Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Magnificent and Ancient Ajanta Caves

ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves

To create them, a chisel was used to make room for plaster on the walls which was spread on the surface. Before it dried, the painter would paint on it, soaking it into the plaster so it became part of the surface. This method has been proven to survive for over 2000 years.
ajanta caves
ajanta caves
ajanta caves

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Many Benefits of Epsom Salt

The Many Benefits of Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt is the little-known mineral that can fix just about anything. Named after the spring in Surrey, England in which it was found, this mineral can be ingested or applied topically. Its chemical name is magnesium sulfate, and this natural remedy offers many health benefits.
Aches and pains

1. Physical stress: Soak in a warm tub and add Epsom salts. When the salt is dissolved in the water, it is readily absorbed through the skin.  The magnesium ions can help with stress, as they promote serotonin production and lessen adrenaline impact. Magnesium also helps with the energy cell production, reducing restlessness and anxiety.

2. Pain and cramping: A long soak can also offer relief for pained muscles and inflamed joints. The therapeutic salt bath also works at soothing abdominal cramps, tension headaches, and tired feet.

3. Constipation: When ingested, Epsom salts also moonlight as saline laxatives. You can drink a cup of warm water with two tablespoons of salt dissolved in it to sooth constipation. However, it is not recommended that you use this remedy more than once per day and it's best to consult your doctor if symptoms persist.

Medical purposes

4. Clean arteries: Epsom salts boosts the health of your arteries by decreasing inflammation and protecting your arteries' elasticity. This can help improve your circulation and ward off cardiovascular illness, with less risk of clots, plaque buildup, and arterial wall damage. To reap the benefits, soak in a bath of Epsom salts three to four times a week.

5. Blood sugar regulator: Both the magnesium and sulfate in Epsom salts help the body produce and use insulin better. With regular oral or transdermal Epsom salt intake, your blood sugar can be better regulated, resulting in improved daily energy levels and a lowered risk for diabetes.

6. Nerve function: Epsom salts facilitate many enzymatic functions. Their positive effects on the body include regulating fluid retention in cells and using calcium to transmit chemical signals in the nervous system.

7. Healthy feet: Not only will soaking your feet in Epsom salts relieve those daily aches and pains, but it also can treat athlete’s foot, reducing the itching and burning, and help heal toenail fungal infections.

First aid

8. Splinters: Loosen a splinter by soaking the inflicted body part in warm water with Epsom salts. The mineral acts as an anti-inflammatory around the wound and will soften the splinter, allowing for easy removal.

9. Sprains and bruises: Adding two cups of the salt to a warm bath can help alleviate inflammation and pain caused by sprains and bruises. Soak in the tub and the pain will soon be lessened.

Beauty routine

10. Exfoliate the skin: Take a handful of the salt and rub it gently over damp skin, to remove dead skin cells. Your skin will be left looking healthier and feeling soft. This method is suitable for your hands, feet and any other skin areas that need exfoliating.

11. Face cleanser: Add a teaspoon of Epsom salts to your regular cleanser or make your own clarifying treatment with this recipe:
  1. Chop a ripe tomato finely and mix it with a pureed egg white.
  2. Add to this half a teaspoon of vitamin B5 powder, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of Epsom salts and a few drops of thyme essential oil.
  3. Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
12. Loosen blackheads: You can use the salts to remove oil and dead skin cells from your pores. Exfoliate to remove any dead skin from around the blackheads. In half a cup of hot water, mix a teaspoon of Epsom salts with four drops of iodine, stirring until the salts are completely dissolved. Let the mixture cool down a bit and then massage it onto the blackheads. Let the treatment dry completely and then wash your face with warm water, patting dry with a cloth.

13. Hair product buildup: Remove any excess hairspray or other styling products from you hair by mixing 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup lemon juice into a gallon of water (3.8 liters). Let this solution sit for 24 hours before you start using it. Pour the concoction over your hair. Leave it in for 20 minutes and then wash and condition your hair after.

Around the house

14. Household hand wash: As an alternative to store-bought hand cleaners, mix Epsom salts with baby oil for soft and clean hands. Store in bottles and stash them next to the sinks in your home.

15. Gardening helper: You can use Epsom salts to help your garden grow. You can use it to fertilize plants and grass, facilitate plants nutrient absorption, prevent leaf curling, remove insects or stop a slug infestation.

16. Clean pots and pans: To treat really dirty dishes pour some Epsom salt into the water as it helps grime come off easier. The salt's abrasive texture helps loosen the food without leaving your pots and pans damaged.

17. Tile and grout cleaner: For an effective tile and grout dirt remover, mix equal parts Epsom salts and liquid dish detergent together. Scrub dirty or stained surfaces with this, allowing the mix to soak in for 2 minutes. The grime is loosened effortlessly. Rinse clean after.

18. Remove detergent buildup: Unwanted gunk builds up on the inside of your washing machine over time. Remove detergent buildup with Epsom salts to protect your washer and see it running efficiently. Run an empty cycle with hot water, a quart of white vinegar and a cup of Epsom salt. After a minute, stop the cycle and let the solution soak for an hour.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

10 Prostate Cancer Risk Factors Men Should Know

10 Prostate Cancer Risk Factors Men Should Know



Friday, March 11, 2016

​The Silent Killer In Your Home:

​The Silent Killer In Your Home: 
Scented Candles And Air Fresheners Add To Pollution That Kills 40K People Per Year!

