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Overview

Benefits of Geranium And Its Side Effects

Geranium, an appealing reddish flower is considered as nature’s boon due to the boundless beauty and health benefits. Though it is uncommon, it has comprehensive usage in the field of aromatherapy. Scientifically named Pelargonium Odoratissimum that is geranium’s essential oil can help to cure various illnesses like stomach problems, neural ailments, etc. Contrary to other herbs used as medicines, geranium is not dominant in culinary field.

Benefits of Geranium And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Geranium
Nutritional Value of Geranium
Health Benefits of Geranium
Blood clot activator
Boosts metabolism
Relieves stress and fatigue
Assists detoxification
Rejuvenates skin
Cures Athlete’s Foot
Cures respiratory problems
Anti inflammatory property
Dementia averter
Effective painkiller
Uses of Geranium
Side-Effects & Allergies of Geranium
Cultivation of Geranium

Geranium

Geranium oil is extracted from the aromatic leaves of Pelargonium spp. There are several species of geranium such as P. odoratissimum, P. roseum, and P. Radula but the most popular one is P. graveolens. Geranium oil is nearly without hue and it contains several compounds like linalool, geraniol, nerol, citronellal, limonene, etc. It has anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antimicrobial properties. Geranium oil is mostly known for aromatherapy and is beneficial for skin health.

Nutritional Value of Geranium

The stem, flowers and leaves excluding the roots are used to produce geranium oil through steam distillation. Geranium oil is also known as ‘poor man’s rose’ because it has almost identical qualities like rose essential oil and it is cheaper. Geranium oil contains around 67 compounds. The main components of geranium oil are citronellol and geraniol. The sweet-smelling geranium oil is commonly used in several treatments to enhance physical, mental and emotional health. Egyptians used geranium oil abundantly for promoting radiant skin.

Health Benefits of Geranium

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Geranium
Health Benefits of Geranium

Blood clot activator

Geranium oil helps to stop blood flow through wounds as it causes the blood vessels to contract as well as it quickens the formation of blood clots which helps the wound healing faster. Geranium oil also restrains toxins from entering the body. Its styptic andhemostatic properties also help to prevent hemorrhoids.

Boosts metabolism

Studies have proved that one of the beneficial properties of geranium is that it is cytophylactic. It can proficiently boost metabolism which is vital for upholding the health and the growth of a body and reproductive cells. It also helps in recycling of dead cells present in the body.

Relieves stress and fatigue

Inhaling the aroma of geranium oil can act as a pick-me-up for one’s soul and reduce fatigue. It also has a positive impact on the mind and body. The effect of geranium on the nervous system is remarkable and it’s been used in this way since the days of yore. The leaves of the plant can be brewed to make tea which has soothing properties and helps to calm nerves down. Geranium oil has several organic compounds that keeps endocrine system healthy and balances hormone that causes stress.

Assists detoxification

Geranium oil has diuretic property which is extremely helpful when it comes to detoxifying body as it is a strong antioxidant. Sometimes toxins are produced within the body during metabolic processes out of which some are eliminated by means of the digestive tract, and perspiration. It eradicates the noxious free radicals that lurk along with vital nutrients from the body. It also helps in detoxification by levelling the rate of urination. This process of elimination does not only flush out toxins but also helps the digestive function.

Rejuvenates skin

Geranium oil is astringent in nature; it generates contractions in many parts of the body and helps to fight with wrinkles by clenching facial skin and curbing the effects of aging. This aromatic oil is a natural cleanser thus it radiates skin. Furthermore it is a cicatrisant that removes acne and scars.

Cures Athlete’s Foot

Geranium oil is well known for being one of the most widely studied oils in the market. It is amongst the best natural alternatives versus the creams and lotions that doctors recommend to combat fungal infections like athlete’s foot.

Cures respiratory problems

Geranium isn’t known as a health booster in general for a reason. It is useful and cures ailments for several organ systems. It is very helpful to the respiratory system which is prone to weather changes. Several such ailments can be treated with the help of geranium.

Anti inflammatory property

Research shows, inflammation is correlated with every third health condition. Thus, researchers are investigating persistent inflammation’s effects on body and preventive measures for it. It is scientifically approved that geranium oil has the capability to enhance the effect of anti-inflammatory drugs. Geranium oil obstructs the inflammatory responses in the skin which aids the body to fight health issues.

