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When you refine byproducts, usually it is bad news. The exception, however, is blackstrap molasses.

This is the product which is obtained when sugarcane has been refined. In the first boiling and mashing of sugarcane, syrup is created, and during the second boiling, molasses is obtained. In the third boiling, blackstrap molasses is obtained.

Molasses are of different kinds.

The light ones are the first boiling of sugar cane. This can either be with sulfur or without. The sulfur dioxide is usually added to preserve this as it is made of young sugar cane. However, as some people could be allergic to sulfur, the sulfur-less extract is preferred. This is made of ripe sugar cane so does not need preservatives, and this is called mild molasses.

The dark molasses is obtained after the second boiling, it is less sweet and used for baking as well as cooking. This is used especially in gingerbread cookies

Blackstrap molasses are the healthiest. These are obtained after boiling sugarcane for the third time. This has nutrients, vitamins and is the least sweet. This has the most copper, iron, magnesium, calcium and various other nutrients.

1-2 tablespoons of this is recommended for those having anemia or deficiencies of magnesium. This is good for those having menstrual problems and those who are pregnant. It helps with skin improvement as well as hair growth.

It helps in digestion as it contains magnesium, calcium as well as manganese. If people are constipated, they get relief when 1-2 tablespoons of this is consumed with warm water. This softens stools too.

It contains copper and that is a vital requirement for hair growth. It reverses graying of hair and can even be used as a nourishing mask for 20 minutes on the hair after diluting it with equal parts of water.

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Did you know that the very air you breathe may be harming you?

Even indoor air even though you do not realize it needs cleaning as there are toxins floating all around. This is due to the industrial pollutants, the fumes from vehicles, the herbicides, and pesticides as well as so many other things too. The main culprits for destroying the quality of air indoors are:

· Cleaning products such as fabric softeners, laundry detergents, and chemicals that are in the same vein,

· Chemical flame retardants which are present in mattresses, furniture and even in children’s PJs,

· Formaldehyde, which is there in garbage bags, gas stoves, tissues, paper towels and even carpet backing and fabrics similar to it,

· Various fragrances,

· Toxins carried indoors or blown indoors from the outdoors,

· Electromagnetic frequencies from various devices.

There is a best way to circumvent the problems associated with impure indoor air. Houseplants should be cultivated to purify the air indoors. The most effective are:

1. Bamboo Palm: These remove chemical contaminants including benzene and formaldehyde and keep the air moist.

2. Rubber Plants: These remove formaldehyde effectively and grow easily, as well as have a lovely appearance.

3. English Ivy: This removes formaldehyde. However, this climbs and spreads over surfaces.

4. Boston Fern: This not only adds humidity to the air indoors but it removes pollutants as well. It, however, requires frequent misting and watering.

5. Dwarf Date Palm: This is effective at removing xylene and other pollutants especially those which can be found in paint thinner and solvents. It keeps the air moist as well.

6. Tulips: These look good and keep the air pure as well. They are effective for xylene, ammonia, and formaldehyde too.

7. Azaleas not only bloom and beautify the place but they also clean the air efficiently as well.

8. Orchids too are good at removing acetone, chloroform, alcohol and formaldehyde from the air.

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People are showing a great deal of interest in exotic dishes!

Kimchi is a dish famous in Korea, and it consists of fermented garlic, cabbage, chili peppers, spices, and scallions. This has spicy, salty and sour flavors. Kimchi, however, is not of a single type but there are more than 300 different kinds of kimchi which can be made and based on the primary vegetable as well as the season in which it is made and the region, it differs to quite an extent. In Korea, it is almost considered as the national dish and it is eaten with all meals.

Kimchi and fermented foods similar to it is very beneficial for your health and well-being. This is especially useful for a healthy gut. Not only do fermented foods help in physical health but it also affects one’s emotional health and mental health as well.

