Amid coronavirus pandemic situation health-experts are advising people to consume vitamin C. In our country lemon is one of the most available sources of vitamin-C. Do you throw away lemon peels after extracting the juice? You may not do this practice knowing what lemon peel can do for your health and skin . Interestingly, lemon peel is full of nutrients which can strengthen your immune system and prevent many diseases. What’s more, lemon peels offer versatile uses for skin-care, and diverse house hold applications. Read this article to know the benefits and uses of lemon.
Like the lemon juice, the peels of Lemon are rich in vitamins such as calcium, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and beta-carotene. In fact, lemon peels can deliver about 5 to 10 times more nutrients than lemon juice. About 100 grams of lemon peels are enriched with 134 mg of Calcium, 160 mg of Potassium, 129 mg of vitamin C, and 10.6 grams of fiber.
The vitamin C and calcium can strengthen and improve the health of your bones. These nutrients can also prevent diseases like inflammatory poly arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
The antibacterial properties of Vitamin C can eliminate the interior worms and parasites living inside your intestines. These properties can protect different organs of your body from diverse fungal and/or bacterial infections.
Likewise the lemon juice, lemon peels are rich source of citrus bioflavonoid which can contribute significantly in reducing your oxidative stress levels. What is more? Making the inside environment of your body alkaline, lemon peels can prevent cancer. You may know that Cancer cells tend to grow in the acidic environments. In addition to these, the lemon peels carry properties like limonene and salvestrol Q40 that fights against the growth of cancerous cells inside your body.
You can freeze the lemon peels and grate them finely to prepare lemon peel powder. Another easy way is baking the lemon peels at 200 degree Fahrenheit using an oven and crushing the baked peels into powder. Lemon peel powder can be consumed in diverse forms. You can add the sprinkles of lemon peel powder to your meals, drinks, organic tea, and soups.
Lemon peel is a great source of oxalates. Consuming more than 80 mg of oxalates can create stones in kidney and gallbladder. 1 teaspoon of lemon peels may contain about 25 mg of oxalates. Therefore, the maximum limit of lemon peel intake should be not over 3 teaspoons per day.
Grind a handful of lemon peels into paste. Then mix the paste with 1/2 cup of sugar. Then, add a few drops of Olive oil considering your skin type. Dry skins would need more oil than oily skin type. After creating the mixture, apply it gently on wet skin through circular motions. Now rinse of your face with clean normal water. This scrub will exfoliate the dead skin-cells making the skin look brighter. This lemon peel scrub is also helpful to soften dry elbows. You can apply lemon peel scrub once a week.
Mix about 2 table spoons of the rice flour with a pinch of lemon peel powder. Now add cold milk to this mix until it turns into thick paste. Now spread this paste evenly on the wet skin of your face to exfoliate the dead skin cells. Leave the mask for 15 minutes. Then wash your face properly with clean normal water. This lemon peel face pack would rejuvenate your skin-cells.
Grate about 1 cup of lemon peels into a powder. Then add petroleum jelly to the powder to make a paste like mixture. Now apply this paste on the cracked areas of your feet. After that put on your socks and leave the paste for several hours. After washing, the skin your feet will feel softer and look healthier.
Boil about 3 cups of lemon peels into 6 to 7 cups of water for about half an hour. Strain the boiled water into a bowl. Add milk, or olive oil to this liquid. Now apply this combination as a foot bath for at least 30 minutes. Then, rinse your feet with normal water and use moisturizer. Regular lemon peel foot bath will remove the infections effectively.
Are you suffering from nail discoloration issue? Grind a handful of lemon peels into a paste. Apply this fusion to your discolored nails and leave it on for several minutes. Then, rinse the nails with normal water. This treatment would help your nails getting back their natural color.
You can use Lemon peel as a cleaner to disinfect your furniture, floors and other sections of your house. First boil lemon peels and drain the water. Now, mix vinegar or baking soda with the water to prepare a non-toxic DIY cleaner.