Dementia averter

Geranium oil generates microglial cells that discharge pro-inflammatory agent that enables inflammation in sensory paths, preventing the development of neuro-degenerative ailments. Geranium oil performs reactions with the chemistry of the brain that helps to prevent alarming conditions like dementia, amnesia, Alzheimer’s, etc. that lead to memory loss.

Effective painkiller

Geranium oil is very efficient in alleviating pain caused due to nerve disturbance arising through diabetes or several other ailments as in sclerosis and lupus. Compressed nerves cause unbearable pain which can be lessened by applying geranium oil on the skin and also the shingles caused due to herpes virus.

Uses of Geranium

Geranium oil provides comprehensive physical and emotional health benefits due its astringent, hemostatic, cicatrisant and diuretic properties. Though essential oils have been used since generations they are not regulated by the food and drug department. Geranium oil can be used to relieve stress, alleviate pain due to wounds and is also used for premenstrual problems, nausea, diarrhea, gall stones, etc.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Geranium

It is vital to keep in mind that only rose-scented geranium can be safely consumed and one should be thoroughly certain about the type ones using for herbal remedies. Also, one should consult a medical professional before adding Geranium oil to their diet. As it is hypo-allergic, it should be tested on an area before being used and must be diluted with carrier oils.

Cultivation of Geranium

Ancient Egyptians used geranium oil for treatment of cancerous medicine. Later on it become popular during the Victorian age in Europe. During this time freshly plucked geranium leaves were set on formal tables and geranium oil finger bowls were in trend. Though it originated in South Africa, now geranium can be found all around the world. The biggest producers of geranium oil today are Egypt and Russia.

Popular Questions & Answers

How to get rid of psoriasis. Red new bumps on skin and older part became dark. One part skin peeled n became pink n burning a lot.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
A daily warm bath using a mild soap can help soothe itchy spots and remove dry skin. Take 15 minutes to soak in the warm water. You might find comfort if you add oil, finely ground oatmeal, Epsom salt, or Dead Sea salt to your bath, but keep the water and soap mild.Essential oils for psoriasis like tea tree, lavender, frankincense, myrrh and geranium essential oil can bring relief to inflamed skin and support the healing process.Probiotics. Probiotics are one of the best ways to introduce healthy bacteria and yeast into your digestive tract where they can help you build your immune system so that your body can overcome the yeast infection.They also help you digest food, get rid of toxins, and fight inflammation that leads to psoriasis.