Lives are being put at risk from air pollution inside homes caused by everything from boiler fumes to air fresheners and scented candles, it has been claimed.

The warning comes from a joint study by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to be published this week.

The danger of pollution in the street from car fumes is well understood, but many people are ignorant of the risks from air inside the home.

Potential dangers: Research in York found raised levels of a Volatile Organic Compound called limonene, which is used heavily in air fresheners (left) and scented candles (right), to give a lemon citrus smell
The drive to cut energy bills by insulating properties – keeping out drafts and installing windows that do not open – is playing a part in trapping a potentially toxic cloud of air.

The report, Every Breath We Take, warns that at least 40,000 deaths a year in the UK can be linked to the effect of air pollution outside and inside the home.

According to the report ‘indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths annually in Europe’.
It suggests that everyday kitchen products, faulty boilers, open fires, fly sprays, air fresheners, deodorants, DIY and cleaning products contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Household sprays often use chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which start off as solids or liquids but readily evaporate into the air.
Recent research in York found raised levels of a VOC called limonene, which is used heavily in air fresheners and scented candles, to give a lemon citrus smell.

It is dangerous to inhale on its own and can become formaldehyde – a carcinogen that burns the eyes, irritates the skin, and incites coughing fits, nausea, as well as nose and throat cancers – when it mixes with other airborne elements.

At the same time, certain furniture, fabric, furnishings, glue and insulation can emit formaldehyde vapour, causing irritation to the lungs.
Biological materials found in the home, such as house-dust mites, mould and animal dander – flecks of skin and fur – can also harm human health.
The report warns that while young children and the elderly are particularly sensitive to air pollution, it can have an adverse impact on all age groups.

It states: ‘Examples include the adverse effects of air pollution on the development of the foetus, including lung and kidney development, and miscarriage; increases in heart attacks and strokes for those in later life; and the associated links to asthma, diabetes, dementia, obesity and cancer for the wider population.’

When our patients are exposed to such a clear and avoidable cause of death, illness and disability, it our duty to speak out
Professor Stephen Holgate
The report demands more is done to crack down on polluters and protect the public from harmful emissions, particularly in urban areas and close to schools.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) wants local authorities to be given the power to close or divert roads to reduce the volume of traffic, especially near schools, when pollution levels are high.
It also wants tougher legislation to force polluters to reduce their harmful emissions.
Professor Stephen Holgate, chairman of the report’s working party, said: ‘We now know that air pollution has a substantial impact on many chronic long term conditions, increasing strokes and heart attacks in susceptible individuals. We know that air pollution adversely effects the development of the foetus, including lung development.

‘And now there is compelling evidence that air pollution is associated with new onset asthma in children and adults. When our patients are exposed to such a clear and avoidable cause of death, illness and disability, it our duty to speak out.’

Dr Andrew Goddard, the RCP lead for the report, said: ‘Taking action to tackle air pollution in the UK will reduce the pain and suffering for many people with long term chronic health conditions, not to mention lessening the long term demands on our NHS.’
Professor Jonathan Grigg, Professor of Paediatric Respiratory and Environmental Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and the vice chair of the working party, called on the Government to monitor exposure to air pollution more effectively in order to help identify those children and young people who are most at risk.

There is clear evidence to suggest that long term exposure to air pollution has a wide range of adverse effects in childhood
Professor Jonathan Grigg
He said: 
‘There is clear evidence to suggest that long term exposure to air pollution has a wide range of adverse effects in childhood, and exposure during early life can lead to the development of serious conditions such as asthma.’

Research for tonight’s Channel 4’s Dispatches programme claims that the general public breathes in far more pollution than official figures suggest.
It will highlight research showing that as well as causing tens of thousands of early deaths through heart attacks and strokes, pollution may damage children’s learning ability.

Professor Jordi Sunyer, of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, in Barcelona, found that children who went to schools in areas of higher pollution scored lower in memory and thinking tests.
His team studied 3,000 children between the ages of 7-9 across 40 schools.

They found that children in areas of high pollution took longer in solving problems and made more mistakes. Researchers also observed that on days of high pollution children’s performance was worse, regardless of the type of the school.

Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies,

Irina Shayk Red Hot in Chest Baring Red Short Dress
What would happen if our gods caught selfie fever? Hilarity would ensue, that's what.
Adrita Das, a 24-year-old artist, has imagined how our gods would click selfies. In her tumblr 'Selfie Gods', she has revived old paintings by funnily adding cellphones in their hands. From pouting to snapchatting, our gods would have definitely rocked the selfie scene. Here's proof!
1. When the diploma is finally in your hands, celebratory selfies in 3-2-1
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
2. Bae snapchatting wedding season selfies like...
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
3. Damnit Radha, you had one job.
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
4. When you need to argue about who has the longer arm to take the picture
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
5. When you want to be in the picture, but you also gotta ride the elephant.
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
6. When your best friend loves to pout as much as you.
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
7. Arjun: Bro, get my best angle. Get the sunlight on my face.
Krishna: Chin up, boy. 
Arjun: Does my jaw look amazing? Okay, my jaw looks amazing.
(Krishna using the selfie stick to document the great war and hence becoming a pioneer in creating viral content)
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
8. When the girls are out having fun and someone announces a selfie and everyone’s hand goes up like, wait dude - let me fix my hair.
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
9. Getting a good angle under the banana tree - check.
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues
10. When boredom strikes the begum
Artist Re-Imagines Historical Paintings With Them Selfies, Hilarity Ensues