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Understanding Beauty

Beauty is a phenomenal concept which is as old as mankind. Yet, it is a concept which is very misunderstood. Different individuals listen to such diverse views of what beauty entails that quite a number end up confused, frustrated and frankly give up. If someone were to walk right up to you and asked you to define beauty; what would you say? Would you start describing a cover model you saw in one of the popular magazines, or colors of the rainbow? Or would you consider a soft melodious piece of music or even a romantic verse from a lover? All these can be defined within the concept of beauty but one thing that is clear, there is no definite definition of beauty. Beauty is something abstract and intangible. It is something about something. This something about something will vary from individual to individual. A popular definition of beauty is that it is a characteristic about something that gives a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction. Therefore for beauty to be perceived, it must stimulate the senses to evoke a feeling of joy, pleasure and satisfaction. From this definition, the judge of what’s beautiful is the person who receives or fails to receive the pleasure.

How is this sensuous beauty applicable among human beings? What makes one be considered beautiful and attractive? Is a person considered beautiful necessarily attractive? These are complex questions which do not have a direct answer. The way the societies we live in view beauty is influenced by many factors. First of all there are cultural factors. In the past, each culture had distinct criteria upon which they based beauty. There are those cultures that considered plump women to be beautiful. Therefore fattening of maidens before marriage was a common practice. Others considered small feet to be beautiful. These have however changed a lot in modern times. With the advancement of technology and human interaction, the differences in cultural preferences have been minimized and we now almost have a standard way of viewing beauty. This is greatly influenced by the parameters set by top fashion houses. The images they project to the public, form the dress, walking style and physique have increasingly become the trend that the reminder of the World is expected to follow. But is what we see on the Catwalk the true representation of beauty? Thankfully, no. Human beauty is so rich in variety that we can have no set parameters within which to define it. One cannot authoritatively say small is beautiful, blonde is beautiful, slim is beautiful, green eyes are beautiful etc. and condemn other characteristics. There is no standard of beauty and each individual is beautiful in her own way. There may only be prejudices as a result of the society around the individual. It for this reason you would find a man married to a blonde having an affair with a brunette, or a lady of oriental or African descent. They are simply beautiful and the man cannot resist!

So, if we are all beautiful, what then is the big deal? Is there any reason to bother or care about how we look? Yes there is! You must certainly take the keenest interest in how you look. We live in a complex and highly socialized world. The image of beauty has become highly commercialized. Non conformity is risking rejection. Studies have shown that what is considered beautiful has a halo effect. A beautiful and attractive person will receive more attention, score higher marks in class, get more assistance, get a better job, be paid more and be trusted more. Coincidentally, people who are considered beautiful are better adjusted, confident and appear more intelligent. Therefore beauty plays a key role in our lives in how we relate with others and in how we choose our mates. It is therefore a responsible thing for us to ensure that we are beautiful. How do we do this? Since we have established that beauty is about evoking feelings of pleasure and satisfaction in other people, we must therefore aim at ensuring that people are pleased with what they see when they look at us. We all have strengths and weaknesses. We must strive to strengthen our strengths and mask our weaknesses. The aim is not to be the most beautiful person around. That is futile in that there is no such most beautiful person. The aim is to ensure we are presentable and acceptable in the society we live in. This will enhance our self confidence and of course our health. In Beauty and Health for Happiness, we will discuss tips on how to enhance our beauty and health. But first we must observe the following fundamental beauty tips.

o Accept yourself the way you are and know that you are beautiful in your own unique way. This is the first step in enhancing your beauty and health, making it shine to all around you.

o Develop healthy habits. Beauty and health are inseparable. Among the many characteristics contributing to overall beauty is health and youthfulness. You must have a healthy body, healthy skin, eyes, good breath, and healthy teeth etc. It is therefore imperative that you have a well balanced diet, exercise regularly and consult your doctor whenever necessary.

o Identify suitable products that you can use to strengthen your strengths and mask your weaknesses. These include moisturizers, creams, perfumes and hair products etc.

o Make a plan and start simply.

Beauty is a concept that plays a major role in lives and affects how we socialize and compete within the society we live in. There is no correct version of beauty and all of us are beautiful in our own way. Our perceptions of beauty are influenced by the society we live in and the modern commercialization of beauty. You however need not follow what you see in commercials. You can instead make a point of improving how you present yourself to others, and in the process, enhance your beauty and health.

You Can’t Be Beautiful Unless

So you want to be beautiful. But how does one achieve true inner and outer beauty? The first step to achieving true beauty is really quite simple. To be beautiful on the outside, you must make sure you’re beautiful and healthy on the inside. This is why it’s of utmost importance to take care of your body’s physical health, your inner health, along with your mind and inner self.

Outer beauty truly is directly related to inner health and wellness. You can’t have one without the other, so it’s best to take a pro-active approach to your physical, mental and emotional health to be able to achieve that outer “glow” of beauty that has become so desired in today’s society. But make sure you’re realistic. You aren’t achieving outer beauty if your objective is simply to LOOK more beautiful.