I have strech marks in lower back region and in arms please suggest me how can I get rid of it or reduce it.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Apply olive oil infused with Geranium oil- 10 drops and rosemary oil -10 drops in 100 ml once a day, make a paste of keasar and sariva churn in water and apply in lower back twice a week and wash after 20 minutes.
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Hello All Doctors I have varicocele veins in my left leg from past 5 years it has swollen on 5 places in legs but blood is not flowing out . I am applying varco blue vein remove oil and also wearing stockings. I wanted to know weather that oil is effectable and also if any other option is there for curing varicocele veins in my legs.Please tell.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, You mean varicose veins. Here are some Home Remedies for varicose veins which will help in reducing your condition: -Take Grape seed oil- 3 tsp, Jojoba oil- 3 tsp, Lemon/ geranium/peppermint or any other essential oil of your choice- 8 drops. Mix all the oils. Take some on your palms and rub to warm it up. Now gently massage your legs, ankles or the area with varicose veins. Use upward strokes, from feet to the top of your legs. -Take the fuller’s earth and add enough water to it to get a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your legs or wherever you have varicose veins. Leave it overnight. Fuller’s earth will dry off on your skin after some time. You can go to sleep once it gets dried. Wash it off next morning when you wake up. Management: You will also need to bring some minor and some major changes in your lifestyle so that you may prevent this varicose veins issue once and for all. Do not sit or stand for longer periods at a stretch. If your work demands so, take breaks after every 30 minutes. Change your position, walk a little, stretch or stand for a while. Just don’t be in a same position for longer. If you sit for longer, try to keep your legs elevated by using a stool or another chair. Don’t sit with crossed legs or crossed ankles. Keep your legs elevated even when you lie down or sleep. Avoid wearing high heels. Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that may cut your blood circulation around your waist legs and groin area. Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular exercises and strength training all are beneficial for you. Walking too improves your blood circulation. Lose weight. Being overweight is one of the major causes of varicose veins. Have a balanced diet. Include more fiber in your meals. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are good for you. Avoid alcohol as it dilates blood vessels making your varicose veins condition worse. Quit smoking as it doesn’t keeps your blood circulation healthy. Treatment: Wear medical Compression Stockings which are specially designed for varicose veins. Take homoeopathic medicine - Calcarea fluor. 12x/ and Hamamelis 200 - both thrice a day for 1 month. Then revert me back.
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My father is suffering from varicose veins and finds it difficult to walk long distances. please suggest a remedy.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, Here are some Home Remedies for varicose veins which will help in reducing your condition: -Take Grape seed oil- 3 tsp, Jojoba oil- 3 tsp, Lemon/ geranium/peppermint or any other essential oil of your choice- 8 drops. Mix all the oils. Take some on your palms and rub to warm it up. Now gently massage your legs, ankles or the area with varicose veins. Use upward strokes, from feet to the top of your legs. -Take the fuller’s earth and add enough water to it to get a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your legs or wherever you have varicose veins. Leave it overnight. Fuller’s earth will dry off on your skin after some time. You can go to sleep once it gets dried. Wash it off next morning when you wake up. Management: You will also need to bring some minor and some major changes in your lifestyle so that you may prevent this varicose veins issue once and for all. Do not sit or stand for longer periods at a stretch. If your work demands so, take breaks after every 30 minutes. Change your position, walk a little, stretch or stand for a while. Just don’t be in a same position for longer. If you sit for longer, try to keep your legs elevated by using a stool or another chair. Don’t sit with crossed legs or crossed ankles. Keep your legs elevated even when you lie down or sleep. Avoid wearing high heels. Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that may cut your blood circulation around your waist legs and groin area. Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular exercises and strength training all are beneficial for you. Walking too improves your blood circulation. Lose weight. Being overweight is one of the major causes of varicose veins. Have a balanced diet. Include more fiber in your meals. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are good for you. Avoid alcohol as it dilates blood vessels making your varicose veins condition worse. Quit smoking as it doesn’t keeps your blood circulation healthy. Treatment: Wear medical Compression Stockings which are specially designed for varicose veins. Take homoeopathic medicine - Calcarea fluor. 12x/ and Hamamelis 200 - both thrice a day for 1 month. Then revert me back.
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My name is Masood Ahmed am 28 year old basically am from bangalore, I have varicose problem I consult many doctors but no result, what can I don please help me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Hello, Here are some Home Remedies for varicose veins which will help in reducing your condition: -Take Grape seed oil- 3 tsp, Jojoba oil- 3 tsp, Lemon/ geranium/peppermint or any other essential oil of your choice- 8 drops. Mix all the oils. Take some on your palms and rub to warm it up. Now gently massage your legs, ankles or the area with varicose veins. Use upward strokes, from feet to the top of your legs. -Take the fuller’s earth and add enough water to it to get a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your legs or wherever you have varicose veins. Leave it overnight. Fuller’s earth will dry off on your skin after some time. You can go to sleep once it gets dried. Wash it off next morning when you wake up. Management: You will also need to bring some minor and some major changes in your lifestyle so that you may prevent this varicose veins issue once and for all. Do not sit or stand for longer periods at a stretch. If your work demands so, take breaks after every 30 minutes. Change your position, walk a little, stretch or stand for a while. Just don’t be in a same position for longer. If you sit for longer, try to keep your legs elevated by using a stool or another chair. Don’t sit with crossed legs or crossed ankles. Keep your legs elevated even when you lie down or sleep. Avoid wearing high heels. Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that may cut your blood circulation around your waist legs and groin area. Exercise regularly. Cardiovascular exercises and strength training all are beneficial for you. Walking too improves your blood circulation. Lose weight. Being overweight is one of the major causes of varicose veins. Have a balanced diet. Include more fiber in your meals. Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are good for you. Avoid alcohol as it dilates blood vessels making your varicose veins condition worse. Quit smoking as it doesn’t keeps your blood circulation healthy. Treatment: Wear medical Compression Stockings which are specially designed for varicose veins. Take homoeopathic medicine - Calcarea fluor. 12x/ and Hamamelis 200 - both thrice a day for 1 month. Then revert me back.
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Popular Health Tips

Nine Best Essentials For Poison!

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
Nine Best Essentials For Poison!

