How to Stop Hair Fall Naturally

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How to Stop Hair Fall Naturally

Hair is an important part of the body that indicates a person’s gender, health, age, race, religion and social status. It plays an important role in their personal identity and is a symbol of youth and vitality. Hair loss is one of the biggest cause of concern among youngsters. So people spend a lot to prevent hair loss and improve hair growth.

Normal persons may have around 1,25,000 to 1,50,000 strands of hair on their scalp. The normal life span of a strand of hair is about 3 years after which it sheds naturally. Normally a person sheds around 80 to 100 hairs per day. When hair shedding is more it may lead to thinning of hair and baldness (Alopecia).

Causes of Hair fall (Alopecia)

There are many causes of Hair loss. They are advancing age, genetic factors, conditions where there is hormonal imbalance like pregnancy, people on birth control pills, and lactating mothers.

Mental and physical stress, sudden severe weight gain or weight loss can also produce hair loss.

Side effects of drugs like antibiotics, steroids, chemotherapy drugs for cancer and radiotherapy can increase hair loss.

Diseases like hyper thyroid and hypo thyroid, auto immune disease and other severe general infections can also induce hair loss.

Infections of scalp, lice infestation, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis of scalp and allergic conditions can produce loss of hair.

Nutritional deficiencies like protein deficiency, deficiencies of iron, calcium, vitamins (mainly vitamins A, Biotin and pantothenic acid) and deficiency of minerals like Zinc can induce loss of hair. Over dose of vitamin A can also cause hair loss.

Other causes like vigorous massaging or vigorous combing of wet hair, using very hot hair dryers and hair straightening rods and tying hair very tightly can also cause hair loss.

Frequent hot water bath can cause hair loss. Using hair tonics, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes and hair oils with lots of chemicals can cause hair loss.

How to Stop Hair Fall

Do’s to stop hair fall and promote hair growth

Correct nutritional deficiencies. Take high protein diet like eggs, fish, meat and nuts to correct protein deficiency.

Take milk and yogurt (contain Biotin)

Treat and prevent iron deficiency by eating lots of green leafy vegetables, dates, dry fruits and liver.

Eat lots of multi colored fruits and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Add almonds, walnuts and ground nuts which are rich in protein, zinc, vitamins and minerals.

Drink plenty of water. Drink amla (Indian goose berry) juice and green tea.

Take bath with luke warm water. Give a gentle massage to the scalp.

Dry your hair gently. Allow it to dry naturally.

Use clean combs and brush.

Trim the split ends regularly.

Reduce stress and exercise regularly.

Treat the cause of hair loss and associated diseases.

Use natural remedies to stop hair fall.

Don’ts to stop hair fall and increase hair growth

Do not tie hair too tightly. Avoid shampoos, conditioners, hair oils and hair dye with lots of chemicals.

Do not use hair dryers, hair straightening rods or hot hair curlers.

Avoid vigorous combing and toweling wet hair.

Do not use chlorinated water for bath.

Avoid smoking. It will reduce blood supply to scalp and hair follicles.

Natural Ways to Prevent and treat hair loss

Coconut oil

Gently massage scalp with coconut oil or coconut milk and wash it after 1 hour. Coconut oil is a good conditioner.

You can also massage with olive oil, almond oil or mustard oil. Heat the oil a little and give a gentle massage to the scalp to improve circulation. A mixture of lemon juice and coconut oil can be used.

Oregano oil

oregano oil helps to treat dandruff. It stops hair fall and promotes hair growth. It acts as an antifungal and antibiotic.

Aloe vera gel

Massage scalp with aloe vera gel and wash it off after 45 minutes.

Curry Leaves

Curry leaves are rich in vitamins, anti-oxidants, proteins and minerals which prevent hair loss. Amino acids present in curry leaves strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth. Curry leaves help to retain the luster and color of the hair.

Onion

Rubbing cut end of onion or massaging scalp with onion juice improves the blood circulation to hair follicles and scalp and promote hair growth. Onion acts as a good anti bacterial. An enzyme called catalase, present in onion prevent pre mature graying of hair. Sulfur and poly phenols present kills lice and prevents dandruff.

Garlic

Garlic destroys harmful bacteria and stimulates hair growth.

Indian goose berry (Amla)

Amla contains anti-oxidants, Vitamins, minerals and amino acids which strengthen hair follicles. It acts as a good conditioner and effective to treat dandruff. It stimulates hair growth and prevents premature graying of hair.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus flowers and leaves are rich in vitamins and amino acids. They stimulate hair growth, prevent dryness, breakage of hair and prevent premature graying. They add volume to hair and give color and luster to hair.

Best homemade hair oil to prevent hair fall and improve hair growth

Boil Amla (Indian goose berry) pieces, curry leaves and few hibiscus flowers and leaves in 100ml of organic coconut oil.

Filter it and store it. Gently massage it into scalp, cover scalp with a shower cap. Leave it overnight and wash it off with luke warm water.

Fenugreek seed paste, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar can be used as mask. They can be used individually or together to stop hair fall.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are parasitic insects living around human and feed on human blood. They are classified under the group Arthropoda and Insecta (insect family).

Bed Bug is an insect which lives with human and feeds on human blood. As they are usually found in and around our bed they are called bed bugs.

bed bug

Bed bugs were almost eradicated from most of the countries, but there is a sudden increase in bed bug infestation in many countries in the last few years. It may be due to increase in the number of travelers like tourists, migrant laborers, refugees etc.

How to identify Bed bug?