True outer beauty comes with a sense of acceptance of self, a true peaceful spirit and a lack of obsession over physical appearance. One can’t be beautiful if they are obsessed with being beautiful. If you try to use and follow every beauty tip you’ve ever come across or are told, then you won’t succeed in becoming beautiful- you’ll only drive yourself crazy in the attempt to achieve beauty.

Society’s obsession with beauty is based on the superficial, and those who are beautiful and healthy tend to not be noticed as often. As unfair as it may be, it’s even more unfair to worry yourself to death or obsess over it. Developing an obsessing or striving for perfection will damage your physical and mental health, sometimes to the point of no return.

While outer beauty is a good goal, something nice to strive for- it shouldn’t be the entire basis of any health regimen you follow, nor should it become all you focus on. Embracing your own differences and those of others around you is key to being healthy, happy and beautiful. But you can’t embrace your differences if you obsess and view those differences negatively.

If your nose is “too big” or “too small,” recognize that it’s a difference that makes you who you are. If you feel you’re “too heavy” or “too thin,” realize that you are who you are. Simply strive to live as healthily as possible, and don’t fret about the rest. If you find yourself overweight- living healthy, eating properly, and getting enough rest will work wonders and eventually your body will find itself going towards the weight it needs to be.

And of course, you should always try to get enough sleep each night. Don’t over-exert yourself physically or mentally, and make sure you’re eating healthy meals and drinking plenty of water. Proper rest, physical activity and nutrition are of utmost importance for both your physical health and your outer beauty. Your mental health is also helped by maintaining proper nutrition and a good sleeping schedule.

Outer beauty is directly related to inner health, whether it is physical, mental or emotional. You can’t be beautiful unless you are healthy. It’s much more important to make sure you are healthy and well rested than worrying about the size of your nose or your body. Take care of your inner self first, and the outer self will glow because of your inner health and well-being. That’s true beauty.

Potent Health Benefits of Mustard

Mustard seeds are commonly used in Indian, Pakistani, Mediterranean and German cooking. Whole seeds, ground or powdered, prepared pastes, sauces and oil are all used in food preparations. Whole seeds are used for tadka, powdered seeds are widely used in various pickles, dips and garnishing and mustard oil is used for cooking. They impart a rich taste and aroma to the food. They are widely used for their medicinal properties having a wide range of benefits for health and beauty.

Health benefits of mustard seeds

  1. Packed with phytonutrients, mustard seeds are a great way to prevent and slow the progress of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Studies have shown that these seeds can restrict the growth of already-present cancer cells and prevent the formation of new ones.
  2. These seeds are high in selenium and magnesium. This gives it a unique anti-inflammatory property. Regular consumption is known to control and keep the symptoms of asthma, cold and chest congestion at bay.
  3. It has seeds full of vitamins like folates, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin etc. These are great in speeding up one’s metabolism leading to weight loss.
  4. Mustard being a great source of carotenes, zeaxanthins and lutein, vitamin A, C, and K all put together to make it rich in antioxidants which in turn slows the ageing process.
  5. The selenium and magnesium content of mustard lend it anti-inflammatory and heat producing properties. The paste heats up the area and helps loosen muscles, leading to relief from pain.
  6. They have high levels of niacin or vitamin B3, which helps in lowering cholesterol levels and protecting the arteries from atherosclerosis i.e. plaque build-up. It also regulates blood flow and protects the body from hypertension.
  7. Because mustard seeds are choc-a-bloc with minerals like iron, manganese, copper etc., it helps improve the body’s ability to fight diseases.

Hair Benefits of Mustard Seeds

1. Packed with vitamins and minerals and a high amount of beta-carotene converting to Vitamin A, this is excellent for hair growth. Its iron, fatty acids, calcium and magnesium, act as stimulants leading to faster hair growth.

2. They contain protein, calcium, vitamin A and E, omega-3 and omega- 6 fatty acids. All of these together strengthen your hair from within. Strengthened hair means lesser hair fall too.

Tip: Using mustard oil once a fortnight for a warm oil massage is a great way to relieve stress, reduce dandruff and promote hair growth. After you apply the oil, wrap your hair in a warm towel. This increases absorption of the oil into the scalp. Leave it for about half an hour and then wash off. Use a good shampoo as the oil has a strong odour and is thick in consistency.

Skin Benefits of Mustard Seeds

1. Packed with sulphur, mustard seeds have antifungal and antibacterial properties that are useful in restricting skin infections.

2. Adding mustard seeds to lavender or rose essential oil, make a scrub for exfoliating dead skin.

3. Mustard seeds, used with Aloe vera gel, are great to hydrate your skin. It removes all impurities from your face and nourishes it from within.

4. They are a great source of carotene and lutein and together with vitamin A, C and K they make for an excellent antioxidant which slows skin ageing.

Safety profile

In general seeds and its oil are considered safe when used in small quantity. A large quantity may cause gastric irritation, bleeding from the stomach or intestinal mucosa. It may cause skin burn when applied to the skin for longer time. So use it in moderation. Consult your physician before self-medicating.