For thousands of years, people have been using essential oils for poison ivy, due to their anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Poison ivy is a plant that grows in many parts of the united states, typically either as a shrub or a trailing vine, depending on your region. Scientifically known as toxicodendron radicans, this plant causes serious allergic reactions in more than 80% of the people who come in contact with it, and can cause severe reactions in a smaller segment of the population. If eaten or smoked, this plant can be fatal. The most identifying characteristic of this unassuming plant is the three-pointed leaf clusters, which tend to have a glossy surface. The sap of these leaves is extremely high in an irritating chemical named urushiol, which is what causes the reactions on the skin.

The symptoms of poison ivy can develop if you physically touch the plant or if the sap has been brushed on any other object, ranging from your pant leg or shoe to your pet or lawn furniture. The mostnotable symptom is extreme itchiness, along with redness or swelling of the skin in a spreading rash. In severe reactions, blisters or hives may also appear. Simple solutions like washing or taking anti-inflammatory medication may help some of the symptoms, but the use of essential oils for poison ivy is an even more effective solution. While there are some risks to treating poison ivy in this way, moderate and responsible use can quickly treat this painful and irritating condition.

List of best essential oils for poison ivy:

If you choose to use essential oils for poison ivy, some of the best options are myrrh, cypress, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, geranium, helichrysum and rose oils.

1. Eucalyptus oil

This essential oil boasts a number of powerful active ingredients including menthol, which can remove the heat and pain from your poison ivy rash. It will quicklysoothe inflammationand promote faster recovery of the damaged skin.

How to use – in most cases, you don’t need to dilute this oil on your skin, as it is not known for being toxic and will absorb almost fully into the skin. Simply apply 4-5 drops of the oil to the inflamed areas 1-2 times per day until the symptoms subside.

2. Lavender oil

One of the best things about this oil is its restorative and healing properties. When you use lavender oil on poison ivy symptoms, you can significantly speed up the healing process and soothe inflammation.

How to use – there is no need to dilute this oil, unless you have sensitive skin. Simply apply 4-5 drops of the oil on the site of the rash or inflamed skin, and regularly re-apply until the symptoms have faded.

3. Cypress oil

There is always the danger of secondary infections with poison ivy, as people are prone to scratch those areas of skin. Cypress oil has strong antiseptic qualities, meaning that it can protect the rash as it heals, while also soothing inflammation and pain.

How to use – mix this oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or aloe vera gel, and then directly apply it to the site of the inflammation 1-2 times per day.

4. Geranium oil

The anti-allergenic qualities of geranium oil can help quickly soothe the rash or itching that is caused by contact. By preventingadditional histamines from being released and returning the immune system to normal, geranium oil is a quick and effective solution for poison ivy.

How to use – do not use this oil in an undiluted form; instead, mix 5 drops of this oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and then gently massage the mixture into the affected areas on the skin.

5. Rose oil

This lesser known oil isn’t always considered for therapeutic purposes, but it can help to control the immune system and reduce the symptoms ofallergic reactions, which is precisely what a poison ivy flare-up is. This oil will also promote healing and soothe pain, when used in moderate amounts.

How to use – blend 4-5 drops of rose oil with lavender or peppermint oil and apply the mixture to the inflamed, itchy or swollen areas. Re-apply 1-2 times per day until the symptoms and redness disappear.

6. Myrrh oil

By increasing the hydration of the skin and soothing thepain of the rash, myrrh oil can help to speed the healing process following exposure to poison ivy.

How to use – many people choose to add 10 drops of myrrh oil to a bath and then take a long soak in the tub to properly soothe and stimulate healing on the painful areas of the body.

7. Tea tree oil

Widely considered one of the best essential oils for poison ivy, tea tree oil is able to reduce inflammation, prevent secondary infections, eliminate pain and promote a faster healing process when you’ve brushed up against some poison ivy.

How to use – you should always blend tea tree oil with other carrier oils, as it can worsen inflammation in some cases. After mixing 5 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tablespoon of olive or jojoba oil, gently massage the oils on the inflamed skin.

8. Peppermint oil

If you want to relieve inflammation and soothe a burning and itching sensation on the skin, few things are better than peppermint oil. Packed with antioxidants and active ingredients such as menthol, it is able to cool and soothe inflammation, while also protecting against secondary infections and reducing your urge to itch.

How to use – you can use undiluted peppermint oil directly on the site of a poison ivy rash, but if you tend to have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute the oil slightly with olive or coconut oil.

9. Helichrysum oil

There are rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory compounds found in helichrysum oil that can quickly eliminate pain and speed the healing process, while also modulating thebody’s immune response to lessen the severity of the allergic reaction.