The chemical properties contained by lemon peels have the potency to get rid of stubborn stains of mineral, tea/coffee, and spice from kettle rings, coffee/tea mugs, and utensils. The stimulating citrus scent would be a bonus of using this lemon peel based all-purpose cleaner.
Lemon peels can absorb bad odors often created inside fridge, closed drawer, trash can, etc. The magic of lemon peels can also help you in cleaning your microwaves, cutting board, and other utensils. Just put a few lemon peels into bowl full of water. Then, keep the bowl inside your microwave for several minutes. It will deodorize the inner odor of microwave leaving a refreshing smell. To disinfect cutting board, rub it with the mixture of grated lemon peel and salt. You will get a fresh smell after washing.
Using lemon peels you can prepare a homemade all-natural room freshener. Mix lemon peel with dried flowers, and essential oils. Now put this citrus-scented concoction in a clean spray bottle. Thus you can keep your home scented all time without spending money.
Lemon peels can be a cost-effective alternative to kill insects in your home. It is found that bugs, especially, ants, cockroaches, etc hate the smell of lemon. So, you can keep lemon peels inside the nook and corner of your home like bookshelves, cupboard, kitchen shelves, store room, etc. You can also apply lemon peel to save your skin from insects like mosquitoes. Unlike lemon juice the peel extracts won’t hurt your skin and keep the pest away.
The destructive effect of COVID-19 outbreak is still continuing. On the other hand, the summer heat waves are worsening people’s health conditions. In this scorching heat it is quite annoying to stay inside large commercial places, industries, offices and even homes. However, many people are asking whether using Air Conditioners (ACs) during COVID19 pandemic is safe. For several months debates are going on this issue among scientists, engineers, authorities and general people. However, let’s discuss some guidelines about how to use ACs (Air Conditioners) safely amid COVID19 pandemic.
Considering the climate of Sub-continent countries, ISHRAE (The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) has recommended some guidelines regarding how to run air conditioners safely during the coronavirus pandemic. These suggestions can be helpful for operating ACs in different commercial and industrial places in Bangladesh.
What would be the ideal air conditioner temperature for your room during the COVID19 pandemic? According to the recommendation of ISHRAE and CPWD, for any home-run AC, like Room AC, Split AC or Window AC, the temperature level of should be kept within the range of 24 to 30 degrees centigrade.
In addition to this, ISHRAE emphasizes to maintain the relative humidity of indoor environment. You can easily check the humidity of your surrounding ambient through downloading any ‘Weather App’ on your Smartphone. The ISHRAE guideline says that the humidity of an indoor environment should rest between 40 and 70 percent.
Therefore, if you are living in humid climate, then you need to keep the AC on ‘cool’ mode and set the temperature closer to or at 24 degree centigrade. On the other hand, when you are staying in a dry climate area, then you must set the temperature close to or at 30 degree centigrade.
ISHRAE report states that when we breathe dry air, the mucous membrane of our lungs becomes dry. It thickens the fluid over lining of the cells, and hampers the actions of cilia – the little hairs which protect the lungs from deep settling of harmful and non-harmful particles. As a result, the alien particles can settle more deeply inside our lungs.
To prevent such mishaps in the dry climate zones, ISHRAE suggests running electric fans to enhance the air circulation while AC is operating. You can also apply exhausting electric fans which will push the hot air outside the room. However, you need to clean the fan blades frequently to keep the indoor air clean.
What precautions should be taken while using ACs? Instead of allowing recirculation of the same air inside an indoor space, ISHRAE also suggest keeping the windows slightly open to let the fresh outdoor air enter the room.
When you are staying in a room, keep the opposite-facing window and door slightly open to promote cross-circulation of fresh cool air. Though opening a window or door – while running AC – might lose some cool air and cost you more electric bill at month-end, it can help to keep the indoor air fresher.
What precautions should be taken when you are using an evaporative cooler or dessert cooler? To combat the soaring temperatures, you can fit in an air filter in an evaporative cooler in order to keep the dust away and preserving hygiene of the indoor environment. However, make sure that your cooler is capable of drawing outdoor air efficiently to assist proper ventilation. The opposite-facing windows and doors must be kept open slightly to reduce humidity.
