Saturday, 31 January 2015

Rakta Beej

 Pimples are small skin lesions or inflammations of the skin - they are sebaceous glands (oil glands) which are infected with bacteria, swell up, and then fill up with pus. Pimples are also known as spots or zits. Pimples occur when the sebaceous glands, which are located at the base of hair follicles, become overactive.

The above words are of course the scientific reasons for pimples to grow BUT let me tell you some grandmothers tales about pimples ---Pimples, they said, occurred if the person was bad charactered ---now that gave us the scare as none of us cousins and friends wanted to go about with a placard denouncing our character SO we used to read all articles every where and anywhere which would tell us about remedies just so whatever evil thoughts crossed our minds at least they wouldn't be shown on our face . And the one who had these pimples went about like a criminal hiding her face and sometimes if the culprit  was foolish enough to prick her pimple for fear or shame of it being noticed by the public  ----she was rewarded with a crop of pimples  something like the demon Raktabeej in the Ramanaya whose one drop of blood if it fell on the ground gave birth to another version of his self . Rakta meaning blood and beej meaning seed . 

And these pimples are actually Rakta beejes . WHY ? Because    when you puncture the pimples  a liquid similar to puss (the gunk) oozes out and when it splatters and lands inside other pores the bacteria present in it   gives birth to more pimples . So the puss or gunk or liquid can be assumed to be Rakt and the bacteria the beej .

Thankfully I was one of those --who was certified by God himself that riding  pillion with Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan and   with Jetendra and Shammi Kapoor and Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis in my dreams was not being bad charactered .

Well Jokes apart. 

What we call the pustule  or the outer covering  is actually keeping the bacteria nice and contained,..There's another risk. By  poking  at , pricking , or  prodding  a pimple we disturb them and push  the debris and bacteria to go  deeper into the skin.and become prominent and permanent scars.  new kinds of bacteria from your finger may enter  the zit. and cause  the pimple to become more red, inflamed, swollen and infected.

But like always God through his trusted and beloved creation NATURE has provided us with a remedy for this ill too .

Its called NEEM .In ayurvedic text neem has been regarded as the 'sarva roga nivarini' as it keeps all the diseases at bay. Since ages neem has been used to cure almost all kinds of diseases and also taken to maintain a healthy life. Every part of neem such as bark, seed oil, leaf, roots has ayurvedic properties and hence used in therapeutic preparations

In Ayurveda literature, neem is regarded as twacha rasayana - an excellent herb for skin. Dry, irritated and skin problems can be cured with neem very effectively

I remember my brother when he was in school was very prone to getting small boils on his legs during the rains --he would play football etc in the rain and with mosquito bites etc small boils used to cover his legs My granny when she came to visit us suggested that they be washed with water in which neem leaves were boiled --and hey presto it worked the boils dried up in a few days he continued his neem water baths and never did those boils trouble him again .---And  after all pimples are a kind of boils aren't they?  

I have seen people fight pimples with neem paste etc but then here they have a risk of the paste which is prepared at home being unhygienic ---So I would advise that they use something like Garnier Pure Active Neem Face wash which is prepared by the trusted name 

of Garnier beauty care products .
Neem Face Wash - Product Image .
 And as rightly claimed by them  

 !) It Washes away problem causing germs.
2) Fights Pollution: deep cleans pores to remove impurities caused by pollution.
3) Removes Oil: Washes away excess oil which attracts dirt & germs.

I can vouch for this because  the daughter of a friend of mine has used this and we have all seen the visible results thankfully she belongs to the generation who does not believe that pimples are a character certificate ----BUT yes they do believe  that pimples may be and are 

1.) caused  due to problem causing germs 
2.) Pollution and impurities caused due to pollution ......
 3) unhealthy eating habits eg oily food which produces excessive oil in  the body and skin . 

This post is my entry for the contest on indiblogger and the links are as follows ...

1 comment:

  1. Yes pimples do cause a lot of agony to youth.
    Good luck for the contest Rajni.