How to use – blend 5 drops of helichrysum oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and then gently massage it onto the affected area. Repeat this process 1-2 times per day until the redness and irritation are gone.

A word of warning

Choosing to use essential oils for poison ivy is an effective remedy, but there are a few potential risks of which you should be aware. The concentrated chemicals in essential oils can make skin inflammation even worse, particularly in people with sensitive skin, and some people are also allergic to the base plant/herb of certain essential oils. While all poison ivy reactions may seem serious, it is critical to seek medical attention if the rash spreads to a large part of your body, the pain isn’t alleviated by at-home remedies, or if you experience any respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath. If you have been exposed to poison ivy, it is usually best to speak with a doctor before going for any alternative remedy such as using essential oils, to determine your individual risks.
 

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10 Tips To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks Effectively!

Dermatology and Hair Transplant Surgery Clinic
Dermatologist, Delhi
10 Tips To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks Effectively!

Pregnancy is a life-changing phase in a woman’s life. In addition to a baby (or babies!), there are a lot of physical and emotional changes also that come with it. The more evident are the physical ones, and in addition to weight changes, the stretch marks are the most obvious.

The uterus or the womb grows to its full extent to accommodate the developing baby, and so there is stretching of the connective tissue in these areas. After delivery, the tension is lost, and these marks become evident.

What are stretch marks?

These marks appear as lines on the skin and are most commonly found in areas such as the buttocks, arms, breasts, thighs and stomach. They are different in appearance in comparison to the normal skin. It may appear pinkish or purplish initially and then it takes a shiny appearance later. When you feel the stretch marks, you may feel a certain indentation or ridge on the skin. It may feel sore or itchy as well sometimes.

They most commonly appear during adolescence when there is rapid growth and stretching of the skin. It is also seen in women pre and post pregnancy. Stretch marks can also appear when there is a sudden change in weight.

How To Treat Them?

  1. Use Moisturisers: People who use moisturisers show an increased elasticity of the skin, which reduces the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. Keeping the skin hydrated stops the skin from tearing and creating stretch marks. Moisturising is not entirely effective on older marks, but it can help with newly formed stretch marks. You can also use it on areas that are prone to stretch marks.

  2. Retin-A: Retin- A is known to boost collagen production that helps the skin to stretch out with ease and not cause tears. When Retin-A is used, it is recommended to limit the sun exposure as the skin becomes more susceptible to sun damage and burning.

  3. Glycolic Acid: This chemical compound falls under the category of an alpha-hydroxy acid which is commonly found as a major ingredient in chemical peels. It is known to amplify the production of collagen and increase the tensile strength of the skin. Go to your dermatologist for a stronger dose for more effective results.

  4. A Combination of Retin-A and Glycolic Acid: A combination of these two potentiates the action of each other and gives better results.

  5. Vitamin E Oil: You can find Vitamin E oil capsules in medical shops that are known as the miracle medication when it comes to curing stretch marks.

  6. Essential Oils: Certain essential oils like rose oil, lavender oil, or geranium oil are known to reduce stretch marks.

  7. Vascular Laser: Pulsed dye laser that is kept at the wavelength of 585 nm is used to remove the stretch marks that are red and newly formed. It may not be effective on the older ones that have turned silver. This process is highly expensive and needs about 6 sittings. The efficacy of this procedure also depends on the complexion of the skin. Much like laser hair removal, vascular laser does not work on darker skin. The colour difference between the marks and the actual skin tone should be prominent.

  8. Fractional Laser Treatment or Laser Resurfacing: This is used to get rid of the older stretch marks that have turned light and are no longer red. This procedure is more expensive than the previous one and is prone to leave scars on the site of application.

  9. Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck: The only permanent solution to get rid of stretch marks is to cut them out entirely. If you are tired of the stubborn tiger stripes, then this could be your only way out.

  10. RF Micro-Needling Device: This is a more cost effective alternative to CO2 Laser Resurfacing that could be used on any stretch mark types –“new and old”. The micro needles are driven directly into the skin to a certain depth (0.2mm-3.0mm) and radiofrequency (RF) energy is then released inside the skin. Minimally invasive RF thermal energy creates fractional electrocoagulation in the dermis which facilitates a natural wound healing process promoting the remodelling of collagen. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.

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Anxiety And Depression

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety and depression affects countless people around the world, some in more serious ways than others. Using essential oils for anxiety and depression has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and remains a popular treatment to this day.