Besides, evaporative cooler, other type ACs must be fitted with filters. The ISHRAE guideline recommends cleaning and disinfecting the air cooler on a regular basis. More importantly, the released water must be drained and refilled frequently. The routine servicing of AC is also necessary to avoid any malfunction.
And, the opposite-facing windows must be kept open to ensure proper ventilation. ISHRAE guideline discourages people to use the portable air coolers that can’t draw fresh air from the outdoor environment.
According to the views of engineers and health-experts, using the window air conditioners at residential setting can be safe if the people who share the space with don’t carry corona virus. However, problem may arise when you are staying in a building which uses central cooling. If one infected person stays inside the building, the central air cooler poses a high risk of spreading the corona virus to other people staying there unless adequate precautions – such as, outdoor air ventilation, temperature and humidity control, AC filtering procedures, etc – are taken properly. These central air conditioning systems are widely used in shopping malls, government offices, hospitals, corporate workplaces, industries, etc. So think before you enter those places!
The health experts are advising people to stay at home to avoid the risk of getting infected by the life-threatening COVID19 disease. What if, your home environment is also polluted? The indoor air quality of your home can be hazardous due to several reasons like density of population, synthetic household materials, kitchen smoke, tobacco smoke, word burning, coal burning, waste disposal, dung, various other chemical compounds like gasoline, aerosols, paint, ink, rubber, detergent, etc. In 1989, NASA Clean Air Study identified the best air purifying plants which can improve the air quality of an indoor space. Read this article to know about some of these beneficial filtering houseplants.
If you want to adorn a table, wall, shelf, balcony, or corner space of your apartment, plant English Ivy. NASA’s Clean Air Study discovered that English Ivy can filtrate the indoor-air from toxic elements such as xylene, benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, etc which often caused sickness.
During the pandemic situation, English ivy is no less than a blessing as it relaxes the airways and helps to reduce coughs. Moreover, Ivy can reduce mold in your house.
For healthy growth, this ever green perennial plant with vines requires bright light – not direct sunlight. Don’t forget to water this plant if the soil gets dry. During hot summer, mist the whole plant.
If you are searching for a houseplant to grow in an apartment lacking enough sunlight, pick Spathiphyllum or peace Lily. According to Nasa’s study regarding air purifying indoor plants, Peace lily can efficiently eliminate airborne hazardous pollutants such as, formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene etc.
This air purifying indoor plant can also check the growth of molds in your home or office. However, don’t let your child or pet ingest any part of this plant; as it’s a bit poisonous. Place this plant in an indoor space with no direct sunlight. Water it when the soil feels dry and mist the leaves during summer.
Are you looking for an indoor plant to clean the air of your home or workspace? Get a Snake Plant. Requiring less light and water, this house plant can easily grow in any indoor place. What makes this air purifying plant more blissful is its oxygen releasing capability during night-time. If kept in the bedroom, this air-cooling plant can help you sleep better.
According to NASA’s houseplant research, Snake Plant is one of the best plants that can absorb airborne toxic elements, such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, nitrogen oxide, xylene, etc. Snake Plant doesn’t require much care, as it survives in low environments without watering for weeks. Allow the soil to fully dry before watering and keep it in indirect sunlight.
The beauty of Lady Palm can add life to a monotonous corner of your home or office. With several feet of growth range this ornamental plant can augment the aesthetics of any indoor space or entryway.
NASA’s Clean Air Study revealed that Lady Palm can efficiently purify the indoor air from volatile organic compounds like xylene, formaldehyde, toluene, ammonia, etc.
Lady Palm can survive with low amount of light. But this low-maintenance houseplant requires moist soil with proper drainage to prevent its root from being rotted.
You may not like a spider at your adorable home, but a Spider Plant can make the indoor ambient more breathable. The NASA’s Clean Air Study found that Spider Plant can efficiently release at removing common household air toxins formaldehyde and xylene.
This beneficial houseplant is fairly easy to maintain. It can grow well under indirect sunlight. So you can place it in any corner of your home, balcony, or workplace. Water this plant time to time keeping the soil moist.