Beautiful Natural Setting Celebrated in Expo

Within the growing market on Tulum Real Estate, an important aspect is that of the close contact which residents have with the area’s beautiful natural surroundings. Whether property buyers prefer ecological lots in close contact with the natural surroundings (such as beachfront lots in the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve, or new ecological developments in the areas surrounding Tulum), luxury condos with sustainable design or lots for classy homes in urban-village style developments, Tulum MLS listings show excellent options; and in each case, one aspect of Tulum’s developing culture is an interest in preserving and enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings (including the beachfront, and the famous cenotes.)

This aspect of Tulum Real Estate culture will soon be celebrated in the 3rd Tulum Ya’ax Green Expo 2010, in ecopark Xel-Ha, one of the Mexico’s top ecotourism destinations, about 20 minutes away from Tulum. On April 8 and 9 the event will take Park Museum of Mayan Culture in Tulum. The event is the most important in the region dedicated to promoting environment-friendly practices and the use of “green” products.

The Tulum Ya’ax Green Expo 2010 will offer all participants – entrepreneurs, artists, local real estate owners, investors and tourists – new ecological tools they can use at home or business for a healthy coexistence with the environment. Also, attendees will engage with national and local experts about real solutions for green building design, permaculture, water treatment and renewable energy. Green Expo visitors can also buy products made in the region, including handicrafts, products for bath, beauty, health, and household cleaning. There will also be information presented about sustainable practices and green architecture in the Riviera Maya, Mexico and the world.

The exhibition will feature a program of lectures by recognized experts from around the country, who will share ideas with the community in Tulum. There will also be a classical music ensemble, an “organic” fashion show, traditional food from local restaurants and an area with the best holistic therapists in Tulum.

Whether real estate buyers are searching MLS listings for properties which are “green” and in close contact with nature, high-end luxury built on sustainable models, or just a comfortable place to live near the beachfront, events such as this one can be appealing to all as a part of Tulum’s developing community. This aspect of Tulum’s emerging culture is pointing toward a clean, pleasant environment for real estate buyers to live in.

Magic of Herbs

When it comes to eating, everyone has their own tastes and choices. While foods and eating must be looked at in a healthy perspective, many of us just bother with how it tastes and appears. Use of herbs for cooking is not hidden. In fact, the traditional conventional cooking had been known for the use of herbs made. The golden old recipes, even today, depict and smell of the herbal ingredients that were used raise the health, taste and aroma attributes of a dish. Let us take a glance at what are the various herbs for cooking and what do they have to provide us with. Some cooking herbs are in the form of flowers that are edible in nature. Carnation is a flower that can be used for extracting vinegar which can be used over fruit salads, as a seasoning. Various edible flower herbs can be used for preparation of flower salads which are great as heart curatives. Herbs like Horseradish, mint, basil leaves, pot marigold, calendula, bay leaves, chives, coriander, dill, lavender, marjoram, thyme, sage, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and so many more to add to the list – all these are useful herbs for cooking as they greatly contribute towards the relishing taste, mesmerizing aroma and beautiful health of any preparation. Herbal teas and other beverages are also commonly used by tea consumers for the hazard less benefits of drinking tea.

Some herbs may not be used for cooking, but they still prove essential and additives for health. The way in which these herbs are used may not matter as much as the herbs health benefits provide by them. Some of the healthy herbs are mentioned below along with their benefits.

• American Ginseng – This herb is quite useful for enhancing the physical and mental vigorous behaviors. The constituents of this herb are savvy enough to extend some aid against depression, stress and exhaustion. It also causes the body functions to get back to normal.

• Astragalus – This herb promotes the induction of endurance in the body of the consumer, due to the activation of immune system that it triggers. It causes the reduction in high blood pressure and aids heart diseases and diabetes. It has well known herbs health benefits that elevate one’s stamina and energy.

• Bee pollen – The main benefit of this herb is that it attacks the aging system of the body and slows it down. The signs of aging that make one’s skin look older can be smoothed out with the use of this herb. Along with appearance, this herb also, mentally and physically makes a person feel and show up to be younger. Chronic diseases like colitis and constipation or diarrhea can be cured with the help of this herb.

Herb seeds are one more way in which one can access herbs for healthy purposes. The most common herb seeds used are those of the fenugreek and the sunflower, or sesame; and these can be found in every kitchen. Fenugreek seeds are used to cure numerous diseases and unhealthy conditions. One out of the many examples is the aid that fenugreek seeds provide to cure an itchy scalp. Sunflower seeds are used to extract sunflower oil which is known to be less calorific, less absorbed and high on saturated fat. Sunflower oil, unlike other oils, does not greatly contribute to the obesity and other health disorders. Also, sunflower seeds can be used to chew and this act keeps the teeth healthy, strong and white. Other herb seeds are alfalfa, hemp, aloe ferox, aloe, cape, burgundy, and Chinese red star.