While stress is a natural part of life, and can often help our bodies prepare for different situations, anxiety can often become pervasive, changing your outlook on life. Stress and anxiety can increase inflammation, put strain on the immune system, and lead to oxidative stress and chronic disease. It can also negatively impact the stability of your personal, emotional, professional and social lives. And depression can cause you to lose interest in beloved activities, have poor sleeping habits, lose weight, and disengage from the outside world.

While many people think of anxiety as being a result of worry in our lives, it can also be caused by environmental factors, genetics, chemical changes in the brain and medical side effects. Similarly, depression is characterized by major changes in hormone and chemical levels in the brain and body, in conjunction with life events, grief, medical conditions and genetics. Using essential oils for anxiety and depression can help to alter that brain chemistry, promote the balance of hormones, and improve overall mood and attitude, thanks to their sedative, soothing, stimulating, energizing and detoxifying properties.

Best essential oils for anxiety and depression

Some of the most popular essential oils for anxiety and depression include rose, vetiver, ylang ylang, lavender, bergamot, basil, lemon, frankincense, chamomile, patchouli, clary sage, jasmine, peppermint, valerian root and geranium oils, among others.

Frankincense oil

This powerful essential oil is often used in aromatherapy practices for improving meditation and clearing the mind of anxiety and worry. It also helps to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate, which can provide a feeling of calm during an anxiety attack.

How to use - Topically apply a few drops of this oil to the back of your neck, or mix this oil into a room diffuser or aromatherapy machine.

Valerian root oil

One of the common side effects of anxiety is tension in the stomach, cramping and indigestion. Valerian root oil can not only improve your mental state, but also soothe the stomach and stop the cycle of anxiety in its tracks. It is also a sedative, which can help with any symptoms of insomnia you may be experiencing as a result of anxiety.

How to use – external use of this oil is quite popular, particularly for sprinkling on the pillow before you go to sleep, allowing you to inhale the aromatic compounds all night.

Chamomile oil

To instill a sense of calmness in the body and mind, many people turn to chamomile oil, as it can settle feelings of restlessness that often accompany depression. This oil can elevate your mood, simply by inhaling it, and will also reduce sleeplessness, another common side effect of depression.

How to use – you can inhale chamomile oil straight from the bottle to soothe your nervous system, or you can add a few drops to a room diffuser.

Lemon oil

The active components of lemon oil have been directly connected to a boost to cognitive energy. When you are in the throes of an anxiety or depressive episode, this oil can clear away the mental fog, giving your purpose and clarity, and boosting mood by increasing energy levels in the body through elevated circulation.

How to use – you can mix a few drops of lemon oil in a glass of warm water to induce a sense of focused calm, or you can add the lemon oil to your bathwater and re-set your mood.

Basil oil

This is one of the most versatile essential oils for anxiety and depression, as it can reduce inflammation in the body, stimulate the immune system, boost energy, lower blood pressure and reduce feelings of fatigue or despondency. For someone suffering from anxiety-induced depression, basil oil is a comprehensive remedy for all related symptoms.

How to use – adding a few drops of this oil to a pot of steaming water and then breathing in deeply can deliver the powerful aromatic compounds directly to the parts of your brain that need them. Using this oil in a room diffuser is also effective.

Vetiver oil

This powerful natural oil is not the most common, but it does interact directly with the central nervous system as a tonic, helping to regulate nervous system function, reducing panic and hypersensitivity. This is crucial for people suffering from chronic anxiety.

How to use – this oil is often combined with rose or lavender oil and then applied to the wrists, just a few drops on each. This can let the oil quickly enter your bloodstream and provide a pleasant, uplifting smell all day.

Rsoe oil

This popular oil has a number of stimulating properties, capable of elevating blood pressure, increasing mood and balancing hormone levels in the body. This can rapidly impact feelings of depression, while also countering anxiety by releasing dopamine and serotonin into the bloodstream.

How to use – this oil is popular in aromatherapy and room diffusers, as a few inhalations can start to boost energy levels. You can also apply a few drops to the back of your neck or wrists.

Lavender oil

With its sedative and soothing qualities, lavender oil can help to lower blood pressure and moderate symptoms of anxiety, while also regulating hormones to reduce mood swings and periods of depression. Lavender also has anti-inflammatory properties when inhaled, which can reduce pain and chronic discomfort, which often leads to long-term anxiety.

