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How to Cut Onion without Crying

This is easy.

One way is to cut the onions such that the side that you are cutting faces away from you. However it doesn’t always work.

To prevent tearing, you can cut the onions in halves first and than soak them in iced water for 5 minutes. Only dice them after that.

Another method is to store them in fridge. Onions release a volatile vapour when they are cut, and that’s what caused the tears. Keeping the  onions cold retards the release of the vapourиконииконописikoniсвети георги

How to store Fresh Herbs in Refrgerator

This is easy.
Wrap fresh herbs such as coriander, parsley and spring onion in newspaper and stores them in the chiller.

They will look slightly limp when you take them out of the fridge. They will spring back to life when soak them in some iced water.

To ensure that they last longer, soak them in cold water for 10 minutes before storing in the fridge. You should trim and dry the herbs thoroughly with kitchen paper towel and place the herbs in zip lock bags or plastic containers. They should last for 3-4 days.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself

One of the most unwelcome dwellers in any homes is Bed Bugs.

Once they settled in, you will find it tough to get rid of them. Because they multiply rapidly yet rely very little to survive. In fact, bed bugs can live without food for more than 1 year! Horrifying, isn’t it?

Bed bugs live in any part of the home – from  tiny cracks in furniture to textiles and upholstered furniture. They tend to prefer beds, comforters, mattresses, box springs, and bed frames. Generally, they are attracted by the body warm and carbon dioxide of humans when they rest in bed at night. Once the humans are sound asleep, it’s play-and-bite time for them. If you woke up with a line of red and itchy bumps on your skin, you were been attacked while asleep.

Getting rid of bed bugs is definitely NOT an easy process. You can wash your linens and all that stuff in hot water but they will return to dwell again. You can spray insecticides but once the poison is gone, the bed bugs surface to hunt yet again. It can be very tiring to eliminate them.  That’s why many people called the bug-busters. The pest-control expert may recommend certain forms of deep-cleaning such as scrubbing infested surfaces with a stiff brush to remove eggs, dismantling bed frames and furniture, filling cracks in floors, walls, and moldings, encasing mattresses within special bags, or using a powerful vacuum on cracks and crevices. You can only cross your fingers that the pest expert got rid of all of them at one go. It only needs a surviving couple to bring back an entire colony!

I know it because I’m fighting an ongoing issue for many years and that’s despite keeping the house as spic an span as I can. Don’t be deceived by those who said bed bugs only live in dirty place.

If you have similar challenge and is a hands-on  DIY person, you may want to check out this self-help book, Remove Bed Bugs Guide – Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast! before calling in the expert.КартиниИдея за подарък

What causes Dark Eye Circles?

They said you won’t get dark eye circles if you got at least 8 hours of sleep.

I did yet I still have ugly dark rings under my eyes and I’m honestly sick of people asking me “Why are you so tired?”

Fatigue isn’t the only reason for under-eye circles. What appear to be under-eye circles are sometimes just shadows cast by puffy eyelids or hollows under your eyes that develop as a normal part of aging.

I went online to search for causes and here are some common causes listed

  • Allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • Heredity — dark under-eye circles can run in families
  • Lifestyle factors, such as physical or emotional stress, smoking, or chronic alcohol use can take a toll on your appearance
  • Nasal congestion (which can dilate and darken the veins that drain from your eyes to your nose)
  • Pigmentation irregularities — these are a particular concern for people of color, especially blacks and Asians
  • Rubbing or scratching your eyes
  • Sun exposure, which prompts your body to produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color
  • Thinning skin and loss of fat and collagen — common as you age — can make the reddish-blue blood vessels under your eyes more obviously
  • There’s lots of materials on how to reduce dark eye circles and I found this one to be pretty interesting. A Certified Naturopathic Doctor Charles Silverman said there two organs are responsible for 60 percent of all cases of dark circles. When you treat them and you will kiss your dark circles good bye forever using natural inexpensive home remedies. Sounds pretty logical to me. Heard that from an old  Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner too.

    I’m inclined to find the root causes and not restrict to the common home remedies that usually include these  methods: Cucumber slices or cool tea bags or pureed potato  placed over closed eyes.

    Additional Reading
    “Look 15 years Younger and Sky-Rocket Your Self-Esteem” by Charles Silverman

    Parents: Challenges You May Face When Your Child Has Eczema

    43785658_sIf your child was recently diagnosed with eczema, also commonly known as atopic dermatitis, you have a long road ahead. Although eczema is easily treated at home, there are many hard issues that you, as a parent, will face.

    Nighttime Itching

    You might assume that nighttime itching is the same as daytime itching for children with eczema, but it can be very different, especially in small children. Although they do not fully understand the complications that can arise from constant scratching, children are aware of their actions during the day. On the other hand, many small children continue to scratch in the middle of the night, without even being aware of their actions. This type of eczema is difficult to treat, as you cannot spend every night grabbing your child’s arm before they itch.

    To combat the nighttime itching that is common among children with eczema, look for doable alternatives. If dust is a trigger factor, keep your child’s room clean and dust-free. If sweat is a trigger factor, dress them in light clothes and keep their room a cool temperature. If you don’t know the cause, try to keep areas susceptible to itching, such as the arms and legs, covered.