Besides improving the aesthetics of your home or workplace environment, Weeping Fig (Also known as Ficus tree) can contribute in reducing the indoor air quality. According to the ‘Clean Air Study’ carried by NASA, this houseplant is efficiently capable of removing indoor-air toxins such as, formaldehyde and xylene.
Though Ficus can grow fairly tall, you can pick the dwarf varieties for planting inside home. This easy-to-maintain houseplant prefers staying in the same place constantly without frequent relocating. Try to keep it somewhere with access of indirect bright sunlight. And, don’t forget to water it frequently.
Though Money Plant (also known as Devil’s Eye) can’t bring you money at your home, it can help saving your money from getting ill due to indoor air pollution. This evergreen house plant can filtrate indoor pollutants like toluene, formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethene, xylene, etc.
Due to amazing survival instinct, this houseplant won’t die easily. This houseplant can decorate your work desk, table or shelf by virtue of its marvelous heart-shaped green leaves bearing yellowish-white hues.
This common houseplant won’t require much maintenance. You can keep this plant somewhere without direct sunlight. Water this plant frequently to keep the soil moisturized.
- Keep your air-purifying indoor plant in a place with the availability of indirect sunlight and air.
- Don’t place a houseplant in a closed place blocked by curtains or other objects.
- Keep the houseplant away from electronic home appliances such as fridge, AC, etc which releases hot/cool air.
- Water your plant regularly depending on the nature of specific houseplant. However, over-watering can harm the root leading to kill the plant.
- Clean dust from the leaves of your houseplant which would help it to flourish.
- Add proper nutrients to the soil besides watering and cleaning.
- Regular pruning and trimming will make your houseplant look tidy, and right-sized.
You can buy air filtrating houseplants online from the following websites.
Indian High Commission in Dhaka, along with the Ministry of AYUSH and Indian Council of Cultural Relations, has announced to host online video blogging competition titled "My Life My Yoga" in Bangladesh.
The competition is part of the Indian government's efforts to celebrate International Day of Yoga (IDY).
June 21 is widely celebrated as IDY ever since its declaration by UN in 2014, said the High Commission on Thursday.
This year, owing to various restrictions in place to control the spread of Covid-19, IDY will be celebrated online by the Indian government.
The Ministry of AYUSH has launched the global online Video Blogging Competition - ‘My Life, My Yoga’ - as part of IDY 2020.
The competition invites yoga enthusiasts to share their experience with Yoga as well as the Yogic practices they practice on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Deadline for receiving entries is June 15, 11:50pm IST (June 16, 12:20am BdST).
Winners of the Bangladesh edition of the competition will receive attractive prizes and will be able to participate in the global edition of ‘My Life My Yoga’ competition as well.
Breathing exercises and yogic practices are known to strengthen the body’s immune system.
Regular practice of yoga is not only useful in reducing mental stress, but also in improving physical health.
Amateur and professional Yoga practitioners in Bangladesh are invited to share their experience of Yoga in their life through this competition.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, there have been debates over which is more effective – hand sanitisers or soap and water.
There were rumours that sanitiser gel was more effective in removing coronavirus, which led to a soaring sale of the gel and wipes.
But is it really more effective than the simple soap and water?
Studies have suggested that using running water and soap to wash hands is more effective than a dab of hand sanitiser gel, reports Xinhua.
A study by the American Society for Microbiology last year showed that antibacterial gel cannot be adequately rubbed in during use.
On the other hand, washing hands with soap will dislodge viral cells from hands, and rinsing thoroughly with running water will remove them completely, which is key to washing away viruses.
Experts say hand sanitiser with over 60 percent alcohol content is effective in killing most viruses. However, the must-have alcohol can be harmful to sensitive skins and even cause damage to healthy ones.
A spokesperson for Japanese chemical products company Kao Corporation has said that too much hand gel can dry out the skin and remove natural oils on the surface, increasing vulnerability to infection.
So, hand sanitisers are best used in moderation, and should always come as the second choice when hand washing is not possible.