Fermented foods are foods which have gone through Lacto-fermentation. During this process of fermentation, the natural bacteria which feed on the starch and the sugar in the food and create lactic acid are employed. This also preserves the food, and it creates vitamins B, probiotic strains and omega three fatty acids as well as various enzymes which are beneficial.

Fermented foods such as Kimchi which is enjoyed in Korea is not the only such food. There is the Curtido which is famous in El Salvador which is famous as also the German Sauerkraut as well as Indian Lassi. All these fermented food recipes have come down from ancient times.

When these foods are consumed, the overall health of the person is better. This was realized, and so astronauts even took this into space as part of research which was done to achieve kimchi which could be bacteria-free even after cosmic radiation exposure was subject to it and yet it could be fit for consumption.

Cotton swabs usually carry a warning which states that when these penetrate the ear canal, there is a possibility of injury which can be sustained. This only goes to prove that not only audiologists, doctors and hearing professionals, but also the manufacturers consider this to be unsafe. Cotton swabs should never be used to clean ears for the following reasons:

Earwax is needed as it consists of secretions and dead skin cells, alcohols, cholesterol, fatty acids, squalene as well as an antibacterial enzyme lysozyme. This protects the ear rather than being an unhygienic nuisance. The earwax is constantly being produced, and this should be in the ear unless of course there is a blockage. If there is not enough of this ear wax, the ears feel dry and itchy. The wax provides lubrication and protection against germs, bacteria as well as dust from entering the ear and damaging it. It also protects the skin from water irritation and also repels insects.

Ear wax removal by swabs or probing devices can damage the ear due to the impact and trauma and could result in temporary deafness. This also pushes the wax further into the ear canal. Sometimes people traumatize the canal so much that they cause scratches or bleeding and this causes bacterial infections.

Earwax gets removed naturally when a person eats, yawns as well as talks. Due to these movements, the wax is moved to the external ear, and all that is needed is a washcloth to clean the external ear.

You should not remove the ear wax unless you find one or more of these symptoms such as an earache, partial loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, and a sensation of fullness in the ears, odor, itching or discharge from the ears. For anything else, it should never be cleaned.

It is not necessary to wash the hair daily. In fact, when you wash your hair daily with harsh shampoos, the hair gets stripped off the natural oils, and it becomes drier as well as it gets more prone to breaking. The hair needs natural oils which are needed to keep the hair and scalp moisturized. Therefore, the hair should not be washed daily, but a dry shampoo could be used.

A dry shampoo puts substances which are oil absorbing on the hair so that the oily parts lose some of the excess oil. This is great when you do not have the time to wash the hair, and it is good for styling of the hair too. This helps people who have very fine hair and where the hair does not stay in any style. For this cornstarch or arrowroot can be applied to the hair using a makeup bush and then the powder needs to be combed through the hair, This is less messy than a wet shampoo and still as effective.

All you need is a cup of warm water, a quarter cup each of arrowroot and witch hazel as well as essential oils and a spray bottle. All this are to be mixed well and then applied.

The skin gets damaged by acne scars, age as well as sun damage. The skin is able to regenerate itself, but it takes a very long time. Therefore, to expedite this, Vitamin C serum can be used. Vitamin C serum is extremely costly if you intend buying it but it can be made at home for a fraction of the cost and that too in a matter of minutes.

This has antioxidant properties and repairs as well as renews the skin cells, so the skin looks healthy and young. It fights wrinkles and stimulates collagen synthesis and therefore tightens and firms up the skin. It also regenerates the skin and restores it by removing the free radicals in the body.

Therefore, this is beneficial when fighting sun spotting, hyperpigmentation, scars, and acne.
To make this you need a dark colored bottle which has a dropper, a teaspoon of natural powder of Vitamin C, filtered water one tsp., 1-2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel and a quarter tsp of Vitamin E.

You need to mix all these till you get a viscous solution and put it in the dark colored jar as Vitamin C oxidizes when it is exposed to light.