    An eczema outbreak starts out relatively pain free. It typically begins with a simple itch that can’t stop. Soon, your child may find themselves literally digging at their skin. They mistakenly believe this will make the itch go away, but it doesn’t and it only gets worse. Severe rashes and the open wounds caused by constant scratching can lead to pain and discomfort. No parent wants to see their child in pain. That is why you must stop it at the source. Work with your child and his or her doctor to determine your child’s trigger factors. These are what cause the uncontrollable urge to itch. In the meantime, keep your child’s skin well moisturized.

    Concern from Other Parents

    Although eczema and atopic dermatitis are common among small children, you are likely to get many stares on the playground. This is most common if your child’s eczema rashes can be seen by other parents. Although you should keep your child’s open wounds covered to prevent infection, don’t just cover them to please others.

    “Is eczema contagious?” That is a common question that many parents may ask. Unfortunately, some parents don’t even ask, they may automatically assume it is. You and your child owe no one an explication, as eczema is nothing but an inflammation of the skin. However, you may want to spread the word. As heartbreaking as it is to see other parents and kids point out your child’s eczema rash, it is a normal reaction that most don’t know how to avoid.

    These are just a few of the issues you may face as the parent of a child with eczema. Since your child is young and does not fully understand their skin condition, you must work with them to seek relief.

    If your child has eczema, finding a cure is a challenging, but necessary task. Luckily, research shows that all-natural treatment systems is possible on top of steroids which can be harmful over long run.

    (Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. Go check out an all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website, which may prove to be effective on top of the treatment you have been administering to your kid)

    How To Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups?

    22780787_sEczema is a chronic skin condition, also commonly known as atopic dermatitis. Sufferers often feel the constant need to itch the skin. This itching can lead to red rashes, blister-like sores that ooze, and scaly, rough patches of skin. The phrase “eczema flare-ups,” is used to describe outbreaks or episodes where the condition gets worse.

    Those who suffer from eczema are often plagued with the skin condition for life, but there are ways to seek relief. Unfortunately, this relief can be short-term. Some individuals can go months without an eczema rash and wake up one morning to have a significant outbreak. Although there is no way to cure eczema, there are steps you can take to avoid regular flare-ups.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #1 – Find Your Trigger Factor

    The phrase “trigger factor,” is often used to describe the onset of an eczema outbreak. Something triggers the skin. It is irritated and produces a reaction. There are different causes for flare-ups and outbreaks, but medical professional have developed a list of common factors. They include dairy products, chemical irritants, allergies, the weather, and stress.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #2 – Eliminate Your Trigger Factors

    Once you believe you found the cause of your flare-ups, eliminate these as an issue. Keep a daily log to monitor what you eat, what you are doing, and what you come into contact with. Compare your outbreaks to this log to determine possible culprits. Then, work to avoid them. You should automatically notice a reduction in outbreaks.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #3 – Avoid Too Much Direct Sunlight

    While sunlight is good for the body and skin, too much of it can cause dry skin. Dry skin is another common cause of eczema educed breakouts. Don’t hide inside and avoid the sun forever, but display caution. Apply sun screen, wear covering clothes, and seek sunlight in moderation.

    Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups #4 – Keep the Skin Well Moisturized

    As previously stated, dry skin can lead to an eczema outbreak. Avoid dry skin by keeping your body hydrated and well-moisturized. After a shower or bath, immediately dab the skin slightly dry and apply moisturize. Continue applying lotions and creams throughout the day.

    These are just a few ways that you can avoid eczema flare-ups, but they are successful and easy to implement.

    Treating eczema may seem like an impossible challenge. However, research shows that all-natural treatment systems can be effective.

    (Article reproduced from Eczema Free Forever by Rachel Anderson. You can check out all-natural treatment program at Rachel’s website)

    Cure UTI naturally?

    A woman usually gets at least one UTI in her life. And even one is too many.

    Urinary tract infections are basically caused by bacteria. E.Coli is the main bacterial culprit and is responsible for UTIs in about 80% of women. It typically lives in the human colon and when it migrates and travels from the outer urinary opening through up the urethra, the tube that connects to the bladder  it can invade the bladder and cause infection.

    Women are in greater danger to get UTI because a woman’s urinary opening is close rin proximity to her rectum which houses lots of bacteria from faeces.

    UTI can cause symptoms like burning sensation or pain when peeing, a feeling of urgency or frequent need to pee or pelvic pressure. If the infection travels up from the bladder to kidney, symptoms can include fever, lower back pain, vomiting or nausea.

    What causes UTIs?

    Risk factors includes

    • Diabetes
    • Neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries or multiple sclerosis.
    • More frequent sexual intercourse
    • A prolapsed bladder
    • Any abnormalities in the urinary anatomy

    What doesn’t cause UTI?

    Tight undergarments or myth that wiping front to back after using the toilet, douching and peeing pre and post sexual intercourse.

    How to treat UTI?

    If you go to see a doctor, you will be given an antibiotic to take for 3 – 7 days. If the infection has strike the kidney, you may be given a longer course. Although there is no clear evidence, consuming 150ml to 750ml cranberry juice daily possibly help to prevent  UTIs.

    For Further Information on natural cure for UTI and Bacterial Vaginosis:
    UTI-Be-Gone – 100% Natural Urinary Tract Infection Cure by Sherry Han

    Bacteria Vaginosis Relief by Kristina J. Tomlin