Bed bugs are small insects, oval in shape, reddish brown in color with flat bodies. They have vestigial wings and cannot fly.

Adult bed bugs are around 4 to 5 mm in size. They have segmented abdomen. Their flat body swells up after each feed. Their flat body allows them to hide into tiny spaces.

Feeding Habits of bed bug

Bed bugs feed on human blood only. Usually, they feed at night while people sleep. They feed for about 3 to 10 minutes and return to the cracks or crevices where they hide to digest the feed.

They rarely feed on day time. Bed bugs usually bite the exposed areas not covered by the bed sheet or dress.

Bed bug bites are seen almost in straight line.

Bed bugs feed by piercing the skin and sucking out blood with its long beak.

Signs of bed bug infestation?

The first sign of bed bug infestation is seen on our skin as red itchy patch or welt.

bed bug bites

Blood stains are seen on mattresses, pillow cases, bed sheets or on the dress by accidental crushing of the fully fed bugs.

Small dark dots are seen on the bed, furniture, on wall cracks etc which are the excretion of the bed bugs.

Eggs or egg shells which are around 1 mm in size and white in color are seen.

Live bed bugs may be visible. Molted and discarded bed bugs skin can be seen.

There will be a musty odor around caused by the bed bugs’ scent glands.

How bed bugs spread?

Bed bugs move from one place to another with people, hiding in clothes, furniture, bags and other materials.

bed bug bite mattress

Bed bugs are found in places where people gather or stay like apartments, houses, hotels, motels, theaters, hostels and transport vehicles. They are found even in ultra clean houses and star hotels.

Signs and symptoms of bed bug bite

Bed bug bites usually look like other insect bites.

The bed bug bites are mostly seen in exposed areas of the body like hands, legs, shoulder, neck and face.

Some people may not have any symptoms. Some may have small, red and itchy patches, which are raised or flat. They are due to the allergic reaction to chemicals present in the saliva of the bugs.  The bites may be seen in straight line. Normally it won’t get infected unless scratched.

Bed bugs generally don’t transmit any disease.

Treatment for bed bug bites

  • Wash the bed bug bitten area with mild soap and water. Calamine lotion can be applied.
  • If itching is severe, mild steroid ointment (Hydrocortisone or Betamethasone) can be applied.
  • If the allergic reaction is severe with other symptoms like breathlessness consult your doctor.
  • If there is an infection, local antibiotic ointments can be applied.

Natural treatment for bed bug bites

  • After washing with mild organic soap and water ice pack can be applied.
  • Cut ends of onion or Garlic can be applied.
  • If itching is severe, wet tobacco in water and apply over the bites.
  • Apple cider vinegar which is a good anti-inflammatory and anti-itching agent can be applied.
  • Banana peel can be rubbed on bites.
  • Lemon juice or cinnamon with honey can be applied.
  • A thick paste of baking soda with water can be applied.

The natural treatment given above will reduce swelling and itching.

How to prevent bed bug bites

Cover yourself fully from neck to toe with a cloth as bed bugs feed only on the exposed area.

Stitch protective covers for pillows and mattresses without any hiding places for the bed bugs. This prevents the bed bugs staying and coming out of the mattress or pillows to feed.

Cover all cracks and joints in the furniture and bed with paint or wax so that bed bugs cannot hide.

Move the bed away from the wall.

Fix insect interceptors with pesticide or water under the feet of the bed to prevent bed bugs climbing the bed from the floor.

Organic soap, rubbing alcohol, essential oils or other repellents can be applied to the exposed parts of the body before going to bed.

Sticky bed bug traps can be kept around the infested area.

How to prevent bed bug infestation

As soon as you reach home from bed bug infested area, check your clothes and bags for bed bugs.

If you happened to stay in infested place keep the bags and beddings away from the bed room. Wash clothes and bed sheets in hot water and dry them in hot sun light. Bed bugs die at a temperature above 45-degree C. If bags are infested pour boiling water over it to dis-infest and dry it in hot sun light.

While buying furniture, check for bed bugs.

Close all cracks and crevices in wall and furniture to eliminate bed bugs hiding places.

How to eliminate bed bugs

If your house is infested with bed bugs clean the house, scrub all mattresses, pillows, cots, furniture and other areas where bed bugs hide, with a hard brush to remove eggs, dead bugs and fecal spots and vacuum clean the area with a powerful vacuum cleaner. Discard the vacuum bag in sealed plastic bags.

Vacuum clean the carpets and under the carpet also.

vacuum cleaner to eliminate bed bug

 

Wash all clothes and bed sheets in hot water mixed with an essential oil like lavender oil or tea tree oil and hot dry it.

Blow steam with a powerful steamer on all nick and corners and cracks where bed bugs hide.

Blow hot air using a hair dryer in the places where the bed bugs hide.

Seal all cracks in the wall, electrical outlets, joints in cots and furniture.

Spray essential oil like eucalyptus oil, lavender oil or tea tree oil on the bed and other areas where the bed bugs hide.

Sprinkle food grade Diatomaceous earth in bed, around the bed and in and around the hiding places of bed bugs. When the bed bugs come in to contact with the diatomaceous earth, it will dehydrate the bed bugs and kill them.

Spraying chemical pesticides may help, but the chemicals must come into contact with the live bed bugs.

Foggers can be used with caution (it can explode). Close the windows, activate the canister and leave the room and keep it closed for 24 hours.

You can give the job to professional pest control agencies.

Preventing bed bug infestation is better and easier than eliminating the bed bugs.