How to use – putting a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow can induce sound sleep and leave you feeling rested in the morning, with a positive attitude and balanced hormones.

Patchouli oil

Research has shown that the aromatic compounds in patchouli oil are able to stimulate the release of dopamine and serotonin, which can quickly flood the body and replace feelings of sadness or despondency with hope and happiness. The sedative and analgesic properties can also promote healthy, pain-free sleep, which can further help avoid depressive episodes.

How to use – the pleasant, unmistakeable aroma of patchouli oil makes it a favorite for room diffusers, as it can help to keep your mood elevated and optimistic all day. Applying a few drops to the back of the neck is also a popular remedy.

Ylang ylang oil

Studies have shown that ylang ylang oil can reduce blood pressure and slow the release of adrenaline within the body, helping it counter panic attacks and reduce overall stress hormones in the body. It also has sedative properties that can aid sleep disorders and insomnia, which are common side effects of depression.

How to use – topically applying a combination of ylang ylang oil and a carrier oil (coconut or almond) to your skin as a massage oil or chest rub is an excellent way to deliver the active ingredients and see rapid results.

Bergamot oil

This oil can stimulate blood flow and circulation, and some of its active ingredients are even used in antidepressant medications. It is commonly praised for being able to clear the mind, invigorate the senses and provide relaxation for an overactive nervous system, in the case of anxiety.

How to use – you can add this oil to a room diffuser or topically apply it to the neck, stomach, hands or feet, where it can be readily absorbed.

Jasmine oil

This is a highly valued oil for its ability to regulate the central nervous system and balance hormone production. When using this oil, you can quickly calm your emotions and increase levels of happiness through the release of serotonin, helping to fight off depression, regardless of the cause.

How to use – inhalation is the most effective way to use jasmine, so adding it to a room diffuser, or putting a few drops in a steaming pot of water and then breathing in deeply, will provide you with almost immediate effects!

Geranium oil

Chronic pain and inflammation are often connected to depressive symptoms, so geranium oil’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties are very important. Furthermore, this oil is a sedative, helping to induce sleep and promote feelings of calmness so you can rest uninterrupted through an entire night.

How to use – people often place a few drops in their hands, rub them together, and then breathe deeply before going to sleep. However, room diffusers and aromatherapy practices also work well with geranium oil.

Caution

Using essential oils for anxiety and depression can be extremely beneficial, without the side effects of pharmaceutical solutions. However, each of these potent oils comes with its own unique set of side effects, ranging from skin inflammation and fatigue to severe gastrointestinal reactions, dangerously low levels of blood pressure, cognitive confusion, dizziness, appetite fluctuations, mood swings, and many more. Speak with a doctor before adding any of these concentrated oils to your health regimen. Be particularly careful about which oils can be internally consumed, as some can be quite toxic.

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10 Ways To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology, F.C.P.S.(Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy), Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Pune
10 Ways To Get Rid Of Stretch Marks!

Pregnancy is a life-changing phase in a woman’s life. In addition to a baby (or babies!), there are a lot of physical and emotional changes also that come with it. The more evident are the physical ones, and in addition to weight changes, the stretch marks are the most obvious.

The uterus or the womb grows to its full extent to accommodate the developing baby, and so there is stretching of the connective tissue in these areas. After delivery, the tension is lost, and these marks become evident.

What are stretch marks?

These marks appear as lines on the skin and are most commonly found in areas such as the buttocks, arms, breasts, thighs and stomach. They are different in appearance in comparison to the normal skin. It may appear pinkish or purplish initially and then it takes a shiny appearance later. When you feel the stretch marks, you may feel a certain indentation or ridge on the skin. It may feel sore or itchy as well sometimes.

They most commonly appear during adolescence when there is rapid growth and stretching of the skin. It is also seen in women pre and post pregnancy. Stretch marks can also appear when there is a sudden change in weight.

How To Treat Them?

  1. Use Moisturisers: People who use moisturisers show an increased elasticity of the skin, which reduces the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. Keeping the skin hydrated stops the skin from tearing and creating stretch marks. Moisturising is not entirely effective on older marks, but it can help with newly formed stretch marks. You can also use it on areas that are prone to stretch marks.

  2. Retin-A: Retin- A is known to boost collagen production that helps the skin to stretch out with ease and not cause tears. When Retin-A is used, it is recommended to limit the sun exposure as the skin becomes more susceptible to sun damage and burning.

