgo: Born between August 23-September 23, Virgo is known for being practical and efficient. They like it when things are according to their taste and liking. Perfection pleases them and nothing else will do for them.

Symbol : The Virgin

Element: Earth

Lucky Colours: White

Ruling Planet: Mercury

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Libra: Those born between September 24-October 23 belong to Air sign Libra. Venus ruled Librans are known for their great taste in fashion, music and movies. They believe in doing everything right. They shy away from ugly scenes and situations and are all about creating harmony wherever they go.

Symbol : The Scales

Element: Air

Lucky Colours: Pink and Green

Ruling Planet: Venus

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Scorpio: Scorpio natives are born between October 24-November 22 and are honest, straightforward and intelligent. People born in this sign are known for being passionate. They desire intimacy. They may be loners and derive happiness from learning and expansion of the mind.

Symbol : The Scorpion

Element: Water

Lucky Colours: Red and Maroon

Ruling Planet: Mars

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Sagittarius: Sagittarius people are born between November 23-December 21. They love travelling and exploring the world. Meeting new people and discovering new cultures brings them happiness.

Symbol : The Archer

Element: Fire

Lucky Colours: Blue and Green

Ruling Planet: Jupiter

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Capricorn: Those born between December 22-January 20 belong to the zodiac sign Capricorn. They are hard working, intelligent and most likely to be introverts by nature. They don’t open up too easily and are focused in building a career for themselves. They find happiness at home.

Symbol : The Goat

Element: Earth

Lucky Colours: Black and Grey

Ruling Planet: Saturn

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Aquarius: Those born between January 21-February 19 belong to the zodiac sign Aquarius. They are wise and seek information. They want to bring change and make the world a better place for all.

Symbol : The Water Bearer

Element: Water

Lucky Colours: Black and White

Ruling Planet: Uranus

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Pisces: People born between February 20-March 20 belong to the zodiac sign Pisces. They live in a world of their own and it’s mostly in their heads that this world exists. It’s beautiful and it brings them happiness. Illusions and dreams are dear to the Pisces.

Symbol : The Fish

Element: Water

Lucky Colours: Red and Yellow

Ruling Planet: Neptune

October 5, 2013

Be spontaneous in love

Too often relationships lose their excitement because we fall into a routine that becomes boring as time goes by. Don’t be afraid to suggest new activities in your relationship or to try new things on a whim.

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Being spontaneous doesn’t have to involve big decisions, it can be as simple as picking up something new at the grocery store and trying a new recipe for dinner. Whatever you do, just let your instincts take over for a minute instead of relying on rationality.

October 5, 2013

On dating a Leo

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Have a date with a Leo? Be ready to live life king size and do everything on a grand scale! Your Leo date loves dressing up and tends to go for the exciting things in life. Make your date your first priority and your evening is sure to be a success. Going to a hip party or a huge concert is Leo`s idea of a perfect date. End the evening on a romantic and dramatic note with wine and flowers.

October 5, 2013

Oatmeal face pack

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Oatmeal is a common household item and is easily available in the market. It is well-known as an exfoliating agent and Oatmeal Face Pack provides excellent remedy for dry and itchy skin. 

Here are some great beauty tips on how you can make an oatmeal face pack that will do wonders to your problem skin and restore natural beauty.

Prepared with oatmeal and other natural ingredients, the following beauty tip for your face is effective for all skin types.

Ingredients for Oatmeal Face Pack:
To make this soothing oatmeal homemade facial you will need the following:

  • 1 Teaspoon Oatmeal
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Almonds
  • Half Teaspoon Apple Juice
  • 1 Drop Geranium Oil

How to Apply Oatmeal Face Pack:

  • Grind the oats to a powder.
  • Add the other ingredients to the ground oats and blend into a paste.
  • Apply the mixture all over your face, leaving out the area around your eyes.
  • Let the mask dry.
  • Wash off with water.

Benefits of Oatmeal Face Pack : 
Oatmeal also has anti-aging properties. The amino acids present in oatmeal actually promote production of collagen and can reverse the process of premature aging. This is the reason why oatmeal is used extensively in anti-aging products across the globe. 

Note: Do not use this beauty recipe if you are allergic to any ingredient.

October 5, 2013

Honey face mask

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A honey facial mask can be used for moisturizing and tightening pores. This is something that you can easily do while watching TV.

Honey is an excellent moisturizer. Simply applying honey on your face for about 15 – 20 minutes and then rinsing it off can work wonders on your skin.

An even better option is to mix 2 tbsp of honey with 1 tbsp of milk. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off to get soft and smooth skin.

Honey is great for skin blemishes too. It is a good remedy if you can dab some honey to cover the blemish and place a band-aid over it. The honey kills the bacteria and keeps the skin sterile and speeds healing. Another alternative could be to make a paste of one table spoon of honey with two peeled apples. The paste should be applied and washed after 20 minutes.

October 5, 2013

Wonder herb basil

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If you want to have a taut and deeply cleansed skin without using cosmetic products a homemade basil facemask is the perfect solution for you! It is one of the best ways to cleanse and tighten your skin. This easy to prepare basil mask has toning and soothing qualities, which make your skin, glow from within.

 

Preparation of Basil Facial Mask 

To prepare the basil facial mask, you need to first grind basil leaves and blend it with water to make a smooth paste. Pour a few drops of lemon. Apply the paste all over your face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes. When your skin feels tight due to its drying effect, wash it off using cool water. The regular application of this facial mask makes your skin feel smooth and wrinkle free.

If acne and pimples affect you, you can apply basil to treat your skin. Its antibacterial qualities work wonders on your skin.

To apply boil a cup of water and add half a cup of dried basil leaves to it. Cover this mixture with a lid and boil for at least 15 minutes. After it has cooled down completely, apply it on your face using a cotton ball. By applying this pack regularly, you will soon get rid of your acne and blackheads but also make your skin soft and supple.

October 5, 2013

Number 2 in Numerology

If your Single Key number by birth or by name is 2, here’s what you need to know about yourself…

The Number 2 vibrates to the Moon. It represents imagination, parenthood, and sensitivity. 2 is the number of conception, childbirth, and dreams.

A person or entity is influenced by the Number 2 if born on the 2nd, 11th, 20th, or 29th day of any month, in any year. People or entities born on the 2nd are stamped with the distinct imprint of the Number 2. So are those born on the 11th, 20th, or 29th day of they month, but these will, in addition, be challenged to unlock the karmic mystery of the Compound number–11–20 or 29, as the case may be–in their lives. The same is true of the Single and Compound number of the name of the person or entity being analyzed.

The Number 2 attitudes and characteristics will be periodically exhibited by the 2 person or entity, and will interact with that person’s or entity’s personality in different ways, depending on the individual Sun Sign.

 

When the Sun Sign is:

CANCER: The 2 vibration intensifies the Sun Sign personality traits.

 

CAPRICORN: The 2 vibration sometimes opposes the Sun Sign motives, but, with effort, can be used to balance the Sun Sign nature.
SCORPIO, PISCES, VIRGO, TAURUS: The 2 vibration harmonizes well with the Sun Sign character, motives, and personality patters.
ARIES, LIBRA, GEMINI, SAGITTARIUS, AQUARIUS, LEO: The 2 vibration is in sharp contrast with the basic Sun Sign instincts. When it surfaces on occasion in the personality, the behavior is so unusual, relative to the person’s or entity’s normal or natural Sun Sign attitudes, it startles others, and often surprises the Number 2 person as well.

 

The Meaning of the 2 Vibration:

The following definition of Number 2 applies to both people and entities. 2 people are dreamers, with a tendency to fear the unknown or the unfamiliar. They are extremely imaginative and inventive, but not always as forceful as could be in carrying out their plans and ideas. Not all, but most 2 people are seldom as strong as those born under the single birth numbers of 1, 9, 3, or 6. 

These people possess a very romantic nature, and are secretly what is called “psychic.” The intuition is highly developed. One of the traits for 2 people to guard against is “fearing shadows of fears.” A 2 person fears every conceivable kind of loss: loss of love, property, money, friendship, employment–loss of loved ones through death of any other kind of separation. These people need a home base, and although they adore to travel the globe as frequently as finances permit, they must have a home to return to. In no way can a 2 person be a “soldier of fortune,” to whom home is where you hang your hat. They are fanatically devoted to or involved with (in either a negative or positive sense) the parents, especially the Mother. They make ideal parents themselves, but they must be careful not to smother their children with possessive love.