  3. Glycolic Acid: This chemical compound falls under the category of an alpha-hydroxy acid which is commonly found as a major ingredient in chemical peels. It is known to amplify the production of collagen and increase the tensile strength of the skin. Go to your dermatologist for a stronger dose for more effective results.

  4. A Combination of Retin-A and Glycolic Acid: A combination of these two potentiates the action of each other and gives better results.

  5. Vitamin E Oil: You can find Vitamin E oil capsules in medical shops that are known as the miracle medication when it comes to curing stretch marks.

  6. Essential Oils: Certain essential oils like rose oil, lavender oil, or geranium oil are known to reduce stretch marks.

  7. Vascular Laser: Pulsed dye laser that is kept at the wavelength of 585 nm is used to remove the stretch marks that are red and newly formed. It may not be effective on the older ones that have turned silver. This process is highly expensive and needs about 6 sittings. The efficacy of this procedure also depends on the complexion of the skin. Much like laser hair removal, vascular laser does not work on darker skin. The colour difference between the marks and the actual skin tone should be prominent.

  8. Fractional Laser Treatment or Laser Resurfacing: This is used to get rid of the older stretch marks that have turned light and are no longer red. This procedure is more expensive than the previous one and is prone to leave scars on the site of application.

  9. Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck: The only permanent solution to get rid of stretch marks is to cut them out entirely. If you are tired of the stubborn tiger stripes, then this could be your only way out.

  10. RF Micro-Needling Device: This is a more cost effective alternative to CO2 Laser Resurfacing that could be used on any stretch mark types –“new and old”. The micro needles are driven directly into the skin to a certain depth (0.2mm-3.0mm) and radiofrequency (RF) energy is then released inside the skin. Minimally invasive RF thermal energy creates fractional electrocoagulation in the dermis which facilitates a natural wound healing process promoting the remodelling of collagen.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Ways to Control Nerve Pain

Fellowship in Interventional Pain management , Diploma in Anesthesia, DA, MBBS
Pain Management Specialist, Jaipur
Ways to Control Nerve Pain

Unlike muscle aches, neuropathic pain or nerve pain is usually a lifelong condition. This usually affects the feet. In some cases, it can get better over the years but in most cases, nerve pain stays persistent or worsens with time. Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve damage and commonly triggered by conditions such as diabetes or is a result of the side effects of medication or chemotherapy.

Medication is usually the first line of treatment when it comes to dealing with neuropathic pain. Medication prescribed for such conditions can be categorized as:

  1. Antidepressants
  2. Anticonvulsants
  3. Local anesthetics

These may be prescribed individually or in a combination of two or more types of drugs. additionally, topical creams may also be prescribed for pain relief. Conventional medicine can provide temporary relief from nerve pain. However, in the long run, making a few lifestyle changes can help control nerve pain. Here are a few tips.

  1. Exercise: Nerve pain may tempt you to sit in one place, but you must force yourself to walk about and exercise a little on a regular basis. Exercising increases blood flow to the extremities of the body and releases endorphins that act as natural painkillers. It can also expand blood vessels and nourish damaged nerves.
  2. Avoid alcohol: If you suffer from nerve damage, alcohol can aggravate the damage and increase pain. Hence it is best to skip alcohol and all other kinds of stimulants.
  3. Heat therapy: Soaking your feet in a warm bath or using a heat pack can be very effective when it comes to dealing with nerve pain. The heat temporarily increase blood flow and reduces pressure on the nerves. However, be careful to avoid burning yourself.
  4. Get a good night's sleep: Nerve pain is usually aggravated at night, thus disturbing your sleep. To get the required 8 hours of sleep a day, try maintaining a schedule of going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday. Drinking a cup of warm milk may also help you fall asleep faster. Ensure that the last cup of coffee you drink is in the afternoon.
  5. Massage: As with muscle pains; a massage can help ease and reduce nerve pain. Your choice of oils also has a role to play in the effectiveness of the massage. While lavender oil helps people relax and takes their mind of the pain, geranium oil can help directly reduce nerve pain. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a pain management specialist.
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Table of Content

Geranium
Nutritional Value of Geranium
Health Benefits of Geranium
Blood clot activator
Boosts metabolism
Relieves stress and fatigue
Assists detoxification
Rejuvenates skin
Cures Athlete’s Foot
Cures respiratory problems
Anti inflammatory property
Dementia averter
Effective painkiller
Uses of Geranium
Side-Effects & Allergies of Geranium
Cultivation of Geranium