 

This is the “chicken soup” vibration, since all 2 people are ultra concerned with the well-being of friend and relatives. They hover over everyone, making sure they don’t catch a cold, throw away money foolishly, and so forth. “Have some hot chicken soup and wear your boots or you’ll catch your death of pneumonia.” 2 people are extremely cautious, and dislike gambling or taking chances. They love money, but like to accumulate it in a safe, stable way, then invest it securely, so it can increase through dividends and interests. 

The 2 vibration is secretive, and never lets anyone know what the next move might be. They’re experts at wheedling secrets from others, but they won’t allow you to invade their own privacy. They’ll veer from right to left and backward, then lunge forward in a surprisingly aggressive manner toward their goals. Money seems to stick to them like glue, so you’ll almost never find a 2 person (or an 8 person) on public welfare or food stamps. These people are charitable (especially with family), and are prone to heading charity drives, but it chills them to even think about accepting charity themselves. It insinuates a failure to protect their assets, which is a cardinal sin to the 2 vibration. When 2 people learn to overcome fear, possessiveness, and unnecessary caution, their imagination, adaptability, and intuition can carry them to the fulfillment of all their many dreams.

October 5, 2013

Treat tired skin with Papaya

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If you want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles there is no better remedy than treating your tired skin with a Papaya facemask. This easy to prepare mask nourishes your skin and helps in the formation of new skin cells. Papaya has some strong fruit enzymes, which accelerate the healing process of your skin. It has beta-carotene, which protects your skin and keeps it elastic for a long time. It also dissolves oil and dead skin cells. It gently exfoliates the skin leaving it smooth and supple!

Here are some easy ways to apply this mask

Mash a slice of ripened papaya well. Add a tsp of honey. Apply over your face and neck. After letting it dry for 15 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water. Pat dry. Do this regularly for some weeks and you will be blessed with a glowing skin!

For Oily Skin

This non-abrasive mask is perfect for oily skin. To prepare this mask take 4 tsps of papaya pulp and add lemon juice to it.  Apply it on your face. Let it dry and then wash off with lukewarm water. This will help you get rid of the excess oil and get a fresh and glowing skin!

October 5, 2013

Mint soothes your skin

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Mint is an excellent ingredient if you want to use it to make face packs at home. Mint is effective for treating pimples, acne and good for moisturizing both oily and dry skin. It has a cooling effect on your skin and has anti bacterial properties too.

 

A mint facemask is an extremely effective and soothing cleansing pack. The application of this mask gives you a soft blemish free skin.

 

To prepare this facemask take one tsp of mint powder and mix it with 1 tablespoon of multanni mitti. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt and mix well. Let this mixture soak for at least half an hour. After 30 minutes, stir it well and apply it all over your face. Keep it on for at least 20 minutes. Wash your face with lukewarm water and then with cold water to see best results.

You can also make a mint face pack by mixing one teaspoon of mint powder, one tablespoon of sandalwood powder and one tablespoon of fresh cream. Stir it well and apply it evenly on your face and neck. Wash it off after 20 minutes. This face pack will moisturize your face and make it smooth.

October 4, 2013

Cucumber moisturizing face mask

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Cucumber face pack is one of the most popular homemade face packs that are used by women, the world over. Cucumber has a soothing and cleansing property that makes it an excellent choice of material while making a face pack. Cucumber also has moisturizing features that leave the skin feeling soft and supple. Cucumber is readily available in the 
market and the actual time taken to make the pack is very less. The entire process of making and applying a cucumber pack is extremely easy and hassle free. 

Cucumber Face Pack Ingredients 

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar

Cucumber Face Pack Preparation 

The process of making the cucumber face pack is as follows:

  • Peel and cut an entire cucumber into small pieces.
  • Put the cucumber in a food processor or a mixer and mash it till the juice can be strained off it.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the mashed cucumber and mix it thoroughly.
  • Keep the concoction in a refrigerator till it will be used.
  • Apply the cucumber mixture all over the face and let it remain for 10 minutes.
  • Wash the paste off using cold water.

The effect of the face pack can be felt almost immediately. The skin will feel smooth and soft. Cucumber pack helps to open the pores in the skin enabling it to breathe. The cooling effect of the cucumber will also leave the skin feeling thoroughly rejuvenated. The pack is also extremely effective as a scrub for other parts of the body.